Saturday, October 14, 2017

Water My Soul by Darla Weaver

Water My Soul: Ninety Meditations from an Old Order Mennonite

From Goodreads.com:  Darla Weaver writes out of her own struggles with Christian discipleship so that others will know Old Order Mennonites are human too and often long to walk closer to God. She bares her heart in these 90 devotionals drawn from her home-centered life in western Ohio's hills. While family, gardening, cooking with home grown food, and living as naturally as possible off the land are the focus of her days, her utmost goal is to serve and honor the Christ she loves and serves through all aspects of her life. Women especially will relate to these meditations generously sprinkled with stories from Darla's children, marriage, community and wider friends and family. Daily scripture readings, poignant prayers and journal prompts or ideas for active responses are included with each inspiring devotional.

My Take:  I don't know about you but when I think of Old Order Mennonites and even the Amish I think that both have got this Christianity thing down pat and they would never struggle with the things that are addressed in this devotional.  After all they don't live with all the technology and rush rush of our modern world.  But just like the Israelites in the Bible struggled , they struggle too.  And we in all our technology and rushing around just might have something to learn from the people we may think are a little backward compared to us.  I would highly recommend this book if you feel the need to maybe slow down a bit and spend more time with God.  

I received a review copy of this book from Herald Press in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Mercy Triumphs by Jana Kelley



Mercy Triumphs (New Hope Publishers, September 2017)
Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God.
Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan. All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God’s mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don’t deserve it.
Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader’s eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors.
Jana Kelley

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Author of the captivating novel “Side by Side,” Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend East Texas Baptist University. She and her husband married a month after she graduated, and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. After 13 years living in Africa and the Middle East, Jana, her husband, and their three boys moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.
Find out more about Jana at http://www.janakelley.com.


My take:  This the third book in a trilogy.   I have read the First book Side by Side and you can click the link to find out what I thought of that book.  I haven't read the second book but I will probably go back and read it at some time.  Like the first book this book takes a look at three ladies and what they have to do to be a Christian in a Muslim nation and especially the dangers they face after converting from being a Muslim.  I always think after reading this type of book of how easy we have it in this country as far as being a Christian compared to other countries.   Our time I fear is coming though.  If you are interested in finding out what it might be like for a Muslim to convert to Christianity then this trilogy will really open your eyes. 

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Rule of Law by Randy Singer

Rule of Law

Rule of Law (Tyndale, September 2017)
What did the president know? And when did she know it?
For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. The Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team would break them out.
But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top.
Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members?
Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true.
Equal justice under law.
It makes a nice motto. But will it work when one of the most powerful people on the planet is also a defendant?
Randy Singer

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Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than ten legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel “Directed Verdict.” In addition to his law practice and writing, he serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also teaches classes in advocacy and ethics at Regent Law School and serves on the school’s Board of Visitors.
Find out more about Randy at http://www.randysinger.net.

My Take:  I will be perfectly honest and say that even through I like thrillers I don't always like thrillers with a military aspect to it.  But I loved this book. I love books where the writing is so good that I can almost forget that I am reading a book and its like I am watching a movie instead.  This book was just like that.  I haven't read to many books by Randy Singer but I think I will try to remedy that oversight on my part.  This book falls into many different catertgories that I think almost all readers will find something that they would enjoy in this book.  Highly recommend. 

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. 



Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald


 Ordering Your Private World

My take:  This book didn't come in time for me to participate in the blog tour given by Handlebar but I wanted to read it anyway.  The main focus in this book is to make sure that we as Christians are focusing on the inner (devotions, reading the Bible, Praying, slowing down , taking time to be quiet) instead of only looking on the outward (appearance, busyness, success,  world).  I became disabled a few years back and even when I can't get around as easily as I use to I still was focused on the busy, going to Dr. appointments, doing therapy and going to Physical therapy.  Even when you would think I would have had the right time and place I still needed to be reminded to slow down and take time for the more important things instead of the immediate.  I plan on reading this often just to make sure my life is in the right order.

