“Words” by Ginny L. Yttrup, book review

“Words” by Ginny L. Ytrrup, book review

She had 3 books that had belonged to her mother and these were her most precious possessions.  She was very careful with these books and read them cover to cover.  She knew her mother would return soon, and she must be ready.  But she was having a hard time remembering when that would be.  She had been waiting so long.  And he often came back.  He did not love her like her mother.  He just used her.

“Words” is the heart breaking story of Kaylee, a young girl caught in the middle of a terrible situation of abuse and neglect.  Her mother was addicted to drugs and could not care for her.  She was left with her mother’s boyfriend who abused her.  To try to cope with this all, Kaylee stopped talking.  But the words of her books were always alive in her mind.

Sierra is trying to rebuild her life after the death of her infant daughter, Annie, 12 years ago.  While some of the memories have faded, the hurt and guilt have not.

Sierra and Kaylee together discover that God’s love can conquer all hurt and fear.

This is a well written book.  The characters are developed and this difficult subject is handled with grace.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, B&H Publishing.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“America the Strong” by William Bennett, book review

“America the Strong” by William Bennett, book review

“Conservative Ideas to Spark the Next Generation” is the subtitle of the new book by William Bennett.  As a nation, we are moving so far away from conservative values that many do not even know where to start.  This book gives a great basis to start defending these values.  Bennett uses the acronym FLINT: Free enterprise, Limited government, Individual liberty, National Defense, Traditional values.  The book is easy to read and has lots of examples that make each topic real.

This book would be a wonderful resource for a home school family to use to teach civics or to include in US government class.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“A House Divided” by Robert Whitlow

Corbin is a small town lawyer.  He knows everyone and everyone knows him.  And his problem with drinking.  But he knows he has it under control.  Until his beloved Kitty dies.  Then his world really comes unraveled.

His children, Ray and Roxy, have both become successful attorneys.  But in the process of helping their father with a case, both lose their jobs.  While this is a major set back for them both, they see their family healing.

I enjoyed this book.  The family works through real problems and comes out on top.  Each deal with defeat and disappointment in a different, but noble way.  And each turn to God for hope and guidance.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Luther and Katherina”

Martin Luther is well known as the reformer of the Christian faith in Germany with his famous writings and issues with the Catholic church. Less well known is his wife, Katharina, and how she entered his life.

Katharina was a well bred woman who was sent to the convent as a young child.  Her family believed this was best for her, and as she grew up there, believed it too.  But the sheltered life was not all that those outside thought it was.  While the convent was a place of prayer and devotion to God, there were also issues with sexual misconduct and abuse.  In addition, despite what the Catholic church taught, anyone can be close to God, not just those who devote their lives to poverty and silence.  Katharina always longed to be a wife and mother, but that was impossible in the convent.  But when a smuggled copy of Martin Luther’s writings found its way around the nuns, she began to see her desire was not wrong and began forming a plan to escape the convent.

This novel is very interesting and shows Martin and Katharina as real people dealing with real life issues.  I have read other books about Martin Luther, so was familiar with his general history, so I enjoyed this book.

I would recommend it for those who enjoy a good love story as well,

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Stealing Jake” by Pam Hillman, book review

“Stealing Jake” by Pam Hillman, book review

Livy is determined to leave her old life behind. But it keeps creeping up on her when she least expects it. She left Chicago and lives in Chestnut- a small mining town. She helps her mentor, Mrs. Brooks, who runs an orphanage. Livy nightly patrols the streets looking for the children who live in shantytown without parents or any other adults to care for them. And she knows exactly how they feel, she was once one of them.

Jake is the new deputy. He is trying to help his family make ends meet after the untimely death of his father in a mining accident. He is charged with finding who is stealing from the homes and businesses of Chestnut. Most are quick to accuse the street kids, but Livy has given him strong evidence to proceed slowly.

This is a wonderful story of love and forgiveness. I enjoyed it and hope that there will be another in a series.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Dead Dog Like Me” by Max Davis, book review

“Dead Dog Like Me” by Max Davis, book review

Pastor Nick Gregory is at the top of his game. He is the successful pastor of a mega church, best selling author and just generally good guy. But that all comes crashing down on him in the matter of moments when he lets his temper get the better of him and it is all caught on cell phone camera.

When he is in the hospital he has a dream, or it is reality, that he is Mephibosheth- of the Bible fame- Saul’s grandson, Jonathon’s son. As he lives days in Mephibosheth’s broken body, he learns lessons that are almost to much for him to behold. Love, forgiveness, harshness and brokenness are what he experiences as Mephibosheth. But when he awakes, and is Nick, can he understand and receive the same forgiveness?

This is an interesting story of how people are made and broken in the matter of moments, often due to social media and the nightly news. How quick we are to judge others without knowing all that is going on behind the scenes. This was an easy to read book that is also thought provoking.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dead Dog Like Me

Worthy Publishing (June 23, 2015)


Max Davis


Max Davis is the author of over twenty books, has been featured in USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly, and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club. He holds degrees in journalism and biblical studies. In addition to his own works, he’s done a variety of ghostwriting and collaboration projects. Max and Alanna have three grown children and a grand baby.


Nick Gregory regains consciousness after a horrific car accident to find he’s been transported back in time and that he has become Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son and King Saul’s grandson. Aware that he’s experiencing another man’s life, he has to learn fast. When mega-church pastor, Nick Gregory, regains consciousness after a horrific car accident, he’s on the ground in agonizing pain. Nick realizes he is in a bizarre place – a foreign, parched, ancient land, having been transported back in time to 800 B.C. Unbelievably, he is in the body of a prince named Mephibosheth, a son of Jonathan and King Saul’s grandson. Nick is fully aware of who he is and that he’s now living in Mephibosheth’s body, strangely able to speak and understand Hebrew. This experience helps him see that he, like Mephibosheth, is a broken man desperate for God’s outrageous grace and healing (2 Samuel 9:8). Returning to present day, Nick’s experience motivates a changed life.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dead Dog Like Me, go HERE.

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