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Book Review: The Power to Be

“If I keep my attention on my problems and heartaches they become overwhelming to me and tend to control my life. But if I fix my thoughts on God, he becomes magnified in my heart and mind, and I’m reminded of who he is and what he’s able to do.”

So writes Twila Belk in her newest devotional, The Power to Be: A 40-Day Devotional: Be Still, Be Grateful, Be Strong, Be Courageous. 

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This lovely little book doesn’t have to be utilized as a 40-day devotional. I finished it in one evening, copying down quotes from Twila that inspired or encouraged me. I have the same wall plaque she mentions hanging in her living room, though mine is in my bedroom.

Happy moments- praise God. Difficult moments- seek God. Quiet moments- worship God. Painful moments- trust God. Every moment- Thank God. 

Knowing the difficulties the author has experienced in her life gives credence to her words. It doesn’t get more real than this.

I happened to pick up The Power to Be exactly when I needed it, as I’m facing some challenges in my own life. I love the quotes and the Bible verses, including my current life verse Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.

This book would make a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day, or a pick-me-up for someone you know who is going through a difficult time.

Learn more about the author at

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Book Review: One of the Few

Not my usual reading fare, I agreed to review this book because a Marine joined my family this year. Yes, my daughter married a young man who graduated from Marine Corps Officer Candidate School this past summer.


I couldn’t help but think of my new son as I read One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd. Like Ladd, Hugh is a committed Christian. Unlike Ladd, he was raised that way. Ladd had to find his own path to God.

This author, a US Marine fighter pilot who sees combat in Iraq,  explores life’s important questions as he searches for the truth. He contrasts spiritual apathy against Christian faith in the epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter, and further explores those same topics in each chapter. Sexual immorality and sin are just two of the topics Ladd explores without debasing himself in the process. His five children are lucky to have such a strong father figure with such high morals. Digging deep into his quest, Ladd applies the art and science of a fighter pilot to become the best man and father he can be.

Ladd touched too briefly on some more personal aspects of his journey, including a pregnancy that ends in the loss of a child.  That is the story I would typically pick up to read. That is the next book I wait for him to write.

In the meantime, I know one young man who will receive this review copy for Christmas!

You can read more about the author on his website.