Reviews by Prairie Sky Book Reviews
On 2/4 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Kristy Cambron’s second installment in her “Lost Castle” series is even better than the first! Captivating and compelling, “Castle on the Rise” tells three unique but connected stories of three generations of women (from 1797, 1916, and present day), all woven into one unforgettable masterpiece ... Another Masterpiece by Kristy Cambron
On 2/2 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: I always enjoy reading a new author’s debut novel, especially one that catches my attention with a unique premise or interesting setting. It is like discovering a hidden treasure of story-telling talent! A new release from Thomas Nelson is the gripping debut novel of Abigail Wilson, and is entitled ... A Compelling Debut Novel by Abigail Wilson
On 1/14 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: With her new release from Thomas Nelson publishers, Tamera Alexander once again reminds her readers precisely why she is a bestselling author - her stories are masterfully written with powerful themes and unforgettable characters, often revolving around true historical events. “With This Pledge” ... An Incredible Story of God’s Redeeming Love in Our Darkest Moments
On 12/15 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: John Eldredge is one of my go-to authors for spiritual development books. I was absolutely thrilled to see a year-long devotional as his newest book: “Restoration Year”. First, I must say that this book is beautiful. The textured hardcover, cover design, glossy paper, and ribbon marker make ... A Powerful, 365-Day Devotional from John Eldredge
On 12/14 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Critics are claiming that Kelly Irvin’s new release from Thomas Nelson is romantic suspense at it’s best. “Tell Her No Lies” is definitely a well-written and hair-raising ride from start to finish, packed with twists and turns that readers will never see coming. If you enjoy novels that leave ... Gripping New Romantic Suspense from a New-to-Me Author
On 12/1 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: “The Infographic Bible: Visualizing the Drama of God’s Word” by Karen Sawrey is a marvelous new book from Zondervan. Unique and very impressive, the aim of “The Infographic Bible” is to help people understand the Bible through visual learning. This book is filled with what seems to be every ... A Fascinating Visual Aid for Bible Study
On 11/9 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: “Defiant Joy” - it really does feel like we must act in defiance to the world if we are to experience joy in this life. The mainstream society is governed by worry, fear, guilt, shame, and so many other things that stand in the way of this “joy” that is supposed to be the birthright of the ... A Challenge to Find Joy
On 10/8 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: We just celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving, and snow is in the forecast... You know what that means - Christmas is right around the corner! It’s time to pull out some old favorite Christmas stories, and hopefully add a few new ones to our collections. In fact, I just finished reading the most ... A New Christmas Tradition!
On 10/8 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: I had high hopes for a new book written by Patti Callahan and published by Thomas Nelson. “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” promised to be a “masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times” - the one between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. What I actually discovered, however, was ... Disappointing Novel About C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman’s Relationship
On 9/14 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: “The Solace of Water” by Elizabeth Byler Younts is the type of story that stays with you long after reaching the final page. Published by Thomas Nelson, this book is an intricate tapestry that spans a vast range of emotions, from soul-numbing grief to the hope which only the redemption of Christ ... A Haunting Yet Beauiful Story of Unlikely Friendship
On 8/1 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: I just finished reading a book that, upon completion, I promptly added to my personal list of most influential non-fiction books. “Boundaries for Your Soul: How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies” was published by Thomas Nelson and written by Alison Cook, PhD, ... Powerful, Helpful, and Engaging Book about Emotional Boundaries
On 7/16 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: I’ve never before read a novel by Carrie Stuart Parks, but with the unique synopsis of her newest release I was excited to give it a try. “Formula of Deception” is a complicated, hair-raising, and fascinatingly detailed suspense novel from Thomas Nelson Publishers that had me reading long into ... A Thrill Ride of a Story
On 7/2 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Best-selling author Rachel Hauck never ceases to amaze me with the fascinating plots of her stories - where does she come up with her unique ideas?! “The Love Letter” is her newest release from Thomas Nelson, and is a dual-storyline novel that weaves together the lives of four people... Two are ... A Beautiful Dual-Time Story of Redemption
On 6/12 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: “What label are you wearing?” While it may seem simple or even a bit strange, this question can bring up so many potentially life-changing ideas if we understand the context behind it. “Tailor Made: Discover the Secret to Who God Created You to Be” was written by Alex Seeley and published by ... A Guide for Overcoming Labels with Truth
