Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sex and the Single Christian Girl by Marian Jordan Ellis

Sex and the Single Christian Girl: Fighting for Purity in a Rom-Com WorldSex and the Single Christian Girl: Fighting for Purity in a Rom-Com World by Marian Jordan Ellis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With dignity and grace Marian Ellis addresses the real issues single Christian women face today.
She doesn't just give us a list of do's and don'ts she tells us the hows and whys and how we can be victorious.
When she discussed Satan's methods of attack and how to recognize them and how we can counterattack, I was like "I thought I was the only person who struggled with this"!
Sex is a subject that is either degraded or totally ignored in the "church ", much to Satan's delight. Sexual battles are real, we must actively fight temptation not pretend it doesn't exist. Marian  candidly brings out that there is a war for our souls whether we believe it or not and God still expects sexual purity until marriage ... "abstain from fleshly lusts, which WAGE WAR against the soul."
A challenging and enlightening book I would recommended for single women of all ages!

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Merlin's Blade by Robert Treskillard

Merlin's Blade (The Merlin Spiral, #1)Merlin's Blade by Robert Treskillard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A strange meteorite.
A deadly enchantment.
And only Merlin can destroy it.

A meteorite brings a mysterious black stone whose sinister power ensnares everyone except Merlin, the blind son of a swordsmith. Soon, all of Britain will be under its power, and he must destroy the stone—or die trying.

This story is so intricate! So elegant! It is really a sophisticated book based off of both fantasy, legend, and history, to create a tale that is beyond fascinating!!
This is one of my favorite books I've read, the style reminds me somewhat of Steven Lawhead but actually much better.
Although considered "teen fiction" I would recommend it to an older audience without hesitation.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Emma of Aurora by Jane Kirkpatrick

Emma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish TrilogyEmma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish Trilogy by Jane Kirkpatrick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is really three books combined, making it beyond my skill level to write a decent summary, without revealing spoilers. That being said I will forgo the preliminaries and begin with my thoughts and impressions of this book.
Jane Kirkpatrick breathes life into her characters, their emotions are flawlessly expressed, their thoughts are elegantly formed and although the characters grow throughout the book they stay true to themselves.
This story is as sad as it is inspiring, Emma's courage and ingenuity are remarkable and her determination to stand when everything around her is falling is truly inspiring!
Don't let the size of this book keep you from reading it. you will be amazed how fast Jane Kirkpatrick will have you enthusiastically reading through the very last page!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

An Elegant Solution by Paul Robertson

An Elegant SolutionAn Elegant Solution by Paul Robertson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Young Leonhard is a math prodigy learning from one of the greatest mathematicians in Europe. But his Master Johann's family is torn apart by distrust and selfishness and maybe something more sinister.
When a mysterious murder happens Leonhard begins to do some investigating of his own, what he finds is a unending spiral of questions that demand an elegant solution!
I Love, LOve, LOVe, LOVE this book!! Wow, such elegance and adventure, with just a hint of theology.
This is one of the best books I've read all year! It reads a bit like classic literature but I found that only added to the charm. I found the Latin used tastefully throughout the book added a decidedly sophisticated charm.
The beginning starts off slightly on the slow side but keep reading it's amazing!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sinners Creed by Scott Stapp

Sinner's CreedSinner's Creed by Scott Stapp

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sinner’s Creed is the uncensored memoir of Scott Stapp, Grammy Award-winning leader of the multiplatinum rock band CREED. Raised by an abusive stepfather, Scott was always aware of God's presence in his life, but it wasn't until years later, amid a life punctuated by sex, drugs, and rock ’n roll that Scott began to feel a need for God in his life.

During CREED’s decade of dominance and in the years following the band's breakup, Scott struggled with drugs and alcohol, which led not only to a divorce, but also to a much-publicized suicide attempt in 2006. Now clean, sober, and in the midst of a highly successful solo career, Scott has finally come full circle-a turnaround he credits to his renewed relationship with Jesus Christ.

In Sinner's Creed, Scott shares his story for the first time, from his fundamentalist upbringing, the rise and fall of CREED, and his ongoing battle with addiction, to his recommitment to Christ and the launch of his solo career. The result is a gripping memoir that is proof positive that God is always present in our lives, despite the colossal mess we sometimes make of them.

