Monday, October 19, 2020

Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews

This Biblical fiction book by Mesu Andrews tells the story of Hezekiah's journey to becoming king through the eyes of his wife, Hephzibah. Hephzibah and Hezekiah's childhood friendship grew into love, but their relationship did not come without dangerous life-altering challenges. Hezekiah fights to be a good king and place God first where he belongs in his life and the lives of his subjects.

This book started off really good, but I started to lose interest about halfway through. It just seemed to be more about stating facts and details at times without actually diving into the story. While it is Biblically based, a lot of the supporting details are taken from the author's imagination so it is a bit confusing and hard to separate fact from fiction at times. Also, the characters were not very relatable to me and I just couldn't completely get lost in the story. Thanks so much to the author and publisher for the chance to read and review this book.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs

This book is an inspirational read that focuses on 31 Scripture excerpts from the book of Proverbs. The author prepares a short devotional chapter for each verse and applies the wisdom found in the book of Proverbs to daily life. Each chapter also includes a section called "One Minute, One Step" which offers challenges and tips for improving your spiritual life. This book would be great to read straight through or to be used as a month's worth of devotional readings. Proverbs is such a well-loved book of the Bible and this is a great book to include with your daily Bible study. Thanks so much to the author and publisher for the chance to read and review this book!

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Price of Valor by Susan May Warren

The Global Search and Rescue series is definitely the book series you want to read this year! Susan May Warren wraps up the series in this third and final thrilling read. This installment focuses on our handsome hero, Hamilton Jones, and his long-lost wife, Signe. We have heard about Signe in previous books, but now we finally get to hear her side of the story.

This book was one of my favorites in the series. I love how the author weaves inspiring messages into her writing in such a natural way. After reading one of her books, you feel like the characters are a member of your family. 

I didn't want this book to end. It left me breathless and with a racing heart, but also hopeful and full of inspiration.

I loved getting an update on the beloved characters from Susan's books and can't wait to read more about them! Thank you so much to Susan and Revell for the chance to read and review this book!

Friday, October 2, 2020

The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson

Emma and West are from two completely different worlds. Emma lives in sunny Arizona and West lives in snowy Colorado. Their paths cross when they are both talked into a Christmas house swap by their family and friends. When West's travel plans get delayed, he doesn't end up joining his family for Christmas in Arizona as originally planned. Instead, he spends his time getting to know Emma and quickly falls for her.

This book has such an inviting cover and the plot is so much fun. It instantly reminded me of The Holiday which is one of my favorite Christmas movies. I thought the book started off great, but unfortunately it just never developed well for me. I didn't really connect with any of the characters and I thought the romance story was so rushed and there wasn't much time for character development. While the plot was refreshing and interesting, the book lacked substance to take it to "unputdownable" status. Thank you so much to the author and Revell for the chance to read and review this book! These opinions are all my own.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Prayer Map Devotional by Donna K. Maltese

The Prayer Map Devotional is a beautifully bound devotional book for women that includes 28 weeks of readings. With its ribbon bookmark and artistically designed pages, it makes the perfect gift for the special ladies in your life. Each week's readings have a different theme with a journaling section included at the end of each week. The journaling section has ample space for sharing prayers and feelings, making it a special way to spend time daily with the Lord. The devotionals are short and to the point with plenty of Biblical truths and Scripture references to guide you in Bible study. This is a great book to use as a companion to God's Word as you grow closer to him. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Peace by Becky Thompson

If you are like me, your first introduction to Becky Thompson was through the extremely popular Midnight Mom Facebook page. This encouraging page shares inspiring devotionals for moms that are shared thousands of times across news feeds around the world. So when I heard about Becky's new book for anxious moms, I knew it would be a welcome and helpful blessing. 

In this uplifting read, Becky speaks to her readers as if they are friends sitting in the room with her. She lets them know that they are not alone and it is okay to be a faithful Christian yet still suffer with feelings of anxiety. Becky's bravery in speaking out will help so many women who are afraid to share their true feelings. 

I really enjoyed this book and felt uplifted by reading it and applying it to my own life. I think this book is greatly needed in our world today as anxiety is seemingly at an all time high with all of the struggles that everyone is facing. You will walk away from this book feeling refreshed and understood.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

In 1960s Alabama, farming is a way of life. So when young Pete McLean loses his father in a farming accident, the whole family is devastated. Mr. McLean was a hard-working man who also treated his employees like family, especially his good friend Isaac. In spite of their different lifestyles, Isaac takes Pete under his wing. Sadly, Pete has to deal with the heartbreak of loss again when Isaac disappears and no one seems to know what happened to him. Pete takes matters into his own hands and goes way out into the backwoods in search of Isaac. He doesn't find Isaac, but he does stumble upon a young girl named Dovey and his life is never the same again.

If I could think of one word to describe Valerie Fraser Luesse, it would be "storyteller." She definitely has a way with words. I could really relate to the southern mannerisms in this book since I am from Alabama as well. I especially loved the humorous church scene because it reminded me of my own church family. I also loved the relationship between sweet Dovey and Pete and the way he treated her like a lady should be treated. However, I could have done without the relationship between Dovey and Pete's parents. I just felt like that was too strange of a relationship for me and it didn't feel like it fit in with the story. I also felt like there were some loose ends that weren't tied up at the end of the book and sometimes it felt like there were just too many side stories going on. Nevertheless, this book kept me flipping the pages and I love this author's style of writing. Thank you so much to the author, publisher, and bookishfirst for the chance to read and review this book!