Thursday, October 31, 2013

*Stolen Legacy*

Stolen Legacy


 Stolen Legacy begins with Agent Eva Montanna finding a mystery where she least expects it: When she's surrounded by beloved family on a much needed vacation.

She never would have imagined that her trip to Grandpa Marty's old farm in Michigan would involve a stalker who is determined to scare and intimidate her Grandpa.

As Eva attempts to piece together Marty's patchy memories and connect them with his World-War Two era journals, she uncovers a picture of his life that she had never fully seen before.
Grandpa's descriptions of his life in the war-torn Netherlands as a young man involve secrets and intrigue, self sacrifice and courage, lost love and hidden treasures.

And now, many years later, someone wants to get to him, and Eva has to stop them.
This professional, intelligent, collected Agent is protecting something that is intensely personal: her family.

This mystery picks up intensity with each threat made against Eva's family, as she focuses completely on solving this mystery.
You are right there with her as she uses all her skills in the struggle to catch the perpetrator,
and you feel her carefully controlled emotions.

Trust me, the ending is startling.... and wonderful... and I never saw it coming.
If it's any comfort, Eva didn't either! :-)
I think I see the need for another volume about her family's further adventures.

As an added bonus, a family can read these books aloud with kids as young as 10 or 12.
The Munson's books are suspenseful stories with examples of realistic and godly men and women that children need to be trained to admire, such as Eva and her husband Scott and her partner Griff.
With each book, you learn about history, culture, government, and the lives and work of different people who are in all levels of law enforcement.
I know that as a young child, I would have enjoyed hearing this story as a homeschool read aloud!

Thank you Diane and David for my copy of Stolen Legacy! 




David and Diane worked together as Christian mediators in their own firm and helped many people seek forgiveness and restoration in their relationships by applying Scripture to their lives. They have seen that justice and forgiveness are possible, no matter the circumstances. Based on the success of their first suspense novel, they placed their mediation service on hold to pursue their writing career. As they travel to research and cloister to write, they thank the Lord for the blessings of faith and family. A verse they hold dear is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to give you a hope and a future.”

Diane Munson, an attorney of more than twenty-five years, developed a love for writing when she was a young child and experienced a major twist of genres. She transitioned from writing briefs for judges to writing inspiring fiction for readers. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. Department of Justice, where she argued cases before juries and judges. Prior to being a federal prosecutor, she was appointed by Attorney General Edwin Meese III as an official in the U.S. Department of Justice. Diane enjoyed working with Congress and the White House on policy issues. More recently, she has flown solo in a law practice specializing in mediation, family law, and representing children and parents in neglect and abuse cases. As a lawyer, she has written book reviews and articles for the Christian Legal Society of which she is a former National Board member. She is also a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers.

David Munson had a dangerous career for twenty-seven years as a Special Agent first with the Naval Investigative Service (now NCIS), and concluding with the Drug Enforcement Administration. As an undercover agent, he infiltrated international drug smuggling organizations, helping fly plane loads of drugs to the U.S. from foreign countries and then feigning surprise when they were arrested. In one case, David arrested four associates of former Panamanian President Manuel Noriega, who then testified against the dictator. David spent two years on Capital Hill. He served as a Congressional Fellow for the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations where he investigated the government’s efforts to co-opt foreign spies and other classified military operations.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

*Joseph and The Gospel of Many Colors*





Certainly Changes and Challenges the way I read the Story of Joseph!


Joseph, born the son of a patriarch.
Dragged away as a young man, sold into slavery by his very brothers. 
Through all the long years that followed, Joseph worshipped The Lord. 
He desired holiness and ran from seduction... even when it seemed that no one would know if he chose to indulge in the offered sin. 
He trusted God even when he was unjustly held in prison on charges of attempted rape. 
He forgave the men who hurt him most deeply, when they expected him to take revenge upon them!
And although from the outside it appeared that Joseph was at the mercy of fickle and sinful humans, he recognized the Sovereignty of God over every one of his moments, whether they were spent in darkness or in light. 

All of those rich themes are there in his story, and they are true, and they are examples of Joseph's sterling character and obedience which we should emulate.
Yet if all you see in his story is personal morality, then you need to know there is more that you haven't yet discovered. 

As Dr. Baucham explains, "This was the first time I delved deeply into the life of Joseph. 
These questions.... led me to realize a truth that became the thesis upon which this book is based: 
the life of Joseph isn't really about Joseph at all!  
Moses was uncovering something far for significant in this section of the Genesis narrative."  

"It didn't take long to realize that the book of Genesis was not just a collection of character studies designed to blaze the paths for seekers of holiness. I couldn't just point to the good characters and say 'Be like him,'  and to the bad characters 'Don't be like him.' They were all flawed and in desperate need of redemption-- just like my children and me, just like my fellow church members and me." 

He continues: "My goal in this book was...to be mindful of the Gospel at every turn. 
The only character worth exalting in Scripture is the character of Christ. Anything we see in the character of another is only praiseworthy to the degree that it reflects the character of Christ. The Bible is not a book of character studies, it is a book of redemption. Joseph is a link in the chain of redemption." 

So while Joseph's story is a human story, and a very beloved story, more than that it is a God story. 
And while there are many lessons we can learn from Joseph's actions and words, they aren't recorded with the primary intention of teaching us how to be better Christians. 

And if we miss those two key factors when we teach about Joseph we'll have people thinking we're 
a bunch of religious moralists trying to find behavioral standards to impose, instead of being people swept up in this immensely grand and intensely personal thing called Redemption.

As I read Joseph and The Gospel of Many Colors, I saw things in Genesis that I had never seen before.

And as Dr. Baucham leads you through Joseph's Genesis, it is overwhelming in a good way. 
There are so many things here that perhaps you've never thought about this way, or maybe never considered at all!










Voddie Baucham Jr.
Voddie Baucham Jr. is the preaching pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. Author of Family Driven Faith and The Ever-Loving Truth, Baucham is also a sought-after preacher and conference speaker. He and his wife, Bridget, live in Texas with their seven children


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

So I'm just a nice tasty Cheerio huh?


This is a quote from John Green, author of "The Fault in Our Stars."
My sister found this on Pinterest.


