Monday, March 31, 2014

Well-written suspense: My review of "Hands of Darkness" by Heather James

Hands of Darkness (Lure of the Serpent, #2)

Seeking to begin anew in the wake of the death of their firstborn child, Evelyn Barrett and her husband Eddie move to a new city. Evelyn starts a new job as a consultant with the police department, and together the Barretts look forward to the birth of their son Owen. However, Evelyn soon finds herself counting the cost of her new role with the police, as the first case quickly becomes personal. Evelyn must wade through the darkness of rape and murder while hunting a man consumed by evil, in a race that places her own life in jeopardy.

Heather James' second novel in the "Lure of the Serpent" series races along at a breakneck pace, with tautly written scenes and an entertaining heroine who will have you both laughing and gripping the pages as she faces danger head on. I greatly enjoyed the interplay between the chilling scenes written from the villain's perspective and the witty, raw, and ultimately redemptive scenes from Evelyn's point of view. "Hands of Darkness" provides absorbing drama, top-notch suspense, and an honest examination of difficult issues of real life. Readers will be left considering our own capacity to forgive those who have deeply wounded us, just as the characters must chose to forgive those who rape or murder, who steal the goodness from life. Ultimately, the author shines the light and hope of Christ into the darkness where evil can hide. I love a scene near the end of the book where Evelyn ponders, "If we were a little less selfish and a little less apt to live by our own rules, then maybe, just maybe, there might be little less bloodshed in the world". How true!

Readers looking for well-written suspense should look no farther than this talented author. 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher for the purposes of this unbiased review.

Enter to win a Kindle HDX from @TLHigley in THE QUEEN’S HANDMAID giveaway!

Tracy L. Higley is celebrating the release of The Queen's Handmaid with a fun giveaway.

Retailers + Resources gave it this glowing review: "Rich in historic detail, Higley’s vivid writing brings to life the plots and intrigues that swirled through the ancient world as alliances were built and broken on the calculated schemes of power-mad monarchs." 

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 19th. Winner will be announced April 21st on Tracy's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Tracy's blog on April 21st to see if you won.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Non-stop action! My review of "Dead Man's Switch" by Sigmund Brouwer


about the book....

"Crazy and insane bad things are happening at night...

Trust no authorities...

They will hunt you too."

William King's mind is reeling because of the email he received, partly because of the secrets it claims to unveil and partly because it was sent from his friend Blake - who drowned two weeks earlier trying to escape the island.

Worse, the email threatens that King's father is involved in criminal activity on McNeil Island, where he works at a high-security prison. King embarks on a high-tech and high-stakes search to hunt answers he's afraid to learn. But when Kin becomes the hunted, he has to decide - whom can he trust?

my review....

Tautly-written with intense, action-packed scenes, "Dead Man's Switch" will grab you from the beginning pages and then hurtle you to the end! Brouwer does a fantastic job at building up the tension as the story progresses along, all viewed through the eyes of the intriguing youth William King. William is not your typical character, as he is living on a remote island with little contact with those living on the mainland. As such there is a certain mystique about him and his friends, and I liked the element of the unexpected that this gave not only to William but the other characters as well. I also enjoyed the way the author explores his relationship with his father, and the manner in which loving families are celebrated. While the story doesn't present a clear gospel message in and of itself, God can be clearly seen in the story, not only in the conversation William has with his dad, but also in the beauty of self-sacrifice and laying down your life for others. While written primarily for the young adult audience, I am certain that people of all ages will enjoy the interesting plot and the themes of power and betrayal, as well as considering what happens when we blur the lines between right and wrong. I strongly recommend this novel and award it 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Harvest House Publishers for the purposes of this unbiased review.

 about the author....

Sigmund Brouwer

Sigmund Brouwer is the popular author of more than 40 novels and numerous non-fiction books. He is coauthor of The Last Disciple series, which was featured in Time magazine and on ABC's Good Morning America. Sigmund inspires teens to read through speaking engagements at schools across North America and through his programs. Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan, and they have two daughters.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Quilts of Love | A SKY WITHOUT STARS by Linda S. Clare – Kindle HDX Giveaway & “Spring Fling” Facebook Party!

