Review: Love and other Mistakes


Love and other mistakes is a novel that has several different subplots intertwined. A father and son relationship in need of restoration. A Pastor and his wife on the brink of divorce. A single father, a dying father, and a teen caught in the middle.

I wanted to read this book because of the catchy title and I have seen it mentioned other places. However, I was disappointed that there was cheating, lying and a slant toward unclean words. It was not what I was expecting of a Christian book. The story kept me, as the reader, going in circles until the ending. The ending was the best part of the novel.

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Review: Real Life Love


Real Life Love is a Christian Living book by author Michael Gibson. I wanted to read this book because of the title and it’s written by the grandson of bestselling family/marriage author Gary Smalley. The reason the author wrote this book is to share what worked for him and what didn’t. And, to pass on the wisdom he learned from his grandfather. (p# 11)

I was surprised to learn that anger can act out in other emotions: frustration, disappointment, heartbreak, fear, criticism, unmet expectations, and worry. As the author talks about emotions of anger, he also talks about how to overcome our anger.

The three main sections of this book are: (1) Growing in Love for Yourself, (2) Growing in Love for God, and (3) Growing in Love for Others.

Did this book meet my expectations? YES Would I recommend it? Yes, I plan to share it with my group at church.

The Most Effective Seven Principles In A Relationship:

(1) Honor

(2) Identify Anger

(3) Forgiveness

(4) Celebrate Trials

(5) Memorize God’s Word

(6) Servanthood

(7) Understanding Personality

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Review: Kingdom Come


Kingdom Come is an inspirational book for women by author Melissa Zaldivar. I was drawn to this book because of the cover and the subtitle.

As the author states this is not a self-help book or a 5-step process book. (p# 20). If you’re weary of faking it til you make it learn to be rather than seem. (p# 21).

This is the author’s debut book and very well written if the reader is looking for a book with more of a story-line. It does include stories from the Bible, as well as that of the author’s life.

What I liked most about the book is that the author wrote in a very personable way. What I liked least is I was expecting a lot more scripture references about living a holy life.

Would I read another book by this same author? Yes. Would I recommend this book to my friends? Yes, because it is written as if the author is sitting and having tea with the reader.

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Review: Gangster Prayer


Gangster Prayer is a spiritual growth book by author Autumn Miles. Written from the standpoint that gangsters are more passionate about evil than some Christians are about prayer. This is where the author found herself in her prayer life.

I have to admit the title disturbed me at first until I learned the reason behind it. The reason the author wrote this book is that she is obsessed with seeing what God does for His children when we seek Him on His terms through prayer. (p# 4)

What I treasured most about the book is the use of scripture and Jesus to confirm what the author was conveying. The author is someone I would want to get to know. I like her personable personality. From getting her nails done to something more serious: prayer.

I recommend this book to Christians who struggle with their prayer life. Because the author gives examples from her life and does not force her tips on the reader.

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Review: A Family for Gracie


A Family for Gracie is an Amish romance suspense novel by author Amy Lillard. The setting is modern day Pontotoc, Mississippi.

Gracie Glick’s rumspringa is complete and she is still a spinster. So she is set on marrying Matthew Byler. Instead of the custom of the man seeking the woman Gracie seeks out Matthew. Asking him to marry her. He is a widow with five young children and she wants a family.

I was surprised to read the mention of WalMart in an Amish novel. However, this novel features more Englisher and Mennonite than Amish.

This was an entertaining read with a satisfying ending. I wanted to read this novel because of the title and cover. Did it live up to my expectations? Yes & No! No, because I kept waiting on the climax which was a long time coming. Yes, because it had a satisfying ending. I would recommend this book to fans of the Amish. Even though this is book #3 of the series it can act as a standalone.

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Review: The Most Important Stories of the Bible


Product Details

Publisher: Bethany House

Publishers Format: Paperback

Language: English

Publication Date: 07/02/2019

Pages: 192

Dimensions: 8.4” x 5.5” x 8.5”

ISBN-10 076423286X

ISBN-13 9780764232862

The Most Important Stories of the Bible is a biblical study book by authors Christopher D. Hudson and Stan Campbell. It will take the Bible student chronologically through the Bible. Beginning with Creation and ending with John’s visions. Much of the book tells of the Bible stories of Jesus.

Special content is the parallels of Biblical and world events. Which I found well laid out and informative. There is content much of which I was surprised to learn.

I thought it was interesting that some Bible scholars believe, referring to the Creation account, the ‘Us’ means God was addressing the heavenly court of angels. Rather than the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The book does not tell the reader which to believe, it only mentions a fact.

I thought the narration of each story was very descriptive. Each story began with a brief synopsis of the story, the essential story, then a takeaway from the story.

Did this book meet my expectations? Yes, many of the stories I already knew. However, I enjoyed reading them in chronological order and would recommend this book to Believers and Seekers of the Way.

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Review: Where Dandelions Bloom


Where Dandelions Bloom is a Christian historical fiction novel by author Tara Johnson. The setting is Virginia (1861).

Cassie Kendrick and Gabriel Avery both have a secret past. Now, Gabriel is a war photographer and Cassie is taking part in the war as a man. It is estimated that over 400 women took part in the war dressed as men.

I learned about daguerreotype images, and the Anthony camera was the top of the line in cameras. I also learned the medical term lymphogranuloma venerum was contracted by males who visited brothels. It was extremely painful.

This novel of war, deception, and forgiveness was a page-turner to the very end. I liked that they were complex characters and that the satisfying ending was not evident throughout the story. So many ways it could have turned out. I highly suggest reading the epilogue and note from the author.

The author did add scripture to the text, I only wish the plan of Salvation would have been presented to the dying. Other than that I wholeheartedly treasured reading this novel.

Quotes I liked:

“Beauty can always be found if we train our eyes to see it.” (Thomas Turner ~ pg# 48)

“The way you see the world is so incredibly special…” (Mither ~ pg# 205)

“Time is too precious to waste in bitterness. It will steal your joy.” (Where Dandelions Bloom ~ pg# 280)

“Always trying to fix things so everyone is taken care of. But such perfection is not attainable this side of glory, is it?” (Where Dandelions Bloom ~ pg# 309)

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