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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


32 stories people have shared about ways they have seen a divine hand in their hardships, struggles, moments of danger and more.

This book will put any struggles you face or have faced in perspective and are a testament to the human spirit and faith in God.  I give this 4 out of 5 stars.

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Miracles: 32 True Stories

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Book Review: Daughter of Joy, Brides of Culdee Creek Book 1 by Kathleen Morgan

In this historical romance Abigail Stanton is a widow who has lost a child and a husband and is still grieving. She accepts a job as housekeeper for Conor MacKay, a gruff man who has not only been through a string of housekeepers but has also lost a wife who ran off and a son who stole from him and then disappeared. He also has a child from an Indian woman and has slept with several women in his past.

While Abby wrestles with her losses and her Christian faith, she makes it known to Conor she is not open to any of his advances. Slowly the love between them grows and she helps Conor’s tough and ostracized daughter see herself as something to be cherished. 

The author builds good romantic tension between the two romantic leads and with the daughter’s resistance to Abby. I felt that Abigail can come across as a little bit too prudish at times. It is a good story of redemption and reconnecting with Christian faith after life has caused deep hurts. I give it four out of five stars.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Review: The Redemption by Mary Lu Tyndall

This is the first in the King Pirates series by this author.

Charlisse Bristol fleas an abusive uncle and sets off to find the father she never met but a fiece storm shipwrecks her on a deserted island.  She’s rescued by Captain Merrick head of a group of pirates.

Devilishly handsome Merrick has recently turned his life over to Christ but he still has much more smoothing out from his past to got through. He feels responsible for her safety.  Despite her distrust of men, she falls for Merrick. What she doesn’t know is that her father is actually a notoriously cruel pirate Edward the Terror whom Merrick has sworn to capture and bring to justice.

If you love historicals and pirates, you’ll enjoy this book. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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The Redemption (Legacy of the King's Pirates Book 1)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Book Review: Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake

Letter Perfect (California Historical Series #1)
Accident prone Ruth Caldwell has been to many different finishing schools but never seems to make it through because she just can’t conform to the expectations of refinement for women of her day.

When her mother dies she goes west to find her father. When she arrives she learns he has died and she’s half owner of the ranch he held.

The love interest in this historical romance is Josh McCain, the son of her father's business partner.  As the story unfolds we learn that there’s more afoot due to Josh’s unscrupulous father who has designs on getting his hands on Ruth’s fortune.

I liked the concept of a woman not being able to conform to the standards of the day and Ruth’s low self-esteem thinking she’s worthless. It’s a good message, but overall I didn’t find the humorous situations the author tried to set up and the characters all that captivating and several times I almost gave up on the book as it wasn’t all that riveting. Even the auxiliary characters seemed to be more padding to get to a certain word count than they were of importance to the plot. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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Letter Perfect (California Historical Series #1)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Giveaway: The Beckoning by Michael Minot

In celebration of Michael Minot's new book, The Beckoning, Nearly Brilliant is giving away one copy of the book (print or ebook, winner's choice). To enter, leave a comment below with your email stating why you'd like to win a copy. Here's more about the book and the author.

Several years after graduating from law school, Michael Minot discovered something profound: the strong atheistic views he had held for so long failed miserably against the strengths of God's truth.

Michael Minot felt he was living the American dream. For a number of years he’d been reaping the professional and financial rewards of being a commercial litigation attorney. To him, life was great and getting better all the time. He first gained notoriety around his hometown as a nationally ranked tennis player. But now, years later, he was becoming known for his skills as a lawyer and as the youngest elected official in the area. And then, in his late 20's, Michael unexpectedly discovered something that turned his world and his entire idea of life upside down.

About the Book: In a response to a challenge from a friend, Michael agreed to investigate issues relating to science, philosophy, and the Scriptures. Comfortable with his life as an atheist, he began reading with an indifferent attitude. But what started as a casual inquiry soon turned into a time of intense research. What follows is the story of Michael’s journey, his thoughts and reactions to the evidence he discovered, and the new life that soon followed.

 To help people process their questions, Michael has a new book that explains what he discovered during his initial investigation. The Beckoning will equip readers with answers to the questions of how and why the complex parts of the environment we live in fit together. It also will explore how life doesn’t have to be an unsolvable, frustrating puzzle. God’s truths will be presented in a way so readers don’t just acquire knowledge, but understand the abundant life God offers and how to fully engage in it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Michael Minot, a lawyer, is a former atheist who now follows Christ. The Beckoning is not only his story regarding how his beliefs changed but an orderly and methodical account of how the methods he applied to find authentication and proof of God’s validity as he conducted research of the scriptures.

While still single, Minot was challenged by a Christian friend to set aside time to once and for all study the Bible and decide for himself whether it held real truths or was the fabrication of people who  want to believe God is real.  Minot determined to keep an open mind and remain as objective as possible. He not only looked at scripture but at science. What transpired is reminiscent of how newspaper journalist Lee Strobel set out to prove the Bible was bunk. Both Stroble, author of A Case for Christ, and Minot, not only ended up believing but dedicating their lives to following Christ and his teachings.

Minot’s 13 chapter book divides his research into categories. Topics covered include his findings on such matters as intelligent design related to the cosmos and the body. He also covers the authentication of prophecies and even counterfeit messengers (those claiming to know Christ but acting counter to Christ’s teachings.) Chapters I enjoyed the most include those on intelligent design and his candid discussion of counterfeit Christians. His findings and experiences in that chapter took me by surprise as he ended up finding church fellowship in a very conventional setting of a Baptist church. The author also discusses the education of pain, sharing how the early loss of three close friends and his young son to death, caused him to use an argument many atheists use; how can a caring God, if he really exists, let such bad things happen?

Minot’s book is logical and well written. Though I didn’t quite find the wow factor I had expected, the book provides insight into why atheists think the way they do. It also exhibits logic useful for discussion with those who might be spiritually seeking or open to dialogue about God’s existence. I give it four out of five stars.   

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The Beckoning: Examining the Truths That Transformed an Atheist Attorney Into a Believer In God (Morgan James Faith)