Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Christmas Cradle by Charlotte Hubbard

My review today is on the Amish Novella, The Christmas Cradle. This is one of the Seasons of Heart series. I have loved this series. This book is well written, humorous, and heart warming. I have loved all the characters in this series and enjoy watching their lives change throughout the series. If you haven't read any of Charlotte's work you need to get a copy of this book.

This story is really about two couples; Miriam and Ben Hooley are married and expecting there first child a little before Christmas. Ben handcrafted a beautiful cradle for a gift for his wife. Miriam was married before and has a set of grown triplets, (They were in the previous book) but Ben is much younger and this is his first. The second couple are not married but are also expecting their first child before Christmas.  Lena Esch and her boyfriend Josiah Witmer our passing through town but get stranded by the weather. Ben rescues them and brings them home with him.

Lena Esch is only eighteen. She has ran away from her strict Amish parents feeling her baby needs it's father. She has talked Josiah into bringing her along but things are not going well. Ben commands them to stop fighting before he will take them home to his wife. He will not have anything that will upset her.

Josiah Witmer and his sister have been catering events at home. He found a new position on line and is on the way to take over the restaurant when they got lost and stranded by the storm. He is fed up with Lena, all she does is whine and complain. He has half a mind to leave her here and take off.

As Josiah shares his new job with Ben, Miriam and Ben share all the problems that this town has had with the man that would be his new boss. Josiah begins to worry about everything that seems to be going wrong.

This is a great story about how and older stable couple can minister to a young couple and the problems they are facing as their worlds begin to be turned upside down by an evil man trying to have his own way. Lena and Josiah soon learn they must lean on God. He is the only one that can see them through. God is so good and you will find that He has a plan for you and it will be far greater than anything you had hoped for.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Expert Witness by Rachel Dylan

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Expert Witness. Rachel is a new author for LIS but I really enjoy her work. This book is well written, fast paced and full of adventure. This story is filled with faith, hope and love. I know you will enjoy it.

Sydney Berry is a victim of abuse. She managed to leave her abuser and took self-defense classes to overcome her fear. Not satisfied with just the simple course she worked with an ex-military man to become an expert. Little did she know she would need these skills as her life becomes threatened. As an expert witness in a court case she testifies in a preliminary hearing but when it comes time for her to testify in court she is almost killed in a drive-by shooting. She is saved at the last moment by a marshal.

US Marshall Max Preston is a former FBI agent and had dealings with the East River Gang. Convinced that Sydney is in danger he follows her and is able to rescue her from being shot. Sydney is his first case in witness protection and he is bound to protect her even from herself when she insists on testifying. He must prove some connection between the East River Gang and the man on trial. How high up does this gang go? Clearly there is a mole somewhere in the marshal program.

This is a journey between two people that are struggling to do their jobs in the face of great trials. Both of them have been hurt and have no desire to have a relationship. Max is awed by the strength of this woman and seeks to understand that her faith in Christ is what has brought her to this place. I  think as Christian we all want to live our faith in a way that will lead others to our Lord. Most of us fall short and are overcome by the cares of this world but God has a plan for us that will enable each of us to be the overcomer. He can make a way where there is no way if you can just believe. God wants that not one shall perish but have ever lasting life.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

An Unexpected Christmas Blessing by Molly Jebber

My review today is on the last story in The Amish Christmas Sleigh Novella, An Unexpected Christmas Blessing. I love Molly's stories and the is an excellent one. I do wish it could have been longer though. The story is well written, humorous, and will touch your heart.

Charity Lantz is a widow with two kinner. This is her first Christmas as a widow and she is unsure how to help her kinner get through it. Everyone is telling her it is time to remarry and give her kinner a new dat but the only man that wants to court her is much older and has six kinner of his own. Can she do that? Then a good looking stranger moves in next door. He seems to love the kinner but does he want her?

Luke Fischer had a bad marriage that ended in a divorce. Unable to stand the pity he moves to a new community. He is welcomed by his beautiful neighbor and her wonderful gut kinner. He always wanted a child but remarrying is not an option.

 A journey of two broken hearts struggling to survive the loneliness that surrounds the holidays and the struggles of trusting God. We all have our struggles in trusting God to have a plan for us but we sometimes really mess it up when we try to help Him out. (example; Abraham and Sarah, the reason we have a Middle East Conflict today) God always has a plan and if we can let go and let God it will be far greater than we could imagine.

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Mamm for Christmas by Amy Lillard

My review today is on the second story in, The Amish Christmas Sleigh Novella, A Mamm for Christmas. I enjoy Amy's books very much and this story was excellent. A story of three kinner that turn matchmaker. It's well written, quite humorous, and heartwarming. You will love it.

