Thursday, January 18, 2018

Devotions for the Hungry Heart - Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Devotions for a Hungry Heart -  Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

            I love a great devotional!  I love the title of this book.  I love the description of this book.  Unfortunately I don’t find Devotions for a Hungry Heart is a true devotional book.  Now, that being said, I think it is a well-written book of personal testimonies with a bible verse at the end of the day’s reading and some recipes in the middle that I believe must go along with the title.  (These recipes look AMAZING!)  My husband would call this devotional fluff, but I do think we can learn from other people’s stories. 

            I do believe the Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is chasing after Jesus with her whole heart.  I do believe this would be a great devotional for a new believer to show what faith can look like.  So there are plenty of redeeming things about this book.  I would read this book for the testimonies but not as a devotional.  Her stories are SUPER FUN!  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.  

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Troubled Waters - Susan May Warren

Troubled Water – Susan May Warren

            Ian Shaw has basically lost everything.  His money.  His niece.  And the woman he loves.  He is stubborn for sure.  This is book 4 in the Montana Rescue series and I have wanted this store since maybe the novella -- before the series actually came out I think!  Susan May Warren has left me wanting more in the first 4 books about Ian’s story!

            Sierra has some guilt haunting her when it comes to Ian and his niece.  She also has some personal hardships she is facing.

            Through a series of events that threatens to close down PEAK Rescue Sierra finds herself leading a fundraising trip on Ian’s yacht.  This is where things get interesting.  You need to read the story for yourself to find out.

            I still think there are a few stories to tell in the Montana Rescue series, and I can hardly wait to read them!

            Read this book!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Lacemaker - Laura Frantz

The Lacemaker – Laura Frantz

Laura Frantz has a way with words.  I teach history to elementary students and I can see how much research she puts into her works.  This is the story of Liberty Lawson and Noble Rynallt.  They are thrown together by her intended, his cousin during the beginnings of the American Revolution.   Liberty’s rather is a devout Royalist and her mother is a Patriot.  Where do you think Liberty’s leanings will fall?  She has to take to her roots of lacemaking when she is left alone and destitute.  She has a character beyond most young women of her time. 
Noble is a Patriot, who isn’t interested in finding a wife during the turmoil where he finds himself a leader.  I love how this story stays true historically.  I love how it mentions what happened to the slaves and indentured during this upheaval of life as they knew it. 

            Love this book!  Read it!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Matter of Trust - Susan Mae Warren

A Matter of Trust – Susan Mae Warren

            I love Susan Mae Warren.  I have read all her books!  I am a junkie!  A Matter of Trust didn’t disappoint.  This book is part of the Montana Rescue series.  I love how Warren continues past stories while prepping you for future stories while telling the present story.  (HOWEVER, I want to know NOW what happens with Ian!!!!!) 
This is the story of Gage Watson, a former professional snow boarder, who works for PEAK Rescue.  His life fell apart after someone died while snowboarding with him.  He still has regrets.  Ella Blair’s is a senator who believes she needs to take care of her younger brother.  This brother has been studying Gage’s skills for several years and wants to follow in his footsteps.  Gage and Ella have somewhat of a past.  When Ella manipulates Gage into rescuing her brother things escalate.
            This is a story of forgiveness.  This is a story of truth.  I loved it!  Read this book. 

I did receive a copy of this book and was free to choose if I wanted to post a review or not!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Un-Common - Carey Scott

Un-Common Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose – Carey Scott

            I couldn’t wait to write about this book.  I think the more “politically correct” people are, the less willing people are to step out of their comfort zones.  Let’s face it if you are married, have a few kids, work, serve AT church – who really has time in their lives to actually step into the HOT MESSES of life.  If we are all truthful we have been a part of some messes. 
            “God has a perfect track record in your life.  Here’s what that does not mean: 1) Life is pain-free. 2) Life is easy. 3) God will do what you want, when you want it.”  Love these words of truth.  People don’t discuss the hard – especially if it is embarrassing.  “Your faith doesn’t grown by chance but by choice.”  OH MY WORD!  LOVE THIS TRUTH!  And sometimes…the choice is hard.  The choice can be uncomfortable.
            I am not quite done with the book, but know that I will finish it.  We all need to grow in our faith.  We all need to step out of what is common.
            This book is well written, thought provoking, and challenging.  It is so rich and good!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.