Category Archive: Book Reviews

Jan 13

“Vintage Conversations: A New Year Meditation” by Kathryn Ross

Last month I enjoyed introducing you to the “vintage voice” of poet, writer, editor, Margaret Elizabeth Sangster (1838-1912). From a volume of collected writings published when she was 65 years old, her ruminations on the celebrations of Christmas in her day captivated my spirit with a sense of familiarity. Though removed from her world by well over 100 years, our sisterhood in Christ and as women connects timeless truths. She spoke to me and for me in her musings. As the dawn of 2017 is upon us, I visit with Mrs. Sangster in another chapter from, The Joyful Life, published by the American Tract Society in 1903. We listen in on a “vintage conversation” between the author and her intimate friend from school days, Miriam.

Dec 27

“Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want” Book Review by Carol Peterson

 Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life you Want Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy There are things we must do; things we should do; things we want to do. Unfortunately, it is hard to get things done. Hard to focus. Hard to settle on what is important. As I learn …

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Oct 12

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers Book Review by Carol Peterson

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is the story of a young prostitute during the gold rush days in California. The plot is loosely based on the account of Hosea and Gomer in the Bible. But be forewarned: this is not a light story. It is definitely not a book you can read while sipping your afternoon tea.

Mar 17

“A Slice of His Story: St. Patrick” by Kathryn Ross

Patrick’s life was spent on noble endeavors to the glory of God and the complete captivation of the Irish. He did this, not with the power of the sword—but the power of the pen and God’s Word.

Feb 11

“The Infinite Air” by Fiona Kidman

Fiona Kidman’s enthralling novel delves into the life of the brave, beautiful and enigmatic Jean Batten, one of the world’s greatest aviators. Here is the incredible story of the rise and fall of the ‘Garbo of the Skies.’

Jan 28

“I am Elizabeth” by Carol Peterson

As we look at Elizabeth’s life, we’ll ask her to tell us her story. We will also ask God to show us how He sees us as He might have seen Elizabeth. When we understand how we are like Elizabeth and what lessons we can learn from her life, we will recognize how God might see His other women of faith.

Nov 24

Book Reviews by Miriam Jacob

Miriam Jacob is a blogger, writer, and poet who is a member of the Ruby Blogger Team and a regular contributor to the Ruby for Women magazine. She also is one of the book reviewers for Ruby for Women, and we now have a page devoted to Miriam’s book reviews.

Nov 03

“My 30 Days Journey” by Ifeoma Samuel

The question “Are you living a fulfilled life?” gets us worked up and drifted in thoughts. We all have dreams and aspirations. When it all comes together is when we stop chasing and start living that fulfilled life we desire.

Sep 13

“What I Learned Lying Down” by Angela Dugi – Book Review by Miriam Jacob

When you feel helpless, hopeless and defenseless, as life’s trials, traumas and tragedies threaten to overwhelm you, “What I Learned Lying Down – Hope for the Chronically Ill” captures your heart with fresh courage and renewed strength to persevere in the face of all odds. This is Angela Dugi’s personal story, which reads like a medical textbook, of battling chronic illness with all its devastating side-effects that leave her horribly weak and in dire pain, robbing her of precious freedoms that we take for granted.

Sep 10

“Face to Face with Jesus” Book Review by Miranda Hanchar

My grandma recommended this book to me, and my-oh-my I would love to buy the book! It’s such a touching story of a Muslim woman finding Jesus Christ in the most terrifying time in her life.
It was a time of war when she found Jesus Christ. Two types of Muslim groups were against each other. They had to know how to survive with the terrifying gun shots in the background and people getting killed right in front of you.

Jul 20

“Brave Enough” by Nicole Unice

Are you scared of the unknown? Be brave enough to be you and to find the courage to become exactly what God intends you to be. Does fear stop you from achieving your God-given destiny or from fulfilling your God-inspired dreams? The true meaning of life is about being able to confront your fears and failures and not to allow them to overwhelm you. Be brave enough to face life with courage and to become an overcomer.

