Jesus In Me

Discover how to better love and rely on the person of the Holy Spirit. Often, we overlook the third person of the trinity- the Holy Spirit. The author breaks down how we can experience the Holy Spirit as a constant companion. To often we reject what we do not understand. When Anne’s husband passed away, she found comfort from the Holy Spirit, as a counselor, helper and intercessor. The book reinforced that the Holy Spirit is with me every day through thick or thin.

Chapter 22 “His Purity Is Beautiful In Us” spoke to me in several ways. One of the responsibilities of the Spirit is to make us holy as He is holy. Our responsibility is to cooperate with Him if we truly want to experience purity. How often does the Holy Spirit talk to us about forgiveness and we sometimes do not listen? When He says we need to forgive, we need to forgive.

Hebrews 4:15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testing’s we do, yet he did not sin. I think every Christian needs to read “Jesus In Me.” The book deserves a 10/10.

I received an ARC from the publisher Waterbrook & Multnomah in exchange for an honest opinion.

Forty Days with the Lord’s Prayer

We are familiar with the Lord’s Prayer, but how often do we take the time to mediate on each of the verses?  Deep down in every human being is a fundamental awareness of God and a desire for divine help in turbulent times. “May It Be So: Forty Days with the Lord’s Prayer” is a prayer guide that combines words and art to help give the reader a further understanding allowing God to speak into our hearts.

I finished the book in one sitting and was challenged by the prayers and the pause and reflect at the end of each chapter. This book would be a great resource for the new Christian.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher, WaterBrook & MultNomah in exchange for an honest opinion.

You Belong With Me

“You Belong With Me” is Tari Faris’ debut novel the first in the Restoring Heritage series. When a business tycoon is determined to raze historic homes in a small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, realtor Hannah resolves to stop him. Hannah applies for a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map.
Luke Johnson never felt he belonged after being in and out of the foster care system. He now has a chance to earn his place in his hometown. But he does not anticipate how his relationship with Hannah will set into motion events that reveal the truth about who he is.
Janie who has returned from spending a year in Paris is still trusting God after finding out that her ex-boyfriend who broke up with her for no reason is now engaged. Janie and Thomas land up working together temporarily in the diner and discover that just maybe they still have feelings for each other.
The author touches on learning how to trust others and effectively trust God. Both Luke and Hannah are two people who have been hurt in the past and they discover each other and work through their hurts together. “Isn’t that so much like life? All the pieces are there, but it takes the Master to arrange them in the right way.” Faris writes about characters that the reader can relate to and that have a Christian theme. We all struggle but having faith in God will pull us through just like Hannah and Luke. A story of redemption, forgiveness, mercy and love. I highly recommend the book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell in exchange for an honest opinion.

Good vs. Evil

The Girl Behind the Red Rope was the first book that I read from the author. I am not sure what I expected and was conflicted. The theme of the book is darkness versus light- we as Christians are the light of the world and darkness can not exist in the light. In a world where the boundaries are clear and punishments are severe, a young woman risks everything to break free from the system of fear and control to find freedom and love. If we have a relationship with Jesus, we have salvation and hope not fear. I thought of the red rope and what it symbolizes for those who might be on the wrong side. Are you willing to choose love over fear?

I received a copy of the book from Revell publisher in exchange for an honest opinion.

Forged Through Fire

Wow, what a story of redemption, love and forgiveness. “Forged through Fire” is the raw and unvarnished story of a man searching for meaning and answers in the midst of great trials.” Jesus certainly does not promise His followers a life free from trials or pain, but the author’s faith is not in any shape perfect, he spent time away from God, but through his trials and pain he learned that God is always with him. When he was 16, Mark was in a catastrophic house fire that claimed the lives of his mother and youngest brother. Suffering burns over 65% of his body, his first thoughts turned to death being better than the suffering he was in.
If you or a loved one has suffered from personal trauma, disease or loss that has tested or stolen your faith and exhausted your emotional resources, you’ll find real hope in his redemptive story. I went through a dark time as a care giver for my grandmother who passed away from dementia. To say it was easy would be an understatement. Believing in God and trusting in Him does not mean our lives will be easy or we won’t face struggles. Romans 8:28- And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called to his purpose. Mark shared his near-death experience which made his faith stronger in the end. With each reconstructive surgery after the other his faith was tested. Still, he became a physical therapist, physician, and later a plastic reconstructive surgeon.
I highly recommend “Forged through Fire.” If Mark preserved through all his trials and pain there is no reason why we can’t.
I received a copy of the book from Revell/Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.

Finding Lady Enderly

Not quite a rags to riches story, Raina Bretton is a rag women in London’s east end when a handsome stranger appears in an alley and offer’s her a chance for an adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from a hard life and give her a chance to be a Lady. This was the first book that I read from the author and will be adding her books to my to be read pile.
If you enjoy reading historical books with a twist, you will enjoy reading this one.
I received a copy from Revell/Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.

As The Light Fades

“As The Light Fades” is the second book in the Nantucket series written by Catherine West. I enjoy all the author’s books; she takes real life struggles and puts words to them. As the Light Fades focused on domestic violence and bullying teenagers. A story about mercy, forgiveness, and grace, I was pulled into the story from page one. I recommend the book, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and dive in.

I received a copy of the book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest opinion.

Shift Your Thinking For A Deeper Faith

“Shift your thinking for a deeper faith: 99 ways to strengthen your relationship with God, others, and yourself” is the first book that I have read by the author, Dean Del Sesto.  Each chapter can be read independently or read from chapter one.  The author starts each chapter with a Bible verse and ends with a question to get the reader thinking about how to apply  The author mentioned that the book can be read out of order or in the traditional sense.

It’s ironic that we trust God for our eternity but often question whether he’ll handle the day to day issues we contend with in our life. “Shift your thinking for a deeper faith: 99 ways to strengthen your relationship with God,” others and yourself” is more of a devotional to improve our walk with God and relationships. The author encourages us to shift our thinking and starts each chapter with a bible verse and ends with a thought-provoking question.

I have a hard time reading just one chapter a day but enjoyed the challenge of each question. The new believer would benefit from reading “Shift your Thinking.”

I received the book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

Back Roads to Belonging

“When we’re in a season of change, hope gets buried beneath fifty layers of defeated thinking, and we’re sure we need to do something to reassure ourselves that we belong.” Author Kristen Strong shares with the reader how she struggled fitting in, with compassion and encouragement. Each chapter from wandering to inviting shows us how to remain in Christ and grow into the unique role God has for us.

How often do we struggle with belonging or fitting in or felt left out?  I struggle with that more often that I want to but am reminded daily that God is with me and part of the bigger picture. How often do we click “like” on a post to be part of the group or to fit in? I found myself in most of the pages throughout the book. We are made for community and connection to not do life on our own. The author weaves into each chapter modern day with biblical examples. Add this book to your to be read pile.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion.