Sunday, October 13, 2019

A Distance Too Grand (American Wonders Collection, #1) by Regina Scott

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A Distance too Grand is a historical novel that takes the main character through the lens of a camera on an adventure where her life is about getting the perfect shot, one that calls her to hang over the edge of the largest Canyon. While this book is adventurous, historical and a page turner, it also is charming with love stories abounding of sweetness and enduring hardships. Through Meg, we are able to see the side of adventure through the lens of her camera and the beauty of the country. The characters will keep your attention and so will the plot this book. I really enjoyed this Historical Fiction, more than I had anticipated. I recommend this book! You will enjoy it. 

About the Author:
Regina ScottRegina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn't actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998).

Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency novellas ("The June Bride Conspiracy" in His Blushing Bride, "Sweeter Than Candy" in A Match for Mother, and "A Place by the Fire" in Mistletoe Kittens). Two of her novels, A Dangerous Dalliance and The Twelve Days of Christmas, have been translated into German. A Dangerous Dalliance and The Incomparable Miss Compton have been translated into Italian. Starstruck and Perfection have been translated into Dutch.

Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in the Tri-Cities of southeast Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born in 1959 and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally--both her parents are excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician. Her mother envisioned the plot for "Sweeter Than Candy," the novella which was written as a tribute to her. 

Regina Scott is a devout Christian and a decent fencer; owns a historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection that currently takes up over a third of her large closet; and has been known to impersonate an independent consultant specializing in risk communication.


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Strong, Brave, Loved: Empowering Reminders of Who You Really Are by Holley Gerth

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Bestselling author Holley Gerth feels like your best friend, your supportive sister, and your biggest cheerleader. She understands that you want to be a woman who looks life in the face and says, "You can't beat me." A woman who knows love is a risk and reaches out anyway. A woman who understands kindness takes real courage. Who doesn't fake it or try to hide her scars. Who fights to believe she is who God says she is and helps others do the same.

Strong, Brave, Loved offers 60 short devotions to empower you to be that kind of woman. It's simple, personal, and practical, with room for you to journal your own responses and reflections. With these concise and compassionate devotions, Holley leads you on a journey of discovery as you learn to live in freedom, hope, and holy courage.

My Thoughts:
Strong, Brave, Loved: Empowering Reminders of Who You Really Are by Holley Gerth is a beautiful book! This gorgeous book is amazing not only on the outside, but the inside too. The devotionals in this book are too good not to miss. I love how each of these devotions are filled with encouragement through scripture and prayer. I feel empowered and love by each and every single devotion. Holley Gerth is the real deal. I had the opportunity to do a live chat with her a couple of years ago. Her heart is pure gold. What you read is what you hear from her in person. Her heart spills into her writing and she is just real/ honest. This book came at a perfect season in life where I was looking for real encouragement to help me in a season where I have felt deep shame and hurt. This devotional is the perfect book in helping the reader feel loved and real. I highly recommend this devotional for any woman or even as a gift. 
About the Author:
Holley GerthHolley Gerth is a best-selling writer, licensed counselor, certified life coach and speaker. She is cofounder of (in)courage, an online destination for women, which received more than one million page views in its first six months. She also reaches out to readers through her popular blog at www.holleygerth.com and a partnership with DaySpring. Holley lives in the South with her husband, Mark.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

She Prays: A 31-Day Journey to Confident Conversations with God by Debbie Lindell, Lisa Harper

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One of the most wonderful things about walking with God is that we can have an intimate and real relationship with him. He wants us to know him so well that we are comfortable talking to him about anything and everything. Yet, there are times when we feel disconnected and insecure. We desire to grow in prayer, but we don't know where to begin, what to say, or how to listen for his voice.
In She Prays, Debbie Lindell invites you on a 31-day journey to experience a confident and conversational relationship with your heavenly Father. She shows you how to replace the pressure to perform in prayer with a faith-filled expectation--trusting that God is delighted with every conversation and every word we whisper to him. Her desire is that your soul will be transformed as your confidence in prayer grows, and that your faith will be strengthened as you see God work through your prayers in ways you never imagined possible. 

