Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The book also focuses on country music star Ben King, whose father leads the search and rescue team. Ben also grew up in the community and left to make a new life for himself after his own devastating loss. On his return, he discovers that he lost much more than he knew and he's tempted to run away again. But family ties are strong. His father and others need for him to stay in town.
Wild Montana Skies is a beautiful story of coming home, of offering and receiving grace, of letting God do the work that only He can do for the good of his children, no matter what they've done. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to you. Revell sent me a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
This devotional is more comprehensive than most, yet it's still easy to understand. Each starts with a Bible verse, followed by a story about a teenage girl. Daily journaling pages with prompts follow these. Each of the 52 devotionals ends with a prayer.
I love that the author, Lois Walfrid Johnson, encourages her readers to memorize the 52 Bible verses as they work their way through the book, pointing out the fact that by the end of a year, they'll have 52 messages from God secured in their heads for Him to remind them of as needed throughout their lives. Johnson also suggests that her readers find mentors to talk with about new ideas and lessons they want to apply. "Not every problem is suddenly solved," she writes, "but the right person can help you see what's happening from a different viewpoint. Instead of feeling alone, you know there's someone who wants the best for you."
Finally, Johnson tells her readers to share their thoughts with Jesus as they work through the book, to ask Him what He wants them to know and to tell Him what they need His help with. Girls who read this book will over the course of a year will develop the disciplines of Bible study, Scripture memory, fellowship with older believers, and prayer.
I thank Zonderkids for sending a complimentary copy to me. I'm happy to share my thoughts through this review.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
As with many of Phillips's books, The Cottage is rich in Scottish history. The Quaker movement plays a significant role as well. Readers will also learn more about George MacDonald and his teachings about the Fatherhood of God.
If you enjoy deeply thought out Christian fiction anchored in history and full of maturing characters, you will want to read the two-book Secrets of the Shetlands series. I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
This book, the whole series in fact, is rich in wisdom and full of developing characters. It kept my highlighter busy while I savored both the story and its messages. I highly recommend The Devoted to fans of Amish and Christian fiction. Revell sent me a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.
Friday, November 11, 2016
a) Jody Hedlund wrote it. I've enjoyed every one of her books I've read so far, including Luther and Katharina, also based on the lives of real people.
b) the cover is gorgeous. A gorgeous cover promises a beautiful story, right? (I'll get back to that thought.)
c) I love the song, Amazing Grace (written by John Newton), knew a little about its history, and wanted to learn more.
About halfway through the book, I was ready to close it for good though. John Newton did not start life as a likable character. His choices went from bad to worse no matter what loved ones advised, wished for him, and warned him about. As the consequences he faced grew equally harsh, I got to the point where I just didn't want to read any more. I like to cheer for the heroes of the books I read, not watch characters plunge into deep despair because they refuse to choose what's right. Hedlund couldn't have presented this darkness more perfectly; it was just hard to take in. (I see this as a testament to her skill. She truly brought John Newton to life.)
I kept reading, though, and I'm so glad I did. When the wretch that was John Newton finally saw what God offered and surrendered completely, the story did indeed become at least as beautiful as its cover. Polly's story made the whole thing twice as meaningful.
If you enjoy seeing historical characters come to life in this manner, you will want to read this book. I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending a complimentary copy to me.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
I enjoy Rivers's calm and thoughtful presentation of each reflection. I love that the concept for the book is based on Romans 1:20, "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, [we] can clearly see his invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature. So [we] have no excuse for not knowing God." This is a book that I will turn to often when I just want to contemplate God's Presence and His creative side. I thank Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy. It is my pleasure to recommend this book to you.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
I love that Hauck brought Avery back to the Kingdom of Brighton. I also love that she created and resurrected a long-neglected Brighton tradition to help Colin and Avery work through their issues and decide their futures. I also get a kick out of Madeline & Hyacinth, a talk show host team that can't leave royal bachelors alone. Readers aren't meeting them for the first time in this book. Their mischief was entertaining again.
This story does stand alone if you haven't read the previous books in the series, though characters from past books make appearances that could be spoilers if you plan to go back and read those books. I recommend A Royal Christmas Wedding to fans of romantic Christian fiction and of Christmas novellas. Zondervan sent a complimentary copy to me, so I could share my opinion of the story with you.