THE FIRST LOVE

14 01 2019

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I absolutely loved this book!  Of course, with it being Amish, that is my favorite genre.  You feel for Maggie, who turns 18 during this book, who has a debilitating illness.  With her using a cane because of this illness, she feels as if no boy would want the added responsibility of taking care of her and she is unable to be the vibrant woman that a man would want.  

She then goes to a Mennonite tent revival and gets turned on to Jesus.  She is now reading her Bible all the time.  She hears about healing and wants that more than anything.  Will she get her healing?  Will she fall in love and be a wife to someone special?  You will need to read it yourself to get those answers.

It’s the summer of 1951, and Maggie Esh is in need of some hope. Sweet-spirited and uncommonly pretty despite struggling with chronic illness, she is used to being treated kindly by the young men of her Old Order Amish church district. Yet Maggie wishes she were more like other courting-age girls so she could live a normal, healthy life.

To make matters more complicated, Dat has recently remarried, less than a year after her mother died. And while her stepmother is kind, Rachel is much younger than Mamm, and she simply doesn’t understand Maggie or her illness the way Mamm did.

When tent revival meetings come to the area, Maggie is curious, and the words of the Mennonite preacher challenge her to reconsider what she knows about faith. Can she learn to trust God even when hope seems a distant dream?

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Beverly Marie Jones (Lewis) was born in the heart of Amish country—Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At the tender age of nine, she began writing short stories and poetry. Prior to that, she made up lyrics to the “little fingers” piano pieces she learned, at the age of five.

“My mother saved everything I wrote, even the stories I dreamed up during my grade school years,” Beverly says. One such tale is semi-autobiographical, about a young girl whose parents can no longer afford to give her piano lessons. The manuscript was 77 pages long and titled “She Shall Have Music,” penned under the shade of a lone willow tree. “Reading, writing, and playing piano have been top three on my list of favorite things,” she says.

Not until her own children were well into middle school did Beverly seek to publish her work, first in magazines such as Highlights for Children, Dolphin Log, and Guideposts for Kids. Her first book followed in 1993—Mountain Bikes and Garbanzo Beans—presently retitled Big Bad Beans (book #22 in the popular Cul-de-Sac Kids series of chapter books—see list of Bev’s children’s books).

The First Love became available for purchase September 4, 2018.

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from NetGalley for this review.

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GOD’S GOOD NEWS

10 01 2019

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This was a very good book, which does the stories Genesis to Revelation. I did not agree with all of Dr. Graham’s assessments of the scriptures, but we all have different interpretations of the Bible, which is why I gave it a 4-star. Other than that, it was very good. They said this was for 4-11 year olds. I would say that 4 year olds would not understand most of it. Also, I believe all pre-teens would enjoy this.

This had just about every “story” from the Bible. Scott Wakefield did an awesome job with the illustrations. They made the “stories” come alive.

 
Invite the children you love to experience God through powerful stories from the Bible. They will imagine the walls of water in the parted Red Sea, figure out why Joseph chose to forgive his brothers, read about a paralyzed man Jesus healed, and discover God’s exciting plan for their lives. Most of all, this Bible storybook helps children understand God’s incredible love for them. Each story is equipped with a takeaway devotion from Rev. Graham. The takeaways will help children focus on God’s Word, apply it to their lives, and begin walking with God and sharing the good news from an early age.
With Bible stories told in actual Bible text, this storybook teaches that God loves us, saves us from our sin, and invites us into a new life with Him. Each entry includes the wisdom of Billy Graham, who spent his life helping people all over the world understand and respond in faith to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that God loves us, and that is good news!

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Billy Graham was an American evangelical Christian evangelist and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Graham is best known for his evangelistic missions or “Crusades.” He believed God knew no borders or nationalities. Throughout his career, Graham preached to millions around the world. He met and prayed with every U. S. president from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama.

Graham authored 34 books, including his memoir, Just As I Am. In 1983, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan. In 1996, Graham and his wife, Ruth, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress can bestow on a private citizen.

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Scott Wakefield has worked as a freelance illustrator in children’s book illustration, serving national publishers such as Harper Collins, Sterling Publishing, Scholastic, and McGraw Hill. Scott is currently represented at the national level by Shannon & Associates. His portfolio can also be found at http://www.scottjwakefield.com. Although versatile with nearly any medium, much of Scott’s work is done in traditional media such as oil paint, ink, pastels, and acrylic, bringing richness and nostalgia to his unique style. Scott’s work demonstrates engaging characters, effective storytelling, and a strong sense of life and light. At home, Scott and his wife, Kori, enjoy the unique personalities of their five children, serving in their church, and family activities such as sidewalk chalk art and rock climbing.

God’s Good News became available for sale October 23, 2018.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for this review.

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A BOUND HEART

6 01 2019

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I absolutely loved this book!  This is set in 1752-1753.  You get drawn into the lives of Lark and Magnus.  But you also wonder if they will ever get together.  Lark gets falsely accused for the murder of Lysa, Magnus’ wife.  Then when Magnus goes into court to defend her, wearing the Scottish kilt, which is against English law, he gets arrested.  Lark is exiled from Scotland to the Virginia Colony in the States, while Magnus is sent to Jamaica.  Will their love endure their separation?  You will need to read the book to find out!

Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is just the keeper of his bees–and the woman who could provide an elixir to help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Can they make a new beginning in this New World? Or will their hopes be dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony?

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Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” 

A Bound Heart became available for sale January 1, 2019.

I received a copy of this book from the publishers for this review.