Book/Comic Review: “IRIS” by Kyle Reardon

Admittedly, I am a comic/sci-fi fanboy.
When I heard that The Salvation Army’s Frontier Press was about to publish its first comic book/graphic novel, I was very excited!
I quickly pre-ordered a copy from Amazon, it’s now available for purchase here: IRIS Order Here

I enjoyed the story line, I won’t give away the content, but I immediately loved how science, ethics and Iris’ life gets mashed together in this first installment!

The only constructive criticism that I would offer is that I wished it had been in color.  I’m not sure if it was from an artistic standpoint or a budgetary one, but I understand…perhaps as the “first” the Army was testing the waters of this new field within “Salvo” publishing.  I found the character of Iris to be intriguing and I now want to know more!

I would recommend you pick up your copy today!  Maybe pick up two and keep the second in the plastic sleeve to start your collection.  I am looking forward to the next installment(s) of “IRIS”, thank you Kyle Reardon, Dennis Culver and Frontier Press for bringing this awesome genre to life within The Salvation Army!  The graphic novel is going to cater to younger generations, and give clean, healthy fun to the whole family!  Check it out today!
I give IRIS 4 1/2 Stars out of five (can’t wait for the next one!) 

“Holistic Hospitality” by Captain Andy Miller III – Book Review

Are you a proponent for The Salvation Army getting back to its roots?  So am I!
There are countless “how to” books out there that offer scholarly advice, some are good, some not so good…some are just pie in the sky theories that have seldom been put into practice.

Captain Miller III and Family
Captain Miller III and Family

The Book: “Holistic Hospitality” by Andy Miller III isn’t just another book that offers scholarly advice with pie in the sky theories.  This is a practical book that provides all of us a clear blueprint that will not only help us to reignite our hearts but our focus on people and real life ministry.  One of the misnomers that Captain Andy Miller III tackles in this book is the notion that ministry only takes place in the corps sanctuary, or “that we must separate Army’s ministries into “social” and “spiritual””.  (p. 30)

As soldiers and officers we have often seen this dividing line in ministry, and it can be a challenge to bridge the two together.  Sometimes we see Sunday as our primary focus but become less involved in the other “social” aspects of day to day “Salvation Army” work.  In this book, Captain Miller provides us with a practical view and a clear walk through of his own team led project of introducing the notion of hospitality into everything we do.  Hospitality is so much more than something that is done at home where you serve guests. Hospitality ushers people into deeper relationship with each other and with Christ.  We can practice hospitality in EVERYTHING that we do as we point to Christ while serving others!

I won’t spoil the book for you and lay out the entire project on this review.
Instead I recommend you pick up a copy of Captain Miller’s Book “Holistic Hospitality – A Bridge To A Future Army” and read it for yourself.  Be encouraged, be inspired, as we strive to lead our Army onward into the future!

This book can be purchased at your Territorial Trade Department or online at Linked here:
Holistic Hospitality

Something more to ponder today!

Book Review: “Falling in Love with God” by Bob Hostetler



Hey all, a little over a month ago I was asked to give a book review on a book that just released yesterday, April 9th, 2013.  The book is called, “Falling in love with God” by Bob Hostetler.  If you get a chance to, pick up a copy and read it for yourself!  

For your convenience I have posted two links where you can purchase this great book:

As I read this epic story of God’s love for his people anew through the eyes of Hosea, Hostetler illustrates for us to the lengths in which our Father in Heaven will go to buy back His Bride from the deepest darkest depths of total depravity.  Hostetler weaves this journey of God’s Redemptive love in a very practical and personal way for us today!  Not only does he accurately expound on the scriptures of the book of Hosea, but brings our lives into focus for the here and now!  How God desires to love us more deeply, and He wants us to love Him back!   If you have ever pondered the extent in which God will go to win back His Bride, read the book of Hosea in the Bible, then pick up a copy Bob Hostetler’s new book:  “Falling in Love with God“.  I know you won’t regret it, check it out and I know you will be blessed as I was when you read its pages.


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