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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The Girl Before by JP Delaney

The Girl Before is a mind-blowing psychological thriller of the strangest and eeriest proportions.  A thriller where architecture, asceticism, minimalism (that puts Marie Kondo to shame), murder, and twisted romance vie for attention.  A narrative that is shared by two residents of Edward Monkford’s controversial architectural masterpiece; one past resident and one present… one dead resident and one living… two intertwined and sometimes unreliable narratives that ramp up the suspense.

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Open: Get Ready for the Adventure of a Lifetime by David Gregory

I have mentioned this before… some books are hard for me to review.  Open is one such book.  The reason that Open is difficult for me to review is the fact that God is using its message, along with John Bevere’s book The Bait of Satan (a bible study that I am currently going through), to work on a painful personal stronghold in my life.  I was hurt deeply a few years ago.  The kind of hurt that has radically changed the lives of my family.  I need to get past that offense.

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Ask the Question: Why We Must Demand Religious Clarity from Our Presidential Candidates by Stephen Mansfield

Ask the Question is a valuable read for all American citizens and one that I recommend.  It is our civil right to vote and as believers, who to vote for isn’t always a black and white decision.  Stephen Mansfield provides clear and understandable information to help a voter know what the right questions are and how to ask them of a candidate.

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The Valley of Dry Bones: A Novel by Jerry B. Jenkins

I found The Valley of Dry Bones engaging.  It is quasi-dystopian christian fiction.  Life in California is almost unsurvivable.  Most people have fled the state.  For those remaining their “world” is desolate, dangerous, hot, and seriously lacking in water.  Life throughout the rest of the United States and the world is as it always has been.  The Valley of Dry Bones has the feel of Water World meets Mad Max meets missions.  Water is a hot commodity and everyone is desperate for it.  This commodity creates opportunity for the unscrupulous.  Yet a remnant remain.  Sixteen believers, who call themselves the Holdouts, stay behind to provide aid and to share the Savior with the people who were unable to leave and with those who try to extort them for everything they have.

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Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld

I was so excited at the description of Eligible.  Jane Austen is one of my all-time favorite authors so when I saw a book that was a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice I had to snatch up a review copy.  Unfortunately Eligible fell short of my expectations.

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Bonhoeffer Student Edition: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

Bonhoeffer Student Edition is an excellent resource for parents to read with their children. It is an easily understandable book that will introduce your child to a man who understood sacrifice and service to God.

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Empire's End by Jerry B. Jenkins

This novel is a human portrayal of a man. Sin, flaws and all. A man that was used mightily by God to serve His will. I pray that I would serve so well.

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