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We always love it when people send us reviews or posts on our books (who wouldn’t?) And so every week, we try to share with you some of those reviews that we received. This week, we’d like to share with you Nitoy Gonzales’ review on William Girao’s Giving Up Is Not An Option, one of our newest titles. You can read more of Nitoy’s writings on his blog, Delighting Grace. Thank you Nitoy!


There are few (i.e. two actually) Pinoy Christian authors that I truly respect and look forward in read their books. One is William B. Girao, a prolific author and a Bible expositor (because we are so saturated with foreign authors and with a dash of colonial mentality, sometimes that title is reserved for the likes of John McArthur etc.,) . He, as I observe, is handling tough issues (like the previous book he wrote) with the biblical perspective and a gentle pastoral care to the readers. I don’t know about you but we Pinoy readers are so soaked with foreign authors that we forget great authors like him. Maybe we got hook in the hype of an international bestseller book or the Pinoy author won’t give justice to the topic at hand (the stigma that it will turn into icky, mushy, bakya or baduy). But not with this author.


“Giving Up Is Not an Option” delivers the message that God is sovereign, clearly and very understandably and you won’t shout “Is there a John Piper in the house?” That’s right a book that handles the doctrine of sovereignty of God that you’ll actually read and easily indulge without losing its doctrinal integrity. Girao draws from the life examples of Moses, Isaiah, Esther, Daniel and John the Beloved of God being in control in every situation a Christian is facing. Read as these biblical heroes face calamities, despair, persecution and death with the God. It won’t be pleasant look but we all experience things like that in our lives. But Oh how wonderful to know that God is with every believers ups and downs as the book shed a powerful message to bank our hope on God and His sovereign hands.


Sovereignty of God is a very heavy topic and it’s something that you won’t want to tackle in the midst of despair and anxiety we Christians go through. It’s not the best time to talk about theology. You won’t be at lost with the topic because how it is tailored for the Filipino readers. Taking examples to current events and Philippine history, it will hit our hearts and minds. This book is something you can draw from the bookshelves; give it to someone without leaving them boggled with the language and topic. The book premise deals with ruling power of God in everything without being pushy but grounded in firm biblical stance. In every page, Girao lovingly points the readers to look to God despite hopeless predicaments. It won’t leave you with just a few advices but an encouraging hope: that God will not leave us and He is still in control no matter what. Reading this book not just theologically reinforces you with biblical truths but it will uplift your spirit towards hope, perseverance, heaven and a Sovereign God.


Notable Quotes:
“In spite of the seeming overwhelming power of wicked man, God has not reigned from His rule and will never do so.”
“Whatever God may allow us to go through; the certainty of establishment of God’s and His Christ’s eternal Kingdom is, nevertheless, sure.”
“We could face everything life brings with equanimity, peace of heart and mind, joy, excitement and confidence, not because we have buried our head under the sand but because we have a God who is in absolute control of all things.”


Are you in the middle of a crisis? Are you feeling hopeless? Let this book push you to open the Scriptures and draw near to God. Take a new view on how God is working in your circumstances and find Him still in command of every twist and turns of our lives. Published by OMF Lit, this book is 200 pesos and part of their “Think Biblically Series”.


Lovestruck Singles Edition, a review by Rigel Fortaleza

Graduate na ako sa Puppy Love at matagal ko nang sinuotan ng imaginary blinders ang puso ko. Gusto ko kasing ipreserve ang sarili ko dahil alam kong “the one” ako ng “the one” ko. Masyado ring mataas ang standards ko at wala akong pinapasa.  Matibay masyado ang bakod ko dahil ayaw kong masaktan at matulad sa iba. Binaling ko sa iba’t ibang bagay ang atensyon ko hanggang sa hindi ko na iniisip ang lovelife ko. Dadating din yan – yan ang motto ko. Para sa akin, hindi ko ito kailangang pagtrabahuhan. Passive na paghihintay.

Marami sa aming mga singles o young professionals ang takot dahil sa commitment. Sa pag-aasawa pa lamang at kaakibat nitong mga responsibilidad ay atras na ang madami. Ang iba naman ay deny to death at ayaw aminin na gusto rin nilang magmahal at mahalin. Ang ilan naman ay sige lang nang sige at walang pagpapahalaga sa pusong dapat ding alagaan. Distorted na kasi ang “pag-ibig” sa pandinig dahil sa iba’t ibang karanasan. Kaya marami sa amin ay hindi handa at hindi naghahanda. Marami sa amin, lalo na sa mga babae ang walang makita. Nakakalungkot lamang isipin na kung kelan pwede na naming isipin ang lovelife ay saka naman ito nasisira.

Nang nabasa ko ang Lovestruck Singles Edition, parang naging pula ulit ang mga namuti kong red blood cells. Tila nakaharap ako sa salamin nung binabasa ko ang libro sapagkqt nakita ko ulit ang pagkaka-disenyo sa akin ng aking Manlilikha. Nakaka-excite! Nalaman ko rin kung paano ako lalu pang makatutulong sa aking “the one” dahil nabatid ko kung paano siya nilalang ng Diyos at paanong kami ay magkatugma. Ang ganda!

Muli kong natanaw ang totoong kulay ng pag-ibig. Sa kariktan nito’y hindi ko dapat itanggi na nais ko itong maranasan. Hindi na dapat maging in denial pa dahil nilikha rin ako para magmahal. Naging bukas ang isip ko nang nabasa ko ang libro. Mas magiging ako si ako. At nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos dahil sa perpekto Niyang plano. Tunay nga na mahal Niya tayo.

Ang aklat na ito ay highly recommended sa mga singles. Napakapraktikal at true-to-life ng mga natutunan ko sa libro para maghandaan ang bagay na ito. Para sa akin, hindi lang ito makakatulong kung paano ko pakikitunguhan ang aking “the one” sa future. Ngunit pati kung paano ko pakikisamahan ang mga kapwa ko singles.

Na-lovestruck ako! Ngayon, hindi lang ako passive ma maghihintay ngunit actively na maghahanda para sa magandang plano ng Panginoon. Masmakakatulong ito sa akin para maging “the one” ng “the one” ko. Salamat sa librong ito at pinalaya ako sa mga myths na inakala ko ay totoo.


The best-selling author of Lovestruck and Pass or Fail is back and this time, Ronald Molmisa will have a heart to heart talk with the young and single with Lovestruck Singles Edition.

Using the same wit, humor and wisdom in a language that young people can relate to, Kuya Ronald discusses relevant topics like

          • Sensationally Single
          • You Were Born this Way
          • Nanliligaw o Naliligaw?
          • Usapang M.U.,First Moves at Online Romance
          • How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways . . .
          • Love versus Zombies
          • Single and Ready to Mingle
          • Before You Say “I Do”

Here’s an excerpt from The Sunday Times’ (Manila Times’ weekend magazine) feature on one of our Hiyas authors and Palanca Award Hall of Famer, Dr. Luis “Tito Dok” Gatmaitan. To read the full article, click here


The Healing Powers of Children’s Stories

By Lea Manto-Beltran

Photo by Mike de Juan


 “Pero hindi lahat ng pangarap ni Tatay ay natupad. Nagulat kaming lahat nang makita ang bago kong kapatid. Wala itong paa. Ipinanganak na putol ang dalawang paa! [But not all of my father’s dreams came true. When we saw my baby sister for the first time, we were all so shocked. She had no feet!].”

THIS is an excerpt from an award winning children’s book Sandosenang Sapatos (A Dozen Pair of Shoes) about a child who was born without feet, but nonetheless, deeply loved by her father, a shoemaker. Its author is a practicing physician by the name of Dr. Luis Gatmaitan.
The book was awarded the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 2001, and was also listed in the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) catalogue for the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair 2005. Moreover, it was named the 2005 Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities by the IBBY.

The best-selling children title has since been translated to three languages: Indonesian, Thai (Thailand) and Danish (Denmark), and is now available in Kindle edition (e-book version).

Sandosenang Sapatos is just one of the 40 storybooks written by Dr. Gatmaitan who has succeeded in the medical and literary worlds with flying colors. In both of these, he has one ultimate goal: To heal.

Gatmaitan explains to The Sunday Times Magazine, “For me, writing is not just a hobby but a personal crusade, and I have chosen to write for the most discriminating audience: The children.

Whenever I see their faces light up as they read my stories, I feel like I am contributing something good to their childhood. I guess God wanted me to write and heal even through the creative exploits of my pen.”

