Daughter of the Regiment~ Book Review

Daughter of the Regiment by Stephanie Grace Whitson

This is a delightful book! Stephanie has successfully woven historical fact with the fictitious Malone family, an Irish immigrants living on a small farm in Little Dixie, Missouri, in 1861, approximately one month after the Civil War had started.   Little Dixie is a historic 13- to 17-county region of mid-to-upper-mid Missouri along the Missouri River, settled at first primarily by migrants from the hemp and tobacco districts of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee.    During the war, Missouri was claimed by both the Union and the Confederacy, had two competing state governments, and sent representatives to both the United States Congress and the Confederate Congress.(from Wikipedia)

The other main, or co-star character in the book is Libbie, a true Southern belle, wealthy, and living with her abusive brother, Walker, on their plantation.  Stephanie’s descriptions of Libbie, her way of talking, her mannerisms, are all accurate reflections of how women were in the South. Part of the war ends up taking place on their plantation, Wildwood Grove.

Feelings and characters of the plantation slaves have an honest light shown on them.  I liked the way the author presented their points of views.

The Civil War scenes are intense.  Her descriptions of the fights on the  battlefields are vivid.   She gives just enough details of the war to keep interest going, yet she doesn’t get overly graphic.  Realistic, but not without hope and courageous acts by others.

If you like Christian historical fiction, and the Civil War, this is a must-read!

Romans 10:9-13;  John 3:16-21

Advertisements

No Ocean Too Wide ~ Book review

No Ocean Too Wide, by Carrie Turansky, is a riveting story of a family in England caught up in the wretched child immigration scheme of the British Home Children,  in the early 1900s.  She includes an impressive amount of facts to make this Christian historical fiction one of the most compelling reads I’ve encountered in a while on the subject of orphans, and cold-hearted money-making schemes involving basically, the trafficking of children.

They either took them from homes under questionable pretenses, or brought them in from the streets, and then put them on a ship bound for Canada, to live as a domestic servant in someone’s home.  Ages as young as 5, and as old as 17, I believe, were forced to work as drudges, in many cases.

The characters in her book are Laura McAlister, and her siblings Garth, Katie, and Grace.  Their mother, and their father, the neighbor Mrs. Graham,  and Mrs. Palmer, the employee of Laura’s mother.

Andrew Bolton is also a key character.  He is a wealthy lawyer, and he and his friend are sent, by the British government,to  investigate the goings-on of the children’s orphanages.  Suspicion had arisen because of one Dr. Barnardo, who supposedly took in hundreds of abandoned children from the streets of England, and gave them food, shelter, and useful skills. Dr. Barnardo was constantly in and out of court.

This is a great historical lesson which helps bring awareness on one of Britain’s unsavory and repugnant chapters.  I do recommend this for reading.  Geared for adult comprehension, not really on a level that a teen or child would be able to grasp the significance of.

Hurricane Dorian

PRAISE GOD!  When Dorian came here, it was far enough off the coast to not be a real threat.  THANK YOU< JESUS!!  Hallelujah!
Hurricane Dorian:
Sustained winds:  185 mph
central pressure, 911 mb
This is the most evil storm I’ve ever seen.  Compare it to catastrophic hurricane Andrew,
remember that? Andrew made another landfall just northeast of Homestead, with a slightly lower pressure of 922 mbar (27.23 inHg).
Lowest pressure: 922 mbar (hPa);
Highest winds: 1-minute sustained: 175 mph …
Remember IRMA?  Early on September 6, Irma peaked with 1-minute sustained winds of 180 mph (285 km/h) and a minimum pressure of 914 hPa (27.0 inHg). Irma was the second-most intense tropical cyclone worldwide in 2017 in terms of barometric pressure, and the strongest worldwide in 2017 in terms of wind speed.
Romans 10:8-13
John 3:16-21

Ester Reid’s Awakening ~ Book Review

Timeless Christian message!  One of being circumspect and watchful in your life as a Christian.  Examine yourself, judge YOURSELF, so you won’t be judged by God!  Hebrews 2:1-3  comes to my mind, when thinking about the book:  [1] Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
[2] For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
[3] How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Ester Reid was a typical lukewarm Christian, who believed she was quite pious and long-suffering, when in fact she was the opposite.  She helps to run her family’s boardinghouse, and works long hours, cooking, cleaning, and caring for sick residents.

During a visit to a long-time friend’s house, Ester’s conscience gets an awakening.

Isabella Macdonald Alden was a gifted Christian writer.  Learn more about her here: https://www.librarything.com/author/aldenisabella

Read some of her books free, online, here: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupname?key=Alden%2C%20Isabella%20Macdonald%2C%201841%2D1930

 

Product details

  • Series: The Alden Collection
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Creation House (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884193209
  • ISBN-13: 978-088419320

ROMANS 10:8-13 – [8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
[9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
[11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
[12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
[13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

 

 

A Home in Drayton Valley~book review

Lovely Christian fiction book, really!  One of the best parts in the story was when Reverend Mann said:  God’s ways aren’t our ways, Joss.  Sometimes He uses unexpected means to bring about His will. But I do know this, everything He does is out of love for us.  It’s to make us stronger or draw us closer to Him.  …

This book shows the effects of worldly cares and sins on individuals, both born again and rejectors of Jesus Christ. Kim Vogel Sawyer did a masterful work in giving thoughtful insight into relationships and how what we do, or don’t do, affects many, many people.

It begins in New York city, the 1880s, with the main character, Tarsie Raines, wanting  to move out to Drayton Valley, Kansas, to escape the miseries in New York.
Stuck in New York, in a lower-income apartment, working as a seamstress, and her friends, Joss and
Mary, and their 2 children, are living in low-income tenement apartments, with filthy streets and many troubles in the neighborhoods. Mary worked washing other people’s laundry, and her husband was a dock worker, eking out a living.  They move out to Kansas, riding in a wagon train. 

Other characters, just as interesting and vital to the story, show up later in her book. These are Simon and Ruth Foster, he a vineyard tender on a wealthy businessman’s property. Devout Christians, dependable workers, they truly show faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His wife was another good example of
trust and faith in God.
What I liked a lot was Tarsie’s self-control in taming her bad temper, and retorts towards Joss.
Ah, if only there were MORE female characters like Tarsie, in today’s Christian fiction. Thank you,
Kim, for Tarsie’s story.
Kim also has a knack for describing scenes, so it’s easy and fun to get involved in the settings and
surroundings. I could almost see the dilapidated wagon tumbling over in the storm. I could see the dingy
interiors of the New York apartments, and the little faces of the children, Emmy and Nattie. 

Kim Vogel Sawyer wrote a lot of bible references into her story, and THE best part was where the reader is told how to be born again.  THAT’S WHAT CHRISTIAN FICTION should ALWAYS INCLUDE!  Amen!

Thanks Kim, write more stories like this one! 

Most Important Stories of the Bible ~ book review

I didn’t like this book.  It was shallow, and too simple. I can not and do not recommend this book. In the “Essential Truths” parts, which come at the end of each story, there is a LOT of conjecture and opinion,  which disqualifies it as an essential truth.  Some of them are fine, but watch out, here and there the authors give the idea of what they think is true, but might not be.

Conjecture:  an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information.   

Both authors, Christopher Hudson and Stan Campbell,  are graduates of Wheaton College.  Wheaton College is not a true, pure  bible college any more, it’s full of mysticism and New Age practices:  https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/collegewheaton.htm

Another error about this book is, they use the NIV. ( The New International Version bible. )   The NIV is a per-version of the pure Word of God.  

The NIV & ESV Downgrade the Deity of Christ   They say the spotless Son of God had to be purified! “…their purification” (Luke 2:22).  The KJV says, “…her purification.”   The NIV Teaches the church was Built on Peter     Matthew 16:18 (NIV), “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.” Then the footnote says, “Peter means rock.” But Jesus says Peter is a pebble, and the great confession Peter made concerning the Deity of Christ (vs. 16) is the “ROCK” foundation upon which the church is built (1 Cor. 3:11). Matthew 17:21

KJV: Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

NIV: Omitted

NWT: Omitted

Matthew 27:35

KJV: And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
NIV: When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
Also, one of the authors has “authored dozens of Bible related books, primarily for youth and seeker markets….”
Seeker friendly pastors are the new cancer on the church.  From the Berean Call’s website:  if you want to attract the lost on the basis of what might interest them, for the most part you will be appealing to and accommodating their flesh.
and….A large part of the evangelical church has developed a pleasure-laden, cruise ship mentality, but it will result in a spiritual Titanic. Seeker-friendly church pastors (and those tempted to climb aboard) need to get on their knees and read the words of Jesus to the church of the Laodiceans (Rev:3:14-21
I can not and do not recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Refining Fire ~ Brides of Seattle book 2