Forgive me for not describing this book in "my own words", but I was so disappointed in this book it wouldn't be a flattering review at all.
I can feel sorry for Scott Stapp but I can't agree with him on very much at all. The idea of a Christian rock star doesn't seem Biblical. 2nd Corinthians 6:17 says "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,"
There is eternal love and forgiveness but true repentance is a complete changing of everything in our life, including our music.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

Stones for BreadStones for Bread by Christa Parrish

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Liesl McNamara is consumed with her bakery and her bread. It is her life! She doesn't need anything else to complete her, or so she thinks. Then by random circumstance she meets a divorced bachelor and his six year old daughter Cecelia, and her life begins to take a different turn.
Being around Seamus and Cecelia make her feel more complete then she has ever felt hiding away in her bakery, guarding her heart and her future from any harm. But then she receives an offer that is everything she has always believed shes wanted and a devastating family secret is revealed. Choices must be made!
Christa Parrish is truly a master of crafting stories and people we want to connect with. And I really enjoyed the history of bread making that was woven seamlessly throughout the book, who knew that even bread has an interesting story behind it?!
Definitely a book that will stay on my bookshelf with my favorites collection. I have enjoyed all of Christa Parrish's books so far!
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Monday, November 4, 2013

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Friday, November 1, 2013

His Treasure by Sheri Rose Shepherd

His Treasure: Gems of Love from Your KingHis Treasure: Gems of Love from Your King by Sheri Rose Shepherd

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so lovely! It truly makes you feel like a princess just holding it!!
The letters are so personal and touching! I know this is going to be a book I'll treasure for many years! I have never seen a book this beautiful in my life, and it's not "just" the cover or the ornate pages but the message on each page is beautiful.
The Bible translation is not King James, the version I'm used to reading, but if that bothers you I would recommend just looking them up in your personal Bible because there is so much to be gleaned from the "letters".
It would make such a thoughtful gift for any occasion!
I received a copy to review on my blog, yet somehow I feel as if it is a gift.. a gem of love from my King.
This is the kind of book that changes lives!

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The First Christmas Night by Keith Christopher

The First Christmas NightThe First Christmas Night by Keith Christopher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I agreed to review this book thinking it would be a nice book to give to the toddler that I babysit. NO WAY!! I love this book! The artwork is stunning and the poem is so classic, yet, I like it SO much better than the original "Twas the Night Before Christmas" poem.

"Twas the very first Christmas,
when all through the town
not a creature was stirring-
there was not a sound.
The moon, shining bright
in the heavens so high,
gave the luster of midday
to the Bethlehem sky."

If this book didn't distinctly say "ideals children's books" I would give these as gifts to adults!
The poem is recreated flawlessly, it's not a corny knock off and I just can't get over how beautiful the artwork is!!!
This book will proudly set on my bookshelf, safe from kids crayons and rough little fingers!

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Letting go of your Limitations by Sandie Freed

Letting Go of Your Limitations: Experiencing God's Transforming PowerLetting Go of Your Limitations: Experiencing God's Transforming Power by Sandie Freed

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is a need for books like this in our modern world, however I found it reminded me a little of A.W Tozer's book "The Pursuit of God" at a much shallower level.
I like the way the author brings readers to know they can "have life and have it more abundant", yet, I didn't feel it stir me in the same way I am when I read Smith Wigglesworth or A.W Tozer.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Forever Friday by Timothy Lewis

Forever Friday: A NovelForever Friday: A Novel by Timothy Lewis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Adam Colby an estate seller is going through an estate sale he comes across photo albums full of post cards, sent every Friday for sixty years from a husband to his wife.
As he begins to wonder what the secret is to lasting love and where he went wrong in his own marriage that ended in divorce.
What is the secret to finding your "soul mate"?
As he delves into the story of Gabe and "Huck" Alexander's lasting romance and Gabe's theory of "Long Division" he begins to understand there is no secret formula it's a life of choosing to be selfless, "two hearts commanding devotion".
I really liked this book. There were parts that seemed a bit superfluous but for the most part the only thing I didn't really much care for was the frequent use of alcohol by "christian" people but it is such a good book, in spite of that I still have to give it 5 stars.
I liked the way the romance was real and passionate yet clean.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado

The Christmas CandleThe Christmas Candle by Max Lucado

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Set in the 1800's in England, a candle maker and his wife carry on the centuries old tradition of the Christmas Candle. Supposedly every 25 years an angel comes and touches one of the Haddington family  candles and when someone prays over it they get a Christmas miracle.
When a new pastor comes to the small village he runs headlong into some members of his parish when he insists God does not really do miracles anymore and that the Christmas Candle is a mere superstition.
When the Christmas Candle get mixed up with about 30 other candles the Haddingtons don't know what to do. With so many people needing miracles this year they have a hard choice to make.
I really enjoyed this little Christmas story. It was a short story more than a book really at only 190 pages but I rather enjoy a short, heartwarming Christmas story.
So turn on your Christmas CD, heat some hot cider and curl up by the fire with The Christmas Candle.
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Heart of the Country

