Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Masterpiece


In her latest novel, Francine Rivers brings us Roman Velasco a well to do artist who could have anything money can buy, except peace and contentment. Using graffiti to deal with his hurt and emotions, running from foster home to foster home as a  child, Roman aka Bobby Ray Dean (the bird) is haunted by his past as a  graffiti tagger. 

Roman hires Grace as his personal assistant to help free up his time so he can concentrate on painting, but little does she know about Romans alter ego Bobby Ray Dean.   Grace s dealing with her own secrets.  Recovering from a bad marriage, Grace vows never to let a man hurt her again, but as they get to know one another the pieces begin to come together that alter the course of their lives.


Francine Rivers has done a superb job writing this novel.   She has created intriguing characters that every reader can relate to.  The author has run with an idea of how a childhood trauma can impact adult life; how two broken individuals can find completeness together.  The author also brings out the issues of how we as persons can fall into traps and be thrown into the worldly ways, only to suffer the consequences of our actions.

She also points out that we are saved by Grace and that God loves us, and sometimes some of us have to realize there is a hell in order to hear and understand the truth.

A wonderful novel that the reader will not be able to put down.  Well written and keeps the reader wanting more.


 I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and 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.”


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Where We Belong



In the year 1892, the principles; that is the manners and customs for Victorian women were strict and their roles were limited.   It was frowned upon for ladies to further their education but for the Hawes sisters, things were different.  Their love for adventure and their search for God's purpose in their lives leads them on an adventure of a lifetime to the Sinai Desert. 

On a quest to find an important biblical manuscript, joined by their butler and ladies maid Kate, the four find themselves on a journey that is dangerous and uncertain; the four travelers find themselves looking back at their past and the events that help shape them into who they are and what brought them to this point in their lives.

Author Lynn Austin has done a wonderful job of research.  She has written this novel from the inspiration taken from the true story of twin sisters Agnes and Margret Smith; who were born in Scotland in 1843.

This novel was a joy to read and hard to put down.  The characters were very easy to relate to and the storyline was fascinating. 

I truly enjoyed every aspect of this story, the determination of the ladies, to the principles they stood up for and their love for God.

This is an exceptional read and anyone who loves historical fiction will truly enjoy this. 

 I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and 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.”

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lies Women Believe







Nacy DeMoss Wolgemuth has written a book that all women can identify with.   Ever since the book was first published, it has helped women defeat the lies that Satan has set before them.  It helps them deal with all aspects of our lives; from forgiveness of sins to marriage, loving ourselves (self-confidence), children dealing with emotions, and even circumstances. 

Ever since Eve was deceived by the serpent in the garden of Eden, Satan knows that women are easily deceived.  Now is the time to break through all those lies that Satan wants us to believe.  WThe reader will learn how to love God, love themselves, their spouses; how to enjoy their marriage, even more, having the freedom to walk in the truth.

This is the updated version of the original "Lies Women Believe"   So you ask why would I want an updated version?  Well for starters, there has been some cultural changes that have occurred since the first edition in 2001.  Social media being one of those.   There are some sexual issues and themes that are addressed in this issue.  Nancy has added a whole new chapter about sexuality and has made some other updated that were needed. 

Nancy has taken the feedback from thousands of women and addressed all that mail, e-mail, and online reviews.  She has used this feedback to clarify and to fine-tune her message and to help express it in a way that is truthful to scripture and relevant to readers in various life circumstances.

I personally like how she illustrates her points by writing sections though Eve's point of view.  It's kind of fun to sneak a peek at Eve's journal and see what Eve may have thought and felt.

There is also a study guide that you can purchase to go alongside this book that you can use in a group or even do by yourself.  Either way book alone or with the guide, this is a book that all women should read.



 I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and 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.”

Monday, February 12, 2018

Phoebe's Light



Phoebe's Light is the first book in suzanne Fisher's Nantucket Legacy.   In this first book, we find our main character Phoebe Starbuck a Quaker on her 18th birthday; September 8th, 1767.  Her father  Barnabas decides it is time to pass along Great Mary's journal.  Great Mary was Pheobe's great-grandmother and was well known for her wisdom. 

Not only excited for her birthday, but the ship Fortuna has arrived in port.  Phoebe has always imagined that she loved older widowed captain and she hopes to finally capture his attention.   When Phoebe runs into the captain he is very interested in Phoebe's birthday gift and wants to read this journal for himself.

