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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Book Review: A Crime in the Family

A Crime in the Family

A World War II Secret Buried in Silence–and My Search for the Truth
by Sacha Batthyany

Perseus Books, Da Capo Press

Da Capo Press
Biographies & Memoirs , History

Pub Date 10 Oct 2017

I am reviewing a copy of A Crime in the Family through Da Capo Press and Netgalley:

We are introduced to Agnes who was ninety during the prologue but was eighteen when she was deported to the concentration camp.  She survived Aushwitz .

In the Spring of 1945 on the Austrian-Hungarian not far from the front lines of the fast approaching red army Countess Margit Battyany gives a party in her mansion.  The war was almost over and the SS officers and German aristocrats drinking were well aware that they were going to loose. Later that night the Nazis at the party walked down to the village wheee 180 Jewish laborers were enslaved, they made them strip down and shot them all.  

Saccha Batthyany pens a powerful memoir about the events and the vague memories of his Aunt Margarit.  This book deals with not only the horrors of Aushwitz, but also the Chas of wartime Budapest and the brutalities of the soviet occupation.  It tells stories of corruption and cover-up partly through surviving journals of others in the author’s family.

I give A Crime in the Family five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Rhinestones on My Flip Flops

Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops

Choosing Extravagant Joy in the Midst of Everyday Mess-Ups
by Jane Jenkins Herlong



Pub Date 26 Sep 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops through FaithWords and Netgalley:

This book reminds us that just because our lives have likely been flipped, but the challenge is that we don’t become a flop.

In this book we are reminded too only take advice from people who only have our best interest at heart.  Herlong goes on to point out that confidence creates magic moments.

Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops encourages us to find laughter I’m the face of our everyday mess ups.

We are reminded too never to say never.  The author points out too that pity parties neither sparkle or shine.

Jane Jenkins Herlong is a professional Southern-Christian humorist.  Which is evident I. This book as she guides us through those inevitable blunders of life.

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Theory of Hummingbirds

The Theory of Hummingbirds
by Michelle Kadarusman

Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC

Pajama Press
Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 16 Oct 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of The Theory of Hummingbirds through Pajama Press and Netgalley:

Alba’s Mother tells her that Hummingbirds and angels don’t need two good feet because they have wings but Alba does not have wings or two good feet, she has a club foot she calls Cleo.

After one final surgery and one final cast Alba is ready to face the world head on.  She is determined to run in the sixth grade cross country race, sadly her friend Levi does not think she can pull it off. Tempers soon flare and the two friends are left to discover theories of their own.

I give The Theory of Hummingbirds five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Lies She Told

 Lies She Told

A Novel
by Cate Holahan

Crooked Lane Books

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 12 Sep 2017 

I am reviewing Lies She Told through Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley:

Liza Jones only has thirty days to write the thriller that will put her back on the bestseller list.  She’s also struggling to start a family.  But her husband is distracted by the sudden dissapearance of his best friend.  Trying to escape what is happening in her personal life Liza dives into writing about her heroine.

Beth is a new Mother whose husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone trying to provide for their newborn daughter.  Angry Beth is determined to catch him in the act, and she sets out to make him pay for shattering the illusion of a perfect life.

The lines between fiction and reality blur when Nick’s body is dragged out of the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for the murder.  Before her deadline is up will Liza be able to admit the truth about those around her, or will she too become a victim?

I give Lives She Told four out of five stars!

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Book Review: Armed and Dangerous

Armed and Dangerous

The Ultimate Battle Plan for Targeting and Defeating the Enemy
by John Ramirez


Chosen Books

Pub Date 05 Sep 2017

I am reviewing Armed and Dangerous through Chosen Books and Netgalley:

For years John Ramirez had served the devil, until he made the best decision of his life, accepting Christ as his Savior.  He also points out that it is sad that followers of Jesus Christ has neglected it’s calling to be armed and dangerous.

The author asks this question: Why are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ taking such a pounding from the forces of darkness? 

In this book we are reminded that Jesus has made it clear that the devil has come to steal, kill and destroy, that Hell is ready to release its fury on believers, but many Christians are in denial.

We are reminded that God created Lucifer as a Cherub, that he was adorned with precious jewels of all kinds and that he led in worship, but Lucifer got puffed up with pride and decided to exalt himself and be like God, but of course it is The Lord alone that is perfect.

In this book we are reminded that now is the time we need to put the enemy on notice.

John Ramirez helps to equip us with the tools and knowledge we need for Spiritual Warfare.

I give Armed and Dangerous five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Living For Another

Living for Another

More of Others, Less of You
by Brent Gambrell

Abingdon Press

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 19 Sep 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Living for Another through Abington Press and Netgalley:

This book points out that we all have our If’s, If I only lived in another place….If I only had Another boss/teacher/body personality, I would be happy…If I only had Another spouse/job/car/piece of cake, my life would be complete.

If only has become the mantra of the modern world.

This book goes on to point out what satisfies Christ 1 to do the will of the Father and 2 to finish the Father’s work.

We are reminded too that his life is now our life, and what is true about the Vine is true about us.

The author goes on to explain the flesh exalts itself and tries to make everyone else exalted as well, and that those with negatve self image will develop “yucky flesh”.

The author reminds us too that in order to live the life, which is his life we must loose our own life.

Gambrel points out that the flesh gratifies and glorifies self while the fruit of the spirit magnifies selflessness and brings glory to God.  The book goes on to remind us that joy is intended to be shared.

In this book we are reminded too that a person of wisdom is the sum of all the positives and negatives in life.  It is also pointed out that anything God reveals, he intends to heal.  We are also reminded that it is worth it to get involved in the lives of others.

Living for One Another reminds us to the importance of loving one another, even though loving one another can be risky, the risk is worth it.  We are reminded too of the importance of forgiving one another. Gambrel points out that forgiveness is like whiting out both sides of the pages.

It is also pointed out that of all the instructions Christ has given his followers, submission is the closer to being Christlike than most others.  We are reminded too that there is never a point that you can run away from the God who lives in you and through you.  The author also tells us that he will know us by our love is only the beginning.

We are reminded that our job is to make the most of what we have for him.

I give Living for One Another five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The War I Finally Won (A Review of the Sneak Peak)

SNEAK PEEK: The War I Finally Won

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group

Dial Books
Children’s Fiction , Middle Grade

Pub Date 03 Oct 2017 

This is a review of the sneak peak of The War I Finally Won so this won’t be a full review:

Ada was born with clubfoot but when it is surgically fixed she knows that she is not damaged or deranged as her Mother had told her.  But she soon finds out she is not a daughter anymore either because her Mother is killed in a factory.

She and her brother are staying with their legal guardian Lady Thorton will not be able to keep them, the Cottage is often overcrowded and tense but when a Jewish girl from Germany moves in the occupants of the house are horrified.

Five out of five stars

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Book Review: The Watcher

The Watcher

by Nikki Grimes, Bryan Collier

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

Children’s Fiction

Pub Date 09 Oct 2017 | Archive Date 09 Oct 2017

I am reviewing a copy of The Watcher through Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company and Netgalley:

In this book Nikki Grimes uses the Words of Psalm 121 to help tell the story of Jordan who lives in fear of Tanya the class bully.  Tanya is dealing with a sick Grandmother at home, and her Grandmother is the one who cares for her, but because her Grandmother is sick she finds herself hungry.

This brief children books packs a powerful punch, showing how faith, friendship and forgiveness can transform a bully into a friend.

I give The Watcher five out of five stars.

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