Reviews by Martha Artyomenko
On 5/13 Martha Artyomenko wrote: It is not often someone can take a topic that causes pain to so many people, and without any kind of graphic description, bring you through the healing process of seeking prosecution for the perpetrator and tell a good story. I loved how they used a trained comfort dog in the book as well, and displayed ... Great job tackling PSTD!
On 10/24 Martha Artyomenko wrote: While this story breaks a lot of the rules of what a successful book must have, it truly is an incredible story based on truth, to give us insight into the experiences of people inside the camps. It is successful in its own right because of that! I found it especially heart-wrenching as you see so clearly ... Heartbreaking history...
On 9/21 Martha Artyomenko wrote: At first, I had to check again a couple of times, “Am I reading the right book? Is this really by Rachel Hauck?” Yes, it is a little different than some of her others. It has a feel of “The Wedding Chapel” though. The two time slip storylines become so melded that you do sort of forget that ... Loved it...
On 6/12 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I was not sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I had heard good things about it and was looking forward to it. It went in so many different directions than I thought it would. I throughly enjoyed this story. This book would be classified as women’s fiction without a focus on romance, while ... Lovely book!
On 6/12 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This modern tale of a marriage of convenience between two friends was just bordering on cheesy, with a touch of reality. I found myself drawn into the story very quickly, with very little effort and enjoyed it. I didn’t find it completely realistic, although there were parts that were amazingly so. I ... Cute story!
On 4/26 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I never quite know what to expect when I pick up a book by James L. Rubart. This one really had me stopping, setting the book down and thinking before I could pick it up again. There is never a book that touches everyone. For me, this genre is not my normal genre. I love women’s fiction and historical. ... Deep Thinking Required...
On 4/26 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I really enjoyed this book. I think take the story of two sisters, set apart by time, illness and work load and really put them together and it just makes for good story. The writing is superb, and really pulls you into the story, making you journey with the two sisters, each told from their point of ... Wonderful Story....
On 2/25 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Wow. Just, I mean, wow. It is not often that I have read a book that is set in three different time periods and been able to follow it so well. This book is masterfully written and woven to connect the time periods, the characters and to be so engaged. I loved it. I found myself wanting more as I read, ... Split POV done right...
On 1/19 Martha Artyomenko wrote: It is uncommon that you read a fiction book that you feel the helpless feeling of being entrapped in the web of abuse, the legal system and all from a novel. This one hits the mark. You experience the story, but also feel the hope of what Emilie was working towards for her clients. Ms. Putman’s research ... Amazing writing...
On 1/2 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This author’s books are different that most things you will read on the American market, I would say. The language style is very different to begin with, but it is intriguing and pulls you into the story immediately. I opened this book and didn’t want to put it down. I ended up staying up late reading, ... The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert
On 1/2 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This is one of those non-fiction books that you pick up and feel like you were pulled up to the kitchen table with the author. Bri has a honest approach to life as she engages you in story, encouragement and a lovely way of giving practical ways to create your own hospitality and ministry to others. ... Come and Eat by Bri McKoy
On 10/9 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I was encouraged as I picked up this book, at how simply it was laid out for the dreamer seeking to launch a business. As a newer business owner, I really appreciated that. I did not do all the steps as of yet, but as I read, I realized how encouraged I was to be on the right path! Each chapter has ... Great starter book for business owners or dreamers...
On 10/9 Martha Artyomenko wrote: As I read the description above, (since I didn’t write it), I found myself wondering at how much it leaves out. This has to be one of my favorite books by this author. I have not been so deeply moved by a novel in quite some time. While this description makes it sound romance centric, it really is ... Loved it!
On 7/22 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This fast paced suspense novel uses relevant political unrest that anyone can relate to in this day and age, especially living where I do. Erica tends to be a bit of a mess, learning lessons at the end of each book, that she seems to forget at the beginning of the next one. I keep saying, “When is ... The Separatist's
On 7/2 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This simply written book gives plenty of great ideas on connecting with family and making new friends with your neighbors. For me, as someone that deathly afraid of getting too close to anyone who lives in the near vicinity, it had some very scary ideas, but it is good to stretch my mind. I liked the ... Fun book...
On 6/30 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This is a unique book of letters from a mentor to another, full of life issues that might face a young woman of today’s society. I think that it would speak to many young women of today, but I found myself lost amid the pages a few times and realized my age. It would be a lovely gift for a graduating ... Twenty Two...
On 6/5 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I feel like it is more rare that I really can't put books down, but this was one of them. I kept falling back into the story. I loved her grandmother's story. It really was something I could relate to, especially her marriage situation. This is not a typical "Christian fiction" story. There is a very ... Lovely beach read with a bit of depth...
