Thursday, November 22, 2012

His Love Endures Forever... a book review

ISBN:  9781595548887
Series: Land of Canaan

Book Description

An unplanned pregnancy. An absent father. Can love really endure all things?

Danielle Kent is anything but Amish. But as destiny would have it, she has fallen in love with an Amish man.

Now she’s 18, pregnant, and hopeful that the child’s Amish father—Matthew Lapp—will do the right thing and marry her. She knows Matthew plans to leave his Colorado settlement for a life in the Englisch world. But that plan never included a baby.

When Matthew walks away from her and their unborn child, she has nowhere to turn. Her unlikely friendship with Levi offers some comfort—yet they have so little in common. This wasn’t the plan she had for her life, and she has never felt so alone. She doesn’t want to be pregnant. Doesn’t want to be Amish. Doesn’t want to trust God.

And yet.

God has plans beyond what her mind can imagine . . . loving plans to show a lost young woman that His love never fails but endures forever.
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His Love Endures Forever is the third book in the Land of Canaan series.  Beth Wiseman has written a wonderful story of redemption.  This is not a typical 'boy meets girl and everything works out for the best' story.  This is a real life situation in which many of our young people are living through. 
The difference?  GOD
God uses even an unplanned pregnancy and an unlikely friendship to bring good from all things.  I had not trouble relating to Levi' mom throughout the story.  She is the epitome of the mama bear protecting her young.  Love her for it!  Beth's writing pulled me into the lives of each of the characters.  I love how a simple fiction book can remind me to wait on GOD, not run ahead of Him. 
Rating: A
I look forward to reading the first two books in this series: Seek Me with All Your Heart and The Wonder of Your Love.  Even without reading the first two books, I had no trouble following the storyline or characters.  Beth seemlessly blended it all together!  Great job!

I received a complimentary e-book from Thomas Nelson and their BookSneeze program for my honest review.  I received no monetary compensation.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bible Detective... a puzzle search book

bible detective cover
by Peter Martin and illustrated by Peter Kent
ISBN: 978-0-7459-6276-4
Lion Children's Book
The Bible Detective is the ultimate "find the hidden pictures" book for both children and adults based on Bible stories.
Snuggle up alongside your favorite youngster, and learn some great Bible stories while searching for specific people and animals in the detailed pictures from Peter Kent.
This is a great time to discuss Biblical history with your child(ren) and instill a love of learning!  After you work through the book, have your child(ren) narrate the stories back to you with the pictures as a visual reminder.
I only have one major problem with this book.  It is written with a Christian perspective from a Christian publisher, yet it does not use B.C. or A.D. for their time references.  As a Christian parent and follower of Jesus Christ, I have a BIG problem with the secular references of BCE and CE.
My rating: 2.5 out of 5
I received a complimentary copy of Bible Detective: a puzzle search book from Kregel Publishing and Lion Children's Book for my honest and fair review.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Darkness Rising... a book review

Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson
the East Salem Trilogy  # 2
ISBN: 978-1595549433
Available: October 2, 2012
Publisher Description:
The evil in East Salem is no longer content to hide in the shadows. The stakes—and the darkness—are rising.
Dani Harris thought there wasn’t much left that could surprise her after serving as a forensic psychiatrist in East Salem. And Tommy Gunderson has faced few challenges in his life that he couldn’t overcome by either physical strength or his celebrity status.
But as they race to uncover what’s really happening behind the high walls of St. Adrian’s Academy, it becomes clear that supernatural forces have been at work here for generations. And now their focus is on making sure Dani and Tommy don’t interfere.
When the unseen becomes seen, faith is the only weapon strong enough to fight in a battle involving not just murder and betrayal—but angels and demons.
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After thoroughly enjoying the first book, Waking Hours, in this trilogy, I looked forward to continuing the story of Dani, Tommy, and the evil that is lurking in East Salem.
For a trilogy, Lis Wiehl had trouble writing a smooth transition from Waking Hours to Darkness Rising.  The story of Dani and Tommy continues, but as details from book 1 are incorporated in, the reader gets lost.  The transition "flashbacks" continue into the middle of the book which seems a bit much.  If you plan on reading this book, please read book 1 FIRST! 
As for the story, I once again enjoyed being immersed in the world of good versus evil.  Lis draws you into the eternal battle against evil.  Darkness Rising was interesting and engaging.  The new characters bring a new dimension to the ongoing saga and incorporates God's ongoing relationship with man.
Due to the choppy and confusing transition from book 1,
I am rating this a 3.5 out of 5
Again, the story of a supernatural battle waging unseen in our world is still amazing!
To read the first chapter, click HERE, scroll down to "Meet the Author." 
Then, click on READ MORE and Chapter 1 will open up.
I received a complimentary e-copy of Darkenss Rising from Thomas Nelson Publishers and the Booksneeze Blogging program for my honest review.
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