Book Review: The Fellowship of the Suffering

The Fellowship of the Suffering

How Hardship Shapes Us for Ministry and Mission

by Paul Borthwick and Dave Ripper

InterVarsity Press

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 15 May 2018

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This book reminds us that following Jesus does not mean that we will not have pain, because we will. It comes with following Christ, we may face struggles, hardships because we walk with Christ or we experience suffering because we live in a fallen world. Either way we as Christians follow in the footsteps of our suffering Savior and participate in his suffering.

The good news is suffering is not the whole story, we are shown how personal pain allows us to minister to a hurting world. Paul Borthwick and Dave Ripper openly share their own struggles in this book.

I give The Fellowship of The Suffering five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Return

The Return

Reflections on Loving God Back

by Lacey Sturm

Baker Books

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 22 May 2018

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We can easily find ourselves going through Autopilot, moving from one thing to another, hardly taking the time to consider what it is all for. Why did God make us? What are we called to do with the time we have been given? How do we find these answers out?

Christian rocker Lacey Strum shares what it is to learn the beautiful struggle of discovering our unique God given gifts and pursuing them with our whole hearts. In this book she shows us that each day we are given is a gift from God and we discover that there is a balance in our busy lives as well as showing us the joy of giving God’s gifts back to him by using them to glorify him.

Strum reminds us that no one has our exact gifts, our exact perspective, our exact views, and that if we let him God can use that all to his Glory!

I give The Return five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Caught By Surprise

Caught by Surprise

by Jen Turano

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers


Pub Date 31 Jul 2018

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Temperance Flowerdew is headed to work when she is grabbed off the street by a stranger. The stranger then sends her off on a Chicago Bound train before she can make sense of any of it.

Mr Gilbert Cavendish is then called to rescue a woman who was sent on a Chicago bound train. He follows the trail only to discover it is his good friend Miss Temperance Flowerdew. Before they are able to discover who is behind the abduction, they are seen alone together by a New York Society Matron, which puts their reputation at risk.

Gilbert is willing to propose marriage to Temperance but she wants none of it because she finally has Independence and won’t let that go. Except now the misunderstanding in Chicago has come to New York and her vary life may be in danger? Can accepting Gilbert’s proposal save her life and give her more than she ever dreamed?

I give Caught By Surprise five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Ancient Nine

The Ancient Nine

A Novel

by Ian Smith, M.D.

St. Martin’s Press

General Fiction (Adult)

Pub Date 18 Sep 2018

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Spencer Collins is not your likely Harvard prospect, although he is smart and funny, he’s also strapped for cash, but he’s determined to succeed so he calls his Mom for help!Dalton Winthrop is just the most recent of a string of privileged men with money in Cambridge! He has the ease that comes with belonging.

Despite their differences Spencer and Dalton find enough in common to become friends. Spenser is ready to join the Delphic Club, one of the most exclusive all male final club that goes back to the nineteenth century. The Delpic had titans of industry as well as the Hollywood elite joining as well as heads of the states even power brokers among its members!

Dalton knows firsthand that the Delphic just doesn’t open membership to anyone! He knows this because his great uncle is one of the oldest living members, so he grew up with stories on club rituals, so why is his great Uncle so secretive about the Ancient Nine, a group of alums who are not known but who holds the power over the club, what they say goes. These men who are hidden in the shadows hold the oldest and darkest secrets of Delphic, including what happened to the student who snuck into the clubs large brick mansion in 1927 and was never seem again.

Dalton leads Spenser deeper and deeper into the recesses of the club to try to make sense of everything. But with each piece of information they realize they are in more and more dangers themselves.

I give The Ancient Nine five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife

Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife

The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway

by Katherine West Scheil

Cambridge University Press

Biographies & Memoirs , Nonfiction (Adult)

Pub Date 24 Sep 2018

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For four hundred plus years Anne Hathaway has held interest both globally and temporally. She continues to be reinterpreted and reshaped.

Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife examines descriptions of Hathaway from the earliest eighteenth century , to modern portrayals in theatre as well as biographies and novels.