I received a review copy of this book from Handlebar Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Assault: Harbingers cycle two by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky

The Assault (Harbingers #5-8)

from Goodreads.com: he Next Wave of Stories in the Harbingers Series Arrives 
Cycle 2 of the Harbingers series continues the story of four gifted strangers brought together to fight a growing darkness.
In Bill Myers's "The Revealing," the team finds themselves in Rome trying to retrieve the mystical spear Hitler once owned--the very spear that pierced Christ's side. This task will take them from hidden chambers inside the Vatican to a mysterious seaside cave with powers they could never expect.
Frank Peretti's "Infestation" unleashes a microscopic evil on the world that deceives, blinds, kills, then spreads. The Harbingers team must confront a monster bent on seducing and destroying mankind.
In "Infiltration" by Angela Hunt, the team is wounded and barely holding together. Forced to split up, they realize their investigations have led them into dangerous waters.
Alton Gansky's "The Fog" unleashes a supernatural mist unlike any other. There are vicious things in the fog that kill whatever they find. One team member realizes that the ultimate sacrifice may have to be made.
 

My Take:  I have read the first 4 books in this series but have not written a review for them yet.  I would suggest reading the first books as you will get to know the characters better and I think enjoy these stories more.  But these can be read separate.  I enjoyed these novellas very much maybe even alittle bet better than the first books.  Each story is meant to be read in one sitting and they all interconnect although each author has taken one of the main characters and chosen to write from that point of view.  I found the different adventures of this group of people very interesting and at the end of each of the stories I wondered what the team would be doing next.  The team consists of an aethist ex-priest, a street wise tatoo artist, the ex-priest's assistant and the only Christian in the bunch a big football player.  There is also a young boy who doesn't have stories told from his point of view.  I did find that the story The Fog was very reminiscient of Stephan King's "The Mist".  

I received a review copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. 

The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad

The Names Of Dead Girls (Canaan Crime #3)

from Goodreads.com :  New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Eric Rickstad delivers the electrifying sequel to The Silent Girls, and features once again detectives Frank Rath and Sonja Test as they track a depraved killer through rural Vermont.

Every murder tells a story. Some stories never end . . . 

In a remote northern Vermont town, college student Rachel Rath is being watched. She can feel the stranger’s eyes on her, relentless and possessive. And she’s sure the man watching her is the same man who killed her mother and father years ago: Ned Preacher, a serial rapist and murderer who gamed the system to get a light sentence. Now, he’s free.

Detective Frank Rath adopted Rachel, his niece, after the shocking murder of her parents when she was a baby. Ever since, Rath’s tried to protect her from the true story of her parents’ deaths. But now Preacher is calling Rath to torment him. He’s threatening Rachel and plotting cruelties for her, of the flesh and of the mindWhen other girls are found brutally murdered, and a woman goes missing, Rath and Detective Sonja Test must untangle the threads that tie these new crimes and some long-ago nightmares together. Soon they will learn that the truth is more perverse than anyone could guess, rife with secrets, cruel desires, and warped, deadly loyalty.

Mesmerizing, startling, and intricately plotted, The Names of Dead Girls builds relentlessly on its spellbinding premise, luring readers into its dark and macabre mystery, right to its shocking end.

My Take:  This is a part of a series.  Not sure if it is the 3rd or second as different places say different things.  Anyway you can read this book by itself but there is probably alot of back story in the previous book(s).  I haven't read them but I did enjoy this book.  I have always wondered how victims must feel when whoever committed a crime against them no matter what it may be gets out of jail or prison.  This book helps to answer that question to a degree.  The good guys are great and the bad guy is a very creepy.  There is plenty of suspense and thrills to keep you reading as fast as you can as you will want to find out what happens.  It is a dark story so be warned of that.  

I received a review copy of this book from Partners in Crime in exchange for my honest opinion.  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros

Project Pandora (Assassin Fall, #1)

From Goodreads.com - Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.

Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?

In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass...
 