This is book 2 in the Brides of Seattle series, by Tracie Peterson.  An excellent book, clean, Christian historical fiction with characters you can sympathize with and identify easily with.   Plenty of solid story line, with Militine, Abrianna, Thane, Wade, the bridal school sisters, Miss Selma, Miss Miriam, and Miss Poisie , and an evil villian who will remain anonymous in this review.  You find out for yourself! 

This book had several biblically sound explanations of how to get to Heaven, how to be born again, which is one of the best things I appreciate about Tracie Peterson’s books.  Devout, and clear to all readers, you can’t read her books without knowing how to be born again.    Romans 10:9-13.

The historical account of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 was gripping, and tense.  Her descriptions of the city as it burned to the ground was as if you were there, experiencing a flaming inferno all around you.

 

There was also recovery, and plenty of hope and even some humor.  The research she puts into her books, the accuracy, is wonderful.

Enjoy this good read. 

 

Product details

  • Series: Brides of Seattle (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780764210624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210624
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Bible Scripture on End Times and Gathering unto JESUS

[3] And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
[4] And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
[5] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
[6] And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
[7] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
[8] All these are the beginning of sorrows.
[9] Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
[10] And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
[11] And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
[12] And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
[13] But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
[14] And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
[15] When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
[16] Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
[17] Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
[18] Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
[19] And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
[20] But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
[21] For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
[22] And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
[23] Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
[24] For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
[25] Behold, I have told you before.
[26] Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
[27] For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
[28] For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
[29] Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
[30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
[31] And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
[32] Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
[33] So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
[34] Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
[35] Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
[36] But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
[37] But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
[38] For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
[39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
[40] Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
[41] Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
[42] Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
[43] But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
[44] Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
[45] Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
[46] Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
[47] Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
[48] But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
[49] And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
[50] The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
[51] And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

Matthew Ch.24 tells everyone that we WON’T be gathered together unto JESUS until after the events of tribulations written of in Matthew Ch. 24.
Which is why, I believe, Jesus said: Matt. 13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Hester on the Run book review

I like Linda Byler’s style of writing, and her characters are always interesting, and this book was just as good as her others I’ve read.

I liked the unusual way Hester was found, in the woods, abandoned, and how her adopted mother and dad, Kate and Hans, loved her and took great care of her, bringing her up in the Amish way of life.  Even though Hester was Indian, her family and neighbors, for the most part, were friendly and supportive of the arrangement. 

What I didn’t like was, Han’s almost creepy obsession with Hester. I was wondering at one point if he was going to be a pedophile.   Plus, throughout the story, Byler lets us know Kate feels slighted, and is sad that Hans ignores their other children, and holds Hester above all of them. 

Idolatry of a child is not a good thing, in God’s ways.

The story kept my interest, and Byler is a good author, always tells a believable Christian fiction story.

I hope she continues to write for the Christian community . 

All God’s Children~by Anna Schmidt~ book review

A good Christian historical fiction story about World War 2, set in Munich, Germany.  A German-American woman living as nanny and helper in the home of her aunt and uncle, Beth Bridgewater is caught up in some activities which test her and lead her on a path she could not have imagined.

What I liked about this book by Anna Schmidt is, the characters were believable, and easy to identify with.  I liked the descriptions of Munich, and surrounding areas, from Beth’s point of view, which is that of a person NOT being persecuted or harassed, at least not immediately.   There is a glimpse into the home life of a man in the Gestapo, which I thought to be an unusual point of view.

I really liked Anna’s introduction to The White Rose, a resistance movement which, if you haven’t read about it, you really should.

What I disliked about it was, the favorable view that was given to the Quaker doctrine,  which is, that God is in everyone, which is a blatant lie.  They also believe redemption and the Kingdom of Heaven are to be experienced now, in this world, which is also false doctrine.  So, for that reason, I don’t recommend this book.

Too many false teachings which will confuse and lead astray weak Christians, or lost people.

Here is the Truth:

Romans 10:9-13;  John 3:16-21