Book Reviews by praetorian2004
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“Jesus never promised a life without difficulties, but He does promise to guide us along the way, showering us with His presence, love and peace.” With those words, Mary Rooney Armand summarizes this compilation, Life Changing Stories. These thirty-four devotionals, written by different Christian women, show the variety of troubles and afflictions in life. Their genuine stories of heartache and pain also show the varied grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Jesus answers prayer. Jesus turns bad situations into blessings. Jesus helps His people.

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Voice Treaty Truth was written by Barbara Miller was written in two weeks! Even though quickly written, the important subject matter is not presented without thought. In fact, Barbara Miller and her husband, Norman, have been involved in the aboriginal cause in Australia for decades. Her insights in this book are passionately and clearly reasoned. As with other racial issues in societies today, the issues in Australia are intensifying. This book was written quickly to address a very specific referendum.

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F. Kennerly Clay's East of Nowhere captures the soul of the sixties with vivid and raw narrative. It's the story of her life, and what she knew and learned about her father's life. The book is not hagiography (where only the goodness of her father is told). The author clearly loves her father--deeply so--but she is realistic about him and her relationship with him. The author's father is perhaps typical of a free-spirited man from the sixties. His portrait, as she writes it and his poems convey it, is of a person who sees life differently than most.

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The Last Invention by Diane Lilli is foremost a story about sisters and their nearly unbreakable bond. Amanda and Emily have an enviable sisterhood, a bond like steel, forged by their indomitable mother. Their lives are very different, but their bond remains. Amanda is a successful businesswoman, married, and has a son. Emily was a successful athlete and has a joyful life. All is well until tragedy strikes. Heavy grief changes both sisters; that grief becomes an opportunity for one sister and makes the other vulnerable. Bonds between sisters can be broken—by death.

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River of Wrath by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor is the sequel to River of Ashes.  Leslie is now free from Beau Devereux, but not from his ghost and not from his father. She is also not free from the tragic loss of her dear sister nor from the pallor that her sister's death has cast over her family, especially her mother. Her bond to new friends isn't quite enough to replace the relationship she's lost with her boyfriend. River of Wrath delves deeper into St. Benedict and the history of the town as well as the characters at play.

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Down a Dark Road by H. W. "Buzz" Bernard tells the historically fictional story of how Colonel James Thayer of the United States army reserve carried on in the last days of WWII. With historical accuracy and detailed descriptions of tactics and weapons, Bernard brings us down, "boots to the ground," with Jim Thayer and his men. Their mission against the Nazis takes a gruesome turn. They pass through dilapidated towns where disheveled and displaced people are scraping at a semblance of living.