Archive for April, 2011

Book Review: Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate

Jesus was a wonderful story teller, because stories have powerful ways of reaching the heart and planting truths that facts and figures alone could never impart. Inspirational Fiction is a nice way to add spice to your Spiritual Life through Stories.

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This book is about new beginning and adapting to change.

I enjoyed the unique story telling approach of having two first-person accounts. It allowed the reader to understand the various complexities of both characters and their personalities.

I enjoyed the ride through the rough and tumble back roads of Moses Lake with a romantic undertow. Although the plot around the romance is not a surprise, it didn’t need to be a mystery to be an enjoyable read.

The book is full of enjoyable characters with complexity and depth for only briefly introducing each of them.

The only thing I felt disappointed with was the ending, it felt too short and compared to the rest of the book left me wanting. Or maybe it was just that I didn’t want the book to end. 😉

I hope they are considering making the book into a series, because there are clearly many more stories to tell around Moses Lake.  I also would like more information included (in the next book, perhaps) about Andrea’s husband and if there could be a redemptive turn for him.

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I received a review copy from the publishers, Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 

Book Review: Max on Life by Max Lucado

This book is a Q&A book on the many different types of questions that Max has been asked over the years.

This is typical Max Lucado style, which is as if he’s talking to a friend. It’s a little folksy, but that’s what I think is so appealing about him. The answers are often intertwined with a story to make the point more clearly understandable.

To the questions: there is a wide range of topics in 7 categories all starting with H (he’s obviously got the Pastor alliteration gift down 🙂 ) Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Have/Have-Nots and Hereafter.

There is a nice index to the book both by topic and by scripture index.

I noticed sometimes the questions seem to be very similar, but are covering different nuances of a topic. For example (this is my quick summary of the questions, the actual questions are much more detailed): 13 – How to forgive myself, 14 – How to get over fear that God might not forgive me, 15 – What to do when doubting forgiveness, etc.

Occasionally, the answer leaned on Christian platitudes and didn’t quite seem complete to me.

All-in-all I think this book would have a wide appeal, since it covers questions that we’ve all asked from time-to-time. Also, it’s helpful to have a thoughtful answer to give to others who are questioning or hurting. It’s a good reference book.

This would make a nice devotional as well, since it covers a wide variety of topics and gives insightful answers from Max that draw the reader to want to know God more.

I received a review copy from the publishers, Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 

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