The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction

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ย ย  “To write a powerful, meaningful Christian novel, you must embrace the soaring creativity inspired by faith, while also committing to the serious discipline required of an artisan. You must be able to weave a compelling story with an underlying message that deeply affects both your characters and your readers.

“As fulfilling as the Christian genre is, the road to a satisfying story- and publication- is filled with hard work. But take heart. The Art & Craft of Christian Fiction can help make the journey easier. Inside, author Jeff Gerke provides page after page of insightful instruction and encouragement.” ~excerpt from back cover.

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Title:ย  The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction

Author: Jeff Gerke

Genre(s): Non-fiction; Self-help

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Romance Content: None that I remember; there may have been some in the short examples he gave.

Recommended age range: 16+, 10+ if you skip chapter 51 (on profanity but includes some stuff that I would not have read if I knew it was there)

My Review:

This book was amazing! Although I wouldn’t admit it to anyone at the time, when I started this book, I was a bit doubtful that my project for Nanowrimo would be good. I didn’t feel like I had everything in place or that anyone would enjoy it. Well, this book has solved my problem. ๐Ÿ™‚ Mr. Gerke covers many topics, most of which were helpful to me (I say most because the profanity section was not relevant to me; I would never put profanity into my books, for several reasons. However, I can see that it would be helpful to many people).

I do have one thing that I most certainly didn’t approve of… but I’ll take another author’s words (from her review) to say it: “…One in particular did not appeal to me (he was explaining how to portray a vile character without using language, and I found the example defiling). Because of this, the conservative teen might want to beware….” Thanks for the tip, Amanda! That part can be avoided by skipping chapter 51 (and I highly recommend you do so).
Mr. Gerke compares writing a book to making a movie, which really struck home for me. It helped me understand what he was talking about. However, I haven’t watched any of the movies that he mentioned, so the tips weren’t as pertinent to me as they could have been (*gasp* Yes, I haven’t watched Star Wars or Indiana Jones, which are probably the most famous of the movies he mentioned. We’re weird. What can you expect? :P).
All in all, this was an amazing book, and it really helped me strengthen the plot and characters of my own novel. I would recommend it to any writer who is dedicated to getting better and learning the craft. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

My To-Read List: Inspirational/Non-Fiction

This is the first post in a series about the books that I want to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

If any of you follow me on Goodreads, you most likely know that I have a *ahem* small to-read list of only 91 books, currently. ๐Ÿ˜€ To some, that may seem large, but to others (in fact, to most of the people I “know” on Goodreads), it probably seems very small since everyone else’s list is soooo long.ย  ๐Ÿ˜›

I thought it would be fun to share the books that I especially want to read, so that you can check them out and/or let me know that they are not good and I shouldn’t read them.

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Note: I have not read any of the books in this post and therefore cannot recommend them. I have heard many good things about them, however, and that is why I am sharing about them.

Today I will be talking about the non-fiction and inspirational books that I want to read (these aren’t all of the non-fiction/inspirational books that are on my to-read list; they are just the ones that I want to read the most). ๐Ÿ™‚

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ย ย  “Sharing from her own struggles and triumphs, homeschooler Sarah Bryant encourages young ladies to become vital cornerstones in their father’s home, while preparing for godly womanhood. Filled with encouragement and personal testimonies, The Family Daughter will help Christian girls begin the journey of being their family’s pillar of strength and virtue.” ~from Amazon

This book sounds really good, and I’m hoping to buy it soon. If I do, I’ll be sure to review it on here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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ย ย  “Has your life been engulfed by one consuming passion โ€” that you would more deeply know your Savior Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Gospel?

ย ย  “We are given only one life โ€” one blink of an eye in light of a shoreless eternity. What is our purpose in this earthly life? The greatest command is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, yet how do we love a God we do not know? We know how to fit into the “right Christian circles” and say all the “right things” โ€” but do we personally know the Author of our salvation?

ย ย  “Sarah’s desire is to challenge young ladies to pour out their lives in the Scriptures, seeking the face of their Savior โ€” in the days of their youth. This is vital, so that they will be equipped to teach the next generation about the faithfulness of God.

ย ย  “One Thing I Desire is penned to encourage you in your quest to seek and know your Redeemer through His Word, that your heart would be enraptured by Christ’s great work accomplished in the Gospel.

ย ย  “The grandeur of this One Thing will spur you to love Him more with all of your heart, soul, and mind โ€” and to worship Him throughout all of eternity.” ~from King’s Blooming Rose (the author’s ministry)

I know, this is by the same author as the last one. ๐Ÿ™‚ A friend of mine once showed me an article from the King’s Blooming Rose Magazine, which is how I found these books. From what I have heard, the books and the magazine are very good. I’m hoping to get all three soon. ๐Ÿ˜€

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ย ย  “Will Our Generation Speak? is filled with dialogโ€”recounting witnessing conversations and giving practical ideas for beginning conversations with unbelievers about the Lord. It teaches how to ask good questions and answer objections, while illustrating points with humorous cartoons and stories. From a young person to other young people, it addresses the fears we face and excuses we make, and provides vision for being strong for the Lord in our youth. It communicates how exciting it is to be working alongside the God of the universe in the mission of saving souls.” ~from Tomorrow’s Forefathers

This sounds like another great book. I’ve read Before You Meet Prince Charming (my review here) by this author’s sister, and that was really good. I really want to read this one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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ย ย  “30 pages jam-packed with resources.

ย ย  “The Bookbug Epic Character Workbook and Guide is full of great worksheets, character questionnaires, an intro into MBTI typing for characters, and lots more!” ~from Goodreads

In this post, the author says that if you sign up for her newsletter you will get it for free. That seems like a pretty good deal to me! *goes and signs up* (tip: make sure to check your spam if you sign up; the sign-up email I got went to spam. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) This is written by the author of Jonas and Olivia (which I reviewed here). She did a great job on the characters in that book! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, that was fun to write and I didn’t even have to read a book! ๐Ÿ˜€ Now it’s your turn to write-

Have you read any of these books?

If so, were they good?

Did you like this post?

Would you enjoy reading more posts like this?

Let me know in the comment section! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The Teenage Years of Jesus Christ, by Jerry Ross

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“Teenagers – Read this book! Discover the priorities of Jesus Christ when He was a teenager here on earth. Are they the same as yours?

“Parents – Read this book! All parents follow some pattern when rearing their children. What better master plan than the plan of the Master?

“Youth Workers – Read this book! This book is loaded with ideas to help you help your young people accept the ultimate challenge.

“Pastors – Read this book! Rich in scriptural support, this is a book that reminds us all of the ultimate purpose and goal of the ministry.” ~from the back of the book

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Title: The Teenage Years of Jesus Christ

Author: Jerry L. Ross

Genre(s): Devotional, Inspirational

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Romance Content: Nothing bad; he talks some about staying pure (nothing in detail) and how to deal with relationships with people of the opposite gender.

Recommended age range:ย  12+

My Review:

This is an amazing book! It certainly opened my eyes in many areas and encouraged me to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). This is a book to read over and over, for there is no way (I, at least) can comprehend and put into practice everything that Mr. Ross says the first time. ๐Ÿ™‚

This book is very encouraging and up-lifting, but doesn’t hide the fact that it will be hard to follow Christ… but we still must press on. I highly recommend this book; it is an encouragement and help to me.

 

I found this graphic with one of the quotes from the book on it and thought it would be fun to share:

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((it goes on to define the wise and the simple teenager {based on the book of Proverbs}))

 

 

 

 

 

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Vinegar Boy by Alberta Hawse

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ย ย ย  “Abandoned by his parents and shunned from society, Vinegar Boy is certain he’ll be adopted once Jesus removes the ugly birthmark that scars his cheek. But when he carries the drugged vinegar wine to a crucifixion,ย he finds himself face to face with the only One who can heal his face. Is there still time for a miracle?