On 5/6 Martha Artyomenko wrote: If I had to list one book that touched me more than any other book this year, it would be this one hands down. In this book, Ms. Fleece does not pull any punches. She does not tell you that life is going to go well and God has you in the palm of His hand, which means things will be easy. Instead, she ... No More Faking Fine
On 2/7 Martha Artyomenko wrote: There are times when a book hits you just right and there are times when it doesn’t. I have enjoyed Robert Whitlow’s books previously and thought this one sounded intriguing. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete this title and so my review is sadly lacking. I just kept setting it aside for other ... The Witnesses
On 1/2 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I was unsure of what to expect from this novel when I began the story. So, for those of you that are unsure of what this story is about, I will share a little. This is the story of the raw and real side of some missionary living. There are good times and bad times, but through it all, it is the stark ... Of Stillness and Storm...
On 12/13 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Robin Lee Hatcher writes light, easy on the heart and mind, romantic novels. She has been a long time steady voice among Christian fiction that I have enjoyed. The meat is few and far between, but it is still there, throughout the story. In this tale, forgiveness is the theme that sneaks between the ... Keeper of The Stars
On 4/11 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Lis Wiehl is a great suspense writer. Her writing holds your attention, yet is not creepy, but just on the edge enough to give you the willies. I enjoyed this book, and didn’t want to put it down. I am still a bit uncertain that so many bad things would happen to one person, but it was a book. There ... Newsmakers
On 1/5 Martha Artyomenko wrote: As I read through this lovely little book over the past while, I was impressed at how each story, it brought it back to prayer. Each person depicted in this book may not have been the world's greatest person. Some of them may have truly done other things that we do not extoll, but their prayers, we can ... Prayers that changed History
On 1/5 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I was in my teens when I first read Betty Mahmoody's story and it stuck with me. When I viewed the movie, I was struck by how they had downplayed the abuse for the movie. When I read Mahtob's story, I was once again struck by it. What brave women! These two women, experienced horror. They survived. ... My Name is Mahtob
On 12/18 Martha Artyomenko wrote: While I was not the intended audience for this book, I found this read a fun learning experience. I will be adding this book to my school year on the Revolutionary war topic. This exciting adventure story about a set of twins also explores the early history of submarines as far back as the Revolutionary ... Exciting book to add to curriculum..
On 10/12 Martha Artyomenko wrote: As most of Erin’s books are, this one has a flavor of the supernatural, without really having it in it. Homeless children, gangs, and a crazy bunch of people running a hotel didn’t seem to have much in common until near the end. Kate was cute. She was unique and I loved her perspective on things. ... Hiding Places
On 10/3 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Tim Hawkins has been a family favorite here for quite some time. If you are having a bad day, there is nothing like a Tim Hawkins video or clip to cheer you up. Now there is a book! This was one that my family enjoyed hearing pieces of around the dinner table for a good laugh. Spiced with Hawkins unique ... Diary of a Jackwagon
On 9/25 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I have been a faithful wholesale customer of Thomas Nelson for many, many years. We are not a huge store, but enjoy purchasing christian books and bibles from a publisher we can trust. I recently was very dismayed to read Center of Gravity. It is printed and published as a Christian fiction novel. While ... Center of Gravity
On 8/22 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This book has a beautiful cover and an alternative writing style that will appeal to many teens that do not read a ton. The chopped clipped sentences were unusual for me. I enjoy a more in depth literature with well thought out vocabulary normally, but also love young adult reads on harder topics. This ... Never Said
On 7/28 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Nancy Rue has a new series of books written about bullying. The unique part of this is you experience in the first part of the series it from the bullied and how to deal with it. Then you see the side of the bully in this book. When the bully becomes the bullied, can anyone believe she can change? This ... Sorry I'm Not Sorry
On 7/3 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This is my second book to read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I really connected with Stella, the main character of the book. Betrayed, broken and feeling worthless, she is pushed into a job she doesn’t want with someone she doesn’t like. Yet, she gracefully pushes herself to ... Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant
On 5/22 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I am generally not a fan of novellas, but made an exception for this author. I was pleasantly surprised most of the way through this book. Even though the story developed very quickly, more so than is realistic, it dealt with core issues. Briefly, the topic of suicide, single motherhood, loss, and other ... All Dressed up in Love
On 5/17 Martha Artyomenko wrote: A marriage of convenience story. Who isn’t a sucker for those? Most of us would hate to be in that position in real life, yet we love to see a well done story with this story line. This was one of the well done ones. I loved how in keeping with the historical time period, a marriage of convenience ... To Win Her Favor by Tamara Alexander
On 4/24 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I was somewhat disappointed in that this book was not a full length novel, but a shorter length novel. The style of writing is reflective of a different style of writing from a different writing time. I enjoyed the quickness of the story, but so many bad things happened in very rapid succession in this ... A Heart's Danger by Colleen Coble
On 4/16 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Jody Hedlund has been known for historical adult romance. Her debut into young adult fiction has many positives going for it. Lady Rosemarie is determined to put an end to the Medieval tortures so common during this time period. This fact causes the story to be sprinkled with the brutal facts throughout, ... An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund
On 4/6 Martha Artyomenko wrote: When a debut author blows you away with their first book, there is always the fear that the second one will not touch you the same way. The second book in the series, The Sparrow of Terezin did not disappoint this reader. I savored each word, wishing it would last. The music of the story sang to me as ... Loved it!