  "Do you think it matters how many people someone has slept with?
No. And it particularly bothers me that women are held to a different standard on this than men.
Also it's such a weird thing to care about. 
Like imagine if I started eating Cheerios for breakfast. Would Cheerios be like 'I'm the 48th cereal you've tried eating. I don't feel special!' 
Well then screw you, Cheerios. I can't go into the past and uneat all those cereals. But that doesn't mean I don't genuinely enjoy your whole grain crunch." 


After she read this to me, I sat in stunned silence for about half a second.

Then my sister nailed it when she said "What this ultimately does is reduce sex down to just fun. He likes the 'whole grain crunch.'"
That is the problem here. It is the reduction of sex down from the sacred to the cereal.
Except that cereal exists to be consumed, and girls do not.
And food is a basic need of life, and sex is not.
And Cheerios are healthy for you, and premarital, casual sex is not.
And that analogy sucks. It just does.

This analogy is equivalent to saying "It doesn't matter if I have two girlfriends at the same time, and am taking advantage of both of them sexually, and am not telling one about the other, because I can hold an Oreo cookie in my left hand and a vanilla ice cream cone in my right hand. I can take a bite of vanilla, and a bite of Oreo, and the Oreo never asks me if I'm snacking on anything else at the same time. It doesn't hurt Oreo that I'm getting my sugar high from two sources at once. "

Obviously, he's left aside the very real emotional, mental, physical, psychological {and dare I say spiritual}  affects of having multiple sexual partners while in one's youth.

The other thing he has done is to legitimize his sexual appetite and sexual escapades under the guise of freeing us women from shame.
He argues that we have a double standard when it comes to the genders and their sex lives.
Darn right we do. That's why in the fact-based novel Jubilee the plantation owner gave his teenage son a fourteen year old slave girl to abuse: He decided that his son was going to fornicate, and so he would give him a slave girl to use to prevent him from "messing up" any white girls.
If that doesn't make you nauseous, go have your head examined.
The son can sin with impunity and still go one to make a "fine match" with a wealthy white girl.
If the sex had been with a white girl however, she would have been branded for life.
To some extent, this is still true. Sex charged boys are that "Playas."
Promiscuous girls are that "Sluts."

But he isn't affirming that a broken sexual past doesn't determine your future.
He isn't offering the hope of restoration, cleansing, a new understanding of a fulfilling and wholseome sexuality.
He's attempting to raise up a new breed of shameless women, who don't feel stigmatized by the number of partners they've had.
By default, he's raising up partners for himself and men like him.
In essence: "It's unfair that if I have sex with you you receive a sentence of shame and I get off scot free as a red blooded man. Therefore, instead of ceasing my illicit sex, I'll convince you that we are both just having fun together: no shame, not strings, no one tallying up our conquests."

Of course, no Love, no exclusivity, no commitment either... but maybe he'll promise to have himself checked often for those little unpleasantries like venereal disease, and maybe he'll always bring the birth-control.

{It should be on him to bring it, because for him sexual is all about himself, about him enjoying that whole grain crunch, so to speak. It's about taking, not giving, to the point that if you care about sexual purity, then he says "Screw you."}

What a rip-off. What a joke. While a pile of horse manure.
And we're selling that to kids?
God help up!

And BTW, I'm not somebody's Cheerio, 48th or otherwise.
I'm worth far more than that.
I'm far more important than that.
And I'm far rarer than that.

I'm a human being, and my sexuality is sacred.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

What Are You Afraid Of?

What Are You Afraid Of?: Facing Down Your Fears with Faith



Dr. David Jeremiah's newest book from Tyndale House What Are You Afraid Of? deals with nine major fears and combines comprehensive Scripture study with relatable stories, reminding us that God's beloved children all have fears, yet He remains our Protector, our Healer, our Savior, and our Shepherd.

I began with the section on Disease: The Fear of Illness, a comforting chapter that includes a list of practicals encouragements when facing sickness... and they truly were both practical and encouraging.
They included centering your mind, counting your blessings, and claiming your promises.

I then went to Defeat: The Fear of Failure. In this chapter we learn several points to help us conquer the fear of defeat, most mined from Joshua as he prepared to lead with his Lord's help.
The principles include: Talk about the Word Constantly, Meditate on the Word continually, Read the Word Obediently, Follow the Word Exclusively, and Accept the Word Totally. Then understand the principle of Divine Presence and the Principle of Divine Prosperity: That God is ever with you, and that He will make your way prosperous.

Then I moved to Disconnection: The Fear of Being Alone. This fear really resonated with me, especially when Dr. Jeremiah talked about how it is possible to be lonely in a city full of people, and how in an age dedicated to networking we have so few real connections.

And this point is excellent. "One of the greatest omissions in the life of the average American Christian is the failure to cultivate close companions in the faith. In nations where Christianity is outlawed, restricted or persecuted, Christians survive by means of hidden, underground relationships with other believers. They must remain connected to one another in order to remain strong and courageous in Christ in spite of opposition. 'Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.'"

That chapter really meant a lot to me, because I recognize myself in it.
The next chapter relates, about Disapproval: The Fear of Rejection.
This is another deep fear, that the people we want to be close to will abandon us, leave us, and not want us anymore.

This quote is pure gold: "Fear drains us, while love empowers us. We cannot fear people and love people at the same time. We cannot sacrificially and unconditionally love others if all our energy is directed towards protecting ourselves."

Then I went to Depression, a chapter that focuses on just how many great Saints through the ages have suffered with lengthy depression.
The Prince of Preachers himself, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a man who lived and breathed the Scriptures and who knew that he walked in the presence of his Lord, sometimes wanted to die and couldn't find the love of God anywhere. Depression is common in Christians. It is not a sign of weakness or failure. And there is Hope.
"Sometimes the depth of the valley is a promise of the height of the blessing to come.
Valleys are defined by the high places that surround them."


And this is only five of the fears, the others include Fear of Death, Fear of God,
Fear of Danger, Fear of Disaster, and Fear of Debt.  Each one is covered with the same attention he gave the five that stood out most clearly to me as I read. What Are You Afraid Of? would make a great Bible study and is also excellent for personal reading to help us focus on God during a time of fear and crisis.  Dr. Jeremiah's caring, thoughtful way of writing is much appreciated!

