A Christmas Prayer by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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A Christmas Prayer by Wanda E. Brunstetter is a wonderful short story. While not the typical Brunstetter Amish story, this one is really good. Three families are traveling by wagon from Independence, Missouri to California to start new lives. They were to travel with a larger group but arrived to late, so they decide to try to catch up with the larger group. Cynthia Cooper has agreed to marry Walter Prentice when they get to California to ensure she and her mother have a financially sound future. But the trip brings out their differences and she questions if she can follow through on her promise. Cole is leading the group on the journey. He is planning to search for gold and is traveling with his sister, Virginia, who plans to teach. Jack is a young widower moving with his two children to help his brother on his ranch. Virginia and Cynthia help with Jacks young children. Cole and Jack hunt and care for the group. But Walter does not help with the group and focuses only on himself. When there is disagreements with him, Cynthia’s mother takes his side.

This a a wonderful short story, just 170 small pages plus recipes used on the journey. This book is a beautiful book that would make a nice gift. The cover in framed in glossy red with gold embossing. The inside pages are all framed as well. This story shows the importance of working together as a group. The story is a feel good story that is easy to predict what will happen. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy historical fiction and have a lazy evening to read it.

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

170 pages

ISBN: 978168226574

My rating: 4.8

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to:www.wandabrunstetter.com

Some places this book can be ordered are:

https://www.christianbook.com/the-christmas-prayer-wanda-brunstetter/9781683226574/pd/226574?product_redirect=1&Ntt=226574&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Prayer-cross-country-mountain-danger_and/dp/1683226577

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Imagine: The Fall of Jericho by Matt Koceich

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No matter what happened in life, he finally understood that God’s love for him was as real as the trees that reach up around him.”

Imagine: The Fall of Jericho, by Matt Koceich, is the third book in the Imagine series. This is a great Bible adventure series written for kids 8 to 12 years of age. Based on Joshua 6, this story gives an idea as to what it might have been like to live through the fall of Jericho. I really like this series, it is full of adventure as it teaches children Bible stories. There are not a lot of good clean juvenile Christian stories that teach old testament Bible like this one does.

Jake is a fifth-grader that feels alone. His friend was suppose to go to camp with him, but got sick at the last minute. Jake is taking nap his first day at camp and finds himself living the Bible story of the fall of Jericho. When he wakes up he meets one of his cabin mates, Darius. At the end of the week, he felt he has made a real friend.

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

Series: Imagine (book 3)

109 pages

ISBN: 9781683227144

Matt Koceich is a school teacher. He lives with his wife and children in Texas.

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/imagine-the-fall-of-jericho/matt-koceich/9781683227144/pd/227144

https://www.amazon.com/Imagine-Fall-Jericho/dp/168322714X

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis, by Patti Callahan, is a fictional story of Joy Davidson and C. S. Lewis. The author has done a lot of research to write this story. The story shows the struggles Joy endured with her marriage, divorce and love for “Jack” Lewis as well as the strong convictions Mr. Lewis has. The story tells how Joy and Jack are pen pals for 3 years before Joy moves with her sons to England. Joy and Jack help each other with their writings. Even though they both loved each other dearly, they do not marry until Joy may be forced to leave the country, and then in name only. Mr. Lewis feels it is wrong to marry Joy since she has already been married.

I have mixed feelings about this book. The beginning moved very slow for me. It was not until the last hundred pages or so that I had the desire to keep reading the book. When it finished I felt let down, wanting to know more about the life Joy and Jack shared as well as Joy’s sons. I also feel the story could have been written without the sexual contents. For this reason I give the book a 3.5 star rating.

The author has written this book in rich detail, describing the landscape and people’s feeling. While reading this story, I felt the struggle of Joy living with a man who cheated on her, of her leaving her sons for such an extended length of time and the feelings she and Jack had for each other. This story painted a picture of Mr. Lewis that I never even considered. But I was able to see that even when she was penniless, God provided for her. With this being a fictional accounting of Joy and Jack, I really want to read their biographies to find out their true story.

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

405 pages

ISBN: 9780785224501

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

To take a tour of Lewis’s home go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4o9NKU0jS8

You can see a video the author has made for this book at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF8I1VZoOn8

This book comes out October 2nd and can be purchased from:

https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Mrs-Lewis-Improbable-Davidman/dp/0785224505

https://www.christianbook.com/becoming-mrs-lewis-patti-callahan/9780785224501/pd/5224501

Everything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick

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Everything She Didn’t Say, by Jan Kirkpatrick, is a fiction story based on Carrie Strahorn. Carrie Strahorn traveled the United States with her husband between 1877 and 1925. Her husband worked for the railroads writing about the country. His writings encouraged many people to move west. Carrie gave up having a home and a family to follow him. While doing so she journaled about her time and later used these writings to write two books.

