Monday, July 25, 2016

Review: If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy by:Rhonda Stoppe

 If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe
About the Book:
Like most brides on their wedding day, you no doubt were filled with love for your husband and the hope of a happy life together. But perhaps today, as the realities of life together have settled in, those happy expectations are going unfulfilled. And it's tempting to think, "If only my husband would change, I'd be happy."

That myth is but one of many that Rhonda Stoppe dispels in her easy-to-read exploration of what it takes to experience a truly happy marriage. In the process, she addresses such important topics as understanding your husband's need for your unconditional respect rekindling the love that drew you to your husband in the first place refusing to believe the lie that you'd be happier married to someone else learning to be content in the midst of financial struggles thinking about sex from a biblical worldview

If you desire to rekindle the love and hope you felt on your wedding day, this book will go a long way toward making that dream come true.

Contains discussion questions and personal reflections at the end of each chapter.

My Review:
 When you first get married and for many years thereafter you are stuck in a honeymoon phase in more ways than one. You are building your life with this person and everything seems all cupcakes and roses and life just seems so grand and it has turned out to be everything you thought it would. Then boom something enters your life and it seems like your life is laying in pieces on the floor. And you wonder how did it ever get to this point. What happened?!

 Well I'm going to be the first one to tell you that it can be a lot of things but one thing that will get you to a very unhappy place very quickly is the wrong expectations that we have of our spouse and everything that got you to that point. The love that your are expecting can only come from place and that's Jesus Christ. The author of If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy, has written a book to dispel these myths of marriage along with many others to get us to a place of reflection and change.

 Based completely on scripture she gets us to see our role as God sees the church and upon doing that she gives us a way of dealing with the bumpy and down right rocky times in our marriage so that there are more good times to reflect on and build on. With God at the base and foundation of our marriages many things tend to work themselves out. I know because I have been there. I like the advice that the author offers and she knows her stuff!

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

Review: When Mountians Move by:Julie Cantrell

 When Mountains Move (Into the Free #2)
About the Book:
 It is the spring of 1943. With a wedding and a cross-country move, Millie’s world is about to change forever.  If only her past could change with it. Soon after the break of day, Bump will become Millie’s husband. And then, if all goes as planned, they will leave the rain-soaked fields of Mississippi and head for the wilds of the Colorado Rockies. As Millie tries to forget a dark secret, she hasn’t yet realized how drastically those past experiences will impact the coming days.For most of Millie’s life, being free felt about as unlikely as the mountains moving. But she’s about to discover that sometimes in life, we are given second chances, and that the only thing bigger than her past … is her future.

My Review:

Millie has wished her whole life to marry Bump Anderson. But now that it's time for it to finally happen her thoughts can't be further from her wedding. Weeks before her wedding day, something horrible happened, leaving Millie feeling alone and empty.

Hiding the dark secret, Millie tries her best to move on from her horrid past. But all to soon, her newly found grandmother Oka, arrives and ready to help in anyway she needs.And with her secret threatening to surface, Millie is going to need all the she can get.

Millie, Bump, and Oka must work together to fight against everything that tears them apart.

When Mountains Move is an amazing book. I really, really enjoyed reading this book. This book will keep you entranced and asking for more. I hope to read more from this author real soon.

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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

‘A Beauty Refined’ Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Party

Little does Phoebe know that her father's plans—for the sapphires and his daughter—are not what they seem. If you love historical fiction, romance, and adventure, don't miss Tracie Peterson's A Beauty Refined. When Phoebe meets Ian, everything changes. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie—a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Join Tracie in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review: Unreasonable Hope: Finding Faith in the God Who Brings Purpose to Your Pain by:Chad Veach

 Unreasonable Hope: Finding Faith in the God Who Brings Purpose to Your Pain
About the Book:
“Where was God when ____? How could God allow ____? Why?”

These are the questions that flood our hearts and minds when the unimaginable happens. When things go horribly wrong and the world seems to be unraveling, how do you believe in God’s goodness? How do you cling to hope?

Chad Veach directs readers away from clich├ęd Sunday school answers that fail to offer real comfort or provide faith-building insights. Instead, he draws from God’s promises in the Bible and from the story of his own daughter’s diagnosis of a devastating and debilitating disease to reveal simple, purposeful steps for dealing with pain. Resting in God’s love, remembering his past faithfulness, and realizing the distinction between having faith and clinging to hope are just some of these steps.

