Oh, how my heart hurts
For my sweet boy Rudy
Has passed away
So sudden and unexpected
I’m surrounded by so many memories
Everywhere I turn
I remember where you were
Because everything has a story
You came into my life during some difficult years
I remember adopting you, this cute little orange kitten
Rather scrappy but oh so full of personality
That boy could purr
When we open the door
You were always there to greet us
You never knew a stranger
Always eager to meet someone new
Perched on your cat stand
You looked out the window
Watched the birds
Then napped in the sun
With patience you waited for your brother Junior
Until he came out of hiding three weeks later
Then you became fast friends for life
Sure, you had your little tussles but they didn’t last
When Sissy came along
You watched and waited for her
Soon she was with you 24/7
How her heart must be hurting right now
I will always remember our drive from California to Texas, 3 ½ days
3 kitties in their carries, 2 birds in a cage, winding our way in 2 cars
Junior and Sissy slept in their litter box and piddled in their beds
Only Rudy got it right
Oh, how my sweet boy loved sunshine
Catching a patch of morning sunshine in the office
Sitting on the tub for early afternoon
Catching the last rays of sun as you lay on our bed
Boy oh boy, did Rudy love to eat
The big boy with the tiny meow
Persistently and loudly let us know it was breakfast time
Getting close to dinner, Rudy was there to keep me on track
Rudy knew the real deal
A piece of chicken or tuna, uh no thank you
Cat treats, No! Wouldn’t touch it!
He stuck with the real stuff, canned food and dry
Towards the end of his days
When his sight was failing
He would tap his water so he could know it was there
Then we would find a little trail of Rudy prints on the floor
Rudy loved to be loved
He loved to meet new people
He made friends where ever he went, even the vets
We often heard, “He is so sweet!”
But he had a special friendship
With our friend Julie
My social butterfly needed companionship
So, Julie came and spent time with him while we were away
When we had guests
The other kitties were scarce
But Rudy safely guarded Ron and Carol
Keeping watch just outside their door
Rudy loved water, at bath time
He would sit on the side and drape his tail in the water
After a shower, he could be found sitting in the stall
Not the least disturbed by the water
Clipping his nails was a breeze
I could easily snip them off and be done
Not so with Junior who has to be tackled
Taking three times longer
Rudy wasn’t fearful or afraid
I never heard him growl or hiss
Towards the end, he was leery of our new dryer
He could see the clothes through the glass door and rushed on by
My favorite time with Ru was nap time
He would never sit on my lap
But he loved to curl up and lay by my side
Tucked safely under the blanket
He slept better than anyone I’ve ever known
And he snored…loudly!
When we let him sleep in our room
He slept the whole night through
It was fun to watch Rudy, even in his old age
Have moments when he was frisky and playful
Batting a catnip mouse on the floor
Or watching the ball go around the cat scratcher
The end came sudden and so unexpected
What seemed like a simple vet visit
Soon escalated into something serious
We had a hard decision to make
You sought to be alone, curled up in a corner
Suddenly, Sissy hissed, was afraid and stayed away
Junior who had been with you for years
Wouldn’t come near and ran away
As you laid in your bed in the sun
Sissy fearfully peered around the corner
With big eyes she watched
Then ran away
As we drove to the vet
I sat beside you
Petting you for the last time
My poor boy, you were suffering and in pain
In tears we held you
Heard you purr your last purr
And then you were gone
Rudy, you took a piece of my heart with you
It’s hard walking in our home and remember you are no longer there
Each room I enter there are memories of you
I miss you my sweet boy, you were my ray of sunshine
Ever so grateful that you were ours for 13 ½ years
Rudy, mama’s sweet boy
Adopted October 28, 2006
Died May 7, 2020
Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour (and Giveaway!) for Clear Confusion by Kathy M. Howard, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Clear Confusion
Author: Kathy M. Howard
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: July 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Suspense/Thriller
What am I going to do, God? Who am I?
