Reviews by Janet Reeves
On 10/7 Janet Reeves wrote: Colleen Coble's third book in her Sunset Cove series is at least as exciting as the first two. In this book, we get to know Kate Mason, a secondary character from the first book in the series, much better. Thanks to her sister, she's recuperating from the disease that almost took her life. She's also ... Book Review: "Twilight at Blueberry Barrens"
On 10/2 Janet Reeves wrote: Rachel Hauck's The Wedding Shop is full of sweet surprises as a wedding shop should be. It's the story of former Air Force Captain Haley Morgan, a young woman who has recently suffered the worst disappointment of her life. Wanting to start fresh, she returns home to Heart's Bend, Tennessee, to live with ... Book Review: "The Wedding Shop"
On 9/6 Janet Reeves wrote: Carrie Stuart Parks' Gwen Marcey novels are intense and full of suspense. The forensic artist for whom the books are named always finds herself fighting for the lives of potential victims which include her own and her daughters. When Death Draws Near, the third in this series, was no exception. I had ... Book Review: "When Death Draws Near"
On 7/14 Janet Reeves wrote: Released just in time for the Summer Olympics, Swimming with Faith tells world class swimmer Missy Franklin's story - to date. Written for young girls, this biography tells how Franklin got her start as a swimmer, where she has competed, what medals she has won, what else she is interested in, about ... Book Review: "Swimming with Faith"
On 7/8 Janet Reeves wrote: Life Is Better at the Beach is a friendly, little book meant to bring a smile to the reader's face. The subtitle, Inspiration for Living Each Day Like You're at the Beach, sums the concept up well. It's the kind of book I might purchase on clearance to leave lying on an end table or shelf somewhere for ... Book Review: "Life Is Better at the Beach"
On 7/5 Janet Reeves wrote: The Pug List by Alison Hodgson is a true story about before and after, about learning to live well again after a traumatic event. In this case, the event was a devastating house fire set by an arsonist. Alison's family of five lost just about everything they owned except the clothes on their backs.As ... Book Review: "The Pug List"
On 6/23 Janet Reeves wrote: Through no fault of her own, Avelina is in a bind. Her mistress, Dorothea, has run off with a knight. Yet Dorothea has been invited to spend two weeks at Thornbeck Castle with nine other noble born ladies. The Margrave of Thornbeck expects to choose one to be his wife.Dorothea's father, desiring the ... Book Review: "The Beautiful Pretender"
On 6/4 Janet Reeves wrote: Unashamed is a powerful new book by author, speaker, and activist Christine Caine. It’s the first of hers I’ve read, but I’ll be reading Undaunted as soon as I can. This book is her testimony, the story of how she learned to stop hiding, to take risks, to trust God, and to live the life He planned ... Book Review: "Unashamed"
On 5/11 Janet Reeves wrote: If you're looking for a daily devotional for your middle-school-age daughter, I recommend this book to you! Brave Girls: Beautiful You is written by Jennifer Gerelds, but she presents it as written by three fictional characters: Gracie, Hope, and Glory. These three friends with different interests, personalities, ... Book Review: "Brave Girls: Beautiful You"
On 4/23 Janet Reeves wrote: Siren's Song is the third book in Mary Weber's Storm Siren Trilogy. I loved the first two books and eagerly anticipated this one, but struggled to read it through. Most of the book consisted of 17-year-old Nym trying to understand the man she loves' actions and preparing for the dreaded final war. In ... Book Review: "Siren's Song"
On 4/7 Janet Reeves wrote: 101 Ways to Have Fun is a book of ideas for girls transitioning from toys to teens. Girls this age sometimes struggle with what to do with their spare time. This book is meant to jump start their creativity and help them find happy things to do.The book is divided into nine categories of activity: alone, ... Book Review: "101 Ways to Have Fun"
On 3/21 Janet Reeves wrote: Behold the Man, the third book in Bodie and Brock Thoene’s Jerusalem Chronicles series was the perfect read for this week. Through this book, readers get to witness events of Jesus’ earthly ministry, from his baptism and the calling of the first disciples to his death and resurrection, through the ... Book Review: "Behold the Man"
On 2/28 Janet Reeves wrote: Colleen Coble’s second Sunset Cove novel, Mermaid Moon, lives up to the standard she has set in her other works. Coble combines mystery and danger with romance and solid truth to create stories that not only entertain but also remind or teach readers of what’s most important in this life.In this ... Book Review: "Mermaid Moon"
On 2/8 Janet Reeves wrote: The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart was a disappointment. Though published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, a division of Harper Collins Christian Publishing, there was nothing Christian in the book.There was language, though. And the main character anticipated sleeping with her sort of boyfriend. ... Book Review: "The Newsmakers"
On 1/20 Janet Reeves wrote: If you spend much time on social media, Craig Groeschel's new book, "#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World," is a must-read. Groeschel writes with wisdom and humor making this book a simple and fun but often profound read. Some of his insights are the common sense we're tempted to ignore. ... Book Review: "#Struggles"
On 1/13 Janet Reeves wrote: This book is going onto my must-read-again list! (Okay, so I haven't created that list yet, except in my head. This book is giving me a reason to make it Goodreads official.) The author himself gives us two great reasons to read The Entitlement Cure:"This book was written primarily to help you help loved ... Book Review: "The Entitlement Cure"
On 12/10 Janet Reeves wrote: Rachel Hauck’s books breathe romance like no one else’s do. Brides, princesses, beautiful dresses . . . and now a forsaken wedding chapel in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Who doesn’t want to read a book about a sixty-something-year-old wedding chapel that has never been used?What I love most, though, ... Book Review: "The Wedding Chapel"
On 11/23 Janet Reeves wrote: Just having finished The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay, I’m now ready to travel to England to visit all the fun places her characters saw. But first I want to read or reread all the books by the Brontë sisters, Jane Austin, Beatrix Potter, and others that were mentioned in the book. Fans of British ... Book Review: "The Bronte Plot"
On 10/20 Janet Reeves wrote: "Wicked Women of the Bible" by Ann Spangler is a simple retelling, in Spangler’s words, of twenty Bible stories involving women. In some of these stories, the women truly are wicked—as in evil. In others the women are wicked in the contemporary, ironic sense. For example, Spangler defines David’s ... Book Review: "Wicked Women of the Bible"
On 10/6 Janet Reeves wrote: Max Lucado’s new book, "Glory Days," takes us through the Book of Joshua with courage and determination and God right by our side. I loved this book! It’s a quick read, but it’s full of knowledge and wisdom we Christians need. Someday I’m going to read it again, slowly, taking my time on all ... Book Review: "Glory Days"
On 9/17 Janet Reeves wrote: As I read Erin Healy’s latest book, Hiding Places, I wondered several times, “Where does she come up with these ideas?” In this book, for example, she’s combined an elderly woman and an eleven-year-old girl, both mostly forgotten, ignored, discarded by their family with a homeless man-boy framed ... Book Review: "Hiding Places"
On 8/31 Janet Reeves wrote: Neversaid by Carol Lynch Williams is a powerful book, a quick and intense read. I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what was really going on, what the author hadn’t yet revealed, and what would result.It's the story of a week in the life of twins, girls just turned sixteen. The girls take turns ... Book Review: "Neversaid"
On 8/12 Janet Reeves wrote: The Miracle in the Middle by Charlotte Gambill is a book about perseverance, about trusting God with all you encounter while traveling from point A to point B. Gambill explains the excitement of the beginning and drive we feel at the end, then shows how the middle tempts us to give up, turn back, stay ... Book Review: "The Miracle in the Middle"
On 8/10 Janet Reeves wrote: I just finished reading my first Gwen Marcey novel. The Bones Will Speak is actually the second book in this series by Carrie Stuart Parks, but it stands alone. (There were a few references to Gwen’s previous case found in A Cry from the Dust, but I don’t think these gave anything too significant ... Book Review: "The Bones Will Speak"
On 7/25 Janet Reeves wrote: The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah Ladd has everything I love in a novel. It’s set in England in the early 1800’s. The heroine, independent yet vulnerable, is in peril. The reluctant hero, truly noble, is being thwarted at every turn. A great mystery must be solved or all will be lost for both—and for ... Book Review: "The Curiosity Keeper"
On 7/13 Janet Reeves wrote: Among the Fair Magnolias is a collection of four short love stories set in the South around the time of the Civil War. Each is written by a different author. I chose to read this book because I wanted to read Tamera Alexander’s story about Savannah Darby, To Mend a Dream. Tamera’s readers met Savannah ... Book Review: "Among the Fair Magnolias"
On 6/10 Janet Reeves wrote: I think I would enjoy being friends with Melanie Dale. I’ve had a few friends like her. You just never know what they are going to say—something that makes you laugh, something surprising or shocking or just a little bit inappropriate, something totally profound in its simplicity. They have hearts ... Book Review: "Women are Scary"
On 6/5 Janet Reeves wrote: Book Two of the Storm Siren Trilogy, Siren's Fury, is here! And just as I anticipated from the last five pages of the first book, Nym's situation has gone from devastating to deadly. Not only has Draewolf stolen the love of her life, he's taken her powers as well. Now she must find a way to defeat him ... Book Review: "Siren's Fury"
On 5/20 Janet Reeves wrote: Stories of strangers getting married for convenience are among my favorites. They always have so many obstacles to overcome as they learn to trust, learn to love. To Win Her Favor is one of these and author Tamera Alexander excels at showing readers the depths of her characters’ emotions as they work ... Book Review: "To Win Her Favor"
On 5/8 Janet Reeves wrote: I enjoyed visiting King’s Meadow again with Robin Lee Hatcher this week. Her newest book in that series, Whenever You Come Around, is one of the sweetest I’ve read this year. In this book, readers meet successful author Charity Anderson who has been avoiding King’s Meadow, her hometown, for years, ... Book Review: "Whenever You Come Around"
On 4/13 Janet Reeves wrote: The Inn at Ocean’s Edge is the first book in a new romantic suspense series by Colleen Coble. She’s still taking her readers to the coast, but now she leads them downeast to the coast of Maine where they can read about cranberries, blueberries, and killer whales while trying to solve the mystery ... Book Review: The Inn at Ocean's Edge
On 4/11 Janet Reeves wrote: A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron is both a new story and a sequel, contemporary and historical. The contemporary story of William and Sera, including their association with Sophie, is the sequel to what was begun in The Butterfly and the Violin. Arrested at his own wedding, William is facing a ... Book Review: "A Sparrow in Terezin"
On 3/17 Janet Reeves wrote: “You have been invited into deep-spirited, soul-altering friendship, into a communion with the sisterhood of traveling saints walking the Jesus journey all around you.” –Leslie Parrott This beautiful sentence from the benediction of her new book, Soul Friends, is the purpose of the book: to invite ... Book Review: "Soul Friends"
On 3/10 Janet Reeves wrote: Like the first two books in the Mia Quinn Mystery series by Lis Wiehl with April Henry, "Lethal Beauty" is intense, unpredictable, and a little bit educational. Wiehl has a gift for bringing all sides of societal issues to light. Mia Quinn’s Lethal Beauty cases deal with human trafficking, slavery ... Book Review: "Lethal Beauty"
On 3/3 Janet Reeves wrote: How to Catch a Prince, the third book in Rachel Hauck’s Royal Wedding series was a sweet combination of fairy tale romance and practical Christian thought. I was caught up in the unusual storyline right from the start and enjoyed it to the end. But I also loved watching American Heiress Corina del ... Book Review: "How to Catch a Prince"
On 2/7 Janet Reeves wrote: Single mom Ginevieve Lightly has been running from life with her daughter, Raine, since she was old enough to do so. Raised in an abusive environment, abandoned by Raine’s father, Ginevieve doesn’t trust anyone. All she wants is to provide a loving home and a better future for her child. In her mind ... Book Review: The Dandelion Field
On 2/3 Janet Reeves wrote: In the Heart of the Dark Wood is a coming of age story about two eleven-year-olds, a boy and a girl who've been best friends for pretty much all of their lives, who get lost in the woods and struggle to survive. Unfortunately, they have different goals apart from surviving. Zach wants to do the responsible ... Book Review: "In the Heart of the Dark Wood"
On 1/14 Janet Reeves wrote: Though "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall" is the third book in Sarah E. Ladd’s "Whispers on the Moors" series, it’s the first of her books I’ve had the pleasure to read. Now I plan to go back and read the first two. I was captivated by this book! Set in England in 1819, "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall" ... Book Review: "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall"
On 12/22 Janet Reeves wrote: Denise Hunter has been among my favorite authors for some time now. I always look forward to her new releases, knowing I'll get to enjoy a sweet story. The Wishing Season, her newest release, disappointed me, though. Yes. It was a sweet story. But it pushed the boundaries of Christian fiction too far. ... Book Review: "The Wishing Season"
On 12/6 Janet Reeves wrote: The strength of Kerri Weems new book, "Rhythms of Grace: Discovering God’s Tempo for Your Life," is her gifted use of metaphor. When I got to the part where she explains how we often live our lives like playing a game of Tetris, suddenly everything became clear. The whole book is full of such eye-opening ... Book Review: Rhythms of Grace
On 11/25 Janet Reeves wrote: I am ready to move to Idaho after reading "Love Without End." In this sweet romance, Robin Lee Hatcher has invited readers to join her characters in a welcoming community. She’s placed city girl Kimberly Welch there, too, against her will and with a sullen teenage daughter. The community may be welcoming ... Book Review: Love Without End
On 11/15 Janet Reeves wrote: Erin Healy’s newest book, Motherless, is one of her best yet—one wide-eyed revelation after another to the end. But how do I review it without giving too much away? It’s a story of parents protecting their children. It’s a story of choosing to forgive, to be forgiven, to live in grace. It’s ... Book Review: Motherless
On 11/4 Janet Reeves wrote: I’ve been curious about Melanie Dickerson’s books for some time now. They’re all about fairy tales and princesses, so how could she go wrong? Now that I’ve read one, The Princess Spy, I see that her idea was even better than I’d thought. Dickerson has taken the fairy tale, removed the magic ... Book Review: The Princess Spy
On 10/17 Janet Reeves wrote: "Into the Canyon" by Michael Neale wasn’t the novel I expected it to be. The back cover copy led me to believe it was a story about a man learning to forgive. That was one brief element of the book, but "Into the Canyon" was really a series of verbal snapshots from that man’s life taken while he ... Book Review: "Into the Canyon"
On 10/12 Janet Reeves wrote: When I read Mary Weber’s author biography, I knew I had to read her book . . . any “ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives”deserves to have the first of these books read.I was thoroughly engrossed, but the ... Book Review: "Storm Siren"
On 9/24 Janet Reeves wrote: "Palace of Darkness" by Tracy Higley is an exceptional read on many levels. It is an historical Christian fiction novel set in Petra about 100 years after Christ. This is where Higley excels! She travels to the sites of her novels to research them thoroughly that she can make history real to her reader. ... Book Review: Palace of Darkness
On 9/11 Janet Reeves wrote: I chose to read Speak because of its description:Speak, by popular blogger Nish Weiseth, is a book about the power of telling our own stories and hearing those of others to change hearts, build bridges, advocate for good, make disciples with grace, and proclaim God’s kingdom on Earth today.This premise ... Book Review: "Speak"
On 9/2 Janet Reeves wrote: As I mentioned yesterday, "Never Ever Give Up: the Inspiring Story of Jessie and her JoyJars®" made quite an impression on me. It’s the story of Jessie Rees, her battle with an inoperable, incurable brain tumor, and what she did to change the world in her last ten months of life. Her father, Erik, ... Book Review: Never Ever Give Up
On 8/19 Janet Reeves wrote: "The Butterfly and the Violin" is two stories in one, a contemporary story and an historical one, both centered around the same piece of art. The main characters in the contemporary story are seeking the picture. The historical story tells how the picture came to exist. Back and forth clues from both ... Book Review: The Butterfly and the Violin
On 8/16 Janet Reeves wrote: Wow! Through the first few chapters, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. But then it just kept getting better and better until I couldn’t put it down. Now I’m hoping for a sequel, so I can visit with these characters again. "Prelude for a Lord" has the Regency Era setting of a Jane Austen ... Book Review: Prelude for a Lord
On 7/24 Janet Reeves wrote: On the day that I went to the "BookLook Blogger" site and chose this book for review, I actually had my eye on another title. But this one that I’d never even heard of jumped out at me instead and demanded my attention. I’m so glad it did! I loved the thoughts contained in this book; I will definitely ... Book Review: Framing Faith
On 7/15 Janet Reeves wrote: "Veil of Secrets" is the story of one, highly influential, political family (along with their friends, colleagues, and associates) trying to make right choices in an environment that gives them every reason to choose what’s wrong. They are trying to make a positive difference in a world that sometimes ... Book Review: Veil of Secrets
