Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sea Rose Lane: A Book Review

About The Book:

Two people starting over . . . in a town known for second chances

After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to Hope Harbor--only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed and breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos--and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect who's invaded the house with her motley crew. As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn't high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces for to help Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves?

Come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms

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You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels, including One Perfect SpringHope Harbor, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America's elite Hall of Fame. 

You can find more information on the author here: www.irenehannon.com


My Review:

This was a delightful read that was engaging, and brought me right into the story. The love story between BJ and Eric was beautiful and this installment of this Hope Harbor series. While it is the second book in the series, it can also be read as a stand-alone book, without an issue. The book caught my attention from page one and it was kept throughout. It has dynamic characters and story lines and it is the perfect read to snuggle up with a cup of tea and cozy blanket with. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Seas Rose Lane at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, for the purpose of review on this blog, from Graf-Martin Communications Inc., and Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner****

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Jesus and the Beanstalk: A Book Review

About The Book:


What if a fairy tale and ten Bible verses could free you to live an effective, fruitful life in Christ?
We live in unsettling, challenging times. Everywhere we look, we see giant problems: giant obstacles to sharing faith, giant barriers to peaceful lives, giant strongholds of fear. But what if you knew eight small secrets to unlocking a strength big enough to overcome whatever obstacle life may bring?
Using allegory and a bit of humor, Jesus and the Beanstalk explores a passage in 2 Peter 1 to uncover eight truths that will help you unleash a larger-than-life faith:
—Faith
—Goodness
—Knowledge
—Self-control
—Perseverance
—Godliness
—Affection for others
—Love
In this creative, refreshing perspective on spiritual growth, you will discover an unyielding strength when you tap the power of a God who is stronger than any beanstalk and bigger than your biggest giants.
You can read a sample chapter here, in PDF format
About The Author:
Lori Stanley Roeleveld is the author of "Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus)" and "Red Pen Redemption." Her blog, LoriRoeleveld.com, was voted Top 100 Christian Blogs by RedeemingGod.com and has enjoyed over 1.5 million views. Lori lives in Hope Valley, RI.
My Review:
Jack and the Beanstalk has always been a favorite fairy tale of mine, so it was very interesting to read Roeleveld's interpretation of this tale and contrast it to what the Bible says about overcoming the giants in our lives. I really quite enjoyed the book and loved studying more about 2 Peter 1. A well organized book and easy to read and understand. The book is set up in daily study with great questions ideal for both individual and group study. 

I highly recommend this book. 
BUY IT: You can purchase Jesus and the Beanstalk online through Amazon as well as through your favorite local Christian book retailer from Abingdon Press
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Take the Bible Challenge with Odyssey Adventure Club

How much do you know about the Bible and its influence on our culture, history–and the whole world? Focus on the Family and Bring Your Bible have teamed up to create a quiz to test how much you and your kids know about the Bible. Take the quiz to find out!

Don't forget to mark your calendars to celebrate religious freedom with other students across the U.S. on October 6—Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends in just a few short weeks. Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations.

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By signing up, you’ll receive a free guide with tips, downloadable posters, sticker and T-shirt designs, information on your legal rights, and other fun, interactive activities.

You’ll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, an award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas!

Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Return to Justice: A Book Review

About The Book:

Reclaiming an Evangelical History of Activism

In recent years, there has been a renewed interest by evangelicals in the topic of biblical social justice. Younger evangelicals and millennials, in particular, have shown increased concern for social issues. But the move toward evangelical social justice is not a recent development. Following World War II, a new movement of American evangelicals emerged who gradually increased their efforts on behalf of justice.

This work explains the important historical context for evangelical reengagement with social justice issues. It tells the story of how, in just two generations, Bible-believing Christians came to rediscover what has always been true: justice is close to the heart of God. The authors provide an overview of post-World War II evangelical social justice and compassion ministries, introducing key figures and seminal organizations that propelled the rediscovery of biblical justice. The book explores the historical and theological lessons learned from evangelical history and offers a way forward for contemporary Christians.


Contents
Introduction
Part 1: Justice Is Personal and Relational1. The Power of Personal Story: John Perkins and the Christian Community Development Association
2. The Power of a Personal Connection: Child Sponsorship and Global Poverty
Part 2: Justice Is Public and Prophetic3. World Vision and the Work of Prophetic Advocacy
4. Sojourners as a Prophetic Voice for Those on the Margins
Part 3: Justice Confronts Power in Community5. African-American Evangelicals and the Challenge of True Racial Reconciliation
6. The Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana and the Sharing of Power in a Globalized Christianity
Conclusion
Index


You can read an excerpt of Return To Justice here, in PDF format

About The Authors:

Soong-Chan Rah (ThD, Duke University) is a sought-after speaker and a major voice on today's evangelical social justice scene. He is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, and is the author of Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (winner of an Outreachmagazine book award) and the popular and influential The Next Evangelicalism. Rah was founding pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, a multiethnic, urban, postmodern generation church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He serves on the boards of Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), World Vision, and the Catalyst Leadership Center.

Gary VanderPol (ThD, Boston University) is senior pastor of Church without Walls in Berkeley, California. He has served as an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary, has taught in Costa Rica, and has fifteen years of missionary experience.

My Review:

This was an amazing book to read that takes you through five major events in Christian history and how they relate to social justice! It gives you some amazing background on each event and reminds us of our true calling as Christians to justice for the world around us! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Return To Justice at your favorite book retailer from Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

The Rewired Brain: A Book Review

About The Book:

What if unleashing the power of your mind could help you live your best life?

Trade negative thinking for confident, fearless living
Most of us don't realize we have a surprising amount of control over our own thoughts and behaviors. While unconscious feelings and reactions from our past can unintentionally influence our behaviors negatively, there's good news. We have a great capacity to call upon the parts of our brain responsible for intentional choices in order to end destructive cycles, live well, and become our best selves.

The ReWired Brain offers you a clear framework for understanding your brain and the decisions you make. It shows how certain fears and instincts can drive unhealthy emotional dysfunctions and related behavioral patterns in the most meaningful areas of your life. Most importantly, it shows how to reframe your negative experiences, overcome your fears, experience emotional and spiritual healing, and ultimately rewire your brain, empowering you to be free and to live fearlessly.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Authors:

Dr. Ski Chilton is a professor in the department of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 scientific articles and four books, including Inflammation Nation. His work is regularly featured in such venues as WebMD,Men's JournalMen's HealthPrevention, the Wall Street JournalABC News, and more. He lives in North Carolina.

Dr. Margaret Rukstalis is an addiction psychiatrist who has studied the brain and behavior change for over twenty-five years. She received her MD from Dartmouth Medical School, is currently on faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine, and has coauthored more than fifty scientific articles and book chapters. She lives in North Carolina.

A. J. Gregory is the author of Messy Faith and Silent Savior. She has also partnered with high-profile figures on over thirty-five memoirs and self-help books, some New York Times bestsellers. She lives in New Jersey.


My Review:

Why do we do things that make us miserable and we know aren't good for us? As humans this is something that happens all the time, along with clinging to the negative in our lives, either present or past and we just don't know how to let go. Dr. Chilton takes these behaviors and tosses them upside down with scientific facts and shows us not only why we do it but how to let go of the negative and live without fear! 

While it does have a lot of scientific jargon, it is a rather easy to read book, and I especially loved the reflection questions that are included.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Rewired Brain at your favorite book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Loving My Actual Life: A Book Review

About The Book:

What if you could actually love the life you are living right now?
In life, there is the ideal: fulfilling work, thriving relationships, financial security. Not to mention an orderly and beautiful home and children who never misbehave. And then there's reality: frustrations, illness, feeling overwhelmed and inadequate. We can wait around for our circumstances to change and in the process miss the goodness right in front of us. Or we can choose to love our actual lives, right here and now.

In this entertaining and insightful book, Alexandra Kuykendall chronicles her nine-month experiment to rekindle her love of her ordinary, actual life. After wiping her calendar as clean as a mother of four can, Kuykendall focuses on one aspect of her life each month, searching for ways to more fully enjoy her current season. By intentionally adding one thing each month that will make her jump for joy, she provides a practical challenge you can easily replicate in your life. With humor, poignancy, and plenty of personal stories, she shows how a few small changes can make this crazy-busy life one of holy contentment.


You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Alexandra Kuykendall spends most of her days chauffeuring her kids and searching for a better solution to the laundry dilemma. The author of The Artist's Daughter, she was on staff with MOPS International for nearly ten years and is a trusted voice in mothering circles. She lives in the shadows of downtown Denver with her husband and their four daughters. Connect at AlexandraKuykendall.com.

My Review:

Once in a while you read a book that resonates to your soul in ways you would never expect. I have list that I keep with books that do just that. It's not a big list but I can say without protest that Loving My Actual Life is now on it! 

The book is a journey that Alexandra Kuykendall went through over a nine month period with the eventual goal to be more intentional in her life. I absolutely loved how each month was a different area of her life and how she gave so many practical ideas for each area. Since reading this book I have implemented so many of the ideas and realized I already do so many as well. It was nice to have reassurance that I am already doing so many of them. An easy read and quick one but one that I will go back and re-read for sure in the future. I also absolutely loved the cover...so inspiring! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up. 

BUY IT: You can purchase Loving My Actual Life at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communciations Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

The Real Heaven: A Book Review

About The Book:

Amid all the popular conjecture about Heaven, what does the Bible actually say? And why does it matter?

With all the sensationalized stories of Heaven told from people who claim to have died and come back, how do you really know what to believe about Heaven?

Heaven has received a lot of attention in recent years as bestselling books and movies have told the stories of people who claim to have been there. 

What does the Bible actually say about heaven? 
What difference does it make? 
What happens the moment after we die? 
What will our relationships be like in heaven?

Chip Ingram sets aside the hype and myths and digs into the Scriptures to discover what God actually wants us to know about the afterlife hereafter. Most importantly, Ingram shows why our understanding of Heaven matters now, in this life. Because what we believe about Heaven actually affects us today in ways we may not have imagined.


You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format

About The Authors:

Chip Ingram is the senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and teaching pastor and CEO of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. Chip is the author of many books, including God: As He Longs for You to See HimThe Invisible War; and Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and ten grandchildren and live in California.

Lance Witt is the founder of Replenish ministries, the author of Replenish the book, and often referred to as a pastor's pastor. Before launching Replenish, Lance served for twenty years as a senior pastor and six years as an executive/teaching pastor at Saddleback Church. Lance and his wife, Connie, have two grown children and four granddaughters.


My Review:

Within the last decade there have been countless books and a number of Hollywood movies about the topic of the afterlife and Heaven in particular. Some of them have been very good reads and views, some not so much. But in general, many of them have made the topic of the afterlife a round table discussion and just as confusing as always. 

Recently, author and pastor, Chip Ingram, released his newest book, The Real Heaven and does a remarkable job at discussing the topic of Heaven. It is an easy to read and comprehend book, and strong theologically as well.I particularly enjoyed how much detailed study he does with the book of Revelation, a book that I often have trouble understanding. He made learning about this detailed book of the Bible easier and I for one appreciated that. In particular he did a well job at examining the New Heaven and New Earth. Very well done. 

I HIGHLY recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!


BUY IT: You can purchase The Real Heaven at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communciations Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education: A Book Review

About The Book:

Over the years, most reforms in early childhood education have been well-intended, yet have not kept up with the needs of young children and educators in the classroom. Author Michael Gramling provides an historical overview of how educational policies came into effect and how they are driving educational practices. Gramling argues that ineffective practices are the result of unexamined public policies and asserts that educators need to challenge this kind thinking in order to make a difference in children's lives Powerful, thought provoking stories will inspire you to examine the problems and challenge you to envision a preschool classroom that works for all children. 

