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Review: the Wish

`the Wish` is a contemporary  fictional novel, set in fictional Hill View, Arkansas. This novel is written by Beverly Lewis. Hill View, Arkansas is based on the actual city of Ozark, however there is no Amish settlement in Ozark, though the town offers many other charms.

         Leona is like an only child since her older sibling married seven years ago. So it seems her dream of wanting a sister-friend comes true when Gloria and her family move to a close-by farm.  Gloria Gingerich's father was expelled from the Old Order Amish church, which caused an upheaval and a separation of two friends for years when the father moved the family away from the People. After several years of silence Leona Speicher, Gloria's once best friend, decides to search Gloria out. Will they bond again, or will their friendship be lost? The theme of this book is based on friendship.

        My favorite part of the novel is when Gloria reached out to Leona for advice. Gloria still cherished…

Review: Every Season Prayers

`Every Season Prayers` is a Christian living book written by author Scotty Smith. Scotty Smith is founding pastor of Christ Community Church (PCA) in Franklin, Tennessee. He co-authored `Unveiled Hope` with Michael Card and `Speechless and Restoring Broken Things` with music artist and author Steven Curtis Chapman. Author Scotty Smith says, "Each of the Prayers in `Every Season Prayers` was birthed out of relationships - first and foremost in response to God's incomparable, inexhaustible love for us in Jesus'.

        Each prayer begins with a verse from the Bible, followed by prayer. There are prayers for all occasions including - Praying the scriptures verse by verse, Prayers of lament, and a ten-day prayer journey. This book is the sequel to `Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith.`

         The author wrote `Every Season Prayers` with the intent to equip God's people to pray - not praying by rote but personal prayers. This is just a guide t…

Review: Frontier Grit

`Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Woman` is authored by Marianne Monson. Several pioneer women are mentioned in this book. I'm not sure if all of them were Christians, but that may be worth investigating. They were all strong-willed women. Women of today can thank them for making our paths straighter.
      Pioneer Nellie Cashman loved everything about pioneering. She was rugged, had a deep devotion to her Catholic religion, and knew what it was like to suffer through poverty and hunger. She had many chances to marry but chose to stay single so she could have opportunity and adventure.
      Aunt Clara Brown was born into slavery in the early 1800's. Clara had a vibrant relationship with her Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. No matter where she was when the spirit moved her to pray she would drop to her knees and pray. She considered her sufferings as nothing compared to what her Lord went through.
      Abigail Scott Duniway was an Oregon Trail Suffrag…

Questions and Answers with Beverly Lewis

1. Nearly two decades have passed since The Shunning, your first Amish novel, was published, establishing what became an extraordinarily popular new genre of fiction. What have the years since taught you?
A- Creating stories set in Amish farmland has been such a source of delight! This writing journey has taught me the importance of meticulous research and demonstrated to me just how universal some themes really are—love and loss, the need for hope, friendship, faith, and family. At its core, every book I write is about lifting the spirit and stirring the heart . . . which allows readers from all ages and walks of life to relate to my characters, however cloistered and unalike they may initially seem.

2. Can you tell us about the plot for The Wish, your newest novel? 
A-Of course! Leona Speicher got the “sister” she always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be the answer to Leona’s prayers—until Gloria’s father i…

Fingerprints of God


Get Back Up (Toby Mac)


Review: Unlocking the Bible

`Unlocking the Bible` is a biblical reference book written by author Jeff Lasseigne. Jeff Lasseigne teaches the midweek Bible study and assists with oversight of his church, Harvest Christian Fellowship, as part of the pastoral staff. He also enjoys traveling, reading, and all things England. Unless otherwise indicated, scripture quotations are from the New King James version of the Holy Bible.

         `Unlocking the Bible` is divided into two parts. The first part explains how we got the Bible, why we can trust the Bible, understanding the Old and New Testaments, how to study the Bible, and how to teach the Bible. The second part lists each individual book of the Bible which includes author of the book, theme of the book, and category of the book, and some Fascinating Facts.  I was pleased to see the Forward was written by Greg Laurie, Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship and an evangelist I am familiar with.

        The Bible is the world's all-time bestsellin…

Review: America at the Crossroads

`America at the Crossroads` is a social issues book written by author George Barna. George Barna is founder of Barna Group, a leading research firm that specializes in faith-related surverys. The book's tagline reads, `Explosive Trends Shaping America's Future and What You Can Do About It.` Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NIV). The author's purpose is to inform American's the trend America is taking and what we can do.

        George Barna's comparative data only goes back as far as 1990. He states, `Comparing what is happening today with what took place in 1960 is in many ways irrelevant.` Each chapter has three sections. The first is the summary, the second is Key Facts and the third is titled Outlook and Interpretation. There are 4 main sections to the book: Faith and Spirituality, Government and Politics, Lifestyles and Perspectives, and Standing at the Crossroads. The one I found most interesting is Faith and Spir…

Review: The Temple and the Tabernacle

`The Temple and the Tabernacle` is a reference book written by author J. Daniel Hays. Author J. Daniel Hays is dean of the school of Christian studies and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

        The tagline of this book says it's a study of God's dwelling places from Genesis to Revelation. The author's purpose in writing this book is to inform with visually stunning, full-color graphics and archaeological discoveries.

