“The Captain Takes a Wife” by Doris Durbin

A Train Ride to Matrimony?

Captain Harry Richardson had no idea when he entered the train station his life was about to make a big change.  Up until that moment, he was concentrating on the new position for a pastor his aunt had told him about.  Fresh out of school, he was catching the train to try out for that opening.  But before he could board the train, a beautiful young woman rushes to him and asks him to kiss her like he was her fiancée.  Happy to oblige, Harry’s life would never be the same after that kiss.

The girl, Sarah Franklin, begs him to help her, saying she is being pursued by men intent on forcing her into an arranged marriage.  Instead of things calming down after the train leaves, life becomes more dangerous for Sarah.  So begins a story with lots of action and danger along with many twists and turns.  There seems to be an unlimited number of dangerous people pursuing Sarah, along with the growing mystery of why they don’t stop.  Harry immediately wants to do all he can to help.  He even considers marrying her despite knowing her less than 24 hours.

Danger pursues Sarah and Harry throughout the train ride.  It continues afterward when they attempt to make their way by wagon to the church needing a new pastor.  Friends try to help them, as well as new friends they meet along the way.  Unfortunately, some of the people they meet are only posing as friendly people, when in fact, they have ulterior motives.

This is an interesting story that has a lot going for it, along with grabbing your attention from the very beginning and not letting go.  The time period is about ten years after the end of the Civil War and it takes place in the South.  There are lots of interesting minor characters that will keep you on your toes with all of their side stories.  The author’s talent for writing really shines through.

Make sure to check out the section in the back because the author has included a very nice surprise! You will find authentic, old family recipes from the story’s time period that will surely entice many to try them out—I would certainly like to.  They include such intriguing things as:  Tea Cakes, Leather Britches Beans, and Dried Apple Stack Cake.  There is even a pattern for the shawl that Sarah is knitting in the story.

I heartily agree with Amazon reviewer WFM, who said of this tale, “I didn’t appreciate the TMI moments throughout the book.”   On the other hand, I really did appreciate how well the author incorporated faith in this story.  Fans of historical fiction will really enjoy this book!

WestBow Press and Thomas Nelson Publishing have provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Captain Takes a Wife, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“The Jesus Club” by Brian Barcelona

Amazing Adventures with God

What if God called you to go back to your high school and tell everyone there about Jesus?  What if He told you that would be the way all the high schools in this land would come to know the Lord?  That is exactly what happened to Brian Barcelona, a former atheist, who had only been a Christian a couple of years.  While attending a youth gathering in 2009, God clearly spoke to him and said:

 “…I want to release a movement that will save the high schools of America.  And I want to use your life to do it.  This movement will take your city.  It will take California.  So goes California, so goes the nation….The movement I am about to release is going to restore prayer in the public schools again.”

Brian didn’t receive clear instruction about how to make that happen, so he spent a lot of time in prayer and fasting, seeking God’s direction.  Still feeling unsure of how to do God’s will, he decided to step out in faith and to approach the high school he had graduated from just a year earlier, Elk Grove High.

The first day he walked into Elk Grove, he still no idea what to do.  But he did remember there was a Jesus Club that met there, and decided that would be the place to start.  He found he had to get approval from the teacher who sponsored the Jesus Club, along with approval from the club’s president Kendall, if he wanted to speak at it.  In the end they said okay, but the teacher gave Brian a sideways look after hearing the big plans he had.

Brian made a twice a week commitment to come speak to the club.  The next week full of excitement for his first meeting, he was disappointed to find the only ones who came were Kendall along with three of her unsaved friends.  But he clearly heard God tell him that day, “Preach!” and he did—even though preaching was not something he had done much of.

  “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin….”  Zechariah 4:10

Although their beginnings were small, that little number quickly turned into hundreds, and then thousands.  Brian found over and over again that most students have never heard the true story of Jesus, and when they do, legions are ready to make the commitment to Him in their lives.  He often makes the point that the harvest is now ready in America’s schools, and anyone willing to let God work through them can do the same thing he has done in their local schools.

