Wednesday, March 21, 2018
I'm so proud of my cousin Kathy! This is a great Christian romance set at beautiful Lake Tahoe (not far from Reno, NV), and it's one that I think guys would enjoy too.
Emily Taylor's boss tells her to take at least six months off. Her husband David has been killed in a car wreck--a wreck caused by his drunk driving in his mistress's sports car. One of their daughters, Sarah, knew about the cheating, and one, Olivia (Livie), doesn't--and Emily has forbidden Sarah to tell Livie. Emily left the two young women behind when she came to sulk at Nana's lakeside cabin.
Jack Conner is the man who has worshiped Emily since they were toddlers. When she married David Jack proceeded to drown his sorrows in wine, women, and song, to the point that now his patients consider him a good PA but a womanizer. Emily has no time for him, even though he's reforming himself.
Nana tries to reconcile them. So does Doc. They're having no luck. Maybe you should step in. You can buy the book at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Friday, March 16, 2018
What could be more heartless than abducting a child? Worse ... to genetically alter her? This is Book 1 of The Tacket Series. Great writing, tense situations ... but if you don't like cliffhangers, this isn't for you. Thus far there are seven books in the series.
Emily is a runaway teen adopted by the only person in the world she could trust, but no sooner adopted than orphaned when her new mother was diagnosed and died of pancreatic cancer. Before Jennifer Brelin died, she recommended that Emily trust her best friend, Detective Victoria Tacket. Jennifer wrote a letter to Victoria asking her to adopt Emily. With further instructions to change Emily's name and make sure the records were scrubbed from any computers. However, Vick doesn't see the letter until after she's told the child protective services guy it would be impossible for her to adopt the child.
That's information enough. Emily disappears, but has to hang around to grab that letter. A master of disguises, Emily hides in plain sight at the police headquarters, determined. Alarmed, Vick issues a missing person bulletin, the letter still unread. In a quiet moment after the rest of the officers have gone home for the day, she sits down to finally read Jennifer's last letter to her and immediately realizes too late that the missing person bulletin is the last thing she should have done. She's in danger.
Oh my. As you can see, this is a spine-tingler, a step above your normal mystery. Available free from both Amazon and Barnes and Noble in ebook format. It won't cost you a thing, but you just might get hooked!
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
It's been a while since Alice Arenz had a new book out, but this one is well worth the wait. It's a Christian romance with a humorous twist or two. Or more ....
Three friends have been tasked with making the wedding arrangements for their other bestie, Amy, who's in the Army and out of pocket. Hannah, Riley, and Nat are on a limited budget--but they want to give Amy the wedding of her dreams. What if they bartered their services in exchange for the birthday cake, the wedding and bridesmaids dressed, the catering, and the location? Oh, yeah, the location. A barn that has seen better days. And only a couple of months to pull all this off.
This is a book that's sure to lift you out of any doldrums you might be experiencing. Available from Amazon, but I predict it will land on local bookstore shelves before long.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
Sometimes I think God invented the saying, "Wait for it." We mere humans are an impatient lot. We want answers and actions n.o.w.
But--Lent is the season for waiting, even more than the norm. Holding our breath won't make Easter week (or Resurrection week) come any faster. I'm so thirsty for the Resurrection!
I'm thirsty for more than the Resurrection. I'm thirst and hungry for the Day of Atonement. If I'm right in my thinking (and the dear Lord knows that once it a great while I hit the hammer right on the head of the nail), I think that is when the Lord will return. Atonement happens every year on the tenth day of the seventh month--and No, that's not July 10. We're talking about the Jewish Calendar. The month of Tishri happens on various dates between September and October, depending on the year.
The reason I'm thinking this is because Jesus was sacrificed on Passover. After He rose from the grave, he hung around with the disciples on earth until Pentecost (also called Shavuot) (Feast of Weeks or Harvest or Oaths)--another Jewish holiday. I'd be willing to bet he was born during another holiday--maybe the First Fruits Holiday, the beginning of the Passover Week. It begins on Good Friday. Another possibility would be the Feast of Trumpets, sometime in September.
The Day of Atonement is when all of the Israelites who were truly repentant of the sins they'd committed (and who hasn't sinned, anyway?) would come to the temple and present their sacrifice to be forgiven. Not that we still need to do that--we're forgiven the moment we ask, because Jesus is our forever sacrificial Lamb.
It seems to me that God still celebrates the old holidays.
And so, I will continue to wait for that last trumpet to sound--unless He comes for me before that. Either way is just fine with me.
Lord, thank You for remembering your rag-taggity sheep still here on Your earth. We will wait, patiently or not, for You to come claim us. And we will love You, honor You, serve You, and worship You until (and after!) that happens. Amen.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
This is a biography of the first American woman missionary to China, Henrietta Hall Shuck. I was deeply impressed by the research done by Brenda Cox to put this inspiring book together. Although I'm not an avid fan of biographies, I have to say I enjoyed and was motivated by this story.
Henrietta Hall married J. Lewis Shuck without love as part of the agreement--just that both of them had a calling from God to go on a mission, one to China. However, sometime during the year-long sail to their destination, that mutual dedication eased itself into a sincere and deep life-long love. They, their children born to them and the ones they adopted endured horrible deprivations, hardships, and illnesses, but nothing deterred them.
People like this make me question the depth of my own Christianity. I hope when you read it, you will also experience this introspection and be renewed in your own faith.
Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You won't be sorry.
I received a free copy of this book from the author, but the opinions and evaluations are my own.
Monday, March 5, 2018
Have you ever noticed that often, before a storm, there is an ominous quiet? In this season of Lent, that's a little what I'm experiencing.
Right now, the waters are still.
For a time, the wind is quiet.
Creation holds it's breath, ears perked forward.
Like they're waiting. Like the seventh trumpet is about to sound.
Tragedy approaches with murmurs, whispers, or silence.
Too soon, the day will come--that famous Friday.
Lord, hold us tight through this season. Your grip is all that can sustain us, protect us from that perfect storm. Grief approaches on stealthy feet. Amen.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
I'm not good at waiting. When I'm looking forward to spring, I want it to happen now. When the weather's hot outside, I want fall to happen now. I always chuckle when I remember that my hubby said, "Weather is for complaining about." I had teased him, you see, about being impatient for the winter rains to stop because in the summer he'd complain about the hot, dry weather.
Weather's not the only thing I want God to change now, not later. I have a list. Don't you?
I want to see my husband, have him hold me tight like he used to.
I want to live near my kids. Never mind that's impossible. I can only physically be near one of their homes at a time.
I want to be the perfect Christian, never angry or impatient or lacking energy to keep up with all I should be doing.
I want to be able to travel to the Philippines and see the boy I sponsor.
I want to go back to Hawaii and visit the places Hubby and I went on our first anniversary. Except maybe that long road up the steep mountains through the rain.
I want to do so many things that are physically and monetarily impossible.
But I must wait. With all my not-so-great patience.
So ... I'm waiting, Lord.
Lord, thank You for being here in the middle of my waiting for the wings like eagles that You promised. I trust You, and therefore I trust that the things I do truly need will arrive in Your good time. Amen.