January 25, 2014

Book Review: Fashioned to Reign by Kris Vallotton

  Are women living up to their full potential? Are they growing where God has planted them?  In this controversial, yet intensely researched book, Kris Vallotton shares God’s plan for women, and what role God originally designed them for.
     I really liked this book. Kris Vallotton has a gift and a calling of writing. Unlike many non-fiction books I have read, Kris literally always keeps my interest while I am reading. I have read quite a few of his books, and I always love the authenticity Kris Vallotton has. His books are not pretentious at all, yet he is still very well written and researched. Another thing I love is that Kris does not force you to agree with him, he always shares his opinion unwaveringly, but he also encourages you to search out the scriptures for yourself, and find out what God has told you about any given topic.
     This book had a lot of interesting information, and I really liked reading the different interpretations of controversial scriptures. (i.e. the “Women should be silent” scripture, among various others. Kris’s theories are rooted in scripture, and besides a couple of paragraphs, I wholeheartedly agreed with the book. Again, whenever I disagreed with something, Kris’s book, I was urged to delve into the scriptures and search out my answer. Overall, I would highly recommend Fashioned to Reign, along with any of Kris’s other books, to any lady who feels like she doesn’t measure up, and to any woman who wants to live the life God has planned for her.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. Thanks so much!

Book review: The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis

   In this delightfully written novel, Jennifer Burns is making a huge life decision. Feeling fed up with life in modern society, she decided to pursue her childhood dream: to become Amish. To the shock of her family and friends, Jennifer seems right at home in the Amish community, despite making several errors. When Jennifer is forced to keep a secret about one of the pillars of the community, she does not know how to remain true to her faith, and keep all of her new found friends. Will Jennifer be able to continue this difficult lifestyle, or will she have to abandon her lifelong dream?

    I loved this book. I sometimes forget how much I like Beverly Lewis’s writing, but she never ceases to impress me! I think this book may have ranked among the best that Beverly has written. Despite reading some reviews that said that it was very predictable, I was actually caught off guard twice at the end. I loved this idea of someone wanting to become Amish, since I have always thought it would be a great experience (usually when I am having technology problems ;) I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Beverly’s books, as well as anyone who enjoys Amish fiction in general. It is perfect as a stand-alone novel, and as part of a series.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review.