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Lisa Whittle… I Want God


Some books can be life changing and hard and wonderful and yet leave you poured out on the floor in a big goopy mess. 

And…this was that book for me. 

I started this book a couple of months ago, and it was during a searching season. I would pick it up and put it down.

At the beginning of the summer, I buried myself in this book…reading, journaling, and praying. The book is underlined, highlighted, dog-eared, and tear-stained.   

 Revival is personal, and Lisa Whittle’s book I Want God was a match to the dry tinder of my heart and life. This book hits deep despite its short length. Lisa gets inside your head and heart. The Lord used her words to speak some hard truth in my life of complacency and ritual. 
I loved the questions and inventory at the end of the chapters. The book would be FABULOUS for a small intimate group of women to work through. If you are seeking revival…a reset with God, prayerfully consider this book as a tool.

My Brother’s Crown


Historical fiction is a strong pull for me, and when it whispers a promise of a series, I’m hooked. Mindy Starns Clark and Elizabeth Gould have done just this with their Cousins of the Dove series. They have me hooked.

 I just finished their book,  My Brother’s Crown, and it was fascinating!  I finished this book while sitting on the beach, and in truth, I was in a book stupor for a day after, anxious for more knowledge on the next chapter in the lives of this family and these characters. 

 My Brother’s Crown weaves ribbons of historical with contemporary Christian fiction, and these authors do it beautifully. The story deals with a family journal and a printed document dating back to the period of the late 1600’s and the Heugonot persecution in France. It was a dangerous time to be Protestant in faith and oppose the Catholic Church and the crown of King Louis. Modern day dealings with the ancient document and the breaking of the code within it draws both stories together. This is the first book in the Cousins of the Dove series, and it promises to be a series worth reading every page…every word. 

The second book, My Sister’s Prayer,  is due to be released September 1st. 

Counted With the Stars and More

I am a true fan of good biblical fiction because good biblical fiction drives me back to Scripture. This book did just that. I found myself following Egyptian slave, Kiya’s life through the pages of the book of Exodus, as well as the work of fiction. Connilyn Cossette does a beautiful job of drawing her readers into the story, into the fear of the unknown lurking in the minds and hearts of the Egyptians as they suffered through the plagues and the exodus of the Hebrews under the leadership of their all powerful Yahweh and his servant Moses. It was interesting to watch this story unfold in the life of a young Egyptian woman when as Christian I have always considered this story from the Hebrew point of view. Truly a unique perspective. I look forward to reading the other books in Cossette’s Out From Egypt series as they are released. Thrilled for this book debut from this talented Christian fiction author.

I received this book free from the author in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Within the Veil

 

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            Brandy Vallance’s new book, Within the Veil, is a delicious form of summer escape. Set during the Victorian era in 1885, Brandy leads her readers on an exciting journey across untamed Scotland through the lives of Alasdair and Feya.

            The worlds of Alasdair Cairncross and Feya Broon could not be more different. Feya is an impoverished Scot-half Gypsy whose devotion to her siblings drives her to take a dangerous risk to provide the food and shelter their widowed drunkard father does not. Alasdair is a royal palace guard with a promising career and a wealthy socialite fiancé. Desperate ill-fated choices land Feya in Alasdair’s custody and on her way to prison. But their journey becomes a fight for survival. Alasdair’s father has questionable political goals that prove to be dangerous for his son and Feya who find themselves at the mercy of each other and kidnapped by people who have revenge at heart.

            Alasdair’s and Feya’s are opposites in every sense of the word and it is their clashing backgrounds which provide the grand dramatic fodder in their story as they become tangled in their society’s misconceptions and mistreatment of the gypsies in Victorian Scotland. By the way…this little historical ribbon was fascinating.

            In truth, I was not ready to say goodbye to Alasdair and Feya. Honestly, I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed two characters this much. The ribbon of God’s faithfulness was delicately woven throughout the pages of their experiences. All of it. Splendid. Simply. Splendid…

            I will read this again…But first I must read Brandy’s first novel, The Covered Deep. I enjoyed Brandy’s writing style tremendously and I look forward to reading her future works as well.

Close to Home by Deborah Raney

Summer reading… Close to Home by Deborah Raney…Sweet.

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I feel as if I arrived at Deborah Raney‘s Chicory Inn novel series party a little late. I read this book without having read the previous books in her series, and yet, I enjoyed the book immensely. It is a great fit for readers who have enjoyed Karen Kingsbury‘s Baxter family series.

            While the previous  three books may have given me more information about the siblings in the Whitman family, this story line was strong enough it didn’t require the background. The story revolves around Bree Whitman, her strong attachment to her deceased husband’s family years after his death, and the changes in the relationships with the possibility of dating again.

            I love that the story is set in and around a bed and breakfast. Charming! The relationships within the Whitman family are endearing including a very sassy and eccentric grandmother. I will read the first three books in the series now that I have met this family. I would like to get to know them a little better. According to her website, a fifth book will be released in February 2017.

 

The Gentle Stuff

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Poppy flowers against the sky

 

Life has hard sharp  edges that send me on deep searches for gentle…

Gentle in my relationships

Gentle in my down time

Gentle in my reading, writing, and listening…

In my daily search for life in the  Philippians 4:8 whatevers,  gentle is a must.

But how do we remain gentle in a world that screams “choose sides” and  “chase extremes?”

How do we remain flexible, teachable, soft hearted, and…reachable?

I want to be gentle…meek…but not complacent. I want to be tender, yet firm in my convictions and my knowledge of truth.

No wishy-washy faith for this girl. A firm foundation for me to plant these size 10s on…

Firm, but loving.

Always loving…

When politicians build walls…

When the church fails to be the hands and feet of Jesus…

When the words of comfort so desperately need to be whispered…or sung

Gentle exhales…

“Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5 NIV

The Lord is near. He sees. He hears. He loves.

We need to be of one mind and ready to bend low to lift others…in love.

When you feel pressed against those hard sharp edges of life…remember, be gentle.

 

 

Bumps in the Road

You know how life is often…so unexpected…I mean really…UNEXPECTED?


yeah… well.
This week I have been reminded of life’s rude interruptions.
This is first full week of my summer break from school and four weeks from the arrival of my son, daughter-in-love, and granddaughter from South Korea. Let me preface this by saying I have not seen these precious humans (other than Face Time and Facebook)in two years. I have not touched them or hugged them in…two…years. So to tell you I have been beyond giddy at the thought of their visit is an understatement.
And the list of little projects I need to do around the house to prepare for their visit?

Oh my word… it is daunting to say the least.
But then…Life.
The unexpected happens. And the unexpected throws everything into the blender.
A long dismissed degenerative disc issue rears its untimely head and things stop…

because…

you can’t bend over to tie your walking shoes… and you can’t get up out your chair without horrific groaning and some really strained unattractive movements.
Beauty sleep is disrupted, and everything combined makes me irritable and teary. Poor husband.
My unexpected inconvenience has now become his burden. Bless. Him.

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