A Godward Heart by John Piper

Treasuring the God Who Loves You

I find it rather hard to review a devotional.  Devotionals are meant to be read slowly, one day at a time.  They are for pondering, savoring, meditating.  However, time does not allow me to do that.  So I read it quickly, and then put it back on my shelf… to be read slowly during my quiet time in the coming days.

John Piper fills the pages of A Godward Heart with 50 meditations that draw your soul closer to God.  Each bite sized devotional is deeply soul stirring, leading you closer to a better knowledge of our Father in heaven.

Day 25 is an anniversary meditation on 1 Corinthians 13, while day 12 focusses on living as if the world was passing away.   Day 17 is a commentary  on the true view of doctrine, and day 30 commentates on caring for the hopeless, the hurting, and the downtrodden.

I highly recommend you add this book to your quiet time with the Lord.

5 out of 5 stars.

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Echoes of Mercy by Kim Voger Sawyer

An undercover agent.  An son disguised as a worker.  And underage children working in the factory.   Wow, this book was full of people hiding, in disguise, being someone they aren’t, or hiding in the dark!

Caroline Lang goes undercover to the Dinsmore’s World-Famous Chocolates Factory to  follow up  on a tip that underage children are being hired.   Ollie Moore is heir to the candy factory, but is undercover himself.  He’s trying to learn all he can about the family business.  She cares about Child Labor, he doesn’t.  However, a common enemy unites anyone, and someone is damaging the factory.   Along the way, Ollie finds that God never left him, but has been waiting for him to run back home.

I liked this book, but I thought the villain was overdone.  He was always stalking the women, and it got to be creepy.  It was also a slightly predictable plot line, that was hard to get into.

I’ll give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson

I love reading real historical fiction.  By that I mean, historical fiction that leans more on history and less on fiction.  This book was fascinating as it covered the settling of Alaska, something I had never heard of before.

Gwyn Hillerman serves as a nurse in father’s medical clinic for the natives of Alaska.  Their life is rough and at the mercy of the elements, but she and her father love their simple home life.  Gwyn, however, still mourns the loss of her mother and younger sister who left a few years ago – despising the uncivilized life.

Back in Chicago, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan performs a medical procedure that goes bad.  In the same day, he loses his medical license and his fiance.  He is not so subtly asked to leave the city, and he heads north with the homesteaders to Alaska.

As the homesteaders fill the town, somethings are not all that they seem.  As Gwyn comes to depend on Jeremiah, and the help he is giving her aging father, some rumors start about his past.  And his job.  And his fiance.  Can Jeremiah trust anyone enough to explain his past, and risk the home and land he’s come to love?

There is some violence, including two murders.  Nothing graphic.  Overall, I loved this gentle, compelling story.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.