Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Weaver's Needle By Robin Caroll

Two recovery specialists.
One murder.
A hunt for the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine becomes a race of survival.

Former Army MP Landry Parker fell into the recovery specialist role quite by accident—to help her ailing father. Now that she’s on her own, she is determined to prove herself and honor her family legacy.

After being shot in the line of duty, former police officer Nickolai Baptiste became a recovery specialist, and he’s good at his job—maybe even the best.
A potential client pits Landry and Nickolai against one another to find the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine map that was stolen from her murdered husband, and the potential payday is too enticing to pass up. The trail takes them from New Orleans to Weaver’s Needle in Arizona where legend claims the mine is hidden. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there’s someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountain stays lost forever.

Can Landry and Nickolai work together despite their distrust of each other to save the legend before more innocent lives are lost? Will they find the real treasure isn’t the gold, but something more valuable. . .true love and understanding?

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About Robin...
"I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I've never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in." ~Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin's mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage--two aspects Robin weaves into each of her 30 published novels.

When she isn't writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty+ years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home--in the South, where else?

She serves the writing community as Executive Director/Conference Director for ACFW.

Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.

On her faith, Robin says, "I love Jesus and will follow Him wherever He leads me."

An avid reader herself, Robin loves hearing from and chatting with other readers. Although her favorite genre to read is mystery/suspense, of course, she'll read just about any good story. Except historicals! To learn more about this author of deep South mysteries of suspense to inspire your heart, visit Robin's website at www.robincaroll.com.

My Review...
Ready to read a book that has been well researched and the plot is so good you can't put it down? You have found it in Caroll's latest book.
The History that is in this book was so well researched and spot on and you learn from this book while enjoying getting away in a good book.
The characters are the kind of characters that have you plastered to the book.
I liked  the protagonist who was not  marrying a non-Christian. Caroll puts Jesus on the pages in a way that does not slap you in the face but you know you are reading a good clean read.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend picking up a copy of this one.
I received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Christian View With Jackie Carpenter

Hey there blog readers and blog followers I am so excited to share with you all  what God is doing in my sweet friend  Jackie Carpenter's life.

It's amazing how something so magnificient was born out of Tragedy - when my son was on Trial for Murder and I couldn't see the light of day - God already saw Two Books that He would use me to write - He saw the Movie Stand Your Ground that would be based on these two Books (The Bridge and Georgia Justice) and He saw The Christian View!

The Christian View Multi Award Winning Tv Talk Show premiered in 2014 and has aired 72 Episodes.  A panel of CoHosts take Today's Topics and weigh it against the Word of God - Because God Does Have A View!  Produced in front of a Live Audience @ WATC57 Studios in Atlanta Georgia and now spanning over Eleven Networks - Live Streaming around the World and Truli Media just placed us on a Global Platform. 

The Christian View Online Magazine released its Inaugural edition June 2016 - Creative Editor David Ray Skinner has over 25 years experience in the Magazine world.  It's a quarterly magazine and the Summer/Fathers Day Issue is getting set to release on June 19th.

The Christian View also produces a monthly Blog as well.

All seventy-two episodes - the Magazine and the Blog can be viewed directly from our website @
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Jackie Carpenter Author, The Bridge & Georgia Justice www.bridgetoamiracle.com Executive Producer/Stand Your Ground Movie www.standyourgroundmovie.com Executive Producer/The Christian View - TV Talk Show Coming to WATC 57 September 2014  www.thechristianview.tv

Friday, May 19, 2017

Mandisa Out of the Dark CD GIVEAWAY

MANDISA is back with a NEW CD “OUT OF THE DARK”. 

