The Giant’s Fall by Matt Koceich

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The Giant’s Fall is book four in the Imagine series by Matt Koceich. In this story, Wren is excited to get home from school, as this is the day they are mailing the book she wrote to the publishers. It is a book to honor her mother who lost her life to an illness. When she gets off her school bus she find her house engulfed in flames. Her father is standing on the street with the few items he was able to get, among them is not the book. Wren flees the area and the next thing she knows she is in ancient Israel. Here Wren meets a shepherd, David. Together they try to escape from Philistine soldiers and a giant, Goliath.

This is a fun book for children ages 8 to 12 to read. The story gives a great message for children, with God, everything is possible. Even through tragic events like losing her mother and home, Wren is able to see good things in her life. While this story is based on the Bible story of David and Goliath, the author has added a lot to the story. Reading the actual story from the Bible may be necessary to give the child reading this story a true understanding of the real events.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Series: Imagine (book 4)

109 pages

ISBN: 9781683229445

Matt Koceich is a schoolteacher from Texas. You can learn more about him at: https://mattkoceich.wordpress.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/Imagine-Giants-Fall-Matt-Koceich/dp/1683229444/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=9781683229445&qid=1558892071&s=gateway&sr=8-1

https://www.christianbook.com/imagine-the-giants-fall/matt-koceich/9781683229445/pd/229445

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The Intimate Connection by Dr. Kevin Leman

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The Intimate Connection, by Dr. Kevin Leman, covers many topics to help create a happy marriage. Using examples of his own life and those of couples he counseled, Dr. Leman explains ways to help create a life long relationship with your spouse that is filled with respect, communication and love. The author touches on topics such as a person’s early life, past experiences, personalities and birth order to show how they may respond in their marriage. The author gives suggestion for understanding your spouse and gives tips to avoid trigger points or help them grow.

This is an interesting book that should be read by both partners to get the most benefit from it, whether they be engaged or married for many years. The author brings out many good points on how to built a better relationship. I liked that he also included the importance of faith and Biblical teachings in a relationship.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Program, this is my honest review.

270 pages

ISBN: 9780800734947

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

Some places this book can be ordered are:

https://www.amazon.com/Intimate-Connection-Secrets-Lifelong-Romance/dp/0800734947

https://www.christianbook.com/the-intimate-connection-secrets-lifelong-romance/kevin-leman/9780800734947/pd/734943

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This and Dr. Leman’s books can be ordered at: http://drleman.com/store/

Indivisible by Travis Thrasher

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Indivisible, by Travis Thrasher, is a novel based on the motion picture by David G. Evans. This story is based on the military life of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his family. Married and with three children, Darren decides to join the army. He and his family move to Fort Stewart, Georgia. Darren is deployed to Iraq in 2007, where he is to offer assistance and comfort to the members of his troop. His wife, Heather, has joined with her neighbor to be available to offer assistance to the wives and families left behind. Through this separation, both change from their experience and they have to learn how to be a family again.

This is a good book, which shows the struggles military personnel and their families go through for the sake of our country. This particular story shows that of a Chaplain’s responsibilities and the struggles he goes through to witness to the soldiers. Not only do they become very close, but when tragedy happens, he is the one who must bring glory to the fallen soldier’s life and to support those closest to the soldier. I feel this is a good book for anyone who knows someone in the military to read. It helps to open the readers eyes to some of the struggles the soldiers go through, not only in the field, but when they return home to civilian.

This book has a forward by Darren and Heather Turner, photos of those mentioned in the book as well as discussion questions.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishing BookLook Bloggers Program. This is my honest review.

336 pages

ISBN: 9780785224051

To learn more about the author go to: http://travisthrasher.com/

This book can be purchased from:

https://www.harpercollinschristian.com/9780785224051/indivisible/

https://www.amazon.com/Indivisible-Novelization-Travis-Thrasher/dp/078522405X

https://www.christianbook.com/indivisible-tradepaper/9780785224051/pd/224056

Rise of the Mystics by Ted Dekker

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There is no fear in love. They will know you follow me by your love.”

The Rise of the Mystics is part two in the Beyond the Circle series by Ted Dekker. Taking over where part one ended, this set of books has to be read in order to follow along. Rachelle Matthews, also known as the 49th Mystic, has been taken in by a group of people who are trying to take away her memory and stop her dreaming. When she falls asleep she enters the Other World through her dreams. She has two of the five seals left to find with just a short time to keep the worlds safe. With Steve’s help she escapes after having her memory wiped again. Together they flee and work to conquer Vlad Smith.

This is a suspenseful futuristic thriller. The story bounces between our world and the Other World where there is fighting and killing. This at times, is confusing. The story references the Bible and through the finding of the five seals, teaches a lesson of knowing God, surrendering to Him, and finding True Love. For the readers who enjoy Christian science fiction or futuristic stories, this would be an enjoyable story.

I received a copy of this story from Revell Reads Blog Tour program. This is my honest review.

Series: Beyond the Circle (Book 2)

416 pages

ISBN: 9780800735999

To learn more about the author go to: https://www.teddekker.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Mystics-Beyond-Circle-Dekker/dp/0800735994/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=9780800735999&qid=1558118889&s=gateway&sr=8-1

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https://www.christianbook.com/rise-of-the-mystics-2/ted-dekker/9780800735999/pd/735996

Autumn Frost by M. D. Schlatter

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Autumn Frost, by M. D. Schlatter is book one in the Seasons of the Heart Series. Autumn DeBlue lost her mother. Her father was left to raise her by himself. Thinking he was doing the right thing and teaching her responsibilities, he was actually abusing her. Looking for a way to get away, she becomes a companion for Lady Cannon. She is willing to give up everything, including a future that includes marriage. While Autumn has given up all traces of her life, her experiences have made her the hard working, fast learning person Lady Cannon is looking for.

