Thursday, December 22, 2011

Longing by Karen Kingsbury

Longing, book three in the Bailey Flanigan Series, picks up where Learning ended. After a long and lonely silence from Cody Coleman, Bailey Flanigan becomes closer to her one-time Hollywood co-star, Brandon Paul. Nights on the town in New York City and long talks on the balcony of Brandon's Malibu Beach home make Bailey dizzy with new feelings and cause her to wonder if her days with Cody are over forever.
Meanwhile, Cody's work coaching a small-town football team has brought him and his players national attention. In the midst of the celebration and success, Cody finds himself much closer to a woman who seems to better understand him and his new life. Even so, never does much time go by without Bailey and Cody experiencing deep feelings of longing for each other, longing both for the past and for answers before they can move forward. Will an unexpected loss be the turning point for Cody? Will Cody and Bailey find a way back together again for the first time in more than a year? And if they do, will their brief time together be enough to help them remember all they've been longing for?

I was so excited to get this book in my hands! And NOW I can't wait for Loving in March! I love the characters in this book. I have "watched" as Bailey has grown up and become a wonderful young woman. She shows us that even when things are difficult that God can get us through it. We may not know WHY things are the way they are at the time but if we trust that God works all things for good then at some point we will be able to look back and see how God worked through that situation. 

I have been Team Cody forever. BUT in Learning I began to shift to Team Brandon. Not because I don't love Cody but because of how Brandon is growing in the Lord. In Longing he grows even more. And how can I not love someone who loves Bailey so much?

Cody is an amazing example of how you can "pay it forward". He had Coach Flanigan who came along side him when he was in high school and mentored him into the Godly man he became. Cody turns around and does the same for the kids at the high school he coaches at.

The title Longing represents how we should LONG for the Lord. And the more we do the more He shows us. When we have Christ at the center of our lives we should LONG to be with Him and be in His Word more and more.

This book is one of many that I recommend to teens and adults alike. It is especially good for those who are graduating high school and seeking what the Lord would have them do in life. This series would be an awesome gift. 

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway of Night of The Living Dead Christian by Matt Mikalatos

What Does A Transformed Life Actually Look Like?

In his follow-up to the critically acclaimed Imaginary Jesus, Matt Mikalatos tackles this question in an entertaining and thought-provoking way-with MONSTERS!!! While Christians claim to experience Christ's resurrection power, we sometimes act like werewolves who can't control our base desires. Or zombies, experiencing a resurrection that is 90 percent shambling death and 10 percent life. Or vampires, satiating ourselves at the expense of others. But through it all we long to stop being monsters and become truly human-the way Christ intended. We just can't seem to figure out how. 

Night of the Living Dead Christian is the story of Luther, a werewolf on the run, whose inner beast has driven him dangerously close to losing everything that matters. Desperate to conquer his dark side, Luther joins forces with Matt to find someone who can help. Yet their time is running out. A powerful and mysterious man is on their trail, determined to kill the wolf at all costs...

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Night of the Living Dead Christian is a spiritual allegory that boldly explores the monstrous underpinnings of our nature and tackles head-on the question of how we can ever hope to become truly transformed. 


This book is written with humor and a bit of silliness. It is written in first person by none other guessed it...Matt! There are all sorts of "monsters" in the book. There is a mad scientist, his trusty side kick, zombies, vampires, werewolves, and even a monster chaser. Matt uses them to describe our different spiritual levels throughout the book. The book has some really funny parts to it. It is not a scary book at all. It does make you think about things.

It was written in a way that made it easy to read because of the humor. If you like humor and monsters you will enjoy this book. But you will also be brought face to face with some truths that you might have to deal with in your own walk with the Lord. We are all a ways away from being perfect in HIM. 

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the copy of the book for review. 


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yahshua's Bridge by Sandi Rog

An Amethyst Stone Draws Him To His Past. 

An Elusive Maiden Draws Him To His Future.

Alexander is born into slavery under an abusive master: a master of his own flesh and blood...a man he will never call father. Determined to break away from his master's hold, Alexander devises a plan to purchase his freedom. 

But what's he to do when he finds himself shipped off in shackles to Egypt, disappearing from the lives of everyone he knows and loves? 


