Thursday, February 4, 2016

Litfuse Review: Blue Ribbon Trail Ride by:Miralee Ferrell

Blue Ribbon Trail Ride (Horses and Friends #4)
About the Book:
Thirteen-year old Kate and her friends came up with the perfect way to raise money for her autistic younger brother and others to attend summer camp—a horse scavenger hunt! As local businesses donate money and prizes, Kate keeps the entry fees in her mom’s antique jewelry box.

But when the box and the money disappear, Kate and her friends must unravel the clues, hold on to hope, and solve the mystery along the Blue Ribbon Trail Ride. 

My Review:
 There is never a dull moment with Kate and her friends. Kate is a very spirited and very bright young 13 year old girl that loves to be a help to others.So Kate have come up with a brilliant way to help her autistic brother and some other children attend summer camp. Kate felt like she had planned everything pretty well until something really bad happens and the entire project will be in jeopardy. 

 The Horses and Friends series is a very engaging mystery series targeted for young girls ages 8-12 years. It is very light hearted and spirited so you as a parent does not have worry about anything negative. Very safe series and a very good one for young girls.

 Miralee Ferrell is a brilliant author that has created a great series for young girls! The characters are really rich and strong and the story holds together well throughout the book.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: From the Pen of Pastor Paul by:Daniel R. Hyde

From the Pen of Pastor Paul
About the Book:
We hear about it regularly: pastors resigning the ministry, people leaving their churches, churches splitting because of internal discord, and Christians fighting against one another. Paul's letters to the Thessalonians open up his pastoral heart and theology in a way that addresses contemporary church
life, and here Daniel Hyde presents warm exposition with careful application. This is a fine commentary, but it is much more: any Christian will gain from reading the Thessalonian letters alongside this book.

My Review:
 Paul was so many things and we can add to the list church planter. He was a great encourager and man of God.We can use the words he penned even today. The author shares his commentary and deep thorough study on two seemingly unimportant books of the Bible or two that somehow get lost in the shuffle--1 & 2 Thessalonians. One of my favorite verses from 2 Thessalonians 3:13--Do not grow weary in doing good. It is a verse I have come to rely on the past couple of years. especially when being a servant has become somewhat stale.

 I really like the author's point of view on these books. I also feel that many of his points will help my husband and I as we embark on ministry. We struggle sometimes on the encouraging end of things. The author tells us that one of Paul's main points was to persevere. I also liked his point of not coming off to the congregation as privileged. This is something my husband and I try to obtain. Being authentic and transparent is how we want to be remembered. Our spiritual integrity also will factor into this. It is very important to a congregation that we meet them where they are at.

 Magnificent book and ministry tool! We plan on relying on this book quite a bit throughout the ministry we are trying to get off the ground.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review: Doodletopia Cartoons: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Fun Cartoon Creations by:Christopher Hart

Doodletopia: Cartoons: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Fun Cartoon Creations
About the Book:
An interactive doodle book from a best-selling art instruction author and cartoon master that pairs illustrating insights with drawing, designing, and coloring activities for aspiring artists.

Welcome to Doodletopia! Your first stop in this paradise of creativity? The world of cartoons. Your tour guide Christopher Hart is ready to introduce you to the interactive, artistic possibilities of creating your own exciting, hilarious, off-the-wall cartoon characters, gags, and more.

Unlike other doodle books that leave you stranded, with no help at all, Doodletopia: Cartoons pairs fun doodle-based activities with the sort of insightful (and laugh-out-loud funny) advice and tips that countless readers have come to expect from cartooning master Christopher Hart. For the first time ever, you can pick up your pencils, pens, markers, or crayons, and draw, doodle, or color right on the same page as the author.

From finishing cartoon faces to selecting costumes to completing wacky cartoon scenes,
the opportunities for creative expression are endless. So what are you waiting for? Open up
and start doodling!

My Review:
 My children are so much like their Dad. They love to draw! I knew when I seen this book and requested to review it that they would want to try it out. Cartoon characters have always been at the top of that list. This is a really great idea for a book! What kid wouldn't want to read and try this book on for size?

 It is a really great book to get you started in the field of cartoon drawing. The author takes you step by step and explains as you go. He even has a warm up section to get you started. With 160 pages of drawing fun and it is perfect for any ages especially above the age of 6 all the way up to adult. My kids loved it and I'm sure yours will too.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Litfuse Review: Keeper of the Stars by:Robin Lee Hatcher

Keeper of the Stars (Kings Meadow Romance, #3)
About the Book:
She blames him for her brother's death. Can she let go of resentment and open her heart to love?

Penny Cartwright found it difficult to understand why her younger brother would choose to join a country singer’s band rather than return to Kings Meadow after college . . . and the separation strained their relationship. Then a car accident made certain her brother could never return.

Trevor Reynolds has chased stardom in Nashville for more than a dozen years, but it remains out of his reach. After an accident kills his young drummer, Trevor goes to Kings Meadow to keep a promise—and perhaps to discover what truly matters in this life.

