Friday, February 15, 2019

Profound Good By Blake Healy




What you see of God is only part of the story.
From the time Blake Healy was a small child, he has seen angels, demons, and other spiritual things. He sees them with his naked eyes, as vividly and clearly as anything else. Everyplace he goes, every person he meets, every day that goes by, he sees in the spirit.
After thirty years of seeing in the spirit, one thing has consistently been the most painful for him to see. It is not when he sees someone trapped in demonic oppression. It is not when he sees the gaping wounds of emotional trauma. It is when he sees the goodness of God go unclaimed by His people.
In this book Healy takes readers on a journey of rediscovering the goodness of God. It fills the churches we visit every week. It moves across the sea from nation to nation. All we have to do is learn how to see it and receive it, and then we will watch every corner of the world be completely transformed by the power of His profound good.

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https://www.amazon.com/Profound-Good-Through-Lens-Love/dp/1629995657/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?crid=2EL5XPM3RIN9F&keywords=profound+good+blake+healy&qid=1550188676&s=gateway&sprefix=Profound+Good%2Caps%2C146&sr=8-1-fkmrnull


Blake K. Healy is one of the senior team members at Bethel Church of Atlanta in Georgia. He is also the director of the Bethel Atlanta School of Supernatural Ministry. He lives in Peachtree City, Georgia, with his wife, April, and their four wonderful children: Haydon, Finnley, November, and Ender. For more information or to contact Blake, visit blakekhealy.com.

My Thoughts...

Are you looking for a teaching tool for small groups that are hungry for more God?
This just might be the book for you.
I took my time and read it and really liked the Thoughts to Ponder at the end of each chapter.
It's not preachy and full of knock you up side the head with to much scripture.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend 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.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day





I just want to take the time today to tell you all I love you and I am very thankful for you!

Many blog followers ask me about romance books and what I would recommend so I am going to share just a few with you today!

Denise Hunter does not have a bad book, I recommend ALL of her books but today this one is on sale if you read Kindle books if not Buy the book it is very good!
 


Pick up your copy here for $1.99 https://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Bride-Big-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B005ENBCD2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1550104264&sr=8-23

 Another author that you can't go wrong with is Rachel Hauck, ALL of her books are so worth your time to read. Here is one that you should read today!


Pick up your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Letter-bestselling-author-Wedding/dp/0310351006/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1550105496&sr=8-2


If you are looking for a Non- Fiction  book to read then I would recommend The 5 Love Languages!

Pick up your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Languages-Singles-Revolutionize-Relationships/dp/0802414818/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1550105199&sr=8-2


I hope that you all have a great Day and always remember that I LOVE YOU!

Now tell me what books that you would recommend for me to read!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Art of Hard Conversations By Lori Roeleveld





Your next conversation could impact someone's life foreverHard conversations challenge everyone. Some people make every effort to avoid them altogether; others dive in enthusiastically, damaging relationships in the process. A solid middle ground is difficult to find--especially for those who want to make sure they're following a biblical model for these tough encounters.

Lori Roeleveld firmly believes that the dialogues everyday Christians delay are often the very channels God wants to use to deepen relationships and transform lives. And she is eager to address the challenges they pose and to guide readers to meaningful conversations that rely on the wisdom of the Bible rather than the world.

In The Art of Hard Conversations, Roeleveld provides motivation, inspiration, and practical, readily applied skills to make those tricky talks more effective. Through funny, vulnerable personal stories, sound biblical teaching, and sections of tips and assignments to practice, the principles here are guaranteed to increase the confidence and competence of Christians in discussing sensitive topics of every kind.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Hard-Conversations-Biblical-Matter/dp/0825445558/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1549389755&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=the+art+of+hard+conversations


Disturber of hobbits. Making comfortable Christians continually late for dinner. Blogger. Wife. Mother. Part-time giant-slayer. Not available for children's parties.

Lori has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies as well as extensive experience with families in crisis and at-risk youth. She's followed Jesus into numerous adventures and hasn't been bored for a single moment of it.

