The Number of Love Book Review

Set in 1917 Europe, The Number of Love  by Roseanna M. White tells the story of codebreaker Margot De Wilde and field agent Drake Elton, who operate within England’s intelligence network during World War I. Filled with well-developed heroes and villains, The Number of Love is a well-researched book of espionage, intrigue, and heartbreak. The author skillfully intersects fact with fiction in the telling of Margot and Drake’s story.

Within the pages of this story, readers catch a glimpse of the lives of those who used numbers to break coded German messages, along with those in the field who risked their lives to intercept those messages through the work of Margot and Drake.

Twists and turns run throughout this Christian historical romance to the very end as the author weaves history, romance, and faith throughout the book for a satisfying conclusion.

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.

Women Who Met Jesus

In her book, The Women Who Met Jesus, Dorothy Valcárcel compares her life struggles, and the struggles of those around her, with struggles she believes women who met Jesus struggled with. Through these encounters with Christ, the author sets out to show how just as Jesus met these women’s needs long ago, he continues to meet our needs today.

Before beginning, the author states the women in her book didn’t get to the point of transformation by reading self-help books or by following the latest advice fad. She says each woman began the healing process when she met Jesus.

While I didn’t always see the connection the author tried to make, or agree with the label she placed on each woman to identify their need, I understand her point that Jesus meets each of us where we are in the middle of our need and guides us toward the path he has for us.

Each chapter ends with several sets of questions for self-reflection.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Heart of a King Book Review

In The Heart of a King, Jill Eileen Smith’s latest biblical historical novel, she takes a fictionalized look at four of the women in King Solomon’s life: Naamah the Ammonitess and mother of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. Abishag the Shunamite who was one of David’s wives before she became Solomon’s wife after David died. Siti a daughter of Pharoah. Nicaula, Smith’s name for the Queen of Sheba.

Basing her book on part biblical account and part author’s imagination, Ms. Smith weaves in familiar words from the Song of Solomon, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes to her story of Solomon and these four women. She adds bits of Solomon’s story found in the pages of the Old Testament alongside those of her imagination. She shows through the lives of these women and Solomon how a man God honored with wisdom, through his actions and disobedience to God’s laws, proved anything but wise.

The author gives readers a sense of time and place in this book with the details of everyday life she includes. Always a plus in my opinion when I read historical fiction of any kind.

If you enjoy biblical historical fiction, perhaps The Heart of the King is a book to put on your To Be Read list.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith Book Review

40 verses to Ignite Your Faith by Laurie Polich Short covers forty verses we may not be as familiar with as those we memorized as a child. For each verse, Laurie gives background insight to root the reader in the verse’s significance. Then she relates that situation to our lives today.

This is a thought-provoking look at God’s Word in a fresh, easily accessible way. One that makes application of God’s Word to our life. After discussing the verse, there are three verse-related questions to reflect on.

I was excited to see Laurie include Job 42:3. While it may be among verses some consider obscure or lesser known, it is not obscure to me. She states in this chapter, “When we see our sufferings in a broader context, it helps us understand the pain we go through differently. When Job says, “I spoke of things … too wonderful for me to know,” he is expressing newfound hope from what God has revealed.”

This is one small glimpse into the treasures held within 40 Verses; a book not to be read once and put on a shelf, but a book to be read over and over again.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Joyful Surrender Book Review

In Elisabeth Elliot’s book, Joyful Surrender, previously published under the title Discipline, she states, “Disciple is not my claim on Christ, but the evidence of his claim on me.”

With this quote the author set the stage for her discussion of seven disciplines she felt important in the Christian life. These are the disciple of the body, mind, place-as in place of honor, time, possessions, work, and feelings.

Several things I felt important to highlight from this book follow.

In the chapter on discipline of the mind, one thought Ms. Elliot discussed is when we find ourselves wondering why we continue to do a thing we despise, the enemy has made use of an area of weakness as his power base, and he hits us again and again in the same area. She notes the only weapons adequate to deal with such strongholds are those that are mighty through God. The same Spiritual Weapons Paul mentions in the sixth chapter of Ephesians.

In discussing the discipline of the use of our time spent alone with God, the author suggests we :

  • Let it be a regular time.
  • Have a special place.
  • Let your prayer include worship, thanksgiving, confession of sin, petition, and intercession.
  • Keep a spiritual journal, noting lessons learned, Scriptures applied to a particular need, and prayers answered.
  • Read a portion of the Bible in some ordered sequence three chapters a day and five on Sunday.

As I read Joyful Surrender, it seemed the author’s purpose was to lecture the reader more than it was to inspire the reader. Others may feel differently about the style of this book, however.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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