For future generations

The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.
Proverbs 20:7 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.20.7.nlt

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What’s most important in life

It is better to be poor and respect the Lord than to be wealthy and have much trouble.
Proverbs 15:16 NCV
https://bible.com/bible/105/pro.15.16.ncv

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My strength and help

The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.18.10.nlt

I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
Psalms 121:1‭-‬2 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.121.1-2.NLT

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Living in community

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/gal.6.2.NLT

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Church day!

For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.
Matthew 18:20 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.18.20.nlt

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Time to pause and reflect

But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.
Jeremiah 17:10 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/jer.17.10.nlt

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Review: Troubled Waters (Susan May Warren)

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Hooray, a new Montana Rescue book came out today! The copy I ordered for my church library arrived at the beginning of December (sweet!) and I read it first before labelling, stamping and shelving it. (The perks of being the librarian? Or just part of the job so I can recommend the book with in-depth knowledge of its contents? I’ll take either one.)

How does Troubled Waters stand up to the rest of this thrilling series? Really well! The story moved at a good pace with a great mix of action, realistic and interesting dialogue (one element in fiction that I’m super-picky about) and also the characters’ reflections and conclusions about their relationships and circumstances.

I’d been waiting for Ian and Sierra to sort things out since the prequel for this series, and it was well worth having the couple mostly in the background of the other stories until their turn came around. I’m so pleased with the way Warren constructed a tangled web of circumstances, choices and assumptions and then managed to make a satisfying love story out of them. It’s not a coincidence that I’m reminded of the way that God takes the broken and messy in our lives, works His wonderful ways and creates beauty. This is one reason I keep coming back to Warren’s writing!

The next book in the series will arrive this summer, so there’s plenty of time to catch up on Montana Rescue, Montana Fire, and the rest of Warren’s excellent writing. Check with me if you need direction!

About the story:

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.

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