Ezekiel is a prophetic book of the Bible. Rabbis say it is not for the casual reader of the Bible, but rather those who have some background in biblical history, scholars if you will. They’ve even roped off portions of this book saying certain parts are not for public reading. This entices me, because I am a layman (laywoman?) Yet I have the Holy Spirit. Shouldn’t it be enough that the One who wrote it is breathing within me? Isn’t enough that He says “All scripture IS God breathed & is useful…” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) . So I’m going to go through it slowly and see what I can draw from it. You’re welcome to join me.
I received a free copy of this title for an unbiased review. Here goes,
I am a fan of Julie Klassen, and I’ve read nearly everything she’s ever written, with the exception of the first book in this series. That being said, some series are written in such a way that if you miss the first book it shouldn’t matter, and you should be able to pick up a book and understand who’s who and what’s what within minutes. Alas, this was not the case for this book. It took me a good 75 pages before I understood who was who and what was what. In other words, the characters were a bit muddled for me, and the women seemed too much alike for me to clearly follow their stories lines. I’ll attribute this to my own lack of reading the first book.
What I loved, and what I generally think Ms. Klassen excels in is writing setting. One really feels like one is in their little town. In addition to her fantastic use of setting, in the front of the novel their is a map of the town. I’ve not read a book that had a map in the front of it for quite some time but it was a nice addition.
Finally, I never knew what exactly a circulating library was, and through this novel I got to learn a lot about how they were set up, and how they were precursors to our modern day libraries! Any day I can learn something new from a novel is a good day.
Four out of Five Stars I’d say.
The Sound of Rain is a period piece set in Myrtle Beach in the 1950s. The main characters, Larkin and Jude are both well crafted full fleshed characters in search of their purpose in life. After a mining disaster Jude thinks its his duty to live the life his brother planned. After a hurricane, Larkin is intent on serving the poor in the back mountains of Kentucky. Through various trials and tribulations, they realize that their intial goals are smaller compared to what God dreams for them.
I really enjoyed this novel from Sarah Loudin Thomas. The pacing of the story was a bit slower than I’m used to reading, but the reality of it is that it really puts you in the southern way of not rushing through a story, but really savoring it.
If any criticism can be made about this story is that while I enjoyed the ending, I thought it was a bit odd, yet some how it fit the rest of the narrative.
I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for my un-biased review. Thank you Bethany House.
So I just recieved the first book in the Atlanta Justice series by Rachel Dylan. I’ll post my review in the next couple of days. Thanks Bethany House!
|The Clockwork Dynasty||Daniel H. Wilson|
|The Stone Sky (Broken Earth Series #3)||N. K. Jemisin|
|The Deerslayer||James Fenimore Cooper|
|The Last of the Mohicans||James Fenimore Cooper|
|Captains Courageous||Rudyard Kipling|
|Flatland: A romance of many dimensions||Edwin A Abbott|
|Watership Down||Richard Adams|
|Leap of Faith||Queen Noor Al-Hussein|
|Thunder||Bonnie S. Calhoun|
|Season of Wonder||Lisa Tawn Begren|
|A Time to Die||Nadine Brandes|
|When Mischief Came to Town||Katrina Nannestad|
|Wearing God||Lauren F Winner|
|The Finishing School||Valerie Woerner|
|The Adoration of Jenna Fox||Mary E Pearson|
|The Kiss of Deception||Mary E Pearson|
|The Patriarchs||Beth Moore|
|Four Sisters, All Queens||Sherry Jones|
I’m taking a blog vacation here, though I’ll be posting about summertimme over at Palm Beach City Moms Blog if you want to keep in touch.
Things I’m listening to on my writing vacation:
- Havilah Cunnington
- Lisa Bevere
- Priscilla Shirer
I’m reading through the New Testament, re-reading L.M. Montgomery’s books, and looking for ways to be involved in my local community.
I’ll be back in August with recipes, fashion fun and daily observations.