October 21, 2017

Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck

After reading Sweet Tea and Sympathy, I searched for more of Molly Harper’s work and was thrilled to find there was a prequel novella in the series. Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck, is an entertaining read.

Molly Harper’s writing is snarky, witty, and so much fun. She weaves her amusing style through her heart-filled stories, and makes her characters and small town authentic. I feel like I know the people of Lake Sackett, Georgia, and I’ve fallen in love with them.

I learned about Marianne and Carl in book #1 (book .5—not book 2, as Amazon portrays) and was thrilled to become more involved in their second chance story. Both humorous and touching, I’ve come to expect no less from Ms. Harper.

If you enjoy the second chance love trope, and heart-filled, uplifting, and engaging stories, the Southern Eclectics series is a winner. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, Peachy Flippin’ Keen, to be released April 2018.

4 Stars

Cover: Like
Title: Like
Publisher: Pocket Star
Pages: 136
Pace: Steady
First Line: If Marianne McCready any slower, the Georgia Highway Department was going to slap a “derelict” sticker on the back of her cute little red mustang and call it a day.

I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley.

October 20, 2017

Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children

One of the most important roles we have in life is as parents. Parenting doesn’t end when the kids graduate from high school, or even when they marry and have families of their own. They need more than our example and wisdom, they need our prayers. Our role as a parent is never ending. We raise, shape and mold our children to, hopefully, be productive, powerful, and praying adults.

Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children is similar to a devotional, in that it is organized into topical sections. These sections range from relationships, to safety and health. When our children face temptations or struggles we often feel so helpless, but with the guidance of specific devotions, we can find unique Biblical principles and inspirations to help us pray through them. When we pray specific prayers, God hears us and brings us peace.

4 Stars

Cover: Like
Title: Like
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 320

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via Handlebar.

The Most Important Women of the Bible

The Most Important Women of the Bible is an interesting study of 31 women of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Many of the women are well known, (e.g. Eve, Ruth, Esther, and Mary) and many are lesser known, yet just as fascinating, (e.g. Jochebed, Gomer, The widow of Nain, and Lydia).

It is exciting to learn how God chose to use these women for His good, and to examine how He is using us, as well.

Some of the stories are not clean and neat, so to speak, in that even those who don’t necessarily do ‘good’ are used for the good, according to God’s purpose. Tamar is a good example. She was devious and desperate, yet God used her, and she ultimately became an ancestor of Christ.

As an organizational freak, I love how this book is structured. Each woman’s chapter is systematically arranged with a quote, Scripture references, her biography, her role in redemption, a section titled By the Numbers, listing how many sons, husbands, etc. the woman had, and questions that remain.

This is a wonderful learning tool for a women’s or girl’s groups, to inspect the lives of women in the Bible and the roles they played.

4 Stars

Cover: Like
Title: Like
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 208
First Line (Introduction): This book is all about the women of the Bible and the role they played in God’s plan of redemption for humanity.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.

Across the Blue

Across the Blue, by Carrie Turnansky, is an intriguing book and I like how it incorporates actual events in history. I can’t say I’ve read a book to do with aviation before now, and oh what a treat! I love being exposed to new and exciting topics and journeys. I’ve only read a few books that take place during the Edwardian era, so it’s nice to reacquaint myself with this time period.

Oh, how difficult it would be to live during a time when women were expected to ‘follow the rules’ of marrying wealthy and gaining a step up in society. Yuck. That’s one of the reasons I enjoyed Bella Grayson, the main character. She’s a strong woman with dreams of bigger things. She carves her own path (to an extent) and I admire that. That’s not to say she doesn’t run into obstacles. She has choices to make and some seem insurmountable. Will her faith see her through?

4 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Publisher: Multnomah
Pages: 320

I received a complimentary copy from BloggingForBooks.

October 18, 2017

Same Kind of Different As Me

I love a book that makes me see the world in a different way. And reading from men’s perspectives is refreshing, becasue I normally read genres that are written by and for women.

Same Kind of Different as Me is much more than a form of entertainment. It is a social cry for compassion, understanding, and spiritual growth. I am changed and inspired by this story. It shares the true meaning of “love thy neighbor” and makes hearts and spirits grow.

Bottom Line: The story started a little slow for me, but it picked up speed and made my heart, spirit, and views grow. I can’t wait to see the movie.

4 Stars

Cover: Like
Title: Love
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 240
First Lines: Until Miss Debbie, I’d never spoke to no white woman before. Just answered a few questions, maybe—it wadn’t really speakin.

I received a complimentary copy from Booklook.