Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Huckleberry Hearts By Jennifer Beckstrand

Young-at-heart octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never miss the chance to find a perfect match for one of their grandchildren. And when their beloved Cassie returns to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, Anna has a feeling they might soon have a doctor in the family…
Though Cassie Coblenz left her Amish community to go to college, Mammi and Dawdi’s farm will always feel like home. It’s the ideal place for an extended study break—at least until her grandmother’s handsome Englisch doctor becomes a regular distraction. Zach Reynolds is the kind of heartbreaker Cassie has learned to avoid, no matter how charming he may be.
Unlike every woman Zach has met in recent years, Cassie doesn’t fall at his feet. Strong, generous, beautiful within and without —she’s everything he could want. Yet the gulf between them deepens when a tragedy shakes his faith. Now the good doctor has one goal—to become a man who could be worthy of Cassie’s love

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Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer has been nominated for the 2015 RWA RITA Award and the RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in list of top ten inspirational books for 2014.

Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill are back in Huckleberry Hearts. You will not be disappointed. Beckstrand has really got a way with words and she knows the Amish and their ways so well.
Family is the one word that sums this book up.
After the first five books in this series you would think you would be tired of Huckleberry, But I still can't get enough of this series.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend this book as well as the whole series.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Heaven Promise By Scot McKinight

For far too long, we’ve talked about heaven as if it were a dream or someplace that only exists in fairytales. We want to believe it’s real, but with such an expanse of contradictory information, it’s difficult to know what to believe.   
To add even more confusion, we are left to sift through the tales of individuals who have crossed over and returned. With so many competing narratives and accounts based on what many think are beyond-death experiences, wouldn’t it be nice to have a straight forward examination of what the Bible has to say about heaven?
Best-selling author and New Testament scholar Scot McKnight thought so too, which is why he wrote
The Heaven Promise.  
McKnight, who has penned more than 50 books, including
The Jesus Creed, has had a fascination with heaven since he was a child. As a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, McKnight is no stranger to academic engagement and scholarly discourse. However; as an ordained deacon, McKnight is well accustomed with the concerns of the everyday thinker. The Heaven Promise represents the perfect blend of thoughtful research coupled with an easily digestible presentation.  
“My hope,” McKnight shares, “is that people will be hopeful about heaven.”
The Heaven Promise offers an infusion of hope alongside a healthy anticipation of eternity.  
After all, heaven isn’t just a dream; it’s a promise.

Heaven. Eternity. The Afterlife. You mention any of these concepts, and people of all ages and from all walks of life are certain to have opinions. Maybe that’s why there are so many books and movies that feature heaven-and-back experiences. But how can we know if those accounts are accurate?
How can we know for sure what heaven will be like?
Well, according to New Testament scholar and popular author Scot McKnight, all we need to do is to turn to Scripture to answer our questions.
Separating fact from fiction, McKnight helps the reader examine the witness of God’s Word in order to discover what awaits us on the other side of the grave.
Using the Bible, McKnight answers the most-frequently-asked questions regarding heaven, including:
1.      What about Near-Death Experiences?
2.      What about Rewards in Heaven?
3.      Who Will Be Allowed in Heaven?
4.      Is God Fair?
5.      Will There Be Families in Heaven?
6.      What about Children Who Die?
7.      What about Cremation?
8.      What about Purgatory?
9.      Will There be Pets in Heaven?
10.  Why Believe in Heaven?
Heaven isn’t the construction of a fairytale or some mythical narrative. It’s very real; it’s very good; and it’s very much the fulfillment of God’s promise to us.

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Author of more than 50 books including The Jesus Creed, Dr. Scot McKnight currently serves as a Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. A much sought after public thinker and speaker, he blogs regularly at Patheos under the banner of “Jesus Creed.”He and his wife, Kris, enjoy life in the suburbs of Chicago.

 An insightful read. McKnight uses the Bible to answer questions about heaven and the afterlife and eternity.
I really did find this book a very helpful read. It is full of scripture to back up all of McKinght's insights.
This is a book that makes you so hopeful about heaven. I really think everyone should read it.
Ever wonder if there really is a Heaven? I really think you should read this book, you will find the answers you are looking for.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it. Sometimes we all ask why Me? Is God fair? You will find answers in the book and in your Bible. Pick up a copy today and get hopeful about Heaven.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Lies Couples Believe By Dr. Chris Thurman


Are faulty beliefs damaging your marriage?
If you are experiencing conflict, anger, or hurt in your marriage, you don’t need positive thinking or an escape clause—you need to replace the lies you believe with God’s transforming truths for your relationship to become all that it was meant to be.
According to Dr. Chris Thurman, everyone enters marriage with misguided attitudes and expectations such as:
  • “My spouse is a bigger mess than me.”
  • “The purpose of marriage is to be happy.”
  • “My spouse should meet all my needs.”

This practical book dismantles the ten most common lies couples believe and helps you renew your mind with God’s truths for a more caring, close, and connected marriage.

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Dr. Chris Thurman is the bestselling author of The Lies We Believe and numerous other books. He is a Christian psychologist and has conducted hundreds of personal growth seminars that have helped thousands of people. Chris and his wife, Holly, have three grown children and live in Austin, Texas.

My wish is that all couples new and old would read this book. It is so full of Biblical truth that so many couple need to hear. It is a very good book that should be read together, studied and prayed about as a team. This book opens your eyes to the 10 lies that couple believe about marriage.
I found it full of scripture that was wonderful to read and study and really think about and couples are more connected after reading it.
You should grab a copy of this book today and transform your marriage.
I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it. I  want to encourage those who are having trouble in their marriage to give this book a try together and pray as you read it. 
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Southern Table By Whitney Miller

Following her great-grandmothers’ examples of creatively stretching meals during the Great Depression, Whitney Miller transforms recipes from her Southern roots, preserving flavors of traditional family dishes while offering the excitement of her own special touches. She offers a taste of her family table with dishes like PB&J Chicken Satay, Sweet Corn Grit Tamales, and much more. Using new techniques and cooking methods, Miller reimagines classic recipes and experiments with flavors from around the world, inspired by her travels since winning MasterChef.

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Whitney Miller is the winner of MasterChef Season 1. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where she majored in nutrition. Whitney and her mother recently opened a small café in their hometown of Poplarville, Mississippi.

I loved the easy recipes I wish that there had be more pictures but the pictures that were in the cookbook were good and those are the recipes' that I want to try. I have most of what I need in my pantry already very few things I need to go out and pick up.
The descriptions and the recipes were very easy to read. The layout is very nice.
I gave this cookbook 4 stars. I would recommend it for this who love to cook and bake.
I was given a copy of this cookbook by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Return to Christmas By Kathi Macias

Return to Christmas beautifully blends the two struggling worlds of a former marine and a little boy with attachment disorder. Former Marine Chet is having a hard time adjusting to civilian life. He doesn't need help. He needs employment. He doesn't have issues. The little boy his friends adopted has issues. But there is something about that little boy that draws him. Will the events leading up to this Christmas be able to melt his soldier heart or will he spiral into a dark depression?

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Multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias’s more than 40 books include the “Quilt” series, the award-winning “Freedom” series, and the “Extreme Devotion” novels for New Hope Publishers. Her devotionals reach hundreds of thousands—through the Christian Civic League, Black Christian News, Latino Christian News, Christians in Recovery, and The Excellence in Media Angel Award, San Diego Christian Writers Guild fiction awards, Golden Scroll Novel of the Year (Red Ink), Carol Award finalist (Red Ink), 2011 Author of the Year for, and an international writing contest grand prize are some of her credits. A popular speaker for women’s retreats, conferences, churches, and TV and radio programs, Kathi also loves outreach to prison and homeless ministries, and praying for and aiding the persecuted church globally. A mother and grandmother, Kathi lives with husband, Al, in California.

I am a huge fan of Macias', I have read every one of her books and I loved them all. With that said here goes. The negative first..... This book was way to short for my liking. I wanted more of the Chet and Ryan relationship. I loved the whole book from beginning to ending the ending was fantastic.
This is just the kind of book you want to read this time of year. Love and forgiveness are both themes in this book.
Very well written and moving.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book. Put this under someone you loves Christmas Tree.
I was given a copy of this book as a gift. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Heaven is a Breath Away By Valerie Paters & Cheryl Schuelke

When a massive pileup on an Arizona highway caused Valerie Paters and her Jeep to be entombed beneath a semi truck in a blinding snowstorm, it seemed certain that her life would soon end. Once extracted from the mangled metal, and suffering from massive injuries, Valerie was hospitalized and placed on life support while doctors waited to harvest her organs. But Valerie was more alive than she had ever been. As she stood in the radiant presence of Jesus, He wrapped her into Himself, assuring her of His love and of the promise that heaven is only a breath away.
Heaven Is a Breath Away is a thrilling firsthand account of the home that awaits Christians when they draw their last breath here on earth. With open arms, Christ welcomes to heaven those who belong to Him. Rarely has this vision been told in such exquisite detail. It will undoubtedly comfort those who have lost loved ones or are near death themselves. Heaven Is a Breath Away gives hope and encourages faith by sharing the heaven Jesus promised-a real place, magnificent in scope and beauty, permeated with iridescence, and alive with divine energy and love.

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In March 2000, Valerie Paters had a near-death experience when a traffic accident left her pinned beneath a semi truck. With her body functioning by way of life support, Valerie went to heaven, where she met Jesus face-to-face and discovered the unimaginable beauty of the place. Meanwhile her sister, Cheryl Schuelke, was shown a vision of Valerie swimming in a crystal stream with Jesus. Cheryl obeyed the prompting to pray Valerie back from heaven, and Valerie came back! The two have shared their story nationally and internationally, on television, at conferences, and in churches.

I enjoyed this book and the testimony of Valerie and all that she endured after her jeep went under a semi truck and the time she was recovering .
As I was reading and looking at the pictures throughout the book I was in awe, my thoughts were WoW!
This is a very believable book. I know most of us are very spectacle of these books after finding out that some of them were hoax but this one is very believable.  
I would hope that everyone will give this book a read and sit and think about what they are reading. There is life after we leave this world.
I gave this book 4 stars and I would recommend reading it.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Too Blessed to be Stressed Cookbook By Debora Coty GIVEAWAY!

                                                      Three Copies to give away!

overwhelmed by life's daily demands? Could you use some encouragement and inspiration in the kitchen? The Too Blessed to Be Stressed Cookbook to the rescue! Each of the 100-plus recipes can be prepared in 20 minutes or less, plus you'll encounter some fabulous tips and suggestions as well as funny foodie quotes, scripture selections, humorous stories of cooking misadventures, and more, along the way. Recipes are arranged into 4 categories--Heart-Healthy, Soul-Fed, Time-Wise, and Company-Happy--and are accompanied by appealing full-color photographs. You'll cheer as you soak up the joy Debora M. Coty brings into your life and home!

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Debora M. Coty is a popular speaker, columnist, lifelong Bible student, internationally published freelance writer, and award-winning author of numerous books, including Too Blessed to Be Stressed, and More Beauty, Less Beast. She’s also an orthopedic occupational therapist, writing instructor, and tennis addict. Mother of two grown children, Debora lives and loves in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.

A cookbook full of humor and oh so much fun. That is exactly what Too Blessed to be Stressed Cookbook is.
I loved the Chuckle Buckle throughout the cookbook.
When I received this cookbook I was ready to make a store list and run to the store but guess what most everything I wanted to cook was in my pantry and my freezer already.
Don't let the busyness of everyday life get in your way of cooking a great quick meal for your family, this cookbook has all you need to prep meal in 20 minutes or less and with mouth watering recipes your family is sure to love.
I loved all the tips to organize my kitchen and plan my meals. Coty really has out done herself on this fun kitchen tool we all should have in our kitchen.
I gave this cookbook 5 stars, I recommend it and might I suggest pick up a few extra copies for gifts this Christmas.
I was given a copy of this cookbook by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.

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