Friday, November 30, 2018

When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours

When the Heart Sings-FINAL-front_cover_020518a-HRTitle: When the Heart Sings
Series: Music of Hope #2
Author: Liz Tolsma
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Natia has a secret, and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose…
The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their Polish farm to a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.
The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear— but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price.
My Thoughts:
Liz Tolsma is an amazing writer! I am in awe of When the Heart Sings. This historical piece of Fiction is unlike any other book that I have ever read. I have fallen completely in love with this story line. Between the friendship of Natia and Elfriede and the story line of Erich, this book is emotional gripping. It's hard to put down. Themes of forgiveness, friendship, love and hope are main points interwoven throughout this book. It is encouraging and heartbreak. It's overall just an amazing book! 
I highly recommend reading this book. I loved reading this book and you will too! Pick up a copy today. 
liz tolsma
Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. Nothing means more to her than her family. She’s married her high-school sweetheart twenty-eight years ago. Get her talking about international adoption, and you might never get her to stop. She and her husband adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Jacob's Bell: A Christmas Story by John Snyder

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"Jacob's Bell" is one of the best Christmas books I have read this holiday season. It is well written and will bring meaning to your life. I was brought to tears as I finished this book because of the lessons I learned from this book. Themes of forgiveness and second chances abound in this book. While Jacob has made plenty of mistakes and has had plenty of opportunities to make them right, this book will teach you that every second is a precious gift, you shouldn't take people for granted, but God works things together for good. This reminded me to not let bitterness and resentment settle in my heart, but rather forgive quickly and respond with love. Sometimes we don't get another opportunity, so we must take the one in front of us. This book reminded me of how precious life is and that each person is an incredible gift. 
I highly recommend purchasing this book. It will not take you more then two hours to read and you'll read it in one sitting. I had a very hard time putting this book down. This book will be one that I read every year as a Christmas tradition. 
I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

About the Author:
John SnyderJohn Snyder is the author of the bestseller The Golden Ring - A Christmas Story and a new Christmas Book, Jacob's Bell, due to be released by FaithWords/Hachette Book Group on October 2, 2018.

He is a member of the Authors Guild. Before retiring, he owned and operated an award-winning public relations/advertising/sports marketing firm in the Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC area for nearly twenty-five years. His firm worked with and represented some of the world’s top professional athletes, sports franchises (including the Washington Capitals of the NHL, the Washington Bullets of the NBA, and top INDYCAR teams, NASCAR teams, and teams in other prominent racing series), as well as
nationally televised sporting events.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Confident Woman Devotional: 365 Daily Inspirations by Joyce Meyer

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I am a huge fan of Joyce Meyer and all of her books. She writes such a inspiring books, including great devotionals. The Confident Women Devotional is a beautiful leather bound pink devotional perfect for every woman! It would be a great gift for Christmas! Filled with 365 devotions, her devotions speak truth, inspire faith and equip women. 
Each day comes with one page, including a short scripture with a devotional and then a prayer. This devotional is perfect for the busy mom, the working woman, or even someone who even a woman who is looking to start their day on a powerful thought. I love the pages in this devotional and how it feels in my hand. It is very soft and flexible. The pink is a nice touch.
If you are looking for a perfect devotional to start 2019, don't look any further. You will enjoy this devotional. I highly recommend it. 
I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

About the Author:
Joyce MeyerJoyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A New York Times bestselling author, Joyce’s books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through Jesus Christ. Through Joyce Meyer Ministries, Joyce teaches on a number of topics with a particular focus on how the Word of God applies to our everyday lives. Her candid communication style allows her to share openly and practically about her experiences so others can apply what she has learned to their lives. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

On Magnolia Lane By Denise Hunter

On Magnolia Lane

By Denise Hunter 

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes the final book in Hunter’s Blue Ridge Romance series.
Pastor Jack McReady has secretly carried a torch for Daisy for two long years. She’s a member of his congregation, after all, and she’ll never see him as more than a trusted counselor. Jack’s best friend Noah has taken every opportunity to encourage his lovesick friend, but when Noah catches wind that Daisy has joined an online dating site, he takes matters into his own hands and orchestrates a meet-cute of the most unconventional kind.
Owner of the local flower shop, Daisy Pendleton is content with her small-town life, but she’d sure like someone to share it with. After several disastrous first dates, she’s about to give up—and then she finds a seemingly wonderful man online. Daisy gets to know TJ through a series of messages but finds herself spending more time with Pastor Jack outside of the church at the same time. What she doesn’t know is that her online prospect and Jack are one and the same.
Just as Daisy’s love life starts to look promising, a mysterious woman appears in town. Daisy is faced with a revelation about her family that turns her world upside down, and she looks to both TJ and Jack for help.
Jack must find a way to reveal himself as her online suitor without breaking her heart and losing her trust. As Daisy faces Jack’s betrayal, she’ll have to learn to extend grace to herself, her family, and the man she’s grown to love.
My Thoughts:
On Magnolia Lane is the third book in the Blue Ridge series and can easily be read as a stand alone novel if you have not read the previous books. I have loved the entire series and HIGHLY recommend you grabbing them. You will gobble these books up fast! Honestly, I could not wait to find out what was going on with Pastor Jack. I stayed up way to late reading this book, but it was well worth the read! 
With a small town feel, and romance in this air, this book brings community and people who love God together. Strong themes of forgiveness and grace abound in this book. I can't say a whole lot more, but just READ this book and the series. You will love Denise Hunter! She is a gift writer.
I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

About the Author:
Denise Hunter Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of more than 30 novels, including "The Convenient Groom" and "A December Bride", which have been made into Hallmark movies.
Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

Denise and her husband live in Indiana, where they raised three sons, and are currently enjoying an empty nest. In 1996, Denise began her first novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books contain a strong romantic element, and her husband says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Story in the Stars: Discovering God's Design and Plan for Our Universe by Joe Amaral

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An in-depth look at the powerful story and symbolism behind God's unique design of our universe.

Thousands of words have been written about the first ten words in the Bible: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth," a simple and profound statement that has ignited a firestorm of debate and controversy. People often only focus on the "how" and "when" of creation, but Story in the Stars explores the "why." Why did God create such a vast universe? Why did He choose the sun and moon to light our paths? Why did He design images with stars in the night sky?

The Bible is very clear when it states that God created, named, and positioned all of the stars of the universe in their place in a very specific way-a way that tells us the greatest story ever to be told. In Luke 21:25 Jesus says, "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars." Signs are meant to point us towards something: Jesus. Story in the Stars takes an in-depth look at the Bible and all the signs God mapped out through constellations, planets, and even the way the Earth is tilted. We are uniquely designed by God, and He loves us so much that He ensured a way for all inhabitants of the earth, through all of time, to see the messages of salvation and redemption that He painted in the stars.

My Thoughts:
Story in the Stars is a fascinating read about constellations and planets. I am going to be honest, I struggled at first with this book because of the authors in depth understanding and research he was bringing to the table about festivals, the constellations and how each thing aligned. I felt that maybe it was almost a bit much, but the more I read, the more I realized he was addressed some of my concerns about worshipping the stars and seeking them to understand what was happening. Rather he was using them to connect history from the Bible. There is a deeper meaning that is revealed in this book then I have never understood or read before. This book is very interesting and helps me understand scripture differently. It will give you a visual picture of the Bible in a different way. I found this to be a stimulating read.
This book will give you a different view of the sky and the stars. It is a fascinating read and you don't have to be into constellations to enjoy this. I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

About the Author:
Joe AmaralJoe Amaral was born in Portugal on the island of St. Miguel, and emigrated with his family to Toronto, Ontario, when he was two years old. A rebel against Christianity, he credits a youth pastor who "loved me unconditionally" with being a major factor in his conversion and subsequent decision to enter the ministry. He attended Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (now a Master's College and Seminary). In November 2002, he first visited Israel, and learned about the culture from his tour guide, a Messianic Jew. Today, along with his father-in-law, he operates a ministry called Operation Outreach, conducting tours of the Holy Land several times a year and teaching on the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. He resides with his wife, Karen, and family in Ontario.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Feel Better Fast and Make It Last: Unlock Your Brain's Healing Potential to Overcome Negativity, Anxiety, Anger, Stress, and Trauma by Daniel G. Amen

Feel Better Fast and Make It Last: Unlock Your Brain's Healing Potential to Overcome Negativity, Anxiety, Anger, Stress, and Trauma


We've all felt anxious, sad, traumatized, grief-stricken, stressed, angry, or hopeless at some point in life. It's perfectly normal to go through emotional crises or have periods when you feel panicked or out of sorts. It is how you respond to these challenges that will make all the difference in how you feel--not just immediately, but also in the long run. Unfortunately, many people turn to self-medicating behaviors, such as overeating, drugs, alcohol, risky sexual behavior, anger, or wasting time on mindless TV, video games, Internet surfing, or shopping. And even though these behaviors may give temporary relief from feeling bad, they usually only prolong and exacerbate the problems--or cause other, more serious ones.

Is it possible to feel better--and make it last?

Renowned physician, psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, and founder of Amen Clinics Dr. Daniel Amen understands how critical it is for you to know what will help you feel better fast, now and later. In Feel Better Fast and Make It Last, you'll discover new, powerful brain-based strategies to quickly gain control over anxiety, worry, sadness, stress and anger, strengthening your resilience and giving you joy and purpose for a lifetime.

My Thoughts:

Feel Better Fast and Make It Last by M.D., Daniel G. Amen is a stunning work to the neuroscience industry. This book is is a great tool on the brain for any individual. Whether you have a medical degree or are you looking to understand more about the brain, this book is user friendly for anyone. One of the biggest takeaways I got from this book is that we all need to understand our brain and support it. Regardless of our age, not all brains, even healthy are the same. Which is something Daniel had found in his SPECT scans. Each person requires a different type of unique treatment and there isn't a one size fits all method, which is something commonly mis-understood in our culture today. I love learning about how to naturally support your brain with herbs, vitamins, etc. Finally, a doctor telling people how to support their brain with natural supplements, which is awesome!

He explains so many things in the book that I have never understood with the brain, but he spends a lot of time in diet as well. He says that many people often are afraid of fat in our culture, so they do fat free, but did you know that has a higher percent of people facing cognitive impairments and dementia!! Why??? Because they pump everything with Sugar!! Fat isn't the problem, sugar is! Did you also know that corn is sprayed every year with glyphosate pesticide Roundup, which has been associated with cancer, depression and so many other diseases! 

I could go on and on about the things I've learned and have highlighted in this book, but overall this book is amazing! If you love to learn, grab a copy today! I have really enjoyed this book.

About the Author:

Daniel G. AmenThe Washington Post called Dr. Daniel Amen the most popular psychiatrist in America and named him the web's most influential expert and advocate on mental health.
Daniel Amen is a life-long Christian and graduate of Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. He is a double board-certified psychiatrist and multiple NY Times bestselling author, with such blockbuster books as Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Healing ADD, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, and The Daniel Plan, co-authored by Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Mark Hyman. In November 2016, he and his wife Tana published The Brain Warrior's Way.
Dr. Amen is the founder of Amen Clinics, which has 6 locations across the United States. Amen Clinics has the world's largest database of brain scans related to behavior, totaling more than 125,000 SPECT scans on patients from 111 countries. 
Dr. Amen's research team has published more than 70 scientific articles on a wide variety of topics related to brain health. He is the lead researcher on the largest brain imaging study on active and retired NFL players and was a consultant on the movie Concussion starring Will Smith. In 2016, Discover Magazine named his brain imaging work for psychiatric diagnoses as one of the top 100 stories in all of science. 
Dr. Amen has also hosted 11 national public television shows about the brain, which have aired more than 80,000 times across North America and raised more than 75 million dollars for stations. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Seat by the Hearth An Amish Homestead Novel By Amy Clipston

A Seat by the HearthA Seat by the HearthAn Amish Homestead Novel

By Amy Clipston 

Priscilla Allgyer knows that the past can never fully be left behind. But can love lead her toward the promise of healing?
Priscilla Allgyer left the community in hopes of escaping the expectations of Amish life. Now, years later, she is forced to return to the place she thought she’d left behind forever—along with her six-year-old son. Though once estranged from her family, Priscilla is welcomed by her mother, but her father is cold and strict. He allows Priscilla to stay with them provided she dresses plainly, confesses her sins, and agrees to marry within the community. Once again, she feels suffocated, trapped, and alone.
As Priscilla reluctantly completes her shunning, she catches the eye of Mark Riehl, a farmer with a playboy reputation. Wary of Mark, Priscilla barely gives him the time of day—while Mark, unused to being ignored by the women of Bird-in-Hand, won’t give up the pursuit of her friendship. Priscilla desperately needs a friend in Mark, even if she doesn’t realize it—and after Priscilla’s father and the bishop catch her and Mark in a compromising situation, the two are compelled to enter an awkward, unexpected engagement.
After Priscilla and Mark marry and live as friends, affection quietly grows between them—but Priscilla struggles to open her heart and reveal the painful secrets of her past. As Mark works to earn her good faith, can they both learn the hard lessons of love and trust? And can two friends discover a happiness that only God himself could have designed? The third book in the Amish Homestead series, A Seat by the Hearth invites us back to the Lancaster community where friendships are forged and love overcomes all.
My Thoughts:

Author Amy Clipston continues to write better with every single book and series she releases and A Seat by the Hearth is no exception. While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, which is one of the reasons why I love reading books by Amy. She is fantastic Amish author and if you haven't read a book by her, I highly recommend all of her books. 
The plot in A Seat by the Hearth is enough to keep you turning the pages reading up way to late in the night until you finish the book. You'll love the characters as they are well developed and relatable. The characters face hardships that many readers face, which makes the characters real and the plot amazing. I will give one spoiler, if abuse is trigger for you I might recommend holding off on this book if that is an area you are working through in your life as the characters do walk through some of this from the past in this story. While this isn't a main theme, this content does come up. I love Mark, Priscilla, and Ethan. You will too.
Amy Clipston does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and making you feel that you're a part of the story. They experience life that we all relate to, including emotions, faith, forgiveness and hope. I highly recommend this book. Make sure you add this book to your Christmas list.
About the Author:
Amy ClipstonHi, I’m Amy Clipston. I am an author of Amish and Christian fiction with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Most of my books focus on the Amish community, faith, and love. I also write romance novels and young adult inspirational stories. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Liberty Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #6) by MaryLu Tyndall

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Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

War Forces a Choice Between Love and Country
A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him or her love for her country.

