Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Book Review - "Lonestar Secrets"

I have just ready Colleen Coble's book "Lonestar Secrets."  This is the first book by Coble that I have read and it will not be the last!  Coble ties together relationships, mystery of lost treasure and past incidents that have not been resolved and descriptions that make you feel as if you are part of the story.  Single mom Shannon returns home to where she grew up and was the laugh of the town in order to give her daughter a better life and take on a new job.  Running onto a guy from her past who caused much pain in her life led to Shannon discovering that her daughter's twin really did not die at birth, but is very much alive and living with her widowed father, the same man who caused Shannon pain in high school.  Seeing no other way out the two single parents marry in order to keep the children together.  Shannon has difficulty sharing her secrets with her new husband, causing problems between them and also putting herself into danger. However, Shannon is not the only one holding onto secrets as she discovers that her friend from her "old life" has placed a tracking chip in her arm and her new father-in-law has secrets of his own.  The novel is filled with suspense, romance and unexpected twists.  This is the second book in a series as it follows "Lonestar Sanctuary."  You do not have to read them in order, however I have begun to "Lonestar Sanctuary" as I enjoyed this book so much and would like to read about Rick and Allie's story, Shannon's new friends.  I highly recommend this novel!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

book review: "Fearless: imagine your life without fear"

Max Lucado’s latest book “Fearless: imagine your life without fear” is a pertinent title for today due to the economic uncertainties, conflicts in areas of the world, and fear of changes and just the unknowns in life. Lucado writes in a conversational style, making this book an easy read; however what is written is thought provoking, so it is not a book you can fly right through while reading. Lucado ties together personal anecdotes, others’ stories, how own insight, and verses from the Bible to portray the message that he hopes the reader will gain from reading this book. As is stated on the back cover, “Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons fro fear…Organized and rude, fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors. Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?” This work will encourage you to think about fear, what causes you to fear and how this fear can be lessened by faith and trusting God.