CrossReaders Book Review: Beginning Anew by Paula Rose Michelson

CrossReaders Book Review: Beginning Anew by Paula Rose Michelson

Beginning Anew

Title: Beginning Anew

Author: Paula Rose Michelson

Rating: five out of five stars

About the Book

A Christian romance about a married couple who have been estranged but start their love and married life anew along with their new lives in their Messiah.

Review

Naomi’s story continues in Beginning Anew. The more we see Naomi, the better we like her. She is a survivor and as she and Chaz (Chaim) build their love, we learn more about the people around them – all well developed characters who grow along with Naomi and Chaz. Beginning anew is about building a new relationship with god for both of them as they build their own relationship anew. There are promises of things to come in this book and am anxious to read the next one. I bought a paperback copy as soon as it came out to keep with the two previous ones so I can read them again and again.
A Quote from Paula Rose Michelson
“…Chaz realized it to be man’s wisdom. God showed him that love does not grow by doing things by rote but by begin personally aware of and involved in the beloveds’ life as of the utmost important. He seemed to hear the Spirit say, from this moment for the order of your life is, God first, Naomi second…and you last. Aware that he had learned all he would ever need to know, Chaz knew he had experienced Gods chessed and would be able to pour this blessing into Naomi throughout their life.”

“Chessed is a word to remember, especially for married couples. When couples extend loving kindness and grace to each other, it makes the unity of two different personalities not only bearable, but a blessing.

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This review was submitted by: Allison Kohn

CrossReaders Book Review: Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell

CrossReaders Book Review: Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell

Blowing on Dandelions

Title: Blowing on Dandelions

Author: Miralee Ferrell

Rating: 5

About the Book

Sweet historical romance with mother/daughter relationship drama

Review

Blowing on Dandelions, set in Baker City, Oregon in 1880, is the first book in Miralee Ferrell’s Love Blossoms in Oregon series. Like other books I’ve read of Miralee’s, this story deals with life/family issues – namely, long-running conflict between a mother and daughter. Both narrative and plot are strong, and we are introduced to some very interesting characters.

Katherine is a character I sympathized with and admired from the beginning – a daughter who felt unwanted, unable to measure up to her domineering mother’s expectations. “Always her memory returned to those times when the dandelion fluff had carried her away to a place where mothers were loving and kind, and little girls didn’t need to be afraid of cutting words or sharp voices.” The quiet, rugged strength of Micah Jacobs is exactly what Katherine needs, and while the mother/daughter conflict takes center stage, their romance is sweet and enjoyable.

Miralee very effectively uses the vehicle of a boardinghouse to place an unusual assortment of characters in close vicinity, and even more conflict is introduced with the arrival of guest Wilma Roberts, who I grew to love. Wilma is an imposing and proud woman, yet she senses that Katherine’s mother is lonely and determines to become her friend. And then there’s the mysterious Jeffery Tucker, who I suspect we will see much more of.

Katherine’s mother, Frances, is an extremely abrasive character who made me even more thankful than I already am for the wonderful mother I was blessed with. Anyone who has experienced family conflict can relate to this story and be inspired by the hope that it offers. I like the slow, but steady spiritual growth that several characters experience.

One of the best things about a series is getting to continue on with certain characters, and I look forward to what Miralee has in store for us in Wishing on Buttercups, which releases on February 1, 2014. Recommended to those who enjoy historical romance and relationship drama.

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This review was submitted by: Carole Jarvis

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CrossReaders Book Review: Times of Rebellion by Cliff Ball

CrossReaders Book Review: Times of Rebellion by Cliff Ball

Times of Rebellion

Title: Times of Rebellion

Author: Cliff Ball

Rating: five star

About the Book

An end times thriller book four

Review

What happens to an innocent Independent Baptist from a small town in Oklahoma when he gets out in the world of fame and fortune? Well, he sure made me mad, but his parents did just what I did with my own son, they put him in God’s hands and kept him in prayer. He made the mistakes we all make, in one form or another, as God works the circumstances of our lives to mold us and remake us to the image of his dear son. Timothy has a lot in common with Adam – and I imagine when he was a child, and first heard the story of Adam and Eve, he said, “I wouldn’t have disobeyed God.”

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This review was submitted by: Allison Kohn

CrossReaders Book Review: Ark of Rest by Jimmy Garland

CrossReaders Book Review: Ark of Rest by Jimmy Garland

Ark of Rest

Title: Ark of Rest

Author: Jimmy Garland

Rating: five star

About the Book

A very unusual end times book with a bit of Science fiction and fantasy flavor.

Review

This book is well written, funny, intense, joyful and adventurous. Jimmy Garland reveals himself in his character and makes the reader anxious to meet the man behind the book. I wondered, as I read, why Christians have to hear the world is coming to an end before emulating their Savior. If the Church is raptured before the second Coming of Christ, the way it happens in this book is the way I want it to happen.

I recommend this book to every Christian, no matter what you believe about the rapture of the church. If you are a pre-triber, you’ll love it. If you are a mid-triber, you’ll love it. If you believe the Second Coming and the rapture are simultaneous, you will love it.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good science fiction or fantasy, whether you are a Christian or not. This book is written by a pro, with pathos, humor and imagination.

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This review was submitted by: Allison Kohn

CrossReaders Book Review: Keltrius and the armor of God by D.L Partee

CrossReaders Book Review: Keltrius and the armor of God by D.L Partee

Keltrius and the Armor of God

Title: Keltrius and the armor of God

Author: D.L Partee

Rating: 5 Stars

 

About the Book

A new Christian superhero that uses the armor of God to fight the evils in our today world. It’s the first book in the series of this new hero for Christians everywhere.

Review

Here’s my review on Keltrius and the armor of God. I downloaded my copy on my Kindle in 60 seconds I was the owner of Keltrius and the armor of God. I can tell you one thing about this book, it kept my attention from the first page to the end. The story deals with Keltrius and his young friends dealing with challenges in their lives. I don’t want to give anything away, but I like what the author did. He made you to connect with the characters. I like how the characters interact with each other, it felt natural. As I read through the book it felt like a movie playing in my head. You’ll like Keltrius character before he becomes God’s Champion.

The villain named Krawl adds some humor in the story with his sarcastic attitude, he reminds me of the Joker in the Batman series. The story is well carefully plotted about a great war between good and evil coming to the world. This is a true origin story of a new Christian superhero that plays like a Marvel and DC comic book. But with a positive Christian atmosphere with a cool well-balanced story for everybody to enjoy! The opening of the book will catch you off guard, especially when Keltrius and Tank visit Kevin. All in all my opinion, this was a great read and I’m definitely looking forward to the next one. I highly recommend this one for those who are looking for something different, with the concept of a Christian superhero. I give Keltrius and the armor of God, 5 stars!

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