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A Place Called Blessing Where Hurting Ends and Love BeginsBy John Trent with Annette Smith

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Five-year-old Josh and his two older brothers lose their parents in a drunk-driving accident. A series of foster homes and a shocking tragedy eventually separate them, leaving Josh alone, angry, and distrustful of most everyone. At age eighteen, Josh strikes out on his own to find work. With only a high school education and few life skills, he is one step away from homelessness when Providence brings him to a place where he finds much more than physical shelter. For the first time in his life, Josh receives unconditional love and something every human being craves, the gift of "the blessing."
The book includes an introduction and reader’s guide designed to identify and discuss the five elements of the biblical blessing that every person needs. Through the power of Josh's story, readers are shown how to give this gift to their children and others as outlined in the more than one million copy bestseller, The Blessing.

My Comments
I received this wonderful book from the Publisher, Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.
What I can say is that I like this book. It was heart rending reading about Josh and the condition which he grew up with. It's no wonder that Josh does not trust people easily and preferred to keep to himself. After all, a person can only takes so much heart break  .
I love the way, how the author brings Josh back and how he linked Josh's past to his present. It was rather shameful how his brothers had behave towards him although at that time they were still kids. But the one could also argue that his brothers are older than him. Who didn't the make the first move? Why should Anne be the one who made the effort?
It makes me sad to what happen to Anne and her family at the end. I wish the scenario would not be like that but am not the author.
Overall, I give it 4 stars out of 5. It's a good read but there are still room for improvement.

Brush of Angel's Wings By Ruth Reid

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Rachel and Jordan's feelings for each other are hostile at first, but angelic intervention helps the two discover peace . . . and perhaps love.
The youngest and last unmarried of four sisters, Rachel Hartlzer spends most of her time helping with barn chores. Her role abruptly changes when her father hires Jordan Engles, the son he always wanted.
As Jordan takes on brotherly roles around the house, like escorting Rachel to the youth singing, the enmity between the two grows. Besides, Jordan has one foot in the Englisch world and is determined not to get involved with an Amish girl.
Neither realizes that God has sent an angel, Nathaniel, to help mend their hearts. The angel’s intervention helps them find peace and healing in accepting God's will for their lives.

My Comments
I have read several Amish fiction and usually I love them.  However, I regret to say that this book some how disappoints me.
For me the characters seems a bit stiltled. Both Racherl and Jordan just doesn't seems to "connect". Rachel is deemed to be impulsive and some what rebellious but when I read the book, her characters seems so boring.
Jordan is from the outside world but it seems quite illogical that he can assimilate his life in the community so fast and his problem just does not sound convincing enough.
The redeeming point of the book is the "battle" between the angel Nathaniel and demon Tangus.
The plot is also slow for me. I had a hard time finishing this book.
However, as I have always said, read the book for yourself before you judge as each person taste in books is different. What I like, you may not like and vice versa.

For me it rated 2 stars out of 5.
Disclaimer : I have received this book from in exchange of an honest review.

Winner of "As One Devil to Another By Richard Platt"

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As One Devil to Another By Richard Platt

Synopsis at Tyndale Media Center

As One Devil to Another is an astonishing debut work that C. S. Lewis’s biographer and foremost Lewis authority Walter Hooper calls “a stunning achievement, the finest example of the genre of diabolical correspondence to appear since this genre was popularized by C. S. Lewis.” Enter into this chilling and diabolical tale, one that reveals the very tricks and strategies of Hell. Through a series of letters between devils created by Platt, senior devil Slashreap trains his young protégé, Scardagger, to win an individual soul away from Heaven and into their clutches. As the devils plot their way to triumph, they reveal the spiritual dangers and risks we face in today’s society. Their frighteningly accurate perspective on issues such as contemporary technology and sexual mores is interwoven with timeless matters such as the power of prayer, the purpose of suffering, and the promises held out by Heaven . . . and Hell. Destined to become a modern classic, As One Devil to Another is a brilliantly written, deeply unsettling perspective on twenty-first-century society . . . a glimpse of ourselves through the eyes of those who have embraced their underworldly existence.

Here is a little about the author - source Tyndale Media Center

Richard Platt has been in love with words and the music of language all his life, but he did not begin writing until his early forties. He is a contributor to the literary quarterly Slightly Foxed and was a finalist for a 2012 San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Fellowship for his one-man play, Ripples From Walden Pond: An Evening with Henry David ThoreauAs One Devil to Another, his first novel, is dedicated in grateful homage to C. S. Lewis. Richard and his wife, Susan, live in California.

My Comments :

'As One Devil to Another' is a rather peculiar book, I must say. It's nothing like the books that I have read before. It's very unique, and quite a revelation in itself. When I first flipped through the book, I feel awkward reading correspondences between devils. I feel rather uncomfortable reading the book at first. It's rather...queer and diabolical, but I got used to it and I have to say that I kinda enjoy the originality of it's storyline. This book makes me think, and I'm sure that you could relate to what the devils is doing in order to corrupt the world in this story.

This story is not for everyone, I suppose as it brings you into a strange, underworld perspective and you got to keep your mind open when you read this book and take it as it is.

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. Highly recommends it for thinkers and scholars alike.

Want a copy of this book? Leave a comment and random commenter will be chosen to win a giveaway of this book. This giveaway ends midnight 30th April 2012.

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher Tyndale House . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The 13th Tribe By Robert Liparulo

Book Description

Their story didn’t start this year . . . or even this millennium.
It began when Moses was on Mt. Sinai. Tired of waiting on the One True God, the twelve tribes of Israel began worshipping a golden calf through pagan revelry. Many received immediate death for their idolatry, but 40 were handed a far worse punishment—endless life on earth with no chance to see the face of God.
This group of immortals became the 13th Tribe, and they’ve been trying to earn their way into heaven ever since—by killing sinners. Though their logic is twisted, their brilliance is undeniable. Their wrath is unstoppable. And the technology they possess is beyond anything mere humans have ever seen.
Jagger Baird knows nothing about the Tribe when he’s hired as head of security for an archaeological dig on Mt. Sinai. The former Army Ranger is still reeling from an accident that claimed the life of his best friend, his arm, and his faith in God.
The Tribe is poised to execute their most ambitious attack ever and the lives of millions hang in the balance. When Jagger’s wife and son are caught in the crossfire, he’ll stop at nothing to save them. But how can one man stand against an entire tribe of immortals?

My Comments :

When I read through the first few chapters, I was going to give this book 1 or 2 stars only.

It was because the first few chapters were very confusing to me.  Too many characters were introduced. For example Jagger who works as Security which has a prosthetic arms. In the beginning, I had the impression that he was something like Robocop but something just does not ring true/logic. How many would hire people with prosthetic to be the Head of Security?

This and  add on with various member of the Tribe and introduction of their higher technology- invisible cloak and what not made me lot track of the story. I was not sure how to view the story - futuristic? Sci-fic? Moreover, their unique names of the Tribe members like Creed, Phin, Elias and the most confusing was Arella who happens to be neaveh; who happens to be the word "heaven" spelled backwards; made my head spin.

In the beginning, it was not specified how many are they in the Tribe and their ages. Thus, I was quite surprised when there was kids in the Tribe too. Ageless.

Another thing was the mysterious plan "Agag" by the Tribe. The plan seems rather complicated to me and at parts quite technical which I have difficulties in following.  

I was getting tired reading this but half way through the book, the story starts to grow interesting as the pace picks up. Am glad I was able to go through the book.

I love the unexpected twist in the end of the story. I liked this book well enough but I think this is one of those books that I would read once only.

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Blue Moon Promise By Colleen Coble

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“Tell me, Miss Marsh, are you a Christian?”
“Why, yes sir, I am.”
“I thought as much. God has led me here for a purpose…
I have a proposition for you.”
Lucy Marsh’s worldly resources are running out, but she’s fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father’s recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Wichita Falls, Texas, where the man she came to marry seems surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to provide for.
Nate Stanton always hoped he’d marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh—a city girl—on his doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate realizes he’d give anything to protect Lucy and the children he’s grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.
Blue Moon Promise is a story of hope, romance and suspense…immersing the reader in a rich historical tale set under Texas stars.

My Comments :-

Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Colbie is amazing, and I have to say that I admire the heroine's determination to keep her family together and do things that she thinks is right.

A wonderful book to read if you happen to feel that the world is against you. The main theme of this story is love, faith, hope and courage and we are constantly reminded to persevere and not give up in this story. I just love the heroine's character. The things that she did was truly admirable, and of course, if you're a fan of sweet, subtle romance, this book will tickle you fancy too. There's some romance and a little bit of courtship in this book.Highly recommended to people who enjoy an inspirational read. I rate this book 4 out of 5.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publish in exchange of fair and honest review. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review.

Heart of Ice by Lis Wiehl

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The Triple Threat Club novels follow three fiercely intelligent women—a TV reporter, a Federal prosecutor and an FBI agent—as they investigate crimes as current as today’s headlines.
The Triple Threat women have faced intense situations before…but never such a cunningly cold-blooded murderer.
Elizabeth Avery is a stunningly beautiful woman. But her perfectly managed exterior hides the ice cold heart of a killer. She ingeniously manipulates everyone who crosses her path to do exactly as she wishes--from crime reporter Cassidy Shaw, who thinks Elizabeth is her new best friend, to a shy young man Elizabeth persuades to kill for her.
As Elizabeth leaves a trail of bodies in her wake, Federal prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI agent Nicole Hedges must piece together clues from seemingly unrelated crimes. Can they stop her before she reaches her unthinkable, ultimate end-game?
My Comments :
I find that this book is amazing to read. Fast pace and a page turner.
The character I love the most is Elizabeth Avery. She is just so deliciously "evil". Reminds me of someone that I know but too bad that particular friend doesn't have Elizabeth's skill in manipulation and ruthless. Am rather surprised that this is classified as a Christian book. 
Initially when I read the synopsis, I thought this book would be just like any other thriller but it is not so. Apart from the suspense, the author also incorporated the "personal" sides of the three main characters. It makes them more real and believable to read.
Nevertheless, I think some maybe put off in the beginning as each chapter introduces new person and their life. To me that might be the biggest huddle coz by the time the author go back to the story, readers may have got mixed up what happen to who and who is who.
Anyway, I did enjoyed reading this. Hope to get my hands on more books by this author
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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