This Christian, nonfiction book is very real and tells some raw stories about really rough – even awful – things that happened to women. You might question, “Why should I read about that?” Maybe because each woman made it through, lived to tell her story, and is now an encouragement to others.
Each chapter of Brave is the New Beautiful is titled with a verb. Here are some examples: “Shifting, Separating, Choosing, Breathing, Telling, Rising, etc” Not all will speak to you when you read the book. In fact, I think you could pick it up and read them out of order. For me, I read straight through because of doing this review, but it was really the middle section that caught my attention. I was detached from the stories at the beginning and the end, but everyone goes through different seasons and experiences and you might be more interested in one of those chapters.
Set in New Orleans in the 1700s, The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green is definitely a gripping, historical fiction. It’s very well written and obvious that she did a lot of research. This is not a sugar-coated, everything-turns-out-amazingly-ok kind of book. It is gritty and sad with lots of drama and bad things happening; I guess you could say that it is truer to what life would have been like – a rough life in a new, rough country.
The characters are well-written and complex. The story is full of changes – some expected and others unexpected. There are references to the Bible and religion, but not a lot and they are well-woven into the story.
It has been a while since I read the previous book of the Stone Braide Chronicles and I was a bit rusty on who was who and what had happened. Once I got past that (and the first couple chapters) and just settled in to enjoy Storm: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles #3) – I did.
Notice: You should start at the beginning of this series with the free prequel – Tremors (#.5). Then read the first of the series – Thunder (#1). Next there is another short ebook you can get for free – Aftershock (#1.5). After all that…read Lightning (#2). She released another free ebook after Lightning – Surge (#2.5) and then is Storm (#3).
For those of you that aren’t familiar with this series it is dystopian and categorized YA. I have enjoyed each of the books even though I don’t usually look for YA books. If you don’t know what dystopian is I explained it with my review of the first book of this series.
I agreed to review Pray A to Z – A Practical Guide to Pray for your Community because I believe that prayer can change the world. I’ve been working on praying more for the people around me and my community so the idea of being more specific sounds good to me.
I hesitated before agreeing to review it because I wasn’t sure what Bible they used. Turns out they use several versions and for that reason I’m not comfortable recommending this book.
Such a mix up of misunderstandings in Wild Montana Skies, the first in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. [The pre-quel is free on Amazon, but I haven’t read it…yet.] There are many different levels in the main story between Kacey and Ben as they deal with careers, family, spiritual issues, their relationship, the community, and search and rescue missions. Then there are subplots and hints of more subplots with the supporting characters.
Kacey, the heroine, has hit a pivotal point in her military career and that leads to a change in relationships with God, her parents, daughter, and ex-boyfriend. Through the story she deals with physical, mental, and emotional changes in a great way and comes out stronger at the end. There are scars and hurts, but she’ll figure it out with the Lord’s help.