Thank you Tyndale for my review copy!



Dr. David Jeremiah

Dr. David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, felt God’s calling on his life at a very early age. Born February 13, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Jeremiah was raised in a family deeply committed to ministry. At the age of eleven, Dr. Jeremiah and his family moved to Dayton, Ohio where his father, Dr. James T. Jeremiah, was the Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, and in 1953 became the President of Cedarville College in Cedarville, Ohio. A dedicated family man, Dr. Jeremiah believes that without the support and encouragement of his wife, Donna, Turning Point would have never been brought into existence. He and Donna have four grown children and eleven grandchildren.
 Dr. Jeremiah’s commitment is to teaching the whole Word of God. His passion for people and his desire to reach the lost are evident in the way he communicates Bible truths and his ability to get right to the important issues. Dr. Jeremiah continues to be excited to see what God is going to do in broadcast ministry around the world through the ministries of Turning Point.





Friday, October 25, 2013

*Fifteen Minutes*


 Fifteen Minutes

My Review Buddy's Review:

When Zack decides to audition for the show *15 Minutes*
all he wants to do is have have broader stage on which to glorify God with his singing and earn the money to save his family's horse farm. He presses on toward this goal despite the warning his grandfather has for him and the misgivings of his girlfriend Reese. Zach has the talent as a singer and the looks to easily capture the viewers and the judges' hearts, but he is unprepared for the temptations and compromises he will be faced with in stardom.

Chandra, one of the judges for the show, knows all about the way these seemingly harmless compromises can wear one down. She knows the cost of fame: this life of devastating loss is one she faces everyday, all she wishes for is a chance to return to the life she had before 15 Minutes launched her into fame.

Stardom caused her to lose the life that was everything to her, her family and her fiancee. Her young life was a lot like Zach's, and he does not yet realize what he is leaving behind for the perceived glamour of becoming an idol.

His choices become more weighty when his good intentions in reaching out to a fellow contestant are poisoned. The network wants too add a romance to their relationship and pressure him to exploit his Christian beliefs for their ratings.
How much will he give up, how far will he go, how much will he give in to the demands of a world that wants to market him like a product?

*Fifteen Minutes* is a story of relentless Grace and second chances, and comes to an ultimately satisfying and hopeful conclusion.



My Review:

This story of Fifteen Minutes begins on a stately yet struggling Southern farm where Zach Dylan was raised. This was a place where fine Arabian horses ran in lush pastures, where God was praised every day even when money was tight, and where the loving family knew its share of trouble and heartache yet still knew how to enjoy a sunrise on the front porch.

This is the world Zach wants to leave and wants to keep all at the same time. In an attempt to rescue this place and help his family by becoming a famous singer, he will risk losing it all to the powerful vortex of fame and its influences.

As Glen Campbell sang in the '60s, a country boy has his feet in L.A. and his mind on Tennessee.
Zach is that country boy, with a heart full of love for God and lips that speak the name of Jesus as his Savior. He has full intentions of changing the world, not letting it change him.
Unfaithfulness to his convictions or to his girlfriend never even entered his mind as a possibility.

Yet being a celebrity changes things, at the speed of fame.

How do you tone down your faith on demand and pretend love on stage for the cameras without it messing up your head and busting you up inside?

Like my review buddy said, Fifteen Minutes is a story of Relentless Grace and second chances.
I can warn you that you will probably be on pins and needles as you read... concerned for Zach just like his Grandpa Dan was, wondering if Zach can undo what he's done when he isn't even sure how all this madness happened. It is thoughtful, suspenseful reading.

Rest assured, Karen Kingsbury has crafted a very fine ending to this tale. I can't say more than that.

Thank you Howard Books for my review copy.


Karen Portrait by Dan Davis Photography
 When I sit down at my laptop to write a novel, I pray for you, and I pray God will use the words He gives me to touch your hearts. Because of those special moments in prayer, I think of you as friends. If you lived next door, we'd get together and have a cup of coffee, or a cup of tea, my favorite.

Since we probably don't live on the same street or even in the same state, our friendship has to happen here, on my website. In this section, you have access to information on my background, both personal and professional, as well as details on how my husband, Don, and I adopted three boys from Haiti. Being that I'm a mother of six kids, I thought it would be good to include tips we've found helpful in parenting and funny anecdotes that come up. My journal is also here, where you'll see whether the highlight of my week was a burned casserole or a completed manuscript.

Again, thanks for taking the time to visit. If we get the chance to meet at one of my events, we'll already feel like friends!

*The Before-You-Marry-Book-Of-Questions*

The Before-You-Marry Book of Questions


This book has lots of good stuff in it, most of which is just plain common sense.

Marriage has rarely had as bad a reputation in world history as it seems to today.
Epithets such as "The war on the home front,"and "The old ball and chain," are familiar, and those are just two of the stomach-turning insults.
When I hear that stuff from People Who Should Know Better, I want to borrow a line from Sgt. Anderson and say "Not in my platoon! Not in my platoon! I have to live here!"

How can we help to correct this? By holding marriage in high esteem, and teaching young people why we treat it as a special thing, and then instilling the desire in them for a life-time partnership with a Christ-following spouse. Books like The-Before-You-Marry-Book-Of-Questions help us with that!

The way young people approach marriage will have a lot to do with the theology of marriage they have received from those responsible for imparting one: namely parents, mentors, and Church leaders.
A holy, healthy, wholesome theology of marriage is an absolute must if we are trying to cultivate good marriages in a culture that despises and trivializes it, turning it into a meet-my-needs-contract.

