Thursday, May 28, 2015

Last One Home by Debbie Macomber - my review

Last One Home by Debbie Macomber is an awesome stand-alone novel. As everyone knows, I am a huge Debbie Macomber fan, and she didn't disappoint me with this one. Starting with the gazebo on the cover that made me want it in my yard.

Cassie ran away from home at the age of 18 to marry Duke. A man who quickly becomes abusive, cutting Cassie off from her family. Including her two sisters, Karen and Nicole, who were once all three incredibly close.

Cassie eventually ends her difficult marriage and moves to Seattle with her daughter, Amiee. Both sisters Karen and Nicole have their own problems as well. After receiving a letter from Karen, it leads to a possible reunion of the sisters. Things start looking up for Cassie and Amiee.

A story of forgiveness, compassion and new starts.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund - my review

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund is #2 the Beacons of Hope Series, but it is a great stand-alone book as well. Takes us back in time, to 1865,  and the  Windmill Point Lighthouse in Michigan when the rules for women were so much different than today.  I felt many emotions as I read this book, one that I quickly became involved in the story and couldn't put down! I had not read the first book in the series yet, so yes you can read this one without having read the other. Although I will admit NOW I will be going back to read the others.   Out Of The Storm #.5   and  Love Unexpected #1  

Caroline Taylor is left to take care of the lighthouse and her siblings after the death of her Father. She does an excellent job at it and loves doing it. Then along come Mr. Finck to remind her that this is not a job for a woman, he has hired a man for the job.  Ryan Chambers, a civil war veteran, who has his own set of problems, doesn't really know how to run the lighthouse. Caroline and Ryan help each other, becoming closer to each other everyday. Then mysterious and creepy things start happening, that they can't explain. 

This story is full of drama, suspense, tender moments. It kept me reading into the night as I didn't want to lay it down, yet was disappointed when I got to the end only because I didn't want the story to end. I loved it! The story is also loosely based on a true story which makes it even better. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a good heart-felt read. 

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from Bethany House for my honest review, be it good or bad.  Thank you . 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

How To Enjoy Reading Your Bible by Keith Ferrin - my review

How To Enjoy Reading Your Bible by Keith Ferrin is full of tips to help you understand and enjoy reading the Bible. Instead of just reading a few verses or a chapter or two a day, he suggests reading it as you would with any other book, reading it straight through. Lets know God and have a relationship with him instead of just trying to learn about him!

One of my favorite quotes from this book is....
"After all, isn’t that the point? Isn’t our time in God’s Word primarily about spending time with Him? Being with Him. Knowing Him. Sitting with Him. Learning from Him. Laughing with Him. Hanging out with Him." page 5

He has several tips for different books of the Bible for you to start reading along with family or friends, someone you can discuss it with. I have read through his book, and now I am ready to go back and try out some of his tips. This is an easy to read book, which the author suggests that if you follow his tips you will memorize parts of the Bible without even trying! How cool is that? I am anxious to go back and start with some of his suggested tips for reading the Bible.

I will update this review after I have tried some of these tips out and let you know if I have memorized parts without trying.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to get more from reading their Bible.
I received an ARC (advanced reader's copy) from Bethany House for my honest review be it good or bad.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas - my review

Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas is an awesome read, set in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia , in the 70's. The author takes us back to the town of Wise, where everyone knows everything about everyone else, or thinks that they do. Until the Harvest is part of the Appalachian Blessings series, but can also be read as a stand-alone book.

 Margaret takes care of her younger sister, Mayfair, taking her with her to work.  Margaret works as a helper for an elderly lady named Emily, who has a grandson named Henry. When Margaret and Henry meet at his grandmother's house, she is not so sure if she likes him, although he and Mayfair strike up an immediate friendship.  Mayfair, a diabetic, with a heart of gold, and a unique gift that makes her a big interest to others. Henry, a young man who loves to play the fiddle, gets himself mixed up with the wrong kind of people when his father passes away.  Margaret and Henry soon find themselves depending on each other though as troubles arise for both. This book has a bit of action, mystery, love, farming, and enough prayers to be called spiritual. One of my favorite parts is when Henry takes Margaret to see his father's tombstone, absolutely LOVED what is inscribed on it! I won't tell you what it says, I will let you read that for yourselves as it is truly a blessing.

The author has done a beautiful job of setting the scene to take the reader back in time to when things were different, and although had it's own share of troubles, was still a bit simpler.  I enjoyed this visit to Wise, West Virginia and all the characters that I met along the way.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review, be it good or bad. Thank you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

After Abel by Michal Lemerger - my review

After Abel and other stories  by Michal Lemerger was a book that I thought I would like based on advance praise I read.  I'm sorry to say that after several attempts to read this I was unable to finish it.

When I read a book based on biblical stories I don't expect to see some of the language that was used in at least one story. As I could not bring myself to read the entire book, I can't say if it is only one story or more.

The story of Lot's Wife doesn't mention God, and was totally different from what the Bible teaches.

I only rate this book one star, because I have to rate it. It is not one that I would recommend to anyone.

I received a free copy from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad. Thank you.

Everyday Grace by Jessica Thompson - my review

Everyday Grace: Infusing All Your Relationships with the Love of Jesus by Jessica Thompson is a great read that reminds you that the Holy Spirit is in control!  She starts by telling us that Everyday Grace is anything but another Christian self-help book. This book doesn't tell us what we should and shouldn't do, but instead reminds us of what Christ has done for us. Everyday Grace is a book of hope that keeps us focused on Jesus.

Karma - you do for me and I will do for you. Living with this type of attitude, as most of us do is exhausting.
"The truth is we don’t want ka me, ka thee or karma, even though we think we do. The gospel refutes this idea completely. It is anti-karma and pro-grace. The gospel says that even though you aren’t good enough now and actually never will be good enough in your own good works, I am going to give to you anyway. The gospel tells us that all we have earned has been given to the Son and all the Son has earned has been given undeservingly to us. If we try to rely on karma to see us through, it will be an endless life of working never to obtain. If we rest our souls in the gospel, our lives will be full of receiving, even though we could never work hard enough to receive the gift we have been given." page 4

Each chapter is awesome, the chapter on our children, reminds us of the love of God for ALL of his children. The chapter on friendships reminds us that Jesus is our friend that we can always turn too, a friend that will never let us down. The chapter about our husbands/marriages reminds us of Christ's love for his Church. The chapter on loving difficult people shares how the Holy Spirit is always with us to help and guide us. I enjoyed the entire book but this particular chapter is my favorite, it is a great reminder in letting the Holy Spirit do what he is sent to do.  

Everyday Grace has been added to my favorites books to be reread. I think it will be a number one Christianity book for 2015. One I highly recommend to everyone, as we all have relationships of some type.

I received an ARC (advanced reader's copy) from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad. Thank you.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Passion Pursuit by Linda Dillow and Juli Slattery - my review

Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love Are You Making? by Linda Dillow and Juli Slattery  is a Bible study. Not your everyday Bible study but one to help you put the passion back in your marriage. There is a DVD to go along with the workbook, I only had the workbook so can only give my thoughts on it. The book is designed to be used as a group study, (but can be used alone) lasting ten weeks. Using Bible scriptures and even giving homework. No matter where you are in your marriage, you will find help in improving the intimacy based on Biblical scriptures. The authors help you to see what is forbidden and what is acceptable by God.  Showing how to use the Songs of Solomon to help you become a Smoking Hot Mama!  Linda and Juli take us through the Bible to show us God's view on passion and intimacy in marriage.  An easy an fun read. 

I received a FREE copy from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review be it good or bad. Thank you.