Book Review: “Saving Amelie” by Cathy Gohlke

August 31, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Cathy Gohlke in her new book “Saving Amelie book coverSaving Amelie” published by Tyndale House Publishers introduces us to Rachel Kramer.

From the back cover:  SUMMER 1939

ONE LETTER, ONE REQUEST . . .
On a trip to Germany with her father, Rachel Kramer receives a cryptic letter with a plea for help from an estranged friend. Married to SS officer Gerhardt Schlick, Kristine sees the dark tides turning and fears her husband views their daughter Amelie—deaf since birth—as a blight on his Aryan bloodline.

. . . LEADS TO A TRUTH SO DARK . . .
Once courted by Schlick, Rachel knows he’s as dangerous as the swastikas that hang like ebony spiders across Berlin. She fears her father, an eminent eugenics scientist, may know about Hitler’s plans for others, like Amelie, whom the regime deems unworthy of life. But when she risks searching his classified documents, she also uncovers shocking secrets about her own history and a family she’s never known.

. . . THEY’LL RISK EVERYTHING TO BRING IT TO LIGHT.
Now hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Young— a driven American journalist and unlikely ally—whose connections to the resistance help Rachel and Amelie escape the city. Forced to hide in Oberammergau, the Bavarian village of the Passion Play, Rachel’s every ideal is challenged as she and Jason walk a knife’s edge, endangering their lives—and asking others to do the same—for those they barely know but come to love.

Almost anything set during World War II is going to be interesting. We are talking history with people and events during one of the darkest periods in human history. In “Saving Amelie” Cathy Gohlke gives us a thriller where Rachel and Jason are on the run for their lives across Germany trying to save the life of a little girl. Pulse pounding, nerve twisting suspense as we learn of what the Nazis are attempting and then the dramatic rescue attempt. This story is like the old movies that kept us glued to the edge of our seats so be prepared to be glued to yours. “Saving Amelie” is amazing, filled with wonderful characters that breathe life right off the page and who we root for to succeed. Don’t start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will want to read it all the way to the end. I highly recommend this book.

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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.”

Book Review: “The Advocate” by Randy Singer

August 31, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Randy Singer in his book “Advocate book coverThe Advocate” published by Tyndale House Publishers gives us a legal thriller featuring Theophilus from The Bible.

From the Back Cover:  At the trial of Christ, Theophilus, brilliant young assessore raised in the Roman aristocracy, stands behind Pontius Pilate and whispers, “Offer to release Barabbas.” The strategy backfires, and Theophilus never forgets the sight of an innocent man unjustly suffering the worst of all possible deaths—Roman crucifixion.

Three decades later, Theophilus has proven himself in the legal ranks of the Roman Empire. He has survived the insane rule of Caligula and has weathered the cruel tyrant’s quest to control the woman he loves. He has endured the mindless violence of the gladiator games and the backstabbing intrigue of the treason trials.

Now he must face another evil Caesar, defending the man Paul in Nero’s deranged court. Can Theophilus mount a defense that will keep another innocent man from execution?

The advocate’s first trial altered the course of history. His last will change the fate of an empire.

Ever wonder who  Theophilus is when you read the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts? Remember that when Luke was writing what we consider those two books was really just one long letter. And it is believed to be a legal brief in defense of the Apostle Paul whom  Theophilus was defending before Nero. Now Randy Singer has taken that bit of information and expanded it into one of the best historical fiction novels I think I have ever read. Mr. Singer is always good for a wonderful read however I think, this time, he has outdone himself. “The Advocate” is entertaining and will have you flipping pages as fast as you can read but, be prepared, it is also thought-provoking.  This is a multi-faceted story with interconnected subplots that will keep you guessing until the end.  I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down.  Randy Singer is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as he tightens the suspense.  I recommend this book highly!

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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.”

Book Review: “Abraham” By Charles R. Swindoll

August 31, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Charles R. Swindoll in his new book, “abraham book coverAbraham” published by Tyndale House Publishers gives us One Nomad’s Amazing Journey of Faith.

From the back cover:  Discover the power of belief

When we rewind history to Abraham’s era, we encounter people who concocted false superstitions to explain the unexplainable. Powerful kings claimed to be gods, building massive pyramids in an attempt to achieve immortality. Out of this mass of misunderstandings, this collage of confusion, one man emerged.

Why, thousands of years later, are we still discussing the faith of this desert nomad? Chuck Swindoll answers that question and many more in this compelling and insightful biography that will inspire your own faith.

Cultivate a courageous trust in God.

While each person’s faith journey is unique, Abraham blazed a trail for the rest of us. Just like Abraham, we will

  • Face an uncertain future and uncertain destinations as we follow our callings;
  • Be tempted to run ahead of God, trying to fix the world and our lives in ways we see fit;
  • Struggle to see how God can keep His promises; and
  • Be forced to wait—even when we don’t want to.

Respond well to life’s uncertainties

Chuck Swindoll teaches you how, outlining what it means to live with courageous trust in God through the life of Abraham.

You won’t want to miss this remarkable biography about one of the most discussed men of all time.

Since a large portion of Genesis is concerned with the life of Abraham it is only fitting that we set aside time to discover why. When we are first introduced to Abraham when he is told to leave his homeland and his family and journey to a place he is not told and he obeys we learn that he is a man of great faith and faith in a God that the rest of his family don’t know. In Abraham’s life there are moments when he is super strong and then moments when he is super weak and even moments when he slips all together. It just proves he was human. Yet God called him His friend. What does all this have to do with us? Everything! Abraham is our spiritual father and what occurred with him will, in some fashion, occur with us. Just like Abraham we all have a spiritual walk where God will ask us to do things and not tell us why and we need to step out in faith and obey. Pastor Swindoll has done a marvelous job of showing us the life of Abraham and how it relates to our lives. If you are questioning some of the events in your life and feel there are no answers then this is the book for you.  “Abraham” is a great gift to give to friends and family as well.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale 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.”

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