Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FORBIDDEN LOVE



I just finished the latest Cindy Woodsmall book, A LOVE UNDONE . Again I wasn't disappointed in her storyline, her knowledge and understanding of the Amish faith and community, and her ability to draw you in and empathize with the characters.

The subtitle says it well, "An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing Grace."

On the eve of her wedding we find Jolene, a young woman who is orphaned one stormy night, the oldest of six children. Her fiancé, Van Bieler are faced with decisions. What will they decide to do? How will it affect them all?
 
When the decisions were being made, one of the siblings said "Maybe we were given life and are in this family for their  sakes."

The decision was not an easy one and ten years later the story is picked up.  Where is the Jolene and Van? What has happened to the family?

"there were different kinds of forgiveness. The type Jolene had given was between her heart and God's. She had let go of her anger and the unfairness of the situation to Him. But Van and Donna were now asking that she give direct forgiveness to them."

We may not always understand other faith's, however we need to respect and in this instance, admire the commitment to hold to what is the honorable thing to do. The honorable is not always the easiest or the one the heart wants. 

I received this book free from WaterBrook Publishers for an honest review.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

AND THE LIGHT SHINES



 
AND THE LIGHT SHINES by Terri Wallace is futuristic  and interesting, if not somewhat scary in the possibilities coming to pass in some degree.

The premise is that, apparently during the tribulation, Christians are gathered up, tortured, deprogrammed and even killed. It follows two men in particular, Michael and Chris. Their struggle with God and then the dangers of following Him and showing Him to others in the face of being tortured for doing so.

It was a little hard to follow at times due to the way it was written.  It was clumsily written and wordy in places that would have benefited for more editing.  He did state that he'd written this years ago and it was put away until recently.

Terri did attempt to convey God's faithfulness and love.  He will never leave us and give us the strength and ability to stand if we will cling to Him.

I can't say I would recommend this to others but I will say that if and when we have to endure such as is written about here that I would be able to keep my eyes on Him and stand as these men did.
I received this book free for an honest review from Westbow Publishers through Thomas Nelson

Saturday, August 9, 2014

WHO DO YOU TRUST




MATTHEW 13:44 by Scott Coren is not at all what I expected by the title.  In the beginning of the narrative Lucy and Steve receive the news that his chemo is not getting the results they had hoped for.  I almost put the book down unfinished as I have recently lost my husband to cancer. I am glad to say I didn't and the book did not disappoint.

It is an unexpected mystery with lots twists and turns along with some unanticipated heartwarming touches. Suffice it to say that Lucy's journey is a tumultuous one changes her life in more ways than she ever expected.

Who are your real friends? Who can be trusted? What are people hiding, even those you think you know? Questions she will be faced with and the outcome is soul searching for all of us.

I received this book from Scott Coren's PR firm free for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it gave me much to think about. I recommend it to any and all!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BORROWED MEMORIES


A little mystic, a little romance, and lots of mystery in a Christian novel, that's what you get when you read SEAGRASS PIER by Colleen Coble. The book was an interesting concept even if a little unbelievable.

Elin Summerall lost her husband, had a virus that damaged her heart and then had a heart transplant. She begins to have nightmares that she's convinced are the memories of her heart donor's murder.
The newspaper ran a story about her recurring nightmares but most people don't believe her. The story did however attract the unwanted attention of the killer.  A man from her past, Marc Everton,  reappears working for the FBI and inquiring about her dreams. He agrees to help her and himself becomes a target.

Will they be able to find the person responsible for her donor's murder before he succeeds in murdering her? Will their attraction to each other be able to get past the walls they each have up? Will her friends be unwittingly drawn into the mystery and be in danger?

Colleen draws you into the narrative even if you are skeptical, it is after all a work of fiction.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publisher for an honest review.