On 6/23 Janet Reeves wrote: I’ve read several books by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend, including "Boundaries" and Cloud’s "Changes That Heal," so I was pretty excited to learn about the "NIV Life Journey Bible." First and foremost, this work contains the complete text of the "NIV Bible" in its most recent edition. Scattered ... Book Review: The NIV Life Journey Bible
On 6/19 Janet Reeves wrote: "Seagrass Pier," the third of the "Hope Beach" Novels by Colleen Coble, is a story full of mystery. By that I mean there’s more than one contained in this complicated book. Elin Summerall is thankful when she receives a life-saving heart transplant. A widow with a daughter to raise and a mother with ... Book Review: Seagrass Pier
On 6/10 Janet Reeves wrote: In the opening chapters of "A Deadly Business" by Lis Wiehl with April Henry, Seattle prosecutor Mia Quinn experiences one of the worst days of her life and embarks on two new investigations, one professional and one personal. The latter is forced on her when Detective Charlie Carlson discovers evidence ... Book Review: A Deadly Business
On 6/1 Janet Reeves wrote: "Daisies are Forever" by Liz Tolsma is a fascinating read about an aspect of World War II that I haven’t read much about thus far. Through the eyes of Gisela Cramer, an American woman living in Germany, readers learn about the plight of the German people near the end of the war as the Americans, British, ... Book Review: Daisies are Forever
On 5/16 Janet Reeves wrote: I don’t know how it is that "The Heart’s Pursuit" by Robin Lee Hatcher is the first of her books I’ve read. There are just too many books to choose from, I guess. But this book was a lot of fun with a sweet surprise in the middle and an absolutely perfect ending. Hatcher’s note at the end of ... Book Review: The Heart's Pursuit
On 5/5 Janet Reeves wrote: I chose to read "Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers" by Leslie Leyland Fields because I loved her other book: "Parenting Is Your Highest Calling and 8 Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt." I like her approach, the way she brings Bible stories to life in order to help us accurately apply their ... Book Review: Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers
On 4/24 Janet Reeves wrote: "The Queen’s Handmaid" by Tracy L. Higley is a novel that begs to be made into a movie. It would be epic! I loved reading this book. Set in the Middle East in the early days of Herod (about 39 B.C.), this book is the story of a simple orphan girl, raised by servants in a palace, now serving royalty. ... Book Review: The Queen's Handmaid
On 4/13 Janet Reeves wrote: Fans of Brock & Bodie Thoene books will not be disappointed in "Take This Cup." In fact, those who’ve read their "Zion Legacy" or "A.D. Chronicles" series will love meeting several favorite characters from those books in this one as many come together to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem in anticipation ... Book Review: Take This Cup
On 3/29 Janet Reeves wrote: "Running Lean" by Diana L. Sharples is a Christian fiction novel for teens, published by Blink. It’s the story of two teenagers who have been dating for several months. Stacey is from a non-Christian family who moved to town to escape a hurtful situation. Calvin is from a large Christian family still ... Book Review: Running Lean
On 3/12 Janet Reeves wrote: "Dancing with Fireflies" is the second book in Denise Hunter’s "Chapel Springs Romance" series. In the first book, "Barefoot Summer," readers met the McKinley Family of Chapel Springs. The story focused on Madison McKinley yet also introduced us to Jade, the independent, yet troubled sister who has ... Book Review: Dancing with Fireflies
On 3/2 Janet Reeves wrote: Carol Kent’s newest book, "Unquenchable: Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything," is a book full of inspiration and encouragement for those who are enduring the unimaginable, those whose definition of a normal life has been altered without warning and for the unforeseeable duration. This book ... Book Review: Unquenchable
On 2/2 Janet Reeves wrote: I just finished reading the second book in Rachel Hauck’s "Royal Wedding Series," and I loved it even more than the first. "Princess Ever After" is a sweet romance, just as the title and beautiful cover artwork would lead you to expect, yet, just as in the first book of the series, there’s a distinct—even ... Book Review: Princess Ever After
On 1/14 Janet Reeves wrote: It won’t surprise me one bit if December 31st rolls around and I can still say "Dear Mr. Knightley" is my favorite book of 2014. This story is just that good. Author Katherine Reay has combined elements of Jane Austen’s works with one of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s to create a truly unique contemporary ... Book Review: Dear Mr. Knightley
On 1/2 Janet Reeves wrote: "Stranger Things" by Erin Healy is a suspense-thriller with just a touch of the supernatural. And though there aren’t any wild car chases, it reads like a great action-adventure movie with new plot twists around every curve, everyone seeking the truth and justice, and no one trusting anyone. Healy ... Book Review: Stranger Things
On 12/10 Janet Reeves wrote: I would classify "A Christmas Gift for Rose" as an Amish historical fiction romance with an emphasis on the historical romance. Set near the end of World War II, this story opens with the main character, Rose, feeling both heart-broken and perplexed. Her ex-fiancé has just returned from an overseas ... Book Review: A Christmas Gift for Rose
On 11/29 Janet Reeves wrote: It only took me one afternoon to read "The Christmas Candle" by Max Lucado—ten short chapters with a thought-provoking message about Whom we put our trust in when we pray. I liked this story. Set mostly in 1864, it’s the story of a town with a legacy. Every 25 years, on the fourth Sunday of Advent, ... Book Review: The Christmas Candle
On 11/27 Janet Reeves wrote: I just love stories about broken and lonely people gathering together to form community. "Stones for Bread" is this. It’s the story of Liesl, owner of the Wild Rise bake house. Still overcoming the shock of her mother’s suicide and of finding the body at the age of just twelve, Liesl holds people ... Book Review: Stones for Bread
On 10/15 Janet Reeves wrote: "Overextended . . . and loving most of it!" by Lisa Harper is an unusual book. It wasn’t what I expected, but I was thankful for the opportunity to read this book. Most of the book is autobiographical; it’s Lisa’s account of the past year, a year full of devastating heartache and unexpected challenges. ... Book Review: Overextended . . . and Loving Most of It!
On 9/29 Janet Reeves wrote: I would classify "Fatal Tide," the third book of "The East Salem Trilogy," as pre-post-apocalyptic. In other words, the good characters in this book are working to defeat the evil characters in order to prevent a world-changing-and-definitely-not-for-the-better event. To complicate matters, some of the ... Book Review: Fatal Tide
On 8/21 Janet Reeves wrote: "Dark Halo"—where to begin? This book came as quite a surprise. If this had been the first book in the series, I probably would have steered clear of it. But it’s the third in a trilogy and I really wanted to learn how the story ends. What started out as the story of a teenage ballerina with a halo ... Book Review: Dark Halo
On 8/7 Janet Reeves wrote: Harriet’s back! And I still want to be just like her when I grow up. Well, maybe I don’t want to be quite so gullible or quick to jump to wrong conclusions. But I like her adventurous spirit--and her bright, red sneakers! In the first book, in case you haven’t read it yet, 72-year-old Harriet ... Book Review: Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold
On 7/14 Janet Reeves wrote: I truly hope that Raine from "Rosemary Cottage" will make happy appearances in future books of this series by Colleen Coble. Raine is the one-year-old star of the book, though she’s not one of the main characters. She was just a delightful member of the cast. The book is really about her uncle, Coast ... Book Review: Rosemary Cottage
On 6/18 Janet Reeves wrote: Billy Coffey’s newest novel, "When Mockingbirds Sing," kept me guessing to the end. It’s kind of a bizarre story, but gives a worthwhile message at the end. A few questions are left unanswered, but I suspect that was intentional. Coffey’s next book, which comes out in March 2014, will be set in ... Book Review: When Mockingbirds Sing
On 5/21 Janet Reeves wrote: Oh! Oh! Oh! Will Avery win Colin's heart next? Wait. That’s hopeful speculation about the next book, not a review of the first. I just finished reading Rachel Hauck’s new book, "Once Upon a Prince," the first book in "The Royal Wedding Series." I’m ready for Book 2. And since there are only so ... Book Review: Once Upon a Prince
On 4/23 Janet Reeves wrote: I think I look forward to each of Erin Healy’s new releases more than any other author's. Her books are unique curiosities—totally unpredictable, full of supernatural elements, unclassifiable. They also contain clear, but not blatantly presented Christian Truth. Healy leads her readers along to who ... Book Review: Afloat
On 4/9 Janet Reeves wrote: "What’s Your Mark?" compiled by professional photographer Jeremy Cowart is an inspirational gift book, a work of art to encourage those who view its pages. Inside, the 16 chapters of the Gospel of Mark taken from the New International Version are interspersed with the stories of 16 people who are making ... Book Review: What's Your Mark?
