Something Greater Book Review

I found much to ponder and glean from Something Greater, by Jentezen Franklin. In this book, Jentezen suggests we can discover God’s best for our life right where we are by looking for buried acres of diamonds. He references Russell H. Conwell’s lecture, Acres of Diamonds, to remind us that although we may think the place where we are right now is worthless, there is hidden potential.

With examples from Scripture, Jentezen’s life, and the lives of others, Jentezen suggests we must learn to see, value, and grow what we have. Right where we are. He recommends we don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring, and stop living in regret of what we did or didn’t do yesterday.

Jentezen concludes by saying our joy, purpose, peace, and hope are here and now. He suggests we start digging in our own backyard for these things, and watch as God unfolds diamonds in places we think is a valley of dry bones.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Rose and the Thistle Book Review

The Rose and the Thistle book cover One of the things I like about The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz, is the way she gives enough historical facts and details to ground the reader in the time and place of the story without bogging it down.

Another thing I like is the masterful way she wove suspenseful intrigue throughout the book through the lives of her characters which kept me turning the page until the end of the book.

Set in 1715 Scotland during the Jacobite uprising, The Rose and the Thistle is the story of Lady Blythe Hedley who flees northern England for safety in southern Scotland at the home of her godfather during the political unrest. There she finds shelter under the care of Everard Hume, the current Lord of Wedderburn Castle.

If you enjoy intriguing Christian historical romance that keeps you turning pages until the end of the book, then The Rose and the Thistle may be the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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All the Lost Places Book Review

boat on Venice canal

Set in Venice, Italy, All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes is a dual-timeline historical fiction novel that moves back and forth between Sabastien’s story in 1807, and Daniel’s story in 1904.

Filled with description and historical detail, it is obvious the author researched Venice extensively. However, while there seemed to be a sense of urgency for Daniel to solve the story’s riddle, I felt that urgency was somehow lost amid all the description and detail.

Dykes drops clues to Sabastien’s story from the beginning of the book, but I felt those clues were often obscure. Several times I went back in the book to figure out the meaning or importance of certain references. By the end of the book, the mystery of Sabastien and Daniel’s story is solved.

For readers with more patience, All the Lost Places may be just what they need.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Blackout Book Club Book Review

women in libraryThe Blackout Book Club by Amy Lynn Green is the tale of four different women who form the Blackout Book Club at the beginning of World War II. The author tells the story alternately from each women’s view point, giving insight into their personality and backyard.

As they meet, these very different women discover they aren’t so different after all. Each is affected by the war that has come to the shores of their small Maine town. Each has secrets she tries to hide. And eventually, each woman realizes, no matter how different they may appear, they need each other.

The author gives a glimpse into wartime America at the beginning of WWII through her characters, what they do to support the war effort, and letters they receive. Along the way, the author introduces readers to the books the book club is reading.

If you are looking for a story about friendship with a bit of history mixed with secrets and intrigue, then perhaps The Blackout Book Club is the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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The God Shot Book Review

the God Shot book coverThe God Shot by Tara-Leigh Cobble contains 100 short devotions that look at sections from the New Testament to give a snapshot of the attributes and names of God.

Tara-Leigh’s hope is that by reading the passage in context, the reader will be able to see the meaning of each individual verse in new ways, and see how they all tie together to weave a picture of God and his goodness.

Each devotion points to a name or attribute of God. Tara begins these brief devotions with a short explanation of the scripture’s context. She moves into how the scripture relates to the reader. She closes out with application questions and thoughts to ponder.

The God Shot is perfect for when you need a quick devotion.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

You can find my October Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Strong in the Battle Book Review

I highly recommend Strong in the Battle by Susie Larson. The spiritual truths contained in this book are truths we need to hold onto to help us be victorious in the midst of our battles.

Following each chapter are sections for practical application. They are: The Humble Way, Discern the Fiery Arrows, Say NO!, and Say YES! There is also a section called Spiritual Intelligence Training. This takes you deeper into Scripture relating to principles in the chapter.

There is so much in this book to ponder and be strengthened by. I found journaling my thoughts as I read helpful.

If you are in a spiritual battle, or want to prepare for the enemy’s next attack, Strong in the Battle is a great resource.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

You can find my August Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Way of a Christian Book Review

The Way of a Christian: Life Lessons from Pilgrim’s Progress-a 90-Day Devotional is an intriguing devotional.

Using John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, which was published in 1678 after he spent twelve years in prison for refusing to give up his spiritual mission, each devotion pulls a quote from Part I of Bunyan’s book, discusses how it relates to a Christian’s life today, explains what’s going on at this point in The Pilgrim’s Progress, reinforces the devotion with scripture references, offers several questions for reflection, and ends with a prayer. 

The introduction to this devotional book states its purpose is to show the transcendent and eternal truths contained in Bunyan’s story. I believe it achieves exactly that.

The reader is encouraged to read The Pilgrim’s Progress along with the devotional. Although it is not necessary to read the book along with the devotional, it is interesting to do so. When I received my copy, I pulled my 1933 edition of Bunyan’s book from the shelf and started reading.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

You can find my July Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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When the Meadow Blooms Book Review

woman in meadowWhat a wonderful story! Ann Gabhart’s latest novel, When the Meadow Blooms, is a story filled with rich characters. Some you will love. Some you won’t. Some are hurting. Some are hopeful. There are heroes to love for their honor. There are villains to despise for their evil.

Set in 1925 Kentucky, When the Meadow Blooms tells the story of widow Rose Meadows, her two daughters Calla and Sienna, and Dirk Meadows, Rose’s brother-in-law. There is so much heart in this story. It is easy to get caught up in each character’s life as they struggle with painful memories and past hurts, misunderstandings and forgiveness.

Of all the Ann Gabhart books I have read, When the Meadow Blooms tops the list. If you enjoy faith-based historical fiction, perhaps this will top your list as well.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Trusting God in All the Things Book Review

blue flower petalsTrusting God in All the Things by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk is a book of 90 devotions designed to help overwhelmed hearts find true calm. A calm that carving out daily time to connect with God provides.

Alternating between Karen and Ruth, these devotions touch on issues many women face each day. Some of the issues are disappointment, family, contentment, priorities, worry, plus much more.

Each devotion begins with a scripture. Following the scripture, either Karen or Ruth offers a devotional thought on how the verse applies to life. Two questions to ponder for personal reflection follow the devotional thought. A prayer with space to respond completes the devotion.

Through these short devotions, the authors offer the reader time to pause and reconnect with God for a little bit of calm amid the hectic of each day.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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With God I Always Have Hope Book Review

With God book coverWith God I Always Have Hope is a 90-day devotional filled with two-minute devotions which, although brief, are full of substance. Each devotion begins with a scripture, goes to a meditation on the scripture, and includes questions for reflection, a prayer to guide your thoughts, a declaration of truth from scripture, and practical action steps to take.

The devotions cover a wide range of circumstances we face where we need the hope that is found in Jesus. Here is a sample of what’s inside. Equipped for Your Calling Exodus 4:12, The God Who Hears Nehemiah 1:6, Hope That Doesn’t Disappoint Romans 5:5.

I found this book encouraging, no matter what we might face in our day to day life. Perhaps you will also.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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