Saturday, April 29, 2017

Missing (Nikki Boyd Files #2)


Title:  Missing (Nikki Boyd Files #2)

Author:  Lisa Harris

Pages:  316

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5 stars.

Oh my, has Lisa Harris written a great suspense-filled, tension-inducing thriller with this second book in the Nikki Boyd series!  This book centers around a woman, Lucy, who goes missing amidst the death of her husband and several other people.  Lucy’s husband worked for a pharmaceutical company, but had hired a private detective to get information proving the company is producing counterfeit drugs and putting them on the market to sell to people as if they were the genuine drug.  Who is after Lucy and why are they willing to kill to find her?  Nikki and her partner Jack are tasked with finding the woman while the local officials handle the murders.  However, one lead after another seems to result in death and Nikki is no closer to finding Lucy.

During her investigation, Nikki struggles to keep her true feelings from Tyler, best friend’s husband.  Her best friend, Katie, was killed in a boating accident 13 months previously and Nikki has done what she can to help Tyler through his grief by being a good friend.  Tyler is struggling to move forward in his life, but is unhappy with his current career choice.  He misses the challenge and adrenaline rush of being a soldier.  He has an opportunity for a security job overseas.  Nikki fears he will come back changed if he goes, but she encourages him to do what he must to be happy.  She tries her best to stay focused on the case, which becomes essential as Tyler becomes a target of the criminals who are searching for Lucy.

I really like how the relationship between Nikki and Tyler is progressing.  Nikki is very aware of Tyler’s grief and puts his needs before her own at great personal sacrifice.  This shows how much she loves him.  I also like how Nikki prays in the midst of her troubles and God answers.  I hope there will be resolution for Nikki and her family regarding the disappearance of her sister, Sarah, ten years ago.  That is a mystery I want solved!  I am so pumped for book three in the series which is to be released in the spring of this year!  This is one series not to miss if you are an action-loving, suspense-seeking reader.  Get a copy of book one, Vendetta, as well as this second book and prepare to be entertained.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Chapel Car Bride


Title:  The Chapel Car Bride

Author:  Judith Miller

Pages:  352

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Judith Miller weaves a very engaging tale of a traveling preacher and his daughter who go by train to small towns to share the gospel.  Not only do they share the gospel, but Hope teaches the young children Bible stories and helps the women and children in small towns.  Hope’s father is also a skilled carpenter and helps build or restore homes or churches in the areas they visit.  If there is too small a congregation, they hold services in their chapel that is part of the railroad car they live and travel in.

Luke is a God-fearing young man who senses God’s call to become a preacher in the mining town where he lives.  When he first lays eyes on Hope, he is drawn to her but knowns they come from two totally different lifestyles.  Then there is a young man named Kirby whose father owns the mine.  Kirby is not responsible and always in trouble so his father figures time working in a mine might cause his son to grow up.

What I enjoyed reading so much about the story was when Hope, Luke and Kirby without all the other people and see how tension is immediately evident between Luke and Kirby.  Then when I add in what some miners do to help feed their families when their hours are cut or they are injured and cannot work for a while, I could feel the suspense building!  Those who were doing something illegal were always looking out for revenuers or local sheriffs.  So, throughout the story there is constant playing of hide and seek as well as Kirby’s desire to continue his illegal lifestyle without his father catching on.  Hope begins to see what is going on in the mining town woods and not going to the homes or woods alone.

I enjoyed following the story to see where each character was going, drawing near to the Lord or trying to take care of themselves without help.  I wanted the miners to have their hope restored by being paid wages that were fair for their dangerous jobs and see the women and children cared for in what seemed hopeless circumstances.  There is suspense and danger at times as well as a budding romance, but above all I came away with enjoying a novel where sharing the gospel and following the leading of the Lord was paramount!  Great work by Judith, and I hope more like this are coming soon!

Di,sclosure 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.”

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Restoring Love (A Contemporary Novel)


Title:  Restoring Love (A Contemporary Novel)

Author:  Jennifer Slattery

Pages:  324

Year:  2017

Publisher:  New Hope Publishers

My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Jennifer Slattery writes novels that I believe are born out of real heart for people in all types of life to experience God’s transforming love.  I have read each of her novels and each are unique, bringing out different aspects of faith as it intersects with the characters’ experiences.  Here is another exceptional story that draws readers into situations that can be seen or read about anywhere.

