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1. Mark of the Lion : A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure As the Dawn (Vol 1-3)
by Francine Rivers
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Asin: 0842339523
Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Sales Rank: 798
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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This best-selling trilogy chronicles a tale of persecution and perseverance of 1st-century Christians in hedonistic Rome. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING WORK!!!!
I read this series a few years ago and absolutly loved it. i finished Voice in 3 days and was so excited about the next one that i drove to a really far bookstore at 5 in the morning so i could be there as soon as they opened to get the next book i was really inspired be Rivers writing so much so that i read about the bible character Haddessa that inspired the book character and her faith is so admirable that i want to name a child after her (the bible character not the fictional)these books were so good i passed them to all my friends and they loved them too i now have to replace them because they are literally falling apart!!! thay've been read so many times these books will change you they made faith come to life in me in such a way with prayer and living my faith so that others are impacted in a possitive way im so happy to have an example of how to weather rough times with god leading and not trying to do it myself my point being that its nice to have a female example of christianity where the example has always been a males faithfulness anyway im just really pleased with the mark series and recomend them for everyone but a warning if you are not straight in your walk with Christ this book with convict you to get striaght with God it convicted me

5-0 out of 5 stars Completely enthralling! The best books I've read in years!!
A friend recommended Francine Rivers' "Mark of the Lion" series to me, and I am so grateful!! I love to read, but it is not often that my life is enriched by a work of fiction. From the very first book I found myself not only engaged, but challenged. Rivers begins by challenging her readers to a life committed to sharing the gospel and living Christ's love, through her main character, Hadassah. The second book takes an honest and powerful look at forgiveness, as God would have us forgive and love those who have hurt us most deeply. Finally, "As Sure As the Dawn" takes us into the heart and mind of an unbeliever who is chained by his anger. As I read of God's work in this man's life, I felt I was seeing an eye-opening perspective of my own life. Each book became so personal to me. The writing and research into each book is absolutely incredible. As a person with degree in English literature, it is so nice to read a book that I don't find myself editing as I read it!! I am certainly a new fan of Francine Rivers, and look forward to reading the rest of her work!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
This book series is one that takes the era (approx A.D. 70) and makes it jump to life! It takes the scriptures and brings a dimension that I'd never seen. This book is an absolute page turner! I loved every minute of it. Way to go, Francine! I am your newest fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Books' review
I started reading the first book in this series at night... and I couldn't put it down. Literally, I read until I finished it at six in the morning. When it ended, I got the sequel as soon as I could. The books are excellent, while I have yet to read the final book in the series, and I would absolutely recommend them to anyone and everyone. The Christian beliefs that shine through the writing (and certain characters, such as Hadassah) are inspiring. God bless!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I am currently reading "As Sure as the Dawn" which is the third in the Mark of the Lion series. When I awaken eah morning the first thing I want to do is read a few chapters. I have encountered a problem with the third book and wonder if anyone else has discovered it or if it is only in my book.

Francine Rivers is the best author !!!!! I have read many of her books and look forward to each new one that I can find. I started with Tamar......and eagerly read each of the others in the Lineage of Grace series. Leota's Garden, and The Scarlet Thread were two of my favorites. ... Read more


2. Redeeming Love
by Francine Rivers
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-30)
Publisher: Multnomah
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Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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In this splendid retelling of the biblical story of Hosea, bestselling author Francine Rivers pens a heartbreaking romance between a prostitute and the upright and kind farmer who marries her; the story also functions as a reminder of God's unconditional love for his people. Redeeming Love opens with the Gold Rush of 1850 and its rough-and-tumble atmosphere of greed and desire. Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child, has learned to distrust all men, who see her only as a way to satisfy their lust. When the virtuous and spiritual-minded Michael Hosea is told by God to marry this "soiled dove," he obeys, despite his misgivings. As Angel learns to love him, she begins to hope again but is soon overwhelmed by fear and returns to her old life. Rivers shines in her ability to weave together spiritual themes and sexual tension in a well-told story, a talent that has propelled her into the spotlight as one of the most popular novelists in the genre of Christian fiction. This is one of her best. --Cindy Crosby ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book by this gifted author
This is a story with a wide range of emotions. From the utter depravity of man to the absolute and unconditional love of God.
It follows the story of Michael Hosea and his total surrender to the will of God, regardless of the emotional torture and heartache that sometimes comes with it. It is also the story of Angel, her emotional and physical scars that are borne of a tragic childhood and her journey to complete healing and spiritual awakening.
Based on the Old Testament book of Hosea, it portrays God's wonderful love and patience with his wayward children, by focusing on the example of Michael Hosea's unconditional love for Angel. An inspirational and thought provoking piece of fiction which could be compared to a parable - an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. The book encouraged me to read the book of Hosea, not a book I would probably have read before reading this novel!!
Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars A definite must for fans of Christian fiction
I loved this book. I am a Francine Rivers fan and this has to be her best. The book parallels through Angel and Michael, God's redeeming love for us, and I loved the two main characters.

Francine Rivers brings a gritty reality to this story through Angel's horrific life as a prostitute - but manages not to glorify the lifestyle or go into unnecessary detail. You also understand Michael's questionning of God while obeying Him. The book grips you from the start and I could just about read the last page because I cried.

Don't be put off by the 'Mills and Boons' type cover - my husband is currently reading this (after I went on about it) and he thinks it is excellent.

Even writing about it now, I want to go and read it again!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Redeeming Love is incredible--what every girl longs for!
I just finished Redeeming love for the third time. I seem to pick it up when as the first page says...I hurt or hunger. What an incredible parallel to God's redeeming love for us...always pursuing us with an everlasting and all consuming passion. All I can say is I am waiting for someone like Michael Hosea..someone who intently listens and obeys Gods voice, who encourages me, who forgives me and who understands that my past scars and heartbreaks are not too great to keep us apart!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ms. Rivers Best Book By Far!!!
When my husband brought home this book for a present one day I thought, okay I liked the Atonement Child alright so I will try this one.. Now I know that this is the best Francine Rivers book ever! Perhaps the best christian fiction book ever!! I laughed and Cried, and cried and cried. This story is about second chances and third chances and even fourth chances. It is a beautiful illistration of God's love for us, as undeserving as we are. The characters are well developed and to be honest I got more out of this than the book of Hosea. Everyone should read this book!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Uplifting
Get ready, because you will not be able to put this book down. I'm not an avid reader of Christian fiction, but Redeeming Love has given me a new hobby in that arena. I fell in love with God and my husband all over again when I read that book. It is a romantic and more modern depiction of the book of Hosea. Romantic in the sense that the story is about the unconditional love of a husband, which represents God's love for us. This book will take you through all kinds of emotions - you might even shed a tear of two for the characters. However, I missed a few things in the book, so I'm getting ready to read it a second time. ... Read more


3. God's Gift
by Dee Henderson
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Steeple Hill
Sales Rank: 16743
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Missionary work in Africa was the most difficult and faith-affirming work James Graham had ever faced, and warm, homey presents from a Good Samaritan back home gave him the hope he needed to carry on. But an injury brought his work to a sudden halt and sent him home to Chicago.

There, James met the woman who'd sent those thoughtful gifts, the charming Rachel Ashcroft, and he was intrigued by the shadow of sadness that haunted her expression. Bringing the light of happiness back to Rachel's lovely face gave new purpose to his life, but was this only a temporary respite? Or would James be able to release his past and open his heart to receive the gift of Rachel's love? ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good:)
This is a really sweet and touching book, but lacks the punch of her later books - the O'Malleys and others.Its not a suspense and not meant to be, but a little disappointing when you know what she can get into a book now!But definitely a good afternoon read.

4-0 out of 5 stars A sweet romance with an intriguing storyline
Dee Henderson is a familiar name to Christian fiction aficionados, with her bestselling "Uncommon Heroes" and "O'Malley" series dominating the sales charts. Perhaps with this in mind, Steeple Hill has brought back some of her older romance titles, including the enjoyable GOD'S GIFT. Here, Henderson manages to spin a sweet romance with an intriguing storyline that sidesteps the drippy sentimentality so often found in Christian fiction.

Henderson knows how to hook her readers by creating believable characters who lead interesting lives, and GOD'S GIFT has both ingredients. Thirty-five-year-old James Graham is back in Chicago fresh off six years in the mission field, but not by choice. A bug bite in Africa has left him with a severe, arthritis-like condition that comes and goes, leaving his joints stiff and swollen, and James finds he is unable to continue building clinics for impoverished communities until his body recovers.

The women in Henderson's novels usually have strong personalities and surprising careers, and those in GOD'S GIFT is no exception. Almost immediately, we meet James's mother, Mary, who raises Samoyeds, and the gorgeous Rachel Ashcroft, who owns a brokerage company and is working on her first book. Rachel fuels her intense workaholic lifestyle with grief over the loss of her fiancé, with whom she shared ownership of the company. She and her friends, Dave and Lace, have a comfortable, loyal "Three Musketeers" sort of friendship that will be the envy of every reader. The witty repartee and generous giving between the trio provide some enjoyable, often humorous moments throughout the book.

Soon, the threesome expands its circle to include James, who muses: "He'd never experienced anything like it, a camaraderie coupled with loyalty that went so deep as to be nearly unbreakable." A gentle goodness permeates the novel. There are no bad guys with evil intentions, just the battles fought with physical limitations, depression, disappointment, and grief. Few readers will not be able to relate to at least one of the challenges faced by the characters, and be absorbed by how Henderson plots the way they will meet them with faith and courage.

There are a few quirks to Henderson's prose --- she insists on calling women "ladies" or referring to Rae as "the lady" to the point that it becomes irksome, and repetition occasionally creeps in. Mostly, however, the story still clips along at a steady pace. The romance that is sparked between the couples is telegraphed from the very first pages, but in Henderson's capable hands, the knowledge of who will end up with whom doesn't lessen the reader's interest in pursuing the story.

