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Indelible

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Title: IndelibleAuthor: Kristen HeitzmannPublisher: Water BrookPages: 338Year: 2011Note: I received a complimentary copy and the review can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/Indelible means, “1.making marks that cannot be erased, removed, or the like: indelible ink. 2. that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, changed, or the like: the indelible memories of war; the indelible influence of a great teacher.” (Dictionary.com/Random House Dictionary 2012). The word is an adjective so it describes for us, but what exactly is the author describing for her readers? This is what I thought when I looked at the title, having never read any previous novels by this author.Now having finished this novel, I can tell you that it definitely leaves an impression. What kind of impression? Well, I think for each reader it will be as unique as the person themselves. The setting for the story is the state of Colorado, United States of America. The characters are revealed little…

Resignation of Eve Review

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Title: The Resignation of EveAuthor: Jim HendersonPages: 320Year: 2012Publisher: BarnaBooksNote: I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale Publishers. Read my other reviews of different books: http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/As I sit here preparing to write a review on this book, I can’t help wondering how to start. There are many thoughts and emotions rattling within me, so before I started I stopped and asked for the Lord to help me because I wasn’t sure how to put forth what was inside. Jim Henderson took three years to put this book together, interviewing many women regarding many issues. He includes in the book what research showed as far as women and church. The author gives his readers an insight as to where he is coming from and how he got there. I appreciate that about an author or anybody, being honest in that we all come with preconceived ideas from life. Also included at the end of each section are parts other women or men wrote, but their ident…

Because of Me By: Fay Lamb

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Title: Because of MeAuthor: Fay LambYear: 2012Pages: 349Publisher: Treble Heart BooksNote: I received a free copy from the author. Honestly, what do you think of when you read the title of the novel? Do you imagine romance? Yes, there is that element. How about families torn apart because of the decisions or actions of others? You would be right there too, that is in the novel. Would you think of issues such as rape, having a child, prison, forgiveness, healing and perhaps restoration? These are also included in this debut novel by Fay Lamb written with a sensitive heart on issues that are, to say the least, tough. Kip, Jervis, Michael, Rhonda, and Isabel have something that ties them together in a way that is not typical to most characters or settings of a story. No, this is not a true story but it may come close to expressing the various emotions faced by women as well as men. Add the element of a matriarch who wants to control others’ lives and hide the shame she feels…

Introducing Fay Lamb

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Fay Lamb works as an acquisition/copyeditor for Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books), offers her services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is soon to be released by Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing. Fay has a passion for working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010. In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board. Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.

English Historical Novel: The Fall Line

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Title: The Fall LineAuthor: Errol BurlandPages: 512Year: 2006Publisher: Dorrance Publishing (http://dorrance.stores.yahoo.net/index.html) Note: I received a complimentary copy of “The Fall Line” from Dorrance Publishing Company as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Review Team.What do you find intriguing about a historical novel? Is it the characters, time period, setting, or perhaps the author? This is the first book I have read by this author. If you have never heard of this author’s name before, know this, this is her first novel and what a novel it is too! Naturally, the title reminds one of the colonial period when America was still forming, finding its way to what it would eventually become. However, as I was not a very good student at first of history, there was much to learn about this time frame.From the start, it is evident that the author knows how to craft an excellent story. I was amazed when I started to read and see such quality come forth from a novice. …

Maid of Fairbourne Hall Novel Reviewed!

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Title: The Maid of Fairbourne HallAuthor: Julie KlassenPages: 416Year: January 2012Publisher: Bethany HouseDoes the time period of the 1700 to 1800’s interest you? What about the history of servants, the different levels, rules and more? Did you even know that Sarah and Samuel Adams, Jane Austen as well as many others wrote on the subject of servants in that time frame? At the beginning of each chapter, the author shares some snippet of wisdom from those who wrote about the subject whether in a book or letter or a different source. Whatever one thinks of such practices, you may find that it helps add to the understanding of the time period in which this excellent novel is set.This was the first book of this subject and time period I have ever read as well as the first from this author. I found this book inspiring and very riveting. It also helped that the chapters were not of such a long length as to lose my attention either. The author has many scenes and plots that she f…

Christian Contours Book Reviewed!

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Title: Christian ContoursAuthor: Douglas S. Huffman, EditorPages: 240Year: 2012Publisher: Kregel Academic & ProfessionalNote: A complimentary book was received from Kregel for this review. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ Christian Contours is a good resource and easy to read, thought provoking as well as resourceful. The book is a compilation of short essays that help Christians to understand loving God with their mind as well as their heart and how to do so. The editor begins his Preface of the book stating the aims or goals of such an undertaking. Next, Douglas Huffman introduces us to the authors whose writings we will be reading in the following pages. The overarching challenge the book places before the reader is loving God with our entire mind, not just the heart or emotions.There are two main parts of the book that deal with Biblical Worldview--what it is, how many viewpoints there are, and the worldview relationship to tru…

