6.28.2012

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6.25.2012

The Director's Cut By Janice Thompson



Tia Morales is used to calling the shots. She's the director of the popular sitcom Stars Collide, and her life on the set is calculated and orderly. Well, most of the time. Life outside the studio is another matter. If only she could get other people to behave as well as her stars do! When she starts to have feelings for handsome cameraman Jason Harris--with whom she's been butting heads for months--it's enough to send a girl over the edge. Will she ever learn to let go and take life--and love--as it comes?

Full of the humor and crazy family dynamics Janice Thompson fans have come to love, this colorful story gives you an inside look at Hollywood and a healthy dose of romance.

I love a book I can laugh along with and that's just what Janice did in this story! This is the first book I read in this series but it's also the last, I now need to track down the previous 2. I loved the character development and lightheartedness portrayed. The first book I've read by Janice, but I don;t think it will be the last.
I would reccomend this book if you want to escape reality and just relax!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Waiting for Sunrise By Eva Marie Everson


Patsy Milstrap wishes she could leave her past behind. Though she tries to put on a brave front for the sake of her family, the wounds still ache, and the scars on her soul are still deeply felt. At her concerned husband's gentle insistence, they take a vacation from South Carolina on Cedar Key, an idyllic island on Florida's Gulf Coast. A week in paradise will do them good, he says.
When a familiar--and most unexpected--face greets her at a seaside restaurant, Patsy knows she can no longer run from the past. But what will opening old wounds mean? And what will the future hold?
With a large helping of Southern charm, Waiting for Sunrise is a touching story of family, young love, and the need for forgiveness. Eva Marie Everson expertly draws out the bittersweet moments of life, weaving them into a tale that will envelop your soul.

Ok now I wanna read the first book in this series! lol. This is the 2nd in a 3 part series about Patsy Milstrap and the cards she's been dealt. With a less than desirable childhood and feelings of abandonment and abuse, she goes on to find love and we see more of faith and forgiveness.
This was a great read & I would reccomend.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

6.21.2012

Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters: Real-Life Stories of Supernatural Events compiled by James Stuart Bell



There is an unseen spiritual realm, and occasionally God allows us glimpses of it. Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters offers a fascinating look at the supernatural world. It includes more than forty true stories of miraculous provision, encounters with angels and demons, near-death experiences, and incredible rescues.
You'll marvel at how God and His angels are working behind the scenes to protect and guide us. And you'll be comforted by glimpses of the peace that awaits us in heaven. The God who pulled back the curtain for a moment in the lives of these writers is the same God who works all things together for our good.
Whether you're simply curious about the supernatural world or longing for a fresh experience of God's presence, these amazing stories will touch your heart and strengthen your faith in the God of miracles.

This book will leave you with goosebumps and tears as you see how God sends his angels to intervene at the moments when they are needed most!
I would definitely reccomend this book for anyone who ever doubts or questions how God works or if he does in fact exist. It shows God is always right on time and is very real! For those who do believe, it will increase your faith and cause you to seek God more as you realize Christs victory trumps darkness everytime!
I like how the author compiled stories from everyday people so we can see how God has no favourites, he works in every life, through every sitution, if we let him. It gives the reader a greater hope that God is always there for us if we would but call on his name.

I recieved this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review

Relentless Pursuit By Ken Gire



We're all outsiders sometimes. Each of us has felt lonely in a crowd, or been passed over for a job opportunity, or been squeezed out by "friends." We've all spent time on the outside looking in. But take heart--Jesus will leave the ninety-nine just for you.
Bestselling author Ken Gire weaves together stories from the Bible, history, and his own life to create a soul-lifting picture of a God who relentlessly pursues the outcast and disenfranchised--a God who became an outcast himself to bring his lost ones home. Let your eyes be opened to the one who will never fail to find you and embrace you as his child.

We're all guilty of it, at one time or another. Pushing someone aside because they are "different", seeing them with our own eyes instead of through God's. Society and media plays such a role in our lives today and gives us a model of what they think we should look like, how we should act and what is "acceptable. We may have been on the recieving end of stares, whispers and torment from other individuals who feel that we are the "different" ones. But in fact, we are all created in God's image, we all have free will, and most of all, no matter what, we are all forgiven.
This book talks about how God is always trying to pursue us, no matter where we go or what we do, he will never leave us or forsake us. This book tells stories of lepers, prostitutes and other "outcasts" who have found acceptance with God. From Bible times to todays modern world, we may change, but God remains the same yesterday, today & forever. He loves each and every one of us and wants us to live for him and worship him, the one who made us.
I would definitely reccomend this book. This is a great study tool. There are discussion questions at the end for group use to help provoke thinking, understanding and acceptance of others. It encourages us to see ourselves in a different light and how we can make a difference in the lives of others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Redeeming Church Conflicts By Tara Klena Barthel & David V. Edling



Every church will experience conflicts. If properly approached, church conflicts can be used for spiritual growth for both individuals and entire churches. Redeeming church conflicts--making something glorious out of something painful--provides evidence to a watching world that the gospel is real and powerful.
In this hope-filled and practical book, two church conflict resolution experts take you through the Acts 15 model of approaching conflict in order to provide a clear, godly way forward into redemptive reconciliation.

I know many people who should read this book, and I hope they do! There's too much conflict in God's House that should never be. We are all one in Christ and should put our human tendancies and biterness aside and live more like Him. Churches today are shamed by the conflict and bitterness that occurs toward members and pastors, as seen by Christians and Non-Christians alike. It drives people further from the fellowship with God and each other than could help them grow in their spiritual journey.
We humans need to learn to let go, and let God. We as a church body need to learn to put our trust in God and follow our scripture and believe that God will take care of his people. At a point when the devil is more active than ever in the church, this book is right on time!
I reccomend reading this book if you have experienced church conflict, currently experiencing church conflict, or hven't experienced church conflict, but want to prevent it before it begins!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Love Does By Bob Goff



You don’t need another Christian message or a self-help book. You need to have your paradigms about the world shifted into truth. That’s exactly what you get in Love Does. Have you ever noticed that the real change in your life-the growth that sticks and becomes a part of you-never happens with a program or the sheer grit of your best efforts? It happens over time, like a glacier slowly carving valleys through the mountains. In this book of compelling stories coupled with eye-opening truths, author Bob Goff shows you a new way to live, a way that’s drenched with the whimsy of God’s love and the spontaneity of following where he leads when he says “Go!” In this book, you learn what it looks like to be secretly incredible and advance God’s kingdom everywhere you are and wherever you’re going.

This book is full of little anecdotes from the authors daily life, but more than that it tells us the reader what could happen if we live every moment like it was our last. Bob lives his life as though every day is a celebration and I would be suprised that when God calls him home there's a marching band, balloons, confetti & streamers! He portrays such a positive picture of life and is a breath of fresh air in such a disturbing sinful world.
The author challenges us to live a life of forgiveness and hope and to be fully aware of the things going on around us and see the good in every situation. There is always an opportunity to help someone and the things that can happen if we just say yes!
I would reccomend this book to teens and adults. It is a great teaching tool as we can all be a bit naieve and skeptical at times but we need a little more Bob in all of us!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson".

The Way Bible (NLT)


Today’s 16–30 year olds are looking for connection to something bigger than themselves. They want something that works and is honest, authentic. Something that they can actually experience. Something that gives them hope. The Way offers a way that works. A way that matters. A way that asks them to step up to something important enough—big enough—to live for. It’s a visual, textual, and interactive experience for a generation that has blurred the boundaries of media. It’s an interactive experience for those ready for collaboration, change, and a challenge. The Way connects a restless generation, a generation looking for direction, to Jesus—the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It uses first-person stories, reflections, and questions that bring the Bible to the real world.

My hubby hasn't read the Bible for a loooong time, and when he saw this one he was like "Cool, mind if I read it?" Yay!! Can't even tell you how ecstatic I am! Over the moon! What a great translation! I'm sure teens and adults alike will find this book very attractive and it draws the reader in to study more of God's word. The writings are easy to understand and interpret. I've started showing it to my friends and it's getting great feedback. The stories are told in first person narrative and can be applied to the world we're living today.
I would definitely reccomend it for a young adult. Parent's, go buy this for your teens!

"Advanced Reader's Copy of the Bible has been provided courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc".