I was surprised and pleased with the amount of ground covered in this little volume.
Bill and Pam actually start with the most important question: Are You Ready For Love?
This was an awesome chapter, which began with a discussion of how God made the world to be healthy and beautiful, and how both halves of the marriage need to be whole people, actively learning contentedness and practicing holiness before they join together.
And they both need to stop expecting perfection.
{Some days I think the standard for marriage should be shortened to Saved, Sane and Sanctified. Everything else can be worked out.}

Then we enter five chapters that go deep into what will make a relationship work.
These things that form a strong marriage bond and a work-through-the-struggles marriage commitment
are nothing new or shocking. They're just the basic building blocks of every good relationship you have with anyone. You've got to know how they roll, so to speak. You have to understand what makes them tick, how they process things, how to help them when they need help and how to let them help you.
You've got to understand before you marry what they're like as a person, because they *are* a person.
It's easy to forget that. They're God's child first and your friend second, and possibly they are a gloriously flawed man or woman who is willing to hold your hand and follow Jesus with you.

The Farrel's finish up with a final few chapters {Item Twelve} on how to make the proposal and wedding day itself God-glorifying and beautiful, a memory worth savoring for decades...
{I'm kind of on the eloping side of the debate, having heard about a lot of very lame weddings... but lets leave that one for another day. Heh heh heh. I am open to being convinced, however.}

In short: I am glad I have a copy of The-Before-You-Marry-Book-Of-Questions. I think a single person could easily read it alone with themselves, and they could certainly discuss it with their intended. My copy will join Sacred Search by Gary Thomas on my shelf of marriage prep books.

Thank you Harvest House for my review copy!



Bill & Pam Farrel
We have been fascinated with the question, "How?" ever since we met. When we got married we knew three things: (1) We love Jesus. (2) We love each other. (3) We have a lot to learn if we want to have a successful marriage. That created a passion in our hearts to figure out how relationships work. We have sought answers to these questions through reading books, our own personal growth as a couple and through professional research. We honestly believe anyone can have great relationships so we have devoted our lives to sharing the practical insight we have learned with as many people as possible. We are excited that you are joining us in discovering how to make all your relationships work better.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

*Audrey Bunny*



Audrey_Bunny_cover


This is the precious story of a bunny who fears that a smudge over her heart makes her unlovable, and of the little girl who loves her to pieces.

Audrey Bunny is such an excellent tale. This is the kind of book that little ones can enjoy now, and as they grow older and understand the lessons of love even more, this story will become more beautiful to them.

Angie Smith's writing is enchanting, and when you pair her words with Breezy Brookshire's illustrations, you have a treasure indeed.
Angie and Breezy have beautifully rendered the little details of this story.

There was more than one gasp of "Awwww!" as the pages were turned for the first time.
We see the stars outside Caroline's bedroom window, the curve of her sleeping face with her bunny cradled in her arms, the perky smiles that her classmates wear during show and tell... even the school bus driver looks cheerful and kind!

We laugh as we hear Caroline telling Audrey Bunny that she will find her a beautiful swimsuit to wear to the lake, and we understand the tears in Caroline's eyes in the final scene.

One of my favorite parts is a two page spread where Audrey and Caroline are pictured at play. They are adventurers, ballerinas, fine ladies sipping tea, nurses with play stethoscopes and bandaids.

This book sends a sparkle of delight over your heart as you read.

Thank you B&H and Flyby Promotions for my copy of Audrey Bunny! I love this book.

Please visit Angie's blog and read the story behind this book. Please read this:
Bring the Rain | The Beginning of the Story…


"I see His hand on all the marks that the rest of the world sees as accidental at best, as punishment at worst. I see the hands of a loving Father, touching that which we may not comprehend until eternity, all the while whispering, “It is for good, love…”
That is why this particular “secret” of the Audrey Bunny book is so, so special to me.
I hope it will be to you as well.
Please watch the video and hear how it came to be…"  








Breezy grew up in Indiana where she enjoyed, among many things, nature walks, reading, and drawing characters from her imagination. Being home educated allowed her the time to cultivate her interest in illustration. She was mostly self-taught in drawing.
Her illustrations bring a delightful purity to scenes of children exploring nature, delving into books, and enjoying wholesome family life.
Nurturing children with beauty, goodness and truth as it is only found in God’s Word is at the core of Breezy’s vision for her art. She is currently working on a few children’s products, and shares a home studio with her sister, Emily Rose. Breezy is a 22-year-old follower of Jesus Christ, and lives in Indiana with her sister and parents. 



Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Perfectly Matched

Perfectly Matched (The Blue Willow Brides, #3)

 Can a mail-order bride hope to be Perfectly Matched

Anna Olsen fears that she never will be part of a perfect match, she and Edward are just too different!
There is a constant tug-of-war going on between their ideas and ideals, and how can harmony come from that?!

Perfectly Matched is a story of significance when you think of the big questions being raised, questions such as: When two people marry and then claim they 'just can't get along,' is there hope for them?
And: What about fear of abandonment, of being cast aside and left unloved, considered unlovable?
Anna and Edward both fear that their mail-order marriage will dissolve if "someone better comes along." With today's increasing dishonor towards marriage, this mindset has become prevalent. Today we call it "trading in for a newer model," and it has caused far  too much shattering devastation and an enduring fear of rejection.
Anna and Edward's story confronts this. When they both admit to their fears and then begin to accept each other fully and understandingly, they learn to trust that their wedding vows are true.

As Anna and Edward face trials in their marriage, the lessons they learn apply to everyone.

As she and Edward work out their differences, they may just learn that true love is sustained by sacrifice and giving, and that they are Perfectly Matched after all.





Hello, dah-lin. I'm from Gah-gah (Georgia) which makes me a Southern belle. Think Scarlett O'Hara. No, make that Margaret Mitchell since I, too, write historical romance novels.

I hosted a writers' critique group in my home for years. I'm a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and American Christian Writers, and I won the 2004 Atlanta Persistence Award from the American Christian Writers.




When I'm not writing, in my spare time, I like to paint and scrapbook, and be with my four grandchildren. I'm also a member of a large sanctuary choir.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

*Oneness Embraced*

 Oneness Embraced: Through the Eyes of Tony Evans


First, I need to say that I feel silly even trying to write this review, because I simply do not know enough about what it has been like to be black in America throughout history to understand it rightly and to be able to talk about it in a way that gives black history and experience the justice it is due.
As a follower of Christ, I hope to increase my understanding through books, sermons, and films that remind us of the experiences that our black brothers and sisters have had.
Mostly, I want to hear some of their stories. That's often how we come to know and love each other best: through hearing each other's stories. So I hope that the stories in Oneness Embraced have helped me to understand some of black history a little bit better.