“Aย gripping story of a boy’s dramatic encounter with Christ on the cross, this book is a classic work of fiction that has inspired thousands of Christians for decades.” ~from Goodreads

 

Title: Vinegar Boy

Author: Alberta Hawse

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Romance Content: Not very much; references are made to a man getting married.

Recommended age range: 12+ (because of descriptions of Jesus/other men dying)

My Review:

I loved this book! The first part was a little sad, but I still enjoyed it very much. I only found one part that wasn’t Biblically accurate: when SPOILER ALERT!!Jesus ascends up into heaven, only a few disciples were there. But in the book, a whole bunch of people are SPOILER END!!. :/ It was only a little thing, and I think the rest of the book makes up for it. Amazing! This is a very heartwarming book. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Footprints in the Barn

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ย ย  “Who is the man in the green car? What is going on in the hayloft? Is there something wrong with the mailbox? And what’s for lunch? The answers to these and many other interesting questions are found in the book Footprints in the Barn.” ~from Goodreads.com

 

Title: Footprints in the Barn

Author: Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Castlebury

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

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Romance Content: Absolutely none whatsoever! ๐Ÿ™‚

Recommended age range: 5-13

My Review:

 

This was a great book! All of the different mysteries were figured out in the end, and I especially liked the ending to The Mystery of the Hayfort (not to confuse anyone; this is not a collection of short stories, just Jason and Andy solve three mysteries through the course of the book)! Good principles are learned in this book, such as working hard, not complaining, and being grateful with what God has given you. I highly recommend it for ages 5-13, although it is appropriate for all ages.

 

The Legend of Annie Murphy, by Frank Peretti

Starting today, I will be posting reviews on Mondays as well as Thursdays, Lord willing.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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In 1885, the Murphy mine struck gold. According to legend, Annie Murphy killed her husband out of greed. Just before she was to be hanged for the murder, she escaped. Now, 100 years later, there have been sightings of Annie Murphy’s “ghost”. The Coopers unwittingly become involved in a mystery that finds them caught between the past and the present.

 

Title: The Legend of Annie Murphy

Author: Frank Peretti

Genre(s): Christian Fiction, Time travel (if that’s even a genre… lol)

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Romance Content: None.

Recommended age range: 10-15

My Review:

This… was a very interesting book! I loved the time travel aspect of it- I’ve always been intrigued by time travel, even though I know it isn’t a reality- and with the mystery intertwined… very cool. ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed it very much. Highly recommended, but just a warning- time travel is not really real (as far as I know), so don’t let this book convince you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Courtship of Sarah McLean

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ย ย ย  “Sarah McLean is a nineteen year-old girl who longs to become a wife and mother. The book chronicles a period of two years, in which she has to learn to trust her parents and God fully in their decisions for her future.”

 

Title: The Courtship of Sarah McLean

Author: Mr. and Mrs. Steven Castlebury

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

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Romance Content: Nothing inappropriate; the main theme of the story is courtship and marriage, but it is portrayed in a Biblical and God-honoring way (no kissing, holding hands, hugging, etc between un-married couples).

Recommended age range: 10-100! ๐Ÿ™‚

My Review:

Okay, can I just say that this is an AMAZING book? It was sooo good, and had an accurate portrayal of Biblical courtship.
My parents have decided that courtship is the best way of action for us (their children) and I was happily amazed to find a good, sound book that shows this. It showed Sarah’s struggles and triumphs, which I thought was a great thing. I would not say that it was un-realistic in any way at all; I know many people who have the same standards as Sarah and her family. It was a blessing to see how Sarah and her siblings helped out around the house with a good attitude.
I appreciate the good message that this book gives; I have to say that it is the first book I have found like it (which is pretty sad).

 

The Art Contest, by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

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Two days ago, the Nazis rolled into Marieโ€™s hometown. With her mother trapped in the countryside and her father ordered to perform piano concerts for the invaders, the 12-year-oldโ€™s life is turned upside down.

“When she learns there is more to her pianist father than meets the eye, Marie must work with him to sneak important information past the watching Nazis.

“This is a short story (approx. 12 minutes average reading time). It contains themes of family, adventure, and trusting God in hard times.” ~from Goodreads

 

Title: The Art Contest

Author: Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Romance Content:ย None whatsoever

ย (My) Recommended Age Range: 8-15

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

This was a sweet short story about a young girl and how she helped free France from the Nazis. I like how Mrs. Kirkpatrick described things; I always knew what was going on. It was very short, and I would have liked it better if it was even a bit longer. However, if you are looking for a short story, I would recommend this.

 

 

Books I Got for My Birthday {2017}

Yes, you get a bonus post! I didn’t see any opportunities for posting this soon (on schedule), so I decided to do it today instead. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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SORRY! This graphic is supposed to say {2017}… but I made it in 2018 to replace a different graphic, so here we go! ๐Ÿ˜›

I had a birthday recently, and all of my wonderful friends and family who know me well also know that I love to read, so guess what they got for me? Books, of course! Some of these I had already read, and wanted to have, and others I hadn’t even heard of. I’m going to “introduce” you to these wonderful books.

((click on the links under the covers to go to the books’ Amazon pages))

I have been wanting this book for awhile, and a sweet lady in our church was so kind and bought it for me. However, I was a bit disappointed by it. The romance was more than I prefer.

 

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To tell you the truth, I really wasn’t very interested in this book when I got it. I don’t know, but the cover didn’t look like something I would like (yes, I’m one of those people who judge a book by its cover but don’t we all really??). However, I really enjoyed it!

Yes, I finally have my very own paperback copy of London in the Dark!!! My kind little brothers, who knew I wanted it, pooled their resources and bought it for me. โค I have posted my original review on here (London in the Dark BLOG TOUR!!!), but my sentiments did change slightly after I read it for the second time. (Sorry, I don’t think I have updated my review though… :/ )ย ย You can read my first review here.

I got this book from one of my brothers. I have started it, and it is much different from your usual ghost story; I might post my review on here when I have finished it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I greatly enjoyed this book! It was a romance, which I don’t usually read, but I loved it because it had a twist. ๐Ÿ˜‰

With this book it was kind of like how I felt about Left to Die; I had high expectations and they weren’t completely met. I did enjoy it, but I got annoyed by the main character. ๐Ÿ˜›

One of my best friends gave me this wonderful book, and I highly recommend it. It was very good!

Okay, so I have saved my favorite new find for last. I had read the Great Illustrated Classics version of this book, and it was okay, but not my favorite. The unabridged version, though? ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! โค It is so much better than the other!

Well, that turned into a mini-review-ish post. ๐Ÿ™‚ My very first!

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this post!

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When is your birthday?

Have you read any of these books?

 

The Scripture Sleuth 3, by Matthew Halverson

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ย  “Who stole the lumberjack statue? Is a peanut butter sandwich really powering the digital clock, or is it just a science fair scam? Why is there a mysterious skydiver in Pine Tops? Concord Cunningham can crack all the cases, but can you? In the third volume of unique Scripture Sleuth mysteries, Concord once again faces an exciting new case in each chapter. Though Concord always solves the mystery, he never gives away the solution. Instead, he reveals the location of a Bible verse which holds the mystery’s final clue. Then it’s up to you to look up the clue and crack the case! Not sure about your answer? No problem. The solutions are at the back of the book.

