Monday, June 18, 2018

A Reason to Live By T. K. Chapin






Being awakened at three in the morning by his sister-in-law, Shawna Gillshock and her two-year-old daughter, Rose was not expected by Jonathan Dunken.  He had not seen her since his wife, Marie’s funeral four years ago.  She was asking for a place to stay because she had been beaten by her boyfriend.  Although Jonathan wanted to say no, he could hear his wife saying…let her stay. 

From the time she was young, Shawna’s life resembled a train wreck and she would often show up on Jonathan and Marie’s doorstep needing a place to stay.  Jonathan was not always inclined to be so willing, but Marie often reminded him to imitate Christ and to remember God’s love is unconditional. 

What Jonathan didn’t expect was to wake up the next morning and find that Shawna was gone, but had left Rose.  He had no idea what he was supposed to do with a two-year-old, but he knew he would do everything in his power to give her a good life and keep her safe.

Jonathan met Kylie Hawthorne, who was a waitress at Evans.  Her interaction with Rose caused him to ask her to quit her job and become Rose’s babysitter.  Kylie was more than willing because she would be closer to her sick grandmother and her son, plus the pay was better and most of all…she loved children.  Her friend thought she was crazy, but she felt it was part of God’s plan.

As Jonathan struggled to come to grips with his wife’s death and raising Rose, Kylie helped him to learn to give his struggles over to God. 

T.K. Chapin brings us another book filled with God’s love. As you read the story of Jonathan, Marie, Rose and Kylie, be sure to have the tissues close because you will need them as you become so involved in their lives. You will feel the depth of their pain, sadness and joy.  God is always in control no matter what the situation is.  His love is boundless.

Disclaimer:  I received this ARC eBook from the author, T.K. Chapin for free to read and review.     I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.  I also purchased my own copy.  

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Send Down the Rain By Charles Martin


Send Down the Rain
By: Charles Martin
Publisher: Thomas Nelson


If you “lived” in the Vietnam era, this will bring back a lot of memories of what it was like to have your loved ones drafted, the despair of the family as they were shipped overseas and the hatred when they returned home.  Mr. Martin weaves a compelling story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  You will find yourself laughing and crying as the events of Joseph’s life unfolds.  Mr. Martin seamlessly weaves together the complex story-line and well-developed characters to honor those men and women who served our country during that time. 

Not only will compelling story keep you turning the pages, but will also bring home the true meaning of laying your life down for a friend.  Joseph’s journey and emotions will cause you to often stop and self-examination your own life.

In my opinion this is a book that is a must-read and also one that will linger with you long after you have finished the last page!

I have now added another “must read” author to my reading list!  Mr. Martin, thank you for such a thought-provoking wonderful book.

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for free to read and review through the blogger review program at Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Journey of Faith By T.K. Chapin


Journey of Faith
Journey of Love Series: Book Three
By: T.K. Chapin


James Anderson is an addict.  His past constantly rears its ugly head even when he is trying his best to follow God.  He lives with the phrase…”Once an addict always an addict”.  He wonders if anyone will ever see the change in him. He even finds that he must prove himself to his pastor Charlie time and time again. 

James wants so much to be a preacher that he is willing to even become a janitor at the Church on the Lake to prove his willingness to serve in any capacity.  It is here he meets Faith who is to be preforming at the church’s youth music festival. Faith is recovering from a break up with her  cheating fiancĂ©.  Two broken hearts are in great need of healing.

  As I read this book, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the scripture in Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) where it says …Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.    That scripture must have been a comfort to James’ father as he watched his son self-destruct.  It was sad he died before he was able to see his son return to God. 

Mr. Chapin weaves together events in the James’ life that shows our past transgressions will cause us to live in its shadow and without the comforting healing touch from our Heavenly Father it would be impossible to heal.  He also shows how God can take something broken and use it for His Glory!

James and Faith’s journey is filled with love, forgiveness, second chances. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Lone Witness By Rachel Dylan


Lone Witness
Atlanta Justice Book Two
By: Rachel Dylan
Publisher:  Bethany House

Sophie Dawson is the new ADA in the White Collar Crime Unit at the Fulton County’s DA office. Her first case was to prosecute a bank employee who was cheating its customers.  She is determined to bring to justice those who have cheated others out of their life-savings. 

