Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Captain’s Daughter (London Beginnings) Review & Giveaway!


Title:  The Captain’s Daughter (London Beginnings)

Author:  Jennifer Delamere

Pages:  352

Year: 2017

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

One of the strongest reasons to read this story is to learn about the orphanage George Mueller ran in London.  The man would never ask for donations or let anyone but God know what was needed in order to care for the children.  Never did God fail to provide in miraculous ways for the orphanage.  This is the first novel I have read where this true historical figure is part of the plot.

The story focuses on three girls who are siblings and find themselves orphaned after their father fails to return from a trip and their mother succumbs to an illness. The oldest is Rosalyn Bernay who is about to leave the orphanage and work at the home of a wealthy woman.  Her sisters will remain at the orphanage until their age makes it necessary to begin looking for employment and a place to live.

The sisters are as different as night and day; yet, they love each other and long to stay close since they are all they have left in this world.  Rosalyn must flee her job after being accused by the wealthy woman’s husband.  Where she first ends up puts her in the clutches of a police officer.  From there, the story just continues to grow more interesting with a strong theme of faith from beginning to end.  The second sister, Julia, comes into the story for a short while.  Maybe we get a peek into what her future entails to lay the basis for her story in a future tale.  The youngest sister, Cara, is now employed too though what’s to become of her may be the material in a book later in the series.

I thoroughly enjoyed Jennifer Delamere’s writing and storytelling and think many will enjoy reading about George Mueller and the fictional character Rosalyn in the first book of the London Beginnings series.  I hope the second installment is released soon and anticipate another wonderful tale filled with the strong theme of living a life with faith!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Dubiosity (Cape Thomas #1)


Title:  Dubiosity

Author:  Christy Barritt

Pages:  325

year:  2015

Publisher:  Waterfall Press

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

The main two characters in the book it seemed to me were Savannah and Clive.  Neither are willing to open up to others about who they really are and why they are in a small town.  Savannah came to hide and pay penance for what she believed was her fault.  No one knows that except her good friend Marty.  Marty is a unique woman who loves conspiracy theories and caring for migrant workers and families.

When Savannah begins to experience unusual events and threats to her privacy, she wants to run, but where will she go?  When Marty is hurt, Savannah believes she owes her best friend the duty of doing the job of taking care of others until she is better.  However, in the shadows is a nefarious person who believes she is for him alone and plans on taking out anyone who interferes with his plans.

There is quite a bit more to the novel that will keep you turning pages as you get caught in the web of figuring out what is going to happen.  The book is an exciting and suspense-filled tale that ends in a way that speaks of overcoming fear and the fact that God can totally restore a person’s heart.  I couldn’t put the book down until I knew how the author identified the antagonist and restored some of the town’s heart.

Don’t miss this book as it sets the stage for the following books Disillusioned and Distorted!  One more thing, each book just gets better and better!  They are well written, faith filled while addressing some real-life issues!

Disillusioned (Cape Thomas #2)


Title:  Disillusioned

Author:  Christy Barritt

Pages:  288

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Waterfall Press

My rating 5 out of 5.

In her second novel set in the same small town off the bay as in book one, Dubiosity, we meet new characters Nikki and Bobby Wright.  Readers also renew acquaintances with some of other folks in Dubiosity.  The action and danger are centered around the brother and sister as Bobby has returned from being held prisoner overseas.  His sister Nikki paid the ransom to get him back to the states with the help of her attorney who was supposed to help them get some time to gather themselves before debriefing.

From start to finish the book is always moving along at a pace that kept my eyes on the action, danger and possible romances while dodging bullets and bad guys!  Nikki and Bobby know they need help, but who can they trust?  Bobby reaches out to Kade Wheaton, a former SEAL like Bobby, and hopefully they can unwind the web of deceit in time to save many American lives before a terrorist organization can carry out their plans.

Trying to figure out who was heading up the terrorists in America was one thread that kept me turning pages.  The other was learning the backgrounds of the Wright siblings and how that could play into what they were experiencing at the moment.  When time is of the essence and safety is of utmost concern, these three connect with a few of the characters we met in Dubiosity!