This is an enjoyable book to read for anyone who is interested in the building of the United States. The author has done a lot of research to write this story based on true characters and situations. The story is told by Carrie with the chapters typically starting with one of her journal entries and ended with text taken from her books “Fifteen Thousand Miles by Rail”. The author has used those entries to write a good story that included Carrie’s adventures, heartaches and accomplishments. While this is a Christian story, the Christian aspect is not very noticeable. They attend church when there is one where they are and Carrie is totally devoted to her husband and follow him where he goes when he allows her. At times the story feels like something is missing. For these reasons I give this a 4 star.

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

341 pages

ISBN: 9780800727017

My rating: 4 star

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

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.christianbook.com/everything-she-didnt-say/jane-kirkpatrick/9780800727017/pd/72701X?event=PR

https://www.amazon.com/Everything-She-Didnt-Jane-Kirkpatrick/dp/0800727010

Hiding Place (CD) by Tory Kelly – featuring Kirk Franklin and Lecrae

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Tori Kelly’s new CD “Hiding Place” is a beautiful CD to listen to. Tory has deep musical passion and delivers an R&B infused, infectiously melodic take on classic gospel album. Tori’s voice is clear and easy to listen to. The songs, written by Tori and/or Kirk Franklin, are simply beautiful. Together Tori and Kirk Franklin have made a CD that is very enjoyable to listen to. I really enjoy this CD, it is so uplifting and encouraging and also contains the lyrics. With lyrics that are wonderful to listen to, the songs are reminders to me that God is there for me. Such as:

God take my heart, forever it’s yours make me your master piece” (Masterpiece – featuring Lecrea),

God help us to love, the way that you love” (Help Us To Love),

there’s not a hole to deep, that God’s love is not deeper still” (Never Alone – featuring Kirk Franklin)

I especially enjoy “Questions”, which speaks of the different seasons in out lives, the hard times we go through, and “Souls Anthem” (It Is Well) but I simply love Tory’s interpretation of Psalm 42. “As the deer pants for the water, so my soul needs you Lord”.

Tory is a L.A.-based singer/songwriter. Tori Kelly was the 2016 Grammy Award nominee for Best New Artist. Kirk Franklin produced this CD. Kirk Franklin, is a 12 time Grammy Award winning gospel artist.

I received a copy of this CD from Capitol Records, through fly by promotions, to review. The opinions expressed are my honest opinions. I was not financially compensated in any way.

You can visit Tori’s web site at: http://www.torikellymusic.com/to see her tour schedule, listen to her music and watch her videos.

Listen to her song “Never Alone” at: https://torikelly.lnk.to/NeverAlone/youtube

Hiding Place”can be purchased at: https://torikelly.lnk.to/HidingPlacePc

A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson

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A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson takes place in Seaside Maine. Wendy Harper is barely making ends meet after the death of her husband. Her grandfather has past away and has left his beach cottage to her. She takes her son to the cottage with plans to renovate it and sell it to help out her financial situation. Her son has different ideas, he wants to stay there to live. Her goal is to be done with the cottage by Christmas.

This is a very touching story. I enjoyed reading how her son helped her so much. He definitely took on the helper role with the loss of his father. For being just 12 years old, he is very mature and responsible. I enjoyed reading the part that her grandfather did not let the cottage deteriorate, he did take care of the cottage so it just needed minor work. I also enjoyed reading of the memories Wendy had of the small town and it’s community members. This is a great story to read to prepare for the Christmas season.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I have written an honest review.

167 pages

ISBN: 9780800722715

My rating: 5 stars

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

This book can be purchased from:

https://www.christianbook.com/a-christmas-by-the-sea/melody-carlson/9780800722715/pd/72271X?product_redirect=1&Ntt=72271X&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Sea-Melody-Carlson/dp/080072271X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536778717&sr=8-1&keywords=9780800722715

Freedom’s Light by Colleen Coble

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Freedom’s Light, by Colleen Coble, is Christian historical fiction that takes place in Massachusetts in 1776. Hannah’s husband John was a lighthouse keeper and when he went to fight in the Revolutionary War, his duties went to Hannah. He was killed in a battle at the beginning of the war and she now feels she is doing her duty to help with the war by keeping the light going for the sailors.

I enjoyed reading this story. Once it got started, it was a fast paced story with suspense and romance. It was interesting to read of the strictness and lack of caring from church leaders. Hannah is a very caring person. She continues to care for the lighthouse her husband was responsible for after his death. She also stayed near his family, who were not supportive of her. She took in an injured sailor, an infant and her sister, Lydia, when they needed her. Doing this brought discipline from the church despite her strong faith and Christian beliefs. The characters of Lydia, and Galen were both selfish people. Their part of the story contains the subject of living together before marriage. The story also touches on the neglect and treatment of Hannah’s parents and the abuse from Galen.

I enjoyed reading this story. I feel anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction will also enjoy this book.

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

298 pages

ISBN: 9780785219385

My rating 4.5 stars

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

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.christianbook.com/freedoms-light-colleen-coble/9780785219385/pd/219385

https://www.amazon.com/Freedoms-Light-Colleen-Coble/dp/0785219382

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/

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