Saturday, May 23, 2020

The Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren

The Heart of a Hero is the second book in Susan May Warren's Global Search and Rescue series. This book picks back up on Jake and Aria's relationship as well as adding in some new characters and plot twists. Every page is action packed as Jake and Aria find themselves trapped in the path of a Category 5 hurricane. They both have to use their life-saving skills in order to save themselves as well as a handful of troubled strangers.

I am loving this series! It's the perfect mix of romance and suspense. This is a great vacation read and just a great way to experience a little excitement in your life. This book played like a movie in my mind and once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next book in the series! Thank you to the publisher, netgalley, and Susan May Warren for the chance to read and review this book!

Friday, May 22, 2020

The God Dare by Kate Battistelli

Throughout the Bible, we see many instances of God using normal, ordinary people to help fulfill his plans. He used Jonah, Rahab, and Mary and he can use you. Are you willing to embrace the plan He has for you? Will you listen to God's voice and dare to follow Him?

Kate Battistelli knows what it's like to be courageous and allow God to take control of her life. Though she didn't always receive the things she thought she wanted, she grew to realize that God's plan was much better than her own. In The God Dare, Kate uses her own personal life stories as well as Biblical lessons to motivate and inspire. Kate reveals to her readers that God has a plan for each of them, no matter what they have experienced in the past.

I really enjoyed this book and came away from it feeling refreshed and inspired. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

On a Coastal Breeze by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Catch up with Blaine, Cam, and Maddie on Three Sisters Island in this newest release from Suzanne Woods Fisher. The sisters and their dad, Paul, are learning to adjust to island life even though it is so different from what they are used to. Paul is still busy renovating and running Camp Kicking Moose. Cam is determined to come up with a more efficient energy plan for the island. Blaine is attempting to finish culinary school but encounters challenges along the way. Maddie's story is front and center in this book as she opens her own counseling practice. What Maddie didn't expect was a blast from her past to show up on the island. A new pastor, Ricky O'Shea, has arrived and it just so happens he is the same Ricky who used to torment Maddie with his incessant teasing during their childhood years. Maddie attempts to avoid Pastor Rick, but as a counselor, she realizes avoidance isn't the answer. The sisters find out that facing their problems head on is a much better option for a success story.

I thought this book was even better than the first one in the series. I loved getting to be reunited with the characters in this story. I love how the Graysons are relatable and real. They all have insecurities just as we do in real life. I think reading their story can really help provide inspiration to readers who are experiencing struggles of their own. I know I benefitted a lot by reading this book, as I do with all of Suzanne's work. I found myself seeing a little bit of myself in each of the sisters. In Suzanne's acknowledgements she said that she prays that this book's message would minister to the readers. The message definitely ministered to me and I am thankful to Suzanne for using her skills and talents to bring glory to God. Thank you so much to Suzanne and Revell for the chance to read and review this book! I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

God Sees Her review and giveaway!

About the Book

 

Book:  God Sees Her
Author: Our Daily Bread
Genre:  Devotional
Release Date: March 3, 2020

Following the overwhelming success and rave reviews of God Hears Her, we’re bringing you another devotional written by women for women to reassure you that God is with you. God Sees Her is a beautifully styled gift book containing 366 meditations with accompanying Scripture that speak to the heart of women.

The title comes from a story in an Old Testament book of the Bible—Genesis—where Hagar is on the run, alone in the desert with nowhere to go. The angel of the Lord finds her and calls her by name. After this encounter, Hagar exclaimed, “You are the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13). Women today need this same assurance . . . God sees you, God knows you by name, and God cares about every detail of your life.

Let these short Our Daily Bread devotionals written by women like you wash over your soul and remind you each day that God is near. The handy size, ribbon marker, and decorative cover make it perfect for gift giving to your girlfriends too.



Click here for your copy.

More about God Sees Her

This is a follow up to the successful 365-devotional, God Hears Her. So far, it’s moved more than 200,000 copies.

Blog Stops

http://www.celebratelit.com/god-sees-her-celebration-tour/

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, Our Daily Bread is giving away the grand prize package of a God Sees Her hardcover, God Hears Her leather-like, God Hears Her journal, God Hears Her CD, God Hears Her pen, and God Hears Her Scripture & Encouragement cards!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
This is such a refreshing devotional! Each devotion is short and sweet, but also full of inspiration. The compilation is expertly able to motivate by only using a few paragraphs. This is the perfect book to have on hand as a gift or keep in your bag for a quick Bible study.

Friday, May 8, 2020

God's Words to Dream On giveaway!

About the Book

 

Book:  God’s Words to Dream On
Author: Diane Stortz
Genre: Children’s Bible storybook/Non-fiction
Release Date: March 2019

Start a Bedtime Bible Story Tradition Tonight!
What better way to spend the last few minutes of the day than snuggled up with your children, pouring God’s love into their hearts? God’s Words to Dream On calms, quiets, and opens hearts to hear faith-building Bible stories and prayers. Over 50 stories—from the Old and New Testaments—create an overview of the Bible with a focus on God’s love, care, protection, trustworthiness, and power.
Each Night, You’ll Enjoy:
* A Bible Story—stories of Gods power and protection
* A Bedtime Blessing—how this story will bless your child’s life
* God’s Words to Dream On—a Bible verse to hide God’s Word in little hearts
* A Sleepy-Time Prayer—a good-night prayer tied to the theme of the story
Dreams are sweeter when we dream of the Lord.

 
Click here to get your copy!

About the Author


Diane Stortz is a multipublished author who writes to make God’s wonders known to the next generation. Her children’s releases include the best-selling Say & Pray Bible and I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God, both from Tommy Nelson. Diane’s books for women, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year and Encountering God’s Heart for You, both from Bethany House, encourage women to get to know God through His Word, the Bible. Diane and her husband have two married daughters and five grandchildren—all boys! Visit her at www.DianeStortz.com.

 

More from Diane

A happy bedtime contributes so much to a child’s welfare. Perhaps a warm bath, a story, some cuddles with mom or dad, and a prayer equal a time-tested bedtime routine. These last moments of the day, done right, create a wonderful sense of family security and love for children as they fall asleep.
Bedtime also gives us a wonderful opportunity to help children grow secure in God’s love. I wrote God’s Words to Dream On for just that reason. The stories not only create an overview of the Bible’s big story, but they focus on God’s love and care—the ways He shows us His power and protection and the reasons we can trust Him. Each story includes a simple Bible verse to remember, a simple prayer, and a bedtime blessing for your child.
Young children thrive on routine, and I think a Bible story at bedtime might be one of the best!

Blog Stops

https://www.celebratelit.com/gods-words-to-dream-on-celebration-tour/

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Diane is giving away the grand prize package of a Scripture Lullabies CD, a bottle of Honest Company Truly Calming Bubble Bath, and a bath poof!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
This is such a wonderful book to add to your child's nightly bedtime routine! The colorful illustrations are so beautiful and eye-catching. The Bible stories are appropriate and easy for young children to understand. This is a perfect gift idea and a perfect way to curl up as a family and end the day on a high note by studying God's Word together.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Praying Women by Sheila Walsh

If you need a boost in your prayer life, you will definitely want to read this book. Sheila Walsh does a great job of telling you "how to pray when you don't know what to say." She uses experiences that she has been through in her own life to inspire and teach. She also uses Scripture and Biblical truths to convey exactly what God's Word says about prayer. This is one of those books that you will want to highlight everything and read time and time again. This is easily a five star read and one of my favorite books this year so far. Thank you so much to Sheila Walsh and BakerBooks for the chance to read and review this book!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Change of Heart by Molly Jebber

When Amish midwife Becca goes to visit her sister in an Englisch town in Ohio, she is surprised at how quickly life can change. Becca and her sister now live completely different lifestyles, but the Englisch life is very intriguing to Becca. Especially when she meets Dr. Matt Carrington and becomes a nurse in his clinic. Becca is immediately smitten with the handsome doctor and she begins to dream about what it would be like to stay in this charming Ohio town. However, there will be many challenges along the way and Becca must make a way for herself while also being considerate of her family and her upbringing.

This is a sweet, clean read that provides much inspiration. I feel like the story is very soothing and provides a welcome escape. I do feel like the characters and their stories could have been embellished on a bit. The plot seemed a little rushed at times. However, it's always good to read a book that has an important message while keeping the story wholesome and refreshing. Thank you so much to the author, publisher, and Celebrate Lit for the chance to read and review this book!