The hardest part was trying to get local and federal help in locating the man who is bent on harming people, but because of the way the brother and sister are portrayed in the news few will listen to them.  Wait till you see who the man was that planned America’s downfall and how he backed himself into a corner along with the budding romance between Kade and Nikki!

Keep reading as we now head to the next book in the series, Distorted!

Distorted (Cape Thomas #3)


Title:  Distorted

Author:  Christy Barritt

Pages:  336

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Waterfall

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

Now, if like me, you have read the books in order Dubiosity, Disillusioned and now Distorted, I hope you are as rocked about them as I am!  Distorted really seemed to cap off the series when a young socialite woman becomes a victim of human trafficking.  Not only that but Mallory Baldwin knows her parents were killed the same night she was abducted.  Now, a year later, with what sounds like a small arms war outside the compound where she is held captive enter Navy SEAL Tennyson Walker and other members of the team trying to take down a drug and arms dealer.  Or did they?

Now, two years later, Mallory has been through some therapy and written a book in hopes of helping other victims become victors.  When she is about to go on tour, threats begin to surface.  Therefore, a bodyguard is hired to make sure nothing happens to Mallory.  Grant is the man setting up the PR tour and Tennyson knows he needs more help to fight off the cartel he thought was destroyed.

Both Mallory and Tennyson have broken hearts and souls from issues they must face while trying to put their lives back together.  As the threats and body count starts to rise, it is time to bring in yet another guard, but Mallory just can’t seem to feel safe with anyone other than Tennyson.  He has to tell her about his past that directly affects her.  He might even let her know about a past incident that broke his heart.

What readers will enjoy is the budding romance between Tennyson and Mallory as well as the action, adventure and how a couple of the characters learn that to live is to trust and lean on the Lord.  While it sounds easy to some of the characters, others will learn it is a slow process that takes courage while placing one foot before the other.  I cannot recommend these three stories highly enough as they are so far the best of the best of what I have read to date in 2017!

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hidden Figures


Title:  Hidden Figures (DVD)

Year: 2017

Studio: 20th Century Fox

My rating 5+ stars out of 5!

The year this movie takes place in was the same year I was born.  Recently, when John Glenn passed away, I remembered some of his life’s story.  I can’t say whether I was taught more in school and forgot or as I get older I pay more attention.  John Glenn was not the only hero that day.  The movie tells so much more than women fighting for their “rights” as it tells more about the women who, with grace and fortitude, wouldn’t allow the times to define them.

These women were aware of the racial division at the time and about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was reaching out to bring about change for anyone whose civil rights were trampled on or ignored.  The brilliance of the women who worked at NASA wasn’t just in their mental abilities; it was what they taught their children and with grace how they carried themselves.  These women weren’t focused on themselves as they were more focused on helping American’s reach space.  They were patriotic even when they weren’t valued or taken seriously, but were separated from others.  These women had families who lived in dangerous times, but they kept walking forward with heads held high.  They didn’t destroy others’ property, leave a mess for others to clean up or sew hatred.  No, they showed courage, character traits, belief in God and taught themselves so they were equipped to change with the times.

These hidden figures weren’t looking for glory, but a chance to serve their nation in their own way.  I don’t know what has become of their children or grandchildren.  However, they left a legacy that I hope humans of all ages will become more like these women bringing change that while others may not ever know about or make a movie about, the Lord will know.

We stand stronger when we stand side by side and give a helping hand to others.  Instead of shouting about “our rights”, we need to be more focused on the care and treatment of others right beside us.  We need to remember that this nation is stronger when we stand together united and not divided as some want us to be.

Watch this movie or read the book.  I bet your heart, mind and soul will be deeply touched and challenged to put away the sword of division and pick up whatever tools are needed to build a strong people which then becomes known as a strong nation.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Hyperion Web (A Jack Crockett Thriller)