The Coming Revolution Review

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Title: The Coming Revolution: Signs from America’s Past that Signal Our Nation’s FutureAuthor: Dr. Richard G. LeePages: 256 Publisher: Thomas NelsonYear: 2012Note: I was provided a copy for review by BookSneeze.com. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/How much history of our nation do you know? Can you remember facts, places, people or events? Are you a student of history? Now when I say student, I don’t mean as in academia. I refer to being one who is constantly learning about history. There are a variety of paths and periods that anyone can choose to learn about. For example, you may study a particular nation and within that nation a particular religion, country, race or belief system--the sky is the limit. It never ceases to amaze me how many history books are written, what is purposed in them or even what comes out from the author’s perspective on what he/she studied. Just as there are many ways to look and learn from history, the…

Charles Colson: THe Sky is not Falling

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Title: The Sky is Not FallingAuthor: Charles ColsonPages: 233Publisher: Worthy PublishingYear: 2011Note: I received a complimentary copy for review. Read other reviews at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ Have you ever picked up a book and known that somehow this book is different from others? Sure it could be different because of genre, language, classification and more. When is the last time though that you read a book to “think”? Most read to relax and enjoy a moment not thinking or being burdened by the chores of the day. I read for enjoyment just like other people do, but I also read to think or learn. Most people are so tired from everyday work, home and family responsibilities that “thinking” seems to fall off the proverbial “to do” list. For others reading a book that makes them “think” is like going back to school, which isn’t always a pleasant memory for many.Our society in general has had the love of learning, thinking or reading drained from it by “…

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Protection for Hire Review!

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Title: Protection for HireAuthor: Camy TangPages: 336Publisher: ZondervanNote: The author graciously sent a complimentary copy for review. You may follow and contact the author through her website at www.camytang.com. Feel free to read other reviews by Lisa on her blog http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/What do think of a novel that has many twists and turns, exciting action and more? Would you read a book that kept you turning pages to find out how it was going to turn out? The well-developed characters in “Protection for Hire” are the usual run-of-the-mill kind. Woven throughout the story are themes of choices, family, murder, blame, truth with the story taking place in San Francisco. The main female lead in this fictional adventure comes from two different nationalities. She is loyal and a fighter. When she goes to prison for manslaughter, her life really takes an unexpected turn that affects both those closest to her as well as others that aren’t. During her …

God's Story Your Story Review

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Title: God’s Story, Your StoryAuthor: Max LucadoPages: 288Publisher: ZondervanYear: 2011Note: A compliment copy was provided by http://www.demossnews.com/books/ Other reviews by this blog writer can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/I’ve never been an author and never published anything. How about you? Ever stand on the edge of a cliff and wonder “if I…, then what?” Sometimes in our lives we don’t remember that we are writing and publishing; we just aren’t aware of it. Our lives are time spent in various amounts with various people as well as alone in various activities or maybe in quiet. We write memories on the hearts and minds of others as they write on ours as well. It may be that what is written isn’t ever published, but in view of eternity the writing is made known. Is it seen before then? What do you think?We are created beings by one Creator. The Creator’s story envelopes everyone. Whether people want to recognize it or not that …

Concluding 1 Peter Lesson 9

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Title: 1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling TimesAuthor: Sue EdwardsYear: 2011Pages: 102Publisher: Kregel Publishers Lesson 9: Strengthen your Kin (1 Peter 5) 1 Peter 5 speaks to two generations: the elders and younger people. How important do you feel it is for the older generation to encourage the younger generation on their faith journey?There is no question as to the necessity of those who have walked with the Lord and studied Scriptures to share their wisdom with others. What perhaps keeps this from happening is that the older generation doesn’t feel valued by the younger generation nor are they given the time to learn from them. Likewise the younger generation hasn’t taken advantage of what older, wiser people have learned. There is also the “instant” mentality that has crept into the Body of Christ. It can be inhibiting in building relationships, since it takes time as well as commitment to learn from each other. 1 Peter 5 has …

Not in the Heart

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Title: Not in the HeartAuthor: Chris Fabry (www.chrisfabry.com)Pages: 432Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Inc.Year: 2012Note: I received a complimentary copy from B & B Media Group, Inc. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/. What options are there for one with overwhelming gambling debts, a failing marriage, and a distant relationship with your kids? What if you wanted to hide yet had this feeling that not only were you being followed, but threatened too? How would you cope with a son so close to death because a heart donor can’t be found? Then, when a donor is found, he is in jail!Not in the Heart has many issues, themes, subplots and a riveting, page turning story. Truman is a man who once knew the height of success as a reporter, now the only thing he knows better is casinos. Ellen believes in God, and Truman’s ability to tell the truth of a story even though he left her holding the burden of the family. Aiden, Ell…

1 Peter Lesson 8

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Title: 1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling TimesAuthor: Sue EdwardsYear: 2011Pages: 102Publisher: Kregel PublishersLesson 8 (pages 65-72): Persevere with the End in MindHow comfortable is our society with talking about and dealing with our own mortality? I wonder if our society even recognizes “mortality” anymore or if the Church does. It appears that we have “dressed down” or “quieted down” mortality. How do we really face the issue, if we even do? For those who have a relationship with the Lord, it is amazing that we can “walk in the valley of the shadow of death”, but we never have to allow the fear to capture the soul. To those who are in Christ, it is but a shadow, a passage from this life to life evermore with Christ. Society doesn’t face the reality of the eternal with honesty. Many express nice sentiments or feelings, but they tend not to be rooted in the Truth of where that person may be spending eternity. They devise clever…