Thrown together by circumstances, Penny and Trevor must learn to give and receive forgiveness. And if they do, perhaps something beautiful can rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

My Review:
16 year old, Penny Cartwright was beyond upset when her mother died of pneumonia. Her life and that of her brother and father’s were turned upside down. Life was hard to move on but no one ever expected this. At 28, Penny is now burying her dear brother. Her world becomes completely turned upside down and this time she isn’t upset, she is angry. On the day of the funeral her brother’s band mate and friend, Trevor Reynolds shows up unexpectedly. The minute she lays eyes on him, she knows she can never hate someone as much as she hates him.

Trevor Reynolds would have never shown up in Kings Meadow, if it weren’t for Brad Cartwright. If it weren’t for his promise to still come to this small town and meet Brad’s family. Now after Brad’s funeral, Trevor does his best to help the Cartwrights but apparently Penny just doesn’t like the idea. She of course, blames him but if only she knew how bad he blames himself for Brad’s death. Trevor knows without a doubt he is meant to be here, but why?

As everything and everyone seem to be trying to push them together, Trevor and Penny must learn how to live in the midst of a tragic death. And hopefully they will find the ultimate healing despite such a tragedy.

Keeper of the Stars is book three of the Kings Meadow Romance series. I love, love, love Robin Lee Hatcher’s books! I was so excited when I started reading this book and I promise you it was definitely and awesome read. This author sure knows how to write, if I do say so myself. I can not wait to read more of her books!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Litfuse Review: If I Run by:Terri Blackstock

If I Run
About the Book:
Casey knows the truth.

But it won’t set her free.

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

My Review:
 Casey Cox seen her father’s dead body when she was a little girl. Everyone said that it was a suicide, but she could never believe that. For years she tried to find evidence to back up what she thought, but she never could find a single thing. Now years later, a dear friend of hers decides to uncover what actually happened that day. But soon everything goes wrong and Casey is wanted for murder. She goes on the run trying to leave no traces that she is even around, hoping just hoping everything will be normal once more.

Dylan Roberts is a tired veteran, suffering from PTSD. So when he is asked to find Casey Cox, he believes is finally time for him to prove himself to the local police department. He digs deep trying to learn all he can about her, she’s kind, honest, helpful. Not exactly the description of a murderer. As he tracks her down, he learns that not everything the police department is saying is completely true.

Dylan must find a way to show Casey that he is just as messed up as her, and hopeful bring some justice to her father’s and her friend’s death.

If I Run was an AWESOME read. I was totally glued to this book all the way till the end. And the ending was just as epic. I love, love, love this book and this author. Terri Blackstock knows how to write a mystery and keep you completely entranced.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Review: 21 Seconds to Change Your World by:Mark Rutland

21 Seconds to Change Your World: Finding God's Healing and Abundance Through Prayer
About the Book:
Restore Your Soul Through Prayer

When he didn't have the words to pray, Dr. Mark Rutland turned to the Lord's Prayer. Through it, he reconnected with God and found comfort, hope, and healing. In this book he reveals how your soul can be renewed in the 21 seconds it takes to pray these words of Jesus. 

Dr. Rutland examines the Lord's Prayer alongside Psalm 23, making the two most familiar prayers of the Bible come alive like never before. You'll be inspired by stories of lives changed through this practical prayer strategy that works in even the busiest life. Discover for yourself the power of these prayers to bless and heal. In the end, it's not just about saying the prayers--it's about getting to know the Lord of the prayers.

My Review:
 Sometimes in our very busy lives, we forget to prayer. Something so simple and profound yet so quiet that we forget about it. We forget that prayer is our first line of defense against the enemy. Prayer is our greatest weapon and our ONLY weapon. The author examines The Lord's Prayer as well as the 23rd Psalm. He takes them apart and looks at each word, words or phrases and explains their meanings. He gives a very thorough study on these and explains how to apply them to your everyday life. 

The author has a very well researched book here and through the personal stories that he shares in the book he hopes to get us to look at these two prayers more closely and apply it to our prayer lives.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Review: The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership by:Jenni Catron

The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength
About the Book:
You have the capacity to become an extraordinary leader—if you are willing to embrace a deeper definition of leadership and take action to apply it.

In The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, Jenni Catron, executive church leader and author of Clout, reveals the secrets to standout leadership found in the Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

Weaving a winsome narrative filled with inspiring real-life stories, hard-won wisdom, and practical applications, Catron unpacks four essential aspects of growing more influential: your heart for relational leadership, your soul for spiritual leadership, your mind for managerial leadership, and your strength for visionary leadership.

Leadership isn’t easy, but it is possible to move from ordinary to extraordinary. Jenni Catron shows the way.

My Review:
 Authenticity is a HUGE factor in what others will see in you and around you. I know when my husband and I started on this journey in ministering to others one thing that we both agreed on was transparency. We wanted to be completely transparent with others. Sometimes we are probably overabundant in this area and I think that can make those around us very uncomfortable. But we still feel it is very important. 

 The author stresses 4 very important things hat are the foundation of any great or her words "extraordinary" leader. The main thing that I see throughout the book is to ALWAYS give God the glory because after all, that is why we are in the position(s) that we are in in the first place. A great read to help you polish some of your skills.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.