Tag Archive | Christian

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.

IMG_9373

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.

IMG_9370

Enter a caption

 

With You Always: Jody Hedlund

IMG_9160

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.

How To Pray With Power & Effectiveness

IMG_8928

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.

 

Jesus Always Forgives Us

IMG_8689

A Love So True is beautifully written and reminds us that there is compassion regardless of what others do. This is the second book in the Teaville Moral Society series. I thoughly enjoyed reading the book and found it hard to put down once I started reading it.

Evelyn has a huge heart for women and children of the Red Light district. Her desire is to buld a home that these women can call their own. (My heart ached for those for felt they needed to prostitute themselves out.) No one wants to support this endeavor. If Evelyn can not convince local businesses to support and help financially, her dream may not happen.

David Kingsman is in Teaville to get his father’s business, A.K. Glass back on solid ground. His plan is to only stay in Teaville for a short time, that is until he meets Evelyn. He finds himself dropping in at the orphanage just to talk to Evelyn. Both David and Evelyn experience the same things we all do: second chances, joy and heartache. A common theme throughout the book was that Jesus forgives us regardless of what we think or the mistakes we make. Can they both trust God’s plan despite what may be stacked againist them?

I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of “A Love So True” for an honest review.