• Vision Map

    Vision Map Charting a Step-by-Step Course for Your Biggest Hopes and Dreams By Joel Malm Published by Moody Publishers “There is a problem that God has placed you on this earth to solve. You have a unique message to share with the world that will bring God glory.” (Joel Malm, Vision Map) Highly recommend! Take the first step in clarifying your calling by picking up a copy of this quick-reading, powerful book. Vision Map is written as a how-to for anyone with a God-led, God-sized vision. With strong Biblical advice woven throughout the book, author Joel Malm points the reader to God’s Word time and again, grounding his ideas in…

  • A Most Unsuitable Match

    A Most Unsuitable Match By Stephanie Grace Whitson Published by Bethany House Publishers Nice relaxing read.  I thoroughly enjoyed being swept away in time and place from sophisticated St. Charles, Missouri, into the wild Montana Territory, late 1800’s. The story opens as free-spirited, eighteen-year-old Fannie Rousseau grapples with making her own way out of her sheltered world with only her lifelong handmaid and friend left at her side.  As Fannie uncovers a bundle of letters written to her recently deceased mother, topped with an unfamiliar photograph, she embarks on an adventure that proves to be the journey of her life. The beginning did start out just a bit slow, switching…

  • The Bone House

    The Bone House By Stephen R. Lawhead Published by Thomas Nelson The Bone House, the second book in “The Bright Empires Series” by established Christian author Stephen Lawhead, picks up where it’s predecessor The Skin Map left off.  Set in various time periods as well as locations due to the nature of the storyline involving ley travel, The Bone House continues the search by Kit Livingstone for the key to understanding ley travel contained in the Skin Map itself.  While other characters are also searching for pieces to this puzzle, their motives and intentions are not necessarily pure. The battle between good and evil continues. I found the storyline shallow and…

  • Cherished

    Cherished By Kim Cash Tate Published by Thomas Nelson Cherished is on of the most enjoyed books I have read recently.  Tate does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the intertwined lives of her characters.  It is a light read but with heavy messages that brought this reader to tears more than once.  Though I could painfully relate to some of the events in the characters past, Tate writes in such a refreshingly pointed manner that I thankfully found myself caught up in rejoicing over God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. The storyline centers around three main characters and how their own destructive choices in the past have left…

  • Life Everlasting

    Life Everlasting By Robert Whitlow Published by Thomas Nelson Life Everlasting is the second book in the Santee Series by established Christian author Robert Whitlow.  It provides a wonderful continuation of the storyline which began in Whitlow’s book Life Support, the first in this series. The storyline involves Baxter Richardson, a recently married young man who has survived a fall from a cliff and is currently dependent upon life support. The book opens where Life Support left off, as Baxter begins to make progress in his recovery, although the progress is minimal.  The struggles between Baxter’s wife, Rena, and the Richardson family continue to intertwine as attorney Alexia Lindale continues…

  • Water’s Edge

    Water’s Edge By Robert Whitlow Published by Thomas Nelson Water’s Edge is only the second book I have read by established author and practicing attorney Robert Whitlow.  In keeping with Whitlow’s intriguing fictional style, Water’s Edge does not disappoint. The storyline revolves around Tom Crane, a successful young attorney on his way to quickly making partner in a large, prestigious Atlanta law firm.  Crane, a second-generation attorney, is also facing the task of closing down his recently deceased father’s small-town law practice in his hometown of Bethel, Georgia.  However, after an unexpected series of events, Tom finds himself not only unemployed, but in the midst of unraveling mysterious secrets as…

  • Life Support

    Life Support By Robert Whitlow Published by Thomas Nelson Life support is the first book I have read by Robert Whitlow.  It provides a wonderful introduction to the author’s work. The storyline involves Baxter Richardson, a recently married young man who has survived a fall from a cliff and is currently dependent upon life support. A legal and emotional battle soon results between Baxter’s wife and his father over whether life support should be maintained or terminated, bringing attorney Alexia Lindale into the picture.  Many factors, both pure and evil, affect both sides. As additional information is revealed throughout the book, the reader is caught up in the emotional swings…

  • Treasuring Emma

    Treasuring Emma By Kathleen Fuller Published by Thomas Nelson Treasuring Emma is the latest installment in the Middlefield Family Novels by author Kathleen Fuller, set in the Amish community of Middleford.  This close-knit community has recently suffered a series of losses and changes.  Specifically, Emma Shetler is facing some life-changing decisions.  Having been rejected by Adam Otto, the only man she has ever loved, Emma has now buried  her mother after a battle with cancer. With no income, no marital prospects, medical bills coming in, and her grandmother to care for, young Emma is unsure what her future holds.   To add to Emma’s troubles, her sister Clara, herself disillusioned…

  • A Reluctant Queen

    A Reluctant Queen The Love Story of Esther By Joan Wolf Published by Thomas Nelson Awesome read! As a young girl, Esther dreams of one day marrying and having a family for all the right reasons –  love.  As the political climate directs, young Esther is convinced by her loving Uncle to be presented to the King of Persia as a candidate for Queen.  As she is challenged to decide whether or not to follow God’s plan for her life, Esther finds herself in circumstances she thought she could never endure. The Biblical story of Queen Esther can be a familiar one.  As an author, the familiarity of a story,…

  • No Place Like Holmes

    No Place Like Holmes By Jason Lethcoe Published by Thomas Nelson Cute story. When the young Griffin Sharpe arrives from America to visit his uncle in London, he is in for an adventurous summer.  Griffin quickly learns two things that will determine the course of his next three months.  First, his grumpy uncle, Rupert Snodgrass, lives next door to the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.  Second, that Rupert, a mediocre detective himself, holds a life goal to beat his renowned neighbor to solving at least one case. As the events of the summer unfold, Griffin, an intelligently observant young man, and Rupert, a stogy but talented inventor, eventually begin to appreciate…