And, the story is a good one. James's temporary stay in Chicago lengthens as he continues to relapse into chronic pain, and soon he despairs of ever returning to Africa --- or living a normal life. "God, I am so angry at this pain! Why, God? Why me? Why show me a future I would love to have and then cripple me so I can't have it?"

However, James is forced to rethink his situation in a surprising twist toward the end of the book, which exemplifies what true love is and what it sometimes will cost. Henderson's characters believe the bad things that happen to them are all part of God's bigger plan for their lives, and James and Rae will come to this realization through heartache, many tears, and the sacrifice of their dreams.

Henderson has matured as a writer since penning GOD'S GIFT, but fans of her "Uncommon Heroes" and "O'Malley" series will find this earlier book an enjoyable read, full of Henderson's trademark characters and well-integrated faith themes.

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby

4-0 out of 5 stars A lesson in friendship and love
It amazes me how Dee Henderson can capture the essence of true and deep friendship and put it into words.God's Gift is not just about James and Rachel's quest to understand where God wants them to be, but a tribute tobeing the kind of friend that God calls us to be.Thanks for another greatbook, Dee! ... Read more


4. Love Comes Softly (Oke, Janette, Love Comes Softly Series, Bk. 1,)
by Janette Oke
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Asin: 0764228323
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Sales Rank: 25160
Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
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Love Comes Softly introduced the characters of Marty and Clark Davis, whose tragic circumstances brought them to a "marriage of convenience" on the frontier prairies during the mid 1800s. The story of how Clark’s patient, caring love mirrored that of the heavenly Father, drawing Marty to faith and to love, has captured the hearts and imaginations of over one million readers on Book One alone! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best series I've ever read
Imagine you1re living in the midst of the 19th century. You1re 19, far from friends and family, and to top it all off, your husband dies and you are two months pregnant with his child.........

Love Comes Softly is an eight book series written by Christian author Jannette Oke. I thought when my mother-in-law tried to get me to read her books, that I was in for another mushy Harlequin Romance novel, filled with people involved with three, four or five men, and definitely no sign of God in their lives. Boy, was I in for a VERY pleasant surprise. Mrs. Oke leads us through the life of a very young Marty Davis, who has just left her family in the east, to travel west with her new husband , Clem. Clem and Marty had been living out of their wagon, eating pancakes and drinking coffee EVERY day, because that1s all that Marty knew how to make. Unexpectedly, though, Clem dies, and Marty is left alone with child and no home, no money, and just what she has in her wagon.

The Love Comes Softly series then begins to take us through the struggles Marty has to overcome and Mrs. Oke guides us so beautifully, that we feel like we are right there with Marty. The eight books lead us through 40 years in Marty and her family1s lives. I enjoyed every minute of the readings. Never has a book so captured me like Mrs. Oke1s did.

I try to count my blessings every day, but after reading this group of books, I found more to be thankful for. I never stopped to realize what the generations before us went through. With Marty, I learned what is was like to bear a child with no husband and no doctor around--just a local lady that had delivered many babies. I learned what it was like to leave family behind, knowing that you will probably never see them again--or even hear from them again.

The funniest part of the series was in the very first book. Marty decides she will try to make her new husband a chicken and dumpling meal. Well........she goes to the chicken pen to try and catch one. After tearing apart then pen, she finally catches one of only two roosters (she didn1t know she was supposed to only kill the female). Once she gets him, she has no idea as to how to kill him, so she decides to tie him up and kill him--that didn1t work, and she wound up cutting off the beak of the prize rooster. When her husband, Clark comes home, he finds the pen in disarray, and sees his rooster with no beak and he comes to find out that Marty was just trying to cook him his first real meal. This part cracked me up, along with the part where she tries to fix biscuits and they turn out as hard as rocks.

You have to read the books in order. They just keep continuing with this saga. The best book in the series was book four. I can1t tell you why, for it would give the ending for the rest of the series, but it was the book that kept me the most fascinated. The hardest part about the series was the way she wrote it. She wrote it with the accents as they would have said things. It was hard at first, but I got used to it by the second book. I highly recommend her books, and am looking forward to the next series I am about to read. The new series is from the Canadian West. It involves new characters, and therefore new lives.

I would really appreciate hearing from others who have read her books--especially the Love Comes Softly series. It would be enjoyable to talk with others about Jannette Oke1s books. You can find her work at any Christian bookstore or even the library. They are expensive, between $9-13.00, but they are worth their price. I found twelve of her books at the library, though. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. It is definitely a series I would read again and again, and I look forward to my two daughters growing up and wanting to read them as well. They are written in the same manner as the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. ENJOY!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of one family's joys and struggles
This is a wonderful story about family life at a time when people did not possess much material things but instead loved and cared for one another unconditionally. The story begins with Clark and Marty and goes on to include the lives of their children. What drew me to read and reread this series of books is the way it is written with so much love and understanding. There are many moral issues dealing with the Christian God and how the righteous man would behave. It is therefore also a book of learning. I would highly recommend this series. This is one of the few series of books that I would consider to be worth spending money on. I know that I will reread it many more times. Janette Oke is an excellent storyteller.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love Really Does Come Softly
I read the first edition of Janette Oke's series (Love Comes Softly)not long after it came out. I think there was probably two in the series when I first started reading the series. Love Comes Softly is wonderful. I loved it and all the remaining books in the series. As I was reading the series I couldn't wait until the next one came out.

Clark and Marty find love in a very difficult situation. I love the part about the biscuts, chicken and the disapointment Marty felt when her Christmas was taken by the snowstorm.

This is a wonderful read. I've loaned my books out to numerous friends and family, so that they can enjoy the story too. I think it would make a wonderful movie (I heard that Michael Landon Jr. may produce a movie from this series OH! I hope it is true).

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you for your service
The book was in excellent shape and I gave it as a Christmas gift. However i would have liked to have kept it. If you have any more for that same price I would be interested in 2 more of them. Thank you. You are very prompt.
Veda

5-0 out of 5 stars The Original Christian Fiction Series! Book one
Marty is a young pioneer woman, recently widowed and pregnant with no place to live and no means to go home. Clark Davis asks her to be his wife of "convenience" since he needs a caretaker for his young daughter, Missie, and Marty needs food and shelter. Not at all interested, but desperately in need, she accepts. This first book explains the first 6-8 months of this strange marriage. Marty is determined to pull her weight and do her time until Spring when Clark has agreed to pay her way home. The book is wholesome, funny, suspense filled and holds the reader's interest from cover to cover. After watching a recent movie made from this book, I am reading the series for the third time and would still recommend it to others. ... Read more


5. The Truth Seeker (O'Malley #3)
by Dee Henderson
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Women are turning up dead. And Lisa O'Malley digging into a crime means trouble is soon to follow. She's a forensic pathologist and mysteries are her domain. Book number three in the O'Malley series brings back Lisa O'Malley and U.S. Marshal Quinn Diamond from The Guardian in a tense investigative thriller. She's not a believer, and her journey toward faith is a fascinating look at how a forensic pathologist views the Resurrection. Quinn has found loving her is easier than keeping her safe. Lisa O'Malley's found the killer, and now she's missing too ... ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Another must read by Henderson...
*The Truth Seeker* is the third novel in the O'Malley series by Dee Henderson (though readers should technically start with *Danger in the Shadows* first). Henderson in a short time has written and published several novels that are sure to please fans of Christian fiction!

In *The Truth Seeker*, Lisa O'Malley and Quinn Diamond are thrown together in an investigation of a lifetime. Lisa, a forensic examiner, is working the scene at a house fire/possible murder, when she is injured severely and forced to accept the willing help of both her family and Quinn. Quinn becomes a valuable part of Lisa's life by supporting her through her recovery and investigating a series of murders that may be related to his own father's shooting death twenty years earlier. Falling in love with each other is an inevitability.

As Lisa and Quinn work around the clock to find out the truth, the other six O'Malleys continue watching over Jennifer as she plans her wedding and continues cancer treatment. And as Lisa struggles with her own past and inability to believe in Christ's resurrection, Quinn prays that Lisa will follow three of her siblings in becoming a believer.

Once again, Dee has demonstrated a fine talent for writing Christian romance and suspense. This is definitely a must read!

5-0 out of 5 stars another keeper
I had been looking forward to this book's release for a few months now, and I was not disappointed. Dee Henderson is quickly becoming one of those authors whose books you just buy because you know that they will be good. In this book, she keeps up the pace of her first 2 O'Malley books--meaning once you start the first chapter, you will not want to put it down. We first got a glimpse of Lisa and Quinn in her last book, and watching their relationship unfold in this book is great. However, what I especially liked was all of the details we get about Lisa's job working for the state crime lab. If you are at all interested in Forensics, you will enjoy this read. Of course, I would be remiss not to mention the spiritual aspect of this novel (what truly sets Dee's writing apart from other books), as Lisa deals with the Resurrection. It definitely gives her character depth. If you have yet to pick up a Dee Henderson novel, you are missing out. I highly recommend the Truth Seeker, and I can't wait for the next installment.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best book
I absolutely love this book it will keep you in suspense. It's a really good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dee Henderson delivers!
Lisa O'Malley was a forensic psychologist in Chicago. She knew all about death and each stage the bodies go through. She had seen just about everything and had the nightmares to prove it. Her past gave her the ability to examine mountains of evidence and see hidden connections between victims and their killers. She was very good at her job because she was tenacious!

U.S. Marshal Quinn Diamond had been searching for Amy Ireland for over twenty years. The case was personal, possibly linked to the death of his father. He linked Amy with a friend in Chicago who had been murdered. Lisa O'Malley had handled the crime scene, so Quinn went to Lisa for help. However, by doing so, he put Lisa's life at risk!

Quinn had been friends with the entire O'Malley clan for years. Lisa was the one who touched a cord deep within him though. Unlike him, Lisa did not believe in the Resurrection. Her past had made it virtually impossible for her to do so. Even her siblings, Kate and Marcus, thought she had good reasons. But that would not stop them from trying to help her understand.

