Lost in Pages

I enjoy reading and sharing my review of the various material I read. There is also the fun of communicating with authors and publishers

True to You

 

Title:  True to You (A Bradford Sisters #1)

Author:  Becky Wade

Pages:  384

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Nora is the main female lead who is a genealogist whose love of fictional novels keeps her in another world.  When she is asked to participate in a staged emergency situation by her sister Britt, she reluctantly agrees.  As noises are happening and then the sprinkler system goes off dousing people, she isn’t sure what her next move should be.  While sitting there a man comes in and picks her up, removing her from the scenario and her heart begins to beat harder.

John seeks Nora out to help him locate his biological family because of a recent diagnosis and time is of the essence.  At first, the book starts out in a way that didn’t really capture my attention at all.  Plus, it is different from other books I have read written by the author.  Now, that is not bad just different and took a little getting used to.

The strongest aspect of Becky’s storytelling is her threads of faith woven throughout the story.  Those threads are highlighted as they are set against a lifelike situation that is heart-touching for Nora and John.  There is a free novella titled, “Then Came You”, which helps set up the framework for this novel. Finding one’s biological parents was a moving part of the tale and though I can’t relate to how one feels about it, I can see why some are looking for their birth mother in situations as in the book.

I have no idea when the sequel will be out, so be on the watch for it after reading the prequel and then True to You!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Driver Confessional (The Driver Series #1)

 

Title:  Driver Confessional (The Driver Series #1)

Author:  David L. Winters

Pages:  208

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Carpenter’s Son Publishing

My rating 5 out of 5!

What a phenomenal story!  Antonio is in school to become a lawyer and is married with a son who drives people to their destinations to help support his family.  His wife is a teacher who supports her husband and shares her life with her girlfriend Marta.  Antonio prays for and sometimes with his customers as he desires to do whatever the Lord would lead him to do.

There is a mystery that Antonio inadvertently becomes entangled in.  There is also something going on in Congress with a certain bill that people want to pass without many knowing the contents.  Within the pages of the book is an enthralling, suspense-filled tale that will keep you reading until the end!  The way the author ends the first book makes me wonder if the other books will be centered on characters from this story or if they will be different.

At the end of the book is a sneak peek into the next book though no title or date is given.  I plan to watch for it as I really enjoyed this novel from beginning to end!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

: A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey #3)

 

 

Title:  A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey #3)

Author:  Sarah Ladd

Pages:  328

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.

Annabelle Thorsley is a pampered gentleman’s daughter who now lives with her brother after the death of her father.  Her brother, Thomas Thorsley, has tried to get them out of the debt their father put the family business in, but the debts keep mounting unbeknownst to her.  She soon learns that her brother has promised a wealthy man marriage to Annabelle to obtain the needed funds to recoup their losses.  Annabelle wants nothing to do with the old, sinister and slovenly man so she hatches a plan for her future with the help of Owen Locke, who happens to be traveling with his boss and staying at Annabelle’s brother’s house.

Owen Locke is the gamekeeper on an estate of a friend of Thomas’ and has been traveling to purchase new hunting dogs.  Owen sees the conditions that Annabelle must live under and agrees to help her escape.  He sees her settled with a relative and can’t seem to stop thinking about her.  She obtains a job and begins teaching Owen’s young daughter at a local school.  Owen has long wanted to purchase his ancestral home and has gotten the landowner to agree to sell if Owen can catch the poachers who are stealing all the game from the land.  Owen knows this is his only chance to become a landowner, but can’t seem to catch the criminals.  He finds some clues and begins to piece the puzzle together while losing his heart to Annabelle.  Can he catch the criminals in the act and gain his land?

I have read the other two books in this series and liked them, but this one just didn’t seem able to hold my attention.  The two main characters couldn’t engage my emotions and the plot was just okay for me.  The faith element was weak for the female lead and just average for the male lead, and I like stories that showcase characters’ faith.  Every once in a while, a reader and an author just don’t click on a particular book and that was the case for this one for me.  I am okay with that and I will read this author’s future writings as I have enjoyed many of her other books.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Triple Time (Blake Meyer Thriller #2)

 

Title:  Triple Time (Blake Meyer Thriller #2)

Author:  C. Kevin Thompson

Pages:  432

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Create Space

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars!