Lori disturbs hobbits from her home base in Rhode Island where she lives with her husband Rob. Her two adult children (along with their families) have followed Jesus into their own adventures (which include kids, dogs, goats, and new addresses.)

Continue the conversation with Lori at her website, www.loriroeleveld.com. She's always ready for a hard (or easy) conversation with readers.

My Thoughts...

If your like me and love to talk to people about books and that's all you want to talk about not the hard stuff, then you need this book in your life.
All silliness aside if you struggle with the right words to say in a difficult conversation then I hope you check this book out.
This a great help for most of us and I got a lot from this book.
I gave this book 4 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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

When I pray for You By Matthew Turner GIVEAWAY!




From the author and illustrator of the best-selling When God Made You comes a new illuminating message about God's design affirming young readers.With lyricism, whimsy, and heartfelt emotion, Matthew Paul Turner reveals the tender emotions connected with watching a beloved child grow up and experience the world. Paired with Kimberley Barnes's vivid and playful illustrations, When I Pray for You is a beautifully affirming book, in which children and parents will see their own stories come to life.

When I Pray for You celebrates the dreams, hopes, and longings parents pray over their children, and shares with the little ones how much care and concern a loved one feels for them.

This is a book you will read to your child again and again. Perfect for any occasion, as well as for milestones including baby showers, birthdays, and graduations.

From the moment I saw you,
I started to pray.
Big prayers and small ones
I have sent God's way.

I prayed you felt safe,
full of joy and content.
When I whispered "I love you,"
you knew what I meant.

Pick up your copy here...

https://www.amazon.com/When-Pray-Matthew-Paul-Turner/dp/052565058X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1549388688&sr=8-2&keywords=when+i+pray+for+you+matthew+paul+turner


Matthew Paul Turner is the best-selling author of "When God Made You," "Churched,"and "Hear No Evil." He, and his wife, Jessica, along with their kids, Elias, Adeline, and Ezra, live in Nashville, Tennessee.

My Thoughts...

I love children's books with great illustrations that capture kids attention. But its even better when the story teller can hook the kids as well as the pictures.
This is a fun book for the kiddos. I loved it and can't wait to share it with you all. 
This is a four star kids books we can all enjoy. So what are you waiting for? Run and get your copy and start reading it to your kids tonight.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

American Omens By Travis Thrasher Giveaway!




In this taut thriller that imagines a near-future America following the decline of the Religious Right, where the Christ-followers who have anticipated a rising intolerance for their beliefs for decades find out they're right after all.In the US in 2038, a secret society is imposing its agenda on outspoken Christian leaders, killing when necessary. Corporate regulations restrict religious expressions and policies. A recent convert, Hutchence, uses creative and guerilla-like techniques to spread the Gospel of Jesus. This enigmatic man enlists a rag-tag group of individuals to help him proclaim a warning to the rest of the country: God is sending his judgment on our nation, and his first act will be to destroy Chicago. One recruit is a young and talented computer analyst who specializes in mastering algorithms for corporate and political use, and who is on the run from the company she works for, while trying to discover the truth about her father's mysterious disappearance. Another is a conspiracy-theory-junkie & survivalist who has discovered proof of assault on people of the Christian faith. And a widower with three girls is recruited by this mysterious Hutchence to help lead a return to God in America.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/American-Omens-Coming-Fight-Faith/dp/0735291780/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1549162424&sr=1-1&keywords=american+omens


Bestselling author Travis Thrasher has written over 50 books and worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. He has penned fiction in a variety of genres, from love stories and supernatural thrillers to young adult series. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes and pastors. He’s also co-written memoirs and self-help books. His novelizations include Do You Believe? and God’s Not Dead 2. Travis lives with his wife and three daughters in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

For more information on Travis, visit www.travisthrasher.com.

My Thoughts...

Let me start by saying I was not impressed by Thrasher last book.
This one blew me away. I devoured it in one sitting and was just in awe.
If you are a fan of or if you have never read futuristic fiction you MUST read  American Omens.
A thriller that will make you wonder if you are going to be living this very story soon.
I can't wait to her what my fellow readers think about this one.
I gave this book 4.5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend 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.


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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mending Fences By Suzanne Woods Fisher




Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him.

Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, Luke must make a sincere apology to each person he's hurt--a four-page, single-spaced list. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.

Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused . . . that isn't so simple. It's gut-wrenching.

And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miller, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm. Luke's clumsy efforts to befriend Izzy only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge.
Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher returns to her beloved Stoney Ridge for this brand-new series featuring some of her readers' favorite characters.


Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Mending-Fences-Deacons-Family-Suzanne/dp/0800727517/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1549161859&sr=1-1&keywords=mending+fences+suzanne+woods+fisher


Suzanne Woods Fisher has a specialty: she writes about real people living in faith-based communities. With over 750,000 copies of books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, ranging from children's books ('The Adventures of Lily Lapp' series) to novels ("The Choice") to non-fiction books ("Amish Peace: Simple Living for a Complicated World").

When Suzanne isn't writing, she's probably playing with puppies. She's been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for over fifteen years. Raising puppies, she says, is like eating a potato chip. You just can't stop at one.

Readers are invited to stop by Suzanne's website at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

My thoughts...


I struggled reading this one. I think it was just that I had read an over load of Amish fiction One can only read so many at one time. The story was unique in it's own way. I just wish that it had held my attention better.
I will read the next book in this series. I gave this book 3 stars. But please read it and let me know what you 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.
 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

With Winter's First Frost By Kelly Irvin




With the coldest season comes the warmest of second chances. 
At age seventy-three, Laura Kauffman knows she is closer to the end of life than the beginning. If God willed it, she would join her beloved late husband soon. Even so, Laura wonders what purpose God might have for her in this winter of her life—and why this season seems so lonely.
Widower Zechariah Stutzman is facing his own barren season, despite the great-grandchildren swirling around him. With his Parkinson’s worsening, he had no choice but to move in with his grandson’s family, though now he feels adrift and useless.
When Laura offers to help with Zechariah’s five great-grandchildren after their mother has a difficult childbirth, Zechariah is unsure how he will adjust to the warm but tart demeanor of this woman he has known since grade school. But soon Laura and Zechariah learn they are asking God the same questions about loss and hope. And they begin to wonder if He is providing answers after all.
With Winter’s First Frost reminds us that God’s purposes always bear fruit—and sometimes love is sweeter with age.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Winters-First-Frost-Every-Season/dp/031034817X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1549161259&sr=1-1

Best-selling novelist Kelly Irvin's latest book is Beneath the Summer Sun, the second book in her Amish romance series, Every Amish Season, from Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian Publishing. This four-book series delves into the lives of four Amish women linked by life altering experiences that bring them together as wives, mothers, and grandmothers in the small town of Jamesport, Mo. The first book, Upon a Spring Breeze, received critical acclaim from the Library Journal: "A moving and compelling tale about the power of grace and forgiveness that reminds us how we become strongest in our most broken moments."

Kelly Irvin is also the author of The Amish of Bee County series, which includes the critically acclaimed The Beekeeper's Son. Publishers Weekly called the first book in the series a beautifully woven masterpiece and Romantic Times Magazine called Kelly a storyteller extraordinaire. It was followed by The Bishop's Son and The Saddle Maker's Son, which is an ECPA bestseller.

A two-time ACFW Carol finalist, Kelly's novellas have been included in numerous anthologies, including An Amish Summer, The Amish Christmas Gift, An Amish Market, an Amish Christmas Love, and Amish Quilt.

She also penned the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both published by Harvest House Publishers. Love Still Stands, the first book in the New Hope series, debuted in September 2014, and the follow-up, Love Redeemed, released March 1, 2014. The final book in the series, set in Branson, MO., was A Plain Love Song, released in July 2014.

The Bliss Creek Amish series, set in Kansas, includes To Love and to Cherish, A Heart Made New, and Love's Journey Home.

In the New Hope series, familiar characters from Bliss Creek move to Missouri to start a new district and a new life.

Kelly is also the author of two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine, set in San Antonio, Texas. Two more romantic suspense novels are on the horizon, with the first, Tell Her No Lies, slated for publication by Thomas Nelson Publishing in January 2019.

