Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Judah's Wife!!

Judah's Wife (The Silent Years Book #2): A Novel of the Maccabees by [Hunt, Angela]

Judah's Wife: The Silent Years #2

By Angela Hunt

In the second installment of "The Silent Years" series we meet a young Leah on the eve of the time for a choice to be made of who is to be her husband. To her surprise the man who had rescued her and her friend from a young group of Hellene's. This man that her father has chosen for her to marry, is her way out of the home of strife and contempt. But then the peace that Leah has longed for is interrupted by Judah's Father's plan resist the King's decree. This resistance leads to a war that costs her father in laws life and put Judah, in charge of the resistance. 

The one thing Leah has longed for is a home that is full of peace is being taken from her by her husbands choice to fulfill his fathers dying wish. She can not understand why her new family has chosen to stand for the One True God. Also, Leah does not understand what kind of God would destroy her chance at peace. 

This story is told thru the eyes of the young wife of Judah, who learns about what love requires..... courage and sacrifice. 

This story is very much well written, Angela Hunt has brought us another biblical novel that will touch all of our hearts. Leah's story speaks of a transformation from seeking peace in our lives to embracing the love that God has for us.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Taking Aim!!!!

Taking Aim: Daring to Be Different, Happier, and Healthier in the Great Outdoors by [Shockey, Eva, Gregory, A. J.]

Taking Aim 

By Eva Shockey and A.J. Gregory

The daughter of a dancer and a hunter, Eva grew up in a very different household than most kids her age. She dreamed of becoming a beautiful ballerina like her mom, until one day she realized her dream was to follow in her father's footsteps. Her families vacations were spent RVing across the countryside with her dad going on hunts. Eva found her passion during these adventures with her family. Eva tells her personal story thru her travels towards a rewarding life in the outdoor pursuits. 

It does not matter if you are a city loving diva or a countrywoman we all have dreams in our lives to follow. Eva urges each of us women to follow our passions by believing ourselves and finding courage. Each of us has a dream deep inside of us that we long to see come forth, we just have to choose to let the arrow fly free and it will hit its mark. 

"I received a complimentary copy of this book from  Blogging for books and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative. 

Habits of the Heart!!

Habits of the Heart: 365 Daily Exercises for Living like Jesus by [Butler, Katherine J.]

Habits of the Heart

5 Daily Exercises for Living like Jesus

Do you have a deep longing inside you to live a life that is fully and deeply engaged in your faith? Do you feel like you are lacking in your prayer life? Is your heart aching to be closer to the one who died on the cross for you? Real change can only happen when we make a choice to train our heart into the habit of practising godliness. The most important thing the bible says we can do is to train our spirit and this book gives guidance on how to do this.

This little book is more than a devotional, it is a way of taking yourself to a deeper level in your walk with Jesus. Each week has a focused exercise that helps you to change your habits or thoughts about your life and walk with the Lord. If one of your New Years resolutions is to deepen your spiritual walk this is the book for you. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Blogging and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Danger is near!!!

Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor Book #3) by [Pettrey, Dani]

Blind Spot 

by Dani Pettrey

Chesapeake Valor is back with the newest instalment Blind Spot, FBI agent Declan Grey and Tanner Shaw team up to chase down a threat. This is not what Tanner wants when she joins the FBI as a crisis counselor.  But when the best clue to the investigation leads Declan to an immigrant community. He realizes that Tanner may be more of a help than he realized. Her experience with her work for justice for the refugees and the displaced around the world has prepared her this job.  The more they uncover the deeper they get into danger, creating more tension between the two. Racing against time to save the city they love so dearly, will they be able to find who is causing the danger? Also, will Tanner and Declan realize that they have feelings for each other

Dani Pettrey has written another spine-tingling mystery with a side of romance. She takes a storyline and weaves it into a book that grabs you and will not let you go. I recommend this book to all lovers of mystery and romance. 

 Disclosure of material connection: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Beautifully Written!!!

Isaiah's Daughter

by Mesu Andrews 

The prophet Isaiah is a well-known prophet that is part of the old testament history. This book draws on the history of Israel during a time of division. Israel in the North has bowed to pagan worship, while in Judah a small remnant of Yahweh's faithful is clinging to the one true God. 

In the middle of this war-torn country is a young orphan girl Ishma, who all she has known in her young life is desolation. Her life turns around when she finds a place as a servant in the home of the prophet Isaiah. A  kinship is created between the little servant girl and the young crown prince Hezekiah. As the years pass these two young ones their friendship grows, creating a bond that is forged from the pain in their lives. 

As Isaiah watches the relationship between these two young ones mature over the years, he sees what he needs to do in the time ahead of him. He makes a bold move in adopting Ishma making her his daughter. This adoption gives her a royal pedigree and a new name "Hephzibah." She becomes the wife of Hezekiah and the queen of Judah.

Her love for Hezekiah will require more than she has ever dreamed of her life. Fear rules her life as her people faces the terror at the hands of Assyrians. Will her life in the palace lead to the freedom from her past that she has been longing for? Or will Hephzibah be able to place her trust in the Only One who can free her from her fears? The one true God who can free a captive heart and a desperately lost nation.

Mesu Andrews takes the scripture and brings it to life in each of her books. This story based on the prophet Isaiah during the rule of King Ahaz and the terrifying threat of the Assyrian's. It delves into the culture with a story that reaches into your heart and touches you deeply. We all at one point are captive to something in our lives. Maybe it is a fear like Hephzibah had or it could be just not being willing to let go of the control of your life.

 If you love reading biblical fiction this book will be for you!!

I received this book from Blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any form for this review.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Shine: Stepping into your role!!


by Allison Allen

We all at some point play a role in our lives, we play a character that is not our true self. We walk into a room and put on a mask that hides our true thoughts. We choose the lines we want to say, but not saying what we truly need to say. By becoming someone else, we tell ourselves it is just another version of who we are. Everyone one of us have done this at some point in our life. 

By using fascinating person stories and sharp insight into human nature, former Actress Allison
 Allen calls us to drop the act and step up to the role in front of us. No matter what the critics around us say, we can be our real self that God has created. Allison gives us permission to talk about the things we feel, rather than beating around the bush to say what we feel. Freeing us to step out of the shadows we have hid in, allowing us us to step into the light of God's true calling.

This book is for anyone looking to throw of the the role we are playing and follow the true calling that God has for us. 

*I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for a honest review.*



Becoming Resilient 

by Donna Gibbs

Resilience is something we all long for in our lives, each of us have faced some kind of difficulty at some time. Disappointment, rejection, injustice, loss and grief is part of our lives. This suffering can leave us broken inside, while going thru the motions on the outside. We can remain stuck in negative patterns or choose to move forward toward healing. 

Donna Gibbs brings to the table twenty years of experience as a professional counselor. Drawing from that experience, she shares the secrets of building your resilience to change your experience of suffering. By offering practical tools and effective coping strategies to with whatever life throws at us. Using these tools and coping strategies can help you move through suffering and come out on the other side stronger.

Grief and loss is part of our life, at some point we all have had to face this.  This book helps us deal with all of this in our lives. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for hope to pull thru the struggles that they are facing.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for a honest review.