Friday, December 9, 2016

Long Way Gone

Title:  Long Way Gone
Author:  Charles Martin
Pages:  320
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Charles Martin has written a novel that moves the heart very deeply and engages the mind in wondering where he is taking readers.  The novel also moves the soul in a way that people can easily identify with by using the language of music.  The main character, Cooper, readers meet seen as a man playing a guitar on a street corner.  His looks have changed along with his voice.  Soon, due to being at a stoplight, he observes a young lady who looks very familiar.  When he sees her again, he is struck by how little she has changed.  Or has she?
The author uses flashback a couple of times and slowly reveals a modern day fictional telling of what many know to be the prodigal son parable from the Bible.  With slow movement and time to let the story sink into the heart of the reader, he unveils the true look at the heart of a prodigal.  While the character is a man, readers will soon see that all of the players are prodigals.  The difference is some come home and others choose not to.
Cooper also learns that he sees in the spiritual realm and it affects his life, heart and future in ways he couldn’t before understand.  When he realizes his earthly father is gone and what he was teaching his son was right, a powerful scene in the book will take your breath away.  The one scene towards the end of the book, and you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read the story, is one that I will be thinking about for a long time.
Avid book lovers or those just looking for a good book now and again, look no further as this fictional novel will grab you and won’t let go even after you close the book.  So, if you know someone who is on the prowl for a good book or want to share a novel with friends, family or others in this season of giving, look no further!  A perfect, touching story for all of us prodigals!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Daughters of Jim Farrell

Title:  The Daughters of Jim Farrell
Author:  Sylvia Bambola
Pages:  286
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Heritage Publishing Horse
My rating is 5 stars.
This is the first novel by Sylvia Bambola I have read and I simply couldn’t put it down; I had to stay up and finish the book!  The action takes place in a coal mining town during the late 1800s.  Three grown sisters, led mainly by Kate, had to find out who really killed a coworker of their father’s.  This is the coworker that Jim Farrell was incidentally hung for after a trial.  Kate’s other two sisters wanted her to leave it alone and just move forward.  Her mother wanted her to leave things be as well, but Kate just had to find the truth.
Virginia was not seeking a beau; however, she wanted to own a newspaper.  Charlotte was already engaged to a young man in the higher part of society even though Charlotte’s family lost their standing in the community after her father was found guilty and executed.  Kate finally got her sisters to agree to hire a Pinkerton agent.  When Joshua came to town, he stayed at the Farrell family boarding house which they began in order to make a living when their social status slid down.
Now from here on out you will read of a magnificent tale of what the Pinkerton agent begins to uncover and how more trials come to the Farrell family.  Yet even with all their troubles, this family gives compassion and aid to the widows and children in the coal town.  Throughout the novel we learn where each woman’s heart is with the Lord, and how romance seems to bloom for the sisters from unlikely places.  The central theme of the book is that nothing is more important than being close to the Lord.  For some that means letting go of vengeance and leaving it with the Lord.
I plan on reading the other novels written by Sylvia as they are faith-centered with captivating story lines.  The book was part mystery, romance, importance of seeking the truth no matter the cost and appreciating how the Lord gave each person talent.  The sisters each had talents and learned how to appreciate who they were and how they used their gifts.
This was a great book and one certainly worth losing a little sleep to finish!

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.” 

Chasing Freedom (Against All Enemies #3)

Title:  Chasing Freedom (Against All Enemies #3)
Author:  H. L. Wegley
Pages:  342
Year:  2016
Publisher:  H. L. Wegley
My rating is 5+ stars out of 5.
The series introduces us to various characters and adventures, beginning with Voice in the Wilderness followed by Voice of Freedom.  The conclusion to the series is Chasing Freedom and though it says prequel it is in the sense of the story of two of the main characters.  So to really get the most out of the story read them in order of Voice in the Wilderness, Voice of Freedom and then Chasing Freedom.  These are very top notch novels that will keep you turning pages and you might find yourself finishing the books quickly because they are that well written!
Here, in works of fiction, the author spurs the embers of hope as his crafted characters are looking for freedom from enemies, both from within and without.  There is spiritual warfare in that the two main players, Allie and Jeff, fight to hold onto their faith in the face of threats that test the mettle of their beliefs.  There are people who are constantly pursuing them in order to take them out because of how Allie and Jeff revealed to authorities the nefarious activities going on near Jeff’s home.
The whole series really gets the patriotic heart of readers as well as the blood pumping while reading the dangers the characters face.  It seems so real as I am sure many can relate to the test of faith, love and hope in everyday life.  H. L. Wegley crafts works of adventure, danger, romance, faith, and so much more in very realistic plots and scenes.
If you love suspense, thrillers, action, adventures with faith and romance, then look no further because here are three of the best books you’ll read in awhile.  I love how authors bring out their unique stories to grab the attention of readers, so I won’t compare these books to any one specific author.  I will say though that when you can locate novels that entertain and leave you with hope at the end those are a treasure that is found and to be kept!
Readers will absolutely become enthralled with the Against All Enemies series!  So grab some copies and gift them to friends or family.  You might be surprised to see even reluctant readers not putting the books down until the very end!

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.”

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Shepherd, Potter, Spy and the Star Namer

Title:  Shepherd, Potter, Spy and the Star Namer
Author:  Peggy Miracle Consolver
Pages:  320
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Carpenters Son Publishing
My rating is 5+ stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 
Whenever I encounter a new author, I experience feelings of excitement, wondering what I am going to read as well as how well the author weaves the tale.  Peggy has experience as a woman dedicated to reading the Word of God, teaching Sunday School and has been on an archeological dig!  Her dedication to being a student of the Word and having traveled overseas on a dig shows up in the depth and heart of this work of fiction.  If you haven’t been a reader or student of the Old Testament, perhaps this novel will pique your interest.  If you have read the Old Testament, some scenes will jump off the pages!
The tale encompasses a time in ancient history prior to the Hebrews conquering the Promised Land.  It is really interesting how the point of view is from those who had already lived in the land for generations.  I got captivated, wondering if those settled on what God was giving the Hebrews saw them as a threat or as a possible ally.  How influenced were the foreigners’ fears or views of the Jewish people coming by the millions towards their homes by those who sought to destroy them before they crossed into Canaan?
Never before had I even thought how others viewed the Hebrews in the desert before conquering God’s enemies and settling into the land.  I found this a fresh perspective, even though it is fictional.  So remember to read the Word with attention toward the Gibeonites in Joshua 9 & 10, Genesis 10 to Psalm 114.  The Bible will give you the truth as God revealed it and we can learn from that portion of Scripture. The novel isn’t inspired, but a very good tale based on the actual events and persons in the passages mentioned above.
It was fun to travel back in time via the author’s imagination and story as I pictured it in my own mind.  Yes, it involves a time we can relate to very little, but we sure can behold the God who is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Grab your Bible and read the text mentioned above and then when you read the novel it will be even more astounding to you; I promise!
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.”