Review: Home On The Range

        `Home on the Range` is a Christian woman's fiction book written by author Ruth Logan Herne. Ruth Herne is the best-selling, multi-published author of over thirty novels and novellas. Home on the Range is book two of the Double S Ranch series.

        The main characters are Nick Stafford and Dr. Elsa Andreas. Nick is a single dad to two daughters, Cheyenne and Dakota. Elsa is their counselor. Their mother left them a year earlier. Cheyenne was doing poorly in school and was given the option of repeating third grade or have school during the summer to bring her grades up so she can go to fourth grade.

        My favorite character was Dr. Elsa Andreas. She knew how to interact with children who were obstinate through no fault of their own. Cheyenne couldn't understand why her mom left so she was terribly hurt and could be a bit obstinate. She missed her mom. Dakota was too young to remember her mom. When their mom came back into their life Cheyenne wanted her to stay, Dakota was afraid of her and didn't want her near. Elsa was kind and responded to the situation positively.

        I like the quote on page 212 because it helps me understand my problems better. "We tend to mess things up more by trying to fix what we should simply leave alone. Why make it convoluted or make yourself the villain? Why not take each day as it comes and deal with it?"

        The more I read this novel the more I liked it. Each person had to come true to who they are, each one needing God. I haven't read the first book in the series but I found it not necessary to understand the challenges each character faced and how they needed God. I recommend this novel to fans of women's fiction.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

Review: Exalting Jesus

        `Exalting Jesus in I & II Samuel` is an Old Testament study written by authors Heath Thomas and J.D. Greear. It is also an Old Testament commentary.

        I & II Samuel reveal God's plan for King Jesus. They are also mirrors of our modern world, with sin running rampant and people turning their backs on God only to reap the results.

        The major characters are Yahweh, Hannah, Samuel, Saul, and David. Samuel Samuel is a prophet, priest, and judge of God's people. Saul is the first king of Isreal. David is the second king of Israel, a king after God's own heart.

        The topic of the book is that of exalting Jesus. The author approached this subject descriptively. Beginning and ending with Jesus - Yahweh.The introduction is longer than most, but very important background to the book. In I & II Samuel God promises salvation through a royal line of David, Israel's anointed king. (see page 20)

        I have read the books of Samuel a few times and did not realize that God came and stood beside Samuel then called out to him. I always assumed God was in heaven calling for Samuel, but verse 10 in I Samuel chapter 3 reads God came and stood. I also learned true repentance is when we fully trust in God and are fully satisfied in God. If we don't grasp those two things we don't really know God. Either we do not know God's gracious love for us, or we do not grasp the value of that love (see page 173).

        In I & II Samuel we see the demise of Saul and the rise of King David, a man after God's own heart.

I recommend this book to all believers.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

Review: Taking My God For A Walk

        `Taking My God For A Walk` is a memoir about a walk Tony Collins took from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. This book is written by author Tony Collins.

        I found this book hard to get interested in because there were so many new-to-me words. By the title of the book, I thought it would be a book on the how-to of prayer-walking. It is actually a month long story of a 490-mile pilgrimage in all types of weather, meeting all types of people, including one man without shoes who rubbed vaseline on his sore, bare feet.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

About the author:

Tony Collins has spent more than forty years publishing books and magazines, and has started several imprints, including Monarch Books. He is a reader in the Church of England.

Review: Eden The Animals' Parable

        `Eden The Animals' Parable` is an allegory of the Gospels written by author Keith Korman. Keith Korman is a literary agent and novelist. Illustrator Lisa Paris lives in a log cabin surrounded by all manner of critters. This is her first book to illustrate, of which she did a fabulous job. The approach to the subject is descriptive.

        My favorite quote in this book is `There is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish a single candle flame.`(Saint Francis of Assisi).

        There are some wonderful illustrations throughout the book. My favorite illustration is the sly fox. The cover of the book has beautiful, colorful illustrations of the animals mentioned in the book.

        The plot tells the story from a dog's point of view. Beginning with Old Glory, then Noah and Sheba, and moving on through the generations. However, it took me about halfway through the book before I could understand the parable.

        I would not say the book kept me riveted, but it did draw my attention. I recommend this book to fans of parables.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

About the author:

Keith Korman is a literary agent and novelist. Over the years he has represented many nationally-known writers of fiction and non-fiction at his family’s literary agency, Raines & Raines. The idea for "Eden" first came to him as a child when he saw the little calf jump across the stable in the prelude to William Wyler’s "Ben Hur." And he’s been thinking about it ever since.

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Review: Kit Kat and Lucy

        `Kit Kat and Lucy` is a memoir written by author Lonnie Hull DuPont. Lonnie DuPont is an award-winning poet, book editor, and writer. She lives in rural Michigan with her husband and their cats.

        This book on animals is the best one I have read, so far. It reminds me so much of our cats, one that is now deceased. How Kit Kat would sleep with the owners and how picky she was about her food. Lonnie's husband was allergic to cats but was swooned by a feral cat they named Kit Kat. He decided he would rather stay on his medicine than give up Kit Kat.

        We also took in a feral kitten. At first, she would only come to our son. So she stayed outside until she trusted our son enough to pick her up and bring her into our house. Unfortunately, she would sleep in the litter box and mess on the carpet. We had to train her to use the litter box. Now we have two new kittens which our cat, Mimi, gets along with great.

        My favorite quote from the book is "A meow massages the heart" (Stuart McMillan) I recommend this book to all animals, especially the feline kind.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

About the author:

Lonnie Hull DuPont is an award-winning poet, book editor, and writer. She is the author of several books, including five compilations of animal stories under the pseudonym of Callie Smith Grant. A member of the Cat Writers Association, she lives in rural Michigan with her husband and their cats.

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Pub. Date
Sep 2016