The action, adventure and over the top suspense continues as Blake Meyer intensifies his attempts to save his family and the country on several fronts.  Blake Meyer is a man trying to hold himself together so he can attempt to locate those who are enemies of his family and America.  Blake’s internal conflict is off the scale as he tries to think as a soldier, agent and father.  The author does a superb job of giving readers clues that might tell us more about Blake as he is complex and much is yet to be revealed.

What happens to his family for me was hard to read as it grabbed my heart and placed it in my throat.  Nothing is told in a way that would cause readers to close the book; it’s a very clean novel.  It’s just the idea of abduction and human trafficking that can be read from everyday newspapers that made the tale more real at least for me.

The possible threat of a mole inside the government and the working of that mole with nefarious other people from other nations ramps up the tension in the book.  The one character I like too is Harrison who knows the Lord and continues to share Him with Blake in hopes it will bring him comfort during his ordeal.  The race of those seeking to do the right thing and trying to get ahead of those who want to wreak havoc and destruction in America kept me turning pages in the novel for hours!

30 Days Hath Revenge is the first book and it is imperative that readers read it before book number two.  To learn more about the author and where he got his ideas for these amazing stories check out:  http://liztolsma.com/2016/12/06/the-story-behind-30-days-hath-revenge-by-c-kevin-thompson/

The third book is due out late this year and you are not going to want to miss the continuing story, action, and mystery!  Grab the first two books and catch up so you’re ready like me to sit down once again and get an afternoon or evening of unbelievable thrills!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Joshua Covenant

 

Title:  The Joshua Covenant

Author:  Diane/David Munson

Pages:  327

Year:  2012

Publisher:  Micah House

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Bo Rider and his family are sent to Israel for Bo’s job.  His cover is that he is working for the State Department, but he is really still working for the CIA.  His mission is to uncover a mole within the embassy who is passing critical and sensitive information to the Palestinian group Hamas as well as spies for Russia.  Bo is bored with his undercover desk job, but that soon changes as he foils a bombing attempt.  He reconnects with his friend from a prior mission, Mossad Agent Judah Levitt.  Judah tells Bo some fascinating information that gets Bo to thinking about how to catch his mole.

Then, Bo and his father are skiing when another bomb goes off.  Bo and his family are sent home as Bo has become the focus of an internal investigation as someone is trying to frame him as the mole!  Bo hates sitting and not being in action, but it gives him more time with his family.  The discovery of something from his past connects him with a man who has great knowledge of Bible prophecy and tells Bo about Jesus.  Bo has observed the peace and joy his wife has had after becoming a Christian and wonders what it is all about.  Meanwhile, Griff Topping is trying his best to clear Bo’s name.  Can they find the real mole before extremely sensitive information is acted upon?

I have read all the Munson’s books prior to this one, and I have liked this one the most thus far.  There is plenty of political intrigue, espionage, danger and action for any reader.  The events in the story could have been taken from the headlines of any newspaper that it is how lifelike they are.  I also liked that the focus of this story was biblically based.  Bo’s journey certainly takes a circuitous route as he navigates the world of spies, his own family issues as well as coming to grips with God.  Old friends Eva Montanna and Griff Topping also appear in the story, which I liked seeing this trio’s relationship grow deeper.  What a thrilling adventure!

Fatal Illusions

 

Title:  Fatal Illusions

Author:  Adam Blumer

Pages:  397

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

My rating is 4.5 stars.

Marc and Gillian Thayer are a married couple with a teenage daughter.  Gillian is suffering from depression as she had stillborn twins six months ago, but she has gone back to her calligraphy work as she tries to get back in to life.  She still struggles with grief and it seems her husband isn’t having such a hard time with the situation.  He is a counselor at a local church.  One of his clients, however, becomes infatuated with him so he ceases counseling her.  The client has other ideas and just knows that Marc loves her.  She takes things to an extreme measure that leads Marc and his family to leave town.

While in their new home, Crystal Thayer, Marc and Gillian’s daughter, tries to get involved in the community by joining the stage crew of a local theater production.  Crystal has a wonderful voice and has sung in many musicals and church events.  The lead for the play becomes unable to perform, casting Crystal in the lead role.  This brings her to the attention of someone.  This person begins sending her emails that begin normally, but then begin to become more and more violent, scary and creepy.  Gillian thinks someone is playing a joke on her so she doesn’t tell her parents.  Meanwhile, another victim of the Magician Murderer is discovered, bringing Chuck Riley, homicide detective, out of retirement to try to solve the one case that has been on his mind every day for the last four years.  The latest victim is very close to the Thayer home and Riley enlists Marc’s help to try to solve the murder.

Adam Blumer has written a thriller, suspense-filled story with a unique take on the killer, a magician.  The story kept me turning pages as readers get caught up in the tension as the race to stop a killer takes shape.  I thought the suspense angle was good, but I didn’t really like the character of Gillian until about the last third of the book.  Then, she showed her strong stance on her faith and not giving up.  That was so good to read!  I did like that the characters, especially Crystal, Marc and Riley, showed their faith in their jobs and lives.  These served as great examples of letting the world see Christ and their dependence on Him through life experiences.  Another book, The Tenth Plague, written by this same author also features the Thayer family and takes place after Fatal Illusions.  I am currently reading this second book and will be posting a review soon.  Happy reading!!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Peace in the Valley (Double S Ranch #3)

 

Title:  Peace in the Valley (Double S Ranch #3)

Author:  Ruth Logan Herne

Pages:  352

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Multnomah

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

In the final book of the trilogy, the author treats her readers to a story focused on Trey Walker Stafford.  Trey has been traveling the country, but now his uncle needs a lifesaving operation and Trey could be the match.  Trey’s uncle instructs him to help a local farm family out to pay a long overdue debt, and what comes out of this just might be a budding romance between Trey and Lucy.

Lucy is a single mother who has been running the farm.  Her past has caused her to build a wall around her heart.  Trey’s past has some brokenness in it that causes him to be reluctant to open his heart to Lucy.  Both are searching for peace, forgiveness and a better future if they are willing to let go of their pasts and begin life anew.

Some of the best parts of the novel are reading with bated breath to see if these two main characters are going to risk love and a possible future with each other.  The author does a great job showing how hard it is to walk through a valley filled with pain and regrets in order to get to the other side of wholeness.  The hardest part of the series is knowing this is goodbye to the characters and the Double S Ranch that I have become fond of visiting.

Read the novels and see if you too don’t become attached to the wonderful story within the pages!  The first book is titled, Back in the Saddle followed by the second book, Home on the Range.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Beloved Hope Chest (An Amish Heirloom Novel #4)

 

Title:  The Beloved Hope Chest (An Amish Heirloom Novel #4)

Author:  Amy Clipston

Pages:  320

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Zondervan

My rating 5 out of 5 stars!

The end.  Those words are the hardest to read in this series as I have really enjoyed the characters and each one’s tale woven with heart and faith.  The first three books in the series are The Forgotten Recipe, The Courtship Basket and The Cherished Quilt.  In each book, the focus is on a daughter of Leroy and Mattie Fisher with a snippet of the parents’ past that none of the daughters knows.  For years Mattie has been able to keep the past in the past, but now she knows it is time to tell her story to her daughters as they are grown women.

I found Mattie’s story really compelling, especially the fact that Leroy though tempted to give up on Mattie many times, pursued her with such a deep love.  While he does give her time without any contact from him, what it shows Mattie is how much she does truly love Leroy.  The tale shows too how grief has no time limit and much grace with patience needs to be extended to someone who is walking through the valley even though they wish they could be someplace else.

Amy Clipston writes stories of faith, heart and realistic characters which makes readers able to connect with them and keep reading for a long time.  I am an eclectic reader for the most part and am always on the lookout for authors who love to tell a compelling story with heart and this author excels at doing just that and more!  So, if you have never read her books before, this is a great series to begin with.  Beware though as once you start you’ll never want to miss another book again!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Pursued (Nikki Boyd Files #3)

 

Title:  Pursued (Nikki Boyd Files #3)

Author:  Lisa Harris

Pages:  311 (ARC)

Year:  2017

My rating is 5 stars out of 5.

Special Agent Nikki Boyd is on her way home to Tennessee.  She is flying on a plane when they encounter some turbulence.  The woman in the seat next to Nikki strikes up a conversation and tells Nikki she is afraid.  Before they can continue their conversation, more turbulence strikes and it is discovered that the man next to this woman is dead, then the plane takes a nose dive.  After getting off the plane, Nikki notices that the woman has accidentally left her watch in her seat.  Nikki tries to find her to return it, but doesn’t see her.  She asks for her name of a flight attendant and told that no one was sitting in that seat.  There is no record of the woman being on the plane.  A mystery begins that will take Nikki on a harrowing journey in the next 24-48 hours.

