“Angel’s–Gods Supernatural Agents” by Ed Rocha

Angel Sightings

Have you ever seen an angel?  Not someone who is called an angel, but a real “honest to goodness” angel from Heaven?  This book chronicles many true encounters that people have had with angels in our modern time.  Do angels really exist?  Absolutely!  The Bible speaks of many cases when angels have appeared to people.

For instance, an angel came to Mary to tell her of Christ’s birth, an angel came to Daniel in response to his prayers, and an angel blocked the road when Balaam wanted to pass by on his donkey.  In those cases, the angel’s appearance frightened the humans they came to see.  Often the first words out of the angel’s mouth was, “fear not.”  The author writes of a modern day angelic experience he had that so overwhelmed him he could not stop his legs from shaking.

At other times, angels make their appearances disguised as humans.  In those instances, it is only after the fact that the people involved have understood they have had an encounter with an angel.  As Hebrews 13:2 states:

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers:  for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

The author’s parents had just such an experience one night when they were stranded on a deserted road.   A tow truck suddenly appeared, and a tall man dressed all in white pulled their car out of the mud they were stuck in.  When he was finished, he left without a word.  When they tried to catch up with him, they noticed there were no tire marks on the road ahead of them–he appeared to have vanished into thin air.  That is when reality hit them that an angel had helped them that night.

As amazing as angelic encounters can be, the author emphasizes over and over again that we are not to worship angels.  The angels themselves are always quick to say the same thing: worship God, not them.  

Over the years, I have read a lot of books about angels and angelic encounters.  This is one of the best ones that I have come across, and is filled with amazing incidents involving humans and angels in our day.  These stories will strengthen your faith, and show how much God loves each of us to send such creatures to our aid.  I highly recommend this 5-star book to everyone.

Cross Focused Reviews along with Chosen Books have provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Angel’s–Gods Supernatural Agents, 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:  http://www.edrocha.org/

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Tea Cakes: A Book Review Recipe

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • ½ tsp. Soda
  • ½ cup Buttermilk
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla or Lemon
  • 1 cup Lard and Butter, mixed (Can substitute Butter or Shortening for Lard.)
  • Flour (sufficient to make a soft dough)

Cream butter and lard; add sugar and beaten eggs.  Into 1 cup flour, sift soda and baking powder; add to sugar mixture.  Add buttermilk and flavoring; add flour to make soft dough.  Turn onto floured board; knead until smooth.  Roll out ¼ inch thick.  Cut into any shape.  Bake on lightly greased cookie sheets in moderate over (350° F.) until brown and done, about 10 minutes.

                                                                                                                                           Ethel Rawlins

This recipe appeared in my review book, The Captain Takes a Wife, by Doris Durbin.  She stated this was an old family recipe from Union County, Georgia.

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Japanese Fruit Cake and Icing: A Book Review Recipe

  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Cup chopped nutmeats (pecans, walnuts, etc.)
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Allspice
  • 1 tsp. Powdered Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. Soda

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.  Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with buttermilk to preceding mixture, beating well.  Mix in raisins and nuts.  Pour into 2 or 3 prepared 9-inch pans and bake in slow (275° F.) oven for one hour or until cake leaves sides of pan.

Icing:

  • 4 Cups Flaked Coconut
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 ½ Cups Hot Water
  • 2 ½ Cups Sugar
  • 2 Lemons grated rind and juice

Combine all ingredients and cook over slow fire, stirring gently until thick, then spread over Japanese Fruit Cake.

                                                                                                                                Chasity Corn Miller

This recipe appeared in my review book, The Captain Takes a Wife, by Doris Durbin.  She stated this was an old family recipe from Union County, Georgia.

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“Baby Bunco” by Julie B. Cosgrove

70 is the New 40?!

At first glance, Janie Manson seems like a typical senior citizen.  A widow living in Sunset Acres, a Texas retirement community, she plays Bunco weekly, walks every morning with friends, and owns a cat.  But she has another side, that of a crime solver with a mind sharp as a tack!

Janie’s late husband, Jack, a police detective, used to discuss all his cases with her. Her insight helped him to solve many cases. Because of that, Jack received many awards, and is a well-known hero at the Alamoville Police Department—much to son-in-law Blake Johnson’s chagrin. Blake, also a Chief Detective, doesn’t know which is worse: trying to live up to the legendary work of Jack, or attempting to kept Janie from interfering with current police investigations.

When a newborn baby is found abandoned in one of Sunset Acres empty homes, Janie knows there is more to the story, and immediately goes to work to figure it out.  She hopes her Bunco Biddies friends will help her look into it.  Before she is done, she will find herself in a morgue at midnight, impersonating a rich drug addict, and dealing with a black market ring that will stop at nothing to continue their grisly work.

I enjoyed this book and the adventures of the “gray haired” set.  Although this is a work of fiction, I was surprised to find the black market featured in this book really exists in the U.S., and it is a serious problem.  I appreciated the humor and the Christian viewpoint this book is written from.  Baby Bunco is the second installment in the Bunco Biddies Mystery series, but this story can stand on its own without needing to read the first one.

There is a sweet ending to this story!  The back of the book contains two recipes featured in the story:   Janie’s Lemon Bars along with Butterscotch Brownies with Crème Brûlée

Frosting.  I recommend this 5-star book and think mystery lovers, and fans of fiction would really enjoy it.

Pelican Book Group has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Baby Bunco 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 Blog:  https://wheredidyoufindgodtoday.com/

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“Amish Weddings” by Leslie Gould

Today’s Choices….Tomorrow’s Consequences?

Do the cares of this world ever make you think it would be nice to go live with the Amish and escape today’s troubling issues?  Lest you think the Amish live a fairy tale existence of peace and harmony, with none of the world’s problems or temptations coming into their lives, think again.

Pretty Rose Lehman is about to find out just how true that is.  The outgoing 18-year-old is restless, and would like Reuben Byler to declare his feelings for her.  Reuben has yet to kiss her, let alone talk of marriage, despite dating awhile.  When handsome Trevor arrives, he has no problem showing her she is desirable.  An Englischer and former Army buddy of her future brother-in-law Zane, Trevor seems to offer the excitement and fun that the slow and steady Reuben does not.

When Rose’s sister Lila is in an accident, Rose finds herself thrown together with Trevor more and more often.  At the same time, the normal supervision that would have been given towards Rose’s activities is missing because of the extra care needed for Lila.  Will Rose give into the idea that spending time with a man who lavishes lots of attention on her will have no consequences on her relationship with Rueben?  Are the remarks Rueben makes criticisms of her family, or are they concerns he has for Rose’s safety?  Has Rose lived such a sheltered Amish life that she is naive when it comes to men, and possible dangerous situations?

From page one, you will instantly care about the characters in this story, and not want to put this book down until you find out what happens to them.  Not only is Rose’s tale here, Lila and Zane’s story continues in this book, too.  This is the third installment in the Neighbors of Lancaster County Series.  However, this story is very enjoyable in its own right, read it even if you haven’t read the other installments—Amish Weddings can stand on its own.  I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys Amish stories or well-written fiction.

Bethany House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Amish Weddings, 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.

Author’s Blog:  http://www.lesliegould.com/

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“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.

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