On 3/23 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I had previously read Liz Tolsma’s WW2 books, and have been looking forward to reading this one as well. I believe I looked forward to it more after having the privilege of meeting her this last fall. This is an unusual story, much like her other stories, it does not follow the traditional WW2 storyline. ... Remember the Lilies
On 3/1 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I had no idea what to expect from this book when I picked it up. The author creates a tale of two families from two worlds. They live in the same town, yet only cross paths when their children become irreversibly entwined. I enjoyed this book as the characters were real. They were not cookie cutter, ... The Dandelion Field
On 3/1 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Holly Cramer is determined to turn her life around after having a child. Her past is not making it easy on her. The book opens with a mugging, which will have your heart racing. The desire to figure out who actually committed the murder in this murder mystery, will keep you reading. This book sort of ... Twisted Innocence
On 2/7 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Erin Healy’s books are unique. One of the things that makes them unique for me is that often they require extra brain power to understand the path the story is taking. Her words catch you, entrap you in a snare that pulls you in despite the irritation of having to work to sometimes follow the storyline. ... Motherless by Erin Healy
On 1/21 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I love fun chick lit books sometimes and this book fills that need. I will say that you will have the urge to go and bake cupcakes after you read this. That is even in the case when you dislike cake! The descriptions of the cupcakes are as rich as their real life counterparts. I enjoy watching cooking ... All's fair in Love and cupcakes...
On 12/28 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I have a tradition that I have been able to keep the last few years, of reading a Melanie Dickerson book on Christmas Day. It is such a nice finish to the day. I look forward to my tradition every year, just as much as raviolis and good company. This year was no exception! Melanie writes easy to read, ... Christmas Read
On 11/6 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This book was one I selected for review from BookLookBloggers and it is published by Blink, which is YA publisher from Harper Collins. This book has the feel of a secular book. There is absolutely nothing that would make this a Christian book, other than brief hints of talking about forgiveness. While ... Hit by Lorie Ann Grover
On 10/29 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This is not an author I have read much of, and she gave the book a unique flavor. The book was the second in a series, which makes some sense now, but I wished it was marked more clearly when I read it to begin with. All that aside, it was slightly confusing in the beginning, but although this is not ... Magnolia Market by Judy Christie
On 10/19 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This familiar story line caught my attention from the first chapter. The writing style is very smooth and drew me into the story and away from my responsibilities for awhile. I could feel the pain suffered by his wife, his cry of his heart when he realized his errors of his ways, and what length he was ... Forever Christmas by Robert Tate
On 10/2 Martha Artyomenko wrote: The regency period is one of my favorite times to read about. This book left me with shadows of reading one of my recent favorites from the time period, Blackmoore and maybe a much less depressing Jane Eyre. I loved the unique names in the book, and the mystery of the violin that is woven throughout ... Prelude for A Lord by Camille Elliot
On 10/2 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Once in awhile, you just see the cover of a book and you know you have to read it even if the author is unfamiliar to you. This book was one of those books. I pre-ordered this one in print as well as receiving an eBook for review before I had even read it, simply based on the description and the cover. ... The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
On 8/2 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This book was written for the reader to walk to the painful decision making process that a young woman might go through in facing an unplanned pregnancy. Sarah had everything to lose in getting pregnant. The authors do a unique job of intwining a sort of Christmas Carol like event with three visions, ... Sarah's Choice by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue
On 8/1 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This book was written for the reader to walk to the painful decision making process that a young woman might go through in facing an unplanned pregnancy. Sarah had everything to lose in getting pregnant. The authors do a unique job of intwining a sort of Christmas Carol like event with three visions, ... Sarah's Choice by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue
On 7/12 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Medical suspense that is well written is sometimes hard to find, but Richard Mabry knocks it out of the park with this book. Shannon witnesses her first boyfriend being shot and the PTSD that follows her is revived when another man is shot on her lawn. There were a few story lines to follow in this ... Critical Condition by Richard Mabry
On 7/9 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Have you been looking for some good, clean stories to help make history come alive for your middle school students? Do they struggle though with longer books? This book is broken into three parts, which gives you shorter assignments for reading. It can bring to life the way life was for children behind ... Life Behind the Wall by Robert Elmer
