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God’s Book of Proverbs (Biblical Wisdom Arranged by Topic)

Title:God’s Book of Proverbs (Biblical Wisdom Arranged by Topic)
Author: B & H Editorial Staff
Pages: 224
Year: 2018
Publisher: B & H Books
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This is a very unique way to arrange the Proverbs that are handy to find words of wisdom from the book of Proverbs that focus on many topics.The Bible version used is the Christian Standard Bible that is very easy to read and helps to meditate on the topic.Readers are encouraged to be mark key words, and can write notes and thoughts that God brings to mind.
I believe this would be a very useful tool for lay counselors and mentors, pastors, professional counselors and new believers or even seekers of the truth.The small compact size makes carrying around the book quite handy when a person finds a few minutes or hours to read the Word of God in their daily life.
I am thinking the verses are just a beginning place to start understanding Proverbs by topic, but I hadn’t seen this format done before and found it a handy bo…

Storm Front (Montana Rescue #5)

Title:Storm Front (Montana Rescue #5)
Author: Susan May Warren
Pages: 336
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The astounding thought about this series is that from book one through book five, I have never lost interest.The author writes exceptionally well as to keep readers like myself wanting more!Usually, writers keep to stand-alone books or maybe a short series of novels, but here is an author who defies the usual.Book six will be out later this year to conclude the series.
If you haven’t been aware of the series, here is the order in which they need to be read as it is a continuing story line from book to book. The titles are Wild Montana Skies, Rescue Me, A Matter of Trust, Troubled Waters, Storm Front and in November 2018 the final installment titled, Wait for Me.
Each novel focuses on a couple of the characters and their unique situations that might conclude in the book or go on to the next one.In this novel, we see the beginning of the story between Ty and Bret…

Taken Author: Lisa Harris

Author:Lisa Harris
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
This is a story about a woman whose sister is murdered and niece kidnapped.Kate Elliott doesn’t live in the city, but out in the “burbs”.Nothing in her life has prepared her for the sudden death of her sister.She now is determined to find her niece, but has no idea who is on her side and who might be practicing deception.She refuses to leave the case in the hands of the authorities and pursues her own agenda to find and rescue her niece.The police make it known that Kate needs to keep her nose out of the case and leave the investigating to the authorities.Kate disagrees much to the annoyance of FBI agent Marcus O’Brian.
Kate is able to track her niece to Paris and Marcus, an agent with the FBI, goes with her as he is trying to discover a diamond smuggling ring with military weapons as part of the deal.Unexpectedly, Kate is grabbed off the street and Marcus rescues her.A ransom …

A Loyal Heart

Title:A Loyal Heart
Author:Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Northern Lights Press
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This is another wonderful medieval romance with knights, castles and a damsel in distress.Okay, so maybe this damsel courts distress as she is adept at wielding a sword and wearing armor and enjoys a good fight.Lady Olivia is the oldest of three children and her father is an earl.Her father has always preached that loyalty to family comes first.As a young child, Olivia held her father’s favor and love in her view.When her baby brother was born, her father spent less and less time with her.Olivia felt the loss keenly.Now, her father is living at another of his homes while Olivia and her younger sister Isabelle live at Ludlow Castle.With her father away, the castle is vulnerable to attack.Lord Pitt attacks the castle because her father has not paid a debt Olivia thinks, so she and Isabelle are captured and held for ransom.Instead of sending a ransom, her father secretly …

Deadly Additive: A Jeb Sledge Mission

Title:Deadly Additive:A Jeb Sledge Mission
Author:Donn Taylor
Publisher: Harbourlight Books
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Kristin Halvorsen is in the middle of a remote Colombian village in pursuit of the story of her career.What she finds instead will be the story of her life and may be a life cut short by the guerillas who control the area.She has seen something she wasn’t supposed to and now she has been kidnapped by said guerillas.She and her friend from college, a rich daughter of a powerful businessman, have traveled to Colombia together and now her friend’s father must pay a large ransom to free them.What happens next, they don’t expect and soon they are fleeing for their lives in the dense countryside of remote Colombia where whoever has the most guns wins.Can she make it back to civilization to tell the world her story?
Jeb Sledge is an independent contractor who performs tasks or missions for people with money who can afford his services and need things done qu…

My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado (Millie’s Resolve)

