Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Friday, August 30, 2013

Dangerous Homecoming by Diane Burke

My review today is on the second novella for Love Inspired Suspense, Dangerous Homecoming. Again as I said before I love Amish tales and I love suspense so this novella was great for me. It is a well written mystery. I love the characters.

Katie Lapp is having problems with someone trying to destroy her late husband's farm. She survived a loveless marriage with an abusive husband, he husband died in a drunken ride. Now she has two individuals that want to buy her land but Katie is determined not to marry again so she must save the farm.

Joshua Miller returns to the community to work for his uncle but just for awhile. Katie's brother-in-law hires him to do some carpentry work at the farm. Joshua and Katie had been best friends all through their childhood but Joshua left when Katie married his best friend. He never planned on seeing her again but now she's in trouble. He seems to be the only one who can help her as her life and her land are threatened.

A very good story about lost love and forgiveness. I know you will enjoy it. I hope you all have a great holiday weekend. I won't be on line on Monday but will return next Wednesday. God bless you all.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fall From Grace by Marta Perry

My book review today is on the novella story by Love Inspired Suspense, Fall From Grace by Marta Perry. It's the first story in the novella. I love suspense stories and I love the Amish stories so this story is a no brainer. When you think of Amish books you really don't think of murder or violence but this one has it's share of both. It was very well written and I enjoyed the characters.

Sara Esch is a school teacher. In her world she has become an old maid. She has given up all hope of having a family and pours her love out on her school children. One day she notices a change in one of her students. Rachel King, new to her school doesn't want to go outside. Not understand why any of her students would want to stay inside when they could go play she bends down to talk to the girl. Father Caleb rushes in to the school, upon seeing her talking to the girl, he accuses Sara of being cruel or allowing bullies to hurt his daughter as Rachel has been having nightmares.

Sara and Caleb go out to talk about what could be causing problems and find a dead body. They call for the police. So begins a suspense in the little community. A great story of love and forgiveness. I know you will want to read this book. I pray all of you will get a copy. God bless you all.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Exodus by J.F. Penn

My book review today is on the book Exodus. It's the third and final book in the series An ARKANE Thriller by J. F. Penn. I have enjoyed these books very much. I'm not sure if I would call them Christian fiction but they do revolve around the world of religion and it's artifacts. There is a bit of sex in this one (acts of worship to pagan gods in an Egyptian temple) and as in the others there is a great deal of violence. It is a book on trying to find the Ark of the Covenant, much like Indiana Jones. A cool story. I especially enjoyed the supernatural end.

Morgan Sierra, still recovering from injuries in the second book, is sent out on a mission to find the Ark of the Covenant when arch enemy Natasha tortures and mutilates the curator of a museum in Egypt to find the Ark's location. At the same time a body is found in Washington D.C., the decapitated head is found on a replica of the Ark. A warning is found with the body warning of escalating violence in the Middle East due to a peace summit.

Morgan's partner Jake is still in a coma and is unable to help with her mission. ARKANE brings another man to help but he is injured. The partner of the mutilated curator sets off to help her find the Ark before Natasha.

Running out of clues Natasha follows Morgan, knowing she will lead her to the Ark but also with the need for revenge.  So is the journey of discovery and violence as Morgan follows the path of the Biblical Exodus.

An awesome book. I know those of you who are interested in religious relics will love this book. This book as are the others, is well researched and full of interesting facts most normal people know. I really think you need to go out and get a copy. You can purchase it on

Friday, August 23, 2013

Calm Before the Storm by B.J. Robinson

My book review today is on the book, Calm Before the Storm, the first book in the Storms of Life Series. I was asked to read this book and do a review, my thoughts are my own.  I liked the book. It deals with the loss of family and I have been there. I lost both of my parents and then two years ago I had to deal with the lost of my youngest child. She didn't have an eating disorder but suffered from Bi-polar which is a terrible disease. It breaks your heart to watch your child suffer so. So I understand what Barbara had to deal with. Thank God she wasn't intentionally taken out but it was because of carelessness of a doctor with medication. A person could sue but then we all know how God feels about that and it sure wouldn't bring her back. Sorry, about the book.

Vera Brady comes home when her only sister, Bridget is rushed to the hospital. Because of a broken heart Vera  has stayed away longer than she had planned. Her sister is suffering from Anorexia Nervosa and only weighes 60 pounds. The doctor says the only way to save her life is to surgically insert a feeding tube. She comes through the surgery well and tells Vera she will be around a long time. She then goes to sleep and never wakes up.

