Tuesday, August 30, 2016


WHAT DOES GOD REALLY PROMISE? By CAROLYN LARSEN

Every time I read the bible I find myself having so many questions. I might have read  a passage a million times and still didn't quite get the jest of what it was saying. I really like this book because it is easy to understand and answers a lot of questions I have had for many years . Have you ever promised someone something , only to break your promise? God doesn't break promises. There are stories throughout the bible that show us God's promises were always kept. One of the key things this book talks about is God does keep His promises, but He does it on his timing.

Looking for a place to start seeing when God kept His promise? Go to Exodus and be  reminded how He "delivered His people out of slavery in Egypt." Also remind yourself of the times He kept His promises to you. It says "He will never leave us, nor forsake us." He has never broken that promise to me . I know he was there when I was going through tough times. He heard my cries and felt my pain. But He never left me. He stayed with me, protected me and wrapped His arms around me as I whimpered that I would never turn my back on Him. .

Do you remember the promise God made to Noah? He said He would never destroy the world by water again. I love the trust and faith that Noah had. He obeyed God, built an Ark and God promised him his family and the animals would be safe.  I think faith has always been a big question for people. "Faith is believing and trusting in something without absolute proof that the object of your belief is real. " He will test us to see how strong our  faith is. I remember a time when my youngest child was only eighteen months old. He became very ill and started having seizures. He had developed big welts on his body. The hospital staff thought he may have a contagious disease and had us wear masks. They informed us that he was being transported to Children ' Medical Hospital . I was terrified. As I looked as my child, he looked at a chair and started saying Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. I asked him why was he saying that name. He told me because  Jesus was sitting in the room and told my child not to fear, he would be ok.

If only I had that faith. Once we got to the ICU unit in the hospital, he started having seizures again. but I learned through that experience that God was right there and kept His  promise. We took out child home five days later. From that day forward, I knew God loves us, protects us, and always keeps His promises. I encourage everyone to get this book.  If you have questions about Why is it important to go to church? What is the purpose of Sunday School or you want to know what communion is , this book will help you understand, give you scriptures to look up and help you grow spiritually. I love  how the book is straight forward, answers questions in a direct manner with grace and follows up  with stories and scriptures. This would be a great tool for bible study and also when teaching in Children's ministry. I highly recommend this book to anyone with questions that they have been searching answers for.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blogger Program for an honest review.


GRATITUDE A PRAYER and PRAISE COLORING JOURNAL

When I was younger , I liked to color and was always careful to stay in the lines. I couldn't draw at all, but I sure thought I was the champion of coloring. It's funny how things you enjoy as a child is now something adults are doing  as a type of relaxation. This book is a hard cover and very well designed. I always look for  journals when I go to the store. I like to write down scriptures that are meaningful to me or just thoughts of something I heard a pastor speak on.

This book is a treasure. It is a unique way to get into the Word, get a fresh perspective and jot down your thoughts. There are beautifully designed graphics and pictures to color as you journey through the book.  It is a very encouraging book and the prayers in the book are powerful. This would be a great gift to surprise someone with and definitely grab an extra copy for yourself. It is not very long , but it really gets you to thinking and what better way to study the Word. I am taking my time going through the journal and enjoying all the topics it has in the book. It is sure to encourage people and put a smile on faces. Go ahead, grab a copy or two, get those colored pencils ready and dive into your new journal filled with pages where you can relax and enjoy your time with a perfect way to pray, praise and color .

I received a copy of this book from The Tyndale Blogger program for an honest review.

TWO CROSSES by ELIZABETH MUSSER

I have become a huge fan of Elizabeth Musser. She takes a story and captures the time period with such ease. This book was so intriguing I couldn't put it down. I loved the description of France and felt like I had been swept away to witness the story of Gabriella and David.  There is more to the book than just a blossoming relationship as the story also takes us to a scene where a war is raging on. It's the heart of the book and brings intrigue and hidden secrets that will change people's lives.

Gabrielle is a smart young woman with fiery red hair and blue eyes that sparkle in the sun. . She wears a cross around her neck that is very special to her. I loved the intricate description of the cross and could picture it as it hung gracefully around Gabriella's neck. She has come to France in 1961 to further her studies. I loved the beautiful countryside where she stayed and the history of the Algerian war. I am not familiar with this war at all, but with the details that the author wrote , I have become very fascinated by this time period.  I could hear the sounds of war as people screamed .  The author did an excellent job of vividly bringing the war to life with her descriptions. Will anyone be able to survive the horrors of the war?

 The secrets, deceit, intense drama and overall powerful story had me glued to the book. I found David to be quite a charmer.  He is one of Gabriella's teachers and is  drawn to her from the start . Can David be trusted? It was interesting to read the interactions between the two as Gabriella shared her faith with David. As an unbeliever, he really struggled to believe there was such a God who  forgives and loves unconditionally.

When Gabriella learns a secret about her mother, will she turn away from those she trusts? Can she forgive those who kept the secret from her for so long? The story is intense at times and there are times I found myself gasp out loud. What is the connection to the nun who  Gabriella is staying with and David? I loved how we see Gabriella praying and relying on her faith when she sees danger closing in on her. The book is very well written and l loved the  reading about the orphans.  Are they being hidden from someone? I am so glad to know that there are more books that continue the journey of David and Gabriella. Will David be able to find who he is looking for? Can he accept someone he didn't know existed and be able to forgive what happened in his past?

Forgiveness is not just for the offender. You're a victim , and until you forgive , you will always be a victim, locked in your hurt and bitterness. Forgiveness frees."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

Monday, August 29, 2016


JESUS RODE A DONKEY by LINDA SEGER, Th. D.

As the election draws near, voters can find lots of books, magazines and newspaper articles that give readers a lot to consider before casting their vote. I wanted to read and review this book because I like to read everything available before I  cast my vote with confidence. Everyone has their own opinions , and I enjoy reading them . It gives me another way to look at things and perhaps make me see something differently that I would not have before.

It is so true that we are ready to fight when something negative is said about the candidate that we are thinking of voting for. But does  it really accomplish anything? All it really does is cause bitterness and ends up being a nasty race where everyone looks bad. I loved when the author said, "Why are the Seven Deadly Sins so dangerous? Because they hook the basest part of our human nature and drag us into the pit of nastiness." That is such a true statement. Each party  tries to find the nastiest or most embarrassing thing on the other candidate . All it really accomplishes is mistrust and hurt feelings.

We have been given the right to vote anyway we want. I want to make sure I don't throw my vote away, so reading this book helps me to see a point of view I may not  have really studied before. When we were in school, we would study for a test . We wanted to gather all the information we needed  so we could get a good grade. To me it just makes sense to keep an open mind, study the facts, then vote without any regrets. It is time for us to listen to each other and hear all sides to understand the platform of the candidates.

