Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Litfuse Review: Mars...With Venus Rising by:Hope Daugherty

Mars...With Venus Rising
About the Book:
A meddling horse, paper bag floors and a flying saucer on the town square. The little town of Mars has it all--including a brand new resident who might spell heartache for one of its own.

Twenty-something Penn Davenport yearns for an exciting life in the big city and wants to shed the label of orphan that she's worn for years. To achieve that dream, she must pass the CPA exam then move away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash.

When John Townsend-full of life and the joy of living-moves to town, he rattles Penn's view of herself, her life, and her dreams...which isn't such a bad thing until she falls for him... and discovers he's a pilot.

My Review:
Penn Davenport likes to play it safe, but one thing she longs to do is live in a big city working as a CPA. But first things first, she must pass the test. And to do that she must study, but telling her two wacky aunts that is like talking to a brick wall. They are just set on find her the love of her life, despite Penn's thoughts. But what else can she expect from them, after all they started raising her after her parents died in a plane crash.

Penn's aunts think they have found the perfect man. He's tall, dark, and handsome, he even rides a motorcycle. John Townsend is all about living life to the fullest. And when he gets to know Penn better, he feels he must help her to learn what life's really like. She begins to like everything about him, until she learns of his profession.

Penn knows it has been many years since her parents deaths and that she should have gotten over it by now, but she can't help but loathe the idea of John being a pilot. Can she ever get over John the idea of John's job and see how much he truly cares for her? Or will she let him go before she get's hurt again?

Mars...With Venus Rising was a wonderful book. I enjoyed reading it and thought it was pretty cool that the author included some recipes for different foods in the back that corresponded with the story. I also really loved the ending! I can't wait to see what this author writes next.

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

Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life by:Jeff Vanderstelt

 Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life
About the Book:
Many Christians have unknowingly embraced a lie--the idea that "church" is a once-a-week event rather than a community of Spirit-empowered people; that "ministry" is something pastors do on Sunday morning rather than the 24/7 calling of all true believers; and that "discipleship" is a program rather than the normal state of every follower of Jesus. Drawing on his experience as a pastor and church planter, Jeff Vanderstelt wants us to see that there's more--much more--to the normal Christian life than merely sitting in a pew and listening to a sermon once a week. Rather, God has called his people to something bigger: a view of the Christian life that encompasses the ordinary, the extraordinary, and everything in between.

My Review:
 The modern church, in my opinion has long sense given up on the idea of discipleship. I think it is mainly because many of the people in the congregation refuse to get their hands dirty or invest their time in bringing up others behind them. I myself along with my family have been attending the same church for over 5 years now and trying to become involved in a particular ministry in full servant mode has been very difficult. So many people are afraid if you help too much you are either trying to outdo them or take over their position. I find this very disheartening to say the least. There are those of us believe it or not that have a hunger to help.

 I was raised in a church that at a very early age, we helped. I had a class of 3 and 4 year olds when I was only 12 years of age. I delighted in it. I haven't changed much as an adult. I love to help and be apart of something bigger than myself. When my husband was called to preach I was so stinkin' excited because I could help on an even bigger level. We could even involve the whole family. But being involved in a church without those same views is very hard and very sad.

 Saturate is a book that speaks to my soul, literally. I see the vision that the author is going for and this is exactly what I have a hunger for. It is difficult when you go to church right along someone that is so egotistically that they prevent you from helping in certain areas. There is room for all of us to reach out to the lost. My personal unsolicited advice to those of you that run into a similar situation is do NOT let people like this hold you back from fulfilling a heart for the lost that God placed in you.

 The author has given us a vision that we should NOT ignore. It will motivate you to get off that pew and do something!

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

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Review: Counting Blessings by:Eileen Spinelli

Counting Blessings
About the Book:
Children count along from 1 to 10, following the sweet rhyming text by beloved author Eileen Spinelli and the cute and cuddly illustrations by Lee Holland. Along with counting, this padded cover board book teaches children to see the blessings in life. With whimsy and joy, Counting Blessings captures the attention of young children, filling their minds with numbers and their hearts with happiness.

My Review:
 What a precious board book for little ones! A great way to help a young child realize their many blessings as they count along and at the very end the author shower beautiful illustrations containing the four seasons. It is such a beautiful book! It has a rhythm and rhyme as young children count through to ten and its not done as we count our many blessings including hugs and colors and many other things that delight our days. Sweet book with very colorful illustrations!

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

Review: Little One, God Made You Special by:Amy Warren Hilliker

Little One, God Made You Special
About the Book:
Little One, God Made You Special, written by Amy Warren Hilliker and inspired by the New York Times #1bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, is a cute and cuddly board book that let’s children know God made each one of us very special.

My Review:
 I live these sweet little board books that I have been reviewing, lately. They each remind me of springtime. Great little books with the most beautiful illustrations! Little One, God Made You Special is a sweet book about a family of different types of animals making it known to their little ones how special indeed they are and who made it all possible. With beautiful times rhyming prose the author does a great job reinforcing the illustrations. Sweet book geared for ages 4-8.

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

Review: Adventure Bible:Great Stories of the Bible, 6 Books in 1 by:David Miles

Great Stories of the Bible
About the Book:
Great Stories of the Bible is a six book treasury of level 2 Adventure Bible I Can Read titles designed for newly independent readers and based on the Adventure Bible—the #1 Bible for kids!

Read all about people in Bible times and their adventures in these well-known Bible stories.

This 6-book bind-up includes:

God’s Great Creation

 Noah’s Voyage
Joseph the Dreamer
Moses Leads the People
Ruth and Naomi
Brave Queen Esther

My Review:
 Adventure Bible is a great series to be involved in, they have several different type of book related products. The illustrations and the writing is brilliant and I know that as a family we really enjoy their products. This is a nifty nook. It contains 6 of their level 2 books, I have listed the titles above. So instead of all of them individually on our bookshelf we have them contained all in one book. My kiddos like these better and I have to say I do to, they take up less space for one and they have all six books available at their fingertips. Written for ages 4-8 early readers that need some help-Level 2.

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

Friday, April 22, 2016

Join Becky Wade for a Facebook Party May 5

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A female bodyguard plus her star NFL client plus danger equals a great recipe for romance! Her One and Only, book four in Becky Wade's Porter Family novels, releases May 3. To celebrate, Becky is hosting an author chat party on her Facebook page on May 5 at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT. Join Becky for an evening of book chat with other bookworms and prizes.

Plus a portion of all pre-sales and sales the release week of Her One and Only will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. For more details on how to purchase a copy, click here.

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About the Book

After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Litfuse Review: The Inheritance by:Michael Philiips

The Inheritance (Secrets of the Shetlands, #1)
About the Book:
The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale's Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch's heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David's grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island's land. And while Hardy doesn't enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate's assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island--and its traditional way of life--hangs in the balance.

Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .

Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips's dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.

My Review:
The Tulloch Clan’s estate has been passed down from generation to generation. So when Macgregor Tulloch dies, the Shetland Islands are thrown into utter confusion. Macgregor’s nephew David to inherit the estate, but with the will gone, David must fight against his horrid cousin Hardy for the estate.

Loni Ford has worked hard for her position at a large investment firm in Washington, DC. But through all that work, she has wondered who she really is. Raised by her grandparents, after being orphaned as a child, she knows there is more to her family’s background. Little does she know, when she least expects it, she will receive all the facts that she has been waiting to learn.

The Inheritance is book one in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. This book was an amazing read. This authors words will have you feeling like you have been transported to the Shetland Islands. I was very excited to learn that this author will have another book out this October.

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