Review of “The Reluctant Warrior” by Mary Connealy

The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy book coverReview of “The Reluctant Warrior”
“High Sierra Sweethearts–Book Two” by Mary Connealy

I did not read “The Accidental Guardian” which was book one in this series, but I could see from reading “The Reluctant Warrior” that it must have set the stage for this book two.
And even though I did not read book one, I still enjoyed book two immensely and did not have any problem making sense of the story.

The “Reluctant Warrior” was a title that peaked my curiosity.
Who was this “Reluctant Warrior” and why would a warrior be reluctant I wondered.
The storyline was not obvious. It took me until the books final pages to find out, which is good writing that keeps one glued to the story to the end.

The story is set in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in April 1868. Even though the calendar may say Spring, in the mountains it was still bitterly winter and the characters had to not only fight to survive the natural elements, they also had to fight to survive a human enemy who was a cold-blooded killer.

If you like reading historical romance set in the West with adventure and drama included, then you will most surely enjoy reading this book.
I know I did, and I look forward to reading the next book in this series as I am expecting from the way it ended that there will be a book three.

I received this book free as I was chosen a winner in an online book giveaway presented by Mary Connealy and Bethany House Publishers.
I was not required to give a favorable review, but chose to do so, and all comments are my own.

–Leona J. Atkinson


Review of “Not Your White Jesus” by Sheri Faye Rosendahl

Not Your White Jesus book coverThis book, “Not Your White Jesus” is different from any book I have seen because it deals with a very touchy subject which is something that has recently been a controversial subject–“White Jesus”.

I first heard the name “White Jesus” last year from a friend who was doing biblical research and brought up the idea that Jesus Christ was not white in skin color and that He was much different than the Jesus many churches worship now. At first, I was a bit taken back by this info but the more I thought about it, it made sense and so, I was intrigued to see that someone had written a book about this very subject.

This book “Not Your White Jesus” has some good points, but overall I felt it was mostly just a rant about today’s Christians and today’s churches.

The language was a bit rough and unpolished for me and the thoughts quite radical and I did not completely finish reading this book because I lost interest in it. Perhaps if it had been presented in a more loving, less radical but teaching way, it may have had a better effect on me.

Although, I do agree that Jesus Christ was most likely not white, and that many churches nowadays may not present Him as He truly was, I cannot say that I fully agree with all this book said.

I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review and all these thoughts are my own.

–Leona J. Atkinson

Review of “Shelter of the Most High” by Connilyn Cossette


Shelter of the Most High book coverReview of “Shelter of the Most High” by Connilyn Cossette
The second book in the “Cities of Refuge” series.

After enjoying reading “A Light on the Hill”, the first book in this series, I was most anxious to read this second book and I was not disappointed.

“Shelter of the Most High” is perhaps a more romantic novel than “A Light on the Hill” was but it does not lack in interest, drama, intrigue, excitement, sadness, sorrow, surprise and shock!

The story shows two types of peoples, those who know and follow Yahweh, the One True God and those who follow a religion with many pagan gods. It shows how their lives and relationships differ as they come to interact with one another.

As I read through this story I found it showed me many different things:

It showed how difficulties and loss can be the way people sometimes find the One True God if they do not really know Him yet.

It showed how God’s divine purpose for our lives maybe way different than our hopes and dreams and how His purpose ends up being the better one, even though at times it may not seem so.

It showed how religion is much different than a loving relationship with Yahweh, the One True God.

It showed how bitterness, un-forgiveness and revenge can lead to destruction.

It showed the provision and love of God even for those who yet do not know Him, and how He uses life events and people to draw people to Himself.

This book was a delight to read in many ways from beginning to end and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

(I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.)

–Leona J. Atkinson

Book Review of “Hope Your Heart Needs” by Holley Gerth

Hope Your Heart Needs Book CoverBook Review of “Hope Your Heart Needs” by Holley Gerth

“Hope Your Heart Needs” by Holley Gerth
“52 Encouraging Reminders Of How God Cares For You”

If you are familiar with the author Holley Gerth you know how encouraging her words can be and how easy it is to read and relate to her books. If you aren’t familiar with her, you will soon be, as you begin to read this book. It will read like a close friend is speaking with you, a friend who knows how you are feeling and wants to share hope and encouragement with you.

This book may be small in size (6″ by 4″) but it is packed with hope, help and encouragement for every life situation you may be facing. It is not a book that you read just once and put away. It is a book that you want to read daily, over and over, one that you will want to keep nearby to pick up and read whenever the need arises.

My favorite thing about this book is that each of it’s 52 Chapters is titled with one of God’s Names based on His attributes or character. If you have ever studied God’s Names you know there is one for every circumstance you might encounter.

