Friday, March 30, 2018

Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close by Lysa TerKeurst

35821150Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close

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Lysa TerKeurst

As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa and her team connect with millions of women a day and can help equip you to:
• Make the Bible come alive whenever you read it.
• Discover how to develop inner peace and security in any situation.
• Replace doubt, regret and envy with truth, confidence and praise as you grow in your relationship with Jesus.
• Stop unhealthy cycles of striving and learn to love who God made you to be.
• Sense God responding to your prayers.

Lysa was recently awarded the Champions of Faith Award and has appeared on Good Morning America, the Oprah Show and the Today Show multiple times as one of the leading voices in the Christian community.

Each year, Lysa is a featured keynote presenter at more than 40 events across North America and is passionate about eradicating Biblical poverty and renewing people's desire to study God's Word. In addition, she hosts Proverbs 31 Ministries’ annual She Speaks Conference which has helped thousands of women gain the tools they need to pursue God’s calling on their life.

She and her husband, Art, reside near Charlotte, N.C., with their five priority blessings named Jackson, Mark, Hope, Ashley and Brooke.

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Pirate Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #2) by Kathleen Y'Barbo

35658894The Pirate Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #2)

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My Thoughts:
The Pirate Bride is the second book in Daughters of the Mayflower, but is written as a stand alone book. Additional books will be released throughout this series by different authors and I am excited to read them. I love that this keeps the books new from a different perspective with great history. They are exciting and fun to read. You'll enjoy the elements of faith, adventure and historical elements of these books.
This book was more light hearted than the first book in the series. The emotions never went super deep for me, but I enjoyed the book. There was friendly banter back and forth, but it didn't get super deep for me like I had expected. I think the readers were missing pieces on this book, but it wasn't a bad book. It just didn't got as a deep as the first book in this series. I felt that the ending was quick and rushed, and I couldn't believe it was over. Overall, I give this book a 4/4 stars. 

About the Author:
Kathleen Y'Barbo Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than eighty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. 

A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and is the winner of the Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine.

To connect with her through social media, check out the links on her website at www.kathleenybarbo.com

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton

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Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have decided to put life’s disappointments behind them. At least in theory. Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, while Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget the longing for motherhood set deep in her heart. But when Betsy’s free-spirited younger sister Jenna drops her young daughters off at the farm to attend a two-week art retreat in Florida, Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.

As those two weeks stretch much farther into the hot Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world and revel in a home that’s suddenly filled with the sound of laughter and life. Meanwhile, record heat promises to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades.

Four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She’d once been free to travel and pursue a career in photography, but all that changed with the appearance of two pink lines on a plastic stick and a boyfriend who hit the road. At Halcyon art retreat, she finally has the time and energy to focus on her photography. As the summer continues, she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home with her two children.

When Hurricane Ingrid aims her steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that could affect both her and her children’s futures, and Betsy and Ty find themselves protecting their beloved farm as well as their own hearts.

My Thoughts:
Hurricane Season by Lauren Denton is stunning! Slowing moving at first, but Ms. Denton was setting up the backstory for us. Told from several points of view, we get to read and feel the emotions of Jenna, Ty and Betsy. When it comes to character plot and characters, I related to Ty and Betsy, especially as they learn to communicate as a couple about things that are hard within marriage and children. While they experience heartache and sadness, I found them to be a relief in a good way. 
The story picks up the minute a hurricane is about to make landfall. And of course, I wanted to rush to the end to find out what was going to happen. However, rapidly the story turns and twists as the characters transform, which I enjoyed, while tears rolled down my cheeks. Make sure to grab tissues as you go through the growing pains with these characters. 
Overall, the story is a beautiful book of how we all respond to storms in our life. Lauren has crafted a masterpiece drawing her readers into an engaging story and one you won't soon forget. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required for a complimentary copy.

About the Author:
Lauren K. DentonBorn and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two young daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. The Hideaway is her first novel. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

A Borrowed Dream (Cimarron Creek Trilogy #2) by Amanda Cabot

35086528A Borrowed Dream (Cimarron Creek Trilogy #2)

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About:
Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the town doctor's excessive bleeding treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek's dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life without love or family, a life where dreams rarely come true.

Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He's managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.

With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.

My Thoughts:
"A Borrowed Dream" is the second book in the Cimarron Creek Triology. Catherine Whitfield, teacher of Cimarron Creak has lost her mother and doesn't have faith in the medical community, including the new doctor who has come into town, Austin Goddard. 
 Between the historical ground work that Cabot weaves into the story, the relationships between the characters in the story and the plot, this book makes a great book. The reader gets a great mix between drama, romance and even medicine. I found interesting to read about plastic surgery during this time period. 
This book reads as a stand alone and doesn't require you to read the entire series, but it helpful if you want to read the series. This book tells a great message of serving others, trust and even forgiveness. I was surprised by this book. I give this book 4/5 stars. A favorable review was not required and complimentary copy was provided for review.

About the Author: 
Amanda Cabot
 With both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

High Cotton by Debby Mayne


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About:
Some families are filled with so much love they can’t help but drive each other crazy 

Shay Henke has mixed feelings about going to her family’s next reunion. On the one hand, she’ll get to see everyone in her mama's family—folks she loves unconditionally. On the other hand, she knows there’ll be more drama than you can shake a stick at.

The days leading up to the event bring one surprise after another. First Shay must deal with her sister-in-law’s deep, dark secret. Then she has to contend with the childish ways of her business-mogul twin cousins. And when her high school crush wants to be her date to the reunion . . . well, it may have been a dream come true for Shay’s teen self, but the woman she’s become doesn’t know what to make of this.

Shay’s contentment is challenged, and she’s determined to shake things up a bit. But will she find the excitement she’s looking for, or will Shay realize she prefers her quiet and predictable life? One thing is certain: Life in the Bucklin family is never boring. 

My Thoughts:
Anything southern, and I am a sucker for a glass of ice tea, a book filled with southern charm and families relationship that are deeper than roots from a tree. This is one of those books that will have you laughing, and the family drama will keep you entertained, all while your heart is slowly falling in love with people. 
High Cotton is a book that I was unable to put down. It's a light, and super quick read. This book does not disappoint for those who love southern women's fiction, especially small town stories. If you are looking for a great story, some characters that make you want to shake them from time to time and even some laugh out loud moments, this is a great book! 
Open the pages and you'll be amazed to find that your family is similar to the Bucklin family. I give this book 4.5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required and all opinions expressed here are my own. A complimentary copy was provided. 

Purchase your copy here
About the Author:
Debby MayneDebby Mayne has published more than 30 books and novellas, 400 print short stories and articles, more than 1,000 web articles, and a slew of devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor for Long Ridge Writers Group, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. For the past eight years, she has judged the Writers Digest Annual Competition, Short-Short Contest, and Self-Published Book Competition. Three of Debby’s books have been top ten favorites by the Heartsong Presents book club. Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times Magazine, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July 2009.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding by Lois Tverberg


35138417Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding

About:
What would it be like for modern readers to sit down beside Jesus as he explained the Bible to them? What life-changing insights might emerge from such a transformative encounter?

Lois Tverberg knows the treasures that await readers willing to learn how to read the Bible through Jewish eyes. By helping them understand the Bible as Jesus and his first-century listeners would have, she bridges the gaps of time and culture in order to open the Bible to readers today.

Combining careful research with engaging prose, Tverberg leads us on a journey back in time to shed light on how this Middle Eastern people approached life, God, and each other. She explains age-old imagery that we often misinterpret, allowing us to approach God and the stories and teachings of Scripture with new eyes. By helping readers grasp the perspective of its original audience, she equips them to read the Bible in ways that will enrich their lives and deepen their understanding.
 

My Thoughts:
As a student of God's word, I am always looking for ways to be challenged in my thinking and understanding of the Bible. I love to have a great library on hand of tools that help me discover the Bible in a new light and understanding without taking scripture out of context and "Reading the Bible Rabbi Jesus," does just that. This book is filled with amazing explanations of Jewish context, culture, history and study habits that I had never even considered. I love how she explains that our Western culture and mindset frames the lens in which we read and view scripture. It is so fascinating to me. Having a Western Worldview, this is the only one I know of, so this book challenged me and stretched me beyond my bandwidth and I loved it! This book is such a valuable tool. I have pages highlighted and marked up. 
Don't miss this book. It is a wonderful book! I tried to buy a couple copies in our local Christian book store and they were sold out, so I went to Amazon for them. Make sure you get a copy. You will be challenge by this amazing book! I give this book 5/5 stars. 