Heart of the CountryHeart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I watched the DVD "Heart of the Country" before I actually read the book to get a better perspective on the characters and where they were coming from.
Faith is a country girl through and through and Luke is a city boy to the core but together they make a perfect pair. Until one phone call from the police ruins everything, Luke is being questioned about a ponzi scheme in his business.
Faith is a runner, always has been, she ran away from home when her mother died and now she is running from Luke but the only place left to go is home, and to her estranged family and community.
Luke is much like Faith. He insisted on having his inheritance early, to invest in his own business instead of continuing in the family business his father and brother have worked for decades to secure. Now both are having to turn to their families they deserted and try to pick up the pieces of their lives.
I really enjoyed both the movie and the book. I do wish there was a happy ending for Lee though.
A nice, quick and easy read. Watching the movie was great as I got to see what the characters actually looked like.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar

Harvest of Rubies (Harvest #1)Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The prophet Nehemiah's cousin can speak numerous languages, keep complex accounts, write on rolls of parchment and tablets of clay, and solve great mysteries. There is only one problem: she is a woman.

In her early childhood years, Sarah experienced the death of her mother and her father's subsequent emotional distance and she came to two conclusions: that God does not care about her, and that her accomplishments are the measure of her worth - the measure of her self.

Sarah, the talented scribe and cousin to Nehemiah, is catapulted into the center of the Persian court, working too many hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and solving intrigues for the Queen. Ironically, it isn't failure but success that causes Sarah to lose her only source of external validation.

Sarah soon learns that she has something of worth to offer beyond her ability with languages and sums - her very being proves to be a blessing to others particularly the aristocrat, Darius, she was given to in marriage.

To be fair I didn't read this whole book. I was so repulsed and aggravated with the main characters, Sarah that I gave up in frustration!
I hate being only the 6th person to leave a book a 1 star rating but I could not find anything to love about this book other than maybe the references referring to her cousin, the prophet Nehemiah.

If you are looking for good biblical fiction I would recommend Tracy L. Higley or Francine Rivers.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling

An Untamed HeartAn Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ingeborg Strand is not the kind of young lady that falls for every handsome face and smooth tongue. But when she does fall in love she falls hard, on a handsome university student from Oslo. This is more than she had ever hoped for, to be truly "in love".
But when an untimely accident claims his life she begins to despair. Is God really in all of this? Is there really a purpose for everything she has been through?
It all seems too cruel when a widower with a young son asks her to go along with him to America because his son needs a mother. But can she settle for a marriage of convenience after knowing what it feels like to be truly and passionately in love?
I have the unique "advantage" of not having read the Red River of the North series yet so my opinions are based solely on this book as the *first* book in the series.
For the first time in my life I've got to say, MORE ROMANCE! Seriously I felt that the romantic interests in this book seemed to shallow, too out of sight out of mind.
I also found the everyday details seemed to have more preeminence than the main character's emotions and observations.
The cover is stunning! I love it, and I really wanted to love the story but I would find myself actually skim reading for pages, something I never do, just to get past how the fixed their pancakes and jam for breakfast.
I do not think I will read An Untamed Land. This book is O.k but nothing special.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer

A Christmas Gift for RoseA Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rose is heartbroken when her fiance Jonathan volunteers as a medic during WWII. Why would he betray her, his family and his community? She knows in her head that the "right" thing to do is cut off all ties from him, but her heart insists on rebelling against her better judgement.
But then she finds out a secret that changes everything she once held dear. She is English!
Jonathan on the other hand persist that it is only God who can determine who is His, that salvation is not a birthright for Amish only.
Will there love bloom like roses in December or will uncertainties of the past cripple their future?

I really like Tricia Goyer and I love a good Christmas novella however even though I usually like anything to do with WWII I did not just fall head over heels in love with A Christmas Gift for Rose.
Sometimes it felt like the story was going too fast, like its Thanksgiving, BOOM! It's Christmas!
Still a good story and I did like the way it was based off of a true story.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Redeeming LoveRedeeming Love by Francine Rivers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the hardest reviews I have ever tried to write!
Redeeming Love is different from any book I've ever read. If I had to describe this book in one word it would be, Powerful! Powerful imagery, powerful allegory, and powerful writing.
This book provoked so many emotions as I read it. Gratitude, sadness, mercy, joy...
As I was thinking about this book the little chorus Deep and Wide kept coming to my mind.
I know it's a child's chorus but this book just stirred it to the surface of my heart.... "deep and wide, deep and wide, there's a fountain flowing deep and wide.." A fountain of love, healing and amazing grace.
Before you read this book I highly recommend you read the story of Gomer and Hosea in the book of Hosea to get a proper prospective on the story.

