Saturday, January 14, 2017

From Good to Grace - Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel: A Book Review

About The Book:

God is calling you to something greater than good.
So many of us feel as if we do not do enough and, in fact, are not enough. We try hard to be good--a good friend, mom, wife, Christian, employee, or ministry leader--hoping for that "atta-girl" from God, some heavenly assertion that we matter. In the process, we find ourselves living by a lesser gospel: the gospel of goodness. It's a gospel without grace, and in the end, it's good for nothing.

With compelling illustrations from her own life and from Scripture, Christine Hoover helps you start asking, "What does God want for me?" before asking, "What does God want from me?" You'll find yourself breathing a sigh of relief at this powerful message of freedom and hope. Rather than serving God out of obligation or duty, you'll be compelled to love and serve God with great joy.


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

About The Author:

Christine Hoover is a pastor's wife, mom, speaker, and the author of The Church Planting Wife. She has written for The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and Christianity Today. Blogging at www.GraceCoversMe.com, she enjoys helping women apply the gift of God's grace to their daily lives. She lives in Virginia.

My Review:

Christians in general, and women specifically, try to live the perfect life, doing so much that we end up burned out and think that this is the way to be a good Christian. But the Bible says differently. Grace is what saves us. This book exudes that message in a way that you feel like you are sitting right with the author and having a coffee and conversation with her. I loved this book from from cover to last page. I was so encouraging and I truly can I say every woman NEEDS to read it! The author was honest, transparent and I loved all her personal stories, particularly her journey as a parent to a child with Autism. A great and encouraging read!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase From Good to Grace at your favorite Christian book retailer from 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, January 2, 2017

The Wish: A Book Review

About The Book:

Leona wondered if she was getting the carriage before the horse. Even so, she was willing to do whatever she could to bring Gloria back home--where she belonged.

Leona Speicher got the "sister" she always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be the answer to Leona's prayers--until Gloria's father is expelled from their Old Order Amish church for reasons no one will discuss. Much to Leona's dismay, the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear. Then, after a silence of several years, Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona, who makes up her mind to go after her friend. Yet Leona's fiancé--the deacon's son--is alarmed. Will Leona's dearest wish lead to her own undoing?



You can read an excerpt of The Wish here, in PDF

About The Author:

Beverly Lewis, 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. Learn more at www.beverlylewis.com.

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My Review:

Beverly Lewis is the queen of Amish fiction and I was super excited to read her new release, The Wish! It is a stand alone novel so there is no worries that you will miss anything if you haven't read her previous books. I absolutely love her series! If you haven't read Lewis' books in the past you need to start! You will not be disappointed. 

The Wish is written in Lewis' well-loved writing style, and I adored all the characters, particularly Leona and Gloria. The relationships were developed nicely within all the characters and I was pleasantly surprised with how the book turned out.  The book is full of family, faith and even some romance to bring forth a wonderful, quick read for any fan of Amish fiction.

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


BUY IT: You can purchase The Wish at your favorite 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***

Undone: A Book Review

About The Book:

Undone is author Michele Cushatt’s quest to make peace with a complicated life. It is an honest confession of a diagnosis of cancer and the joys and disappointments of motherhood and marriage, ripe with regret over what is and, yet, still hopeful for what could be.
With enough humor to ease the rawness of the story, Undone takes the reader on a roller coaster two-year journey through the unexpectedness of life. A look back makes Michele long for a do-over, the chance to make fewer mistakes and leave less of a mess to clean up. A look forward makes Michele wonder if all her attempts to control life have robbed her of the vibrancy of it. And, in the middle of this internal chaos, she finds her once-pristine house filled with the sights and sounds of three small, uncontainable children who just want to be loved.
In the end, Undone turns complication into a beautiful canvas, angst into joy, and the unknown into an adventure, revealing that sometimes life’s most colorful and courageous stories are written right in the middle of the mess.
You can read an excerpt of Undone here
About The Author:
Michele Cushatt is a successful speaker and author who shares about the complicated intersections of real faith and real life, speaking for Women of Faith, Compassion International, Focus on the Family, and Hearts at Home. She and her husband, Troy, have been married for fourteen years and share a stepfamily of three boys, and more recently have added three small children, just as they thought they were preparing to enter the empty‐nest phase of family life. They live in Denver, Colorado.  Website/Blog: http://www.MicheleCushatt.com
My Review:
With courage and raw honesty, Michele Cushatt walks us through her journey of dealing with troubles in life and how a saving faith in Jesus Christ helped her through the toughest that life can throw at you. It was not an easy read, not because it was bad, but because it was hard to read through all the tough stuff the author went through. It was a hard but beautiful journey from hard times to joy. It was a reminder that even in ashes of life there is beauty and joy. A wonderful read that anyone going through tough times (and who hasn't) will get inspiration from.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Undone at your favorite Christian book retailer from Zondervan.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Zondervan, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not compensated in any other manner***

A Lady Unrivaled: A Book Review

About The Book:

Amid the Unforgettable Cotswolds, the Final Grasp for the Fire Eyes Diamonds Could Threaten Them All
Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well how the dangerous Fire Eyes diamonds have haunted her brother and their friends, and she won't wait for peril to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.

Lord James Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life . . . but that proves complicated when old acquaintances pull Cayton into their desperate attempt to seize the jewels. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those intent on destroying them all?


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

About The Author:

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of nine novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

My Review:

This is the first book from author Roseanna M. White I have read and it absolutely will not be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While it is part of a series, I did not feel that I was lost, having not read the rest of the series.  I will be going back and reading the rest of the series soon. The characters are wonderful and there is a little something for everyone - you will find drama, twists and turns a plenty, and even dreams that come true. I found myself reading late into the night to finish the book! 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase A Lady Unrivaled at your favorite 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***

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Road We Traveled: A Book Review


About The Book:

Tabitha Brown refuses to be left behind in Missouri when her son makes the decision to strike out for Oregon--even if she has to hire her own wagon to join the party. After all, family ties are stronger than fear.

Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. The trials they face along the way will severely test her faith, courage, and ability to hope. With her family's survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid. What she couldn't know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life--and the greater part she had to play in history.

With her signature attention to detail and epic style, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites you to travel the deadly and enticing Oregon Trail. Based on actual events, This Road We Traveled inspires the pioneer in all of us.


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

About The Author:

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of nearly thirty books, including A Light in the WildernessThe Memory Weaver, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. She is also the winner of the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.

My Review:

Jane Kirkpatrick has been a favorite author of mine for several years and I have read her books with great interest many a time. I was highly anticipating this book, and after reading it, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, it was one of my favorites of hers. I love the history that this book holds, particularly surrounding The Oregon Trail. It is very clear that the author did an extreme amount of research to make this novel so real to the reader, and allows one to feel like one is right in the novel, experiencing all that the characters do. A beautiful read that I embraced from the very first pages and through to the last pages. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Road We Traveled at your favorite Christian 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 Christmas Angel Project: A Book Review

About The Book:

Abby Wentworth is the glue that holds her book club together. So when she unexpectedly passes away on the cusp of the Christmas season, the rest of the women in the group are stunned, saddened, and sure that, without her, the group can't continue.

They gather "one last time" to open gifts Abby left behind, little knowing how it will change each of their lives--forever.
You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format


About The Author:

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas BusThe Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another GirlAnything but NormalDouble Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

For more information about Melody visit her website at www.melodycarlson.com.

My Review:

Melody Carlson has done it once again with a delightful Christmas time read. 5 women with five different life journey's that combine to tell a wonderful, inspiring story that reflects the idea of giving we see during this holiday season. Carlson's writing style is very good and the story is heartwarming with a few little turns and a surprising end. The characters where believable and well developed as well.  It is a quick read as well. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase The Christmas Angel Project at your favorite Christian 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***

Home: A Book Review

About The Book:

You Were Made for Another World
In this world of fear, trials, and loneliness it's easy to feel adrift, like you're homesick for somewhere you've never been. This longing is no small thing to be brushed off and forgotten--it's a guidepost letting you know that you were made for a different place. This earth, as we know it, is not your home. But it's close. In fact, at times you can almost see your home from here. 

