Friday, August 29, 2014

Review:A Plain Love Song by:Kelly Irvin

A Plain Love Song (The New Hope Amish #3)
About the Book:
Adah Knepp wants nothing more than to make music. It's all she's ever desired--to sing and play the guitar and write her own songs. That's a dream that will never come true in the confines of her strict Amish community. But then she meets Jackson Hart, and all of a sudden she finds the chance for a different kind of life. A real stage, a real guitar, and a real opportunity to sing her songs to a real audience!

But pursuing her dreams means turning her back on her family and community--and saying goodbye to Matthew, the gentle Amish farmer she can't get out of her mind. Is it worth giving up the only home she's ever known to pursue her dreams?


About the Author:
Kelly Irvin is a Kansas native and has been writing professionally for 30 years. She and her husband, Tim, make their home in Texas. They have two children, three cats, and a tankful of fish. A public relations professional, Kelly is also the author of two romantic suspense novels and writes short stories in her spare time. To learn more about her work, visit www.kellyirvin.com.

My Review:
 Growing up and moving on from your childhood home is full of fear yet gratifying all at the same time. In A Plain Love Song, we are met with Adah Knepp and her ultimate dream of making music. But in her Amish community, she will have to leave her family and everything she has loved---just to do this one thing. Adah is then introduced to a man, Jackson, that can change all of this for her. She will be able to finally achieve her dream but it will definitely cost her. Her faith is something she was raised to be grounded in until death, but this man she has just met will change the course of her life in so many ways.

 Matthew will be something else she will forfeit, is doing what you always wanted to do worth giving up all you have ever known? We are all faced at some point in our lives, of the what if factor. What if I would of done this instead of getting married, then what would of become of me? And the main character of this book is faced with just that. Whether you agree with the Amish way of life or not, this is a great read--one of gigantic proportions that will change the way you look at Adah from all viewpoints!

If you will like to learn more about this book, please visit this link.

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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mia Mariu Giveaway Sponsored by Mia Mariu Hosted by Deals of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: The Berenstain Bears:Blessed Are the Peacemakers by:Mike Berenstain

 The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)
About the Book:
A new addition to the bestselling Berenstain Bears' Living Lights series that teaches simple Christian truths to children.

In the newest Berenstain Bears Living Lights book, The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers, Brother and Sister have a wide circle of friends at school and get along with pretty much everyone. But not all their friends get along with each other! As their friends clash during the school play, Brother and Sister have to decide whether they should "mind their own business" or get involved as peacemakers to try and calm the troubled waters.


About the Author:
Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents, Stan and Jan, working together to write and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too.

My Review:
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."   Matthew 5:9

 Jesus called us to bring peace and as a child of God you have a responsibility to bring peace to an unbeliever in the form of helping them to salvation.It is hard sometimes to break through the worldly bindings of this life to get to the heart of a person and reveal God's love and grace to them. Luckily, for us He is always waiting and patiently pursuing His child until the end of the earth. In The Berenstain Bears:Blessed Are the Peacemakers by:Mike Berenstain, Brother and Sister are faced with a dilemma when two groups of their friends are in constant dislike of each other. It hurts them to know that they all can't be friends together.

 So as things start to erupt into something more major the two of them step in to help them see the Lords intentions for us. He commands us to bring His love and compassion into the situation even when, its the hardest thing to do at the time. The Berenstain Bears are a family favorite and I just know you will love adding this book to your growing library. If you would like to learn more, you can by visiting this link.

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




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: The Moody Handbook of Theology by:Paul Enns

The Moody Handbook of Theology
About the Book:
The Moody Handbook of Theology leads the beginner into the appreciation and understanding of this essential field of study. It introduces the reader to the five dimensions that provide a comprehensive view of theology: biblical, systematic, historical, dogmatic and contemporary.
The apostle Paul wrote that all Scripture is 'profitable for teaching' (2 Tim. 3:16), that Timothy should 'pay close attention to...your teaching' (1 Tim. 4:16), and that leaders should 'be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict' (Titus 1:9). When he wrote these statements, Paul was referring to theology.

Beyond giving basic definitions and general descriptions, author Paul Enns summarized the substantial features of theology. In this way, he provides a concise doctrinal reference tool for the newcomer as well as the seasoned scholar seeking a refresher. There are fifty-five informative charts located at strategic points throughout the book.


About the Author:
PAUL ENNS (B.R.E., Winnipeg Bible College; Th.M., Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) ministers at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida and serves as a professor and the director of the Tampa Extension, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Enns has also taught at Northwestern College in Minneapolis, and at both Dallas and Talbot Theological Seminaries. He is the author of twelve books including The Moody Handbook of Theology and Approaching God. Dr. Enns has two sons with his beloved and late wife, Helen.

