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When Chicks Hatch by Heather Randall

In life this world doesn’t end when the egg breaks ,sometimes its just the beginning.  When Chicks Hatch is a masterfully written book filled with faith, hope , love and redemption.  Author Heather Randall captivated my attention from the start to the finish of her book. Anyone who needs inspiration minus the preachy feeling should read When Chicks Hatch. 

Highlighted inside the pages are the lives of five women, whose lives although separately lived, intertwine together. At the heart of each womans story is an element of pain . As I read When Chicks Hatch I felt as if I could see into each womans soul .

Love , betrayal, loss , grief and redemption are spread throughout the chapters. I found within the pages that seemingly irredeemable circumstances can hatch into miracles.

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SonRise: Clothed in Thunder, Vicki Watson

imageThis is book three in the Sonrise Stables series.

Evolution vs Creation has been a debate  for ages.  Author Vicki Watson  illuminates the creation versus evolution debate masterfully inside her book Clothed with Thunder.

Rosie and Carrie attended  a 4H club demonstration where a student  did a compelling research presentation supporting evolution . After  hearing the evolution report, the two girls are determined to create a presentation which will  give  proof that creation is the true source of how the world was created.

Many challenges arose during Rosie and Carries preparation for their presentation. One of the trials included  an old adversary  who cheated Rosie out of her first trophy with her pony Scamper. Having  an old adversary enter their life taught the girls  many priceless lessons.

I enjoyed reading  Clothed in Thunder  to my ten-year old daughter.  She  loves  books with horses .   The added bonus is  it’s a book my daughter and I both  agree on and love.

 

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So Much The Better ~ Megan Means

So Much The Better is a beautifully written book filled with wisdom, adventure and inspiration. Author Megan Means masterfully composed characters that seem to leap of the pages. I loved how each chapter led into the other evoking a sense of curiosity about what was going to happen transpire.

I read So Much The Better nightly to my ten-year old daughter . I love the wonder filled dialogue it facilitated between my daughter and I. Most nights I read more than one chapter because I found it challenging to put the book down. Both my daughter and I were eager to experience more of the phenomenal writing.

Imagine you live in a place of peace , security and warmth  where each day flows harmoniously into the other one. Then visualize being swept away into a far away land where you are alone and in unfamiliar surroundings.  You feel lost and without hope. Ari the small lion cub in So Much the Better experienced these scenarios. He was living a peaceful existence with his Mother and the Lion pride when he was mysteriously swept far away.  What if you felt your  journey had reached its conclusion and you found out it had only just began? This very thing happened to Ari the Lion .

Author Megan Means created  a website and social media links to to help get the book’s message out to the world on-line. She also created a Curriculum Companion to the book which is offered for free on her website.It includes 21 lessons on character building that are taken directly from the book to help children become their best selves and inspire them to be great leaders.

To learn more about Megan and her book, visit her website: http://meganmeansauthor.com/.  You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. You can purchase your copy of So Much The Better on Amazon or Smash-words.cwa-review-crew-disclosure-color-11

Let my Light Shine ~ Julie Kinscheck

I recently had the privilege of being introduced to Christian Rock artist Julie Kinschecks music . I describe her music as being  soul warming , toe tapping down home church music. While listening to one of the tracks on the album called Let my light shine, I was transported back to the gospel sings that my grandma took me to when I was a little girl.  I loved how the lyrics in the song
s were so relevant to life . I related to the song I m a mess . Its great to hear music that taps into issues most of us face at one  time or another in our lives.

Julie Kinschecks music made me feel like I was in church listening to a guest singer . It was refreshing to listen to the lyrics which flowed smoothly from one word to another speaking truth into every crevice of my soul ! I love that her music is lively and fun. I think it wocwa-review-crew-disclosure-color-11uld be great to introduce to young children and adults alike.

Run ~Kathryn C. Lang

You can run, but you can never hide. Sometimes the only way to have a future is to turn around and face the past.   Inside Kathryn C. Lang’s book Run, I discovered how true it is that you can’t run from your past .  Beth formerly known as Sara discovered this hard truth through attempting to run from her tragic past.

After witnessing the murder of her husband Sara changed her name to Beth , and ran away to a new life . After receiving a chain of  mysterious letters, it became evident to Beth that she hadn’t  outran her past. In fact jus the  opposite  seemed to be the case, her past seemed to be pursing her at an undeniable accelerated speed!

Beth enlisted the help of the detective who originally was involved in her husbands murder case.  Both the detective and Beth although at different times end up in a small town in Alabama searching for answers.   More questions than answers initially began surfacing .As the pieces of the mystery began unravelling, it became evident that a lot more was involved in the death of Beth’s husband than she had originally thought.   Faith plays a huge role in the many twists and turns inside the book.

I felt intensely connected to the characters within the chapters of Run.  Numerous times during the book I found myself attempting to solve pieces of the puzzle. It was as if I was present inside the settings of the book. It was impossible for me to put down Run until I had completely read it.

I love the  way Kathryn wove faith in real ways inside her book.  During the book I believe like myself you will find yourself cheering on behalf of the characters while they search for more answers than questions!cwa-review-crew-disclosure-color-11

I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read clean Christian suspense.  You can find Kathryn’s novels on her website Kathryn would love to connect on Twitter.  Be her friend on Facebook. You can purchase Run on AmazonBarnes & Noble or Smashwords.

That Summer ~ Jo Huddleston Book one of the Caney Creek Series

Normally I don’t start my book reviews with the contents on the back of the book. Although with this particular book, I felt that the description would be helpful.  The back  cover reads as follows;

The Great Depression brings devastation to
The Southern Appalachians but love’s triangle survives.

To escape his poppa’s physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart’s door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him. He meets a girl and loses his heart … and meets another girl and loses his willpower. Jim wrestles with social and moral dilemmas as he makes a choice beside Caney Creek that will alter the lives of five people.

I thoroughly loved reading That Summer.  Author Jo Huddleston  has a gift within her writing to transport you back in time.  Each scene inside the pages flows smoothly into the next. I was up way past my Bedtime due to the fact I  didn’t want to stop reading!  As the reader I felt involved in the characters lives and found myself feeling the emotions they went through.

Sprinkled strategically through the book were relevant Bible Scriptures.  At times when faced with a difficult circumstance the scriptures really made a difference in seeing the whole picture of the situation at hand. They gave great perspective into the issues faced within the chapters .

From the start to the finish of That Summer, I felt as if I could audibly  hear the Southern accents of the characters amidst the pages.  It was also as if I was eavesdropping on the dialogue between characters.  The emotions were raw and real.

This book has piqued my interest. I am looking forward to the next books in the series!

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Neglected But Undefeated ~Jonathan Anthony Burkett

cwa-review-crew-disclosure-color-11ImageImagine living in a world where  you felt safe and loved , then  without warning being taken to a land where you were told you were not loved and needed to go back to the depths of Hell where you came from.  Inside the book Neglected But Undefeated author Jonathan Anthony Burkett takes you to this place .  Jonathan was living in Jamaica with his grandparents who were loving to him and created in him a sense of love and safeness.  Without warning shortly after his sixth Birthday, Jonathan was taken to America , which is supposed to be a land of opportunity. It breaks my heart to know that not only was he dealing with the culture shock of being taken from Jamaica to America, but he was greeted in America by a Mother who was complacent and obviously didn’t want to raise this precious child.

From the moment he arrived to his mothers home , he was treated as if he existed to be a servant and a personal punching bag for his mother. There was nothing that he could do or not do that didn’t provoke rage in his mother. His mother daily beat him as if he was her enemy. Numerous times Jonathan found himself to be homeless and on the streets.

Inside the pages of Neglected But Undefeated you will find a courageous boy who suffered horrendous abuse. Its appalling to me how a mom could treat her own son so inhumanly. As you read you will discover within the pages of the book that his mom faced her own demons of past. It was painful to be given a front row seat inside of his damaging childhood.

Although death and dying may have crossed his mind more times than not , Jonathan remained strong due to faith and not wanting to disappoint his grandparents. Through reading this book I realized that abuse does happen right before our eyes and  is covered up by children and parents alike. The children cover for parents because they fear what will happen if they disclose the abuse. Parents unwittingly cover up their mistakes for fear of punishment in the form of Jail.

I think this book is a must read for anyone who deals with children on a consistent basis . Also is a must read for anyone who needs inspiration or ability to believe in hope after trauma or abuse.       You may follow Jonathan through  his Website

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