3.27.2013

Waiting On God...


But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 KJV
 
    What a great promise God has given us in this verse! Though we may be tired from the fight, God promises us that if we just wait and put our hopes and trust in him, he will help us push through and give us the strength to endure. Sometimes we feel like we can't go on anymore, we're tired of climbing that mountain, we're tired of running from something, our earthly bodies just can't endure any more, physically, mentally, emotionally. But God leaves us with a promise that we don't have to do it alone, just to wait on him and his timing. It's not that God is always saying no, sometimes he is simply saying "My child, wait..."

3.21.2013

Shattered By Dani Pettrey


A Thrilling New Romantic Suspense from the Genre's Newest Star Piper McKenna couldn't be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed--but despite the evidence, Reef swears he's innocent. And Piper believes him. Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon's career. With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada's rugged backcountry--and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

   Hey Candace, you have the opportunity to review Dani Pettrey's new book, Shattered, a follow up to Submerged. Ummmm, YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES!!!! Dani Pettrey has become one of my favourite suspense authors since reading Submerged, and I couldn't wait for the 2nd book in the series. We met Piper McKenna in Submerged after Bailey Craig returned to Yancey, Alaska to bury a loved one, but this time it's Pipers long lost brother Reef who's in trouble, and while it's up to the Sheriff to solve the crime, it's up to Piper to prove her brothers innocence, even if it means driving to Canada! There are many mysteries unearthed along the way, a womans blood is shed, an innocent man's life is on the line and the killer is still out there.
   The thing I despise the most about Pettrey's books is once you start they are hard to put down. You always want to see what is going to happen next. This is a story of faith, unbelief, struggles, suspence, romance and mystery all wrapped up in one. Can't wait to see who's story they're gonna dive into in the next book!
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review

Orphan Justice: How To Care For Orphans Beyond Adopting By Johnny Carr

    Christians are clearly called to care for orphans, a group so close to the heart of Jesus. In reality, most of the 153 million orphaned and vulnerable children in the world do not need to be adopted, and not everyone needs to become an adoptive parent. However, there are other very important ways to help beyond adoption. Indeed, caring for orphaned and vulnerable children requires us to care about related issues from child trafficking and HIV/AIDS to racism and poverty. Too often, we only discuss or theologize the issues, relegating the responsibility to governments. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Based on his own personal journey toward pure religion, Johnny Carr moves readers from talking about global orphan care to actually doing something about it in Orphan Justice.  Combining biblical truth with the latest research, this inspiring book: • investigates the orphan care and adoption movement in the U.S. today
• examines new data on the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children
• connects “liberal issues” together as critical aspects or orphan care
• discovers the role of the church worldwide in meeting these needs
• develops a tangible, sustainable action plan using worldwide partnerships
• fleshes out the why, what, and how of global orphan care
• offers practical steps to getting involved and making a difference
    Orphan Justice tell the story of orphans everywhere who are involved in human trafficking rings, prostitution, pornography, drugs, alcohol and have fallen prey to such diseases as HIV and Aids. Although it is more prominent in other countries, the author points out how it is also raging in our own back yards and we must open up our eyes, our minds, and our hearts and get involved.
     I decided to review this book as I have recently opened my home, and my heart, to foster care. But in all honesty, I never even realized the situations these children have already experienced that even most adults haven't. There is a lot of great information about adoption, agencies (as well as unrecognized agencies who participate in human trafficking), as well as the authors own personal adoption stories of how he adopted special needs children from other cultures. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about adoption or fostering or currently in the process. It certainly is an eye opener as to what these children go through, as well as the filth they are expose to even in an orphanage. Even if you are not open to either of these options, it may change your heart, and your life.

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion