Across The Street and Around The World

Jesus said it plainly: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” How do we live this out in our ordinary lives? The world is changing. More than ever God is bringing people from other countries and cultures into our neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. But we often don’t know how to start building meaningful relationships with them. Author, Jeannie Marie shows us that following Jesus’ final instructions does not have to be impossible or hard as we might imagine

This is a must read for Christians everywhere! The author shares biblical knowledge, personal stories and advice on how to interact and connect with those in our neighborhoods. We should all be following Jesus advice and be the hands and feet and be disciples that go to the end of the earth. As I prepare for a mission trip to Africa, my eyes will be open more so as I have opportunities to interact with non-believers. Go buy yourself a copy of the book.
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The Memory House

“Our families will be bound together in more ways than one soon enough.” Rachel Hauck has done it again. Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House. Beck and Everleigh are two women whose lives change in the blink of an eye. Their lives are intertwined, Beck, burdened with a secret, suspended for misconduct and struggling to get her life in order. A mysterious letter arrives and changes the course of her life. The letter informs Beck that she has inherited a house in Florida.

Decades earlier, Everleigh Applegate, a widow lives an uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas and tears her life apart and destroyed her new, young, married life.

The Memory House offers healing to both women. I fell in love with the characters from page one. Mercy, forgiveness and faith are throughout the book. Another well written book by Rachel Hauck. 

“Tell Her No Lies”

As children, Nina Fischer and her sister were plucked from foster care in Florida and brought to Texas by a wealthy uncle they’d never met after their mother went to prison for selling drugs. Now, as an adult, Nina loves her adopted father and wants to please him, but she’s chosen her own career path as a photographer and poet—choices state district court judge Geoffrey Fischer can’t appreciate. When she finds him murdered in his study on a night they’re home alone, she’s the prime suspect and has to prove her innocence or face her own prison term. Is she her mother’s daughter, after all?

The two men in her life want to help, each for their own reasons. Can she trust her on-again, off-again boyfriend, attorney Rick Zavala, whose political aspirations seem more important than Nina’s tragic loss? Can she trust her friend, photographer Aaron McClure, or will he use their friendship to break the biggest news story of his career?

While cleaning out her father’s things, Nina discovers a box of old letters and photos, revealing the secrets her father had been concealing for so long. When her biological mother makes an appearance at Geoffrey Fischer’s funeral and asks to be welcomed back into her daughters’ lives, Nina is even more determined to find the truth about her past. Following the evidence leads her on a journey of discovery about her father’s shocking masquerade as a law-abiding, family-loving Christian. Unlocking these secrets could prove deadly, but it’s the only way Nina will ever be able to trust love again.”

A high-stakes race for truth, Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin is a story full of drama, suspense, and romance. 

Despite the mystery, Tell Her No Lies does progress slowly. Between major plot points, the story drags without the action. Still, it kept me interested enough to want to know what would happen next with Nina, and I enjoyed it enough to read more from Kelly Irvin in the future. Twists and turns in this suspense filled novel will keep you guessing!!!

I was provided a copy of the book by Thomas Nelson and all reviews are of my own opinion.

Chosen People: A Must Read

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation….” Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli who practices law in Georgia is asked to represent a family whose wife and daughter were killed by terrorists in Jerusalem. When her boss is contacted by Jakob Brodsky, a young Jewish lawyer who is pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of the women’s family under the US Anti-terrorism laws, he calls on Hana’s expertise to take the case.

The case involves finding parties involved in terrorism and bringing them monetarily to accountability. They must dig into the past of the terrorist and find connections. The plot deals with the realistic, gritty and horrifying world of terrorism, but shines a light on the importance of faith and hope. I’d recommend this book to suspense and romance lovers.

I fell in love with the characters, little did Hana and Jakob know the impact this case would have on their own lives. Jakob finding his life in danger, find’s Christ and Hanna knowing the gospel finds grace.

BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review

Shaped by God’s Grand Story

“The Bible is the most important book the world has for all generations. The Bible is our guide to faith and life. Nothing can compete with it or improve it. But in Dr. Yuan’s Holy Sexuality and the Gospel, you are holding in your hands the most important humanly composed book about biblical sexuality and godly living for our times.” Rosario Butterfield.


I was not sure what to expect when I started reading Dr Yuan’s book. The author “came out” as gay to his parents and the book talks about the journey that led his parents to Christ and finally, the author as well. He shares insight and wisdom to sharing the gospel with those who are gay/lesbian, loving our neighbors even when we don’t agree with their life style and God’s heart for relationships and sex.


