Sunday, February 25, 2018

Greatest Worship Songs 2018 Lifeway Worship

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My Thoughts...
This is a wonderful collection of worship songs, It would be a great CD to listen to when reading, praying or while you are going about your daily chores. Each song touches your heart and soul and centers your thoughts on God. I do have a couple that where my favorite on the CD. I loved the songs "Chainbreaker" and Death Was Arrested". I recommend this to everyone.
 The Mary Reader received this CD from Lifeway for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

God's NOT Dead: A Light In Darkness Movie

When his church burns down, a pastor (David A.R. White) and his estranged atheist brother (John Corbett) fight to get it rebuilt in the trailer for 'God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness,' the third in the popular faith-based film series. Pure Flix

Filmed on location in Little Rock, Arkansas, the film stars actors David A.R. White as Pastor Dave; John Corbett ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") who plays Pastor Dave's estranged brother, Pierce; and Jennifer Taylor, Pastor Dave's new love interest, Meg. Additionally, Ted McGinley (Thomas Ellsworth), Academy Award-winning actress Tatum O'Neal (Barbara Solomon) and Benjamin Onyango (Reverend Jude) are part of the cast.
Part one and two took place in a classroom and courtroom but the narrative will now turn inward, as the main character, Pastor Dave, takes viewers on a ride through his own personal conflict.
"God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness" follows "Reverend Dave as he is released from prison to a flurry of controversy. The growing social unrest leads to Dave's church being burned down, a fire with tragic results."
"Devastated, Dave is launched on a painful spiritual journey as he fights against the university trying to keep him from rebuilding his church, and as his belief that 'God is good all the time' is put to the test. Along the way, Dave enlists the help of his estranged atheist brother who will support Dave in his legal fight, but also challenges him to recognize that sometimes fighting doesn't require defeating those we disagree with, but rather finding a way to heal, and to rebuild," says the film's synopsis.
Additional cast members include Emmy Award-winner Gregory Alan Williams, Mike C. Manning, Samantha Boscarino, rap artist Shwayze, Jennifer Cipolla, and music legend Dr. Cissy Houston. Reprising his role from the first "God's Not Dead" movie is Shane Harper ("Josh").

"Audiences have continued to show support and interest in the 'God's Not Dead' films and their relatable characters who endure similar challenges in their personal faith and lives," Michael Scott, Pure Flix founding partner said in the statement. "Our hope is that these films offer entertainment and encouragement, with a starting point for sharing faith in a respectable and compassionate manner."
The original "God's Not Dead" is the highest-grossing independent faith film of 2014, taking in more than $60 million at the box office and the creators are hoping to continue their success.
The film is being produced by Michael Scott, David A.R. White, Brittany Yost, Alysoun Wolfe and Liz Travis.

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Do you plan to go see this?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Nothing to Fear CD by Jennifer Shaw GIVEAWAY!

After a six year absence on the national radio charts, top 40 Billboard singer and Telly Award winning artist, Jennifer Shaw, has released a new full-length recording project entitled “Nothing to Fear”, produced by Lifeway’s Producer of the Year, Paul Marino. Though Shaw’s last album spawned a Telly Award-winning music video and songs used by organizations such as disability ministry Joni and Friends, as well as Remember Nhu, a worldwide organization that fights child sex slavery, Shaw waited until now to record songs that reflect the multiple changes in her life and family.
Beyond her musical success, Shaw is a sought-after speaker and author, and a long-time advocate for children. Shaw’s parenting skills were put to the test early on when her youngest child, son Toby, was diagnosed with a severe case of Sensory Processing Disorder. Shaw chronicled her family’s journey in the critically-acclaimed book “Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed my Faith and my Song”, which is now used in the Resource Library of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Shaw’s involvement with children’s organizations and her multi-year partnership with Compassion International took her to orphanages around the world where she learned that children over the age of 3 are rarely adopted, and their chances were even lower if they had medical issues. Armed with that knowledge, the Shaws realized they couldn’t help every child, but they could help somebody. So in the past 18 months, Shaw along with her husband and their three biological children have adopted three Chinese children with medical issues, ages 7 to 11.
The majority of the songs on the “Nothing to Fear” CD are about Shaw’s journey over the past two years. “My personality is a weird mix,” says Shaw. “I’ll jump right in and go to the other side of the world, but then I’ll be very fearful. I am writing a devotional right now on the topic of fear, and it is something we all struggle with at times. The chorus of the title song says ‘for You (God) are for me and there is nothing to fear.’ God never called us to play it safe. He wants us to do His will, and trust that He’s in control. This has been a pivotal lesson for me in the past few years.”
The song on “Nothing to Fear” that probably encapsulates the family’s passion for adoption is a tune Jennifer penned called “Forever Family.”
“The phrase ‘forever family’ is used in the adoption community. I could have easily written a song that made everyone cry, but instead, I decided to make this an uplifting tune that is a good reminder of what family is all about, and that every child deserves to have one.”
Looking back over the course of her life, Shaw now understands that the earlier struggles she endured — her near-death from a pregnancy, her father dying of ALS, and parenting a special needs biological child — all prepared her for this season of her family’s journey.
“All of those difficulties we went through taught me to totally rely on God, and that He really does use all things for our good,” says Shaw. “A lot of things I used to think were very important are no longer priorities. We are put on this planet for one purpose — to know Jesus and to make Him known. God’s faithfulness in the past is what gave me the courage to do something that initially made me very fearful — adopting older children from another culture who have medical issues. But taking God at his word and believing that there was nothing to fear have brought me the greatest joys of my life. I can’t imagine my life now without all six of my kids.”

About Jennifer...

Jennifer Shaw is a Telly Award-winning singer and a 5-time top 40 Billboard artist. She was the first artist to take the song "Your Great Name" to the top of the National Inspirational charts in 2009. Her song "God Loved the World" was featured in a Lifeway Christmas musical and later used as an Easter choral anthem which became a #1 best-seller for Lifeway. Jennifer's song "Your Child," was made into a music video which garnered a prestigious Telly Award. The song has also been used by Joni Eareckson Tada’s organization, Joni and Friends, a worldwide organization which serves people with disabilities. In addition to recording and touring, Jennifer is a conference speaker who authored the book, “Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed my Faith and my Song.” The book was added to the Resource Library of Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. Jennifer has shared the stage with many artists including Natalie Grant, Audio Adrenaline, and Big Daddy Weave, among others. The Shaw family lives in Columbus, Ohio. Visit

Listen to one of the songs here...

My Thoughts...

Not just because Jennifer lives were I was born, Columbus Ohio. I have to say this is a great CD every single song is heartfelt and moving. I loved the whole CD. Like most CD's some songs more then others were my favorites. You can hear her story through the songs. I was moved by the song that she penned called Forever Family. I to would love to adopt a whole house full of kids in need of a Forever Family.
I HIGHLY recommend this moving CD.
 The Mary Reader received this CD from the Adams PR Group for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Man He Never Was By James Rubart

What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?
Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.
His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.
But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.
In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.

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James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man's body. He thinks he's still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons, and loves to send readers on journeys they'll remember months after they finish one of his stories.

He's the best-selling, Christy, Carol, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of eight novels as well as a professional speaker. During the day he runs his marketing company which helps businesses, authors, and publishers make more coin of the realm. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at More at and on Facebook:

My Thoughts...

This book pulled me in and I was hooked from the very beginning.
We all remember the old story of good vs. evil in the old Jekyll and Hyde classic. Well this modern day remake of the good vs. evil is sure to please you.
Rubart has woven so much in to this one story that you are not sure what's going to happen next.
The characters and there were a lot of them were a great cast.
The plot was great. If you have not read a book by James Rubart let this be your first it will not be your last.
I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait for his next book.
  The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.    

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Across the Blue By Carrie Turansky

Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?

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Bestselling Inspirational Romance Author Carrie Turansky writes historical and contemporary novels and novellas set in England and the US. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award. Readers say her stories are: "Heartwarming and inspiring! I couldn't put it down! . . . Touching love story. It captured me from the first page! Rich characters, beautifully written . . . My new favorite author!" Visit her website and sign up for her email newsletter at Carrie Follow Carrie on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram

My Thoughts...

Historical book lovers, I have a book to add to your to be read pile.
Turansky has done it again and you are not going to want to miss this one.
Full of challenges and, love and faith. You can really tell that Turansky researched this book well.
I enjoyed it from the very first chapter until the end.
I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait to read the next book b this gifted author.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Brave Moms, Brave Kids By Lee Nienhuis

Hey, Mama
This world feels like it's spinning faster every day. As the darkness has crept in, your brave prayers may have given way to fearful pleas that your kids would experience God's kingdom—in a safe and comfortable way.

This generation needs heroes of the faith and your child can be one of them, but that will require you to be strong and BRAVE. You and I must call out the bold Christ followers within our children and help them face the unknown future with divine confidence.

Brave Moms, Brave Kids is an equipping tool that will help you...
  • identify the qualities present in true greatness
  • reject "mommy fears" and replace them with immovable truth
  • learn strategies for praying for and training your children more effectively
  • develop seven key lessons we must teach our children to live for Jesus
Courage starts with you, Mama. If you're going to raise a hero, you must become a hero—because brave kids need brave moms. Let's do this, together.

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My Thoughts...

What a great perspective Nienhuis has given us. I read this book even though my kids are grown and out on their own. I really wish I had read it 30 years ago.
I want to tell all the parents out there reading this, that you will benefit from reading this book. You will look at things with new eyes and feel things with a new heart.
I recommend this book to all new parents as well as all parents. You can really learn as well as help other parents with the tools that are shared in this little gem of a book.
I gave this book 4 stars. and I am glad that I read it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Live Hopefully By Lenya Heitzig

This all-new 20-minutes-a-day study of Nehemiah reminds readers that with God’s help, one person who is ready to do the impossible can change the world.

Hope is not wishful thinking. It is a confident expectation for the future. Nehemiah knew how to live with true hope. After boldly requesting permission from the king to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile, he restored the city and called his people back to God. Despite opposition on all sides, Nehemiah saw God transform a cup-bearer into a contractor, ruins into a city, and a wayward people into followers of God.

As Bible teacher Lenya Heitzig reminds readers in this new Fresh Life study, God calls them to live boldly with a hope that only He can give.
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Lenya Heitzig is the executive director of she ministries at Calvary Albuquerque, an award-winning coauthor of numerous Bible studies, and the author of the semiautobiographical book Holy Moments. She is the founder of Mercy B.A.N.D.S. and Reload Love, encouraging and empowering people around the world to stand up to terrorism. Lenya’s husband, Skip, is senior pastor of the 14,000-person congregation at Calvary Albuquerque. Their son and his wife have two children.
My Thoughts...

A Bible study in the book of Nehemiah.
 It has a lot of scripture using inductive questions. The questions help you discover the facts. You will learn the who what and when and where of each passage.
It has questions and places for you to answer them in the book.
It  also has personal checklists as well as Small- group checklist.
Each days broke down in sections for you.
This was a wonderfully Bible study book.
I gave 4 stars to this Bible study from the book of Nehemiah and I recommend it for small groups or personal study.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.