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Monday, January 31, 2011

An Amish Love

The book, An Amish Love, is actually a triple compiliation of three novellas. A Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long tells the story of Abigail who has been raised by her single Amish father. She tells a lie that results in her marriage to Joseph (who has a secret of his own). The story is of how they both grow to realize that they truly have fallen in love. A wonderful read - you will laugh and cry at the same time.

What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller is the story of Ellie who is blind after a car accident five years ago. It is also the story of Chris Miller who left the Amish faith after he lost his fiance in the same accident. He comes back to the Amish community & meet Ellie. This story is one of forgiveness, love & learning to move forward after a tragedy.

Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman is the story of Namaan Lapp who left his family over a year ago. He suddenly returns home & finds that he has to prove to his wife, Levina, and his children that he can be trusted. He really has no explanation about why he left. A stranger also follows him to his community & rumors begin about why this person is hunting him. You will see how he and his wife begin to find young love again & the story shows that it's important to nurture your marrage - even when you are overwhelmed by children and work.

Each story was an easy read and each story had it's own message for the reader's heart. Even if you have not read Amish fiction before, you will love the messages this book provides. A wonderful read !!

I was provided this book for free from Thomas Nelson so that I could review the material. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Faith of Ronald Reagan

by Mary Beth Brown

First, let me state that I think Ronald Reagan is the best President that our country has had in our lifetime. I admire him as a man, as our President - his thoughtful insights, his ability to talk to anyone from anywhere and put them at ease, his strong beliefs and morals, his love of God and family.

I liked this book but I was somewhat disappointed. Yes - Ronald Reagan as man was shaped by his mother's love, how he was raised and his love of God. Without his faith, I do not think he would have dealt with adversity as well as he did - other prominent figures are proof of that. However, I did not really enjoy the way in which this book was written. It seems repetitive and covered the same passages from the Bible and the same information from chapter to chapter.

The author did a good job of demonstrating times in President Reagan's live where his faith pulled him through but the background information was choppy and I believe she attempted to place TOO much information in a smaller written book. The book would have been a better read if he had maybe organized it differently. In the manner it is written, I found myself periodically skimming over sections because they didn't seem pertinent to the entire book.

If you love President Reagan, you would like this book, but I believe that overall there are a couple of other books that demonstrate his faith in a more meaningful and easier read.

I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


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