My Thoughts:
She Prays is a 31 Day Journey through conversations with God through prayer. This book is a great little book about developing your prayer life, but what I love about this book is that it isn't difficult and it is very simple. While this book is simple on prayer, it gets to the heart of prayer, which is about the heart of the individual seeking the Lord. This book also is perfect to read as a daily devotional as it isn't long and the chapters are short. I love this little book. She Prays would be an awesome gift and the cover is so inviting. I highly recommend this book. It will help change your prayer life! 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

When God Says Wait: A Devotional Thought Journal by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

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A job, a true love, a baby, a cure. . .
We’re all waiting for something from God.
And the place between His answers can feel like a wasteland where dreams—and faith—go to die.
When we’re waiting, we wonder, “Why?”, “Why me?”, and “How long?”



This is a beautiful, hardcover devotional that is written from Elizabeth Laing Thompson's book title When God Says, Wait. This devotional book is awesome and is perfect for the season I am in, especially since I loved the book When God Says Wait. This devotional book has a generous amount space to dialogue with God about your prayers, thoughts and feelings regarding the devotional. This devotional has great thought provoking questions and thoughts that guided my prayers and feelings, which I really enjoyed. I loved the journal prompts and it also has a beautiful dark pink ribbon marker. I really love this devotional and have found it to be perfect for this season of my life. This is a great gift and is perfect for someone who is going through a difficult trial. I highly recommend this book. 



Friday, September 27, 2019

100 Ways to Love Your Husband: The Simple, Powerful Path to a Loving Marriage by Lisa Jacobson

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

100 Ways to Love Your Wife: The Simple, Powerful Path to a Loving Marriage

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Couples with great marriages know one simple truth: the best marriages are made up of many everyday decisions that say "I love you" rather than those that say "I love me." When we put the other person first, even in little ways, we find true fulfillment.

This book offers husbands practical, hands-on advice to start applying immediately. Maybe you are just entering into marriage and want to start off on the right foot. Maybe you have made some mistakes along the way and are struggling to connect. Or maybe you want your marriage to go from good to great. Wherever you currently are in your relationship, let Matt Jacobson help you learn how to love your wife well.
 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Dare to See: Discovering God in the Everyday by Katie Brown

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Dare to See was an awesome and easy autobiography/ memoir that I was able to read in two sitting. Katie is an author that writes from her heart through a series of essays based on her own life experiences. She writes topically, which makes reading this book super fun and conversational. I feel as though she is sitting across the table from me. This book could be read as devotional, especially with the way the chapters are divided. 

I really enjoyed this book and thought it was an easy, but enjoyable read. This would make a great gift or a devotional. Thank you to the publisher for providing this book. #sponsoredbyfaithwords

Friday, September 13, 2019

Garden of Faith: A 365-Day Devotional Journal (365 Devotional Journals)

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Growing in faith can be difficult if you don't have deep roots to strengthen or nourish you. These daily devotions provide biblical wisdom to help readers cultivate a purposeful life full of courage, faith, and love. The journaling lines are the perfect place to praise God's beautiful creation, reflect on the day's Scripture reading, or record prayers and dreams.









My Thoughts:
Garden of Faith is a 356 daily devotional journal that helps the reader focus on God daily through a time of surrendering time and putting God first and then writing down in the space provided how God is talking to the reader. This devotional is a soft cover, but is very sturdy. I love Ellie Claire brand of devotionals because they are sturdy devotionals that I can look back through the years and see how God has moved through areas in my life. Their devotional journals also have ribbon markers, which I love. The space provided to write is perfect because I think it is adequate space between the devotional and writing. These devotional journals are great gift items. I highly recommend picking up Garden of Faith today! This is an awesome devotional to keep your eyes fixed on God's creation. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

I Am Redeemed: Learning to Live in Grace by Mike Weaver, Jim Scherer

I Am Redeemed: Learning to Live in Grace

Mike Weaver, lead singer of Big Daddy Weave, shares from personal experience how when all we can see is our struggles and failures, God reminds us of who we are. . . . His children. Loved. Set free. Redeemed.
46114616I Am Redeemed is an open book of Mike Weaver's life, bringing into the light everything from his battle with self-hatred to the near death of his brother and bandmate, who ultimately had both feet amputated to save his life. Mike shares the lessons learned in the loss of his father and dealing with the spirit of suicide within his band, Big Daddy Weave.
At the lowest of lows, with Mike feeling rejected and alone, God broke through to speak truth and life into him. Thankful for God's plan and timing and methods, he is especially grateful for the new identity Jesus had paid for on the cross. In spite of his faults and failures, Mike learned that only God can take the stuff you hate about yourself and use it to reach people.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Your Battles Belong to the Lord: Know Your Enemy and Be More Than a Conqueror by Joyce Meyer

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Joyce’s programs, Enjoying Everyday Life and Everyday Answers with Joyce Meyer, can be seen around the world through television, radio, and the Internet. Joyce has authored more than 100 books, which have been translated into more than 100 languages and over 65 million of her books have been distributed worldwide. She teaches in cities across America as well as internationally. Joyce Meyer Ministries has offices in nine countries. 