On 4/1 Janet Reeves wrote: Marla Alupoaicei obviously cares very deeply about the women she is writing to in her new book, "Prayer Warrior Mom: Covering your kids with God's blessings and protection." It is evident that she has read through many books on the topics she wants to share with her readers in order to offer as many ... Book Review: Prayer Warrior Mom
On 3/30 Janet Reeves wrote: "The House That Love Built" by Beth Wiseman is a book packed full of fun surprises! She starts with two broken people: a young widow with two children who’d been abandoned by her father as a young teenager and a recently divorced man who chooses to act out his bitterness toward his ex-wife by purchasing ... Book Review: The House That Love Built
On 3/21 Janet Reeves wrote: "A Matter of Trust" is Lis Wiehl’s best book yet. The first of her "Mia Quinn Mysteries," written with April Henry, "A Matter of Trust" is a complex crime story, full of surprises and suspense. Mia Quinn is a newly widowed mother of two who has just resumed her position as a prosecutor. As she struggles ... Book Review: A Matter of Trust
On 2/18 Janet Reeves wrote: Set mostly on an island off the coast of South Carolina, Moon over Edisto is the story of a woman forced by her compassionate nature to return to the home she ran away from. When the woman who destroyed her family comes to her in desperation, Julia just can’t say no—though no one, except maybe her ... Book Review: Moon over Edisto
On 2/3 Janet Reeves wrote: "Broken Wings" by Shannon Dittemore is the sequel to "Angel Eyes" and Book Two in its trilogy. I was curious to read it because I enjoyed reading "Angel Eyes." "Broken Wings" didn’t make quite the same impression on me, though. First, there seemed to be a lack of continuity between the two books. ... Book Review: Broken Wings
On 1/22 Janet Reeves wrote: "Come to the Table" is the continuing story of a small group of young adults learning how to get involved in ministry, learning what genuine ministry looks like. Kat, Nick, and Bree are finishing their summer in Chicago where they moved at the beginning of the first book in this series, Stand By Me. ... Book Review: Come to the Table
On 1/3 Janet Reeves wrote: Silent Night by Colleen Coble is an epilogue of sorts to Coble’s Rock Harbor Mysteries Series. I haven’t yet read that series, but recognized the main characters, Bree and Samson, from their appearance in Tidewater Inn, the first book in Coble’s new series.Though I haven’t read the Rock Harbor ... Book Review: Silent Night
On 12/31 Janet Reeves wrote: "Waiting for Morning" is Book Two in "The Brides of Last Chance Ranch" series by Margaret Brownley. In this book, we meet Molly Hatfield, a young woman doing all she can to make life good for her 14-year-old brother, Donny, who was paralyzed in an accident as an infant. When the town where Molly and ... Book Review: Waiting for Morning
On 12/11 Janet Reeves wrote: "Right Where I Belong" by Krista McGee is the third in a series, of sorts, for middle and early high school age girls. The three books contain independent stories, yet share characters and some settings. "Right Where I Belong" is the story of Natalia, a high school senior from Spain whose father has ... Book Review: Right Where I Belong
On 12/1 Janet Reeves wrote: "Lovelier Than Daylight," the third installment in the "Saddler’s Legacy" series by Rosslyn Elliott, was also my favorite. This story revolves around the Westerville Whiskey Wars of 1875 and 1879—though, for the purposes of her story, Elliott combined them into one event. In Elliott’s words: “In ... Book Review: Lovelier Than Daylight
On 11/4 Janet Reeves wrote: Slowly, but surely, this California girl’s southern vocabulary is increasing. Thanks to a new cookbook by Patsy Caldwell and Amy Lyles Wilson, I now know what "You be sweet" means. And it’s much nicer, than "Well, bless your heart," let me tell you. "You Be Sweet" is a collection of down-home desserts. ... Book Review: You Be Sweet
On 11/2 Janet Reeves wrote: "A Path Toward Love" by Cara Lynn James is the story of a widow in a pickle. Katherine Osborne knows her hasty marriage was a terrible mistake. Yet, now that her husband is gone, all she wants is to quietly live out her life managing the orange groves in Florida that she inherited. Creditors are calling, ... Book Review: A Path Toward Love
On 10/13 Janet Reeves wrote: It’s not often that I like a sequel better than a first book, but, in the case of "Starring Me," this is the case. I enjoyed reading "First Date," a contemporary story with elements from the stories of Esther and Daniel, but "Starring Me" was even more fun to read. Also a contemporary story with ... Book Review: Starring Me
On 10/1 Janet Reeves wrote: "Darkness Rising," Lis Wiehl’s sequel to "Waking Hours," is a fascinating read. A supernatural thriller set in East Salem, it picks up where "Waking Hours" left off. Though the main characters, Dani and Tommy, solved the mystery of the first book, they quickly discover there is a mystery behind the ... Book Review: Darkness Rising
On 9/4 Janet Reeves wrote: "Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine" is Max Lucado’s most powerful book yet. When I’ve read his other books, I’ve paced myself—about a chapter a day to savor and think slowly through. I enjoy reading his books that way and will probably go back and do that with this one, too. ... Book Review: Grace
On 8/28 Janet Reeves wrote: Prayers of a Stranger: a Christmas Journey by Davis Bunn is such a beautiful story! I was so touched by it that I read it through mostly in one afternoon. It’s a story of deep loss, grief, and a struggle toward healing. It’s the story of a couple in pain, who still manage to minister to those all ... Book Review: Prayers of a Stranger
On 8/17 Janet Reeves wrote: "House of Mercy" by Erin Healy is her best book yet! (And I really enjoyed reading the other three.) The cover itself demands the book be read, then, once the chain of events begins to unfold, you’ll just have to know how it masterfully ends. If you choose to read this book, don’t stop at the end. ... Book Review: House of Mercy
On 7/9 Janet Reeves wrote: I just finished reading Colleen Coble’s new book, "Tidewater Inn," and I loved it! This is the first of her books I’ve read, but I’ll be catching up on others. Coble is a great storyteller, able to weave subtle Christian truths into her tales. "Tidewater Inn" is both mystery and romance. When ... Book Review: Tidewater Inn
On 7/5 Janet Reeves wrote: On the cover of the book, This Scarlet Cord, Publisher’s Weekly is quoted as saying, “[S]killfully conjur[es] up a fascinating version of Rahab’s story . . .” This statement is true. The fictional story is well-written and quite intriguing. Author Joan Wolf is a talented novelist. Unfortunately ... Book Review: This Scarlet Cord
On 6/13 Janet Reeves wrote: When considering "Angel Eyes" by Shannon Dittemore, think “Ted Dekker novel for teenage girls.” It’s the story of Brielle, a promising ballerina brought home from the opportunity of her dreams by tragedy, the murder of her best friend. As she reacquaints herself with her hometown, she repeatedly ... Book Review: Angel Eyes
On 5/30 Janet Reeves wrote: Reading through the Book of Daniel, I’ve wondered at times how it was that proud King Nebuchadnezzar managed to hold onto his kingdom during his seven years of insanity. God willed it, of course, but how did events play out? In her new book, "Garden of Madness," Tracy Higley uses her imagination to ... Book Review: Garden of Madness
