Oh This Faith of Mine

Oh This Faith Of Mine…

I grew up Baptist, and never really got it. I mean I would sit in Church and just not connect. I spent years bumbling back and forth and finally investigated Catholicism. I took the needed steps and this past April (April 2015) I was baptized, confirmed, and received first Communion. I have found so many good resources online as I have started on this faith journey of mine. I wanted to share a few of them with you, maybe they will help you too. I am not an authority on Catholicism by any means, just a Neophyte Catholic trying to make sense of everything I have learned in the last 6 months.

Best Catholic Blogs I Have Read So Far

www.passionateperseverance.blogspot.com

www.catholicallyear.com

www.looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com

Looking forward to this ever continuing faith journey..

-KatherineKate

Justified Review

In a small Texas town ruled by gossip, Fawn Blaylock believes others are justified in condemning her untimely pregnancy. Stifled by guilt, she yearns for grace while the local football coach treats her with gentle respect.

As a Texas native myself this book really struck a chord with me. It was a beautiful story and the second in Varina Denman’s new series, however, it was the first book I had ever read by her. Great characters are what really make this story, and I was excited to learn that some of the main characters in this book are also in the other book in this series. The author develops Fawn’s faith in a gentle way, it is not overbearing nor overly preachy. I must say though, it took a couple glances at the cover to realize that this was contemporary fiction, such a refreshing change from the historical fiction I normally read. The story ends on a high note and really leaves the reader with a feel good feeling. If you’re looking for a great read, maybe for a last minute summer vacation, this should be your pick! It was the first book I read after graduating from college a week ago and it was a great one!

Varina Denman is native Texan who spent her high school years in a small Texas town. Now she lives near Fort Worth with her husband and her five mostly-grown children.

 

Justified is available for purchase at http://www.amazon.com/Justified-Novel-Mended-Hearts-Series/dp/0781412161

Note: I received this book as part of the Justified blog tour from Radiant Lit. I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes.

Review copy provided by the publisher for Radiant Lit Blog Tours.

‘Til We Meet Again – Review

From the Back Cover (www.amazon.com)

Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love and vowed to marry after the war. However, soon after Ray returned to his unit, he was captured by German forces and held captive in Stalag VII, Germany’s largest prisoner of war camp. It was there that Ray’s faith was put to the ultimate test as he endured the most horrific weeks of his life―weeks marked by brutality, malnutrition, back-breaking labor, and near-constant death. The only thing that kept him alive was the dream of someday reuniting with Betty.

Told in first person from Ray’s perspective, with personal wartime letters from Betty interspersed throughout, ’Til We Meet Again is a sweeping love story set amid the backdrop of WWII. The perfect combination of “in the trenches” battlefield accounts and classic 1940s romance, this memoir reads almost like a novel. It is an epic story of faith, hope, and love, and a nostalgic look back at one of the most memorable periods in American history.

REVIEW

This book seemed too short, I was loathe to put it down and sad when I was finished with it. A classic romance from the get go, they would not even let a war dampen their love. The book is the love story of Ray (a US soldier) who is wounded and transferred to the hospital where Betty (a US nurse). Despite Ray being sent out into the battlefield again, and captured as a POW, he keeps his promise to Betty to come back to her and marry her. This book is an active call to realize God’s directions in both of their lives. They keep their faith, and strengthen it from the beginning. Faith helps to feed their relationship and strengthen their love for one another. ‘Til We Meet Again, is a memoir of love and war, but it doesn’t read like one and I give it 5 stars. It will stay on my keep shelf for years to come.

FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book from Tyndale House Publishing. However, all opinions are honest and my own.

First Family Detail -Review

First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler – Review

From the Back Cover / About the Author (from amazon.com)

Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets of the FBIIn the President’s Secret Service, and The CIA at War. A former Wall Street Journal and Washington Postinvestigative reporter, Kessler has won eighteen journalism awards, including two George Polk awards, one for national reporting and one for community service. He was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. Kessler lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife, Pamela Kessler.

THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL reveals:

· Vice President Joe Biden regularly orders the Secret Service to keep his military aide with the nuclear football a mile behind his motorcade, potentially leaving the country unable to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack.

· Secret Service agents discovered that former president Bill Clinton has a blond mistress. Within minutes of Hillary Clinton’s leaving, the woman—codenamed Energizer by agents—shows up to be with Bill every day while the likely future presidential candidate is away.

· The Secret Service covered up the fact that President Ronald Reagan’s White House staff overruled the Secret Service to let unscreened spectators get close to Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton, allowing him to be shot by John W. Hinckley Jr.

· Secret Service agents have been dismayed to overhear Michelle Obama push her husband to be more aggressive in attacking Republicans and to side with blacks in racial controversies.

· Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan diverted agents from protecting President Obama and his family at the White House and ordered them instead to protect his assistant at her home and illegally retrieve confidential records as a favor to her.

· Because Hillary Clinton is so nasty to agents, being assigned to her protective detail is considered a form of punishment and the worst assignment in the Secret Service.

· Secret Service agents were ordered to ignore security rules and allow the SUV carrying actor Bradley Cooper to drive unscreened into a secure restricted area when President Obama was about to deliver his speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

· Vice President Joe Biden spends millions of taxpayer dollars flying to and from his home in Delaware on Air Force Two. His office tried to cover up the costs of the personal trips.

· Because the Secret Service refused to provide enough magnetometers at his campaign events, Mitt Romney regularly left himself open to assassination by giving speeches to unscreened crowds.

· Vice President Joe Biden swims nude at the vice president’s residence in Washington and at his home in Delaware, offending female agents.

REVIEW

This edition is an update of an earlier work, however, I have never been exposed to any of Mr. Kessler’s previous or current work. That being said, this book was a very easy to follow read and extremely interesting to me. As a history lover, I loved the unique approach the author has to this subject. Typically, I favor European History, especially British, but this book gained my intrigue. And IF all the statements made by the author are true, I have gained some unique insight to the highest level of government office in the U.S. This is a great read, it is interesting and keeps a steady pace throughout. This book gave both a good look at the Secret Service and what they do as an organization to keep the President and his family protected. It was a book I will keep and read over and over again.

FTC Disclaimer:

I received this book from Blogging for Books, as compensation for my honest and fair review. All opinions are my own. Check out their website at: www.bloggingforbooks.com