Sunday, April 30, 2017

I Am Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God by John Gray



I Am Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God

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About the Author:
 JOHN GRAY is the associate pastor of America's largest church, Lakewood Church, in Houston, Texas. He preaches at Lakewood's midweek service, where attendance has quadrupled in the last several years. He is also a featured keynote speaker, emcee, and comedian for "Acquire the Fire" youth rallies held in arenas all over the U.S. He resides in Houston with his wife and their children.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Chazown: khaw-ZONE - A Different Way to See Your Life by Craig Groeschel


Chazown: khaw-ZONE - A Different Way to See Your Life

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Devoted: A Girl’s 31-Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God by Marjorie Jackson


Devoted: A Girl’s 31-Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God

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Is it really possible for a twenty-first-century young woman to live a life in direct contrast to culture’s ever-changing standards? The answer is yes. You're invited to join author Marjorie Jackson in Devoted, a 31-day devotional about letting love and dedication to Jesus penetrate every area of your life—relationships, decisions, standards, convictions, priorities. . .everything. Whether you're a long-time Christian or the spiritual training wheels are still on, you'll dive into God’s Word and discover what it truly means to be a young woman who is completelyjoyfullybeautifully different. . .while coming to understand that life is good with a God who is great.

My Thoughts:
This is a super fun devotional because of the coloring pages. I love that it is a softbound and it smaller than novel that you can throw in your purse. It appeals to young readers, especially girls, but I think it is beautiful and I enjoy the devotionals.  The devotional contains 31 days of readings that guides and encourages readers in their daily walk with Christ. The devotional pages are easy to understand and flow with questions, challenges and prayers. This is a fun, creative and awesome way for girls to go deeper in God's word! This is a great gift, especially for your girls in your youth group. I know several girls that this book is perfect for and I can't wait to gift it to them. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. I give this devotional 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

What Hope Remembers (Misty Willow #3) by Johnnie Alexander



What Hope Remembers (Misty Willow #3)


My Thoughts:
What Hope Remembers is the third book in the Misty Willows series and I loved this book! If you have never had the opportunity to read any of Jonnie Alexander's books, you are missing out. First, you can read this novels as stand alone, but I would recommend picking them all. This is the perfect beach read novel. You'll love the story of Amy and Gabe. This is a book that you'll read in one sitting as you are tucked back in a small town with two hearts that need some mending. Will there be hope for a romance? Will Amy be able find a job and make a decent living or will the past ruin a possible future between any flames at all ? Find out in What Hope Remembers! Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. As mentioned before this is the third book in the Misty Willow series, but can be read as a stand alone. 

About the Author: 
 Johnnie Alexander is a wannabe vagabond with a heart for making memories. While relaxing on her Sunshine State patio with her dogs Rugby and Griff, she writes stories that tug at your heartstrings.

In addition to winning the prestigious American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest (Historical), Johnnie was named a Bronze Medalist in the My Book Therapy Frasier Contest and has received several conference awards. Her popular debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, is a CBA bestseller and has been translated into Dutch and Norwegian.

She is marketing director for the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference and past president of both the ACFW Memphis and ACFW Central Florida chapters. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trusting Grace (Virtues and Vices of the Old West #3) by Maggie Brendan


Trusting Grace (Virtues and Vices of the Old West #3)

I really enjoyed the character development, especially between Grace and Robert. Despite all that Grace went through with Victor, I really enjoyed Robert. Additionally, I think as a daughter, I give high praises for the relationship between Owen and Grace. The research and knowledge that the author put into the book is not only evident, but also is personal. I felt very connected to the characters, which made this town so charming and it will have readers enjoying each page. The plot os thick and twists and turns happen every where you go. Stella is on the move and seeking a man too, you'll find that this book will be done before you know it, and you won't believe you have just read it. I give this book 4/5 stars. It was an interesting historical fiction. It is part of a series, but can be read as a stand alone. This is the third book of this series and a great way to tie up the rest of the books in Gallatin Valley.  Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy. A favorable review was not required. 

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About the Author:
Maggie Brendan is a CBA bestselling author, of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA) for Inspirational Fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. Her new series Virtues and Vices of the Old West began with The Trouble with Patience released in February, 2015. A Sweet Misfortune will release February 2016. Follow Maggie on her website www.MaggieBrendan.com, her blog www.SouthernBelleWriter.blogspot.com, Twitter: @MaggieBrendan and Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/maggiebrendan/
Instagram:https://www.instgram.com/maggiebrendan.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Heart-Shaped Life Daily Devotional: Choosing a Life of Steadfast Love One Day at a Time by Karen Moore


The Heart-Shaped Life Daily Devotional: Choosing a Life of Steadfast Love One Day at a Time

What if you could see the world through the lens of the heart moment by moment?
What if God inspired you to walk “heart first” into every life event and circumstance, no matter what it was?
What if love was your number one priority? Love of God, love of others, and love of yourself? 

Inspired by 1 Corinthians 13:2: "If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do?" . . .the Heart-Shaped Life series will encourage you to live life “heart first.” 

The Heart-Shaped Life Daily Devotional provides refreshing thoughts, prayers, and scripture selections to help you discover the best path to the good life. . .which is all about LOVE!

My Thoughts:
This devotional is super great with concise devotionals that are easy to read, get you thinking and the front cover is so inviting. This is such a great little devotional, especially if you are on the go and just need five minutes to spend time with the Lord. It will help you reset your day. If you like to do devotionals in the morning, this book is energizing, full of life and will help you love differently each and every day. Finding the perfect gift can be hard for someone, but this would make a great graduation gift, birthday gift or even Mother's Day gift! It is a sure to last for a long time and it even has a wonderful book marker ribbon in it! I give this devotional 4.5/ 5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes. A favorable review was not required.
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Q: Do you devotionals in the morning or in the evening? Or both? 

About the Author:
Karen Moore is an award-winning writer of more than sixty inspirational and devotional books for all ages. She also works with American Greetings and DaySpring, developing a greeting card line. Moore holds a master's degree in Education, has three grown children, and lives in Florida. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Overcomer: Breaking Down the Walls of Shame and Rebuilding Your Soul by Aubrey Gayel Sampson


Overcomer: Breaking Down the Walls of Shame and Rebuilding Your Soul

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5 Months Apart: A Story of Infertility, Faith, and Grace by Kerstin Lindquist


5 Months Apart: A Story of Infertility, Faith, and Grace

About: 
My girls aren’t twins, though they look remarkably alike. They were conceived in the same month but born five months apart. Despite the years of pain we endured living with infertility and struggling to adopt, these girls are the miracle that happened when we gave in to God’s plan. My journey to becoming a mother wasn’t an easy one, and it certainly wasn’t glamorous. I was nearly destroyed by miscarriage and equally as devastated by the adoption process. Our fight to become a family played out on the set of a local network news program every morning. I smiled through the pain as a TV anchor while my dreams of becoming a parent seemed to bleed away year after year. Infertility and adoption brought me to my knees, but that’s where the Lord found me and taught me to stop hiding. 5 Months Apart is intended to help families come out of our society-imposed seclusion, to ask for help and to believe in the ultimate happy ending: a successful pregnancy and a blessed adoption. Throughout, the underlying message is faith, honesty, and enduring grace. Lindquist’s story will show you that, no matter what path you’re on, there is hope, healing, and even miracles when you give in and let God lead.

My Thoughts: 
This book can be extremely painful, yet encouraging if you are sitting on the side of the fence waiting, dreaming and believing that your dream of a family one day will happen. Kerstin Lindquist tells her journey with complete raw honesty, emotion that will make you cry and story full of grace where we see God do the impossible. Miracles still happen and they happen everyday! This book is beautiful. We get to be invited into a the journey that the Lindquist's have been on. Each page makes you feel like you're sitting down having coffee with Kerstin as she pours out her heart and soul. If you're walking the journey of infertility or a recent miscarriage, this book will not take away the pain, but instead it will offer a sense of hope, it will strengthen your faith and you will see a great story of redemption. This book is a continual reminder to me of God's faithfulness and His greater story. I appreciate this book so much. Thank you to Wynn Wynn Media for providing me a copy of this book. I read it from start to finish in one sitting with tears coming down my eyes. I could not put it down. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 

To pick up your copy or a copy for a friend, head here! 

Q: This week is National Infertility Awareness Month. Did you know that 1/8 families struggle with infertility? Who is someone you know that you could reach out to and let them know they aren't alone? 

About the Author:


Kerstin Lindquist is an award-winning broadcast news journalist and host at the leading home shopping channel, QVC. She started her career in network news working for local affiliates of NBC, Fox, and ABC. Kerstin was awarded four Emmys for her reporting. Kerstin and her husband live with their three children, in a farmhouse in Eastern Pennsylvania. They spend their free time in warm climates-preferably with sand. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Joy of Letting Go by Vicki Caruana


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The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World(David C. Cook, April 2017)
With readings of encouragement and inspirational quotes, this devotional helps parents prepare their hearts for their children’s independence, whether their kids are just starting kindergarten or graduating from college.
Parents let go of their children every day, even in ways they don’t realize. The 52 devotional readings within shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children and encourages them to continue to let go in life-giving ways. Written by a parenting and education expert, The Joy of Letting Go will comfort and inspire parents in all seasons of parenting.



My Thoughts:
In this great little devotional "The Joy of Letting Go", Vicki has put together readings for 52 days or 52 weeks, which ever you prefer. She writes from real life experiences with her son and she does a great job showing the reader that just because your children are now teens, you don't give up on them. Actually, being teenagers, this is the time more than ever to instill and invest time with them. I loved her transparency about mistakes, her practical examples, parenting tips, and the "thought poke" at the end of each devotional. This devotional is small and get fit into your purse, which makes it great for on the on the go mom! You'll love the inspirational quotes too! I give this book 4/5 stars. Thank you to the publishers for providing a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. This would be a great Mother's Day gift!
Do you have a tween or teen at home? Maybe you know a friend who could use some encouragement. What is your favorite teen story? 

Vicki Caruana

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Dr. Vicki Caruana is the author of 20 books and the blog Apples & Chalkdust—named after her bestselling book that has touched the lives of a million educators around the world. Caruana is one of four parenting experts on “Starting Points,” Focus on the Family’s parenting DVD series. Formerly a public school teacher and a homeschooling mom, Vicki is now an assistant professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. She lives with her station wagon loving husband, Chip, in Newburgh, New York and has two grown sons in Colorado Springs.
Find out more about Vicki at http://vickicaruana.blogspot.com.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection by Jared Mellinger


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Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection (New Growth Press, April 2017)
Evaluating yourself—being mindful of who you are and what you are doing—is necessary and can lead to positive change.
But what about the dark side of introspection? Do you ever feel weighed down and exhausted by your own self-analysis? Perhaps you made a mistake, said a careless word, or even messed up big time. Your self-examination spirals into a full-blown cross-examination. You keep revisiting what happened. Your mind circles around the event, fruitlessly trying to somehow make the outcome different so you don’t feel the embarrassment, shame, and regret.
The modern self-esteem movement has left us empty and self-focused. We exhaust our healthy introspection and pervert it into constant self-evaluation, wrong views of ourselves, self-accusation, and false guilt. Introspection was never meant to bear such weight.
Think Again offers real relief from the burden of introspection that so many of us carry each day. Pastor Jared Mellinger, who tends to overdose on self-analysis himself, shows us how the hope of the gospel can rescue us from the bad fruit of unsound introspection. Mellinger’s short, story-filled chapters help readers identify and turn away from unhealthy introspection.
There is an outward-focused God who delights to rescue an inward-focused people and lead them into a better way to live. When we truly understand it, we’ll see that the gospel actually sets us free from thinking about ourselves too much. We can seek after and pray for the peace and joy—the sanity—that comes from thinking about ourselves less often. Think Again includes practical instructions for self-examination, fighting false guilt, breaking free from hyper-introspection, and more. Ultimately, Think Again demonstrates that the solution to thinking too much about ourselves is to look to Christ, and it gives readers the tools to begin to turn from the mirror.