About the Author:
Lois TverbergLois Tverberg has been speaking and writing about the Jewish background of Christianity for the past twenty years. Her passion is to translate the Bible’s ancient setting into fresh insights that deepen and strengthen Christian faith.

Lois grew up with plenty of Sunday school knowledge, but it wasn’t until after she had earned a PhD in biology and was teaching as a college professor that her fascination for biblical study was ignited by a seminar at her church. She has since studied several times in Israel, taking courses in biblical Hebrew, Koine Greek, and in the physical and cultural context of the Bible.

In 2009 Lois partnered with Ann Spangler to write the bestselling Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus (Zondervan). Together they explored his first-century world of rabbis and disciples, festivals, prayers and the Torah, and discovered how restoring Jesus to his Jewish reality sheds light on his life and ministry.

Later Lois followed up with Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus (Zondervan, 2012), where she challenged her audience to follow their Rabbi more closely by hearing his teachings in light of Jewish thought.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting by Eryn Lynum

35086274936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional ParentingMake the Most of Your Time with Your Children

On the day of their baby dedication, Eryn and her husband were given a jar of 936 pennies. The jar contained a penny for every week they would raise their child until graduation, and they were instructed to remove one penny each Sunday as a reminder, placing it into another jar as an investment.

At some point every parent realizes time is moving swiftly, and they ask themselves, How am I investing in my child? Through personal stories and biblical examples, 936 Pennies will help you discover how to capture time and use it to its fullest potential, replacing guilt and regrets with freedom. Meanwhile, your kids will see how simple choices, like putting the cell phone down and going on a family hike, will make all the difference. Together you will stretch time and make it richer.

Craft a family legacy in tune with God's heartbeat as you capture a new vision for your children and learn the best ways to spend your pennies.


My Thoughts:
First, let me say I just love the idea of handing someone a jar of 936 pennies the day their child is being dedicated. I have never heard this idea in my life until I read Eryn's book. I thought it was just the neatest thing. I am not a parent myself, but I have hope that I will be someday, but this book was incredible.
This book is a wonderful reminder that investing and being intentional with your children truly matters. This book is filled with personal experiences, struggles, humor, grace and encouragement from Eryn. She writes with pose and humbleness, which I greatly admire. I love that I have this book now before children, because it is a gift to me, to remind not to be wreckless with my pennies, but to create days that having meaning, which will create a lifetime of meaning. 
This is a perfect gift for that mom to be, for a parenting group, a Bible study or even as a conversation starter at a MOPs group. I give this book 5/5 stars. 

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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Way of Abundance A 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life By Ann Voskamp

The Way of AbundanceA 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life

By Ann Voskamp 

About:
What do you do when you wake up and feel like you're not enough for your life? Or when you look out the kitchen window as dusk falls and wonder how do you live when life keeps breaking your heart?
As Ann Voskamp writes, “great grief isn't meant to fit inside your body. It's why your heart breaks.” And each of us holds enough brokenness to overflow—to be given as the greatest story of our lives.
In sixty vulnerably soulful stories, The Way of Abundance moves from self-weary brokenness to Christ-focused givenness. Drawing from the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller The Broken Way and Ann's online essays, this devotional dares us to embrace brokenness as a gift that moves us to givenness as a way to draw closer to the heart of God. Christ Himself broke like bread, giving Himself to us so we might have a lifelong communion with Him. Could it be that our brokenness is also a gift to the world?
This gentle but exquisitely profound book does nothing less than take you on an intimate journey of the soul.
As Ann writes, "The wound in His side proves that Jesus is always on the side of the suffering, the wounded, the busted, the broken." Discover how surrendering in unexpected ways is the first step toward receiving what you long for. Discover the good news that your beauty is not in your strength but in your fragility. Discover why your healing shines radiant through your wounds—and how only in brokenness will you ever be whole—and find the way to the abundance you were meant for.
My Thoughts:
The Way of Abundance: A 60- Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life is one of the most wonderful treasures by Ann Voskamp. Personally, I love her words and the way she speaks on every single page, so I was enthralled at the opportunity to read this book. Her words are stunning as you marvel at the mystery of Christ and His abundance. 
The Abundant life is something every single person wants, especially in a culture and world that forces it down our throats. However, abundance looks different when you enter to world of our Big God who takes our broken pieces, the messy parts and makes them into an abundant, overwhelming, amazing life! The Abundant life is found in places where you least expect it, in the hidden places of your heart and where brokenesss meets life. 
This book is a gorgeous hardcover with a Bible marker. The devotional starts out with a Bible verse, then you read a devotion and have questions to ponder. I think this would be a devotional to do with friends or a small group as it is rich and full of life. I highly recommend this book! I give it 5/5 stars.
About the Author:
Ann VoskampAnn Voskamp's a farmer's wife, mama to 6 kids, & author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Zondervan). Everyday, she takes the wild dare. Right in the midst of her own and gritty grace-filled life. When the kids and the washing machine sleep, she washes her real dirt down with words and The Word. Some of her words find themselves in an award-winning series for curious kids, A Childs Geography, of which all profits are donated to Compassion. Other words can be found at Laity Lodge's High Calling where she serves as a contributing editor and other words advocate for the poor as she is a blogger traveling with Compassion. The only words that really matter are the ones she lives. This convicts her. She has a background in education from York University and the University of Waterloo, home educates their six farm kids, and makes a mess of things every day. She clings to grace. She's more of a rare peeper than a regular tweeter, but everyday in the fringe hours, early and late, she blogs about the mess and the grace and the everyday wonder at a Holy Experience. 


Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Baker Compact Dictionary of Biblical Studies by Tremper Longman III, Mark L. Strauss


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My Thoughts:
This small handy book is the perfect pocket size book that contains a significant amount of words/ definitions and phrases about the Bible. Aside from Biblical terms, it also notes people, geographic locations and items that are relevant to Bible studies. I love that this book is written to help pastors, scholars and laypeople or even those of us who want to learn more. This is a great resource to keep handy, especially since it cover a wide variety of topics. This is just valuable tool to have in your library as you study the word of God because it will help you go deeper. 
This little handy book is by no means an exhaustive dictionary, but rather a supplementary tool to your Bible or Bible studies and one you could even tuck in your Bible case. It is very handy with over 500 terms and topics. I have pulled it out a couple of times to look up places and terms. I highly recommend it, especially at $9.99. You can't go wrong for that price. i give this book 4.5/5 stars. 



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Holy in the Moment: Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life by Ginger Harrington


35988811Holy in the Moment: Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life

Enjoying life (zoe) in Christ comes in the choices we make moment-by-moment. Ginger Harrington invites women to discover how intentional choices made in the moment can become holy habits. With a refreshing perspective, she shows that holiness isn't a rigid standard to keep but a gift to receive through a vital relationship with God, who makes us whole.

Holy in the Moment explores the practical power of choices to grow in holiness without the pressure of perfectionism. Through gentle encouragement, biblical insights, and applicable ideas learn to discern feelings and overcome distractions and shame, adapt God's equation for obedience, live a praying life, discover methods for practicing holiness in parenting and the importance of rest, embrace biblical love and forgiveness, and understand how work becomes holy.

Re-energize faith with simple choices to love God, embrace truth, and enjoy every moment of life with practical ways to be holy by choosing to trust God, rely on his wisdom, and live from his resources.
 

My Thoughts:
Refreshing. Holy in the Moment is such a book that I didn't know I needed. It has refreshed my soul and nourished me in a way I didn't know was needed. Ginger is so encouraging and tender in her writing. She gives practical application in the way that we can draw close to God in the big and the small. What I found to be compelling is how transparent Ginger is in sharing her struggle with anxiety. This book is great because it addresses problem emotions, living a life of prayer and discovering the importance of rest, which I struggle with. 
I love that this book is about perfectionism, but rather freedom and holiness that Christ offers to those who are in Him. This book helps take the reader on a journey through a different and more whole view of holiness, which I love. This book will help you with practical tips, truths and with a life that isn't overwhelmed.  Renew your life moment by moment through God. 

