Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Fourth Fisherman: How Three Mexican Fishermen Who Came Back from the Dead Changed My Life and Saved My Marriage

WaterBrook Press / 2012 / Hardcover

Product Description

While drifting 5,500 miles across the Pacific in their disabled boat, three fishermen survive on raw fish, rainwater, and hope-filled passages from their Bible. Across the ocean, Hollywood producer Kissack is barely treading water as his career sinks. Discover how two stories from opposite shores intersect in a stunning saga of physical and spiritual salvation.
It was the subject of headlines around the world: three Mexican fishermen in a small open boat without any supplies, drifting for over nine months and 5,500 miles, across the pacific Ocean to Australia. They battle blistering sun, threatening storms, and paralyzing hopelessness. Their sustenance consists of rainwater and raw fish. Their one lifeline? Faith... and a bible, read until tattered.
Thousands of miles away, Joe Kissack, a renowned and wealthy Hollywood executive, personifies the American dream. Yet the intense pressure of his high-powered career sends him into a downward spiral, replete with suicidal depression, insidious addictions, and alienation from his family. His lifeline? A friend, with his Bible on the table between them.
In a remarkable way these two stories connect and become one- The Fourth Fishermen is the true account of four men in peril, desperately needing hope and faith in God.
My review:
This book is about a man who seemed to have it all, fame and fortune,  but instead was a hollow man with no true peace or happiness in his life. Even though he had all the material goods one would ever want, his life was empty, marriage was in trouble and he was suicidal.

The other half of the story is about three fishermen who seemed outwardly to have nothing but had faith in God. With God given strength they survived over nine months at sea with nothing but God and each other. They all meet to tell the fishermen story but instead we read about all of their life experiences and how different but so familiar they really were.
We are reminded of what is truly important in life and how God is always there whether we believe it or not.

I would recommend this book to my friends, especially those who enjoy reading true life stories.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

An Amish Wedding

By Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, & Kelly Long
Published by Thomas Nelson 

Book Description

Three Amish women yearn for the perfect wedding.
"A Perfect Plan" by Beth Wiseman
Priscilla King has been planning to marry Chester Lapp since she was sixteen years old, and when Chester proposes on Priscilla’s nineteenth birthday, wedding plans begin immediately. What wasn't planned was all the problems the couple encounters as their big day approaches. A house disaster, a ruined wedding dress, and a sick attendant all make the couple wonder if God's sending them signs to call things off.
"The Perfect Match" by Kathleen Fuller
Naomi Fisher has had great success at matchmaking her family members and friends. Now with her sister’s wedding right around the corner, Naomi wonders why she’s able to find husbands for her friends and family, but not one for herself.
"The Perfect Secret" by Kelly Long
Rose Bender has recently become engaged to handsome but somber Luke Raber. She agrees out of a sense of duty and a willingness to settle for solid friendship as a basis for the engagement. But as she watches her friend's excitement over her soon-to-be wedding, Rose wonders if there shouldn’t be more to her relationship with Luke. She begins to examine Luke and his life more closely and is amazed when she stumbles upon an exciting, secret side of him that engages her mind and heart.

My Review:
This is a good book to read during the cold days of winter. With three stories in one that mingle together the characters from each story. This book gives you a chance to read the works of three different Amish fiction writers. I have to admit that I do prefer Beth Wiseman over the two other authors. If you enjoy reading Amish romance books , give this book a chance.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Christmas Singing (Chapter 1 Excerpt)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Monday, November 28, 2011

As Silver Refined

Answers to Life's Disappointments

Written by Kay Arthur

 

About This Book

What Can You Do When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Planned?

How do you respond when your husband or wife tramples your emotions? When your boss fires you unexpectedly? When you lose your life’s savings? When the child you’ve loved and prayed for turns his back on you and your values?

When disappointments like these smash their way into your life, you may want to scream, “How could God let this happen?”

But what if God didn’t just “let it happen”? What if the things you call disappointments are really His appointments—events He is using to make you more like Christ? What if your circumstances are actually the flames of His grace, intended to melt and burn away the undesirable elements in your life, leaving you pure and radiant—like refined silver?

You can be defeated by life’s unavoidable disappointments, or you can become stronger because of them.

Life’s disappointments can send you on a dangerous downward spiral into discouragement, depression, or even despair. But in this eye-opening book, Kay Arthur guides you to biblical truths that will help you break that cycle and instead embrace disappointment as the cleansing fire God uses to make you—as silver refined—a reflection of His goodness.

Now includes a 16 week Bible study!

My Review: 

Kay Arthur writes great books! This books is an encouragement to us all not to let discouragement take over us when life doesn't happen like we think it should. When we question God why and don't receive the answer we are urge to continue to have faith.  The author uses her own life experiences as well as others to show us that it is the way we respond to disappointments in life that can either make us or break us. Most importantly she includes the examples found in God's Word to back up what she shares from these life experiences.