When her father realizes Autumn has run away, he is left to care for the farm and his home by himself. These were duties he knows nothing about as he had forced them on Autumn. He is very anti-Christian and has nothing to do with Christians. Until he hires someone to do the chores Autumn always did.

This is a very heartwarming story of loss, moving forward and forgiveness. The story moves between Autumn working her new position with Lady Cannon in Michigan and her father in Nebraska. Some of the things that stand out to me in this story is the respect Lady Cannon gives to all she meets. She gives everyone, including her servants, a title honoring them. Autumn’s father was very anti-Christian, yet this did not affect how Autumn felt about Christians. This is the first book by this author I have read. It is very well written with several twists and turns that keep the story moving nicely.

I received a copy of this book through BookCrash. This is my honest review.

Series: Seasons of the Heart (book 1)
370 pages

ISBN: 9781732171169

To learn more about the author go to: https://dotsmicropublishinghouse.com/authors/m-d-schlatter/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/autumn-frost-md-schlatter/1128345304

https://www.amazon.com/Autumn-Frost-Seasons-Heart-Schlatter/dp/1732171165

The Heart of a King by Jill Eileen Smith

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The Heart of a King, by Jill Eileen Smith, is a fictional retelling of King Solomon and four of his wives. Prior to becoming king, Solomon marries his childhood friend, who is also a follower of God. Knowing he will some day be king, they know he will have many wives and concubines. But she, Naamah, wants him for herself. Following the death of his father, King David, Solomon married the wife of King David that cared for him during his illness. Later to take control back of a fallen city, Solomon marries the daughter of a Egyptian pharaoh, who continues to worship her statues. And when Solomon finds out the Queen of Sheba is in need of an heir, he marries her for a short time to provide an heir for her country.

This is an easy book to read set in ancient Israel during the reign of Kind David and King Solomon. While being based on Biblical characters, the story is very much fictional containing characters and situations not present in the Bible. The story is written to show the lives of four of Solomon’s wives, yet it does show a lot of Solomon, the life he lived, the expectations he lived with and person that he was. He dearly loved God, his parents and his country. The story is very very descriptive, allowing the reader to visualize the area and happenings. I recommend this story for those who enjoy reading fictional stories based on Bible characters.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Tour program. This is my honest review.

417 pages

ISBN: 9780800722401

To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to: https://www.jilleileensmith.com/

Some places to buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Heart-King-Loves-Solomon/dp/080072240X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=9780800722401&qid=1557794103&s=gateway&sr=8-1

https://www.christianbook.com/the-heart-of-king-loves-solomon/jill-smith/9780800722401/pd/0722401

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On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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On a Summer Tide, by Suzanne Woods Fisher, is the first book in a new series. This is a contemporary story set on a small island off Maine. Paul Grayson sold his home and bought the summer camp where he met his wife many years earlier. His daughters fear there is something wrong with him. But when he moves to the island, all three of them show up. Cam, the oldest, needs him to watch her son while she travels for work. Maddie, the middle daughter, comes to the island looking for a possibility to do her internship and Blaine is kicked out of college.

Together the family spend the summer fixing up the summer camp, turning it into a resort and getting to know the people who live on the island.

This is a wonderful new series. While this one focused on Cam, the author introduces the rest of the characters very well. The author provided the history of the family to show the development of the personalities of the daughters. This is a good clean romance story with a touch of mystery. I enjoyed Seth’s character. While he was the typical jock in college, he was able to see past his wants and turn his life around. I really enjoyed reading this story and anticipate the rest of the series.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Book Blog Tour Program, this is my honest review.

Series: Three Sister Island (Book 1)
289 pages

ISBN: 9780800734985

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

Some places this book can be purchased are:
https://www.christianbook.com/on-a-summer-tide-1/suzanne-fisher/9780800734985/pd/734987

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/on-a-summer-tide-9780800734985

https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Tide-Three-Sisters-Island/dp/080073498X

The Refuge by Ann H. Gabhart

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The Refuge is book 8 in the Shaker Books series by Ann H. Gabhart. Trying to escape the cholera epidemic of 1849, Darcie Goodwin and her husband, moved to a Shaker community in Harmony Hill, Kentucky. He is chosen to help transport the Shakers crafts by river when a terrible accident takes his life. She did not have the chance to tell him she was with child before he left and is now left alone with the Shakers. In the Shaker community women, men and children are all separated. There are no marriages, as that is considered a sin. All the women and girls are known as sisters. There are no parents. Darcie’s time is limited to figure out what to do to be able to raise her child as her own.

After the baby is born, Darcie must take her meals with the children. She is assigned young girl, Leatrice, as a helper. Leatrice is staying with the Shakers until her father has their home finished. It is her father Darcie turns to when she leaves the village.

I enjoyed reading this story. Even thought it is part of a series, it is a great stand alone novel, all characters and places are well described. I liked how the author was able to turn the unfortunate situations into good. I liked how the author softened the hearts of those who followed the strict beliefs of the Shaker religion. The one thing I enjoyed in this book is the steadfastness of the Christian beliefs Darcie and some of the other sisters had and the strength they had to leave the community. I also enjoyed the side story of Leatrice’s grandfather and his marriage to try to help Leatrice and her father.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. This is my honest review.

Series: The Shaker Books (book8)

377 pages

ISBN: 9780800729271

To read more about the author go to: https://www.annhgabhart.com/books/the-refuge/

This book can be purchased from:

https://www.christianbook.com/the-refuge-ann-gabhart/9780800729271/pd/729270

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