The Year She Fell by Alicia Rasley

I kind of bought this book for my Kindle accidentally on purpose.  Let me explain.  I was actually looking for a good Christian fiction book.  I like to read fiction because it is usually an easy read for me and I let myself get lost in the lives of the characters.  Many times I hate for a really good book to end.  I was downloading some books for my Kindle when in the right column of the Amazon page I was on recommended this book as a good Christian novel.  “Hmmm, I’ll try it”, I thought to myself.  I did not read the reviews because I was in a bit of a hurry.  I’m always in a hurry.  My life is in fast forward here lately.  I determined after reading the first few chapters that Amazon’s interpretation of Christian is a bit different from my standard.  Hence, the accidentally on purpose.  Any how, here is my review:

It was a good read.  I probably won’t read it again.  If someone asked me if they should read it, I would say to check it out at the library.  Don’t spend your money on it.  I sort of related to the whole “sister thing” because I come from a family of all girls.  There is definitely an exciting plot to the book, which keeps the reader on their toes.  One way the author did this was by switching to a different character’s perspective right when you were about to put another piece of the puzzle together.  This did make me want to keep reading.  As a Christian, I did take offense to a couple of “bad” words.  She took the Lord’s name in vain and used the “f” word a few times.  It was definitely not prevalent in the story, though.  There was also an affair between the local police chief and one of the sisters.  I would say that is not exactly Christ-like either.  In the end, most of the conflicts were resolved and there were many.  If you come across this as a free download for your Kindle, then go for it. 

Remember the fast forward thing I was saying, well that means I must go.  Too much going on in this house of mine to go into any more depth.

I Cannot Tell a Lie by Ruth Thompson

I Cannot Tell a Lie by Ruth Thompson is a faith-based children’s book written to convey a lesson about lying (duh) and the wonderful benefit of repentance.  Jody is a seven-year old girl who inadvertently breaks her mother’s antique cookie jar while getting an afternoon snack.  Out of fear, Jody chooses to not disclose this incident to her mother and when confronted with the issue, she plays dumb.  Jody’s mother is a wise Christian mother who takes the opportunity to use God’s Word to bring conviction rather than accuse her daughter.  Eventually the child comes clean and her mother leads her in a prayer of repentance.  After repenting, Jody feels all of her guilt disappear and her joy return. 

As a mother myself who has addressed the issues of repentance with my child, I really appreciate that Thompson did not simply have the child pray for forgiveness, but she also asked to be changed.  So many times I have heard children say sorry or ask for forgiveness, but repentance is not just about forgiveness.  Repentance is about change. 

Overall, I feel that this is a very well written children’s book.  Parents will appreciate it as a teaching tool while at the same time the children will enjoy the sweet illustrations.

Proverbs 22:1

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

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