Charlotte Hallaway needs to come to terms with her father’s death. He had been her only family, and she wasn’t handling her grief well. It was just supposed to be a few weeks of peace and quiet to process it all, but then she saw them-a drug deal and a murder within seconds of each other.
And they saw her.
Now running for her life, Charlotte boards a bus to escape her pursuers and wakes up the next morning in the woods of Jennings, Georgia, without a memory of how she got there or of who she is. All she knows is an underlying fear she can’t seem to shake.
When two hunters find her battered and scared, can she put aside the clear confusion she’s experiencing to trust them? She wants to trust them, especially Nicholas, but fear is holding her back. Trust is incredibly hard when one is so clearly confused. Could it be he and his friend are not who they claim to be?
Who are they really . . . and who is she?
Clear Confusion Excerpt
The woman awoke to the sound of wind dancing rather loudly through the treetops and a strange sense of fear. Underneath her, a cool, hard ground gave off a scent of wet mud, causing her nostrils to crinkle.
Inside, her head pounded with her heartbeat. She squeezed her eyes shut, giving herself a minute. It didn’t do much good. Her mind was too fuzzy to successfully decipher her bearings. Somehow an internal fog blocked her ability to reason.
God, where am I?
Although she heard evidence of early morning hours, it was dark, practically pitch black. Nothing visible beyond a few feet, and even that was blurry. Another gust of wind blew, bringing a breeze across her left cheek. A few goose bumps appeared. The other side of her face, shielded from the gust, remained impressed in dried mud. Although it was hard, it felt icky pasted against her skin. She tried to gently pull herself out of the crusted grime but found the movement harder than she’d expected.
The muscles in her arms and legs were sore—really sore. But why? She sat up tenderly, placing a hand on her forehead. The effort to lift her body proved difficult. Carefully and ever so slowly, she stood the rest of the way. With one hand steadying her head and the other outstretched, she inched her feet forward, searching for something sturdy.
Why do I have on only one shoe? Where is my other shoe?
My Review – Clear Confusion by Kathy M Howard – Gripping Suspense, Romance and Grounded in Faith
Clear Confusion is the first book I’ve read by Kathy M Howard and what a great introduction into this author’s work. I loved this book!
Just who is Charlotte and what in the world did she see that caused her to flee? How did she end up in a tree in the forest, scratched, bruised and hurting? Who are these men that awakened her? Friends or foes? Most of all why can’t she remember anything? Not even who she is or where she came from?
From the get-go, the reader will be dropped into the middle of a suspenseful story that will grip you until the very end. The truth about what happened to Charlotte will be unveiled as she has to trust and depend on Nicholas Nelson and his family as they provide a safe haven for her.
I love mysteries and suspense and this book is filled with both. But it doesn’t stop there, the story and characters are well developed. I loved that the Nelson family were kind, decent and caring people that come alongside Charlotte when she is vulnerable, hurting and doesn’t know who she is. Romance is a part of the story and developed slowly as Nicholas is interested in Charlotte, but he doesn’t rush her, instead he gives her the time to heal and remember first.
What I appreciated most about Clear Confusion is that the Christian faith and the Gospel are woven throughout this story. Though Charlotte didn’t know who she was, she knew that God and Jesus Christ were part of her life. Even in her fear, she knew she should pray and read the Bible. Faith is a big part the Nelson family’s life too.
I appreciated that Kathy Howard didn’t have the characters make stupid decisions that put themselves in danger to advance the story or heighten the suspense. Her characters were smart and reasonable. I loved that the Gospel of Christ was clearly presented in this book and how faith was lived out by the characters in what they said and prayed and how they lived their lives.
While I suspected who the bad guys were, there remained some mystery because, until the end, I didn’t know who two of the villains where and how they were connected to other characters.
