Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: For Love & Honor by:Jody Hedlund

 For Love and Honor (An Uncertain Choice, #3)
About the Book:
Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

My Review:
Okay, first of all love, love, love Jody Hedlund's latest, For Love & Honor. Great read!The Victorian Era with all its pomp and circumstance really had some shady stuff going on behind closed doors. Lady Sabine is one for keeping to herself because of a birthmark that won't be too highly favored. Because of this she doubts she will get married to any one with any prestige behind their name. So she is forever blemished and resigned to the fact that she will never marry.

 Like most "arranged" marriage Sir Bennet is dreading it but he has to make this political move to save his family. So Sir Bennet and Lady Sabine are put together under the wrong set of circumstances but is it mildly possibly that their matrimony can changed to look like more of the love that God intended?

 This book will take you on a trip into a fairy tale type story. It was a great fantasy type read!

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

Review: Lena in the Spotlight: Hello Stars by:Alena Pitts

 Hello Stars
About the Book:
Lena Daniels never thought she’d get the chance star in a movie. Headstrong and determined, she has her life planned out to the minute. But when her best friends, Savannah and Emma, tell her about an audition, she knows there’s nothing else in the world she’d rather do. And now that she’s gotten her wish, Lena finds that being in the spotlight is harder than it sounds. She got everything she never wanted! Her face turns up everywhere she goes, and everything in her life is flipped upside down. Lena wonders if this is a dream come true or a horrible nightmare. Even a visit from her best friends during filming turns into a disaster.

With her little sisters—Ansley, Ashton, and Amber—and her mischievous pup, Austin, constantly at her side, Lena must face the challenges of everyday life while chasing her dreams of being a model and actress on the big screen. Lena tackles tough choices, learns the value of perseverance, and keeps her hopes high. She knows her faith and family will keep her feet on the ground and her eyes on the stars.

My Review:
 Lena Daniels is such a spunky, sweet girl that loves the limelight. Its so fitting to. With her beautiful smile and outgoing spirit she gleams when all the attention is on her. Lena never goes anywhere alone. Her family is always by her side. She goes on an audition that turns out to go not so good. Poor Lena is starting to see that being in the spotlight and all the attention it warrants may not be her cup of tea. So things start turning into disaster instead of fabulous days on set.

 Lena has one thing in her favor. She has God as her foundation and rock and with Him all things are possible. God takes care of His children. In Lena's case He is there and helping her in more ways then she can count. A great story of sticking things out when they seem utterly impossible to keep up with.

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Litfuse Review: Getting Jesus Wrong: Giving Up Spiritual Vitamins and Checklist Christianity by:Matt Johnson

About the Book:
If you met Jesus today, and he asked, What do you want from me? what would you say? When Jesus asked that question long ago, he got a variety of answers. Some wanted a miracle, some a theological debate, some a sign that he was the Messiah, some wanted power, some wanted just to see him, and others wanted to get rid of him. We are much the same aren't we? We all want something from Jesus. We are just hoping for a little help to get through life a new direction, a purpose that will get us up in the morning, an exercise plan, a way to get organized. But that approach to Jesus doesn't result in real faith or love. 

 The real Jesus doesn't give us just a little help. He turns our world upside down. Getting Jesus right means a whole new way of thinking (the way up is down) and a whole new way of life (daily dependence on the one who knows the beginning from the end). Instead of a blueprint for living or a new workout plan, we get a rich life where the simple truths of the gospel inform our everyday life with each other. Where we daily remember our deep need for forgiveness, the joy of being forgiven, and gradually become those who receive grace and share grace with those around us.
My Review:
 Following after God and living for Him is a daily choice, most days it's easier than others. I'm glad that God does grants us grace in multiple areas, especially this one.  Running after Him especially when the world has turned against you or at least when it feels like it has is one of those times when it's all I can do to keep from breaking in a million pieces if I don't get to grab a hold of the remnant of Him, one more time. There are so many things He is to me but most of all lately, He has been comforter. I'm not sure if the Bible says it but sometimes He can be a challenger, as well.

 He challenges me to be better than I was yesterday. He challenges me to look outside of my own "box", even when it seems impossible. God is straight forward and simple yet so incredibly complicated. Just when you think that you have a hold of this "being a Christian thing" he takes you in for another round. He tells me I am to rely on Him for comfort, for living, for wholeness and that no one can complete this in me only Him. He never lies or tries to twist the truth so I know without a doubt I can count on Him and His word above all else. Whether its feelings or situations that turn my world upside down, I know for a fact that my God walks through that fire right beside me.

 Many times in my life, I myself have gotten Jesus wrong. I thought that He was no where to be found, when in fact He was beside me, all along. During the times I have made horrendous mistakes wondering why He didn't stop me. Or the time when I was so incredibly devastated by my mother's death that I went through a 20 year long depression and fog that swallowed me, sadness and all. There have been so many times, that it is virtually impossible to count. But, I have come to realize that in those times, all of them in every situation, He may have been quiet but I was never alone.

 The author many times has found himself at a crossroads of sorts where he thought he had God all figured out when in fact, he didn't. God I find personally, is sort of like that. He does NOT fit into a box for us to use when we feel like it and how we want. He is after all, GOD. He is our God. Our leader and the director of our life. This life is ongoing and each day as the author states we have to live the way He wants us to not how we want to. It is after all about glorifying Him. We spend our lives doing it here only to continue once we are in Heaven with our glorious King.

The author shares what he has learned on his journey through this life and following Jesus. While he didn't always get it right, he admits that he doesn't always get it right but we can't give up--we have to keep trying.

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

Becky Wade's 'True to You' Author Chat Party

Raise your hand if you're ready for Becky Wade's new series! Celebrate the release of book one, True to You, with Becky and other readers on Facebook on May 4th during a fun author chat party at 8:00 PM EDT (that's 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, & 5:00 Pacific)! Becky will be chatting about the book and answering your questions about the new series, and of course, there will be plenty of fun giveaways too!

Pre-order your copy of True to You so you're ready for a fun book discussion. Find out more about the book here.

Hope to see you on May 4 for Becky's True to You Facebook Party!

Litfuse Review: The Joy of Letting Go by:Vicki Caruana

The Joy of Letting Go
About the Book:
Parents let go of their children every day, even in ways they don’t realize. The 52 devotional readings within shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children and encourages them to continue to let go in life-giving ways. Written by a parenting and education expert, The Joy of Letting Go will comfort and inspire parents in all seasons of parenting.

My Review:
 We are to raise our children so that when the time comes that we will be able to let them go.It is really difficult especially when they get to the older teenage years and they feel they are ready to be on their own. Its a hard road for sure. Right now among our 4 children I have a 19 year old, a 14 year old and an almost 12 year old. So two teens at once was not very fun but we are still navigating it. Some days are definitely better than others.

 For all of those that have a hard time letting go, author Vicki Caruana has put together enough devotional readings for 52 days or weekly for 52 weeks. I enjoyed reading about the authors son concerning a mistake he had made when he thought he had overslept. My oldest is having a hard time right now flying on her own. But she is also wanting us not so close. So it is a very aggravating transition for her as well as us.

 Keeping God at the center of life as well as at any and all milestones keeps us all centered. The devotional that is based on the life lessons of the author and many others teaches us that our kids are going to make mistakes and many of them we have to allow. But trying to guide them is also our responsibility. We don't give that right up just because they are teens. It is needed more so than ever now.

 A great read full of practical tips, examples, and inspiration to keep on keeping on.

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review: The Princess Parables: Princess Prayers by:Zonderkidz

 Princess Prayers
About the Book:
Good morning, Lord, it’s time to rise.
The sun is shining bright.
I’ve got my day ahead of me,so help me do what’s right.  

Help me to be kind and good and do my very best to show my love for you today, so others will be blessed.

Princess Prayers includes fifteen sweet prayers for little girls who want to live like princesses for God their King. Prayers are included for girls to be able to pray and learn alongside princess Grace, Hope, Faith, Charity, and Joy. Every little girl is a princess, and this padded cover board book will help them engage with Scripture and discover how to open their hearts to God.

My Review:
 If you are looking for a great, encouraging read for your little princess based on Godlike character and principles than you really should follow and learn more about The Princess Parables line from Zonderkidz. Great encouraging read that  will help each young girl reach their potential in Christ.

 This addition to the series is all about Prayers. It is a board book that is geared towards ages 4-8. It features roughly 15 prayers. These prayers run the gamut from morning prayers to prayers when you are afraid to God's love type prayers. They are so sweet based on Scripture and have beautiful illustrations.

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

Review: Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart by:Glenys Nellist

 Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart
About the Book:
In this heart-warming picture book designed for girls, author Glenys Nellist tells the inspiring stories of incredible women in the Bible. With beautiful illustrations by Rachel Clowes and sweet lift-the-flap envelopes, each story delivers a special message for children to open as they read their own personal love letters from God. Full of warmth and love, this picture book will fill girls’ hearts with the wonder of the Lord. The stories of Eve, Miriam, Rahab, Mary, and many more will delight children and remind them of the bond they can share with God, just like the women of the Bible.

My Review:
 It's few and far between these days that you can find encouragement for young girls. These days things are centered around treating them in not a Godly way. But thankfully, there are still some people out there like Glenys Nellist that still write what God has laid on their hearts to share with young girls. My daughter is grown now but she never tires of reading the author's books and we hope to share with her daughters one day the love that God has for them.

 In this lift-the-flap-book, you can find stories of young girls from the Bible that will lift up and encourage the young girls of today. These girls fought to do right by the Almighty and God allowed them to win that fight. I like to think that God is more than a little partial to us girls. He says such great things to us. He loves us all and only wishes the best for us. A great inspiring read for ages 4-8 but momma liked it too!

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