Reviews by J Harder
On 3/1 J Harder wrote: While hanging out at the local library gathering his regular stack of books to read, 11-year-old Arcade has an unexpected encounter with an elderly woman who bestows upon him a golden arcade token. At first, Arcade has no idea of the significance of the coin he is now wearing around his neck. And as ... Fun and imaginative
On 2/23 J Harder wrote: After pretending to be her father's son so she can take his place battling the Teutonic Knights who are besieging the Zachev Castle, Mulan realizes that this is exactly what she's been preparing for her whole life. She soon meets Wolfgang, son of the German duke, and although their relationship has an ... Another solid addition to the series
On 2/13 J Harder wrote: Weaving together three different story lines between the present day, the 1916 Easter Rising, and the 1798 Rebellion, "Castle on the Rise" will sweep you away to the shores of Ireland. Cambron gently connects you to three strong women dwelling in each time period, from Laine in the present as she recovers ... A solid addition to the series
On 1/17 J Harder wrote: Having been offered a position as a companion to an elderly woman, Abigail Wilson travels to Croft Towers uncertain what awaits her. But when she experiences a robbery on the highway while on the coach en route, and then soon recognizes one of the highway robbers upon arrival, Abigail realizes that all ... Delightful Intrigue
On 12/30 J Harder wrote: Well-known apologists Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg combine forces in their excellent devotional "Daily Moments of Truth", offering up 180 writings meant to strengthen your faith. The devotionals blend together facts from the Bible, science, and history to inspire the readers to think about what they ... An excellent devotional!
On 11/28 J Harder wrote: Hana Abboud is a Christian Arab Israeli lawyer living in Atlanta, working for a law firm on international cases. Her knowledge of Israel and her strong language skills result in her being tapped to work on an anti-terrorism lawsuit brought to her firm by Jewish lawyer Jakob, who is fighting for justice ... One of his best novels to date
On 10/28 J Harder wrote: Criminal defence attorney Jaime Nichols has spent years using her voice to ensure that every accused person she represents is given a fair trial. But after finding healing and the strength to raise her own voice, she decides to take the steps to tell the story of the abuse she suffered in her past, abuse ... An utterly timely, powerful novel
On 10/10 J Harder wrote: Finn Parrish is a cab-driver extraordinaire, but even Finn finds himself pushed to his limits when he arrives to pick up the elderly Miss Callie for her medical appointment and discovers that she has dementia. He soon finds himself embarking on an unexpected adventure as he continues to respond to her ... A Wondrous Christmas Novel
On 9/4 J Harder wrote: Helene Hannemann is busy getting herself ready for work and her five children prepared for school when the normalcy of their morning is shattered by the sound of the German police coming up her family's apartment stairs. Soon, Helene and her family are swept up into an unimaginable nightmare as they ... Dignity and grace set against the horror of history
On 8/28 J Harder wrote: Delilah Evans is trapped in her grief after losing her young son when he is drowned in a river while he was supposed to be under the watchful eye of Delilah's teenage daughter, Sparrow. When the Evans family moves from Alabama to Pennsylvania, the family is hoping for a fresh start. They are also longing ... An achingly real novel
On 7/16 J Harder wrote: Christy Award winner Carrie Stuart Parks offers up another suspense-infused novel with her latest, "Formula of Deception". Starring Murphy Anderson, the novel carries readers to Kodiak, Alaska, and follows Murphy as she comes out of hiding after the murder of her sister by a serial killer. When the local ... Filled with delicious tension
On 7/5 J Harder wrote: With scarcely a thread of hope to hold onto, Aven leaves her life in Norway following the death of her husband, travelling to the hills of nineteenth-century Appalachia. Though she was expecting to meet a family with young children, she instead encounters three grown brothers who are cousins to her late ... A unique, engaging tale
On 6/18 J Harder wrote: The eighth novel in the Hagenheim series finds Melanie Dickerson giving her special twist on the beloved story of Aladdin (and Abu)! Set in the 1400's, orphan Aladdin has been rescued from a life of thievery by a kind priest and transported to the city of Hagenheim. There, he becomes the unlikeliest ... Another fun Melanie Dickerson novel
On 6/6 J Harder wrote: Joseph is held captive by his traumatic past, from the loss he experienced in childhood to the deep emotional scars left by war, to the shocking scene he discovered upon coming home from war. Now in his sixties, he remains isolated from the world with no one but a faithful dog for company. But when he ... An emotional, incredible journey
On 5/6 J Harder wrote: Packed with almost 200 stories from Scripture, and featuring a special focus on the heroes of the Bible, "BibleForce" brings God's word to life in a truly unique manner. Starting with Genesis and continuing all the way to Revelation, the book highlights some of the most important and compelling events ... Fantastic!
On 4/15 J Harder wrote: Still fleeing an indictment for a murder she didn't commit, Casey Cox is running out of time to prove her innocence. Investigator Dylan Roberts is now firmly on her side and lending his own skills to revealing the truth. But when Dylan's own life becomes at risk from escalating danger, Casey and Dylan ... Unbelievably good!
