Life is about to take an interesting turn in the small town of Eden Hill. Cornelius Alexander decides to gamble everything he owns on a get rich quick scheme the Zipco service station company is offering. When he stumbles into Eden Hill one afternoon, Cornelius decides that is the perfect place to build his station. It is right across the street from Osgood’s Oil, the only gas station in the small village. Owned for years by the Osgood family, this new station seems to be taking direct aim at the Osgoods and their only source of income. Suddenly this peaceful little settlement might become a battlefield between the two businesses and families. Will this turn into something like the Hatfield and McCoy feud?
Rev. Caudill certainly hopes not. In fact, he starts asking the entire congregation, including the Alexander and Osgood families, some hard questions. Most importantly, he talks about neighbors and how they should treat each other. Just as the man in the Biblical story wanted to know, the Osgoods question who exactly is their neighbor? Does that include the “neighbor” who decides to go into direct competition with them, and then attempts to lure long-time customers away? Will the Alexanders go bankrupt and lose everything? Or will the Osgoods have to close their station because of the shiny new one across the street? Can one small town support two of the same type of businesses?
Take a step back in time, and enter into small town life with all its joys–and surprises! At first glance Eden Hill may seem like a quiet little town without much happening. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. The residents of this little town cope with situations that range from racial prejudice to illegitimate children, along with a gentle sprinkling of humor. At the same time, God is trying to touch their lives, and make all things work together for good.
I enjoyed this 5-star book. The characters were interesting, and each of their stories really drew me in. Reading this will make you wish Eden Hill really exists. I recommend this book to all fans of well-written fiction.
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What would life be like if Christian principles were followed daily? Suzi Johnson has attempted to do just that, and she shares her story. This book contains the wisdom she has gathered over the years of living life with God at the center.
She contrasts what life is like when completely depending on God, as well as, what life is like when not doing that. The author includes examples from her own life when she relied on God, and not herself, along with the resulting blessings. She recounts the time she had only one hour to get many hours of tax work done, but by asking God to take over, she was able to finish it in the small amount of time she had. By trusting God, she had a miraculous outcome.
Family is also very important to the author, and she stresses how vital it is to make sure your children understand what it means to be a Christian. For instance, despite raising their boys as Christians, the author and her husband were shocked to discover their children had never learned some very basic tenets of their faith. She shares what happened in her own family’s life when they made the decision make sure their boys knew what they believed. As part of that change, they made a stronger commitment to church attendance. That decision had far-reaching consequences in all of their lives.
The author includes some very clever ways to remember important precepts for success, which she calls the Tic-Tac-Toe–Success in a Row.” A win-win solution will be the result of incorporating those concepts, which are:
First row, The ASK Principle: Ask, Seek, and Knock.
Second row, The Formula: Preparation (+), Success (=), and Opportunity (+)
Third row, The “Be” Vitamins: Be Informed, Be Involved and Believe
This book is not a hard to understand theological work, but rather it is written in an easy to read, down-to-earth style. She has kept her instructions simple, with her overriding message being to trust God, and have faith in Him. Enlarge My Territory? Bring it On!, is a combination of a memoir of Mrs. Johnson’s life, along with some suggestions about how to live in a God-centered way. She includes lots of scripture, and other creative methods to remember rewarding ways to live. The real-life situations the author shared were especially enjoyable and helpful. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys true stories about people who have successfully followed God’s principles.
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Grief. How can it be depicted? Experts have analyzed it, dividing grief into stages, claiming certain feelings and reactions are predictable–even if the one experiencing it finds it hard to believe anyone else could forecast such a thing.
Some have used Biblical references. For instance, part of the 23rd Psalm, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death….,” has been used to describe the journey through grief.
Water and ocean references have also been used in an attempt to explain it. Such phrases as “drowning in grief,” “throw me a line to get out of my grief,” or “where is my anchor in grief?” have all been used. Grief has been compared to the waves in the ocean. And just like the waves at the sea shore, some really big grief waves, with tsunami-type strength, can come along, and try to knock you down.
This book has been written for someone who is experiencing loss, perhaps someone who despairs of happiness ever returning. Grieving the Loss of a Loved One came out of the pain and loss the author herself experienced. Her wish is to help others navigate their way through their own difficult time.
This volume is divided into short sections, each dealing with different aspects of grief. That format makes it easy to thumb through when looking for a particular issue. There is even space for journaling in each section. The book itself is very well-made, with a padded cover, along with strong, thick paper. It can handle being opened and closed often, or even a bit of rough treatment, if it is carried around a lot. It is a very sturdy volume, and is written from a Christian outlook.