***** I love Inspirational books written by Dee Henderson. Why? Glad you asked! Dee does not try to shove the bible at her readers. Even if the readers are not religious, they will still enjoy the book since it is mostly Romantic Suspense! I especially recommend this book for fans of the TV show CSI, Crime Scene Investigators. When it comes to romance, thrilling plots, and fascinating characters, Dee Henderson delivers! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery
I have read most of Dee Henderson's books, and the Truth Seeker is definitely one of her best! I thought the plot was a bit predictable at times but there was enough suspense to make it impossible to set down.

Lisa O'Malley is a forensic scientist who is injured at the start of the book. She isn't able to come back to her job full time for a while so her boss makes her review some murder cases that went cold. Lisa's investigation into some of the murders have ties to a case that U.S. Marshall Quinn Diamond has been following for years. They eventually notice the similarities and exchange information and clues. The rest of the book tells how they fall in love while trying to track down an elusive killer.

There are a lot of smaller plots in the book like Lisa's family, and Christianity, but they are added subtley so the book is inhanced by their presence. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to absolutely anyone! ... Read more


6. True Valor (Uncommon Heroes, Book 2)
by Dee Henderson
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Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
Publisher: Multnomah
Sales Rank: 13555
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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Air Force pararescueman Bruce "Striker" Stanton spends his life rescuing pilots downed behind enemy lines, and Grace Yates flies an F/A-18 Hornet for the Navy. On their dangerous jobs away from home, they exchanged love letters. Now a fight between Syria and Turkey over water rights on the Euphrates has spiraled into a confrontation NATO finds itself struggling to prevent. For the military deployed in the region, it's not just the occasional news headline -- it's their daily problem. But when a missing Navy pilot turns out to be Gracie, Bruce has got one mission: get her out alive ... ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars So-So
I am an AVID Dee Henderson fan, and I just have to say that this book just wasn't up to par. I LOVE the 1st and 3rd ones in the Uncommon Heroes series, and the O'Malley series kept me enthralled, but this book lacked some of the magic. I didn't feel the chemistry between Bruce and Gracie the way I know Henderson is capable of creating between characters. The letters were a bit slow, too.
Having said that, it's still a good read with some good military action. A fun book, just not an on-the-edge of your seat book like her others. I suggest any other of her books instead.

4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but not her best.
I enjoy every Dee Henderson book I've read. True Valor was actually my first, and it's probably a good thing I started with this one. At the time I found it exciting and romantic and loved it. I've since read her entire O'Malley Series, and am working on True Honor after reading True Devotion and then True Valor a second time. I do enjoy this book and the characters, but now I feel that they are incomplete. The romance between Grace and Bruce is OK, but my least favorite of her books. Now I know the depth of emotion Ms. Henderson is capable of conveying in her writing. This book falls short of the high bar she has set with previous novels.

That being said, this remains an above par action novel, especially for the military-minded. Her description of Gracie's flights and Bruce's rescues were very lively and exciting. And I found their letters back and forth to be more interesting than their in-person encounters (except maybe for the short descritions of their two post-deployment reunions, I enjoyed those parts. But that could be because I'm a military spouse and understand how emotional they can be.)

My conclusion is that this is an essential read for Henderson fans, if only to make us appreciate the other books even more. For people who have never read a Dee Henderson novel, this is a good book to start with...it's still excellent writing.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the Uncommon Heroes books!
I really enjoyed the other two books in this series, but didn't enjoy either one quite as much as the books of the O'Malley series, so I was sure what to expect with this one. I'll say this; True Valor is a fast read and such a good one that when I finished, I immediately started rereading it!

Navy Pilot Grace and Air Force Pararescue Jumper Bruce are friends, they know each other through Bruce's sister Jill. As they both set out for long deployments they began to forge a stronger bond through letters. In their letters, they encourage each other with their words and with quotes from Scripture. The sweet gentleness of their blossoming relationship is starkly contrasted by the stark background of rising tensions in the Middle East.

Simply put, this is an excellent book. It clips along at a nice pace, the characters are engrossing and the days stateside are realistically all too brief. The strongest and most enjoyable part of this book, what really makes it stand out, is the eloquent letters Grace and Bruce exchange. As they share the highs and lows of military life in their letters, the reader gets an often poignent glimpse. As always with Dee Henderson books, True Valor has strong and well written inspirational undertones. A definite must read!

3-0 out of 5 stars okay
This book isn't as good as some of Dee henderson's previous books. The letters from the two main characters made the book a little slower to read. The likely hood of the story isn't that great either. Somehow whenever Grace gets introuble in a plane, Bruce always seems to be there. Nevermind that they are in different branches.... This book is not one of the best by D. Henderson. A recommended book would be The Rescuer or any of the other O'Malley series books

2-0 out of 5 stars OK, but not her best
This is my second Dee Henderson book. My first was #1 in this series and it was awesome! I was a bit disappointed with this book. My husband serves active duty in the US Navy and I had a hard time with the context of all the military mumbo bumbo.
It took me a long time to get into the book. It did get better starting around page 100. I usually don't continue a book unless it grabs my attention by the 2nd chapter, but I wanted to finish it so I could move on to #3 which I understand is much better. I'm excited for #4--True Courage to be released! ... Read more


7. The Negotiator (O'Malley Series, Book 1)
by Dee Henderson
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In this dynamic rerelease of The Negotiator, FBI agent Dave Richman from Danger in the Shadows is back -- and about to meet Kate O'Malley. A hostage negotiator in Chicago, Kate is a legend on the force, willing to walk into any situation. Dave is a Christian, but Kate isn't. Their relationship is going to be a challenge. Kate's family, the seven O'Malleys, were orphaned or abandoned as children; they chose to become their own family. But an airline bombing, tragic family news, and the appearance of a brother Kate didn't know she had will change her family's life -- and her own -- forever. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Compulsively readable!
This is a wonderful book! I stumbled across Danger in the Shadows by accident and enjoyed it, so I decided to go ahead and read the Negotiator. I'm so glad I did. This is truly a great book. The suspense made it a page turner, the romance was sweet, and the religious questions addressed were interesting and thought provoking.

Kate O'Malley is a no nonsense hostage negotiator who doesn't believe in relying on anyone, other than her family, the O'Malleys, and who believes God doesn't exist. How could He exist, she wonders, with all the bad that happens in our world? Then, Kate works a hostage situation and meets Dave Richman, who was introduced in Danger in the Shadows. Dave and Kate are opposites in many ways; Dave is rich and he grew up with his father in Britian, while Kate grew up in an orphanage. Dave is a patient FBI agent with a strong faith in and devotion to God.

As Dave spends time with Kate trying to protect her, his feelings grow. But their opposite views on God hold them apart. This book is excellent at examining religious issues people face as they date. Dave has feelings for Kate, but must wrestle with the fact that she is a non-believer. Meanwhile, Kate likes Dave and she respects his beliefs, but she still struggles with her questions. In the midst of it all, Kate is in danger and trying to solve a high profile case.

This book is wonderful is so many ways. There are many choices a reviewer could make to talk about in a review; the well written and suspenseful plot, the gentle romance, etc. All would make interesting discussions. I also don't think the reader has to be Christian to enjoy The Negotiator. This book will generate some great thought questions. It isn't empty entertainment by any means. And the best part is that is a clean read. Dee Henderson did an absolutely fabulous job in creating this book. It is, indeed, compulsively readable.

4-0 out of 5 stars Can Faith Change the human heart? Find Out in The Negotiator
Kate O'Malley faces the insanities of the world on a daily bases. As Hostage Negotiator Kate is legendary, her courage, wit and talent in her field has brought her to the top.... but nothing has been able to cure age old wounds. Dave Richman, an FBI special agent has spent his life protecting people, his courage, wit...and belief in God has led him to the top. When these two meet it is under a dangerous and stressful situation, but nothing can disguise the instant attraction they feel for each other. But can Kate open her heart enough to believe? And can Dave love a woman who has shut God out of her life? Soon secrets and old time enemies threaten both parties and both Kate and Dave will learn that God certainly does work in mysterious ways. The Negotiator is a wonderful read. Dee Henderson spins a beautiful love story and a suspenseful thriller. Only moderately predictable, Ms.Henderson sometimes relies on the cliched to pull her out of a rough spot. Such predictability can be overlooked in the wake of strong characters and a moving story line. The "inspirational" aspect is just that, inspirational, never "preachy" or high handed, God is softly intertwined with the characters and emotional plots and subplots. Satisfying to the end The Negotiator will have a place on my library shelf.

2-0 out of 5 stars the Negotiator
I have to agree with reviewer Yankiwi. this book hits on
religion too much to be in the crime/passion category.
If I want conversion to Christ I will go to church to
seek it.Also the love scenes are non-existant. People in
love do kiss and hold each other. Not worth the read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Christian book with no passion for believers only
These books should be in the Chritian section NOT the general section. I am returning all five I bought- she may be a good writier BUT the non-dsiclosure of the CHRISTIAN advocacy is wrong and Amazon should be ashamed! I don't buy books to be proselytized to by anybody's religion.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book!
I was very impressed w/ this book! Towards the beginning it wasnt into it so much but by the 2nd or 3rd chapter i couldnt put it down! ... Read more


8. The Marriage Wish (Henderson, Dee)
by Dee Henderson
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4-0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for........
How often do we make wishes and fail to recognize what we really want? Scott knows from the minute he sees Jennifer, and works hard at following God's will instead of his own when it comes to the desires of his heart. Dee Henderson is a excellent author and each of her stories puts you right there with what her characters are going through. She captures the realness of life and translates that to words that make it difficult to put her books down! Read all her stuff, you won't be disapointed! ... Read more


9. Danger in the Shadows
by Dee Henderson
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Sara's terrified. She's doing the one thing she cannot afford to do: fall in love with a famous man, former pro football player Adam Black. Sara is hidden away in the witness protection program, her safety dependent on staying invisible -- and loving Adam could get her killed. Her brother, FBI agent Dave Richman (O'Malley series book one, The Negotiator), has his hands full providing her security from the man who kidnapped her and her twin sister and caused her sister's death. Soon they are caught in a chain of events that brings Sara face-to-face with terror...and with the sure knowledge that only God can set her free from the Danger in the Shadows. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
Make sure to read this book on a day you aren't busy, because you won't be able to put it down once you start it, I know I couldn't. The main character is a woman named Sara Walsh who lives in fear of being found by the man who kidnapped her when she was a young child. She meets and falls in love with former pro-football star Adam Black. But there are a lot of problems for the two to solve before they can live "happily ever after." The book is fast paced and draws you in very quickly. The story is suspenseful and stays that way until the very end. It will keep you turning pages until there aren't anymore to turn! The two main characters are charming and have flaws all of us can identify with. But my favorite character in the book is Sara's brother Dave, who has become her protector and who is the one person Sarah has been able to depend on. (He reminds me of my brother.) I can't wait to read his story in The Negotiator!

