A Nest of Sparrows Review

 A Nest of Sparrows

By Deborah Raney

Genre: Christian fiction

5/5 chickadees singing! I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to. I thought it would be predictable, but instead, it was more realistic. 

Wade’s fiancée dies suddenly and he unofficially keeps her three kids living with him and tries to make single fatherhood work. Their biological father, who hasn’t seen the kids in years because their mother left due to domestic violence, comes back for them. Social services decides both dads need some help before either can parent so the children go into foster care. Point of view switches back and forth between the children’s aunt, Wade, and the social worker. 

This book made you feel so many emotions of the characters. I loved how realistic it was. I also loved that there was at least some redemption for the “villain(s).” It was a very engaging story with positive messages. A definite must-read for fans of Christian fiction.

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The Yellow Sock Review

The Yellow Sock: An Adoption Story

By Angela Hunt

Genre: Fiction, novella

This is a quick, sweet read. Megan and Dave have been trying to get pregnant for 22 months when they find out that they’re unable to have children. They decide they want to adopt and register with the state. Then, Megan gets an unexpected call from a missionary friend in South Korea. A baby has been placed on their doorstep and God put Megan’s name in his heart. Megan and Dave are so excited and they face many challenges as they try to bring their baby home.

I think Hunt did a good just of displaying Megan’s emotions as she wrestles with infertility, the unknown of adoption, and the many months of just waiting. I would’ve loved if this had been a full novel. Of course, because it was so short, it felt a bit rushed. Also, there were parts of it that didn’t seem realistic. Only $7,000 for an international adoption? Becoming approved for adoption in only 6 weeks? Still, it was a heartwarming read.

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In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day Review

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

By Mark Batterson

Genre: Religious, Christian, Non-fiction

4 out of 5 chickadees singing! It only took me half a year to read this book! Ha ha. It wasn’t that this book was bad or not interesting, I think it was more that there’s a lot there to unpack and it’s hard to read all at once. I really enjoy Mark’s writing style. I was first introduced to him through videos for a Bible study and I think he has a very engaging manner and looks at scripture in an interesting way. This book, “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day,” is all about encouraging the reader to take a risk and leap into the life God has for him/her. Mark uses one passage of scripture about Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day, killed him, and became a bodyguard to King David, to tie the whole book together. What is the lion you need to chase? Mark tells readers that Christian life isn’t boring. God is bigger than all our fears. We should chase lions, even when we don’t know the outcome. He gives us great Biblical examples, like Abraham, who left his home even when he didn’t know where he was going. Noah, who built an ark in the desert. John the Baptist who wasn’t afraid of looking like a fool for God. David, who danced wildly before God and defended his actions to his wife. I wrote down a lot of quotes from this book and there were a lot of good reminders in here for me. The only con I have about this book is that it is a little bit repetitive and a lot of his books seems to be on very similar topics. However, I would highly recommend this book to my fellow Christians, especially those who are wrestling with making a life change.

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Interrupted Book Review

Interrupted

By Jen Hatmaker

Genre: Non-fiction, memoir

3 out of 5 stars. I had been wanting to read this book for a long time after reading “Seven.” I finally picked it up and read it in a few days. I knew the basic premise of it after reading the other book. In fact, I feel like a person could just read “Seven” and wouldn’t need to read “Interrupted.” It was much of the same ideas. It tells the story of Jen and Brandon Hatmaker leaving their comfortable church position to start a new church that focuses more on community outreach than feeding those already in the church. There were a lot of good points, but they were repeats of points in “Seven.” I did highlight a lot of the book because there were a lot of profound quotes, but the ideas were familiar. I got a little annoyed by how often Jen quoted other people. I guess it was good to see that she wasn’t alone in her ideas, but it reminded me of a research paper. Sometimes the quotes were awkwardly introduced. Overall, I would recommend a person just read “Seven” and they will get all this content plus more.

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Child of Mine Review

Child of Mine

By Beverly Lewis

Genre: Christian contemporary fiction

4 out of 5 stars! I haven’t read a Beverly Lewis book in a very long time. I loved them when I was in Jr. High. I was pleased to find that I still enjoy her work. I listened to this one on Audible. I wasn’t a huge fan of the narrator, but I liked the book itself.

This book starts with Kelly Mains, a woman whose daughter was kidnapped as an infant 9 years ago. Kelly has dedicated her life to finding her daughter, even when it means stealing possible matches’ DNA. Kelly works a low level job so she can have the flexibility to fly as needed to investigate these possible matches. She’s cut off nearly everyone in her “old” life, only associating with the couple who helps to finance her search and her private investigator.

The novel switches to the story of Jack Livingston, a pilot who adopted his niece, Natalie (or Natty), after his brother in sister-in-law died about 5 years ago. Natty was adopted by her first parents. Jack employs a nanny that Natty has had even before her parents died. Her nanny is Laura, an Amish woman who was shunned from her old community and now lives with cousins who are beachy Amish (less strict rule). Beverly Lewis loves writing about the Amish and I had to laugh to see that she inserted her favorite topic even into this story. It did add an interesting extra storyline, though. Most recently, Natty has been obsessed with the idea of a mother, pushing Jack to ask out her favorite nanny.

Kelly meets Jack when Natty comes up on her list of possible matches. Is Natty really her kidnapped daughter? Kelly meets Jack under false pretenses and can’t figure out how to tell him the truth, especially when they begin dating and she comes to care for him and Natty.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this story. I figured them out before the characters and it was annoying at times to watch the slow characters finally catch up to certain realizations. However, the twists and turns definitely weren’t obvious at the beginning of the story. It was not predictable and I loved that. Sometimes Natty seemed bratty and annoying to me, but that may have been the narrator’s little girl voice. All of the adult characters showed a lot of development. It was easy to care about and want the best for them. The story moved at a good pace and definitely kept my interest. There were some beautiful messages in the novel about sacrifice and trusting God. It is a Christian novel, but not preachy at all, and I think anyone would enjoy it, regardless of beliefs. This book certainly made me want to find more novels of Beverly Lewis that I haven’t read yet. I would highly recommend this to fans of Christian fiction or just fiction in general.

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