This book contains chapter on such things as Facing Stress, The Gift of Meekness, Facing the Pain, Peace Amid the Pain, A Call to Courage, and A Message of Hope. The book also includes a 13- Week Companion Bible Study that can be used for groups or personal bible study. I would recommend this book to everyone!


I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

 

 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

 

Valley of Dreams, Wild West Wind Series #1

Bethany House / 2011 / Paperback

Product Description

Cassie Lockwood's mother died when she was little, so Cassie traveled with her father's Wild West Show and became an amazingly skillful trick rider, likened by some to the famous Annie Oakley. When her father died, she continued to work with the show, having nowhere else to go. Now Cassie has discovered that "Uncle" Jason, the show's manager, has driven the show into debt, and he's absconded with what little money was left. Devastated, Cassie decides to try to find the hidden valley where her father had dreamed of putting down roots. She has only one clue. She needs to find three huge stones that look like fingers raised on a giant hand. With Chief, a Sioux Indian who's been with the show for twenty years, and Micah, the head wrangler, she leaves both the show and a bundle of heartache behind and begins a wild and daring adventure.


Publisher's Description

Addy Lockwood's mother died when she was little, so Addy traveled with her father's Wild West Show and became an amazingly skillful trick rider, likened by some to the famous Annie Oakley. When her father died, she continued to work with the show, having nowhere else to go. Now Addy has discovered that "Uncle" Jason, the show's manager, has driven the show into debt, and he's absconded with what little money was left. Devastated, Addy decides to try to find the hidden valley where here father had dreamed of putting down roots. She has only one clue. She needs to find three huge stones that look like fingers raised in a giant hand. With Chief, a Sioux Indian who's been with the show for twenty years, and Micah, the head wrangler, she leaves both the show and a bundle of heartache behind and begins a wild and daring adventure.

Author Bio

Lauraine Snelling is the award winning author of over 60 books for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over 2 million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.

My Review: This book has a interesting story line. The books is about a girl (Cassie) in search of a valley her father told her about before he died.The story goes back and forth about Cassie and another family that lives on the Bar E Ranch. For those who enjoy reading western style books this is the book for you. I would also recommend this book for young adults. This book leaves you wanting to read the next book in the series to found out what happens next..

I received this book free from Bethany House for this review.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Woman's Guide to Fasting

Bethany House / 2011 / Paperback

Product Description

With warmth and experience, Lisa Nelson provides everything you need to know to make fasting a natural and powerful part of your life. Offering insight and realistic practical advice, she addresses feeding your family while fasting, busy work schedules, and other considerations of concern to women. Includes tips for all types of fasts including the Daniel Fast. Paperback.

Publisher's Description

Christians often give up on fasting, or don't try it at all, because they lack thorough advice. Most fasting books explain the biblical reasons to fast, but they provide inadequate practical guidance. This concise book shows women the essential steps to successful fasting. Key topics include how to prepare physically and spiritually, what to expect during the fast, and how to reintroduce food. Whether the reader has never fasted before or has tried it occasionally, or wants to fast for one meal or for several days, this unique resource will equip and encourage her to grow closer to God through fasting.

Author Bio

Lisa E. Nelson has led retreats and workshops on fasting for several years. An active speaker and leader in Protestant Women of the Chapel, an international ministry to military spouses, she has worked as an attorney and university law teacher. Her husband, John, is a colonel in the United States Army. They have two children and live in Fairfax, Virginia.

My Review:
This is an easy to read guide to fasting. It provides biblical sound instructions on fasting in a practical way. The author shares her own journey in fasting making sure to let the book reader know it is okay to make mistakes, as God See's our heart.The author describes the different types of fast seen in the bible and shares that we can fast other things then just food. Most important is the significance  placed on growing closer to God. I would recommend this book to all woman wanted a easy to understand guide to fasting.



I received this book free from Bethany House for this review.

 

House of Secrets

Bethany House / 2011 / Paperback

 

Publisher's Description

When her father orchestrates a surprise trip to the summer house of her childhood, Bailee Cooper is unprepared for what follows. What is intended to be a happy reunion for Bailee and her sisters, Geena and Piper, quickly becomes shrouded by memories from the past. Together again, the three sisters sift through their recollections of fifteen years ago...of an ill mother, and of their father making a desperate choice. They vowed, as children, to be silent--but one sister believes the truth must now be revealed. Yet can they trust their memories? Mark Delahunt arrives in the wake of this emotional turmoil. Determined to win Bailee's affection, Mark becomes the strong fortress for her in this time of confusion, and what was once a tentative promise begins to take root and grow. Caught between the past and an uncertain future, can Bailee let God guide her to heal the past and ultimately to embrace love?
My Review:
This book was not what I expected. It is not a typical fiction easy read as it deals with some strong issues such as mental illness, child abuse and how this can effect families and young children.The three sisters of this story have not moved on with their lives as they keep family secrets, afraid to really open up to others or each other as a family.Can they deal with the truth after they believed a lie for so many years? The question is can people move on and heal from the past or are they forever stuck in the pain of past mistakes made by other and/or  their own selves. I would recommend this book for those who have suffered from abuse or mental illness in their own families and for those who wish to learn something from a not so easy fiction read.
I received this book free from Bethany House for this review.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Encounter Sometimes God Has to Intervene

