Isaiah’s Daughter: A Review

Isaiah's Daughter  -     By: Mesu Andrews

Tragedy happens on a daily basis. Terrible things happen and we have to somehow deal with the after effects. Ishma, the main character in Isaiah’s Daughter does just that. Her parents are murdered, she is raped and taken captive. Her fate is changed, however, when a miracle happens and she and the rest are freed and she ends up in the care of Isaiah and his wife, Aya.

Ishma learns through the generosity of Isaiah and his wife that God will take care of you. You can survive the experiences you endure. And she does, by attending a school taught by Isaiah which was unheard of then, and eventually becoming queen alongside childhood sweetheart, Hezekiah.

Her name is changed due to being adopted by Isaiah and his wife to Hephzibah which means : delight of God.

The queen also learns that sometimes change is a good thing as she adjusts to being in a palace and to officials she meets. Her change is for the better, a better life, a future. A family.

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The Book of Esther: A Review

Determined young lady sneaks out with her adoptive brother, steals a mechanical horse and money from her dad. She is on a mission and will not stop until she reaches her goal. Esther, the rebellious, but passionate young lady, is determined to fight in a war that she is allowed to be a part of. And that she does.

Emily Barton, author of The Book Of Esther, creates a kick but character who is very sure of herself. She wants to help her dad and country and all those affected by the war. So she sets out and meets some interesting people along the way. She originally wants to be turned in to man but realizes she doesn’t have to change her identity to accomplish her goal. Her confidence is there when she repairs her horse, and gathers volunteers to fight.

Even cooler is that she manages to create an army of mostly men but some women join to help the cause. Esther holds her own! She is promised to marry someone she cares deeply for and who helps in the fight against the enemy. Romance is at its finest when at the end of the book, they take off running to kick more enemy but. What a great couple!!

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31 Proverbs To Light Your Path: A Review

Scripture combined with real life experiences, make for reading all of us can relate to. Mrs. Higgs does just that in her book, 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path. The Bible offers wisdom and instruction and Mrs. Higgs breaks it down so the reader can understand what the God is trying to tell them. Each chapter gives straightforward messages and ways to apply to every day living situations. As she states in Chapter 1, from Proverbs 4:18 “The path to righteousness is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” (pg 5)

Life is not easy and we don’t always get our way, but God has a plan for each of us and it’s the best one! As we so through various experiences both good and bad, we are being molded into what the Big Man wants to us to be. Faithful servants who relish time with him and patiently wait for the next door to open for the next adventure.

I appreciate Mrs. Higgs using her own past as way of teaching us that we can rise above our mistakes, that we don’t have to feel like garbage because we messed up. God loves us and forgives each and every day. He wants us to be good listeners to hear what he has to say. And to have that intimate relationship with Him for rest of our lives. Mrs. Higgs, you nailed it again!

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We Stood Upon Stars: A Review

Discovering who you really can take time. And there are many ways to accomplish this. A road trip through national parks and remote places you may not heard of is how the author of We Stood Upon Stars find his true self. Both funny, serious and sentimental, Mr. Thompson does an excellent job of detailing his journey in finding his true self.

For one, he learns that he can indeed make a repair on the van that is loyal in all the family travels. He then knows a skill that can be passed down to his sons. A triumph in his mind since he was constantly relying on a mechanic to do the work. Now, more confident, he knows that he work on the van and keep going forward.

In Joshua Tree National Park, he learns that the landscape is alive and thriving. Even the rocks that form the many climbing walls for those who seek something a bit daring. Hence, Mr. Thompson is inspired to venture further away from where he was originally going. Rock climbing is not easy and neither is veering away from a familiar path and going someplace unknown. Mr. Thompson does this throughout the trip and finds that it’s refreshing to see what is out there that he hadn’t known about before.

