Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Place To Belong

I was blessed to read "A Place To Belong" authored by Lauraine Snelling. Cassie Lockwood is a young woman who has seemingly lost everything. She has found a home with the Engstrom's on their ranch. Lucas Engstrom pledges to make Cassie love him. Cassie looks upon Lucas like a brother, not romantically. Many events follow that in the end lead Cassie to God's perfect will for her life.

Mavis, Lucas' mother proves to be just like a mother to Cassie. I love the way that Mavis is always remembering to ask the Lord for His guidance in all she does. The part of the book that stood out to me was how Mavis begins to praise the Lord when she has a heavy heart. I appreciate the author conveying this important act to her readers.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved the Biblical references included between the covers. Snelling thoughtfully and purposefully brought Christ as a big focal point in this book.

I received this complementary book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not paid for this review. These opinions are strictly my own.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

To Honor and Trust

To Honor And Trust authored by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller takes us back to Bridal Veil Island. The two main characters are Callie Deboyer and Wesley Townsend.

Callie has been the tutor for the Bridgeport Family for many years. She is more like family than employee with the Bridgeport family. Callie loves the children she tutors and has their very best interest first and foremost. Callie experienced a very hard broken engagement and broken trust so she has determined that she does not want to marry again.

Wesley's family is a very prominent family. Wesley is different than the rest of his family in that prestige and wealth does not impress him. He undergoes an impressive amount of pressure from his family to join the family business. Wesley stands up to his father which was no easy task.

In this book, you will find suspense, laughter and love. It was a very entertaining read. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who enjoys Christian fiction.

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publishers. The review above is strictly my own opinion.

Heaven's Lessons

Steve Sjogren is the author of the book "Heaven's Lessons". The preview I read prior to requesting this particular book led me to believe that Steve would be sharing a lot about what happened surrounding the day he died, heard from the Lord, but was revived. Don't get me wrong, Steve does talk about his experience. However, I feel that he concentrates on how you and I should live life after his experience. I'm all for self-help books and frequently read them. This came across more as a self-help book than his testimony.

I would have liked to hear more about Steve's testimony, than him directing me how I should live. I am a God-fearing woman and have much to learn. I do not feel that I'm above instruction. However, the way this book was presented, I was expecting an uplifting testimony of Christ's love. I hesitated to write such a frank review, but that is what this blog is about.

Usually when I read a book, I have someone in mind that I can lend the book to when I complete it. However, that did not occur with this particular read. It's not a book that I would highly recommend.

I received a complimentary copy of "Heaven's Lessons" from Thomas Nelson. This is my opinion alone and was not paid to write this review.