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I review books on a regular basis. These books are usually provided by the publisher or author. I am not paid for my reviews in any way.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Canary List-A Book That Will REALLY Get You Thinking!

From the back cover:

Protected by the dark of night, Jaimie Piper runs. But is anywhere safe when Evil is hunting you?

She’s just a twelve year-old girl, bumped around between foster homes and relegated to school classes for challenged kids, those lagging in their test scores or with behavioral issues. But her real problem is that she can sense something the other kids can’t—something dark. Something compelling her to run for her life.

All Crockett Grey wants is to mark the anniversary of his daughter’s death alone.

But when his student Jaimie comes to him, terrified, her need for protection collides with his grief, and a tangled web of bizarre events sends them both spiraling toward destruction.

Crockett’s one hope of getting his life back is to uncover the mysterious secrets of Jaimie’s past and her strange gift. It isn’t long before his discoveries lead him to a darker conspiracy, secrets guarded by the highest seat of power in the world—the Vatican.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. It was not at all what I had expected the storyline to be. I did not find much of a Christian message in the book at all. I did learn quite a bit about the Catholic church and some of their ceremonies. Even though this book is fiction, I found some of the information to be very possible and probably not far off the mark. EVIL is everywhere, even in the Vatican and Catholic church. Think of all the crime committed against children that takes place in the Catholic church...that is evil alone.
I think this book was interesting-but it may not be for everyone. I think this book was interesting, definitely a story that will really get you thinking. I had to finish it to see what would happen in the end and even then I was not very satisfied with the finale.
A good read but not one which I would give five stars to.
This book was given to me by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Company to review, I was not paid or rewarded for my review in any way.


Friday, July 15, 2011

June Bug by Chris Fabry-My Review

Back Cover Description:

June Bug believed everything her daddy told her. That is, until she walked into Wal-Mart and saw her face on a list of missing children. The discovery begins a quest for the truth about her father, the mother he rarely speaks about, and ultimately herself. A modern interpretation of Les Miserables, the story follows a dilapidated RV rambling cross-country with June Bug and her father, a man running from a haunted past. Forces beyond their control draw them back to Dogwood, West Virginia, down a winding path that will change their lives forever.

This book was very different from any book I have read before. It keeps you turning the pages just to see what is going to happen. Told from a child's perspective, it touches your heart from the beginning and bonds you with the characters right away. I thought as I was reading the story that I knew where it was going, what the secret was that her "daddy" was keeping from June Bug, but I was pleased to know I was wrong. I am glad it was not so predictable! As I read to the last page I found tears streaming down my face; mixed with emotions of happiness and sadness.
I definitely recommend this book, it is another one that I will not forget about.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Everyone Welcome!

Hello ladies!
It has been a crazy winter. We weren't sure we were ever going to see the sunshine. The Chick Lit Book Club and Review has taken a break for a little while, but we have all still been reading some wonderful books.
We will be joining back up and meeting again to discuss these books this Saturday, July 16th at Starbucks. We will be meeting at our regular time of 11:00 a.m. Due to the fact that we will be discussing our last 3 books, be prepared to have the meeting go a little longer than in the past.
It should be fun and full of some good conversation.
At that time we will be letting you know what books have been selected for the next couple of months. Lucie and I have really put a great deal of thought into the variety of what we read. I know you ladies will be as excited as we are!
I look forward to seeing you there!
Happy Reading**

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Max on Life-Real Answers to Real Questions

Max On Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions

Product Description:

We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.

In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers thoughtful answers to more than 150 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt, from home to the hereafter.

Max writes about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions-parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships-as well as to the profound: Is God really listening?

