Monday, August 29, 2011
All of us go through tough times, trials, temptations, adversity. There are times when we don't even feel like getting up out of bed. Kingsley's book is packed full of information that will inspire you to get back up!
He has endured much as he began his career as well as his marriage. Being poor is one of his toughest. He gives us steps to getting back up when we are down.
Forgiveness is one of the big points he makes, stop blaming others. It's purpose is to make you angry. It's not worth it, just let it go! Not only will these things hurt you spiritually but physically too.
The book is an easy read, I finished it in one afternoon. I appreciated Kingsley's honesty about his own problem times. We all handle things differently but he does give basic steps to follow. I found the book inspirational and the timing perfect. In this day and age, many have lost their jobs, their homes. I believe this book will give you hope. It gets 5 out 5 stars from me!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 7:40:00 PM
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Carolyn Weber arrives for graduate study at Oxford University a feminist from a loving but broken family, suspicious of men and intellectually hostile to all things religious. As she grapples with her God-shaped void alongside the friends, classmates, and professors she meets, she tackles big questions in search of love and a life that matters.
This savvy, beautifully written, credible account of Christian conversion follows the calendar and events of the school year as it entertains, informs, and promises to engage even the most skeptical and unlikely reader
Weber writes of her first year at Oxford and her journey from agnostic to Jesus. She grew up in Canada with a dysfunctional and very poor family, wins a scholarship to study literature.
Weber is a lonely soul at first, she meets an American student who introduces her to email. This same man later introduces her to Jesus. I found the story to be well written and interesting. I've always enjoyed hearing how others come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior. This one was enjoyable as well. Her journey to the Lord is interesting, the many questions, her struggles to understand and her reluctance.
4 out of 5 stars. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 7:28:00 PM
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
As Hannah Ryan waits for her family to return home from a camping trip, she realizes she has everything going for her—a husband other women admire, two charming teenage daughters, and a loving Christian home. As the sunny afternoon turns into twilight, her uneasiness grows along with the shadows. Then a car pulls into Hannah’s driveway, bringing two police officers...and devastating news that shatters her life forever.
In the days that follow, Hannah struggles with unspeakable feelings of sorrow and rage—feelings that fuse into one chilling purpose for living: revenge against Brian Wesley, the drunk driver who has caused all her pain.
In her fury, Hannah shuts the Lord out of her life. She’s determined not to forgive Wesley or the God who allowed this tragedy to happen. Can two caring people help Hannah rediscover her faith...before bitterness destroys her.
Kingsbury has been a favorite author for many years. Her books began to get predictable and that is something I dislike. "Waiting for Morning" is a book about bitterness and anger against God and learning to forgive and go on with life.
The book has brought twinkles to my eyes, it held my interest, kept me turning pages to see what would happen next. A fast paced and heartwarming story.
A terrible tragedy fills Hannah with unforgiveness, Kingsbury writes in such a way that you feel this characters anger and the need for revenge. Also as she realizes her need to forgive and the need to let go and let God take control.
I give it 5 of 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 6:21:00 PM
Monday, August 22, 2011
What happened instead were death threats and the loss of their home as a sanctuary. Voices. Death threats. Objects falling and moving. Strange visitors and callers. A loving church falling into turmoil. And yes the voice of Satan. Every day was filled with the dread of nightfall. Once you've invited someone filled with demons that aren't leaving her into your home what do you do next? Where do you send her? How do you protect yourself and your family? What do you do after she's finally gone but the demons haven't left?
This is the account of a terrifying and incredible phenomenon. But ultimately, it is a testament to the power of God's love, even over evil spirits.
I'm not sure I can come up with words to describe this book... frightening is one, fascinating is another . Satan is real and his intentions are real... to destroy people, churches, marriages, and anything else he can.
