Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

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A Place in His Heart was an intriguing book. Mary is a young lady who is grown up, and ready to marry. But her father wants her to marry a young man she grew up with; one whom she just can’t love. Barnabas is a young widower who needs a wife for his children. He is a good man who will respect Mary and love her. But is there room in his heart? His beloved Anne was so perfect for him in every way. With Barnabas’ new “Puritan” thinking, Mary’s father just isn’t sure they are a good match. And on their wedding day, talk of making a new life in the New World is overheard. Can it be true?

Is Mary ready to start anew in a place she has never seen? They do, in fact make the voyage to the Americas, and life becomes incredibly difficult. Work from sun up to sun down is the norm, and Mary works hard to make a house a home for her little family. Even though Barnabas respects her greatly and takes precious care of her, she just feels like she can’t get into his heart, no matter how hard she tries.

I loved this book for its historical value. I was glued to the pages, imagining what life was like for those first settlers in New England. I look forward to the next in this series!

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Finding Spiritual Whitespace by Bonnie Gray

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This was a different kind of book than I expected. I think it can be described as a self-help/Christian life book, mingled with a little bit of memoir. Bonnie Gray takes the reader through her experience with PTSD, triggered by memories of her painful childhood. As she began to write this book, all the memories were dredged up, causing her to seek therapy to free her soul to be who she is now, someone who is loved by God, and accepted by God. As is.

As the author suffered through insomnia and severe panic attacks, she began to discover Jesus calling her soul to rest. It took a long time to work through the trauma, but she found that to get closer to Jesus, she needed to “do” less, and rest more.

This was very well-written. However, I felt I couldn’t relate to too many of the subjects covered. I just haven’t had too much trauma in my life. I know this could be a great help to someone with a rough past – broken home, drugs, divorce, deaths.

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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