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January 2018’s Book of The Month

IMG_2131Hello everyone!

Today I will be presenting to you this month’s book.

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Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and RedemptionAbout this book:

What would cause an eighteen-year-old old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because the rest of them think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person but didn’t know any of the language? A passion to make a difference. Katie Davis left over Christmas break her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved, so broken by the people and the children of Uganda that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Her story is like Mother Teresa’s in that she has given up everything—at such a young age—to care for the less fortunate of this world. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, has gone on to adopt 14 children during her time in Uganda, and she completely trusts God for daily provision for her and her family, which includes children with special needs…

What I loved

First of all, it was true! Nothing beats a true person of someone who does amazing things.

I found that Katie really connected with me as I read, like a story. I laughed when she laughed and I cried when she cried. It was as if I was right there with her.

Finally, I loved her little diary extracts at the end of each chapter. It would take me straight to that day and it was always linked with what she’d been talking about.

Age recommendation: 12+

I think anyone can read this, but it depends on your reading ability.

Why I recommend this book

It’s rare for a young woman to have such a strong faith in God that she’ll not only follow Him to Uganda, but she’ll sacrifice her previous lifestyle and take action to what’s happening around her. That is really inspiring for me. The best part is that she’s also human. It’s some perfect being. But it’s when you accept that you can only do so much and place your trust in God, that’s when miracles start happening. And Katie’s journey is a miracle worth talking about.

Where to buy this book:

This book is , surprise surprise, on Amazon as a paperback and ebook. If you are British, here is the link to the ebook.

How about you?

Do you have any heroes?

Have you been on a mission trip before?

If so, how was it?

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December 2017’s Series of the Month-Part 4

Hello everyone.

I know, I know, I’ve already posted a review today, but as I was resting, I thought- hey, why don’t I just finish it off now? So that’s what I’m doing.

So, I now present to you book 3 of the Altered Hearts Series.

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About this book:

Kim Hartlinger is majoring in Spanish to do missions. Aleesha Jefferson is studying music and drama and aiming for Broadway. But Jo Snelling doesn’t know what she wants to do. She doesn’t even have a dream. No wonder she feels overshadowed by her BFFs. What is she good at doing, anyhow? Reading? Hmm. Not a career possibility. What’s that, Pastor Ron? Lead a team of three on a mission trip to Nicaragua? Don’t you know I’m not a leader? But Jo gives in and lets God take her out of her comfort zone and deposit her in the most poverty-stricken area imaginable, where she’s responsible for teammates Aleesha and mid-teen Daphne. Each girl has a problem Jo can’t solve. And Aleesha’s problem makes her question Jo’s leadership every time she makes a mistake. And then there’s the pride-stricken leader of the other team they’re supposed to work with. Better to leave him alone and pray he doesn’t do too much damage. But at least she’s able to teach her host pastor an important lesson about helping the helpless, resulting in a miracle of near-biblical proportions. Although the three girls come home changed, the problems they had before haven’t disappeared. God helped them face the challenges in Nicaragua. Will He help them deal with their problems now?

What I loved:

I really enjoyed seeing one of Kimberly’s friends take the lead of this book and explore her purpose in Christ.

Reading about another mission trip with different personalities placed together was fun for me, and seeing how they overcome or even change those differences was lovely.

The biggest thing that I loved about this book was that the author addressed the fact that even us Christians get it wrong sometimes, and it’s important as a community to confront and help each other change.

Age Recommendation: 12+

This was a really sweet read that I think any age can read. However, as it is a YA novel, the reading ability factor is the only breaking point age wise.

Why I recommend this book

This is such an amazing book and series, and if you want to see just some of the ways God can work through us, you should definitely read this.

Where to buy this book

Once again, this book is on Amazon as a paperback and ebook, as many things are!, for all English speaking countries.

If you are in Britain, here is the Link .

How about you?

Do you enjoy reading?

Do you write book reviews?

I hope you’ve enjoyed all of these reviews, and I hope you will read some wonderful things this Christmas.



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December 2017’s Series of the Month-Part 3

Hello everyone.

Today, we are on part three of book reviews this month ! Are you enjoying it so far? I am.

So this book is book 2 of the Altered Hearts Series. Drum roll please…

About this book:

When eighteen-year-old Kim Hartlinger trips on some pebbles in the San Diego airport, her new friend Aleesha cautions her that Christians are susceptible to a “Season of Pebbles,” a series of problems they can’t “prance” victoriously across without a lot of God’s help. Kim doesn’t take Aleesha’s words seriously. Now that the mission trip is over, she’s sure God will let her lead a normal life. Without even small problems. She flies home expecting only the best. Immediately upon Kim’s arrival, her life starts taking turns for the worse. An accident. Grief. Guilt. Horrible nightmares. Debilitating fatigue. Jealousy. And fear. Fear of admitting the truth about the accident to her father. When Kim and her friends are invited to help build a visitor hostel for a prison in the California mountains, she springs to life again. But guilt and nightmares follow her to California. And prison ministry has pebbles of its own. Kim can’t prance across the pebbles in her path without her Heavenly Father’s help. And her father’s help as well.