“Scripture Sleuth 3 also includes ” The Greatest Case,” which brings Concord face to face with another Scripture Sleuth. Together, they investigate the most important case ever. These timeless and lighthearted mysteries are certain to make you think, laugh and make looking up Bible verses is irresistibly fun.” ~from Goodreads

 

Title: The Scripture Sleuth 3

Author: Matthew Halverson

Genre(s): Christian Contemporary Fiction, Mystery

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Romance Content: None

Recommended age range: 7-10

My Review:

I loved this book! I enjoy books where you have to solve the mystery, and having to look up Bible verses for it? That was a great idea! The mysteries were each unique, and I only figured out a couple without looking in the back.

I am not sure what Bible version is used in this book, but I don’t think that it was KJB. That is a slight downside to it, but I still enjoyed it very much. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would recommend this book for ages 7-10.

 

 

The Secret Church, by Louise A. Vernon

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“The Anabaptists are a small group of Christians who believe that everyone is a priest and should be able to study the Bible. They refuse to baptize their babies, and instead baptize adults on a confession of faith in Christ. Because of these heretical acts they are persecuted and sometimes put in prison.

“Richard lives in Germany and is caught up with the Anabaptists when his cousin Otto shows up seeking refuge. Richard needs help to hide Otto, but can he trust his friend Trudi? Her father hates the Anabaptists and wants to get rid of the whole movement!

“Join Richard as he helps his family, runs from guards, meets the legendary Menno Simons, and decides for himself whether he too wants to join the secret church.”

Title: The Secret Church

Author: Louise A. Vernon

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Romance Content: None

Recommended age range: 9-15 (see note at end of review)

My Review:

ย ย ย ย  This book was great! I loved the whole plot-line. It was very interesting reading about how they got away from the Catholic church (but I’m not sure how they could have stayed, since all the Catholics in this book were basically evil lol). It was also interesting that they went to Menno Simons, the founder of the Mennonites, but everyone called them Anabaptists. From what I’ve gathered about history, the Mennonites and the Anabaptists/Baptists were very similar until the Mennonites went a little extreme (correct me if I’m wrong).
This story had a bit of a mystery feel to it, which I really enjoyed.
**Parents, read this book before your children do if they have bad dreams, etc. Two of the main characters SPOILER!! get caught in a burning house (they aren’t harmed) and the main characters are persecuted by the Catholic church for their beliefs on baptism. SPOILER END!!

The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser, by Hosanna Emily

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ย  ย “‘Rosy growled, and I knew she was pacing the porch. I sensed her uneasiness. Something was wrong. Rosy never barked at cars; why would she choose this one?’

ย  ย “13 year-old Emily Kessler believes in God, but when she discovers someone trespassing in the middle of the night, can she learn to trust in Him completely? Will she have the courage to solve the mystery with her friends? And when everything falls apart, will Emily be able to keep those she loves safe?” ~from Goodreads

Title: The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser

Author: Hosanna Emily

Genre(s): Christian, Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

I have been wanting to read this book for a while, and I finally got a chance to. I really enjoyed it! Hosanna Emily did a great job writing this book. I was reading an e-copy, so it could just be that, but I did notice a number of typos. I’m kind of persnickety about that. ๐Ÿ˜‰
This book was well-rounded. I like how it was from a first-person POV (I think that’s what it’s called??). The Kessler kids & friends reminded me of my siblings and myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ We enjoy playing in the woods by my grandparents’ house. Parts of the book were a bit confusing; at one point one or two of Emily’s siblings (I can’t remember how many) appear, when they weren’t mentioned earlier. I do like the mystery, however. It was very exciting. ๐Ÿ˜‰
I read a negative review on Goodreads, in which the reader “complained” that the kids didn’t talk to their parents about the mystery. I would agree that that is misfortunate, but I have noticed that this is a common theme in mystery books (the Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, etc.). I would say that the author could have done a better job showing parental involvement, etc, but I would also say that it did make the story more scary/interesting/etc. *shrugs*
All in all, this was a pretty good book, and I would definitely recommend it. It was clean, and Bible verses were used throughout (although I must say that I was disappointed that the American Standard Version was used {since I am a firm believer in the KJB}).

Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? Please comment below with your opinions!

