Sunday, December 6, 2015

Book Review - The Girl from the Train By Irma Joubert



The Girl from the Train
By Irma Joubert
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson



Gretl Schmidt, six years old is on a train with her family bound for Auschwitz.  Jakob Kowalski who is part of the Polish resistance against Germany and Russia must destroy a German troop transport train and plants a bomb on the tracks.  Little did he realize the train he blew up was the on Gretl and her family was riding.  She was the only survivor.  Although Gretl was spared the Concentration Camp, being a Catholic orphaned German-Jew in a country that is hostile to her people is dangerous.  Jakob spends three years caring for her and guarding her secret.  When it is no longer safe for her to remain with him, he sends her to South Africa where German orphans are placed with Protestant families.  They are promised bright futures as long as no one ever finds out Gretl’s true secret. 

Jakob is broken-hearted because he will never be able to see Gretl grow up. Time, events and politics will send Jakob across the continents in search of a safe-haven...Will Gretl and Jakob ever see each other again?  Will their hearts ever be able to triumph over the ravages of war?  Those questions will be answered as you turn the pages of “The Girl from the Train”.

Few books touch my heart the way this one did.   It will be with me long after I read the last page.  I was hooked from the very first page.  I couldn’t put it down because I had to keep turning the pages to find out what would happen to Jakob and six-year-old Gretl as they struggled to survive the ravages war and to keep the secrets they must in order for them to stay safe.  This book is filled with love, trust and forgiveness in the face of adversity.  This is truly a must-read book especially if you like books that take place during World War II.  I would give this book ten stars!
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review - The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck


The Wedding Chapel
By:  Rachel Hauck
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson-Fiction
Zondervan

 For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late.

Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook now retired, has decided to sell the wedding chapel he built for the love of his live Collette Greer.  He fell in love with her the first time he ever saw her back in ’49. 
He has been promised the chapel will be used for the purpose it was intended…Love.  He sees no reason to continue to hope it will ever be used by his beloved Collette.

Taylor Branson left Heart’s Bend, Tennessee and her family behind and is trying to make a name for herself in New York as a photographer.  She falls head over heels in love with Jack Forester, resulting in an elopement and a lot of doubt because Jack can’t seem to overcome his past.  He can’t seem to tell Taylor the words in his heart. 

Taylor takes a job in Heat’s Bend.  As she returns to her hometown she uncovers family secrets that will cause her life to intersect with Coach. 

I was captivated from the first page.  “The Wedding Chapel” spans from post-World War II to the present day, with an emotional ride for each of the individuals as they struggle to find their way back to faith, love, forgiveness and understanding.  This is truly an inspirational book and well worth reading. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson-Fiction, Zondervan through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review - All Dressed in White By Mary Higgins Clark



All Dressed in White
By:  Mary Higgins Clark
& Alafair Burke
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster

Mary Higgins Clark is a well-known mystery writer and has now teamed up with Alafair Burke in a new series: Under Suspicion. 

“All Dressed in White” is the second in the series. However you do not need to read the first one.   Under Suspicion, hosted by Laurie Moran, profiles cold cases.    The case they have chosen to profile is that of a bride who disappeared 5 years ago just hours before her wedding.  Her case was dubbed “Runaway Bride”.  Amanda’s body was never found and her mother, Sandra Pierce never gave up hope that her daughter would be found.  It seems the police had given up so Sandra approached Laurie in hopes she would profile the case.  Laurie along with her partner Alex Buckley assembled the entire bridal party at the Grand Victoria Hotel in Palm Beach where they knew the story and lies would intensify.

This is written in true Mary Higgins Clark style.  It is guaranteed to not disappoint.  The twists and turns of this plot will keep you turning the pages, while trying to figure out which of her “friends” is the guilty person.  Jealousy, blame and suspicion will run rampant throughout this group as Laurie and Alex do their best to put this cold-case to rest.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Simon & Schuster, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.


