The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg

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The Auschwitz Escape, by Joel C. Rosenberg, takes place during WW2. While fiction, this story tells what it was like during the war for the Jews and those who helped them. Auschwitz is a death camp where Jews are taken. Those taken there do not realize they are taken there to die. Several men work together to plan their escapes at certain times to try to get the word out about what is really happening at this camp.

I just love reading Joel Rosenberg’s stories, they are so well written, it feels like you are actually there seeing what is happening. This at times is a hard story to read, but the suspense and mystery of the men’s escapes kept me reading to the very end. This story takes on a little twist at the end that is jumps almost 70 years into the future to bring a couple of the prisoners back to the camp. It is a very touching story. One of the things that I enjoyed most about this story was that even though the prisoners did not all have the same Christian beliefs, they worked together. I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading stories based during WW2.

480 pages

ISBN: 9781414336244

Publisher: Tyndale House

To learn more about the author and books he has written go to: http://www.joelrosenberg.com/

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You’re the One that I Want by Susan May Warren

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You’re the One That I Want is the last book in a Christiansen Family series by Susan May Warren. This is the continuation of Owen’s story. Owen suffered an injury while playing for the NHL that cost him his career. He is now working on an Alaskan crabbing boat. A storm causes the ship’s owner’s daughter, Scotty, to get tossed into the waters and Owen goes in after her. When it is believed they are lost at sea, their pictures are on the TV and Owen’s bother, Casper sees it. He is looking for Owen to get Owen’s permission to marry the mother of Owen’s daughter. When Casper and Owen try to fly home to Minnesota, they are taken into custody as Carper is a suspect in a murder. Scotty is in law enforcement and is asked to make sure they get back to Minnesota.

I have enjoyed reading this series. This book brings the family back together and shows the faith they have as well as the love and devotion they have towards each other. This story contains mystery, suspense and romance. While each of the books focuses on one of the family members, it is also a continuation of the whole family. So this series should be read in the order it is written.

Series: Christian Family (book 6)

384 pages

ISBN: 9781414378466

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

Susan May Warren is a best selling award winning author. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at www.susanmaywarren.com.

Healing the Scars of Addiction by Gregory Jantz, PHd and Ann McMurray

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Healing the Scars of Addiction by Gregory L. Jantz and Ann McMurray is a self-help book for those who are dealing with addictions and are wanting to recover. The book goes into depth to explain the many different types of additions that one may have and how it affects them and other people. The author uses the stories of real people to show the pain and suffering those who deal with addictions have as well as how they moved forward with their lives to overcome their addictions.

This is an interesting book to read in the fact that I would never have thought of some of the types of addictions the authors describe. The book is very easy to understand with getting down to the basics of helping the reading know that taking the first step is very hard, but is not the only step to take. Overcoming an addiction is a long hard process that changes the person as they grow and heal. I found this book to be a very interesting book to read. I would recommend this book be read over time so the reader can spend time focusing on what is written and how to use it in their life.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

208 pages

ISBN: 9780800727734

My rating: 4 star

You can read more about the author and other books he has written at: www.drgregoryjantz.com

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Scars-Addiction-Reclaiming-Healthy/dp/0800727738/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1535397209&sr=1-1&keywords=9780800727734

https://www.christianbook.com/healing-addiction-reclaiming-moving-healthy-future/gregory-jantz/9780800727734/pd/727737?product_redirect=1&Ntt=727737&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/healing-the-scars-of-addiction/381830

 

Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

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Hidden Among the Stars, by Melanie Dobson, is a novel that blends modern day Ohio with 1938 Austria. The author has created an outstanding story of life as it was during Hitlers reign. The story is so well written it is easy to imagine the fear of the Jewish people and the struggles they went through with losing their homes and possessions. We see the strength the people needed to get through each day, the trust they had in a country that would turn against them and the faith that they had. We also see the caring  Max and Annika had with helping those less fortunate. Max smuggled possessions to his family castle and Annika would record what she would hide. Annika went so far as to hide Max’s friend Luzia from the Nazis.

Modern day book store operator receives a gift that has lists of items written into the story. Trying to find out what this is, she connects with a professor that is searching for items hidden during the war. Not only is the book connected to that time in history but she finds out that one of her dear friends has ties to it as well.

This is a must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. The story is full of action, mystery, suspense all blended together with a touch or romance. The story grabbed my attention from page one and kept it to the very end. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network. This is my honest review.

416 pages

ISBN: 9781496417329

My rating: 5 star

To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to: http://melaniedobson.com/

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/hidden-among-the-stars-softcover/melanie-dobson/9781496417329/pd/417324

https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Among-Stars-Melanie-Dobson/dp/1496417321

https://www.tyndale.com/p/hidden-among-the-stars/9781496417329

Forever With Jesus by Lee Ann Mancini, Illustrated by Dan Sharp

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Forever with Jesus, by Lee Ann Mancini and Illustrated by Dan Sharp, is part of the Adventures of the Sea Kids series. This is the seventh book in the award winning series that I have read and I just love them. The pictures are so colorful and in this story the illustrator has hidden a cross in the pictures for children to find. The pictures of the sea creatures are so cute!

The message in this story is that Jesus dies for our sins and if we believe in Him, we will live forever in heaven. While visiting their grandparents for their grandmother’s 80th birthday, the neighbor passes away. By reading the Bible to the little ones, the grandmother helps them to understand they do not need to fear dying and that in heaven there is no pain and suffering.

The story is written for children ages 5 to 10 but is enjoyed by younger children as well. The pages are so colorful and the stories are short enough the keep the young child’s attention. I like how the illustrator hides a cross in the pages so the children can spend time looking in the pictures to find it. I would recommend this story, and series, to those who have young children. It is a fun book to read with fun characters, yet it gives a meaningful lesson.

I received a copy of this book from the author and GLM Publishing through BookCrash. This is my honest review.

Series: Adventures of the Sea Kids

32 pages

ISBN: 9780997332537

My rating: 4.8 stars

You can learn more about the author and books she has written at: http://www.leeannmancini.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/forever-with-jesus-lee-mancini/9780997332537/pd/332537?product_redirect=1&Ntt=9780997332537&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCG

https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Jesus-Lee-Ann-Mancini/dp/0997332530/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534951447&sr=8-1&keywords=9780997332537

 

You can see my reviews for other books in this series at:

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/fast-freddy/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/what-a-bragger/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/im-not-afraid/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/a-servant-like-jesus-by-lee-ann-mancini/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/gods-gift-by-lee-ann-mancini/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/gods-easter-miracles-by-lee-ann-mancini/

 

Through the Autumn Air by Kelly Irvin

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Through the Autumn Air, by Kelly Irvin, is book three in An Every Amish Season. While this is part of a series, this is also a very good stand alone story. In this story we visit Mary Katherine and Ezekiel. Each of them have lost their spouses and are holding on to the love they had with them. They have each raised their families and are now having their children trying to tell them how to live their lives.

This is a very touching story of two people in the autumn of their lives who have loved their spouses so deeply. I enjoyed reading this story as it shows just because we get older, that does not mean we need help making decisions about our lives. I enjoyed the amount of energy Mary Katherine has and how she uses it to help her friends and family. I enjoyed her unspoken honesty about having to help her daughter-in-law and grandchildren. I also liked how Ezekiel make changes when his wife past away that helped him raise and support his family in a way that he was there with them. Being about the same age as the characters, I liked the honesty of the aging process. The aches and pains they felt after being on their feet all day. The joy they felt of being around their families, while enjoying their quiet life after raising their children.

This is a great book, the main focus is the Amish and their way of life. Yet it also brings in the English and their Christian lives as well. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading stories of hard working people who live a simple life.

I received a copy of this book from Zondervan publishing through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: An Every Amish Season (book 3)

347 pages

ISBN: 9780310348146

My rating: 4.9 stars

You can learn more about the author and books she has written at: http://www.kellyirvin.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/through-the-autumn-air/kelly-irvin/9780310348146/pd/348146

https://www.amazon.com/Through-Autumn-Every-Amish-Season/dp/0310348145/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534949648&sr=8-1&keywords=9780310348146

Praying God’s Promises by Linda Evans Sheperd

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The Scriptures tell us that when we pray the will of God, he delights to answer our prayers.”

Praying God’s Promises, by Linda Evan Sheperd, covers a wide range of types of prayers a person may have. With over 20 different topics, this book is a good book to have as a reference book or for those times when it is hard to know what to pray. Some of the topics include faith, hope, children, comfort, healing, relationships and salvation. The chapters contain personal stories, prayers and bible verses that go along with the theme of the chapter. The book focuses on helping the reader understand the promises of God to His people as stated in the bible.