Acoustic Video for "Unfinished”: https://www. youtube.com/watch?v= IQFpXcvFI0A

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called 'Out Of The Dark' because that is exactly where God lifted her out of! 
You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America last week here: http://abcnews.go.com/ GMA/video/mandisa-opens- overcoming-depression-47020463        

Coming off her most successful album ever, Mandisa has returned with an all new studio album, Out Of The Dark. Her previous album, Overcomer, produced an RIAA Gold single, garnered 2 Grammy Wins, and has sold over 320,000 albums. After the success of Overcomer, Mandisa fell into a deep depression, isolating herself from friends, family, and music. But now she is emerging from the pit of depression with a new album and a new outlook on life. Leading with the hit single, 'Unfinished,' Out of The Dark is filled with songs of hope, resilience, & reminders that God is still working, no matter the circumstance. The new album also features guest artists TobyMac, Kirk Franklin, and more.

With more than 1.4 million records sold, the American Idol album is a voice of encouragement and trust to people facing's life's challenges all around the world. Mandisa's previous album, Overcomer, debuted #1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart and featured the smash hit single of the same name. That album awarded Mandisa with 2 Grammy Awards and unprecedented media exposure, performing on Good Morning America and singing the National Anthem at a televised NFL game. This spring, Mandisa joined TobyMac on his Hits Deep Tour, hitting arenas all across the country.

My Review

This was such an uplifting CD. I could tell Mandisa was coming out of a deep depression. The words of the songs were a telling story. This Cd also features guest artists TobyMac, Kirk Franklin, and more
I have listened to the CD a few times and I have to say it just might be Mandisa's best one yet.
It takes you away to a better place.
If you are struggling with being down, loss of hope, feeling alone, asking where God is. Then this is your CD, it will lift you up and give you the hope that you are needing. It will bring you closer to God.
You just need a little pick you up. Then pick up a copy of this CD.
I gave this CD 5 stars. I HIGHLY recommend it.
I received this CD from Capital Records for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Friends, Partners & Lovers By Kevin Thompson

Great marriages don't just happen--they're made, intentionally, day by day. Yet most of us enter the covenant of marriage thinking that the role of spouse will be easy, natural, effortless. Rarely is this true. In fact, the number one cause of divorce isn't adultery or finances or disagreements. It's apathy--a lack of intentional emotional, physical, and mental investment in the relationship.

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin A. Thompson explains the three critical roles of a spouse--friend, partner, and lover--and shows how to nurture those roles in order to keep a marriage healthy and strong. Using solid biblical principles, he helps couples understand how to grow their friendship, be a supportive partner through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Friends, Partners, and Lovers offers essential insight for couples at any stage of marriage but will be especially helpful to those who are struggling and those who are engaged or newly married and looking to start their marriage on strong footing.

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About the Author...
Kevin A. Thompson is a husband, father, and writer in Western Arkansas, the odd-geographical location which is both home of the world’s largest corporation (Wal-Mart) and where Paris Hilton once shot a reality show about rural life.

In 2013, Kevin began a weekly blog kevinathompson.com where he regularly writes about marriage, leadership, parenting, and current events. He posts three to four new articles per week.

Kevin’s wife, Jenny, owns Forte Media Partners a full-service Media and Marketing company based in Fort Smith. They have two children. Kevin holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and a Bachelor Arts degree from Oklahoma Baptist University.

My Review...
My husband and I read this together and what a refreshing read for this couple.
We can all learn and get our relationship on the right track, it's never to late.
I think this would make great gifts for the couples in your life. A little pick me up to those who are in your life.
I love where Kevin is coming from. He gives his opinion throughout the book about relationships and how to have a long lasting one.
I long for all couples to work at their marriage and not just give up so easily .
This should be read be all couples dating or married.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend it.
I received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Good Book By Deron Spoo

The Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible's biggest ideas. A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible.
Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible, The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey.
The Good Book:
  • is a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;
  • gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages;
  • helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and
  • encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days.
The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an eight-week church-wide program or a forty-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week. The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible.

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About the Author...
Deron Spoo is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past 16 years, Spoo has guided the church as it transitions from being simply a downtown church to a regional church committed to urban ministry. Church members describe him as "down to earth" and "authentic." His television devotionals, First Things First, reach 100,000 people each weekSpoo is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Paula, have three children.

My Review...
40 major topics broke down to make your Bible reading more personal .
This is especially helpful for new converts as well as Bible study leaders. But it's also a great tool for everyone.
We all have the goal of a personal relationship with God, this is a handbook to help you with that.
It's not a light read and it's not a deep read it's got your scripture and reflection in each chapter. Its just right for your Bible study time.
Spoo wants every one to dig deeper in Gods word. This book will help you do just that.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend it.
I received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sacred Privilege By Kay Warren

Life as a pastor's wife offers meaningful opportunities to play a significant part in God's work, to witness and participate in the beauty of changed lives. Yet it also carries the potential for deep wounds and great conflict that can drain the joy out of service. Is it worth it? Oh, yes, says Kay Warren, wife of Pastor Rick Warren and cofounder of Saddleback Church. It is more than worth the risk--it's a sacred privilege.

Drawing on more than forty years in ministry in every possible size church, Kay provides encouraging principles and life lessons, along with intimate personal stories, that will give readers the confidence needed to lead and live well. Pastor's wives learn to

- accept who they are
- adapt to change
- help their children survive and thrive
- protect their private lives
- deal with criticism
- live with integrity
- develop an eternal perspective

Whether she is excited, struggling, or feeling broken and tired, every pastor's wife will find hope and encouragement for their calling in Kay's warm and wise words.

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About the Author

KAY WARREN cofounded Saddleback Church with her husband Rick Warren in Lake Forest, California. She is a passionate Bible teacher and respected advocate for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, as well as orphaned and vulnerable children. She founded Saddleback’s HIV/AIDS Initiative. Kay is the author of Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough, Say Yes to God and coauthor of Foundations, the popular systematic theology course used by churches worldwide. She has three children and five grandchildren.

My Review

I hear so many people talking about how Pastors wives have it made. Well Kay Warren of Saddleback church wife of Rick Warren tells you like it is. No way do Pastors wives have it made. They stress about the church as much as the Pastor does. They pray for the church with the Pastor they work side by side with the church.
 I loved reading Warrens own personal story of being a Pastors wife. Lots of insight to her life.
There are some life lessons in this book as well.
The whole time I was reading this book I had a very special Pastors wife on my mind.
This book would make a wonderful gift for the First Lady in your church. Just a little thank you for all the praying I'm sure she does for you. To let her know that you love her too.
I gave this book 4 stars and I highly recommend it.
I received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Rachel's Dream By Lisa Jones Baker

Patience, faith—and the hopes and dreams within their hand-carved hope chests—help to bring three young Amish women, one by one, the blessed futures their hearts desire…
Rachel Kauffman and Jarred Zimmerman seem to have nothing in common. She’s the outgoing youngest of a large, close-knit Amish clan, and longs to raise a brood of her own near those she loves. Estranged from his family by tragedy, Jarred is a young veterinarian who trusts the animals he heals far more than he trusts people. However, when Rachel’s beloved horse falls ill, Jarred’s struggles to save him show Rachel he’s a man who cares deeply. And the respect he feels for her gentle warmhearted ways soon becomes an irresistible bond…

When Rachel tries to help Jarred reunite with his parents, it is an unexpected blessing—with one complication. If he takes this chance to put his past to rest, it could separate him and Rachel for good. Now, with prayer, love—and her hope chest’s small miracles—Jarred and Rachel must find the courage to reconcile their wishes into a joyous life together.

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About the author...
Lisa Jones Baker grew up near a small Amish town in Illinois that she frequented with her family on weekends. She's also a dog lover and a fan of Scottsdale, Arizona, where she spent nearly two decades. Lisa graduated from Illinois State University with a French major, has been on 5 out of 7 continents, and considers her parents the best in the world. Raised in a Christian home, Lisa has always been blessed with love and support. She enjoys hearing from readers at LisaJonesBaker.com.

