CrossReaders Book Review: Love Octagon by Felicia Rogers

CrossReaders Book Review: Love Octagon by Felicia Rogers

Title: Love Octagon

Author: Felicia Rogers

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Kevin Smith is an ordinary guy. He works a plain job. Owns a normal, but disorganized home. And plays like every single man. In short, he is the average male. Until one day on vacation, he takes a run in the park and rescues a bag lady from mugging, after which his life is never the same. The mysterious lady grants him one wish. Assuming the woman’s offer is false, Kevin returns home with thoughts of a past conversation in his mind. Later when he steps from the shower everything has changed. The disorderly home is no more. All his vacation chores have been completed. And most surprising of all he has seven wives. Will this unexpected twist turn out to be the blessing he hoped for, or a curse he wished he’d never asked for?

Review

Be very careful what you wish for!

Reading this story I decided that Kevin Smith’s picture was in the dictionary by the word procrastination. Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow. But it just seemed like each day, tomorrow never came. What is the saying? The path to Hell is paved with good intentions.

What would happen if a stranger granted you one wish and it came true? But your mind was focusing on the silly conversation at work with your friends, a wife for each day of the week and you would never have to do a thing? Yea, right, seven wives and lots of children in one household, nothing can ever go wrong there! So will this unexpected twist turn out to be the blessing he hoped for, or a curse he wished he’d never asked for?

“Your greatest desire shall be fulfilled, one wish you may build. It was like she’d been leading him down a path he hadn’t been able to see. When his eyes were finally opened to his loss, his misery, his need for repentance, was when his life changed for the better.” Now can Kevin and Angela find happiness when they get together and talk without others interfering?

This review was submitted by: Kathy Watts

Book Blast: Seeing The Life by Sophie Dawson

Book Blast: Seeing The Life by Sophie Dawson

Seeing The Life

Seeing The Life
By Sophie Dawson

About the Book

Seeing The Life is a look at the life of Yeshua the Christ in a way never used before. Dassa, the daughter of the innkeeper, is sent to fetch the midwife to help the young woman in the stable give birth. She and Mary become close friends as do Micah, her fiance then husband, and Joseph. Separated when the young family flees Bethlehem in the night, their friendship resumes several years later in Jerusalem.

Dassa and Micah know Yeshua is special, but he is still a boy with a boy’s interests and love of life. Through the years the families, though separated most of the year, spend time together in Jerusalem during the Jewish Festivals. Then Yeshua begins speaking and teaching.

Micah, Joseph of Arimethea, their sons and others who follow and believe Yeshua’s message. Yet do they really understand it? Is he the long awaited messiah who will free the Jews from the grip of Rome? What do the stories he tells really mean?

Seeing The Life sees the life of Yeshua within the social and political culture of the time. Not only do we see his ministry but also his family and friendships as he grew. Yeshua was a normal baby who cried, spit up, wet and messed. He was a child who fell and skinned his knees. He lost his baby teeth. He had siblings. He had friends. My goal was to show the humanness of Yeshua’s life. We see him as fully God but often miss that he was fully man, boy and baby also.

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Sophie DawsonSophie Dawson is Midwestern born and bred and is the author of several novels, including the Cottonwood Series and Stone Creek Series. Her novel Healing Love has won three awards: AuthorStand 2012 Gold Medal, Indiebook 2012 Silver Medal, and Readers’ Favorite 2013 Silver Medal. Giving Love was a finalist in Readers’ Favorite 2013. Her books have also been #1 Best Sellers in their genre on Amazon. Seeing The Life is a finalist in Readers’ Favorite Awards 2014. She is a member of Christian Independent Authors and Association of Independent Authors. An award-winning quilter with eclectic interests, Dawson posts to several blogs, including Little Bits Blog on her website, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Iowa Wesleyan College.

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Spiritual Endurance

Spiritual Endurance


What tests your spiritual endurance?

*finances?
*lack of a job?
*no insurance?
*home foreclosure?
*your spouse’s affair?
*death of a loved one?
*a child with an addiction?
*a husband hooked on porn?
*the twisted knife in your back from your best friend?

On occasion, many of these strike all at once causing chaos to overwhelm us. Our eyes spill over with the tears of heartache. Discouragement sets in.

It’s never easy, is it? But what do we do? Have a pity party? Get in a nasty mood? Throw a fit? Camp out with a negative attitude? Stomp around yelling at everyone?

What happens to our hope? To our faith? To our spiritual endurance?