I give Shakespeare’s Wife five out of five stars!

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Book Review: My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas

My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas

Madeline’s Search

by Kathleen Y’Barbo

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books

Christian , Romance

Pub Date 01 Jul 2018

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Jonah Cahill is a Pinkerton Agent who is hired by a mysterious widow to find her granddaughter. The girl is rumored to be living in Galveston Texas. Despite the fact that Jonah would prefer to travel alone, Mrs Smith insists on going with him to help find her Granddaughter. Madeline Latour is an investigative reporter who has been working for Mrs Smith as her assistant for several months and she refuses to let anyone even a Pinkerton Agent to ruin the story of a lifetime for her! As the investigation gets more intense and more dangerous Jonah and Madeline Latour form a truce, an uneasy truce.

Could there be a bigger story behind the missing girl? A story that could change everything?

I give My Heart Belongs to Galveston Texas, five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Patriot Bride

The Patriot Bride

Daughters of the Mayflower – book 4

by Kimberley Woodhouse

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books

Christian , Romance

Pub Date 01 Aug 2018

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In this book we meet Faith Jackson, a wealthy widow as well as a friend of George Washington. She is also a great supporter of the Patriot cause.

We also meet Matthew Weber a man whose friends with both Ben Franklin as well as his son William. Ben and William differ in their Political views, which allows Matthew to privy on both sides.

When a message needs to be sent to a Loyalist it is Faith who bravely steps up, and in doing so she meets Matthew Weber, which allows her to believe she could love again. Someone else has his eyes on Faith the Faith she shows those in elite social circles.

What will Matthew and Faith end up sacrificing for the sake of their fledgling country?

Find out in The Patriot Bride!

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Dollar Kids

The Dollar Kids

by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Candlewick Press


Children’s Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 07 Aug 2018

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Lowen Grover is a twelve year old who happens to be a budding Comic Book artist. Lowen is still in shock over the fact that his friend Abe was shot and killed! When Lowen stumbles across an article that tells of a former mill town offering houses for only a dollar he can’t help but think it’s to good to be true but if it’s true it just may be the escape Lowen needs away from Flintock and the horrible memories it holds.

Fortunately his family is willing to give it a try, but is this all to good to be true? They soon discover the homes are in extremely poor condition and the locals do not really welcome them.

Will the Dollar home be the answer to the Grover’s troubles or will it just add to them?

I give The Dollar Kids five out of five stars!

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Book Review: In the Name of the Children

In the Name of the Children

An FBI Agent’s Relentless Pursuit of the Nation’s Worst Predators

by Jeffrey L. Rinek; Marilee Strong

BenBella Books

Biographies & Memoirs , True Crime

Pub Date 17 Jul 2018

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This book gives us an unflinching look at what its like to fight a never ending battle against the one who terrorize children, the predators who lurk among us wanting to hurt children.

Retired FBI agent Jeff Rinek worked many investigations, hundreds involving children everything from stranger abductions to serial homicide as well as ritualized sexual abuse. Like all who find themselves doing this kind of work Jeff Rinek was required to plumb the depths human depravity he was forced to see things no one wants to see. The job is both the most brutual as well as the most important job in Law Enforcement, Rinek had a great success rate in solving these cases.

Most famously he is known for getting Cary Stayner to confess to killing the four women and girls in the Yosemite Park Murders. This was made more extraordinary by the fact that the FBI nearly pinned the murders on the wrong suspects.

This book is both painful to read and powerful it speaks of one mans quest to bring the victims of monsters the justice they deserve.

I give In the Name of Children five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Drink Me

Drink Me!

Curious Cocktails From Wonderland

by Nick Perry

Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point

Rock Point

Cooking, Food & Wine , Literary Fiction

Pub Date 18 Sep 2018

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Included in this book are twenty cocktails inspired by Alice and Wonderland! This unique book includes illustrations and cocktails with such names as off with her head, The Golden Afternoon, White Rabbit and many more.

Although I am not a drinker I found this book of recipes to be both fun and unique!

I give Drink Me four out of five stars!

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