A Child Will Lead Them

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While an older novel by Ted Dekker (co-written with Bill Bright), Blessed Child is a must-read for Dekker fans. He seamlessly weaves the spiritual with real life and keeps you turning the pages with suspense to keep you turning the pages.

Relief worker Jason Marker agrees to take a young orphan boy, Caleb, from the monastery where the boy was raised and transport him safely out of the country. With the help of Leiah, a French-Canadian nurse, they transport Caleb from one country to another, unaware of the journey they are about to embark on. Caleb has the power to heal others. While the world debates on where this power comes from (is it from God or from Caleb’s mind?), Caleb is surrounded by evil people. These are people who want to exploit Caleb or hurt Caleb. Will Jason and Leiah listen to Caleb’s true message? Can they save the boy from the evils that surround him daily?

Blessed Child is a reminder that when we have the faith of a child, anything is possible. You will be on the edge of your seat, hoping for the best possible outcome for Caleb, Jason and Leiah. You may also be convicted by a couple of things in the book.

This is a four and a half out of five star read.

*****Thomas Nelson Publishing and Booksneeze provided me with a free eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for either a positive or a negative review.

Christian Romance at its Best

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I was introduced to Robin Lee Hatcher about 20 years ago when I was working in a Christian book store part time while in college. I picked up The Forgiving Hour and have been reading this author’s books ever since. Although, admittedly, I’ve missed some books along the years (but that’s just reason for me to go through her catalog and load up on more books). I was not disappointed with Hatcher’s newest book, Beloved.

Diana Applegate is ready to move on with her life. She has had many trials in her past, including being abandoned by her new husband. Now, after years of not hearing from him, and believing him dead, he shows up at her engagement dinner. Tyson Applegate wants to show his wife he has changed. He was young and selfish when he left her but he has grown, both in maturity and in his relationship with God. But how can he convince this woman he hurt so badly to trust him again. He asks her to enter an agreement to live with him for six months while he runs for senate. She wants her freedom after that six months. He wants to show her she is loved by him.

Whether it is historical or contemporary fiction, Hatcher is able to pull the reader into a story. The characters are well developed and likeable and you can’t help but cheer for the happy ending. Beloved is a story about forgiveness, about enduring love and about letting go of past hurts and not letting them define your future.

I would give this book four and a half out of five stars.

****Zondervan Publishing and Booksneeze provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for either a positive or negative review.

Dee Henderson is Back!!!

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When I read Dee Henderson’s O’Malley Series several years ago, I was immediately engaged with the family and the characters in the book. When I learned there was a new Dee Henderson book arriving this October and I had the opportunity to get a sneak peak and review it, I jumped at the chance. Unspoken can be read as a follow-up novel to Full Disclosure but I had not read that when I picked up Unspoken and did not ever feel like I was missing anything (although I did want to learn more about Ann and Paul).

Bryce Bishop sells coins. He is bored with his life until a mysterious woman, Charlotte Graham shows up at his shop with a cache of coins she would like him to buy. Charlotte Graham was the victim of one of the most famous kidnapping cases in Chicago history. She was abducted when she was 16 and found four years later. This woman fascinates Bryce even before he learns of her tragic past. Charlotte has some hard decisions to make about her future. Does Bryce have the patience to dig through the layers of hurt in Charlotte’s past. Will Charlotte ever be completely free from the past that haunts her?

Henderson’s story telling is as sharp and engaging as it was in the popular O’Malley Series. I was drawn into the story within the first chapter, wanting to find out the truth behind the mysteries. Where did Charlotte get the coins? How do all of the stories fit together? All of the characters are likeable and people I would love to add to my circle of friends.

This book gets five out of five stars

******Bethany House Publishers provided me with a free eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for either a positive or negative review.

Great Giveaway Opportunity!!

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Kathryn Cushman is giving away some great prizes in celebration of her new book Chasing Hope

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GRAND PRIZE:

CHAMPION’S CHOICE PACKAGE

Nike’s motto is: Just Do It, and Sabrina Rice of Chasing Hope lives out this attitude despite tremendous obstacles. But chasing dreams is hard work, and every champion needs fuel for their journey.

