Book Review: “Beyond These Hills” By Sandra Robbins

December 29, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Sandra Robbins in her new book, “Beyond These Hills book coverBeyond These Hills” Book Three in the Smoky Mountain Dreams  series published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the life of Laurel Jackson.

From the Back Cover:   “I don’t know what the future holds for us, but I do know one thing.  God won’t abandon us.  He’s got good things coming our way.”

It’s 1934, and Laurel Jackson fears the life she’s always known is about to become a memory. The government is purchasing property to establish the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and nearly all the families in Cades Cove have decided to sell. Laurel is determined to save the land her family has lived on for a hundred years.

Andrew Brady, the son of a wealthy Virginia congressman, arrives in the Cove to convince the remaining landowners to sell. Sparks fly when he meets Laurel, the outspoken young woman who is determined to thwart his every effort. Will they ever be able to put aside their differences and accept what their hearts already know?

In the third and final book in the Smoky Mountain Dreams series, acclaimed author Sandra Robbins brings a dramatic conclusion to the story of the families of Cades Cove.

Return with us now to Cades Cove, TN.  This is the third and last book in this series, of which I am sorry to say I have not read the first two.  However I can say this Ms. Robbins is such a good author that I did not feel I missed a whole lot.  The people of Cades Cove are wonderful people and they are fighting to keep their home their home.  It always is a battle between the wishes of the government and the wishes of the people, will the town continue or will it turn into the new national park for the whole country to visit?  Laurel represents the people and Andrew represents the government and the two of them will have a romance.  There is so much going on that is so very interesting and the characters are so much fun that it is sad that this series is ending.  I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to the next series from this talented duo.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Harvest House Publishers for this review.  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: “A Bride For Noah” By Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith

December 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith in their new book, “A Bride For Noah book coverA Bride For Noah” Book One in the Seattle Brides series published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the life of Evie Lawrence.

From the Back Cover:   In the shadow of the mountain

It’s 1851, and Evie Lawrence is penniless and desperate for an adventure. When her employer announces his plan to move west and make his fortune, Evie jumps at the chance to start a new life. She says goodbye to the only home she’s ever known and sets out for the rugged Northwest.  She’ll build a restaurant in one of the new settlements, she decides.

A restaurant in the wilderness?  Noah Hughes, a handsome young lumberjack, can hardly believe his ears.  Evie has no idea what she is getting into.  The last thing his logging camp needs is a woman!  And the last thing he’s looking for is a bride…so why can’t he get Evie out of his mind?

In this first book of the Seattle Brides series, two people learn what it means to move beyond their expectations and embrace the very best God has for them.

I love history and the authors have skillfully blended the founding of Seattle, Washington into this first book in this new series.  Evie is not coming out as a mail-order bride, she is coming out as a business person looking to start a new life out West.  I admire her.  Evie is a strong minded woman who knows what she wants and clashes with whomever seems to get in her way.  Noah is her male equivalent and the two seem to be adversaries all the time, yet Noah is beginning to melt to her.  Both Evie and Noah are wounded individuals in romance and it is going to take God to heal them before they can accept the present, embrace each other and embrace the future.  I enjoyed the characters in this book, the good guys are worth cheering for and the bad guys are, well, bad.   I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to the next book in this series from this talented duo.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Harvest House Publishers for this review.  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: “Church Zero” By Peyton Jones

December 28, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Peyton Jones in his new book, “Church Zero book coverChurch Zero” published by David C. Cook shows us Raising 1st Century Churches out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church.

From the Back Cover:   It’s Time to start over from zero.

 What happened to the Western Church? When did we stop being radical, dangerous, and impossible to ignore? Why are we losing the generation under 30 and reaching so few nonbelievers?
In Church Zero, Peyton Jones says one of our big problems is this: we squeeze our leaders into a mold that cuts their hair and drains away their commando strength.
Scripture lays out a leadership model that worked explosively in the first century—but frankly, we’re scared of it. We don’t have to be. When properly understood, Christ’s model can help your church live the way the body was meant to live, truly making a difference in your community.   Church Zero gives the blueprints for how the Western Church might start rebuilding from the ground up if a pipe bomb were placed underneath all of our church structures overnight. What would tomorrow look like if we had to restart from a biblical ground zero?
Church Zero will help us once again become a radical, dangerous people who cannot be ignored. It’s time to break out of the matrix.

I do not have a problem with what we now call mega-churches.  I guess sometimes it is easier to go and fit in with a large crowd.  However we need the smaller churches to meet the needs of the individuals and we need the Pastors to shepherd them.  However there are not enough churches!  When I was growing up there was practically a church every few blocks.  Now you need to travel to find a church.  To get churches planted we need planters or what Paul called apostles.  In eleven chapters Mr. Jones goes into the problem and the solution on how we should get the new church planted.  He addresses the need and provides solutions.  I believe this book is for everybody whether or not you will be a church planter.  You see once the new church is planted someone has to bring the unchurched to church and if you understand what is going on in your new home you will be more equipped to help out.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from David C. Cook for this review.  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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