I absolutely love finding a good book and I found a real treasure in The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin. Not only did I find a really good book, but an author whose novels I want to read.
I selected The Sea Before Us based on the subject matter, World War II and D-Day. My parents and grandfather were in the military and fought in World War II. They were part of the greatest generation who fought with great courage to defeat Hitler.
The Sea Before Us starts out in 1941 with a young man in Texas, Wyatt Paxton, who’s in middle of circumstances that will change the trajectory of not only own his life, but his family’s as well. Fast forward three years to London, England where readers are introduced to Dorothy Fairfax a Second Officer with the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Wyatt and Dorothy are just two of the British and Allied forces who are working diligently to prepare maps and intelligence for the troops and their upcoming invasion of France to beat back and crush Hitler, the German forces and all those who’ve perpetrated such great evil.
The setting of the novel during World War II and the preparation for the upcoming Allied invasion was fascinating. The author’s research and attention to detail comes through. The characters were well written and I appreciated how their faith and personal growth was developed during the course of the story.
I highly recommend The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin, it’s an interesting book with likeable realistic characters you will want to get to know. This author knows how to write historical fiction that will grab you and keep your attention. I look forward to reading Sarah’s earlier work and future novels.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Revell Publishing Group for the opportunity to read The Sea Before Us in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Lord grant me a faith
That remains steadfast in the face of trials
Faith that does not wither or fade
But one that looks beyond this present trial
To find joy in the greater work You will accomplish
Mature and grow my faith and trust in You
When I don’t know what to do or what step to take
In faith, let wisdom be my plea
Instead of deliverance from this trial
May I ask with confidence
Knowing that God who is all wise
Gives wisdom generously to those who ask in faith
Let me not doubt You
Or turn back, only to resort to my own sinful ways
Like Christ, give me a single-minded focus
Be not double-minded and tossed around like a wave
Driven by the wind of this stormy trial
But firmly believe God as revealed in Scripture
May I trust God with confidence and unquenchable faith
Know there is a crown of life that awaits me
All because Christ bore a crown of thorns
Was crucified and died for my sin
The One who rose victorious
Will help me steadfastly persevere under trials
By Susan Wachtel
June 9, 2017
Recently, I was contacted by author and poet Daniel Kerdin to see if I would be interested in reading his new book of poems, Of Poetry and God. As a fellow poet, I was excited to read Daniel’s new book in which he shares about his faith.
I am so glad that I was able to read this collection of Daniel’s poems. I especially liked the ones that focused on people and events from Scripture. Some of the poems sparked my imagination and others caused me to reflect on my own life and God’s work in the lives of His people. As I read the poems based on the Bible, it made me want to reread those passages Scripture again, so I could better understand and appreciate the words Daniel used in his poems to capture the scenes.
Some of my favorites are A Shepherd’s Tale, One the Road, The Blessing and Redemption. In his poem, Wordsmiths, Daniel put into words the experience what writing poems is like.
In the poem, Hail, Queen of Heaven, you will see the view of Mary from a Catholic view, which contrasts greatly from the Protestant view of what the Bible teaches about Mary. There were a couple of poems I didn’t really connect with or understand. But overall, I really liked Daniel’s poems.
If you like Scripture or poems about faith and life, you may enjoy Daniel Kerdin’s book, Of Poetry and God. This is a book I will read again. It was an enjoyment to read the work of this wordsmith.
I would like to thank Daniel Kerdin for an opportunity to read his new book, Of Poetry and God. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
It seems Your hand of providence
Is best understood when looking back
As I move forward in faithful obedience
I see that You have prepared the way
I feel Your gentle hand guiding me
Directing my footsteps
With each step taken I can clearly see
That You have gone before me and prepared the way
Lord, I must confess that I don’t understand
The whys and wherefore of this new chapter
I’m not certain what You will be doing in me
Or how You might use me as part of Your plan
When I feel weak and overwhelmed
Help me to cry out to You for strength, wisdom and peace
Help me to not hesitate in fear of the unknown
But unwaveringly follow Your lead
by Susan Wachtel
July 10, 2014
For my precious friend, I pray and bless you
I bless you with faith that rises
Faith that burns brighter
In the darkness of trials
I bless you with faith like a jewel
A multifaceted diamond
Sparkling and reflecting the Light of God
I bless you with faith that takes God at His Word
“All things are possible to him who believes.”
A responsive heart that confesses, “I believe. Help me with my unbelief.”
I bless you with faith that remembers
Your Savior suffered and was tempted
And is able to help and strengthen you today
I bless you with faith that trusts God
When all others tell you to abandon ship
You will remember that God still calms the stormy seas
I bless you to remember your Savior’s compassion
He stands ready to wipe away your tears
With His nail scarred hands
I bless you to praise God,
Unapologetic, out loud and with boldness
Though others may tell you to curse God
I bless you to know with confident assurance
That God is perfectly weaving your trials and pain
Into a beautiful tapestry of your life
I bless you to recognize
That God will never waste your trials
Be confident that He will use them to help others
I bless you to remember book by book
Who God has revealed Himself to be
In holy and inerrant Scripture
I bless you to recall the names of God
Reflect and remember
How He has proven Himself over and over in your life
I bless you to rejoice always
Pray without ceasing
In everything and for everything give thanks
I pray that your faith will stand strong, even in times of trials and tribulation or in the doldrums of life. I pray that your faith will rise and be strengthened on the Solid Rock of Scripture. In those times when God seems to be silent, that you will turn to God’s Word and remind yourself about who God is, see what He has revealed about Himself in Scripture. I pray that you will hide God’s Word in your heart so that you may not sin against Him. That when other’s faith fails them, praises of God will come forth from your lips, strengthening your heart and mind and the faith of other believers. I pray for you to have a heart and mind that desires to know God more and to be obedient. I pray that you will be open and teachable, bendable and yielded unto the Lord God Almighty. I pray that you will fear God, not man. That you will turn to the Bible, holy and inerrant Scripture, daily to know who you are in Christ. That you will be bold, confident and unapologetic in your proclamation of the Gospel, knowing that it is the power of God for salvation of all who believe, first the Jew and then the Greek. I pray that you will desire to bless the Lord each day with how you live, what you say and think, even down to the desires and thoughts and intentions of your heart. I pray for you to hunger and thirst after righteousness, to desire to be washed by the water of God’s Word daily. It is in the incomparable, blessed and holy name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen and amen!