Book Review: Begin With A Failed Body

Begin with a Failed Body

by Natalie Graham

University of Georgia Press

Multicultural Interest , Poetry

Pub Date 15 Sep 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Begin With A Failed Body through University of Georgia Press andNetgalley:

This books poems spell out life’s traumas both Historical in the hear and now.  It also speaks of Religious Icons, and the poems they inspire for Natalie Graham.  The poems also speak loss.

The poems go on to talk about Judas and his betrayal.

I give Begin With A Failed Body five out of five stars!

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Book Review: She’s Still There

She’s Still There

Rescuing the Girl in You
by Chrystal Evans Hurst

Zondervan Non-Fiction


Pub Date 08 Aug 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of She’s Still There through Zondervan Non-Fiction and Netgalley:

This book encourages us to believe that a uniquely beautiful life can be ours.  And we are encouraged to choose to wrestle for the win.  This book reminds us too that though we may not want to embrace where we are, we should embrace who we are.  We are encouraged to believe that your present is not all that is impossible.  We are reminded too that our darkest moment is only a moment in time.

This book goes on to remind us that without confession true restoration and healing cannot begin.  The author points out too that owning our story is a sign of strength, and we are encouraged to believe we are made for more.

We are reminded that Drifts in life don’t last forever.  Unintentional living eventually reaches a dead end.  The author points out too that a trip through our own narrative is a trip worth taking.  And we are reminded that being lost does not equate to us being lifeless.  We are reminded too that the antidote to distraction is focus- the choice to pay attention and live aware.  And we are reminded that a small drift left unattended will over time, make a big impact on our final destination. The author also reminds us we have the ability to choose.   We are reminded too that we are a divinely inspired work of art, and that we are neither an accident or after thought!  The author goes on to point out it’s not as much about having the answer as it is learning it. This book encourages us to pay attention to the beauty of our soul and the pulse of our existence.  We are reminded too that our drifts, decisions and collisions don’t define us.  We are encouraged too to learn to believe he value of who we are because of whose we are.  And to never forget that we are loved.

In this book we are also reminded that we carry precious cargo.  And it reminds us too that just because we know it does not mean we grow, and that is our job to participate consistently and intentionally in our life.  We are reminded too that in order to change our life we are going to have to do something different. The book also points out that God expects us to discover, develop and deploy our gifts as we live life.  We are also reminded we don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward. 

The author goes on to point out the importance of not being so engrossed in the buissness of living life that we forget to take care of our body!  We are reminded too that our soul is designed to be filled with the abundant life, that comes from the living spirit. We are reminded too that although God is all knowing, and all powerful he still uses people in our lives.  We are encouraged not to despise the small steps we take, and we are reminded that God will never leave us without a next step.  We are encouraged too to make connections in unexpected places and to walk through the open doors the Lord opens for us.  We are also encouraged to connect what we know, with what we do then we will watch new doors open to us.

We are reminded too that we exchange the nurture of our soul for the demands of the here and now, and then wonder why we feel empty, buried and lost.  We are reminded too that significance is a gift to be both given and received.  The author points out too that relationships take time, and our relationship with God is no different.  We are encouraged too not to reach the end of our life and reach our goal realizing we were to focused on the result to enjoy the journey.

The author goes on to remind us of the importance of doing what we can with what we have.  We are encouraged too to build on the gifts God has given us, not to minimize them.  We are encouraged too to pay attention to the decisions we are making the way we are living life, because that is important!

We are reminded too of the importance of silencing the negative talk.

I would recommend She’s Still There to Christian women of all ages!

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Beneath Cooper Falls

Beneath Copper Falls

by Colleen Coble

Thomas Nelson–FICTION

Thomas Nelson

Pub Date 11 Jul 2017 

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Beneath Copper Falls by Thomas Nelson Publishers and Netgalley:

Dana Newell is a 9’11 dispatcher who takes pride in being calm in the most stressful of circumstances, because not only has she dealt with an emotionally charged career she also recent escaped an abusive ex-fiancé so she could move to tranquil Rock Harbor, a place she hoped would lead to a more peaceful tranquil life.

