Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Return: A Book Review

About The Book:

In a wild country, the true cost of love may be more than they can bear
Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family's rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans--but then she never had to. Not until the night she's taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. Facing brutality and hardship, Betsy finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the feelings she's developing for a native man who encourages her to see God in all circumstances. 

Greatly anguished by Betsy's captivity, Hans turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. She responds eagerly, overlooking troubling signs of Hans's hunger for revenge. But if Betsy is ever restored to the Amish, will things between Hans and Tessa have gone too far? 

Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.


You can read an excerpt of The Return here in PDF format

About The Author:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna's Crossing and The Newcomer in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop's Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Review:

First I will say this is book three, and the conclusion, in the Amish Beginnings series, however it does well as a stand alone book. It helps to read the first two books in the series, but you won't be completely lost if you have not.

With strong storylines and characters you will be intrigued with each word read. I loved all the characters and the multiple story lines that come into play make it a great reading experience. A fascinating read to be sure. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Return at your favorite book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Monday, October 9, 2017

High As The Heavens: A Book Review

About The Book:

A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at a café . . . or so it seems. Eve's most carefully guarded secret is that she also spends her nights carrying out dangerous missions as a spy for a Belgian resistance group.

When a plane crashes as she's en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive?




You can read an excerpt of High As The Heavens here, in PDF format

About The Author:

A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. She is the author of For Such a Time and lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. Find her online at www.katebreslin.com.

My Review:

Anytime a book is set in World War 1 or 2, that immediately grabs my attention. Through in a little mystery, well rounded characters and a plot that captures my attention so much I was up late in the night reading and you have a fantastic book on your hands. This is one that I would love to see made into a movie. It has a ton of spy attention too for those that like that plot addition. It is very obvious that a lot of effort and research was done to make this book as historically accurate as possible and with each page read, I visualized myself right in the action. Such a great read from one of my favorite authors of the last decade! I look forward to reading more of this author in the future. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up. 

BUY IT: You can purchase High As The Heavens at your favorite book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

A Name Unknown: A Book Review

About The Book:

She's Out to Steal His Name. Will He Steal Her Heart Instead?
Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins who helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets--instead they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary is beginning to question whether she can continue in this life when she's offered the challenge of a lifetime--determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. After all how does one steal a family's history, their very name?

As Europe moves ever closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can't help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown--so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstep pretending to be a well-credentialed historian, Peter believes she's the right person to help him dig through his family's past. 

When danger and suspicion continue to mount, both realize they're in a race against time to discover the truth--about Peter's past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.


You can read an excerpt of A Name Unknown here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, designing book covers, editing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books . . . .to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

My Review:

This is the first time reading author, Roseanna M. White, and I was absolutely not disappointed. There is something for everyone in this book, from humor to romance to twists and turns aplenty. It is the first book in the Shadows Over England series and it was a fantastic job! I look forward to reading the next book, A Song Unheard, when in releases in January 2018. Book Three, An Hour Unspent will also release soon. 

The book has great characters who were developed well, and had a fantastic plot that kept me reading late into the night! The suspense part of the book had me intrigued throughout reading and even though it is part of a series the end of the book tied up nicely. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase A Name Unknown at your favorite book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


The Ebb Tide: A Book Review

About The Book:

Oh, to see the ocean, Sallie thought. And to spend the summer as a nanny. She shook her head in amazement. This seemed too good to be true, but she really must talk it over with Dat and Mamm, especially since she'd be gone so long. And after I promised Mamm I'd take baptism classes this summer . . .
The Ebb Tide

Sallie Riehl has dreamed of traveling at least once before settling down to join church, so she is thrilled at an unexpected summer opportunity to nanny in Cape May for a well-to-do family. However, saying even a temporary good-bye to Paradise Township means forgoing baptism another year, as well as leaving behind a would-be beau. Yet the weeks in Cape May soon prove unforgettable as Sallie meets a Mennonite young man whose friendship she quickly begins to cherish. Has she been too hasty with her promises, or will she only find what her heart is longing for back home?


You can read an excerpt of The Ebb Tide here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Beverly Lewis (www.beverlylewis.com), born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in twelve languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family.

My Review:

The Ebb Tide is another hit for prolific author Beverly Lewis. I have read Lewis' books for many years, and with each book I remember why I love her writing so much. As I read The Ebb Tide I was drawn in from page one and my attention was kept from page one until the end of the book. This was an incredible remember that we need to go to God in prayer for all decisions that we make in our lives. It is a different type of writing than i have read in the past from this author but it is a great read. In fact I believe that The Ebb Tide is her best book to date! I am currently reading The Proving and cannot wait to see what will be next for Beverly Lewis.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Ebb Tide at your favorite book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Heart On The Line: A Book Review

About The Book:

When Danger Arrives, It's More Than Just Her Heart on the Line
Grace Mallory is tired of hiding. She hungers for a normal life, perhaps even a suitor like two of her friends in Harper's Station have found. But when the man she believes responsible for her father's death discovers her whereabouts, survival takes priority. 

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His fellow telegrapher, the mysterious Miss G, has been the ideal companion. For months, their friendship--dare he believe, courtship?--over the wire has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intends for him. However, when he intercepts an ominous message and discovers her life is in peril, Amos must shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyerwrites historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

My Review:

This was another fantastic read from author Karen Witmeyer. It has been a bit since I have had the opportunity to read her work, but I was not in any way disappointed. From great writing, to wonderful characters that everyone can relate to, to engaging story lines, I did not put this book down until late into the night. My attention was drawn from the very first pages, and i found myself cheering on the good guys and frowning at the bad, laughing and very pleased with the way the book wrapped up. A great, overall read to be sure.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Heart On The Line at your favorite book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

On Love's Gentle Shore: A Book Review

About The Book:

Natalie O'Ryan had no plans to return to Prince Edward Island. But when her fiancé books their wedding in her hometown and schedules a summer at Rose's Red Door Inn, she sets out to plan the perfect wedding. Yet she can't possibly plan for a run-in with Justin Kane--the best friend she left behind all those years ago after promising to stay.

Justin has never forgotten Natalie. He'd been prepared to follow her off the island until tragedy struck, leaving him to run the family dairy farm. He's done the best he can with the life that was thrust upon him--but with Natalie back in the picture, he begins to realize just how much joy he's been missing.
After Natalie's reception venue falls through, she must scramble to find an alternative, and the only option seems to be a barn on Justin's property. As they work together to get the dilapidated building ready for the party, Natalie and Justin may discover that there is more between them than broken promises and an old friendship.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Liz Johnson fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. When she's not plotting her next trip to the island, she works in marketing. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Red Door Inn and Where Two Hearts Meet, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Tucson, Arizona.

My Review:

On Love's Gentle Shore is the third installment of the Prince Edward Island Dreams series from author Liz Johnson. When a book transports you in your mind, and you can visualize each scene vividly then it is my opinion that this make an amazing book. And that is exactly what Liz Johnson has done with the final book of this series.

 I was brought into the world of Prince Edward Island with each word that the author wrote. Visiting that Island in Canada has been on my bucket list, and for now living vicariously through this book will have to do. I absolutely love the journey that Natalie went on throughout the book, the development of her character was outstanding! In fact, the writing that Johnson has done throughout the series was amazing. I will say if you have not read the other two books in the series it would be better to read them first, so not to be confused as you read this one. Alot of details from the rest of the series ties up in this book. 

 The book was easy and quick to read and finished the series nicely. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase On Love's Gentle Shore at your favorite book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Under A Summer Sky: A Book Review

About The Book:

She's anticipating a quiet summer surrounded by beauty. She never expected a fresh chance at love.
High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn't long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who's determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of her childhood friends--who also happen to be brothers--vying for her attention.

With the backdrop of a gorgeous historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!

Bestselling and award-winning author Melody Carlson invites you to spend the summer surrounded by splendor . . . and tantalizing possibilities.


You can read an excerpt of Under A Summer Sky here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and the contemporary romances Once Upon a Summertime and All Summer Long. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.

My Review:

Melody Carlson has once again knocked it out of the park with her great writing skills. Her most recent release, Under A Summer Sky, was a wonderful read and a great way to embrace this season of the year in a fun novel. 

The book has adorable characters and I loved how this third installment of the Follow Your Heart series turned out. It was fun, with a great romantic storyline, and was a really quick read. It will be a great one to finish your summer reading list with. If you are a fan of Carlson, you will not be disappointed and if you have not read her work previously, this is a great one to start with. While it is part of a series, it also would do well as a stand alone read. I look forward to reading what comes next from Melody Carlson.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Under A Summer Sky at your favorite book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

The Imperfect Disciple: A Book Review



About The Book:

Too many discipleship books are written for perfect people who know all the right Sunday school answers. 