What you long for is the New Earth--the place God has been preparing for your eternity with him. With heartfelt stories, personal reflection, and deep scriptural insight, Elyse Fitzpatrick explores heaven and the New Earth--showing that our assumptions about heaven and the realities of the New Earth are not one and the same. Your final destination is not a dull, featureless room in the clouds, but rather a perfected earth. It's an actual place full of beauty and wonder that we'll explore with real, perfect bodies. There's no need to chase a bucket list--on the New Earth there will be no end of glorious sites and amazing activities, and we'll never run out of time. 

Includes questions for group discussion.


You can read an excerpt here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Elyse Fitzpatrick (www.elysefitzpatrick.com) is a nationally sought after speaker and author, speaking at such events as The Gospel Coalition and Nancy Leigh DeMoss's Revive Conference. Along with her husband, Phil, Elyse is a member of Valley Center Community Church, a reformed congregation in the community of Valley Center. VCCC is a member of FIRE, the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals.

She holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an MA in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 22 books on daily living and the Christian life.

Elyse and Jessica's first book together, Give Them Grace, has sold 55,000 copies, releasing in May of 2011. Elyse has been married for over thirty years and has three adult children and grandchildren


My Review:

Home by Elyse Fitzpatrick is a wonderful look at what believers in Jesus Christ will come to find when we one day meet Him in Heaven. The book is full of information so its one that needs to be read slowly and deliberately in order to absorb all the wealth of information. Elyse Fitzpatrick does a remarkable job at painting a beautiful picture of what Heaven will be like, and is scripturally sound when doing so. I truly am blessed to have read this book and anyone else who reads it will be as well. It was well worth the read and has really allowed me to understand more about the afterlife of Heaven. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Home at your favorite 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***

Fading Starlight: A Book Review

About The Book:

When Her Big Shot Blows Up on Her, 
How Far Will One Woman Go to Regain Her Dream?

Lauren Summers is in hiding. Her fashion house internship was supposed to launch her career, but a red carpet accident has left her blackballed. The only job she can find comes with little pay, but at least it offers a free place to live--a rundown cottage in the shadow of a cliff-side mansion. Planning to live on savings until she figures out what's next, she's unprepared to be contacted by a reporter.

Kendall Joiner is researching Charlotte Montgomery, a former Hollywood ingénue who lives a reclusive life in the cliff-side mansion. Rumors have swirled for decades about Charlotte, and now Kendall wants to find the real story. In return, she may just have the key to getting Lauren back into the fashion world. Desperate to get her life back on track, Lauren's not sure she can turn down the offer--but as she and Miss Montgomery get to know more about each other, Lauren realizes nothing is quite as it seems.


About The Author:


Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the acclaimed author of over a half-dozen novels, including  Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. Kathryn and her family make their home in Santa Barbara, California.


My Review:


It's another hit from author Kathryn Cushman in the newest release, Fading Starlight.


The book is an easy read, with great character development and a lovely storyline. It is the perfect book to snuggle up with, along with a cup of tea and cozy blanket. With delightful characters and a great story line, you will find yourself up late into the night reading. I look forward to reading more from this author soon.


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


BUY IT: You can purchase Fading Starlight at your favorite Christian 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***

Kick The Boring Out of Your Life: A Book Review

About The Book:


Good lives rarely happen randomly. But a wise woman who works in concert with God’s design for living is almost certain to have a full, rich life—the kind of life every woman really wants.
How does a woman make the wise decisions that will create a beautiful life? In her new book, author and speaker Donna Carter offers practical and spiritual advice that can help you create the life you love. You’ll learn how to:
  • think big
  • set boundaries
  • take risks
  • invest wisely
  • maximize the power of your words

These strategies and more will help any woman create the life she loves.

About The Author:

Donna Carter is a lively speaker who sparks light-bulb moments to encourage spiritual growth. She connects with people worldwide, including China, El Salvador, and Haiti. She and her husband, Randy, founded Straight Talk Ministries to help people discover and live their faith. The Carters live in Alberta, Canada. www.donnacarter.org 

My Review:

The first thing that caught my eye about this book was the cover. With bright colors and the really cute child was so endearing to me. But the content of the book is absolutely what got to the heart of me. I was so encouraged with each page read by author Donna Carter. She wrote in a wonderful, conversational manner and I really felt like I was sitting across from her in a coffee shop as she spoke. I love the personal stories both from herself and about other. There is a a great quote, that I have seen other reviews quote, and it says this:

"Our ordinary lives can have deep significance when we live intentionally and take risks. But they tend to become extremely superficial if we don't."

Just love it! The entire book has a ton of great inspiring points and along with the great study questions, which makes it perfect for individual or group study! It is a great book for personal development and was very easy and quick to read.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Kick The Boring Out of Life at your favorite Christian book retailer from Harvest House Publishers

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the publisher and author, 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, December 28, 2016

Exploring Christian Theology: A Book Review

About The Book:

The Foundations of Theology in Everyday Language
Dallas Seminary professors Nathan Holsteen and Michael Svigel are passionate about the key doctrines of Christianity. They want readers to know why they're important and why they matter. This volume includes two parts:

· From Dust to Dust: Creation, Humanity, and the Fall 
· Wise Unto Salvation: Gospel, Atonement, and Saving Grace

The authors explore these important topics in a concise and highly readable style that makes sense--whether you're a student of the Bible, a pastor, or someone who simply wants to know God better. 

For each topic you'll find
· An introduction, overview, and review of the key points
· Several applicable Bible texts, including verses to memorize
· A quick-paced history of the doctrine
· Distortions to be aware of and avoid
· Reading lists for further study
· A glossary of theological terms


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

About The Authors:

Nathan D. Holsteen, ThM, PhD, is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he teaches all areas of systematic theology. Trained as an engineer, he is awed by systems of theology that exhibit internal coherence. He and his wife, Janice, have two children and live in Fort Worth, Texas.

Michael J. Svigel, ThM, PhD, is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has written numerous Bible study guides, articles, and papers, and is the author of RetroChristianity (www.retrochristianity.com). He lives in Garland, Texas, with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children.

My Review:

This was a remarkable read. I love learning about theology but often times am overwhelmed by the sheer depth of language used and topics covered. This particular book was a welcome relief for me. It truly outlined the topics of fall of man, salvation and creation in easy to understand points, with a lot of pointing to scripture to back up points made by the authors. The authors did a very good job at making theology readable for the average reader, but for those who are in ministry a more detailed book on systematic theology is an absolute must. This book though is perfect for getting the basics in an easy to understand format.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Exploring Christian Theology at your favorite Christian 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***

Recovering Redemption: A Book Review

About The Author:

You can’t. God can.Life never lacks for improvement—in ourselves, in our relationships, in just about everything. But all our brave stabs at getting better, if they ever change anything, are incomplete at best, complete failures at worst. Sometimes much worse.Unless . . .
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the great “unless” of life—both for those who already believe (but can’t believe the messes they’re still capable of making), as well as those who don’t yet believe but just know their way isn’t working.
Recovering Redemption, written with a pastor’s bold intensity and a counselor’s discerning insight, takes you deeply into Scripture to take you deeply inside yourself, discovering that the heart of all our problems is truly the problem of our hearts. But because of what God has done, and because of what God can do, the most confident, contented person you know could actually be you—redeemed through Jesus Christ.
None of us, really, can do what’s required to change our lives for the better, taking what’s persistently frustrating and making it perfectly satisfying. Yet as hopeless as that may sound, it is the flat-line truth in which good news comes to life . . . to your life. For just as what’s lost can be found, what’s wrong can—even now—be recovered.