Aaannnddd… this has nothing to do with this book, but just to let ya’ll know, I am going on vacation next week, and will not be able to post. I will try to schedule a post, but WordPress doesn’t always co-operate when I try that, so… we’ll see! ๐Ÿ™‚

Autumn with the Moodys, by Sarah Maxwell

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from Goodreads.com

“Starting where Summer with the Moodys ended, the Moodys begin their new homeschool year. Not only is Mom experiencing morning sickness, but Maple, the eleven-week-old puppy, adds her twist of excitement. Packed into the book, you’ll find the Moodys helping their grandparents move nearby, an emergency trip to the doctor’s office, puppy training, birthday excitement, blessing neighbors, homeschooling–and to wrap the book up–a special Thanksgiving surprise!” ~from Goodreads.com

Title:ย  Autumn with the Moodys

Author: Sarah Maxwell

Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

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Content: 6/5

My Review:

I don’t know, maybe I was in a better mood when I read this book, but I liked it better than the last one. It had more action (in the last one it didn’t seem like the Moodys DID much, if you know what I mean). And I’m starting to agree with the idea that books should have good examples in them (as opposed to people being bad, and getting punished for it). There might just be something to that! However, I think that there still should be some “conflict” in a story; otherwise, it just gets boring (kinda like the first book in the series). ๐Ÿ˜‰
So, I guess that this “review” was more a stating of my opinions in general instead of a review of this book in specific, but I hope you don’t mind. I guess I’ll tell you some more about the book below (DO NOT READ IT IF YOU DON’T LIKE SPOILERS!!!):
SPOILER ALERT!! I LOVED Maple! My family is hoping to get a puppy, so that just made her more adorable. โค And the stuff with Mrs. Moody having morning sickness-very realistic, people! My mom hasn’t really had much with her pregnancies, but I know people who have. This just adds to the reality of the book, which I liked. And… Grandpa Moody getting saved at the end!!!! โค โค โค !!! I loved that Miss Maxwell gave the whole salvation plan, and what exactly happened (as opposed to just saying, “he accepted Christ”). So, yeah. There were a lot of things that I liked about this book. ๐Ÿ˜‰ SPOILER END!!

How was that for a review (and some MAJOR spoilers)?!? I think I did pretty well giving away the main points of the book (in that last section). ๐Ÿ˜›

BYE!! โค

Sunshine Country, by Kristina Roy

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Cover courtesy of Goodreads.com

Palko is part of a mystery, several in fact, but he doesn’t know that. The only mystery he knows is the one that involves the hidden cave and the secret book that shows the way to the Sunshine Country – and Palko longs to go there. He has heard that in that land there is no darkness or fear, sickness or weeping. Soon he has his grandfather, Uncle Martin and the whole village wondering about the amazing little book that tells them such wonderful truths about the love of God and the forgiveness of sins. Even Father Malina starts to ask questions. But then there is the mystery about Palko’s past and another little boy who went missing – Uncle Martin is trying to find him and Palko promises to do the same. Will they find the little boy after such a long time? Are they in fact looking in the right place? Perhaps the mystery isn’t so mysterious after all.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Sunshine Country: A Story of Czechoslovakia

Author:ย  Kristina Roy

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction??

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Content: 10/5

My Review:

I โค โค โค THIS BOOK!!! Just lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love how SPOILER!! so many people get saved as a result of one little boy. SPOILER END!! Just-the whole thing! It is so nice to see people searching for Christ, and finding Him. The only thing that I didn’t like was the part about the Catholic priest; he never rejected Catholicism after he got saved for real… of course, SPOILER!! he died very soon after SPOILER END!!, but still… Oh, well! This was still a WONDERFUL book! โค LOVE IT! Please, everyone! Put this on your to-read list or I will hunt you down until you do. Oh, and BTW, I love the description above, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So mysterious, it is perfect for the book. ๐Ÿ™‚

(And please excuse my ranting and raving; just YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!! :P)