10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs By Zondervan Gift Books

The book of Proverbs is one of my favorite books of the Bible. This 46 day devotional book (Yeah! Longer than just a month like most), focuses on its beautiful wisdom and helps you be in the Word daily. Even before reading it I found the book very impressive. It is a quality hardback with sturdy page and an attractive cover. I can easily carry it with me in my purse to read while waiting at different appointments.
Now the O.C.D. part of me would want to read the book strictly in order, but the table of contents allows me to pick topic at and glance and also lists the scripture and verse. I like that. Although each daily devotional is one only and half pages they are outstanding! You
will want to read them more than once as there is a great deal of thought and study there. There prayers that follow do a great job of summarizing what the reader would want to apply from what they have learned. The questions at the end of the devotional personalize the relating the scripture to experiences and self-examination. The cross references to other Bible verses were a big plus to me. This helped turn each day into more of a study than just a devotional to skim through. A powerful little book!
I received this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.


A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

Wooo whoo! Another bookshelf keeper! Tressa was filled with excitement and expectation at her father’s summons for her and her mother to come home. He had never done it before! Upon arrival she finds it was the butler who sent the message and her father is dead. She is of course heartbroken. She had never given up hope to have a relationship with her cold and distant father. Her mother is delighted because now she can spend his vast fortune he controlled. A monkey wrench is thrown into her greedy plans because it is rumored he has hidden the wealth but no one knows where! He had promised to tell Tressa before he died! So she and her mother sit in their magnificent castle home with an unpaid staff of 65 and “shillingness”.
As you know when it rains it pours with life’s problems. Merchants are demanding unpaid bills, treasure hunters and greedy relatives descend upon the castle hoping to get part of the hidden treasure. On top of that she is met by a shadowy man that claims was hired for her father to care for the vineyards. A job he never delegated to anyone!
I found this book to have many “treasures” of the best kind. First was the spiritual analogy of the vineyard and John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
Even though this was a fiction book, it drew the reader to the importance of Christ and their relationship with Him. The author did it so naturally! It made the story even more beautiful. Instead of just reading and enjoying it I also derived spiritual insights and thoughts. The quotes from the notebook of a viticulturist before each chapter were though provoking, making me want to them more than once.
I loved the mystery, suspense and excitement! I was guessing from moment to the next about what was going to happen. Even when I jumped to conclusions I was usually wrong! Tressa’s sweet spirit and living as a Christian in such dire situations was refreshing. Her focus was on the needs of others despite her problems. I must say her mother was a bit annoying with her shallowness and “llama llama mama drama.” The author’s detailed descriptiveness of characters, emotions and setting made it like a movie was playing in my head!
An incredible book! I will definitely want to read every book Ms. Politano writes!
I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

Still Surviving Henry: The Untold Stories! By Erin Young

I was hooked from the first time I read Surviving Henry so when I saw another book about this lovable canine disaster, I couldn’t’ wait to read it! I found it as hilarious as the first one!
There is no doubt that Henry has not slowed down in his antics and challenging his family to keep on their toes. I love humor and we all need lots of it with the way the world is today. There are few books that can make me laugh out loud and Ms. Young’s is one of those.
Some reading the book might think, “Oh my! Why don’t’ they just get rid of him?” Not me! I totally get the Young’s and devotion to Henry. Our family has had a few fur babies like this though not as extreme. It goes past them being a pet. They are very much loved, four legged family members.
This book went deeper, past the laughter, and into the heart of the author and thousands of other animal lovers. There is a deep compassion and sensitivity toward our pets, God’s creatures, with which He has entrusted us.
I saw myself in Ms. Young. No matter how difficult, inconvenient, or expensive, our canine family member is worth is all. I related to her desire to help other animals in need and asking myself why I got involved after it turned into a big fiasco. Because once I began that journey I couldn’t just turn away. I had to see it through until the precious little life was in safe and loving hands.
I loved her heartfelt lessons God was teaching her through Henry. I know I have learned many from my canine companions. Her message at the end of the book to treasure every moment with these special gifts from God truly touched me. I have thought of it often. No matter how much trouble they cause, it cannot be compared with the joy, laughter, companionship and love they bring us.
Another incredible book by Ms. Young. I could give it 6 stars if I could. Thank you Erin!
Be sure to go to http://survivinghenry.com/ to see videos of Henry in action and learn more about his amazing family.

Climbing Prayer Mountain By Tim Spykstra

Prayer is our greatest privilege and source of power from God yet the most neglected. Any book that can help me strengthen my prayer life is of great interest to me. I found this book to be exactly that.
I liked how Mr. Spykstra compared prayer to exercise for the spirit. Praying should be easy but many times it is not. We struggle with fear, doubts, distractions both mental and physical, and simply giving quality time to talking with the Father.
The author’s use of spiritual greats of the Bible and their examples of prayer was unusual and helped me study the subject from a different perspective. The book is divided into 4 sections: Moses, Elijah, Jesus and Peter and John. Ten days is spent on each one, looking at their challenges and victories in prayer.
I found each one very thought provoking and a springboard for more study. I appreciated the many scriptural references included each day. At the beginning of the daily devotional is a motivating thought on prayer. Every day is a section called: Ponder Meditate and Pray. All 4 sections are followed by questions for extended study for each day.
I was impressed that the book had a full week of devotionals – 7 days – instead of the usual 5 as in most. Personally I don’t want to “take the weekend off” from daily time with the Lord.
An exceptional book you will want to read and add to your collection!
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A Defense of Honor By Kristi Ann Hunter

This is my first book of Ms. Hunter’s to read and it has left me wanting to read all of them. I cannot even begin to express how much I liked this book and how well written it is.
In the early 1800’s in England, a young aristocratic woman that found herself expecting out of wedlock had no hope. The standard protocol for the family was to disown her or send her away. Shame and ruin of the family name in society outweighed a daughter’s needs or that of the innocent child. Fathers of these precious babes were far and few between who would step up and take responsibility.
Twelve years earlier Kit left her life of privilege and wealth to embark on the mission to help these unwed mothers and save their children. It was all due to her feeling responsible for her friend, Daphne ending up in the family way. In that time they had grown to a family of 12 children, her, Daphne and another woman named Jess.
Her love and concern for the mothers and children were sincere but she was fueled by her guilt and trying to somehow pay for Daphne’s plight. Her methods of providing for everyone were somewhat underhanded and dark, but she saw it as justifiable with so many lives at stake.
During one of her excursions into London she finds herself being chased and finds retreat hiding behind the plants at an elite ball. Lord Graham Wharton spots her and is captivated by her. Even after she flees he cannot forget her. About this time he is drawn into his friend Oliver’s search for his sister who has disappeared. Unwittingly he finds himself on Kit’s doorstep literally. Secrets unfold, romance blossoms and God begins to work in all their lives.
Not only is this an intriguing novel, but I found it inspirational too. Trust in God was a strong thread that ran throughout the story. I saw how sometimes we think we trust Him and are not. We can get so drawn into “taking care” of ourselves we do not see we have put Him aside. The author also beautifully illustrated how He is taking care of your problems even though the answers have not appeared. I love love, loved this book! I cannot wait to read the next two in the series! You can read the novella that precedes the book, A Search for Refuge for free on Amazon!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.