Suddenly her life is turned up-side-down when she witnesses a double murder at a local Quick-Stop gas station where she stopped for a quick snack on her way home.  She was the only witness to the murders.  Since her life was in great danger her father hired Cooper Knight from K and R Security to protect his daughter.  As Sophie pursues the truth, threats escalate and Sophie and Cooper no longer know who they can trust.  Will they be able to nurture the attraction they feel for each other, or will it cost them their lives?

I was captured from the first page!  This book has enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat, biting a few nails as you keep turning the pages.  There are a few surprises along the way as Cooper and Sophie struggle to stay alive, bring to justice those who have committed crimes and hope they can find time to investigate the attraction they feel for each other. 

I have not read the first book in this series, but have purchased it and it is on my reading list.  I can’t wait for the next book!  If you are a fan of clean Christian fiction filled with suspense and a little romance, I highly recommend this book.

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A New Home for Allie by Carrie Daws


A New Home for Allie
By: Carrie Daws
Illustrated by: Joanie Bruce
Publisher:  Ambassador International

Allie is a little giraffe who lives in Kenya with her parents, her best friend Jamie, who is a lady bug and Oscar, the oxpecker bird.

Allie loves Kenya and all her friends but one day her father has orders for them to move and Allie is not sure she will be happy. However her father explains to her the things they will encounter along the way and that Oscar will be coming with them so she will not be alone.  They will move to Somalia, which a long journey.

Although the book is written for ages 4-8, I know the younger children will love looking at the pictures…because no one can resist a cute little giraffe, a lady bug and a bird!

This is absolutely a delightful children’s book and perfect for any child who may have to move away and leave their friends.  The illustrations are beautifully done and sure to capture the attention of even the youngest child.  Jamie, the lady bug is hidden on each page and it is fun to watch your children hunt for her. 

Disclaimer:  I received this eBook from the publisher, Ambassador International, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

The Spirit-Led Heart By Suzanne Eller


The Spirit-Led Heart
By: Suzanne Eller
Publisher:  Bethany House

“A Spirit-Led Heart Can Be A World-Changing Heart”

In the pages of this book Suzanne Eller reveals what the Holy Spirit offers:

He empowers and guides us when we feel weak and lost.
He offers confidence and boldness to the meek and comfort to those who hurt.
He gives counsel and discernment in the face of uncertainty.
His gifts fill us when we are empty and multiply our meager offerings into something truly miraculous.

As the Holy Spirit empowered the apostles and the early church—and he will equip you with the same help, boldness, and power to live a life of love and faith without borders.

In this book we learn that our weakness can become strength.  As you turn the pages and let your heart be ministered to with God’s word through the scripture and Suzie’s personal experiences you will walk away with a lighter heart, knowing that God is in control of every situation in your life.  All you need when you read this to make a difference in your life is an open heart.

In my opinion this will be a book that you will pick up and read over and over again to help get you through the tough places your life may be going through.

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Blind Betrayal By Nancy Mehl


Blind Betrayal
(Defenders of Justice 3)
By Nancy Mehl

Casey Sloane and Doug Howard both Deputy US Marshalls are escorting local newspaper reporter, Valerie Bennett from St. Louise to Washington D.C. to testify before a grand jury.  She has supposedly stumbled across information that a sitting US senator had ties to terrorism (ISIS).  Just as they were getting ready to leave for the trip things quickly became unstable when there was an explosion in their office.  Life had suddenly become very complicated. 

Suddenly Casey, along with E. J. Queen, a man from her past is forced on the run with Valarie to keep her safe and to hopefully save all their lives.

I was hooked from the first page and the suspense-filled twists and turns kept me captivated to the last page.  The characters’ portrayal was so real you felt like you were right there with them every step of the way.  A little bit of romance is mixed in with suspense and intrigue to keep things interesting.  It does have light Christian overtones, but is in no way considered “preachy” and it doesn’t detract from the storyline and plot of the book.

I highly recommend this book. 

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

A Reason to Live By T. K. Chapin

Being awakened at three in the morning by his sister-in-law, Shawna Gillshock and her two-year-old daughter, Rose was not expect...