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North Vietnam: Under The Cover of Light

Under The Cover of Light was a difficult book for me to read. I mean, Vietnam was my war. Guys from my graduating class of 1969 were signing-up for military service before they finished their senior year!

And yes, I will never forget the funerals that took place in our little town.

Vietnam War POW

Vietnam was up close and personal for me.

Yet as tough a “read” as this story was for me, I am so glad I read this book. There are eternal lessons for all of us in Jerry Curtis’s seven and a half years of horror as a POW in North Vietnam.

The book has lots of military jargon and that really slowed me down, but once I got past all of that, I began to identify with the timeless truths woven throughout this story. The transformation that our prayers bring. The unity forged in the fires of shared suffering.  The inability of anyone or anything to keep us separate from the keeping power of Christ’s love—even in a pit from hell dubbed—Briarpatch.

Jerry Curtis asked all the questions any of us ask when we find ourselves in circumstances beyond our control.

But, in one of his darkest moments a fellow POW reaches out to him and he realizes,

“…the sacrament through the walls led Jerry to understand that wrapped up in any explanation as to why believers might experience horrific circumstances in their lives was OPPORTUNITY—opportunity to fulfill a God-glorifying task, heightened by or as a direct result of the horrific event itself. The tragedy either brought others across a believer’s path who needed to receive God’s light FROM the believer or who needed to see God’s light THROUGH the believer. Then, once engaged, that person perhaps would become a light bearer too.

Jerry realized he had been a conduit for God’s glory to an unknown and unseen prisoner, and an eternal truth surfaced in his mind: the deeper the darkness, the more brilliant the light.”

I am so glad I read this heroic story. We need to be reminded that there are still heroes in this world.

Honestly, the accounts of torture are tough to get through, but the spiritual message from this man’s experience is one we can all grow and benefit from.

My thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for sending this complimentary copy in exchange for my review.

Under The Cover of Light is available on Amazon or at your other fine book retailers.

The Maggie Bright, Mystery Meets History at Dunkirk

I love it when an author takes a mystery and wraps it around true historical events. That’s what we have here in The Maggie Bright, A Novel of Dunkirk by Tracy Groot. The book is full of endearing and lovable square-pegs like Murray, Mrs. Shrew and the Burglar Vicar with vivid and colorful historical detail that is set against the backdrop of that Green and Glorious Island during one of her most desperate hours—Dunkirk.

The Maggie Bright

England, 1940. Clare Childs knew life would change when she unexpectedly inherited the Maggie Bright—a noble fifty-two-foot yacht. In fact, she’s counting on it. But the boat harbors secrets. When a stranger arrives, searching for documents hidden onboard, Clare is pulled into a Scotland Yard investigation that could shed light on Hitler’s darkest schemes and prompt America to action.  Across the Channel, Hitler’s Blitzkrieg has the entire British army in retreat with little hope for rescue at the shallow beaches of Dunkirk. With time running out, Churchill recruits civilian watercraft to help. Hitler is attacking from land, air, and sea, and any boat that goes might not return. Yet Clare knows Maggie Bright must answer the call—piloted by an American who has refused to join the war effort until now and a detective with a very personal motive for exposing the truth.  The fate of the war hinges on this rescue. While two men join the desperate fight, a nation prays for a miracle.

It’s been awhile since a book reached out and dragged me into a story like this one. The Maggie Bright,  is not what I expected but, “Wow, what a ride!” It took off right from the start, and by the time I reached page 86 and the following, I was hooked good and proper.

She fell upon her notes with hand-clasped rapture. “Isn’t life just full of glorious havoc at every turn? My dear Cecil would have something to say about these extraordinary times. He’s giving St. Peter an earful now, surely prodding him to join the great cloud of witnesses surrounding me; telling him to look on, just to see what that woman is up to next. Always called me ‘that woman.’ Always quite proud of me. Thought of me as rather a maverick…”

When Clare reached for a plate of toast crumbs, Mrs. Shrew placed her hand over Clare’s and said earnestly, “We’re in it together, aren’t we—this glorious and dreadful time that has come upon us?

I read this book in one day because I could not put it down!

I don’t think you will be able to either.

And let me finally say, “Bravo Ms. Groot, bravo!” I loved this book! You certainly make history come alive.

The Maggie Bright is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, as well as your other fine book retailers.

I am most thankful to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me this complimentary copy in exchange for my review, and I sincerely hope there will be many more like this one to come!

 

DEEP EXTRACTION, An FBI Task Force Novel

DEEP EXTRACTION is another winner from DiAnn Mills—author of Tyndale House Publishers FBI Task Force novels. This title is the second in the series. The first title was Deadly Encounter and it is still available online.

