The Way Home: A Study of Ruth

The Way Home: God’s Invitation to New Beginnings is an in-depth study of Ruth. Perhaps surprisingly, the book starts in Judges, because that is when the story of Ruth takes place. It is the context of our study, and if we really want to understand these people, we have to understand their times. Instead of a sweet love story, we begin in deep trials, errors, sad failures, and God’s gracious response to every single mistake.

“By walking through that door of faith, Ruth has unknowingly allowed the solutions of God to permeate her life.” – Tessa Afshar, The Way Home

I was part of the launch team for The Way Home and a long-time fan of Tessa Afshar. When you have high expectations of an author and they do not disappoint.

Tessa is a master weaver of words peeling away the biblical layers and her cultural knowledge of the times. Ruth teaches us how God works on our behalf in the middle of the storms of our lives, to persevere. Though only four chapters, there is a lot to unpack with Ruth’s story. Yes, God grants us grace when we struggle, He open’s our eyes to truth and breaths hope into our soul.

“The Way Home, God’s Invitation To New Beginnings,” can be done as an individual study or as a group study. I enjoyed all the bible verses and took lots of notes. I highly recommend the study.

Thank you to Moody Publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

One Woman Can Change The World

“There are days when all goes well and days when our knees are bloodied from stumbling. And yet they still believe they are designed by God to make an impact and influence the world.” All around the world, women are demanding the safety, respect and opportunities they have always deserved but seldom grasped. In “One Woman Can Change The World,” Ronne shatters lies that we tell ourselves, that we are inadequate, that we don’t have value or worth anything through scripture, that yes we do have value through God’s eyes, that He treasures us as his precious daughter.

The book left an impacting change on my life, to lead with faith and trust in God each day. To go on mission by listening and following God’s plan for my life. “One Woman Can Change The World” reminded me of the very purpose of God. That yes, I can change the world!

“One Woman Can Change The World” will leave you motivated for change and empowered that yes we are ready to take on the world. If I could give the book 10 stars I would!

StandOff

Patricia Bradley delivers an intriguing romantic thriller with “Standoff,” the first novel in her new Natchez Trace Park Rangers series.

Brooke Danvers wants to learn the truth about her father’s suspicious death, but she’ll need the help of Luke Fereday–a National Park Ranger and her ex-boyfriend. Keeping Brooke safe will take all of Luke’s skills, and falling in love with her will only complicate matters.

I enjoyed the quick read where the author introduces us to the Natchez Trace Park Rangers. There were several suspects that the reader will need to put together to solve the mystery. Throughout the book there were many different themes, dealing with the impact of lies, finding hope and asking for God’s grace. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

I recommend “Standoff” to those who enjoy reading romantic suspense.

I received a copy of the book from Revell/Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Before I Called You Mine

An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may be stretch or tangle, but it will never break.

                                             Ancient Chinese Proverb

Before I Called You Mine is the first book that I have read by author, Nicole Deese and will be reading more of the author’s books. “God’s way is rarely easy, but it’s always better than mine.” How many times do we think our ways are better than His? How many times can we ignore what God wants for us? God knows our lives intimately, and he knew Lauren’s and her love for children that led her down the path of international adoption. However, the adoption agency’s requirement is that Lauren remain single for the foreseeable future, that is until she meets Joshua, a substitute teacher that is teaching across the hall from her.

How does Lauren choose between the desires of her heart even if it means saying yes to one, but letting the other one go? A story of faith, hope and following God’s plan. Carve out some time, make sure you have tissues and pull up a chair. A wonderful read for the times that we are going through now.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

The Book of Lost Friends

Once again, Lisa Wingate has knocked this book out of the park. The Book of Lost Friends is a follow up to Before We Were Yours. The book brings to life stories from actual “Lost Friends” ad’s that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who have been sold away.

I love how Lisa meshes two completely different people and families together and how they end the same. Heart breaking stories that change people. Real stories that help us see people from the inside out. The book deserves more than 5 stars.

Louisiana 1875; We are introduced to three women who are on a journey. Hannie, a freed slave; Lavinia, a spoiled heir; and Juneau Jane, Lavinia’s Creole half-sister. Hannie, torn from her mother wonders if her family is still out there.

Louisiana 1987; Bennie, a first-year teacher accepts a job in rural Louisiana, she is not ready for the level of poverty that her students live in. Bennie teachers her students that their family history is important to who they are and who they can become.

“If there is magic in this world, it is contained in water, but I have always known if there is magic in this world, it is contained in books.”

