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Review and Giveaway: The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart April 19, 2018

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What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.

His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.

My thoughts and giveaway:

What a deeply spiritual and moving book.

There are so many underlying meanings going on. I was probably looking too much but I couldn’t help myself.

I wondered how this relationship could ever be restored, Sloane seemed so unwilling to move. Yet, I appreciated her prayer life and how she relied on God.

I felt a lot of sympathy for Toren and wanted him to get his family back. But James kept the reader wondering and guessing if that would happen.

And then the whole mystery of what happened to Toren in the first place, where was he all those months and what happened to him?

If you are looking for something a bit different but that will move you I highly recommend this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own. 

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Review and Giveaway: Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue April 18, 2018

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About the Book

Title: Guide your Mind, Guard your Heart, Grace your Tongue

Author: Carol Burton McLeod

Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Living

Release Date: April 3, 2018

Every single one of us with a beating heart has spoken words “under the influence” of warped feelings and slurred thinking. And we soon wish we had the magical power to take those words back. We especially regret the hurtful words we have spoken to those we love the most and know the best. This book may just be the solution.

Carol McLeod reveals that before the words are spoken, they brew in our hearts and are formed in our minds. It’s our thoughts and emotions that determine what words come out of our mouths. Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue is an innovative blueprint that will enable you to take control of your thoughts and feelings in order to grace your tongue. You won’t find pat answers here, but rather powerful strategies based on the Word of God to reroute disordered thinking and cure rotten emotions so your words can be humbly grateful instead of grumbly hateful.

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About the Author

Carol Burton McLeod is a popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats through her ministry, Just Joy!, and is the author of a number of books. Carol hosts a daily radio show, “Defiant Joy! Radio,” which is broadcast in major markets across America. Her blog, “Joy for the Journey” (formerly “A Cup of Tea with Carol”), has been named in the Top 50 Faith Blogs for Women, and her teaching DVD The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart won a Telly Award for excellence in religious programming.

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate the tour, Whitaker House is giving away the following prizes:

Grand Prize: A copy of Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue, “Grace” teapot from Christian Arts Gifts, Whitaker House/Anchor adult coloring book.

1st Place: A copy of Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue, Abba Jerusalem 6” Scented Pillar Candle

2nd Place: A copy of Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue, and Whitaker House/Anchor adult coloring book.

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My thoughts:

This is a wonderful book filled with so much truth and great advice.

If you have read Battle Field of the Mind by Joyce Meyer I am sure you would like this book. This book takes things even deeper as you dive into how the heart and tongue can be controlled as well as the mind.

This quote from the book grabbed me: p. 128 “God gave you a heart to revolutionize your earthly existence, so that you would know the joy of experiencing heaven even living on earth.” Good stuff.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, we all need this wake-up call.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Treacherous Trails by Dana Mentink April 16, 2018

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About the Book

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Title: Treacherous Trails

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Inspy Romanctic Suspense

Release Date: March, 2018

Falsely accused…

Can she escape the real killer?

In this second installment in the Gold Country Cowboys series, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name. Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her. But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?

 

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About the Author

author-pix-222x300Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

 

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, friends! I am so thrilled to be galloping into the second book in the Gold Country Cowboy series with you. This book was a hoot to write. It’s got a nice twisty mystery and plenty of danger! Our hero, twin Owen Thorn, is a Marine doing his darnedest not to fall in love with his brother’s little sister, but you know how these things go, don’t you, partners? There’s trouble ahead in cowboy country and this story will take you on a wild gallop to the happy ending! God bless and thanks for coming along!

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, J.E. Grace is giving away a grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, Cornbread Mix, and Cowboy Caviar Salsa!!

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My thoughts:

What a great read. Action packed from the very beginning.

Ella is a character I easily came to care about. I liked the fact that she had a past she knew she had be forgiven for but still struggled with the shame of it, as so many of us do.

Owen, too, has his own struggles but is such a strong and wonderful hero.

From the beginning it is pretty clear what is going on, but things keep going wrong and turning around to make Ella look like the murderer.

A very good read. I highly recommend this one.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Cowboy on Call by Leigh Riker April 12, 2018

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He needs to stop running from his mistakes.

