2018 Highlight

As the year draws to a close I realized that I haven't been as active about posting reviews, and for that, dear followers, I am truly sorry. Many issues interfered that caused me to not be able to post reviews, but it is my intention that with the first of 2019 you will have a new format and new reviews that will bring new stories to you.

Most of these highlights I will list can be found at Goodreads; they will be in no particular order, other than the date I read them. For those that I found to be quite good and a book that sticks with me long after I close the book, I will put a golden heart 💛beside them.

1. The Sex Spiral by Dustin Daniels💛



"This isn't a "self-help" book nor a 12-step guide to overcome addiction to sex and pornography. This book starts with how to view this addiction; hence, the title of the book, addiction is seen as a spiral. One that quickly spins out of control and consumes a life."







2. The Call: An Invitation to Revival and Transformation by Matthew J. Romano



"Unlike many books on the same subject, this isn't a book that preaches or list biblical references. No. Matthew Romano speaks from experience, guiding the reader through his own life and spiritual growth, and how he came to the truth."






3. Loving Grace by April Smith💛



"With all the YA books out there that seem to highlight the immorality of this world, Loving Grace not only places importance on the Christian lifestyle, but it shows that there is honor in remaining pure and true to the Christian faith in all things."








4. A New Home for Allie by Carrie Daws/Joanie Bruce


"This is a beautiful tale about a little giraffe who has to leave all she knows and travel to a new home. With deep insight into what a child experiences, especially those in military families, this book focuses not on the fears, but on the hope and adventure. And ultimately that God has a plan for us all. "




5.  More Than These by June Kimmel 💛



"Each chapter considers a different aspect of a woman’s life that can become an idol—family, friends, possessions, fears, accomplishments, etc. More Than These: A Woman’s Love for God clearly presents biblical truths and personal illustrations to teach why a woman must surrender these areas to the Lord for Him to remain her ultimate love."






6. Enough of Me by Priscilla Peters



"It's time to take a deep breath and do some inventory. Let's dig in and see what God's Word has to say about this tug-of-war between our flesh and our mission. Let's figure out ways to quit chasing emptiness and take bold steps of obedience. Let's discover how we can glorify God and steer people to Jesus in our cubicles, at our dinner tables, in our mom-groups, and with people we encounter every day."





7.  A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot



"Amanda Cabot has a way in describing life in Texas during the late 1800's. I could almost imagine the heat and landscape. There were parts in the book that were pretty gritty and that gave more authencity to the story. This isn't a sweet HEA, although there is a happy ending."







8. Nullifying God: Evolution's End Game, A Scientist's Challenge by H. Robert Wilson 💛



"This isn't a book that you can read in one day or night or even in three.
Full of logical arguments and conclusions, I found Nullifying God to be a remarkable book. It is one that I plan to use in my homeschooling curriculum. "








9.  An Unpresentable Glory by Eleanor Gustafson 💛



"An Unpresentable Glory is a literary novel full of beautiful prose.
The detailed scenes gave color and depth to the imagination as it is read....If I had to compare Eleanor's writing it would be a cross between Georgette Heyer and Denise Hildreth Jones, lyrical prose with modern day charm."







10. Final Grains of Sand by David Harder 💛💛



"We all end up judging others based on what we know: but do we really know a person? Do we really know a person's life? We only glimpse that which is shown to us. And Final Grains of Sand takes the reader along a journey in learning more about James and who he was: friend, son, brother, father, and husband."






11. The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck 💛💛



"It isn't all glam girls or buddy-buddy. The friendships between the women have ups and downs, but the reader sees the resilience of true friendship....There is also romance. And it is a sweet romance that grows easily throughout the story. A romance that makes the reader smile at the end."






12. The Linen God by Jim O'Shea 💛



"Along the lines of Robert Ludlum, Jim O'Shea delves into the world of the Vatican, The Shroud of Turin, intrigue, and faith. Definitely a page-turner, definitely a heart-pounding read, The Linen God explores the deepest part of humanity. Not even the most faithful of servants are truly faithful."






13. The Ghost Mine by Ben Wolf



"I would say that Ben Wolf is a lot better than Stephen King in bringing about twists, supernatural style elements, and character arcs. This is the kind of science fiction that I remember. The main character isn't the gung-ho hero, but he, as the priest says in the book, took courage to do what was needed."






14. Body by Blood by Dr. Patrick Johnston 💛



"Body by Blood is a deeply thought-provoking story that will make you ponder just how important is immortality and just how important is the human soul"








15. The Reluctant Disciple by Jim O'Shea 💛



"The Reluctant Disciple establishes a credible connection between End Times biblical prophecy and our society’s fascination with the paranormal, taking readers on a thrill ride they won’t soon forget."








16. Minutes Matter: Making Every Beat Count by K.R. Mele



"...what are we doing with our minutes? Are we making them matter in ways that count? Are we spending them in ways that will lay up treasure in heaven, or here on earth where moth and rust will destroy?"








17.  A Hope and a Future by David Mathews 💛💛



"...so well written and a true testament to a young man's life...who obeys his parents, thinks about things before he does them, and strives to do what is right. This brings to mind Proverbs 22:6....The twists thrown into the story was fluid and organic. It tested the faith of each character."






18. Blood Moon Redemption by Judy DuCharme 💛



"An ancient relic, a puzzling prophesy, a young woman...tied together through the ages...Blood Moon Redemption is an end-times thriller that will keep you riveted until the very last moonrise."








19. The Rejected Princess by Katie Clark 💛💛



"Arranged marriages, sacrifices, truths, and a long-lost heir collide in this YA novel that has a deep faith and morality thread woven into its tapestry of words that it becomes a natural part of the book without destroying the fantastical world (part medieval, part steampunk, part early 19th century era)." 






20. Theology from the Spring: Reflections of the Creator Cast in Nature by Jacob A. Taggart 💛



"Through vignettes of fresh water springs and fly fishing analogies, Theology from the Spring provides the reader with something we've lost: eyes for seeing latent, divine truths that make sense of the beauty and chaos we see within the created order."








21. Fate of the Watchman by Chad Pettit💛💛


"In this challenging and gripping novel, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse-pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime....with a touch of Dickens' The Christmas Carol, Chad Pettit delivers a strong novella about a man who had allowed the world to color his thoughts and how he received a second chance..."

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