My Thoughts:
I have really enjoyed the series of Daughters of the Mayflower, especially as different authors have written stories during different time periods. It has been great to read these books and I have loved them. 

The Liberty Bride is a great story of historical fiction filled with great spiritual themes that made this book amazing! I don't want to write too much because I am concerned I will give it away, but I LOVED this story! Faith, romance adventure and deep history ensues this book. Make sure to pick up a copy today because you will not be able to put this book down. 

I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

About the Author:

MaryLu Tyndall
Award winning and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. After obtaining a degree in Math and working as software engineer for 15 years, she decided to test the waters as a writer. With now more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the deeply spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. As a follower of Christ, her stories often reflect her own journey and walk with God. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, two grandkids, and three cats on the California coast, where her imagination still surges with the sea. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Return of the Song by Phyllis Clark Nichols Review & Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Return of the Song by Phyllis Clark Nichols, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

return of the songTitle: Return of the Song
Series: The Rockwater Suite #1
Author: Phyllis Clark Nichols
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
When Caroline lost her love, she lost the music too.
Caroline Carlyle’s dreams were crushed when her fiancĂ© died six weeks before their wedding. For years she wrestled with aching loss and shattered faith, struggling to find the inspiration that once came so easily. Abandoning her half-finished piano compositions, Caroline trades her old ambitions for the comfort and familiarity of life as the town’s piano teacher.
But Caroline’s world turns upside down when a mysterious stranger enters her life. Filled with courage and fresh purpose, Caroline embarks on a quest to track down the beloved, rare piano she played as a child. Her search leads her to Rockwater, the Kentucky estate of a wealthy gentleman, where Caroline finds her heart may be composing a surprising new song.
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My Thoughts:
Return of The Song is a wonderful story about a woman named Caroline who lives in a small Georgia town. She is a piano teacher and a professional musician who does different events for a living. (Funerals, weddings, parties, etc) She has experienced a significant loss, but Caroline is bound and determined to use her gift of music for something good. 
Caroline discovers that she will do anything to help Bella and she is amazed at the musical gift that Bella has. While this book has it's up and downs, it definitely has emotional moments too. 
The author knows the power of music and uses that to drive home that theme in this book. As a reader,  got to the end of the book and discovered that I was left with excitement, hope and some frustration as everything is left up in the air. We do not have resolution in this book, but just wait, book two will be release next year! I highly anticipate the next book in this series and recommend that it will be a great book. If you are looking for a book that has a little bit of romance, with clean reading and the passion of music behind it, look no further. This is a great fiction novel you will enjoy! 
Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.
Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.
She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.
Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.
CONNECT WITH PHYLLIS: website | Facebook | Twitter

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(1) winner will receive (US only)
  • a print copy of Christmas at Grey Sage
  • a print copy of Return of the Song
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 12, 2018 and last through 11:59pm November 19, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Silencing Insecurity: Believing God's Truth about You by Donna Gibbs

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

This Season of Angels: Angelic Assignments During This Prophetic Season by Perry Stone

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In This Season of Angels: Angelic Assignments During this Prophetic Season, Perry explores the significance of angels, the visitation of them and why God sends Angels to us. This book is full of information about angels and Perry answers different questions with scripture. 
During each chapter, Perry looks at the functions of Angels, their roles, dreams, revelations, healing, protection, salvation, death of believers, spiritual warfare and so much more.  He uses many stories from his personal life, experiences and those from the Bible. 
I thought the information about the fragrance of angels in the room was very interesting. I was very surprised by this information and I found it intriguing. 
Overall, I thought this book was interesting, especially as I never thought about how angels functioned in the Bible. I found this book to very informative, helpful and encouraging. 

About the Author:

Perry StonePerry Stone directs one of America’s fastest growing ministries - Voice of Evangelism. From its 70,000 square foot International Ministry Center, Voice of Evangelism is striving to reach the world with the gospel of Christ through revivals, television, audio/video media, printed material, and missionary sponsorship. Perry has authored over forty books and booklets; produced over one hundred videos and DVDs, and hundreds of audio teaching albums series. Perry publishes The Voice of Evangelism magazine. Manna-Fest with Perry Stone, a weekly television program, can be seen nationally and internationally via cable and satellite systems around the world.