A Review of “Praying God’s Promises” by Linda Evans Shepherd

Praying God's Promises book cover“Praying God’s Promises” by Linda Evans Shepherd
“The Life Changing Power of Praying the Scriptures”

As I read through each chapter I found myself instantly relating to the stories and testimonies that the author shared. Saying “Yes, I have experienced that” or “I believe that to be true”.

I think this is a book every believer needs to have on their bookshelf, for it is a valuable resource that you will want to keep on hand to read and refer to often.

In it you will find stories, testimonies, prayers and scriptures that will help you in times of need.

There are scriptures and prayers that deal with the many things that many of us are now experiencing or will be dealing with at sometime in our lives and you will be encouraged to pray them over whatever situation you are facing.

Some examples are: Breakthroughs, Comfort, Deliverance, Direction, Faith, Healing, Hope, Peace, Protection, Provision, Purpose, Relationships, Strength, Troubles, and many more.

This book is filled with Promises of God. There are Promises to pray for your children, for godliness, salvation and success and more. I think every believer will benefit from not just reading this book but also praying the scriptures that speak to whatever circumstance they are facing, for therein is the power that is needed to transform our lives and others lives, and help us to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil to stand strong and firm in our faith daily.

( I received this book from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, but I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. )

–Leona J. Atkinson

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A Review of A “Defense of Honor”by Kristi Ann Hunter

A Defense Of Honor book cover“A Defense of Honor” by Kristi Ann Hunter
(Haven Manor Series Book 1)

Whatever you are looking for in a Historical Romance I feel you will find it, and more, in this book.

Kristi Ann Hunter has woven mystery, intrigue, fear, drama, deception, trickery, blackmail, prejudice, honor, love, compassion, strength and faith into a historical setting in the 1800’s London and its outskirts.

The main character Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert is a determined woman who is on a mission to seek justice for those who society has rejected, her intentions are admirable, even though her method of attaining that justice is not. She is a woman of deep faith, yet her independent spirit, coupled with a guilty conscience, causes her to take things into her own hands instead of seeking God’s way and will in the matter.

Throughout the book you will be led on a journey thru London and it’s high society, meeting many people of royalty and those who are of lesser status.  You will get a glimpse into how life was lived there in the 1800’s and it will, at times, be a confusing journey as you meet many characters and get bits and pieces of information that cause you to wonder what this story is all about. It’s rather like putting together a puzzle one page at a time. But, in the end, when all the pieces begin to fit together, you will be touched to the heart by what is revealed.

It is a book that you will have difficulty putting down once you begin reading but once you reach the end, you will want it to continue.

I highly recommend reading this book, you will not be disappointed, and if you do, I imagine you will be looking forward, as I am, to reading Haven Manor 2 whenever it is released.

(I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.)

–Leona J. Atkinson

A Review of “Heart’s Revolution” by Roseanna M. White

Heart's Revolution book cover“Heart’s Revolution”  by Rosanna W. White is  a Historical Romance set in the year 1783,  just after the Revolutionary War ends. The places are  Wiliamsburg, Virginia and Annapolis, Maryland.

The war has ended for everyone except Lark Benton. She has an internal war going on inside herself. A battle only she can win or lose. It is a battle of her heart and mind, for she has been in love with a man named Emerson Fielding all her life. A man who has asked her to marry him, yet ignores her constantly, and barely acts as if he notices her, much less cares for her.

This book takes the reader on journey with Lark as she deals with anger, hurt, and betrayal from a man she both loves and hates. You will find yourself caught up in each aspect of her journey as she runs from her past and present, towards an unknown future, where she hopes to find freedom and true love.

But, will she escape Emerson Fielding? And if she does, will her heart ever forget him and love again?

If you love Historical Fiction you will surely enjoy learning about this time period of life in the US after the Revolutionary War as author Rosanna M. White has done much research to bring much truth regarding actual places and people into this fictional story.

This is a book I would enjoy reading more than once and I probably will!

–Leona J. Atkinson

Review of “A Breath of Hope” by Lauraine Snelling

A Breath of Hope book coverReview of “A Breath of Hope” by Lauraine Snelling
“Under Northern Skies” Series–Book 2

” A Breath of Hope” is what Signe Carlson is feeling as Spring comes to Minnesota and with it news that her sister-in-law and brother-in-law are being invited by Uncle Einar and Gerd to come from Norway to live and work on the farm.  This is a dream come true for Nilda Carlson and her brother, Ivar who have been working hard to save enough money to make the trip and also for Signe and Rune who can use the extra help with their heavy workload put on them by Uncle Einar.

Einar is still overbearing and rude,  even though Signe,  Rune, and the boys try their hardest to please him, but Gerd has softened in her attitude and is becoming healthier, much to Signe’s delight.

Rune is trying his best to build his own home to house his family but Uncle Einar is not helpful at all and so demanding upon his time that it is difficult.

Will Uncle Einar ever change?  They all wonder that daily.  Signe has been praying for him but finds her faith and hope is beginning to weaken as she sees no results. Rune is at the point of exasperation and his patience is wearing thin. What will it take to change Einar? Will he ever think of them as family instead of just slaves? Was he always this heartless? What happened to him to cause him to be so hateful?

The Carlsons try to keep moving forward in faith, hope and love as a family even though Einar’s bad spirit dampens every occasion when he is present.

Hopefully, with the arrival of Nilda and Ivar, the work will get easier and the family will have more time to enjoy life and each other, and hopefully get their new home built so they don’t need to live under Einar’s roof any longer.

This book two shows us what can happen to a person when they hold onto the past and let themselves become buried in anger, bitterness and greed. It also shows us that the only one that can change a person is God, and that we can only pray for them, as we treat them with kindness and try to love them as God does, hoping that they will come to repentance and seek God’s help.

(I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.)

–Leona J. Atkinson

A Review of ” The Promise of Dawn” by Lauraine Snelling

A Promise of Dawn book coverA Review of ” The Promise of Dawn” by Lauraine Snelling
“Under Northern Skies” Series–Book 1

This is a story of a family’s journey in 1909 from Norway to America.
This is a dream come true for Rune Carlson and his three sons, but not so much for his wife, Signe who is pregnant.

After many months of difficult traveling the family finally comes to settle in a small town in
Minnesota where Rune’s uncle and wife live. Their excitement of arriving in “Amerika” as they call it is quickly diminished when they meet their trip benefactor, Einar Strand and his wife, Gerd.

Will they be able to fulfill the agreement made with hard, demanding Einar or will they have to return to Norway? This is a question both Rune and Signe have in their minds daily as they struggle to live out this new life in America, the land of opportunity and abundance, or so they thought when they left Norway.

You will experience their pain, anguish, anger, and fear as you read page after page of this family’s daily life and you will come to know them as friends. You will cry with them and laugh with them and you will pray with them too, as they trust in God for help and guidance against all the human odds they face.

This is a compelling story. One you will not want to stop reading, yet one that pulls you forward to the finish, and it will keep you waiting on pins and needles to see what happens in Book 2 of this series.

(For those of you who are familiar with Lauraine Snelling’s books , Rune Carlson in this series is the son of Gunlaug, cousin to Ingeborg Bjorklund, of  “The Red River of the North” series that was set in North Dakota. )

–Leona J. Atkinson

Book Review of “In Places Hidden” by Tracie Peterson

n-Hidden-Places-TraciePetersonMy Review of “In Places Hidden” by Tracie Peterson

The first thing I said after finishing “In Places Hidden” by Tracie Peterson was:  “ When is Book 2 Coming Out!”

“In Places Hidden” is Book 1 in the Golden Gate Secrets series and it’s a page turner for sure! Not only is it filled with mystery, intrigue, and surprises, it also has a sweet romance and a reminder of how life was in the early 1900’s in San Francisco.

Camrianne Coulter, the main character in the story, is an independent young women who is highly educated and from a wealthy family in Chicago. She is active in the Woman’s Sufferage Movement and is very out spoken.
She also has a strong faith in God and prayer.
She travels alone to San Francisco to search for her missing brother, Caleb, and meets two other women of different backgrounds on the train. The three soon become friends and all end up staying together in Caleb’s home in San Francisco.
The story winds around the search for Caleb and the people Camrianne and her friends meet in San Francisco.
Faith, prayer, and trust in God are a very prominent part in all of their everyday happenings.

I really enjoyed this book and I do look forward to reading the next book in this series .

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review.   All opinions are my own.

—Leona J. Atkinson

Review of “Judah’s Wife” by Angela Hunt

Judah's Wife Book Cover
” Judah’s Wife ” by Angela Hunt

This was my first time reading an Angela Hunt book, but it will not be my last! I was totally captured by her very descriptive writing and attention to detail.

“Judah’s Wife” is a story of The Maccabees, who were a group of Jewish warriors living in Judea, which at the time was part of the Seleucid Empire. They strictly adhered to the Jewish religion and expanded the boundaries of Judea by waging war and conquering those under the influence of Hellenism who were trying to take over the Jews and silence their beliefs and worship.

The Books of The Maccabees are not in our Christian Bible today, but are part of the Apocryphal books. These Apocryphal books are included in the Catholic bible and I do remember reading Maccabees years ago when I was raised Catholic.

They are historical books that are about the many wars that were fought by Israel against the ungodly kings and rulers of those days. However, Angela Hunt weaved a wonderful personal story of love, strength and courage throughout her telling of all the wars and fighting.

“Judah’s Wife” focuses on Leah, a girl raised by an abusive father, who becomes the young wife of Judah, who was Judas Maccabaeus. one of the five Maccabaeus brothers, and the leader of the Maccabees. The story goes back and forth showing events from the perspective of Leah and then from Judah. This way of writing, to me, made the book much more interesting.

If you enjoy Biblical History coupled with a sweet love story and the drama of those fighting for freedom to live their beliefs, then you will enjoy this book. It will truly hold your attention from the first page to the last. I found it very hard to put down.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review.

–Leona J. Atkinson