Title:My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado (Millie’s Resolve)
Author: Rebecca Jepson
Pages: 256
Year: 2018
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Each novel in the “My Heart Belongs” series is a stand-alone with unique tales, characters, faith and romance.The books in the series are as follows: My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas; My heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains; My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho; My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island; My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley; My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah; My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York; My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California, with the latest being My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Each book is published by Barbour and written by various talented authors.Therefore, readers can pick any of the above titles and delve right into a wonderfully captivating story.I should tell you that two more books will be added to the series this summer and winter.
In the ta…

The Kremlin Conspiracy

Title:The Kremlin Conspiracy
Author: Joel Rosenberg
Pages: 480
Year: 2018
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
For me, Joel Rosenberg’s novels have been not just entertaining thrillers, but also thought provoking!If you haven’t read any of his writings, you truly are missing an author who weaves threads of various characters’ views along with action, intrigue and mystery to carry the reader away into a world full of suspense!
In the Kremlin Conspiracy, the author slowly introduces readers to the land of Russia, politics, military and the characters who inhabit the story that is beginning to be unveiled.The story flips from that to what is happening here in America to a man known as Marcus Ryker.He excels in military engagements and eventually ends up in the Secret Service.Markus also marries, begins a family and meets a man by the name of Oleg who he crosses paths with later, but I am getting ahead of myself. Plus, I can’t review everything or what would be left for the reader …

The Bishop’s Pawn (A Novel)

Title:The Bishop’s Pawn (A Novel)
Author: Steve Berry
Pages: 352
Year: 2018
Publisher: Minotaur Books
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The wonderful joy of reading a story never gets old for me.In fact, there are many times one can find me scouring online retailers for my next book to read or add to my watchlist.Steve Berry’s novels are some of the ones I love getting lost in because he takes historical facts and weaves a riveting novel.At the end of his books, he kindly separates fact from fiction and sometimes I am amazed at what was real when I thought it was fiction.Sometimes I read the facts of a historical place, event or person and am astounded by what I didn’t know!
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a man I have admired for a very long time though there is much I am still learning about him, his life and his writings.Steve Berry portrays J. Edgar Hoover’s actions that involved Rev. King along with some interesting characters.What makes this Cotton Malone novel unique is that it goes back…

Stranded (Military Investigations)

Title:Stranded (Military Investigations)
Author: Debby Giusti
Pages: 224
Year: 2015
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The action and tension starts as soon as the reader opens the book!The main character is Colleen who is attempting to locate the person responsible for taking her sister’s life.While driving to meet a woman who says she has corroborating evidence, a dangerous storm is bearing down on the area and somehow the killer has located them both!
Both women are injured, one seriously.Colleen is stuck in an Amish community that lovingly takes her in while she waits to get her vehicle repaired, if possible.While there, she meets Special Agent Frank Gallaher who is with the CID, a division in the Army that investigates crimes.While both are healing and helping care for the Amish who also lost much in the storm, tension between Frank and Colleen grows.Their feelings for each other are growing, but can they get past their scars from the past to embrace the futur…

Plain Danger (Military Investigations)

Title:Plain Danger (Military Investigations)
Author: Debby Giusti
Pages: 224
Year: 2016
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
One of the advantages of reading Love Inspired Suspense books, for me, is they are short enough to finish in a day and they are very entertaining to read!Another advantage is that even when in a series most of them can be read as stand alone.Debbi Giusti is a new author to me and writes with one foot in the military and another in the Amish community.Then, she weaves threads of her stories that connect both worlds.
In Plain Danger, the main character, Carrie York, arrives in a small Amish community to meet with her father’s lawyer to inherit a house and land.The hard part for Carrie is she wasn’t allowed to connect with her father when he was alive, and her mother told her things about her father that are turning out to be lies.Now, it seems that a killer thinks Carrie possesses a map that is supposed to lead to treasure buried on the land.

You Raise Me Up (Live 2017)

Plain Truth (Military Investigations)

Title:Plain Truth (Military Investigations)
Author: Debbie Giusti
Pages: 224 (Not large print edition)
Year: 2016
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Dr. Ella Jacobsen is a pediatrician who takes good care of her patients and is building trust with the Amish people so she can provide medical care to them.One night she is checking on a set of twins and a mother when the lights go out.When she attempts to check on her patients, she’s attacked!However, she isn’t the only one attacked.
Special Agent Zack Swain is assigned to investigate what happened at the clinic because the other woman attacked is the spouse of a soldier.When the attacker realizes that the doctor is still around, more attempts are made on her life even when she leaves town to attend a dinner to honor her late husband.Ella has built a wall around her heart because she doesn’t want to get hurt by falling in love with the wrong man again.Can she help it when Zack seems to save her life repeatedly?

