Monday, January 11, 2016

Review of "Step by Step" by Candace Calvert

The second book in Candace Calvert's Crisis Team series, this installment focuses on ER nurse Taylor Cabot, who believes she is in the final stages of recovery after the tragic death of her husband, Greg. Taylor has moved to San Diego and is systematically checking points off her personal Survival List. Crisis chaplain Seth Donovan is in town for professional reasons, and the more he sees Taylor the more he realizes the depth of his feelings - but he is afraid it's too late. He is also processing his next steps in life, and although he continues to be there for her, it is starting to cost him a great deal emotionally.

I enjoyed this story, and appreciated the author's authority on 'medical speak' and hospital procedures - they provide a great foundation, but she did not get SO technical that those of us not in that vocation got lost. This book was also an excellent set up for the next book featuring Sloane Wilder. A sneak preview chapter is included at the end. Although Step by Step can be read as a stand alone, you would likely get much more out of it if you read the first one, By Your Side.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Review of "Under Our Skin" by Benjamin Watson

Like many, I was moved by Benjamin Watson's post on Facebook in the aftermath of what happened in Ferguson. Initially, I was touched, enlightened, thoughtful...and I clicked "follow" on Facebook, because I respected his words and found there to be wisdom in his writing. I was especially excited to have the opportunity to read and review this book. I was not disappointed.

Each chapter begins with a segment of his Facebook post, followed by background/support information of why he wrote what he did. He includes family stories, history, social commentary, movie dialogue, opinion, and so much more in this enlightening and thought provoking book. I do not have Mr. Watson's background or experiences and I am not only enriched, I am changed by the opportunity to read about his. I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to learn.

"I'm ENCOURAGED because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem.....the gospel gives mankind hope."

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Review of "Through Waters Deep" by Sarah Sundin

The first in her new "Waves of Freedom" series, Through Waters Deep tells the story of Naval Officer Jim Avery and Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling. Set in Boston at the beginning of WWII, this is also a tale of intrigue, possible sabotage, romance, and courage.

In high school, Jim was infatuated with Mary's dearest friend, Quintessa. Although he hadn't seen either of them in years, he always thought of Mary as quiet and unassuming. Now Jim begins to see her in a new light - but he is still learning how to speak up rather than "float" along with the current - and he has to make some courageous decisions.

Mary has lived in fear for much of her life after a traumatic childhood event. She comes to realize that she is letting the fear control her, and also recognizes that her concerted efforts to stay out of the limelight are a form of pride.

Through Waters Deep is a wonderful blend of emotion and technical detail, and the author captures the feel of the times and attitude very well. I recommend this book for those interested in history with a touch of mystery and romance.

I was provided a copy of this book by Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review.