Thursday, July 19, 2012

Redemption by Bryan Clay

As I have stated many times....biographies are my favorites! This didn't let me down.Redemption is the story of Bryan Clay. A rebellious child whose parents divorce made him a bitter, challenged child. His mother never stopped praying for him no matter how rebellious he was. She was told by a counselor to put him in a sports program to keep him out of jail so a local track club was her only option.Little did she know that her decision would lead to two Olympic medals.Bryans life was a constant rebellion against God. His story and how he learned to surrender not only to God but to his coaches, family members and friends is an incredible and beautiful story.Being the mother of a rebellious teen, I could't put this book down. It also gave me hope that God does answer the prayers of a praying mother and cares about those hard to handle teenagers.I am giving this review in exchange for this book through Booksneeze. I am no way required to give it a good review.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Stand by Me by Neta Jackson

Never met a Neta Jackson book I didn't like and this one is no exception.  She has such a gift.  Her characters are so believable and I have to admit that I am Jody Baxter in real life.  I truly recommend that you start with the Yada Yada series and read them all.  But be prepared!  You will do nothing else but read once you start.  You can't put them down.  Then go to the House of Hope series.  Which leads us to Stand by Me, the first in the Souled out Sisters series.

Avis Douglas, principal of an elementary school and leader of the Yada Yada prayer group is reaching a critical point in her life.  Her and her husband Peter are at a crossroads and need to make critical decisions in their lives.  But Avis daughter and grandson are missing and then through in the mix the group of college kids who move into their building for the summer.

It moves me because the character is a leader and well thought of person but makes mistakes and has doubts just like we do.  God doesn't let her down though and sees her through.  You will love this book.....five stars!