Sunday, October 7, 2018

Jesus Calling For Christmas By Sarah Young


Jesus Calling for Christmas
By: Sarah Young
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Most of us find ourselves over-extended during the Christmas holidays and if you are like me, you find you often let your devotional time slide or be shortened with the promise to yourself…”I will do better tomorrow”.  When I received this little Christmas Devotional I was blown away with it being written as though Jesus was speaking directly to me.  It made me feel as though he and I were having a personal one-on-one conversation.  This will make a huge impact on my devotional time during this coming holiday season!  Not only are the scriptures and words uplifting, but the pictures are stunning and peaceful.  I am excited to know that I can spend quality time with God’s word during the holidays with this little book.  It has been hard to put it aside to wait until Advent to finish it. (I probably won’t wait as I never get tired of hearing the Christmas Story).    My only wish for the book is that all scripture was labeled with the translation they were taken from. 

The book is hard-cover, small and easy to carry with you so you can even use it during your lunch hour or while waiting in the grocery check-out line.  It has 50 devotions all related to the season.  In addition to the devotions you will be able to read the story of Christmas too!  If you have never read one of Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” books you have no idea what you are missing.  I would recommend giving this one a try.  I am sure once you read it…you will be buying another to give as a gift.

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for free to read and review through the BookLook Bloggers 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.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Praying the Promises by Max and Andrea Lucado


Praying the Promises
By:  Max Lucado and
Andrea Lucado
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

In this book the Lucado’s show by God’s word he has given us a promise for every problem we may face in our life.  It shows by reading God’s word and praying we can find hope in every situation, no matter what it might be.  I have been reading and enjoying this book very much.  I have found at the end of a long day, sitting and reading God’s promises can uplift my heart.  There is a commentary of each topic, followed by promise scriptures.  Next there is a prayer for praying God’s promises and my most favorite is the “I AM or I Will” section.  I love reading these out loud.  I highly recommend this book.  It is filled with inspiration and most of all God’s love and hope through his Word!

The book is hard-bound with dust cover and is small enough to carry in your purse, backpack or brief case.  The pages are smooth and white making the print crisp and easy to see.  It uses many of the common versions of the Bible.  The cover under the dust jacket is red with gold lettering.  This would make a perfect gift for anyone.

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for free to read and review through the BookLook Bloggers 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.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Gracefully Broken By T.K. Chapin


Gracefully Broken
(Book Nine…Potter’s House Series)
By: T.K. Chapin

If you have ever found yourself in a situation, where nothing you tired worked and you ended up making the wrong decision?  That is exactly what happened to Corey and Holly!  With no money to pay the bills, Corey embezzled from his employer and ended up in prison for three years. 

While in Prison Corey accepted Jesus into his heart and even though he was happy about it, he knew it would not make things right with his family.  After his release he is hoping he can reunite with his family, however Hannah is now a young woman rather than the little girl he called Wildflower and Michael is just on the brink of becoming a teenager.  Will they accept him for the changed person he is?  Is there hope for a future together?  You will find the answer to those questions as you read “Gracefully Broken”.

Once again Chapin weaves another wonderful story of healing broken lives through God’s love.  As Corey and Holly’s story unfolds you will find yourself caught up in their everyday struggle to find peace for past mistakes and courage to step out on faith for the future.  This is another must-read!  It is book nine in the Potter’s House series. 

Disclaimer:  I received this ARC 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.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Through the Autumn Air By Kelly Irvin


Through the Autumn Air
BY:  Kelly Irvin
Publisher:  Zondervan

Being alone was not something Mary Katherine had much experience with since she was the mother of ten; however with her last child getting married that is just where she found herself…Alone!  She had been a widow for seven years and talked with her dead husband every day because he was the love of her life and she never expected to find another man to love.  She devoted most of her time and energy lending a helping hand where needed and writing.  She secretly dreamed of opening a bookstore with her English friend, Dottie, but the church elders thought she should work in the combination Amish store and move into the dawdy haus.

When Ezekiel’s wife died he opened the Purple Martin CafĂ© to keep his family together and to provide a living for them.  He and Mary Katherine were school friends so he offered her a job in his restaurant, but it didn’t fit her dream, nor did she want to explore the feelings she might be developing for Ezekiel.

Burke McMillan, an English stranger broke into Mary Katherine’s house in the middle of the night.  When she confronted him, all he wanted was a sandwich.  Being a good Amish person, she made him a sandwich and let him spend the night in her barn.  Her family and the church elders were not happy, because they felt he was probably the one responsible for the robberies in the area.

