Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin Book Review

The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin is the 3rd book in the series Sunrise at Normandy.  This series is about three brothers torn apart by thievery and betrayal and each runs off to a different branch of the military.  While serving the country, they encounter many situations that bring them to learn to not only forgive their brothers, but also themselves as they culminate in their ultimate challenge at D-Day. 

Clay Paxton is the youngest of the the three brothers.  His girlfriend was stolen by one of his brothers, his other brother stole his money and he was left to help run the family business when he wanted to be a physician.  But a recurring nightmare draws him to enlist in the Army Rangers.  He bumps into the pretty new librarian at Camp Forrest.  They begin a casual conversation friendship.  Leah Jones is an orphan desperately looking for her long lost sisters.  She stays late many nights at the library until one night her innocence is shattered and Clay comes to her rescue.  Just before he ships off to prepare for training, Clay marries Leah for the sake of convenience and makes a promise to provide for her especially since he feels death is imminent as he continues to have this nightmare. As they begin their long distance marriage, they both begin to fall in love with one another.  Leah's search for her family intensifies and Clay's death dream gets stronger until he finally sees that loving Leah is what his future holds as he dodges a bullet.  But will Leah accept the love Clay offers?

I loved the conclusion to the Sunrise at Normandy series with this sweet love story.  Both Clay and Leah needed to learn the gift of giving love away and accepting love at the right moments.  There were many details I left out of my review as I urge you to read this book to see how the main characters find peace in the midst of a global war. 

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*I was given a complimentary copy of the book from Revell.  All opinions are my own.*

Friday, November 1, 2019

The 40 Day Sugar Fast by Wendy Speake Book Review

The 40 Day Sugar Fast (Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation) by Wendy Speake is an intimate look through 40 days of diving into what it means to desire God more than sugar (or any idol).  Each chapter starts with a Bible verse, then Wendy addresses a topic pertaining to her vision for the book, and ends with an honest prayer. Each chapter is filled with Scripture to meditate and integrate into your life as you dive deeper into knowing God.  This is not a once and done, but an opportunity to discover more of God in your life and how to fall more deeply in love and "feast" on His Word for spiritual transformation.

When Wendy introduced the 40 Day Sugar Fast group online a few years ago I jumped on board.  It was hard!  I love sugar, but I wanted to love God more.  Now that she has written this book with amazing chapters that keep bringing me back to Center, I feel that this resource was a catalyst and encouragement for me to really take to heart what God is wanting to teach me. Wendy's desire was to see women giving Jesus sugar (and anything else holding us back) and then Jesus showing up and giving Himself! What are you longing for?   I know that I will do this again and I'm excited to use Wendy's book to guide me along the way.  I feel like she's a friend chatting with passion and love holding my hand and giving me the confidence to pursue God right where I am.  Wendy has so many more resources to aid your transformation that are in the book as well as some special pre-order bonuses (before Nov. 5). Go to this LINK and pre-order now and claim your bonuses.

Bonuses include:
• Audiobook (read by Wendy) of The 40 Day Sugar Fast (available Nov 5)• Sugar Doesn’t Make a Mom Sweet download
• The 40 Day Fast Journal download
• Holiday Survival Kit download
• Decorative Prints + Scripture Cards download
• Bonus Devotional Videos by Wendy

Also, there will be a 40 Day Sugar Fast in January.  Please go HERE to sign up!

*I was a given a complimentary copy of this book for review from NetGalley.  All opinions are my own.*

Thursday, October 17, 2019

A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott Book Review

A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott is the historical fiction story of young Meg Pero who in the early 1870's sets out on a survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for the Army as the photographer taking over the job from her deceased father.  She longs to show the world her stunning photographic skills, but becomes deflated when she learns that the man in charge of the expedition is the one she used to love and walked away from many years prior.  Still Meg and Captain Ben Coleridge manage to work together despite their differences.  But Ben has an ulterior motive for the trip that he doesn't tell his other crew members.  When Meg and Ben get lost in the canyon wilderness after a suspicious fire at the camp, will they learn to put aside their past and make a new future?

I was drawn to this book because I love historical fiction and this time period is not familiar to me.  I loved the grand scenery described throughout the book as the Army made it's way across the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  The apparent love gone wrong between the two main characters, Meg and Ben, captured me at first, but as the story went on I felt the interaction between the two to be stiff and did not lead me to believe in their romance.  Also, the book had a mysterious element that was not the main plot, but was supposed to carry the story along.  But in the end, it didn't seem to be wrapped up so that I could understand it.  Honestly, I almost stopped reading this book because it seemed redundant, but the ending was satisfying and it did contain many interesting references to instruments and photographic equipment used in that time period.  

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads.  All opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Abide: 40 Ways to Focus on Jesus Daily by Tara Cole Book Review

Abide: 40 Ways to Focus on Jesus Daily by Tara Cole is book that gives the reader simple ways to come to God daily (and it doesn't have to just be early morning).  Tara defines abide as "to be held; kept; continually."  In her book she invites the reader to explore 40 ways to come close to Jesus in the daily walk of life.  She has divided them up into five topics: Abiding in the Word, prayer, community, worship and service.  She gives a few ideas for how to read this book such as taking 5 weeks and studying each of the five topics.  Every chapter begins with a title, Bible verse and explanation of the way of abiding with Jesus.  After each chapter there are questions or sometimes even work pages to "practice" the topic discussed.  Tara's gentle words of encouragement inspire the reader to dive deeper and find her own unique way of abiding with Jesus.  At the end of the book, Tara also adds 40 ways to teach kids how to abide with Jesus! She also includes a great list of resources.

I have been a Christian for a long time and I've developed my daily quiet time in the morning.  But I often go about my day with no thought of my relationship with God other than the few prayers I send up through my busy day.  I know that I want to abide with Jesus through my day and even if I don't get that quiet time I want to be able to connect with God.  I felt this book was simple for a new Christian and also gives a seasoned Christian many new ways to reach out the Father in daily life.  And I absolutely loved the section for kids.  Tara covered this topic well and gives the reader a fresh and new perspective on drawing near to God and abiding through the day with the One who longs to be with us.

Get your copy of Abide: 40 Ways to Focus on Jesus and snag these extra bonuses by October 22.
Early Bird Bonuses:
  • Abide: How to Focus on Jesus - 5 Week Bible Study
  • John 15: 4 Graphic
  • Abide Spotify Playlist

*I was a given a complimentary copy of this book for review for being on the launch team.  All opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

100 Words of Affirmations Your Husband/Wife Needs to Hear by Matt and Lisa Jacobson Book Review

100 Words of Affirmation Your Husband/Wife Needs to Hear by Matt and Lisa Jacobson are two books that cover ways to encourage your spouse with words.  Each book is written by the opposite gender so that is like a mentor is speaking to you in your own language!  Matt and Lisa took a lot of time to discover what would make the other half feel love and affirmed.  They each wrote a book addressed for one to the husband and one to the wife.  They are very similar in format, but different in context.  Lisa draws the wife to find a lot of little ways to give her husband love through words.  She shares stories and goes into a few deeper details.  Matt is very succinct, but makes sure his readers get good words to give as gifts to their wives with his short and often humorous stories.

I would recommend any couple to purchase this bundle and make a practice of affirming their better half with words of affirmation, encouragement and love.  I know I would love these words spoken or written to me!  Take a step to improve your marriage this year and be a word giver.

*Matt Jacobson-
*Lisa Jacobson-
*Faithful Life Podcast-

These are two amazing people with an amazing story.  Be sure to check out all their resources and their podcast.

*I was a given a complimentary copy of this book for review for being on the launch review team.  All opinions are my own.*

Rhythms of Renewal by Rebekah Lyons Book Review

Rhythms of Renewal by Rebekah Lyons is a book that explores four rhythms that contribute to the path of renewal. The four rhythms are rest, restore, connect and create. In each of these rhythms there are chapters that examine different ideas to mold these rhythms into your life. Rebekah shares vulnerable stories of her struggles and victories. She wrestles with these rhythms until they become part of her life. She encourages her readers at the end of each chapter with reflection questions that would be good for personal study or in a group discussion. 
 This book made me think more about what areas where I lack and how to rise up and prioritize certain rhythms that will give me peace and joy in my life. I think many people will resonate with Rebekah's message as it touches many parts of the life that we all crave. I just finished reading it, but I will be reading it again and answering all the questions and taking inventory on my strengths and areas to improve.  I'm excited for my journey.  

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*I was a given a complimentary copy of this book for review for being on a launch review team.  All opinions are my own.*

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Catching Faith 2 DVD Review + Giveaway

Catching Faith 2: The Homecoming is the continuing story of the Taylor family as they navigate the dips and turns of  life by relying on their faith.  Alexa feels like the world is caving in as she steps into her dream job, but still has to care for her mother with Alzheimer's and her son has just lost his career while her daughter gets engaged to her ex-best friend's son.  Thankfully she has a Bible study and support group and her husband valiantly tries to help Alexa calm down and be reasonable.  As each member of the family goes through their trial, they turn to each other and to faith to keep them grounded and moving forward.

This movie was a good example of how life quickly can spin out of control.  But as the family in this story learned, not letting the circumstances take away your joy, but grow character in you, that is the foundation of faith.  Although, I did feel this family needed a bit more guidance and direction, I did seem them come together to celebrate life in fun and positive ways despite all the setbacks.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for review from Edify Media.  All opinions are my own.*


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