I really enjoyed learning how God has worked through Brian.  Thousands of students in both northern California and Los Angeles have become followers of Christ through his ministry.  Inspiring stories of the different ways God brought this about fill this book.  Gang members, atheists, and ordinary kids alike have turned their lives over to Christ after hearing the good news about Him.   The author’s enthusiasm for making this happen in all the high schools in America is exciting, and I highly recommend this easy to read, uplifting 5-star book.

Cross Focused Reviews has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Jesus Club, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“If You Were Me and Lived On Mars” by Carole P. Roman

It’s a Blast!

Want to go live on Mars?  Ever dream of living on another planet when you were young, or know some children who would?  If so, you need this book—even if you haven’t, you still need this book!  Ms. Roman lets youngsters know what it might be like to travel to Mars with their family, and live there for a while.

Although it is conjecture, the author describes what life might be like on the Red Planet.  She does such a good job, you might believe she has been there.  For instance, she talks about what you might look for right away when arriving at a new planet (you would look for something familiar such as where the sun is in the sky).   The reader will also discover which end of the planet would have the longest summer and shortest winter (see page 20).

Children would need to wear special suits, like what astronauts wear, when going outside because the air on Mars is not safe to breathe.  Wearing them would provide protection from the environmental dangers such as radiation along with the severe Martian temperature changes.  There would probably be a lot of children to play with since many families would come to fill the jobs on Mars.  Crops could possibly be grown there—especially potatoes, radishes and peas.

 

After reading this book, the next time a child looks up at the stars, they will have a good idea of what it would be like if they lived on Mars.  This book is sure to stir grade school aged children’s imaginations, and be a great discussion starter for whether or not they would like to live on a different planet.  Lots of information will be found in the forty-three pages of this book, but it is in a narrative form so it seems more like a story, and less like a science book.   This little volume is also brimming with brightly colored illustrations on every page, and a glossary of terms in the back.

 

Your entire family might decide interplanetary living is a fun idea.  I recommend this five-star book to anyone who wants to peak a youngster’s interest, and give them some scientific facts at the same time.

The author has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of If You Were Me and Lived On….Mars, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Talk Yourself Happy” by Kristi Watts

Be Happy No Matter What!

Have you ever experienced a time in your life when everything switches around, when the world as you know it suddenly tilts?  Perhaps you were living your life and everything was going okay, you were happy with your world.  Then boom!  Everything suddenly changes, and almost before you know what happened, every part of your life seems to go upside down.  Kristi Watts experienced that.

Kristi seemed to have everything going for her in life:  a rewarding job in Christian television, a wonderful son, a strong faith.  Then seemingly overnight, everything changed.  Her job on the 700 Club was gone, and with it her income along with a large part of her identity.

Shortly before Kristi’s life turned upside down, Dr. Myles Munroe had given her a prophesy about her future.  While he was a guest on the 700 Club, he told Kristi God had sent him there to talk to her!  He had a lot to tell her, but one of the points he made was that changes were going to happen suddenly in her life, and Kristi should just say “yes, I’ll do that.”  He also told her, “…and don’t worry about how, God is going to do everything.”

At first, when things fell apart, it wasn’t too hard to keep the faith, to be confident that something new was going to come along, any second things would get better.  But as the weeks turned into months, and then into years, keeping a smile on Kristi’s face, let alone not losing her faith, became very difficult.  Despite blanketing ever possible place with her resume, she couldn’t get a job.  It was not a happy time, far from it.

Kristi began to have lots of doubts and discouragements with God.  With no job or money coming in, she and her son were in a bad predicament.   Years earlier, when her son was just a new-born, her husband had abandoned them, cleaning out their bank account before he left.  While married, he constantly put her down, and condemned her dreams.  Self-doubt began hammering away at Kristi.  Maybe all those poisonous things her former husband said were true she wondered, perhaps she couldn’t do anything right.

It was during one of those low spots, while talking with her mom, that Kristi discovered that the words that came out of her mouth could really make her happy, or sad—despite the circumstances she was in.  Her discovery verified Proverbs 18:21:

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”

She found how important it was to think before saying something negative about a situation.  In other words, don’t curse yourself with your tongue!  Kristi suggests saying positive things about your life, even if it currently doesn’t have anything good in it.  She recommends following the advice found in Luke 6:45:

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”

By following that suggestion, her life changed for the better, and yours will too.  Kristi’s book takes us on her journey of applying that knowledge, along with faith, to many really hard things that happened in her life.  From her ex-husband’s reappearance with a “surprise,” to coping with cutting remarks from friends, Kristi tries to guard her mouth while living through the fall-out.

