Monday, October 27, 2014

The Hardest Peace: A Blog Tour and Review

About The Book:


A young mother battling cancer invites readers to embrace grace in every season of life.
Kara Tippetts knows the mundane but rich days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow.and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer.
In The Hardest Peace, she invites readers to see the grace of the everyday in all seasons of life and to live well even when the living is hard. As the thousands of readers of her blog know, Tippetts explores the hardest questions of life with rare beauty and honesty. Most of all, she draws them back to the God who is present, in the ordinary and the suffering, and shapes every life into the best story of all.

About The Author:
Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and lead a church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cancer is only part of Kara's story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality. She blogs faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com.
My Review:
This is probably one of the hardest books I have had to read this year. My heart broke as Kara Tippetts told her story of her cancer journey and the impact that it had on her faith journey. This book is about embracing whatever journey God has you on, whether it is cancer, financial hardship, a marriage crisis, or death of a loved one. Kara shows us with a raw vulnerability that during the difficult, sometimes-hard-to-understand-why moments that we need to embrace it and love on those in our lives with a big love. I am a nine year cancer survivor, and I felt myself relating to the author in so many ways. Although I did not have to go through the journey of chemo or radiation, I still have the fear of what was to come, of death, or reoccurence, of how my body would be after surgery. It is a journey only a cancer patient or survivor can relate to. But at the center of Kara's journey was Jesus, and she clung (and continues to cling) to the peace that can only come from Him. 

The Hardest Peace was very well written, inspiring, encouraging and challenging. I cried more as I read this book, then any I have read this year. Her journey is not over yet and I am just amazed at the strength this woman and her family have. God has definitely used Kara and her family through this book and will continue to do so for a very long time.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Hardest Peace at your favorite local bookseller. It is also available online through Amazon.com
***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***

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Citizen: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:


For Rob Peabody, the young pastor at a mega-church in southern USA, the realization that his faith had little real connection with the world around him meant that something had to change. He redirected his church towards the poor on their doorstep and then took the larger step of moving to the UK to establish the missional fellowship ‘Awaken’.
In Citizen he outlines the Kingdom-centered identity that is given to followers of Jesus. It’s a wake-up call to the church in the West. Jesus’ death and resurrection initiates and invites people into a life of so much more than the status quo. God is re-building, re-newing, and re-creating that which is broken and marred by sin, and he is doing this – setting things right in the world – through Jesus. As citizens of the Kingdom, we have been saved and set apart for this work. We have a new allegiance, a changed identity, and a new mission as we seek to establish the rule of God on earth as it is in Heaven.
About The Author:
Previously the lead campus pastor at an American mega-church, Rob Peabody is now director of the Awaken Movement who left his church in the Texan Bible-belt to start and lead a Fresh Expression of church seeking to engage unreached 20's and 30's in northeast London.
My Review:
I had not been familiar with Rob Peabody prior to reading his book, but he leads the Awaken movement in London, England. Citizen was full of amazing personal stories from the author and he encourages us, through these stories, to step up and start living more intentionally in our walk as a Christian. The book was well-written, and easy to read, in a very conversational style of writing. Basically, he asks if we are ready or not to take risks for our faith. It is a perfect read for those who want to step outside the traditional church and reach people for Christ in unconventional ways! A great read that all Christians who are asking "what more can I do for God?" should pick up for encouragement!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Citizen at your favorite bookseller locally, as well as online through Amazon.com
***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***

The River: A Book Review

About The Book:

She looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna's death, it had been such a barrier . . . a place and a moment she could not seem to move past.
            
A line I can't move beyond...
The River 

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.

Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?


You can read an excerpt of The River here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her website at www.beverlylewis.com for more information.

My Review:

Oh my, Beverly Lewis has done it again. Bringing together a wonderful cast of characters, all with their own issues, to tell a story of a broken family that is so in need of healing and share their journey through a well written, attention grabbing book that I could not put down. I really enjoyed the relationship that developed with Tilly and Ruth, and they ended up being my favorite characters. This book seemed a little bit of a departure for Lewis as she wrote more about the Amish leaving versus about the life within an Amish community but it was an excellent book to be sure. A quick moving plot and wonderful characters made this a fun, quick read and I look forward to seeing what comes next for this prolific writer.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The River at your favorite bookseller 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***

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tried and True: A Book Review

About The Book:

Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!

Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister--and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It's a risk--they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as "boys"--but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?


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

About The Author:

Mary Connealy is an award-winning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romances. An author, teacher, and journalist, Mary lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her cowboy husband and has four daughters and two grandchildren. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.

My Review:

Mary Connealy has done it again!

Combining both the Western and Romantic Comedy genres of Christian literature, you will be taken on a fast-paced adventure that you will enjoy from the first page until the very last.

The story is well-written with wonderfully characters that all who read the book will enjoy. I have loved that she brought in a few characters from other books, and I cannot wait to see how the story lines and characters become more developed in the second book in this series, Now and Forever.

A great read with comedy, romance, western and mystery all rolled into one!

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Tried and True online through Amazon. It is also available through your local Christian 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***

Keepers of the Covenant: A Book Review

About The Book:

In Their Darkest Hour, Where Would Hope Be Found?
In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king's palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year.

Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people. Forced to rally an army when all his training has been in the Torah, he struggles to bring hope in a time of utter despair, when dreams of the future--of family and love--seem impossible.

In Keepers of the Covenant, acclaimed novelist Lynn Austin weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God's unwavering love for His people.  


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

About The Author:

Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner and an inaugural inductee into the Christy Award Hall of Fame, as well as a popular speaker at retreats, conventions, women's groups, and book clubs. She lives with her husband in Michigan. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.

My Review:

Lynn Austin is one of the most prolific authors within the Christian Historical Fiction genre, and with each book, she just gets better and better. This is the case with her most recent novel, Keepers of the Covenant. She does an absolutely remarkable job at bringing to life the Old Testament story of Ezra. From the very first pages your attention is caught and kept throughout the book. It is a stunning combination, bringing together Biblical scripture and fiction. This is the second book in the Restoration Chronicles series by Lynn Austin and is a beautiful fictional account of the Biblical exile of the Jews to Jerusalum. Very well written, intriguing and a breath taking read.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Keepers of the Covenant online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local book retailer. 



***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy 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***

Friday, October 17, 2014

Deceived: A Book Review

About The Book:

A grieving mother. A mysterious child. And a dedicated PI who's determined to solve the puzzle.

For three years, Kate Marshall has been mourning the loss of her husband and four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on a mall escalator, she's convinced it's her son. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan for help. As the former Secret Service agent digs into the case, the boating "accident" begins to look increasingly suspicious. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.


As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plotline that accelerates to an explosive finish.
You can read an excerpt of Deceived here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Irene Hannon is the author of more than forty-five novels, including Vanished, Trapped, and the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, and a National Readers' Choice Award. In addition, she is a Christy Award finalist, and Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.

My Review:

If you want to read a book that will have you on the edge of your seat and reading into the wee hours of the night, you have to read this book!

Once again, Irene Hannon has hit the proverbial ball out of the park with her most recent release, Deceived. It is the third book in the Private Justice series and bar none, in my opinion, her best book ever. I have read all her books, so that says a lot.

The book is fast paced and full of the suspense that Hannon is well known for. I loved the conclusion to the series and cannot wait to see what is next for this author. The story line was well-developed and I loved all the characters, even the villian grew on me as I read on. There are a few twists and turns, and they definitely made the book interesting and keep my interest for sure.

Whether you have been a fan of Irene Hannon for a long time or she is a new author to you, this is definitely a book you will want to read.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Deceived online through Amazon or through your favorite local retailer





***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Revell Reads Blogger Program, 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, October 16, 2014

The Marriage You've Always Wanted: A Book Review

About The Book:

From America's favorite marriage expert and author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, The 5 Love Languages®
Respected marriage counselor Gary Chapman looks at the key issues that will help you build the marriage you've always wanted, answering such real-life questions as . . .
  • Why won't they change?
  • Why do we always fight about tasks and responsibilities?
  • Why should we have to work at sex?
In the warm, practical style that has endeared him to audiences worldwide, Dr. Chapman delivers advice on all the "big issues" of:
  • Money
  • Communication
  • Decision making
  • In-laws
  • and much more
Each chapter includes a "Your Turn" opportunity for reflection and interaction with bewteen spouses.
Discover the "joy potential" in your marriage and your "ministry potential" for God!


