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Reading and writing books is what I do.

SPOILER ALERT!

Genesis

“Then God said, ‘I’ve given you every seed-bearing plant on Earth
And every kind of fruit bearing tree,
Given them to you for food.
To all animals and all birds,
Everything that moves and breaths,
I give whatever out of the ground for food.’
And there it was.”20

Summery of Chapter One

“Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, and all their stary host, the earth and all that is in it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything and the multitudes of heaven worship you.”21 “In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”22

SPOILER ALERT!

Chapter 1

The descendents of Israel had spent 500 years in Egypt, inundated with myths of how different gods created the physical world and the human race. They had to be told the truth. No primordial mound or “Island of Creation” arose from a primeval ocean with the favorite god of the different areas being the creater god. Humans were not created to do any god’s dirty work – weren’t the slave of any lazy god. The sun, moon, and stars are not gods. The universe didn’t originate from a cosmic struggle of the gods and mankind was not created from the blood of a god for the purpose of serving the gods.2

There was no concerpt of a “natural world” in the thinking process of the ancient East.3 Everyone believed that everything that happened in life was the result of a diety’s activity – favorable or not.4  

Moses’ job was to tell his people who really created the universe and what he was like – as much as they were able to understand. He had to introduce Yahweh to a people who had pre-concieved ideas and deep rooted concepts of god/human relationships. He had to, at the direction of the Holy Spirit of God, communicate to the people from their point of understanding. Yahweh always stoops down to our level – we are incapable of reaching up to his level of understanding, even through the blood of Mashiach – and the children of Israel didn’t have the blood of Christ yet.

The word”create” (Hebrew bārā) concerns fuction.5

1.In the beginning Yahweh created the heavens and the earth.

2.And the earth was unproductive6 - There is nothing functional7.and darknes was upon the face of the deep.  Light and darkness are thought of as functions in the ancient Near East.8 And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

  1. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Yehwah made light fuctional. “Let there be light” would read “Let there be a period of light.” Verse one is all that is said about the actual creation, as we understand it today, of the universe.

4.God saw the light, that is was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

A king named objects and people in ancient times to show ownership or sovereignty.9 Yahweh did not name light and darkness in verse 5, but a period of light and a period of darkness. This is a metonymy, a figure of speach in which the name of one thing is used in place of another.10  Time is created, a function not a material substencce.

Yahweh separated cosmic space. John Walton11 says that on the second day Yahweh established cosmic order and set up a system that serves as the basis for weather.

Yahweh exersiced his preogative as sovereign to name the sky and instruct it to control precipitation. 

Yahweh separated terrestrial space. Yahweh named the dry land and the pooled water. Egyptian cosmology was common knowledge to the Israelites; the primeval mound reflecting the yearly reality of the fertile soil emerging after the flooding of the Nile.12  Yahweh demonstrated his right as Sovereign to assign function and name to the utilities for the basis of food.13

In days14 1-3 Yahweh tells the ancient desendents of Israel– and us – that it is he15 who establisehd the functions controling time, weather, and food.

Here Yahweh is assuring the ancient Israelites and us that he established the functionaries as well as their functions.

The to great lights link to day one in that thay are to direct time. Yahweh is the maker of those two great lights and the establisher of their functions. Their use is people orianted. They were not gods, as the people in tha ancient world precieved them to be, they were Yahweh’s servers given the function of regulating day, night, times of sowing and harvest, etc.17

It was and is Yahweh that was and is responsible for the water, air and land abounding with life. Our God put them there. He contradicks the ancients’ belief that the land and sea contained creatures that are threats to human beings18. I assume that would include the Loch ness monster, Sasquatch, and Cupacabra. All living creatures are part of the blessings of Yahweh.

Notes

1 John 1:1-3

  1. The Archological Study Bible, Zondervan. 2005,pages 5, 1139, 888.
  2. The Lost World of Genesis One, IVA Acdemic,Dawners Grove, IL, 2009, John H. Walton, page 20

4.Evolutionary Creation, Wipf and Stock, 2008, Denis Lamoureux, pages 105 – 47

  1. The Lost World of Genesis One, IVA Acdemic,Dawners Grove, IL, 2009, John H. Walton, page 38
  2. The Lost World of Genesis One, IVA Acdemic,Dawners Grove, IL, 2009, John H. Walton, pages 48,49
  3. Creation and Destruction, Winona Lake, Indianna.: Eisenbrauns, 2005, David Tsumura, page 35

8.ibid, page 54

  1. The Archaeological Study Bible, page 4, note on verse 5.

10.The Lost world of Genesis One, page55

11.ibid, pages 56,57, 58

  1. ibid, page 58

13.ibid, page 62, Technical support

  1. Periods of time
  2. He is a term of being here, not gender
  3. These seven periods of time, in my opinion, are not days of the week, or eras of time. they are established for the purpose of the seven th day –seven represents completion or perfection.