This book is for the rest of us--people who screw up, people who are weary, people who are wondering if it's safe to say what they're really thinking. With incisive wit, warm humor, and moving stories, Jared Wilson shows us how the gospel actually works through us and in us, even when we can't get our act together. The result is a faith that weathers storms, lifts burdens, and deepens our friendship with God.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format



About The Author:

Jared C. Wilson is the director of content strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and managing editor of For the Church. He is the author of numerous books, including UnparalleledThe Story of EverythingThe Prodigal Church, and Gospel Wakefulness. His blog, The Gospel-Driven Church, is hosted by the Gospel Coalition, and he speaks at numerous churches and conferences throughout the year.

My Review:

With a sense of humor, great scriptural interpretation, raw honesty and an easy-to-read style, author Jared C. Wilson has written a fantastic book that every Christian needs to read. This is a great discipleship book and allows the reader to really understand the importance of deepening our relationship with Jesus, in order to bring others to Him. It is very encouraging and perfect for Christians of all ages and stages of life. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Imperfect Disciple at your favorite book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. 

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communication Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Extraordinary Women of Christian History: A Book Review

About The Book:

Discover the incredible women who shaped our faith
Christianity has long been criticized as a patriarchal religion. But during its two-thousand-year history, the faith has been influenced and passed down by faithful women. Martyrs and nuns, mystics and scholars, writers and reformers, preachers and missionaries, abolitionists and evangelists, these women are examples to us of faith, perseverance, forgiveness, and fortitude.

With gracious irreverence, Ruth A. Tucker offers engaging and candid profiles of some of the most fascinating women of Christian history. From the famous to the infamous to the obscure, women like Perpetua, Joan of Arc, Teresa of Ávila, Anne Hutchinson, Susanna Wesley, Ann Judson, Harriet Tubman, Fanny Crosby, Hannah Whitall Smith, Corrie ten Boom, and Mother Teresa, along with dozens of others, come to vivid life. These portraits of women who changed the world--some in small ways, some in significant ways--will spark lively discussion and inspire you to a life of faithful witness


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Ruth A. Tucker (PhD, Northern Illinois University) has for more than three decades taught at colleges and seminaries, including Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Calvin Theological Seminary. She is the author of many books, including From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya and Dynamic Women of the Bible.

My Review:

Reading about people from Christian history has always been a favorite thing of mine to do. So to read a book about some of history's most famous women was a delight. Each chapter focused on different types of ministry that women have done over the years. From nuns to missionaries to poets and writers, there is something for all kinds of history buffs. This book will definitely be useful for those who love to have discussions with friends about how far women have worked for God's kingdom here on Earth. 

This was a very well written, easy to read and understand and I loved that each chapter has reflection questions to ponder. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Extraordinary Women of Christian History from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Ellen's Picks, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hiding From The Kids In My Prayer Closet: A Blog Review

About The Book:

Finding grace and laughter when motherhood gets real
Soon after Jessica Kastner became a mother, she wondered if she was the only mom who found pretend play more boring than watching playdough harden and who dreaded yet another friend’s Instagram post of homemade deliciousness.
In Hiding from My Kids in the Prayer Closet, Kastner shares her experience as an “unmom”—a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. She helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be.


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About The Author:

Jessica Kastner is an award-winning journalist and a contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network’s CBN.com, Beliefnet.com, and the Huffington Post’s Christianity blog. As Connecticut’s coordinator for Straight Ahead Ministries, she shares God’s message of hope by leading Bible studies in juvenile detention centers. When she’s not on the trampoline with her three boys in Connecticut, Jessica shares her unapologetically “real” commentary on the Christian life at www.JessicaKastner.com.
Find out more about Jessica at http://jessicakastner.com.
My Review:

Seriously one of the funniest books on motherhood I have read in a long time. I loved that the author was honest and raw about being a mom. Its not always Pinterest perfect and charming. It's hard, messy work with often times not a lot of thanks from anyone. But she reminds us that grace comes from the tough and was a great reminder to slow down even in the midst of chaos and see God in our lives. A great encouraging read for all ages and stages of motherhood! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Hiding From My Kids In My Prayer Closet here from Amazon

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Included in Christ: A Bible Study Review

About The Study:

Chicago, IL – Have you ever battled insecurity, rejection, or a feeling of worthlessness? Maybe your ethnic background, family dysfunction, financial struggles, career failures, or your own inner battle with shame or fear have led you to feel like an outsider. Have you been telling yourself that you just are not special, chosen, included?

 “As someone who spent a lifetime feeling like an outsider and experiencing rejection—both real and imagined—the notion that I’m included reaches my soul like healing balm,” says Dr. Heather Holleman, author of Included in Christ: Living a New Story from Ephesians (Moody Publishers, June 2017). 

“As we learn in Ephesians, we are part of the whole of God’s family.” Holleman, a speaker, writer, and English instructor at Penn State University, who also serves on the Faculty Commons for Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), struggled for years with loneliness, fear, and feeling like an outsider. God used the book of Ephesians to minister to her and to usher in profound and lasting personal transformation.

 “Paul’s primary purpose in writing Ephesians has everything to do with explaining to readers—and reminding them again and again—that they belong not only in personal and actual union to a living Christ, but that salvation involves including them to one another as believers,” says Holleman. 

Written as part narrative but full Bible study, Included in Christ takes readers through an in-depth, eight-week study of the book of Ephesians. Designed to be studied in community, Holleman focuses the first seven week’s themes around a vivid verb—included, chosen, seated, strengthened, renewed, filled, and proclaiming.

 Each week, women study Ephesians through the lens of the verb, engage in personal reflection questions, discuss lessons in community, and work on developing, what Holleman calls, their Savior Story. “The Jesus I met through the book of Ephesians is a God who includes us, chooses us, seats us at the table, connects us deeply with others, refreshes us, empowers us, and proclaims truth through us,” says Holleman. 

“Instead of the Shadow Narratives that often dominate our lives, we need to replace them with our Savior Stories and begin to live and walk in that freedom.” Many women are stuck in their Shadow Narrative--a story that they tell themselves over and over again that keeps them in the darkness of exclusion and loneliness, weariness, and toxic patterns of jealousy, comparison, and despair. As readers study the verbs and phrases found in Ephesians and work through the discussion questions both personally and in community, they will replace these stories with those that have shaped their lives in Christ. 

These new stories are what Holleman calls Savior Stories, stories that look at who you are as a new creation in Christ, living with a different, biblical reality of a new mindset. “Can you imagine living each day like an included person?” says Holleman. 

“Someone chosen instead of rejected or ignored? Someone seated at the Greatest Table with the Greatest King instead of lonely and fighting for belonging? Someone strengthened instead of weary and powerless? Someone renewed instead of languishing in sin? Someone filled with the Holy Spirit instead of living in self-effort all day long? And finally, someone proclaiming her Savior Story instead of living in silence or stuck in her Shadow Narrative.” 

About The Author:

Heather Holleman, PhD, is a popular author, speaker, and college instructor. She is a faculty member of Penn State's English Department and teaches both freshman composition and advanced writing.
  Heather studied shame and narcissism for her doctoral work in English literature. 

She is the author of three books including Seated with Christ, Guarded by Christ, and Included in Christ (all Moody Publishers). Along with teaching and writing, Heather serves on the staff of Faculty Commons with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and helps direct the graduate student ministry at Penn State. She has received numerous teaching awards and her teaching philosophy finds its roots in what it means to be "seated at the table."

 She’s obsessed with vivid verbs like grapple, fritter, and effervesce. She also greatly admires the semicolon; it is the most beautiful and misunderstood punctuation mark, she says. 

In addition to teaching, she loves writing books, encouraging teachers, reflecting on spiritual principles in everyday life, petting her cats, walking with her neighbors, lighting candles, reading grammar books, watching movies and any television show with singing and dancing in it, entertaining, eating leftover Chinese food, and blogging. 

Her favorite Psalm is Psalm 16, and her three favorite Bible verses are Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:6, and Deuteronomy 31:6.

In addition to her full speaking schedule, Heather writes daily inspirational material that reaches thousands through social media on her blog, Live with Flair, and is slowing making her way through seminary classes in the summers. Heather lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ashley, and their two daughters. 

Learn more about Heather at www.heatherholleman.com.

My Review:

Recently I had the opportunity a wonderful Bible study titled, Included in Christ by Dr. Heather Holleman. It is a study of the Book of Ephesians and is a wonderful study to consider for your upcoming Fall 2017 Womens Bible Study season.

