Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren

 Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren is from the heart of one pastor's wife to another. Kay writes with the authority of someone who's been there. Anyone in ministry knows that it is not an easy road. The hardest times of my life have been in the past twenty-five years of full time ministry. When I read the description of this book I broke down and ordered it immediately because it described how I've felt. In reading the book I was a little let down, probably because it didn't dig as deep as I thought it could. Perhaps this is aimed more towards younger pastor's wives who don't have a few decades under their belts. I was just hoping for a little more.
Here's a peek inside:

This book provided for review by Revell

Thursday, May 11, 2017

2017 Reading List

Books I've read in 2017
Favorites are in bold

January
1. Random Acts of Deceit by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
2. Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
3. Random Acts of Greed by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
4. Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble
5. Sugar by Kimberly Stuart
6. Random Acts of Scrooge by Christy Barritt (Kindle, Novella)
7. Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes
8. Ready to Fumble by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
9. Pounced by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
10. If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock
11. The Memory of You by Catherine West

February
12. Life After by Katie Ganshert
13. Hunted by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
14. Rattled by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
15. Tear Down and Die by Joanna Campbell Slan (Kindle)
16. Home at Last by Deborah Raney
17. A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander
18. Moving Target by Lynette Eason

March

19. Finding Healing  by Adessa Holden (Kindle)
20. Reign of Error by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
21. Starboard Secrets by Hope Callaghan (Kindle)
22. Waking Up: How I Found My Faith by Ted Dekker (Kindle)
23. Death of a Dapper Snowman by Cozy Cat Parker (Kindle)
24. Since You've Been Gone by Christa Allan (Kindle)
25. Spiritual Warfare Answer Book by Dr David Jeremiah
26. Home by Ginny L. Yttrup
27. Pursued by Lisa Harris

April

28. Engaged in Trouble by Jenny B. Jones (Kindle)
29. Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon
30. A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti
31. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
32. Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

May

33. Deception on Sable Hill by Shelley Gray
34. Safety in Blunders by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
35. Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren
36. Weaver's Needle by Robin Caroll
37. Illusion by Frank Peretti (Kindle)
38. Ascension of Larks by Rachel Linden
39. Beyond Justice by Cara Putman 
































Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan

 Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan is the third in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series. This book takes the reader on a heart-gripping adventure in the days of the Old West. Grace Bidwell is a recent widow who wants children but feels it'll never happen for her. Her days are filled with taking care of her father and trying to keep up with the farm. This book gave a nice glimpse into things we don't often think about and a time that is long forgotten. Grace was a sweet character who watched her dreams come true in ways she never anticipated. I didn't read the first two books in this series but this was fine as a stand-alone.
This book provided for review by Revell

The Essential Amish Cookbook by Lovine Eicher



 The Essential Amish Cookbook from Lovina Eicher's Amish Kitchen is a full-color book with mouth watering recipes. There are thirteen chapters including recipes for bread, breakfast, soup & salad, vegetables, meats and main dishes, desserts, snacks, drinks, and more. This book is loaded with pictures of Amish things and even some of what goes on in the kitchen while cooking. I wasn't sure I would use this too often, but I've found it is a great tool for those who love cooking. Some favorites include: potato pancakes, oatmeal cake, shoofly pie, and apple Danish dessert. This book also includes a section on Amish church dinners and wedding dinners.
If you're looking for completely-from-scratch meals this is not the book for you (it uses a lot of canned soups and other items I don't







This book provided for review by Herald Press



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

 Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano is not my favorite of this author's books. I've read all of her other ones and have enjoyed them immensely, yet this one moved slowly and didn't keep my attention. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and lost interest about halfway through. If you're looking for a good book I recommend checking out some of her previous titles: After A Fashion, Playing the Part, and A Change of Fortune were three that I really enjoyed.
This book provided for review by Bethany House

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

 Cynthia Ruchti is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She is able to create a story unlike others on the market, they have depth and characters who seem like an old friend. A Fragile Hope is the story of one couple and how easily life comes between them and they let the importance of each other slip away. I enjoyed this story until the last few pages when it seemed like it was just trying to be over. The different characters who came into Josiah's life when he needed them provided the hope he was looking for and guidance he needed. I really enjoyed the snippets from Karin's mind when she was in the hospital. Very good book that embraces the importance of keeping your spouse first in marriage.
A Fragile Hope Cynthia Ruchti
This book provided for review by Litfuse

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon is a sweet romance. A little too sweet for my taste. I lost interest in this book when I was about 3/4 through it. It seemed to drag on a little too much for me. I did not like the interaction between the pastor and the priest, it felt weird (I'm a pastor's wife and have never seen this type of interaction between two ministers) and immature and left me feeling uneasy. The book itself has a nice theme of grace and forgiveness to it. I would recommend it to fans of Denise Hunter.

I love Irene Hannon's suspense books, they are page-turners that  keep my attention the whole way through.


This book provided for review by Revell