17.The Lost World of Genesis One, page 64

  1. ibid, pages66, 67
Source: http://akleslieprice.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/a-study-of-the-book-of-genesis-part-of-chapter-one

My Notes On Writing Fiction

Title

Of first importence:
Keep it short
Say something that reveals the tone of your book, prepares the reader and indicates the pace.
Be posative. I wanted to name one of my books The Beautiful Melincholy Rain but my sister said it was a bad title and no one would want to read a book with that name. I don’t think Dianna’s Source of Strength was much better.
Be secific – and we’re back to keeping it short.

Classifications:
Plain Label would be like The Baker Family Saga or The Road West. Neither one pulls the reader into the book to see what it’s all about.
Striking Statement might be something like Death On The Trail  or The Dreadful Trail
Paraphrase takes a well worn phrase and turns it into something that will catch the eye like Home Sweeter Home. That was a title suggested in a course I took from the Christian WritersGuild.
Alliteration would be something like New Life or Old Strife.
Quotations should be easier, but they’re not for me. Maybe Walking in The Midst of Trouble.
Question would be something like Why Go West?
Balance and Contrast  - New Life For an Old Family or as is suggested in the study guide Good News for Bad People
Exclaimation – Go West, Old Man!
The Unusual must not offend the reader.
A Touch of Drama should be an ingredient of most titles. The Road West has no drama. Evelyn’s Anxious Banch has drama but confused people who have neer heard of an anxious bench.

Maybe The Hard Way Home would work for book six.

Source: http://akleslieprice.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/my-notes-on-writing-fiction-4

My Notes on Writing Fiction

Title

Of first importence:
Keep it short
Say something that reveals the tone of your book, prepares the reader and indicates the pace.
Be posative. I wanted to name one of my books The Beautiful Melincholy Rain but my sister said it was a bad title and no one would want to read a book with that name. I don’t think Dianna’s Source of Strength was much better.
Be secific – and we’re back to keeping it short.

Classifications:
Plain Label would be like The Baker Family Saga or The Road West. Neither one pulls the reader into the book to see what it’s all about.
Striking Statement might be something like Death On The Trail  or The Dreadful Trail
Paraphrase takes a well worn phrase and turns it into something that will catch the eye like Home Sweeter Home. That was a title suggested in a course I took from the Christian WritersGuild.
Alliteration would be something like New Life or Old Strife.
Quotations should be easier, but they’re not for me. Maybe Walking in The Midst of Trouble.
Question would be something like Why Go West?
Balance and Contrast  - New Life For an Old Family or as is suggested in the study guide Good News for Bad People
Exclaimation – Go West, Old Man!
The Unusual must not offend the reader.
A Touch of Drama should be an ingredient of most titles. The Road West has no drama. Evelyn’s anxious Banch has drama but confused people who have neer heard of an anxious bench.

Source: http://eslieprice.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/my-notes-on-writing-fiction-3

My Review of

Miss Marple’s Last Case
Sleeping Murder
by
Agatha Cristie

This book was first copywritten in 1976, the year that Agatha Christie died. The story is about a young woman recently married and come from New Zealand where she grew up to England. She is looking for a house that will be home to her and her new husband. She finds the perfect place – a place that feels like “home” from the very first. The house is definantly home and strange things start happening right away. When she realizes there is a mystery there that needs solving, both she and her husband are determined to solve it. Miss Marple suggests that it might be better to let well enough alone, but the young couple are determined to dig up the past. The past is just as determined to bury anything or anyone who tries to dig it up.

Agatha Cristie does both show and tell in her books and that makes them a lot more interesting than the writers of today who leave so much out of their writing. Adjetives and adverbs, when used in moderation, add depth to the story. Agatha Christie wasn’t afraid to use them. I think this must be one of the best and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery.

My Notes on Fiction writing

Elements of Fiction

Narration
Dialogue
Dramatic action

Think first of problems, conflict, struggle and the stalwart trials of your hero or heroine.