Book Review - Last Chance Christmas By Joanne Rock


Last Chance Christmas
By:  Joanne Rock
Publisher:  Tule Publishing-Holiday Books

With a fast track lifestyle Shea Walker, fashion buyer,  finds herself suddenly side-lined after an accident.  With the need for quiet and a place to recover she returns to her small town home and runs into her ex-boyfriend, J.C. Royce NHL star who is recovering from a concussion.    JC is determined to show Shea they still have chemistry eventhough she denies it. 

This was a fun-to-read novella.  It is filled with second chances and rekindling old love.  Due to the sexual content I would definitely classify this as adult reading.  My biggest disappointment is that it was not longer and I wished the characters were more deeply developed. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Tule Publishing-Holiday Books, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bible Review-NKJV Prophecy Study Bible-John Hagee General Editor



NKJV
Prophecy Study Bible
Understanding God’s Message in the Last Days
General Editor:  John Hagee
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson




Features of the “NJKV Prophecy Study Bible:
It has hundreds of pages of special features that offer detailed understanding of prophets, themes, salvation, covenants and much, much more. 
·         Introduction to Bible Prophecy
·         Index to Prophetic Passages
·         Top 20 Questions About Bible Prophecy
·         Diamonds for Daily Living
·         God’s Great Promises
·         God’s Great Salvation
·         Evidences
·         Spokesmen for God
·         Bible Insights
·         Bible Prophecy
·         Bible Prophecy Charts
·         Full Concordance
·         New King James Version

I have been a long-time listener of Pastor Hagee, so I knew from the minute I opened this Bible I was going to love it.  It will definitely be my go-to study Bible.  I just wish that I could have shared this Bible with my dad before he passed away.  He too, would have loved it.

Some of the things I have found that I love about this particular Bible is…it makes prophecy easier to understand.  Pastor Hagee has basically done all the reference work.  I have always had difficulty figuring out what time period the books of the Bible are.  Pastor Hagee has taken care of that in the beginning of each book because he not only included the date, but also key words, a review of the book and an outline.   The print is a good size and I love that it is red-letter edition.  It has the typical things you would find in any Bible like a decent Concordance and maps of Biblical times, but this one goes far beyond the usual things.  There are hundreds of pages of information to aid in understanding prophecy.  One of the things that stood out in my mind was where Pastor Hagee states understanding prophecy is not so we know who the antichrist is or even when the rapture will take place…but to prepare us to be ready and more importantly God shows us He will prevail! 

I highly recommend this Bible, especially if you have the desire to understand prophecy.  I advise you to read the, Features of the Bible Text.  The Bible I received is hard-cover with a dust cover.  It measures approximately 9.5 in. x 6.5 in x 1.75 in., making it an easy book to carry and use. My one wish would be that it would have been in JKV rather than NKJV  however, Pastor John Hagee, I thank God for making this Bible possible through you.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Bible by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through BookLook Bloggers, blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-Forgiven By Terri Roberts


Forgiven
By:  Terri Roberts
With Jeanette Windle
Publisher:  Bethany House


From The Back of the Book:

After a son does the unthinkable, how can a mother go on?

On October 2, 2006, a gunman entered an Amish one-room schoolhouse, shooting ten girls, killing five, then finally taking his own life. This is his mother's story. Not only did she lose her precious son through suicide, but she also lost her understanding of him as an honorable man. It was a trauma that none should ever have to face.

But the biggest headlines came when her Amish neighbors did the unimaginable, reaching out to the family of the shooter with comfort and forgiveness. Today Terri lives in harmony with the Amish and has built lasting relationships beyond what anyone could have thought possible. From the grace that the Amish showed Terri's family from day one, to the visits and ongoing care Terri has given to the victims and their families, no one could have foreseen the love and friendship that have been forged from the fires of tragedy.

