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September 22, 2011

Summer Book Review

I have been wanting to do a summer reading post for a few weeks now. And since I am in Haiti, I thought I would let the ladies on my Leadership Support Team share the best book they have read this summer. And just for fun, I think I'll give away a set of these books. We will randomly select one person who leaves a comment before Friday evening!


Meet Laci Watson. Photo-53

This Winter will mark me and my husband’s (Wes Watson) 4th year at Elevation Church. In those 4 years, we have seen the opening of 4 new campuses and witnessed more life change than most people will see in their entire lifetime .  We have served at Providence, Matthews and now are primarily at Blakeney. Besides my role in supporting Wes,  a lot of what I do within the Church takes place on the weekends. I serve along with the other Blakeney staff wives in whatever capacity is needed during the Weekend Worship Experiences. I am also involved in Outreach as a liaison for one of our local partners, One7.  In addition to this, I have had the privilege of chaperoning our youth at summer camp for the past two summers. If you ever do this once, I promise you you will want to do it every single year. Our youth are unlike anything you have ever seen. They truly are a generation of Joshua's. And because I feel so strongly about the youth in our Church,  this Fall I will be leading an egroup for girls graduating HS and getting ready for college. Loving the life of our Church right now and thank God constantly that He has called my family here.

Photo-52 Book Review: I Was Hitler’s Doctor by Kurt Krueger

 A couple weeks ago when I was visiting my dad in Alabama, I found a book in an old trunk called, “I was Hitler’s Doctor”. The book, copyrighted in 1941, was supposedly written by a German man who claims he was Hitler’s psychologist. Essentially the book presents itself as a true account, but after doing a little research, I found it’s regarded more generally as fiction. Nonetheless, it’s an extremely interesting book, filled with historical accuracy, written about Hitler while he was still living, and gives incredible insight as to peoples perception of him at the time he was ruling. The book was a pulp bestseller in its day and after reading the forward written by Upton Sinclair, I’m convinced it stirred up sufficient controversy. I’m halfway through it now and I have to say that while it’s a tad (ok maybe a lot) disturbing, I just actually can’t put it down.  History has me wrapped around its little finger.


Meet Kelly Hubatka. Kelly Twavatar

I am the wife of Larry Hubatka, Creative Pastor at Elevation Church. We have 4 amazing daughters ranging in ages 4-10. We were blessed to find Elevation in the very early stages when there was about 40 people before we had officially launched. I feel so privileged to have had a front row seat in all God has done in the past 5.5 years, it is an honor to be called to such a great move of God. Aside from homeschooling our girls and supporting Larry in his role at the church, I work to serve our other staff wives and families under Holly’s leadership. Larry and I lead the Uptown campus-our family loves being in the heart of Charlotte and serving the people there. I also have the privilege of leading an eGroup alongside Ferris Joye consisting of some of the amazing women leaders in our church. I love what I get to do!

Joyce Book Review: A Leader In The Making by Joyce Meyer.

I had a hard time picking just one book when Holly asked us to do this. I felt like this was a great summer of reading for me-fiction and nonfiction alike! When it came down to it though, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this book with everyone. I have read it before, am finishing it again now with my eGroup women, and will definitely read it again in the future. It is refreshing to read about leadership from a woman’s perspective, especially when you read about all Joyce has gone through and how she has overcome. It is honest and full of wisdom when it comes to biblical leadership and having a heart to be the leader God has called you to be. It will definitely challenge you and call you out in some areas, but also inspire you and encourage you as well.


Meet Amy Corbett. Screen shot 2011-09-21 at 3.49.02 PM

My name is Amy Corbett and I am the wife of Chunks Corbett, the Executive Pastor of Elevation. My husband leads our Blakeney Campus and oversees Elevation's staff and finances. I stay at home with our 2 kids, ages 4 and 6, while also serving with Elevation Worship, Holly's Leadership Support Team, and Outreach. Chunks and I were part of the Core team that moved from Shelby, North Carolina to Charlotte to plant Elevation. It has been truly amazing to see first hand how God has blessed us every step of the way.

Heaven is for Real Book Review: Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo

It's a true story about the four year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who, during emergency surgery, slips from consciousness and enters heaven.  He survives and begins telling his family remarkable stories of his visit to heaven. I really enjoyed reading this book because it brought heaven to life for me again and reminded me that Jesus truly loves us and is waiting, along with our loved ones, for us to join Him. 



Meet Angie Blackson. Screen shot 2011-09-21 at 12.05.24 PM

I am the wife of Josh Blackson, Operations Pastor and Campus Pastor at our Providence location. My husband and I moved to Charlotte a little over 5 years ago. When we moved we were praying that God would bring us to a church we could invite our neighbors to without any hesitations. To make a long story short we ended at Elevation Church and have seen 4 families in our neighborhood give their lives to Christ through the ministry of Elevation. We volunteered, led community groups, and began getting to know the leadership team at Elevation. About 2 years after attending circumstances that can only be God led our family to "work" at Elevation. I say family because when we took the position we decided to make this a family commitment. We each play our part! Alyssa, my oldest at 6 years, can be found in the parking lot waving cars to exit the right way or "cleaning" up the lemonade and cookie station. Kaitlyn, my 4 year old, can be found hugging and giving her one million dollar smile to any one of our many volunteers. Karis, our now 3 year old, is most likely the one making people laugh. If she is not seen then there may be trouble happening wherever she is. I can be found at our VIP tent for first time guests every other Sunday morning. 

