All She Left Behind Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

All She Left Behind, written by Jane Kirkpatrick, tells the story of Jennie Pickett in 1870s Oregon Territory. This book is filled with hope and disappointment. Love and betrayal. Courage and desperation. What I found most interesting with All She Left Behind is the way Jane Kirkpatrick wove her details into a compelling story based on the lives of real individuals.

Jennie wants to help people and uses her skill with herbs as one way to do that, hoping to turn that skill into a medical career. Trusting those closest to her proves costly, and deception sends Jennie on a path she wasn’t expecting to walk as she deals with the very real issue of alcoholism in her area and family.

Through to the final pages of All She Left Behind Jennie continues to follow her dream and refuses to give up.

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Sandy

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So God Made a Dog Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In April I mentioned a devotional book I was a part of and promised I’d let you know when the book with my dog devos, So God Made a Dog, came out. Well. Here it is! So excited to hold this book and read not just the eleven devotions I wrote, but all the other dog-lovers’ devotions about the various dogs we each have shared our lives with.

Fifteen different writers contributed a total of ninety different dog devotions to show us that just like humans, every dog is unique and has lessons to teach us. In reading these devotions, if we look closely, we see stories of compassion, stubbornness, loyalty, grace, honor, and strength. Traits our dogs exhibit which can have a spiritual meaning for us all.

On the pages of So God Made a Dog are stories which are funny, poignant, and sweet. They touch hearts and make us laugh. They are stories which need to be read more than once.

In my devotions I write about Bear, Kirby, Buckshot, Samantha, Shadow, Shang, Timothy, and the Iditarod sled dogs. These dogs all hold a special place in my heart. Because of that, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of So God Made a Dog, and learn what made each writer feel their dog’s story needed to be told.

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Sandy

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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.

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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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