Thursday, November 9, 2017

Pre-Release Review Need to Know by Karen Cleveland






Need to Know
By:  Karen Cleveland
Random House Publishing Group
Ballantine Books


After reading “Need to Know” by Karen Cleveland, I thought how am I going to write a review of this book without spoiling it for others? With that being said here is a bit about the book.

Vivian Miller, a CIA analyst wants a promotion in the worst way.  She has developed a system for discovering Russian sleeper cells on American soil that are simply living in plain sight.  As she is analyzing the computer of a Russian operative, she finds information that could turn not only her world, but her family’s world upside down.  How is she supposed to defend her country and her family at the same time?  Who can she trust?

If you are a fan of suspense, this book will catch you from the first chapter.  Although there are a few lulls every now and then, but in my opinion it has enough suspense and intrigue to keep you turning the pages until the end.

Disclaimer:  I received this eBook from the publisher, Random House, Ballantine Books for free to read and review through the blogger review program at Net Galley. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

  

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Love's Return By TK Chapin

Love’s Return
Book One
By: T.K. Chapin

Jessica McColler, a writer and reporter for Faith Builders Magazine, couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw Kirk Dekker in Milo’s Coffee Shop on her way to work one morning.  It had been five years since they last spoke.  The last time she saw him they had just finished a cross-country car trip from Albany, New York to Spokane, Washington.  On the trip she and Kirk became friends but nothing more would come of it because Kirk was Jessica’s best friend’s ex-boyfriend. 

Before leaving the coffee shop Jessica gave Kirk her number, but as she left, Kirk knew he would never give her a call.  In his opinion she was in the past and best left there, because he didn’t want to relive the past five years.  It was filled with too many painful memories.

After Jessica is attacked by a stalker she hires WIN bodyguard agency to protect her.   Unknown to her Kirk is employed by WIN.  As the stalker becomes more dangerous and tries to kill Jessica, Kirk is determined to keep her safe at all costs.

I was totally captured from the first chapter!  Jessica and Kirk come with a lot of past baggage and have to figure out what is important to them as they become reacquainted.  Jessica’s faith is paramount in her life and she is not sure Kirk has the same feelings about God and faith.  Kirk has to learn to let God help him heal from the tragedy of losing his wife and son.  Will Kirk and Jessica be able to put the past behind them and find love?  Will they be about to let God help them find their way to a new future together? 

Once again Mr. Chapin gives us another story of love, forgiveness, redemption and second chances, along with a little romance, mystery and suspense.   He also shows in his writing that God is always ready to guide us no matter where our journey may take us, if we only put our faith and trust in HIM.  This is a great inspirational novel and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. 


Disclaimer:  I received this eBook from the author, T.K. Chapin for free to read and review. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Grace, Hope and Love My Daily Devotional


Grace, Hope and Love
My Daily Devotional
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

“Grace, Hope and Love” is a yearly Devotional crafted by fifty-two Southern Baptist pastors and ministers.  Each daily reading has a scripture verse, a commentary and a prayer to help you with your time with God. 

The book itself is very luxurious.  The cover is soft dark blue faux leather with silver lettering. The left side is embossed with an elegant fleur de Lis pattern.  On the inside the print is crisp with an easy-to-read font size.  It lays open flat and has an attached ribbon book marker.   

The devotions are a reminder of how God wants us to live and to also remind us to live in the center of his will.  They also remind us that no matter what our trial may be, God has it covered for us.

All Scripture, unless noted is from the NKJV Bible.  This would make an excellent masculine devotional.  This would also be the perfect gift for a new convert.

Disclaimer:  I received this Bible from the publisher, Thomas Nelson for free to read and review, through the blogger review program at BookLook Bloggers I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Book Review-KJV Know The Word Study Bible

KJV
Know The Word
Study Bible
Thomas Nelson

This study Bible is a beautiful hard-bound cloth covered Bible.  It has gold lettering on the cloth cover and a dust jacket to protect it.  It has the usual presentation page, table of contents, full-color maps and red letter words of Jesus.

One of the things that I particularly liked about this Bible is the topic by topic articles.  I found them to be very helpful in understanding a particular scripture of major Biblical events.  I also loved the monies, weights and measure page.  It is so easy to turn to the back of the Bible and look up the measurements rather than Google them. 

At first I wondered why there was no instruction page on how to use this Bible but as I began to read and study in it, I found it to be so easy to use, it didn’t need instructions.

For the hard-core Theologian, this Bible would be a disappointment due to its simplicity, however if you are new to studying the Bible or are looking to step up to the KJV study, this Bible is a great place to start.  Even though I have been studying the KJV Bible for many years, this Bible will remain part of my study library.