Fiction Deep ExtractionTori Templeton is our heroine, an FBI agent with real flaws and fears she is struggling to overcome. Her partner Matt Dublin is the guy you love to hate, wearing his vitriol in plain sight from that giant chip on his shoulder. Of course there is our hero, Cole Jeffers who comes off as somewhat of an enigma, but  I liked these characters because of their imperfections. They come off as real people doing a tough and thankless job.

The story begins with the murder of Nathan Moore, gas and oil magnate from Houston, Texas. A bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy. Complicating things is the friendship Tori and Cole shared with the victim and his family, as they fight to keep their personal feelings separate from their primary goal of solving Nathan’s murder.

Deep Extraction is a good mystery story. One that will keep you guessing. Readers will also find the gospel’s timeless message woven throughout its crackling dialogue and unfolding plot.

I thank Tyndale House Publishers and the Author for sending me this complimentary copy in exchange for my review.

Deep Extraction

DEEP EXTRACTION available on preorder from Amazon or in April at these other fine retail sites.

 

 

 

Abandoned Faith: Enlightening & Hopeful!

Abandoned FaithWhen you first look, Abandoned Faith is not a book you expect to be brimming with hopeful strategies. Yet that is exactly what this book delivers! It provides lots of facts with correlating interviews and surveys on millennial’s and the many problems they face.

I don’t usually enjoy reading a book filled with lots of statistics. Yet as I read this one, I began to see how all that information could help parents and churches by giving them the “how  to” in developing an effective prayer and action strategy to reach these kids .

  • Abandoned Faith brings hope to parents  and churches who are despairing over what to do about their wayward millennial’s.
  • It encourages them to release all shame for past mistakes, surrendering their millennial’s to a God who is able to bring them back home to the Faith.
  • It invites them to stand on the irrevocable promises found in God’s Word because He loves millennial’s and He will be faithful to them.
  • And finally, it provides creative ideas for reaching out with real and tangible ways to provide help for our millennial’s.

I loved that!

It’s obvious the authors have a deep and abiding love for these young adults. I appreciated their frankness, and at times, bold and brutal honesty. The ways they addressed the failures of parents and the Church head on. Perhaps it is time for some much needed “tough love.” Today’s Church needs more effective ways of reaching out to our millennial adults. Ways that are relevant to their unique needs. I think this book provides a good starting point.

When interviewing Mark Hall, someone McFarland considers a front line expert on millennial’s, he asked Hall if he was optimistic that millennial’s will be the generation to bring revival to America. He responded, “[Christian] millennial’s love God and accept that Jesus is the Son of God. But they are not in love with the church. They will not give as cooperatively through the church budget as they will a particular cause. They are online givers for the most part but will give where they see ‘fruit.’ Can millennial’s bring revival back to America? If we continue to embrace the exclusivity of Christ, maintain authentic relationships, confront pluralism, and preach the gospel, then yes, spiritual renewal will come. Don’t expect a breakout event like the old crusades where sporting venues were packed out. Expect it to look more like the church in the book of Acts.”

The book of Acts? Wow! Now that statement gives me REAL hope!

My thanks to Focus on the Family and Tyndale House Publishers for sending me this complimentary copy and requesting my review. Abandoned Faith is available now on Amazon.

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Making Bible “Family Time” Simple

This new devotional by Tony and Jonathan Evans, KINGDOM FAMILY DEVOTIONAL, turns what often seems like a daunting task into a simple, consistent, and fun routine!

It simplifies family devotions.

We’re all busy these days, kids included! Carving out a consistent time to come together as a family over God’s word sounds simple, but very often isn’t.

The KINGDOM FAMILY DEVOTIONAL helps tackle that problem with family devotions that are short, clearly Biblical, and do-able.

There was a lot for me to like about this little book but here are the five things that were at the top of my list:

  • First, it picks a one-word topic and stays there for five days.
  • Good thinking! For five days the family can come together learning the serious stuff but weekends are for family fun!
  • I liked the way it came up with ways for the entire family to participate. Not always an easy task!
  • I liked that it is for all 52 weeks of the year. That builds consistency, and for me—that’s the real challenge.
  • I liked that it began with the topics of LOVE and then RESPECT. To my mind, they go hand in hand and are desperately wanting in many of today’s contemporary families.

So, summing up:

  • This book is clearly Biblical in it’s teaching.
  • It is a devotional that brings the focus of our family time around a single word for an entire work-week using the Bible as a life reference.
  • It encourages our family with fun ways to participate together and apply what we’ve learned.
  • And, it gives parents a simple to follow Biblical road map for their families for an entire year.

Easy, consistent, focused and fun—what could be better!

My sincere thanks to Focus on the Family Resources and Tyndale House Publishers for sending me this complimentary copy and asking me for my review.

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