Book Review, “The Road to Paradise,” Karen Barnett author

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The Road to Paradise, by Karen Barnett, is a Vintage National Parks Novel. It is a wonderful story, with praise from authors such as Lauraine Snelling and Jane Kirkpatrick included. It is set in Mount Rainier National Park in 1927.

Margaret Lane is tired of playing the socialite and being the formal Senator’s daughter. She is thrilled at the opportunity to spend some time in Mount Rainier National Park. She writes lush descriptions of the park in her journal from the first time she enters it. Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is not looking forward to having to babysit a Senator’s daughter. He sees no part in wasting resources on such a person. But when Margie’s former fiancé begins the process of developing a tourist playground in the park and destroying much of the natural beauty to do it, the two find common ground. Together they try to find a way to save the place they both love so much.

This was a marvelous book. It includes many details of the park and its splendor. I especially liked Margie’s spunky personality. I also appreciated her father’s self-sacrifice for her happiness.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Kara

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Book Review, “The Essential Guide to Prayer,” Dutch Sheets author

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The Essential Guide to Prayer: How to Pray with Power and Effectiveness, by Dutch Sheets, is a wonderful book. It encourages the reader to develop a stronger prayer life by developing a “solid relationship with God as Father and friend.”

The many chapters in this book cover several different aspects of prayer. Some of these are priority, plan, person, purpose, prize, place, protection, power, perseverance, pain, and pleasure. Each chapter closes with Did You Understand?  This lists questions to direct the reader toward the main message of the chapter. Before each list of questions is a sample prayer. The book includes many stories of real-life people and situations.

This book would be a great asset for new Christians or those just beginning their walk with Christ. It could also be useful for those wishing to enhance their current prayer lives. The author shares many personal examples from his own family to illustrate each point. My only criticism is the fact that he uses the word intercession instead of prayer, leaving out the fact that there are other types of prayer to consider.

I would recommend this book to anyone attempting to have a deeper and more consistent prayer life.

Kara

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Book Review, “Do Baby Bears Have Mommies?” Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley authors

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Do Baby Bears Have Mommies? by Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley is a wonderful book. It is a part of the I’ve Got Questions series. This adorable book is illustrated by Ailie Busby.

This book, written as a delightful children’s poem, is full of the type of questions that children frequently ask their parents. Some of the questions included in the book are: What do kangaroos keep in their pouches? How do earthworms get around? Are some ladybug boys? and Why are eagles’ wings so long?  Along with the lovely illustrations, this book has a rhythm that is sure to appeal to young children.

I enjoyed this book.  It is well-written and includes questions that are sure to hold the interest of young ones and amuse them throughout the book.  The pictures are simple, but well-done, and catch the eye. I especially liked the pages with the giraffes and the ducks.

I would recommend this book to parents, grandparents, and anyone choosing books for children ages 4-7.

Kara

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Book Review, “Women Who Move Mountains,” Sue Detweiler author

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Women Who Move Mountains: Praying with Confidence, Boldness, and Grace, by Sue Detweiler, is an impressive book. In this book, Detweiler takes the reader on “a journey, where we learn to speak to the mountains of fear, discouragement, loss, pain, or whatever it is that’s hindering us from moving forward with God.”

This book challenges each of us to overcome the obstacles in our lives and turn them into opportunities for purposeful mission. Readers are encouraged to move out of their comfort zones and pray through anything that separates them from God. It includes a suggested format for group use. Chapters include: I Believe, I am Honored, Learning to Pray with Conviction, Learning to Pray with Peace, and I am Bold.  Also included at the end of the book are: 21 Days to Spiritual Breakthrough, Guidelines for Taking a Spiritual Retreat, and Guidelines for Fasting. Types of fasts described are: Media Fast, Daniel Fast, Liquid Fast, One-Meal Fast, One-Day Fast, and 21-Day Fast.

This book is written to assist with prayer life and much more. I would recommend it to any woman desiring an improved relationship with God.

Kara

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Book Review, “The Noble Servant,” Melanie Dickerson author

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The Noble Servant, by Melanie Dickerson, is a wonderful book.  It is set in the medieval time period and is a part of the books related to the Medieval Fairy Tale Novels series. In fact, some of the characters are included in this story.

Magdalen of Mallin unexpectedly receives a marriage proposal from the Duke of Wolfberg, something she has dreamed of since meeting him two years prior. Realizing also that this may be the only way to save her people since the area copper mines have failed, she quickly leaves for Wolfberg Castle. On the way, her servant forces her to trade places, leaving Magdalen to work as a servant upon arrival. Meanwhile, Steffan, the Duke of Wolfberg, returns from time spent in Prague to find that his cousin is impersonating him in Wolfberg castle. Disguising himself as a shepherd, he and Magdalen meet each other, eventually recognizing the situation and attempting to plan a way to expose the imposters.

This was a magnificent book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Both the character development and the details of medieval life are very well done.  I especially liked the way in which the characters voiced their need to rely upon the Lord for their rescue and their needs.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading Christian fiction or medieval fairy tales.

Kara

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Book Review, “Peace in the Valley,” Ruth Logan Herne author

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Peace in the Valley, by Ruth Logan Herne, is the third book in the Double S Ranch series.  This book illustrates what can happen to people when they follow God’s plan rather than their own. It completes the story of the Stafford family.

Trey Walker Stafford returns home to central Washington to give part of his liver to his uncle/father, Sam Stafford, the man who rescued him after his parents’ death and took him in as his own son. When Sam asks Trey to help him repay Lucy Carlton’s family for his past uncaring behavior by restoring her crumbling farm, Trey is happy to help.  But as Lucy and Trey work together and grow closer, he discovers Lucy’s past and is reminded of his late wife’s mistakes. He must decide if he can put the past aside and move on to share a life with Lucy and her children. His country singer superstar status only complicates the matter, leaving Lucy to guard her heart and expect disappointment.

I enjoyed this book. It was a fitting conclusion to this beautiful story of forgiveness and restitution. I found Lucy a very down to earth person, easy to relate to in real life. I especially liked Isabo, who seemed to lovingly take control when others needed her.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction.

Kara

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Book Review, “Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs,” Amy E. Mason author

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Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs, by Amy E. Mason, is a wonderful book. It is a topical guide to God’s promises. It is designed to help those caring for children with special needs to find hope and comfort in God’s promises and stories in the Bible.

The topics selected in this book were selected to speak to the uniqueness of special needs parenting, including both the joys and the struggles. They are designed to encourage such parents and guide them into the presence of Jesus.  The topics, arranged in alphabetical order, are all comprised of Bible verses and a short devotion. Some of the topics included are: abandonment, anger, attitude, bitterness, embarrassment, caring, eternity, guilt, loneliness, obedience, and shame.

This is a marvelous book. Each topic is short and easy to locate, including not just one, but several Bible verses. It is designed to help parents “be assured of his constant grace and love for both you and your child.” Because the author is the mother of a child with special needs, her understanding of the challenges are evident in this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has or works with a child with special needs.

Kara

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