In addition to this, Nikki is to meet Tyler at the airport.  He has returned from overseas just a few days ago after a 3-month contract job.  He has a new job offer in Tennessee, but he and Nikki haven’t had a chance to talk about a relationship or the future.  With this new case of a missing person, Nikki is whisked out of the airport and taken directly to her office to begin the search for the missing woman as Nikki discovers she was supposed to testify at a trial that would have resulted in a famous philanthropist going to jail.  With the search on, Nikki is under pressure to find the woman as well as deal with a personal health issue that might affect her future relationship with Tyler.  How will she survive the next couple of days?  You will have to read this exciting tale to find out!

Whew!  Talk about nonstop action!!  This book starts with a plane crash and never lets up on the adrenaline scale.  Special Agent Nikki Boyd endures more chaos in her life in the span of 48 hours than anyone can shake a stick at!  She has professional trauma as well as personal drama.  It is a good thing she is a Christian or I don’t know how she would keep her sanity.  If you like action, then you will certainly enjoy this very entertaining story from the pen of Lisa Harris.  Nikki and Tyler make an adorable couple and I am so glad that they are pursuing a relationship together.  I have liked her determination to continue investigating her sister’s disappearance for over ten years.  I hope more is revealed in the next book, Vanishing Point, about this ongoing mystery.  This fourth book in the series is due to be released in November 2017 and I can’t wait!

The Good Book

 

Title:  The Good Book

Author:  Deron Spoo

Pages:  400

Year:  2017

Publisher:  David C Cook

My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

The Bible is more than “the good book”, which is what it was referred to where I grew up, like something real but without power.  Perhaps many still look at it this way; I don’t know.  What I do know is the Bible is the only truly inspired, accurate and infallible Word of God.  The author picks and chooses specific chapters of the Bible that he then writes about with a couple of reflection questions afterwards.

Some of what the author wrote might help new Christians get a sense of what God is saying and how it impacts your life. It is meant to help people know God, it is a starting place, then people can explore the many chapters left in the Bible that has so much to feed on.  I don’t think the author meant to write the book as a shortcut to deeper studies or reading through the whole Bible, so I hope readers don’t use this book in that manner.

If you use this book, consider it as a launching pad not a place to stop and dwell.  The focus should be on the Bible and what God reveals to us about Himself.  The questions are centered on what the Word speaking to the reader and transforming us out from our self-centered culture.  I am disappointed that the book doesn’t really challenge people more, to go deeper or contain a Bibliography that points people to consider their next study. Yet each book has a different purpose for being written as the video shows why this one was written.

So, if you do read the book, read discerningly and always question what is before you.  God, though the Holy Spirit, will teach you what is truth.  He will reveal Himself and teach you about Himself in a manner that will transform your mind.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Twisted Lies

 

Title:  Twisted Lies (Hidden Truth Book #2)

Author:  Robin Patchen

Pages:  388

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Create Space

My rating 5+ stars out of 5.

Robin Patchen continues her characters’ stories with the book, Twisted Lies that focuses on Nate who we met in book one, Convenient Lies.  From what Nate experiences in the first tale, we now find him packing up to leave New York and his job to return to the small town where he grew up.  While he has physically healed from his horrible experience, PTSD is making his life hard.  On top of that, Nate believes he is not a hero or much of a man, but a coward.  While many tell him that those beliefs are lies, Nate just cannot seem to break through and understand how others see him.

While packing to leave, he becomes entangled in a way he never wants to become ever again!  Now, Leslie wants him to help her locate her sister, Marissa, who he helped run from threatening danger that was dogging her steps as well as the authorities who couldn’t or wouldn’t believe her to be innocent.

What happens when the sisters meet and the mystery of who took the company’s money brings danger into Nate’s world again.  However, it also brings up the romantic feelings he has always carried in his heart for Marissa.  The race to locate who really stole the money from the company forces Marissa to risk helping her sister who is said to have been threatened if she doesn’t locate and return it.  Once again Nate must decide whether to be drawn into a world of murder, mystery, intrigue and extreme danger or walk away. 

