Monday, August 8, 2016

Jesus Talked to Me Today

This is a compilation of testimonies of people who experienced a miracle as a child and the memory is still vivid today. There are stories of protection, provision, seeing angels and seeing Jesus. As one of the writers said, “Ask a Christian friend if they have experienced a miracle and then sit back and hear their story.” Many, if not most, Christians have experienced a miracle of some sort at some time in their life. I, myself, have experienced a handful over the years and have stories passed down from my grandmother of other miracles that occurred for members of her family. All these stories are heartwarming and encouraging and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hearing what God does in individuals’ lives. There was nothing that was against scripture in here. Obviously the compiler is an evangelical Christian. I intend to read some of these to my granddaughter in our homeschool devotions because I feel they would be very informative for her.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review. This book is becoming a part of my permanent collection so I can read these stories again. I read the entire book in one day and look forward to revisiting it in the future.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Artisan's Wife by Judith Miller

This book is third in the Refined by Love series by Judith Miller. The first book is the older brother Ewan of the Irish family that came to America with big dreams. He marries into a brickmaking family. The second book is about his sister Rose whose dream is a pottery factory. This final book is about Ainsley who is running a tile factory in another town and Levi, the artisan who comes to work for her and designs some very beautiful tiles.

The book is a history rich story about labor in the late 1800s and about insane asylums during that time. Ainsley gets involved with making a library for the inmates, many of whom are there just because a family member (often husband) and had them committed.

I love the way Ms. Miller brought all the three books together and tied up loose ends without taking away from the integrity of the current story. I love the simple faith of the characters. It’s an unembellished, matter-of-fact trust in God and I am so glad that Bethany House’s authors have learned to make this just part of the character’s lives and not added preachy stuff that doesn’t ring true as in some earlier Christian fiction that I have read.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review. I would have come by my own copy one way or another anyway because I enjoyed the previous book so much this one just had to find its way into my bookshelf.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Deadly Encounter by Diann Mills


Veterinarian Stacy Broussard becomes unwillingly involved in a puzzling situation that leaves people ill and even dead. FBI Agent Alex LeBlanc is working the case and finds himself spending a lot of time worrying about Stacy’s safety.

This story has an intricate plot and it leaves you guessing to the end. The characters are very well developed and very likeable. I found myself cheering for Alex and Stacy as a couple, but also for each of them in their careers and life choices. The fact that both of them were of Cajun background made an interesting twist to the story.

Diann Mills never disappoints with her crime novels. I find myself skulking about Amazon trying to figure out when the next one will come out and how soon I can get a copy. Tyndale gave me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was thrilled to do it because it meant I got the book sooner but I would have gotten it by hook or by crook. I’m saving every one of Diann Mills books for a delicious rereading if I ever have a lull in all the new great fiction that comes out of Tyndale and other sources.

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