Thursday, November 8, 2018

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Review: Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon by:Ray Rhodes

 Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon
 **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
The definitive biography of Susannah Spurgeon.

While many Christians recognize the name of Charles H. Spurgeon, the beloved preacher and writer, few are familiar with the life and legacy of his wife, Susie.  Yet Susannah Spurgeon was an accomplished and devout woman of God who had a tremendous ministry in her own right, as well as in support of her husband. Even while dealing with serious health issues, she administered a book fund for poor pastors, edited and published her husband’s sermons and other writings, led a pastor’s aid ministry, wrote five books, made her home a hub of hospitality, and was instrumental in planting a church. And as her own writing attests, she was also a warm, charming, and fascinating woman.

Now, for the first time, Susie brings this vibrant woman’s story to modern readers. Ray Rhodes Jr. examines Susannah’s life, showing that she was not only the wife of London’s most famous preacher, but also a woman who gave all she had in grateful service to the Lord.

Susie is an inspiring and encouraging account of a truly remarkable woman of faith that will delight Spurgeon devotees and fans of Christian biographies alike.

My Review:
 The legacy that Susannah Spurgeon leaves behind far outweighs that of her husband, in my opinion. I know that he lived for Christ and that his image and that of Jesus were abundant in his life. We don't have to read them to know that, we can just read about his character and how he lived--he lived it out in front of us. Susie as she was called by many, her life was the one quietly behind the scenes. She loved her God and her guy to the fullest. She was an upstanding individual with quality character. She made Charles what he was in so many ways, but one that far outweighed the rest was her love and devotion to "the man".

 When I first dove into this quality piece of writing, I was beyond excited to see what this grand lady was all about. It was soon apparent to me that she was a woman of great strength and dignity--things that as a Christian woman I strive to be. The author did a great job of letting me get to know this phenomenal lady. I was in tears most of the time because the love she had for God and for her husband was astounding and it touched my heart. By the end of the book I wanted to be just like her.

 This book is a great descriptor of persons for such a passionate lady that achieved so much in her life. I am sure she has many jewels in her crown, there in Heaven.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review: The Christmas Prayer by:Wanda E. Brunstetter

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

About the Book:
Beloved, bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter takes readers on a journey in 1850 along the California Trail.

Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail.

Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

My Review:
 Anyone that is anyone knows that wagon trains or any type of travel by wagon was frowned upon if it took place during certain times of the year. Mainly because you could die due to weather conditions or your livestock could. Cynthia Cooper has a lot to lose way more than her life or so it seems. So she is fully prepared to weigh out the odds so she, her mother, and a man that she plans to wed travel a cross country for a better life.

 But as with all fiction love stories this story has many twists of its own. Cynthia means well when she agrees to a marriage not really based on love. But she soon sees that maybe this isn't such a great well thought out plan as it once was. Soon other prospects come nto play and creates somewhat of a love triangle and now she has to rethink everything.

 A great short novella that is perfect for the Christmas season. The author can create very well meaning stories that tug at your heart strings and that provide a strong plot with vivid characters.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Review: The Christmas Remedy by:Cindy Woodsmall

The Christmas Remedy (An Amish Christmas Romance)
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of "big box" stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface--and possibly love.

Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life for a young Amish woman. Years ago, her bishop allowed her to continue her education and become the lead technician for Greene's Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore that looks out for the Amish community--a group largely without secure healthcare plans. She knows she can't marry and hold onto her professional job. She's Amish, and she can only have one or the other, so she spurns love and works toward addressing treatable diseases--like the one that claimed her father's life.

As long as Holly continues to avoid Joshua Smucker, the one man who draws her like a warm hearth in winter, she should be fine. When something unexpected threatens Greene's Pharmacy, Holly and Joshua must work together to unravel what's happened and find the "missing" patient before the Board of Pharmacy shuts them down. As the snows of December arrive, with Christmas in the air, will Holly succumb to the generous spirit of the season?

My Review:
 As close as Lyle and Holly have become nothing could of prepared her for what was about to take place between the two of them. Soon she is thrust into something she was never made aware of until Lyle's pharmacy appears to be in some financial trouble and then his health comes into question. Holly sees a mysterious looking bill that is quite large early on in the story but Lyle's response to it after being brought to his attention is to just brush it aside. But Holly still keeps it in the back of her mind and with the doubt about it comes a lot of other lingering questions.

