Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Third Calling by Richard and Leona Bergstrom

★★★★★  The publisher provided a copy for review
So you thought you were done. That no one cares about your expertise or or what's on your heart ... because you're getting older. But what if God wants to use all of your experiences and give you a new calling at the peak of your career or in retirement?

The Bergstroms redefine what it means to be getting older. This creative, counter-cultural generation of Boomer s (50+) is a big group of people. The authors ask us to consider the possibility that leading-edge Boomers should - and can - continue to significantly impact the world.

"We propose an entirely new paradigm and name for this season and adventure we call aging.  We implore individuals and our entire generation to consider a Third Calling." (Richard Buckminster Fuller)

This is the story of my husband and me. We left secure careers and are doing crazy adventurous things we dreamed of doing as young people. We established a family, were active in our communities ... and have left it all behind for a new season, our own Third Calling.

If you're bored, wondering what's next, and not ready to drift into the sunset, pick up a copy ASAP. And hang on. You're about to explore what God has for you and perhaps to embark on the most exciting, most fun, and most challenging part of your life!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Coyote by Kelly Oliver

★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
This book kept surprising me as I turned the pages. When it was over, I felt a bit stunned by the action, twists, and turns. Set in quiet country, I expected relaxation and fun. Instead, the story gripped me and pulled me into issues of the day.

Oliver comments on the social and moral dilemma of human trafficking while delivering a great story. Highly recommended for those interested in social justice, fighting for environmental accountability, for readers who enjoy a mystery, and others who deal with racial prejudice.

Florence Grace by Tracy Rees

★★★★★  The publisher provided a copy for review
From the moors to the city, staying true to yourself and what you love can be difficult. Let's just say that Rees has a way with stories.

This novel sucked me in and kept me reading to the end. I fell in love with the descriptions, the people, and this tale of rags-to-riches ... with-complications. I was sorry to see the last page.

Recommended for readers who want to get to know the characters, for those with an eye for detail, and for those who want a great story. I'll read it again in case I missed something the first time.

Sweet Taffy and Murder by Dana Moss

★★★☐☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
A spin on the rich spoiled girl and hunky handyman - but good fun nonetheless. The cute heroine Taffy (yup, sappy name) shows up in town, needs help, and falls into a mystery. I'd read it again lying on the beach and enjoying the story.

Recommended for vacations when your mind needs a break and you want to put a smile on your face.

Lost on Hope Island by Patricia Harman

★★★★★  The publisher provided a copy for review
What a delightful book! The cover may be boring but the content is not. Two spunky and intelligent kids get caught into an adventure beyond the imagination of most of us. It's Robinson Crusoe X2 - and great fun to read. Would you be able to dream up pre-teen "goat midwives"? Neither would I.

I recommend it for children who are advanced readers, teens bored with zombies, and parents who love a sweet story. I wanted to take these two home, give them a bath and breakfast, and reunite them with those who love them.

Highly recommended. Can't wait for the next installation.