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Book Review: “Bread of Angels” by Tessa Afshar

I just loved this book so much! Can’t wait till it’s released and can be enjoyed by all! Below is my review. :)

 

 

“Bread of Angels” by Tessa Afshar

Biblical Fiction, Releases June 6th, 2017

Review copy from the author/Tyndale Publishers (Launch Team!)

My rating: 5 out of of 5 Stars

 

Book Description:

Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.

But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant’s daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.

With only her father’s secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances―along with her father’s precious dye―help her become one of the city’s preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia can’t outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

What a beautiful book, inside and out! But what else would one expect from a Tessa Afshar book? Truly, her books astound me and I love spending time in each one.
“Bread of Angels” provides a very touching and impacting story of Lydia the seller of purple. I so enjoyed following her life-journey, through trials and joys. And “meeting” Paul! That was really good.
I was just incredibly impressed and touched my this book. The lesson of trust – the symbolism of the Bread of Angels, manna, and relying on God for everything. That really hit me. Needless to say, I have many, many marks in this book to revisit and cherish. :)
Lydia was such a real character. I identified with her struggle against fear and the anxiety that brings. And to see the Truth of Jesus and what He’s done for us heal her was beautiful, knowing that He can perform that healing in all of us. What I love about a Tessa Afshar book is the deep truths of Jesus woven so care-fully throughout the story, the absolute love for Him and glories to Him shines from the books.
I find these books healing – God uses them in my life and I am very thankful. To Him be the glory!
“There is never so much sorrow in a life that it should become devoid of hope. Hope may grow fragile as a thread of silk; it may get stuck inside a box of misfortunes. But it is there. Don’t misplace your hope, my sweet child, not even when all of Pandora’s monsters chase you.” Chapter 21
“He does not always keep us from danger, but He preserves us in danger.  I have known hardship, but my heart has felt secure in His steadfast love.” Chapter 24
“I see where this story is headed/ God wanted the people to trust Him for their daily needs. Trust Him to provide for them not just once but continuously.” Chapter 28
“There is nothing in the world so damaged that it cannot be repaired by the hand of almighty God.” Chapter 45
Posted in Books, Chuck Black, Heather Day Gilbert, Tessa Afshar

The Big Ol’ Wrap Up

It’s that time of year….where we wrap up this previous year and prepare for the new. On my blog, that mainly means: Books. ^.^
And because I am doing this post, I won’t be doing the Monthly-Wrap up of books like I often do. I did aquire some good books in December, but I didn’t actually read many at all. In fact, all I read was a short story (“Last Wish: a Short story” by Valerie Howard) –  I started “Wives and Daughters” by Elizabeth Gaskell at the beginning of the month, and am just finishing it now, so I’ll count it for 2016 but I’m afraid I may finish it on the first. XD. It’s a 600 page book, heavy English. But very good! :)
Anyway…
I read quite a few books during 2016; not quite as many as I was hoping for, but still a good amount, rounding out at a total of 63 books, and a total of 15,048 pages, according to Goodreads.
I won’t list them all, because that’d take time I don’t really have, and some people (most?!) probably won’t care. XD If you *want* to see what all books I’ve read, you can check out my Goodreads page here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2016
In this post what I *will* be doing, is listing some of my favourites. I read quite a few good ones, so narowing it down is always hard. I’ll try to just list 5.  So, shall we?
blog-2016
Family Lies, Deadly Ties by J.A. Marx. This was a 5 star book for sure. I loved it.
Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar – Mrs.Afshar does it again, writing a brilliant, heart-touching, encouraging read!
Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert – This is an easy one for “Best of 2016” for sure. Absolutely magnificent!
The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall – My first Dawn Crandall book and it was amazing. So sweet!
Light of the Last by Chuck Black. – A fantastic ending to a great series!
But I can’t forget these other amazing books that I thoroughly enjoyed:
Like Never Before, Keep Holding On, and One Enchanted Christmas, all by Melissa Tagg – all of these were SO good! So cute.
Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin  – one simply cannot go wrong with a Sarah Sundin book! Her WWII fiction is fantastic.
…and so many more books. ^.^
NonFiction: I only read a few, but two of my favourites were these:
“I, Isaac, take thee, Rebekah” by Ravi Zacharias and “I Dare You” by Isabella D. Morganthal.
Honourable Fiction Mentions:
“If He Lives” by Sarah Holman
“Counted with the Stars” by Connilyn Cosette
“Long Way Gone” by Charles Martin
“Miriam” by Mesu Andrews
“The Flaming Sword” by Heather FitzGerald
Augh, do you know how hard it is to narrow down great books?! I realize a lot of you do. ^.^
So, what do I plan to read in 2017? Um…well…I’d like to get through my TBR bookshelves! XD That’s a lofty goal. But realisitcally, I really would like to check off a couple on my shelf that have long been waiting to be read. I also want to reread the first book and novella in the Ilyon Chronicles, and continue on with that series, and also reread The Time of Grace Series by Alicia Ruggieri, finally getting to read the third one! I have many other “To Read”s though. We’ll see what get’s done! What is on your 2017 Read List? Did you have a favourite book of 2016?
Here’s to a year of pleasurable reading!
Posted in Book reviews, Books, lists, Pinterest, reading, Tessa Afshar, update

April Book Recap

Happy May First!