MS Irvin weaves an intense story full of twits and turns with the main characters, Mary Katherine, Burke and Ezekiel, that will keep you turning the pages.  As the story develops you will find yourself becoming a champion for each of the characters as they work to find peace with the past and courage to face the future. This book is filled with love, second chances and even a little suspense.  If you are a fan of Amish stories, this is one you will not want to miss. 

Disclaimer:  I received this Book from the publisher, Zondervan, 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.

Monday, June 18, 2018

A Reason to Live By T. K. Chapin






Being awakened at three in the morning by his sister-in-law, Shawna Gillshock and her two-year-old daughter, Rose was not expected by Jonathan Dunken.  He had not seen her since his wife, Marie’s funeral four years ago.  She was asking for a place to stay because she had been beaten by her boyfriend.  Although Jonathan wanted to say no, he could hear his wife saying…let her stay. 

From the time she was young, Shawna’s life resembled a train wreck and she would often show up on Jonathan and Marie’s doorstep needing a place to stay.  Jonathan was not always inclined to be so willing, but Marie often reminded him to imitate Christ and to remember God’s love is unconditional. 

What Jonathan didn’t expect was to wake up the next morning and find that Shawna was gone, but had left Rose.  He had no idea what he was supposed to do with a two-year-old, but he knew he would do everything in his power to give her a good life and keep her safe.

Jonathan met Kylie Hawthorne, who was a waitress at Evans.  Her interaction with Rose caused him to ask her to quit her job and become Rose’s babysitter.  Kylie was more than willing because she would be closer to her sick grandmother and her son, plus the pay was better and most of all…she loved children.  Her friend thought she was crazy, but she felt it was part of God’s plan.

As Jonathan struggled to come to grips with his wife’s death and raising Rose, Kylie helped him to learn to give his struggles over to God. 

T.K. Chapin brings us another book filled with God’s love. As you read the story of Jonathan, Marie, Rose and Kylie, be sure to have the tissues close because you will need them as you become so involved in their lives. You will feel the depth of their pain, sadness and joy.  God is always in control no matter what the situation is.  His love is boundless.

Disclaimer:  I received this ARC 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.  I also purchased my own copy.  

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Send Down the Rain By Charles Martin


Send Down the Rain
By: Charles Martin
Publisher: Thomas Nelson


If you “lived” in the Vietnam era, this will bring back a lot of memories of what it was like to have your loved ones drafted, the despair of the family as they were shipped overseas and the hatred when they returned home.  Mr. Martin weaves a compelling story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  You will find yourself laughing and crying as the events of Joseph’s life unfolds.  Mr. Martin seamlessly weaves together the complex story-line and well-developed characters to honor those men and women who served our country during that time. 

Not only will compelling story keep you turning the pages, but will also bring home the true meaning of laying your life down for a friend.  Joseph’s journey and emotions will cause you to often stop and self-examination your own life.

In my opinion this is a book that is a must-read and also one that will linger with you long after you have finished the last page!

I have now added another “must read” author to my reading list!  Mr. Martin, thank you for such a thought-provoking wonderful book.

Disclaimer:  I received this Book 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.

Journey of Faith By T.K. Chapin


Journey of Faith
Journey of Love Series: Book Three
By: T.K. Chapin


James Anderson is an addict.  His past constantly rears its ugly head even when he is trying his best to follow God.  He lives with the phrase…”Once an addict always an addict”.  He wonders if anyone will ever see the change in him. He even finds that he must prove himself to his pastor Charlie time and time again. 

James wants so much to be a preacher that he is willing to even become a janitor at the Church on the Lake to prove his willingness to serve in any capacity.  It is here he meets Faith who is to be preforming at the church’s youth music festival. Faith is recovering from a break up with her  cheating fiancĂ©.  Two broken hearts are in great need of healing.

  As I read this book, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the scripture in Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) where it says …Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.    That scripture must have been a comfort to James’ father as he watched his son self-destruct.  It was sad he died before he was able to see his son return to God. 

Mr. Chapin weaves together events in the James’ life that shows our past transgressions will cause us to live in its shadow and without the comforting healing touch from our Heavenly Father it would be impossible to heal.  He also shows how God can take something broken and use it for His Glory!

James and Faith’s journey is filled with love, forgiveness, second chances. 

Jesus Calling For Christmas By Sarah Young

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