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!

I received this book for an honest review from Bethany house publishers!

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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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