Friday, May 31, 2013

Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin

Thunder and Rain
By Charles Martin

Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed— a modern day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn’t quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can’t defend themselves. Despite his strong moral compass, Ty has trouble seeing his greatest weakness. His hard outer shell, the one essential to his work, made him incapable of forging the emotional connection his wife Andie so desperately needed.
Now retired, raising their son Brodie on his own, and at risk of losing his ranch, Ty does not know how to rebuild from the rubble of his life. The answer comes in the form of Samantha and her daughter Hope, on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help— protecting the innocent is what he does best. As his relationship with Sam and Hope unfolds, Ty realizes he must confront his true weaknesses if he wants to become the man he needs to be.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I pretty much think CharlesMartin is brilliant! His striking honesty cuts deep to the human condition and I find myself lost in his stories days after I’ve turned the final page.

Thunder and Rain was no different. A beautiful story, really. The transparency of Martin’s characters is refreshing and his literary style is wonderfully crafted. About 1/3 of the novel is told from the words of young Hope, in her shockingly honest, journal written, words to God. It took me a bit to get in to the rhythm of this, but I came to find her words so truthful and plain – out of the mouths of babes and all that…

I have heard it complained (yes, I’m using poor grammar) that Martin writes in a feminine style… I disagree. The male perspective of his narratives is profound - and raw… there’s no fluff, and I think that’s why I like reading his work so very much. 

Anyway, if you want to check out a bit of the book, you can read a FREE EXCERPT {here}

Happy weekend! Happy reading!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In Sorrow and In Sunshine

As I drove down the road today in my rumbling truck - sunlight streaming in the windows, sorrow seeping through my smile, I thought…

When the walls come crashing down, I run to my Jesus – when it seems that everything has fallen apart, when life is unexplainable, confusing – when I’m hurting or lonely – I run to Him… like it is a deep engrained reaction to the pain of this world – to crawl in to the arms of the one who’s already conquered it…

And then…

What about in the sunshine? When everything is coming up roses??? What about when life is filled with abundant joy… isn’t it easy, in the heights of happiness to forget that He is STILL holding it all together… 

Oh, How I long to run to my Jesus in the crashing waves of the storm AND in the brilliance of the sunshine… 

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You're the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus, you're my hope and stay

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Weekend Read!

Looking for a Memorial Day weekend read?

Check out Love's Miracles by Sandra Leesmith...
About the Book: "Dr. Margo Devaull came to Dominic Zanelli's mountain retreat confident that she could help this Vietnam veteran overcome the torment that kept him apart from the world. But her training as a psychologist had not prepared her for the tragic, explosive contradictions brewing inside him. For here was a sensitive artist who could be gentle – and a man whose eyes flashed with violence and pain when he told her to leave and never come back. Yet Margo did come back, slowly gain his trust, and awaken the sleeping needs of his heart. Only by reliving her own wounded past and helping Zane confront a terrible memory from the war could she set them both free – and save their last chance for love."
Click on the Daisy Blog Tour Button below for all the details from Amber at Seasons of Humility... while you're there check out her blog, too!

Best of all, if you snatch it quick (today thru the 27th only!) it's FREE for your Kindle. Follow the link to amazon: {Here}

I haven't read it yet, but I'm excited to see for myself what Ms. Leesmith has planned for Margo and Zane!

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