Don't miss this month's Quilts of Love book, A Star Without Stars, by Linda S. Clare. Linda is celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX giveaway and joining her fellow Quilts of Love authors, Barbara Cameron and Joyce Magnin, for a Facebook "Spring Fling" party on April 1st.

  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron
  • A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare
  • Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 1st. Winner will be announced at the "Spring Fling" Facebook Party on April 1st. RSVP today and connect with the authors from the Quilts of Love series, Barbara Cameron, Linda S. Clare, and Joyce Magnin, for an evening of book chat, quilt trivia, prizes, and an exclusive look at the next Quilts of Love book!

So grab your copies of Scraps of EvidenceA Sky Without Stars, and Maybelle in Stitches and join Barbara, Linda, and Joyce on the evening of April 1st for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the books, don't let that stop you from coming!)

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Introducing Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Tide and Tempest
Bethany House Publishers (March 4, 2014)
Elizabeth Ludwig


Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author whose work has been featured on Novel Rocket, the Christian Authors Network, and The Christian Pulse. Her first novel, Where the Truth Lies (co-authored with Janelle Mowery), earned her the 2008 IWA Writer of the Year Award. This book was followed in 2009 by "I'll be Home for Christmas", part of the Christmas anthology collection, Christmas Homecoming.

In 2011, her second mystery, Died in the Wool (co-authored with Janelle Mowery) was nominated for a Carol Award. In 2012, the popular EDGE OF FREEDOM series released from Bethany House Publishers. Books one and two, No Safe Harbor and Dark Road Home, respectively, earned 4 Stars from the RT Book Reviews. Book three, Tide and Tempest, received top honors with 4 1/2 Stars.

Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas.


Two years ago, her fiance perished during their voyage to America.

Now she discovers it may have been murder...

Dreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiance by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she's left alone with only a handful of tattered memories. While forging on proves difficult, Tillie soon finds some new friends at her New York boardinghouse, and begins pursuing a new dream--to open a home for orphaned children.

Despite two years passing, Captain Keondric Morgan has never forgotten the lass who left his ship so heartbroken. When a crewman's deathbed confession reveals her fiance's demise was the result of murder, the captain knows he must try to contact her. But his attention draws the notice of others as well--dangerous men who believe Tillie has in her possession something that could expose their crimes. And to their way of thinking, the best way to prevent such an outcome is to seize the evidence and then hand Tillie the same fate as her naïve fiance.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Tide and Tempest, go HERE.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Exceedingly good! My review of "In the Shadow of Jezebel" by Mesu Andrews

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about the book....

In a kingdom controlled by cruel and manipulative women, one princess will discover the power of truth and love.

Trained as a priestess in the temple of Baal, Princess Jehosheba strives to please the demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach far beyond the realm of earthly governments. 

Forced to marry Yahweh's high priest in order to further Athaliah and Jezebel's power plays, Jehosheba enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh's Temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family--and the nation--she loves?

With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings the Old Testament to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.

my review....

Mesu Andrews has done it again! I can honestly state that a decade ago, I used to have a secret dread when I picked up a Biblical fiction book, thinking I was already familiar with the story and that there would be nothing new to entertain me. Mesu Andrews has been one of the authors proving how wrong I was, and this genre of fiction has become one of my favourite. "In the Shadow of Jezebel" is an amazing book, written with beautiful prose, and bringing a passage of scripture to life that I hadn't even spent more than a few minutes thinking about. The result is a moving, entertaining read, and one that I found impossible to put down. Both my wife and I devoured this book in one sitting, and were in equal agreement that we'd been left craving more. The characters are well-formed and believable, and absolutely congruent with what scripture describes. Queen Athaliah is brought to life in chilling detail, as is Jezebel, and it is hard to imagine such wickedness ruling over Israel and Judah. Jehosheba is a fabulous character, and Andrews has succeeded at creating a fictional story that could absolutely explain why Sheba ended up acting heroically in the manner she did, even though that meant being at odds with her mom. Ultimately, I turned the final pages having a new appreciation for God's amazing plans and feeling in awe of his holiness. There are many parallels between ancient Israel, bent on chasing after the pleasures of the world rather than remaining true to God, and our own culture. Isn't it amazing how scripture keeps speaking anew to each generation? Andrews has done a great job at bringing scripture to life through the power of fiction.