But Rock Harbor hides danger and more scars than it can reveal at once.  Dana is drown to Boone who wears the pain of his sister’s murder on the inside and out.  

Naomi O’Reily suffers a head injury and must be airlifted.  She was hiding waiting for the authorities  to find her but someone attacked her.

Garett Dana’s ex-fiancé finds her in Rock Harbor.  Soon it becomes obvious that Garett attacked Naomi.

Will Dana Newell ever truly feel safe again?  Or will she continued to be haunted by her ex-fiancé?  Will he finally be caught?

Find out in Beneath Copper Falls!

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: From Hot Mess to Blessed

From Hot Mess to Blessed

Hope to Propel Your Soul and the Promises That Change Everything
by Julie Gillies

Harvest House Publishers


Pub Date 01 Aug 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Hot Mess to Blessed through Harvest House Publishers and Netgalley:

In this book we are reminded that A Promise From the Lord is an invitation to enter into an agreement to our Creator.  We are reminded too that He deems us worthy of his investment.  We are reminded too that Jesus knows when we do either good or bad, but he does not judge us, but stands with us!  Most importantly we are reminded that we are not judged by the bad things we have judged or the hurtful things we have endured that We Are His.  The author points out that not only does God pull us out of the pit but he pulls the pit out of us.

This book reminds us too that we could never be good enough, but Jesus is. We are reminded the importance of having the guts to believe in God’s word and act on it with boldness!

The author reminds us too that he beams over at us as he watches over us because he loves us!

I give From Hot Mess to Blessed five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Little Boy Found

Little Boy Found

by LK Fox

Quercus Books
Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 06 Jul 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Little Boy Found through Quercia Books and Netgalley:

Nick thought finding his little boy meant his nightmare was over, little could he know it had just begun.  

Nick dropped his son off at school one day, and ended up in a minor collision with another car, the other driver won’t surrender his insurance details so he takes a picture of the license plate, but when he gets home and enlarges the photo he realizes Gabriel was in the back seat being driven away.

Nick had been drinking the night before, and people do not believe Gabriel was really taken.  Gabriel was found dead.  A year after it was ruled an accident will they find differently.

What really happened to Gabriel?  Was it murder or accidental?

Find out in Little Boy Found!

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Unforgivable


A gritty new police drama for fans of Stuart MacBride
by Mike Thomas

Bonnier Zaffre

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 27 Jul 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Unforgiveable through Zaffre and Netgalley:

DC Will Macready and his attackers must stop someone whose bombs have already detonated a Souk causing mass destruction, and an explosion that rips a part of a Mosque not in the Middle East but in Cardiff.

Can Macready prove himself on the new case after the previous years disaster?

Find out in Unforgivable!

Four out of five stars.

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Book Review: My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island

Maude’s Mooring
by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books
Christian , Romance

Pub Date 01 Jul 2017

I am reviewing a copy of My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island Through Barbour books and Netgalley:

This book takes us to Mackinac Island, Michigan, late 1890’s. Maude Wellings father refuses to let his daughter run the inn that has been in their family for generations without the guidance of a husband.

Undercover Journalist Ben Steffans comes to town posing as a wealthy industrialist!

Maude wants to help her Father run the inn as he is Ill, but he is to stubborn to let his daughter help run the inn as she is not married.

Soon Ben realizes he has fallen in love with Maude Wellings.  Can they build a life for themselves despite all obstacles they face find out in My Heart Belongs On Mackinac Island.

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Poetry Will Save Your Life

Poetry Will Save Your Life

A Memoir
by Jill Bialosky

Atria Books

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 11 Jul 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of Poetry Will Save Your Life through Atria Books and Netgalley:

This book reminds us of what it is like to fall in love with Poetry. The author talks about falling in love with poetry, while in fourth grade reading The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, the poem that first started my love for poetry as well.  She talks about the parallels in her life and the poem.

She goes on to talk about Gwendolyn Brooks poem We Real Cool seared through her memories.

