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Fire! Preparing for the Next Great Holy Spirit Out Pouring by James Levesque August 7, 2019

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Get Set on Fire for God!

As the world slips into greater darkness, wandering more and more from biblical truth, the need for spiritual awakening becomes ever more critical. And as pastor and speaker James Levesque reveals, God is about to set the world ablaze.

In these enlightening pages, you will find twelve biblical principles to lift your faith–and ignite the fire inside you! Here is an exhortation to action, a challenge that will empower and inspire you to help carry the torch of revival. As your heart answers the call, you will find your life being activated for signs, wonders and miracles to reach your community–and the world.

My thoughts:

Truth bombs all over this book. Some people won’t like what they read but those are the people that probably need a wake up call.

For example: “If your only worship experience is on Sunday morning, I have to question if you truly have met Jesus. We are transformed by our exposure to His glory. Worship transforms us. Every time you take time to worship the Lord, you are being changed.”

Loved that quote above.

If you want to get stirred and remember why you asked Jesus in your heart in the first place this is a book that will get you there.

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

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


Reviving the Commander by Nadine C. Keels August 6, 2019

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First in the Crowns Legacy series.

She isn’t a beautiful young maiden hoping to erase the Commander’s memory.
Opal Whilstead knows she has a reputation: a reputation as a bright, giving, upright woman—smiling and laughing her way through hopeless spinsterhood. It’s been so long since she’s had serious feelings for a man, but now she finds herself taken with the Commander Exemplar of Diachona’s army.

And she regrets it.

Not only is the Exemplar a widower still longing for his wife, but he’s the father of the reigning king. Even if a man of such prestige could find love again, he’d be unlikely to search for it among the kingdom’s old maids. Besides, Opal dreads being found, due to a grievous secret she carries…

This book is inspirational historical fantasy: fictional history that takes place in a completely fictional world. The background of this story comes further to light in The Movement of Crowns Series, which is great to read before or after this book.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this quick read of romance blooming later in life.

Opal is a wonderful character full of life but doesn’t really believe she will find love. But then the young prince curls up on her lap and she finds a glimpse of it there.

Then Staid isn’t sure if he wants romance again, at least he doesn’t want it thrown at him and his eyes begin to open to Opal.

A nice read and a very quick one at that.

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


Review and Giveaway: Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate August 5, 2019

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About the Book

Book: Love and Other Mistakes

Author: Jessica Kate

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release date: July 31, 2019

Love-and-Other-Mistakes-197x300.jpgThere’s a fine line between love and hate . . . And for the last seven years, Natalie Groves has hated Jeremy Walters.

Natalie Groves was meant for great things. But soon after her fiancé left, Natalie’s father was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly her grand plans evaporated . . . and God felt very far away.

Fast-forward seven years, and an internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny—but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer available is worse than a life sentence. Her ex Jeremy, now back in town, is desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece, Lili. And Natalie may be just the one to help Jeremy . . . provided they don’t kill each other in the process.

When Jeremy and Natalie join forces, sparks fly. But will either of them get burned along the way?


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About the Author

Jessica-Kate-197x300.jpgAustralian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer. She loves watching sitcoms with her housemates and being a leader in a new church plant.


Jessica Kate brings rom-com fans a reminder that love has its own timing in her breakout novel, Love and Other Mistakes. Kate is best known in the book world as the cohost of StoryNerds, a vlog and podcast about all things books and pop culture, recorded from her home city of Toowoomba, Australia. Now, she’s carving her own place in the Christian fiction arena and helping to fill the rom-com genre gap with a novel full wit, sass, and grit.


More from Jessica

A romance that makes me laugh and snort my strawberry milkshake across the keyboard when I sneak in chapter at work – that’s just the best. My loftiest career aspiration is to create that experience for someone else. There can never be enough of those books in the universe, especially novels that include deep faith and emotion, as well. I adore love-hate romantic comedies like The Hating Game by Sally Thorneand I spend my days dreaming up plotlines that force characters who hate each other to work together as a team. But, Natalie’s journey came from a real place for me—that feeling you’re missing out on your purpose and you don’t know how to fix it.


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To celebrate her tour, Jessica is giving away a grand prize of a finished paperback copy of Love and Other Mistakes!!

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

My thoughts:

Oh my! I loved this book and a new favorite author to add to my list. I’m not even sure where to begin.