Title:  The Hyperion Web (A Jack Crockett Thriller)
Author:  D. P. Mitchell
Pages:  352
Year:  2017
Publisher:  Create Space
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.
Wow!  I’m still trying to catch my breath and still my beating heart!  What an adventure into a world where it is at times hard to identify the good guy from the bad.  There is mystery, intrigue, intelligence agents, terrorists and maybe an artificial life form.  You will have to read to believe!
Jack Crockett is a man of many talents and a fierce warrior.  His first mission is to go in and rescue a hostage, Gabriele.  Jack has no idea just who he is rescuing.  Then, in time, due to attacks that weren’t foreseen, a small group decides that something must be done to stop the threat of losing America and their freedoms.
The President who comes to power is one that is frightening.  I can’t wait to see if the author is going to have the small group find a way to take down the evil trying to pervade the nation.  There isn’t a moment that lacks as tension builds and danger is everywhere, though identifying it is tricky.  The way the author ends this book sort of left me wondering what could possibly happen in the future, but left me with the thrill of seeing possible scenarios Jack may have to face!
Take time to read and thoroughly enjoy the many layered mysteries the author expertly weaves that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.  The novel is just absolutely top notch for thrill seekers and suspense lovers!
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.”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar

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Bread of Angels






Title:  Bread of Angels

Author:  Tessa Afshar

Pages:  400

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Lydia is the teenage daughter of a merchant who has perfected the art of making purple dye for textiles.  He is not too successful as a business man as he prefers to spend his time perfecting his art instead of managing his accounts.  As a result, Lydia and her father are not financially secure.  Their products are of excellent quality and the competition seeks her father’s formulas for dye making.  In an underhanded plot, her father is branded a criminal and they are forced to leave the land generations of their family has inhabited, the only city they have known and not practice the only trade they know.

By chance, Lydia meets a young, homeless, Jewish woman who she befriends.  They become best friends and Rebekah begins to tell Lydia about God.  Lydia heretofore has only known Greek or Roman gods.  As Lydia and Rebekah try to survive in a new city in a trade with few women dyers and none owned by a woman, Lydia begins to put a tentative trust in Rebekah’s God.  Then Paul, Silas, Luke and Timothy arrive in town and Lydia’s life is changed forever.

I love Tessa Afshar’s books!  They have a way of developing characters that draw me into their lives from page one until the end.  Her characters are full of life and interesting.  I don’t know that without her outstanding writing ability I would have been much interested in reading about how to make purple dye, but Tessa’s skills piqued my interest and I learned quite a bit!  I also liked the historical look at the life of a woman in Thyatira and Philippi.  The character of Rebekah was so interesting and I would love to see her get her own story.  I highly recommend any of Tessa’s books as they are all outstanding.  Readers won’t be disappointed or feel like they have wasted their time with her books; they will treasure them.



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, June 20, 2017

An Amish Summer


Title:  An Amish Summer

Author:  Shelley Shephard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelley Irvin

Pages:  400

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

An Amish Summer is a collection of four novellas written by some of my favorite authors.  Each story is its own individual story.  The titles of the novellas are A Reunion in Pinecraft, Summer Storms, Lakeside Love, and One Sweet Kiss.

The reunion is where four Amish young people go to Pinecraft on vacation after originally meeting at a wedding six months prior in Pinecraft.  The neat twist in the story is that Sherry and Graham’s idea of a reunion might come with a huge surprise for the whole group!  The second tale is about Arianna’s courting with Jesse, but her brother Tobias’ action may just cost her the future for which she has been preparing.  In the third story, two sisters, Esther and Sarah, are in turmoil with each other over a young man who has been working for their father.  In the last novella, Jacob and Martha have been best friends for ages, but because of Jacob’s recent choices their future happiness may now be no longer!

I enjoyed each novella by the authors.  There are a couple of the stories I could understand the characters better having read the novels.  The last novella written by Kelly Irvin was unfamiliar to me so it took me a little bit to get into what was occurring in the book.  I love collections of novellas as they allow me time to read a story and then put the book down when having to attend to life.  Then, I can easily pick up the book right where I left off and enjoy the next story.  The four novellas are a great read while on vacation or at the beach!  May you have fun reading them as much as I and share them with someone who loves to read!

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.”