Plot

The plot is the plan, the design, or the blueprint for the story. It provides the superstructure for constructing a beautiful piece of art. They don’t happen without effort and are built into the story like studdings in the wall of a house. The bigger the problem, the more heroic your lead character will be as he or she faces and solves the problem.

Items your plot must contain:
1. Abstract values which show the triumph of good over evil in the major conflict.
2. Contrasting characters in the story action, each strongly motivated in his efferts to achieve a definate goal.
3. And urgent must with an obvious can’t.
4. A situation which appears insoluable, followed by an ingenious solution which is believable though surprising.
5. A moral theme or an unstated premise to which the story serves as a sort of parable.
6. A special feature ingredient for a fresh angle.
7. My own expression of the subject matter, the era, area, and characters of the story.

Types of Conflict

  1. Person vs Nature
    Person vs Complication such as hidden clues which hinder solving a crime
    3. Person vs Person
    4. Person vs Himself such as two or more desires tearing at his heart. The stronger the conflict, the greater the chance of a sale.
  2. Name and race
    Outstanding features
    3. Kind of clothing worn
    4. Food he likes
    5. State of health
    6. Hobbies
    7. Sports
    8. Work
    9. Family
    10. Appearence of his house
    11. Education
    12. Ambitions
    13. Wants
    14. Fears
    15. Money
    16. Friends
    17. Things read
    18. Music
    19. Like flowers? Yes or no
    20. Travel
    21. Love
    22. Political convictions
    23. Religion
    24. What makes him or her appealing
    25. Biggest problem

Questions you must be able to answer about your characters before you write about them

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My Notes On Writing Fiction

Style

Cultivate a simple style.
Use forceful verbs instead of adjetives and adverbs.
Use words that paint a picture by describing things the reader can hear and feel, taste, touch, and smell. Example: sand dunes etched by the wind.
The use of resemblence will give your writing power and make it engaging.

Metaphor: an implied comparison Example: He had a heart of stone.

Simile: an expressed comparison or simularity between two different things or ideas using the word like.

Onomatopoeia: the technique of forming nsmes or words by imitating the sound associated with the thing designated.

Alliteration: repeating the same first sound in a group of wo0rds or line of poetry. Don’t overdo it.

Watch antecendents of pronouns. Make sure the pronoun agrees with its anticendents in number and gender. Who actually did what?

Use fewer words. Boil down rambling phrases to a single shot.

Use variety in your vocabulary. Edit out of your final draft trite expressions that weaken your point. Drop the adverb very from your vocabulary. Replace ordinary or weak words with stimulating new ones. Make sure they say precisely what you want them to say.

Use contractions.

Be personable. Avoid the use of must and should.

Get rid of gobblegook.  (mental drunkeness)  Simplify, simplify, simplify.

Use active voice: You can usually turn a passive sentence end to end to make it active. The difference between saying, “Thes notes were made by Allison Kohn,” and, “Allison Kohn made these notes.”

Polish your lead.  
Introgative lead
Shocking statement lead
Anecdotal lead
Declarative lead
Bizarre lead
Suspenseful lead

Source: http://akleslieprice.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/my-notes-on-writing-fiction-102914

My Notes On Writing Fiction

Adding Interest

Add interest to the story with a mental picture of the enviroment.
Introduce color with the physical location.
Use the mental reactions of the characters to create atmosphere.

Add variety by using narriation, description, and dialogue judiciousely. Weave required narriation with a light touch into the fabric of the tale as it progresses and use a sure hand with color and contrast.

Prepare for finality so that when it comes it will be believable. It must satisfy the reader even when it leaves the door open for the next book in a series.

Craftsmanship

Structere: the story is an organic creation consisting of parts put together for a desired effect with definate plans. The author must not only put the parts together for the desired effect, but the author must design the plan.

Analysis: competent criticism, by the author, will point to the strengths and weaknesses of the story.

Form: Use a predetermined technical method of construction. What parts compose the story?

Theme: What is the story intended to accomplish when it is finished? Example: The story is about the family’s transition from social butterflies in the east ot town builders in the west.

Motif: a declaration of the author’s purpose; a simple proverb or tag. Example: The Lord sometimes takes us into troubled waters – not to drown us – but to cleanse us.

The outline will illistrate the motif.

