Friday, August 18, 2017

Before you Hit Send By Emerson Eggerichs

When will we learn?
With every sunrise we are given plenty of new examples of people “Hitting Send” and soon regretting it. Social media means what it says: it is social! Our methods of communication today allow for something to potentially be broadcast to everyone from Pekin, Illinois to Peking, China. But it’s not only Twitter fanatics who can find themselves in trouble. Every single one of us is capable of falling prey to this growing plague.
Every day we have the potential of both verbal and written blunders. It makes no difference if we are talking to a stranger over a meat counter, chatting on a cell phone with our mother, or sending an e-mail to a coworker; we can and do miscommunicate and people can and do get the wrong idea. When we don't pause long enough to think before speaking or writing, it commonly yields a misunderstanding and leads to a clash. We end up being the person who said, “You know that sphere of the brain that stops you from saying something that you shouldn't? Well, I don’t have one of those.”
This book is about preventing that misunderstanding and allowing for understanding. Said another way, preempting people from getting the wrong idea and enabling them to get the right idea! We all need work in this area in far more ways than just glancing through a checklist.
From external examples to internal turmoil, Before You Hit Send is about the four things we must think through before communicating. In all things we wish to say or write, we would be wise to ask ourselves,
  • Is it true?
  • Is it kind?
  • Is it necessary?
  • Is it clear?
When we ask and answer these four questions honestly, we will be thinking wisely before we speak. But to explore this fully, we need to find out a whole lot more about ourselves and uncover why we consciously and subconsciously get into these communication disasters to begin with.  You may be surprised what you discover about yourself.  Shall we begin?

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Emerson Eggerichs and his wife Sarah travel the country conducting the Love and Respect marriage conferences. Before launching Love and Respect Ministries, Emerson was senior pastor of Trinity Church in East Lansing, Michigan for nearly 20 years. Emerson received his B.A. in Biblical Studies and M.A. in Communications from Wheaton College and Graduate School. He was later awarded a Master of Divinity degree from Dubuque Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Child and Family Ecology from Michigan State University. Married since 1973, he and Sarah have three adult children. He is the president of Love and Respect Ministries and author of the best-selling book Love and Respect.

My Thoughts...

Every person who has access to E-mail and social media should have to read this book and take a test.
I found it one of the best books and with so many quotes that I had to share a few of them on my facebook page. This is  perfect timing  all the hate and politics this needs to be said and I am so glad that Emerson had the guts to write this book.
There is so much packed into this little book. A lot to chew on. I think this would make a wonderful study.
I gave this book 5 stars and the content needs to be read by ALL. Written by an author we all trust, why not give this one top priority and read it and share it with those you love. I will be keeping a copy on my shelf, as well as giving copies to many friends.
The Mary Readereceived this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island By Carrie Pagels

Journey now to Mackinac Island where...A Tangled Gilded Age Love Story Unfolds.

Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother’s family for generations, Maude Welling’s father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel.

Undercover journalist Ben Steffans, posing as a wealthy industrialist, pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel.  While undercover, he becomes attracted to an intriguing maid. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders—including Maude—and he digs deep for his story.

But when scandal threatens, will the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed?

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Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA-bestselling award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

My Thoughts...

Deep well rounded characters they feel so real. Very well developed.
Reading this book made me want to run to Mackinac Island. I thought about it the whole time I was reading this book. This a quick read, you will read it in one sitting.
Maude and Ben stole my heart right off the bat. Pagels can sure write it's like she's been to Mackinac Island a time or two. Forgiveness and love shine thru out the pages of this book.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend this book to all historical lovers. It would make a great beach read.
The Mary Readereceived this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Interview with Justine Hemmestad

Visions of a Dream focuses on the spiritual fire that ignites Alexander the Great's actions as he learns from the other cultures he comes into contact with. His closest relationships vie for his love but they also provide the steel he needs to be sharpened spiritually and emotionally, for before he conquers the world he must first conquer his own mind. He is inclusive of all people, all cultures, and all religions and he lives that belief. Alexander's relationships with his fellow man knows no restrictions, nor does his love of the sublime. 

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Justine Johnston Hemmestad's novel, Visions of a Dream, is a story about how the spiritual life of Alexander the Great intertwined with his military conquests and world vision. Hemmestad is also the author of Truth be Told, a novella that symbolically reveals the struggles in the mind of a brain injured person through a fictional story. For a wonderful Al Cole nod toward Visions of a Dream go to Justine's website: 

Welcome Justine,

If you were granted one wish what would you wish for? To go back in time and watch Alexander's respect for King Porus of the Punjab region of India, and also to see Alexander's respect for the mother of his arch enemy King Darius of Persia. 

I am a dog lover. Tell us about your pets if you have any. My daughters have a bunny named Marshmallow and we have one outside dog, a big mountain dog named Sparky, very lovable but he'll run around the neighborhood if we don't keep him at home. Also my son has a pet Cockatoo named Sebastian.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? And why? I'm grateful to live in Iowa; I love the cornfields and the people, and I need the peacefulness. For small trips I'd love to visit some archaeological sites in the mid east and south America.

How do you keep your sanity in our run run world? Let things go. And if I have a lot I need to remember I'll make a schedule and prayer lists and journals and that helps (I can easily feel overwhelmed, otherwise).

Tell my blog readers one quirky thing about you. It's not really quirky but I had a severe brain injury in 1990 so I do quirky things because of it like forget things or get lost easy and I have little balance or coordination, and I have trouble seeing or finding someone in a crowd.

What sparked your decision to journey down the path of writing Visions Of A Dream? After a car accident in which I sustained my brain injury, I watched a documentary about Alexander the Great. I so admired his persistence and his ability to overcome in impossible situations - the things I needed myself to recover from my TBI - that I wanted to learn about him in depth (to the degree I could only reach by writing about him). I was stripped of everything personality-wise after my TBI, and as I began to implement aspects of Alexander's personality that I admired, such as his inclusiveness and desire to learn about people, cultures, histories, and religions of the world, I re-discovered myself in a way. He even sent scientific samples back to Aristotle in Greece, his former tutor,  throughout his march eastward, with a mind-set of constantly learning about the world. I think of his determination and resourcefulness in battle and his insatiable appetite to learn about people and cultures, rather than condemn them for not being Greek or Macedonian, in my own quest to earn a Master's Degree in Literature. 

Why did you choose this genre? I love the research (which helped me organize my mind and discipline my thoughts) and I love to study the great people of the past to understand what made them great; I love to learn about what the ancients thought about things and why, and how different their perceptions were from today. The more research I did on Alexander, the more aspects of his persona I admired and the more I understood about the time in which he lived because he was in fact a product of that time. Writing about ancient history also took me out of my own struggle in a way while broadening my mind and its ability to adapt to its own injury.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fault Lines By Thomas Locke

As a security expert, Charlie Hazard is all about taking control of the situation. But when the stunning Dr. Gabriella Speciale draws him into a secret psychological project, risk parameters are shattered. Every move brings him to the edge of one fault line after another, and Charlie struggles to stay clear of a maelstrom of entangled dangers.

The research team abandons the lab on the Florida coast and flees to a mountain refuge in Italy. The battles in Charlie's mind are overtaken by real life attacks. He must grapple with the daunting realization that a conspiracy is taking hold on both internal and external levels. Can Gabriella be trusted, or is she just part of the scheme?

Leave behind your assumptions about the way the world works, and race along the unknown corridors of human consciousness in Fault Lines.

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Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with worldwide sales of seven million copies in twenty languages. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. He is the author of Emissary and Merchant of Alyss in the Legends of the Realm series, as well as Trial Run and Flash Point in the Fault Lines series. Learn more at

My Thoughts...
Sci-fi, suspense is really not my cup of tea. But I went into this book with an open mind. It is well thought out and researched but I still had a very hard time getting into it . In fact it took me several days to read it and I had to make myself sit down with it. Because it was not a book I would normally enjoy reading I feel it does not feel right to right a review. So I will just say this if you are a fan of sci-fi and suspense books then you might give this one a try.
 The Mary Readereceived this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chasing Secrets By Lynette Eason

Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she's made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her--and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he's not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories--and the depths of the heart--Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley's past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won't quit.

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Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.

My Thoughts...

Chasing Secrets is book four the last book in the Elite Guardians series.
This is the first book I have read in the series, in my opinion it may be better read after the other three books.
Edge of your seat read and great cold  case mystery. Eason keeps you guessing until the very end.
It is a well thought out plot. This is the first book by Eason I have read in 6 or 7 years. I plan to add her back to my to be read pile.
You will not be sorry for picking up a copy of this mystery.
I gave this book 4 stars. Give it a try. Let me know what you think of it.
The Mary Readereceived this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Wellness Revelation By Alisa Keeton

What would it take for you to make a change?Weight loss can sometimes be a very self-focused endeavor. Maybe you have struggled with your weight your entire life, riding a constant roller coaster of numbers that go up and down. Or maybe you are finding yourself more stressed out by the world and all its demands. Perhaps you just don’t feel as well in your body as you do in your spirit.

In The Wellness Revelation, certified fitness professional Alisa Keeton will challenge you to get fit with God so that He can free you to complete your purpose. She teaches that when we get fit physically as well as spiritually, we will be better equipped to love and serve others. The Wellness Revelation will change the way you perceive yourself and the way that you live your life.

Each week in this eight-week journey includes a teaching from Alisa, weekly assignments, Bible study, small-group questions, and more. Alisa will encourage you to love God, get healthy, and serve others; and she will provide you with the tools to spread the gospel with courage, confidence, kindness, and freedom.

It’s time to make a change from the inside out.

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Alisa Keeton is a wholehearted pursuer of God’s love. After more than twenty-five years as a fitness professional, Alisa felt God leading her to bring fresh meaning to the world of health and fitness. At first she resisted, but eventually she got on her knees, rolled up her sleeves, and followed His call. In 2011, she launched Revelation Wellness. This nonprofit ministry uses fitness as a tool to spread the gospel message, inviting participants to become whole and live well. The Revelation Wellness instructor training program equips and sends out “fitness missionaries” throughout the United States and around the world, while RevWell TV brings faith-based online workouts and resources to anyone with Internet access. Alisa lives in Phoenix with her husband, Simon, and their two children, Jack and Sophia. As a family, they are on mission to change the world with the kind and courageous love of God.

My Thoughts...

Life Changing is first thing that comes to mind.  Want to have the only tool that you need to lose weight? Keeton tells you the secret  and now I am so  excited for the world to hear it.
This is not your average weight loss book not your average self help book.
Keeton helps us walk through a journey to find wholeness and life changing help.
This is a book to be read by anyone and everyone who wants to get healthy and make the smart change. It's not like any book that you have ever read before. If you will take the time to read it and set your mind and heart to listening and doing what it says. You will be forever changed.
I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this book.
The Mary Readereceived this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Two Of Us By Victoria Bylin

Jake Tanner may have recovered from the physical injuries he sustained on the job as a police officer, but his heart has yet to heal from losing his former partner in the tragedy. He's poured himself into starting a camp for the sons of fallen officers and mentoring Sam, the adult son of his deceased partner, who's asked him to be his best man at his wedding.

Mia is expecting a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn't expecting Jake. And Jake, who can't help envying Sam and Lucy, doubts he'll ever experience their happiness for himself. But maybe Jake's courage and Mia's caring spirit are just what they need to bring them a lifetime of healing and a forever kind of love. . . .

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Victoria Bylin is known for tackling tough subjects with great compassion. In 2016, Together With You, a story of grace and healing, won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance. Her other books, including historical westerns, have finaled in the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and RT Magazine’s Reviewers Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. Learn more at

My Thoughts...

By far Bylin's best book and Yes I have read most of hers. This was one of the books I had ben waiting to read. It was so worth the wait.
The cast of characters were so familiar so real. This is a book that hits on some very hard but real life issues. I for one feel  the same about Alzheimer's that I do cancer.
 This is a fantastic  contemporary read and one that I hope everyone reads. It is a feels books so get ready to laugh and cry and just be plain emotional  from the beginning to the end.    Great romance and you are going to love Mia and Jake.
I can't wait for Bylin's next book. I can't recommend this book enough. This one I will keep on my book shelf  and reread.
I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
The Mary Readereceived this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.