Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Book Reviews

I received a copy of Playing Saint free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. This book focuses on Parker Saint, the up and coming pastor of large church and TV ministry. He is recruited by the police to help in the investigation of a series of murders where religious symbols are painted on the victims. The story is a battle between good and evil and involves a veteran detective determined to capture the murderer, three priests who are really secret operatives sent from the Vatican to search for a mysterious religious relic, and a rebellious nontheist pegged as the prime suspect in the case. I enjoyed the book and didn't see the plot twist that came late in the book and aided in the capture of the murderer. Along the way, Parker Saint rediscovers the sacrifice made on the cross and grows in his relationship with the Lord.

 
I received and read 41: A Portrait of My Fatherthe week it came out in early November and enjoyed this look at former President George H. W. Bush from the perspective of his son, former President George W. Bush.

I read book two of the Nancy Drew series and Robbie & I listened to books 3 & 4 during our road trip to Florida. We both enjoyed these wholesome mysteries and trying to solve the mystery on our own based on clues and foreshadowing in the books.

I enjoyed the second and third books in The Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast series as much as I enjoyed the first one. These chapter books about a young boy helping his grandmother run a Bed & Breakfast for aliens are just plain FUN reads.

 
Cannons at Dawn, a Dear America book, is the second diary written from the perspective of Abigail Jane Stewart, a young girl in Pennsylvania during the American Revolution. This book picks up shortly after The Winter of Red Snow, which I read earlier this year.

Dawn's Prelude was in my pile of books-to-read. I think I picked it up at a used book store a while back. This Christian fiction book was a quick and enjoyable read about a young woman who moves to Alaska to get away from her mean step-children after the death of the husband she was forced to marry at age sixteen.

I've read Gideon's Giftby Karen Kingsbury several times - it's a wonderful Christmas miracle story, so I checked out the audio book for us to listen to on the way home from Florida the day after Thanksgiving. It was the perfect start to the Christmas season.

2 comments:

Frances said...

Heading to Amazon to download "Playing Saint". I appreciate your comments on books. Miss you and Robbie. Have a wonderful new year and I'll keep up with you on your blog.

Maria Ontiveros said...

That a lot of books and such a variety! I have three books to start - Denali's Howl; The INterestings and Still Life by Louise Penny