CrossReaders Book Review: Operation Mistletoe by Elizabeth Maddrey

CrossReaders Book Review: Operation Mistletoe by Elizabeth Maddrey

Title: Operation Mistletoe

Author: Elizabeth Maddrey

Operation Mistletoe

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About the Book

Victoria hates Christmas. Gabe loves Christmas and gives the donations he makes at his big Christmas Lights Display to a good cause. Victoria (Tori) has been told by her boss at the paper that she is to do a report on the Christmas Lights Display this year. She is furious especially when she finds out that it is Gabe who does the Display, her old college crush.

Review

This is the first book that I have read by this author and it was an absolute delight! I’m not really much into Christmas stories, but this one was an unexpected pleasure to read.
I loved following Gabe and Tori’s story. Tori hated Christmas; from the time she was young something always terrible happened on Christmas and she feels she is cursed. Gabe loved Christmas and used his many acres of land and transformed it into a wonderful array of the story of Christs’ birth. He then used the funds generated to raise money for a good cause.
Also this just happens to be the guy Tori had a crush on in college. She is in charge of the doing the article on Gabe’s Christmas display and she is just so upset at this, but alas the job has been placed in her hands.
I enjoyed the story so much that I read it in one sitting and was hooked right from the beginning to the very end. I cannot wait to read more from this author. Elizabeth Maddrey is definitely going on my new favorite authors list!
I give this story 5***** all the way around and recommend to everyone. It’s a truly delightful read.

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This review was submitted by: Shannan Williams

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CrossReaders Book Review: Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey

CrossReaders Book Review: Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey

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Title: Wisdom to Know

Author: Elizabeth Maddrey

Wisdom to Know

Rating: 5 Stars

About the Book

This book is the first book in the Grant Us Grace Series. This book is a must read!

Review

This is the first book in the Grant Us Grace Series! Elizabeth Maddrey brings the characters to life from the first page! Her way of writing brings bold truth to issues that many Christian may face today. Abortion, addiction, deceit, and forgiveness are so real in families today, and this book is spot on in dealing with them. Wisdom to Know is filled with unexpected twists and turns in the lives of Lydia and Kevin, the two main characters. Lydia deals with abortion, and Kevin deals with learning to forgive. We learn how to help someone rather than have them deal with the dark, lonely guilt that one struggles with after experiencing abortion. Wisdom to Know will draw you in to the reality that these issues could very well be going happening in our own Church today. I highly recommend this book to anyone age 16 and above!

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This review was submitted by: Rachelle Craig

CrossReaders Book Review: Annabelle: A Ghostly Texas Tale

CrossReaders Book Review: Annabelle: A Ghostly Texas Tale

Title: Annabelle: A Ghostly Texas Tale

Author: Chana Keefer

Annabelle

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

When Jansen and Kate Walden move their young family to Texas from the West Coast, there are sure to be adjustments with four children and enough emotional baggage to fill several moving trucks. They hope the fresh air and simpler, small town lifestyle will help their family heal, but the added pressure of reconstruction bills, their troubled past, and the handsome cowboy who catches Kate’s eye only push them closer to the breaking point.
Plus, there are rumors the old Pedigo place, the Walden’s new home, is haunted. But with all the challenges Kate and her family face, a resident ghost is the least of their problems.
In the midst of this chaos, inexplicable happenings, dreams, and chance encounters begin to unfold the tragic history played out within the walls of “Pedigo Manor” over a century before—a tragic story set to unfold once again.
Unless someone intervenes…

Review

I love this story. It’s one of those stories that will help you examine and overcome issues you maybe experiencing in life. This is the type of story I call a “Life Story”, you know, one of those of stories we can all relate to in some way. Kids fighting, moving to a new city, renovating a home, husband working out of town, finding out where you fit in, getting that dreaded call from your kid’s school, husband that is trying to understand, but is too far away to really get what you are going through. And a heart that is so vulnerable that you just may make the biggest mistake of your life.

