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.

A Struggle Between Faith & Doubt

Dr. Warren, a practicing a brain surgeon and an Iraq War veteran struggles with his faith when things don’t go as planned. Where God is when faced with patients who have brain cancer. We know that God is a mighty healer, but what happens when those who are faced with health trials are not healed. Why are others at peace, but some lose faith? One might wonder where God is when the diagnose comes in and it is not good.

Whether one is facing an illness, an injury, bankruptcy, divorce or tribulations, what you’re about to face will provide a greater opportunity for gain or loss than anything else you will experience in your lifetime.

The book was more than a memoir, it was about how one balances faith and the reality of a fatal disease. In the struggle between faith and doubt, the things we think we know often cause the most trouble.

A tough subject to discuss, life and death, for those who have a relationship with Jesus still struggle, but at the end of the day we know He is always with us and will never forsake us.

I received a copy of “I’ve Seen the End of You” from the publisher, Waterbrook & Multnomah in exchange for my 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.

Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking

In his book Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking, Raleigh Sadler, president and founder of Let My People Go, makes the case that anyone can fight human trafficking by focusing on those who are most often targeted. This book invites the reader to understand their role in the problem of human trafficking, but more importantly, their role in the solution.

Human trafficking can be defined as the exploitation of vulnerability for commercial gain. Using the power of story and candid interviews, Sadler seeks to discover how ordinary people can fight human trafficking by recognizing vulnerability and entering in. Besides sex trafficking, there is also agricultural labor, hospitality and service industries. The book explores the victims and how we can help, but we can’t rush in with a “rescue” complex.

“Sin caused the exploitation of vulnerability-Human traffickers prey on the most vulnerable- the young, prisoners, the homeless, the poor. We who are all vulnerable should be reaching out to those and become their friends. Only then can we change things. The author mentioned that “each of us has gifts and abilities that we can use. I promise you that as we grow where we are planted, we will be able to do much more then if we tried to serve in a way that is not a fit with who we are.”
I wonder how many of us has tried to serve in a way that is not a fit with who we are. We need to remember Jesus knows our plans way before we do, and as vulnerable people, we can empower other vulnerable people, because Christ was mad vulnerable for us.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Secrets Of Paper And Ink

Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and finding the courage to write your own story.

Ginny Rose is an American living in Cornwall, sure that if she saves the bookstore she co-owns with her husband then she can save her marriage as well. Fighting to keep the first place she feels like she belongs, she brainstorms with her brother-in-law, William, and Sophia to try to keep the charming bookstore afloat.

Two hundred years before, governess Emily Fairfax knew two things for certain: she wanted to be a published author, and she was in love with her childhood best friend. But he was a wealthy heir and well out of her league. Sophia discovers Emily’s journals, and she and William embark on a mission to find out more about this mysterious and determined woman, all the while getting closer to each other as they get closer to the truth.

Three women, two  separate timelines, with one goal in mind. Sophia, Ginny, and Emily are all in search of something. All three are hurt by the men they have loved, and all three are looking to find their own worth. All journeys have a beginning and an end, but it is not those places where we find ourselves. I was quickly pulled into the story from page one, to see how each women handled each challenge presented to them was incredible. The story is a gentle reminder that God is in control of our each step and that He only wants the best for us. We should be living each day with a purpose.

Another well written book by Lindsey Harrel,  I am quickly becoming a fan and can not wait till her next book is released.

One of many quotes that spoke to me is “ Life is more than a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s about the countless moments woven in between the lines, the growth, the pruning.”

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.