Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Take a chance on Me book review

Take a Chance on Me

Susan May Warren

Darek Christiansen is almost a dream bachelor—oldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But he’s also wounded and angry since the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. No woman in Deep Haven dares come near.

New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesn’t know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicity’s death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family she’s always longed for. And once she gets past Darek’s tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wife’s case.

Caught between new love and old grudges, Darek must decide if he can set aside the past for a future with Ivy—a future more and more at risk as an approaching wildfire threatens to wipe out the Christiansen resort and Deep Haven itself.

An amazing story that I could not put down. Warren makes you feel like you are the characters in her book. They are so real. I felt the emotion in the story. The book gave me inspiration and hope. I can't wait to read the others in the series.

This book was sent to me for review from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for a review.



Saturday, March 2, 2013

A Miracle for Jen

Tyndale Publishing sent me a book for review. Miracle for Jen by Linda Barrick. This is a true story of a relentless mother who refuses to give up on her daughter. After a tragic accident, 15 year old Jennifer Barrick is left fighting for her life. The mere fact that she survived is a miracle in itself. The faith of this family forces them to not give up on their daughter. This mother refuses to listen to what the world's fate for her daughter is and instead listens to God, relies on God.
This is truly an inspirational book! If you have ever wondered "why me" "where's God" this is a must read for you. Why does bad things happen to good people? Maybe to increase our faith. Maybe to inspire others. This book accomplishes just that. This mother refuses to give up. She will not accept that her daughter will not survive. She believes God instead!
I highly recommend this book. What a faith strengthening journey this book takes you on!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

God Was There

I can't even fathom the tragedy that happen Friday December 14,2012. My mind cannot comprehend what the families, children and staff must be going through. What the workers who have to clean up are dealing with. What the administration is facing on how to go back to a building where such violence occurred. But what I also can't understand is the people who really believe God was not there. Are you kidding me? God never left. He never will.
In all of history there has been tragedy. More than we can even think about. Tragedy is a continually circumstance. That does not mean that God is not here. He has a plan. Though we cannot see the end, He can.
I have seen many comments about how guns should be banned. They say we need more gun control. Or, children should not be sent to public school. The should be homeschooled and protected from evil. I say we should seek God!! We should draw so close to Him that we feel His presence at all times. Hiding our children at home will not stop evil. Banning guns will not stop evil. We need the protection and covering of an All Mighty Savior who has never left us. We left Him.
I don't know His plan. I don't know why this had to happen. I do know that not only was He there, His heart was breaking. Just as He watched the world despise His only Son. He has not left us. We left. We need to run to Him. We need to trust Him. We need to believe that He will use this tragedy for good, for His will.