An Incredible Debut Novel

Have you ever read a book that was challenging, emotional, and perhaps even uncomfortable – but at the same time you couldn’t put it down because it was so richly written, engrossing and empathetic? This was my experience with “We Hope for Better Things”, an incredible debut novel written by Erin Bartels and published by Revell. This story weaves the past and present into an unforgettable journey told through the eyes of three women united in the same family, but separated by years of time. Continue reading

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A Personal Look at Elisabeth Elliot’s First Year on the Mission Field – Guest Review by Hayley

“Made for the Journey” by renowned missionary and author Elisabeth Elliot is the story of this brave woman’s “first year in the jungles of Ecuador”.  This memoir recounts in great detail the beginning of Elisabeth’s life on the mission field.

The mission field is not for the faint of heart.  That is made abundantly clear in “Made for the Journey”.  Incredible challenges, hardships, disappointments, and cultural barriers had to be overcome in order to spread the Gospel to the remote regions of South America, and the stories in this book clearly demonstrate the perseverance required by those who are called to the difficult life of serving on the mission field.   Continue reading

Another Thrilling Installment in the “Blue Justice” series

Title: “Code of Valor”

Author: Lynette Eason

Publishing House/Publication Date: Revell / January 2019

Genres: Christian Romantic Suspense

Time Period: Present Day

Number of Pages: 330

Series: Book #3 in the “Blue Justice” series

You should read this book if… You enjoy Christian Romantic Suspense, have read the previous books in the “Blue Justice” series, and/or are ready for a thrill ride of a story that will have you on the edge of your seat, flipping the pages as quickly as possible to discover what happens next. Continue reading

Another Fantastic Romantic Suspense Novel from Lynn Blackburn

When it comes to Romantic Suspense, I have pretty strict criteria that the novel must meet before it earns a place on my “keeper” shelf. “In Too Deep” is the second story in Lynn H. Blackburn’s “Dive Team Investigations” series from Revell Publishers, and it is one that I am happy to say meets all of my expectations. Continue reading

A Unique Amish Civil War Story

The American Civil War is the setting of many novels, but have you ever read a story from the Amish perspective of the War Between the States? Jan Drexler’s new release from Revell Publishing, entitled “The Sound of Distant Thunder”, combines historical research with a compelling personal saga as it explores this very question: how can a group of people, who are nonresistance-based due to religion, live conscientiously in times of war and especially when the draft (compulsory recruitment) is brought into play? Continue reading

A “Beginner’s Guide” to Overcoming Insecurity

Insecurity. It’s a topic most, if not all, of women can relate to at some point in their lives. Author and counselor Donna Gibbs’ new release from Revell Publishers wades into the discussion, helping us say goodbye to insecurity and change how we think about ourselves. “Silencing Insecurity: Believing God’s Truth About You” is a well-thought-out book that will likely inspire many readers. But… for me, it lacked the depth that I was hoping for. Continue reading

A Perfect Book for Any Dog Lover – Guest Review by Hayley

I love inspiring stories, especially when they are true.  That being said, I’m also a BIG dog lover having only gone a few weeks of my entire life without a canine companion.  “Second Chance Dogs”, then, was an easy choice of read for me, as it is a feel-good collection of true stories of “the dogs we rescue, and the dogs who rescue us.”   Continue reading

I Preferred Her Previous Series…

After enjoying Liz Johnson’s “Prince Edward Island Dreams” series published by Revell, I couldn’t wait to read the first story (entitled “A Sparkle of Silver”) in her brand new series of “Georgia Coast Romance” novels. With a unique treasure hunt and a secondary story in the form of diary pages, “A Sparkle of Silver” promised to be a great story. . . Continue reading

A Book Overflowing with Wisdom for the Dry Season

Allison Allen is a Revell author who is noted for her ability to explore themes of purpose, value, and identity in original and unexpected ways. This is exactly what I discovered as I read her newest book, entitled “Thirsty for More: Discovering God’s Unexpected Blessings in a Desert Season”. If you’ve ever felt like you are experiencing a dry season where God feels distant and far away, or if you are currently going through a desert time right now, this is the book for you… Continue reading

A Satisfying Conclusion to a Fascinating Series

I always feel like sighing after finishing the last installment of a series, as it brings both a sense of completion and a feeling of regret that the journey has concluded. Suzanne Woods Fisher’s “Nantucket Legacy” trilogy, published by Revell, has now come to a close with “The Light Before Day”. The fascinating Quaker history combined with an intriguing plot, memorable characters, and a second parallel tale told through a decades-old journal, all combine to make this series one that I am glad to have read. Continue reading