Monthly Archives: July 2013

Claudia Wife of Pontius Pilate by Diana Wallis Taylor

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Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE biblical fiction? This is definitely no exception to my novel-loving rule! Claudia is a precious book, a sweet love story, woven in with the truth found in God’s Word.

What was Pilate actually like? This book describes him as temper-filled, but kind and wishing to do the right thing. In the Bible, he clearly did not want to condemn Jesus to death, wishing to stay out of the matter. As the book describes, he could have felt he had no choice. He may have felt he had to do it, or he and his family would not be safe from the mob.

What was Claudia like? In this book, she actually meets Jesus and is never the same. But Pilate doesn’t want to hear of her faith. Caesar would not approve, after all. And after Jesus is put to death, she comes to realize that though her husband could technically have stopped his death, that it was part of His greater plan to save them all.

Through it all, the difficulties of their lives, they have a sweet love story. And most of all, the Person of Jesus is there, working in each of their hearts!

I would love to read this novel again, and again.

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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Prayer Warrior Mom by Marla Alupoaicei

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“Moms, do you need hope? Are you struggling to practice patience? Worrying about your children’s spiritual development or behavioral issues? Wondering how to get it all done when you never seem to have enough time?” The answer is found in prayer!

Marla takes you through several topics to bathe in prayer for your children: Gratitude, Praying Scripture, Being Persistent, and Modeling Grace (to name a few!). She has many real-life stories to share from her own experiences, and those of others. As a mother, I really needed a lot of the solutions given here, found straight from Scripture.

This is not the best book on prayer I’ve ever read. Many of the chapters contained material that I felt was redundant, and over-used. But at least half of the book was practical and applicable to my own life.

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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Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart

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This is one of the sweetest love stories that I’ve read in a while. “How long can two people stand on the brink of love without plunging in headfirst?”

Kate Merritt, a responsible, sweet sister living in the small town of Rosey Corner longs to fall in love. But she feels she will never find it, or ever have any opportunities away from her hometown. But then Jay Tanner comes to visit a friend, Kate’s new brother-in-law, and Kate’s world changes forever.

Jay has that “bad boy” image and is warned to stay away from sweet Kate. And Kate is warned that Jay is not the best for her. But the two can’t help the sparks that fly. They begin to fall in love, but a misunderstanding drives them apart. Then Pearl Harbor happens, and Jay leaves to defend his country. Can they work out their differences and find love in time? Oh, you’ll have to read it to find out!

I really recommend this book. It was a very sweet story, and very difficult to put down!

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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Dolled Up to Die by Lorena McCourtney

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This book is pretty fast-paced. In the beginning, Cate (an assistant PI) is called to a triple murder. But as she arrives on the scene, she finds out the “victims” are actually life-sized dolls. After beginning an investigation, a real victim is found, and from here, the plot thickens! The victim is the caller’s ex-husband, and the two ladies start trying to put the pieces together.

Who could have done this? There’s the new wife, the blonde bimbo who really wasn’t happy with her new husband. The blonde bimbo’s mother, who is very mysterious and caught up in “former lives.” There is the motorcycle-riding vineyard keeper at the ex-husband’s business. Also, the blonde bimbo’s former husband, an ex-con who shows up. Could it be coincidence? It takes a while, and goes through a lot of twists and turns, but you will be surprised at the ending!

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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