Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Spirit-Led Heart by Suzanne Eller

In trying to draw closer in relationship to my Savior, I have been trying to learn ways to understand the Holy Spirit and His role in our lives a little better.  This book has been very helpful and instructive in that pursuit. The author leads us step by step through the basics and we learn how to recognize the Holy Spirit’s intervention in our lives, expect it, be confident in it, be guided by it and be sure that it is legitimate. This book provides a well thought out and outlined study by which we can come to a better understanding of and relationship with the Holy Spirit.  I found the study guide at the end of the book especially helpful to review and process what I had just read.  I would recommend this book for individual or group study.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a review.

Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan

This is the second book in this series that I have been able to read and review and I really enjoy this author.  Most of this type of story that I read has female police officers or FBI agents but in this series, the heroines are lawyers and the heroes are ex-military or police officers that have a private agency of their own.  The stories are very detailed and there is a lot of lawyer / prosecutor type information – they are always researching their case.  I thought that might make these a little dry and harder to read, but that has not been the case.  I find the detail very interesting and I will pursue more of this type fiction from this author.

This is the story of Sophie Dawson, an Assistant DA in Atlanta and her bodyguard, Cooper Knight, who has been retained to protect her when she suddenly becomes a witness to a murder and her role is now different than her day-to-day role in the DA’s office.  There is a lot of action and nail-biting adventure but also a lot of detail and background information on the cases involved.  Faith is interwoven into the story and plays a big part in the points of view of the characters. I highly recommend this book and its predecessor to anyone who wants an interesting read that’s a little out of the norm.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a review.

The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman

This is the story of Irish immigrants that arrived in Mississippi in 1792 to be indentured servants. Kiera Young and her younger sisters had been sent by her brother-in-law who had sold them to a brothel owner. Quinn O’Shea brought his two younger brothers to meet up with his older brother.  When Quinn decides to help Kiera escape from the brothel owner, they embark on a dangerous journey along the Natchez Trace to find Quinn’s brother.

I love the historic details and the wonderful character development.  This is the second book in a series it turns out so I will be seeking out Book 1, while waiting (rather impatiently) for  Book 3 to be released. 

There is a lot of action, twists and turns and suspense in this story along with the love story.  The Faith of the characters also is woven into the story and is integral to it.

I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for a review.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Good News For A Change by Matt Mikalatos

I found this book to be very enlightening.  The author is a missionary who has worked with students and groups of people over the years.  Using his approach, you can talk to just about anyone about Jesus.  He takes any opening he can get for a discussion with an individual or makes an opening by listening carefully to the other persons beliefs and feelings and asking questions.  One of his main points is to drop the churchy jargon and talk in a way that would make sense to the person you are talking to.  Another excellent point he makes is that everyone wants to hear the good news, they just don’t want to be bombarded by a pushy sales pitch.  Also, you just provide the information  The Holy Spirit does the rest.

I found this book to be informative and relatable.  Many non-fiction, informative books are hard to read but I enjoyed this one so much that I read it cover to cover the evening I received it .

I received this book from Tyndale House in exchange for a review.  I would highly recommend this book to others.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl

This is another book in Nancy Mehl’s Defenders of Justice series.

U.S. Marshall, Casey Sloane, is in charge of transporting a witness to Washington, DC to testify about  a drug kingpin and a senator that the witness (a reporter) has found information about.  As she and her partner, Doug, and another Marshall from D.C. (Casey’s old partner E. J. Queen) are getting ready to transport the witness there is an explosion in the U.S. Marshall’s office in St. Louis where Casey and Doug are stationed.  Because of the chaos and injuries there, they are forced to take off virtually on their own to get the witness to D.C. without the usual backup and support they would have.  It gets crazy as they try to outsmart the people chasing them without being able to contact their supervisor for information and support. 

This story takes some interesting twists and turns and keeps the reader waiting on edge to find out how it will all come out.  I really enjoy Nancy Mehl’s books and I think I have read them all – except the next one!  I love the fact that her characters are Christians without being overly “churchy” about it.  It’s just part of who they are, as it should be. 

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a review. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel Rosenberg

This book is one you won’t want to put down once you pick it up.  It keeps building right to the end.  This is about two men, one in Russia and one in the United States, who reach the highest levels of Government service.  They have similar life stories, albeit in different countries and forms of government.  Their paths cross in the course of their work but they suddenly become directly involved when their countries are in the midst of an International crisis.

This is the second political thriller I have read by Joel Rosenberg and both were well researched and could have been plucked out of current news headlines.  I loved how the personal lives of the two men were established and how Joel wove the main character’s faith into the story. 

I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for a review.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears

Mercy McClain is confronted by her childhood nemesis Aaron Firebrook when he applies for a teaching position at the school where she is a member of the school board.  Arron (then called George) had been a bully and had offended multiple people in his younger days.  While waiting for the school board’s decision, Aaron takes a job as groundskeeper at the mansion of a local couple who has orphans from the city’s red light district in residence.  As it turns out, Mercy is also employed there to take care of the orphans. As the summer progresses, Mercy starts to see Aaron in a different light.

The name of the town intrigued me because the book tells us that the setting is Southeast Kansas.  Since I grew up in Southeast Kansas, I know the layout pretty well.  The picture of the mansion on the cover has a striking resemblance to a mansion that is a tourist attraction in SE Kansas.  The fictional town name is Teaville and there is no town by that name.  But there is a town name Coffeyville and the book mentions a nearby town (Caney) a couple of times so I think that pretty well nails it down.  I will have to do some research into Coffeyville’s history out of sheer curiosity now.

I really enjoyed this book, although as a person who was a foster parent for many years and now a grandparent to adopted children, I think the author’s view of outcomes for adoption of older children is a bit more cut and dried than the reality but that’s what romantic fiction is for – a feel good ending.  That is what I want in a story when I read this type of fiction.