May 17

“Whispers in the Branches” Book Review by Miriam Jacob

“Whispers in the Branches” by Brandy Heineman is a well-crafted Christian novel full of dramatic characters and exciting twists and turns to catch at our heartstrings. As Abby Wells explores hidden mysteries in her family tree, the past unites with the present to give surprising answers and lasting treasures to enjoy.

May 16

Carol’s Book Club with Carol Peterson, Author

Ruby for Women is partnering with Carol Peterson, author, on a new project. Carol’s Book Club will feature monthly book reviews and offer opportunities for you to read along and share your thoughts of each book that is featured.

Apr 22

“Devotions from the Garden” by Miriam Drennan

God sows His seeds of divine love and goodness in you to help you to blossom and flourish as a Spirit-filled Christian. God is a loving God of mercy, grace, and forgiveness. He plants hope where there is pain, love where there is bitterness, dreams where there is brokenness. Our Lord will grow and produce fruit in you in His name and for His glory.

Apr 15

“If God is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad?” by David Biebel

This empathetic book deals with excruciating pain, staggering grief and unbearable loss. With a rare sensitivity, intuition and perceptive understanding, culled in the crucible of suffering, David Biebel offers us fresh hope and insight to look to Jesus, our Comforter.

Apr 08

“From the Heart of a Woman” by Sylvia Hensel

God desires us to know Him intimately, to be one with Him wholeheartedly, to light a fire in our hearts, spark an unquenchable hunger and insatiable thirst for intimacy with our Lord, our heavenly husband, lover of our souls.

Mar 24

“The Art of Christ” by Melissa Presser

Yesterday my beautiful and lovely blogging sister Kim wrote a heart-felt and amazing piece on why she quit devotionals. I resonated with the piece as I have been seeking a deeply spiritually fulfilling place myself, and have found that so much reading in the evangelical Christian world is as fluffy as the Easter Bunny himself.

Mar 23

“Then Sings My Soul” by Robert J. Morgan

Book review by Miriam Jacob, Ruby Blogger Team: “Then Sings My Soul” by Robert J. Morgan presents the classic hymns of the faith in a magnificent two-thousand year repertoire of music in Christian hymnody that reverberates awesomely through the ages of time. By learning the splendid legacy of our past, we create a beautiful legacy for our future.

Mar 18

“Runaway Radical” by Amy Hollingsworth and Jonathan Hollingsworth

Travel the world, change lives, save souls. (Note: Results not typical.)

A young idealist heeds the call to radical obedience, gives away all of his belongings and shaking off the fetters of a complacent life, travels halfway around the world. There he discovers, among the poor and the fatherless of West Africa, that he has only surrendered to a new kind of captivity.

Mar 17

“The Price of Trust” by Amanda Stephan

Beaten and betrayed by the one
who was supposed to love her,
Carly Richards is on the run!

Forced to live as a fugitive as her ex-fiance stalks her across country, she finds refuge in a small town in Montana. Her emotional scars are reluctant to heal, and Carly resists the friendliness of those around her ~ especially handsome farmer Joe Baird. Caught in the circumstances, the kind people around her begin to creep into her softening heart. God is at work, and she has to trust Him not only to take care of her, but care for the people she is learning to love.

Mar 16

“Snapshots: The Veteran’s View” by Kim Lengling

Kim Lengling writes about the constant sacrifice that our deployed troops make for us to live in peaceful times with our families. She relates how project Support Our Troops, a project she co-chairs, has been sending care packages to active-duty military for the past fifteen years, and how we can make a difference in the lives of these brave men and women.

Mar 02

“Your Life Still Counts” Online Bible Study by Maxine Young

Starting March 16, Tracie Miles will begin the YLSC Online Bible study. She and hundreds, perhaps thousands of women will be reading the book, seeing what God has to say, and encouraging one another. If you’ve ever thought that your life didn’t count, you should pick up this book. It will encourage you. If you want in-depth Bible Study and even more encouragement I invite you to join the Bible Study.