Are you having a really sad, sorrowful day filled with heartache and tears? Read Chapter 19 titled “Tear Catcher” and you will find instant comfort, at least I did.

Or, maybe you are stressed out and frustrated, you just need a break, someone to step in and give you some strength and support, someone who Chapter 21 says is our Sustainer. “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” Psalm 54:4 tells us.

And, there are many more Chapters that you will easily find yourself relating to such as Helper, Guide, Friend, Comforter, Provider, One-Who-Sees, Rescuer, Healer, Caretaker, Forgiver, Purpose-Giver, and many more.

I really recommend this book as a great daily resource to keep on hand.

I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a favorable review, but have chosen to do so.
All thoughts are my own.

–Leona J. Atkinson

Review of Song of the Shepherd Woman by Carlene Havel

Song of the Shepherd WomanReview of Song of the Shepherd Woman by Carlene Havel

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in reading Song of the Shepherd Woman but the title and a brief review intrigued me enough to begin.

I had never read any of Carlene Havel’s books before but I took a chance on winning this one in a free Facebook giveaway that was posted in July of this year, and was surprised to learn that I had won! Soon the 252 page book was in my hands and I was excited to begin reading it.

It is a very interesting story about a young girl who is orphaned and is sent to live with her Uncle and Aunt who are keepers of sheep in the fields of Israel and tells how shepherds lived in biblical times.

This book was filled with little surprises throughout. If you are a fan of biblical fiction you will surely enjoy this book as it tells a story of places and people that are not often written about but then weaves their story to bring familiar bible events to life within their lives, sort of like they were living during the time of the these events, yet not really a part of them, .

It also shows the deep love, dedication, sacrifice and faith of those who truly believe and follow Christ and how they lived among those who didn’t as the story was set during a time when believer’s had to meet secretly or face death for their faith.

I am very glad to have read this book, it made an impact on my life in many ways and I highly recommend others to read it.

Though I did receive this book as a free gift, I was not required to write a review and all thoughts I have written are my own.

–Leona J. Atkinson

A Review of “Praying God’s Promises” by Linda Evans Shepherd

Praying God's Promises book cover“Praying God’s Promises” by Linda Evans Shepherd
“The Life Changing Power of Praying the Scriptures”

As I read through each chapter I found myself instantly relating to the stories and testimonies that the author shared. Saying “Yes, I have experienced that” or “I believe that to be true”.

I think this is a book every believer needs to have on their bookshelf, for it is a valuable resource that you will want to keep on hand to read and refer to often.

In it you will find stories, testimonies, prayers and scriptures that will help you in times of need.

There are scriptures and prayers that deal with the many things that many of us are now experiencing or will be dealing with at sometime in our lives and you will be encouraged to pray them over whatever situation you are facing.

Some examples are: Breakthroughs, Comfort, Deliverance, Direction, Faith, Healing, Hope, Peace, Protection, Provision, Purpose, Relationships, Strength, Troubles, and many more.

This book is filled with Promises of God. There are Promises to pray for your children, for godliness, salvation and success and more. I think every believer will benefit from not just reading this book but also praying the scriptures that speak to whatever circumstance they are facing, for therein is the power that is needed to transform our lives and others lives, and help us to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil to stand strong and firm in our faith daily.

( I received this book from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, but I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. )

–Leona J. Atkinson

A Review of A “Defense of Honor”by Kristi Ann Hunter

A Defense Of Honor book cover“A Defense of Honor” by Kristi Ann Hunter
(Haven Manor Series Book 1)

Whatever you are looking for in a Historical Romance I feel you will find it, and more, in this book.

Kristi Ann Hunter has woven mystery, intrigue, fear, drama, deception, trickery, blackmail, prejudice, honor, love, compassion, strength and faith into a historical setting in the 1800’s London and its outskirts.

The main character Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert is a determined woman who is on a mission to seek justice for those who society has rejected, her intentions are admirable, even though her method of attaining that justice is not. She is a woman of deep faith, yet her independent spirit, coupled with a guilty conscience, causes her to take things into her own hands instead of seeking God’s way and will in the matter.

Throughout the book you will be led on a journey thru London and it’s high society, meeting many people of royalty and those who are of lesser status.  You will get a glimpse into how life was lived there in the 1800’s and it will, at times, be a confusing journey as you meet many characters and get bits and pieces of information that cause you to wonder what this story is all about. It’s rather like putting together a puzzle one page at a time. But, in the end, when all the pieces begin to fit together, you will be touched to the heart by what is revealed.

It is a book that you will have difficulty putting down once you begin reading but once you reach the end, you will want it to continue.

I highly recommend reading this book, you will not be disappointed, and if you do, I imagine you will be looking forward, as I am, to reading Haven Manor 2 whenever it is released.

(I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.)

–Leona J. Atkinson