4-0 out of 5 stars Different from what I expected...
Sara has spent the last twenty five years of her life in fear of the man that kidnapped her and her twin sister, Kim, when they were six years old. Over the years she has changed her name countless times as well as her home for one of the kidnappers was never caught. She can never forge lasting friendships for the fear that she will put anyone else in danger. Then one night she meets Adam Black, a once famous football player and now a huge voice in the sports world.

Adam has never met anyone like Sara. When he finds out what her life is really like, all he wants to do is protect her. As time goes on and he realizes that they will never have a normal life, he turns to God for answers. What he finds in his heart is that he will do anything to stay apart of Sara's life.

The suspense in this book was very good and I really like the character of Dave. I have read books where there are references to God, but this was almost too much for me. There was zero sexual tension between the two characters, which I like reading in a romantic suspense. Their love was almost too pure if that's possible. Overall, I did enjoy it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sorry- but I was disappointed
I just felt like the characters, especially the leading lady, were so canned. It felt like the author was trying to impress us with the "perfect lady". Well, I would have liked more realistic characters. I'd also have liked the author to write more about how the characters practiced succesfully and unsuccesfully, their faith in every situation. Sorry- this book didn't do it for me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the rest of the O'Malley series.
This is an enjoyable and well-written book. However, I did not find it nearly as interesting as any of the other books in the O'Malley series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Read In Awhile!
I bought this book for my Mother in Law for Christmas. She read it while visiting us in 2 days and left it with me, insisting I had to read it. I couldn't wait. I didn't read it as fast as she did, but I could definetely see WHY she read it so fast. From the very beginning, it draws you in. It's very simple to read, and flows very smoothly. Very easy, for me, with two small children to put the book down and come back to it in a few hours. I never got "lost" trying to remember what was happening. The story was great and the ending fabulous. I look forward to reading the O'Malley series and more of Dee Henderson's work in the future! ... Read more


10. True Honor (Uncommon Heroes, Book 3)
by Dee Henderson
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A Military Romance Honoring God and Country For CIA officer Darcy St. James, the terrorist attack on America is personal: Friends died at the Pentagon. She's after a man who knew September 11 would happen and who chose to profit from the knowledge. Navy SEAL Sam "Cougar" Houston is busy: The intelligence Darcy is generating has his team deploying around the world. Under the pressure of war, they discover the sweetness of love, and their romance flourishes. But it may be a short relationship - for the terrorists have chosen their next targets, and Darcy's name is high on the list... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Romantic Fiction
Increasingly popular author Dee Henderson has received critical acclaims for her romance novels with a Christian theme. Her latest, book number three in the uncommon heroes series, is another winner, chock full of espionage, twisted plot turns, and a view of the life of a CIA agent.

Darcy St. James has been retired from the CIA for two years, but when fellow agent Gabriel calls her back to service for one assignment, she cannot refuse. Agreeing to meet former Russian spy, Sergey Alexandrov, at a Florida hotel, Darcy embarks on her assignment. But when the meeting goes awry, Sam Houston,a Navy SEAL she just met, come to her aid.

Darcy's views on retirement are suddenly and irrevocably altered when two days later, planes crash into the twin towers. With the sudden deaths of some CIA colleagues added to the Trade Center disaster, Darcy decides to come out of retirement and help her former agency anyway she can. Her intelligence efforts lead her to repeated encounters with Sam, and their relationship seems to flourish, despite time and distance constraints. Can their relationship survive this war on terror, as they treasure the little time they can spend together?

Ms. Henderson has succeeded admirably in building stepping stones of romance and intrigue with a plot that thickens as the novel progresses. Most fascinating is the bird's eye view of an intelligence agent's work, and the countless hours of investigation and surveillance that are essential when trying to locate the perpetrator. Mixed in with the creative story line are scripture references that have direct bearing on the Sam and Darcy's lives. Fans of Christian romance will be pleased with the characters' focus on their faiths. And those readers of all romance fiction should find much to like in this enthralling novel where the biblical passages show a hidden depth of the main players.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful as Usual!
I enjoy reading but believe there are too many good Christian writers out there to read much of the secular trash today. I used to think it was safe to go to my church library to get good reading material--WRONG!! They are interested in getting best sellers, etc. I enjoy a good novel that keeps my interest without the foul language, the sleeping around, etc. Don't get me wrong-- sometimes there is a purpose to these topics in the book-- like observing how the Christians around them have witnessed to bring them out of their sinful lives. Think you know what I mean. Dee Henderson is one of those authors that I can count on for a good clean story--exciting and clean. True Honor was no exception. It is a wonderful love story and both main characters happen to be Chrisitans. Throughout the entire book both Darcy and Sam look to the Lord for guidance and strength throughout trials. If is evident from the first moment they meet that there are "sparks" between the two of them. Do they act on those sparks by hopping in and out of bed? No! This is a thrilling story of espionage, danger, murder, terrorism, friendship, relationships, families and patriotism. It is also current-- as Ms Henderson's story begins just prior to that day in history we recently lived thru--9-11. An easy read that you won't put down until you are finished.

5-0 out of 5 stars Third time is another charm
I really liked this book. Being a stong Christian and an avid supporter of the US military, I found it very refreshing to see both Christianity and the military portrayed so well. Henderson is a skillful writer and knows how to weave a good tale.

The only bad things about this book I can see are a few minor mistakes when it comes to military protocol, but those mistakes in no way take anything from the book.

This is my favorite Uncommon Hero book so far and I'm looking forward to the next one when it comes out.

5-0 out of 5 stars REAL HEROES WHO ARE BOTH HONEST AND TRUE
Hi! Once again it's a Christian Romance Reader who feel in love with the story before even knowing the slant of the book...!!! I read Dee Henderson's THE RESCURER (#6) and this last so far of the UNCOMMON HERO TRIO, (#3). I think I should statt at the beginning of the series and work my way forward... (Don't you?) I HAVE all the books in both series. ANYWAY!! I LOVE Dee Henderson and you will too! A real bit of shining sun....!

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite in the series
I love all Ms. Henderson's work, but this one was a special treat. This couple was interesting, daring and always ready for adventure. The stronger suspense thread was a plus for me. The ladies can write great thrillers and suspense too! Ms. Henderson's daredevil heroines steal my heart everytime. She just gets better. ... Read more


11. The Healer (O'Malley Series, Book 5)
by Dee Henderson
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Rachel O'Malley works disasters for a living. Her specialty is helping children through trauma. For years Rachel has touched grief as she helps others through it, but now grief is something very personal -- she is losing her own sister to cancer. Helping the other O'Malleys through the crisis is taking everything Rachel has to give. When a school shooting rips through her community, she must lean hard against God to find the strength to help the children. For there is more than just sorrow confronting her, there's a secret. One of the students was there. One of them witnessed the shooting. And the murder weapon is still missing . . . ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An emotionally touching story!
Dee Henderson, you've done it again! The fifth book of the O'Malley series, "The Healer" will just captivate you! And if you've read all three books and loved them as much as I do, I'm sure you feel a part of the O'Malley family now!

The O'Malley family consists of seven brothers and sister, three boys and four girls. Since they were little they had been in the same orphanage and when they got out of the orphanage, they decided to 'adopt' each other, taking the name O'Malley as their family name. They all have very important jobs, Marcus is a U.S. Marshal, Kate a negotiator for hostage situations, botched-up robberies, etc., Jennifer is a doctor, Jack a fireman, Stephen a paramedic, Rachel a trauma psychologist, and Lisa is a forensic pathologist. This story is about Rachel O'Malley, 'the healer'.

Rachel O'Malley by the faith and prayers of her family is now a Christian. But being a trauma psychologist is a tense and stressful job. Working at disasters for the Red Cross, trying to heal the lives of children torn apart by parent's divorces, Rachel finds it hard at times to trust in Jesus to help her let go of the hurt she sees.

Captain Cole Parker, captain of a fire company who has spent the last few years fighting fires and trying to stop arsons. A devout Christian from a young age, Cole sticks by Rachel and helps her through the hard times. It is inevitable that they become closer, even reaching the point of falling in love.

But in the midst of Rachel of having to deal with the fact she might lose her sister Jennifer to cancer, tragedy strikes. When Rachel's sister Lisa O'Malley discovers a murder scene discovered in a flooded community, it is suspected that there may be a second victim. Things become worse when there is gunfire at a local school. Children are injured, children are dead, and what's so terrible is that the shooters were children. But the mystery begins when one of the bullets matches the one which had killed the victim in the flood. And that gun has disappeared. What is going on, how are the two cases connected? Rachel, Cole, and the O'Malley's must race to find the missing gun, before tragedy repeats...

