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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God's Armor After the Wedding Dress by:Jennifer O. White

Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God's Armor After the Wedding Dress
About the Book:
A new wife is seldom aware of the intense spiritual battle threatening her dreams of happily ever after. Often, she enters the marriage without the benefit of great examples, biblical knowledge, and mentors offering godly wisdom. The battle begins and she is unarmed. Can her faith survive? Will her marriage become another divorce statistic? Prayers for New Brides will empower her to protect her heart and marriage. Within these short chapters she will: 

- Learn biblical truths about marriage, the spiritual battle, and prayer 
- Pray in agreement with God’s will for her marriage 
- Activate these truths in her life through study, journaling, and intentional conversations with her husband and other wives. 

Marriage is God’s design. He has a battle plan, the power and the resources to win. When a wife knows who God is and what He can do, she can trust Him to sustain her and her marriage. Her joy will be complete as she allows Him to enable her to do more for her union than she can imagine.

My Review:
 The war on your marriage, I believe begins before you ever find a mate in the womb or even at conception. The devils main goal is to steal kill and destroy and that means everything that would align you with God's perfect will for your life. We as woman and eventually wives are in a unique position, we are to be submissive to our husbands alone and when it comes to the enemy we are to fight to our very last breath for our families and until you have children that will include your husband as well.

 The minute that you slide that ring on your finger your battle begins. You have to uphold God's values at all costs. And the author realized and learned this the hard way. she didn't learn it until well into her second marriage when it to was indeed in trouble. But armed with God and His army she defeated the hold that the devil had placed on her life. She came out victorious!

 I myself have been married for almost 21 years and you can be so in love and never see the evil coming until it hits you right between the eyes. Let me tell you from experience it is hard to get down in that ditch and fight when everything in you tells you to run or give up. Jennifer gives you clear concise understanding in Prayers for New Brides that can help you start out on the right foot, right away. If you enjoy Bible studies this book would be perfect for a group! Each book includes a Wife's Call to Action and some simple prayers to help you make sure your marriages foundation is strong.

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

Review: Project Inspired: Tips and Tricks for Staying True to Who You Are by:Nicole Weider

Project Inspired: Tips and Tricks for Staying True to Who You Are
About the Book:
Nicole Weider is on a mission: to help young girls avoid the traps that culture sets. The trap that baits you into thinking you must sacrifice your self-worth in order to be beautiful and popular. Nicole launched Project Inspired in 2010 (www.projectinspired.com), a website for teen girls that analyzes pop culture and explores ways girls can live in their authentic beauty.

In Project Inspired, Nicole shares tips for you to stay true to yourself--to how you were created to be--as well as how to dress modestly yet fashionably, how to make a positive difference in the world, and how to enjoy your teen years while standing firm in your faith. With photographs, real behind-the-scenes stories from inside the fashion world, and an honest look at living a life that looks great on the outside and feels great on the inside, Project Inspired is a book you'll turn to time and time again.

My Review:
 Nicole Weider explains how when she finally achieved her status as a model. This being her ultimate dream, you would think that would of caused a huge adrenaline rush for her that never went away. But, not so fast. She quickly learned that the only one and the only thing that could satisfy that need in her was God. The author has turned her life in a different direction, one pointing straight up to God, Himself. She has taken her know how and started a great website for young girls to better themselves overall. And now she presents us with a book full of her beauty secrets.

 I really enjoyed using the book but I think my 18 year old daughter enjoyed it more. There is even an Inspired Style Quiz where you can assess your signature style. I was classic my daughter was edgy. We had a lot of fun looking through and reading the author's tips. We were even happy to find out that we use some of her suggested beauty products already.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review through my participation on the Z Blog Squad.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Litfuse Review: Until My Name is Known by:Sonya Contreras

Until My Name Is Known (Tell of My Kingdom's Glory, #1)
About the Book:
It’s a love story between God and His people. God woos His people to Himself as He prepares them to leave Egypt. Before leaving, God must fight Pharaoh for possession of His people.

Can you trust a God Who destroyed a nation before your eyes?
Would you want Him as your Friend?

See God free His people from Egypt’s bonds
Before a watching world.
Trace His Finger in the lives He touches.

