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Mama Kisses, Papa Hugs by Lisa Tawn Bergren and Aleksandar Zolotić

This book is just precious! The little boy thinks he’s too big for Mama kisses and Papa hugs, so Mama and Papa tell him about kisses and hugs. Polar bear kisses are rubbing noses together and elephant hugs are when the Papa elephant wraps his trunk around the baby elephant. All the examples are explained as ways that God made them show affection.

The boy asks how God kisses and hugs us, and Mama and Papa explain that God’s kisses and hugs are around us all the time, but sometimes we miss them because we don’t look for them. God shows His affection for us by the touch of a soft breeze, the morning sun’s rays spreading across the land to our window, and by the stars in the sky, among other ways.

I’m a kisser and a hugger with my kids, and they’ll never be too big to get that gesture of love from me. I hope that, in some small way, I’m giving them a tiny taste of the love God has for them!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah, in exchange for my honest review.

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The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall

I’m not an Amish romance (or any romance, for that matter) fan, BUT this was not a romance, although it did deal with two couples. One couple, Roy and Jemima, are married with four children. The other couple, Abigail and Chris, just meet and develop a relationship throughout the book.

Roy has a secret. He had a one-night-stand with an old flame and the kicker is, he doesn’t even remember what happened! He’s hidden this secret from his wife for more than nine months. When Jemima finds out, can she forgive him? How will this child fit into their world?

Through a series of twists and turns, Jemima does forgive and there are peace and harmony in the family again. You’ll have to read the book to find out how she gets to that place!

This was a very easy read, with some intrigue and mystery. I liked it. It wasn’t great, but I liked it. If you want some casual reading that will prompt you to think about the nature of forgiveness and the complexities of relationships, this might be just the ticket. Check it out!

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah, in exchange for my honest review.**

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American Omens: The Coming Fight For Faith

American Omens is the story of three people who are caught up in a web of intrigue centered on a conspiracy to eradicate Christianity. Will Stewart, Jon Dowland, and Cheyenne Burne all play different roles in the story. Jon Dowland is the assassin tasked with taking out influential Christians, thus silencing them and diminishing the faith’s influence on society. Will Stewart, a failed bookseller, is knee deep in financial and family despair when he is approached, and challenged, by a mysterious stranger. Cheyenne Burne is a top tech guru who receives a message from her missing father and subsequently is thrust into a series of events that put her very life in danger.

I was excited to read American Omens: The Coming Fight for Faith by Travis Thrasher. I love a good thriller! The beginning was really captivating, and the pace of the book kept up…until the middle where it just seemed to go into slow-mo for a while.

I enjoyed the ‘thriller’ aspects of this book, and there are some really pertinent points made about the way our lives are being monitored by algorithms. In the future portrayed in American Omens, everyone is monitored by a personal device called a SYNAPSYS.

There are many, many things a SYNAPSYS is capable of doing, things that people have no idea about….It used to be that people were scared about Facebook keeping their data on the recipes and cat pictures they liked. They have no idea. In wanting life to be easier and faster and better all around, people have allowed themselves to be monitored. And even worse, manipulated.

American Omens (Advance Reading Copy), p. 271

Where Thrasher went too far, in my estimation, is putting the monitoring into the hands of one, fictional mega-corporation, Acatour, run by one man, Jack Heyford, and inferring that he’s just the latest in a giant conspiracy.

Heyfor’s a part of something that’s been around for decades. The world government. The New World Order. The Freemasons. The Illuminati. The deep state. The cabal. Names for secret societies that have become cartoons and comic books. Words that are punch lines. The figures change, and so do their names and networks. Yet the evil remains the same.

American Omens (ARC), p. 191

One other thing that was just ‘off’ to me was a passage late in the book where two of the characters are sneaking into the headquarters of Acatour in disguise. ” …Malek wore glasses, and Cheyenne had her hair in a new style with it tied to one side, making them look different enough for the cameras monitoring everything not to instantly pick up on them if people were, in fact, looking for them” (American OmensARC p.274). So, I’m supposed to believe that technology is so advanced that we have self-driving cars (Autovehs) everywhere, and programs with such advanced algorithms that they nearly read our minds, but we don’t have facial recognition??

I believe that we ARE being surveilled by algorithms and that Christianity IS under attack, but I think it’s a much less focused effort on the part of any one human, earthy entity. Businesses are surveilling us because it makes them money. If it makes them more money, they’ll do it…throwing privacy concerns to the wind. I don’t have an Alexa for that very reason. “She’s” always listening.

Freedom of religion is under attack. Holding beliefs that are not “politically correct” on homosexuality or abortion are mocked at best and considered hate speech at worst.

There IS a conspiracy to control us. There IS a conspiracy to stop the message of Christianity from spreading. There IS one man at the root of this conspiracy. His name is Satan. He’s not using just one man, one company, or one organization to accomplish his evil work. He’s using millions of them. When we look for boogie men in the world, we forget that there is a very real force behind them. The way to combat that is to read our scriptures, study, and pray. Not watch conspiracy videos on YouTube.

Overall, the book is interesting but I just felt it was pandering to the conspiracy theory, flat earth types.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

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