Monday, May 23, 2016

Murder Comes By Mail by A.H. GABHART

A Cozy Mystery Complete with a Small Town Full of Charming, Quirky Characters 
Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane doesn't particularly enjoy being touted as the hero of Hidden Springs after pulling a suicidal man back from the edge of the Eagle River bridge in front of dozens of witnesses--a few of whom caught the breathtaking moments with their cameras. But the media hype doesn't last long as a new story pushes its way into the public consciousness of Hidden Springs' concerned citizens. 

Photos of a dead girl arrive in the mail, and Michael becomes convinced she was murdered by the man he saved. With a killer one step ahead, things in Hidden Springs begin to unravel. Now Michael must protect the people he loves--because the killer could be targeting one of them next. 
Readers will love racing along with Deputy Sheriff Keane as the clock ticks in this page-turning mystery.

My Thoughts:
"Murder Comes by Mail" is the second novel in A Hidden Springs Mystery Series. I have not read the first title, and these can be read as a stand alone novel. If you're interested in mysteries, small towns, and great characters, this is your kind of novel! From the beginning till the end, this book will grip you as you're involved in the murder spree, trying to solve the mystery and you'll love the characters. You will be excited to see how it ends and of course, you won't be able to wait for book three. If you enjoy a good mystery, small towns, and great characters, get ahold of this book, you will eat it to pieces! It is wonderful! 
Thank you to Revell Publishing  company for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes. I was not compensated for a positive review. I give this book 5/5 stars. 

About the Author:
Ann H. GabhartAnn H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She's published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800's, are popular with readers.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Wild & Free by Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan

For all the fullness of God available to His daughters, we often feel limited by two defining insecurities: “I am too much,” and “I am not enough.”

Co-authors and best friends Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan have felt the same, until one essential question turned the tables on it all: If God is wild and free and he created women, what does this mean for us today?

Wild and Free is an anthem and an invitation in equal parts to find freedom from the cultural captivity that holds us back, and freedom to step into the wild and holy call of God in our lives. With fresh biblical insight tracing all the way back to Eve and a treasury of practical application, Jess and Hayley reveal how women today can walk in the true liberty we already have in Jesus.

Because you don’t have to be everything to everyone. You don’t have to try so hard to button it up and hold it together. And you certainly don’t have to quiet the voice that God gave you when he created you to sing. Wild and Free will help you shake off the lies of insecurity in your life, and step forward to maximize your God-given influence for his glory and the world’s good.

My Thoughts:

For In Christ Jesus we are set Free and if you have been held captivate for too long, it is my prayer this book would unlock freedom in your life as you discover all that God has for you. May you find this book as a tool to help you discover the true living God through these pages and his word. Do you ever get this sense that you're not enough or maybe that you're too much? Do you ever feel that you have to be everything to everyone? Or maybe your talents aren't enough for everything? Isn't that so true? What if that isn't it all. What if you are exactly the way the creator made you, unique, with your own set of talents and not needing to measure up or compare to someone else. Maybe it's time we start as women setting each other free and encouraging one another to use our set of talents and gifts to find freedom in the way that God has called us to be, not like everyone else. What if we were a culture of women who spurred each other on instead of compared and set one another free? What kind of world would we live in? Oh, I can't say enough about this book, other than it is a complete game changer! Go, buy a copy, get your friend a copy and start living wild and free. 
Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes for my honest opinion, which I have given. 5/5 stars on this one! 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The SisterHood by Bobbie Houston

29408781Pick your favorite sweet tea or a cup of coffee and curl up in a comfortable chair outside as you get ready to read the heart and soul of Bobbie Houston as she brings power to the heart of every woman in "The SISTERHOOD." Bobbie invites every reader to explore their beliefs about God, themselves, what shapes their beliefs and the world around them. I love his this book challenged me to grow in my gifts, reach far beyond my potential and look for greater possibilities.  

This book has moments that touch your soul, moments that ask you to stand bold, ones that will make you cry and others that will make you laugh. Whatever you get from reading "The SisterHood" will be life giving and life changing all in one. Bobbie writes with a style of authenticity, wisdom, and an invitation, you can help but feel compelled to do something rather than sitting around, doing what you've already been doing. 

She makes it very clear that the lives we touch with the here and now; impact Eternity and sitting on our hiney isn't doing a thing, for anyone. This book will make you feel empowered because her passion will ignite something in you that may have been dead for a long time. I highly recommend this book and want to thank Faith Words for providing me an ARC copy for my honest review. I give this book 5/5 stars. 