I would recommend this book for 18 and over as sex is implied quite frequently. There is child prostitution, and adultery in this book as well.
Also I recommend this article on Gomer and Hosea from

My favorite quote from Redeeming Love.... “You said go to her, and I let pride stand in my way. You said she needed me, and I didn't believe. You said love her, and I thought it would be easy.”

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden

Into the WhirlwindInto the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book gives an insiders view of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and what it took to rebuild lives, businesses, and loves from the rubble and ashes left behind.
I really liked the characters in this book. Mollie Knox is a independent, strong, and compassionate women determined to keep her father's watch shop open, if for nothing else she has to provide her employees, mostly Civil War veterans with work and stability.
Zack Kazmarek is a influential Polish man who has worked his way up from unloading ships at the docks to being the most feared lawyer in all of Chicago. His secret admiration for Mollie has been growing for nearly three years, he's determined to make her his but it seems like every time things are about to work out as planned something comes and tears them apart.

I really enjoyed the descriptiveness of this book. I felt the excitement of Chicago before the fire, the desperation after the fire, and above all a sense of hope rekindled. Things being rebuilt, futures restored, loves revealed, and lessons learned.
I thought the romance moved a little too quickly to feel real but despite that fact I still loved the characters. They did seem real.

I would probably give this book more like a 4.5 star but a 5 star review is a little steep in my opinion.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tenacious by Jeremy and Jennifer Williams

Tenacious: How God Used a Terminal Diagnosis to Turn a Family and a Football Team Into ChampionsTenacious: How God Used a Terminal Diagnosis to Turn a Family and a Football Team Into Champions by Jeremy Williams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the touching story of Jeremy and Jennifer Williams and their two children Josie and Jacob.
Born and raised in a small town in western Georgia where sports and God are considered top priority.
This book follows both Jennifer and Jeremy's lives from a high school crush to there wedding made in heaven, and eventually to the earth shattering news of spina bifida and ALS.
Bringing a story of true courage. The courage it takes to live everyday... to live TENACIOUS!

Wow... is all I could say after reading this book. What an inspiring story!
At first I thought " it would be so much better if it was written in first person" by the end of the story I thought " oh.. now I understand".
Such a truly beautiful story!!

I just have to include the closing lines of the book as they spoke to my heart so clearly..

"You know, we all have a choice, every day, every hour, every minute - do we lay down our story (our plans, our dreams, etc.) and live out the story that God ordained for our lives, or do we not? What would happen if we, as an individual, as a church, as a world gave our all to Christ? What would happen if we made the decision to be- Tenacious."

.... I don't know but I personally intend to find out!! What about you?

"Tenacious- Persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired."

I highly recommend this book to other teens, although I would assume any age would be inspired by it!  :)

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock

Sweet MercySweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Seventeen year old Eve Marryat is only too happy to leave the crime ridden streets of St. Paul Minnesota and move to her Uncle Cy's vacation lodge in Mercy Ohio.
A staunch supporter of Prohibition, Eve can't imagine why anyone would break the law! After all she is a "good" person, her family has always been "good" people!
But things aren't always as they seem, and maybe her self-righteousness is only a mile wide and a inch deep!
When Eve finds out her very own family is involved in bootlegging all of her idealistic views are suddenly threatened. Is anyone truly good? Can anyone be trusted?

What a wonderful book about "Mercy"!I was touched by the sincerity of the characters in this book. Some surprising plot twists, and a understanding of the verse "love covers the multitudes of sins" (1 Peter 4:8)

Sweet Mercy comes to such a sweet and beautiful conclusion.... "no one is all bad, just as no one is all good" but the love and mercy of Jesus can still cover the sins of even the vilest sinner who will believe on Him!

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell

Her Good NameHer Good Name by Ruth Axtell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Espy Estrada lives in Holliston Maine at the turn of the 19th century. Born to a low class family Espy desperately desires to further her poor education. She enthusiastically accepts a job as a house maid for a local professor and his wife, she is thrilled with the opportunity to learn from the professor's wealth of knowledge and extensive library but eventually the professor seems to be noticing more than just Espy's aptitude for learning.
When rumors begin flying concerning the much respected Mr. Stockton, Espy's reputation is ruined before she even knows what has happened. She is determined that everything will be figured out and her reputation restored but then her own beau Warren, a wealthy and respected young man of society who has eyes only for Espy loses all faith in her she gives up and leaves town without an explanation.
Will the truth ever be revealed or will her chances at true love and her good name ever be the same?