By Steve Arterburn
Published by Thomas Nelson 

Book Description

A wealthy businessman travels to Fairbanks, Alaska, to learn why his mother abandoned him when he was a child, and in the process learns that not everything is as it appears to be.
The Encounter, the unique new book from best-selling author and counselor Stephen Arterburn, is a moving parable involving Jonathan Rush, a wealthy and famous entrepreneur, who is tortured by bitterness toward his mother who abandoned him when he was four. He travels to Alaska to find her but instead meets an enigmatic old woman known only as Mercy. Mercy has the information he needs but is strangely reluctant to talk to him. Somehow Jonathan must find a way to persuade a frightened woman to unlock the secrets of his past.
The book includes an invitation to the readers to verify the facts of their own stories, to accept the reality of their existence, especially the most painful ones, and to live in forgiveness. The end result is a healthy new way to look at life with an ability to share hope with others for the future. Healing is possible but requires truth, acceptance, and forgiveness, including of oneself.

MY REVIEW:
This was the first time I have read a fiction book by Steve Arterburn. I have read several of his non-fiction books that his ministry puts out. This is a little book, not even 200 pages.This book is basically a self-help book with a different format by using it as a fictional story. The book was okay. Does provides some helpful information at the end of the book. This book is not for everyone. If you have forgiveness issues of being abandoned as a child it might be useful for you. Some people might not agree with the authors theology of dealing with life's issues.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com &lt;http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 &lt;http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, October 21, 2011


The Christmas Singing: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country

WaterBrook Press / 2011 / Hardcover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Description

Christmas Eve has always been special to cake decorator Mattie Eash, who was born on the wondrous holiday. Yet the season lost its appeal three years ago, when her childhood sweetheart abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas. Mattie moved to Ohio, pursued her dreams of running a cake shop, and gave her heart to someone new. Someone who wouldn't break her heart.But an unforeseen setback forces her home and into painful proximity to Gideon. Will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy-or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?

My Review:
I must be honest and say I was disappointed in this book. I have read several of the authors books and I could hardly believe this book was written by the same person. Maybe it was because it was a shorter story. I just didn't find the story line all that interesting and it was so predictable. I have greatly enjoyed this authors other books but would not recommend this book to my friends.
I received this book free from Multnomah Publishers for this review.




Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Abundant Life Day Book
Author Nancy Guthrie 

Ultimately, to be blessed is to have the full, abundant, and ongoing life that only comes from God. The Abundant Life Day Book contains a year’s worth of daily reminders of what it means to live in the abundance of God’s blessing through Christ. When we begin to see how much God has given to us in Christ, and how much he is worth, we realize that all the things we were hoping to get from God—good health, loving relationships, protection from harm, material provision—are only temporary, tangible reminders of and pointers to all we have in Christ. God wants you to enjoy the assurance of his intention to bless you! The Abundant Life Day Book invites you to celebrate God’s blessings day after day.




MY REVIEW:


This full year devotional is full of encouragement and biblical sound. Nancy Guthrie goal is for us to see the Abundant Life God desires for us.The author wants us to see that God wants to bless us not condemn us.
Here is an example of one of the days post in the devotional.

I Find Joy in Doing Good For You
They will be my people, and I will be their God. and I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them.  Jeremiah 32:38-40

"I find joy in doing good for you, my child. Will you trust me to determine what is good and to provide it for you in my timing, on my terms? While I welcome you to pour out your wants before me, how I long for you to become so confident in my good purposes toward you that you will no longer beg me to accomplish your predetermined positive outcomes."
"As you become more convinced of my goodness and my commitment to your good, worship will move from a determined discipline to a natural outflow and expression of our love relationship.
You are a God who does not withhold from me. You have put a desire in my heart to worship you, which is your greatest good toward me..."


I use this devotional and would recommend it for everyone.



Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for this review.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Softly and Tenderly

By Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck
Published by Thomas Nelson 

Maybe out there in the country she could catch her breath, learn to breathe again.
Happily married and owner of two successful boutiques, Jade longs to begin a family with her husband, Max. But when she discovers that Max has an illegitimate son—who he wants her to help raise—Jade’s life is turned upside down.
She flees to her childhood home, a rambling Iowa farmhouse, with enough room to breathe. There—while her mother’s health grows fragile, and the tug of her first love grows stronger—Jade begins to question everything she thought she knew about family, love, and motherhood. In the wide-open landscape, Jade begins to see a future that doesn’t rest on the power of her past but in the goodness of God's tender mercies.
My Review:
This was the first time I had ever read a book by these authors. The story line was okay but it lack in its writing style.While the book is published by a Christian publishers there isn't much of a spiritual influence given in this book. This is the 2nd story in a series. I didn't read the first book but might be interested in reading the next to find out what happens with the characters, that is if I still  remember the book and author by then.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com &lt;http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 &lt;http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Mercy, Rose Trilogy Series #3

Bethany House / 2011 / Paperback

Product Description

Rose Kauffman pines for prodigal Nick Franco, the Bishop's foster son who left the Amish under a cloud of suspicion after his foster brother's death. His rebellion led to the "silencing" of their beloved Bishop. But is Nick really the rebel he appears to be? Rose's lingering feelings for her wayward friend refuse to fade, but she is frustrated that Nick won't return and make things right with the People.
Nick avowed his love for Rose--but will he ever be willing to sacrifice modern life for her Meanwhile, Rose's older sister, Hen, is living in her parents' Dawdi Haus. Her estranged "English" husband, injured and helpless after a car accident, has reluctantly come to live with her and their young daughter during his recovery. Can their marriage recover, as well? Is there any possible middle ground between a woman reclaiming her old-fashioned Amish lifestyle and a thoroughly modern man?
My Review: Outstanding! This is one of Beverly Lewis' best books yet. It was hard to put this book down but I found myself wanting the story to go on and on.I just loved the story line and its characters. I felt like I was right there watching every scene play out. What is great about Ms. Lewis' books is that the story lines always draw you closer to the Lord as you read how the characters in the book handle their lives with the Lords help.
In this book you see the wayward Hen finds peace in her life and marriage.God works it out in such a surprising way. We see Rose standing firm in her beliefs, dealing with disappointments and hardships but in the end is blessed for her faithfulness.
I would highly recommend this book. The hardest part is waiting for her next book to come out!


I received this book free from Bethany House for this review. 

Monday, October 3, 2011


Forever Faithful






Forever Faithful: The Complete Trilogy

Multnomah Publishers, Inc. / 2011 / Paperback

Product Description

In the midst of pain and sorrow, two couples discover God's faithfulness. In Waiting for Morning, Hannah loses her husband and daughter to a drunk driver. In A Moment of Weakness, a fateful decision tears Jade and Tanner apart. And in Halfway to Forever, Matt and Hannah and Jade and Tanner face tragic situations. 1136 pages, softcover from Multnomah.
My Review:
True to Kingsbury form, this 3 in 1 book is outstanding! All three deals with tragedy, forgiveness and grace.In the first book Waiting for Tomorrow, Hannah must get over her hate and revenge to find peace in her life again. In Book 2, A Moment of Weakness, we discover how the decisions we make today can effect our future. And in Halfway to Forever, it all comes together as we find out what the character of the first two books future holds for them. How will they deal with some major struggles that they must face? God's grace and love is always there when we need Him.
I would recommend this book to all Kingsbury's fans.
I received this book free from Multnomah Publishers for this review.

Monday, September 26, 2011


Life Application Study Bible Devotional
Readers of the Life Application Study Bible—the #1 bestselling study Bible—will welcome the arrival of the new Life Application Study Bible Devotional. Let the life of Jesus sink into your mind and heart with 312 readings from the gospels—one for each weekday and one for the weekend. In the Life Application Study Bible Devotional: Daily Wisdom from Jesus, each week focuses on a different event in Jesus’ life—drawing out daily wisdom from his parables, teachings, conversations, miracles, and interactions with people. You’ll learn important biblical principles, become inspired to put God’s Word into practical action, and be forever changed by a year spent going deeper with your Savior.

My Review:
Another great devotional! Pleasantly surprised to find this devotional as inspirational and encouraging as I study each day. Helps you to apply the gospels to your everyday life. If you are looking for a new devotional I would highly recommend the Life Application Study Bible Devotional. 

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.



Your 100 Day Prayer The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God

By John Snyde
Published by Thomas Nelson 

Book Description

Readers are guided through 100 days of intentional prayer and biblical truth that transform their spiritual lives and reveal God's provision for their needs.
Anything worth having in this life is worth waiting for and worth striving for. Unlike the world, though, Christians are called to a much different kind of pursuit when they survey their dreams, desires, and needs. Instead of an indulgent wish list, Christians are called to live a transformed life where they become more like Christ through the journey of striving after God’s will. In a time when both the world and even some Christians preach instant gratification, Your 100 Day Prayer offers another path—one of transformation while asking, seeking, and knocking for deep desires and desperate needs.
There is nothing guaranteed about 100 days, but as author John Synder says, “This sustained, stubborn, never-give-up spirit of prayer is not so much to persuade God to give us what we want, but rather to transform us in the process.” Your 100 Day Prayer helps readers combine their need with God’s will in a measured, structured, and instructional experience that results in greater spiritual maturity, clarity about God's provision, and real answers to their very real needs. Because our “Father in heaven gives good gifts to those who ask him." (Matthew 7:11).


My Review:
Great Devotional! Takes you through praying for your need whatever it may be. Very encouraging and enriches one's prayer life. I would recommend this book for everyone!




