Book Review~ A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden

This book was given to me free, by Bethany House, in exchange for an honest review, so, I  will say the information about the process of water filtration systems for cities and water chlorination’s  history, was well-researched and interesting enough to make me want to find out more about Dr. John Lael.  3 stars for that.  She did a good job of telling about the pioneering efforts of  male scientists in the area of providing clean water for Americans.

I did like learning as much as was available, about Dr. Leal and his work.  God willing, I’m planning to learn more about that.   John Laing Leal was a physician and water treatment expert who, in 1908, was responsible for conceiving and implementing the first disinfection of a U.S. drinking water supply using chlorine. (wikipedia)

1 star for the relationship between Nick and Rosalind.  It was superficial, IMO, and uninteresting to me,  and I found myself skimming past the descriptions of restless, fluttering love between the two, in order to read more about how cities tried several methods of delivering clean water to large cities.  He had a bad temper, she was bland, and the story about her brother Gus and his wife was more interesting than the plot around Rosalind and Nick.

The majority of the book was more like a textbook which was fine with me, but I was hoping for more depth about the lives of the characters.  One of her best novels was The Rose of Winslow Street, I recommend that.

As for mentions of God, Jesus, or the bible, there was very little of that.  I remember one sentence.  One reviewer recalled more mentions, but as for this being a truly CHRISTIAN historical fiction book, I’d say it’s shallow at best.

I’m not interested in reading any follow ups to this book.  I see by the other reviews I’m not alone.

 I received this book mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.

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Book Review~ William Henry is a Fine Name, by Cathy Gohlke

William Henry is a Fine Name is a book you don’t want to miss reading!  It’s an excellent account of the intricate workings of the underground railroad, slavery, plantation life, and all seen through the eyes of one 13 year old boy named Robert Glover, son of a woman who had grown up pampered, on a Southern plantation, and a man who was God-fearing and compassionate towards his fellow man.

Robert has a best friend, William Henry, who is a slave, but to Robert, he’s just a friend.  They did everything together, until things begin to happen that are a mystery to Robert, but not so to William Henry. 

Cathy Gohlke’s first book, such a great book indeed.  It’s obvious that she put her heart into this story, with the huge amount of information she collected and put together to tell this tale of the north, the south, slavery, and freedom’s price for many. 

The quilt on the clothesline, the pattyrollers, Quakers, Stargazer, Uncle Marcus, Grandfather, Ashland, Pa, Aunt Sassy, the moss on the trees, and the drinking gourd, all are unforgettable pieces of this story that will absorb your attention and keep you reading well into the night. 

I highly recommend this book, both as a history lesson from one person’s perspective, and as a book that will get you thinking.  There’s suspense, drama, politics, insight, and genuine love.   Get yourself a copy and settle in for a great historical fiction read.

Book Review of Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke

Promise Me This~ by Cathy Gohlke
Book Review

Cathy Gohlke truly gives God the glory in this book, by repeatedly referring to our need for Jesus Christ, and His great love for us. This book is a good Christian historical fiction novel for that reason, and for the fact that the romance is very, very subtle, and the history is well-researched. The whole book is profound and penetrating in awareness and understanding of the history of that era, and the heart of man and his important relationship to God.

The story begins with the Titanic, vividly describing the wealth, luxury, and fanfare that went along with the maiden voyage of this vessel.

In Chapter One, you meet Michael Dunnigan, a poor, abused child trying to earn money and doing his best to keep out of the way of his angry, drunken uncle. Then in Chapter Two,you briefly meet Aunt Eleanor, who will become one of the vilest creatures in the story. Her twisted hatred and manipulations of the family will shock you.

Owen is also introduced in Chapter Two, and he has a true Christ-like heart and lives a life that surely pleases the Lord Jesus. The main character, Annie Allen, is the sister of Owen, and she is briefly rescued from the clutches of Aunt Eleanor by him, in hopes of bringing her to America after he has established a gardening business.

