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Book Review, “Out of the Ashes,” Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse authors

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Out of the Ashes, by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse, is the second book in the Heart of Alaska series. Set at the historic Curry Hotel in 1925 Alaska, it tells the story of two people attempting to overcome the violence in their pasts.

Jean-Michel Langelier accepts an invitation to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel after the death of his father. Traveling with his sister Collette, he looks forward to reconnecting with his former love, Katherine Demarchis. Katherine, a young widow, travels to the Curry Hotel with her grandmother, who insists it will help her recover from the cruel and dangerous husband she was forced to marry. Both are forced to face their pasts and must decide if they are willing g to allow God to be a part of the future.

This was a marvelous book. I especially liked Maria Harrison, with her bold attempt at leading her granddaughter through a dark time and into a relationship with God. Of course, Mrs. Johnson remains a lovely character in the series, with her direct and loving ways. 

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

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 Masterpiece,” Francine Rivers author

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The Masterpiece, by Francine Rivers, is an incredible book.  It is set in the Los Angeles area in current time. It tells the stories of two characters whose lives have taken them down paths they had no desire to travel.

Grace Moore is still recovering from a bad marriage and the choices she made afterward when she accepts a job as personal assistant to Roman Velasco. Roman, a successful artist, constantly battles his past and has deep issues preventing him from forming lasting relationships. The two work well together for a time, until they develop feelings for each other. Grace leaves, knowing she cannot stay and give in to temptation with a man who is not a Christian. Roman begins to examine his life and decide how much of his life he is willing to relinquish to his newly found Savior.

This book is a masterpiece of its own.  I especially liked the character development. The characters seemed very real to life. The Mastersons, Jasper, and Elizabeth also added quite a bit to the story.

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

Kara

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

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Book Review, “Unimaginable,” Jeremiah Johnston author

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Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity, by Jeremiah J. Johnston, is an eye-opening book.  It presents a picture of the world without Christian beliefs and ideas.

This book is divided into three sections. Part I describes the world before Christianity. It includes chapters such as: Our Sense of the Divine, A World of Fear, and A World of Inequality. The second part of the book addresses the world without Christianity. It includes chapters regarding atheism, dehumanizing humanity, and the truth being what you want it to be.  Part III describes the world with Christianity. It focuses on new life, hope, equality, and healing.

I found this to be an interesting book. As society continues to attempt to push Christianity out of our everyday lives, this book describes what that could look like if allowed to continue, a topic Christians should seriously consider.

I would recommend this book to anyone concerned with the status of Christianity in our world today.

Kara

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

 

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Book Review, “Vines Expository Bible,” Jerry Vines editor

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The Vines Expository Bible, edited by Jerry Vines and published by Thomas Nelson, is written in the New King James Version.  It provides a “guided journey through the scriptures” with Jerry Vines, pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida for almost twenty-four years.

Jerry Vines leads the reader through this Bible with insight and observations based on selections from his lifetime of ministry. Its many features include: 205 detailed outlines from Vines’ sermon archive, 148 articles for living the Christian life, 237 notes that help apply the Bible to one’s life, 311 word studies, 66 book introductions, exclusive Thomas Nelson NKJV Comfort print typeface, 10.5-point type, a topical index, full-color maps, and a concordance.

This Bible is an incredible tool for any Bible scholar. Its many features will enhance any study of God’s Word. I would recommend it to any one searching for more insight into the meaning and principles of the Bible.

Kara

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Book Review, “42 Seconds,” Carl Medearis author

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42 Seconds: The Jesus Model for Everyday Interactions, by Carl Medearis, is a marvelous book. It is designed to be used as either an inspirational book or as a four-week Bible study.

Medearis has determined that the average length of Jesus’ conversations as recorded in the Gospels is forty-two seconds. Yet Jesus profoundly impacted people’s lives in that short amount of time. This book strives to teach the reader how to interact with people like Jesus. Sections include: Be Kind, Be Present, Be Brave, and Be Jesus. Topics addressed include: Do Something Small, Breathe Deep, Say Something Crazy, and Do My Words Match My Actions. The author also encourages the reader to send out the opener in each section in a text or tweet.

This is an amazing book. It concisely teaches the reader how to interact with others in a loving and kind way. I especially like the fact that it includes social media instead of pushing it away.

I would recommend this book to anyone attempting to improve their social skills or outreach programs.

Kara

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

 

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Book Review, “A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God,” Larry Osborne author

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A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God: Spirituality for the Rest of Us, by Larry Osborne, is written for the common person. “It’s simply meant to offer insight into the minds and hearts of those who don’t read so well, who work with their hands instead of their minds, who still show a few symptoms of ADD.” It is meant to challenge the current system of spiritual development.

This book is divided into three parts. Part One examines genuine spirituality. It includes ideas such as: What Does It Mean to Know God, How Two Utterly Different People Can Both Please God, and Why Ambition Should Never be Confused with Spirituality.  Part Two discusses spiritual growth.  It includes topics such as: The Way Most People Grow, How Small Groups Change Everything, and How the Holy Spirit Does Exactly What Jesus Said He Would Do. Part Three examines what God wants. It includes: Blind Spots, Is Faith Overrated, and Chocolate-Covered Arrogance.

This is an interesting book.  It challenges traditional ideas of Christianity and church membership. I especially liked the idea the author presents that God tore the curtain in the temple in two when Jesus died, but we keep sewing it back together. We need to remember that God opened the door for all to approach Him.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in bringing Christianity to other common people.

Kara

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Book Review, “If I Run,” Terri Blackstock author

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If I Live, by Terri Blackstock, is the third book in the If I Run Series. It follows If I Run and If I’m Found. It is set in modern day and is filled with suspense.

Casey Cox remains in hiding, running from the law officers trying to locate her and charge her with murder, a murder that she did not commit. But with her face plastered all over the news, it is difficult to disguise herself. Dylan Roberts, a private investigator once hunting Casey, now believes that she is innocent and works hard to expose the real killers. But when Dylan’s apartment is burned, he knows that his life is now in danger too. Dylan works to capture the real criminals and to keep Casey safe, a task that gets more and more difficult by the day.

I enjoyed this book very much.  It was a fitting conclusion to the series. Casey and Dylan captured my heart as they risked everything to expose the truth. I especially liked Dex, a loyal and true friend.  I also appreciated the way Dylan and Casey honored God in light of their mutual attraction, even when they had to share a hotel room.

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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