8.31.2012

The Power of The Prophetic Blessing By John Hagee


God's prophetic voice thunders through time - from Adam and Eve, continuing through Noah, Abraham, Moses, the Prophets, and then through Jesus himself. While apocalyptic prophecy is a dark cloud over the heads of unrepentant, rebellious people, at its core, prophecy expresses God's desire to powerfully bless and multiply his people, not to strike fear in their hearts.
For God's people, prophecy is a word of hope, deliverance, bounty, and richness for their life and family. Hagee takes readers through the entire biblical narrative, showing how this powerful prophetic message flows throughout the Bible.

I've always found Pastor Hagee to be one of the most powerful preachers in the world today. In his books I always find it to be backed up with Biblical references, never a point to argue with. In this book in particular, I find one of my life's mottos to hold true "Everything happens for a reason". Pastor Hagee teaches us that God has everything worked out according to his plan. Though we may not know the reason now, or ever, we have to believe that God has everything under control and is working things according to his plan.
This is found to be a very heavy study book and not something to be finished in one sitting. I find it is something you have to read, think, ponder, pray about and then read again.
There is a lot of learning and teaching about blessings and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit contained in this book. I would definitely reccommend you to check it out!

I recieved this book from Handlebar Marketing and Bethany House Publishers, A Division of Baker Publishing Group"

To Love and Cherish (Bridal Veil Island series) by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller


Melinda Colson has been waiting months for Evan, the assistant gamekeeper at the Bridal Veil Island resort, to propose. Without an offer of marriage, she must return to Cleveland with the family she works for as a lady's maid.

Evan isn't afraid of hard work, and he hopes to be promoted soon. He wants to marry Melinda--but not until he's sure he can support her and a family.

Letters strengthen their romance until a devastating storm strikes the island. With no word from Evan, Melinda knows she must journey back to Bridal Veil in search of her beloved.

But the hurricane isn't the last calamity to shake up Bridal Veil. Melinda finds a new job on the island, but still no offer of marriage comes her way. Has she given her heart to the wrong person? Will she ever find a man to love and cherish?

Ok, so I don't have the first book to have and to hold, guess I need to find it!
This is my second Tracie Peterson novel, and again, she didnt disappoint.
I lovedhow this book heldso much romance, but not too much. It also showed the characters fear, anger and uncertainty as well. We all know romance is not all roses so it was nice to see the true side of things as well.
I never was much for historical times and figures but it seems I'm drawn more to it lately and I love how the author puts you in that time period and draws you in with the characters.
I would reccomend this book but I'm wondering if I would understand it better if I read the first one?
"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".

The Haven (Book 2 in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series) by Suzanne Woods Fisher


Ok, I obviously need to read book 1! Gah! I hate starting in the middle of a series but this looked like such a good read and for some reason I couldn't get into the first one, I must have been in a mood cause this was definitely a great book. Now I need to dig through my bookshelf and start at the beginning lol.
Sadie's relationship with Will and the interfering Gideon reminded me a lot of a friends relationship, and I just wanted to keep reading to find out what she does!
Suzanne has created 3 well rounded characters and the twists and turns in the plot keep you guessing as to what's comming next. Definitely going back to read the first novel and looking forward to the next!



Spring brings new life, young love, and second chances to Stoney Ridge.

On a warm spring day, Sadie Lapp returns home to her quiet, unassertive life in Stoney Ridge after spending the winter in Ohio.

Gideon Smucker, an awkward schoolteacher, has been in love with Sadie since childhood and eagerly awaits her return. But does Sadie feel the same about him?

Will Stoltz, a charming and impetuous college student, has been banished for a semester and sent to babysit endangered peregrine falcons nesting at the Lapp farm. He'd rather be anywhere else . . . until he befriends Sadie.

As the hopes and ambitions of these three young people converge, life in Stoney Ridge may never be the same.

Once again, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher intrigues and delights with a story that explores the bonds of friendship, family, and true love in this captivating series.



"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".

Dying to Read (Book 1 in the Cate Kinkaid Files series) by Lorena McCourtney


All she wanted was a paycheck. What she got was a murder.

Cate Kinkaid's life is . . . well, frankly it's floundering. Her social life, her career, her haircut--they're all a mess. Unemployed, she jumps at the chance to work for her PI uncle, even though she has no experience and no instincts. After all, she is just dabbling in the world of private investigating until she can find a "real" job.

All she has to do for her first assignment is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? But when she reaches the dark Victorian house, she runs into an hungry horde of gray-haired mystery readers and a dead body. This routine PI job is turning out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?


I love a book that keeps me guessing and the suspects never turn out to be who you think they are! I love how the author kept the readers attention the whole way through. The touch of humor Cate added to the book was nice as well and makes me look forward to the next book in the series. Cate of course has no clue what she's doing, only what she's learned from tv, which is quite humorous. Lorena created a wonderful well rounded character in Cate which I know some people can definitely identify with and she's a lot like myself in the way that I wouldn't know how to handle an investigation either.
It's a great mystery novel with a bit of romance and humor tied in which makes it well rounded. I would definitely reccomend this book.

"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".

8.22.2012

Stress Point: Thriving Through Your Twenties in a Decade of Drama by Sarah Francis Martin


Want to ditch the drama and thrive through your twenties?
Body image. Friendships. Career. Money. Dating. All these issues and more serve as points of stress for the 20-something woman, and combined they can make for a decade of drama in a girl's life. Sarah Francis Martin is the slightly older girlfriend who’s been there, done that, and got the not-so-cute t-shirt. Through this interactive Bible study, Sarah helps young adult women address each stress point by encouraging them to wait on the Lord, worship Him, and make Him the focus of their lives.

So I've hit the last year of my 20's and what a great book to help me reflect! I love having books I don't have to read all in one sitting, Stess Point is like a daily devotional/journal to help guide you on your daily endeavors and in your relationships with God and others as well as other things that can cause stress in our lives such as money, career & dating.
The book provides thought provoking questions to help get you thinking about these things and new ways to deal with them.
Great read!! (Oh, and still great even if you're not in your 20's!!)

Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God's Power by Tim Stafford


You Believe God Can Still Do Miracles, But How Do You Know Which Stories Are True?
A blind man suddenly sees. A lame man gets up and walks. A little boy is raised from the dead. You believe the biblical accounts that these miracles happened, but do you believe eye-witness reports that miracles still happen today? Between shady faith-healers, weeping madonnas, and gimmicks like holy land water, it's difficult--even foolish--to believe every miracle account we hear. So how do we discount the fakes without missing out on the real miracles in the process?
Award-winning journalist Tim Stafford shares captivating stories of modern-day miracles, wrestling over what is credible and what isn't. But more than that, he offers wisdom and insight to help you figure out the role miracles should play in your faith. Should you expect miracles? Ignore them? Pray for them? How active is God in the world today? And could he be more active in your own life?
Learn how to explore these questions with wisdom and honesty, growing your faith and hope along the way.

God is still God! This book will renew your faith and lift your spirits that God is still on the throne and performing miracles everyday.
The author speaks with theologians, scholars and various individuals who have experienced a miracle. There's also some talk around the skepticism and negativity regarding miracles aswell, which is nice that the author doesn't just portray the bright, happy side of things. I also loved the twenty things to look for in regards to miracles. Great read!!
"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".

When Hope Blossoms by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Amy Knackstedt hopes a new start in Weaverly, Kansas, will help heal the pain of losing her husband and provide a better future for her three children. But her new neighbor, Tim Roper, is not pleased to have an Old Order Mennonite family living next to his apple orchard. Tim left the Mennonite faith years ago and doesn't want any reminders of his former life.
Yet when circumstances throw Amy and Tim together, they form a friendship that surprises them both. Will past hurts always be a barrier between them, or will this tentative relationship blossom into something more?

A great story dealing with loss in two different ways. One character choses to deal by isolating themselves from everyone and everything around them, the other choses to embrace God and their faith to help them heal in the toughest of times. The author pointed out the simplicity of the mennonite life and how it differers from the rest of the world. How they struggle like us all, but they hold fast to their beliefs and faith in God.
This book has a very positive tone and very light. Leaves you feeling refreshed and renewed in your Faith in God and mankind. WOuld definitely reccomend!

"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".

Cruel Harvest A Memoir By Fran Grubb


"Get out here, now, or I'm gonna kill you!" he hollered.

Little girls are hardwired to hold their daddies in high esteem, so it comes as a shock the first time a daughter feels the back of her daddy's hand across her face . . . or watches him punch and kick her mother to within an inch of her life.

How could this be? Her older sisters teach her how to survive, even when he comes for her in the night.

A girl learns to become invisible, to look the other way, to say nothing when a curious stranger asks if she's okay. To lie. To expect nothing, not even from relatives.

To cry without tears.

To pray silently.

When she is fourteen, and weary, a girl begins to wish she were dead. Cruel Harvest is the compelling story of how she lived instead.

