Monthly Archives: June 2013

A Simple Song by Melody Carlson

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Amish stories are so intriguing. Every one I have ever read makes me wonder how much is true. I always admire the simple ways of life, and the closeness of family. Yet I always feel sorry for those who feel trapped. This book was no different.

Katrina is a young Amish girl, only a few years from marrying age. Her father is a typical Amish farmer, but he has a terrible accident that leaves him almost crippled. Needing an expensive back surgery, the entire family is unsure of their future.

Katrina has a beautiful singing voice. But all her life she has been told that to enjoy it or to sing too loudly, is vainglory and should never be done. However, when her friend Bekka hears about how bad her father is, she tells Katrina about a TV show she has been secretly watching. It is about singers who compete, and the top winners come home with more than double the money Katrina’s father would need for his surgery. After a long period of wondering what is the right thing to do, Katrina decides to go for it!

As she heads to Hollywood, you can imagine what a simple Amish girl can get herself into. I loved reading about her wild adventures there.

Some parts of the ending are a surprise and some are predictable. I felt it kind of ended abruptly and would have liked one extra chapter to let the ending sink in. But all in all, a great read!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

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This book was so fun to read! I wasn’t able to devote very large blocks of time for the first several chapters, but by the middle, I wasn’t able to put it down! It is a small-town setting where everybody knows everybody. Kate is on a mission to find the killer of her friend and mentor, Daisy, whose death was written up as a suicide. But the facts don’t add up.

Handsome Detective Parker steps in to help Kate in her search. But why is the police chief so anxious to wrap it up? Why is Kate’s boss acting so strange? And what about that liar Edward? What is he hiding? Where is Daisy’s journal?

There are so many clues, suspects and leads, it was hard for me to figure out who the murderer was… be ready for a surprise ending! I can’t wait for the sequel to come out!

For more info on the book, and some extra bonus book features, click here!

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Praying God’s Word for Your Life by Kathi Lipp

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This is a very eye-opening book. I have a few Scripture verses that I pray pretty often, but the concept of praying SO much Scripture is new to me! The opening chapter begins with Kathi being very real about how hard it is to spend time in prayer. She offers great encouragement to just pray… just for one minute. It will grow into time you cherish as you make the time, and be consistent. She offers practical advice, like setting a time, having a specific place, and having “stuff” to get you going (Bible, a good devotional book, a journal, pen, etc.)

The second part of the book is broken down into categories of our lives – different problems and issues we face. She begins a chapter with a very real experience from her life, or a story from someone else’s life. Then she gives many examples of Scriptures and example prayers to pray from those verses. Some example categories are : 1. When You’re Overwhelmed, 2. Your Marriage, and 3. When You’re Despairing. This will be a great resource in the years to come when I am needing strength in a certain area. She has done a lot of work, having several Scripture passages for each subject.

This is a great resource for anyone who wants to grow in the area of prayer!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon

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Karen and Val are sisters – but they didn’t grow up close, and still hardly speak to each other. Val has been the superstar sister – pretty, talented, confident, and adventurous. Karen is the responsible one. She stayed home, always did the sensible thing, quiet, plain. But both have insecurities, and have to learn to get past them. A sudden stroke for their mother Margaret provides the setting for their reunion.

All through the story, you can feel the pain of each sister. But as they get to know each other again, they learn the other is not so bad. They uncover past secrets that help them understand all the tension. It is a precious story, and makes you want to get closer to your family. They each learn to be honest, and in turn find a wonderful friend in each other.

But it’s not all heavy! There are some light-hearted moments as a few handsome young men enter the lives of these two sisters. They also have pasts and have to learn to trust God, and move on. All their paths collide in that certain summer.

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

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