Clear Confusion by Kathy M Howard was a great story. Interesting, filled with suspense and made just right by characters living out their Christian faith. I give Clear Confusion a big thumbs up and look forward to reading more of author Kathy M Howard’s books in the future.
I would like to thank Ambassador International and Just Read Tours for providing a complimentary copy of Clear Confusion. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review. The views expressed are solely my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathy M. Howard resides in south Georgia with her husband and two children. She has been involved in some form of education since 1998 as an elementary school teacher, a private school principal, and presently as a homeschooling mom. As a child, she despised reading, dreading every assignment the subject gave. As an adult, Kathy finally learned to appreciate the written word, so much so that she is rarely seen without her nose in a book.
She loves the Lord and wants to share Jesus where she can, using words written and spoken. By God’s goodness and with the support and love of her family, she has written two novels, From Dishes to Snow (October, 2014), and its sequel, From Driftwood to Sapphire (August, 2015).
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I respect John MacArthur as a pastor, teacher and authority on the Bible and that’s why I was excited at the opportunity to read his newest book Final Word – Why We Need the Bible.
We are living in turbulent times, in our nation and in this world. We are seeing the effects of postmodernism and the denial of absolute truth and right and wrong. As a Christian, I would hope and pray that it wouldn’t impact the Christian church, but it has. In recent weeks and months, there have been controversies over women preaching and the Southern Baptist Convention was dealing with issues of gender identity, sexuality, racism, and intersectionality. These issues can be very divisive and difficult to respond to, especially if you don’t have the knowledge and confidence in the absolute authority of God’s Word the Bible.
John MacArthur’s book Final Word is very timely in helping Christians to understand the bedrock of our faith, the Bible. John is very measured and precise in the issues he raises, the examples he gives as evidence and what the Bible says and how we, as believing Christians, should respond.
John lays out the evidence to show how The Bible Is Under Attack both from the secular culture and even from within the church. He reminds the reader that the ultimate attack is from Satan. Not only does he show current examples but looks back over history. As I was reading this book, I felt like I was reading headline news.
From there, John goes on to show with unapologetic authority that, The Bible is True, The Bible is Authoritative, The Bible is the Catalyst of Spiritual Growth, The Bible is Central to Faithful Ministry, and The Bible is Food for the Soul.
If you read Final Word, you will come away with a clear understanding of what’s happening in the world and within the church today and have a historical perspective as to how we got to where we are. You will come away better equipped to understand and stand in defense of the Bible. This book is refreshingly truthful and stands strong on the Word of God.
I highly recommend Final Word by John MacArthur. This book is a keeper, you’ll want to read it again and will likely want to share it with other believers, those in the ministry.
I would like to thank Reformation Trust Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Final Word in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
I’m participating in this week’s Five Minute Friday writing challenge. If you like to write or need some inspiration and encouragement be sure to check it out.
Today word prompt: Name
For the first 3 months of my life I didn’t have a name because I was given up for adoption at birth. On my original birth certificate, it only recorded my birth mother’s last name. Legal paperwork recorded my name as Baby Girl Dawson.
Three months later, my parents Frank and Gayle Bunts adopted me and I was given the name Susan Harriett Bunts. From that day on, I was someone’s daughter and sister to my brothers Michael and Patrick.
My first name was given by my brother Michael. He had a girlfriend named Susan and later he had a cow that he named Suzy. The name Susan means lily and is of Hebrew origins. When I think of a lily, I think of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The name Harriett was the name of my father’s mother whom he loved greatly. Harriett is French and means home ruler which is kind of appropriate because I love being home. “There’s no place like home.”
At the age of 49, I was given a new last name when I married Christopher Wachtel and I was welcomed into the Wachtel family. I wish I had the opportunity to meet my in-law Leo and Ruth Wachtel. I look forward to meeting them in heaven. In the mean time I am blessed to know the rest of the Wachtel family.