I feel uncomfortable having to use the words "black church" and "black community" over and over again in my review: It frustrates me because it feels like I'm putting "them" at an arms distance, separating them from "me" somehow. I wish there was a way to avoid those separations while still preserving the beauty of racial distinctions! Perhaps that is the heart of Oneness Embraced, acknowledging that I am white {really more pinkish} and you may be black {maybe chestnut, maybe coffee-and-cream, maybe dark chocolate!} but that we are all people, whose relationship in humanity and in Christ binds us together, placing my hand in yours.

The best book I have read up till this point that deals with race relations from a solidly Biblical perspective has been "Dominion" by Randy Alcorn. Dominion is a work of fiction, and written by a white man, yet it brought out some powerful themes through the perceptive eyes of black newspaper columnist Clarence Abernathy. That book gave me a window into a black family and their struggles and triumphs as they worked out what being black in America means.
Combine that with the fact that several of the preachers whose sermons I have benefited most from are black preachers, and I was convinced that I needed to read this book.

Through reading Dr. Evans' book, I think I've learned a little of it's like to be a part of the black church, of how a black congregation thinks about themselves in light of Scripture, and of how much Scriptural heritage dark-skinned people have. There is so much black heritage in the Bible that is all too often passed over, and it was really great to encounter some of that in Dr. Evans book.
I think I know a little of how black history has helped shape the black church, and how different movements have risen out of the black community over the years. As in every people-group, there have been both the constructive movements and the destructive movements.

I also read some very sad accounts of ways that Scripture and America's laws have been twisted over the centuries, and used to sanction and justify and promote abuse and racism.
Instead of upholding Jesus Christ as the savior of all men, some preachers managed to instill the idea that Christianity was "white religion."
Instead of letting the laws of this nation protect ever upright citizen, we have allowed the law to harm
black citizens until some gave up on it completely as "white law."
For these sins: driving people away from Jesus through our actions and oppressing them with the laws we created, we need forgiveness and mercy. May God restore what we have broken!

This book was written to speak to the hearts of all readers: black, white or any other color.
There were sections specifically written to me as a white person, and also specifically to black men and women about how we can all help heal racial hurts and how we can all walk in the fulness of Christ, contributing our God-given gifts to the Church and the Nation.

I also got a glimpse into the heart of a man, Dr. Tony Evans, who desires that all men know Christ, and who can specifically speak to both black and white on the issue of racial hurt and healing.

Oneness Embraced  was a book I was very eager to read, and glad I read, and I want to thank the Moody Press Newsroom for sending me a copy to review.





Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.
The first African-American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), he served as an associate professor in DTS’ Pastoral Ministries Department in the areas of evangelism, homiletics and black church studies. He continues to serve DTS on the Board of Incorporate Members. Dr. Evans holds the rare honor of serving as chaplain for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks over the last three decades, the longest standing NBA chaplaincy on record. He is also the former chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys.

Through his local church and national ministry Dr. Evans promotes a Kingdom agenda philosophy that teaches God’s comprehensive rule over every sphere of life as demonstrated through the individual, family, church and society.







Thursday, October 17, 2013

*Severed Trust* Men of The Texas Rangers Series.

Severed Trust (Men of the Texas Rangers #4)

Severed Trust. Book Four in The Men of The Texas Rangers Series. 

Two best friends from childhood, and both of them now dedicated lawmen. Cord is a Chief of Police and Ethan Stone is a Texas Ranger. {Yep. This law enforcement wears a cowboy hat. How cool is that?} Together they are fighting a new drug scourge in their community: the pill party.

As I read this story I was reminded of the sheer insanity that rules much of "teen culture" today.
We live in a society that pushes to give kids "freedom" instead of giving them wisdom.

This book is properly painful as you read the descriptions of children whose lives are being decimated by drug use. Their innocence and wholesomeness being stripped away at the ripe old age of 16.
No sixteen year old girl should ever be found on the floor of a filthy warehouse beside an empty pill bowl, uncertain about what she did, what was done to her, what medications are percolating in her bloodstream, and unsure of whether the other "partygoers" are alive or dead.

Cord and Ethan are both deeply invested in this case. This is their town, and they are responsible for the children who live here.  They must trace the hundreds of purloined pills to their source, they must track down which students at the local public high school are responsible for throwing the parties, they must penetrate the lies told by the parents in an attempt to cover for their children... and they must solve the murder.

Severed Trust had a great balance of law-enforcement activity and detective work as well as family struggles and relationship questions.

I found that their personal lives were brought to life very well... I loved Ethan and Sadie's love story!

The characters in this book who were parents, like Ethan's sister Beth who is the mother of 16 year old Lexie and Cord's sister Sadie who is the mother of Ashley and Steven, were good examples of caring and fallible people. They didn't have all the answers for their kids, they didn't always have everything under control. There were things they wished they had done differently, but they put their whole heart into the parent-child dance and they continued to work on that bond even when the child seemed resistant and obstinate.

I also loved watching Sadie wrestle with a particularly unpleasant dilemma that came to be when a piece of her past reappears. Her reactions and then her character growth was something to learn from, as she and her daughter Ashley helped each other through that time.

There were parents like Mary Lou also, who was too busy dealing with her own issues to shepherd her daughter Kelly. She needed help for herself before she could get her focus off her problems and onto her child.  There has got to be a way for the Church to do more and minister more effectively to parents and children who have an upside down relationship like this. There has got to be. The children can't be allowed to bear the burden of a troubled parent all by themselves, and many of those parents probably want to do better, but like Mary Lou they just don't know how to break the cycle.

The ending was a big surprise and generates a lot of thought, I can tell you that.

THANK you Abingdon for my review copy of Severed Trust 




Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry.
On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

*Praying the Attributes of God*






For the last two weeks I've been digging into Ann Spangler's newest book,
Praying the Attributes of God.  
Ann's writing is clear and understandable, and her presentation is engaging. Her writing forms the perfect setting for the precious gems from Scripture that she spreads before us, because we are talking about the attributes of God.  Her words help us focus on Him!