I thought this book looked boring! Imagine my surprise when I was absolutely hooked about 10 pages into the story!! I would highly recommend this book as a Historical Fiction/ Historical Romance!
Usually I'm not really that into romance novels but I have to say Ruth Axtell threw me for a loop on this one!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gone South ~ Meg Moseley

Gone SouthGone South by Meg Moseley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tish Mccomb is enthralled with the quaint Civil War era home that was once owned by her relatives in Alabama. Deciding to take a chance she moves from her comfortable apartment in Michigan and moves to a small town in Jackson Alabama with hopes that old family ties will make fitting in easier. Unbeknownst to her, is a family secret that has ruined any chances of a happy welcome home!
It seems the only people willing to give her a chance is the local antique dealer and a homeless girl Melanie that Tish takes into her new home despite her shady and somewhat checkered past.
Sometimes she is determined to stay and other times loneliness sets in and she wonders why she ever left her home in Michigan to become an object of scorn for the whole town!

I found myself rooting for Melanie through the whole book. Something about a second-chance story that draws me in every time!!
This book is fresh, not a different twist on a popular genre or a retelling of a New York Times Bestseller.. totally unique and innocent. I appreciate that in a book!

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Barefoot Summer ~ Denise Hunter

Barefoot Summer (Chapel Spring #1)Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Madison and Bekket are totally incompatible. He's the son of the town drunk, the "Bad Boy of Chapel Springs" and she is a McKinley, one of the most respected families in the whole county.
Bekket has had a crush on Madison since highschool but he knows he'll never be good enough for Madison McKinley. Not only is he a known trouble maker but he also holds a secret concerning the death of Madison's twin brother Michael.
Madison is determined that the good looking, howbeit infamous Bekket O'rielly doesn't even know she exist much less like her. Also she blames him for the disappearence of her sister Jade.
Determined to fulfill her dead brothers dream Madison signs up for boating lessons to compete in a local sailing competition, ironically her "substitute teacher" is none other than Bekket O'rielly. Thrown together by circumstances friendship and eventually love begans to blossom but can thier love grow in the soil of guilt and distrust or will it wilt under the scorching light of secrecy?

O.k, I thought this book read like a soap opera. There's really no plot other than Madison and Bekket finally falling in love and overcoming thier past.
I also thought that for a Christian book the romance could be just a little steamy. While there was no sex the passion did go farther than a goodnight kiss and a warm hug.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Call of Zulina by Kay Marshal Strom

The Call of Zulina (Grace in Africa, #1)The Call of Zulina by Kay Marshall Strom

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved everything about this book! The cover is absolutely stunning, the story captivating(howbeit emotional), and the writing is flawless!
Grace Winslow is the daughter of a English slave trader and an African Princess. Raised as a "proper English lass" Grace has always been protected from the horror that her family has imposed on the lives of so many African families. Until a "slave" insist that he is not the true slave but she is. A slave to her fancy privileged lifestyle, her powerful mother and her greedy father.
Determined to prove him wrong she sets out to prove her independence and discovers a tragedy that cannot be ignored. Can she turn back to the life she "can't live without" or take a stand against evil? The choice is not easy and it is not one that can be made without sacrifices either way.

If you are looking for a book that will keep you in an emotional grip from the first page to the last this book should definitely be considered!

I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven

Alone Yet Not Alone: Their Faith Became Their FreedomAlone Yet Not Alone: Their Faith Became Their Freedom by Tracy Leininger Craven

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the true story of Barbara and Regina Leininger.
Captured by Indians and separated by everyone they know, including each other. They refuse to loose hope of seeing their family reunited again. They cling to their faith in God, knowing that they are truly never alone.

This story is fascinating especially because it is based off of a true story that actually occurred in the author's family history, however I thought that the simple writing style did the story no justice.
I do think it would be a wonderful book for middle school age children as it is extremely simple in vocabulary and plot.

There is going to be a movie based off of this story coming out on SEPTEMBER 27th!
By the photos in this "movie edition" book I have to say I'm excited about watching it!!!

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Shieldmaidens and Knights of the Prince Facebook!