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Harvest of Grace

Book 3 in the Ada's House Amish Romance Series

Written by Cindy Woodsmall

 

About This Book

Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, can Sylvia find relief from the echoes of her past…or will they shape her future forever?
Although Sylvia Fisher recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies, she has just one focus—tending and nurturing the herd on her family’s dairy farm. But when a dangerous connection with an old beau forces her to move far from home, she decides to concentrate on a new start and pour her energy into reviving another family’s debt-ridden farm.
After months in rehab, Aaron Blank returns home to sell his Dad’s failing farm and move his parents into an easier lifestyle. Two things stand in his way: the father who stubbornly refuses to recognize that Aaron has changed and the determined new farmhand his parents love like a daughter. Her influence on Aaron’s parents could ruin his plans to escape the burdens of farming and build a new life.
Can Aaron and Sylvia find common ground? Or will their unflinching efforts toward opposite goals blur the bigger picture— a path to forgiveness, glimpses of grace, and the promise of love.

My Review:
I just loved this book. It was by far one of the best I have read of fiction in quite some time. The Harvest of Grace keeps your attention from page one until the end. What I loved about the book also was that it answered all the question of the characters so far so you are not left wondering what happened to them. This is a book of a series but you can still enjoy it without having read the prior books.The book is about betrayal, addiction, family, love and forgiveness. I would recommend this book to anyone.

"I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One Call Away Answering Life's Challenges with Unshakable Faith

By Brenda Warner with Jennifer Schuchmann
Published by Thomas Nelson 

Book Description

Brenda’s life has taken twists and turns that are stranger than fiction. It always seemed as if she was just one phone call away from the next explosive change. Each time her plans fell apart, she had a choice: would she give up, or would she press forward and learn from the unexpected? One Call Away is the inspiring story of a woman who has prevailed through many of the circumstances that discourage women: tragedy, poverty, betrayal, and humiliation. But unlike most women, her life has been on display in the media.
Brenda’s faith and God’s strength enable her to face challenge after challenge: an accident that leaves her son blind and brain damaged, a crumbling marriage, a tornado that kills her parents, a new relationship with promising football player Kurt Warner, and the pressures his sudden success brings to their growing family.
Through food stamps and funerals, Super Bowls and serving others, Brenda’s strength is unwavering. Her determination to dream new dreams, willingness to learn from her mistakes, and commitment to giving back to her community make her a role model for women of all backgrounds.
Her dreams haven’t materialized as she had imagined, but Brenda has found that God has a much bigger plan for her. Conversational and candid, One Call Away invites readers facing their own difficulties to trust God and discover hope in the future.

My Review:
Interesting read! Brenda Warner is honest as she shares her life story. The ups and downs of life in the NFL. The highs and low of being rich and well known. We often think these type of people can't possibly undertand what us ordinary people deal with in our everyday life but in this book I realize they suffer and struggle with much of the same things we do in our lives. This is a refreshing book that I would recomment for all to read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New!
Winning the Battle for Your Home, Family, and Friends
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0890-4
Price: $13.99
Format: Paperback
Publication date: Jul. 11 | Division: Bethany House

My Review:
I not too sure what I thought of this book.It was a little different from other books I have read on Spiritual Warfare. I guess I felt something lacking in this book. There are some truths to this book but I wouldn't agree with everything written. Best thing to do is check out the Word of God and see what He has to say on the subjects of healing, praying for your marriage, children and friendships. I wouldn't  recommend this book as a good resource for those seeking to learn more about Spiritual Warfare. There are other books out there that are better.
I received this book free from Bethany House for this review.

$14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0838-6
ISBN-10: 0-7642-0838-1
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Price:
Number of pages: 368
Publication Date: Jan. 11

Paperback




Inspired by Actual Events!
"I would do a great many things for you." Even at sixteen, Jake's handsome features hold the calm certainty and patient confidence of a man, and Rachel Bender knows--Jake Weaver is the one.
Rachel will grow into a strong young woman with powerful gifts—but in a faraway country, without her Jake. In 1921, Ohio's new law forces Caleb Bender's family to seek sanctuary in the wilds of Mexico where the government will not interfere with their Amish way of life, or take their children from them. Nor will it protect them from the bandits terrorizing the countryside.
In an unfamiliar land where no one speaks their language or knows their ways, the Benders establish a homestead in exile. Sisters Emma, Rachel, and Miriam find strengths unimagined, gifts unexpected, and yearning beyond their deepest dreams. Even steadfast Caleb is compelled to wrestle with the demands of faith, only to discover that love has its own demands.
Paradise Valley—a tale of love, danger, and redeeming faith.
Endorsements
"If you like Amish fiction, you'll love this book"
--Beverly Lewis, New York Times bestselling author
Reviews
"Dale Cramer ... has written his most adventurous story yet in Paradise Valley.... Cramer is at his most warm hearted and compassionate as he relates this story of a family in a strange new world. He manages to make each character spring to life, each with his or her unique personality traits; but it is with Rachel that he excels the most. He looks inside this young girl's heart and relates her feelings and emotions with clarity and assurance.