Rabbi Teach Us to Pray (What the Jewishness of Jesus can Teach Christians About Prayer)


Title:  Rabbi Teach Us to Pray (What the Jewishness of Jesus can Teach Christians About Prayer)

Author:  Aaron Eby

Pages:  80

Year:  2017

Publisher:  First Fruits of Zion

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

First, let me say this isn’t a “how to” book; it struck me as being a “why to” book.  The more I am learning about the Jewish culture and thought process, the more I am aware of how much deeper I have yet to grow in the Lord.  Unlike western culture that tends to compartmentalize life, the Jewish life is interwoven with spiritual life in all aspects.  It really is a wonderful way to live and think that is 180 degrees from what I have known to date.

In this short book, Aaron Eby shares eye-opening and heart-impacting truths about Jesus, Jewish life and prayer.  It showed me how life-giving prayer can be instead of just repetition and lifeless.  I was touched to learn what the Jewish women use for prayer and how they live to pray.  When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, we now can gain deeper insight into what The Lord’s Prayer can mean to us as it touches our lives.

I hope you take time to read the book as it doesn’t take but a short amount of time.  Plus, I hope and pray your heart and life are touched, challenged and changed after you finish the book!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Twisted Justice (The Hunt for Justice #2)


Title:  Twisted Justice (The Hunt for Justice #2)

Author:  Diane Capri

Pages:  528

Year:  2016

Publisher:  AugustBooks

My rating 4 ½ out of 5 stars.

Willa Carson is the main character in this story.  She is a federal judge and married to an entrepreneur who runs a 5-star restaurant in Tampa, Florida.  The story is quite interesting as it deals with a Supreme Court nomination, a retired general, murder and her court caseload.  The intricacies of the novel really kept me in suspense as Willa’s husband is accused of murdering the general for political reasons.   George’s personality is really different than Willa’s; yet, they have a strong marriage and strong friendship.  Willa knows she cannot get involved or she puts her job as a judge in jeopardy, but she also thinks like a lawyer who wants to advocate heartily for her client.

George’s nickname for his wife is Mighty Mouse, which I just love because Willa always wants to come in and save the day.  Willa has very little patience for her boss or for people who seem to run roughshod over others.  Willa wants to save her husband from having to go through an indictment and a long trial, but George advocates she let him handle it his way.  What ensues is definitely a clash of personalities and problem-solving methods that tests their marriage’s strength and endurance.

One of the issues talked about in the story is the military policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell”.  If this is something that bothers you as a reader, just know it’s part of the tale.  The author handles the delicate subject of sexual choices without going into detail or advocating one side or another.  She does an awesome job of helping readers stay tuned to the mystery of finding out who killed the general and why along with a couple other cases Willa is handling in her courtroom.

The author also does a great job of showing how hard lawyers and judges work, and how hard it can be to maintain an unbiased attitude when handing down decisions in a case.  Look for more novels coming from the pen of Diane Capri as she has a couple of different series for readers to enjoy.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Deep Extraction (FBI Task Force #2)


Title:  Deep Extraction (FBI Task Force #2)

Author:  DiAnn Mills

Pages:  416

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Tori Templeton is a special agent with the FBI.  She has recently lost her young brother to cancer.  Her brother had a deep faith in God, but Tori is struggling with grief and God.  Now, she is called upon to investigate a murder with a possible terrorist link.  She may have a conflict of interest as the victim is her best friend’s husband, Nathan Moore.  Her partner, Max, isn’t sure if she can do her job professionally without letting her feelings skew her viewpoint.  Tori is determined to maintain her focus and do her job, but she must also deal with her best friend’s grief over losing her husband.  The handsome landscaper, who is a friend of the victim and his family, might just be able to help her solve the case.

Cole Jeffers has left law enforcement after a traumatic event.  He now owns his own successful landscaping business.  With this friend murdered, Cole feels God’s nudging to pick up his badge again.  His friendship demands he use his experience and skill to help find Nathan’s killer and free Nathan’s wife from suspicion as a prime suspect in his death.  However, Cole doesn’t expect that he will also be looked at as a suspect as the investigation gets underway.

This story has plenty of suspense, mystery and intrigue.  There was more than one suspect and motive, which kept me thinking and trying to decide the culprit for quite some time.  There is also a good sense of humor brought to the mix through the character of Cole.  He obeys God’s call to return to law enforcement to help Tori solve a murder.  He coaxes Tori into trusting him with his smile, humor and faith that leads to the beginning of a romance.  Tori must deal with the recent death of her brother as well as prove her best friend didn’t kill her husband.  I enjoyed reading about how these characters worked out their problems.  I can’t wait for what comes next from the pen of this author!

