Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Heart's Obsession: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:


Will Sarah’s journey west lead her back into the arms of the one man she can trust?

When her father succumbs to a long illness, Sarah Montgomery is freed from duty to family. At last she can be with the love of her life, Rand Campbell, who has gone out west to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Sarah and her younger brother Joel make the arduous journey filled with hope.
But at Fort Laramie, the reception Sarah meets isn’t what she had hoped for. Her friend Amelia is thrilled to have her, but Rand seems to be in the clutches of Jessica DuBois, the scheming daughter of the post commander.

Sarah resolves to remain at Fort Laramie and try to win Rand back. But things will get tougher before they get easier . . . especially when her ex-fiancé Ben Croftner arrives in Wyoming, obsessed with having her back in his arms.

About The Author:

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including “Tidewater Inn,” “Rosemary Cottage,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.

Find out more about Colleen athttp://www.colleencoble.com/


My Review:

It's another fantastic book from prolific author, Colleen Coble. Book Two of Journey of the Heart series reintroduces you to Sarah and Rand, and I loved this short novella so much. The action is fast paced and you will find yourself cheering on the main characters throughout the book. While the ending does leave you hanging and wishing for more, the saving grace is that book three will be out in May. If you are a fan of recent books by Colleen Coble, then I highly recommend going back and reading these books, which are earlier works from her. You will not be disappointed. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. A quick read, perfect for curling up with a cozy blanket and cup of tea. 
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase A Heart's Obsession online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer from Thomas Nelson

***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, April 20, 2015

The Inn at Ocean's Edge: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamore’s childhood was like a fairytale. But with the help of Luke Elwell, Claire discovers that fairytale was really an elaborate lie . . .
The minute she steps inside the grand Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Claire Dellamare knows something terrible happened there. She feels it in her bones. Her ensuing panic attack causes a scene, upsetting her parents. Claire attempts to quiet her nerves with a walk on the beach, to no avail. She’s at too great a distance to make out details, but she believes she witnesses a murder on a nearby cliff. When local police find no evidence of foul play, they quickly write off the “nervous” woman’s testimony as less than credible.
But Luke Elwell, home on leave from the Coast Guard, has reason to believe Claire. Years ago when his mother went missing, Luke’s father suspected she’d been murdered. He died never having convinced the police to investigate. So when an employee of the grand hotel doesn’t show up for work, Luke steps in to help Claire track down the missing woman.
As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.
About The Author:
USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including “Tidewater Inn,” “Rosemary Cottage,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.
Find out more about Colleen athttp://www.colleencoble.com/.
My Review:
I have been a big fan of Colleen Coble for several years now, and was so excited to see that she was releasing another series. The Inn at Oceans Edge is the first in her Sunset Cove series, and from reading it, I can safely say it is going to be a great series.
In her typical fashion with romance suspense the drama starts right away and you will find twists and turns a plenty as you read it. This book is absolutely not predictable like so many romance suspense books seem to be. I had to read far into the book before I really felt I had a handle on the mystery but that made it a fantastic read. I lost track of time as I read, and ended up reading late into the night of two nights to finish the book. 
A fantastic read that I highly recommend and give a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase The Inn at Ocean's Edge online through Amazon. It is also available at your local favorite Christian book retailer from Thomas Nelson
***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***

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Enough Already: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

