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My Story for His Glory

Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green February 14, 2019

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The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval would rather remain neutral in a world tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the Seven Years’ War against her wishes when her British ex-fiancé, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel claims he has information that could help end the war, and he asks Catherine to help him escape. Peace appeals to Catherine, even if helping the man who broke her heart does not. But New France is starving, and she and her loved ones may not survive another winter of conflict-induced famine. When the dangers of war arrive on her doorstep, Catherine and Samuel flee by river toward the epicenter of the battle between England and France. She and Samuel may impact history, but she fears the ultimate cost will be higher than she can bear.

My thoughts:

I love the detail Jocelyn puts into her books, so rich with history.

From the beginning we are tossed into the life of Catherine and her father and this odd relationship.

I appreciated Catherine’s spirit and Samuel’s desire to protect her.

I so wanted the misunderstanding that happened between them to be cleared up, but that isn’t easily done of course, that wouldn’t make an interesting book.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and history we got a taste of.

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

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Growing in Prayer Devotional by Mike Bickle February 13, 2019

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Every believer who sincerely desires an intimate relationship with God must discover the transformational power of prayer. This one-hundred-day devotional, inspired by Mike Bickle’s best-selling book Growing in Prayer, will give readers daily inspiration, knowledge, and guidance to help them cultivate deeper intimacy with God through prayer.
Each day contains a quote on prayer from a classic Christian author, a passage from a chapter in Growing in Prayer for reflection, a Scripture verse or reference, a prayer starter, a suggestion for practical application of the principle being taught, and lines for journaling.

This devotional will help energize a prayer life that has become routine, stale, or nonexistent and will be a welcome resource for believers who desire to grow in prayer.

My thoughts:

Now this is more along the lines of what I was looking for when I wanted something to challenge me to grow in prayer.

I always enjoy Mike Bickle’s perspective and this book is no exception.

Mike’s simple, but meaningful, steps will take you deeper into a more intentional prayer life with God. It will remind you that you can pray at any time and you don’t have to be perfect. Out prayers move angels, how cool is that?

If you want to be more intentional  with your prayer life I encourage you to pick up this book and dive in each day, it only takes as long as you want it to.

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

 

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard February 12, 2019

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The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up

Forensic genealogist Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather’s footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from a hospital more than twenty years ago. When someone makes an attempt on Willow’s life to keep her from discovering the truth, help will come from an unexpected source.

Ex-FBI agent–and Willow’s ex-flame–Austin McKade readily offers to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they’ll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he’s spent much of his life trying to forget–and put Willow’s tender heart at risk.

My thoughts:

I loved the plot of this book. It starts with the baby being taken and you get to see the abductors perspective and almost see the softer side of this person, but you have no clue who the person is or why they are taking the child, although a reason is hinted at.

I will be honest, beyond that I didn’t care for the book. I think maybe it was just the style of writing didn’t connect with me. I found myself skimming over parts so I could get to the end and see how it all worked out, because I did want to know who did it and why.

As always this is my opinion only. If this book sounds interesting to you I encourage you to read it and form your own opinion.

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

 

Her Hope Discovered by Cynthia Herron February 11, 2019

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Is the sure thing worth risking for the possibility of maybe?

Charla Winthrop, a savvy business woman seeking a permanent lifestyle change in small-town Ruby, learns that things aren’t always what they appear when she takes up residence in a house steeped in charm and a hint of mystery.
Rumor has it that Sam Packard the town carpenter is her go-to guy for home remodeling, but can Charla convince him to help her—with no strings attached, of course?

Alone far too long, Sam’s prayed that God would send him a wife and a mother for his daughters. However, the new Ruby resident is hardly what he imagined. A new place to call “home,” the possibility of what might be, and the answer to someone’s prayers unite this unlikely pair with the help of the town’s residents.

Nestled in the Ozarks’ hills and hollows is Ruby, Missouri, a quaint, cozy town where “neighbor” is merely another word for “friend.” Ruby will charm and delight as will her quirky, lovable characters who will steal your heart, but hand it right back—with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Savor your new friends’ sorrows and successes in the community where offbeat is perfect and mishaps and mayhem never tasted so good.

My thoughts:

This was as sweet story in a nice town. It definitely  had that small town feel to it. People are dealing with their heart ache from the past and trying to have a fresh start.

I had trouble feeling the age of our main characters. They “sounded” older then I think they really were and I couldn’t get past that in my brain. It made it hard for me to fully connect with this book.

For me this wasn’t a book I loved but it was sweet, just not for me.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the JustRead Book Tours. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Secret of Willow Inn by Pat Nichols February 7, 2019

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Two women fighting for their dreams, one who’s long lost hers, are united by tragedy and a long-held secret.

Pregnant with her first child, Emily Hayes is eager to help her mother finish transforming an estate into the Willow Inn and write a novel about Willow Falls’ colorful history. A tragic event threatens her parents’ plans to refurbish an abandoned hotel and transform the obscure Georgia setting into a tourist destination.

Sadie Lyles left Willow Falls a murderer who’d killed the town hero. She returns as a despised felon and seeks solace in the town’s café. Emily struggles to unite the close-knit community and becomes Sadie’s biggest advocate. She strives to uncover the truth about the crime and save her town from dying.

To appease her father, Rachel, a VP in his Atlanta real-estate-development firm, relegates her acting dream to secret performances for imaginary audiences. After meeting charming, flirtatious Charlie Bricker, manager for Willow Falls’ future vineyard, she vows to break free from her father’s control.

The tragedy and Willow Inn’s secret past launch Emily and Rachel on a collision course with destiny and truth.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this book. It comes across as a light read but it really isn’t.

Early on I could guess the outcome and I was right, however, I kept wanting to read to see how it would all play out, so that didn’t keep me from enjoying the book and what would happen in this little town and had happened in the past.

Some tough issues are dealt with in this book but I thought the author did a great job of showing how Jesus would want us to handle them.

I loved the ending, but I can’t share that, you’ll have to read it and see why I loved it.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the Just Read Book Tours. All opinions are my own. 

 

The 5-Minute Prayer Plan for Women February 6, 2019

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5 minutes to a dynamic, focused, powerful time of prayer!

Many Christians yearn for a dynamic prayer life, but we often get stuck in a repetitive routine of prayer, praying for the same things, people, and situations—sometimes even with the same words.

This practical and inspirational guide will give you new ways to approach prayer with 90 focused 5-minute plans for your daily quiet time. These prayer plans explore a variety of life themes such as health, finances, forgiveness, relationships, wisdom, worry, and thankfulness. Each entry includes:

Minute 1: A scripture to meditate on
Minutes 2–3: Specific prayer points and questions to consider as the reader enters a time of prayer
Minutes 4–5: A jump-starter prayer to springboard the reader into a time of conversation with God

My thoughts:

I love the idea of this book. I was looking for some guidance in my prayer life and hoped this might help me.

This is a great resource for someone who is probably new in their faith. For me it lacked what I was looking for.

I didn’t like that is used the KJV for scripture. I ended up looking the scriptures up in my own Bible because I just can’t connect with KJV.

It is a quick little thing you can do each day, so if you are looking for something that is quick this might be what you are looking for. It just wasn’t for me.

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. 

 

Maybe It’s You by Christy Hayes February 5, 2019

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Reagan Bellamy’s neighbor is everything she never wanted. Despite her best efforts to ignore him and fly under his radar, Dash Carter refuses to wither under her stare and leave her alone. So what if he’s totally hot? Who cares if her roommates think he’s adorable? Reagan’s too busy to waste time on a loser with musical pipe dreams. Between classes, studies, and her need to stay ahead of the game, she’s got too much on her plate to give him the time of day.

Dash Carter is a man on a mission. He’s done a total 180 and for the first time in a long time feels optimistic about the future. He’s clean, he’s on a good path, and he’s surrounded himself with people who make life better, not worse. Unfortunately, his neighbor—the one girl who’s always piqued his interest—still thinks he’s a slacker, bothering Dash more than it should.

Acting on an opportunity to show Reagan he’s a changed man, Dash inadvertently puts her in a difficult position with her new boss and sends her down a path she hasn’t the time or inclination to pursue. Desperate to make things right, Dash becomes more invested in her life despite warnings from his mentor to not get involved with someone whose beliefs don’t match his own.

Reagan’s not sure what it says about her that she’d rather deal with Dash the deadbeat than Dash the Bible thumper. The more she digs her heels in against the religious freaks she’s forced to interact with, the more she begins to question everything she’s built her life upon. When the tide begins to turn in Reagan’s heart and her worldview flips upside down, trusting God means putting everything on the line, including her heart.

My thoughts: 

You never know what to expect from a new-to-you-author.

But from the first chapter I knew this book would be real.

Christy didn’t hold back on the truth and what an unbelievers life looks like. I was so Reagan at one point in my life. Coming home with hangover, puking at inconvenient times. Not proud of it. But that was me lost.

Dash is a great hero. He too has come from a lot of mistakes but he is on the journey to growing deeper in his faith. He was a lot like me when I first came to know Christ. I wasn’t always so tactful and Dash had a little issue early on.

Overall, I really enjoyed this read. If you are looking for something real I recommend this book.

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