Bill Scott's story is amazing, everything he and his wife went through beginning with the phone call from a young girl asking for help to exorcism shows us many of the ways the enemy uses to blind people. This young girl wanted to be free from a witches coven and demonic possession. Scott and his friends start a wild journey to help this girl be free and live a life serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
One thing I found interesting is that there are items people have in their possession that can attract demonic spirits. Ok, some of you aren't going to believe any thing in this book and that's your perogative. Scripture does tell of those who were demon possessed (Mark 5 and Matthew 8). I believe it still happens today.
Read the book, if nothing else it will make you think. I give it 5 of 5 stars.
I received a ecopy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 7:09:00 PM
Now is the time to try something new: A nine-step prayer practice called The Gathering. The Gathering will lead you to the avenues through which God’s power and presence can be expressed.
You’ll see that prayer isn’t something you do; rather, it’s an experience of God’s presence. Having seen thousands truly connect with God and transform their lives through prayer, author Jim Rosemergy believes The Gathering is divinely inspired. Whether practiced individually or within a group, in just 40 days, The Gathering will become your foundation for a genuine, ever-deepening experience of God’s imminent presence and unlimited power.
Rosemergy writes a 9 step journey to powerful prayer which includes a 40 day guide. It will make you think about your relationship with almighty God. This book is good for self or group study.
Prayer is a challenge for a lot of Christians, The Gathering is a way to jumpstart or increase a meaningful journey of fellowshipping with God if you're not already doing so.
Rosemergy explains how important prayer is and how it effects us when we speak to our Heavenly Father. There are challenges along the way that will make you stop and think.
I give it 4 stars. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 6:16:00 PM
In the tradition of Neta Jackson's Yada Yada Prayer Group series, Kirkpatrick invites you into the lives of five women friends who promise to help each other achieve their life goals.
Annie Shaw's goal is far from simple: become famous. But she's in trouble after quitting her day job to write full-time. Her second novel tanked, and her new editor wants her to re-write the ending of her latest work to ensure this one is more successful. In order to pursue fame and an elusive bestseller, Annie travels to Chicago, acquires a rambunctious dog, and participates in antics better suited to a television reality show than real life.
Can Annie's best friends help her achieve her goals without destroying her future?
Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick, known for her superb historical novels, writes this bold, fresh, contemporary story she always threatened she'd one day "put down on paper to make people laugh and consider the true treasures of their hearts."
"Barcelona Calling" is a book with humor throughout. A story about a writer with one bestseller and two not so good.
Annie and her friends know that the way to get her book noticed is for it to be one of Oprah's book club picks, so they start trying to get on her show.
The stunts they pull in an attempt to meet her are hilarious, from adopting a dog and making an appointment at a grooming salon because Oprah brings her dogs here to putting sideboards on her car (which catches fire) are just a couple of ways these ladies come up with in hopes of running into her.
The funny thing is that they do get a fleeting glimpse of Oprah and one of the friends does make it on the show! But the book doesn't even get a mention. All of Annie's money is spent trying to make Oprah aware of her book. The way she finally does hear about it is the best!
Best friends who want nothing more than to help Annie. You've got to read this book and see what happens, you won't be disappointed!
I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Can a man burdened by memories of yesterday find hope in the land of tomorrow?
Samuel Fisher of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, now a single father of four, is in a state of shock following his wife’s untimely death. When his brother, Titus, talks him into moving to Kentucky, hoping a fresh start will help heal Samuel’s grief, Samuel packs up the kids and heads to Bluegrass Country.
Esther Beiler helps watch Samuel’s children while he works with English contractor Allen Walters on a bed and breakfast owned by Englisher Bonnie Taylor. Soon Esther develops a crush on Samuel and a true affection for his children, but is there room in Samuel’s heart for Esther? Or has the pretty innkeeper already taken residence there? When misconceptions take the forefront, jealousies arise.
Will peace-loving Samuel and Esther bow to the apparent competition or fight for their newfound love? How will God manage to untangle these star-crossed lovers before any damage is done?