"This first novel in the trilogy is a setting up for what is yet to come, but readers will find it complete in its story. It doesn't feel or read like a preparation novel at all. The story is so intense and the adventure so compelling that readers will race through the book and then begrudge the ending coming so quickly.

"Paradise Valley is Dale Cramer at his best. Read this first novel and then anticipate the rest of the story. If the next two books equal this first one it will be an amazing series indeed." --Jackie K. Cooper, The Huffington Post "Cramer follows his acclaimed novel Levi's Will (2005) with another inspiring and honest look at the Amish community in the opening volume in The Daughters of Caleb Bender trilogy. In 1920s Ohio, Amish fathers are taken to court and imprisoned when they refuse to allow their children to attend public school. Matters escalate when the Amish children are removed from their parents' homes, stripped of their plain appearance, and forced to live in the children's home while they attend public school. This incident inspires Caleb Bender to move his entire family to Mexico. Faced with rebuilding a homestead while battling bandits, Cramer's characters dig deep to find the forgiveness and strength it takes to truly love one's enemies. Cramer's ability to develop characters with genuine struggles sets this Amish novel apart from the rest, especially because it's based on Cramer's great-grandfather's experiences as an elder statesman of the colony Paradise Valley, Mexico. Fans of historical fiction will find enough here to spur further research, and for followers of Amish fiction this is a must-read." --Elizabeth Ponder, Booklist
"Paradise Valley was on my list of most anticipated reads for 2011 and it did not disappoint. It fully lived up to my expectation to be a good book, and I was pleasantly surprised with just how much I loved it. I can't wait for the next book in the series...to continue exploring the ideas introduced in this one and to see what these characters I have grown to love will face next." --MyFriendAmysBlog.com
"Dale Cramer's Paradise Valley (Bethany House) is set in 1920s Ohio, when a new law mandates that children from age 6 through age 18 attend school. Five Amish fathers refuse to comply: Police arrest the fathers and take the children from their homes until the fathers promise to obey the law. Instead of obeying, Caleb Bender moves his family to Paradise Valley in the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico. They struggle to build a new farm, ward off bandits from the remains of Pancho Villa's army, and reconcile their faith with the customs of a new land. Using historical events as a base, Cramer has written an engaging story of love and conviction." --Susan Olasky, World Magazine


My Review:
I really enjoyed this book. It was different from all the other Amish Fiction  I have read before. In this book an Amish family decides to move to Mexico to be free from sending their children to public school. This book's subject is dated back in the 1920's before the Amish had the freedom to educate their children on their own. This was quite a different setting for an Amish family as we see how they deal the obstacles of bandits and the very poor. I would recommend this book to everyone.


 I received this book free from Bethany House for this review.

Monday, August 22, 2011


The One-Day Way

Today Is All the Time You Need to Lose All the Weight You Want

Written by Chantel Hobbs

Lose All the Weight You Want, One Meal, One Pound, One Day At a Time!

I've got great news for you: You are about to feel better and look better beginning today! Today is truly a new opportunity for you to reach your weight loss goals. No, you won't fit into your "skinny jeans" today, but I'm going to show you how each day will get you closer to that goal.

Yesterday's mistakes are gone so let them go. You can't control tomorrow, so stop worrying about it. Today is your opportunity to lose weight, get strong, and look great. It won't happen overnight, but you can build a new life by changing your actions immediately and I'm here to show you how to make the changes that will create the new lifestyle you dream of: body, mind, and spirit. Best of all, you will start celebrating right away!

Come on, my friend. Let's get started! By opening this book, I'll show you how to unlock every tool you need to lose weight and get fit —and stay that way for the rest of your life. Success can be yours, what are you waiting for?

-Chantel

My review:
This book is another diet plan but with quite a lot of resources. The author shares how we must changed the way we think of food and changed the way of thinking about ourselves. She has the ten commandment of diet rules. The author provides you with menu ideas and also exercises that can be useful for some. This book might work for some so I would recommend this book for those looking to lose weight.


"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.

Growing Up Amish
New  York Times eBook bestseller!
One fateful starless night, 17-year-old Ira Wagler got up at 2 AM, left a scribbled note under his pillow, packed all of his earthly belongings into in a little black duffel bag, and walked away from his home in the Amish settlement of Bloomfield, Iowa. Now, in this heartwarming memoir, Ira paints a vivid portrait of Amish life—from his childhood days on the family farm, his Rumspringa rite of passage at age 16, to his ultimate decision to leave the Amish Church for good at age 26. Growing Up Amish is the true story of one man’s quest to discover who he is and where he belongs. Readers will laugh, cry, and be inspired by this charming yet poignant coming of age story set amidst the backdrop of one of the most enigmatic cultures in America today—the Old Order Amish.

