Saturday, July 30, 2016

Taste and See - John Piper

Taste and See – John Piper

            There isn’t much to say about Taste and See.  It is like little sermons in a book.  Sermon nuggets.  Sermon appetizers.  Obviously this is a devotional book, but it is a pretty deep devotional book. 
            I haven’t finished it yet because well that would take 118 more days.  So after reading it for several days, and flipping through the book, my opinion is BUY THIS!  You won’t be sad.  The devotionals are strong and deep and straight out of the Word with great examples from Piper’s life.
            Don’t worry – this is a book I will finish!

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

Loving my Actual Life - Alexandra Kuykendall

Loving my Actual Life – Alexandra Kuykendall

            First of all let me say I LOVE the cover of this book!  The cover is what drew me in!  I enjoyed this book, but it didn’t strike any chords with me at the point of life I am in right now.  My kids are pretty much grown.  I wish I would have had this book to read when I was knee deep in raising children.  I remember wishing for tomorrow.  I remember hoping for a break.  Not that I don’t have these moments now.  I don’t know how practical all her suggestions are for everyone.  However, I would encourage you to read this book – especially if you are in the middle of carpooling everyone everywhere and serving on every committee out there!

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Courageous - Dina L. Sleiman

Courageous – Dina L. Sleiman

Courageous is book 3 in the Valiant Hearts Series.  I didn’t read the first two books so I didn’t understand some of the relationships that I believe were formed in the earlier books.  Rosalind thought she was going on the Crusades with who she has been serving, but the plans have changed.  She, along with her friend Sir Randel Penigree find them training the children aboard a ship.
Rosalind is hoping she will “earn” forgiveness for her past sins.  She has a lot of areas to work through spiritually and relationally.
There is some suspense in this book.  There is also some romance.  I don’t know how historically accuracy of this book.  I didn’t think women actually fought in the Crusades.
This book was good.  Read it.

**I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sarah's Surrender - Vickie McDonough

Sarah’s Surrender – Land Rush Dreams 3 – by Vickie McDonough

            Now, let me just say I didn’t read the first 2 books in this series.  AND let me add that I think this probably skewed my opinion. 
            This story starts right off with a proposal from Luke McNeil to Sarah Worley.  It was an awkward proposal.  Sarah has a harsh past and wants to have something of her own.  Luke is crushed!
            Sarah takes off for the Oklahoma Land Rush.  Much to her surprise – dismay – Luke follows.  He is ready to prove that he has what it takes to make a great husband.  He truly does love her.  He wants to serve her…make her happy.  She just can’t accept it.  When some unscrupulous people enter the story, Luke’s instinct is spot on. 
            Luke loves Sarah well.  He is a PATIENT man! 
            I liked the book, but didn’t LOVE the book.  However, it is a good read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  Thanks Barbour!

No Other Will Do

No Other Will Do – Karen Witemeyer

            I have always enjoyed Karen Witemeyer’s books.  No Other Will Do (Book 1 in the Ladies of Harper’s Station series) is a fun read, although not as humorous as many of Witemeyer’s other books like Head in the Clouds. 
            No Other Will Do is the story of Emma Chandler, a young woman who has always given of herself, and Malachi Shaw.  Malachi, Mal, was a homeless unloved child until his paths crossed with Emma….and her aunts.  This story really begins when Emma wires Mal that she needs his help.  Of course, he is on the next train to her.  You should know that Emma runs a women’s colony for the abused and neglected.  Someone is trying to run them out of town.
            Mal isn’t very smooth with females even though he has deep feelings for Emma.  He tried soothing her like he would his horse AND it worked!  I did find that very funny!  One of my worst nightmares happened in this book as well.  I won’t give it away, but it took place in a field with Helen!
            Obviously, this book is very WOMAN proud, but I liked how it wasn’t ANTI-MAN.  I love how Emma and her aunts took Mal in as a child and just loved and nurtured him.  I love how Mal does the same for Andrew.
            It really is a good read.  Read it!

**I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  Thank you, Bethany House!**