On 5/25 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Have you ever read a book by an author who possesses the incredible ability to tell a story that crawls into your imagination and comes to life with the vivid clarity of a movie? Does that author also have the ability to plumb the depths of the heart and soul, bringing to light some of the questions ... A Poignant and Unforgettable Novel… It Will Take Your Breath Away
On 4/29 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Gorgeous. Stunning. Inspiring. Picture-perfect. These adjectives, and so many more, accurately describe a beautiful new party-planning cookbook entitled “So Much to Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through”. Written by Katie Jacobs of the food and lifestyle blog “Styling ... Joyful and Inspiring Ideas for Your Own Celebrations
On 4/14 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: While “The Weaver’s Daughter” is just the latest of several books by Sarah Ladd, it was a first for me, as I have never before read this author. “The Weaver’s Daughter” tells the story of a hardworking assembly of weavers as they fight for their livelihood during a time when machine-power ... A Well-Done Novel with Interesting Historical Details – Guest Review by Hayley
On 4/14 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Lysa TerKeurst’s beautiful new devotional from Thomas Nelson Publishers will take your breath away. This precious book is entitled “Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close”, and is exquisite not only in design, but also in content. Lysa’s words are heartfelt and compassionate ... This Devotional is a Beautiful Treasure-Trove of Inspiration
On 3/24 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: One of my favorite devotionals is the classic "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young. I was excited to see a newly released coloring book from Thomas Nelson, entitled “Jesus Calling: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering”, as a companion to this wonderful book. What a lovely way to make my favorite ... A Lovely Companion to a Devotional Classic
On 3/16 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: “She always wanted a different heart. But she never expected the adventure that would come with it.” After reading this tagline, who could resist learning more about the story it describes? “The Heart Between Us” was written by new-to-me author Lindsay Harrel and published by Thomas Nelson ... A Heartfelt and Reflective Adventure
On 2/12 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: As a child, did you enjoy getting lost in the pages of a fairytale bedtime story? Did your favorite stories usually include beautiful princesses and enchanted castles? What if you could once again, as an adult, become engrossed in a story that holds princesses and lost castles, yet also powerful themes ... Kristy Cambron's Best Work Yet!
On 2/12 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Do you love exploring new editions of the Bible, sometimes in different versions and usually with different distinguishing features? I know I do! The newest Bible that I’ve had the pleasure of using is “The Woman’s NIV Study Bible: Receiving God’s Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation”. ... A New Favorite Bible!
On 1/14 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: I just finished a most remarkable journey. This was a journey of love, ambition, grief, forgiveness, truth revealed, mistakes made and lessons learned. It was powerful, unforgettable, haunting, and in many ways it was mesmerizing. And the funny thing is, this journey all happened during the innings ... A Mesmerizing and Unforgettable Story
On 12/26 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: From “New York Times” Bestselling author, producer, inspirational speaker, and actress Candace Cameron Bure comes a beautiful new book that will undoubtedly earn a treasured position on the shelves of women of all ages. “Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style & Attitude” was published ... A Lovely New Book by Candace Cameron Bure
On 11/21 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: To be honest, I didn’t feel like starting a Christmas book quite yet - it seemed too early. But after reading only the first few chapters of a story that will definitely become an annual tradition, I was enchanted. Tamera Alexander’s newest release from Thomas Nelson, “Christmas at Carnton”, ... A Sweet and Memorable Christmas Novella
On 10/30 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: “Beyond the Castle” surprised me in many ways. To start, I didn’t have high expectations of the book. I thought it would be a cute, fluffy, but essentially useless book of platitudes, and “happy thoughts” that don’t really work on the bad days. To sum up how the real content of the ... A Touch of Disney Magic
On 9/9 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: When the name Tamera Alexander is on a Christian Historical novel, it is usually one to pay attention to! “To Wager Her Heart” was published by Zondervan in the summer of 2017, and is the third and final installment in the Belle Meade Plantation saga. While I have not read the second book in the ... Lacking Tamera's Signature Magic
On 8/11 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: The last book I read by Rachel Hauck was “A Royal Christmas Wedding”. It easily became my favourite book by this author, and just as easily one of my favourite novellas to read during the Christmas season. Thus, when I read the charming description of “The Writing Desk”, well, there was no ... Difficult to Enjoy
On 6/30 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Have you ever read a book that sort of blew you away, and you needed to take a few days to figure out what you really thought about it? That was definitely the case for me with a new release published by Thomas Nelson, and written by Rachel Linden. “Ascension of Larks” is a beautiful story written ... One of the Most Unusual Books I've Read in a While. . .