My Review:
This is truly a book you will have a difficult time putting down.  It will capture your heart from the very first page. Just be sure to keep a box of tissues nearby.   I remember when the Nickle Mines tragedy was all over the news and I remember thinking how will those families ever be able to pick up the pieces and go on.  I wondered even though they were Amish, if they would be able to forgive as their faith teaches.  I thought about the young man, wondering what caused him to be able to take all those lives and his own.  The more I thought about him, the more I thought about his family.  My heart truly ached for everyone involved.  Through reading Terri’s story, again my heart broke because she not only carried the burden for what her son had done to others, but she also had to deal with her emotions and heartbreak from losing her own son.  Her journey to find forgiveness and restore her faith will have you in tears.  She and her husband along with the Amish Community have truly found “joy through adversity”.   I am glad they have found healing, hope, forgiveness and peace.  God truly does work miracles by turning tragedy into something good.  Eventhough this is about a horrible tragedy it will bless your heart and restore your faith. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, through the blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

eNovella Review-Toward the Sunrise By: Elizabeth Camden



Toward the Sunrise
By: Elizabeth Camden
Publisher:  Bethany House


Julia Broeder is six months away from graduating from Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, when she decides to break the rules by breaking into a surgery unit and operating on a dog…only to steal it to keep its owners from fighting it again.  She finds herself expelled from school and returning home in disgrace.  Her brother encourages her to contact the junior attorney, Ashton Carlyle, for the Vandermarks, who have been the long-time employers for the Broeder family. 

Julia is undecided what to do so she takes a job for a local farmer delivering baby goats.  When Mr. Vandermark finds out Julia has been expelled he sends Ashton to Dierenpark to convince her to return to college.  Julia is shocked to see the stuff-shirt Ashton Carlyle in a goat barn…much less helping to deliver baby goats.

This was a sweet love story of a poor girl who was given a chance to go to college to full-fill her dream and fall in love at the same time.  Eventhough I loved the storyline, I felt it ended abruptly, leaving too many unanswered questions.  I hope at some point the author will have a sequel so we know what happens to Dierenpark. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eNovella by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-The Kill Box By Nichole Christoff



The Kill Box
A Jamie Sinclair Novel
By:  Nichole Christoff
Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group-Alibi


Jamie Sinclair, a private investigator and Adam Barnett (a military police officer) have plans to spend the weekend in wine country…until a strung-out soldier, Vance McCabe, forces his way into her home taking Adam’s private nurse, Mrs. Montgomery, as hostage.  Although Jamie has never seen this man before Adam knows him well.  When Vance says one word to Adam, he packs his duffle bag leaving Jamie to wonder what just happened.  Three days after Adam leaves with Vance, Jamie receives a phone call from Miranda Barrett, Adam’s grandmother, begging her to come to Fallowfield and help her grandson…because he is in jail.

Although this is the third book in the Jamie Sinclair series, you do not need to read the other two in order to understand this book, however you will want to go back and read them.  This is a fast-paced novel that will capture your attention from the first page.  The twists, turns and suspense will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat with bated breath to the very end.  If you love suspense-filled novels this will be a must-read.  Although the plot has a gripping story line and the characters are well developed it didn’t quite seem to be a thriller to me.    However it was a great book and I for one can’t wait for the next in the series. In my opinion, what was not to love about this book…it has romance, suspense and intrigue…along with a grandmother you can’t keep from falling in love with. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House Publishing Group-Alibi , through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Book Review-Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling


Streams of Mercy
By:  Lauraine Snelling
Publisher:  Bethany House

“Streams of Mercy” is part of the continuing saga of the Bjorklund Family of Blessing, North Dakota. 