About The Author:

GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. For more information visit his website at www.5lovelanguages.com

My Review:

Dr. Gary Chapman is a prolific author, and I have enjoyed reading many of his books over the years. In fact, my husband and I received several of his books when we were first married and they have been wonderful resources for us ever since. My favorite books have been the Love Language books. Not only has The Five Love Languages been instrumental in our relationship with one another, but we are now in the phase of parenting that we can also start to utilize his book, The Five Love Languages of Children. 

Recently, I had the special opportunity to review his recent release, The Marriage You've Always Wanted. I could not turn this chance down. My husband and I will be celebrating our 17th anniversary shortly, so the timing of receiving this book was such a God-thing!

The book is based on Biblical principles, loaded with personal stories and written in such a way that you will feel like you are right in a conference with Dr. Chapman as he teaches about having a strong marriage. He covers topics like money, communication, sex, changing in marriage, decision making and more. This is a book that every engaged couple should read before marriage and refer to often after marriage happens. It is the perfect gift for a newly engaged or married couple without a doubt. Not only is it full of wonderful teachable moments but each chapter has questions to work through as a couple or individually, as well there is a DVD study available for it too, perfect for married couple study groups or adult Sunday School. 

Gary Chapman will be on tour over the new couple months, with the Love Languages tour and The Marriage You've Always Wanted Tour. Check here for more information on the dates and times.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Marriage You've Always Wanted at your favorite book retailer from Moody Publishers.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Moody Publishers 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***

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Mason Jar: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

What if your old college roommate called, raving about a book someone sent her, calling it the most beautiful book she’s ever read? “But,” she said, “it’s about you.” The author is your college ex.
In The Mason Jar, Clayton Fincannon is a Tennessee farm boy raised at the feet of his grandfather. He and his grandfather leave letters for each other in a Mason jar on his grandfather’s desk—letters of counsel and affirmation. When Clayton attends college in Southern California, he meets and falls in love with a dark debutante from Colorado. However, when an unmentioned past resurrects in her life and she leaves, Clayton is left with unanswered questions.
Clayton goes on to serve as a missionary in Africa, while he and his grandfather continue their tradition of writing letters. When Clayton returns home five years later to bury his grandfather, he searches for answers pertaining to the loss of the young woman he once loved. Little does Clayton know, the answers await him in the broken Mason jar.
A story about a girl who vanished, a former love who wrote a book about her, and a reunion they never imagined.
Written for the bruised and broken, The Mason Jar is an inspirational romance that brings hope to people who have experienced disappointment in life due to separation from loved ones. With a redemptive ending that encourages us to love again and written in the fresh, romantic tones of Nicholas Sparks, The Mason Jarinterweaves the imagery of Thoreau with the adventures and climatic family struggles common to Dances with WolvesA River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall.
About The Author:
James Russell Lingerfelt is the author of "The Mason Jar" and writes articles for "The Huffington Post." James connects with readers at his blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective, and divides his time between Southern California and his family's ranch in Alabama.
My Review:
I have not read a novel like The Mason Jar in a very long time. It is so powerful, eloquent, poetic and the vivid descriptions allowed me to feel like I was right within the story itself. I fell in love with the book from page one. I adored the relationship between Finn and his grandfather, and it was beautiful to watch it develop. It was an emotional read, but I am very glad I read it. It flowed nicely and I thoroughly enjoyed the plot lines that existed. A captivating read that will draw you in quickly and give you a feeling of completion when you finish reading it.
 As many people in other reviews mentioned, The Mason Jar, was reminscent of the writing of prolific author, Nicholas Sparks, and would absolutely agree. 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 Mason Jar at your favorite bookseller, as well as online via Amazon
***I received a complimentary electronic 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***

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thunder: A Book Review

About The Book:

The Time of Sorrows is long past.
The future of Selah and her people is shrouded in mystery.
And the clock is ticking.

Hidden in the tall grasses along a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city, a hunter crouches. It is the eve of her eighteenth Birth Remembrance and high time she proves to herself and her brothers that she can stand on her own two feet. Selah Rishon Chavez waits not for game but for one of the small boats that occasionally crash against the desolate shoreline. Because inside one of these boats she will find her quarry--a Lander.

These people from an unknown land across the ocean are highly prized by the Company and bring a good price--especially if they keep the markings they arrive with. 

Everything falls to pieces when the Lander whom Selah catches is stolen by her brothers, and Selah wakes the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bodhi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell in the Mountain.

With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of disturbing scientific advances, devious political conspiracy, and survival in a hostile wilderness, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a society more like our own than we may want to admit. From the tension-laced first scene to the captivating last page, Thunder
 is an epic journey into the heart of humankind that explores how far we are willing to go when we're pushed to the limit.

You can read an excerpt of Thunder, here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

Bonnie S. Calhoun teaches workshops on Facebook, Twitter, HTML, and social media at writers conferences. In her everyday life she is a seamstress and clothing designer. Bonnie and her husband live in a log home in upstate New York with a dog and two cats who think she's wait staff. Thunder is her first YA novel. Learn more at www.bonniescalhoun.com.

My Review:

I will be the first to admit I am not typically drawn to young adult but when the opportunity came up to read a post-apocalyptic America novel, I jumped on it. Mostly because the cover and book description really sounded intriguing. I wasn't mistaken to read it. What a journey this book on. A combination of science fiction, with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure and Thunder was a fantastic read. It is a "clean" read, perfect for the Young Adult  group, and touches on themes such as racism and slavery. The book is a very fast read, and holds your attention throughout. As a first book of a series, its' set up to continue into a fantastic series. I look forward to reading the rest of it soon.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Thunder online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local book retailer


***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy 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***

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Magnificent Tales: Treasury of Bible Stories - A Blog Tour and Book Review


About The Book:

Children ages 4-8 will be delighted by these rhyming Bible stories pairing spiritual truths with playful illustrations.
Featuring lyrical stories full of lighthearted moments, this colorful collection of Magnificent Tales is perfect for reading out loud. As families read these stories night after night, they will make memories together while learning about the Bible.
About The Author:
 Kelly Pulley works from his middle Tennessee home writing and illustrating children's picture books, most recently "Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn" and "The Cycling Wangdoos." He is best known for illustrating dozens of books in the Beginner's Bible series, including "The Beginner's Bible" (over 1.25 million copies sold).
My Review:

What a seriously fun book to read!

With bright colors and a fun, rhyming style writing, your child will have so much fun learning basic Bible stories like Joesph, Moses, the birth of Jesus, the feeding of the 5000 and more! It is very easy to read, perfect for older sibling to read to a younger one (as was the case at our home a number of times). I thought the rhyming brought a really fun element to the book, and reminded me a little bit of Dr. Suess, which is not a bad thing. It's a well know fact that children learn through repetition of hearing songs, stories and facts, so it was lovely to see so much repetition in the book.

A perfect mix of bright illustrations and easy to read and understand text makes this book a perfect idea for a gift for any time of the year, but especially the upcoming Christmas season.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Magnificent Tales: Treasury of Bible Stories online through 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***

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Sacred Year: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:


One searcher’s honest and fascinating journey to encounter God, love others, and discover his true self through a year of spiritual practices.

Frustrated and disillusioned with his life as a Christian, motivational speaker Michael Yankoski was determined to stop merely talking about living a life of faith and start experiencing it. The result was a year dedicated to engaging in spiritual practices, both ancient and modern, in a life-altering process that continues to this day. Whether contemplating an apple for an hour before tasting it (attentiveness), eating on $2.00 a day (simplicity) or writing simple letters of thanks (gratitude), Michael discovered a whole new depth through the intentional life.

Stirred on by the guiding voice of Father Solomon, a local monk, Yankoski’s life is slowly transformed. Both entertaining and heart-wrenching, Yankoski’s story will resonate with those who wish to deepen their own committed faith as well as those who are searching – perhaps for the first time – for their own authentic encounter with the Divine.

About The Author:

Michael Yankoski is a writer, aspiring theologian, and urban homesteader who dreams of becoming a competent woodworker, musician, and sailor. He received his MA in theological studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a (novitate) Oblate of St. Benedict, and has authored four books. Michael grew up in Colorado, feels at home on the Pacific Coast, and currently resides in Indiana, where he and his wife are pursuing PhDs at the University of Notre Dame.