Even though I’ve lived with those names for many years, the name I value most is Christian. At the age of 32, I finally recognized that I was a sinner and repented of my sin. I recognized that there is a God to whom I will give an account and that He is the God of the Bible. He made a way for me to be forgiven through His Son Jesus Christ and His sacrificial atoning death on the cross. Christ’s death paid the penalty for my sin and for all who repent believe in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sin.
God assures believers that He has called us by name.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!”
Isaiah 43:1 c-d
Everyone who is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory,
Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”
Though I didn’t have a name for the first three months of my life, God knew me and He called me by name.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
Before God laid the foundations of the world, He knew and called me.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
Though I did not have a name for the first three months of my life, God knew me, He knew my name and He called me to salvation through Jesus Christ.
Though I may have been considered an accident by my birth mother, God planned my life before He laid the foundations of the world.
When I think about who I am, first and foremost I think of myself as a Christian and that truth overshadows everything else in my life.
He was a man of desperate faith
Jairus was willing to risk it all
As he fell at the feet of Jesus
Reputation, respect and honor
What did that mean to him now
As his little girl lay dying
He went to the One
The only One who had the power
Over sickness and disease, even life and death
In desperation he begged
My daughter, she is going to die, unless
Please…come…touch and heal her. So, Jesus went.
She was desperate, when would she ever have another chance
The crowds said Jesus was coming
He alone had the power to heal her
For twelve long years, she was considered unclean
An outcast, no one would even touch her
Everything had been wasted on doctors who couldn’t help her
In faith, with a trembling hand
She reached out and touched the hem of Jesus’ cloak
Immediately, after twelve long years, she was healed
Instead of going on His way
“Who touched Me?”
He looked around and saw her
He cared for her, for she was someone’s beloved daughter too
She confessed, He proclaimed, “Your faith has made you well.”
Waiting, the father’s desperation grew
Every moment, with every delay
He wondered, was his daughter still alive
The synagogue officials came with grim news
Don’t bother, she’s dead
Then Jesus said, “Do not fear…only believe.”
When they arrived, they were greeted with weeping and wailing
Mourners laughed when Jesus said, “She’s asleep.”
But the place emptied when He said leave
Surrounded by those who loved this girl
Parents with desperate faith
Jesus commanded, “Talitha, arise!” And she arose.
Astounded with joy
Her parents took her by the hand
“Tell no one!” And Jesus departed
January 7, 2019
She has a defiant faith
One that rests
Not in her circumstances
But in God alone
When her prayers seem to be unanswered
And God is silent
She strengthens her heart mind soul and spirit
In God’s perfect and inerrant Word
When others give way to doubt or fear
She instead sets her mind on Christ
And remembers His benefits
Her soul bursts forth in worship and praise
She knows of her heavenly Father’s great love
Before the foundation of the world was laid
He called her to salvation through His Beloved Son’s sacrifice
He has sealed her with the Holy Spirit
If He has met her greatest needs
Surely, He will care for her needs today
She chooses to trust God as He has revealed Himself to be
Her confidence rests in His unchanging, merciful lovingkindness
She has a defiant faith, a confident faith
One that does not waver
Like a light that does not dim
She rests secure in the Solid Rock of Jesus Christ
By Susan Wachtel
December 19, 2018
To a strong woman of God who is trusting God in her time of waiting upon the Lord.
I’m so grateful to be participating in today’s Five Minute Friday writing challenge. If you like to write or need some inspiration and encouragement from others be sure to check it out.