Anji Baard Moen’s husband died while they were in Norway.  She returns to Blessing, North Dakota because she wants her children to grow up in a loving community and home, not in the formal environment of her in-laws home in Norway.  Although it is easy for her to return to a familiar routine of teaching school, writing newspaper articles and taking care of her children, she is not prepared when a circus train arrives in town, bringing with it an epidemic of Diphtheria.  She and Thomas Develin, a minister who arrived in Blessing with no church, has become more than friends, but he has suddenly been asked to take a parish in St. Patrick on the lake, in Michigan.  He asks Anji to be his wife and to go with him.  Her emotions are all over the place as she doesn’t want to leave Blessing because it is home and it’s comfortable but she also feels she is called to stay and take care of Thorliff to whom she was engaged a long time ago.  What will happen to the town of Blessing?  Will Anji and Thomas find a way to work things out?  These questions will be answered as you turn the pages of “Streams of Mercy”.

I have become a big fan of Blessing, North Dakota and “Streams of Mercy” did not disappoint.
Each time I pick up one of these books it is as if I am stopping in to visit with old friends once again.  There is always a heartfelt welcome from Ingeborg, Drs. Astrid and Elizabeth Bjorklund, and Miriam and Trygve.  Manny and Ben are still filled with mischief but are growing into fine young boys. 

“Steams of Mercy” is basically the story of Anji Moen, but also about how Blessing pulls together to survive the epidemic of diphtheria.  Eventhough there is so much sickness and death; they learn forgiveness and find increased faith.  Once you start reading this book you will be hooked.  I often wish I could have lived in a time where God and faith were practiced daily and in a time when “politically correct” was not thought about and God and respect were taught in our schools. 

If you long for an inspirational book…please read “Streams of Mercy”

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Bethany House, through the blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-Shades of Doon By Corp & Langdon



Shades of Doon
By:  Carey Corp & Lori Langdon
Publisher:  Blink

Description of the Book from the Dust Cover:
After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.
Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls’ situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.
My Review:
Third in the Doon series…it just keeps getting better and better.  I was truly enchanted by this book.  Corp & Langdon have taken Brigadoon and turned it into a modern-day fairy tale.   Veronica and Kenna find themselves embroiled in fairytale out-of-this-world situations often being jerked from one realm to another.  Veronica and Kenna try to save Doonians from the witch of Doon, but the cost could be greater than they expected.  The twists, turns and enchantment will certainly keep you turning the pages.   This is a must-read if you are a Brigadoon fan or love fairy tales and handsome princes.  Although it is for the young adult reader, I absolutely love this series, maybe because I am a romantic at heart or maybe it’s because Brigadoon is my all-time favorite movie.  I think this would be a great movie series for Hallmark. I can't wait for the next in the series!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Blink, through, Zondervan Z Blog Squad for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-Out of the Ashes by T.K. Chapin


Out of the Ashes
By:  T.K. Chapin


Kane McCormick at fire station 9 finds himself in a difficult situation and is also dealing with his mother’s battle with cancer.  After suspension from work, he turns to alcohol in order to drown his troubles.

His mother suggests he spend some quality time with his nephew, Christopher, as he too is going through some tough adjustments.  When he and Christopher go to the park to play ball he meets Kristen and her son, who are both involved in church.  Kristen and Kane seem to click as a couple, but his drinking is a sticking point in their relationship.  His mother’s death left him devastated but it is what he and his sister discovered after their mother’s death that seemed to send them into a tail-spin.

Will Kane be able to move beyond the difficulties he is facing?  Will anyone be able to get through to him?  Will he and Kristen find love?  These are questions that will be answered as you turn the pages of “Out of the Ashes”. 

All I can say is, anytime I get a chance to read any work by T.K. Chapin I grab at the chance, because I know I am going to receive a blessing.  Chapin has the ability to take real-life situations and show how God can heal and forgive.  In this particular book Chapin shows how people who are seeking God are not open to Bible Scriptures but through love and compassion they can find what God means.  He shows how God can forgive and heal broken hearts and how he can nourish fledgling love while increasing faith. 

Although Kane is a good person and will do anything to protect those he loves, including going to jail and getting suspended from work, his life is missing something.  This book is filled with love, compassion, forgiveness, faith and hope.  The twists and turns will keep you turning the pages as you discover how love wins all for this family.

