Book Review: True Feelings

True Feelings

God’s Gracious and Glorious Purpose for Our Emotions

by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre


 Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 31 Oct 2017

I am reviewing a copy of True Feelings Through Crossway and Netgalley:

This book shows us that emotions can be confusing. The book points out too that at times feelings can be so unpleasant we would rather not have them and often Facebook can make it worse.

This book points out that because Christ restores are emotions, they can work the way he meant for them to work, together in harmony with our other faculties.

We are reminded too that emotions can help define who we are, and that they can move us into action when necessary.

This book tells us too that there are a time that good feelings can be bad, like when an enemy falls we should not rejoice.  The author reminds us too that even when we are hormonal we can glorify Christ.

The author stresses the importantce Of making sure our beliefs and values line up with God’s Word.

The author encourages us too not to vent but to pour our emotions out to God.

I give True Feelings Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Long Before Luther

Long Before Luther

Tracing the Heart of the Gospel From Christ to the Reformation
by Nathan Busenitz

Moody Publishers


Pub Date 03 Oct 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Long Before Luther Through Moody Publishers and Netgalley:

This book deals with a question Evangelical Christians have been asking for a long time, where was the gospel before the Reformation.  Due to this fact many Catholics allege that the Reformations understanding of the Bible was not around before the sixteenth century, but this book tells of the Heart of Gospel from the time of Christ to the Reformation.

The Bible Itself tells us we are saved by our Faith in Christ, not by works.

It is well known that Reformers Like Martin Luther and John Calvin looked up to men like Saint  Augustine.  

Ambrose the famous preacher in Milan Italy who lived from 337-397 preached of Salvation by faith, not by works.

The reformers looked to Augustine (354-430) more than any other Father for the justification of Salvation by faith not works.

In the late Middle Ages Bernard of Clairvaux also preached of Salvation by faith not works.  

I found Long Before Luther to be informative and educational.

Five out of five stars.

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Book Review:Dickens and Christmas

Dickens and Christmas

by Lucinda Hawksley

Pen & Sword

Pen and Sword History

Pub Date 30 Oct 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Dickens and Christmas through Pen and Sword and Netgalley:

In 1812 at Christmas Frances (known as Fanny) was two and Charles was only ten months.  John and Elizabeth Dickens young family lived in the town of Portsmouth located on the south coast of England. John Dickens was a clerk at the Navy’s Payroll office.  An ironic job for a man who had a terrible time controlling his own finances.  The Christmas of 1812 was a difficult time for many.

For many centuries Christmas was not celebrated the way it became celebrated during the Victorian era.

By the time Charles first Christmas came around, the winter of 1813-14 went down as one of London’s coldest winters in memory.  

Charles was one of eight children, two who died in infancy.

In 1836 Dickens met John Forster who would later become his first biographer, The Life Of Charles Dickens was published 1872-1874.

In 1823 Charles was spending much of his time running errands for his parents and visiting his disabled uncle Thomas Barrow (His Mother’s Brother) whose leg had been amputated after a bad break.

In 1827 when John was fifteen and Fanny seventeen John Dickens was arrested again, though not imprisoned.

On April.02.1936 Charles and Catherine were married. There first child was conceived on their honeymoon and on January.06.1937 Charles Culliford Boz Dickens was born.

Dickens also paid particular attention to injustices such as Child Labor in factories in England.  He believed too in the importance of educating working men and women.  

During Christmas of 1843 Charles Dickens gave friends advanced copies of A Christmas Carol, a book that in many ways would become iconic.

Like his Father Charles Dickens would suffer with financial difficulties.  After Catherine gave birth to their fifth child, they would go into debt due to medical expenses.  

I found Dickens at Christmas to both be entertaining and educational.

Five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Mr Maniac

Mr. Maniac

by Johan Fundin

Troubador Publishing Limited

Horror , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 28 Jun 2017
I am reviewing a copy of Mr. Maniac through Troubador Publishing Limited/Matador and Netgalley:

A horror/suspense novelist finds himself getting lost in the grey zone, somewhere between fiction and reality.

Female students at a University in Northern England are being murdered.  Kenneth Sorin a chemical physics doctor as well as a horror suspense novelist starts his own murder investigation.

Strange phone calls, that reveal clues in his bed, phone calls from a lady that had died in bed.  Soon the clues lead him to a world of science and mysticism, which included a meeting with a professor in Paris, and he starts to see strange elements in his own writings.  He also met the Swedish Girl one of the victims who were murdered, once a year before she was murdered and once the day of her murder.

I give Mr.Maniac fourbout of five stars.

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Book Review: Violette Szabo

Violette Szabo

The Life That I Have
  by Susan Ottaway

Thistle Publishing
Biographies & Memoirs , History

Pub Date 05 Sep 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Violette Szabo: The Life That I Have Through Thistle Publishing and Netgalley:

Violette Reine Elizabeth was born on June.26.1921, it is believed that she was born at a British Hospital in Paris.

In 1935 at the age of only fourteen Violette Bushell left school.  In 1944 she was a beautiful widow and the Mother of a young daughter when she undertook two secret missions in France as a Special Operations Executive.  Shortly after D-Day a few days into her second mission she was arrested and sent to Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. She was executed at the beginning of 1945.

