Yes, Dear, There Really is a Devil Chris Rader & Johnnie Coley

Yes, Dear, There Really is a Devil
By Chris Rader & Johnnie Coley
This is the first book have ever seen for very young children about the devil. I applaud the authors! There are books about angels, Jesus, Heaven and God, and rightfully so. But Satan is a real and our enemy; therefore our little ones should know about him according scripture. If we as Christian parents so not teach this, they will have the world’s view of him; red suit, horns, and rather silly. It would be easy for him to become a cartoon or mythical character to them.
There are several things to like about this book. First and foremost for me is the fact that they introduce just enough information for small hearts and minds to grasp. I definitely was happy to see scripture included! This was not in the King James Version though and that is my personal preference. It is written in rhyme which always helps children comprehend. The explosively bright colors and realistic characters will spark interest. I also feel that some of the realism may be too frightening for youngsters. We want to warn them not scare them about Satan’s wiles. Also one page insinuated that one might lose their salvation. It reads, “There’s so much to do, so many choices to make, better make it good because your soul is at stake.” This may not have been the intent of the author’s but that was my understanding of it.
Over all the book is very good, but due to the last two things I mentioned I would not be comfortable reading it to a little child.
I received this book free from Hopkins Publishing as part of the BookCrash program, in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

Beyond the Silence By Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Lillian Porter was not your typical wealthy young woman. Being orphaned as an infant and raised by her affluent, doting grandparents, she had lived a very sheltered and privileged life. After the death of his wife, her grandfather had become a bitter, angry man who did not want her out of his sight or even to leave the house. Lillian longed to serve and help others. Against her grandfather’s wishes she accepts a job from an ad to be a nanny to a young boy that did not speak. Determined to go where she believed God was leading, she took the job even though her grandfather disowned her.
She travels to an olive farm in California to work for Woody, caring for his son Jimmy. This was a drastic change for her; from the big city of Indianapolis and servants at her beck and call, to a rural olive farm in Angels Camp, California! Ms. Porter was totally undeterred and excited about this new chapter in her life. Upon arrival she finds her new employer has been accused of the murder of his wife and is ostracized by the entire town!
Her fears are put aside once she meets Woody, his longtime house keeper Mrs. Goodman and of course little Jimmy. She learns his silence began after his mother died. Jimmy has his reasons and no would be able to guess why! Her positive effects on the household and Jimmy are immediate. Though he continues not to speak. She quickly becomes a part of the family. Her love grows by leaps and bounds for Jimmy, Mrs. Goodman and Woody. Little do they know the dangers they facing or the problems ahead. The book is full of surprises!
I love Lillian’s courage and spunk. She has such character and fortitude! I liked how the authors made God the center the individuals lives and collectively as a household. They were a reminder that even the strongest faith can be questioned or doubted in extremely difficult times; real trust in God always shines through! This book is beautifully written, a real page turner!!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

Amish Sweethearts By Leslie Gould

Childhood best friends, that was the way it was supposed to stay as they grew older, but the heart doesn’t listen to reason where love is involved. Zane and Lila lifelong friendship turned into a deep love and respect. When her mother died he was the one that helped her through it. She knew all his deepest secrets and dreams. How could they not draw so devoted?
Their families have always been close and supportive of one another too, despite the fact that Lila’s family is devout Amish and Zane’s are not. Lila is torn. She could never leave her faith and her father and siblings depend on since her mother is gone. Yet she knows there is no way she can marry the Amish boy her father has decided is the one for her.
Zane decides to share his true feelings and the possibility of them being married. The attempt blows up in his face when Lila tells him to leave and not come back! In a burst of youthful foolishness he joins the Army! He is sent to Afghanistan and she fears he may not come back alive and it would be her fault.
I loved the depth to all the characters and how the author expressed their myriad of thoughts and feelings. There was so much going on in their lives and minds! Lila’s had such a heavy burden of responsibilities and dealing with her family member’s personalities and issues. Ms. Gould made Zane’s experiences and emotions come to life in the book. I found myself wanting it to work for them, but wondering is it possible? A very different love story!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.