About the Author:

Ginger HarringtonGinger Harrington, is a retired Marine spouse and mom of three young adults and two dachshunds. Author of Holy in the Moment, she is an award-winning blogger and motivational speaker. A co-founder of Planting Roots: Strength to Thrive in Military Life, a military-focused non-profit, Ginger serves as coordinator of publishing, speaks at regional conferences, and assists with social media. With a volunteer staff of 35, Planting Roots, offers a community FB page, online blog posts and Bible study, and live regional conferences. With a dash of quirky humor, Ginger entertains and inspires audiences with characters such as The Queen of Good Intentions, Can’t-Get-It-Together Girl, and My Inner Wimp to enliven her messages. She writes inspirational encouragement at GingerHarrington.com.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot by Mo Isom


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My Thoughts:
Thank YOU! Mo, Thank YOU for writing a book that the church has forgotten about and something that was apart of the God's original design. Thank you for being brave enough to write about a conversation that everyone raises their eyes about, yet seems to not understand. This book addresses why we need to hear more and instead of doing. We need to understand what sex is, why God created us the way he did and why it's important to have the view that God does on the subject matter.
This book has no fluff and you won't find her sugar coating the issue, which I think is so important. She writes about sexual temptations, the sin and the bondage that comes with it. Although, she is open and honest, she also knows the way out of such deep bondage, which is not an easy path, but freedom never easy. 
I really enjoyed this book and believe that young believers need to read this book. I also think that Pastors and engaged couples should read this book as well. It is a very well written book. 

About the Author:
Mo IsomMo is a national speaker, influential blogger, and the New York Times bestselling author of Wreck My Life. She, her husband Jeremiah Aiken, and their two children live in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

So Much To Celebrate Subtitle Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through By Katie Jacobs

So Much To CelebrateSubtitle Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through

By Katie Jacobs 

Celebrations that show your love
Create beautiful memories for your family and friends by stopping to celebrate life’s joyful moments. In this essential guide to entertaining, Katie Jacobs reveals her secrets for throwing fantastic parties for any occasion, from a casual backyard movie night to a lavish holiday party. Using Katie’s inspiring ideas and make-ahead tips, you will be so organized that you can minimize the fuss, enjoy the time, and celebrate too!
Brimming with creative party themes for every season, inspiring d├ęcor ideas, and delicious recipes, So Much to Celebrate is the perfect book for anyone who appreciates good times, good food, and good celebrations.
Katie Jacobs is a stylist for Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James, Pottery Barn, and Beaufort Bonnet Company, among others. A fourth-generation Nashvillian, she’s been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living Weddings, Nashville Lifestyles as well as on Inspired By This, Fashionable Hostess, and The Scout Guide. Katie is also a photographer, graphic designer, and foodie. Learn more on Katie’s food and lifestyle blog, StylingMyEveryday.com.
My Thoughts:
Gorgeous! This book is beautiful on the inside. One look on the cover, and you know you can't wait to open up the pages of this bright and inviting book. The hardcover book makes it a lovely coffee table piece. Besides it's beautiful look, it's also a great weight for a cookbook, but not overwhelming in length or pages. It's a must for the kitchen! 
This is one of those books that you can pull out on a rainy day and turn the pages for inspiration or if you're throwing a party together and you need some inspiration, look no further! This book isn't your typical holidays or birthdays book, but rather fun and unique events like a milkshake social, movie night or pie party. They are unique and different.  However, the party ideas and recipes are broken into seasons, but have a paragraph with photos underneath. 
I think this is a fun resource for parties, especially if you like cool books and need inspiring ideas. This book has unique variety with great presentation. I recommend picking up this book if you are party planner or love to throw fun gatherings. This would be great to have on hand for summer. 






