For me, and I’m sure for many readers, it is always a bittersweet moment when you reach the final pages of a series that has worked its way deep into your heart and imagination. As one of my favorite authors, many of Michael Phillips’ series are very dear to me; but perhaps none quite so much as his latest work entitled “Secrets of the Shetlands”. Published by Bethany House in the summer of 2017, “The Legacy” is the final installment of the Shetland saga, and masterfully closes a narrative that weaves the past and present into a beautiful and unforgettable tale. Continue reading
I have been anticipating my return to the fictitious town of Teaville for many months, until finally Melissa Jagear’s second Christian Historical Fiction novel in the “Teaville Moral Society” was released this summer. Published by Bethany House, “A Love So True” contains many recurring characters from her previous book “A Heart Most Certain” (and novella “Engaging the Competition”), but brings in a new cast, new challenges, and a new romance as well. Continue reading
“Could Following the Opportunity of a Lifetime Cost Them the Love of Their Lives”? Calling all fans of Christian Historical Fiction. . . Jody Hedlund’s newest series from Bethany House has begun with an absolute must-read novel! “With You Always” is the first installment in the “Orphan Train” saga, and what a masterpiece it is. With vivid imagery, lifelike and lovable characters, and an enthralling storyline, this book was nearly impossible to put down and left me eagerly anticipating the sequel. Continue reading
Clayton King has done it again – he has written a book so powerful it is life-changing. Clayton King has a gift, without question, of delivering God’s message to us, the folks who need and want to hear it. My favorite chapter of Clayton’s new book “Overcome: Replacing the Lies That Hold Us Down with the Truths That Set Us Free” was Chapter 4 – Understand the Purpose of Suffering. I’m coming through a season of suffering, and I am thankful to Clayton for helping me understand more. This chapter came from God, through Clayton, to me. Thank you. Continue reading
“Infuse Your World—and Your Heart—with God’s Life-Giving Power”. With these words, Sue Detweiler invites us on a journey of drawing closer to the heart of God through prayer. “Women Who Move Mountains: Praying with Confidence, Boldness, and Grace” was published in 2017 by Bethany House, and is written in an interactive style with integrated study questions, journaling prompts, and more. Continue reading
Have you ever read a book that sort of blew you away, and you needed to take a few days to figure out what you really thought about it? That was definitely the case for me with a new release published by Thomas Nelson, and written by Rachel Linden. “Ascension of Larks” is a beautiful story written in a rare, vivid, insightful, descriptive, voice. Although a novel of prose, it almost reads like lyrical poetry at times—that’s how amazing and compelling the writing voice is!
As far as the content of the book, well, it isn’t just a cut-and-dried Contemporary Fiction novel. There are various elements of mysticism mixed in with the more traditional Christian aspects, and at times the border between the two becomes a little fuzzy. While the spiritualism didn’t exactly bother me, it did surprise me at times. Why? Perhaps because “Ascension of Larks” wasn’t truly a supernatural novel, nor a fairy tale, but it still contained hints of those genres. Continue reading
“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
“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
After a lengthy wait, the second book in Harvest House Publishing’s “Cousins of the Dove” series has finally been released! Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould have once again brought to life a fascinating tale which interweaves past and present into one compelling narrative called “My Sister’s Prayer”. Several characters are recurring and many are new, but the story itself is a natural continuation of the previous book entitled “My Brother’s Crown”. If you discovered the intrigue of that first novel, you won’t want to miss the continuing story of book #2! Continue reading
Lyrical. Honest. Inquiring. Beautiful. I could continue, but these four words give you at least a partial picture of the depth and power held in the pages of a new book by Charles Martin, entitled “Long Way Gone”. Published by Thomas Nelson in 2016, this is the first novel by Charles Martin that I have ever read. It won’t be my last! Rarely do Christian novels probe as deeply into the human heart and touch readers in as many profound ways as “Long Way Gone” does. Quite simply, once you read it you won’t forget it. It may even change you as a person. Continue reading