What does Christmas mean to you? Parties and presents? Sleigh bells and Santa? Festivities and food? Children waiting excitedly. Mum and Dad frantically preparing, preparing for the day when everything must be perfect. So much to do. So much pressure. No time to pause.
Let me take you back – back to that first Christmas. An uncomplicated affair. A young man and his heavily pregnant wife searching for a bed. No room at the inn. A bed amongst the animals. The Baby born in a lowly stable. No fuss. Amid the smell and noise of the animals, the King was ushered into the world.
This Baby – born with His eyes on Calvary. For you. For me.
Invitation is a unique collection of four stories. They are Christian supernatural suspense and very intelligently written. Each story has its own author… Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt and Alton Gansky… and each tale follows on chronologically but from a different character’s viewpoint.
The characters each have their own skill set and gifting which they apply in an attempt to make sense of supernatural happenings that cannot be explained or understood. The reader sees that life is a battle between good and evil. We must “stay on the path” of goodness.
God speaks through dreams. He foretells what is to come so characters are prepared. We need to put our hope, faith and focus on God.
There are times when we have no words to pray. “All I remember was praying… ‘Dear Jesus, dear Jesus.’ ” God hears the cries of our heart.
The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson is the most delightful Christian historical Christmas read which will swell your heart and leave you smiling. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the latest festive offering from Melody Carlson and The Christmas Blessing is just perfect.
Set in 1944 there are the themes of loss and grief. War always brings suffering as mothers lose sons on both sides. The pain and grief is raw. It is ‘intense pain and regrets.” Every day is a day of pretending and a “manufactured smile.” Life seems to have ended but we are still breathing. Every day we live with our pain, grief and anger – anger towards God “She had been angry at God for months.” His plans seem to make no sense to us this side of eternity.
Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley is a very clever and intelligent Christian contemporary murder suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. It is the second book in the Memphis cold Case series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Threats await round every corner making pulses rise and hearts race. My senses were heightened as I read on towards the excellent conclusion.
Present day murders seemingly connect to crimes long gone… but what is the link? And why? The murder squad cooperates with the cold case department trying to solve the crimes. Everyone, though appearing to be of good character must be a suspect. With an intricate plotline, the reader tries (and in my case, fails) to predict the outcome.