Wednesday, February 13, 2019

How the lIght Gets In by Jolina Petersheim- Book Tour

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SYNOPSIS:
“Compellingly woven by Jolina Petersheim’s capable pen, How the Light Gets In follows a trail of grief toward healing, leading to an impossible choice–what is best when every path will hurt someone?” –Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
From the highly acclaimed author of The Outcast and The Alliance comes an engrossing novel about marriage and motherhood, loss and moving on.
When Ruth Neufeld’s husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps.
Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband’s cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and memories of a marriage that was broken long before her husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land and healing through hard work and budding friendship. She also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought she’d lost forever.
But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible decision: which path to choose if her husband isn’t dead after all.

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My Thoughts:

How the Light Gets in by Jolina is the first book I have ever read by this author, but will not be the last. The way she writes about difficult topics and gets right to the bottom of a difficult topic is a gift and she does it well, especially in Christian Fiction! 

This book is a beautiful story of forgiveness, grief and healing. While emotions are difficult, and I found this book to be triggering on a personal level, I also found this book to be interesting and filled with hope. This book is an emotional conflict and while I don't want to give the ending away, I enjoyed the letters and the twists that kept me reading. The story of Ruth will wreck you and also will keep you moving forward. I can't say much more without telling the complete story because this story really spoke to me. 

If you are looking for a novel that is going to challenge you or one that needs to be on your reading list for 2019, this is your book! I also think this this would be a great book for discussion with a reading group and I would love to see this as book for book clubs. 




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About Jolina:
Jolina PetersheimJolina Petersheim is the highly acclaimed author of The Divide, The Alliance, The Midwife, and The Outcast, which Library Journal called "outstanding . . . fresh and inspirational" in a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. That book also became an ECPA, CBA, and Amazon bestseller and was featured in Huffington Post's Fall Picks, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and the Tennessean. CBA Retailers + Resources called her second book, The Midwife, "an excellent read [that] will be hard to put down," and Booklist selected The Alliance as one of their Top 10 Inspirational Fiction Titles for 2016. The Alliance was also a finalist for the 2017 Christy Award in the Visionary category. The sequel to The Alliance, The Divide, won the 2018 INSPY Award for Speculative Fiction. Jolina's non-fiction writing has been featured in Reader's Digest, Writer's Digest, Today's Christian Woman, and Proverbs 31 Ministries. She and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but they now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their three young daughters. Jolina's fifth novel, How the Light Gets In, a modern retelling of Ruth set in a cranberry bog in Wisconsin, releases March 2019.

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Wiersbe Study Bible Brown Premium Cowhide

NKJV, Wiersbe Study Bible, Genuine Leather, Brown, Red Letter Edition, Comfort PrintBe Transformed by the Power of God's Word

By Warren Wiersbe 

About:
Now you can experience Dr. Warren Wiersbe’s lifetime of powerful Bible teaching in one place. Whether through his bestselling “BE Series” commentaries or his popular “Back to the Bible” radio ministry, Dr. Wiersbe has guided millions into a life-transforming encounter with God’s Word. Now, in this single volume, you have access to Dr. Wiersbe’s trustworthy, accessible explanations of the Bible’s truths and promises, through his comprehensive system of study and application notes. Make the most of your time reading, studying, and reflecting on Scripture with The Wiersbe Study Bible.
Features include:
Thousands of verse-by-verse notes by Dr. Wiersbe
Hundreds of Catalyst notes which more deeply reveal important biblical themes and character issues to motivate transformation by the Holy Spirit through the Word
Book introductions featuring Dr. Wiersbe’s historical background, themes, and practical lessons for each book of the Bible
“Be transformed” section in each book introduction specifically pointing to the life-changing impact of that particular part of Scripture
Thousands of cross references, showing the connections throughout the Bible
Concordance with key words for deeper word study
Full-color maps
Clear and readable 10.5-point NKJV Comfort Print®
My Thoughts:
Wiersbe Study Bible is amazing beautiful Bible that will transform your time in the word, the way you spend time with God and you will get more from the Word. This Bible is premium cowhide in large print with red letters. It has over 7800 verse by verse study notes, which I personally love. It has these great index preaching outlines, which are helpful to me for teaching points, Bible studies or just pointing out great discussions. I also love the concordance, cross references and the important Biblical themes through the “Be Transformed” sections. 
This Bible also has three beautiful ribbon markers, which is perfect to keep your spot in place for reading in the Old Testament, Psalms/ Proverbs and New Testament. The format of this Bible is very easy to read and is organized in a very thoughtful manner.  This is one of those Bibles that is worth every single penny and you will have it for a lifetime. If you are looking for a choice in binding, I recommend the leather hide, but you could also get a different type of binding in order to get these great features from this study Bible. Overall, I give this Bible a 5/5 review. I can’t wait to dig deeper into to God’s word though this Bible.

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Sky Above Us (Sunrise at Normandy #2) by Sarah Sundin

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(Sunrise at Normandy #2)

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Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.
Violet Lindstrom wanted to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment for the men of the 357th in the Aeroclub on base and sets up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.
Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near. And secrets can't stay buried forever. Bestselling author Sarah Sundin returns readers to the shores of Normandy, this time in the air, as the second Paxton brother prepares to face the past--and the most fearsome battle of his life. 

My Thoughts:
The Sky Above Us has the most inviting cover that allowed me to sink deep into the book because of who I felt the character is and was based of what the covered look like, I am not going to lie. The plot and characters of this story were well written. I loved Violet and how she is a very hard worker, making the most of every situation. She just has this sweet spirit that I enjoyed reading. Alder was an interesting character and he was a character that had to grow on me a little bit, but I love how the author wove scripture throughout the characters.
The plot was great in historical research during the WWII era. It was fascinating to me and enjoyable, especially with the authors immense details. The romance between characters was great and the pages flew on by as I was easily won by creative story. This book is one that you will enjoy and find as a great read! I highly recommend this book by Sarah Sundin and other title by her!

About the Author:
Sarah SundinSarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling author of The Sky Above Us (February 5, 2019) and The Sea Before Us(2018), as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale series, and Wings of Glory series. Her novels Through Waters Deep and When Tides Turn were named to Booklist's "101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years." Through Waters Deep won the 2016 INSPY Award and was a Carol Award finalist.

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mending Fences (The Deacon's Family #1) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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(The Deacon's Family #1)

Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.
Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him.
Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, Luke must make a sincere apology to each person he's hurt--a four-page, single-spaced list. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.
Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused . . . that isn't so simple. It's gut-wrenching.

About the Author:
Suzanne Woods FisherSuzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. 

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate the principles of simple living. 

Suzanne lives in California with her family and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can't life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

What If It's True? A Storyteller's Journey with Jesus By Charles Martin

What If It's True?A Storyteller's Journey with Jesus

By Charles Martin 

About:
With the same depth, sensitivity, and emotion that has made his novels beloved to millions, Charles Martin helps us engage the fundamental principles of our faith in new and inspiring ways.
Years ago, Martin cracked open his Bible and began wrestling with a few fundamental questions. He asked, “What if every single word of Scripture is absolutely true and I can trust it? How do I respond? Something in me should change, but what? How?” This book is the result of that exploration.
Writing as our guide, he uses a storyteller’s imagination to illuminate key moments from the Scriptures, primarily from the life and ministry of Jesus. In addition, Martin shares key moments from his own journey as a disciple—and bondservant—of Christ and a mentor to others. The result is a striking exploration of truth that helps us not just think differently, but live differently. Today.

My Thoughts:
First, if you have never read anything by Charles Martin, that changes today! Grab any of his books and you will be changed. Second, What If It's True will forever change your heart and beliefs about the Gospel. Martin brings the Gospel to life in a deep way that makes me feel as though I was witnessing the event. I can't even begin to describe or fathom my thoughts as I read this book. Martin illuminates the Bible in a transforming way that makes reading this book and your Bible an incredible journey. This is not a quick read, but one that I recommend you take your time. He isn't trying to add to the Bible or take away from it, but rather tell it in a way that makes the reader experience the Gospel in a new way. I highly recommend this book! I loved it! I have it highlighted. It is incredible.
About the Author:
Charles MartinCHARLES MARTIN is a New York Times bestselling author of 13 previous novels, including his most recent, 'Send Down The Rain.' His work is available in 30+ languages. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and their three sons.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Irresistible Faith Becoming the Kind of Christian the World Can't Resist By Scott Sauls

Irresistible FaithBecoming the Kind of Christian the World Can't Resist

By Scott Sauls 

About:
What if Christians became the best advertisement for Jesus?
Jesus said his followers would be a light to the world and a city on a hill--a warmly inviting, neighbor-loving, grace- and truth-filled destination for all. He envisioned his followers as life-giving neighbors, bosses, employees, and friends, the kind of people who return insults with kindness and persecution with prayers. Rooted in biblical convictions, they would extend love, empathy, and care to one another as well as to those who don't share their beliefs. Over time their movement would become irresistible to every nation, tribe, and tongue. Irresistible Faith is a blueprint for pursuing this vision in our current moment, of redeemed individuals and a renewed community working for a restored world. This is a way of being that gives a tired, cynical world good reason to pause and reconsider Christianity--and to start wishing it was true.
"I miss the kind of church Scott describes in this book, and I don’t think I am alone." -- Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and Building a StoryBrand
"An important call to resist the urge to lobby and position ourselves, but rather to be driven by gospel-powered love." -- Raechel Myers, founder and CEO of She Reads Truth
"An antidote to much that is wrong with our Western, American version of Christianity. " -- Gabe and Rebekah Lyons, authors and founders of Q
My Thoughts:
Scott Sauls has become a favorite voice of mine to read. I especially enjoyed his book, Befriended, so at the opportunity to read Irresistible Faith, I jumped.  His voice and this book are very timely in my opinion. The basics of the Christian faith are important and Scott clearly lays those out here in his book, but not only does he want the reader to understand they are important, he wants the reader to understand they are important because it was what made the Gospel contagious and allowed it to spread in the early church. When Christians are restorative, rather than judgmental, they point people to Jesus. This invites people to a relationship not religion. This book is honest, authentic and the writing is from a place of authenticity, which I can appreciate. Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and know that you will too. 
About the Author:
Scott SaulsScott Sauls serves as senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee where he lives with his wife Patti and two daughters, Abby and Ellie. Previously, he was a lead and preaching pastor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he worked alongside Dr. Timothy Keller. Scott has also planted churches in Kansas City and St. Louis and is a frequent speaker at conferences, leadership retreats, and to university students. He writes weekly on his blog at scottsauls.com and can also be found on Twitter at @scottsauls.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Camp Club Girls: Bailey by Linda Carlblom

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Camp Club Girls: Bailey by Linda Carlblom

GET A CLUE WITH THE CAMP CLUB GIRLS!

Join Bailey and the Camp Club Girls as they embark on a series of clue-filled adventures and crack the case in this entertaining and action-packed 4-in-1 mystery collection.
 

What's the meaning of the mysterious messages beneath shaggy sheep coats at the Curly Q ranch?  The Camp Club Girls are determined to uncover the clues as they investigate a strange string of events. Will the girls discover the whereabouts of eccentric millionaire Marshall Gonzalez?

Why are wild elk running amok in Estes Park?  During a stay at the historic Stanley Hotel, Bailey and Kate encounter out-of-control stampedes that put the townsfolk and tourists in danger. Will the Camp Club Girls uncover the reason behind the unusual elk behavior before someone gets hurt?

Are the rumors surrounding a valuable turquoise mine true? When Bailey and Elizabeth travel to a Native American village in New Mexico to help out a distant cousin and her children in their pottery shop during the busy tourist season, mysterious rumors begin to stir. The Camp Club Girls have their suspicions about rightful ownership of the mine, but will they be able to prove it?
Who's responsible for the peril at Mermaid Park?  When Bailey and Sydney are invited to spend part of the summer with Bailey’s grandmother in Florida, both girls are fascinated by the local attraction—Mermaid Park. When curious and frightening events begin to take place, will the Camp Club Girls solve the mystery and save the park before time runs out? 


My Thoughts:

This is the second Camp Club Girls book that I’ve read and I enjoyed it just as much as the first novel, Elizabeth. This is perfect for your pre-teen or teen girls. Bailey and the rest of the girls instill values as they solve mysteries. Pack full of fun, laughter and a great mystery, your girls are sure to enjoy these books. With Christian values, you do not have to worry about what your daughter or granddaughter is reading in these books. 

These stories are engaging and I love that the books are based on the characters, rather than a series. If a particular personality speaks to your young reader, it allows them to connect with the character rather than a book in a series, which can make reading more enjoyable for them.  I really enjoyed getting to know "Bailey" and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to leave a review.


Friday, February 1, 2019

With Winter's First Frost By Kelly Irvin

With Winter's First Frost

By Kelly Irvin 

About:
With the coldest season comes the warmest of second chances.
At age seventy-three, Laura Kauffman knows she is closer to the end of life than the beginning. If God willed it, she would join her beloved late husband soon. Even so, Laura wonders what purpose God might have for her in this winter of her life—and why this season seems so lonely.
Widower Zechariah Stutzman is facing his own barren season, despite the great-grandchildren swirling around him. With his Parkinson’s worsening, he had no choice but to move in with his grandson’s family, though now he feels adrift and useless.
When Laura offers to help with Zechariah’s five great-grandchildren after their mother has a difficult childbirth, Zechariah is unsure how he will adjust to the warm but tart demeanor of this woman he has known since grade school. But soon Laura and Zechariah learn they are asking God the same questions about loss and hope. And they begin to wonder if He is providing answers after all.
With Winter’s First Frost reminds us that God’s purposes always bear fruit—and sometimes love is sweeter with age.

My Thoughts:
I have had the opportunity to read the entire Every Amish Seasons series and I have enjoyed them all.  This is the fourth book in the series and I just loved reading this book. Each book brings the season right into the story and this novel is no different. With winter in the forefront of our minds, Laura is facing her own winter of grief, sadness, loss and health situations that come with aging. Despite a difficult season, romance is woven through this story. I really enjoy With Winter's Frost and I know you will too. Grab your copy today.
About the Author:
Kelly IrvinKelly has novellas in The Amish Christmas Gift and The Amish Marketplace, both of which were also ECPA bestsellers. She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Amish Amish series. The first series includes To Love and To Cherish, A Heart Made New, and Love’s Journey Home, published by Harvest House. The New Hope Amish series includes Love Still Stands, followed by Love Redeemed, which was an ACFW Carol Award finalist, and A Plain Love Song.

Kelly has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine..