Holy Roar

My Thoughts

“…the question isn’t what sort of worship makes you comfortable or will meet your need, but “What kind of worship does God call for?” (page 114) If I’m throwing a party for a friend, I want it to represent her. I don’t want it to represent me. I wouldn’t have all my favorite foods there. I would have her favorite foods. When I’m worshipping the Lord, it’s not about my preferences of what, why and how, but God’s! God instructs us in the Bible how he wants to be worshipped. This book highlights 7 of those specifics:

The Hands of Praise
The Fools of Praise
The Music of Praise
The Expectation of Praise
The Posture of Praise
The Songs of Praise
The Shout of Praise

What a simple book about how God wants us to worship. It’s not at all what we want or our preferences. We need to learn what God wants and do that. This book helps every reader, the new Christian, the teenager or preteen, the seasoned Christian and everyone in between, understand the words for praise used in the Bible and what they tell us about how God desires to be worshipped.
The simplicity of the book makes it powerful. It’s not super deeply theological. It’s easy to understand and super applicable. I learned so much reading this book. It’s a quick read too that packs a punch. I love the stories behind the songs that are included. It gives the songs so much more life to know where they came from. The scriptures are pointed and well chosen. The questions at the end of each chapter help the reader process the current state of their worship and help push them towards worshipping the way God calls us to. 

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A Bound Heart

A Bound Heart
By Laura Frantz

Do you ever see a book cover and think, “Oh I want to find out what’s inside that book!”? That’s how I felt about this book. The cover is intriguing. Look at the scenery, the building, the lovely curly red hair. Doesn’t it look lovely? The writing I found inside well matched the cover. It was poetic and beautiful. The imagery used was spot on. I could hear someone with a Scottish accent talking. The story itself was well composed. It had ups and downs, love and loss, happiness and dread, injustice and forgiveness, etc.

I did have a little bit of a hard time getting into the book at the beginning but once the action kicked in it was way more captivating. I also found that reading the book was difficult. I had a much easier time understanding everything when I listened to the book. Once I got the feeling of the language and the way the author writes it was much easier to understand. There was an impeccable amount of detail included, which for the most part was a great thing. There were some times where I found myself lost in the details and I wanted to rush ahead.

This was the first book by Laura Frantz that I had the honor of reading. I would love to read more from this author. I love the settings included and all the reader learns about each place from reading the book. It’s like I went on a trip.

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Indivisible

Indivisible by Robert Noland

Indivisible is a book of 50 devotionals for couples on various topics geared towards strengthening marriage. Each day starts with a verse, a devotional, a “Creating Connection” section, and ends with questions for couples to discuss together. I loved the Creating Connection section. It was something to do. Go on a date, ideas for creating connection in various ways, challenges, fun school day love ideas like writing your names all over the place with ‘n’ between, etc. They are so helpful to apply what you read in the devotional. Everything is based on scripture and encourages building a God centered marriage. This book is great for newlyweds, couples who are 10, 20, 30 years in, as well as couples married for 40, 50+ years. It’s for everyone. The devotionals don’t take long to read through and the questions at the end can go as deep/lengthy as you like. The topics cover a variety of bases and are well thought out and well written. They are relational and easy to read and understand. I love this book! I think you will too. Check it out!

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We Hope for Better Things

We Hope for Better Things
By Erin Bartels

Woah! This is an amazing book. I’m so glad to start 2019 with such an amazing read. We Hope for Better Things is a book that you have to mourn its ending; take a few days and debrief. It’s a triple time hop novel that blends 3 stories seamlessly, interweaving three individually excellent stories in a way that makes each story better. There’s no time to be bored or to feel like any of the 3 stories are monotonous. The stories rotate at each chapter. The author expertly leaves out certain bits of information that are only revealed in perfect timing. Sensitive time periods and topics are written with grace and great care. Forgiveness and love are key themes and are demonstrated in each of the stories. We also see the affects of racism, hate and ignorance. It causes the reader to question themselves and come out wanting to love people because we are all people created by God.
There were a few times where the names overlapped in the story and I wanted to know if they were connected. The answer never came. For example, one of the men that rode up to Mary and warned her about getting the men out of the town was named Sharpe. There was a Sharpe Elizabeth was involved with too when writing about the riots. I wondered if this was just an oversight or if these two were connected. It would have been great if they had been but I didn’t find any explanation of a connection. I also wish there would have been a little more explanation about Mary’s story line. I wanted some closure there. It would also be nice to have a family tree in the book. There were so many people I had a hard time connecting them all. Overall it wasn’t very important and I loved the story even through the little bit of confusion. It would have just made the book all the more better.
I loved this book! I can’t wait to read more from this author. I never would have guessed this was a debut novel. It was excellent. Don’t miss it.
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Who I Am With You

Who I Am With You
By Robin Lee Hatcher

Synopsis

Jessica Mason isn’t looking for love when she meets Ridley Chesterfield. Instead she is still reeling from the tragic, unexpected loss of her husband and daughter — and awaiting the arrival of her unborn child. Harboring the secret of her husband’s betrayal, her pain is deeper than anyone knows.

Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and the barrage of false media headlines that have tarnished his good name. The last thing Ridley wants is a relationship — but when fate leads Ridley to form a friendship with his reclusive and pregnant neighbor, he wonders if this small-town hideout might be more of a long-term destination.

Who I Am With You weaves together a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s, reminding us that some truths can cross generations and that faith has the power to transform families forever.

 

My Thoughts

I have read numerous Robin Lee Hatcher books and have found them all really well written and engaging. They are sweet stories with strong messages of faith, love, hope, forgiveness, etc. I love how Hatcher weaves these themes into her books so seamlessly. They don’t feel forced or hokey. Who I Am With You fell right in line with my expectations! From the moment I saw the cover I knew it was a book I wanted to add to my reading list. I fell in love with the characters from the very first pages. I was intrigued by their stories. There were some elements that were kind of obvious but then there were plenty of other elements that were complete surprises. I did wish I could see a little more deeper into the inner mind of the characters. I feel like a little more introspection would have helped me develop the characters in my mind further. I did feel like I could find things in each character that I could relate to. That definitely helped keep my interest. I found the story sweet throughout, even though the characters are dealing with some big issues. There wasn’t any huge cliff hanger type scenes. However, even without something huge happening in the plot I still felt like I was able to stay engaged with the story and never felt like I was bored. I did question the power of the 2nd storyline of Jessica’s great-grandfather. I felt like the connection between the 2 stories could have been stronger. They kind of felt disconnected in my mind a little bit. This is a great read. I love Robin Lee Hatcher’s stories and will continue to seek them out for lighthearted clean romance with great Christian themes.

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Enclave by Thomas Locke

Enclave

by Thomas Locke

My Thoughts

This is the first Thomas Locke book I’ve read. I was intrigued by the look of the cover. The story sounded like one I would be interested in. I like dystopian novels and this seemed to fit that type. I liked it at the start but quickly became so confused. There seemed to be so many people, so much going on, so many terms used without explanation of what they meant, I felt like I missed a previous book. As a matter of fact, I looked several times to see if this was the 2nd or 3rd book in a series. I really wanted to like this book. The initial premise seemed great. Super unique and interesting… but I had such a hard time following the storyline. I felt like there should be a prologue or a glossary or something. If you’re a fan of Thomas Locke you’ll probably love this book. It just wasn’t for me.

