Sunday, February 26, 2017

Redeeming Grace

"Redeeming Grace" by Jill Eileen Smith tells us the story of Naomi and Ruth. Naomi and her family leave Bethlehem and travel to Moab in order to escape the drought and famine in Bethlehem. She did not expect to be gone for long but years of drought force them to stay. She soon loses her husband then her two sons marry Moabite women one of which was Ruth. Throughout the years Ruth becomes to think of Naomi as her mother and when tragedy strikes and Naomi's sons die unexpectedly Ruth remains by her side. The two travel back to Bethlehem and find themselves destitute and at the mercy of others. Ruth goes to the fields every morning to glean the barley in hopes of keeping the two women from starving. She quickly catches the attention of Boaz who offers his protection to her. With the help of Naomi, Ruth goes to Boaz to ask him to be her kinsman redeemer in hopes of securing marriage and a better future. What she and Boaz did not count on was each finding love again.

Jill Eileen Smith does an amazing job of bring the Book of Ruth to life and retelling one of the greatest love stories of all time. She paints a vivid picture of the characters and the setting and makes the reader feel like they are there with Naomi and Ruth. The story of Ruth shows us that even though bad things happen in our lives God is always there with us and loving us. Even when we may drift from Him, His love never wavers. We only need to turn to Him and put our trust in Him and He will see us through our dark times and bring us to a brighter future. I highly recommed this book and all of this author's books as she does a wonderful job of bringing the Bible to life. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Friday, February 17, 2017

In the Shadow of Denali

"In the Shadow of Denali" by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse takes us to 1923 Curry, Alaska. Here, we meet Cassidy Ivanoff and her father John, and Allan Brennan. Cassidy is a cook's assistant at the Curry Hotel which is located at the foot of Mount McKinley or Denali as it is called by the locals. Her father is a wilderness guide in Curry. Allan has travelled to Curry to become John's apprentice. He blames John for his father's death and is in Alaska to try to figure out what really happened on Denali six years before. He finds himself at odds with his new boss. He doesn't want to like him but the more he is around John the more he begins to suspect the story he was told regarding his father's trip may not be the truth. He also finds himself drawn to Cassidy. She always has a bright, positive outlook on life and Allan can't help but falling for her. As Allan begins to uncover truth of what happened to his father danger soon arrives in Alaska.

This was a wonderfully written book that is full of historical detail. This book is set around the dedication of Mount McKinley National Park and the presidential visit in 1923. The author does a good job of drawing the reader in and keeping their interest. She also does a good job of teaching us a lesson while telling a tale. This story shows us through Cassidy that even though our life's journey may be rough God is always with us and will help us to live a happy life if we give our lives over to Him. We also see how God is able to take the bitterness and darkness out of Allan's life when he finally does give his heart to God. I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next in the Heart of Alaska series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers.