Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Reason

In “The Reason” by William Sirls, we are taken to a small Michigan town and some of its residents will soon be forever changed. On a stormy night lightning strikes the cross in the yard of the St. Thomas Church and the cross is destroyed beyond repair. Reverend Lindy, the church’s blind minister, tries to figure out a way to repair the cross and help his flock keep their faith. When Brooke takes her young son, Alex, to have tests run, Macey Lewis overhears what happened to the cross and wants to help. Macey enlists the help of her fellow colleagues and carpenter Kenneth. When the group arrives to repair the cross, something amazing happens that none of them can believe and makes them wonder just who Kenneth could be. The next day Macey has to tell Brooke that Alex has leukemia. The mysterious Kenneth seems to show up when things are at their worst and tells everyone to “only believe”. Everyone starts to question the miracles that are happening and question if Kenneth could be God. When things are looking bad for Alex, Brooke is led to believe that God will heal him if she will “only believe” but when things take a drastic turn for the worse she questions God and becomes angry that she will lose her son. Will the group witness another miracle? Will everyone finally be able to forgive and believe in God?

This book will grab you from the beginning and you will not be able to put it down. It is a very moving and emotional book. The main focus is on Brooke and Alex but many other characters are present throughout. Have a tissue handy and remember to “only believe”. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Breakthrough

“The Breakthrough” by Jerry B. Jenkins continues to the story of Chicago Police Chief Boone Drake. In the first book Boone lost his wife and young son in a tragic accident. Boone engrossed himself in work to try to forget about the pain. Boone gave up on God after his loss. But slowly he learned to trust God again. And he was able to open up his heart again. In the second book Boone meets two new loves of his life; his future wife Haeley and her son Max. In this book life is great for Boone and his family. He is chief of the Major Case Squad, he has the love of a woman and child and his relationship with God is better than it ever was. But Boone feels like he is waiting for the other shoe to drop. And then it does. Boone is now faced with another tragic accident and wonders if he will lose another woman he loves. Boone is soon faced with the decision of staying with Haeley in her time of need or travelling to China to follow a human trafficking case. The case is very personal to Boone and he knows his wife would want him to go. Will Boone be able to keep his family together?

This is the third book in the Precinct 11 series and it is just as wonderful as the first two. Even though we know what is going on during the whole book it is still very suspenseful. You will not want to put it down. I recommend reading “The Brotherhood” and “The Betrayal” first. You will appreciate Boone more if you start at the beginning. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The River

In “The River” by Michael Neale we meet Gabriel Clarke. When Gabriel was five years old he saw a tragic accident that changed his life forever. Every since that fateful day on the river he has been afraid to really live. As the years go by he is afraid to join in and have fun with his friends. When a teacher paints him a picture of a river he longs to be able to enjoy the beauty that the river holds. Slowly he is able to overcome his fears with the help of a friend. Then his life is changed forever when a former high school friend invites him on a camping trip to the river in the Colorado Rockies. Gabriel is taken to the very river that changed his life forever. While he is there and with the help of a girl named Tabitha, he sees the beauty of the river and learns to love it. Tabitha wants Gabriel to come back and learn to be a guide on the river. Gabriel loves working on the river but his world will soon be changed again. He soon comes face to face with the man the blames for taking the most important person away from him. Will Gabriel be able to forgive him and the river?

This was an amazing debut novel from Michael Neale. It immediately draws you in and tugs at your heart. We can all relate to Gabriel because we all have some fear we have to overcome and it teaches us how important forgiveness is. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Girl in the Glass

In “The Girl in the Glass” by Susan Meissner we meet Meg. Meg’s grandmother grew up in Florence and when she was a child she was painted in front of a statue and Meg has always been drawn to the painting and to Florence. Meg’s father promised her that he would take her to Florence someday but he never comes through on his promise. When she finds out that he stole the money and bought her ticket she goes to Florence in hope of finding her father and getting the truth out of him. Meg soon finds herself all alone in a foreign country. Before Meg left the states she was told about Sofia. Sofia is an aspiring writer who hopes that Meg will help get her memoirs published. Sofia introduces Meg to the beauty of Florence. It is everything she dreamed but things are not what they seem with Sofia. Sofia claims to be the last surviving member of the Medici family and that a Medici princess, Nora, talks to her through the paintings and statues in Florence. Also while in Italy, Meg meets Lorenzo. He and his sister are a team who publish books with Meg’s company. She feels drawn to him but she is confused about her feelings for him and for Gabe, a man she left in the states. Who will Meg choose? And is Sofia truly a Medici?

This book drew me in from the beginning and I did not want to put it down. The author weaves a story of intrigue and love in the telling of the lives of Meg, Sofia and Nora. You will feel compassion for all three women the more you read. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to read the first chapter of the book.