My Thoughts:
In a culture where we are constantly consumed with self, our personal needs and trying to continue to climb the latter, Jared takes a look at introspection, but not so much as looking at ourself to move us forward, but with the idea in mind that we need to be completely and overwhelmed with being in love with Christ. It is with that idea in mind, that we find our identity, rather than being self-absorbed, and it helps us to truly engage in what it means to follow Christ. It allows us to be people who take every thought captive unto Christ, and this book is just full of Biblical insight. Overall, I found this book to be encouraging, creative, resourceful and filled with depth. It is one that I will keep as a resource and will recommend it to those in my profession as well as to church leaders.  I give this book 4.5/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy. A favorable review was not required.
About the Author:
Jared Mellinger

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Jared Mellinger joined the Covenant Fellowship Church pastoral team in 2006, upon graduating from Pastors College of Sovereign Grace Churches. He became senior pastor in 2008. Jared graduated from Kutztown University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. He enjoys reading, rollerblading, poetry, drinking coffee, building fires, and listening to Josh Garrels. Jared is the author of Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection. He resides in Glen Mills, PA with his wife Meghan and their six children.

Friday, April 21, 2017

How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation by Winfred Dr. Neely


How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation


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How to Overcome Worry presents a biblical and practical strategy for this exact problem. Dr. Winfred Neely, who has experienced his fair share of anxiety-inducing circumstances, walks you through Philippians 4:6–7 to help you:

Understand the difference between concern and worry.

Use prayer as a means of grace to overcome worry

Cultivate gratitude and thanksgiving as an antidote to worry
Navigate changing seasons and circumstances without falling into worry
Employ practical strategies for experiencing the peace of God
Worry is one of the top issues in our world today, even among Christians, and this concise and biblical approach will offer real solutions. In His Word, God tells us to stop worrying, pray about everything, and expect His peace. This is a true promise of Scripture, and this book will help you to lay hold of it.

My Thoughts:
In 112 pages, this little book takes a biblical perspective on how to deal and overcome with anxious thoughts. We all worry from time to time, but how we deal with those thoughts have the ability to create strongholds in our life or they can just be thoughts that we immediately turn over to God. It is all about how we handle it. This little book is the perfect resource to have on hand as a counselor or someone who may do ministry appointments, especially those who work in a church. I found this to be a great tool. Additionally, if you struggle with worrying, this is also a great look book full of truth nuggets from the Bible that will help you with every day situations. This book will move you from a place of fear to a place of peace! Pick up your copy today, especially if you are worry. I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars. Thank you to the publishers for providing me a copy for my honest review.  

To pick up your copy, head here! You'll love this little book! Perfect to throw in your purse or in your laptop bag for work! 

About the Author:
WINFRED NEELY (B.A., D.Min. Trinity International University; M.A. Wheaton) is currently working towards an advanced research degree in Old Testament at the University of Bristol, England. He is an ordained minister of the Gospel and a full time professor of hermeneutics, homiletics, and pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty at Moody, Winfred served churches in the City of Chicago and is currently interim pastor of the Judson Baptist Church in Oak Park, IL. He brings to his ministry a global perspective, having served as a missionary/pastor in Senegal, West Africa for nine years. He is also involved in a global equipping ministry, speaking and conducting workshops and training events at churches and conferences in the US and abroad. He and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. He takes acting classes from time to time and is an ardent fan of science fiction films such as Star Wars and Star Trek.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Upon a Spring Breeze (Every Amish Season #1) by Kelly Irvin


Upon a Spring Breeze (Every Amish Season #1)

My Thoughts:
I give "Upon A Spring Breeze" very high praise! Bee did not have an easy road, especially after losing her husband, Caleb. However, the life of following God isn't always easy, but following God gives Him the glory. Throughout the book, I could identify with Bee and she felt real to me. I was in awe of how Ms. Irvin did a fantastic job of making her come to life for me. This book was one that I did not expect and I look forward to many more. In the end I was rooting for Aiden and although I wasn't sure at first, I could see how God had his hand in the situation, like He does with All things! You will truly enjoy this book. If you have never read an amish book, that is okay because you will love this book. It is a calm, peaceful and yet masterpiece of a story. The characters are gems and they will invite you into a story that you did not see coming. I give this book 5/5 star. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy. A favorable review was not required. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. 

About the Author:
Kelly Irvin's newest series, Every Amish Series, begins with the debut of Upon a Spring Breeze, in April. It is a four-book series published by Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian Publishing. This followest the Amish of Bee County series, The Saddle Maker's Son, released in June 2016. It is an ECPA bestseller. It follows The Bishop's Son, and the critically acclaimed bestseller, The Beekeeper's Son, which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The reviewer called it "a beautifully woven masterpiece." The Beekeeper's Son was a finalist in the romance category of the 2016 ACFW Carol Awards Contest. 

Kelly has novellas in The Amish Christmas Gift and The Amish Marketplace, both of which were also ECPA bestsellers. She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Amish Amish series. The first series includes To Love and To Cherish, A Heart Made New, and Love’s Journey Home, published by Harvest House. The New Hope Amish series includes Love Still Stands, followed by Love Redeemed, which was an ACFW Carol Award finalist, and A Plain Love Song.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pinot, Pasta, and Parties by Dee Dee Sorvino, Paul Sorvino



                                      Pinot, Pasta, and Parties

About:
Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino and Emmy-award winner Dee Dee Sorvino create delicious, authentic Italian recipes in this entertaining cookbook

Dee Dee and Paul Sorvino do their best to make everyday a party. They celebrate life and being with each other in big and small ways as often as they can. They believe that the best way to celebrate or to solve the problems of the world is with a nice glass of wine and bountiful meal. No subject is taboo at their lively dinner table-especially when cocktails are served!

Providing a glimpse into their bi-coastal life and tales of Paul's acting career, this authentic Italian cookbook offers 80 recipes with menus for relaxed entertaining. From a Goodfellas' feast to a picnic with an Italian accent, from an abundant buffet to elevated Italian street fair food, the Sorvinos know how to turn out meals that are as delicious as they are fun. Their easy-to-prepare, mouthwatering recipes range from regional Italian classics to new takes on traditional food. Stuffed clams oreganata, unique bruschetta combinations, pasta e faigioli, pizza salumeria, farfalle with asparagus and pancetta, Pauls' famous meatballs and spaghetti sauce, chicken scarpiello, panzanella, grilled figs with honey and walnuts are just a few of the outstanding recipes found in Pinot, Pasta, and Parties The food is so good at the Sorvinos' that theirs is the place of choice for casual get-togethers wherever they are.


My Thoughts:

This cookbook is absolutely gorgeous! Immediately the pictures grabbed my attention and then I started reading the ingredients. I felt that this cookbook was way out of my league, but I preserved on and continued to read. I found that their are many recipes in this cookbook that I could actually cook, but a majority would require a lot of ingredients that I don't carry in the cupboard on a regular basis. This book will instantly make you feel 10 pounds heavier because of the deliciousness, especially when you get to different desserts. I found that I could see many of friends who are chefs would love this book, especially since they love authentic Italian recipes. This book is filled with recipes that are mouth watering and I CANNOT wait to make their marinara sauce! It sounds exquisite! If you love to cook or know someone who does, this book is for you! You won't be disappointed. The pictures are gorgeous. The recipes offer step by step ingredients and you are sure to have a full and satisfied stomach afterwards! Thank you to the generous publishers at Center Street for providing me a complimentary copy for my honest review. A favorable review was not required. I give this book 5/5 stars and the opinions expressed here are my own. 

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