Book Reviews

Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby with Claude King

Five Stars

If you need a new Bible study to begin 2019, I highly recommend Experiencing God. Although this Bible study is designed to be done five days a week, it could easily be stretched throughout the year by doing one lesson per week. It is a fully-comprehensive study about how to love God through seven realities and extending that love to others through all facets of life. I also did this study along with Seven Realities for Experiencing God.  This is a wonderful study to do with a small group with short daily lessons and a brief Bible study focused on the life of Moses. Don’t miss out on experiencing God in a deeper way in the coming year.

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Still Waters by Viveca Sten

Three Stars

For a murder mystery, this book was rather “meh.” I was excited to read it because the book is set in Sweden, and the author hales from that country. I liked the book for those aspects. But, the mystery was not compelling. Granted, I have not had time to read much in the past two months. Yet, I was surprised that this book did not deliver as a page-turner.

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Five Stars

I’m not sure how I have never read a Hercule Poirot mystery until now. (I have read Giant’s Bread  written under Agatha Christie’s Mary Westmacott pen-name.) After watching the 2017 version of Murder on the Orient Express, I decided I was missing out. I was right. Agatha Christie weaves a well-written story of intrigue with nearly every character as a possible suspect. Even with all the clues on the page, Poirot doesn’t “play his hand” until the end when the solution to the crime is revealed. I am excited to read another…and another.

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale by [Atwood, Margaret]


Four Stars

My favorite part about The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is the exquisite poetic cadence of the prose. This nuance does make for a slower read. But, this book is one to fully understand, so reading carefully is crucial. In genre, it reminds me of Fahrenheit 451. There is a similar prophetic quality in some of the mores–current issues in our society that could only be predicted or assumed at the time of the book’s original publication–that set up the dystopian model for Atwood’s world. Perhaps that is why there has been a resurgence in readership along with increased publicity from the popularity of the current TV drama. Whatever the reason, I believe it to be a modern classic that will be used as a literary example for future readers and writers.