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Miracle Drug by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. Book Review

In Miracle Drug, Dr. Ben Lambert tragically died from an apparent heart attack. His body turns up missing and is later recovered cremated before they could perform an autopsy on him. Dr. Lambert is the personal physician to the former President of the United States, David Madison. Before he died, Lambert recommend Dr. Josh Pearson if something was to happen to him. Dr. Josh Pearson becomes former President Madison new physician. Josh’s girlfriend, Rachel went to South America for a special trip along with the Madison and a small group of people. Rachel and Madison develop a cough and had a raw throat. Dr. Pearson believed they both have diphtheria and they were supposedly given immune shots before their trip. They are in both need of a miracle drug to heal their bodies. Meanwhile someone is trying to kill the former president. Will they succeed? Will they have enough antidote for the both of them? Will Dr. Pearson have to make a difficult choice on who gets it? Who killed Dr. Lambert? Many questions will be answered in this book! 

I would recommend this amazing book to anyone who enjoys medical mystery novels and they love a good adventure. I liked how Dr. Richard L. Mabry, M.D. explains the medical terminology in way a non-medical background can understand what occurs. I also loved how he described the steps and process it takes for the FDC to approve new drugs. I have read a few books by Dr. Mabry and let me tell you, his stories keep getting better and better. His new book is very fast paced and it will grab the reader’s attention until the case is solved. I liked how Dr. Mabry was able to keep me guessing on who was behind the crime and who was attempting to assassinate the former president. I also liked how the book enclosed discussion questions to assist readers into digging deeper into the meaning of the story. I also liked how they included the first chapter of his next book, “Medical Judgement”. I can’t wait to read his next book! If you’re seeking a new mystery book, then read this one!

“I received a review copy of Miracle Drug from Litfuse for this review.”

About the book:

Miracle Drug
(Abingdon, September 2015)

Overcoming these odds will take more than a miracle drug---it will take a miracle.

The infection wasn't supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn't. Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why---his patients, including the former President of the United States, have been dosed with a different strain of the original virus, one that is universally fatal. The only chance for survival is treatment with an experimental drug, but the manufacturer might already have discarded its supply.

As if treating the President of the United States isn't stressful enough, the situation goes from bad to worse when Rachel Moore, a nurse Josh is falling in love with, falls ill. With the nation's eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.

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About the author: 

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes "medical suspense with heart." His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers' debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and Romantic Times' Reader's Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. "Miracle Drug" is his ninth published novel. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

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Faith of Our Fathers: A Story of Fatherhood A Journey of Brotherhood DVD Movie Review

Faith of Our Fathers is a brand new Christian movie. The movie begins with young couple John Paul (play by Kevin Downes) and Cynthia (played by Candace Carmen Bure). They are getting married in a few weeks. John Paul has unanswered questions about his late father, Eddie. His father served in the Vietnam War alongside his best friend, Steven. They were both tragically killed in combat. He tracks down his father’s best friend’s son, Wayne (played by David A.R. White). Wayne takes John Paul on a road trip journey to see the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. and he tries to help him discover the truths about their fathers. Along the way, Wayne convinces John Paul to buy the letters he received from his father for $500 dollars a piece. These letters contain information about their fathers and what happened in Vietnam.

I would recommend this amazing movie to anyone who enjoys faith based movies. This movie is a perfect movie to watch to remember Veteran’s Day. I loved the dynamitic list of movie stars staring in this movie. Candace Carmen Bure is one of my favorite actress who always portrays in nice family friendly roles. I also loved the surprise guest star Duck Dynasty, Si Robertson and how he brought humor to the scene. I loved seeing Christian artist, Rebecca St. James back on screen. I liked the overall plot of the film and how they showed old war scenes to add to the movie’s appearance. I also liked how the letters showed the journey of how Wayne’s father became a Christian by being influenced by Eddie. The movie is kind of a sad movie but I liked how the film showed the power of brotherhood in fathers and sons. If you’re looking for a new movie to watch, then watch this film!