What I loved:

I loved the fact that Kim’s friendships were really realistic, and that they grew throughout the book. Friendships aren’t always perfect, and Roger presented that theme very well.

I really felt for Kim throughout this book, as she was seriously having a hard time. But the way that she kept going, and trusting in God was amazing.

And finally, I was really fascinated with the prisoners. I’d heard that there were sometimes issues in prison, and this book opened my eyes to a few of them.

Age Recommendation: 13 +

This book is entered around dealing with bereavement, divorce, and threats in the prison cells, which may be upsetting for younger children.

Why I recommend this book:

Again and again, I have to be reminded of how important it is not to face your problems alone. If you’re struggling with anything, tell your parents/guardians, your pastor, your friends, and most importantly God. He is the only one who can make things possible.

Where to buy this book:

You can buy this, again, on Amazon as a paperback and ebook. For the British people, here is the Link to the paperback version.

How about you?

How do you determine age for a book?

Do you have a criteria when you are reviewing a book?



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December 2017’s Series of the Month- Part 1

Hello Everyone.

This week, I’ll be reviewing a book series which I really recommend reading. Today, I’ll be looking at the prequel of the series, because why not?, so without further ado…

Do you like the cover? Cool, right?

About this book:

Can a young Mexican woman forgive the villagers who rejected her years earlier and help them find a better way to live…and to survive?

Sixteen-year-old orphan Rosa No-Name has grown up in the remote Mexican village of Santa María, where the villagers resentfully meet only her most basic physical needs. Unwilling to offer love or guidance, they not only refuse to answer Rosa’s questions about who her parents were, they don’t bother to teach her what she needs to know about the facts of life.

Tomás del Mundo, who smuggles the village “produce” to San Diego and spends only a small part of the proceeds on things the villagers want and need, gets Rosa pregnant. The villagers decide to rid themselves of their responsibilities to the unwed mother-to-be by coercing Tomás into taking Rosa back to San Diego and marrying her.

Rosa and Tomás don’t love one another. Their marriage is one of uneasy convenience for her and open resentment for him, and she soon finds herself captive to his violence and egotistical whims.

Returning to Santa María after discovering part of the truth about her mysterious background, Rosa must overcome her resentment toward the villagers and help them solve a generations-old problem. At the same time, she begins a quest for the “god” she has only heard about casually.

R0SA NO-NAME is the stand-alone, coming-of-age prequel to the award winning 2011 Young Adult novel FOUND IN TRANSLATION.

What I enjoyed

Firstly, I love the fact that it was the prequel of an awesome series about mission and God’s love!

As I had vaguely met Rosa in book 1, Found in Translation, I was really excited to get to know her and see how a certain someone changed her as part of her journey.

The second point was that I was so fascinated with the contrasts of poverty in San Diego and a remote village in Mexico. It really opened my eyes as to how lucky we are in the West in general.

Thirdly, I just loved seeing how God’s love was present throughout Rosa’s journey, whether she knew it or not, and how he helped her even in the darkest of situations.

Age Recommendation: 14 +

The reason for this is because, despite it being written in the most cleanest and non-graphic way possible i.e. one to two sentences at a time, there are some topics that I think you have to be mature for:

Illegal Immigration, Drugs and Rape.

But as I said, it was written in a very clean manner and these scenes were brief and not frequent so that even I didn’t exactly realise until after a couple of minutes.

Why I recommend this book

For me, seeing how us Christians can make an impact on others and reading an example of a possibly real salvation story was really lovely and comforting for me, because I never know who I’ll make a minor or major impact. But, if you read on for the rest of the series, this message will crop up a lot.

Where to buy the book

It’s on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle version.

For the British readers, here’s the Link to the ebook.

And if you want to know more about Roger Bruner, you can visit His website

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and be sure to look out for the rest of the books in the series this week.



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November 2017’s Book of the Month

November 2017 Book of the Month

Hello Everyone

Today is the day for the unveiling of the book of the month.

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Gladys Aylward

About this book:

Gladys’ life had plenty of adventure, loads of mystery and almost too much excitement! There aren’t many missionaries who have had a film made about them! There aren’t many missionaries who have been spies! There aren’t many missionaries who rescued 100 children from a battle zone. But Gladys did all three! …

Why this book?

As you might have guessed, Gladys’ life is pretty impressive, and it shows  a lot of determination and trust in God, and you get to see the way the Chinese people that she served were affected positively by this. She’s been an inspiration to me for a while because of this.

How about you?

What book have you enjoyed this month?

Do you have some people you look up to?