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Stories for His Glory

A Daily Invitation to Friendship with God by Bill Johnson June 21, 2016

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Your Daily Access to Heaven’s Wisdom, Creativity, Purpose, and Power

When people are in love they dream together. The same is true for your relationship with God. He wants to share the secrets of His heart—His thoughts, plans and purposes—with you. The Maker of Heaven and Earth wants to dream with you!

Pastor Bill Johnson shares transformational quotes and profound thoughts that will fuel your day with a greater sense of purpose,vision, and destiny. Take five minutes each day to create a sacred  space for you to dream with God, and receive encouragement on how you can bring the love, power, and creativity of Heaven to Earth. ***Material adapted from Dreaming with God


Bill Johnson is a fifth-generation pastor with a rich heritage in the Holy Spirit. Bill and his wife, Beni, are senior pastors of Bethel Church in Redding, California, and serve a growing number of churches that cross denominational lines, demonstrate power, and partner for revival. Bill’s vision is for all believers to experience God’s presence and operate in the miraculous—as expressed in his bestselling books When Heaven Invades Earth and Hosting the Presence. The Johnsons have three children and nine grandchildren.

My Thoughts:

I enjoy Bill Johnson very much. If you have never read any of his books or listened to any of sermons I highly recommend any and all. He is on fire for the Lord and it is contagious.

So I was very excited to get my hands on this little book. This book will give you a little bit of Bill Johnson wisdom every day. He challenges the reader to truly rely on God for all things, to co-labor with Him, to be creative and not afraid of a challenge.

You will be reminded daily of the inviation God offers us to partner with Him, I pray you will take that challenge.

If you enjoy reading short little devotions to get your day going I recommend this one 🙂

Visit Bill here. 

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



Love’s Gift by Multiple Authors December 14, 2015

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Eight Christian romance novellas celebrating the true meaning of Christmas! Each of thesenever-before-released inspirational romances has an uplifting holiday message that will help you relax, forget your worries, and focus on the real meaning of Christmas: Jesus, God’s gift to the world. Join eight beloved Christian romance writers as they weave tales about all kinds of Christmas romance.
Can you go home again for Christmas? Belle Calhoune’s inspirational romance novella says yes, and it’s particularly exciting when you find your Mistletoe in Montana.

Debra Lynn Collins wonders if you can actually give someone a man for Christmas… and A Match Made for Christmas is one Christian romance that answers that question!

Valerie Comer introduces us to a disillusioned toy store clerk and a mall Santa who don’t see eye-to-eye on the whole Christmas season, but that’s nothing a few Merry Kisses can’t cure.

And Christina Coryell’s Unwrapped takes traditional Christmas celebrations to the next level when heroine Trina Miller falls for her best friend’s brother.

If you like Christian fiction with hospital settings, Heather Gray’s An Informal Christmas will warm your heart as her hero and heroine overcome their differences to help sick kids.

Christmas isn’t everyone’s favorite time of year. In fact, Christmas light displays take on a whole new meaning when you hate Christmas! But the hero of Elizabeth Maddrey’s Christian romance novellaOperation Mistletoe won’t let heroine Victoria Spencer stay a Scrooge for long.

In the Christian romance A Bond for the Holidays, a family almost falls apart when a terrible secret is revealed… but this inspirational novella by Lee Tobin McClain shows how God’s love can work a miracle.

Maybe you prefer celebrating Christmas 365 days a year in the Smoky Mountains. In Krista Phillips’inspirational holiday novella, A (kinda) Country Christmas a woman does just that—until a handsome, world traveler shows up and ruins everything. 

My thoughts:

What an amazing collection of Christmas stories. I can’t even pick a favorite because quite honestly they are all excellent stories.

I will say A Bond for the Holidays really pulled me in quickly and I didn’t want to stop reading. That one might have had the most unique plot.

But truly, you can’t go wrong with any of these sweet Christmas romances. If you enjoy a good Christmas story then you will adore this collection. I highly recommend downloading these Christmas tales and sit back and enjoy some Christmas spirit.

Grab your copy at Amazon.

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


Claiming your Inheritance by Cherrie Kaylor December 8, 2015

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Living Under an Open Heaven

How do I hear God’s voice?

As a child of God, hearing the Father’s voice is your spiritual inheritance. The good news is that your Heavenly Father is always talking! In fact, He has a lot to say about your divine purpose in His Kingdom. For over 40 years, God has used Cherrie Kaylor in both church and corporate settings to help people discover the simplicity and joy of hearing from Heaven. In Claiming Your Inheritance, Cherrie teaches you the powerful, yet simple keys she has learned to hearing God’s voice and putting His Word to work.

Don’t just read the Bible as a book of information… experience the living word of God as life-changing revelation! As you open its pages, you will step under an open heaven and receive prophetic guidance from the Holy Spirit for supernatural living, empowerment to face your everyday struggles, and wisdom to decipher Heaven’s language through dream interpretation.

Tune in to hear the sounds of Heaven and start living out your divine destiny… right now!


Cherrie Kaylor and Michael Kaylor have been in international and pastoral ministry for over 40 years. Cherrie is also a certified executive coach. She has consulted for Fortune 500 companies as well as being a model and winner in national beauty pageants. Her passion for transformation lead to the creation of Hope Makes A Difference, an international humanitarian ministry. Her prophetic and revelatory gifting is evident as she continues to develop avenues to release the supernatural power of the Kingdom.

My thoughts:

This book wasn’t what I expected and that turned out to be a great thing.

I was expecting something less tangible (for lack of a better word) but this book gives you something very tangible when it comes to hearing the voice of God.

In this book Cherrie encourages the reader to start and maintain a Scripture book. A book full of scriptures you can turn to and that speak you. Everybody’s scripture book will be different based on your needs and what God speaks to your heart.

