Oct 03
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Counseling Under The Cross by Bob Kellemen

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Counseling Under The Cross by Bob Kellemen

Title: Counseling Under The Cross Publisher: NewGrowth Press Publish Date: September 11, 2017 ISBN: 978-1945270215 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 256 Rating: 3.5 stars Purchase About The Book Martin Luther not only reformed theology, but his understanding of the gospel revolutionized soul care. In Counseling Under the Cross, biblical counselor and noted author Bob Kellemen explains how Martin Luther’s gospel-centered and cross-focused pastoral care transformed his own approach to soul care. As Kellemen mines Luther’s own writings and other first hand accounts, readers will gain a new understanding of how Luther richly, relevantly, robustly, and relationally applied the gospel to suffering, sin, sanctification, and our search for peace with God. Counseling Under the Cross will guide pastors, counselors, lay leaders, and friends toward a rich understanding of the gospel that will directly impact their personal ministry to others. Through lively vignettes, real-life stories, and direct quotes from Luther, readers will be equipped to apply the gospel to themselves and others so together they find their hope and help in Christ alone. My Thoughts This is another book that is out of my norm, so it’s not going to get a high rating. It’s not one that I was able to… Read more »

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Oct 03
Providence Book Promotions Book Blast: Johnny Big Ears by John Paul Padilla

Providence Book Promotions Book Blast: Johnny Big Ears by John Paul Padilla

Johnny Big-Ears, The Feel-Good Friend by John Paul Padilla October 3, 2017 Book Blast October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Join the Campaign with this Amazing Book! Book Details Genre: Children Published by: Padilla Goldworks Publication Date: March 20, 2012 Number of Pages: 40 ISBN: 0979889847 (ISBN13: 9780979889844) Purchase Links:     Synopsis: Johnny BIG-EARS is just like every other five-year-old child, but when he starts his first day of kindergarten, children begin to tease him because of his enormously large ears. Follow Johnny as he faces the challenges that being different presents. How will Johnny react to being teased? Find out why Johnny turns out to be a winner in this endearing, thoughtful book that addresses typical childhood bullying and offers children advice on how to deal with teasing. Whether you’re a parent or an educator, now you will be able to encourage your kids or students through this special book and help motivate all young kids to start feeling good about themselves no matter who they are, or what they look like! Excerpt: Author Bio: John Paul Padilla was born in December 11, in Los Angeles, California. He is a multi-award winning author that includes Mom’s Choice Award. He… Read more »

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Oct 02
Revell Blog Tour Review: The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

Revell Blog Tour Review: The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

Title: The Christmas Blessing Author: Melody Carolson Publisher: Revell Publish Date: September 5,2017 ISBN: 978-0800722708 Pages: 176 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book When she receives the news in late 1944 that her baby’s father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant’s paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don’t know that she–or their grandson–exists. When Amelia discovers that the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of the arrival of another unexpected baby nearly two thousand years ago be the answer to her dilemma? Beloved author Melody Carlson pens a story of love, hardship, and reconciliation that will leave readers filled with Christmas joy. About The Author Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award… Read more »

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Sep 29
Kregel Blog Tours Review: Liar’s Winter by Cindy Sproles

Kregel Blog Tours Review: Liar’s Winter by Cindy Sproles

Title: Liar’s Winter Author: Cindy Sproles Publisher: Kregel Publications Publish Date: August 29,2017 ISBN:978-0825444531 Pages: 248 Rating: 4 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book The choices you make determine who you are. No no mark.” Lochiel Ogle was born with a red-wine birthmark–and it put her life in jeopardy from the moment she entered the world. Mountain folks called it “the mark of the devil,” and for all the evil that has plagued her nineteen-year existence, Lochiel is ready to believe that is true. And the evil surely took control of the mind of the boy who stole her as an infant, bringing her home for his mother to raise. Abused and abandoned by the only people she knows as family, Lochiel is rescued by a peddler and given the first glimpse of love she has ever known. The truth of her past is gradually revealed as is the fact that she is still hunted by a brother driven to see her dead. Unsure if there’s anyone she can truly trust, Lochiel is faced with a series of choices: Will she continue to run for escape or will she face her past and accept the heartbreaking secrets it reveals? Which… Read more »

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Sep 23
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Rule Of Law by Randy Singer

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Rule Of Law by Randy Singer

Title: Rule Of Law Author: Randy Singer Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Publish Date: September 5,2017 ISBN: 978-1496418166 Pages: 480 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book What did the president know? And when did she know it? For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. The Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team would break them out. But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top. Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members? Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true. Equal justice under law. It makes a nice motto. But will it work when one of the most powerful… Read more »

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Sep 09
Blogging For Books Review: Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Blogging For Books Review: Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