Talk Yourself Happy is easy to read.  Kristi writes as if the reader were her best friend, and she is very real, telling her true thoughts and feelings.  She even includes her failures.  Most of all, she points to God and scripture as the answer for all situations no matter how tough they may be—along with a way to be happy through it all.  I recommend this five star book to anyone needing some happiness in their life, especially if they are facing difficult circumstances. 

Thomas Nelson Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Talk Yourself Happy for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“The Sisters of Sugarcreek” by Cathy Liggett

There They Are—My Friends!

The day the church burned in Sugarcreek, two lives were lost.  That put in motion a chain of events that ultimately caused three very different women to find friendship with each other.

Jessica Holtz has left a job she loves after the unexpected death of her beloved Aunt Rose makes her the owner of Rose’s Knit One Quilt Too Cottage.  This knitting and quilting shop is an icon in the small town of Sugarcreek.  Suddenly finding herself without her aunt who raised her and a small business owner is traumatic enough.  The stress really increases because the business involves a skill that Jessica has never been able to master.  She is really out of her comfort zone.  Jessica is pressuring herself to make this succeed as her livelihood, and to support her son Cole.

The same fire that took the life of Aunt Rose made Lydia Gruber a very young Amish widow.  Her husband Henry perished when trying to fight the fire.  Lydia is left to ponder the mystery of why her husband kept her isolated from the Sugarcreek community along with the Amish families all around them.  Henry never interacted with her much, and showed her very little affection.  Lydia wonders if it was because of some lack she has.  She also questions how she will pay the bills, and support herself.

Liz Cannon is a 50 something, upbeat widow whose best friend was Rose.  She tries to recruit Jessica to take Rose’s place in some secret activities the two of them were involved in.  Lately, the loneliness of being a widow has really caught up with her, despite how busy she keeps herself.  Having Liz’s only child, and her grandchildren, living hundreds of miles from her doesn’t help.  Plus her job as real estate agent has suddenly started fizzling out, causing Liz to have money problems.  Additionally, at her age, might she have an admirer?

The story of these three women, along with their mutual friendship, has a lot of feel good moments, things that will bring a smile to the reader’s face.  But serious topics are also woven into the tale as well.  Each woman has had the unwelcome visitor of grief in their lives as a result of the fire. That incident causes some of them to really question God.  All three are also facing life-changing events that are putting them in uncharted waters. This book also addresses the serious topic of child abuse.

I really enjoyed this book.  It has the right balance of everyday situations, fun and seriousness to make this story seem very realistic.  There is even a bit of romance, but everything is kept clean, and done from a Christian point of view.  It was a real joy to see the friendship that developed between these three.   I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who likes stories about friendship, the Amish, or tales of overcoming difficult situations.

Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Sisters of Sugarcreek, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

The Author’s Website:  www.cathyliggett.com

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“The Beyond Suffering Bible”

Keep On Keeping On!

What is suffering?  Is it long-term physical pain, deep grief, or emotional issues that cut like a knife—perhaps some or all of the above?  Any or all of these things can leave you reeling, and if it doesn’t go away and becomes chronic, facing it daily can be overwhelming.

Although friends and family may want to be supportive, long-term problems can wear down relationships.  Turning to God and the Bible for help are excellent ideas.  The Beyond Suffering Bible hopes to take that a step further by offering support for those living with continuous challenges.  Along with the regular scriptures, throughout this Bible are some inserts written from the point of view of people with persisting problems.

This Bible is the result of a partnership with Joni Eareckson Tada and Tyndale House Publishing.  Joni is no stranger to a life that has struggles and challenges.  She is a paraplegic who has been wheel chair bound for the last five decades after a diving accident when she was a teenager.  She is very honest about the hardships she has faced since then.  Surprisingly because of that, she has a strong faith in God, and always points to Him for help.

Another title for this Bible could be The Encouragement Bible.  It does not pretend that hard things will not come our way, but it also offers hope to face those really big hard life struggles.  It encourages.

