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Book Review, “The King James Study Bible,” Thomas Nelson publishers

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The King James Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson in large print format, is a beautiful Bible. It is intended to “provide conservative Christians with a reliable study Bible that is both scholarly and spiritually relevant.” It combines technical aspects with opportunities for application.

This Bible contains many features to assist any Bible student. It is presented in full color. Its doctrinal footnotes offer a system for studying the scriptures and tracing them throughout the Bible. Personality profiles of key men and women of the Bible are located near the verses in which they are mentioned. Archaeological Sites focus on significant Biblical places and the findings surrounding them. There are center-column references, maps, images, charts, study notes, book introductions, outlines, topical indexes, and a Hebrew/Greek word-study concordance.

This is a lovely Bible. I appreciate the large print and the colorful pictures and maps. I especially like the lifetime guarantee offered through Thomas Nelson Publishers. It is, however, very large and heavy, making it more difficult for some to use in a practical manner.

I would recommend this Bible for any serious Bible scholar.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “31 Proverbs to Light Your Path,” Liz Curtis Higgs author

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31 Proverbs to Light Your Path, by Liz Curtis Higgs, is a beautifully written devotional. Filled with stories and eloquent descriptions of God’s Word, this book presents the scriptures in a loving and easy to understand way.

The book includes many features to assist the readers in their walk with God. As the title indicates, there are thirty-one devotions, each centered around a different proverb. Each includes a scripture, a word by word study of that scripture, a prayer, and a “One Minute, One Step” challenge to help brighten one’s own path. Liz also includes an introduction explaining the devotional, a list of different versions of the Bible, and notes with specific verses divided into lists by topic. The study guide at the end provides the opportunity for personal or group study for those wishing to dive deeper into the Word.

I found this to be a delightful book. As always, Liz Curtis Higgs presents God’s Word in a simple and down to earth manner that would brighten anyone’s day and encourage him to desire a deeper relationship with Christ.  I especially appreciate the one-minute ideas at the end of each entry that provide opportunities to take action.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to deepen a relationship with Christ.

Kara

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Book Review, “Heart on the Line,” Karen Witemeyer author

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Heart on the Line, by Karen Witemeyer, is the second installment of the Ladies of Harper’s Station series. It follows No Other Will Do. Harper’s Station is located in the old west, with mainly female residents.

Grace Mallory relocates to Harper’s Station after witnessing her father’s murder. She brings with her, however, evidence of a crime that her father was attempting to turn over to a Pinkerton agent. When those implicated located her, sending a threatening message, Amos Bledsoe rushes to the rescue.  He and Grace, both telegraph operators, have been developing a relationship over the wires. He hopes to save her from danger and become her hero, but upon arrival Amos discovers that Grace and the other residents of Harper’s Station are not as helpless as he originally thought.

Even though I had not read the first book in this series, I enjoyed this book. Though some events from the first book are referenced, one does not need it to understand this one.  I liked the independent nature of the women in this book. I especially appreciated Amos’s sense of humor and the nicknames he gave people, such as Revolver Granny.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading western or suspense novels.

Kara

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Book Review, “Beneath Copper Falls,” Colleen Coble author

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Beneath Copper Falls, by Colleen Coble, is an amazing novel. Part of the Rock Harbor series, it stands alone quite well. It is set in Rock Harbor, Michigan, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Dana Newell, a 911 dispatcher, escapes an abusive relationship in Washington to move back to Rock Harbor, her hometown. She moves in with her “brother,” Chris, really a stepcousin whose family adopted Dana after the death of her parents.  There she meets Boone Carter, who lost his sister to an abusive boyfriend two years before.  When she realizes that Garrett has followed her and intends to harm her again, she, along with Boone and other friends, realize that they have a dangerous situation to deal with.

I loved this book.  It was filled with suspense and yet also filled with love and friendship.  I especially liked the way Dana was not only surrounded by friends, she was encouraged to learn how to protect herself. I also appreciated the many senior citizens who encouraged Dana and prayed for her.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian suspense novels.

Kara

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Book Review, “Gathering the Threads,” Cindy Woodsmall author

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Gathering the Threads, by Cindy Woodsmall, is the third book in the Amish of Summer Grove series. In this book, Ariana Brenneman returns to her Amish family after being forced to spend time with her English birth parents for several months.

Ariana’s simple world has been torn apart. Finding out she was not truly a Brenneman, but having been raised Amish only to be immersed in the English world, has been confusing and heartbreaking. When Ariana returns home, she finds that it is not as simple as she thought it would be. She begins to question Amish ways and beliefs that she previously followed blindly. She loves her family, but desperately needs some space from them. Her Amish family does not understand, and her English family wants her to return to them. Ariana’s friend, Quill Schlabach attempts to help her, but only Ariana can pick up the threads of both worlds and weave them together.

This was a wonderful book.  I did not want to put it down. I appreciated the way that each character’s situation was given ample attention in the book. I especially liked that Ariana’s brothers and sisters were involved in trying to help her navigate her new situation.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction.

Kara

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Book Review, “Just Look Up,” Courtney Walsh author

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Just Look Up, by Courtney Walsh, is a charming novel.  Set in the present day, it tells a story of love and forgiveness not just with friends and coworkers, but also within one’s own family.

Lane Kelly is a busy interior designer climbing to the top of her Chicago-based firm. When she receives a call with news that her brother has been involved in an accident and is in a coma, the last thing she wants to do is return home to Harbor Point, Michigan, to help.  She left her family behind years ago and has no interest in returning to them.  Ryan Brooks never thought he would settle in Harbor Point. But after returning from fighting overseas with the army, he found himself drawn to the place that brought him peace as a child.  When the two reunite over Nate, Lane’s brother and Ryan’s best friend, Ryan realizes that he has always loved Lane and sets about building a relationship with her.

This was a wonderful story. The many examples of patience and love, not just with Lane and Ryan but with the entire family, are inspiring. I especially liked the contrast between the busy city life and the peaceful life of a small town. I also was drawn to Betsy, the patient and loyal friend.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian romance novels.

Kara

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Book Review, “Threads of Suspicion,” Dee Henderson author

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Threads of Suspicion, by Dee Henderson, is an Evie Blackwell Cold Case novel. It accompanies Traces of Guilt. Dee Henderson sets the story in Chicago in the present day.

Evie Blackwell, an investigator for the Illinois State Police, has been appointed to the new Missing Persons Task Force.  Her first case involves a missing college student who disappeared after attending a concert one night.  When her case intersects with that of her new partner, David Marshall, who is searching for a missing private investigator, and they find out the concert attended that night was that of David’s girlfriend, the situation begins to develop into something more serious. They may even be looking for a serial killer. As they strive to solve the two cases, both Evie and David also struggle with situations in their personal lives.

This was a marvelous book. While I found it slow in the beginning, Dee Henderson did not disappoint as the story developed. I especially liked the character development, the feeling that the people in the story seemed real. Evie’s friend, Ann, was also a favorite, with her helpful and down-to-earth personality.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian suspense novels.

Kara

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