This devotional book is rich and deep with theology and practical in insight. It is a blessing to have this book as an aid to help us meditate on God.

 Perhaps the best way I can state my high recommendation is to say this: My Bible has never had such a workout from one devotional before in my life. I have underlined, drawn circles, drawn crosses, made notes... and I have come to know my Bible better for it.


I own one of Ann's previous books, Women of the Bible, and I am happy to add
Praying The Attributes of God to my shelf of 'Books for Anyone Who Wants to Know God.'

 Tyndale Publishing was kind enough to give me a copy of this book for review.


Ann Spangler’s sensitivity to the ever-changing spiritual and cultural climate in which we live has enabled her to address themes of profound interest to many readers. Praised for the freshness, depth, and honesty of her writing, Ann writes in ways that reveal not just her intellectual curiosity but her desire for a deeper connection with God. God Is Bigger Than You Think
By paying attention to the spiritual and emotional hungers that animate us and by finding creative ways to explore God’s self-revelation in Scripture, her writing surprises by revealing a God who is often far bigger and better than we might imagine.

The Reichenbach Problem.



The Reichenbach Problem


This is a very engaging mystery, utterly perplexing 'til the answer is finally revealed.
Clue by clue, red herring by red herring, this book keeps your attention as you follow the sleuth... and the sleuth is the Arthur Conan Doyle himself!  And as you would expect, the most exciting part of watching Sherlock's own author investigate a real murder is the way his mind works. His deductions and observations amazed me... imagine what would happen if we all cultivated these powers of reasoning and looked this closely at everything.

The descriptions in the writing are multi-sensory. In the passage about riding the dog-cart up the hill through the fog in the Switzerland forest, I could feel the cool mist, experience the shrouded vision, smell the woodsy scent, hear the hush around them and the noise of the cart, and feel the bumps and rattles as the cart went along.

This is also a book that you could have about 20 conversations based off it.
The Reichenbach Problem is the first of a trilogy, and so there will be two more books to develop the themes that we see highlighted in this volume. Some of those themes include "spiritualism"... euphemistic for witchcraft. Though it is unclear whether the woman is really practicing that, even in her own mind, I still hated reading about it at all.
This book is full of fodder for good, hard thinking. Statements made my Doyle himself, by Father Vernon, by fellow guests at the inn who find themselves part of the mystery, add depth to the story as you try to untangle what they actually believe, and then you can mentally counter it with Scripture.

And because I can't resist, I am including C. S Lewis's  thoughts on "The Historical Jesus," a field of study that Father Vernon though would greatly disturb and then re-arrange the church. 
That was yet another of his opinions that is worth thinking about, debating about, and most of all studying Scripture to shed light on it. 

My dear Wormwood.... 
You will find that a good many Christian-political writers think that Christianity began going wrong, and departing from the doctrine its Founder, at a very early stage. Now this idea must be used by us to encourage once again the conception of a ‘historical Jesus’ to be found by clearing away later ‘accretions and perversions’ and then to be contrasted with the whole Christian tradition. In the last generation we promoted the construction of such a ‘historical Jesus’ on liberal and humanitarian lines; we are now putting forward a new ‘historical Jesus’ on Marxian, catastrophic, and revolutionary lines. The advantages of these constructions, which we intend to change every thirty years or so, are manifold. In the first place they all tend to direct men’s devotion to something which does not exist, for each ‘historical Jesus’ is unhistorical. The documents say what they say and cannot be added to; each new ‘historical Jesus’ therefore has to be got out of them by suppression at one point and exaggeration at another, and by that sort of guessing (brilliant is the adjective we teach humans to apply to it) on which no one would risk ten shillings in ordinary life,  but which is enough to produce a crop of new Napoleons, new Shakespeares, and new Swifts, in every publisher’s autumn list. In the second place, all such constructions place the importance of their historical Jesus in some peculiar theory He is supposed to have promulgated. He has to be a ‘great man’ in the modern sense of the word—one standing at the terminus of some centrifugal and unbalanced line of thought —a crank vending a panacea. We thus distract men’s minds from who He is, and what He did.... 

The ‘historical Jesus’ then, however dangerous He may seem to be to us at some particular point, is always to be encouraged.... 




  Thank you Kregel for my review copy! 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

*Unspoken*

Unspoken



























For me, Dee Henderson's writing is marked by two main factors.
Factor 1: Building plots that expand slowly but surely over the course of the novel, taking their time to really set the stage and get you to appreciate the people you are reading about. 

And 2: Romance where the characters grow really comfortable together and then discover that they love each other. This is a way of writing romance that appeals to me a great deal.  

Unspoken has a plot that grows steadily, adding details, drawing you in. Once I hit my reading stride, I couldn't put this story down. In short, this is a book worth sticking with and absorbing. 

And the love story in Unspoken ?  There are so many lines that I underlined and bookmarked as I read, so much wisdom, so many examples of Bryce cherishing Charlotte in such an honest, wholesome, day-to-day way. So many "romances" want to insist on thrills and chills and all this outwardly romantic stuff, and not all of that is bad in the right places, but most marriages will be founded on and sustained by solid self-sacrifice and care of the other's little needs. 
It is the "small" blessings that show deep affection, such as Bryce making sure that Charlotte had a comfortable curl-up chair  for when she wanted to have a long talk. And even more important, giving them not just a listening ear, but encouraging them to talk, drawing out the deep thoughts within them!
Bryce is an incredible character, truly embodying putting his wife first.  
Some of my favorite quotes: 

"He'd learn how to be a good husband, not just in general but a good husband to Charlotte." 
"My wife...my job to figure her out."
"Marriage had changed more than her name and where she lived. It had put her in a permanent place.
It was safe to feel emotions here." 
"He needed a plan to court his wife. An old-fashioned word, but one he thought suited matters.
He was going to be in love with her long before she got near that point with him, but he was a patient man when it mattered." 
"Courting his wife by finding reasons to hang out with her and make her laugh... he liked the simplicity of it. One of these days she was going to laugh, turn and hug him without even thinking about it. The baby steps were adding up slowly and taking them somewhere."  


Unspoken  is a great story from an excellent author. 




