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Book Review, “I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me,” John Ortberg author

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I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me: Getting Real About Getting Close, by John Ortberg, is an incredible book. It seeks to assist all types of people in creating deeper, more meaningful relationships.

This book teaches how to overcome obstacles in order to create the type relationships we crave with both God and other people. It teaches how to: recognize and respond to bids for connection, get past your fear of intimacy, sidestep common relationship pitfalls, and make God an active part of your everyday life. Ortberg states that the Bible is not an instruction manual. Rather, it is a love story, a story of Jesus loving us enough to come to earth to become real to us and show us how to become real with Him and others.

This is a wonderful book.  In addition to the personal stories and straightforward information, I appreciated the use of other stories to prove points.  I especially appreciated the use of The Velveteen Rabbit.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to grow more intimate with God or other people around them.

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 Prairie Girl’s Faith,” Stephen W. Hines author

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A Prairie Girl’s Faith, by Stephen W. Hines, presents a thorough look at the faith of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the famous Little House book series and a true pioneer woman. Hines has combined information from years of research into this book.

Hines begins the book with an introduction explaining that his fascination with Laura Ingalls Wilder began with his reading the books as a child. He then explains how Laura was introduced to faith as a child and would have leaned heavily upon it in her pioneer family, often with absolutely no neighbors nearby for assistance or companionship. He describes Laura’s relationship with her daughter and its possible affect on her writings. He discusses Laura’s relationship with her husband, Almanzo, and their reliance upon faith as they struggled to find a home. The book also includes an interview with Laura’s friend, Neta Seal, who knew Laura quite well.

I enjoyed this book very much. I did not realize that Laura began writing the Little House books in her sixties, or that her daughter edited them for her. I also did not know that Laura had written in many other publications before she even thought about the books. I was surprised to discover that Rose did not share in her parents’ faith.

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

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Book Review, “Too Far Down,” Mary Connealy author

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Too Far Down, by Mary Connealy, is the third book in the Cimarron Legacy series.  It follows No Way Up and Long Time Gone. This amazing conclusion tells Cole Boden’s role in the story and reveals the criminal causing the troubles throughout the trilogy.

Cole Boden, though torn between missing his life in the east and his love of life in the west, takes pride in running the CR Mining Company on the family ranch. So, when an explosion kills several men and unravels threads of information leading back to other attacks on his family, he takes it personally.  Working with his family and neighbors, he hopes to track down the murderer responsible for everything. But Melanie Blake, while admittedly great help, also becomes very distracting. When all of their lives are threatened, Cole must make choices he never imagined.

I enjoyed both this book and the entire series. The Boden family comes across as real and endearing. I especially like the way Cole takes responsibility for his family and their safety. I especially loved Uncle Walt and wished I knew more about him.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or western 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, “Love Held Captive,” Shelley Shepard Gray author

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Love Held Captive, by Shelley Shepard Gray, is the third book in the Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series.  This series tells the stories of several men that were held captive on Johnson’s Island, Ohio, during the Civil War.  This novel presents two men, Major Ethan Kelly and Captain Devin Monroe.

When Lizbeth Barclay runs into Ethan’s hotel suite to hide from her would be attacker, she doesn’t realize that Ethan in present. Horrified to find herself alone in a man’s room, she tells him of her plight. When she is fired from her position as a maid at the hotel for her indiscretion, Ethan makes plans to protect her and hunt down the man who caused the trouble.  He is haunted by the memory of raiding her ranch during the war. Devin Monr0e thinks he has met the woman of his dreams until she tells him that she was the “ladybird” of an officer with which Devin was imprisoned. Horrified, he struggles with his plight, not knowing how he can possibly love such a woman, even though the man is still a threat to her.  When the two friends discover that the same man is threatening both of the women they have come to love, Ethan and Devin set out to find him and eliminate the threat.

I enjoyed this book very much.  I loved the fact that Ethan and Devin could love Lizbeth and Julianne in spite of the abusive pasts and bad decisions they made.  I also loved the idea that true friends will come to your aid whenever you need them, even if it means interrupting their own lives to do so.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian 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, “Cherished Mercy,” Tracie Peterson author

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Cherished Mercy, by Tracie Peterson, is the third book in the Heart of the Frontier series.  Set in Oregon Territory in the mid-1850s, it tells the story of the youngest Flanagan sister, Mercy.

Mercy Flanagan has survived the Whitman Massacre and now lives with her sisters Grace and Hope and their families. In spite of her experiences, she longs for peace with the native people. When their friend asks Mercy to come help with her difficult pregnancy, even though it means traveling to the Rogue River Valley in the midst of conflict between the militia and the natives, Mercy agrees to go. Once there, the situation turns much worse than she could have imagined. When her friends, Isaac and Eletta, die, she finds herself caring for their foster daughter, Faith, who is really Hope’s daughter. She and Adam, Isaac’s brother, find themselves needing to depend on each other, but Adam continually holds her at arms’ length.

I enjoyed this book very much. I found Mercy’s faith in God’s protection refreshing. Her courage and determination to protect her friends is something many can relate to. I also appreciated that a portion of the ending was devoted to Hope’s reunion with Faith.

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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Book Review, “The Most Important Women of the Bible,” Aaron and Elaina Sharp authors

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The Most Important Women of the Bible: Remarkable Stories of God’s Love and Redemption, by Aaron and Elaina Sharp, is packed full of information about women in scripture.  Published by Bethany House, this book’s authors are both graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary and reside in Texas.

This book strives to reveal to the reader how each of the women included fits into the overall story of the Bible. The objective is to remind readers of how each woman’s story reveals God’s love for people today. Each chapter discusses a different woman of the Bible, including Scripture References, Biography, Role in Redemption, By the Numbers, and Things We Wondered. Some of the women included are: Eve, Sarah, Zipporah, Ruth, Hannah, Bathsheba, Gomer, Mary, Tabitha, Phoebe, and Lydia.

This is a marvelous book. It is well-written and included much information about each woman discussed. I found it truthful and to the point. It would be useful for both individual or group Bible studies.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to know more about women of the Bible.

Kara

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

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Book Review, “Whisper,” Mark Batterson author

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Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God, by Mark Batterson, is an essential book for anyone attempting to discern whether or not God is speaking to him. Many wonder if God still speaks to people today, and Mark Batterson answers in this book. He believes that God still speaks, but we need to know how to listen.

Batterson says in this book that a whisper from God can change one’s life in powerful ways. Knowing how to hear God can bring about miracles and bold visions. He strives to make hearing God more natural for believers by introducing seven ways that God speaks to His children. He presents the value of having a “whispering spot,” a specific place to listen to God’s voice. He asks the question, “Do you know how to hear His voice?”

This is a marvelous book. It addresses the questions many have about God speaking to us today. It presents seven ways to hear from God. I found these ideas quite interesting and would recommend this book to anyone trying to hear from God.

Kara

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

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