Archive | April 2019

Will God Still Find Me? by Vikki Walton

Simple But Powerful

Will God Still Find Me? By Vikki Walton is a delightful picture book based on Romans 8:39 “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The book has simple rhymes backed up with repetition. Its message is simple and clear, providing a perfect starting point for a discussion about God’s love.

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Rachel’s Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts

A Warm Welcome

Rachel’s Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts is a deliciously wonderful feel-good contemporary offering. It will warm your heart and soul.

The novel is a real assault on all your senses, with much of the action around puddings. The reader can almost ‘taste’, ‘smell’ and ‘see’ the delicacies. My taste buds were awakened as I read. It is very pleasing to have recipes included at the back of the book.

The characters are as warm and welcoming as the kitchen they cook in. The majority are female with the nurturing touch that wraps around the reader. The characters are multi-generational as three generations try to recover from a tragedy.

Much of the action is set on a Northumberland farm. Comprehensive descriptions enable the reader to ‘walk’ through the landscape.

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You Say It First by Susan Mallery

Where Dreams Come True

You Say It First by Susan Mallery is a delightful fun filled contemporary novel that focuses on love and weddings.

Love is a complicated affair. There are some awkward family dynamics. “She’d been taught that love… had to be earned.” Love should be unconditional in a family but sometimes we try and try but never seem to be good enough. It may not be our ‘fault’ but the ‘fault’ of the person withholding the love due to their background.It is a heavy burden to carry.

There is the question of belonging. Finding out that you are not who you thought you were produces tension within a family.

Love may hurt. Love may fail but surely true love is a risk worth taking?

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The Stepper: God’s Relentless Pursuit by Jerrad Hardin

Champions Of Love

The Stepper: God’s Relentless Pursuit by Jerrad Hardin – wow what a beautiful, beautiful book about love and life and a God who relentlessly pursues us. The Stepper is a work that will really soothe your soul as you read about the beautiful relationship that the author had with his grandfather.

Jerrad Hardin’s grandfather was full of life and love and humour. He taught the author many life lessons. A diagnosis of lung cancer did not get him down. It merely gave him time to spread his love wider and deeper. The author however battled to see God. “If God is there, why is this wretched disease here?”

Many meaningful conversations happened. I loved the description of death. “ ‘Maybe it’s [death] like turning off a light.’ ‘No, Grandpa, death is when the light turns on.’ “

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