Book Review: Awaken


Awaken

90 Days with the God who Speaks
by Priscilla Shirer

B&H Publishing Group (B&H Books, Holman Bibles, B&H Español, and B&H Kids)

B&H Books
Christian

Pub Date 15 Aug 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Awaken through B&H Publishing Group and Netgalley:

This book has ninety days of devotions, not merely for enjoyment a devotional allows us to go deeper in faith, and hopefully to look inwardly.  

Awaken encourages the reader to grow deeper in faith, to Awaken that childlike faith.  This ninety day Devotional has questions and Journaling excercise after each devotion to allow you to dig deeper.

I give Awaken five out of five stars.

Happy Reading.

Book Review:Misdirect


Misdirect

A Novel of Spies, the Sahara, and Searching for God
by Beverly Nault

BooksGoSocial

Christian , General Fiction (Adult)

Pub Date 13 Jun 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Misdirect through Netgalley and BooksGoSocial:

C.IA. opperativr Eve Parker has been confined to desk duty after a mission failure as well as being left to pick up the pieces of her personal life.  But when her daughter’s fiancé is taken, she finds herself in the Middle East once again, trying to save her future son in law.  

Will Eve Parker be able to thwart the biggest attack on the United States since 9’11?

Find out in Misdirect, five out of five stars.

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Book Review: The Promise of Dawn


The Promise of Dawn

by Lauraine Snelling

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers
Christian

Pub Date 01 Aug 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of The Promise of Dawn through Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers:

From beloved Christian author Lauraine Snelling comes a new immigrant series called Under Northern Skies.

In 1909 Signe, her husband Rune and their three boys leave Norway and immigrate to the United States coming to Ellis Island before settling in Minnesota but they go to stay with but Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard working them to the bone to pay back the cost of their voyage.  

When Bjorn one of Signe and Rune’s son’s were injured while working on the farm.  Bjorn temporarily looses his hearing.  There uncle refuses to let the boys go to school. They soon see that even Aunt Gird fears Einar’s temper.

Signe soon sees that Gird is not so hard, but her husband refuses to let them build even stairs although he knows Signe is pregnant and she soon discovers it was Gird who took care of all of the animals before she fell sick.

It is Aunt Gird who helps to save Signe’s life after she falls and goes into labor.

Will they ever get what’s promised to them, or will Uncle Einar continue to make them work like slaves for nothing?  Find out In The Promise of Dawn.

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: All in All Journaling Devotional


All in All Journaling Devotional

Loving God Wherever You Are
by Sophie Hudson

B&H Publishing Group (B&H Books, Holman Bibles, B&H Español, and B&H Kids)

B&H Kids
Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 01 Aug 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of The All and All Journaling Devotional through Netgalley and B&H Publishing Group:

If you are in search of a good choice for teens or young women.  The author writes this devotional with both wisdom and wit.  There are a hundred devotions followed by questions and a reminder to write down prayers.  

This book would be a great gift for the young women or teenage girl in your life working to grow in faith.

Five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Unearthed Memories:


Unearthed Memories

by Emi Sisk

Emi Sisk
Poetry , Romance

Pub Date 13 May 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Unearthed Memories through Emi Sisk and Netgalley:

Poetry is one of the harder genres to Review as poetry at it’s best is personal and full of individual emotions:

I must say I was rather impressed that this was the poets first published collection of poetry.  The feeling in each poem was conveyed well and there wasn’t a lot of flower imagery which can sometimes take away from the message being conveyed.  The poems themselves were well written.

I give Unearthed Memories four out of five stars.

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Book Review: Best Beast


Best Beast

by Teena Raffa-Mulligan, Jess Smart Smiley

Xist Publishing
Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 01 Jan 2017 | Archive Date 01 Aug 2017
I am reviewing a copy of Best Beast through Netgalley and Xist Publishing:

This brief book is a great read for young girls.  The illustrations are cute and would likely be eye appealing to a Seven to nine year old, perhaps a little older if you have a reluctant reader on your hands.

A young girl wishes she could have a pet, in order to win a vacation by entering it into a pet show but her parents remind her they have no extra money to care for a pet!  When a fairy Mother gives her a rock and tells her to draw a face on it so it comes to life, when she does she get’ more than she bargained.

This cute little book gets four out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Writing Desk


The Writing Desk

by Rachel Hauck

Thomas Nelson–FICTION

Zondervan
Christian

Pub Date 11 Jul 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of The Writing Desk through Thomas Nelson Fiction-Zondervan and Netgalley:

Tenley Roth had a runaway best seller as her first book and now her second book is due and she finds herself afraid, worrying that everyone will think she is a fraud. As the pressure from her publisher mounts she finds herself stuck in writers block.

