Thursday, November 1, 2018

Second-Chance Dogs edited by Callie Smith Grant

Second-Chance Dogs is a compilation of thirty-six stories about "the dogs we rescue and the dogs who rescue us." These are true stories written by some familiar names and some who are not so familiar. But they all have the same central idea which is the endearing love transferred from a dog to its owner and vice versa. These stories are ones of hope and refuge and the sometimes surprisingly wonderful experiences dog owners experience. Animal lovers will cherish these moving stories and will relate to each one. The stories are short and simple yet sure to inspire. Thank you to Revell for sending me an advance copy of this book to review! These opinions are all my own.

Monday, October 29, 2018

A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson

Beautiful cover, beautiful setting, beautiful book! Millie Sullivan will do whatever it takes to provide for her ailing grandmother. Even if it means dressing up in ancient costumes and sneaking around an old chateau, Millie is all in. Millie finds more than she was expecting when security guard, Ben Thornton, catches her snooping in the library of the chateau. Millie decides to let Ben in on her plan, but doesn't expect to fall for him in the process.

Liz Johnson does an excellent job of writing a full circle story with a superb ending. The book escalates effortlessly and takes the reader on a romantic and mysterious journey. There was just the right amount of suspense sprinkled throughout to balance out the love story. This book is also a clean read with a wonderful reminder to fully rely on God. Thank you to Revell and bookishfirst for the chance to review this book!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

In Step with the Spirit by Sarah Bowling

In Step with the Spirit is a helpful read that focuses on building a essential relationship with the Holy Spirit. I was drawn to this book because I have always had a hard time understanding what it means to live a Spirit filled life. It's easy to understand how to have a relationship with God and Jesus, but the Holy Spirit is a little more tricky, in my opinion. This book is separated into three parts: Navigation, Relationships, and Power. Reading this book inspired me to focus on the Holy Spirit as a helper and to be more persistent and observant in order to live a Spirit filled life daily. The author also takes the time to share about her life and her ministries which I thought was very interesting. Her effort to help needy children is a huge blessing. This book was ultimately refreshing and eye-opening and an important tool to a better understanding of the Holy Spirit. Thank you to Chosen for allowing me to review this book!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

Wings of the Wind is the third book in the Out from Egypt series by Connilyn Cossette. The amount of research and detail that has gone into this book is impressive. While this is based on true Biblical events, there are some fictional characters included that help the reader get a better idea of what it was actually like in that period of time. This book will wreck your heart at times as you glimpse the hardships that women faced back then. This story is one of God's steadfastness and mercy. I can't wait to read the other books in this series. Thank you to Bethany House for the chance to review this book! These opinions are all my own.

Monday, October 1, 2018

The Christmas Remedy by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall

The Christmas Remedy is a quick, cozy holiday read by Cindy Woodsmall and her daughter Erin. The interesting thing about this book is that it mixes Amish characters and English characters. It's always a nice treat to get the best of both worlds. Holly Noelle is also attempting to have the best of both worlds as she is a member of the Amish church, but she also has a job outside of the home as a pharmacy tech. Holly longs to make a difference and teach the Amish how important medicine and doctors are. Her mentor, a pharmacist named Lyle, is also an advocate for the Amish, but he has to take a back row seat when he has a health scare. Holly and Lyle must seek help to keep the pharmacy running and they both get the chance to mend broken relationships with very important people in their lives.

The cover of The Christmas Remedy is beautiful, eye-catching, and immediately interesting. I would have preferred even more Christmas spirit in this book as I feel like this could almost be read any time of year. The book focuses more on the pharmacy and medicine field than it does on the holiday. I did appreciate the medical aspect and felt like this book was well researched and brings awareness to a very important topic. I am thankful to be chosen as a launch team member for this book and look forward to reading more books by the Woodsmall ladies.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fearless Parenting by George Barna and Jimmy Myers

If you want a sunshiny feel good book about parenting, this is not it! But if you want a practical, straightforward, candid guidebook to improve your parenting skills, you need to read this! What does it take to be a fearless parent? Well, it takes patience, time, consistency, and determination, especially in this land of technology and social media addiction that we all live in today. The authors of this book are no nonsense and straight to the point as they offer ways to raise well-adjusted faithful children. I can't say that I agree with everything that is in this book, but I can say that I gained a lot of helpful advice. My favorite chapter is #7 which focuses on getting rid of destructive parental behaviors such as guilt, anger, and shame. It is so easy to lead with our emotions as parents and to have unrealistic expectations of our children. This chapter teaches the proper way to respond in tense situations so that ultimately God is glorified and our children are growing into respectful and Christ following adults. I really enjoyed this eye-opening read and would recommend that parents read it with an open mind and heart. Thank you so much to BakerBooks for the chance to review this book! These opinions are all my own.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Life Changing Prayers by Michael Youssef

Throughout the Bible, we read of many heartfelt prayers. This book features the life changing prayers of seven of those Biblical prayer warriors: Eliezer, Hannah, David, Daniel, Jonah, Habbakuk, and Mary. Each of these people prayed to God in a special way. They were just ordinary people like you and me, but their prayers resound among generation after generation.

I loved this powerful prayer book! I learned a lot about how to strengthen my prayer life by gaining inspiration from the author and these special people from the Bible times. God can use anybody! We just have to go to him willing to listen and obey. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be inspired by prayer! Thank you to BakerBooks for the chance to review this book!