Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: From Hot Mess to Blessed by:Julie K. Gillies

 From Hot Mess to Blessed: Hope to Propel Your Soul and the Promises That Change Everything
About the Book:
Dare to Believe

Every woman struggles to believe she is who God says she is and to believe the stunning promises He whispers to her heart. But when you're a hot mess (and we all are to one degree or another), it's hard to imagine things can be different—that you can be different.

Author Julie Gillies has experienced broken dreams, trauma, and plenty of drama, but she has also encountered the holy hope and promises of God. She longs to help you...

understand your identity in Christ instead of believing "I'll always be this way"
embrace your true significance instead of feeling less-than
hold on to peace instead of freaking out when hard things keep happening
grasp your God-given destiny and begin walking in it
It's not that God doesn't bless hot messes. (If that were the case, where would any of us be?) But you don't have to remain a hot mess. It's time to receive and experience God's hope and promises in a fresh way!

Includes questions for group study or personal reflection.

My Review:
 Daily living in this world, is just plain hard. We strive every day to make our lives better to only have it met with defeat. You do and do thinking you are getting ahead and then the rug is pulled out from underneath you and you fall on your face again. The author instructs us to practice hope when we are all out of it. Hope is what will always keep us going. It is what keeps us striving onward to the destiny that God has chosen for us.

 Many times when we are put under insurmountable stresses and situations, we crumble in despair. We have to learn how to turn the page. How to get back up and dust ourselves off and begin again. Faith changes things. Faith takes us through the valley and up on the mountain and it is the one thing that keeps us hanging on even when there seems to be no other way to conquer a trail.

 The author describes something that happened in her life that affected her faith deeply. She then proceeds to show the readers what helped her get through it through first hand experience.

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

Review: Monsterland by:Michael Okon

About the Book:
Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.

When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist, and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are expecting the experience of a lifetime.
After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

My Review:
 A theme park for adults to interact with monsters. Me? I am too scared to go to a theme park such as one in the book. But there are many people out there that would definitely go to something like this. This story plays out like a terrifying scary movie. you can go to this theme park and interact with monsters that only chased you in your dreams. Thinking this is a fantastic idea is Wyatt Baldwin and his friends.

 I wouldn't go anywhere near this place and what if they get released into the real world. what then? This story played out a lot like a famous dinosaur movie. It was definitely a scary read for ones that like this type of genre. It will leave you on the edge of your seats not wanting to breath for fear that they will see you and come get you.

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

Review: Fierce Hearted by:Holley Gerth

 Fiercehearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely
About the Book:
A fiercehearted woman looks life in the face and says, "You can't beat me." She knows love is a risk but reaches out anyway. She chases Jesus with a tender, world-changing wildness. She never gives in, never gives up, and never lets go. Best of all, the potential to be a fiercehearted woman is inside each and every woman on earth.

In her most powerful book yet, beloved bestselling author Holley Gerth inspires her readers to become the stronger, braver, truer women they long to be by sharing personal stories of her own struggles and victories. As readers join Holley on this journey, they'll discover a freedom they never imagined could be theirs: the freedom to experience life, love, and faith to the fullest because fear can no longer hold them back.

For the woman who is restless or longing for more, Fiercehearted is an invitation to the life God has always meant for her to embrace.

My Review:
 As women we are pictured as weak and vulnerable, meek if you will. For the most part that is true about us. But no one and I mean absolutely no one can fight for our families in the spiritual realm like we can. We are not afraid to get on our knees before God and fight whoever we have to, to win our win families to Christ or stand in and intercede for them.

 Holley Gerth is teaching us how to fight where we are at. No looking for bigger and better but to stand and fight where we are at with what we are equipped with already. Sometimes, we as women and as a witness need to reach out to others with our own stories. Those stories of how God found us in our mess and brought us out of it. We share His grace with others and His freedom. We hand them the magic key out of the muck that the devil continues to drag us through.

 Embrace your life that you have been given and share with others and stand beside them to teach them how to fight and to help ourselves in this battle called "life". The author takes scenes from your every day life and rips it apart and shows you how to respond like a warrior. Phenomenal read! Great encourager!

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

Review: Coloring Christmas Devotions by: Lizzie Preston (Illustrations), Claire McElfatrick (Illustrations), Suzanne Khushi (Illustrations)

 Coloring Christmas Devotions
About the Book:
Enjoy all the best parts of the Christmas season as you spend time reflecting on God’s greatest gift for His children: the birth of Jesus. This unique coloring book also includes devotions perfect for the season. Take a few minutes out of the busyness of Christmas to spend time in devotional thought, while relaxing through stress-free coloring.

With inspirational devotions on one side and a festive Christmas scene to color on the opposite page, Coloring Christmas Devotions will be a welcome part of your holiday celebrations. Take a few quiet moments to yourself to reflect on the reason behind the festivities as you read through the Scripture verses and devotions and color the pen-and-ink illustrations.

This coloring book is unique with a trim size that is easy to fit into a purse or bag, an embellished cover, perforated pages, and a low price point.

A beautiful gift or a fun treat for yourself, Coloring Christmas Devotions will help you focus your heart on the true meaning of Christmas.

My Review:
 Adult coloring books have become very popular in recent years. So much so that I know see these books along with drawing and coloring tools being given as gifts at birthday parties. My daughter is one of those that loves them especially as gifts. So after this review she will get this coloring book.

 Christmas is such a great time with family and friends. To me, among all the hassle of the season if you just get real quiet you can actually feel and hear a stillness in the air. I always think that stillness is God making His presence known. God wants to take part in our holidays just like He does in our everyday lives. I find the thought of it very exhilarating.

 Now on to the actual book, it is a gift sized book. With each picture to color there is a one page write up about Christmas, and with each write up is a Bible verse. My favorite devotional was the one entitled, Ugly Christmas Sweater it discusses that God knows exactly what we need and when we need it much better than we do. Among the 96 pages at least half are coloring pages. A unique gift and fun way to spend a weekend.

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

Review: Liar's Winter by:Cindy K. Sproles

 Liar's Winter: An Appalachian Novel
About the Book:
The choices you make determine who you are. No no mark." Lochiel Ogle was born with a red-wine birthmark--and it put her life in jeopardy from the moment she entered the world. Mountain folks called it "the mark of the devil," and for all the evil that has plagued her nineteen-year existence, Lochiel is ready to believe that is true. And the evil surely took control of the mind of the boy who stole her as an infant, bringing her home for his mother to raise.

Abused and abandoned by the only people she knows as family, Lochiel is rescued by a peddler and given the first glimpse of love she has ever known. The truth of her past is gradually revealed as is the fact that she is still hunted by a brother driven to see her dead. Unsure if there's anyone she can truly trust, Lochiel is faced with a series of choices: Will she continue to run for escape or will she face her past and accept the heartbreaking secrets it reveals? Which will truly free her?

Set in the wild and beautiful Appalachian Mountains of nineteenth-century East Tennessee, Liar's Winter is an unflinching yet inspirational exploration of prejudice and choice.

My Review:
 Reading about the Appalachian Mountains was truly remarkable and breath taking at the same time. I have always wanted to visit this part of the country so I try when I review a book based on this location, I try to live vicariously through the characters. Even at the turn of the century I am almost sure that it was simply a marvelous place to visit much less live.

 In Liar's Winter, we are taken on a journey of self hope and self reliance. Following the story of Lochiel Ogle you learn rather quickly that she only had herself to rely on. Which is tough enough for a child trying to grow up but now as she becomes a young adult she has to keep looking over her shoulder to see if her brother is on the verge on pouncing on her because he wants to see her dead. 

 I immediately feel sorry for this girl because she has been abused her whole life only to be stalked by a crazy loon of a sibling. WOW! This book is packed to the hilt with action. A lot of action for such a tiny book.

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review & Giveaway: Matthew West Album "All In" by:Flyby Promotions

 All In   -     By: Matthew West
About the Product:
For his latest album, CCM favorite Matthew West spent time in solitude, writing and recording his new material from a place of worship and grace. All In showcases Matt's knack for storytelling and in-demand songwriter's chops on a collection of brand new songs, including the inspiring lead single "Broken Things."

My Review:
 There are days when I rely on my worship music to get me through. Next to God, prayer, and Bible reading music centered on Him is my vice. I just have to have it. That's why I love it when some of my favorites make some new music to brighten my day. All In is a great way to celebrate the Savior and all He has done for us.

 I believe out of all the songs on the album, All In, is my absolute favorite. It talks about going all the way with God and not letting fear or being comfortable hold you back. Many times we are too scared to move on God's behalf or we are just comfortable in our little spot on that pew each Sunday. Complacency causes us not to grow. Many times we don't even realize we are not growing in Christ. This song gives me a spirit of "get up and go".

Matthew West's social media outlets Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram.

 All In will be released September 22nd. It can be purchased here and here and here.

You now have a chance to win a CD of your very own. Enter below!

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Litfuse Review: Many Sparrows by:Lori Benton

 Many Sparrows
About the Book:
Many Sparrows
When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she'll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country. Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her recover Jacob.
Once they reach the Shawnees and discover Jeremiah's own Shawnee sister, Rain Crow, has taken
custody of Jacob--renaming him Many Sparrows--keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen.

My Review:
 Trusting God is really difficult for the average human to do. We know we should and some may be able to attempt it, but it is very difficult. And if its your child you have to trust Him with--forget about it. Clare had to do just that because she had n other choice when he was taken from her. She has to pray that God will protect him. Clare knows without a shadow of doubt she will not rest until her son is back in her arms again.

 This is exactly why she needs help so that she doesn't get them both killed. Her determined mindedness struck Jeremiah Ring. Jeremiah knows that he cant just sit by and do nothing, he has to help Clare and he knows he is the one to do it because he has the experience needed.

 Poor Clare she is wrenched with sadness. I know I would be too. She has been handed some difficult situations and times in her life and it seems that everything is being snatched from her left and right. It was a difficult book to read because it was so sad and I felt so bad for Clare. Things aren't as simple as they seem and God's trust must and will run deeper than she could of ever imagined.

 A book that teaches us more than a typical fiction book ever could!

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