Friday, October 19, 2018

Switch on Your Brain Every Day: 365 Readings for Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health by Caroline Leaf

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According to researchers, the vast majority--a whopping 75-98 percent--of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about truly affects us both physically and emotionally. In fact, fear alone triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses in our bodies, activating more than thirty different hormones! Today our culture is undergoing an epidemic of toxic thoughts that, left unchecked, create ideal conditions for illnesses.
I love how this devotional covers thought life, our brain, God's creation, identity, attention, forgiveness and so much more. This devotional focuses on the entire person; body, soul and spirit. This devotional book is a great read for anyone. I highly recommend any of Caroline Leaf's books!

About the Author:
Caroline LeafDr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection. During her years in clinical practice as a Communication Pathologist she developed tools and processes that help people develop and change their thinking and subsequent behavior. Her scientific Science of Thought techniques have transformed the lives of patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), learning disabilities, emotional traumas and released the potential of thousands of young students and adults. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Parenting with Heart: How Imperfect Parents Can Raise Resilient, Loving, and Wise-Hearted Kids by Stephen James, Chip Dodd

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Parents want to be the best person they can for their children, but much of the time they may feel like giraffes on ice--clumsy, unprepared, and in imminent danger of going down. The good news is, our children don't need perfect parents. They need authentic, fully-hearted, relationally engaged parents who can mess up and move on more than parents who always get it right.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Jesus Always Small Deluxe Embracing Joy in His Presence By Sarah Young

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 By Sarah Young

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Experience true joy, now and always. With Scripture and personal reflections, bestselling author Sarah Young (with more than 22 million units sold) brings Jesus' message of joy, for today and every day, in this deluxe new leathersoft edition of Jesus Always.
Life is full of difficulties: loss, sadness, fear. In the midst of these challenges, joy often feels out of reach. But Jesus has more for you than a life of striving, pain, and discontent. He offers life abundant and life brimming with joy! Jesus Always, now available in a small deluxe format,was written as part of Sarah Young’s exploration of the promises of joy in Scripture. Written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to the reader, Jesus Always invites you into a new way of living a life of joy.
Millions of readers have been touched by Sarah Young's message of peace in Jesus Calling®. In her first 365-day devotional since Jesus Calling®, Sarah brings a message of joy in Jesus Always Small Deluxe. The striking leathersoft cover and beautiful design make this an elegant gift or self-purchase.
Reaching out with joy-filled reminders from the Word of God, these devotions will intimately and gently connect you with Jesus, the One who meets you where you are. Draw near to Him in Jesus Always Small Deluxe.
My Thoughts:
Sarah Young writes the most beautiful devotional books ever! I adore this beautiful, leather devotional. I find that regardless of the day or whatever circumstances I am facing, this devotional speaks directly to me. Ms. Young has a gift with her words and the way she writes that helps me to know that God is speaking directly to me right where I need to hear from Him. I love that with this devotional I am able to read one for the particular day or I can flip it to one that might be more fitting for the particular season I am in. It is the perfect size to fit in my purse or laptop bag to bring to work. I highly recommend purchasing this book or any other devotional books by Sarah Young. They are so great! Whether you are familiar with this book or Jesus Calling, I recommend picking up a copy. This would be the perfect gift for a friend too. 
About the Author:
Sarah Young

Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 17 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling® has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Today™, Jesus Lives™, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling® for Little Ones, Jesus Calling® Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling®: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence—each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Jesus Always™, her first 365-day devotional since Jesus Calling, released in October 2016. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Sparkle of Silver (Georgia Coast Romance #1) by Liz Johnson

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Ninety years ago, Millie Sullivan's great-grandmother was a guest at oil tycoon Howard Dawkins' palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Now, Millie plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of the same manor. But when her grandmother suggests that there is a lost diary containing the location of a hidden treasure on the estate, along with the true identity of Millie's great-grandfather, Millie sets out to find the truth of her heritage--and the fortune that might be hers. When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate's private library, he threatens to have her fired. But her story seems almost too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up . . .









Liz Johnson


Monday, October 15, 2018

An Amish Homecoming Four Stories By Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, Kathleen Fuller

An Amish HomecomingFour Stories

By Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, Kathleen Fuller 

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Four brand new Amish stories of coming home.

No Place Like Home by Amy Clipston
Estranged daughter Eva Dienner has been staying with her in-laws, the Riehls, since her husband was killed in a fire, but now she wants her son to meet his maternal grandparents. Upon her return, Eva finds that the man her parents always intended for her is living in their daadihaus and running the dairy farm for them for free, despite her suspicions of him taking advantage of her family. Eva knows she should put the past behind her, but is she ready to move into the future?
When Love Returns by Beth Wiseman
Hurricane Harvey forces Sarah Zook to return to the home she fled six years ago when she couldn’t face her stern parents’ reaction to her unplanned pregnancy. Upon her return, Abram King can think of nothing but the pain she caused him—until he meets Sarah’s daughter and realizes that he never really stopped loving Sarah. Sarah and Abram must find a way to face the truth of their past so they can rekindle their first love.
The Courage to Love by Shelley Shepard Gray
After the death of her Englisch husband, Irene Keim seeks a fresh start by staying with her new friends Mary Ruth and Henry Wengerd in exchange for helping them around the house. But when Mary Ruth and Henry’s son Marcus comes around, he isn’t pleased with the woman they’ve taken in and is determined to push her out. Misunderstandings abound, but both Irene and Marcus learn that people aren’t always what they seem.
What Love Built by Kathleen Fuller
Independent and headstrong, Carolyn is determined to forge ahead with the opening of her bakery, a lifelong dream, in the Birch Creek home she left ten years ago. But she’s in over her head and needs help with the cleaning, shopping, and deliveries. Carpenter Atlee Shetler is visiting Birch Creek to escape the memories of his late wife. He takes a job renovating the new bakery and finds the project—and its owner—to be much more than he bargained for. Both Carolyn and Atlee must face pains of the past if they want to have the bright future God has planned for them.
My Thoughts:
An Amish Homecoming is a wonderful collection of four novellas written by four talented authors. These stories will capture your heart and you will love the lessons that each of these authors have in store for you as you fall in love with the characters. I love how each of the characters, their stories, dreams and lives came to life. I felt as though I was living vicariously through them and viewing everything through their lens. Despite loss, love, hurt and pain, faith is always a huge element of each of these stories, which helps the reader grab ahold of hope. I can't pick one favorite novella because all of them grabbed my heart. Overall, I was turning the pages on each of these stories. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in two days. I highly recommend An Amish Homecoming! You will love it. 



Thursday, October 11, 2018

To Blessed to be Stressed for Moms by Debora M. Coty (Blog tour & Giveaway)

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To Blessed to be Stressed for Moms by Debora M. Coty Blog tour & Giveaway


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About the Book:Do you feel like you’re drowning in the everyday stress-pool? . . .
Wish you could make busy-ness a business so you’d be a millionaire? . . .
Welcome to the maternal order of slightly sagging sisters of the 'hood. The motherhood. 
With her own offbeat brand of wit and near-wisdom, popular inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart needs of moms drowning in the churning stress-pool of busyness. In her beloved mom-to-mom, grin-provoking style, Coty offers empathy, laughs, real-life stories, practical parenting survival tips, and fresh biblical insights to help you hear Papa God’s still, small voice through life’s chaos. 
Whether you're struggling with stress related to attitude, time-management, guilt trips, patience, or something in between. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the peace we all crave—the peace that passes all understanding.


About the Author:
Do you feel like you’re drowning in the everyday stress-pool? . . .
Wish you could make busy-ness a business so you’d be a millionaire? . . .
Welcome to the maternal order of slightly sagging sisters of the 'hood. The motherhood. 
With her own offbeat brand of wit and near-wisdom, popular inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart needs of moms drowning in the churning stress-pool of busyness. In her beloved mom-to-mom, grin-provoking style, Coty offers empathy, laughs, real-life stories, practical parenting survival tips, and fresh biblical insights to help you hear Papa God’s still, small voice through life’s chaos. 
Whether you're struggling with stress related to attitude, time-management, guilt trips, patience, or something in between. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the peace we all crave—the peace that passes all understanding.


Don't Miss this Give Away! 

No one is immune to stress, least of all moms. That’s why Debora M. Coty, author of the best-selling Too Blessed to be Stressed series decided it was time to write an edition specifically addressing the stresses and needs in the daily life of moms. In Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms (Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing), Deb offers empathy, laughs, real-life stories, practical parenting survival tips, and fresh biblical insights to help frazzled moms of all ages hear God’s still, small voice through life’s chaos.
 
To celebrate the release of Too Blessed to Be Stressed for Moms and to blessa mom that needs to de-stress, Deb is giving away a “Take a Day for Mom” $75 VISA Cash Card. The card can be used by a mom for a day of pampering or just getting away and enjoying a day to herself. Do you need a day away or know a mom who does? (Is that a trick question?) Then, enter the giveaway and share it with all your friends. (Another little secret… you don’t have to prove you are a mom in order to win!)


My Review:
Too Blessed to Be Stressed for Moms is such an amazing tool to help moms  that is applicable to a first-time mother with a new born baby or a mother with numerous children. All moms can relate to the stress of children. This book is for you! The author is spot on with scripture, humor, quotes and content that makes the reader feel as though she isn't alone on the journey of motherhood. This book will make you feel as though you are on a journey together in motherhood and that you aren't in the chaos alone. Being a mom isn't easy and is often over looked in our society, but Debora recognizes how being a mother is such a unique gift and calling. She instills that into the reader and she welcomes each mother at the beginning of each devotional which I love, no matter how your day has been. This is such a great little encouraging devotional. I just enjoyed this book. I highly recommend you getting a copy for all the moms in your life. They will enjoy this book, I promise! I highly recommend Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms out there. Be sure to get grab your copy today. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. I give it 4/5 stars.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World by Alli Worthington


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How would your life be different if you were just a bit happier every day for a year? What would you do to enjoy life just a little more day by day? Take your first step toward increased happiness with The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World by Alli Worthington.

You do your best to live life well—you work hard to be present in the moment, take care of the people in your life, knock it out of the park at work and home. And yet somehow, you still have days (perhaps more than you'd like to admit) where you're simultaneously stressed and bored, and you wonder if you even know how to be happy. Is happiness a worthy goal? Does happiness matter to God, or does He only care about holier things?

Alli Worthington gets it. As a wife, mother of five boys, author, speaker, and entrepreneur, she knows a thing or two about being busy, stressed, and happy in the midst of a crazy world! Over the years, she's seen how happiness gets a bad rap in Christian circles, and now she is standing up to shout the good news from the roof (or the internet, as the case may be): You are allowed to be happy! Yes, you! You can be happy right now!

Get rid of the common Christian misconception that happiness is somehow not holy, and grasp God’s intention for His children—that happiness and holiness can coexist for a beautiful life.

Join Alli for The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World and find the roots of your happiest life yet! With 100 inspirational devotions, beautiful art, and journaling pages throughout, this gorgeous devotional offers practical ways to make your life happier day by day.

Don’t miss the great big beautiful adventure God has for you right in your own life. Let this be The Year of Living Happy!
 

My Thoughts:
The Year of Living Happy is a beautiful book! The pictures and the words are captivating. This book is warm and inviting. You will just love how this book feels in your hands.  It's a great devotional book that helps the reader to slow down and create a rhythm in life where you press pause in finding connection to the world. This book contains twelve different topics including: made to be happy, holiness is happy, finding your happy thought, happy in a world of crazy, when happiness is hard, good friends and happy hearts, the power of happy words, a happy heart is good medicine, building a happy life and more. Along with the topicals, there are devotionals written by Ali under each topical with a journal space for reflection. 
I love the simplicity and clean look of this book. It will add happiness and ease into your life! I give this book 5/5 stars. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

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Having never read a book by Patti Lewis, but hearing all the raving reviews, I was very excited to unpack this book and oh, what an amazing read! I did not know anything about Joy Davidman before reading Becoming Mrs. Lewis. I had no idea she was the wife of C.S. Lewis, so this book as a fiction read was fascinating. I loved learning about her smart, personality and her life as a writer. I also loved the way Callhan wrote of the relationship between her and Jack. With fact and fiction, this book is remarkable in writing and poise. I can't imagine someone writing it any better than Callahan. This is a book that readers will be talking about for a long time! I highly enjoyed this book and believe you will too! Grab a copy today! I give this book 5/5 stars.




Thursday, October 4, 2018

Marked by Love: It's the Only Thing That Matters by Tim Stevens

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“People are done with Christianity. I am done with Christianity. At least the Americanized version that dresses up on Sunday and the rest of the week is gossiping, backbiting, jealous, judgmental, and unethical. It seems at every turn Christians are doing more harm for the name of Jesus than help.”  –Tim Stevens
If you’ve ever been discouraged by Christianity—whether you’ve been a lifelong churchgoer or someone who left religion a long time ago—this book will change your life.
God only spoke twice while Jesus was on earth. (We should probably sit up and pay attention.) Both times He said: Jesus is “marked by my love.” No tattoo. No handshake. No team colors or logos or code words. The only thing that marked Jesus Christ and the only thing that would mark His followers—love.
I had the opportunity to meet Tim Stevens at a Push Pay conference in Seattle, so when the opportunity to review his book had come across my email, I was thrilled at the sight! Not your typical Christian nonfiction book, “Marked by Love” truly stands out in a culture that is look for truth in love. Tim writes with such deep truth and wisdom that every reader will leave changed. My book is completely marked up by the things that he says and writes with pen and highlights. I found "Marked by Love" to be challenging, thought-provoking and inspiring. It will challenge your views, and help you to explore them in innovative ways. Tim breaks down cultural barriers and uses the model of compassion to do so. I really enjoyed this book! Lets us all be marked by love in all that we do! 
I highly recommend this book. Grab your copy today! You'll enjoy reading this book. 




Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #5) by Shannon McNear


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Thomas Bledsoe and Kate Gruener are traveling the Wilderness Road when conflicts between natives and settlers reach a peak that will require each of them to tap into a well of courage.
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.
Love and Adventure Are Discovered on the Wilderness Road




This series just keeps getting better and better with each book. This book was an excellent read! I love that this book is a wagon train book with romance, Indians and trains. This book was engaging, a great read and I enjoyed the plot. With good conflict and hardships, this book was captivating. Overall, I thought this was another great addition to the series. I give this book 4/5 stars.

About the Author:
Shannon McNearShannon has been writing one thing or another since third grade and finished her first novel at age fifteen—but waited more than thirty years for her first book contract. In the meantime, she graduated from high school, attended college, met and married her husband, birthed nine children, lost one, taught five to drive, revised that first story innumerable times, and completed six others.

Her first published novella, Defending Truth, in A Pioneer Christmas Collection (Barbour, 2013 & 2015), was a 2014 RITA nominee. She writes regularly for Colonial Quills, is a member of ACFW and RWA, and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2) by Lynn Austin

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This book does not disappoint! This book was amazing! I haven’t read many historical books in first person, but I have read several other books by Lynn Austin and knew this would be great. The two main characters are Geesje and Anna. Geesje lives in Holland MI. I love that this book was written right back in my yard. It made the book come alive. Anna is lives in Chicago, Il and is trying to find out more about her parents as her wedding approaches. 
I love how Lynn Austin puts truth within her story and how Anna wants to put her faith in God. Anna wants to follow Him well and when she has to make difficult choices and sacrifices, she is willing to do so. Her humble attitude is refreshing for someone who is young.  
This book overall has a great message and I don't want to spoil too much, but I love how we get to see the story from Anna and Gessie.  I loved this book and cannot wait for books in this series because I feel that the story isn't over. I read this book in two sitting because I could not put it down. Legacy of Mercy is remarkable! I highly recommend reading the first book in this series. I give this book 5/5 stars. 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Lynn Austin's "Legacy of Mercy" Launch Team. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

About the Author:
Lynn AustinFor many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped. Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.

Extended family is also very important to Austin, and it was a lively discussion between Lynn, her mother, grandmother (age 98), and daughter concerning the change in women's roles through the generations that sparked the inspiration for her novel Eve's Daughters.