Friday, November 17, 2017

God's Wisdom for Women: Topical Scripture and Encouragement by Patricia A. Miller, Rachel Gorman


34020302God's Wisdom for Women: Topical Scripture and Encouragement

About:
Many people believe that the Bible has answers and encouragement for our lives--our questions, struggles, heartaches, and joys. But most people don't know where to find the answers within the pages of Scripture. People need a tether to Scripture and a map for journeying deeper and learning more from the Bible.
Organized by topic, God's Wisdom for Women is the perfect starting point for women to easily discover what God has to say about their lives and journeys. Within each topic readers will find truth from God's Word, encouraging quotes from leading writers, practical steps, and suggestions for further reading. More than 50 topics--such as decision-making, friendship, contentment, grief, worry, guilt, and social media--cover a range of experiences, hardships, and joys, allowing women to seek hope and encouragement from Scripture for themselves and others.

My Thoughts:
God's Wisdom for Women is a topical scriptural and encouragement, spiral bound book for women by authors Patricia Miller and Rachel Gorman. What I love about this book, is the several topics and the subtitles that are underneath each topic. Some of the topics include Daily Struggles, Knowing God, Lifestyle, Encouragement, Relationships, Difficult challenges, and more. It then unpacks more topics in expansion in various translations such as English Standard Version, NIV, NKJV, NLT, The Message and other translations. 
The cover is gorgeous and the spiral bound is lovely to study topics in depth. This is such a great tool and I love that this could be used in the counseling area with Christian counselors who are looking to refer to a Bible verse quickly, especially when in a session. I love that this has topical readings on social media, money, decision making and time management. This is such a great tool, I can't get over it! It's so easy to read and informative. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

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Becoming a Christian is the best and worst thing that has ever happened to Sarah Hollenbeck. Best because, well, that's obvious. Worst because, up to this point, she's made her very comfortable living as a well-known, bestselling author of steamy romance novels that would leave the members of her new church blushing. Now Sarah is trying to reconcile her past with the future she's chosen. She's still under contract with her publisher and on the hook with her enormous fan base for the kind of book she's not sure she can write anymore. She's beginning to think that the church might frown on her tithing on royalties from a "scandalous" book. And the fact that she's falling in love with her pastor doesn't make things any easier.

With a powerful voice, penetrating insight, and plenty of wit, Bethany Turner explodes onto the scene with a debut that isn't afraid to deal with the thorny realities of living the Christian life.


My Thoughts:

Honestly, I don't feel like my review can do this book justice. First, this book will make you laugh as Bethany Turner takes a character and uses whit, charm and humor to have her dialogue a character who is going through difficult stuff as a Christian and we are seeing it through the lens of Sarah Hollenbeck who is very comfortable with writing, but not comfortable with this Christian thing. This is a book that I could not put down because I was laughing out loud so much. You'll find humor, romance and fun sprinkled throughout this book.
I give this book 4.5/5 stars. I cannot wait for the next book and I was so impressed with this being the author's debut novel. This book should make your Christmas list! Thank you to the publishers for providing a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required.


About the Author:
Bethany is a born and bred Kentucky girl who relocated to Colorado in 2001, three years after meeting the love of her life in a chat room, back before anyone knew that wasn't always a good idea. Thankfully, it worked out in this case, and she and her husband are the proud parents of two boys. In 2014 Bethany walked away from her career as a bank vice president to step out in faith as a writer. Since then, God has not only opened doors in the publishing world, but has also called her to full-time ministry serving on a church staff. She is an innovative systems administrator for a rural church that is passionate about reaching the unchurched.

Bethany's debut novel for Revell is a romantic comedy which stays true to her pop culture roots, and will be published in October 2017. Her home on the web is www.seebethanywrite.com.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1) by Irene Hannon


Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)

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Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.
Irene Hannon is the best-selling author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspense. Irene and her husband make their home in Missouri, USA. Irene invites you to visit her at her website, www.irenehannon.com 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano


Lady Jayne Disappears

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Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her at www.jdpstories.com.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Why I Believe: Straight Answers to Honest Questions about God, the Bible, and Christianity by Chip Ingram

34020307Why I Believe: Straight Answers to Honest Questions about God, the Bible, and Christianity

About:
In our post-Christian, pluralistic society, responding to the perception that Christians are prejudiced, anti-intellectual, and bigoted has become a greater challenge than ever before. The result is often intimidation, withdrawal, and even doubts among God's people about what we really believe. Bestselling author and teaching pastor at Living on the Edge, Chip Ingram, wants to change that.



In Why I Believe, he gives compelling answers to questions about

- the resurrection of Christ
- the evidence of an afterlife
-the accuracy and intellectual feasibility of the Bible
- the debate between creation and evolution
- the historicity of Jesus
- and more

The solid, biblical, logical answers he shares will satisfy the honest doubts that every believer experiences now and then, and will provide practical, thoughtful answers that can be shared with family and friends. This is the perfect resource for churches, small groups, and individuals who long not only to really know what and why they believe, but also to be equipped to explain the intellectual justification for their faith in everyday language.

My Review:
It’s no secret that those who believe in Christ are increasingly judged by “the world,” and criticized for putting our faith in what the Bible says is true. Chip Ingram’s new book “Why I Believe” is a must-read for any Christian living today. He takes a very practical, and realistic approach to answering this question in the context of many scenarios we face every day.

In his book, Chip says he was a skeptic of Christianity growing up. After coming to faith in high school, his skepticism was met with overwhelming evidence. “It wasn’t intellectual evidence, but relational authenticity and love,” Ingram says in his introduction to “Why I Believe.”

As Americans, we are skeptical of everything we read, and we find ourselves questioning and wanting answers. This book is written to the one who is skeptical of Christianity, as well as the one who believes in Christ but wants deeper intimacy and relationship. I give this book 4/5 out of stars. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author :
Chip Ingram is the senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and president of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over twenty-five years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. Chip is author of twelve books, including Overcoming Emotions that Destroy; God: As He Longs for You to See Him; The Invisible War; and Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships. Chip and his wife, Theresa, live in San Jose, California.