Book Review: Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark by Addie Zierman

Synopsis: How do you know God is real?
 
In the emotionally-charged, fire-filled faith in which Addie Zierman grew up, the answer to this question was simple: Because you’ve FELT him.

Now, at age 30, she feels nothing. Just the darkness pressing in. Just the winter cold. Just a buzzing silence where God’s voice used to be.

So she loads her two small children into the minivan one February afternoon and heads south in one last-ditch effort to find the Light.

In her second memoir, Night Driving, Addie Zierman powerfully explores the gap between our sunny, faith fictions and a God who often seems hidden and silent.

Against the backdrop of rushing Interstates, strangers’ hospitality, gas station coffee, and screaming children, Addie stumbles toward a faith that makes room for doubt, disappointment, and darkness…and learns that sometimes you have to run away to find your way home.


Review // It took me longer than I’d like to admit to finish this book. I’ll admit that this is one of the first nonfiction/memoir-type novels that I’ve read in quite awhile. My typical choice of book is a thriller of sorts.

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Review: DEFIER: The Girl Who Stood by Mandy Fender 

SynopsisIn a world at war, one girl’s faith makes her a soldier… Seventeen-year-old Lennox Winters is no stranger to loss. She’s lost her parents, her home, and is in constant danger of losing herself. As she struggles with what to believe she encounters Christ in a way that she cannot ignore. Kept alive by her newfound faith and accompanied by her loyal best friend, Lennox bravely emerges into a world at war on a quest for the truth. Only after Lennox has journeyed through perilous territory, eluded biologically altered predators, and overcomes the most intense of challenges does the real work begin.


 

I found a sponsored ad for this book on Facebook one day, and the plot summary had me intrigued from the start. It’s super easy for Christian fiction to get missed by most readers, and that is a shame.

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Review: When Life Hands You a Lemon by Mike Hansen

SynopsisDan Lemon is a man of routine who has unknowingly lost his imageway. One fateful afternoon at work, he is introduced to three criminals who take him hostage and shake up his schedule.
Dan now only has one choice, to confront his life’s fears, failings and wants. Is one day enough to change your life?


Review // This book had some of the most interesting characters I have read in a long time. I read a lot of the same genre of novels (I really should branch out, but eh), and a lot of characters get lost in the story. By that I mean, making sure that the story is thrilling and has no plotholes, and ensuring that the story is keeping the reader reading, but in turn, letting characterization fall to the wayside. (Does that make sense?)

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Review: Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán

Synopsis: Libby Miller has always been an unwavering optimist—but  when her husband drops a bomb on their marriage the same day a doctor delivers devastating news, she realizes her rose-colored glasses have actually beenLife and Other Near-Death Experiences blinding her.

With nothing left to lose, she abandons her life in Chicago for the clear waters and bright beaches of the Caribbean for what might be her last hurrah. Despite her new sunny locale, her plans go awry when she finds that she can’t quite outrun the past or bring herself to face an unknowable future. Every day of tropical bliss may be an invitation to disaster, but with her twin brother on her trail and a new relationship on the horizon, Libby is determined to forget about fate. Will she risk it all to live—and love—a little longer?


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Review: Broken Grace by E.C. Diskin

Synopsis: On an icy winter’s day in southwest Michigan, Grace Abbot wakes up as the survivor of a car crash. But she’s left with a traumatic brain injury and a terrifying reality: she can’t remember anything.

Left in the care of her sister, Grace returns to the family’s secluded old farmhouBroken Gracese to recover—but within an hour of her return, the police arrive. Grace’s boyfriend has been murdered. Without any memory, Grace has no alibi.

With suspicion weighing heavily on her and flashes of memory returning, Grace searches for clues to her past. But with every glimpse, her anxiety grows. There is something about the house, her family, her childhood…perhaps the accident isn’t the only reason she can’t remember. Are the dark recesses of her mind hiding something even more sinister and terrifying than she could ever imagine?

And someone is watching. Someone willing to kill again to protect a secret.


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