Thursday, May 5, 2016

ROOTED By Banning Liebscher

You were born to make an impact in this world and you know it. You feel it deep down in your bones. Apathy is your nemesis and your hunger to change the world keeps you up at night. But no matter how deep this hunger growls, we can only make a meaningful impact if we are rooted in Jesus. And here’s the thing:  God is not interested in developing your vision first.
He is interested in developing you.
In Rooted, Banning Liebscher takes us to the life of David to show how God expands our root system in the hidden places before leading us to where we all desire to go, the visible world. It was in a field of prayerful devotion, a season of serving, and a cave of community that God prepared David for his crown, the same way God prepares us. Take a look at your own life. Are you embracing God’s process, the sometimes painstaking and maddening process? When we can release ourselves to God we will find that we can thrive while He develops us, rather than succumb to discouragement.
Whatever your age or season of life, it takes immense courage to slow down enough to let God grow a root system in your life so that you can bear fruit that remains. You are where you are because God has planted you there. Discover what it looks like to embrace His process so you can do what He has called you to, change the world.

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Banning Liebscher was on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California for eighteen years and founded the ministry Jesus Culture during that time. Banning and his family, along with the Jesus Culture team, relocated to the capital of California where they started a church, Jesus Culture Sacramento. Their vision is to see people encounter God, be empowered in community, and engage their city for revival and transformation. He and his wife, SeaJay, have three children.

This book is all marked up, highlighted, underlined and notes in the margins.  I found so much truth on every page.
I have read this book twice now and I can't even put into words what it has meant to me.
This is a book that encourages us to embrace our true calling, seek our calling in Christ. Produce lasting fruit, how God has made us who he wants us to be.
This is a challenging book for some but for others its an eye opening book. It's a life changing book.
Please if you only read one book this month let it be Rooted. Don't miss this masterpiece, you be sorry if you do.
It's time to get Rooted in your Christian life.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book. I plan to keep a copy on my book shelf to reread many times.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Quieting By Suzanne Woods Fisher

Bestselling Author Delivers the Intrigue and Romance Fans Crave
The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things--fast. But David doesn't work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pressing problem might be a Quieting.

When David's mother arrives, uninvited, more upheaval is in store. She has matchmaking plans for everyone in the family, including David and her eligible granddaughters--and especially for David's niece Abigail. When Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem--but will it create another?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher takes fans back to Stoney Ridge, delivering the twists, turns, and romance they adore.

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Imposter and Anna's Crossing, and several series of Amish fiction. She is also the author of many nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish, Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She lives in California. Learn more at and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

The Quieting starts a little different than other books. In the front of the book there is a list of characters that are in the book. Each character listing has a brief description  of that character.  I was never lost as to who the characters where while I was reading the book because of the character listings. The characters are easiiy loved. They all will feel like family by the end of the book. The Quieting is a good book about God, family, faith and redemption. 
This  is book two in The Bishop's Family series, it can be read as a stand alone. But Book one The Imposter was terrific. I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Together at the Table By Hillary Lodge Giveaway!

 Three months ago, Juliette D’Alisa’s world changed.

In a bittersweet series of events, her mother’s health took a turn for the worse. Juliette and her brother opened their restaurant together to rave reviews, but her romance with Memphis immunologist Neil McLaren ended in anger and tears.

As autumn sweeps into the Pacific Northwest, Juliette feels that she’s finally on the cusp of equilibrium. The restaurant continues to thrive, and her family is closer than ever. She and sous-chef Adrien are seeing each other, both in and out of the kitchen. Just when she thinks her world might stop spinning, a trip to the waterfront lands a familiar face into her path.

Rather than dwell on her personal life, Juliette throws herself into work and research. After reading her grandmother’s letters from war-torn Paris, she still wants to know the full story –  and she’ll travel across countries and oceans to find it.

But even Juliette can’t outrun the man who stole her heart. As she finally uncovers the truth about her family history, what will it mean for her own chances at lasting love?

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Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of A Table by the Window, Reservations for Two, Simply Sara, and the Carol Award-nominated Plain Jayne. A storyteller at heart and a University of Oregon journalism graduate, Hillary discovered the world of cuisine during her internship at Northwest Palate Magazine. In her free time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, watching foreign films, and riding motorcycles. She lives in Portland with her husband, Danny, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Shiloh.

Romance, mystery, rich family history, ancestry, you get it all in this book.
I loved Jules and Neil they were the highlight of this book for me. You are going to love their story.
Of course everything is better around a table of great food.
This being the third book in the Two Blue Doors series it can be read as a stand alone. But I  would suggest reading all three books in the series because they are all great. 
I gave this book 5 stars and I HGHLY recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, May 2, 2016

(UN)Qualified By Steven Furtick

Who You Think You Are is Not as Important as Who God Says You Are 
Many of us wrestle with the gap between our weaknesses and our dreams, between who we are and who God says we are meant to be. We feel unqualified to do God’s work or to live out the calling we imagine. But God has a way of using our weaknesses for good. In fact, God loves unqualified people.
(Un)Qualified, Pastor Steven Furtick helps you peel back the assumptions you’ve made about yourself and see yourself as God sees you. Because true peace and confidence come not from worldly perfection but from acceptance: God’s acceptance of you, your acceptance of yourself, and your acceptance of God’s process of change. 
This is a book about understanding your identity in light of who God is. It’s a book about coming to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life and learning to let God use you. It’s about charging into the gap between your present and your hopes and meeting God there. After all, God can’t bless who you pretend to be. But he longs to bless who you really are; a flawed and broken person. Good thing for us that God is in the business of using broken people to do big things. 
 Being Unqualified Is God’s Favorite Qualification
Our culture tells us that the answer to our failures is to fix them. The solution to our weaknesses is to hide them. The secret to our success is to appear as flawless as possible. But God’s qualifying system is different than the world’s. So is his view of our weaknesses, our purpose, and our true selves.
(Un)Qualified, Steven Furtick explores who God is as the great “I AM,” and then helps us discover our own identity. Delving into the story of Jacob, Furtick invites us to acknowledge our weaknesses and ask God to work through them. 
The truth is, God has created us to be more, to accomplish more, and to love life more than we ever thought possible. But to become who he has called us to be, we must embrace who we are right now. 
(Un)Qualified equips us to face obstacles and failures without losing a sense of purpose. We can have a thriving sense of hope that God is working in us and through us, not in spite of our weaknesses but often as a direct result of them.

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Pastor Steven Furtick is the lead pastor of Elevation Church. He and his wife, Holly, founded Elevation in 2006 with seven other families. Pastor Steven holds a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the New York Times Best Selling author of Crash the Chatterbox, Greater, and Sun Stand Still. Pastor Steven and Holly live in the Charlotte area with their two sons, Elijah and Graham, and daughter, Abbey.

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Today so many people don't care to read non-fiction books by pastors. They never know what they are going to read on the pages of a book. Well with that being said I must tell you the (Un)Qualified was not a book you want to pass by and not pick up and read. It's chock-full of meat that we all need to be chewing on. This is one book that you will not be able to put down and if you let it Pastor Furtick will step on your toes so much your feet will be killing you.
It's a honest read and an eye opening read and a learning read.
This is a book for our generation to pick up and read and make some changes in our life.
I Highly recommend this book. I gave it 5 stars and I plan to reread it.
It would make a wonderful small group read. Or a Bible study at your church.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Close to You By Kara Isaac 5 Books to Giveaway!

A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together—and fall in love—on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand.

Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.

Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.

When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?

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Kara Isaac is a romantic comedy writer who lives in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand. Her debut romantic comedy, Close To You, is about a disillusioned academic-turned-tour-guide and an entrepreneur who knows nothing about Tolkien who fall in love on a Tolkien themed tour of New Zealand. When she's not working her day job as a public servant, chasing around a ninja preschooler and his feisty toddler sister, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand. She loves to connect with readers on her website, on Facebook at Kara Isaac - Writer and Twitter @KaraIsaac
Close to You is a well written novel. I could not believe that Close to You is Isaac's debut book. It always excites me when I have a chance to review a fresh new author. Isaac did not disappoint. The story was a fun romance that made me smile as I read. The story shows how a relationship with God should play a significate roll in our life. I love how the relationship with Allie and Jackson started with them disliking one another. I was hoping that they would wind up together before the book ended. This book is an excellent Contemporary Christian Romance. I really enjoyed reading it and I am sure you will also.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Longing in Me By Sheila Walsh

Do your desires have you going around in circles? You may be looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places.
You vowed you’d never repeat the same mistakes—yet you find yourself right where you started. What is it that keeps drawing you back into the same old traps? The fact is, your longings are built from the blueprint of your needs: for protection, for love, for God. And those needs aren’t going anywhere.
Sheila speaks candidly about the trials in her life, including the heartache of her first marriage, and intertwines her story with the biblical saga of King David. As both Sheila’s and David’s stories make clear, some cravings are misguided, but they all stem from the same hunger—and they will haunt you until that hunger gets satisfied properly.
If you keep reaching out to the wrong people at the wrong times in your own life, The Longing in Me will help you understand that your cravings are not the problem. It’s where they lead you that makes all the difference.

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Sheila Walsh is an author, speaker and Bible teacher who has sold over 4 million books. Her heart is to show what happens when your real life meets the Word of God. She is the author of the #1 best-selling line of Christian books for little girls, "Gigi, God's Little Princess." Sheila is the creator of Children of Faith and the Gnoo Zoo, a ministry to children that communicates God's love for them. She is the author of several books for women including "Honestly," "Gifts for Your Soul," "Living Fearlessly," and "The Best Devotions of Sheila Walsh", "The Shelter of God's Promises" and her latest book, "God Loves Broken People and those who pretend they're not." As an accomplished musician, Sheila has recently released the CD "Beauty From Ashes." Sheila, her husband, Barry and their son, Christian live in Dallas, Texas.

This book has the capability to transform your life if you will let it.
We are have a longing in us. Sheila spells it out and uses the Bible to teach us God is for us 100 percent and God loves us and welcomes us just as we are.
He will never turn away from us He will never be to busy for us He will stop listening to us and He will never chose to be with someone else rather that us. He is with you right now just as He is with me.
Shelia has written a much needed book for us as Christians today.
I love the stories that Sheila shares through out this book and how transparent she is.
What I would give to get to spend the day just talking to her.
I LOVED this book I gave it 5 stars two times, And I plan to read it many more times. It will stay on my bookshelf.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sister Dear By Laura McNeill

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start.  But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?
Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.
But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.
As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

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Laura McNeil is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she’s not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family.   

This was the first book I have read by this author, I will be reading more.
Sister Dear is a good mystery. McNeill grabbed my attention from the very first page and never let it go. This book has it all secrets, deceit, betrayal, revenge, jealousy and murder. The characters were introduced and well developed. The story is taking place in the present, However, there quite a few flashbacks within the book. When a flashback takes place McNeill has a label in the chapter to let the reader know that it is a flashblack. I was never lost wondering if I was in the present or the past when I was reading. The author did a good  job letting the reader know where they were in the story. 
 I gave this book 4 stars. Mystery lovers might enjoy this one.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.