Tuesday, October 25, 2011

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

"It isn't until the Civil War comes to her doorstep that Amanda Bell must choose between love and family.

It's the spring of 1861 on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Amanda never thought she would marry because of a promise she made to her dying mother, but her attraction to Captain Kent Littlefield is undeniable.

When Texas secedes from the Union, her brother Daniel aligns with the Confederate States, while Kent remains with the Union troops.

Her heart is torn between the two men she is closest to and the two sides of the conflict. Amanda prays to God for direction and support, but hears only silence. Where is God in the atrocities of war-and whose side is He on?

Amanda senses her life is at a turning point. She must trust God to deliver her family through the chaos of war with her heart and her faith intact."

His Steadfast Love was an enjoyable, light read. The era it was set in- the Civil War -was an interesting one. The love story between Kent and Amanda was very sweet. It was inspiring to see how loyal they were to each other despite many cultural differences; the most prominent difference being their differing views on the Civil War.

The plot of the story moved steadily on to a satisfying conclusion. There were some bumps on the road that I did not see coming:-) The only drawbacks to this book is the conclusion- yes, it was satisfying, but I wish the author would have cleared some questions I still have. For example, what side is Amanda really on? Besides the somewhat loose-ended conclusion, there are no other drawbacks to this book.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the spiritual journey of Amanda. It was heart-wrenching to see her heart grow cold towards God and heart-warming to see her heart begin to warm and finally be re-kindled for God.

This book is a nice summer read (or should I say winter?:-) and I would recommend it to those who enjoy Historical fiction, especially the era of the Civil War. This book can be bought at Amazon.comChristianbook.com, etc.... If anyone is inspired to read this book because of this review, let me know. I would enjoy sharing in your reading experience:-)

** Note Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers (Book Sneeze) for providing this copy in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Twelth Imam by Joel Rosenberg

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"As the apocalyptic leaders of Iran call for the annihilation of Israel and the U.S., CIA operative David Shirazi is sent into Tehran with one objective: use all means necessary to disrupt Iran’s nuclear weapons program, without leaving American fingerprints and without triggering a regional war. At extreme personal risk, Shirazi executes his plan.
A native Farsi speaker whose family escaped from Iran in 1979, he couldn’t be better prepared for the mission. But none of his training has prepared Shirazi for what will happen next. An obscure religious cleric is suddenly hailed throughout the region as the Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi or the Twelfth Imam. News of his miracles, healings, signs, and wonders spreads like wildfire, as do rumors of a new and horrific war.
With the prophecy of the Twelfth Imam seemingly fulfilled, Iran’s military prepares to strike Israel and bring about the End of Days. Shirazi must take action to save his country and the world, but the clock is ticking

   This book was a wonderful change of genre from my usual Historical Romance reads. The story drew me in right away and Rosenberg's descriptive writing is so vivid. The plot seemed "ripped from tomorrow's headlines." I was intrigued by the explanations of Shia end-time theology and felt that I learned a lot from this book concerning the Middle East and the Muslim religion- all from a Biblical perspective, of course.

   There was a scene that seemed somewhat unnecessary, although it did serve a purpose later on in the story. Other than that, this book was a clean, Christ-centered, and insightful read. It causes readers to consider how the world could be with a nuclear-armed, fanatic-Muslim Iran (Middle East).

   This book was an excellent read with many twists and turns and even a touch of romance. I would highly recommend it for those who are interested in current-events. It can be bought at Amazon.com, Christianbook.com, etc..... If anyone is inspired to read this book because of this review, let me know. I would enjoy sharing in your reading experience:-)