David wrote, “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again – my Savior and my God!” (Ps. 42:5 NLT)

Who comes to mind as a biblical victor, a spiritual endurer?
James wrote, “For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.” (James 5:10-11 NLT)

I love reading Hebrews 11, the faith chapter.
Listed are the names of all those who persevered from Abel to Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and all the rest…by faith, by faith, by faith. They held to the backside of the cross, having the faith to see what was yet to be. They had no anchor of hope in Christ as we do.

And yet, they all endured!

Our faith walk should be like Abraham’s
, for he knew God kept His promises, “He drew strength from his faith, and, while giving the glory to God, remained absolutely convinced that God was able to implement His own promise.” (Rom. 4:21 Phillips)

Paul also said of Abraham, “No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God.” (Rom. 4:20 Amp) His words of praise strengthened his faith, connecting Him to God’s power.

And what of Paul? Didn’t he endure horrendous afflictions?

He said, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.” (2 Cor. 4:8-9TLB)

What is your attitude as you endure your trials? Do you hide in the cellar of doubt and worry or hang out in the attic of praise and gratitude? Do you give up or rest in the power of God? Are you a spiritual victim or victor?

Does Jesus say to you, as He did to Peter when he began to be overwhelmed by the waves, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matt. 14:31b NKJV) Or does He say to you as He did to the woman that came to Him on behalf of her demon-possessed daughter, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire”? (Matt. 15:28 NKJV)

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” (Heb. 12:1-2a NKJV)

As you look to the Lord in your time of trouble, may He complete and perfect your faith that you may endure and be a spiritual victor.


LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com

CrossReaders Book Review: Just Dessert(Ladies of Larkspur Book 2)  by Heather Gray

CrossReaders Book Review: Just Dessert(Ladies of Larkspur Book 2) by Heather Gray

Title: Just Dessert(Ladies of Larkspur Book 2)

Author: Heather Gray

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Dessert…the perfect remedy when nothing in life seems to be going right.

What do you do when you are the sole protector of four children, your brothers and sisters? When each day is haunted by disappointment, disillusionment and desperation? When you believe that everyone who ever loved you, including God, has abandoned you?

You bake a pie, of course.

What do you do when you find a woman whose heart is consumed by fear? Who does not know how to trust? Who scoffs at your faith and throws your kindness back in your face?

You eat a pie, of course.

Review

Mary Fitzgerald has more on her plate than the average 17 year old girl should. she lost her mother when she was 14 and had to leave school and take over the house and raising her two brothers and two sisters. Then her Pa is a mean man who drinks and gambles. These five children walk on egg shells and try to avoid his nasty temper, with Mary taking the brunt of his verbal and physical attacks. Grady Carlisle was a childhood friend but his parents live in Texas. He has come to Larkspur, Idaho to help out his maternal grandparents over the summer. Grady loves the Lord and believes the Bible, as do his grandparents, The Wilkes. Mary is bitter. Why would a loving God take her mother? Allow her father to be abusive. Mary has lost her faith in God and humanity. Grady isn’t preachy, but he is practical. This story is the second in the series and can read easily as a standalone but it does pull into the story some people and elements from the first book. It has love, loss, acceptance, faith and forgiveness. This is a sweet historical romance with inspiration.

This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReaders Book Review: Birth Pangs, Not Death Throes: A Conversation on the book of Revelation by Allison Kohn

CrossReaders Book Review: Birth Pangs, Not Death Throes: A Conversation on the book of Revelation by Allison Kohn

Title: Birth Pangs, Not Death Throes: A Conversation on the book of Revelation

Author: Allison Kohn

Rating: Five Stars

About the Book

The book of the Revelation of John from the Bible is misunderstood by many to be a book full of monsters and terrible prophecies for the future. This book attempts to show its true character as a book of worship and promise. It does warn of a not so bright future for anyone who won’t accept the love God offers, and we must be willing to warn them. Mainly, though; it is a book of praise and worship. Birth Pangs, Not Death Throes is a conversation on the Revelation given to John by Jesus through the angel. The author explores the picture of Yeshu (Jesus) we are given in the first chapter. The signs are all instruments of worship, so they are all explored in this book. The poetry and cadence of the book are also an impetus for worship, so they are explored as well.The purpose of this book is to bring the reader to a closer and more worshipful fellowship with the Master.

Review

Birth Pangs, Not Death Throes is an interesting study on the Book of Revelation. Allison Kohn goes through the entire book and adds the history of the seven churches that John discussed all the way through various ideas about what’ll happen in regards to the seven seals that occur leading up to the Tribulation and the seven trumpets and seven bowl judgments that occur during the Tribulation Period. While there are many study guides on the book of Revelation, I suggest adding this to your library. This book was received free from the author for my honest review.

This review was submitted by: Cliff Ball – please visit their website at http://cliffball.net