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Though The Bud Be Bruised

Though The Bud Be Bruised by Jo Wanmer is the true story of a family's grief and anguish while dealing with the sexual abuse of their daughter. The book is heartfelt and well written, and a book that is difficult to put down. The story draws you in and makes you want to continue reading it. Although written about a difficult subject matter, this book is very interesting, inspirational, and does have a happy ending. It deals with the difficult issue of how churches tend to sweep things like this under the rug rather than bringing them to light - and how dangerous that can be. Churches everywhere should take heed to the lessons from this book in how to deal with sexual abuse within the church. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book from BookCrash in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Dreams And Visions

I believe that Dreams And Visions by Tom Doyle is an important book for our time. The world has been extremely divided (Christians vs. Muslims) since September 11th. I believe that this book is an excellent way to show us what is currently going on in the Muslim world and a great guide for Christians to reach out to Muslims and share our faith. This is one of those books you won't want to put down - I read it in two days. The stories related are thrilling, and proof of God's power even in a place where conversion means an almost certain death. I was touched and moved by reading all of these stories, and in awe of God's working through dreams and visions to show Himself to the Muslim people. It also gives practical help and ideas for how to witness to Muslims here in America. I found this section very helpful and critical in knowing how to properly share Christ in these situations. I highly recommend this book. It will open your eyes and change your heart! I received a …

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The Fourth Fisherman

The Fourth Fisherman by Joe Kissack is really two stories intertwined. The first story is Joe's story, a man who "has it all" in a material sense, but is lacking in the spiritual sense, and having marital problems. The second story is of three Mexican fishermen who were lost at sea. I did enjoy both of the stories portrayed, however the intertwining of them was a bit awkward at times in the book and I felt like not quite enough information was given about the fishermen and a little too much information about Joe. However, this book was a good, interesting read and I did enjoy it a lot. It was inspiring to read Joe's journey to faith and overall, this is definitely a book worth reading. I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The River

The River is Michael Neale's debut novel, and it didn't disappoint. I was skeptical at first about reading this book because I have literally no interest in whitewater rafting, camping, or farming, which are the main themes this book seemed to center on in the description. However, the moment I opened the package when I received this book, I knew this was going to be a special one I would enjoy. The book itself is a work of art. The cover is beautifully textured and made to look like an old fashioned journal. The pages have rough, uneven edges which add to the effect. As I opened the book and read the prologue and first chapter, it was confirmed - I was instantly hooked. This book details Gabriel Clarke's childhood and young adulthood and his growth from a traumatized boy to a freed man. I enjoyed the allegorical storyline of "The River" and the oft-repeated line "you were made for The River". Once I started this book, I could not put it down. I read i…