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Well, after two years off, I’m starting to review books again. I love a good book, but sometimes I let life get in the way of that love. So, here goes…

rising

I REALLY wish I had started the book on page 9. Reading the first few pages really gave a lot away, and I wish I had been kept in suspense. Nonetheless, this book is very well written. Any time we hear about a tragedy that someone has gone through, I believe it’s human nature to want to know more details. It’s our natural curiosity that keeps us wanting to know more. I remember hearing on the news about the guy whose family was killed and burned and he narrowly escaped after being beaten and tied up. I can remember being curious. This book answers just about any question you could think of about those events.

I must admit, my husband has working nights this week, and it’s been hard to get to sleep after reading this book. My worst fear is never for myself but always about not being able to protect my children in a situation like this. A home invasion where the kids are tied up, there is rape, gasoline, fire, etc. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. Again, if it weren’t for the first nine pages I would not have been able to put the book down. Of course, it’s better for my sleep this way.

After you get through the details of “that night and early morning”, you get to the funerals. The way this book is written, it makes  you feel like you were there, You can picture the location, the setting, the people, every detail. You can imagine the friends and the family, and the community of supporters. Again, well written.

The trials, you feel like you are sitting in the courtroom with everyone. The author sets up the room for you. He lets you know where everyone is sitting. He lets you know how people are dressed and how they look. You can picture them as he details their mannerisms. I don’t want to get too detailed in the story line because I want the book to keep you on the edge of your seat as well. You grow to hate the attorneys, especially the one in the second trial. I wonder about the families of the murderers, they are not mentioned in the book.

The nonprofit established after the girls’ deaths, you want to be a part of it. I seriously plan to look it up and donate to the causes they chose. I have always been an advocate of battered women and children. It happens way too often, and groups need funding. This book builds a respect for Bill Petit, the husband, the father. He seems so strong through everything. He remains composed, I know my husband would not keep his composure. I respect his family, they take the high road. They advocate for justice in a calm and collective manner. That usually gets you further. In this case, that proves true.

Rising after the fall, well the title is The Rising, so that tells you there is one. However, to see exactly what that entails, go buy the book. You won’t regret it.

Buy The Rising here.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

 

Truth be told, I received this book to review a LONG time ago. Like, almost a year ago. I am not sure why, but I simply didn’t feel the desire to read it. Strange because it is a very small book. In fact, I just read it within the last hour. My thoughts, why has this book been sitting on my shelf for so long? It was great. As I do with all books I receive for review, I just wrote my name and the year in the back, and I will now pass it on to someone else. OK, onto the book.

It was a great read. I loved the idea of dinner with Jesus. I loved that the character was a stranger but likely won’t stay that way! I enjoyed the factual information on various other religions. The setting and the characters were all basic. The focus was on the truth. There isn’t much to say, it’s worth the read as a Christian. More than that, it’s a great small book to put it the mailbox or with a gift for an unbeliever.

I could have read more; I didn’t want it to end.

Hmmm…the complete title of this book is What are you waiting for? The one thing no one ever tells you about sex.  Therefore, it is a bit more difficult to review than books in the past.  I think it is very well written.  I like the layout, the order of topics.  It is not a book to just hand over to your 13-year-old.  However, I do think it is a great read for all women, and men.  I loved learning about yada love.  I truly enjoyed the scripture and Biblical references in the book.  I loved this passage from the book…

The ache in your heart to be known by and to truly know one man was placed in you to be a revelation of a much deeper love.  When you are in intimate physical and emotional communion with your husband, it will be a mere picture of the passionate love of a God who has been seeking your heart since before you were born.

Perhaps you have been seeking too–but somehow you missed hearing Him call your name.  A lot of counterfeit loves lurk out there.  After all, just as you have a Hero fervently seeking your heart, a Villain in eager to stomp on your soul.  He will stop at nothing to see the picture of God’s great love destroyed in your life.  The Villain will woo you in kindergarten starting with seemingly innocent boyfriends, will magnify your dad’s weaknesses so you will hate men, will put a microphone up to your parent’s mouths when their relationship is struggling so you will hate marriage, will lure you into sexting, and will carelessly trample on your virginity and then tell you that you are used goods. He doesn’t play fair.  He introduces lies and counterfeits to us in every shape and form.  He will do his absolute worst to rub out the true picture of God’s love in your life. 

So we keep seeking.

Searching for God.

Searching for true human love.

I wish I had these words as a young girl, a young adult, I love reading them now.  Although it’s too little to late.  As a parent, I hope to train my children in the ways of the Lord that they will be able to recognize the villain and when he is working in their lives.  I think this book is compelling, necessary to be read.  I cling to the understanding that it is the VILLAIN, not a promiscuous girl or a disobedient boy, but the VILLAIN who is trying to steer our children in the direction of forever losing God’s plan for them and keeping them feeling as used goods.  We have love and forgiveness in Christ.  We must fight to lead our children and to love them through their trials.

Susan Meissner is now a favorite author of mine!  I didn’t want to put this book down.  Watching as the lives of 2 ladies unfold and seeing how their lives were intertwined, although they lived decades apart, was enthralling.  The mix of truth and fiction was perfect.  I loved just imagining that this story could be true.  The relationship between Lady Jane Grey and Lucy Day was exciting and intriguing.  Reading this book, I felt like I was watching them mature and grow up.  The life of Jane Lindsay was like that of so many others in our current world. You see families struggling with divorce and the possibility of divorce entirely too often.  Reading how they realized that they had the ability to control their lives, and they could make decisions and also had to live with the consequences was like watching them take control of their lives.  I would recommend this book to anyone male/female, middle school age and up.

Before you read this book, be prepared to listen to God and be ready to obediently go where you know He is leading you!  Often, as Christians we know that we are being led to go somewhere or do something, but we are scared to death so we ignore the feeling.  Also, we are too often not supported by others, we listen to those “you are crazy!” comments and they add to our fear.  Honestly though, what do we have to fear if God is on our side.  We need to fear no obeying God and not going where he is leading us!! 

One of favorite passages from the book in on page 25 where Steven Furtick writes “If the dream in your heart isn’t biblically based, focused on Jesus, affirmed by the key people in your life, and tethered to you passions, gifts and life experiences, chances are, you’re way off prompt.”  I just love this because it is something so many people need to hear!  Many people think as long as they believe their plan is good, that’s all that matters.  We all need to step back and be sure our dreams include the affirmation of the key Christians in our life, and that our dreams are focused on Jesus.  Otherwise, they are probably doomed before they begin.  I believe God puts people in our paths for a reason, and we shouldn’t ignore or neglect relationships or things we learn from past failures and current friendships. 

I also love this “extraordinary moves of God begin with ordinary acts of obedience.”  How true is this throughout the Bible and the lives of so many people I have seen God move through.  You have to step out, take that first walk of obedience, work through your fear and trust God. 

I enjoyed all of the stories throughout this book of people’s “Sun Stand Still” moments and experiences.  We should know that God is big enough to make the sun stand still and that if we believe that and we have a dream that is focused on Jesus, we need to go for it!  We need to pray our own “Sun Stand Still” prayers and be ready to watch God move as we obey and tackle our fears!  

I loved this book, and I highly recommend it!