Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Man in the Making


 A Man in the Making is Rick Johnson’s newest book.  Rick Johnson is a best-selling author and marriage and parenting conference speaker.  In this book Johnson looks at key character traits that are necessary for a boy’s development into manhood.  He gives a historical example of men throughout the past that have demonstrated these traits and gives parents tips and strategies to install these values into their sons.  He discusses how young boys develop emotionally, physically, and spiritually and how we can equip them to be strong leaders in their families, communities and world.  He discusses how we cannot let society dictate how we raise our children but must know our historical roots and biblical truths to develop godly men. 

My husband and I both read Becoming Your Spouse’s Better Half by Johnson and got a lot out of it to apply to our marriage.  I jumped at the chance to review his newest book because I just gave birth to our first boy and I will take all the help I can get!  Johnson does a ton of research and has a variety of resources that are up to date and relevant, in other words he knows his stuff! His writing style is easy to understand and I loved all the history throughout the book.  We need to raise our sons to be strong men who love the Lord and will make good fathers and husbands.  This book focuses on the importance of mentorship and teaching our boys through our example.  This is a great book for both mothers and fathers.  It is a quick read but has a lot of quality content and is one you will want to refer back to throughout different stages of parenting a son.  Highly Recommend!!!!

 

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Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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On Distant Shores


On Distant Shores is the second book in the Wings of the Nightingale series by Sarah Sundin.  Georgie Taylor is a flight nurse for the army during World War II.  She is extremely frightened of flight missions and longs for marrying her boyfriend of nine years, having lots of children and spending her days sewing and helping on the farm.  Georgie lives in constant fear of failing during an emergency and is being pressured by her family and fiancĂ© to come home.  Georgie meets Sergeant John Hutchinson, a pharmacist and is fighting for a commission in the army.  Georgie and Hutch’s paths continue to cross and they develop a deep friendship when everything around them is in turmoil.  Georgie feels that she is incapable of making decisions on her own and John is becoming increasingly bitter for the lack of respect he is shown.  Has God brought them together to overcome these obstacles or for something much more?
You can read this book as a standalone, like I did-no problem.  I love historical fiction and really appreciated how well Sundin knew the time era.  I knew nothing of the dangers of flight nursing or how pharmacists were treated during World War II and really enjoyed learning about them. This book demonstrates how easily we can let our difficult circumstances overshadow our faith and how that can have dire consequences for us and our loved ones.  World War II was such a difficult time for military personnel and their loved ones at home and this book shows how brave these men and women were to serve during war.  This book is very romantic, sweet, and funny and I am looking forward to the next one in the series! 
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Widow of Gettysburg


Widow of Gettysburg is the second book in the Heroines Behind the Lines series by Jocelyn Green.  Liberty Holloway is a young widow that has big dreams of turning her farm into an inn for travelers.  The Civil War quickly steals that dream as her farm is turned into a Confederate field hospital.  Liberty, the widow of a Union solider decides that even though the War has taken her husband and is destroying her farm that she must nurse these enemy soldiers the best she can.  She is aided by her hired help, Bella.  Bella has every reason to not help these men being a former slave, but Bella has a secret that is bigger than her hate and drives her to help and protect Liberty.  As these two women try to pick up the pieces that the War leaves behind, there is a stranger that is drawn to Liberty and wants to help and protect her without getting too close to the beautiful widow.  His past sins keep him from being worthy of her love and shame keeps his identity secret. 

This is a second book in a series, but can be read as a stand alone.  I am so impressed with this novel!  I could not put it down!  Green’s research and authentic storyline were an absolute joy to read.  There are so many twists and turns in the storyline and the characters were so intriguing, that it is one of the best novels I have read in a long time.  All the side stories of the various characters woven together made it very exciting.  I love a good love story and this one was beautiful to watch unfold. The villains were pure evil, but the novel showed that God’s goodness can overcome anything.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!  Looking forward to future titles from this author. 

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