Inspiring rewards
Though his writing is a personal advocacy, Gatmaitan’s hard work has reaped rewards beyond his expectations, and garnered numerous prizes in the process.

He won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature six times for his children’s fiction and essays in Filipino, five of which won first prize, elevating him to the Palanca Awards Hall of Fame. He also received the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) for one of his books as the Best Short Story for Children in 2002. He also received honors from the PBBY-Salanga Writer’s Prize, the National Book Awards, and the Manila Critics Circle.

Because of his extraordinary works in Literature, Dr. Gatmaitan was also named one of 2003’s Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines by the Philippine Jaycees and the Junior Chamber Philippines. In 2004, he was one of the 30 finalists for the 2004 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World for his “contribution to children, human rights, and world peace.”

Children’s hero
For 19 years, “Tito Dok,” as he is fondly called by his younger patients, pioneered the propagation of children’s stories with medical themes, such as immunization, intestinal parasitism, tooth decay, wound healing, genetics, blood transfusion, dengue fever, sore eyes, common colds, falls, head lice, diarrhea and dog bites, among others.

Among the titles he has written are: May Giyera sa Katawan ni Mark, Si Duglit ang Dugong Makulit, Ayan na si Bolet Bulate, Nang Maghasik ng Lagim si Lolit Lamok, Ay May Bukbok ang Ngipin ni Ani, Aray Nasugatan Ako, Aba May Baby sa Loob ng Tiyan ni Mommy, Naku Ang Pula ng Mata ko, Ha-ha-hatsingggg!, Ngiii Ang Kati-Kati ng Ulo ko, Krakk Nabali ang Buto ni Ferdie, Ang Pambihirang Buhok ni Raquel, Ang Ambisyosong Istetoskop, and May mga Lihim Kami ni Ingkong, and many others.

In 2000, he started his Mga Kuwento ni Tito Doc Series with Ay, May Bukbok ang Ngipin ni Ani! Tito Dok says he thought of creating this storybook to teach the children some medical concepts that are hard to understand. The series became such a hit that the Manila Critics Circle of the National Book Awards cited the series “for its popularization of the science of medicine in language and illustrations that young children can understand, for its indigenizing of universal scientific principles, and for its imaginative reconstruction of what happens in the human body.”

To date, the “Tito Dok series” is on its 17th book.

Dr. Gatmaitan chose to write children’s books convinced that God gave him the talent to write for a reason—to teach the children about health issues while enjoying a story. He also believes that reading is a basic human right and should be a tool for nation-building.

Besides storybook writing, he also advocates storytelling, creative writing, book publishing, reading and literacy.


To read the rest of the article, click here

Writers and illustrators don’t set out to write and draw just to win awards. But when an award-giving body recognizes your work, it really is an honor and a blessing. We’d like to share with you some of the Hiyas titles that have received awards throughout the years.

Ang Paglalakbay Ni Butirik

Written by A.C. Balmes

Illustrated by Kora Dandan-Albano

Butirik takes off to his dream place and gets more than what he has bargained for.

1992-93 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Third Prize




Si Duglit Ang Dugong Makulit

Written by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan

Illustrated by Raketshop

Duglit, a red blood cell, discovers his real worth in Mang Omeng’s body.

1994 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature,First Prize, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata




May Mga Lihim Kami Ni Ingkong

Written by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan

Illustrated by Beth Parrocha-Doctolero

A boy comes to terms with his grandfather’s dementia.  This is a story based on the author’s childhood experience.

2000 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Second Prize, Maikling Kathang Pambata



Sandosenang Sapatos

Written by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan

Illustrated by Beth Parrocha-Doctolero

A father’s boundless love for a disabled daughter magically crosses over the young girl’s dreams.

2001 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, First Prize, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata



The Magic of Apo Mayor

Written by Grace D. Chong

Illustrated by Beth Parrocha-Doctolero

Apo Mayor sees Teo’s good deeds and exclaims “Es Wes!” to express his pleasure.

2001 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, First Prize, Short Story for Children




No Lipstick for Mother

Written by Grace D. Chong

Illustrated by Beth Parrocha-Doctolero

Did you ever feel ashamed of your own mother? Mayang did. Just because her mother wears no lipstick. This story will make you love and appreciate your mother even more.

