Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

I've been a Francine Rivers fan for a couple decades and wait eagerly for each new book. There's something about a master storyteller that enables her to engage the reader from the first page, and Francine does that again with The Masterpiece. I read this over the course of a week, savoring each page and waiting for the big moment. It's hard not to compare this with her previous work and to review it on it's own accord, but the ending just fell flat for me. It was like it was building and building and building and then quickly tied everything up with a big red bow. I did not feel the sense of satisfaction that I usually do when I finish reading one of her books. 
This book carried the two main characters through similar backgrounds, one choosing to follow the Lord and the other choosing to go his own way. They collide and the years of layers fall off as they begin to get to know each other. The book shows very good examples of both sides of the faith lifestyle. One Godly and one ungodly. It also presents the gospel in a non-threatening way and could be a good evangelistic tool. 
It's definitely a new direction for Ms Rivers, just not my favorite of her works. I will still seek out her books because she is in a class of her own.

This book was provided for review by Tyndale. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray

 Why I Hate Green Beans is the debut by Lincee Ray. I'd not heard of her or her blog before reading this book, but now I'm a fan. Lincee has a great writing style, it's like sitting down and listening to a friend share her deepest secrets and funniest stories. She doesn't hold back from the deep stuff either. She tells all and offers the reader hope through her stories. At first I struggled with where the book was going, but I kept reading and was soon hooked. The book is broken into several sections and each one shows her moving closer to the Lord. Her ah-ha moment will bring you to tears. Excellent book for any fan of The Bachelor, anyone who struggles with being single or has gone through a divorce. Funny and thoughtful. This is one to be shared. 
This book provided for review by Revell

Thursday, February 1, 2018

In All Things by Melissa B. Kruger

In All Things by Melissa B. Kruger is an in-depth look and study of the book of Philippians. It's set to be a nine week study with daily devotions and activities. Some days you simply read and reflect, other days there are questions to answer. This is not a quick study, this book encourages the reader to engage in the Word and really take a deep look at the book. If you are lacking joy in your life then this is the perfect book to dig into. 
This book provided for review by Blogging for Books

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Air I Breathe by Louie Giglio

The Air I Breathe by Louie Giglio teaches the reader the importance of worship as part of every day life. Worship isn't what we do in church, it's how we live. This short volume (only 110 pages) is full of truth that many believers overlook. Do you want to change your relationship with the Lord and see it come alive? This book will open your eyes to the importance of a daily worship experience, how worshiping God should be something as natural as breathing. 

I found many of the author's words to be reflected in my daily life. His suggestions are already my lifestyle. Readers will be challenged to seek God moment by moment.

This book includes a section of study questions at the end.

Published by Multnomah.

This book provided for review by Blogging for Books

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz takes place in Colonial Williamsburg on the verge of war. The tension and undertones in this novel enhance the story. Elizabeth is engaged to a man who doesn't seem to care for her at all (and she's losing more interest in him every day) and is torn between what is expected of her and what her heart is begging her to do. This book is well written and researched. 

This book provided for review by Revell.

Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 Reading List


1. Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason 
2. The Man He Never Was by James Rubart
3. The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble
4. The Air I Breathe by Louie Giglio
5. All Things Bright and Strange by James Markert
6. The Wrecking by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
7. Hidden Currents by Christy Barritt (Kindle)


8. Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
9. The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
10. Flood Watch by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
11. Shadows of Hope by Georgiana Daniels 

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

I've read many of Lynette Eason's books and Oath of Honor is not my favorite of them. I had a hard time concentrating on it but was able to get all the way through. There were a ton of characters to keep up with and it got a little confusing at time. It didn't seem as captivating as some of her other works, but I will continue to read this author because she's proven herself over time. Her books are always full of suspense and are clean reads. 

From the back cover:
Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. She knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.
Izzy is determined to discover exactly what happened, and her investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's brother, Ryan, a handsome homicide detective, shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

This book provided for review by Revell.