Posted by: icecreamgram | March 20, 2019

My Name is Mahtob

The daughter at the center of the international bestseller Not Without My Daughter completes her story: escaping from Iran, growing up in fear, battling deadly disease, and learning to forgive.

Two decades ago, millions of readers worldwide thrilled to the story told in the international bestseller Not Without My Daughter—subsequently made into a film starring Sally Field—that told of an American mother and her six-year-old child’s daring escape from an abusive and tyrannical Iranian husband and father. Now the daughter returns to tell the whole story, not only of that imprisonment and escape but of life after fleeing Tehran: living in fear of re-abduction, enduring recurring nightmares and panic attacks, attending school under a false name, battling life-threatening illness—all under the menacing shadow of her father.

This is the story of an extraordinary young woman’s triumph over life-crushing trauma to build a life of peace and forgiveness. Taking readers from Michigan to Iran and from Ankara, Turkey, to Paris, France, My Name Is Mahtob depicts the profound resilience of a wounded soul healed by faith in God’s goodness and in his care and love. And Mahmoody reveals the secret of how she liberated herself from a life of fear, learning to forgive the father who had shattered her life and discovering joy and peace that comes from doing so.

Posted by: icecreamgram | April 16, 2018

Little Britches and Man of the Family

Little Britches. Ralph Moody was eight years old in 1906 when his family moved from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch. Through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there early in the twentieth century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes and wind storms give authentic color to Little Britches. So do adventures, wonderfully told, that equip Ralph to take his father’s place when it becomes necessary. Little Britches was the literary debut of Ralph Moody, who wrote about the adventures of his family in eight glorious books, all available as Bison Books.
Man of the Family: Fortified with Yankee ingenuity and western can-do energy, the Moody family, transplanted from New England, builds a new life on a Colorado ranch early in the twentieth century. Father has died and Little Britches shoulders the responsibilities of a man at age eleven.
Posted by: icecreamgram | March 27, 2018

The World is Bigger Now

For the first time, Euna Lee—the young wife, mother, and film editor detained in North Korea—tells a harrowing, but ultimately inspiring, story of survival and faith in one of the most isolated parts of the world. On March 17, 2009, Lee and her Current TV colleague Laura Ling were working on a documentary about the desperate lives of North Koreans fleeing their homeland for a chance at freedom when they were violently apprehended by North Korean soldiers. For nearly five months they remained detained while friends and family in the United States were given little information about their status or conditions. For Lee, detention would prove especially harrowing. Imprisoned just 112 miles from where she was born and where her parents still live in Seoul, South Korea, she was branded as a betrayer of her Korean blood by her North Korean captors. After representing herself in her trial before North Korea’s highest court, she received a sentence of twelve years of hard labor in the country’s notorious prison camps, leading her to fear she might not ever see her husband and daughter again.

The World Is Bigger Now draws us deep into Euna Lee’s life before and after this experience: what led to her arrival in North Korea, her efforts to survive the agonizing months of detainment, and how she and her fellow captive, Ling, were finally released thanks to the efforts of many individuals, including Bill Clinton. Lee explains in unforgettable detail what it was like to lose, and then miraculously regain, life as she knew it.

The World Is Bigger Now is the story of faith and love and Euna Lee’s personal
conviction that God will sustain and protect us, even in our darkest hours.

Posted by: icecreamgram | March 20, 2018

The Body on the Porch


At first I thought this would just be one of these silly “nothing” books that I would close after less than a dozen pages. But it wasn’t! It was a murder mystery, yet full of laughs and fun and totally drew me into the story. A fun read!

When a retired detective encounters a stranger standing outside a restaurant when both of them are on vacation and the stranger finds out what he did before he retired, the detective jokingly tells the stranger that he will come and solve a murder for him if he goes home and finds a body on his front porch.

Posted by: icecreamgram | March 20, 2018

The Good Nearby

Sometimes good things are nearer than expected. Margery has a nothing job, a nothing marriage, and zero self-esteem. Angie has everything she could ever want, except a life of her own making. Talia is overwhelmed by her pregnancy, by handling her career, and by caring for her toddler and a home-bound husband who needs a new heart. Gennifer has a high-powered career and a family that’s learned to fend without her. Gladys has never been married and approaches her golden years alone with failing eyesight. For the patrons of Neighbor’s Drugstore, the key to a rich, fulfilled life is closer than they think, if only they can open their hearts to the good nearby.

