Cammo Style Love: Miss Rhe's Bookshelf #8

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Miss Rhe's Bookshelf #8

Boy, the books are flying off the shelf peeps.  I feel like my rhythm might actually be back in the book department and I'm loving it.  With having Mr. Phillip and moving and my surgery all in a matter of three months I sort of fell off the hobby wagon - meaning book reading and yarn activities went by the way side.  With the pregnancy of a couple friends I found my reasons to get back into crocheting and knitting, so that's exciting.  Reading has finally come back too, and after having discovering a new book store to call my own (since I miss the one in Nevada so much), I have a feeling it's all up hill from here!  *happy dance*

This Bookshelf post has three books in it, all of the non-fiction variety.  I've got to say I was pretty surprised by these books, liked some I wasn't sure about and didn't like ones that I thought I would like.  Isn't that always the way?

Implosion by Joel C. Rosenberg :
You can find it here on Amazon

                 Bestselling author and international political expert Joel C. Rosenberg tackles the question: Is America an empire in decline or a nation poised for a historic Renaissance?

America teeters on a precipice. In the midst of financial turmoil, political uncertainty, declining morality, the constant threat of natural disasters, and myriad other daunting challenges, many wonder what the future holds for this once-great nation. Will history’s greatest democracy stage a miraculous comeback, returning to the forefront of the world’s economic and spiritual stage? Can America’s religious past be repeated today with a third Great Awakening? Or will the rise of China, Russia, and other nations, coupled with the US’s internal struggles, send her into a decline from which there can be no return?
Implosion helps readers understand the economic, social, and spiritual challenges facing the United States in the 21st century, through the lens of biblical prophecy.
   
       Mr. Rosenberg boasts a heavy resume of awesomeness.  He's worked on Presidential Campaigns, been on ABC, CNN, FOX and The History Channel, and is also the Co-Founder and President of The Joshua Fund.  This is a superbly written book and its very raw and real, uses a lot of scripture to talk about the state of the country and world, and where we are going. But frankly I had an extremely difficult time reading this book.  It was entirely too gritty, and too much doomsday for this girl.  I'm all for talking about religion in relation to our country. 

        A previous book I reviewed called, We the People, did that, and extremely well.  This book, while excellently written by a very brilliant man, with its real and truthful qualities, I just ended up reading it halfheartedly.  Not my cup of tea.  I feel so of lame writing such a short review of it, but that's really all I have to say.  I feel like if you're into this type of stuff you'll love it.  If you aren't, you'll hate it and probably not finish it.

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book by my partnership with Tyndale Publishing Company.  I was not compensated in any other way.  My opinions are my own, take 'em or leave 'em.

Grant: Savior of The Union, by Mitchell Yockelson

Purchase it here, on Amazon

        This is another book, right up my alley, but I wasn't sure what to expect.  It's not a very big book, and I wondered if that would make a difference, as biographies go.  Grant isn't one of my expertise areas, although the hubby and I are growing to be bigger and bigger into the Civil War era with out recent move to the East Coast.  The hubbs knows way more than I do about all that stuff, General's names, names of battles and the like.  This is one of the reasons why I picked up this book.  I've read a lot of historical biographies, but have never come across the name of this writer.  Ended up being pleasantly surprised in that area too.  If anyone was going to write a book, this guy should definitely be one of THE guys to do it. 

         Who is this guy anyway?  Here's a bit from the book about the Author.

Mitchell Yockelson is an Investigative Archivist (Come on people, how cool is that?) at the National Archives and Records Administration and instructor of history at the United States Naval Academy and Norwich University. He holds degrees from Frostbury State, George Mason University and a Doctorate from the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University.

         If that's not an impressive resume, and every reason why he should be writing this book, I'm not sure what is.  This was a wonderful book, suitable for older kids, teens and adults.  It is excellently written and includes so much information, and lots of things I didn't know.  There was quite a bit in there about the military life, which was a pleasant surprise, and I found myself becoming more and more grateful the exceptionally easy military life I lead in comparison.  While I'm sure the author wasn't intending for that to be such a prominent part of the book, each time something was including about his family this jumped out at me.  What an incredible asset to our country Grant ones, and a huge reason why we accomplished so much during the Civil War and the union was preserved.  An incredible bright, yet humble man, who loved his family and horses, I think he goes relatively unknown and unthought of.  Not only because of his reserved quality, but because his presidency was right next to Lincoln's, and this is such a huge part of our history and is lauded as one of the worst tragedies of our country.  If you are interested in learning more about this man, but don't want to grab a huge encyclopedia of a book this would be what I would recommend to you in heartbeat.  Very well done Mr. Yockelson, and I've already added his other books to my queue, and can't wait to dive into them.

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