As you should know if you regularly follow my reviews, I am absolutely in LOVE with the Knights of Arethtrae series by Chuck Black.
If you haven't read his books yet I recommend you stop right now and do so! 
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sir Bentley and the Holbrook Court ~ Chuck Black

Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court (The Knights of Arrethtrae #2)Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court by Chuck Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of all I'll say I LOVED Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione but if it is possible to be better than perfection Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court is even better than the first book in the Knights of Arrethtrae series!
These books are truly a work of art. All for the glory of the Prince.
This book will speak to your heart on a much deeper level than just another "good, clean book".
I found my heart crying out along with Bentley's when he says, "I want to know You my Prince. I want to follow You, no matter what the cost. My heart is Yours, my life is Yours, my sword is Yours.
Whatever happens my Prince, please don't be a stranger to me".
Thank God for authors like Chuck Black who do not write to merely entertain but also to bring light into dark places.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione ~ Chuck Black

Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione (The Knights of Arrethtrae, #1)Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione by Chuck Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione is definitely a book to be treasured!
When I first opened the cover and read the reviews of children 10 and 11 years old, raving about the Knights of Arrethrae I was a little put off. I mean, what I enjoyed reading at 10 years old is almost irrelevant to what I read now at 19. But I have to say this book is a rarity, truly a once in a lifetime kind of book.
I couldn't put it down! My faith was challenged and I became more aware of my own impulsiveness and and foolishness. I was startled by the reality and consequences of rebellion. I felt overwhelmed by the realization that so many will not repent and become a Knight of the Prince.
This book has inspired me to keep the "Promise and the Charge" that the Prince left to those who love and follow Him.
I highly recommend and encourage anyone from 10-100 to read this book. Not only to read it but also to study it and learn from it.

Be inspired by the Knights of Arrethrae!

"Their stand was strong and their courage sure, for the power of the Prince inflamed their hearts."

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Ezekiel Option ~ Joel C. Rosenberg

The Ezekiel OptionThe Ezekiel Option by Joel C. Rosenberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by Joel C Rosenberg. I do wish I had taken the time to read The Last Jihad and The Last Days as they are a continuing story.
First of all I have to say I thought this was going to be another Left Behind story, or more accurately an apocalyptic adventure novel. I was actually very pleasantly surprised.
I could not believe how understandable and exciting he made such a complex prophecy as is found in Ezekiel! I learned SO much about Biblical prophecies and also an extraordinary new understanding of the End Times!! I have to say I'm quite impressed!!
The ending of this book is simply put, POWERFUL! You will get cold chills reading about the the power of God so soon to be revealed to the world!
I would highly recommend this book!! I'm a fan!!

  Joel C. Rosenberg

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Fortress of Mist - Sigmund Brouwer

Fortress of Mist (Merlin's Immortals, #2)Fortress of Mist by Sigmund Brouwer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The recently conquered kingdom of Magnus is desperately coveted by the Druids and the dark powers of the symbol and Thomas, the new king of Magnus knows they will not stop until the Kingdom of Magnus is under Druid control once again.
Able to withstand siege for 10 years, the walls of Magnus seem impenetrable from the outside but inside it is but a fortress of mist, nothing is as it seems. The very walls are spies and people once thought dead are now visiting the living. The people are demanding answers and Thomas has none.
Who can he trust? What is real and what is merely an illusion?
For a Young Adult book the book this is an extraordinarily written story. The only reason I only give it 4 stars is because there was really nothing new or fresh but there was still enough action to keep you reading.
I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. It would be a great book for young teens.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

So Shines the Night - Tracy L. Higley

So Shines the NightSo Shines the Night by Tracy L. Higley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Daria has been running from evil for as long as she can remember but it seems to pursue her everywhere she runs. Then she meets Lucas, a man haunted by a dark and mysterious past. Daria is determined to help him but finds that she to is facing dark and oppressive spirits as well. Then she meets a man named Paul who claims there is a power higher than all the gods she fears and more powerful than  the evil that haunts her every step. But with people being possessed by strange powers and sorcerers watching her every move she doesn't know who she can trust or what she should believe.
If I had to describe this book in one word it would be.. BEAUTIFUL! The cover is beautiful, the story is beautiful, and the message is beautiful!
This is the first book I have read by Tracy L. Higley but it most certainly won't be the last!
I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone! On a scale of 1 to 10 this book is a 12!!!!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Clouds by Robin Jones Gunn

Clouds (Glenbrooke, #5)Clouds by Robin Jones Gunn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shelly and Jonathan were best friends as long as they can remember. It seems like fate has put them together since childhood. But when Jonathan proposes Shelly doesn't want to commit yet, she wants to chase her dreams for a little while before settling down.Jonathan feels crushed and betrayed and they part ways. Eventually Shelly realizes her ideas and dreams weren't as fulfilling as they seemed from the distance.
Years later she meets Jonathan by freak accident and tries desperately to start over where they left off but has it been too long? Are those feelings even really there anymore?
I actually really liked this book, which surprised me a little bit because the last book I read by Robin Jones Gunn I thought was a little too childishly romantic. This story was actually quiet heartwarming! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
This is definitely a great book for YA readers! The Biblical perspective on love and dating is really straightforward and to the point!