I give this book five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Infamous Ratso’s are not Afraid

The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid

by by Kara LaReau; illustrated by Matt Myers

Candlewick Press

Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 12 Sep 2017

I am reviewing a copy of The Infamous Ratso’s are not Afraid through Candlewick Press and Netgalley:

This is the story of Louie and Ralphie Ratso, they have a great idea they are going to take all the junk lying around and use the lot that is cleared out down the street to build a makeshift carnival which they are going to call Big City Funtime Arcade.  All the kids say the house next to the lot is haunted but the Ratso’s are to Afraid.

But Ralphie has been distracted by the rumors in the school.  Everyone says Ralphie likes Stinky as a girlfriend.  But Stinky is just a mean nickname and he decides to start calling her by her real name Millicent.

This book would be great for early chapter readers either boys or girls as the story is entertaining and it has a good message.

I give The Infamous Ratso’s are not Afraid five out of five stars!

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Book Review: My Brigadista Year

My Brigadista Year

by Katherine Paterson

Candlewick Press

Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 10 Oct 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of My Brigadista Year through Candelewick Press and Netgalley:

In March of 1961 Lora is thirteen years old.  Lora has barely been outside of Havanna and she now says she wants to join Premier Castro’s army of young literacy teachers.  Her Mother screeches and her Father roars like a lion when they learn of this.  Just months before one of the literary workers had been killed so her parents fear for her safety.

Lora leaves the safety of her home with electricity for a cabin without such luxuries in order to teach others and be part of this volunteer literacy army.  For a short time they live in camps then they are sent to live with host families, families without electricity, running water or indoor plumbing.

Lora stays in a two room shack with a family of three young children ages 6,5 and 3.  Her new surroundings are frightening at first, especially at night.  She learns that some of the men do not like the idea of being taught by young women, but the women and girls seemed more opened, she had to work to gain trust though.

Lora soon realizes that as a Brigadista she faces real danger from Bandito’s.

This is a story of a young girl who even against her parents wishes but with her abuela’s support at thirteen joined Premier Castro’s Literacy Army and travels to a part of Cuba she knows little about, but sets out determined to make a difference.

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Drawing Closer to Christ

Drawing Closer to Christ

A Self-Guided Icon Retreat
by Joseph Malham

Ave Maria Press

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 20 Oct 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Drawing Closer to Christ through Ave Maria Press and Netgalley:

In this book the author tells us icons are not only beautiful works of art, but they are also sacred windows into an unseen world.  In this book it also includes lessons for paintings.  The book is broken into days.

The author goes on to point out that while God in his essence can never be managed in shape or form.  The author points out too that for over 1500 years Christians have used icons to help them Meditate and pray.

I give Drawing Closer to Christ four out of five stars.

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Book Review: Something Beautiful Happened

Something Beautiful Happened

A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil
by Yvette Manessis Corporon

Howard Books

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 12 Sep 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Something Beautiful Happened through Howard Books and Netgalley:

Seven decades after her Grandmother helped hide a Jewish Family on a Greek island during the Second World War a woman sets out to track their descendants.  1,795 Jewish peoplecweee transported to Corfu and of those only 121 survived. In October of 1944 British Soldiers arrived and freed the Island of German Occupation.  But even the end of the Jewishoccupation did not mean it was safe for the Jews returning home.  The once vibrant community was reduced to ash.

Yvette and her family wrestled with the tragedy in their own eyes, the stories of Holocaust survivors helped them to make sense of the present.

This book brings the past and present together in interweaving storylines.  It reminds us of the power of Faith, the importance of kindness, and the courage and the courage to stand up for what’s right in the face of evil.

I give Something Beautiful Happenened five out of five stars.

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Book Review: The Templars

The Templars
The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors
by Dan Jones



Pub Date 19 Sep 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of The Templars through Penguin Group Viking and Netgalley:

In Jerusalem in the year 1119 a small group of knights after the first crusade set up a new order in hopes of finding a new purpose.  This small group became the first Knights of the Templar and were a band of elite warriors were prepared to give their lives to protect Christian Pilgrims of the Holy Land for the next two hundred years.

The author points out that Christian Pilgrims had been visiting Jerusalem since at least the fourth century.

At the time of the Templars violence between the Christian, the Jewish and the Muslims was commonplace.

We learn too that the Knights of the Temple were founded between January 14 and September 13 of 1120.

The Templars were in part body guards and part Paupers.

We learn too that in the 1130’s and 1140’s the Templars flooded into Spain.  

In 1147 a time of violence was upon them once again, this became known as the second crusade.  The Templars had invested a great deal in the second crusade.  They had marched Louis VII through Asia Minor and propped his crusade up through enormous loans.

In the winter of 1149-1150 Gaza began to stir.

This groundbreaking Narrative History by the author of The Plangenets tells the true story of The Templars for the first time in a generation.  This book tells us about how The Templars established the Medieval World’s first global bank and how they threatened war to anyone who went against their interest.

By 1307 bogged down by a faltering war in the Middle East, the Templars fell foul of the king of France.  On October 13 hundreds of brothers were arrested imprisoned, tortured and disbanded amid accusations of lurid sexual acts and heresy.  They were tried by the Vatican, but many question whether they were really herectics.  

I give The Templars five out of five stars.

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