One of my favorite parts of the book is where our author is out surfing and somehow gets attacked by a crab. Now, this is both funny and not so funny as one can imagine the pain this poor man is in with a crab attached to his toe. He tries to get one of his sons to help but his child decides to run the other way. Roger is left to figure out to rid the crab and struggles for several minutes until he is finally free of the creature. Lessen here is that he has to rely on himself when there is no one around to help. And he does. I admit, I was laughing as I imagined him trying so hard to get the crab off his toe, the pained look and maybe a little disgust too.

Each trip we take whether on the road, by air or boat, or even through experiences, we learn that we are going to be alright and that we are stronger than we think we are.

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English Lessons The Crooked Little Grace Filled Path Of Growing Up: A Review

Becoming an adult is not easy, after all being grown up means being responsible and learning to handle the rough patches in life as well as the fun times. God has inventive ways of directing us, doesn’t, He?

English Lessons demonstrates one creative way to being an adult. Andrea Lucado spends time in England studying and while there she encounters people from all over the world. And they prove to be teachers without realizing it. For example, being comfortable with yourself is demonstrated among the British girls who are very relaxed with the way they dress and do their hair and makeup. For Andrea, she learns she doesn’t have to try so hard to prove herself a Christian to anyone. She can demonstrate this through her lifestyle and by being confident.

Some of the students don’t believe in God but they seem to respect Andrea’s beliefs and consider her a friend. That may have come as a shock to her, but in real life we all must be accepting of one another even if we don’t always agree. Heavy stuff. And just the experience of leaving her comfort zone in Texas, proved that Andrea was ready to learn to take risks and learn from mistakes and victories she made.

She also learned to live with less things in the small room she rented while in England, helping her realize that less is more. Experiences are more important than owning a dozen pair of whatever or having an overabundance of stuff. Andrea grew stronger and more confident in herself and she took those lessons with her back to the States.

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Mexico Stories: A Review

Mind altering chemicals coursing through the body causing artificial highs and guns blasting through bystanders and intended victims as an act of revenge or hate,sometimes death. Raw, realistic stories about the drug culture in Mexico as told through stories by Josh Barkah.

The effects of the drug culture are tragic, enticing young people to make fast cash at the expense of their own lives. Gangs becoming their families and support systems. Josh does not hold back the gruesome and sad results of being steeped the narcotics world. As demonstrated in one particular store where an artist is pretty much on the verge of losing his mind due to his neighborhood being gang ridden and his daughter being a user herself. He ends up killing the dealer who has sold her drugs and regrets is the rest of his life.

Another story highlights desperation to leave the country to spare her son’s life so she makes a horrible choice and sleeps with an official who can grant her a visa. Drugs kill and so do the individuals involved with them. They don’t care if we live or die, they just want money and power.


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The Hum Of Angels: A Review

Angels are all over the place and have been since God created them. Yeah, that’s right. Angels. The Big Man’s assistants who let us know that we are loved and cared for. Wow, being a father of that many kids, mind blowing! Kids do misbehave, do silly things and mean things and well, you get the idea. Angels are there to instant message us God’s love and protection even during not so great times.

In his book, The Hum of Angels, Mr. McKnight relays experiences both Biblical and modern day. Think Adam and Eve giving in to sin and being kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Angels stood guard to keep them out. Or how about the time when Abraham was told to sacrifice his son? That took real faith because an angel appeared and let him all was ok that God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. God knew Abraham would obey but I bet Abraham was more than relieved to see the lamb and not his son dead on the altar. I’d be hugging my sons until they tell me to stop already.

Modern day example is found on page 73 of the book where a lady relates the story of her daughter being in an accident and talking to a nurse name Mary. Mary talks with her and comforts her letting her know her daughter and unborn baby will be alright. Now, here’s the cool part, as taken from the book, “The next night I went back to thank Nurse Mary for sitting with me. I was told there was no Nurse Mary and no nurse fit her description. (pg 74) Whoa, if that is not confirmation of the existence of angels, I don’t what is. I believe in angels and they do help in every way imaginable, even in ways we may not like but our for own best interests.

