Monday, August 29, 2016

The Pursuit of God

    This is the first of A. W. Tozer's books that I have read. I was impressed with this book. I read it through, and will need to read it several more times just to get everything from it. Tozer gives a lot of very meaningful questions and facts to really make you think. Some such are: 
   "Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one. He would reveal not only that He is, but what He is as well. He did not have to be persuaded to reveal HImself to Moses. (And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. -Exodus 34:5) He not only made a verbval proclamation of His nature but He revealed His very Self to Moses so that the skin of Moses's face shone with the supernatural light. It will be a great moment for some of us when we begin to believe that God's promise of self-revelation is literally true, that He promised much, but no more than He intends to fulfill."
   "When we lift our inward eyes to gaze upon God we are sure to meet friendly eyes gazing back at us, for it is written that the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout all the earth. The sweet languague of experience is Thou God seest me -Genesis 16:13. When the eyes of the soul looking out meet the eyes of God looking in, heaven has begun right here on this earth. 
   I really liked this book, it really made me think, and I hope to read more of his books in the future. 

I recieved this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my review. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Moonlight on the Millpond

   BOOK REVIEW:       The last thing Jace Randall wants is to be smitten with a woman. His sister, Eden, said it would happpen when he moved to Tucker Mills to help his uncle run the sawmill. Now he wants to prove her wrong.
      That is, until he runs into Maddie Shephard. Not even winning a battle with the sister who raised him can help him keep his heart in check. What he doesn't reckon on is Eden's need to control his life--or the lengths to which she will go to separate him from Maddie.  
       Only when Eden succeeds in ruining her brother's hopes does she finally realize what her meddling has cost. Will she find a way to make things right with her brother? Will Jace and Maddie be able to forgive each other and find a way back to their love? Can seeds of faith be planted in ground grown hard with betrayal?

   MY REVIEW:       This is Lori Wick's first book in the TUCKER MILLS TRILOGY. I have already blogged about the second book JUST ABOVE A WHISPER.
       When Uncle Woody's health starts failing, his nephew, Jace Randall, comes to help him run the sawmill and farm, with the intention of taking over. His sister told him he would be drawn by some girl before long, "...tied down with a wife and six children before he could blink..." Jace is determined to prove her wrong.
        Maddie has been a live-in companion to a wealthy family in Boston for the past few years. When her uncle Doyle's heart makes him slow down, she comes home to run the store.
        Jace and Maddie meet and are attracted to each other, but when Jace's sister Eden comes to town, she conspires against them, pulling them apart.
        I enjoyed this book. Not as much as some of Lori's other books since it didn't have much of a base, but I still liked it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Winner Take All

  BOOK REVIEW:        With the powerful mix of taut legal suspense and refined stroytelling that earned him widespread critical accleaim for THE GREAT DIVIDE, T. Davis Bunn returns with a story of international intrigue involving a missing child and an embattled father who will stop at nothing to get her back.
        A year after his stunning legal victory over the nefarious New Horizons corporation, Marcus Glenwood is slowly getting back on his feet in North Carolina--rebuilding his legal practice and tending to his deepening relationship with Kirsten Stanstead. Then Marcus gets an unexpected visit and a plea for help from Dale Steadman, the new CEO of New Horizons. Steadman's one-year-old daughter has been kidnapped by his ex-wife, the renowned opera diva Erin Brandt, and he fears she will harm the infant. Marcus agrees to take the case, ignoring his instincts against being involved with the chief of a company that once tried to have him killed.
       Plunged into a media circus as Erin Brandt goes on the offensive, Marcus and Kirsten are soon drawn into a much darker side of this seemingly straighforward case. Increasingly unsure whether they can trust their own client, they suddenly find themselves the target of someone's deadly attempst to prevent them from following the kidnaper's trail.
      Crackling with fierce courtroom battles, memorable characters, and breathtaking international backdrops from the American South to London to Germany, WINNER TAKE ALL navigates a trail of multilayered suspense to its truly gripping conclusion.