This is such a sad story, yet emphasizes the good nearby, even when we can’t see it or even dream it’s there.

Posted by: icecreamgram | March 8, 2018

But Not Forsaken


Maria, Hansie and Rosie fled their home, not knowing where to go or what would happen to them. Hans returned after a tragic trip to find his family gone, not knowing where they were and if they were safe. But God proved over and over in their lives that they were not forsaken, that He was with them every step of the way. A classic. We need to be reminded of the hardships some have gone through and many still go through every single moment of their lives. We also need to be reminded that God loves us and takes care of us.

Posted by: icecreamgram | December 27, 2017

A Certain Legacy

Three days after their wedding in 1950, David and Helen Ekstrom began a journey that would last for sixty plus years. Living and working in the northern highlands of Guatemala they saw a world before cell phones and television. Theirs is a sweet story of God’s grace and mercy, and what He can do through faithful servants. What motivated them? What made them stay? Be encouraged and inspired as you read the story of their life.

I spent a day with Helen while in Guatemala last October. What a blessing to see her again after so many years and to listen as she talked of so many memories of how God has blessed her. She’s 89 this year and going strong! She’s in the care of Dr. & Mrs. Arturo Herrera who provide for her with incredible loving care.

Posted by: icecreamgram | October 18, 2017

Wingtown Parson´s Linen Duster

Lookee what I found in my “stuff”! A book written in 1903! A short story that shares a pastor´s heart for the people God has called him to minister to. And the sacrifices this pastor – and his family – make to reach these folks. Written in “very old” English, I nevertheless found it so interesting and challenging. Am I as dedicated as this young pastor? If you can find it, I highly recommend this book – it will challenge you and remind you why God has put you where you are – to be His witness of course!

Posted by: icecreamgram | October 17, 2017

A Train near Magdeburg

What do you do if you are a reluctant soldier, having been shot at, seen your friends killed, and can no longer even remember what your own mother looks like?

As a combat soldier fighting your way across Europe, what is the plan when you come across a Holocaust train full of suffering humanity that shocks you to your core, even after you think you have seen it all? And what happens when you get to meet the survivors face to face, two generations later?

~ ‘After I got home I cried a lot. My parents couldn’t understand why I couldn’t sleep at times.’-Walter ‘Babe’ Gantz, US Army medic
In this book, the true story behind an iconic photograph taken at the liberation of a DEATH TRAIN deep in the heart of Nazi Germany—brought to life by the history teacher who discovered it, and went on to reunite HUNDREDS of Holocaust survivors with the actual American soldiers who saved them! 

~ ‘I grew up and spent all my years being angry. This means I don’t have to be angry anymore.’-Paul Arato, Holocaust Survivor 

~THE HOLOCAUST was a watershed event in history. Drawing on never-before published eye-witness accounts, survivor testimony and memoirs, wartime reports and letters, Matthew Rozell takes us on his journey to uncover the stories behind the incredible 1945 liberation photographs taken by the soldiers who were there. He weaves together a chronology of the Holocaust as it unfolds across Europe and goes to the authentic sites of the Holocaust to retrace the steps of the survivors and the American soldiers who freed them. His mission culminates in joyful reunions on three continents, seven decades later. Rozell offers his unique perspective on the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations, and the impact that one person, a teacher, can make.

~ ‘I survived because of many miracles. But for me to actually meet, shake hands, hug, and cry together with my liberators—the ‘angels of life’ who literally gave me back my life—was just beyond imagination.’-Leslie Meisels, Holocaust Survivor 

-Featuring testimony from 15 American liberators and over 30 Holocaust survivors

Posted by: icecreamgram | September 29, 2017

He Still Moves Stones

People with questions. The Bible is absolutely full of them. A crook on a cross. A wild man in a cemetery. A five-time divorcée. A despondent cripple. A grieving sister. A father at the end of his rope. Why are these portraits in the Bible? So we can look back in amazement at what Jesus did? No … these aren’t just Sunday school stories. They are historic moments in which a real God met real pain so we could answer the question. “Does God care when I hurt?” On every page of this powerfully moving book, New York Times best-selling author Max Lucado reminds us that the God who spoke to Moses at the burning bush still speaks to you today. The God who forgave King David still offers you forgiveness. The God who helped men and women in ages past still comes into your world, and he comes to do what you can’t, to move the stone away so you can see his answer.

Older Posts »