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Stories for His Glory

For Love or Money by Renae Brumbaugh February 8, 2016

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ABOUT THE BOOK:            

When Grace Foster is summoned to Chicago to fill in as headmistress for an orphanage, she feels this is her chance to make a difference. To help others.
This is her chance to escape her blink-if-you-miss-it, hole-in-the-wall Texas town. When wealthy heir Daniel Ross comes calling, she wonders if her dreams of becoming a philanthropist have come true.

But then Trevor James, a rugged cowboy-turned-seminary student volunteers to make repairs on the dilapidated orphanage, and Grace’s dreams take a tumble. Can she stay true to her plans of becoming a wealthy benefactress, or has the strapping Texas cattleman managed to lasso her heart?

In this classic tale of brawn versus bank account, Brumbaugh uses her trademark humor and wit to examine what it means to really trust God with our dreams and desires.


This is the place where Renae Brumbaugh is supposed to provide impressive things for you to read. But since the most impressive thing about her is the fact that she almost won a car in one of those little fast-food scratch-off games one time, years ago, but she didn’t actually scratch off the car until she found the card in her desk drawer, long after the deadline had passed . . . there’s not much to say.


But if you really want to know about her writing stuff, she’s the author of many books, has made the ECPA Bestseller list twice, and has contributed to many more books. She’s written hundreds of articles for national publications, and has won awards for her humor.


She’s married to a real hunk, and she’s a mom to some amazing kids. She writes music, sings, and likes to perform on stage. She’s a sometimes schoolteacher, an all-the-time wannabe superhero. Her favorite color is blue, unless you’re talking about nail polish, in which case her favorite color is Bubblegum Pink.


If you want to know more, or if you’d like to read more of her books, you can find her at


This is a very sweet story. Trevor is a very likable hero for our story, I found him easy to relate to.

I struggled a bit with Grace and her desire to marry for money and how easily she sometimes seemed to fall for Daniel and how wishy washy she was with the two men.

I did not trust Daniel from the start and knew he had to be up to something, but what exactly was the question. Why was he so interested in Grace?

The many layers to this story made is worth reading and watching how everything unfolded. I will say I found the book easy to put down at times, I really wanted to be drawn into the story more than I was at first but as I read on the more I fell into the story world. It was a good read and an interesting plot.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 


Surrender Your Junior God Badge by Jackie Kendall February 2, 2016

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Experience the Peace and Freedom of knowing that God is in Control…and you don’t always have to be!

Are you wearing a unior God Badge? Before responding, “Absolutely not!” ask yourself the following question: “Am I T.I.R.E.D.?”

Tired of needing to control the lives of those you live.
Irritated by the neverending list of things you feel responsible for.
Resentful for being labeled a “nag” or control freak.
Exhausted by the stress of an out-of-control world.
Drained from trying to do everything yourself.

Bestselling author Jackie Kendall shows women of all ages how to rest and start enjoying their lives, trusting that God is managing the world just fine without their “post-it note” reminders. You’ll learn that hte need for control is often rooted in fear, insecurity, and lack of self-esteem—which you can overcome!

God doesn’t need your help to run the universe…or to control your world and the people in it. If you want to exchange a life of frustration and exhaustion for peace, joy, and freedom…Surrender Your Junior God Badge today!

Jackie Kendall is president of Power to Grow Ministries. She is a national conference speaker and the bestselling author of Lady in Waiting, The Mentoring Mom, A Man Worth Waiting For, Free to Love: The Liberating Power to Forgiveness, and Lady in Waiting for Little Girls. She has been married 37 years to Ken and they have two grown children, Ben and Jessi, a son-in-law Drew, and their first grandchild—Emma Grace.
My thoughts:
I honestly didn’t think I really needed this book. I don’t consider myself a control freak.
But after reading this I realize I am in several areas I never even knew I was trying to control. I think everyone has a bit of control issues at times in their lives.
Jackie does a great job showing the reader how when we try to control we aren’t trusting God. That isn’t a place we want to be.
I love this sentences from p. 60: “God’s grace is available for time of need only, not for the tormented hypothetical time of need. God’s grace is available and sufficient for today.”
Oh my, I definitely make up a lot of hypothetical times of need and this is not okay. God’s grace is all we need for today.
Whether you think you try to control things or not this is book you might want to pick up and get some truth spoken into you.
Visit Jackie here. 
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A copy of this book was given me through The Book Club Network, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 



Review and Giveaway: Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander February 1, 2016

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Can love redeem a broken past?

Shelby Kincaid is ready to move forward after the death of her husband left her devastated. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family’s homestead, Misty Willow, so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she has her work cut out for her.

AJ Sullivan never wanted Shelby’s family homestead in the first place. His grandfather left it to him as punishment for not following his wishes, and he’s let it fall into ruin. AJ’s more than happy to unload it to this spitfire of a woman. But even after angry exchanges over the state of the house, he can’t get her off his mind.

With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and family history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home–and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.

My thoughts:

What a fabulous book. This is the first book I have read by Johnnie and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

I was super excited to see this is a series, although the male protagonist in the 2nd book isn’t overly likable at first in this book but Johnnie was very smart and started to give him redeeming qualities in this book so it makes we want to see what will happen to him in the 2nd.

Shelby is a strong heroine, a young mother who wants to do what is best for her daughters. She tries to resist falling for any man but quickly discovers that might not be so easy and then becomes confused because she is draw to two men.

AJ is a great guy but he has a past to overcome as well and then it slams in the face in a big way. I just wanted Shelby to give her heart to him.

Although this is romance there is a lot of family history mystery in this book. I loved the scripture references in this book, they encouraged me to look them up and highlight them in my own Bible.

A great book about not letting the past define you or hold you back.

Visit Johnnie here.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.