I really liked reading about democracy. The author gave great examples of questions we should ask to find the right solutions. I have always  heard, "You won't know until you ask." Be informed, ask the questions and study the answers . That is what we need to do to truly make a decision. The author makes a great point about sensitive subjects like homosexuality. "Evidence shows that the presence of a gay person or relationship has no effect on someone else's relationship, in the same way that my neighbors' divorce has no effect on my marriage."  To me is is simple. We are not to judge. What I really like about this book is that we each want to make the right choice in the upcoming election. I want to open minded and listen to everything , not be judgmental and remember that everyone has a right to their opinion. It does  more harm to argue and criticize then to just be quiet and listen with a pure heart .

At the end of the book, the author has provided a study guide . I loved how it was written and really showed me I need to do some homework. Their are scriptures provided that go along with the questions being asked. I want to thank the author for writing a book that helps me see different viewpoints and does  it with grace and compassion.

"If we learn to discern the log in our own eye, and are willing to admit that we might be wrong, certainly that ability can lead us also to to discerning where Truth and Light reside."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

Sunday, August 28, 2016


THE WITNESSES by ROBERT WHITLOW

I have always been a huge fan of Robert Whitlow. Each of his books keep my attention and always has a fascinating  storyline. This book is no exception. I love reading about World War II. The author does  a great job of describing the horrors of that war. We meet Franz Haus at the beginning of the book. He is a captain in the German Army. He has an uncanny gift that proves very valuable to the General . As he realizes his gift is both powerful and special, it can also be dangerous for some. Franz decides to leave and heads to Switzerland. I loved how he became friends with a fisherman and later used that trade when he finally ended up in America. Do you think anyone will look for Franz? He was quite valuable but will he be seen as a traitor? What secrets does he know?

The story moves seamlessly through World War II to present day where we meet Franz's grandson. I thought it was interesting that Franz has changed his name to Frank House  now. He must be hiding from someone. His grandson , Parker is a trial lawyer and is doing well for  himself. I found his character to be likeable and sure of himself. One day he discovers that he has the same ability that his grandfather has. Could this be  an advantage for him at his job? Will it bring danger to him or prevent tragedies from happening? You will have to read this amazing story to find out what gift they both have.

There is a love interest in the story for Parker. Layla to me was a distraction for Parker and I'm not sure I was rooting for them to get together. She sure had a lot going on in her life, but when you are in love, you look past those problems and hopefully are able to build a lasting relationship. Will they find true love?

The story moves at a great pace and readers will not be disappointed by the scenes involving a trial. It is very dramatic, high volume action that really kept me guessing. I loved how the story was like a puzzle. You find that first piece and you begin to get an  adrenaline rush. As Frank's past start to catch up with him, another piece of the puzzle is added. A potential employer for Parker seems quite interested in  him and Frank and their shared gift. One more piece of the puzzle slides mysteriously into place. The intrigue , history , kidnapping, explosive trial all add up to a story that is action packed and filled with faith and trust. The ending was good and I can't wait to read Mr. Whitlow' s next book.

"One of the biggest mistakes of my life was misusing the gift God gave me. "

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild for an honest review.






Saturday, August 27, 2016


LAVISH GRACE by KATHY HOWARD

If only I could fully accept the grace that got gives me, I could be free from so many things.  How many of us have whispered those words allowed? With this book, I have had the privilege to not only study about grace but to be taken into a deeper understanding of grace. I love the way this book is set up. It is easy to read and really has helped me.

The book is  a nine week study where we follow Paul as he experiences and teaches on grace. I sat down in my quiet place and began a journey that has not been completed yet. I wanted to rush through it, but I knew I would miss what God wanted me to absorb. It is funny how I have always thought,  why does that person always seem to get a pass on things they are doing wrong? Ok so I found myself being judgmental and oh so jealous of others. I can have that same grace if only I would open my heart to receive it. I love the depth the study goes into and especially like the activities at the end of each chapter .

Oh how I loved this passage in the book, "The Heavenly Father draws us to the Cross of Christ because there-and only there-can His grace be applied. " To be at the foot of the cross and experience the true grace poured upon me is something I desire and want to fully understand. Can you see The Heavenly Father as He reaches down to say, " My child I have loved you always. Your sins are forgiven and my grace surrounds you? Yes that's the kind of relationship I want to have with God. The authors illustrations throughout the book are very eye opening and really gives readers a clearer understanding of how much He loves us.

I continue to grow spiritually everyday and this study has really helped me in my walk. I have always thought of myself as unloved and not worthy of His grace and mercy. I can see now how my thinking has held me back from so many opportunities to share his word. I have received His grace many times, but didn't really acknowledge it. How many times have we had the chance to give grave to someone, but instead was to  prideful? In our everyday walk, we encounter people who may not drive fast enough for us, are slow to move down an aisle at the grocery store or talk so much you want to pull your hair out. Wouldn't it be nice if we took the time to say hi  to that person who walked slower than we did? What if we sat and listened to that person and gave our undivided attention to them?"

I'm thankful that I was able to read this very powerful book. It has opened my eyes to areas in my life I need to work on. I will continue my journey with this book knowing that His grace is enough.

"Our Gracious God never wastes a trial He permits to enter our lives. If we cooperate, He will use every difficulty , heartache , and hardship for our good and His glory."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

A PROMISE IN DEFIANCE by HEATHER BLANTON

I really enjoyed this third installment in the Romance in the Rockies series. After reading the first two , I was very anxious to see what would happen next in Defiance. The author has once again given readers a story that flows easily and has many surprises in it. The characters were amazingly well developed.   It was nice to be able to revisit some of the characters from the first two books.

Is it true that anyone can change? Does God forgive everyone? This book does  a great job of examining those questions with a riveting story that is at times heartbreaking and sad. I must mention Delilah as one of my favorite characters. I loved how the author handled her journey as a woman who had been hurt in the past and turned her back on anything good. She reminds me of someone who wants so desperately to be loved, but chooses to follow a dark path to destruction. She is greedy and has revenge on her mind and doesn't care who gets hurt.  What happens when someone from her past comes to Defiance?

The town reminds me of the old west where saloons were filled with smoke, men gambling , drinking and ladies walking around trying to catch the eye of one of them. I thought about the show Gunsmoke. Just like in Gunsmoke, Defiance has its unsavory characters but the law is there to protect the people of the town. The town is growing and trying to make a place where everyone feels safe and welcomed.

I enjoyed the footnotes at the bottom of some of the pages. It gave readers a glimpse of the past and really added to the story. The story is filled with subjects like survival, grace, mercy and forgiveness. It also touches on how some people in the old west didn't care for Native Americans. I'm glad that was included because it was a vital part of history. I am part Native American and have always been interested in their stories. I haven't mentioned a lot of the characters in this book because I don't want to give anything away. Thank you for writing such an emotional story that had me on the edge of my seat. The ending is explosive and quite surprising. I will say that it leaves you with a clear understanding of grave, forgiveness , mercy and unconditional love.

