Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Book Review of The Mountain Midwife by author Laurie Alice Eakes

I really enjoyed the story of The Mountain Midwife. I always had an interest when I was younger in becoming an obstetrician.  The book opens with a mystery and suspense and intertwines romance, love, and family throughout.  Great read!

For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tolliver’s family have practiced the art of midwifery in their mountain community. Now she wants to take her skills a step further, but attending medical school means abandoning those women to whom she has dedicated her life, the mountains she loves, and the awakening of her heart.

Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth to a baby at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as she tries to take the dangerously bleeding woman to the nearest hospital. Now Ashley is on a mission to find the woman and her newborn baby . . . before it’s too late.

Hunter McDermott is on a quest—to track down his birth mother. After receiving more media attention than he could ever want for being in the right place at the right time, he receives a mysterious phone call from a woman claiming to be his mother. Hunter seeks out the aid of the local midwife in the mountain town where the phone call originated—surely she can shed some light on his own family background.

Ashley isn’t prepared for the way Hunter’s entrance into her world affects her heart and her future. He reignites dreams of her own family she has long put aside in favor of earning her medical degree and being able to do even more for her community. But is it commitment to her calling or fear of the unknown that keeps her feet firmly planted in the Appalachian soil? Or is it something more—fear of her growing feelings for Hunter—that make her hesitant to explore the world beyond the mountains?

About the Author

Recipient of the National Readers' Choice Award, Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of nine books and a novella, with four more books and two novellas scheduled for release. She is a writing teacher and speaker and has her master’s degree in creative writing. She also writes articles on writing, including “Writing from the Heart While Writing for the Market” for The ACFW Journal. Visit her website at Facebook: authorlauriealiceeakes Twitter: @LaurieAEakes

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Book Review of Honest Wrestling by author K. Howard Joslin

In Honest Wrestling, Questions of Faith when Attacked by Life, the author dedicates his book to his wife, who battled cancer with such courage:

“To Ann, my confidant, complement and best friend.  You fought cancer’s invasion because you wanted to grow old with me, to be there for our kids and to hold our grandkids. Thank you for begging me to join your battle and pray for complete physical healing. Because of the tenacity of your fight, we will always know that you loved us.  The Resurrection is everything to me now. My iPod relentlessly reminds me that: Christ is Risen; He Rose; I Have a Hope; I Can Only Imagine; Save a Place for Me; There Will Be a Day; I Will Rise; and I Will See You Again.”

The author goes on to say:
“I love sports and always find it interesting when a player is “mic’d up” for a big game. You gain a different perspective when eavesdropping in the huddle during the heat of the battle as compared to the semi-prepared speeches of a press conference after the contest has been decided.
Honest Wrestling is an opportunity for you to eavesdrop during the heat of our battle. This book consists primarily of email updates sent to family and friends while my wife, Ann, battled a rare, incurable cancer. Over time the emails became not only a means of keeping folks appraised of Ann’s condition, but also an occasion for me to reflect on what God might be teaching us through our painful hardship.”

Hannah’s Heart: 
Why Do We Pray?
The narrator continues Hannah’s story by describing a specific pilgrimage to Shiloh one year. Hannah, shattered by the pain and sick of the taunting, poured out her broken heart before the Lord. In typical Hebrew fashion the storyteller paints a vivid picture with this simple sentence (1:10):

“In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord.”

Psalm 90:12-15
“So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
Do return, O Lord; how long will it be?
And be sorry for Your servants.
O satisfy us in the morning with Your loving kindness,
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us,

And the years we have seen evil.” (NASB, capitalization mine).”

About the Author

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