7.12.2014

Silenced by Dani Pettrey

Jake Knew Something Was Wrong.
But He Never Guessed
How Wrong.

A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna's route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something darker? When the case is handed to overburdened sheriff Landon Grainger, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With Jake's past now revealed, he's ready to use his talent for investigation again--but he could never prepare for where the mystery will take him.

Kayden's climbing expertise soon leads her and Jake to the realization that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is onto them. When strange things begin happening in Yancey, Jake is terrified that once again his world may put someone he loves in danger. But the truth is far worse than he could ever imagine.
 
This is book 4 in the Alaskan courage series, it's important to the story if you read the previous novels as it helps with character development and to see what they have already been through. Pettrey certainly created a page turner in this series and leaves you guessing right up until the end. There is a mix of drama, suspense, mystery and romance all wrapped up in one as we finally see a romance hatch from feelings toward each other in previous books. I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a great suspense!!
 
Book provided in exchange for an honest review by Bethany House Publishers.

Raising a Princess By John Croyle

Much is made about raising your daughter to be a princess. What does that really mean? Former Alabama defensive back John Croyle, and owner of child safe-haven Big Oak Ranch, believes the answer lies in Proverbs 31.

In "Raising a Princess" Croyle walks through the importance of raising young women, in this Biblical, strong and compassionate manner. Croyle’s specific approach to raising young women is spelled out through the acronym P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S:

Praiseworthiness – A princess understands she is worthy of praise simply because she is made in the image of God.
Righteousness – She lives according to God’s normal, not the world’s normal.
Initiative – A princess makes good things happen.
Nurture – God built into girls and women an instinct for nurture that boys and men simply don’t have in the same way.
Character – A girl of character knows what her deepest desires are and chooses accordingly.
Empowerment – Your princess needs to understand life isn’t just something that happens to her. She has the power to choose.
Servant- Heartedness – A princess finds purpose not in being served, but serving others.
Stability – As stability is provided for daughters, they will grow into the kind of people who help create stability for others.

I chose to review this book because I previously read the Two minute drill to manhood and love reading about Big Oak Ranch. It certainly says something about a man to give up a big famed football career to start a Haven for young people. I don't have a daughter but there's still principles I can apply to help young girls I come across daily at church, school and work. Our children are going to grow and be the people we raise them to be so why not raise them in the way of the Lord and to teach them to love and value themselves.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Shelton Interactive 



50 Things You Need to Know About Heaven by Dr. John Hart

We all want to know what happens after we die. Will we go to heaven? What will we do there? Will we see our loved ones?

It turns out the Bible is filled with answers to your most important questions, explaining what heaven looks like, who will be there, and how to get there in the first place. In this book you will find clear explanations of these passages, giving you an honest and beautiful picture of our eternal home. Find comfort and peace in the truth about heaven.

 
I have to admit, this is not a book I have finished, I have skimmed several different sections reading things I have been wondering about! Such a great book of questions and scriptural backed answers. This book is a great read for new Christians and old alike. I know this is something I will refer back to again and again as questions arise in my life and it's also something I can refer to as my son is growing and has new questions everyday!

Book provided in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers

Deliver Us from Evil: A Pastor’s Reluctant Encounters with the Powers of Darkness (Repackaged Edition) by Don Basham

Are Christians at risk of demonic invasion?
Absolutely not, thought Pastor Don Basham when another pastor suggested evil influences might be causing turmoil in his church and failures in his ministry. But after more troubling and perplexing problems, Basham began to discover he was wrong.
In this page-turning account, Basham chronicles his reluctant journey from disbelief to acceptance in the existence of demonic spirits. More than a story, he imparts what he discovered about demons, the difference between infestation and possession, and how to engage in spiritual warfare. He also describes the biblical tools that bring about deliverance from demonic influence.
Through this moving story, you will learn how to recognize the presence of evil spirits, pray for deliverance and protect against demonic invasion. It’s never too late. You can find the freedom and healing you need—and be an agent of deliverance to others.

 
How aware, or unaware, are we of the forces of darkness against us as a Child of the King? This was Don Bashams case when he was trying to bring a nation to the Lord. Basham was attacked repeatedly by evil forces that tried to destroy his ministry. A great read and a great help to get readers to recognize the forces that may be against them and how to relinquish their control over our lives. Some serious heavy reading material but I could not put it down.
 
I received a free copy of this book for Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review.

Child Of Mine By David & Beverly Lewis


Flight instructor Jack Livingston has been raising his eight-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents' lives. When he travels, Natalie is tenderly cared for by her Amish nanny, Laura Mast, who loves the little girl as her own.

Eight excruciating years ago, Kelly Maines's baby was kidnapped. Determined to find her child, Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. And now, with the clock ticking, one last clue from a private investigator ignites a tiny flame of hope: Just a few miles away lives a young girl who matches the profile.

Can this be, at long last, Kelly's beloved daughter?


Beverly Lewis. Need I say more? I just love this author! She is so well versed in the Amish lifestyle and makes every character come alive. While this book was longer than most of her novels, I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the collaboration with her husband. They both have a true talent in storytelling and makes everything seem so real. I love how they combine the English world with the Amish world so we can draw from the parallels and how two worlds so close together can be so different. This is a story of a Mothers heartbreak and how the pieces are put back together.


"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 Modern Life Study Bible: God's Word for Our World

As members of the modern age, we sometimes feel disconnected from the world of the Bible. But if we look closely, we can see that although cultures change, our basic challenges stay the same. We still struggle with issues like community, justice, economic stress, political tensions, and cultural and ethnic differences. We still wonder who God is, how to discern His will, and how we fit into His plan.
Using historical context and fresh insights backed by biblical scholars, The Modern Life Study Bible explores the timeless truths that connect the people and stories of the Bible to the opportunities and demands we face today. God is at work in our world, inviting us to experience His presence. The Modern Life Study Bible is designed to draw you in, helping you to know and embrace what it means to follow Christ in today’s world. In addition to being fully printed in color, features of this Bible include 66 inspirational biographies, indexes to aid navigation and study, in-text maps, reading plans and more.


 
Very nicely packaged and presented in a hardcover format so it is durable and able to hold up to much wear and tear. The study notes are relevant to todays society and it comes in the NKJV which I am used to. Easy to understand, clear and concise. Love the topical index at the end which allows me to search something quickly and easily!


Book provided by Shelton Interactive in exchange for an honest review

Finding Spiritual Whitespace By Bonnie Gray


How many of us find ourselves running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God? 

Bonnie Gray knows what that's like. On the brink of fulfilling a lifelong dream, she saw her plans shatter into a journey through painful memories and anxiety. In her search for answers, she made an important discovery: we all need spiritual whitespace.

Whitespace.
 It's the space on a page left unmarked. Untouched. Whitespace makes art beautiful. It gives the eye a place to rest. Just like beautiful art, our souls need balance and beauty.    

With heartbreaking honesty, Bonnie guides you to discover a better story for yourself, one that feeds your soul and makes room for rest. Infused with biblical encouragement and thought-provoking prompts, this book shows us how to create space in the everyday for God, refreshment, and faith--right in the midst of our stress-frayed lives.

The only way I can describe this book is that it's a breath of fresh air! Just what I needed in this busy life we live. From being a wife, mom and working full time life is just whizzing by and sometimes at the end of the day I haven't even had a chance to breathe or take time to spend with God. We all need to make time. I found I could read this book in sections, absorbing and applying what I read and just taking the time I needed to let it all sink in. Great read!

"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".