Recognize your own outer and inner beauty as defined by God, not the media or others.
Most women know that God loves them, but might he love them more if they finally lost that last ten pounds, or got their hair to lay right, or finally found a pair of jeans that looked good and let them breathe? Well, maybe God doesn’t care about jeans, but women do, and all the talk about inner beauty hasn’t kept all of us from staring into a mirror and taking an inventory that never quite measures up. Enough Already will:
—Elevate the soul-freeing, spiritual truth that God is the Creator of beauty and that women are called to appreciate and care for themselves as his own.
—Enable women to accept God-given beauty so that when they look in the mirror they see his handiwork, not their flaws.
—Equip women to win the ugly struggle with beauty once and for all.
About The Author:
Barbara Roose is an African-American, wife, mother, and pastor with a passion for creatively communicating God’s truths in a manner that is relevant and easy for people to apply to their lives. In February 2002, she joined the staff at Cedar Creek Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. Currently, she is the Directional Leader and Pastor of Spiritual Formation. For the past eight years, she has had the privilege to serve as periodic teaching pastor to 10,000 (average) weekly attendees. Since 2010, she has spoken at various women’s conferences in the U.S. and Honduras. In October 2012, she was a guest speaker for best-selling author and former Women of Faith speaker, Nicole Johnson’s Seasons Weekend Experience. Barbara and her husband, Matt, have been married 21 years and live in Toledo, Ohio.
Find out more about Barb at http://www.barbroose.com.
My Review:
In a day and age where beauty and the quest for it are plastered all over magazines, the internet and via movies and television, it is often very hard to feel up to par, and far too easy to find ourselves comparing to those we see portrayed in the media. Yet, we know we are created in the image of God, so therefore we are beautiful and should not always look for flaws or compare ourselves to others. 
Enough Already was a a great reminder that we need to love ourselves just God does. The author gives a lot of fantastic tips and uses many personal stories and most importantly Biblical scripture to encourage and inspire each woman that will read this book, bringing you to His definition of beauty versus society's.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up. 
BUY IT: You can purchase Enough Already online through Amazon
***I received a complimentary ecopy 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***

Against The Flow: A Book Review and Blog Tour

About The Book:

A wide-ranging discussion of the place of Christianity in the public square
Daniel’s story is one of extraordinary faith in God lived out at the pinnacle of executive power. It tells of four young men, born in the tiny state of Judah around 500 b.c., and captured by Nebuchadnezzar, emperor of Babylon. Daniel describes how they eventually rose to senior positions of administration.
Daniel and his friends did not simply maintain their private devotion to God; they maintained a high-profile witness in a pluralistic society antagonistic to their faith. Their story carries a powerful message for us today. Society tolerates the practice of Christianity in private and in church services, but increasingly it deprecates public witness. If Daniel and his compatriots were with us today they would be in the vanguard of public debate.
This is a lucid and erudite examination of the life of Daniel from a leading expert on faith and science. In his first biblical work, Dr. Lennox provides a unique perspective on both Western society and biblical exegesis that will make Against the Flow an instant classic encouraging Christians to speak out in our modern Babylon.
About The Author:
John C. Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College. He lectures on Faith and Science for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is author of a number of books on the relations of science, religion and ethics. He and his wife, Sally, live near Oxford.
Find out more about John at http://www.johnlennox.org/
My Review:
Against The Flow is not for the faint of heart readers. It is a very deep book that delves into the Book of Daniel, from the Old Testament of the Bible. The book of Daniel is one that I have wanted to dig deeper into for sometime, so I was very grateful for the opportunity to review the book, Against The Flow. 
It is a hefty book at over 400 pages, but contained so much information. It did take me a while to read the book, given it's size, but I am so glad that I was able to be a part of reviewing this gem of a book. It covers all the major themes, interpretations, prophecies within, and culture of the day. A fantastic read for any serious student of the Bible, and especially those interested in Daniel.
 It has many amazing features, but I loved the insert with full color photos of artifacts, maps, and fine art pieces of items from the time of Daniel. I also love that there is a discussion/study, perfect for individual study or a small group study. 
 The book was very well written and it is clear that much research went in to writing Against The Flow. Don't let the size of the book scare you away from reading it. It's well organized and that will definitely help you read it in easy, smaller chunks. It is definitely one book that I will keep in my personal library for a while yet and will for sure read it again.
I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up. 
BUY IT: You can purchase Against The Flow 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***

Be The Message: A Book Review

About The Book:

The Great Disconnect.

Maybe you're troubled by the disconnect between the words you speak and the life you live. Maybe you'd like to see your faith become more active and life-changing in the world around you.

Pastor Kerry and Chris Snook felt that way. Even though their calling involved preaching and teaching, they became weary of sermons and words. They felt a gap between what they were saying and the needs of people around them. They decided to do something about it. Be The Message is their story of waking up to the gospel - not just a gospel of words and sermons, but the gospel of intention and action and people. They made a profound discovery: You are the gospel.

As they explored the deeper truths of scripture, the verse "the word of God lives in you" came alive. Digging deeper, they discovered that the gospel message is really about a life message - your life lived out. God's call to you is simple: Be the message.

Be The Message opens up a new world of understanding about what God calls you to. As the Shooks learned, the gospel is not about what you say. It's about who you are and what you do - and how you can be God's Hands and Feet to the world.

About The Authors:

Kerry and Chris Shook founded Woodlands Church outside of Houston, Texas in 1993. Since then the multi-campus church has grown to an attendance of more than eighteen thousand people and is recognized for its ministries to the poor and powerless. Woodlands Church also has one of the largest fair-trade/direct-trade stores in the country with the goal of lifting generations out of poverty by empowering their lives with hope. Thousands of people in more than two hundred countries tune in weekly to Pastor Kerry's televised broadcasts. The Shooks' first book, One Month to Live, is a New Your Times best seller. Kerry and Chris have been married more than thirty years and have four grown children.

My Review:

Be The Message was a fantastic, inspirational and challenging read. You will definitely not want to put this book down. Throughout the book the main message that shines through is that we, as Christians need to step it up and put our words into action. That is basis of our faith, to draw people to a saving faith in Christ. But if others cannot His love in our actions, how are we sharing our faith beyond words. A great read for new and veteran believers alike.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Be The Message online through Amazon.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Lovell-Fairchild 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, April 12, 2015

Fringe Hours: A Book Review


About The Book:

For the woman who is doing everything for everyone--except herself
Ever get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you? In this practical and liberating book, Jessica N. Turner empowers you to take back the fringe hours--those little pockets of time you already have in your day--in order to make time for your passions and practice self-care. Based on original research, The Fringe Hours helps you overcome common hurdles that prevent women from taking time for themselves regularly. You'll also discover tips for maximizing the time you have and discover how living this lifestyle makes you a better wife, mother, and friend.




You can read an excerpt of The Fringe Hours here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Jessica N. Turner is the founder of the popular lifestyle blog The Mom Creative, where she documents her pursuit of cultivating a life well crafted. She is a writer for DaySpring's (in)courage community, an advocate for World Vision, a regular speaker at blogging conferences nationwide, and an award-winning marketing professional. She and her husband, Matthew, live with their children in Nashville, Tennessee. Connect with her on TheMomCreative.com

My Review:

Have you ever read a book that has rocked you to your core and totally flipped your life upside down? 

I have a small list of book that have done just that and now I can add The Fringe Hours to that list. Seriously this is THE number one book I have read this year thus far. I was absolutely thrilled to be a member of the Launch Team for The Fringe Hours

We as women have so many things going in our lives that we often are far too overwhelmed and forget to take care of ourselves. And when we do that, often crisis comes up and we have no idea where to go with it or how to deal with it. Jessica N. Turner is a mom and well known blogger, who has written a delightful book that will encourage you so much. I love that she encourages women to really take time for oneself, learn a hobby, go to an exercise class, join a book club. Whatever your interests are, take time to dig into them and allow them to help you take care of you for a while, so you can be there for the others in your life. When one takes care of self they are more able to be successful in caring for others. 

