Monday, August 6, 2012

Book Review of Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters: Real-life Stories of Supernatural Events

The book Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters: Real-life Stories of Supernatural Events compiled by James Stuart Bell includes 44 true stories about encounters with angels and demons, near-death experiences, miraculous provision and incredible rescues.  The back of the book says: "You'll marvel at how God and His angels are working behind the scenes to protect and guide us. And you'll be comforted by glimpses of the peace that awaits us in heaven.  The God who pulled back the curtain for a moment in the lives of these writers is the same God who works all things together for our good.  Whether you're simply curious about the supernatural world or longing for a fresh experience of God's presence, these amazing stories will touch your heart and strengthen your faith in the God of miracles."
Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters: Real-Life Stories of Supernatural Events

This book is very easy to read.  I found it similarly set up like the Chicken Soup for the Soul books.  Some of the stories will truly inspire you.  Some will give you that glimpse into heaven.  Some might scare you.  There were a couple stories that seemed to be put in just to fill the pages.  All in all, this is a good book for anyone looking to read true stories about the supernatural world.

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

Book Review of My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade

My Stubborn HeartMy Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade is a story of waiting on God, listening to God and following God's path in life and love despite your own desires.  Kate Donovan accompanies her grandmother to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to help with the restoration of Chapel Bluff, the house her grandmother grew up in.  Kate is looking forward to an adventure and a break from work and life.  She gets more than she expected when she meets Matt Jareau, the man hired to renovate the house.  Of course, she can't help being attracted to him, but she can tell that he is clearly struggling with something and she is determined to befriend him and help with whatever he is going through.  
I really enjoyed this book.  I really like Wade's writing style.  I found the characters well developed and believable.  As for what happens in the book, I won't say too much because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who plans to read it, but I was so sad for both Kate and Matt when she moved back home.  But fortunately, there was a happy ending!
I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.    

Book Review of The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis

Fiddler, The (Home to Hickory Hollow)The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis has two main characters -an Englischer, Amelia 'Amy' Devries and an Amishman, Michael Hostetler.  Amelia is a world-famous violinist secretly playing as a fiddler.  Michael is struggling with the pressure from his family to join the church and let go of 'worldly' things.  The two characters cross paths when a wrong turn and a flat tire during a storm leads Amelia to the little cabin where Michael is staying.  The two of them quickly become friends, and Amelia takes some time from her busy life and spends some time in Hickory Hollow to think about her own hopes and dreams.  Michael also takes the time to decide what will make him happiest.  
I thought that this book was pretty good.  I did find parts of it unbelievable, but that is why it is called fiction!  I found it to start out kind of slow which took me a while to get through the first few chapters.  Once I got to chapter 6, the story line was more interesting and from then on, I didn't want to put the book down.  
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.