Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: The Soldier Who Killed a King: A True Retelling of the Passion by:David Kitz

 The Soldier Who Killed a King: A True Retelling of the Passion
About the Book:
A stunning story of Holy Week through the eyes of a Roman centurion

Watch the triumphal entry of the donkey-riding king through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the centurion charged with keeping the streets from erupting into open rebellion.

Look behind the scenes at the political plotting of King Herod, known as the scheming Fox for his ruthless shrewdness.

Get a front-row seat to the confrontation between the Jewish high priest Caiaphas and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.

Understand as never before the horror of the decision to save a brutal terrorist in order to condemn the peaceful Jew to death.

If you've heard the story of Passion Week so often it's become stale, now is the time to rediscover the terrible events leading from Jesus's humble ride into the city to his crucifixion. The Soldier Who Killed a King will stun you afresh with how completely Christ's resurrection changed history, one life at a time.

My Review:
 Jesus' trail, death, and resurrection was a miracle by any days standard. Doesn't matter who you were then or now. The events that took place, I am sure most didn't realize what was happening. They were so caught up in the events that they were numb to the fact that God was literally before them and they were going to kill Him. 

 David Kitz wrote a poignant novel on the happenings before during and after--what we see from onlookers and what happened behind the scenes. Of course, he wasn't there but he offers us a look through others eyes to the gripping tale of Jesus' death.

 The Soldier Who Killed a King is a great way to familiarize yourself with Jesus' story and the story of those that surrounded Him during that time whether they were on His side or not. Written primarily from a allegorical point of view the story was a good one and it really gave me another side that I didn't take into account.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge from the author for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: The Promise of Dawn by:Lauraine Snelling

 The Promise of Dawn (Under Northern Skies #1)
About the Book:
Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Launches New Immigrant Series

When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.

Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn't an easy life, it wasn't as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?

My Review:
 Imagine coming to a new country to start a new life only to have the family that sent you a way out just treat you horribly. Signe and her husband Rune, know this treatment I speak of all too well. She and her husband have traveled a long way to be free and to start over in the New World only to have their family work them in the ground and at this point they feel like indentured servants with no way out.

 To me, Signe and Rune didn't get a fair shake but they were able to remain humble even in the worst of circumstances. I was rooting for them the whole way and I was really proud of their efforts to make a life for themselves. i really enjoyed the story. The author is a favorite of mine and her stories are always brilliant. This one is no different. Great read!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Review: Freedom's Ring by:Heidi Chiavaroli

 Freedom's Ring
About the Book:
Boston, 2015
Two years after nearly losing her life in the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David is still far from “Boston strong.” Instead she remains isolated and defeated―plagued by guilt over her niece, crippled in the blast, and by an antique ring alongside a hazy hero’s face. But when she learns the identity of her rescuer, will he be the hero she’s imagined? And can the long-past history of the woman behind the ring set her free from the guilt and fears of the present?

Boston, 1770
As a woman alone in a rebellious town, Liberty Caldwell finds herself in a dangerous predicament. When a British lieutenant, Alexander Smythe, comes to her rescue and offers her employment, Liberty accepts. As months go by, Alexander not only begins to share his love of poetry with her, but protects Liberty from the advances of a lecherous captain living in the officers’ house where she works.

Mounting tensions explode in the Boston Massacre, and Liberty’s world is shattered as her brother, with whom she has just reunited, is killed in the fray. Desperate and alone, she returns home, only to be assaulted by the captain. Afraid and furious toward redcoats, Liberty leaves the officers’ home, taking with her a ring that belonged to Alexander.

Two women, separated by centuries, must learn to face their fears. And when they feel they must be strong, they learn that sometimes true strength is found in surrender.

My Review:
 Talk about going to history class. If you are a fan of history you will absolutely adore this story and its a twofer so its equally as good.  In Freedom's Ring we are following the lives of Annie from 2015 and Liberty from 1770. These two ladies even though they are centuries apart have to rely on God's strength and will to move on with their lives. They both have time on their side but not without an enormous amount of struggle to face.

