Saturday, March 28, 2015

An Amish Cradle Review

Tiny fingers,
Tiny toes,
And lives that will never be the same.
Journey with four families as their lives are about to change forever.
In His Father’s Arms by Beth Wiseman
Ruth Anne has been dreaming about motherhood her entire life. Now she is doubly excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne’s baby is born with Down syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God’s plan.
I think that this may have been my favorite story of the four in this book. (Though I loved them all!) I loved seeing each parents struggle and how they overcame them. I felt their struggles and hurt for them but I also rejoiced with them too!
A Son for Always by Amy Clipston
Carolyn and Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child together. Carolyn was just a teenager when she had her son, Benjamin, and she still feels solely responsible to secure his future. As Joshua watches Carolyn struggle to accept his support, he knows he has to find some way to convince her that she—and Ben—will always be taken care of.
Carolyn was a character that I found myself frustrated with. I just wanted to step in the story and tell her to let go of all her worry and to just trust her husband. But even with my slight frustration I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller
Ellie’s mother hasn’t stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight—and she’s taken it up a notch now that Ellie’s pregnant. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them. But when her mother’s behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why Mamm can’t let go.
This story was a great! I loved the characters of Ellie and Chris! In fact I just realized that their love story is told in the book An Amish Love and now I can't wait to read it too!
An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman
At 42, Etta thought she was finished having children, but she’s pregnant again. After a frightening labor, Etta finally gives birth, but her constant worry over her estranged grown son, David, haunts her still. As a new mother again, Etta must hold tightly to the promise that God will watch over her children—and that one day David will return.

An Unexpected Blessing was another great story! I loved reading about Etta and her family. I now have to go find some more of Vannettas books!

All in all An Amish Cradle is one of my favorite novella collections!

5 out of 5. An amazing Amish Afternoon Snack!

I received a copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Rise of the Fallen Review

A six thousand year war rages and now the demonic Fallen are coming for him—the one man shrouded in mystery. Only Validus stands in their way.

Validus is the last and least of God’s angels, but he’s seen much across the millennia since his creation. Empires have risen and fallen as angelic and demonic forces battle in a raging war that will determine humanity's fate – and the fate of his defeated brothers.

Eventually called to be an earth-bound warrior, Validus rises to a position of power and respect, commanding legions of angels through impossible battles and overwhelming odds. But when orders arrive from the Creator's most elite Messenger, he finds himself suddenly demoted to a task of apparent insignificance considering the fierce war they are waging against the demonic Fallen – the covert protection of one unbelieving man. 

Validus soon finds himself on a mission that will push him beyond his abilities as he battles to protect Drew Carter, for the Fallen are coming for him. Legions of them. 

As Validus races against time to discover why Drew is so important to humanity's survival, can he stand between Drew and all who would destroy him?

Rise of the Fallen by Chuck Black is the second book in the Wars of the Realm, and what a book it is! I have been waiting for what has felt like forever to read the second installment of this series and I can say that while I wish I didn't have to wait at all, it was worth it! If you haven't already started this series I suggest you do so quickly. Rise of the Fallen is a amazing read that will definitely make you think more about spiritual warfare. I loved getting to 'see' the Bible through angelic eyes. All in all this book, this series, is a must read.

5 out of 5. An angelic Afternoon Snack!

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.