My Review:

Every year around January 1st, I pick a word that I want to focus on throughout the upcoming new year. I use that word to incorporate into my whole life, whether it's my health, spirituality, or relationships. This year the word I picked was "discipline" since it falls into all areas of my life. One of the things I have done is study the spiritual disciplines, using Richard Foster's book, Celebration of Discipline. Unbeknownst to me, my church planned a sermon series on Spiritual Discipline this summer, and recently I was given the opportunity to review a new book on this very subject as well. The Sacred Year by author, Michael Yankoski was a dynamic read, that took my study of spiritual disciplines to a very different level.

The book was intriguing, and thoughtfully written as the author takes you on a year of his own spiritual journey. I loved that he was vulnerable, honest and raw about his questions, doubts, belief's and so much more. 

The book is divided up into three sections, then each section covers a number of disciplines. Some I was familiar with, others were new to me and left me wanting to learn more about them.

Section One: Depth with Self
1. The Practice of Attentiveness
2. The Practice of Daily Examen
3. The Practice of Sustenance
4. The Practice of Simplicity
5. The Practice of Creativity
6. The Practice of Embracing Mortality

Section Two: Depth with God
7. The Practice of Confession
8. The Practice of Listening Prayer
9. The Practice of Lectio Divina and Regular Eucharist
10. The Practice of Still, Silent Solitude
11. The Practice of Sabbath
12. The Practice of Wilderness
13. The Practice of Pilgrimage

Section Three: Depth with Others
14. The Practice of Gratitude
15. The Practice of Protest
16. The Practice of Pursuing Justice
17. The Practice of Community 
18. The Practice of Caring

Yankoski does a remarkable job and showing us how to stop "going through the motions" of our Christian walk and really strive for a truly authentic relationship with ourselves, others and most importantly, with God. There is plenty of personal experiences shared by the author, and it is very poignantly written, and I felt that contributed to the very authentic feeling the book had. I loved that the author gently, but strongly, showed the reader that we should practice these disciplines not because we "have to" but because we want to as true believers in Jesus Christ. I loved the question and answer section at the end of the book, that allowed me (and other readers) to get to know the author even more.

Through reading The Sacred Year, I have been encouraged now, more than ever before, to get more authentic with God! 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Sacred Year online through 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***

Monday, September 29, 2014

Move On: A Book Review

About The Book:

Life is often messy. God makes provision to help us move beyond our messes but often our first instinct is to hide, deny, ignore, or run from them. Yet it is in the middle of our mess where mercy shows up and offers a safe place to process our struggles, imperfections, doubts, and fears. Then with mercy by our side, we are able to move on and experience the grace and freedom God intended.
In Move On best-selling author Vicki Courtney helps readers come clean with their muddy messes, revealing the deeper issues they must face, including:
  • Christian snobbery
  • struggles and broken dreams
  • the past
  • shame
  • legalism
  • the need for approval
  • idols
  • fickle faith
Once we face our messes, God, with his sweet mercy, can help us to get real, deal, and truly move on.

About The Author:

 Vicki Courtney is a national speaker to women of all ages and the best-selling author of many books and Bible studies including 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter and Ever After. Vicki and her husband, Keith, have three grown children, a son-in-love, daughter-in-love, and an amazing grandson.

My Review:

This. Book. Will. Change. Your. Life.

It truly will. It is the most thought-provoking book that I have read in a really long time about facing our mess in this journey of life, accepting them, and truly moving on from them. Moving on from the guilt, from the mess, from the worry about what other's will think if they really knew the truth. From all of it. With rawness, honesty and the reminder that God meets us in our mess, embraces us but doesn't leave us in the mess. He uses it (whatever it is) to allow us to reach for His mercy. I love that she challenges us as we read to embrace our messy lives and allow God to bring us out of it, change and grow and allow Him to handle it and allow us to live as saints not get stuck as a sinner.

The writing style of Move On made me feel as though I was sitting in the room with the author, and enjoying a cup of coffee with her. It was an intimate read that allowed me to realize there were things I thought I had dealt with but really had not. I am grateful for the journey I took through reading the book.

While the book is fantastic, there is also a study guide and a DVD study available to allow you to experience this book in a group setting. I know I would love to study it deeper in the near future.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Move On via Amazon, as well as through your favorite Christian retailer locally.



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