Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: Distant God by:Chris Nye

 Distant God: Why He Feels Far Away...And What We Can Do About It
About the Book:
Does God feel far away?

There comes a time in every Christian’s life when God feels distant. This feeling can be confusing, discouraging, or even dangerous.

Distant God meets us in the middle of this struggle. It helps us think rightly about what we’re experiencing and gives practical ways for drawing near to God. It answers questions like:

What does it mean that God is always with me?
What role do works (like devotion, confession, and repentance) have in all this?
How should I handle spiritual lows and seasons of doubt?
When we feel distant from God, we need voices of truth speaking into our lives. Drawing from the story of the prodigal son, Chris Nye takes us through various reasons why we may feel this way and offers encouragement along the way.

This is not a book of trite answers or easy solutions, but it offers specific ways of drawing near when God feels distant. It also includes stories of Christians throughout history who have faced this issue in similar ways.

Distant God is a biblical and pastoral answer to why God might feel far away and what we can (and cannot) do about it.

My Review:
 A distant God doesn't seem like such a faraway concept when you are struggling down in the ditch with little or no hope. A distant God is exactly how you feel He is. As far away as ever with no hope of Him returning.  The author explores the possibility that maybe it is us who has made a gap or has distanced ourselves from the Father. Not only does he speak to you through scripture but also through his own experiences and lessons and those of others.

 The author takes you on a journey through the how's and why's of this most complicated yet so simple relationship with God. He gives very easy and simple solutions to help fill that gap and get you on with your relationship with the Lord to take it to a much deeper and fulfilling level.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review: The Angels' Share by:James Markert

 The Angels' Share
About the Book:
Some believed he was the second coming of Christ. William wasn’t so sure. But when that drifter was buried next to the family distillery, everything changed.

Now that Prohibition has ended, what the townspeople of Twisted Tree, Kentucky, need most is the revival of the Old Sam Bourbon distillery. But William McFee knows it’ll take a miracle to convince his father, Barley, to once more fill his family’s aging house with barrels full of bourbon.

When a drifter recently buried near the distillery begins to draw crowds of pilgrims, the McFees are dubious, but miracles seem to come to those who once interacted with the deceased and to those now praying at his grave. As people descend on the town to visit the “Potter’s Field Christ,” William seeks to find the connection between the tragic death of his younger brother and the mysterious drifter.

But as news spreads about the miracles at the Potter’s Field, the publicity threatens to bring the depth of Barley’s secret past to light and put the entire McFee family in jeopardy.

The Angels’ Share is a story of fathers and sons, of young romance, of revenge and redemption, and the mystery of miracles.

My Review:
 The Depression was hitting America hard. The people found it hard to survive this economic collapse. Surviving was definitely difficult and no one could see a light at the end of the tunnel. so people took to doing whatever they could to survive and for many that meant making and selling alcohol. Twisted Tree, Kentucky was no different and its been said that the people of Appalachia was where the act of making alcohol originated.

 But there were also people that made it legally and for Twisted Tree, the Old Sam Bourbon distillery was what many of them needed to survive. But since it's closing due to the Prohibition it has left many wondering if it will ever be opened again.

 But that's not all that has been going on in this small town. There has been some strange happenings lately and William McFee the main character in the story intends on finding out just what all this means and why his father would have anything to do with any of it.

Loved this story and the setting as well as time period was awesome. Love reading things about this point in time in history. Fascinating story!

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Glimmer Girls: Light Up New York by:Natalie Grant

 Light Up New York (Glimmer Girls #4)
About the Book:
Join twins Mia and Maddie and their sidekick little sister, Lulu, as they travel the country finding adventure, mystery, and sometimes mischief along the way. Together with their famous mother, singer Gloria Glimmer, and their slightly wacky nanny Miss Julia, the sisters learn lessons about being good friends, telling the truth, and a whole lot more.

In this fourth book in the Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series, the Glimmer family is headed to the Big Apple—New York City! Gloria has been asked to perform a concert in Times Square and the whole family joins her. Miss Julia immediately starts planning a sightseeing trip for the sisters that will be better than all the rest, but plans never turn out exactly as they imagine when the Glimmer girls are involved. So what happens when sibling rivalry, random acts of kindness, and a little mystery all meet up at some of the most famous sights in New York City?

My Review:
 The sisters are on the move to the Big Apple on their next adventure. They are mesmerized but all the lights, sounds and fast movement that is New York. Miss Julia is getting around to making this a trip the girls will never forget.There is never a dull moment when these girls get involved.

 The mother of these girls, Gloria Glimmer has been asked to preform in New York city so the whole family gets to enjoy this trip. But as we always find out something goes wrong to always upset their plans for a good family trip.

 What I love about these books is that Gloria Glimmer always takes time out to teach her girls whats really important in life and how each of the sisters really need to count on each other and cherish their sisterly bond.

 Together with mischief, fun, and family these girls can show our young girls a good time!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Litfuse Review: The Mark of the King by:Jocelyn Green

 The Mark of the King
About the Book:
Sweeping Historical Fiction Set at the Edge of the Continent
After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict. 

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne's brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on? 

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king's mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

My Review:
 This story--WOW! A great story and full of adventure!

 Julianne gets wrongly accused for the death of her client she gets the blessing to either do her time or be exiled to Louisiana, which at the time is a colony. Luckily, for her, she thinks her brother may be there so that is definitely motivation enough for her. She decides that she wants to do this, only one hitch in the plan--she has to be married--first.So whats a girl to do? Marry a fellow inmate of course. So this is what she sets out to do.

 After they arrive at the colony, Julianna doesn't see any sign of her brother anywhere. Its hard being in a new land with so much at stake and absolutely no answers to go on. But as upset as the main character seems to be that does not detour her from looking for her brother or at least getting some answers.

 The book is absolutely riveting! You will not regret reading about these fascinating characters and their plight. Their resolve is inspiring!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: In the Shadow of Denali by:Peterson/Woodhouse

 In the Shadow of Denali (Heart of Alaska #1)
About the Book:
Cassidy Ivanoff and her father John, a wilderness guide, work at a prestigious new hotel outside Mt. McKinley. John's new apprentice, Allan Brennan, finds a friend in Cassidy, but the real reason he's here--to learn the truth about his father's death--is far more dangerous than he knows.

My Review:
 This is the introduction to The Heart of Alaska series. This story takes us all the way back to the early 1900's, when at that time some parts of the United States were still being called their original Native American names. So the area was called Denali but it was at the foot of Mt. McKinley. This is where Cassidy and her father John are employed at a fancy hotel not far from the mountain.

 Allan Brennan, is John's newest apprentice but he isn't here to learn John's craft--he is here to learn more about his father's death. his father also a mountain climber lost his life during a climb on the same mountain that Allan hopes to scale. As time goes along Allan is finding out more and more about the people of this town, and it goes against what he thought he knew.

 Soon, Allan starts to put the pieces together and what he finds out isn't at all what he expected. But no Tracie Peterson novel would be complete without the romance part of the store. There is a definite attraction between Cassidy and Allan, but will Allan set his trust issues aside to escape into this newfound romance?

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Review: The Sisters of Sugarcreek by:Cathy Liggett

 The Sisters of Sugarcreek
About the Book:
Many lives were changed the day a fire burned down Faith Community Church, devastating the small town of Sugarcreek, Ohio. Now a young Amish widow, Lydia Gruber faces an uncertain future. Her husband, a craftsman and volunteer firefighter, always took care of everything, keeping her isolated from others in their community. Without anyone or any skills, how will she survive? With the death of her beloved aunt Rose in the fire, single mom Jessica Holtz inherits Rose's Knit One Quilt Too cottage. 

Though determined to keep the shop open in her aunt's memory, she doesn't know the first thing about knitting and quilting and begins to see her aunt's dream slip through her fingers.When Liz Cannon lost her dear friend Rose, she also lost her partner in the Secret Stitches Society--the name they gave themselves while delivering gifts of hope to troubled folks in the dark of night. Liz convinces Jessica to keep the anonymous society going, despite the younger women's inadequacy with knitting and sewing needles.

 But soon Liz has problems of her own as the life she has rebuilt for herself begins to crumble again.When Liz and Jessica choose Lydia for their first mission, the three women cross paths and form an unlikely friendship in the aftermath of tragedy. As they walk together through triumph and heartbreak--through grief and new chances at love--they begin to discover that with friends by your side, a stitch of hope can be found anywhere.

My Review:
 Many things physically get lost in a fire tragedy. Yes, material items but our friends and loved ones do, as well. But so goes everything that that person shared with you. And many times such a tragedy can bring people together that never dreamed of conversing with a new friend in such a way.

 This is exactly what happened to Lydia, Liz, and Jessica. They came together to continue something that others had a hand in before the fire and they are take up the loose reigns to come together to do something terrific for the community.

 The story of these three women and how we get a chance to follow them through this tragedy was sad but also amazing when you see them overcome the struggles they are having in their individual lives. Within the pages of this story is the key to strong, long lasting friendship. These ladies were so helpful and loving to other individuals and it showed through every thread throughout the story.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: Baa!Oink!Moo! God Made the Animals by:Rhonda Gowler Greene

 Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals
About the Book:
Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals, written by award-winning author Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by David Walker, is set on a farm and follows a conversation between a mother and child as the child repeatedly asks "Mama, who made . . . ?"

In the end, children learn that God is responsible for creating sheep, cows, pigs, horses, goats––all the animals on the farm… including puppies! Together, parents and children will discover the wonder of God’s creation when they open Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals.

My Review:
 I love reviewing children's books. Seeing all the new books out there by all these talented authors is fantastic. But, I really enjoy the stories and it gives me a way of holding on to my children's childhood just a tiny bit longer. This sweet little board book discusses the animals that God made just for our use and enjoyment.

 Throughout the book, the little boy or lead character speaks to his Mama about all the fun and sweet baby animals he has discovered. He reminds us that God has made each and every one of them. It is a precious book full of wonder and excitement that any child would adore. This would make a great story to read at bedtime. Geared for ages 4-8.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.