Book Review: Saint Juniperp Sierra’s Camino


Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino

A Pilgrimage Guide to the California Missions
by Stephen J. Binz

Franciscan Media

Servant
Christian

Pub Date 10 Feb 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing s copy of Saint Junipero Sierra’s Camino through the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

California has for a long time been known for its twenty one missions, the Sunday Service inside these missions rotate from English to Spanish and sometimes includes Vietnamese, Haitian and Portuguese.

Miguel Jose Sera was born in the city of Petra off the Eastern Coast of Spain in 1713, in his youth he was educated by the Franciscan’s in his youth, he decided to pursue a career in service to the church.  

The Original Saint Junipero was a thirteenth century Franciscan brother, and a companion to Saint Francis of Assisi.

Fray Junipero Sera was ordained priest in 1737 and would receive his doctorate in 1742 where he would be appointed chair in Theology at the prestigious Pontifical, Imperial, Royal, and Literary University of Mallorca, best known as the Llullian University.  But the longing of his heart was to become an apostolitic missionary.

Padre Sera is considered the “Father of California”. In 1783 the Father made a final pilgrimage to California, by late Summer 1784 the frail Father was dying.

 Christianity was officially implanted in California on July,16, 1769 when the soldiers raised the cross and Father Sera blessed it.  Amongst the earliest converts were the Native Americans.

Saint Junipero Sierra’s Camino offers a pilgrimage along with a concise yet detailed history of California’s twenty one missions.

Five out of five Stars

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Book Review: Building Benjamin


Building Benjamin

Naomi’s Journey
by Barbara M. Britton

Pelican Book Group

 You Are Auto-Approved

White Rose Publishing
Romance, Christian

Pub Date 01 Feb 2017 

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This book takes us back to Biblical times where we are introduced to Naomi,who strives to dance well enough to catch the eye of a wealthy landowner.

Naomi is kidnapped from a festival and held hostage.

Her captor is a man named Eliab, a troubled Shepard who is desperate for a wife, but despite circumstances Naomi soon finds herself seeing the good in this man, and finds comfort in his strong faith in God.

Soon that faith is tested when their city is attacked, and homes are burnt to the ground.

I give Building Benjamin five out of five stars.

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Book Review: The Scarlet Coat


The Scarlet Coat

by Angela K. Couch

Pelican Book Group

 You Are Auto-Approved

White Rose Publishing
Romance, Christian

Pub Date 01 Feb 2017 

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We are taken back to the Revolutionary War, where we are introduced to Rachel, while riding her house, Rachel finds the street littered with bodies, one of those bodies her Father, but her brother survives.

Soon Rachel finds herself taken in a severely wounded British Soldier, despite the fact that he is the enemy.

Her brother must leave, and leaves her with the wounded, unconscious British Soldier, with the instructions to shoot him if he wakes up.

Rachel believes that despite the fact  The British Officer is an enemy, he deserves a chance at life, so despite her fears, and the danger she could put herself in she helps him live.

The British Soldier has no memory of who he is or the things he has done.  But in time the memories begin to return.

Will something more than a forbidden friendship develop between Rachel and Andrew?  

I give The Scarlet Coat five out of five stars.

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Book Review: To the Farthest Shores


To the Farthest Shores

by Elizabeth Camden

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers
Christian

Pub Date 28 Feb 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of To The Farthest Shores through the Publisher and Netgalley:

In this book we are introduced Jenny Bennet its 1898 in San Francisco when the book opens up.

Six years later in the Summer of 1904, Jenny is a Civillian nurse, when Ryan Gallangher comes back into Jenny’s life.

Jenny was recently assigned to the Convalescent ward for amputees.  Will Jenny be able to forgive Ryan Gallagher?  

When Ryan faints, Jenny tries to catch him.  With no doctor in town, soon Jenny discovers that it was accidental cyanamide poison that nearly killed Ryan, from a bad batch of Brandy, but Ryan does not seem to concerned.  But Jenny believes someone tampered with the Brandy and poisoned it.

Will Jenny realize that Ryan is only withholding information from her to protect her feelings?  Will she be able to forgive him?

Did someone try to poison Ryan, or was it truly accidental?

Find out in To the Distant Shore

Five out of five stars.

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Book Review:  Youth in Flames


Youth in Flames

A Teenager’s Resistance and Her Fight for Survival in the Warsaw Ghetto
by Aliza Vitis-Shomron

Concierge Marketing Inc.

Tell the Story Publishing
History, Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 17 Aug 2015 

I was given a copy of Youth in Flames through the publisher and Netgalley:

 She was born Liza Melamed.  The diary/Memoir begins just months after she was liberated from the Nazi’s.  Born in 1928 she spent five and a half years of her life in war.  On April.13 1945 her and her Mother and younger sister were liberated from Bergen-Belsen, having been separated from her Father they looked for his name on the survivors list to no avail.

In the fall of 1940 things were different for Jews, that Summer she had turned twelve, but there would be no celebration.

