The Valley of The Dry Bones by Jerry B. Jenkins

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The Valley of the Dry Bones is a novel written by Jerry B. Jenkins. The story is set in the future and takes place in California. After a 17 year drought, California is evacuated with the exception of small groups who chose to stay behind. Of them is a group of 16 Christians who witness to others. This group is called the Holdouts.

The pastor’s wife, Jenne, has found out she has advanced cancer and the pastor, Bob, decides to step down. A new pastor has to be chosen and it comes down to either the leader of the group, Zeke, or the doctor, Doc. Doc feels he is best for the group while Zeke is putting it all in God’s hands.

One of the groups the Holdouts visits is a group of Native Americans. While on one of their visits they get a chance to speak with one of the elderly ladies. She also is a Christian. She dies shortly after their visit and a member of her group goes to Arizona with the story she is going to notify family that left California. What she actually does is give false information to the authorities about the Holdouts.

The FBI and government get involved and start Operation Dry Bones. They are searching for Doc for supposedly killing members and committing mass murder on the Indian Tribes. Resources also say that Zeke escaped from custody and now heads up a warren of underground bunkers full of hundred of armed combatants. The pastor’s son in law is also quoted for saying he always knew the pastor would murder his wife.

This is a very suspenseful book with a lot of action. A lot of different things are going on at the same time but it is written in such a way it is easy to follow. I like the Christian aspect of the story. Several of the members are very strong Christians who use the Bible as a guide to live their lives, but it is not a preachy book. I also like that is it a story of family and community with everyone working for survival and the good of the group. This is not the type of story that I typically read but with all the action and suspense, I found it to be a very good book. The end did move along really fast and I appreciate the author finished up the book with a summary of what happened following Operations Dry Bones.

I received a copy of the book from Worthy Publishing and First Look Blog Tour for an honest review.

Series: End Times

336 pages

ISBN-10: 1617950084

ISBN-13: 978-1617950087

Publisher: Worthy Publishing

You can learn more about the author at: http://www.jerryjenkins.com/

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Land of Silence

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Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar is Biblical historical fiction. Elianna was instructed by her mother to watch her younger brother, Joseph. Eliana convinces Joseph to go play where the flowers grow. They spend time playing and as Elianna goes to check on a lost sheep, Joseph is stung by a bee. She rushes him home, but he dies before they get there. Her father blames her for Joseph’s death. Her father does not want to move forward with his business, so Elianna starts taking over some of his duties to get the business up and running again. Elianna is betrothed to Ethan with plans to marry after she turns 17. With her family still dealing with the lose of her brother and the time she is spending working, the wedding is delayed. Elianna does wonderful things with her father’s business but things beyond their control happen that keep her needing to work. Ethan eventually quietly gives her papers of a divorce and he moves on with his life.

Elianna is the woman we read about in the bible that is afflicted with a bleeding illness. In this story she spend years and lots of money trying to find a cure for her illness. She spends a lot of time praying for healing. At a time of desperation, she travels to hear Jesus speak, thinking if she could just touch his clothing, she would be healed. She plans to touch his clothing and be healed without anyone knowing.

This is a very good story. It is so well written it is hard to remember that it is fiction. The author has done a lot of research to make the story true to the time in history. I really enjoyed this story.  It is a story of family and love and doing what you need to for the sake of your family and others.

You Are Not Alone by Dena Yohe

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You Are Not Alone: Hope for Hurting Parents of Troubled Kids is written by Dena Yohe. Dena is a former social worker, pastor’s wife and mother of 3 children. This is a look into their life as parents of a troubled child. Their middle child, Renee, has multiple diagnosis of mental illnesses. She was a cutter, an addict to drugs and alcohol and often on the edge of suicide. Dena’s story included lists to help parents watch for signs of self-harming and relapse.

Dena also included valuable information for parents who are going through this struggle. She stresses the importance of taking care of yourself, seeking help, talking to family and friends and making sure your marriage and other children are not neglected as a result of the troubled child. Dena writes about the importance of prayer, not just for the troubled child but also thankfulness for other things in your life.

The authors daughter, Renee, has also included some input in the book. She lets us know what it was like for her to go through this, how she felt about her self and what she was doing to her family. She also writes about helpful things that could have been done to ease her pain and suffering.

I think this is a really good book for parents whether they have a troubled child or not. It would be very beneficial for parents of troubled children, but also very helpful to those who know families with troubled children. I like that the author included advice from other parents and a section from grieving parents who have lost a child to this struggle. I especially like the section in the book for those who want to help. This section gives suggestions on how to be helpful and what to say and not say. The author has also included a lot of resources and a chair exercise to help with anger and loss.

