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Book Review, “The Louder Song,” Aubrey Sampson author

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The Louder Song, by Aubrey Sampson, is a book that leads us to a place of hope. It presents a pathway through suffering with lament. According to the author, lament “minds the gap between current hopelessness and coming hope.”

The book begins with a forward from Shannon Etheridge. It goes on to offer “An Invitation to Lament and Hope.” Other chapters include: It’s Okay to Be Honest, When Pain is Chronic, When You Just Need to Do Something, and What Kind of God do We Have?  After this Sampson includes an appendix offering advice. Another appendix offers Bible verses to read during pain, after which is a study guide to use with one’s own lament journey.

I found this book very informative. The personal stories from the author’s own life enhance the facts presented. The idea of lament leading to hope and a pathway to the future is something everyone needs at some point in his or her life.

I would recommend this book to anyone going through a difficult time in life or trying to assist someone else going through such a time.

Kara

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

 

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Book Review, “Delayed Justice,” Cara Putman author

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Delayed Justice, by Cara Putman, is the third book in the Hidden Justice series and follows her two previous books, Beyond Justice and Imperfect Justice. It tells the story of a woman abused as a child who is finally ready to seek justice.

Jaime Nichols was eight-years-old when her uncle began abusing her. Now a successful criminal defense attorney, she decides to press charges against him. When she discovers that her uncle is being considered as a one-star general, she realizes that the timing makes her case suddenly very public. Chandler Bolton works with veterans returning home from combat, helping them adjust. He also has a therapy dog, Aslan. When he and Jaime are called to assist a young girl who has been abused and needs support in and out of the courtroom, they begin to support each other as well. When both begin to experience dangerous situations, they seek protection in each other’s company.

I enjoyed this book. Its plot kept my attention from beginning to end. I loved the characters and could relate to them. I especially liked Jaime’s parents, who felt guilty but tried to be supportive when they found out what had happened. I also liked Jaime’s friends, who were a wonderful support system for her. Everyone should have such friends.

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, “When the Heart Sings,” Liz Tolsma author

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When the Heart Sings #2  -     By: Liz Tolsma

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: When the Heart Sings
Series: Music of Hope #2
Author: Liz Tolsma
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Natia has a secret, and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose…

The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their Polish farm to a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.

The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear— but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price.

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Review:

When the Heart Sings, by Liz Tolsma, is a marvelous book. It is the second book in the Music of Hope series.  Set in Poland in 1943 during World War II, it tells the story of a couple sent to a work camp.

Natia and Teodor Palinska have are still mourning the loss of another baby when they receive orders to report to a work camp. They leave their peaceful farm, only to be separated later. Teodor is sent to work in a factory, while Natia is chosen to by the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer. Natia takes a great risk in attempting communication with Teodor by singing as she passes his dormitory.  Then, when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep, she risks even more. She decides to protect the child and raise him as her own, the child she and her husband were unable to have.

This was a wonderful book. I enjoyed the story immensely. I especially like the way their love endured all of the harsh realities of the war.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially set during World War II.

Kara

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

Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. Nothing means more to her than her family. She’s married her high-school sweetheart twenty-eight years ago. Get her talking about international adoption, and you might never get her to stop. She and her husband adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.

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Book Review, “In Times Gone By,” Tracie Peterson author

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In Times Gone By, by Tracie Peterson, is the third book in the Golden Gate Secrets series.  It follows In Places Hidden and In Dreams Forgotten. This book tells the story of the third of the three friends: Camri, Judith, and Kenzie.

Kenzie Gifford is extremely worried about Dr. Micah Fisher. In the days since the great earthquake in San Francisco, no one has heard from him. When he turns up safe and healthy, she is overcome with emotion.  His sudden proposal throws her off guard. When her former fiancé arrives suddenly, claiming that his family tricked them both into breaking up their wedding, she is more confused than ever.  As she comes to the conclusion that she loves Micah and never loved Arthur, Arthur has Micah kidnapped. Kenzie knows immediately who is responsible for Micah’s disappearance, and decides to play Arthur’s game long enough to find him.

I loved this book. The entire series is definitely a must read. I especially like the bond formed between the three friends. Everyone should have such friends!

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, “The Minimalist Home,” Joshua Becker author

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The Minimalist Home, by Joshua Becker, is a “Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life.” Becker believes that minimizing your home is not about taking things away. It is about giving something more.

This is designed to be a practical guide to declutter every space in your home. Becker wants people to enjoy coming home and be able to go out into the world and live their dreams. This book tells how to tell your story through an invited living room, what your clothes closet has to do with your self-confidence, why less clutter in the bedroom helps you sleep better, which kitchen utensils are worth keeping, and how to decide which paperwork is worth keeping. Some of the chapter titles include: The Becker Method, The “Us” Rooms, Clean Sweep, Freeing of the Mind, and Unburdening Yourself of the Past.

This was an interesting book. I agree that people sometimes keep more than they need, but I am not sure I agree that one should minimalize as much as Becker indicates. Even so, the checklists and suggestions in this book would assist anyone interested in doing so.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to minimalize their home.

Kara

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

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Book Review, “Lady of a Thousand Treasures” Sandra Byrd author

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Lady of a Thousand Treasures, by Sandra Byrd, is a marvelous book. Set in England during the Victorian era, this story tells of men and women put in extremely difficult situations.

Eleanor Sheffield, a trained evaluator of antiques, is given the task of determining whether the baron’s legendary collection should be donated to a museum or left within the family. The situation becomes more complicated because she has been both a lifelong friend of the family and in love with the new heir, Harry. With her family’s business in jeopardy after her father’s death and her uncle’s continuing mental decline, donating it would provide much needed future income. But she doesn’t truly want to remove it from its true home, with Harry. She must decide if she can trust him enough to make the right choice.

I enjoyed this book. While I found it a little slow in the beginning, only a few chapters later I found that I did not want to put it down. I especially liked Orchie and Alice, with their unwavering support for Eleanor.

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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Instructions: Head to every stop on the tour to collect a word to finish the crossword puzzle. Hint: You might want to print out the crossword puzzle (link below) and enter it everyday to make it easier.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published fifty books.

Sandra’s delighted to kick off her new historical romance series with Tyndale House Publishers, Victorian Ladies, with Lady of a Thousand Treasures. The three-book Victorian Ladies series follows her historically sound Gothic romances, Daughters of Hampshire, launched with the bestselling Mist of Midnight, which earned a coveted Editor’s Choice award from the Historical Novel Society. The second book, Bride of a Distant Isle, has been selected by Romantic Times as a Top Pick. The third in the series, A Lady in Disguise, was published in 2017. Check out her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, which was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne BoleynTo Die For was also named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2011, and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012.

Sandra has published dozens of books for kids, tweens, and teens, including the bestselling The One Year Be-Tween You and God Devotions for Girls. She continued her work as a devotionalist, with The One Year Home and Garden Devotions, and The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional.

Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype.

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Book Review, “You’ve Got This!” KariAnne Wood author

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You’ve Got This! (because God’s got you), by KariAnne Wood, is designed to encourage and uplift its readers. Inspired by a pink post-it note from her daughter, the author seeks to remind readers of God’s continual presence in their lives.

The fifty-two devotionals included in this book “will help you shine with the strength and confidence that only God’s love can bring.” Each includes a scripture reference, a prayer, and a story/devotion. The author uses personal experiences to remind readers of God’s presence and support.

This is a charming book. I enjoyed reading it. I especially like the idea that we all need to have self-confidence because God is with us in every situation. I could certainly relate to many of the personal stories used.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a reminder that God is with us in every situation.

Kara

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

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