Notes on writing fiction

Characterization

Draw a true portrait of people and leave it to the reader to draw cxonclusions about their morals.
See humans as they really are and indulge in no conscious distortion.
Empathize with every character you write about. Put yourself in his or her shoes and feel with them.Not sympathy or admiration, but profound understanding.
Each character must act in strict consistence with his or her assigned characteristice.
Abserve and record without assignment of moral values.
Be able to write a complete author biography of every character you write about.
Draw an emotional response, from reader to character, from the first page of the story.
Give yoursef equally to each character you create.

Source: http://akleslieprice.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/notes-on-writing-fiction

SIdetracked

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Title:  Stain of Guilt (Hidden Faces #2)

Author:  Brandilyn Collins

Pages:  353

Year:  2004

Publisher:  Zondervan

After reading the first book in this series and finding it just so-so, I was hesitant to continue reading the series, but I’m so glad I did.  This second book takes place soon after book one, Brink of Death.  Annie has continued with her training to be a forensic artist by taking classes.

Annie Kingston is hired to draw a sketch of an alleged murder, who has been on the run for 20 years.  Her drawing will appear on a famous television show that hunts down wanted criminals.  In order to draw an accurate, age-accelerated image, Annie interviews people who worked the crime scene of the murders as well as family members of the victims and criminal.  While “getting inside the head” of this evil man in preparation for drawing him, Annie is also dealing with a delinquent teenage son.  Her son is involved with drugs and hanging out with the wrong crowd.  Annie also is dodging making a commitment to the Lord.  In the last book, she promised she would seek Him.  She has started going to church, taking her children, but won’t make the move to make Him Lord of her life.  She doesn’t want to give up control.

As Annie begins her interviews, she receives an anonymous threat.  She quickly involves Detective Chetterling, who was also the acting detective in the last book.  She refuses to bow to the threat and continues her interviews.  Then, she begins her drawing.  She is almost finished when she is kidnapped and held as a hostage.  She manages to escape and pledges to make God the Lord of her life.  New evidence is discovered for this 20-year-old case.   Annie realizes the truth about who is guilty of murder.  Will she be able to use this to prevent more violence?  Will she follow through on her promise to God?

This book seems to have lots more tension that builds up to a great climactic scene at the end of the story, which I thought made for a great story!  Annie is depicted as a single mother with real problems that anyone can relate to, which made her easy to identify with and care about.  Her journey to a saving faith also rang with truth.  The struggle to maintain control when at the end of your rope, wondering why you still want control of such a messy life was so real!  I’m looking forward to reading book three!!

My rating is 5 stars.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

Murder Simply Brewed

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Title:  Murder Simply Brewed (An Amish Village Mystery #1)

Author:  Vannetta Chapman

Pages:  352

Year:  2014

Publisher:  Zondervan

Amber Wright is the manager of an Amish artisan village of shops, inn and restaurant.  One of the shops is a coffee shop where visitors often go for their caffeine fix.  One morning the manager of the coffee shop, Ethan Gray, is found dead.  Amber must see to finding a replacement and feels responsible for the employee’s death while on her watch so to speak.  Then, there are some acts of vandalism that leave quotes from the Bible’s book of Daniel.  Do these incidents have anything to do with Ethan’s death?   Even though the death is ruled natural, there are nagging inconsistencies in some people’s behavior and actions that cause Amber, Hannah and Tate to think maybe the death as not so natural after all.

Amber hires Hannah, a young Amish woman, to take over managing the coffee shop.  Hannah hears some rumors among other workers and shares what she learns with Amber.  A friendship develops between the two women as they share clues they uncover.  Hannah also begins to notice her best friend Jesse has become a man while she wasn’t looking, and the two may have more than friendship in their future.  Amber shares her beliefs with local law enforcement, but without proof they don’t believe her.  She and Tate spend a lot of time together hashing over the clues they’ve gathered.  As the case comes to a head, Amber realizes she loves Tate and wants a future with him, but will she survive the culprit’s next attempt?

I really liked the romance that developed between Tate and Amber.  It was nice to see romance budding between two middle-aged people.  I also liked the mystery element of the story, although I think it got bogged down a little bit with many details about the village and its workings.  Maybe those with a love of all things Amish will find those details more interesting.  The advice dispensed by Hannah’s mother also was wise and biblical, which I really appreciated.  I look forward to the next mystery due to be released in December, titled, Murder Tightly Knit.