2005 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, First Prize, Short Story for Children



Big Brother

Written by Grace D. Chong

Illustrated by Beth Parrocha-Doctolero

Bunsoy’s Kuya Tinuy isn’t like other big brothers—he’s already 21 years old but still as helpless as a baby. This book will take you and your child into the extraordinary world of persons with disabilities.

2006 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, Second Prize, Short Story for Children



If you have enjoyed any of our recent children’s books (click here to view the latest four) and would like more people to read them, please nominate them to the first ever Readers’ Choice Awards, as organized by the Filipino Book Bloggers.

Please click here to know more about the nomination process. Deadline for submission of nominations is on July 22, 2012.


Thank you for sharing this review with us Ms Marilyn! Add Mo ‘Ko As Friend by Marlene Legaspi-Munar is currently number 5 in National Bookstore’s Philippine publications best-seller’s list 🙂


A Review of Marlene Legaspi – Munar’s “Add Mo ‘Ko As Friend”

by Marilyn C. Arayata

For all the practical tips and questions a reader will surely ask himself, “Add Mo ‘Ko As Friend: Your Link to Real Relationships” from OMF Lit is definitely a good read.  The book contains important ideas, tips and reminders every teen ager has to know on friendship. Even an adult like me was reminded of a few things!

The author, Marlene Legaspi – Munar aptly used the oft-repeated request, “Add Mo ‘Ko As Friend” to introduce the advantages and disadvantages of social networking sites.  To complete the package, she included useful precautions, as well as courteous practices for people who use such sites to get connected.

The book devotes a chapter to make the readers assess themselves as friends.  Offline friends have responsibilities, and Munar includes things that are normally expected: acceptance, encouragement, protection, as well as the simplest act of remembering birthdays.

Written for young people and using a style that is easy to understand, the book enumerates friendship busters and gives a guide for introverts and extroverts to become better friends.  The book also tells readers to consider adding what Munar refers to as “unlikely friends” – aunts, uncles, household help, as well as one’s own siblings.

In the last chapter, the author introduces Jesus, the Perfect friend, and tells the readers how to be His friend. She also encourages the latter to develop pleasing characteristics and to be more forgiving, like Jesus.

This book may be intended for young people, but adults will also find themselves asking questions like I did:

How will I rate myself as a friend?

What else can I offer my friends besides Facebook messages and text messages?

One of the author’s questions in the final pages of the book is definitely for all ages:

“What can you do to your closest friends and those in your inner circle… to make them know that you accept them for who they are?” (p.66)

Not only is the book successful in making me realize my shortcomings as a friend.  It is also successful in motivating others to add Jesus as a friend and to reach out to more people “just because”.


Connected ka ba?

Pwedeng nakikipag chat ka sa friends mo online pero nakalimutan mo na ang friends mo offline. How is friending somebody with a click of a mouse different from
developing friendships outside of the worldwide web?

In this simple and practical book, learn how to make the most out of this social networking phenomenon and what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to creating and maintaining online and offline friends.

Add Mo ‘Ko As Friend is available at all OMF Lit Bookshops, National Bookstores, and PCBS nationwide for only P75


Today, we’re featuring a short capsule review of Manga Melech by one of our regular FB and Twitter friends, Dan Galman. To read more of his writings, visit his blog Thank you Dan for sharing this!


The Good:What I like about the book is, it explains and it shows you the things you can’t understand in the Bible; like how the altars looked like, how they offered sacrifices, etc. personally when I read the part of Moses in the Bible, there were some parts that I didn’t understand like how they offered sacrifices as I said earlier and I like that in Manga Melech it’s somehow explained.

I would like to make it clear that Manga Melech and the whole Manga Messiah Series are not meant to replace the Bible. The Bible shows more than the series, the Bible explains more than the series. I think that the Manga Messiah Series only takes the highlights of the Bible.

The Bad: The book is kind of rushed, especially Moses’ story (Exodus – Deuteronomy). The story of Moses is I think should be the longest, or the one that needs to be explained the most in the book. But it wasn’t.

My Review: I really recommend Manga Melech. Since I’m a visual person, I enjoy reading books with a lot of pictures. Though some parts you’ll realize that they’re going too fast. Well, I guess you can’t put the whole story from Moses to David in a book with less than three hundred pages.

The story of Moses was short in Manga Melech, however,  David’s story was not that fast paced nor slow paced. Therefore,  the story of David is the one I liked better.

If I could change two things: 

  1. I want Moses’ story longer.
  2. I want the other stories to be longer.


Manga Melech is a Biblically accurate Manga retelling of Bible stories beginning with entry into the Promised Land through the rule of King David. This book, fourth in the  Manga line, combines cutting-edge authentic Japanese Manga style with fast-paced storytelling to deliver Biblical truths in a compelling package to an ever changing, post-modern culture.

This dramatic story of the people’s journey and conflict in the new land is presented by renowned manga-ka Ryo Azumi.


To read more about the rest of the series, click the links below

Manga Mutiny
Manga Messiah
Manga Messengers
Manga Metamorphosis

Ruben Orteza is the local pastor of The True Vine Christian Reformed Church. He served as OMF Literature’s Marketing Officer for five years, until God recently called him to full-time ministry. He is also taking up Pastoral Studies in Asian Theological Seminary.

This is the second of two parts of an article he wrote about Faith in the Corridors of Power for our Book Encounters column in Evangelicals Today. Check out Part 1 here


As a whole, reading the book has left me with two things. First, is a deeper appreciation for the authors, both Evelyn Miranda-Feliciano and Dr Jovito Salonga. Feliciano was one of the Philippines’ gifted writers, and it is evident in how she was able to compose each article in this book. Putting together Scripture, life issues and thoughts from Dr Salonga was not an easy task, but the articles in this book read seamlessly. Dr Salonga is an admired statesman, but his reflections here contribute to a more complete picture of the man. His faith and thoughts, together with his experiences, are valuable lessons for all of us, whether in government or outside-looking in.

Second, it is affirmed in this book that God is engaged in these issues in government and politics, as he is in all of life. He gives wisdom through the meditation of his Word, the Bible. He shapes and equips his people to meet life-issues head-on. He gives faith and hope for a broken world, including its government and politics. Sometimes we forget that all of life is meant to be lived under God. Faith in the Corridors of Power reminds us that even in the twisted corridors of power God is there, transforming and guiding his people. This leads us to thanksgiving and worship, hope and perseverance, as we live in faith to a God who is faithful and powerful.

An excerpt from Faith in the Corridors of Power:

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

It must have been a long, deep struggle for the Apostle Paul to come to this stage of contentment with the “thorn in the flesh” he had been given. What this “thorn in the flesh: was has been a subject of speculation.  It could be malaria, an eye disease, stammering, epilepsy or any physical ailment that was chronic and painful. The church fathers (both Catholic and Protestant Reformers) believed it was a spiritual affliction. Paul was never able to feel he was secure from Satan’s wiles and was subject to temptation of the flesh in their acute forms.

Whatever that weakness was, Paul did not relent to it. Nor did he slink into a corner nursing his irritation and expecting defeat. Instead, he continued to boldly show active faith. This weakness was surely a hindrance and he recognized it. It was there, he would resist it, not by his own puny strength but Christ’s. Now Paul made its presence a reason to boast; God’s immensity through Christ was manifested. Rather than struggle, he became content. In his weakness, Christ became his strength for greater service.

“Being physically crippled is no joke,” Dr. Salonga recalls. Active as he was before the bombing, it was very hard for him to be bedridden and wheelchair-bound while recuperating. “But the greater tragedy,” he reflects “is to be spiritually and morally disabled. Our bones may be shattered, our body may be covered with ugly scars, but as long as we are with Him, what difference does it make where we really are? Whether on the mountaintop of joy, or in the deep valley of pain and despair, may our faith be an active, working faith, so that we may live in larger dimensions of courage and service and compassion.”

Where does our disablement lie? Is it physical? Are we suffering from moral weakness that causes us to be blind to the evil around us? Are we spiritually deaf not to hear the voice of our Savior to help others? Who do we go to for help and strength in our weakness?

We can ask God for help to let our feet and hands, our voices and hearts, minister to others, so that the Gospel we profess may shine in our faces and be seen in our lives.


Faith in the Corridors of Power is a thought-provoking collection of reflective entries, Evelyn Miranda-Feliciano interacts with Former Senate President Dr Jovito Salonga on the issues of life and faith in the context of Filipino society. The author leads you to take a peek into the mind and heart of this noble statesman who reveals how his relationship with God plays a crucial role in his decision-making as a politician, as an advocate of justice, and as the so-called conscience of the nation.