"Grace is not an excuse to sin, but it is His  love in action."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


FAMILY PRAYER MADE EASY by TERESA J. HERBIC

What a great book to use as you have family prayer time. I love the way the author has set up each day. It starts with a little prayer and reinforces it with scripture. I love the book  because it helps the entire family read the Word together .  There are different subjects you can prayer about and even has scriptures for holidays and how you can pray for that particular day. The author also includes a story that is very encouraging and gives us a glimpse into her family life and friends. We live in a society where everything is rushed and an urgency to get tasks completed.  Now is the time to take back some of the time that the  enemy has stolen and begin a prayer night  with your family.

I know prayer is powerful and I know it works. We just need to discipline ourselves to make prayer time with our family a priority. I love the different options the book gives for interactive prayer time. The book is easy to understand and gives lots of examples of prayers and activities to build on your prayer time. Families need to be strong , stand together and pray for each other. Through this wonderful book you can lead your children to be more bold in their prayer life. It is a great way to build a stronger relationship with your children and allow them to share what is on their heart.  I love to see a young person praying for someone. It is very powerful to watch and reminds me of "The faith of a child."

After you have completed the ten devotionals with your family, the author has included "100 More Simple Ideas For Family or Group Prayer." There are so many diverse ideas that really encourage readers to extend prayer time by doing things like bring a bible night or family reading night. This is so exciting to read about and I'm encouraged to instill this in my home.

My youngest one is sixteen and the only sibling still at home. We were discussing prayer the other night. I was a bit anxious about a medical test I was going to have done. We started talking and without blinking an eye, my hands were grabbed and my wonderful child started praying for me. I was overwhelmed with joy and tears. We have taught our children how important prayer is and to pray for  each other daily. It was a humbling experience to hear my child prayer with confidence over me. After reading through this book I am excited to start implementing this very well written book into our daily family time.

"The Lord cherishes our focus on prayer , especially when we do so as a family."

I received this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.


AWAKEN by TERRY NANCE

I picked up this book and started reading and right away I loved what the author was speaking . The beginning is very powerful and encouraging. . As leaders we have a great responsibility to "follow Jesus which will release destiny in others." The choice we need to make is are we going to be good examples for those who are following us? Leaders need to be encouraging and always speaking life into those they are mentoring . I have heard this said many times, "You can only go as far as your leader will take you." I have never forgetten that. Being  in leadership made me more accountable to God and I took that  seriously. I wanted my life to be pure and without blemish. How can we be examples if we are doing things that are not honoring God?

It is easy for a leader to say words that might discourage a young person not to pursue leadership. But guess what? We will have to answer to God about those that we discouraged. I don't want to go before God and be asked, "Why did you not  train that young person to be a leader? Why did you turn him or her away from Me? We need to start encouraging the youth to listen to their calling. If they hear that they should be on the Praise and Worship team, then take them to the leader and allow the Holy Spirit to begin working.

I loved when the author said, "God is not going to open doors until you get up and do something." That is so true. It's like your teen saying he wants a job. The job isn't going to come to them. They need to go out and pursue a job. The author really encourages us to find out what we are passionate about. I knew I had a passion for children. I loved being around them and I loved to talk to them about  Jesus. Then it hit me one day, so this is my ministry that  I've been called to. I loved every minute I was allowed to minister to the children in the church. I loved watching them grow in the word. But the most rewarding thing to me was the privilege of being  able  to mentor to some of them to be youth leaders, be in the Praise and Worship Team and others who wanted to stay with me and minister to the children.

If you have youth that are showing a desire to be a leader , encourage them, and pray for them. The enemy is right there waiting for a way to slip in and cause havoc in their life or discourage them. Surround them with Godly people and help to keep their eyes focused on God and their calling.

The book is such a valuable tool for the younger and new believers to keep their focus clear, and to guide them to what the word says. It is a very uplifting and valuable tool  to those who read the book. You can't help but feel energized and ready to see what God has in store for you. New believers need to find someone they can be accountable to. This helps them in their walk and will keep them covered in prayer. I'm excited as I read this great book. Raise up  young people and new believers. God is ready to show you your desires and help you fulfill your destiny.

"How exciting to know and understand that God saw you as a choice vessel and handpicked you to be His servant."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest recview.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


SOZO A JOURNEY WITH THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT by DAWNA DeSILVA and TERESA LIEBSCHER

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but I found it to be very informative and helpful. Some of us have things from our past that we have not been healed from. We all want to be free and live a life that honors God. When we have something from our past that is holding  us back, we need to seek God  for  help. Sozo is built on strong connections and with the tools they offer we can have a true relationship with The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost. I loved when the authors  said, "An important purpose of our lives is to bring light and influence others ." It is hard to do that if we are held back by things that cause turmoil in our lives.

I enjoyed reading each chapter and taking notes. I was pleasantly surprised to see at the end of each chapter were discussion questions . This really helped me to understand what I had just read and opened my heart to receive His word more clearly. Each of us have different things we have to overcome . I often wonder when will I be ready to let go and be free  from my past? It is a very scary thing for me to take that first step. After reading this, "Even the most difficult situations can be opportunities for breakthrough" I realized that I didn't get this book by accident. I believe that God is slowly opening the door for my healing. Reading a  book like this is like the door is barely open, I'm ready to receive His healing , but there is more work to do.

Thank you for writing a book that is encouraging, shows us how to forgive, let go of our past and be set free from lies we have believed. This is a book that will be a daily tool for me. I want to understand the process of being delivered more clearly and I know this book is a step in that direction.

"Healing happens because those hungry enough to seek it out are brave enough to confront their fears. "

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.







Tuesday, August 23, 2016


GOD'S FEMINIST MOVENENT by AMBER PICOTA

I really did enjoy reading this book. It helps you to understand what "God's  Feminist Movement" is really about. It is not about putting men down, but instead empowering men and women to rise up to be leaders and work together. I loved her talking about tattoos. I have a tattoo as well, and when I tell people they act like I have committed some horrible sin. The verse that many refer to about tattoos is in Leviticus 19:28. It talks about not making any cuts on your body or make tattoo marks on yourselves. But the author really explained the verse so clear. That verse is referring to a a Mosaic Covenant which we are not a part of.


I found it very interesting when the author spoke about women in leadership . Growing up I always heard that women were not to speak in church or have any type  of leadership role.  My dad was a pastor and he always said that women have no place in leadership in a church. It is true that there are people who can misinterpret a scripture to fit their beliefs. The best  thing to do if you aren't sure about a scripture is to study it and go to a leader that you trust to help you understand it . I always remember hearing "If someone preaches something that cannot be backed up by scripture, then it is not biblical." I have always  remembered that and when I'm not sure about something I look it up in the bible.

