Bad Girls of the Bible by: Liz Curtis Higgs

Are you a bad girl?

Liz Curtis Higgs book Bad Girls of the Bible brings about so many current events. Remember Lot’s wife and the fact that she looked back at Sodom and Gamorrah, makes me wonder what people are doing during this time of floods and tornados in the South. Will they turn back and try to rebuild? Will they walk away to make another life somewhere else? I think time in prayer would be the best answer to this one.

In this day and age, not many know the words “thank you”. How often are we blessed by someone else and yet all we do is just want more. I know my kids are this way; nothing is enough, they always want more. Higgs brings about the story of the “Sinful Woman” in a way that brings tears to the eye. How many times have you heard of someone being so grateful they fell down and kissed the feet of the one who had a hand in their forgiveness? I don’t recall any outside of the Bible and Higgs’s book.

Higgs has brought about simpler and more realistic stories to those of the Bible. How bad girls act and what the consequences may be. Her book is a good read and has Scripture to help back it up and research more.

Publisher: WaterBrook Press; Published: 1999, 2007 ; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian Format: Paperback; Source: Received for review from Publisher.

Published in: on May 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm  Comments (2)  

The Priest’s Graveyard by: Ted Dekker – Book Blog Tour

The Priest’s Graveyard by: Ted Dekker

Two abandoned souls are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths will cross and lead to one twisted fate. Danny Hansen is a Bosnian immigrant who came to America with hopes of escaping haunted memories of a tragic war that took his mother’s life. Now he’s a priest who lives by a law of love and compassion. It is powerful men and hypocrites who abide by legal law but eschew the law of love that most incense Danny. As an avenging angel, he believes it is his duty to show them the error of their ways, at any cost.

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 5 million copies sold worldwide. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

The Priest’s Graveyard was an exciting read. Having read a few of Ted Dekker’s books, I new I was in for a ride. At the beginning of this book, I was expecting something different about Danny Hansen. As a Priest, I thought his “sin” was going to be something more extraordinary than it was. I’m not saying he was right or wrong, it was just something different than what I had in mind.

Renee really got on my nerves. Her ignorance of things was rather irritating at times. I completely understand what Mr. Dekker was going for, but some of it, for me, wasn’t really believable. Which may be something I have just never experienced or been around.

All in all, The Priest’s Graveyard was an exciting, thrilling, and great read. If you’re in the mood for some suspenseful and on edge reading, go get your copy on April 19th. You won’t be sorry!

Another stop on the tour for today: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Tomorrow’s stops: Urban Bachelorette and Fable Freak

Published in: on April 13, 2011 at 8:17 am  Comments (2)  

Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs

Not realizing I was reading a book that was the last in a trilogy, Mine is the night by Liz Curtis Higgs was a hard read. I am a fan of historical fiction, but maybe this one was beyond me. The language was hard for me to read and, sometimes, understand. Being unable to finish it, I am only 1/3 of the way through and for some reason cannot get into this one.

Liz Curtis Higgs writes a tale of faith, family, and hope. In the age of this tale, women find it hard to actually get a good job; outside of housekeeping and such. It seems that some women, even in this day and age, can’t escape being taken down off their high horse.

From the beginning of Mine is the night, the former Lady Kerr finds out what humility truly is. Her title taken away and homeless, she must lower not only her standards, but her head and accept that things may not ever be as they were. She learns that her daughter in law isn’t as bad as she may have thought and that sometimes, you have to ask for forgiveness.

I hope to finish this book one day and get the previous two; I will post another review when I have.

Publisher: WaterBrook; Published: March 15, 2011; Category: Fiction –Historical:  Adult, Christian – Romance; Format: Paperback; Source: ARC

This ARC was received from the Publisher in return for a honest review.

Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm  Comments (1)  

Love Inspired: Inspirational Romance

The Love Inspired books, published by Steeple Hill, are among some of the sweetest Inspirational Romance books I love to read. Each book is based on Faith, Love, and God’s word. These books remind me of the innocent days gone by. The Authors each have a different story to tell and each bring about a sense of peace by journey’s end.


This week, I’ve read Finally a Family by Carolyne Aarsen and His Small-Town Girl by Arlene James.


In Finally a Family, Carolyne Aarsen touches on a subject that has caused many fights among family; the reading of the will. Hannah Kristoferson once thought that the man she considered to be a father, had left and never given her a second thought. Ethan Wetserveld has sworn off women and is rather upset, an understatement, at what is Uncle Sam has done.

Hannah is called to the hometown of Sam; the only man she ever knew as a father. She’s been called in for the reading of his will. With no clue as to why she would need to be there, she is astonished once she finds out.

