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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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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

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

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Book Review, “Beloved Hope,” Tracie Peterson author

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Beloved Hope, by Tracie Peterson, is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series. It follows Treasured Grace and tells the story of the second of three sisters living on the frontier in the 1800s. Hope and her sister, Mercy, were captured by Indians during the Whitman Massacre and later rescued, but Hope still suffers from the ordeal.

Hope Flanagan is healing from the nightmare of being raped by an Indian, later bearing his child, and then giving it away to friends to raise. Caring for her sister’s sheep and making yarn to sell bring her peace and a purpose. When she is called to testify in the trial against the Indians, her anger returns. When Lance, the army sergeant in charge of the accused Indians, finds her attempting to shoot one of them, he intervenes and quickly becomes drawn to Hope and her family. The two struggle with their relationship as they each decide how much their pasts will affect their possible future.

I enjoyed this book very much. Even though I had not read the first book in the series, this novel stood alone quite well. I found Hope’s struggles realistic and heart-wrenching. I could also relate to Lance’s struggles with his past.

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, “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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Book Review, “Beneath Copper Falls,” Colleen Coble author

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Beneath Copper Falls, by Colleen Coble, is an amazing novel. Part of the Rock Harbor series, it stands alone quite well. It is set in Rock Harbor, Michigan, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Dana Newell, a 911 dispatcher, escapes an abusive relationship in Washington to move back to Rock Harbor, her hometown. She moves in with her “brother,” Chris, really a stepcousin whose family adopted Dana after the death of her parents.  There she meets Boone Carter, who lost his sister to an abusive boyfriend two years before.  When she realizes that Garrett has followed her and intends to harm her again, she, along with Boone and other friends, realize that they have a dangerous situation to deal with.

I loved this book.  It was filled with suspense and yet also filled with love and friendship.  I especially liked the way Dana was not only surrounded by friends, she was encouraged to learn how to protect herself. I also appreciated the many senior citizens who encouraged Dana and prayed for her.

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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