The book was a quick read the author discusses holy sexuality-chastity in singleness and faithfulness in marriage, shatters the paradigm of gay and straight, and points us towards the biblical standard of sexuality.


I received this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah in exchange for an honest opinion.

Faith Among The Faithless

In Among the Faithless,” the author writes about the love story of Esther and connects it to the post-Christian world we live in today. Can Christianity survive in a secular age? Can Christians live without compromise in an increasing hostile society? And what if they’ve already given into that society’s vision and value?

The author answers these questions by pointing out the parallels between our world and the story of Esther. A tale of sex, ego, and revenge, the book of Esther reveals a world where God seems absent from everyday life- a world not unlike our own. Christians are just as likely to divorce. Christians are just as addicted to porn as non-Christians. Christians are just as obsessed and addicted to social media and other things of this world.

Have you ever compromised your identity to get somewhere in life? How much of your identity have you compromised? Esther is the only book in the Bible where God’s name isn’t mentioned. Cosper says at the end.

I believe that’s why God is ‘hidden’ throughout the story. It is the story of a group of people finding their way back to God through a darkened world; finding their voice for faithful, vulnerable witness; and seeking to ensure that the generations after them don’t make the same mistake.”

I received a copy of the book from Booklook Bloggers. All opinions are my own.

Better Together: Discover The Power of Community

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Better Together is a unique book on the foundations of community and why God’s design for humanity was always for us to be together. Rusty George is an introvert who is annoyed by people more than he is amazed by them. I can relate to that kind of believer because I enjoy doing life with fellow believers.

Exercise, Eat right, Share your faith, Produce fruit for God, ever feel like success in life is all about you? And even trying to “die to self” only makes you more self consumed? The author gives us tools to “do life together,” we all need to lean on others in time of need and bring people into our everyday life. Together we connect with God better! Together we heal better! Together we overcome fears, raise families, fight temptations, and bless the world better. There are over one hundred passages in the bible where the words let us are used. We need to encourage each other and serve one another. Jesus found life and mission are better done together, than so should we.

I highly recommend the book if you truly want to walk the life that we all should be doing each day. We are all trapped in a self imposed prison of isolation while we complain about being alone, but the door is locked from inside. We all desire authentic relationships and we need to not let things get in the way.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Mercy, Love, and Forgiveness

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“Where Hope Begins” is about a family that from the outside looks perfect, but yet imperfect once the reader steps inside the book. Are we not imperfect, wanting to be more Christ-like? That is if we have Jesus.
 
The author tackles serious real life issues that happens to couples and people everyday that tug at your emotions and heart. A family dealing with brokenness, a domino affect of a family quickly spiraling out of control from a series of poor decisions and fallout after a tragedy that affects everyone. But……. it is also a story of mercy, love, forgiveness, will challenge your faith and hope. “Where Hope Begins,” is told from Savannah’s point of view and how she handled anger, betrayal and grief. As she dealt with these emotions, I found myself getting pulled into her story. My heart ached for Savannah, the tears flowed. 
 
Make sure you have tissues handy, you will cry, laugh and your heart will be touched. You will feel the raw emotions of each character. I felt like I was having coffee and sitting across the table from Savannah as she tried to make sense of the situation that she was faced with. I highly recommend this book.
 
Romans 8:28 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
 
“I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to pust a review. All opinions in this review are my own.” 
 
#womensfiction #mustread #releasestomorrow #catherinewest 
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A Raw Look At Sin and Grace

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As a follower of Jesus since 2003, this book was a reminder that we all struggle, but am comforted knowing Jesus seeks my heart and that I do not need to be perfect.

What if you knew all the moments of my past that I am not proud of? What if you really knew me, the messy parts that I’ve hoped to forget and worked hard to conceal? For so long, my greatest fear was what you might think of me if you only knew the whole story.

Jamie Ivey lays everything out on the table, let’s her guard down and shares her stories and struggles. The theme of “If You Only Knew” is that Jesus’ love for us is more powerful than a secret, shameful past or failure. The book is not so much about the author’s story, but of grace, mercy and the transforming power of Jesus Christ. He wants us to come before Him, skeltons and all. He loves us regardless. We are quick to put labels on ourselves and feelings of insecurity. God takes our failures and turns them into testimonies of His faithfulness. We all need to stop hiding from Him and let Him in.