I highly recommend this book.  This is a story that will appeal to the Christian as well as the secular population. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Bata eBook by the author, T.K. Chapin, for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-Return to Christmas ByKati Macias




Return to Christmas
By: Kathi Macias
Published By:  New Hope Publishers

Description:
He's a marine. He doesn't need help. He needs employment. He certainly doesn't have issues so why can't he seem to readjust to being stateside with his family? And what's up with all the people in his life? His friends have adopted a little three-year old boy with serious issues. There is something about that little boy that resonates with tough-marine Chet but he can't quite put his finger on it. Will the events leading up to this Christmas be able to melt his marine-tough heart or will he forever slip into a dark, spiraling depression?

Kathi Marcias takes the difficult subject of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and weaves a beautiful story about Chet and Jeneen as they struggle with this issue.  She shows through prayer, love and faith how triumphant your victory can be in your journey with God.  She not only talks about PTSD but also Attachment Disorder where we meet Steve and Breanna who struggle to help their adopted son as he struggles with his demons from his early childhood.  In this book MS Marcias shows time and again the peace that can be found in placing your trust in God.  It is a beautiful, compelling story that will remain in your heart long after you have read the last page. 

I would highly recommend this book, especially if you have someone in your life dealing this these issues, but even if you or a loved one is not facing these issues you will find a blessing as you turn the pages in this book because each page is filled with hope.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, New Hope Publishers, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-Beyond the Cherokee Trail By Lisa Carter



Beyond the Cherokee Trail
By: Lisa Carter
Published By:  Abingdon Press

After 180 years the wounds are not healed and prejudices still run deep. 

Description
When Linden Birchfield arrives in the Snowbird Cherokee community to organize the 180th commemoration of the Trail of Tears, she runs head on—literally—into arrogant former army sniper Walker Crowe. A descendant of the Cherokee who evaded deportation by hiding in the rugged Snowbird Mountains, Walker believes no good can result from stirring up the animosity with the white Appalachian residents whose ancestors looted the tribal lands so long ago.

Though at odds over the commemoration, Linden and Walker must unite against an unseen threat to derail the festival. Together they face an enemy whose implacable hatred can be traced to the events of the Trail, a dark chapter in America’s westward expansion. When called to resurrect his sniper abilities, Walker must thwart the enemy who threatens the modern-day inhabitants of tiny Cartridge Cove—and targets the woman who has captured his heart.

I was hooked from the first page.  I couldn’t put it down so read it in one afternoon.  I love books that have a fiction story-line but are based on historical fact.  This is one of the best.  The atrocities the Cherokee faced during deportation will bring tears to your eyes and their triumphs will bring joy to your heart.  This book is filled with a little mystery, romance and forgiveness.  I highly recommend this book…just be sure to have the tissues near by.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Abingdon Press, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-Undercover Bride By Margaret Brownley


Undercover Bride
By:  Margaret Brownley
Published By:  Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Shiloh Run Press

Maggie Cartwright (aka Maggie Taylor), a lady Pinkerton detective, will do anything needed to get her suspect, including answering an ad for a mail-order bride.  Garrett Thomas was suspected of robbing a train and killing the guard.   Garrett fit the description to a “T” of the train robber.  Since his wife died leaving him to raise two small children, he placed an ad in the paper for a mail-order bride and the Pinkerton agency sent Maggie undercover.  Maggie was a good detective and she was determined to prove that Garrett was the robber, find the money and get out…however she didn’t expect to fall in love with two adorable children or their dad.  The more she learned about Garrett the more she was convinced he was innocent eventhough the evidence was proving otherwise.  How can she turn a man in for a crime her gut tells her he is innocent of?   

