Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review & Giveaway: Matthew West Album "All In" by:Flyby Promotions

 All In   -     By: Matthew West
About the Product:
For his latest album, CCM favorite Matthew West spent time in solitude, writing and recording his new material from a place of worship and grace. All In showcases Matt's knack for storytelling and in-demand songwriter's chops on a collection of brand new songs, including the inspiring lead single "Broken Things."

My Review:
 There are days when I rely on my worship music to get me through. Next to God, prayer, and Bible reading music centered on Him is my vice. I just have to have it. That's why I love it when some of my favorites make some new music to brighten my day. All In is a great way to celebrate the Savior and all He has done for us.

 I believe out of all the songs on the album, All In, is my absolute favorite. It talks about going all the way with God and not letting fear or being comfortable hold you back. Many times we are too scared to move on God's behalf or we are just comfortable in our little spot on that pew each Sunday. Complacency causes us not to grow. Many times we don't even realize we are not growing in Christ. This song gives me a spirit of "get up and go".

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 All In will be released September 22nd. It can be purchased here and here and here.

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Litfuse Review: Many Sparrows by:Lori Benton

 Many Sparrows
About the Book:
Many Sparrows
When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she'll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country. Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her recover Jacob.
Once they reach the Shawnees and discover Jeremiah's own Shawnee sister, Rain Crow, has taken
custody of Jacob--renaming him Many Sparrows--keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen.

My Review:
 Trusting God is really difficult for the average human to do. We know we should and some may be able to attempt it, but it is very difficult. And if its your child you have to trust Him with--forget about it. Clare had to do just that because she had n other choice when he was taken from her. She has to pray that God will protect him. Clare knows without a shadow of doubt she will not rest until her son is back in her arms again.

 This is exactly why she needs help so that she doesn't get them both killed. Her determined mindedness struck Jeremiah Ring. Jeremiah knows that he cant just sit by and do nothing, he has to help Clare and he knows he is the one to do it because he has the experience needed.

 Poor Clare she is wrenched with sadness. I know I would be too. She has been handed some difficult situations and times in her life and it seems that everything is being snatched from her left and right. It was a difficult book to read because it was so sad and I felt so bad for Clare. Things aren't as simple as they seem and God's trust must and will run deeper than she could of ever imagined.

 A book that teaches us more than a typical fiction book ever could!

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

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: My Heart Belongs In the Shenandoah Valley by:Andrea Boeshaar

 My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma
About the Book:
Journey into the Shenandoah Valley of 1816 where...
With Nothing Left, Lily May be Forced into a Loveless Marriage.

Captain McAlister “Mac” Albright has purchased land in the Shenandoah Valley. However, the land belongs to Lillyanna Laughlin—or so she erroneously thinks. Mac sets her straight about current laws, and despite a poor start, the two are becoming friends.

Then, while Mac is away on business, Lily is faced with the impossible decision of marrying a man twice her age or she and her brothers becoming homeless, as her late father gambled away their home and acreage. But with debts being called in, will Lily be forced to choose a loveless marriage just when she is discovering what true love could be?  What can she possibly do? Will Mac return in time to spare Lily a lifetime of unhappiness?

More from My Heart Belongs in Series...
My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss: Priscilla's Reveille by Erica Vetsch (January 2017)
My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmella's Quandary by Susan Page Davis (March 2017)
My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca's Plight by Susanne Dietze (May 2017)
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring by Carrie Fancett Pagels (July 2017)

My Review:
 This book is the perfect southern belle type book. It reminded me very much of Gone With the Wind. The cover didn't do the story justice. But it definitely took me back to that old classic and all of the beautiful dresses. Taking place in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, set in the early 1800's is a story that will tug at your heart strings. 

 Poor Lily just knows this Mac guy is off his rocker about owning her family's house and land. But soon she sees that what he has to tell her has to be the truth and now she and her brother's will pay the price. there are many things going on in this book though it is not solely about Lily's misfortune. Mac soon finds that he as well is close to ruin if something isn't done and done fast.

 Lilly and Mac have to accept that their lives have not quite turned out how they imagined it would. But when you have to grow up and take the bull by the horns and do life and these two are definitely getting hit by all sides at once. It was interesting to see how they would come out on top and how their lives evolved, and evolved it did. Perfect ending to this really terrible story at the start. Great story by the fire kind of read!

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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review: Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by:Mark Batterson

 Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God
About the Book:
The best-selling author of Circle Maker, which helped over 2 million people learn to talk to God, now helps readers learn how to listen to God.
The voice that spoke the cosmos into existence is the same voice that parted the Red sea, and made the sun stand still in the midday sky. One day, this voice will make all things new, but it's also speaking to you now!

That voice is God's voice, and what we've learned from Scripture is that He often speaks in a whisper. Not to make it difficult to hear Him, but to draw us close.

Many people have a tough time believing God still speaks. Sure, in ancient times and in mysterious ways, God spoke to His people, but is He still speaking now?

Mark Batterson certainly believes so. And he wants to introduce you to the seven love languages of God; each of them unique and entirely divine. Some of them you might suspect but others will surprise you.

By learning to tune in to and decipher each language, you'll be able to hear His guidance in simple as well as life-altering choices. God is actively speaking through: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Batterson gives you the tools you need to unlock each of these languages.