Basically, the novel reveals how God can take broken lives, hearts and spirits and restore with love, hope and faith.  Angela is one of my favorite characters who though she has lots of questions and doesn’t understand a lot of what it means or looks like to be a Christian, continues to put herself out there for others.  Angela is not a young woman nor is the man she meets named Mitch who has some his own baggage he brings into the relationship.

Hope is what one experiences when reading the novel as readers will see no matter how hard life can be, God can reach deeper still to hearts that are open.  Mitch is a man who is in a hard place with his ex-wife and one of his sons that involves co-dependency and drugs.  What does tough love look like in that type of situation including the fact that Mitch comes from a Christian point of view while others don’t?

I think the novel is an excellent example of going where the hurting and broken are, and being the hands and feet of Christ.  The story shows that God works through those who are called by His name to love on those who don’t yet know Him or understand anything about Him during heart-breaking times.  This is a good novel that people can read and be uplifted by.  Good job Jennifer!

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, April 26, 2017

Dead End (Love Inspired Suspense)


Title:  Dead End (Love Inspired Suspense)

Author:  Lisa Phillips

Pages:  224

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Nina Holmes lost her mother by the hand of an assailant that has yet been brought to justice.  Nina also lost her father.  She served in the CIA before having to retire from injuries.  Now, before she begins her new job as a teacher of economics in the fall, Nina is devoting her time to solving her mother’s cold case.  Will there be a cost to opening the case files?

Nina trusts only her also retired covert op friend Sienna and is learning to trust Sienna’s husband who is a U.S. Marshall, but his partner Wyatt she holds at a distance.  Nina’s life now has a bull’s eye on it as an assailant begins making multiple attempts on her life always seemingly one step ahead of her.  The story is high octane suspense as it’s a race to protect Nina and other girls against this person’s constant attempt to take life.

Along the way Nina is beginning to understand how the years of being an undercover operative for the CIA have affected her, though her faith is strong.  Is there a budding romance starting between Wyatt and Nina or will they just remain friends?  For me, this story kept me on the edge of my seat, turning pages until the end!  So, grab a copy and then hang on for one wild ride!

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.”

Sudden Recall (Love Inspired Suspense)


Title:  Sudden Recall (Love Inspired Suspense)

Author:  Lisa Phillips

Pages:  224

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Sudden Recall is best read prior to Dead End as the two main female characters carry over from one book to the other plus their experiences as CIA ops.  In Sudden Recall, the story revolves around Sienna and her loss of memory that seems of such importance to both the CIA along with nefarious people.  US Marshall Jackson Parker has some personal vested interest in keeping Sienna alive.  While Sienna cannot remember much of Jackson’s feelings for her, they haven’t change even when she has no idea who he is or if he once meant anything to her heart.

Nina is Sienna’s best friend and they have shared quite a life together, both personally and professionally.  All may not be truth in Sienna’s world and she has no idea who she can really trust.  In Dead End, readers will enjoy the continuing revelations about Nina and Sienna as well as what their futures hold.  These novels are adventures with danger, intrigue and some romance.  I love spending an afternoon lost in these stories.  Enjoy Sudden Recall and Dead End if you haven’t already.  They are great thrillers to enjoy in an afternoon!

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, April 25, 2017

Romans 13 @ 7pm EST

Always Watching (Elite Guardians #1)


Title:  Always Watching (Elite Guardians #1)

Author:  Lynette Eason

Pages:  336

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Revell

My rating 5+ out of 5.

Being an avid reader is such a blessing as I come across authors whose other writings I have read and liked; such is the case with Lynette Eason.  This series is showcasing four women who have various experiences in law enforcement including military, federal, state or local.  In the first novel, we are introduced to the team as well as focusing on Olivia Edwards who assumes the role of bodyguard for Wade Savage when one of her partners is critically injured by an as yet unknown assailant.

What rush I got the further into the story I moved with increasing danger, action, adventure, possible romance and fragile faith that centers around Olivia’s constant work to keep Wade alive.  Wade has a stalker who is upping her game plan and the inability to capture this person is causing havoc in Wade and his daughter, Amy’s, life.  Olivia, along with her team, decides to bring in extra help when it proves more difficult to keep the Savages alive.  Olivia finds the terrain too vast with more than enough possibilities for the perpetrator(s) to carry out their nefarious plans.