This is a book that I plan to read again in the future, because any book that not only entertains well but also leaves me devouring scripture is a winner. 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Mesu Andrews
Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author ofLove Amid the AshesLove's Sacred Song, andLove in a Broken Vessel. Winner of the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author, she has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture, bringing the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington. Learn more at

Monday, March 17, 2014

An absorbing read: "Poison Town" by Creston Mapes


Check out a preview and my review of the latest book from Creston Mapes, courtesy of the publisher and CFBA:


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Poison Town
David C. Cook (February 1, 2014)
Creston Mapes


Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.


There's More Than One Kind of Poison in This Town

People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that's crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss.

  The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon's long-time mechanic falls ill and he investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal.

The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable--he knows too much.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Poison Town, go HERE.


my review.....

"Poison Town" sees the return of investigative reporter Jack Crittendon, as his family continues to piece their life together in the aftermath of the kidnapping of his wife, Pam. This second novel in the series is equally as fast-paced as the first, and filled with the same danger and intrigue that made the first book such an absorbing read. I loved the suspenseful plot that unpacks the corruption and and conspiracy of a large company that has placed profit above the well-being of the citizens it employs. But I most appreciated the stunning contrast between the poison spewed by the factory causing countless people to get sick, and the poison of Jack's unforgiving spirit which likewise slowly erodes his faith, marriage, and health. "Poison Town" will cause you to look deep into your own heart and see if you are wrestling with the temptation to hold onto bitterness towards anyone who has wronged you or a loved one. Not only was I thoroughly entertained by the the mystery unfolding in the pages, but I was left pondering the ways that lack of forgiveness can poison our soul.

Mapes has succeeded at writing a book that left me deep in thought while providing an action-filled adventure. I loved this second installment, finding it to be well-written, convicting, and permeated with truth -- all in all, a great read! 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Smashingly good murder mystery! My review of "Death by the Book" By Julianna Deering

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about the book....


Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.

Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem--except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.

Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?

my review....

If I may dare say so, I loved "Death by the Book" even more than the first book in the series! Deering has written a smashingly good murder mystery, with witty and clever dialogue, and a plot that kept me guessing from beginning to end, I greatly enjoyed the continuation of the relationship between Drew Fathering and the lovely Madeline, making for many moments of hilarity and providing for a touching ending. The addition of Aunt Ruth to the mix had me laughing out loud as she blustered her way into the family, intent on protecting Madeline's virtue.
The characterization is wonderful, with a likable and original cast that makes for addictive reading. And, as the body count kept building, I must admit that I followed the author's rabbit trail to perfection, finding myself completely suspecting the wrong person! I do hope that Deering has another book in the works so I can try out my sleuthing once again and see if I can pinpoint the murderer with greater accuracy.

Although the book is thoroughly entertaining, what most sticks with me from this book is the moment where Drew chooses to grant forgiveness - and I dare not say more for spoiling the plot. But that scene and the resulting blessing that it leads to was a powerful one for me. I closed the book wondering how I myself would act in that situation. Drew really is an inspiring character!

If you are looking for a solid murder mystery set in a charming English village, then "Death by the Book" is just what you have been waiting for. 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Julianna Deering

Julianna Deering has always loved British history and literature and is particularly a fan of the classic mysteries written by Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas and now works for an attorney specializing in wills and estate planning. She lives outside Dallas, Texas, where she loves to quilt, cross-stitch, and watch hockey. Learn more at

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A lighthearted, entertaining read: My review of "Love Comes Calling" by Siri Mitchell

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about the book....

A girl with the best of intentions. 

A heart set on Hollywood. 
An empty pocketbook.

That's all it takes for Ellis Eton to find herself working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. For Ellis, this job will provide not only acting practice but the funds to get her a start in the movies. She's tired of always being a disappointment to her traditional Boston family, and though she can't deny the way he makes her head spin, she knows she's not good enough for Griffin Phillips, either. It's simple: avoid Griff's attentions, work, and get paid. But in typical Ellis fashion, her simple plan spirals out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call...with her very own Griff as the target.

