Full Review, In the Field of Grace

I really had no intention of reading another Tessa Afshar book so soon! Back in January I reviewed Land of Silence; besides that, I have an ever-growing pile of works by unknown (to me) authors begging to be given a little time. But In the Field of Grace popped up in the audio book section... Continue Reading →

Saving Amelie, Full Review

I’ve been busy, book friends—I’ve been on a trip to Germany! More than two weeks spent mostly in the little Bavarian village of Oberammergau. It’s a place where fragrant breakfast rolls and strudels warm your mouth and your heart… and the Alps reach up with snowy hands as if ready to catch the sky if... Continue Reading →

Full Review, Land of Silence

Close your eyes for a moment... (not too long, or you won't be able to read this post!) You're me. You're at work at the library. The automated materials handler (a.k.a. the book sorting machine) is humming and spitting books into different bins behind you; someone's mom is reading aloud in the children's area; coworkers... Continue Reading →

Full Review, Take This Cup

  The last jar remained to be opened. I plucked at the red wax seal and pried the lid off, welcoming the whoosh of ancient air. I peered in. This time there was no scroll, but a fleece wrapped package. “Rabbi Kagba. It’s not like the others,” I said, some nervousness returning. “Fetch it out,... Continue Reading →

Full Review, Centralia

“Centralia.” He said it out loud, hoping the auditory stimulation would trigger something, anything. But it didn’t. It was just a word, nothing more than a string of letters, a compilation of sounds. Again tears came to his eyes, and he brushed them away. Regardless of whether he knew what the note meant, this was... Continue Reading →

Full Review, Bread of Angels

“Like her grandparents, her parents had managed to bring only one child into this world, another daughter. And now it was Lydia’s turn to fight for this last piece of her family’s inheritance, this tiny patch of land that represented everything good and safe and noble in this world. Home and her father and purple.... Continue Reading →

Full Review, While We’re Far Apart

“Don’t do it Eddie. Please,” Grandma begged. “Think of your children. Go down there tomorrow and tell the army you changed your mind.” “I can’t. It’s too late.” He spoke so softly that Esther thought she might have imagined it. For sure Grandma hadn’t heard him. But then he cleared his throat and said in... Continue Reading →

Full Review, Counted With the Stars

Counted With the Stars Connilyn Cossette Bethany House Publishers, ©2016 Had Yahweh been calling to me? Without words? Had he guided my steps to be among his people? To be set free from bondage and to follow him into the wilderness for some purpose I did not yet understand? Perhaps even the dream that had... Continue Reading →

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