Sunday, April 29, 2018

Adamant: Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions by Lisa Bevere


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By ancient definition, the adamant was known as both a diamond and a mythical stone of indestructible wonder. In more modern terminology, it describes a posture of unshakeable resolve and determination. If there was ever a time for us to be adamant about love and truth it is now. God is Love. God is Truth. Both love and truth are timeless, transcending our current trends and opinions. Sometimes the most loving thing we will ever do is to speak the truth, but speaking truth begins with living it.

Using the mediums of Scripture and story, New York Timesbestselling author Lisa Bevere takes readers on a journey into the Mountain of God, to the one place they can learn not only to abide in God's unshakeable truth and love, but become adamant--people who are unmovable, determined, and steadfast. With conviction and passion, Lisa unpacks the concept of the adamant for readers, linking together the grand story of Scripture and God's purpose in their lives. Readers will see that God's plan is revealed as we dwell in him, it is there that we are forged and shaped. As we abide in Christ our Cornerstone we are shaped into the image of the adamant.

My Thoughts:
Lisa Bevere is a great voice in women's ministry and ministry in general. She writes with truth and conviction. She speaks of truth straight from the word of God and leaves you wrestling, but gaining huge wisdom and knowledge on topics in your life. Adamant is no different! This book is full of truth. In a world where everything is relevant, Lisa isn't trying to be relevant, she is standing with conviction and standing firm on truth. This is a book that is relevant for our culture and for Christians who long to stand on the truth. This is a book that everyone must read! I give this book 5/5 stars. I can't wait to read it again. I highly, recommend you read this. A favorable review was not required for a copy and all opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author:
Lisa Bevere is a Christian author of the books Lioness Arising, Nurture, Fight Like a Girl, Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry, Out of Control and Loving It! Be Angry but Don't Blow It! The True Measure of a Woman, and You Are Not What You Weigh.
In addition to speaking at national and international conferences, she is a frequent guest on Christian television and radio shows. Lisa is also the cohost of the weekly television program The Messenger, which broadcasts to 214 nations. She and her husband, John Bevere, also a best-selling author, make their home in Colorado with their four sons Addison, Austin, Alec, and Arden.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Audacious Molly Bruno: Amazing Stories from the Life of a Powerful Woman of Prayer by Marie Armenia

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Meet Molly Bruno, the real-life prayer warrior who inspired the character "Miss Clara" in the film War Room. Learn from Molly how to pray boldly, with audacity, believing that nothing is impossible for God.
THE AUDACIOUS MOLLY BRUNO, written by her daughter MARIE ARMENIA, is a holy and hilarious mentoring resource for women who desperately long for wisdom from a Godly mother-someone who is a living example of practical experience and steadfast faith. It is also a wakeup call for older women of faith, encouraging them to embrace the calling of Titus 2:3-5 to mentor younger women about what's truly important in life.
Marie Armenia

Friday, April 27, 2018

Becoming the Talbot Sisters A Novel of Two Sisters and the Courage that Unites Them By Rachel Linden

Becoming the Talbot SistersA Novel of Two Sisters and the Courage that Unites Them

By Rachel Linden

Twin sisters Waverly and Charlie Talbot have drifted far apart as they pursue opposite dreams of stardom and service to the poor. On an astonishing journey across Central Europe, they must come together to face their fears, find their courage and fight for what they love.
Celebrity chef Waverly Ross has built a successful career with her home-entertaining show Simply Perfect. Yet she and her husband, Andrew, have never been able to realize the true desire of Waverly’s heart: to become a mother. Meanwhile Waverly’s twin sister, Charlie Talbot, buries her bitter disappointment and shattered idealism beneath a life spent serving others as an international aid worked in Budapest, Hungary.
When the beloved aunt who raised them passes away, Waverly and Charlie come together in their grief after living years on separate continents. Struck by a fierce desire to bridge the distance between them, Charlie offers Waverly and her husband the selfless gift of surrogacy.
But soon the sisters find they are each in danger of losing their jobs, seemingly putting their dreams on hold once again. When Waverly shows up unannounced in Budapest with a plan to rescue Simply Perfect, the sisters embark on an adventure across Central Europe that could save them both from occupational hazards. Though the twins haven’t had to rely on each other since childhood, an unforeseen dangerous turn in their journey across Europe forces them to stand together to save their careers, the baby, and each other.