Faith in the Corridors of Power is available at all OMF Lit Bookshops, PCBS and National Bookstores nationwide.

Our guest blogger for today is , a self-described Woman with a Mission, who is working in the corporate world but is also strongly involved in her church ministry. To read more of her writing, you can visit her blog, A Woman With a Mission

Thank you Mariah for sharing your insights about this book. Here’s her review of What Women Don’t Know by Michelle McKinney Hammond

This book is a very good one. The authors made me fell in love with the contents. I agree to one of the comments of a Pastor on this book, “the authors have produced a masterpiece that gives the most balanced, practical understanding of relationships. Their common sense approach to relationships will make you laugh, cry and wonder, ‘why didn’t i read this before i entered my first relationship?’ “ But of course, they didn’t just use their common sense to share their thoughts in this book but most importantly, this book is Bible-based. 
Every content is very sensible and meaty. As i was reading the book, i wanted to highlight everything because every word is very meaningful and helpful.
I like what one of the authors said, “you can not have a complete relationship with an incomplete man , and usually can’t recognize his brokenness until you are fixed.”

They also tackled the value of women and how we women should value ourselves as we  deal with our relationship with men. Let me share here some of the meaty statements in this book about the value of women : ” as a woman, you are are not a taste test either. No man should be able to sample you and then decide if he wants to pay the cost associated with claiming you as his own. Neither should he have the freedom to sample and discard you in pursuit of something that he thinks might taste better or have a lower price. You are priceless- fearfully and wonderfully made. God shaped and molded you in his own image. You were created, redeemed and deeply loved and valued by God. Therefore, the man who wants to be involved with you should have to count the cost. Understand your worth and know your value. Realize that your value does not decrease if you are alone. Your value increases according to your depth of character. Having a man is not what gives you value. Your value is established and stated by God before the beginning of time. Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies (Proverbs 31:10 NKJV). Only you can lower your cost.”
The authors also gave a warning not to be hasty in giving a man the title of Mr. Right. I like what the authors said, “A lot of women in their exaggerated need for a man have not been discerning. They have settled for dogs and frogs instead of waiting for the man that God calls a good and perfect gift for them.”
These statements are also strong and need to be considered: “It is the spirit of a woman that a man senses. He wants a woman who every man wants but every man has not had…A man does not want a woman he has to question or worry about. If a woman gives her body to a man too soon, he will always wonder how many other she has given herself to.”
This book is balanced. It didn’t only tackle spiritual aspect of relationship but it also advised women not to ignore their physical appearance. I like what the authors said, “You can turn a man’s head without turning his heart, but if you don’t turn his head, you may not get to his heart. Men are visually stimulated, so you can not ignore your physical appearance.” But the author also encouraged women to dress appropriately.
I strongly agree to this statement and i like it very much: “The hearts of men and kings is in the Lord’s hands, and he is able to turn their hearts which every way he wishes. When a man or woman’s ways  please the Lord, he promises to make even their enemies live at peace with them. If he is able to cause your enemies look upon you favorably, how much more will he bless you by turning the heart of a good man in your direction? That’s your cue. Make sure when the right man looks your way, he is able to agree with God and say, ” It is good.””
To read the rest of her review, click here

As per his blog, Nitoy Gonzales is “32 yrs. old,  a gov’t employee, blogger, photographer, geek, OPM lover, writer, preacher, part-time church worker, campus ministry adviser, Twitterholic, electionist,  Bible student, book lover, dog lover, single, one and only child, Pinoy, Baptist, comic book fan, Batanguenio, freelance translator, graphic designer, (did he mention he’s) single, Young People leader, theology enthusiast,  gym buff, nature lover, book reviewer, coffee addict, Converse lover etc, etc,.”

If you want to read more of his writings, visit his blog Delighting Grace.

Thank you for sharing this review with us Nitoy. We pray that this will encourage and inspire other people too!


It’s such a blessing to be able to read great books. I got two of them last week at PCBS (Philippine Christian Bookstore). One is “The Attributes of God” by A.W. Tozer and the other is the much anticipated book by John Piper simply titled “Think”. I’ll post a book review on Pipers book by next week, but for now, let’s put “The Attributes of God” into the fray.

