Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn’t Give Up by Ian & Larissa Murphy

Eight Twenty Eight

What if that thing you really feared happened? Would the joy you hold pop? Or would you experience love and joy deeper than you can imagine

They met in college and fell in love. They talked about getting married, and he started looking for a ring. They dreamed about life together, a life of beauty and joy, raising babies and laughing with friends and growing old.

They did not imagine a car accident. They did not imagine his brain injury. They did not dream about the need for constant care and a wheelchair and fear that food might choke him.

And they could not have imagined how persistent love would be. Theirs and God’s.

Ian and Larissa Murphy tell their story of love in Eight Twenty Eight. Except, it’s not just their love story. Really, it’s yours as well. Read and gain a picture of love that will challenge all you think you know about what is true and what persists. – from author’s website.

This was an inspiring book about how Larissa stayed with her boyfriend, Ian in spite of his brain injury and their love for each other. I could feel along with Larissa as she tells their story and was inspired by how God worked through their lives. I liked how they flipped between the past and the present (at the time of the writing), however, at times it was a little confusing knowing the timeline of their story. I thought a coma was when the person was asleep so I was a little confused as to what constituted as a coma because she often talked about him still being in a coma after he had already been awake and after he had gone home. It would have been nice to have got some clarification on that. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

Angels by Jack Graham


The Truth About Angels

Myths about angels are everywhere. Do we become angels when we die? Are angels always hovering nearby, on guard to protect us from danger? Can we talk to them? Many of our ideas about angels come from the media, which is more interested in ratings and ticket sales than truth. It’s important for Christians to understand what angels really are.

Pastor Jack Graham walks you through Scripture, revealing the truth about angels and what they offer us: encouragement, counsel, confirmation of God’s will, strength, protection, wisdom, companionship, and more. Focusing on practical application, Dr. Graham separates fact from fiction and demonstrates that the main role of angels isn’t to draw attention to themselves, but to point us toward Christ. – from publisher’s website

Angels by Jack Graham is an excellent book for people who want to get a biblical view of angels. I could tell that Graham did his research on biblical accounts of angels. I liked how he applied it to our lives and how we relate to God. He didn’t just take angels out of the context of a relationship with God. I also liked how he included day to day examples of how knowing different things about angels would and should affect our lives.

Come With Me by Suzanne Eller

Come with me

Imagine that Jesus walks up to you, right now, and asks you to follow him. He doesn’t tell you where, and he doesn’t tell you what it will entail. He just asks you to come.

Will you say yes?

In her warm, conversational way, bestselling author and Proverbs 31 speaker Suzanne Eller shows how, when you say yes, you take a step away from the uncertainty, the to-do list, the worries and excuses. And you take a step toward the One who promises to delight and surprise, who will transform who you are, how you live, and how you impact the world.

So come. Walk with Jesus. Listen to his words. Step into the harder places of faith – but not alone. Learn who you are, but more so who he is to you.

The road will wind, your feet will get dusty. But you will discover the unexpected beauty of following where he leads. And that is worth everything.

Each chapter includes “Taking It Deeper” reflection questions, a Scripture, a Prayer, and Application steps for “Living As A Disciple”. – from author’s website

I enjoyed this book and how Suzanne Eller used the twelve disciples as the focus and what we can learn from their lives. It gave more depth to them and showed that Jesus chose ordinary people to follow Him. I also liked that she used personal stories from her own life and those she knew to bring the lessons she learned through the disciples stories into this day and age. She was willing to share her struggles and hard times that she’s been through. At the end of each chapter, there are thought-provoking questions to get you to think about what you read in the chapter and how it could apply to your life. Overall, it’s a nice little book that takes you through the book of Luke and the disciples stories.