Kelly recently contracted with Zondervan for a new 3-book series set in Montana. More details to come!

The Kansas native is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the ACFW San Antonio local chapter Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers, as well as Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Sisters in Crime.

A graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism, Kelly wrote nonfiction professionally for thirty years. She studied for three semesters at the University of Costa Rica, learning the Spanish language. As a journalist, she worked six years in the border towns of Laredo and El Paso, where she was exposed to culture and language that serves as fodder for her fiction writing. She has written hard news, features, entertainment pieces, restaurant critiques, editorials, and weekly columns. Writing awards include the Silver Star Award from the Texas Mental Health Association for articles pertaining to mental health and numerous awards in news, feature, and editorial writing from the Texas Press Association and Texas Press Women.

Kelly retired in 2016 from her position of 22 years as public relations manager for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, where her duties included writing and designing an employee newsletter, writing news releases, collaborating on marketing campaigns, coordinating ribbon-cuttings and groundbreakings, coordinating press conferences, updating the web site, and acting as a media spokesperson.

Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for more than 30 years, and they have two young adult children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories, read books by her favorite authors, and visit the babies.


For more information, visit http://www.kellyirvin.com

My thoughts...

I have read this whole series and enjoyed them all. I'm in awe of the covers to. Get ready to cozy up during this cold season and read this warm story of second chances. You are never to old for love. This Amish story is going to make you fall in love with the characters and be left wanting more.
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, February 4, 2019

Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe' By Carla Laureano





Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she can’t deny that she’s stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like it’s a sign that her luck is finally turning around.

Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing he’s looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and he’s already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country―an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law.

Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-cafĂ© in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, she’s faced with an impossible choice: stay and put down roots with the people and place she’s come to call home . . . or give it all up for the man she loves.

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Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

Connect with Carla online at her website (www.carlalaureano.com) or on any of these social media platforms:

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My Thoughts...

I devoured this book as I always do with Laureano's books.
This is a fast, easy romance read. You are not going to want to put it down until the last page.
So get your favorite cake, cupcake or cookies and some hot chocolate or coffee and enjoy this on a lazy afternoon.
My bookstagram  friends are going to love Melody and the fact that she takes bookstagram pictures.
I loved the whole book. 4 stars and I really recommend this 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.

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Forgiving Jar By Wanda Brunstetter



What would happen if you found out someone has been impersonating you?   Sara Murray had never met her mother’s parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Sara can’t understand how quickly her grandparents are willing to forgive the impostor.

Secrets and deceit seem to follow Sara, and she is so tired of it. Though soon she meets Brad Fuller who is visiting her grandparents for during Christmas. She likes him a lot, but even he seems to pull away from her, not being totally honest.

Struggling, Sara finds an old canning jar hidden in the barn that is full of encouraging prayers. Can Sara find a way to forgive the past and move on to building new relationships?

This is Book 2 in the brand-new series, The Prayer Jars, from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.
Book 1 -- The Hope Jar (August 2018)
Book 3 -- The Healing Jar (August 2019)

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Forgiving-Jar-Prayer-Jars/dp/1624167489/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1548304012&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=the+forgiving+jar+wanda+brunstetter&psc=1


Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 90 books with more than 10 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit: www.WandaBrunstetter.com

My Thoughts..

I love this series the Prayer Jars.  I was not really sure about Sara and Brad. I was not sure about Michelle either. It took some reading and thinking but in the end I liked all three of them.
I even cried at one point in the book. So you know it was a good one. I can't wait for the next book in this series. The Healing Jar will be just a good as the first two I bet.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend reading the series but  The Forgiving Jar can be read as a stand alone.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Emptied By Wynter & Jonathan Pitts



For a Marriage That Brims Over
Maybe you entered marriage with some pretty high expectations—most couples do. Jonathan and Wynter Pitts did. Until the reality of married life spilled into their expectations.
Jonathan and Wynter invite you on a journey to explore a different approach to your happily-ever-after marriage. Join them for an honest look at the lessons learned as they navigated the ups and downs of early marriage while raising four daughters.
Here you will...
  • be encouraged to remove the pressure of a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses marriage
  • learn to let go of assumptions and embrace your role as servant-leader to your spouse
  • experience how God can pour His purpose, passion, and fullness into your relationship
Emptied is a way of life. It’s not about trying harder, it’s about thinking differently. Only when you are emptied of your own self-focused motivations can God pour new life into you for the abundant marriage and satisfying relationship you long for. Are you ready to approach your marriage poured out, ready to be filled up?

