About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know by W. Lee Warren

I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We KnowABOUT THE BOOK

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science--and between death and hope--as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

"Beautiful, haunting, powerful . . ."--Daniel G. Amen, MD

Dr. W. Lee Warren, a practicing brain surgeon, assumed he knew most outcomes for people with glioblastoma, head injuries, and other health-care problems. Yet even as he tried to give patients hope, his own heart would sink as he realized, I've seen the end of you.

But it became far more personal when the acclaimed doctor experienced an unimaginable family tragedy. That's when he reached the end of himself.

Page-turning medical stories serve as the backdrop for a raw, honest look at how we can remain on solid ground when everything goes wrong and how we can find light in the darkest hours of life.

I've Seen the End of You is the rare book that offers tender empathy and tangible hope for those who are suffering. No matter what you're facing, this doesn't have to be the end. Even when nothing seems to makes sense, God can transform your circumstances and your life. And he can offer a new beginning.

MY THOUGHTS.....

Dr. W. Lee Warren shares his thoughts and bares his emotions in his new book I've Seen the End of You. This is an account of the many patients that he has treated, the times when he was successful, and the moments when he realized that there was no hope. He admits that he has sometimes misjudged when he thought it was hopeless and he confesses that he has doubted just why God allowed some of these things to occur. Yes, he is neurosurgeon and a Christian, but he is also human. How many of us can truthfully say that we've never doubted?

Dr. Warren is very open and very honest and he writes in a pleasant and easily understood manner. As I read his thoughts, I often wondered how he could have endured some of his cases but I think it is because he is a Christian and doing what God called him to do. He admits to praying before surgery and I know from personal experience just how reassuring it is to be a patient facing the unknown and hearing their doctor asking God to grant them guidance and success. It is, however, with the death of his own child that he could fully understand their pain and suffering; it is because of this tragedy that he can now both sympathize and empathize with his patients.

I've Seen the End of You is an amazing book that everyone needs to read and as I neared the end, these statements from Dr. W. Lee Warren resonated with me.

Faith does not magically change our circumstances and make everything happy. It merely bends the light to show us what's really there. It's the prism we need to see hope when all seems lost, to survive the furnace of suffering, to grow despite the pain.

Faith doesn't keep us from having problems. It just gives a clearer view of how God is responding to them.

I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Waterbrook and was in no way obligated to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

W. Lee Warren, MD, is a brain surgeon, inventor, Iraq War veteran, and writer. His most recent book, No Place to Hide, was named to the 2015 US Air Force Chief of Staff's Professional Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and CBS Evening News and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. He plays the guitar and loves to make connections between faith, science, and the realities of life. Dr. Warren lives in Wyoming with his wife.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps, #1) by Lynette Eason

Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps, #1)ABOUT THE BOOK

Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others--but her days of helping military personnel are over. She's got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she's not equipped to take on more. Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way--terrorists, bombs, bullets. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.

Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor, and Brooke is pressed by her boss to take him on. When he arrives at her office she isn't there--but a dead body is. Brooke is devastated when she walks in, and Asher is a conveniently strong shoulder to cry on. But she can't take him on as a client after sharing such an intimate and unprofessional moment, can she? And he's not sure he can handle sharing his deepest fears with such a beautiful woman.

When it becomes clear that Brooke was the real target of the attack--and that her secrets go even deeper than his own--Asher vows to protect her no matter what.

Bestselling author Lynette Eason is back with a new series that spans the globe and will have your heart working overtime.

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MY THOUGHTS.....

Suspected treachery. An ambush of Army troops. An explosion in a cafe. Collateral Damage begins with danger and excitement and these two elements continue throughout the book. Asher James and Brooke Adams both face near death during their Army service in Afghanistan but their individual returns to civilian life don't prove to be any safer. Brooke sets up private practice as a psychiatrist but soon becomes a target and it is former Army Sergent James who becomes involved in her protection. Asher is now a FBI agent and he and Brooke feverishly race to learn who is trying to harm her. Is there a cover-up involving incidents from their Army service? Were secrets really sold to jihadists and if so, was an innocent soldier labeled a traitor? Is it possible that there is something much more sinister that someone is hiding? Something worth killing for?

This is the first book of a new series from Lynette Eason and she definitely grabbed my attention with her depiction of the ugliness of war and its aftermaths. Collateral Damage has villians, intrigue, and unthinkable acts caused by greed but Eason also adds heroes, faith, and the Christian values that our country was built on. Reading this book increased my pulse rate and caused me to lose sleep but it was definitely worth these side effects! This is romantic suspense at its best and I truly enjoyed Collateral Damage. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Danger Never Sleeps series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell but I was under no obligation to leave a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynette Eason grew up in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and then obtained her masters in education from Converse College. Author of twenty inspirational romantic suspense books, she is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In 1996, Lynette married "the boy next door" and now she and her husband and their two children make their home in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

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