Book Review: The Night of His Birth


The Night of His Birth
by Katherine Paterson

Flyaway Books

Children’s Fiction , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 17 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Night if His Birth through Flyaway Books and Netgalley:

This children’s book tells the story of Jesus birth in this beautifully written and illustrated book, I would definitely recommend this one to the children in your life.

Mary has just given birth to Jesus and she cannot contain her joy. While Joseph is sleeping she examines Jesus, his eyes, his tiny fingers, his hands, marveling in the fact that she gave birth to a son that was not her own, but was God’s gift to mankind, God’s own child.

The poetic text by Newberry award winning author Katherine Patterson and stunning illustrations done by Lisa Aisato shows us the intimacy of that long ago night when the mother of Jesus was the first to welcome him into a world he would change forever.

I give The Night of His Birth five out of five Stars!

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Book Review: Dark Ambitions


Dark Ambitions
by Irene Hannon


Pub Date 01 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Dark Ambitions through Revell and Netgalley:

Rick Jordan a former Army Night Stalker usually has the camp for Foster Children to himself during the winter months, but not this time. Someone unwelcomed has visited the camp lately leaving a trail of blood.

There are two clues left behind and one of those clues that was left behind tips off the identity of his visitor, but the person he believes it is soon turns up dead. The police say it is an accident but Rick is not convinced. He enlists the help of private investigator Heather Shields, and together they work on deciphering the remaining clue. The only problem is someone does not want them to succeed and will stop at nothing to prevent them from discovering the meaning of the final clue.

If you like good clean, suspense novel, with a lot of intrigue you will love Dark Ambitions!

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Pretty One


The Pretty One
On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me

by Keah Brown

Atria Books

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 06 Aug 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Pretty One through Atria Books and Netgalley:

In this collection of Essays we discover that though Keah Brown loves herself now that was not always the case. She was born with Cerebral Palsy and at one time her greatest wishes were to be normal and to have a refuge from the steady stream of self hate that society had strengthened inside of her.

In this book Brown gives a relatable and contemporary voice to those with disabilities reminding us that portraying those with disabilities as weak, mute and isolated is wrong, that disabilities come in many forms.

In this Book Brown is able to smash stigmas, empower communities and celebrate herself!

I give The Pretty One five out of five stars!

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Book Review: On the Road With Saint Augustine


On the Road with Saint Augustine
A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts

by James K. A. Smith

Baker Academic & Brazos Press

Brazos Press

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 01 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of On the Road With Saint Augustine through Baker Academic & Brazos Press and Netgalley:

This is not a book about Saint Augustine but what it is in a way is a book that Augustine wrote for each of us.

This book Following Smith’s Successful You Are What You Love shows us how Augustine can be a Spiritual Guide to us in the complicated world we live in. Augustine, says Smith, is the patron saint of restless hearts–a guide who has been there, asked our questions, and knows our frustrations and failed pursuits. Augustine spent a lifetime searching for his heart’s true home and having done so he can help us find our way. “What makes Augustine a guide worth considering,” says Smith, “is that he knows where home is, where rest can be found, what peace feels like, even if it is sometimes ephemeral and elusive along the way.” Addressing believers and skeptics alike, this book shows how Augustine’s timeless wisdom speaks to the worries and struggles of contemporary life, covering topics such as ambition, sex, friendship, freedom, parenthood, and death. As Smith vividly and colorfully brings Augustine to life for 21st-century readers, he also offers a fresh articulation of Christianity that speaks to our deepest hungers, fears, and hopes.

If you are looking for a book that will help you to grow in faith and to find your way, then On the Road With Saint Augustine five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Always Look Twice


Always Look Twice
by Elizabeth Goddard



Pub Date 01 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Always Look Twice through Revell and Netgalley:

Following the advice of her therapist, Homicide survivor Harper Reynolds traded in her career as a crime scene reporter opting for a more peaceful life, she decided to take pictures of the natural beauty surrounding her. Her hopes to have a life surrounded by the serenity of the outdoors are dashed when she inadvertently captures a murder being committed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She flees the scene in fear and ends up losing the camera.

Heath Mckade is a former Green Beret who now is a reserve Deputy in the overstuffed county and he has been called to protect Harper, a childhood friend he is surprised to learn is back in the area. When Harper learns that the sheriff’s department can’t find evidence of the murder she witnessed, she is determined to do what she can to see that justice is done. What neither Harper nor Heath could know is how many explosive secrets from the past will be exposed–or how deeply they will fall for each other.

If you are looking for a page turner that will make you want to devour the story on one setting then Always Look Twice is just the book for you.