There are great stories through the bible that show when women took the lead. I loved the examples the author used and made me look at the stories a different way. It's funny how you can read something over and over again, then one day you see it a different way. I have learned since being in leadership in church, that you must always put your family first before your ministry. There was a time I didn't and God got my attention.

I loved how encouraging the author is by reminding us that we are beautiful. God thinks we are beautiful and guess what, He also loves the person you may have had a problem with. One of the most profound things the author says in the book is about a husband and a wife. It is true that we each have different talents. When they come together and minister as a team they should both be Christlike. We want to resemble Jesus and be His hands and feet. We each have a calling on our lives . No one said it would be easy and I have found that some people don't think I heard from God, but I know what He says to me and I'm there to follow Him.

"Dance on, my beautiful friend , and enjoy the melody of His grace."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.


THE POWER OF RIGHT THINKING by KERRY KIRKWOOD

As soon as I saw this title, I knew I had to read it. I am one of the worst people when it comes to negative thoughts, worry and anxiety. I know the Word, but I allow the enemy to whisper thoughts that are not of God. Right from the beginning the book started speaking to me. We need to have thoughts of blessings for others . "It is thinking the way God thinks about ourselves and others." I have struggled all my life with self-esteem and trying to be accepted. What I forgot to do, though, was remind myself that God loves me and Not to listen to the ugly words that satan tries to convince me I am.

The book is very detailed and has many scriptures that reinforce what the author is saying. I sure needed this book. I have been living in a shadow of what my parents thought of me for years. I carried that on into my adult life. I always wondered why I have a hard time trusting , understanding love and being accepted. Well it looks like the enemy has had a grand time convincing me that I am unloved, not wanted and to never trust anyone. This book has redirected my thought process to begin to clearly hear God's voice and to write His word on my heart daily.

I really enjoyed the part about how you see yourself at the end of the book. That made me really stop, close the book and ask myself the question. My thoughts weren't  inspiring at all. See,  I still have those words that my parents said to me everyday still captive in my mind. I was told that I was stupid and would never amount to anything. They also said they hated me everyday. So how do I see myself now? I see myself as a confidant , faith filled woman of God who has a purpose. I am a work in progress and I encourage each of you to read this book with an open heart and let God's words transform your thinking.

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.


HEAVEN DECLARES by HAKEEM COLLINS

This is a must have book for anyone wanting to go deeper in the Word. I love how the book is set up with a scripture to start your study. Next is a very encouraging word that seems just for me on the day I read it. The book is very easy to read and has scriptures at the bottom of each page to go deeper and become more in tuned  with the Word. After I reflect on the bible scriptures , the author has provided a prayer for the day. What really encourages me and gets me excited is the prophetic decree for each day. When I say the decree aloud after my bible study , I feel refreshed, renewed and ready for what  lays ahead  for the day.

I love the way it is set up and it's something you can use over and over again. I loved when the author said, " God gives us our purpose and defined it through us, but our ultimate destination of fulfilling our purpose is determined by our decisions through our decrees." Once we say something it is out there; we can't take it back. I'm glad I had the chance to review this book . It is powerful and so enriching to read. This book is one I will be using in my daily life. It is a ninety day study , but can be used as a yearly devotional. Thank you for writing a book that reinforces God's word and helps me to become stronger and gain deeper faith.

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


BATTERED HOPE by CAROL GRAHAM

From the beginning pages my adrenaline was high as I began to read an unforgettable story of pain, loss, hurt, deceit, faith , trust, forgiveness and survival. I thought about Job in the bible. It seemed like the more he went through , the more he lost and  the more his faith grew. That statement can be said for Carol and her husband. As you read her story you may wonder how could they survive all they had to endure? The simple answer is their faith and trust in God.

She talked about her first husband Joe who she thought would be the perfect husband. The further into her marriage she got, the more she saw what kind of person Joe really was. The horrible mind games, and other unspeakable acts he did to Carol broke my heart. How can someone you think loves you do such demeaning things to you? Being in a controlling relationship is difficult and hard to get away from. What if your spouse forbid you to go to your mother's funeral? I could feel the despair Carol was having as she decided that she had to get out of her marriage. Will she be safe once she is divorced from him?

When Carol met her new husband Paul, she thought everything was going to be good now. But life has a way of changing things . They both had fathers that were pastors and they shared a strong belief in God. Trusting  someone can be difficult at times.  They  became partners with someone in the diamond business. I can't imagine the pain they felt when they realized their partner had swindled them. How do you go on when you have lost everything?

I especially liked the part about Paul hearing from God speaking words that protected him from harm. Do we dismiss God when He  speaks to us? As I got deeper into the story I realized just how true it is that "God will never leave  you nor forsake you." There is a great lesson about forgiveness throughout the book. What would it feel like to go to your pastor and ask for forgiveness , and their response is, "We don't forgive you?" That hit home for me as I have experienced that very thing. When we ask to be forgiven and the person chooses not to, then that is on them. It took me awhile to understand that but it was a painful but needed lesson for me.

The book is filled with many trials that could make any of us give up, but I loved Carol and Paul's unwavering faith. Though at times hopelessness could sneak in, they overcame every obstacle . Sometimes I wondered how much more could they endure? It is a powerful book that encourages each of us to never give up, hold strong to your faith and trust that God has a destiny for you.

"You must be an extraordinary purpose for your lives and someday you will understand. I know you will help a lot of people who will draw strength from your experiences. You, too, will be stronger for having survived and it will help you as you go through life."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


DEADLY ENCOUNTER by DIANN MILLS

I love  a book that grabs your attention right from the start. This incredible high charged book starts with the discovery of a dead body on the outskirts of Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. It is discovered by Stacey who is a veterinarian and volunteer Airport Ranger. I have to say I really liked finding out about the Airport Ranger program. It was described very well and is a much needed addition to airport security.

As Stacey is calling 911 for help what other things are by the man's body? Those two items are at the core of the story. Why was the man killed? Could this have been a foiled domestic terrorist threat? When Agent Alex LeBlanc arrives with his partner to ask Stacey questions, there is definitely a little animosity between the two . Alex is tough as nails and has a hard time trusting people . Stacey is upset that she is even considered a suspect. I loved the gradual attraction between these two. It was not rushed and there certainly were some bumpy roads  between them. The mystery and threat surrounding what was found at the scene is exceptionally written. It had some twists in the story that was quite surprising.