My Thoughts:
I could not put this book down! Becoming the Tablot Sisters was not what I had expected at all. The plot had me gripped the entire time as the characters came alive. I was unable to put the book down and the pages flew on by. I love that Rachel Linden wrote about real life issues that make the reader thing. She writes about how two sisters look at their lives from an individual perspective, but also as they are sisters. It makes you take a look at your own sibiling relationships. I love how she touches on other cultures and world issues. This book is well rounded, but makes for a fantastic read! Add this book to your spring list to buy! You won't be able to put it down. I give this book 5/5 stars. I received a complimentary copy and a review was not required. 
About the Author:
Rachel LindenRachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures living and traveling in fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her stories. She holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, a BA in Literature from Huntington University, and studied creative writing at Oxford University. Rachel lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two children. She enjoys creating stories about hope and courage with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy. Connect with her via her website at RachelLinden.com and Facebook

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Julie by Catherine Marshall

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Title: Julie
Author: Catherine Marshall
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Re-Issued Date: April 17, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance Fiction
*A New York Times bestseller*
Will the dam hold?
Julie Wallace has always wanted to write. Trying to escape the Great Depression, Julie’s father buys the Alderton Sentinel, a small-town newspaper in flood-prone Alderton, Pennsylvania, and moves his family there. As flash floods ominously increase, Julie’s investigative reporting uncovers secrets that could endanger the entire community.
Julie, the newspaper, and her family are thrown into a perilous standoff with the owners of the steel mills as they investigate the conditions of the immigrant laborers. As the Alderton Sentinel and Julie take on a more aggressive role to reform these conditions, seething tensions come to a head.
When a devastating tragedy follows a shocking revelation, Julie’s courage and strength are tested. Will truth and justice win, or will Julie lose everything she holds dear?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Catherine Marshall
Catherine Marshall (1914-1983), “The New York Times” best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for her novel “Christy.” Based on the life of her mother, “Christy” captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. Catherine shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate, in “A Man Called Peter.” A decade after Dr. Marshall’s untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of “Guideposts,” forging a dynamic writer-editor partnership. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine’s enduring career spanned four decades and reached over 30 million readers.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The 30-Minute Money Plan for Moms: How to Maximize Your Family Budget in Minimal Time by Catey Hill

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Let's face it, kids are expensive--in 24 states, daycare actually costs more than in-state college tuition! And the older kids get, the more you will spend. Every mom could use more money. But who has hours to search for coupons just to save a few dollars? And sure, you know you should learn how to get the most of your 401k, but when will you possibly find the time? 

Luckily, financial expert Catey Hill has created smart, simple strategies to help you maximize your money in minimal time (yes, even your 401k). Drawing on extensive research and exclusive studies on the actual cost of raising a child at each age, she'll show you how to save in each area of your life, including practical tips on:
  • Shopping second-hand vs. what to buy new and where
  • Lowering your grocery bill (without coupons!)
  • Building up a college fund
  • Dealing with high interest credit card debt
  • Saving on insurance
About the author:
Catey HillCatey has appeared as a personal finance and consumer expert on dozens of television programs, including “The Today Show,” “FOX & Friends,” “The Huckabee Show” on FOX and “CBS This Morning;” in a number of magazines, including Marie Claire, Allure, People, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Woman’s Day; and on more than 100 radio programs. 

Catey is also the author of two books, “The 30-Minute Money Plan for Moms: How to Maximize Your Family Budget in Minimal Time" (Center Street, 2018), and “Shoo, Jimmy Choo! The Modern Girl’s Guide to Spending Less and Saving More” (Sterling, 2010). It received significant critical praise: People dubbed it “one of the best of the new crop of personal finance books,” The New York Times called “solid” and The Associated Press said was “eye-opening.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fierce Marriage: Radically Pursuing Each Other in Light of Christ's Relentless Love by Ryan Frederick & Selena Frederick


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Ryan and Selena Frederick were newlyweds when they landed in Switzerland to pursue Selena's dream of training horses. Neither of them knew at the time that Ryan was living out a death sentence brought on by a worsening genetic heart defect. Soon it became clear he needed major surgery that could either save his life--or result in his death on the operating table. The young couple prepared for the worst.

When Ryan survived, they both realized that they still had a future together. But the near loss changed the way they saw all that would lie ahead. They would live and love fiercely, fighting for each other and for a Christ-centered marriage, every step of the way.

Fierce Marriage is their story, but more than that, it is a call for married couples to put God first in their relationship, to measure everything they do and say to each other against what Christ did for them, and to see marriage not just as a relationship they should try to keep healthy but also as one worth fighting for in every situation. With the gospel as their foundation, Ryan and Selena offer hope and practical help for common struggles in marriage, including communication problems, sexual frustration, financial stress, family tension, screen-time disconnection, and unrealistic expectations.

My Thoughts:
Fierce Marriage by Ryan and Selena Frederick's is authentic and a practical book to marriage. I love how real both of them are in this book. From personal stories, to discussion of forgiveness, money and sex, I truly appreciated that they did not shy away from hard subjects. 
This book will challenge you in your marriage, with authenticity and make you want your marriage to be better. Each chapter ends with questions to challenge your marriage, which was thought provoking and ultimately will make your marriage more like Christ. 
I give this book 4/5 stars. A favorable review was not required for a review copy. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

About the Authors:
Ryan FrederickRyan & Selena Frederick are passionate about seeing the gospel change hearts and transform marriages. They believe it’s impossible for relationships to truly thrive outside of the redemptive, saving work of Jesus Christ. As writers they lead a vibrant community of hundreds of thousands of couples through their blog, Fierce Marriage.


Monday, April 23, 2018

The Rancher's Secret Child by Brenda Minton

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Can he cowboy up for fatherhood? He had no room for love...until now.After meeting the son he never knew he had, Marcus Palermo's simple life turns upside down. Complicating things further is Lissa Hart, the boy's lovely guardian. She'll help him become a parent--but falling for a gruff cowboy is not in her plans. Will she realize her future lies in Bluebonnet Springs with the rugged rancher?

Brendo Minton did a fantastic job of writing a clean, great book! I loved this quick novella and the characters were very real to me. I love the message of grace and forgiveness embedded throughout this wonderful little book. While the plot was a little predictable, I still enjoyed it. Overall, if you are looking for an enjoyable read, that is a heartwarming contemporary romance with a cowboy, you'll enjoy this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review. I give this book 4/5 stars. 
About the Author:
Brenda MintonBrenda Minton lives in the Ozarks with her husband, three children and a few too many pets. She's a pastor's wife as well as children's ministry worker. 

Her hobbies include sitting on the porch drinking coffee and going out to eat with friends. 

If you enjoy her Love Inspired Cooper Creek series, you can find Brenda most days drinking coffee and hanging out on facebook.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Lifegiving Parent: Giving Your Child a Life Worth Living for Christ by Clay & Sally Clarkson

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From the family that brought you The Lifegiving Home and The Lifegiving Table, discover how you can become a parent who gives your child a life worth living for Christ.
In today's world, it's easy to become overwhelmed and even paralyzed by the constant flow of parenting advice. We're flooded with so much practical information that we wonder if we're choosing the right way. And we may be missing the one thing God really wants us to give to our children: His life. God doesn't include a divine methodology for parenting in the Bible, but He does provide principles that can enable any faithful parent to bring His life into the life of their home.

In The Lifegiving Parent, respected authors and parents Clay and Sally Clarkson explore eight key principles--heartbeats of lifegiving parenting--to shed light on what it means to create a home where your children will experience the living God in your family. Now parents of four grown children--each with their own unique personality and gifts--Sally and Clay have learned (sometimes the hard way!) that the key to shaping a heart begins at home as you foster a deep and thoughtful God-infused relationship with each child. Filled with biblical insight and classic Clarkson stories, The Lifegiving Parent will equip you with the tools and wisdom you need to give your children much more than just a good Christian life. You'll give them the life of Christ. (Don't miss the companion piece, The Lifegiving Parent Experience!)


My Thoughts:

Clay and Sally have written an amazing book with The Life Giving Parent. Honestly, I think I can give a lot of my other parenting books away because this book gets to the heart of children, which is teaching them to love Jesus in a world that is messy, chaotic and unsettling. There isn't a formula or method, but this is a lifestyle and I love how they approach their parenting, just like they approach their dinner table. Which is you haven't read any other books by Sally, I highly recommend them! This book is all about passing on a legacy of Christ to children and it doesn't matter what age, you can pass this on to your children. I love how relational Clay and Sally are as people and I think it makes all the different in their approach to parenting. I love this book, just like I loved the Life Giving Table. I highly recommend this book. I give this book 5/ 5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 

About the author:

Sally ClarksonFrom working on college campuses, to sharing the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain as a missionary, traveling around the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia to speak on discipleship, Sally Clarkson has tenaciously sought after God's kingdom, and has used her ministry to encourage others to do the same. From her best-selling books such as Own Your Life, Desperate (with Sarah Mae), and her latest, The Lifegiving Home, Sally has shared from her heart and home about the value of motherhood and the potential for home to cultivate life, love, and faith. In 1995, She and her husband Clay founded Whole Heart Ministries, which has encouraged thousands of families around the world in discipling their children