My Review...
Book three in the Hope Chest of Dreams. What all of us Baker fans have been waiting on. Is finally here.
Rachel and Jarred's story is one that you won't soon forget. And who doesn't love a story with miracles. 
Baker has away with bringing the Plain and the englishers together in such away that you don't feel like you are reading a book.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend the whole series.
I received this book from the author for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Giving it All Away... By David Green

About the Book....
David Green believes that generosity and building a legacy based on giving can lead to getting back what you really want: a family that stays together, prays together, and shares life joyfully.
Green tells the story of caring for the small things and starting Hobby Lobby in their garage. He shares the difference between the worlds of “having and hoarding” and a world of “giving and generosity,” the principle of working for God and not for men, and that now is not too soon to consider what you want your legacy to be.
As proof of how living by those principles can change your life, Green shares that when Hobby Lobby came close to bankruptcy in 1986 and when the Supreme Court challenged the Hobby Lobby’s right to life beliefs in 2014, the company emerged with its integrity intact. 
Green sees the life of giving as a life of adventure. But it’s a life that pays the best rewards personally, offers a powerful legacy to your family, and changes those you touch.

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About the Author...
David Green is soft-spoken, passionate about his faith, and dedicated to his family. He is also the founder of the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world.
 In 1970 David Green borrowed $600.00 to buy a molding chopper, set up shop in his garage at home, and started making miniature wooden picture frames. As of 2015, Hobby Lobby employs over 32,000 people, operates 600 stores in forty-seven states, and grosses 3.6 billion dollars a year. Currently David serves on the Board of Reference for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2013, he was honored by receiving the World Changer award, and is also a past Ernst & Young national retail/consumer Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient.
 In June of 2014 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of David and Barbara Green, and Hobby Lobby. The historic ruling protected Hobby Lobby and the Green Family from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that would have required it to provide and facilitate, against their religious convictions, four potentially life-terminating drugs and devices in the company’s health insurance plan.
 David & his wife Barbara are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter, grandparents to ten, and great grandparents to eight. They are actively pursuing what it looks like to leave a lasting legacy. 

Do you shop at Hobby Lobby? Are you a fan of giving? This book was such a hit. Mr. Green is the Founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby. And he started it all with $600. It is a huge success. He treats his employee's better then any other store. He is a giver in every sense of the word. Not for show but from the heart. 
Mr. Green has it all figured out. He talks about living  generously and not worry about  getting it back. God always takes care of us.
This is a book that I hope everyone picks up and reads. I plan to read it once a year every year. Are you a good steward of the money the Lord has entrusted to you? You must read this book. 
All that the Hobby Lobby family has been through and they are still standing. A true Giver.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.  Talk about giving, It would make a great GIFT.
I received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Threads of Suspicion By Dee Henderson

Evie Blackwell's reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor's new Missing Persons Task Force. This elite investigative team is launched with plenty of public fanfare. The governor has made this initiative a high priority, so they will have to produce results--and quickly.

Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn't be more different. While Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood to find a missing college student, David searches for a private investigator working for a high-powered client.

With a deep conviction that "justice for all" truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But Evie must also find answers to the questions that lie just beneath the surface in her personal life.

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Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active online. Visit her at www.deehenderson.com.
I am starting to be a huge fan of romantic Suspense lately. I really enjoyed this Evie Blackwell Cold Case mystery. I really got into the cold cases that David and Evie were working on. This is a book that will you will stay up reading all night.
Evie and David make a good team and their significant others are great characters as well.  Maggie is  David' girlfriend she is a singer/song writer so of course I loved her. Rob was Evie's boyfriend, I was eager to find out how they were going to move forward with their relationship but Henderson left me hanging at the end. So I am hoping to find out in the next book in the series how that all ends, and if it ends well for them both.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it. I hope you will pick up a copy and give this series a try. This can be read as a stand alone. I did not read book one in the series.
I received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.