And first, I’d like to wish my dearest friend, Kenzie, a very Happy Birthday!!! Love you, Ken!! <3

 

FREE printable book wall art - or use it for filling in the titles of books you read(pic via Pinterest)

 

I’ve been keeping track of what books I receive in the mail and what books I read through the month, so I thought it might be fun to share! If I have already written and posted the review for each book, I will link to it in the title. :)

 

During the month of April, this was my Book News:

Finished “Like Never Before” by Melissa Tagg (LOVED it) Contemporary Romance

Read:

“A Daring Sacrifice” by Jody Hedlund – but I didn’t finish, only skimmed because I was disappointed in it. Medieval/fantasy fiction

 

“The Prophetess” by Jill Eileen Smith – I skimmed this one too towards the end because of the content. Biblical Fiction

 

“Family Lies, Deadly Ties” by J.A.Marx – I adored this book, and am so very excited about it! It releases on May 13th. Can’t wait to share more about it!! Contemporary/Human-trafficking fiction

 

“Counted with the Stars” by Connilyn Cossette – Very good! I will be posting my review soon. :) Biblical Fiction

 

“The Beautiful Pretender” by Melanie Dickerson – Really enjoyed this one! Will also post my review of it soon. :) Medieval/Historical Fiction

 

And I started “Anchor in the Storm” by Sarah Sundin, which I am enjoying! WII Fiction

 

Favourite Book of April: Hard to choose between the few excellent ones…but I’d have to say “Family Lies, Deadly Ties” by J.A. Marx. So good. :)

 

This month, I plan to read “Land of Silence” by Tessa Afshar (which releases TODAY!!! <3), “Dawn at Emberwilde” by Sarah E. Ladd, and we’ll see what else! :)

I’ve also got a couple blog posts coming soon…a Tag and some book reviews. :)

Do you keep track of the books you read each month?

 

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Another year past/2015

Hello! Today is the last day of 2015. I hope it was a good year for all of you! And I hope 2016 brings lots of blessings and lessons from our Lord too. :)

I am going to do my yearly post of books I read over the past year…so, here we go! I’m showing them from the latest I read to the first I read back in January of 2015. Each image should bring you to their GoodReads page and my review if applicable. :)

 

The Daughter of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides, #2) 
 
 
 
 
 
Meant to be Mine (Porter Family, #2) A Dream Not Imagined: A Cinderella StoryThe Art of Losing YourselfFive Glass SlippersThe Choosing (Seer, #1)
The Fragrance of Geraniums (A Time of Grace, #1) The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest (Thornbeck, #1)Esther: The Story of a Woman Who Saved a NationSide by SideTrial by Twelve (A Murder in the Mountains, #2)
Beauty (Folktales, #1) The Salt CovenantsJoseph of Arimathea: A Tale of the ResurrectionFinding MeRise of the Fallen (Wars of the Realm, #2)
For the Joy Set Before Us: Insights into the Missionary Journey Brothers and BetrayalLove by the Letter (Unexpected Brides, #0.5)The Tomb: A Novel of Martha (The Living Water, #3)Remember the Lilies
Stay in the Castle Adventures and AdversitiesHow to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding, #3)An Uncertain Choice (An Uncertain Choice, #1)Dauntless (Valiant Hearts, #1)
The Vow (An Uncertain Choice, #0.5) The Mystery of the Missing Cufflinks (The Regency Adventures of Jemima Sudbury, #1) The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land, #1) Paper Hearts Journey to the Well
Both of Me Waltz into the Waves: A Cinderella StoryTiger LilyDeliver Me from Evil (Freedom #1)  Beyond All Dreams
 Cloak of the Light (Wars of the Realm, #1)
Most of them were very good, and some were so-so, and other’s weren’t a favourite. But ultimately, I had a very good reading year! Top ten favourites? Hard choice! But here are SOME, in no order:
“Resistance” and “Half-Blood” by Jaye L. Knight
“Not Abandoned” by MacKenzie Morganthal
“Brothers-in-Arms” by Jack Lewis Baillot (not published yet)
“The Fragrance of Geraniums” and “All Our Empty Places” by Alicia G. Ruggieri
“The Tomb” by Stephanie Landsem
“The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” and “Golden Braid” by Melanie Dickerson
“Better than Peanut Butter Ice Cream” by Kristen Krueger
“Through Waters Deep” by Sarah Sundin
“Rise of the Fallen” by Chuck Black
“Dauntless” and “Chivalrous” by Dina L. Sleiman
Okay, so I realise I cheated a little and did more than ten, but there are only ten lines, so… :D
Some Honourable Mentions:
Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden
Waltz into the Waves by Sarah Holman
A Dream Not Imagined by Shantelle Mary Hannu
The Tethered World by Heather FitzGerald
Side by Side by Jana Kelley
For the Joy Set Before Us by Erica Fye
Annnnnd there were more I enjoyed. :) But I will end here. What books were your favourites of the year? Could you pick just a few? :D
Here’s to more reading in 2016!
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Been a while…