This is the second book in the Kentucky Brothers series. Samuel sinks into despair after losing his wife and unborn child. He feels he must get away from PA. and the home they had shared so he uproots his family and moves to Kentucky to be near his brother, Titus.
Shortly after settling into his brothers home he meets Esther, a young Amish woman. Hiring her to care for his children while he works he begins to have feelings for her but a promise he made to his wife stops him from courting her and he decides to move back to PA to escape Esther. However, something happens before he can move.
This book, like the first one, is predictable. There are no surprises, the characters are simple, the writing style is dull and tiresome. Quite a boring book.
I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher free in exchange for my honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 5:53:00 PM
Like many marriages, Eric and Kyra Yoshida’s has fallen apart slowly, one lost dream and misunderstanding at a time, until the ultimate betrayal finally pushes them beyond reconciliation.
Just when it looks like forgive and forget is no longer an option, a car accident gives Eric the second chance of a lifetime. A concussion causes his wife to forget details of her life, including the chasm between them. No one knows when—or if—Kyra’s memory will return, but Eric seizes the opportunity to win back the woman he’s never stopped loving.
Wow, Gina Holmes has now been placed on my favorite author list, I absolutely loved this book. First off, it written from the man's point of view, I think it's very well written. A thought provoking, touching, story of grace and forgiveness. A story of one man's determination to save his marriage.
I won't go into detail about the story line, you will enjoy finding things out for yourself.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters and felt like I knew them well by the end of the book. Christians make mistakes and fall into sin, thankfully we have a Heavenly Father who will forgive and restore us. Healing comes with forgiveness.
I'm excitedly awaiting Holmes next novel and highly recommend this one. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted by Anonymous at 5:41:00 PM
Monday, August 15, 2011
With simple, practical tips for attaining the peace you crave—the peace that passes all understanding—you’ll discover healing, refreshment, and revitalization for your spirit, body, and mind.
A fun, lighthearted book full of encouragement. Debora Coty gives us important keys to see us through tough times. We've all had stressful days, weeks, and even months. Take the time to read how to manage your time, develop a sense of humor, cultivate relationships and to focus on faith. There are practical ways given at the end of each story to find the peace your heart longs for, thought provoking questions.
This would be a great gift for anyone that is stressed out. This book is easy to read, nice to look at, filled with personal stories and insights, enjoyable. I give it 4 stars.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 7:23:00 PM
In Blessings Abound, Sherry's shares spiritual principles, personal anecdotes, and applicable Scriptures to remind others that the Lord Jesus Christ is the great "I Am" and is an everlasting presence for all who seek His wisdom.
Jesus has been a constant companion in Leonard's life since she first accepted Him in eighth grade; she soon learned how completely He knew her heart and the best ways she could serve Him. By sharing nuggets of truth from her own unique and complex spiritual journey, Sherry helps others discover the significance of prayer, the importance of forgiveness and redemption, and the power of implementing God's Word in all aspects of life.
Sherry offers guidance in all aspects of daily living including proper communication in marriage, effective ways to teach children about God, and methods to live an abundant life reflective of God's divine plan.
Blessings Abound offers an inspirational guidebook for anyone seeking to bring honor and praise to Jesus.
Sherry has filled the book with key scriptures about blessings and living for the Lord with little nuggets of her experiences thrown in.
I didn't find the book helpful at all, there was nothing that offers any wisdom or spiritual insight into life or the Word of God. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading the scripture, it's just that I expected more than what was in the book. I think it would be a good asset to new believers or those wanting to renew their relationship with Christ.
I give it 3 stars. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 5:52:00 PM
Lowry Rankin knows all too well the cost of freedom; after all, his family’s red brick home is the first stop on the Underground Railroad north of the Ohio River.
He’s seen friends beaten for the color of their skin. He’s watched simple farmers make a difference. He’s even risked his own life transporting escaped slaves to the next "station". But will Lowry be able to conquer his greatest fear when he’s called to speak out?
Lowry's family assists runaway slaves in getting their freedom. Lowry, age 13, transports slaves from his house to the next station, this happens during the night and takes several hours by horse. He usually returns just before dawn, piles into bed and sleeps for an hour then gets up to do chores and go to school. Lowry complains about having to do this but each time he sees the fear in the eyes of the slave he knows he must help this person get to Canada. His family believes his calling is to be an abolitionist minister, Lowry doesn't think so but does attend seminary briefly.
This book wasn't what I expected, it was slow and there wasn't much to hold my interest, it was a chore to read. However, I did finish it and wasn't impressed with the ending either. I don't feel that Reed expressed enough emotion in the characters or the story. Lowry was a complainer, he was boring. Overall, I was very disappointed and give it 2 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 4:36:00 PM
Monday, August 8, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
For twenty years Meg Lancaster has avoided Briar Hedge, the Lancaster family estate. Now she has been drawn back to her grandmother's home to uncover secrets that have been hidden for decades and to try to regain the family she long ago abandoned.
Meg Lancaster takes a leave of absence from her high powered job after finding out her fiance, who happens to be her boss' son, is cheating on her. She decides to go home to visit her sick grandmother after being gone for 20 years.
Meg gets involved in the family cranberry bog intending to restore it. However, there is someone that doesn't want this to happen and is determined to destroy the bog. Meg has an almost constant battle on her hands but she enlists help.
The characters in this story are so friendly, sincere and entertaining, the beach town so homey it makes me want to live there.
Melody has written an inspiring story of how Meg tries to reconnect with God after adversity strikes again and again. He is always there waiting for us to come back.
"Homeward" is a RITA award winner and is now available as an e-book for $2.99! Definitely worth it!
"Homeward" gets 5 stars. I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 7:26:00 PM
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
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.
Jade Benson has more on her shoulders than anyone should have. Her husband is a recovering addict, she discovers her father in law having an affair, and her mother has been diagnosed with cancer and wants to spend her remaining days at their old home. These are just a few of the major events happening in her life and the lives of her loved ones. She also has issues from her childhood to deal with.
This is not your usual sweet story, the writing is full of emotion, fast paced. It keeps you guessing.
The characters are interesting, real people that you and I feel like we know. You find yourself rooting for them. I did not like the way you are left hanging at the end, the next installment in the series won't be out till late 2012.
I give it 5 stars! You won't be disappointed.
I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 8:12:00 PM
Adam was her first love and best friend. But then he went away. Determined to experience the freedom of living in the Englisch world, he left Emma heart-broken. How could he have chosen the world over her?
Now Adam is back in Middlefield and Emma can't seem to keep him away from her family's farm. But this time she's determiend to guard her heart. It might be love that keeps him there . . . or perhaps just guilt.
When a newcomer arrives in town and shows an interest in Emma, she dismisses Adam's insistence that she be cautious. All this attention is new to her and she doesn't know quite how to accept it. Emma knows her Heavenly Father treasures her. But will her new beau?
Emma has lost her mother to cancer after having been her caregiver for the last year. She needs peace and relaxation due to the strain of the past year.
Because of financial struggles Emma decides to help her sister in the family fabric store even though she was against the idea at first and she is also caring for her ailing grandmother not to mention the family farm.
Emma always puts the needs of others first
The characters are all dealing with trials, they are interesting and enjoyable folks. The story involves a lot of conniving and secrecy involving a newcomer.
If you like Amish fiction you will like Treasuring Emma. I give it 4 stars.
I received a ecopy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an hhonest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 7:50:00 PM
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Divorce. Job loss. Estrangement from family members. Broken friendships.
The difficult circumstances you are dealing with today are likely being fed by one of four emotional forces that compels you to act in undesirable ways, sometimes even against your will.
Andy Stanley explores each of these destructive forces—guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy—and how they infiltrate your life and damage your relationships. He says that, left unchallenged they have the power to destroy your home, your career, and your friendships.
In Enemies of the Heart, Andy offers practical, biblical direction to help you fight back, to take charge of those feelings that mysteriously control you, and to restore your broken relationships.
Enemies of the Heart is one of those books that make you say "Wow!" Stanley has a way of getting his point across, easy to understand. Expect tears and lots of prayer as you read it. He includes personal stories that further enhance his points.
There are four enemies of the heart... guilt, greed, anger, and jealousy. If we do not deal with them they will take us over. Most of us struggle in one way or another in one of these areas. Stanley offers a solution for for ridding ourselves of these negative areas by confessing to God, giving Him thanks, and being forgiving and generous to others.
Give your heart an assessment. God CAN free us!
This one gets 5 stars. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 2:38:00 PM
Embracing her native heritage for the first time since childhood Anna transforms her old family home into Shining Waters Inn, a place she hopes will give her family a new beginning.
At first, I didn't think I was going to like this book, it starts out a little slow but I'm so glad I kept reading. After a few pages my interest picked up. What a charming story it is!
Anna Larson's mother has passed away and Anna is returning to her childhood home to settle things. Once there, memories of her parents and growing up start to fill her mind and she begins to relax.
She meets an interesting woman, Hazel, and their friendship takes off. Anna decides to turn the house into an inn and with the help of Hazel's son changes happen fast. With Melody's description I can picture how lovely the inn and surrounding area is and can imagine myself visiting The Inn at Shining Waters . I especially liked the neighbors, so friendly and down to earth, always wanting to help each other out.
Anna has her problems of course, such as a monster mother in law who degrades Anna and treats her like a servant. She eventually turns Anna's daughter against her. I liked the way Anna dealt with her mother in law and this situation, she is a strong woman. I recommend this book if you're in the mood for a delightful easy read. It will leave you feeling good! I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted by Anonymous at 9:55:00 AM
Monday, August 1, 2011
In New Kid Catastrophes, TJ accidentally makes an enemy of Hesper Breakahart, the superstar who attends their school. And Tuna and Herby’s attempts to help just lead to one disaster after another. In the end, TJ is still very unpopular, but she learns the value of looking past appearances and gains a few friends—and the attention of the most popular boy in school.
This is a great book for tweens. TJ's family have moved to California and she has started a new school which has your usual nerdy kids and of course celebrity kids. She is able to see two kids who are invisible to others. These two get her into all kinds of crazy situations.
The book is entertaining, the situations are comical, and the characters are loveable. TJ does learn about friendship and having patience with others. However, there was very little in the book that signifies christian.
I rate it 4 stars.
Posted by Anonymous at 7:47:00 PM
So Long, Insecurity will strike a chord with women everywhere, as Beth speaks truth into the lives of readers, showing them how to deal with their innermost fears, rediscover their God-given dignity, and develop a whole new perspective—a stronger sense of self.
Women of all ages and backgrounds will resonate with this message of security and discover truths that will free them emotionally and spiritually and lead them to a better life as they walk with God.
Beth Moore books don't disappoint, she has written a book that will help those who suffer from insecurity. Her desire is to see the bondage of insecurity broken in women's lives and to bring healing.
You will be challenged to dig deep and search the scriptures to discover how the roots of insecurity start.
"So Long Insecurity" is inspirational, Moore's insight comes from her own insecurities she battled. She is an excellent teacher and will walk with you through the book.
I give it 5 stars. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted by Anonymous at 7:30:00 PM
Laura Ann's father dies right before Christmas. Her Uncle Jack, a vicious man, will do anything to get a share of the farm. While fighting to keep her farm from the bank and Uncle Jack, a woman arrives and shocks Laura Ann with the news of why she is there. Due to a flash flood the two spend time getting to know each other. Before the woman can go home a severe medical issue arises and just as a new life begins an old one passes away.
This was a nice, though very predictable, read. The beginning is slow and throughout the book there are places where the story gets a little boring. Overall, I give it 3 stars.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.