Of all the books, I think that "The Healer" is one of the weakest in the series in that there isn't much of a mystery. I had already guessed much of the plot and most of the guesses were correct. But I must confess, this story is the most emotionally and spiritually touching of all the O'Malley books. From the aftermath of the shooting to Jennifer's sickness, there were moments where I felt like crying. Dee Henderson is a master at letting you get caught up into the story. The characters are likable, and I especially love Cole!

These are five books in the O'Malley Series in order, all highly recommended:
#1 "The Negotiator", Kate O'Malley's story. One of the best of the series.
#2 "The Guardian", Marcus O'Malley's story, the oldest of the O'Malleys. A great love story with an incredibly suspenseful plot!
#3 "The Truth Seeker", Lisa O'Malley's story, very suspenseful!
#4 "The Protector", Jack O'Malley's story, not as good as the previous three books yet still enjoyable.
#5 "The Healer", Rachel O'Malley's story.
#6 "The REscuer", Stephen O'Malley's story. One of the BEST books I've ever read!

Other books by Dee Henderson are:
"Danger in the Shadows", written before "The Negotiator" whose main character is the sister of Kate O'Malley's boyfriend, Sara and Walsh
#1 "True Devotion", the first in the Uncommon Heroes Series tells about the Navy SEALs.
#2 "True Valor", about Navy Pilot Gracie and Air Force Pararescuer Bruce.
#3 "True Honor", the best of the series so far with Navy SEAL Sam 'Cougar' Houston and CIA officer Darcy St. James.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite So Far
I own all of the O'Malley series and I have to say that 'The Healer' is my favorite. I absolutely love the O'Malley family. You really need to read all the books in order so you can learn the history of this family and watch as each character evolves. I started with 'The Negotiator' and immediately knew that I had found an author that could keep me enthralled in the plot and also share my faith.
'The Protector' let me down a little. I just couldn't mesh with the characters like I did with the other books. But Ms. Henderson totally made up for it with 'The Healer'. This book had all of my emotions in an uproar. You really feel for Rachel because she has to deal with so much in this book. But sometimes we have to go through the difficult times to grow closer to God.
I would definately recommend this book to any lover of Christian fiction or even any type of fiction. Dee Henderson is an author who knows how to captivate her audience and keep them there.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Healer by Dee Henderson
I believe that this was the best novel that I have ever read. I really enjoyed reading this novel and I would happily read it again. This was one of the few novels that I have read that I couldn't out down for very long. This book made me laugh and cry. It also had a very meaningful meaning in the end. It made me realize that no matter what happens, somthing good will always come out of what went wrong. I also realized that anything can happen, good or bad,. It may not seem possible, but I now know that in just seconds you can lose someone you care about. As I said before, I really enjoyed this novel and I very highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves to read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not very impressive
This books venutures into the genres of romance, thriller, and mystery, set against a Christian background. It might have been good, but simply includes too many characters and plotlines. The story veres from a flood, to a romance, to sister dealing with cancer, to a school shooting. As each new even occurs, the emotional impact lessons.

Fans of the genre will enjoy it, but it probably won't make their "favorites" list.

5-0 out of 5 stars By Far My Favorite in her Series!
I've read the entire O'Malley Series and Rachel is my favorite character in the "Family." I didn't find the storyline about the school shooting any less (or more, for that matter) plausible than the storylines in the previous five books. Dee designed these family members to be magnets for trouble. The read is much smoother if it's an accepted truth in the beginning rather than trying to hash it out as you go.

I found the situation with Rachel's sister, Jennifer, was very well handled. My mother was dying from cancer when I originally read this and I bawled, but in a good way, during her moments in the book. I'm now reading it again, especially Jennifer's parts, to gain insight into how my mother may have been feeling before her death. I also appreciated the fact that Rachel was already a Christian at the onset of this story, having to deal with a new faith during such trying times rather than explain why the character didn't believe through most of the read as happened in the other books. A refreshing change in my opinion.

Finally, I absolutely loved Rachel and Cole's relationship. Their first kiss had my hair standing on end. Very well written.

In all, this was a fantastic book. One I'm reading again, and will be passing on to friends. ... Read more


12. The Rapture of Canaan
by Sheri Reynolds
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Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, April 1997: Members of the Church of Fire and Brimstone and God's Almighty Baptizing Wind spend their days and nights serving the Lord and waiting for the Rapture--that moment just before the Second Coming of Christ when the saved will be lifted bodily to heaven and the damned will be left behind to face the thousand years of tribulation on earth. The tribulation, according to Grandpa Herman, founder of Fire and Brimstone, will be an ugly time: "He said that we'd run out of food. That big bugs would chase us around and sting us with their tails . . . He said we'd turn on the faucet in the bathroom and find only blood running out . . . He said evil multitudes would come unto us and cut off our limbs, and that we wouldn't die . . . And then he'd say, 'But you don't have to be left behind.You can go straight to Heaven with all of God's special children if you'll only open your hearts to Jesus . . .'"

Such talk of damnation weighs heavy on the mind of Ninah Huff, the 15-year-old narrator of Sheri Reynolds's second novel, The Rapture of Canaan.To distract her from sinful thoughts about her prayer partner James, Ninah puts pecan shells in her shoes and nettles in her bed.But concentrating on the Passion of Jesus cannot, in the end, deter Ninah and James from their passion for each other, and the consequences prove both tragic and transforming for the entire community.

The Rapture of Canaan is a book about miracles, and in writing it, Reynolds has performed something of a miracle herself.Although the church's beliefs and practices may seem extreme (sleeping in an open grave, mortifying the flesh with barbed wire), its members are complex and profoundly sympathetic as they wrestle with the contradictions of Fire and Brimstone's theology, the temptations of the outside world, and the frailties of the human heart. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Ninah's story will capture you...
This book is written from the perspective of Ninah, a young girl on the verge of emotional, sexual and spiritual growth living within an extreme religious group. Her life is filled with prayer, penance and the storytelling of the one truly strong person in the community, her grandmother. Ninah falls off of the path of rightousness and onto a road of trouble when she falls for her prayer partner James and ends up pregnant. The aftermath is touching, sad and uplifting all at the same time. Ninah is a vulnerable yet strong character who questions her spirituality at every turn. Grandpa Herman wants the members of the community to live up to his rules and doctrines instead of God's. Ninah refuses to give into this blind faith of follow the leader. She knows her heart and she lets it lead her to her own salvation and helps to bring peace and honesty to the community. Sheri Reynolds writes a gripping story, one that is symbolically rich and strong in characterization. This is a must read, regardless of your faith and beliefs.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rapture of Canaan
Ninah is a 15 year old girl who lives in an isolated southern church community. Her Grandpa Herman is the reverand at the Church at Fire and Brimestone. Growing up in this strict family is not so simple. For a simple mistake can call for a big punishment. For example, when Ben tired drinking a bit of liquor. Grandpa Herman tells him to clear him of his sins he has to undure a night in a grave. As you can tell living life in this family is not so easy. But during all the commotion Ninah finds comfortation two people, Nana and James. You could call Nanna Ninah's confidant. She can tell Nanna anything, and she knows that Nanna won'y say a thing. Then there's James. James is Ninah's pray partner and newphew by marriage. James and Ninah start to fall in love which raises a few eyebrows. But they keep on with their relationship, until the day Ninah finds out she's pregnant. She imediately called it Jesus's baby, because Ninah and James are accused of fornifaction. Now Ninah is forced to be isolated form everyone else until the baby is born.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to read books that contain religious events and ideas. Or if you want a book that has twists and turns all thoughout the plot line.

5-0 out of 5 stars Neat-o!
I really enjoyed this book. It was very descriptive, and tragic, with out being overwrought or cheesy. The flashbacks to grandma's side of things was interesting, and the surprise at the end was excellent! This is for sure one I will read again.

4-0 out of 5 stars So Beautiful!!!
This was a good book. I read the paperback version, and I read it rather quickly in comparison to other books. It's
a story of what can happen when you let religion take over your life.
The Church of Fire and Brimstone and God's Almighty
Baptizing Wind is a very strict structure. Punishments range from lying on thorns to sleeping in graves. Our heroine,Ninah
gets a prayer partner, and when they get a little too close,
watch out what happens!

The words just seem to flow one after another,
making this a very easy to read book. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a good read. This reviewer gives
The Rapture of Canaan a 4.5:)

1-0 out of 5 stars nasty, just nasty
if it was the author's intent to disgust me, then she was successful. i put off reading this book, and now i know why. i think the author's intent was to come up with a story to make us rethink our value systems/religious beliefs...but she did it so immaturely...concentrating on the bizarre punishments to feel jesus's pain. let's take the basic same events, and set the story in a normal child's life...one who isn't in a cult-like religion...still have her struggle with her morality...and i think you have a much better story. ... Read more


13. When Heaven Weeps - A Novel -
by Ted Dekker
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-28)
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In the compelling tradition of his debut novel Heavens Wager, Ted Dekker brings a romance of epic proportions.In what he describes as “the Hosea story meets Song of Solomon,” readers will be captivated by the unbelievable story of a young girl and how her remarkable trials and errors drastically alter the events of her life and everyone she meets—ultimately helping her find the secret of how to find true love. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Impossible to ignor!
For a Christian to ignore this work would be like an ice skater ignoring the ice. I must admit, it blindsided me -- I never expected to read something like this coming out of a Christian publisher. But it's wonderful! Powerful. Leads the reader back to the passionate love found in the death of Christ, but does so in a contemporary story.

I won't go into the story as its available above. Let me just say that every woman should read this novel. And every man who's never experience the full power of a romance that brings tears to your eyes. Don't get me wrong -- this isn't a woman's book and more than it's a man's book. It's simply a riviting thriller in which LOVE takes center stage. Caution, there is violence and some drug use here, but they are critical elements. Now THIS would make an incredible movie!

