Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Top 10 of 2017 on RBR

I'm ending this blog early this year, but I would like for you to check out these wonderful books. They will make great gifts and these are ones that I wholly recommend!

By the way, I'm in the process of reading a few more great books; so, be on the look-out come January for these wonderful stories!

This year, I'm dividing the top 10 into genres, with one special bonus book at the end. (total of 11, so this is contrary to my title) 

In no particular order nor ranking:


Love Him Anyway by Abby Banks

Abby Banks wrote a book of raw honesty and a look into the life of a Christian parent. We all struggle with feelings of selfishness and unselfishness, that duel between anger and love, and the ping-pong effect between bitterness and praise. 

Young Adult

The Delusion by Laura Gallier  
"My stories are twisted and bizarre--and so terrifying that I'm sometimes told to shut up a few minutes into them--but I can't."

So by this prologue begins a strange and weird tale told by Owen Edmonds.

Mission of a Lifetime by Priscilla J. Krahn
Set in the jungles of Columbia, Willie is determined to find his parents, but at what cost? From the many hazards of the jungle to the dangers of an organized cartel, Willie has to make spur of the moments decisions and still be able to stay true to his faith.
Shadowed Eden by Katie Clark 
Katie Clark takes that "what-if we could" and spins an entrancing story about The Garden of Eden.
The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck
Nothing smells as peaceful or as refreshing as the smell of falling rain.
And no other chick-lit book seems as refreshing as Billerbeck's The Scent of Rain.
A Cowboy's Dare by Lucy Thompson
Pair headstrong and proper Jane Montgomery, the mayor's daughter, with stubborn and gritty Tyrone Harding, owner of Female-free Adventures, and you have a volatile reaction.


Why Did You Choose Me? by Katie Cruice Smith
With an easy and flowing cadence, it expressed some of the major questions adopted children would ask a parent. These questions are posed beautifully and in a way for a child to understand his or her uniqueness.

Bella Gets Rescued by Ellie Wakeman
Bella Gets Rescued has an underlying message to us all: we should not fear. The parallel of being lost to Christ and then found is a major theme in this children's book.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bible Promises to Live by for Women

Bible Promises to Live by For Women
Katherine J. Butler, Ronald A. Beers

The golden embossed linen textured book is compact enough to carry on your travels, to work, to school, in your purse, etc.

The small devotionals take only moments to read. Each have a variety of scripture for reference.

I found many of the chapters to be exactly what I needed. One such chapter was about Helplessness. With compassion and insight, the words lifted my spirit and gave me that added boost I needed in my daily meditation.

This is a perfect gift for any women, young and old.

***I was given a copy by Tyndale Blog Network in exchange of an honest review*** 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories by Jean Fischer

Jean Fischer
(Thomas Nelson 2017)

Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories by Jean Fischer is the perfect board book to introduce a toddler up to a young reader to well known Bible stories.

Many of the Old Testament stories include Genesis' story of creation, Noah, Abraham, and Moses; David, Daniel, and Jonah. After Jonah, the young reader reads about Jesus' birth.

One of the things I liked about this story is the inclusion of "The Lost Sheep". This parable told by Jesus is often overlooked, but one of the best stories for children to learn. I have a soft spot for Mark 4:39, so it was my utter delight to see the chapter "Jesus Calms the Sea". The classic "loaves and fish", plus the story of his crucifixion and resurrection was next.

The book wraps up nicely with "Jesus Lives" and the commandment to go and spread the Good News!

The sturdy book will withstand even the toughest of little hands. This is a children's Bible story book that I highly recommend. And the Precious Moments illustrations really bring the stories to life.

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***I received this book through BookLook Bloggers in exchange of an honest review*** 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Delusion by Laura Gallier

Laura Gallier
(Tyndale 2017)

"My stories are twisted and bizarre--and so terrifying that I'm sometimes told to shut up a few minutes into them--but I can't."

So by this prologue begins a strange and weird tale told by Owen Edmonds.

Owen starts off as an agnostic. We see that he is basically a good boy, someone who strives to do what is best, even though he comes from a broken home. He has friends that at times can be good, but for the most part are self-absorbed and vain.

Just one moment of curiosity, the want to know more information, the need to have his questions answered, Owen takes a risk and the consequences send him into a supernatural existence. Now he can see demons and angels. He can see the shackles and chains that bound people to sin. And he can see the light of those who have been freed of their chains by their belief in Jesus Christ.

The book is told in first person. The reader falls headlong into teenage thoughts and emotions, experiencing them. We see his illogical actions, his rash judgements, and ultimately his surrender and maturity.

It takes skill to pull off the true portrayal of a teenager on the cusp of adulthood. And Laura Gallier does this extremely well.

The novel is dark, but like any tunnel, there is light at the end. With each chapter the stage is set into more complex acts, each building upon the other, until the finale. The character, Owen, grows with each chapter, learning humility and love.

Fair warning to readers, there are instances of scenes describing the horrific descent into hell. In one scene, it had nothing to do with the girl's suicide, but everything to do with her lost soul. 

The story is sound in Scripture, which is surprising to find in Young Adult novels. There is no apology for beliefs. There is no sugar coating the horror. And this is what makes it a great Christian Thriller. It is a battle of light and dark. The power of what prayer can do. And all told through the eyes of a teenager who is just beginning to learn the truth about what he is seeing.

Even the title has a deeper meaning: the delusion is believing that you don't need Jesus Christ in your life.

Thoroughly thought-provoking, I could see this as a youth group read and discussion. An extremely well-written novel and one that I do not want to part with, other than handing it over to my teenage son.

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***I received this novel from Tyndale in exchange of an honest review***