Saturday, October 14, 2017
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.
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
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.
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 mind. When 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
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.
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
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.