Friday, July 29, 2016

The Things We Knew by Catherine West

When their tragic past begins to resurface, can he help her remember the things she can’t?
After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares.
Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own family—and destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister.
As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew.

My Thoughts:
Having never read any novels by Catherine West, I really enjoyed this book. First, I think if you are looking for a summer read, I would put this book on your list. Second, I loved the story and theme of Grace mixed throughout the dysfunction of this family and I also loved plot twists, which was was enough to keep me on my toes. This book has a careful balance of good characters with depth that will pull you in, but also gives you these hidden secrets, which leads an overall interesting and beautiful story of family I give this book 5/5 stars as this was a new author for me and I really enjoyed the book. This is one that I will be thinking about long after I have finished it and cannot wait to get my hands on another story by Catherine! 
Thank you the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes. I was not compensated for a positive review. 

About the Author:
Catherine West
Award-winning author Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine’s novel, Bridge of Faith, won the 2015 Grace Award. Her new novel, The Things We Knew, releases July 12th, 2016, through Harper Collins Christian Publishing.
Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe by Rhonda Stoppe


If My Husband Would ChangeLike most brides on their wedding day, you no doubt were filled with love for your husband and the hope of a happy life together.
But perhaps today, as the realities of life together have settled in, those happy expectations are going unfulfilled. And it’s tempting to think, “If only my husband would change, I’d be happy.”
That myth is but one of many that Rhonda Stoppe dispels in her easy-to-read exploration of what it takes to experience a truly happy marriage. In the process, she addresses such important topics as
—understanding your husband’s need for your unconditional respect
—rekindling the love that drew you to your husband in the first place
—refusing to believe the lie that you’d be happier married to someone else
—learning to be content in the midst of financial struggles
—thinking about sex from a biblical worldview
If you desire to rekindle the love and hope you felt on your wedding day, this book will go a long way toward making that dream come true.
Contains discussion questions and personal reflections at the end of each chapter.

My Thoughts:
This book is great book in the sense that Rhonda dispels a lot of myths, which I believe are important. She bases this book on scripture and the word of God, which is the most important thing when it comes to marriage. Don't be fooled by the title and think it's some self-help book to change your husband. It's about God being at the center of your marriage and keeping him the focus. I also think she has an incredible knack for bringing laughter and wit. She will want to make you be a better wife and a better mother if you have children. I love the practical wisdom and insight this book brings. I give this book 4/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes. I was not compensated to write a positive review. 

About the Author:
Rhonda Stoppe

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Rhonda Stoppe is the No Regrets Woman. She is an author and speaker dedicated to helping women live life with no regrets. With more than 20 years’ experience as a mom, mentor, and pastor’s wife, Rhonda’s wisdom and experience helps women discover significance in God and His specific purpose for their lives, connect biblical principles to everyday decisions, develop a loving marriage that others dream about, and influence the next generation by raising children with integrity.
Find out more about Rhonda at http://www.rhondastoppe.com.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Four Summer MUST reads by Amy Clipston

Are you looking for some good reads this summer? Maybe you looking for a new author or heading out on a vacation and need a beach read...Well, I have a few recommendations for you! 

Author, Amy Clipston is best known for her amazing ability to tell amazing Amish fiction. If you have never read The Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, I highly recommend it. It is my personal favor series on forgiveness, faith, hope, and grace. You will love the recipes Amy provides in each book and the characters, especially Rebecca in A Gift of Grace. This book is tremendous and will make think about the beautiful gift of life. I enjoyed the entire series, but this was my favorite.  



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 However, aside from her amazing Amish fiction writing, my favorite story of Amy's is her own personal journey when she writes her memoir entitled "The Gift of Love," where she shares their families personal testimony to God's grace and healing for a miracle. My second recommendation is "The Gift of Love" by Amy Clipston. This book is powerful, inspiring, and about the Kidney transplant her husband went through.
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My Third MUST read by Amy  Clipston is "The Courtship Basket." In my opinion, Amy outdid herself in "The Courtship Basket" and took her writing to a whole new level. With Mike and Rachel, the reader feels this torn emotion between the two characters. It's the roller-coaster balance of emotions that keeps the reader salivating and wondering what will happen next. Is it friendship? Is it romance? What is it or is it nothing at all? 

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And finally, LAST but definately not least, I recommend reading " An Amish Market" with Amy Clipston's novella "Love Birds."Amy Clipston will steal your heart in "Love Birds" as you enter the quaint gift shop Ellie works at in Bird-In-Hand Pennsylvania only to convince her friend, Llyod to start selling his beautiful wooden birds. Despite Llyod's opposition, Ellie won't have it.  Ms. Cliptson writes a story about forgiveness, trust, and betrayal.  This story is lovely, and her attention to character depth, story plot, and smooth transitions will capture you from the beginning of the story till the end. Will love be in the works for Ellie and Llyod or did her mistake ruin her future?

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So, if you are looking for some great read this summer, I highly encourage you to pick up any of these books or any other books by Amy. 


Also, the first 100 readers who pre-order by 8/15 and submit their reciept will recieve a box of goodies from Harpercollins. You don't want to miss this book! I cannot wait for the next release of this book. 



Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Stream by James Robison

30807651About- The Stream:
Drills deep for the refreshing stream of life-giving water that must begin to flow freely if we are to restore the church and rebuild America, before it's too late.
Robison's campaign for 2016 and beyond is the restoration of the Christian faith and the renewal of an America whose foundings have eroded. The Stream charts a clear path to personal restoration and outlines a plan for spiritual revolution in our culture, values, morals, and in government.









My Thoughts:
"The Stream" is a book that is very relevant to the culture we live in now discussing  and recognizing that as a society we must fight for the values and freedoms we have that are being taken away from us. I also enjoyed the Biblical wisdom, practical advice, history, encouragement and honestly, it will give you a different perspective on the elections. Instead of talking negatively about the candidates, it will move your hearts towards praying for our nation, the world and our candidates. It is a fantastic book  that I really enjoyed. I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you Worthy Publishing for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes.

About the Author:

James Robison
James Robison is an American televangelist and the founder and President of the Christian relief organization Life Outreach International.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Words to Live by- One Word a Week

About:
Words can make a difference in a conversation, in a day, and in a life. Fifty-two words are explored in five different devotions each week encouraging the reader to live more fully. This creative approach to daily devotions will renew both the mind and the spirit.










My Thoughts:
I love this devotional and the process of slowing down. The concept of focusing on one word each week. I love spending time reading the devotionals because they are so encouraging. This book is one that will help you change the way you think, speak and listen as you spend time focusing, praying and find one work in your quiet time with God. I think this book is very unique and inspiring. I give this book 4/5 stars. Thank you Worthy Publishing for providing me a complimentary copy for review. I was not compensated for a positive review. 

About the Authors:
Linda Gilden is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, writing coach, and Certified Personality Trainer. She is a prolific writer and the author of several books and over a thousand magazine articles. She speaks nationally many times throughout the year, is a frequent radio and television guest, and welcomes the opportunity to help others become better communicators. Linda lives in Woodruff, South Carolina.

Dalene V. Parker is an English and Creative Writing teacher who also loves to speak and write. Her work has appeared in Focus on the Family, Home Life, ENCOUNTER, WarCry, Journey and more. She is also the author of Christian Teachers in Public Schools by Beacon Hill Press. Dr. Parker recently earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with minors in Bible and Professional Writing. She lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.