Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Networked Theology: A Book Review

About The Book:

This informed theology of communication and media analyzes how we consume new media and technologies and discusses the impact on our social and religious lives. Combining expertise in religion online, theology, and technology, the authors synthesize scholarly work on religion and the internet for a nonspecialist audience. They show that both media studies and theology offer important resources for helping Christians engage in a thoughtful and faith-based critical evaluation of the effect of new media technologies on society, our lives, and the church.

About the Series

The Engaging Culture series is designed to help Christians respond with theological discernment to our contemporary culture. Each volume explores particular cultural expressions, seeking to discover God's presence in the world and to involve readers in sympathetic dialogue and active discipleship.

ContentsIntroduction: When New Media Meets Faith
1. Theology of Technology 101: Understanding the Relationship between Theology and Technology
2. New Media Theory 101: Understanding New Media and the Network Society
3. Networked Religion: Considering How Faith Is Lived in a Network Society
4. Merging the Network with Theology: Who Is My Neighbor in Digital Culture?
5. Developing a Faith-Based Community Response to New Media
6. Engaging Appropriately with Technology and Media
Index


You can read an excerpt of Networked Theology here, in PDF format

About The Authors:

Heidi A. Campbell (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She has been featured in the Chicago TribuneLA Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and on PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and the BBC Radio World Service. Campbell is the author of Exploring Religious Community Online, has written numerous articles and encyclopedia entries, and participated in the Sir John Templeton Oxford Seminars in Science and Christianity.

Stephen Garner (PhD, University of Auckland) is head of school in the School of Theology at Laidlaw College in Auckland, New Zealand. He holds an MSc in computer science and worked in a number of fields in the information technology sector before entering theological studies. Garner has written various book chapters and journal articles on theology, technology, media, and popular culture. He speaks frequently on technology and new media.

My Review:

Modern technology, particularly social media platforms, are something I do not think most church's thought they would ever have to think about. For so many years I truly believe that churches did not embrace technology because they wanted to be pure, and not want to do the same as the world around them was doing. However, as time has shown in order to reach the world for Christ, sometimes we have to use the technology that is available to do that. But how do we do that and still spread the Gospel of Christ in a honest, humble and real way. This book will allow all those that read it to delve into that question and decide on a response to new technology that works the best for them or their ministry.

I give this book a big thumbs up and highly recommend it. 

BUY IT: You can purchase Networked Theology at your favorite Christian bookseller from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Monday, March 27, 2017

A Different Kind of Happiness: A Book Review

About The Book:

True happiness comes from true relationship--and true relationship comes from sacrificial love

How to love when you don't feel like loving
Everywhere we look, we see evidence that love is in short supply. Terror and corruption, school shootings and troubled marriages, impatient online sniping and character assassination--all point to the fact that we do not know how to love one another as Jesus commanded and modeled. We put our own interests, comfort, and happiness first, despite the fact that the greatest happiness comes through sacrificial love.

A Different Kind of Happiness shows you a love that is deeper than being nice and serving others. It's a love that relates to others in such a way that they feel heard, seen, and valued. A love that sacrifices and suffers and keeps loving, even when doing so is costly. This kind of love, says Dr. Larry Crabb, is the kind of love shown to us by our Creator and Redeemer--and it's the kind worth fighting for in all of our relationships.


About The Author:

Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, popular author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He is currently scholar in residence at Colorado Christian University in Denver and visiting professor of spiritual formation for Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. Dr. Crabb and his wife of almost fifty years, Rachael, live in the Denver, Colorado, area. Learn more at www.newwayministries.org.

My Review:

I have read a number of books from author Dr. Larry Crabb over the years, but honestly A Different Kind of Happiness, while overall a very good read, it was a difficult one too. Good because it taught me alot about relationships and how God fits into all my Earthly relationships. The biggest take away for me is to love on people even when I don't feel like it, or they don't deserve because I don't either. God loves me, so I should love others. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase A Different Kind of Happiness at your favorite Christian retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc,, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Losing Susan: A Book Review

About The Book:

The Story of Brain Disease and the Priest's Wife

This is the story of Susan--a wife, a mother, a Christian believer, a lover of children, a writer of stories, and a woman of extraordinary intellect. Susan was diagnosed with a brain tumor in her late thirties. Although it was successfully treated, the process led to her slow and unending decline throughout the remaining nineteen years of her life.

