Friday, March 2, 2018

the Napalm Girl's story

"Fire Road" by Kim Phuc Phan Thi, otherwise known as the Napalm Girl, tells her story in this book.  You surely have seen the picture be it in a history book, on a documentary, somewhere.  Kim was nine years old the day a South Vietnamese plane released napalm in the area her family was taking refuge.  Her cousin was killed.  After the clothes had been burned off of her and she was running for her life; a reporter snapped a picture.  He then tried to save her, but water is not a napalm victim's friend.  That Pulitzer Prize winning photo led to a life of both torment and later fame.  It also led Kim to the path of sharing the Gospel with the world. 
This is definitely a story that needs to be told.  I recommend it to both history buffs and anyone just looking for hope.  If there is one thing Kim has become a leader in, it is sharing hope.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale Publishing.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The story of Hannah

Hannah has always been one of my favorite women from the Bible.  We are kindred spirits and I love her story.  "A Passionate Hope," Jill Eileen Smith's 4th book in the Daughter's of the Promised Land series, gives a fictionalized telling of Hannah and her troubles with infertility and finally her sacrifice with Samuel.  But it is also a book about a family of women.  Hannah married Elkanah, a man she loved, only to discover that she was unable to have children.  Then Elkanah, who is a bit of a wimp when it comes to his mother, marries Pininnah, a spoiled brat that  is much younger and his mother's preferred.  Pininnah proceeds to give Elkanah many children, antagonize Hannah, as well as turn Elkanah into her whipping boy as well.  All of this turns poor Hannah's life into a living hell!  As time goes by Hannah makes a vow with God to receive a son in return of giving him back.  However the agony of dealing with Pininnah goes on and on. 
This novel is the type that keeps getting better as you read it.  The weird obsession Pinannah has with Hannah's uterus gets a little annoying, but the dynamic between the women in the family is very enticing and leads the reader to want to do nothing but read this book!  I give it 4.5 stars.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Farthering Mystery

"Death at Thorburn Hall" is the 6th in the Farthering Mystery series by Julian Deering.  In Thorburn Hall, Drew and Madeline Farthering go to Scotland to the European Open.  They stay with a distant cousin of Drew's along with the Pike's, friends of the Rainsbys; and Nick and his girlfriend Carrie.  While at the Open, Lord Rainsby is murdered.  One by one, people connected to the Rainsbys turn up dead.  Drew and Madeline are on pursuit of the mystery to discover the killer.
I really like this series of books.  I've read them all.  They take place pre-world war II and in a much higher society than most people are used to.  I like how they are always saying things like "my good man" and "I'm not altogether certain," things that seem kinda classy.  This book worms two mysteries together which makes for a harder case.  Good book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Pike novel

"Operator Down" is the newest Pike Logan novel written by Brad Taylor.  Pike is an independent operator with a team of highly trained and skilled people/weapons.  Taylor himself a Delta Force retiree, writes with the testosterone driven love for strategy and violence that keeps most men (and many women) returning again and again for the Pike series that thrills them all.  It is practically soaked in adrenaline. 
In this novel, Pike and his team are on a mission to retrieve nuclear triggers from possible terrorist.  Coincidentally, Aaron and Shoshana, Israeli operators and friends of Pike,  are on their honeymoon when Aaron decides to take an assignment to South Africa because of some diamonds.  The two assignments are believed to be connected, leaving Pike's team to solve both problems and clean up an international mess. 
Love this series and love this book.  Oddly, when I logged on to type this review, I see an article about Cape Town and the water crisis.  Which is weird because I know extremely little about South Africa and yet I knew exactly what the article was talking about because of this book.  Full of headlining stories and current events!  I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review from 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

heart's desire

"Your Heart's Desire: 14 Truths that Will Forever Change the Way You Love and Are Loved" by Sheri Rose Shepherd is a self-help book about how to live with your marriage.  Each chapter has a longer essay style section followed by a life coaching section, then prayer.  Scripture is sprinkled throughout.  There is also a small group Love Questions at the end of each chapter with a smart phone code that provides teaching videos to answer the questions.  I liked this book, she didn't always take it in the direction that I thought she would.  She kept it real and easy to follow.  I recommend this book to any woman.

Monday, December 25, 2017


"Where we Belong" by Lynn Austin is a novel inspired by a true story of two sisters that have inherited a great amount of money along with a sincere devotion to God.  The two women, though living in the 19th century, embark on a lifetime of education, adventure, and service to the poor rather than the life that has been planned out for them of marrying for social prestige and to husbands who want their money. 
This is a great book, full of adventure and inspiration.  The two sisters bring purpose to what could  have been a dull existence and a regular life.  The reader will love this book as well as it's characters.  The chapters of the book are grouped according to each character, letting the reader see the story through each character's point of view.  I received this novel from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. 

Heart shaped

"Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life" by Karen Moore is a small book of prayers that inspires living a life Heart First.  Each prayer has a scripture and a letter (prayer) to God from the writer.  There are a little over 200 prayers that I have been reading daily.  It is a very cute little book and is perfect for a quick morning prayer.  I enjoyed this book very much.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."