MY REVIEW:        WINNER TAKE ALL is the third book in the Marcus Glenwood series. I have read the first book, THE GREAT DIVIDE, but not the second one, DRUMMER IN THE DARK.
      WINNER TAKE ALL is a story of kidnapping, courtroom wars, and unexpected twists. Dale Steadman's ex-wife, opera diva Erin Brandt, returns to town, only to kidnap their infant daughter. In a last desperate move, Dale asks the famous Marcus Glenwood to take his case. Unfortunately, Erin has returned to Germany, where custody cases are infamously hard to win. As Marcus and his fiance, Kirsten Stanstead, get closer to winning, they begin to suspect that more is at play here. Marcus is nearly killed by a bomb on a yacht. Kirsten is attacked by a vile-smelling man when following Erin in Germany. The both of them are captured and left to die. Yet they manage to survive and discover what is really going on. The earlier break-in at Dale's house was for another purpose. Erin's reasons for leaving her daughter in a convent were not what everyone supposed. And Dale's best-friend-turned-enemy is capable of so much more than anyone can imagine.
      I really enjoyed this book. (I have yet to read a T. Davis Bunn book that I haven't enjoyed). I hope you all like it as well as I did.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

To the Ends of the Earth

     The year is AD 338. The Roman Empire, recently Christianized by the emporer Constantine, encircles the Mediterranean Sea from the Gates of Hercules to the destroyed city of Jerusalem. Her outposts thrive in Europe, Asia Minor, and North Africa. But there are gaps in the empire's armor, dark spaces filled with terror and chaos. There corruption reigns, and power belongs to the cunning and the ruthless.
     T. Davis Bunn's intricately woven historical thriller, To the Ends of the Earth, opens just after the death of the emperor Canstantine. Danger snares the empire's outer reaches in a festering grip as various factions struggle for control. The rising tide of lawlessness comes to Africa and threatens the lives of Travis and his father, Cletus, who manages a Roman consul's estate. Travis sets sail for the glittering new capital, Constantinople, where he must find his vanished brothers, and uncover the Byzantine plot against his life and home.
     Entwined with Travis's fate is the beautiful Lydia, who faces her own challenges in Constantinople. Each represents to the other an alien way of life and belief. Their love is forbidden, impossible, but cannot be denied.
     This vivid novel has the feel of a traveler's tale, told by one who has smelled the salt and dust and blood, tasted the wine, heard the ring of swords and creaking of oars. The author draws the willing reader into a time of crumbling empire, of enormous spiritual upheaval, and limitless possibility--an ancient time, yet one that speaks to us across the centuries with eternal human problems of love, faith, and courage.

     For all I love T. Davis Bunn's books, I have a hard time reviewing them. His books have depth, which, while it makes the book better, it also makes it harder to review.
     Travis is the third son of Cletus. He is sent to Constinople to review the problems they have been having with the manor over which his father rules. Just before leaving, Travis is poisoned. With the help of his faithful servant, Raffa, he regains his health and makes his journey. Along the way, he stops to ask for financial help from one of his older step-brothers, but is treated with the same hostility which was bestowed upon him since childhood. In this city, they allow Hannibal and his daughter, Lydia, to travel with them to Constinople. When they arrive, Travis realizes that his oldest step-brother, Brutus, resides in the city and is the cause of his father's financial problems. Surviving several attacks on his life, Travis manages to accomplish his objective and return home alive and well, the manor issues resolved.
    I really enjoyed this book, even though (as with most of T. Davis Bunn's books) I really didn't understand the setting very well. The whole controversy between religions I didn't grasp real well, but I still enjoyed the book. Two thumbs up!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My Searching Heart

   My Searching Heart is the sequel to Crying Wind.
   In this book, Crying Wind writes of her change from teenager to adult. Being half-Indian/half-white, she doesn't feel as though she has a place to belong. She falls in love with Yellow Thunder, but overhears him telling her uncle that her mixed blood is a problem, and she carries his rejection with her for several years.
   Then one day she meets Don Stafford. He proposes and she accepts, simply because she is lonely. The both of them know little about the customs of the other, especially Don. How is he to know that his clothes outside the door with his shoes pointed away from the house means she is divorcing him? :)
   Crying Wind begins to find her place, especially after having four children. She and Don still misunderstand each other, but they get through. Her uncle Flint becomes a Christian, and marries a woman from another tribe. Uncle Cloud also becomes a Christian and marries.

