Friday, April 23, 2010

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

I think I am one of the last people in my church to read this book! I have been hearing about it for so long and have had it on my to-read list... but that is a LONG list and it has taken forever to get here!

I can say that all the good things I have heard are true! Crazy Love is definitely a book worth reading. BUT what really made it even more wow for me was to go to the website and read about the author... Francis Chan. I am not one who is easily impressed, but I am with Chan. He is truly a man after God's own heart striving to walk it out every day.

In Crazy Love he encourages all believers to do just that.. walk out their faith... by embracing the enormity of God's love for us and letting it overflow through us onto every one we meet.

This book is drenched in Scripture, so this is not Chan's theory or original idea. He has drawn from God's Word to show us that God wants more for us than living the same ole life everyone else on the planet lives... the status quo... He has the Abundant Life waiting for us if only we will let go and live it!

Alibis in Arkansas -- by Lynxwiler, Reynolds & Gaskin

Alibis is a compilation of 3 Romance Mysteries all centered around 2 sisters, Jenna Stafford & Carly Reece, who fall into the task of solving murders. Fun fact ... the books are written by 3 real life sisters! I would classify these stories as light cozy mysteries... much in the vein of the Murder She Wrote television series or the Mystery Woman movies. Total fun to read!

It all starts with Death on a Deadline when Jenna stumbles, literally, across the murder of the local newspaper editor and then finds her nephew is the top suspect. Next comes Drop Dead Diva, where a trip away to help out a friend and relax a bit ends up with a dead Country Music Singer and more suspects that you can count on both hands. The final story is Down Home and Deadly and once again murder drops in on the sisters when Carly finds a dead body at the back door of her newly purchased diner.

The sisters relationship with each other, their families and the men in their lives runs throughout all three tales, as does there faith.

Fun reads... this would be a great book to take on Summer Vacation!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fit to Be Tied by Robin Lee Hatcher

Book 2 of the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series focuses on Cleopatra Arlington... Cleo to her friends. Cleo is the total opposite of her twin, Gwen. Where Gwen is refined, soft, frilly, femine, Cleo is rough and tumble... ready to ride at a moments notice.. doing the work of men daily. In fact, at most times people mistake her for a man in her pants and hat covered in dust from working the ranch. But Cleo doesn't mind, she loves her life just as it is. Or does she?

Enter Lord Sherwood Statham of England. The fourth son of a Duke and a bit of a rogue, Sherwood's father has sent him to American as a form of discipline... to teach him to straighten up and fly right. Lord Statham finds himself in a new world.. working as a ranch hand for Cleo and her father, Griff. And Cleo is not thrilled to be nursemaid to a softie from England.

They grate on each others nerves from day one and yet there is an underlying chemistry that neither can deny. So which one will tame the other? Will Cleo the cowgirl become Lady Cleopatra or will Lord Statham become Woody the cowboy? One thing's for certain, the ride is going to be a bumpy and adventurous one!