Book Review: Of Literature and Lattes, by Katherine Reay

Of Literature and Lattes, by Katherine Reay

Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay

Published by Thomas Nelson on May 12, 2020 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, christian, contemporary, romance, women’s fiction

Format & Length: e-book, 336

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Book Review: The Shack, by William Paul Young

The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young

The Shack by William Paul Young

Published by Windblown Media on July 1, 2007

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, christian, religion

Format & Length: paperback, 252

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Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his “Great Sadness,” Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!

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Book Review: Soaring Through Stars, by Rajdeep Paulus

Soaring Through Stars, by Rajdeep Paulus

Soaring Through Stars by Rajdeep Paulus

Published by Birch House Press on April 12, 2015

Series: Swimming Through Clouds, #3

Genre(s): fiction, christian, contemporary, young adult

Format & Length: paperback, 250

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“I live in the in between. Between holding on and letting go. Hurt clings to me. Hope teases me. Home. I can’t explain it, but sometimes, I just want to go home.”

Talia and Jesse Vanderbilt have escaped a childhood full of abuse, and when they have a chance to put their father behind bars, setbacks arise from every direction. The siblings can’t help but consider the option to walk away and move on with their lives.

Then someone unexpected brings his own secrets, forcing the Vanderbilt teens to revisit their pasts and rethink their plans. Through it all, Lagan and Talia’s Post-it love story blossoms, while Jesse and Summer hit roadblocks.

From the award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones comes a powerful story of freedom and belonging in this final book of the young adult trilogy that began with an invitation on a little Post-it note.

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Book Review: Seeing Through Stones, by Rajdeep Paulus

Seeing Through Stones, by Rajdeep Paulus

Seeing Through Stones by Rajdeep Paulus

Published by Createspace on February 1, 2014

Series: Swimming Through Clouds, #2

Genre(s): fiction, christian, contemporary, young adult

Format & Length: paperback, 240

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From Award-Winning, Young Adult author Rajdeep Paulus comes the sequel to Swimming Through Clouds, a powerful reminder that life is a battle you don’t fight alone.

“I live in the in between. Between yesterday and forever. The way forward haunts me. The gap I must cover daunts me. And hope beckons, ‘Run to me,’ but I just learned to walk.”

After a lifetime of abuse, the Vanderbilt siblings flee their home, finally free to pursue new dreams while running from yesterday’s nightmares. Once bed-ridden Jesse navigates the Chicago streets, concealing his identity and planning revenge. A chance encounter in the rain introduces a girl who offers Jesse a glimpse of a sunnier future, but how will he weather the growing storm inside himself?

Separated from her Post-it note prince, Talia hides at a safe house for survivors of domestic violence while her father turns the city upside-down to find her. Surrounded by women fighting their own demons, Talia faces her past at every turn.

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Book Review: Swimming Through Clouds, by Rajdeep Paulus

Swimming Through Clouds, by Rajdeep Paulus

Swimming Through Clouds by Rajdeep Paulus

Published by Createspace on May 25, 2013

Series: Swimming Through Clouds, #1

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, young adult

Format & Length: paperback, 240

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“I live in the in between. Between what if and what is. It’s how I manage. It’s the only way I know. Everyone has their way. This is mine.”

Senior year kicks off when the words on a Post-it note spark a sticky romance between two unlikely friends. Transfer student Talia Vanderbilt has one goal at her new school: to blend in with the walls. Lagan Desai, basketball captain and mathlete, would do just about anything to befriend the new girl. One Post-it note at a time, Lagan persuades Talia to peel back her heart, slowly revealing a world where hope seems to lie around the corner. She never turns.

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