Many of us are blessed to own at least one Bible, and often as not, many of us have more than one, sometimes we even own multiple translations.  So why would anyone want to buy one more Bible, especially if they already have this translation, the New Living one?  Get it because of the perspective this Bible is written from. As a Bible itself, the font it is printed in is one of the best I have seen for a long time, and the volume is very pleasing to the eye.  So getting this just to use as a Bible alone would be a good choice, but it offers so much more.

Everyone will have something hard to live through, it may not be a disability, but it will be something hard, and that makes this Bible one that is relatable to everyone.  According to the Bible Gateway article of July 14, 2016, one in five Americans live with a physical disability, one in six live with a chronic condition and 10 million yearly experience a mental illness.*  Chances are you interact or know one of these people—or are one yourself.  This is a valuable resource for anyone suffering, or anyone who cares about someone who is.

On a personal note, I have been living with a chronic health problem for more than two decades.  In the past year, I have also faced a time of deep grieving.  I found this Bible to be very supportive, and up-lifting.  I highly recommend it.

As the cover of the Bible states, “where struggles seem endless, God’s hope is infinite.”

Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of the Beyond Suffering Bible, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

The Beyond Suffering Bible Website:  http://beyondsufferingbible.com/

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The Beyond Suffering Bible: An Interview with Joni Eareckson Tada https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2016/07/the-beyond-suffering-bible-an-interview-with-joni-eareckson-tada/

* https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2016/07/the-beyond-suffering-bible-an-interview-with-joni-eareckson-tada/

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“The Missing Matisse: A Memoir” by Pierre H. Matisse

Rubbing Shoulders with Famous Artists, Fighting Nazis, and Finding God

Imagine growing up in France while it is occupied by the Nazis during World War II.  Or perhaps imagine growing up rubbing shoulders with some of the most famous artists of the 20th century such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.  Pierre Matisse experienced both those scenarios, plus a whole lot more, and this is the true story of his fascinating life.

Pierre’s family was artistic on both his mother and father’s sides, and Henri Matisse was his grandfather.  When the war began, Pierre’s affluent father Jean Matisse, known as Papa, took part in a lot of dangerous, underground activities.  Even though Pierre was very young at the war’s outbreak, his Papa began including Pierre in many of the clandestine pursuits.  As the war stretched on, and daily food became scarce, Pierre took on even more hazardous work in order to eat.  He also describes what it was like when the allies arrived in France and started freeing villages, including the one he was living in.

When Pierre was still a child, he received some shocking information.  He was told that Jean Matisse was not actually his father, that his last name was Leroy, and he should use that name from then on. Meeting his grandparents from the Leroy family literally saved his life.  However, Pierre relates the negative effects the name change had on him, and that it continued for decades.

Pierre recounts his journey to know God in a personal way, and how he was ultimately baptized by Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty television fame.  He tells of the surprising friendship that developed between himself and the Robertson family because of his wife’s chance viewing of an episode of the show.

Getting a view of World War II through the eyes of a child growing up during occupied France, who also worked with the resistance, gives the reader a unique picture of that time period.  He and his family lived through, and survived, many perilous incidents–clearly a case of God having His hand on them.  Pierre’s memoir of his interesting life is very easy to read.  The uplifting journey he made to God is both encouraging and heartwarming, as well as, an answer to his wife’s prayers.  I recommend this five-star volume to anyone who likes true life stories, World War II tales, or books written from a Christian perspective.

Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Missing Matisse: A Memoir, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“A Royal Christmas Wedding” by Rachel Hauck

Will Love Find a Way?

In a country right out of a fairy tale, a star-crossed couple meet for the first time in five years, and a six hundred pound bell rings, seemingly of its own accord.   When Avery Truitt was 17, Prince Colin stole her heart. But just when she thought Colin and her were ready to march down the aisle together, the Prince disappeared from her life.  Suddenly he cut off all communication, and Avery never knew what happened other than having her heart broken.

Now Avery is going with her mom to celebrate Christmas in Brighton, the land where Colin lives.  Despite Avery’s sister, Susanna being married to Brighton’s king, Avery is hoping she will not be attending anything Prince Colin will be a part of.  But circumstances do throw the two of them together, and Avery tries very hard to keep her heart from getting tangled up with Colin again.

