Book Review: When Jesus Wept – by Bode & Brock Thoene

Book Review: When Jesus Wept – by Bode & Brock Thoene

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I have to admit, the cover art had me curious as to what type of book I had selected from Book Sneeze.com, and then knowing the author’s, Bodie & Brock Thoene, having read their previous books I knew I would like the book. Although, I have to be honest, what I expected was more along the lines of a devotional. Rather, the book was a story of Lazarus and the people during that time. It took quite a while for me to wrap my head around the different perception I had in mind.

That said, it did take me awhile to really get into the book. I was expecting more depth in the story rather than what I was reading. To be honest, I did alot of skipping until I made it to the end of the book. Obviously, it didn’t catch and grab my attention nearly as much as I was expecting. It will go on my bookshelf for a later read, but for now, I’m not very eager to do so.

A complimentary review copy was provided by BookSneeze on behalf of the publisher, Thomas Nelson. Any opinions are my own.

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Book Review: The Kingsbury Collection by Karen Kingsbury

Book Review: The Kingsbury Collection by Karen Kingsbury

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but this particular book took up alot of time to read. It was three novels within one book, and each book was well written and kept me captivated. The first story was about Ellen and her family, and what they are facing after their father died. There are problems that reign amongst each other, and two sisters who can barely tolerate to stay in the same room with one another. The week is strife with problems, one sister is having to deal with issues created years ago. Another, contemplates having an affair with a lost boyfriend, and the rest of the family is having to deal with the problems of their own, including those of everyone else. Towards the end, there is a climax, one that will probably require a tissue. My suggestion, don’t finish reading it on a lunch break!

The second story, “When Joy Came to Stay”, was equally good. A young woman is wrapped up in grief for a decision that she made years before. Guilt for her choices, and the inadvertent belief that her husband is the reason she made her long ago choice. In turn, she checks herself into a mental institution. Her husband, not certain what is going on, starts researching his wife’s life, to see what is in her past to cause her to react so traumatically. The end result, is wonderful, yet sad.

The third story, “On Every Side” is not anything like the two previous stories. However, in it’s own way it is just as good. The town of Bethany is facing a lawsuit for a statue they’ve had for years in their town center. An association, who likes to sue people/places for having religious artifacts in places which should be separated by church and state, they go after the town of Bethany. However, a lawyer for the firm, has a personal vendetta against the statue. The story again, focuses not only on one of two individuals, but a collection of characters that pulls the story together.

These stories all didn’t involve necessarily a central figure. Rather, the people who were the stars were all integral pieces to the telling of the story. All in all, if you have time, take time to read each of the stories, but allowing a breather between each. Well worth your time!

The one thing I disagree with, is the blurbs on the back of the book, giving a synopsis of each story. I’m not sure if the person who is writing the blurbs actually read it, but I think it is totally off. There is an elements of truth to it, but there’s so much more depth in the book. The blurbs feel more like “fluff”. When I finish reading the stories, and then compare them to the back, I have to shake my head.

A complimentary review copy was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah to give an honest opinion of the book I read. Any opinions are my own.

Book Review: Reclaiming Nick by Susan May Warren

Book Review: Reclaiming Nick by Susan May Warren

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So I’ve had this book awhile, but hadn’t really started it. The cover was attractive enough, but it wasn’t enough to say “Open me and start reading!” However, after reading “The Duchess” by Susan May Warren, I knew I needed to give this book a try. Again, I had expectations for a different type of book, but what I read was completely not what I was expecting. It was better.

Basically, Nick left home years ago after an altercation with his father. He returns, only after his death, with lots of regrets. But he has one thing on his mind, and that is not to let his once best friend take a portion of the land that he and his family has owned for years. He returns home, with guilt and a sense of letting people down.

Then we have Piper, she is an award winning journalist who is looking for her next big story. Her brother, just let out of prison, she believes was falsely imprisoned, and she blames Nick, because he’s the one who put him there. She believes there is more to the story and is determined to show that Nick was the one who murdered the young woman, and not her brother.

Maggy is Nick’s old girlfriend. But she is now married to Cole, Nick’s once best friend. She has a son, CJ.

Cole was Nick’s old best friend, but because of misunderstandings, there is a wedge between their friendship.

Overall, it was a very well written book. Initially I didn’t like the character, Nick, because I thought he was cold and unfeeling and I didn’t like the deception that Piper had initiated. Partially, because by then I was totally into the book and thought it was unfair for her to be pretending at such an important position.

All in all, a very good book!