Mar 02

“Harper Lee’s ‘New’ Book Tells the Rest of the Story” by Ingrid Lochamire

I remember vividly the time I first read “To Kill A Mockingbird”. I was a high-school freshman and was assigned to read it for English. I finished the book then turned around and read it again.

A recently discovered novel by Harper Lee, author of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, will be released in July. “Go Set A Watchman” was penned 60 years ago, before Lee’s iconic novel, and reads like a sequel to what has become one of my favorite stories.

Feb 27

“A Bouquet of Devotions” by Gloria Doty and Jeanette Dall

Gloria Doty is a member of the Ruby Blogger Team and has been writing for the Ruby for Women magazine for several years. She brings joy and humor to her observations about life, family, and walking each day with God. Gloria and Jeanette are sisters who enjoy flowers of all kinds. They inherited their love …

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Feb 24

“Selfish Ambition” by Donna B Comeaux

A special gift to our Ruby friends and family . . . . SELFISH AMBITION by Donna B. Comeaux    

Feb 16


I watched The Grammy Awards on television Sunday night. About mid-way through, I saw my President encourage all of us to create awareness and help women out of violent relationships. His message was followed by a moving statement from domestic violence survivor Brooke Axtell and Katy Perry’s performance of her song “By the Grace of …

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Dec 15

“FOR FAITH” Oz and I – Being Profound” by Carol Peterson

FOR FAITH: Oz and I—Being Profound  Oswald Chambers continues to whack me upside the head and make me pay attention to something God seems to want me to work on. Recently in his devotional Utmost for His Highest, Oz stated: Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they …

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Dec 01

December Book Giveaway: Our Hardcore Battle Plan for Wives – Winning in the War against Pornography

  Our Hardcore Battle Plan for Wives: Winning in the War Against Pornography by Jay Dennis and Cathy Dyer Book Review by Sarah Johnson Our Hardcore Battle Plan for Wives is an honest real-life look at what pornography can do to a marriage combined with the truths and tools to respond to this disease-like sin …

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Aug 16

The Arrivals (Book Review) by Meg Mitchell Moore

This post is courtesy of Donna McBroom-Theriot of My life. One Story at a Time. About the Book: It’s early summer when Ginny and William’s peaceful life in Vermont comes to an abrupt halt. First, their daughter Lillian arrives, with her two children in tow, to escape her crumbling marriage. Next, their son Stephen and …

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Aug 10

Lessons From Ruth: Discovering Your Destiny

This blog is shared courtesy of Donna Schultz of Ruby For Women. Lace up your sandals and travel with me from Old Testament Bethlehem, to the far country, and back home again. Two widows and a hero will lead the way.   If you have ever loved and lost… If you have done everything right but still …

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Jul 16

New book

This blog is shared courtesy of Keith Wallis of wordsculptures. The new ‘old’ book is now available. The poems in this omnibus were written quite a while back.  Whilst fairly contemporary at the time, some may well have been written differently today.  However, some still remain firm favourites in the author’s portfolio. They represent the …

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Jul 10


This blog is shared courtesy of Kristin Bridgman of Ponderings.   (they say a blog post title should grab you. . .Did this one grab you?  :) I’m re-reading a great book by David Nasser titled Glory Revealed.  In it was this statement from him~ “Never miss an opportunity to shut up.” I posted this on …

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May 23

Guest Author Marcia Laycock

This blog is shared courtesy of Debra McCarragher of  Mission Possible Blog Please welcome Marcia Laycock and her new book ~ A Tumbled Stone, as she launches this long-awaited sequel to One Smooth Stone on Amazon. One Smooth Stone  won Marcia the Best New Canadian Christian Author Award when it was released, and her second book will not disappoint. Go to Marcia’s BLOG to find …

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May 04

“Guest Author Elizabeth Marks ~ “Discover the Riches of His Grace”

The following post is submitted by God Mission Possible Blog – Unequally Yoked Marriage   Please welcome Guest Author Elizabeth Marks and her book:   Discover the Riches of His Grace – Learning to Do Relationships God’s Way   This devotional inductive Bible study is based on the Book of Ephesians. It includes 18 lessons, 6 …

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