Review: Where Treetops Glisten

Book Reviews, Christian Fiction, Christian Romance, Christmas, Waterbrook Multnomah

(As first seen on New Horizon Reviews)

    ” Where Treetops Glisten”  is a set of three stories, written by three different authors, intertwining the courage and romance of the Turner family during WWII. The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7, 1941, almost a year before the first book takes place.
            “White Christmas” (Cara Putman) the first book in the set, begins on October 29, 1942, in Lafayette, Indiana. One of the main characters, Jackson Lucas, has moved from the Lucas farm to Lafayette to work in a puzzle factory in an effort to save the family farm. I wish the author would have expounded more on the farm.
              The other main character, Abigail Turner, is a pleasant girl who lives with her father, mother, and grandmother. Her sister, Merry, is away at nursing school and her brother, Pete, is training to be a fighter pilot. Abigail is a college student who works part-time as a candy maker. She has known sickness, accidents, and death, so she is wondering if it is too risky to fall in love.
             “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (Sarah Sundin), the second book in the set, introduces Abigail’s brother Pete. The year is now 1943 and Pete is home on furlough.
              Also introduced are Grace and her daughter Linnie. Grace knew Pete when they were in school when he was a cruel boy. All Grace can remember was Pete’s behavior before he enlisted in the military. Once he returns home she wonders if she can trust him. Does she believe God can change people?
             I could relate to the character Linnie. She reminded me of myself as a child. I loved exploring and meeting new people. My mom would worry about me just as Linnie’s mom did about her.
            “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (Tricia Goyer), the last book in the set, focuses on Merry Turner in the Netherlands. It is now December 1944; Merry is a nurse caring for both American and German soldiers. It saddens me knowing D-Day had just happened this same year. It was a bit frightening when one of the injured German soldiers, Merry was caring for, jumped from his mat presenting a gun.
            I was familiar with author Tricia Goyer, having read her book “Chasing Mona Lisa”. This was my first introduction to Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin. I felt the three authors collaborated well together, giving this book 5* out of 5*.
            There were some surprising, unexpected twists in this compilation of heart-warming books. I believe the overall message of this book was that miracles can happen, dreams do come true.
            To make this a special book for a book club, there is a reader’s guide in the back as well as four cookie recipes.


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Review: Abraham

Book Reviews, Christian Living, General, Religion, Tyndale

(As first seen on New Horizon Reviews)

                  Abraham: One Nomad’s Amazing Journey Of Faith, is a 267-page biography of the account of the Jewish Patriarch Abraham, based on the Biblical book of Genesis. It is an in-depth book for those searching for a deeper understanding of the Christian faith.
                   This was a challenging book for me to read in that it inspired reflection on my own faith. Do I believe in Creator God? Do I believe God is for me and not against me? For many years I delayed getting to know God intimately, thinking, “I’ll have time for that in my older years.” However, as Pastor Charles Swindoll points out, getting to know God intimately is a gradual process.
                    I found it interesting that Pastor Charles stated, “Few periods from ancient history are as well documented by artifacts and inscriptions as is the time of Abraham (pg 3).” I believe God planned it this way so we would have tangible proof of Abraham’s existence.
                    Through the course of Abraham’s life he learned to walk by faith and not by sight. The believer would do well to learn this as well. Something I am still learning. It’s a daily process.
                    This is a very informative book on the life and times of Abraham. I would recommend it to the reader who wants a cohesive, yet appealing book on faith.

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Review: Remarkable Hope

Book Reviews, Christian Living, First Words, Inspirational

Remarkable Hope is an inspirational book by author Shauna Letellier. This book tells of people from the Bible and how Jesus gave them hope. In this book you will find a series of biblical vignettes.

This is not a book to be devoured in one sitting but savored over several sittings. A quote that stood out to me is from page 49: “Death is not defeat. It is deliverance into all God has prepared for those who love him.”

Did this book meet my expectations? I wasn’t sure what to expect, perhaps some bullet points on how to overcome disappointment. Instead, the author used poetic license describing the person’s trial to victory. Each chapter began with a bit of scripture, then the author would describe that piece using story form, and each chapter ended in prayer. So, overall, was I pleased with the reading and would I recommend it. Yes & Yes!

