Under A Cloudless Sky

8 01 2018

under a cloudless sky

A charming and engrossing novel for fans of Southern fiction and the recent hit memoir Hillbilly Elegy about a lush and storied coal-mining town—and the good people who live there—in danger of being destroyed for the sake of profit.

1933. In the mining town of Beulah Mountain, West Virginia, two young girls form an unbreakable bond against the lush Appalachian landscape, coal dust and old hymns filling their lungs and hearts.

2004. Hollis Beasley is taking his last stand. Neighbors up and down the hollow have sold their land to Coleman Coal and Energy, but Hollis is determined to hold on to his family legacy on Beulah Mountain.

What surprises them all is how their stories will intersect with a feisty octogenarian living hundreds of miles away. When Ruby Handley Freeman’s grown children threaten her independence, she takes a stand of her own and disappears, propelling her on a journey to face a decades-old secret that will change everything for her and those she meets.

I really enjoyed this book.  At first it was hard going back and forth from 1933 and 2004.  You had to pay attention to what time period you were in.  The story of Ruby and Bean was very special and it was quite interesting at how Chris Fabry brought the two time periods together.


Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality.  Chris’s novels, which include Dogwood, June Bug, Almost Heaven, and The Promise of Jesse Woods, have won three Christy Awards, an ECPA Christian Book Award, and a 2017 Award of Merit from Christianity Today. His eightieth published book, Under a Cloudless Sky, is a novel set in the coalfields of his home state of West Virginia.  Visit his website at www.chrisfabry.com.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.

Tora Fright Patches Things Up

20 11 2017

Tora cover

Tora Fright Patches Things Up is part of the Prayer Monsters Books by Tracey Madder.  The other books in this series is Pi Fright Skates Into Trouble and R.J. Fright Kicks Away Her Fears. 

In this book, Tora’s prize-winning ceramic armadillo has been broken by her baby brother!  How can she forgive him?  Tora learns how to forgive through the forgiveness of God.

I found this a very interesting book that brings the idea of forgiveness down to the child’s level.  It is a very practical story that the children will be able to identify with.  Tracey Madder writes in such a way that the children will enjoy and understand.

Tora author

Tracey Madder is an author of children’s books, which she began in 2014.  She is the author/creator of The Story Travelers Bible and the Prayer Monsters Brand. 

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.


5 06 2016


There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t been wronged at some point in their life. Whether the wrong is the result of a minor offence or a major trauma, we all have a choice to make. We can either let the wrong that was perpetrated against us cause us to sit down and wallow in pity, or we can choose to get up, dust ourselves off, forgive, and keep going.

Forgiveness is a choice, and it’s never to late to make the right choice.

You cannot expect any significant growth in your life until you release yourself from the effects of the wrong that was committed against you. Give it all to God: the anger, the resentment, the hurt, the shame, the guilt—and whatever else it is that has kept you an emotional prisoner of the past.

I realize it’s not easy to forgive when you’ve been treated badly or abused in some way, but forgiveness is the very key to your freedom. It is a powerful tool that God has provided for us so that we can remain free from our past and in right standing with Him.


25 05 2015



This is one verse I lean on quite often. Even though we have

asked Jesus to forgive us, we still have our human nature

(flesh) to contend with. We still get tempted. We still,

unfortunately, give in to that temptation. We still do wrong

things. What is so nice about this verse is that God still

forgives us. This was written to believers. Like them, we still

miss the mark. But God is always there ready to forgive. How

do we know we’ve done wrong? If you feel ‘dry’ on the inside,

that’s a pretty good clue you’ve done something wrong.

That’s when it’s time to do inventory and see where you

missed. If you can’t find it, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to

you, and He will. But, this does not give you a license to sin.

No, it doesn’t go that way. If you habitually do something,

that’s another story. This is just doing something wrong…a

sin. So, let me encourage you to ask forgiveness. He is

waiting for you.