Thursday, December 7, 2017

Chasing Phil by David Howard



 Back in the 70’s the FBI was designed to track down bank robbers, infiltrate criminal organizations and other illegal efforts.  The issue in the 70’s is the white-collar crime was new and they have little to go on or how to track or even convict people who were doing these types of fraud.  This type of crime was done with pen and paper not a gun and a mask.  Convictions were few because of the limited evidence that was collected and presented in court.  This book brings you into the experience of two the FBI agents that try to win over, gather evidence and work to convince the one of the worlds smartest con men.  You need to realize this is before personal computers, the internet does not exist, and the FBI’s red tape and limitation are at their worst.  Through all the struggles, entering in situation the bureau has never been trained for and the stress of being away from family creates an interesting story.  The creativity from a con man’s stand point is unbelievable how and what he came up with to con others out of large amounts of money.  How the bureau had to adjust and adapt to this type of a crime it’s like reading two books at once.  Great factual story presented from both the con man’s point of view and the FBI's.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Build Designing My Life of Choppers, Family and Faith by Paul Teutul Jr.


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I admit I did watch American chopper several times but was never really hooked mainly because the dysfunctional family dynamics were too close to home.  Yet, when I read the history of what happened prior to the show I was amazed at the negative situation that kept appearing time and time again.  Timing was perfect for the reality show with the all too raw situations.  As you go through the history of the show and watch as things continue to build you would assume the end result would be tragic.  Paul J., in his inspiriting story, shows how you can do the right things for the right reasons and still be happy, successful and maintain one’s faith.  His journey back to his religious foundation that his mother instilled in him is a good message for all.  While I’m not a chopper fan, nor did I really cared that much for the show I would encourage you to read this book not for the entertainment value but for the strong message it send to it readers.  

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Be the Hands and Feet by Nick Vujicic


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If you are looking for something different, inspiring and that delivers a positive message you have come to the right place.  I was lucky enough to have read Nick Vujicic other books prior to this plus a book his father wrote about raising a child with special needs.  Where his first two books cover areas like a life with no limits and the incredible power of faith in action this book brings yet a different point of view.  Since his prior books he has matured, married, had children and now make a living traveling and spreading the love of God.  What I found the most important part of his book is the Nine Keys of the Great Commission.  The Nine Keys help churches that are looking for ways to bring more of God’s children into his flock, as the books states.  These keys might only be suggestions but if followed correctly could bring people back to church for what they were originally intended for, to bring you closer to Jesus.  What a simple yet powerful concept.  I would also suggest you read “Life Without Limits" and "Unstoppable", both books written by the same author.    

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.