Book Review: Together Forever

Together Forever

by Jody Hedlund

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Christian

Pub Date 01 May 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Together Forever through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

In this book we are transported back to June 1958 New York City where we meet Marianne Neumann. Marianne’s main goal in life is to find her younger sister Sophie who was taken away on an Orphan train by the Children’s Aid Society But she also wants to help give other children a better life.

The two team up placing Orphans amid small railroad towns in Illinois, drawing closer together until a shocking tragedy threatens all there work and could change one person’s life forever!

I give this book five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Hundred Story Home

The Hundred Story Home

A Memoir of Finding Faith in Ourselves and Something Bigger

by Kathy Izard

Thomas Nelson–W Publishing

Thomas Nelson

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 26 Jun 2018

I am reviewing a copy of The Hundred Story Home through Thomas Nelson and Netgalley:

Kathy Izard was a graphic designer, a wige and a Mother when a chance meeting with a former homeless author Denver Moore challenges her to do more than just served in the soup kitchen she volunteered at. Kathy bravely quits her job to take on the task of building housing for Charlotte’s homeless.

This Motivational story is woven together, to call for social action. This book is Kathy’s story of faith, family and fulfillment. Not only will you start believing you will change the world, this book will end up changing you!

I give The Hundred Story Homd five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Welcoming the Stranger

Welcoming the Stranger

Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate

by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang

InterVarsity Press

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 03 Jul 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Welcoming the Stranger through Inter-varsity Press and Netgalley:

Immigration is one of the hot button topics. Everyone has an opinion and voices on all sides want both action and change. Many Christians find themselves torn on one hand they want to uphold laws on the other they want to minister to the vulnerable.

In Welcoming the Stranger Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang World Relief Immigration experts go beyond just the rhetoric to give a Christian response to immigration.

The authors warn us against falling for false statistics as well as false assumptions.

In this book Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang put a human face to the issues of Immigration and the immigrant experience. With historical understanding and through thoughtful policy analysis. The authors debunk myths and misconceptions about Immigration as well as showing the limits of the current immigration system.

The authors go on to point to a reform that is both compassionate and sensible, and they offer real ways for you and your church to welcome and minister to your immigrant neighbors.

I give Welcoming the Stranger five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Once Upon a Farm

Once Upon a Farm

Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier

by Rory Feek

Thomas Nelson–W Publishing

Thomas Nelson

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 19 Jun 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Once Upon a Farm through Thomas Nelson and Netgalley:

Rory Feek is facing life as a single Father of a four year old daughter after his wife lost her battle with Cervical Cancer a couple of years ago.

Rory Feek and his oldest daughters moved into an old rundown farmhouse almost twenty year ago. At the time he could have never imagine the love story that would unfold in the old farmhouse, on a small piece of Tennessee Land. Nor could they imagine the lessons they would learn on the way.

Two years after Joey’s passing, Rory shares the joys, the sorrows, the up’s and downs, the grief and joy of his life on that Old Tennessee Farm, he talks of raising his daughter Indiana, and he talks about a healing that only comes through Faith.

Once Upon a Farm gives us a raw and vulnerable peek inside Joey’s life. The book is filled with stories of love as well as stories of faith, a look inside the life of a man who is both Ordinary and Extraordinary.

I give Once Upon a Farm five out of five stars!

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Book Review: DarkWater Secrets

Darkwater Secrets

by Robin Caroll

Gilead Publishing

Christian , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 17 Jul 2018

I am reviewing a copy of DarkWater secrets through Gilead Publishing and Netgalley:

In DarkWater secrets we are taken to the Darkwater Inn an Inn that stands tall in the French quarter the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon street where the Inn stands is so busy that the General Manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with the hotels guest, the Inn is filled to capacity. When Adelaide discovers one of her guests have been murdered with a kitchen knife she and the others are in shock.

Detective Beau Savoie, is called to the case. He and Adelaide had been friends from childhood. When Beau digs deeper into this mans past he is shocked to discover his connection to Adelaide. Beau is hurt that his friend kept the truth from him , he had been secretly in love with her. To complicate things even more, Adelaide turns to her coworker Dimintri for comfort. Beau is not able to press Adelaide to hard though because he is holding onto his own secrets.

Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide the truth with a killer on the loose.

I give DarkWater Secrets five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Bad Kids in 4B

Welcome to 4B

by Brynn Kelly

West 44 Books

Middle Grade , Teens & YA

Pub Date 01 Aug 2018

I am reviewing a copy of The Bad Kids in 4B; Welcome to 4B through West 44 Books and Netgalley:

I must say I really wanted to love this book, to recommend it to others the title and the summary caught my eye but I was disappointed, the formatting made for a nearly impossible read.

I am sure the plot line was great, but it is hard to review something that you can’t read. Words bled and blended together making them look like gibberish.

I give Welcome to 4 B a three out of five stars, only because I know the effort put in by the author.