On 3/1 J Harder wrote: Eight months after Toren Daniels vanished, everyone has assumed that he is dead. But then he wakes up in a strange hotel room with no memory of what he's been through the previous months. When he shows up at home, his wife and children are not only shocked, but also worried that he's not only seemingly ... A truly fascinating read
On 2/9 J Harder wrote: Ellie Carver's grandmother is being stolen away from her by the steady onslaught of Alzheimers. But when Ellie rushes to her side dreading her grandmother's imminent passing, she instead is met with cryptic references to a castle named Sleeping Beauty, along with a story of a chapel and a dashing young ... A SOLID TALE: "THE LOST CASTLE" BY KRISTY CAMBRON
On 1/29 J Harder wrote: Born into a Muslim family in the country of Iran, Annahita Parson believed she was going to become a strong, courageous Persian woman like her mom had been. But after her first marriage tragically ends in her become a widow, she becomes trapped in a horrifically abusive marriage that causes her to question ... A moving biography: "Stranger No More" by Annahita Parsan
On 11/16 J Harder wrote: From a young age, Lettie has felt like she doesn't measure up to those around her. Though she finds some success in her life by becoming a doctor, she is convinced that when it comes to matters of the heart, that romance is always going to pass her by. Marco is a survivor of the horrors of World War ... Will bring joy to your heart
On 10/25 J Harder wrote: Set in the heart of Tennessee at the Carnton Plantation during the civil war, "Christmas at Carnton" is just what you've been looking for in the lead up to the Christmas season. Aletta Prescott has recently become a widow, and is struggling to care for her six-year-old son but simply cannot find work. ... WILL PUT YOU IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: "CHRISTMAS AT CARNTON" BY TAMERA ALEXANDER
On 10/2 J Harder wrote: After a white police officer shoots a black teen who happens to be unarmed, the community of Campbellton, Georgia, is left in an uproar. A local movement arises demanding the police officer be held accountable for his actions, and the community is soon being torn apart. When African-American Adisa Johnson ... His best book yet
On 9/10 J Harder wrote: Gwen Marcey has finally landed the type of job she was hoping for with the Interagency Major Crimes Unit, one that will fully utilize her skills as a forensic artist. But when she tackles the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, she soon finds herself unearthing details that bear a disturbing similarity ... My favourite Gwen Marcey book yet! "Portrait of Vengeance" by Carrie Stuart Parks
On 8/10 J Harder wrote: Risking her father's displeasure, Southern Belle Alexandra Jamison refuses to marry the man her father wants her to and instead takes a teaching position at the Fisk University for freed former slaves. She soon finds herself shunned by her family and by Nashville society together, yet an unlikely ally ... Satisfying in every way
On 7/18 J Harder wrote: Celebrity newsmaker Erica Sparks continues to have a rising star working for GNN, including having been given the go-ahead to launch a brand new investigative news show. But her first story on the largest secessionist group in the United States soon finds Erica at the epicenter of a movement that quickly ... THRILLING! "THE SEPARATISTS" BY LIS WIEHL
On 7/14 J Harder wrote: Chock-full of amazing features, the "NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible" is an excellent addition to the Zonderkidz line of child-focused Bibles. In addition to containing the whole text of the New International Version of the Bible, one of the most child-friendly versions in my humble opinion, this version ... Perfect to grow your children's Biblical knowledge
On 6/11 J Harder wrote: June 10, 2017 A FUN READ FOR TWEENS: "HELLO STARS" (LENA IN THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES) BY ALENA PITTS & WYNTER PITTS 30649349 Fifth grader Lena Daniels never expected that she would be given the chance to star in a movie - and with her favourite Christian singer, Mallory Winston, none the less! But after ... A fun read for tweens
On 6/10 J Harder wrote: Re-imagining The Goose Girl from Brothers Grimm, Dickerson has served up a delightful medieval tale in "The Noble Servant". Magdalen of Mallin is set to marry the handsome, wealthy Duke of Wolfberg, a marriage that will not only prove advantageous for Magdalen but will save her people. But the unthinkable ... A DELIGHTFUL MEDIEVAL TALE! "THE NOBLE SERVANT" BY MELANIE DICKERSON
On 5/23 J Harder wrote: Attorney Hayden McCarthy is driven to obtain justice for her clients, no matter what it costs her. She seems to be on an unstoppable trajectory at her law firm when she is assigned a wrongful death case involving the US government and a juvenile detention facility. But as Hayden and potential new romantic ... SATISFYING SUSPENSE: "BEYOND JUSTICE" BY CARA PUTMAN
On 4/23 J Harder wrote: Set in the 1300s, "For Love and Honor" finds Lady Sabine having given up her dream of marriage due to a skin blemish she is hiding that, if discovered, would have her declared as a witch. But her matchmaking grandmother has other plans in store for her! Sir Bennet has returned home to protect his family, ... FOR LOVE & HONOR BY JODY HEDLUND
On 3/27 J Harder wrote: Fleeing for her life, Casey Cox is desperate to uncover the truth about the real culprit behind a murder she didn't commit. Dylan Roberts remains on her trail, tracking her down on behalf of a corrupt police force, but in reality he is sending secret emails confirming he knows the truth about her lack ... ANOTHER EXCELLENT BOOK FROM TERRI BLACKSTOCK: "IF I'M FOUND"
On 3/18 J Harder wrote: In the fourth book of the Glimmer Girls series, twins Mia and Maddie, along with their little sister, Lulu, set out with their family to travel to the Big Apple, New York City! Their famous singer mom, Gloria Glimmer, is set to perform at the Times Square in a benefit concert seeking to bring awareness ... A great conclusion to a great series: "Light Up New York" by Natalie Grant
On 2/8 J Harder wrote: Cameron Alexander. the in-house general counsel of multi-billion dollar company Presto Omnishops Corporation, is horrified when a garment factory in Bangladesh burns to the ground and a photo of a young woman who leapt from the burning building is splashed across the media worldwide. As a public outcry ... Enthralling: "A Harvest of Thorns" by Corban Addison
On 12/31 J Harder wrote: Inspired by the story of The Little Mermaid, "The Silent Songbird" follows the story of Evangeline, cousin to King Richard II via an illigitimate relationship.With neither fortune nor title, she is entirely reliant on the King to arrange a marriage on her behalf. But when he chooses to betroth her to ... Another satisyfing story for Dickerson's fans: "The Silent Songbird" by Melanie Dickerson