Joyce’s passion to help hurting people is foundational to the vision of Hand of Hope, the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Hand of Hope provides worldwide humanitarian outreaches such as feeding programs, medical care, orphanages, disaster response, human trafficking intervention and rehabilitation, and much more – always sharing the love and Gospel of Christ. 

Monday, September 2, 2019

A Redesigned Life: Uncovering God's Purpose When Life Doesn't Go as Planned by Tracy Davis Steel

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The very existence of HGTV, the DIY movement, and Pinterest proves we love great design. We adore plans and perfectly staged rooms. But what happens when we discover we are living a life we did not design? When our dreams lie in tatters or when we experience loss of any kind? What happens when life feels like one big Pinterest fail? Where is God in the midst of what doesn't make sense? Does he care?








Tracy Davis Steel


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich

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With a voice both humorous and heartfelt, Sean Dietrich—also known as Sean of the South weaves together a tale about the dignity of humanity and the value of enduring hope.
“Moving, powerful, and dazzling . . . a page-turning wonder of a story.” —Patti Callahan Henry
One child preacher traveling across the plains.
One young woman with a mysterious touch.
Two old friends, their baby, and their bloodhound.
And all the stars that shine above them.
When fifteen-year-old Marigold becomes pregnant amid the Great Depression, she is rejected by her family and forced to fend for herself. And when she loses her baby in the forest, her whole world turns upside down. She’s even more distraught upon discovering she has an inexplicable power that makes her both beautiful and terrifying—and something of a local legend.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Real Life Love: Saying Goodbye to the Fairytale and Hello to True Relationships by Michael Gibson (Goodreads Author), Les Parrott III

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From the grandson of world-famous marriage expert Gary Smalley comes a practical and hope-filled guide to building great relationships. 

No one in history has seen a world like this. Never before has information been so accessible. Never before have people lived as long, enjoyed fuller bank accounts, or been more connected. Yet, we live in a world where relationships remain unfulfilled. People aren't happy. Marriages are falling apart. And the so-called "strongest relationships" we have are built on a simple swipe to the right.


So, what's the problem? If anyone can answer this impending question, it's Michael Gibson. Growing up with a front row seat to the life and marriage of his grandfather, best-selling author and speaker Gary Smalley, Michael witnessed firsthand what it truly takes to build a life filled with great relationships. Providing a modern take on time-tested wisdom for a new generation, Michael challenges us to push past the fake, heal the pain in our hearts, and move into a love that is real through 7 practical principles:


Honor others
Identify anger
Forgive
Celebrate in the midst of trials
Understand the power of God's Word
Be second in a world of firsts
Identify the personalities of others to foster understanding

By the end of REAL LIFE LOVE, you will learn to love and be loved like never before, understand why you've been holding back on experiencing amazing relationships from the beginning, and ensure that the love of your life won't just come into your life but stay in your life.

My Thoughts:
Real Life Love caught my attention when I thought Michael Gibson, grandson of Gary Smalley would be writing about marriage relationships, and while the book does address love, it addresses relationships period. This book is an amazing tool to any reader who is looking to grow in their identity. Michael puts a strong emphasis on knowing yourself and the Lord, which will help you in your relationships with others. Real Life Love is all about breathing life into your relationships with practical ways to know how to love others wells. When we love God first, we are able to love others better. This book is compromised of seven principles that will help the reader! Get ready for a quick and great read! 

About the Author:
Michael  GibsonMichael Gibson is an Emmy® Award-winning television personality, author, and communicator. His popular blog and podcast help thousands learn how to have relationships that count. As the grandson of relationship expert and bestselling author Gary Smalley, Michael uses his knowledge and experiences from speaking alongside his grandpa at his conferences since he was ten years old and growing up as the son of marriage pastors to call others into deeper, fuller relationships. He calls the Ozark Mountains of Missouri home.