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Emptied-Experiencing-Fullness-Poured-Out-Marriage/dp/073697041X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1548887146&sr=8-2&keywords=Emptied%3A+Experiencing+the+Fullness+of+a+Poured-Out+Marriage.


Wynter Pitts is the author of several books, including You’re God’s Girl! She is the founder of For Girls Like You, a bimonthly magazine that equips girls to walk boldly into who God has created them to be and to resource their parents to raise strong Christ-following God girls who say yes to His plans for their lives. Wynter tragically passed from death to life on July 24, 2018, after 15 years of marriage to her beloved Jonathan. She leaves behind an incredible legacy through her many writings but more importantly in her four daughters—Alena, Kaitlyn, Camryn, and Olivia.

Jonathan Pitts is an author, speaker, and executive pastor at Church of the City in Franklin, TN. Prior to pastoring, Jonathan was executive director at The Urban Alternative, the national ministry of Dr. Tony Evans in Dallas, Texas. Jonathan lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his four daughters.

My Thoughts...

Ready to learn from another couple that is not perfect? This is a good guide.
Know yourself so your relationship can be better and know your partner is not perfect. Then we can empty ourselves for each other.
This is a great book to give as a wedding gift. This would make a good book for small couples groups.
I gave this book 4 stars. Pick up a few and give them as gifts.
  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, January 28, 2019

Secrets at Cedar Cabin By Colleen Coble






Her mother lied about her identity and her husband wasn’t who she thought he was—can Bailey even trust herself anymore?
Running for her life in the wake of her mother’s murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of—a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down.
Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey—with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister’s case—is really who she claims to be and if she can somehow lead him to Ava.
Filled with Colleen Coble's custom blend of suspense and romance, Secrets at Cedar Cabin takes us back to the evocative landscape of Washington's coast where nothing is quite as it seems.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Cedar-Cabin-Lavender-Tides/dp/0718085841/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1548387552&sr=8-2&keywords=secrets+at+cedar+cabin+by+colleen+coble


Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

My Thoughts...

This is going to be short and sweet, I don't want to give anything away!
Oh my I love the suspense and the romance in this one.
I read it in one sitting I had to find out about the girls. I have now deemed Coble Queen of Christian Suspense.
I stayed plastered to the book until the very end.
You have to read Lance and Bailey's story and tell me what you think!
I gave this book 4.5 stars. I HIGHLY recommend 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, January 25, 2019

Playing for Keeps By Jill Shalvis GIVEAWAY!





If you’re planning on falling in love…When it comes to the confident, charismatic Caleb Parker, Sadie Lane feels the spark—the kind that comes from rubbing each other the wrong way. She’s a tattoo artist, he’s a straight-laced mogul. But after they accidentally co-rescue an abandoned dog from a storm, Sadie sees a vulnerable side to the seemingly invincible hottie.
you’d better be sure…Caleb doesn’t do emotions. Growing up the underdog, he’s learned the hard way to build up an impenetrable wall. Perfect for business. Disastrous for relationships. He’s never worried about it before—not until he finally gets behind Sadie’s armor and begins to fall.
… someone is there to catch you.
Both guarded and vulnerable, Sadie and Caleb are complete opposites. Or are they? Shocked at their undeniable connection, can they ever admit to wanting more? That all depends on what they’re each willing to risk.

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https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Keeps-Heartbreaker-Bay-Novel/dp/0062741888/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548213989&sr=8-1&keywords=playing+for+keeps+jill+shalvis


New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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My Thoughts...

