New top 5 favorite book (Resurrection in May -Lisa Samson)

>I was so intrigued when I first saw Resurrection in May posted as one of the review books on Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze. I waited anxiously for the book to arrive, thinking back on other books by Samson I’ve enjoyed. When it finally came, I was nervous to get started as I knew May, the main character, lives through the Rwanda genocide (something I am interested in, but also struggling with) and then cannot bear to live life as a typical American. I was amazed as I read this book, though, how real May was; how her struggles with PTSD and the American life were understandable. I rejoiced as she grew, cried as she lost battles against God and herself, grieved as her heart broke, winced as her pain washed over the pages.

Samson is a gifted storyteller, as evidenced in her past novels, but reinforced in this stunning novel of redemption and freedom. I would consider this book to be a new favorite, one I don’t think is going to drop off my list anytime soon. Thank you, Thomas Nelson for the review copy. These views are my own, and I’m so thankful to have received such an incredible book free!


Fantastic memoir…a great story (Same Kind of Different as Me – Ron Hall & Denver Moore)

>Wow. The stories told in Same Kind of Different as Me amazed me. These stories of the lives of Hall and Moore were honest, heartbreaking, real, and oh so beautiful.

Denver is essentially born into slavery in Louisiana and, after running away, lives on the streets. Ron, on the other hand, is a privileged art dealer from a totally different walk of life. As their paths cross, and through their relationship, both men gain a new understanding of life, faith, friendship, the world.

Their experiences and relationship really invites Jesus lovers and followers to live honestly and with intentionality. As a reviewer for Thomas Nelson, I received a free review copy of this book in exchange for my opinions; however, I would have purchased this book, and intend to do so as gifts for family and friends who I think will appreciate the honest, real, stories of these two men. This is a life-changing book.