Iron and the Stone Series Book Two: Yahshua's Bridge

After reading Sandi's first book, The Master's Wall, I knew this book would be great, too. I loved the fact that so many of the characters from the first book were in this one. It was even easier for the book to grab my heart from the first page because of that. But the way she writes, I think it would have been the case anyway. The characters seem so real and you feel as if you are there. 

She doesn't short cut around the hard stuff. She faces it head on. It is done in a very tasteful manner but it is still done. I have to say that at one point in the middle of the book my heart was ripped out and put back all in the same chapter! As I sat there reading, my eyes filled with tears and my body shook, both in sadness and joy. The way she wrote those scenes shows me that God wrote through her. I know it is fiction but I feel that somehow God gave her a glimpse of His mercy when it comes to the hardest things in a Christian's life. 

One of the main background topics is forgiveness. Who are we to forgive? How much are we to forgive? Is there anyone good? Is there any amount of sin too great for God to forgive and Jesus blood to cover? How can we forgive those who hurt us the most? How can God forgive us when we refuse to forgive others and/or ourselves? These are some hard questions that have such a simple answer. Forgive everyone. Jesus blood covers it ALL. God can bring that forgiveness in your heart if you seek it. 

You will be on the edge of your seat the entire time you are reading this book. You will not want to put it down. There is adventure, danger, love, romance, betrayal, friendship, etc... I could go on! It has it all. This is a great book that I recommend highly! It is on my all time list of favorite books, something I want on my e-reader AND my bookshelves. 


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Iron and the Stone Series Book Three

The Father's Rock coming soon

As a thief, all Ander knows is the master who rescued him after his parents were murdered. Ander's criminal behavior becomes an art and his passion. During a drunken stupor, his master reveals an uncut amethyst stone shaped like a star. Ander recognizes the unique jewel that once belonged to his father-a stone passed down from generation to generation. Is it possible that the man who rescued him murdered his parents? Disillusioned, Ander escapes his master and goes in search of his past. Little does he know, the past is waiting for him. 


Sandi Rog is an award-winning author. She lived in Holland for thirteen years and now lives in Colorado with her husband, four children, a cat, and too many spiders. 

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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

An Unthinkable Danger. An Unexpected Choice.

Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf le Wyse, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of the lord's bailiff - a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past.

Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord le Wyse. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave dander. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart. 


I love fairy tales. Melanie writes with the age old story as the background to her books but takes us on a whole new adventure. Instead of the magic of the old story she puts it into a real life situation and the "magic" of Jesus' love for us. The Merchant's Daughter is based on the tale of Beauty and the Beast. That is one of my favorite stories from childhood. I love the lesson to look at what is on the inside of a person instead of what we can see on the outside. True beauty goes far deeper. 

Annabel is a beautiful young woman who seeks the Lord with all of her heart. She longs to read the written Word so she can know what God wants to tell her. The local priest only shouts how evil women are and doesn't teach about the love that God has for people. But she knows there must be more, she feels it in her heart. 

Ranulf is a bitter man because of his past but is not a cruel man. He shows fairness and compassion along with the gruff exterior that comes out with each word he speaks. It doesn't help that people have made up stories of horror about him and places fear into the peoples hearts. He is a man who knows the Lord and as he spends time with Annabel those barriers that he has placed between himself and God begin to fall away. Healing begins.

It was very interesting to see how the church and the judicial system worked back then. Most of the time we get to see the local church leader as a kind elderly man who teaches about God's love and forgiveness. In this one we see that not all church leaders had the right of the Bible and didn't always preach a happy message. This one preaches only of damnation and evil. A lot of them didn't have the written Word to study for themselves, either.  That should make us so thankful for the access we have to the Word in many different forms today. 

This is a great book for any age, even preteens and teens. It is extremely well written. If you are looking for a book for your youth book club, look no farther. This is one you need to add to your reading list. It is also a great book to give some lucky young girl for Christmas (or some lucky woman who is young at heart). 

What is your favorite fairy tale? Share it with me and tell me why it is your favorite. 


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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Decision Points by George W. Bush

In this candid gripping account, President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions that shaped his presidency and personal life.

George W. Bush served as president of the United States during eight of the most consequential years in American history. The decisions that reached his desk impacted people around the world and defined the times in which we live.

Decision Points brings readers inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the 2000 election, aboard Air Force One during the harrowing hours after the attacks of September 11, 2001, into the Situation Room moments before the start of the war in Iraq, and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis. Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the twenty-first century. 

