Friday, January 24, 2014

Prepared for a Purpose

I guess you really never know what today may bring, and Antoinetter Tuff certainly could not have known what would happen on August 20, 2013.  Yet, she was prepared because she knows that God uses us to accomplish He works.

This is truly an amazing story.  With so many bad results from school shootings, it is refreshing to read a story that did not turn into tragedy.  Antionette's story is equaling amazing.  She came from a tough upbringing and was in a marriage where her husband was repeatedly unfaithful.  She herself had a lot to overcome.  Her back story is intertwined with the events of August 20, 2013, and both stories have a happy ending.

Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Snapshot

Lis Wiehl is inspired by real events and a photo of herself as a child at a civil rights rally to right this fictitious suspense novel.  There is a murder, an innocent man on death row, and a father and daughter who come together to investigate the crime.  They love each other fiercely but have a hard time demonstrating that love.

With so much back story to cover, the first 100 pages were slow.  Once the groundwork is laid, the story line takes off.  The end is fast paced and action packed.  I had a hard time keeping up, but I wanted to know how the story would end.

I liked the characters and how the author developed them over the course of the story.  The book is not yet part of a series, but I would like to see these characters in future books.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Take Charge of Your Emotions

Emotions are neither good nor bad, but it is what we do with our emotions that can have a negative impact on our lives.  Negative emotions are not bad, but when these emotions lead to fits of rage or deep depression, we need to deal with them.

I have been in a deep depression which eventually led to counseling.  As I read this book, I realized that I did many of the things the author describes.  This book provides a framework for people who need help for getting past negative emotions.

Some books just point us to the Bible and tell us to trust in God.  This book adds to that truth by giving the reader tools to use to deal with emotion.  Sometimes we need specific directions in order to overcome negative thoughts and emotions.  For some people who are stuck in negative thought patterns, a line-by-line approach is beneficial.

Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.