In this personal story of love and loss, seasoned pastor-theologian Victor Lee Austin shares how caring for his wife during her long, painful struggle with brain cancer and its aftereffects brought him face-to-face with his God and with his faith in unsettling ways. God gave Victor what his heart most desired--marriage to Susan--then God took away what he had given. Yet God never withdrew his presence. Weaving together autobiographical details and profound theological insights, this powerful narrative of suffering and love is told with bracing honesty. It shows that while we cannot tidily make sense of God's role in suffering, we are called to turn to him in the face of pain and death.


Contents
1. The Beginning


How We Met--How We Went to Church--That Summer--The Previous Christmas--Her Brilliant Childhood--A Hug--The Second-Best Book in the Bible--Rejection and Reversal--Heart's Desire--The Advent Calendar--The Tree of Life--Christmas Day--A Letter to Mr. Buckley--Susan Is Published on Abortion--Children--More Children


2. The Middle


Lights--To Do What Needs to Be Done--Prayer No Longer Makes Sense--Seizure Control--Where Was God?--He Taketh Away--On the Other Hand--God Intends to Kill Us--The Executive Function--How That Worked Out--Evil: Take One--Evil: Take Two--Evil: Take Three--The Hip--My Church Friends--Hydrocephalus--Graduations--Prevenient Grace--We Never Doubted God's Reality--Back to College--Back to Church--Susan Walking--Those Earlier Falls


3. The End

The Return of the Seizure--And Another--This Time in Hospital--Why I Witness to These Details--The Pebble Dare--The Year That Would Be the Last--At the Epilepsy
Unit--The Dark Night--Being Heard--Recovery--Anxiety--What the Body Knows--Blessed Speech Therapists--The Happy Return to October; Its Tragic End--The Best Book in the Bible--Sandy--What Is It?--The Kidneys Have Their Say--Crossing Another Line--Tears and Hope--December 17, 2012--May She Rest--A Christian Service--Little Lady--Why Have You Forsaken Me?--Divergence and a Dream


Epilogue: To Plumb the Depths of God's Love by Susan Austin


You can read an excerpt of Losing Susan here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Victor Lee Austin (PhD, Fordham University), an Episcopal priest, is canon theologian and theologian-in-residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and Church of the Incarnation in uptown Dallas. He has taught in various academic settings and is the author of several books, including Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed and Up with Authority. He previously served as theologian-in-residence at the historic St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

My Review:

As an almost 12 year cancer survivor I anticipated being very affected by reading Losing Susan. I was not mistaken. I cried, a lot! While my journey through cancer was not even close to what Susan had, many of the emotional thoughts, the spiritual journey were similar. I was just in awe at how Austin wrote this memoir. My greatest take away from the book was that when we walk through a journey like this with people they do not want textbook/Bible answers, they want the person listening to listen with heart and use every day words to encourage. That's it, period. Such a hard read from an emotional standpoint but one that anyone who is walking through a health crisis/end of life situation with needs to read. Perfect for caregivers and care pastors for sure.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Losing Susan at your favorite Christian book retailer from Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Matthew 13:44 - A Book Review

About The Book:

Lucy and Steve Sinclair move into their dream home in Washington DC. They’re young, successful and expecting their first child. But within one month their world will implode. Steve becomes sick, disappears and is found dead and Lucy’s baby will be born needing life-saving cardiac surgery. Lucy is then falsely accused of killing her husband in the most public of forums by her very own Judas - a man who she once called her very best friend. And all because of a chance find, hidden in the darkest and deepest recess of their attic. Why has life suddenly turned so sour? Lucy’s only clue is a torn and scribbled note, citing ‘Matthew 13:44,’ which she finds on her husband’s desk. Given he’s a non-believer, like her, this makes no sense. He’s never even held a Bible in his life. Soon condemned by the very people who should be supporting her, Lucy must discover and expose the real perpetrators. In doing so, it becomes hard to know who she can trust. Alone and in the midst of this chaos, a chance lifeline is thrown, tethered to a stranger; a man she has never met but feels blissfully familiar with, who helps her discover her true purpose in life, and how - like the very Passion itself - ultimate good can come from the very worst of circumstances.

