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Murder at the Mikado, A Drew Farthering Mystery, Book 3 by Julianna Deering

Publisher: Bethany House June 24, 2014
Genre: Christian Fiction, Mystery, England, 1920s
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Bethany House in exchange for a review.

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Drew Farthering and Madeline Parker are planning their wedding, but an unexpected person from Drew's past emerges. Drew is shocked when he is introduced to the wife of his business associate, and she is an old flame from his youth. Mrs. Fleur Landis, is a force to be reckoned with. Her dark eyes, red lips, thick dark hair, and glamorous clothing, shape a woman that knows she exudes sensuality. She had been an actress, but is now a wife and mother. Her acting skills carry over to her real life, giving dramatics when she needs them.
Fleur pays Drew a visit claiming she is in trouble and needs his help. Drew is at first reluctant, but after meeting Fleur's son Peter, he changes his mind.
Drew and Madeline are at o…

The Butterfly and the Violin, A Hidden Masterpiece, Book One by Kristy Cambron

Publisher: Thomas Nelson July 8, 2014
Genre: Fiction, World War II, Holocaust
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Thomas Nelson, and Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for a review.

Website of Kristy Cambron.
Author Info:
Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather's stories of the war. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and received the Outstanding Art History Student Award. Kristy writes WWII and Regency era fiction and has placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and is a 2013 Laurie finalist. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.

Sera James is an art dealer living in modern day New York City. Since she was a young girl she has been "taken" with a painting of a blue-eyed young woman holding a violin. Sera has been in search of the original she'd first seen. Her search leads to a w…

The Apple of Your Eye-Bible Reading Update

Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester

Publisher: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. January 13, 2014
Genre: Christian Non-fiction, biography, Civil War, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Format: Paperback
Pages: 382
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars for Very Good. 
Source: Free copy from Eerdmans in exchange for a review. All reviews are written from my own opinion and feelings. 

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Review was first posted at The Christian Manifesto

"Uncle Tom's Cabin came from the heart rather than the head. It was an outburst of deep feeling, a cry in the darkness. The writer no more thought of style or literary excellence, than the mother who rushes into the street and cries for help to save her children from a burning house thinks of the teachings of the rhetorician or the elocutionist.”Quote by Charles Stowe.

The name Harriet Beecher Stowe, is synonymous with her story Uncle Tom's Cabin. The book was published in serialized form, 1851 and 1852. She is quoted as saying she wrote it to “awaken sympathy a…

Love Letters from the Edge: Meditations for Those Struggling with Brokenness, Trauma, and the Pain of Life by Shelly Beach and Wanda Sanchez

Publisher: Kregel Publications May 4, 2014
Genre: Christian non-fiction, Christian Living, Devotional, Mental Health Disorder, PTSD.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 296
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent, near perfect.
Source: Free copy from Kregel for the purpose of review. The review expressed is from my own opinion and feelings.

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Shelly Beach
Wanda Sanchez

The introduction provides sobering and frightening statistics on women who have been violated and abused, or have suffered from other "life-changing trauma." Examples of trauma are: "sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, arson, family suicide, even the attempted murder of a family member and murder of a child. Other women had lost loved ones in tragic accidents, experienced medical trauma, or had been touched by other life-altering tragedies." (Page 15.)
Abuse, and the trauma associated with it, cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD…

Dispatches From The Front: Stories of Gospel Advance In The World's Difficult Places by Tim Keesee

Publisher: Crossway May 31, 2014
Genre: Non-fiction, Missionary, Travel Journal, Gospel of the Kingdom
Format: PDF
Pages: 240
Rating: 5 Stars for Excellent
Source: Free copy from Crossway in exchange for a review. All opinions and feelings expressed are my own.

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About the Series, Dispatches From The Front

An interview of Tim Keesee, from The Gospel Coalition by Trevin Wax

When I began reading Dispatches From The Front, I did not know I would be deeply affected and changed by its stories. I was drawn to the story, because it paints vividly the truth of Christ Jesus in a militant world opposed to Him, and all those who are His followers. I was drawn to the story, because it pushed me out of my safe American church worship style, and propelled me in to a seemingly foreign exotic style of unvarnished worship of Jesus. But, I did not realize until after I began reading the book, my heart would be wounded for those precious brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, who worship H…

The Apple of Your Eye-Bible Reading Update

Book Trailer for Toughest People To Love by Chuck DeGroat

Toughest People to Love How to Understand, Lead, and Love the Difficult People in Your Life -- Including Yourself Chuck DeGroat
183 pages
Published by William B. Eerdmans May 29, 2014