Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review: Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black

This is the first book that I've read by Chuck Black and I will definitely be reading more by him in the future.When I looked at the description of this book, I thought it looked like it might be kind of strange. Or weird. But then I remembered that I thought the same thing at first about a book that I read awhile back, and that book turned out to be one of my favorite books ever. So I just had this hunch that I should give Cloak of the Light a chance and I'm glad I did. I absolutely loved this book. No review that I could write would do justice to it. It was FANTASTIC.

Cloak of the Light was very strongly written, excellent plot, and had spiritual redemption woven into the story without being preachy or cliche. It was a great fiction story that also dealt with spiritual warfare (one of the main themes in the book) in a really interesting way. I really appreciated how at the end of the book the author listed a bunch of Scriptures about angels and what we know for fact about them. This is the first book in a series and I am really looking forward to reading the next one. This book was great and I HIGHLY recommend it!!

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a free copy of Cloak of the Light in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed it!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Review: Prepared for a Purpose by Antoinette Tuff

This is the inspiring true story of Antoinette Tuff, a woman who God used to stop a school shooting in Atlanta, Georgia from happening.

This book was a worthwhile read. It will remind you of God's work in our lives every day and how He has a purpose for each one of us despite the hard times that we may go through or challenges that we might face along the way. I enjoyed reading this book. I rate 4 1/2 stars.

I recommend this book, especially to anyone who enjoys biographies or true stories of God working through people.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of Prepared for a Purpose in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Book Review: The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot

Book Review
Title: The Sentinels of Andersonville
Author: Tracy Groot

The Sentinels of Andersonville is a Civil War story. Emery Jones, a Southern soldier, strikes up an unlikely friendship with Lew, a captured Union soldier he is escorting to Andersonville, a POW camp. Upon reaching Andersonville with Lew, Emery is shocked to discover how inhumane the prison's conditions are and begins formulating a risky plan to get Lew out of there. Dance Pickett, a sentry at Andersonville, is also aware of the horrible conditions in the camp. Violet, a local southern girl, learns of what is going on in the camp and is determined to do something about it. Together, will Emery, Dance and Violet be able to raise awareness to the townspeople of what is going on or will they be seen as traitors to the South? And will Lew make it out of Andersonville alive?

I was really disappointed in this book. The description sounded great- strong plot, good characters- but the story just fell flat. Parts of it were really choppy and hard to follow and the characters just weren't believable enough. I felt like the story just wasn't written with enough depth to it to make a good-quality read. There were some parts of the book tha were good- the Golden Rule was an underlying theme, and this book will make you ask yourself the question "Who is MY neighbor?"- but overall, I don't recommend this book because I think that you'll be disappointed in it.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a free copy of The Sentinels of Andersonville in exchange for an honest review.

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Cover: The Sentinels of Andersonville

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Review: Blades of Valor by Sigmund Brouwer (ebook)

In the fourth and last book in the Merlin's Immortals series, Thomas has made his way to the Holy Land on a quest to find answers to his questions about Magnus and the mysteries that surround it. But along with answers, Thomas finds still more questions that must be solved. Because of an unexpected plot twist, Thomas sets out for Jerusalem alone on yet another risky journey. Will he find there what he is searching for? Will he be able to determine who he can trust? What is the final key that will unlock all of the mysteries?

This was a great conclusion to the Merlin's Immortals series. Like the previous three books, Blades of Valor is strongly written. Excellent storyline, great theme and characters. This is one of my favorite series' of all time and I HIGHLY recommend this book and the whole series.

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for giving me a free ebook copy of Blades of Valor in exchange for an honest review.