My Take:  Kids attend a mysterious Academy where they are taught to be assassins but they have no memory of said assanations.  Later said kids live a "normal"  life but Academy keeps track of them and makes progress notes and case notes on them.  I liked this book.  I have been really getting into books like this were the main characters are not really what they seem and they really have anyway of knowing what they are and how they got that way.  Some language and sexual tension. 

I received a review copy from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for my honest opinion.  

All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco

All Signs Point to Murder (Zodiac Mystery #2)

From Goodreads.com - The stars predict a wedding-day disaster, but San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never expected murder

Julia Bonatti is alarmed by the astrological signs looming over Geneva Leary’s wedding day, but nobody asked Julia’s opinion and being a bridesmaid means supporting the bride no matter what. Even with the foreboding Moon-Mars-Pluto lineup in the heavens, no one’s prepared for the catastrophes that strike: a no-show sister, a passed-out wedding planner, and a lethal shooting in the dead of night.

With anger and grief threatening to tear the Leary family part, Julia is determined to understand how such a terrible tragedy could occur. As she digs deeper into the family’s secrets, her astrological insights will lead her to the truth about a criminal enterprise that stretches far beyond the California coast.
 

My Take:  I really like cozy mysteries so I requested this book without really reading the description.  Since because of my religious beliefs I don't believe in astrology I was a bit leery of reading this book.  This is the second book in this series but it is the first book I have read by this author.  Although astrology is mentioned in the book it is really about the mystery.  There are alot of suspects and it will keep you guessing unlike some series where is you have read the books before it is usually easy to figure out the murderer.  

I received a review copy from Partners in Crime in exchange for my honest review.  

Monday, July 31, 2017

Duplicity by Jane Haseldine

Duplicity (Julia Gooden Mystery, #2)

Duplicity by Jane Haseldine

From Goodreads.com :In Jane Haseldine's new novel of riveting suspense, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city's most devious criminal--and her own painful past. 
Julia Gooden knows how to juggle different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers the grittiest stories in the city while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished facade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace. 
Julia's marriage, too, is a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner, while maintaining professional boundaries. David is about to bring Nick Rossi to trial for crimes that include drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But the story becomes much more urgent when a courthouse bomb claims several victims--including the prosecution's key witness--and leaves David critically injured. 
Though Julia is certain that Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power and connections run high and wide. With the help of Detective Raymond Navarro of the Detroit PD, she starts following a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition, little imagining where it will lead. Julia has risked her career before, but this time innocent lives--including her children's--hang in the balance, and justice may come too late to save what truly matters... 


My Take: This Book is the second in a series but it can be read as a stand alone.  I really enjoyed this book and will be looking for the next installment of the series. The main character Julia is a crime reporter who is trying to do her job but also keep up with her marriage.  Her husband is and Assistant District Attorney and he is prosecuting  Nick Rossi.  Just when the main witness is coming into the courthouse a bomb goes off in the courthouse.  Julia's husband is injured also.  She feels she needs to prove who the bomber was and bring him justice but other's in her family may been collateral damage.  There is alot of action and twists and turns.  That is just the way I like my mysteries.  

I received a review copy of this book from Partners in Crime in exchange for my honest review.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Grey




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His Guilt: The Amish of Hart County (Avon Inspire, July 2017)
A suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves
Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay…
Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.
Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?
Shelley Shepard Gray

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Shelley Shepard Gray is a “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.




My Take:  This book is the second in a series but it definitely can be read alone. This book is about believing in someone even when events seem stacked against them.  Mark is accused of an attack on a local woman.  He is cleared but not before the damage is done to his reputation.  Seems as if most people in the Amish community believe he was guilty.  So he moves away until his parents die and he inherits the family home.  There are really nothing but bad memories there but he is determined to remodel the house and make it a home.  He gets a job at the local nursery where the owner believes in his innocence.  There he starts to work with Waneta who has misgivings at first but decides to give him the benefit of the doubt and starts to get to know him.  Things start to get scary when there are attacks on other women and people believe that Mark is responsible.  This book was good as it kept me guessing and had me wondering if Mark really was the culprit.  A good clean mysery/suspense book.  

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.