April 25, 2015

saturdaysevens 

1.  Psalm 18:32
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2.  Philippians 4:13
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3.  Psalm 50:15
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4.  II Samuel 22:23
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5.  Psalm 28:7
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6. II Corinthians 12:9
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7.  Nahum 1:7
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Hope these verses are a blessing to you.
Happy weekend y'all!
SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


April 24, 2015

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea  
"God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea"
Rose Chandler Johnson

In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments.
God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.

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The title of this book caught my attention right away.  I LOVE it.  You can't go wrong with God or sweet iced tea, especially if you're from the South.  I was intrigued.  

 When I received this book, I had a personal not from the author and she had also signed the book.  The personal touch that she gave was special and sweet.  

That is how she has written this devotional, with personal touches that are sweet.  This devotional was so easy to read and understand.   There were a couple that I enjoyed even more, because they helped me during a difficult time.  Sure, I had read the verses before (KJV), but her devotions reminded me of them and that was an encouragement.

While I like her simple and understandable way of writing, I would have enjoyed this devotional a whole lot more if she would have just used the KJB.  

These short devotionals are very easy to understand and to the point.   At the end of each devotional she asks a couple of questions to make you think about what you just read.  

Read more about the book here

I RECEIVED THIS COMPLIMENTARY BOOK FOR FREE FROM LITFUSE FOR REVIEW PURPOSES.

April 23, 2015

 "Double Cross"
Diann Mills

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.

Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.

As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

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This book was really hard for me to get into.  The dialogue dragged a bit for me and to be honest, the plot didn't interest me.  Now others have really enjoyed this book.  I guess it just wasn't for me
Also, there were parts that I didn't think were appropriate or necessary to have in a Christian fiction book.  

Read more about the book here.

I RECEIVED THIS COMPLIMENTARY BOOK FOR FREE FROM TYNDALE FOR REVIEW PURPOSES.  

April 17, 2015

 
"A Heart's Obsession
Colleen Coble

Sarah Montgomery's father passes away. 
 To be with the love of her life, Rand Campbell, she takes her younger brother Joel and goes west to Fort Laramie.  But she is in for a big surprise.  Rand is already engaged to the daughter of the post commander.  Sarah resolves to stay at Fort Laramie & win Rand back.  
 
Trouble arrives in the form of Ben Croftner, who is still determined to marry Sarah.  Does Rand's true feelings for Sarah resurface, especially with Ben around making trouble?  Or did he even love Sarah in the first place? 

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I really enjoy these books and can't wait to read the next one.  I just don't see the point in splitting them up into a mini-series. 

Read more about the book here.

I RECEIVED THIS COMPLIMENTARY BOOK FROM BOOK LOOK PUBLISHERS FOR REVIEW PURPOSES.

April 16, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin 
"A Sparrow in Terezin"
Kristy Cambron

Bound together across time, one woman gathers strength and courage from another's story of survival in the darkest days of a war torn world.

Present day - Sera James fairy tale of a charmed life is threatened when as soon as they say "I do", her new husband is arrested for a crime he didn't commit.  Sera believes in her husband's innocence, but sets out to discover what he is hiding from her.   He knows something, but he isn't telling all of the information which will prove he is not guilty. 

1942 - Kaja Mackovsky narrowly escaped Nazi-occupied Prague in 1939 and was forced to cleave behind her half-Jewish family.  She escaped to England and goes to work as a reporter for The Daily Telegraph, but the long arm of terror has followed her across the Channel as she is injured in the London Blitz.

She learns that Jews are being killed by the thousands and she knows she must go back and face the Nazi's to free her parents against the wishes of Liam, who wants to marry her.  She sees how her plan will not work and allows herself to be captured. 

The common link between Sera & Kaja is a Holocaust survivor who uses the past to help solve the present. 

Learn how faith is necessary for survival. 

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If you have not read book #1 "The Butterfly and the Violin", or it has been a while since you read it, I suggest you do to better help you understand this book. 

I enjoy  how the author goes back & forth in time.  We can always learn from the past how to best handle the future.

The present day story was sometimes unclear, which is why I want to read both books together to see if this clears up some of the confusion. 

Read more about the book here

 I RECEIVED THIS COMPLIMENTARY BOOK FROM LITFUSE FOR REVIEW PURPOSES. 

April 2, 2015

Enough Already 

"Enough Already"
Barbara L. Roose

Recognize your own outer and inner beauty as defined by God, not the media or others.
Most women know that God loves them, but might he love them more if they finally lost that last ten pounds, or got their hair to lay right, or finally found a pair of jeans that looked good and let them breathe? Well, maybe God doesn’t care about jeans, but women do, and all the talk about inner beauty hasn’t kept all of us from staring into a mirror and taking an inventory that never quite measures up. Enough Already will:
—Elevate the soul-freeing, spiritual truth that God is the Creator of beauty and that women are called to appreciate and care for themselves as his own.
—Enable women to accept God-given beauty so that when they look in the mirror they see his handiwork, not their flaws.
—Equip women to win the ugly struggle with beauty once and for all.  

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This book focuses on inner beauty as well as outer beauty.  As women, we like to look and feel beautiful, "Enough Already"is filled with encouraging words on how to do this. 

I liked the author's style of writing.  She wrote as if we were actually having a conversation.  There are many quotes in this book that I really liked and want to remember.  

One thing that would have made me enjoy this book more is if she would have used the King James Bible.

Every woman should be comfortable in her own skin and feel beautiful.  Barbara Roose has a way of making you realize and understand that you are beautiful.  We are all part of God's creation, therefore we are all beautiful.  "I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." Psalm 139:14

Read more about the book here.  

I RECEIVED THIS COMPLIMENTARY BOOK FOR FREE FROM LITFUSE FOR REVIEW PURPOSES.