On 12/9 J Harder wrote: Born into squalor, Persomi grew up the middle child of share-croppers eking out their existence on the Fourie farm in a bushveld in South Africa. Her only escape from her reality comes from her reading and her sojourns into the mountains around her home. When Persomi is given the chance to go away to ... Will engage your heart
On 10/27 J Harder wrote: Tired of feeling stifled by his father, Cooper O'Connor grabs his father's life savings, turns his back on his childhood, and heads to Nashville to follow his dreams. But his dreams soon turn to dust when his pursuit of a career in music leads to him to lose everything. A chance encounter with rising ... Beautifully written! "Long Way Gone" by Charles Martin
On 10/8 J Harder wrote: Top-rated cable news host Erica Sparks has found great success working for GNN, but knows she needs to keep working harder than ever if her show is going to post higher ratings and her position is going to be further secured. With the next presidential election looming, Erica sets out to cover the candidates ... Suspenseful and timely: "The Candidate" by Lis Wiehl
On 9/24 J Harder wrote: Jake Palmer is at the top of his game, a sought-after corporate trainer with the ability to stir up within people a new understanding of who they are and what their potential is. But a horrific accident causes him to question everything he believes about himself and his own purpose in life. All hope ... Another thought-provoking read from Rubart: "The Long Journey to Jake Palmer"
On 9/3 J Harder wrote: Young attorney Parker House is not only an up-and-coming lawyer with a promising career ahead of him; he's also inherited a powerful gift from his grandfather, Frank - a gift of startling insight and premonitions as to what the future holds. But his legal career, and a new relationship, are placed in ... Fantastic! "The Witnesses" by Robert Whitlow
On 7/17 J Harder wrote: The latest Berenstain Bears' release is a wonderful compilation of books bound together in the "Caring and Sharing Treasury". Each of the five books in the series is part of the Berenstain Bears Living Lights collection, and the five books included in the collection are "Jobs Around Town", "Get Involved", ... The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury by Jan & Mike Berenstain
On 6/26 J Harder wrote: Bringing together six engaging stories into one excellent collection, "Heroes of the Bible Treasury" is a valuable addition to the "I Can Read" series of books. From the story of Queen Esther to Joseph, to Noah to Elijah, to Moses and Paul, there is something here for everyone. Each story is written ... An excellent collection of stories for your emerging reader: "Heroes Of The Bible Treasury"
On 5/21 J Harder wrote: Allie Marshall has been dreaming of the day when she would be able to walk out of prison, having been sent behind bars for a crime she didn't commit. But when she is finally released, she finds that her dreams are nothing like reality, as the people in her community still view her as a felon, and the ... Great suspense novel! "Sister Dear" by Laura McNeill
On 4/27 J Harder wrote: The second book in "THE NAVY JAG SERIES" follows Lieutenant Commander Caroline McCormick as she is assigned to the prestigious Code 13 Administrative Law Division. Not only is she excited for the opportunity to work at the Pentagon for a division that ensures she will rise quickly through the ranks, ... Code 13 by Don Brown
On 3/29 J Harder wrote: Bringing to life one of the most exciting stories from the Old Testament, "Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet" follows the story of Elijah as he confronts the prophets of Baal in a mighty showdown. The people of Israel have turned away from the one true God and, along with their king Ahab, have been following ... A great "I Can Read" book! "Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet"
On 3/21 J Harder wrote: Having achieved the seemingly impossible, an evil terrorist named Kurodar has built a link between his mind and a network of supercomputers. The result is a computerized world known as the MindWar Realm, and is the means by which Kurodar can threaten to wipe out entire nations. Teen Rick Dial has successfully ... A thrilling and satisfying conclusion: "Game Over" by Andrew Klavan
On 2/11 J Harder wrote: TV reporter Erica Sparks has left behind the mistakes of her past, and is determined to find her niche in the world of big-time broadcasting. When she lands a dream job with media corporation GNN, she sets out to be the best investigative journalist she can be. Her very first assignment results in her ... A nail-biting story: The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl
On 1/24 J Harder wrote: Each morning, Grey joins the other occupants of her town to line up for their ration of the potion the Chemists hand out, a potion the townspeople need to survive to avoid starvation. Grey is a rule follower who only has a vague understanding of why her father and grandfather don't require the same potion ... Curio by Evangeline Demark
On 12/2 J Harder wrote: En route to Auschwitz concentration camp with her family, six-year-old Gretl is spared from certain death when her grandmother helps her jump from the train, right before the Polish resistance accidentally blows up the train with a bomb meant for a German troop transport. One of the young men with the ... The most compelling book I've read this year
On 11/2 J Harder wrote: The "Faith Buiders Bible" is one of the latest Bibles published by Zondervan, containing the full-text of the New International Reader's Version (from Genesis to Revelation) in an eye-catching format. Along with the Biblical text are some simple additional features, such as a great overview of the books ... Your Lego-loving kids will want one! "Faith Builders Bible, NIrV"
On 10/12 J Harder wrote: You know that you've found the right Bible for your daughter when she just has to run around the church lobby showing every friendly face she sees her new Bible! The Faithgirlz Bible, containing the best-selling New International Version, is the latest Bible for girls from "kidz Bibles", and is chock-full ... My daughter totally recommends it! "Faithgirlz" Bible
On 10/7 J Harder wrote: With a stable full of noisy animals, some itchy hay, and a whole procession of visitors from angels to the three kings (wisemen), it seems impossible to get newborn Jesus to fall asleep! Mama and Papa, and even some helpful animals, are doing all they can to tend to Jesus and soothe his crying, but it's ... "Goodnight, Manger" by Laura Sassi and Jane Chapman
On 9/12 J Harder wrote: The resort town of Evergreen is hiding more secrets than anyone realizes, and 11-year-old Kate may be hiding the most secrets of all. Seeking to keep her world at peace, she helps cover up one sister's marijuana stash, another sister's thieving ways, even hides the negative comment cards guests have ... One of my favourite Healy books yet
On 9/1 J Harder wrote: I have been using my current study Bible for years, and so I was hesitant to give this updated version a try. But I am so glad I did! The newest "NIV Zondervan Study Bible" is packed full of amazing features. From colourful maps (over 90!) to hundreds of photos of landmarks and artifacts, to excellent ... Will enrich your devotional life! My review of the new "NIV Zondervan Study Bible"
