The Sound of Distant Thunder

I was part of a Blind Book Tour and received “The Sound of Distant Thunder” by author Jan Drexler. The sweetness of young love, the conflict and sorrow of the War Between the States, the wisdom of married couples mixed with faith, family and freedom drew me in from page one.

Katie Stuckey is in love with the idea of being in love and does not want to wait till she turns 18 to get married although her dad feels she is too young. She wants to honor her parents and have their blessing. Katie has a fear that a was put on her by a previous school teacher that whomever she gets close to will meet their demise.

Jonas Weaver who Katie has her eye on does not want to follow the teachings of the church especially for the abolitionist cause. Jonas brother, Samuel who is married comes up in the draft list and Jonas volunteers to take his place. The Amish are a peaceful people and do not believe in war, they were granted permission to pay $200 per man if drafted, rather than go fight. Or they can hire someone to go in their place.

He and Katie are in love, can they stay committed to one another while Jonas is off fighting the Civil War? Or does Levi who Jonas asked to look after Katie have feelings for her? Jonas has no idea of Levi’s feelings for his wife.

I am looking forward to Book Two in the series, “The Amish of Weaver’s Creek and to find out what happens. I enjoy reading about the Amish, their struggles of faith, love and hope and see how they work through everything together.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher, Revell, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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One Final Breath

One Final Breath is the third book in the Dive Team Investigations Series by Lynn Blackburn. When investigator Gabe had his cover blown by a reporter, the silver lining was that he wanted  rejoin the dive team, however dive team captain Anissa, a woman who frustrates him.

Anissa grew up as a missionary kid on the Micronesian island of Yap and planned on returning to after college. She decided to stay stateside, determined to solve the case that haunts her- the murder of her best friend and. However when Anissa and Gabe’s past collides when the are at a party and hear a shot on the lake. They must put aside their love, hate relationship while they search for the person who killed a boy in Lake Porter. They slowly discover that their feelings are starting to change towards each other. Will they be able to put aside their differences and work as a team?

Anissa and Gabe have a love hate relationship, while they try and search for the person who killed a boy in Lake Porter. They must put aside their differences to work as a team while they search for clues. They slowly discover that their feelings are starting to change towards each other. Will they be able to work together and not let their past get in the way?

We are all flawed and love how the author showed that the characters struggled, but they stood firm in their faith.

I received a copy of the book from Revell in exchange for an honest opinion.

Love Changes Everything

This is the purpose of humanity, that we would allow God to make his ultimate point to the world through our lives if we stay obedient to him. We all crave a love that doesn’t fade and doesn’t fail-even when we do. The author used the book of Hosea to show the depth of love that God has for us and demonstrate what true love is. God’s love is not a feeling, but solid truth, His love never fails. We should learn how to live from love and not for love. Hosea’s love for Gomer was unconditional even after he brought her back from a sinful life.

I have a renewed perspective on how greatly I am loved by the One who is love.  Love Changes Everything shows the love of God in a new way, despite our faults, our failures and our sins God still loves us just like he loved Hosea and Gomer.

I received a copy of the book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest opinion.

Jesus In Me

Discover how to better love and rely on the person of the Holy Spirit. Often, we overlook the third person of the trinity- the Holy Spirit. The author breaks down how we can experience the Holy Spirit as a constant companion. To often we reject what we do not understand. When Anne’s husband passed away, she found comfort from the Holy Spirit, as a counselor, helper and intercessor. The book reinforced that the Holy Spirit is with me every day through thick or thin.

Chapter 22 “His Purity Is Beautiful In Us” spoke to me in several ways. One of the responsibilities of the Spirit is to make us holy as He is holy. Our responsibility is to cooperate with Him if we truly want to experience purity. How often does the Holy Spirit talk to us about forgiveness and we sometimes do not listen? When He says we need to forgive, we need to forgive.

Hebrews 4:15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testing’s we do, yet he did not sin. I think every Christian needs to read “Jesus In Me.” The book deserves a 10/10.

I received an ARC from the publisher Waterbrook & Multnomah in exchange for an honest opinion.

Forty Days with the Lord’s Prayer

We are familiar with the Lord’s Prayer, but how often do we take the time to mediate on each of the verses?  Deep down in every human being is a fundamental awareness of God and a desire for divine help in turbulent times. “May It Be So: Forty Days with the Lord’s Prayer” is a prayer guide that combines words and art to help give the reader a further understanding allowing God to speak into our hearts.

