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A Redeeming Love

Author Leslie Gould’s novel, Courting Cate, is a story of two sisters, Cate and Betsy Miller, and their journey into matrimony. Elder sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her beauty. Younger sister, Betsy, … Continue reading

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A Compelling Account

Illegals by Darrell Ankarlo, isa compelling account of the dangers America faces by failing to control our borders. Ankarlo examines the costs and effects of illegal immigration. This book goes beyond sound-bite reporting to expose the real and raw truth … Continue reading

A Great Gift

The iShine Bible is a compact, full length bible geared towards tween girls. This leather-like, bejeweled bible comes in a stylish lip-sync pink and ruby-red soft cover. iShine bible comes in the new living translation which makes it easy to read. It helps tweens understand their value in God, identity in Christ and their divine-appointed purpose in life. Videos and on-line content is made accessible to using QR codes and URLs.

 

This bible makes a wonderful coming-of-age gift for a tween girl. This high-quality bible is fashionably appealing and easy to navigate. The iShine Bible also contains tween-friendly indices of: Bible stories, memory verses, and includes question and answers on life situations that young girls face daily. I like how the author(s) used a modern approach: combining mobile technology with on-line content and videos. This use of QR codes and URLs makes the bible more interactive and accessible. Its compact size also makes it easy to carry in a small purse.

 

I received this complimentary book from Tyndale House Publiser as part of their book review bloggers program. 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Tracey Petersen and Judith Miller weave a funny, romantic and suspenseful story of trust and faith in To Have and To Hold.  Audrey Cunningham reluctantly leaves her life Pittsburgh to return to her father’s ancestral home on Bridal Veil Island.  Audrey is hopeful that this majestic and solitary place will keep her father sober drawing him closer to God.  This hope is soon challenged when Audrey learns that wealthy investors are buying up the island to build a grand resort.  Audrey’s childhood home is the only remaining land needed to complete this project.

Contractor Marshall Graham arrives at Bridal Veil at Boyd Cunningham’s request.  An opportunity opens up for Marshall to oversee the building of the grand resort.  However, Marshall is uncertain he can put his dreams on hold when Boyd asks him to look after Audrey – especially since she appears to strongly dislike him.

This is my first time reading a Tracey Petersen book.  The characters are vivid, the story lines intriguing and the plot suspenseful.  You will find yourself thoroughly engaged in this adventure from beginning to end.

I received this book free from Bethany House as part of their book review bloggers program. 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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When I received Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half, I was eager to see how America’s Cheapest Family found success in managing their resources and maximized their budget.  The authors: Steve and Annette Economides provide insight into what tips tricks and discoveries worked for them.   

The book is adapted to let the reader decide what approach will work for their current income and family size.   From the beginning, the authors encourage the reader to be adventurous – explore the possibilities of saving money and time by reducing your grocery bill.  Steve and Annette words are encouraging and seasoned with experience.  Anyone can provide an idea, but the Economides’ style is warm and inviting. 

The pace of the book allows for the reader to customize the solutions to their current situation.  Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half is a comprehensive resource and a value to those would want to change or improve the way the handle their resources, eat healthier and love to get value for their money.  Best of all, it is well worth the investment!

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The Grace of God by Andy Stanley tells a compelling story about God’s relationship with man.  Stanley uses a contemporary style to convey recorded Biblical events into relatable experiences of our current times.  The central message is: God’s grace cannot be earned but only given as a gift to humanity. 

Andy Stanley carefully takes the reader on a journey through the Old and New Testament scriptures illustrating how God’s grace through His love is the motivation in every detail and action that was designed to designed to redeem and reconcile man back to God.  Grace is:, why Abraham was chosen to become a covenant people, why Israel a chosen nation, and  why Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice.

The Grace of God is an eye-opening, life-changing work.  It will turn everything you understand about God’s grace on its ear and usher you into a new understanding and freedom of being in relationship with a loving God.  This book will change you.  A must read!

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Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander chronicles the journey of two characters:  Rachel Boyd –  a young widow – struggling to run a ranch and fulfill her late husband’s dream; Rand Brookston – a doctor haunted by the shadows of the past –  working to build a new future in the Western territory.  When Rachel and Rand cross each other path: Will Dr. Brookston’s future includes Mrs. Rachel Boyd?

Rachel Boyd is faced with devastating  circumstances –  beyond her control –  that could cost the life of a loved one.  Rachel is forced to decide to open her heart and place her trust in Rand Brookston.  However, in order to help Rachel, Rand must confront his own fears.

This story of forgiveness is relatable and heart-felt. Through the eyes of the author, witness how both Rachel and Rand must face their hurts and fears to find love and life beyond the pain of the past.  The characters are complex yet real; the imagery is and the plot is compelling.   

Even though this is a fictional work, the historical context and vivid characters draw you in from the beginning. The storytelling of Ms. Alexander makes it impossible to stop reading until the end. You will find yourself invested in the challenges the characters’ face and the raw emotions expressed in this novel.   Within My Heart is another success for Tamera Alexander.  I really enjoyed this book!

Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. 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.