6.04.2012

A Heart Like His By Beth Moore



We all go through times when we feel insignificant or times when we feel certain that we have experienced a degree of failure from which there is no return. This is not a reality we experience alone, but is one that a man after God’s heart experienced as well.
In “A Heart Like His,” Beth Moore looks at this bond of mutual love and admiration between a man who was not unlike any of us and the one true God who is all good and all powerful. The book is an exploration of David’s incredible life, drawing spiritual insights from a man who boldly fulfilled his divine destiny not merely by what he did, but who he loved and served.
Bringing lessons from David’s life to bear on your own, this picture of a man who loved and followed God will help you to serve with a heart focused on Him no matter the circumstance.

Another great read by Beth! She's starting to become a favourite of mine. She tells the story of David from the time he was a young boy until the his transfer of the throne as an old man. David was not someone whom I was familiar with as I find it's a story that's not given much thought in the Bible, but I'm so glad Beth decided to retell David's life as if she was there herself. The depth that she went makes you not want to put the book down as it brings the reader to a whole new understanding of his life and relationship with God. His trust and faith is something one can only wish they had.
This book would be great for a study group as there are a lot of principals that we could apply to our own lives and learn to give it all up for God.
I definitely would recommend this book and look forward to more books from Beth!

Hope Springs By Kim Cash Tate



In a small Southern community where everyone is holding tight to something, the biggest challenge may be learning to let go.

Hope Springs, North Carolina, is the epitome of small town life—a place filled with quiet streets where families have been friends for generations, a place where there’s not a lot of change. Until three women suddenly find themselves planted there for a season.

Janelle Evans hasn’t gone back to Hope Springs for family reunions since losing her husband. But when she arrives for Christmas and learns that her grandmother is gravely ill, she decides to extend the stay. It isn’t long before she runs into her first love, and feelings that have been dormant for more than a decade are reawakened. And when Janelle proposes a Bible study a the local diner--and invites both African American and Caucasian women she has met--the group quickly forms a spiritual bond . . . and inadvertently adds to underlying tension in the community.

Becca Anderson is finally on the trajectory she’s longed for. Having been in the ministry trenches for years, she’s been recruited as the newest speaker of a large Christian women’s conference. But her husband feels called to become the pastor of his late father’s church in Hope Springs. Will small town living affect her big ministry dreams?

And Stephanie London has the ideal life—married to a doctor in St. Louis with absolutely nothing she has to do. When her cousin Janelle volunteers to stay in Hope Springs and care for their grandmother, she feels strangely compelled to do the same. It’s a decision that will forever change her.

As these women come together, facing disappointments both public and private, they soon recognize that healing is needed in their hearts, their families, and their churches that have long been divided along racial lines. God's plan for them in Hope Springs—and for Hope Springs itself—is bigger than they ever imagined.


This book tells the story of about 6 people, I know some people find it confusing when there are more than one main character but I found it interesting to see how their lives intertwined. This book tells the story of an ailing Grandma who brings her family closer together and the trials and troubles that plagues them. There are some racial issues, romance, friendship and the faith that holds everything together. There are also some extramarital issues but it ties to God's redeeming grace so I didn't find it out of place in this novel.
Definitely a good read, would recommend to anyone.

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50 Days Of Hope By Lynn Eib

You’ve just heard a diagnosis that shakes your world: It's cancer. And what you long for most is the hope that everything will be okay. You are not alone. As a longtime cancer survivor, Lynn Eib knows firsthand how that feels. And as a patient advocate helping thousands facing cancer, she also knows what gives people hope. In 50 Days of Hope, Lynn shares amazing, true stories of those who have been in your shoes and discovered that when God and cancer meet, hope is never far away. Whether you’re a cancer patient or walking with a loved one on a cancer journey, you’ll find 50 Days of Hope packed with the daily dose of encouragement you need.




This book really spoke to me as I watched my Grandma suffer from cancer for almost a year. This book is written from a cancer survivors perspective, to give us hope in such a trying time. It's written as 50 daily devotionals to remind us everyday that God is with us.
I currently have a friend suffering from cancer and I'm hoping to pass this book on to her to help uplift her spirits.

"I recieved this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for a honest review"