All Things Now Living

All Things Now Living

Classified as a Youth Adult Sci-Fi Dystopian release, Rondi Bauer Olson’s All Things Now Living is definitely unique.  Fans of Stephen King’s Under the Dome that eventually became a CBS television series are likely to enjoy Olson’s offering. The story jumps right in without providing any real context for the setting.  Readers are likely to Read More

World View

World View

A compilation of columns from Marvin Olasky’s World magazine, World View is a slightly bumpy ride, but overall a great source from a Christian perspective on much of today’s culture. Readers accustomed to novels may find the numerous stops and starts of the collection slightly unorthodox, but the topics discussed within its pages make the Read More

A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star

A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star

Third in The Rwendigo Tales, J.A. Myhre’s A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star is a heartfelt story of a young boy struggling to care for his grandmother and younger sister after the desertion of his father and his mother’s untimely death. Set in the center continent of Africa, readers unfamiliar with the culture Read More

Gathering Threads

Gathering the Threads

An Amish twist on the, “Switched at Birth” television series, Cindy Woodsmall’s Gathering the Threads is definitely different from the traditional Amish novel.  However, as a reader who really does not understand the Amish way of life, this story, more than any other on the subject angered me. The third in the “Amish of Summer Read More

Bringing Maggie Home

Bringing Maggie Home

Opening in 1943, the time settings and character perspectives of Bringing Maggie Home dance about bringing viewpoints built on both environmental and individual angles.  However, the transitions are a bit jarring for the reader. The premise of the story is built upon a tragic event and the ensuing impact on the three generations that follow.  Read More

The Pretender

The Pretender

Set primarily in 1975 Rapid City and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, spanning approximately three years, Ta’Mara Hanscom’s The Pretender is likely to leave readers extremely frustrated. An early description of artwork by the main character, Tillie Caselli left me scratching my head over the somewhat jumbled chain of events that follows.  Even rereading the confusing Read More

Mercy Triumphs

Mercy Triumphs

The final book in Jana Kelley’s trilogy, Mercy Triumphs offers readers a deeper appreciation of what persecution for the sake of Christ looks like.  Centered around three main characters whose lives are intriguingly intertwined, Kelley does an effective job linking personal interactive moments to show how those actions impact the group. Witnessing the story unfold is Read More