My Thoughts When it comes to fiction books that are centered around Biblical times, it takes a really good author to hook me into the story line. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading my Bible, however, not every author can create a story that brings the Biblical portion off the book pages and to the reader like a movie screen. David Kitz, however, truly hooked me with this book, and took me a first-class whirlwind ride through history. I absolutely felt every emotion of this book, watching, most often on the edge of my seat, as Christ was cruxified. This book really brings to life the Biblical and the historical detail. As I watched the Roman Centurion who was tasked with awful task, I found myself with tears in my eyes, both for him, and for Christ. It was a heartwrenching, gut twisting, thought provoking story of sacrifice and pain. This book……anything less than a 5 star review would be a disgrace. The style of which David Kitz wrote this novel is stunning and captivating. This book is definitely not for everyone though. If you are a reader of Biblical fiction, if you want to see what happened during… Read more »
My Thoughts I am new to Ms. Miller’s work but I will tell you now, I will not be missing any more of her work! She is fabulous! I came into this series on this second book, but I wasn’t confused in anyway and I loved Charlotte and the Duke so very much. I am a big fan of the regency era when I read historical books so this book is going on my keeper shelf for sure. Charlotte’s character really gripped me. I loved how Ms. Miller portrayed her and her unsuredness in having to choose who to marry if there aren’t feelings there. I really felt for her so much through this story. And the Duke!! Oh my heavens, yes please! I loved his character possibly more than I loved Charlotte’s! He’s a Godly character and I loved that in him, as it’s often times you see the women in stories as the more Godly ones. These characters truly came together in a wonderful way and I was so excited to feel a part of the regency era, watching them come to light in the faith and feelings! I definitely recommend this book to all historical romance lovers…. Read more »
God Helps Me Bible Juliet David Candle Books March 1, 2012 104 pages Amazon|DeeperShopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Specially designed for very young children, the God Helps Me Bible features a spiral binding that allows the book to lay flat on a table, floor, or lap, which leaves little hands free to turn the pages and point out fun details in Clare Caddy’s darling illustrations. The twenty-five favorite Bible stories use words and concepts tailored for the youngest reader, so each story clearly emphasizes how God loves and helps His world and people.
Simon and the Easter Miracle Mary Joslin Lion Children’s Books January 18,2012 32 pages Amazon|DeeperShopping provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 4/5 Books The gospels tell of Simon of Cyrene–“a man coming in from the country”–who was ordered to carry Jesus’ cross. Over the centuries, his story has been woven into a Polish folktale. In the tradition of The Three Trees this folk tale gives a fresh perspective on the Easter story. When Simon the farmer brings his wares to market, little does he expect how he will be involved in the events of that very special day, nor how his items–bread, eggs, and wine–will become important symbols of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, remembered throughout the ages. About The Author: Mary Joslin, published exclusively by Lion, is known for her children’s books on belief and spirituality. Her books, which include The Story of the Cross and On That Christmas Night, have sold more than 200,000 copies. About the Illustrator: Anna Luraschi has illustrated a number of books for Usborne. My Review: This is a wonderful children’s story….if you don’t mind that it’s not the complete telling of the Easter story from the Bible. However, that being said, this is a wonderful… Read more »
Title:The Three TreesAuthor:Elena PasqualiPublisher:KregelRelease Date:September 1,2011Pages:32Source:publisher|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase: Amazon|BarnesAndNobleRating:5/5 Books About the Book:Three forest trees dream of what they will one day become. One dreams of becoming a royal throne; one of being a ship that can withstand any storm; and one longs to stay in the forest and grow as tall as tall can be. When they are felled, it seems their dreams are over. But as each tree is crafted into a new item–a manger, a fishing boat, and a rugged cross–it becomes clear that through the role they play in one important life their hopes are more than fulfilled. About the Author:ELENA PASQUALI worked for some years in children’s publishing before going on to be an author in her own right. She has a special interest in retelling folk tales from around the world. My Review:An amazingly adorable children’s book! While I have two children who are a bit older (7 and 9), this book still captured their attentions with it’s bright, beautifully colored pictures. The story itself is an old folklore, and one that is told in an easy to understand way that will capture even the smallest of children’s attentions. The message of the cross, and… Read more »
Title:Across The Wide RiverAuthor:Stephanie ReedPublisher:KregelPublication Date:2011Pages:176Source:Kregel Blog Tour Program|My FTC DisclaimerPurchase:Amazon|Barnes And NobleRating: 5 Books Synopsis:Lowry Rankin knows all too well the cost of freedom; after all, his family’s red brick home is the first stop on the Underground Railroad north of the Ohio River. He’s seen friends beaten for the color of their skin. He’s watched simple farmers make a difference. He’s even risked his own life transporting escaped slaves to the next “station”. But will Lowry be able to conquer his greatest fear when he’s called to speak out? Author Bio:During her childhood, Stephanie Reed’s family would often pass through Ripley on their way to her grandparents’home. The signs she read there about the Rankin house were what prompted her to write Across the Wide River and The Light Across the River. After working for nearly a decade with the Dayton Metro Library, Stephanie is now a volunteer spotter for the National Weather Service. She lives with her husband and two children in Dublin, Ohio. My Review:I’m a huge historical fan. I love a good novel that captures the images, sites and sounds of days gone by. Stephanie Reed capture all these and so much more in her… Read more »
About the Book:Fifteen-year-old Julien Losier just wants to fit in. But after his family moves to a small village in central France in hopes of outrunning the Nazis, he is suddenly faced with bigger challenges than the taunting oflocal teens. Nina Krenkel left her country to obey her father’s dying command: Take your brother and leave Austria. Burn your papers. Tell no one you are Jews. Alone and on the run, she arrives in Tanieux, France, dangerouslyill and in despair. Thrown together by the chaos of war, Julien begins to feel the terrible weight of the looming conflict and Nina fights to survive. As France falls to the Nazis, Julien struggles with doing what is right, even if it is notenough—and wonders whether or not he really can save Nina from almost certain death. Based on the true story of the town of Le Chambon—the only French town honored by Israel for rescuing Jews from the Holocaust—How Huge the Night is a compelling, coming-of-age drama that will keepteens turning the pages as it teaches them about a fascinating period of history and inspires them to think more deeply about their everyday choices. About the Author(s):Heather Munn was born in Northern Ireland of American parents and grew up in the south… Read more »