I received the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

The Hidden Enemy

What’s going on in our world? Dr. Youssef, a social and cultural expert, explains in detail the destructive forces tearing our world apart. Agressive secularism is stripping our nation of truth, as many Christians are browbeaten into silence. What can save us from this chilling future? The author shows how we can win the war.

The Hidden Enemy: Aggressive Secularism, Radical Islam and the Fight for Our Future peaked my interest simply because our nation and our people are under attack, religious persecution is on the rise and people are afraid to voice their opinion for fear of offending others. This book was quite an eye-opener.

The author shares his own personal testimony of growing up in Egypt during civil unrest and tensions which have existed between Christians and Muslims. Every Christian should read this book and completely understand that we are slowly losing our freedoms.

“They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” Everyone’s eyes should be on Jesus and no one else.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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A Light On The Hill

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I normally do not read Biblical Fiction, but I am now hooked and will be reading every book of Connilyn Cossette’s moving forward. The author is an incredible wordsmith as she weaved individual characters stories in a story that will keep you up well into the night. Although the book is fiction, the author writes in such a way that will pull any reader in, no matter what their religion is. The theme weaved throughout the book reminds us how Jesus provides safety for all who come to Him for refuge from any sin and the punishment that follows.

Moriyah was kidnapped and taken to Jericho where she was branded on her cheek before she was rescued. From that point forward, she kept her face covered with a veil and did not stray from home, she was afraid that others would judge her and shame her family. When her father informs her that he found a man to marry, she was quite surprised especially when Raviv, only wants to marry for the dowry and is not a kind person. To honor her dad, Moriyah decides to prepare a special meal for her husband to be and his sons. Something terrible happens and she now has to flee and head for a sanctuary city to save her life and receive a fair trial. Through out this, Moriyah thought that Jesus had left her only to find out He has been with her through this trial.

 

A Light on the Hill is an example of love and God’s mercy. Just like Moriyah, the main character in the book, who hid behind a veil, we also tend to hide behind things for fear of judgement from others. Through mercy and God’s grace, Moriyah overcomes her fear and becomes the shining light that Jesus wants her to be. This book is a must read, be ready to go on a journey. Without Jesus, nothing is possible. He is always with us through thick and thin!

I received an ARC 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

Out Of The Ashes-Life Reborn

D94037E4-7239-4BE3-A7D6-504B9FCEB00AJourney of healing, love and redemption. “Out Of The Ashes” by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse is the second book in the Heart Of Alaska series following In The Shadow of Denali. If you enjoyed the first book in the series, you will absolutely love this one.

Jean-Michel and Katherine Demarchis were once in love, but Katherine’s dad tore them apart and forced her to marry a senator who turned into a very abusive demon. After the accidental death of her parents and the death of her husband, Katherine is left alone with her elderly grandmother whose sole purpose is to lead Katherine to God and eventually back to first love Jean-Michel. They are both haunted by their past, can they both rediscover the the true love and bond they once had?

Her grandmother carefully plans a trip with good intentions to Curry, Alaska. Than she reaches out to Jean-Michel who is living in France and raising his 19 year old sister, Collette, who only thins of herself. They also lost their parents. The letter arrives at just about the same time Collette is begging her brother to take a trip to America. However, the letter contained only one ticket to Alaska. His sister found the letter and the ticket and Jean-Michel finally realizes he would need to take Collette with him to curve her excitment for adventure.

I really enjoyed reading “Out Of The Ashes,” because it is a reminder that without God nothing is possible. We all need to have faith and trust that God will get us through even the toughest of times.
Strongly recommend the book.

I received a copy of the book from the publishers. All opinions are my own.

 

Until We Find Home

Highly recommended!

This is the first book written by the author that I have read and it won’t be the last. I enjoyed reading about Claire, a young woman whose definition of trust and love is challenged at every turn.

Until We Find Home is about an American young woman who wants to be a part of the French Resistance but finds herself stranded on the English shores with five French Jewish children who she smuggles across the channel before the Nazis find them. With no place to go Claire decides to take them to her estranged aunt’s estate in England’s Lake District, who also takes in German Jewish children and an American, David Campbell. While Claire does agree to take care of the children she rescued, they are not her priority, but more of a responsibility until one day when one of the youngest children runs away. Through all of the highs and lows of emotions, Claire learns to love and be loved.

Threads of love, forgiveness, salvation and faith are woven through out the book. I love how the author used characters such as Beatrix Potter and C.S. Lewis appear in the book. If you love reading about World War II and the struggles people faced such as rationing of food, shortages, grief and illness, you will enjoy the book.

I received from the publisher, Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.

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