I don't want to forget someone who was very important in this story. Whitt is a young boy who works with Stacey at her clinic. He is intelligent beyond his years, but has a very unsafe  environment to live in. His parents are horrible and Stacey has grown to care for this young man. What will she do to get him out of his dangerous environment? The book  is an edge of your seat non stop action story with characters who are out to harm others, trying to learn who to trust and a plot that could do harm to many. Stacey is at the center of this explosive story as it becomes evident that her life is in danger. Can Alex and the FBI stop the threat before it is to late? Will Whitt every be able to reconcile with his parents?

I loved the details of Houston and knew many areas the author talked about which helped me visualize the destination of the story. I was thrilled to read about Hooks Airport in Tomball, Tx. I know it's location well. I appreciate an author who can write about places that are familiar to some and really bring them to life. I loved the mystery that the FBI had to solve and I learned something about diseases that dogs   can carry that could be harmful to humans. Overall it is a exceptional book with  top notch action, surprises throughout the story and a lesson in faith and forgiveness. Each book the author writes gets more intense, better developed and keeps readers glued to the story. It is a hard book to put down once you start reading it. I suggest you get comfortable and dive into the latest book from a very gifted author.

"Those we love who hurt us shouldn't be despised because then we become imprisoned by the chains of hate."

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blogger Program for an honest review.

Sunday, August 14, 2016


EDEN HILL by BILL HIGGS

The story is set in the early 1960s in a small town called Eden Hill, Kentucky. I loved the description of the town as it made me think of Mayberry. People were nice, women went to get their hair done at the local beauty shop and the men loved to go fishing. There was one gas station in town owned by Virgil T. Osgood. He is very hard working and is  diligent about providing for his family. I loved how the author showed the struggle Virgil had with making sure his wife was happy. He didn't realize she was unhappy and when he found out, he really did a great job showing her how important she is to him. Do we sometimes take people for granted?

Sometimes small towns don't stay small and It looks like a new gas station is being built across the street from Virgil's. The gossip in the town has started as a new sign has been place at the land across from the only gas station in town. What gas  company is coming to town? Will it put Virgil out if business? I really liked when a character said this; " give the customer what he desires and he will patronize your establishment."  I especially liked Mavine who is Virgil's wife. She is a stay at home mom. I loved  her sweet character and the way she cared for her family and their needs.

The story has several characters that add a great depth to the community. Who are the couple that has moved in on the land across from Virgil's gas station? Will they be welcomed? It is an  emotional, funny and exciting book. I have to mention the Reverend Eugene Caudill . He is a breath of fresh air and his faith and dedication to the town is very evident. But with most churches there is always that one person who seems to have to point out all the things the Reverend should and should not be doing. Madeline Crutcher tells him, "You must convict the sinner of their sin." His reply is priceless. " Convicting sinners isn't my job. Preaching the gospel and serving the Lord is my job." I wonder how many of us are guilty of telling our pastor what he should be doing? Have we been guilty of judging others?

The story is well written and flows very smoothly. The town is small but they all seem to pull together when someone is in need. There is also an issue going on in town about race. It seems that some people have trouble accepting those with different colored skin. It's funny that in the sixties that was a big problem, yet today we are still no closer to accepting each other. I loved the story and felt like I was right there in the town visiting with neighbors, attending church and enjoying family meals. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great story of small town living with caring neighbors and faith that abounds throughout the town.

"People aren't meant to be fixed; people are meant to be loved."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network and Tyndale Blogger Program for an honest review.

Friday, August 12, 2016


DEATHWATCH by V. B. TENERY

I am a big fan of WWII books especially when they have espionage in them. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the story takes readers to different areas such as London, France and North Africa. I felt like I was able to travel with the characters as their adventure began with a well developed story. I love when an author goes into details about a historical time and makes the story come to life. I got me a cup of hot chocolate with peppermint creamer and sat back ready to visit these faraway places.

The first thing I found out was there were code breakers for  Britain. They were extremely intelligent and highly trained. They knew they had dangerous information and took precautions to keep the secrets safe. I loved how the author really gave a vivid description of these hard working behind the scenes workers.

Sometimes you can do everything possible to keep yourself safe from the enemy but unfortunately Jacky Vidal was not lucky enough to fight off her attackers. What  did she know that someone was willing to kill for? Her friend Grace Sullivan discovers Jacky and knows her own life is now in danger. Grey M16 agent Commander among other high ranking officials have come to investigate the death. They have even called in Scotland Yard so this must be a serious threat to the world. When Grace and Grey meet I loved their  interactions. Grace is a fiesty woman who does not care to be treated like an uneducated woman. Grey better look out. I think he is going to have his hands full with her.

The information that is so secretive could be catastrophic if it got into the hands of Hither.  As devious as he is that could could damage England by not having information on troop and ship movements. That could be devastating for them and lives could be lost. What if Hitler  decides to change the code and send out false information? Could he start a war that was based on lies? The race is in to find the killer and to stop any information being leaked to the enemy.

As a side note I have to mention the breakfast that Grey and Grace had. The mere mention of spam sent me back to my childhood. I can remember having fried spam sandwiches for lunch. I grew tired of them but after reading the  book, I went to the store and bought a can of spam. Thank you for that memory which I had almost forgotten about.

As we get deeper into the story it becomes apparent that Grace's life is in dire danger. Can Grey keep her safe? Will they be able to find the killer before it is to late? Did Jacky divulge any secrets before her death? The story is well written with a look into war and the dangers it involves. I was a bit surprised at the killer but that just makes the story more intriguing. The story is action packed and the characters are well developed and add intrigue to the story. The question is who can Grey trust while trying to keep Grace  alive? Get ready for an adventure that will take you to different places, danger lurks at every corner and trust and faith must be relied on to survive.

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

I am excited that I was able to receive this book. It is just what I have been looking for. I often wonder what certain words mean in Hebrew . This book is a great devotional book that will take you through 90 different words or phrases  of intense study . I loved all the different words and their meanings. They were easy to understand and made me want to dig further. I love eagles and I especially like Isaiah 40:31, " But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength ; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. " I loved how the author broke down the scripture and made it easier to understand the full meaning. When the scripture mentioned " mounting up as..." "We bind ourselves to God, we will not only "renew" our strength" but we will also "mount up with wings as eagles."

The chapter goes on to explain more about the eagle that was fascinating to me. I am honored to have this book and will use it frequently as I do bible studies to help me get a clearer picture of what scriptures or words are saying. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to do an in depth study on the meaning of words. It is a wonderful  addition to have as you spend time in the Word.

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

SAVING THE MARQUISE's GRANDDAUGHTER by CARRIE FANCETT PAGELS

Exquisite , breathtaking, faith filled, and masterfully written is how I will begin my review. I have been swept away to a time in 1742 where religious wars were raging. How ironic that we still seem to have that same problem even today? The story sweeps through history with gracefulness and kept me so involved in the story I couldn't put it down.

