Book Reviews


Hickory Hollow Series - Review by Margaret MacQuade

Have you ever visited Hickory Hollow in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania? Beverly Lewis, in her newest series of “Home to Hickory Hollow” tells of life in an Amish community. Your heart and imagination will be stirred and engaged as you follow the residents of this small community. 

As usual, as in any small community, babies are born; folks die, young people want to spread their wings and leave their surroundings – some never to return.    Read More >>


A Change of Heart - Review by Rev. Delbert Bannister

This is book 5 in a series of 6 in the Harmony Series written by Phillip Gulley. Gulley is a Quaker Minister and writes in the style of Jan Karon, author of the Mitford Series. Gulley has created a cast of characters in a town he has called Harmony where Sam Gardner grew up and after completing seminary and several pastorates he returns home to become the minister of the Harmony Friends Quaker Meeting.     Read More »


Grace - Review by Catherine Bartlett

“Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace? God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downess about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you from insecure to God secure. From regret-riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid-to-die to ready-to-fly. Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.”     Read More »


The Five Languages of Apology - Review by Rev. Mark Hunter

This book offers an incredible perspective on communication, especially as it relates to how we receive an apology and how we apologize ourselves. I found this to be a mind-opening book that helped me more fully understand why some people seem to accept our apology very quickly and others struggle with it more.     Read More »



The Chance - Review by Deb Watling

“From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a heartwarming story about childhood friends, broken lives and a long-ago promise that just might offer the hope of love for today.” This book lived up to my expectations of a captivating, enjoyable read of a story that could happen to any of us.  Read More »



Gift Giver The Holy Spirit for Today - Review by Rev. Dr. Richard Jackson

Craig Keener is a rare individual. He is one of the foremost New Testament scholars in the United States, as well as one of the most spiritually mature and insightful people I have ever met. I had the opportunity to get to know Craig when we were both teaching at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.     Read More »



Yada Yada House of Hope Series - Review by Marilyn Lancaster

This series of four books feature the Fairbanks family and their journey as they start a new life in Chicago and the subsequent problems that the move and Gabrielle’s move to independence bring to their marriage.  Gabrielle meets a homeless woman, commits to a job without her husband’s agreement and discovers life on the “other side of the tracks”.     Read More »