Hello my fellow bookworms, it is nearly the end of May, so I thought it would be a good time to share with you the new books I got my hands on over this month.
First, I was lucky enough to get accepted, on NetGalley, for an arc copy of this:
The Honey and the Sting by E C Fremantle (2020)
“Three sisters. Three secrets. Three ways to fall . . .
Forcibly seduced by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham and King’s favourite, doctor’s daughter Hester was cast aside to raise her illegitimate son, Rafe, alone and in secret. She hopes never to see his father again.
Melis’s visions cause disquiet and talk. She sees what others can’t – and what has yet to be. She’d be denounced as a witch if Hester wasn’t so carefully protective.
Young Hope’s beauty marks her out, drawing unwelcome attention to the family. Yet she cannot always resist others’ advances. And her sisters cannot always be on their guard.
So when the powerful Duke decides to claim his son against Hester’s wishes, the sisters find themselves almost friendless and at his mercy. But are their secrets their undoing or their salvation? Because in the right hands a secret is the deadliest weapon of all . . .” (Image and description taken from NetGalley)
Having previously enjoyed Elizabeth Fremantle’s Tudor historical-fictions: Sisters of Treason and The Girl in the Glass Tower, and more recently her Jacobean murder-mystery, The Poison Bed, I am very much looking forward to reading this.
Then, these two Christian non-fictions I ordered, on Amazon UK, arrived in the post:
More Than A Carpenter by Josh & Sean McDowell (2011)
“The inspirational classic, More than a Carpenter, is now updated for a new generation with a fresh look, revised material, and a new chapter that addresses questions commonly raised today. Josh McDowell is joined by his son Sean as they exam[i]ne the evidence about Jesus.” (Image and description taken from Amazon UK)
Wholeness: Changing How We Think About Healing by 2019)
“The world is changing; culture is shifting. Never has safety and security been more desired. What shakes also spills. Pressure spills to the surface. And when struggles become visible, safety becomes more invaluable. We only encounter true freedom and wholeness when we know we can speak and hear truth with no fear of retribution. Look at the ministry of Jesus. He created spaces of safety. He also never blamed people for how they got sick. Jesus’ invitations are never based on whose struggles are more easily dealt with. In His Kingdom, in His house and under His care, there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’. Jesus said over and over that He came for the sick, the broken, the oppressed, depressed, those caught in chains. He came for us. Each person, as well as every part of who we are, body, soul and spirit, matters to God. And if it matters to God, it must matter to us. With the world changing so are people’s struggles. In years past what worked in prayer and ministry may not work today, because people’s concerns and experiences of personal difficulties have changed. And just with anything else we should be growing in how we learn and deliver ministry. God wants to bring people into wholeness. And one of the greatest acts of kindness we can do is provide a safe place in order to witness people’s struggles, so that we may love, care for and pray and minister to them more effectively.” (Image and description taken from Amazon UK)
Both books are by new-to-me authors, which I ordered as they are the next two books on my church’s book club list. We will be reading and meeting to discuss More Than A Carpenter first, via Zoom.
So plenty to look forward to. Now I’d love to hear from you: Do any of these tempt you? Which of these do you think I should read first? What new books have you got recently?