Fault Lines by Thomas Locke

I haven’t been disappointed by a Thomas Locke book yet!  I would be surprised if I ever were.  Right now I have a whole list of adjectives running through my mind about this third book in the Fault Lines series…

Jaw-dropping!… Exciting!… Brilliant!… Thrilling!… Genuine!… Exhilarating!… Dangerous!… Heady!… Impelling!… Spine-tingling!… Intriguing! Enthralling! Charged!… Engrossing!  Absolutely outstanding!

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A Very Thankful Prayer written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Natalia Moore review and GIVEAWAY

I have loved all three of the children's board books that I have read and reviewed by Bonnie Rickner Jensen to date.  I pray that there are many more coming.  My kids have loved them too (including my 18-year-old!).  My family and I have given each of them a solid 5-star rating.  The board books are just so God-honoring, sweetly written, and down-right adorable.  A Very Thankful Prayer is no exception.  A perfect book to snuggle up with your toddler, or your teen, to read during the Thanksgiving season.  And who says it just has to be at Thanksgiving... we can enjoy it all throughout the year. 

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The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

The Noble Servant is a lovely medieval fairy tale romance.  It has been said by other reviewers that The Noble Servant is reminiscent of The Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm.  I’ve not read the story so I can’t speak to that.  I can say that The Noble Servant is a modern fairytale.  I find in our two primary characters qualities that are reminiscent of Cinderella and the prince in the classic fairy tale Cinderella by Charles Perrault.  The Noble Servant isn’t a copycat book by any measure though; it retains a distinctly unique style that is wholly Melanie Dickerson.

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Invitation: Cycle One of the Harbingers Series by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky

I was so intrigued by the concept of four well-known, talented, and unique authors writing a series of short stories together.  In the introduction, the authors explain that the stories were written independently yet joined together with an overarching storyline in a manner similar to a tv series.  I have read novels by all four of the authors and their writing styles are quite distinct.  I had no idea that they were friends… fun.  With the combined creativity of these authors, it is no surprise to me that they came up with such an ingenious concept.   

So, while I found myself intrigued I was also dubious.  Could the series be cohesive with the distinct writing styles of four different authors?  Would it be confusing? 

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The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W. Carr

I have taken FOREVER to write this review.  I read The Shattered Vigil months ago and have returned multiple times to write this review.  There have been many iterations and at one time my review was almost 2000 words long.  I thought that might be a wee bit excessive ;).  I can't imagine that you want to read a comprehensive treatise rather than a book review.  If you do, I would really love to meet you,

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To Love Anew by Bonnie Leon

To Love Anew begins with our heroine, Hannah, losing her precious mother to the sweating sickness.  Hannah’s mother provided her with a strong foundation of faith in God, a sweet and loving spirit, and skilled hands that aren’t idle.  As can only be, Hannah grieves for her mother and life is never the same again.  

Hannah’s situation is one that most of us will never experience.  Without her mother’s skills as a seamstress, Hannah very rapidly becomes homeless, alone and defenseless in a harsh and cruel world.  The reality of young women without means in 19th century London.

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Angle of Truth by Lindsay Buroker

The adventure continues as Jelena and her crew fail completely in their attempt to “just” deliver cargo.  Jelena has a huge debt to pay off and so she really needs lucrative cargo runs.  Government bills for repairing blown-up space stations are expensive!!  Trouble seems magnetically drawn to Jelena and her crew though so there is no “just” for them.  This is to our benefit… the world that they live in is never boring… so you will never be bored ;).

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Hitler's Cross: How the Cross Was Used to Promote the Nazi Agenda by Erwin W. Lutzer (forward by Ravi Zacharias)

Hitler’s Cross is fascinating, enlightening, and downright terrifying.  It is a book that I was meant to read.  Erwin W. Lutzer covers an extremely dark subject matter in a clear, concise, and compassionate manner.  I believe that the state of humanity is such that burying or hiding from our history is dangerous.  Instead, truthful evaluation and personal introspection are imperative in order to avoid repetition of humankind’s greatest atrocities.  We must not forget the atrocities committed nor can we forget the unfortunate fear, lack of faith, and lack of response that was exhibited by the Christian church during WWII.  Hitler’s Cross is an excellent resource for the church to use in understanding this period in our history.

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God Loves Daddy & Me written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Laura Watkins

God Loves Daddy & Me and it’s companion book God Loves Mommy & Me just bring a smile to my face.  God Loves Daddy & Me points out positive attributes of a God honoring father loving his child as THE Father loves them both.  Laura Watkins’ illustrations bring such light and adorableness to the story.  The raccoon daddy and child are so cute!  You’ll love that the child is not stated as being male or female so daddy and son or daddy and daughter work equally well. 

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The Rogue Prince by Lindsay Buroker

I unabashedly love Lindsay Buroker’s writing.  Her stories make me laugh, are fast paced, and are just plain fun.  The Rogue Prince doesn't disappoint.  I do recommend that you read the Fallen Empire series first.  I didn't.  Fortunately, I had no problem enjoying The Rogue Prince as Buroker provides enough backstory for the newbies like me (and reminders for those who read the Fallen Empire series awhile ago) to keep the story moving without leaving us in the dust.  I'm off to pick up the Fallen Empire books and get to reading.

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