Douglas Stevens has been in love with Vera for what seemed like a life time. Rumors had gone around about him and Vera's best friend that ended up in a broken relationship. He is waiting for Vera when she returns to town. He stands beside her through the death of her sister. The truth comes out about the rumors and they are reconciled.

Vera and Douglas notice how many young people are going into the hospital and not coming out. As they investigate their very lives become threatened. The closer they get to an answer the more death attempts are made. Can they find out who is trying to play God?

I enjoyed the book and their long journey to find out who the killer is. They have a problem with judging and accusing only to find out how wrong they are. Judgement is of the Lord, no one can see the heart. I hope you run out and buy this book I know you will enjoy it.

Today is the start of our annaul Missions Conference and I expect miracle to come forth. I know I will have an awesome weekend I pray you will too. God bless you all.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cowboy by Staci Stallings

My book review today is on the first book in The Harmony Series, Cowboy by Staci Stallings. I really enjoyed this book, so many authors are afraid to have miracles take place in their work. I loved Timothy's salvation segment, where Staci used angels and miracles to get him through locked doors led him to where he could meet with God. It was awesome. I live in a world of miracles so it's nice to see it in others work. I enjoyed the characters although I must admit to think Beth was a fool through part of the story. As a divorced woman over the age of sixty I know the most important thing in this world is love and when you are able to find it you must grasp it no matter what the cost. God has made us to love.

Beth McCasland is a young widow with a small child, Kenzi. She was struggling just to make ends meet.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The God Game by D.R.Hirsch

It seems all of my book reviews are good ones. I hope people don't think I'm just giving good ones to make people happy. My review today should show you that is true. I did not like this book. When I tell authors I will read their books and review them I always tell them I am a very strong Christian. I don't like to read books with a lot of foul language, sex or sexual innuendos, or things that oppose God in any way. I did tell that to the author of this book. This book is about ONE (a god, not my God for sure) he gets bored living alone so he creates these spirit beings called energynauts. He lets them pick what planet he sends them to and then gives them a game to do, if they win they get to come back and stay with him but if they lose they have to go to another planet and start over. I find the thought of a god that is bored offensive. I think a god that just wants to watch us play a game offensive. He sends some of the enerynauts to answer prayers, he doesn't eve do that. (no wonder he's bored. I didn't like this book. I do not promote it in any way.

Have a really good week and I'll talk to you on Wednesday. I am excited because this is our Annual Mission Conference. It will be awesome I just can't wait. Doug Jones is our key note speaker and award winning Eternity Focus is our music. It will be glorious! God bless you all.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Killer Assignment by Maggie Black

My book today is on the Love Inspired Suspense Book Killer Assignment by Maggie Black. This was a great book, I really liked it. Maggie did an awesome job writing it. I loved her character and the situations she put them in. You really need to read this one.

Katie Todd is a journalist. She once loved her job but now has a boss that doesn't have a clue what he is doing and is running it into the ground. Katie has a real problem with controlling, abusive men and her boss is just one of them. She is sent to cover a story about a party, just another fluff piece but she has a plan to take over the paper.

On the way to her story the train is forced to stop in a small town. Katie is supposed to have a ride but when she gets out of the train there is no one there but a teenage who has been eying her. A van pulls up and the two men try to force her into it. Katie runs and is saved by a man on the ledge that is working on some equipment.

Mark Armor, a man running from his past, is the director of a company, TRUST, that brings aide to foreign countries. He is testing a new invention to help transmit during catastrophes. About to start the test, he hears a woman scream, running to her aide he scares off the attackers. Taking over he helps her contact the police and finds her a place to stay. He doesn't understand why she seems to resent his help.

After another attack Mark decides to take her to where her story is to take place. He knows that taking her could expose his troubled past and cause her more danger.

The couple are on a journey to escape the kidnappers but are forced to deal with their own individual
pain and heartbreaks. A story of redemption, restoration, and forgiveness. you will really like this book. Run out and get a copy. It's available at or through Love Inspired.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Soldier's Sister by Debby Giusti

My post today is on one of the books in the Military Investigations Series by Love Inspired Suspense. This is a very well written book by Debby Giusti. I enjoyed the story, the characters were a bit flawed but then aren't we all any more. It was fast paced and full of action. Debby did a great job on this one.