Screen shot 2011-09-21 at 11.45.55 AM Book Review: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

I usually take the summer to read fiction books like The Hunger Games, The Help, and Karen Kingsbury series. I did read those books and highly suggest them but this summer for the first summer ever I actually read a book that challenged me called One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I am a person that is often times so busy with cleaning, cooking, organizing, you name it that by the end of the day I missed out on what life is all about. This book has challenged me to live fully right where I am. It has challenged me to live a life of "eucharisteo"  meaning the gift/giving thanks of grace. I have a far way to go but can say that my days are less about tasks and more about living after reading this book. 


Meet Heather Bishop. Screen shot 2011-09-21 at 3.52.29 PM

My husband John and I have been a part of Elevation Church since the beginning.  We moved to Charlotte as part of the Core Team that launched the church about 6 years ago.  It has been the biggest honor of our lives to be a part of this movement! My husband is the Campus Pastor at Elevation Matthews, and he also oversees Ekidz (our children’s ministry). I stay at home with our two boys: Jeremiah- 4 years old and Micah-5 months old.


The-help Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

My favorite book this summer, hands down, was The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I loved everything about this book!  And the book is so incredibly written that I managed to read it in one week, even with a newborn baby in our house!  (we adopted baby Micah in April 2011)  The Help is a novel about the personal relationship between black maids and the white families who employ them. The story is set in a small town in Mississippi in the 1960’s. In the book, three women come together (a young white women and two black maids) for a project that puts them at great risk, but will change the lives of others in ways they would never have imagined.  The reason I love this book so much is that the main characters are willing to take a stand for a cause they know is right, even though they risk their lives, lose friends and popularity in the process.  It’s a great reminder for all of us, to make the right choice even if it costs us something.  As a side note, the movie is great too.  So if you don’t like to read, go watch it in the theater… the movie stays really true to the book.


Meet Ferris Joye. Screen shot 2011-09-21 at 4.52.05 PM

I am Wade Joye’s wife, the Worship Pastor at Elevation Church. We moved to be part of Elevation in August of 2007.  We had our twin daughters in June of 2008. They were 3 months premature and Elevation rallied around us in prayer and support. We were overcome with thankfulness and gratitude that this church and our Pastor cared so much for us. I have led small groups, volunteered in our Resources area, and do all I can to support Wade in the position he has been called to.

Hunger_games copy Book Review: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I love some young adult fiction. It may be cheesy since I am a wife and mom of two, but they are fast reads and so good. The best books I have read in this genre are part of The Hunger Games trilogy: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. Author Suzanne Collins created one amazing heroine in Katniss Everdeen. She lives sometime in the future in post-apocalyptic America, now called Panem. Panem is divided into 13 districts that are oppressed by the Capitol. Because of a previous rebellion, the Capitol punishes the districts by selecting one girl and one boy from each district to fight to the death in a dangerous arena, in what they call the Hunger Games. The game is televised and watched much like a hit reality show of today. Katniss begins to break the mold and keeps the Capitol on edge. She becomes a symbol of hope for the districts and a possible way to ignite change. This trilogy sounds like it might be a little gory but I assure you it is not. It is all about the characters and how the situations you are faced with can become the catalyst for change. Katniss is a strong, independent young woman and you will fall in love with her. Read it now so when the movie comes out next year you will be the cool person who knows the answers to everyone's questions.


Ok!  Leave your name in the comments and I'll post the winner this weekend!



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hope i'm not too late!

What great books! I will have to get to the bookstore to get some of them. Thank you for including this blog. It's so great to be recommended a "good" book!

Sounds like a great list!

Would love to ready several of these. My favorite book this summer was the book called Weird.

I am always looking fir avoid book. Thanks for the suggestions.

awesome giveaway!

This is so cool! I should read these books now, they sound so good!!

What a great idea! Loving hearing what other godly ladies read and enjoy! Can't wait to try these out!

Thank you!

Hunger games was a required reading for my son Graham last year (CMS 7th grade). And I like to read what their required readings too. I loved it! And ran right out and got the sequels.

Awesome books, I LOVE your blog!! GOD bless you!!

Looks like some great books, I really enjoy reading your blog.

Thanks for doing this post! I always love new ideas for books to check out...I'm going to enjoy reading these, I think!

Very Cool Giveaway!!

Oooo, oooo, pick me, pick me! ;)

Love seeing book recommendations! Many of those are already on my 'next read' list.

What a neat find Laci! And if I may play along a bit and mention “Unbroken,” the biography of Louis Zamperini. He has an amazing testimony and it's one of those books that you can give to a non-believer and walk away confident that they will actually read it!

Enjoyed reading the book reviews. One Thousand Gifts, stuck out to me.

Thank you always for your words of wisdom and encouragement!


Great post! Thank you for the reviews. This was helpful!

Jen D.

Great picks!

Awesome reviews!


Thanks also for offering the giveaway. It's really amazing that you'd do that for the women who read your blog!

All of the books sound incredible. I have only read" heaven is for real" and loved it. I'll definitely will read the rest of them! Thanks for the recomendations!

I love to read, and it would be great to add these to my library! Thank you for sharing!

What amazing books!!! As a single mom one of my favorite things to do is read on my down times. What a wonderful idea!

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