About The Author:

Scott Coren is an up and coming  British writer of Christian fiction. Matthew 13:44 is his first Christian fiction thriller, soon to be followed by the Christian fiction novel which he is currently writing, Matthew 21:28. His first Christian fiction book series is based on the parables of the New Testament, aiming to enlighten people with God’s word through captivating, thrilling, modern Christian fiction.
In 2012 Scott Coren gave up his career as a civil servant to look after his daughter, who shortly after birth required 24 hour care. Born with a rare heart condition, she suffered a complication during surgery to correct her heart, damaging her vocal chords; leading to her having a tracheotomy. Scott Coren has spent the last two years living in a different time zone from the rest of his family, to ensure that during the night his daughter’s artificial airway does not block.
During his solitary night shift, Scott Coren’s introspections led to his conversion from militant atheism to Christianity. As a result he began to write his first Christian fiction thriller, inspired by his journey with his daughter’s medical condition. Matthew 13:44, the parable of the hidden treasure, was the first parable chosen for Scott Coren’s Christian fiction series, as this parable most resonated with the author. To quote Scott Coren; “I spent a lifetime foraging for something I already had.”
Scott Coren’s conversion to Christianity and the Christian fiction novel Matthew 13:44 have sparked incredible media interest. Notably Scott Coren’s story published on Blaze.com has been shared over 10,000 times, and he has been interviewed on several radio and TV shows, including The Glenn Beck Show. Reviews of the Christian fiction book Matthew 13:44 can be found here.
Scott Coren lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
My Review:
A well written book, that kept my attention throughout and strives to answer the old age question, "if God loves us, why does He allow bad things to happen?" There are many twists and turns in this mystery novel, and I loved the story line of Lucy and how she developed through the book. This is a read about the strength of the human heart, resilience, and how we push through the tough times to become stronger because of it. 
A great read that I highly recommend.
BUY IT: You can purchase Matthew 13:44 online through Amazon
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the publisher, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Keys of Heaven: A Book Review

About The Book: 

Sarah Yoder is learning to help the people in her Amish community as a Dokterfraa, creating teas and tinctures from the herbs she grows. But her latest patient seems to have a problem that can't be resolved with Sarah's remedies-a woman who, in Sarah's mind, would flourish anywhere other than where she lives. Meanwhile, as Sarah's relatives attempt a little matchmaking between her and a visiting Amish man, she struggles to let God show her His choice of partner and not allow her friendship with her neighbor, Henry Byler, to grow into anything more.

Henry has seen some success as a potter since a major store commissioned his work for their catalog. But the trouble is they want to market him as Amish. Though he was raised in the faith and lives in Amish country, Henry has never joined church and doesn't plan to. Which also means, despite the attraction between them, he must keep his distance from Sarah. But what will happen when Sarah and Henry are called upon to help a runaway whose Englisch family is blind to how lost their son has become? The plant Sarah calls Keys of Heaven can grow in impossible places, but it's hard for people to find their own place, which creates quite a temptation for Sarah to take matters into her own hands...


You can read an excerpt of Keys of Heaven here

About The Author:

ADINA SENFT, author of the Amish Quilt series from FaithWords, earned an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania after leaving the plain church in which she grew up. Between books, she enjoys playing the piano and Celtic harp, making historical costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescue chickens. 

My Review:

Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I was very excited to read Keys of Heaven by Adina Senft. It was a heartwarming read that kept my attention from the first pages right to the last. The way in which the author wrote allowed me to visualize myself right in the scenes throughout the book. To me this is a sign of a wonderful book and this book was not disappointing. If you are looking for good, clean read that will perfect for reading with cozy blanket and cup of tea, this is the perfect book for you. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Keys of Heaven at your favorite Christian book retailer from Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Hachette Book Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Love Gently Falling: A Book Review

About The Book:

Rita Jansen is living her dream as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, Rita finds her mother is healing but facing a long recovery. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but she only has until Valentine's Day to come up with a plan. 

As Rita takes her mother's place at work, the nearby skating rink she loved as a child brings back fond memories. Rita also finds herself renewing friendships with her childhood best friend, Marley, as well as her classmate Johnny. Although they now lead such seemingly different lives, Rita is surprised by how well she and Johnny connect and how far he will go to help her. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance kindling in the air and on the ice, their friendship may just fall into something more.


About The Author:

MELODY CARLSON is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 200 books for adults, teens, and children that have sold over 6 million copies. She writes women's fiction to which women of all ages can relate and young adult novels that she hopes will change lives. Her series, Diary of a Teenage Girl (Multnomah), has sold more than 775,000 copies and her Christmas novellas have sold over 590,000 copies combined. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. 

My Review:

If you are looking for a quick, quirky and fun read, with a little hint of romance thrown in for good measure. It is a clean read, perfect for ages 18 and older. The main character is adorable and relatable, and I am sure you will fall in love with her and root for her throughout reading the book. I know I did. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Love Gently Falling at your favorite Christian book retailer from Center Street Books

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the publisher, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Habits for Every Couple: A Book Review

About The Book:

When was the last time you flirted with your husband? Was it before you had kids?

Do you spend more time on the couch with your wife watching movies or with a bag of chips watching The Game?

Does your idea of a hot date include a drive-thru and springing for the extra-large fries?

