Reviews by Sylvia Villalpando
On 9/26 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The book takes us through a series of events that seems that they could be taken from today’s headlines. A white police officer shoots an unarmed black teenager; but with Whitlow, there is always more than meets the eye. Enter, Adisa Johnson, a young African American Attorney who has been working on ... In A Time to Stand, Whitlow shows that when it comes to pursuing what is right it should be as easy as black and white.
On 8/16 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Most Bibles published today have the words of Jesus printed in red which is used to represent Jesus's words spoken. Countryman compiles over 100 of those red-letter passages into a devotional style book. Countryman gives an explanation and background facts about each chosen passage. The red-letter words ... The Red Letter Words of Jesus
On 6/9 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: As in the first book of this series, Casey's running for her life. She's wanted for the murder of her close friend, a murder committed by a few crooked police officers. Dylan has been hired by his best friend's parents to find Casey. They want her prosecuted for murdering their son. Casey is still on ... As in the first book of this series, Casey's running for her life. ...
On 12/22 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Grace For the Moment by Max Lucado is beautifully written with 365 inspirational thoughts for each day of the year. Max Lucado is my all-time favorite Christian author. This book of daily devotionals, excerpts from his many outstanding books, is perfect for a moment a day of extremely thought-provoking ... Grace for the Moment
On 10/9 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: A great trilogy to begin your Autumn reading, a quick read to take your mind off things and get lost in the name of love. To Have and to Hold includes three short stories by three great authors. The main character in each story has some tie to the wedding market. They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect ... To Have and To Hold: Three Autumn Love Stories by Betsy St Amant, Becky Wade, and Katie Ganshert
On 8/3 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Young lawyer Parker House is on the rise—until his grandfather’s mysterious past puts both of their lives in danger. Parker House’s secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing or his worst nightmare. The Witnesses, follows Parker House as he makes his mark as the newest lawyer in a small ... The Witnessess
On 7/1 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Kiss The Bride is a book of 3 short summer love stories; three individual stories written by three different authors. The three stories are about the various people that help make weddings memorable: the wedding planners, the dance instructors, and the photographers. Picture Perfect Love by Melissa Mc ... Kiss the Bride
On 11/2 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Jen Hatmaker has wisdom, wry humor, no-nonsense faith, liberating insight, and a fearless honesty that has made her books read by women worldwide. I find that Jen Hatmaker's audience must ... For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
On 7/27 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Among The Fair Magnolias is a new book containing four novellas telling tales about women during the tumultuous times of the Civil War. In the most turbulent decade of our nation's history; four Southern women whom, destinies forged by birth and hearts steeled by war, face near impossible choices on ... Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories by Tamera Alexander, Dorothy Love, Shelley Gray, and Elizabeth Musser
On 6/10 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor's story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world. A ... A Sparrow in Terezin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel) by Kristy Cambron
On 3/24 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: In Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café, Chelsea finds herself in a new phase of her life, now baking and making coffee at her mother's (previously her grandmother's) cafe. With a fresh start, she thinks she can make it on her own but, she soon finds out that she needs more than just luck; this newly ... What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? How would he answer?
On 2/3 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Megan Boudreaux story begins after a brief visit to Haiti in 2010, just after the earthquake that devastated that country. While there, she hiked up to a beautiful old tamarind tree sitting by itself on top of Bellevue Mountain. She went home and the dreams started. She would dream about that tree ... Miracle of Voodoo Mountain by Megan Boudreaux
On 12/15 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Features include:Christ in the Scriptures: A new segment in each book’s introduction; Christ in the Scriptures traces the Christ-centered salvation theme present throughout the Bible.Bible Time Notes: These notes, found throughout the study Bible, provide facts of secular history, culture, ... NKJV Study Bible by Thomas Nelson
On 6/16 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: In Soul Keeping, John Ortberg explains why our souls matter, what they actually are, and how we can help keep them, and ourselves, healthy and whole. While the book is ostensibly about the soul, the friendship between Willard and Ortberg is what drives the book along and gives it its most touching ... Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg
On 5/9 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Twirl will make your heart dance!Patsy is a master craftsman at words, as evidenced in all of her writing and speaking. However, Twirl puts a new spin on things. Each chapter stands alone, so you can pick it up and be lifted at any time and in any place in the book. We would all do well to read this ... Twirl by Patsy Clairmont
