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

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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Far Side of the Sea Book Review

In a war-torn country filled with espionage and spies, who do you believe when placing your trust in the wrong person could cost your life?

This is the question British Intelligence Officer, Lieutenant Colin Mabry, must ask himself after he receives a desperate message from France asking him to come at once because of a promise of love.

Set in1918 Europe during World War I, Far Side of the Sea, by Kate Breslin, tells the story of Colin Mabry and Johanna Reyer, a woman who works in a dovecote for the French Army Intelligence. Together, they search for Johanna’s half sister who one year earlier helped save Colin’s life.

With believable characters and historical facts that lend authenticity to Far Side of the Sea without bogging down the reader, I highly recommend this fast paced book full of unexpected twists and turns is a must read for fans of historical romance laced with wartime suspense. The inclusion of messenger pigeons was a plus for me.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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When Life Doesn’t Match Our Dreams Book Review

In When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams author Jill Eileen Smith joins her skill as a novelist with biblical research to explore the stories of twelve women from the Old Testament whose life didn’t match their dreams. In these pages Jill takes these women’s stories and points out areas where their lives relate in some way to the lives of women today.

Each chapter begins with a section which narrates the biblical event from the women’s point of view, then moves to how Jill feels these events relate to her own, and possibly the reader’s, experiences.

The chapters end with thoughts to ponder and questions to spur further self-evaluation and application of lessons learned from these twelve women’s lives.

The lives of Eve, Noah’s wife, Sarah, Hagar, Lot’s wife, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Dinah, Potiphar’s wife, Tamar, and Zipporah are explored in When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams.

While I didn’t always see how the dots and points the author used between the women of the Bible and women today connected in every story, there were several I did.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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