Monday, January 7, 2013

Book Review - Finding Faith in the City Care Forgot

Just in time. As soon as I've completed my first book review, I learn of this Indie Reading Challenge called Indie-Fever. I'm starting at four books for the year and see from there.

I am not a fast reader in any sense of the word, which is why I mainly do audiobooks from the library. But I will try to read and review books from fellow Indie writers when I can. Here's a first review for me regarding a Christian non-fiction book by Teena Myers.

Teena Myers has a way of writing that draws you into the heart of her experiences. The many stories of how people found their way to God are moving, some sad, encouraging and inspiring. They remind you that faith is meant to grow within us and not remain static, and that although it may seem the case, we Christians are not a breed in isolation. Instead, we are in many places, including living in the ghetto, trying to minister to others and traveling the states in hopes of sharing God's word.

Teena states her intent for the book was to show what God does in our world today, in response to an atheist's question. In lives that stemmed from brokenness, physical and mental illness, and searching for self, God and the truth, she shows that God's miracles are still abundant in everyday life. With God working in his time, he is nonetheless with us every step of our lives.

Some stories were more moving than others, while a couple seemed a bit perfunctory. The middle part of the book grabbed me the most, while the last two chapters (not counting the conclusion) were the least effective to me.

Despite that, I believe this book and the worthy stories within give the gift of letting us see more of God's grace, miracles and love.

Teena's book is available on Just click the cover above.

She published through Tate Publishing, which is the company that I considered publishing through as I thought the contract they offered me was fairly decent. But they didn't give me enough time to decide before I had to accept. Teena says she had a wonderful experience with them, so I'm excited to share this news.

One issue that came out is that they would not make a grammar change that she and many people would say needed to be made. I guess everything is a give and take, and no options are perfect.


  1. Great book review, Nancy. You gave us a very constructive view of the book by pulling apart the premise to give us an in-depth look at what the book was about. Then providing information on what grabbed you most, and what was least appealing. And finally pulling it all back together again with a cohesive conclusion of the overall work. Well done.

  2. Thank you Demetria. It's something I'd love to do more. I'm slowly dipping my toes into this book reviewing thing. :)


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