Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson

Back Cover:

Wendy couldn't believe she was standing here discussing toilets with a perfect stranger. Not that he was perfect--although he was rather attractive. But he was obviously enjoying her discomfort a bit too much.

He eased the bulky box from the shelf and onto the floor, leaning it against his leg. "So . . . you're new in town?"

"Not exactly." She watched as he easily picked up the container. Was he trying to be friendly or actually hitting on her?

When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. Her twelve-year-old son Jackson sees it as an exciting new start in a life that has grown rather gray without his father.

Before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. Wendy and Jackson move in--temporarily, she reminds him--in order to fix the place up before Christmas. But the charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on Wendy. She knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea--and a fresh start--is hard to resist.


My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Christmas stories and if they have Melody Carlson's name on the cover I am even more of a fan. I patiently wait every year for Ms. Carlson's Christmas offering and I am never disappointed. Her book for this year is A Christmas by the Sea and it is a sweet love story of a widow and her young son.

I love good characterization and Ms. Carlson has created characters that the reader can truly care for and root for them. Wendy Harper and her son Jackson will warm your hearts and pull you into their story. Now, Caleb Colton is swoon-worthy in my opinion and I found myself hoping things might work out with Wendy and Caleb.

A Christmas by the Sea is a delightful story of love, hope, and memories of days gone by. The scenes presented in the story made me want to pack up and take a trip to a seaside cottage so I could go hunting for shells and cuddle up by the fireplace at night.

I would highly recommend A Christmas by the Sea to anyone who enjoys a feel-good story set during the Christmas season. I guarantee your heart will be touched by the love between this young widow and her young son.

On a 5-Star Scale - 4 1/2 Stars!

I would like to thank the publisher, Revell Books for my copy of this book. I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Empowered Bible Study and Study Guide by Pam Palagyi

From the Back Cover:

God is on the move!

We live in an hour where God is transforming people, families, and entire nations at an accelerated pace. He is calling out for us to join him in an unprecedented flow of power and anointing. 

Empowered is the second book in the Foundation of Faith series. It is a comprehensive, guide for outreach and personal ministry. The book explains the Biblical foundations that will increase your understanding and strengthen your faith in this area.

Within its pages, you will find practical steps to help in these areas:

  • Hearing the Voice of God Through the Gifts of the Spirit 
  • Leading Others to Salvation
  • Praying for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  • Healing Prayer
  • Deliverance
  • Releasing the Blessing of God
Get ready to move beyond the ordinary and into the extraordinary! God is waiting for you to take part in this historic surge of his power. It's time to activate your faith and be empowered for ministry!

My Thoughts:

I had the privilege to meet author Pam Palagyi at a conference in South Carolina earlier this year. She presented me with her Bible study, Empowered along with a study guide to go along with it. The one thing she stressed to me is that this Bible study and study guide are geared to the new believer. However, I found it quite enlightening for believers no matter what stage they are at in their walk with God. In fact, I wish I had received a Bible study like this when I was a new Christian.

I believe this Bible study and study guide would be a great tool in growing in a closer walk with God. It teaches the Christian how to hear God's voice, lead others to salvation and explains the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and how to receive it. It also explains how we can offer prayers for healing over people in need of healing. 

The size of both the Bible study and study guide are about 4" by 6" and the compact size makes them easy to tuck into your Bible, purse or pocket. I truly believe this is a study that every Christian should grab hold of and embrace as a tool to grow in their walk with the Lord.

I would like to thank the author, Pam Palagyi, for my complimentary copies of the Bible study and study guide. I received my copies with no expectation of giving a positive review.

I am happy to give this Bible study and study guide 5 Stars and I would highly recommend it to every Christian looking for a closer walk with God.


Smiles & Blessings,



ESTABLISHED Seeking God's Plan for Spiritual Growth by Pam Palagyi


From the Back Cover:

Are you living the abundant life?

God created a perfect world.

He planned for us to live a dynamic and fulfilled life within that realm. If your present lifestyle falls short of God's intentions, then it is time to revisit his original design!