On 8/11 J Harder wrote: "Submarines, Secrets & A Daring Rescue" sees the return of 15-year-old twins John and Ambrose, again in service to the United States of America. This second novel in the series takes place a year after the first novel, in April 1778. They have been given a new mission, to bring gunpowder to the patriots ... An exciting sequel! "Submarines, Secrets & A Daring Rescue" by Skead & Skead
On 8/2 J Harder wrote: Although everyone else seems to know the truth, Corbin Gage refuses to acknowledge that he has a problem with alcohol. His law practice, located in a small town in Georgia, is barely surviving, and his relationship with his son and daughter is tenuous at best. When a woman stumbles into his law office ... Another great novel from Robert Whitlow: "A House Divided"
On 7/9 J Harder wrote: Having put her career as a school counsellor on hold to embrace a new marriage, new step-son, and a new baby, Ava couldn't be happier. Her husband Mitchell is a good provider, her stepson Jack keeps her on her toes with his frequent misadventures carrying out his superhero ambitions, and her son Sam ... A powerful, gripping novel: "Center of Gravity" by Laura McNeil
On 6/26 J Harder wrote: The story of Noah and the Ark comes to life in the latest "I Can Read" Adventure Bible story, "Noah's Voyage". Taken from Genesis chapter 6 through chapter 8, "Noah's Voyage" follows Noah and his family as Noah hears from God that he is going to flood the earth and needs to build an ark to save Noah, ... A solid addition to the "I Can Read" Series: "Noah's Voyage" by David Miles
On 6/6 J Harder wrote: Evangeline Divine is back to the rescue in her second mystery book "The Case of the Sin City Sister". Sister Eve is continuing to question her calling in life, whether she should remain at the monastery where she's served for so many years, or whether she should permanently leave to join forces with ... A satisfying second offering
On 5/20 J Harder wrote: The third installment of Nancy Rue's "Mean Girl Makeover" series returns readers to the lives of the students of Gold Country Middle School, this time allowing readers to peer through the eyes of the bully herself, Kylie. After having been expelled for bullying a fellow student, Kylie finds herself dethroned ... Powerful fiction for tweens: "Sorry I'm Not Sorry" by Nancy Rue
On 5/16 J Harder wrote: Najib Makari and his father Hasan have both long dreamed of being able to leave Lebanon and embrace the freedom that America has to offer. Najib is the first to realize the dream, but when Hasan finally comes to America for the first time he immediately finds himself arrested, tortured, and detained ... A solid military thriller:"Detained" by Don Brown
On 4/8 J Harder wrote: Henry Hodges doesn't have any friends...so of course he's just plain lonely! With no friends to play with and a dislike for playing with toys, he is convinced the day will only hold boredom. But then his mom and dad remind him that he's special...and that they will help him look for a perfect friend, ... A fun children's book!
On 3/17 J Harder wrote: If you and your children are a fan of the Berenstain Bears, then you are in for a treat! The Berenstain Bears' Country Cookbook is chock full of fun recipes for your children to tackle, whether you are looking for main dishes, lunch ideas, breakfast foods, or a variety of different desserts. Soon, your ... Fun for the whole family
On 3/3 J Harder wrote: There is nothing better than a cookout with friends! But when the Bear family gets together with their friends, the Bruins, they meet the Bruins' cousin Tommy - and Sister Bear soon notices that Tommy plays differently than the rest of the group. When Sister Bear asks Mama Bear about Tommy, she learns ... Another great Berestain Bears book: "God Made You Special"
On 2/28 J Harder wrote: All the evidence in the case Mia Quinn is prosecuting points to the fact that a young Chinese prostitute named Dandan Yee was deliberately murdered, despite the claims by the accused that he was really defending himself when she was stabbed. But when a key witness goes missing and the imminent conviction ... Will satisfy the most ardent suspense fans: "Lethal Beauty" by Lis Wiehl
On 2/18 J Harder wrote: Action-packed from the first pages, "Patriots, Redcoats and Spies" is a fascinating read that will not only entertain readers who are 8 - 12 years old (or their parents!), but will bring to life a bit of history along the way. Who ever said history was boring? After reading this book, you'll realize ... Action packed youth fiction: "Patriots, Redcoats & Spies" by the Skeads
On 2/4 J Harder wrote: Featuring the wonderful illustrations and stories from "The Beginner's Bible", the "Come Celebrate Easter" Sticker & Activity Book is a wonderful resource for your little one this Easter season! The book follows the theme of Jesus being the Son of God and being cheered into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, ... Your children will love it...and you'll love the price!
On 1/25 J Harder wrote: Katherine Cramer is supposed to fly home to her husband and family, but her desire to have one more night with the man she's having an affair with leads her to give up her seat on their over-booked plane to world-famous photographer, Julian. When a tragic plane crash ensues, Katherine is left with guilt ... Christa Parrish's "Still Life" is a beautiful read!
On 1/16 J Harder wrote: Mike Berestain's latest installment in the "Berenstain Bears Living Lights" series finds Brother and Sister bear needing to learn just a wee lesson about the pitfalls of bragging and boasting! It seems they can't help but constantly compare how they are doing at school or in a sport's game and see who ... An important lesson for us all to learn! My review of The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag
On 1/6 J Harder wrote: Evangeline Divine isn't your ordinary nun. For one, she would rather connect with God while riding her motorcycle than while praying in a pew. And for two, there's her crime-solving instincts that she just can't seem to ignore! After two decades of serving in a New Mexico monastery, Eve is summoned home ... A Nun to the rescue? You betcha! "Sister Eve, Private Eye"
On 12/30 J Harder wrote: The "Tribelet" returns in fine form in the second book of Nancy Rue's "Mean Girl Makeover" series - all except for Ginger Hollingberry, who has newly arrived in sixth grade at Gold Country Middle School. Her loud mouth, greasy red hair, and hand-me-down clothes attracted all the wrong kind of attention, ... Dynamite middle school fiction: "You Can't Sit with Us" by Nancy Rue
On 12/19 J Harder wrote: Little Seed and Little Fox have a lot in common, feeling afraid of all sorts of things...storms and long, black shadows, or leaving their cozy nest and facing a changing world. They soon become the best of friends and do everything together until one day Little Seed is planted in the dark, messy dirt. ... Simply wonderful!
On 12/15 J Harder wrote: The Promise was a truly thought-provoking book, and I found myself pausing numerous times to reflect on the fact that it's based on a true story. Did she really do this? Is it possible? Numerous times I found myself thinking on how I would handle it if my daughter or love of my life did something like ... The Promise by Beth Wiseman
On 12/13 J Harder wrote: Anyone could catch the newest headlines and quickly conclude that the church in many nations is in the "midst of a powerful storm", surrounded by a culture that wants nothing to do with Biblical Christianity. Although Cymbala primarily writes of the threat to the church in America, the same threat exists ... A vital book for our times: "Storm" by Jim Cymbala (with Jennifer Schuchmann)
On 11/26 J Harder wrote: "motherless" is a wonderfully unique story, richly told from a first-person perspective of a character that will keep you guessing! In fact, rarely do I find myself in the middle of a book and suddenly find out that the assumptions I'd made out about the characters were completely wrong! I love those ... A wonderfully mysterious story: "motherless" by Erin Healy
On 11/5 J Harder wrote: This Bible Dictionary is truly a wealth of knowledge that I am so thankful to have at my fingertips. There have been countless times that I have read something in the Bible, and then walked away without a clear understanding of the context and the culture that the Bible is referring to. Now, I can quickly ... Gain a richer understanding of the Word with "Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary"
On 10/20 J Harder wrote: I truly had a difficult time putting this book down once I'd cracked open the pages, because Higley's writing is so intense and powerful that she brought history to vivid life before my very eyes. I absolutely loved the characters that star the pages of this story, finding them to be intriguing and so ... You will be riveted!
On 10/9 J Harder wrote: Did you know that sea horses pair up for life? Or that snakes do not have eyelids? Or how about the fact that sea turtles CRY to get rid of excess sea salt? All of these amazing facts about the creations God has made can be found in "Weird & Wonderful Creations", a bind-up of four books from the "Made ... Snakes don't have eyelids? Learn other such fun facts with "Weird & Wonderful Creations"
On 9/23 J Harder wrote: Aimed at children ages 2-5, the "Adventure Bible for Toddlers" offers up ten different Bible stories from both the Old and the New Testament. Beginning with the Creation story, the Bible then moves through the stories of Noah's Ark, Moses, David and Goliath, Daniel, and Jonah, before then concluding ... Start your children on the journey to truth early! My review of the "Adventure Bible for Toddlers"
On 9/7 J Harder wrote: Conrad is ready to learn to become a cowboy! When he arrives on his Uncle Clint's ranch, he is prepared for anything that comes his way, especially with his trusty "Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit" in hand. Except he's not prepared for dealing with the know-it-all-cowgirl who lives next door, Imogene ... Will have your kids laughing and learning at the same time! "Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door"
On 8/13 J Harder wrote: The latest three-book collection from the popular Berenstain Bears Living Lights™ series features the cubs at their finest! Written in level one of the "I Can Read" standards, the book includes the titles "Faith Gets Us Through", "Have No Fear, God Is Near", and also "Piggy Bank Blessings". In Faith ... Giggles will abound with "God Shows the Way" (Berenstain Bears)
On 8/13 J Harder wrote: Holt Douglas loves nothing more than using his job as a prosecutor to bring criminals to justice, especially when many of his cases are based on a confession the criminal has made. His interesting job and his relationship with the beautiful Angelina have caused him to almost forget the dark secrets lurking ... Absolutely compelling!
On 7/16 J Harder wrote: After an accident caused him to lose his athletic prowess, his status as highschool quarterback, and his general meaning in life, Rick Dial has drowned out the pain with a new obsession with playing video games. But his world is again rocked off of its axis when Rick is suddenly taken to a secret location ... Don't forget to breathe!