I received an uncorrected proof of this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

224 pages

ISBN-10: 1601428375

ISBN-13: 978-1601428370

Publisher: WaterBrook (July 19, 2016)

Renee can be viewed on youtube talking about her music and life at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5ek5FRsk48

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Mississippi Nights by D.M. Webb

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Mississippi Nights is written by D.M. Webb. This is a story of two brothers and how their lives are affected by the death of the younger brothers fiancee.

Sergeant Jeremy Boyette is on the scene of an accident, his brother’s fiancee is trapped in a car that is catching on fire. Jeremy tries to get her out but is pulled away by his co-workers. His brother, firefighter David Boyette, arrives to see his fiancee die in the fire. He blames Jeremy for not trying to get her out.

After her funeral David moves away. He turns to partying alcohol to bury his pain and grief. After several years he returns home. David moves into an apartment to hide his drinking problem from his family.

Maggie is the daughter of the family’s pastor. She takes in a young girl who is often left alone. Maggie is also the cousin to Jeremy’s wife. David meets her and starts to have feeling for both her and the little girl. Maggie struggles with her feelings for David as well.

The two brothers often find themselves working the same cases. Outward appearances show that they do not like each other, but their struggles inside tell a different story. Jeremy refuses to tell David, he did try to get David’s fiancee out of the car. Jeremy has scars on his hands that David sees by accident.

The Boyette’s are a close family. They do a lot of activities together. When the family finds out about David’s drinking problems they get together to help him. The father sends David to their pastor to have the pastor help him with his addiction. Jeremy looks down on David for not just stopping, until David points out to him that he has the same addition with smoking. Jeremy claims he is quitting smoking, but is he really.

This a really good story. If you like stories based on family with action, suspence and romance you will love this story. I like the action that takes place. I like how close the family is and how they work together to help each other. There is a little comedy in the crazy things the brothers do as well as how Jeremy’s wife responds to her children. The story points out the struggles people with addictions go through and how their addictions affect those close to them and their jobs. The story also tells us that we cannot run away from out problems and hurts. We have to deal with them to successfully move on.

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew

384 pages

ISBN-10: 1935507915

ISBN-13: 978-1935507918

Publisher: Ambassador International

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Author Website: http://authordmwebb.weebly.com/

“The song used in the trailer is a Christian artist names Lance Edward Nielsen who produced the song under the band Angel Dean. He is the founder of  Ministry Arts Academy in Sioux Falls, SD.”

Faith

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Faith is the third book in the Quaker Brides series written by Lyn Cote. Faith and her friend Honoree are trained nurses caring for wounded soldiers for the Union Army. They have joined the group to have a chance to move south looking for Honoree’s sister who was kidnapped years earlier. Faith, a Quaker, is known for her skills in treating the injured. Honoree is often mistaken for being maid, she was born free, not a slave. Faith often turns to Bible verses when talking with others and she prays with the soldiers.

Colonel Devlin Knight, Dev, is a career soldier. He promised to write manumission papers for his manservant on his next birthday, but goes back on his word. He knows his manservant, Armstrong, wants to enlist in the army. He does not want Armstrong to enlist as he cares about him and does not want anything to happen to him.

I like this book. It is a Christian historical fiction. The characters are well introduced. Even though it is the third book in the series, it was a very good stand alone story. The author has done a lot of research to write the story true to the time. We get to see the strength both Faith and Honoree have living in dangerous situations. And the determination they have in finding Honoree’s sister.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network for an honest review.

Series: Quaker Brides (Book 3)

584 pages

ISBN-10: 1414375638

ISBN-13: 978-1414375632

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Murder Comes by Mail

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Murder Comes by Mail is book 2 in The Hidden Mystery series written by A. H. Gabhart. Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is taking a group of ladies to watch a play when he sees a man trying to jump off a bridge. He stops the bus and saves the man from jumping. The man tells him “ You’ll wish you pushed me”. Shortly after this incident young ladies start showing up dead. The murderer sends photos by mail. Michael feels he is being set up and the women close to him are in danger.

I like this book. It is fun to read. The setting is in a small town with characters that are sometimes funny, but very strong people. They are caring people who do what they have to do to protect their loved ones. I especially like the strength Aunt Lindy shows. Once the story is developed, it moves very quickly with a lot of action and suspense. Even though this is labeled as a Christian mystery, the Christian aspect is minimal.

I was given a copy of this book from Revell for an honest review.

Series: The Hidden Springs Mysteries (Book 2)

352 pages

ISBN-10: 0800727053

ISBN-13: 978-0800727055

Publisher: Revell

Rocket-Bye

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Rocket-Bye is a soft cover book  written by Carole P.Roman.  This story is a bed time poem of hopping on a rocket ship and traveling into space. They travel over the trees, cities and mountains. Riding on the rocket ship they travel past the moon, stars, planets and end up asleep at home in bed.

