Vacation and Summer Reads

This week, I’m taking a few days off to relax with my daughter during her school break. She has four weeks left in her first year of medical assisting classes! I am so proud of her. It has been a wild year for my family as we’ve faced physical and spiritual battles. But God has been faithful through it all.

But enough about that. This post is about books. So what are you reading? Anything special? If not, I have a few suggestions. 😊

Read/Reading

No Longer Alone by Melinda Inman (Historical)

I’d love to see this on the big screen. Prentis’ and Avery’s love story is one I’m glad I didn’t miss.

A Love Most Worthy by Sandra Ardoin (Historical)

A delightful visit to Klondike country with Rance Preston and Hallie Russell. A story of hope, healing, and restoration.

A Southern Season: Four Stories from a Front Porch Swing by Eva Marie Everson, Linda Yezak, Claire Fullerton, and Ane Mulligan (Contemporary)

Haven’t finished it yet. But y’all! ❤ Just get the book.

Coming Home: A Tiny House Collection by Yvonne Anderson, Michael Ehret, Kimberli S. Mckay, Pamela S. Myers, Ane Mulligan, Chandra Lynn Smith, Linda W. Yezak (Contemporary)

Short sweet reads. Perfect for the beach, pool, or anywhere you can sit or stand. LOL.

Fully Committed by Dora Hiers (Contemporary)

A lovely surprise. Rand Tenneson wasn’t the average contemporary hero. A story of second chances.

In Hand

The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional by Sandra Byrd

Soul Care for Writers by Edie Melson

Next on the List:

Jessie’s Hope by Jennifer Hallmark

Hedges by Jerry B. Jenkins

Salvation by Olivia Rae

On Eagles Wings by Lynnette Bonner

A Tamale Christmas by Linda Rodante

A Father for Bella by Jill Weatherholt

The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman by Carole Brown

So there ya go. I hope this week will find you buried nose-deep in a book or two. Until next week, stay safe and have fun!

Let me know what you’re reading this week and how it’s going so far? Good? Bad? Meh?

XOXO

Gail

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Warrior ~ Linda K. Rodante

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~ James Bryce

Linda Rodante WarriorFor three years, Kati Walsh has hunkered down at a new place of worship to dab at church-inflicted wounds. Her one outreach is to her kickboxing friends at the gym, but she’s been praying for God to stir her heart again. But she’s not sure that the new assistant pastor and his friend Reece Jernigan are what she asked for—because Assistant Pastor Josh Corbin plans to win the hearts of the north-side neighborhood, mostly described as “the hood.”

When Josh plans a prayer walk in the neighborhood, both the congregation and the police are wary, but Josh insists that prayer works. He believes in spiritual warfare—prayer, praise, and the Word of God. Reece, on the other hand, has been on the streets before, and his weapon of choice is a 9mm Glock. Two close friends with differing perspectives and both with an eye on Kati. But they’re not the only ones—the gang leader from the north side has taken an unexpected interest in Kati, too.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this story. The characters were believable. The plot was plausible, ripped from today’s headlines. And the spiritual warfare was perfect. Not overdone or underdone for this story.

The setting is a local congregation. There are two heroes, one heroine, and several supporting characters. My favorite scenes were the church services. During the preaching, I wanted to stand and shout, “Yes! Praise the Lord!” The call to service, I cried, “Lord, help us.” And during the prayers, I whispered, “Yes, Lord.”

One of my favorite quotes came from Pedro.

 

“Are those in our neighborhood not worthy of your love and concern? Where is this Christianity you talk about? Is it only for you? Your family and no one else? Or is it for everyone, as Jesus has said?”

Although the suspense and the spiritual threads were more than satisfying, I wasn’t crazy about the romance thread. However, I am incredibly picky when it comes to this subject. As a reader, I know what I like and don’t like. As a writer, I struggle in this area. I suggest reading the book for yourself.

This review is based on the suspense and the spiritual threads alone. And for those two threads, I give the book 5 stars because it made me question my love for others and my willingness to share the gospel. Am I doing enough?

We’ve all lived so long with Satan’s attacks that we no longer see them as such. We possess weapons of divine power that can demolish strongholds, and yet we don’t use them. Prayer, praise, God’s word. The name of Jesus. Weapons. He’s calling us out of our comfort zones, out of our safe zones, and asking if we are willing to take up the fight for our families, our neighbors, and for Him.~ Josh Corbin, assistant pastor at New Life Church

See what I mean?

In Warrior, Linda shares the truth of the Word and explains how to wield the weapons of the Spirit. Through her characters, she teaches us how to love the lost in our communities. I seldom find a book that challenges my heart and mind as much as this story did. It’s been two weeks, and I can still hear several quotes.

To you, dear reader, I apologize. I know I have to be the weirdest reviewer ever. I tend to judge a book by what I take from it, not on what I like or dislike about it. If it touches me emotionally and spiritually, well then, the writer has done her job. And in the case of Warrior, Linda did a great job.

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Linda’s Christian romantic suspense novels can be found on sale at Amazon. http://amzn.to/2rcrWHK Author website and blog: http://lindarodante.com/ Personal Blog: Writing for God; Fighting Human trafficking: https://lindarodante.wordpress.com/