Monday, September 28, 2020

Breathe Again: Choosing to Believe There’s More When Life Has Left You Broken

 


What Do You Do When It Seems God Hasn’t Come Through for You?

When the miracle-working God whom Pastor Stacy Henagan loved and served did not answer the prayers on behalf of her terminally ill one-year-old daughter as expected, she was left crushed with grief and struggling to understand.

  • How could a loving God allow this to happen?
  • What do you do when it seems God has let you down?
  • Is God trustworthy?

Rather than choosing to remain in overwhelming pain and doubt, Stacy emerged with a much greater belief that God is good and trustworthy, even when we don’t think His plans make sense.

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My Thoughts:

Breathe Again comes at the perfect time when all of us are asking the question of how could God let all that has happened to us in this season and year. I think more than ever people are asking if God can be trusted and the answer is "Yes, he can be trusted." One of the things that is a small truth, but huge " we are promised the negative side of this life, will be meant with his presence." I can say that in this season of Covid and also the hard that I have been experiencing in my life, has been meant with his presence. This book will help you get out of your head and more focused on his character then fear, frustration and anxiety you are facing. This book is great in helping the reader to stay focused in his presence and goodness. This book is a great remind and a nice book. 

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Stacy Henagan is copastor of Keypoint Church in northwest Arkansas, a multicampus church she founded with her husband, Casey. Stacy also hosts an annual women’s conference and speaks at other events in the United States and overseas. Stacy and Casey have four children: Haven, who is waiting for them in heaven, and Holland, Hayes, and Hudson.

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Christmas Swap By Melody Carlson

 

The Christmas Swap By Melody Carlson

All Emma Daley wants this holiday season is a white Christmas. But the young teacher and struggling musician sure can't find that in sunny Arizona. Luckily, there's someone living in a perfect mountain home in the Colorado Rockies looking to make a vacation trade this year.

Tyler Prescott is an in-demand songwriter and talented musician who put his own singing career on hold to write songs for celebrity acts to perform. When his mother convinces him to do a vacation trade for Christmas, he never imagined one of the houseguests would be so sweet--or so strikingly pretty. Naturally, he decides to stick around, and, to get better acquainted, he poses as the house's caretaker. But when Emma's friend Gillian discovers his true identity and sets her sights on him, things
get . . . messy.

Fan favorite Melody Carlson is back with another delightful Christmas tale to warm your heart on those cold winter evenings.

My Thoughts:
Eek! Squeal! If you love Christmas novels, this book is one to pick up TODAY! I love this novella! It was the perfect, fun read. The romance was great, the pace of the story was on point and I read it in one sitting! Get ready to hit the slopes and enjoy a little music along the way. This book is one not to miss! I give this book 5 stars! This was an awesome read and I cannot wait for Melody's next Christmas novella! 


Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/



Sunday, September 20, 2020

Half the Battle By Jon Chasteen

 Half the Battle By Jon Chasteen

Do you ever feel the pressure to hide your struggles in order to look like a “good Christian”? The truth is, we all face battles and hurts in our lives. Scripture is full of God-fearing men and women who tried to cover up their problems. For Mary and Martha, the death of their brother, Lazarus, was the ultimate devastation. They put his body in a dark place and rolled a stone in front of it. But God knew where they buried their pain, and He knows where you bury yours too.

Jon Chasteen explores Old and New Testament examples of people whom God invited to begin the healing process by confronting their secret pain. Through this book with an included study guide, you will learn to:

  • Acknowledge the struggles you’ve been avoiding
  • Let go of shame and regret
  • Partner with God in your healing
  • Find freedom and lasting peace

God wants to visit the place of your pain, redeem your past, and set you free. Will you let Him?


My Thoughts:
Half the Battle is an encouraging read that I recommend you pick up today. This book gives the reader tools in how to heal from shame. The author recognizes that healing is a process and journey, one that should not be rushed, but rather the reader should take the invitation. This book is a great tool in helping people get free. I love freedom ministries and this book definitely has that flavor of thought behind it. If you are learning to break free from the past and partner with the truth of God's word, this book is for you! Grab a copy today, you won't regret it. This book is worth 5 stars to me! 



Dr. Jon Chasteen is president of The King’s University in Southlake, Texas. He and his wife, Michele, also serve as the lead pastors of Victory Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Jon’s greatest passion is to empower and equip the local church to live, move, and be in the fullness of Christ.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Jason Sautel, author of THE RESCUER

 

Jason Sautel, author of THE RESCUER

About The Rescuer: One Firefighter’s Story of Courage, Darkness, and the Relentless Love That Saved Him

Hardcover: 208 Pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 1, 2020)

He helped save people every day—but he had no idea how to save himself.

Jason Sautel had it all. Confident in his abilities and trusted by his fellow firefighters, he was making a name for himself on the streets of Oakland, California. His adrenaline-fueled job even helped him forget the pain of his childhood—until the day he looked into the eyes of a jumper on the Bay Bridge and came face to face with a darkness he knew would take him down as well.

In the following months, a series of traumatic emergency calls—some successful, others impossible-to-forget failures—drove Jason deeper into depression. Even as he continued his lifesaving work, he realized he could never rescue everyone, and he had no idea how to save himself.

In the end, Jason was forced to confront the truth: only the relentless power of love could pull him back from his own deadly fall. Action-packed, spiritually honest, and surprisingly romantic, The Rescuer transports readers inside the pulse-pounding world of firefighting and into the heart of a man who needed to be broken before he could finally be made whole.

My Thoughts:

The Rescuer is an incredible, inspirational story that is needed in a time like this. Jason does an amazing job of creating and inviting the reader into his career as a first responder. This book gives the reader insight to what our public defenders and hero's endure on a daily basis. While this book was very rewarding to read, the lifestyle of a servant comes with emotional heartache and redemption. This book is powerful and a great read. I think that those in the industry of public defending and service, can relate to this story. It is especially needed a in a time like this, where are public hero's need encouragement. I enjoyed this book and recommend it. You will learn a lot, including many responsibilities and duties firemen/women do on a daily basis. This book is a fascinating memoir and I highly recommend picking up a copy today! 

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About Jason Sautel

Jason Sautel spent much of his early adulthood as a decorated firefighter in one of the toughest firehouses in the country and today shares Christ-centered stories and lessons from his time there to his 600,000+ Facebook followers. He loves his wife of sixteen years, Kristie, his four two-legged children, his two four-legged children, and appreciates God’s gifts of donuts, surfing, and Maui.

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