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BookCrash Book Review: “The Salt Covenants” by Sylvia Bambola

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“The Salt Covenants” by Sylvia Bambola

Fiction

Review copy from BookCrash

My Rating: 4 our of 5 Stars

 

About the book:

“Bambola (Rebekah’s Treasure) elevates a simple historical tale into something transcendent, in this beautifully written novel about a young Jewish noblewoman, Isabel, who flees the Inquisition on Christopher Columbus’s second voyage to the New World.” Publishers Weekly starred review

“But these plans they have laid out for me like an embroidered rug, showing me where my feet must travel, is to me an awful penance for sins I did not commit.” Isabel

Spain 1493: Isabel has broken her mother’s heart by becoming a sincere convert to Christianity. But when she is noticed by Friar Alonso at La Casa Santa, the Holy House, she is forced to flee the Inquisition by entering into a loveless marriage and sailing with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. But all too soon Isabel is forced to struggle alone in her new life and new faith. With all the risks and hardships how is she to survive? And will she ever find love in this strange land? And what of the dangerous Enrique Vivar? Will his hidden agenda cost her her life?

My Thoughts:

I was quite impressed and pleased by this book. I had previously read Mrs. Bambola’s “Rebekah’s Treasure” and enjoyed that one, so I was excited to read another book by her when the chance came up. Though the time period was different, and thus the themes varied, it was still excellent.

This was a fascinating and well-written story, and a very full one. It is kind of hard to review because of that reason, but it really was good. At one point towards the end, I was worried it wouldn’t end happily, but I was really glad – and relieved – when it did! Main character, Isabel, had to go through a lot of trials, but the Lord gave her strength through them all. The history behind it all and weaved through it was spectacular.

I enjoyed seeing more into what it would’ve been like for those in 1493, especially for the Jews – or conversos* as they had to be, though it was sad too. So many struggles and wrongs and so many committed to them in the name of Christ. I loved though, that Isabel came to know Jesus and believing in Him as her Savior. It was all written beautifully. Oh and the part where they mentioned the Salt Covenant – that was so cool! I hadn’t heard of a salt covenant before, but it was really neat, and I loved it.

There were some more graphic scenes in various situations, which is why I would recommend this book for more mature readers (perhaps 17+). However, it was still a good read.

For me, it was a relaxing, quiet, yet very adventurous book, one I enjoyed!

 I received a free copy of this book from the publishers through BookCrash in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

 

*A convert from Judaism to Christianity; usually implies a forced conversion – from the glossary in back of book.

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Book Crash Review: “Word Changers” by Ashlee Willis

“Word Changers”

by Ashlee Willis

Review copy from Book Crash

About the book:

Escaping from the turmoil of her home, fifteen-year-old Posy finds herself at her usual haunt … the library. When she chooses an unfamiliar book from the shelf, she does not devour its words as she usually does…

Its words devour her.

Posy is pulled into the pages of a fairy tale in turmoil. Characters whisper of rebellion against their Plot. And Posy must find a lost princess whose role in the story is crucial, before her own role in the book comes to a horrible end.

With the haughty Prince Kyran as a reluctant companion, Posy ventures past the Borders of the Plot, into the depths of the treacherous Wild Land forest that lies beyond. Secrets are buried there, dangerous and deadly.

Yet the darkest secret of all is the one Posy carries within herself.

Soon it’s clear that finding the lost princess is the least of Posy’s concerns. The Author of the book must be found. His Plot must be put to rights again, his characters reminded of who they were first created to be. Only then will the True Story be written, both for Posy, and for the tale she has now become a part of.

My Thoughts:

I was interested in reading this book because really, falling into a book sounds pretty neat. :) And seems like it’d be a good premise.

However, I was concerned at the beginning of the book for a couple reasons. One being the fact that magic is involved. I know magic is common and an infatuation among many, but I must be honest and say that it is not something I am comfortable with in the least. I do not believe magic is of God (and since it isn’t of God is can only be from one other source), and thus try to steer clear of books containing magic and ‘powers’ because of my beliefs and convictions. I was also a bit… uncomfortable with the owl figure, who ‘dabbled in magic’.

I, like many, am fond of fairy-tales, but I am not fond of the magic and often ungodly treachery involved.

Personally this book was just not for me, but of course my opinion is only one of many.

