Friday, September 12, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season (Book Review)



About the Book:
It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor...until he meets Perla. She's everything he's sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

My Review:
Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas is an excellent read! The setting is in West Virginia in the mid-1950s. The characters are well developed and share their weaknesses. The theme I loved most about this book was not judging people for sinning differently. The main character's past sin was easy for everyone to see. Forgiveness had already been given by God. However, judgement took over their community, and fear of what the woman's sin brought into their safe little town.

I loved how the characters began to understand their sin in judgement, how the main character served others even though she knew they were judging and gossiping about her. I loved how forgiveness began to flow.  This is so true in everyday life, I put myself in a few of the chapters and just began to weep, as to what God had did in my life.  I thank him everyday for his love and faithfulness.

If you want a book that has to deal with real everyday life, Miracle in a Dry Season would be an excellent choice.

*I received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion

The Wine in the Word (Book Review)

 











About the book:

In the pages of this book, the art and the miracle of wine, coupled with the vivid biblical imagery of the vineyard, open a lens onto God s abundant grace, and, in turn, onto our lives as disciples that we might fully savor God s blessings and serve those around us with great joy. Open this book and let the rich message of the goodness of God pour over you and into your life.

Senske helps us learn from both the Bible and history the connection we all have to wine. Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent Financial


My Review:
 
When I received this book, I really wondered would I be interested in it, well it was a great read, talking about God, faith. I don't drink wine, but if I did I would of had a glass of wine in one hand and this book in the other.  

There are certain biblical passages I savor in my personal life, having experienced comfort and renewal when I needed it most. Then there are those verses I have skipped over or missed in my reading until one day the living word jumped off the page with new meaning.

I love when it suggests that readers savor the moment, the word, the flavor of life itself.  This is a book that I will read again, and then pass it on to a friend of mine, that I know will be blessed.

*Received this wonderful book from the publisher for my honest opinion

Walking with God (Book Review)

 










About the Book:
Are you longing to walk closer to God, or wondering if it's even really possible? Would you and your sphere of influence benefit from being mentored for a lifetime of walking with God? Or, are you a minister leading people of various ages and in various seasons of life, but finding it difficult to relate to them?

God teaches priceless lessons through life, including some we may resist learning. Dr. Stephen Gammon shares timeless biblical wisdom and treasured personal insights learned through 14 successive chapters of life in Walking With God: 101 Lessons for Life and Ministry. Applying these lessons will...
·          Heighten your enjoyment of walking with God
·          Expand your awareness of lessons God is trying to teach you
·          Reduce your resistance to leaving your comfort zone in obedience to Jesus
·          Increase your anticipation of fruitful ministry for Christ until your last breath


My Review:

Very interesting read, I loved every chapter of this Lessons for Life and Ministry book.  I loved how there was scriptures for each chapter and then questions at the end.  I read about 6 chapters and did the questions with my hubbie each night, it was a great teaching tool for us, some of the areas were things we went through already or are going through now.

Chapter 55, 56 About our Job is to Love God and Love People, we read this as a devotion on our Sunday bible studies with our kids, they really enjoyed listening to the word and answering the questions, (there were a lot of different reactions which we loved).

I also received another copy of this book as a giveaway winner and that is already in the mail to my good friend in North Carolina, I know she will be blessed by this awesome book.

It is truly amazing how our daily walk to can get us closer to God.  I would recommended this book to anyone wanting a deeper connection and understanding of God.

If you would like to purchase this book please go Here

*I received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion

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