Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Second-Chance Dogs





Everyone loves an underdog, and nothing gives us warmer feelings than seeing someone get a second chance in life. A problem pup who flourishes under the right kind of training. The struggling veteran who finds unconditional love wiggling around at the end of a leash. The lonely child who finds comfort in the steady breathing of the warm, furry friend at her side. Each of us needs to be rescued from something--and each of us has the capacity to rescue someone, or something, else.

This collection of more than thirty contemporary, true, feel-good stories spotlights the beauty of being rescued--dogs rescued by people, people rescued by dogs, and even dogs who rescue other animals. It's the perfect companion--well, besides the four-legged, tail-wagging kind--for your morning cup of coffee or an evening curled up on the couch. Contributors include Susy Flory, Dusty Rainbolt, Lauraine Snelling, Melody Carlson, Wanda Dyson, Suzanne Woods Fisher, and many more.


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https://www.amazon.com/Second-Chance-Dogs-True-Stories-Rescue/dp/0800727134/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537146080&sr=8-1&keywords=second+chance+dogs


My Thoughts...

I'm a dog lover, so this book was going on my to be read pile no doubt.
I loved all the stories and I was not disappointed one time.
I am a huge fan of Melody Carlson's books so when I got to her story in this book I was so excited her story was by far the best and I loved it.
I gave this book 4 stars and I hope all the dog lovers in my life will 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, September 18, 2018

Hope Your Heart Needs By Holley Gerth



Understanding more of God's character and how he loves us changed bestselling author Holley Gerth's life in beautiful, powerful ways. She realized that she didn't have to settle for "I'm fine" when there was someone whispering to her in every moment, "You're mine." The hope, joy, peace, and purpose she longed for were already there, in the heart of God.

Now in 52 devotional readings, Holley shares with women the answer to the restlessness they feel in their hearts that keeps them hurrying, striving, pushing. She shows them that "the God who scattered stars like diamonds across the velvet of the universe, the keeper of every sparrow, the maker of us all, is inviting us to draw closer to him. He is the place where our hearts can go on the hard days and the happy ones, in the highs and lows, when we are sad or frustrated or downright giddy. He is what we've been searching for all along."

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https://www.amazon.com/Hope-Your-Heart-Needs-Encouraging/dp/0800729544/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1537145228&sr=1-1


Holley Gerth is a best-selling writer, licensed counselor, certified life coach and speaker. She is cofounder of (in)courage, an online destination for women, which received more than one million page views in its first six months. She also reaches out to readers through her popular blog at www.holleygerth.com and a partnership with DaySpring. Holley lives in the South with her husband, Mark.

My Thoughts...
I love Gerth's books always so full of wisdom and positive affirmation.
She has away to bring out all the positive and good things in us.
This would make a great gift for your friends, co workers or someone you run it to in the store.
I love it and I am getting tons of copies for those I love.
5 stars and HIGHLY recommended.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Giving Challenge By Stephanie Jones



A simple challenge for a richer life What began as a New Year's resolution, a challenge to give a daily gift for a month, thrust Stephanie into an adventure--from befriending a crying stranger at the airport to giving away a pencil collection she started as a child.

One month turned into 500 days, and five years later Stephanie's daily giving is a way of life, changing her in ways she never imagined.

The Giving Challenge inspires you to focus on others for forty days. What you'll discover will surprise you and delight others!

Stephanie shares some of her favorite gifts and stories from her journey, including stories from people like you, who dared to dream about the power of giving, and put their dreams into action.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Giving-Challenge-Stephanie-L-Jones/dp/1512752649/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536516610&sr=8-1&keywords=the+giving+challenge+book

Hi! I’m Stephanie

I love giving. I gave a gift every day for over 500 days and it changed my life. During my giving journey I received the Cisco Humanitarian Award and volunteered 100+ hours in one year. Check out my book, The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life.

I love speaking. I got the bug in college when I spoke at local churches, sharing experiences from a Honduran mission trip. At 25, as Indiana Director of Victim of Services, I spoke at conferences, on television, and radio. I haven't shut up since. See my speaking page for details.

I love writing. My writing career started as a grant writer for the Indiana State Police, bringing in over $37 million dollars. I learned written words have power and can change lives. I blogged about my 500 days of giving, which led to my first book, The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life.

I love aiming and shooting. In 2000, I showed up at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to become a State Trooper. After thirteen weeks of grueling training, I was devastated when I failed firearms. I had no plan B, but God had a plan and three years later, I would marry a fellow recruit.

I love those in law enforcement. I was raised by a police officer and learned to respect these people. I became an officer in 2007, graduating as president and top of my academy class. Remember I failed firearms in 2000? Well, in 2007, I qualified as a distinguished expert! I’m also a police wife. My unique experiences put me in a position to be an advocate for police officers, and their families.

