Saturday, July 24, 2021

The Chase by Lisa Harris


I have read a lot of novels by Lisa Harris, but The Chase, in my opinion, is probably her best so far. Now this is the second book in her "U.S. Marshals" series, the first book being The Escape (unfortunately I haven't had a chance to pick up a copy yet). While they can be read as standalones I believe it would be best to read them in order as this is a series that contains a continuation thread.

I love great characters and Ms. Harris did not disappoint me with her two lead characters, U.S. Marshal Madison James and U.S. Marshal Jonas Quinn. Both characters bring the pages of this book to life and pull the reader into their world. 

The plot to me was fast paced and kept me guessing and pulling for the success of the characters. The main story concerned a series of bank robberies and Madison and Jonas were given the identity of someone that could have been involved. This took them on a chase from Seattle to the San Juan Islands keeping the reader sitting on the edge of the seat waiting for the climax to the hunt. 

The second storyline involves the death of Madison's husband (which occurred in the first book). In this book, it is revealed that Madison has a mental block on who actually killed her husband. There are some hints at the end of this book but unfortunately the reader will not learn the resolve until book three, The Catch. I can hardly wait for this third installment to be released.

If you are a fan of Lisa Harris and like fast paced action suspense novels that are clean and have a faith thread you must pick up a copy of The Chase. I promise you will not be disappointed.

On a 5-star scale = 5 HUGE Stars! I loved this book!

I would like to thank the author and Net Galley for my copy of The ChaseI received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Cindy

 

Mysteries of the Messiah by Rabbi Jason Sobel

When given the opportunity to read Mysteries of the Messiah I jumped at the chance as it was described as a book that would unveil divine connections between the Old and New Testaments.

Wow! I have always know that numbers in the Scriptures have a lot of meaning but it wasn't until the first chapter of this book that I really saw how numbers mean a lot more. Rabbi Sobel explains how the Hebrew alphabet is not only represented by letters but also by numbers. In so doing many mysteries are revealed.

I have always loved to explore different languages and I have always learned that sometimes things are lost in the translations. Imagine reading any version of the Bible in English and then reading and understanding it in Hebrew, I am almost positive we would find some things are missed in the translation. However, I truly believe God speaks through His Scriptures in all languages.

If you want to discover some of the mysteries of the Messiah, I would highly recommend that you pick up a copy of this book.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Are you settling for half the story? Highlighting connections that have been hidden from non-Jewish eyes, Rabbi Jason Sobel will connect the dots between the Old and New Testament, helping you see the Bible with clarity as God intended.

Most people—even people of faith—do not understand how the Bible fits together. Too many Christians accept half an inheritance, content to embrace merely the New Testament, while Jewish people may often experience the same by embracing only the Old Testament. But God has an intricate plan and purpose for both the Old and the New.

In Mysteries of the Messiah, Rabbi Jason Sobel reveals the many connections in Scripture hidden in plain sight. Known for his emphatic declaration “but there’s more!” he guides us in seeing the passion and purpose of the Messiah. Mysteries of the Messiah:

  • Uncovers connections between the Old and New Testaments
  • Connects the dots for readers with details about Jesus, the Torah, and biblical characters
  • Written with the unique perspective of a rabbi with an evangelical theological degree

No matter how many times you have read the Bible, Mysteries of the Messiah will bring fresh perspective and insight. God’s Word, written by many people over thousands of years, is not a random selection of people and stories. Rabbi Jason Sobel connects the dots and helps us see with clarity what God intended.

I would like to thank Audra Jennings and W Publishing Group, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers, for my copy of Mysteries of the MessiahI received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Cindy




Friday, July 16, 2021

The Chase by Lisa Harris is a MUST read!




Below is the promo video for The Chase by Lisa Harris



Friday, April 30, 2021

Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard


 I am a big fan of Elizabeth Goddard's work and could hardly wait for her newest book, Present Danger, to come out. It is the first book in her new "Rocky Mountain Courage" series. It is an extremely fast paced story that will pull you in and keep you breathless until the very last page.

