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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The 20th Christmas by Andrea Rodgers - my review

I just finished reading The 20th Christmas by Andrea Rodgers and have to tell you about it!
WOW! What a heartwarming inspirational story. I cried my way through this book as I could easily feel the emotions that Arianna felt when her son, Chase 22 months old, was first kidnapped right before Christmas. She keeps her faith that he is alive somewhere, that God is watching out for him, as she keeps praying to see him again. The author does a fabulous job with this story making you feel the emotions of each and everyone involved. As I tried to put myself in the position of each of these three ladies, Arianna, Lydia, and yes even Lacey the kidnapper, who has for years been homeless, suffering from mental illness, and has a substance abuse problem, my heart broke for all of them. And of course Chase and everyone else that was close to him in anyway.  Andrea Rodgers shows how God can make something beautiful come from something so tragic in this awesome story of faith, love, and forgiveness. An inspirational touching book that grabbed me from the first page.

I  highly recommend this book, stock up on kleenix, and allow plenty of time because it is one of those you want to finish in one sitting!

I received a free copy of this book from Ambassador International in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin - my review

Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin is book 2 in the Restoration Chronicles, but is a good stand alone book. Bringing the Old Testament to life, as you read about how Haman got King Xerxes to sign a decree to annihilate all of Jews, and Queen Esther getting him to sign another decree.

The little crippled Edomite girl, Amina, who befriends the older Jewish woman, Hodaya, and finds she is has more in common with her than she first thought.

Then Ezra a quiet scholar and teacher of the law, wanting to take his family home, and leading the Jews back to Jerusalem from Babylon. This story comes to life as you meet his wife Devorah, their children, family, and friends and see how they live.

I loved my journey through these pages of the Old Testament, Lynn Austin has done a terrific job of making me feel as if I was right there taking part with them with her writing of this story. She has added some characters to help tell the story.  This is the first book I have read by this author but will not be the last, I have found a new favorite author!

At the end of the book she tells you where you can read the stories/verses that she has used in this book in your own Bible.

I  highly recommend this book to anyone who like to read Biblical stories.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.



   

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The King is Coming by Erwin W. Lutzer - my review

The King is Coming: Preparing to Meet Jesus by Erwin W. Lutzer tells about the end days and the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The author uses biblical scripture to discuss the rapture of the Church, the tribulation, the coming of Jesus, the Antichrist, the end of the world, and Heaven. Erwin Lutzer does a marvelous job of explaining his views on what the Bible tells us will happen in these last days and uses the scripture to back up what he says, so you can read it in the Bible for yourself.

One of my favorite quotes from this book is ...
"If you've been told that you have to donate money to go to heaven, you have not heard the gospel. If you've been told that you must make yourself deserving to go to heaven, that is not the gospel. Nor is it through baptism, your church attendance, or through the sacraments." 

And the last quote he uses in the book is from the Bible...
"You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Luke 12:40 ESV

If you haven't accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, please do so, because our King is coming soon!!

I  highly recommend this book.

I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Faith, Hope, Love, and a Whisk by Tori Winkelman - my review

Faith, Hope, Love, and a Whisk: Breakfast With The Savior by Tori Winkelman is going to quickly become one of my favorite cookbooks! I have never saw a cookbook like this one, it is both a devotional and cookbook together in one book. As I have read through the devotionals and looked at the yummy looking recipes I'm not sure what I want to try first. As a lover of bread pudding and blueberries I have to try the Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding, the Peanut Butter French Toast Sandwiches also sound like a sure win for us. There are so many recipes that the author has included that I find myself wanting to try, and a devotional to go along with each recipe. So we can read a devotional, as we are cooking and waiting, and spend time in prayer with the Lord. You will truly have breakfast with the Savior with this devotional cookbook!

I recommend this book to anyone who loves the Lord and and cooking, this is the book for you, or a great gift for anyone you know like that.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) of this book from Ambassador International in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.  

Look for this on October 15, 2014



Mr Miracle by Debbie Macomber - my review

Mr Miracle by Debbie Macomber is a warmhearted Christmas book that  introduces Harry Mills, an angel that is sent to earth to help Addie straighten out her life and find love. Harry is so sure that he can handle everything on his own and he doesn't want to ask for help. Not even from his mentor, Celeste, another angel.  Little does he know he will be experiencing feelings, as humans do, for the first time.

Harry is teaching a literature class at college, with some interesting students, one of which is Addie who has returned home after 6 years. She volunteers to help out Erich, who has broken both wrists in a accident, so his mother who is a widow can go on a pre-planned cruise with Addie's mother who is also recently widowed. Addie and Erich have a past where she was heartbroken, how can she ever stand to be around him to help him out?  Then there is Andrew the war vet with his service dog Tommy, the ex-con Danny who is trying to make a new life after getting out of prison, Michelle the french teacher, along with some more colorful characters. This book is a short heart-warming feel-good Christmas story about making changes in life, finding love, happiness, and friendship.

I highly recommend this book.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) of this book from Random House and NetGallery in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.

Look for this on October 7, 2014


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Portrait of a Powerful Last-Day Christian by David Garcia - my review

Portrait of a Powerful Last-Day Christian: Prophetic Insights for Successful End-time Living by David Garcia is an uplifting,encouraging, and inspirational book based on biblical scripture for Christians living in these troubling times. The author has designed this book to give encouragement to Christians during the end days, as he uses scripture reference to do so. He shows how to use God's word to overcome the fear that surrounds us all every day.  I enjoyed reading this book and the scriptures that were recommended, it is a book I will be returning to in order to re-read in the future.


I highly recommend this book.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Of God, Rattlesnakes, and Okra by J. Bennett Easterling - my review

I laughed and cried my way through Of God, Rattlesnakes, and Okra by  J. Bennett Easterling. The youngest son of a southern preacher tells about growing up as part of a poor family in the tiny community of Prospect, Mississippi. I enjoyed reading of his memories of a different time, when people (children included) worked hard and were were ready for bed at night. No one had time to say they were bored, there was to much that needed to be done. If children today could spend a week or even a day in that life, they might not be so quick to become bored because they couldn't find anything to do. I laughed as I read about Grannies sweet love and dobbers, yes that is how it was done before Gerber created baby food, I just never knew there was a name for it.

I highly recommend this book, about a time that has since passed but we can learn a lot from.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.