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The Clancys of Queens: A Review

Growing up into various parts of society can make a difference in a kid’s life. Tara Clancy writes about her experiences in Queens, NY and in Bridgehampton, a more upscale part of town. Like a whole new universe. But the change was a good one in every way.

Tara writes about living with her dad and mom on alternate weekends and the differences between those weekends. She and her dad live in boat shed of a house, with little privacy but a lot of love. She and her friends made up things to do outside and weren’t attached to the television. I enjoyed reading about how her dad would take to a particular bar and there he’s see his girlfriend and other regulars there. An extension of her Italian family.

Weekends with her mom were spent in Bridgehampton, with a successful businessman named Mark. I like this guy. He is down to earth and doesn’t seem to mind the working class background of Tara’s mom. In fact I think he helps Tara expand her train of thought with the “stars and moon” discussions they have before she goes to bed. If not for him, she might would have just felt life didn’t go past where she was brought up.

Tara’s memoir also includes various family members like her grandmother and grandfather and other relatives who helped shape her life. I love that they tried to teach her about life in their own way and how to deal with the good, the bad and the ugly. Love that Tara finds in inspiration in play called King Lear which I think jump starts the love of writing. Her down to earth, real life memoir is fantastic and offers another view into the life of someone who lives in less fortunate circumstances. I personally am jealous of the bar friends, I think they are awesome. To me her life was rich with love and family and good friends.

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The Women Of Easter: A Review

Fierce is all I can about the women in Liz Curtis Higgs’ book, The Woman Of Easter. I mean seriously, they stayed with Jesus even up and including his burial. They witnessed the crucifixion for crying out loud. Even when the disciples hauled but knowing that one of them would betray our Lord Jesus, they were there. High fives all around.

We know the story in the Bible about how Jesus was shaking things up and causing the high and mighties to be jealous of His teachings. I guess their pride got the better of them. And of all the ones to betray Jesus, Judas does just that. He rats Him out for some reward. Selfish and cruel if you ask me.

Mary of Bethany, Mary Magdaline, and Mary of Nazareth all stood by Jesus, and I’m sure their hearts were broken when He was tortured and then hung on the cross to die. Of course, we all know why He did. To give us a way to forgiveness and to show the greatest love of all. Laying down one’s life for another. I can just imagine the pain that shot through their hearts and that of our Savior. What a gift when He was born and a gift when He did and came back from the dead. I almost think it’d be funny for the priests and others to actually see Jesus wandering around town again, their jaws dropped to the ground! And the shock and excitement of the ladies when they come back to tomb to take care of the body. Jesus you rock is all I can say!

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31 Verses to Write on Your Heart: A Review

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart

Going through the day to day and wondering if you are doing alright can be challenging. After all, we are capable of messing up and feeling bad later. You know the beat ourselves up over some mistake we have made? Well, in Mrs. Higg’s newest book, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart, there is hope. In spite of what we think of ourselves, there is someone who likes as we are. No joke.

For instance, in Chapter 18, which is titled Lovely Thoughts, is verse from Philippians 4:8 that essentially says whatever is good to think about ponder instead of the bad. Now that is hard to do my friend. We get so caught up in the negative that we forget there is good out in the world and in each other.

Check out the verse and see for yourself: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” (page 91) There is some wisdom in that verse. Dwelling on the negative will only bring you down, make you feel bad and not so confident. So why bother? Because it is our nature to do so. There is something so theraputic about letting go of toxic thoughts, Can I get an amen??

There is one verse that really sums up how we feel about ourselves. I give you part of Isaiah 43:1- Don not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name and you are mine.” (page 142) No need to be scared of God if we screw up. Heck He knows we will, are not perfect! But yet we can take comfort knowing that our sins have been taken away at the bloody cross so that we can be confident that our Lord and Savior loves us always and doesn’t turn away from us. That rocks!

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