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.”

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force #1)


Title:  Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force #1)

Author:  DiAnn Mills

Pages:  390

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

FBI Agent Alex LeBlanc is called to the scene of a murder at a small private airport near Houston, involving a downed quadcopter stolen from the U.S. Army.  Quadcopters have been used by terrorists to bring down planes.  Alex must find out who the dead man is, how the quadcopter is involved and exactly why a volunteer airport ranger, Stacy Broussard, has blood on her shirt.  As Alex gathers clues and asks endless questions in his quest for information, he begins to see Stacy as more than a volunteer airport ranger and full-time veterinarian.  Before he knows it, she has crept into his heart.  However, she comes to a relationship with an adopted 12-year-old son.  Is Alex ready for this kind of relationship?

Stacy Broussard is 35 years old, works a lot and volunteers in the few spare hours she has.  She also has come to love her next-door neighbor, Whitt.  She plans to adopt him as soon as possible, but first must jump through all the legal hoops.  One morning as she patrols the airport, she discovers a dead body.  She calls in the crime and checks over the bloody dog found next to the body for injuries.  The agent who responds to the call is handsome, but rude.  Stacy wants nothing more to do with him, but her wish is not to be granted.  Soon her very life will be on the line as there is more going on than solving a murder and adopting a 12-year-old boy.

I absolutely loved the character of Whitt in this story!  He is a genius in his mind, but still has the insecurities of a 12-year-old boy who has endured a very tough life thus far.  My heart went out to him.  Stacy’s love and compassion for Whitt and others in her neighborhood shine throughout the story.  Her dedication to make her neighborhood a better place to live is admirable.  I also liked the Cajun influence and faith aspect of the story very much.  I would have liked there to be more action in the story as it moved a little too slow for me, but it was a good read.  I look forward to book two in the series, Deep Extraction, so look for my review soon.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

With This Peace


Title:  With This Peace

Author:  Karen Campbell Prough

Pages:  346

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Firefly Southern Fiction

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Ella Dessa is a woman whose story we learn in Karen’s first book, The Girl Called Ella Dessa followed by Within the Candle’s Glow.  I highly recommend you read each book in order as Ella’s character goes through many experiences that change her heart and life before we read about her again in this novel set in the year 1847.

Ella has a tender heart and her life has been rough.  Life during this time is harsh, especially as she moves from Georgia to Florida with her husband and two children.  Indians are but one obstacle to avoid, along with alligators and rattlesnakes.  Ella must carefully navigate new waters of various encounters with people in a land where people aren’t physically close but danger lurks with the wildlife coming close to the ones she loves.

In the novel, Ella must decide if she can endure one more heartache.  Her friend Luke helps her navigate the way to at least a temporary safe place until Ella’s husband can return to her.  All three of Karen’s novels about Ella Dessa are heart-grabbing and one never wants to stop reading the story!  Karen has a way for drawing her readers in and keep them turning the pages for hours to see what is just around the bend for Ella to experience.  I can say one better be prepared for surprise twists and turns in a novel that is just exceptional.

I don’t know if this is where Karen will leave her character, Ella Dessa, but I sure have enjoyed reading each novel in the series.  These are very moving tales that I will read again sometime in the future and hope you want to read them today!

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, June 13, 2017

Due Justice (The Hunt for Justice Series #1)


Title:  Due Justice (The Hunt for Justice Series #1)

Author:  Diane Capri

Pages:  316

Year:  2014

Publisher:  AugustBooks

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Due Justice introduces to audiences the main character of Judge Wilhelmina (Willa) Carson as a federal judge in the Tampa Bay area.  We get bits and pieces of Willa’s past throughout the novel.  She is married to a man named George who owns and runs a very famous restaurant on the first floor of the building where they live.  On the second floor, the judge and her husband reside with two dogs who are supposed to be guard dogs, but are more like fun-loving puppies to all who come in the door. 