About The Authors:
Matt Chandler serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He came to The Village in December 2002 and describes his tenure as a replanting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. The church has witnessed a tremendous response growing from 160 people to over 11,000 with campuses in Flower Mound, Dallas, Denton and Fort Worth.
Michael Snetzer serves at Groups Pastor at The Village Church. He received his Masters in Counselling from Dallas Baptist University. For seven years he served as a counselor at the Center for Christian Counselling. He has served on the pastoral staff at The Village Church since 2007. He has worked part time at North Texas Christian Counselling since 2012. Michael has three children: McKenna, Ava, and Greyson. He and his wife, Sonia, were married in 2007.

My Review:
I have been a fan of Matt Chandler's preaching and writing for some time, and I wanted to share a few thoughts on one of his recent books, Recovering Redemption.
It was written in a very good, conversational style and I loved that. I felt like I was in a room with both authors listening to them speak. I love it when a book is written in this manner. The book is very well written, easy to read, and was an overall easy read. It was a great reminder of the work that God does, and will do, in our lives, if we just let Him. It is his powerful redemption that changes our lives and then allows us to reach others for His Kingdom.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Recovering Redemption at your favorite Christian retailer from BH Publishing Group
***I received a complimentary copy of the book, courtesy of the publisher, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Reviewing Leadership - A Christian Evaluation of Current Approaches: A Book Review

About The Book:

This book offers a comprehensive evaluation of current approaches to leadership from a discerning Christian perspective. Combining expertise in leadership, theology, and ministry, the authors take a historical look at leadership and how it is viewed and used in today's context. The book is informed by both biblical and leadership studies scholarship and interacts with a number of popular marketplace writings on leadership. It also evaluates exemplary role models of Christian leadership. The second edition has been updated and revised throughout.

The Engaging Culture series is designed to help Christians respond with theological discernment to our contemporary culture. Each volume explores particular cultural expressions, seeking to discover God's presence in the world and to involve readers in sympathetic dialogue and active discipleship.


Contents


Foreword by Max De Pree
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
1. Leadership: An Emerging Academic Discipline
2. Biblical, Historical, and Denominational Perspectives on Leadership
3. Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Leadership: The Ethical Foundation
4. Faith-Based Approaches to Leadership
5. Practicing Leadership through Faithfulness, Integrity, and Service
6. Leadership Development: Leaving a Legacy
7. Governance: Practicing Faith-Based Leadership
8. Christian Leadership in Action: Some Exemplary Case Studies
Conclusion: The Future of Leadership
Index


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

About The Authors:

Bernice M. Ledbetter (EdD, Pepperdine University) is practitioner faculty of organizational theory and management at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She formerly directed the De Pree Leadership Center at Fuller Theological Seminary

Robert J. Banks (PhD, University of Cambridge) is visiting professor and associate at the Centre for the History of Christian Thought and Experience at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He previously served as founding professor of the ministry of the laity at Fuller Theological Seminary and executive director of the De Pree Leadership Center.

David C. Greenhalgh (EdD, Boston University) is professor of education and leadership and director of the PhD in organizational leadership program at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.

My Review:

While I am not in a leadership position in church, I chose to read this book because my husband is. It is a great read for anyone in leadership, whether new or veteran. It covers historical facts about church leadership and how it impacts current leadership styles and concerns. A lot of information but a good, overall read. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Reviewing Leadership at your favorite Christian retailer from Baker Academic, 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***


No Way Up: A Book Reviwe

About The Book:

The Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!
When Cimarron Ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg--and possibly his life--Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch's will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance's three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don't live and work at the ranch for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative. 

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set--and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future--and a desired future with Sadie--locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all.


You can read an excerpt of No Way Up here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.

My Review:

Mary Connealy has done it again with her new series, Cimarron Legacy, which begins with book one, No Way Up.

The book has remarkable characters in Chance Boden and Heath Kincaid and their stories are just wonderfully written. It is a fun romance with a few twists and turns to grab your attention immediately and keep it throughout reading it. I am very excited to see how the characters develop in book two, Long Time Gone, when it releases in February 2017. 

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

BUY IT: You can purchase No Way Up at your favorite 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***