Today word prompt: Burden
The burdens the Lord brings
Or allows into our lives
He never meant for us to carry them alone
He has a good purpose and plan
A design for each one
He knows our burdens and cares for each one of us
A burden that will cause us
To repent of our sin
Cry out to the Lord for forgiveness
A burden that will reveal
Our weakness and deep abiding need
Cause us to depend and rely upon the Lord
A burden that will grow and change us
Take us from selfish and self-focused
Develop a compassionate and caring heart
The Lord invites us to cast our burdens upon Him
He is the Lord and daily bears our burdens
We in turn are to bear one another’s burdens
Won’t you come to the One who invites you
Take Christ’s yoke upon you and learn
For His yoke is easy and His burden is light
November 9, 2018
She’s like a breath of fresh air
Or a ray of sunshine
Lighting up the room
Sharing what she loves
Giving of herself
She delights in, inspires and encourages others
Gifted by God
Recreating the beauty around her with paint
Capturing a moment in time with her camera
The Lord and His Word are never far from her thoughts
She’s sees His hand in creation
All around her analogies of what God and faith are like
Never an unkind word comes from her mouth
Gratitude and thanksgiving flow from her heart
A gentle, peaceful spirit and ever so kind
So grateful I am, for my precious friend
July 27, 2018
As someone who loves a good mystery, I’m always on the lookout for a good suspense novel and I found just what I was looking for in Rachel Dylan’s newest book Lone Witness, the second book it the Atlanta Justice series.
Lone Witness tells the story of Sophie Dawson, a prosecutor in the city of Atlanta. After presenting closing arguments against a crooked CEO, she wanted to get started on her newest case in the white-collar crimes unit. Though the crimes may be different from the general trial division, what drove Sophie didn’t change. She wanted to seek justice for those who had been victimized. After putting in a long day at work, Sophie wanted to run in to the Quick-Stop for a snack on her way home. That one little decision would impact her in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Instead of being the prosecutor, she would be the lone eye witness against a gang member who brutally murdered two people.
What I liked about Lone Witness, was not only the courtroom drama, suspense and mystery, but also the characters. They had interesting careers and were decent, likable people that I came to care about. Rachel challenges the reader not to automatically categorize a character (defense attorney) as good or bad or assume you know their motives. This book has some surprising twists and turns and it was interesting trying to figure out who done it. I appreciated that the character’s Christian faith was woven into the story.
Not only did I find a good book to read in Lone Witness, but I found an author, Rachel Dylan, whose work I liked and is new to me. I look forward to going back and reading her earlier work and future novels.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for the opportunity to read Lone Witness in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Joel C. Rosenberg is one of my favorite authors. If he writes a new book, I want to read it. So glad that I had the opportunity to read his latest book, The Kremlin Conspiracy.
What newspaper can you pick up today where you aren’t reading another article about Russia? Do the headlines about the Russian President, Russian journalists being murdered or former Russian spies being poisoned grab your attention? If so, you will want to read Joel’s newest book, The Kremlin Conspiracy, which seems to have been ripped from today’s headline news.
The Kremlin Conspiracy is a novel about the increasing tensions and threat of a military show down between the United States of America and Russia. Why in the world is Russia making a bold, but irrational, overreach of power? Though set on the world stage, Joel make this story personal by following the lives of Marcus Ryker and Oleg Kraskin through their relationships, work and the people that surround them, some of whom are powerful and influential world leaders. When their lives intersect how will they be changed? The reader comes to know and care about these people as their countries come closer to being on the brink of war.
From page 1 until the very end Joel holds the reader’s attention. One way I can tell if a novel is really good, is when I put the book down I’m still thinking about the characters and wondering what will happen next. There are some surprises in this story and you will be kept on the edge of your seat. I’m already looking forward to the next book in this series. I sure hope that Joel writes it quickly!
Something I especially appreciate about Joel’s books is that he weaves the Christian faith into some of the characters. I like that he is able to write an interesting story that doesn’t include filthy language or details about sexually immorality.
If you like suspense novels or fast-paced political thrillers that keep you up at night, you will want to read Joel C. Rosenberg’s newest novel, The Kremlin Conspiracy. You won’t want to put this one down!
I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers, Inc for the opportunity to read The Kremlin Conspiracy for free in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
So why would a conservative gal who backed Ted Cruz for President want to read Let Trump Be Trump – The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency by Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie?
