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Voiceless (A Movie Review) September 20, 2016

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 7:43 pm
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Film Synopsis
Battling his own inner-demons, Jesse (Rusty Joiner: Last Ounce Of Courage, Dodgeball, “Days of Our Lives”) encounters a young, pregnant teen overcome with grief that, after an impulsive abortion, has her family blaming Jesse for more than just her final decision. Jesse’s wife Julia (Jocelyn Cruz: Strike One, This Is Our Time) must come to terms with her own choices and decide if she can support her husband as opposition mounts against him. Comedian Paul Rodriguez also stars as Virgil with James Russo as Pastor Gil.

My thoughts:

This was a very powerful movie and dealt with some sensitive topics. However, it is handled very well.

It shows many aspects of abortion, the before, after, the choices woman are faced with, how as Christians we need to be careful how we say things.

This movie also showed how afraid we can be as Christians to really stand up for what we know Jesus is calling us too. It seems easier to “pray” about it but never move. I believe we need to do both of those things.

Jesse and Julia finally talk about their past and I just wanted to yell, “That’s your testimony. That’s how you will reach these women.” When we hold on to what Jesus has done in our lives we might miss opportunities to help someone else. I believe God calls us to share our stories so we can help others overcome.

I loved how Jesse finds ways to connect with the community and ultimately wake up his church. We could all use a wake-up call.

A viewing of this movie was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 

 

The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray September 15, 2016

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About:

Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn’t expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places.

Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything.

After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda’s home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip’s name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone.

Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He’s mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can.

He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn’t prove to be an easy task—Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this story. Shelley has created a wonderful cast of characters and a great beginning to a series. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Miranda is a very hurt young woman, not only dealing with losing her husband but then the rumors flying around about him. The disrespect of the community really got under my skin and had me rooting for Miranda from the beginning.

Robert is a great hero who is trying to help and wants to protect Miranda. I was captivated by him and his heroic efforts.

Then there are the people who work at Miranda’s house, they are a great bunch of characters as well with a past of their own.

Overall, a great read that historical romance readers will love.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Smoke and Mirrors September 12, 2016

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 8:00 pm
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BOUT THE BOOKS:

Eight BRAND NEW, never before released “hidden identity” contemporary romantic suspense novellas from today’s best selling Christian authors in one anthology! THE LONG VIEW by Connie Almony: J.T. MacGregor is ex-FBI and training with terrorists. When his former boss makes an unusual request, J.T. wonders about his motives and how he can use them to his advantage. Destiny Long is no stranger to her father’s covert world of catching terrorists, but who is he after now? When J.T., the man behind the one kiss she will never forget joins a fitness club owned by a suspected member of ISIS and he’s found praying head-first into a tasseled rug, she wonders what side of the war on terror is J.T. MacGregor really on. TAKEN by Sally Bradley: Cam Winters has never talked about his past, about life before he became a Christian. Jordan Foster knows that Cam’s a strong, caring man–a man she can see herself with. But he refuses to ask her out for fear of what her brother, one of his closest friends, might say. So Jordan takes things into her own hands. When Cam admits to sharing her feelings, the two fall quickly in love–just as that past that Cam won’t ever talk about returns for Cam and those he loves. A group which now includes Jordan.

ON THE ROPES
by Hallee Bridgeman: Doctor Ruth Burnette is placed in witness protection after witnessing a Russian mafia execution. Just a week before the trial, Victor Kovalev finds her. Memories of planning her wedding with Victor are wiped clean by the vision of his father executing three men. Does he want to help her survive to her testimony, or is he trying to stop it all together?

OUT OF CIRCULATION
by Heather Day Gilbert: When Russian mobsters threaten small-town librarian Katie McClure, she is forced to accept an offer of protection from Manhattan bodyguard Ace Calhoun. As they race the clock to find a long-hidden bank stash, Katie discovers too late that Ace might be the wrong man to trust with her life…and her heart.

DANGEROUS ALTERNATIVE
by Kelli Hughett: Summer in Southern California doesn’t get any hotter than this. When Levi Boulter agrees to work for the FBI behind the scenes in Hollywood, he never plans on becoming an operative working to thwart a plan to assassinate the President’s wife—or on keeping a deadly secret from Mahari, the love of his life. When Mahari is kidnapped, Levi makes the gamble of his life in order to save her. Will Levi’s secret divide them forever, or will they come together in time to stop an assassination?

IDENTITY THEFT
by Alana Terry: After losing her fiancé in a devastating accident, Lacy meets Kurtis, an Alaska state trooper, and his delightful four-year-old daughter who would love nothing more than to make Lacy her new mom. Things could be perfect, except Lacy can’t shake the nagging suspicion that her fiancé isn’t dead like the police reports claim. All she wants is closure, but as she seeks out real answers, she discovers how deadly the truth can actually be.