Olivia is a woman who has many skills as well as many personal life experiences that she uses to help fuel her desire to help others in rough situations.  Olivia’s past and her personality really intrigued me as well as the heart issues she wrestles with even when working.  I believe Lynette has once again written a high octane suspense filled thriller many would enjoy and quickly lose sense of time reading.  I never wanted to put the book down even when my eyes were tired!  The second book in the series it titled, Without Warning, and I will share my thoughts when I am through reading.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Fragile Hope


Title:  A Fragile Hope

Author:  Cynthia Ruchti

Pages:  320

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Abingdon

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

There are times in my life when I start a book that I know is going to tug at my heart strings and I am going to “feel” the story.  Here is one of those stories that sure enough slowly and surely pulls a reader in and the reader cannot help but to continue even when the heart is feeling the emotions certain characters are created to feel or portray.

The author has been one of my favorites for a very long time, and this book just cements it for me.  It wasn’t an easy book to read in the sense I felt deeply about the scene(s) I was involved in, but I also wanted to know how it was going to end.  Not all stories real or otherwise have happy endings.  We all know that isn’t real life, so part of me tried to brace my heart for the ending I thought was coming.  However, what came was so much better than what I anticipated because it was filled with the best touch of heart mixed with wisdom and truth.

I won’t share the ending because while it’s true I don’t want to ruin it for others, it is more about experiencing the story being shared.  The author shares how people shared their life stories with her and some ended well, but others sadly didn’t.  What I loved about the book and really encourage people to read it is for the experience but also the rare glimpse we get into the world of trauma with its ripple effects.  Plus, we get inside the main character, Josiah, hearing his thoughts, emotions, questions, struggling with his faith and in many ways coming awake to the world he closed off, which had dire ramifications he was clueless about.

Absolutely the best novel from this author to date!  When readers are done, I hope they find her other books and enjoy those as well for each is as distinct as one person is from another.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Without Warning (Elite Guardians #2)

Title:  Without Warning (Elite Guardians #2)
Author:  Lynette Eason
Pages:  352
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Revell
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The author’s style of writing suspense and thrillers keeps me on the lookout for her books constantly!  In the first novel of the series, Always Watching, I had a feeling this series was going to be time well spent reading.  Now, in book two, the suspense is ever highly tuned and the mystery of who was after a man who shared so much with others while running a business was an excellent place to start the plot.  In the first book, we meet the four women who come together to build a business doing various tasks including being bodyguards.
In this book, we are looking at the second of the four women whose name is Katie and she has extensive training in multiple law enforcement avenues.  Katie is well versed in dismantling bombs if she can and handling the investigation of suspicions fires.  What makes it hard for Katie to get near a fire or investigate is due to a past experience that has left a scar on her heart and mind.  Now, she either has to learn to slowly walk through her PTSD experiences or allow her fears to keep her crippled.  With the help of a client named Daniel Matthews, Katie just might get to experience freedom.  During her job, her heart just might betray her when it comes to spending time with Daniel and his niece.
Each book in the series seems to just get better and better with the author’s stories being so well crafted in the area of various law enforcement and emergency workers and more.  I love how each woman has issues in life to handle that make them more realistic and easy to be captivated by.  I cannot wait to read the recent book out in the series titled, Moving Target.  So keep an eye out for another review on the author, series and stories!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sunset in Old Savannah (Secrets of the South Mysteries #4)


Title:  Sunset in Old Savannah (Secrets of the South Mysteries #4)

Author:  Mary Ellis

Pages:  347

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Beth Kirby and Michael Preston have been sent by their boss to Savannah, Georgia for the agency’s latest case.  Beth has begun to respect Michael now that they have spent some time together and she can see he is willing to work hard to learn the skills necessary to be a private investigator.  They are sent to see if their client, Evelyn Doyle, has an adulterous husband.  Evelyn suspects her husband of forty years is having an affair.  Beth and Michael are given time to sight see while in Savannah as well as track down Evelyn’s spouse’s movements.  They quickly discover that Lamar Doyle is having an affair with a woman young enough to be his daughter.  When they inform their client, they do not get the reaction they were expecting.  Evelyn is upset, but she decides to forgive her husband as Christ has forgiven her of her sins.  Beth is a fairly new Christian and has some trouble understanding this reaction, but the case is solved and they have some free time to enjoy the city…until a dead body is discovered.