She goes on to talk about Star, the poem by Jane and Ann Taylor the nursery rhyme is based on takes her back to loosing their Minitature black poodle that sadly was never found.

She goes on to talk about reading poems from A Child’s Garden of Verses.  She talks about how Robert Louis Stevenson’s Poem The Shadow spoke to her, as well as The Swing!

I Wandered As Lonely as Cloud by Williams Woodworth reminds her of the son reflecting off her Son’s hair.

Langston Hughes Poem Shame reminds her of how blessed she was and I Too reminds her of that as well.

And she goes on to tell ofHow Psalm 23 speaks to her of the spirit of her ancestors! 

She talks of My Child Blossoms Sadly by Yehuda Amichai, the poet had immigrated to Palestine with His Orthodox Jewish Family while Germany was under Hitler’s evil reign.

She talks about Have You Prayed, reminds her of praying for her loved one’s.

Wallace Steven’s The Snowman reminds her of winters in Cleveland Ohio.

Stopping by the Woods On a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost took her back to the memories of sitting in front of a black and white television set as a Girl of six, learning of JFK’s assasination!

She talks about how Ars Poetica reminds her to push beyond boundaries.

1 January 1965, by Joseph Brodsky reminds her f feeling awkward around the adults and not understanding the passion about being Jewish. Childhood by Rainer Marie Milke reminds her of the importance of appreciating Childhood.

Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden reminds her of when she is in fifth grade and her Mother announces that she is married, but husband and wife do not always get along, and often her Mother is left alone while her stepfather spends all night out.

Emily Dickinson’s Poetry speaks often of the feeling of adolescent girls.

My Papa’s Waltz reminds her of the Hope they found after her Mothers Fourth pregnancy, hope for a new beginning, but it also reminds her of the longer periods of time her stepfather is away!

Sylvia Plath Poppies In October reminds her of her Mother slipping into depression.

Sympathy Paul Laurence Dunbar reminds her of the 1970’s The Vietnam War.

Bright Star by John Keats and A Blessing by James Wright reminds her of first love.

Taking The Hands by Robert Bly and Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond by E.E Cummings Speaks of Friendship!

Songs of the Last Act by Louise Bogan speaks of love and Marriage.

The author goes on to talk about her youngest sister taking her life at the age of 21, by then she is thirty one married, an editor and poet, pregnant with her first child and she’s blindsided by this loss.  Musse Des Beaux Arts by W. H Auden and One Art by Elizabeth Bishop speak to her in this time.

Tulips by Sylvia Plath and Walking in the Blue by Robert Lowell speak of Suicide and remind her of the pain of loosing her sister.

In this book we are reminded that poetry speaks to us in life, if we just take the time to reflect on it.

I give Poetry Will Save Your Life five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Egypt’s Sister

Egypt’s Sister

A Novel of Cleopatra
by Angela Hunt

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Pub Date 04 Jul 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Egypt’s Sister through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

Five decades before Christ Chava, the daughter of the royal tutor grows up with Urbi a princess in Alexandria’s royal Palace.  Urbi grows up to become Queen Cleopatra.

Ten days after Alexandria buried the twelfth Macedonian Greek to call himself King of Egypt people gathered outside for the wedding of Cleopatra VII and Ptolemy XIII.

Chava has always known Cleopatra as Urbi, not the queen, but her friend, but now Queen Cleopatra is in danger, at the risk of assasinated.  Will Chavabe able to protect her friend?

Chava finds herself cast off alone in Rome, forced to choose between love and honor, between her desires and God’s Will in Life.

I give Egypt’s Sister five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Magdalene

The Magdalene

Volume II of the O Manucript
by Lars Muhl


Watkins Publishing
Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 13 Jun 2017

I am reviewing a copy of The Magdalene through Watkins Publishing and Netgalley:

In this book Lars Muhl tries to go deeper into what Mary Magdalene meant to Jesus and Vice versa.

I give The Magdalene four out of five stars, for a well written, well researched book.

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