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Book Review: God’s Best For You

God’s Best for You

Devotional Inspiration for Women

by Patricia Mitchell

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books

Christian

Pub Date 01 Jul 2018

I am reviewing a copy of God’s Best For You through Barbour Books and Netgalley:

In this devotional we are given short devotional readings that are inspired by Hebrews 13:8, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and forever.

In God’s Best For You we are reminded that when it comes to God’s love for us the question of worthiness doesn’t even come into the picture because none of us are worthy.

We are reminded too that there are times we need to let go, and let God. We are reminded too of the importance of practicing trust. We are reminded too of the importance of being obedient. We are warned too against Temptation.

I give God’s Best For You five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Bimini Twist

Bimini Twist

A Jane Bunker Mystery

by Linda Greenlaw

St. Martin’s Press

Minotaur Books

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 26 Jun 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Bimini Twist through St. Martin’s Press:

It’s like everyone in Green Haven knows that Jane Bunker has scored an invite to the ultra exclusive Summer Soiree and they all assume she will be attending as one of of the few single/ eligible women in town. That’s however the last place Jane wants to be, hobbnobbing and making small talk with the wealthy isn’t something she finds enjoyable. She prefers to use her time working as an insurance investigator, and part time as a deputy sheriff. When she gets to work one morning, the Sheriff asks her to take a break on her personal war on drugs. She’s been so successful at catching dealers and interrupting the flow of drugs that she’s brought attention to how bad it had gotten and the community fears the negative publicity will deter the summer tourists Green Haven so badly needs.

Jane is instead asked to take on a missing person case. A young woman working at the Bar Harbor Inn has disappeared. The inn hires foreign exchange students from all over the world during the busy summer season. The missing Bianca Chiriac is one of them. It soon becomes obvious that Bianca isn’t simply sleeping off a late night party, Jane is plunged into the underbelly of the resort town, she must find the missing woman before the worst happens!

I give Bimini Twist five out of five stars!

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Book Review: What Blooms From the Dust

What Blooms from Dust

A Novel

by James Markert

Thomas Nelson–FICTION

Thomas Nelson

General Fiction (Adult) , Historical Fiction

Pub Date 26 Jun 2018

I am reviewing a copy of What Blooms in the Dust through Thomas Nelson and Netgalley:

Jeremiah Goodbye is set to die by electrocution on the electric chair when he is given a second chance at life. He decides to return to his hometown of Nowhere Oklahoma by the flip of a coin, he wants to settle the score with his twin brother Josiah. But when he escapes he enters the world of the Dust Bowl. And the gift he once relied on to guide him is an unrecognizable as the path to nowhere.

On the journey home, Jeremiah Goodbye rescues a young boy by accident, and the two arrive to dark skies and townspeople who are fearful. These people have finally begun to let the past few years of hardship bury them under the weight of all that dust. Jeremiah and Peter Cotton become unlikely heroes, trying to protect the residents of nowhere from themselves. Jeremiah must also face his nightmares and free himself from guilt of his past and the secrets that destroyed his family.

What Blooms in the Dust is a beautiful tale of finding hope in the midst of the darkness.

I give What Blooms from Dust five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Forgive Your Way to Freedom

Forgive Your Way to Freedom

Reconcile Your Past and Reclaim Your Future

by Gil Mertz

Moody Publishers

Christian

Pub Date 03 Jul 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Forgive Your Way to Freedom through Moody Publishers and Netgalley:

Forgiveness is a universal concept, every religion encourages us to practice freedom. Forgiveness is the centerpiece of Christianity.

Forgiveness is not only about setting those who have done us wrong free but it also sets the one who is forgiving free.

Forgiveness holds power because when we Forgive we are most like Christ.

There are some common misconceptions about forgiveness one being that we do not have any issues with forgiveness. 2. Is that forgiveness only benefits the one who did us wrong when in reality forgiveness helps us 2. 3. Is that time heals all wounds when that is often not the case. 4. Is that we Forgive when they apologize , when that is not the case. 5. Is that forgiveness should be about justice when forgiving someone who has done something criminally wrong does not mean they won’t have consequences to their actions. 6. Is that we must forget in order to forgive when that’s not the case. 7. We learn to that forgiving someone does not mean condoning what they had done to us. 8. We learn to that forgiving someone does not mean we have to trust the person again. 9. We learn to that forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation. 10. Another myth is that forgiveness should be easy when it is often far from the truth.

This book goes on to remind us that if we want to imitate God, we need to embrace forgiveness and if we want to please God, we need to practice forgiveness. We are reminded too that we need to forgive others the way God forgives us.

Gil Mertz reminds us too that we need to count the cost of holding onto Unforgiveness. We are reminded too that when we Forgive we receive the greatest benefit.

We are reminded too of the importance of telling God where we hurt, what caused us pain.

We are reminded too that blaming others helps us rationalize the flawed belief that we are helpless victims to our circumstances. We are reminded to that forgiveness is about using our power while unforgiveness is about becoming a victim to someone else’s power. We are reminded too that Anger can serve us well when we apply it properly.

I give Forgive Your Way to Freedom five out of five stars!

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