Archive | March 2014

Grave Consequences and Glittering Promises by Lisa T. Bergren

51bvl01h8+L512PSzWdiQLI believe I found Grave Consequences free or cheap in an email from Inspired Reads. You can sign up here to receive daily emails with discounted or free books for Kindle. Later I had the opportunity to download Glittering Promises free via Net Galley, which I was able to join because I have a book review blog, and I agreed to post an honest review of the book. I would have gladly paid for either of these books because I thoroughly enjoyed reading both of them. I only wish I would have read Glamorous Illusions first, since it is the first book in the series. However, the author does a splendid job of explaining the characters’ histories without boring us with a retelling of the previous book(s).

The Grand Tour Series is set in the early 1900’s, and follows the lives of a group of young socialites on a grand tour of Europe with their guides. One of the young women did not grow up wealthy and privileged as the others in the group did, and so she finds herself unaccustomed to being waited upon and treats people and life differently than the others. Both books are love stories, but the last book became an intriguing mystery with a twist. I don’t want to write too much and spoil the ending for anyone who wishes to read this series, but you won’t be sorry you read them. In fact, Glittering Promises kept me up late into the night with the suspense. I wasn’t expecting that, or I would not have begun reading it again right before bed!

If you enjoy reading historical fiction, this book is a treat. The reader can learn much about the behind-the-scenes lives of wealthy socialites and be exposed to much history and art through the experiences of the young group. The story is often told from the point of view of the main character in first person, but some chapters switch to a different character in third person. It is a very interesting way to tell a story.

These books are well-written, interesting, and Christ-centered. I would recommend them to anyone.

Praying for Boys by Brooke McGlothlin

scan0001I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The full title is Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most. The author, Brooke McGlothlin, is the co-founder of the MOB (mothers of boys) Society, an online community where she encourages mothers of boys to pray more frequently and more effectively. This book would be great for a small group study, in person or online, and includes a 21-day prayer guide for this purpose.

McGlothlin states in the first chapter:

If you’re looking for a book to teach you how to raise godly men, Praying for Boys isn’t it. Neither is it a book that promises five easy ways to produce a boy to be proud of. In fact, it isn’t really a book about you at all. It’s a book about the God who loves your son more than you do and wants to work in his heart and life in spite of you as you pray and desperately seek Him.

This book is about prayer and how to specifically and effectively pray for your boy(s), using God’s word as the basis for those prayers. Each chapter contains a 2-3 page devotional, followed by several scripture-based prayers over each topic, including obedience, integrity, purity, anger, etc. As a mother of a boy, I believe the 21 topics included in the book are very appropriate for my son, and I find the prayers a useful tool in praying for him. I have plans to memorize at least one scripture from each chapter to be able to pray God’s word over him anytime. While doing the 21-day study, I think it would be useful to write out each prayer on an index card, putting all the cards on a ring to be able to refer to them throughout the day, but in all practicality, you could read one chapter a day as a devotional and pray the scriptures over your son, inserting his name in the blanks in each prayer.

I have enjoyed reading this book and praying for my son using the scriptures as a tool. I would recommend this book to any mother of boys.