Bernice Yoder is a teacher for the small Amish community. Three little girls come to school each day dirty, hair a mess, and in stained dresses. Bernice goes to the father to try to help him but he is angry at her intervention.

Jess Schmucker is a young widower with three little girls. He was really struggling trying to keep the farm going, the girls clean and well dressed, only to have the teacher come to his home and accuse him of neglect.

These two people have their own issues and as they begin to realize the children have a plan of their own they have no choice but to draw together. God also had a plan and it was much greater than any they had imagined. I hope you go out and get this book I know you'll enjoy every minute of it.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

a Sleigh Ride on Ice Mountain by Kelly Long

My review today is on the novella  The Amish Christmas Sleigh. As I usually do on novellas I will write a review on each story in the book. Today my review is on the story, A Sleigh Ride on Ice Mountain. I love Kelly's book on Ice Mountain so I was thrilled when they sent me this one to review. I think the thing I like most about her stories are the men. They are big strong men that are gentle and loving. I like that. This story is well written, humorous, and heartwarming. The issues that her characters are dealing with are complex and life changing but she uses faith to turn things around.

Kate Zook feels that she is past the age of marriage but she doesn't mind because her little brother is the whole world to her. Her parents were killed in a buggy accident and her brother was crippled. Caring for him is a constant struggle but her cousins has offered her a place to stay and she does housework for them for food and necessities.

Sebastion Christner, is a toy maker. He lives alone out in the woods. He loves children. He sees young Ben Zook sitting on a tree trunk watching the other children sledding. It breaks his heart so he takes him in the sled and heads down the hill only to be stopped by the boys sister. When Sebastion sees how these two live he decides to hire Kate as a housekeeper and the boy to help him make toys. He wants to help them but his past means there can be no relationship between them no matter how much he is drawn to her.

God has a plan for these two heart broken people; a plan neither of them had ever even dreamed of. God has a plan for you too and it's greater than you can even imagine. We just have to believe God's Word and trust Him to do it.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Desperate Escape by Lisa Harris

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Desperate Escape. I enjoyed this book very much. It's well written, action packed, and full of adventure. Lisa's faith is woven throughout the entire story like a tapestry.  I know you will want to get a copy of this book.

After the death of her father, Madison Grant decided she would become a doctor to save lives. Her brother was killed by a land mine and she left her comfortable life in private practice to go to West Africa and help the people of one the poorest counties in the world. But a journalist was shot and brought into her hospital. Right before he died he gave her information that proved a man high up in the American government was involved in drug trafficking. Then five days ago she was kidnapped and taken to drug lord's compound to care for the people from a cholera epidemic. Maddie knew as soon as the people were well she would be killed.

Special Ops.Grant Reese was Maddie's brother's best friend. It was his fault that he joined the Marines and his fault that he died. When Maddie's step father contacted him he had no choice but to try to rescue her. At one time he had loved her, now could he save her without getting another broken heart?

These two people are both dealing with issues of guilt and unforgiveness; Maddie is determined not to love again, after all she had lost her father and her brother she couldn't survive another loss, Grant had been her first crush but now he disarmed mines for a living, he could be killed at any moment. Grant was still dealing with the guilt of her brothers death plus a broken engagement. It was obvious that Maddie had a problem with what he did. Can these two people let go of their issues and let God  take control of their lives. He has a plan for them and it's much greater than anything they could ever hope for.

Friday, September 25, 2015

My Greatest Gift by Glenda Parker

My post today is not my usual book review today I want to tell you about my greatest gift God gave me. Fifty years ago I married an airmen. I became pregnant right away but unfortunately I lost that baby. It broke my heart. No one seemed to realize how hard that was for me but even though I wasn't very far along it was devastating to me.  Because I lost that child my husband received orders for Vietnam. He had had orders before but because of the first pregnancy they had  let him stay; now I was going to have to go through almost all of my pregnancy alone. My father came and picked my up in Lincoln and took me to Minot, North Dakota to stay with them at their air base. I lived in total fear I didn't know God then, at least not like I do now. I would go weeks without hearing from my husband and during that time I was so afraid I'd lose him and this baby. It was the worst six months of my life.

Forty-nine years ago today I woke up with contractions. When I went to the hospital the doctor sent me home. He said I could be like that a month, the baby just wasn't ready yet. (I had already gone over my due date 25 days.) I know more than got back to the air base than my water broke and they had to rush me back to the hospital. At 7:31 P.M. my beautiful baby girl was born.

Kellie Koree Parker was 6 lbs. and 15 ounces, she was 16 inches long. Such a tiny little thing to turn my life upside down. What a great gift you have been in my life. I thank God for such a wonderful gift, you have stood beside me when I had no one else and you are my best friend. I love all my children but the rest have always lived far away and are not a part of my life. I'm doing good to see them one or twice a year but Kellie is always there for me. You are a great joy.