Suzanne is a beautiful French woman with noble blood  who must hide that she is a Protestant. She is in extreme danger when her father is captured and must flee her home for a safer place. I can't image the fear, and anxiety she was faced with. She knew she had to leave the home she loved so much and the family she felt safe with. Her determination to seek a new place was well written and I could feel her inner strength. The author has done an amazing job of developing Suzanne and brought her to life with her vivid display of words. I felt her agony as she fled  and her hopeless as she tried to keep her faith strong.

Suzanne meets Johan who seems to be the answer to prayer. He is very strong and his faith is steadfast. He sees that Suzanne is desperate to seek a new place to go for safety. Will he be able to keep her safe? Can Suzanne trust this man she barely knows? I loved the journey they take as they travel to a faraway land.  The boat they find themselves on was described with great depth. I could feel the boat as it rocked back and forth. There were many people on the boat all looking for a new start. Will they all survive the dangers of the sea?

The book is filled with a beautiful historical background that takes readers on a journey through a time when survival was hard and faith was strong. I loved how the author had her character's rely on their faith and prayed for guidance and help. Freedom is something we sometimes take for granted. Will Suzanne and Johan find freedom? I loved this story that covered deceit, trust, faith and freedom.

"Don't worry,  God has a plan for you."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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Noreen Hirsch loses everything including her husband and two sons. Then her adopted country goes to war with her homeland. Has God abandoned her?
Rosa Hirsch barely adjusts to being a bride before she is widowed. She gives up her citizenship to accompany her mother-in-law to her home country. Can Rosa find acceptance among strangers who hate her belligerent nation?
Basil Quincey is rich beyond his wildest dreams, but loneliness stalks him. Can he find a woman who loves him and not his money?
Three people. One God who can raise hope from the ashes of despair.

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linda-eA freelance writer for over ten years, Linda Shenton Matchett has had a wide and varied career that includes stints as a Human Resources professional, youth center director, B&B owner, and dining services manager. She loves history of all kinds, and serves as a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII. A member of Sisters in Crime and ACFW, Linda writes World War II and mystery fiction. She was a semi-finalist in ACFW’s 2013 and 2015 Genesis contests. She makes her home in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region with her husband Wes and fur-baby, Ben.

Guest Post from Linda Shenton Matchett

I’ve been scribbling since I was a child. One of my favorite memories is about the weekly “newspaper” I published when I was about seven or eight years old. Written on three-ring-binder paper, it included a weather report (complete with “graphics”), an editorial, letters to the editor, and lots of articles-most of which make no sense when I read them now! The newspaper didn’t last long, but I continued to write stories until I graduated from high school. Then it was on to college and my “real life.”
Fast forward nearly twenty-five years. My husband and I were fleeing the rat-race known as Washington, DC for a small village in New Hampshire to purchase a bed and breakfast, and I decided to journal about the experience. My first entry was made while we pulled out of the driveway. As I filled my diary, I remembered the joy that writing gave me. After we got settled in NH, I decided to try my hand at writing for publication. I found some freelance opportunities, and my articles were published in various magazines.
But fiction was still calling my name.
It took about a year, but I finished a historical novel about a young woman who leaves her home to become a Harvey Girl. I thought it was brilliant (it was not) and hurried it off to a Christian publisher. It was rejected. And rejected. And rejected. Fortunately one of the rejection letters offered some practical advice. The editor said the manuscript showed promise, but I had a lot to learn as a writer. She suggested I attend writing conferences and join a critique group.
I found a group of other Christian writers, then searched for a conference. The Crimebake Mystery Conference is sponsored by Sisters in Crime New England and Mystery Writers of America and located about two hours from my home. I wasn’t writing mystery stories at that point, but figured a lot of the information must be transferrable. Besides, the conference was driving distance and very affordable. What could I lose?
As an unpublished author, I felt like an imposter at first. But I was quickly enveloped by authors (published and unpublished), editors, and agents, and made to feel at ease. The workshops were jam-packed with information, and I filled page after page in my notebook.
Hungry to learn more, I signed up for Jerry Jenkin’s Christian Writers Guild course and was paired with Eva Marie Everson. An excellent mentor, she helped me improve my writing by leaps and bounds. I also continued to attend the annual Crimebake conferences. In 2010, I was selected to attend a three day writers retreat with authors Hallie Ephron, Roberta Islieb, and Susan Hubbard. I received one-on-one critique and instruction from each of them. It was an unforgettable experience.
By 2014, I finally completed the manuscript, Under Fire, I had started as my Christian Writers Guild assignment. What an accomplishment! I worked with freelance editor Janice Elsheimer to polish the book, and she made me realize it was time to bite the bullet and submit the manuscript to a publisher or agent. Since I was headed to the ACFW conference that year, I signed up for two agent pitches. Gulp! I was going to do this in person!
I was a nervous wreck, but both agents were gracious and calming. One didn’t care for what she read. The other agent loved everything that the first agent disliked. She requested a full manuscript. Ultimately it was not a fit for her, but I had made it over the hurdle of preparing my one sheet and making a pitch. Meanwhile, I wrote two sequels to complete the trilogy. Under Fire is currently under consideration at a traditional publisher.
Last year, members of my group blog (StitchesThruTime.Blogspot.com) decided to put together a collection of novellas. Over the years, I have toyed with the idea of writing a fictionalized account of a Bible story. I did a significant amount of research about Priscilla and Aquila, but never felt led to put pen to paper. So, the story idea simmered on the back burner. I realized the novella project was the perfect opportunity to pursue that idea. But instead of Priscilla’s story, I decided to write about Ruth and her relationship to Naomi.
Writers are told to write what we know, but I believe we should also write what we don’t know so we can learn. I had a very special relationship with my mother-in-law until she passed away from cancer in 1999. I wanted to capture that in a story. I also wanted to explore what it would be like to leave everyone and everything you know to go to a foreign land. I grew up moving a lot, and I considered it an adventure. My husband grew up moving a lot, but considered it a nightmare. I wanted to explore that aspect of Ruth’s story. I thought that World War II was the perfect era to combine these themes. The result is Love’s Harvest. It features German-born Rosa and Englishwoman Noreen.
One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not calamity, to give you a future and a hope.” The story of Ruth is a perfect example of this. She and Naomi experienced terrible tragedies, yet in the end both women were blessed, and God was glorified. Sometimes it is hard to see “the forest for the trees” when something awful is happening to us or our loved ones. My hope is that readers will be able to relate to Rosa and Noreen, and learn how God takes care of us even when we don’t realize it.

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What would you do if you suddenly had to leave your country and travel to a foreign land? As Noreen faces this new adventure, tragedy strikes. Will she be able to overcome the hurt and heartache? The author did a great job describing the struggles people faced as Hitler ruled over their land. When it seems impossible to stay in Germany , Noreen and her daughter-in-law travel to England.

