The Better Bacon Book

If you have an iPad and love bacon, then there’s no reason not to pick up The Better Bacon Book from Open Air Publishing ($4.99 on iTunes). Designed especially for the iPad, this interactive book offers up instructions on how to make your own bacon, build your own smoker, and find the best bacon to order, as well as 31 interactive bacon recipes. In total, there’s over 20 HD videos, 150 photos, and more tastiness than any human can handle at one time.

Book Review – It’s Not About Me

What would change if we finally found our place and lived in it? How different would we be if we lived a God-centered life instead of self-centered life? Well, Max Lucado answers those questions in detail through scripture in It’s Not About Me.

The book is broken up into two sections: God-Pondering and God-Promoting. The idea is that one naturally follows the other. When we take time to ponder the God’s greatness, we will be more apt to declare His greatness. Throughout the book Max talks about how everything should be about God…our message, our salvation, our bodies, our struggles, and our successes.

This is another great book by Max Lucado and is an easy, short read at 146 pages. There are even study notes for each chapter in the back of the book; making it a great read for small groups.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review – Jolt!

Jolt!, by Phil Cooke, is the perfect book for person needing a swift kick-start on the road to change. It’s a book for everyone who wants to get a positive grip on change once and for all. The book offers 25 “jolts” that anyone can use to start a new path, overcome an obstacle, or readjust their thinking to change their life.

In the book, Phil Cooke talks about his own experience of “hitting a wall” and being forced into pursuing his big dream. Had sudden and abrupt change not entered the equation (in the form of losing his steady job), Phil never would have stepped out in faith and chased the bigger goal God had for him.

Jolt! is broken down into short, easy read to chapters; and at 205 pages is a quick book to read. However, I would recommend sitting down and reading one chapter at a time; taking detailed notes as to where you need to change in each area of you life.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review – Curiosities of the Civil War

Curiosities of the Civil War: Strange Stories, Infamous Characters and Bizarre Events by Webb Garrison is a great book for any history or Civil War buff interested in some of the little known facts about the Civil War. Garrison focuses on the relative unknown and obscure events or information that you may not find in any encyclopedia or other historical books.  It could easily be called the trivia book of the unknown aspects of the Civil War and most definitely used as a reference book.

All of the accounts and facts are extremely interesting whether you are a Civil War buff or not. Garrison writes about many different aspects of the war, including the wives that followed the husbands into battle and became nurses; the 623,000 Americans that died, although only about one-third was combat casualties; the dog trained to perform military salutes; and the soldiers who disguised themselves as women, slaves, or farmers.

Curiosities of the Civil is a long book, 528 plus pages that are broken into small segments. There are hundreds of short, unrelated stories that can make it a difficult read if you are trying to read it from cover to cover. You can easily read a few chapters and stop without missing the point of the book.  As a matter of fact, it is much easier to read if you take it one short section at a time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review – “Outlive Your Life”

Max Lucado’s Outlive Your Life is yet another outstanding book by an amazing author. I’ve read many books by Max Lucado and by far, this is his best book yet. It is definitely inspirational and life-changing. Throughout the book, Max talks about and shows us how God uses ordinary people to change the world. Outlive Your Life is a call to all Christians to put their faith in action and to have a desire to leave a legacy. As the subtitle states, “You Were Made to Make a Difference”, the reader is challenged throughout the book to make a difference. My advice is to pick up a copy of Outlive Your Life and see how God can use you to make a difference. You might be surprised.

This is another easy read at 174 plus a section with discussion questions and action guide. It would make a great book for a book club or church study group.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review – “You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be”

I’ve just finished reading Max Lucado’s “You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be”. It’s actually a very quick read of 127 pages and seems to be a condensed version of Max’s “Cure for the Common Life”. This would make a great gift book for a college student or young adult, but is also a great read for anyone trying to determine who God wants them to be. Much like “Cure for the Common Life” this book talks about finding your sweet spot, studying your S.T.O.R.Y., and taking great risks for God.

One of the best parts of the book for me was the chapter on finding your sweet spot. Max puts it this way: “Use your uniqueness (what you do) to make a big deal out of God (why you do it) every day of your life (where you do it). At the convergence of all three, you’ll find the cure for the common life: your sweet spot. So, if you are tired of your common life, let me encourage you to pick a copy of “You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be”. It may just change your life.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Photo Friday – Landmark Booksellers


Landmark Booksellers in Franklin, TN is a small, independent bookstore with a southern sense of charm and hospitality. Housed in an antebellum Greek Revival building dating back to the 1820s, Landmark Booksellers is located on the main street of historic downtown Franklin, TN.

This is a great place to grab a book, sit down and relax, and read a while in beautiful, historic downtown Franklin.

I don’t know much about the building’s history, but a Williamson County Historical Society marker indicates the building was the old factory store. I’m not sure what purpose it served or its historical significance. If anyone knows more about this building, please let me know.