I finished the book in one sitting and was challenged by the prayers and the pause and reflect at the end of each chapter. This book would be a great resource for the new Christian.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher, WaterBrook & MultNomah in exchange for an honest opinion.

You Belong With Me

“You Belong With Me” is Tari Faris’ debut novel the first in the Restoring Heritage series. When a business tycoon is determined to raze historic homes in a small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, realtor Hannah resolves to stop him. Hannah applies for a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map.
Luke Johnson never felt he belonged after being in and out of the foster care system. He now has a chance to earn his place in his hometown. But he does not anticipate how his relationship with Hannah will set into motion events that reveal the truth about who he is.
Janie who has returned from spending a year in Paris is still trusting God after finding out that her ex-boyfriend who broke up with her for no reason is now engaged. Janie and Thomas land up working together temporarily in the diner and discover that just maybe they still have feelings for each other.
The author touches on learning how to trust others and effectively trust God. Both Luke and Hannah are two people who have been hurt in the past and they discover each other and work through their hurts together. “Isn’t that so much like life? All the pieces are there, but it takes the Master to arrange them in the right way.” Faris writes about characters that the reader can relate to and that have a Christian theme. We all struggle but having faith in God will pull us through just like Hannah and Luke. A story of redemption, forgiveness, mercy and love. I highly recommend the book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell in exchange for an honest opinion.

Good vs. Evil

The Girl Behind the Red Rope was the first book that I read from the author. I am not sure what I expected and was conflicted. The theme of the book is darkness versus light- we as Christians are the light of the world and darkness can not exist in the light. In a world where the boundaries are clear and punishments are severe, a young woman risks everything to break free from the system of fear and control to find freedom and love. If we have a relationship with Jesus, we have salvation and hope not fear. I thought of the red rope and what it symbolizes for those who might be on the wrong side. Are you willing to choose love over fear?

I received a copy of the book from Revell publisher in exchange for an honest opinion.

Forged Through Fire

Wow, what a story of redemption, love and forgiveness. “Forged through Fire” is the raw and unvarnished story of a man searching for meaning and answers in the midst of great trials.” Jesus certainly does not promise His followers a life free from trials or pain, but the author’s faith is not in any shape perfect, he spent time away from God, but through his trials and pain he learned that God is always with him. When he was 16, Mark was in a catastrophic house fire that claimed the lives of his mother and youngest brother. Suffering burns over 65% of his body, his first thoughts turned to death being better than the suffering he was in.
If you or a loved one has suffered from personal trauma, disease or loss that has tested or stolen your faith and exhausted your emotional resources, you’ll find real hope in his redemptive story. I went through a dark time as a care giver for my grandmother who passed away from dementia. To say it was easy would be an understatement. Believing in God and trusting in Him does not mean our lives will be easy or we won’t face struggles. Romans 8:28- And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called to his purpose. Mark shared his near-death experience which made his faith stronger in the end. With each reconstructive surgery after the other his faith was tested. Still, he became a physical therapist, physician, and later a plastic reconstructive surgeon.
I highly recommend “Forged through Fire.” If Mark preserved through all his trials and pain there is no reason why we can’t.
I received a copy of the book from Revell/Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.

Finding Lady Enderly

Not quite a rags to riches story, Raina Bretton is a rag women in London’s east end when a handsome stranger appears in an alley and offer’s her a chance for an adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from a hard life and give her a chance to be a Lady. This was the first book that I read from the author and will be adding her books to my to be read pile.
If you enjoy reading historical books with a twist, you will enjoy reading this one.
I received a copy from Revell/Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.

As The Light Fades

“As The Light Fades” is the second book in the Nantucket series written by Catherine West. I enjoy all the author’s books; she takes real life struggles and puts words to them. As the Light Fades focused on domestic violence and bullying teenagers. A story about mercy, forgiveness, and grace, I was pulled into the story from page one. I recommend the book, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and dive in.

I received a copy of the book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest opinion.

Shift Your Thinking For A Deeper Faith

“Shift your thinking for a deeper faith: 99 ways to strengthen your relationship with God, others, and yourself” is the first book that I have read by the author, Dean Del Sesto.  Each chapter can be read independently or read from chapter one.  The author starts each chapter with a Bible verse and ends with a question to get the reader thinking about how to apply  The author mentioned that the book can be read out of order or in the traditional sense.

