Sunday, February 15, 2015


“Sabotaged” by Dani Pettrey once again takes us on a suspenseful ride in Alaska. Reef McKenna and Kirra Jacobs have known each other their whole lives but they have never been friends. Now they are thrown together as partners in the search-and-rescue team for the Iditarod. Reef sees Kirra leaving the checkpoint station in the middle of the night and follows her. She is worried about her uncle when he fails to check-in and together they search for him. Her uncle tells Kirra that his daughter Meg has been kidnapped and that Kirra and Reef must find her before he reaches Nome or something bad will happen. With the help of the rest of the McKenna family Kirra and Reef start out on a race of their own across Alaska before more lives are put in danger.

This is the fifth and last book in the Alaskan Courage series that features the McKenna family. This book, like all of the others, will pull you in and keep you turning the pages until the end. Dani Pettrey does an amazing job of showing us how Reef must put his trust in God to guide him in not only in finding the bad guys but also in his relationship with Kirra. We also see how Kirra must overcome her anger and uncertainty in trusting God because of something that happened in her past. I highly recommend reading “Submerged”, “Shattered”, “Stranded”, and “Silenced” as well. These are all wonderfully written books and you will appreciate Reef more in this book as you learn about him in the first four books. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

The Crimson Cord

“The Crimson Cord” by Jill Eileen Smith tells the story of Rahab. In the Bible Rahab was a prostitute in Jericho who helped Israelite spies. Rahab protected the Israelites and was promised safety when the Israelites took Jericho. She was told to hang a crimson cord on her window and when the time came she and anyone who resided in her house would be safe. “The Crimson Cord” takes us into Rahab’s world and brings the scriptures in the Bible to life. The Bible does not say why Rahab became a prostitute but this book gives us one possibility. This book also makes us think what her thoughts and feelings were during that dark time in her life. We also see how she moves from her past to a bright future and become an ancestor to Jesus. While we can only speculate about most of Rahab’s life, this book will bring her to life and make us wonder what this woman was truly like.

This is a wonderfully written book and that will draw you in from the first page and keep you turning until the last. Jill Eileen Smith does an amazing job in bringing the Bible to life and detailing what life was life back then. This is the ultimate story of redemption and forgiveness. We see that if we put our trust and faith in God He will forgive us of our sins if we are sincere and repent. Rahab’s story shows us that God can and will use anybody from any walk of life for a greater good. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.