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The Start Of Us by T.K. Chapin

The Power of Love

The Start Of Us by T.K. Chapin is a powerful contemporary Christian novel about love. Love comes in many different forms but we have only one word for it, ‘love.’ The best way to love is to love like Jesus – whether it’s our parents, friends, work colleagues or spouse. We need to see people as Jesus sees them – imperfect human beings in need of love and grace.

Our past may have been hard but we cannot let it define us. If we measure everything by the yardstick of the past, we will miss out on the present.

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Cherish Me by Autumn Macarthur

Delightful

 Cherish Me by Autumn Macarthur is a delightful Christian contemporary romance. It is the third book in the Chapel Cove series but can be read as a stand-alone.

Autumn Macarthur always writes novels that wrap themselves around the reader with their warm and welcoming atmosphere. The community seems to reach out from the pages to encompass the reader. Small town living means everyone pulls together. There are no secrets just warm welcomes.

Words spoken over us remain. “The memory of being called ugly, of feeling ugly, and of wanting so badly not to be ugly.” We believe what others say of us when really we should be listening to what God says. His opinion is the only one that matters. There are times when the reader’s heart breaks. “A familiar chorus of put-me-downs echoed in her head.” No matter how old we are, old hurts remain if we do not deal with them. We need to hand our hurts to God and live loved. “Believe Jesus really does love me, even if my mom doesn’t.”

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A Time To Rejoice by Juliette Duncan

The Same Yesterday, Today, Forever

A Time To Rejoice by Juliette Duncan is a powerful Christian novel that really warmed my heart. The book shows that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The miracle working God of the past is still in the same business today.

Life is not always easy but God is faithful. “I loved you at your darkest.” When life hits hard, God never abandons us. Though we may walk away from Him, He awaits our return. “Show me the way back” is the prayer that God longs to hear. There is much rejoicing when the prodigals return.

There is the theme of healing – healing of hearts and minds. As parents we long to see our children walk with God but until they do we “just have to be patient and keep on praying.”

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Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Chilling

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding is a sinister and chilling contemporary tale with fairy tale elements to it.

The characters are well drawn. The reader ‘feels’ the terror and utter desperation of the main character. We are never quite sure – is she deluded? Or is she telling the truth? You decide.

The atmospheric terror is enhanced with the locations, the sights and the sounds and the ‘smells’. So vivid are the descriptions that I definitely read with the hairs on the back of my neck raised. Murky waters and dark woods heightened my emotions and level of fear.

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