Reviews by Tracy Peterson
On 12/4 Tracy Peterson wrote: Song of the Brokenhearted opens with Ava Kent doing what she does best: helping others in their time of greatest need. She is in the perfect position to lead the benevolence ministry in her church. She has a happy marriage, two wonderful children, and financial security. As she looks out her window, ... Engrossing!
On 8/21 Tracy Peterson wrote: Libby, a restorer of historic properties, is working on acquiring an old Inn on Hope Island when her business partner, Nicole, is kidnapped. Libby watching the kidnapping via web cam. She rushes to Hope Island hoping to find her friend. When Libby arrives on Hope Island, she finds that she has inherited ... Good Story
On 7/6 Tracy Peterson wrote: Jonah Stone, a seventh-grader, is devastated after being told by the basketball coach that he doesn’t need to return to day 2 of basketball try outs. As Jonah heads home from school, he prays for guidance. Then strange things begin to happen. The next day, Jonah’s mom is kidnapped and it is up ... Good book for tweens and teens.
On 5/30 Tracy Peterson wrote: Covenant Child centers around a set of identical twins, Kara and Lizzie. The girls are raised by their loving father, Jack, for the first three years of their lives after their mom dies in an accident. When the girls are three, Jack meets, falling in love, and marries Amanda. Amanda’s love for these ... Loved it!
On 5/3 Tracy Peterson wrote: In Here’s Lily, readers are introduced to Lily Robbins. Lily is an awkward 6th grader with little self confidence. After receiving a compliment about her looks from someone in the modeling business, Lily becomes obsessed with all things fashion. Lily’s parents are concerned that Lily is forgetting ... Great book for young girls.
On 4/26 Tracy Peterson wrote: Simply Grilling is a wonderful, beginning grilling cookbook. The introduction covers Grilling 101, pros and cons of gas grills and charcoal grills, Marinades 101, Rubs 101, Sauces 101 and essential equipment. After the amazing intro, the chapters include recipes for Starters, Poultry, Meat, Seafood, ... Great Cookbook!
On 4/17 Tracy Peterson wrote: Set in an Amish community in Michigan, Rachel Hartzler has stepped into the role of eldest son after the death of her brother. Since she feels responsible for his death, she feels the need to fill this gap. Rachel’s father wishes to see his youngest daughter married, so he hires Jordan Engles, the ... Nice Story
On 3/26 Tracy Peterson wrote: From Blah to Awe is written specifically to teen and pre-teen girls who want a deeper relationship with God. It is written is a very conversational way with interesting stories and illustrations about girls that the reader can relate to. The book is divided into two sections asking the questions (1) ... Relevant
On 1/29 Tracy Peterson wrote: Bittersweet Surrender is set in a New England chocolate spa run by Carly Westlake. Within the past few years, Carly has survived breast cancer (her marriage, however, didn’t), lost her best friend in an auto accident and lost her father. Her spa seems to be running well with many customers, but the ... Fun to read, but a few editing issues
On 1/26 Tracy Peterson wrote: The Encounter is a parable highlighting one mans search for acceptance, forgiveness, grace. Jonathan Rush became a ward of the state of Alaska at the age of 4 having been abandoned by his mother. He was adopted when he was 10 by a loving family, but the feelings of rejection have followed him his entire ... Fast Paced
On 12/13 Tracy Peterson wrote: From the back of the book: "Five years ago Eden and Clay Larson's baby was stolen and never found. Eden blamed herself, Clay lost himself in work. Their young and rocky marriage ended. Or so Eden thought. Now Eden's moved to a new town. She's found faith and is trying to rebuild her life. She's even ... Good, quick read
On 11/10 Tracy Peterson wrote: Stained Glass Hearts is an invitation to view life through a different perspective. Instead of focusing on how hurts our lives have broken our hearts, try to see how God is using that same brokenness to take those pieces and create something beautiful. By using humor and a writing style which is rather ... Thought provoking!
