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Daniel has come home.  As Daniel arrives at his brother’s wedding reception, he surprises and delights his parents.  Oh, he surprises his brother Tim, too, but I wouldn’t exactly say Tim is thrilled that his brother has returned.  He is, of course, the brother of the “Prodigal Son”.  In the days to come, Daniel and his family struggle as they try to mend the broken hearts and broken relationships that resulted from Daniel’s years of absence without a word.  The appearance of Lane, a mysterious woman from Daniel’s past, cannot help matters, either.  Will Daniel find the forgiveness and love he seeks from the family he left?  And is he the only Prodigal in this contemporary retelling of the Biblical parable?

In this true to life short story written by Robin Bayne, readers will find characters much like people they may know themselves.  Maybe the reader will identify with Daniel, his parents, or his brother.  However you relate to the characters and events in this story, it’s hard to miss the redeeming love of God the Father that is evident throughout the story, and the sobering fact that only God is able to mend what we humans cannot.

Bayne has put a fresh face on an old Sunday School story.  Parables are not just stories meant to blandly teach a truth about Jesus – they really are lessons that can be applied daily in every one of our lives.  I recommend this story, and I know if you read it, you will be re-awakened to the truth of God’s love and forgiveness, just like I have been.

  • Publisher: White Rose Publishing; First White Rose Edition edition (January 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CT2ZBS

**Legal Necessities:  I received this eBook for free from Robin Bayne.


bos-cafeSteven Kerner thought he had it all together, but his wife and daughter knew better.  His coworkers knew better.  Even the guy sitting beside him at the bar knew better.  But in Steven’s mind, he had all the success and fortune he had dreamed about, and for him, that’s all that mattered.

Then he blows up at his wife and she kicks him out.  Steven’s seemingly perfect life all of a sudden comes crashing down around him.  Where can Steven turn?

In Bo’s Cafe, John Lynch, Bill Thrall, and Bruce McNicol reveal the heartaches and emptiness that often accompanies worldly successful executives who are content to join in the rat race and continually climb the proverbial ladder.

Turns out the guy beside him at the bar, Andy, may have a way to get Steven’s life straightened out.  Steven thinks Andy looks like the local president of the Parrothead Club, but begrudgingly tries to forge a friendship with the stranger.

Through a series of conversations with Andy and Andy’s friends, Steven discovers that his life really wasn’t all that he had convinced himself it was.  Steven had pushed everyone, including himself, away from his true self.  Even Steven couldn’t figure out what was causing all of his problems.  Will Steven discover what it will take to get his family, and his life, back?

This novel reveals that worldly success may not be the answer to everything, and may not even be the answer to anything, for that matter.  I highly recommend this novel.  I learned some things about myself, not just through Steven and Andy, but through the others as well.  It is an incredible story, and I fell blessed after reading it and I believe you will, too.  Pick up a copy as soon as you can – you will not regret it!

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Windblown Media (September 25, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 193517004X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935170044

**Legal Necessities:  I received this book free of charge from Windblown Media.

Have you ever lost someone you loved so deeply you had no idea what to do with yourself in their absence?  I can answer for myself and say that I have, and more than likely you have, too.   Bonnie Grove reveals this overwhelming and inescapable grief in her book Talking to the Dead.

Kate Davis is a newly widowed 20-something who struggles with her grief in such a severe way that I hurt for her myself.  In the months following her husband’s death,  Kate begins to hear her dead husband talking to her and eventually screaming at her, which sends her to the breaking point in her sanity.  Learning dark secrets about her dead husband does not help, either.

Kate tries to find a way out of her sadness and disconnected mind through a series of shrinks, as well as a support group.  She eventually meets a pastor named Jack who tries his hardest to help Kate understand that there is a God that truly, truly loves her and wants to call Kate His.

This book gives a thorough and transparent view of not only grief, but a soul desperately searching for some form of relief.  Grove forces the reader to stare grief in the eyeballs in her book – and I applaud her for it.

I found myself feeling sad, alone, frightened, and angry, right along with Kate.  Bonnie Grove has written an incredible novel that has left me feeling breathless and refreshed.  I honestly don’t remember the last time I had such a wonderful journey through a book.

I recommend this selection highly!  Please, please read it.  I know I cannot wait to read my next Bonnie Grove book.

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook
  • ISBN-10: 1434766411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434766410

**Legal Necessities:  I received this book from a fellow book review blogger as a featured review on her site.  She received this book for free from Bonnie Grove.

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