It also comes with the Thomas Nelson guarantee and is reasonably priced.


Disclaimer:  I received this Bible from the publisher, Thomas Nelson for free to read and review, through the blogger review program at BookLook Bloggers I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Book Review-Cherished Mercy By Tracie Peterson


Cherished Mercy (3)
Heart of the Frontier
By:  Tracie Peterson
Publisher:  Bethany House


Mercy, the youngest of the Flanagan sisters, survived the Whitman Massacre, as a child.  Even though she and her sisters suffered greatly during the massacre, Mercy longs for peace between the native people and white settlers of the Oregon Territory.  However, most of the settlers want them gone at all costs. 

Eletta Browning and her husband became friends with the Flanagan sisters on their journey to the Whitman Mission.  She and her husband traveled to Rogue River Valley, to settle the Browning Mission.  Eletta is having a difficult pregnancy and asked Mercy to come and help her until the baby is born.  It is here she meets Eletta’s brother-in-law, Adam.  She develops feelings for him, but he seems to be determined to keep her at arm’s distance and concentrate on preaching to the local tribes.  When Eletta’s husband is killed and tensions among the settlers and Indians reach the boiling point, Mercy and Adam have to work together in order to survive.

This series has had me riveted to my chair from the time I start the first page until I have finished the last.  In “Cherished Mercy” keep the tissues handy because you will certainly need them.  This book is filled with so much love, forgiveness, new beginnings and romance it will keep you turning the pages.  Tracie Peterson’s development of the storyline and characters will have you becoming part of the story and you will often find yourself cheering Mercy on.    

Tracie Peterson has long been one of my favorite Historical Romance Christian Fiction authors.  Her books not only entertain but often give you pause for thought about your own life and how it measures up to God’s standards, without being preachy.  In the series…Heart of the Frontier…each book can be read as a stand-alone book; however you will definitely want to read each one to fully understand the hardships these sisters faced.  They learned to rely on each other and their faith to get them through the difficult times.

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.


Book Review-Portrait of Vengeance By Carrie Stuart Parks

Portrait of Vengeance
(A Gwen Marcey Novel)
By: Carrie Stuart Parks
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

Disclaimer:  I received this eBook from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for free to read and review through the blogger review program at Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Interagency Major Crimes Unit Forensic Artist, Gwen Marcey’s  own problems of breast cancer and divorce doesn’t keep her from focusing on her investigation of Beatrice Sinope, a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho.  As she delves deeper into the investigation, details of her childhood keep surfacing.  Gwen doesn’t believe in coincidences.  Even though she is unwelcome by some of the Nez Perce people, she doesn’t let that stop her from doing her job and doing it well.

Ms. Parks weaves a story that will capture your heart from the first page and as the events of the story unfolds; the suspense will keep you on the edge of the seat.  Although child abduction is a serious situation, Gwen’s character has a degree of lightheartedness, which will bring a smile to your face in the midst of tragedy.


For me this book was a win-win because it is filled with mystery, suspense, a little romance and second chances, along with learning to trust God’s guidance.   

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Book Review-In His Love By TK Chapin


In His Love
By: T.K. Chapin

Disclaimer:  I received this eBook from the author, T.K. Chapin for free to read and review. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

John Quinby, a reporter for The Globe, was on assignment to write a story about the suicide-death of a gay young man, Billy Wilcox.  He was to spin his story so that Billy’s Fundamentalist Christian mother would be portrayed as an unloving, uncaring mother who inadvertently caused her son to commit suicide because of her Christian beliefs.  Instead…through Jena Wilcox, John found what true Christian love is and that Jena had suspicions her son was murdered…he did not commit suicide.  After his interview with Jena…John also had doubts that Billy’s death was suicide.  In his research he found that Billy was once an avid spokesperson for the LGBT community, but near the end of his life, he had begun to question the hole in his heart that nothing could fill.  He found the answer to filling that hole at the Inn at The Lake and was now on a mission to share this new-found hole-filling love and information with his LGBT followers…someone upset enough to make sure Billy’s video’s never aired.


Wow! Controversial subject for sure, however T.K. Chapin shares the true word of God regarding this subject in this book.  He has woven scripture into a Christian fiction mystery novel that will reach deep into your soul with thought-provoking events both from the stand-point of the LGBT community and also from the Christian community.  He shows that both sides are at fault in the blame game and especially shows Christians that no matter the life-style you are to love the person, but not the sin and as Christians we are compelled to show love and compassion, not hate because God does not condone hate or confusion on any level.  I love that he shared “you can’t cherry-pick” which part of the Bible you are going to believe or not believe just because it doesn’t fit your lifestyle.  You either believe it all…or not at all.  Simply put…sin is sin! 