On 5/17 Janet Reeves wrote: Something dark and sinister from Adam’s past is holding him in bondage to anger and fear. Not even Adam knows what it is, but his girlfriend’s mother knows it’s there. On her deathbed, she makes him promise not to marry Lena until he finds freedom from it. Adam decides to keep his promise by letting ... Book Review: Arms of Love
On 4/24 Janet Reeves wrote: "Covenant Child" is an amazing story. It’s sad—heartbreaking, actually— and full of unimaginable pain, but it points readers to the truth of God’s incredible love, mercy, patience, and grace. The story is an allegory of each person’s journey toward faith and the decision to accept or reject ... Book Review: Covenant Child
On 4/21 Janet Reeves wrote: "Crazy Dangerous" is a great story from beginning to end. Written primarily for teenage guys, it has a little bit of everything they’re known to love: action, adventure, mystery, suspense, supernatural elements. There’s even an unattainable girl, admired from afar. The book has some deeper, more ... Book Review: Crazy Dangerous
On 4/9 Janet Reeves wrote: "Stand by Me" by Neta Jackson is the story of the idealism of youth meeting the experience of, ahem, maturity. It’s “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young” meeting “These older women must train the younger women.” The slow-growing relationship between Kat and Avis is beautiful, ... Book Review: Stand by Me
On 4/2 Janet Reeves wrote: "Need You Now" is the first book by Beth Wiseman that I’ve read. I hear it’s something new for her, too, as she usually writes Amish stories. "Need You Now" is the contemporary story of an average American family who moves from the big city to a small town, hoping for a fresh start for one of their ... Book Review: Need You Now
On 3/20 Janet Reeves wrote: "The Wedding Dress" by Rachel Hauck is a little bit of every kind of book I love! It’s a contemporary novel. It’s a historical novel. It’s a fairytale with a mystical wedding dress and, perhaps, a fairy godfather. It’s an allegory. It’s full of romance and mystery and heartache and joy. I’m ... Book Review: The Wedding Dress
On 3/5 Janet Reeves wrote: Dime novelist Kate Tenney has just had her most recent book banned in Boston. Her publisher wants nothing more to do with her. With no family and no career, Kate is ready for a fresh start. An ad for an heiress seems like the perfect lead. But Kate is barely off the train in Cactus Patch, Arizona when ... Book Review: Dawn Comes Early
On 2/15 Janet Reeves wrote: If you are looking for an inspirational book for a teenage girl, I recommend "From Blah to Awe: Shaking Up a Boring Faith" by Jenna Lucado Bishop. And, though it's written for teenagers, I have no problem recommending it for older young women, too. Bishop is a capable mentor for young women who long ... Book Review: From Blah to Awe
On 2/1 Janet Reeves wrote: Sweeter Than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott is the sequel to her Fairer Than Morning. Both books, part of The Saddler's Legacy series, are based on the lives of real people who worked on the underground railroad, attempting to smuggle slaves to freedom through Ohio to Canada. In Fairer Than Morning, we ... Book Review: Sweeter Than Birdsong
On 1/5 Janet Reeves wrote: First Date is a sweet story that I would recommend for junior high or early high school age girls. Though you can see elements of the book of Esther with references to Daniel in the Lion’s Den, the story is not a retelling of either. It is its own story. Addy’s private Christian school has been ... Book Review: First Date
On 12/22 Janet Reeves wrote: Denise Hunter’s sequel to "A Cowboy’s Touch" is brilliant! As I had hoped, hoped, hoped it would, it tells the story of Shay, single mom to Olivia. (Now I’m just watching for Dylan’s story!) In "The Accidental Bride," Shay is struggling to keep the family farm. Once left on the courthouse steps ... Book Review: The Accidental Bride
On 11/20 Janet Reeves wrote: Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks: Confessions of April Grace by K.D. McCrite is a really cute story for late-elementary-age girls. If you have a young daughter, I recommend this book, the second in a series, to her and to you. (I still remember loving it at that age when my mom read the books I was reading!) ... Book Review: Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks
On 11/8 Janet Reeves wrote: Because I liked Stephen Arterburn’s book "The Encounter" so much, I decided to read "Healing Is A Choice," too. It was different from "The Encounter," as I knew it would be, but it’s definitely a worthwhile read. ("The Encounter" is fiction. "Healing Is A Choice" is psychological, self-help.) If ... Book Review: Healing Is A Choice
On 10/25 Janet Reeves wrote: I could not put this sweet story down! "The Encounter" is Stephen Arterburn’s parable about the power of forgiveness, as opposed to resentment, in a person’s life. After three divorces, pain killer addiction, and a failed suicide attempt, Jonathan Rush is desperate for help. His pastor sends him ... Book Review: The Encounter
On 10/23 Janet Reeves wrote: Last year about this time, I reviewed the book, "Heaven is for Real." I loved it! And now I get to review the children’s version, "Heaven is for Real for Kids." This book is absolutely precious. If you have young children, you must read it to them! When Colton Burpo, now 12, was 4, he almost died. ... Book Review: Heaven is for Real for Kids
On 10/22 Janet Reeves wrote: I usually enjoy historical novels set during the Civil War. I struggled with this one, though. To me, the forbidden love that was the focus of the plot was unreal. It couldn’t have existed. This made the rest of the story unbelievable as well. "His Steadfast Love" opens with Amber and Kent meeting ... Book Review: His Steadfast Love
On 10/5 Janet Reeves wrote: I guess I’m a sucker for a good gimmick. When I saw the title, "The Christian Zombie Killer’s Handbook: Slaying the Dead Within," my curiosity got the better of me. I had to give the book a look. (If I’d have had to pay for it, I would have been able to resist, but since Thomas Nelson Publishers ... Book Review: The Christian Zombie Killer's Handbook
On 10/3 Janet Reeves wrote: I just finished reading the first book in Lis Wiehl’s new "East Salem" series. Yay, Lis! I’ve read and enjoyed all three books of her other series, but with those I had some concerns. For this series, Wiehl has a new co-author, Pete Nelson. Perhaps that made all the difference. Or maybe Wiehl started ... Book Review: Waking Hours
On 9/28 Janet Reeves wrote: I had the same concerns with "Night Night Blessings" as I've had with other e-children’s books I've reviewed. Picture books just don’t convert to eBooks very well. In this case, the text that went with the pictures didn’t even land on the same page. I can’t imagine how confusing that would be ... Book Review: Night Night Blessings
On 9/27 Janet Reeves wrote: "Thank You, God, for Blessing Me" by Max Lucado didn't work very well as an eBook. Written for babies, it's a Read 2 Me book about Little Hermie. The book is adorable, but the layout didn't work as intended in eBook format. Besides that, I strongly believe that babies need books they can hold, flip the ... Book Review: Thank You, God, for Blessing Me
On 9/27 Janet Reeves wrote: I chose "The Baker’s Wife" for review out of author loyalty. I’ve enjoyed both of Erin Healy’s other books (Never Let You Go and The Promises She Keeps), so I hoped I would enjoy this one, too, though it’s description didn’t really intrigue me. Erin Healy did not disappoint me. This book turned ... Book Review: The Baker's Wife