It’s ironic that we trust God for our eternity but often question whether he’ll handle the day to day issues we contend with in our life. “Shift your thinking for a deeper faith: 99 ways to strengthen your relationship with God,” others and yourself” is more of a devotional to improve our walk with God and relationships. The author encourages us to shift our thinking and starts each chapter with a bible verse and ends with a thought-provoking question.

I have a hard time reading just one chapter a day but enjoyed the challenge of each question. The new believer would benefit from reading “Shift your Thinking.”

I received the book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

Back Roads to Belonging

“When we’re in a season of change, hope gets buried beneath fifty layers of defeated thinking, and we’re sure we need to do something to reassure ourselves that we belong.” Author Kristen Strong shares with the reader how she struggled fitting in, with compassion and encouragement. Each chapter from wandering to inviting shows us how to remain in Christ and grow into the unique role God has for us.

How often do we struggle with belonging or fitting in or felt left out?  I struggle with that more often that I want to but am reminded daily that God is with me and part of the bigger picture. How often do we click “like” on a post to be part of the group or to fit in? I found myself in most of the pages throughout the book. We are made for community and connection to not do life on our own. The author weaves into each chapter modern day with biblical examples. Add this book to your to be read pile.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion.

A Glitter of Gold

Glitter of Gold is the second book in the Georgia Coast romance series. The book takes place in historic Savannah where Anne Norris is looking for a fresh start. Anne has a pirate tour business which is not attracting tourists and is struggling to pay the rent on her apartment. While taking a walk on the beach she discovers evidence of a shipwreck. Carter Hale, a local museum director is fascinated with the shipwreck and the discovery could open the door to his dream job.

Anne will have to work with Carter, but can she trust him? They go on a journey of discovering where the artifact came from as well as learning about themselves. Glitter of Gold is full of mystery, suspense, romance and treasure hunting. The author weaves throughout the story how forgiveness and God’s grace abound and drew me in from the first page. I loved reading the journal entries and learning about family secrets. I can’t wait for the final book in the series. If you love reading about historical fiction you will enjoy the book.

I received a copy of the book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.

Deadly Intentions

“Deadly Intentions”by Lisa Harris was the first book that I read by the author. From page one I was hooked. Caitlyn Lindsey is convinced that someone is taking out her team one by one. First a research partner and friend was killed in a home invasion, than her boss died in a suspicious car accident, then to top if off another partner supposedly committed suicide. Caitlyn is afraid for her life and turns to one of the victims’ husbands, Detective Josh Solomon.

The two of them can not trust anyone including Josh’s co-workers who are also detectives. They must discover the truth about who is after Caitlyn’s team before it’s too late with a sense of urgency and danger.

“Deadly Intentions” is full of suspense, mystery and romance that will keep you up reading till the last page. The book did not disappoint and will definitely be reading more of the author’s books. Lisa Harris is a master story teller and takes the reader deep into the heart of fear. I highly recommend the book.

I received a copy of this book by Revell Reads in exchange for an honest opinion.

Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World Of Urgent Need

David Platt was fresh off a trek through some of the highest mountains and remotest villages in the world. While there, he saw firsthand some of the most urgent physical and spiritual needs imaginable. Pastor David was shocked by the needs he encountered, an experience that last a lasting impression on him that changed the course of his life.

We can get so complacent in our everyday lives that we forget to focus on the needs of other’s. I felt the same way the pastor did when I spent two weeks in Africa this past June. I have seen true poverty, children with no future.

The sheer number of people who do not know Jesus is staggering. Everyone needs Jesus and His will for our lives is always bring the gospel to those who have not yet heard it whether in another country or in our neighborhood.

“Something Needs to Change” answer’s the question “What is God’s Will for my life.” An emotional plea to Christians to move toward the tragedies and brokenness of our world with compassion, love, and mercy that can only come from our hope in Christ

“Because you and I need to remember that our homes and our health and our bank accounts and our vehicles and our jobs and our comforts in this life guarantee us nothing in this world. One day ( and it could be today) they’re all going to be gone, so we need to remind ourselves to live today for what lasts forever.”

I highly recommend this book for those who really want to be challenged, to think other’s  and spur believers to get to work helping the world meet physical needs, but more importantly, spiritual needs. 

I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest opinion.