“Grace and the Preacher” by Kim Vogel, book review

“Grace and the Preacher” by Kim Vogel, book review

Her uncle is stepping down as pastor of the small town church. But before his last sermon, he chose his replacement from the Bible College graduates. And the new preacher is on the way. Grace has been corresponding with him for a few weeks, filling him in on details about their small town and people. But she has also fallen in love with the new single preacher, Ruffus.

Theo is just trying to keep his head low and stay out of trouble. Since that day 8 years ago when his cousins staged a robbery and coxed him into stealing the horses for a quick get away, his life has been difficult. Actually, the last 8 years have been better than his growing up years, because the cousins went to jail for the crime, but Theo was free, because he would not be apart of the scheme. Now, they were set to be released, so Theo knew it was time he head out of town. With the money he had saved by working in the livery the last 8 years, he bought a horse and headed out. Who he met along the way would completely change his life.

This story is a quaint love story between two young people just trying to find their way in the world. I really enjoyed the sweet story. Very refreshing and easy to read.

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

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“The Sisters of Sugarcreek” book review

“The Sisters of Sugarcreek” by Cathy Liggett, book review

This contemporary novel about three women who seemingly have little in common, but in the end share a love for God and a love for others in common.

When the community church burns, Jessica not only loses her church, but also her beloved Aunt Rose. After moving into Aunt Rose’s apartment upstairs from the yarn and quilt store, Jessica must put her life back together. As a young single mother, that is not an easy task.

Lydia does not attend the Community Church, as she is Amish, but when it burned it affected the whole community. For her personally, the fire caused a lot of problems, as her husband was killed. Now, she must make her own way without his help and care. But in some ways going it alone is easier.

Liz was Rose’s best friend. Rose’s death was tough for Liz, especially because it reminded her of her husband’s death a few years ago. Liz has moved on well with her life, alone, but now may bet interested in the handyman she has hired to fix her kitchen ceiling.

All three of these ladies are part of secret group who makes items and delivers in the middle of the night. It is incredible to see how the community reaponds.

This is an upbeat and enjoyable book. It does move a little slow during the day, but the characters are deleloped well.

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

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“You Carried Me” by Melissa Ohden, book review


“You Carried Me: A Daughter’s memoir” by Melissa Ohden, book review

This book is a very heart felt story of the journey of her own life, which begins with her birth- which was supposed to be the day of her death. Her mother attempted to abort her, but she was born alive and saved by a caring nurse. She was adopted and raised in a loving home.

The author tells her story. It is full of feeling and emotions. She learns the truth of her birth at age 14, and begins a journey to locate her birth parents. After years of searching, she is finally rewarded with answers to many of her long held questions.

I enjoyed this book. I was not sure what to expect when I started it, but was pleasantly surprised. It was easy to read and the story moved at a steady pace. The author shared many significant details of her life and was very honest. I would suggest this book for anyone who wants to learn more about abortion, adoption and the difficult choices many women face.

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

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“The Returning” by Rachelle Dekker

“The Returning” by Rachelle Dekker, book review

Twenty years ago Carrington and Remko had to leave baby Elise captive in the Authority City. It was the worst day of their lives. They have never stopped thinking about her. Every year on her birthday, Carrington writes a letter to her baby, who is now a young woman.
Now the times are changing and the Seers along with Aaron are on the move. As they face incredible forces of evil, they are focused on just one goal which is to bring light to the darkness in the city.

This is the third book in the series- following “The Choosing” and “The Calling.” I have not read the other books in the series, and had a difficult time following the characters and truly understanding the plot. I often read books which are part of a series and am able to enjoy the book, as the author will give enough back ground to fill in the wholes. “The Returning” does not give enough of back ground information for me to understand and enjoy reading the book. So, I suggest you read the first 2 books in the series first.

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

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“A Spectacle of Glory” by Joni Ereckson Tada” book review

” Spectacle of Glory” by Joni Ereckson Tada, book review

Joni has compiled a small book of daily readings which include a short personal story or illustration and a Bible passage. This book is a good way to begin the habit of daily devotions and Bible readings. It has a lovely cover and hard cover. These daily devotions are written to guide you to God. Joni brings a personal level of understanding to these daily passages, as she has been paralyzed for over 50 years, but has learned to lean on God!

This book is a nice gift for anyone on your list.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Handbar marketing group. All opinions expressed are my own.

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NIV Journaling Bible for girls, book review

NIV Journaling Bible for girls, book review.