OBSESSION by Rachel Trautmiller: A surge in crime has left two homeless women dead and Detective Amanda Nettles’ Alzheimer’s-riddled mother as the prime suspect. As his wife embarks on a dangerous game of hide-and-seek with a remorseless serial killer, FBI Agent Baker Jackson Robinson knows he can’t sit idly while the city of Charlotte destroys Amanda’s career a second time. Is her near decade-long obsession with protecting her hometown bigger than the needs of her family? Or are they one and the same?

SCENT OF DANGER
by Alexa Verde: To find her missing sister, small-town cop Maya Hutchinson risks her life by posing as her glamorous twin. Under escalating attacks, Maya accepts protection from dashing senator’s son Connor McNamara. Cop turned PI, Connor McNamara has his own secret mission and is forced to choose between family loyalty and love. When the scent of danger draws near, will Connor and Maya survive long enough to forgive and accept each other?

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

With more than half a million sales, Hallee Bridgeman is a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy.

Connie Almony just a suburb gal from the Baltimore-Washington megalopolis. And that’s what Connie Almony’s fiction is about, a diverse population which is truly, and beautifully, colorful.

Sally Bradley writes big-city fiction with real issues and real hope. A freelance fiction editor and former president of her local writing chapter, Sally has won a handful of awards for Kept and another work-in-progress. Visit her online at sallybradley.com, at Twitter at @SallyBWrites, and at Sally Bradley, Writer on Facebook.    

HEATHER DAY GILBERT writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is married to her college sweetheart. Having recently returned to her roots, she and her husband are raising their three children in the same home in which Heather grew up.

Kelli Hughett writes romantic suspense that spans the genres. Not your quintessential minister’s wife, Kelli’s ability to weave romance into fast-paced action keeps pages turning long after bedtime. Her books have been described as sensual, thrilling, a mini mom’s vacation, and a delicious journey. She finds joy in homeschooling her kids, working with the Church and Oil In My Lamp ministries, and in rural life outside Windsor, Colorado.           

Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.         

Rachel strives to write novels filled with murder, mayhem and romance that leave her readers wanting more incredible twists and turns. Side note: A nightlight may be required. Some bleary-eyed, early mornings have been known to occur.

Alexa Verde writes sweet, wholesome books about faith, love, and murder. She penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks.

My thoughts:

If you enjoy romantic suspense this is a collection full of them. Each is so unique I never would have guessed what each story held.

Each is very well written, some of them took me a bit more time to get into then others but overall I was very pleased with each story hidden in this collection.

Some of the authors have connected these stories to other books they have written so if you have read something by some of these authors you might come across some familiar characters.

Again, if you enjoy romantic suspense I think this is a collection of stories you would enjoy for a few quick reads.

Grab your copy at Amazon, it’s only $0.99.

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

 

 

The Walls of Arad by Carole Towriss September 9, 2016

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About:

Before Jericho, there was Arad…

Forty years have passed since Israel escaped Egypt. Their punishment is over, and the time to take the land is finally here.
Arisha, a secret worshipper of Yahweh, fled Canaan in search of safety. Under Miriam’s care she has begun to heal, but Miriam is close to death. She wants to be assured this abused and abandoned young woman will have a good life, and she entreats Zadok to marry her.
Zadok is the grandson of Bezalel, architect of the Tabernacle, and great-grandson of Hur, advisor to Moses. Selected by Aaron to shepherd the Tabernacle flock, he has a gentle spirit Miriam believes can help heal Arisha’s heart.
The Canaanite king of Arad has heard about the mighty deeds of Israel’s God, and fears he will be destroyed as Egypt was. When Arad goes on the offensive, Zadok will have to make a choice. This time a shepherd’s heart cannot save Arisha.

My thoughts:

This is the first book I’ve had the chance to read by Carole, although I have another book by her on my shelf I need to pick up after reading this one.

Carole has crafted a unique Biblical fiction account. In this book you will run into some figures you have read about many times, Moses, Aaron and Miriam. I loved encountering them in this setting and seeing how Carole portrayed them.

I really like Arisha. She has some wounds she is dealing with, not sure who she can trust but she wants to put her trust in Zadok.

Zadok, too, has things and a past to overcome. He has been hurt before and he isn’t sure who he can trust with his heart.

This is a beautiful story of young love and God’s people finding refuge.

Visit Carole here.

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

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

 

SOZO: Save, Healed, Delivered by Dawna De Silva and Teresa Liebscher September 8, 2016

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Experience Salvation, Healing, and Deliverance in Every Area of Your Life  

For too long, the popular understanding of Christian salvation has been limited to securing a place in Heaven. Sadly, many Christ-followers experience constant defeat during their time on Earth.Something is missing.

The Biblical concept of salvation comes from the Greek word ‘Sozo’ and has a holistic implication. Power and victory flowed through the New Testament Church because the early Christians understood how to live out their salvation in a way that impacted every area of their lives— spirit, soul, and body.