On 6/3 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Sometimes I enjoy reading peculiar-sounding books, because quite often they end up being charming, whimsical, and completely lovable. So with little hesitation, I decided to try a completely new-to-me author named Celeste Fletcher McHale, whose book is entitled "The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories". ... It Had Potential. . .
On 5/27 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Melanie Dickerson is the bestselling author of numerous novels, usually fairy tales set in long- ago times. Although I've never read her previous works, I've often wanted to and finally decided to give her newest novel from Thomas Nelson Publishers a try. "The Noble Servant" was released in 2017, and ... Enjoyable Fairy Tale Retelling for Young Adults
On 5/2 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Have you ever wondered how you, and someone close to you, can view the concepts of money and finances (spending, saving, sharing, etc.) in such vastly different ways? If so, you are not alone! In fact, to shed brilliant light on this eye-opening concept, pastor and author Tommy Brown has written a ... How Did God Wire Us to Handle Money?
On 4/22 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: “The Woman’s Study Bible, NKJV: Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation” is an absolutely beautiful treasure. It’s cloth-bound cover is stunning, and the full-color design throughout is gorgeous. Of course, more important is the content of the notes and articles spread throughout ... A Beautiful Treasure
On 4/15 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: “Hayden is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious DC law firm. . . If the case she’s just been handed doesn’t destroy her first.” When I picked up my first Legal Thriller I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but with a tagline like that, how could I refuse to give it a try, ... My First Experience with a Legal Thriller
On 4/4 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: “Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation: Find True Peace in Jesus” is an attractive, compact little book with a big title that makes a big promise. Written by Robert J. Morgan and published by Thomas Nelson in the spring of 2017, this book encourages (and guides) readers to find “the peace ... A Powerful Little Book
On 3/24 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Wow... just, wow! This was basically my first impression after reaching the end of Kristy Cambron’s newest novel from Thomas Nelson Publishers, entitled “The Illusionist’s Apprentice”. As the second stand-alone story of Ms. Cambron’s “Jazz Age Entertainers” series, this book takes readers ... What a Story! Don't Miss "The Illusionist's Apprentice"!
On 2/11 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: As the Easter season approaches each year, I enjoy being on the lookout for new stories that highlight the theme of Jesus’ last days on earth. This year I found a story that is told from perhaps the most unique perspective I’ve come across so far - through the eyes of a small, innocent dog! “The ... A Unique Story Just in Time for Easter
On 1/21 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: “The Jesus Bible: Sixty-six Books. One Story. All About One Name.” The title of this new NIV Bible grabbed my attention right away, and when I saw the descriptions of the study features included inside I knew it would be a special volume. Featured in this Bible are essays by Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, ... The Title Says it All
On 12/16 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Are you searching for a high-quality, durable, and reader-friendly Bible that is suitable for everyday use? So was I, until I found a lovely new version from Thomas Nelson, entitled “NKJV Journal the Word Large Print Bible: Reflect, Journal, or Create Art Next to Your Favorite Verses”. From the ... NKJV Journal the Word Bible – A Lovely Edition
On 12/6 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Fans of “The Royal Wedding Series” rejoice! We now have “A Royal Christmas Wedding” to not only help us celebrate Christmas, but to melt our hearts, make us laugh, and maybe even wipe away a happy tear or two. If you loved previous books in the “Royal Wedding Series”, if you enjoy Christian ... A Heartwarming, Memorable Christmas Gift – Guest Review by Hayley
On 11/12 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Have you been looking for a Study Bible that will actually look interesting to a tween-aged child - particularly a boy? If so, then look no further than the “Kids Study Bible: Airship Genesis Legendary Bible Adventure”! The back cover says it best: “‘The Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible’ ... A Wonderful Bible for Kids
On 10/30 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Lyrical. Honest. Inquiring. Beautiful. I could continue, but these four words give you at least a partial picture of the depth and power held in the pages of a new book by Charles Martin, entitled “Long Way Gone”. Published by Thomas Nelson in 2016, this is the first novel by Charles Martin that ... You Will Be Changed
On 10/14 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: After taking just one look at the “Beautiful Word Coloring Bible”, it had already surpassed my expectations. If I were going to describe it in just a couple of words, I think that most accurate would be “absolutely charming”. The illustrations for coloring are lovely - not too intricate, ... Simply Charming and a Beautiful Gift!