My Thoughts So, I will confess: it’s been awhile since I read a Kim Vogel Sawyer book. Like eons ago. But,when I saw this book available and read the blurb, I knew it was one I could not pass up! I definitely made the right choice for sure, as it was like coming home from a long stay in a foreign country. Her writing style was breathtakingly stunning in this emotionally moving, sometimes suspenseful book. I loved the women in this book. They each stole a piece of my heart and became like family to me. I loved that feeling. I loved the way Ms. Sawyer created this story with 3 generations of stong willed, stubborn women. The mystery she added to the mix and the cold case of Maggie’s story was incredibly done. It was the perfect blend of emotions for me! If you are looking for a fast-paced, laugh out loud novel, don’t pick up this book. If you want a book that will grip your soul, twist it, taking it on the most incredible roller coaster ride (the only way I will ever get on a roller coaster!), then this book, filled with messages of longing, hope,… Read more »

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Sep 01
#FirstLineFridays: All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

#FirstLineFridays: All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

Welcome to First Line Fridays. What is First Line Fridays?? It’s where we share the first line only of a book we are currently reading, or one that is on our shelves. This week’s first is from All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick.  Here is the first line:  Love came later, when his words reached out to catch her as she fell, offering a cushion of comfort that held her and began the healing before she even knew the depth of ache and loss she carried.   I’ve only read one or two other books by Ms. Kirkpatrick, so I’m excited to give another one a go. It looks like a good read! Here’s more about the book: All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick Published: September 5th,2017 352 pages Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn’t approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she’s developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers… Read more »

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Sep 01
CelebrateLit Spotlight: The Duke’s Dilemma by Elaine Manders

CelebrateLit Spotlight: The Duke’s Dilemma by Elaine Manders

Click here to purchase your copy. About the Book Book title: The Duke’s Dilemma Author: Elaine Manders Release date: May 27, 2017 Genre: Historical Romance, subgenre: Regency Should he wed the perfect match—or the one he loves? Edward Dalton, the new Duke of Langsdale, must soon take a wife to ensure the hereditary line. A young war widow seems the perfect choice. She is charming, well respected with impeccable character, and her connections to the Ton’s most important people is an asset he can’t ignore. But Edward is intrigued by another widow. The mysterious, hauntingly beautiful Lady Wayte. Cassandra Wayte could not be a more unsuitable match. She isn’t received by polite society, and her notorious dealings with London’s underclass is the talk of nobility from White’s patrons to the most fashionable hostesses. It’s even whispered she murdered her elderly husband. But Edward sees a different side of the tragic lady, and he determines to discover the secrets tormenting her. As he peels away the layers of her resistance, he discovers a malevolent adversary stalking Lady Wayte and exposes a level of depravity that shocks even his war-hardened sensibilities. Can he win her trust and her heart? And at what… Read more »

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Aug 27
Review: NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

Review: NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

My Thoughts When I look for a Bible, I look for one that is not only easy to read, but one that is eye catching and pretty. The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible is all that an more! I loved this book. When I opened it, the first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful clothlike feel to the cover. Very appealing, in my opinion. The next thing I liked about this Bible is that on the inside you find lots of places to color, doodle or write down your thoughts on the verses you’re learning. Extremely nice aspect. As a person who loves to do some adult coloring books in her spare time, this makes reading the Bible a whole new experience, for sure. The final thing I loved about this Bible, is that it is in the easy to read NIV version,but with large print words. A bonus for this reader, who’s eyes aren’t what they used to be! I definitely recommend this Bible, with all it’s easy readability, it’s fun pages and it’s beautiful cover, to all those who love a fancy new Bible. Highly flying 5 stars, no question!

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Aug 27
Book Review: Love At Any Cost by Julie Lessman (Re-Read)

Book Review: Love At Any Cost by Julie Lessman (Re-Read)

My Thoughts *Note: This review is from my original posting in March of 2014, which can be found here. My thoughts are still the same, my emotions are still the same as the first time I read it!* Sweet Saints above, Ms. Lessman has done it again!!! Next to Karen Kingsbury, she is absolutely positively my absolute favorite Christian Fiction author. I love her work! Her characters (my favorite is Katie from A Hope Undaunted!) steal you away to their time and place and sweep you into their mix for a time. I laugh, I cry, I smile through all her books and her characters……well, they are chiseled absolutely perfectly for their stories! Oh my! Cassidy was absolute a breath of fresh air! I loved the phrases she used through out the story. Ms. Lessman used phrases my granddaddy used to use before he passed away years ago, it brought back so many memories for me! And her heart, bless her, she just wanted to let go of her broken engagement from a gold digger and move on with becoming a teacher in a new place. I laughed at her and wanted to wrap her up and squeeze her tight!… Read more »

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