Crying Wind

       Crying Wind is a true story about, well, Crying Wind. She lived with her grandmother, because her Indian mother left her and her white father had been gone even longer. With just her grandmother and seven uncles, Crying Wind lives on the Indian reservation, but struggles to fit in. After her grandmothter dies, her uncle, Cloud, sends her to town. There she makes friends with the pastor and his wife, and is introduced to the White Man's God.
       As the name of her people indicates, Crying Wind is restless, and is evermore changing jobs and apartments, and searching for something to fill her loneliness. She finally accepts Jesus as her Saviour, but her uncle, Flint, is not impressed. When he has an accident that lands him in the hospital, Crying Wind has a chance to witness to him.
      I was impressed by this book enough to read the sequel, though I had heard it wasn't as good as the first.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Troubled Waters

BOOK REVIEW:    Coming home to Kansas after years of being away, Macey Steigel finds her inner self begin to unravel. She came simply to bury her father, then return immediately to her big-city career. The past would have to remain where it was--behind her, deeply buried. But once she arrives again at the old farmhouse, a roiling current of memories carries her back to the reasons she left in the first place.

MY REVIEW:    Macey Steigel is an anchor woman in Dallas. She is thirty seconds away from going on the air when she is told that her father has died. She had left home seventeen years ago after having a fight with her father, and had yet to reconcile with him. She finally decides to return to Kansas for a few days to attend the funeral. But when she gets there, things keep coming up that keep her longer. But she has a ghost in her past, and it keeps coming back to haunt her. What is this ghost, how will she reconcile with it, and who will help her?
   This was the first Rene Gutteridge book I read, and I liked it. I don't know what I was expecting, but this was different, in a good way.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Just Above a Whisper

       Bound as an indentured servant to the Tucker Mills bank and its controlling manager, Reese Thackery finds comfort in her faith and her friends. She works to serve her remaining two years with a willing heart.
       But that's before bank owner Connor Kingsley--all six-foot-six of him--rides into town to audit the bank's business dealings. Thinking that things are finally looking up, Reese starts her work at the Kingsley family manor but recoils from Connor's imposing physical presence, haunted by memories of another master. Not even Connor's soft voice and kind gestures can comfort her.
       When the bank manager turns vengeful, Connor and Reese must become allies. Can Reese see beyond her place as a servant to accept God's larger plan for her future--and her heart?

       This was the very first Lori Wick book that I read. I borrowed the book from my aunt, and almost didn't read it then. But I did, and really enjoyed it. Since then (all in this year!) I have read all of Lori Wick's books, and this one plus two others are some of my favorite books. Although, sadly, I have over-read them and now the anticipation of the book kills the joy of reading it. :(
       Reese Thackery has been an indentured servant for several years to a Mr. Zantow, since the death of her father. When Mr. Zantow dies, Reese is finally free, until the bank manager decides to retain her indenture to help pay Mr. Zantow's dept to the bank. Thankfully, Reese has a group of supportive friends, and a strong relationship with the Lord.
       When Connor Kingsley and Troy Thanden decide to visit and audit the bank, they decide that Reese's indenture is completely irrelevant, and let her go. However, they offer her the job of housekeeper for the duration of their stay. Reese is overjoyed--she loves that house (she had recieved the job of cleaning it for their arrival).
        Connor's size is overwhelming to Reese; she is used to towering over most men. As time goes on, she becomes more comfortable with him. And yes, they do marry. They always do.
        I really like Reese's acceptance of trials, and how they don't bring her down, but raise her up. And her work ethic is amazing. People said she was never tired. And they always saw her busy with something. If anyone takes role-models from books, Reese would be a good one.

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

  Phillip Keller was a shepherd once upon a time, and in this book, he compares his experiences with Psalm 23. It is a very interesting book that gives good insight into the psalm. I really don't know what else to say about this book, so I guess this is it.