That is when you normally need a little supernatural, divine intervention. And that divine intervention came in the form of someone who shined a light into the darkness of the Waldens’ lives. Someone who refused to see them succumb to the heartache, pain and sorrow that had been their existence since a tragic event took place in their lives. Someone who was a prayer warrior that kept Kate and Cal from doing something so dangerous it would have killed everyone connected to them. That beautiful someone was so in love with Jesus that she would not leave until she got a chance to tell everyone about Him.

Annabelle is a beautiful story that came at the right time because I needed to read these words, “You didn’t reject Me,” the One wrapped around him assured. “You rejected the misuse of Me. I did the same.” I had been having similar conversations with God about the misuse of Him. And I also needed to read these words, “She told me to be strong for my family—to pray for all of you like she did because prayer really does change things.” Prayer is the key and it will keep you pressing forward through the good and bad times.

What a powerful and anointed story. I enjoyed reading it and it has become one of my favorite stories. These characters will live in my head and heart for awhile. Thank you Chana Keefer for being obedient to Holy Spirit and writing this story. I want to cry happy tears.

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This review was submitted by: Deborah Dunson

CrossReaders Book Review: Child Of Dust by Shoba Sadler

CrossReaders Book Review: Child Of Dust by Shoba Sadler

Title: Child Of Dust

Author: Shoba Sadler

Child of Dust

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Beautiful but spoilt Vietnamese socialite, Cao Kim Lye, learns of her parents shocking death from the dashing Amerasian family chauffeur, Bryan Nguyen.

Kim steps out of a world of crystal and chandelier to enter the dust and chaos of working-class Hanoi. She finds herself living under the roof of a shop cum living quarters with Bryan and his adoptive family.

Ever conscious of the privileged class, Kim struggles against the emotional ties she forms towards Bryan, the reluctant saviour, who considers her an unnecessary hitch to his already complicated life.

He still bears the scars of abandonment by his mother and his American GI father when U.S. troops pulled out of Vietnam.

Eventually Bryan and Kim’s powerful attraction to each other begins to break down the walls between them, but is their attraction enough to blossom into a love that can sustain a marriage?

Review

I’m always impressed with a story that can deliver the gospel message in a subtle, but powerful way. I enjoyed reading Child of Dust. It was beautiful to see Bryan and Kim’s relationship develop over time. At times I was on the edge of my seat and found myself smiling at some of their conversations. I will admit that Kim had to grow on me because in the beginning she was really mean. Bryan, on the other hand, stole my heart when he told Kim “Wars in the flesh can never be won. My battles are fought on my knees.” I love that he was a praying man.

His words blew me away many times in this book like when he told Kim “At what? At whom? I’ve been angry for so long. Too many years. I grew tired of being angry. I gave all my anger to Jesus. I laid my pain down at His feet. I made peace with myself. The world may still war with me, but there’s no longer a war within me. Only peace.” Bryan’s words caused me to think and pray, they also encouraged me.

It was not only the words of the character Bryan that made this a unique story. The fact that this was not a typical love story gave it extra spice and flavor. Also, the hardship they had to endure made the story more realistic. This is one story that will captivate you with all the twists and turns. Make sure when getting ready to read Child of Dust that you don’t have anything else planned for the day, you won’t be able to put this book down. I could go on and on about this book. Highly and strongly recommend it. Is it possible to give a book 10 stars?

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This review was submitted by: Deborah Dunson

CrossReaders Book Review: Arsenal of Arrows

CrossReaders Book Review: Arsenal of Arrows

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Title: Arsenal of Arrows

Author: Winslow E. Dixon

Arsenal of Arrows

Rating: 5

About the Book

This world is filled with war, pain, suffering, poverty, stress, hunger, depression, abuse, anger, disease, bitterness, strife and injustice. As Christians, we are commanded to gird ourselves with Biblical truths in order to glorify God even in a sinful world. This book is a collection of devotionals written with the intent to challenge your spiritual knowledge and add arrows of Biblical truth into the quill of your arsenal.

Let’s fight the good fight!

Review

Great read. Super inspirational!
Recommend to ALL AGES!

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This review was submitted by: Nelson Palmer.