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Julie by Catherine Marshall

Prepared And Anchored

Julie by Catherine Marshall is a Christian historical classic offering a social commentary on the years 1934-35. It is the culmination of nearly ten years research. It is based on certain true events  combined with a fictional narrative. It is a marvellous epic tale that entertains and informs.

Written in the first person from the point of view of Julie, I quickly became immersed in the novel. With comprehensive descriptions I was able to ‘see’ life in a small town with its eclectic mix of characters. Reminiscent of old man Potter in It’s A Wonderful Life, I could ‘see’ the likeness of Alderton to the fictional Bedford Falls.

The novel is grounded in God. We are called to live for Him. “Once I was ready to die for Jesus Christ, I could begin to live.” We must be prepared to be the church that goes into all the world. “He’s raised some eyebrows by inviting workingmen and Negroes to church.” The church is not to be a white middle class social club. The church is for all, to enable people to “live in a state of hopeful suspense.” We are to “offer hope to the hopeless.”

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Luna Rosa by Elizabeth Maddrey

Using Our Talents

Luna Rosa by Elizabeth Maddrey is a delightful contemporary Christian romance. It is the second book in the A Tuscan Legacy series that is a collection of stories by different authors linked by characters and themes. I have read the first book in the series so it was great to delve deeper into one of the characters. It can be read as a stand-alone too.

Elizabeth Maddrey always writes light hearted fun books that are deeply rooted in God. The main theme of Luna Rosa is using the talents God has given us. “We have to use the gifts God gives us… they’re our way to reach the world for Him.” Fear is a ploy from the enemy who never wants us to fulfil our God given potential.

Work should not be seen as a chore. “I offer that work to God as an act of worship.” Everything we do can be turned into worship to thank God for His goodness.

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Talents by Anna Huckabee

Making A Difference

Talents by Anna Huckabee is a contemporary retelling of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25: 14-30) and not a book you want to miss. If you are unfamiliar with the Biblical story, I would recommend reading that first to familiarise yourself with the tale – but you don’t have to.

Anna Huckabee is a new author to me – and what a powerful story teller she is. Talents is an amazing novel with great power in its words.

Talents is about making a difference. We all have different talents and we need to play to our strengths. Money is important but only if we use it in conjunction with serving. “I don’t want to just throw money at a problem.”

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God’s Miracle Maisy by George ‘Cowboy Montana’

So Beautiful

God’s Miracle Maisy by George ‘Cowboy Montana’ Halter with photographs by Amy Mellinger is a most beautiful book with the message of adoption and love.

The book is aimed at young children but perfect for any animal lover. The very young can have the book read to them and the new reader can read it themselves. It would be a perfect addition to any bookshelf.

With gorgeous photos of Maisy, everyone is sure to fall in love with a small puppy who needs a home. The photos make perfect starting points for discussing love and adoption into God’s family.

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