The Time: 2450 BC
The Place: Old Kingdom of Egypt
Pharaoh is god.
His people worship him.
Israel’s God arrives.
He challenges Pharaoh.
His power touches all people.
They must change.
Some don’t concede. They suffer.
Others yield. They find freedom.
Until My Name Is Known brings all to see the one true God.
Read it to see Him.

Today’s historians and archaeologists puzzle
over the fall of the Old Kingdom of Egypt,
But the world at that time heard of God.
The world knew that He is the Lord.
His Name was proclaimed in all the earth.

My Review:
 Very similar to Lynn Austin, Sonya Contreras blend a rich Biblical history with a fictional account. This book actually appealed to me more because of the type of story that was written. Sometimes it's nice to get a break and read something based on a real situation or happening. The author managed to give each character in the story a strong voice, so we get a chance to see the vantage point from each character, no stone was left unturned. Each vivid character comes to life through the words and writings of the author. Very rich, strong and very believable.

 The story the Israelite's exodus from Egypt. That Biblical account is a pretty huge one that saturates the Bible. The world now turns towards Israel and watches how history once again will unfold, but will God's people be protected? And I think we all know what the outcome will be in that situation. It is one situation I hate to watch but at the same time I'm believing God for a victory. after all they are His people and He will do whatever it takes to protect them. That is why a story like this is so fitting and this moment in time. It was a good reminder of past and future as well as present events.

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

Review: Aftermath Lounge by:Margaret McMullan

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About the Book:
Aftermath Lounge: A Novel in Stories is a compelling tribute to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Resurrecting the place and its people alongside their heartaches and triumphs, McMullan creates a riveting mosaic that feeds our wish to understand what it means to be alive in this day and age. The stories are connected by a setting near to the author’s heart—the McMullans’ home, which was originally constructed in 1845 and restored by her father numerous times over the years.

My Review:
 Norma and Donna were a lot like Thelma and Louise. They were two peas in a pod. Always together, always looking out for each other, always looking for trouble. Until one faithful night when everything changed. Donna decided to get behind the wheel, very much intoxicated and when she did she got into a bad accident and lost her life.

 Her young 6 month old Charlie is now in Norma's custody along with her husband Sam. They now have an extra mouth to feed and Norma is not too thrilled about the idea. No one in Donna's family can take him so Norma and Sam by be the only hope for little Charlie.

 The aftermath of hurricane Katrina is the backdrop for this short story. I believe that the author wrote a compelling piece as it takes us through "real life" and the struggles that everyone has and how even after all of the life goes on, even when it seems impossible.

If you would like to purchase the book you can so here.

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

CFBA Review:Cold As Ice by:Gilroy

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Cold as Ice
Sydney Lane Press
by
M.K. Gilroy


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mark won’t claim he has done it all in the world of publishing, but he has packed boxes, edited manuscripts, made sales calls, created marketing plans, directed design and illustration, started companies, consulted, agented the works of others, and written advertising and catalog copy. He’s authored, compiled, and ghost written books that have landed on an array of bestsellers lists and sold millions of copies. His first ghost writing project, The Wal-Mart Way, was done for Don Soderquist, Sam Walton’s longtime right-hand man.

In early 2012 he put on a new hat as a fiction author. His debut novel, Cuts Like a Knife, was released in April 2012 and was met with rave reviews from USA Today, Fresh Fiction, Publishers Weekly, and other leading national reviewers. His second novel, Every Breath You Take, second in the Kristen Conner Mystery Series, released in Fall 2012 to similar acclaim. Kristen Conner returns in Cold As Ice, which releases in Fall 2014.

Gilroy has extensive writing credits. He scripted and served as creative consultant for a two-hour training video that was honored with the Award of Excellence by the International Television Association. He has compiled and written close to fifty books and penned hundreds articles and curriculum pieces for a variety of periodicals and publishers.

Gilroy and his wife Amy reside in Brentwood, Tennessee. Their six children are Lindsey, Merrick, Ashley, Caroline, Bo, and Zachary—the youngest has now headed off for college, so he and Amy are officially empty nesters.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Detective Kristen Conner is back on a new murder case. She’s still fighting with her sister—and no surprise, someone new wants to kill her! He was a pillar in his Chicago neighborhood: popular school teacher, devoted father and husband, political activist on behalf of underprivileged children—and a master gardener who liked to plant flowers in his neighbor’s yards. What wasn’t to love about him? Who would want him dead?