This book doesn’t have all the answers. Nothing does. Or at least that is how it can seem during times of grief. But the author attempts to give the broken-hearted an anchor in their personal storm. During grief, I have gleaned very little from books that have not been written from a Christian viewpoint. Without the promises of God, there is very little hope secular books have to suggest. Books that do not include God during grieving leave me flat, without hope, and–I have found–are a waste of time.
Grieving the Loss of a Loved One will not be a waste of your time. The author very clearly points to Jesus, and scripture, as the life preserver needed to keep one from drowning during their own storm of grief. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone experiencing loss.
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Two people are missing, and two people are dead. Nikki Boyd, part of The Missing Persons Task Force, has been called in to track down the two that are missing. Suddenly, the case gets really personal for her. One of the crime scenes is on a boat, The Isabella, owned by her good friend, Tyler. After that, things get even more complex when it is revealed that George Brennan, Tyler’s estranged, alcoholic father-in-law, is involved in this case as well.
Tyler and Nikki have a complicated relationship. Tyler is the husband of Nikki’s best friend, Katie. But a year earlier, Katie drowned–falling off The Isabella–leaving Tyler, her young son Liam, and Nikki heart-broken. The three of them have spent a lot of time together this past year trying to cope with their grief. Lately, Nikki has found herself starting to develop romantic feelings towards Tyler, and has pulled back from him and Liam. She is torn between happiness and guilt for feeling that way.
Now, this case is bringing Nikki face to face with Tyler, as well as, Katie’s dad, George. Following the clues and evidence leads Nikki from the pharmaceutical offices in an expensive office building, to sleazy motels in the worst part of town. Before this investigation is over, Nikki, Tyler and Liam’s lives will all be in danger. At the same time, Nikki works hard to unravel just who is behind all this.
The reader will be kept on the edge of their seat, while finding out if Nikki will be able to solve this crime before it is too late. In the midst of all this turmoil, Nikki can’t stop thinking about her growing feelings for Tyler. Will she have the courage to tell him how she really feels? If she does, will it destroy their friendship if he doesn’t feel the same way?
This book is a real page turner, and I really enjoyed it. Missing is the second installment in The Nikki Boyd Files, but this story can definitely stand on its own. It is written from a Christian point of view, which I really appreciate. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys well-written suspense stories, with a dash of mystery. Missing rates five plus stars.
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Prosperity’s world is crashing around her. She has just discovered her fiancée of two years, David, has married someone else! Not only is Prosperity heart-broken, David was her only hope for happiness and a secure life. After the recent death of her mother, Prosperity has no one, and is penniless. She decided to use what little resources she had to book passage from Nantucket Island, to Key West, Florida, in order to marry her fiancée.
Shocked doesn’t begin to describe how Prosperity feels when she arrives at David’s army post, and discovers he has married someone else. Her quiet and devoutly religious fiancée has married a local barmaid. His new wife is course, rough talking and very pregnant!
A single woman without family or money in 1852, has very little prospects if she doesn’t marry. Broke and alone in an unknown area hundreds of miles from home, Prosperity can only turn to prayer for hope. Amazingly, rescue arrives when Prosperity has a chance encounter with a woman named Elizabeth. Her new friend, along with her husband, provide a room Prosperity can live in.
A chance to make money comes when Prosperity is hired to do back-breaking work in the local hospital’s laundry. Not only is the work hard, she must work under the cruel Miss Stern. She is a woman who is difficult to please. She seems to delight in firing anyone who breaks one of her many rules. Prosperity must keep her job at all costs, and is careful to do everything Miss Stern demands.
From time to time, Prosperity crosses paths with David. He acts like he hates his wife, and still wants to declare his love for Prosperity. Everything David has done confuses her, and he seems like a stranger instead of the man she though she knew so well. Her heart is shattered by his behavior.
Through Prosperity’s interest in the medicinal value of local herbs, she strikes up a friendship with a much older man, the local doctor, Clayton Goodenow. Without her realizing it, Dr. Goodenow has fallen in love with Prosperity. He states he knows she doesn’t love him, but he is sure, with time, she will. He wants to marry her.
What will happen after the shocking discovery that is made after David’s baby is born? Will Prosperity agree to marry the kind doctor, even though she doesn’t love him, and he doesn’t share her faith? Despite trying hard, will Prosperity break one of Miss Stern’s many rules, and lose her only way to support herself?
This book will keep you turning the pages. I really enjoyed Elizabeth and Prosperity’s faith, and the way they used it in their everyday life. The is the second installment in the Keys of Promise series, but this story stands on its own. I recommend this 5-star book to those who enjoy historical romances.
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