I think this is a cute story, perfect for the child interested in outer space.  It is a nice book to help teach children about the different planets and constellations. The pictures are colorful as well.  It is written as a bed time story but is nice for anytime of the day.

I received a copy of this book and have written an honest review.

32 pages

ISBN-10: 1530243372

ISBN-13: 978-1530243372

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Little One, God Made You Special

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Little One, God Made You Special is a juvenile fiction board book written by Amy Warren Hilliker, daughter of Dr. Rick Warren. This story lets little ones know that God made them special and unique.  No one has your tiny nose, wiggly, squiggley toes, silly laugh, perfect chin and grin or big heart.  God made each of us very special from the start.

The book has beautiful colorful pictures of baby animals and a parent.  The animals included are bear, duck, deer rabbits and more.  The board book is durable and just the right size and length for a toddler.

I think this is a really cute book.  It is the perfect length to read to a young child without them getting restless. And, easy enough for a young reader to read.

I received a free copy of this book and have written an honest review.

Age: 4-8

14 pages

ISBN-10: 0310753007

ISBN-13: 978-0310753001

Publisher: Zonderkidz; Boardbook edition

 

The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie

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The Drifter is Nicholas Petries first novel. The story takes place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Peter Ash was a marine, now is a veteran with PTSD that does not allow him to be inside buildings without experiencing anxiety. He has built an enclosure on the back of his pickup and sleeps inside the cab. He has learned one of his military friends, Jimmy Johnson, has died and goes to help Jimmy’s family. He makes up a story about working for a Marine Corps program providing free home repairs for families of veterans. While working on Dinah Johnson’s deck he has to deal with a big, aggressive dog. He is able to get the dog tied up so the dog will not hurt anyone. He also finds a battered suitcase under the deck with a large sum of money and plastic detonating devices. He and Dinah try to find out who the money belongs to.
Jimmy had been injured while deployed and came home a different person. He left his family, got an apartment and a part time job. He also was trying to help find a missing military person. One of the things Jimmy had when he died was a belt with a hidden pocket. Peter uses the items in this pocket to start an investigation into what really happened to Jimmy. During his investigation Peter meets other veterans suffering from the effects of being in the military. A lot of them have made bad decisions and are just trying to get enough money through illegal means to be able to move away and live out their lives.

This is a good story. It is full of action and suspense. I hope Nicholas Petrie writes a lot more books. It really makes you sit back and think about what our veterans are going through and the lack of proper care they are getting. The story also gives us a glimps into how the military life has changed these people from who chose to fight for our country and freedom, to people who are running from the memories of was and just trying to get by. The only thing I did not like about this story was the use of swear words, I think the story could have been told without them.

I received a copy of this book from Goodreads and have written an honest review.

368 pages

ISBN 13: 9780399174568

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Change of Heart

398709Change of Heart is the second book in the Paper Heart Series by Courtney Walsh. This is Evelyn’s story. Evelyn Brandt, wife of Senator Christopher Brandt is hostessing a luncheon with influential ladies when the FBI comes to her door. Her husband is being investigated for embezzlement. Evelyn is forced to send the ladies home and the FBI goes through her home.

Trevor Whitney’s Aunt Lilian makes him go to Evelyn’s aide. He takes Evelyn back to his farm and invites her to stay at his guest house. Trevor has loved Evelyn since high school but has had to force that love aside when she married his best friend. Trevor and Lilian have a farm where they raise vegetables and cattle that they sell. Trevor is trying to find other ways to make the farm profitable, Evelyn tries to help them. She comes up with the idea of having a community meal at their farm as well as opening their farm up to having people come pick their own produce.

Evelyn grew up in a home when she never felt good enough. She thought she was getting away from this when she married Christopher. What she did not know, was that Christopher felt of her as a trophy wife that would help his political career and that he lived a double life. Evelyn tries to get on her with her life without Christopher but someone is leaking personal information to the press. Evelyn finds friendship with the Valentine Volunteers. This group of ladies make it their duty to find eligible singles and try to find suitable mates for them. They also work with the Valentines Day street hearts.

This is a very good book. I like how Evelyn and Trevor are able to put their past behind them and work together on community projects. This story is a good reminder that God works through all things. That He is there during the worst times of our lives and will turn our lives around if we let Him. This story has mystery as well as romance. Even though it is part of a series, it stands alone very nicely.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network for an honest review.

Series: Paper Heart

400 pages

ISBN 16: 9781414398709

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.