Add this book to your “to read” list if you love period romances set in the south. Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller’s “To Honor and Trust” was an easy, enjoyable read with interesting characters and a plot that you expect…and then one that you can’t see coming from a mile away.
Recently I finished a very touching novel, “When Hope Blossoms” by Kim Vogel Sawyer. It is about 350 pages of good read and I was able to get through the entire book in one evening (that’s my way of telling it’s a really good read!).
This week, myself and some friends had heavy hearts for the loss of young lives, fathers, husbands, friends. It’s not easy to find the words to say in times like these, is it?
Liz Duckworth wrote A Perfect Word for Every Occasion, a great resource for words to say, regardless of the occasion. If you are into writing cards, calling friends, or interacting via social media, there are ideas in this book that will help with finding words to say.
Earlier today, I eluded to a little bit about our faith beliefs, so I thought it would be a good day to talk about a book I recently read. Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day, a new Bethany House book, gives readers a brief look into world religions and is a good way for readers to learn about faiths of those around them.
As a pastor’s kid, I have experienced a lot of different things in my life. Mostly, we moved, and I never felt like I had a place to really fit in. Perhaps that is why I was drawn to add Relentless Pursuit: God’s Love of Outsiders Including the Outsider in All of Us to my summer reading list.
We all know how much I appreciate good Christian fiction, and there are bonus points if that fiction is set in the south. Lucky me, Ann Tatlock recently wrote a book called Travelers Rest (published by Bethany House Publishers).
The story is set in Asheville, North Carolina where Jane Morrow is holding vigil by her war veteran fiance’s hospital bedside. Seth Ballantine was injured in duty while serving in Iraq with the National Guard. His spinal injury has put a halt on their wedding, and in many ways, life. Jane struggles with understanding why Seth wouldn’t want to go on trying to continue toward their dreams, and along the way, she meets several people who help her go through the process of coming to grips with Seth’s paralysis.
Growing up as a preacher’s kid, I am sad to admit the Jezebel spirit is not something I am unfamiliar with. In Steve Simpson’s new revision of “Confronting Jezebel” (from Bethany House Publishers, I got a chance to read up on how to discern this spirit and defeat it.
Growing up, I was always a fan of reading “hand me down” books from my grandmother. I remember being introduced to Beverly Lewis‘ books and falling in love with her style and stories. Lewis’ books are set in Amish Country of Pennsylvania and always have a message threaded within.