Wednesday, June 28, 2017
About the book:
Colt Stafford has been trying to prove himself on Wall Street for years, but when his investments go south, he comes home with his tail between his legs. His father and brother run the successful Double S ranch, but his father has developed some serious health problems and can't help with the busy calving season. Colt comes home to help and regroup. Ever since Colt's mother died when he was young, his father hasn't gotten along with anyone, including his two sons and a third boy he took in. He's thrown himself into the ranch and making money. His relationship with Colt, especially, is on rocky ground, but he's come back to his faith with his health scare and wants to make up for lost time. Colt meets the house manager, Angelina, when she points a gun at him and can't help feeling drawn to her tough yet caring ways. He also suspects she's hiding a secret. His brother is busy with two little girls acting up after his wife walked out on them and helping to run the ranch. A town tragedy forces the Stafford men to decide what's important in life and in their community. Will Colt find his place on the ranch or does he belong back on Wall Street? What is Angelina's secret and how will that impact her decisions about her future?
I enjoyed this cute romance about coming home and life on a ranch. I liked seeing Colt evolve from a self-centered guy who only cared about money to starting to care about his family and community. It was interesting to see how Colt became so perceptive of other's feelings. That was a unique touch I don't see often. We see Colt's thought process as he starts to embrace the faith he lost, but he never really discussed it with Angelina and that's something I thought she should have clarified. It was sweet to see the couple fall in love and try to figure out if they could overcome their obstacles. There were also some really cute moments with the children in the story. I recommend this book if you like sweet romances!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Martin Luther In His Own Words: Essential Writings of the Reformation - by Jack D. Kilcrease & Erwin W. Lutzer, Editors
About the book:
"Didn't he write the Ninety-Five Theses?"
Though most Protestants--approximately 900 million believers worldwide--trace their spiritual roots back to the Reformation, many people today have only a vague knowledge of Martin Luther's extensive writings. Jack Kilcrease and Erwin Lutzer step into this vacuum with Martin Luther in His Own Words, a carefully selected collection of Luther's works.
Organized around the five solas of the Reformation (sola Scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, sola Christus, soli Deo gloria), the selections offer readers an accessible primer on works that are foundational to the theology of Protestantism in all its forms. An introduction to each writing includes an explanation of its historical context and theological significance.
Students of the Bible, pastors, teachers, and seminary students will find this collection an enlightening introduction to Luther in his own words and a useful addition to their libraries.
This was an interesting and informative book featuring some of the key ideas Martin Luther wrote about. I really appreciated the introduction to each chapter that gave some of the background and circumstances surrounding the writing along with a short summary. A lot of the things he said were pretty amazing considering the time in which he wrote them. He didn't mince words calling out the pope. priests, etc., for the way they were leading people astray, especially for saying we depend on works to get to Heaven, instead of on God's grace. I knew his life was in danger, but hadn't realized how confrontational he was. I also never knew that he wrote so much or that he translated the Bible into German, the language of the people. I also found it interesting to learn about some of the practices the Catholic Church was enforcing, such as not being able to eat certain foods at certain times of the year and actually calling it a sin if you did so. I learned a lot about some of the theological views present then and now; this book really made me think more deeply about my faith. My favorite chapters were about freedom, the views of Christ's suffering and how Christ took our sin. I would recommend this book if you're interested in Martin Luther, the Reformation or theology!
I received this book free from Baker Books.
Jack D. KilcreaseJack D. Kilcrease (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of historical and systematic theology at the Institute of Lutheran Theology. He is a church elder at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. He is the author of The Self-Donation of God: A...
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Erwin W. LutzerErwin W. Lutzer (BTh, Winnipeg Bible College; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is pastor emeritus of Moody Church in Chicago. He has led tours to the sites of the Reformation in Europe, including Wittenberg, Worms, Geneva, and Zurich. He is the ECPA Gold...
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Monday, June 19, 2017
About the book:
Evelyn Wisely loves working at the local orphanage, but her heart can't ignore the women of Teaville who are also in need. Her boss is willing to help build a shelter for them, but only if she gains the cooperation and financial support of other local businessmen.
While David Kingsman plans to stay in Teaville just long enough to get his father's business back on solid ground, he's intrigued by Evelyn's cause and finds himself more invested with each passing day.
Will their plans and partnership fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them, or can they trust in God's plan despite it all?
This was a wonderful story with an intriguing plot and characters I loved. Evelyn was a selfless, caring woman with a painful secret that caused her to push men away. David is drawn to Evelyn despite her distant demeanor and wanted to help her with the women and children of the Red Light District. I loved how he jumped in even though he was new to town and new to this kind of ministry. He really seemed to care about both their physical and spiritual needs. He wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty. I also loved that he liked and knew how to cook! He did struggle to stand up to his father, however, who he worked for. I really admired Evelyn's selflessness and her belief in a good God, no matter what she was going through. She really had faith and believed that if God said no, it was because He had something better planned. I got a little frustrated with her for listening to someone who did not have her best interests in mind, but it all worked out for the best. I liked the theme of waiting on God's perfect timing. It was nice to see characters from the previous book, which I also loved, but this worked nicely as a stand-alone. There's some romance. I highly recommend this well-written historical novel!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.
Melissa JagearsCarol Award-winning author Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian historical romance into the wee hours of the night. She's the author of the Unexpected Brides series, the Teaville Moral Society series, and Love by the Letter, a...
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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
My Review of The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race Blog Tour and $75 Amazon Giveaway with Mike Mizrahi!
About the author:
Mike Mizrahi has a master's degree in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Boston University. After a career in corporate public affairs, he retired to pursue a deep passion: writing.
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