Apr 28, 2011

Scent Of Water: Grace for every kind of broken by Naomi Zacharias

The Scent of Water by Naomi Zacharias
As Naomi walks us into brothels, prisons, and devastation around the world, she reveals that life is not a fairy tale.  What we all long for in life, as women, is the fairy tale ending of “Happily Ever After”, however, life sometimes only involves an “ever after”.
Naomi Zacharias shares her own story of finding grace in the brokenness of her own life, as well in the lives of others as she travels around the world to look into the devastation and broken hopes of lives that long for the “Happily Ever After” 
The question that arose in my heart while reading the stories of the women in the brothels, the displacement camps where men begged for vegetables and children homes where babies were left while their mothers worked the streets was “Is God’s grace sufficient?” 
Can God’s grace cover such tragedy?  Such heartache? Such hopelessness? 
The answer I struggle with is “Yes”. 
I don’t truly think American’s know the utter, deep, despair that the world faces.  We tend to close our eyes to such things…because we have been fed the “Happily Ever After” fairy tale for far too long.
Naomi presents to us a challenge.  It is a challenge to see the world in the light of the grace that God offers to those who are broken, imprisoned, and wanting to die.  It is a challenge to offer that grace to those who do not know the scent of water…a living water, that is offered in God’s Son, Jesus.
I have received this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review from Zondervan.  The opinions and view are my own

Heart of Lies by Jill Marie Landis

HEART OF LIES by Jill Marie Landis
This year, I committed to challenging myself with genres of books that I normally don’t read.  Historical romances are one of them.  I am not one to read romance novels, much less historical romances!  My first challenge came as I requested Heart of Lies by Jill Marie Landis from Zondervan.  My first thought when I received the book was “What have I gotten myself into?”  By the look of the cover, I kind of regretted requesting it.
That’s why the saying goes…never judge a book by its cover!  I opened the book thinking, “I’m just going to get this over with.” 
From the beginning to the end, I was absolutely captivated by each character, plot, and motive!
In Heart of Lies, Jill Marie Landis takes us on a journey through the heart change that Maddie Grande is confronted with as she is faced with memories of her past.  Woven within the story is the hope of love in the most unlikely place, and a painful family reunion. 
Can Maddie find the truth of who she is while she struggles with the fact that she is a theft?  Is Tom Abbot’s love strong enough for Maddie to overcome her worst fears?  Will Maddie’s identity keep her bound to her obligations to the tribe she was raised in?  Can Maddie’s story ring true in all of our hearts as she is faced with standing at a crossroad of change, having to make some hard decisions?
I was provided a complementary book by Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.  The views and opinions are my own.