What would your marriage look like if for 21 days you turned your attention to happy habits that will better your relationship? Plenty of books describe how to improve a marriage, how to save a marriage, even how to ramp up intimacy in a marriage. In Happy Habits for Every Couple, Kathi Lipp and husband Roger show you practical, fun-filled ways to put love and laughter back into your marriage.

Here are just a few of the results you’ll see when you put Happy Habits for Every Couple into practice:
  • new levels of warmth and tenderness in your relationship
  • a deeper sense of security with your spouse
  • a marriage filled with fun and flirting

If you haven’t given up the dream of being head-over-heels with your spouse again, following this 21-day plan will give you just the boost you need to bring you closer together.

You can check out a preview of Happy Habits for Every Couple here

About The Authors:

Kathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker and the bestselling author of several books, including Clutter FreeThe Husband Project, and The Get Yourself Organized Project. She and her husband, Roger, live in California and are the parents of four young adults. For more information, check out www.kathilipp.com

Kathi and Roger Lipp have been happily married for 10 years and are the parents of four young adults. Roger is a senior engineer at an international tech firm in Silicon Valley. He is a sought after teacher on the personalities in marriage and in business. Roger’s expertise is in teambuilding, both in the tech world and on the home front.

My Review:

I have been reading Kathi's books for a number of years now, and with each read, I am more and more inspired and encouraged in my walk as a Christian woman, wife and mom. Now, with one of her most recent releases, Happy Habits for Every Couple, I am once again inspired in regards to my marriage. 

Later this year, my husband and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage. We also have two daughters, 8 and 10 years respectatively, who have their own activities,  and we are involved in ministry opportunities at our home church, volunteering in men's, womens's and children's ministry. We also both work full time. So it is obvious that time as a couple does not always happen as often as it should and must. That is where a book like Happy Habits for Every Couple can be a HUGE asset. It is loaded with great ideas to connect with your spouse in a deliberate, and fun, manner. The 21 Days are a great way to refresh and rejuvenate your marriage, even if you think things are okay, there is always something to improve on. The plans are easy to implement, and most are low cost. I have done many of them and they are great.

This is the ultimate gift idea for an engaged couple, wedding gift, shower gift and even an anniversary gift. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Happy Habits for Every Couple at your favorite Christian book retailer from Harvest House Publishers.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Harvest House Publishers, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Prayer Saturated Family: A Book Review

About The Book:

Learn to pray together and see your family transformed!
In our world of busy schedules and digital distractions, it's hard for families to find time to eat dinner together, let alone pray together. Yet praying together deepens relationships, alleviates fighting and strengthens family ties more than any single thing you can do.

With a fresh, flexible, real-world approach, bestselling author Cheryl Sacks shows how you can integrate prayer into your daily family life, including how to:
· Get everyone on board and involved
· Experience a fresh sense of God's promise and purpose for your family
· Overcome spiritual opposition coming against your household 
· Shift the spiritual atmosphere in your home to one of greater peace and joy
· Make an investment in your children's faith that will last a lifetime 

You will also discover how a family that prays together becomes an unstoppable force for good, bringing God's answers to impossible situations. And it can start with you! Through prayer, you have the power not only to change the atmosphere of your home but also to be part of changing the spiritual atmosphere wherever you go. 


You can read an excerpt of The Prayer Saturated Family here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Cheryl Sacks, national speaker and bestselling author, is the co-founder and leader of BridgeBuilders International Leadership Network (www.bridgebuilders.net) along with her husband, Hal. She has written for such publications as Pray! magazine and Rick Warren's Pastors' Toolbox. Her teachings have been aired on TBN and GOD TV. Cheryl is a consultant to churches and businesses, helping them develop and implement prayer strategies for Kingdom success. Cheryl and Hal live in Phoenix, Arizona.

My Review:

If you are like my family, finding time to pray together (and even individually) can be hard. But it is absolutely necessary to the success of a Christian family. As a mom of two school age children, I do what I can to teach them ways to live a Christ filled life, yet we all know that life happens and time gets away from us, leaving us less time to spend learning about God, praying together and worshiping together. This book is a great help to solve this time problem. 

The book explains the why praying as a family is so important and gives some wonderful real-life stories and tips to help us, as a parents, to change our homes through the power of prayer. It is very well written, easy to read and will be very easy for even the youngest of prayer warriors to understand. I absolutely love the 31 day prayer guide found at the end of the book too! 

This would be a lovely gift for new parents and even for a wedding gift! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up! 


