When you read this book, you'll be surprised to find out that this is Katie Ganshert's freshman novel! Bethany Quinn is a very well established architWhen you read this book, you'll be surprised to find out that this is Katie Ganshert's freshman novel! Bethany Quinn is a very well established architect who has everything going for her. She loves her life in Chicago and is ready to settle down with Dominic. However, she receives a life altering phone call from her mother who she hasn't seen in years. The trip back home is eventful from the beginning. Bethany is left with a lot of decisions to make about life, love, and property. Can she overcome the demons of her past and create a better life for herself and others along the way?
I really liked this book from the beginning. The story line is very clear with characters who could be your next door neighbors (or even your own family members). Bethany reminded me a lot of myself in many ways and I really connected with her quickly. However, I think my favorite character in this book is Evan. He has so much to offer and so few people see his real worth. Maybe it's just because I like the rancher/farmer type! :)
This is a book anyone who enjoys Christian fiction is sure to enjoy! I was excited to see that Robin's (Bethany's best friend) story (Wishing on Willows) will continue in the next book. She sure has a story that I want to know more about.
Fair warning to tender hearted readers like myself...you will need a box (or two!) of tissue handy. I bawled several times reading this book! I wonder how authors can write scenes and not tear up too (or maybe they do!?!?).
Marnie hates her name. She hates what it is that she has done to herself. What's she done to him.
Taylor has always wondered why it's taken him so lonMarnie hates her name. She hates what it is that she has done to herself. What's she done to him.
Taylor has always wondered why it's taken him so long to contact her. Would she ever take him back?
Emmit is going to live with Marnie after her sister (Emmit's mom) dies tragically. Only thing is, Marnie has never met Emmit. She had no clue that Rose had a child. Why hadn't her estranged sister ever shared this news with her?
Marnie goes to the airport to get Emmit after receiving the email from Taylor that Rose is dead and she is to care of Emmit according to Rose's will. She never expected what she saw in Emmit when he came off the plane. He was "damaged goods" in her mind. He has Down's Syndrome.
Could she ever love this nephew that she didn't know she had? Would she ever be able to get past the regrets of the past?
First of all, I want to commend Marlo Schalesky for writing a book about Down's Syndrome. My heart melted when I learned that Emmit had Down's. I hate that name for it by the way. These people are the happiest people I have EVER met and that is in spite of the multitude of health problems they have associated with Down's Syndrome! I have a soft spot in my heart for Emmit and others like him.
Second this was a very sweet romance novel. I saw the title Shades of Morning and after reading it thought it should be Shades of Mourning. There is so much loss in this book and Marnie is very deep in mourning. So is Taylor. Emmit is mourning but for very different reasons. However, Shades of Morning is appropriate because through life we go through varying days, even if they are similar. Emmit always saw the best in situations and helped Marnie to see that there is sunshine in every day.
I can't say that I entirely enjoyed this book. I was a little disappointed with the ending. I can't say why without giving away too much. I would have liked to have seen it end differently. It's not a bad story though, I really enjoyed it!
Is it possible to love with the love that Jesus commanded back 2000 years ago still yet today?
Some will agree and yet others will disagree.
Ted DekkeIs it possible to love with the love that Jesus commanded back 2000 years ago still yet today?
Some will agree and yet others will disagree.
Ted Dekker and Carl Medaris went on a journey to the Middle East to see if the concept of the Good Samaritan was still present in today's society. Are they CRAZY?!?!
This journey was not without challenges but tea was had and words exchanged with some of the world's vilest people (at least vile in terms of the media). The authors found out that these high ranking officials, whether Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc are just that...P-E-O-P-L-E. Just like you and I. Regular down-to-earth people with families who like to joke around, watch TV, listen to music, and enjoy the comforts of life that is has afforded.
I admit that, before reading this book, I had a very narrow view of these leaders that we hear about on TV on an almost daily basis. That's the problem, you can't believe everything you see or hear in the media! One of the biggest complaints made by these people during tea was that Americans are so gullible to everything in our media. Do WE as Americans love the way Christ commanded? After reading this book and seeing what I see on a daily basis, I don't think so. Can our Middle East compadres love with the love of Christ? Yes, they can, just as any of us can, but not without their prejudices.
This is an eye opening book and one that I recommend to EVERYONE! The parable of Nicole in the book really got to me. How often am I a Nicole? Probably more often than I'm willing to admit.
I hope you will all run out and grab this book to read. It's life changing!
This is a quick reading devotional book that offers up 99 different Bible verses with a short little quip about each one. The reader might choose to tThis is a quick reading devotional book that offers up 99 different Bible verses with a short little quip about each one. The reader might choose to take 99 days to read this book and have a short 1-2 minute devotional each day. The reader may also want to pick a particular area and study it for a specific purpose. The topics included are:
When you Face Financial Difficulties
In Time of Poor Health
When You Have Anxiety or Conflict
When You Struggle with Sin and Guilt
When God Seems Far Away
Challenges in Your Work and Service
When You Lose a Loved One
Many people are facing multiple difficulties right now, and many of them are addressed in the topics this book presents. This would be a great gift idea for anyone on your list since we all struggle with one or more of these things at any given time.
40 Loaves by C.D. Baker is a devotional book that has 40 different, challenging topics that can and should (in my opinion) be read over 40 days. This40 Loaves by C.D. Baker is a devotional book that has 40 different, challenging topics that can and should (in my opinion) be read over 40 days. This would be a great way to start off the New Year! Many think that, with the wealth of devotional books available these days, that this is just another run-of-the-mill book. It's not. The author is not afraid to ask some of the most challenging questions that are faced in today's society. I had my face tinged red a few times while reading this book because of the way the questions were posed and what my answers were versus what they should have been. However, that being said, this is not a "preachy" devotional book either. It's written with a gentle spirit of love and humility.
As previously mentioned, this would make a great 40 day study. Get the loaves ready and break bread with your Savior!
In How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong, Leslie Vernick brings out some very practical information for couples. Some may see this as a book thIn How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong, Leslie Vernick brings out some very practical information for couples. Some may see this as a book that they've already heard about but I found several things that really stood out to me. The main focus of this book is that if your spouse is acting wrong, maybe you should look at YOURSELF. I was a little taken back at first. If my spouse has a problem, why is it MY fault? That's not what the author is saying. Instead, what is said is what could you see in your life that you could work on that might improve your spouse? It's not your fault but is there something that might trigger a change in your spouse if you change? I had a lot of "ah ha" moments while reading this book. It was also full of some great quotes! One of my favorites is, "Blurting out destructive emotions is a lot like vomiting. You might feel better to get it out, but vomit belongs in the toilet, not on your spouse." I find this quote to be so true and I've really worked on not "vomiting" on my spouse in the 8 years we've been married.
I strongly recommend this book for marrieds and dating couples alike. While some may think they don't need another "self marriage help" book, this one is not like any other I've read. It's very informational and eye opening!