To celebrate everyday champions like Sabrina, we’re offering our Grand Prize winner the chance to fuel up, and have some fun as they chase their dreams.

The winner of this package will receive a $200 shopping spree to the Nike Online Store, and a 1-Year subscription to Runner’s World Magazine.

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SECOND PRIZE:

NEW STRIDE PACKAGE

In Chasing Hope, Brandy Philip has world-class talent, but she needs a fresh start, and a little extra help to get her on the right path. Just like Brandy, we all need a boost now and then, especially when it comes to our health and fitness goals!

While we can’t all have a personal trainer like Sabrina to help us meet those goals, our Second Prize winner will receive the next best thing: This prize includes a $175 value Nike + FuelBand accelerometer, which tracks each step taken and calories burned (and tells the time of day), and The Courage To Start running book, written by popular life coach and former self-proclaimed “couch potato”, John Bingham.

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THIRD PRIZE:

REST & RECHARGE PACKAGE

In Chasing Hope, Sabrina and Brandy find that even the strongest runners also need time to rest.

Whether you run marathons, a carpool, or just weekly trips to the grocery store, you can always use a little you-time, and a chance to recharge!

Our third prize winner will get that chance with a $50 gift card to Spafinder.com, plus an inside look at the life of Eric Liddell, (Sabrina’s hero and inspiration), through the ‘Complete Surrender’ biography book, and the Chariots of Fire DVD, featuring Ben Cross.

Go to the giveaway website and complete the entry box, anytime between September 16 and October 3 and complete the entry box, anytime between September 16 and October 3.

Timeframe & Notifications:

This giveaway starts September 16, 2013 and ends October 3, 2013 @ 11:59 pm (PST). Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Friday, October 4, 2013, and announced here

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About the book:

Book Summary:

A talented runner fully committed to Olympic dreams, Sabrina Rice’s future was shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she has new goals and dreams that have nothing to do with running–something that’s become far too painful to think on.

Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the community college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world-class speed, and it’s all the more painful that it belongs to a teenage graffiti artist.

When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina becomes Brandy’s best hope for staying out of juvenile hall. Soon, Sabrina begins to feel an uncomfortable nudge that her new life is just about to be toppled…that God may be calling her to minister to this talented but troubled girl.

Book info and sample chapter can be found here.

You can check out my review of the book here

Good luck in the contest!!!

Not Jane Austen Worthy

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If you’ve read very far into my book reviews, either on my blog or on Goodreads, you know that I am a huge fan of Jane Austen’s books. I read Pride and Prejudice yearly and do not tire of that story. I was excited when I saw all of the endorsements for Jessica Dotta’s first book in her “Price of Privilege Trilogy”, Born of Persuasion. I mean, comparisons to not only Austen but also the Bronte sisters, what more could a girl ask for?

At seventeen, Julia Elliston’s world is falling apart. With both of her parents dead and no other family, she is following orders of an unknown guardian who wants her to go to Scotland and be a widow’s companion. Determined to stay in England, Julia’s first plan of action is to marry the man she has not heard from in three years even though they were secretly betrothed. When she learns that plan will not work, she agrees to an arrangement with a dowager who promises to find her a husband. Shortly after this arrangement is made, Julia and her friends are swept away to the estate of a powerful man who promises to keep her safe from her guardian. But all is not what it seems and Julia must try to uncover the truth before it is too late.

I feel like the description on the back cover of the book is a little misleading as Julia doesn’t really unravel any secrets, she just believes what she is told for the most part. I also felt like the main character was very wishy-washy. She flitted from one decision to the next without really thinking through all of the consequences. Now, because this is the first book in a trilogy (all about Julia Elliston), I am going to give it a little leeway. I definitely see the Brontes in this book but not my beloved Jane Austen. I struggled with the book for the first 150 pages which were comprised of a lot of background and foreshadowing comments. It was hard to get interested until all of that was over and the mystery actually started to unravel a little quicker. That said, I will probably pick up the second book of the trilogy next summer to see what happens to Julia next.

I would give the book three and a half out of five stars.

*****Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. I was not compensated in any way for either a positive or a negative review.