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Chosen: Appointed for Favor, Destined for Greatness by Michelle McClain-Walters July 31, 2019

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This book will equip you with prophetic insight and divine strategies that will jump-start you on the path toward destiny.

There is a distinction between the called and the chosen, the many and the few. Who are these people? How did they get exclusive access to the favor of God? They are confident and prosperous, generous and joyful. They live in the realm of miracles and the supernatural, as if the very breath of God is on every decision they make in life. One season after the next they are catapulted to new levels in life. All they do is win and trample over challenges, disappointments, and attacks from the enemy, while others still remain at the starting line, awaiting breakthrough.

In her book Michelle McClain-Walters shows readers just what this distinction is and how they can live in the fullness of their identity as God’s chosen ones. Built on the words of Christ in John 15:16—“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you”—and Matthew 22:14—“Many are called but few are chosen”—Chosen is a revelation of the spiritual force behind the life of the next-level believer.

Choose now and declare, “I am chosen!” and watch as the mysteries of heaven are opened to you.

My thoughts:

What an inspiring book. If you long for more direction and purpose in your life and a better understanding of what God has in store for you then read this book.

For some reason, it must have been Holy Spirit, this book touched me deeply, to the point I was crying at times as I realized how small I have made God, how much I have limited Him because of my unbelief.

This book hasn’t released yet but if it sounds like something you would like to read, or maybe even need to read go pre-order it so you can have it as soon as it releases.

Visit Michelle here.

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

 

The Reluctant Belle by Beth White July 30, 2019

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Impoverished Southern belle Joelle Daughtry has a secret. By day she has been helping her sisters in their quest to turn the run-down family plantation into a resort hotel after the close of the Civil War. But by night and under a male pseudonym, she has been penning articles for the local paper in support of the construction of a Negro school. With the Mississippi arm of the Ku Klux Klan gaining power and prestige, Joelle knows she is playing a dangerous game.

When childhood enemy and current investor in the Daughtry house renovation Schuyler Beaumont takes over his assassinated father’s candidacy for state office, Joelle finds that in order to protect her family and her home, she and Schuyler will have to put aside their longstanding personal conflict and develop a united public front. The trouble is, what do you do when animosity becomes respect–and even love–if you’re already engaged to someone else?

My thoughts:

I am loving this series.

I read the first book a while ago so it took me a little bit to remember everyone and what what had happened before. However, if you pick this book up first it won’t matter if you don’t know the other stuff (although the first book is very good as well).

Joelle is a unique character who I enjoyed getting to more in this book. I really like getting to Schuyler more as well. In the first book I wasn’t so sure I could trust him but in this book he proves trustworthy.

What I like about these books is that there is a mystery involved as well as the romance. That always keeps things interesting. I also like hearing about the United States coming out of the civil war and the adjustments that were being made during that time.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: The String by Caleb Breakey July 26, 2019

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Welcome to the string. Let’s go over the ground rules.

Rule #1: Participation is mandatory.
Rule #2: If any one person refuses to play, the threats to all players will come to pass.

Since this is my game, allow me to introduce myself. I am the conductor. Just as musicians in a symphony must follow the conductor’s direction, the selected students and staff of Trenton University must submit to my commands . . . or risk massive chaos and deadly consequences. Even that pesky university cop, Markus Haas, who thinks he’ll find a way out of the impossible dilemma in which I’ve trapped him. Oh, the surprises I have for him.

Ready to play?

My thoughts and giveaway:

Oh my. This book is right up my alley. If you like thrillers you will not be able to put this book down. There are books that you begin reading and immediately know I love it, this was that kind of book for me.

If you don’t like books that are violent and a bit creepy then this probably isn’t the book for you.

I loved the faith element that wasn’t neglected in this book but woven in very nicely.

We get to meet many characters, good and bad, it made the read an even faster pace with hopping between the different POVs.

This book will keep you guessing and jumping. My only question is when will Caleb write another one?

Visit Caleb here.

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Leave a comment by August 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. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Identity Theft by Alana Terry July 25, 2019

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About the Book

Book: Identity Theft

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Christian fiction, mystery/suspense

Release date: March 15, 2019

Identity-Theft-200x300.jpgShe imagined Alaska would be the perfect place to hide. She found out it’s the most dangerous place to be found …
Lacy has a secret. A secret nobody knows — not even her fiancé.
A secret that would cost her life … and so much more.
So it’s a good thing she’s tucked away in the very heart of rural Alaska, where for once in her life she is finally safe.
But can she stay that way for long?
Suspenseful, thrilling, and impossible to put downIdentity Theft is an unforgettable novel by bestselling Christian author Alana Terry.
Buy your copy today … but be prepared to stay up late!

