Archive | January 2019

Home Another Way by Brenda Anderson

A Preview… Full review coming on release day 5th Feb.

Home Another Way by Brenda Anderson is a delightful contemporary Christian romance. It is the eighteenth book in the Potter’s House series but can be read as a stand-alone.

Once again Brenda Anderson has created a story that consumes the reader. There are godly lessons to be learnt as we examine our lives.

I adore all Brenda Anderson’s novels. She creates warm and welcoming characters who have realistic flaws and are just waiting to be re-shaped in the hands of the Master potter. Just perfect.

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

JULIA WILSON

The Healing Season by Shannyn Caldwell

Mighty To Save

The Healing Season by Shannyn Caldwell is a powerful book about God who heals our brokenness.

Shannyn Caldwell lost both her parents in a tornado when she was twenty nine. The loss tore her apart. This is her journey towards healing. “I didn’t know what to do. I don’t know how to live. I’m so lost.” The good news is that in our lostness, Jesus will search for us. He will leave the ninety nine to look for the one. Shannyn Caldwell was immersed in her pain. Life stopped. “I didn’t want to let the world turn without them and yet, I couldn’t stop it.” Only her daughter kept her going. She did not know God but God knew Shannyn Caldwell and He had a plan for her life.

The Healing Season is a story of brokenness made whole. “How my grief was healed because Jesus loved me.” It is also God’s story of meeting hurting people and healing them. God sends people across our paths to help lead us to Him.

This book has some very raw pain. The reader’s emotions are shot to pieces. The glory of God shines through the pain. “He was the God of all hope, not some, not sometimes… all hope.”

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More Of God by R.T. Kendall

An Audience Of One

More Of God by R.T. Kendall is a very powerful book that is designed to help us draw closer to God. “We can have as much of God as we want” said A.W. Tozer. How much of God do you want?

R.T. Kendall asks us if we want to know God or to know about God. There is a huge difference. The difference between heart and head knowledge.

Do we want to know God to take delight in Him? Or do we want to know God because we want something from Him? These are good questions that force us to stop and take stock of our motivation for knowing God.

Drawing closer to God involves knowing Him intimately. How do we do this? By reading His Word. By spending time with Him. By praying and listening to Him when He speaks. We will never get to know God intimately if we never stop talking. We must listen for His answers.

“This life is not all there is.” So where do we want to spend eternity?

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Kiss You Now by Jan Thompson

Crossing Your Jordan

Kiss You Now by Jan Thompson is the most heart-warming contemporary Christian novel that reveals the heart of God to the reader. It is the seventh book in the Savannah Sweethearts but can be read as a stand-alone.

The novel shows that no one is too old to be used by God. There is no retirement for the Christian. While we still have breath, there is work to be done for Jesus – a hurting world needs to know Him.

The main characters were wonderfully drawn and a mixture of mature, new and lapsed Christians. Pastor Hiram at a hundred and three years old was inspirational in his faith. “He [God] will sort out the junk from the jewels” – a real gem. Pastor Hiram lives, continually doing Kingdom business. “Do God’s will God’s way.” He lives with one eye on eternity, looking forward to seeing Jesus.

Within the novel two lead characters are both recovering from past events that are strangling the life out of them. “Do not let your past paralyze you from God’s purpose.” If we live in the past, we will miss out on all that God has for us in the present and the future. With God’s help we can move from our fears. We may need to keep giving our fears to God until we ‘feel’ His peace.

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