When Detective Kristen Conner lands the case she knows from day one who the key suspect is. That’s simple. The person most likely to kill you is someone close that you know and love. But the wife? She was always at her husband’s side and just as passionate about his causes as he was. No way could this loving wife and mother of three be a killer. Right? Mix in her on-again, off-again relationship with FBI Agent Austin Reynolds, a quick trip to New York City where Kristen helps her media-star sister for a new apartment—only to discover the body of a man who appears to have been executed by a professional killer on a run through Central Park—and Kristen Conner is once again swept into a world of danger, intrigue, and a confusing love life.

What she doesn’t know just might kill her.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Cold as Ice, go HERE.



My Review:
 No one should ever be out at four a.m. in below zero weather, in New York City. You could slip and fall and become injured, or worse, you could die. One man finds the truth in that, but let's just say he had a little help in the dying department.

Detective Kristen Conner was only in New York for vacation, and nothing more. But after one really early morning run in Central Park, she finds herself at the scene of a murder. But it turns out this is no ordinary murder, no, this is a murder committed by a Russian "Red Mafyia" hit man. And there most defiantly had to be a reason behind this, even if no one seems to think so.

Back in Chicago, there’s another murder, but this one hit’s everyone with great devastation. Who would kill someone so kind, and so close to everyone. With his wife as the suspect, Kristen must find a way to determine the truth in it all.

Cold As Ice is book three in the Kristen Conner Mystery series. M.K. Gilroy is an epic writer. I enjoyed this mystery greatly and I look forward too reading his other books.

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

Friday, August 21, 2015

Review: The Rancher's Second Chance by:Brenda Minton

The Rancher's Second Chance
About the Book:
Reunited with the Cowboy

Pregnant and running scared, Grace Thomas turns to the one man she knows she can count on: rancher Brody Martin. The charismatic Texan promises to protect her, but she knows he'll never forgive her for breaking his heart and taking up with his former best friend. Given Brody's own unsettled past, Grace understands that the guarded cowboy needs time to trust her again. Yet as he helps her prepare for the baby's arrival, Grace knows she's found the perfect father for her child. But can she dare to dream of a second chance with the man she's never stopped loving?

My Review:

 Rancher Brody Martin lost the girl of his dreams to his former best friend Lincoln. And after that day he decided he would dedicate his life to ranching and that's it. Or so he thought. One rainy morning, Brody does his best to sleep in, but a constant knocking and finally a cry for help, draw him out of bed and to his front door. There he finds his ex-girlfriend, Grace Thomas, shivering and crying. Bringing her in and feeding her, he learns that Lincoln hasn't been the best boyfriend in the world. Having been hit multiple times by him and also pregnant, Brody knows he must help her and he must also keep his temper under control. But the more she tells him the more he cant wait till Lincoln shows up on his door step.

The Rancher's Second Chance is book three in the Martin's Crossing series. This book was absolutely a wonderful read. I loved every chapter of this book. I can not wait till I can get another of this author's books.

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Review: The Amish Bride by:Emma Miller

The Amish Bride
About the Book:
Ellen Beachey's dreams of being a devoted Amish wife and mother are finally within her reach. But she didn't expect she'd have to choose between two brothers. Golden-haired Micah has a heart filled with adventure and a ready smile. Serious but gentle elder brother Neziah is a devoted and caring father of two. But Ellen and Neziah share a heartbreaking past that might prevent any hope of a future. Ellen never imagined an arranged union as a way to find true love. She wants to be loyal to her family, but she needs to follow her heart…if only she can figure out what it wants. 

My Review:
 Ellen Beachey is a young woman that I definitely feel sorry for. She has to choose between two guys to marry and she has a month to do it. The guys are both brothers one of which she has had a relationship with in the past. 

 In this book you will be introduced to yet another way that the Amish handle specific situations involving their unmarried older children. The boys' father decides one day to discuss this with Ellen and it gives her a very tight deadline.  Should she follow her heart or honor her family?

 This is a very short read, reaching just over 250 pages and it has rich characters and a strong story line. 

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