My Review:
Not one of my more enjoyable reads.This book is a memoir of a man that grew up Amish but never felt happy living in that life. The author often repeat details and it is a rather depressing book. Would of been better had he giving more details of his life after accepting the Lord and finally found some peace in his life.If you are an Amish fiction fan you might not enjoy this book.


Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book or ARC. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Promise of an Angel

By Ruth Reid
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

In Mescota County, Michigan, an angelic visitor's words inspire Judith to a future she never imagined. After a barn raising accident, Judith Fischer’s convinced she’s met an angel. However, her attempts to convince others end up frustrating her Old-Order Amish community. Only Andrew Lapp believes her, but the rest, including Levi Plank, the man’s she’s waited to marry, demand she forget the nonsense. Meanwhile, her younger sister Martha has taken a fancy to Levi and sees her sister's controversy as a perfect distraction for turning Levi's head.
In a dream, the angel tells Judith she must choose her path. As her faith continues to grow, so do her feelings for Andrew. Will she continue to place her hope in the angel’s message, even if it means losing all she knows and loves?
My Review:
If you like Amish Fiction you will enjoy this book. As the story goes an accident occurs while Judith is in charge of her younger siblings during a barn raising. An angel appears to give a word from the Lord to Judith that her brother will be okay. As she shares this word with others almost everyone turns on her and thinks she is crazy. What I took from the story is to fellow the Lord even when others close to you might not understand or believe.This is my first time to read a book from this author and I would recommend her book to all Amish Fiction fans.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com &lt;http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 &lt;http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, May 30, 2011


Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. After practicing as a pharmacist, she left her career to marry and begin a family and has since pursued her dream of writing. Leaving Yesterday is her third novel. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California. Visit Kathryn's Web site at www.kathryncushman.com

What Would You Give for a Second Chance to Make Things Right?

When life gets complicated, Grace Graham runs. She's left romantic relationships, friendships, and even her family after the death of her mother. But now her sister, Jana, is giving her once last chance: Come home and help care for their father--whom Grace still blames for her mother's death--or never show her face in Shoal Creek, Tennessee, again.

With her son, Dylan, in tow, Grace returns home from California. But is she returning for the right reasons? And when costly decisions from the past suddenly put her son's life and the lives of other children in town at risk, will she have the strength to stand strong and await Another Dawn?

My Review:
This was the first time I have ever read a book by this author. I didn't know what to expect as I found myself having problems really getting into the book. The book tackles the debate on vaccination of children as Grace goes back home hoping to strengthen family relationships that had been damaged. Instead, more problems arise as her choice not to vaccinate her son rips her hometown apart.
The book did have some good moments that encourage us to walk closer to God and act upon what He leads us to do whether it is the popular thing to do or not.
Not the most enjoyable book I have ever read but not the worse either.

I received this book courtesy of Bethany House for this review.

Friday, May 6, 2011

A One-of-a-Kind Collection of Inspiring Prayers Used by Amish and Mennonites for Over 300 Years!
The Amish and other Anabaptist groups have treasured the same book of prayers for centuries, turning to it for inspiration during times of peace as well as persecution. Now a selection of prayers from Die Ernsthafte Christenpflicht is readily available in English. This exclusive, authentic translation from the original German--with an introduction by bestselling author Beverly Lewis--pairs each prayer with a Scripture passage and offers insights into the rich spiritual foundations of the Plain people. Whether used for personal devotions or in a group setting, this beautifully illustrated collection will draw you closer to God.

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her Web site at www.beverlylewis.com for more information.

My Review:
This book was a pleasant surprise! I didn't know what to expect from an Amish prayer book but found it to be a blessing to be used as a daily devotional book.The author Beverly Lewis adds Scripture passages for each prayer. The book has the prayers divided into groups as follows:
Prayers For A New Day
Prayers For Divine Guidance
Prayers Of Gratitude
Prayers Of Repentance
Prayers For Comfort
Prayers Of Praise
Prayers For Strength
Prayers For Purity Of Heart
Prayers For Unity
Prayers Of Humility
Prayers Of Submission
Prayers In The Evening

This is a great little book that I would recommend to all my friends.


I received this book courtesy of Bethany House for this review.
Get to know your tender, wise, and powerful Abba Father.

I Am His

Experiencing the Comfort of Abba's Love


Description: Through personal stories, creative interaction with Scripture, quiet reflection, and guided responses, the wonder of living as a child of God can come alive and be more accessible to a woman’s heart.
What happens inside your heart when you hear the word father?Some women feel indifference or pain, while others become wistful or sense an aching void. Still others recall their dads with fondness. whatever your experience with your earthly father, I Am His invites you to know the comfort of dwelling in the arms of a tender, wise, and powerful Abba Father. Through personal stories, creative interaction with Scriptures, quiet reflection, and guided responses, the wonder of living as a child of God will come alive and be more accessible to your heart.
My review:
This is a great 8-week bible study series for all women but especially those of find it hard to trust God as Abba Father. If you struggle with issue with God because of your relationship with your earthly father or even with your mom , this book is recommended for you. The author takes you through the eight week studies until you can see your self through the eyes of Father God.
Week 1: Abba Father
Week 2: Chosen to Belong
Week 3: the Father's Love
Week 4: In His Arms
Week 5: Under His Wings
Week 6: Through Abba's Eyes
Week 7: A Generous Father
Week 8: A Daughter's Inheritance
Each week the author ask you questions through the study. At the end, you will review your answers and see how your thoughts on Abba Father have changed from the beginning of the study.
I would recommend this study for all women.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Monday, May 2, 2011


Life, In Spite of Me

Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice

Written by Kristen Jane Anderson
As told to Tricia Goyer

 

 

 

 

About This Book

She wanted to die. God had other plans.

