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I was pulled into this book. Author Randel writes in a manner that makes it easy for a reader to be "in" the book. Her work in Rival Hearts is one that I admire because of its fluidity and cohesiveness as we are pulled along for a ride in the lives of the character. The book has a great pace and I did not feel like it was rushed or dragged too long.
I have read several books in the Quilts of Love Series and there are a few I just want to read over again because it is that good! Rival Hearts is one of them.
Rival Hearts took me by surprise as we are wrapped up in a contest between Molly, a skilled quilter, and the charmer,Ben Weaver, a sportive, all about outdoors man. Their boss Masterson turns their world upside down as he sets his two best magazine editors against each other for a promotion as editor in chief. As Molly and Ben find themselves out of their comfort zone, they find out what they truly desire is more than just a promotion. The plot though a bit obvious was not boring by any means. Author Randel kept things interesting as each character developed and grew.
I found myself intrigued and reading till I found out who wins the promotion. and was pleasantly surprised how Randel stitched everything together. I also appreciated how the ending was satisfying without any loose ends. I would without a doubt recommend this book to a friend.
Disclosure: I was given a reviewer's copy of the book. I have given my honest review and was not obligated to write a positive review.
When I was in my early teens, I loved reading C.S. Lewis, but often I
got lost in the midst of all the characters and the lands and quite
frankly got myself lost into his books in a bad way. This book would
have helped kept things straight for me, and aided me in understanding
his books better. I find that this book is an excellent addition in my
library for my kids and I will find this a go to book when we ever need a
quick refresh on who a character is or help remembering anything! I
can see this book a perfect aide in book reports too.
I find that the book is easy to navigate due to the alphabetical order of places, things, names, etc. I would highly recommend this book for those who may want a quick easy guide, refresh, informational book for Lewis's books.
I did receive a free complimentary copy of this book. this however has not influenced me to write a positive or negative opinion.My opinions are my own.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary free copy of the book for the purpose of writing a review. I was not entitled to give a positive response, but my own thoughts and opinion of the book.
My Review of Balanced:
Tricia Goyer’s new book, Balanced, is a useful book in terms of having
someone who faced her share of struggles in the matters of balancing out
time.Her writing reminds me of that a
conversation from one woman to another.She is down to earth and approachable two things that make her book
smooth easy reading.
One of my favorite gleanings from her book:
“Balance is not possible—at least not in the form of a perfect schedule
or a perfect routine.Even if we find
balance one day, it most likely will slip between our fingers the next.”
This impacted me for too often I feel the need to reach a perfect schedule where things fall in step to the beat of the clock. Too often I feel the frustration and stress of keeping that "balance" that is not even possible as Goyer stated. And is it not so true that many times we hold ourselves to a state of perfection that cannot be attained?
These are one of the many tips that I have gleaned from this book. I tell you that I found Balanced an encouraging read.
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of the book for the purpose of writing a review. This did not affect my review. I was not paid to write this review.
I would have never described God as One who is Ruthless. Yet through the perspective of Author Bo Stern, I can understand how this word does indeed rightfully describe our God—and I am glad He is Ruthless. In the midst of the storms and struggles she peers into the character of God, and finds Him to be “standing strong and relentless against the enemies you face.” He is not the enemy throwing and hurling “rocks” at us. Instead He is the one fighting for us, ruthlessly. As I examine myself and my own thoughts about God, I realize I do doubt the goodness of God. But why? I am called to question why I think God these thoughts about Him. So I bring to the table all my accusations that I hold inside, and one by one as I read through the chapters I realize how my thoughts have gone incredibly awry. Why have I resented God for the hardships in my life? Why did I doubt His goodness? His love? There is no cause for it. Bo Stern calls us to discover our God.
We get to know Him more as Stern takes us through examples in the Bible. I love that the Bible is frequently quotes and used in this book. The chapters are short and easy reading. I find that I can hold onto a nugget from every chapter. At the end of each chapter are “Worth Pondering” questions that are meant to stretch me, challenge me, and help me discover the thoughts of my heart.
Bo Stern’s heart in this book makes reading so easy, as if we are arm in arm taking a stroll and talking. In life I find myself doubting the goodness of God now and again, and with every chapter I find those doubts in my head take flight.
I do recommend this book for those in search or in need of knowing God. For those who have doubts about God or even his goodness, I recommend this book to you. Those who feel shallow in their faith or far from God--I highly recommend this book. Curious about God and who He is? This book will allow you to peer into the very character of God. This is a book I recommend all around, Stern is a very readable author, and has gone through some very tough battles--and her faith and love towards God has grown. Ruthless is such an encouraging book for those facing really big battles in their lives.