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Subject: June 2013 - Reviews/Discussion of Christian Books Read
Date Posted: 6/4/2013 4:27 PM ET
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Please post book reviews and/or comments on Christian books that you have read in January 2013 here

If you are participating in the 2013 Christian Reading Challenge:

Extra, Extra Bonus

Spread the Word:  Post a review of a book that you have read in the monthly review topic and you will be entered for a random drawing of a WL book to be chosen by me (valued under $15).  There will be a minimum of 4 drawings a year with maybe a couple of more thrown in.  You do not have to track them.  I will get the names from the thread.  A person may only win once.

FYI - I am exempt

Date Posted: 6/4/2013 5:07 PM ET
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Minnesota Brides by Janet Spaeth  Another Romancing America book of three stories;  these are located in Minnesota (duh) in the 1880s........Christal's life is upset when a new doctor arrives in town, why does he bother her so?   Eliza runs away to her hometown after being jilted, will she be able to put the past behind her as she finds new love?  Lolly and her brothers take in a stranger who is injured with amnesia, are close to losing their farm during the Great Depression; how does this stranger help them keep the farm?  Entertaining historical romances!

 



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Date Posted: 6/5/2013 9:36 AM ET
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The Duck Commander Family: How Faith Family Ducks Built a Dynasty  LOVED this book and can't wait to read the next one I have about the life of Phil Robertson, the Dad of the family.........PBS doesnt list this as christian reading but I did find it on christianbooks.com.  I cant see why it won't fit the genre.

I love to watch the TV show Duck Dynasty.........especially the end when the family is gathered together around the dinner table, showing their family love and their faith by sharing a prayer with us........This book is written by Willie (oldest son) and his wife Korie.......it tells you how the dynasty began, stories of their family lives over the years........each chapter's recipe is associated with a food which is worked into the story ofthe chapter,  a Bible verse at the beginning of the chapter, and the chapter ends with the recipe.   The stories are told alternately by Willie and Korie;  after watching the TV show, I can hear their voices, imagine their expressions, mannerisms, etc while reading the book........

This is a fun, entertaining, touching, and inspirational book!!

Date Posted: 6/5/2013 9:46 AM ET
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It fits Lynn.  I bought it for our church library from Lifeway.  I'll edit and add a genre.

Date Posted: 6/5/2013 10:05 AM ET
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I read The Duck Commander Family recently and it's a great book. The show is hilarious!

Date Posted: 6/6/2013 4:04 PM ET
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I just got done recently with two books. One is Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter. 

Excellent book that was entertaining and yet thought provoking. A clean sweet romance that I would feel comfortable giving to anyone. The christianity is minimal and not preachy. But it is definitely there. The main character is Madison. She is a twin who lost her brother Michael several years before. It is very heartbreaking reading her story. But one thing Michael always wanted to do was sail a boat in the Regatta. And so she plans on winning it. Even if she doesn't know how to swim:) Madison signs up to take lessons from a professional but he needs to leave for different jobs. Turns out the one who ends up teaching her how to sail is Beckett. The bad boy from school who has now turned into a very handsome man. Of course, he also broke her sisters heart so she won't even think about acting on the feelings he invokes. 

 

The story line is very good and I finished this in one day. Really pulls you into the story to find out what happened that fateful day her brother died, why her sister really left, and what will happen between Madison and Beckett. Loved it and can't wait for the next one!

Date Posted: 6/6/2013 4:23 PM ET
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I also finished That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon. 

This one I wasn't too keen on. I enjoyed the plot and the characters were good but this deals with a lot of touchy subjects. Someone who is divorced and wants to remarry, a woman who was molested by an uncle, teenage pregnancy before wedlock and abortion. Needless to say it was well written but some of the things were a little much for me. I much more prefer Irene's suspense novels. The premise of the novel is two sisters who have to take care of their mother. The one sister, Karen, has always been the person to take care of her mother, sing in the choir, and all of this while being a single mother.  She is a great multi-tasker and organizer. But when her mother has a stroke she calls in her sister, Val. Val is the sister who has it all, the looks, the career, etc. But Val doesn't want to come back to Washington. She left there and has never wanted to return to the place of her nightmares. And yet, when they do get back together, things begin to happen. That summer may just be the best thing to happen for them all.

There are several good parts in here though and one of them is dealing with a man who was in an accident and lost his friends and ultimately, much of his career. I really liked Scott and the way he handles things, after he gets out of the slump:) There are a lot of touchy subjects and some very good lessons. One part that is especially hard is when Valerie reads the poem to an unborn child. Wow! Believe me, you will definitely need tissues for this part. The subject of abortion is dealt with as being wrong but not unforgivable. I absolutely fell in love with Daniel at this point! Very sweet man who knows exactly how to be Christ like. I would categorize this as a contemporary lit. story with a good amount of Christianity. 



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Date Posted: 6/8/2013 8:35 AM ET
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Finished the second Duck Dynasty book;  Happy, Happy Happy The Legend of the Duck Commander.  This one is writtern by Phil Robertson, the one who started it all.  Amazing story of how he pulled himself from poverty, after almost losing his wife Kay and the boys, gave up alcohol, found God, and started his duck call business venture.   He is called the Duck Commander because of his duck calls but he relates the title to God as the real commander of his life.    He begins each chapter of the book with a rule on how to be Happy, Happy, Happy.........he hates technology and believes we all need to get back to the simpler life and to God to save America and our families.   I would love to sit down and talk with his wife Kay.

Date Posted: 6/25/2013 5:38 PM ET
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Read The Thorn and The Judgement by Beverly Lewis, books 1 and 2 of the Rose Triology......Very good books.  In The Thorn, Rose develops a close relationship with the bishop's adopted son who is nonconforming to the church but she is being courted by a good Amish boy.  Rose's sister left the church and married an Englisher but is finding herself drawn back to her roots......Through these two books, the bishops son runs away after he fights with his brother and his brother dies......Rose's sister Hen leaves her husband and unhappy marriage and brings her daughter to live with her parents......She is struggling as the second book ends when her husband sues her for divorce and is fighting for custody of their daughter.  Rose's relationship with the "good" Amish boy has ended and she finds herself thinking about the nonconformist who has run away.   I can't wait to read the third book of the series and see how the stories end..........

Date Posted: 6/26/2013 7:24 PM ET
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Finished reading A Plain Death (Appleseed Creek, Book 1) by Amanda Flower.............This book is an Amish mystery.  Englisher moves to a Amish area to work at the local college, rescues a young Amish girl who has left her family.......the girl takes her car without asking, hits the bishop in his buggy and kills him....she meets the Amish girl's brother and starts to fall in love with him.......now we have a romance, a mystery, and an Amish story........I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would.......guess I'll have to keep my eyes out for the next one in the series.

Date Posted: 7/1/2013 1:14 AM ET
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This month I read Celtic Spirituality, which contains many translations of many texts, including biography of Saint Patrick and Saint Brigit. It also contains monastic texts, songs/prayers, and many other pieces that reveal a fascinating picture of Celtic Christianity between the 6th and 13th century. My full review can be found on my blog.



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Date Posted: 7/2/2013 6:49 AM ET
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By The Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer:  a 5 star book.   I love the story of the Titanic;  I've visited the Titantic museum 3 times in Branson and each time learn something new.  This is a fictional story of characters on the Titanic;  a great historical romance;  It does end with the sinking of the ship but has a happy ending.   The book includes some real people who sailed on the ship, details about the different classes of the ships, along with fictional characters.  Loved it!