Books and a new year just seem to go together! Today, I’m sharing 5 books that I plan to read this year…at some point anyway. Some I’ve had for a little while, others, I just got and one I haven’t bought yet, because it’s not in print yet. So, without further ado, let’s dive in! (Disclaimer: These aren’t exactly endorsements; I’ve only read a draft of one of these. So don’t take this as a recommendation until a positive review goes up 😉)
Speak Truth in Your Heart by Sarah Mally
I received this book for Christmas, and I am so excited to read it! Sarah Mally is a favorite of mine (though I wish all her stuff was King James) and I adored her book Before You Meet Prince Charming. This is her most recent book and teaches how to immerse yourself in the truths of God in order to avoid belief in the lies of the devil…even the ones you don’t realize are lies. I’ve started this one already and I’m loving it so far!
The Last Jihad by Joel C. Rosenberg
I read his book The Auschwitz Escape last year and enjoyed his writing style. After reviewing it, so many people told me I had to read The Last Jihad. And I just happened to have it. (Goodwill finds, y’all!) I know it’s supposed to be about the possibility of a terrorist overthrow, but other than that, I’m actually not quite sure. So…we’ll see if I end up liking it or not 😉
Unbroken: Young Adult Edition by Laura Hillenbrand
Since I enjoyed the original (minus some edits…) I figure this one will be even better, since I know certain words won’t be in there and probably a few scenes as well. Looking forward to proofing this one for my siblings!
Through All Things by Malachi Cyr
This is a historical fiction I bought in a sale in 2018…so yeah, I need to read this. From what I read about it, it’s set about the time of the French and Indian War and may involve a character going on a search for a kidnapped younger sister and her friend. I’m thinking along the lines of Alone, Yet Not Alone, though that is another book I haven’t read…
Tattered Wings by Kassie Angle
I cannot wait for this book to release! I was privileged to get to beta read this book prior to final edits and let me tell you, even there it was good! I can’t wait to read the final copy…and hold it in my hands! The cover is just gorgeous too!
So that's it for today! Have a blessed Weekend!
And I’m back with the third review out of 4 (so far! Book 7 was just announced!) of the Soldier Dog Series and y’all! This one was one of my favorites! I’ve mentioned this before, but our ministry is located near Cherry Point Marine Air Station, so when I read this story, I couldn’t help but picture some of the fellows that have attended our church over the years! It made for a fascinating reading experience! Let’s dive right in!
About the Book:
Step into the action as the U.S. Marines and the Dobermans of World War II fight to recapture the island of Guam from Japanese troops.
It’s 1944, and the Second Battle of Guam is in full gear. Twelve-year-old Bo just escaped from a work camp, and he’s ready to help kick the enemy off his island.
Stryker is an official U.S. Marine Doberman on an urgent mission. When Bo and Stryker meet in the jungle, they team up to help the American forces.
But between painful injuries, raging rivers, wild animals, and a surprise attack on a hospital, their job isn’t easy. With a Japanese soldier hot on their trail, can they deliver their top-secret message in time?
Told in the alternating perspectives of Bo and Stryker, this action-packed adventure is inspired by the real-life Dobermans of World War II who bravely served beside the U.S. Marines.
Published 2019 by HarperCollins
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
My Review: I’m gonna break tradition and tell you the one thing I didn’t like about this book first, that way, I don’t have to break from all my squealing later *grins*. The one thing that stood out to me was the fact that the author really doesn’t seem to like the fact that America owns the country of Guam. Did we get it fairly? I have no idea. Should we let the people be independent from us? I don’t know. All I know is that the author is planting the idea of American’s being good bad guys subtly in this story and I didn’t like that at all. But it was a minor issue touched on maybe twice towards the beginning and is easy to fix. Maybe this is a conversation that should be had, whether Guam should be it’s own country or not, but this isn’t a conversation that should involve impressionable kids, who are already being attacked with anti-American sentiment enough through various media/education outlets. Let the kids love their country! *clears throat and steps off soapbox 😉*
Now, on to the good stuff. First off, can we just adore that cover? There is something so pleasing about a jungle, all the green and that gorgeous dog! Okay, Dobermans are not my favorite, per say, but they are cute in a dorky kind of way! And this dog in the story! He’s so good!
I loved how we got to see the plight of the natives on Guam without it becoming too violent or gory for children. And even though there were battle/medical sequences, I don’t think the descriptions were too much for young ones to stomach. It has a good balance of valor and reality of war to make children admire the GIs and realize war is not a game.
AND THE MARINES! Okay, I’m a total Army girl, but the hospital scene at the end was so good and so Marine Corps! I could go on and on about it! It was so good! I told my family about it and all of us are like, “That better be a true story, because that is true Marine Corps Spirit, right there!” You have to read the book for no other reason than to read that one scene! I still haven’t found out if it really happened or not, but I’m looking into it!
So yes, this was one of the best books in the series! Be sure to check it out!
Be sure and keep your eye open for our next post about 5 books I want to read in 2020!
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
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