For more information or to purchase your own copy, head here.  

About the Author:

Houston, Bobbie (1667256)BOBBIE HOUSTON, together with her husband Brian, is the founder and Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church. Bobbie also founded The Colour Sisterhood foundation in 1997, a worldwide movement of women united to make a difference and make the world a better place, which sponsors conferences, Sisterhood projects and initiatives. She and her husband have three grown children and live in Sydney, Australia and Orange County, California.

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Cario Code by Glenn Meade

The international bestseller takes you on a fast-paced, nail-biting thrill ride from the Great Pyramids in Cairo, to behind the Nazi lines in Berlin, to the very seat of democracy as our hero tries to unravel a plot that could kill FDR and Winston Churchill.

To save the Western Allies, he must kill the woman he loves…

November 1943: Adolf Hitler sanctioned his most audacious mission ever—to kill US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill while they visit Cairo for a secret conference to plan the Allied invasion of Europe, an invasion which threatens imminent defeat for Germany.

Only one man is capable of leading the defiant Nazi mission—Major Johann Halder, one of the Abwehr’s most brilliant and daring agents. He is a man with a tortured soul and a talent for the impossible. Accompanied by an expert undercover team and Rachael Stern, the young and beautiful Egyptologist, Halder must race against time across a hostile desert to reach Cairo and successfully complete the assignment, or else forfeit his life and the life of his son.

When US military intelligence hears about the plan, they assign Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Weaver, one of their best officers, to hunt down and eliminate Halder and his team. But for Weaver, as well as for Halder and Stern, there’s more than the balance of war and the lives of the Allied leaders at stake—a pact of love and friendship will be tested in the frantic, high-stakes chase to the death.

Based on a real attempt to kill the President, The Cairo Code is a breathless, suspenseful thriller—a heart-wrenching tale of friendship, love, and treachery set against the exotic and intriguing backdrop of wartime Egypt.

My Thoughts:
The Cairo Code, written by Glenn Meade is a story that will get your adrenaline pumping as you quickly turn the pages in an attempt to kill President Roosevelt. If that isn't enough to spark your interest, you'll enjoy how Glenn Meade has the ability to take the reader from modern day straight into Germany where the war is going on. It is this back and forth, but written well. The characters are developed, and you will want to know what happens. The book is big and looks like you have a long read ahead, but once you get reading you will lose track of time and it will be over before you know it. This book receives 4/5 stars for me. If you love historical fiction, this would be the perfect book for you because it has a lot of suspense, plot, and mystery. I was given a copy for my honest review thanks to Wynn Wynn Media and the publisher. For more information on how to purchase your copy, head here. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Worth Living: How God's Wild Love for You Makes You Worthy by Mary E. DeMuth

How God's Wild Love Helps Us Overcome Feelings of Worthlessness 
All women yearn to wake up each morning knowing that, no matter what their circumstances, they can feel joy because they are secure in God's love for them and their unique place in the world. 
With deep compassion, Mary DeMuth dares women to believe that the God who starts a good work in them is faithful to bring it to glorious completion. That the God who redeems them also loves them--right now and always--with a beautiful love. That they are daughters of the King, always welcomed in his presence. She helps women discover a future where they know they are wildly loved, they feel strong and secure, and they are destined to have a great impact on the world around them

My Thoughts:
"Worth Living" is the first book I have ever read by Mary DeMuth and it will not be the last. Do you ever a moment with a book that just clicks? Something inside your heart resonates with the author? Mary is so gutsy to openly admit why would someone who struggles with worth write a book about it? That is the moment I started to cry. Something inside of her statement made me realize we all have been drinking the kool-aid of lies. And we keep drinking the poison one sip at a time until it's so deep we can't get out from it. What Mary writes will make you wrestle with the lies you didn't know where there and helps you grab ahold of truths from the Word of God. She helps point you back to the cross, while telling her personal struggle. She isn't a person that condemns but says, I STRUGGLE TOO. If you have a pulse and are human, you've found yourself in this condition at some point in your life or will again, and this book is incredible at making you feel not so alone. It will make you feel from unworthy to worth. Unloved to loved. Pick up a copy if you are in this season or know someone who could benefit. You won't regret it.

Thank you to Baker House Publishing for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes for my honest opinion, which I have provided. I give this book 5/5 stars.