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Review: Brides of Montana

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`Brides of Montana` is a set of 5 Christian adventure books by author Faith Crawford. I chose this book series because Faith Crawford is a new-to-me author, plus I like an adventure.  Each book is a different mail order bride and her experiences.

Isabella's story is about love thriving in the unlikeliest of places. Her husband was a gold miner who struck it rich. Alice's story is set in the early 1900's.  Her brother is very ill and has medical bills piling up. So Alice decided to leave home and work so she could help pay bills, or marry a man that would help pay the bills.

Helena had been summoned to be a mail-order bride by the groom's mother. The groom wasn't much up to summoning anyone since he recently lost his wife. Janelle had been living with her aunt and uncle who were abusive to her. Her mom died during childbirth and no one knew who her dad was. Grace becomes a cowgirl overnight while her husband is healing from injuries. Alonzo, Grace's husba…

Review: The Marvelous Mud House

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`The Marvelous Mud House` is a Christian book for children by author April Graney. It is a story of finding fullness and joy even when you have very little. A story of being content with what you do have.

        The book I have chosen to review is organized into simple paragraphs. This structure is sufficient for the story being told. Each page is just long enough to tell a story by not giving too much detail away, leaving room for the child to imagine being there.

        There are two families in this hardback book. One family, the Smith's, live in the `hungry` house, the house of always wanting more. The other family lives in the `Marvelous` house, a house of contentment. The Smith family went to see the Marvelous house in Kenya.  Can they be content no matter their circumstance?

        The primary medium used in the illustrations are very colorful drawings. I recommend this book to 8-12-year-olds, both boys and girls. This would also be a great book for an adult to…

Review: Dangerous Illusions

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AboutTrish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon will capture your imagination with a mind-bending story that will have you doubling back to retrace your steps--and figure out what you missed!


         `Dangerous Illusions` is a clean romantic suspense novel by author Irene Hannon. This 370-page paperback book is sure to please fans of suspense. I would mu…

Review: The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

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`The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck` is a contemporary romance novel by author  Bethany  Turner. Author Sarah Hollenbeck is known for her hot and steamy books that her audience loved. However, after turning her life over to Jesus she wants a new angle. Her publisher tries to convince her to stay with her known audience by writing what is tried and true. Sarah was an author in a book club critiquing other authors works. After becoming a Christian she felt strongly about writing clean books.

        One of the funniest parts was when Sarah ran headlong into a man at church only to find out he is the new pastor. This incident brought them together in more ways than one. She was recently divorced, he recently became a widow.

        Sarah's goal in writing new books was to turn her books into a positive influence on the lives of women, relationships, and marriages (see page 193).

        I recommend this book to fans of contemporary fiction. It would also make a good book cl…

Review: Lady Jayne Disappears

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AboutLynhurst Manor is a house built on secrets . . . and the arrival of Aurelie Harcourt might reveal them all.When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies suddenly, he leaves her just two things: his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll, and his wealthy family--who want very little to do with her.

As Aurelie struggles to find a home with her father's family and learn the rules of society, she relishes in his parting gift--the beginning of his last story. The story she always wanted to hear, about her mother's mysterious disappearance from the home where she now lives. To complete the novel, she'll have to extract clues from relatives--and one enigmatic houseguest--who often seem reluctant to give them up.
        `Lady Jayne Disappears` is a historical fiction book by debut author Joanna Davidson Politano.  I chose this book because of the suspense. The cover looks intriguing, too. The year is 1861 in England. Aurelie  Harcourt inherited her father's pen name and story when …

Headlines: Jon Thurlow, Different Story

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In his first full-length album since 2013, longtime International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) worship leader and songwriter Jon Thurlow addresses themes of redemption, trial, and hope on DifferentStory from Forerunner Music, IHOPKC’s official record label.

The title track to Thurlow’s first-ever Nashville-based recording was influenced by his first time working with legendary producer Brown Bannister, and multi-talented Ben Shive (Laura Hackett Park, Brandon Heath, Bebo Norman, JJ Heller, Andrew Peterson.) Thurlow recalls, “I had a melody and some lyrics, and was talking to Brown about how the Lord takes our messed up, broken stories and He redeems—He rewrites them through Jesus. It’s a very hopeful song, an anthem.”



Other album highlights include the first studio recording of “Shout Your Name,” title track to the 2015 Onething Live album, “Your Love is Better,” an IHOPKC prayer room favorite, and a full band version of “Still Looking Back at Me” from Thurlow’s Walking Throu…

Review: Loving my actual Christmas

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Are you on the brink of quitting Christmas forever? Are your burnt out on the rituals of finding and decorating that perfect Christmas tree? Are you tired and frustrated once Christmas is over? Then this is the book for you, my friend: `Loving my Actual  Christmas` by author  Alexandra Kuykendall.

        The chapters are divided into themes: the first four are for each week of the Advent and the last chapter breaks up the twelve-days known as Christmastide, carrying you into the new year. Each chapter has questions to ruminate over, a quote by different poets, a plan on how to implement that weeks themes, and scripture to read. At the back of the book are practical tips and strategies for your holiday:  making a schedule, evaluating your Christmas traditions, how to save money during Christmas, Relationships, and tips on food prep.

        I think that because the book is broken down into segments it is very helpful and informative, for any stage of life to consider what the…

Review: Cowboy Christmas Guardian

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About the Book:

Name of book: Cowboy Christmas Guardian
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Isnpy Romance Suspense

Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country. But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her. That is, until he discovers she’s from the family that he’ll never forgive for his wife’s death. As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk. And since Shelby won’t back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.
Click here to purchase your copy.About the Author:

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the su…

Songs of Thanksgiving

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Psalm 100Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 111

Praise the Lord.

I will extol the Lord with all my heart
    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant forever.

He has shown his people the power of his works,
    giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of his h…