The study is eight weeks, with a few days of homework each week, which sounds like a lot but in reality is not as overwhelming as it sounds. I love the book of Ephesians so was excited to check out this study. It is very well done. You will dig deep but not be over your head in information given. This study is perfect for all of us who do not always feel they belong. You will be encouraged with each word read and studied along the way.

 The author does a wonderful job at bringing you into the world of Paul and the lessons God wanted Christians to learn through Paul. While the book of Ephesians is not new to me (its one of my faves to study and read), there has already been nuggets that are new to me after only doing a few days of study. I cannot wait to see what other great truths I will learn as I complete the study.

The study is very well written, easy to understand and would be fantastic for women of all ages to utilize in a group setting or even individually!

I highly recommend this study and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Included in Christ here, from Amazon.com

***I received a complimentary copy of this study, courtesy of Sidedoor Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

The Unexplainable Church: A Bible Study Review

About The Study:

Chicago, IL – Do you believe God has called you to a unique purpose? Do you ever wonder what your purpose may be? God has offered you a divine invitation. The truth is all believers have been chosen by the Holy Spirit for a special work, a mission of grace to be pursued in connection with believers around the world as part of Christ’s church. We accept, discover and become equipped for that invitation through the community of the unexplainable church.

 “The wonder of the Holy Spirit is that while He calls us individually to live unexplainable lives, He works collectively through the body, bidding the realization of the unexplainable church,” says Erica Wiggenhorn, author of the new Bible study, The Unexplainable Church: Reigniting the Mission of the Early Believers (Moody Publishers, June 2017). 

“The early believers understood their interconnectedness to one another. They found it inconceivable to accept their divine invitation apart from each other as members of the Christian church at large.” 

In her second title in Moody Publishers’ Bible study line for women, Wiggenhorn, a Bible teacher, speaker, and founder of Every Life Ministries in Phoenix, begins where her last study, An Unexplainable Life, which covers the first half of Acts, finished. Guiding readers through the second half of Acts, Wiggenhorn looks in-depth at Paul’s missionary journeys, how the early church supported him, his ministry to the Gentiles throughout the Roman Empire, imprisonment, and his trip to Rome, all while urging women to live out the mission of the church—sharing the amazing grace of God. 

Designed for small groups, churches, as well as individual study, The Unexplainable Church includes ten weeks of lessons, five per week, and features a daily Scripture passage (which women are encouraged to read aloud), commentary from Wiggenhorn, and in-depth, interactive questions. Wiggenhorn’s hope is that this study would ignite the awe and wonder of God’s grace in each reader and help them discover all that God has for them in living out the mission of the unexplainable church.

 “The early believers held one mission: sharing the grace available through Jesus Christ,” says Wiggenhorn. “This mission united people of different races, different religious practices, political affiliations, ethnic traditions, and social classes. This mission, the kingdom of Jesus Christ, turned the world upside down. And it is our mission today: to share the powerful, life-altering grace of the Lord. The question is, will we accept it?” 

Throughout the study, Wiggenhorn guides women as they learn about unexplainable grace, the ways of God, His riches, protection, simplicity, and community through the life and ministry of Paul and the early church. She encourages women to surrender, resolving to follow Jesus wherever He may lead, and to realize that the unexplainable church needs them just as they need the church to fulfill the calling Christ has given them. 

About The Author:

Erica Wiggenhorn is the founder of Every Life Ministries, bringing you the truths of Scripture to transform your life. By digging deeply into God’s Word, Every Life Ministries encourages you to discover your unique purpose, accept God’s promises, and live by His power. 

Erica is the author of two Bible studies including An Unexplainable Life: Recovering the Wonder and Devotion of the Early Church, and The Unexplainable Church: Reigniting the Mission of the Early Believers (both Moody Publishers).

 Erica serves on the women’s ministry leadership team for her church and regularly teaches in various venues. She’s also taught women in the Arizona State Prison system, and overseas. She loves to bring God’s Word to anyone who’ll listen! 

A graduate and post-graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Erica lives in Phoenix with her husband, Jonathan, and their two children, Eliana and Nathan.

 For more information, along with free resources that coincide with the study, visit ericawiggenhorn.com

My Review:

I have participated in many women's Bible studies over the last 10-15 years and am always looking for more to do on my own time that will help me dig deeper into God's word and apply what I have learned on a daily basis. 