 

About the Author

alana-terry.jpgAlana 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.

 

More from Alana

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about Alaska? Are you a city soul or do you prefer the country? I’m pretty happy in small-town Alaska, but I’m afraid that wasn’t always the case.

Have you ever lived in a town with 400 residents? Even with all the wide-open spaces, it’s enough to make some personalities feel claustrophobic.

I thought of our move to rural living as our big adventure. (Because what’s more adventurous than feeding chickens and milking goats at negative 40 degrees?) Then I read my first draft of Identity Theftand realized the adjustment wasn’t going as smoothly as I hoped. It was more autobiographical than I had realized!

However, I learned to love rural Alaska, and that’s the main reason I wanted to write my Alaskan Refuge Christian Suspense Novel series – so I could share some of my favorite parts with you.

Identity Theft is the first of three stand-alone novels, all filled with adventure, suspense and thrills, and all set against the backdrop of Alaska. I hope as you settle in to readyou will begin to experience a little of what I’ve grown to love living in this spectacular state.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away a $30 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e546/identity-theft-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

I really enjoy Alana’s writing. The other books I have read by her have definitely held my interest.

This is a fast read to be sure. I will say the first half of the book left me a bit disappointed. Lacy was very whiny about living in Alaska and I had trouble believing some of the choices she made. Later in the book the author does share she had those feelings when she lived in Alaska. I will say I don’t always like to read about someone else whining about it, even though that might be reality.

The second half of the book picked up for me and I found it a lot more interesting. Questions about who Lacy could trust and a somewhat surprise ending that I really didn’t see coming helped me enjoy this book more.

Not my favorite Alana Terry book but I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

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

 

It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst July 24, 2019

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New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn’t turn out like they expected.

What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?

Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.

Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she’s also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:

Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God’s truth.

My thoughts:

What a powerful book. I decided to review this because I heard Lysa speak on the subject of “between two gardens” and found it deeply intriguing.

This book is written from a very vulnerable place in in Lysa’s life. She was in the middle of her marriage falling apart, cancer diagnosis and she didn’t know the end of the story. If you follow Lysa at all you know God has brought her through and healed her marriage, but as she wrote this book she didn’t know what would happen.

I love the illustrations that she uses to teach the reader her points. At the end of each chapters is a place to go deeper. Reflect on what chapter and answer questions about your own journey.

Visit Lisa here.

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

 

Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton July 23, 2019

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At thirty-eight, garden shop owner Jessie McBride thinks her chances for romance are years behind her and, after her failed marriage, she’s fine with that. She lives contentedly with her fiery mother and her quiet, headstrong daughter. But the unexpected arrival of two men on Glory Road make her question if she’s really happy with the status quo. Handsome, wealthy Sumner Tate asks her to arrange flowers for his daughter’s wedding, and Jessie finds herself drawn to his continued attention. And Ben Bradley, her lingering what-could-have-been from high school days who’s known her better than anyone and whom she hasn’t seen in years, moves back to the red dirt road. Jessie finds her heart being pulled in directions she never expected.

Meanwhile, Jessie’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Evan, is approaching the start of high school and trying to navigate a new world of identity and emotions—particularly as they relate to the cute new guy who’s moved in just down the road. At the same time, Jessie’s mother, Gus, increasingly finds herself forgetful and faces a potentially frightening future.

As all three women navigate the uncertain paths of their hearts and futures, one summer promises to bring change—whether they’re ready for it or not.

My thoughts:

This is the first book I have ready by Lauren and I couldn’t put it down. I loved everything about it, the characters, the plot, the setting.

She did something I have recently been reading about: good vs. good. Both men in Jessie’s life are good guys but I was nervous about who she could choose and I had to peek at the end because I was so concerned about how it would work out.

I enjoyed the POV of Evan and Gus as well. These three looking for love, or not, but finding gifts along the way. Gus pulled at my heart strings. The things she is dealing with all too real for many people.

My only, petty, complaint was the fact that it said Evan was in precal as a freshman. This might have been believable if it mentioned she was gifted in math but that never happened. Usually, even the smart kids don’t take precal until they are juniors. This is the teacher in me who works in a school coming out. That pulled me out of the story just a tiny bit but then I moved on.