On 10/1 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Rejection. We’ve all experienced the ache of this word in our lives to varying degrees. How do we overcome the deep, almost physical pain that rejection forces into the deepest parts of our souls? Well, Lysa TerKeurst has a tonic for our hearts that feels like a warm hug and a chat with a friend ... A Healing Balm for the Heart
On 9/11 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: I was thrilled to be able to review the “Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible”. After having my interest piqued several months ago to learn more of the historical and cultural context surrounding Biblical events, I was eager to learn more, and the “Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible” provided me with ... Understand Scripture in a Whole New Way!
On 7/26 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: I just finished reading a book by the well-established but new-to-me author, Shelley Shepard Gray, and honestly, I’m not sure what to think of it… As the first book in the new “Lone Star Hero’s Love Story” collection, “The Loyal Heart” was published by Zondervan in the summer of 2016. Although ... An Interesting Story, But...
On 6/12 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Three adjectives to describe this book would be promising, confusing, and misleading. “The Pug List: A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything, and How They All Found Their Way Home” is a non-fiction book written by Alison Hodgson and published by Zondervan in the spring of 2016. When ... Misleading and Annoying
On 5/3 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Imagine moving from downtown New York City, to a middle-of-no-where Texas longhorn ranch. Sound pretty extreme? Well, that is precisely what Jules O’Connor and her mother do between the pages of Juliette Turner’s brand new novel, That’s Not Hay in My Hair. Suited for the tween-age reader, That’s ... A Fun Choice for Country Girls at Heart - a guest review by Hayley
On 3/27 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: “If life doesn’t look like you thought it might... If you’re walking through a season of uncertainty, of waiting, of idling in ‘the meantime’, this book if for you.” Mandy Hale, “New York Times” bestselling author, shares these words on the back cover of her sweet new volume entitled ... Beautiful Uncertainty by Mandy Hale, "The Single Woman"
On 2/4 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Have you ever read one of Jesus’ parables and wondered, “What did He mean to convey with this story? What was His purpose in choosing the specific time, place, and audience for that particular parable? And how does this story connect to other, similar examples?” If these thoughts have ever crossed ... Parables - Fascinating Context to the Stories of Jesus
On 11/14 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Music history buffs rejoice! Andrew Gant has gifted you with a true gem when it comes to the origination of many timeless Christmas masterpieces. The Carols of Christmas, published by Thomas Nelson in 2015, is a wealth of information, right down to the very last detail, on numerous of our favourite Christmas ... The Carols of Christmas - A Guest Review by Hayley
On 9/8 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Special announcement: Tim Hawkins has written his first, book entitled “Diary of a Jackwagon”! Okay… First things first! Have you ever heard of, watched, or listened to a well-known comedian by the name of Tim Hawkins? If not, please continue reading. If you have, go ahead and skip the next paragraph ... If Laughter is the Best Medicine... "Diary of a Jackwagon" by Tim Hawkins
On 8/16 Prairie Sky Book Reviews wrote: Are you a twenty-something who has life all planned out? Do you hold a detailed road map outlining each of your future goals, a summary of what your life is supposed to mean written in stone, and the keys to the career of your dreams? Well, if you do, you will definitely not relate to Paul Angone’s ... A Tough Book to Review