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!

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, 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.

Daughter of Rome

When you find an author that shares her talent and gift of writing you don’t want the story to end. “Daughter of Rome,” by Tessa Afshar is the story of Aquila, Priscilla, Paul, Rufus and God’s plan to transform the early church. Priscilla, the daughter of a Roman general meets a Jewish immigrant, Aquila. Their courtship is followed by murder and betrayal. They work to build a community of believers while a runaway boy and a foe complicate their lives.

There are many lessons in the book, one is that we should all be like Priscilla. She never gave up when they were forced from their home. The determination, forgiveness, mercy, love, willing to put aside those who wronged her, to take in those that are lost who do not have a relationship with Jesus. To literally be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Tessa has done it again!!! “Daughter of Rome,” will leave you looking for more. Jesus uses the struggles in our own lives to make something beautiful.

I received this book free from the author and her publisher in order to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Finding God’s Life For My Will

The lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for award-winning contemporary Christian band Tenth Avenue North shows readers that by seeking God first and focusing on serving Him, we can live daily in His will.

“Perhaps God isn’t giving me the plan because He wants to be the plan.” What an awe-inspiring, challenging, life changing book Michael has written. The theme throughout the book  is surrendering your will to God to allow Him to live His plans and purposes through you.

Micah 6:8. He wants you to walk with Him. He wants you to be humble. He wants you to carry yourself fairly and justly. He wants you to love mercy.

With all the humility you can muster, repeat John’s simple soul-saving words, “I am the disciple Jesus loves.” I highly recommend the book.

I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

The Middle Matters

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“The middle is the place where we might have outgrown the shape of our teenage jeans but ave finally grown into the shape of our souls.” This sums up Lisa-Jo’s book “The Middle Matters” The author talks about how our bodies and lives change as we get older and how we can embrace that change.

Each chapter is an intimate reflection on midlife, Lisa-Jo invites us to get a good look at our. Middles and gives us permission to embrace them—beyond what the media, the mirror, the magazines or our teenagers say. The author knows that the middle might be the best part of the love story of life, faith, doubt and marriage.

I enjoyed reading the chapter and found myself relating to her although I am over 50, I could still relate. 

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

The Heart of A King

“The Heart Of A King” is the first book that I have read from author Jill Eileen Smith. Portions of the book are part of previous e-books, however I don’t feel it is necessary to read those to understand King Solomon.  The author is a master story teller and the reader will be pulled in from page one bringing scripture to life. I love reading biblical historical fiction and King Solomon did not disappoint. I look forward to reading the author’s other books.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of the book mentioned above in the hope that I would review it on my blog. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The Life Giving Leader

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“Christian leaders should be the best leaders in the world because we have the best Leader in the world teaching us.”

“The Life Giving Leader” spoke to me in ways I did not think the book would. I am not a leader in the workforce, although I do lead a team of volunteers. We need to be life giving leaders just like Jesus.

As it turns out, whether I’m a “leader” in the traditional sense or not, I can and absolutely should still lead. I found that this book applied to me and the way I wish to live my life. We are to be confident in our work as we serve others, but remain humble, just like Jesus.

Knowing who you are and embracing your uniqueness, helps you to be an effective leader. God has given each of us passions, talents and gifts and we will live and lead best when we operate out of our uniqueness.

He didn’t create just a part of you for a unique purpose. He created all of you for 100 percent of your purpose.

Tyler Reagin talks about four characteristics of leaders, Sweat, sacrifice, surrender and serve. We should exemplify these four characteristics in the way we live life every day. The author puts a lot of emphasis on teams, that we should put others first, taking the time to know your team members and to value them and most importantly appreciate their unique gifts, are all things we should be practicing in all our relationships.

I enjoyed the book and those who follow Jesus should read it. One does not necessarily need to be part of a team to appreciate this book. I liked that the author used different bible passages showing leadership.

*I received a copy of this book free of charge from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of the LIFE GIVING book launch team.

The Heart Between Us

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The Heart Between Us is a heartwarming story of twin sisters, Megan and Crystal. Born with a weak heart, Megan spent her childhood in and out of hospitals in the mean time, her sister Crystal enjoyed her life, played sports and got all the guys. Crystal is the overachiever sister and feels guilty for having a healthy heart. She throws herself in everything within reach and controls everything. Megan tries to do everything right due to the heart transplant and extremely cautious to not over do. Megan meets the heart donor’s parents who give her their daughter’s journal and an unfulfilled bucket list. This book will bring you on a journey of a life time with each character where they rediscover the twin bond and sisterly love. Hope, love, mercy, romantic love, healing, and without God we are nothing. I enjoyed the story and how the author was able successfully weave two sisters who were at odds with each other, but eventually rediscovered each other and put the past behind them. Change is always good, especially if it is good change. This was the first book that I have read by Lindsay Harrel and looking forward to reading her other books.

I received an Advance Reader’s copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity

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We all deal with insecurities and some times think we are the only ones dealing with it. In Bloom: TradGing Restless Insecurity….Kaylee did an awesome job drawing us into the book. Over and over I kept saying “that was me, too” many times, the author confronts real battles of feeling insecure with truth filled encouragement. We are bombarded with media and images that of those who appear to have it all together, what “real women” should look like and act like. Our faith is in Jesus, not those who feel the need to make others feel insecure. This was the first book by the author that I have read and was impressed with the raw and heartbreaking honesty.

A Must Read!!

I received an advance ebook copy, all reviews are my own opinion

Awaken: 90 Days with the God Who Speaks

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Awaken: 90 Days with the God who Speaks will awaken you each day with fresh insights right from the Spirit of God. You will be challenged, encouraged and strengthened. I found it hard to read only one devotion a day.

Priscilla’s devotions deepened my relationship with Jesus and increased my understanding of Him. For me this book is a 90 Challenge to sit and listen quietly to God. I loved how the book was set up. There are 90 different devotions that start with a scripture passage and thoughts by Priscilla. There is space as well to journal your thoughts and prompts to get you started.

One of the devotions that had me thinking was about Daily Bread, and talks about the Sabbeth, how it is not meant to be a hurdle to be worked around each week. We all need to stop and refocus our attention on God. “That it should be a pause, a stopping point, a decision to take a break….. My goal is to make Sabbeth a priority.

This was my first Priscilla Shirer book and will not be my last, game changing, thought provoking. Get the book, you will devour the devotions..