Order a copy of The Book of Lost Friends and get lost in the story. Lisa has the gift of researching and writing books that will leave an impression on the reader. I have been on several of the author’s book launches and she has become one of my favorite authors.
I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

One Step At A Time

The Joy of Falling is about learning how to live again after the death of a loved one, how to take one step at a time knowing everything will be ok. With heartache and grief come second chances and healing.

Two sisters-in-law, Angela and Eva both lose their husbands in a scuba diving accident a year and a half ago. Angela is barely making ends meet, angry that her husband left her to raise their three children on her own. Eva unable to move forward after losing the love of her life receives a phone call that changes everything. Before their husbands died they signed up for an ultra-marathon in New Zealand. Angela and Eva decide to take on the challenge with a friend of their husbands to honor the memories of them.

I recommend the book for those who are struggling with loss and wondering how to move forward. I was able to relate to the characters because I struggled with the loss of my grandma, some days are easy, some are hard.

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

Outstanding Biblical Fiction

“Like Flames In The Night” is the fourth book in the Cities of Refuge series by Connilyn Cossette. I have had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the launch team for all four books.
“The consequences of our foolish decisions are always made clearer when we look backward on the path we’ve traveled.” How often do we look back instead of forward? Like Flames in the Night follows Tirzah from book one to book four and Liyam who lost his daughter, he wants vengeance on the man who killed her. Issues like forgiveness, heartache and self-worth are woven through out the book. Connilyn has knocked this entire series out of the park and will be rereading the series.
I would highly recommend reading the series in order so that you don’t miss out learning about all the characters. Connilyn has been gifted with writing and did an outstanding job.
I received a copy of the book from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

Love and Courage

Star of Persia written by Jill Eileen Smith is a story of Esther, a Jewish girl living in a country that is full of pagans. A story of rags to riches, in her wildest dreams Esther never imagined becoming a queen of Persia. How does one stay true to God when faced with the impossible. Would Esther be able to hide her Judaism? Love, duty, fear and courage. In the court of Xerxes, which will prevail?

I remember celebrating Purim as a child and dressing up as Esther. A little girl’s dream to be a queen. The author did a fantastic job researching the history of the story of Esther and writing Star of Persia. If you enjoy reading historical fiction, I highly recommend reading the book.

I received a copy of the book from Revell Publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Chasing The White Lion

“Chasing the White Lion” by author James R. Hannibal is a story of twists, turns and mysteries. I did not realize that “The Gryphon Heist” was the first book that I should have read to understand and follow the story line and characters in the second book. This book is not my style of reading, if one likes James Bond or Tome Clancy than this one is for you.
I received a copy from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.

A Great Start To A New Series

Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents’ murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds shelter in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don’t include a family of this own.

Can Wyatt keep Evelyn safe from the man who wants her dead? She will do anything to keep Polly safe. After the orphanage burned and killed everyone, the only thing Evelyn can do is run.

The characters are well developed. I love that when Evelyn was faced with challenges she kept moving ahead with Polly. A sweet romance and chilling mystery that kept me up late at night turning the pages as I followed Evelyn and Polly’s story as they made their home in Mesquite Springs.

If you’re looking for a quick read, pick up a copy of the book, grab a cup of coffee and dive in.

I received a copy of the book from Revell/Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Quaint Town, Quirky Characters

The Road to Happenstance, a small town filled with quirky characters. Matthew Sadler rides his Harley in Happenstance whose goal is passing through, but people conspire to prevent him from leaving.
Matt is attracted to Roni a guest staying at the hotel reminds him of his late wife. The Barlow sisters think Matt is their knight in shining amour. Ms. Percy love’s the motorcycle, but she is wary of the woman from the hotel.
However, this quiet town has its faults and its sinister side starts to show. There are thefts and accusations that point towards Matthew. The longer he stays, the more he suspects a mystery.
With all that is going on in the world today, The Road to Happenstance longs to find a real place, a place of stepping back in time, a place that one might struggle with their faith and see God work through their lives. A quick read that will bring smiles.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion.

Love, Faith, and Hope

The Runaway Bride, book two in the Bride Ships Series captured my heart from page one. The main character, Arabella was in the first book so I was familiar with her. I was pulled into the first novel, A Reluctant Bride as the brides traveled the world to British Columbia, Canada. I wanted prim and proper, but gentle Arabella to find love and joy since her past held some secrets. In The Runaway Bride. Jody is gifted at writing and does an outstanding job weaving faith and trusting God the main point.

Arabella’s past was terrible and continues to haunt her. She meets Peter who is from a different class, but they are attracted to each other. Carve out some time to read The Runaway Bride, I did not want the story to end and am looking forward to book three of the series.

