Bela's Letters ~ Giveaway

“Béla’s Letters” is a historical fiction novel spanning eight decades. It revolves around the remarkable life story of Béla Ingber, who was born before the onset of WWI in Munkács, a small city nestled in the Carpathian Mountains. The book tells of the struggles of Béla and his extended family to comprehend and prepare for the Holocaust, the implausible circumstances that the survivors endure before reuniting in the New World, and the crushing impact on them of their wartime experiences together with the feelings of guilt, hatred, fear, and abandonment that haunt them. At the core of the novel are the poignant letters and postcards that family members wrote to Béla, undeterred by the feasibility of delivery, which were his lifeline, even decades after the war ended.

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            Author: Jeff Ingber



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Review: Your People shall be My People`


Paperback
ISBN
9780800797898
Dimensions
5.5 x 8.5
Pub. Date
Apr 2016
SRP
$14.99
Carton Quantity
56
Number of pages
224







          `Your People shall be My People` is a prophetic book written by author Don Finto. The setting of this book is intended to be real. This book is written to Israel, the Jews, and the Christian church. I believe the author's position, in this book, is that we are in the beginning of the end. This book was first published in 2001. It is time to claim the Jewish roots of our faith. The heritage of the Jewish people is the heritage of all believers.(pg. 16) Religious history is emphasized in this book.

      I learned that there are more believers today than in all the years preceding us. Millions of people on every continent are coming to faith. (pg 40) Regardless of the way things seem, we are experiencing the greatest spiritual awakening in history. This book speaks of the Messianic Jew, those who believe. I was surprised to read that the Protestant theologian and reformer, Martin Luther, became a hater of Jews by the end of his life. (pg. 75-76) I have not read this information elsewhere, so I am taking it with a grain of salt. I can't say more on the subject other than, if it's true, is disheartens me.

      I found it interesting that two different studies showed that wives of circumcised males had fewer cases of cancer than those whose mates were uncircumcised, and that cervical cancer was non-existent in Jews. If an anti-semitic were to decide to boycott all the tests and cures discovered by the Jews he would certainly open himself to a host of serious diseases.

      I believe our days are coming to the end and it's time to join up with the Messianic Jews. America, as a nation, needs to unite with Israel. This book opened up my Spiritual eyes about how fast everything is moving.

      Our Messiah has come. He died, rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven. His life has been authenticated through God's sovereign power. (pg 74)

      I recommend this book to all laymen, Christian leaders, Jews, and Gentiles. I don't understand everything I read, but I do believe it has a lot of gems.

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Disclaimer:  I received this book free from Chosen Books through the Chosen Books blogger program.

Review Take Hold of the Faith you Long For

ISBN
9780801018855
Dimensions
5.5 x 8.5
Pub. Date
Apr 2016
SRP
$14.99
Carton Quantity
56
Number of pages
256





      `Take Hold of the Faith you Long For` is a Christian living book written especially for women by author Sharon Jaynes, co-founder of Girlfriends in God. The topic is letting go of who you think you are and living boldly for the Lord. Sharon did much research for each chapter, from some authors I am familiar with and others that are new to me. This book is dedicated to Sharon Jaynes` mom who passed away in 2014.

      Many Christians are just happy with their status quo comfort zones. Author Sharon Jaynes gives the reader a little push with such chapters as: `Take Hold of your True Identity`, `Take hold of Grace-Filled Acceptance`, and `Taking Hold of your Promised Land`. Sharon did an excellent job of laying out the chapters as the book seemed to flow flawlessly.

      I believe the author's position, in this book, is at the bottom of page 12. "We think going from where we are to where we want to be is impossible, implausible, or unrealistic, so we pull up a lounge chair in the land of in-between and settle in.

      This book captured and held my attention. I learned I am already a new creation, I don't have to wait to get to heaven to be a new creation. It's also something I don't have to strive for. I already am. I also learned that giving up control is not our natural bent as humans. However, when Christ makes us new He gives us the ability to give control to Him.

      The author walks the reader with Moses. At first telling God `no` and explaining to Him why we can't do what He asks, before accepting the `yes` from God.


 

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Disclaimer:  I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Blogger program.

Review: Sins of the Past





Paperback
ISBN
9780764217975
Dimensions
5.5 x 8.5
Pub. Date
Apr 2016
SRP
$14.99
Number of pages 384



 

   


      `Sins of the Past` is a romantic suspense novella with three different stories written by three different authors. The theme is the danger that never seems to go away. This novella was published in 2016 for those who like romantic suspense.

      The first story is `Missing` written by author Dee Henderson. Police Chief John Graham and Lieutenant Sharon Noble are working together to find the chief's mother who has been missing for two days. The story is set in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The police and detectives are working well together on this missing person report. There are only 8 chapters, so I finished this story in one day.

      The second story is `Shadowed` written by author Dani Pettrey. Libby Jennings is swimming for her life, over 12 miles. She is surrounded by other swimmers, one of them may be out to kill her.
      While watching for whales from his boat Ben McKenna and Libby Jennings find a drowned body. It is a body of someone Libby knew.
      `Shadowed` is the prequel to Dani Pettrey's series `Alaskan Courage`.

      The third, and last, story in this novella is `Blackout` written by Lynette Eason.  Protagonist Macey Adams, once involved in a robbery, has blocked out all memory of the robbery. Now the real criminal seeks after her to kill her. Will she regain her memory in time to save herself?

      While all three stories are wholesome/clean and suspenseful, I would say only one of them had me on the edge of my chair. I liked all the stories and would like to read more by these authors.

Question: What if the past caught up with you? How would that look?


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Disclaimer:  I received `Sins of the Past` complimentary for review.
   

Review: Mars...with Venus Rising



Book Blip: A meddling horse, paper bag floors and a flying saucer on the town square. The little town of Mars has it all—including a brand new resident who might spell heartache for one of its own.


      `Mars...with Venus Rising` is a Christian Romance novel written by author Hope Toler Dougherty. From the cover to the description it sounds like a funny novel with a meddling horse and two busy-body aunt's. The intended audience is probably a woman in her early twenties, but I believe any age woman would enjoy this light read. 
      The author has dedicated this novel to her parents and Bobbie & Auline Toler, who always believed. She gives God credit for giving her the desire of her heart. Hope is a new-to-me author and I hope to read more of her works.
      Penn Davenport is the light-hearted female protagonist and Peri is her sociable, lovable horse who loves to visit the neighbors. The tall, dark, and handsome male protagonist is John. All the characters work well together. The two quirky aunts are trying to get Penn a husband. Penn's parents died in a plane crash. Can Penn overcome her fear of flying and allow herself to date a pilot? 
      I recommend this novel to any woman looking for a light-hearted book to read. The recipes mentioned in the novel are posted at the back of the book.
Author Bio:
Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master's degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Almost an Author. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and chat with their two daughters and twin sons through ooVoo.


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

Litfuse Publicity character interview:
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Character Interview with Penn Davenport

What is the most interesting thing about you?
I drive a blue 1977 Volkswagen and know how to change the oil because my aunts taught me.
Occupation:
I teach math at Mars High School, and I’m studying to pass the CPA exam.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Hard-working, loyal, realist.
What do you do for fun?
Ride my horse, Peri.
Share a favorite childhood memory:
My mother sliced grapes and dug seeds out for me while we sat on our front porch swing.
What is your life motto or goal?
I don’t really have one, but John Townsend’s definitely is, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to be as courageous as John thinks I am.
Favorite food:
Ice cream—pretty much any kind.
What is the most important thing to you?
My aunts’ happiness.
Biggest pet peeve:

People who don’t use turn signals.