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A Distant Melody by S. Sundin {Contest & Book Tour}

Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval–even marry a man she doesn’t love.

Lt. Walter Novak–fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women–takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas. Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives.
As letters fly between Walt’s muddy bomber base in England and Allie’s mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?
A Distant Melody is the first book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.

About the Author-

Sarah Sundin is an on-call hospital pharmacist and holds a BS in chemistry from UCLA and a doctorate in pharmacy from UC San Francisco. Her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England during WWII. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.
For more info please visit her website at www.sarahsundin.com!

My Thoughts…

If you are into historical romantic fiction of all kinds, then I promise you’ll enjoy Sara Sudin’s  first book in her Wings of Glory series called “A Distant Melody”.  Based in the World War II era, Susan does a great job in attention to detail with  all the historical information that was added to make this story what it was.

I found this book very easy to follow and would’ve have read it in only a number of days if time permitted me. The characters in this story are very lovable and believable. I loved the depth of even the supporting characters which isn’t what I see often in many books.

I felt a deep emotional connection with this book because I grew up watching WWII romantic movies on AMC with my mom and sisters. This definitely brought back a flood of memories. I appreciated the mention of God in the story and the fact you weren’t smothered with it throughout the entire book as I’ve seen before.

I found my self on the edge of my seat throughout this book wondering what would happen next. In other words, I really enjoyed it and I quite look forward to reading the second book in the series A Memory Between Us.

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*A jar of homemade strawberry jam
*A Big Band music CD
*A Mini B-17 Model airplane
*Vintage stationery and pen
*British specialty tea
*WWII style playing cards

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*I was given a copy of “A Distant Melody” free of charge in order to do this review for litFUSE.  All opinions stated in this post are honest and my own.

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The Twilight Gospel by Dave Roberts {book review}

I was chosen to be part of the LitFuse Blog Tour for The Twilight Gospel by Dave Roberts

About the book: The blockbuster Twilight Saga is being read by teenager and adult alike. These powerful novels are gaining even more popularity as the movies hit theaters. But what should a Christian response be? And is there a helpful way to approach a teenager or young adult captivated with the books without alienating her?

Dave Roberts read The Twilight Saga and while he appreciated the literary qualities, there werealso parts that troubled him. As he considered the books as a whole and spoke to teenagers who read them, he saw the need for a resource. In The Twilight Gospel Dave brings to bear a Biblical lens showing that while there are important moral and spiritual lessons to be learned, there is also a promotion of a non-Christian worldview. He addresses such topics as the cult of beauty, the appeal of the self-disciplined vampire Edward, life after death, the use of myths and legends, sexuality, personal spiritual power, and the lure of materialism.

Crisply written and with a gracious spirit, The Twilight Gospel will help teens, their parents, and their pastors discern what is good from what is unhealthy in the novels and equip them to be biblically literate readers. Read an excerpt here.

About the author: Dave Roberts is a professional journalist, editor and speaker. For more information please visit his website at www.thinkchristian.co.uk.

My Thoughts…

Having read all the Twilight books, I was interested in reading The Twilight Gospel. I’ve had many people ask me my thoughts on the book and there’s just not one right answer. I praise author Dave Roberts for covering all four books and offering this resource for the curious mind or the parents of teens exactly what they’ll find in this book and whether they should be worried or not about it from a christian perspective.  I like how certain topics such as self image, consumerism, and lust among others are brought to light.

The author states that Meyers is asking her readers to look more closely at their own lives, their religion and their spirituality but in order to do this you should come at the series with a questioning mind and discerning heart and I couldn’t agree more. I think this book would also be fantastic to discuss with your teen because in one way or another every person drawn to this series is comparing and relating to a character in more ways than one, I guarantee it.

This book was a fast read for myself, either a day or definite weekend read for most. I give this book 4/5 stars.

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So Long, Insecurity Author Beth Moore

So Long, Insecurity
Author Beth Moore – view author info

List Price:
24.99

Perhaps one of the biggest issues all women face is their own insecurity. Beth Moore, one of today’s most admired and trusted Christian writers, wants women to be free from the insecurity trap.

So Long, Insecurity will strike a chord with women everywhere, as Beth speaks truth into the lives of readers, showing them how to deal with their innermost fears, rediscover their God-given dignity, and develop a whole new perspective—a stronger sense of self. Women of all ages and backgrounds will resonate with this message of security and discover truths that will free them emotionally and spiritually and lead them to a better life as they walk with God.

My Thoughts…

So Long, Insecurity is the first Beth Moore book that I’ve read, believe it or not. I know many church groups study from her books but I never had the opportunity to jump into one of those.

I must say I like how this book is laid out, there are eighteen chapters in total. Each of the chapters tackle a different area where most if not all of us struggle to gain security in. In fact the first 7 chapters talk about instability in the home, significant loss, rejection, life change events such as a move, contemporary culture, and pride/perfectionism. The second half of this book talks about what we as woman can do about our issues by  finding our security in God Almighty.

I found the personal stories in each chapter close to my own heart and I truly  gained much knowledge from the scriptures she included.  I felt as if Beth was sitting in the same room having a heart to heart talk with me. I love conversational writing style and am truly glad God led her to write His truths out for his daughters!

I am  glad to have read this book by Beth on my own and quite willing to share my thoughts and possibly study it again with those that I know! I give this book 5 stars.

Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.

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Love Your Heart By Tim McGraw with Tom Douglas

I received a copy of this book to review from BookSneeze.

Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas
Genre: Children’s book
Pages: 32
Date Published: February 2010
Publisher: Tommy Nelson

Love Your Heart is the second book in Tim McGraw’s My Little Girl series. This book is hard covered and beautifully illustrated in a colorful yet subtle style by  artist Abigail Marble, whom lives literally minutes from where I live.