Stephanie Upton came back to town to help the wounded soldiers as they get ready for civilian life. She transferred here to be able to help her brother. Estranged from her brother, Ted, because of a drowning accident involving several of his friends a few years ago. When she goes to check on Joshua, (also involved in the accident) she finds him out of his wheelchair and on the floor in a pool of blood. She calls her boss only to have a CID Special Agent Brody Goodman answer the phone. Upon his arrival, he sees evidence of foul play.

Brody is convinced Ted Upton is the prime suspect. He is determined to protect Stephanie even from her own brother. Death threats turn to attacks and then the killer strikes again. Would Ted kill his best friends or his sister.

Stephanie is torn by the two men she loves, one she would do anything for but he doesn't want her, the other she has come to love but will not trust him because of his conviction her brother is out to kill her.
How can she have a future with a man who thinks her brother is a killer.

A great story of vengeance, redemption, and reconciliation. I know you will enjoy this book and the other stories in this series, so run out and get a copy. You'll love it. God bless you all.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Weeping Willows by B. J. Robinson

My book review today is a short story, Weeping Willows by B. J. Robinson. I haven't had a chance to read any of her work(except blog post) so I was glad I found it. I once lived in Mississippi for a year and fell in love with the whole southern thing, so I did enjoy the story. I also enjoyed what she wrote about how the whole idea was conceived in her childhood. It would have been nice if they were able to free the ghost though.

The story starts when Angela drives up to the old mansion, Weeping Willows. Brad had entered a contest to win a trip to Hawaii, all they had to do was stay in the haunted mansion longer than the other couple, Kevin and Molly. The trip will be perfect for their honeymoon.

Kevin meets them at the door with stories about the wife, Willow and how she killed her servant girl but in the process killed her own little daughter. On finding them dead Willow killed herself and still wanders the halls weeping. Her husband drinks himself to death and also wanders the hall way.

The first night Angela meets Willow, who want to be free but no one stays long enough to free them. Molly meets the husband, screaming loud enough to wake everyone in the house. Molly wants out of there right now. Kevin talks her into staying.

There is also a proper butler who tells of all the sordid past and then feeds them the same seafood jumbo that Willow had suppossedly poisoned her family with. He has put them in rooms on the thirteenth floor, except for Kevin.

It's quite the tale, very well written, and I know you'll enjoy it. I hope you all go get a copy. God bless you and have a great week.

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Boy Who Walked A Way by Nancy Janes

My book review today is on the book A Boy Who Walked A Way by Nancy Janes. Nancy contacted me about reading her book and writing a review. She sent me a copy and I have enjoyed the book immensely. I had just finished a book about the end times that was full of dead bodies, crypts of dead bones, and violence at every turn. This book was a joy to read after all of the other. I know you will enjoy it and so will your children (I'm saving my copy for my nine year old grandson, I know he will love it.)

The main character is a young boy who has been thrown into a world of violence and war. His parents were forced into the military and he's left with his uncle. His uncle is soon called a way. Confused and angry he is left alone in his dark world with no hope of escape and little understanding of his situation. Under a weeping willow he cries himself to sleep, now rescued by a Guardian named Syntee, Jal is sent on a journey to a new country. Led by two magical guides, Sammy and Bea, he encounters many wonderful creatures and is told each ones stories. Their stories are often full of woes and hardships much like his own. This journey is lesson in dealing with his loss of his family,  all things he's familiar with, and teaches him the answers to the questions that have plagued him. The story ultimately shows him the plan of salvation.

It's an enchanted, humorous tale and is a joy to read much as were C. S. Lewis books. A story full of wisdom and guidance but told in a clever way to entertain and lead us on our own journey. A journey we must all under go. You will this book. you can get it on Please get a copy. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Prophecy by J. F. Penn

My book review today is on the second book in An ARKANE Thriller,  Prophecy by J.F.Penn. This is one of the few books I actually bought, I have so many given to me to read and review, I seldom buy any. I liked the first book so much I had to have the second. The books deal with end of times prophecies and religious artifacts. I really liked the book although it was a little more graphic in some areas than the first book.