The friends of Nate’s we meet in the first book congregate around him and Marissa to help keep them safe and figure out the clues in the hopes of locating the real thief.  It was really awesome to see the team of friends come around to help and support Marissa despite the threat of danger.  They welcome her, care for her and share their stories in hopes that Marissa can bear up under the multitude of threats, loss and grief that seem to constantly plague her life.

I think the author does an absolutely outstanding job of writing a story that will keep people reading plus wanting more books from Robin in the future.  I, for one, cannot wait to see what comes next out of her imagination which she shares through her gift of storytelling.  So, before the next book is out, you best get caught up in the action from the first two books!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Convenient Lies

 

Title:  Convenient Lies

Author:  Robin Patchen

Pages:  394

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Create Space

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

There are authors who can tell a good story and there are those who tell a story in such a way it leaves readers wanting more.  Readers can tell too if a book isn’t worth reading.  Robin Patchen is more than a story teller!  In Convenient Lies, she drew me into a world where secrets were kept for a variety of reasons, and lies were told as easy as turning on a light switch.  When the main female character, Reagan McAdams, searches out and finds the truth, her world begins spinning out of control.  On top of that her newborn son is the one thing that will make her “husband” continue chasing her around the globe until he retrieves his only heir.

So, Reagan goes to the one person she believes will help her take care of a baby while being on the run.  What Reagan doesn’t expect is her past catching up to her at the same time.  Who can she trust?  I found myself constantly reading and turning pages as the suspense never seemed to wane.  The intrigue and danger with nefarious characters made the tension of the story very palpable for me.  The budding romance and dealing with past issues while trying to stay a step ahead of danger was another thread that kept pulling me deeper into the book.

Readers of suspense, international intrigue, tension, romance, mystery and the fight for justice will have hours of pure enjoyment reading Robin’s novels.  I found too that what one character as she grew older thought she wanted ended up bringing her great heartache and danger.  I loved too how the thrill of reading the story never let up.  In fact, as soon as I was done reading this book I wanted to read her next novel in the series.

The characters continue from one book to the next, the sequel, which is available now and titled, Twisted Lies!  I sure hope the author has another novel planned as I want more stories with these characters that are filled with hours of engaging entertainment!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Forensic Faith (A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith)

 

Title:  Forensic Faith (A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith)

Author:  J Warner Wallace

Pages:  224

Year:  2017

Publisher:  David C Cook

My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Forensic Faith is the third book of a trilogy with the other two being God’s Crime Scene and Cold   Case-Christianity.  The author’s heart is to equip Christians with the ability to know and defend their faith with the multitude of evidence available to all.  The author was an atheist most of his life and a cold-case homicide detective who has taken the tools of his trade and applied them to Christianity.

The book is meant to help people become informed Christians able to stand firm in the faith even under the most intensive questioning by others.  In the book, we are told how the younger generation is leaving churches by large numbers, yet also states how some whose faith has grown as they have learned about their faith and how to defend it.

The way J Warner Wallace writes makes the book very engaging and interesting to sit, read, think and even apply what is gleaned.  The fact is it is more than just defending one’s faith, but also being able to take those objections and use them to persuade the person one might be in a conversation with.  We can love people and share our faith with conviction and confidence while laying out the facts for others to view and let God work on their heart.

I haven’t read the other two books so I am not familiar with their content.  However, I do wish the author didn’t just focus on the New Testament to make a case, but the whole Bible as it is rich and replete with evidence that really does demand of others a decision to believe in Jesus or not.  The author shares his website and other helpful material.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

                                                                                                                                              

Title: The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Series: Long Line of Godly Men Profile
Author: Steven J. Lawson
Pages: 188
Year: 2016
Publisher: Ligonier Ministries
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Anyone who has read Hebrews 11 knows about the many who lived by faith in ancient times and in many various ways. Then, Hebrews 12 tells us of being surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses previously described in chapter 11. I began thinking about the men and women who have lived before me and how they were witnesses. Hence, I began with Martyn Lloyd-Jones as I was familiar with some of his previous writings and feasted on the depth of insight into the richness of the Bible and the God of the Bible.
I learned a lot about this man’s personal life and how he influenced many in England and the United States of America. He lived, preached, traveled and wrote prior to WWII until his passing in 1981. This man was a trained physician who then became a great expositor and orator of Biblical truth. I am amazed at his devotion to the Word for his own life and the influence he had over many people who heard him preach. Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ writings are still available for our generation to read and glean truth from the Scripture as well as be challenged by the witness of the life he lived.
This small book will encourage, challenge and cause many to think of how we live now and can be used by God to make an impact upon others today. We can follow this man’s example of placing our hearts and lives under the authority of the Scripture as well as learn to study it carefully so we may correctly handle the truths of The Word of God.

