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THE BAKER'S WIFE by ERIN HEALY

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This Christian novel is filled with suspense. It's a novel about emotional and ultimately physical pain. It's about guilt, blame and forgiveness. The novel weaved in and out of my heart never allowing me a moment's peace until I finished it. Ed and Miralee have a young love experience with one another that leads to a child. How their experience is viewed and handled by their parents shapes one Christian California community into anything but a Hallmark card story with rhyme and verse. The overwhelming pain of these families begins to play itself out one foggy morning. Audrey, the baker's wife, hits a scooter one morning. There is so much blood but no body. That really strained my brain. What could have happened to the person riding the scooter? Before I would learn what had happened that horrible morning a father and husband, Jack, would totally become unscrewed mentally. It's amazing the way a Christian mind can change or retrogress. It'…

Forsaking All Others by Allison Pittman

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Over the years Camilla Fox changes the way she chooses to worship God, her Heavenly Father. When she married Nathan Fox, she gave her heart to the Mormon religion. After the birth of her children, Melissa, Lottie and a little boy who doesn't survive, Camilla decides this isn't the religious values she wants to teach her children. I think the arrival of Amanda, the Sister wife just adds wood to the fire. Brigham Young and Joseph Smith's doctrinal values just about turn Camilla's stomach. She decides to leave Nathan and the children. Putting distance between herself and the religion will help her hear God's voice more clearly.

"In my heart, I renounced the teachings of the prophet the day my son died, but I remained faithful to my marriage. I chose my husband over my faith. But when the time came for me to ask the same of him, I begged him not to bring another woman into our home, but I held no such place in his heart."

Camilla's inner and outer journe…

The Walk by RICHARD PAUL EVANS

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richardpaulevansthe-walk Alan Christoffersen is the voice in the novel "The Walk" by RICHARD PAUL EVANS. After a heart wrenching tragedy, Alan Christoffersen decides to walk. Before he decides to walk from Seattle all the way to Key West there is a major battle with whether to destroy his life. Thank goodness, he chose life and a long walk.

" The door locked automatically behind me, and without a single key in my pocket, I stood outside on the front patio. Then, without looking back, I began to walk."

At first, the novel seemed a bit slow. Then, I thought after such a terrible loss life does seem to move slowly and heavily like an overweight elephant. As Mr. Christoffersen walked throughout different towns I could feel a bit of the weight lifting from his shoulders and also from the pages of the book. I especially liked the people he met along the way. His new acquaintances proved far more loyal than the friends he had known for years. Yes, along with t…

A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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C.J. and Jaime are husband and wife. They are on their way to visit Jaime's father for Christmas. The plan is to go on a Christmas cruise. However, their plans are not God's plans. When Jaime finds the left behind wooden whistle of a little boy named Danny in the doctor's office, she wants to return it.From the moment Jaime, a passionate photographer, steps out of that doctor a Christmas adventure begins. She and the other people in her world will meet new life experiences and question age old values. Each person will struggle with personal questions about marriage, children, religious beliefs, etc. I nestled inside the novel easily. I wanted to know how is it possible to believe in God's Perfect love when tragedy strikes our lives.Jaime's spiritual questions reach deep and are so real.

"Oh Mattie, do you honestly believe that God who created the universe and put laws of gravity into place--do you honestly believe he cares about our little, tiny p…
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About the book: Jaime and C. J. Fitzpatrick began their married life as most couples do--in love and looking forward to a bright future together. But four years later they've drifted apart and are almost ready to call it quits. Mattie Riehl was hoping to give her husband Sol the Christmas gift they have both longed for--news that a baby was on the way. But as usual, she is disappointed. The holidays bring an acute awareness to Mattie that her dream of a big family isn't likely to become a reality. Then a winter storm raging outside blows the Fitzpatricks into the Riehl home--and into a much slower pace of life. Can these two couples from different worlds help each other understand the true meaning of love this Christmas? With her trademark plot twists and attention to detail, Suzanne Woods Fisher offers readers a beautiful Christmas story of love, forgiveness, and what truly matters in life. About Suzanne: Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfat…

Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty by Neil Hanson

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neilhanson Neil Hanson's Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty is truly a love letter. I felt deeply moved by every page in the book. At times the journey through the book felt intense and painful. Still, I wanted and needed to travel down this road with Mr. Neil Hanson and his brother and sister. Neil, his mother and siblings are watching there father as he lies in a coma. Each moment of his father's passing is a moment filled with thought and sometimes a flight into a mystical world, one of Divine Light. The author makes peace with the shortcomings of his father. He also makes peace with the heartaches and headaches he caused his father. I especially liked the moments when the author read beside his father's bed.

He also made me think about the fact that there is a difference between silence and quietness. I was gently reminded that too often radios and other noises are used to separate us from quietness. In the quiet times the meaning of forgiveness is made clearer. Also, we…

Veiled Rose by ANNE ELISABETH STENGL

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I know this is a very beautiful Christian Fantasy or allegory. However, I am not well read in this genre. So, each page is a little bit deeper than my understanding. I hope to come back to it one day with a better understanding of the story. I'm sure it will help me better understand the Christian life journey. Thank you to Bethany House for sending the book for review. bakerbooks.com