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Friday, October 3, 2014

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days - Book Review by Holley Gerth

Once again,  Holley brings us a book for the hard days we all face, truths to hold onto, filled with short devotional articles.  Holley brings us 52 encouraging truths.

Each chapter begins with a scripture, which Holley explains and makes personal. Following that, she includes a prayer and a space to write down what He is saying to us.

Excerpt from the back cover: Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books. She is also cofounder  of (in)courage and a partner with Dayspring. Learn more at www.holleygerth.com.

This book is published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Thanks to Graf-Martin for providing a copy for review.

Monday, May 5, 2014


For Such  A Time is the masterful retelling of the biblical account of Esther, set in Czechoslovakia in 1944. Because of her facial features, Jewess Hadassah Benjamin is able to pass for German Stella Muller.
She feels abandoned by God when saved from the firing squad and is handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric on Schmidt at the transit camp, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. In order to maintain her identity as Aric's secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people were sent to an extermination camp,
Suspecting her employer is hiding something, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. His compassion gives her hope, while at the same she battles a growing attraction for the man she knows she should despise as her enemy.
Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp's prisioners safe, risking the revelation of her true identity. When her bravery brings her to the point of ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean on. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this.
This is a well-crafted story. Full of intrigue and action, this book kept me turning the pages and seeing the story unfold. As one gripped by details, I was  interested to note the research that has obviously gone into the writing. The author includes both a German and Jewish glossary, as well as discussion questions.
This is the first book by Kate Breslin, and I look forward to many more. To learn more about the author, go to www.katebreslin.com.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group". 


Friday, March 14, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014


Subtitled Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days,  this is a book filled with hope. It is not a quick read, but should be read slowly and thoughtfully.  Holley reminds us that what happens to us is not who we really are. Defeat is not our destiny. We are overcomers.

Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God. We are made for a Promised Land. We aren't meant to settle, but to dwell.
 The book is full of thought-provoking questions.
There is so much that our hearts tend to forget, so it is important to keep coming back to the truth of scripture.

The book contains a section which Holley calls the Go Deeper Guide, containing questions suitable for individual or group study. The book is published by Revell and is available wherever you purchase books, or through Amazon.com.
I received a copy of the book from Graf-Martin Communications for review purposes.

About the Author:

Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books. Check out her website at www.holleygerth.com

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


This is an encyclopedia of his life, thought and writings. What a great introduction to everything Lewis, from his life, family, friends, career, marriage, and to the worlds he created, the creatures he imagined, and the studies he delighted in.

This is a comprehensive reference, including both the more familiar stories and apologetics, to his more obscure and lesser known writings.

This is not a book to be read cover to cover, but to be picked up to read many interesting tidbits of the life and work of the man who was C.S. Lewis.

As I flipped through the pages of this book, I found myself stopping to read many of the entries, and found it fascinating.

I recommend this book be included in everyone's library, whether a lover of Lewis or one newly come to his writings. When we were in England  a number of years ago, we had the privilege of a private tour of Oxford and vicinity, escorted by Lewis' boyhood, Douglas Gresham. We saw many places referred to by Jack (nick name of Clive Staples Lewis). It was memorable.

About the author: Colin Duriez is a recognized expert on C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and the other members of the Inklings. He both lectures and contributes to conferences and documentaries on them, as well as being the author of the popular biographies C.S. Lewis: A biography of friendship and J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend.

Book is published by Lion Hudson (www.lionhudson.com)

I received a copy of the book for review purposes from the Litfuse Publicity Group.

The book may be purchased wherever fine books are sold.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Sheila's newest book speaks from her heart,  combining personal experience with accounts of biblical women. She addresses common issues with her warm and unique perspective. No matter where we are or where we've been, we can learn many lessons from the storms of life.

Sheila is on facebook, Twitter and other social media, and you can read her blog at www.sheilawalsh.com.

The book is published by Thomas Nelson Publishing.





Friday, January 24, 2014


Julie has done it again! This tightly-written novel with well-developed characters is set in Regency England in the village of Beaworthy, Devonshire. It is filled with intrigue, romance and yes, secrets.

Lady Amelia Midwinter, has a dislike for dancing, and has forbidden it in her village. Alec Valcourt and family leave London and move to Beaworthy. Alec has a secret, and refuses to discuss his past. Alec is a dancing master. Julia Midwinter, Lady Amelia's daughter, is attracted to Alec, and she to her.
Can Alec and Julia get to the bottom of all the secrecy? Can happiness be brought back to the village, and can Lady Amelia's broken heart be restored?

Lovers of the Regency era will love this book.


Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit www.julieklassen.com

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Can Alec and Julia get to the bottom of all the secrecy? Can happiness be brought back to the village, and can Lady Amelia's broken heart be restored?

Lovers of the Regency era will love this book.
A free book for review purposes was received from Litfuse. It was published by Bethany House.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Meditation on Psalm 100

"Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth! Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before Him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation, (Psalm 100 - The New Living Translation)

This psalm focuses on the worship of our awesome God.

 HOW are we to worship? With gladness and joyful singing. Worship is the expression of joy from a heart overwhelmed with gratitude.

WHY are we to worship? We acknowledge who He is, our Creator. We are His dearly loved possession. As the Psalmist says, we are the sheep of His pasture. We are to come into His presence with thanksgiving and praise, thanking Him for all He has done, praising Him for who He is. The LORD is good! His faithfulness and unfailing love continues forever, from one generation to another.

Let us enter His presence every day with joyful, heartfelt gratitude. He alone is worthy.