The Runaway Bride Book Review

If you enjoy Christian historical romance, the The Runaway Bride by author Jody Hedlund might be for you. In 1862 Arabella Lawrence painfully learns the consequences caused by deviating from society’s expectations and norms when the things she desires are at odds with the things she was taught were acceptable.

Fleeing an abusive situation in England, Arabella boards a bride ship destined for Vancouver Island. Upon arriving, she finds two suitors. Lieutenant Drummond, a respectable officer in the Queen’s Navy. And Peter Kelly a struggling baker. The two men could not be more different. While one encourages Arabella to be herself, the other believes she should act according to societal expectations. The mix causes unseen consequences of Arabella’s actions she never considered.

One of the things I enjoyed most in The Runaway Bride was Jody Hedlund’s use of dialog, especially the banter between Arabella and Peter. This book holds distinct characters, injustice, honor, and deceit. What more could you ask for in an historical romance?

Although this is the second in The Bride Ships series, you do not need to have read the first book. Each book stands alone.

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.

Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women Book Review

According to authors Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher, Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women exists to glorify God by seeing and celebrating the value of women in God’s word. This book asks two central questions. Where is value of women seen in the Bible? Seeing the value of women there, how do we celebrate it? They continue by saying, when the value of women is rightly seen and celebrated, their Creator is honored and glorified.

Working its way from Genesis through Revelation, Worthy gives examples of how the Bible values women. The twelve chapters cover women in Creation, in the Fall, and in the Promise. Women in Israel’s history, in Israel’s Law, Worship, and Wisdom. Women in Jesus’ Birth, Life and Ministry, Death, and Resurrection. The final two chapters cover Women in the New Testament Church and Twenty-first Century.

Questions at the end of each chapter are designed to help process what is presented. A Digging Deeper section deepens insight. Appendix chapters reinforce what was taught throughout the book.

For me, this is not a book to rush through. It is a book to spend time with, contemplating and looking for application to our lives and the world in which we live. The two chapters I appreciated most in Worthy are The Worth of Women in Jesus’ Life and Ministry, and The Worth of Women in Jesus’ Death and Resurrection.

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.

The Art of Friendship-Book Review

In her book, The Art of Friendship: Creating and Keeping Relationships that Matter, Kim Wier uses 1 Corinthians 13 to show how the love chapter relates to our friendships as much as it does to our marriages. Among many things I appreciated in this book is Kim pointing out what we want in friendships is what we need to be willing to give. Simple, but not always practiced.

After Kim mentions traits we need to develop for genuine lasting friendships, she spends time going into depth, asking penetrating questions to make us really stop and consider how we’re doing with our relationships. Some of those questions showed me I haven’t spent enough time evaluating certain areas of my friendships to make them the best they can possibly be.

If you desire to deepen your friendships beyond the superficial, if you desire to be a friend in every aspect of that word, then my recommendation is pick up a copy of The Art of Friendship. Don’t rush through it. Spend time in the book, answer the questions, dig deep into any new thoughts Lisa presents, and see what happens with your relationships.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Crinoline Cowboys Book Review

Southern Belles conquer the west. Set in Crinoline Creek, Texas in the late 1860s, Crinoline Cowboys is a collection of four stories. Authored by Patty Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey, Marilyn Turk, and Kathleen Y’Barbo, each story tells the tale of a strong, determined woman who leaves her southern home and losses following the Civil War, to start a new life in the Texas.

As Madalyn Turner, Josephine Montgomery, Sarah Beth Taylor, and Bea Wilson face their new surroundings, challenges, and the unfamiliar ways of the citizens of Crinoline Creek, their stories take us on a delightful journey right up to the happily ever after.

If you’re a fan of Christian historical romance set in the west, this may just be the book for you. With four different heroines, heroes, and sets of problems there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Fresh Start Bible Book Review

Gateway Publishing’s Fresh Start Bible is filled with insights from Pastors Robert Morris, Jimmy Evans, Jack Hayford, and other key leaders, designed to help build a strong spiritual foundation. The Bible comes in several different cover choices, but the only translation choice is the NLT.

There are divisions called Fresh Start Journey which answers questions about the foundations of faith. Intersections offers commentary on key Bible characters and events. Road Signs provides practical teachings meant to relate to scripture to inspire spiritual growth.

Worship Way discusses elements of worship. Freedom Path speaks to the spiritual freedom believers enjoy. Bible Reading Breakthrough emphasizes the importance of daily Bible reading.

There is also a Leader Guide for Small Groups, Bible Book Introductions, Cultural and Historical Articles, Topical Scripture Lists, Charts, Tables, and 18 Full-Color Maps at the back.

One of the things I appreciated is the inclusion of background information in the maps section regarding the Divided Kingdoms of Israel and Jesus’ ministry. I found both helpful.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Gateway Publishing provided me with two complimentary copies of Fresh Start Bible through Blog About Blogger Network. I gave one of the Bibles to a teen in CPS-ordered foster care, praying it will be beneficial in guiding him on the path he should go.