I Dream, Discover, and Do! I not only love dreaming, but I love taking action, making my dreams a reality and helping others to do the same. I’ve traveled to 46 states, attended Oprah’s Oscar show in LA, auditioned for my own TLC show in NYC, and the list goes on.

I want to help you live your Dream, Discover your gifts, and Do amazing things.

My Thoughts...

Are you ready for a book that challenges you? If you are like me a giver then this is a book for you to give to a friend.
I love the challenges at the end of each chapter. One was buy a gift just because for a friend. I do that all the time and it makes me feel so good. It is better then a birthday gift or a Christmas gift in my opinion.
I hope that you give this book a read and take it to heart.
Give The Giving Challenge  as a gift you might just change someone's life. 
I recommend this 4 star read (challenge).
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, September 16, 2018

Squirm By Carl Hiaasen





Newbery Honor-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen--beloved for his modern classics like Hoot and Chomp--delivers a wildly entertaining novel involving snakes, grizzlies, a missing dad, a menacing drone, and more!Some facts about Billy Dickens:
  *  He once saw a biker swerve across the road in order to run over a snake.
  *  Later, that motorcycle somehow ended up at the bottom of a canal.
  *  Billy isn't the type to let things go.

Some facts about Billy's family:
  *  They've lived in six different Florida towns because Billy's mom insists on getting a house near a bald eagle nest.
  *  Billy's dad left when he was four and is a total mystery.
  *  Billy has just found his dad's address--in Montana.

This summer, Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbor's cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father.

Carl Hiaasen tells a wickedly funny, slightly twisted tale about families, figuring out what's really important, and knowing when (and when not) to let things go.


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https://www.amazon.com/Squirm-Carl-Hiaasen/dp/0385752970/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535291443&sr=8-1&keywords=squirm

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family.
A graduate of the University of Florida, at age 23 he joined The Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the newspaper’s weekly magazine and prize-winning investigations team. Since 1985 Hiaasen has been writing a regular column, which at one time or another has pissed off just about everybody in South Florida, including his own bosses.

Today his column appears on most Sundays in The Herald’s opinion-and-editorial section, and may be viewed online at www.herald.com.

Hiaasen began writing novels in early 1980s with his good friend and fellow journalist, William D. Montalbano. Together they wrote three mystery thrillers – Powder Burn, Trap Line and Death in China – which borrowed heavily from their reporting experiences.

Tourist Season, published in 1986, was Hiaasen’s first solo novel. GQ magazine called it “one of the 10 best destination reads of all time,” though it failed to frighten a single tourist away from Florida. His next effort, Double Whammy, was the first (and possibly only) novel ever written about sex, murder and corruption on the professional bass-fishing tour.

Since then, Hiaasen has published Skin Tight, Native Tongue and nine national bestsellers – Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, Skinny Dip, Nature Girl, Star Island and Bad Monkey. All the novels are set in Florida, for obvious reasons.

Hiaasen is also the author of several popular novels for young readers: Hoot, which won a Newbery Honor, Flush, Scat and, most recently, Skink – No Surrender, which introduces one of the wildest characters in his adult books to a teen audience.

The film version of Hoot came out in 2006. It was directed by Wil Shriner, and produced by Jimmy Buffett and Frank Marshall. Buffett plays a teacher in the movie, while the author himself makes a forgettable cameo.

Hiaasen has also written two nonfiction books. The first, Team Rodent, is a wry but unsparing rant against the Disney empire and its grip on American culture. In 2008 came The Downhill Lie, which chronicles Hiaasen’s ill-advised return to the sport of golf after a “much-needed” 32-year hiatus.

Together, his books have been published in 34 languages, which is 33 more than he can read or write. The London Observer has called him “America’s finest satirical novelist,” while Janet Maslin of the New York Times has compared him to Preston Sturges, Woody Allen and S.J. Perelman.

To prove he doesn’t just make up all the sick stuff in his books, Hiaasen has also published three collections of his newspaper columns, Kick Ass, Paradise Screwed and Dance of the Reptiles. All these volumes were heroically edited by Diane Stevenson.

For his journalism and commentary, Hiaasen has received numerous honors, including the Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

His nonfiction work has appeared in many magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Time, Esquire and, most improbably, Gourmet.

One of Hiaasen's most well-known novels, Strip Tease, was turned into a major motion picture starring Demi Moore, and directed by Andrew Bergman. Hiaasen still believes that the Vaseline scene featuring Burt Reynolds is a landmark moment in American cinema.

My Thoughts...

Who's ready for a young adult book? This was a good one and your tweens are sure to love it.
this book is about family  and Billy having a time of his life this summer. Adventure after adventure. floating, hiking, flying, and wild animals.
You don't want to miss this one, your young readers are going to really enjoy this.
I gave this book 4 stars. It is recommended and I can't wait to hear what you all think about 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.