The Bible is the most important book in anyone’s library. And this book, more than any other, is life changing, as it is God’s words to us. We should read it often and mark passages that are meaningful so we can find them again.

This journaling Bible is perfect for note taking and writing in, because it has large blank margins. These margins are perfect for writing and even drawing, for those who are artistically inclined. The cover is feminine and the pink elastic is functional.

I am a little disappointed that the Bible does not have study helps. It appears to be very plain. Realistically, it is a “blank canvas” for the girl who owns it, and very quickly will become filled with notes and pictures that will aid her in her study of the Bible.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this Bible from Handlebar marketing. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Cherished Quilt” by Amy Clipson, book review

“The Cherished Quilt” by Amy Clipson, book review

Emily works at her father’s leather shop, in addition to making quilts and other handmade items to earn money. She is the only daughter left at home, as her sisters have gotten married.

Christopher comes to work at his uncle’s leather shop to get away from home and all the bad memories. As the weeks progress he learns that he enjoys working with leather and is pretty good at it too. He also begins to relax enough to become friends with people in Bird-in-Hand. Emily and her family welcome him warmly, but he feels like he does not deserve friends.

Both Emily and Christopher learn to love others and forgive those who have hurt them.

I enjoyed this book. It is the third in the Amish Heirloom Series, so many of the same characters appear in all the books. However, there is enough back story to be enjoyed without reading the previous books in the series.

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

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“of stillness and storm” by Michele Phoenix, book review

“of stillness and storm” by Michele Phoenix, book review

Sam feels the call from God to be a missionary in Nepal. He has a zeal that is relentless, even when there are problems that take many years to overcome. Finally after 10 years of preparation, Sam, Lauren and Ryan arrive in Kathmandu. Life in Nepal is hard! The primitive conditions make even the simple tasks of life difficult. Lauren feels the stress of this life the most. And Ryan has a really hard time adjusting to life as a MK (missionary kid).

After 2 years overseas, life has not become any easier for Lauren and Ryan. Out of the blue, a friend from her college days contacts Lauren and convinces her to create a Facebook Account. This begins a reconnect ion process with friends from America. She is quite surprised to receive a message from Aiden, a childhood friend. Over a few weeks, when there is electricity to charge the lap top battery, Lauren and Aiden exchange messages and catch up on the last 20 years.

This book is a chronicle of Lauren and Sam’s life, with an emphasis on their time as missionaries in Nepal. The story is not always a happy one, as the author shares very honestly about the troubles that some missionary wives and children experience. This is definitely not an aspect of missionary work that is openly discussed, but should be addressed. In the story Sam felt very strongly that he wanted to work independently of any established mission organization. However, I feel that this lack of oversight, accountability, and structure led to many of the issues that plagued his family. Large organizations may have rules and regulations that may hamper some ministry opportunities, but they have a support system in place to care for their workers on the field. This is something that Lauren and Ryan desperately needed.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher and the Litfuse Publicity Group. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Home on the Range: A Novel (Double S Ranch)

Home on the Range: A Novel (Double S Ranch), by Ruth Logan Herne, book review

Nick has been working on his family’s ranch his whole life. It is hard work, but he is proud to be there. After his wife left him, he poured his heart into 2 things: his daughters and the ranch.

Elsa has come to Central Washington to heal. As a therapist for children, she thrived on helping the little ones deal with difficult issues. Until one child was killed by her mentally ill father. Elsa took it so personally that she had to leave her job, town, and wanted nothing to do with children again.

This story is how both Nick and Elsa learn to trust again- both themselves and each other. It is a believable story set on a ranch in Central Washington. This book is the 2nd in the series, but gives enough background to stand alone.

I enjoyed the book and found the story sweet. I was happy when the “good guy” won in the end.

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

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“The Missing Matissee” book review

“The Missing Matissee” by Pierre Matissee, book review

Pierre Matissee is a famous artist and he comes from a line of famous European artists. During WWII his world was turned up-side-down by the events in France and Spain. In an effort to keep him safe, his family changed his last name when registering him in school. But he did not understand the change and thought he was being disowned and was no longer worthy to be a Matissee.

This book is a chapter by chapter recount of his life before, during and after the war. There is a lot of description of the world events and how his family was impacted. He shared feely about how he was treated and his place in the family. His views were shaped by his age and his culture.

This is a well told story and would be especially interesting to an art enthusiast. It would make a nice gift to accompany a print by the artist.

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

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