Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Review-Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin

Upon a Spring Breeze
By:  Kelly Irvin
Publisher: Zondervan

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the publisher, Zondervan, for free to read and review through the blogger review program at BookLook 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.

Bess Weaver at the age of twenty found out just how quickly life can change.  One moment she is preparing stew for her beloved Caleb and contemplating the birth of their first child, when suddenly a tragic accident thrusts her into widowhood and a season of doubt.  As she struggles to deal with Gott’s will and build a new life for her son, Joshua, without her husband, she finds herself working at an Englisch bed and breakfast, but the advances of the owners son, is not acceptable to the Amish community.  The community rally’s around her to show her she must stay true to her faith and surrender to God’s plan.

Aidan Graber, Caleb’s dearest friend, finds himself guilt-ridden because he feels responsible for Caleb’s death…If he hadn’t sent Caleb to the store…he might still be alive.   Aidan has also had feelings for Bess longer than he can remember.  As Caleb lay dying in his arms, he promised him he would look after Bess and his child…but will Bess let him?

Although this is the first book I have read by Kelly Irvin, it won’t be my last.  By the end of the first page, I knew it would be hard for me to put the book down. Irvin weaves a story showing faith put to the test in seemingly unsurmountable situations.  She also shows that these situations can happen to anyone…even the seasoned Christian.  As I read Bess’ story, my heart ached because of the despair she felt in not being able to understand and accept her husband’s death as God’s will.  She knew from her teaching it was sinful to doubt, but her heart was broken.  Also from the standpoint of a new mother, she didn’t think because she was Amish that she was supposed to admit to depression.  She didn’t think Plain people suffered from it.  Even though her journey was difficult, with friends and family to support her, she was able to realize that God was patiently waiting for her to accept his love, grace and belief that His plan for her future was best.  This book is filled with love, forgiveness, acceptance and grace.   As you read it…just keep the tissues handy.  It will definitely tug at your heart strings.

Book Review-The Lies We Believe by TK Chapin

The Lies We Believe 
By: T.K. Chapin

Disclaimer:  I received this Book 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.

About the book:
Twenty-two year old Emily, Ron Fields only daughter, stops to visit him one day to tell him she is going to Lighthouse.  Thinking it was a church Ron was very happy to hear that his daughter had returned to her faith, until she explained to him that it was not a Christian church but a new-age thing.  Ron decided to keep his feelings to himself.  Although he was devastated he didn’t want to risk losing his daughter again, because she had run away once before, because of church. 

In this instance not speaking the truth against the new age cult will change his life forever and possibly destroy his daughter….

Wow! This suspense-filled book will keep you turning the pages as the events unfold, that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  In this book Mr. Chapin shows us how seemingly “simple little lies” can cause harm to those we love and cherish. As a parent, my desire and constant prayer was that my children would grow up loving and serving the Lord.  When that happened I was so thankful, but realized after my first grandchild was born that I was not done with my prayers concerning my family…it was only the beginning.  He also shows us how a simple lie can turn a family into an overnight, nightmare… How easy it is for just one small deviation from the true word of God to turn your orderly world into doubt and confusion.  As he weaves this remarkable story, you will find comfort in knowing his characters face daily issues we all might face from time to time and that as Christians we don’t always listen to God’s heeding or seek His advice first, but through it all, there is love, redemption and second chances given to all of us who are willing to accept God. 

If you are a fan of Christian fiction, then this is a great book to read, however; if you love Christian fiction filled with suspense, murder and romance all mixed in with God’s love, then it is a must-read book. 

Thank you again Mr. Chapin for another “must-read” book.  Once again it has given me pause for thought in my Christian walk and has given me the desire to walk even more closely with God.  

A Reason to Live By T. K. Chapin

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