Also, worth noting, this is a clean romance, but the characters don’t really have any faith in God, He isn’t really talked about except for Evan’s best friend whose parents come across as very strict. Just a side note in case that matters to you.

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Review and Giveaway: Love’s Belief by Linda Shenton Matchett July 22, 2019

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About the Book

Book: Love’s Belief

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Romantic Fiction

Release date: May 15, 2019

Loves-Belief-small-jpg-200x300.jpgMidwife Pia Hertz and her mother Sabine have been delivering babies long before the Nazis came to power. Now, the Third Reich has implemented mandates that require Jewish babies and other “undesirables” to be killed as part of The Final Solution. Is Pia’s new faith in Christ strong enough to defy the laws of man?

Despite the agony of the injury at the Battle of Drøbak Sound that took his arm, Dieter Fertig is relieved he’s no longer part of Hitler’s army. He returns to Berlin and discovers Jews are being deported by the thousands. When he realizes the Nuremburg Laws require his best friend’s baby girl to be killed, he must find a way to spirit the child out of Germany before the Nazis discover her existence.

Inspired by the biblical story of Shiprah and Puah, the midwives who saved Jewish babies during Pharaoh’s reign, Love’s Belief shows how one person’s actions can change the world.

 

Click here to grab your copy.

 

About the Author

Linda-Matchett-Head-Shot-200x300.jpgLinda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

 

Read an Excerpt

Berlin, late February 1943

Chapter One

 

“I thought Frau Schmidt was going to die.” Pia Hertz blew out a deep breath. “We haven’t had a difficult birth like that in a long time, Mutti.

Ja, but you are a gifted midwife, Pia. I wasn’t too worried.”

Pia chuckled. “You always say that.”

Mutti linked her arm with Pia’s. “We must have confidence, otherwise fear will make us prone to mistakes. Now, let’s reward ourselves with strudel, if we can find it, hmm?”

“A wonderful idea. I’m starving. Hopefully, the baker has some, and the line won’t be too long at this early hour. Selections at most of the shops have been meager as the war has ground on.”

Leaning close to Pia’s ear, Mutti whispered, “Be careful what you say. You don’t want to be accused of sedition.”

Pia cast a glance over her shoulder. “You’re right. It doesn’t seem to take much to get arrested these days.” She sighed. “I don’t understand why God has allowed Herr Hitler to succeed. Why has He not stepped in to save His people, the Jews?”

Dust coated their shoes as they sauntered along the sidewalk, skirting the piles of rubble from the most recent RAF bombing raid.

“There are some things we will never have an answer to, Daughter, but we must trust in His plan. It is difficult. Despite being a believer since childhood, I still struggle with doubts. It’s understandable that you do, too.” She stroked Pia’s cheek. “When we get home, let’s pray together and see what He would have us do.”

Pia stifled a gasp. “What are you suggesting?”

Her lips pressed in a thin line, Mutti frowned. She jerked her head toward the SS officer standing about ten meters away, then tugged on Pia’s arm. Continuing down the sidewalk, they arrived at the bakery. Unlit windows and lack of women waiting indicated there were no more treats to be had for the day.

Ach, we’ll have to assuage our penchant for a sweet another time.” Mutti rubbed her belly. “Let’s take a shortcut down Rosenstrasse then head for the river. It would be nice to look at something other than damaged buildings and debris.”

“Good idea. It is warmer today than yesterday, and there is a market at the end of the street. Perhaps they have some bread or cheese we can nibble on.”

A chill swept over Pia as they walked past a police officer, their eyes averted to avoid any interaction. An elderly couple tottered along in front of them, holding hands and speaking softly. Pia’s heart tugged. Would she ever find someone to spend her life with: someone to look at her like the wrinkled, gray-haired man gazed at the petite woman by his side? At twenty-eight, it seemed unlikely. Der Führer’s desire to rule the world was destroying an entire generation of young men, and she certainly had no interest in a black-coated member of the SS.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize package with a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of each book in the series!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My thoughts:

Once again, I enjoyed this quick read that packs a big spiritual punch. This is the third book in this series. I really like the second and I have downloaded the first, which is free on Amazon.

We are thrown into WWII again and I learned things I never knew existed during that time, like Lebronsborn. I had no idea what that was but it really was thing. So horrible.

As with any short story the ending felt a bit rushed but I still enjoyed it and thought it was very well done. I loved the tie in with a Bible story. Linda does a great job of that.

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