Long Time Gone (The Cimarron Legacy #2) by Mary Connealy (review)

longtimegone_connealy_bethanyI admit I worry about second in series books.  I keep hearing that they are often disappointing, failing to live up to the first.  But I’m finding that with Mary Connealy, this is not the case.  Her follow up to No Way Up has made me rethink my “I’m not really into Westerns” stance. Continue reading

Talking With God by Adam Weber (review)

talkingwithgod_weber_waterbrookReading Adam Weber’s Talking With God is like spending an evening with a new friend who shares his thoughts, insights, and stories freely, leaving you feeling uplifted and inspired.  If prayer is something that you struggle to understand or feel awkward doing (and let’s be real, so many of us do) or find yourself doing by rote, then this book will give you some great food for thought and maybe even some inspiration to spur your prayer life. Continue reading

A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison (review)

aharvestofthorns_addison_thomasnelsonA Harvest of Thorns weaves together storylines of a corporate attorney and a disgraced journalist, both with turbulent pasts and uncertain futures, until a lethal factory fire in Bangladesh brings issues of unsafe conditions, forced and slave labor, and endemic corruption to light.  The subject is compelling and the story serves it well, bringing the corporate and factory environments to life, and exposing the reader to the heart-rending poverty and truth behind much of the retail fashion industry. Continue reading

An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray (review)

anuncommonprotector_gray_zondervanWhat an outstanding follow-up to the first Lone Star Hero’s Love Story, The Loyal Heart.  When the first Lone Star Hero called on his band of brothers for assistance, one of them was unable to answer the call.  This is his story, and we quickly learn why Thomas Baker was unavailable – he was in jail.

He needed to get out of jail like he needed to breathe.  Though he had few choices about what to do with his life next, most of them were a far sight worse than helping a woman in need for one full year. (p.43)

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Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie (picture book review)

thunderboyjr_alexie_hachetteI am named after my dad…People call him BIG THUNDER.  That nickname is a storm filling up the sky.

People call me LITTLE THUNDER.  That nickname makes me sound like a burp or a fart. (pp. 6-8)

When an author of some repute suddenly (well, suddenly to the reader) comes out with a children’s picture book, I count myself among the skeptics.  But I trundled myself down to a Powell’s branch store to buy a brand new, full price picture book last May when Sherman Alexie was making an author appearance.   Continue reading

The Dog Who Was There by Ron Marasco (review)

9780718083922_4The Dog Who Was There
is the story of a dog and his experiences of first century Judea and as a witness to the final days of Jesus.  After finishing this book earlier this week, I posted a review and then quickly took it back down.  The review focused on the book’s shortcomings, and as soon as it was posted it occurred to me that I hadn’t addressed the primary issue – my approach to the book.

My mistake was that I had approached this as a book written for adults, to be read by adults.  Upon reflection, I realized that this is a family book. Continue reading