Author: First Book Publish:2005 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:9.2 Characters: A River Too Deep (People Of The Book Book 1) First published: November 3rd 2005Rating: 9.16 stars GoodReads:A River Too Deep Review: Love the Native American history and the chemistry of the main characters. The character development and names are a pleasure. I felt the scriptural references were VERY clunky and unrealistic in the beginning. The beginning was slow, but once the story was in full swing I enjoyed it immensely. I liked Light Birds Song (the second novel) much better even. Light Bird’s Song (People Of The Book Book 2) First published: August 31st 2007Rating: 9.36 stars GoodReads:Light Bird’s Song Review: Light Bird enjoyed life among her people. She was adored by both her family and clan, the only wrinkle being a warrior from a neighboring tribe who showed an interest she didn’t return. But his action set into motion a series of events that would rip Light Bird away from the peace, love and security that she had grown up with and plunge her into a world of uncertainty and despair with a man she didn’t know and could only fear.
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Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.6 Characters: Dylan St. John, Rory Windsor The Last Rose Pearl (Low Country Love Stories #1) (Low Country Love Stories Book 1) First published: September 6th 2014Rating: 8.56 stars GoodReads:The Last Rose Pearl (Low Country Love Stories #1) Review: This was a fun read. The characters, including the secondary characters, were very likable, and the interaction between them engaging. Yes, it was Christian fiction, but for those of you who are worried about “being hit over the head” with it, don’t be. It’s not that deep, and even if you don’t share the author’s faith, I think you’ll still enjoy it. On the other hand, for those of you looking for Christian fiction who are concerned with how much talk of desire there is in here, I didn’t share t
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.2 Characters: Truth Stained Lies (Moonlighters Book 1) First published: March 11th 2013Rating: 8.18 stars GoodReads:Truth Stained Lies Review: This is a well-written mystery about brothers and sisters who come together to find out who killed their sister-in-law. They need to clear their brother’s name and reunite him with a 5-year-old son he has lost in a custody battle. The stakes are high and the resolution is satisfying. It’s a great mystery in its own right, but I especially like it because it deals with forgiveness and serving others. It has a strong Christian message without being preachy.
Author: First Book Publish:2012 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.6 Characters: Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Volume 2 (Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Book 1) First published: March 27th 2012Rating: 8.64 stars GoodReads:Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Volume 2 Review: Skeptics. You got to love’em. You try and proclaim the kingdom of God to them, and what do they do? They begin pitching details and trivia, doing all they can to discredit the Bible and our faith in God. You present the reality of a Heavenly Creator and our hope of living eternally with him, and they counter with, “The Bible is full of contradictions. Did the rooster crow once our twice when Peter denied Jesus? “
Author: First Book Publish:2016 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.6 Characters: Finders Keepers (Carrington Family) (Carrington Family Book 1) First published: May 22nd 2016Rating: 8.56 stars GoodReads:Finders Keepers (Carrington Family) Review: Finders Keepers is a Contemporary Christian romance with a historical romance woven within. Both complement each other and the contemporary is linked to the historical. I love the way the author describes feelings and scenes to bring the reader right into the story. The characters are completely developed and the story does not drag in the slightest, in fact, I’d wished while I was reading it that I had more time at each sitting to devote to enjoying it.
Author: First Book Publish:2015 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.3 Characters: Andrea and the 5-Day Challenge (Aubrey Christian Academy) (Aubrey Christian Academy Book 1) First published: March 5th 2015Rating: 8.28 stars GoodReads:Andrea and the 5-Day Challenge (Aubrey Christian Academy) Review: I was asked to read and review this book, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. When I read the synopsis on it, it didn’t really seem like something I would read, but in the end, it was much better than I thought it was going to be.
Author: First Book Publish:2012 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.6 Characters: Rescue the Captors (Rescue The Captors Book 1) First published: November 30th 2012Rating: 7.64 stars GoodReads:Rescue the Captors Review: Not the best written book, but what a story! Imagine being in a life-or-death situation and deciding to live according to your Christian beliefs instead of cowering in fear. That’s the premise of this charming book. The author admits to his mistakes and failures, yet attests to the power of starting over every day. More than a true adventure, this is a book about a man’s spiritual journey, once that strengthens him and impacts those around him. They have guns, but he has the Word. Definitely wor
Author: First Book Publish:2017 Books in series: 3 Avg. Book Rating:8.2 Characters: Meet Fifty Shades Continued – Fifty Shades Freed (Meet Fifty Shades Continued Book 1) First published: May 14th 2017Rating: 8.28 stars GoodReads:Meet Fifty Shades Continued – Fifty Shades Freed Review: While there are instances when the narrative becomes fast-paced and exciting, those are few and far in between. Christian sometimes overthinks things – which is fine, really. But there has to be a better way to narrate those moments. Meet Fifty Shades Continued – Fifty Shades of Grey (Meet Fifty Shades Continued Book 2) First published: May 14th 2017Rating: 8.04 stars GoodReads:Meet Fifty Shades Continued – Fifty Shades of Grey Review: I’ve read all three twice before and loved them. My kindle crashed and I was looking for the blog when I found this looking forward to relieving my Mr Grey through his mind. It’s so well written. Meet Fifty Shades Continued – Fifty Shades Darker (Meet Fifty Shades Continued Book 3) First published: May 14th 2017Rating: 8.26 stars GoodReads:Meet Fifty Shades Continued – Fifty Shades Darker Review: If I’m being honest, this book might have deserved 3.5 stars. I rated three because the novelty is wearing off….
Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:8.6 Characters: The First Principle (Emancipation Warriors, #1) (Emancipation Warriors Book 1) First published: December 19th 2014Rating: 8.56 stars GoodReads:The First Principle (Emancipation Warriors, #1) Review: I received this book as a review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I requested the book for two reasons. The first being that futuristic dystopian literature is still such a hot area for young adult fiction. I like to explore authors’ different takes on the prevalent theme. However, the bigger draw for me was the author herself, Marissa Shrock. She is a middle school language arts teacher, as I was once, publishing her first novel. So my assumption was that she would hav The Liberation (Emancipation Warriors Book 2) (Emancipation Warriors Book 2) First published: February 20th 2016Rating: 9.04 stars GoodReads:The Liberation (Emancipation Warriors Book 2) Review: In this sequel to The First Principle, Marissa Shrock writes one of the best Christian speculative novels I’ve read in a long time.
Author: First Book Publish:2009 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:8.4 Characters: Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Cultural Liturgies Book 1) First published: July 31st 2009Rating: 8.44 stars GoodReads:Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation Review: Smith discusses at length our desires and how they fuel our worship of God and our path to spiritual growth. It felt like a punch in the gut but with a velvet love, calling the Christian reader to consider one’s affections and where they are truly oriented. Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works (Cultural Liturgies Book 2) First published: February 14th 2013Rating: 8.3 stars GoodReads:Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works Review: This is a great book on Christian practices as being formative of the Christian. It is the second of a three book series by James Smith. The first one was “Desiring the Kingdom”. This book perfectly builds onto the first one and gives a more in depth defense of the anthropology suggested in his first work. I believe that his first book was a bit more accessible to the average reader (like me) but nonetheless if you have read “Desiring the Kingdom” and found it thought-changing and practice-chang