On 6/19 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Robin Lee Hatcher has been writing books for awhile, and some of her earlier books are ones that stay in memory as touching my heart and mind. This book was more of a lighter read, which is not to say that it didn’t touch on some harder topics. The bride, left at the altar, the feelings of betrayal ... The Heart's Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher
On 6/8 Martha Artyomenko wrote: The musical poetry of this book causes you to see the bluffs, cliffs, to smell the sea air and feel the danger lurking around every corner. I find this amazing, as the author of this book is blind. She has a way of weaving word pictures, I believe, in an expert manner, because of her blindness. We can ... A Lady's Honor by Laurie Eakes
On 5/13 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This short story that follows the Butterfly Palace mystery is determined to have a mystery of it’s own. A Mail order bride is not enough for this book, it needs to have attackers, torn apart houses and intrigue to draw these two strangers to one another. My own complaint was that I did not realize ... BlueBonnet Bride
On 5/13 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This tale is wrought with the pain and hardship that is tangible through the pages of the book. The author reaches out to you and makes you taste the fear that Gisela and others faced as they run for their lives and the lives of others around them. I was thrilled to learn at the end, that it was based ... Daisies Are Forever
On 5/1 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This book is written from the point of view of a young lady that is part of the spirit world. It mixes the spirit and the real world in a fashion that completely boggled my mind. I will be the first to admit that I am not a fan of fantasy, but this carried it beyond that for me. While I found it difficult ... The Garden Gate by Christa Kinde
On 5/1 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Lisa Samson has a unique style of writing. You sort of feel like you were transported into another place, this life between artists, creative people and the ones with weird relatives. I enjoyed reading about Sara, but the mystery of her aunt was difficult to figure out. I struggled through trying to ... The Runaway Saint by Lisa Samson
On 1/16 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Wow. I have read several books on the topic of human trafficking and many of them cover different facets of it, and Erin Healy covers a different facet of human trafficking than I could think of. She brings it close to home, personal and attacks the thoughts in your mind, so you see it. These girls become ... Stranger Things by Erin Healy
On 1/2 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Carolina Gold is placed in the south, after the war has ended. A single woman, alone, and in need of making more money than she can on her news articles, is forced to tutor her neighbors children. She is at risk for losing her house and everything to the same man, which makes her fight the odd attraction ... Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love
On 11/25 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Are you a fan of old literature? You will likely relate to Samantha. All her life she has used books as a way to deflect her real life, which was not very picture perfect. Without realizing it, she put up walls that she didn’t even know were there, and through this book, which is written in a series ... Dear Mr Knightly
On 10/1 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Sophiny finds herself entangled in a net of mystery and intrigue when a missionary visits that is not a missionary, her disappearing best friend and all that goes along with it. This book will keep you enthralled, in following her friend’s story, finding clues as to where she went. I found Sophiny ... A Pretty Age by Barbara Mueller
On 7/11 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Madison and Beckett both have secrets. Secret fears, guilt and nightmares that stem from similar events. This book is a tangle of guilt, fear and unforgiveness. As the tale weaves through, you see relief from many of it's entanglements. Some of the issues are never quite resolved. It is difficult to ... Barefoot Summer
On 6/2 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Along with the rest of the world, I have loved Princess Diana, and now Prince William and Katherine. This book sort of feeds into that storyline, making a royal more human, in spite of his station. He is a man among men, honorable, loyal and kind, who wouldn't like him? This story talks much about the ... Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck
On 4/28 Martha Artyomenko wrote: I have enjoyed Lis Wiehl’s other books, but this one kept me entrapped in the world of Mia and Charlie and I could not stop thinking about it. It has been a bit since a book has so enthralled me! A recent widow, Mia has her own struggles she is dealing with. She is attempting to raise two children, ... A Matter of Trust
On 4/7 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Owen and Brooke have different lifestyles, but similar goals. They never want to remarry. It is for different reasons though they each have these goals. Owen’s bitterness against his wife, drives him to work on a big remodeling project. Brooke…working at the local hardware store, ends up finding ... The House that Love built
On 3/31 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This Regency era romance made me so thankful for the time we live in. This story really speaks of the desperation that women were often under in this time period, especially those with a family fortune. The pressure to marry someone simply to be married, the control of male relatives and lack of a need ... The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah Ladd
