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I’m headed off on a mid-summer adventure :-), but before I depart, I thought I’d sum up what I’ve been reading this summer, in the midst of finishing/editing A Holy Passion.
Among the books I’ve read so far this summer are:
My thoughts: A breathtakingly beautiful and unique depiction of redemption, The Last Sin Eater ranks up with Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion Trilogy. Not only is the premise both captivating and heartbreaking – a little girl needs to find the man dubbed “the Sin Eater” so she can be released from her intense guilt – but the story is written with many “layers” – Just as you think you have it all figured out, another aspect comes to light that you weren’t expecting but fits perfectly into the puzzle the author has created. Anyone who loves Catherine Marshall’s Christy will adore this, as the setting and time period are very similar to those in Christy, though the story itself is very different.
My thoughts: Charles Stanley’s sermons and walk with God have strongly influenced my outlook on life in general, as I’ve heard him preach since I was a little girl… My mom listened to his sermons on radio and cassette while she did housework and drove – such a blessing! (Even if your children don’t seem to be listening, I really believe, from my own experience, that hearing godly teaching is so beneficial to their walk with God as they get older.) So, when I heard that Dr. Stanley was writing an autobiography, I was thrilled. This autobiography was not a disappointment, either — Like he always has, in his autobiography, Stanley continues to give God all the credit for any “achievements” and continually points his readers to “obey God, and leave all the consequences to Him.” If you are looking for incredible encouragement from a man who has withstood – by the grace of God – incredible trials in his walk of faith, pick up this not-too-long-to-read autobiography.
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My thoughts: I’ve never read anything by Karen Witemeyer before, but others have long recommended her books to me. So when the option to review one came up, I thought that I would give it a try. 🙂 I loved the cover of this novel – the heroine looks like she is brimming with a very happy secret and the telegraph equipment intrigued me.
Overall, I enjoyed this easy-reading story and learned *a lot* about late 19th-century telegraphy ~ That unique historical backdrop of Heart on the Line really kept me interested. The author also includes an unorthodox hero – a “nerdy”, bicycle-riding fellow telegrapher who flirts in Morse code – which was a humorous touch that I enjoyed. Funny enough, since I could figure out what would happen with Grace and Amos fairly early on, it was supporting character Helen’s story that ended up really piquing my curiosity – I wish we had gotten to have a whole book for her! 🙂
Witemeyer has a deft touch with words, and her story is tightly-woven ~ The reading itself is really enjoyable (even apart from the story) as a result. Grace and Amos are distinctive individuals who truly felt like living, breathing people. I would have liked the Christianity of the characters to be even more involved in the storyline, but I appreciated that it was included. Taking everything into account, Heart on the Line was a fun story with a solid message of appreciating the way in which God makes us each unique.
A copy of this book was provided by Bethany House to me, and I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection by Joanne Bischof, Amanda Dykes, Heather Day Gilbert, Jocelyn Green, and Maureen Lang
Between Heaven and the Real World by Steven Curtis Chapman
The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz
A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White