God's whisper can answer your most burning questions, calm your deepest fears, and fulfill your loftiest dreams.

Discover how simple it is to hear God's voice in every aspect of your life!

He's speaking, make sure you know how to listen!

My Review:
 Listening is not always as easy as it sounds. Hearing isn't either. I have been a Christian for many, many years. I didn't really have a one on one relationship--an intimate one with Him until I was much older. It wasn't until then that I could actually hear Him speak to my spirit. Intimacy with God is such a good thing and as you can see and read in whisper it is necessary. The closer you get to Him the more gifts you will receive. I didn't get closer to Him in order to receive such gifts. I did because I longed to.

 We talk to God, many of us multiple times in a day. Some days I know I wouldn't of survived if I hadn't had this relationship with Him. In my heart and soul I know that I know that He is the ONLY one that understands me, understands my issues in life, and understands my daily struggles. I don't believe that is luck or that I'm especially blessed or anything like that. I earnestly seek Him and search Him out. Many days I have to have and I rely on this relationship because I am in desperate need of Him.

 Mark spoke of many things in the book that could interfere with "hearing" His voice. Many of which in my 30 some odd years of following Him I have experienced. I know many times the number one reason that I don't hear from Him is not spending enough time with Him. Another reason is that I am in the way. I am a type A personality. If I see there is a problem I set about fixing it, never giving any thought to His direction or will. God can't work like that.

 Mark offers up suggestions to get us on the right path on hearing from God. He introduces you to the seven things that God delights in. A great way to start on this journey. Based on scripture and Mark's commentary on the matter you will be on the right path to hear from Him. He relys on scripture first and foremost but he also supplies many accounts of this often overlooked communication with the Lord.

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 Overall, a great read on the subject!

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Review: Cherished Mercy by:Tracie Peterson

 Cherished Mercy
About the Book:
The Inspiring Conclusion to Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier Series
Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart's cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers would rather the tribes were removed from the land completely, one way or the other, and tensions are rising. Mercy has grown tired of Oregon City and feels that she has a larger purpose in life, so when she learns that family friend Eletta Browning is pregnant, she travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help.
At the Rogue River Mission, Mercy meets Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam, who has suffered a broken engagement. Mercy finds him attractive, but Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps Mercy at arm's length.
When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the boiling point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam must rely on their firm faith in God in order to make it out alive.

My Review:
 Mercy Flanagan's story continues on in the 3rd installment to the Heart of the Frontier series. I was thinking about Mercy's story recently and I realized that the people that were enduring this time period had to face a lot of obstacles in their day and none of them proved easy or fair. Mercy's story is definitely one of those stories that leaves you completely and utterly shocked to the core. How can a woman survive all those things and still be sane?

 Mercy decides she needs a change of scenery so she embarks on a journey south to Rogue Valley to help a friend thats expecting. In those days this was common. I think mainly because the work around the house not to mention a farm was very labor intensive. During her visit there, Mercy meets a lot of new and interesting people among them, Adam. Adam seems to fit the bill but Adam isn't too interested in love at the moment besides past heartaches he has more important things to think about.

 But you know as well as I do that doesn't last long. A certain magnetism will spark and the two main characters somehow someway find a way to each other. And in this installment to the series it isn't long before things start heating up between Mercy and Adam.

 Tracie Peterson is a great author. I love bouncing back between time periods among her different book series'. She can draw you in and the persons story becomes yours. Its that quick! Fantastic read!

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: The Promise of a Letter by:Kathleen Fuller

 The Promise of a Letter (Amish Letter #2)
About the Book:
A letter brings him back to his Amish family. It will take someone truly extraordinary to make him stay.

Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don't go as planned, Roman's prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has died and left a letter urging him to reconcile with his brother in Birch Creek, Roman decides to return home. But he doesn't plan to stay for long.

Leanna Chupp has always made her own way in her small community of Birch Creek. Though some may call her unconventional--strange, even--Leanna is happy. Her unique outlook on life has meant she's never had many suitors pursuing courtship, which Leanna doesn't mind. She is content being single.

But when Roman and Leanna find themselves working together again, everything changes. Though neither fit squarely within the strictures of the Amish faith, their differences could be the very thing to help them form a deeper connection to their community and to each other. The question remains: will this strengthening bond be enough to make Roman stay for good?

My Review:
 I don't care what anyone says, Amish Fiction is where its at. You wouldn't think that they would have very good stories but they really do. I love this genre and it offers us up some really good stories.

 Roman is about to return home to his old Amish community that he left so many years ago to reconcile with his breather. He loves his family but doesn't plan on staying their past the reconciliation. Its like I tell my kiddos, death trumps everything. No matter what situations are going on with your family, death should be a reason that you reconcile and that is what Roman plans to do with his brother, Daniel.

 Leanna is very different from a typical Amish woman. I think that is the thing you will notice the most about this story. Leanna is taller than most women and not only that she works in the men's arena.

 When Roman comes back to the small community of Birch Creek, things seems to change between him and Leanna. Roman seemed a bit troubled when he left the Amish community but after his return things are different. read along to find out what the future holds for Roman and Leanna.

 A great read any time of the day or night!

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