When books about doctrine comes to our minds we dismiss it as an avalanche of cold theological jargons ready to make rampage which those made of steel theologians on ivory towers will appreciate. But not with this book by Tozer. Leaping out of the beginning pages are his joy over these attributes. I think Tozer, when delivering these series of sermon (for which this book came), is enthusiastically ecstatic over the pulpit. It’s a surprise for me to find how joy on these subjects from the early chapters of this book. Christian Hedonism anyone?

While the subject of attributes is something hard for us to grasp, Tozer puts forth his fatherly pastoral care in painstakingly letting you comprehend it not just by mind but by your heart. He is gladly serving solid scriptural food but he carefully “mashes” it up for you to easily digest it, without losing its vital “nutrients” essential for the Christian. Being spoon feed by Tozer of these subjects doesn’t let you stay dependent on letting him feed you all the way rather makes you want to grab the spoon and feast on the spiritual meal yourself.

Tozer doesn’t just put forth his fatherly love over this book but still maintain the “20th century prophet” mark in every page. He reproves the church that need to know more about God and be sensitive over Him. Also sprinkled with solid biblical teaching that will reinforce subjects like salvation and many others. Such a sweet blend of these styles of conveying doctrine makes your read a delight for the mind and heart.

To read the rest of the review, click here


What is God like? For A.W. Tozer, there is no question more important. In this classic, Tozer deepens your understanding of God’s infinitude, immensity, goodness, justice, mercy, grace, omnipresence, immanence, holiness and perfection. Open your mind to a truly awe-inspiring God and see Him with new eyes.


Includes study guide
Helpful essays for spiritual growth and development

Attributes of God is available at all OMF Lit Bookshops and PCBS nationwide

We’d like to share with you today a book review shared by Bill and Ria Haag about one of our very special books, Embracing God’s Purpose for My Special Child by Malu Tiongson-Ortiz. The book talks about the author’s personal experience in raising a daughter with Down’s Syndrome.

US-based Bill and Ria received a copy of the book from a friend in the Philippines and they wrote about it in their blog which focuses on their stories of parenting a child with Down’s syndrome. If you’d like to read more of their blog, visit them at

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Your child is God’s tool, His special agent, to make you the person He wants you to be.

Embracing God’s Purpose for My Special Child is a very personal and prayerful memoir and “parenting guide” written by Malu Tiongson-Ortiz, a Filipino mom and advocate for Down syndrome in the Philippines. Her 3rd and youngest child, Clarissa, has Down syndrome and is 24 years old this year.

Malu Tiongson-Ortiz’s religious (Catholic/ Christian) outlook about her experiences with raising Clarissa makes the perspectives in the book different from any other Down syndrome-related memoir I have read so far. She writes about her experience with receiving the diagnosis, various people she has connected with, financial challenges, health, homeschooling, adolescence, sexuality, and how we are stewards, not owners, of our children. It seems the target readers are Filipinos in the Philippines with references to local resources and the section about wills and legal matters only applies within the Philippines.

Reading a non-US based publication was very interesting for me because it offered glimpses and insights into life with Down syndrome in the Philippines. The awareness levels are somewhat different between the US and the Philippines. For example, it seems that first-people language is advocated here where it may not be (yet) in the Philippines. But that may also be due to language translation or pragmatics. Be forewarned that if you are sensitive and easily offended by terms like “Down syndrome daughter”, no matter what the circumstance or context, then this book may not be a good reading choice.

Another example is in the local beliefs and misconceptions (many ridiculous ones) about Down syndrome. One mom thought that kids with Down syndrome were only “born to the rich”. The author mentions that many believe Down syndrome is a result of an incestuous marriage or karma or punishment from God.

What is most inspiring is seeing how faith can mold beliefs and parenting styles. And while cultural, religious, and socioeconomic differences may provide varying landscapes for Down syndrome in each country, the common denominator that stands out is how we all want what is best for our child with Down syndrome and that we will go the extra mile, and then some.

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Embracing God’s Purpose for My Special Child is available at all OMF Lit Bookshops for only P195.

Author Malu Ortiz shares her journey as mother to her Down syndrome child Clarissa. Malu talks openly about her fears and difficulties, and helps others learn from her experience.

The book is enriched with testimonies from other parents of special children, plus useful resources and practical advice.

Malu’s hope is infectious. Be inspired by her firm belief that God has a special plan not just for Clarissa, but also for those whose life she touches.