In Hidden Places

Title:In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets #1)
Author:Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Camrianne Coulter has arrived in San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb, who has been missing for three months.He is a lawyer for a firm and has successfully defended a poor Irish man charged with murder.Camri’s parents have been so worried about their son that their health has suffered and they both have been confined to their beds.Camri discovers that there are very few clues as to what happened to her brother.She works at a chocolate factory to support her brother’s household while questioning those who last saw her brother.She also meets the Irish man who was found innocent of murder.He also is searching for her brother as they both were trying to get proof of corrupt business practices, graft and other criminal activities of a wealthy and ruthless man.Then, just as they were getting close to bringing their proof to light, Caleb disappears.

The Escape Artist

Title:The Escape Artist
Author: Brad Meltzer
Pages: 434
Year: 2018
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
When a friend told me about the latest novel that was coming soon written by Brad Meltzer, I quickly read a synopsis found online.Ok, I was totally hooked!I just couldn’t wait to read the novel that also has factual data inside the story, making the novel mesmerizing to say the least.So, when I began reading, I couldn’t see where the connection was to the magic of Harry Houdini.I plunged ahead and the further into the maze of mystery I explored, I occasionally wondered where the author was taking me.Yet, by the middle of the book or perhaps sooner, I simply couldn’t put the book down until I was so tired I couldn’t see the words clearly.The next day, when time allowed, again I opened the book to continue the exciting and thrilling story that was being slowly woven together right before my eyes.As I went along, I forgot about trying to figure out where I was …

An Amish Heirloom (A Legacy of Love, The Cedar Chest, The Treasured Book, A Midwife’s Dream)

Title:An Amish Heirloom (A Legacy of Love, The Cedar Chest, The Treasured Book, A Midwife’s Dream)
Author: Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irwin
Pages: 400
Year: 2018
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Each novella is written to tug the heart of the reader and discussion questions for book clubs or others are included at the end of each story.The tales are individual and not connected, which makes it fun to read the conclusion of one before starting a brand-new story.
These four ladies are well acquainted with writing stories in this genre.Some of them I am a great fan of and read every book that is published.A couple are new to me, so I look forward to reading more of their work.A Legacy of Love is written by Amy Clipston and her unique style of writing shows us how important it is to follow God rather than knowingly make a wrong choice that would make for hearts filled with misery.I also enjoyed watching the main character, Leon, learn to love again when…

Birth of the Church: Matthew, Mark, Luke & Acts (Christian Living Bible Study Series)

Title:Birth of the Church: Matthew, Mark, Luke & Acts (Christian Living Bible Study Series)
Author: Trina Bresser Matous
Pages: 306
Year: 2017
Publisher: Straight Street Books
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
In this study, before each of the books of the Bible, the author gives some background information along with an overview.Following these couple of pages, the audience gets to read a short paragraph and then there are listed a couple of questions.These can be used for personal quiet time, journaling, small groups or even to begin a discussion.
Bible study books like Trina’s are meant to spur us to further study of God’s Word and to be in daily communication with our Father. Trina has done an excellent job of researching and putting it in concise and easy language people can digest and meditate on. Studying the Bible should be a source of wisdom, knowledge and more.Here is a tool to aid seekers in doing just that plus growing in their relationship with Jesus.
The only desire I have is …

Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back From the Brink

Title:Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back From the Brink
Author: Anthony McCarten
Pages: 336
Year: 2017
Publisher: Harper Perennial
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
What an enigma of a man!I watched the movie, The Darkest Hour, and was struck by how much I didn’t know about Winston Churchill.There were references in the movie about Churchill, his father and family that I wondered if they were matters of fact or fiction.Personally, I agree with the author that Churchill prepared for this moment in history whether he knew it or not.The man was loved by his wife and people even though others disliked and ignored him.
I found him to be a man who took learning in a school setting with little interest, but in the world as a young man he thirsted for knowledge.Churchill would have his mother ship books to wherever he was, so he could read and learn.The amount of writing Winston did is astounding let alone a lot of what he did was written at a young age.The wealth of insight the man had and …

Yuletide Defender

Title:Yuletide Defender
Author:Sandra Robbins
Pages:281 (large print)
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Rachel Long is a reporter for the local newspaper with designs on landing a big story that will propel her up the professional ladder.She needs this story so she can earn more money.What most people don’t realize is that the money isn’t for herself, but for her special needs sister.She has been writing a series of stories on the escalating gang violence between two gangs in the city.There have been six deaths in the last two months, three from each gang.However, Rachel has received information from an anonymous inside source that this violence isn’t being perpetrated by the gangs, but rather by a lone vigilante who has his own agenda.
Matt Franklin is a detective with the police force who has been called to the scene of these murders and is working to try to bring justice to the victims.He is a Christian who volunteers at the city youth center for a…