My Review:
 This book gives the reader a better understanding of basic Theology. My husband plans on using it for help with the different courses he will take in seminary. For that purpose, it will be a great point of reference for you but it can also help the lay person to understand his Bible study a lot more. The points of reference listed are as follows Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Dogmatic Theology, and Contemporary Theology. Each one has a definition of its type of theology and a background of each one is listed as well.

 To me the book was not thorough enough but the author gives you a list of items to provide for further study on each doctrine. A basic overview of each Theology is given with a brief explanation. The Biblical Theology was my favorite part of the whole book because it gave an expanded more thorough explanation for different apostles from the Bible and so much more. It is an expanded, updated version of a book that has in the past 25 years that has sold more than 125,000 copies.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book you can do so at this link.

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

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Monday, August 25, 2014

CFBA Review: Miracle In A Dry Season by:Sarah Loudin Thomas

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Miracle in a Dry Season
Bethany House Publishers (August 5, 2014)
by
Sarah Loudin Thomas


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, releases August 2014 through Bethany House. Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency.

A graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, Sarah once dreamed of being a marine scientist. But her love for words won out and she has spent much of her career in public relations and marketing. She currently oversees fundraising and communications for a Christian children’s home in Black Mountain, NC.

Sarah and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with Thistle–the canine equivalent to a personal trainer pushing them to hike, run, and throw sticks. Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and–you guessed it–reading.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In a Drought, It's the Darkest Cloud

That Brings Hope


It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor. . .until he meets Perla. She's everything he's sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Miracle in a Dry Season, go HERE.

My Review:
 Having a child outside of marriage, Perla Long and her daughter Sadie decided it was time to move on. Trying to leave her past behind along with all of her past mistakes she and Sadie move to the quiet town of Wise, West Virginia. Although others remark to her how her cooking is the best, there are also a lot of bad rumors going around about her as well.

 Bachelor Casewell Philiips, enjoys his simple existence as a small town carpenter. He had grown pretty accustomed to being a bachelor and had accepted the fact that he would be that way until he breathed his last. Then this beautiful creature crossed his path and he was instantly moved to learn all he could about her. When he finally come to his senses he felt that he was crazy for even thinking that something would work with Perla, but without even knowing it Perla ans Sadie both stole his heart from the word go.

 Throughout the book, I see a very troubling side of how people could truly be and also how loving someone could be in the midst of all that trouble and heart ache. Perla is such a sweet, loving character that doesn't want to draw attention to herself but people around her seem to be doing that but in the wrong way.The author is able to express this in a very real way that touched me to my core. I can't wait to see the next in the series!

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

Review: Merlin's Nightmare by:Robert Treskillard

 Merlin's Nightmare (The Merlin Spiral #3)
About the Book:
Arthur, now eighteen, is missing, and Merlin must find him before a shadowy pursuer catches him first.
With the High King and his kingdom caught in a trap of sinister deceit, Merlin has to find a way out before all is lost. Having everything to fight for, and almost nothing to fight with, Merlin and Arthur must rally Britain’s warriors against three overwhelming enemies: Saxen hordes in the south, Picti raiders in the north, and a chilling new enemy that has arisen in the west. At the same time, Morgana brings Merlin’s deepest fear to life and sets a horde of werewolves loose to destroy Britain. But when the secret purpose of this nightmare is finally revealed, will Merlin and Arthur find a way to survive—without unleashing an even greater evil?


About the Author:
Robert Treskillard has been crafting stories from his early youth, and is a software developer, graphic artist, and sometime bladesmith.  He and his wife have three children and are still homeschooling their youngest. They live in the country near St. Louis, Missouri.

My Review:
 Countless times, Merlin has remained hidden to protect the ones that he loves. Although Merlin is ready to give up on the whole protection idea, the formidable Arthur is ready to go to war. Arthur gains a horse and abandons his home in order to look for adventure and to hopefully fight in the war. Little does he know, he is going to the wrong war camp.

 Morgana is stronger than ever and she is all about showing everyone what she can do. She sends many, many werewolves to kill anyone in there path, but she really has Merlin in her sights to be the next victim. Merlin is a man on a mission he has to get Arthur back home to help fight Morgana and he has to protect his family as well.

 I loved this book! It is a perfect addition to the Merlin Spiral series--being the third book in the series it is still going strong and has not become stale as some books typically do further on in a series. A great book that is filled with fantasy and action, definitely a page turner for sure!

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