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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, “42 Seconds,” Carl Medearis author

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42 Seconds: The Jesus Model for Everyday Interactions, by Carl Medearis, is a marvelous book. It is designed to be used as either an inspirational book or as a four-week Bible study.

Medearis has determined that the average length of Jesus’ conversations as recorded in the Gospels is forty-two seconds. Yet Jesus profoundly impacted people’s lives in that short amount of time. This book strives to teach the reader how to interact with people like Jesus. Sections include: Be Kind, Be Present, Be Brave, and Be Jesus. Topics addressed include: Do Something Small, Breathe Deep, Say Something Crazy, and Do My Words Match My Actions. The author also encourages the reader to send out the opener in each section in a text or tweet.

This is an amazing book. It concisely teaches the reader how to interact with others in a loving and kind way. I especially like the fact that it includes social media instead of pushing it away.

I would recommend this book to anyone attempting to improve their social skills or outreach programs.

Kara

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

 

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Book Review, “If I Run,” Terri Blackstock author

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If I Live, by Terri Blackstock, is the third book in the If I Run Series. It follows If I Run and If I’m Found. It is set in modern day and is filled with suspense.

Casey Cox remains in hiding, running from the law officers trying to locate her and charge her with murder, a murder that she did not commit. But with her face plastered all over the news, it is difficult to disguise herself. Dylan Roberts, a private investigator once hunting Casey, now believes that she is innocent and works hard to expose the real killers. But when Dylan’s apartment is burned, he knows that his life is now in danger too. Dylan works to capture the real criminals and to keep Casey safe, a task that gets more and more difficult by the day.

I enjoyed this book very much.  It was a fitting conclusion to the series. Casey and Dylan captured my heart as they risked everything to expose the truth. I especially liked Dex, a loyal and true friend.  I also appreciated the way Dylan and Casey honored God in light of their mutual attraction, even when they had to share a hotel room.

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, “High Treason,” DiAnn Mills author

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High Treason, by DiAnn Mills, is the third book in the FBI Task Force series.  Set in Houston, Texas, it tells the story of an FBI/CIA task force put in place to protect a Saudi prince and his family.

FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is with Prince Omar and his look alike body guard when the body guard and friend is killed. When a task force is formed and Monica Alden is assigned to team up with Kord, he is skeptical. But he soon learns that Monica is an asset to him and an essential for keeping the prince safe. With more attempts on the prince’s life and more people killed, Kord and Monica piece together every bit of information to find the person responsible. Monica befriends the prince’s sisters in an attempt to find out what they may know and keep them safe. When she finds the youngest sister secretly meeting with one of the prince’s staff, pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place.

I enjoyed this book. I especially liked the was Monica was respectful to the Prince and his family and their beliefs while remaining true to her Christian faith. I also found myself fond of Fatima, even though she was originally very gruff and unfriendly.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading 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, “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, “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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