I read a couple of Dekker's newer bestsellers before digging back to this one. What a find!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Once again, Dekker continues to amaze. This is the beginning of Helen's story. He throws you on the edge of your seat and does not give you any time to catch your breath! Ted Dekker writes in such a way where the reader is actually able to visualize what is going on. That's talent!

I would advise that the reader should not read this book only for the entertainment, because it is so much more. God loves us so much, and this is an awesome, thought provoking illustration of that love. This book is sometimes like a quick punch to the chest, and then at times it's a cool drink of water. It has that kind of action and then at times that kind of romance that perfects this book. I can understand why this is such a controversial book, but that's another reason that it makes it so good. Ted doesn't get any better than this! Any questions? Just ask Jan Jovic in When Heaven Weeps. Enjoy it, and prepare to be amazed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling love story that introduces a person to our Savior
If you read this story and don't feel Jesus' compelling love for you, then you need to reread it. This is such a wonderful, suspense filled story of unconditional love for mankind. This book changed my knowledge of the depth of His (Jesus') love for me. I will never forget the impression this book made in my life. You must read this book and the others in the series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Satan is in the materialism as well
Warning: Spoiler here. Do not read if you want to discover the ending for yourself.

I agree with the preponderance of reviews so far that Dekker writes a powerful book which brings to the 21st century Hosea's love for Gomer in the Old Testament and God's love for us always. Janjic was given just the smallest bit of God's love for humankind and it nearly burst his heart. I wanted to love my wife more like that. (My wife read the novel first and recommended it because she knew I appreciated Frank Peretti's novels.)

I have only one complaint. Dekker gives us the false sense that Satan is in the drugs, lust, and violence while not being in the materialism that seems to have gripped Janjic's heart. I was ready to rejoice when Janjic gave it all up, even the $5,000 balance after liquidating his ministry, but then I wondered later whether he understood the spiritual challenges that material wealth brings. If Janjic and Helen spent the rest of their days sipping lemonade on the porch of a New England mansion, living off book and film royalties, then Satan had them just where he wanted them as surely as if they had bought Satan's lie that drugs and lust would satisfy.

I hope that Dekker will address better the spiritual challenges that material wealth provides in some future novel.

2-0 out of 5 stars Guess I don't quite get all the fuss either...
Oh, sure, it's mostly a well-written book. It's a gripping story that keeps you reading. But a story of Christ's love?

The main plot revolves around two men who are both obsessed with possessing the same woman, a beautifully captivating drug addict. Frankly, I saw little difference between the supposed "love" shown by either of these characters for Helen. Yes, one was evil and abused Helen and used drugs to keep her coming back to him. The other man, Jan, was just as obsessive and selfish---but not as evil---in his desire to possess Helen as his own.

The supposed "love" Jan had for Helen, at least the way it was described in the book, was little more than extreme lust. Within days of meeting Helen and feeling all weak in the knees (the descriptions of the physical effects of his lust, thankfully, stopped short of the lurid) Jan quickly dumps his fiancee of only two weeks, has Helen move in with him, and throws all common sense to the wind. Then he quickly manipulates Helen into a frantically short engagement and speedy marriage, taking advantage of her addiction to drugs, her desperation to flee her abusive boyfriend (even as she continually returns to him), and her confused state.

The worst part of the book is that we are supposed to believe that God is somehow behind Jan's bizarre obsession and that this overwhelming passion is somehow a mirror of God's love for us.

Frankly, I don't think God is so selfish.

Even when Jan gives up his fancy American life to flee the country, it's quite clear that he's saving his own skin and also taking his "prize" with him.

The final showdown, as Jan fights his rival for Helen, was supposed to be, I think, some grand act of self-sacrifice on Jan's part, but it really did not come off that way.

Well written, an exciting story, but hardly the glorious parable it claims to be. ... Read more


14. The Guardian (O'Malley #2)
by Dee Henderson
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A federal judge has been murdered. There is only one witness. And someone wants her dead. U.S. Marshal Marcus O'Malley thought he knew the risks of the assignment going in ... until he fell in love. Book number two in the popular O'Malley series brings back Marcus O'Malley from The Negotiator in a tense investigative thriller. Marcus has a case to solve, an assassin to stop, and a lady to convince he's right for her future. To do that he's going to have to walk back into his own past and wrestle with the complex matter of prayer -- and he's going to have to learn to trust again a sovereign God. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful O¿Malley Tale
Dee Henderson has produced another winner in the Christian suspense genre with *The Guardian.* The O'Malley troupe are a force to be reckoned with. The group met up at an orphanage where they adopted themselves and became the O'Malley family. They take care of one another, follow career moves, and yes, they even interfere in the love lives of each sibling. Typical family interaction as usual.

In this second installment of the O'Malley series, we follow the love story of the eldest O'Malley sibling, Marcus and a directionally challenged and sweetheart speechwriter Shari. Marcus, a U.S. Marshall, becomes responsible for watching over Shari's family when Shari witnesses and almost becomes victim to murder. In between tense action scenes and the dawning of new love, we also keep up with the rest of the O'Malley clan and their activities.

Once again, I can't say enough about Dee Henderson's writing. I can't wait for the next O'Malley novel!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another captivating novel by Dee Henderson!
We briefly get the privelege of meeting Marcus O'Malley in the Negotiator. Now we get to read all about the guardian of the O'Malley clan. We get to find out what makes him tick, his past, and mostly, who captures his heart.

Marcus O'Malley is a U.S. Marshall. He has taken risks in his job and sometimes pays the price for them. But he is good at what he does and anyone who messes with him is in for trouble.
Shari Hanford was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She witnessed a murder of a close friend and the person that Marcus was protecting. She saw the murderer and he saw her. Now Marcus must protect Shari from the man that wants her dead before she can testify. But Marcus never thought he would fall in love with her or for her beliefs in God to affect his life so deeply.

The spiritual subject of The Guardian is on the focus of prayer. When Marcus was young he had a bad experience with prayer and since then he has, in a sense, giving up on God and prayer. Totally incharacteristic of Marcus. But since meeting Shari, who's faith and trust in God has become stronger during the ordeals that she has faced, Marcus has come back to his decision he made long ago. But in doing so, he has disturbed buried pain from his young life. Will Marcus give up again or can this lady that he has come to admire change his life?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the spiritual trials and romance that flowed in the relationship that develops between Marcus and Shari. The story was great and I look forward to more works like this from Dee Henderson. She has such a unique way of combing suspence, murder-mysteries, romance, Christ and humor to have the finished product be such a success. I love these books and have enjoyed reading every one. Trust me when I say that The Guardian and the other books from the O'Malley series are must reads!

2-0 out of 5 stars Sigh...
I've read The Negotiator and The Guardian and I have the same basic opinion about both: unrealistic. But then, I don't read a lot of romance novels, so maybe this genre isn't supposed to be. Just a few examples...

The characters are very black and white. They're either sickeningly perfect or completely bad. Marcus, Jennifer, Kate, Dave, Shari, her mom, her brother, her dad, Carl, the rest of the O'Malleys... I don't know anyone like these people. They're all saints, all beautiful, all educated, all financially well-off. Sure, they've had bad things happen to them, but they're always the victims. I got the impression they've never done or said anything hurtful, inappropriate, or irresponsible themselves.

Their jobs! The O'Malley's are ALL heroes of some kind. And they're all exceptional at their jobs - among the best in their fields. Please.

The family is a little too enmeshed. Especially when it comes to Marcus. I understand he sees himself as a father-figure to the others. But it gets to be a bit much. Example:
p. 203
If something happened to him, who would keep Lisa out of trouble?
[She's a grown woman. She'd keep herself out of trouble.]
Who would give Rachel a hug?
[Is he the only person who hugs her?]
Who would talk to Kate in the middle of the night when she carried the weight of the world on her shoulders?
[This one I can understand. But she does have Dave now.]
Who would ensure Jennifer got everything possible to help her get well?
[The others? Her fiancee? Herself? She's a doctor, after all.]

Another example. Kate, Jennifer, and Marcus all fret over getting married and changing the dynamic between the rest of the family members. It's almost like they feel they'll be betraying each other if they become involved in serious relationships. That doesn't sound normal, but it comes across to me like the author intends it to sound as if it is.

I thought the best parts had to do with solving the case.
Again, maybe my problem is just with the genre. If so, I apologize to Dee. I just didn't see my viewpoint represented anywhere else in the feedback section and wanted to give others like me fair warning.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Absolute Fav!
The Guardian is my definitely my favorite book out of all the O'Malley Series books. I completely fell in love with Marcus and his story. His struggle with believing in God again was so real and I loved how he really wrestled with it, instead of just having an immediate overnight conversion like so many other Christian Romance novels portray. I also love how close all the O'Malleys are to one another...and how they'd stick by each other through anything. Dee Henderson has done another masterpiece with The Guardian!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Guardian Rocks! + corrections to Review 1
The Guardian is the best book I've read in ages! The characters are real, and the suspense and action keeps you turning the pages. Make sure you have plenty of time to waste when you start to read this book, cos you won't want to put it down. I highly recommend all of Dee Henderson's O'Malley series books to anyone who is considering reading them. In response to review 1, where it is said that Dee Henderson doesn't tell us enough about Dave - like where he got all his money - I take it that whoever wrote that review hasn't read Danger in the Shadows, as it explains the whole life story of Dave and his sister Sara. Their father is the American ambassador to Britain, hence the British accents and vast finances, but the money is also inherited from past generations. I reccommend that the writer of Review 1 read Danger in the Shadows. I also recommend it to anyone else interested in it. ... Read more


