Archive | November 2016

Boys Among Men by Johnathan Abrams

What’s Inside:

 

The definitive, never-before-told story of the prep-to-pro generation, those basketball prodigies who from 1995 to 2005 made the jump directly from high school to the NBA.

When Kevin Garnett shocked the world by announcing that he would not be attending college—as young basketball prodigies were expected to do—but instead enter the 1995 NBA draft directly from high school, he blazed a trail for a generation of teenage basketball players to head straight for the pros. That trend would continue until the NBA instituted an age limit in 2005, requiring all players to attend college or another developmental program for at least one year.

 Over that decade-plus period, the list of players who made that difficult leap includes some of the most celebrated players of the modern era—Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, and numerous other stars. It also includes notable “busts” who either physically or mentally proved unable to handle the transition. But for better or for worse, the face of the NBA was forever changed by the prep-to-pro generation.

In compelling, masterfully crafted prose, Boys Among Men goes behind the scenes and draws on hundreds of firsthand interviews to paint insightful and engaging portraits of the most pivotal figures and events during this time. Award-winning basketball writer Jonathan Abrams has obtained remarkable access to the key players, coaches, and other movers and shakers from that time, and the result is a book packed with rare insights and never-before-published details about this chapter in NBA history. Boys Among Men is a thrilling, informative, must-read for any basketball fan.


Who Wrote It:

JONATHAN ABRAMS is an award-winning journalist who has covered the NBA for ESPN’s Grantland, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.


My Thoughts: 

Boys Among Men is a great read for any Basketball sports fan! Abrams did an excellent job getting all the facts in order. I do agree with a lot Abrams had to say in this book the behind the scenes info the NBA stories were truly amazing. I love how in-depth Abrams went when sharing Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant even Bill Willoughby stories. I love the fact that even though Abrams kept his information in chronological order the stories were not if that makes sense. I really feel this book has opened my eyes to a lot of things that I wasn’t aware of that players had to deal with. 

Star Rating:

I give Boys Among Men 5 Stars

Note: I was given a copy of Boys Among Men from Blogging for books in return for my honest review.

All But Normal 

What’s Inside:
Growing up, Shawn Thornton’s life was anything but normal, but then, so was his mother. After waking from a coma following a car crash, Beverly Thornton’s once sweet and gentle disposition had been replaced by violent mood swings, profanity laced tirades, and uncontrollable fits of rage. Inside the Thornton house, floors and countertops were piled high with dirty laundry and garbage, because Bev was unable to move well enough to clean. Dinners were a Russian roulette of half cooked meat, spoiled milk, and foods well past their expiration dates. A moment of frustration might prompt her to hurl a knife at Shawn, his brother, Troy, or their dad or to vehemently cuss them out, only to shower them with love and affection moments later as though nothing had happened, and God help the family cat!On several occasions, Bev even tried to jump out of the car on the highway while Shawn and his brother struggled to keep her inside. Yet this same woman was also a devoted Bible reader, Sunday school teacher, and friend to the elderly, poor, and marginalized wherever she went. How the same woman could be a saint one minute and a nightmare the next was a constant source of frustration for the family. Then one day, after decades of embarrassing outbursts, a surprise discovery finally helps the Thornton family come to grips with Bev’s mysterious condition and brings Shawn to a startling realization that changes the course of his life forever. A heartwarming coming of age story, All But Normal is a powerful reminder that sometimes the broken people in our lives are the ones who need fixing the least.

Who Wrote It:
Shawn Thornton serves as Senior Pastor of Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California. He is also the Bible teaching voice heard daily across America on the half-hour radio program, “All Things New.” Shawn has the honor of serving on the Boards of Directors of Awana Clubs International, Awana Lifeline Ministries, the Joni & Friends Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees of his local hospital, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, CA. He blogs regularly at PastorShawn.com. Shawn and his wife, Lesli, have three young adult children—Jon, Katie, and Megan.

Joel Kilpatrick is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has been featured in Time magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, CBS Radio, the Dallas Morning News and dozens of newspapers and magazines. He has authored and ghostwritten more than 60 books, including a New York Times bestseller. He has reported from disaster zones and civil wars in seventeen countries, and received numerous prizes for writing and reporting, including the highest award for Christian humor. Kilpatrick earned an MS degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York in 1995. He lives in southern California with his wife and five children, most of whom he loves.

My Thoughts: 

This was a powerful read I was so moved by Shawn’s story my heart goes out to the little boy who had to grow up with so much fear an confusion. I can really relate to how Shawn felt in this book being that my own mother suffers from schizophrenia. I highly recommend this book because it’s shows just how good God can be in your time of need. I love when I can read a book an it touches me deep down in my soul. 

Star Rating: 

I give All But Normal 5 Stars this book was amazing 

Note: I received All But Normal by Shawn Thornton an Joel Kilpatrick compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review. 

Deadly Encounter by Diann Mills

What’s Inside:


Airport Ranger volunteer Stacy Broussard expected a peaceful Saturday morning ride around the perimeter of Houston’s airport. What she encounters instead is a brutal homicide and a baffling mystery. Next to the body is an injured dog, the dead man s motorcycle, and a drone armed with a laser capable of taking down a 747. 

Though FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc sees a clear-cut case of terrorism, his past has taught him to be suspicious of everyone, even witnesses. Even bleeding-heart veterinarians like Stacy. But when her gruesome discovery is only the first in a string of incidences that throw her life into a tailspin, Alex begins to wonder if Stacy was targeted. As a health emergency endangers Stacy’s community, and the task force pulls in leads from all directions, Alex and Stacy must work together to prevent another deadly encounter.

Who Wrote It: 

DiAnn Mills

Award-winning author DiAnn Mills launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has fifty books in print and has sold over 1.5 million copies.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope and Love, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman Mentor for Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. She and her husband

My Thoughts: 
Okay to be completely honest this book was so hard for me to get through I felt like certain scenes were forced! There were times when I was reading an felt like giving up completely on this book. Stacy got on my last nerve I felt I just wanted her to sit down somewhere. I did love how much Stacy cared for Whit that was sweet to watch. I really don’t think I will be picking up book 2 in this series. 

Star Rating: 

Overall I give Deadly Encounter 2 Stars 

Note: I received Deadly Encounter by Diann Mills compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review.