On 3/26 Martha Artyomenko wrote: The Christian Mama's Guide to having a baby By Erin MacPherson Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko Book Description Everything you need to know about pregnancy—from weight gain to stretch marks to figuring out how to rely on Christ through the ups and downs of the next nine months. This comprehensive guide ... The Christian Mama's guide to having a baby by Erin MacPherson
On 3/22 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This book begins with a horrifying scene of a dance hall girl trying to find her crippled brother in a burning building. The scene pulls you in and while you are wondering how the author will make you fall in love with such a brash character, you find you are intrigued. You meet many familiar faces ... Waiting for Morning
On 2/23 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This is the third and final book in this series. I didn’t have access to the second book in the series, but I am going to be looking for it! Sophie is all grown up from the child she was in the first book, and she is going back to her roots. She faced a lot of prejudice in the town before, so she knew ... Every Perfect Gift
On 2/3 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Right Where I belong By Krista McGee Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko Book Description Natalia’s about to discover her place in the world . . . and it’s not following in her father’s footsteps. After watching her father jump from one marriage to the next, Natalia has completely written off love. And when her father divorces ... Right where I belong by Krista McGee
On 1/21 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Book Description: Susanna is a lady of principles who values family above all. Johann seems to represent all she despises . . . but appearances can be deceiving. In 1875, Susanna Hanby is headed off to college in Westerville, Ohio, when she discovers her sister Rachel and Rachel’s children have disappeared. Susanna suspects that Rachel’s ... Lovelier than Daylight by Rossilyn Elliott
On 9/2 Martha Artyomenko wrote: In the world of teen movie stars, regular people becoming famous as they try out on American Idol, this story sort of captures that whole scene. Chad has been home schooled, is a great down to earth boy whom respects his parents and when they set some boundaries for the show directors, I loved that he ... Starring Me by Krista McGee
On 8/13 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Sophia Makinoff is smart, beautiful and able to hold her own as a teacher in a women’s college in 1876. Her life is planned out, but when the man she expects to marry, proposes to her sloppy roommate, she tastefully finds another opportunity to move on with life. When she finds herself, in a remote ... Through Rushing Waters
On 8/5 Martha Artyomenko wrote: This is a fictional tale of the biblical story of Rahab, and while many liberties were taken with the story, it is a good rendering of what the story of Rahab might have been like. Kidnapped from her family, Rahab is a feisty young girl, with a determination to survive and escape. By what seems like ... The Scarlet Cord
On 8/4 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Daphne Sweeten has given up much for love. She left her dream job to marry the man she loves! But when her dreams for happiness and marriage seemed to crumble into dust when she is abandoned at the altar, she feels like everything in life is all wrong! Then something even worse happens…. her nose, ... The Scent of Rain
On 8/3 Martha Artyomenko wrote: A Path Towards love By Cara Lynn James Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko Katherine Osburne, young, widowed, and under immense stress, has been working hard to continue her father in law’s dream of having a successful citrus orchard. When her father and one of his employee’s show up for a visit to catch up, she knows ... A Path Toward Love by Cara Lynn James
On 9/30 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Gen. George Patton. We have all heard stories of him, if we listened to our grandparents. This book gives an inside look to the way he grew up, and from a christian perspective. This man was a complex blend of battle- tested strengths and nearly fatal personal flaws. So, this book, talks about his ... A well written biography...
On 7/19 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Resurrection in May Written by Lisa Samson Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko When kindly old Claudius Borne picks up May on the side of the road after a drunken party night, care for her and treats her like the daughter he never had, it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship and something more. May travels the world and ... Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson
On 7/6 Martha Artyomenko wrote: Plain Pursuit By Beth Wiseman Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko Carley Marck leaves her “fancy” lifestyle for some time in Amish country, visiting her friend Lillian, who has married into the Amish and now has a family. She wonders if she can find some of the peace that her friend has found, but there are so many things she ... Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman
On 1/12 Martha Artyomenko wrote: The Lightkeeper's Daughter By Colleen Coble Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko <p> A horrible storm and a distraught father, searching for his wife and baby. His agony in not being able to find them alive, reaches into your soul. Fast forward several years and you find a young woman raised as the lightkeepers ... The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble
On 11/25 Martha Artyomenko wrote: An Amish Christmas December in Lancaster County Printed Case Hardcover By Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Barbara Cameron Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko <p> December in Paradise. A time of hope, redemption, and new life. <p> A Miracle for Miriam by Kathleen Fuller. Seth is no longer the ... An Amish Christmas- Thomas Nelson book review