This is one of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time.  The antics of each of the characters will keep you turning the pages as some of them will cause you to laugh and others will bring tears. The characters are truly delightful.  You will fall in love with each one for a different reason.  You will love Maggie from the first page and her partner Rikker will quickly cause laughter for his wild and crazy modes of disguise and for his love and protection of Maggie.  Garrett will steal your heart because he is a lost soul since spending time in Andersonville Prison…yet he is filled with love and compassion for those he loves especially his mischievous son, Toby and his adorable daughter, Elsie as well as his hypochondriac, Aunt Hetty.  Although there are several characters, the story line is easy to follow and each character has a specific role in making it all come together. 

What is not to love about this book?  Absolutely nothing…it has everything from romance, mystery, suspense, laughter, tears, and history, to sharing God’s love.  Although it is Christian based it is not a “preachy” type book.  I highly recommend this book especially if you like fiction Historical romance that is based on historical facts. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Barbour Publishing, Inc./Shiloh Run Press, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pre-Release Book Review-The Story of God's Love For You By: Sally Lloyd Jones



The Story of God’s Love for You
By:  Sally Lloyd Jones
Publisher:  Zondervan

From Inside the dust jacket:

 Every story whispers his name…
“It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure.  It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne—everything—to rescue the one he loves.  It’s the most wonderful of fairy tales that has ever come true in real life!  You see, the best thing about this Story—it’s true

At the center of the Story, there is a baby.  The Child upon whom everything would depend.”
--from The Story of God’s Love for You*
*text originally published as “The Jesus Storybook Bible”

Wow, Wow, Wow!  Can you tell I’m blown away by this wonderful little book?  I know it says it is from “The Jesus Storybook Bible”, but believe me this is a book for adults/young adults…just about any age from 15 years and up.   MS Lloyd Jones has been a favorite children’s author of mine for a long while now, but this book has truly spoken to my heart!  She has taken the wonderful stories of the Bible and put them in the simplest language that makes it easy for the novice Christian to understand and is a refresher lesson for the seasoned Christian.  I am so impressed with this little book; I am planning to turn it into a daily devotion.  MS Lloyd lists the scripture at the beginning of each story making it easy to follow along in the Bible and then tells the story in such a refreshing way!  Young, old, new Christian or one that is seeking God…this book will capture your heart and restore your spirit.  This would be an excellent book to read each night for family devotions before bedtime.  As I was reading this book, I wanted to share it with so many of my friends, so I am sure it will find its way into a gift-bag for a birthday or just a gift to say…I’m thinking of you…but more importantly…remember God loves you!

Thank you MS Lloyd Jones for such a wonderful book!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zondervan, Z Blog Squad for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.


Book Review-Powerful Moments in The Presence of God By: Lorraine Marie Varela


Powerful Moments in the Presence of God
By:  Lorraine Marie Varela
Publisher:  Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing

From the Back of the Book:

Refresh Your Soul Today
You can experience the incredible joy of hearing God’s voice and experiencing His love in a personal life-transforming way—everyday.  These inspiring thoughts and corresponding Scriptures, accompanied by the author’s spectacular photography, take only moments to read, but they will renew your mind, refocus your heart and usher you into the presence of the Almighty.

This small beautifully bound book comes jam-packed with words of peace, wisdom and God’s unconditional love.  Many times our lives cause us to not have the time we need to devote to our daily devotions.  This book will inspire you to take the few minutes you need to read the scripture provided and the accompanying thoughts that go along with it.  Before you know it, if you are like me you will be reading more than page.  You may find it addicting and even spending time just talking to God before you start your day.  The pictures MS Varela has provided are so serene and calming, it seems to project the very essence of Heaven on earth. 

Caution:  Reading this book may cause a great restoring of your faith and a closer walk with the Almighty!

I can definitely see this high on my list this year as a Christmas gift for my friends.  This is a book you will read over and over again and it will have a special place on your Library shelf.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher Chosen, a Division of Baker Publishing, through Bethany House blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pre-Release Book Review-The Lost Codex By: Alan Jacobson



The Lost Codex
By:  Alan Jacobson
Publisher:  Open Road Integrated Media
Publish Date:  November 3, 2015

In 930 CE, the first sanctioned Bible was penned.  In 1953 while being transported from Syria part of it ends up missing.  While this was happening some ancient scrolls were found the Dead Sea area and were also immediately stolen.