 

I received a complimentary ecopy for review from Book Crash. All thoughts are my own.

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Book Crash Book Review: “Singled Out: Finding Contentment when it’s just you and the Lord” by Nikki Derouin

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Title: Singled Out: Finding Contentment when it’s just you and the Lord
Author: Nikki Derouin
Source: Book Crash http://www.bookcrash.com/
Genre: Non-fiction
Number of Pages: 101
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (this rating is a rough-estimate, as I didn’t finish the book)

Description of the book:

Are you struggling to find your purpose in life? Are you in a relationship that you feel is pulling you away from God? Are there no “options” in sight, and you are starting to fear that God may have forgotten about your heart and your dreams? Singled Out was written with the sincere desire of encouraging you in your walk with the Lord, motivating you to search your heart, and challenging you to wholeheartedly commit your life to Him! Remember, regardless of our relationship status, we must be single-hearted in our service to Christ — our Savior and our First Love.

My review:

Well, as above mentioned, I did not finish this book. I am just not in a spot in my life right now where I could focus on it.
I requested this book mainly for the purpose to review it for friends who like these type of books, and I had hoped to give a helpful review. But to be honest, this type of book is not my “style”, and I have a hard time reading them just because they don’t really minister me. I don’t want to give an unfair review just because I don’t really get into these books that help with ‘contentment while being single’ – I am sure this book could do a lot of good in young ladies lives, and be helpful. I got about half way in the book; some of the things the author spoke of were good, however I did notice that she was kind of ‘promoting’ finding “ourselves”, but didn’t continue on the importance of finding ourselves in Christ, which I think is so important – everyone needs to know and understand who they are in Christ first and foremost before worrying about finding their spouses.

Like I said, you may find this book very helpful. It is pretty short, and therefore a pretty easy read. It’s sort of along the same lines as “Before You Find Prince Charming” by Sarah Mally. How to use the time of singleness before marriage for God.

Thank you to the publishers and Book Crash for allowing me to review this book. :)

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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BookCrash book review: “Priceless Stones”

Book Title: Priceless Stones; 42 days of Hebrew Promises for Kingdom Living
Author: James Revoir

Review:

I received this book free through Book Crash, a free program that allows you to read their books in return for an honest review.
This book is a gem, truly. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, as most devotionals I’ve read are rather surface-y, but oh wow! I am awed, amazed and thoroughly encouraged by this one! The book goes day-by-day devotionals, starting with a verse, and the Hebrew root word that can be translated in the back of the book. Each day devo is only about two-three pages long, but so packed with Godly insight. I was sold for it on Day Two :) There are ones that bring me to tears, challenge me, up lift me, and of course, encourage me, as I stated.
Through my walk with Christ, I have learned many, many things, and one of those is the importance of repenting, prayer (obvious), and declaring. Declaring what He has shown me, declaring I am new in Him, announcing and declaring I am His. There are so many examples of announcing and declaring, so I won’t get into all of them, but that is an important part of my faith. And I was SO thrilled and excited when at the end of each devotional, the author has a “Declaration” section after the prayer! I will also say, I was so excited about him including a prayer at the end of each too, and not only that but they are such godly prayers, so chock-full of foundation and…oh it’s just wonderful.
I’m going to give you an example from the book:
Day One is titled “He Alone Empowers Us to Love Him”, it has a Hebrew word, then gives Deut. 6:4-5 for Scripture, then proceeds through the (amazing) devotional. At the end, is the prayer, that truly does express ones heart very well, and then it is the Declaration, and that begins like this: “I declare that by faith, my love for God is all- consuming everyday. By the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in me, I daily choose by an act of faith to love the Lord with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my might…” etc. The rest is really, really good too. Every single one of them are. This is not just a surface devotional that you read quick and forget about it the same day, it is a book to feed our hunger for God. I am thoroughly impressed by this book, and love it. I have learned much from it, and it has lifted me up on days when I was down. It has reminded me of my Abba Father’s extreme care for me. It teaches me to grow even when it’s hard.
There are convicting days in this devotional, I will ‘warn’ you. They don’t just let us be comfortable, these probe us to search our hearts so that we may be pure before our Lord.
Again, I love this book, and give it the well-deserving 5 stars. My entire family and I enjoy this gem of a book!

Thank you, Book Crash, for allowing me to review this book!