Miriam – A Book Review

 

It took me awhile to get through Miriam. I’ll be honest. I don’t know if it’s because it may have been a struggle for the author to write the feeling that God has abandoned her, one we feel all too well in modern times and take that to a place where the main character does feel abandoned – turned out of the community completely. But nevertheless, the author does a superb job of bringing Miram’s story to fictional life. It is a well written, resounding novel as the follow up to The Pharaoh’s Daughter, although I much preferred Daughter over Miriam, but maybe that’s just me. If you like Mesu Andrews this is a solid read worth the time and effort to get through With Miriam, I perceived subtle changes in Mesu’s writing as compared to her previous novels. Her scenes, which have always been ladened with rich historical details, felt even warmer — as if I’d been invited into Miriam’s actual longhouse versus simply picturing it in my mind. Additionally, she has ramped up the level of suspense! With Miriam, I perceived subtle changes in Mesu’s writing as compared to her previous novels. Her scenes, which have always been ladened with rich historical details, felt even warmer — as if I’d been invited into Miriam’s actual longhouse versus simply picturing it in my mind. Additionally, she has ramped up the level of suspense! . I give this book at 3.5 out of 5 stars because while it wasn’t unbearable to read it wasn’t the easiest of efforts to get through it.

 

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It’s Good to Be Queen Book Review

This is at its heart, is a  book about the Queen of Sheba and her visit to Solomon. Liz takes the story straight from the Bible. There is no romance read into it between the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon like many movies and books can portray. But none the less it is a very good book, possibly one of the best I have read in years with self help. I liked that it took a good look at the Queen of Sheba one of my favorite women in the Bible.

It can be used as a bible study, but I did not use it that way. I just read it, and it is full of good inspirational thoughts and mojo. But if you wanted to use it as a bible study, you could break it down in about 5 weeks if you do 2 chapters a week which is doable. The chapters are not long and are easy to get through.

 

While the author approaches the topic biblically she doesn’t try to shove her ideas down you (the readers) throat, she subtly gives way to her opinion that most I agree with.

 

The language is easy to understand, not overly complicated like some of the religious books I have read in the past. I would definitely pass this book on to someone else I know. I know its teachings have helped me be more gracious in everyday life.

 

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Luther and Katharine Book Review – A Must Read!

Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion

From the Back Cover

Katharina von Bora has seen nothing but the inside of cloister walls since she was five. In a daring escape, Katharina finds refuge with Martin Luther and seeks his help to pair her with the noble, wealthy husband she desires.

As class tensions and religious conflicts escalate toward the brink of war, Martin Luther believes that each day could be his last and determines he will never take a wife.

As the horrors of the bloody Peasant War break out around them, the proud Katharina and headstrong Martin Luther fight their own battle for true love, in one of the greatest love stories of history.

A novel of intrigue, and romance, plus history. Well this might be the greatest book I have read all summer, an avid Tudor Era Historian this was an interesting fictional glimpse into the private life of Martin Luther.

Jody Hedlund is a talented author with the characters leaping out of the page to show you their story, or pull you into their world. Tense and suspenseful the story keeps you on the edge until the very last page. It paints a picture of a timeless love story, one that I previously knew nothing about. Despite the fact that this is Historical Fiction, it is often easy to forget that it is indeed fiction while you are reading. This book was the first one I had read by Jody Hedlund and it was much better than I thought it would be. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, it will stay on my keep shelf for years to come, definitely a re-read in my future!.

This book was provided to me by Blogging for Books, however all opinions are my own. You can find their website here: www.bloggingforbooks.com

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