Saturday, February 28, 2015

LOOKING WITHIN



 
The  BEEKEEPER'S SON by Kelly Irvin is a look into seeing people as God's sees them, through His eyes. 1 Samuel 16: 7b "For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Phineas King's face and hands were scared as a young boy in an accident. Seeing how often people react when they see him for the first time, the scars have moved inward to cause him to withdraw and become solitary, trusting no one outside of his family.

Rebekah Lantz is a newcomer to the district and wishes to soon return to the district in Tennessee, her friends and special friend.

How will God work in these two lives and brings healing to both, along with the Amish community at large?  

Kelly has woven a story of redemption and a reminder to look beyond the outward appearance. All of us carry scars and wear mask to some extent. Dare we let others in? Dare we to take the time to look beyond the exterior and see the person?

I was inspired by this book and recommend it highly.

I received this book free for an honest review from Zondervan and Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Monday, February 23, 2015

HOPE AND GRACE





Always ready to read one of Cindy Woodsmall's books and to get three for the price of one was impossible to pass up.

Cindy writes about the Amish in with an understanding few have due to having a close friend who is Amish. There is no patronizing, no denigrating, no glossing over. She is real, honest and has the ability to draw you into the characters and their lives.

'These three novels follow five couples of the Amish district of Dry Lake.  One of the couples, Cara, is a woman whose mother was Amish and married an Englischer so she was raised in the outside world. Deborah is sister to the Amish man Cara comes to love, her fiance leaves for the Englischer word and she finds love again. Lena has a birthmark that she has let define her who has long loved her best friend. He is unaware has married another. Ada is Deborah's ex-fiance's mother who is in love with Lena's father. Sylvia is from another district, comes to live in Dry Lake and falls in love with a troubled young man.

Does these five couples find a way to each other? Can they adhere to the Amish traditions and get the approval of the Bishop?

I loved the series and was really pleased that I was able to read all of them consecutively and once. I highly recommend HOPE CROSSING and have to say Cindy Woodsmall has become one of my favorite authors.

I received this book free for an honest review from WaterBrook publishing.

Monday, February 9, 2015

BACK TO THE TABLE




I always jump at any chance to read a Leonard Sweet and when one is available free for a review it's an extra incentive. I just read FROM TABLET TO TABLE and found it very though provocative as his usually are.

Leonard always makes you think, often about things you've always believed, which then either solidifies the belief or causes you to discard it. In this one he shows us how we've allowed ourselves to "become more 'modern' than Christian.."  That Scripture memorization, principle-driven tablet of rules and regulations has replaced the stories that defined who we are as a family, a body of Christ.

He said "If we really want to learn someone's story, sitting down at the table, breaking bread together, is the best way to start......we don't just pass food around; fellow diners pass bits of themselves back and forth as well...."

This book is so rich that you can only nibble and digest a little at a time.  I've never been able to read a Leonard Sweet book through at one sitting. But I've grown a little from each one I've read.

I would recommend this, and I have already, to any and all.

I received this book free from Navpress published by Tyndale House Publishers for an honest review.
                                                                                                                               

Sunday, January 4, 2015

FLORIDA MEETS MICHIGAN



The latest Amish novel I just finished was by a new author for me, who writes an intriguing and captivating story.  A WOODLAND MIRACLE by Ruth Reid is one I didn't put down until I had finished it.

Grace Wagler, is a young maedel, in an Amish district in Michigan. When  Ben Eicher and Toby Graber, two Floridian Amish, get into trouble they are sent to the Michigan district to work the timber mill with Toby's uncle.

The differing district odnung's is just one of the hurdles confronted by the trio. Grace has a noticeable physical handicap that has caused her to put up walls, Ben and Toby's reason for being in Michigan, the men all being gone to the lumber camp and an escaped mental patient also add to the plot.

Ruth draws you in and holds you with her narrative and brings you to a satisfactory, if not totally desirable conclusion.

I recommend A Woodland Miracle and I will definitely add Ruth Reid to my list of author's to read again.

I received this book free for an honest review from Harper Collins Christian Publishing via Thomas Nelson.