To the Farthest Shores

 

Title: To the Farthest Shores
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Pages: 330
Year: 2017
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The year is 1898 in San Francisco. Ryan Gallagher has just received a secret assignment overseas that should last just a few months. He has fallen in love with Jenny Bennett a nurse at Presidio Army Base. He asks her to wait for his return and then they will marry and start their lives together. She agrees and then receives one terse letter from him approximately a year later telling her their arrangement is no longer in force and to go on with her life. Jenny is devastated and terribly hurt.
Six years later she runs into Ryan at Presidio. She is still a nurse there, but is stunned to see Ryan after such a long time and then he pretends not to know her! She is incensed and soon confronts him. He does acknowledge her then, but evades her questions. She knows he is hiding something, but her heart still surges at the sight of him. How can someone who said he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her treat her so callously? Why did things change? What secrets is Ryan hiding? Jenny soon has some of her answers when Ryan is forced to seek her help with a man he is training. Ryan needs Jenny’s nursing skills to bring this man back to good health. Jenny and Ryan then are in close proximity for several weeks and Jenny’s trust issues from the past continue to haunt her. She sees Ryan at his home, trying to cultivate a pearl farm, which has been a fascination for he and her father for years. Is this the real Ryan or is he the secretive man who tells half-truths?
I always look forward to reading Elizabeth Camden’s novels as they engage me right away with something historically interesting. This novel is no exception. I learned about the pearl industry in the late 1890s and early 1900s, which is a topic I knew nothing about. Elizabeth does such a great job of research and includes many interesting facts, so I know I’m going to learn a lot as well as enjoy a great story! In addition to romance, this story showed great depths of compassion and forgiveness by more than one character. I’m already looking forward to Elizabeth’s next book as I can’t wait to see what new subject I get to learn about and what romance I can enjoy!

The 13: Fall (Book One)

 

Title:  The 13:  Fall (Book One)

Author:  Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed with Shawn Allen

Pages:  313

Year:  2012

Publisher:  Barbour Publishing

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

An unlikely trio of a former military chaplain, an FBI agent and computer whiz along with a former Black Ops now CIA member are forced to work together to track down a threat to the President of the United States.  The Prophet, as he calls himself, has contacted the President and warned him that our nation has turned from God and needs to repent and return to God or things will get dramatically worse.  At first, the President ignores the threats.  However, soon the Prophet’s predictions become a reality when the economy tanks and the U.S. is unexpectedly attacked on its own soil.  The President calls in this team to track down the Prophet to stop the descent into chaos before it is too late.

The CIA agent, Jon Keene, lets everyone know he has the most experience and will take the lead on the manhunt.  FBI agent Megan Taylor is Christian and a computer whiz, but doesn’t have much field experience.  Boz Hamilton is the older veteran who has lots of military experience, but has learned to follow God’s lead.  Jon is angry at God for allowing his young wife to be killed a few years ago and has made it his personal vow to bring every criminal he can to justice.  Jon will do whatever is necessary to get his man, but Boz begins talking to Jon about Jesus.  At first, Jon dismisses Boz’s comments, but in his solitary moments Jon wonders if Boz might have said some things worthwhile.  As they begin to work together as a team to track down this very clever man, they begin to appreciate each other’s strengths but also wonder if what the Prophet is telling them might be the truth.

This is a great story that is full of action, adventure, mystery and suspense.  The pages will turn quickly as the chapters are short so the pace is fast.  The premise for this story is intriguing to me.  What would our nation do if it was told to repent and seek God?  We, as a nation, have traveled far from the morals and tenets this country was founded upon and this story really brought that home to me.  Readers will see each member of the team bring their strengths into play in order to track down the Prophet.  However, when adversity is met we also see how each reacts.  Who do you turn to when adversity strikes?