After reading this book, Mr. Chapin reaffirmed my belief...dislike the sin, but love the person with all your heart. 

Thank you, Mr. Chapin for another great book.  I hope everyone who reads this book will find in it the love and compassion you are trying to convey…and that two wrongs…don’t make it right.  My opinion is…If we as Christians show hate we are just as guilty. 



Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Review-Fatal Trust By Todd M Johnson


Fatal Trust
By:  Todd M. Johnson
Publisher:  Bethany House

What started out to be a simple trust disbursement for attorney, Ian Wells, turns out to be anything but simple.  In fact it is proving to be deadly.  He knew something was off when he was offered a fee of two hundred thousand dollars for a week’s work, but with his mother’s medical bills mounting from Alzheimers and struggling to take his law practice in a different direction, he reluctantly took the job only to be dragged into a crime from the prohibition era that was never solved, along with family secrets that turned his world upside down. 

Hang on to your seat!  This mystery has so many twists and turns it will certainly keep you sitting on the edge.  Ian asked his friend, Brook at the US Attorney’s Office for help on a background investigation of his clients.  When his law firm, Wells and Hoy came up in the background check, Ian’s childhood dreams came more often.  He didn’t understand them, but knew somehow his family was deeply connected to that long-ago unsolved crime.

This book is not only filled with mystery and intrigue, but also with Ian’s journey of struggling with right and wrong and finally settling on righting a wrong. 

Mr. Johnson has woven a fantastic mystery without explicit language.  In my opinion it is an exceptionally well-written book that I would highly recommend.  I am looking forward to reading more of Mr. Johnson’s work.

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Book Review-Beloved Hope By Tracie Peterson


Beloved Hope
(Heart of the Frontier)
By: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House

Hope Flanagan, along with her sisters, Mercy and Grace survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but Hope has suffered more than the others.  She and her sisters have settled in Organ City where she tends sheep and feels some degree of safety until she is asked to testify again the Cayuse Indians responsible for the massacre.  She is not sure she can tell her story, or find peace, because she cannot forget or forgive. 

Army Lieutenant, Lance Kenner, becomes her friend and helps her to heal and find peace and learn that she is still able to love. 

Although this is the second book in the series, you will not need to read the first book, however it would be best if you did because you will want to read it to get the background for the whole story of the massacre.

Keep the tissue box close by because there will be tears as Hope struggles to learn to forgive and love again as she regains her faith in God.  This book will not only capture your heart, but will also hold your attention from beginning to end.

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.

Book Review-The King James Study Bible


Thomas Nelson
The King James
Study Bible
Full Color Edition

I am so impressed with this Bible I honestly don’t know where to start my review!  Let me start by saying this is not a Bible that you will want to carry with you, as it is heavy, however it is a Bible that you will turn to time and again to use as a study reference.  I love that it has larger, easy to read print and all the words of Jesus are in red.  That is always a plus for me as it lets me know…these words are definitely note-worthy so sit up and take notice…this is Jesus speaking!  When open, it lays flat from cover to cover and in between. 

The Bible I am reviewing is hard cover cloth with an illustrated dust jacket to keep it clean.  From the beginning page, you will find in easy to understand detail how to use this beautiful Bible.  It is well worth the time to read it in full before beginning the actual study.  I have long-been a fan of the King James Bible and have never experienced one with this much detail.  Each book starts with description and an outline of what the book is about.  It states on the back of the dust jacket “There’s never been a King James Bible like this.”  In my opinion this is one that you will need to hold in your hand and read to see the magnificence of this Bible.  I am sure this will easily replace most of my other study Bibles.  Also if you have been afraid to give the KJV a try for fear you couldn’t understand it…this has certainly helped to simplify the study.    I am by no means a Bible scholar, but this Bible has given me a better understanding of the time line of events and the history of each book.  It is amazing! I cannot even begin to name all it has to offer.  If you are a fan of the KJV Bible this is a MUST-HAVE for your study library!

Bible Features Include:
Time-honored KJV Bible text
Center-column references with translation notes
Beautiful full-color pages and features
Hundreds of full-color maps, images and charts
5,700 authoritative and time-tested study notes
Over 100 personality profiles highlighting important figures in Scripture
More than 200 notes on important Christian doctrines
Book introductions and outline
Hebrew and Greek word-study concordance

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson for free to read and review. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review.  All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.