Willa, at least to me, is a unique character with strong convictions and a Mighty Mouse complex.  Her husband attached that Mighty Mouse name to her because she always wants to rush in where fools shouldn’t because she wants to fix a problem.  However, in this story, Willa is beginning to see that she cannot save all even though she tries very hard.  I like her ability to read most of the other characters’ actions, words and body language whether they are in her court or elsewhere.

Willa especially tries to save her sister Carly from her own self-destruction and the multiple situations she seems to create in her life.  Carly is the youngest and her insecurities and strong-willed nature tend to put her in tough spots.  She also has a problem of not telling the truth even to Willa.  Willa begins to try and figure out what Carly shared with her, including knowing the identity of a recent murder victim before the police!  With Willa’s job and oath to office, she comes very close to being impeached as a federal judge.

Now Willa is not a saint; she is a cigar-toting woman in her private home and sometimes her actions put her in danger.  In the novel, there are a couple uses of foul language, but overall the author does an excellent job of keeping readers engrossed in the mystery while at the same time building suspense.  There were a couple of times I found myself laughing just imaging a scene in the book or reading Willa’s thoughts about some people in the higher echelons of society.  I plan on reading the next novel in the series soon titled, Twisted Justice.  Watch for a review coming soon!

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Most Misused Stories in the Bible


Title:  The Most Misused Stories in the Bible
Author:  Eric J. Bargerhuff
Pages:  176
Year:  2017
Publisher:  Bethany
My rating 4 out of 5.
I read the book in a couple of sittings so I could digest what the author was presenting.  There are some very good points the author makes to correct misapplied or misunderstood parts of the Bible.  I agree with the author who states that context determines the meaning along with using the whole counsel of God.
Most of what is presented is definitely food for thought.  There are a few chapters though where I disagreed with the author mainly because it promotes Church to the exclusion of the Jewish people.  In other words, he leaves out the need for a historical, ethnic and understanding of the times when these events took place.  The other problem was where I felt he was encouraging people to the New Testament while downplaying or ignoring The Old Testament.
So regardless of what I think, if you read the book please read discerningly.
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.”

Saturday, June 10, 2017

What the Bishop Saw (The Amish Bishop Mysteries #1)


Title:  What the Bishop Saw (The Amish Bishop Mysteries #1)

Author:  Vannetta Chapman

Pages:  348

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Henry Lapp is a widower in his mid-sixties who is the Bishop of a small Amish community in Colorado.  When he was a boy of 12, he was hit in the head with a baseball.  After being in a coma for a while, he had the ability to draw from memory a picture-perfect drawing of a scene he had encountered.  He used this talent once as a boy with harsh results.  He hasn’t used the talent for a long time, but soon he will be left with no choice but to put his God-given gift to work.  Henry is unsure if it is a gift or a curse.  An unlikeable, older, Amish man is killed in a house fire that is discovered to have been deliberately set.  An arson investigator is called in to solve the case, but dealing with Amish people who like to keep to themselves proves to be a challenge for her.

As the case comes to a standstill, Henry’s drawing talent is put to use.  His picture provides a lead, but that turns out to be a dead end.  Henry and the arson investigator continue to ask questions, but can’t seem to discover who the arsonist is.  Another building is set on fire, then another with no suspect in custody.  Some Amish families begin to think about moving to other communities as they no longer feel safe.  Henry confides in Emma, his close friend since childhood and she helps him work through things.  Emma is a widow and lives with her son and his family.  Henry is very close to this family as his wife died twenty years ago and they had no children.  As the danger mounts, Henry feels the tension in his families that he shepherds.  He also begins to realize he feels more for Emma than friendship, but is unsure if she feels the same spark.

Now that is how a community should live together!  They came together when someone needed help with shelter, food, emotional or spiritual support and much more.  This small, tightknit, Amish community was deeply spiritual in their lifestyle, showing Christ in their actions.  However, their Bishop was also the first to point out that they were human as well and not above sinful actions, addictions, reactions, negative emotions, etc.  Henry Lapp was a humble, but admirable leader of his small band of fellow Amish.  I don’t believe in or agree with everything their Ordnung says, but in this story the actions of some these Amish people were fine examples of Christian living.  I think this is a good start to what I hope will be a fine series of Amish mysteries!