Update: Travel the World in Books (4)

My husband and I have been reading our fourth book in this challenge.
I'm not sure when we began this book but it seems to take us most of the year to finish one book. I read to him most every morning while he eats his breakfast.

Our fourth book was from the U.S.A.
Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top (Jeanette Levellie)

Review: (the book was from my own Kindle book, I bought and paid for)

        Using humor and thought provoking anecdotes author Jeanette Levellie expounds the life of a pastor's wife through trials and tribulation. With a format similar to a daily devotional.

She brings to life personal issues that we may all face from time to time. The brief vignettes may bring smiles and perhaps tears at times, exemplifying our place as Christians on this earth. Without getting "preachy" she teaches through colorful and interesting stories drawn from her own daily encounters with others. She does use scripture and biblical references without becoming trite or boring.

My spouse and I have enjoyed reading through this book most every morning as we begin the day, and it seems to bring a bright spot into our daily lives.

First Update: The Amazing Danis
Second Update: Behind the Veils of Yemen
Third Update: Waterfall: A Novel

Review: Missing (Author Lisa Harris)

        `Missing` is a mystery/suspense novel written by author Lisa Harris. Author Lisa Harris and her family are missionaries in southern Africa. Christy Award-winning and bestselling author Lisa Harris puts you right into the action in this fast-paced thriller (Amazon). The authors purpose in writting this book is to entertain.

        The setting is a Nashville suburb; early Thursday morning. The female protagonist, Nikki, has been on the force for eight years. Two men have been killed in what is thought to be a burglary and two homeowners are missing.

        A Mac Hudson was found dead on the male protagonist`s, Tyler, boat. Tyler had just returned from three tours overseas and saw things he would never be able to tell anyone. His wife had died on the same boat as Mac Hudson and Nikki's sister has been missing for 10 years.

         Are all the situations related? Is someone trying to cover-up their evil actions? Were these situations the act of one person, or multiple people? Did Mac's wife want him dead?

        This is a book I couldn't put down. I learned that a large percent of the active ingredients in prescription medicine are made overseas. So they may not be as pure as they should be. However, the U.S. spends enormous resources on Private Investigators and Security teams. So, did the prescription medicines cause the deaths?

I think the quote on page 173 sums up the totality of this book. `Moving through grief doesn't come by forgetting. You get through it by remembering.`

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  Disclaimer:  I received `Missing` complimentary for review

Review: Fetching Sweetness

        `Fetching Sweetness` is book two of the Love Unleashed series. This series is especially for dog lovers, written by Dana Mentink.

        Although I have become a cat lover I enjoyed reading this book, with its antics, and I especially like the cover.

        As a literary agent, Stephanie Pink is eager to get the book manuscript from the author. However she must first find, and return the author's dog, `Sweetness`. She finds Sweetness and also meets Rhett who offers her to stay at his place. When Stephanie goes into her bedroom she sees a ladies nightgown and duct tape. So, she comes to the conclusion that Rhett is a serial killer- she's been reading too many books. She wonders why else would a single man have a ladies nightgown? She decides she needs another book to read, and soon, or she'll get edgy. It's an obsession. I can relate! I thought the scene where Rhett fell off the ladder showed compassion on Stephanie's part.

        The realism of the characters made it seem as if they were my neighbors under disguise. I sided with Stephanie when she threw a bag of flour at Rhett. This was one of my favorite parts of the book. I could see myself doing the same thing. So I just laughed. Stephanie has quite an imagination. Rhett says God speaks to him, Stephanie disagrees.

         A most interesting part was when Sweetness brought a feral cat to Stephanie. Sweetness was carrying the screaming cat by the scruff of its neck. Sweetness reminded me of when our cat brought a bird and a chipmunk into our house. Both live and at different times.

        This book made me laugh and I recommend it to fans of comedy.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Litfuse Publishers for my honest opinion.

Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.

Review:Hearing God in Conversation

ISBN: 9780825444241
Pages: 224
Publication date: 7-27-2016
Format: Paperback
Imprint: Kregel Publications

       `Hearing God in Conversation` is a Christian Living/Spiritual Growth book written by Samuel C. Williamson. The tagline reads, `How To Recognize His Voice Everywhere`. This book has been dedicated to the author's father who taught the author how to hear God's voice.

        Author Sam C. Williamson is the founding director of the Heart and author of `Is Sunday School Destroying Our Kids`? The author's purpose for writing `Hearing God in Conversation` is to inform. Hearing God in Conversation brings together the Word and the Holy Spirit, which in the Christian's life is interdependent to one another.

        I find it interesting that Budda's last words were, `strive without ceasing`, and Christ's last words were, `It Is Finished`.  Not only did Christ say `It Is Finished`, He invited us to walk with Him relationaly.

        The author's thesis is to share in this book what he has learned about conversing with God. The author has also included an Appendix that summarizes the common arguments against and the common arguments for the belief that God speaks directly today. The references as to where the author received this information are at the back of the book under, `Notes`.

        Samuel C. Williamson points out many different situations in which God speaks, but as page 33 say, `He also speaks to us when we meditate on scripture, watch a movie, counsel with friends, and driving a car, etc...

        I like the style of this book, very informative without being too preachy. God guides us through conviction, insight, revelation, and daily guidance. I like the quote on page 35, `continual lectures sink relationships; conversations buoy them up.

The author shares a couple of helpful resources:

TACTS (for scriptural meditation) T= Truth  A= Adoration
C= Confession    T= Thanksgiving    S= Supplication

Resources for meditating on God's Word (Bibles):
American Standard version
International Standard version
King James version
New International version
New Living Translation
The Message

Online Resource:

Disclaimer: I received this book from Kregel Publishers for my honest opinion.