On 6/25 J Harder wrote: Written in an easy-to-read and accessible manner, the NIrV "Adventure Bible" is just what you've been looking for when it comes to the developing readers in your family! The Bible is based on the popular New International Version, but has been adapted into easier language (i.e. shorter sentences and ... So fun your children will be begging to take a turn reading! The NIrV "Adventure Bible" for Early Readers (3D Motion)
On 5/29 J Harder wrote: Seattle prosecutor Mia Quinn returns in fine form in "A Deadly Business". Juggling work and family life as a single parent is demanding, but things get near the breaking point when she gets a disturbing case where she must decide whether 3 teen boys should be tried as adults. At the same time learns ... Will leave your pulse racing! "A Deadly Business" by Wiehl & Henry
On 5/26 J Harder wrote: Near the end of Wold Ward II, Gisela Cramer flees from the advancing Soviet Army, along with her two nieces and other refugees she picks up along the way. In the midst of winter, they head to Berlin, fighting for their lives each step of the way as they battle cold and ice below and bullets and bombs ... A historically fascinating read
On 5/23 J Harder wrote: Just in time for the 55th Anniversary of the creation of the Berlin Wall, 3 of Robert Elmer's novels have been bundled together and republished as "Life Behind The Wall". The compilation includes Candy Bombers, Hidden Bunker, and Smuggler's Treasure, and all three feature teenagers who are living in ... "Life Behind the Wall" by Robert Elmer
On 5/21 J Harder wrote: Nancy Rue and Rebecca St. James return for another joint effort with "Sarah's Choice", a novel that follows the emotional journey of a woman who is caught in a situation where every option seems to be an impossible choice. Sarah has turned her back on God after the loss of her father, yet at the same ... Masterfully told: "Sarah's Choice" by Nancy Rue & Rebecca St. James
On 5/7 J Harder wrote: Minutes after opening "Curious Creatures", my children were reading all sorts of facts out loud to me. Did you know a Koala's baby is called a joey? Or that anteaters can eat up to 30,000 ants in one day? Combining four books into one (Rainforest Friends; Jungle Beasts; Polar Pals; and Curious Creatures ... Will entertain your kids for hours! my review of "Curious Creatures"
On 5/2 J Harder wrote: "Spirit Bridge" is an amazing tale, an epic conclusion to a series that has truly challenged me spiritually and left me longing for the intimate relationship the Warriors experience with each other and the Holy Spirit. The story is action-packed with scenes of good and evil abounding... A thrilling conclusion to a thought-provoking series
On 4/11 J Harder wrote: One of my favourite parables of all time is retold in Greene's latest children's book, the parable of The Lost Sheep from Luke 15. Written in a catchy rhyme, the story faithfully follows Jesus' account of a shepherd who has 100 sheep and loses one of them. The shepherd immediately sets out to find the ... A heart-warming tale: My review of "One Lost Sheep" by Rhonda Greene
On 3/7 J Harder wrote: One ordinary day while helping her sister move, Juliet witnesses a man gunned down in a dark parking lot. That man is Bob, her husband of 15 years, and though at first she believes it is a random shooting, she quickly discovers that the attack was no random event but a planned attack on her husband. ... High-octane suspense
On 2/27 J Harder wrote: Dan Brown's third installment of the "Pacific Rim" Series is a riveting read, full of explosive scenes and nail-biting tension. He presents a "what-if" scenario that seems entirely too plausible of a case for plunging the nations of the world into war. I really enjoyed the characters in this book, from ... Another winner! My review of "Storming the Black Ice" by Don Brown
On 2/19 J Harder wrote: Author Karen Kingsbury and Illustrator Valeria Docampo team up again with their latest collaboration, "Whatever You Grow Up to Be". The story captures the journey from boyhood to manhood and all of the memorable moments in between. From playing in the mud to pretending to be a fireman, to heading off ... Sure to become a favourite!
On 2/5 J Harder wrote: Picking up a few weeks after where "Captives" left off, the second book of the "Safe Lands" series continues the story of the villagers of Glenrock who were captured and taken to the Safe Lands. The three brothers Mason, Levi, and Omar, continue their fight for freedom, with Omar seeking to redeem himself ... Action-packed and full of truth: My review of "Outcasts" by Jill Williamson
On 1/23 J Harder wrote: The year 2088 finds a world divided between those who live in the walled opulence of The Safe Lands, and those who survive on the outside of its borders. Those living in the Safe Lands have been infected with a blood-borne virus that makes them unable to produce children, leading them to capture those ... Great Dystopian Christian fiction! My review of "Captives" by Jill Williamson
On 1/11 J Harder wrote: Soon into Serena's rewarding career as a biology teacher, the unthinkable happens: a student accuses her of a heinous act. After being confronted with the accusations, Serena flees to the nearby hills to spend time in nature, trying to find reprieve before the media storm hits. But things take a darker ... Fast-paced thriller with a haunting message: My review of "Stranger Things" by Erin Healy
On 11/30 J Harder wrote: What starts as a seemingly normal morning for high-school student Tom quickly spirals into the stuff of nightmares. His house and the streets of his town lie empty, gripped by a deep, unnatural silence. A fog has moved in to shroud the streets, and as it draws closer to his home Tom realizes that ... Brilliantly written: My review of "Nightmare City" by Andrew Klavan
On 11/17 J Harder wrote: At the base of Mount Vesuvius lies the coastal town of Pompeii, a city churning with political unrest and filled with a people who embrace all that Rome has to offer. Cato has recently moved to Pompeii after giving up on ever changing the corrupt political landscape of Rome. Along with his mother ... Gripping historical fiction: My review of "City on Fire" by Tracy L. Higley
On 11/13 J Harder wrote: Dr. Carrie Markham and Adam Davidson are celebrating a date night at the movies when shots fired by a vehicle driving by shatter the night air. Soon, Carrie's world seems out-of-control, as she learns that the shooting may not be random and that her fiancé of one week is not the man she believed him ... "Heart Failure" by Richard L. Mabry, M.D
