Saturday, December 28, 2019

Awful Beautiful Life: When God Shows Up in the Midst of Tragedy by Becky Powell, Katherine Reay

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A gripping story of grace, faith, and triumph for a woman whose world shattered hours after her husband's suicide.
Rebecca Powell faced the unthinkable on May 16, 2013. Her husband Mark called and said, "I've done something terrible." Within hours, she learned that he had taken his own life and, over a period of several years, millions of dollars from friends and colleagues. Everything she believed to be true, the very fiber of her marriage, was called into question. Within a week, rather than planning carpool runs and volunteer fundraisers, she owed almost one hundred creditors millions of dollars and had her own team of ten lawyers. She was also the subject of open FBI, SEC and DOJ investigations-and faced potential criminal charges. And, although she instantly denounced every cent of Mark's $15M in life insurance and promised to repay every penny taken, her lawyers knew that in reality she faced years of court battles and lawsuits, and possible jail time.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Battlefield of the Mind New Testament by Joyce Meyer

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Joyce Meyer

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.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Power of Favor: The Force That Will Take You Where You Can't Go on Your Own by Joel Osteen

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Learn how declaring God's love will bless you with favor and fulfillment in this uplifting book--perfect for anyone who is determined to find success and spiritual inspiration.
God helps you accomplish what you couldn't manage on your own. With His blessings, you stand out in the crowd and get breaks that you didn't deserve. The psalmist said, "God's favor surrounds us like a shield." That means that everywhere you go, you have an advantage, a divine empowerment, and a key to open up the right doors. With Joel's encouragement, you'll see how God's goodness uplifts you every day. He wants you to reach new levels of fulfillment, new levels of increase, new levels of promotion, new levels of victory. You have been called out, set apart, and chosen to live a distinctively favored life.
When you realize you have been marked for blessings, you will feel the force of His favor and overcome challenges that you can't face on your own.

My Thoughts:
The Power of Favor: The Force That Will Take You Where You Can't Go on Your Own by Joel Osteen is a great book about the favor of God in your life. Joel breads positivity and encouragement in this book towards the reader, which is great, especially if you are going through a difficult season in life. This book is all about how God wants to bless His children and while I think Joel takes the power of favor a little too far in the way that he writes, the concept is correct. God does want to bless His kids. He does want to give us favor in our lives. The concept in this book is true, but the methods of how God blesses and gives favor doesn't always look like the way that Joel describes, thus giving the reader a sense of a false perspective. I think this book has some great positive points, but it also has some things to be mindful of when reading.

About the Author:
Joel OsteenRaised in Houston, Texas, with a loving family of seven and world-renowned parents in full-time ministry, Joel Osteen never imagined that he would follow so closely in his father's footsteps. As a young man, his training and interests were behind the scenes in television production though he was close to his father in ministry.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Soul Focus By Melanie Stevenson

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If you've picked up Soul Focus, you may be facing significant trials of your own or are well-acquainted with the heartache they bring. It is my prayer that within these pages you'll find comfort and hope as you face your hardship or tackle the mourning process that comes after.
I began writing devotionals after being healed of nearly two years of intense physical pain. Soul Focus is the fruit of that pain. Through various trials, God proved himself faithful, and I discovered that joy and peace can be found during the darkest nights of the soul.
Soul Focus offers daily, life-giving encouragement to help remind you that you're not alone. Journaling pages are included throughout to record personal inspirations and reflections on the path to healing and hope.


My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this 31 day devotional, especially as it speaks to trials. This book feels like it is very fitting for the season of life I am in. I feel that Melanie is very right on in her writing about pain and needing healing. This devotional has offered me so much encouragement as I look to our savior to heal me. Although this book is small, it isn't simple or for the faint of heart. Don't overlook this book because of its size. This book is jammed packed with truth and I really enjoy it. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

They Call Me Mom: 52 Encouraging Devotions for Every Moment by Michelle Medlock Adams (Goodreads Author), Bethany Jett

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When women take on the role of mom, they take on a hundred other titles as well: healer, comforter, chef, teacher, cheerleader--and less flattering jobs such as disciplinarian, ruiner of fun times, and chief worrier. In the middle of juggling all those roles, finding room to spend time alone seeking God can seem insurmountable.

Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, with close to 4 million books sold. Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than 1,500 articles for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helped pen a New York Times Bestseller; written more than 90 books; acted as a TV host for TBN’s “Joy In Our Town”; and served as a blogger for Guideposts. Today, she is co-owner and President of Platinum Literary Services—a premier full-service literary firm—and a speaker at many women’s events and writers conferences across the United States. Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two daughters, two sons-in-law, two granddaughters and one grandson. When not writing or teaching, she enjoys bass fishing, cheering on the Chicago Cubbies, and rooting for Indiana University Sports teams

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Works of His Hands: A Scientist's Journey from Atheism to Faith by Sy Garte

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Overall, this is the kind of book that if it's something that interests you, this is the perfect book for you. If you are someone that likes apologetics, you would really like this book. 



Saturday, November 30, 2019

Misleading Miss Verity (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3) by Carolyn Miller

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Misleading Miss Verity

(Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3)

Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, he sends her off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways.
Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation—not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable.
have woven may spell disaster for their happiness—and for the tenants of Dungally.

My Thoughts:
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I spent time reading a lot of books and Misleading Miss Verity was one that I adored! This is my favorite book out of the Regency Brides by Carolyn Miller. Verity is a hoot! She is her own person and very determined. She is not afraid to face the music of her actions and she is just a delight of a character. I love her! And, Anthony, he is a character. The plot will keep your interest and is one that is moving. 
This is a fantastic series and I am sad that this one is finished. I know that you will enjoy it. I cannot wait to read more books from Carolyn. This series can be read as a standalone, but is much more enjoyable when you read as a series. I recommend this entire series. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Once Upon a Dickens Christmas: 3 Charming Christmas Tales Set in Victorian England (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #1-3) by Michelle Griep

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(Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #1-3)

Michelle Griep

Friday, November 1, 2019

The Promises of God Storybook Bible: The Story of God's Unstoppable Love

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Noah’s ark. Joseph’s dreams. Jesus’s miracles. The Bible is rich with stories for our children to hear and enjoy, but when those stories uncover the thread of God’s promises, our children learn much more than individual Bible stories. They discover how God has demonstrated His love for us, from the first promise in the garden to the promise of the new heavens and earth.

A conversational, whimsical, biblically faithful retelling of more than fifty key Bible stories, The Promises of God Storybook Bible lets your child hear favorite stories with new ears, repeatedly assuring them that each word is proof of God’s unstoppable love and unbreakable promises to His people.

My Thoughts:

The Promises of God Storybook Bible: The Story of God's Unstoppable Love is one of the most beautifully illustrated children's Bible I have ever seen. This book has over 50 Bible stories and is a beautiful book of text with illustration to keep your little one interested in the Bible story. The illustrations are colorful and eye catching. As an adult, I am very impressed with this Bible. 

The Promises of God Storybook Bible is a perfect for young readers as a devotional because the length of each story is perfect for those little ones who have shorter attention spans. It's also great to put your children to bed with. 

I love that this book is hardcover too. It will stand the test of time. The questions at the end of each story are perfect for discussion with your children. I highly recommend this Story Bible for your child! 



Thursday, October 31, 2019

Daily Readings from Crushing: 90 Devotions to Reveal How God Turns Pressure into Power

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Learn how God prepares you for His divine purposes and find strength and grace during life's greatest struggles with this insightful 90-day devotional. 
In Crushing, #1 New York Times bestselling author T.D. Jakes wrestled with the age-old questions: Why do the righteous suffer? Where is God in all the injustice?


Now, in Daily Readings from Crushing, Bishop Jakes wants to encourage you that God uses difficult, crushing experiences to prepare you for unexpected blessings. If you are faithful through suffering, you will be surprised by God's joy, comforted by His peace, and fulfilled with His purpose.


This daily devotional will inspire you through 90 days of scriptural wisdom and reflection to have hope, even in your most difficult moments. If you trust in God and lean on Him during setbacks, He will lead you through.
 

My thoughts:

Daily Readings from Crushing: 90 Devotions to Reveal How God Turns Pressure into Power has been such an encouragement to me. This book helps the reader discover the question: Why do we suffer? Where is God in the pain? This book has been a huge encouragement to me during a difficult season where I have been asking God when will the pain end? This book is filled with great inspiration, devotionals and reflections to help you during difficult moments.
I love how small it is and how easy it is to read. I can take this devotional and throw it in my lunch bag at work to read for on the go inspiration and help me through a difficult season. I recommend this devotional and the book to go along with it. They both are amazing! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Take the Day Off: Receiving God's Gift of Rest by Robert Morris

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Healing the Soul of a Woman Devotional: 90 Inspirations for Overcoming Your Emotional Wounds

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Receive healing for your emotional wounds and discover your destiny as God's daughter with this 90-day devotional by internationally renowned Bible teacher Joyce Meyer.

Healing the Soul of a Woman delved deeply into Joyce Meyer's personal story and the journey of healing for all women. Despite suffering from years of abuse, abandonment, and betrayal by those closest to her, Joyce firmly believes a woman who has been deeply hurt by life's circumstances can be healed, heart and soul. Her steadfast claim comes from living her own journey of soul healing, and from seeing so many women who don't believe they can fully overcome their pain--or even know where to begin--find the guidance they need in the life-changing wisdom of the Bible.
Now, in this companion devotional, Joyce will guide you through 90 daily readings to encourage you through whatever obstacles may be holding you back from finding your true destiny. God can heal your pain, and He wants to do this in you. Let HEALING THE SOUL OF A WOMAN DEVOTIONAL be an inspiration in your journey toward the wonderful, joyful future God has planned for you.
 

My Thoughts:
Healing the Soul of a Woman Devotional: 90 Inspirations for Overcoming Your Emotional Wounds is a perfect companion to Joyce's new book. I thought her book was great and this devotional iterates those ideas and truths to the reader. 

Every devotional begins with a verse or an inspiration quote followed by a devotional that is the same message as her book. She also has a declare this statement, which I really loved. Her devotionals are personal and honest, which as the reader are super encouraging. This devotional covers a multitude of topics including, freedom, identity, shame, guilt free living,  forgiveness, trust and faith. 

I love the size of this devotional because I can stick it in my purse or work bag. This is a practical, but purposeful devotional book! I highly recommend this as a great gift book. In fact, I purchased this for my mom.




Thursday, October 17, 2019

Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Trials by Paula White-Cain

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Discover Pastor Paula's strength throughout her inspiring faith journey as well as your own spiritual gifts as you read her honest and stirring story.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Hope's Highest Mountain (Hearts of Montana #1) by Misty M. Beller

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(Hearts of Montana #1)

Ingrid Chastain readily agreed to accompany her father to deliver vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory. She never could have anticipated a terrible accident would leave her alone and badly injured in the wilderness. When rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man who tends her injuries, she's hesitant to put her trust in this quiet man who seems to have his own wounds.
Micah Bradley left his work as a doctor after unintentionally bringing home the smallpox disease that killed his wife and daughter. But his self-imposed solitude in the wilds of Montana is broken when he finds Ingrid in desperate need of medical attention, and he's forced to face his regret and call on his doctoring skills once again.

About the Author:
Misty M. BellerMisty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. For a limited time, you can get her bestselling novel, The Lady and the Mountain Man, FREE here: http://bit.ly/2gvrW1a

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dark Ambitions (Code of Honor #3) by Irene Hannon

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Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan usually has his camp for foster children to himself during the winter months. But someone has visited recently--leaving a trail of blood. One of the two clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, who soon turns up dead. The police deem it an accident, but Rick isn't convinced. With the help of private investigator Heather Shields, he sets out to decipher the remaining clue. Except someone doesn't want them to succeed--and will stop at nothing to keep them from finding the truth.
With her trademark psychological suspense ratcheting up the tension on every page, bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon takes you on a search for a cold-blooded killer with an ambitious goal and deadly intent.

My Thoughts:
Dark Ambitions is another great book written by Irene Hannon filled with twists and turns through suspense from a private eye to a youth ministries worker. These characters are filled with depth, chemistry and romance. The suspense will keep you on your toes and the pages will be flying as you are getting through the action packed suspense. If you are looking for a fast read, one that is filled with suspense, one lead to the next and event a romance, don't look anymore. You will love this book! 


About the Author:
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.