Love and Sacrifice

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“Amid war and the fading dream of the confederacy, wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas and sacrificial love.” Christmas at Carnton is set during the civil war in Franklin, Tennessee. The main character, recently widowed Aletta Prescott struggles to hold her life together with her son after finding out her husband was killed during the war.
With a impending foreclosure and no job, Aletta finds an advertisement for the Women’s Relief Society auction and applies for a position.

Beautifully told story of love and loss. Aletta was an attentive and hard worker who starts to fall in love with a wounded confederate solider. There were some points in the book that I was not sure where the author was headed with the story line. However, it is a book I recommend. Reminds us of love filled with selflessness, love, generosity and courage.

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A Time To Stand

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This novel could be taken right from the headlines, A Time To Stand tells a real and modern story about race division, prejudice and how we are too quick to judge others without all the facts. We are all created by Jesus, to not judge, to look past differences, to love, to come together. Ecclesiastes 3- there’s a time for everything under the sun, time to love- A Time To Stand! Can we all learn to ultimately forgive?

A Pastor says this in the middle of the storm, “It’s time to stand! To look past differences the Lord created and come together in the unity of God’s spirit! To stand in agreement that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. To stand together on earth as we will one glorious day……”

After a white police officer shoots a black teen who is not armed in Campbellton, Georgia leaves the community in an uproar. A powerful message, sides drawn, anger boiling over and Adisa Johnson, a young black lawyer caught in the middle. Her loyalty lies with the teen who was shot, but she was hired to defend Luke, the police officer and the African American community feels like Adisa turned away from her “own people.”

A Time To Stand will teach us to not judge others before we have all the facts, that race/color should not matter. Heart wrenching, but yet hopeful book that shows how God can intervene in our lives if we let him. If we all pray and let God move in our lives, miracles can happen, hearts change no matter what we face.
This was my first book by the author and will be reading more of Robert Whitlow.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Space Between Words

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Michele Phoenix did it again. She has a way with words that will keep the reader up all night reading The Space Between Words. Two stories, three centuries apart. Present time woman (Jessica) who is learning how to live again and physically and emotionally heal and love a woman in the past.

The book starts with the Paris terrorist attacks of 2015 when 137 people at the Bataclan Concert Hall were killed. The main character, Jessica is shot and survives the attack. As part of her physical healing, she rents a cottage in the French countryside from two Americans, Mona and Grant. As she slowy ventures outside, Jessica visits several flea markets where she finds an antique sewing box with a false bottom and several pages of the bible.

Mona and Grant, owners of the cottage help Jessica trace the box back to the orginial owners-a Huguenot girl who lived in the 17th century.

At first I was hesitant to read The Space Between Words because of the terrorist attacks in Paris, once I started reading it reminded me that we can overcome hard times with God right along side us. Story of hope, love and living after evil threatens to take everything away. Have some tissues handy.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Fire Road- A Memoir Of Hope

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Fire Road is a story of both unrelenting horror and unexpected hope, a harrowing tale of life changed in an instant. It’s a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and of the Vietnam War: Nine year old Kim Phuc running in agony moments after napalm bombs fell from the sky that burned away her clothing and seared deep into her skin. Once I started reading Fired Road, it was hard to put down.

Throughout the story, Kim shares the effects and destruction of war on everyone and the price paid for living in a war torn country. Left for dead in the morgue, Kim survived from the burns that covered most of her body, to find out that her country used her picture for propaganda. The cover caught my eye as well as the author’s journey through the horrors of war to faith, forgiveness and peace. Her families religion followed CaoDia which the gods did not help her through the hard times, until a Christian pastor came into her life did it change Kim’s way of thinking, did she realized that Jesus also endured pain and scars for her. That he died for her, did her way of thinking changed.

You will walk along side and feel the pain when her parents find her left in the morgue for dead, to walking away from CaoDia, to finding peace in her relationship with Jesus. Kim learned through hearing the Holy Spirit to live through her faith and love those who she leaves behind.

I highly recommend the book.

I received this book as from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Holy Spirit Come To Me

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Are you missing the whisper’s of God? Are you yearning to hear Him? The author does an incredible job of walking the reader through the seven languages God uses to speak to us.  If you want to hear the heart of God, silence is key. If you want the Spirit of God to fill you, be still. Quiet is the think tank of the soul. I highly recommend this book.

This deployment taught me that my cast was just a minor blip, disruption, that there are bigger issues than a body who is wore out. I learned these past two weeks to take the bull by the horn and step outside my box, my four corners. I learned to just walk up, offer my hand to those broken, hurting, nothing left, offered to pray, hug and let them just share. Still a work in progress, learning to just sit and listen. Jesus, can you continue to whisper that if I am too preoccupied with my problem’s that I can’t hear His promptings.

We may think everything happens too fast, at the speed of light, but if we stop for a minute and realize God is in control life will go smoother. On this deployment we planted lots and lots of seeds and may not see the fruit of our labor right away, but Jesus has plans for everyone. Most everyone gives up too easily if things are not going our way or too quickly and we lose focus of the greater picture.

When is the last time you stopped to hear Jesus whisper? When is the last time you heard God’s voice? Do you know how to listen for it? Mark Batterson walks you through the seven languages God uses to speak to us: Scripture, desires, doors, dreams, people, prompting, and pain.

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HOW TO HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD

You don’t have to wait until October 24th to read @MarkBatterson new book, WHISPER: HOW TO HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD. Get a signed, advance copy (plus bookmark) when you pre-order. Details: http://bit.ly/2vvy8wl.  #WHISPER

The bible comes alive only when we actively obey it. The word of God is as powerful as the four words “Let there be light”  Have you heard God’s WHISPER TODAY?IMG_9582.JPGfrom HOW TO HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD.

 

Freedom’s Ring-Heidi Chiavaroli

 

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Freedom’s Ring, by Heidi Chiavaroli, is one of those novels that once you start will be hard to put down. Love and forgiveness is a theme throughout the book. A journey into past and present that inspires and encourages the reader. I decided to read Freedom’s Ring because the Boston Bombing in 2015 is close to home. The author did an awesome job intertwining Boston, 2015 with Boston 1770. The Boston Massacre sparked the American Revolution; the Boston Marathon bombing set a city on edge. Both became the proof of where true strength lies.

She tells the stories of Liberty, whose brother was killed in the Massacre; and Anaya, a runner who was injured in the bombing.

Boston 2015: When Anaya was injured in the bombing, a man wearing who was wearing a Red Sox sweatshirt took her to safety, and gave her a ring. After she recovered, she looked for the man, but could not find him. When her mother calls her to tell her that her sister may be moving to England, Anaya decides to make contact with her sister and her niece. Anaya’s sister is bitter about Anaya’s desertion of her family.

Boston 1770: Liberty traveled to Boston to search for her brother. She has no money, no means of support, and no idea where her brother is. A compassionate “Lobster Back” offers her a job as his housekeeper. When she finally finds her brother, she’s somewhat afraid to tell him who she works for, even though, her employers politics don’t compare to hers. A couple of weeks later, Liberty’s brother, James, was the first fatality.

This is the author’s first book and was true to form. Looking forward to future books. Love all the historical facts that Heidi added and felt like I was walking through Boston. The antique ring connects both Liberty and Anaya.

Thank you Tyndale House Publishers for sending an Advance Readers Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

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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