I had mixed feelings about this book. In terms of story line, plot, and how it’s written I give it a five out of five. I loved how it was inspired by the author’s (Susan) own ancestors that were servants like Nolan and Hannah were. And of course I love reading a good historical book about rags to riches, and I am definitely a sucker for hierarchy, diplomats and aristocrats.
As Valentine’s Day is coming tomorrow I thought it fitting to feature something hopefully we will all be celebrating in one way or another…
This won’t be a lovey dovey read, beware, if you are looking for gift ideas for your sweetheart you won’t find it here. Actually this is probably one of the least Valentine’s Day posts you might read this week – but maybe one of the more important ones.
Most of us know 1 Corinthians 13 as the love chapter. If you have never read the chapter, I encourage you to do so, I have included it at the end of this post.
Today I’m going to focus on one particular section of this chapter. I’m going to get a bit real with you, and share a bit of my journey.
Verse 5 of 1 Corinthians 13 says love “does not seek its own”.
This is something my husband and I discovered very early on in our marriage. That if I served him, if I found ways to bless him, and him me, then somehow we would both be looked after. My husband modelled this first, I believe. It was easy for me to follow his lead.
The past few weeks I have been so challenged by the book of Romans. The more I read it the more I discover just how hollow the false grace message is. Does the cross provide grace? Yes. Of course it does. But grace is so much more than covering our sin only to return to it over and over.
Why would God redeem us from sin only to have us continually returning to it? Why would He rescue us from the pain of sin only to have us return to it?
In terms of historical fiction it did not disappoint. In terms of comedy it did not disappoint… not to mention mystery, drama, and of course a love story.
Alright, you caught me. I loved this book. Amongst my favourites.
Willa’s parents abandoned her by age six, and soon after she became a part of a “family” of sorts. A group that chose to be family, a group of orphaned children, that stole as a means of survival. Except they were really good. “London’s best pickpockets”.
My family and I just returned a few days ago from the warm (or was warm) Florida… now I hear it’s a bit cooler. But it can’t be nearly as bad as the -25 celsius but feels like -33 celsius weather we have here in Ontario. It’s so cold, you walk out and you feel like you just took a huge sip of a ice cold slushy. That’s right. Brain freeze. Cause you went outside. Welcome to Canada!
I have decided that, seeing as we seem to be having a much colder than usual winter, this is a great season for me to hide away in my house with my family and write! And read. I’m loving this new venture of reviewing books for Bethany House. But more than that I’m loving this new 52 week Bible reading program I’ve started. You can down load a copy if you’d like here. I’m pumped to read my Bible through this year. Last year was more of a year for study of certain subjects (one being the Proverbs 31 woman). Do you have a plan for scripture reading this year?
And now, while I should be prepping for Christmas, I will review this book for you… before I miss my deadline!
Before I get into to my review about Probing, I must say that it was a bit misleading for me that this series was called “Harbingers”. I completely got this series confused with the book called Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn. I have been meaning to read Cahn’s book for years, and when I saw that I was going to be receiving a free copy of “Probing” from the Harbingers series from Bethany House I was so excited. I should have noticed the difference in authors names, but instead I thought maybe they took over the series? If I had read Cahn’s Harbinger piece I would have known right away – of course – the difference, instead I read this entire book thinking it was a sequel to Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn. It isn’t. Don’t make my mistake.
But, this was a very interesting read, especially if you like science fiction. Normally, I’m not a big science fiction kinda girl (not movies, not books), but I made an exception for this novel, made up of four novelettes. My favourite story was Leviathan by Bill Myers, from the perspective of “Brenda”, one of five of the Harbingers team. I’m not big on Hunger Games, but Continue reading “PROBING, a book review”
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all long suffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise,be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:12-17 NKJV
Paul the apostle, who wrote most of the New Testament. Who was imprisoned for his faith, died because he was a follower of Christ. This man would not be silent about the redemption He had found in Christ, and the simple fact that all need Jesus.
I’m not sure I was prepared for this book. I mean, I have read many historical fiction pieces. In fact, historical fiction might just be my favourite genre. But this novel fell under more than one category. Mystery, romance and comedy would definitely have worked as well.
Out of the Ordinary is the first novel I’ve read by author Jen Turano. The next time I’m looking for a light read, one that is sure to have me laughing out loud and all but forcing my husband to hear the odd line or two, I might just have to see what else she has come out with. I won’t have to look far, since Out of the Ordinary is actually second in the Apart From the Crowd series. The debut book to the series (in case you want to pick it up) is called Behind the Scenes. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to get my hands on that one before reading the sequel, so I was at a bit of a disadvantage. However, I was caught up to speed easily by the author’s great ability to pull the reader along and fill in any blanks I was wondering about.
Here in Canada it is Remembrance Day. November 11th at 11:11 am people all across this nation stop what they are doing for a moment of silence to remember the lives lost in line of duty. Many attend parades or services, we wear a poppy on our shirts and coats, kids are taught in their schools the importance of this day.
It’s about honouring. Honouring our servicemen and women past and present.
Because today is Saturday, my four year old, attended his first Remembrance Day assembly at school yesterday (on the 10th). He has been singing his own rendition of Oh Canada all week. He’s still working on the correct Continue reading “Why We Remember On November 11th”
This is one of those moments when I probably should be getting some shut eye while the two year old with the leaky nose is napping, BUT I just have to take a moment to post this.
I know I have been neglecting my blog, but trust me it is not without good cause. And I have some good stuff coming up.
I won’t go into all the details, but between my eldest starting school (how did that actually make us busier?), my hubbie’s crazy travel for work schedule, our commitments at our amazing church, and then me having lasik eye surgery between his trips (yay! I’ll write about that later), things have been a little nuts and to be honest, I have chosen sleep over writing. Sometimes I write in my mind while I’m drifting off to la la land, but somehow that doesn’t transfer to the blog so easily. Is there an app for that? I wish… All this plus, I got a little hooked on a fun book series I am reading by Lauraine Snelling (Dakotah Treasures). Which brings me to this….
I’ve been keeping a secret until now. I have become a book reviewer for Bethany House! Yes, that’s right, they send me books, I read the books, and I tell YOU about the books. A-mazing!
I’ll have that posted in a few weeks. So! If you’re a Christian fiction fanatic like me (especially historical fiction), then stay tuned!
In the meantime, I am going for a catnap before making pizza dough to rise, followed by picking up J from school. I have a devotional coming soon too, it’s in my head begging to be transferred here. I can’t wait to share it with you!