Reviewer: Michelle Dennis Evans
This is a sweet story about 14-year-old Bethany who is in a terrible car accident killing both her parents. With a severely broken leg, Bethany is unable to dance. At times the characters seemed older than 14 and some of the conversations didn’t ring true to a teenager – this could be because they were rich ballerinas and possibly more mature than the average teen. Great book for teens to see through Bethany’s eyes, what it might be like to lose everything valuable to you. Her grief journey shows the wide range of highs and lows that are very real when someone close to you dies.
pursuing her, despite the fact that everyone knows dating a co-worker is career suicide.
Using her software, Merrideth gets a first-hand look at Brett’s ancestors, the courageous pioneers of the Illinois Country who withstood Indian attacks, hardship, and loneliness to settle there in the 1780s. One of the settlers is James Garretson, who risked his life to take the Gospel to the very tribe that wreaked havoc on his family. Merrideth is amazed that he could forgive a crime so huge.
She would love to tell Brett that he is descended from heroes, and that he inherited his black hair and green eyes from James Garretson. But she is determined to safeguard her program, and discretion is not Brett’s strong suit. She also has secrets about herself that she’d just as soon he didn’t find out either.
One virtue Brett does have is patience, and he’s quite willing to wait for Merrideth to figure things out.
C Through Marriage
Author: Jim Hughes
Genre: Christian Living
Joyless? Lifeless? In a rut? Sometimes married life can get that away. If you want something more out of your marriage, then author and pastor Jim Hughes' C Through Marriage is for you. Explore the many issues that every married couple must face on a regular basis if their marriage is going to be what God intended.
Life has become a vicious cycle of busy activity for most of us. We scarcely have time to say hello to each other, let alone have the time to nurture and grow our love. The busier we get, the farther we drift apart, and the farther we drift apart, the more we are tempted to wander. We don't want it to happen, but isn't that just the way of life these days? Adultery, divorce, loveless marriages-what can we do? Hughes' advice covers everything from Cash and Chemistry to Children and Cuddling. But the most important focus of any marriage is the Covenant that it is and the oneness it creates.
Reviewer: Valerie Jackson
This book is focused on the many problems that could beset a marriage (all starting with the letter "C") and could be considered a series of short essays on each problem. Considering the number of C's, the author wisely kept most of them to the point. The number of topics is comprehensive, but his treatment of them isn't, which makes for an easier read. As such, it should probably be considered a resource, with the reader turning to and bookmarking the areas they'd like information on, rather than reading the book straight through.
The author frequently speaks man to man, as well as to couples, which is a nice change from many similar books. He covers everything from practical issues like Cleanliness and Consummation, to spiritual issues like Christ-likeness. There are also some really nice turns of phrase here and there. "Chivalry is the knack of putting your spouse on a pedestal and defending his or her right to be there before the world," is a favorite.
It would be nice if had more scripture citations, even if only into footnotes. I recognized when he was quoting scripture instead of simply giving his opinion, but not everyone will. Plus, sometimes I like to look them up if I'm not familiar with them.
Overall, this is a good resource to help those who can't quite pinpoint what might be going on with the marriage. And who'd like to know what they're getting right.
The End Begins
Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit, knowing she could find herself in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier, namely Lieutenant Thomas Gallagher.
Jesse watches out for Meryn when possible, although she wants nothing to do with him. His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives. With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency to Meryn. And to convince her that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.
As the Leaves Kiss the Stream
Reviewer: Mary Hemlow
Anyone who has ever been responsible for a teen will appreciate the scenario in this novella. A missionary father who has been forced to return from the field in Kenya because of his errant daughter, makes an attempt to reconnect with her through their mutual enjoyment of fly fishing. It's difficult not to admire the father's patience and tenacity in the face of his daughter's disrespect. The comparison between his thoughts about what he wants to say to his daughter and what he actually does say adds a richness to his character. A smoothly depicted account, it was difficult to put down due to my curiosity as to whether the relationship would be restored. A well told story of sacrificial love, would recommend to readers in relationship with teens or to anyone who has felt unloved.
