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House Of Secrets

I just read House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson. I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary Christian novel. I love contemporary Christian fiction, and was excited to read a novel such as this by Tracie Peterson, who is an author I've enjoyed in the past.

The storyline is intriguing, the characters have depth and are very interesting, and the book overall is a very good read. It's a page turner that deals with many sensitive subjects and I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what really happened in that "house of secrets". I look forward to reading more contemporary novels by Tracie Peterson. I hope she continues to branch out from the historical fiction into writing some more contemporary fiction, because this book was very good.

Although the first couple of chapters started slow, it quickly grabbed my attention after that and I was glad I continued reading. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction.

I was provided a copy of this b…

Deliver Me

I've just read Deliver Me: Hope, Help, and Healing through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy by Dianne E. Butts. I have to say this truly was a book near and dear to my heart as I had an unplanned teen pregnancy myself. I could completely relate to many of the stories contained in the book and it reminded me of where I've been and how far I've come with Christ in my life. The stories in Deliver Me are compelling, emotional, and very touching.

I enjoyed reading these true stories and hope that they help Christians have compassion on women with unexpected pregnancies and help them to minister to them. I also hope it encourages Christians to help out with and get involved in their local crisis pregnancy centers, which do a wonderful and important work.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it was one I couldn't put down. I definitely recommend it to everyone.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Living Close To God

I just read Living Close To God When You're Not Good At It by Gene Edwards. This book wasn't quite what I expected. It was fairly basic, with extremely short (2-4 page) chapters. Edwards focuses on how to have a deeper relationship with God through your daily walk with Him. I appreciated his approach on going deeper than just rote Bible reading and prayer, and that was a help.

However, this book was pretty basic and would probably be great for a person who has just accepted Christ and has no idea where to begin. It was a bit too simple for me without as much practical application as I would like. I would recommend this book to a new Christian, however.

It was good, just not quite what I expected.

I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Ascent From Darkness

I just read Ascent From Darkness by Michael Leehan. This book wasn't quite what I was expecting. I thought it would give a brief testimony of his past and focus more on his deliverance and how Christ turned his life around, but it's the complete opposite. Most of this book focuses on his past and the part where he is saved and turns his life around is very brief. 

This book should definitely be read with discernment and prayer as parts are very dark and disturbing. I wasn't expecting it to be quite as graphic and in detail as it was. Some of his stories are almost too incredible to believe, although he says they are all true. 

On the plus side, this does show how Jesus can save "to the uttermost" and no sin is too bad to be saved from.

Three out of five stars on this one. Definitely an interesting, if somewhat disturbing, read.

I was provided a copy of this book by Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Prodigy Project

The Prodigy Project by Doug Flanders was an excellent, fast-paced Christian thriller. It follows Jon Gunderson, his wife, and nine children throughout an edge-of-your-seat adventure in the US and China. I am always excited when a new Christian suspense author comes on the scene, because it is a genre I so love and enjoy, and Doug Flanders definitely fits the bill. The plot twist at the end was the perfect surprise ending.

I only wish he had spent a little more time exploring the DNA retrovirus angle - it seemed like it would be the main plot of the book, but it turned out to be a very small subplot that was barely discussed. Overall, this was an amazing book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I surely hope this is part one of a series, because I'd love to revisit the Gunderson family and find out what happens next! I highly recommend this book. Definitely a new author to watch.

I was provided a copy of this book by BookCrash in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Behind The Veils Of Yemen

I recently read Behind The Veils Of Yemen by Audra Grace Shelby. This is one of those books that you just can't put down - it's that good. The family's story begins when Audra's husband, Kevin, becomes deathly ill while on their trip to be approved by the mission board in order to go to Yemen. It hooked me there and didn't let go till the last page. I was absolutely fascinated with Audra's adventures in Yemen, and truly enjoyed learning more about the Muslim women "behind the veil". 

My only complaint about this book is that I wanted more. When the book ended, I felt like we were left hanging with only half of the story told. I really wanted to know what happened when Audra went back to Yemen after having the baby. I also was a little disappointed that we were told basically nothing about Kevin's missionary work in Yemen, whether anyone was saved, what they did while there in terms of starting churches, etc. I wish we could have seen what fruit the…

Wait No More

I just finished reading Wait No More by Kelly and John Rosati. Overall, this was an excellent book. I was drawn in by the first few pages, wanting to know how the story would play out. 

First, the positives: the story itself was extremely moving, I appreciated her openness and honesty, it was written in an easy to follow narrative, it made me want to learn more about adoption. I enjoyed that she gave quite a bit of detail and background on how each one of their children came to them, and the good times as well as the struggles and how they got through them. This book was a very quick and easy read that was hard to put down.

My only complaint about the book would be the somewhat negative tone Kelly took at times when discussing other foster parents' homes - I understand she was just describing how she felt about it all, but it seemed like a bit of unnecessary negativity. I also felt a bit uncomfortable with the chapter about their first disastrous fostering attempt with Angie - let&#…