To Err is Human by Amy Rognlie – Book Review, Preview

Posted January 3, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

Matthew 6:27 NLT

Jesus asked this of the people listening to his Sermon on the Mount. And in case you were wondering, the answer is no. Yet some people make Worry an Olympic event they train for!

I have to admit that I can sometimes fall into this pattern. Most of the time, I am the one with the faith to trust through hardships but not always.

We recently had to replace our trusty car which we’ve had for over fifteen years. Even though I love the new car and enjoy driving it very much, it has created some anxiety because the money we used for the car is no longer in the bank creating a buffer for us against a time when we need to replace something big. (Like a car!)

None of our other circumstances have changed and yet I find that it is a source of worry for me. Logically, it doesn’t compute. Especially in light of how faithfully we have seen God care for us, even specifically in this last year. I’ve realized that I was trusting that money, not God, for my future needs.

I need to constantly remind myself of how Jesus concluded this section of His teaching.

And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

Luke 12:29-32

To Err is Human by Amy Rognlie – Book Review, Preview

To Err is Human

by Amy K. Rognlie

Series: Short Creek Mysteries #3
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date January 1, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 232


Aunt Dot and Harry are finally tying the knot, and Callie Erickson is buried up to her elbows in flower arrangements and, yet again, more mysteries. When her prized Eden rosebushes go missing days before the wedding, Callie summons her courage to call out an all-around unpleasant person and local garden club president, Ginger Slayton. But despite the help of her loyal friends, Mona and Houston, the confrontation with Ginger leads to a dead end—but the chaos doesn't end there.
A local businesswoman is found dead, and Callie becomes the main suspect. She is determined to prove her innocence just as much as she's determined Aunt Dot's wedding will go on—with or without her Eden roses in the bridal bouquet. But when Callie's missionary parents disappear on their way back to Texas, roses keep mysteriously appearing, and her own family strife is brought to the surface, Callie may just drown in the upheaval.
Can Todd walk the line between his love for Callie and his dedication to his law enforcement career? Will Callie have a chance to make things right with her parents? And who keeps leaving roses for her to find?

I would like to thank Mountain Brook Ink for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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I’m excited to have found another great author to follow!

To Err is Human is one of the best mysteries I have read. It seems like many I have read lately don’t give enough clues for me to solve the mystery on my own. Not so with this story. The clues were dropped occasionally and I did figure out many of the details though I did miss a few along the way. Then again, Callie was on the wrong track for a while, so I was in good company. While I did accurately identify the murderer (before Callie, even!), I had no idea what the alibi was. And the kidnapping? I had no clue.

Callie was a sweet girl who doted on her great aunt, Dot and ran a flower shop-bookstore-knitting store. What a fun combination! She was spunky and had great faith. Most of the time. Yet she was constantly reminding herself to pray.

Amy Rognlie did a fantastic job of bringing Callie from cheerful heights to the depths of despair and a crisis of faith in a very realistic manner. I loved watching Callie remind herself to trust God and to call on Jesus through her fears. Instead of feeling preachy, it was encouraging. And despite Callie’s fears and grief, the tone was full of hope.

Callie’s friend Mona was so fun! She had a way of mangling idioms that drove poor Callie crazy. Mona had such a big heart and was the kind of friend everyone needs.

And even though this story is about solving a murder, this is not a gruesome story by any stretch. It is a story about trusting God in the darkness – when faith is truly believing God is in control even when you can’t see how it is possible.

I haven’t read the other books in this series, yet I still was glad to be able to read this one. Fortunately, the author made sure I learned what I needed to here without re-telling the previous ones. I realize that there are some spoilers (it would be impossible for this to not be the case in this type of series) but I do hope to go back and read them as well.

I highly recommend To Err is Human to lovers of mysteries.

Amy's C. Williker's Pinterest Board

(click here to go directly to the board on Pinterest)
  • Callie's black pug, Intarsia, when she was a puppy.
  • Aunt Dot's Christmas cactus. Over 100 years old.
  • Festina Lente.
  • Joseph's coat climbing rose
  • Caladiums under the pecan trees at C. Willikers
  • Festina Lente
  • rosas hibridas …
  • Trädgårdstoken: Nya planer för växthuset
  • Rose Fence....This gives me a great idea for my climbing roses thanks
  • Joseph's coat climbing rose
  • Pierre De Ronsard also known as Eden rose. It belongs to a class of roses known…
  • Intarsia when she was a puppy!
  • Some of Callie's newest (old) treasures.
  • Fresh bouquets in today!
  • Still working on Jenna's wedding decorations!
  • Special occasion? Let Willie design a bouquet just for you.
  • Purl posing in front of the hydrangeas.
  • Purl.

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4 responses to “To Err is Human by Amy Rognlie – Book Review, Preview

  1. I love your review of this one, Phyllis! Amy does bring so much of her faith into her books, as well as a lot of fun and a solid mystery. Each of the three books is equally good. And good news for audio lovers–Make Haste Slowly (book one) will be an audio book soon…and if you see this post today, January 5th, it’s also FREE on Kindle until midnight. 🙂

  2. Phyllis, thank you for a great review! I’m happy that you enjoyed the plot as well as the spiritual encouragement. I have a tendency to share in my books what God is teaching me at that time in my own life. 🙂

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