Your Next 24 Hours by Hal Donaldson and Kirk Noonan Review

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Description: If asked, who among us wouldn’t say we were kind people? But kindness is often manifested in feelings of pity or sympathy–especially when others are watching–rather than in deeds. And when it comes down to it, what good does mere feeling do for the world?
Your Next 24 Hours is about something much bigger–a lifestyle of kindness, without thought of reciprocation, extended toward every person in our lives, both friend and foe. Through powerful true stories of kindness lived out, this book shows readers the enormous difference they can make through small, doable acts of kindness in their families, communities, workplaces, schools, and churches. It shows how every encounter with another person is an opportunity to be kind–and a chance to change our world.
Readers of Your Next 24 Hours will find deep satisfaction and joy as they discover how they can be part of a revolution of kindness that starts with them and reaches out through every person their lives touch.

My Thoughts: Lately I’ve felt that the world really needs more kindness and the quote “be the change you want to see” came to mind when I would think this. So when the opportunity to read this book came along, I really wanted to read it.

This book is filled with stories of ordinary people as well as celebrities who chose kindness in big and small ways. It also has ideas for how you, the reader can perform acts of kindness in day to day life.

I found this book very inspiring and uplifting. It was a nice reminder that there is still good in this world and encouraged me to look for opportunities to give and serve each day.

It was enjoyable to read and very fast paced for a non-fiction book. I highly recommend this to all people who want to see more kindness in the world.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

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Life After by Katie Ganshert Review

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Synopsis: On the day of a late spring storm, in Chicago, Autumn Manning boarded an “L” train. A bomb explodes, killing everyone in the train car except for Autumn—the sole survivor. A year has passed and Autumn suffocates under a blanket of what ifs and the pressing desire to bring the victims back to life, every day, if only for her. She doesn’t want their stories to be forgotten. She wants to undo what cannot be undone. An unexpected ally joins her efforts, also seeking answers and trying to find a way to stumble ahead.
But one victim’s husband, Paul Elliott, prays to let the dead—and their secrets—rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to hurt his loved ones.
Caught between loss and hope, these restless souls must release the past to embrace a sovereign God.

My Thoughts: This is one of those books that will pull at your heartstrings. The main character Autumn is the sole survivor of a train bomb and she is left with survivor’s guilt. Through a set of circumstances, she comes to meet Paul, the husband of one of the victims and secrets are revealed on both sides.

I really liked the characters in this story…each one had his or her own voice and felt very real. I also felt that the story was not “sugar coated” in any way, there are many raw emotions on display and characters go through a gamut of emotions after dealing with a senseless tragedy.

This is a Christian fiction book and the mention of God is definitely present but I feel like the story would still be very enjoyable to non-Christian readers. I loved the Christian aspect of the story, it was subtle but very beautiful.

This one is definitely a winner, but if you are sensitive, keep a box of tissues handy when reading it.

My Rating: 4.5 stars

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.