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest by Leeana Tankersley,

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What happens when life begins to trip us up and failure starts creeping in? Many of us just keep on doing the same thing, hoping for different results. Some of us look for escape, to find a way out of the mess we feel that we've created. But neither enduring nor escaping is ultimately what we need.
The answer is to allow ourselves to begin again, every day, in every part of our lives. Through engaging, lyrical prose, Leeana Tankersley shows women how to forgive themselves, develop new and healthier patterns of living, and do away with resentment and regret. Her life-giving words will free women who are feeling stuck and allow them to clear out the debris to make room for what God wants to do in their lives. To begin again is to open the window, even a crack, to let the breeze of grace come in. It is a call to stop running from our fears. To take one small step toward becoming the brave women we were made to be.

My Thoughts:
Begin Again is an invitation for readers who have been through hurt to exchange it for rest. Leeana offers wisdom to readers in places where we hurt and places where we aren't self aware enough, but where we need to find light. She is gentle and warm, but isn't afraid to "go there." I love her humor and wisdom, which made this book a quick, but amazing read. I can't wait to read it again. Beginning again happens every single day and it isn't a sign of failure, which was a sigh of relief for me because I don't like the thought of failure, but I have learned a lot through Leanna's word of encouragement and empathy. She is the kind friend we all wished we had. I really enjoyed this book and will give this to many of my friends. It is a great book! I give this book a 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required for a review copy.

About the Author:
Leeana TankersleyLeeana Tankersley is the author of Breathing Room and holds English degrees from Liberty University and West Virginia University. She and her husband, Steve, are currently stationed in San Diego, California, with their three children: Luke, Lane, and Elle. Leeana writes about living from the spacious place on her blog, www.leeanatankersley.com.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Breaking the Fear Cycle: How to Find Peace for Your Anxious Heart by Maria Furlough


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It seems there is more to fear now than ever, but fear and anxiety are nothing new to human beings--or to God. The Bible calls us to not be afraid on many occasions, and of course we all want to live without fear. But just how is that accomplished when every news item seems designed to get us wringing our hands?
Using her own story as a catalyst, Maria Furlough shows readers how to overcome fear for good. She calls readers to make a list of their fears, to choose to bring those fears to God rather than acting on them, and to trust God with the future. She shows how when we give God full control over our lives, choosing his sovereignty over our own ability, we can break the cycle of fear, grow through suffering, and trust God to fulfill his promises of protection and peace.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pelican Point (Hope Harbor #4) by Irene Hannon


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A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian career.
Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. She may not be a Hope Harbor native, but the small Oregon seaside town has become home--and she's determined to save the Pelican Point landmark.Sparks fly as the two go head to head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. And as they work together, might 
Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?
Bestselling author Irene Hannon invites readers back to their favorite town for a story that will light a beacon of hope within their hearts.

My Thoughts:
Pelican Point is the fourth book in the Hope Harbor series by Irene Hannon and it did not disappoint. I love every single book in this series and highly recommend them. They can be read as stand alone's, but are better when read together in a series. Each of these stories are filled with romance, faith, and change. Pelican Point had these elements and more, which made it a fantastic novel.
In Pelican Point you will love the characters between Ben & Marci. Marci has a love for lighthouses and Ben is ready to move on with his life outside of Hope Harbor, but Marci wants to give him a reason to stay, but will it be enough? 
Then we have a plot of secondary characters, Greg& Rachel who are dealing with marriage issues and are faced with trials. Will they be able to withstand the testing of their marriage and faith or will the trials overtake their marriage? This is a powerful element to this book and one part of the story you don't want to miss! 
Pelican Point is a fantastic novel and a great add to the Hope Harbor series. I can't wait to revisit this series again to re-read the series. I highly recommend this book and series. I give this book a 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher for review purposes only.

Meet Irene:
Irene HannonIrene Hannon, who writes both contemporary romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than 50 novels. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA awards from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romance fiction) and she is a member of that organization's elite Hall of Fame. She has also received a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. Other awards for individual books include National Readers' Choice, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers Choice, Booksellers' Best, and Reviewers' Choice from RT Book Reviews. She is also a two-time Christy award finalist.

A former corporate communications executive with a Fortune 500 company, Irene now writes full time. To learn more about Irene and her books, visit www.irenehannon.com