 I liked the book because I like those type of stories that flip back and forth. These poor ladies have definitely went through some struggles. I like watching them allowing God to help them through these struggles and allowing Him to show them how to overcome them.

 We go through things on a daily basis and we also have to allow God to take control but watching it happen in someone else's life is nothing short of amazing. Great read!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Review: Of Mess and Moxie by:Jen Hatmaker

 Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life
About the Book:
New York Times bestselling author, Big Sister Emeritus, and Chief BFF Jen Hatmaker returns with another round of hilarious tales, shameless honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie.

In this highly anticipated new book, beloved author Jen Hatmaker parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere. Whether it’s the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip (“Why are we in San Antonio?”) or the way she learned to forgive (God was super clear: Pray for this person every day, which was the meanest thing He ever said to me. I was furious.), she offers a reminder to those of us who sometimes hide in the car eating crackers that we do have the moxie to get back up and get back out. We can choose to live undaunted “in the moment” no matter what the moments hold, and lead vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives.

My Review:
 Being a girl is hard. Forget about the mom or wife part. It is a struggle for us girls to get life right 100% of the time. But try as we may we keep at it until, we are drove over the edge most of the time. Once we get married we just move on to driving our husband crazy with our constant feelings of inadequacies, at that has been my experience.

 Jen Hatmaker knows these feelings all too well. She has the same struggles we all do-she isn't a stranger to the daily struggle. I loved her book for these reason but also because she is just plain funny, y'all. she as we all do go over a conversation over and over in our mind. In a very short amount of time we have already determined the outcome.

 I loved the book because it gives us life Hatmaker style and it kept me laughing which I loved!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Review: A Very Thankful Prayer by:Bonnie Rickner Jensen

About the Book:
Every day I wake up with a happy, thankful heart.

From watching the leaves fall to picking pumpkins from the patch, from sharing a Thanksgiving meal with loved ones to learning how to give—there’s so much to be thankful for! Join these adorable animals as they say a prayer of thanks to God, who gives us every good thing.

My Review:
 Another season of thankfulness is almost upon us. Each year it just happens to show up.Most of the time it isn't the best of times for it to show its face, but show it-it does. And every year we put our best foot forward to make it great even better than the year before.

 From the A Time to Pray series, the author takes us down a path of thankfulness. We are to look at all the things and all the people He put in our lives as direct gifts from Him. Gifts to be cherished and loved.

 Such a sweet board book written for ages early elementary but would still work for younger grades, as well. A sweet book just in time for fall.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook!


Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!


David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).

The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST. Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.


Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action! The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God's miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God's promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action! Interactive features include:
  • Fifteen key episodes from God's Word-each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings-for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features-conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index-the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.
Learn more and purchase a copy here.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Return Giveaway ENTER TO WIN!!!!!


Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.
Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family’s rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans, but then she never had to. Not until the night when she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. During her captivity, Betsy faces brutality and hardship, but also unexpected kindness. She draws strength from native Caleb, who encourages her to find God in all circumstances. She finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the intense new feelings this compelling man awakens within her.

Handsome and complex, Hans is greatly anguished by Betsy’s captivity and turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. Eagerly, Tessa responds, overlooking troubling signs of Hans’s hunger for revenge. When Betsy is finally restored to the Amish, have things gone too far between Hans and Tessa?
Inspired by true events, The Return is a deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.

Suzanne is celebrating the release of The Return with a special giveaway!

Four winners will receive one of the prizes below:
  • An Amish Gift Basket and a copy of The Return
  • Amish popcorn sampler and a copy of The Return
  • The Amish Beginning 3 book set series
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
Enter today, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 14. The winner will be announced August 15 on Suzanne’s blog.

Use this link to enter!!!