Book Review for “All Things Different” -Fiction

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I so enjoyed “All Things Different”. A great emotional ride about relationships, good and bad, loyalty, family and love. This isn’t an easy weekend read, you’d miss most of the undercurrents. The story is told through the eyes of a high school boy. Not a lot of dialogue, but lots of insight on peoples feelings and thoughts. You need to read this one with some Kleenex close by. I give it 5 stars and will be checking out more books by Shawn Underhill.
Still free on Amazon Kindle version.

Book Review for “Flame of Risistance” Fiction

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I read a lot of books and the majority of them I enjoy. I really like several and love quite a few. Then occasionally I read something that deserves more than a “loved it”. Those books deserve a spot on the top shelf. Flame of Resistance was one of those books. It was a book I got for free on Amazon and it was not only the best free book I have ever read, but one of the best books ever. Set during WWII, in occupied France, this story will grab you right from the beginning and keep you all the way through. A story of hope, freedom, evil and good, and a story of despair. Due to some mature content matter, I would only recommend for high school and up. But I think it is a must read for all of us born after the war. Though it is fiction, it has the truth written all the way through it. Great job Tracy Groot! I’d give it 6 stars if I could.

I came across this Christmas poem and just loved it. Now I am sharing it with you all. Be blessed and be a blessing this Christmas!

Not Only Christmas Day

Lord, this is my prayer
Not only on Christmas Day
But until I see You face to face
May I live my life this way:

Just like the baby Jesus
I ever hope to be,
Resting in Your loving arms
Trusting in Your sovereignty.

And like the growing Christ child
In wisdom daily learning,
May I ever seek to know You
With my mind and spirit yearning.

Like the Son so faithful
Let me follow in Your light,
Meek and bold, humble and strong
Not afraid to face the night.

Nor cowardly to suffer
And stand for truth alone,
Knowing that Your kingdom
Awaits my going home.

Not afraid to sacrifice
Though great may be the cost,
Mindful how You rescued me
From broken-hearted loss.

Like my risen Savior
The babe, the child, the Son,
May my life forever speak
Of who You are and all You’ve done.

So while this world rejoices
And celebrates Your birth,
I treasure You, the greatest gift
Unequaled in Your worth.

I long to hear the same words
That welcomed home Your Son,
“Come, good and faithful servant,”
Your Master says, “Well done.”

And may heaven welcome others
Who will join with me in praise
Because I lived for Jesus Christ
Not only Christmas Day

— Mary Fairchild

Book Review for “Trinity: War Dog” – Christian Fiction

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Ronie Kendig is a new author for me. I saw this book for free on a Christian book website and hat to give it a try. I love a good military movie or story. This one was great. Set mostly in Afghanistan, it’s a great story of courage, weakness and loyalty. Throw in a touch of romance and some struggles with faith and you have a perfect mix. Oh, and I almost forgot the best part, the war dog Trinity and her love for her master. Can recommend for teens and up. There is some talk of torture, nothing too graphic. I have already put the rest of the series, as well as her other books on my ‘to read’ list. I give “Trinity” 5 stars. HOOAH.

Who’s Your Daddy?

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Ok, so the title is a little corny, but it fits.
All of us, with not exceptions, are born into a corrupted word. Since Adam and Eve’s disobedience, we have lived in a “fallen state.” No longer in relationship with God. There are only two families. God’s (the Kingdom of Heaven), and Satan’s (the kingdom of rebellion). Just like in the natural, when we are born, we cannot choose our family. It was decided for us ages ago by our ancestors, Adam and Eve.

But, (here comes the good part), God allows us to choose later in life. His desire is to be our Father and so He gives us the opportunity to be adopted into His family. Galatians 4:4-6, “But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”” He always wanted us, intended for us to be His, but He can’t break His own laws. He won’t be a “child-napper.” We have to come freely to Him. He already made the legal way through the shed blood of His Son.

When we choose Christ, we immediately are translated from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light. But, we may still have to get rid of some old thought patterns and some un-godly habits. When Satan was our father, we had his nature. John 8:44, (Weymouth New Testament) “The father whose sons you are is the Devil; and you desire to do what gives him pleasure.” Now that God is our Father, we should be demonstrating His nature. We should be reflecting God’s personality and character.

The hard part is that the devil still wants us. Not out of any love or loyalty, just to keep us away from God. He never had any love for us. He was ever an abusive parent, in every way, physically, mentally and verbally. If he seemingly did something we perceived as “good” at eh time- it was only a trick, a trap and a snare. We always paid for it in the end and the price continued to get higher and higher, until finally God Himself had to pay it for us. We lived in bondage. Not son’s but slaves.

In the Family of God, we have a wonderful, loving father. His thoughts toward us are good and not of evil (Jeremiah 29:11). In His Family, we are no more slaves, but Sons! We are “accepted in the beloved.” Our hearts are created new, clean, our minds are renewed. We have to destroy any thoughts that are against the nature of God, that don’t line up with His word. We have to “crucify” our flesh, all that junk that tried to come over with us into our new family.

We can’t ask God to take us, then keep boing back to our “old” family! There is no weekend visitations, no joint custody. We need to be fully His. Because if we aren’t fully His, then we aren’t His at all. You can only have one father. So…who’s your daddy?

Book Review for “Daughter’s Inheritance” – Christian Historical Romance

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Loved this book. I guess Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors. Her historical Christian Romances especially. She had worked together with Judith Miller on these. It is the first in a series of three. I have added the other two on my wish list. Love the characters. The story is set in the late 1890’s. Women were not allowed to choose their own husbands or have any say in their lives. The rich Broadmoor women’s money can’t buy them the freedom they desire. I give “A Daughter’s Inheritance” 5 stars. Good clean romance and I can recommend for young girls and up.

As of the time of this review this book is free on Amazon ebook version.