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Cast of Stones ~ Patrick W. Carr

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, #1)A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer-*This book is so extraordinary I'm afraid my review will fall embarrassingly short in it's description.*
Young Errol Stone is little more than a drunk doing anything to earn an extra crown for ale until one day a mysterious messenger sends him with a letter that nearly ends in his assassination.
King Rodran is dying and their is no heir to the throne. It will be up to the Readers to reveal the next king but they are disappearing at an alarming rate! Errol sets out for the capital, Erinon, with his friends Martin and Luis, a priest and a Reader, and Liam, the perceived future king.
However it is Errol that is being hunted by unknown assassins and otherworldly beasts. But why?
Their enemies obviously know something they don't!
I absolutely cannot believe this is Patrick W. Carr's first book!! If you like fantasy, medieval, or even historical fiction, you will LOVE this book! I can't recommend A Cast of Stones enough!!!!
In my opinion Patrick Carr has all the potential of J.R.R Tolkien!!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Though Mountains Fall~ Dale Cramer

Though Mountains FallThough Mountains Fall by Dale Cramer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Caleb Bender is determined that God has led their small Amish community to Paradise Valley Mexico but it seems that everywhere they turn they are faced with more loss and heartache.
When bandits begin to threaten their community they plead with the haciendado to send for soldiers to protect their families. However they soon learn that a uniform does not change the hearts of evil men.
Facing persecution, the death of two sons, and the shunning of his daughter Miriam, Caleb believes that he has failed not only his family but God as well.
This book honestly surprised me. I wasn't expecting such an emotional ending after a rather slow start.
I learned so much from Caleb's daughter Emma! Lessons of forgiveness, doing whats right even when most people think your wrong, and love that reaches beyond the laws and traditions of men.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

God of the Stars - Amy Carmichael


I am the God of the stars.
They do not lose their way;
Not one do I mislay.
Their times are in My hand;
They move at My command.

I am the God of the stars,              
Today, as yesterday,             
The God of thee and thine,             
Less thine they are than Mine;          
And shall Mine go astray?         

I am the God of the stars.            
Lift up thine eyes and see            
As far as mortal may            
Into Eternity;          
And stay thy heart on Me.           

~ Amy Carmichael          

"He telleth the number of the stars; He knoweth them all by their names.
Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite. ~ Psalms 147:4-5

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wedded to War ~ By Jocelyn Green

Wedded to War (Heroines Behind the Line, #1)Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wedded to War follows the lives of four very different people, caught in the middle of the Civil War.
Charlotte is determined to make a difference in a man's work as a battlefield nurse. Dr. Caleb Lansing is a surgeon who has loved Charlotte since childhood but when he suddenly disappeared after her father's death they became nothing more than "old friends". Phineas Hastings, Charlotte's suitor is a man of dark secrets and dual personalities who is running from his poverty infested past. Ruby O'Flannery is an Irish immigrant living in the Five-Point slum of New York City. When her husband joins the Union army she must do what she can to survive,but the consequences and guilt are more than she can take, all she wants is a second chance. But her "second chance" comes with scandal and blackmail.
I don't want to reveal too much about the plot but it was AMAZING!!!
This is historical fiction at its best! It was gritty, believable, and extremely informative and insightful!
The research that was obviously put into this novel is immaculate! If you like historical fiction you HAVE to read this book!!!!!
I will be anxiously awaiting more historical fiction form Jocelyn Green!

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

An Angel by Her Side ~ Ruth Reid

An Angel by Her SideAn Angel by Her Side by Ruth Reid

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At 29 years old, Katie Bender has never been married but at least her job as "teetshah" keeps her from feeling like an old maid. But all that is changed when a tornado takes away her school and job, suddenly Katie feels alone and unneeded.
Then she meets Seth Stutzman who is just visiting long enough to help his brother in-law Amos get resettled after the passing of his wife.
Both Katie and Seth begin to fall in love but they both hold secrets from their past. Will the let pride and pretense keep them from the future that God has planned for them? Or will the learn from their new and mysterious friend, an angel named Elias who is on a mission from God to save both of their hearts, if they will just let go of the past and have faith in their future.
Seth and Katie both learn that when God takes everything away from you it's only because He's got something so much bigger and so much more perfect!
I am not usually a fan of Amish fiction. I'll admit I wasn't exactly enthusiastic about reading this book but about halfway through I was intrigued!
I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed this book! A lot can be learned about forgiveness, prayer, love, and helping others.
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Friday, February 1, 2013