With an endearing heroine as her lead, Siri Mitchell takes readers on a madcap tale
of love and discovering one's true desires!

my review....

If you are looking for a lighthearted, entertaining read that also explores some deeper themes along the way, then "Love Comes Calling" is just what you've been looking for. Siri Mitchell's latest book is definitely a page turner, and mostly because Ellis Eton is truly a character like no other! Though there were a couple of times I felt annoyed by her behaviour, I soon came to appreciate the personality challenges the author was trying to bring to light. In fact, Mitchell does an admirable job of showing how historically people did not have a lot of grace for those who didn't fit the expected mold. Ultimately, Ellis has the best of intentions, and you can't help but love her as she cares for people in her own unique way. The romance she discovers while doing so is fun to read about and filled with many moments that will have you smiling or even laughing out loud. I enjoyed how the author looks at the issue of prohibition, and how we cannot legislate morality because ultimately only God, not the law, can change the heart. This is a timeless truth that is all too pertinent today as society tries to decide how to deal with a multitude of vices in our day and age. I think that Ellis' struggle with her self-worth is one that readers will all too readily appreciate, and people will come away from the story reminded that God has made them wonderfully unique and that each of us has more to offer than we can even realize.

Well-written and featuring characters you will come to love, Siri Mitchell's book is sure to garner her new fans. I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Siri Mitchell

Siri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists Chateau of Echoes andThe Cubicle Next Door. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area. Visit

Friday, March 7, 2014

High-octane suspense: My review of "Distortion" by Terri Blackstock


One ordinary day while helping her sister move, Juliet witnesses a man gunned down in a dark parking lot. That man is Bob, her husband of 15 years, and though at first she believes it is a random shooting, she quickly discovers that the attack was no random event but a planned attack on her husband. Juliet soon finds her own life threatened, and she fears for the safety of her children as well. Juliet and her sisters team up with PI Michael Hogan to discover the truth of just who exactly Bob was. Every clue she unearths reveals another layer of deception until Juliet doesn't even know what's real anymore - except that she'll do anything to keep her family safe.

Action-packed and featuring Blackstock's signature suspense, "Distortion" is a thrilling read from beginning to end. Readers who enjoyed the first novel in the Moonlight Series, entitled "Truth Stained Lies", will quickly become reaquainted with the characters they grew to care about in the first book, including the sisters Cathy, Juliet, and Holly. Blackstock does an admirable job at getting into her character's heads and minds, and as such I found myself grieving alongside Juliet and her children as not only do they have to deal with the loss of their husband and father, but they also have to choose to face a web of deceit that unfolds one layer at a time. By the time you put down this book, you may be looking at your own spouse askance and wondering if there are any secrets they are hiding from you! As with Blackstock's other books, I love that she makes no hesitation in celebrating faith with a clear, accessible gospel message, even in the midst of hypocrisy. Deep themes of betrayal are woven into the story alongside of the power of forgiveness, confession, and accepting the consequences of ones actions. As such, not only will "Distortion" provide you with an entertaining read, but you will find yourself taking a look at your own faith and wondering if you would be able to respond to the hard-ache with the strength that these characters do.

I will leave you with one warning - while much is resolved in this second story, you are left hanging wondering if ultimate justice will be visited upon the family. Like me, you will be eagerly waiting for the next installment! 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

Terri Blackstock
Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

Recent books include Truth Stained Lies (Book 1 of her Moonlighters Series), and her acclaimed Intervention Series (Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall). Other recent favorites include Predator, Double Minds, the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wonderfully entertaining: My review of "A Draw of Kings" by Patrick W. Carr

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about the book....

Dark Forces Have Gathered and the Final Battle for Illustra Has Begun
Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, they've been branded enemies of the kingdom. 

In the wake of the king's death, Duke Weir is ruling the country--and he intends to marry Adora to bring an heir from the royal line. With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war--and threatened by hostile forces gathering on every side.

