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Book Review, “Bringing Maggie Home,” Kim Vogel Sawyer author

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Bringing Maggie Home, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is a marvelous novel.  It tells the story of a woman with a problem that occurred when she was a child and affected her entire life.

Hazel DeFord was 10-years-old when she left her 3-year-old sister for a few moments to chase a snake away from some baby bunnies and her sister disappeared. After this, Hazel’s father returned to his alcoholic ways and her family fell apart. Hazel later smothers her own daughter in an effort to protect her, but she never speaks of her sister. When Her granddaughter Meghan, a Cold Case detective, comes to visit while recovering from an accident, and Hazel’s daughter arrives at the same time, they decide to make a scrapbook together of Hazel’s life. Meghan accidentally discovers a picture of Hazel’s sister, and the secret comes out. Meghan asks her partner to investigate Maggie’s disappearance. When he discovers that several other children also went missing during the same time period, the investigation deepens.

This was an incredible book. I did not want to put it down. I especially liked Hazel and her steady faith. I liked the manner in which Diane and Meghan slowly began to accept Christ, even though they originally had no interest. I also appreciated the fact that Sean would not date Meghan until after she became a Christian.

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

Kara

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

 

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Book Review, “The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional,” Julie Fisk, Kendra Roehl, and Kristin Demery authors

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The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional: 365 Inspiring Ideas to Reveal, Give, and Find God’s Love by Julie Fisk, Kendra Roehl, and Kristin Demery, is an amazing book.  It encourages readers to be more intentional in their attitudes and acts of kindness.

The authors began writing this devotional with a month-long daily act of kindness commitment, but ended up writing a year-long devotional, changing not only their own lives but also that of their families. Each devotion includes a scripture reference, a short inspirational personal story about God’s call for kindness and generosity, and a suggested act of kindness.  The devotions are designed for busy people and can be started at any time of the year. They are designed to help the reader form positive habits that connect with things that are important to God.

This is a wonderful devotional. I especially liked the suggested acts of kindness for each day. Some ideas were repeated later in the year, but they were easy to implement, such as writing an encouraging note to someone online or visiting someone homebound or in the nursing home.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to show more kindness to the world.

Kara

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Book Review, “KJV Know the Word Study Bible,” Thomas Nelson publishers

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The KJV Know the Word Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, is an incredible Bible. It is designed to assist the reader in transitioning “from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible.” It encourages one not to “settle for being a reader when you can be a student of God’s Word.”

This Bible breaks down large passages into easy-to-understand segments. It offers three different ways to study: book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic.  Also included are book introductions, two-color interior page designs, a comprehensive list of theological notes, a concordance, and full-color maps. The Words of Jesus are in red. The Topic by Topic Articles are found at the beginning of this Bible, making it easy to locate information related to specific themes.  Some of those topics are: God the Father, Love, Purpose, Obedience, Evil, Relationships, and Suffering.

This hardcover Bible would be an asset to anyone wishing to learn more about the Word or deepen his relationship with Christ. I would recommend it to both beginners and those who have been studying the Bible for years.

Kara

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Book Review, “Crisis Shot,” Janice Cantore author

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Crisis Shot, by Janice Cantore, is the first book in the Line of Duty series. It is set in both Long Beach, California, and Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon, in the present day.  It addresses many current issues facing police officers and other first responders.

Tess O’Rourke’s dreams of becoming chief of police in Long Beach, California, come crashing down the day she shoots an unarmed teenager. Even when the grand jury clears her of wrongdoing, she realizes that her life will never return to its previous state, so she accepts a position as chief of police in Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon. The differences between the large metropolis and the small town are enormous, but Tess finds them just as challenging when her friend, the pastor’s wife, turns up missing and a man is found murdered. As she investigates with the help of sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, they discover more going on in the small town than originally met the eye.

This was another incredible book from this author! The character development and details of the police work required to solve the crimes make the story riveting and the book difficult to put down. I especially liked Oliver Macpherson, with his heart focused on serving, despite his personal problems.

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

Kara

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Book Review, “A Time to Stand,” Robert Whitlow author

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A Time to Stand, by Robert Whitlow, is an inspiring book. It is set is Campbellton, Georgia, in the present day, and addresses racial issues often present in the current news.

Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney, loses her job in Atlanta at the same time her great aunt suffers from a stroke and needs a caretaker. Adisa returns home to Campbellton to be near her great aunt and takes a temporary job with a local law firm. The only condition is that she represent the white police officer that shot a black youth. Adisa struggles with her decision to do so, but stands firm and seeks to represent the man in spite of her misgivings and pressure from those of her own race. As emotions in the community become hostile and angry, everyone involved in this case realizes that there is much at stake in its outcome.

This is an incredible book, not surprising from Robert Whitlow.  I especially appreciated Thelma Armistead, who was willing to stand up in front of her church and forgive the man who shot her grandson. We need more people like this in real life.

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

Kara

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Book Review, “The Promise of Dawn,” Lauraine Snelling author

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The Promise of Dawn, by Lauraine Snelling, is the first book in the Under Northern Skies series. It is a branch off the Red River series, connecting cousins Ingeborg and Gunlaug of Norway. The many social issues addressed in this novel include loyalty, slavery, taking advantage of loved ones, and the importance of education.

Rune and Signe Carlson accept an offer from Rune’s uncle, Einar Strand, to pay their family’s passage to America. In exchange for this, they agree to work on his farm to repay their debt. With their limited English and Signe expecting their fourth child, they sail for America, only to find that Uncle Einar and Aunt Gerd are hard hearted people who expect constant hard work. As Signe helps restore Gerd to health, the woman begins to change. Einar, on the other hand, becomes more and more difficult to live with. Rune and Signe struggle to find a way to respectfully repay their debt and yet demand fair treatment.

I enjoyed this book very much. Having read many books by this author, I had great expectations and was not disappointed! I certainly appreciate modern conveniences much more after reading about the hard work in this story just to survive. I found myself sympathetic to Rune and Signe’s plight, standing up for their children and yet remaining respectful to another adult.

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

Kara

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Book Review, “Beloved Hope,” Tracie Peterson author

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Beloved Hope, by Tracie Peterson, is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series. It follows Treasured Grace and tells the story of the second of three sisters living on the frontier in the 1800s. Hope and her sister, Mercy, were captured by Indians during the Whitman Massacre and later rescued, but Hope still suffers from the ordeal.

Hope Flanagan is healing from the nightmare of being raped by an Indian, later bearing his child, and then giving it away to friends to raise. Caring for her sister’s sheep and making yarn to sell bring her peace and a purpose. When she is called to testify in the trial against the Indians, her anger returns. When Lance, the army sergeant in charge of the accused Indians, finds her attempting to shoot one of them, he intervenes and quickly becomes drawn to Hope and her family. The two struggle with their relationship as they each decide how much their pasts will affect their possible future.

I enjoyed this book very much. Even though I had not read the first book in the series, this novel stood alone quite well. I found Hope’s struggles realistic and heart-wrenching. I could also relate to Lance’s struggles with his past.

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

Kara

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

 

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