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My Story for His Glory

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.

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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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A Timeless Christmas by Alexis Stanton December 18, 2018

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They’re from two different centuries,
but they’re perfect for each other.

Megan Turner is in love with the past. As a tour guide at a beautiful historic mansion, she tells visitors about its original owner, Charles Whitley. An inventor and businessman in the early 1900s, he rose from poverty to wealth…only to disappear without a trace.

Charles was always intrigued by the future. He just never expected to go there. But when he repairs a mysterious clock he bought on his travels, he’s transported to the twenty-first century, with his home decorated for Christmas and overrun by strangers.

Charles is determined to find a way back to his own era, especially when he learns about what happened after he left. But as Megan introduces him to the wonders of smartphones, pizza, and modern holiday traditions, they both feel a once-in-a-lifetime connection. Could it be that, somewhere in time, they belong together?

This magical holiday romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Stuffed Crust Italian Pizza.

My thoughts:

This is a super quick read that I enjoyed. I love getting that “Hallmark” feeling as I read a book.

This book reminded me a bit of “The Spirit of Christmas” on Netflix.

The whole time you know it has to work out but the author does a great job keeping you guessing on how it is going to happen.

If you love a good Hallmark movie I have no doubt you will enjoy this book.

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

 

The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection December 6, 2018

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Lighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters.
Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of the nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice kept goods and immigrants moving. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts.

Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thomas
1883—Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse
Anna Wilson’s plan to be the next lighthouse keeper is endangered when Maksim Ivanov is shipwrecked on Thunder Bay Island. Handsome and capable, he could steal her dream. Or provide a new one.

Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson
1885—New Presque Isle Lighthouse
Ava Ryan’s father has passed, leaving her alone, and ill, to tend the light with nowhere else to go. Logging foreman Benjamin Colfax needs the height of the lighthouse to determine the best cutting route, but he senses something amiss in Ava and her determination to remain reclusive. Can he get her to open up, or will she keep herself locked away?

Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson
1892—Old Mission Point Lighthouse
Rose Miller was found on the lighthouse doorstep as an infant, and now she must hide her quest to find the child who left her there from Captain Nathan Perry, the man she loves to hate.

Love’s Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1898—Round Island Lighthouse
Valerie Fillman’s best hope for a future lies on the tiny island that holds her worst memories. Can Paul Sholtus, the new lightkeeper, and his daughter help bring healing? And love?

The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser
1899—Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Natalie Brooks loses her past to amnesia, and Cal Waterson, the lighthouse keeper who rescues her, didn’t bargain on risking his heart—when her past might change everything.

The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley
1902—Whitefish Point Lighthouse
Romance and mystery collide at Whitefish Point Lighthouse when unemployed doctor Norma Kimbell and Drake Logan, owner of a steamship line, search for evidence of a supposed shipwreck.

The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk
1911—Au Sable Lighthouse
Lydia Palmer’s dream for happiness as a lighthouse keeper’s wife shatters when her fiancé Nathan Drake drowned in a shipwreck, but his brother Jesse survived.

My thoughts:

I was very excited to read this collection. I live in Michigan so I have seen all of the Great Lakes.

Each story is unique, yet there is the common thread of the lighthouse. I find these types of stories fascinating.

I especially was drawn the Round Island Lighthouse since I have seen that one many times when I have visited Mackinac Island (my favorite place and got to visit in this story).

Overall, I lovely collection of stories.

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

 

The Liberty Bride by Marylu Tyndall November 23, 2018

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Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?
War Forces a Choice Between Love and Country

A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him or her love for her country.

My thoughts:

I’ve enjoying this series. Each book is written by a different author so some books I enjoy more than others.

This is one enjoyed very much. I haven’t read a book by MaryLu in a long time. I forget how talented she is and how much I loved her stories.

Emaline is a strong character who has to make some tough choices.

Owen is a desirable hero, who is trying to lead a double life.

The reader knows Emaline and Owen’s secret but they don’t know each others secret and I was just waiting for the truth to come out. Chapter after chapter the tension builds as they get buried deeper in their lies.

A wonderful historical romance.

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

 

The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear November 5, 2018

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Thomas Bledsoe and Kate Gruener are traveling the Wilderness Road when conflicts between natives and settlers reach a peak that will require each of them to tap into a well of courage.
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.
Love and Adventure Are Discovered on the Wilderness Road
In 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to learn and live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence. She sets her sights on learning more about their guide, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But naïve Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s Shawnee connections than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

My thoughts:

I’ve been following this series and enjoying the journey through time and generations. It’s pretty cool to see how our country has changed over the years.

This book takes place as people are moving west. I always enjoy an inside look at this time in our history.

For me I never really connected with this story. My mind was never fully enveloped in this plot and it was very easy for me to walk away. I can’t really explain why, I don’t know. But as always, this is my opinion only and I encourage you to read it for yourself if it sounds interesting to you.

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

 

 

The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse September 20, 2018

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Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause
Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?

My thoughts:

I am enjoying this series and journey through history as each book progresses and written by a different author.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and Faith and Matthew’s story. I also like George Washington and Ben Franklin being a part of the story. You don’t often see this historical figure as part of a fiction book.

If this time period interests you and like a good romance I recommend this one.

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

 

 

 

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel by Christopher Yuan September 12, 2018

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Dr. Christopher Yuan explores the concept of holy sexuality—chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage—in a practical and relevant manner, equipping readers with an accessible yet robust theology of sexuality. Whether you want to share Christ with a loved one who identifies as gay or you’re wrestling with questions of identity yourself, this book will help you better understand sexuality in light of God’s grand story and realize that holy sexuality is actually good news for all.

My thoughts:

This was a very insightful book. It didn’t give some of the answers you come to expect on this topic and it really spun my thinking around a bit.

Christopher showed that these desires that people are following are really all about stealing our identity. The enemy wants nothing more then to trick people into believing they are what they feel and instead of they do what they feel. They become what they feel and this isn’t what God intended.

There were many great qoutes in this book here are a few:

“We don’t need to find our identity,; our identity is give by God.” Location 241

“The imago Dei is the only true foundation of human rights” Image of God. Location 370

“Instead of determining how we ought to live based on enduring patterns of erotic desires, God’s call for all humanity, quite simply, is holiness.” Location 783

There is much more to this book then these few quotes but it was very eye-opening. If you find this topic interesting I recommend this book.

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