        I like the glossy pages, the colorful graphics and the easy to read script. The jist of the book is only 189 pages. However, the closing pages contain notes, bibliography, index of subjects and index of scripture and other ancient sources. Scripture references, throughout the book, come either from the New International Version (NIV), or the English Standard version (ESV).

        Each chapter begins with an overview, then subtitles with several colorful graphics. I enjoyed the use of the…

Courageous (Casting Crowns)


I Wanna Know You Like That


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Review: The Bible and Me

Stories with a Message to Live By Lois Rock & Alida Massari
Lois Rock and Alida Massari have teamed up to create a Bible storybook full of inspiration and delight, sure to elicit moments of contemplation. Thoughtfully written, each section begins with a Bible quote and ends with a prayer or psalm that fits the theme of the story to help readers reflect further on what they've read. Alida Massari's richly colored and deeply peaceful illustrations fit perfectly with the meditative theme. Includes twenty stories from the Old and New Testaments. 

        `The Bible and Me` is a colorful hardback book used to introduce children to the gospel. It is retold by Lois Rock and illustrated by Alida Massari. Each section begins with an appropriate Bible verse. For instance, the `In the Beginning` section Psalm 24:1 is used. The text is organized into short paragraphs, which are sufficient for the story. The section introduces a message for the child to live by.
        The primary medium…

It Is Well


Review & Author Interview: Bossy Flossy

Meet the Author:

​Paulette Bogan admits she was bossy as a child. She is the author and illustrator ofVirgil & Owen, which was chosen as one of Bank Street Best Children's books of the Year 2016, Virgil & Owen Stick Together, which won a Mom's Choice Award Gold Medal for Picture Books, and Lulu The Big Little Chick, which won a Children's Choice Book Award. She lives in New York City with her husband, three daughters, and two dogs. They ALL think she is STILL bossy. But they've never told her to go to her room!

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

   Hi Paulette Bogan and welcome to New Horizon Reviews. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by for a visit. I really enjoyed reading your book `Bossy Flossy`.

Author Interview: Paulette Bogan
How long have you been writing? (1) I didn’t start writing professionally till I was in my thirties. I went to Parsons School of Design. My mother always told me I should write and illustra…

Review: The Rewired Brain

`The Rewired Brain` is a non-fiction health and wellness book written by author Dr. Ski Chilton. Dr. Chilton is a professor in the department of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. `The Rewired Brain` offers you a clear framework for understanding your brain and the decisions you make. The author's purpose in writing this piece is to inform the reader how they can rewire their brain, empowering them to be free and to live fearlessly. The author's thesis is that there is a God who loves and desires to interact with us. He also believes God created the extremely complex portions of our brains in order for us to be able to commune with Him spiritually.

        Dr. Ski says our brain has two systems of thinking, which he appropriately calls system 1 and system 2. These two systems constantly battle for attention. There are a few black and white images throughout the book that help us more readily understand the brain and how it works.


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Review: Life Verse Creative Journal

The two-piece set of Life Verse Journals is written by authors Jana Magruder and Morgan Grace Magruder. The Life Verse journal is full of black and white illustrations to color, along with journaling prompts. The 2nd journal is blank so you can make your own.

        I found this a great way to relax while reflecting on God's Word. The books are small enough to put in a pocketbook and work on while waiting for an appointment, or in a car line. The covers are durable paperback and each book contains only 64 pages.

        I recommend these journals to mom's, daughter's and women of all ages.

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

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How to pick a Bible version

There are so many Bible versions and translations I hardly know which one is right for me. So, Bible Gateway has a user-friendly site that just may help in choosing the one that's right for me. The complete Bible is now available in 500 different languages. Some translations aim at rendering the meaning of the texts word-for-word (literal translations). The plus side to this - the reader can know the specific word choice and phraseology of the biblical authors. The down side - they can be more difficult to read.

        Another approach is to translate thought-for-thought. This means it's more familiar to English readers, and probably easier to read. This translation can be regarded as accurate as long as the true meaning of the original text is carried across.

        Lastly, there is free translation or paraphrase which gives readers the flow of the biblical text idea by idea. Oftentimes losing the true meaning of the original text.

        People who take the Bible s…

Review: Priceless (A Novel)

`Priceless` is a Christian fiction book co-authored by Joel and Luke Smallbone of for King & Country. The narration style is dramatized narration and the setting is a one-time trip cross-country.

        The female protagonist Antonia and her sister Maria are illegal immigrants from Mexico who are trying to survive in America. The male protagonist, James, is trying to make a life for his daughter, Emmy, and himself; after his wife is killed in a car accident. Bills mount up and he can't see a way out so he becomes a drug dealer. Only, the first time lands him in jail and without custody of his daughter. He gets out and wants to begin a fresh life. However, he makes a cross-country delivery carrying undisclosed goods in the back. Later he finds out he is mixed up in sex trafficking two beautiful illegal immigrants. Antonia and Maria came to America to seek good paying jobs, only to find themselves caught in sex trafficking.

        This novel reminds women of their wor…