Monday, April 30, 2012

Heart Echoes
Author Sally John - view author info
Sally John
When the going gets tough—or weird or wonderful—the daydreamer gets going on a new story. Sally John has been tweaking life's moments into fiction since she read her first Trixie Belden mystery as a child.
Now an author of more than fifteen novels, Sally writes stories that reflect contemporary life. Her passion is to create a family, turn their world inside out, and then portray how their relationships change with each other and with God. Her goal is to offer hope to readers in their own relational and faith journeys.
Sally grew up in Moline, Illinois, graduated from Illinois State University, married Tim in 1973, and taught in middle schools. She is a mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. A three-time finalist for the Christy Award, she also teaches writing workshops. Her books include the Side Roads series, the Safe Harbor series (coauthored with Gary Smalley), The Other Way Home series, The Beach House series, and In a Heartbeat series. Many of her stories are set in her favorite places of San Diego, Chicago, and small-town Illinois.
She and her husband currently live in southern California. Visit her Web site at

Book Description
 In the aftermath of a massive Los Angeles earthquake, the perfect existence Teal Morgan-Adams has built begins to crumble. Teal’s daughter, Maiya, is determined to learn the identity of her biological father, despite the loving devotion of her stepdad, River Adams. But that’s a secret Teal hoped would remain buried forever. She has never shared the truth with anyone . . . not her family, not River, not even Maiya’s father.

As Maiya’s rebellion escalates, Teal receives tragic news from her sister and decides to take Maiya home to Cedar Pointe, Oregon, a place she’s avoided most of her adult life. But will her already-strained marriage survive the distance and the secrets she’ll be forced to face there? And can Teal erase the lies that echo in her heart?

My Review:
This is not the first book of Sally John I have read and was not disappointed by this book. The story gets your attention immediately with the description of the earthquake. As the story goes on it deals with secrets, relationships and God's grace. This would be a great book to share with a friend who has yet to experience the peace which only comes through God. I enjoyed the characters and the plot.I would encourage my friends to read this book.

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

Not This Time

A Novel

Written by Vicki Hinze

About This Book

Small town scandal. International terrorist attack. Who among them is the traitor?
Sara and Beth have built a multi-million dollar business together, but their once solid friendship is now strained. Beth is leery of Sara’s husband, and when he is kidnapped, authorities consider Beth their prime suspect.

Then, their small town of Seagrove Village is rocked by an act of terrorism, and Beth doesn’t know who to trust. Someone she knows is linked to the attack, but who? Is there a connection to Crossroads Crisis Center? In the midst of the confusion and fear, Beth finds herself attracted to a man from her past. She knows she shouldn’t fall in love with him, but she can’t resist or even explain their bond. As her world unravels around her, she wonders, is it possible to be beyond redemption?

My Review: 
This is not the type of book I would usually pick to read but it looked interesting. I didn't know it was the 3rd book in a series which made it hard at times to understand what was going on and why but the author does her best to inform the reader. The book had suspense, romance and God's redemption all mixed together. If you like suspense books with a biblical theme entwined this book is for you.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my review

Spirit Wars: Winning the Invisible Battle Against Sin and the Enemy

You know the battle is raging--but are you fighting the right enemy?
Just as enemies fought Joshua in the Promised Land, and Nehemiah faced opposition as he rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, our enemy will fight us as we approach the spiritual terrain God has promised us. Most Christians retreat at the first sign of conflict because they fail to recognize the true nature of the battle. But you can prevail in freedom and joy.
Sharing his deeply personal story of demonic bondage, torment and ultimate deliverance, pastor and bestselling author Kris Vallotton turns the idea of spiritual warfare as we know it on its head. He reveals the diabolical lies and strategies of the enemy--attacks and traps so subtle and deceptive that we may find our souls and hearts imprisoned without even knowing it.
No more! Now you can win the invisible battle against sin and the enemy. Victory is within your grasp. Will you take hold?

My Review:
I thought this would be just more of the same as far as books on the topic of spiritual warfare but I found the book to be more in depth than a lot of other books on the subject.The author share from his real experiences in dealing with deliverance of both himself and other people.Some of the topics discussed in the book  generational curses, casting out demons and the armor of God. This book deals with the real life issue of spiritual warfare without being way out there. The book is sound, biblical and uplifting. I would recommend this book to all my friends.

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