Saturday, November 28, 2015

On This Foundation

Nehemiah is the cupbearer to the king and is content to serve him.  But when a visit from his brother sheds light on the disrepair of Jerusalem, Nehemiah is heartbroken and seeks God's guidance.  The Lord leads him back to his homeland to lead the rebuilding of the city walls.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book of historical fiction.  The author stayed true to the Biblical story and only added fictionalization to shed light on what the people might have felt or thought.

Even though I did not read the first 2 books in The Restoration Chronicles, I did not struggle to follow the storyline.  I now would like to read the previous books as this book was well written and enjoyable to read.

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

Monday, November 16, 2015

Kill the Silence

Rape is horrific and terrible.  No one should ever suffer in silence.  Thanks to Monika Korra, no one has to suffer in silence.  Her goal is to kill the silence for those who have been raped or sexually abused.

The writing of the book is not amazing but is impressive considering English is not Monika's first language.  The fact that she remembers so much from events from months ago is amazing.  She describes not just the rape but the aftermath and the repercussions in great detail.  She shares what many are not able to even put into words.

It took a lot of courage and strength for Monika to survive a senseless act but she found a way to rise about it and do some good.  

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  See more here.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Miracle at the High Grounds Cafe

I have Max Lucado books for years, but this is the first foray into fiction for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Max has always been able to weave God's truth into stories that touch the heart.

The story is about a woman who is trying to open a new business and start a new life with her 2 children.  She is not divorced yet, but she is also not living with her professional football playing husband.  If that doesn't open the door to a miracle of God, I don't know what will.

The story continues with some interesting and inspiring twists and turns.  I don't want to give it all away since it is not along book, but it is an enjoyable story.  It is not a heavy read, but it is filled with deep truths about God's love and grace.

Thomas Nelson provided me with a free copy of this book which I freely give.

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Carols of Christmas

I love a good Christmas carol so I was excited to read this book.  The stories behind the carols are interesting and the author definitely did his research.  Unfortunately, all the research and music history was lost on me.

Since I am not musically inclined, I did not understand most of the musical jargon.  I don't what it means to "play the euphonium in procession" or what a "musical antiquarianism" is.  So I struggled to read the in-depth history of these 21 carols.

This book is well written and well researched.  I just lack the musical intelligence to truly appreciate the stories.

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