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An announcement of sorts

Good day to you, my much appreciated blog-followers! :)

As the title states, I do have an announcement to share with you all. And it’s rather large, in the sense that I didn’t think that I’d do this. But I’m content with this decision, because I know it is directed by God and He has shown Himself SO awe-some in every sense of the word. So my news is this:

 

I will no longer be reviewing books at the rapid pace that I have been – that I’ve been known for. In fact, I’ve gotten off several of the Book Review Programs. I’m taking a Sabbatical. (such a fun word, is it not?). The reason for this, in short, is that it is what the Lord has guided me to recently. It’s definitely time for a break. See, when I read and review books I am analyzing the book so I can justly review it, but by doing this constantly, I have formed a habit of being analytical in everything – and that is leaning on my own understanding, not God’s. It’s thinking through every little thing when I should have faith instead.  And I want to lean wholly on the Lord’s understanding instead of my own, and so I am obeying Him in this step back from reviewing.

 

Sabbatical

 

Truthfully, it is a relief. Yes, I have loved this season of reviewing – it has been a great experience! But I am now ready for a new season. I will still be reading (of course!) but at a more leisurely pace, and I won’t necessarily being posting reviews of every book, as the amount of review books I receive will be just about nonexistent.

However, I will be finishing out with the reviews I have already committed to, so there are a couple yet to come. And I’m not banishing myself from all book reviews, just really stepping back.

 

It’s a big change for me, I’ll be the first to admit it. I am a reviewer. But now, it is: I was a reviewer. My life doesn’t need to hinge on reviewing, and a breather will be nice!

I’ll still do my best to keep up with my blog here, and I’m still apart of some blog tours coming up. I’m just also going to be doing a lot of “de-stressing” which means de-cluttering, etc.

 

So, here’s to a new season! Thank you for understanding. :)

 

 

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Moody Publisher Book Review of Tessa Afshar’s “In the Field of Grace”

“In the Field of Grace” by Tessa Afshar

Biblical Fiction

5 out of 5 Stars

Source: MPnewsroom

About the book:

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi’s, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.

But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor.  Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi’s chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.
 
Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that ultimately changes the course of Israel’s destiny and the future of the whole world.

 

My Review:

Oh my goodness did I love this book. I knew I would, though. :) Tessa Afshar never disappoints! At least, I don’t think so. Each book she writes is absolutely amazing, and it is a joy to read. I always learn something from them, and love and appreciate the depth she adds to each book.
This was a beautiful retelling of the Book of Ruth from the Bible. The characters came so alive, and you got to see so many new aspects that you don’t really think about when you read the Biblical account. I just love that Miss Afshar always enhances the Biblical accounts and always points the reader back to God and to read the Bible account above all else.
I loved every inch of this book, and was so pleased to read it. The characters were magnificent, and you grew to love each and every one of them – even the ones you didn’t think you would like!
Towards the end, I would come to a spot that I’d think it was over and then find that there are still quite a few chapters left – and normally, that might not be such a good thing, but when it comes to Miss Afshar’s books, it is always a good thing!! I personally think that these books you could read forever :D I guess I may be a little biased though, seeing as I love them so much…
But yes, back to the story-line. What else can I say other than that it was amazing? So well done, and so many truths! And I loved that the healing process specifically in Boaz’s life wasn’t just right away – it was really a process, and that made it so realistic.
I do think, though, that the book should have been named “Pearl in the Night” as was an option at the beginning. “In the Field of Grace” is definitely a lovely title, don’t get me wrong, but I think “Pearl in the Night” would have fit it so well! I loved that part towards the end….*sigh*. I won’t give away anything. But go read it for yourself!! And though it is not a direct continuation of “Pearl in the Sand” (Tessa Afshar’s first book), it is definitely related, and it would be nice to read in order – but at the same time, “In the Field of Grace” can easily stand alone, as can “Pearl in the Sand”.
I am so thankful for the chance to read this! I loved it so much.

 

I received a complimentary copy of “In the Field of Grace” from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

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Moody Book Review: “Abraham and Sarah” by Roberta Kells Dorr

Title: Abraham and Sarah
Author: Roberta Kells Dorr
Type: Fiction, Biblical
Number of pages: 265
Source: Moody Publishing Book Program http://mpnewsroom.com/
My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Description:

Abraham and Sarah is a masterful historical drama from the moment that Abraham strides into the pagan temple to rescue Sarah. The couple set out in search of the blessings God had promised: abundant fertile land and descendents more plentiful than the stars.
But years of wandering bring the couple to Egypt where once again Abraham convinces Sarah
that as sister and brother surely they will pass safely through the territory. But
Pharaoh takes Sarah into his harem where she befriends Pharaoh’s daughter, Hagar.
Together the three are ordered to leave.
Years of barrenness have embittered Sarah and she hatches a plan: Hagar must become the vessel for the child God has promised. Ishmael is born to Hagar and so is jealousy born in Sarah’s heart. But God had a plan and He was right all along. This miracle unfolds with Historical authenticity leaving the reader with a better understanding of the ancient world and the life-changing faith of Abraham and Sarah.

My Review:

I was very excited to receive and read this book. And when I got it, I was even more excited because the new cover is gorgeous (this book is re-published from 1995), and I love Biblical fiction. However, I was sadly very disappointed upon reading it. I had read a review where someone said that the author took great liberties with this book, and I must agree. It is much more fiction, than Biblical. I also feel the story is a poor representation of Abraham and Sarah and many ways. To be honest, I had to set apart in my mind the fact that this book was about Abraham and Sarah (in other words, I chose to think of it as a work of fiction completely, not relating to Biblical accounts), because it taints the Biblical account for me. I do not believe Abraham or Sarah would have acted like the author presented in this book.
I think this book had good potential, but it wasn’t executed well. I felt that quite a bit of the information presented was inaccurate and definitely not factual.
However, I am not completely opposed to trying more of the author’s books in the future, as I have read one other of her books that I enjoyed.
And please keep in mind that even though this was not my favourite read, doesn’t mean it won’t be yours. I don’t want to point others away from it just because I did not care for it. One man’s least favourite, is another man’s favourite :)

I received “Abraham and Sarah” free from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review.