Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Book Review: "Take Flight"

Take Flight! a Sisterchicks’ Devotional by Robin Jones Gunn and Cindy Hannan is short and sweet, but just right for times when a woman needs just a little extra encouragement in her walk with God and friends. The book has 14 devotionals arranged in four sections: Bird’s Eye View, On a Wing and a Prayer, Take a Flying Leap, and Under the Shadow of His Wing. Robin writes the first part of each devotional: a story from her own life related to a quote from one of her Sisterchicks books. Each story explains a lesson Robin has learned and wants to teach. Cindy writes the second part of each devotional giving readers a deeper understanding of the idea Robin introduced, followed by Bible verses for further study, personal journaling space, a quote or two by a well-known Christian woman, and suggested activities for friends to do together, putting the idea into practice.

I enjoyed reading this book and appreciated its ideas and insights. I especially loved reading about Robin’s practice of setting a day a year aside for concentrated prayer and journaling and her story of becoming a missionary to Nairobi without actually ever going there. Our God offers such wondrous surprises when we follow Him faithfully. Robin and Cindy’s devotionals encourage Sisterchick readers who long to do this well.

I received a complimentary copy of Take Flight! from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for this honest review.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Book Review: "Deadly Encounter"

Every plot twist in DiAnn Mills' newest book, Deadly Encounter, was unexpected. That made this first book in her new FBI Task Force series especially fun to read.

In this book, Stacy Broussard, a veterinarian, hopeful foster mom, and airport ranger volunteer, heads out on a simple horseback ride around the perimeter of Houston's airport only to find a dead body, an injured dog, and a military drone. Simple becomes complicated, then escalates throughout the book.

Helping Stacy navigate through danger are FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc, who is called in the investigate Stacy's find as evidence of possible terrorist activity, and her genius foster-son-to-be, 12-year-old Whitt McMann. All three of these characters have heartbreaking histories to overcome as they move forward, solving the case together, hanging on to hope for a much better future.

I was especially fascinated by Mills' observations about a variety of psychological and emotional issues that can result from trauma and the hope she wove into her story that such deep hurts can heal with God's help, patience, forgiveness, right choices, good communication, and love. Deadly Encounter is intense and insightful; I recommend this book.

Tyndale House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Review: "Missing"

Lisa Harris knows how to keep her readers guessing. This is why she's quickly becoming one of my favorite suspense writers. Her characters are always in danger and her scenes rarely end the way I anticipate they will. She even keeps me wondering if the possible romance will work out. Nothing is a given in her books.

I just finished reading the latest. Missing is the second book of the Nikki Boyd Files series. Nikki is a special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Still trying to solve her sister's disappearance, Nikki specializes in missing persons cases. Missing begins with two murders found in a home whose owners have disappeared. Nikki and her associates must try to find these owners before they become victims too.

The case becomes personal, however, when clues lead Nikki to a boat belonging to her friend, Tyler Grant. Nikki knows he's innocent of any wrongdoing, but suddenly she must prove it while keeping Tyler, his son, and his mother safe.

I recommend this book and others by Harris to fans of mystery and suspense. Revell sent me a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Book Review: "Mommy Needs a Raise"

If you are a mom in need of a little encouragement and a lot of affirmation, Mommy Needs a Raise (Because Quitting's Not an Option) will be a great read for you. This book is Sarah Parshall Perry's story of how she went from one career to another to another and found her favorite in being a mom. In fact, as I read the first part of the book, I wondered what it had to do with being a mom. But she drove her point home beautifully in the second half of the book. She's found the role she loves most of all and wants to encourage all mothers everywhere to thoroughly enjoy all the blessings of motherhood, in spite of its challenges and lack of dental insurance, regardless of whether they choose to stay home or pursue a concurrent career.

I laughed. I highlighted. I agreed. I gleaned some great ideas. I found this book to be a lot of fun. Most of all, I loved reading another mother's account of struggling through some of the things I struggle through and coming through it all well. Whether you're new to this mom-career or consider yourself a seasoned pro, your story will be enriched as you giggle through Sarah's.

I thank Revell for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Book Review: "A Flight of Arrows"

The second book in Lori Benton's Pathfinders series, A Flight of Arrows, ended beautifully - not perfectly by this world's standards, perhaps, but with an inspirational look beyond that. This book is about forgiveness, healing hearts, and God's mysterious ways. It also gives readers a comprehensive look into an often overlooked facet of Revolutionary War history. I appreciated learning about the different native American tribes, their roles, and the unexpected repercussions for everyone. Such a complicated mess!

This book is the continued story of two families from different cultures connected forever by one desperate man's crime. To learn how the story began, readers will want to start with The Wood's Edge. Then they'll be eager to read A Flight of Arrows to learn what becomes of everyone. I've enjoyed reading both books and am looking forward to more by Lori Benton. I thank Waterbrook Multnomah for sending a complimentary copy of this sequel in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Book Review: "Dawn at Emberwilde"

When you know that a book just has to have a happily-ever-after ending but still become anxious about all the plots against the heroine, you know the storyteller is a master. Sarah Ladd writes with that kind of skill, and Dawn at Emberwilde had me biting my fingernails from the book's middle to its end.

Ladd started the story slowly, introducing new characters placed in a setting readers of her previous book, The Curiosity Keeper, already know. She then took those characters to a new setting - one with more than a hint of danger and mystery - and introduced them, and her readers, to the rest of the book's cast.

To summarize, Isabel Creston and her younger sister, Lizzie, learn that they have family after all. Under duress, they accept an invitation to go live with them. They find themselves in a world of secrets and superstitions. Isabel must navigate carefully, using the truth she knows, to make tough decisions in order to ensure that she and her sister will enjoy a future of freedom, security, and safety.

I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. I loved reading it. Sarah Ladd is an author whose books I always look forward to.