Decades later during a political battle between the US, foreign governments and radical extremists the US finds its self under siege.  Americans on American soil are beings killed by suicide bombers.  President Nunn requests special ops team, OPSIG, (Operations Support Intelligence Group) which includes FBI profiler, Karen Vail, Special Forces, Hector DeSantos and FBI terrorism, Aaron Uziel, to find the documents and to find and kill the terrorists who are wreaking havoc on American soil. 

This is one of the best books I have read in the past few months.  Although this book is fiction...according to the news, this could easily be a reality.  It is filled with terrorism, dirty bombs, corrupt politicians and the Mossad, plus it has a lot of action and intrigue that will definitely keep you turning the pages.  With all the plots and subplots you will quickly learn there is more to the situation than meets the eye, especially when politics are involved.  In addition to all that, what is not to love about Karen Vail?  Her sense of humor in the face of danger will cause you to laugh.  I highly recommend this book. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Open Road Integrated Media, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-Gold Coast Blues By Marc Krulewitch


Gold Coast Blues
(A Jules Landau Mystery)
By:  Marc Krulewitch
Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group-Alibi

Jules Landau comes from a long line of Mafia affiliations.  However, he chooses a completely different path for his life than that of his family before him.  He has chosen to be a licensed Private Investigator.  Jules is contacted by ex-con Eddie Byrne to find his missing girlfriend, Tanya Maggio. The deeper the search becomes, Jules realizes there are a lot of people who don’t want Tanya found and will do most anything to keep her missing.  Jules background helps him to understand the criminal mind better than most, so his ability to “think” what the criminal will do next certainly makes for interesting reading.  In “Gold Coast Blues”, he finds out why Tanya is missing, which leads to police corruption that spans from Chicago to New Jersey and an expensive French wine that has been stolen…maybe.

This book is well written and the characters are very well developed.  Although this is the first time I have read any work by this author it won’t be my last time.  Although I didn’t find it filled with deep intrigue, I did find it to be a great mystery, with a good storyline packed with lots of twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, The Alibi Group, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Book Review-KJV Foundation Study Bible


KJV Foundation Study Bible
Build Your Life on it.
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

From the Bible Jacket:
It is intended for both beginning and experienced students of the Scriptures who want a Bible that contains the key features of a Study Bible in a convenient, compact and concise form.

·         The full text of time-honored King James Version is used.
·         Concise Study notes
·         Theological notes
·         In-text subject headings
·         Words of Jesus are printed in red
·         Book introductions
·         Cross references
·         A concordance
·         Full-color maps

This hard-cover Bible with dust jacket measures approximately 8.75 x 5.75 x 1.75, which makes it a compact study Bible.  Underneath the dust-jacket, the cover is rich brown with the name imprinted in stylish white and gold.  Inside the cover is a presentation page making it easy to give as a gift or for a special occasion.  Next there is a table of contents listing all sixty-six books in the Old and New Testaments with page numbers making it easy to find each book.  It also had a page of “Books of the Bible Abbreviations” and an introduction to the study Bible.

In going through the Bible, I found the print to be somewhat on the small side, however I loved the subject titles each time the thought changes.  If you are a note-taker like me you will be disappointed that there is not much room in the margins to jot notes.  I loved that the words of Jesus are in red.  This feature is great for the novice and a quick reminder for the veteran Bible scholar.  At the back of the Bible you will find an adequate Theological note index and several full-color maps. 

All in all this is a Bible I will enjoy using.  It is a great size, filled with tons of helps and information, (I especially like the date listed at the beginning of each book) and I love that it is KJV.  It is also very affordably priced. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through BookLook Bloggers, blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.