Thursday, October 31, 2013

Redeeming Love

Redeeming LoveRedeeming Love by Francine Rivers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 "The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen could ever tell. It goes beyond the highest height and reaches to the lowest hell."
The words to this classic hymn capture the message of this book so well.
  This is an incredibly difficult book to review. It is very powerful, and it is very deep. It's almost as if you have the story, and then you have an underlying story. It was a very gripping book, you do not simply read it then forget about it. It will make you think, and hopefully, make you yearn for the God who loves you so much.
  I would hesitate to recommend this book, simply because some content may be offensive to some. Francine Rivers does not beat around the bush about the darkness of Angel's life, however she does not give detail to situations. You know what is happening, but it's not graphic. I would definitely say 18 and up on reading level for this book. All that being said, I never thought that the author was trying to make this book "sensational" or just tell a good story. She really wanted to get a message across and glorify God.
   I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

City On Fire: A Novel of Pompeii

City on Fire: A Novel of PompeiiCity on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii by Tracy L. Higley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 Ariella, a young Jewish slave girl, escapes from her evil master and joins a troupe of gladiators. Disguised as a young man, Ariella learns that if she wants to live she must fight, and fight hard. " I am invincible," she claims. Angry and bitter, she no longer trusts the God of her youth.
  Cato, a Roman politician running from past failures, wants to make a difference for good in Pompeii. But evil men threaten him at every turn. He is drawn to Ariella and desires to rescue her, but everything, including Ariella herself, is against him.
  As Ariella and Cato search for truth and justice, they little dream of the terror that overshadows their city.
   I really hate to review this book because it seems that anything I say about it will not do it justice. This book was absolutely spell-binding. It is so beautifully written and pain-stakingly researched. The characters were so real it felt as if you truly got to know them. I had previously read "So Shines The Night" by this author and was very impressed. But I think this book absolutely blows it away. I think this book makes my top 10 fictional books of all time list, and that is saying a lot because I have read many great books.
   This book is definitely for more mature audiences. Although the author keeps references vague, and descriptions almost nil; there are some very disturbing things discussed. For one thing you have the arenas and all that entails. And some very debaucherous tyrants and the evil that they participated in.  I do love how this story shows so much of God's love, even against a background of pure evil.
   I received a free e-copy of this book through BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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For Love or Loyalty

For Love or Loyalty (The MacGregor Legacy, #1)For Love or Loyalty by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Malcom McGregor is determined to get revenge on Glenn Campbell, and to do so he kidnaps Glenn's eldest daughter, Lauren, and carries her off to the Carolinas. But Lauren's sweet and gentle nature and her unshakeable faith soon begin to effect Malcolm and cause him to see the error of his ways.
  I really enjoyed this book. Jennifer Hudson Taylor is a great author, and really brings the story to life. I love how her characters are faith-filled and honorable. Great book, definitely recommend.
I received a free e-copy of this book through net galley in exchange for my honest review.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

For Every Season

For Every Season (Amish Vines and Orchards, #3)For Every Season by Cindy Woodsmall

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 Rhoda Byler is still trying to put her life back together and save her precious orchard. But so many hardships and heartbreaks that she never foresaw stand in her way. And to make matters worse, she must choose between two brothers who love her.
  For myself, I did not really like this book. It is very well written and held my attention right to the end, but it was way too romantic for my taste. It seemed to me the whole book centered on "Does Rhoda really love Jacob or Samuel?"
   If you are an Amish aficionado, or just love a clean romance novel; this book may be for you. And I really love Cindy Woodsmall's writing style, I just can't get into the whole mushy thing.
   I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Robert Griffin III: Football, Faith, and Leadership

 Robert Griffin the Third, one of the most talked about quarterbacks in the NFL last year. The rookie that fans and critics alike couldn't get enough of. But who is he? What drives him? And can he ultimately be successful in professional football?
  Ted Kluck gives us a very easy to read "documentary" of Robert Griffin. There are not a whole lot of unnecessary details and descriptions to make this book too long or too wordy.  I myself am not a huge RGlll fan, and did not anticipate liking this book. However, I appreciate Ted Kluck's objective stance on Griffin and his playing style. Griffin is neither worshiped or downplayed in this book, we simply see the facts. Kluck shows statistics and examples to demonstrate what he has to say, and he takes time to deal with Robert Griffin the person  instead of just Robert Griffin the football player.

  If you are a Robert Griffin fan, a Washington Redskins fan, or just a football fan in general; I would definitely recommend this book.
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