Enjoyable Fairy Tale Retelling for Young Adults

Melanie Dickerson is the bestselling author of numerous novels, usually fairy tales set in long- ago times. Although I’ve never read her previous works, I’ve often wanted to and finally decided to give her newest novel from Thomas Nelson Publishers a try. “The Noble Servant” was released in 2017, and is endorsed as a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale entitled “The Goose Girl”, with hints of “The Prince and the Pauper” mixed in as well. While most of Ms. Dickerson’s work is labeled in the Young Adult genre, “The Noble Servant” is more broadly classified under Christian Fiction.

“She lost everything to the scheme of an evil servant, but she might just gain what she’s always wanted . . . If she makes it in time.” With a tagline like this, it’s hard not to be captivated by this unique fairy tale retelling. Continue reading

Heartbreaking History

After recently discovering what an enjoyable author Tracie Peterson is, I was excited to read her newest series set on the Oregon frontier. “Treasured Grace” was published in 2017 by Bethany House as the first in a new series entitled “Heart of the Frontier”. Each book focuses on one of three sisters, and “Treasured Grace” reveals the story of Grace Martindale, the eldest sibling. Unlike many works of Christian Historical fiction, this novel is based on the true events of the Whitman Mission massacre — a gruesome event that changed history. Continue reading

How Did God Wire Us to Handle Money?

Have you ever wondered how you, and someone close to you, can view the concepts of money and finances (spending, saving, sharing, etc.) in such vastly different ways? If so, you are not alone! In fact, to shed brilliant light on this eye-opening concept, pastor and author Tommy Brown has written a book entitled “The Seven Money Types: Discover How God Wired You to Handle Money”. Published by Zondervan in the spring of 2017, this book can easily be compared to Gary Chapman’s “Five Love Languages” series, only for finances instead of relationships. Continue reading

Another Fantastic Bible Study from Moody

“I Am Found: Quitting the Game of Hide and Seek With God and Others” is the third Moody Bible Study for Women that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Written by Laura Dingman as a 6-week study guide, this volume is a little shorter than the other books in the series, but packs plenty of insight into each page.

One way that “I Am Found” is different from the other Moody Bible Studies for Women is that it does not focus on a specific book (or partial book) of the Bible, but rather zooms in on the themes of shame and identity. Continue reading

A Powerful Study of the Book of Acts

I am so delighted with the new women’s Bible study series from Moody Publishers! The latest treasure I have found within the series was written by Erica Wiggenhorn, and is entitled “An Unexplainable Life: Recovering the Wonder and Devotion of the Early Church”. In this 10-week study, readers delve into the book of Acts, specifically chapters 1 through 12. As Erica explains about Acts, “(it) is the story of Christ’s mission becoming reality in the lives of his followers. To study it is an invitation for it to become your reality and mine.” Continue reading

The Most Action-Packed Story of the Series!

I’ve long anticipated the third installment of “The Nikki Boyd Files”, a Romantic Suspense series written by Lisa Harris and published by Revell. Fittingly entitled “Pursued”, this new story is an edge-of-your-seat nail-biter in just as many ways as the previous books in the series (“Vendetta” and “Missing”), but is perhaps even more descriptively violent. Continue reading

A Beautiful Treasure – Guest Review by Hayley

“The Woman’s Study Bible, NKJV: Receiving God’s Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation” is an absolutely beautiful treasure. It’s cloth-bound cover is stunning, and the full-color design throughout is gorgeous. Of course, more important is the content of the notes and articles spread throughout the NKJV text, which I have found to be unique and helpful. Of course, as the title Continue reading

Truly a “Legacy Work”

When a highly respected Christian author (who has written dozens of books that have inspired and transformed the lives of women of all ages for many years) pens a new volume that is being described as her “legacy work”, I think it is worthwhile to take a look at it…wouldn’t you agree? Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, a wise author who clearly strives to align her writing with God’s will and His Word, has released a new book from Moody Publishers entitled “Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together”. Based on the book of Titus in the Bible, and specifically the Titus 2 mandate for women, Nancy’s words shine a spotlight on the beauty, insight, and wisdom of living life in step with “God’s good and beautiful plan”. Continue reading

My First Experience with a Legal Thriller

“Hayden is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious DC law firm. . . If the case she’s just been handed doesn’t destroy her first.” When I picked up my first Legal Thriller I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but with a tagline like that, how could I refuse to give it a try, especially when I have enjoyed the author’s previous work? “Beyond Justice” was written by Cara Putman and published by Thomas Nelson in April of 2017. After reading the first few chapters of this out-of-my-comfort-zone story, I wondered what I had gotten myself into… Continue reading

The Final Chapter of the Belmont Mansion Saga… A Masterpiece

Have you ever read a book that was so beautiful, so masterfully written, and reached so far into the depths of your heart that any words you used to describe it felt woefully inadequate? That is exactly my predicament after reading the long-awaited conclusion to the unforgettable “Belmont Mansion” series by Tamera Alexander, entitled “A Note Yet Unsung”. Although several characters are recurring from the previous books in the series, (including Belmong Mansion, which is almost a character itself!) “A Note Yet Unsung” is a brand-new story all of its own. If you haven’t already guessed from the title, the primary theme of this novel is the art of music. Continue reading