Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Just when you think one of your favorite historical authors cannot get any better she goes and surprises you by really outdoing herself!
As always this book is filled with rich, vivid research, outstanding, deep characters with so many different layers and a exquisite writing. all of this coming together into one glorious book that is hard to put down!
At times heart breaking this book really brings to life the rough times in the frontier and the hear breaking circumstances many people found themselves in. The characters of Clare and Jeremiah are amazing and make your heart bleed for them when bad things happen and rejoice when something good happens.
If you are into historical fiction make sure to check Lori Benton out, you won't be disappointed.

Monday, August 14, 2017

So close to amazing by Karianne Wood

What a great, encouraging book. It is so easy to look at other peoples lives and think that they have everything together, especially when that person is a successful DIY blogger who has won many awards and is hugely popular. I love how KariAnne is so down to earth and honest that her life is far from perfect and that she has had many DIY attempts go wrong. Filled with warm insight and laugh out loud humor this book was such an engaging this book feels more like a good conversation with a good friend.  Not only is it an engaging read but there are also some pretty amazing DIY tips and projects at the end of each chapter that look amazing and totally doable (and I am by no means the Queen of DIY).
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Is Justice Possible? by J. Paul Nyquist




In a very thought provoking book this is  very engaging read really gets one to think . Written in an engaging manner that gets one thinking and heavily drawing on the scriptures to support his points. Broken into 4 parts this book is long enough to give you enough to really think about but not too much to be too overwhelming. At times the book is a bit depressing because Justice is something we don't see as often as we would like in our society but this book does give hope at the end of the book that we will see true justice when Christ returns.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Dream Centered life by Luke Barnett

For anyone who has wanted to find what drives them and what makes them feel the most alive, this book is for you. I was eager to read this book and it certainly did not disappoint. Filled with inspiring stories, real world scripture application and keen insight this book really helps one think outside of the box and begin to dream of ways to enhance ones own life.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Hiding from the kids in my prayer closet by Jessica Kastner


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Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet (David C Cook, July 2017)
Finding grace and laughter when motherhood gets real
Soon after Jessica Kastner became a mother, she wondered if she was the only mom who found pretend play more boring than watching playdough harden and who dreaded yet another friend’s Instagram post of homemade deliciousness.
In Hiding from My Kids in the Prayer Closet, Kastner shares her experience as an “unmom”—a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. She helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be.

My opinion: For any Mom who feels overwhelmed by all of the responsibilities that come with being Mom this book is encouraging and laugh out loud funny at times. I love how candid and open the author is, it makes me feel like I am not alone in my crazy moments.  Being a Mom is definitely the hardest job one can ever have and yet this book helps makes you feel like you are not alone and that one can find grace and laughter in the disasters that can happen.
Written in a warm, witty manner this book is a great read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Secrets by Jonathan Daugherty


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Secrets: A True Story of Addiction, Infidelity, and Second Chances (New Growth Press, June 2017)
Everyone has a secret or two, a part of their life they would rather not share with the rest of the world.
But for Jonathan Daugherty, his secret was so life-altering and relationship-ending that he fought to keep it hidden at all costs. And it did cost him. His secret kept him from contentment, peace, and the possibility of being known and loved for who he truly is. That’s what any secret addiction can do—but in particular a sex addiction.
After his wife finally discovered his secret, their marriage appeared to be over. In Secrets, Jonathan honestly and courageously shares his story of addiction to pornography and how he lost everything to it.
But that’s not how the story ends. While Jonathan struggled, someone else was at work—his heavenly Father. At the lowest possible moment of his life, God stepped in and brought him hope and healing. This is a story of both loss and redemption that gives hope to anyone who has ever experienced the power and struggle of addiction and its life-destroying effects.
Addiction doesn’t have the final say over Jonathan’s life or in his marriage. The God who finds the lost, heals the sick, and brings life from death has the last, victorious word.
—A courageous, honest and open account of life as a sex addict and how sex addiction destroys marriages.
—A life-affirming and personal story of recovery and redemption that will inspire readers.
—Offers hope to all who struggle with pornography and sex addiction.
—Each chapter includes a “Living in the Light” section designed to equip and help readers find freedom from addiction.
—Suitable as a study for support groups of addicts and those who care about them.

My opinion: This is a great book about the struggles of keeping a secret and the terrible cost it comes to ones personal and spiritual life. I enjoyed this candid read as the author is very open about his struggles and how they almost destroyed his marriage and his ministry. This is about about making mistakes and finding redemption.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

On Love's Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson

I have really enjoyed this engaging series that is so down to earth and lovely characters. I loved this book that is about lost and found love. Natalie is an engaging heroine who has to come to terms with her past and face her future even though it is filled with uncertainty especially when she runs into a childhood friend who stirs up more feelings than she knew was possible. This book is a gentle love story with a lot of person growth and lots of feeling.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My daughter's legacy by Mindy Clark and Leslie Gould


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My Daughter’s Legacy(Harvest House, July 2017)
A thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God’s leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last
Virginia, 1864
Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?
Virginia, present day
Nicole Talbot’s life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she’s finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family’s legacy, she must risk all that she’s gained—her fresh start, her family’s trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.

My opinion: I have enjoyed this series thoroughly and this book was no exceptions. I love how this book goes back and forth between past and present and I liked how Nicole Talbot finally gets her own time to shine as we have gotten to know her in the previous books. Therese was an enjoyable character and I liked watching her love story grow and develop. Well written and researched meticulously. I loved how this series has a bit of mystery and intrigue as well.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.