15. The Rescuer: The O'Malley Series, book #6
by Dee Henderson
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Stephen O'Malley is a paramedic who has been rescuing people all his life. But he's running now -- from the burden of his profession, from the grief of losing his sister, and from a God he doesn't want to trust. He's run into a mystery. Stolen jewels are turning up in unexpected places, and his friend Meghan is caught in the middle of the trouble. Stephen's about to run into a night he will never forget: a kidnapping, a tornado, and a race to rescue the woman he loves ... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another winner
I was somewhat disappointed with the Protector and the Healer so it was with mixed feelings that I bought the Rescuer. I liked the 4th and 5th books. I just didn't like them as much as previous installments. In the Rescuer, I feel she is back on track. I have always been interested in Stephen's story from the moment we meet him in the Negotiator. Henderson doesn't disappoint.
Stephen is a complex character, a rescuer who no longer feels capable of rescuing others and in need of being rescued himself. Events in his personal life have left him feeling lost and alone. The only one he can turn to is his long time friend Meghan. Most of the O'Malley novels can be stand alone books, although they are better read in sequence. I don't recommend reading this one out of order. At the very least, readers should finish the Healer before tackling this one. The mystery plot was good also. Each of those has been unique. Henderson does a good job keeping the reader interested even though she tells us who the bad guy is at the beginning.
I only have two problems with this book, and they are minor. The first is nit picky, I admit. However, Meghan, one of the main characters, is blind. Several times Henderson refers to her as "glancing" at somebody before speaking or acting. That jumped out at me. But the biggest complaint was that the book didn't give the "closure" I was looking for in the finale. The other O'Malleys are there in passing, like in other books, but she never really wraps things up. There is nothing to suggest that this is the end to the series. It's just the end of another book.
Other than those minor things, I enjoyed this story very much. I would definitely recommend it to others.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite O'Malley books!
Dee Henderson, you're an incredible writer, my hat off to you! The sixth book of the O'Malley series, "The Rescuer" is a captivating and thrilling story! And if you've read all the previous books and loved them as much as I do, I'm sure you feel a part of the O'Malley family now!

The O'Malley family consists of seven brothers and sister, three boys and four girls. Since they were little they had been in the same orphanage and when they got out of the orphanage, they decided to 'adopt' each other, taking the name O'Malley as their family name. They all have very important jobs, Marcus is a U.S. Marshal, Kate a negotiator for hostage situations, botched-up robberies, etc., Jennifer is a doctor, Jack a fireman, Stephen a paramedic, Rachel a trauma psychologist, and Lisa is a forensic pathologist. This story is about Stephen O'Malley, 'the rescuer'.

Stephen O'Malley is a paramedic and he has been saving lives and rescuing people all his life. Now he's feeling insecure about himself and his life; his sister Jennifer has died from cancer and he can't come to terms to having to live without her. As for the rest of the O'Malleys, they are all Christians now, are all attached being either married or engaged, and have a sense of peace. Stephen on the other hand feels left out, he hasn't found someone special in his life and can't believe in a God he doesn't want to trust.

Meghan Delhart has had a crush on Stephen since at a very young age. She is blind because of a terrible accident years before. She knows that Stephen is hurting and will do anything to help him. But she also knows she can't become too close to him, she believes in her personal Savior Jesus while Stephen tries to run away from the truth.

Stolen jewels start to turn up at the strangest of places. And it seems that the criminal conspiracy is somehow connected to Meghan. Stephen will go to the greatest of lengths to protect and help her out, and before he knows it, he soon finds himself falling for her. But first he must work out the turmoil in his heart and search for the peace which has been eluding him all these years. Can Jesus Christ be the answer, can Stephen put his trust in the God he has been running away from? But time is running out, the race is on to find out about the jewels before the thieves do.

"The Rescuer" has got to be on of my most favorite of the O'Malley series, including "The Negotiator" and "The Guardian". It's not a real mystery story, but be assured there is a lot of suspense and intrigue! And the love story is an interesting one, Stephen and Meghan have been friends for years but cannot be anything more because of different beliefs. Stephen hasn't been mentioned that much in the previous books but here we get to know a lot about him. I really like his character, he's so believable and sounds like a great person to have as a friend. Meghan is also a good character, Dee Henderson gives us a look at the life of the blind in Meghan. I can highly recommend this book though I suggest you read the series in order. It's too bad this is the last of the series, maybe Dee Henderson will give us more stories on the second generation O'Malleys!

These are five books in the O'Malley Series in order, all highly recommended:
#1 "The Negotiator", Kate O'Malley's story. One of the best of the series.
#2 "The Guardian", Marcus O'Malley's story, the oldest of the O'Malleys. A great love story with an incredibly suspenseful plot!
#3 "The Truth Seeker", Lisa O'Malley's story, very suspenseful!
#4 "The Protector", Jack O'Malley's story, not as good as the previous three books yet still enjoyable.
#5 "The Healer", Rachel O'Malley's story.
#6 "The Rescuer", Stephen O'Malley's story. One of the BEST books I've ever read!

Other books by Dee Henderson are:
"Danger in the Shadows", written before "The Negotiator" whose main character is the sister of Kate O'Malley's boyfriend, Sara and Walsh
#1 "True Devotion", the first in the Uncommon Heroes Series tells about the Navy SEALs.
#2 "True Valor", about Navy Pilot Gracie and Air Force Pararescuer Bruce.
#3 "True Honor", the best of the series so far with Navy SEAL Sam 'Cougar' Houston and CIA officer Darcy St. James.
#4 "True Courage", supposed to be coming out soon. I can't wait! It's all about the FBI and I'm so excited to read it!

5-0 out of 5 stars I hated to see the series end.
Stephen O'Malley was a paramedic. After watching his sister, Jennifer, die of cancer, and seeing all the horrible things his profession sent his way for over ten years, Stephen was running away from everything ... including God.

Meghan "Meg" Delhart had worked in an emergency room of a major hospital until the night a driver ran her car off a bridge and caused her to become blind. She began helping her father in his health clinic in Silverton, Illinois. But life in a small town was not always slow and uneventful. Stolen jewels were turning up in the oddest places. Someone had been walking through her house and going through her things. So she turned to the one person she knew she could trust, the man she had had a crush on since was a teen, Stephen.

***** No one blends family and faith with heart pounding action like Dee Henderson! This author just ROCKS! This book, "The Rescuer", marks the end of the O'Malley Family series. In this story the main characters are Stephen and Meghan, yet many of the other members of the O'Malley clan appear. There is stolen jewelry, fraud, murder, kidnapping, medical traumas, Stephen slowly learning faith, tornados ... the list of actions just go on and on! It is as if the author poured her heart and soul into this story. Perhaps she did, since this is the last. As the reader, I sure did not want this series to end. An awesome ending to a thrilling series. Highly recommended! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect wrap up!!
This book closed the O'Malley series so well! The only thing bad about it was that it meant that there wouldn't be any more books on the O'Malley family, a fact that had me so disappointed. But I couldn't stay that way for long because this book was just so awesome! I could definitely relate to Stephen's wanting to get it away from it all after his sister died and I love the fact that Meghan wouldn't even think about dating him until he became a Christian. It takes a lot of guts to do that, even when your heart's telling you to give in. This book is without a doubt a keeper!

5-0 out of 5 stars An extremely enjoyable and heart felt series of books
I have really enjoyed reading the O'malley series in its entirety over the course of the summer. One of my friends at college who is a christian suggested that I give these books a try because they featured, "a lot of doctors," and delt with a lot more than Christianity.
I am not a Christian and have never bought in to any real religious faith, but I am a premed student so I wanted to see how Henderson painted the medical profession which was the origional reason I decided to give the series a try.
I found myself being drawn in to the plot of the series from the first page of book number one.
I particularly enjoyed reading about Jennifer and felt for her as she battled with cancer. I also enjoyed the messages of the books and came to a new understanding of the importance of friends and family, and exactly what makes people happy and what is important in life.
Jennifer's story though not true inspired me even more to become a doctor because I saw first hand how much she touched her pediatric patients and what her profession and family meant to her.
I also found Henderson's discription of medical settings and professionals to be extremely acuraten and was impressed by that fact. I could clearly picture for instance the gracy area behind Hopkins where the O'malley's spent the day during Jenifer's gruling hospital stays.
I also found myself drawn to Lisa and Stephen and thought that the author did an excellent job of portraying the stresses of practicing medicine in an Urban area.
Although I did not readily except the Christianity in these books I found a great deal to identify with as a person who is not a Christian and thought that Henderson was extremely realistic in her portrait of a family battling cancer and the struggles associated with that reality.
These books are worth reading for anyone who is considering medicine as a career because they offer a different prespective in to the life of a physician and are extremely suspensful and romantic besides. Both Christians and others will be able to identify with these books which present an excellent picture of reality. ... Read more


16. Wildflowers (Glenbrooke)
by Robin Jones Gunn
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Love, longing, and faith in midlife are the triple themesbraided together in Wildflowers, the sweet eighth installment ofthe Glenbrooke Series by popular Christian novelist Robin Gunn. AsGenevieve Ahrens busies herself making a success of the WildflowerCafé, she's aware that the rest of her life is in trouble. After26 years of marriage, "all the doors to her heart were shut, and allthe shades were pulled down tight," and she's withdrawn from her faith.Genevieve's husband Steven is a commercial airline captain who is awayfor long stretches of time, leaving her bitter and resentful. When fireguts the Wildflower Café, Genevieve can no longer distractherself from the frozen state of her soul and her heart. In the end,she finds that it is her ability to forgive the past through a renewed faith that thaws her unhappiness. Although occasionally thedescriptions become a little heavy-handed, Gunn's fans will find thather award-winning ability to tell a good story is in full evidencehere. --Cindy Crosby ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
Genevieve Ahrens had been married to Steven many years. Their oldest daughter had already left the nest and only two remained. With Steven being an airline captain and gone often, she kept busy with her newly-acquired café. Gena had wonderful plans for the Wildflower Café. The famous author of the "All The Best" line of books even stopped by. He planned to return in a few months to see if the changes would be good enough for him to feature the café in his next book! Gena's assistant, Leah, was a big help and a close friend.