Aliza was born in Warsaw Poland, they made their living from a small haberdashery store they had in a large market, and a soda factory with a store next to it.   When she was only six she lost her Mother.  She goes too talk about life in the Warsaw Ghetto, the overcrowding, filth and disease the horrific conditions they were forced.  She talks about the kidnappings of some of the youth in The Warsaw Ghetto.  Schools and clubs were closed.  In 1941 a Typhus epidimeic took hold in the Ghetto.

Starvation and death were common place in The Warsaw Ghetto.

Youth in Flames is a story of great loss, but it is also a story of survival against all odds.

I give Youth in Flames five out of five stars.

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Book Review: An Unseen Angel


An Unseen Angel

A Mother’s Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing after Sandy Hook
by Alissa Parker

Shadow Mountain Publishing

Ensign Peak
Christian

Pub Date 04 Apr 2017 | Archive Date 14 Apr 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Unseen Angel through the publisher and Netgalley:

In December of 2012 Alissa Parker’s life was forever changed, on December.14.2012 her six year old daughter Emilie was brutally murdered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Emilie was born on May.12.2006, and was a confident little girl.  She loved to draw, often going through an entire notebook in a day.  She talks about the morning of December,14 and how her daughter crawled in bed with her, for what would be her last time.

This is the story of a Mothers unimaginable loss, and how she found the strength to move on.

I give An Unseen Angel five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Dumpster Dicing


Dumpster Dicing

by Julie B. Cosgrove

Prism Book Group

 You Are Auto-Approved
Mystery & Thrillers, Christian

Pub Date 13 May 2016 

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We are introduced to Janie and Betsy Ann in Dumpster Dicing.  They are on a Tuesday Morning Stroll when they spot a leg with an Orthopedic shoe sticking out of the sanitation truck.

Soon Betsy Ann and her Bunco Biddies are canvassing the neighborhood trying to figure out what happened.

Who is the victim?  Why was he murdered?  

If you are a fan of Christian Cozies you will love Dumpster Dicing.

Five out of five stars.

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Book Review:  Tightropes and Teeter Totters


Tightropes and Teeter-Totters

Finding Balance in the Ups and Downs of Life
by Lisa Pennington

David C Cook

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David C. Cook
Self-Help, Christian

Pub Date 01 Feb 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Tightropes and Teeter-Totters through the publisher and Netgalley:

This book reminds us that in life we will face falls, that sometimes we will feel like we ere on a teeter-totter, but we are reminded that Grace comes in when we are finding ways to recover.  We are reminded too that that it is not about finding a formula that works for everyone.

Women are reminded of the importance of not only taking the time to care for our families, but also making sure we take the time to care for ourselves as well.

We are reminded too of the importance of keeping marriages alive.  We are reminded too that we all have our gifts.

I give Tightrope and Teeter-Totters five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Girl Rising


Girl Rising

Changing the World One Girl at a Time
by Tanya Lee Stone;

Random House Children’s

Wendy Lamb Books
Nonfiction (Adult), Teens & YA

Pub Date 14 Feb 2017 | Archive Date 14 Feb 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Girl Rising through the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

This book reminds us that while it is easy for us to notice our own place in this world it is important that we become aware of more than our own place, it’s important that we become aware of the world beyond our little section of the world.

We are reminded of Malala and the way she stood up against the Taliban for destroying the girls school when she was only ten years old.  In October of 2012 the Taliban boarded her school bus and shot her in the head.  We are reminded too that there are thousands of girls like Malala fighting for education, and survival.

This book points out that while educating boys is equally as important as educating girls, there are many places where girls face discrimation simply because they are girls.

We are reminded too that though Slavery is not legal anymore it continues to happen around the Globe.  A sad statistics is that thirty three percent of all victims of slavery are children.

Rani was a victim of darkness when she was eight her parents sold her to a stranger at eight as a servant.  When she was ten years old she was sold again, this time she was forced to work as a prostitute for five long years.

Wendjie lives in Haiti, and is an only child, in 2010 she lost both of her parents in an earthquake.  In Haiti some children are given to work with other people as unpaid servants.

In Southwestern Nepal where the Tharp people live girls and sometimes boys are often forced into bonded labor.

In some parts of the world Child Marriage is a real issue.  In Afghanistan, Egypt and Kenya, and Ethiopia girls are often forced into marriage.

We are reminded too that in over fifty countries free education does not exist, and that in some places girls can be targeted for violence simply for going to school.  Poverty is also an issue for many girls.

I give Girl Rising Five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Fear Fighting

Fear Fighting

Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears

by Kelly Balarie

Baker Bookst

Christian
Pub Date 03 Jan 2017


I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Fear Fighting through the publisher and Netgalley:

This book reminds us that fear is a normal part of life that even Christians endure, but as Christians we do not need to live in a constant state of fear.

The issue of Control is also brought up. As well as the issues of People pleasing.

I give Fear Fighting five out of five stars.  

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