Veach reminds us that because we know who God is, we know there is hope.

My Review:
 Trying to figure God out, I personally think is a real big mistake. Just when you think you figured Him out, everything changes again and you are left wondering. This has happened to me more times than I can count. It's easy getting drug done in the mud of self pity when we don't have all the answers. I know personally, that I will allow myself a short time feeling sorry for myself and then it's time to get back up and start again.

 Unreasonable Hope is a great place to start to figure out and sort through the why's of this world. The author gives us insight into what it takes to resolve these issues in our own minds. A way of achieving inner peace through what could be a very trying time to an individual. Resting on God's love and promises is a very special way to put a lot of feelings and situations into prespective and this book helps you do just that.

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


Review: Fraying at the Edge by:Cindy Woodsmall

 Fraying at the Edge
About the Book:
Family, community, faith, and love.
These quilt blocks sewn together made Ariana's beautiful life.
When they are pulled to pieces,
will anything familiar remain?
The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she s immersed in the"Englischer"world, getting to know her mother and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Ariana s worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living"Englisch," can help steady Ariana s tilting ground between the two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?
At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can t leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn't belong in either family.
New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they find the wisdom and strength they ll need to follow God s threads into unexpected futures?
"Fraying at the"Edge is the second novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series."

My Review:
 Cindy Woodsmall writes so well about the Amish that you would think that she herself was Amish or was in a previous life. With cunning style and precise literary genius she continues with her second book in the The Amish of Summer Grove series she introduces us to Ariana Brenneman who's life suddenly and quickly changed from Old Order Amish to a life that is so different than that.

 To me this story is unlike others I have previously read by Cindy Woodsmall. These involve more of a very English lifestyle. The type of lifestyle that is completely opposite AND going in the wrong direction. Arianna finds people in her new life to give her some hope and balance but she also gets mixed up with someone that I find questionable. So we will definitely want to see where this all leads.

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

Review: Miracle in Music City by:Natalie Grant

 The Miracle in Music City (Glimmer Girls #3)
About the Book:
In this third title in the Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series by Natalie Grant, Miracle in Music City, the Glimmer Girls are at it again—looking for a mystery to solve. Gloria wants her daughters to learn they aren’t too young to make a difference, so she gets them involved in her annual benefit and auction. But as things often do with the trio of smart and sassy sisters, they get themselves and their nanny Miss Julia involved in a lot more than just helping mom raise money for a worthy and wonderful cause.
My Review:
 Natalie Grant has one it again with her third installment in the Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series. This addition, takes us to Music City, USA. The girls know the importance of a good mystery being solved, so they waste no time getting back in the swing of things when they have to high tail it along with Miss Julia to get this one all figured out and under control.

I kept thinking the whole time as I was reading, I sure am glad for Miss Julia these girls can really find themselves in a pickle at times. So it is good to have an adult to be with them. Even though the girls can seem to come real close to danger they always seem to come out on top. With God as their leader they destined to be the victor!

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

Litfuse Review: A Beauty Refined byTracie Peterson

 A Beauty Refined (Sapphire Brides, #2)
About the Book:
 Phoebe Von Bergen is excited to accompany her father when he travels from Germany to purchase sapphires in Montana. Little does she know that her father's plans--for the gemstones and his daughter--are not what they seem.
Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie--a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything. Phoebe is determined to stay in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger as the deception begins to unravel.

My Review:
Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, begged her father to let her travel with him to America. There was so many new sights and sounds and amazing looking people. Her father has business in Helena, Montana; dealing with some expensive sapphires. Little does she know that he is completely up to no good.

Ian Harper, a lapidary, prides himself in all he does. He hates lying and wants everyone to be completely honest with him no matter how bad it hurts. With a past like his that is one thing he lives by. He meets a Miss Phoebe Von Bergen one day, while swimming. To his surprise, she resembles someone he knows quite well.

As Ian gets to know Phoebe, he can't help but want to be around her as much as possible. As everything Phoebe has known to be true, is turned upside down, she will need help from everyone she can get.

A Beauty Refined is book two in the Sapphire Brides. I loved reading this book and found it to be an amazing read. I love this author's work and I can't wait to see what she writes next.

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