Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Race for Freedom

    "In the second exciting adventure in The Riverboat Adventures series, Libby Norstad and her friend Caleb struggles to help runaway slaves escape to the free Northern states. When a suspicious-looking man boards her riverboat claiming to be a doctor, Libby and Caleb realize they don't have much time to get the slave hiding on the boat to St. Paul--and freedom."
   Race for Freedom is an excited book in the series Freedom Seekers. The author keeps you intrigued in the story all the way through the book, and I didn't want to stop once I started! Libby and Caleb are trying to help their friend Jordan to freedom, even though his old owner, Riggs can take Jordan back if he finds him. In a time were slavery is allowed, people are making choices by asking the question, "Will I obey God rather than men?" Race for Freedom is an excited book, and I give it two thumbs up! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Cat of Bubastes

         "After his father, the king of the Rebu, is killed in battle with the Egyptian army and the Rebu nation is conquered by the Egyptians, the young prince Amuba is carried away as a captive to Egypt, along with his faithful charioteer, Jethro. In Thebes, Amuba becomes the servant and companion to Chebron, the son of Ameres, high priest of Osiris. The lads become involved in a mystery as they begin to uncover evidence of a murderous conspiracy within the ranks of the priesthood. However, before they are able to prevent it, they are forced to flee for their lives when they accidentally cause the death of the successor to the Cat of Bubastes, one of the most sacred animals in Egypt. With Jethro as their guide and protector, the boys make plans to escape from Egyptian territory and return to Amuba's homeland."
             The Cat of Bubastes is an exciting story, taking place in the early times of Moses. G. A. Henty brings this ancient time to life and keeps you turning the pages. From battles to tedious escapes, the characters travel back to the land of the Rebu. It is a good book, although it is an older book, it is still a good read and I suggest it for those who like books full of history. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud

The Ark, the Reed, & the Fire Cloud  is a book written by Jenny L. Cote. She takes stories from the Bible and brings imaginations alive with the adventure of the main characters and their mates: two dogs, Max and Kate, and two cats, Liz and Al. They all embark separately on a journey of Faith, following the fire cloud after they all hear the Maker calling to them. They soon meet each other and together forge a friendship that is inseparable. They go through many countries and past many waters following the cloud, but also discover that they are not the only ones. Liz, the expertise on many things, notices that two animals from all over the world have been called, and struggles with her faith of the impossible. Meanwhile Max has a fear of water, and when they reach their final destination he discovers it is an Ark. After all of the animals are finally loaded, flood waters rise and the rains come down for forty days and forty nights. During the time of waiting to reach dry ground, Max has been declared a hero, and when things get out of hand Liz suspects one of Max’s friends, and in discovering this she could end her friendship with Max. Will Max be able to understand the importance of what is happening, or will he ignore the evidence?

   The story is very exciting and involves the reader. The author writes in a very unique setting, many of which are not used a lot. Jenny L. Cote brings her characters alive and the details make you feel as if you are a part of the story. For example, in one scene she shows how when the animals step into their stalls, the animals’ natural habitat appears with everything they need, from waterfalls and rain forests, to deserts and ice.

  In the end the main characters learn to not be prideful and to trust God, not trying to logically solve everything. Max learned to conquer his fears and not be prideful, like the waters from the flood, and to give he glory to God instead of himself, while God showed Liz how all things are possible with Him, like the ark stalls transforming into the animals natural habitats.

10 out of 10 stars.

Miracle For Jen

                                        Miracle For Jen Cover

 Miracle for Jen is a story of the Barrick family in a wreck. Their 15 year-old daughter wasn't suppose to live through the night. But God had another plan. In the 5-week coma she was in she was praising God and reciting verses she had memorized before the accident.
 The book tells of the family's trials, and a mothers struggle to accept the fact that their family wouldn't be the same. Read this amazing story of faith and trust of the Barrick family.

When God Intervenes

                                            When God Intervenes: An Extraordinary Story of Faith, Hope, and the Power of Prayer
When God Intervenes is a remarkable story about Dabney Hedegard. She writes her personal story of when was six weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with cancer at 25 and decided to postpone the treatment until after her first pregnancy. This marked the beginning of ten years battling cancer, cardiomyopathy, mitral valve porlapse, pulmonary embolism, acute pneumonia, kidney failure, respiratory failure, and heart failure. Ever time Dabney was given less than a 30% chance of surviving, and twice doctors told her husband she wouldn't make it through the night. But God intervened every time and miraculously rescued Dabney from death.
   When God Intervenes is an extraordinary book. I am amazed at how Dabney Hedegard was able to make it through that time only on the Lord, and how close she was to not making it to the next her. Her testimony is touching, and she writes in a way you want to know what happens next. Does she get to see her family again the next day?
At parts the story brings tears to your eyes, and you wonder what you would have done in that situation. When God Intervenes is a Five Star.
   (I received this book complimentary from Tyndale for review purpose)

Captive in Iran

                                           Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph Amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison
 Captive In Iran, is written by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh. These two Iranian women courageously stood firm in their faith while in Evin, the notorious Tehran prison. Despite the possible sentence of death, Maryam and Marziyeh continued to share their faith to their fellow cellmates. Captive in Iran is a mind blowing and encouraging story of how these two sisters in Christ continued to believe, not matter what the cost.      
             I was excited to finally be able to read Captive In Iran, but what not sure of what to expect. What I read was really amazing. I cannot begin to imagine what it must have been like in Evin. How loosing your friends, facing interrogations, and the many other things they went through must have been like, and yet they faithfully continued to share the love of Christ to everyone. I definitely suggest you read this book. It has the moments when you are joyful for those who are freed, and when you are saddened from the executions of others. It is encouraging to read of how they prayed and when their prayers were answered. Captive In Iran is a must read.