Monday, March 30, 2015

Enough Already By Barbara Roose


Most women know that God loves them, but might he love them more if they finally lost that last ten pounds, or got their hair to lay right, or finally found a pair of jeans that looked good and let them breathe? Well, maybe God doesn’t care about jeans, but women do, and all the talk about inner beauty hasn’t kept all of us from staring into a mirror and taking an inventory that never quite measures up. Enough Already will:
  • Elevate the soul-freeing, spiritual truth that God is the Creator of beauty and that women are called to appreciate and care for themselves as his own.
  • Enable women to accept God-given beauty so that when they look in the mirror they see his handiwork, not their flaws.
  • Equip women to win the ugly struggle with beauty once and for all.

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Barbara Roose is an African-American, wife, mother, and pastor with a passion for creatively communicating God’s truths in a manner that is relevant and easy for people to apply to their lives. In February 2002, she joined the staff at Cedar Creek Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. Currently, she is the Directional Leader and Pastor of Spiritual Formation. For the past eight years, she has had the privilege to serve as periodic teaching pastor to 10,000 (average) weekly attendees. Since 2010, she has spoken at various women’s conferences in the U.S. and Honduras. In October 2012, she was a guest speaker for best-selling author and former Women of Faith speaker, Nicole Johnson’s Seasons Weekend Experience. Barbara and her husband, Matt, have been married 21 years and live in Toledo, Ohio.

What an encouraging and inspiring read. I don't know a woman who does not need to read this book.
Packed full of wisdom in every chapter. I can't wait to share this book with some of my close friends.
If you are like me and love to give gifts to your girl friends for no reason, This should be your next gift it is going to touch her life and change her life in a positive way.
God made you just the way he wanted you now find out how to embrace that in this wisdom filled book.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it, it's a great gift book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Tomb By Stephanie Landsem


In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus’s resurrection from the dead, leading Martha—a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past—to hope and a new life.
Everyone in Bethany admires Martha—the perfect Jewish woman. She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulously follows every precept of the Pharisees’ strict laws. But Martha is hiding a secret. At her sister’s marriage feast, she gave her heart and her innocence to a young musician who promised to return and marry her, but instead betrayed her love and abandoned her.
Seven years later, only two people in Bethany know of Martha’s secret sin: her brother, Lazarus, and Simon, the righteous Pharisee to whom Martha is betrothed. When Lazarus falls ill, Martha is faced with a choice: send for Jesus to save her dying brother—risking the wrath of Simon who threatens to betray her—or deny Jesus’ healing power and remain trapped in her tomb of secrecy and lies.
Meanwhile, on the shores of Galilee, Isa roams the wilderness, tortured by demons and knowing only that someone is waiting for him. When he is healed by Jesus, he finds that seven years have passed since his descent into madness. Isa journeys home to Bethany only to find he is too late to win back Martha’s love.
When Martha risks all to heal Lazarus, will Jesus arrive in time, or will he—like Isa—come too late?

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Stephanie Landsem writes historical fiction because she loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she’s explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats. When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure—whether it be in person or on the page.

Written with such great detail. I never put this book down, this is an author to watch out for. Landsem writes with such detail you would never guess you were reading a book, you feel like you are right there.
A real Bible based book that pulls you in, and lets you wish you were here when Jesus walked on this earth.
This is a book that is sure to hold your attention until the very end.
I can't wait to read more by this author.
I gave this book 5 stars and recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

When Grace Sings By Kim Vogel Sawyer


When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion? 
Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.   But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.   Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.

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Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print and have garnered awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas, with husband Don and their four feline companions. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and ten grandchildren.

I flipped over this book. I LOVED the characters and could relate to them on a friend level. I almost cried when it ended. Vogel is such a talented author and she just keeps getting better and better with each book. I love her writing Amish fiction now.
Wait until you read this book and find out what happens to Anna Grace and Alexa. I really love what Anna Grace decides to do with her soon to be husband about moving to a town she is just not sure about with its huge secret it holds. This is a must read.
I really liked book one and this one did not disappoint at all, it's even better.
I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mist of Midnight By Sandra Byrd



In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands.
Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her...and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an imposter had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca's name, but her home and incomes.
That pretender died within months of her arrival; the servant fled to London as the young woman was hastily buried at midnight. The locals believe that perhaps she, Rebecca, is the real imposter. Her home and her father's investments reverted to a distant relative, the darkly charming Captain Luke Whitfield, who quickly took over. Against her best intentions, Rebecca begins to fall in love with Luke, but she is forced to question his motives—does he love her or does he just want Headbourne House? If Luke is simply after the property, as everyone suspects, will she suffer a similar fate as the first “Rebecca”?
A captivating Gothic love story set against a backdrop of intrigue and danger, Mist of Midnight will leave you breathless.

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Sandra Byrd is a noted author of historical fiction, including the first book in her Tudor series, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. She lives near Seattle, Washington. Visit SandraByrd.com.

The characters are easy to connect with in Byrd's lasts Historical read. It is not your same old historical read, it has some depth and a little twist you don't see in most books in this genre. Hint Hint it has to do with identity theft.
This was a good rainy day weekend read. You are sure to get wrapped up in it.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend this book for fans of Jane Eyre
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Let the Journey Begin By Max Lucado


Powerful, life-changing messages for a vital time in life.
Graduation is a time of excitement and uncertainty. For graduates the question is, will they face the future with or without God? Let the Journey Beginrepack is filled with godly wisdom, encouragement, and guidance from bestselling and trusted author Max Lucado for students about to embark on new steps in their life journey. Graduates will be reassured that they are not alone—God is with them every step of their way.
This bestselling book will include thirty-two additional pages of new content, all consisting of excerpts, quotes, and scripture as well as an updated interior design to appeal to a new generation of graduates. Included are pages for personal goals, favorite verses of scripture, and prayers. 

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In just under two decades of writing, Max Lucado has accomplished more than most writers hope for in a lifetime. Most of his books have appeared on one or more best seller lists, including those published by the "New York Times," "USA Today," "Publishers Weekly," and the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA). Aside from hardcover books, Lucado's writings have also been published as children's books, videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs, music CDs, mass paperback booklets, apparel, giftware, bookmarks, calendars, study Bibles, workbooks, curricula, and plush products. In spring 2003, Hallmark/Dayspring Cards launched a new gift card line featuring excerpts from Lucado's writings--and has already sold more than one million cards.
All this success has drawn more than a little attention to a previously low-profile Texas author and minister. Lucado has been featured in a wide range of media, including "USA Today," "Larry King Live," and "NBC Nightly News." He has spoken at the National Prayer Breakfast before the President of the United States. He has traveled with internationally renowned musicians as a special speaker on their music tours, such as the highly successful "Come Together & Worship Tour" (sponsored by Chevrolet) with Grammy Award-winning artists Michael W. Smith and Third Day.
Journey to the TopLucado was born in 1955 in San Angelo, Texas, and raised in Andrews, Texas, the youngest of four children. His father was an Exxon oil field mechanic who, Lucado remembers, always smelled of grease cleaner. "It makes it easy for me to see a God who is loving and kind--because my dad was," he says. His mother was a nurse who grew up working in the cotton fields.
Lucado went through a period of rebellion against his parents' values and their God during his teens and into college. But it wasn't long before he found himself drawn back to his roots, back to God. He married, spent time serving as a missionary in Brazil, and returned to the States, where he began working as a church minister and writing on the side.
Secret to Success
From all accounts, Max Lucado is not a man consumed by sales, awards, and achievements. He often turns down media interviews since they impede on family and ministry commitments. He spends the bulk of his week serving as senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. And he is truly surprised by his own success--more impressed by his one-in-a-million wife and three amazing daughters than by his successful writing career.

This is a wonderful gift book for the Graduates in your life. I love the verses of scripture, and the Charting your Course at the end of the book there is a place to write down all of your goals.  The daily reading is much needed for teens this day and time. It is sure to inspire them. This is such a wonderful book for those grads beginning their life journey.
I gave this book 5 stars and I love the wisdom on every page. I plan to give this book as graduation gifts this year.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Facing the Blitz By Jeff Kemp


Every Trial Is an Opportunity to Flourish
In football, a blitz is an all-out attack. Defenses use them to force the quarterback into a mistake and create mayhem and destruction. But by its nature the blitz also creates an opportunity for the quarterback and his team, as it leaves holes in the defense. What looks like the worst play can become the best.
During a life "blitz," when everything seems like it's collapsing--financially, relationally, spiritually, or physically--if you take initiative you can do more than just survive. You can grow, succeed, and advance. In Facing the Blitz, Jeff Kemp shares lessons he's learned through all kinds of life blitzes, both personal and professional. Discover how life is about transformation and being others-oriented; having the right mind-set can turn unnecessary fear and misery into courage and joy.
No matter who you are--men, women, sports fans, business leaders, etc.--this book is about the things that matter in your life. Don't end up flat on your back when trouble comes. Learn to seize opportunities to flourish and grow.
Includes end-of-chapter questions for assessment and application.
Find out more at Home - Facing the Blitz

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Jeff Kemp speaks at churches, men's ministry events, corporate conferences, and prayer breakfasts. In 2012 Jeff joined FamilyLife as a vice president, speaking at thirty-five events a year about how to strengthen families. His other networks include the Marriage CoMission and Fatherhood CoMission, Athletes in Action, NFL Players Association, and The Jack Kemp Foundation. He and his wife, Stacy, live in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 Kemp uses the example of a football blitz in place of life trails and tribulation. Sports fans and non sports fans alike will find this to be an easy read. I found that the author didn't overload the book with football terms and strategies. I liked that not only did he explain how to face a blitz in life but also described how the supporting cast of friends and family play their part in overcoming a tribulation. The author puts a great emphasis on what kind of people should fill your life. Not all relationships are good ones. I found it to be a very uplifting and encouraging read.
I gave this book 4 stars. It is well worth the read.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sand in my Sandwich By Sarah Parshall Perry

You know that thing when you're in Walmart at noon before you discover you haven't brushed your teeth? Sarah Parshall Perry gets that. She also gets weird things showing up in her bed, her daughter asking for war paint, and her son crawling into a giant blue sock on Christmas morning. Mainly, she gets that conflicted feeling of finding her kids hanging out in the dogs' cages and happily realizing they have stopped getting into trouble for a minute.According to Perry, "The hardest stuff is the quickest way to God," and readers get to watch the systematic destruction of her carefully planned life, laughing at her missteps, aching at her tragedies, and recognizing themselves along the way. A mother of three children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, she has experienced plenty of ups and downs, but from the chaos of her "ordinary" life she pulls the universal truths of motherhood, addressing them with humor, poignancy, and a naked honesty that will make the reader think, That sounds a lot like my crazy life. Perry helps mothers realize they aren't alone, even if they've fallen off the straight and narrow of their intended path and are instead lying in the ditch next to it. Life's a mess. But as Perry reminds us, it's all for a purpose.Perfect for mothers, this book will encourage, inspire, and enlighten.

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Sarah Parshall Perry (JD, University of Virginia School of Law) is a wife and mother of three young children. She is the coauthor of When the Fairy Dust Settles (with her mother, Janet Parshall) and the author of numerous magazine articles, award-winning short stories, and poetry. Sarah has served in youth ministry for over ten years and is currently writing for www.ChosenFamilies.org where she encourages other families living with disabilities. She lives in Maryland.

 Written with such wit, comedy, and very encouraging lines that are very easy to relate to. I think all moms should read this book.
I really enjoyed getting away in this book. Perry lets us know that there is no how to parenting books the rules are never the same.
If you are a mom or know a mom that needs a little get away this is the book for you.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it. It would make a wonderful gift as well.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.