Cowboy or doctor? Sawyer McCord has been wrestling with that question since he came home to the Circle H after fleeing his remote clinic in the Himalayas. A tragedy there has him doubting his medical skills, but his reception on the ranch has been chilly at best. Sawyer can’t blame his family—or Olivia Wilson, his brother’s ex—for their anger. So why does Olivia’s opinion of him suddenly matter so much? Sawyer has unfinished business here and at his clinic. If he’s ever going to redeem himself, he needs to start by making amends to the one woman who might never forgive him.

My thoughts:

I have been wanting to read some Heartwarming from Harlequin, I thought it might be similar to Hallmark movies and it was.

These are nice clean romances with an intriguing plot and a lot of meat in such a short book.

I loved the history these two characters shared and the rekindling of an old romance.

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The Spiritual Gifts Handbook by Randy Clark and Mary Healy April 11, 2018

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Foundational Teaching from a Charismatic Healing Minister and a Catholic Scholar

International healing minister Randy Clark teams up with Mary Healy, a respected Catholic scholar, to show not only that the gifts of the Spirit still exist today, but that they are not optional; they are the necessary tools God has given for both building his Church and spreading the Gospel.

With wisdom and practical insight, Clark and Healy walk you through biblical texts, dispel misconceptions, and show that there is an endless variety of gifts. They also show how the gifts are not just for a select few, but distributed freely by the Holy Spirit among believers. After laying this foundation, the authors reveal how you can activate the gifts in your own life and use them to benefit others. In this hurting world, you can give people more than just a message–you can help usher them into an encounter with God.

My thoughts:

This book was a good reminder of the gifts of the Spirit. It honestly wasn’t new information for me but I did find it interesting.

What I found most interesting was that fact that the Catholic church believes in these gifts. I had no idea. I think a lot of us (maybe I should just speak for myself) have misconceptions and even prejudices toward the Catholic church. One of the authors is Catholic, I loved reading her stories of healing and miracles and I felt the divide that had been created by years of untruth begin to close.

This book wasn’t what I was expecting but like I said, I did like it and it was a great reminder of the power that is available to to us all.

Visit Randy here.

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Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Weaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll April 9, 2018

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Legend claims the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine is hidden in Weaver’s Needle—a priceless treasure that two recovery specialists are in a race to secure for a client, and ultimately, a payday. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there’s someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountain stays lost forever. The two must work together despite their distrust to save the legend before more innocent lives are lost. Will they find the gold or life’s true treasure. . .love?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I received this book a long time ago to review, but had not timeline so it kept getting pushed back and I honestly wasn’t that excited to review it. Now I am wondering why I waited to so long.

This book was one I couldn’t put down and easily read. It had an almost Indiana Jones feel to it.

The hurt and wounds each character carried was very real and something we can relate to.

The mystery surrounding the missing map had me guessing until the end. I will say there were chapters that I didn’t really understand until it all came together at the end and found myself irritated when I got to those chapters and they interrupted the other story. But overall I really liked this book a lot.

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Leave a comment by April 23rd for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller April 5, 2018

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Years ago, the man who stole Catherine Winthrop’s heart rejected her—and she’s never recovered from the grief. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn’t her heart he’s taking, it’s her home and her family’s good name.

Jonathan Carlew’s serious demeanor and connection to trade, not to mention the rumors surrounding his birth, have kept him from being a favorite of the ladies, or their parents. Now, suddenly landed and titled, he finds himself with plenty of prospects. But his demanding society responsibilities keep pressing him into service to the one woman who captured his heart long ago—and then ran off with it.

These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.

Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England’s royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. Fans of the wholesome and richly drawn first series won’t want to miss this new set of characters—or appearances by their old favorites.

My thoughts:

I read Carolyn’s series before this one and loved it. So I couldn’t wait to read this book.

Wow. I think I was drawn into this story more quickly than any other one I have read by her. The characters we fast endeared themselves to me, or irritated me, depending on the character.

You will be swept away into the story of Catherine and Jonathan. It’s funny because for about the first quarter of the book I don’t think they even really spoke to each other and we don’t find out what happen between them for much longer than that.

I highly recommend this one for regency romance lovers, you will not be disappointed in Carolyn’s latest installment.

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A copy of this book was given to my through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.