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Book Review: Mercy Come Morning by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Mercy come morning, lisa tawn bergren, lisa t. bergren, New mexico fiction, taos fiction, new mexico novel, taos novel, letting go, alzheimers story, christian romance

This book was previously published as Christmas Every Morning in 2002, so if you’ve read that book, you’ll want to pass on this one.

But if you haven’t, you must read this one. I am always in awe when an author can get deep down with the characters so the reader can truly relate on a heart level. The book was almost like a therapy session on letting go and focusing on the positive. What a great message!

The setting was also interesting to me – Taos, New Mexico. It was fun reading about the traditions and character of the small town. With all of the dancing and celebrating that was inherent to the area, the place felt like another character in the story.

One thing I noticed that was confusing – on page 14 it mentioned late spring snow, but it was December. But the rest of the book was great. There was an air of joy even in the midst of losing a loved one. The main character grew through difficult circumstances to make changes where she needed to in order to become more healthy and focus on healthy relationships.

Thank you Waterbrook Press for giving me this eBook for review.

Highly recommended!

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in Fiction Reviews

 

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Book Review: Your 100 Day Prayer by John I. Snyder

Your 100 Day Prayer, John I. Snyder, John Snyder, book review, devotional for crisis, devotional for crises, devotionalThis book has been a great help for me. It is really speaking to the circumstances we are going through. The daily devotional and prayer has helped me keep my thoughts and emotions focused on what God is doing through everything that is going on in our life.

Your 100 Day Prayer is good for anyone who is going through a transition or a difficult time. It will help you to know how to pray and grow in faith and trust in God as you are journeying through tough life realities.

The book focuses on growing closer to God through difficulties instead of just getting through them. Seeing your current situation through eyes of faith instead of feeling abandoned. Knowing that God is in control of everything and has a purpose for what you are going through. Thriving spiritually in tough times instead of sinking into despair.

I’ve been reading it daily and keeping a prayer journal based on the prayer for each day, and I’ve really been gaining encouragement from it. The doctrine is solid and agrees with Scripture. It is well-written, and I would highly recommend it – and even go so far as to say that it is a must for people who are going through rough waters. I would put this in the same category as Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It really turns your thinking around and can be highly influential on your spiritual life if you let it sink in to your heart. Great book!

Thank you Thomas Nelson for sending me this ebook for review.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2011 in Devotional Book Reviews

 

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Book Review: Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich

find our way home, charlene ann baumbich, ballet novel, ballet fictionI read the previous book in this series (Divine Appointments), so I was excited when I saw this one. It was nice to get a glimpse into a professional dancer’s life and what happens when they are hurt and have to leave the profession. I loved the characters and the differences in their personalities. Sasha (the dancer) is small and quiet; Evelyn is tall and loud, but they compliment each other nicely.

I have to say I liked the previous book better. I think the characters and story were more real somehow. But this was a nice read. It covered depression, bad relationships, stubbornness, and a lot of other things that we all go through. The author did a great job of showing how God can get us to change the way we see things. The book did tend to have a little superstition in it. I would have liked to see more Holy Spirit as opposed to a snow globe with powers. But there were aspects of God in the book. Evelyn brought God’s grace to light when Sasha really needed it.

For the most part, the book is well-written and enjoyable to read. Thank you Ms. Baumbich for another great book in this series.

Thank you to Water Brook Press for sending me this copy to review.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Fiction Reviews

 

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Book Review: Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin

Wrapped in Rain, Charles Martin, Alabama, Jacksonville florida, clopton, resolving anger, forgiving, forgivenessI read this as an ebook on my phone. It’s very different reading a book this way, but it wasn’t bad. This was my first ebook, and it was a lot better than I was expecting. Of course, I did miss the feel of the book, turning pages, and knowing how far I’ve gotten in the book without having to tap a few buttons.

As for the book itself, it was a good look at how anger and hatred can build in someone over a lifetime and how God can help someone let go and live a healthy life. There were some odd scenes in the book that really weren’t needed – like the gas station attendant, the weird customer scene at Clark’s, and a few others I won’t mention. But, apart from those scenes, I really liked the rest of the book. I enjoyed how we are taken back in time to really understand why Tucker and Mutt are the way they are and why they do certain things.

I loved the character of Miss Ella. She did seem to be a little too perfect, but since she is deceased, it might be appropriate. Sometimes when we have lost someone, we make them into these perfect people that no one else will ever live up to. Miss Ella’s voice in Tucker’s head seemed to be his own conscience, and what lived in his conscience is everything that she taught him. Makes me want to be more like her.

This is a good book. It is full of inner turmoil and is driven by relationships. Just the kind I love! Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2011 in Fiction Reviews

 

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Book Review: Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper

Shadows on the sand, gayle roper, new jersey, mystery, suspense novel

Many years ago, I read a lot of Gayle Roper’s book. They are always fun and lively with a great message. I love Gayle’s wit. She is a funny and intelligent writer. Great combination.

This book is not only full of this witty charm, Gayle also uses social networking in her book to advance the story. It is full of facebook users and tweeters. They get in the way, trying to see everything that happens so they can post about it. They help with some situations. They add even more humor. And they make the book very relevant to today.

I thought what was also intriguing about the story is that the murderer’s point of view is sprinkled throughout the book, keeping the character’s identity a mystery. This aspect of the book made me try to figure out who it was and added to the suspense.

Gayle is a very humorous writer, but she’s not afraid of delving into some complicated inner issues. She gets right in the thick of it in this book, dealing with some heartbreaking realities. It was nicely and realistically done. I appreciate a deep character who is going through some rough stuff and seeing them change.

A couple of things were slightly disappointing. One being the cliche of a character saying “I’ll never love again.” But thankfully, it was a small part of the story and the rest of the story was highly intriguing. The other disappointment was the use of miraculously jumping to the right conclusion to help solve the mystery without much thinking or clues involved. This only happened one or two times in the book. Other than those two little things in the book, I absolutely loved it. Loved the characters. Loved the storyline. Loved the location. Loved the book!

This is a good one! I give it 5 stars!

Thank you Multnomah for sending this book to me for review.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Fiction Reviews

 

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Book Review: Composing Amelia by Alison Strobel

Composing Amelia, Alison Strobel, Los Angeles, Nebraska, book review

After reading Composing Amelia, I have a great respect for Alison Strobel as a writer. This book is crafted with quality and heart. The story is amazing, and the writing is amazing. If I could ever be half the writer Alison is, I’d be incredibly happy.

Composing Amelia really starts to get good in Chapter 3. I could relate with both main characters and could understand why they are at odds with the direction their life is taking. Amelia wants to go one direction, and her husband, Marcus, wants to go in the other. And I could see both of their viewpoints and empathize.

The struggles that Amelia and Marcus face in the book really speak to the insecurities everyone experiences about themselves as well as the desire to control life instead of letting God have his way. It beautifully illustrates how God can change the desires of someone’s heart and give them joy in something they had never even given a thought to. This storyline is like none I’ve read before. It is so refreshing.

Composing Amelia is well written and goes deeply into the character’s hearts and minds. It is a picture of God bringing his dearly loved children back to himself as only he can do.

Great book! Read it! Seriously!

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Fiction Reviews

 

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Book Review: Sunrise on the Battery by Beth Webb Hart

Sunrise on the battery, beth webb hart, south carolina, charleston

This book made me want to live in Charleston, SC. What a beautiful area.

I also really enjoyed the story. It illustrated the power of the gospel and how it can completely transform a person. In this book, it affected a whole family – in good ways and in difficult ways.

Beth Webb Hart beautifully played out the complexities of wanting to know Christ, but having a spouse who absolutely does not. I love how the main character’s feelings changed from night and day when some of her priorities were interrupted. She was gung-ho about Christianity one day, and the next day it completely ruined her life. These are real-life issues and it is written with quality. Thank you, Beth, for showing the difficult side of blessing.

I do feel the gospel could have been spelled out a little more, but I know the characters understood it. Overall, this is a great book that will challenge your idea of what life is all about.

Thank you Thomas Nelson for sending me this copy for review.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Fiction Reviews

 

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Book Review: The Runner’s Devotional by Niesluchowski and Veerman

Runners Devotional, Niesluchowski, veerman, book on running

This book is really great for me. I am a beginner runner, and it gives a lot of good advice. I really enjoyed the stories of how people became involved in running and what their inspiration was. There are quite a few passages that are written in first person though that don’t say who wrote them. Other than that, I very much like this book.

Each chapter touches on a different subject that has to do with running, gives questions to think about, other people’s experiences, journal space, and running log. It is very practical for those who want to learn more about running, but also those who want to get closer to God and grow in Christ through running.

Very well written by a father/daughter duo. I highly recommend it. Very inspirational.

Thank you Tyndale for sending me this copy to review.

 

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Book Review: The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven by Kevin and Alex Malarky

the boy who came back from heaven, alex malarky, book review, kevin malarky, books about heaven, book about heaven, boy who went to heavenWhat a story! Alex has lived miracle after miracle, and it was just amazing to read about. It was also heartbreaking. I can’t imagine the horror Alex’s parents went through after a car accident that left him in a coma for two months. It is a difficult road that God has the Malarky’s on, but in the difficulty, God is still blessing and showing Himself faithful.

I’m glad Alex and his dad wrote this book. God is really using Alex’s story to boost other people’s faith. This is a book you should not miss. It’s amazing!

 
 

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Book Review: Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Forgotten God, Francis Chan, Holy Spirit, book reviewYou will always be challenged by Francis Chan. Forgotten God, in some ways, is very basic, but in other ways Francis brings a fresh energy to the church as a whole and a challenge to get back to doing things as the Holy Spirit leads.

I loved the book. Francis has a humility about him that I believe God uses to speak to others. When you read his books or watch his videos, you get the sense that there is less of Francis Chan and more of the Holy Spirit shining through him.

This book will refresh your understand of the Holy Spirit or help you learn how the Holy Spirit does His work in your heart if you are new to the concept. For me, it reinforced what I’ve been learning from the Holy Spirit recently and how He has been growing my faith and confidence in God’s plans for our lives.