This is a fast-paced thriller that includes Mexican drug cartels, U.S. secret agents, the world court & a lawyer that is in way over his head trying to defend a military under-cover agent from charges of a court marshall to charges by the world court. I learned a lot while enjoying a story that was very hard to put down. Craig Parshall is an excellent writer & keeps the reader very interested, the story moving while dispensing reliable information.
This book was written during Henri Nouwen's last year of life. It is an indepth look at one of the residents of one of the L'Arche community homes. In it, Henri shows how God uses & speaks through a several damaged young man who in incapable of either speach or other normal activity. This is a very touching account & it will make the reader aware of just why God has not only allowed the disabled but seems to bless them with special gifts & how the disabled are truly indespensable to the faith of all the rest of us.
This is an excellent book showing how sin can invade & ruin a family for generations unless it is brought out into the open & repented of or dealt with. The main character is Kathleen who has a daughter she cannot connect with on an emotional level. When the daughter gets into some trouble, the counselor suggests that Kathleen share with her daughter some of the stories of her own childhood. Very reluctantly, Kathleen does this as she & her daughter take a road trip back to where Kathleen grew up. As Kathleen's past, then her mother's past & then her grandmother's past come to light, Kathleen finally realizes why she has cut herself off emotionally from her family & begins to reach out to her daughter. In response, her daughter has a new respect for her mother.
This is another wonderful Davis Bunn book. It's filled with intrigue, murder, corporate buy-out, a group of retirees, a worn-out soldier who has no place to call his own, a beautiful Russian woman & an old lady who knows how to pray & get answers. I highly recommend it.
This is a very moving story of a family during the great depresson, the hardships they faced & how the Lord always was present to help them. I felt like I was being pulled into the life of this family by the author as all the main characters were well-fleshed out & the whole story felt as real as if it were a true story. This is well worth reading when you have time to read slowly & just enjoy the unfolding of the story.
This is a wonderful novella from Melody Carlson about hope & healing in the midst of grief & loss. A young artist has lost her husband & child through an accident. She hides herself in a friend's cabin in hopes of being able to paint again. When she cannot paint, she begins walking in the snow only to find footprints but not the people who made them. Her search for the owners of the footprints in the snow end with new hope for her, a fresh chance to paint again and a possible new future. I highly recommend any of Meldoy Carlson's books.
This is a book that should be read by every mother. It will make you cry; it will make you angry. But it also will show you the truth about child sexual abuse. My daughter was abused by a relative & I wish I had known some of the good information from this book to help me with daughter.
What a delightful read. Melody Carlson has not only a gift with words but also a gift with sharing experiences that are very real. In this book we come to know intimately a young man & the prejudices that follow him wherever he goes. We also come to know intimately an old lady who also deals with prejudices of another kind. How their lives are knit together is a wonderful adventure worth taking with them.
This is a beautiful story of loss--the loss of a child, the loss of a marriage, the loss of a medical practice--& how God steps in & brings love & healing & wholeness to the lives involved. It begins & ends with the prayers of a little old lady who doesn't even know the people involved but by the Spirit's guidance she is led to pray for 5 long years until her prayers are answered mightily. For anyone who enjoys seeing God's working inspite of stubborn people, even in fiction, this is a book you will enjoy.
This is a wonderful tale of a young woman caught by agorophobia & having to care for her ill mother for 10 years. Her life has existed only in the 'truths' that her mother has given her until a new neighbor moves in & challenges those "truths" as well as encouraging her to get some help with her agorophobia. His challenges hurt her but cause her to begin to really think for herself. Plus a series of "nightmares" begin to reveal to her the truth around her that she has denied for so long. I highly recommend this book. Angela Hunt does an excellent job of telling a story on 2 levels while allowing the reader to really feel what the main character is experiencing.
This is a well-written mystery that pits a man who is legalistic about scripture towards a pastor & his family who have much mercy & grace to give along with several unbelievers who have their minds opened to the truth. The story starts out strong & keeps moving as the reader tries to figure out what could have happened to the missing person.
This book is billed as a romance but that is really not correct. It's a story of love between a father and daughter, between 2 childhood friends, between an adopted child & her mother. It's also a story of great loss & the story of crossing cultural barriers. And in the end it's a story of Christ's love using all the pain in the main character's life to give her a miracle that brings her to faith in Him.
This is a very interesting book about 3 women, 1 who had it all & then lost it all, 1 who lives on the street, & 1 who just bought her 1st house only to realize the mortgage company is trying to swindle them. These 3 women plus various other characters not only cross paths but end up helping one another & by doing so, begin changing into the people God would have them be. There was a little too much information on mortgage fraud at the end, but other than that it was a delightful read. Some of the side characters are quite humorous yet very real.
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in adoptions. I shows both the struggles of the adoptive family & the struggles of the birth family. It is set in Vietnam & the reader feels like he or she is there in Vietnam watching all this play out. God's Will & purpose are stressed throughout It kept my attention from page 1 to the end & I highly recommend it.
This is a true story of a Christian woman who languishes in a Pakistani prison for offering water to some Muslim women. It is a heart-breaking story & every Christian in the free world should read it. The story was smuggled out of prison to a French journalist living in Pakistan. All the proceeds from the book go to support Asia's family who are in hiding & under death threats. So please buy this book from Amazon in order to support Asia's (Aasiya) family--her husband, her daughters (one of whom is handicapped).
This is another excellent book from Melody Carlson. She knows how to help the reader "walk" in other peoples shoes. It's a sad story of a suicide cuppled with racism but the ending is strong & hope & a strong faith in God are woven throughout. I highly recommend this book to any of you readers who enjoy Melody Carlson's writing.
In an attic, 4 little girls write their dreams on paper & place them inside an old blue bottle. Will their dreams come true? Many years later, the house with the attick is demolished & a reporter on the scene spies the blue bottle, unbroken, & is fascinated when she finds the papers inside with the 4 little girls dreams. She hunts down each of the girls, now older women, & discovers what became of their dreams. When you read the book, you, too, will discover what the reporter discovered--how God answers the dreams of when we were children to make us into the women He wants us to be.
This beautifully written book is about a story of teenagers, innocents, & the horror of life changed by those in their small town that do not think the family from Sri Lanka should be accepted. In their innocence, these young people accept the foreign girl, then in defiance of bigatry they protect her until finally all must choose sides. The interview with the author at the end added so much to the story, for me. As this story is based on a true story & should be read by all who truly don't understand how the South has not really changed much, even though many still try to bring change & peace. Having lived in the South for 10 years just a few years ago, this book rang exceptionally true to me.