Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Shift Your Thinking for Success: 77 Ways to Win at Work and in Life by Dean Del Sesto

36739635Shift Your Thinking for Success: 77 Ways to Win at Work and in Life

We all desire success--but we don't all understand what success actually is. Success isn't a place you arrive at after working hard. That's a goal. Success is found in the character you maintain while you pursue your goals. It's about who we are and how we project our persona at work, at home, at school, and everywhere else. And all it takes to find success and fulfillment are simple shifts in the way we think.
In this wisdom-packed book, Dean Del Sesto offers readers 77 brief reflections to help them shift their thought patterns for greater success in business and life. He shows how to interrupt the things that aren't currently working and provides clear alternatives to think, plan, and act differently for better results.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

36496717The Hope of Azure Springs

Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won't be able to do it alone.
For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He's determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn't expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.
Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.
My Thoughts:
Debut novel, The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham is a breath of fresh-air. With deep emotions, the characters will draw you in ,as you feel apart of their life in Azure Springs dealing with loss, sickness and romance. 
Ms. Fordman did a fantastic job when it came to the research behind this book and I would have never known this was her first book. Honestly, this is a must read! The Hope of Azure Springs is a wonderful novel and a very  engaging historical read! It’s deeply meaning and a emotional read that I really enjoyed. The theme of hope, romance, and healing were just many of the things you can find at Azure Springs. Honestly, Em and Caleb are two characters and stories that will stick with you long after this story is over.  I highly recommend this book, and know that you will read this boo quickly. I hope to be able to read this book again before summer is over again. This is a great historical fiction read! 

About the Author:
Rachel FordhamRachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children's bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

The Edge of Over There (The Day the Angels Fell #2

36739634The Edge of Over There (The Day the Angels Fell #2)



The captivating sequel to the award-winning The Day the Angels Fell

Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller's life had been predictable. But after the Tree and the lightning and the angels, everything felt tenuous, like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. She spent years looking for signs of that other world, waiting for it to break through. When it didn't, her friendship with Sam Chambers grew cold and distant, and they both wondered how any of it could actually have happened.

Four years later, 16-year-old Abra's long-delayed quest to find the next manifestation of the Tree of Life is renewed when she sees a woman walking up the road--a woman who looks exactly like Sam's dead mother. The woman directs her to New Orleans where she will find the grave of Marie Laveau, one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. As Abra enters The Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn't know whom to fear or whom to trust. But she's starting to think that some doorways should never be opened.

My Thoughts:

The Edge of Over There is the sequel to The Day The Angels Fell which I reviewed previously. I wanted to give Shawn Smucker another shot, so I decided to read this second novel.  This book felt spiritual, but had no clear path and was dark at times. I was confused while reading it. I wasn't sure who was who, which made frustrated while reading it. Also, I thought the angels in the story were different. I also didn't completely understand The Tree of Life. It sounded like before the Tree of Life, there were other ones that existed. The book confused me and it wasn't in a way that I felt drew me closer to Christ, especially if I was reading a Christian fiction book to have elements of faith, I think this book was a stretch.  Overall, as a fantasy book, this is probably a great read, but I struggled through this one. I am sure if you like fantasy books, you might really enjoy this book, but for me, I did not like it as a Christian fiction book . I give this book 3/5 stars. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Minding the Light (Nantucket Legacy #2) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

36739628Minding the Light (Nantucket Legacy #2)

Six long years ago, Captain Reynolds Macy sailed away from his bride, looking forward to the day when he would return to Nantucket Island with a ship's hold full of whale oil. But when that momentous day finally arrives, Ren soon discovers that everything has changed in his absence. Everything. "Is nothing on this island as it appears to be?" he whispers in despair.

Unlike most islanders, bold and spirited Daphne Coffin doesn't defer to Ren as an authoritative whalemaster, but sees through his aloofness to the aching heart beneath. She encourages him to return to his Quaker roots and "mind the Light," finding solace in God and community. As Ren becomes the man she believes him to be--honorable, wise, faithful--she finds herself falling in love with him.

But how can she, when her heart is spoken for? Tristram Macy is Ren's business partner, cousin, and best friend--and Daphne's fiancE. Love always comes at a cost, but when is the price too high?

My Thoughts:
 Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a compelling narrative with rich characters, a capturing setting and emotional complexity.  The historical research and detail of Nantucket is exquisite and detail oriented. The reader can visualize the harbor, and smell the ocean. This book catches all the senses, which makes this book so beautiful. Not only is the book structurally sound with the plot, setting and characters, but the way this book pulls the reader into the story is uncanning. I felt very connected Mary and enjoyed reading her journal entries. This book was not just a great book of story, but one of history too and I learned a great deal of information in this book. I give this book a 4.5/5 stars rating. I highly recommend you putting this book on your summer reading list! 

 About the Author:
Suzanne Woods FisherSuzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. 

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate the principles of simple living. 

Suzanne lives in California with her family and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can't life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth. 

Suzanne can be found on-line at:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Boundaries for Your Soul How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies By Alison Cook

Boundaries for Your SoulHow to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies

By Alison Cook

Do your emotions control you or do you control your emotions? Many people let guilt, anger, or self-criticism dominate their lives and negatively affect their relationships. Boundaries for Your Soul shows you how to calm the chaos within. This groundbreaking approach will help you know what to do when you feel overwhelmed, understand your guilt, anxiety, sadness, and fear, welcome God into the troubling parts of your soul and move from doubt and conflict to confidence and peace.
Boundaries for Your Soul includes relatable anecdotes, helpful exercises, an engaging quiz, and opportunities for personal reflection. Gathering the wisdom from the authors’ twenty-five years of combined advanced education, biblical studies, and clinical practice, this book will set you on a journey to become the loving, authentic, joyful person you were created to be.
My Thoughts:
As a social worker and someone who is in ministry, this book is awesome! Boundaries for Your Soul is very helpful, practical and great for interpersonal relationships. This book will help you create healthy boundaries with the external world, so you have healthy boundaries within your internal personal life. I love how this book takes the shift on focusing on our internal world for our overall mental, spiritual and emotional health. This book is not just about the internal dialogue, but finding freedom in the internal dialogue with the Lord. I really enjoyed this book and found it super helpful. It is a great resource and I highly recommend it!