Ms. Goddard has created a cast of well developed characters that seem to spring to life right off the page. They pull you into their story and take you on a fast paced journey throughout all 363 pages. The main characters are US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors and former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner who is now working as a detective for the Grayback County Sheriff's Department. Probably the biggest character is the setting. The story takes place in the beautiful state of Montana and Ms. Goddard describes it where you can totally imagine the scene.

The story starts out with a plane crash and a murder. This brings the two main characters together to work the case which could pose some issues since they have a past romantic history together. During the course of their investigation more murders occur and they have attempts made on theirs lives. 

The story is filled with suspense and is action packed, but it is also filled with forgiveness for several characters. There is a mystery woven into the story around Native American artifacts which in the end reveals a 'mystery' character from one of the lead characters past. 

One thing I liked was that Ms. Goddard brought a couple of characters (Liam McKade and Rae Burke) back for a brief moment from her previous book, Don't Keep Silent which is part of her "Uncommon Justice" series.  Jack had a small part in that book as well.  

If you like fast paced action suspense novels that are clean and have a faith thread you must pick up a copy of Present Danger. I promise you will not be disappointed.

On a 5-star scale = 5 HUGE Stars! I loved this book!

I would like to thank Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for my copy of Present DangerI received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Cindy

Monday, March 15, 2021

Philippians A Biblical Study by Joyce Meyer

I was really excited to learn that Joyce Meyer had written a Bible Study on the book of Philippians as it is one of my favorite books of the Bible.

Ms. Meyer begins the book with a "how to" study of her book followed by a few pages about the Philippians. She then has fourteen chapters covering all of Philippians followed by her closing comments.

In her Chapter 13, she has a section on Philippians 4:6-7 which happens to be two of my favorite verses. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus". She goes on to explain that there are four practical and powerful principles within these two verses. We are told not to worry, to pray, to be thankful and to have and enjoy peace. She goes on to explain how she uses these verses to block worry in her own life.

She covers all the chapters and verses the same way as I have mentioned above. I would highly recommend this Bible study to anyone who wants to dig down deeper into God's Word.

I would like to thank FaithWords, a division of Hachette Books, for my copy of PhilippiansI received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

 

The Confident Woman Journal by Joyce Meyer


 I love a good journal and Joyce Meyer's new journal, The Confident Woman Journal is proving to be a great one for me. 

This journal was created to be a companion to go along with Ms. Meyer's book, The Confident Woman Journal, however, you do not need the book in order to utilize this beautiful journal.

Within the pages of this journal are quotes that according to the copyright page, came from Ms. Meyer's book, Your Battles Belong to the Lord.

As you can see by the picture to the left, the cover is white and it is from what I would consider simulated leather. It truly is a beautiful journal.

I would like to thank FaithWords, a division of Hachette Books, for my copy of this journal. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Unknown Threat by Lynn H. Blackburn

 It's exciting to hear a new voice, at least one that is new to me. I have been intrigued by the works of Lynn H. Blackburn for some time and was excited when I was given the chance to read her first book, Unknown Threat, of her new series, "Defend and Protect". This book deals with the Secret Service and FBI working together to solve linked cases involving hits on the Secret Service.

The female lead is FBI Special Agent Faith Malone who tends to be so job focused, personal relationships are out of the question for her even when she is not working a case. The male lead is US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell and he has a bitter dislike for the FBI due to something that happened in his past. The question is, can these two learn to work together to solve the case and maybe break the barriers between them? The journey through the pages was worth it as the romantic tension between these two is almost palpable.

In this first book of the series, Ms. Blackburn lays groundwork for the next books in the series by introducing the reader to the other Secret Service Agents which I'm sure will have their own stories. Many times in a series, the reader may meet characters that will appear later but they get a "meet and greet" with the characters. In Unknown Threat I found that Ms. Blackburn let us get to know the accompanying characters well enough that as a reader I grew to care about them and some of their issues. Well done.

The one thing I wasn't really excited about was the actual reason for the crimes. I thought there should have been more of a reason than what it actually was. But I don't want to be a spoiler as I am sure there are others who will accept the reason as a good one.

If you like a good suspense filled book with characters that draw you in, please pick up a copy of this book.

On a 5-Star scale - 4 Stars.

I would like to thank the author, Revell, for my copy of Unknown Threat. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,