One part that I will remember is that of a missionary who interned in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. While there she was interrogated, tortured, falsely convicted of espionage, sentenced to beheading, and held on death row. One day she observed a prisoner in the courtyard receive a bundle of bananas that looked delicious. Dare she ask God for such a thing and how would anyone get them to her? One day she did receive an abundance of bananas. (see p. 95 -97)

I love the cover of this book and it was one thing that drew me to read this book.

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Review: The River

Amish, Bethany House, Book Reviews

(As first seen on New Horizon Reviews)

              This is a novel about two Amish women, Tilly and Ruth, who are living an English lifestyle. They have come back home to Eden Valley to celebrate their parents anniversary. The novel poses the question: “Is it better to give up the English way of life and go back to the Amish roots or stay English?”
               Beverly Lewis did a wonderful job describing the different characters and the views of the residents of Lancaster County. The author style makes the reader feel like they are in Lancaster County.
              The overall message is that of forgiveness. The reader may ask “Is it right to harbor resentment?” This challenged me to reconsider my own forgiveness of others.
              There are some unexpected, delightful twists in the novel, with a bit of suspense and romance. This is a wonderful stand-alone novel. I would recommend it to anyone seeking a novel that exemplifies forgiveness. 

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Review: The Trail

Book Reviews, Christian Living, General, Religion, Tyndale

(As first seen on New Horizon Reviews)

          I was pulled into this riveting Christian life novel from the start. The characters were quickly introduced and were very personable.
     In response to a challenge to leave their present comfortable home; Matt and Brenda choose different paths to direct them. Matt chooses human logic and Brenda seeks a sign from God. They embark on an expedition in search of God’s will for their lives.
     Although this novel focuses on Matt and Brenda and how they approach God, it also emphasizes Preacher Sam and eight principles for discovering God’s will.
      I enjoyed learning about the eight principles of knowing God’s will. I made a point of highlighting them as I found them.
      Even though this novel was easy to read, I only read one chapter a day, as I wanted to concentrate on each principle and let it speak to me. I was challenged to ask myself, am I all in with Christ? Do I grieve the Holy spirit? Do I know God’s voice?
       Each chapter begins with a scriptural reference which is the qualifier of one of the eight principles. The scriptures are taken from the NET Bible and are clearly used within the context of the novel. This novel also has discussion questions making it perfect for group study, for men or women.
        So, what does it mean to follow the will of God? What if we decide to have faith that God has our situation under control. How would that show in our daily walk with God?

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Review: Spoken For

Book Reviews, Christian Living, Relationships, Single Living, Waterbrook Multnomah

(As first seen on New Horizon Reviews)

         The prevailing message in this book is the all-encompassing Love of Christ. There are no special requirements or duties necessary. He loves us just as we are, for who we are.
         Each chapter ends with a section of “What do you think” questions. There are “What God says about you” verses and a sprinkling of biblical quotes throughout the book. The authors challenged me to dig deeper into scripture. Scripture memorization is emphasized, for good reason.
          I was previously introduced to one of the authors, Robin Jones Gunn, through her `Sisterchick` series. The contributing author, Alyssa Joy Bethke, is new to me. I felt they worked well together. The authors revealed personal insights which challenge the reader to dig deeper into their own relationship with God.
        This book is endorsed by authors familiar to myself: Melody Carlson and Melanie Shankle.  I chose this book as a refreshing reminder of who I am in Christ.
        Although this book targets the younger female audience, I feel women of any age could benefit from the gems found within.

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Review: Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes

Book Reviews, Christian Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Inspirational, Waterbrook Multnomah

(As first seen on New Horizon Reviews)

            This is Robin Jones Gunn eighth book in her sisterchick series. I have read four others in this series and looked forward to reading this fun Christian chick-lit. It is endorsed by several authors including Karen Kingsbury and Tricia Goyer.
               As we begin the story Summer is listening while the medical assistant informs her the test result is abnormal and a biopsy is needed. Despite hearing the results she has plans to go to Holland to visit Noelle, her pen pal for the past forty years.
               With each Sisterchick book I read I ask myself, “Is this book really fiction?” Robin has a way of pulling the readers into the novel as if we are actually living it. I think of friends I would love to go on an adventure with.
                This story filled me with compassion, I was eager to listen as they talked, and a vicarious participant as they traveled the Netherlands.
                 I found this book to be quite informative. The Dutch still wear wooden shoes, especially in the Spring when it is wet and rainy. The shoes are also appropriate on the farm or in the garden.
                 I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading chick-lit, or is interested in traveling to Holland. The back of the book has a reader’s guide which would make this a fun book study.

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