In SOZO, Dawna DeSilva and Teresa Liebscher provide revelatory teaching and miraculous testimonies that paint a stunning picture of how to experience Heaven’s freedom in every area of your life.

You will receive:

  • practical tools to deepen your relationship with the Triune God—Father God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit.
  • victory strategies to help you disarm lies, break harmful patterns, shift spiritual atmospheres, and access the often-unreached realms of abundant life.
  • keys to experience inner healing by breaking addictions, overcoming obstacles, and walking in sustained deliverance.

Salvation is not simply a ticket to Heaven.

It is abundant life that begins now…and continues forever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Teresa Liebscher is a co-leader of the Bethel Sozo ministry headquarters at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. She is also the founder and leader of the Shabar ministry. The Bethel Sozo ministry was birth in 1997 and the Shabar ministry in 2006. Teresa travels the world training, mentoring and ministering in both Bethel Sozo and Shabar ministry. Her passion in all areas of her ministering life is to not only connect individuals with each member of the Godhead, but also to make sure that connection is healthy.

My thoughts:

If you are looking for a book that can potentially lead you into some major healing you must pick this book up.

Many times as I read and walked through the questions at the end of each chapter I found myself in tears and realized issues I had yet to heal with. Things that I thought were just “normal” tension isn’t really how God created us to function.

I think every person can benefit from this book and walking through the guidelines after each chapter will take you deeper. If it is taken seriously you could see life change in areas you have been struggling with for years. But you have to be open to what the Godhead wants to do, don’t put limits on Him.

Something God has been showing me over the last year, even before I read this book, was that I really need all three, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to fully engage and feel satisfied. They all play a different role and each is significant. So it was interesting to read this and see that I’m on the right track.

Are you ready to dive deeper and receive healing? The Godhead is ready to give it to you.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, AmazonChristianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears September 6, 2016

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About:

Lydia King knows what it’s like to be in need, so she joins the Teaville Moral Society hoping to help the town’s poor. But with her father’s debts increasing by the day and her mother growing sicker by the week, she wonders how long it will be until she ends up in the poorhouse herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that his mother is the moral society’s president. Lydia’s first task as a moral society member–to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town–seems easy . . . until the man flat-out refuses.

Despite appearances, Nicholas wants to help others but prefers to do it his own way, keeping his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, though Nicholas has a few surprises up his sleeve. Neither foresees the harrowing complications that will arise from working together, and when town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs–and hearts–truly align.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Wow.

Can I say that again? Wow.

This book is outstanding. It’s so much more than a novel, this has the potential to change your heart.

I have never read anything by Melissa, although I have heard good things about her. Now I can’t wait to read more by her.

Somehow she has written a wonderful romance with a spiritual depth that is often missing. She touches on subjects that could come across as preachy and manages to weave them in to her story in such away that you don’t feel like you are being preached at all yet you will feel compelled to examine your own heart.

She has created a wonderful cast of characters, some who will drive you crazy, others you will love, others your heart will break for.

This is a must read for any historical romance lovers out there.

Visit Melissa here.

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

Leave a comment by Sept. 13th for your chance to win a copy. 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 by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills September 2, 2016

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About:

Airport Ranger volunteer Stacy Broussard expected a peaceful Saturday morning ride around the perimeter of Houston’s airport. What she encounters instead is a brutal homicide and a baffling mystery. Next to the body is an injured dog, the dead man’s motorcycle, and a drone armed with a laser capable of taking down a 747.

Though FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc sees a clear-cut case of terrorism, his past has taught him to be suspicious of everyone, even witnesses. Even bleeding-heart veterinarians like Stacy. But when her gruesome discovery is only the first in a string of incidences that throw her life into a tailspin, Alex begins to wonder if Stacy was targeted. As a health emergency endangers Stacy’s community, and the task force pulls in leads from all directions, Alex and Stacy must work together to prevent another deadly encounter.

My thoughts and giveaway:

You just can’t go wrong with a book written by DiAnn Mills and this one stays true to that thought.

Deadly Encounter opens with a scene your won’t soon forget and keeps things rolling from there.

You are introduced to some great characters. Stacy is a strong woman with a very kind heart, just doing her job.

Alex is great hero but very distrusting of Stacy and there seems to be a reason for that but it isn’t revealed right away.

I loved Whit, what a wonderful young man who is working to overcome some very bad odds.

There are so many pieces to this story you won’t get bored, you just know something bad is going to happen but what will it be exactly?

If you enjoy suspense and romance this is a book you will want to pick up.

Visit DiAnn here. 

Read chapter one here.

Author’s Official Blog/Newsletter:     http://www.diannmills.com/articles/

Author Bio:  Tyndale Author Bio – DiAnn Mills

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

Leave a comment by September 9th for your chance to win a copy. 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 by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.