On 3/31 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Bluebonnet Bride by Colleen Coble is about Elli, a woman from Finland who leaves her home to come to American as a mail order bride. When Elli's father died suspiciously she felt the need to escape to keep from her neighbor from stealing her inheritance..As she steps off the train in Texas, Elli’s ... Bluebonnet Bride: Love across the Sea Novel by Colleen Coble
On 3/17 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Murder Simply Brewedbegins with murder in a coffee shop, in Middlebury's Amish Artisan Village. Two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery. Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish ... Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman
On 2/5 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: It's that time of the year where the sweet romantic reads are readily available for the forever romantic. I love novellas, not only are they short and sweet, you can read while waiting in the dentist office or on your patio during a lazy Saturday.Raney crafted a very interesting romance. The love story ... A January Bride
On 2/5 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: A February Bride, by Betsy St. Amant is part of the Year of Weddings novella series.The novella starts off with Allie and Marcus at the church, about to be married, when Allie gets cold feet and takes off leaving Marcus at the altar.This novella is sort of cute. I didn’t like this story. The main character ... February Bride
On 1/31 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Smitten Book Club is a hopeful, funny story of friendship, and healing. A carry-through mystery plot links four love stories: all using many of the same characters,written by friends for friends. At a rummage sale, Heather, a member of the Fireside Book Club, discovers a turn-of-the-century romantic ... Smitten Book Club by Colleen Coble (Coauthor), Kristin Billerbeck (Coauthor), Denise Hunter (Coauthor), Diann Hunt (Coauthor)
On 11/13 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Imagine this: Today, the world as you know it will end. No need to turn off the lights; there isn't any electricity. Your car suddenly stalls and won't restart. You can't call for help because your cell phone is dead. Everyone around you is having the same problem, and it's just the tip of the iceberg. ... Last Light by Terri Blackstock
On 10/29 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The story begins in 1664, with a candle maker and his wife. An angel comes and blesses a candle made by the chandler of Gladstone, one every twenty-five years. Light the candle and pray, then miracles happen. Enter a reverend who doesn't believe in miracles, a family grown old with no heirs, and a town ... The Christmas Candle By Max Lucado
On 7/19 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: It all started with an ad in a mail-order bride catalogue . . . Here are the stories of four couples who owe their wedded bliss to creative editing by The Hitching Post publisher. This charming bouquet of novellas introduces you to four Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue prospects in the year ... A Bride for All Seasons: The Mail Order Bride Collection
On 7/1 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye by Len Bailey is a journey through the Old and New Testament with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they explore exotic and spice-laden places in search of clues. ... Sherlock Holmes & The Needle’s Eye by Len Bailey
On 4/22 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: When life is murder, who can you trust? Lis Wiehl’s signature plot twists and relatable characters shine in this absorbing series. A Matter of Trust gives us an amazing insight into the life of a prosecutor— and mom. Prosecutor Mia Quinn is on the phone with her friend and colleague, Colleen, when ... A Matter of Trust A Mia Quinn Mystery by Lis Wiehl and April Henry
On 1/28 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Writer and teacher Julie Coleman, carefully walks readers through the gospel narratives, offering evidence of a perceptive Savior, deeply concerned about the women he met. Through vivid descriptions, thoughtful questions, and empowering ... Unexpected Love: God's Heart Revealed in Jesus' Conversations with Women by Julie Zine Coleman
On 1/3 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Four fiction authors with four smitten romance novellas, share a setting, characters, and even overlapping plots with fun small town romance. The mystery of the dog tags that were found in Grandma Rose's attic continues throughout all the sections along with mini story lines of Tess, Clare, Zoe and Anna. ... Four Fiction authors with four smitten roamance novellas,
On 10/25 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The River by Michael Neale is the story of a young man who finds healing, forgiveness, and purpose. Gabriel Clarke is mysteriously drawn to The River, a ribbon of frothy white water carving its way through steep canyons high in the Colorado Rockies. The rushing waters beckon him to experience freedom ... story of a young man who finds healing, forgiveness,
On 9/14 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The evil in East Salem is no longer content to hide in the shadows. The stakes—and the darkness—are rising. Dani Harris thought there wasn’t much left that could surprise her after serving as a forensic psychiatrist. Tommy Gunderson has faced few challenges in his life that he couldn’t ... Darkness Rising, East Salem Trilogy Series #2
On 9/4 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: In a Christianity Today 8/27/12 online interview Lucado was asked: Why another book on grace when there are many good ones already out there? “The apostle Paul never seemed to exhaust the topic of grace—what makes us think we can? He just kept coming at it and coming at it from another angle. That's ... Another book on grace?
On 8/21 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck is about Daphne Sweeten, a scent designer, who finds herself stood up for her wedding and losing her sense of smell. Her dream job was also no longer possible as her ex-fiancée took her dream job in Paris. She decides to move to Ohio, where she had a job waiting, ... The Scent of Rain
On 5/22 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Have you ever thought that when Jesus Christ came to earth more than two thousand years ago, he could have simply given us salvation-period and never done another single thing? Jesus Christ could have chosen to be born of a virgin, live for 33 years in relative obscurity, die on the cross, be buried, ... An opportunity to meet Jesus Christ like never before.
On 4/26 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: A piano prodigy, a nineteen-year-old college grad, a Marshall scholar, and an American Idol finalist. This guy had it made. He could sing. He could ski blind. What couldn't he do? Even if you saw him in concert, you might not believe that Scott MacIntyre is blind, and you'd never guess that at nineteen, ... By Faith, Not by Sight by Scott MacIntyre
On 3/2 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The words ofthe Declaration of Independence have a way of continuing to ring across theages. The arrangements of the Constitution have a way of organizing our actionsso as to produce certain results, and it has done this more reliably than anygoverning instrument in the history of man. The connection ... The Founders Key by Larry P. Arnn
On 12/2 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: It is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure in a race against unknown foes. Pursuing a map tattooed on human skin; to possibly unravel the future of the future. Lawhead has penned a promising tale of inter-dimensional adventure, full of rich imagery putting a new spin on an old legend. Dynamic ... Interesting Read
On 10/23 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: One of Max Lucado’s greatest gifts is the ability to retell biblical stories in a modern fashion and make it so real that you think he’s telling your story. He draws you in with little effort and shows you God at work in your life. This book testifies to the power and persistence of the Creator to ... Inspiring
On 5/31 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: THE SERAPH SEAL by Leonard Sweet and Lori Wagner An epic tale of good and evil based on the four horsemen of the Apocalypse found in the book of Revelation. Using the four horsemen of the Apocalypse to symbolize the four Gospels, four transcendental, and four forces of the universe (air, water, earth, ... A Great Summer Read!
On 5/10 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: God’s Promises for the American Patriot by Richard Lee and Jack Countryman A new wave of American patriots and their fervor for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are reminiscent to that of over 200 years ago. In response, God's Promises® for the American Patriot combines historical facts ... Celebrate America anytime
On 5/7 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Max on Life by Max Lucado In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of questions from all types of sources: questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. Lucado offers insightful answers to more than 150 of the most ... Another Great Book
On 4/11 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: A quest to find the one principle that will save humanity before mankind destroys itself finds David Ponder in a race against time. He has been chosen by the archangel Gabriel to lead a summit of fellow travelers, using their wisdom and experience to save mankind before all that is known is destroyed. ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews
On 4/4 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: A story about three strong women and the real life problems and decisions they face: Crime reporter, Cassidy Shaw, and her two best friends, Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedge comprise the triple threat fighting crime in Portland. It made me think of the TV show Criminal ... Heart of Ice - A Triple Threat Club Novel by Lis Wiehl w/April Henry
On 2/3 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: In a world of uncertainty, pain, and struggle, where do you find solid assurance and unshakeable truth? Gifted Bible teacher and inspiring Women of Faith speaker Sheila Walsh offers powerful, heart-filled teaching on ten bedrock promises of God, providing the foundation for daily confidence, joy, and ... Where to turn for Shelter in the Storm
On 1/6 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: The Life Lessons Study Bible by Max Lucado Lucado’s Life Lessons Study Bible has a lot of great features such as over 1,000 Life Lessons, a Topical Index, and Devotional Index by topics, A Two Year Bible Reading Plan, New Believer Studies, 30 Day Reading Plans, Spiritual Growth Verses, and more! This ... A Great Devotional Study Bible
On 11/14 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: This is an amazing story about a 4 yr. olds’ visit with God in heaven while undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Heaven is for Real gives a fresh look at heaven; through a child’s heart is revealed in conversations with his father. To those of us waiting to see Jesus this story is reassuring. Heaven ... Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
On 9/28 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: Good Morning, Lord I Don’t know Where You’re Going Today, But I’m Going With You. By Shelia Walsh Talented author and Women of Faith speaker, Sheila Walsh has written a delightful devotional. Walsh shows us the heart of God in easy to read stories. The short descriptive narratives are just ... Good Morning, Lord
On 9/10 Sylvia Villalpando wrote: OutLive Your Life by Max Lucado. In leading us through the book of Acts, Max Lucado takes familiar stories to help us understand the heart of Jesus. Lucado gently tells us to not see people as problems but as opportunities to serve Christ. Lucado recaptures the wonder of the early Christians and explains ... Ou Once-In-History Opportunity