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Friday, August 22, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: FLABBERGASTED BY RAY BLACKSTON

From the moment I started this book by Ray Blackston I couldn’t put it down. I can’t attribute it to one particular thing but to a gift of combined talents that hooked me. These include his superb writing, keen observations, ability for humor, and a unique story telling style, all from a single man’s perspective.


The main character, Jay, an investment broker is single, new in town, and has recently broken up with his girlfriend.  Though he’s not necessarily a spiritually-minded person, Jay randomly chooses a Presbyterian church to attend. He acted on the advice of his real estate agent. According to her, churches are the best place to meet other singles. When the single’s group goes on a beach trip, Jay is captivated by Ali, a tan girl who marches to her own drummer and who just happens to be a short-term missionary on furlough from serving in Ecuador.  I can’t recall the last time I enjoyed a book with such a great combination of sensitivity and wit. Is it a romance, chick lit, or guy lit?  Is there such a thing?  You be the judge. I give this five out of five stars. And there’s good news. This is book one in a series of three.

Here's the amazon.com link.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review: Healing Grace by Lisa Lickel

When Grace Runyan experiences the loss of her husband, she moves to escape her pain and her past. She rents a home in a small Michigan town next door to a seriously  ill man with a young son. Grace’s personal tragedy and hurts run deep. The  more we get to know her, the more secrets we learn about her. As she begins to care for the little boy, and finds herself also attracted to his father, she is filled with turmoil, afraid to change giving her heart to yet another person she may lose.

Lickel slowly reveals more about Grace as the story unfolds. She’s a physician’s assistant with an extra something, a gift of healing which is both a blessing and curse. The fact that she wasn’t able to heal her husband or prevent her son and parents from dying haunts her and she blames herself.  An interesting and tender story on several levels. Those who have experienced deep loss may find themselves identifying with Grace who has been through so much.  I give this four out of five stars.

Here's the amazon.com link.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Giveaway: Mothers & Daughters: Mending a Strained Relationship

Here's your chance to win a print or electronic copy of my book, Mothers and Daughters: Mending a Strained Relationship

Here's a bit more about the book.

Mothers and daughters. In perhaps no other relationship are our hopes so high, and the dysfunction so disappointing. You feel locked into a hurtful relationship that you must deal with, and it's wearing you down. But Jesus knew the brokenness we would face in the world, even in close places such as family relationships, and still He promised the Counselor would come alongside us. As a daughter who has struggled to maintain a healthy relationship with her mother, author Teena Stewart will help you name your hurts, face the barriers that stand in the way of a healthy relationship, and forgive even the unforgivable. Learn how to cultivate a friendship, communicate more effectively, and become the change you want to see. There is hope for restoration and renewal.

Available through Amazon.com

To enter, leave a comment below WITH YOUR EMAIL  as to why you would like to win the book.  Print copies are only available for those in the U. S.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Book Review: The Heart of Thornton Creek by Bonnie Leon

I expected yet another romance lacking originality but Leon took this Christian historical  in another direction. When independent-minded Rebecca Williams is left without any prospects or means to support herself after her father dies, she has few prospects. Despite the fact that she doesn’t love him, she agrees to marry a young Australian, Daniel Thornton.

The Bostonian tries to mentally prepare herself for life in Australia but the reality of the stark landscape and culture broadside her. The Thornton’s are renown in the area and have vast holdings. Rebecca soon realizes the influence of her father-in-law, a professing Christian has. He enjoys a tyrannical rule in the local church and over  his family. Her independent nature and self-righteous father-in-law’s determination to rule over her, his family and anyone in his sphere puts them on a collision course. Leon creates even more conflict with an ex-girlfriend who still has designs on Daniel.


Leon creates good tension among the characters and in Rebecca’s marriage. I didn’t feel the Australian accents felt authentic though I can’t precisely say why. Despite that, It’s a good story that shows the extreme difference between following the letter of the biblical law to the letter and living by grace. I give it four out of five stars.

Here's the link on Amazon.com