Saturday, February 27, 2021

Philippians: A Biblical Study by Joyce Meyer

Philippians: A Biblical Study

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Confident Woman Journal by Joyce Meyer

The Confident Woman Journal


Joyce explains that confidence stems from being positive in your actions and living honestly, but most importantly from having faith, in God and in ourselves. By using the characteristics outlined in Confidently You, this journal gives women a place to write out their concerns and prayers.

With encouragement from Joyce Meyer to guide us, we can work towards becoming the confident woman we were created to be.

Ellie Claire's LeatherLuxe® material plus a four-color interior design combine to make The Confident Woman a stunning journal. The rich feel of leather is finished with round corners to make this journal an extraordinary gift for any time of year.

My Thoughts:

This gorgeous leather journal is beautiful and perfect for daily prayers or journaling. I love the spacing in this journal to write and the ribbon marker is perfect for daily use. This journal has quotes throughout the pages with beautiful color. This journal is light enough than you can throw it in your purse or laptop bag. If you are looking for a beautiful journal, that is decently priced, I recommend this one. 


Monday, February 22, 2021

A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel

A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel

To fulfill her mother's dying wish, Moira Doherty moves from Boston to the rolling green hills of 1921 Ireland to teach in a village school. She doesn't expect to fall in love--or to uncover a scandalous family reputation her mother left behind years ago.

This debut novel by author Jennifer Deible, is one not to miss. I found this book to be very enjoyable and a wonderful historical adventure as I traveled to Emerald Isle where I enjoyed the beauty of Ireland and all of its rich history. The places were exciting as Jennifer penned the culture and the people along the way.  I love the themes of love, repentance, forgiveness and romance woven throughout this novel. 

This is a wonderful read and a debut author not to miss. If you enjoy historical fiction, I highly recommend picking up a copy today! You'll be glad you did.

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

Friday, February 12, 2021

God Made Us Just Right by Allia Zobel Nolan

God Made Us Just Right

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"How come puppies get to bark, but kittens can't? Why do elephants have such long trunks when other animals don't risk tripping over their noses? What's the point of all these differences? Through playful illustrations of animals and warmhearted words in rhyme, young children will see God as their loving creator. God Made Us Just Right helps them realize that God has a reason for creating us just the way we are. Kids who are always asking, "Why, Mom?" and "How come, Dad?" will easily relate to the back-and-forth question-and-answer format. It's a book the whole family will enjoy"

My Thoughts: 
God Made Us Just Right is the most adorable book on how God created His children. Reading this book, made me tear up as an adult. This little hardcover book is so sweet and touching. The illustrations are beautiful with rich colors and adorable animals. Your child will love this touching story and it will become a favorite. I love this little book. It is the perfect conversation between a child and their parent about how we are uniquely created by God for a purpose. This would be such a sweet book to purchase for your child to read before they go to bed. I love this book, it is so cute! Grab a copy today. 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Living Unbroken: Reclaiming Your Life and Your Heart after Divorce by Tracie Miles

Living Unbroken: Reclaiming Your Life and Your Heart after Divorce

by Tracie Miles 

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Unlike other books on divorce, Living Unbroken takes a deep dive into understanding and overcoming the emotional toll divorce, separation, and the loss of a serious long-term relationship has on a woman’s well-being. As someone who has walked this path, Tracie Miles leads women on a powerful, life-changing journey that provides much-needed hope, encouragement, and practical guidance for living their best life even if it’s not the life they once imagined. Her biblically sound approach teaches readers how to trust in God’s promises and restore their self-confidence and hope for the future.

My Thoughts:
Living Unbroken is the story of a woman who tells a story of hope after divorce. As someone who has walked through divorce, Tracie offers the reader compassion, empathy, understanding and connection through the devastation of divorce. This book offers the reader, the truth of God's word as they walk through a difficult season. 
If you have walked through divorce, this book will help you as you heal, trust God and reclaim the dream that God has for your life. If you know someone who is going through a divorce and has been through one, this is a real encouragement. 


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Burying Daisy Doe By Ramona Richards

Burying Daisy Doe

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No cold case is more important than the one that destroyed her own family

Every small town has one unsolved case that haunts its memory, festering for generations below the surface with the truth of humanity's darkness. Star Cavanaugh is obsessed with the one that tore her family apart.

Over sixty years ago, Daisy Doe was murdered and discarded outside Pineville, Alabama, buried without a name or anyone to mourn her loss. When Star's father tried to solve the case, he was also killed. Now a cold-case detective with resources of her own, Star is determined to get to the bottom of both crimes. But she'll have to face an entire town locked in corruption, silence, and fear--and the same danger that took two other lives. The only people in town she can trust are her grandmother and the charming Mike Luinetti, and both of them trust a God Star isn't sure she believes in. Can Christians so focused on the good really help her track down this evil?

With an irresistible combination of sharp suspense, faith, humor, and authentic regional flavor, Burying Daisy Doe will draw fans of Terri Blackstock, Margaret Maron, Jaime Jo Wright, and J. T. Ellison.
 

My Thoughts:
Burying Daisy is the first time I've read a book by Ramona Richards. The dual time line with a southern charm made this book suspenseful, fun and kept me on my toes as I turned each page. The small town feel of this novel, will capture the reader until you finish the book. I enjoy this book and recommend picking up a copy today. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

In Search of Wisdom: Life-Changing Truths in the Book of Proverbs by Joyce Meyer

In Search of Wisdom: Life-Changing Truths in the Book of Proverbs


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. 



Friday, January 8, 2021

When Anxiety Strikes: Help and Hope for Managing Your Storm By: Jason Hobbs

When Anxiety Strikes: Help and Hope for Managing Your Storm

By: Jason Hobbs
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Manage or prevent anxiety using faith-based methods

"Fear not." "Do not be afraid." "Peace be with you." Phrases like these appear in the Bible more often than almost any other proclamation. We long to follow these commands. Yet for many, something inside us is wary, ready for anything and everything to go wrong. In fact, a quarter of Americans struggle with anxiety disorders--and Christians are not immune.

Jason and Dena Hobbs are familiar with this struggle, professionally and personally--Jason as a clinician, Dena as someone with anxiety, and both as pastors of congregations full of anxious people. They also know the shame and confusion that so often accompany these disorders, especially for people who think their faith should be strong enough to overcome these struggles. With their deep understanding, they've written When Anxiety Strikes, an eight-week guide to managing anxiety, grounded in both Scripture and research.

Structured for daily reading, with integrated practices for everyday life, the book addresses seven themes: breath, body, movement, mind, change, spirit, and community. Concise stories, readings, questions, and activities guide readers to tackle the realities of living with anxiety. When Anxiety Strikes offers real solutions to find a solid landing place when the storm of fear looms.

My Thoughts:
When Anxiety Strikes is the perfect book for the time we are all living in. Nothing like a worldwide pandemic to strike anxiety. Whether you anxious about basic living needs or whether you'll have a job next month, this book will help every reader to learn new ways to tackle anxiety. This book is a great tool that I recommend everyone read and keep on their shelf, while referring from time to time. The techniques are great and are founded on biblical principles, which I appreciate in terms of helping the reader. I highly recommend this book. It is a very simple read, but important read. I especially think this book is important if you have children. It is such a great resource! 




Saturday, January 2, 2021

All That We Carried By Erin Bartels

 

All That We Carried By Erin Bartels



Ten years ago, sisters Olivia and Melanie Greene were on a backcountry hiking trip when their parents were in a fatal car accident. Over the years, they grew apart, each coping with the loss in her own way. Olivia plunged herself into law school, work, and a materialist view of the world--what you see is what you get, and that's all you get. Melanie dropped out of college and developed an online life-coaching business around her cafeteria-style spirituality--a little of this, a little of that, whatever makes you happy.

Now, at Melanie's insistence (and against Olivia's better judgment), they are embarking on a hike in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In this remote wilderness they'll face their deepest fears, question their most dearly held beliefs, and begin to see that perhaps the best way to move forward is the one way they had never considered.

Michigan Notable Book Award winner Erin Bartels draws from personal experience hiking backcountry trails with her sister to bring you a story about the complexities of grief, faith, and sisterhood.


My Thoughts:
I have read two other books by Erin Bartels and I enjoy her books. They are different in a positive way and I always find them to touch my heart. She writes with well constructed plots that bring me into the story as the characters find themselves into my heart. This particular book is just the same. It is stunning to say the least. This book is written in Michigan, which I truly enjoy as a Michigan resident. She does an amazing job of capturing the Upper Peninsula and it's gorgeous backdrop. The plot between two sisters who have lost touch with one another, is an engaging read and gives the reader a lot to think about. This book is a great read in my opinion and allows the reader to explore the depths of their own heart. I highly recommend reading this book. 





ERIN BARTELS is the award-winning author of We Hope for Better Things—a 2020 Michigan Notable Book, winner of the 2020 Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association in both the debut and general fiction categories, and a 2019 Christy Award finalist—The Words between Us—a 2020 Christy Award finalist—and All That We Carried (coming January 2021). Her short story “This Elegant Ruin” was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. Her poems have been published by The Lyric and The East Lansing Poetry Attack. A member of the Capital City Writers Association and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, she is former features editor of WFWA’s Write On! magazine and current director of the annual WFWA Writers Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

She lives in Michigan, where she is never more than six miles away from a body of water. She grew up in the Bay City area waiting for freighters and sailboats at drawbridges and spent her college and young married years in Grand Rapids. She currently lives with her husband and son in Lansing, nestled somewhere between angry protesters on the Capitol lawn and couch-burning frat boys at Michigan State University. And yet, she claims it is really quite peaceful.