Friday, November 17

The Last Girl

I was very moved by this book. It is atrocious that hearts can harbor so much hate and intolerance.

Nadia Murad shares an intimate look into her life, and I must say, much if it is difficult to read. Her words paint pictures in my head that are hard to erase. I’m sad for her plight, and those who’ve suffered similar brutalities.

Not to take away from her story, but I wanted to skim through some of the beginning of the book. There was a lot of backstory, and I found it hard to stay fixated to the pages. The middle of the book horrified me. I was deeply moved and my empathy overflowed. The last third of the book brought some relief, though this story—and others like it—will haunt me.

This book is not for the faint of heart. It will likely horrify and scar you. But her bravery will inspire you.

I received a complimentary copy from Bloggingforbooks.

Monday, October 30

30 Days to Joy

30 Days to Joy creates a month long journey for you to bring more joy into your life. Focusing on Biblical Scriptures and guidance makes us see the world and the happenings around us a little differently. 

It’s easy to get negative—try watching the evening news! But spending a little creative time journaling your thoughts and dialing your focus in to things that bring the heart joy will most certainly lift your spirits. And if you enjoy coloring, as I do, and as my growing stack of adult coloring books prove, there is space to decorate the pages.

This would be a great addition to a gift basket for a friend in the hospital, or someone going through difficult times. It’s a thoughtful gift and an artistic and productive way to spend time reflecting on things of God.

I received a complimentary from Bloggingforbooks.


Friday, October 20

Noelle: A Novel

Oh what fun it is to change things up in the lives of a small town during Christmas! This is a fun tale with a lot of heart. The opening scene made me laugh, and the ideas brought up at the library meeting are unique and amusing.

Noelle: A Novel, by Greg Kincaid, is an uplifting Christmas story that shares so much heart. Crossing Trails is a charming town full of interesting folks, and a sweet and boisterous dog. Dealing with divorce, family, and so much more, this story is sure to touch your heart and light a fire of inspiration. 4 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging For Books.

Thursday, October 5

Isaiah's Daughter

I love Biblical fiction, and I'm already familiar with some of Mesu Andrews' work, so I was so excited to read her latest story, Isaiah's Daughter.

As you can tell by the title, this book centers on the Prophet Isaiah and his family. Mainly his daughter (adopted) Ishma--renamed Zibah. It showcases the culture and hardships of the Old Testament times, and gives the reader a good feel of what each character experiences.

As in her book, Miriam, Mesu Andrews gives a full-sensory view of Ishma's/Zibah's world. Great storytelling, and poignant message.

I am so thankful to receive a complimentary copy of this book from BloggingForBooks.

Sunday, September 3

Free faith-based books and Bibles

Have you heard about Tyndale’s reward program for book lovers? It’s called My Reader Rewards, and it’s so easy to earn free Bibles and faith-based books. When you join HERE, you'll earn your first 25 points! Below are some of the most recent books available...for FREE!

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The Mountain Between Us

The first book I read by Charles Martin was Where the River Ends, and I fell in love with his storytelling gift. I love how he grabs the heart and squeezes every emotion out of it. Since then, I’ve devoured his books and have a shelf in my bookcase saved just for him. Long Way Gone, When Crickets Cry, Wrapped in Rain… the list goes on, and I’ve enjoyed every one.

And now, The Mountain Between Us. As always, when I finish another of his well-written, heart-tugging, soul-touching reads, I put it on top of my favorites list. Each book just gets better and better. I can’t wait for the movie. This is a beautiful story.

As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, I mainly read Women’s Fiction, which is usually written by…well…women. But there are some male writers who can capture the essence and heart of a woman’s psyche, and Charles Martin is one of the best.

I received a complimentary copy BloggingForBooks.

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