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Egypt’s Sister- Angela Hunt, author

I will admit from the start that I had a hard time getting in Egypt’s Sister by Angela Hunt. I found myself rereading some pages and unable to relate to the characters, this was the first book I have read by Angela Hunt and most often do not read biblical fiction, with that said the author wrote an awesome book The main point of the story was Chava’s relationship with God and Urbi, an Egyptian princess who became as close as sisters. Urbi unexpectedly ascends the throne as Queen Cleopatra. Chava believes their bond is strong enough to survive, but her ultimate betrayal takes her from everything where she must choose between love, honor and God’s will for her life. Overall, a well written story that just didn’t do it for me. I received this book from the Bethany House, but I was in no way required to leave a positive review. I will wait and read Book 2.

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Convicted-An Amazing Story

Convicted was about two men from two different walks of life, Andrew Collins, a cop who let his ego get to him and operates like the law does not pertain to him and Jameel McGee, an innocent man who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. They both land up in prison and start on a journey together neither envisioned when they started their day. One that saw suffering first hand, but yet the first one to forgive the police officer. A true story of hope, forgiveness, redemption, love, truth. Both land up in prison, once released they are faced with accepting responsibility for their actions and from that they rediscover what forgiveness really is in a racially divided city. God uses situation we are all in to get our attention and protect us.

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With You Always: Jody Hedlund

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Being different is sometimes the best thing. Elise Neuman, a poor immigrant and her sisters live at thhe Seventh St. Mission. They lost both their parents and are now homeless. Elise promised her mom that she watch over her siblings and hoping to find a job.

Thornton Quincy knows nothing about financial hardships. His dad owns a factory and was a successful business man. Thornton and his brother grew up privileged and never went with out.

His dad challenged both brothers to a competition to build a town along the railroad line. Elise encouraged Thornton to think about people as individuals with real lives, rather than mere numbers to add to his checklist of accomplishments, to think of others for a change and not himself. Love grows between them, but Elise is certainly by far not the type of girl his father would approve of.

This was the first book I read by Jody Hedlund. What caught my eye was the orphan train, but it was more than that.

How often do we give up on God because our prayers are not answered on our time, but His time! Miracles do happen, we just simply have to believe like Elise. She felt that since she did not have any power or influence, that God would not use her, when in fact He uses us each day, it is us who needs to put the distractions aside and start listening. Can’t wait for Book 2 and to find out what happens between Thornton and Elise.

As part of every web or Amazon review that I write,  Bethany House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

The Memory Of You

The Memory Of You pulled me in from the first page. How do we forgive ourselves? Natalie lost part of herself when her sister died 13 years ago.(I can not even imagine losing my own sister.) When her grandpa has a heart attack, Natalie returns to the winery in California. She has avoided visiting the winery since that awful summer. Natalie’s dad would like to close the winery due to poor business and its starting to get run down. Tanner Collins, an employee would like to see it closed permentaly, when he meets Natalie everything changes

This book is about redemption, love, family loyalty and how to move past a tragedy. I could not put the book down and my heart was heavy for Natalie. I hope the author writes a follow up to this book. I highly recommend The Memory Of You and carving out time to read it.

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Catherine West is an award-winning author who writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. Her first novel, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, released in 2011 and won the INSPY for Romance, a Silver Medal in the Reader’s Favorite Awards, and was a finalist in the Grace Awards. Catherine’s second novel, Hidden in the Heart, released in September 2012, was long listed in the 2012 INSPY’s and was a finalist in the 2013 Grace Awards.

When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

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How To Pray With Power & Effectiveness

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The Essential Guide to Prayer: Life-Changing Teaching on the Simplicity of Having a Powerful Prayer Life, by Dutch Sheets is focused on implementing prayer into everyday life.

This book is based on the author’s personal reflections and experiences, as well as research and scripture passages. We should go further in our prayer life by learning how to be intentional when praying. God will answer our prayers on His time, not ours. After the first chapter, I started loosing interest in the book. Some areas were too preachy for me. I don’t need to be movtivated from a book to pray.

I liked some of the questions that are at the end of each chapter- Did you understand? Great resource if you want to focus more on prayer. All opinions in ths review are my own.

 

Pre-Order The Writing Desk

Available July 11, 2017! Pre-Order Today!
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a new captivating novel of secrets, romance, and two women bound together across time by a shared dream.

Why not read The Wedding Dress while waiting for the release of The Writing Desk.

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God Of Love And Compassion

Patrick, Justin I admire the both of you. Compassion, grace, when life becomes challenging neither of you backed down and persevered. Courage, dignity and a very powerful bond of life long friendship.
The truth that God’s love is more powerful than any darkness that we can face. I’ll Push You is a powerful reminder of faith, friendship and community. We don’t need a church building, we are the church. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. A story of two men, Patrick and Justin, born in the same hospital two days apart, grew up together and faced life side by side. One able-body (Patrick) pushing one wheel-chair bound (Justin) 500 miles on a journey traveling the famous Camio de Santiago.
We all go through trials, but what a better way than to have your best friend next to you through thick and thin. Each one willing to sacrifice. Sometimes it is hard to let go and let other’s help. I cried when Patrick let go of control and let others push Justin when he could no longer push his wheelchair. Justin also reminds us life is too short and to enjoy what you have.

 

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