Michael has feelings for Beth that are more than friendship, but he knows she is gun shy so he has kept quiet.  He would rather spend the rest of his life with Beth as his friend that not have her in his life at all, which might happen if he reveals his feelings.  Meanwhile, the more time they spend working the murder case together and sightseeing together, the more Beth realizes what a great guy Michael is, but she is nervous to speak up as she thinks she is no good at relationships.  Then, another body is found.

I really enjoyed seeing the personal relationship between Michael and Beth develop.  Beth had a great sense of humor, which I liked, and Michael seems like such a sweetheart!  The mystery story was a little slow in some parts, but I liked the faith focus of Evelyn especially.  Beth’s impetuous nature gets her in trouble, but she has a compassionate heart that leads her sometimes instead of her head.  Michael is much more by the book and thinking things through.  These two make for a good investigative team as their skills complement each other.  So, get a copy and read about some of the sights of Savannah as well as a good mystery with some added romance!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Elusive Miss Ellison (legacy of Grace #1)


Title:  The Elusive Miss Ellison (legacy of Grace #1)

Author:  Carolyn Miller

Pages:  303

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Kregel Publications

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

This story takes placed mostly in a small town in England in the year 1813.  Lavinia Ellison is the daughter of the local reverend.  She is used to speaking her mind and is independent and intelligent.  She spends her days helping the poor in her town, playing on the pianoforte and helping around the house.  She lost her mother in an accident several years ago.  The accident involved one of the peerage in town.  Lord Nicholas Hawkesbury is new to his title after the death of his older brother.  He has come to his country home to put it in order.  After he arrives, he begins to realize the sad state of his estate’s affairs thanks to his brother’s spending on other things.  He entrusts his steward to see to the repair of tenant homes and planting of fields.  After too much time, he finds out his steward is robbing him and not spending the money as Lord Hawkesbury has directed.

Lord Hawkesbury meets Lavinia and they immediately clash.  She speaks her mind about his lack of keeping his word to help the tenants.  He thinks she is too forward for a lady.  Lavinia continues to champion the poor and time and again Lord Hawkesbury says he will do something and then doesn’t.  Lavinia jumps to conclusions as to the reasons why, which makes for more sparks.  Amidst the sparks of irritation are also sparks of attraction.  However, Lord Hawkesbury’s mother has a suitable woman of his station in society all picked out for him to marry.  Lavinia is a reverend’s daughter and not in the same class of society, so she is certainly not an option for a wife.  Nicholas longs for Lavinia, but supposes he should do what his mother wants and what society deems appropriate.  By spending time with Lavinia, see her compassion and have her speak Scripture to him, even while pointing out his faults, he begins to seek out God.

I could identify with the two main characters in that they were depicted as believable and I could relate to their emotions.  They made mistakes, were quick to find the faults in each other’s character while not seeing their own and speaking without thinking often hurting the other’s feelings.  Just like me sometimes!  However, the generosity Lavinia displayed, the compassion for the poor and the self-sacrifice were amazing.  Yes, she got caught up in prideful thinking, but once aware of this she tried to act as God would have her act.  I also thought her living her faith and not just talking about it was great as then she could stand firm in her beliefs when challenged.  The story has a wonderful romance and I can’t wait until book two in the series is released!  This was a great book that will be going on my “keeper” shelf.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sandpiper Cove (A Hope Harbor Novel)