Morgan Sierra is back home in Oxford and bored with her situation. She has decided she needs the excitement of working for ARKANE. Her job isn't giving her enough challenge but before she can make that happen. She receives a call from a dear friend, Dinah Mizrahi, in Israel. There's something strange going on at the mental health facility, Ezra Institute, where she works. Two suicides have taken place and are linked to the end of times prophecies that Morgan studies. Dinah asked her to come and help her.

Upon her arrival, Dinah shows her the rooms where the two people lived. You could still see the faint outline of the pale horse of the end times on the wall of the one who died there. The other patient had a picture of the pale horse as he jump off the Western Wall. The picture of the pale horse is now used by the evil group known as Thanatos. Morgan asks about their medications and therapy. Dinah tells her they are on new meds from Zoebios and an audio therapy. As Morgan examines the headsets, they are attacked and the hospital wing is blown up. Morgan saves her friend but as the ambulance is about to pull out, she see that the man who attacked them is the paramedic. Having no choice she shoots the paramedic and is arrested for murder, she immediately call ARKANE.

Landing quickly in England, her former partner, Jake Timber meets her and takes her to headquarters. Where she becomes involved in mission to discover The Devil's Bible before Thanatos can get there hands on it. The search for this book begins an incredible journey for the two of them. Thanatos and Zoebios are connected an out to destroy a quarter of the human population. You are taken to places you never heard of and places I have no desire to go to. It was an intriguing book, with characters that were deeply flawed and in some cases possessed. Not a journey I would want to take.

As all good fiction good wins out over evil and just in time to send Morgan off to another religious crisis. An outstanding story line, characters bigger than life, dead bodies, old bones, blood and guts, what's not to like. You may purchase it at I hope you read it and enjoy it. God bless you all.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Harvest Time

My post today isn't a review, I'll go back to that on Wednesday. Right now I want to share with you how God is dealing with me about the laws of sowing and reaping. All my Christian life I have been taught about sowing and reaping, I am a tither and a giver, I give at least 20% of my income and then there are special things that come up when God tells me to give.

I had always been taught to give, and confess God's Word over it and that was all I needed to do but recently I got my hands on a set of tapes by Keith Moore about reaping.  Several years ago God ask him if reaping was automatic? Do we think we can sit back and God will do all the work? After all He makes are seed to grow, He brings the rains, He keeps the devourer from eating our seed, must He harvest it too?

I had never thought of it that way. The laws of sowing and reaping are told to us by the example of nature. Farmers don't plant the seeds and then forget about it when harvest time comes, no he is out there working and bring in his crop. Proverbs has a lot to say about a man who sleeps through his harvest and yet we do that all the time. I've been giving for over thirty five years and have just expected God to bless me. He has blessed me but I know I haven't received what I was meant to have because I haven't been active in reaping I have repented.

I now am asking the Holy Spirit to lead me each day, to show me where to go to help me be the best reaper this world has known. I am starting to see this work in my life. God is so good, He doesn't want us to flounder down here. He wants to be an active part of our lives. I just want to Praise Him for what He is doing in my life. Glory! Glory! Glory! If you want to hear these tapes they are free!
You can go to his web site and down load them today. I suggest you do that right away. God bless you all, have a great week.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Seal Under Siege by Liz Johnson

My book today is a Love Inspired Suspense Book. It's the second book in the Men of Valor Series. It was written by Liz Johnson. It's a well written book about the working of Navy Seals. I love the first book of the series and wasn't disappointed with this one. I love the books based on the military as I come from that kind of a background. The men and women are all heroes in my eyes. This story was fast paced, authentic, and hard to put down. I know you will all love it.

Staci Hayes is a prisoner in a Middle East cell. Navy Seal Tristan Sawyer comes to her rescue and she is brought back to San Diego end of mission, right? Not so, during her stay Staci over heard a plot to blow up a target in the USA. As her guard leaves the cell, a paper falls on the floor. Staci takes the paper and finds a map. She hides the map and brings it back to the States with her.

Staci is unable to get anyone to believe her story. Finally in an act of desperation she looks up the one man who she feels will believe her, a Seal named LT.

Tristian is not supposed to have anything to do with hostages that are rescued and brought back He can't believe that the girl found him. He does his best to try to get rid of her, even after she shows him the map. He follows her home and witnesses some one running her off the road. Later a bomb is found at her house. Her life is in danger, can he save her without losing his place on the team?

An awesome story, you need to run right out and find a copy. God bless you and have a great weekend.