If you had told me two years ago that I would read a book about President Trump, I wouldn’t have believed you. When Trump was the Republican Presidential candidate, I was not happy and had to decide, would I rather Hillary be President or Donald Trump. Looking at his time in office I see the President has kept a lot of his campaign promises and has made many conservative choices. That’s why I wanted to read this book, to have some insight into President Trump from the people who worked hard to help elect him President.
I’m glad I took the time to read Let Trump Be Trump. It was interesting to learn how he came to toss his hat in the ring for President. It’s hard to forget the crazy 2016 Presidential election and I found it fascinating to read about what was going during the campaign and behind the scenes with Trump and within his inner circle.
There are times I’d like to have the ability to delete some of Trump’s tweets, unpolished comebacks and offhanded remarks. There are times I like President Trump’s unpretentious communication. I appreciate that he is a fighter and truthteller, albeit unpolished, and he doesn’t take the garbage that the press tries to fling at him.
In Let Trump Be Trump, the reader will learn about episodes during the campaign and from his life that helped make this man who he is or reveal what he’s like. Despite his volatile temper and untamed mouth, Trump has lot of people who have worked for him over the years that are very loyal. In this book you’ll find some insight into why that is.
I give a thumb’s up and recommend Let Trump Be Trump by Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. It was an interesting and insightful read. There’s some profanity in this book related to conversations by Trump and the people who worked with him, so if that’s something that bothers you, you may want to pass on reading this book.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Hachette Book Group, Inc for the opportunity to read Let Trump Be Trump in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
I had previously read a novel by Janice Cantore and was looking forward to her new book Crisis Shot.
The story starts out with Long Beach Police Commander, Tess O’Rourke answering an emergency call where a fellow officer is imminent danger. How Tess responds, right or wrong, will affect her future. The story could be taken out today’s headline news, where every action a police officer takes is scrutinized and condemned, even when there is little merit to critic’s narrative.
When the fallout from Tess’ action doesn’t seem to be winding down, she decides to make a move to a small town in Oregon, with the hope of being able to resume the career she loves in law enforcement. It a huge change in her life. As Chief of Police in the small town of Rogue’s Hallow, she will be answering to the mayor and city council. It might be a small town but even there, evil is at work.
I sort of liked the main character Tess, but didn’t feel like I got to know her well or really care about her like I wanted to. There was a bit of a disconnect. At first, I struggled with how Tess continually compared police work and what people were like in the small town compared where she had spent most of her life, in Long Beach, CA. Then I realized if I had made such a drastic change in my life, I would likely be reflecting back on where I came from and what it was like back then. The reader will get an understanding of how police work in a big city differs from a small town. I liked how the relationships with fellow police officers changed as they worked with their new Police Chief.
The overall pace of the novel seemed to drag. Tess encountered many obstacles and people seemed to be tight lipped and withheld important information. I didn’t guess who the bad guy was, there weren’t a lot of clues along the way, just lots of suspicious behavior on the part of several towns people. I didn’t really connect with the characters. I didn’t come away from reading the book saying, “I can’t wait to find out what happens with Tess next.” Something was missing, but I’m not sure what it was.
The Christian faith is a small part of the story. Tess is not a believer, but there are several Christians she encounters along the way. If there is a sequel I hope that Christian faith is a bigger part of the story.
Crisis Shot is okay. I would definitely read Janice Cantore’s future books because of my good experience with her earlier novels. If you like mysteries and police novels, give Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore a try and be sure to read some of her earlier books.
I would like to thank Tyndale House and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Janice Cantore’s newest book Crisis Shot. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
What is it about an old barn that catches my eye? If I had my druthers, I’d probably stop at everyone I pass and take pictures.
Love the weathered wood and the metal roofing that’s rusting set against the gray winter sky.
Sandpiper Cove was the first book I’ve read by author Irene Hannon. I hope to read other books by this gracious and gifted author.
