High As The Heavens Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

High as the Heavens, Kate Breslin’s latest book, takes place in German occupied Brussels during World War I. The main character, Eve Marche, leads a double life. Between her duties as a British Red Cross nurse and her work at her aunt and uncle’s cafe, Eve manages to provide intelligence to the Belgian underground resistance group, Le Dame Blanche. There are many twists and turns in High as the Heavens that keep you guessing as the plot unfolds.

Among Eve’s many secrets is the deadly secret that haunts her days and puts a barrier between herself and God’s free gift of grace.

I appreciated all the fascinating well-researched details Breslin populated High as the Heavens with which brought the time period to life, and added authenticity to her story.

For me, though, there were far too many characters to keep track of. I also found the frequent switch from present day 1917 to “three years earlier” in the beginning of the book rather distracting.

With that said, I would recommend High as the Heavens to all those who enjoy reading historical fiction with a touch of romance.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Bread of Angels — Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Tessa Afshar’s well-researched Bread of Angels tells the story of Lydia, the seller of purple and Paul’s first Christian convert in Europe, as she overcomes devastating betrayal and loss to rise to a position of prominence in the male dominated Roman world of merchants in Philippi.

Afshar brings each character in Bread of Angels to life as they propel the story forward to a satisfying ending. Woven into Lydia’s story are details from Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi and Luke’s account of the events in Acts. Themes of grace and forgiveness shine through the pages until the final chapter.

I highly recommend Bread of Angels for anyone looking for an intriguing read full of interesting characters who bring Lydia’s world of the early Christian church to life.

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Sandy

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Wings of the Wind — Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette is the third book in her historical Christian fiction series, Out of Egypt. For me, this is her best book, yet. The details Connilyn weaves of the Hebrews finally crossing into the Promised Land and the defeat of Jericho are vivid and come to life. Throughout each of Connilyn’s three books, one of the things I’ve appreciated most is the way she creates her stories with facts straight out of the Bible.

Alanah, a Canaanite thinking she has nothing to lose, dresses as a male and heads to the battlefield to fight against the Hebrews. Surviving was not what she expected. Agreeing to submit to the Hebrew’s law that required she marry the Hebrew, Tobiah, who found her gravely wounded after the battle was another thing Alanah didn’t expect. Discovering the sovereignty and love of the Hebrew’s Yahweh was altogether unexpected.

When actions from Alanah’s past come to light, she finds herself in a dangerous situation, fighting for survival far away from the husband she has grown to love.

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Sandy

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Why Keep Praying When You Don’t See Results Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In Robert Morris’ book, Why Keep Praying When You Don’t See Results, he writes we must be persistent in our requests and never give up. Using the Bible story of the woman who persisted in coming before the judge day after day to seek justice, the author assures us God does hear, is able, and answers.

Although I consider myself someone who knows how to pray, I gained much from reading this book. One of the first things Mr. Morris states is “If we are pleased with ourselves and with our own devices for coping with life, we won’t feel the need or inclination to seek the Lord and call out to him.” How very true that is.

One area of explanation I especially appreciated was the section on We Pray Because God is Changeless. God is immutable. He does not change and cannot change. Because God is perfect, there is no need for him to change. “Satan tells us God will do whatever he wants to do, so it doesn’t matter if you pray. You can’t change God’s mind, so your prayers are useless.” So says the father of lies.

Have you ever felt that way? I have. So why bother?

Mr. Morris tells us why we should bother and persist in praying. He tells of the persistent prayer of Abraham asking God to reconsider his plans to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, and  Moses’ pleas asking God to change his mind about destroying the Israelites. Mr. Morris explains God will never change his character, but he can and will change his mind when people pray. Wow. So much clearer.

Why Keep Praying When You Don’t See Results asks thoughtful questions such as what have you neglected to pray for in your life? It discusses intercessory prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit in our prayer life. It states our sin can keep our prayers from being effective, and uses the Psalms of David to show when we sin we must admit it, agree with God that it’s wrong, ask for forgiveness, then open our arms to accept what God freely and graciously gives. Jesus has already paid for our forgiveness. It’s available, but we have to ask.

There is much more in this book than one blog can tell. Guess you’ll have to read it for yourself, and find out. 😉

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Sandy

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The Wonders of Nature — Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In June 2016 I received a contract to contribute twenty devotions celebrating God’s gift of nature in the world around us to Worthy Publishing for their upcoming devotional book. The Wonders of Nature 365 Devotions Celebrating God’s Beauty was published in November 2016 as a custom devotional done exclusively for Books-a-Million. A different version will be published in the fall of 2017 and available in more venues. That devotional will be titled, Let All Nature Sing.

The Books-a-Million site describes The Wonders of Nature 365 Devotions Celebrating God’s Beauty this way:

The world we live in is an ever changing testament to the imagination and creativity of our God. His mighty hand crafted the tallest mountain and the most delicate snowflake. More than thirty writers share their observations and reflections of God’s goodness in the beauty and wonder of nature. Begin each day knowing that the same God who cares for the hummingbird also watches over you.

As one of those thirty-plus writers, I encourage you to pick up your copy of the devotional,  and be blessed by what each of the writers observed about God’s goodness in the beauty and wonder of nature. Be sure to look for devotions about hummingbirds, skunks, sharks, bats, squirrels and other creations. If you do, you just might be able to guess who the author is. 😉

If you read The Wonders of Nature 365 Devotions Celebrating God’s Beauty, or Let All Nature Sing when it comes out, let me know if you figure out the twenty devotions I contributed to the book.

Be on the lookout for further information regarding an upcoming Worthy Publishing devotional book that includes my devotions about dogs. And yes, devotions about Kirby and Bear are in there.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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With Love, Wherever You Are – Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

With Love, Wherever You Are, written by Dandi Daley Mackall, tells the love story of her parents during World War II as each of them served in different areas of Europe. Helen as an Army nurse. Frank as an Army doctor.

Faced with deployment overseas, they decide to marry after a VERY brief time together against their parents’ protests. Their main link during their separation was the letters they daily wrote each other. With the inconsistency of mail delivery, misunderstandings, hurt, and doubt arose in both Helen and Frank that threatened their marriage .

What I appreciated most about With Love, Wherever You Are was the honest way Dandi portrayed her parents and the war. The details included in this story provide a richer understanding of the emotions, fears, doubts, and questions those fighting during World War II struggled with.

If you have an interest in seeing what life was like for those in the Army who had the job of treating the war wounded on foreign soil, then With Love, Wherever You Are may just be the book for you.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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