Dee HendersonAward-winning novelist Dee Henderson excels at creating believable, challenging characters. Dee is the author of two series: the Uncommon Heroes series and the O'Malley series of romantic suspense novels. Her books have won a host of awards, including the prestigious RITA Award, Bookseller's Best Award, and National Reader's Choice Award. True Honor is a finalist for the 2003 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for Fiction, The Truth Seeker and The Protector were finalists for the 2002 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for Fiction, The Guardian won the 2002 Christy Award, Romance category.

Monday, October 14, 2013

*The Cutting Edge*

The Cutting Edge

 In The Cutting Edge, Ace Collins has written another book where the suspense {and even mystery!} keeps you turning pages, and the characters and their choices engage your heart.

This is my second Ace Collin's book that I've reviewed, the first was Darkness Before Dawn.
That book explored the effects of a deadly car wreck caused by a drunk teenage driver, through the eyes of Meg Richards who lost the man who was her husband and the father of her unborn child.
Grief, anger, revenge, loss, justice, mercy, and then a final decision that rests in Meg's hands, that's what filled those pages. I was able to feel Meg's emotions as I read, and that book has made my must read list. 

In The Cutting Edge, we follow the story of Leslie Rhoads, a woman of natural and nearly flawless beauty. A woman whose face is both a blessing and a curse, it's a product for sale in her modeling career and its her identity in all of her life. 

At times I was shaking my head while reading, think about the exploitation culture that can exist in the high-profile modeling/acting/entertaining world. The Use-'Em-Up-Sell-It-While-It's-Hot mentality that rules the young starlet's lives, often before they even understand what's happening.
You see it around you: fresh faced girls suddenly appearing in ads/films/etc that capitalize on one thing: youthful, innocent beauty showed off seductively. For some reason, that impossible to maintain paradox of girl-next-door-turned-lady-of-the-night captivates America. And that's why the biggest move of Leslie's career was going to be accepting a Passion Nights perfume contract.

And then, when it all came crashing down as a broken Scotch bottle slashed her face into a map of scars, I ached for Leslie and was riveted by her struggle to find her own soul that had quietly waited to be discovered beyond her obvious loveliness. 

I don't want to give away the plot. Let me just say that along with a host of vibrant new characters, 
this book features a very special character from Darkness Before Dawn, whom I was delighted to meet again. 

As an item of note, I was convinced that I had discovered a character was going to be big trouble in this story...I thought he was a villain. Poor guy, he turned out to be the best person in Leslie's life in a long time. Obviously I'm too suspicious! 

So be ready to think. Did the death of her modeling dream mean the death of Leslie Rhoads... or was there more to her beyond her looks? I was left mulling on how I might react if my face, the part of us that the world tends to evaluate first, were to be changed like Leslie's was. Good question. 
Would I believe what I would tell Leslie? 
And at times, near the end of this story, be ready to laugh out loud once or twice.  


Thank you Abingdon for my review copy! 




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Citing his Arkansas heritage, Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. In that capacity, Ace Collins has authored more than sixty books for twenty-five different publishers that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, as well as books on history, culture and faith. His current novel from Abingdon, Darkness Before Dawn, has earned scores of great reviews and been chosen by several different book clubs and publications as one of the top reads of 2013. It also made the most inspiring book list on iTunes in July and Hope For Women’s “Top Five Summer Reads.”





Collins’ hobbies include sports, restoring classic cars and Wurlitzer jukeboxes and running. He also does college sports play-by-play. He is married to Ouachita University education professor Kathy Chapman Collins. The couple lives in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and has two sons.

A Reluctant Courtship

A Reluctant Courtship (The Daughters of Bainbridge House #3)


Honore Bainbridge has been groomed all her life to enter "fine society." Unfortunately, she is finding that it is not so fine at all. In fact, the woman that "fine society" demands she become to enter is a poor specimen indeed.

Instead of the Gospel-motivated-gracious, Scripture-fortified-strong, love-in-their-hearts-lovely, put-a-tent-peg-through-an-ememy's-head-bold, Proverbs-31-industrious woman that the Bible unfolds before us, these females that Honore is supposed to impress and imitate are {for the most part} not worth the effort.

They are motivated by two goals: upping their social standing and snagging a man.
{The only thing you don't see is them striding over the moors with a snare-pole and a net, looking for unsuspecting male prey. And I wouldn't put actual hunting past many of them.}
They even kill off as much of the competition as possible.
With Honore, they aim their arrows at her tenderest spot: her reputation.

Although Honore is a woman who understands misplaced desire and heartfelt repentance and then sweet forgiveness, her peers have decided that her past has earned her a social shunning.

Yet Honore has something those women have not yet received.
Over the course of this story she learns the worth of life and love and puts those treasure on the line for someone she has come to care for. She finds bravery in a moment when she faces death, and she finds peace when her world had been stormy for so long.

A Reluctant Courtship is the first book I have read by Laurie Alice Eakes, and it has piqued my curiosity.

Thank you Revell for the chance to review this book.



Laurie Alice Eakes
Laurie Alice Eakes used to lie in bed as a child telling herself stories so she didn’t wake anyone else up. Sometimes she shared her stories withothers; thus, when she decided to be a writer, she surprised no one. Family Guardian, her first book, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007. In the past three years, she has sold six books to Baker/Revell, five of which are set during the Regency time period, four books to Barbour Publishing, as well as two novellas to Barbour Publishing and one to Baker/Revell. Seven of her books have been picked up by Thorndike Press for large print publication, and Lady in the Mist, her first book with Revell, was chosen for hardcover publication with Crossings Bookclub. She also teaches on-line writing courses and enjoys a speaking ministry that has taken her from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast.

Laurie Alice lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs and two cats, and is learning how to make tamales.



Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Heartbeat Away by Harry Kraus...

A Heartbeat Away


After being swept away one stormy summer evening by the disturbing, powerful tale of a soul's redemption that is An Open Heart, I knew I wanted to read Dr. Kraus' A Heartbeat Away!!!
David C Cook, because they an awesome publishing company that markets superb books, agreed to send me A Heartbeat Away, and I now have the pleasure of sharing my review with y'all.

