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[Review] Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma

Title: Daisies are Forever
Author: Liz Tolsma
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian Publishing May 6, 2014
Genre: Fiction, World War II, Berlin Bombings, Germany
Format: Paperback
Pages: 342
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for a review.

Link for Kindle copy $9.99

Early February 1945.
Gisela Cramer is a young woman, living with her cousin Ella and her daughters, and their grandfather in Heiligenbeil, East Prussia. Gisela is American born, but moved to Germany as a young girl with her German born parents. Gisela left her parents and relocated to Heilgenbeil, when the bombings began in Berlin. When the Russians close in on the town of Heiligenbeil, a difficult decision is made. Ella insists Gisela take her daughters and escape back to Berlin. Ella plans to stay with their grandfather because he is too weak to travel. Early in the journey, Gisela encounters a Brit…

Dispatches From The Front by Tim Keesee

A new book I began reading yesterday (and can not put down) is Dispatches From The Front: Stories of Gospel Advance In The World's Difficult Places by Tim Keesee, published by Crossway. The paperback (240 pages) will be published May 31, the ebook is available now.
Website: Dispatches From The Front.
Excerpt: Dispatches From The Front. 

Please take the time to watch the 11:21 minute video--This is Kingdom work--on the frontline.

The Apple of Your Eye

[Review] Wounded Tiger by T Martin Bennett

Title: Wounded Tiger
Author: T Martin Bennett
Publisher: Onstad Press March 2014
Genre: Non-fiction Novel, Biography, World War II, Japan, Pacific War, Pearl Harbor, Atomic Bomb, Doolittle Raiders, Jake DeShazer, Covell family.
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 472
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent
Source: Free copy from T Martin Bennett in exchange for a review.

T Martin Bennett on Facebook. 

Website for book: Wounded Tiger. 

Kindle edition $7.99

Summary: Wounded Tiger, YouTube book trailer/Author T Martin Bennett shares in his words a summary of Wounded Tiger. 

My Thoughts:
I'm amazed (more like blown-away) by the story T Martin Bennett, has captured in Wounded Tiger.
It's an epic account of three families whose lives were a historic part of the Pacific War during World War II. How the families came to be connected is only through a miracle of God. A distance of thousands of miles could have prevented an encounter. Hatred, bitterness, and unforgiveness, could have prevented a union.
A war…

[Review] Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel, and The Four Blood Moons by Mark Hitchcock

Title: Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel, and The Four Blood Moons
Author: Mark Hitchcock
Publisher: Tyndale March 21, 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, Bible Prophecy, Four Blood Moons
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from Tyndale in exchange for a review.

Kindle priced @ $9.99

John Hagee, has written a book which was published last fall, it's entitled: Four Blood Moons. The book has been featured and critiqued by news media, and Christian blogs and websites. Hagee on his television program has aired his views on the four blood moons. The link for his website: John Hagee.
Mark Hitchcock, has written his book Blood Moon Rising, in response to Hagee's prophetic beliefs of the Four Blood Moons; in addition, Hitchcock points to what God's Word states on eschatology and Jewish Feasts.
Bible Prophecy or eschatology is a topic which stimulates strong views. From those who believe in premillennialism, amillennialism, or postmillenialism. To t…

[Review] Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock

Title: Sweet Mercy
Author: Ann Tatlock
Publisher: Bethany House May 1, 2013
Genre: Fiction, Coming of age story, 1930s, Prohibition of alcohol, Great Depression, Gangsters, bootlegger,
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Bethany House/An Open Book.

Link @ Amazon for Kindle, $9.99.

Links for more information on Prohibition:
PBS/Ken Burns
The History Channel
Prohibition/Ohio State University

From YouTube, CBS interview with Ken Burns who produced a documentary on Prohibition of alcohol.

Seventeen year old Eve, and her parents, are moving from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Ohio. Eve's father, lost his job at the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant. He is able to secure a job working at his brother Cy's, Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge, located in Mercy, Ohio. Eve's, older sister Cassandra, and family, will remain living in St. Paul. Uncle Cy's wife is ill and living in a sanitarium in New York state. Her son Jones, continues to live at the…

Currently Reading Update

The Apple of Your Eye

The last time I posted a Bible reading update was on April 28: The Apple of Your Eye.
Since then I've read the following Scripture:
1 Corinthians chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. 
1 Corinthians was read from the King James Version. This is the fifth time this year to read 1 Corinthians.
In June I'll read from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.
Deuteronomy chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. 
Acts chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Deuteronomy and Acts were read from the New Living Translation Study Bible.
All Scripture links courtesy of Bible Gateway.
Links of interest:
Explore Bible Prophecy With The Plan Devotional-from Bible Gateway. 
Taking God at His Word, an Interview with Kevin DeYoung-from Bible Gateway. 
IF Equip is studying Acts-from IF Gathering.
Beth Moore has a new Bible study: Children of the Day, a Bible study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians.

[Review] Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

Title: Rules of Murder: A Drew Farthering Mystery Book #1
Author: Julianna Deering
Publisher: Bethany House July 2013
Genre: Fiction, Murder Mystery, 1920s, England
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Bethany House as apart of their An Open Book choice.

Rules of Murder, is on the short list for the Mystery and Thriller for an INSPYS Bloggers Choice Award for 2014.

To read an excerpt of book two in the Drew Farthering Mystery series (book two available now):
Death by the Book #2. 
Book three available summer 2014: Murder at the Makado #3.

"Nestled in the Hampshire countryside, the old manor house exuded respectability and permanence rather than great beauty, but it had a certain pleasing symmetry that saved it from outright stodginess." Page 7.  Handsome gray-eyed Drew Farthering, lives at Farthering Place, with his mother Constance, and step-father Mason Parker. Early in the story, Drew acknowledges a lack of respect and trust in his mot…