Pearls for the Bride
Reviewer: Mary Hemlow
Pearls for the Bride by Laura Thomas is a book that is important for today because marriage is under attack in our culture, but is foundational for Christian family values. The cover immediately draws you in and the bridal theme is obvious. While this book is well-researched, I struggled with quotes from popular Hollywood personalities, Doris Day, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and others. I would have preferred the authority for Thomas' assertions to have been the bible or recognized Christian authorities on topics like conflict resolution, acceptance of our circumstances, family values etc. It was well researched and citations were given, I just didn't approve of the sources. However, it was well done and while I would have liked more biblical principles illuminated I would still recommend this to a bride-to-be.
The Candle Maker
Reviewer: Margaret Welwood
My ten-year-old granddaughter and I found this story very engaging; her interest peaked when Butch needed help.
The action and suspense drew me in from the beginning. Ten-year-old Benjamin is both likeable and believable, and we can readily empathize with his wants, fears and compassion. The setting, too, is vivid; cold and poverty play a major role in building our empathy with both boy and dog.
The adults in the story are quick to point out the lesson—“what the Good Book says about taming the tongue”—but there is so much more here. Perseverance in the face of discomfort and danger, compassion when it’s easier to look the other way, generosity, secret wishes that are best unfulfilled, courage and unexpected friendship, as well as a delightful Christmas surprise all play a part in this beautiful story. Best of all, the Light of the World shines in the streets and alleys of Old England through the prayer, faith and kindness of one little boy and his family.
Jesus Loves Me When I Dance
Reviewer: Cierra Loften
This less than 15 page children's book was a very quick read, though delightful, nonetheless. It covers the basic principles of living a life for God in a way that is very clear, fun, and easy to understand for children. Even though I am in my twenties, I couldn't help but be uplifted by this lovely book. While there is nothing particular that stands out about 'Jesus Loves Me When I Dance,' if you're looking for a sweet, to the point book to read to your children about the love God has for them, pick this one up! Overall, I would give this book a 4 Star rating. The cover is cute and inviting, the main character centers around the author's granddaughter (so cute!) and the style is very quick to follow and devour in no time. This is a Christ-centered novel that can easily be read over and over again!
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
When I saw the cover of this book I thought, "What a cutie!" When I saw the title however, I was overjoyed because I have three little "great-nieces" who are dancers and would probably love this book. I contacted the author, Glynis Belec and asked her who the little cutie on the front cover was and she informed me it was her granddaughter who did an impromptu photo-shoot with her mom on the way home from ballet class one day. When the author saw them, she immediately knew she had to write a story around them and this book is the result.
This delightful little rhyming book reinforces in its young readers that Jesus loves them in all stages of their development. He loves them when they are dancing and when they are playing and enforces the truth that Jesus is the best friend they will ever have.
If you have young dancers in your home and want to encourage them in their faith (and their dance) grab a copy. You'll be glad you did!
Reviewer: Mary Hosmar
This delightful children’s picture book is filled with truths. The poetry and charming photos will keep the very young enthralled. Older children will enjoy reading it for themselves.
The photos compliment and illustrate the text and the child’s facial expressions will evoke a response from even the youngest readers. Glynis Belec has taken Amanda Belec Newton’s photography and added the poetry and together they have created a picture book which reassures children about Jesus’ love for them.
Reviewer: Laura Thomas
This book is perfect for authors and writers who are just embarking on the realms of social media, specifically Twitter—but it also has enough information for a seasoned pro to gain some extra knowledge on the subject. It starts out with step-by-step instructions for the absolute beginner, making it very non-threatening and user-friendly. As the book progresses, Snyder delves deeper into the world of Twitter with tips on scheduling, frequency, how to create great tweets, and pretty much anything you could imagine needing to know on the subject. At the end of each chapter, the reader is encouraged to take specific action, and on finishing the book there is no excuse for not being able to fully utilize Twitter effectively! Packed with links for further reading, resources, and recommended books, I came away knowing a lot more about Twitter than I did before, and feel confident in carrying out several of Snyder’s suggestions for authors. I thoroughly recommend this book for any writer (or any non-writer even!) who is interested in uncovering the mystery that is Twitter.
A Matter of Conscience
Reviewer: Janis Cox
A fascinating story using the historical references of William Lyon Mackenzie and the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. Mary has made that time in history come alive by creating real characters and having them work through their emotions regarding their decisions of whether to join in the rebellion or not. Well written. Fast-paced. A great read.
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