On 8/28 J Harder wrote: Countless men and women have shared their stories about the impact that succumbing to temptation has had on their lives, the way that secret sins have ensnared them, the damage that has been done to their souls, their families. In answer to the struggles we all have comes "Open", a book written for everyone ... Get Accountable! My review of "Open" by Craig Gross & Adam Palmer
On 8/1 J Harder wrote: Amy Clarke has long protected a precious secret, that since she was a young child, she has visited a place in her dreams where she interacts with God's spirit, a holy place she calls the "Living Room". Her dreams have birthed within her the inspirational romance novels that she has written, and she treasures ... GIVEAWAY & my review of Robert Whitlow's soul-stirring "The Living Room"
On 6/6 J Harder wrote: I don't think many people would argue the fact that we live in a culture saturated with sexual temptations, where porn is easily available with the click of a button, kids are exposed to graphic images earlier and earlier, and the church is filled with men riddled with guilt about their secret sins. ... A book every man needs in this sexually charged culture: My review of "Clean" by Douglas Weiss
On 4/26 J Harder wrote: Nestled in a sheltered cove lies a complex of unique floating apartments, providing housing for a group of eclectic residents that include single mom Danielle Clement and her son Simeon. The partially completed project is the brainchild of architect Vance Nolan, a man seeking to move beyond the tragedies ... Deeply compelling: My review of "Afloat" by Erin Healy
On 4/5 J Harder wrote: "The thing is," I say, glancing toward the shed's window, "my husband had a psychotic break this morning. He's holed up in the shed right now, saying he won't come out for a month, not until God talks to him or something..." Beth has been looking forward to an upcoming sabbatical her husband, Rick, ... Humorous and insightful at the same time: My review of Lisa Samson's "The Sky Beneath My Feet"
On 3/15 J Harder wrote: "The powers of the evil one are gathering like storm clouds on the horizon..." After Daria's attempt to rescue a young girl from a group of sorcerers goes awry, she is forced to flee for her life with a wealthy merchant named Lucas. Widowed and without a family to support her, Daria finds herself with ... Fantastic giveaway & My review of "So Shines the Night" by Tracy L. Higley
On 12/19 J Harder wrote: Book 2 of the “Son of Angels” series sees the return of Angel “quarterlings” Jonah and Eliza Stone. A year after they first discovered that their mother is a nephilim, the offspring of a human and fallen angel, both Jonah and Eliza find themselves under attack on their first day of school. They ... Plenty of action and supernatural wonder! My review of "Fire Prophet" by Jerel Law
On 11/13 J Harder wrote: The best-selling author of the Every Woman's Battle Series returns with her latest book, The Fantasy Fallacy. Within the pages of the book, Shannon Ethridge explores the deep psychological roots behind our fantasies, noting that they are the brain's way of trying to heal from unresolved tragedies and ... Gain control over unhealthy sexual fantasies: My review of "The Fantasy Fallacy" by Shannon Ethridge
On 10/31 J Harder wrote: Originally published as Shadow of Colossus, Tracy L. Higley's fabulous book set in 227 BC returns with a new cover and name of "Isle of Shadows". Tessa of Delos lives on the Island of Rhodes, and has served for ten years as a hetaira, a high-priced Greek courtesan, to a wealthy man involved in politics. ... Giveaway & review of "Isle of Shadows" by Tracy L. Higley
On 10/13 J Harder wrote: On her way to college, Susanna Hanby stops to visit her sister Rachel and her 6 nieces and nephews, discovering that they have all disappeared. When she learns that the children have been placed in orphanages, Susanna is heart-broken at the thought of her family being forever separated. In a quest to ... Interesting historical details & delightful characters: My review of "Lovelier than Daylight" by Rosslyn Elliot
On 10/2 J Harder wrote: The East Salem series begun with "Waking Hours" continues in the second installment, "Darkness Rising". Forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris and private investigator Tommy Gunderson continue in their race to uncover the truth of what's happening behind the walls of St. Adrian's Academy. As they delve ever ... Fantastic giveaway & my review of newly released "Darkness Rising" by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson
On 8/29 J Harder wrote: Amanda Vance remains gripped in grief, as she and her husband Chris seek to heal from the loss of their daughter, who was still-born. Amanda and Chris have immersed themselves in work, both longing for a return of hope and passion to their lives and marriage. Just as Amanda is beginning to take steps ... Giveaway & Review for the highly moving "Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Story" by Davis Bunn
On 7/30 J Harder wrote: Sandy Lincoln seems to have the perfect life. She's a great student, is a popular cheerleader, has a boyfriend she cares deeply about, and enjoys the love of a stable family. But then the unthinkable happens - she gets pregnant. Suddenly, her dreams seem to be falling apart, and she is forced to choose ... Enter my giveaway for Robert Whitlow's latest book "The Choice" and check out my review too! @whitlowwriter
On 4/30 J Harder wrote: Fear has stalked Logan Langley for years, ever since his sister went to get The Mark when she turned 13 and never came back. The Mark is placed on everyone's wrist on their 13th birthday, celebrated as the pathway to freedom as it lets you buy things, get a job, live your life. But no one believes Logan ... Giveaway & review: Win a free copy of Swipe by Evan Angler
On 4/12 J Harder wrote: Lily Robbins is just an ordinary girl, trying to figure out who she is in a confusing world where she's teased and bullied and, as a result, doesn't have much confidence in herself. However, all that changes when a modelling agency visits her school, and to Lily's utter shock, she is chosen to participate ... A book your daughters will devour AND be inspired by
On 4/7 J Harder wrote: An exciting new series entitled Son of Angels, Jonah Stone, launches with an excellent debut book from Jerel Law entitled "Spirit Fighter". Jonah Stone is convinced that he's a loser, that he's not good at anything. A desperate cry to God leads Jonah to discover a secret that has been hidden from Jonah ... I wish they wrote fiction like this when I was a teen!
