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Book Review: A Dream of Miracles


I chose to read and review the book, “A Dream of Miracles” by Ruth Reid.  I worried my selection might be a chick book, but I was quite wrong.  In fact, I found this book to be quite the page turner, and I looked forward to moments alone to check up on the primary characters in the story.

I found the novel to be quite believable and the characters easy to relate to.  The story focuses on an Amish woman named Mattie and an employee of the Child Protection Services named Bo.  Their paths cross when the widowed Amish woman is accused of abusing her 18 month old son.   There’s just enough romance and just enough mystery to intrigue male and female readers alike.  I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading other stories from this author.

Book Review: Mermaid Moon


Whenever I chose to read and review Colleen Coble’s “Mermaid Moon,” I didn’t realize it was the second book in the Sunset Cove Series.  In fact, I couldn’t tell that this was a part of a series, so at no time did I feel lost as the story unfolded.

mermaid moonI am a fan of Christian suspense and mystery and “Mermaid Moon” doesn’t disappoint in those two genres.  Obviously, Ms. Coble researches her books thoroughly before putting pen to paper.  For instance, I’ve never visited the state of Maine, but after reading her book, I feel as if I’ve been there several times.   She weaves a tale around believable characters with a story line that creates suspense all the way to the end of the book.  And though I’m not necessarily a romantic, there’s just enough romance in this novel to appeal to those who love mystery and intrigue and those interested in a love story.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to other thrillers written by Colleen Coble.

 

 

Book Review: The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell


Honestly, I chose “The Feathered Bone” because it was one of the choices that was still offered as a “real life, hold in my hand, tangible” book. After reading through the first few pages, I wondered if I would like this story because I felt that the author’s descriptions of the surroundings and goings-on bogged down the tale. But, I muscled through. And I am glad I did.
“The Feathered Bone” addresses a few of the tragic issues facing our Country today. One of those is the atrocity of human trafficking. The author weaves together a story that prompts the reader to sit on the edge of his seat. But, it’s not a story for the faint of heart.
The horror of human trafficking coupled with an unexpected tragedy, brought tears to my eyes. In fact, at one point I laid the book aside to pick up a few groceries at the store. As I pushed the cart up and down the aisles, I hoped the scene I left was only a horrific nightmare. Yes, the author did that good of story telling to draw me in.
I look forward to reading other books by Julie Cantrell.

Book Review: The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes


When I chose to review “The Mountain Midwife,” I did so for two reasons.  It was one of the only books that I could actually get in a hard copy and I thought after I read this book, my wife might enjoy it as well.  I opened this novel fully expecting it to be a boring chick read, but instead, I was pleasantly surprised.

Ashley Tolliver is a highly educated mountain midwife, carrying on the family tradition established almost two hundred years prior.  Accustomed to catching babies of the poorest of the poor and those with great wealth, Tolliver looks past the socioeconomic backgrounds of the women and serves each woman with genuine care and respect.  Though she loves delivering babies, Tolliver plans to leave the Appalachian Mountains and earn a doctor’s degree in medicine.

Enter Hunter McDermott.  One day he receives a strange call, the voice on the other end suggesting the woman he grew up calling “mom” was not his birth mother.  McDermott finds himself chasing clues in the Appalachian Mountains, enlisting the help of Ms. Ashley Tolliver.

Author Laurie Alice Eakes weaves in just enough intrigue and mystery to make this a read that I would recommend to female and male readers.  I give this book two thumbs up!

Book Review, Wilderness Rising by A.L. Shields


I must admit, I did something I usually frown upon…reading book two before reading book one.  That being said, I found ‘Wilderness Rising’ by A.L. Shields to be a fantastic thriller.  The story centers upon a young woman wrongly accused of murder and terrorism.  A US fugitive, Bethany flees to Europe and ends up seeking out the legendary ‘Pilate Stone.’  Other organizations seek the stone as well.

