This has been a year filled with truly amazing new novels. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly discover one more favorite book this late in the year… I did! But I should have known this would happen, when Joanna Davidson Politano released a new historical novel from Revell Publishers entitled “The Love Note”. Perhaps this talented author’s best work yet, this story did something to me that novels rarely do: it made me not only cry, but sob as tears streamed from my eyes! It was just that powerful, and touched my emotions profoundly. Continue reading
The “London Beginnings” historical series, written by Jennifer Delamere and published by Bethany House, began with the charming story of “The Captain’s Daughter” and now continues with “The Heart’s Appeal”. Set in 1881 England, this novel is quick to draw readers in and sweep them away into a captivating tale of courage and determination to follow God’s will – no matter what the cost. Continue reading
I will admit, I am quite discriminating about the Christian Romantic Suspense novels that I read. They need to be well-written and believable, fast-paced but not too difficult to follow, and contain the right amount of suspense without being extremely graphic and/or troubling. . . I don’t ask for much, right?! So you’ll understand my excitement when I DO find a novel in this genre that is as good as I hoped for, especially when it is written by a new-to-me author! “Beneath the Surface” is the first book in Lynn H. Blackburn’s new series of “Dive Team Investigations” published by Revell, and is certain to impress fans of Lynette Eason and Irene Hannon. Continue reading
Have you ever considered that your work, no matter what it is, matters very much to God? That in fact, your work is a method God wants to use to speak to you, as well as through you? “Every Job a Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses & Astronauts Tell Us About God” is an insightful new book written by Calgary, Alberta pastor John Van Sloten and published by NavPress that unpacks these questions with great insight and thought-provoking depth.
So what exactly is “Every Job a Parable” about? Well, as John explains, through the pages of this book “you’ll encounter God’s revelation through various vocational parables, as shared with me by the people I interviewed. You’ll learn how a firefighter’s passion is like God’s, how the nature of automotive restoration uniquely reflects the renewing mind of God, how the cultural product of the culinary arts reveals something of the hospitable heart of God, and how a geophysicist’s search for subterranean truth informs humanity’s collective search for God’s truth.” Continue reading
Kate Breslin has proven herself to be a masterful author. After tremendously enjoying her last novel “Not by Sight”, I was eager to obtain a copy of her newest release, “High as the Heavens.” Would her most recent novel prove to be as stellar as her previous? Well… In some ways yes, in other ways, I’m sorry to say definitely not.
“High as the Heavens” contains an absolutely phenomenal plot. It is a dramatic, ever-changing saga of espionage, danger and secrets, and every reader will be left gaping at the page in shock at least once along the way. In fact, to be completely fair, “High as the Heavens” holds one of the very best plots that I have ever read. Additionally, not only is it a grand adventure, but it is also strengthened by many faith-building elements. So what’s the problem? Continue reading
Whenever Elizabeth Camden writes a new novel, I always look for my first chance to read it! This year I am delighted because she is releasing not one but two new stories, both from Bethany House Publishers. The first to release in 2017 is “To the Farthest Shores”, which is set in the early 1900s. In this fascinating story, so many intriguing topics are touched upon including: international spies, pearl cultivation, and the pain of betrayal and hope of forgiveness that can only come from true love. Continue reading