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CrossReaders Book Review: DeepFocus by Gloria Repp

CrossReaders Book Review: DeepFocus by Gloria Repp

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Title: DeepFocus

Author: Gloria Repp

Rating: Five stars

About the Book

A scheming woman.
A man she can’t fathom.
A mystery that endangers her career.

Lindsey Dumont, photographer, travels to the rugged coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to finish her photo essay on a rare breed of Makah dogs. But disaster looms for her project, and she decides to fight back. Now she must confront the man who deceived her and unravel a threatening mystery. She wonders: “Is this how God answers my prayers?”

Review

Deep Focus by Gloria Repp is another great story about forgiveness that also has a very compelling mystery and enough romance to keep the romantic reader happy. Gloria does an excellent job in the development of all elements of the story. One thing that really appealed to me was the adorable little girl, Ginni. I loved her use of the word “entrancing.” As I read this book I was living the story right along with all the characters. I highly recommend this book and I even think that men would enjoy it as much as women. I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Note: I was a beta reader for this book and that is when I read about Ginni and her use of the word “entrancing.” Gloria and her editor decided that it would be better to change the word to “enchanting.” It was not the word itself that caught my attention but Ginni’s use of an unusual word. No matter which word she used, Ginni was an adorable little girl and her dialogue added enjoyment to the story.

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This review was submitted by: Deanna Love Gottreu – please visit her website at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog

Rebuild The Walls But Don’t Give The Enemy A Spare Room!

Rebuild The Walls But Don’t Give The Enemy A Spare Room!

“Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil
[give no opportunity to him].”
Eph. 4:27 Amplified

Don’t give a place for the enemy to make himself comfortable! In other words, don’t make a spare room available for him to bunk in, like Eliashib did for Tobiah during the time of Nehemiah.

As King Artaxerxes’ cupbearer, Nehemiah was more than just one who guarded against poison in the king’s cup. Being a cupbearer meant he was an officer of the household, a trusted servant, holding rank and importance.

Often chosen for personal beauty, a cupbearer held a position of great influence and confidential nature, giving him frequent access to the royal presence.

When Nehemiah learned of the deplorable condition of Israel after their return from exile, he asked King Artaxerxes to allow him to repair the broken down walls and the burned out gates in Jerusalem. So, the king appointed him governor of Jerusalem and he went to rebuild.

At one point during the rebuilding of the wall, Nehemiah left to return to the king, but, while he was gone, something happened.

The high priest, Eliashib, who had authority over the storerooms in the temple and related to Tobiah, “prepared for [Tobiah] a large room, where previously they had stored the grain offerings, the frankincense, the articles, the tithes of grain, the new wine and oil, which were commanded to be given to the Levites and singers and gatekeepers, and the offerings for the priests.” (Neh. 13:5 NKJV)

Just as God’s people made a golden calf while Moses was away, so the substitution of the unholy for the holy took place while Nehemiah was away.

Eliashib (meaning ‘God will restore’) veered from his consecrated position and scooted up close to one who had ties with the enemy. His relationship of being an in-law of Tobiah (Eliashib’s grandson had been allowed to marry Tobiah’s daughter, Neh. 13:28) was enhanced by his willingness to provide a place for evil to reside.

More than just being chummy, Eliashib allowed himself to be allied with the wrong companion.

Upon Nehemiah’s return to Jerusalem, he discovered the evil Eliashib had done, and he said, “I was furious and threw out all of Tobiah’s belongings. I gave orders for the rooms to be ritually purified and for the Temple equipment, grain offerings, and incense to be put back.” (Neh. 13:8-9 GNB)

When the walls of your life start to crumble around you, do you allow, like Eliashib, a comfy spot for the enemy and his spiritual robbers to sneak in and remove all the holy things? Do you align yourself with the wrong companions?

The enemy has no access unless we answer the door when he comes calling.
Once he gets his foot in the door, he welcomes all his negative, destructive relatives: Sister Unbelief, Brother Cowardice, Grandpa Doubt, and Aunt Despair.

Or do you do like Nehemiah and throw out the unholiness, purify your temple, put back the holy things, and secure those walls that have broken down?

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
(Prov. 4:23 NIV)

 

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: Sluagh: Demon of the Night by Darrell Case

CrossReaders Book Review: Sluagh: Demon of the Night by Darrell Case

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Title: Sluagh: Demon of the Night

Author: Darrell Case

Rating: five of five stars

About the Book

A psychological thriller with a Christian world view

Review

This is a psychological thriller with a wonderful twist. While we get a vivid picture of the psychological character of the killer; we get an even better look at the spiritual fight that goes on around us all the time. Other characters in the story are very well developed too, so we get a look into the lives of some saints who are prayer warriors and have discernment, which makes them fearless and lovable. I listened to this all day and begrudged taking the time to eat a bite at 4p.m. The narrator does a fantastic job. the writer is gifted and thorough. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers and anyone who doesn’t usually like the genre – like me – but loves a well written book or enjoys seeing christians portrayed as they really are. There is more than one character study in this book and one lady stands out as a kindred spirit for me.

Sluagh

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As a child, Max Furman is abused at the hands of his mother. Numerous times, she tells him she should have smothered him when he was an infant. He is unloved and unwanted. The abuse and neglect deadens his heart. When his sister Katie is born his mother dotes on her the love he craves. His hatred…

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This review was submitted by: Allison Kohn – please visit her website at http://www.allisonkohn.com

Is Your Robe All Scrunched Up?

Is Your Robe All Scrunched Up?

‟For He has clothed me with garments of salvation
and draped about me the robe of righteousness.”
(Is. 61:10 TLB)
Salvation. By definition, it consists of deliverance, prosperity, rescue, liberty, safety, welfare, and victory. God wove those elements together into a covering, as a foundation garment, and into an outer robe of righteousness, as a cloak of rightness and loyalty.

Why? David tells us the Lord takes pleasure in His people by adorning and glorifying the meek and humble with salvation. (Ps. 149:4)

In His delight, He clothes a precious believer in a robe of spiritual refinement beyond compare, beautifying that soul with heavenly grace. One cannot work to purchase this robe or work to keep it, no matter how hard one tries.

This robe cannot be rented, and it cannot be put on lay-away. It cannot be tried on for a while and, then, taken off. It is a forever gift…but it was not free. It came with a great price tag to the Purchaser: the blood of Jesus.

And He did this just for you. Christ died to purchase your wedding garment. You cannot enter the heavenly wedding feast without it.

So, what are you to do with this gifted garment? How do you wear your regal robe of righteousness…

* with ease?
* inside out?
* backwards?
* upside down?
* uncomfortably?
* thrown over your shoulder?
* casually tied around your waist?
* all rumpled and scrunched up?
* dragging it along the ground?

Crushed by their adulterous behavior and attitude, God said to His people, ‟You dragged your beauty through the mud.” (Ezek. 16:25a GNB)

Do you drag your robe of beauty through the mud of disobedience as Israel did? What do you do to de-beautify your robe? Do you hide your behavior beneath it? Do you trip over its luxurious folds to do something you shouldn’t?

Sometimes, that garment may make you uncomfortable. You may squirm beneath it or struggle to throw it off in misbehavior. You end up with it all scrunched up.

Maybe right now your robe feels scratchy like burlap. Or maybe it feels too tight. But once you relax in it, it will fall in velvety smooth folds of peace and joy around you. Twirl around in it and praise the Lord, for He has given you ‟the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (Is. 61:3 NKJV)

So, wherever you go, whatever you do, remind yourself you are clothed with Christ’s presence, with His garment of salvation and righteousness.

How are you wearing your precious garment? Is it all scrunched up?

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2

Bio: 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 websites, Heading Home and lynnmosher.com

CrossReaders Book Review: Suit by Suzanne D. Williams

CrossReaders Book Review: Suit by Suzanne D. Williams

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Title: Suit

Author: Suzanne D. Williams

Rating: 5 stars out of five stars

About the Book

Ludwig Fabrinni has a closet full of expensive suits, not to mention a cushy job and anything else money can buy. What he doesn’t have is love.

The director at a well-known publication company, he’s surrounded himself with textbooks, encyclopedias, and educational materials. But when his boss puts him in charge of the new romance department, his life takes a dive.

Romance? What man reads romance?

Yet Kirsten Friedman entering his life changes everything, as does the strange email from his boss that he wasn’t supposed to see. Can he become the passionate man she needs and do the right thing for all involved?

Review

Suit by Suzanne D. Williams is a great story that makes for very enjoyable and entertaining reading. Ludwig Fabrinni is a man that many would envy. He has a great job, money to buy anything that he wants, and he definitely wants and has a wardrobe full of expensive suits. Even though he feels that he has everything that anyone could ever want, he does not have love in his life. He is the director of a publishing company which publishes mainly educational books. Ludwig’s life hits a snag when his boss makes him the head of the new romance department. When Kirsten Friedman comes into his life everything changes. Both Kirsten and Ludwig have been in love before but now they are going to learn the meaning of real love. Things really get weird when Ludwig receives an email that was not intended for him.

Typical of Suzanne, she does an excellent job developing the characters and their dialogue is right on target with each one saying what you are hoping they will say. All the action taking place in the story was very well written and I almost felt myself to be right in the middle of what was happening. There was a good bit of suspense in the story which added greatly to the fun of the story and kept me guessing as to what was going to happen next. I was expecting the story to have a happy ending and I was not disappointed, in fact it was even better than I had imagined. As with all of Suzanne’s books, Christian values are woven throughout the story. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series. When I first started reading the book I thought that Suit was somewhat of an unusual name for a book title but by the time I finished the book I thought that it was the perfect title.

I highly recommend this book to everyone that loves a feel good romance with Christian love and forgiveness woven throughout the story.

Thanks to the author, Suzanne D. Williams, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Deanna Love Gottreu – please visit their website at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog