An Appalachian Summer Book Review

An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart, set in Appalachian Kentucky during the Depression of 1933, is a wonderful book filled with relatable characters who face challenges without giving up.

Piper Danson is faced with deciding whether she should go along with her father’s decision she marry a man she’s not met before to secure her financial future, or marry the man she has loved since they were children with little prospect of financial support.

To give herself time and space to think without either of the men around, Piper leaves her home with all its comforts in Louisville to volunteer as a Frontier Nursing horseback courier in the mountains where comforts as she’s known them are replaced with an awareness of God’s beauty and presence.

An Appalachian Summer skillfully draws readers into the world of the Frontier Nurses, the couriers, and the people of the mountains, presenting each as an individual with hopes, dreams, needs, and resilience.

I highly recommend this book for those who want to read a heartfelt story well told.

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

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

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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What Momma Left Behind Book Review

With the authentic voice of an Appalachian storyteller, Cindy Sproles’ novel, What Momma Left Behind, takes you to 1877 Tennessee with all its heartache and promise. With that said, if you are unfamiliar with Appalachian expressions and dialect, you may find What Momma Left Behind somewhat confusing to get through.

This is a story of loss, love, sacrifice, and eventually, forgiveness, as we journey with seventeen-year-old Worie Dressar following the death of her mother at a time when disease spreads through her mountain community, killing parents and leaving orphans to fend for themselves.

While there is much to like about this book, I came away with unanswered questions I wish the author answered.

If you enjoy reading Christian historical fiction written in an authentic Appalachian voice, What Momma Left Behind just might be the book for you.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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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 Am David Book Review

In the book, I Am David, Jimmy Evans explores ten lessons from King David’s life and how they relate to our lives today. Leader and study guides at the back of the book are designed for use in small group study. Each lesson in the study guide begins with an introduction, moves to key thought, key Scriptures, discussion points, and ends with activation questions to consider ways the lesson can be applied to the reader’s life.

Here is a brief example of how Mr. Evans discusses events in David’s life and compares them to the reader’s life. In the section titled, The Whisperer of Pride, he says each of us have a choice in how we respond to the good things God gives us. We can take credit for what God gives us, like David did at the time he ordered a census of the people in the land of Israel, or we can walk humbly and gratefully before God, using what he gives to advance his kingdom.

Something to consider.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Warfare Prayers for Women Book Review

Within the pages of Warfare Prayers for Women by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock, you will find over one hundred short devotional prayers with scripture and declarations for standing on God’s promise to be with us through each area of our life.

One of the things I appreciate about Warfare Prayers for Women is the way it is divided into nine sections readers can read and pray through according to our various seasons of life.

While we may not all experience each of the areas described, perhaps we will find information in those sections which can be used to help others.

The nine sections included in Warfare Prayers for Women are:

  1. Praying with Power
  2. Praying against Hindrances
  3. Praying for Life’s Milestones
  4. Praying for Children and Grandchildren
  5. Praying for Family and Friends
  6. Praying when Single
  7. Praying through Tough Times
  8. Praying in My Senior Years
  9. Praying for My community and Nation

There are also sections titled Important Prayer Helps, and Scriptures for Intercession and Warfare.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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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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Save the Cat! Writes a Novel Book Review

This book review of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody is for all the novel writers out there who might need a little extra help with plotting their novels.

Save the Cat! breaks down the essential plot points, or beats, of writing a novel in an easy to understand and follow way. Jessica looks at popular novels from all genres, dissects them, and explains what make them work so writers can use the elements in their own novels.

Reading Save the Cat! is like having a conversation with a friend who understands the struggles of plotting a novel, and wants to pass on what she’s learned to help you. This is not a dry, boring how-to book. It is a hey, we’re in this together, let me help you book.

The fifteen chapters cover:

  • Creating the story-worthy hero
  • The end of all your plotting problems
  • Ten genres to fit any story
  • Detectives, deception, and the dark side
  • When life gets in the way
  • Join ’em, leave ’em, or take ’em down
  • Being extraordinary in an ordinary world
  • Surviving the ultimate test
  • Victory of the underdog
  • The transformative power of love (or friendship)
  • A little bit of magic goes a long way
  • Road trips and Quests and Heists, oh my
  • More than just a scary story
  • How to write killer loglines and Dazzling Synopeses
  • You got problems, I got solutions

Something for everyone.

The section I appreciate most is Save the Cat! Beat Sheets in the plotting section. Jessica showed how writing is divided into three acts and further divided into fifteen total beats or plot points. She detailed each beat with examples of how they worked in popular novels. Additionally, she showed how to break the beats into a workable storyboard.

Although Save the Cat! is an easy read, it is not a book to rush through. Not if you want to absorb all the book offers. It is a book to take your time reading, highlight, cogitate on, apply to your writing, and read all over again. At least is was for me.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I received a complimentary copy of this book for the W.O.W. blog tour for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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