Monday, March 12, 2018

Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time by Christine Hoover

35138426Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time

Christine HooverChristine Hoover is a church planting pastor's wife and mom to three boys. Aside from being an author and blogger (http://www.gracecoversme.com), she has contributed to Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, iBelieve, Send Network, and Incourage.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer


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My Thoughts:
Beneath a Prairie Moon is a fantastic historical fiction by Kim Vogel Sawyer. She is a voice in the historical fiction world that is starting to become one of my favorites because I find her books to be unexpected. 
Kim is a talented author in how she develops the story and intertwines each character in the story. The characters all have their own voice, which makes it easy for the reader to turn the pages quickly.  Not only are the characters notable, but so is the storyline. The depth of this story, makes it memorable and enjoyable. It also took me by surprise. This book had romance, friendship, faith and the element of historical fiction, which made it enjoyable. 
This book will make you laugh, cry, shake your head and want you to talk some sense into the characters. You'll also find one characters that you enjoy. I love the setting of the small town, with the mail-order bride service. 
Overall, I enjoyed this book and found it to be a page turner. The characters were great! The plot line kept my attention and I enjoyed the historical aspects of this book.

About the Author:
Kim Vogel SawyerAward-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer told her kindergarten teacher that someday people would check out her book in the library. The little-girl dream came true in 2006 with the release of Waiting for Summer's Return. Kim's titles now exceed 1.5 million copies and are available in six different language. A former elementary school teacher, she now enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Kim's passion lies in writing stories that point the reader to a deeper, more intimate relationship with God. When Kim isn't writing, you'll find her traveling with her retired military hubby, spoiling her granddarlings, petting the cats, quilting, or--as time allows--participating in community theater. You can learn more about Kim's writing and speaking ministries at her website, KimVogelSawyer.com

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi My Journey into the Heart of Scriptural Faith and the Land Where It All Began By Kathie Lee Gifford with Rabbi Jason Sobel


The Rock, the Road, and the RabbiMy Journey into the Heart of Scriptural Faith and the Land Where It All Began

By Kathie Lee Gifford with Rabbi Jason Sobel 

About:
As a lifelong student of Scripture, Kathie Lee Gifford has always desired a deeper understanding of God’s Word and a deeper knowledge of God Himself. But it wasn’t until she began studying the biblical texts in their original Hebrew and Greek—along with actually hiking the ancient paths of Israel—that she found the fulfillment of those desires.
Now you can walk with Kathie on a journey through the spiritual foundations of her faith:
The Rock (Jesus Christ): Hear directly from Kathie about her life-changing and ever-deepening connection with Jesus, the Lover of her soul.
The Road (Israel): Explore dozens of ancient landmarks and historical sites from Israel, the promised land of God’s covenant.
The Rabbi (God’s Word): Go beyond a “Sunday school” approach to the Bible by digging into the original languages and deeper meanings of the Holy Scriptures.
As you journey through The Rock, The Road, and The Rabbi, you’ll also find additional content from Messianic Rabbi Jason Sobel throughout the book. Jason’s insight into the Hebrew language, culture, and heritage will open your eyes to the Bible like never before.
Come! Begin your journey toward a deeper faith through The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi.
My Thoughts:
Wow! At first, I was really hesitant about this book and even reading it, but once I dug into " The Rock, The Road and the Rabbi," I couldn't stop reading. This book will encourage you as she takes you on the journey of a life-time searching the scriptures and going to the place where Jesus lived. This book will inspire you to want to know God more intimately and deepen your relationship. Kathy does a fantastic job of doing her homework by presenting Biblical truth that has often been overlooked. This book is extraordinary. Overall, I enjoyed this book tremendously and cannot say enough good things about it. While I was skeptical at first, as I read the pages and they unfolded, my skepticism went away and I fell more in love with God. 
About the Author:
Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford (born Kathryn Lee Epstein) is an American television host, singer, actress and playwright, famous for her 15-year run (1985 - 2000) on the television talk show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, which she co-hosted with Regis Philbin. She has received 11 Emmy nominations.

Starting April 7, 2008, Gifford will co-host the fourth hour of NBC's Today Show with Hoda Kotb.