Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Wild Country, or "Little Britches"

By Ralph Moody

Ralph Moody wrote this book and it has been published under two different titles, "The Wild Country" and "Little Britches".

Little Britches is the story of a hardworking family in the early 20th century trying to make a living in the Denver area. Ralph Moody brings such energy and life to his writing. Every book (this is the first in a series of 8) is so engaging I want to read them over and over. His descriptions are so clear it makes me think I could build or do the same things he did. These are autobiographical writings.

Excellently done and I highly recommend the whole series.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Return to Me

By Lynn Austin

A new series by Lynn Austin, but essentially a continuation of her series, Chronicles of the Kings - this first book, Return to Me deals with the Israelites' return from captivity, and once again, Ms. Austin brings biblical history to life with the characters she has developed.  Her stories inspire me to further Bible study and remind me of the God who deeply loves his people.  

The author brings ideas about how an Israelite family in a foreign land might have encountered people worshiping foreign gods, which is one of the main themes of the Bible. One of the problems with the Israelites is that they continually worshiped foreign gods. This scenario was very plausible.

It is always difficult to bring history to life through fiction, and deciding what characters and events to guess about is a hard decision. I appreciated that the author chose a secondary family rather than the famous people in the story of Israelites coming back to Jerusalem.

I eagerly await the second book!

This book was provided to me free of cost from Bethany House Publishers. I did not receive any compensation for writing this review.