02. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Christian, Fiction, Mystery, Sarah

Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl, 316 pages, read by Sarah, on 02/01/2015

  What happens when you discover a picture of what you believe to be your brother 9 years after he disappeared?  You go to find him, of course.  Wynter Evans is a young reporter for a tv station in St. Louis and gets a chance to explore a town called Sanctuary for a story she is covering.  Once there, mysterious things start happening, and she realizes she may be on the track to finding her long lost brother.  Many family secrets are uncovered and Wynter starts to understand more of her history, getting her closer to the truth.  This was a christian mystery that was hard to put down.  I highly recommend it.

15. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Christian, Fiction, Sarah

The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury, 288 pages, read by Sarah, on 09/13/2014

This book was amazing.  Karen Kingsbury brought the gospel story of Jesus Christ to life by telling it from the different viewpoints of the closest family members of Jesus.  She researched, studied, and tried to make it as true to the Bible as possible.  It opens with Joseph courting Mary from his viewpoint, and goes other close family members such as his uncle, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, and his brother, James.  This was heart-moving even thought I knew how it would end!!  I highly recommend it.  I listened to it as a book on cd.

27. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Christian, Fiction, Mystery, Tammy

What the Cat Dragged In by Gilbert Morris, 250 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/07/2013

What the cat dragged inA clean mystery story that happens to have cats in it. Jacques does point the way to an important clue to solve the murder, but most of the story is spent setting up the characters and the location. This is the first in a trilogy so I’m hoping the next story moves faster.


27. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Christian, Fiction, Mystery, Tammy

The Cats Pajamas by Gilbert Morris, 251 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/22/2013

cats pajamasSecond book in the Jacques and Cleo mystery series. The cats are hired to “star” in a movie being made down the beach from where they live. Kate and Jake take the cats over to film and discover that the star of the movie, Avis is an old flame of Jake’s. When one of the young starlets is found dead, Jake is asked to assist the local police with the investigation. Can Jake find the clue to keep all of them safe from the murderer? Will he and Avis get back together? 

23. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Christian, Fiction, Pamela · Tags:

A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer, 183 pages, read by Pamela, on 12/21/2013

roseRose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself. Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

01. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Christian, History, Inspirational, Kira, NonFiction, Reviewer · Tags:

The heart of Christianity: rediscovering a life of faith by Marcus J. Borg., 234 pages, read by Kira, on 07/31/2013

Renowned Jesus SeminarBorg_Heart_of_Chrty mborg_arms_raised scholar, Marcus Borg, distinguishes between “Earlier Christianity” and “Emerging Christianity”.  He discusses how Christianity limited its focus in reaction to Enlightenment Science challenging aspects of the Bible.  Christianity narrowed its focus to a set of beliefs (atonement theology) focused around sin and the afterlife.  Borg shows how much deeper and richer Christianity is than merely believing certain doctrines or the literalness of certain biblical passages.

I was impressed.

If you’re interested and want to see a video-clip of him go to:


20. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Christian, Fiction, Kristin, Teen Books

Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston, 280 pages, read by Kristin, on 07/19/2013

Sixteen year old Emily Curtis has had a tough year.  Her mother dies, her father loses his auto-repair business and subsequently their home and Emily’s boyfriend breaks up with her.  Now, they have moved in with her over-bearing wealthy aunt and uncle.  Could her life get any worse?  Oh yeah, her once deep relationship with God is now non-existent.  Christian author, Amy Clipston draws the reader into Emily’s struggles and attempts to rekindle her relationship with God.  This book was an easy read and if you are a very emotional reader, grab that box of Kleenex.  By the end of the book, I had puffy eyes and a stuffed up nose!  I highly recommend this book (and also her other book series, The Kauffman Amish Bakery).

26. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Christian, Fiction, Romance, Sarah

The Chance by Karen Kingsbury, 320 pages, read by Sarah, on 04/25/2013

If you had only one chance to meet up with your childhood sweetheart, would you take it?  Even if it meant admitting that you’ve made some poor choices along the way?  Ellie was forced to move from Georgia to California with her father when she was fifteen years old.  She lost touch with her mother and her best friend, Nolan, for eleven years.  Nolan has grown closer to God during this time, but Ellie has decidchanceed that God can’t possibly love her for so many terrible things to happen to her.  They made a pact the night before Ellie left that in eleven years they would return to their spot in the park to dig up letters that they wrote to each other that night.  Will they keep that pact?  Or let the time slip away from them forever?

This book was emotionally and spiritually very powerful.  God is willing to give us a chance if we just give him the opportunity to work in our hearts.  I highly recommend it.



28. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Christian, Drama, Fiction, Romance, Sarah · Tags:

Don't Tell a Soul by Tiffany L. Warren, 281 pages, read by Sarah, on 02/21/2013

dont tellThree best friends whose lives are intricately tied together through a Sister to Sister group in their church have been through some real trials in their lives.  A cheating, wife-beating husband, recent divorce, tempting potential lovers, an 11 year old son with serious anger issues, a possible threat to one’s marriage, being stranded on an island in a storm with the choir director….these are just a few of the issues that Pam, Taylor, and Yvonne have to deal with.  When a lovely girl, Eva, shows up at their church meeting needing food, Yvonne is more than happy to assist her and reach out with kindness.  But can Eva’s past derail all that Yvonne has hoped for?  Can Taylor forgive her baby’s daddy?  Can Pam stay strong in the face of temptation?

This book surprised me with its frankness in dealing with serious problems in relationships.  It was a bit confusing at first because each chapter is told from a different woman’s point of view and you don’t really know the connection between the ladies early on.  It mixes street-wise folk with shouting-hallelujah folk and is heavy on pushing that Jesus will help you through it all.  All in all, it was a good read that kept you guessing.