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The River by Beverly Lewis
"The River" is Beverly Lewis's latest fiction book involving the Amish. I have to admit I kinda tired of the non-stop Christian Amish books. But this one was actually refreshing. We have two sisters, Tilly and Ruth going home to the Amish to see their parents on their anniversary. But they both are now English and not Amish no more so there is a lot of open wounds with people back home. While home Tilly has to come to terms with why her dad is so strict with her and Ruth on if she wants to go back to being Amish for an old love. Also the whole family is coming to terms with the tragic death of the youngest daughter whose death is what triggered Tilly and Ruth leaving the Amish. Some of the book followed the common them I see in books about the Amish but most of it didn't. The one area that I was really glad the author touched upon is that the Amish have tendency to add our works to salvation. The Christian love affair to the Amish as tendency to forget this part of their beliefs. I really did enjoy this book as it was not a Amish romance book (yes, there was some there but not the main focus of the story) and it really developed more of the characters beliefs and life. I do recommend this book for anyone to read please don't assume its the normal Amish novel it is not.
I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.
"What is Reformed Theology?" by R.C. Sproul is about understanding the basics of reformed theology. Even though this book says it is about understanding the basics but it is really in depth not a milk type book at all. This was very meaty book with quotes and history from past reformers also with a lot of scripture. My favorite section was on understanding faith alone. Not only does it explain reformed theology but it also it breaks down and explains the acronym TULIP. Well wrote book that makes some hard things in theology easier to understand.
I was given this book from Baker Books for free and was not required to give a positive review.
"Morgue, A Life In Death" by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell is book about being a forensic pathologist and the details in cases that a normal person may miss. The authors bring up still famous deaths we know about today and others that are not so well known. This book is not for people with a weak stomach as it is very graphic on the details found during an autopsy. I will admit that does not bother me as I am always intrigued by how a mortician or forensic pathologists can figure out how someone died by an autopsy. It is a field of study that I am always eager to learn more about. This book did not disappoint in my thirst for unique knowledge. I think one of the sections that I liked the most was his chapter on when they dug up Lee Harvey Oswald's body to verify it was him that was dead in the grave. Also another section I really liked was the authors thoughts on Van Gogh's death of suicide as I am fan of Van Gogh's art. If you are intrigued by …
"Catch A Star" by Tamika Catchings is the life story of Tamika a professional basketball player who was born partial deaf that overcame that to become a top of her field basketball player. Her story is very interesting all the hard work she did to get to where her career. Her story of working so hard and to overcome the teasing/bullying from her youth to the basketball giant she became. This book was so inspiring to me. To have her even a little of her ambition the early 90's to grow up to be a professional basketball player was powerful. See when I was on a basketball team in junior high none of the girls I knew even thought about being a professional in basketball so to know she did was amazing. Her father played in the NBA but she never used to that rest on her own talent and hard work is what brought her to where she is today. She kept focused even when God put speed bumps in her life. I highly recommend this book for a very encouraging and uplifting book to…