On 10/7 Tracy Peterson wrote: Audrey, the pastor’s wife, has a gift of comforting hurting people. While ministering to an older couple, she experiences a connection she has never felt before. This leads her to make several decisions that have unusual consequences. Over the next few months, a scandalous lie leads to the loss ... Good Book
On 9/24 Tracy Peterson wrote: “Love you more” is a moving memoir of how the Grant family came to be. Jennifer Grant chronicles how her fourth daughter, Mia, joined their family. Ms. Grant gives a very through look into the journey of adoption. She opens with a pair of newlyweds, leaving the big city to settle in a small town ... Recommended for those considering adoption
On 8/29 Tracy Peterson wrote: Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door is a great book on apologetics written for teens and young adults. The book is broken down into 6 “myth” categories. These are myths about God, the Bible, Jesus, the resurrection, Religion and Christianity, and Life and Happiness. Each chapter is very short, ... Great Resource
On 7/26 Tracy Peterson wrote: Wren Evans is a single mother working to provide the best possible life for her son, Charlie. Wren has been raising Charlie alone since his father left them when Charlie was a baby. Charlie is a gifted musician. Wren seems to have everything under control. Her job at the library is going well, Charlie ... Nice Story
On 7/15 Tracy Peterson wrote: “Treasuring Emma” is set in an Amish community in Ohio just following a trying time in her life. In the previous two years, Emma has lost her father in death, lost her first love to the English world, and has been caring for her mother who has just lost her battle with cancer. All these troubles ... Easy read
On 7/7 Tracy Peterson wrote: “A Place Called Blessing” is the story of a young man, Josh. Josh entered the foster care system with his two brothers when he was six years old. The boys enjoyed a secure, safe home together until a tragedy takes away from this home. The boys are then placed in a group home. At the group home, ... Great book!
On 7/4 Tracy Peterson wrote: “God’s Love Letters to You” is a 40 day devotional. Each day has a key Bible verse and theme. The text of the devotional is about a half page “letter” written by God. The following page is a series of questions meant to make the reader think about life, situations, and a deepening relationship ... Interesting Devotional
On 7/1 Tracy Peterson wrote: It seems as if we live in a world were each person thinks only of himself. Every situation is viewed through a lens that asks, “What is in this for me?” Lucado refutes the “Me, me, me” attitude by showing how the life of the believer should show God’s glory in all we are and all we do. As ... It's not about me
On 6/19 Tracy Peterson wrote: The Seraph Seal opens in 2012 with the birth of "the chosen one" and 8 others. Eight of the children are born with unique birth marks. The story moves forward to 2048 when Professor Paul Binder receives a mysterious letter that leads him on an incredible journey. During this several month period, the ... The Seraph Seal
On 5/30 Tracy Peterson wrote: In this biography, Paul Vickery reviews the life of George Washington with an emphasis on the circumstances, events, and other influences that helped create the leader that we all know as the father of our country. Vickery begins with a brief overview of Washington’s upbringing, then launches into ... A good history book
On 5/6 Tracy Peterson wrote: Set in an Amish community in Michigan, “The Promise of an Angel” opens with the celebration of a barn raising that turns into a tragedy when 5 year old Samuel falls from the barn roof. Samuel’s sister, Judith, rushes to his side. She encounters a stranger that assures her that Samuel’s “steps ... A Good, fast, book
On 5/4 Tracy Peterson wrote: Greg Wright, the father of 4 daughters, woke up one day and decided that he needed a plan, a mission, to guide his relationships with his girls. The mission statement? “Don’t screw up”. He follows up on his mission statement with a more concrete plan to get to know each of his daughters. Get ... Great Book!
On 4/18 Tracy Peterson wrote: “Max on Life” is a compilation of 172 frequently asked questions that have been sent to Max Lucado over the years. The book is divided into 7 broad categories - Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots, and Hereafter. The book begins with the basics of Christianity - explaining salvation ... Thought Provoking
On 4/15 Tracy Peterson wrote: Humans are built to wander. History is crisscrossed by their tracks. Sometimes there are obvious reasons for it, but sometimes they go in the name of God, seeking a place that feels sacred, that speaks to the heart. Exploring the history of pilgrimage across cultures and religions, Foster uses tales ... The Sacred Journey
On 4/11 Tracy Peterson wrote: “The Final Summit” opens with David Ponder at a crossroads in his life. His wife passed several months ago and his business is going well. It seems that he is at a loss as to what to do next in life. We see David Ponder take a worn satchel out of a safe and see him reflecting on the seven items he ... The Final Summit