I love this series. I was so happy to read Caleb's story. If you have read Shalvis' books before you know she loves dogs and is the queen of romance. This book did not disappoint.  Sadie and Caleb are great together. I only wish their story was longer.
I can't wait for The Lemon Sisters this fall.
You have to run don't walk and get your copy of Playing for Keeps. It's a great 4 star read.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


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Thursday, January 24, 2019

More Of God By R. T. Kendall



Many of us want more from God instead of more of God.Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” This is a promise. No one needs to tell you if the water you drank when you were thirsty made you feel better. So too with experiencing God. When it happens, you will know it for yourself.
More of God is about moving beyond faith. It is about getting more of God. Experiencing more of God. Every book in the Bible, especially the books of the New Testament, are written for this purpose. Take the letters; those who are addressed were already saved. But the writers wanted their hearers to experience not just more knowledge about God but more of God.
Everything in this book is designed to make you hungry. Thirsty. As you read, keep in mind that the ever-increasing hunger for more of God is from God.
Kendall’s advice: “Don’t settle for more mere information about God. Or more theological knowledge. Give yourself no rest until you cross over that crucial line from secondhand knowledge about God to firsthand knowledge of God. There is nothing more exciting than when you see for yourself that God is real, Jesus is real, the Holy Spirit is real, and the Bible is true!”
 
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R. T. Kendall was the pastor of Westminster Chapel in London, England, for twenty-five years. Born in Ashland, Kentucky, he was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Oxford University (DPhil). Kendall is the author of more than sixty books, including Total Forgiveness, Holy Fire, It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over, Prepare Your Heart for the Midnight Cry, and Whatever Happened to the Gospel?
 
My Thoughts...
Kendall wants us to learn to seek the benefactor, Not just the benefits. This book is the guide to learn more about that.
 We always want more from God not More of God. That's the flesh but we can learn to want more of God with help from this book.
It's written easy to read and scripture to back up all that Kendall is saying.
This is a spirit filled book written by a spirit filled author.
A very inspiring book. I gave it 4 stars. I recommend this one.
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, January 23, 2019

Song for a Whale By Lynne Kelly GIVEAWAY!





In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she's the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she's not very smart. If you've ever felt like no one was listening to you, then you know how hard that can be.

When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to "sing" to him! But he's three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him?

Full of heart and poignancy, this affecting story by sign language interpreter Lynne Kelly shows how a little determination can make big waves.

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https://www.amazon.com/Song-Whale-Lynne-Kelly/dp/152477023X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547820061&sr=8-1&keywords=song+for+a+whale+by+lynne+Kelly

Lynne Kelly grew up in Houston, lived in a couple of much colder places, then returned to the Houston area, where she works as a sign language interpreter and writes novels for children and young adults. CHAINED is her first novel.

My Thoughts...

I loved this book. Kids are going to read his one over and over it just might end up being their favorite book.
They will learn will reading it and they will love the story.
I found it to be good for ages 7-13 but I liked and I am much older.
Kelly has a way with bringing the kids into the story.
You don't want to miss this one.
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, January 22, 2019

Promise Me The Moon By Nichole Evans



When Grace Quincy ("Q") lands a job as the lead scientist and engineer in the CIA's Clandestine Operations and Properties group, she becomes the Quartermaster for U.S. reconnaissance—the creator of spy gadgets for Jayce Jackson, special agent with a license to kill. As charming as the famed British double-O, Jackson is one-hundred percent all-American, from his dusty cowboy boots to his unending Southern charm. His conquests in and out of the bedroom are the stuff of legends, yet Q daydreams of being something more to Jackson. At the highly sought-after event, Nebulas and Novas, Q gets tangled in Jackson's latest mission and the mysterious disappearance of NASA's green glass Moon stone. Q must trust her wits to survive the dangerous operation, thwart Dr. Faust's sinister plan, and save the sexy spy she loves.


Nichole D. Evans’ writes tales of international intrigue laced with salty humor—probably from growing up in a hometown centered around a national laboratory and fifteen years teaching bawdy eighth graders, respectively.

She believes in heroes and heroines who are smart, loyal, and do the right thing, even when the mission seems impossible. Inspired by the clever quips of James Bond and the unexpected courage of Jack Ryan, her plots are woven on a backdrop of real-world events, resolved just in time to fall in love.