On 4/2 J Harder wrote: For 7 years, Babylonian princess Tiamat has been longing for her father, King Nebuchadnezzar, to be released from the madness that has gripped him. Animal-like, roaming around on all fours, King Nebuchadnessar has been entombed in the famous Babylonian gardens, hidden in secrecy so that the populace ... A highly recommended read: My review of Garden of Madness
On 3/18 J Harder wrote: The Triple Threat women return in an emotional and supenseful roller-coaster in Eyes of Justice. Cassidy is a television reporter who thrives on attention, and on finding and reporting the truth to help bring about justice, no matter the cost. Nicole is an FBI agent who has faithfully given the FBI ... A stunning suspense: My review of Eyes of Justice by Lis Wiehl & April Henry
On 3/7 J Harder wrote: For 3500 years, 40 people forever-cursed for their transgression have been wandering the earth. Their sin? Worshipping the golden calf at the foot of Mt. Sinai, too impatient to wait for Moses during his encounter with the one true God. Forever banished from their people, they formed the 13th tribe, ... A book that pulses with supernatural suspense
On 3/4 J Harder wrote: Three Hearts captures the story of Cissie Graham Lynch, granddaughter of evangelist Billy Graham, who becomes involved with the Children's Heart project during an internship with Samaritan's purse. The focus of the project is to coordinate medical procedures for children who would not otherwise have ... Walk away utterly changed: My Movie Review of Three Hearts Starring Cissie Graham Lynch
On 1/25 J Harder wrote: Kate Winter dreams of escaping from the confines of her family home and her controlling mother, alcoholic father, and self-centered sister. However, her plans to be the first woman to graduate from Otterbein College in Ohio in 1855 seem destined for failure when she cannot summon the courage to give ... Written with a skilled pen: My review of Sweeter than Birdsong
On 12/29 J Harder wrote: I Am Second is more than just a book - it's a movement. It is "the honest, raw, and often painful journey of broken people who have decided that life is not about them". Authors Doug Bender and Dave Sterrett have taken the stories of both famous people and everyday folk and allowed us to peek into their ... Encounter stories of humility and grace: My review "I am Second"
On 12/19 J Harder wrote: Jade and Max Benson return in fine form for this satisfying conclusion to the Songbird Series. Book three, Love Lifted Me, continues to follow the Bensons after their marriage has been tested by secrets of past affairs and the introduction of Max's previously unknown son, Asa, into Jade's life (see ... A satisfying conclusion to the Songbird Series: My review of "Love Lifted Me"
On 11/2 J Harder wrote: A 365-day devotional that focuses on the spoken words of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, A Year With Jesus seeks to draw the reader into a deeper relationship with God. Each entry contains a scripture passage taken from numerous translations from the Bible, along with explanations from the author to ... Hang out with Jesus for a year: My review of a devotional written by R.P. Nettelhorst
On 10/16 J Harder wrote: Three different cups marked give, save, and spend start a little boy on an adventure to learning the value of money, of saving, and of giving away to others. Three Cups follows a boy and his family on a simple journey to learning profound truths that not only teach financial management but the joy found ... Teach your children to save: My review of Three Cups by Tony Townsley and Mark St. Germain
On 10/16 J Harder wrote: At the age of 4, Colton had an amazing experience – he visited Heaven. His story has been chronicled in the book Heaven is for Real, and a children’s version of that book has now been created, filled with beautiful illustrations. In the pages of this book, Colton shares about his journey to heaven ... A comforting and beautiful book: My review of Heaven is for Real for kids by Todd & Sonja Burpo
On 10/11 J Harder wrote: Softly and Tenderly is the second book in the Songbird series, and continues the story of Jade, as written by country-singer/writer Evans and Christian fiction author Hauck. I did not have the pleasure of reading the first book in the series, but found that it did not impact my ability to enjoy this ... Book Review: Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck
On 10/3 J Harder wrote: Through her work with the District Attorney's office, forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris is thrown into a case involving a female youth who is brutally murdered. Dani's former childhood acquaintance, former pro-football star Tommy Gunderson, offers his help as an upstart private investigator. Soon the ... Book Review: Waking Hours by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson
On 10/2 J Harder wrote: Little Hermie, a baby caterpillar who grows up to headline numerous other children's books from Max Lucado in the Hermie & Friends series, now is featured in a new line of Little Hermie books. In Thank You, God, for loving me, Little Hermie kneels to pray and thank God for the many ways in which God ... Book Review: Thank You, God, For Loving Me by Max Lucado
On 9/27 J Harder wrote: Little Hermie, a baby catepillar who grows up to headline numerous other children's books from Max Lucado in the Hermie & Friends series, now is featured in a new line of Little Hermie books. In Thank You, God, for blessing me, Little Hermie goes through his day thanking God for all the many blessings ... Book Review: Thank You, God, For Blessing Me
On 9/18 J Harder wrote: Audrey, a pastor’s wife trying to faithfully live out her beliefs, has been called by God to be a comforter to those who are suffering. A routine visit to a woman dying of cancer results in an experience and choices made that have consequences far beyond her understanding. When her husband and son's ... Fantastic read with a superb conclusion - Healy's best yet!
On 9/13 J Harder wrote: Hermie and Wormie, two characters who appear in numerous books from Max Lucado, star in this newly updated tale from Thomas Nelson. Both Hermie and Wormie are struggling with feeling common and wishing that God had made them more special - ... Book Review: Hermie, a Common Catepillar by Max Lucado
On 9/6 J Harder wrote: Gabby, a guardian angel in training, stars in this first children's book in a new series from author Sheila Walsh. When Gabby is given a new assignment to watch over little Sophie, she realizes watching over this gal will be harder than ... Book Review: Gabby, God's Little Angel by Sheila Walsh
On 8/24 J Harder wrote: The Bone House continues the tale begun in The Skin Map, as Kit Livingstone furthers the quest given him by his great-grandfather, to restore a map that charts the ability to travel the multiverse using ley lines. His ... Book Review: The Bone House by Stephen Lawhead
On 7/26 J Harder wrote: In this sequel to Life Support, Baxter Richardson's future continues to hang in the balance following a fall off of a cliff that left him at death's door. His wife, Rena, keeps changing her story regarding exactly how his fall occurred, and ... Book Review: Life Everlasting by Robert Whitlow
On 7/18 J Harder wrote: While hiking in the mountains, Baxter Richardson falls off a cliff, and his life is soon hanging by a thread with medical life support the only thing keeping him alive. A battle soon ensues between his wife and his father about whether he should be taken off the life support, and each has their own motivation ... Life Support by Robert Whitlow
On 7/17 J Harder wrote: During summer vacation when Wren was a child, an unexpected tragedy forever alters her relationship with her family. Years later, Wren's grandmother Ruth determines to bring the family together in the hope that the past can be overcome. In the process, ... Book Review: Sweet Sanctuary by Sheila Walsh & Cindy Martinusen Coloma
On 7/14 J Harder wrote: Beneath the charming facade of small-town Bethel lies corruption, betrayal, and murder. Tom returns to Bethel after having lost all that he thought was important to him. Expecting to simply shut down his father's legal practice before moving back ... Book Review: Water's Edge by Robert Whitlow