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Stories for His Glory

The Babel Conspiracy by Sylvia Bambola August 15, 2016

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ABOUT THE BOOK:  The Babel Conspiracy is a tale of intrigue and love. Two women engineers struggle to develop the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft amid ever intensifying global terrorism and muddled personal lives. Trisha Callahan has an abiding faith in God, and “those roots of middy blouses and pleated skirts, prayer books and incense-filled churches went deep.” This faith is tested when she finds herself in love with a married man. Audra Shields sees herself as a modern Lady Chatterley, “liberated but not forsaking breeding, intellect, or femininity.” When she becomes involved with a dangerous stranger, she begins to question her lifestyle. Both women try sorting out their personal problems while racing the clock to finish a project fraught with sabotage and murder. And who’s behind it all? When the Department of Homeland Security and the Mossad finally figure it out, the answer surprises everyone.


Born in Romania in 1945, Sylvia Bambola lived her early years in Germany. At seven she relocated with her adopted family and saw the Statue of Liberty and America for the first time. But the memory of those years in Germany inspired her to write Refiner’s Fire, which won a Silver Angel Award, and was a Christy Finalist. Her frequent moves as an “army brat” gave her an opportunity to see America and fall in love with her new country. Bambola has authored six novels, has two grown children, teaches women’s Bible studies, loves gardening and is learning the guitar. 

My thoughts:

I have read a couple of other books by Sylvia and really enjoyed them, they were historical novels so I was curious to see how she would handle something contemporary.

This book had a lot of tension and wondering what was going to happen next. It is also very relevent to that is going on in our world, which I found even more interesting since I’m sure Sylvia started writing this before this events took place in our world.

I appreciated Trisha’s struggle as I have had a similar struggle in my life and I found it very interesting how Sylvia worked that all out.

I really wanted to like Audra but there weren’t many redeeming qualities about her and I think that is true to life, there are just some people who make it difficult.

There are many different characters in this book but they do all end up coming together.

However, if I am being honest (which I am) I didn’t love this book. Something in it felt a bit forced to me, and I didn’t really connect fully. I can’t even put my finger on it, so it might just be me. Maybe is was too technical for me and I didn’t get it. But something didn’t work for me completely.

With that being said, I did want to finish the book to see how it would all turn out because there was so much tension.

Visit Sylvia here.

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A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 



The Salt Covenants by Sylvia Bambola March 30, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 3:38 pm
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Spain 1493: Isable has broken her mother’s heart by becoming a sincere convert to Christianity. But when she is noticed by Friar Alonso at La Casa Santa, the Holy House, she is forced to flee the Inquisition by entering into a loveless marriage and sailing with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. But all too soon Isabel is forced to struggle alone in her new life and new faith. With all the risks and hardships how is she to survive? And will she ever find love in this strange land? And what of the dangerous Enrique Vivar? Will his hidden agenda cost her her life?

My thoughts:

I love when I am pleasantly surprised by a book, when I begin a new book not exactly sure if I will like it and find myself drawn into the story.

That’s what happened with The Salt Covenants. This was such an interesting time in history and in a setting we often don’t think about when it comes to persecuting Jews. When I think about Jews being treated poorly I usually think about Germany and World War II, not Spain.

Sylvia definitely did her homework in writing this book. The characters are rich and well-developed. My heart broke so many times while reading this book as families were torn a part.

What I kept thinking about as I read was that Christians where the ones doing all this horrible stuff. People who are supposed to be modeling Christ to the world are killing and raping people who don’t believe like them.

I felt Isable’s struggle as she claimed this new faith yet saw what so many Christians were doing to her people. I wondered how she could continue to hold strong. It would be so easy to walk away and not believe. But she remained strong.

I really enjoyed this book and think if you like historical fiction set in unique places this is a book you will enjoy as well.

Visit Sylvia here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.


Review and Giveaway: Rebekah’s Treasure by Sylvia Bambola February 20, 2014

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Rebekah’s Treasure


Sylvia Bambola

From the back cover:

Forced to flee war-torn Jerusalem in 70 A.D., Rebekah and her husband, Ethan, each take something of value: Rebekah, the cup of the Last Supper; Ethan, a copper scroll detailing the whereabouts of a vast Temple treasure. Ahead, separation and danger face them as each tries to survive. But it’s not only external forces that could keep them apart forever but internal ones as they struggle to discover where their true treasure lies.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I really enjoyed this book. It takes a different twist in what happened several years here on earth after Jesus returns to the Father. Very interesting.

The book opens with Rebekah and her sister preparing for the last supper (although they don’t know it’s the last supper). They don’t have enough cups for everyone so Rebekah has to share her precious cup. She only wants Jesus to drink out of it and she has to figure out where he might sit.

Years later she still has the cup, and yes, Jesus did drink out of it and she treasures this item.

As battle breaks out in Jerusalem Rebekah and her daughter leave their family behind and flee the city with the cup. When they find their new home Rebekah shares the cup with other believers and people begin to experience healing. Yet Rebekah’s own cries for healing in her daughter’s life seem to go unanswered.

Meanwhile, Ethan, Rebekah’s husband and sons are fighting for their lives and are given their own treasure to guard.

How will this family be reunited? And will the cup end up causing more trouble than good? Will the people make it an idol and worship the creation more than the Creator?

To find out you will have to read the book for yourself 🙂 There’s not a dull moment in this book, you’ll be flipping pages too see what happens next.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.