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I absolutely love the Baxter family. Read every one of the books. As I read this book, the characters came alive. Each Baxter has
their own personality and a story to go along with it.
 
But this story goes deeper than all the others.
Probably because of tragedy. Pain is a part of life. How one deals with hurt sets the course in life. I love how the Baxters chart their course.
 
Tears fell as my heart warmed. Five-Stars.

I look forward to more Baxter family books. Looking
forward when the Baxters are on TV.

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This is the second time I’ve  read this book and it’s as powerful the second time around as the first. The imagery will stick with me for a long time. And when it wears off, I’ll read it again. It’s that good.

 
The power of belief is stronger than death. Love goes beyond this world, making this life a comma. Man would like to make it a period but man is not the final say, even if they take life.
 
My faith is stronger having read, The Martyr’s Song. Ted has an ability to look into a different realm and transport readers there.
 
 
Amazon – The Martyr’s Song by Ted Dekker 
 
 

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To say I loved this book would be an understatement. Rarely does a book come along with so many life-changing statements and interesting material. Chase the Lion is such a book. I know it’s going to become more valuable to me as time goes by. I’ll reread it, getting more gold from it.
 
Here are a few of the nuggets I received:

 

If you’re looking for an opportunity, you’ll always find one.

 

Well-managed failure is the leading cause of success.

 

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
But some of the greatest miracles in my life have been on the other side of a closed door.
Sometimes you have to take a stand by taking a step.
As some point, you need to talk to your problems about God.
Moments you need to get your, “crazy on.”
You need a dream that scares you.

 

 
Along with multitudes of one-liners, the book is filled with history and stories of people’s lives. What a treasure.
 
A couple years ago, I attended a writer’s convention in Austin Texas. Mark, along with Ted Dekker, James Rubart and other writers, had a question and answer session. What stuck with me is that when another spoke, Mark would pull out his pen and paper and write down an important point. He’s collecting jewels.
 
I highly recommend this book. You’ll be challenged, changed and rearranged.

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At Waterloo station, artist
Alison Schuyler meets Ian Devlin, and a love story begins.
 
A good book is interesting,
a great book, one gets so caught up in reading that time slips by without
effort. I found myself so entrenched in the pages of Where Treasure Hides that
hours flew by.
 
Love seems deeper when the
backdrop is war. World War II has begun, with danger everywhere. Two are in love but separated. Would they get back
together? Tension rose as each page turned.
 
Alison works with the underground
to save Jewish children. This element in the story brought many tears to my
eyes. I couldn’t help but get a little closer to my children.
 
Where Treasure Hides by
Johnnie Alexander has become one of my favorite reads. After reading the last
page, I found myself missing the characters and reviewing the scenes.
 
This is most definitely a Five-Star Read, and I look forward to more books by
Johnnie.
 
 
 
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I absolutely love Tamie’s style of writing, full of wit, pure and above all, fun.

 

Each character comes across as being real with everyday problems. The confusion that happens in relationships makes for a humorous story.
 
Noelle is a nice girl, who doesn’t want to hurt anyone. She’s been hurt and is afraid of a
repeat occurrence. Reminds me of the verse, “Those that seek to save their life will lose it.”
 
David is a good person, one that seeks the right kind of girl. He finds Noelle is that girl.
 
I intended on reading this book over several sittings. That didn’t happen as I couldn’t put the book down. It’s very uplifting and leaves the reader with a good
feeling. Nothing like having Christmas in June.



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Calandra watches a vampire become a Christian. As Raven changes and becomes more human with each passing day, Calandra becomes attracted to him, even though she’s
engaged to be married.
 
My Thoughts

 

I’m not a fan of vampires. Never have been. However, I’ve liked the writing of
Ben from Splickety magazines. Moreover, I heard him speak at a Writer’s Conference in Florida. Therefore, I thought I’d give Blood for Blood a read.


 
I’m glad I did because I enjoyed this book. Throughout the entire story, there was never a dull
moment. The suspense kept me going all the way to the end. And what an ending. Wow!  
 
 
The question, “What if a Vampire got Save,” intrigued me. I had to know more. As I learned, I met all types of people, saved, real Christians and fake Christians and everyone in between.
 
I loved the book.  
 
 
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Game Changer

Rachel Howard, a brilliant neuroscientist, is working to make it possible to upload years of knowledge into your mind.

She crosses paths with Kevin Quinn, a Secret Service agent desperate to kill the president.

My Thoughts

I hope what’s written in this book never becomes reality. But the realness of it, I’m afraid there’s a possibility.

This thriller whiplashed my mind with twists and mind-exploding science.  Very intriguing.

This will stay with me for a long time, as the possibilities are haunting.

One point I do take issue with is the idea true Christians can have their belief wiped out. I believe that belief is within the soul, and that can’t be touched. Now, I can agree that people who call themselves Christ followers and store everything in the mind can.

In, Remembering Dresden, the reader travels to Dresden, Germany. Bombs fall from British and American planes, wiping out an entire town. The story follows one particular family during those horrible days.
 
The reader then travels to the
present with Jack Turner working on a college paper titled, Dresden.
 
My Thoughts:

One can’t help but like Jack and Rachel, from When Night Comes, the first book in this series. (It’s not necessary to read this book first, only recommended.)

 
When I started reading Remembering Dresden, I couldn’t stop. Suspense and mystery kept me going. The mystery was set-up in the first section of the book, and suspense had me wondering what was going to happen next.
I enjoy Dan’s writing style. It’s simple, yet the characters are complex. I look forward to the next book in this series.
 
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The setting is 1906, New York City. An organization known as the “Black Hand” has been terrorizing the people.

Fast paced, action filled and suspense driven.

I did have to stay alert to all the cast of character, as there were a lot. It helped to have a glossary of people in the front of the book.

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That aside, I thought the book was very good. It gave me a glimpse into early 1900 American history. At a time when Teddy Roosevelt was President and crime was fought without technology.

I did get a good sense of what it was like, for that I’ve given the book a five-star rating.

Advertised as a house of secrets.
Janice Swenson travels to Martha’s Vineyard. She preps a vacant property, a cottage, to put it on the real-estate market.
Shane Gillum has different plans, a secret agenda.
My Thoughts:

This book is packed full of secrets. Unknowns that kept the pages turning and the story exciting.

Janice and Shane, both were not the persons they claimed to be, and each has a good reason to keep their identities a secret.
I purchased this book (Shake Down) after I read Jill’s, “Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View.” A book I’ve read several times and still reading and studying. I wanted to see the deep point of view in writing, and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved Jill’s style of writing and plan to read more of her books.
If you like adventure, mystery, love, and good strong characters, this book is for you.

 

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