The Heavenly Man

   The Heavenly Man was written by Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway. It is a true story of Brother Yun's life as a Chinese pastor. At the age of 16 he started his ministry, then for several years he was on the run from the communist government. They finally caught up with him, and he spent several years in prison where he suffered a great deal. After he got out, he was imprisoned yet three more times. He finally escaped into Germany, where his family joined him several years later.
  To keep believing after going through all that he did, is simply amazing. Brother Yun's testimony is a strong encouragement to Christians around the world.
  This is yet another book that I borrowed from my Grandma, and I am glad I had the chance to read it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

She is Mine

  My Grandma loaned this book to me. I wasn't sure I would enjoy it, but I ended up reading it cover to cover without stopping. I am not a real big fan of biographies or autobiographies, but Stephanie wrote in the third person, which I really liked.
  Stephanie was born to an Asian mother and an American father. Her father was a soldier, and didn't know she was even born. Her mother's family never accepted her, since she had mixed blood. When Stephanie was five years old, her mother put her on the train, and told her that her uncle would be waiting for her. But there was noone there. She decided to follow the tracks back to her village and find her mother. This book details her journey. She had to steal for food, and was caught and punished for it several times. The other children hated her also for looking different. Finally, she was found by an American nurse and sent to the clinic. After that she was put into an orphanage, and eventually adopted.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Rhineland Inheritance

   The war is over; but the country is in ruins. Captain Jake Burnes and Captain Pierre Servais are sent  to the French/German border to keep contact with the American and French forces coming in to help. But these two captains always seem to get sidetracked.
   First, while going out to check some troops, they come across a smuggler, who, while he gets away, drops a solid gold cross. This makes the rumors of hidden Nazis treasure abound. Colonel Connors (who has a grudge against Burnes for beating his football team) and his patrol have it out for the two captains, and try to get them at every turn. Especially after finding the cross. Connors appears to be looking for the treasure as well.
   Secondly, Burnes decides to involve the German children in the search in trade for warm meals. The children can go where the army cannot; and they are not paid as much attention. But then cholera sweeps in, and Burnes and Servais are tied up trying to help them.
    Thirdly, Colonel Beecham needs to leave on a mission, leaving Burnes in charge. How much can go wrong? As the Colonel put it: "I keep asking myself how much damage one man can make in one day. But I've learned not to underestimate you, Burnes." (pg 150)
                 The Rhineland Inheritance is the first book in a series, "Rendezvous with Destiny". It is T. Davis Bunn's nineth book. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the others I read, but I did still like it.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

A Beauty Refined

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    Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite fiction authors. This is one of her very newest books. It is her second in the Sapphire Brides series, with a third on the way.
    Phoebe and her father, Count Frederick Von Bergen, have traveled to America from Germany. Von Bergen supplies sapphires to the Sapphire Duchess, and has traveled to Montana in order to buy them at a much cheaper price. He has been cheating the Duchess for many years, and this is just one more way in which to do so. But will it work this time?
    During their stay, Phoebe makes a most startling discovery. Her mother, who has been pronounced dead these last ten years, is alive and well; and working at this very hotel! She had not died at sea, but fled Von Bergen's threats and heavy hand. When Phoebe's father finds out that the two have been re-acquainted and she hadn't told him so, he reacts in a fit of rage, driving Phoebe to stay with her mother.
    Phoebe has become friends with Ian Harper, the local lapidary (one who cuts gems). But she is curious about Kenny, a very engaging ten year old boy who is always with him. If he is not Ian's son, then who is he? And why is he always with Ian? Little does Phoebe know that Kenny is actually..........
    Ah, you're going to have to read the book to find out! :)

