Here is another book that I have chosen to review for Waterbrook Press. It is called Holy Roller written by Julie Lyons. First I will post what they have about the book. After that part, is what I thought of the book. I am giving away a copy of this book!!!! I will pick one lucky winner out of my comments that I receive from this book! So, make sure to leave your comment!!! This giveaway will end July 19th. Happy reading!!! If you would like to see this book for yourself or purchase it...here is the link: And don’t forget to include a link in your post to learn more about or purchase these books at RandomHouse.com:
Book: Holy Roller
Author: Julie Lyons
Julie Lyons was working as a crime reporter when she followed a hunch into the South Dallas ghetto. She wasn’t hunting drug dealers, but drug addicts who had been supernaturally healed of their addictions. Was there a church in the most violent part of the city that prayed for addicts and got results? At The Body of Christ Assembly, a rundown church on an out-of-the-way street, Lyons found the story she was looking for. The minister welcomed criminals, prostitutes, and street people–anyone who needed God. He prayed for the sick, the addicted, and the demon-possessed, and people were supernaturally healed. Lyons’s story landed on the front page of the Dallas Times Herald. But she got much more than just a great story, she found an unlikely spiritual home. Though the parishioners at The Body of Christ Assembly are black and Pentecostal, and Lyons is white and from a traditional church background, she embraced their spirituality–that of “the Holy Ghost and fire.” It’s all here in Holy Roller–the stories of people desperate for God’s help. And the actions of a God who doesn’t forget the people who need His power.
Julie Lyons is an award-winning writer, editor and investigative reporter who for more than 11 years served as editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer, an alternative weekly newspaper owned by Village Voice Media. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a B.A. in English from Seattle Pacific University. She and her husband, Larry Lyons Jr., live in Dallas with their son.
Coming from a Pentecostal background, I was REALLY excited to read this book. Sadly, I got my hopes WAY up and they were somewhat shot down. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a BAD book...but it wasn't as GREAT as I had expected either. The last two books I reviewed, I told Jeff to read. This one? Not so much. I already told him I wouldn't recommend it to him....nor would I recommend it to my friends. To my VERY Pentecostal aunt...maybe. Again, it wasn't that it was a bad book, it just didn't catch my attention. There WERE a lot of wonderful miracles that took place, it was an uplifting book in that regard...to see the power of God and how wonderful He is. However, the book didn't dwell on those things as much as it did the authors history and the history of the pastor and other key parishoners. The author took us through her life story and how she got to where she is now. That was the meat and potatoes of the book...with a few sprinkles of miracles. If you would like to read her story and about this little Pentecostal church, then you would love this book. Again, please don't read this wrong. I LOVE God and the miracles He performs...and I LOVE the Pentecostal church...this book just wasn't my cup of tea. But to each their own...you may LOVE it!!! :-)