Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Book Review: The Corruptible (Mystery book with the hope of salvation!)

The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir is a great mystery book with the hope of salvation. I'm excited to read the next book in this series and find out how detective Ray Quinn gets saved and redeemed. Even though this book is book two in the Ray Quinn Mystery Series, you don't need to start in book one of the series to understand book two.

The main character, Ray Quinn, is a retired police detective who has his own private investigation company, Night Watchman Detective Agency. (If you're like me and enjoy a little sarcasm in your characters, you'll like Ray Quinn.) In our story Ray Quinn is hired by a wealthy (germaphobe) businessman to find company information stolen by an ex-cop. The story gets interesting when the ex-cop, Logan is found murdered. 

When I first started the book I felt like I was in an old Colombo t.v. episode, but as I kept reading the characters took on a life of their own. Having said that, I have to admit the book did start off slowly for me. Since I did enjoy this book, I'm glad I persevered and continued reading until the story picked up.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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Book Review: Treasuring Emma

Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller is not your average Amish romance book. The characters don't communicate like characters in other Amish books, and they definitely seem more real than how they are portrayed in other books. The women in the book struggled with trusting God (faith) and submission.  Another difference was how Emma was described as fat and plain.

I'm glad the author portrayed the Amish as sinners who need God's grace and forgiveness. Everyone must make their own decision to follow Christ. No one is born into a right relationship with God. We must all repent and have faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.

I enjoyed reading this book. Book Sneeze provided this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Description 

Emma has put everyone else first in her life. Now at nearly 25, has she missed her chance at marriage?
Emma was Adam's first love but circumstances made them both choose different paths in life. Emma's heart breaks all over again when Adam returns to the Amish community of Middlefield, Ohio, years later.

For the past ten years, Emma has been a care-giver. First for her mother who unsuccessfully battled breast cancer, and now for her grandmother who gets more frail with each passing year. Emma has always put the needs of others above her own. With more time on her hands, she determines to focus on herself and her dream of opening a rescue shelter for stray animals in the community.

With Adam's return come feelings Emma's long buried. They're older and life hasn't turned out the way they thought it would. Adam's feelings for Emma are stronger than ever, but will he be able to convince her to put the past aside and give their love a chance?
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

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Book Review: The Final Hour

The Final Hour is book four of the Homelander series. You definitely should read the first three books before reading The Final Hour. Even though this series is written for teenagers I thoroughly enjoyed reading all four books. My 14 year old daughter also read and enjoyed the books before I even started them. She was surprised with the way it all turned out, while I figured out the whole series at the beginning of the first book (age and experience factor in). But even with knowing how it would all turn out, I still enjoyed the ride. We definitely need more wholesome books like these for our teenagers with good and moral heroes. I just wish there was more written about God and a gospel presentation. For instance when Charlie is questioned about whether he's ready to die, his answer is not based on faith in Jesus Christ but on his own good works.

Book Sneeze provided this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Description

The Homelanders are attacking—and it's Charlie's last chance to stop them.
Charlie West was an ordinary high school kid who went to bed one night and woke up in the clutches of terrorists and wanted by the police for murder. He also woke up with no memory of the events of the last year.

His memory is returning now and has brought the terrible realization that he knows when the terrorists are going to strike next.

Whatever it takes, Charlie knows he can't give in or give up until they're stopped . . . even when the final hour is ticking away.
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Book Review: God's Love Letters to You

God's Love Letters to You: A Forty Day Devotional Experience is not your typical devotional book. I'm not the type of person who normally reads devotional books, so I was pleasantly surprised. I normally spend my time reading only the bible for my morning & evening devotions. I have tried devotionals before but never found anything I liked. This book however is different! Larry Crabb, the author, doesn't sugar coat the gospel at all. As a matter of fact his book really tries to get you to dig deeper and see things from God's point of view. He really exposes the holes in the prosperity doctrine. Since I received this book to review, I read it without answering the questions in depth and read it faster than the 40 days.  I will definitely go back and take my time with this book in addition to my daily bible reading. Book Sneeze provided this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Description

Experience a unique conversation with God through a daily devotional reading based on twenty Old Testament and twenty New Testament books of the Bible. Written to help the reader listen to what God is saying in His Word, God’s Love Letters to You offers a life-changing encounter with God through the story He is telling. Author Larry Crabb brings the big picture of God’s story into clearer focus, helping readers catch an enticing glimpse of how each of these forty books of the Bible advances the story. The goal? To lose our story in His.
Each day’s devotional includes:
-a selected Scripture reading
-a short devotional message
-reflection questions
-a closing prayer
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