Our Little Secret by: Roz Nay

Our Little SecretOur Little Secret by Roz Nay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Deep inside the fibers of everyone’s brain, where the real stories are told, there’s always dark intend. Everybody has the urge to destroy. It’s simply a sliding scale. Put a crowd of a hundred people in a room and wait. Eventually the psychopaths will emerge. They won’t be who you would suspect and there will always be more than one.

Not a heartwarming read but definitely a read that reveals the darkness of the heart. The antagonist Angela finds herself at the police station being interrogated by the police in the disappearance of Saskia. The narration is based on Novak’s interrogation of Angela and the response of Angela that tells the love story of HP and herself. How they met, their relationship, and what brought it all to the little room at the police station. The brilliance of this read the articulation of a heart that is scorned. Some of it can be hard to understand in the relationship of Angela, HP and the living relationship that ensued. An ex girlfriend living with her ex boyfriend and wife and child. That is a train wreck waiting to happen and its not pretty.

Angela focuses on her other relationships with interrogation as well. Her mother and good friend that she met while in Oxford. Relationships that ultimately lead to her demise.

The way we live now, most people veil their destructiveness and dress it up as love. They clothe it and feed it and take it out on the town as their socially acceptable form of devastation. They do as much damage as the next person. All love stories are crime stories and all crime stories are love stories. If you say that’s not true, you’re not looking properly. Perhaps when two people join, it’s inevitable, the things they’ll damage in each other.

Love story or crime story yea it’s both!

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The Prayer of the Lord by: R.C. Sproul

The Prayer of the LordThe Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jesus did not give the Lord’s Prayer with the intention that it would be repeated mindlessly. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we need to pray it thoughtfully, giving attention in our minds to its content. It is not a mantra to be repeated without the engagement of the mind or heart. It is an example of godly prayer. The benefit of praying a prayer like the Lord’s Prayer over and over again, it becomes part of the fabric of our thinking. It begins to become part of our souls, so that we fall back on it when we’re at a loss as to how we ought to pray. We can always pray the Lord’s Prayer.

This is the 2nd time I have read this book and it has given me more insight not only to prayer but to the gospel. The Lord’s Prayer points us to our greater need. It is the gospel. I never saw it that way before but as I was reading, every sentence is the gospel. It displays who God is, his purpose and his love for us. It invites us to be satisfied in his Glory and not of this world. It brings us out of anxiety to peace that is not explainable but is obtainable.

Sproul goes thru each line of the Lord’s prayer and its benefit for us. Prayer is not God’s benefit but for us to focus and know him. The Lord’s Prayer when understood correctly, gives us a hold on God’s sovereignty and our free will. I liked Sproul quote here Yes, we have free will, but our free will is always and everywhere limited by God’s sovereignty. When there’s a conflict between my will and God’s will, mine has to give way. Not my will, but His will, is sovereign.

Sproul’s teaching is always concise and with scripture supporting scripture. This is a resource that all Christians should have.

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Deadly Recall (

Deadly Recall (Jessie Cole, #2)Deadly Recall by T.R. Ragan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Instead of doing something about what happened to your daughter, you took the easy way out. Feeding your anger. It’s easy to be violent, angry and mad. It’s a lot harder to fix something.

Jesse Cole and her tribe make reading fun. The plot, the characters, there is a connection that always brings me back for more. Jesse is passionate about what matters. In , Her Last Day she was determined to find out what happened to her sister. Raising her daughter Olivia now, she wanted Olivia to have closure and to know what really happened to her mother. Deadly Recall is dealing with Olivia and the aftermath and another case. Another case involving a vigilante who is targeting the pharmaceutical industry. A company that is being held responsible for the death of his daughter.
The president of the company has hired Jessie to find the distraught father before he makes good on his threat.

As in the Her Last Day, a few characters are brought back. Ben, a journalist who saved Jesse’s life is trying to find his own life. A life that has been erased from his memory. A life that is dark and maybe dangerous. You are pulled into Ben’s search of the unknown which is always is thrilling not knowing what you will find. Another character from Her Last Day Zee is my favorite come back. She suffers from multiple personalities and has joined Jesse’s investigative team. What goes thru her head and her big heart makes her a favorite and one that you cheer for.

Now I am ready Deranged. Bring it on!

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The Road Home by: Beverly Lewis

The Road HomeThe Road Home by Beverly Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5 stars

Good things do come out of deep sorrow and great loss…at least in time.

Lena Rose left everything she knew behind upon the death of her parents. The eldest of all her siblings, it was decided for her to go to her cousin’s home. Leaving Michigan and her way of life was surreal and difficult. She not only left behind her brothers and sisters but her beau who promised to write to her often while she was in Pennsylvania.

Adjusting to her new home, she found serving others healed her heart. There were opportunities that came like visiting homebound relatives and teaching a grandmother to read so that she may be able to read to her grandchildren. It is in these opportunities that God healed her heart. Still longing for home, she met a friend that found Lena conflicted in the area of the heart.

Thru confliction, loss, sorrow and friendships, Lena made a journey of what home really is. The relationships that are built on faithfulness and compassion.

A Special Thank you to Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Family Next Door by: Sally Hepworth

The Family Next DoorThe Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Now when she walked out of her house and saw one of the neighbors, she went over and said hello-even if it was early in the morning. It seemed impossible to her now that they had all been going through their own private torture while living right next door to each other.

