Sunday, April 25, 2010

Friendship for Grown-ups by Lisa Whelchel

As a child I grew up watching Lisa Whelchel as the love-to-hate Blair on "The Facts of Life." As a young mom, I was inspired by Lisa and followed her on her website and blog. This book shed some light on a part of Lisa that she has never shared before.

I have had many friends but never analyzed my friendships or the lack thereof. Lisa took the time to look at her own friendships and how these relationships lacked depth because of the wall she built up to protect herself from getting hurt. She recognized what she was doing to prevent herself from having deeper friendships, and she took the time and energy necessary to overcome her shortcomings.

I had been following her blog regularly and noticed a sudden lack of updates. I stopped checking her blog. This book explains what was going on in her life and in her heart. I admire her ability to be vulnerable even in admitting her own mistakes.

To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.

Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers

I have long been a fan of Francine Rivers since reading Redeeming Love. So I was not surprised at how much I enjoy Her Mother's Hope. This almost 500 page book took me only a week to read. I would get so involved in reading that I did not notice the passage of time. Unfortunately, I have to wait 6 more months for the sequel Her Daughter's Dream.

I am thankful that this was just one book instead of 3. I have noticed that some publishers limit the length of books forcing a series instead of a stand alone book. This book was long enough to be more than one book, but I am glad I was able to read it all at once.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Greater Love by Robert Whitlow

This is the third book in the Tides of Truth Series. Both Deeper Water and Higher Hope are good books. I would suggest reading the books in order because of character development and references to previous events.

I enjoyed reading this book and following the life of Tammy Lynn/Tami. She is a unique young women who shares in the struggles of life. We all want to make a difference and be true to our faith. We all want to follow God's will and follow His direction. So I think there is something in Tami that we can all relate to. However, I cannot relate to having 2 guys wanting to date me and both of them being upright men who are pure in heart. That is a problem I will never have!



To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl

I was so excited to read this book, the second in the Triple Threat series. I read the first book last year, Face of Betrayal which was a great debut book for Lis Weihl. Hand of Fate just as good.

The three women of the Triple Threat Club face more struggles with contemporary issues in this novel. The story reads fast and often I wanted to quickly move onto the next chapter to see what happens next. The drama is much like the shows we see on TV as well as are the characters. Yet, no matter who you are, life is hard. We get the chance to see these women face challenges, go through the struggle, and overcome.

The book in not Christian fiction per se but it is a clean story with nods to Allison's faith. She is the only one who has a faith and hopes to witness to her friends but is not pushy or overly religious. Her faith reminds me that we need to light in a dark world and to be kind and gentle as we shine that light.



To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.