This is an area I definitely need to be strengthened in and I think many others. We have gotten away from relying on the Word of God to guide us but nothing could be more powerful.

This book will guide and encourage you to try something new that could change your life.

Visit Cherrie here. 

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

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


The Quest for Wellness by Mark Sherwood, ND November 3, 2015

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ABOUT THE BOOK (154 pages): This book is a guided journey where the destination is a restored life filled with more energy, strength, focus and peace… a life you used to know and enjoy when you were younger.   You may have thought those days were gone and your youthful vitality has been replaced with aches, pains, sickness and fatigue.   The good news is you can take charge of your own health and GET YOUR LIFE BACK! Along this journey, you will learn how to LIVE the Wellness Lifestyle. It can be achieved by taking simple, yet effective steps to see immediate changes in your body, mind, emotions and your spirit. We are whole beings.  When one area of our life suffers, all areas are affected.  That is why the power team of Dr’s. Mark and Michele Sherwood have written this book for you. The Quest for Wellness is not only for those suffering with long-term illness, it is a powerfully simple and balanced approach for everyone who desires to live their life with optimum health, and peak performance. Remember, the quest for wellness is a journey, but it is one that is worth taking.  The rewards are literally life-changing.  Author Mark Sherwood says “You can become well again and go from exhausted to energized… Let me prove it to you!”


Mark Sherwood, Naturopathic Doctor (ND), is the founder and president of Live4E. He also has a full-time naturopathic practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Functional Medical Institute. His activity DVD’s and full line of nutritional supplements are the highest quality and are sold around the world. Dr. Mark is the host of 4E TV, a weekly television program airing on three networks. He is a former Oklahoma state and regional bodybuilding champion, ex-professional baseball player and a 24-year retired veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, where he logged a decade of courageous service on the department’s SWAT Team.


Mark’s passion for wellness motivated him to develop several wellness based courses, which he teaches to law enforcement professionals, corporations, and churches throughout U.S. and worldwide. He firmly believes that “each person has an awesome destiny and purpose in life, which can be revealed only through the pursuit of total wellness.” Mark is a motivational speaker whose presentations are sought by audiences nationwide.

My thoughts:

Anyone interested in bettering their overall health will benefit from this book. I loved that the author sprinkles his faith throughout without overwhelming a non-believer but I think with him sharing his story it will get the non-believing reader curious.

His tips for overall health can be life-transforming. If this is an area you are feeling like you want to get stronger in this will be a book you want to pick up.

I will say for me I found my mind wandering. Even though I know I need to improve my health it isn’t something that presses on me and I am seeking to make changes. However, even with that being said, he did offer some advice regarding stress and using my time, which is an area I desire to do better in.

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

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


God, Please Rewire my MADFATs by James Bar October 27, 2015

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ABOUT THE BOOK (237 pages):  You, my friend, are a unique and wonder-filled creation.

You are valuable beyond your ability to comprehend treasure. In the entire universe, for all eternity, there is, and will always be, only one you. You were designed for, and placed on, planet earth to complete a mission that only you can complete.

Yes, it’s true—you are a unique and wonder-filled creation. Here’s the downside—you don’t believe it.

Do you know why? It has to do with your heritage as a human being—you’re broken.

You are not to blame. It is not your fault.

Ever wonder why you don’t understand your true worth?

Ever wonder where your beliefs about you came from? Ever wonder why you are the way you are? Ever wonder where the Motives that inspire you originated? Or, why certain Affections rule your heart—why your Desires are sometimes darker than you would care to admit—why you experience negative Feelings that regularly bring unwanted grief—why your Actions can, at times, be a source of confusion and loss—and, why you are haunted by negative and persistent Thoughts you wish would just go away?

These are the primary questions God’s system for success addresses in this book.

God will rewire and restore your Motives, Affections, Desires, Feelings, Actions and Thoughts (MADFATs).

You will be transformed by the renewing of your mind as you follow the Biblically based and simple system outlined within. You will possess a clearer vision of your purpose and realize your soul’s restoration.

Your heaven-guided, spiritual vision will clear and you will fully discern, grasp and assume the fullness of your unquestioned and royal place in the kingdom of light. 


“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” — Nikki Giovanni That certainly describes James Bars as he came to the end of self-sufficiency. When life became meaningless and desperation consumed him, James began a search for hope, purpose, meaning and wholeness. It is not by any virtue that James Bars has discovered how to help others. Rather his failures are the bedrock upon which God began to reach him and move him to share the hard lessons learned. You are on planet earth. You know many of the same struggles. But do you know the Way up? Do you have a system for success?

My thoughts:

This book hits at the heart (or mind) of a lot of our issues in life. And this was a great book for me to read on the heals of Joyce Meyer’s Mind Connection. It’s like a deeper look into the tricks your mind can play on you.

People who enjoy a more scientific approach to things will like this book especially because the author talked about the brain and the way it functions. I am not a scientific type of person so I did have trouble focusing at times because that’s just not how I learn but that’s okay.

There are a lot of good things in this book. Early on, on page 15, the author writes, “Homeostasis is your system’s tendency and ability to maintain internal stability. Anxiety, worry, fear, resentment and anger, as well as negative motives, affections, desires, feelings, actions and thoughts of any type, contribute to a lack of homeostasis and thus add to your level of stress.” I found that to be extremely interesting.

Later, on the same page, James writes, “Fear cannot be satisfied. Satan knows this and strives to keep you fear-based and stressed, so he can steal, kill and destroy your life.”  Good stuff right there.

The end of the book has worksheets so you can work on rewiring your thought process. If your MADFATS need rewiring (and whose don’t) this might be the book for you.

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