About the movie:
John Paul and Wayne are two young men in search of their fathers.  Problem is...their fathers have been dead for 25 years.  Eddie and Steven are two young men in search of their sons...whom they've never met.  In 1969, Eddie and Steven are with their squad deep in the jungle of Vietnam on a five-day mission to retrieve fallen comrades.  They write letters to their wives, often mentioning their love for their sons, one, who is an infant and one yet to be born.  In 1994, John Paul and Wayne go on a five day road trip to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC to see their fathers' names.  Along the way, reading those letters, they begin to get an understanding of who their fathers were and how they died.  Trials and mishaps, both funny and sad, complicate the road trip for the boys.  The horrors of war and the testing of faith manifest themselves for the young men in Vietnam.  Ultimately, in parallel stories - 25 years apart - the fathers and sons are bound together forever.  

Runtime: 96 minutes
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13 (for brief war violence)

Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Downes, David A.R. White, Rebecca St. James, Si Robertson, Candace Cameron Bure, Scott Whyte, and Sean McGowan.

Special Features of the DVD:
-The Heart of Faith of Our Fathers
-Honoring Father's Day
-Commemorating Memorial Day
-Si Robertson Interview
-Stephen Baldwin Interview



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Pass It On: Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences by Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee Book Review

My Review:

In Pass It On, Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee explored the principles on how to parent during each stage of your children’s development. The authors both believe that our faith in Jesus can leave a lasting legacy for our children. The Bible even declared how the effects of previous generations could have on the current generation. They shared a story about the famous speaker Jonathan Edwards and how each generation make a lasting positive impact. They also revealed the story of Max Jukes and how his family line included a number of rapists, murderers, and prostitutes. The book contains thirteen chapters and they cover each grade level in order to assist your child in their rite of passage. 

One of my favorite chapters was entitled, “Seventh Grade: The Blessing”. This chapter discussed the importance of celebrating your child entering adulthood. The authors encouraged parents to have a blessing ceremony for their child. They could give them a written blessing, a family dinner, or a public blessing. They also strongly suggested not to focus on achievement as being the center of the blessing, instead parents should focus on their faith, choices, future, and much more. They also included scripture verses of where passages discuss blessings. I believe this chapter has the potential to greatly impact and bless your child’s life, if you’re a parent, I encourage you to try this! 

I would recommend this life changing book to any parent on any stage of parenting. This book is meant to be read year to year in order to assist parents in raising their children and instilling principles in their life that will benefit generation after generation. I love how the authors both appeared to be very knowledgably in parenting and teaching children about the importance of faith in Christ. I loved how the book was laid out and how they included different resources for each chapter such as samples scripts and questions. I also liked how they enclosed a special section on “What You Need to Know about _____ graders”. I thought it was really helpful seeing what changes physically, emotionally, relationality, and spiritually affect our children at each different stage of their life.

“I received a review copy of Pass It On from Litfuse for this review.”

About the book:Pass It On (David C. Cook, September 2015)

Parents often experience a "freak out" moment when they realize their children's view of God will primarily come from what they learn at home.
Most parents spend more time helping their kids succeed at academics or athletics than infusing shared spiritual experiences into the rhythm of everyday family life.

While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On make it easy for your family to celebrate milestones from kindergarten through high school graduation. Forever change the direction of your family's spiritual legacy . . . starting now!

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About the authors: 

Jim Burns is president of HomeWord and executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. He has more than 1.5 million resources in print and a radio broadcast heard on 800 stations a day. Jim resides in Southern California with his wife Cathy and their three daughters. 

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Jeremy Lee is the founder of ParentMinistry.Net, a subscription-based service for children and youth ministry workers. He was on the writing team for the Simple Truth Bible from Group Publishing and the Ignite Study Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Jeremy lives in Nashville with his wife and children.

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