Archive for January 2012

Review: Then Sings My Soul Book 3

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Then Sings My Soul Book 3: The Story of Our Songs: Drawing Strength from the Great Hymns of Our FaithThen Sings My Soul Book 3: The Story of Our Songs: Drawing Strength from the Great Hymns of Our Faith by Robert J. Morgan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Then Sings my Soul (Volume 3)" is such a wonderful read that it touched my soul! It is the history of many of our beloved hymns. Upon reading this book, I decided to pick up the other volumes as well. If you are looking for a blessing, this is the book for you. I found many of the excerpts from this book very enjoyable, and I hope they are for you as well. I pray that they are a blessing for you and that you decide to pick up this book!

"About half an hour before his departure, none of his family expecting to his voice more, he opened his eyes and with a smiling countenance said, 'Dying is sweet work!...' Then with a dying voice he continued, 'Glory, glory! Home, home.' till his voice failed, and with a smiling countenance he yielded up his spirit into the hands of his heavenly father about half an hour before seven o'clock in the evening.[sic]" (page 87)

"I grieve to leave my work for the Master...and all whom I love," he said... "but it is infinitely more precious to me to be with Christ than all besides." (Page 121, regarding the death of George Frazer)

One particular hymn written by Annie Johnson Flint has such a powerful story to it that I sat and sobbed. This hymn played a role in the survival of a missionary, Darlene Rose. Darlene and her husband were interred into a POW camp during WWII, where her husband perished. She later wrote of her time in the camp, "In desperation I poured my heart to the Lord... When there was no more tears to cry, I would hear him whisper, 'But my child, my grace is sufficient for thee. Not was or will be but is sufficient.'" (Page 147) Two weeks prior, Darlene said the Lord had laid it upon her heart to memorize "He Giveth More Grace" by Annie Johnson Flint.

Story after story of the grace of God and the faith that these people had is sure to touch your heart. It might make you feel about two inches tall and like a lowly worm, undeserving of grace, but ever so glad that you've been given! A must read for sure.

I will admit I didn't 100% agree with the personal views of the Author that was included at the end of the book. But I enjoyed the book otherwise and will be picking up the rest of the series.

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Review: The Parting

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Parting
The Parting by Beverly Lewis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by Beverly Lewis. I will definitely be checking out the rest of this series as well as the rest of her books. The main character of this story is Nellie Fisher, a young Amish woman who has just lost her sister in a tragic drowning. Her parents are understandably heartbroken and also distraught at the idea that their child has possibly died without hope of salvation. At first I was slightly confused by the plot until I realized that not only is this book Amish fiction, it is also historical. Amish and Mennonite fiction outlines the conflicts of faith in regards to keeping the 'Old Ways' and embracing all that the Holy Bible teaches - a powerful message of forgiveness, healing and salvation. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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Review: A Sister's Hope

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Sister's Hope
A Sister's Hope by Wanda E. Brunstetter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"A Sister's Hope" is book number three in the Sisters of Holmes County series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I am really glad I gave this series a chance. This book follows the storyline of the youngest sister - the very lively and spunky Martha.

Martha has fallen in love with Luke despite her father's dislike for the boy. She is determined to clear his name as her dad believes he is the one responsible for the attacks against their family that went as far as to take her older sister's husband from her in a tragic buggy accident.

I will be honest, I did find the attacks to drag on a bit too long. I began to get bored of the attacks and really wanted to skip ahead and just see who the attacker was. However, I did enjoy that the author never really gave away who the attacker was. Though I wasn't very surprised, I found that my own list of suspects was just as large as Martha's and I never could really pinpoint who it was.

All in all I was very pleased with the outcome. I enjoyed the faith and trust the characters found in the Lord and the lessons I could learn from that. I did enjoy the book, I just felt the story was dragged out too long. I will probably read books from this author again and would still recommend the books to those that love the Amish genre.

You can read my reviews of "A Sister's Secret" and "A Sisters Test" here.

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