Friday, August 01, 2008

Ever After

Ever After
Karen Kingsbury

I totally love every book by Karen Kingsbury that I've ever read. I think this may be moving to the top of my favorite list of her books I've read. Ever After is the sequel to another wonderful book Even Now. You can read about both books on the Karen Kingsbury website.

This book really opened my eyes to the reality of the war in Iraq and the sacrifices made by our soldiers as well as their families. The theme of the book is summed up well in this line: "Love is not possible without sacrifice, and sacrifice is not possible without love." This ties in so perfectly to what Jesus has done for us. I would highly recommend this book. Read Even Now first though!

The Beloved Disciple

The Beloved Disciple Following John to the Heart of Jesus
by Beth Moore.

This has seemed to take me forever to read! It is large print and a little over 600 pages. I did enjoy this book though which focuses on the apostle John from his calling as a fisherman to the last days of his life. My favorite part was reading each chapter about the seven different churches written about in Revelation. She pointed out the Identification, Commendation, Rebuke, Exhortation, and Encouragement given to each of the churches. (Not all seven churches have one for each of these.) This was very interesting to learn a little bit of history and facts about these places and make applications to our lives. For example, in Revelation 2:4 it says, "Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love." The point made by Beth regarding this really spoke to me: "If God's absolute priority for all followers of Christ is love--for Him first and others second--the the absence of such love is sin."

The Preacher's Daughter

The Preacher's Daughter
by Beverly Lewis

The Preacher's Daughter by Beverly Lewis is the first in a series called "Annie's People." The setting is the Plain community of Paradise, Pennsylvania. Annie Zook, the main character, is the daughter of an Amish preacher and has a secret that keeps her from joining church. Her pen pal Louisa Stratford, a "fancy Englisher," comes to visit to escape her own troubles. Together the girls help each other through their difficulties.

I have read many books by this author and always enjoy learning about a different way of living. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I found it at the library, but then one of my friends loaned me the whole set!