Colin has spent the last five years serving in the military and being groomed to someday take over his father’s multi-million dollar business.  He has also tried, but failed, to find someone else who touched his heart like Avery did.  When Colin discovers Avery is in Brighton, he is shocked to find his feelings of love for her immediately return.  But he is also in a relationship with a well-known actress that his parents are pushing for him to marry.

The local television show has being doing a “Colin watch” speculating on many of their shows who Colin will marry.  When the Pembroke Chapel Bell rings, and Colin is in the bell tower, everyone believes he is reviving the tradition that the ringing announces his intention to wed on Christmas Day–but to whom?  Collin claims he did not ring the bell.  In fact, he states that God rang the bell in response to a prayer he had just uttered.  But the talk is that Colin will marry the actress but wants to keep the public in the dark about it.

This is fun story, set in the land of Brighton, a place where Christmas is celebrated like it is part of a story book.  It is easy to find yourself rooting for Colin and Avery to somehow get together, despite roadblocks put in place by the person who broke them up five years earlier.  I got caught up in the story right away.  Even though this is the fourth installment in the Royal Wedding Series, this story stands alone.  I had not read any of the other books, and had no problem following this tale at all.  Anyone who likes Christmas stories or light romance will enjoy this five-star book written from a Christian point of view.

Zondervan Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of A Royal Christmas Wedding, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Giveaway! Win Amy Grant’s New Christmas CD, “Tennessee Christmas”

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MERRY TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS!

After almost twenty years, Amy Grant has released a new Christmas CD called “Tennessee Christmas.”  This new album is unlike her previous Christmas albums, in that it is a departure from the style of songs she has done in the past.  “Tennessee Christmas” has a new sound, a quieter tone.  It is less energetic, almost more of a easy listening or background sound.  Some of the vocals have an almost whispered or breathless tone.  The music itself was recorded in a less structured way.  Instead of using a studio, everything was recorded at Ms. Grant’s home.

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Many fans have reached out to her telling her Christmas is a sad time for them, with lonely feelings and isolation being factors that they face.  In a Nashville, Tennessee interview, Amy responded by saying, “I’ve recorded a lot of Christmas music, but I thought, what I haven’t done is to consider somebody that spends their holidays alone.” “I want to make a record for an audience of one. I want to tell one person ‘Merry Christmas’ and I want to be willing to sit there in the sadness too.”  “Melancholy Christmas,” ”Another Merry Christmas,” and “December” are her attempts to speak to the sad people at Christmas.

“O Come, All Ye Faithful,” one of the two Christian Christmas hymns on the CD (the other being “Joy To The World”), is the not to be missed song on this album.  Ms Grant’s voice is perfect for this old hymn, and she does an outstanding job with it.  This is one of the nicest versions of this song I have ever heard.

Also note one of the songs has a reference to Santa bringing a bottle of wine, and “soon we will be feeling fine….” 

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“Devotions for Christmas: A Celebration to Bring You Joy and Peace”

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“Seeing the Star, Their Joy Knew No Bounds!”

Want a more exciting Christmas?  Well, reading this little book will get that for you.  This isn’t done with some new ways to decorate your home, or with some wonderful Christmas recipes.  Instead, what this book does is to daily decorate you on the inside for Christmas–to prepare you, heart and soul, for celebrating the birth of Christ.

Starting with December first, and continuing throughchristmas-ornament-closeup-free-use December thirty-first, there is a daily scripture along with an interesting commentary that makes each day’s subject really come alive.  Each verse is also elaborated on in a variety of ways–through the use of poems, the words of Christmas Carols, or beautiful pictures.  The end result being your thoughts will be drawn in to really consider the essence of each day’s verse.

The daily readings don’t take very long to read, just a few minutes out of the day.  But that short time will enhance the Christmas season for the reader.  Each section will give you something to mull over in your mind, and make the arrival of Christmas Day more meaningful.

This well-made small, hardback book with high quality paper makes a very nice presentation, and because of that, would also make a lovely gift.   I like that the devotions don’t stop on Christmas day, but continue on through December 31st, New Year’s Eve.  By doing that, not only is your heart prepared for Christmas, but is made ready for a new year, as well.

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I highly recommend this 5-plus star book to anyone who wants to decorate differently for this year’s Christmas–from the inside out.

“Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!” Matthew 2:10

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