Soon Phoebe finds herself married to the captain Phineas Foulger and on a voyage with two things, her great grandmother's journal and a man sent by her father to mind her; Matthew Macy a cooper whom she once loved until he turned away from God.
Pheobe soon finds that life at sea is not the trip she envisioned.  Seasick and disillusioned, she turns to the pages of great-grandmother Mary's journal and she finds a secret that has consequences for everyone on the ship.

This is a book that the reader will find hard to put down.   Full of history and mystery;  the plot takes the readers on many twists and turns and keeps your interest going. 

I truly enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put down.  Anyone who loves historical fiction will love this book.  The author has done her research well and brought this research to life in her novels.  I look forward to the next book in the series  "Minding the Light".

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction.


 I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and 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, January 30, 2018

Warfare Praying




In this updated book, Mark Bubeck teaches us how to recognize who our adversary is, and how to defeat him with spiritual warfare prayer.  this book is a helpful tool that helps the believer to state or vocalize the truth in prayer.  Most of us know the armor of God, and Mr. Bubeck takes us through each one; giving us a guide for victory.   
He shows the reader how to use one of our most powerful weapons; prayer to defeat our enemy.  Mr. Bubeck shows us through praying doctrinal prayers we can overcome anything that our enemy will throw at us. 

In this book, we see Mr. Bubeck's Biblical wisdom, some personal illustrations or stories that come together to show us and teach us about our spiritual warfare.

This book is very insightful and very much worth reading.  We are a huge battle every day.  It surrounds us, we live in a world enclosed in sin.    With our fallen nature, we live encircled by adultery, fornication, uncleanliness, heresies, witchcraft, hatred, inconsistency, emulations, anger, discord, envying, murders, drunkenness, it’s in our faces every day.  Through media, our schools, the internet, movies, television.



This world is Satan’s kingdom.  The world would love to dictate our values and try to pressure us into its mold.  With Mr. Bubeck's book in hand, we can learn how to defeat this enemy and win this battle.

 I highly recommend this book for all believers.

 I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and 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.”

Saturday, January 27, 2018

In Bloom


Most women that I know seem to deal with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy.  In today’s world of advertising, social media we are in a culture that is fueled by makeover shows, celebrities, and advertising that tells us how to dress, how to look and how to live.   Most of the average day to day women have been hurt by the lasting memories of mean girls, or by other events much more wounding to the soul, we can become accustomed by self-doubt that it becomes ingrained to our self-image and thinking.

The focus of this book is to retrain our thoughts and to take another look at who God has created and how much He loves us and because He loves us we can love ourselves.

Kayla Aimee has written a book that many women can relate to.  As you read the book you feel like she has reached into your own life and pulled out hidden feelings that you may not even realize are there, until you think yes, I’ve been there and felt that too.

Kayla Aimee has written a funny story using her own transformation from the self-doubt and inadequacy using examples from her own day to day life.   In this book, she opens the way for women to:

• Identify the deep-seated sources of our assumed inadequacy and replace them with steadfast truths of scriptural affirmation.
• Replace our need for approval with the enduring promise of acceptance.
• Uncover our purpose, unlock our potential, and celebrate the God-given gifts in our unique personality.

This book is for every woman who longs for belonging, they will journey through Kayla’s writing and the biblical promises.  

 What I enjoyed about this book is the fact that the writer is so easy to identify with.  I found myself in many of the examples of her own life that she wrote about and that made it so much easier to understand that I am not the only one dealing with accepting myself and who I am.   

 Any woman dealing with insecurities of any type would really appreciate this book.  It is written by a woman who has been there, written in a warm, friendly way that invites the reader in and makes them feel welcomed.

At the back of the book is a study guide, so that this book can be read and discussed as a group or individually.


I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and 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.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Graciousness





There are times when we have important things to say to other Christians and unbelievers but if we present our message ungraciously, they won’t benefit and our audience may not listen.  Author John Crotts shows us that God cares about how we say things and what we say.  

So many times we hear that we should treat others as we would want to be treated, this applies to sharing our Christians views and when we share God's word.  


 This book is full of great instruction and some good It includes a  Biblical look at graciousness, with a look at positive examples and commands from not only the Bible but some good hypothetical examples that you may find yourself situated.  The author also gives methods for cultivating graciousness in various areas of the Christian life. 


The methods taught in this book can be used at any time we have conversations with others, it is full of good wisdom.

The author was easy to follow, full of scripture and the book didn't take long to read.



I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and 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.