James Rubart is a brilliant writer. I've loved every one of his books, but The Five Times I Met Myself has to be his best, alongside Rooms. A story ofJames Rubart is a brilliant writer. I've loved every one of his books, but The Five Times I Met Myself has to be his best, alongside Rooms. A story of redemption, of forgiveness, and of working hard to make things right, you're sure to find something within the pages that will leave you thinking for a long time. The plot is intriguing, focusing on something we all wish we could do at some point in our lives - go back and make it right. Just when you think the lead character has life figured out, another twist turns him in a new direction. Strong characters and engaging dialogue make this a wonderful read that will have you turning pages late at night ... when you should be dreaming....more
There are two reasons I love the latest from Lynette.
1. The chapters are short (just a few pages each), so the reading is quick. And the story's easyThere are two reasons I love the latest from Lynette.
1. The chapters are short (just a few pages each), so the reading is quick. And the story's easy to follow, despite ...
2. Its twists and turns. Which have kept me turning pages to find out what happens next.
I think Lynette has taken suspense to a whole new level with this one. Her lead characters, Ian Lockwood and Jackie Sellers, are on the run. And, as the title implies, they're running out of places to hide. They've got the FBI on their tails for something they haven't even done. To make matters worse, they also have someone else chasing them down, and they keep catching up faster than the FBI. The big questions are: who is able to track them that well? And why?
One of the questions approached in this Christian novel is the idea that God allows bad things to happen to good people. I really loved how Lynette brought to life the fact that God has given people free will and a conscience to make our own choices. As much as there is good in this world, evil stands its ground too. And sometimes people make bad decisions or have no moral compass guiding what they do. But that doesn't mean that God is allowing it or that He doesn't want us to be blessed with long life and prosperity. I think Lynette states it beautifully on page 198 via a conversation between Jackie and Ian.
Relationally, I love that Jackie and Ian knew each other when they were younger. If you're expecting a lot of romance, you may find yourself disappointed. However, I didn't. Because of the tension of the suspense, I didn't find myself needing a lot of hand holding or brushing up against one another and sparks flying. I think the subtlety of the relationship between Jackie and Ian was well written. And honestly, although I enjoy romance, I would rather have more suspense than romance in my romantic suspense novels. It's always fun to see the hero and heroine come together, but it's so much more exciting to see the criminals be brought to justice and to figure out who the bad guy really is.
If you love suspense, you won't be disappointed. This novel is intense. If I didn't get migraines when I pull all-nighters, I would have stayed up and read it in less than 24 hours. But I'm a slow reader, so it's taken me a little longer than I'd like to get through it. All at my fault. Because Lynette has done a fine job of keeping me entertained and intrigued. I think No Place To Hide is quite possibly her best yet.
*Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. I am in no way obligated to provide a positive review. But I am positive I love this book. ...more
When I heard that Jeff Goins was releasing a new book – one focused on discovering our true calling – I was super excited. I started reading it thinkiWhen I heard that Jeff Goins was releasing a new book – one focused on discovering our true calling – I was super excited. I started reading it thinking I’d already experienced most of what Jeff would be discussing. What I discovered is that my calling isn’t just one thing, nor is it segmented into the various aspects of who I am and what I do. For the first time I heard the term “portfolio life.” And Jeff brought to my attention that my calling isn’t one particular thing or another that I will receive at one time or another. My calling (and yours) is a journey.
“A calling is more than a career; it’s the purpose and direction of your life. Which means that it doesn’t just apply to what you do; it’s who you are.” – Jeff Goins, The Art of Work
If you are wondering what you’re called to do/to be and what your life legacy is supposed to be, I highly recommend Jeff’s book. If you think you’ve already arrived at your calling, you may want to consider reading The Art of Work to find out if there’s something new to discover (like I did). This book would also be great for a group discussion. I would even recommend employers buy copies for their employees. If they love their job, it may renew their passion. If they hate their job, it may encourage them to move on to something new, opening a space in your office for someone who will love their job. Pastors could use the book to encourage their ministry teams to find their purpose and calling. I wish I’d had this book when I was a high school senior. I could have saved myself a bunch of time and money had I known what these pages hold. Honestly, I would recommend this book to everyone. No matter where we are in life, it’s never too late to do what we’ve been created to do and to become who God created us to be.
The Art of Work will not disappoint. While reading this book, I discovered the answer to a question I’d had for years. I always knew I had a heart for women and their issues. I also know my personal testimony. For years I’ve wondered what that looked like as a calling. While reading the book, it became evident, and I immediately pursued it. Thanks to Jeff Goins and God, I now know what I need to do. Soon, I’ll be participating in a training session to learn how to minister to those immersed in sex trafficking so that I can get involved in seeing them set free.
I hope you’ll pick up a copy of the book and see what God reveals you, too.
PS - I was given a copy of The Art of Work for review. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, which is now heavily highlighted. I was not required to give the glowing review I did. ...more
Although it took me a few chapters to get the characters straight in my mind, Haunted hooked me from the beginning. I enjoyeIntense and Intricate Plot
Although it took me a few chapters to get the characters straight in my mind, Haunted hooked me from the beginning. I enjoyed every aspect of Charity's writing. She brings strong characters to life, a plot that drives the story forward and keeps the reader turning pages, and a story that will leave you pondering if either side of the law is better in its convictions. And I can't believe she left the story hanging where she did. She makes sure you'll want to pick up Hunted when it releases. But not in a disappointing way...
Although it took me a few chapters to get the characters straight in my mind, Haunted hooked me from the beginning. I enjoyed every aspect of Charity's writing. She brings strong characters to life, a plot that drives the story forward and keeps the reader turning pages, and a story that will leave you pondering if either side of the law is better in its convictions.
And I can't believe she left the story hanging where she did. She makes sure you'll want to pick up Hunted when it releases. But not in a disappointing way......more
A transparent memoir that will leave you searching your own heart for home...
I offered to review Emily Wierenga's memoir because I read her tagline, "A transparent memoir that will leave you searching your own heart for home...
I offered to review Emily Wierenga's memoir because I read her tagline, "Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look." Having moved around the United States, chasing my husband's career, I wondered if we'd ever find home again, all while telling our kids that home is wherever we are, as long as we're all together. Emily takes the thought deeper in that home is where God is and the kingdom of heaven is within us, so as long as we have God, we are home wherever He leads us to go. And that is just one nugget in the treasure chest of a book that Atlas Girl is.
I loved Emily's poetic voice, her transparency, and her ability to minister in the everyday issues of life.
If you are wondering if you have a purpose, if you are loved unconditionally for who you are, if God is real in the heartaches of life, or if you'll ever find home, this is definitely a book for you....more