Friday, March 29, 2013

Book Review-In His Will by Cathy Marie Hake

In His Will
by: Cathy Marie Hake
Barbour Publishing, Inc.

This is a story about a rancher Dylan and a city-girl, Sondra Thankful.  Sondra had lost her husband after a couple months of marriage. She was pregnant with their first child and his family wouldn’t have anything to do with her.  They didn’t think their son, could father a child because he was paralyzed.  Her only friend, Miller, who helped her through some tough times.   Upon his death he left the ranch and most of his property to her except a parcel that he gave to Dylan, but in order to inherit it, they had to after a year,  show a profit the same as before, or they could simply marry to inherit all the land.  They were thrown together in a tough situation. 

As you turn the pages of this book, you will laugh, cry and  become frustrated with the both of them.  In my opinion it is a well-written book when you want to become part of the lives of the characters and that is what happens in this book.  It is a book filled with love, trust,and faith.  There are no language issues.  Well worth the read. 

I selected this ebook to read for free through, Christian eBooks Today.  I was not compensated for my review and I was not required to write a favorable review.  This review is my own opinion.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Book Review-Signs, Wonders and a Baptist Preacher

 I won’t take the time to reiterate what this book is about, as it can easily be read under the description or on the back cover of the book.  This is not a theological or a “preachy type” book.  It is simply about a young man who all of his life had been taught about God, even accepted Him as his personal Savior, but still felt something was missing.  His journey is written in everyday language about his quest to experience a “real time” association with the Father. 
My thoughts about this book:
Many of the issues in this book such as, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, unanswered prayers and hurt from church members (just to name a few) are situations that many of us, including me, have encountered in our lives. If you are like me, I always felt I was less of a person and maybe I wasn’t good enough for God to use in any capacity because of these “shortcomings".  In his book, Chad uses the saints of old, whom we all thought were perfect vessels in which God’s spirit could be represented to show they were not so perfect.  For example, in the beginning,  Abraham, who is the father of many and had great faith, lied about Sarah being his wife not just once but twice to save himself and Peter was filled with intermittent lack of faith.   After reading this book, I realize that God can take these situations in a person’s life and use for His glory and we are not broken, useless vessels.  As Chad’s story unfolds it is filled with events that will make you cry, laugh and most importantly cause you to seek truth and give you hope.   It seems in each situation his bottom line statement was… “willing to follow” and not focus on what it is you are not doing, but what you CAN do.  It was uplifting to know that in God’s sight you are loved and not useless.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with uncertainty in their life regarding God.  The time I spent with this book was very rewarding.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this by the publisher, Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing, through Bethany House  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Book Review-Pearl In The Sand By Tessa Afshar

by Tessa Afshar
Moody Publishers

This is the first book I have read by this author and after reading Pearl In The Sand, I can't wait to read more of her work. Even though this book is a work of fiction it has helped to reaffirm my faith in knowing God's love is unconditional. This book shows how Rahab, a prostitute, accepted her life as an outcast, yet comes to realize that although she feels unworthy she still longs to "know" the Lord and be part of God's plan for Isreal.  Her life-style goes against the teachings of God she does find love and through many trials, soul searching and much prayer finds that she is worthy of God's love and forgiveness. While reading this book, I begin to feel that I could deal with my own resentments. This story truly shows how God could take someone like Rahab, so soiled and unaccepted by society and use the situation for God's greater purpose. It is a beautifully written and sincere story. I feel like Pearl in the Sand has forever changed my outlook on life.  Although I read this book almost a year ago it lingers in my heart today.  It is a book that I will read over and over again.

Disclosure: I received a Kindle addition of this book from Amazon for free. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a review nor a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Book Review - Cut & Run by Traci Hohenstein

Cut & Run by Traci Hohenstein

“Cut & Run “is the third book in its series, by Traci Hohenstein.  It is about Rachel Scott and her daughter, Mallory who was abducted as a toddler.  Rachel has been looking for her daughter for almost six years now.  The abduction caused her marriage to end in divorce.  Since she has not been able to find her daughter she set up a search and rescue agency, (Florida Omni Search) in hopes of finding other abducted/missing children, families and individuals.  She has a network of volunteers who can help her no matter where the calls may come from.  While she was following up on a clue for her daughter she received a call that a whole family was missing in the New Orleans area.  The dad, Matt, turned up mysteriously at a truck stop disorientated and confused with amnesia thrown in.  Was the amnesia real or faked?  Did he abduct his family?   How can a whole well-to-do family from an influential neighborhood just disappear without a trace, except for one?  Was it an inside job?  Who would gain from the abduction?  Those questions are answered as you turn the pages in “Cut & Run”.   Will Rachel and her team of volunteers find them before it’s too late? 
This book is filled with just enough action to make you want to turn the page and it even dabbles a little in Voo Doo.  I read it in one evening.  I thought I figured it out ½ to ¾ of the way through the book, but I still wanted to turn the pages to make sure I was correct in my assumption.  Ms. Hohenstein poses a lot of twists and turns along the way, thus keeping the book alive.  The characters made you want to hug them, shake them and yes even choke them.  The end of the book (not going to give it away)…..Let's just say, I am in hopes there is a sequel coming soon.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery, intrigue, a little dysfunction in the family and a little Voo Doo. No rough language and no explicit sex scenes.  Just absolute wholesome reading.  Loved it!