It is refreshing to read a book that focuses on God and how we are sometimes not satisfied with what we have. "God doesn't always  give us the answer we expect ." The book is beautifully written about survival, trust, hope and faith. The characters were developed with ease and I didn't want to put the book down. I felt the hurt when Rosa was treated badly for being German and living in England. What must it be like to be treated with hate because you are different from others? The emotions felt so real I felt like I was there watching Rosa as tears slipped down her face.

I love historical fiction that retells a biblical story. The author has done an exceptional job of bringing a wonderful story from the bible and with her words made the story come to life. I could see the women  working in the fields and their faces as they tried to work faster. Thank you for a story that is filled with faith and honor.

"God gives to whom he wishes. It is our job to accept it with joy and thankfulness and to share it with others."

I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit for an honest review.

Blog Stops

August 7: A Greater Yes
August 9: Sharon R Paavola
August 10: Texas Book-aholic
August 11: Pause for Tales
August 13: Karen’s Krayons
August 14: Donna’s BookShelf
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016


BLUEBERRY CUPCAKE MYSTERY by NAOMI MILLER

Welcome to the cozy mystery world Naomi Miller. Her first book in the Amish Sweet Shop
Mysteries is terrific. I loved the description of the bakery. You could almost smell the delicious pastries and feel welcomed as you walk in. Katie is a great character with a big heart and faith in the Lord. I loved how there were scriptures and prayers throughout the book. When Katie discovers that something horrible has happened at the bakery she is quite upset. Who could have done all the damage? Is there a thief in the community  or maybe an unhappy customer?

The story is short but it sure is filled with delightful characters. I absolutely adored Mrs. Simpkins. She is the owner of the bakery and has a very forgiving heart. The author showed how important it is to forgive and extend a gracious hand to a very needy family. The story is light, happy and overall makes the reader smile. It is a very clean book with a theme that we deal with all the time. How easy is it to forgive someone that has hurt you or your property? Could you reach out and help them or turn your back on them? The story is set in Amish country but introduces us to an English family. Would it be hard to help someone from a different culture? I loved the exquisite writing and the powerful message the book delivered. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in this wonderful series.

"It is not my place to judge anyone."

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Monday, August 8, 2016


SEARCHING FOR ETERNITY by ELIZABETH MUSSER



After reading this emotional book I very quietly sat and closed my eyes. I wanted to savor every word I had read, feel every emotion that the characters felt and think about the rich history that was scattered throughout the book. I loved the characters and their passion for what was right and wrong. It is not easy being "different" but the author wrote such a stirring  and lovely story I cried at times.

Emile de Bonnery has just discovered that he is leaving France with his mother and traveling to America. There is a big secret about his father. What is his mother hiding about his father? Emile does  not want to leave France, but he has no choice. I loved his French grandmother and you could feel her heart breaking as Emile and his mother leave.

The author does an amazing job of taking the characters on a journey through history starting in the 1960s. Emile is really in for a shock when he arrives in Atlanta. They arrive at his grandmother's house unannounced. I can't imagine what his American grandmother  must of thought when she opened the door. She had not spoken to her daughter in a very long time. I loved the scenes where Emile gets to know his grandmother. I kinda laughed when he tried his first peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It is like an everyday staple for Americans, but Emile had never had it.

As Emile tries to fit in at school, he finds out what it is like to be bullied. The kids make fun of his clothes and accent. He tries so hard to be liked but it is difficult. When he befriends Eternity Jones he finally has someone to talk to. I think Eternity was my favorite character. She was a young girl who was living a hard life. She is ferociously protective of her siblings and the author handles the abuse in a very delicate way that lets readers know Eternity  is strong. I think about the time she was growing up and how much responsibility she had. It was such a hardship but I think going over to Emile's house was a godsend for her. She spent a lot of time with his grandmother.

The story deals with hard subjects like abuse, racism and learning about the civil rights movement. I really enjoyed how the author handles each subject with knowledge and wisdom. It is hard to believe that these young children were faced with so much hurt, secrets and a longing to be accepted. Even long after Workd War II was over, there were still some facts that were painful to recall. This is a very intense emotional read that touches on faithfulness and God's  grace and mercy. Will Emile ever find out about his father? Can Eternity overcome her home life and stand up for what she believes in? One person can make a difference.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.

I received this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.






PARENTING 101 vol. 2 (SPOKEN FROM THE HEART) by CHERI SWALWELL

I really enjoyed this book so much. Even though my kids are grown , I could still relate to many of the topics. One that really stood out was being overprotective. I am known as a helicopter  mom. When  they were younger I was me so close to them they could hardly breathe. All three of my kids had asthma or allergy problems. We made many trips to the ER and ICU. I prayed for  healing and peace. I finally realized what I needed to prayer was  to have faith in God and  to trust Him. After all they were his children, and He would always protect them. I have gotten better over the years, but I still worry about them. I'm sure I always will .

I enjoyed the section on messes. I can't count the times I "covered" for  my kids when they messed up. I wanted to be super mom and do everything to help them. As they grew up, I saw that I wasn't letting them learn from their mistakes. I encourage parents to let your children make mistakes. They will learn from them and you will see well balanced children with confidence in themselves.

Everyone one of us wants to be accepted. That is true also with  our children. They want to hear what a great job they are doing. It builds their confidence and shows them that their parents recognize the success they are making as they grow. It's hard not to help them along, but the best thing is to let them learn as they grow. I loved how the author encourages us to enjoy our children, watch them grow and set good examples for them. I've often heard that kids imitate what they see and hear. If we as parents are leading a Godly life and correcting our children when necessary, then they will have that instilled in them.  I loved the writing style that was graceful and filled with wisdom . Thank you for writing such a beautiful book that helps us to be more focused on God and our children.

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

Sunday, August 7, 2016


BROOKLYN ON FIRE: A MARY HANDLEY MYSTERY by LAWRENCE E LEVY


This is a nice story with a character that has a sassy attitude. Mary Handley has been let go from the police force because of her less than inviting personality . Bet she didn't like that very much. Who would want to find out they have been sacked from their job? The on,y thing you can do is look for another job.

Mary finds a job in a bookstore. I have to say I would love that job. I would get to see all the new books that come in and probably hand my check right back to the store as I buy ,buy, buy. What can I say? I love to read. Mary has a side job as a consulting private detective. I can smell trouble already. The story is set in the 1890s and I loved the historical facts the author gave. It made the story so interesting and easy to visualize the setting. Do you think anyone would have a problem with a woman detective? I'm sure in this time period it was frowned upon.