Echoes ~ By Robin Jones Gunn

Echoes (Glenbrooke #3)Echoes by Robin Jones Gunn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Lauren has an unusual amount of bad luck, but just as things seem to be looking up her fiance leaves her for a better job in New York.
When her brother Brad hears about his sisters plight he shows up with a computer in hopes of cheering her up. While teaching her how to use a chat room he randomly introduces her to a complete stranger who goes by K.C.
Through their online correspondence she learns that, like herself K.C is a fellow "God lover" and a fan of her heroes Robert and Elizabeth Browning. After a year of corresponding via email, they both decide it's time they meet each other in person. But Lauren fears that she will be heartbroken and abandoned once again and cannot face "the other half of her heart".
If I had to describe this book with one word it would be.... LAME!
The story plot may have had potential but the book itself was seriously cheesy! 
First of all, the romance was way too unbelievable, I mean who's first kiss really happens like this??

" 'How say you?' he whispered the familiar Browning line. 'Let us, O my dove, Let us be unashamed of soul, as earth lies bare to heaven above! How is it under our control, to love or not to love?' Before the last word was out of his mouth, his lips had met hers in a lingering kiss that was full of love."

Second of all, the story moved so fast it felt like she contacted him a few times and they instantly
knew they were soul mates! Also there was almost no side stories and Laurens everyday life became quite boring after awhile! "She went grocery shopping", "she needed to finish this paper for school", " she stopped at the garage sale and brought a new book".... and on.... and on...
Needles to say I personally was not impressed!

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

While Mortals Sleep ~ Jack Cavanaugh

While Mortals SleepWhile Mortals Sleep by Jack Cavanaugh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's 1940 and Germany is finally coming out of it's depression. With the rise of the der Führer an electrifying patriotism ignites the German people.
Young Pastor Josef Schumacher can't help but being impressed with what he is hearing from the charismatic Führer. But when he is challenged by a friend to watch them and "know them by their fruits", he knows what he is seeing is not right.
As he watches the young men of his church being transformed by the Hitler Youth Movement and the members of his congregation letting their fears change their believes, he knows he cannot just hide and hope it will all disappear.
However his father inlaw and mentor Reverend Olbricht begs him to lay low for the sake of his wife and unborn child. His wife Mady, like her father does not understand why he would endanger all of their lives for a "movement".
Through unimaginable treachery, unexpected protectors, and horrific confessions Josef holds to the words of Martin Luther's Hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God".

"A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper, He amid the flood
Of mortal life prevailing."

I have read a lot of WWII christian fiction books and I have to say I'm most impressed with this one!
Throughout the whole books I was inspired, disgusted, and surprised by the characters. Some were people of unbelievable courage, others were conscienceless,some uncommitted, and most cowards of the highest degree.
This book is a must read for any fan of WWII fiction!!!!   

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Air We Breathe ~ Christa Parrish

The Air We BreatheThe Air We Breathe by Christa Parrish

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Their family had been a typical family living the American dream. But a weekend shopping trip with her father turns into a nightmare for 11 year old Hannah, when her father is killed in a bank robbery and she is kidnapped by her fathers murderers who can't risk losing her because she is a witness. She is mistreated and abused and only by a miracle does she escape, but her life is in shambles, she's always afraid they will find her and always blames herself for her daddy's death.
There is only one person that Hannah trust enough to talk to but her mom is jealous and distrustful of this stranger and eventually she and Hannah disappear without a trace, both fearing for their very lives.
I found this book hard to review, it is so deep, so sad, and so real!
I was emotionally exhausted by the time this book was over. I felt like I knew these people, feared for them everyday, prayed for them, and lost them.
The ending was so sweet and hopeful, like a rainbow after a terrible storm, so subtle yet so full of promise!
Read "The Air We Breather", I don't think you will regret it. This is THE best book I have read in quite awhile!

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Friday, January 11, 2013

The Witness ~ Josh Mcdowell

The WitnessThe Witness by Josh McDowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marwan Accad is the owner of a private security business. Danger and mystery are a way of life for him, but when he is hired by Rafeeq Ramsey, one of the richest men in Egypt to find his kidnapped wife, what looks like an open and close case takes a dramatic twist when he finds a piece of evidence that incriminates some of the most respected and powerful men in Europe.
Rafeeq Ramsey is gunned down by sniper fire only seconds after he is shown this evidence and Marwan Accad is in their cross hairs.
Accused of murder he did not commit and tracked by murderers that no one suspects he seeks refuge in Cairo where he finds true love for the first time in his life.
The only reason I id not give this book 5stars is some of the parts were a little bit unbelievable. Also while it was a great story it was a little lacking in plot. There was pretty much a "good guy verses bad guy" story with no true side plots or unsuspected revelations.
I would recommend this book, it's a fast action story that really does hold your interest but it's not as complex as I had personally hoped.   

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