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When We Say Father: Unlocking the Power of the Lord’s Prayer

When We Say Father:
Unlocking the Power of the Lord’s Prayer

By Adrian Rogers & Steve Rogers

My Thoughts

Slowly and carefully, this book wades through the Lord’s prayer. Line by line. Explaining and applying every word. The book is a small quick read but packs a punch. It goes through each section covering: The Person of Prayer, The Priority of Prayer, The Provision of Prayer, The Pardon of Prayer, The Protection of Prayer, The Praise of Prayer, and the Promise of Prayer. Every page focuses on scripture. It explains it in such a way that even a new believer can understand but a mature believer can grasp new things and understand the Bible better. There are practical examples and situations presented that help the reader further understand the text. I learned a lot through this book. The best thing the book does is that it encourages application! It’s no good to simply know about prayer if we don’t practice. This is a great little book. I encourage you to pick it up today!

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In Too Deep

In Too Deep
By Lynn Blackburn

My Thoughts

Talk about a book that you dive into head first from the very first page. Gripping, heart pounding, and one that you will remember for a long time. This story is fast paced and exhilarating. I love the plot and all it’s intricacies. This is the second book in the Dive Team Investigation series but it can definitely be read on its own. I didn’t feel like I was lacking any information for having not read the first book. I think the dive team concept is so interesting and unique. I’ve read a lot of crime and investigation type books and this one stands out as being different than the rest. I definitely want to go back and read book one and find other books by this author. I love her writing style and her voice. The romance thrown in is a cherry on the top of the sundae. Loved it.

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Silencing Insecurity

Silencing Insecurity
By Donna Gibbs

Everyone struggles with insecurity… but everyone deals with it differently. If I don’t have my beliefs solidly planted in God’s truth I just might find myself free falling off the cliff of defeat, discouragement, and demise. Silencing Insecurity by Donna Gibbs is a great resource. The book moves from Part 1 about Identifying identity thieves to Part 2 which dives deeper into the different things that can cause identity questions and then on further to Part 3 which covers how we can look to God for our security and for defeat of our identity thieves. Each section has an intro which gives the reader a great summation of what they will be learning in that section. I feel like when I am done reading this section I will know all these things… and that is a great addition to this book! Each section finishes with some questions. They start off more focused on past and present thoughts and I wished they would have extended more into application but I found that the questions in Part 2 and 3 were more of those type. There is a great balance of scripture, commentary, personal experience, and the experience of others in this book! I think that is one of the greatest things about it. It’s not condemning at all. I loved the material in Part 3 and the questions were well thought out and very helpful for self-reflection and application of the material. I struggled a little bit with the layout of the book. I kind of wished the 3 sections were mashed together a little bit more so I didn’t have to wait til Part 3 to get to that material. This is just my personal preference though and not something I want to get nitty gritty about. Overall the material is great and pushes the reader towards Christ! The book might be considered geared towards young adults but anyone can read it and glean valuable insights.

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Wait for Me by Susan May Warren

Wait for Me 
By Susan May Warren

Wait for Me is book 6 in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. I did not read any of the previous 5 books and I am wondering now if the book would have been better had I read them. The  book can be read without reading the others but there are a lot of seemingly developed characters and backstory that one might need to know. The author does a good job of filling in the questions by adding a lot of pertinent backstory right in the book which is helpful. The story is high energy for sure. Once I got to about 40% in it picked up and was hard to put down. I finished the last half in an afternoon. The beginning started a little rocky for me, but this could have been because I didn’t read the other books. I had trouble keeping all the people straight. The snippets about each character at the beginning were short and kind of quick moving so it was hard to separate them all and remember who was who. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to finish the book. I started to catch on though and kept going… and I was glad I did. I did have some trouble with some disjointed sections. For example, when the car leaves the wedding and they all of a sudden are getting plowed off the road? Where did that come from? It seemed totally out of left field. It might have been less jarring had there been some kind of bridge into it… maybe the occupants of the car thought they were being followed which led to a little bit of a chase or something. Instead it was so sudden it was a bit unnatural. The other part that I struggled with was when they would jump back in time and tell some backstory. There was no differentiation. I had to go back and reread to find out what was going on. It might have been helpful if there was something there to warn the reader that they were hopping back in time. The Christian references were subtle but timely. Overall the story was great. The details were well written and the characters were developed well. I would love to go back and read the other books in the series when I have time.

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