Maid to Match

   The setting of this book is the Biltmore estate, in North Carolina. It is a real place, and is open to the public.
   The story focuses on the servants, especially a young woman trying to achieve lady's maid - the second highest position for a woman - and a young man, saving to get his sister out of the orphanage. It is mostly a romance novel, but the setting is interesting because I know someone who recently visited the estate.
    Tillie Reese has worked her entire life to become a lady's maid. The day has finally come that Mrs. Vanderbilt's French lady's maid has decided to return to her homeland, and Tillie and Lucy have been selected for consideration.
    Each girl is given a lady to wait upon during an extended ball, to see which would better suit the job. Lucy wants it badly enough to sabotage Tillie, who is assigned to an incredibly high-strung lady. As Tillie rushes about to heed her every silly demand, she wonders if she really wants such a job after all.
    Mack Danver was born and raised in the mountains, and hates the city. His parents have died, leaving his three younger brothers living with other families, and his sister in an orphanage. Mack is a twin; his brother Earl is a footman to the Vanderbilts.
    When Mrs. Vanderbilt finds out that Earl has a twin, she immediately offers Mack a job. Twin footmen are rarely heard of. Especially ones so good-looking. Mack refuses, despising the idea of being at someone's beck and call. But when his sister's life at the orphanage gets worse, he needs to get her out fast.
    Their jobs cause Mack and Tillie to work together frequently, and they begin to fall for each other, much to Tillie's dismay. Lady's maids are not permitted to marry. Can she give up the job she has wanted her whole life?
    It was an interesting book, and as close to a real story as fiction can be.

The Puritans

    The Puritans by Jack Cavanaugh is the first in a series. My mom saw this book at the library and thought I might like it. This is an era that I really don't enjoy reading about, but this book wasn't too bad.
    Drew (Andrew) Morgan has never pleased his parents, who where trying to be the epitome of society. During a reception at the king's palace, Drew wanders off, only to be discovered hiding in a suit of armor. Bishop Laud, the secong most powerful man in the country, is drawn to him, and invites Drew to stay with him in London.
    Bishop Laud has a deep hatred for Puritans, and he employs a band of men who seek out traitors to the crown. Drew is trained to do the same, and has many successes.
   Then, his next assignment lands him in the home of a Puritan curate and his two daughters. Drew is supposed to identify the curate as the infamous Justin, who prints illigal pamphlets. However, he falls in love with one of his daughters, and becomes attached to their faith. When he finally discovers that the curate is indeed Justin, he has a very difficult choice to make.
    But there are factors in play that Drew is not aware of. His choice may not affect anything.

The era of Puritans is not one I enjoy. I couldn't tell you why; I simply don't like to read about it. Maybe because they are always being hunted down and persecuted. However,this book focused on a different angle. I enjoyed the way Cavanaugh wrote, despite his subject, and I think I will enjoy the rest of his series, An American Family Portrait.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

     Our library just had a book sale. It should be a holiday, in my opinion. But then, I suppose there would be more people there to buy the good books, so scratch that idea. :) I got six new books to add to my library, one of which I already blogged about: Riders of the Pale Horse.

     I'd love to have comments, either to give your thoughts on a book, or to recommend books/authors!

Riders of the Pale Horse


     This is the secong book I have read from T. Davis Bunn. He became one of my favorite authors before I finished the first book! Bunn writes with many details. The first book I read of his was "The Great Divide." It told of a lawyer taking a seemingly hopeless case with many different angles.
     This book is centered in the Jordanian dessert and Russia. Rumor has it, there are illigal shipments of the highest concern taking place here.
     Wade is a young, talented missionary/healer, though he doesn't see himself as such. Rogue is a big, powerful man with a thirst for adventure and money. When Rogue appears in town looking for a job to earn big money, he is hired with Wade to transport medicine when the original guides fail to arrive. Taking with them an older local, the three embark on a harowing journey through the Caucasus Mountains. But when they get there....... and after they leave.......
     Allison is called in by a friends of her departed father in hopes of gaining new information on the illigal shipments. She is set up as a sort of bait, though I don't think she knows this.
     I was rather disappointed with the way the story ended. In my opinion, there should be a second book. I didn't catch what happened with the shipments; and what ever happened with Rogue? And Wade and Allison? And Alexis?
     This was a very detailed, interesting book. When I picked it up, only the name of the author made me read it. But I ended up really enjoying it. I don't tend to read books from this type of setting, since I don't understand it. However, though I still don't completely understand, :) Bunn does a great job of making it clearer.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Kisses from Katie

This is another book I borrowed from my grandma. Katie Davis writes of her life in Uganda, ministering to the many children there. She has adopted 14 girls, founded Amazima - her outreach program, and is providing food, schooling, and medical help to hundreds of children. Giving up her nice American life, college education, family, and boyfriend, Katie fell in love with Uganda and followed God's will that she stay. She has learned that home is not where you grew up, but where your heart is. For Katie, that is in Uganda. She has made some great friends, and helped a lot of people. The needs there are huge, and she keeps finding more to do. People have learned to trust Auntie Katie, knowing she will help them. She often takes children to her home to clean them up, give them a good meal, and medically treat them. She writes that they rarely have the house to themselves; they always have guests. She absolutely loves her 14 girls, and they love her back. It is an inspiring book telling of a great ministry.