Friday, September 14, 2018

300 Billion to One! By Wayne Faust





300 Billion to One is an inspirational book for all ages. A Clinical Therapist loses his own motivation to live after the passing of his beloved wife. He regains it after God sends back his wife to visit him two weeks after she passed to help him move forward again. Recognizing that the experience with simple odds could be explained away by non-believers, he thanked God, wrote the odds in his grief journal and asked God to not let him forget the experience a week, month or year from now. God answered with a series of interventions within minutes. A former neighbor came to his home while he was praying this prayer of thanks. He greeted her and she related to him her dream recounting the exact experience the SAME night BEFORE hearing his story! A series of interventions continued to keep his hope high and his faith strong. 300 Billion to One shows the foresight and love of God to transcend time and begin answering our prayers before we even pray them. This documented series of miraculous interventions provides an insight into the mind of God-how he thinks about us, loves us and wants to give us sustained hope until we meet Him on the other side. 300 Billion to One will forever change the way you think about the character and magnitude of God’s love for us.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/300-Billion-One-story-defies/dp/1946889474/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536861235&sr=8-1&keywords=300+billion+to+one

Wayne R. Faust, MA, SLPE, HSP is a Licensed Therapist in the State of Tennessee and is currently CEO of Counseling and Assessments Ministries (CandAMin.org), a nonprofit counseling ministry dedicated to serving Alzheimer’s clients and providing indigent children opportunities to develop career skills through Music/Art Dream Camps. Prior to starting CAM in 2015, Wayne’s career was centered in providing various licensed clinical, industrial-organizational and Human Resources related services in diverse settings that included Harriet Cohn Mental Health Center, Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County Human Resources as well as the State of Tennessee Corrections. His consulting work under Cleckner Educational Publishing and Moore Educational Publishing companies included his authoring over 20 study/test modules for the College Level Equivalency Program (CLEP). He holds Bachelor degrees in both Bible and Psychology from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee as well as a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University where he also served as an adjunct professor for a brief period. He added to his industrial/organizational licensure a Clinical Licensure upon graduation as well as an SPHR in Human Resources. A widower, Wayne resides in Smyrna, Tennessee while actively attending the Church of the City in Franklin, Tennessee. His only son Derek is single and a Firefighter for the City of Hendersonville, Tennessee. Wayne stays active serving as a board member of the Smyrna YMCA, several 501(c) ( 3)s and supporting local charitable causes.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Signs of the Times By Greg Laurie GIVEAWAY!




FEATURES AND BENEFITS
  • Reveals what’s next for the nation, the planet, and the body of Christ
  • Exposes what is taking place in the invisible spiritual world
  • Points to a God who is in complete control
The signs are unmistakable.

We've always had earthquakes but this many? We've always faced natural disasters but this terrible? We've always had Middle East tensions but this intense? This widespread?

Jesus said there would be clear signs in our world before His return. Over the last few months and years, as we read headline after amazing headline, those signs seem to be escalating. Could Christ's return and our world's final days be very far away? Greg Laurie opens the Scriptures, offering insight, warning, and encouragement to "make the most of every opportunity" in these challenging days.

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https://www.amazon.com/Signs-Times-Rapture-Anti-Christ-Armageddon/dp/1629995436/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536515019&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=Sings+of+the+times+by+Greg+Laurie


Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in California and Hawaii. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of nineteen by leading a Bible study of thirty people. Since then God has transformed that small group into a church of some 15,000 people, making it one of the largest churches in America. Greg is also the featured speaker of Harvest Ministry's nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning, host of the TV program Harvest: Greg Laurie, speaker at the international Harvest Crusades, and author of more than seventy books. He and his wife, Cathe, live in Southern California.

My Thoughts...

 I found this book to be one for new Christians no so much for the Christ followers who has been following for a long time.
It is a book that will teach new Christians  and answer many of their questions.
It is a good book for a small group to read together and study in a group.
I gave this book 4 stars. Recommended for new  converts.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Cumberland Bride By Shannon McNear




Thomas Bledsoe and Kate Gruener are traveling the Wilderness Road when conflicts between natives and settlers reach a peak that will require each of them to tap into a well of courage.
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Love and Adventure Are Discovered on the Wilderness Road
In 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence and to see untamed lands. And she sets her sights on learning more about their scout, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But na├»ve Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s story than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear.

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)​
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Cumberland-Bride-Daughters-Mayflower-book/dp/1683226917/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1535292417&sr=1-1



Shannon McNear loves losing herself in local history. A Midwestern farm girl who lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for more than two decades before being transplanted to North Dakota, she's a military wife, mother of 8, and a member of ACFW and RWA. When not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies.

My Thoughts...

This was the first time that I have read McNear. I could not get into the story for some reason. I had a hard time with this one.
For some reason this whole series has not been my cup of tea.
This is just my opinion, so you may want to give it a try.
I gave this book 3 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.