UNTIL THE MOUNTAINS FALL

29 07 2019

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I truly enjoyed this book.  The only reason I put this down to a 4-star is because when I got about 75% through, I got mad and didn’t want to continue, but knew I had to.  I did get into the story of Rivkah and Malakhi, but I also got quite upset with her slave master.

 

This is about a young gal, Rivkah, who is recently widowed.  According to the Levitical law, she is to marry her deceased husband’s brother, Malakhi.  He has been smitten with her since age 14, but she still sees him as that boy who teased her throughout childhood.  She is a woman, having been married.  Her father is the head priest of the city, which is a refuge city.  The timing of this book is at the death of Joshua.

 

Rivkah and Malakhi’s cousin decide they are going to run away from their pre-arranged marriages that their fathers had made upon them.  Rivkah, through wrong decisions, ends up a slave for 5 years.  In that time, she gives birth to her husband’s son.  Having been a scribe at the temple for her father, her talents are widely sought.

 

In time Malakhi does find her, but will love ever blossom for her?  While she was gone had she done things she should not have done?  In the meantime, the Arameans are on their way to burn the city down.  What will happen to Rivkah?  Will she let Malakhi save her and her son?  The answers will be revealed when you read this book.

 

Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband’s brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh’s head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.

 

Connilyn Cossette

 

Connilyn Cossette is the CBA-Bestselling, Christy Nominated author of the Out from Egypt Series and the Cities of Refuge Series. When she’s not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible. She delights in discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in the last twenty-plus years, they currently call North Carolina home.

 

Until Mountains Fall became available for sale July 2, 2019.  It is the 3rd book in the Cities of Refuge series.

 

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

 

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EL HAYYAY

19 07 2019

El Hayyay

EL HAYYAY

The God of My Life

By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life (El Hayyay). Psalm 42:8 NIV
When I saw where I was in the names of God, I understood why the Lord had directed me to keep on the subject of salvation. Why? Because salvation gives us life eternal.
The God of my life. I could not put it into better words than how I feel about my God – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. The triune God. If it wasn’t for Him, I would be 6 feet under now. He pulled me out of the pit and brought me to Him. He showed Himself to me in a way that is beyond words. Is He my life? You bet! Would I trade it away? No way! I know what I was before, and I never want to be focusing on me anymore, for that does not work!
El Hayyay – the God of my life – be very close to me. Open my ears to hear you. Soften my heart to discern your Spirit. Help my eyes to recognize when you are weaving something in my life. Turn my frustration and anger away from people who seem to me to be obstacles in my life, El Hayyay, and help me to know that you are sovereign – that nothing happens to me that doesn’t first pass through your hands. Kings see you and bow down. I pray that I will live each moment in that same spirit of honor and humility before the God who knows what steps I should take, and who guides me.




A FAITHFUL GATHERING

18 07 2019

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Once I got into this book I was unable to put it down.  This is also one of my favorite genre to read.  Leslie Gould has a flair of putting a current story along with a historical story all put in one.  This made it very interesting, but at the same time, I had to keep alert, as I had to know which era I was in.

 

This is about Leisel, an aspiring nurse, and her Aenti Suz telling the story of her Grandfather Joe back during WWII.  There are many trials in this book.  Leisel’s boyfriend, who also is a nurse, decides to go into the Air Force.  She is definitely against this.  Then she meets her sister’s surgeon, whom she begins to date.  Which man will she choose?  Will she go on being single?  You will have to read the book to find out!

 

Leisel Bachmann left her Amish roots and beloved sisters to pursue a career in medicine without a second thought. She has an Englisch boyfriend, Nick Jordan, and dreams of a new life–but those dreams come crashing down when her sister Marie is diagnosed with cancer.

Soon nothing is going as she planned–not her state boards, not her first nursing job, and certainly not her relationship with Nick. As she becomes increasingly discouraged, her aunt shares the story of Leisel’s grandfather during World War II and the struggle he faced between returning to Lancaster or being with the woman he loved.

Peace and a vision for the future are difficult to find, and when Nick leaves Pennsylvania for a completely new life, Leisel is faced with impossible choices. Will she stay in Lancaster, close to her family and the traditions of her past? Or learn from her grandfather’s story and embrace a life of love and service in an uncertain future?

 

L Gould

 

Leslie Gould is an award-winning author. Leslie received her master of fine arts in creative writing from Portland State University in 2009 and has taught fiction as an adjunct professor at Multnomah University. She also teaches workshops at public and private schools and at writers’ conferences.

 

A varied work history, from curating a historical museum to editing a bridal magazine, preceded her fiction-writing career. She is also an Army Reserve wife who has supported her husband, Peter, through many years of service, including a deployment to Afghanistan as the commander of a field hospital. Leslie and her husband live in Oregon with their four children.

 

A Faithful Gathering became available for sale February 5, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary ebook from NetGalley for this review.

 

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YOURS TRULY, THOMAS

15 07 2019

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This was a truly enjoyable book.  It didn’t take me long to get into it – and then I couldn’t put it down.  You get caught up in the lives of Penny and Thomas.  They both have pasts that they are running from and are in need of facing and dealing with them.  Then Thomas’ life takes a turn for the worse after he buys the Old Dawson place.  A neighbor will stoop to nothing to get rid of him.  Of course, it comes to a climax at the end.  The sweet part of this whole book is Penny loves to read letters.  That is what she did before she came to Azure Springs.  So, the question remains, will they get together?  If it is up to the boarding house owner, Margaret, the answer is yes.  But you will need to read the book to find that out!

 

For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people’s mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more–a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.
Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn’t expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply.
When Penny’s undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring–perhaps too much–for the one who wrote it.

 

Rachel Fordham

Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children’s bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.
Learn more about current projects at rachelfordham.com.

 

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





DELIVERED: EXPERIENCING GOD’S POWER IN YOUR PAIN

12 07 2019

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I absolutely loved this book!  I don’t think I have read anything that has impacted me as much as this has.  Beth Moore has done an awesome job with this.  We all find ourselves in pits at one time or another in our lives.  We get in by someone else putting us in, slipping in, or jumping in.  I see different times in my life where I have been in each of these pits multiple times.  Beth also shows you how to get out of those pits and also how to help others get out.  The big thing that stuck out to me was that when you get out, stay out!  Don’t let anyone put you back in that same pit.  Don’t slide back in.  I think that is the most dangerous spot to be in…right after you get out.  If I could have rated this higher than a 5-star, I would have.  This is a definite must read for everyone!

 

Based on her bestselling book, Get Out of That Pit, Beth Moore delivers a stirring message of sheer hope, utter deliverance, and glorious freedom of God.

 

God is in the deliverance business.  He longs for you to be free, to know the love and presence that are better than life—and the power of His Word that defies all darkness.  In Delivered, Beth Moore shares her own journey out of the pit and the way the poetic expressions of Psalm 40 rewarded her with a new song for her soul—given by her Savior and offered to you here in this soul-stirring book.  You also can be free from the worst life has to offer and learn to take Christ’s mighty arm when he reaches into the depths, and says in a way you can finally hear, Need a hand?

 

Beth-Moore

 

Beth Moore has written many best-selling books and is a dynamic teacher and a prolific Bible-study author whose public speaking engagements take her across the United States to challenge tens of thousands. Beth is focused on teaching women all over the world and is known and respected wherever she goes. She is a dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters and lives in Houston, Texas, where she leads Living Proof Ministries and teaches an adult Sunday school class at her church.

 

Delivered became available for sale March 26, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins for this review.

 

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ELOHIM CHAYIM

12 07 2019

Elohim Chayim

ELOHIM CHAYIM

 

THE LIVING GOD

 

This is how you will know that the living God (Elohim Chayim) is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. Joshua 3:10
Elohim – God, our Creator
Chayim – Life
So, Elohim Chayim, is the Living God.
It is so good to know that our God is living! There are so many so-called gods out there that are not living. Jesus, the Son, rose from the dead. He is living – not dead anymore! Hallelujah! We serve a God who is living and wants to be part of our lives. Jesus died so we could live with Him in heaven.
Elohim Chayim, You are the living God. I lift up Your name in praise and exaltation, for You are deserving of my highest adoration. In You is life. All that is living finds it’s existence from You. Without You, we have no life. Every animal, cell, flower, human being – every living thing receives it’s life from Your own. Awesome and great Elohim Chayim, I praise Your powerful, life-giving name.




WHAT IS YOUR PIT?

6 07 2019

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I can hear you. What has this picture have anything to do with Christianity? Well, I am reading a book which talks about pits and thought I would share what I am learning. To be very honest, I see myself on every page.

There are three pits which we inevitably will find us in. The first is a pit because someone else put you there. What do you mean? Well, let’s see. Some examples are abused as a child. Domestic abuse is another one. Parents divorce put children in pits. I think you get the idea.

The second one is one you slipped in without foreplanning. It just happened. Examples? You are friends with a co-worker. You’re both married and you never planned on sleeping together, but it happened. Passion over-ruled your knowing.

The third is you jumped in with eyes wide open. You knew what was right but you did it anyhow. This is the one that spoke loudly to me. My example is my own story. I was engaged. I went to a revival and knew we were unequally yoked. I called off the marriage, but he talked me into it. I knew it was wrong, but I went ahead and did it. Even when getting ready to go down the aisle, the Lord gave me one last warning. My sister said I could still walk out the back door. I should have, but didn’t.

I paid for that pit for 17 years. He then put me in the pit of the first one – domestic abuse. I have worked years to get out of both pits. I am happy to say I have dug myself out. But how did I do it? Only with God’s help. There was no other way to do it.

So it makes me think of Joseph. His own brothers put him in the pit. But in the end he told them it was so he would be in Egypt to save many people from the famine.

My encouragement for you today is to dig yourself out of the pit. Let God heal you and bring you out. Ask Him what pit you are in and He will begin the healing process you are in. Is it easy? No. But is it worth it? You bet! And let me tell you – one of the best ways to get out of the pit is forgiveness. Forgive others who have caused you to be in the pit and forgive yourself. Don’t make your home in it.