God is My Hiding Place Book Review

Based on the writings of Holocaust concentration camp survivor, Corrie Ten Boom, God is My Hiding Place is a collection of 40 timeless devotions which are as applicable today as they were when Corrie wrote them before her death on her 91st birthday in 1983.

Full of encouragement and simple truths, this is a devotional book to keep close by on a shelf to read over and over.

Within the 40 devotions are rich pull-out quotes gems to hold onto. One of my favorites is The center of God’s will is the safest place for me to be. In this devotion, Corrie relates how during the war, after she was released from Ravensbruck, a man asked Corrie to go back to the prison with him to seek release for a friend. Through circumstances while there, she realized this was not the work God had called her to. She says, We must be careful not to hold on to what we had when God calls us to move on.

But the devotional thought I hold dearest is this. When we are willing and obedient, He bestows upon us the wisdom, strength and courage of heaven. We are never too old to begin something new when we do it with Him.

I highly recommend God is My Hiding Place to all those in search of devotions to strengthen their faith.

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

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Sandy

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A View Most Glorious Book Review

woman in the mountainsA View Most Glorious by Regina Scott is the story of Coraline Baxter, her quest to summit Mount Rainier to promote Votes for Women in 1893 Tacoma, Washington, and Nathan Hardee, the man who reluctantly agrees to guide her to the top. The stakes are as high as the mountain itself. If Cora fails, she must marry the man her mother is forcing on her. Not at all agreeable to Cora, so she must summit regardless of the hardship to do so.

Cora and Nathan’s relationship develops as they learn to depend on each other while they tackle the mountain together. And in the end, they each must decide what is most important.

If you enjoy historical fiction with a touch of romance and a hero and heroine to root for, than A View Most Glorious may just 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?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

The Healing of Natalie Curtis Book Review

The Healing of Natalie Curtis fictionalizes the true story of ethnomusicologist Natalie Curtis, and her quest to preserve songs of America’s Indians in the early 1900s.

In 1902 Natalie travels west with her brother and is introduced to the music of America’s Indians. As she works to preserve their music into a book, she learns of the US government’s Code of Offenses used in schools where Indian children, taken from their parents and placed into schools for assimilation, were punished for singing, dancing, or speaking their own language.

This book feels more like a biographical retelling of Natalie’s efforts to gather Indian songs as she appealed to President Theodore Roosevelt to repeal the government’s Code of Offenses, than it does a work of fiction.

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?

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

The Lines Between Us Book Review

Amy Lynn Green weaves a little known fact from World War II into a story of mystery and intrigue within the pages of The Lines Between Us in a masterful way that keeps the reader turning the page.

Women’s Army Corp PFC Dorie Armitage has no problem with deception and lies. As long as she’s the one handing them out. When her brother Jack is harmed in an accident as a conscientious objector smokejumper volunteer in Oregon, she does whatever it takes to discover the truth of what happened.

The Lines Between Us takes twists and turns as Dorie and her brother’s best friend, Gordon, also a conscientious objector smokejumper, work together to get to the uncomfortable truth of what really happened to Jack.

Filled with an array of interesting historical facts and characters who must make peace with the choices they made, The Lines Between Us is a great read for fans of historical fiction written well.

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

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I wish you well.

Sandy

Awesome!: Exploring the Nature and Names of Jesus Book Review

Awesome! book cover

In Awesome!: Exploring the Nature and Names of Jesus Dick Eastman quotes extensively from a multitude of theologians, Christian leaders, and scripture, to describe who Jesus is. There are seven pages of reference citations. Because of the multiple points of view used throughout, I found it difficult to engage with this book.

Written in a 31-day format, set with a specific nature of Jesus for each day, the chapters conclude with four steps to go deeper in your study. Explore, Experience, Express, and Exalt.

One thing I found useful in Awesome! was the author’s inclusion of 868 names, or expressions, describing Jesus in alphabetical order beginning with A to Z and ending with Zion-Dwelling God.

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

Between the Wild Branches Book Review

between the wild branches book cover

Between the Wild Branches is another Biblical fiction novel which proves, once again, Connilyn Cossette is a master at weaving an interesting story that’s hard to put down.