Although this is my first reading of any work by Ms. Hohenstein, it won’t be my last and I can’t wait to go back and read the other 2 books in this series.

I received this ebook free from the publisher, Amazon Publishing, through Netgalley blog reader program. I was not required to give a favorable review. 

Book Review-The House That Love Built by Beth Wiseman

The House That Love Built
by Beth Wiseman

The setting of this book is in the small town of Smithville, Texas.  Brooke Holloway is raising two young children, Meghan and Spencer on her own after husband’s death, who was her one true love.   Brooke is too busy raising her children and running the family hardware store to even think about dating until Owen Sanders comes to town and  buys an old house to restore that has a supposed mysterious secret. Brooke finds herself spending time with the new owner, wondering if God is giving her another chance at happiness.  Her daughter wants a new dad and her son doesn’t, so he spends a tail that has a would-be suitor wondering if Booke has mental issues.
Ms. Wiseman doesn’t disappoint the reader in this book.  She has created a completely believable story.  The characters are so real; you instantly become part of them.  I love how she shows that God can take a person with so many issues they feel like there is no hope in their life for change.  She brings to focus that with God in control He can help you face each situation and find the right solution for all those issues.  In this book Ms. Wiseman brought a group of miss matched people together and wove a story of love, forgiveness and compassion.  I would truly recommend this book because it speaks to your heart.  I love that there is no explicit language or sex scenes.  It is truly a remarkable book to read.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through  Booksneeze Blogger Review  program for review.  I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my reveiw.  The opinions in this reveiw are my own.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review-Balancing Act by Fern Michaels

Balancing Act by Fern Michaels

Fern Michaels has brought together two classic tales of following your heart in one novel, “Balancing Act”.  The first tale, “All She Can Be” is about Rita Bellamy, a successful author, who has gained fame as an author, but at the expense of her marriage and her family.  Her family refuses to accept that although she is their mother she is also her own person with the right to be acknowledged as such.  Her children love the money she is able to give them from her writing, but they feel it is not a serious vocation.    Since her divorce she has lost her self-confidence.  She goes to her lakeside cottage in hopes of finishing her latest novel and trying at the same time to rebuild her self- confidence.  It is here she meets a younger man living in the neighboring cabin, which raises a whole host of other issues.  Will he be the one to help her rebuild her confidence and come to terms with her children or is he just a passing fancy?  Will she finally realize that it doesn’t matter if other people don’t realize that being a mother, wife and writer are not who she is, but what she does?  Can she accept who she is rather than what she does?
In the next tale, “Free Spirit”, Dory, a successful magazine editor,  moves to Washington D.C. from New York City to be with Griff to start an exciting new chapter in her life that is filled with sacrifices and adjustments.  Will she find them to be too great a price to pay for love when she weighs it against what she hopes to gain?

In this story Dory finds that she is trying to recreate who she is in order to be what she thinks Griff wants her to be.  She chooses friends that she feels will please Griff, but bores her to near tears.  In recreating herself neither of them is happy with the changes. She basically gives up on life.  She finally realizes that she is not Suzy homemaker.   Will she be strong enough to do anything about it?  Will she realize before it’s too late that she has to make decisions that are not going to be easy, but must be made in order for either of them to survive?

Although this type book has not been my normal genre of late, I think this book has addressed a situation that many women face in today's society.  Women are often perceived to be who they are by what they do.  Society and especially children and spouses seem to forget that women have many roles to play throughout their day, but they also are human with wants and needs that don’t relate to the roles they play.   Ms. Michaels did a fabulous job of addressing this issue in her book.   It is well worth the read.  If you enjoy romance/sex and also are dealing with these issues, it is a book well worth reading. 

I think the book was a well written storyline.  At times I found some of the descriptions to be drawn out and added little to the storyline, such as buying furniture to decorate the cottage.  I found them to be a bit tedious and did some skim reading.  Also my e-book format was off but it could have been due to not yet being released.
Disclosure: I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher, Kensington Books/Zebra, through Net Galley  for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my reveiw. The opinions in this reveiw are my own

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Reveiw-The Planner by Alexandra Swann

