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.

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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..

Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful

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I had the joy of being part of the book launch team for Daring to Hope, Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful which releases this month and highly recommend it. Kate struggles and wrestles with the same questions we all do about pain, suffering, death and how God brings us through these storms.

Daring to Hope arrived as I was being deployed for Disaster Relief, the book spoke to me through the Holy Spirit. Kate shares short stories throughout the book and is up front about her journey from weariness and despair to hope and joy, wondering where God is in the midist of her trials. We all have low points in our lives, but know that God is walking along side us as we draw closer to Him. Kate learned to lean on Him and yearn to know He is ALWAYS WITH US, even if sometimes it does not feel like it. True hope that comes in knowing Him, that God will answers Kate’s prayers. Kate teaches us to have hope, encouragment and know that through her dark times God is always with her. Throughout the book, Kate shared different scriptures from the bible reinforcing how much God cares and loves us and how important a relationship with Him is, to know Him intimately even when we are walking through hard times.

“ But the longer our family abides with and among others who are more materially needy, but truly only just as desperate for Christ as we are, the more this separation seems not only unbibical but impossible.”

“I wanted people to understand the Gospel not because of our words, but because of the way we lived.”

I was provided an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.