I have read Hepworth before and am I big fan. Her plot is driven thru her characters that each have their distinct mark on the story. This is no different however, it was a thrilling read. I was at the edge of my seat, turning the pages of my trusted kindle as fast as I could.

First of all, I wasn’t sure what “family” this was geared towards. There are several families in the mix set in Australia (also a different setting for Hepworth). Neighbors Ange, Fran and Essie are wondering about their new neighbor Isabelle. She is mysterious and single, and vague. However, each of these neighbors are keeping something from each other. Essie whose mother lives next door helps Essie with her babies. Her mother and husband are terrified that another incident will occur where Essie will leave her baby unattended. Is Essie an unfit mother and would she do harm to her children.

Fran and Nigel with their two children appear happy and all together, but will it pass the ultimate test when a secret is revealed.

Ange believes her marriage is strong and stable. Her husband is the every woman’s dream, Handsome, attentive and a loving father. What happens to their marriage when it is based on a lie.

Isabelle has the greatest secret of all. She has motive and determination to get what is rightfully hers.

Each of these women of their own narration that is unique and brings you to their struggle. A struggle in womanhood, motherhood and how each struggle is done alone. As with most struggles, it starts in the mind until you put it into action. Which each of these women did. Again always fan of Hepworth!

A Special Thank You to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Gospel Comes With a House Key by: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

The Gospel Comes with a House KeyThe Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sanctification is work, not an act. We grow in sanctification over a lifetime in union with Christ, of denying ourselves, of taking up the cross, of following Christ. We grow in knowledge of God when we read our bible in the way God intends – as an inerrant, inspired, authoritative, unified revelation. Image-bearing the knowledge of God means that we lean into the cross and not ourselves. There is always a battle between cross carrying and doing what feels best to us. Hospitality is a sanctification at work.

Rosairia Butterfield and her family practice radical hospitality. They budget for it, they plan for it, and they are intentional about it. It is a way of practicing and displaying the gospel. I would not call this text a resource, I think it way more than that but a testimony of the power of God and blessing of hospitality. Hospitality is not easy and many times it is messy. Butterfield centers her family practice in the friendship of a neighbor that was later busted for meth lab. Her neighbor kept to himself and way from the Butterfield, however, they developed a friendship in spite of that. They found common ground in a dog. There was no bible pounding but an invitation. There was no condemnation but there was compassion. How many times when we watch the news and we think or say out loud, they deserve to go to jail and to throw away the key. The Butterfield believe everyone should know the gospel – the Good news of Christ.

There were two chapters that impacted me in this much needed study of hospitality. One was on the care of her mother as she was in hospice. Her mother a proud atheist and a strong feminist always thought of Rosaria of being weak. It is those very words that her mother begin to receive Christ. In our weakness, (in death, sin, our depression)we can lean into Christ for his strength. Dying she realized her weakness. It was there all along but death has a way of confronting you with that weakness. This chapter had me in tears. It was tender and honest and I appreciated Rosaria sharing it with her readers. Rosaria also shared about her past. Growing up in her family, her life in LBQT and the impact LBQT has on hospitality. It can put many Christians to shame.

The other chapter was on Judas. There is a Judas hidden among us and could be us. Judas is only found in the church. An environment that is ripe for Judas is consumerism. Judas thought himself to more merciful than God. That Christ had failed him. “He missed the core lesson, a heart broken by Jesus asks the Lord to make him godly, not bless his natural desires. A heart broken by Jesus prays, Lord make me yours, not Lord, give me what I want.”

There are many things that keep us from hospitality. Fear and to keep the status quo. Butterfield expresses the dynamic of family. The gender roles and how they maintain a healthy environment for hospitality. I think it is important that before hospitality can be expressed outside the home, we must be practicing inside the home. Hospitality is a family effort and will not work if the family is not on the same page. Hospitality is a mission that we all can do. If you are in family that would not practice this, you can practice hospitality in other ways. Butterfield does stress a counterfeit hospitality vs a Godly hospitality.

I highly recommend all Christians read this because hospitality is the gospel. We see people as made in the image of God practicing hospitality. We do not think better of ourselves practicing hospitality, and we pursue the heart of God in hospitality. A nearness of God.

A Special Thank You to Crossway Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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A Gambler’s Jury by: Victor Methos

A Gambler's JuryA Gambler’s Jury by Victor Methos
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

They’ve been looking to change that law for a long time. Looking for the perfect case to do it with. So when they found a black kid with three white kids willing to testify against him, they jumped on it. Black kid with three white accusers don’t stand a chance with a jury here. A gambler’s jury. A nick name used by defense attorneys – a jury with a case where a any rational person would acquit, but they might convict because of race.

Defense Attorney Dani Rollins wears her emotions on her sleeves. She has a dysfunctional background that pretty much keeps her dysfunctional in her personal life. She is reeled in by her son who sees his mother as she really is. It is a sweet relationship. However, her ex is another story which shows her vulnerability and weakness. Her job as a defense attorney shows her strength in compassion.

A case against a challenged young black male that is literally dumped by his parents on to her door step. She takes the case reluctantly but as the oppression against this young man is brought on by the state and his parents, Rollins is in her prime. Mercy and justice. It is what she fights for and it is her story that should fire up mercy and justice for us readers.

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