The Prince and the Prodigal – Book Review

In this fictional retelling of the story of the sons of Jacob, Jill Eileen Smith gives a unique perspective of what life might have been like in approximately 1500 BCE. Using the well-known story and historical research she presents a fictional account that gives one new insight into the hearts and minds of Jacob and his children.

This delightful rendering of a part of Hebrew history gives some additional insight into how the coat of many colors came to be and what it might have been meant in the family… What life was like in the nomadic wanderings of the descendants of Abraham… How to become a slave and advance to a position second only to Pharoah… What Jacob, Judah, and Joseph might have really been thinking and feeling…

I highly recommend The Prince and the Prodigal. The age-old story of guilt, shame, and forgiveness comes alive in Jill Eileen Smith’s expert storytelling style.

Blessings to you and yours,

Marie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell/Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR requirements, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sackcloth and Ashes of the Heart – Book Review

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I was recently blessed with the opportunity to review Sackcloth and Ashes of the Heart. This book is a somewhat new way to do a Bible study. Sheri Caruso opens each week of the 8-week study with an insightful look at one of the churches of Revelation. This is followed by 7 days of verses to contemplate and pray. The unexpected format was a gift because I decided that I would totally immerse myself in the process. I’m so glad I did. 

I chose the book because of its title and expected a great story of someone who had greatly sinned and through a season of repentance and prayer (Sackcloth and Ashes…) was totally forgiven. By the end of the book I discovered that person was me. Praying through the verses each day in my own words helped me understand that not only are the Revelation Churches about individual groups but they have issues that directly apply to me. Wow!

I highly recommend this book to groups and individuals. It is definitely worth the time.

It’s free on Kindle right now! Right here – Sackcloth and Ashes of the Heart

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Capture Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

One Person Can Do A Lot – The Healing of Natalie Curtis – Book Review

Natalie CurtisThe book I’ve just read may get 1st place in my fiction list for 2021. This is the story (based on fact) of a depressed, defeated woman’s journey. She had spent hours studying and practising piano but at the first of what would have been many performances and honors, she couldn’t do it.

Natalie Curtis (Burlin) determines to face her imperfections and fears and travels to the West to find herself again in the songs of the Native American culture. She discovers the right thing to do, follows through, and in the process finds her life purpose.

Never imposing her personal thoughts or views, seeking to simply understand, this nearly forgotten woman of history gave us the history of the Southwestern Native American culture, through her saving, writing, and recording of their music, dances, ceremonies, and traditions.

In her journey, she discovered that all people need healing. She discovers hers through the music that was (and still is) everywhere in the Native American culture. She found healing in the songs that surrounded every event, chore, and life circumstance.

And that’s not all! She took on a nation that was trying to cancel the culture of another through what is known as The Code of Offenses. This government program, in effect in the Early 1900’s, prohibited the Native Americans from singing, dancing, worshipping, and even speaking their native language. They were required to wear “American” clothes, attend “American” schools, and never speak or sing of their past. (Sound familiar?) She set out to right the wrong and even received the support of then-President, Teddy Roosevelt.

I highly recommend reading The Healing of Natalie Curtis!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revel/Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Never Miss – Book Review

If you’re looking for a good book to read, this just might be the one you want. The mixture of science and intrigue makes for an interesting story from beginning to end. It’s the perfect book to grab a glass of iced tea, find a partly sunny, partly shady spot to put your lawn chair in, and spend a lazy summer afternoon reading through Never Miss by Melissa Koslin.

The main characters are perfectly thought out. A young woman CIA sniper and her cat. A handsome, genius doctor who is trying to save the world, both complement and antagonize one another.

You will find family secrets that complicate the story, an anti-government group that wants to change the world, a cross-country trip to save the House, Senate, and President, and the beginning of a loving relationship.

My favorite part of this book is the cat. His name is Mac and he really holds the story together. However, it’s not about him.

My least favorite part of the book is the violence. I totally recognize that it helps to make the story believeable.

All-in-all it’s a very good read and I give it a high five!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Miriam’s Song

“Words cannot control Him. We can simply ask Him.” This simple, yet powerful, truth permeates the pages of Jill Eileen Smith’s new book, Miriam’s Song.

The story of the Exodus is thoughtfully enhanced by the telling of Miriam’s part in it. With a few historical twists and turns, and a lot of the author’s imagination, the ancient story comes to life.

Although there is very little known about the real Miriam, there is much in this work that is plausible and possible. This very believable fictional retelling is worth every word. It flows with the ups and downs, goods and bads, of what was a very difficult journey.

In all really good fictional stories, there are interesting ideas that are introduced to enhance the reader’s understanding. For instance:

Have you ever given any thought to how dangerous it might have been to get water from Nile River? Crocodiles were a real possibility.

The blood covering the doorways of the Hebrews protected them from death, just like Jesus’ blood on the cross does for us.

When Pharoah asked Moses and Aaron to bless him, they just walked away. (See Exodus 12:32.)

This is an absolutely, delightful, thought-producing, retelling of The Exodus. It’s definitely worth the read. I give it 5 stars. Thank you, Jill Eileen Smith.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell/Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”