Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review: Devoted by:Marjorie Jackson

Devoted: A Girl’s 31-Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God
 "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."

About the Book:
Is it really possible for a twenty-first-century young woman to live a life in direct contrast to culture’s ever-changing standards? The answer is yes. You're invited to join author Marjorie Jackson in Devoted, a 31-day devotional about letting love and dedication to Jesus penetrate every area of your life—relationships, decisions, standards, convictions, priorities. . .everything. Whether you're a long-time Christian or the spiritual training wheels are still on, you'll dive into God’s Word and discover what it truly means to be a young woman who is completely, joyfully, beautifully different. . .while coming to understand that life is good with a God who is great!

My Review:
 A young woman these days needs a guide through life and God is that guide. She needs every moment of her day to day with God permeating in it, there is just no other say. Life these days is more and more difficult and navigating it seems rougher than it did 10 years ago much less 50. 

 Marjorie Jackson can set those sails right. She can take a young girl on a journey onward and upward and show her how to stay focused on Him and what He really wants for our lives. I really loved the cover of the book, it was a refreshing cover and made me want to open the book.

 As I read along I realized how much my almost 20 year old daughter could learn from this book. She is just starting out in the world. She is in ministry and has already finished seminary and is looking ahead wanting to know what is next for herself. This book asks some of those difficult questions. I really believe it could get her to thinking even more and maybe even expand on some conversations she and God have already been having. I also liked the fact that there are coloring pages in it, as well.

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: The Chapel Car Bride by:Judith Miller

 The Chapel Car Bride
About the Book:
Hope Irvine always sees the best in people. While traveling on the rails with her missionary father, she attracts the attention of a miner named Luke and a young mine manager. When Luke begins to suspect the manager is using Hope's missions of mercy as a cover for illegal activities, can he discover the truth without putting her in danger?

My Review:
 Hope just wants to do what God intends and live her life. she always tries to see the good in people the way the Lord intends but unfortunately for people will do you wrong and take advantage of kindness. I thought that the story line was pretty neat because the chapel is on a train car and they travel spreading the gospel.

 I loved the setting of the story. There are several television shows that remind me of the writer's story. As I read the book it reminded me a lot of those television stories. I really enjoy the story and the dynamic between Hope and Luke. I was already rooting for the two of them the moment Luke entered the picture. The best thing about Judith Miller's books is that God is woven throughout. Its just enough to keep my interested yet not too overdone.

 Another favorite was the community of people that Hope is involved with at the present moment. They are people that live in the back hills of Virginia so you can imagine these people are not very welcoming. I believe the author gave an accurate account of what these type of people are like. I feel that she thoroughly researched them and I really enjoyed her account.

 The book got off to a slow start and left me wondering here and there but overall and fantastic read!

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: Toward a Secret Sky by:Heather Maclean

 Toward a Secret Sky
About the Book:
 Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.

With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.

My Review:
 This is a lot for a young girl of 17 to endure. She is orphaned after her mother's recent death and her father's death long ago. She is going to be sent away to Scotland to live with her grandparents and she isn't looking forward to it, all. She receives a journal that would insinuate that her dead mother and father weren't not your average set of parents. After tons of snooping she starts to uncover a secret world she knew nothing about.

 This is a novel meant for teens but it was quite enjoyable and was very engaging. A must read for teens and parents, alike. Very fantasy driven but loved reading it!

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

Review: The Maggie Bright by:Tracy Groot

 The Maggie Bright: A Novel of Dunkirk
About the Book:
"England, 1940." Clare Childs knew life would change when she unexpectedly inherited the "Maggie Bright"--a noble fifty-two-foot yacht. In fact, she's counting on it. But the boat harbors secrets. When a stranger arrives, searching for documents hidden onboard, Clare is pulled into a Scotland Yard investigation that could shed light on Hitler's darkest schemes and prompt America to action.Across the Channel, Hitler's "Blitzkrieg" has the entire British army in retreat with little hope for rescue at the shallow beaches of Dunkirk. With time running out, Churchill recruits civilian watercraft to help. Hitler is attacking from land, air, and sea, and any boat that goes might not return. Yet Clare knows "Maggie Bright" must answer the call--piloted by an American who has refused to join the war effort until now and a detective with a very personal motive for exposing the truth.The fate of the war hinges on this rescue. While two men join the desperate fight, a nation prays for a miracle.
My Review:
 Oh My! Talk about packed with espionage, mystery, and tons of action!

The Maggie Bright is a captivating story that takes place during Hitler's reign of terror and backwards thinking. Clare, the lead character, is thrown into all of this without even as much as a wave. She feels like she is in over her head but must at least try to do something to help with the current world affecting fiasco.

 According to history the Dunkirk mentioned in the book was a real event and this is a fictional story based on it. You can google Dunkirk evacuation and learn more. It was an amazing feat but one that was successful. Just like what has been stated in other reviews this book gets real down and dirty with war details, so it's not for the faint of heart. I'm not usually one for a book of this magnitude but the story behind it as well as the author's story was a brilliant way to incorporate it.

 A spellbinding way to feel like I was in a movie and just when I get to the end, I look around to see it was just a book. A great read, indeed!

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

Review: Still Waiting by:Ann Swindell

 Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn't Give You What You Want
About the Book:
What if God wants you to wait?
Most of us don’t willingly choose to wait. We pick the shortest lines at the grocery store and avoid construction routes whenever possible. These are relatively short holdups, but they point to the deeper truth of what we try to evade on the larger scale of our lives: the anguish and heartache we experience during extended times of waiting when something we have hoped for gets delayed. Because waiting is painful and hard, too often we try to rush through it, seeking to jump ahead to the hoped-for resolution, opportunity, or healing. It’s easy to overlook that waiting is an inevitable part of our walk with God.

My Review:
 Waiting for God and for God's timing is so incredibly hard. I never would of thought that until I actually had to do it, along with my family. We received a calling from the Lord and things didn't go as planned so now we wait. It has been 3 years and we are still waiting. The author Ann Swindell had to go through much of the same process only her victory took a lot longer than achieve and it was for a physical ailment. But she shows strong faith and soldiers on in spite of it.

 Waiting in faith is hard, hard stuff that God intends for only His strongest. It is some hard stuff. And at times you can get very angry with Him. But in His perfect grace and wisdom He allows you that. Our God loves us more than we will ever know and He walks besides us in these struggles to help us grow. A great read about a struggling faith made stronger through Him.

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

Review: Upon a Spring Breeze by:Kelly Irvin

 Upon a Spring Breeze (Every Amish Season #1)
About the Book:
After a devastating winter, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a new chance at love.

Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.

Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.

When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?

My Review:
 I thought while I was reading, Upon a Spring Breeze how most Amish fiction almost always has a spouse that dies from tragic accident, whether its a buggy accident or a farm accident. I thought well maybe Amish life is not as simple as I think.

 Poor Bess is expecting her first child when her husband loses his life. Life is tough enough already and now she loses her love. I felt so sorry for her. She is a lot like me we love our flowers and this is something that God has provided in order for her to heal from Caleb's death. As soon as the baby is born it is soon evident that things are getting even harder for Bess but luckily for her Aidan steps in to help. But as he spends more and more time around Bess and the baby his feelings start to change for her.

 A great Amish read just in time for spring!

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

Review: The Way of the Dragon OR the Way of the Lamb by:J. Goggin/K. Strobel

 The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It
About the Book:
Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel invite readers on a journey to uncover Jesus’ seemingly contradictory way to power: weakness.

Why do so many rock-star pastors implode under the spotlight? Why do modern-day churches become so entangled in growing their brand that they lose sight of their true purpose? Because, according to Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel, Christians have succumbed to the temptations of power and forgotten Jesus’ seemingly contradictory path to power—first giving it up.

In The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb, Goggin and Strobel paint a richly biblical vision of power through weakness. They invite readers to join them on an adventure around the world, seeking out great sages of the faith with uncommon wisdom to offer those traveling the path of Christian life. As readers eavesdrop on the authors’ conversations with people such as J. I. Packer, Dallas Willard, Marva Dawn, John Perkins, Jean Vanier, James Houston, and Eugene Peterson, they begin to piece together the new-old reality of following Jesus today. In the end, The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb offers a compelling vision of the way of Jesus that will challenge both individual believers and the church as a whole.

My Review:
 As you grow up in the modern day church and then go through ministry with your spouse you really start to get the background behind the scenes of some of the ministerial leaders that are at your home church. Many times, you get to see the other ministers and your church leaders in a not so favorable light. Sometimes, I wonder how can I love these people like Christ loves the church? It can be downright difficult at times because of the things you see and hear from them.

 The authors want to paint a visual for the reader that far surpasses modern day religion. Their opinion is that we go back to the old standards and ways and just start over. The modern day church has really gone badly in the other direction so much so they don't realize how out of touch they really are. It is very disheartening.

 Jesus is challenging us to walk in the same light and love mentality that He did in order to win the lost but to also revitalize the church. This is a good book to read about such things because it helps you to keep it all in perspective and it draws you back to the original goal as God intended.

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