The ‘Wilderness’ a group of atheists kidnapped a friend of Bethany and are holding her friend for ransom…the ‘Stone.’ The Wilderness hopes to prove the Pilate Stone says nothing corroborating the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and proclaim to the world that Christianity is a fraud.  On the side of good, the ‘Garden’ hopes the stone is found to prove to the world that the claims of Christ can be trusted.  In both groups’ minds, Christianity’s security hinges upon the inscription supposedly penned by Pilate.

As Bethany gets closer to finding the Pilate Stone, her life is now in danger.  Will she find the stone?  Will it prove Christianity or will the stone deliver a fatal blow to believers around the world.  Well, that’s for you to discover when you read, ‘Wilderness Rising.’

By the way, I definitely plan to pick up Book One in the series, ‘Church Builder.’

Book Review: Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock


I just finished Terri Blackstock’s book “Twisted Innocence.”  Once again, Ms. Blackstock hits a homerun in the crime/murder mystery genre.  I personally find mysteries entertaining, but it’s nearly impossible to find a mystery on the shelves today that isn’t rife with gratuitous sex, gory violence, and profanity.  “Twisted Innocence” is refreshing.

Terri Blackstock is a Christian author who shares entertaining stories, interweaving her faith in God.  In “Twisted Innocence,” I especially love the message of redemption and the opportunity of second chances.  Two of the key players, Holly and Creed, are in desperate need of both….as we all are.

I highly recommend reading works by this New York Times best selling author.

Book Review: River’s Edge by Terri Blackstock


River’s Edge is book three of the four book Cape Refuge Series.  From the very first page, author Terri Blackstock weaves a mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last chapter.  Set on the fictitious island of “Cape Refuge,” Blackstock’s vivid characters spring to life and the protagonists feel like friends.

In this book, Small town Police Chief Matt Cade investigates a mysterious disappearance, murder, blackmail, and fraud.  A mystery, coupled with a bit of romance and the very personal issue of infertility, it’s easy to find ways to relate with the story’s main characters.  When forced to set the book aside, I found myself wondering how the story would end.  With several twists and turns, the story ends in a surprising manner.

It’s refreshing to read a quality book, written without gratuitous sex, profanity and violence. Granted, murders take place on the island, but the author finds it unnecessary to describe the scenes with an abundance of blood and gore.

Intertwining intrigue with Christian values makes for a wonderful combination.  I look forward to reading more from this accomplished writer.

Book Review: “Chasing Francis” by Ian Morgan Cron


Imagine a pastor addressing his congregation in the following manner:

“I used to have all the answers, just opened the Bible and there they were. The truth is, they aren’t all there – or if they are, I can’t find them. I’ve tried to convince you that Christianity is logical and straightforward, as if God can be codified and stuffed into files he can’t jump out of. Each time uncertainty knocked on the door, I hid behind the couch until it went away. Now I’m the one who’s thirsty. And the Jesus I’ve known for twenty years isn’t making it go away.” “And what about our church? I mean, is this all there is?…”

Sound like a death knell from a Pastor’s lips?  Well, that’s what happens in Ian Morgan Cron’s first book, “Chasing Francis.”

The Church, not knowing how to respond, suggests Pastor Chase take a leave of absence.  He agrees and so sets in motion a pilgrimage, one that chases after the life of St. Francis of Assisi.  Though written in the genre of fiction, “Chasing Francis” speaks volumes to all who have experienced a crisis of faith.    Chase’s crisis emerged when a young girl from his congregation dies a seemingly senseless death and he feels helpless ministering to the needs of the bereaved mother.

After an extended visit in Italy, walking in the steps of St. Francis, Chase rediscovers the joys of his Christian faith and what it truly means to be Jesus in a world scarred by sin and devastation.

Near the end of the book, Chase shares these words of personal renewal:

“When I left here, I wasn’t sure what a Christian looked like anymore. My idea of what it meant to follow Jesus had run out of gas. I started feeling less like a pastor and more like a salesman of a consumerized Jesus I didn’t believe in. Learning about Francis helped me fall in love with Jesus again – and with the church again, too.”

“Chasing Francis” is a fine book, with great story telling and relatable characters. It’s a must read, especially for those who have found themselves facing their own crisis of faith.

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