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Transforming Your Thought Life


Transforming Your Thought Life
Christian Meditation in Focus

by Sarah Geringer

Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers

Leafwood Publishers

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 01 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Transforming Your Thought Life through Leafwood Publishers and Netgalley:

This book reminds us that Meditation is not foreign to Christianity. We are reminded the importance of meditating on the kind of life God wants us to live. It is pointed out too that Christian Meditation helps you to have answers prepared in advance for evangelistic opportunities.

We are reminded too that transformation is a fight. The importance of meditating on God’s word is stressed.

The importance of meditating on God’s Word, and not allowing Anxious or Negative thoughts to take over.

We are encouraged too not to let thoughts of criticism of ourselves or others to take over our time of Meditation. We are warned too about the difference between harmful criticism and constructive criticism.

Transforming Your Thought Life reminds us of the importance of dealing with impure thoughts and part of that is to admit we all have them because we are human, and prone to sin. We are encouraged too not to linger where we may find those impure thoughts. Instead we are encouraged to pursue Holiness.

I give Transforming Your Life five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Women’s Ministry With Purpose


Women’s Ministry with Purpose
A Vibrant, Gospel-Centered Approach

by Gena B. McCown

Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers

Leafwood Publishers

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 10 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Women’s Ministry With A Purpose through Leafwood Publishers and Netgalley:

This book reminds us that in order to have a women’s ministry there first must be leaders in place. We are reminded too that a leader is called into leadership by God. We are reminded too that the gift of Leadership is not to elevate ones self.

The role of women’s ministry is vastly different now than it had been in the past.

We are reminded too that Women’s Ministry is first and foremost under the authority of God and serves as a representative of their home church to the body of the community. It is pointed out too that women’s ministry is Church Ministry.

We are reminded too the importance of the Christian education of women in the ministry.

The book goes on to remind us that women’s ministry is like a bridge used to connect us. The importance of communication and leadership.

I give Women’s Ministry With a Purpose five out of five stars!

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Book Review: One Final Breath


One Final Breath
by Lynn H. Blackburn



Pub Date 03 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of One Final Breath through Revell and Netgalley:

Investigator Gabriel Chavez has his cover blown by an aggressive reporter, there was a silver lining though, he was able to join the dive team, the downside though was the fact that the dive team captain was Anissa Bell, a woman who both fascinates and frustrates him.

Anissa grew up as a missionary kid on the Micronesian island of Yap always planning to return after college. But she remained stateside, determined to solve the case that haunts her, her best friends Murder and the disappearance of a three-year-old child.

Anissa’s fractured past and Gabe’s investigation in the shooting death of a teenage boy. Anissa and Gabe will have to
put their complicated history with each other aside in order to uncover the identity of a killer. What they’ll discover is that revenge has no statute of limitations.

I give One Final Breath five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Lake Season


Lake Season
by Denise Hunter

Thomas Nelson–FICTION

Thomas Nelson

Christian , Romance

Pub Date 12 Nov 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Lake Season through Thomas Nelson and Netgalley:

This summer at the Bluebell Inn a lost letter, a new love and old secrets call out.

Molly Bennett and her siblings find themselves having to pull together fulfill their parents’ dream: turning their historic Bluebell, North Carolina home back into an inn after the unexpected loss of their parents to a tragic accident. This would be a temporary situation, three years at the most and then the siblings could get back to chasing their own dreams.

Adam Bradford who is also
Known as Nathaniel Quinn a reclusive Novelist who is battling writers block. Desperate for inspiration as his deadline approaches, he travels to the setting of his next book, a North Carolina lake town. There he immediately meets his muse, a young innkeeper who fancies herself in love with his alter ego.

Molly and Adam become instant friends. When Molly finds a long-lost letter in the walls of her inn she embarks on a mission with Adam to find the star-crossed lovers and bring them the closure they deserve. But Adam is full of his own secrets. Past and present collide as truths are revealed, and Molly and Adam will have to decide if love is worth trusting.

I give Lake Lesson five out of five stars!

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Book Review: To the Lions


To the Lions
A Novel

by Holly Watt



Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 03 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of To the Lions from Penguin Group/Dutton and Netgalley:

Casey Benedict is a star reporter for the Post and she has infiltrated the lives of abd exposes the lies of countless politicians as well as power players! She used her network of contacts too slip into various identities for various situations, Casey is always ready to find the next big story no matter how dangerous.

Casey becomes tipped off by an unheard conversation at an exclusive night club
and begins to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy young British man whose death has left his fiancée and family devastated. The young man’s death is only the start of a far more dangerous scandal that involves some of the world’s most powerful leaders and magnates, men who are gathering in northern Africa for an extreme and secret hunt. With another reporter Miranda and combat veteran Ed by her side, Casey’s determined the hunt for the truth will take her from the glitz of St. Tropez to the deserts of Libya and on to the very darkest corners of the human mind.

I do not recommend To the Lions to anyone under the age of sixteen due to the overuse of profanity. I give To the Lions three out of five stars!

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