The Planner by Alexandra Swann
This book is about a young woman, Kris and the decisions her family makes due to  Government options and the consequences of those decisions .    
Circa 2013, gas at $12.50 - $13.00 per gallon, The Retire America Act of 2013 established the Federal Municipal Planner Division  (FMPD) to create a new type of retirement community based on smart growth principles called Smart Seniors.  As the story unfolds it shows that seniors are sent invitations to become part of these “green” communities.  It is by invitation only.  It offers, free housing, free meals, free health care, no laundry, total enjoyment of your Senior years…but does it really and at what cost?  Is this plan too good to be true?  In addition to those questions, this book also poses other questions such as, is our Government truly running amok?  Are the promises made by our Government offering genocide to our Seniors?  Does it stop with Seniors? What is U.N. 21 Agenda 1992 and how does it affect us?  Is National Health Care truly health care for all?  Could gas be $25.00 per gallon by 2014? Those are just a few of the questions that came to mind while reading this book.    
This book is not a political agenda book or at least I didn't read it as such.  The storyline of this book is superbly written telling what the possible consequences could be for the current course our Government is taking.  I read this book in one setting and if I had read this book even ten years ago I would more than likely have chalked it up as Science Fiction or a political fairy tale. However with the situations we are facing today, I found it to be truly frightening, because there was so much truth in what was written.  I have heard and read very little about U.N. 21 Agenda 1992, so I took the time to go to the U.N. Website and read this agenda.  I was shocked when I found out what it means, and even more so when I found out, it has now celebrated its 20Th birthday, last year, known as Rio 20.  I have recently heard the phrase “sustainability” tossed about by our politicians but didn’t know what prompted this phrase until I read this book and the U. N. Website.  Once it was determined by the American people there wasn’t much validity to man-made climate change, it then took on the name of “sustainability”.  I was appalled to find out how the housing market foreclosure is part of U.N. 21 Agenda 1992.  I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline, but for all of those who are concerned about the course set for us by our Politicians and President, this is a book that you won’t want to miss because it clearly indicates what could happen if we continue on this path.  For me, the reading of this book required an open mind and prayerful heart.  This book was a real page-turner that I couldn’t put down and I can't wait to read the sequel, "The Chosen".  Kudos to Ms. Swann for a book well written about current events

Disclosure:  I found this ebook for free on Christian Ebooks Today, for review.  I was not compensated for my review.  The opinions of this reveiw are my own.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Book Review--"The Survivor" by DiAnn Mills

The Survivor by DiAnn Mills

Kariss meets Dr. Amy Garrett, who survived a brutal childhood attack, in which the assailant was never found.   Amy now decides she wants her story told.   Kariss wants to seek the advice of a special Agent Harris with whom she previously had a relationship, but felt seeing him again would be too painful.  After interviewing Amy, she conducts her own research only to find out she has stepped into great danger that she didn’t expect.  Will Agent Harris save the woman he loves and find out who wants her dead all because she wrote about a cold unsolved case?  I can’t tell find out you must read it. 

This was an intriguing read.  It held my interest from beginning to end. The presentation of Kariss’ character proves that women are much stronger than they often believe themselves to be.  This book makes you feel like you are part of the characters. It is filled with just enough action to keep you turning the pages.  Even though I love mysteries and intrigue, I find it difficult to read about brutal attacks, especially involving women, children and the elderly.  I found that Ms. Mills did a fantastic job of telling the story without being terribly graphic yet revealing enough that as a reader you could read between the lines. 
If you like a book that is filled with action, intrigue and a crazy mixed up relationship this is a must read. I Love reading books like this that has a good storyline without using explicit language and sex scenes. 

Disclosure: I recieved a copy of this book by the publisher, Zondervan, through Booksneeze Blogger Review program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my reveiw.   This reveiw is my own opinion.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Book Review--"Shattered" by Dani Pettrey

"Shattered" by Dani Pettrey
"Shattered" by Dani Pettrey is book two in the Alaskan Courage series published by Bethany House. In this book it is easy to become part of the lives of Landon Grainger and Piper McKenna.

I will not go into great detail of the particulars of the book, however briefly it is about a prodigal brother,
Reef, a sister, Piper, who is determined to clear her brother’s name and a deputy, Landon Grainger, who is in love with Piper and realizes once she makes up her mind to launch her own investigation into a murder in which her brother is accused, Deputy Grainger must do all he can to keep her safe.  
Dani Pettrey has written a top-notch mystery set in the town of Yancey, Alaska. The return of the prodigal brother covered in blood, but not his had made him the number one suspect in a murder.  Piper teams up with Landon to solve this murder that will clear her brother. Of course the murderer doesn’t want this solved, so this thriller will keep you reading late into the night. Once you are hooked you won’t want to put the book down and will want to keep turning the pages to find out what will happen next as the struggle to find the murderer and romance unfolds.  Ms. Pettrey does a great job breathing life into her  characters that makes us want to be part of them, rooting for them each step of the way. "Shattered" was an easy book to read, with suspense and romance. One day I would like to go to Alaska because I have always been intrigued by what I have read. 

Disclosure: I recieved a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House/Baker Publishing, through  Bethany House  blogger review program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my reveiw. This reveiw is my own opinion.


Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Encouragement By Sarah Young

Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Encouragement By: Sarah Young Publisher: Thomas Nelson “Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Encourage...