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Book Review: Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

Wreath of Snow

This is a great book for this Christmas season. It’s gets you in the mood for the holidays. It is a story with many layers and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I normally am not into historical fiction, but this one was great. I enjoyed all of the characters, surprises, twists, and character change in the book.

If you enjoy the Victorian era or just want a good Christmas read, you will like this book.

Thank you Multnomah for giving me this book to review.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Review: 90 Days Thru the Bible

90 Days Thru Bible

It’s taken me a while to get this book review up, but that’s because I couldn’t read through the Bible in 90 days. I’ve been going for almost two years now, and I’m up to Haggai. Even though it has taken me a while, it has been a rewarding experience. I’ve read books and passages I’ve always skipped over and am able to see the flow of God’s story more clearly. I am days away from the New Testament. It will be exciting to see the culmination of the OT prophecies in Jesus and how he shows how God’s grace works through the example of his life.

I’ve enjoyed reading passages from 90 Days Thru the Bible at the end of each book of the Bible. It has given me insight into what some of the books mean in the big picture of God’s story and some things to think about in my life as well.

Very well written by a knowledgeable author. Thank you Tyndale for giving me this book and allowing me to review it.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Book Review: The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner

The Girl in the Glass

This may just be the best book I’ve read this year. And I’ve already checked out two more of her books from the library.

Susan Meissner is an incredible writer. Her characters have depth. The story isn’t predictable. The setting of Florence comes alive. From the first page, I knew I was reading the work of a great writer and the entire book was a joy to read.

I loved the main character and the real life struggles she faced–being disappointed by people around her, not knowing if she can trust her own feelings, and trying to make everyone in her life happy. Through all of this, Meg is also overwhelmed by the beauty of Florence and the breathtaking artwork that came out of the Italian Renaissance. Every aspect of the story comes together beautifully.

I will be reading every book by Susan Meissner that I can get my hands on. Someday, I also hope to sit in one of her writing classes. For now I’ll learn all I can from her works.

This is a five-star book easily. A+!

Thank you Water Brook for giving me this copy to review.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Fiction Reviews

 

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Book Review: Need You Now by Beth Wiseman

Need You Now

This is a book that really encompasses character change. The main character, Darlene, started out as someone I couldn’t relate to. She was completely blind to her family’s problems and seemed to be purposefully naive to her kids’ struggles in particular. She allowed friends of the opposite gender in her teenaged boy’s room alone, let other friends in her kids’ room to spend time with them alone before she got to know them, and just hoped they weren’t doing anything they shouldn’t. Yikes! Talk about Pollyanna!

I related much better to one of the secondary characters, Layla. She was Darlene’s gritty neighbor who ran her own ranch. But she was on the bitter side of life, and Darlene was able to help her with it. And thankfully after a few life circumstances and the help of Layla, Darlene started to wise up herself. The author brought some great character change to Darlene and took her from naive mom to a mom with a little spunk, who would do anything to help her kids.

I’m glad I hung in there with Darlene to see her eyes open and her spirit change. Every female protagonist needs a little spunk to keep things interesting!

Great read! It covered many issues that teens are facing today and issues that parents are facing as well.

Thank you to the publisher for giving me this book to review.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Fiction Reviews

 

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Book Review: To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal

What an extraordinary story! I enjoyed reading about the miraculous events in Mary’s life and what God taught her through them. And more than what God taught her – how he transformed her.

These events in Mary’s life, including seeing heaven and coming back to earth, prepared her for the work she still needed to do on earth and also prepared her for other things she would go through.

There were some doctrinal issues in the book that I disagree with, but for the most part, I was encouraged by Mary and what she has to say in the book. It certainly helped me to remember that miraculous events still happen and that they are all around us. We will see them if we just open our eyes and look.

Great book! Four stars from me.

Thank you to the publisher for giving me this copy to review.

 

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Book Review: Named by God by Kasey Van Norman

I really enjoyed this book. Kasey is amazingly open and honest. She tells her story of finding God and finding forgiveness. But also speaks of terrible judgmental attitudes of those around her–people she used to call friends.

Kasey is encouraging to anyone who has sin in their lives (which would be every human living today) and illustrates beautifully how God fully forgives and uses our weakness for his purpose.

Book description: In many ways, Kasey Van Norman has suffered more heartbreak than one woman can bear. Growing up, she endured her parents’ divorce, date rape, and years of addiction to sex, cutting, and eating disorders. As an adult, Kasey has endured a painful miscarriage; the heartbreak (and restoration) of infidelity; a cancer diagnosis; rejection by her friends, church, and community; and her mother’s death from cancer. But at the end of this twisting path of sorrow, Kasey walked out of the wilderness and into a place of God’s merciful and miraculous healing and redemption. In Named by God, Kasey shares her story of God’s infinite grace and compassion so that others might learn from her experience as they encounter a depth of Jesus like never before!

Thank you to the publisher for providing this copy for review.

 

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Book Review: The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

wedding dress, rachel hauckIt took me a very long time to read this book (between entertaining my 4-year-old and getting my own work done), but I’m glad I kept at it.

For the most part, I really liked the book. I enjoyed the modern day story. The historical part of the book (which I didn’t realize was going to be a storyline before I started reading it) took me a little longer to get into, but it’s just because I prefer modern stories over historical ones. It all ended up being really good though.

The story of the life of the wedding dress was great. What I didn’t like was that it seemed to have powers. That didn’t work for me. And I’m not sure what to think of the guy in purple who seemed to span a hundred years and not change. I’m thinking he was supposed to represent God. If that’s the case, I’m a little uncomfortable with that as well. I don’t think God should be portrayed as a weirdo with bad fashion sense.

Other than those two things, I thought the book was a good read. The character of Charlotte was great (although her name and the historical character’s name got accidentally switched a couple of times in the book). I would give the book 3.5 stars. The things that keep it from being a 5 for me are the two things mentioned in the above paragraph and the ending was a little hokey, and unrealistic. But I have a feeling, the author wasn’t going for realistic in this book. It lies a little more on the fantastic side of things.

Thank you to the publisher for providing this ebook for review.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Fiction Reviews

 

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