The one thing I liked best about this book was how REAL and HONEST Max Lucado is. He doesn't hold anything back, but he is also gentle with his answers-all of which are backed up with scripture. It is often said that there are no "dumb questions", the only thing that is dumb is not asking the question.
In this book so many of the questions we want to ask have been addressed. The answers are easy to understand and help set your mind at ease.
Sometimes things happen in life that we don't understand and we ask "Why?" For example, one of the questions #66 to be exact: "I applied for a job and got rejected. I asked my grandmother for a loan: She turned me down. My boyfriend says we should split up. I'm having a hard week. Is God even listening to me?"
And the answer....well you will just have to get the book and read it.
This book will be one that anyone can keep and use as a reference as life continues for us and we need to have those answers.
I believe this book will be very useful especially for New Believer's and people who are in counseling groups.
Max has once again done a GREAT job!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Here Burns My Candle-My Book Review

I was excited to read my copy when I received it for review from Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging for Books for a couple reasons.First, I am a fan of Liz Curtis Higgs and I also had heard so many good things about this book.

The novel follows the Kerr family in 1745, the story focusing on Lady Elisabeth Kerr and her mother-in-law, the dowager Lady Marjory Kerr. The bonny Prince Charlie and his army of Jacobites have ridden into town and are preparing to take back their land. The Rising has a profound effect on Elisabeth and her husband Lord Donald, his brother and sister-in-law Andrew and Janet, and Marjory. The family is initially mixed in their loyalties- do they throw their support to Prince Charlie or stay loyal to King George? Elisabeth worries her Highlander loyalties, and thus to the bonny Prince, will divide her against her family. Each character's reaction to the turmoil around them sets the course for our tale.

Liz Curtis Higgs's historical novels trace a Biblical story. "Here Burns My Candle" is the first in a two-book series. This time around, the story is based on Ruth, Naomi, and Orpah.

The story moved quickly, for me, thanks to the dynamics between Elisabeth and Marjory. Marjory starts off as a snobby, critical, domineering mother-in-law. Watching her grow, seeing her reclaim her faith as Elisabeth comes to know who God is, was beautiful. I don't want to say much more than that. It is easy to say, I was captivated from the start. I'm very excited to dive into the sequel: Mine is the Night.
If you are a fan of historical fiction you will love this, but be prepared to look back in the glossary to try to decipher some of the words that Liz uses. It can be pretty crazy!


Review for " Broken Wings"

From the back cover:
Mitzi tenderly cares for her husband, Gabe, as he suffers from Alzheimer's. When not visiting him at his care center, she spends time volunteering at the local hospital. It is here that she meets Brooke, a young woman with a seemingly perfect life. But Mitzi quickly discover's Brooke's secret, and is determined to help her regain control of her life. Both women learn, through each other, how to mend their own broken wings.
Onstage, the singing duo of Gabe and Mitzi Steiner captured America's heart for more than two decades. Offstage, their own hearts have throbbed as one for sixty years. Only now, Gabe has retreated into the tangles of Alzheimer's, leaving Mitzi to ponder her future alone.

On the other side of Tulsa, everyone believes Brooke Woodson has found the perfect man--a handsome lawyer with sights on becoming Tulsa's next District Attorney. If only Brooke felt more sure. If only her fiancé could control his anger. If only love didn't come with so many scars.

When an accident lands Brooke in the hospital where Mitzi volunteers, the two women quickly develop an unlikely friendship birthed by providence and bathed in grace. And with Mitzi's help, kindness, and insight, Brooke learns how to pick up the broken pieces of her life.

I adore the love story of Mitzi and Gabe, and I liked the way the story was revealed, bit by bit, weaving past with present. This story touched my heart so deeply and made me very well educated of how difficult it would be dealing with someone suffering from Alzheimer's. It is such a heartbreaking disease.

Carla Stewart does a good job at getting you attached to the characters of this book, you feel so connected to them it is sad when the book comes to an end. I loved this book for the story and for the delicate, yet truthful ways she unfolds the issues of Alzheimer's and Domestic violence.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a story to read that will tug at their heart and make them think about friendship, struggles and how the two can beautifully intersect. There are many books out there that are good reads, and then there are some that are great and will stay with you long after you read the last page; for me, this book is one of those!