Book Review: The Vigilante’s Bride by Yvonne Harris

August 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Yvonne Harris in her new book, “The Vigilante’s Bride” published by Bethany House Publishers gives us a Western thriller that, if Alfred Hitchcock were alive today, he would want to direct it.

This is a Western and I really like Westerns, filled with cowboys, Indians, gunfights, cattle drives and greedy, land swindlers.  This is a thriller, the good guys are in deadly danger practically from page one and the danger escalates as the story progresses.  This is a romance.  This is a story filled with great characters that you do not mind spending your time with and wonderful writing.  This is a really great read!

Montana. 1884 and Luke Sullivan is going home.  For very valid reasons he decides to rob the stagecoach and finds Emily McCarthy, a young woman mail-order bride to his arch enemy.  Not wanting to subject her to that he abducts her taking her to the orphanage where he lives and works.  Now the man wants his paid for bride but that is not going to happen because Luke and Emily fall in love.  These two and the rest of the good guys must deal with cattle rustlers, Crow Indians, orphan children, an assassin and stolen land.

Here is a shocker, sometimes I make poor choices and, originally, I was not going to read this book.  However, I was given a second chance and I am so grateful for it.  I would spoil it if I really got a chance to tell you just how exciting this book is!  Not only is this book everything I have already said but the themes are so grand.  Ms. Harris explores whether God can make something good out of our disasters and bad choices.  When the bad guys are powerful and it seems the law cannot touch them can God deal with them?  Are we too small for God to care for and minister to our wounds and traumas?  These themes and more are dealt with as Ms. Harris gives us a truly great ride of a book.  I told my wife I have not enjoyed a book like this so much in a long time.  I am now a big fan of Yvonne Harris and am impatiently waiting for the next book.   It is well worth your time to read this book; you will be glad you did

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: Amish Proverbs by Suzanne Woods Fisher

August 18, 2010 at 11:27 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Suzanne Woods Fisher in her new book, “Amish Proverbs” words of wisdom from the simple life published by Revell gives us wisdom that we don’t hear much anymore.  With beautiful photographs the proverbs are separated by “Time”, “Money”, “Faith”, “Children & Family”, “In Word & Deed”, “Work Ethic”, “Handling Adversity”, “Education”, “Community”, “Character” and “Just For Fun”.

Spend enough time with the Amish, as author Suzanne Woods Fisher has, and you’ll hear them repeat a catchy turn of phrase or short words of wisdom, like “Good character like good soup is usually homemade,” or “Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.” Suspended in these phrases are age-old lessons about how to live wisely and please God. Reiterated day after day, the proverbs are learned by heart and help guide the lives of the Amish, reminding them of what’s truly important.

Fisher has spent a great deal of time with the Amish and has collected more than 200 proverbs that uncover the rich heritage, folklore, faith, values, history, and essence of the Plain People, which she shares in her new book

These proverbs cover all aspects of life, from finances to faith to family, as well as overcoming life’s frustrations. Serving as teaching tools and maxims for practical living, they’re not just for the Amish. Proverbs help point us all toward wisdom, toward good judgment, toward God’s teachings. They’re for anyone who seeks God’s wisdom and truth for everyday circumstances.

Some of the proverbs that readers will find in Amish Proverbs include:

  • “It is better to give others a piece of your heart than a piece of your mind.”
  • “You are only poor when you want more than you have.”
  • “A child can read a parent’s character before he can read the alphabet.”
  • “Bibles that are coming apart usually belong to people who are not.”
  • “Those who fear the future are likely to fumble the present.”
  • “Kissing wears out, cooking don’t.”
  • “If you sense your faith is unraveling, go back to where you dropped the thread of obedience.”
  • “You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.”
  • “A smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of things.”

Ranging from the simple to the profound, from the serious to the humorous, these sayings will stick with readers through life’s joys and sorrows and bring some of the Amish wisdom to everyday life.

I don’t know if this is an Italian proverb or just a proverb from my Italian mother but my contribution is, “It never rains but it pours.”

With beautiful full-color photos throughout, Amish Proverbs is the perfect gift for any occasion.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: Fatal Convictions by Randy Singer

August 17, 2010 at 2:47 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Randy Singer in his new book, “Fatal Convictions” published by Tyndale House Publishers gives us a legal thriller that just might happen any day now.

Alexander Madison, attorney and part-time pastor is working a personal injury case for the wife of an imam, the prayer leader of a mosque, when he gets a call that the police are at the iman’s house searching the place and asking questions.  Alex goes to Khalid Mobassar’s house to represent him and finds that the police consider him a prime suspect in the honor killing of the wife of a leader of the mosque who converted to Christianity.  Now a Muslim imam and a Christian pastor must set aside religious differences and work together to prove Khalid innocent of the charges brought against him.  The problem is that all the evidence seems to prove that he is guilty and more murders are committed to muddy things along.

When I grew up I loved watching and reading lawyer stories especially Perry Mason.  Every week Mason would get an impossible case and not only prove his client innocent but expose the guilty party all within an hour.  In “Fatal Convictions” Randy Singer not only brings back that kind of courtroom magic but gives us a case that seems ripped from the newspaper headlines.  In the book Muslim lawyers want to defend Mobassar but he has asked Alex, a Christian pastor to defend him.  Should that be a problem?  Does one belief system negate dealing legally with another belief system?  How do you deal with members of the congregation that do not approve?  Mr. Singer delves into all of that and much, much more in his book.

Once you get past the firestorm of controversy that this book brings out then you get to the core which is every person has the right to the best legal counsel no matter race or religion.  For me that was when the fun really began as, we the reader, were forced to make a decision as to the guilt or innocence of Mobassar.  Mr. Singer is constantly providing us with information and it is up to us to sort it all out to help us come to our conclusions.  I actually thought I had it all figured out and was feeling quite proud of myself until we got to the end and Mr. Singer explained it all.  This is a very satisfying roller coaster ride that will have you breathless in some parts and reading faster in others to try to keep up.  It is well worth your time to read this book; you will be glad you did

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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