Monday, October 29, 2018
About the book:
This book was absolutely amazing! I love books that take place both in a contemporary setting and in a historical setting and Melanie Dobson was masterful in weaving them together. She also amped up an already suspenseful story by teasing us with a twist and a mystery she didn't reveal the truth of until the last possible moment! In 1938 Hitler is taking over Vienna and Max Dornbach is trying to help his Jewish friends by hiding their valuables from the Nazis. He ends up asking his childhood friend, Annika, to help hide them, along with Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman. Annika feels torn between loyalty and love for her friend and jealousy over his apparent feelings for Luzia, which may jeopardize their lives even more.
In 2018, Callie Randall lives a small life as she runs a bookstore with her sister and tries to find out the truth about her surrogate mother, Charlotte, who doesn't know who she is other than that she was left in a French orphanage in 1938. When her sister buys an old edition of the book, 'Bambi,' and she discovers Annika's name in the cover and a tie to Luzia Weiss, a name in a book Charlotte was found with as a baby, she thinks she might have found the key. A professor responds to her blog post about Annika, a person he's been searching for ever since his uncle told him about a woman he met shortly after World War II in Austria. She told his uncle about treasure the Nazis threw into lakes as they fled from the Allies and he's been fascinated ever since. Her search will push her beyond her comfort zone as she encounters adventure and possibly love.
I'll say it again, this book blew me away! I loved the characters, especially Callie, as I could relate to her personality and love of books. I loved the references to children's stories she had read. I loved that they asked the hard questions as they pondered the Holocaust and the professor losing his wife to cancer and that the theology was sound as the professor looked to the Bible and God's character. There were some hard things dealt with but it wasn't graphic. There was a hint of romance. The mystery was fascinating and I loved learning about Jewish books and writers back in 1938. I also loved learning about the treasure the Nazis threw in the lakes near Vienna and the possibilities there. The ending was wonderful, if bittersweet. I highly recommend this book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not reimbursed for this review. This is my honest opinion.
Q & A with Melanie Dobson
1st Chapter pdf
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Thursday, October 4, 2018
About the book:
Scripture tells us to "Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth" (Col. 3:2 NLT). But how do we think about a place we've never seen?
In 2015, John Burke's Imagine Heaven uncovered an exhilarating picture of Heaven, drawn from Scripture and illustrated with true stories of near-death experiences. This New York Times bestseller offered real-life evidence that supported readers' faith and answered some of their most pressing questions about life after death.
Now you can meditate daily on the realities of Heaven with the Imagine Heaven Devotional. Each of the one hundred devotions in this book includes a near-death story from Imagine Heaven, Scripture, and a prayer, as well as brand-new stories and content that will help you meditate on the life to come as you apply God's heavenly promises to how you live life today.
This was an amazing book! I was encouraged to remember that there's so much more life to come in Heaven and what an awesome place it is. The stories and quotes from various people who had died and gone to Heaven were fascinating, especially when some of their descriptions matched so closely! I haven't read the original book yet but I'd heard of a few of the people featured here as I'd read other books by or about them. I would say the overarching theme is God's love, how deep and overwhelming it was to people, how accepted and unconditionally loved they felt, even as they had "life reviews" that weren't always very positive as they saw how they had treated people throughout their life. There were cool stories about interactions with angels, loved ones who had died and were guiding them around Heaven and of course, meeting Jesus face to face. The beauty of Heaven sounds amazing. The devotions were great reminders to lean on God for strength in our weaknesses and to look forward to Heaven where our questions will be answered, our pain erased and where we'll feel we're finally home. I highly recommend it!
I received this book from Baker Books. I was not required to write a positive review and was not compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
John BurkeJohn Burke is the New York Times bestselling author of Imagine Heaven, No Perfect People Allowed, Soul Revolution, and Unshockable Love. As an international speaker, John has addressed hundreds of thousands of people in 20...
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Kathy BurkeKathy Burke cofounded Gateway Church in Austin and served on the staff for many years. Kathy has contributed to and edited No Perfect People Allowed and Imagine Heaven. She has worked in financial consulting and missions, and for the past two...
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