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8.21.2012

Inescapable (Book 1 in the Road to Kingdom series) by Nancy Mehl


Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her Mennonite hometown, Kingdom, Kansas, with plans never to return.
But five years later, the new life she built is falling apart. Lizzie knows she's being followed, and she's certain the same mysterious stranger is behind the threatening letters she's received. Realizing she'll have to run again, the only escape Lizzie can manage is a return to the last place she wants to go.
Once she arrives in Kingdom, Lizzie is confident she'll be safe until she comes up with a new plan. In reacquainting herself with the town and its people--especially her old friend, Noah Housler--she wonders if she judged her hometown and her Mennonite faith too harshly. However, just as she begins to come to terms with her roots, Lizzie is horrified to discover the danger she ran from is closer than ever.
No longer sure who to trust and fearful for her life and the lives of those around her, Lizzie finds she has only one place left to run--to the Father whose love is inescapable.

For some reason I just love mennonite books. Maybe it's the simplicity in a complicated world, I'm not sure but it always does my heart good. I love reading how their faith is tested in the secular world and how they always come back to God. This book is about romance, heartaches, and mending brokenness and faith.
If you love reading about the mennonite community I would think this would be a read for you!

"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".

The Deposit Slip By Todd M. Johnson


$10,000,000 Is Missing.
Erin Larson is running out of options. In the wake of her father's death, she found a slim piece of paper--a deposit slip--with an unbelievable amount on it. Only the bank claims they have no record of the money, and trying to hire a lawyer has brought only intimidation and threats. Erin's last chance is Jared Neaton.
How Far Will One Lawyer Go to Find the Money?
When Jared wearied of the shady ethics of his big law firm and started his own, he never expected the wheels to fly off so quickly. One big loss has pushed him to the brink, and it's all he can do to scrape by.
And How Far Will Someone Go to Stop Him?
He's not sure if Erin's case is worth the risk, but if the money is real, all his problems could vanish. When digging deeper unleashes something far more dangerous than just threats, both Jared and Erin must decide the cost they're willing to pay to discover the truth.

Great suspense novel! Didn't want to put it down! (Well I couldn't because Johnson keeps you guessing right up to the end). Good round character development as well as plot. The more you read, the more pieces you fit together. You'll find yourself cheering for the little manover and over again, who is trying to find the truth and unlocking secrets.
Great read! Would definitely reccomend! Definitely not my last read by this author!

"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".

8.14.2012

House Of Mercy by Erin Healey


Beth has a gift of healing—which is why she wants to become a vet and help her family run their fifth-generation cattle ranch. Her father’s dream of helping men in trouble and giving them a second chance is her dream too. But it only takes one foolish decision for Beth to destroy it all.

Beth scrambles to redeem her mistake, pleading with God for help, even as a mystery complicates her life. The repercussions grow more unbearable—a lawsuit, a death, a divided family, and the looming loss of everything she cares about. Beth’s only hope is to find the grandfather she never knew and beg for his help. Confused, grieving, and determined to make amends, she embarks on a horseback journey across the mountains, guided by a wild, unpredictable wolf who may or may not be real.

I don't know that this was really my kind of book. I didn't even finish it. A girl who gets a healing power from a grey wolf that attacked and then run off? Stealing a saddle with no consequence of the action? In a Christian novel? Really? I guess it's for some, but not me. I found itto be too mythical and that's not my style.

I recieved this book from booksneeze in exchange for an honest review

Be the Mom: Overcome Attitude Traps and Enjoy Your Kids by Tracey Eyster


The role of mom is often described as the most important job in the world. Rightly so, for so much is at stake during children’s early years and moms are central in shaping character and personhood. However, when the going gets tough (the endless diapers, the continual messes, the endless conflict resolution, the complete lack of personal time, etc.), moms are often tempted to quit their “mom?job”. While few would endorse an outright abandonment of motherhood, others may recommend that a woman treat her role as secondary to personal desires in order to combat feelings of discouragement and/or unfulfillment. The enemy has laid intentional traps cleverly designed to discourage and redirect a woman towards self rather than family. Moms need to know how to recognize these traps . . . and avoid them. Be the Mom: Overcome Attitude Traps and Enjoy Your Kids explores and validates the life of a mom who makes her family a priority and introduces the reader to seven Mom Traps that may be preventing them from a full, joy?filled life.

Loved how this book was more of a self hep book for us Mom's, to help open our eyes to the traps that we tend to fall into, without realizing it. At the end of each chapter there is a short quiz to help us identify how stuck we are in that particular trap. Being a Mom is one of the hardest jobs on the planet, but before we realize it, our children have grown into Mom's & Dad's themselves and make us ponder where the time went and if we strived to be the best we could.
The author helps us realize that we need to be aware of these traps and to call on God to help us BE THE MOM God intended for us to be.
I would definitely reccomend this book to Mother's everywhere, while no one is perfect, we can always strive to be the best we can be!

Book provided in exchange for an honest review by Tyndale Blog Network.