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

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.