Ethan has worked his Uncle’s farm for years. When this Hannah woman is called in to hear the will, he is beyond mad about what his Uncle has written. However, with determination and prayers about, Ethan not only has his work cut out for him, but must learn that every “city woman” is not the same.

Can these two work together and fulfill Uncle Sam’s will?


For Tyler Aldrich, he just wanted to get away and have some peace. However, when he reaches Eden, the type of peace he was looking for, is not the type he finds. Charlotte Jefford knows what type Tyler needs. Showing him the meaning of family, love, and what it means to have God in your life, Charlotte shows him that money is not everything.

In Arlene James’s His Small-Town Girl, Tyler learns what family truly is. Never being around people of little money, he realizes that he is the odd ball in the town of Eden. Soon, he also comes to see what is more important than anything that money can buy; God. God is the only One that can give us peace – The peace that passes all understanding.


Both of these Love Inspired books were great. They always leave me wanting for more at the end, but the journey through the characters and their trials is always amazing. I only with that life was a simple as these books.


Finally a Family by Carolyne AArsen

Publisher: Steeple Hill; Published: June 1, 2008; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: Paperback; Source: Own

His Small-Town Girl by Arlene James

Publisher: Steeple Hill; Published: June 1, 2008; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: Paperback; Source: Own




Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm  Comments (2)  

The Parting (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher #1) by Beverly Lewis


What would you do if you had to adhere to a certain guideline and could only read certain excerpts of the Bible?

In The Parting by Beverly Lewis, the elder Amish are strict. They walk a line of doing what had been taught and what the Bishop has said. However, some are being shunned and turned away. Not because of things done and seen as “wild” or ungodly; but because they are reading other verses in the Bible and accepting Jesus as their Savior.

The Fisher family is going through a trial; the death of a child. Their sixteen year old daughter drowned and now the rumors are rampant. Was she going wild? Or was she helping turn others toward the Lord? Nellie Mae thought she knew her sister, but some things are not as simple as she once believed.

Knowing what is going on in her family; Dat is praying out loud and praying like he never has. Nellie is scared of what is coming. She loves Caleb, but he is strictly standing by others in the laws of the old ways. Nellie is unsure of what to do; she doesn’t want to lose him.

Beverly Lewis has created a lovely journey in the life of the Amish. The family pretense of following your parents and the laws set forth, it makes one wonder what would happen if you were in the same situation. Who do you follow? Your family, the one you love, or the Lord?

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Published: October 1, 2007; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: Hardcover; Source: Purchased


Published in: on February 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Love Finds You in Deadwood, South Dakota by: Tracey Cross

Want a peek into local American life – past and present? The Love Finds You series published by Summerside Press features real towns and combines travel, romance, and faith in one irresistible package! (inside the back cover)


How far would you go for your child to have a home?

Love Finds You in Deadwood, South Dakota, by Tracey Cross is a compelling story of a widow, her son, and the unborn child she carries. Jane Albright not only is in grief over the death of her husband, but also the fact that he took a loan out against the land and home. But Jane being Jane, she will not be run over and will do what it takes to save her home.

Franklin Lloyd had not met a woman as stubborn as Jane. He hated to take away her home, but a deal was a deal. He felt for her and her son; yet, he couldn’t bring himself to just let the note go.

Jane decides to run freight and gets in with the wrong person. Upon learning her mistake, it’s almost too late. Being pregnant is not the only thing that has saved her from being forced into prostitution. By the grace of God, He is keeping her safe.

Follow this journey as Jane works to gain what is rightfully hers and as Franklin realizes that God is still there. The pair is both strong-willed and pushing each other’s buttons. Tracey Cross brings about a story of strong faith, family, and how love will lead you to do almost anything to save them.

Publisher: Summerside Press; Published: August 1, 2010; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: Paperback; Source: Purchased

Published in: on February 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Liberty’s Promise by: Amber Miller Stockton

How deep is your faith in the Lord? How strong is your family’s connection?

Liberty’s Promise by Amber Miller Stockton, is a Three-in-one collection of the following stories: Promises, Promises, Quills and Promises, and Deceptive Promises. Stockton’s Promises collection is about three generations in the Hanssen family. Each one a tale of faith, love, and complete trust in God.

In Promises, Promises, Raelene Strattford loses her family and must rely on the help of Fustaf Hanssen. Raelene’s stubborn personality takes her into a life of hard work and yearning. She doesn’t seem to see what is right in front of her. Finally, she realizes where her true faith and love should lay.

How long would you wait for the one you love? In Quills and Promises, Elanna Hanssen must bide her time for the handsome Major Madison Scott. Yet, at a young age, she is as curious as ever and stumbles upon a person that wants to give her his affection. Through writing and promises made, Elanna must decide who the true Major is.

No one likes being lied to; especially a girl in love. For Margret Scott, her innocence is seen and her inquisitive nature brings her to Samuel Lowe. He is a British Soldier during a time of war. He promises to see her, but will his uniform defy his true character. In Deceptive Promises, some may not be what they seem.

Amber Miller Stockton’s trilogy is a wonderful read. She brings about love, faith, and prayer, during a time of war. Her Promises are about when neighbors helped out and courting was still chaperoned. One’s virtue was gold. These three stories touch your heart and make you pray right along with the characters.

Publisher: Barbour Books; Published: March 1, 2010; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: Paperback; Source: Purchased


Published in: on February 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Who is my Shelter? by Neta Jackson

In our world today, when all hope is lost, where do you go?

Who is my Shelter by Neta Jackson tells us the answer to that. Jackson’s tale is one of hope. Who is my Shelter is the fourth book in Jackson’s House of Hope series. I enjoyed the book; however, it brought about memories of times past. The book itself was inspiring and I only wish she would have added a little more at the ending.

Gabby Fairbanks is currently separated from her husband, working for Manna House, and living at House of Hope. Each day she does her best to help others in need; yet, she can’t seem to figure out how to let God handle her own problems.

In Who is my Shelter, Jackson tells us who can handle our problems. She allows Gabby to talk it over with friends, to pray, and then let God take care of it. Gabby learns to ask for prayer from her brothers and sister in Christ, all the while learning that she can’t do everything by herself.

Gabby’s journey is not an easy one. With children in tow, she must decide what to do about her marriage. It wasn’t easy to admit where she wronged in it, while her husband was taking the full blame. His actions during their marriage were harsh and hurtful; yet, Gabby takes responsibility in her part of the failed years.

Gabby and Philip must learn that God is there for them, along with family and friends; they have to decide where their marriage goes from here. Not everyone has a prayer group, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask someone.

God is our shelter and he is there during the storm. Who is my Shelter is a great read and reminded me of the fact that God is always there and He is my Rock.

The song mentioned in this story is one of my favorites. I go to the Rock!

Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Published: March 1, 2011; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: eBook; Source: Review copy received from Author/Publisher

Published in: on February 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm  Comments (1)  

Tandem by: Tracey Bateman

When I first saw this cover of this book, I was intrigued. Upon reading the back cover, I knew I wanted to read it. Tracey Batemen brings about a tale of certain creatures living among humans. Tandem kept me reading and wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Lauryn is a single woman who lives with her ailing father. She tries to take care of him the best she can, even when he can’t remember who she is. The heartfelt emotions of his disease are felt throughout the book.

Lauryn continues to work and take care of her father amidst the killings that are happening in her town.  With all the speculations about what is going on, she doesn’t know what to think, except that people are crazy. Even when the truth is told to her, she can’t believe it; that is until she sees it all.

Tracey Bateman writes a tale of suspense, mystery, and creatures.  Listed as Christian fiction, I assumed it would be filled with many recitations from the Bible; however, it was not. Even so, if she had added many Scriptures, I feel it would still be a great read. I think that they way she writes, this book should appeal to many readers out there.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and that I would recommend it to everyone.

Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah; Published: October 5, 2010; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian; Mystery; Format: Paperback; Source: Review copy received from Publisher.

Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm  Comments (1)  

May Cooler Heads Prevail by: Teri Dunnegan

What is your family worth to you? Are you close? Would you go out on a limb for them; even if murder is involved?

Most families are not as close as they once were. Today we are busier than ever; however, in the Tanner family, if you’re called upon, you better be there. Teri Dunnegan’s writes about how the Tanner family sticks together through thick, thin, and murder. May Cooler Heads Prevail is a witty, charming story. With a charismatic group of people, Dixie Turner has to leave her home and job in Little Rock, Arkansas, to travel back to her home town in Missouri. With only a piece of information about her Aunt’s involvement in a murder, Dixie must help her family find the killer.

Through “spells” or “episodes”, Aunt Connie is a hoot. She loves her brother and knows he only has her best interest at heart; yet, she wants it all over with. Trying to dodge a murderer, the sheriff, and other nosy towns-folk, the Tanners continue on their search to find out the truth.

Teri Dunnegan has written a wonderful tale of how a family should help each other. Not necessarily being investigators, but always being there when needed. With constant prayer, love, and faith, the Tanners make their way through this trial/tribulation. May Cooler Heads Prevail, is a charming and wonderful read.

Publisher: Barbour Publishing; Imprinting: Barbour Books; Published: November 1, 2010; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian; Format: eBook; Source: Review copy from Author/Publisher

Published in: on January 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm  Leave a Comment