In Established: Seeking God's Plan for Spiritual Growth,  author Pam Palagyi reveals the blueprint for successful living. God provided five key components in the Garden of Eden for positive spiritual growth.

Established lays a firm foundation and answers questions like...

Who am I?
How do I relate to God?
Do I have a destiny, a God-directed plan for my life? 
How can I overcome the obstacles I face on a daily basis?
                                                       
Join fellow spiritual travelers as they go back to the Garden of Eden and discover God's original design.

Sometimes we need to go backward in order to find a way forward! 

My Thoughts:

I had the privilege to meet author Pam Palagyi at a conference in South Carolina earlier this year. She presented me with her Bible study, Established along with a study guide to go along with it. The one thing she stressed to me is that this Bible study and study guide are geared to the new believer. However, I found it quite enlightening for believers no matter what stage they are at in their walk with God.

I truly love the size of the books which are about 4" by 6" which makes them easy to tuck into your Bible or maybe a purse of pocket. This makes it easy to keep them handy, especially win soul winning. How great it would be if you lead someone to Christ, offer them a Bible along with this Bible study and study guide. This would be an excellent start to a new believer's walk with God.

I would highly recommend this Bible study and study guide to any believer who wants to grow closer in their walk with the Lord.

I would like to thank Pam Palagyi for my copy of Established and the study guide. I received both complimentary copies with no expectation of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness by Bruce Wilkinson with Mark E. Strong

Back Cover:
God made your heart for love, joy, peace, and wholeness. So why isn't that our normal experience? Why do so many of us feel inner turmoil? Could the problem be unforgiveness? Pastors estimate 90 percent of their congregations struggle with it. Do you? If so, get ready to be set free!
     Through the teachings of Jesus, The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness reveals the link between our suffering and our unforgiveness. But it also shows how to forgive--for real and forever. Our story doesn't have to end with the pain of our wounds. Whatever happened to us happened. But the God who made our hearts has shown a way through the wounds, back to the life and love that we were made for--a path to lasting peace.

Enjoy this video about the book.



My Thoughts:

I truly love it when God surprises me. Have you ever been in need of something but you didn't know what it was, then all of a sudden a "God thing" happens and you find it was just what you needed? Well, that is exactly what happened to me and the "God thing" that happened was an email from Bring It On! Communications asking me if I would be interested in reading and reviewing The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness How to Find Peace By Forgiving Others And Yourself. This book is life-changing, to say the least. 

In reading this book, the authors take you through how unforgiveness torments us until we can truly forgive. They lead you step-by-step in how to forgive others and then how to forgive ourselves. I must admit, for the sake of my review, I just read through the book but I fully intend to go back now and take each step that is outlined to freeing myself of unforgiveness. 

The book is laced with stories of people who found themselves tormented in one way or another and needed to forgive others as well as themselves. We are shown how God wants all His children to forgive everyone for everything no matter what it is. 

This book is a very easy book to read and believe me if you make it all the way through you will find yourself a very changed person feeling free, maybe for the first time in your life. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. In fact, we have purchased several copies for our church members to read, do and pass on.

This is definitely worth 5 Stars!

I would like to thank Kati Viscaino with Bring It On Communications for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book. I received a complimentary copy with no expectation for a positive review.


Smiles & Blessings,

Monday, August 6, 2018

Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

FROM THE BACK COVER

SHE'LL HAE TO DRAW ON ALL OF HER RESOURCES TO CRACK THE CASE--AND GUARD HER HEART.

After being dumped by her fiance, Chloe St. John has decided that the only male she likes is her K-9 German shepherd partner, Hank. But being over the whole romance thing has perks--like giving full attention to her job. Attention she's definitely going to need because a case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.
     Deputy US Marshall Blake MacCallum is in a race against the clock to rescue his kidnapped daughter when Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man. But can she trust him? And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?
     Buckle in. This fast and furious ride will have your heart pumping from the very start.