The Fringe Hours is LOADED with practical tips and ideas, with many personals stories told from the authors and was such an encouraging read. I have read it twice now, and definitely will re-read it again. It would be a great Bridal shower gift or even a baby shower gift for a new mom.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Fringe Hours online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***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 not been compensated in any other manner***

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Stories: A Book Review

About The Book:

Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.
Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you’ve never heard before. Illustrated with original woodcuts.
My Review:
What an amazing collection of stories that celebrate the wonder and amazing time of Easter. There are stories for all ages and stages in this amazing collection. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through the stories and even read a few of them to my girls last week as we prepared to celebrate Easter. Each story emphasizes the gift Christ gave on the Cross and the gift of grace as a result. An excellent collection that will allow your imagination to become vivid with each word read.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Easter Stories online through Amazon.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of FlyBy Promotions, for the purchase of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Forgiving Our Mother's and Father's: A Book Review

About The Book:

“If our families are to flourish, we will need to learn and practice ways of forgiving those who have had the greatest impact upon us: our mothers and fathers.”
Do you struggle with the deep pain of a broken relationship with a parent?
Leslie Leyland Fields and Dr. Jill Hubbard invite you to walk with them as they explore the following questions:
  • What does the Bible say about forgiveness? Why must we forgive at all?
  • How do we honor those who act dishonorably toward us, especially when those people are as influential as our parents? * Can we ever break free from the “sins of our fathers”?
What does forgiveness look like in the lives of real parents and children? Does forgiveness mean I have to let an estranged parent back into my life? Is it possible to forgive a parent who has passed away?
Through the authors’ own compelling personal stories combined with a fresh look at the Scriptures, Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers illustrates and instructs in the practice of authentic forgiveness, leading you away from hate and hurt toward healing, hope, and freedom.
About The Author:
Leslie Leyland Fieldsis an award-winning author of eight books, a contributing editor for Christianity Today,a national speaker, a popular radio guest, and a sometimes commercial fisherwoman, working with her husband and 6 children in commercial fishing on Kodiak Island, Alaska where she has lived for 36 years.
Dr. Jill Hubbard is a clinical psychologist and regular co-host on Christian radio's nationally-syndicated New Life Liveprogram. Dr. Jill has gained a reputation for her gentle and insightful style of connecting with radio callers. She is also in private practice where she sees clients who struggle with depression, addictions, eating disorders, and relational and personal growth issues. Dr. Jill lives with her family in southern California.
My Review:
Forgiveness. While a simple word, the act of forgiveness is not a simple process. In fact, it is one of the most difficult processes a person can go through in their life. Over the span of my life I have had to forgive on many occasions and yet, with each situation, the process was so different. In some instances, the relationship recovered (and improved), in other instances, the relationships had to be distanced and ultimately, ended. In all the situations, even at the hardest moments, I grew from them. That is what forgiveness is all about. Growing from the pain, and heading to healing and hope. That is what the authors of Forgiving Our Mothers and Fathers want us to remember. 
The book was really well written and organized. I loved that the authors were raw and honest in telling parts of their life journey's. I loved that each chapter had questions at the end for both personal and small group reflection purposes. 
If you are in a place in your life where you need to forgive someone, but do not know where to begin, then please think about getting a hold of this book. It will encourage you, challenge you and help you to go from hurt to hope through the power of forgiveness.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Forgiving Our Mothers and Fathers online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer. 
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Thomas Nelson and the BookSneeze 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***

Deadly Echos: A Book Review


About The Book:

After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah's joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn't know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed. 

As she learns more about Hannah's death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents' murder. Sarah enlists Paul's help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul's concern encourages Sarah's growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide--even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.


You can read an excerpt of Deadly Echoes here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Nancy Mehl is the author of eighteen books and received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. Visit her website at www.nancymehl.com.

My Review:

In book two of the Finding Sanctuary series, you are introduced to the quaint town of Sanctuary and with book two, Deadly Echoes, you are brought back there, and are introduced to a super character in Sarah Miller.  If you are you are a fan of author Nancy Mehl, you will not be disappointed with this latest installment.