Why does my life have to be so painful?
What’s wrong with me?
It’s not going to get better.
It could all be over soon, and then I won’t hurt anymore.

Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook: three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression.

One January night, the seventeen-year-old decided she no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited for a freight train to send her to heaven…and peace.

But Kristen's story doesn’t end there.

In Life, In Spite of Me this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living.

Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgettable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured.

Includes notes of encouragement Kristen wishes she had received when she was struggling most.
Life, In Spite of Me is a remarkable story of life beyond despair and hope that triumphs over tragedy.”
   —Louie Giglio, pastor, Passion City Church/The Passion Movement

“Suicide is a liar and a thief. It promises peace to those who are escaping but delivers unimaginable pain and rejection to those left behind. Kristen Jane Anderson’s riveting story unmasks the thief and gives hope a face.”
   —Dr. Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife Ministries

“When I first met Kristen, I was overwhelmed with her smile, and then I saw her wheelchair. It was a defining moment for me. I had not heard her story or why she’d ended up at Moody. But it was her smile—and it is still her smile—that dismantles me. Kristen has something. It is something otherworldly. She had every reason to die, but now she has every reason to live. I hope you’ll read her story, see her smile, and know why she lives.”
   —Michael Easley, former president, Moody Bible Institute


My Review:
Kristen's story starts off telling us that she had a fairly normal childhood up until her father experienced depression and she suffered loses and had been date rape as a teenager.As she struggles through these time which are difficult for many, especially teenagers, she sees no other way out an attempts suicide.
She should not of survived but by the grace of God, His Amazing Grace, she does survive.Kristen continues to struggle as she does come to the Lord.God works both in her and her family lives as time goes by and this is the story told by Kristen with the help of  Tricia Goyer.
I believe this is an amazing story but not sure I would recommend this book to just anyone. I am concern that someone struggling in their life might take some wrong steps like not taking their medicine or stopping counseling before they are ready just because the author did so. I would not recommend this book to just anyone due to these concerns.This is a tough topic but a real problem we see in teens and others.



I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Desert Gift
Author Sally John

What does a nationally known marriage expert do when her own marriage falls apart? Just as Jillian Galloway sets out for a publicity tour to promote her new book, her husband drops a bombshell: He wants a divorce. Jill flees to her parents’ home in the California desert, wondering whether everything she’s built her career on—indeed, everything she’s built her life around—is a sham. Navigating this “side road” of life is an uphill climb that leads to new understandings about herself, her marriage, and her relationship with the One who created marriage.



 My Review:
This book is about Jill and Jack Galloway. Jill is a marriage expert with books she written on the subject and  her own talk show. Jack is a doctor who has been a willing guinea pig and subject for her books on how to have a successful christian marriage. The problem comes as Jack decides one day he wants out of their marriage. Jill has to deal with many issues as she struggles with the realization that she doesn't have all the answers after all and how this will effect her career and her life as a christian. Topics covered are forgiveness, being real with God and others.
This book is long and seem to drag on in places. It was difficult to get into the book at first because it seem to never get anywhere but once it started to move on it did start to get interesting. This book is not for everyone but does show us that there are no easy answers to marital problems and that we can only work on ourselves as our spouses work on their own issues. 



Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or ARC.

Monday, April 18, 2011


 

Max On Life Answers and Inspiration for Today's Questions

By Max Lucado
Published by Thomas Nelson

Average Blogger Rating:

Book Description

We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.
In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers thoughtful answers to more than 150 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt, from home to the hereafter.
Max writes about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions—parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships—as well as to the profound: Is God really listening?
A special addendum includes Max’s advice on writing and publishing.
Including topical and scriptural indexes and filled with classic Lucado encouragement and insight, Max on Life will quickly become a favorite resource for pastors and ministry leaders as well as new and mature believers.

My Review:
This book is about questions Max received from people of all ages and followed by his answers in a simple, down to earth, biblical way that is easy for all to understand. Such questions such as "Where is Hell?" , "How can I select the right mate?, "Why talk to God about my troubles? He can't understand." and "What are we doing here?" are just of few of the many that Max answers in his book, "Max On Life Answers and Inspiration for Today's Questions." I would recommend this book for anyone, new christian and those of have known the Lord for years. This book would also be a good resource for parents and those in ministry.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”