 Poor Holly has a choice to make when it seems that her life comes at a crossroads. Isn't it funny when you feel like you have your life all figured out and then God puts a tiny kink in your plans? That is exactly what happens to both Holly and Joshua and soon their lives intersect in a most interesting way, a way that they will be forced to make a decision.

 The dynamic in the story between Lyle and Holly and then between Holly and Joshua seem to blend so well. The characters give you a family feeling and a warmth that is perfect for the holiday season. I love Christmas fiction and I absolutely love The Christmas Remedy!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Review: Catching Christmas by:Terri Blackstock

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

About the Book:
The first Christmas story from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Terri Blackstock.

“The feel-good Christmas book of the year. Blackstock’s tale of love and redemption wrapped in a holiday bow will leave you smiling. Don’t miss Catching Christmas.” —New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck

This Year, Christmas Comes Just in Time

As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year’s if she loses her current court case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she’s in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.

The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, whom he failed miserably in her last days, he can’t say no when she keeps calling him for rides. Once a successful gourmet chef, Finn’s biggest concern now is making his rent, but half the time Callie doesn’t remember to pay him. And as she starts to feel better, she leads him on wild goose chases to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.

When Finn meets Sydney, he’s quite sure that she’s never needed help finding a date. Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, or is this just a mission driven by delusions? He’s willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie’s Christmas wish. He just never expected to be a vital part of it.

My Review:
 Caring for a grandmother that is aging at a rapid rate you would think that this story was full of sadness but it was anything but. When Sydney realizes that her grandmother needs her she wastes no time at all to tend to her needs. Little does she know her grandmother is still quite lucid enough to have some plans of her own. It soon becomes evident that Miss Callie is up to something but the trick is finding out if its by chance or on purpose.

 Finn and Sydney need love in their lives. The lead lives with no real joy in them and love could be just the ticket to help with that. They story itself was great. I loved the characters and fell in love with Miss Callie from the start. Its really hard not to think of them as real people. A great Christmas story!

Friday, October 5, 2018

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Review: Amish Celebrations by:Beth Wiseman

 Amish Celebrations: Four Novellas
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
The Gift of Sisters

Hannah and Rachel are fraternal twins approaching their sixteenth birthday—a time when they will be allowed to spread their wings and enjoy their rumschpringe. The sisters couldn’t be more different: Hannah is outgoing and beautiful, while Rachel is shy and withdrawn. And when newcomer Abraham Stoltzfus arrives in Lancaster County, both women fall head over heels for him, each fighting for his affections in their own ways and driving the sisters to turn on each other. Who will Abraham choose? And will Hannah and Rachel reunite after a devastating heartbreak?

A New Beginning

Rebecca and Noah are in love and about to be baptized. But when Noah decides to enjoy one last night of his rumschpringe a few weeks before the ceremony, he does something that causes Rebecca to reconsider his proposal. As Rebecca and Noah navigate the turn in their relationship, Rebecca must learn to forgive Noah or abandon her dreams of marrying him. If Noah won’t forgive himself in time for the baptism, his guilt could cause him to run from his love for Rebecca and leave his community behind.

A Perfect Plan  (previously published in An Amish Wedding)

Priscilla King has been planning to marry Chester Lapp since she was sixteen years old, and when Chester pops the question on Priscilla’s nineteenth birthday, wedding plans begin immediately. But everything begins to fall apart as Chester works to build a house for his new bride, only to have one disaster after another occur. Can true love take this couple through the challenges that threaten their union, or will they begin to doubt that they are on the right path, the one God has chosen for them?

A Christmas Miracle

Mary is twenty-seven years old and already has five young children. Married to her husband at age eighteen, she wasn’t quite prepared for motherhood, and exhaustion and frustration are sending her into a downhill spiral as the holidays approach. Too proud and ashamed to ask for help, Mary’s situation begins to take a toll on her marriage. But when an elderly man in a red suit and his sidekick elf befriend Mary, showering her with wisdom and advice, she must choose to accept help, learn to cope with her situation, and ultimately find the true meaning of Christmas.

My Review:
 Such a sweet celebration and kinship of stories. Each story has its own unique twist and each one focuses on a celebration of some kind. Just like all of the author's previous books these are lovely and heartwarming and sure to please. Whether it's Hannah and Rachel fighting over a guy or its Mary struggling with her family and seeing a new twist on Christmas.

 Each one of the stories are perfect for this time and season and they are definite page-turners. My favorite was A Christmas Miracle. I related to Mary and her everyday struggles. She is an inspiration and delight.