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(Review) The Things We Knew by Catherine West

Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Fiction, family secrets
Pages: 352
Source: Free copy from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a review
Rating: 4 stars for very good


Author Info:
Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Visit her online
Facebook: CatherineJWest

Lynette Carlisle still lives in the family home with her aging father. They live in Nantucket. Her older siblings have moved away from the island. Lynette is left to care for their father who is not in good health. The upkeep of the family home is expensive, and she is left to deal with how to pay for its cost. Their mother's death is a mystery. 
Nick Cooper grew up in Nantucket. He has…

(Review) The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry

Publication Date: July 1, 2016
Publisher: Tyndale
Genre: Fiction, family secrets, coming of age story
Pages: 432
Source: Free paperback copy from Tyndale in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

Chris Fabry's website


Thirteen year old Matt Plumley and his family relocate to Dogwood, West Virginia. The year is 1972. Matt's older brother, Ben, is college age and does not live at home. Their father is a pastor. Moving from the city of Pittsburgh, to small town Dogwood is a culture shock. Matt befriends two kids his age, Dickie and Jesse. The three kids grow up together sharing hardships, secrets, and promises.
The story moves back and forth in time. When the story begins it is 1984 and Matt finds out information about his childhood friend Jesse. He decides to head back to Dogwood and confront the promises of the past.

My Thoughts:
Life is about making good choices, Matt. One after another. They pile up day after day. It's only when you look back tha…

(Review) The Power of Presence: A Love Story by Neil T. Anderson

Publication Date: June 27, 2016
Publisher: Monarch Books/Kregel
Genre: Nonfiction, memoir, love story, caregiving
Pages: 160
Source: Free paperback copy from Kregel in exchange for a review
Rating: 5 stars for excellent


A short list of Dr. Neil T. Anderson's books:
The Bondage Breaker
Victory Over Darkness
Who I Am in Christ
The Essential Guide to Spiritual Warfare
The Steps to Freedom in Christ
Freedom From Fear

Dr. Neil T. Anderson is the director of Freedom in Christ Ministries. The blog entries for daily devotionals on this site ended in October 2014. Crosswalk Ministries has current dated devotionals written by Anderson.
A brief bio on Anderson @ Wikipedia.

The YouTube is on another book, Restoring Broken Relationships

Neil Anderson's wife of 50 years is in a skilled nursing facility because of agitated dementia. The Power of Presence is six chapters of reflections and helpful teachings for other caregivers.
1. The Absence of Presence
2. Suffering in His Presen…