I loved reading this book. It was a real treasure with stories of grace and redemption in the lives several characters who live in Hope Harbor. This book is an example of why I like to read books by Christian authors who write about faith and show it lived out in their characters and everyday life.
Sandpiper Cove tells the story of Adam Stone, an ex-con who moved to Hope Harbor with the hopes of starting a new life for himself. He’s quiet and a bit of a loner. However, crime which he was hoping to get away from, comes to his doorstep, not once, but twice. Getting to know the police chief, Lexie Graham, was not on his list of things to do. However, providence was at work in the lives of these two people and their friends, family and co-workers.
I really liked the characters in this book, both the main characters and supporting characters. It felt like I could walk into Hope Harbor and meet these people and feel welcome. They were people I would want to know. I liked the relationships in this book and how it showed people can impact others for good or bad.
I appreciated that Sandpiper Cove was a safe book, one that did not assault me with vulgarity, profanity, sexual immorality and violence.
I highly recommend Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon. This book was a pleasure to read. The only problem I encountered was that it ended. I look forward to reading more of Irene’s books.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Revell publishers for the opportunity to read Sandpiper Cove. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
After reading Steven Curtis Chapman’s autobiography, Between Heaven and the Real World, I wanted to share pictures that I took at one of his concerts in 2007. It was at a church venue, so I was able to take pictures. An excellent concert…so glad I was able to attend.
I’m grateful when I come across a Pastor or Bible study teacher who is sound in their theology because it’s rooted and grounded in the Bible. Pastor and teacher Gregory Brown is one of those men. He studies to show himself as a workman approved and accurately handles the Word of Truth.
That’s why, I was eager to read Pastor Gregory Brown’s newest Bible Teacher’s Guide, Abraham: Living the Life of Faith. I’ve been privileged to study the book of Genesis in-depth several times under solid Bible teachers. Even though I’m familiar with Abraham’s story, Pastor Brown shares some sound interpretation of the passages and brings some new insights in this man of God who is foundational to both the Jewish and Christian faiths. He does this through the sound exposition of the Scripture.
Not only does he examine Abraham’s life and his faith, both his victories and failures, but Pastor Brown helps the reader to ask some challenging questions and apply what they are learning to their own lives.
You may wonder, what you can learn from a man who lived over 4,000 years ago. Is his life relevant to you today in a much different day and age? I can answer that with a resounding yes. Abraham, who was called by God and is known as a friend of God, is a Patriarch whom we can learn much from.
Do you ever wonder if God still calls people today? As a Christian how well do you respond to trials? Do you know any believers who seem to be falling away from their faith or are friends of this world? Do you ever do battle with fear, doubt and discouragement? Ever find yourself struggling with a sin, time and time again? Can you have victory over that sin? What promises in the Bible belong just to the people whom God spoke to and which ones can you as a Christian know with confidence belong to you too? These are just some of the areas Pastor Brown delves in to.
If you want a quick one minute Bible reading for each day with a clever quote, this book may not be for you. But if you want to better understand the Bible and who God is as He has revealed Himself in the perfect and inerrant Word of God, Abraham: Living the Life of Faith may be just what you are looking for. If you want someone who will deal with you straight, someone who preaches the Word in season and out of season, someone who will reprove, rebuke and exhort you with patience and instruction, then I encourage you to read Pastor Gregory Brown’s newest Bible Teacher’s Guide – Abraham: Living the Life of Faith. This book would be good for a group study and also for the individual.
I would like to thank Pastor Gregory Brown for the opportunity to read Abraham: Living the Life of Faith. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
If you would like to know more about Pastor Gregory Brown, please take a look at his website: Gregory Brown. On this website, you can learn about additional resources that are available.
Amen and amen! May we humble our hearts, come to the Lord in repentance. May we stay in God’s Word daily and submit to the Holy Spirit’s work in us. May we honor and glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father in all ways.