My rating is 4 stars.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

SPOILER ALERT!

Deep Trouble is the fourth book in the Baker Family Saga. The Baker family is living in the Willamette Valley – Ferndale, Oregon to be precise. Way back in 1842 when Alice Mae was only four years old, Donna was two years old and Rose was not even old enough to walk, their grandfather, Jonathan Baker, decided his whole extended family needed to move to the west coast.

He bought, what he thought was, a house big enough to house them all (he was wrong, it turned out to be a shack) and began the work of convincing his children and their spouses his plan, to plant a town with them in Oregon Territory, was a good idea. That was before Oregon was even a proper Territory; it belonged to the country that could populate it first.

Jonathan and Margaret Baker had five children and ten grandchildren when they left for the disputed part of the Louisiana Purchase. The family didn’t want for money or land but Jonathan had always been an adventurer and being among the first families to settle in the west coast would be his ultimate adventure. 

Not all of his fellow travelers were as fortunate as the Baker family and didn’t possess the biggest and best wagons for traveling. Most of the families either had nothing because of the crash or because they just had never had anything go right for them.

 The Thomas family was an example of the later families. But Mrs. Thomas had a scheme that was surely going to pay big dividends – this time. She wanted Jonathan to join her but he wasn’t interested. She took his attitude as a personal insult and had a life-long grudge against “that snooty Baker family” She used one of her sons, the “poor Chester” mentioned in the first chapter of this book, to get even with them but so far the only plan that had succeeded was the slow murder of Jonathan.

*That wasn’t much of a victory since the Baker family didn’t even realize their beloved patriarch hadn’t just died of old age. But Chester kept trying until, in Angels, Eagles and Fire, the third book in the saga, his obsession drove him into a mindless deviant who did nothing the rest of his life but suck his thumb.

*It was in the second book, Day by Day that Mr. Ed, as he told the girls they could call him, came into the story. Eduardo was the law in the Spanish town in Californio where Sam robbed and killed a business man. The lawman tracked Sam to Ferndale and was there when Chester and Sam kidnapped one of the Baker girls. When Alice Mae followed, with the intention of saving her cousin somehow, Chester tried to shoot her and the lawman got there in time to save her.

*In The third book, Day by Day, Dianna gave birth to her first child, Joseph, Chester Thomas tried to kill Alice, and Richard returned to the valley with his future bride.

*The family has grown and expanded and the town Jonathan established has attracted other families so Ferndale is now a good sized town for that day and time. The boys in the family are all encouraged to go back east and finish their education so they get a taste of cultured society but the girls are not so fortunate.

The Baker family decides to remedy the situation by exposing three of the oldest girls, Alice Mae, Donna, and Rose to the culture they have heard is in California.

 The other two girls, who are old enough to be exposed to society, will be going east with their mother to find husbands in another year so they are not allowed to go to California with the others.

No one would have believed, in their wildest dreams that Alice, Donna, and Rose would end up in a desert, or as potential wives of a kind Mormon - or doing washing from a boiling pot, over a fire and bouncing a fretting baby on a hip clothed in itchy wool instead of the satin and silk the girls are used to.

Source: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/470240

My Review of
The Last Ember
by
Daneil Levin

A young American lawyer and former doctoral student in classics, Jonathan Martin, is summoned to Rome to examine a client’s ancient artifact and with a map of ancient Rome discovers secrets that will keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat from start to finish. The author has a flare for storytelling and did his research well. If you like history, adventure, mysteries, or thrillers you’ll love this book.

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Last-Ember-Daniel-Levin-ebook/dp/B002IPZG1I/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414072756&sr=1-1&keywords=the+last+ember+by+daniel+levin

My Review of
Murder Most Amish
by
P.L. Gaus

This Mystery Guild Omnibus contains three of the author’s mysteries that take place in the different Amish communities of Ohio. The Amish mysteries by P.L. Gsus are so engrossing that once I read one I had to read them all. I hadn’t been so captivated so much by a mystery since I read all Agitha’s books for the third or forth time. I like to watch the three boyhood friends work together to as they solve these mysteries too. They are not Amish – one is a lawman, one a professor, and the other a Mennonite pastor – but they live in a town surrounded by different Amish communities. I recommend these to anyone who likes good mysteries.