I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers in order to provide an honest review. The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

We All Should Encourage One Another





Yes Sisters written by Angelia White shares how we can say that yes and hope that we don’t have to do life alone. We’re better, stronger, and braver together.
I enjoyed reading the book but felt disconnected. I am one who never had a close group of Yes Sisters of close friends. Yes, I struggled and still do. The idea of Yes Sisters is completely foreign to me.
The author reminds us that God loves us and that we can accomplish what we set out to do. A Yes Sister is a woman who offers encouragement and believes in you. I envy those who have these relationships. We should surround ourselves with women who will affirm, encourage, challenge and remind us that we are worthy through thick and thin.
I received a copy of the book from Revell-Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Second Chances

Cowboys and the beautiful mountain town of Ouray, Colorado what more could a person ask for? “Their Ranch Reunion” is the first book in the Rocky Mountain series. Carly grew up in the mountain town whose Bed & Breakfast needs a much  needed expansion. When her next-door neighbor passes away, she finds out that the house was left to Carly and starts to make plans to start the renovation  but there is one roadblock in the way, Andrew Stephen, her high school sweetheart who is now joint owner of the property as well.

A story of second chances and watching how God works behind the scenes. This was the first book by Mindy Obenhaus and received it as part of the Blind Book tour. The book was a quick read for me and enjoyed seeing how the characters developed and worked together.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Welcome to Isaiah’s Legacy Blog Hop – Stop #15

1 Week ~ 24 Blogs ~ 3 Incredible Prizes!

Learn a little about Isaiah’s Legacy and enter multiple giveaways while picking up CLUES at each stop. Compile all the clues, submit the final PHRASE at the last stop, and you’ll be entered to win one of 3 Grand Prizes!

What are the prizes? They’re completely unique to the winners!

Mesu will contact each winner personally to chat about what they would most like to see in Israel, and then she’ll SHOP for just the right gift while touring Israel, March 6-19! She’ll then purchase a personal and memorable gift specifically chosen for each of those three winners and ship them to each one when she returns. How fun is that?!

 

How does the Scavenger Hunt & Blog Tour Work?

  • Begin at Stop #1. At the end, you’ll find a CLUE and a link to the next stop. Progress to each stop IN ORDER.
  • Collect all the clues—in order—and submit the full phrase at the last blog stop in the Rafflecopter form. Every stop has a clue, so be sure not to skip any along the way!
  • You may enter as many giveaways on individual blogs as you like but win only one.
  • You may enter the final giveaway only once and win only one grand prize.
  • The Hunt begins 2/19/20 at noon EDT. Deadline for entries is Tuesday, 02/25 at midnight Eastern.
  • For best results, hunt through our list using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).

There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have a whole week! As you visit each blog, it’s our hope that you get to know Mesu’s BFF team and discover the heart behind Isaiah’s Legacy.

How does the Scavenger Hunt & Blog Tour Work?

  • Begin at Stop #1. At the end, you’ll find a CLUE and a link to the next stop. Progress to each stop IN ORDER.
  • Collect all the clues—in order—and submit the full phrase at the last blog stop in the Rafflecopter form. Every stop has a clue, so be sure not to skip any along the way!
  • You may enter the final giveaway only once and win only one grand prize.
  • The Hunt begins 2/19/20 at noon EDT. Deadline for entries is Tuesday, 02/25 at midnight Eastern.
  • For best results, hunt through our list using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).

There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have a whole week! As you visit each blog, it’s our hope that you get to know Mesu’s BFF team and discover the heart behind Isaiah’s Legacy.

Greetings!

My name is Mesu Andrews. My first biblical novel, Love Amid the Ashes, released in 2011 (Revell, Baker Publishing), and we’re celebrating the release of my tenth novel, Isaiah’s Legacy, (WaterBrook, a division of Penguin Random House Publishers) with this scavenger hunt!

Isaiah’s Legacy was both the most challenging and most rewarding book I’ve written thus far. You’ll hear much more about the process in the blogs to follow. If you’d like to know more about me personally, check out my Personal Testimony HERE or My Battle With Chronic Illness HERE.

Sign up for Mesu’s newsletter and get Adnah’s Legacy, the prequel novella to Isaiah’s Legacy: https://mesuandrews.com/

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Greetings!

My name is Cheryl. Isaiah’s Legacy is the third book I’ve helped promote on Mesu’s BFF team. I love the depth of research and biblical accuracy I can count on with her novels. Mesu weaves biblical history and historical fact into a book that one should not miss reading.

Vital Scavenger Hunt Info:

Here’s the Stop #15 Stuff!

Clue to write down: Lead

Link for Stop 16: http://christianfictiongirl.blog/?p=9097