Title:  Sandpiper Cove (A Hope Harbor Novel)
Author:  Irene Hannon
Pages:  352
Year:  2017
Publisher:  Revell
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Irene Hannon writes many different types of stories from mystery, suspense to ones with a more romantic focus.  The Hope Harbor series is of the more romantic type with some of the same characters we met in Hope Harbor, Sea Rose Lane and her newest, Sandpiper Cove.  Each book I so enjoyed as I could imagine the scenes painted in the novel via words, and some of the unique people who live in this fictitious town.  In her newest story, we meet a man who has come to the harbor hoping to start fresh after his prison experience.  While in prison, the town pastor visited Adam Stone and showed him God’s unconditional love for him.
One of the town residents employs him, but the one thing Adam finds ministers to him is an injured dog called Charley, and making various things with wood.  Now he has been the victim of vandals and in one case the dog was hurt as well.  When Lexi, the Chief of Police, shows up to question Adam about the occurrences, Adam tenses.  He doesn’t find trusting anyone an easy job though he loves serving the community and at his local congregation.
Lexi is a local resident who has returned after being overseas for a time and is now Chief of Police.  She is a single mom to Max who is the joy of her heart.  During her work hours, Lexi’s mother cares for Max and enjoys taking care of her daughter as well.  When she notices that Adam is interested in her, Lexi isn’t sure if she is willing to open her heart again to love for fear of being hurt; yet, she is tired of being lonely.
Hope Harbor is a heart-touching series, filled with love and faith as well as characters that in some way we can relate to.  My favorite of the series thus far is Charlie who is a sage, painter, runs a fish taco stand and yet seems to know what words of encouragement of advice people need to hear.  I hope the author plans on writing a story that sheds more light into this character.  If you read the books, you’ll see why he is such an interesting male figure in the books.
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.”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Romans 12 @ 7pm EST

Murder is No Accident (Hidden Springs Mystery #3)


Title:  Murder is No Accident (Hidden Springs Mystery #3)

Author:  A.H. Gabhart

Pages:  343

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 4 stars.

Deputy Michael Keane is called to the scene of an accidental fall down the stairs by a local realtor at an old Victorian style mansion.  The owner has been transferred to a senior care home and her executor’s son is trying to sell the house out from under her.  The realtor had come to appraise the house and ran into someone unexpected there.  What the surprise visitor doesn’t know is that a local teen is hiding up in the tower room of the house when the accident happens and hears everything.  The teen leaves the scene, but then receives an alarming telephone call.  Michael has his suspicions about the “accident”, but has no proof that it was anything other than just that…an accident.  This brings back memories for the owner of years ago when her sister died the same way in the same house.  This has always been ruled an accident, but the owner claims she knows who killed her sister.  Another body is soon found at the old house and this time there is no doubt that the person was murdered.  Michael has his hands full investigating these crimes as well as helping with the local church youth group.

Michael also receives news that his aunt’s neighbor and good friend to all in the community has had a stroke.  This is the local town’s attorney whose niece just happens to be the love of Michael’s life, but he hasn’t told her that.  Alexandria Sheridan arrives in town to help with the care of her uncle.  She has loved Michael all her life, but hasn’t been bold enough to let him know.  Besides she is an attorney for a big law firm in Washington, D.C. and likes her life there.  Michael has roots and likes his small-town life in Hidden Springs.  Michael, however, decides he wants more than a long-distance telephone relationship with Alex and wants to move things to a new level.  Can Michael solve the case and get the girl?

What a good mystery series!  I like the direction the relationship between Michael and Alex is taking and can’t wait to see where they stand in the next book!  I just loved Miss Fonnie and the gentle way Michael treated her.  He still respected her even though she didn’t know what was going on in the present most of the time.  I also liked the relationship between the teenagers Anthony and Maggie and how they both respected Maggie’s parents’ wishes in regards to dating.  Anthony treated Maggie with respect.  The pace of the story was a little slow in a couple of places, but I still would definitely recommend this book to readers.

Monday, April 17, 2017

When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom #3)


Title:  When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom #3)

Author:  Sarah Sundin

Pages:  391

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 4 stars.

When Tides Turn is the third and final installment of the Waves of Freedom series from author Sarah Sundin.  The other two books in the series are Through Waters Deep and Anchor in the Storm.  This third story takes place beginning in July 1942 and ends August 1943.  The two main characters in the book are Dan Avery and Quintessa (Tess) Beaumont.  Dan is the older brother of Jim, one of the main characters in book one and Tess is the best friend of Mary, the other main character in book one.

Dan Avery has decided to be a career Navy man for as long as the Lord allows him.  He has also determined that women are a distraction from his firm resolve to work his way up the Navy ladder to become an Admiral one day.  He will not marry or take time away from his career, working seven days a week.  He is coerced to go on a few outings when his brother is home on leave and finds Tess a distraction because of her beauty.  He doesn’t encourage her to be interested in him and determines to stay away from her.  Then, he discovers she has joined the WAVES and will be working in the same office as he is working.  What will he do now?

Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face.  She wants to be liked for who she is on the inside.  She wants to have a purpose.  She decides to join the Navy WAVES and excels at her job.  She also has noticed her former roommate is acting a bit odd.  Her roommate is French and has been attending a group that supports French resistance against Germany.  With her odd behavior, Tess begins to wonder if she is a spy for the Germans.  Tess reports her suspicions to the local FBI office and they recruit Tess to continue to go to the meetings and report everything to them.  In the meantime, Tess fights against her attraction to Dan because she knows he wants to be married to the Navy.  She wants to do what is best for him, so she tries to foster a friendship instead.  Will this work?

This is a wonderful series for those interested in the WWII setting.  They mostly take place in Boston with occasional segments at sea.  The faith of the main characters’ shines through in each story.  Tess is a wonderful example of an encourager, which I admire, as that is not my forte.  I found the segments that took place on board ship very interesting and descriptive.  Stay tuned as a new series from this author will be launched in 2018!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Among Wolves (Disciple-Making in the City)


Title:  Among Wolves (Disciple-Making in the City)

Author:  Dhati Lewis

Pages:  192

Year:  2017

Publisher:  B & H Books

My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

In all honesty, this is a challenging book to read and at times it might make some people uncomfortable; that isn’t bad.  In fact, in this context, it’s very good.  The author is very transparent about his life, experiences and more so his heart.  He shares how God taught him to see the world and those around him as He sees them.

The greatest challenge in any congregation is getting folks to participate in active disciple-making.  Why? Of course, there are a host of reasons and some of it we Christians need to own up to.  For instance, many times we make being a Christian seem like all fun and games perhaps easy without helping convey the cost of being a follower.

In the book, the author shares principles he has learned and some of them the hard way.  Dhati Lewis shares ideas of how local congregations can walk though some steps and help others come alongside to teach, listen, learn and more with other people from various backgrounds.  It’s a challenge not to remain comfortable in one place, but to go out into the city to reach others who need Christ.

The author uses the Gospel of Matthew, showing us Jesus as He made disciples, then released them to go out and call others to come into the fold.  Nothing can be accomplished simply by following principles, steps, etc.  We must be open to God though His Spirit to show us how He desires each of us to carry out the mission in sharing the gospel with others.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jeanne Robertson | We Don't Sell Vanilla Milkshakes

Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart


Title:  Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart

Author:  Jennifer Moore

Pages:  209

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Covenant Communications, Inc.

My rating is 4 stars.

Sarah Whitaker has lived in New South Wales penal colony for ten years now.  Her father first bought her homestead some twenty years ago.  He was a free man as are more and more of the people arriving in town.  He was killed ten years ago, leaving Sarah all his property and possessions.  Sarah has had to learn the hard way not to trust anyone or they will take advantage of you and hurt you.  She has trusted and been betrayed several times.  She has a deep fear and hatred of the aborigines as they killed her father.  She also trusts none of the convicts who work for her, serving out their sentences.  She meets her new neighbor, Daniel Burton, quite by accident and quickly learns he has bought the land she has repeatedly asked to buy right out from under her!  She isn’t surprised that the government sold it to a man, but she sure is angry.

Daniel Burton find his new neighbor a puzzle.  She lives alone and is her own boss.  She is knowledgeable about farming and sheep herding, but is wary of everyone.  She holds herself at a distance from everyone.  Daniel and Sarah spend more time together at Daniel’s initiation so he can learn about raising sheep as he has bought his own herd.  Sarah shares her knowledge and gradually allows a friendship to develop, then love between the two blooms.  However, Daniel is keeping a huge secret from Sarah.  Can she forgive him when he tells her?  If he doesn’t tell her, she will find out eventually from someone else.  She has given him her trust and he is deceiving her.  She holds his heart, but will she keep it once she knows his past?

I liked the setting of this story, which I thought was unique and interesting.  I knew nothing about New South Wales.  This is also a gentle romance that builds slowly, but deeply.  Sarah has faced so many disappointments in her young life, but she pulls herself up and keeps going.  She realizes she has closed herself off from people.  She has buried her emotions.  She takes a look at her life and doesn’t like certain aspects of it, so she begins to let herself feel again, but at what cost?  Daniel also learns much about himself in his second chance at life.  There are other themes present in the story that I’ll let readers discover for themselves.  So, pick up a copy for yourself and enjoy an entertaining romance.

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.”