Archive for May, 2011

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: A STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE by Joseph A. Klingman

May 28, 2011

Cynthia Thomas had a horrible life with her abusive father and neglectful mother.  She  had siblings that were mistreated but not nearly as badly as Cynthia.  She was finally able to leave home to attend college but because of the abuse, she made poor choices.  One bad choice was that she  had an affair with a married man.  But his wife, instead of revenge, took Cynthia in and helped her in unbelievable ways.  The woman was very wealthy and held back nothing to help Cynthia.

I was given this complementary copy of this book from Dorrance Publishing Company. I ordered it because the review commented on how one person can make a difference in a person’s life.  I, too, want to make a difference in other’s lives. But I found the book offensive.  I didn’t appreciate the language and graphic details of certain situations.  It is just not the type of book I enjoy.

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LEAVING by Karen Kingsbury

May 20, 2011

Well, Karen Kingsbury came through for us with another great book.  The only bad part about the book was that it was over too soon and left me wanting more. But there will be 3 more books in the series to come. They are “LEARNING, LONGING & LOVING.”  They are all apart of the “BAILEY FLANIGAN SERIES.”

In this book , Bailey is ready to leave a much-loved family and home to pursue an exciting new career.  But one of the drawbacks for her was she would be leaving Cody.  She loved Cody, with all her heart, but he had walked out of her life, without an explanation, months earlier. While he was gone, Brandon came into her life and was trying to sweep her off her feet.  Would she ever have a relationship with Cody again? Or should she focus on Brandon?  If God would only make it clear for her!  She wanted the man God had for her but she knew she would never forget Cody.  But then, Brandon loved her and was so much fun and had such an exciting life.  But the one thing she did know she was heading to New York for an exciting career that was God’s plan for her.

I loved this book and highly recommend it and I would like to thank Zondervan for giving me a complementary copy of it to read and review honestly.

BLOOD COVENANT by Lisa Harris

May 7, 2011

This is Lisa Harris’s second book in her Mission Hope Series.  Blood Ransom was her first but it is not necessary to read  it before reading Blood Covenant. 

Dr. Paige Ryan is a  young doctor that works with Volunteers of Hope and she went to the Republic of Dhamvizao in Africa to make a difference.  But she had no idea what she had signed up for. Fighting erupts between the government and the Ghost Soldiers and thousands of people are forced to leave their homes. There is an outbreak of cholera, measles with lots of deaths, constant fear of the Ghost Soldiers who are stealing their food and medical supplies.  It doesn’t seem like things could get much worse and then she is kidnapped by a Ghost Soldiers so she can care for his sick daughter.

I would like to thank Zondervan for giving me a complementary copy of this book to read and give an honest review.  I think the book was well researched and well written but it is not the type of book I, personally,  really enjoy.

CRAVING GRACE by Lisa Velthouse

May 1, 2011

Lisa wrote this book with such humility and transparency.  The things she shared, I can relate to,  but wouldn’t have the courage to put it in print. 

 She had lived her life trying to earn God’s love and blessings. She was careful to do the do list and avoid the don’t list but didn’t really understand the grace of God, which make for a frustrating life.  She desired to be married but felt God was holding this back from her.  She fasted from sweets for six months to earn God’s favor.  But in the end she meet God and His grace. “I was beginning to see what it mean to be drawn to God–not committed out of mere duty, not faithful simply because it might cajole Him into favor, but attracted to Him and won over by the reckless extent of His love.” 

I would love to thank Tyndale for giving me a complimentary copy of this book to read and honestly review.  I loved this book.  I think a lot of us struggle with God’s amazing grace.  We can throw out the  rule book and just love Him and bask in His love for us.