Hello :)

I apologise for another absence of posts altogether. I’ve even missed a Pinterest Favourites Friday or two, for which I am sorry. Time gets away from me, especially in the summer.

Besides being busy, I still have been able to read fairly often. I just finished a book called “Until My Name is Known” by Sonya Contreras – it was (fiction) on the Biblical account of Moses. Very interesting and enjoyable, and as it was a review-book, I shall be posting my review along with the blog tour for it, which I think is in September…

I’m currently re-reading a favourite book of mine – “Harvest of Rubies” by Tessa Afshar. I seriously adore this book and could never read it too many times. :)

Harvest of Rubies:Amazon:Kindle Store

 

A review book I am most looking forward to:

Chivalrous, Book 2 in the Valiant Hearts Series by Dina Sleiman, coming with Bethany House Publishers September 2015.

 

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, “Dauntless” (my review here), so I’m excited to continue with this one! And isn’t the cover fun? The book releases in September of this year.

For randomness’ sake, how about a gif of Mr. Tilney in Northanger Abbey?

Henry Tilney

I mean really, why not? ;)

 

I’m so used to posting book reviews, and posts about books, that just regular, every-day-life-posts don’t come easily anymore. Perhaps that is a good thing, for my life is rather boring. I am doing dog chores this week, and they have been going well. Our local history-reenactment deal is going on this weekend, so that should be fun. Our garden is starting to produce its items, such as cucumbers and cabbages…no tomatoes yet, though. When they start, we’ll be in the kitchen for a good long time. =)

 

I guess I shall end this sad little post. At least you got to see some beautiful book covers and Mr. Tilney. That’s always a plus, right? ;)

As always, don’t be afraid to comment – I love hearing from ye all. =)

 

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Friday’s Post – a little change, and a lot of author-love

Hello! I hope you’ve had a lovely week! I decided to change things up a bit today, and post something other than Pinterest Favourites. As the title implies, I want to share some of my excitement over some authors and their books! Three favourite authors in particular. :)

First, I have some VERY exciting news, and I personally and SO excited!! The fantastic author, J.A.Marx, author of The Destiny Series (I reviewed #1 and #2) contacted me recently asking if I would be interested in doing an author-interview with her!! Goodness yes! This will be my first author-interview here on the blog, and I am very thrilled. You simply must stop by when it is posted. J.A. Marx so kindly answered all of my questions posed to her (and there was quite a few…), and her answers were lovely. I will be putting the post together this weekend, and posting it sometime next week. So check back! It’s going to be a very fun interview, and you won’t want to miss out on this author – her books are amazing!

banner ad – click on this sword that is featured on her books to go to her site!

 

 

Second: You know Tessa Afshar? One of my favourite authors ever? Yeah, so she just finished the drafts on her next story!!!!!!! I know that means there is still a ways to go – editing, re-editing, etc. But it’s in the progress, and I am so excited for its completion when I can read it. <3

  -click on her picture to go to her site!

 

Third: I just received a review book that I am sooo excited about!! Oh it is beautiful. I have adored this author’s two previous books and that have greatly impacted me, and now I’ve got the third book in my hands, and already only 4 chapters in, I am absolutely hooked. You want to know what the book and author are? Well, “The Tomb: a story of Martha” by Stephanie Landsem of course! I don’t think it will take me long to read it at all…I don’t want to put it down. =)

 – click the image to go to Mrs. Landsem’s site and learn more!

 

 

So! Yes, very much excitement!! I’m so excited about each of these three authors and their news. And I really can’t wait for you to read the review with J.A. Marx!

Do you have any favourite authors or any excitement of your own to share this week?

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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.