Mary gets hired by someone who is wanting answers for a muder that happened a long time ago. Who was killed and why would someone want to re open a case from so long ago? The plot thickens as something happens thst will take Mary on a  roller coaster ride of deceit and dishonesty. She is not making any friends with the police as she delves in the mystery. She is a very determined women and I sure would want her on my side.

You don't want to miss this intriguing, historical story filled with suspense, and a case that could put angry in danger. Will she solve the case? Can she trust anyone ?

I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books for an honest review.








KILL DEVIL by MIKE DELLOSSO

What an adventure this book is. The action is explosive and the tension is felt in every page. Jed has been chosen to assassinate someone.  Is this person a powerful leader or a random person? When Jed's family is taken , he has no choice but to carry out the plan . I loved how his daughter had such strong  faith . She was a great character and seemed to guide Jed to believe and keep his faith strong.

I loved how the author weaved the story and kept me guessing till the end. It was hard to figure out who to trust and that made the story so intriguing. There were times when Jed wasn't sure if he was doing the right thing but he knew  he had to keep his family safe. The author keeps the story going at a fast pace with many unpredictable twists that you don't see coming. The scenes where Jed had to fight for his life were well written and gave the reader a vivid picture of the action going on. The book is a edge of your seat page turner. The theme throughout the book was faith and trust. It may seem hard to have faith when everything around you is crashing in, but his daughter was really a great advocate on faith. I really liked her character and have to say I wish I had her kind of faith sometimes. There are several characters in the book that play key roles in the story. They were intense, focused and ready to do their job. Get ready for a thriller in the political world where lives are at stake, dangers lurks at every turn and faith is the key to trusting the right people.

"Cling to God and trust Him to carry me."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

Friday, August 5, 2016


PROOF by JORDYN REDWOOD

I am a huge fan of medical mystery books like Richard Mabry writes. This book is definitely right up there with his caliber of writing . I just discovered that the author has written a couple of other books that will be on my list to buy next. I'm excited that I found a new author that writes suspenseful books with a medical theme.

 As Lilly works in the ER of a hospital, I can visualize her movements with perfect precision. She is very skilled and well liked at her job. One day the unthinkable happens to her. She has been viciously raped and the police suspect several other cases are similar to hers. Her emotional state was well written and I could feel her sinking deeper into depression. Her work is being affected and she is borderline on the brink of a nervous breakdown when she discovers something that happened after her rape. What is it that will cause her to  turn away from her friends? What secret Is  she  hiding? I wanted to hug her and tell her everything was going to be alright. I felt her pain and her despair.  Have you ever thought that you couldn't handle a situation?  "Sometimes , God will bring you to the end of yourself so that all you see is him."

The medical aspect of the story is riveting and I loved the knowledge the author shows about DNA in her writing. It is very detailed and really gave me insight into something I was not familiar with. I appreciate the intricate storyline and how one things ties to another. I loved the spiritual references throughout the book and how some of the characters relied on their faith and were comfortable praying for situations. I loved the mention of sacrifice. It was well placed in the story and reminds readers that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

The ending is an on the edge of your seat action packed thrill ride. How far would you go to prove your innocence?

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

Thursday, August 4, 2016


BURIED by ELIZABETH GODDARD

From the first page, the action is a big adrenaline rush. Leah is running for her life . The powerful description of being buried under snow was impressive. I could feel my skin turn cold as Leah struggled to reach the surface and freedom. She is a very strong and determined woman.

Leah's troubles begin when she witnessed a murder. Who did she see get killed? Who is the man chasing her and why does  he think she has something thst is valuable to him? The story is riveting and keeps readers on the edge of their seat. The author does the an amazing job of developing the characters. I loved Cade and his strong desire to to rescue people. The details of the avalanche was intense and showed how dangerous and fast they are.

Cade and Leah are a great team, but something is holding her back. She has big trust issues that hold him at bay. Danger lurks in every corner as Keah tries desperately to escape the man who is after her. Will she let Cade help her? I loved the fast oace action and the scriptures that were scattered throughout the story. It was nice to see the characters rely on their faith as they tried to stay out of danger. The author really gives a great intriguing story that keeps you guessing till the end. Will Cade and Leah be able to keep their faith and learn to trust each other as they face a dangerous man? Be sure and grab a copy of this explosive story that is filled with intrigue, faith, deceit and trust.

"Not my place to decide if someone is worthy of being rescued. That's God's job." I really loved this quote from Cade. It is true that God is the only one who should judge . Our job is to follow and obey Him.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Monday, August 1, 2016


THE ALLIANCE by JOLINA PETERSHEIM

What would you do if one day your computer, phone, TV and car stopped working? As you go outside to see what is going on, you hear a plane as it crashes onto your land. Do you start to think the end of the world is here? When the pilot of the plane approaches you, are you scared? These thoughts must have been going through Leora that fateful day. The Mennonites live in a quiet community with little luxuries, but they are being told that there is no electricity, cars are not working and there is no way  to call for help.  Towns  everywhere are without power. The Nennonites  are strong and they help each other out. They don't believe in violence. But that soon may change as Moses tells the community was has happened.

Everyone has just experienced an EMP which is an electromagnetic pulse. It is capable of taking out the power grid and ceasing all electric devices. Moses is trying to explain what is going on, but there is some doubt among the people. I think if I was in that community, I would start to blame Moses for everything. I loved Leora  and her fierce determination to care for her family but she does have a problem with control. I sure know how trying to control everything can cause destruction and trust issues.

The town comes  together to make  a safe place for the families and is only allowing a few English people into their compound. The author really delivers on writing the raw  emotions of desperate people as they try to survive. How do you turn away children who are starving? It was so emotional to read the struggles that  people faced . I loved the struggle that had some doubting their faith. They had always been taught to never fight and always open their home to others. The story is gripping, full of action and I enjoyed how the author touched on trust issues. We all have a time where we start to doubt our faith and wondering if we can ever trust anyone. Will the Mennonites be able to protect themselves  from outsiders trying to break their barricade? Can they trust each other or will they turn and fight amongst themselves?

The story is riveting and brings to light the impact an EMP would have on each of us. I can't imagine having to beg for food, look for shelter and keep my  family safe. The author has written such a compelling story that I couldn't put it down. The ending is dramatic, powerful and an adrenaline rush.  There is a moment in the book where the compound comes together to eat. I loved when the author wrote, "Sometimes it is necessary to celebrate life, despite being faced with defeat and death." It reminded me of the Last Supper Jesus had with His disciples. He knew what was coming, but He wanted that time with His disciples.   We all need to be reminded that we are not guaranteed one day on this earth, but while we are here we need to make every moment count. Make sure you don't miss this gripping story  and be sure to check out the discussions questions at the end of the book. The author has included an excerpt from the next book that you won't want to miss reading.. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this unforgettable story and know it will be just as explosive as this one was.

"We'll find protection in the shadow of his wings."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.