President Bush writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments reforming education, treating HIV/AIDA in Africa, and safeguarding the country amid chilling warnings of additional terrorist attacks. He also offers intimate new details on his decision to quit drinking, discovery of faith, and relationships with his family.

A groundbreaking presidential memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and offer new perspectives on eight remarkable years in American history--and the man at the center of events. 


I have always respected President Bush and this book just increased that respect. It also gave me a new perspective on some very important decisions that were made during those eight years. One of the things that I liked about this book was his honesty about his shortcomings. He doesn't sugar coat them. He just states them like they are. It was wonderful to see the relationships with him and his family. You get to see a glimpse of his childhood and even his college years. It also shows his faith in the Lord through many of those decisions.

This book is easy to read and has a way to making it hard to put down. I homeschool and have decided to make this book a required read for my high school students. I feel this book is so well done that it will make a great way for my kids to understand more about how our country works on the highest level. 


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Friday, December 2, 2011

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

It isn't until the Civil War comes to her doorstep that Amanda Bell must choose between love and family.

It's the spring of 1861 on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Amanda never thought she would marry because of a promise she made to her dying mother, but her attraction to Captain Kent Littlefield is undeniable.

When Texas secedes from the Union, her brother Daniel aligns with the Confederate States, while Kent remains with the Union troops.

Her heart is torn between the two men she is closest to and the two sides of the conflict. Amanda prays to God for direction and support, but hears only silence. Where is God in the atrocities of war-and whose side is He on?

Amanda senses her life is at a turning point. She must trust God to deliver her family through the chaos of war with her heart and her faith intact.


This book takes place during the Civil War. Most of the book is set in Texas. For me that made it very interesting since I have lived in Texas my whole life. It shows many of the ugly parts of the war on both sides. Often when we are in a conflict we only see the side we have chosen. We often forget that there are good and bad things on each side. And we often forget that when the war is over we need to move forward, forgive and rebuild what was torn down. 

Kent and Amanda faced the fact that they were on different sides of the war but their love continued to grow. They depended on the Lord to bring them back together when the time was right. You see honest doubt in Amanda about the prayers she offers up to the Lord through the years of death and hardship. But when it comes right down to it she returns to her faith and trusts the Lord to take care of her and her family. 

Kent is a man of honor and understands that even though he is a leader in the war, there is a line that should be drawn. He is not always able to keep his troops from the evil they seek to do but you see that it is a part of his heart to do so. 

If you love history and romance, you will enjoy this book. I would not recommend it to younger readers since the topic tends to lean heavily on the war, unless you want to use it as part of your history lessons for older teens so that you can talk about what you have read and address the ugliness of the war with them.


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Love Finds You in Annapolis Maryland by Roseanna M. White

In 1783 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton.

Never did Lark think she'd want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she's loved all her life. But when he betrays her, she flees to Annapolis, Maryland, the country's capital. There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes. 

Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new nation he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough. 

He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater--before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold. 


Roseanna has done it again! The story line is different than the norm. They don't just meet and have to deal with difficult situations. They have known each other all their lives. They are betrothed. And yet, it is not the happy relationship that it should be. They are strangers. He is just going through the motions and she decides she can't live that way despite the fact that she has loved him all of her life.  

The old saying "You don't know what you have until you've lost it" rings true in this story. When Lark leaves without telling him where she is going, Emerson sees for once what he had missed all along, a woman with fire and spirit. The adventure begins when he finally finds out where she is and follows her there to win her back.

The historical content makes the book even more appealing. I am a homeschool mom and we are learning about the American Revolution and George Washington. Both of those topics are a part of this book. It brought out the facts of the war that some might have forgotten, the emotional struggles of those on both sides of the war that considered America their home but were on different sides of the conflict. It brought out what the war was all about, freedom to choose. Freedom for all, not just a few. 

I loved the characters in this story, as I do in all of her books. They are alive and vibrant. The banter between the young people in the story is fun and entertaining. She doesn't just make the main characters interesting but each and every character is detailed. They all seem like main characters because she does that. It was so easy to get caught up in the book. If you are like me and will stay up all night reading a great book, then prepare yourself to do that with this one. You will not want to put it down. 

If you read this book or have read her other books, share with me your favorite character and why. I am sure Roseanna would love to know your answer, as well. 


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