Sunday, June 26, 2016

Heart Made Whole By Christa Black Gifford


In Heart Made Whole, Christa Black Gifford shares her own stories of loss, betrayal, and personal tragedy, chronicling clear steps to redemption to help those in pain invite the true Healer into the tangled mess of their broken hearts. Gifford reminds readers that pain is not their enemy, however, unhealed pain can become their greatest foe if it’s not taken to Jesus.
 
Growing up as a preacher's kid, Gifford had been submerged in Christian culture for decades when she uncovered the truth--that there were broken parts of her heart that weren't on friendly terms with the God who lived inside. Through disappointments and traumas, she had learned to guard her heart from God, keeping her angry, entrapped, and disconnected. As struggles and hardships continued, she finally learned to run towards her relationship with God when things got hard, instead of running away from Him like she had in the past. The more that she did this--building her heart's capacity for intimacy and deep relationship--the more her heart began to heal from the inside-out. She teaches the reader to access the solution that's already living inside of them--the God who forever made their heart a home.
When trials and tragedy hit our lives in a fallen world, our hearts can get smashed to bits, and we end up putting God on trial and blaming Him for the mess. But Christa helps readers understand that they don’t have to live controlled by their circumstances – or angry with God. Instead, she provides powerful insight and practical steps to turn the painful fire that comes to destroy us into an unexpected friend that can produce our greatest healing.
The condition of the heart determines the condition of life—and the heart can be bound up and healed, producing freedom and abundant life. With personal workbook sections for each chapter Christa helps readers experience steps to turn their pain into the healing and wholeness available to every believer.

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Christa Black Gifford is a dynamic worldwide speaker, worship leader, and bestselling songwriter. She was the keynote for Women of Faith’s Revolve Tour as well as being a popular blogger and a writer for The Huffington Post. Her life-goal is to provide resources for those broken by the pain of life, leading them into wholeness of heart and intimacy with Jesus.  She’s married to the love of her life, Lucas Gifford. They live in Nashville, TN with their son, Moses Grae Lionheart, a daughter in heaven, Luca Gold, and their newest addition, daughter, Birdie James.
 
From the very first page I was bawling like a baby. This is such a healing book. Christa is so honest and her story is told with such transparency. I felt whole after reading this book it will make you rethink so much of your life. I want to shout to the world that they need to read this book. It's life changing in so many ways.
I will be sharing this book with many of my  girlfriends.
This  is not a book to be missed. You will cherish the wisdom on every page.
I gave this book 5 stars. I HIGHLY recommend this one for sure.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Giddy Up, Eunice By Sopie Hudson




It’s easy for women to focus on what seems to separate us: differences in age, parenting styles, career goals, or maybe even core beliefs about whether leggings can adequately serve as pants (the struggle is real, y’all). The reality, though, is that we have far more in common than we realize, and since Scripture shows us the blessing of friendships across generations, it’s high time we step out of our same-age, same-stage silos. Life is so much better that way.

Sophie Hudson, in the delightfully quirky Southern style her readers have come to know and love, sends out a rallying cry for women everywhere to open our eyes and see the people God has put in our lives—whether they’re behind us, beside us, or in front of us. It is such a gift to love one another, walk with one another, and soak up the blessings that flow across all generations.

Saddle up, sister. This is going to be fun. 

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Sophie Hudson loves to laugh more than just about anything. She began writing her blog, BooMama.net, in November 2005, and much to her surprise, she's stuck with it. Sophie hopes that through her stories, women find encouragement and hope in the everyday, joy-filled moments of life. In addition to her blog, Sophie is a contributor to the Pioneer Woman's blog and serves as co-emcee for LifeWay's dotMOM event. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Sophie loves cheering like crazy at college football games and watching entire seasons of TV shows in record time. Sophie lives with her husband and son in Birmingham, Alabama.

I loved this book. Its full of humor and so much truth. All of my girlfriends will be getting a copy of this one just because I love them.
Girls, we need each other and Hudson spells it all out so we understand this.
You all are going to be so inspired by this book.
This is one of the best books for us girls and full of Biblical truth about some wonderful ladies in the Bible.
I love the stories that Hudson share with us and I know you will love them also.
I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Find Your Brave By Holly Wagner


 
Navigate Life’s Storms and Discover a Courage Like No Other 
Have you ever found yourself in over your head, wondering how you would possibly get through with your faith and sanity intact?
 
It can happen any time. Life seems good and then—BOOM!—out of nowhere comes a storm that threatens to drown your hopes. Your storm might be a job loss, loneliness, a crumbling relationship, financial ruin, a serious illness, or the death of a loved one. Whatever it is, as the winds howl and the waves rage, you have a choice: will you cower in fear or will you rise to the challenge?
 
Cancer survivor Holly Wagner has endured her share of storms. In Find Your Brave she examines the dramatic shipwreck faced by the apostle Paul in Acts 27. There she uncovers profound truths that will guide you safely through life’s most difficult moments.
 
Through solid biblical teaching and relatable personal stories, Holly offers an uplifting, friendly voice in the midst of the gale-force winds and overpowering critical voices. She shows you how to anchor your trust in the God who remains faithful in every storm and in whose strength you can Find Your Brave.

“So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as He said.” –Acts 27:25 (NLT)
 
The apostle Paul, held as a prisoner on a ship bound for Rome, encounters a fierce tempest on the Adriatic Sea. Chaos and calamity surround him as the crew frantically attempts to lighten the ship, undergird the vessel, and keep her afloat. Paul stands in their midst and makes a simple, yet course-altering statement: “Be of good cheer!”
 
In the middle of your storms,
are you able to declare the same?

 
In Find Your Brave GodChicks founder Holly Wagner combines insight found in Acts 27 with lessons learned from her very personal battles with cancer, betrayal, and turmoil to create the essential storm survival guide. Her words will encourage and empower you with practical tools to navigate life’s greatest storms, steady your heart against fear, and inspire you to rescue others as you make your way safely ashore.

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Holly Wagner is an author, international speaker and the co-pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles, California, where she has served with her husband for more than 30 years. She is also the founder of GodChicks—a thriving organization devoted to encouraging and equipping women around the globe to rise out of their darkest moments and live with intentionality, hope and divine purpose. Her previous books include GodChicks, Awakened, Love Works, and WarriorChicks. She and her husband, Philip, have two adult children.

 In our lives we all have faced and will face hard, dark times. The Lord never said if we face hard time he said When we face them. Wagner has put it all out there for us in this book.
Wagner wants us women to stand tall and face it like Jesus would. She has such a way with her words in this much needed book.
She has found her brave, and she knows from experience and teaches us how to find our brave. She will encourage and inspire you as you read this book. Don't feel bad if you mark up the book with all of the great advice and encouraging  are going to find as you are on your way to Find your Brave. 
This is a much needed read and I Highly recommend this 4 star read.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Promise of Jesse Woods By Chris Fabry


The summer of 1972 was the most pivotal of Matt Plumley’s childhood. While his beloved Pirates battle for back-to-back World Series titles, Matt’s family moves from Pittsburgh to Dogwood, West Virginia, where his father steps into the pulpit of a church under the thumb of town leader Basil Blackwood. A fish out of water, Matt is relieved to forge a fast bond with two unlikely friends: Dickie Darrel Lee Hancock, a mixed-race boy, and Jesse Woods, a tough-as-nails girl with a sister on her hip and no dad in sight.

As the trio traipses the hills and hollers, Matt begins to fall for Jesse, and their promises to each other draw him deeper into her terrifying reality. One night, the wrath of the Blackwoods and the secrets of Jesse’s family collide, and Matt joins Jesse in a rescue that saves one life and ends another . . . and severs the bond of their friendship.

Years later, Matt is pulled back to Dogwood and to memories of that momentous summer by news of Jesse’s upcoming wedding. He could never shake the feeling that there was more to the story of that fateful night, and he’s determined to learn the truth behind the only promise Jesse Woods ever broke.

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Was there ever a promise in your life you couldn't keep?

The Promise of Jesse Woods is a story that has haunted me for many years. It's a coming-of-age novel about Matt Plumley, but it focuses mainly on a girl named Jesse and the hard life she's led.

Part romance, part mystery, part social and racial commentary, my hope is that this book will ring in your heart and make you want to savor every page.

ABOUT CHRIS

I was born in West Virginia in 1961. I read a lot, but not very fast, and wrote poems and songs, and transcribed Marx Brothers movies and memorized dialogue.

In 1984 I met Jerry Jenkins at Moody Bible Institute. He offered to help me learn to write and I took him up on the offer. In 1998, Jerry and Dr. Tim LaHaye hired me to help write the Left Behind: The Kids series. After that I worked on several other series for children and then published my first adult novel in 2008. It took more than six years to write Dogwood and find a publisher. It received a 2009 Christy Award.

My next novel, June Bug, drew its themes from the classic Victor Hugo tale, Les Miserables. Then, Almost Heaven released and also won a Christy Award, as well as the 2011 Christian Book Award for Fiction.

Not in the Heart is another riveting, suspenseful, and yet relational story. A mystery within a mystery within an addiction. I dedicate it to all who have someone in their life who is addicted. This story also received a Christy award.

Borders of the Heart is my nod toward some of the great western writers—Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry. It's a love story, a painful story of loss, a mystery, and an edge-of-your-seat thriller. I hope you enjoy the ride through Tucson and the surrounding area as much as I did.

Every Waking Moment is my effort to take some of the pain and loss of life and sift it through the life of a young woman who's been marginalized in society, working among people who are marginalized (the elderly). Treha has an extraordinary gift that few observe because she's "different." Like most of my tales, it's a love story, a mystery, part thriller—but mostly a character sketch of lonely people looking for hope. Be watching for the sequel to Treha's story, Looking Into You, in early 2017.

I've also had the opportunity to craft novels based on film screenplays. The motion picture The Song released in September 2014, with my novel developed from Richard L. Ramsey's screenplay following later that year. I was also privileged to work on the novelization of War Room, the latest film produced by the Kendrick brothers (Courageous, Fireproof). Both film and novel were released in August 2015.

I graduated from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. I have been married to Andrea since 1982. We have nine children. In October of 2008 our family evacuated our house in Colorado, leaving behind all our belongings because of a toxic mold situation. Since then we have been living near Tucson, Arizona, working on recovering our health after the mold exposure.

Stop by my website at www.chrisfabry.com to learn more about my writing and radio endeavors, and be sure to sign up for my online newsletter, the FABRYGRAM. I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter, or you can email me at chris@chrisfabry.com.

There are not words to tell you how much I loved this book!
Being from West Virginia and being Chris Fabry's biggest fan.  I have to tell you all this is a MUST read. It has it all,  some mystery, some romance, life lessons. You will not be able to put it down. Like a piece of nice milk chocolate you will devour book and be left wanting more. The characters  are so real and the life of Jesse will leave you hurting but it's such a fantastic read.
I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Remembering Dresden By Dan Walsh



Young history professor, Jack Turner, takes a retreat at a lakeside cabin just outside of Culpepper, Georgia to work on his doctoral dissertation. The cabin is owned by an ambitious state senator, an inheritance from his father. Inside, everything is exactly the way it was when the old man died ten years ago. While taking a break from his research, Jack snoops through the father’s books and finds an old photo album filled with black-and-white pictures of orphaned children. Intrigued, he continues searching and finds what appears to be evidence of murder and an old leather journal, handwritten entirely in German. Rachel Cook, Jack’s girlfriend, translates the journal for him. What it reveals instantly puts both of their lives in mortal danger. Besides his bestselling inspirational novels, Dan Walsh is quickly becoming known for unputdownable novels of suspense.

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Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including "The Dance "and "The Promise "with Gary Smalley, as well as "The Unfinished Gift", "The Discovery", and "The Reunion". He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for "RT Book Reviews" Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for twenty-five years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit www.danwalshbooks.com for more.

This is book number two in the Jack Turner Suspense series. It can be read as a stand alone but I would suggest reading them together.
Remembering Dresden is a heart stopping suspense book. Walsh is really good at what he does. I know I say this over and over but I will say it again, a book is brought to another level when you have great character development. Walsh's characters are just like they are real. He combines history with fiction and writes an outstanding book. You will not be disappointed in this book.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Saddle Maker's Son By Kelly Irvin




Rebekah Lantz feels imprisoned by circumstances she didn’t create. Tobias Byler is haunted by regret. Can two young runaways from half a world away teach them the healing power of true family?
Rebekah isn’t like her sister, but the watchful gaze of her family and small, close knit Amish community makes her feel as if she’s been judged and found lacking. The men avoid her and the women whisper behind her back. She simply longs for the same chance to be a wife and mother that her friends have.
Tobias Byler only wants to escape feelings for a woman he knows he should never have allowed to get close to him. Moving with his family to isolated Bee County, Texas, seemed the best way to leave his mistakes behind. But even a move across the country can’t erase the past that accompanies his every thought.
A surprise encounter with two half-starved runaway children forces both Rebekah and Tobias to turn to each other to help a sister and brother who have traveled thousands of miles in search of lives of unfettered peace and joy.
In doing so, Rebekah and Tobias discover the key to forgetting the past is the one that will open the door to love and the future they both seek.

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Kelly Irvin is the author of the critically acclaimed Amish of Bee County series. Kelly is also the author of several Amish series including the Bliss Creek Amish series, the New Hope Amish series, and the Amish of Bee County series. She has been married for twenty-seven years, and they have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors. Learn more at kellyirvin.com Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author
 

The Saddle Maker's Son is the third book in The Amish of Bee County series. It can be read as a stand alone.
The Saddle Makers Son is a heartwarming book. This book will appeal not only to the Amish Romance lovers but to everyone. Rebekah and Tobias are characters that you will fall in love with. Tobias is one that your heart because of the loss he has suffered in life. Irvin has written a well rounded book. The book has everything you need in a romance, love, loss, good friends.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it. You are sure to enjoy this one!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jilted By Varina Denman



Lynda Turner has struggled with depression since her husband abandoned her and their young daughter fifteen years ago. Yet unexpected hope awakens when a local ex-convict shows interest. As long-hidden secrets resurface, Lynda must fight for her emotional stability and for a life where the shadow of shame is replaced by the light of love.

Jilted tells of a woman who has lost the joy of living, a man determined to draw her back toward happiness, and a town that must—once and for all—leave the past where it belongs. It is a gentle reminder that all things can work together for good.

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Varina Denman is author of the Mended Hearts series and a native Texan. She spent her high school years in a rural town and now writes stories about the struggles women face in similar small town settings. She and her husband live near Fort Worth, where they enjoy spending time with their five mostly grown children.

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Book three in the Mended Hearts series was everything I thought it would be and more.
Depression is a very serious issue, so glad it being brought to life in the pages of this book.
I can't say enough about the main character Lynda. As I was reading the book I had to remind myself that she was a fiction character. My heart was going out to her. The fact that a character seems so real to just add to the positive experience as you take in the book. It will have laughing and crying with Lynda as her story unfolds. The stories from the first two books intertwine with this book, However, this book would work as a stand alone. This is a wonderful book about hope.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.