The book draws you in to the world of Sarah and Sanctuary and it is choked full of twists and turns from the very beginning. There is an element of faith within the book but it is not done in a pushy way. The story line is very well developed and I loved all the characters, but Sarah was by far my favorite. The prominent theme through the book was to keep going on in life, even when life is hard, and that God carries us even when we don't realize it. A very hard book to put down, and I read it late into the night!

I cannot wait to read the rest of this series!

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Deadly Echoes at your favorite Christian book retailer. It is also available online through Amazon.

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

More Than Just The Talk: A Book Review

About The Book:

Have Real Conversations With Your Kids About SexThe old ways of having the "sex talk" just won't cut it anymore. Sadly, the number one place today's young people go to for answers about sex is Google. Meanwhile, kids view nearly 14,000 sexual references a year on television, and 70 percent of teenagers have encountered pornography on the Internet. If we want our children to know the truth about healthy sexuality, we need to create a comfortable climate of continual conversations.

Jonathan McKee will show you how to move beyond the initial awkwardness of this subject into an ongoing communication with your kids about God's amazing gift of sex. He equips you with what you need to talk openly about dating, temptation, porn, and purity, and you will find answers to tough questions and relevant Scripture on sexual issues.

It's normal for kids to be curious about sexuality, and they need to know that their parents are the most reliable source of information. Be the one your kids turn to on this crucial topic.


Read an excerpt of the book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Jonathan McKee is an expert on youth culture and the author of more a dozen books, includingSex MattersGet Your Teenager Talking, andThe Guy's Guide to God, Girls, and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has twenty years of youth-ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide. He also writes about parenting and youth culture while providing free resources at TheSource4Parents.com. Jonathan, his wife, Lori, and their three kids live in Northern California. For more information, go to JonathanMcKeeWrites.com and follow Jonathan on Twitter.com/InJonathansHead.

My Review:

Sex. It is a topic that this world seems to be saturated with. Whether it's magazine articles, Facebook shares, song lyrics and themes, everywhere you turn it is not uncommon to see something about sex. And sadly, earlier and earlier our children are learning about sex. And more often than not, our children are learning about sex from everywhere (and everyone) but from us, their parents. While my children are not yet old enough for "the talk" we have discussed being safe online, inappropriate touching, and being safe when we do use the internet. 

More Than Just The Talk is a great book perfect for all families with preteens and teens. The book  allows parents and other caregivers to learn how to intentionally, with love, talk to our kids about sex, setting healthy boundaries, and to make talking about sex a part of regular conversations not just a one time talk. I loved that the book helps parents have difficult conversations with their kids in an honest manner and help their children to be more confident with this issue. Perfect for both boys and girls, youth pastors, parents and other caregivers.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase More Than Just The Talk online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian 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, April 3, 2015

Halo Found Hope: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room—was there any hope?
A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life… and her family waited.
Six days turned into eight weeks. She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn’t feel half of her face, couldn’t hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn’t even tell anyone that she felt hopeless… or could she?
Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles. Helo’s story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her prayer. Helo’s story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right there. He doesn’t need to be re cognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how she found hope.
About The Author:
Helouise “Halo” Matzelle led a charmed life until receiving a shocking diagnosis in 2011 of a rare brain tumor sitting over the main artery in her brain. Matzelle’s passion is helping those who face various challenges and afflictions discover where true hope is found. She resides in Redmond, WA, with her husband and their three children.
Find out more about Helo at http://halofoundhope.com/.
My Review:
Getting a life changing medical diagnosis at a young age is something that I am all too familiar with. At age 32, in the midst of a journey with infertility, I was diagnosed with cancer. It was not the journey I ever thought I would go on, but I did not go alone. And the author of Halo Finds Hope, Helouise Matzelle, was no different.
There was so many times while reading Halo Finds Hope that I found myself relating to her story. While my treatment and diagnosis was not a dire as hers the emotions regarding a medical diagnosis like a tumor are very similar. Her story was raw, and there were so many times while reading the book that I found myself crying and getting so caught up in her story.
This book, and Matzelle's story is one that proves there is HOPE in even the most dire of situations. If only we reach out for His hand, the Great Physician, we will find the hope we need to deal with the tough stuff in our lives. Whatever that tough stuff is. Whether it is medical, financial or otherwise. 
God has used this woman and her journey to be an amazing encouragement to people, men and women, around the globe. She had no idea how God would use her and wow, did he. You will be encouraged as you read Halo Found Hope. I encourage you to read the book, then pass it on to someone who would find it encouraging.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Halo Found Hope online at Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer.
***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***

