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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, “The Woman’s Study Bible,” Thomas Nelson publishers

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The Woman’s Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson in the New International Version, promises “God’s Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation.” It is specifically designed to assist women strengthen both their Biblical knowledge and their relationships with Christ.

This Bible features special notes and features appealing to women and highlights women throughout the scriptures. It includes contributions from more than eighty women, varied by denomination, education, occupation, and ethnicity in order to encourage mentorship. Special features include a full-color design, readable 10.5 font, biographical portraits of over 100 Biblical women, verse by verse study notes, over 300 in-text topical articles, essays from women who are experts in various fields, book introductions and outlines, full-color maps, charts, timelines, family trees, quotes from Godly women of history, a topical index, and a concordance.

This is an incredible Bible. The large type makes it easy to read, and the use of color adds to the reading experience. I especially like the family trees. I also appreciate the introductions, which specifically include the audience and the literary characteristics.

I would recommend this Bible to any woman who wishes to expand her Bible knowledge and Christian life.

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 Prayer Bible,” Tommy Nelson publishers

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The Prayer Bible for Children, published by Tommy Nelson, is a delightful version of the Bible for kids.  Presented in the International Children’s Bible version, it is designed to help children “develop a heart for prayer and learn God’s Word.”

The many special features are included in this Bible to make it simple for children to use. The large text is easier to read. There are 160 pages of special prayers of the Bible and 64 color pages of poem prayers, scripture prayers, and Kid’s Question & Answers that address questions children ask most regarding prayer. Also included are bold subject headings and bold dictionary words, key highlighted verses, and footnotes. The dictionary and concordance in the back of the Bible assist with locating and understanding information. This Bible comes with a free prayer journal for recording a child’s personal prayers.

This is a wonderful Bible for children. Although I found the cover a little gaudy, the features inside make it a useful Bible to teach children about prayer and Bible study. I would recommend this Bible to anyone teaching children how to use the Bible effectively.

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 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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Book Review, “31 Proverbs to Light Your Path,” Liz Curtis Higgs author

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31 Proverbs to Light Your Path, by Liz Curtis Higgs, is a beautifully written devotional. Filled with stories and eloquent descriptions of God’s Word, this book presents the scriptures in a loving and easy to understand way.

The book includes many features to assist the readers in their walk with God. As the title indicates, there are thirty-one devotions, each centered around a different proverb. Each includes a scripture, a word by word study of that scripture, a prayer, and a “One Minute, One Step” challenge to help brighten one’s own path. Liz also includes an introduction explaining the devotional, a list of different versions of the Bible, and notes with specific verses divided into lists by topic. The study guide at the end provides the opportunity for personal or group study for those wishing to dive deeper into the Word.

I found this to be a delightful book. As always, Liz Curtis Higgs presents God’s Word in a simple and down to earth manner that would brighten anyone’s day and encourage him to desire a deeper relationship with Christ.  I especially appreciate the one-minute ideas at the end of each entry that provide opportunities to take action.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to deepen a relationship with Christ.

Kara

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

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Book Review, “Heart on the Line,” Karen Witemeyer author

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Heart on the Line, by Karen Witemeyer, is the second installment of the Ladies of Harper’s Station series. It follows No Other Will Do. Harper’s Station is located in the old west, with mainly female residents.

Grace Mallory relocates to Harper’s Station after witnessing her father’s murder. She brings with her, however, evidence of a crime that her father was attempting to turn over to a Pinkerton agent. When those implicated located her, sending a threatening message, Amos Bledsoe rushes to the rescue.  He and Grace, both telegraph operators, have been developing a relationship over the wires. He hopes to save her from danger and become her hero, but upon arrival Amos discovers that Grace and the other residents of Harper’s Station are not as helpless as he originally thought.

Even though I had not read the first book in this series, I enjoyed this book. Though some events from the first book are referenced, one does not need it to understand this one.  I liked the independent nature of the women in this book. I especially appreciated Amos’s sense of humor and the nicknames he gave people, such as Revolver Granny.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading western or suspense novels.

Kara

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

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