BUY IT: You can purchase The Prayer Saturated Family at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Reading the Bible Without Getting Lost: A Book Review

About The Book:


"Scripture did not spring from the imaginations of ancient men, but holy men spoke and wrote as they were carried along by the Spirit of God" (2 Pet. 1:21). This simple handbook serves as a guide to help beginning readers of the Bible arrive where the Spirit intended.
The Bible is a vast library of writings spanning centuries and cultures. It can be daunting and confusing for inexperienced Bible readers. Reading the Bible without Getting Lost gets to the heart of every book of the Bible and provides a reader's roadmap through each one. In addition, it provides an overview of the biblical story, a brief treatment of types of literature in the Bible, and a simple guide to studying the Bible.
There are many books on biblical interpretation and many hefty introductions to the Bible, but this book joins the two into a manageable size and simple presentation for beginning Bible students.

About The Author:


Mike Tune has served as a preaching minister for forty years. He currently ministers with a church near our nation's capital in Virginia. His Bible course "Going Home" has been taken by many thousands of students worldwide. Mike is also the president of Amazing Grace International, a non-profit corporation dedicated to teaching the Bible and educating poor children in third-world countries. He writes a blog for daily Bible readers and has written devotionals on nearly every chapter of the Bible.

My Review:

If you are new to Christianity or just would love a refresher on the books of the Bible, this is a fantastic resource. It is well-organized, written in a very easy to understand manner and includes concise information about each book in the Bible. Each of the first five sections help us get a basis for why it is important to study the Bible. Then the last sections of the book go through each specific book of the Bible and decode the main themes and gives a wonderful overview of each. A great tool to launch one into a deeper study of God's word.

It is a great resource to use among other Bible study tools and would make a wonderful gift for a Bible college student. 
BUY IT: You can purchase Reading The Bible Without Getting Lost online via Amazon

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Leafwood Publishers, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, January 14, 2017

From Good to Grace - Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel: A Book Review

About The Book:

God is calling you to something greater than good.
So many of us feel as if we do not do enough and, in fact, are not enough. We try hard to be good--a good friend, mom, wife, Christian, employee, or ministry leader--hoping for that "atta-girl" from God, some heavenly assertion that we matter. In the process, we find ourselves living by a lesser gospel: the gospel of goodness. It's a gospel without grace, and in the end, it's good for nothing.

With compelling illustrations from her own life and from Scripture, Christine Hoover helps you start asking, "What does God want for me?" before asking, "What does God want from me?" You'll find yourself breathing a sigh of relief at this powerful message of freedom and hope. Rather than serving God out of obligation or duty, you'll be compelled to love and serve God with great joy.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Christine Hoover is a pastor's wife, mom, speaker, and the author of The Church Planting Wife. She has written for The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and Christianity Today. Blogging at www.GraceCoversMe.com, she enjoys helping women apply the gift of God's grace to their daily lives. She lives in Virginia.

My Review:

Christians in general, and women specifically, try to live the perfect life, doing so much that we end up burned out and think that this is the way to be a good Christian. But the Bible says differently. Grace is what saves us. This book exudes that message in a way that you feel like you are sitting right with the author and having a coffee and conversation with her. I loved this book from from cover to last page. I was so encouraging and I truly can I say every woman NEEDS to read it! The author was honest, transparent and I loved all her personal stories, particularly her journey as a parent to a child with Autism. A great and encouraging read!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase From Good to Grace at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Wish: A Book Review

About The Book:

Leona wondered if she was getting the carriage before the horse. Even so, she was willing to do whatever she could to bring Gloria back home--where she belonged.

Leona Speicher got the "sister" she always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be the answer to Leona's prayers--until Gloria's father is expelled from their Old Order Amish church for reasons no one will discuss. Much to Leona's dismay, the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear. Then, after a silence of several years, Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona, who makes up her mind to go after her friend. Yet Leona's fiancé--the deacon's son--is alarmed. Will Leona's dearest wish lead to her own undoing?



You can read an excerpt of The Wish here, in PDF

About The Author:

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in twelve languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at www.beverlylewis.com.

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My Review:

Beverly Lewis is the queen of Amish fiction and I was super excited to read her new release, The Wish! It is a stand alone novel so there is no worries that you will miss anything if you haven't read her previous books. I absolutely love her series! If you haven't read Lewis' books in the past you need to start! You will not be disappointed. 

The Wish is written in Lewis' well-loved writing style, and I adored all the characters, particularly Leona and Gloria. The relationships were developed nicely within all the characters and I was pleasantly surprised with how the book turned out.  The book is full of family, faith and even some romance to bring forth a wonderful, quick read for any fan of Amish fiction.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!


BUY IT: You can purchase The Wish at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***