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Heart's Disguise: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

In the aftermath of the Civil War, a young woman searches for her lost love at the edge of the West.
The Civil War has destroyed Sarah Montgomery’s marriage before it’s even begun.
After Sarah receives word that her fiancé, Rand Campbell, has been killed fighting for the Union, her brothers and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to Ben Croftner—despite her strong misgivings. But when Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive—and that Ben Croftner knew it—she indignantly breaks off the engagement and goes in search of Rand.
But Ben Croftner does not take rejection lightly—and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. When Sarah is abducted by her treacherous fiancé, Rand finally comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and intends to take her there as his wife.
But could Sarah leave her dying father’s side for the love of her life? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?
About The Author:
Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. "Seagrass Pier," the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble’s addictive brand of romantic suspense.
My Review:
Colleen Coble has been a favorite author of mine for several years now, and when I was given the opportunity to review the re-release of her very first series, I knew I had to jump at it. Over the next few months you will find my thoughts about the series here on the blog. The first book, A Heart's Disguise, was a fantastic book. For only 96 pages, there are a number of great twists and turns, and a great cliff hanger, perfect to become excited about the next book in the series. It is the perfect book to read while waiting for appointments or when your child is at an after-school activity!
The characters are all fantastic, and the story line will have you excited as well. It is obviously a quick read, with wonderful descriptions of the setting, and it is a fantastic re-introduction for current fans of Coble's work, and a fantastic introduction to her work for new readers.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase a copy of A Heart's Disguise online through Amazon. You can also purchase it at your favorite local Christian book retailer.
***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***

How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

You’ve probably said these things to your kids, but have you listened to what you’re saying?
“I remember the day you were born.”
“Turn down the music!”
“This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.”
“Hold my hand.”
Your heavenly Father wants to tell you many of these same things. Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when you’re raising children—she has seven! But this lovely devotional book will help you to hear God’s still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools, cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You’ll learn how to recognize God’s instructions for you, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.
About The Author:
Rachael Carman is an author and speaker for Apologia Educational Ministries. The wife of Davis and the mother of seven children, Rachael challenges parents to live by reckless, obedient faith. As a direct reflection of her heart's desire to encourage, inspire, and celebrate motherhood, Rachael also leads Real Refreshment Retreats, weekend events that energize and invigorate homeschooling mothers with meaningful worship and speakers plus practical encouragement for the homeschool journey.
My Review:
This is a very different parenting book than I have read in a while, but that is a good thing. It is an encouraging read that meets the reader right where they are. In the midst of the sometimes messy journey we call parenthood. The book is organized so nicely and that makes it perfect for reading from cover to cover or reading only the chapters that you need for the place you may be in as a parent.
The whole book is awesome, but I especially loved being reminded to pray, especially in the tough times, to remember that God's timing is what it is all about, that we are here for a reason, that we need to put God first so that we can be the best parent He wants us to me, and that we are never alone on this journey, even if we sometimes feel like it.
Each chapter has "moments of introspection" for the reader to take a moment and think about how to apply to life what was just read. It's perfect for a quick devotional and so incredibly encouraging. This would be a perfect new parent gift and especially a great gift for a parent you know that may be experiencing a difficult time.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You? online through Amazon. It can also be purchased at your favorite local Christian book retailer.
***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***