Roth’s Great-Great Grandfather and her Father had both written their first books on the desk she now sat at.  Her father was supposed to be their mentoring her but he had died unexpectedly at sixty-two.

Will Tenley be able to finish her new novel, and will she find out about herself and her great grandfather in the process?

Find out in The Writing Desk.

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: To Look A Nazi in the Eye

To Look a Nazi in the Eye
A Teen’s Account of a War Criminal Trial

by Kathy Kacer, Jordana Lebowitz

Second Story Press

Teens & YA

Pub Date 12 Sep 2017

I am reviewing a copy of To Look A Nazi in the Eye through Second Story Press and Netgalley:

In April 2015 Oskar Groening the man accused of aiding and abetting in the murder of only 30,000 Jews in Aushwitz/Birkneau.  Nineteen year old Jordana Lebotowitz a Granddaughter of Holocaust survivors decides to attend the trial.

In 2012 Jordana had took of a tour of Aushwitz/Birkenau where she learned that the workers had intentionally hung an upside down B, so those who entered new it was not what it seemed to be.

At ninety four Oskar Groening will likely be one of the last Nazi War Criminals brought to Justice.

Groening was born in 1921 in Lower Saxony, in 1933 he joined the Hitler Youth!

On April.21.2015 Jordana arrived at the trial on the bus with Holocaust Survivors and those called to testify against the Nazi’s.  While at the trial she meets Rudolph Hoess and who is trying to spend his life undoing the damage his Grandfather and other Nazi’s have done.  Sadly she also meets those who try to deny the Holocaust!

Can you imagine being the Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors brave enough to attend the trial of Nazi War Criminal Oskar Groening?
This is Jordana Lebowitz story, a brave young woman who would not let fear stop her.
On April.21.2015 the trial of Oskar Lebowitz began by then he was a frail old man of ninety four and would likely be one of the last Nazi’s to stand trial.
Could you hear the story of those who survived the Holocaust, the absolute crushing pain?Would you find that kind of courage to look one of the one responsible in the eye? 
I give To Look A Nazi in the eye five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!

Author Interview With Hannah Buchin Author of Paintbrush

Have you gone on any literary pilgrimages?
            One of the first book series I ever read was the Little House on the Prairie Series. I visited the Laura Ingalls Wilder birthplace in Wisconsin when I was in high school and it was amazing – it felt like stepping right into the books. It looked exactly how I imagined it would.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
         Depends on the day! On good days I can sit down and the words just flow – I can do a couple thousand words without even looking at the clock. I always feel energized on those days. On other days I sit down to write and nothing comes to me, which is frustrating and exhausting. But I’m happy to say that I have way more energizing days than exhausting days!

· Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
         Definitely. Sometimes it happens after I read a really good book – I’ll be so swept up in the story that I can’t imagine reading anything else. It never lasts for long, though – reading is too addicting! 

· Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
         I did for a while, especially since my last name is so hard to pronounce (it’s Butch-in, by the way!). But then I decided that I felt too close to my work to separate my name from it (if that makes sense).

· What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
         I’d say every fancy coffee drink I’ve ever bought. Coffee shops are where I do the vast majority of my writing – I’m not sure what it is about them, but it’s the best environment for me to actually be productive. Plus, caffeine is always a good thing!

· What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
         It’s a cliché answer, but the Harry Potter books were the first to teach me that language had power. Before I started that series, I didn’t know how books could completely transport you to a different world. All throughout elementary school I was convinced I was going to get a letter to Hogwarts – JK Rowling’s writing was that good!

· How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
         I’m a terrible unfinisher! I have two half-finished books and one half-finished screenplay, and I’m (slowly) working on finishing all three.
 
· What does literary success look like to you?
         To me, literary success is being able to resonate with even one person. My favorite reviews are the ones where readers talk about how Paintbrush related to their lives. That’s why I write! And that’s how I measure my success.

Book Review:Today God Wants You to Know… You Are Beautiful


Today God Wants You to Know…You Are Beautiful

by Valorie Quesenberry

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books
Christian

Pub Date 01 Aug 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Today God Wants You to Know…You are Beautiful through Barbour Publishing and Netgalley:

This book reminds us that we are beautiful by design.  We are reminded that we are designed to radiate beauty from the core.  It is pointed out too that he knows the number of hairs on our head.

We are reminded too that every woman has her secrets.  This book goes on to show us the importance of prayer. The book goes on to remind us that we can find beauty even in the midst of pain.

I give Today God Wants You to Know…You are Beautiful five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!