Set in Ashdod, Philistia 1052 BC, Between the Wild Branches tells the story of Philistine champion fighter Lukio, and Hebrew slave to one of the king’s daughters, Shoshana. Although the two were close during their years growing up in Israel, they haven’t seen each other for ten years. When they rediscover each other, complicated matters only become more complicated.

This book is filled with a cast of intriguing characters. Some honorable. Some despicable. There is sacrifice and greed. Hatred and love.

Connilyn uses her well-researched vast knowledge of Biblical times to present an authentic world, and bring two different cultures to life. With unexpected twists and turns, Between the Wild Branches keeps the reader turning pages to the very end.

If you enjoy Biblical historical fiction at its best, then Between the Wild Branches may just be 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?

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

The Heart’s Charge Book Review

Filled with likeable characters as well as scoundrels, The Heart’s Charge by Karen Whitmeyer is the second in her Hanger’s Horsemen series. You don’t need to read the first book to understand the second. I didn’t.

Set in Llano County, Texas in the spring of 1894, we meet Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks, Katherine Palmer and Eliza Southerland, and a cast of childre, among others.

Mark and Jonah, former Cavalry men, are part of Hanger’s Horsemen. Their motto taken from Psalm 82 is to defend the poor and fatherless, do justice to the afflicted and needy, deliver the poor and needy, and rid them of the hand of the wicked. As The Heart’s Charge progresses, we see them do just that.

Their first act of kindness leads them to a foundling home Katherine and Eliza run. Here, Mark is reunited with his lost love, and Jonah finds a woman who piques his interest.

After accepting a job to look into the mystery of kiddie nappers, they find people aren’t always what they seem.

If you enjoy Christian historical romance with a touch danger and intrigue, The Heart’s Charge may be 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?

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

Along a Storied Trail Book Review

Along a Storied Trail is another fine tale of Appalachian history by Ann Gabhart. I love Ann’s books and the way she weaves historical details into her stories.

Set in 1937, Along a Storied Trail is fast-paced and filled with lovable characters. It tells the story of Tansy Calhoun, a Kentucky packhorse librarian. Her job is to deliver books to the folks living near her home from the library in town.

When Damien Felding arrives in town to write about the area, Tansy is tasked with introducing him to the locals to get their stories. At the same time, Caleb Barton, Tansy’s old friend, returns home from Tennessee where he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps. Complications arise as Tansy searches for the ideal man with aplomb.

If you enjoy Christian historical fiction set in the Appalachians, then Along a Storied Trail 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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Don’t Miss Out Book Review

If, like me, your understanding of how the Holy Spirit works in your life is a little fuzzy, no matter how long you’ve been a Christ-follower, then Don’t Miss Out: Daring to Believe Life Is Better with the Holy Spirit by Jeannie Cunnion may just be the book for you. Written in thirty relatively short chapters, Don’t Miss Out can be read one chapter a day for a month, or multiple chapters at one sitting.

Written in a personal, conversational style, Jeannie backs up her insights of the person of the Holy Spirit with Scripture. I found myself taking notes as I read to be sure I didn’t forget some important point she mentioned.

Here is a sample of what I wrote:

  • There are no circumstances that can cause the Holy Spirit to leave you behind. He doesn’t give up on you when you give up on yourself.
  • The Holy spirit is a skilled communicator. He knows what to say when we are at a loss for words or need words to speak into a difficult situation.
  • Knowing the Spirit has a personality matters because we can’t have a relationship with a symbol. We can only have a relationship with a person, and that is precisely what we can have with the person of the Holy Spirit.

There is much more in the pages of Don’t Miss Out that speaks of the incredible benefits of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our life. I highly recommend it. This is one of those books which I will keep on my shelf and read often.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House 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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Flooded Book Review

In Flooded Nicki Koziarz looks at the biblical account of Noah and five decisions he made. Decisions we, too, can make to help quiet fear, resist the urge to try and control the uncontrollable, and find the familiar faithfulness of God when everything is falling apart.

Through examples she shows us:

  1. Noah was able to rise above the doubt his assignment could have caused by making the decision to walk with God.
  2. Noah listened and obeyed whether he agreed with God or not.
  3. Noah didn’t try to make sense of what God asked him to do.
  4. Noah remembered who was in control and believed God had a plan.
  5. Noah held to the familiar faithfulness of God when he stepped off the ark.

Using events from her own life interspersed throughout the book, Nicki shows how, like Noah, she worked through these decisions.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House 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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