In this book, the mystery goes far beyond the question "Who committed this crime?"
This time they question is "Why do I even remember the crime? Did this happen to me? Whose thoughts are these?"
After receiving a heart transplant, Dr. Tori Taylor is haunted by images in her dreams, and memories during the day, none of them she can place as her own. Did the new heart bring the thoughts with it?
How can Tori rid herself of these recollections and convince the police to investigate a murder that seems to exist only in her mind?

This story shifts back in time also, to trace the steps of a young couple whose lives will converge with Tori's, adding to the mystery and spiritual depth.

With connected subplots to follow, a provocative look at the cellular memory phenomena, and a strong story of spiritual transformation and emotional awakening, A Heartbeat Away truly encapsulates Harry Kraus' tagline: Grace From The Cutting Edge.

Thank you David C Cook!!!


Harry KrausHarry Kraus, M.D. is a board-certified surgeon, medical missionary to East Africa, and accomplished writer of both non-fiction and fiction. Medical realism and gripping plotlines distinguish his writing, as he gets most of his ideas with a scalpel in hand. Dr. Kraus resides in Kenya with his wife Kris and the youngest of his three sons.

Most Anticipated Books of 2014!!!!!!!!!


Books in series that I began reading this year and can't wait to continue, as well as new series and new novels, and ones that look great which I've not read before and hope to enjoy in 2014!!! 


So, to begin my Can't wait to Read! 2014  list.... 

Words of Conviction  -     
        By: Linda J. White

Read in 2013 Abingdon

Seeds of Evidence  -     
        By: Linda J. White


2014 Barbour

Simple Faith
























Read in 2013 

All God's Children, The Peacemakers Series #1   -     
        By: Anna Schmidt


2014 Zondervan

Take this Cup
























Read in 2013
Zondervan

When Jesus Wept, The Jerusalem Chronicles Series #1   -     
        By: Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene


2014 Bethany

For Such A Time


2014
 Thomas Nelson

The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Caught

Want to read late 2013
 Worthy

Derailed, Windy City Series #2   -     
        By: Neta Jackson & Dave Jackson
























Read in 2013

Grounded, Windy City Series #1   -     
        By: Neta Jackson, Dave Jackson




2014 Howard


The Thief


Read in 2013 Howard

The Well   -     
        By: Stephanie Landsem


2014 Howard


Somebody Like You

Read in 2013  Howard

Catch a Falling Star   -     
        By: Beth Vogt


2014 Howard

Promise to Cherish


Read in 2013 Howard

Promise to Return, Promise of Sunrise Series #1   -     
        By: Elizabeth Byler Younts




Howard 2014


Chateau of Secrets


2014 Waterbrook





2014 Howard





2014 Waterbrook





Read in 2013 

Gone South


2014 Tyndale

The Auschwitz Escape


2014 Tyndale


The Sentinels of Andersonville


Want to Read 2014

Flame of Resistance


2014 Tyndale




Read in 2013

Critical Pursuit


Re-release Revell Hope to Read in 2014 

The Scent of Lilacs


Orchard of Hope


Summer of Joy

New 2014 Abingdon




Hope to Read in 2014 Revell


This Fine Life


























Read in 2013

Chasing Sunsets: A Cedar Key Novel


Waiting for Sunrise (Cedar Key, #2)


























Read  in 2013

Slow Moon Rising


Things Left Unspoken
























2014 Waterbrook

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

























Read in 2013 


Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier
























2014  David C Cook


Wishing on Buttercups

Read in 2013 

Blowing on Dandelions


2014 Howard

Sing for Me: A Novel




























2014

The Butterfly and the Violin
























2014 Harvest House

Circle of Spies (The Culper Ring #3)
























Read in 2013


Ring of Secrets (The Culper Ring #1)


Read in 2013

Whispers from the Shadows (The Culper Ring #2)

2014 Waterbrook


Echoes of Mercy





Read in 2013

What Once Was Lost: A Novel

Read in 2014

My Heart Remembers


In Every Heartbeat

2014 Tyndale

Bridge to Haven

2013 Thomas Nelson

Season of Wonder (The Remnants #1)
























Season of Fire (The Remnants #2)

2014

Luminary (Anomaly #2)


Read in 2013 

Anomaly (Anomaly #1)


Want to read in 2014 Bethany

Read Book One, Larkspur Cove. 
Larkspur Cove



Blue Moon Bay

Firefly Island (Moses Lake, #3)

2014 

Wildwood Creek

2014 Thomas Nelson

The Headmistress of Rosemere (Whispers on the Moors #2)

Read in 2013 

The Heiress of Winterwood (Whispers on the Moors, # 1)

2014

What Follows After

2013

Shadowed by Grace (Story of Monuments Men #1)

Want to read in 2014 Tyndale

Stars in the Night


2014  Bethany

FINAL HeretoStay_mck-web


2013 Bethany

Made to Last - Melissa Tagg

2014 Abingdon




2014 Bethany




2013

Undeniably Yours, Porter Family Series #1   -     
        By: Becky Wade

2014 Thomas Nelson




Read in 2013 




Heart Failure


2014 Thomas Nelson



2013

Barefoot Summer (Chapel Spring #1)

Want to Read in 2014 Abingdon

Scorned Justice (Men of the Texas Rangers, #3)

Shattered Silence (Men of the Texas Rangers, #2)

Saving Hope (Men of the Texas Rangers #1)

Read in 2013 Abingdon

Severed Trust (Men of the Texas Rangers #4)

2014 Bethany



Want to Read in 2013 Bethany



Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1)

Read in 2013 Bethany




2014 Abingdon



Read 2013 Abingdon




2014 Abingdon




2013 Abingdon




2014 Abingdon

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Read 2013  Abingdon




2014 Abingdon



2014 Kregel




2014 Abingdon



2014 NAL Trade



2014 Dutton



Read 2013 





Want to Read 2014



2014



Read 2013 

When the Clouds Roll By, Till We Meet Again Series #1   -     
        By: Myra Johnson

Want to Read in 2014

Love's Reckoning (The Ballantyne Legacy, #1)

Read in 2013

Love's Awakening (The Ballantyne Legacy, #2)

And even more books that I don't have cover images for yet!!! 

What books are YOU eager to meet?