Recently I had the opportunity to review The Unexplainable Church by Erica Wiggenhorn. What a fantastic study so far. I am only a few sessions in, for sake of review, but so far it has been a great way to study the second half of the Book of Acts. With a deep conciseness, yet easy to read and understand, Wiggenhorn does a remarkable job of taking women through God's word in a deep and meaningful manner. Each week has 5 days of "homework" to more deeply understand the weeks lesson. It is not overwhelming like some studies on the market but deep enough to really get to the "meat and potatoes" of scripture. It is very evident that the author has a real heart and passion for women's ministry and teaching women to love God and study His word! I look forward to learning more about the history of the early church in Acts through the rest of this study. 

I highly recommend this study and give it a huge thumbs up!


BUY IT: The Unexplainable Church Study can be purchased online here through Moody Publishers

***I received a complimentary copy of this Bible study, courtesy of Sidedoor Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Stepping On Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life: A Book Review

About The Book:

Family life is beautiful and motherhood is a privilege, but it ain’t no picnic!
Being a mother isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s hard to experience a personal connection with God and community when you are caught up in the chaos of just “doing family”.
Independent and self-sufficient, author Betsy Singleton Snyder lived a full and busy life as a pastor, missionary, and wife to a husband who served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She had her first child at age 44, then at 47, she found out she was carrying triplets. Suddenly finding herself overwhelmed is an understatement.
Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It’s a comical story of one woman’s realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.
About The Author:
Betsy Singleton Snyder, author of "Stepping on Cheerios," is a pastor, a former missionary to the arts community, writer, and blogger. She and her husband, Dr. Vic Snyder who formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, live in Arkansas with their four sons, Penn (10), and triplets Wyatt, Sullivan, and Aubrey (8).
My Review:
Motherhood is not for the faint-hearted. It is a tough journey with lots of ups and likely (for most of us) even more downs. However, if we are followers of Jesus Christ, we know we do not walk this journey alone. He is with us each step of the way. 
This collection of real-life experiences as a mom for four was a delight to read. I laughed, cried and found myself nodding in agreement with a smile on my face many times as I read it. There is encouragement in the chaos of being a parent, even if we don't always see it at the moment. I am very glad to have read it when I did. Life has been pretty crazy recently and so this was a great reminder that I am not alone in this chaos of motherhood and that sometimes we just need to laugh. It was a raw, honest and vulnerable look at being a mom and I loved it.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up! 
BUY IT: You can purchase Stepping On Cheerios online here, through Abingdon Press.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Women Who Move Moutains: A Book Review

About The Book:

Infuse Your World--and Your Heart--with God's Life-Giving Power
Amid our packed schedules and life's curve balls, our hearts long for more. We want to live and love well; we want to be a source of joy and life for others. The good news is that we can--and the secret is found in the simple act of prayer. Prayer was never meant to be a recitation of requests, but rather a drawing closer to the heart of God.

In this book, Sue Detweiler reveals how to 
· Exchange the obstacles of life for the promises of God
· Pray with passion and confidence rather than fear and insecurity
· Transform brokenness into wholeness, anxiety into peace, and disappointment into hope
· Become a woman whose powerful prayers transform not only her own life, but the world around her

With a study guide and journaling prompts included, this is the perfect book to take you deeper in your prayer life, either on your own or with a group.


About The Author:

Sue Detweiler is a wife, mother of six, author, radio host, and pastor with more than 25 years' experience in leadership, ministry, and education. She is also a popular speaker who shares her heart and wisdom internationally on issues related to marriage, family, women, prayer, leadership, and ministry. Sue and her husband, Wayne, have recently relocated to Frisco, Texas, to plant Life Bridge Church north of Dallas.

My Review:

Women Who Move Mountains is a fantastic book that reminds the reader about how important prayer is, how to prayer and how to be bold in our prayers! The book was very easy to read, easy to understand and well organized. I absolutely loved that alternate chapters were journaling prompts and that the book included a study guide as well. Also, there were links to dig deeper through videos on the authors website, which added another wonderful dynamic to the book. Perfect for small group or individual study about prayer. This book would be ideal to give to a new Christian or someone who has been one for many years. The book is clear about the power and importance of prayer, without watering down the messages found in scripture. Very good read.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Women Who Move Moutains can be purchase through Bethany House Publishers

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***