By looking at this cover you think you might be getting into a fun, light-hearted read. And although there were a few chuckles thrown into the book this read packs a big spiritual punch.

The last twenty-five percent of the book I either had tears in my eyes are I was full-on crying.

One of the many things I loved about this book was that the bad things that happened to the characters are so real. I felt my stomach get tied in knots when the bombs started dropping because I could relate.

I really can’t say enough about this book (it kept me up waaaay past my bedtime). If you like contemporary romance I am sure you will enjoy this new author.

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

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


Abide With Me by Shellie Arnold August 3, 2019

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Although Angelina Rousseau pours all her pent-up feelings into her paintings, when she meets a handsome stranger at a friend’s wedding in Las Vegas, she believes she’s discovered why she feels so lonely — she simply married the wrong man.

Nicholas Rousseau is a highly successful industrial engineer and has the Midas touch with his investments. Or so it seems. But when Nick is arrested for real estate fraud, his career implodes.

Angelina doubts his innocence, doubts her own love for Nick. She is certain of only one thing — this will end their marriage. But Nick’s duplicity snares Angelina and the authorities believe her to be as guilty as Nick. To protect her own future, she must sell her cherished possessions to finance Nick’s defense.

Though Nick desires to reconnect with his estranged wife, their emotionally bankrupt marriage proves more difficult to repair than either imagined. As they seek to discover what went wrong between them, the couple realize Nick could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Could “having it all” cost Nick and Angie more than they ever imagined?

My thoughts:

This book starts in the present and the we are tossed back to the beginning of how everything start with Angie and Nick. Their marriage started like most of ours, happy, full of ideas how love is all you need. And then life happens.

But with Nick his desire to have more money and give Angie everything he thinks she wants drives a wedge between them. The author did a great job of showing the real and raw thoughts that go through couples minds. We should go talk to them, reach out, but we don’t out of stubbornness.

I really enjoyed this book and how everything worked out. It wasn’t nice and tidy but it was real.

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


Review and Giveaway: Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker August 2, 2019

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When Cohen Marah steps over his father’s body in the basement embalming room of the family’s funeral home, he has no idea that he is stepping into a labyrinth of memory.

Over the next week, Cohen’s childhood comes back in living color. The dramatic events that led to his parents’ separation. The accident Cohen witnessed and the traumatic images he couldn’t unsee. And the two children in the forest who became his friends–and enlisted him in a dark and dangerous undertaking. As the lines blur between what was real and what was imaginary, Cohen is faced with the question he’s been avoiding:

Is he responsible for his father’s death?

Master story weaver Shawn Smucker relays a tale both eerie and enchanting, one that will have you questioning reality and reaching out for what is true, good, and genuine.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I just read a book by Shawn this spring, The Edge Over There, and loved his unique style and voice. So when I saw the opportunity to read his newest release I didn’t hesitate and I’m so glad I didn’t.

Again, I just love his voice. This is a very different type of book. So many questions from the first page. What was Cohen doing? Why didn’t he go to the police right away? What is holding him back? What is the Beast?

If you only like light reads (which I like them as well) then this isn’t the book for you. But if you like things that are different, a bit darker and mysterious I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

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Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of this book by August 16th . One winner will be chosen by 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. 


Babel: The Story of the Tower and the Rebellion of Man by Brennan McPherson August 1, 2019

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A sweeping, epic retelling of the story of the Tower of Babel. . . 

More than a century after the worldwide flood, Noah, now the forefather of the living world, works peacefully in his vineyard until tragedy tears apart his relationship with his son, Ham.

Years later, dark prophetic dreams inextricably link him with a young man carrying scars from a painful past, and a young woman who longs for acceptance yet harbor secrets darker than either of them imagine.

Will Noah face the role he played in the slow unraveling of his family? Or will everything collapse when they meet the evil attempting to swallow the world at. . . the Tower of Babel?

My thoughts:

I loved this book. Brennan has an amazing way of bringing Biblical characters to life. I have read many of his books and I really have enjoyed each one.

This is a part in Bible history that I haven’t given a lot of thought to but now I want to go back and read about these people that are in this book. I think we often read the account of Noah and forget that his life did go on after that. What happened to him and to his family? What was the deal with the tower of Babel? This book gives you some ideas of what could have happened.

If you like Biblical fiction I am certain you will enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.

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


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.

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

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