On 9/13 Janet Reeves wrote: This ain’t no bedtime story! I know. I actually read several chapters before bed last night, and then I prayed myself to sleep. I finished the book today. If you’ve put your trust in Christ, there’s nothing to fear in this book—not one thing. But it’s still one very creepy story. And yet it ... Book Review: Ascent from Darkness
On 9/7 Janet Reeves wrote: "Gabby, God’s Little Angel" is a guardian angel on her first assignment. Her job is to keep Sophie safe. Since Gabby and Sophie both tend to be a little bit accident prone, it’s a challenge for Gabby. But by protecting Sophie, she shows her God’s love and care. The story is based on Psalm 91:9, ... Book Review: Gabby, God's Little Angel
On 9/7 Janet Reeves wrote: I just finished reading Max Lucado’s newly revised version of "Hermie, a Common Caterpillar." It’s been rewritten as a Level 2 Reader for children who are learning to read for themselves, using simple and familiar words and lots of repetition. As children work their way through this story, they’ll ... Book Review: Hermie, a Common Caterpillar
On 9/6 Janet Reeves wrote: The subtitle for Patsy Clairmont’s book "Stained Glass Hearts" tells what the book is about: seeing life from a broken perspective. As stained glass windows are made up of pieces of broken glass arranged to make something beautiful, broken lives reveal truths of God, perhaps otherwise not seen. The ... Book Review: Stained Glass Hearts
On 8/30 Janet Reeves wrote: I love children’s books! And when I read the title of this one, I knew it would be fun. I wasn’t disappointed! If ever I have grandchildren, I’m buying them this one. "Smack Dab in the Middle of God’s Love" tells about a couple named Willie-Juan and Ana who couldn’t have children of their ... Book Review: Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love
On 8/30 Janet Reeves wrote: "One Call Away" is Brenda Warner’s story—thus far. She’s only about my age, so I hope and expect she’s still got a long way to go. But she packed quite a bit into that first half of life. "One Call Away" tells how she went from being a young girl with a pony to cheerleader to Marine to wife to ... Book Review: One Call Away
On 8/7 Janet Reeves wrote: In "Stumbling Into Grace," Lisa Harper graciously shares lessons she’s learned about Real Life, Real Gifts, and Real Growth (five lessons of each in that order). She begins each chapter with a statement to tell us just what she’s been thinking about. Then she tells a personal story—sometimes humorous, ... Book Review: Stumbling Into Grace
On 7/22 Janet Reeves wrote: "Water's Edge" is the story of Thomas Crane, an ambitious, big city attorney who thinks he has everything going for himself. Just as he prepares to travel to his hometown to settle his father's estate, however, it all falls apart. The law firm he works for loses an important client and fires him to regain ... Book Review: Water's Edge
On 7/6 Janet Reeves wrote: As I told you I would, I went from reading "A Place Called Blessing" to "The Blessing." And I wasn’t disappointed! I highly recommend this book. Originally written by John Trent and Gary Smalley, the updates in this version were written by John Trent alone. The book’s primary purpose is to teach ... Book Review: The Blessing
On 7/3 Janet Reeves wrote: Though I haven't yet read "The Blessing" by John Trent and Gary Smalley, I've heard good things about it. That's why I chose to read "A Place Called Blessing" by John Trent when Thomas Nelson Publishers offered a complimentary copy for my review through their BookSneeze program. I loved this simple book! "A ... Book Review: A Place Called Blessing
On 7/1 Janet Reeves wrote: Growing up, I always thought of Billy Graham as someone who ministered to older generations. In recent years, however, I’ve developed a great appreciation for him and for his ministry that is truly relevant to anyone who will listen. "Billy Graham in Quotes" helped me understand why. In the forward ... Book Review: Billy Graham in Quotes
On 6/23 Janet Reeves wrote: "The Waiting Place" by Eileen Button is a collection of autobiographical essays summing up the thoughts she wrestled with in the waiting places of her life. We all live in waiting places from time to time. We wait to grow up. We wait to die. We wait to find a spouse, a job, the courage to pursue a dream. ... Book Review: The Waiting Place
On 6/13 Janet Reeves wrote: What a great idea! In his book, "The Quotable Rogue," Matt Lewis has come up with 32 topics of interest to Americans today and has presented a collection of quotations by Sarah Palin on each. He closes with a chapter of quotes by others about Sarah Palin. Technically, Lewis didn’t write the book, but ... Book Review: The Quotable Rogue
On 6/12 Janet Reeves wrote: "A Vision of Lucy" is the third book in the "Rocky Creek Romance" series by Margaret Brownley. I enjoyed the story so much that I’ve already ordered the first book in the series, so I can learn how Sarah ended up married to . . . Oops. Better not give that away. Though I don’t find knowing the answer ... Book Review: A Vision of Lucy
On 6/1 Janet Reeves wrote: "No Place Like Holmes" is the first book in a series for preteens based on the concept of Sherlock Holmes. American 12-year-old, Griffin Sharpe is sent to live with his uncle in England for the summer in order to experience the culture his mother grew up in. This uncle, an aspiring inventor and private ... Book Review: No Place Like Holmes
On 5/21 Janet Reeves wrote: "The Promise of An Angel" portrays the Amish in the harshest way I’ve seen yet. Except for the two main characters and Samuel, the people in this book are nit-picky and critical, watching each other like hawks in order to pass judgment on one another all the time. They don’t seem to care about each ... Book Review: The Promise of an Angel
On 5/15 Janet Reeves wrote: "Beyond All Measure" by Dorothy Love is an historical fiction romance set in the backwoods of Tennessee shortly after the Civil War. Ada Wentworth has just come from Boston by train to be the companion to a cantankerous elderly woman. The circumstances that led to this situation are kept from the reader ... Book Review: Beyond All Measure
On 4/29 Janet Reeves wrote: If you’ve never read a book about how to write a novel or a story or some other work of fiction, this book will be useful to you. It covers the basics beautifully. However, if you’ve already read several books of this type, this book has nothing new to offer you. The author may have repackaged the ... Book Review: Story Engineering
On 4/28 Janet Reeves wrote: Ann Miller thinks she knows how her life is going to play out. She thinks she’s going to marry Eli and live happily after with him. But when he proposes too soon and her father says she must wait, Eli looks for other options and Ann becomes confused. Events that follow change Ann’s view of life, ... Book Review: Fairer Than Morning
On 4/18 Janet Reeves wrote: "Max on Life." Though this isn’t a typical Max Lucado book, I really appreciated all it has to offer. It’s similar in set up to Dr. James Dobson’s Solid Answers. To produce Max on Life, Lucado has selected 172 questions asked by his congregation, readers, and radio audience to answer in this book. ... Book Review: Max on Life
On 4/11 Janet Reeves wrote: This book was outstanding—very practical, full of common sense wisdom—the kind we know deep down inside, but sometimes need to read or hear. I chose this book because it was written to help people not only deal with change, but also use it to bring about good things. As an Army wife, my life is full ... Book Review: Jolt!