This book has so much to offer you, I  hope you read it. Like I said, it begins with the Titanic, and takes the reader on through World War One, powerfully described and unforgettable as Mrs. Gohlke vividly describes the horrors of war. You feel as if you’re on the front lines in Verdun, in Northeastern France, alongside the British Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses. The bombing by the Germans, the horrific casualties of the war, was aptly portrayed in this riveting dramatic story. 

The lovely relationships and blossoming romances (all rated G) are but a glimpse into the love Mrs. Gohlke must have for her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
I don’t want to give away too much of this story, it’s deep and profound, on so many levels a truly good Christian historical fiction novel. It would be wonderful if a movie was made about this. Simply wonderful!

Thank you, Cathy Gohlke, for using the talents God gave you to write such books that educate, entertain, and make us think about OUR relationship to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, the ONLY Way into Heaven and eternal life. May God richly bless you. Please keep writing, and never give up.
Jesus loves you.     Romans 10:8-13,  John 3:16-21

Product details

  • File Size: 11475 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00724LJ0W
    Stunning and powerful Christian historical fiction novel by Christian author, Cathy Gohlke.

Bible Memorization

Psalm 145:16- Thou openest thine hand, and satisfieth the desire of every living thing.   Psalm 145:16

After a rough week, I decided it would do me well to memorize bible verses.  I found I could only recall a few verses to help me through, even though there is such a depth of riches in God’s holy Word that I could have thought of to help me, strengthen me, and calm my fears and anxieties.

So, I remembered seeing a little plastic loaf of bread on a relative’s table, years ago, and it was Our Daily Bread bible promises, in the King James version, which is the only completely inerrant version.  I found a King James online store, and ordered one for myself, and some as future gifts.  Here’s the store:  https://www.thekjvstore.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=our+daily+bread

I hope YOU get a little bible promise box for yourself, and memorize Scripture.

Abby Roach, the Spoon Lady

I was playing a word game with someone, and I had to link some word to “spoon”, so I remembered my dad kind of playing the spoons when I was a little girl.  So…I looked on You Tube, and found this amazing musician.  Abby the Spoon Lady plays in North Carolina, “busking”.  Busking means you play or entertain in public, for money.  Her story is very interesting, and I’m giving ya’ll a link to it, below, plus a couple of wonderful music videos of Abby’s.  ENJOY!

Abby’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/AbbyTheSpoonLady/

 

Abby’s story:  https://www.citizen-times.com/story/life/2014/11/13/living-portrait-series-spoon-lady/18982245/

Maintaining Good Works

[58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Do Christians know what the work of the Lord is?  What is our labour in the Lord?  If we bring this subject up, we are sometimes accused of being a promoter of works-based salvation. Or we’re called “legalists”.  What does JESUS CHRIST tell his followers to DO?  Yes, DO!   We’re supposed to DO something, GOOD WORKS!

Why do so many preachers and pastors gloss over or completely ignore expounding on works, for Christians?  WHY?  It’s a shame, and bad preaching.  Look at all these bible verse about WORKS:  Titus 3:14 – And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

Titus 3:8 – [This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Hebrews 6:10 – For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

 

James 2: [14] What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
[15] If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
[16] And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
[17] Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
[18] Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
[19] Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
[20] But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Titus 2:7 – In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine [shewing] uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Hebrews 13:21 – Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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Most people in churches don’t have any idea about what good works and doing God’s will  involves.  They don’t actually want to do anything, they just want to sit in church and be passive.  Lukewarm.  Don’t make waves.  Be quiet and go with the flow.  Don’t investigate any ideas presented to you, and NEVER be different from the average Christian.  Fit in and don’t offend.  Hogwash!

Better News

Praise Jesus, the Great Physician!  My younger daughter is doing better, and her liver disease seems to be in remission.

I know she’s happier, and so is all of the rest of the family.   It’s so hard to have one of your children, no matter how old they are, to have a serious illness, but praise be to God, He is keeping her alive and well.  I hope and pray she continues to care for herself.

Please, if you know anyone who drinks and does hard drugs, beg them to stop.  The terrible things this lifestyle does to body and soul is heartbreaking.  I hope she is born again before anything more serious happens.  I hope so, I pray for her each night. And her sister.