A dangerous mission to free Errol is attempted, but the dangers facing the kingdom mount with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferrals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw ever closer. Will the discovery of the true heir turn back the tide of Illustra's destruction?

my review....

Prepare to read long into the night when you open your copy of “A Draw of Kings”! Picking up where the second book in the series (the Hero’s Lot) left off, readers will be thrown back into the world of our hero, Errol, and the cast of characters who has joined him en route in this epic series. Errol is such a wonderful character and one I felt myself both connecting with and admiring for his sacrificial and humble ways. He is flawed like any man, yet provides a wonderful example of laying down his life for God’s greater purposes. The female characters are also worthy of admiration, and female readers will no doubt appreciation these strong and likeable females.

Patrick Carr again employs his excellent writing style, with non-stop action, vividly described scenes, and a wonderfully entertaining plot that had me racing through the pages. The battle and fighting scenes are intense and expertly written, leaving you feeling like you are standing right there experiencing it yourself! I continue to love the parallels between Christianity and the belief system employed in the books, finding myself re-examining my own faith and relationship with the triune God as I was reading along.

The Staff and the Sword series has proven to be a remarkable contribution to the arena of Christian fantasy fiction, and “A Draw of Kings” is a fine conclusion to the series. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Patrick W. Carr

Patrick W. Carr teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four awesome sons, Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Learn more at

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A practical, insightful book: My review of "Praying for Boys" by Brooke McGlothlin

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about the book....

What Are Your Biggest Concerns for Your Son?
Instead of trying harder to change your boy's behavior or worrying about his future, enjoy the peace that comes when you pray specific prayers for him straight from the Bible. This encouraging book helps you target your prayers on what your son needs most--from patience and self-control to having a pure heart and making wise decisions.

Today you can start giving whatever concerns you have to God and

- learn to fight for your son's heart in prayer
- look at raising boys as a gift
- see how even quick prayers make a difference
- understand boys' deepest struggles, no matter their age
- rest in knowing that God is the only One who can change your son's heart

Written for moms but great for dads (and grandparents) too, this easy-to-use book is filled with uplifting stories and biblical wisdom that will equip you on your journey to raising a godly man.

Includes a 21-Day Prayer Guide for Small Groups, in Person or Online!

my review....

Although “Praying for Boys” is targeted at moms, I believe that this is a powerful book that should also be in the hands of dads, grand-parents, aunts and uncles and anyone else who plays a role in the life of a boy. The book is easy to read, and at under 200 pages it would be hard for someone to argue that they just don’t have time to read it! I greatly appreciated McGlothlin’s biblical advice provided in the pages of this book, showing the power of praying scripture over our children and so birthing God’s will in their lives. But I also loved the fact that she’s not afraid to relate her own struggles with parenting her own sons, that she shows that neither she nor her children are perfect, and that she’s down in the trenches praying hard just like the rest of us should be. The overall focus on prayer is a powerful one, and I love how she honestly reflects that she doesn’t pray because she has a special anointing to do so. Rather, she prayers “because I don’t know what else to do. I pray because I don’t have all the answers...because I’m desperate for a word-touch from the God who made me and because I can’t do this life thing without his direction”. There is something powerful about surrendering our boys to God through prayer and partnering with God in releasing all the good things he has in store for them. The author does an excellent job at guiding readers to teach their sons to have servant hearts, to be quick to forgive, to learn patience and self-control, to take a stand for purity. I loved praying through the prayers she lists for each section, while inserting my son’s name there. I also found the questions “for reflection or discussion” to be very thought provoking. Also, her anecdotes about her own family or examples of people from scripture add a richness to the book that kept me engaged from beginning to end.

Well-written, and sure to inspire confidence that we are parenting with our loving God by our side, “Praying for Boys” is a practical and insightful book, one that I will be encouraging many others to read as well. I award this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Brooke McGlothlin

Brooke McGlothlin has encouraged thousands of moms toward a richer prayer life as co-founder of the popular online community for mothers of boys, the MOB Society ( She's the author of several books and resources for moms, and lives in the mountains of southwest Virginia with her husband, their two sons, and two Labs.