MY THOUGHTS:

I am a huge fan of Lynette Eason so I just had to read her newest book, Called to Protect, which is the second book in her "Blue Justice" series. While it is second in a series it reads quite well as a stand-alone book.

While the subject matter of Called to Protect is detestable to me, unfortunately, it is something that is all too real in today's world. The subject matter is human trafficking and I must say that Ms. Eason deals well with the subject matter and created some very detestable characters. 

The series centers around the St. John family who are all involved with the law in some way. This book highlights Officer Chloe St. John and her K-9 partner Hank, as well as, Deputy US Marshall Blake McCallum. Both have a loved one that has been abducted as part of a local trafficking ring causing them to eventually work together to bring the traffickers to justice. I will say that this story is extremely fast-paced and will keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

Both Chloe and Blake have issues in their past that cause them both to have issues in the area of trusting others. Can they overcome their trust issues to push forward and have a relationship with each other? Will they be able to break the trafficking ring? Those answers you will find between the covers of this extremely well-written book. If you love a good suspense novel with a little romance this is definitely a book you should pick up.

On a 5-Star Scale -  5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Revell, a Division of Baker Publishing Group, for my copy of Called to Protect. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks

Back Cover:

An artist hiding from an escaped killer uncovers one of World War II's most dangerous secrets--a secret that desperate men will do anything to keep hidden.

After the murder of her twin sister, Murphy Anderson changed her name and appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska, to avoid the press and publicity. But when local authorities discover she's an artist and request her help in drawing a dying man's memories, she unintentionally ends up in the limelight again-and back in the killer's crosshairs.

The deathbed confessions of an Alaskan hunter have Murphy drawing the five bodies he discovered on remote Ruuwaq Island ten years ago. But what investigators find has them mystified. Evidence suggests that the bodies were deliberately destroyed, and what they uncover in an abandoned Quonset hut from World War II only brings more questions.

As one by one the investigators who were at the hut die, Murphy knows there is something much darker at stake. What happened on this island during the war? And who is willing to kill to keep its secrets buried?

My Thoughts:

When I read my first suspense novel by Carrie Stuart Parks, I fell in love with her writing. I was truly excited when I received her newest novel, Formula of Deception. This is a stand-alone novel that knocked my socks off.

Since I am a big fan of characterization, I tend to scrutinize the characters a little more than the plot line. Miss Parks does a great job of creating strong believable characters in this novel. But the location is also a strong character as well.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book is the historical ties to World War II. The mystery began during that period of time and carried through to the present. It will definitely keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

The ending was truly a shocker for me. I love it when I think I know what is going on, only to be proved I am wrong. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspenseful mystery.

On a 5 star-scale - 4.5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Book Look Bloggers for my complimentary copy of Formula of Deception. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,



Her Cowboy Reunion by Ruth Logan Herne


A new life...an old love. 
Can she risk loving him again in 
Shepherd's Crossing?

With her family in disgrace, Lizzie Fitzgerald never imagined she'd end up at an Idaho ranch. Fortunately, she's working with horses she loves--even if it means dealing with her old sweetheart Heath Caufield. The widowed father of an adorable boy, Heath hasn't forgiven Lizzie for their past. But even a stubborn cowboy can't stop the heart's ability to forgive...or love again.

MY THOUGHTS:

I love a feel-good story, especially when small children and animals are involved. So it was very easy for me to fall in love with Ruth Logan Herne's newest Love Inspired novel, Her Cowboy Reunion. This is the first book in her "Shepherd's Crossing" series which just released this month.

It is obvious the author has been around children a lot as she writes their characters so well and their speech is all so real. I really love that about her work.

Her Cowboy Reunion is about reuniting with past loves, forgiveness of others, and forgiveness of oneself. It is also about getting past the anger of the past in order to make room for joy in the future. I loved how the author allowed us to be part of the process.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read feel-good stories. I guarantee you will fall in love with a little cowboy dude named Zeke.

On a 5-Star scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author Ruth Logan Herne for the complimentary copy. I received my copy for free with no expectation for a positive review.

Smiles & Blessings,