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.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Unscripted by Davis Bunn

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Honored with four Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, Davis was inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame in 2014. 

His bestsellers include The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Book of Hours, and The Quilt. A sought-after lecturer in the art of writing, Bunn was serves as Writer in Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.

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.