While I did not agree with the use of some of the bible verses, this is a nice book to have for those times when it is hard to pray. I also feel the author used to many different bible translations. Even though there are times reading in different translations is a good thing, I would have preferred if the author had used just a few different popular versions. This would make a good book to use for a bible study.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

242 pages

ISBN: 9780800723897

My Rating – 4 stars

The author is a international speaker and author of over 30 books. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at: https://www.sheppro.com/

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.amazon.com/Praying-Gods-Promises-Life-Changing-Scriptures/dp/0800723899/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/praying-gods-promises-linda-evans-shepherd/1127179132

https://www.christianbook.com/praying-promises-life-changing-power-scriptures/linda-shepherd/9780800723897/pd/723891?product_redirect=1&Ntt=723891&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP

A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

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A Rumored Fortune, by JoAnne Davidson Politano, takes place in England in 1866. Tressa and her mother are called home from a trip to find out Tressa’s father took his boat out and never returned. They return to their castle, with no money. Their staff has not been paid, merchants have not been paid and are no longer allowing credit and they have very little food left. But they are greeted by a vineyard manager her father hired. The manager has a secret he is not sharing with Tressa and her mother. Many feel there is a fortune hidden somewhere at the castle. Relatives come to visit with stories of it really being their money.

This book is so good. It will grab your attention at the very beginning and hold it until the end. It is so well written with amazing characters. We see the greed that the wife, nephew and his wife have. We see the loving heart Tressa and the vineyard manager. And the loyalty of the staff who remain, even without being paid. The story if full of drama and mystery and has a touch of romance. This story is a great reminder that you cannot judge people by who they are. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.

390 pages

ISBN: 9780800728731

My rating 4.8 stars

You can read more about the author at www.jdpstories.com

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/a-rumored-fortune-joanna-politano/9780800728731/pd/728734

https://www.amazon.com/Rumored-Fortune-Joanna-Davidson-Politano/dp/0800728734

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/a-rumored-fortune-9780800728731

Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

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Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli, is a novel that takes place in Boston in 1770 and in 2015. In 1770 the Boston Massacre takes place and Liberty’s brother is killed. Devastated and with no place to go, she returns to the British officer’s home where she has been working, to collect her things. She is attacked by the captain. With limited funds and no place to live, she takes the Lieutenant’s ring and flees.

In 2015 Annie is still struggling to move on after the Boston Marathon bombing. She was a runner in the marathon with her sister and niece waiting for her at the finish line when the bomb went off. She has separated herself from them for two years and then tries to reconnect after her mother says they are moving far away. While visiting her niece, she finds a card with the name of the person who rescued her. She reconnects with him, Brad, to give him back the ring he left with her when she was injured. Together they research to find out more about his background and the ring. What they find out is truly amazing.

This is a good story that shows the strength Liberty and Annie needed to deal with the struggles in their lives brought on by the cruelty of others. It also shows how they have to overcome these struggles to move forward with their lives and forgive others. I really enjoyed reading this story. In the beginning it was like reading two different stories, but the author does a great job of bringing the two together.

I received a copy of this book through Tyndale’s My Readers Reward Club. I was not required to write a review.

388 pages

ISBN: 9781496423122

My rating 4.6

You can learn more about the author by visiting www.heidichiavaroli.com

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.tyndale.com/p/freedoms-ring/9781496423122

https://www.christianbook.com/freedoms-ring-a-novel/heidi-chiavaroli/9781496423122/pd/6423122

God in a God-Forsaken Land by Gene R. Stark

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I often meditate upon the words of Acts 13:47, which tells us to be witnesses “unto the ends of the earth.” I now knew where that was. I had located the ends of the earth in Northwestern Minnesota.”

God in a God-forsaken Land, by Gene R Stark is a fictional story based on Pastor August Hertwig. The majority of the story is set in Mid-western Minnesota in the late 1800’s. August Hertwig traveled to the United State and took a job working in the coal mines in Illinois. One of his co-workers invited him to attend church with his family. His life was changed and he attended seminary. His assignment was to move to Western Minnesota and minister to the people. He had no home, so he stayed with one of the local bachelors. He had no means of transportation, so he walked to the surrounding areas to minister to the people. He set up a schedule to meet with the people from different areas for service which he would speak in German. Just before winter set him, his flock came together and built him a log home and a fellow missionary brought him a horse. Toward the end of his first winter he was invited to go to St. Paul and meet with other pastors. While there he was introduced to a young lady who was interested in his missionary. They married and she joined him whenever he could.

This is a must read story for anyone in western Minnesota who is interested in their history. It is a great story that shows us the strength the traveling ministers had to have. The faith they had to possess and the struggles they endured. This story really opened my eyes to what it took for our early settlers to have church service and Christian fellowship. The things that stands out the most in the story to me is with all the traveling August did, he relied on God to strengthen and encourage him.

I received a copy of this book from the author through BookCrash, this is my honest review.

203 pages

ISBN: 9781633571235

My Rating: 5

Publisher: Crosslink Publishing

The author lives and writes in western Minnesota. He attends on of the churches Pastor August Hertwig started. You can learn more about his other books at: www.flyovercountryscribe.com

His book can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/God-God-Forsaken-Land-Gene-Stark/dp/1633571238