Friday, December 19, 2014

Sons of God's Gnerals

Title:  Sons of God’s Generals
Author:  Joshua Frost
Pages:  152
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Destiny Image
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org
After I read the book, it seemed like a good idea to visit online stores to read feedback before writing my own.  What I find most interesting sometimes about others’ feedback is either statements without any thoughtful reasons why someone liked or disliked a book or what appears to be feedback without discernment.  Now feedback on any book or product is completely subjective as anyone who writes reviews knows and that people can agree or disagree with what is posted sometimes responding to the person.  I desired to read this book because I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to do so, and when I do, I am prayerfully reading the book.  I constantly ask the Holy Spirit to show me what I can glean or need to ignore and if I feel conviction I stop reading to ask forgiveness.  The reason I share this with you is to encourage all readers to carefully read nonfiction or fiction books with discernment and prayerfully.
Each adult offspring of these people share transparently both the ups and downs of living with parents who ministered full time as pastors or missionaries.  One of the stories I appreciated most was written by Yana Banova Brink titled, Green Grass.  She shares how the Lord taught her to allow Him to teach her the difference between doing ministry and allowing her life to be the ministry.  She had traveled to many third world countries with her parents and now is a stay-at-home mom or referred to as SaHM.  These women who choose to stay at home and raise their children without a “job” outside the home need to know they are in ministry…their family.  I was gratified that at least one of the writers shared this understated and under recognized truth in these days.
Readers need to know that most of the authors have a charismatic viewpoint and experiences.  No matter what theological or congregational viewpoint a book comes from it is imperative to glean what the Lord wants you to and toss the rest.  Sometimes when I would read, I sensed a red flag moment and other times I could laugh at a comical moment experienced by the author.  Some of these adult children really went through rough times and heartache.  The Lord was so faithful to bring them to a place of reconciliation, healing of the heart and soul or gave them a balanced perspective of the past.
My rating is 3 stars.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Triple Threat (Pure Genius #4)

Title: Triple Threat (Pure Genius Series #4)
Author:  H. L. Wegley
Pages:  274
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Harbourlight
Unlike the other three prior novels, this particular book focuses attention on Katie, Lee and Jennifer’s adopted daughter who is now in writing her dissertation for her doctoral degree.  Katie picks up from where Jennifer left off in one sense with her computer software design.  Now Katie begins to discover terrorist attempts on Jennifer’s and the Katie’s young siblings lives.  However, that isn’t all she discovers and asks a fellow student to join her after he helps Katie save her family.  Now Josh is helping Katie not only with developing software to write his dissertation, but also becomes more embroiled in the danger as Katie forges ahead to uncover the plot to attack America again!
Katie’s faith is firmly cemented yet she still tends to take matters into her own hands, placing her life in danger much to the chagrin of her parents.  On top of that, some of the trips to collect data for the college paper are across the border in Canada!  Katie begins to uncover a major threat times three with her testing software and trips straight into the lions’ den.  Josh is agnostic and fighting to stay there even with Katie sharing logical points to why believing in Jesus makes sense.
I love how the author ends this series with Josh and Katie.  It leaves doors open for other novels, but mainly I believe brings the importance of knowing Christ personally and learning about the sex trade to the forefront.  Sometimes it seemed the harder Josh pushed or fought against Katie’s apologetic reasoning, the more his life experience showed him the reality of God.  All four books were captivating and they captured my heart and mind, especially in regard to those sold into the sex trade organization.
I’m glad I was given this special opportunity by the author to read, review and give away a copy of the series for another reader to enjoy!  Personally, I cannot wait to see what H. L. Wegley offers his followers in the years to come!  Thank you Mr. Wegley!  You’re an amazing author and man!  God Bless!
My rating is 5 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Moon Over Maalaea Bay (Pure Genius #3)

Title:  Moon Over Maalaea Bay (Pure Genius Series #3)
Author:  H. L. Wegley
Pages:  240
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Harbourlight
Yes!  The couple waiting for their courtship to end, now has gotten married, arrive at their honeymoon destination and while waiting for their hotel room to be ready step out for coffee and then…Jennifer is kidnapped.  Now he must call Jenn’s grandpa and their soon to be adopted daughter with news he cannot bear to speak; Jennifer is gone!
When God brings Katie and Grandpa to the islands to help Lee locate Jennifer, Katie learns the difference between revenge and loving her former captor.  Lee is beside himself as all the stops are pulled by the government agencies to help rescue Jennifer, but how much help are they really?  Plus it is some people bent on revenge for what Jennifer did to break up their ring of stealing young girls and then selling them into slavery.  Now the Iranians want her too and up the ante, bringing greater risk to Jennifer’s life along with the men who lost money from Katie’s failed sale into slavery months before who decides to capture her again!
The previous books in the series, Hide and Seek and On the Pineapple Express, which begin the story now crescendos in the third installment, Moon over Maalaea Bay.  Lots of themes are brought to the forefront like girls sold into slavery, trusting God when life goes south, and risking everything for those you love.  However, H. L. Wegley also shows through the book’s characters the many different scenarios in which the hope of Jesus can be shared.
Simply written with knowledge of the current events plus climatic and daring risks to save loved ones brings the audience into a story that rivals other suspense books!  The raw emotions displayed in the book show how anyone can be pushed to the point of having to choose to do well rather than repay evil.  Lee and Jennifer have waited for this time alone for the beauty of the honeymoon time only to see it postponed by revenge from evil men.  Wegley holds nothing back in his writing style that causes us to be aware of topics that should be addressed as many young girls’ lives are at stake!  Plus it isn’t just for the life on earth, but the more important one of eternity with God or eternal separation from God.
There is much more to the novels than I shared so as to preserve your taking the journey to discover these awesome tales!  For avid readers, these books are a must to read and a book club’s dream to share with others!
My rating is 5 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On the Pineapple Express (Pure Genius #2)

Title:  On the Pineapple Express (Pure Genius Series #2)
Author:  H. L. Wegley
Pages:  282
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Harbourlight
Lee cannot believe that Jennifer is out to locate a long shut down loggers mill because she is believes that she is hearing a child’s cry. On top of that both are at risk for getting killed by a powerful storm on the peninsula if not by those who have kidnapped the girls.  The main leader of the ring on the land is Trader who Jennifer discovered through using her latest computer program to pick up cell calls.  Both Lee and Jennifer risk their lives and possible future as man and wife to locate the girls before they are taken to a ship off shore and sold into slavery.
Jennifer is caught by Trader and taken to the place the other girls are held as captives, but Trader is wrong about Jennifer’s age, thinking she is like the others, a young teen.  Jennifer prays for God to give her wisdom and strength to help herself, Lee and the three girls escape in order to be returned to their families.  Katie, however, is an orphan in the foster system, and throughout their adventures Jennifer realizes how much Katie is just like herself.  Not yet married, both Lee and Jennifer agree to take Katie first as a foster daughter with the intent of adopting her after they are married.
Throughout the novel readers can see how Katie’s search for wholeness and security opens her heart to receiving the good news of Jesus Christ from Jennifer’s prior experiences.  The way the characters pray about the decisions even when in danger with time not on their side, they realize that without the Lord all attempts would be in vain.  When Lee is given permission to court Jennifer, her grandfather has one proviso, he wants a grandchildren shortly after they are married!
Danger, staring death in face, attempting to locate the other members of the sex slave operation are just a few of the other ingredients put together to form a very entrancing book!  Don’t miss the first book in the series, Hide and Seek, which lays the foundation for each of the succeeding novels that are totally heart pounding tales!
My rating is 5 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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