Sunday, September 24, 2017

Becoming Resilient



At some point in our lives, we all will come across some sort of disappointment, hurt, a loss or some tragic event.   But how do we handle it?

What does Resilient mean?  It means to be hardy, strong or tough.  That is hard to do or to be in the times of trouble, tragedy or distress.   Author Donna Gibbs is a licensed professional counselor, who in her book takes the reader through some steps to become resilient.  She shares the secrets of building resilience that will help you in your time of anguish.  She gives hands-on approaches to deal with the things life throws at you, to enable you to move on through the pain and suffering only to come out stronger in the end.
She gives sound, practical advice through the lens of a Christian worldview. 
At the end of each chapter, you will find some “homework” or questions for you to work on which help enable the reader to move on or heal in their grief.


This is a wonderful book for those who just can’t seem to understand why something has happened or seem to be stuck in a period of pain, grief or anguish.

I received this book free from the Author and Revell/Baker Publishing Group.  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.”



Monday, September 18, 2017

These Healing Hills





Francine Howard has her life all planned, she would marry her high school sweetheart when he returned from the war, that was until he sends her a letter announcing his plans to bring home an English bride n 1945. Overwhelmed, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service. Fran heard about the training in Kentucky and went to learn to be a nurse midwife and is taken with the beauty of the hills right away. She had heard about the “hillbillies” where she grew up in Cincinnati but quickly learned the truth about these people who were loyal to their mountains and families and had great common sense and knowledge. Her mother dead set against this tries to dissuade her from going, but Francine had her mind set on going.

Upon her arrival, she meets Woody a local mountain boy who loves to talk.  Through Woody, Francine learns all about his brother Ben who is away fighting in the war.

Affected by the shocks he witnessed at war as a medic, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future masked and uncertain.  As much as he loves his beloved mountains, he's at a loss when it comes to visualizing what's next for his life.

When Francine's and Ben's paths crisscross, it's immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of turning things around and revealing enticing new possibilities.

This is a very captivating read, and teaches the reader much about the mountain life and ways of living off the land., but most of all their dependency on the Lord.
What I really enjoyed the heroine Francine and her ability to adapt and come to love the area that God placed her.  With this, she earned the love and respect of the mountain people as she exerted herself to learn their ways, and to respect their beliefs.



 I received this book free from the Author and Revell/Baker Publishing Group.  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.”

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Captain's Daughter


London 1879

Rosalynn Bernay finds herself in a quandary.  Running from her employment as a lady’s companion, falsely accused of stealing.  Instead of staying and facing her accusers, Rosalyn decides she has nowhere to run but to her sister Julia in Bristol.
As she is at the train station, she realizes that the train to London is the quickest way to escape.
When she arrives at the station in London, a handsome soldier tries to help her when she is met by an unscrupulous man who tries to get her to leave with him but along comes Mrs. Hurdle who offers a room and a meal and the young man is left doubting Rosalynn’s fate.  It isn’t long before Rosalynn realizes that Mrs. Hurdle’s is more than just a boarding house, and she flees into the night.

After a series of situations beyond her control leaves Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater putting on the most popular show in the city.   A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage. That is, if the shadows from her past don't catch up with her.
After a hand injury forces Nate Moran from his army regiment in India, he returns home to London, a place that holds unpleasant memories. He agrees to fill in temporarily as a stagehand while his brother recuperates from a broken leg, but Nate is counting down the days until he can rejoin his regiment. His future is decided--until he meets a beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate yearns to leave behind.
But then he meets the beautiful woman he met at the train station and the story recommences on from there. 
Rosalyn is a strong, intelligent, yet whimsical heroine worth cheering for.   An orphan raised by George Mueller, she has learned to rely upon god and I believe this is what gets her through her ordeals in the novel. 
This novel is truly based on scriptures and the main characters are firm believers, who give us a look into what happens when we truly put all our trust in the Lord our God.

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, August 22, 2017

Apologetics Study Bible For Students



As Christians, we will face times when we will face a time to defend and protect our faith.  young Christians are growing up in a time where these truths are being questioned by society.   This Bible will help them by equipping them in the truths of Scripture by training them with meaningful and hands on responses when the core issues of their faith and life are challenged.   
This Bible covers topics that our youth will come across every day, such as do Christians practice yoga?  Should we get tattoos?  Do Christianity and politics mix?  
Features Include: Presentation page, Book introductions, Study notes, Articles from popular youth leaders and apologists (including editor Sean McDowell), Sixty “Twisted Scripture” explanations for commonly misunderstood passages, Fifty “Bones & Dirt” entries (archaeology meets apologetics), Fifty “Notable Quotes," Twenty-five “Tactics” against common anti-Christian arguments, Twenty “Personal Stories” of how God has worked in real lives, Twenty “Top Five” lists to help remember key apologetics topics, Two-color design-intensive interior, Two-column text, 9.75-point type, Smyth-sewn binding, Ribbon marker, Full-color maps, and more.
 The CSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students features the text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB), which is very easy to read and is as close to the Bible’s original meaning.

  This Bible certainly is for everyone, for those interested in apologetics, in youth ministry or teaching Sunday School, this is the Bible that  helps the teenage, college-age and young adult students in your life grasp Scripture in a way that relates to the cultural issues of the day so that they can impact the people around them.

I enjoyed this Bible very much, the font size is very easy to read, the articles were easy to find.  Not to mention the full-color maps.  It also includes black and white photos throughout.  With its attractive cover and design, this Bible is a winner.


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.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Never Unfriended



Have you ever felt betrayed or let down by a friend?  How about when someone “unfriends” you on Facebook?  Or maybe you just have a hard time making friends?

Author Lisa-Jo Baker takes us into a study of “friendship” and gets down to the “nitty gritty” of relationships, how to manage them and how to grow them.
Lisa- Jo examines all the reasons why relationships work, don’t work and why we may be afraid of them.

This book is for the hurt women, the women who wish they had sisters, women who are the why wasn’t I invited women.

Being in ministry, it helped me understand relationships better, I have seen the cliques, I have heard “We cannot invite them, it would show favoritism”.   I know what it feels like to be “unfriended”.
I also like that the author brings out that inter net has opened a whole bunch of new super highways of opportunities to covet our neighbor’s life with our social media we are able to look into our friends lives deeper and we know when we have been slighted, forgotten, not invited, or even unfriended.
I was also delighted that the author uses Biblical illustrations and verses to get her points across to the reader.
Have you ever felt betrayed or let down by a friend?  How about when someone “unfriends” you on Facebook?  Or maybe you just have a hard time making friends?

Author Lisa-Jo Baker takes us into a study of “friendship” and gets down to the “nitty gritty” of relationships, how to manage them and how to grow them.
Lisa- Jo examines all the reasons why relationships work, don’t work and why we may be afraid of them.

This book is for the hurt women, the women who wish they had sisters, women who are the why wasn’t I invited women.

Being in ministry, it helped me understand relationships better, I have seen the cliques, I have heard “We cannot invite them, it would show favoritism”.   I know what it feels like to be “unfriended”.
I also like that the author brings out that inter net has opened a whole bunch of new super highways of opportunities to covet our neighbor’s life with our social media we are able to look into our friends lives deeper and we know when we have been slighted, forgotten, not invited, or even unfriended.
I was also delighted that the author uses Biblical illustrations and verses to get her points across to the reader.



 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.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fragile Hope



In this novel, we are introduced to Josiah Chamberlin, a well-known marital counselor who has written many books on the subject and his wife Karin, an artist with her own unique line of greeting cards; “Seedlings and Sentiments”.
Josiah is too involved with his own work that he tends to put his profession of  author, speaker and relationship expert over the importance of his marriage.    When we meet Karin, she is at her breaking point with Josiah and her marriage.   The night that she plans to leave her so-called marriage counselor husband, she ends up in a car wreck with her friend and business partner’s husband.

 When Josiah gets to the hospital he finds his wife with major brain injury and pregnant.   Josiah had been told that the possibility of him ever having children was extremely impossible.  So, with his wife in a coma and no one else to fill in the facts, Josiah feels betrayed.
As we continue in the story Josiah examines his own life, the fragility of hope, and learning the strength of love and faith.

This is an amazing book of faith, hope love, and courage.    From the first paragraph to the last, you can feel the hope of reconciliation, the hope of healing, the hope of acceptance, the hope of truth.   It is a book full of energy, one that the reader certainly does not want to put down.

I connected fully with the plot, I felt what all the characters were going through.   I have been in Karin’s place, having my self-gone through brain surgery.  I know how it feels for the family involved, the husband the parents.   I was so encouraged by the thoughts and sentiments that were at the beginning; of each chapter. Such as “Hope does not have an expiration date”. 
I believe that the reader will come away from reading this novel, the lessons of the delicateness and the strength of love; the constant need to nourish and grow our relationships and how important communication is in our lives, especially to those closest to us.

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, August 5, 2017

A Day At The Beach



A devotional that centers around a beach or vacation theme.  This is perfect for those who  crave a day at the beach where your mind and soul can focus on God’s word and take you away from your day to day routine.   Do you long to hear his quiet voice?    A Day at the Beach will help you put the worries and thoughts of the world behind you and brothers Todd and Jedd will help you see that the God who built the universe also wants to help you build a great life. Let these inspiring words bring a ray of warm sunshine to your life  as Todd and Jedd offer their joy-filled viewpoints on life and faith help you, unplug from life’s daily grind, and follow the call of your heart to Jesus, the ultimate source of life

Small and compact so that you can take it anywhere; with a sturdy bright and waterproof cover. 


These devotions are packed full of insightful illustrations that make God’s word come alive.  Anyone can relate to them easily and apply them to their own lives.



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.