Book Review: The End of Hunger

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The End of Hunger
Renewed Hope for Feeding the World

by Edited by Jenny Eaton Dyer and Cathleen Falsani

InterVarsity Press

IVP Books

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 22 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The End of Hunger through Intervarsity Press and Netgalley:

Since 1990, our generation and our nation has led the world in halving the number of people who live in extreme poverty around the world. We did this in spite of the population growth during this period of time. Cutting extreme poverty in half has alai cut extreme hunger in half. This is not only historic it is also epic.

In this book we learn that The End of Hunger will come when everyone on the planet has an adequate income as well as access to healthful foods and living in a safe environment that allows for healthful food production.

This book points out too that the Bible underlines God’s special concern for the poor in a minimum of four ways: God acts in
to lift up the poor and oppressed. God identifies with the poor. God casts down rich people who oppress or neglect the poor. And people with resources who fail to share God’s concern for the poor are not really God’s people at all.

We are commanded by Jesus to feed all of God’s Children but is that possible, twenty five years ago 23.3 percent is the world’s population lived in hunger but today the number has dropped to 12.9 percent giving rise to the renewed hope that what once seemed unthinkable is now within reach. The challenges are great, but the fight to eliminate malnutrition and hunger is one we can wi

I found The End of Hunger to be an eye opening and well researched book and is therefore worthy of five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Ghoster

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Ghoster

by Jason Arnopp

Orbit Books

Orbit

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 22 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Ghoster through Orbit Books and Netgalley:

Kate Collins has been Ghosted. She was supposed to move in with her new Boyfriend Scott, but he disappeared with all of his belongings except for his smart phone. Kate knows she shouldn’t hack into Scott’s phone, that she should look at his social media, his calls, his text messages or his Tinder, but she isn’t able to help herself.

When she starts looking into his phone the trouble starts. Strange, phone calls with someone whispering from numbers she doesn’t recognize. Unexplainable Scratch marks on the walls. And the sinking feeling that she’s being watched.
Kate refuses to leave the apartment – she’s not going anywhere until she’s discovered what happened to Scott. But the deeper she dives into Scott’s digital history the more Kate realizes just how little she really knows about the man she loves.

I cannot recommend this book to anyone under the age of sixteen due to intense language and subject matter but I find this song to be worthy of three out of five stars!

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Book Review: Like, Follow, Kill

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Like, Follow, Kill
by Carissa Ann Lynch

Harper Impulse and Killer Reads

One More Chapter

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 25 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Like, Follow, Kill through Harper Impulse and Killer Reads/One More Chapter and Netgalley:

Disclaimer due to subject matter and Language I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of Seventeen:

After the accident that killed her husband, Camilla Brown locked herself away from the world. Her only friends were the friends she had online. Camilla can follow anyone she likes in private. And Camilla likes a lot…

Camilla is obsessed with Valerie’s posts, her sickening joy for life, her horribly beautiful face. But then Camilla spots something strange in one of Valerie’s posts – a man’s face looking through her window, watching, waiting…
And then Valerie goes missing…

I found Like, Follow, Kill…Three our of five stars…

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Book Review: Revenge

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Revenge
DI Jemima Huxley Thrillers Book 1

by Gaynor Torrance

Sapere Books

Mystery & Thrillers , Women’s Fiction

Pub Date 07 Oct 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Revenge: DI Jemima Huxley Thrillers Book 1 through Sapere Books and Netgalley:

After mutilated female corpses are discovered in shallow graves located in the woodlands it quickly becomes obvious a serial killer is at large…

No one is reported missing, no apparent motive, an d no suspects leads to an investigation that is far from easy, and definitely not straightforward.

Suspicion falls on those associates with the privately owned woodlands, and soon it becomes clear there are dark, sinister secrets that they are determined to hide.

Detective Inspector Jemima Huxley is put in charge of the case. But Jemima has dark secrets of her own…

Can Jemima lay her personal demons to rest?

Or will the case threaten to overwhelm her?

Can she catch the killer, before more women end up dead?

I give Revenge five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code

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Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code
by Rebel Girls

Rebel Girls

Children’s Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 12 Nov 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code by Rebel Girls and Netgalley:

Ada Lovelace was a girl far ahead of her time. She used her incredible imagination to dream up technology that could have jump started the digital age nearly two hundred years ago. In facts she ends up writing what will become the world’s first
programming language.

When she was a child Ada was curious about everything. She becomes obsessed with animals and things that fly. She even writes her own book about them which she calls Flyology. She and her cat, Mistress Puff, geinto all sorts of trouble. According to her mother, Ada is a bit too wild and her imagination could benefit from some discipline, so she puts Ada into a rigorous syllabus of mathematics, languages, and geography.

When Ada comes out in London High Society, she gets invited to the most popular Soirée in town, it is hosted by inventor Charles Babbage, it is there that she discovers a mysterious machine which unlocks a future full of possibilities. But she can’t escape marriage forever, and soon finds herself a wife with three children. She aches to study math again, to stand on the same ground as the eccentric inventor she met so many years ago. She hires tutors to teach her absolutely everything about math and numbers, before joining Babbage in his mechanical world.

Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code is a story of the pioneer of the computer industry and a girl who was far ahead of her time

I give Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Soul of Wine

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The Soul of Wine
Savoring the Goodness of God

by Gisela H. Kreglinger

InterVarsity Press

IVP Books

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 03 Dec 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Soul of Wine through Intervarsity Press and Netgalley:

From ancient times people have believed that wine is imbued with spiritual meaning and can become a mediator between heaven and earth, evoking divine presence. The Greeks believed in the wine god Dionysius, the Romans in Bacchus, and the Etruscans in Fufluns. The Jews believe God Gabe them wine to give them glad hearts, while the Christmas Celebrate the Last Supper with bread and wine.

Wine is a wonderful, lavish gift from God, it is mysterious but in this book Gisela Kreglinger who is the daughter of a contest and a trained theologian shows us how to look at wine as a more full bodied Christian Spirituality She shows us how the soulful savoring of wine is God’s way of wooing us back into a great love affair.

We are reminded that Jesus’s first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding. During Communion we receive both bread and wine Through these gifts we experience God’s glorious and loving presence among us, feeding and nurturing us in body, soul, and spirit. Wine was never meant just for a small and elite group of well-to-do people but is for us all.

I have found that The Soul of the Wine brings forth good arguments in an understandable manner, and is well written and is therefore worthy of five out of five stars.

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Book Review: One More River to Cross

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One More River to Cross
by Jane Kirkpatrick

Revell

Christian

Pub Date 03 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of One More River to Cross through Revell and Netgalley:

The year is 1844, two years before The Donner Party the Stevens-Murphy company left Missouri to become the first wagons to come into California through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, they were mostly Irish Catholics and were going to California in search of religious freedom and educated. They had a safe journey until October when they faced a heavy snowstorm and had to face difficult decisions. This would be the first of many for young Mary Sullivan, newlywed Sarah Montgomery and the widow Ellen Murphy along with her pregnant sister in law Maolisa.

The party separates into three different directions, they each face loosing those they love and face the reality that adversity can either destroy or redefine. Two of the women and four men go overland around Lake Tahoe while three men stay to guard the heaviest wagons–and the rest of the party, which included eight women and seventeen children, huddle in a makeshift cabin at the headwaters of the Yuba River waiting for rescue or their deaths.

Will they survive this dangerous journey, and the harsh conditions? Find out in One More River to Cross five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Words Between Us

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The Words between Us
A Novel

by Erin Bartels

Revell

Christian

Pub Date 03 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Words Between Us through Revell and Netgalley:

Robin Windsor has lived most of her life under assumed name, trying to run away from who she discovered her Father was. She thought she had finally found a safe place, a Sanctuary in her rather unremarkable used bookstore just up the street from the marina in River City, Michigan. But the store is struggling and the past is never far from there.

After receiving an eerily familiar book in the mail on the morning of her Fathers scheduled execution Robin is thrown back to the long-lost summer she met Peter Flynt, the perfect boy who ruined everything. That book a first edition of The Catcher in the Rye is soon followed by other books she and Peter shared nearly twenty years ago. One book arrives in the mail each day. But why would Peter be making contact after all these years? And why does she have a sinking feeling that she’s about to be exposed all over again?

The Words Between Us shows us that the words we say, the words we read and the words we write have more power than we could imagine.

I find The Words Between Us to worthy of five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Madam C.J Walker Builds A Business

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Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business
by Rebel Girls

Rebel Girls

Children’s Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 12 Nov 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Madam C.J Walker Builds a Business through Revell Girls and Netgalley:

Sarah Breedlove who later reinvented herself and rebranded herself as Madam C.J Walker a forceful entrepreneur whose products still dominate the black hair care industry. Sarah was Ben on the same plantation her family had once been enslaved on, and she was the first child in her family to be born free. As a little girl Sarah learns the value of hard work. She cooks, she cleans, she picks cotton, she does laundry, and she babysits. At only 14 Sarah is married and when she is only eighteen she has her first child. From the stress of backbreaking labor and having to grow up so quickly, Sarah’s hair begins to fall out! Instead of falling into despair, Sarah learns how to take care of her hair and invents her own recipe to encourage her hair to grow.

Sarah has a problem at first though she cannot get people to buy her products at first so she reinvents herself as Madam C.J Walker a high-society lady with the authority to help black woman with their hair care needs. Madam C.J Walker builds a business empire and she dominates the black hair care market with her natural products, and offers opportunities for other poor washerwomen in her community to have a path to financial freedom. With her immense wealth, she treats herself too. She buys herself cars, fancy dresses, and a mansion with 34 rooms!

This story will encourage girls and women of all ages to work hard, in order to reach their dreams.

I give Madam C.J Walker Builds A Business five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Prairie Lotus

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Prairie Lotus
by Linda Sue Park

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group

Clarion Books

Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 03 Mar 2020

I am reviewing a copy of Prairie Lotus through Houghton Mifflin Harvourt Children’s Book Group/Clarion Books and Netgalley:

Hanna is a half Asian girl in the Heartland of America in the 1880’s. She’s new to town, and has to adjust to her new surroundings and with that comes to deal which means having to deal with the towns almost unanimous prejudice against Asians.

Hanna could not let the towns attitudes stop her from reaching her dreams. She is determined to get an education, to work in her Fathers dress shop. And she dreams of making one friend.

I found Prairie Lotus to be a well written, well researched middle grade novel, touched on two tough subjects, coming of age and discovering who you are, at a time when everyone judges a person by the way they look, because they are half Asian, or whatever there difference may be.

I give Prairie Lotus five out of five stars!

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