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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, “When the Heart Sings,” Liz Tolsma author

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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.

CONNECT WITH LIZ: website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

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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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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, “The Reluctant Warrior,” Mary Connealy author

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The Reluctant Warrior, by Mary Connealy, is the second book in the High Sierra Sweethearts series. It follows The Accidental Guardian. Set in the old west, it continues the story of travelers who have survived a wagon train attack.

Cameron Scott, a former army officer, arrives at Trace Riley’s cabin to bring his daughter and nephew home. However, the winter weather closes all trails, and Cameron and his sister, Penny, must stay until the spring. The children are terrified of him and cry any time he comes near. When the man who killed his brother and several other wagon trains over the years attempts to burn them all in their sleep, Cameron is hurt.  Gwen Harkness, who has been caring for the children for months, decides to set aside her fear of losing them in order to help Cameron win their affection. With all of their lives in danger and Cameron’s leg healing from being caught in a bear trap, Gwen and Cameron begin to feel drawn to each other.

I enjoyed this book. In true Mary Connealy style, it tells a sweet story of two people thrown together in difficult circumstances finding themselves in love. I especially appreciated Gwen’s willingness to set aside her own fears to help the children ease into their new lives and learn to accept Cameron.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction novels set in the old west.

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 Life-Giving Leader,” Tyler Reagin author

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The Life-Giving Leader: Learning to Lead from Your Truest Self, by Tyler Reagin, encourages people to be themselves when they lead others. It includes forwards by both Craig Groeschel and Andy Stanley.

This book is designed to assist leaders in using their own gifts and talents to lead others. It discourages emulating one’s own heroes and using personal qualities instead. It encourages each person to be more “self-aware, self-accepting, healthy, and self-confident.” It emphasizes the importance of authenticity and humility. Some of the chapter titles included are: No Regrets, It’s Like Riding a Bike, From Seed to Fruit, and A Call to Sweat.

This book would be a useful tool for anyone wishing to begin leading a group or refresh an approach to an existing group. Leading is not an easy task, and this book presents many tips to improving leadership qualities.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to improve his or her leadership skills.

Kara

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

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Book Review, “Words from the Heart,” Kathleen Fuller author

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Words from the Heart, by Kathleen Fuller, is the third book in the Amish Letters series. It follows Written in Love, and The Promise of a Letter. The books emphasize the importance letters can play in forming relationships with others.

When Ivy Yoder fails to receive a response from John King in over a year, she knows that it is time to move on. So Cevilla Schlabach’s request to help her go through an attic full of a deceased relative’s items is a welcome distraction. Noah Schlabach agrees to assist his aunt clean out her attic because he loves her and wants to fulfill a promise to visit her, hoping to find some interesting antiques in the process. It soon becomes apparent to both of them, however, that Cevilla hopes they will fall in love, something that becomes hard to avoid while they are reading a box full of love letters written during the Korean War found in a corner of the attic.

I enjoyed this book. The main characters’ determination to avoid a relationship was both sweet and amusing. I especially liked Cevilla, with her quirky ways and obvious schemes. I also appreciated Ivy’s father and the love and support he provided his daughter.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Amish Fiction.

Kara

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

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