Red Sky over America (Ladies of Oberlin #1)

Title:Red Sky over America (Ladies of Oberlin #1)
Author: Tamera Lynn Kraft
Pages: 328
Year: 2018
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing Inc.
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This is a debut novel that readers won’t soon forget by a brand-new author!The story begins in the year 1857 in Ohio where a young lady named America, called Merry, attends a college started by Albert Finney and considered liberal for its time.Originally, America came from Kentucky, which had much less liberal leanings and expected people to stay in their station of life.Yet, America feels called to go to China even if she must go alone.
William is following in his father’s footsteps, preparing to be a preacher and then go to China.William’s father and mother are gone and being an abolitionist, he plans on preaching against slavery during winter break in Kentucky.What he wants to preach about, and the various groups he encounters keeps the story extremely interesting.
America’s father is a former officer who makes future plan…

The Gate Keeper

Title:The Gate Keeper
Author:Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Wow!This book was just stellar in my opinion.I don’t know how the authors continue to produce such quality mysteries time after time.I have read all the Ian Rutledge mysteries and this is one of the best.This one is set in December 1920.Ian’s sister Frances has just gotten married and Ian is feeling at loose ends.He and his sister had become close after their parents’ deaths and now he is feeling a bit of a third wheel.The wedding is over and the couple off on their honeymoon trip and Ian can’t sleep.He decides to take a drive to who knows where to settle down.He is driving down the road and comes upon a car stopped in the middle of the road with a woman standing over a man’s body and her hands are covered in blood.Ian has literally driven into his next case.
As he begins his investigation, he lobbies to be given the case as he was the first on the scene.There is some grumbl…

The Man Who Invented Christmas (The Movie)

Title:The Man Who Invented Christmas (The Movie)
Year: 2018
Minutes: 108
Publisher: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The last couple of years has seen, in my opinion, an unprecedented number of good movies to view.The genres are as various as the stories they tell, some worth seeing while others perhaps not on most top 10 lists to see.However, here is a gem that got lost in the onslaught of movies this past holiday season.With another Star Wars movie released at the same time, any other movie released seemed to get past up or ignored and that is a shame, especially regarding this movie.
I think the title wasn’t the best chosen as it really tells the story of the life experiences of Charles Dickens.We watched how hard it was for the man to write another blockbuster right after the exceptional story titled, Oliver Twist.I was mesmerized as the movie took me back to the late 1800s.It showed what happened to Charles when he was young and how that really tormente…

Paul was Not a Christian (The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle)

Title:Paul was Not a Christian (The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle)
Author: Pamela Eisenbaum
Pages: 336
Year: 2010
Publisher: Harper One Reprint
My rating 2 out of 5 stars.
One of the reasons I wanted to read the book was hoping to gain insight into the Jewishness of Paul and his writings.What I got was frustration and sadness.The author isn’t a Messianic Jew nor does she believe that all the writings of Paul should be attributed to him for various reasons.However, when someone takes bits and pieces of Scripture but not the whole that is wrong.When the author accepts some of Paul while dismissing others for human reasons, that too is wrong.For all Scripture is God-breathed; there is a holiness and height to which no mere writings of man can attain.
I don’t agree with excusing disbelief because of nuances of writings or one codex being used and ignoring others.To me it is like when we eat certain meals where ingredients are mixed together, we pick out before eating it what we don…

Mountain Homecoming

Title: Mountain Homecoming
Author:  Sandra Robbins
Pages:  304
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Harvest House
My rating is 4 stars.
Mountain Homecoming is the sequel to Angel of the Cove in Sandra Robin’s Smokey Mountain Dreams series.  In book 2 the year is 1914 and Rani has become a grown woman in search of what God has planned for her life as well as what He has gifted her to do.  Granny, everyone calls her that in the Cove lives with the Martin family.  At one time she was the midwife and doctor to many mountain folk in times past, now Anna Martin is the midwife and calls on the Dr for other medical needs of the people who live in the small secluded Tennessee Cove area.  Samuel Martin is the preacher and a man who adores his wife Anna and there grown living children. 
The railroad company has wanted to purchase the timber on the Cove land which has set Rani’s blood to boil because of her love for the land.  Matthew Jackson left twenty years ago with his mother and younger brother, he now…