The Memory House

“Our families will be bound together in more ways than one soon enough.” Rachel Hauck has done it again. Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House. Beck and Everleigh are two women whose lives change in the blink of an eye. Their lives are intertwined, Beck, burdened with a secret, suspended for misconduct and struggling to get her life in order. A mysterious letter arrives and changes the course of her life. The letter informs Beck that she has inherited a house in Florida.

Decades earlier, Everleigh Applegate, a widow lives an uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas and tears her life apart and destroyed her new, young, married life.

The Memory House offers healing to both women. I fell in love with the characters from page one. Mercy, forgiveness and faith are throughout the book. Another well written book by Rachel Hauck. 

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Before I Saw You

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Before I Saw You is set in the small southern Indiana town of Riverton. The town has seen its share of hardships, but the ravages of heroin use has left it almost without any  hope. The story is told in the first person voice of Jaycee Givens, a girl hanging on by the barest of threads. Jaycee, the main character struggles with. doubt, and always second-guesses herself and God. Her family consists of Sudie, an elderly cemetery custodian, Carla, her boss at the local diner, Gabe, a newcomer to town  and several other community member who stand along side her even in the darkest times. 

I loved the picture of church family that the author paints, grace-filled and mercy-led. Jaycee sees God in action throughout the book. Two of the themes that stood out to me are learning to let go and give things over to God and trusting Him with the many curveballs that life may throw at us.

“Before I saw You” is well written love how the author  weaves grace, mercy, forgiveness and love into the story that leaves the reader feeling blessed throughout the book. I highly recommend Sorrels’ other novels, “How Sweet The Sound” and “Lead Me Home.”

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Tyndale (publisher) in exchange for an honest review. These thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mercy, Love, and Forgiveness

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“Where Hope Begins” is about a family that from the outside looks perfect, but yet imperfect once the reader steps inside the book. Are we not imperfect, wanting to be more Christ-like? That is if we have Jesus.
 
The author tackles serious real life issues that happens to couples and people everyday that tug at your emotions and heart. A family dealing with brokenness, a domino affect of a family quickly spiraling out of control from a series of poor decisions and fallout after a tragedy that affects everyone. But……. it is also a story of mercy, love, forgiveness, will challenge your faith and hope. “Where Hope Begins,” is told from Savannah’s point of view and how she handled anger, betrayal and grief. As she dealt with these emotions, I found myself getting pulled into her story. My heart ached for Savannah, the tears flowed. 
 
Make sure you have tissues handy, you will cry, laugh and your heart will be touched. You will feel the raw emotions of each character. I felt like I was having coffee and sitting across the table from Savannah as she tried to make sense of the situation that she was faced with. I highly recommend this book.
 
Romans 8:28 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
 
“I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to pust a review. All opinions in this review are my own.” 
 
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“ I Can Only Imagine” Bart Millard’s Story

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The first time I heard “I Can Only Imagine” was when I accept Jesus into my heart and always imagined how I could be the hands and feet of Jesus. Now I know!!!! Share Jesus with anyone and everyone! Bart Millard’s story is inspiring, shows how God’s grace and love surpasses everything. “I Can Only Imagine” written by Bart Millard is the story behind the song and his life. We serve a mighty God, He transformed Bart’s dad and He can and will transform you if you allow Him to. I cried, I heard God speaking to me through the words of Bart’s story. Once you accept Jesus into your heart, your life is transformed and you will never be the same. Jesus loves us so much that He died for us. Bart gets right to the truth, his story is a must read.

I received an ARC from the publisher. My opinions are my own.

Out Of The Ashes-Life Reborn

D94037E4-7239-4BE3-A7D6-504B9FCEB00AJourney of healing, love and redemption. “Out Of The Ashes” by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse is the second book in the Heart Of Alaska series following In The Shadow of Denali. If you enjoyed the first book in the series, you will absolutely love this one.

Jean-Michel and Katherine Demarchis were once in love, but Katherine’s dad tore them apart and forced her to marry a senator who turned into a very abusive demon. After the accidental death of her parents and the death of her husband, Katherine is left alone with her elderly grandmother whose sole purpose is to lead Katherine to God and eventually back to first love Jean-Michel. They are both haunted by their past, can they both rediscover the the true love and bond they once had?

Her grandmother carefully plans a trip with good intentions to Curry, Alaska. Than she reaches out to Jean-Michel who is living in France and raising his 19 year old sister, Collette, who only thins of herself. They also lost their parents. The letter arrives at just about the same time Collette is begging her brother to take a trip to America. However, the letter contained only one ticket to Alaska. His sister found the letter and the ticket and Jean-Michel finally realizes he would need to take Collette with him to curve her excitment for adventure.

I really enjoyed reading “Out Of The Ashes,” because it is a reminder that without God nothing is possible. We all need to have faith and trust that God will get us through even the toughest of times.
Strongly recommend the book.

I received a copy of the book from the publishers. All opinions are my own.

 

Love For Family, Christ and Community

 

 

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Mi Casa UpTown brought me on a journey through areas I remember passing through on the subway or on the way into “the city” from Brooklyn or Long Island. I heard car horns, the smell of the air, the bounce of a small red ball against the buildings. Mi Casa reminds us that we as followers and believers of Jesus are not meant to “do” life alone, we are to “do” life in a Christ- centered community, plant roots, build families, love our neighbors and trust Jesus. Each neighborhood has its own story, Washington Heights, way at the top of the subway map has a story, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, way at the bottom of the subway map has a story.

For the needy will not always be forgotten; the hope of the oppressed will not perish forever. Psalm 9:18. In a society that is so rush, rush, a city that never sleeps, the latest iPhone or material item that takes our eye off the prize is not worth it. “The real work comes in loving, building up and considering others above yourself.” It takes faith to “die for yourself.” If we truly want to live like Christ, we have to allow everyone to see our imperfections, if we present ourselves as perfect than we are not letting real relationships to form and grow. We are by far from perfect. “Simply put, the way to love someone well is to share your life with them, the bad as much as the good. The things worth challenging as much as the things worth celebrating.”

I love that Rich can find so many opportunities in a city that never sleeps and is always on the move, this is still plenty of life and beauty in Washington Heights. Rich wove stories of biblical people like John and Paul into everyday life, made me stop and rethink my perspective on how I need to live out my life. Job well done Pastor Rich, you are a gifted story teller, thank you for capturing it and writing a book. A journey on how to love again. I highly recommend Mi Casa UpTown.

I received a copy from BH Publishing for an honest review.