In Between

  Can we overcome our past?  Katie Parker is about to get a new life--whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls' home when she finds herself in over her head. . . and heart. When Katie and her new "wrong crowd" get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she's not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she'll continue her own family's messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.

  I enjoyed this book. Katie Parker, sixteen years old, comes to live with a pastor and his wife in a town called "In Between." She doesn't want to be there and tries her best to get sent away. But she gets in a little over her head when she goes out with a crowd of new friends. When she hurts her foster parents more than she planned to, Katie decides to stick it out. But part of her punishment is to read to her foster-grandmother, Maxine, once a week. She is a very energetic, get-it-done-MY-way person. Katie knows she's in for something when Maxine picks her up from school with her two-seater bicycle and her hot pink helmet. Maxine gets Katie to do some crazy things, like, spying on Maxine's secret boyfriend from a tree, only to fall into the pool. Plus, James and Millie, Katie's foster parents, are keeping something from her. They hardly talk to each other, and when they do, it's only to fight. She thinks it has something to do with a daughter, Amy, who is never around. All around, it was an interesting book, and a lot happened for the amount of pages. Not a book that spends 300 pages on nothing.

Reclaiming Nick

       "Nick Noble hadn't planned on being the prodigal son. But when his father dies and leaves half the Silver Buckle - the Noble family ranch - to Nick's former best friend, he returns home to face his mistakes . . . and to guarantee that the ranch stays in the Noble family.
        Award-winning journalist Piper Sullivan believes Nick framed her brother for murder, and she's determined to find justice. But following Nick to the Silver Buckle and posing as a ranch cook proves more challenging than she thinks. So does resisting his charming smile.
        As Nick seeks to overturn his father's will - and Piper digs for answers - family secrets will surface that send Nick's life into a tailspin. But there's someone else who wants to take the Silver Buckle from the Noble family, and he'll stop at nothing - even murder - to make it happen."

    Nick's life hasn't exactly taken form the way he wished. Then he finds out his father has died, and left half the family ranch to a family friend-turned-enemy!! Nick returns home to contest the will and keep what he believes is rightfully his.
   Piper's brother has spent the last 5 years in jail, framed for murder. She is convinced it is all Nick's doing, and sets out to get a confession from him.
   Cole's health is going down-hill fast, leaving Maggy and CJ to run the ranch. When Nick returns, it brings a whole new set of problems. Especially concerning Nick and Cole's son CJ. Should they be told?
 This is my first book by Susan May Warren. While I enjoyed it, it was not one of my favorites. I liked the added mystery; watching Piper try to cook; and the way every one forgave each other and gave of themselves (literally) to help the other. I couldn't really say what I didn't like, it just didn't click with me.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Life Without Limits

This is probably one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. My grandma lent it to me, and I absolutely loved it!! Nick Vujicic tells of his struggles and victories of being born limbless. He explains how he learned to cope without the use of arms or legs, which was quite interesting. If you think about it, even losing one limb would be hard to adjust to, much less all of them. Yet Nick rose above and now he is a well-known public speaker. In his book, he lists the eleven things he needed to live without limbs:

  1. A powerful sense of purpose
  2. Hope so strong that it cannot be diminished
  3. Faith in God and the infinite possibilities
  4. Love and self-acceptance
  5. Attitude with altitude
  6. A courageous spirit
  7. Willingness to change
  8. A trusting heart
  9. Hunger for opportunities
  10. The ability to assess risks and to laugh at life
  11. A mission to serve others first
(Quoted from his book, pg ix)

He dedicates one chapter to each aspect, which shows the book's focus. Over all, this is an extremely uplifting and inspiring book, which I think everyone should read at least once.