Are you a fan of anthologies chalk full of inspiring stories? Then “Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories of Survival” is the book for yoAre you a fan of anthologies chalk full of inspiring stories? Then “Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories of Survival” is the book for you. This is a collection of true stories written by fellow believers in Christ who have survived against the odds and triumphed in spite of it all. From diseases to turbulent relationships, accidents to addictions, here are 50 testimonials of how God worked in our (yes, I saw ‘our;’ more on that in a little bit) lives and continues to watch over us. If you enjoy reading anthologies, please consider reading the other books in the “Miracles & Moments of Grace” series.
This is the first book of the “Miracles & Moments of Grace” series that I have read, though I intend to read the others fairly soon. It is quite reminiscent of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. I was moved to tears by several of the stories and inspired how many of the authors not only survived and then went on to thrive afterwards. All I can say is that God moves in mysterious ways. I love stories of survival, especially those that show God as our rescuer. I can’t begin to describe how many times He has rescued me. Ironically enough, a short story by yours truly entitled, “A Shot in the Dark,” is featured in this book. I am very proud that my story was included and thank the author for selecting it. ...more
Eighteen year old identical twins, Helena and Ruth Nowak live in desperate times, in Nazi Occupied Poland. Their father is gone and with their motherEighteen year old identical twins, Helena and Ruth Nowak live in desperate times, in Nazi Occupied Poland. Their father is gone and with their mother ill, they have the sole responsibility of caring for their younger siblings. While they are twins, Helena and Ruth could not be more opposite. Helena has taken on the role of the man of the family whereas Ruth is very much the mother. When Helena discovers a downed American paratrooper, she must choose between doing the right thing and what is right for her family. Love begins to bloom, and as in war, nothing goes according to plan. Okay, this is not my first Pam Jenoff book; I’ve read a couple others and liked them pretty well. When I heard this was going to be based in Poland and about a simple Polish, I was psyched (one of my own WIP is based in WWII Poland and is about a Polish family). I had a feeling I was going to like it, but had no clue that I was going to walk away feeling different. Secular books don’t usually have that effect on me. Both Helena and Ruth were appealing characters, though I have to say, the character Helena struck a chord with me. I won’t go into detail, though I will say the ending of “The Winter Guest,” was bittersweet. There was enough sad to be realistic and enough happy to leave me satisfied for the characters. ...more
Young Anniston “Anni” Harlan is growing up in the south in the late 1970’s and comes from a good, socially prominent family. The family gathers togethYoung Anniston “Anni” Harlan is growing up in the south in the late 1970’s and comes from a good, socially prominent family. The family gathers together to celebrate Thanksgiving and the newly announced engagement of her aunt. Due to the wickedness of her uncle, her father dies and her aunt is left a broken woman. Anni must face the fact that her good, Christian family isn’t what she thought it was. In a small town, rumors spread. The only bright spot is a new friend she makes, but even that relationship is affected. Dark secrets become unveiled and only an abiding faith in Christ can bring healing. All I can say about this “How Sweet the Sound” is “WOW, WOW, WOW!” To be frank, I rarely read Christian fiction anymore. I am tired of the one-dimensional characters, the cliché dialog and the predictable situations. I was looking for something new to read, and after learning that this book was from the POV of a teen girl in the south and told in the first person, I picked it up. My expectations were low; after a few pages I usually get frustrated and toss whatever book I’m reading back in my library bag. I was drawn in by the characters, the beautiful descriptions and the meat of the story itself. I don’t want to give anything away, but Anni Harlan was an intriguing protagonist and her narration of the events reminded me of Scout Finch’s narration in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” For the first time in a long time, a book affected me and made me tear up. I felt like I was in the south when reading it and was convinced that the author, Amy K. Sorrells was a southerner. To my surprise, I learned she lives in Indiana, my home state! Kudos to this fellow Hoosier! ...more