When a major crisis occurred at the café, once again Steven was not there for Gena. Their marriage problems were getting worse and their future together looked bleak. But friends slowly showed her how to open her heart to God. Gena must learn that sometimes God does not answer prayers for very good reasons.

***** An excellent example of writing! This is the type of novel that should be read slowly and savored. I enjoyed every page! Each time I stopped reading it was with a glow in my heart. Wonderful! I hope to see more from this author soon. *****

5-0 out of 5 stars Wildflowers comes up roses
Ms. Gunn tackles everyday woes and worries with a kind and sometimes funny approach. In today's world where divorce seems to be the only answer, Ms. Gunn provides a different way. She portrays the fears and frustrations that can build between a husband and wife over the years until divorce seems the way out to relieve the pain. The author treats this subject with understanding and spiritual wisdom. It's so hard sometimes to give your life to God and let the pain go. Though this is fiction, the situation is believable and the results leave the reader with a good feeling. I have re-read it twice and still enjoy the story.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Maybe because i'm not in my forties or fifties and have never experienced marriage or having kids......is the reason i didn't like this book. I didn't think it was a bad storyline but I felt the way everything came together it was too unrealistic. I really couldn't get into the characters either--her husband seemed boring and cold. I wouldn't read this book again and I wouldn't recommend it to people 30 and under b/c they wouldn't understand the issues here..

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just About Teen Problems!!!
The book, Wildflowers, doesn't focus mainly on teens, as many books nowadays do. Being a teen myself this is okay, but for the adult readers, it's not. I was very surprised to find out that Genevieve wasn't a teen, nor was she 20 or 30. This was very refreshing! I commend Robin J. Gunn! This book actually illustrated things that can really happen, as opposed to, "Oh yeah, my boyfriend broke up with me today.My dog bit me." This book is highy reccomended!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great thrill
I love to read romances, and I love Our Lord. So this book was just perfect for me. I think that romances that don't have Our Lord as a character can be vey tasteless, and that I would not be setting a good example for my kids if I were to read romances that didn't include Our Lord. But now I can hold my head up high -- when my kids ask "Mommy, what are you reading?" I can tell tham that mommy is reading about Our Lord and a middle-aged women who goes through some troubles. This book was such a heartwarming look at the difficult decisions that all women of Faith must make at times -- what if the man you love does not love Our Lord? What if Our Lord does not answer my prayers? What if mean people say that Our Lord does not exist and that I'm stupid and naive and basically psychotic for believing that he does without one shread of evidence? These issues and more are addressed in the inspirational Wildflowers. Kudos to Robin Jone Gunn! ... Read more


17. The Storekeeper's Daughter (Barbour Value Fiction)
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Touching Book!
"The StoreKeeper's Daughter", is a sweet, touching book that is full of vivid scenes and twists.You feel as if you yourself are the StoreKeeper's Daughter, as the scenes play out.I can't wait to read the next two books in the series.
I also recommend, "Leaving Lancaster County", by Amish author, Teresa Phillips, who was excommunicated from an Old Order sect when she was twenty.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Journey to Amish Country
Wanda Brunstetter has done it again with her new book, The Storekeeper's Daughter.Set in the heart of Amish country in Pennsylvania, Naomi, age 20, is forced to become the caregiver of her seven younger siblings after her mother's sudden and tragic death.Her father, Abraham, expects her not only to do all of the household chores, but work for the family store as well.And under no circumstances is she allowed to be courted, especially by her childhood friend Caleb.After her baby brother is kidnapped, Naomi is feeling unloved by her family and extremely guilty.In an attempt to free herself from her plight, she goes to Portland with her "English" friend Virginia.Once there she has to make a decision about where she truly belongs.

This book is the first in a series called "Lancaster's Daughters."And once you read it you will be left wanting more (and will have to wait until January 2006!).I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the Amish culture.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ms. Brunstetter Never Disappoints!
I have to say that being an Amish author has some advantages.One is knowing about great books before they even hit the store shelves."The StoreKeeper's Daughter" is the first book in a 3-book series. As usual, Ms. Brunstetter has lively Amish characters in this series.Her usual warmth and sweet aroma is also portrayed in this book.The simple yet touching life of a young Amish girl is openly welcomed into our homes with every page that you turn.A great book and a must read!I also recommend all of Ms. Brunstetter's books.For she never disappoints!I always ask people if they have read her books while I am touring.For she is a wonderul historical romance author.See for yourself.And buy the book.

Sicily Yoder aka Teresa Phillips

Author of, "Leaving Lancaster County", and, "The Conversion of

Sicily Yoder." ... Read more


18. True Devotion (Uncommon Heroes, Book 1)
by Dee Henderson
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In True Devotion, which kicks off bestselling author Dee Henderson's Uncommon Heroes series, lifeguard Kelly Jacobs mechanically goes through the motions of living while seeking to alleviate her grief over the death of her beloved spouse. When Kelly saves the life ofyoung teen Ryan Raines in a daring rescue at sea, his father Charles showers her with attention--and draws Kelly into a sinister plot that may endanger her best friend and new romantic interest, Navy SEAL lieutenant Joe "Bear" Baker. Henderson's strong women characters have an appealing combination of toughness and vulnerability, and she's not afraid of exploring their spiritual side as well as spotlighting their heroics. The sprinkling of military terminology throughout the book might initially seem daunting, but a glossary at the beginning of the novel will help readers who are unfamiliar with the lingo. Henderson excels in concocting just the right blend of romance and edge-of-your-seat action to keep the pages turning. --Cindy Crosby ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!
Dee Henderson has done it again! I have yet to read a book of hers that doesn't leave me longing for more. True Devotion was an incredibly powerful combination of military heroism, touching romance, and honest faith. I read it from cover to cover in one setting - losing myself into the well crafted, suspenseful plot. Dee has set a precedence of writing gripping novels with equally gripping themes. I can hardly wait for her next book... Bravo Dee!

5-0 out of 5 stars Uplifting
During a rescue in the Pacific off San Diego, lifeguard Kelly Jacobs knows she is in trouble as the dangerous riptide threatens to drown her. As her life flashes by, she thinks back to her spouse, deceased Navy SEAL Nick who died in a training accident. She also reflects on how her feelings for Nick's best friend and fellow SEAL Joe "Bear" Baker changed into a deep abiding love and that she no longer is angry with God for taking away her beloved spouse.

In spite of the impossible probability, Kelly expects Bear to rescue her from almost certain death. He saves her life, but she blows their friendship when she blurts out she loves him. However, before Bear and Kelly can even begin to work out their feelings of love to one another and the guilty betrayal they undergo towards Nick's memory, they must deal with the person who murdered her husband.

TRUE DEVOTION is a stirring inspirational military romance that will encourage readers to deal with grief caused by the death of a loved one. The lead characters, especially Kelly, seems so genuine, most readers will feel Dee Henderson modeled her after their own battles with grief and love. Ms. Henderson writes from the spirit and it shows.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Reading
True Devotion, I think, is the best of the Uncommon Heroes series, and mixes just the right amount of romance, mystery, and intrigue. I have read it 4 - 5 times and frankly, it gets better with each read. Her characters literally come to life and you can identify with them personally.
I love this book, and I have given it as a gift many times. I highly recommend it for exciting Christian reading. (So nice to be able to read a love story where courting is involved, and you didn't blush your way through the book. Thanks, Ms. Henderson

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
True Devotion was a wonderful and quick read. Kelly and Joe's relationship was handled beautifully and Kelly's anticipation of, and subsequent reaction to, Joe's kiss was electric. Ms. Henderson knows how to suggest a sexual tension without making it about sex...a skill I appreciate as a reader and moderate prude. Normally, I wouldn't include the topic of sex in a review of a Christian book, but I truly *felt* a desire between these two characters more than I have in most of her other works...and yet it wasn't a lusty desire, simply the need to share in eachother's lives. Very masterfully handled.

I also found her description of the water scenes and the SEAL missions to be vivid and exciting. Personally for me the low point of the book was towards the end concerning Charles, but this was resolved quickly and we were treated to another well-written situation.

Great book! Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love those military men
This was a great book I'm a hopeless fool for a man in a uniform and this novel delivers. The Navy's elite force in action-The SEALS! It has action, adventure romance and CHRISTIAN VALUES! Dee Henderson has indepth knowledge of military life and procedures. ... Read more


19. Moonlight On The Millpond (Wick, Lori)
by Lori Wick
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Asin: 0736911588
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Sales Rank: 53226
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20. Love's Haven
by Catherine Palmer
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Asin: 0373785380
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Steeple Hill
Sales Rank: 39229
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

He offered her the opportunity to give her baby a life of privilege, instead of the abject poverty Mara Rosemond remembered from her own childhood. But at what cost? Brock Barnett had been her husband's best friend. Now Mara blamed the reformed playboy for her husband's death. The bond that grew between them was unimaginable -- yet undeniable -- and as Mara struggled to overcome her bitterness, she realized Brock was fighting a battle with his own emotions.

Though Mara feared forsaking her late husband's memory, she knew that for her baby the future was everything . . .

Catherine Palmer is the author of over 35 novels with more than a million copies sold and the winner of a Christy Award for outstanding Christian romance. Raised in Kenya, she now lives in Missouri with her husband and their two sons. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book on forgiveness
I really enjoyed this book.The book opens with Brock telling Mara that he is going to marry her.Mara doesn't want to marry Brock.The problem...Mara was married to Brock's best friend, Todd.Todd was killed in a climbing accident and Mara blames Brock because he asked him to go.Brock and Todd have been best friends since grade school.When Todd died, he left Mara (who is pregnant) and a company with lots of debt.Brock has lots of money and wants to offer Mara and her baby a future.In desperation Mara does marry Brock but it is a name only marriage to provide medical, food, a car and a home to them.But will it stay that way?They have many issues to work out and will "good timin" Brock settle down?This story is their journey.I thought Catherine did a wonderful job in creating these characters.It's one that will be a keeper on my shelf. ... Read more


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