Book Review: Breakthrough: The Miraculous True Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection #BookReview #Christian #Breakthrough #TrueStories

Breakthrough: The Miraculous True Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection

By Joyce Smith

(Previously published as The Impossible)

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My thoughts:

Talk about a page-turner! This true story is one that had me from beginning to end. My review will likely contain a few spoilers.

In 2015, on a cold winter day, Joyce Smith’s fourteen-year-old son was visiting with friends and was involved in an accident that resulted in death. After being rushed to the hospital with no response, the doctors were ready to give up. It had been nearly an hour and likely impossible that John’s body could live after such a catastrophic accident. The events that transpire afterward are nothing short of a miracle.

John was such a lucky boy with a strong support system, not just from family, but from his church and community as well. There’s a lot of positivity surrounding him, especially from his mother Joyce. I admired Joyce’s strength as she never seemed to lose faith (despite all the negativity), even when some people around her were breaking. Many would agree: It does appear that because of God’s miraculous abilities to heal, her son is alive and well today. Was it all the power of prayer? Did God really heal John? The doctors can’t explain it, and he wasn’t the only one to experience a miracle those few weeks in 2015.

This was actually recommended to me by my local librarian who also ordered the movie which releases on DVD this week. I was compelled to read the book because it seemed like it might involve a near death experience, which is a subject I enjoy studying. This was different from my expectations, but the story still had me captivated. I thought it was written really well too.

I found some parts in the story hard to read when it came to their struggles with some of the more difficult and controlling members of the medical community. After having some of these same problems when my daughter was in a teaching hospital, this book reminded me just how arduous those obstacles were. I also found myself asking the same questions others asked in the end: Why does God answer some prayers and not others? Was John just lucky? You’ll have to read it to see what you think.

This book is the media tie in edition which includes pictures from the movie, but also real pictures of Joyce and her family as well. There are many Bible verses throughout which I enjoyed studying. Even if you aren’t a Christian, the story is one to read, and it may open your eyes. I highly recommend it.

5*****

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Book Review & Giveaway: American Flowers by Michael A. McClellan – Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card & 6 eBooks #BookReview #Giveaway #AmericanFlowers @McLellanBooks

American Flowers 

By Michael McLellan

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My review:

American Flowers by Michael A. McLellan is a book about two teens, both from broken homes, who are struggling to get their lives together. Chris is caught up in drugs and Allie needs to find a place to live. Neither one of them have much support from anyone.

Something these two characters have in common is horrible parents. They haven’t been loved or instructed properly by anyone. Chris is in a bad spot due to poor decision-making; he just doesn’t have the mental capacity, mainly because he’s living with an alcoholic father who couldn’t care less about him. Allie was just thrust into a bad position because her dad left, and a man her mother got involved with ended up abusing her. Allie tried to tell the truth but nobody believes her–she’s simply told to stop making up stories which is incredibly distressing. These parts in the book were hard to read for me because it’s a horrible position to be in, especially for a troubled teen. When Allie meets Chris, they fall in love with each other and one thing leads to another sending them both down a dark and dangerous path.

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Book Review: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8) #Book Review #ChildrensBooks #Fiction

The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8)

By Lemony Snicket

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After escaping the village of V.F.D. and freeing themselves from Count Olaf’s clutches once again, the Baudelaire children are now on their own. They find themselves at a convenience store in the middle of nowhere with the hope of getting a message to Mr. Poe. The issue now is that they need to stay as covert as possible because it’s been published in the local newspaper (The Daily Punctilio) that they’re dangerous murderers. After another narrow escape, they end up at Heimlich Hospital where they find an interesting and shocking clue regarding the fire that killed their parents. With Violet Baudelaire in serious trouble, Klaus and Sunny have to scramble up a plan to save her, but how can they possibly save her all alone? Will Count Olaf finally be captured, or will his ridiculous shenanigans continue? Continue reading “Book Review: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8) #Book Review #ChildrensBooks #Fiction”

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas #Fantasy #BookReview

A Court of Mist and Fury

by Sarah J. Maas

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If you’d like to read my review for book #1 – A Court of Thorns and Roses, you can click this link.

Quick summary:

This story begins roughly three months after the first book ended and is broken up into three parts. Feyre is living in the Spring Court with Tamlin and Lucien. She’s enjoying her time with Tamlin, but unfortunately, she’s suffering inside from everything she went through Under the Mountain with Amarantha. Now she deals with nightmares and questions how she can ever forgive herself for the deaths she’s caused. Feyre and Tamlin are engaged and the wedding preparations are being made, but Tamlin’s priorities are elsewhere on business, and because he’s consistently worried about Feyre’s safety, she’s often stuck at home wishing that she could be free. She deals with mixed thoughts about the marriage to Tamlin so soon, and questions if this is where she belongs. Feyre also hasn’t forgotten the bargain she made with Rhys Under the Mountain, and although she hasn’t seen or heard from him since then, she wonders if and when he’ll show up to claim it. At the wedding ceremony, Feyre is screaming inside for anyone to help her because she doesn’t feel ready. Will anyone come to her aid? Feyre quickly learns that even with everything she’s been through, evil hasn’t been conquered yet, and she may be a key player in stopping it. What Fae powers does Feyre possess? What will come of her future, and the future of Prythian and its people? Continue reading “Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas #Fantasy #BookReview”

Book Review: The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events #7) by Lemony Snicket #BookReview #ChildrensBooks

The Vile Village

by Lemony Snicket

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My thoughts:

After finishing up The Ersatz Elevator, we couldn’t wait to start this installment with hopes that the Baudelaires would find a way to locate and save their friends the Quagmire triplets. The book begins with the Baudelaires once again in Mr. Poe’s incompetent hands as he attempts to find them a new and safe home. This time, he’s exhausted all options and finds it extremely difficult locating a place for them. The children are informed that they’ll be living at V.F.D, a.k.a. The Village of Fowl Devotees, where there are rules for pretty much everything under the sun. This particular town believes in the aphorism, “It takes a village to raise a child” which is the entire basis for taking the children in. Continue reading “Book Review: The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events #7) by Lemony Snicket #BookReview #ChildrensBooks”

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas #BookReview #YoungAdult #Fantasy

A Court of Thorns and Roses

By Sarah J. Maas

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My thoughts:

I’m really excited to finally be getting to this series. This is my first read by Sarah J. Maas and for the most part, it turned out to be wonderful. This may be one of the longest reviews I’ve ever written and I apologize if it’s choppy, but I just want to get my thoughts out. My review will  have spoilers.

The book begins with Feyre, a young girl living with her father and two sisters in the mortal lands of Prythian. Feyre’s mother passed away years ago and now she’s responsible for the care of her family. She made a vow at her mother’s deathbed that she’d keep the family together and watch over them. They’re all poor and food is scarce, but luckily Feyre can hunt. Continue reading “Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas #BookReview #YoungAdult #Fantasy”