My sisters and I have been waiting and waiting for this book to come out. And Dee Henderson did not disappoint us. This book combines intense action, cliff hanger suspense, and a touch of romance to make for a wonderful read. Definitely my favorite so far in her newest series.
What I Liked
Gina Gray is highly intelligent, very successful, and a little lonely. She would love to be married, but her brains seem to run men off. While the U. S. Government can’t imagine life without her, Gina wishes for someone who would care about her. Mark Bishop is a submarine commander, who understands better than anyone the power of Gina’s discoveries.
On his trip home, he encourages Gina to go out on dates with another submariner. Only to discover he’s the man for Gina. Now he has to convince Gina of this and figure out a way to protect her from herself. Especially when she makes another powerful, world shaking discovery.
What I Didn’t Like
I have to wait another year before she writes the next one!
Five out of five stars!
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.
There is little I love more than having a thick book to read over a long period of time. Some of my siblings are scared of big books, but I love picking one up and starting into it. A hot cup of tea and a thick book is the perfect recipe. Our Mutual Friend was a just such a big book, and it was by far my favorite Dickens.
There are so many plots and subplots in Mutual Friend (as in all of Dicken’s works) that it would take too long to go over them all. But here are some of my thoughts.
One set of characters I loved was John Rokesmith and Bella Wilfer. Bella was betrothed to marry John Harmon, the one condition for him to inherit his father’s estate. At the opening of the book, Harmon is found drowned in the river. So the estate passes to the Boffins – an elderly couple who worked for Harmon’s father. They take Bella in and there she spends time with Rokesmith – who is serving as the Boffin’s secretary.
Rokesmith tries to court Bella, who runs him off because of his low status. She herself is poor, and was excited about marrying into wealth. Now she finds that taken from her, and refuses to treat Rokesmith with respect. As time passes, the money begins to affect Mr. Boffin and he becomes a miser with the wealth he inherited. When he begins to abuse Rokesmith, Bella realizes what money can do to a person and flees their house, after defending Rokesmith.
A little while later you realize that Mr. Boffin had faked being a miser so that Bella would realize how trivial money really is in life. Mr. Boffin is such a good, kind older man who loved Bella enough to run her off and keep her away from the lure of money.
~Warnings~ Really there is nothing to warn people about. If you are brave enough to read Our Mutual Friend, you can handle the “thematic elements”. There are a few dead bodies, 2 murders (not graphic), and the job of one character is to scour the river for bodies.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Wow. That is probably the best word to use when I first think of this book. I really liked Chuck Black’s Kingdom Series and his Knights Series, but this book goes above and beyond what we’ve come to expect from Mr. Black’s work. This book kept me reading… I couldn’t put it down.
Book 1 in Wars of the Realm introduces us to Drew Carter. Drew’s world is anything but perfect, but he starts playing football in highschool and making friends. After a tragic accident takes the life of a friend, Drew gives up on life. Until Ben Phillips challenges his best friend to get a grip and move on.
Drew throws himself into earning a double major in finance and math. He takes on his life… but he’s still lacking something. He bumps into the young speech champion Sydney from highschool. She explains to him that she can’t date an unbeliever, and leaves Drew wondering at her convictions. A few days later an accident in the Physics lab leaves Drew blind. As his sight returns – there is something different.
Drew can see warriors of darkness. Everywhere. And no one else in the world can see them. Or the warriors of light.
And Ben disappears. The only person who can explain Drew’s ability and he’s gone. After an attempt on his life, Drew decides to protect his mom by leaving. After Drew is seen at a school shooting, he has the FBI on his heels, and heads for the woods.
Find Ben. Protect Sydney, who has a gift of her own. Drew’s life seems so clear, if he could let God help him.
Rating: 5+ out of 5 stars