On 4/11 Janet Reeves wrote: Synopsis: David Ponder is whisked away by the archangel Gabriel to lead a summit of historical travelers. Their challenge is to answer the question, “What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?” They have five tries ... Book Review: The Final Summit
On 4/4 Janet Reeves wrote: Lis Wiehl has written a third "Triple Threat Club" novel (with April Henry) and is getting ready to release a new series, too! I just finished reading "Heart of Ice" and will be watching for more books by this talented team. In "Heart of Ice," the Triple Threat Club is trying to convict one sociopath ... Book Review: Heart of Ice
On 4/2 Janet Reeves wrote: I’m so thankful Abby Sunderland decided to share her amazing story through a book. I’d heard bits and pieces on the news, but I thoroughly appreciated her telling of her “courageous battle on the high seas.” Though only sixteen at the time, Abby had grown up in a family of sailors and had dreamed ... Book Review: Unsinkable
On 3/24 Janet Reeves wrote: Oh, Rick & Bubba. I first heard of these two when Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me their "Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage" to review about a year and a half ago. I’ve never heard their radio program, except for exerpts included on the CD that came with that book. But, because I did enjoy ... Book Review: We Be Big
On 3/12 Janet Reeves wrote: I've read several books by Denise Hunter over the past few years, but "A Cowboy's Touch" is her best yet! I love a sweet story with a positive message, characters to care about, and settings I'm curious about. (I've always wanted to visit Montana!) That's what this book is. Abigail Jones is an investigative ... Book Review: A Cowboy's Touch
On 3/1 Janet Reeves wrote: Recently I received the God’s Promises Devotional Journal from Thomas Nelson Publishers for review. The journal wasn’t exactly what I expected, but I wasn’t disappointed either. It is an attractive, hardcover devotional journal—as it says it is. Within, there is one half-page devotional thought ... Book Review: God's Promises Devotional Journal
On 2/23 Janet Reeves wrote: I've been curious about fasting for some time, knowing it’s a spiritual discipline practiced in the Bible and throughout history, but the reasoning behind it is something I haven’t been able to grasp. It always sounded to me as if people were saying that if I sincerely wanted something from God, ... Book Review: Fasting
On 2/16 Janet Reeves wrote: The Mountains Bow Down is the third book in a series about FBI special agent Raleigh Harmon. Though part of a series, the book stands alone. I haven’t read the first book. I found the second book interesting—I described it as a Mike Hammer-type mystery. But I loved this book! It is so different from ... Book Review: The Mountains Bow Down
On 1/30 Janet Reeves wrote: “The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” –Isaiah 58:11 I read this verse this morning after finishing “The Promises She Keeps” last night. ... Book Review: The Promises She Keeps
On 1/12 Janet Reeves wrote: Last year, well, really from November 2009 to November 2010, I took a walk through the Christian calendar, trying to understand what it is, what it means, why it exists. Coming from a not-so-liturgical denomination, I was curious to know more about this practice. "The Liturgical Year" would have been ... Book Review: The Liturgical Year
On 12/31 Janet Reeves wrote: If you have a heart for missions, you will be blessed by the stories in this book. If you’ve become skeptical about the state of our world and are prone to wonder if God is still at work, you will be encouraged by the stories in this book. If you long to pray more meaningfully, more intentionally, ... Book Review: Voices of the Faithful, Book 2
On 12/21 Janet Reeves wrote: If you’re looking for a new Bible and/or Bible study resource for the new year, The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible is worth considering. Long-time Lucado fans will recognize the work as an updated version of The Inspirational Study Bible published in 1995. The format for the Life Lessons is the same, ... Book Review: The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible
On 12/7 Janet Reeves wrote: I’d never read a Karen Kingsbury novel before, so I was thankful when Thomas Nelson Publishers sent A Time to Dance for my review. In this book, Kingsbury makes her case for couples to fight to save and strengthen their marriages. It’s a fictional story, of course, yet it serves as a parable. First, ... Book Review: A Time to Dance
On 11/6 Janet Reeves wrote: I was disappointed in this book. It wasn’t what I expected—it’s not really a daily devotional. As I read, I felt let down. A devotional starts with a verse or two of Scripture then gives an anecdote or illustration to illuminate biblical truth. Devotionals in this book start with mini-biographies ... Book Review: On This Day in Christian History
On 10/20 Janet Reeves wrote: "Heaven is for Real" is a thought-provoking book filled with hope. I was totally caught up in the story from one cover to the other. It starts with the not-quite-sequential, but skillful telling of a near tragedy and a little boy’s miraculous recovery just in time. Normally, that would be the end ... Book Review: Heaven is for Real
On 10/19 Janet Reeves wrote: The Grace of God is the first Andy Stanley book I’ve had the opportunity to read—and I truly appreciated his points of view. In this book, Stanley gives us a panoramic view of God’s grace from Adam and Eve to David to the early church to today. He first defines this amazing grace—something no ... Book Review: The Grace of God
On 10/13 Janet Reeves wrote: "Really Woolly Bible Stories" is an adorable board book for preschoolers. The artwork is so cute—as it had to be being "Really Woolly." (I'm a big fan of that greeting card line!) Each two-page spread shows a "Really Woolly" lamb, bunny, and duckling doing something story-related together on one side ... Book Review: Really Woolly Bible Stories
On 10/11 Janet Reeves wrote: Transforming Church in Rural America is part autobiography, part advice, written to encourage and inspire pastors of churches in small towns. In the book, Shannon O’Dell tells of his calling to rural America and how God turned a struggling church into a multi-campus ministry with services also available ... Book Review: Transforming Church in Rural America
On 10/4 Janet Reeves wrote: I was surprised to learn, recently, that the King James Version of the Bible is turning 400 next year. Normally, 400 would sound pretty old. But when we’re talking about the Bible, it doesn’t so much. The Treasure of God’s Word is available to help interested readers celebrate this event. The ... Book Review: The Treasure of God's Word
On 9/21 Janet Reeves wrote: I am so thankful to Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending Good Morning, Lord for my review. This is just the kind of book I love! It’s a keeper I’ll probably reread several times. Good Morning, Lord is a daily devotional written by Sheila Walsh to help us say, you guessed it, “Good Morning, Lord!” ... Book Review: Good Morning, Lord
On 9/13 Janet Reeves wrote: There are so many things I’d like to say about Ted Dekker’s latest book, Immanuel’s Veins. But I can’t. I’d just give everything away. And you wouldn’t appreciate that from me. You see, the whole book carries quite the enticing mystery along with its adventure. While you may suspect what ... Book Review: Immanuel's Veins
On 9/10 Janet Reeves wrote: But that’s the point of this particular book! Aime Streater devotes the whole first chapter of "Your Money God’s Way: Overcoming the 7 Money Myths That Keep Christians Broke" to showing how the Bible is often misused to confuse Christians and how it should be used regularly to help Christians understand ... Book Review: Your Money God's Way
On 9/10 Janet Reeves wrote: Wow! Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado is one of his best books ever. Of course, I say that about all of his books; I was thrilled when Thomas Nelson offered this one for review. Out Live Your Life is a series of messages taken from the book of Acts. Lucado offers basic, yet profound, lessons in Christian ... Book Review: Out Live Your Life
On 9/7 Janet Reeves wrote: “The Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrews is a small, attractive gift book with an uplifting message. Using biographical stories, Andrews shows how someone did something to change the world. Then he backtracks, showing how someone else influenced that first someone so that that person could change the ... Book Review: The Butterfly Effect
On 9/7 Janet Reeves wrote: I really enjoyed reading “The Boy Who Changed the World” and I think children will like it, too. As a parent, I loved that it wove the biographies of actual people into a simple story with a clear message. People, their connections, and related historical events are clearly identified, yet the book ... Book Review: The Boy Who Changed the World
On 8/28 Janet Reeves wrote: "Love, Charleston" is a difficult book to describe. It definitely wasn’t the historical fiction novel I expected. It’s a contemporary story made up of the interrelated stories of a few families living in historic Charleston. The first character we meet is a widower, Episcopal priest with a young ... Book Review: Love, Charleston
On 8/11 Janet Reeves wrote: I love meeting new, old people through biographies. The story of Anne Bradstreet did not disappoint me. I'd never heard of this early pioneer woman, but her story was intriguing and well-written. Author D.B. Kellogg not only researched her story well, but also wove interesting historical and cultural ... Book Review: Anne Bradstreet
On 7/30 Janet Reeves wrote: My first impression of this book was that it was absolutely delightful! Fun-loving college student May meets grandfatherly Claudius who rescues her from a drunken predicament. While recovering at his farm, May tells Claudius her hopes, plans and dreams. He’s curious—and a little concerned, but content ... Book Review: Resurrection in May
On 6/21 Janet Reeves wrote: Hand of Fate, the second Triple Threat novel by Lis Wiehl (with April Henry), was a race-to-the-finish read for me. I was intrigued the whole way through. Not only does it have an intense murder mystery, but each of the three female friend characters brought her own story line to the pages as well. While ... Book Review: Hand of Fate
On 5/29 Janet Reeves wrote: This book annoyed me. I hate to put it so bluntly, but that’s what perfectionists tend to do—especially when encountering other perfectionists who devote an entire book to telling them how to intensely over scrutinize their lives in order to be ever more perfect. That’s what Embracing Your Second ... Book Review: Embracing Your Second Calling
On 4/26 Janet Reeves wrote: Poor Lexi! For seven years, she’s been acting as a single mom, trying to rebuild a safe and happy life for herself and her daughter. Working two jobs and sharing an apartment with her lifelong best friend who watches Molly in exchange for rent, Lexi is exhausted. Suddenly, though, her past comes back ... Book Review: Never Let You Go
On 4/5 Janet Reeves wrote: If you are looking for a book about improving your communication skills, "Everyone Communicates--Few Connect" may be a good choice for you. Think of it as a basic text—Communication 101, perhaps. On its pages, leadership expert John Maxwell clearly outlines how to communicate effectively in order to ... Book Review: Everyone Communicates--Few Connect
On 3/6 Janet Reeves wrote: The Clouds Roll Away is a novel that is kind of hard to describe. Written in the first person, it reminds me of the classic pulp fiction detective stories—Sam Spade, Mike Hammer. But the cynical detective is quite different from those characters. She's a fairly young woman, who happens to be a Christian—and ... Book Review: The Clouds Roll Away
On 2/17 Janet Reeves wrote: This book is amazing! Dr. Larry Crabb had a great idea. In the prologue to the book, he explains how he came up with it. Desperately longing to hear God's Voice, he realized that God speaks through His Word, the Bible. He decided to read through the Bible with this thought in mind, seeking God's personal ... Book Review: 66 Love Letters
On 2/3 Janet Reeves wrote: I am so excited about this new Bible study resource! Thank you, Thomas Nelson publishers for sending it to me. Arranged like a study Bible, without the actual Bible, it has a chapter for each of the 66 books, plus introductions to collections of books—the Pentateuch, the Gospels, and so on. Each chapter ... Book Review: Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts
On 1/14 Janet Reeves wrote: When my husband and I were browsing through a local bookstore a few weeks ago, we stumbled across a whole series of books devoted to the religious ideas of popular sci-fi/fantasy movies and TV shows. Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica—even Spiderman! We laughed and laughed. We didn't buy any ... Book Review: The Gospel According to Lost
On 12/10 Janet Reeves wrote: Sarah Young is quickly becoming one of my favorite devotional writers. This is the second book of hers that Thomas Nelson Publishers has sent me to review, and I am not disappointed. I plan to read the third, which is actually her first, as well. In Jesus Lives, as in Jesus Calling, Sarah Young shares ... Book Review: Jesus Lives
On 11/23 Janet Reeves wrote: The back of the book advertises The White Horse King as “a mythic adventure story that stirs the imagination and races the heart.” So—I was expecting to read of an adventure, something like First Knight or The Three Musketeers set in Viking times. Instead I got a documentary. There’s nothing ... Book Review: The White Horse King
On 11/10 Janet Reeves wrote: Nora Gallagher has a unique writing style. I enjoyed reading, “The Sacred Meal,” and it definitely made me think. I agreed with some statements from every chapter, but at the start of each, I wondered if I would. Rather than state her point at the outset, Gallagher reminisces, moving from story to ... Book Review: The Sacred Meal
On 10/29 Janet Reeves wrote: This is one of those rare books that I just want to go out and purchase several copies of to give to people I know. The pages were overflowing with helpful and encouraging information. As I went about my days after reading portions from the book, I found myself, several times, recalling passages to apply ... Book Review: Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain
On 10/12 Janet Reeves wrote: I can’t say Green was a pleasant read—but it was worth my time. I think. (The non-ending still has me perplexed.) Green is a story of fallen mankind, and God’s plan to restore, and Satan’s plan to destroy. It’s an allegory of the biggest spiritual battle of all time. And what’s spiritual, ... Book Review: Green
On 9/15 Janet Reeves wrote: While I’ve heard of studying the Bible this way, this is probably the first time I’ve seen the results from someone who’s done it. In “Called to Worship,” Vernon Whaley follows the biblical theme of worship from Genesis to Revelation to give us a comprehensive picture of the concept. The book ... Book Review: Called to Worship
On 9/8 Janet Reeves wrote: Imagine your life without fear—that’s hard to do. Yet Max Lucado has made a list of many of the things we fear daily and, in this book, shows us how to turn that life-stunting fear into a healthy trust in God. He also teaches us why we should and why God is worthy of that trust—in all situations. As ... Book Review: Fearless
On 8/15 Janet Reeves wrote: Rick & Bubba’s Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage is a sweet combination of light-hearted silliness and the wisdom borne of experience. Making no claim to be marriage experts, these radio personalities share stories from their lives, jokes in good taste, and lessons learned, not only about ... Book Review: Rick & Bubba's Guide . . .
On 7/27 Janet Reeves wrote: By listening to men talk about their lives, wives, families, issues, and concerns through her many years as a therapist, Paula Rinehart has come to understand men. Better than that, she’s figured out how to explain them to the rest of us! (She even knows why boys stick things up their noses. I’d ... Book Review: What's He Really Thinking?
On 7/13 Janet Reeves wrote: I did not enjoy reading Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl—at all. I usually try to find something nice to say when I review a book, even if I haven’t particularly cared for it, but this book was offensive to me. N.D. Wilson is obviously highly intelligent and well-educated. He’s a deep thinker with ... Book Review: Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl
On 6/20 Janet Reeves wrote: Fans of music from the 60’s and 70’s may really enjoy the stories shared in Between Wyomings by former record producer Ken Mansfield. On a three month road trip in a van named Moses with Mansfield’s wife, Connie, and two fully-loaded iPods, Mansfield reminisces about some of the significant events ... Book Review: Between Wyomings
On 5/25 Janet Reeves wrote: Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, a missionary with a unique story to tell, is a one-year daily devotional with a thought-provoking twist. Young writes to readers as if Jesus is the one delivering the message. She has Him quote Scripture throughout to subtly show these are things He truly would say. Yet ... Book Review: Jesus Calling
On 4/30 Janet Reeves wrote: Face of Betrayal is the story of three women whose jobs bring them together so that a strong friendship is born. One is a federal prosecutor, one a reporter, the third an FBI special agent. They find their paths crossing as each plays her unique role in fighting crime; they call themselves, “The Triple ... Book Review: Face of Betrayal
On 4/27 Janet Reeves wrote: I think you could say this book is a combination novel, self-help, motivational read. It’s a fictional story about a homeless man who is helped by a mysterious stranger who claims to be a noticer. His wisdom comes from noticing what others tend to miss. The homeless man’s life is forever changed ... Book Review: The Noticer
On 4/15 Janet Reeves wrote: A beautiful hardcover book with a matching, protective slipcase, His Name Is Jesus by Max Lucado would make an ideal gift for someone not yet acquainted with his work. I am certain it would also be appreciated by someone who enjoys reading Lucado’s books, but hasn’t collected them all over time. ... Book Review: His Name Is Jesus
On 3/22 Janet Reeves wrote: Technically, In the Footsteps of Paul, is a pictorial gift book. Truly, though, it’s a well-designed storybook about the life and journeys of the Apostle Paul—complete with pictures that help the reader see there really was a flesh and blood person who lived the life one reads about in God’s Word. The ... Book Review: "In the Footsteps of Paul"
On 3/7 Janet Reeves wrote: Rachel’s Tears is a must-read for parents of teenagers and those who work with them—ministers, educators, mentors, and such. Rachel’s father thinks of her life “as an example of the amazing things that can happen when any of us, no matter how ordinary, open our hearts to God’s deep and boundless ... Book Review: Rachel's Tears
On 2/19 Janet Reeves wrote: I enjoyed the book, The Great Eight. Scott Hamilton combines stories from his life, his Christian testimony, figure skating analogies, and several worthwhile life lessons with his unique sense of humor, honesty, and common sense to make many good points. The tone of the book was upbeat, positive, and ... Book Review: The Great Eight
On 1/29 Janet Reeves wrote: Robin McGraw was the perfect person to write this book. She enjoys doing research and is passionate about maintaining good health. As she has protected her own, she wants to help other women keep or improve theirs. As a result, the book is full of valuable information. When I first began reading it, ... Book Review: What's Age God to Do with It?
On 1/11 Janet Reeves wrote: I was so thankful for the opportunity to read this book! It’s the story of God’s miraculous work in the lives of two incredible people: a multiply-disabled, musical savant and his lovingly dedicated mother. The book starts out sad as Cathleen Lewis learns about one after another of her son’s disabilities ... Book Review: Rex
On 12/20 Janet Reeves wrote: Over the past few weeks, I’ve been listening to this audio New Testament—on my computer, in my truck, even through my TV. It’s the entire New Testament on three MP3 disks, read by celebrity teens and young adults, for teens and pre-teens. I have mixed-thoughts on this product, but overall, I think ... Book Review: The Word of Promise Next Generation New Testament
On 11/28 Janet Reeves wrote: My heart has gone out to this mother for some time. I had heard that she’s a Christian and suspected that things hadn’t gone the way she’d hoped for her daughters. The media has been much too harsh with this family. When I learned of this book, I decided that if Lynne Spears wanted to have her ... Book Review: Through the Storm