Nichole is married to her real-life “Q”, and she has two children who are out saving the world on their own.

My Thoughts...

Oh How I hate writing this review.
As most of you know I am not a fan of self published books because 90% of the books have not been edited by professionals.
This was not my kind of read and I read a lot of books. It was all over the place and their was no editor in sight of this book.
I struggled with reading it and it is not one that I recommend.
It was at best a 2 star 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.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Growing Forward By Laurie Pawlik



After life is shattered by loss or a traumatic experience--whether big or small--it can seem impossible to heal or even move on. Deep down you believe God intends good for you, but you just don't have the energy or strength to figure out how to move forward.

Author Laurie Pawlik has been there, and here she shares how she flourished despite multiple losses. Through practical tips and thought-provoking questions, she helps you take small yet powerful steps toward healing and letting go. She also offers insights and encouragement from the lives of strong women in the Bible. You'll glimpse the painful losses these women experienced and learn how they flourished despite seasons of hardship and grief. You'll discover how God shows His presence and power in the valleys, deserts, and storms. And you'll feel a fresh sense of hope that, with God, you can redefine yourself, remake your life, and grow forward into a beautiful new season.

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https://www.amazon.com/Growing-Forward-When-Cant-Back/dp/0764232177/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3Q2CK4J1VWDXV&keywords=growing+forward+when+you+can%27t+go+back&qid=1547941992&s=Books&sprefix=Growning+Forw%2Cstripbooks%2C167&sr=1-2-catcorr



Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, MSW, is the Adventurous Writer who created the “She Blossoms” blog and book series. She writes full-time from her treehouse overlooking the waters of Indian Arm in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Married, childless, joyful, dog-loving, flute-playing, Blossy-drawing, big-hearted - this woman knows what it's like.

And she loves learning! Laurie's undergraduate degrees are in Psychology and Education, from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Her Master of Social Work is from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. Her street smarts are from the life's school of hard knocks, three years living and teaching in Africa, and approaching the age of 50 with her heart intact.

Grow forward and blossom with Laurie at https://blossomtips.com/.

My Thoughts...

This was what I call an on time book. Not sure how the publisher knew to send it to me but I am glad that they did.
After losing my only daughter I needed this to help with the grief.
 It was good to read others stories and not feel so alone.
I really have put this book to good use. I plan to reread it again and sit down with it and take my time and  let it all sink in.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend 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, January 18, 2019

Grace & Guts By Shannon Perry




In Grace and Guts, Counselor, Speaker and Award-Winning Author Shannon Perry offers life-changing answers in twelve areas where women claim they struggle the most.
Women are warriors. They fight for their families their friends, and their faith, but women often lay down their gloves when it comes to caring for themselves while the opponent comes to “steal, kill and destroy.” It’s time to fight back with strategies that win! Through the unfailing truth of God’s Word, relatable stories, and down-to-earth solutions in Grace and Guts, women find grace that strengthens their resolve to win and the guts to defeat whatever may be holding them back.

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https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Guts-Strategies-Living-Knock-Out/dp/1642790451/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1547513765&sr=1-1-fkmr0


Shannon Perry is an author, a conference speaker, TV show host, and national recording artist. Her TV show, "Grace in High Heels," airs into 100 million homes each week. Shannon speaks at women's conferences, retreats, and educational events across the country. Shannon holds a M.Ed and Counseling degree, and is a Certified Instructor in Crisis Counseling and Parenting Classes. Her website is www.ShannonPerry.com.

My Thoughts...

A book that addresses 12 areas that we women struggle with the most. So to say that this is a hand book for us, that we ALL need to read is an understatement.
If you want to call this a self help book okay whatever you want to call it I call it a much needed read.
if you have read Perry's other three books you already know you are in for a treat with this one. Some funny stories that you are going to laugh out loud but some sound advice as well.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend 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.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Last Romantics By Tara Conklin GIVEAWAY!




When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time.
It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings—fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona—emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected.  Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they’ve made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love. 
A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose—and sometimes rescue—the ones we love. A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories—how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future

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Tara Conklin was born on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and raised in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Yale University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and New York University School of Law. A joint US-UK citizen, Tara now lives with her family in Seattle. Her first novel, The House Girl, was a NYTimes bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick and Target Book Club pick.