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Most-Amish-P-Gaus/dp/1611291984/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413992806&sr=1-1&keywords=Murder+Most+Amish

This is the last and best of cliff Ball's End Times books. Here is a quote from the book: 

"

Administrator Davis reported to his local Universal Congregation building shortly before he went home for the evening to do his fourth and final worship of the Patriarch for that week. As he was worshipping, he heard a woman scream and other people start wailing and crying out as if they were in some kind of horrible pain. The person next to Wayne collapsed and he watched in horror as worshippers began being covered in painful looking sores, blisters, and boils. What’s going on? Maybe I should get out of here before that happens to me. He thought to himself, as he started standing up so he could leave. Before Wayne walked a step, pain like he never felt before shot through his entire body and he was instantly covered with various skin diseases and sores. He collapsed to the ground, curled up in a fetal position, and then passed out.

When he woke up, Wayne found himself staring up at the ceiling lights in the hospital, but he felt very numb, like he was being pumped full of drugs. He looked around, but saw no one, so he called for the nurse using the call button next to his bed. The nurse, who looked awful because of the sores all over her body, and was obviously in pain, came to him, and asked, “What can I help you with, Administrator?”

Slurring his speech because of the numbness that apparently affected his tongue too, he asked, “What happened?”

“We’re not entirely sure, sir. All we know is that most everyone in the global community have painful sores riddling their bodies. Pain medication works to a degree to soften the pain from these sores, but we don’t know how to get the sores to stop being so painful or to disappear,”

“Oh. How long was I out?”

“You were brought in here by one of your security guards about six hours ago, but I’m not sure how long you were passed out before that,”

“Has the Patriarch said anything about our affliction?”

“Sorry, I haven’t exactly been paying attention to the news, we’ve been busy with this latest emergency,”

“Okay, that’s all right. How long before I can go home?”

“Whenever the meds wear off, probably in the next two hours or so. We’re currently in crisis mode, so we need all the beds and meds we can spare. Sorry,”

“Don’t I get anything to lessen the pain?”

“Sure, as much aspirin as you can stand to take without overdosing. Look, Administrator, as much as you’d prefer it that I stay here and talk to you, I do have a job to do. The case manager will probably be in here in the next hour, she’ll have you sign your release papers, and then you’d get to go home. Now, if you’ll excuse me, there are other patients who need my help.” She walked out of the room to attend to the next patient."

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Times-Tribulation-Christian-Thriller-Saga-ebook/dp/B00O17XXMA/ref=la_B002BMFRBC_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413923819&sr=1-16

The Preacher's Bride Claim

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Title:  The Preacher’s Bride Claim (Bridegroom Brothers #1)

Author:  Laurie Kingery

Pages:  288  

Year:  2014

Publisher:  Love Inspired Historical

I love historical novels, whether based on actual events, places or people.  One of the best eras in this time is when people were taking risks to start new lives after the War Between the States.  In the first installment of Bridegroom Brothers, we have Elijah, the eldest of three brothers, set on claiming a homestead acreage in Oklahoma while his brothers attempt to claim their own land.  Elijah is a man who has experienced a past of heartache and trials, but chooses to look to the Lord even when it is hard to see how the Lord’s hand is at work.

Gideon and Clint adore their oldest brother, yet are currently at odds with the Lord due to their prayers not being answered as they desired.  Now, with mere weeks to pass before the land rush begins, hearts are changing and are being challenged to believe the Lord in addition to not believing lies that are spread about the three Thornton brothers by another family.  Though Elijah has made a vow never to fall in love again, that vow is challenged when he meets Alice Hawthorne who has come west to run away from an overbearing bully in the east.  With Elijah ministering to the spiritual needs and Alice to the physical, they each wonder if God has a different plan for them than the one they set their minds and hearts on.

Each of the three books in this series is written by a different author; however, the story line continues from this novel to the sequels, The Horseman’s Frontier Family and A Lawman’s Oklahoma Sweetheart. When I began reading this series, I was unaware there were other novels in the Bridegroom Brothers series and accidentally began with book three.  Other than knowing the outcome to a mystery that begins in this first book, it didn’t matter much that I read them out of orders as all three books were still very enjoyable.  No one who loves westerns, faith, history or romance will be able to pass up these three books that are as encouraging in faith as they are entertaining!  If you are one who likes to do things sequentially, then please read them in order. J

My rating is 5 stars.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Preachers-Bride-Inspired-Historical%5CBridegroom-Brothers/dp/0373282591/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402687164&sr=1-1&keywords=the+preachers+bride+claim

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