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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, “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, “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

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

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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

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

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