In this story, you’ll find the main character Katie, attempting to figure out what particular skill that she has and should preform off at her schools talent show. I love despite all her hard work and brain storming back and forth with her father, that in seeing a particular friend of her own unable to perform after an accident, she selflessly gives up her own act to help her friend out. Love Your Heart is perfect in illustrating a child’s selfless act of kindness towards another.

I personally loved this book and found it to be very heart warming and sweet from the forward written by Faith Hill to the last page of this story. I also think that little girls would would really enjoy this book if read by their own fathers since a dad is featured in this story. I would recommend this book for all the little girls in your life up to age ten. I know I will be looking for more titles in the My Little Girl series for my own daughter.

**I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through their BookSneeze book review bloggers program **

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The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay

The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay is a book I reviewed as part of the Thomas Nelson Publishers Reviewers.

From the Thomas Nelson Publishers website

An epic journey into the deepest mysteries of our faith.
Lost is NOT just a television show. It has become larger than that—a massive story filled with mystery that has garnered over twenty million participants. Some might call them viewers, but one does not just watch Lost, one participates in it. It demands that you dialogue with the story, seeking theories and comparing yourself to characters. Lost breaks all the formulas for television, and in doing so has drawn together millions of people on a shared journey that explores life, faith, history, science, philosophy, hope, and the basic questions of what it means to be human. It is the seemingly infinite ideas, philosophies, and biblical metaphors that make this story so engaging.

The focus on faith and truth is never more clearly explained than in the words of John Locke as he questions Jack Shepherd asking “Why do you find it so hard to believe?” Jack responds quickly “Why do you find it so easy?” But Locke declares “It’s never been easy.” This tension between Faith and Reason drives every episode and story line. Locke summed this up as he explained to Jack “That’s why you and I don’t see eye-to-eye sometimes, because you’re a man of science…Me, well, I’m a man of faith.”

Chapter Topics

  • Faith and Reason – The war within?
  • Guilt –The single common denominator that binds everyone on the island
  • Fate – Do we choose our path, or does fate happen to us?
  • Quantum Spirituality – What if everything and everyone is connected?
  • Dharma – Is there any truth to be found in Institutional Religion?
  • Island Life – If we are made for the garden is it the consumer world that is killing us?
  • Salvation – Will it ever come, and will we recognize it when it does?

Chris Seay’s fascinating book explores each of these elements in a spinning analysis of faith and metaphor that will attract a multitude of readers who desire to go even deeper into the journey.

My Personal Thoughts…

I’ve been a fan of Lost since the very first episode aired many years ago. What drew me to this series were the people. They weren’t shallow, they weren’t fake, They were real people with real issue like the rest of us. Sure they are stuck on a mysterious island where a lot of pretty strange things happen but despite not knowing all the answers, the growth of each characters is what keeps me watching.

Author Chris Seay does an excellent job interpreting how each character can some how relate to those in the Bible.  I enjoyed the fresh look on this widely watched show  compared to the Word. I can’t help but think to myself that taking pop culture and comparing it is much like how Jesus gave visuals to the disciples through many well known parables.

A story that truly touched me is found on the last two pages of this book. I don’t want to give away exactly what it is because I want others to experience it them for themselves. I know this much and if you have a heart you truly will be touched, challenged, and broken after completing this book. Note that The Gospel According to Lost is more than just thoughts and comparisons about the show Lost but it’s a tool to look within yourself to live more like Christ.

I review for BookSneeze

If you are a fan of Lost, this is a great book for you. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher


ABOUT THE BOOK…

One moment, Carrie Weaver is planning to elope with Lancaster Barnstormer Solomon Riehl, leaving their Amish community behind. The next, she is staring into a future as broken as her heart. Now Carrie faces a choice. An opportunity. But will this decision, this moment in time, change her life forever? “Fisher kicks off a refreshing new series, Lancaster County Secrets, with characters that are strong, both in body and spirit. They also have weaknesses that develop into strengths with the choices they make.”
4 stars, Romantic Times

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Suzanne is a wife and mom, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and an author of Christian books, both non-fiction and fiction.

Her relatives on my mother’s side are Old Order German Baptist Brethren, also known as Dunkards. That’s where her interest in Anabaptist traditions began. Suzanne’s grandfather was born into a family of 13 children, started his career as a teacher in a one-room school house in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and ended it as one of the very first publishers of Christianity Today. “We called him “Deardad” even though he was a very stern fellow. Still, Deardad’s life inspired me to write.”

After college, Suzanne was a freelance writer for magazines and became a contributing editor to Christian Parenting Today. Her work has been featured in Today’s Christian Woman, Marriage Partnership, Worldwide Challenge, among others. She took the plunge into books a few years ago and now she’s hooked. To learn more about Suzanne, visit her website at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

My Thoughts…

This is the first book I’ve read from author Suzanne Woods Fisher and it certainly won’t be my last. I enjoy how Suzanne writes, as her writing style was easy to read and the captivating story kept it hard to put down. I read The Choice in a day in a half and am so sad that the story is over. I’m really look forward to more books in the Lancaster County Secrets Series!

The Choice is a tale full of moral values, family, faith, and tragedy. I was quite intrigued learning about the Amish ways as I’ve always been very interested in their culture. At times, I wish life was more simple as keeping up with all the hustle and bustle in our current society can be overwhelming and very stressful.  I long at times for the sense of family and friendship that the Amish community values so true, if only people would stop focusing on self and more on others. Though I know the Amish is a tight knit community and they don’t think too much of those on the outside, I think I long for it to be like Christ intended much like the character Abel in this story. I guarantee reading this book will definitely put some new thoughts into your head and shine light on new to you revelation. I loved it and I sure others will too.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

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