Showing posts with label Adult Christian Bio/Autobio/Memoir. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Adult Christian Bio/Autobio/Memoir. Show all posts

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Held By God by Lori Phillips and Lynn Willers

Publisher:  CrossBooks, June 21, 2010
Pages:  264
Source:  Review copy received from authors
Genre:  Adult, Christian

This book really resonated with me.  It is the story of twin sister who suffer from a condition that causes their lungs to collapse.  It is the story of their mother who battled cancer.  Most importantly it is the story of a God who is with us through all of our trials.  We may cry out "Why?"  We may feel as if we have been abandoned.  At some point we as Christians step back and realize we have to put it all in God's hands and rely on him to carry away our troubles.  Page 183 started with Isaiah 40:28-31.  For me this was a passage that encouraged me.   One chapter was titled "Overrun by the Enemy.  This described how I have felt off and on for the last 3 years.  Over the last three years I had to have shoulder surgery, 5 eye surgeries, 4 treatments of bulging disks in my neck and back.  All of these required me to undergo anesthesia.  During the period of eye surgeries I broke my ankle, lost a sister and a father-in-law, suffered problems with the feet and knees that are requiring future surgeries, heart problems.  It seemed as if I would get good news about my health and then get slammed with something else.  Inside and at home I expressed my frustration and feelings of being targeted by Satan.  At work my co-workers saw me as a positive person who spoke of what God was doing and how he had saved my vision.  Just because we feel something doesn't mean we have to wallow in it.  I left work mid-day when my sister passed away.  That was to take care of my mother who lives with me.  I had to stay with her as she was unable to attend the funeral.  I returned the next day and walked into a meeting.  My principal wanted to know what I was doing there.  I told her I was where I needed to be.  I could not do anything about my sister, she was healed and in Heaven.  Silence fell around the table.  They checked on me all day to make sure I was not going to fall apart.  I cried inside.  But outside I gave God the glory for what he was doing supporting me.  That didn't mean I never got angry or upset.  We have to realize every time we get knocked down that God holds us close to him and heals us spiritually.  It doesn't matter that we yell and scream at him.
Lori Phillips and Lynn Willers have been through so much and yet they lean on God and give him the praise.  This book is one I will recommend to those who are suffering.  I found so much home in this book.  It was beautifully written and at times painful.  Their description of their time with their mother at home as she died reminded me of my father in the nursing home.  He'd had open heart surgery and stroked out.   Hospice was brought in to comfort him when death was imminent.  I was sad when he passed yet know he is singing in Heaven now.  At times this book felt heavy yet I know that this was what God wanted me to read.  It was a reminder of his goodness.  It was necessary as my youngest sister battles cancer.  She is slowly losing her fight.  It was necessary for me to read as I see my mother losing ground every day.  I needed it to remind me how precious the time we have with our loved ones are.  My mother lives with us and some days are harder than others.  But I know that we are held by God and that is a comfort.
Thanks to Lori and Lynn for writing this book and giving hope to all.  God has definitely used you and I pray that he will continue to hold you and bless you.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Forget Me Not Blog Tour & Book Giveaway

Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze
Publisher:  Multnomah Books
Pages:  336
Source:  This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah
To purchase a copy of this book click on this link:

Summary From Back of Book:

Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man-- in his faith, his work, and his family.  Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away.  His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith.  Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too.  Why had he survived?  He'd failed to protect his family.  Now, a mysterious woman appears at Crossroads seeking answers and help--a victim who eerily resembles Ben's deceased wife, Susan.  A woman robbed of her identity, her life, of everything except her faith--and Susan's necklace.  The connections between the two women mount, exceeding coincidence, and to keep the truth hidden, someone is willing to kill.  Finding out who and  why turns Ben and the mystery woman's situation from dangerous to deadly.  Their only hope for survival is to work together, trust each other, and face whatever they discover head on, no matter how painful.  But will that be enough to save their lives and heal their tattered hearts?

After reading the  book I had to ask myself what I would do or how I would react if the last thing I remembered was someone kidnapping me and waking up to find they had left me for dead and I didn't know who I was.   Realizing that someone was still trying to kill me and I didn't know why.  This describes the plight of the main character.  She knew she was a woman of faith and that sustained her.  So I had to ask myself if I would react the same way or would I boo-hoo and throw myself a pity party?  This is a definite must read.
This was the first book I had read by this author.  I so enjoyed it I checked out her website and found several books to add to my wish list.  Vicki is a master at writing thrillers.  Just about the time I thought I had figured out who was good and who was bad she slipped in another character or another turn.  I felt sorry for both of the main characters.  The book opens with a murder.  This is followed by the conversation of a young lady with her financial advisor warning her that she has been "found".  You are left to wonder who is after her and why.  The story is so well crafted that you go along and just about the time you think you have it figured out something happens and you have to take a step back and say, "Whoa, I didn't see that  coming"!  You must then re-think all of the things you already know, add in the latest twist and then off you go again.  I had a hard time putting the book down. The author kept me hanging on until the end.  Once I thought it was almost over, all the bad guys had gotten what they deserved then she added just enough to make you want the second book which won't be out until Spring of 2011.  I definitely will talk this book up and look forward to reading the sequel.

The Giveaway:
Multnomah has graciously furnished a second book for me to give away.  This is how it will work.  Leave me a comment telling me why you would like this book and an email address so that I may contact you.  I will choose a winner using on Wednesday, April 22.  Good luck to everyone