Review – The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas by Deron Spoo

The Good BookI am enjoying working through this book. Each section is composed of five chapters and I like the way these chapters are “bite-sized”. I am folding this reading into my quiet time and that is working nicely.
The five chapters in each section build the case for the idea that is covered in each section. I like the way the Bible reading is actually printed right in the book and is followed by the authors explanation.
The ideas presented in The Good Book do indeed seem to give a general, overall framework for what are some major themes in the Bible. The author does not go into arguments to prove the claims of the Bible, or into a word by word breakdown. The ideas appear focused on increasing the understanding of how God could be working in an individual’s life, based on how He has worked through the past.
(4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Good BookThe Good Book  offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible’s biggest ideas.
A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible.
Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible,  The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey.
The Good Book:
-is a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;
-gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages;
-helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and
-encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days.
The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an eight-week church-wide program or a forty-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week.
 
The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible.

Deron Spoo is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past 16 years, Spoo has guided the church as it transitions from being simply a downtown church to a regional church committed to urban ministry. Church members describe him as “down to earth” and “authentic.” His television devotionals, “First Things First,” reach 100,000 people each week. Spoo is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Paula, have three children.
Find out more about Deron at http://www.readthegoodbook.com.
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Review: A Love So True by Melissa Jagears

A Love So TrueI enjoyed this beautiful story so much! It is the second book in the Teaville Moral Society series, yet I believe that readers could enjoy A Love So True as a stand alone novel, if needed.

The main characters, Evelyn and David, were so likable! I wanted everything to work out for these two people who truly seemed to care for others. This story was rich in historic detail and packed with emotional scenes that felt very realistic.

A Love So True was wonderful from start to finish! It delved into a layer of society, just as book one did, that so many people wanted to pretend did not exist. It was hard to read about the attitudes of some of the citizens, yet this was not only a deep book but an uplifting one.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Love So TrueEvelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town’s red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn’t limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well–if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community.
David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father’s companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he’s shown interest in Evelyn’s work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.
They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David’s dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melissa Jagears

Melissa Jagears is a Carol Award-winning author, a homeschooling mother to three, and an extreme night owl.

You can connect with Melissa on her website, blog, Facebook (author page), Facebook (blog page), Goodreads, and Pinterest.

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Review: True to You by Becky Wade

True to YouWow! This contemporary romance was packed with emotion! The author did a truly wonderful job of making me feel what these characters were experiencing. The uncertainty, the heartache, the nervousness…Whatever Nora or John felt…I felt! I love it when an author can capture that in their novel.

I really liked both main characters. They have quite a few differences that are noticeable from the start, yet it is clear to the reader that they are made for each other. But, of course, it is not that simple! There was definitely a lot for these two to work through and that made for a deeply satisfying and intense read full of truths that both Nora and John had to discover for themselves.

True to You is the first full length novel in the Bradford Sisters Romance series. There is also a free prequel novella titled Then Came You that introduces this series. While you can read True to You without having read the prequel, I highly recommend the prequel as well. It gives the reader some background information regarding the family, is well written, and is a very interesting story.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

True to YouAfter a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

Download the free novella, Then Came You, here.

Purchase your own copy of True to You here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Becky Wade

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine,  A Love Like Ours, and Her One and Only.

Connect with Becky:

Website: www.beckywade.com

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Review: Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

Forensic FaithI am so impressed with this book! I haven’t read any other books by this author, but I definitely plan to now! I plan to read Cold-Case Christianity as soon as possible, based on what I have learned in Forensic Faith.

I love how straight forward the author is in his explanations. He presents the information very clearly and in a method that makes sense. He does not speak down to the reader, yet he makes sure to not skip steps in his explanation.

I really appreciate the way the author takes the reader through the steps of solving and proving a cold case and applies that same method to proving the basis of the Christian faith.

I have already begun sharing about what I have learned in Forensic Faith with my oldest child and plan to do much more reading, learning, and sharing with all of my children in the near future in order to prepare them to be able to defend their faith when challenged.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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A cold-case detective helps you rethink and share your Christian beliefs.
Forensic FaithJ. Warner Wallace has asked this question in churches across America over the past several years, and the answer he gets is often disappointing; it’s almost always rooted in some sort of personal, subjective experience. As a community, we Christians aren’t typically prepared to make the case for why we believe Christianity is true from the objective evidence of history, philosophy or science. Worse yet, many of us don’t think we have any obligation to do so.
In J. Warner’s first two books, he made the case for God’s existence (God’s Crime Scene) and the case for Christianity (Cold-Case Christianity). In Forensic Faith, J. Warner completes the trilogy by making the case for… making the case! In Forensic Faith, J. Warner helps readers understand why it’s important to defend what they believe, and provides them with a unique template to help them become effective “Christian Case Makers.” Forensic Faith will help readers:
-understand why they, as Christians, have a duty to defend the truth
-develop a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity
-learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God’s Word
-become a better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers
With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical insights, J. Warner hopes to teach readers the daily cold-case investigative disciplines they can apply in their lives as believers. Forensic Faith is an engaging, fresh look at what it means to be a Christian.

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, Fox News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of “Cold-Case Christianity” and “God’s Crime Scene.” Wallace has a master’s degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.
Find out more about J. Warner at http://coldcasechristianity.com.
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Review: A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

A Stranger FellsworthA Stranger at Fellsworth was a very nicely written story. I felt transported back in time with the author’s descriptions of life in early 1800’s England. It was hard to see the way Annabelle was treated toward the beginning of the book. The actions of her brother and the men he associated with made for such a difficult situation for her.

The main characters, Annabelle and Owen, were very likable and the setting of Surrey was beautiful. There was a gentle romance that brewed just perfectly throughout the pages and an ongoing mystery that waited to be solved. I thought that the balance between the mystery, the romance, and the danger was very well done.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Stranger FellsworthCould losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?

In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.

Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love.

As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever.

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Review: With This Pledge by Debra Clopton

With This PledgeWith This Pledge was such a wonderful story! I have enjoyed every book from the Windswept Bay series, and this is one of my favorites. Even if you haven’t read the other books, With This Pledge seems to stand on its own rather nicely. There are repeat characters from the other books, but the main storyline between Max and Kelsey is strong on its own.

I really liked the main characters. I loved the way they connected with each other and how in tune with each other they seemed to be. Even as Kelsey fought her attraction for Max, there was this bond between the two of them that kept me eagerly reading. I am looking forward to reading more books in the series. This one did end a bit abrubtly for me. But it will be fun to see more of Max and Kelsey in future stories.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

With This PledgeAfter a special ops mission gone terribly wrong, Max Sinclair is home and facing the possibility of losing the career he loves serving his country. When he meets his brother’s new stable manager he is drawn to her and feeling more alive.

After a bad situation with her ex-boss, horse trainer Kelsey Malone accepted the job of running the Windswept Bay side stables for Cam Sinclair. She’s attracted to his brother Max the moment she sees him at Cam and Lana’s engagement party. But her dad was career military and gave his life for his country-Kelsey’s vowed she’ll never go through that again and doesn’t date military men. But things get complicated when her ex-boss shows up and Max steps in to protect her.

Can love heal these two wounded soul’s hearts? Welcome back to the beautiful sunset shores of Windswept Bay where the romance continues…

Purchase your own copy here.

The Windswept Bay series:

From This Moment On by Debra Clopton (FREE)

Somewhere With You by Debra Clopton

With This Kiss by Debra Clopton

Forever and For Always by Debra Clopton

Holding Out for Love by Debra Clopton

With This Ring by Debra Clopton

With This Promise by Debra Clopton

With This Pledge by Debra Clopton

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debra Clopton

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

Connect with Debra: website, Twitter, Facebook

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Review – Devoted: A Girl’s 31-Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God by Marjorie Jackson

Devoted

I am very impressed with this devotional for teen girls and young women. I have been reading and studying through it as part of my quiet time. This guide is written in a straightforward manner, with some occasional humorous moments. It truly feels as if the author is speaking to you and offering guidance and suggestions. I appreciate that it is not full of “fluff”, but gets to the heart of important matters, including things such as “Why Read the Bible?”, “Guys”, “Picking Good Friends”, “True Purity”, and so much more.

My teenage daughter has also been reading through this devotional. She has expressed how much she likes it and plans to read it through multiple times. She compared the writing style of the author as being similar to discussing an issue with a trusted older sister. My daughter is seventeen and the author is nineteen, so this seems a great way to describe things. My daughter was happy that it was someone near her age offering suggestions and direction. She also liked the physical size of the devotional. It is easy to hold. She’s enjoyed doing a few of the coloring pages, as well.

I highly recommend this devotional for teens and even their moms, because it can lead to some very important discussions.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

DevotedIs it really possible for a twenty-first-century young woman to live a life in direct contrast to culture’s ever-changing standards? The answer is yes. You’re invited to join author Marjorie Jackson in Devoted, a 31-day devotional about letting love and dedication to Jesus penetrate every area of your life—relationships, decisions, standards, convictions, priorities. . .everything. Whether you’re a long-time Christian or the spiritual training wheels are still on, you’ll dive into God’s Word and discover what it truly means to be a young woman who is completely, joyfully, beautifully different. . .while coming to understand that life is good with a God who is great!

Purchase your own copy here.

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Review: Right Where We Belong

by Deborah Raney, Melissa Tagg, and Courtney Walsh

Right Where We BelongWhat a fun collection of novellas! I enjoyed each of these stories and the fact that they were all set in small towns. Each of the authors did a good job of creating characters that I cared about. Every story had some heart-tugging moments. The main characters in all three novellas had good chemistry and found themselves in situations that created great romantic tension between them. I felt very invested in knowing that these couples would receive their happily ever afters.

One of the things that I enjoy about novella collections is when I find a new author because they were included in the collection with other authors whose books I know that I like. That was definitely the case in Right Where We Belong. I had not previously read any books by Courtney Walsh, but I really loved her novella and I plan to read more books by this author.

(4.5 stars)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Right Where We Belong

Whether in a quaint home bakery in Langhorne, Missouri,
a cozy boho coffee shop in Maple Valley, Iowa,
or a charming lakeside cottage in Sweethaven, Michigan,
love grows best in small towns just like this!

Purchase your own copy here.

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Becky Wade’s ‘True to You’ Author Chat Party

 

Raise your hand if you’re ready for Becky Wade’s new series! Celebrate the release of book one, True to You, with Becky and other readers on Facebook on May 4th during a fun author chat party at 8:00 PM EDT (that’s 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, & 5:00 Pacific)! Becky will be chatting about the book and answering your questions about the new series, and of course, there will be plenty of fun giveaways too!

Pre-order your copy of True to You so you’re ready for a fun book discussion. Find out more about the book here.

Hope to see you on May 4 for Becky’s True to You Facebook Party!

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Review – Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal by Amie Carlson

TranquilityI am really enjoying this special journal! First of all, it is absolutely beautiful and well constructed. I love the artwork on the cover and all throughout the pages. But, what I am loving best of all is the various ways I can sit down and use this journal.

Sometimes I open to a page and read the prayer and accompanying Bible verse, then simply think on what I’ve read. Other times, I read the selection and then write my feelings or thoughts in the area provided. And finally, there are times I simply need to take a breather and relax. These are the times when I pick up a colored pencil and work on filling in one of the adult coloring book style illustrations. I’m finding this jounal to be very versatile and the topics covered are ones that are really helpful to me right now.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this journal. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

TranquilityTranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amie Carlson

Amie Carlson is a freelance writer who has contributed to 365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers and Relevant magazine and written for Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek Association. She is the mother of two grown children who loved to play dress-up when they were little. She came up with the idea for this story in a brainstorming session with her daughter, Molly, while sitting outside Panera on a sunny, summer afternoon, remembering hours of giggling fun and little-girl drama from playdates filled with piles of well-loved dress-up clothes.

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