My Thoughts...

A story about family, love, loss, and of course forgiveness.
The inspiration  "The Love Poem" is something I can't wait to hear your thoughts on after you have read this one. Conklin is an author to watch out for. I can't wait to read more of her books in the future.
I think you find this a good afternoon read.
I gave this book 4 stars and I hope that you enjoy 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.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Curse of Misty Wayfair By Jamie Jo Wright





Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother--who is battling dementia--compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns--and with it, Heidi's fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

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https://www.amazon.com/Curse-Misty-Wayfair-Jaime-Wright/dp/0764230301/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1546968115&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=the+curse+of+misty+wayfair



Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher's Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com!

My Thoughts...


This is the second book by Wright that I have read and loved. Wright has a way of making the pages come alive right before your eyes.
You do not want to miss this story tellers books. She can tell them like no other. She just night be the master of split time stories.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it.
Inspirational and so compelling, You can't miss this book! There may or may not be a  ghost. 
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, January 15, 2019

Growning In Prayer Devotional By Mike Bickle





What would your world look like if you prayed every day?

Every believer who sincerely desires an intimate relationship with God must discover the transformational power of prayer. This one-hundred-day devotional, inspired by Mike Bickle’s best-selling book Growing in Prayer, will give readers daily inspiration, knowledge, and guidance to help them cultivate deeper intimacy with God through prayer.
Each day contains a quote on prayer from a classic Christian author, a passage from a chapter in Growing in Prayer for reflection, a Scripture verse or reference, a prayer starter, a suggestion for practical application of the principle being taught, and lines for journaling.

This devotional will help energize a prayer life that has become routine, stale, or nonexistent and will be a welcome resource for believers who desire to grow in prayer.
 
Pre order your copy here...
 

Mike Bickle is director of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) and founder of the International House of Prayer University, a four-year ministry school. IHOPKC has a ministry staff of seven hundred people who have hosted 24/7 prayer, led by worship teams, nonstop since 1999. He also leads an annual Onething young adult conference. Bickle is the author of several books, including Passion for Jesus, Growing in the Prophetic, The Pleasures of Loving God, After God’s Own Heart, Growing in Prayer, and God’s Answer to the Growing Crisis.

 My Thoughts...

If you don't have time to pray everyday, then this is the devo for you.
100 days of small devotionals and a place for reflection notes on each day.
This seems like a unique way to study your Bible and have quite prayer time each day. 
Bickle even gives you ideas of what you can do each day to find more time for prayer and getting closer to God.
I gave this devo 4 stars. It would make a great gift as well.
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, January 14, 2019

Prayer Forty Days of Practice By Scott Erickson





A simple yet profound guide to facilitate the instinctively human desire to pray.We pray because we are human, not because we are religious. Something in our nature points beyond itself; something in us searches for and desires personal connection with God. Although communicating with our Creator through prayer is innate, the effective practice of it often feels just beyond our reach.
     This unique book guides you to pray in deeper and more authentic ways. The short prayers and thought-provoking imagery, interspersed with contemplative reflections and suggested practices, will stir, inform, and encourage you. The simplicity of the prayers and the aesthetic appeal of the images will inspire people in every facet of life, including those with no real religious background at all.

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https://www.amazon.com/Prayer-Forty-Practice-Justin-McRoberts/dp/0525653058/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546967151&sr=1-1&keywords=prayer+40+days+of+practice



Scott Erickson is a touring painter, performance artist, and creative priest who mixes autobiography, biblical narrative, and aesthetics to create art that speaks to our deepest experiences. He is currently touring his one man performance piece "We are Not Troubled Guests”, and is the coauthor of “Prayer, Forty Days of Practice.” Scott is most loved by his Wife Holly and their three children in Portland, Oregon.

My Thoughts...

 This is what I call a gift book for those that need to be lifted up and or inspired. It would make a great addition to a gift basket.
It was a fun fast read.
It has cute illustrations as well.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.