Softbound, 148 pgs.

About The Author:


Michael Gramling has spent nearly two decades working in early childhood education. He is an expert in providing family literacy and positive guidance training and he travels across the country presenting to educators. Gramling has helped develop literacy curricula for Head Start, aided programs in developing their required School Readiness Goals, and observed in classrooms from coast to coast.


My Review:

This was a great read connecting the standards and politics of early childhood education and developmentally appropriate practice. It includes a lot of statisitcs but mostly  a lot of great common sense practices that anyone in early childhood education and parents need to know about. There was a lot of great information that I need to still unpack and figure out how to use the information practically in my own work with young children. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education online through RedLeaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of RedLeaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sins of the Past: A Book Review

About The Book:

Secrets and Lies. Danger That Will Never Go Away.
Join Three Beloved Masters of Romantic Suspense for Novellas Where the Past Will Not Stay Buried.
  
Dee Henderson - "Missing"A Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing from her retirement community. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two soon launch into a race against the clock when they realize something dark may lie at the heart of the disappearance. 

Dani Pettrey - "Shadowed"Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young Alaskan fisherman nets the body of a Russian open water swimming competitor. Another swimmer, who'd been the dead woman's roommate years ago, is pulled into the search for answers as it grows more and more clear that something sinister is at play.

Lynette Eason - "Blackout"A young woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong finds herself at risk years later when the real culprit is up for parole. The loot taken that night has never been found and he believes she knows where it's hidden--only her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety?


You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in pdf format. 

About The Authors:

Dee Henderson is the author of numerous novels, including TakenUndetectedUnspoken, Full Disclosure, and the acclaimed O'Malley and Uncommon Heroes series. Her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the ECPA Gold Medallion. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois. Learn more at www.deehenderson.com.

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged,ShatteredStrandedSilenced, and Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing's Best Award, among others.  

She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson. You can find her online at danipettrey.com.


Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, as well asAlways Watching and Without Warning in the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of an ACFW Carol Award, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

My Review:

Well when you get three queens of Christian mystery fiction to write a book together, you can be certain that you will be reading a fantastic book! I was right. This book did not disappoint! With each novella suspense and action is not missing and honestly from page one you are kept at the edge of your seat. Each story has of course well developed characters, storylines and just enough drama and romance to appeal to the reader who desires that as part of a good mystery romance novel.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Sins of the Past at your favorite book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of the book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


Healing the Wounded Heart: A Book Review

About The Book:

Find hope and healing in the wake of sexual abuse
If you are one of the millions of people who have suffered abuse in the form of rape, incest, molestation, sexting, sexual bullying, unwanted advances, pornography, and more, you know that hope doesn't come easy and healing can seem impossible. Dan Allender has been there--and he's spent twenty-five years helping other victims of sexual abuse walk the path toward wholeness.

Never minimizing the pain or offering pat spiritual answers that don't truly address the problem, Allender calls evil evil and lights the way to renewed joy, one step at a time.


You can read an excerpt of this book, here, PDF format.

About The Author:

Dan B. Allender is professor of counseling psychology and former president of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, Washington. He travels and speaks extensively on sexual abuse recovery, love and forgiveness, worship, and other related topics. Allender is the author of fifteen books, including The Wounded Heart, and coauthor of God Loves Sex.

My Review:

I was first introduced to the work of Dan Allender back in my Bible College days as I studied counselling and psychology. That book was The Cry of the Soul and to this day is one of my most loved and read books. That work was about our darker emotions and how to deal with them in a way that is honoring to the Lord. Since that time, Allender has gone on to writen several more books, including his most recent, Healing the Wounded Heart.

This book is NOT for the faint hearted. It covers the topic of sexual abuse, so if this is a subject you have first hand experience, I caution you before you read that it could be a trigger for feelings you may not have dealt with. The first part of the book is difficult to read. I personally do not have experience with sexual abuse so it was incredibly difficult for me to read but after the difficult reading came hope. The second half of the book is not a "how to get over" step by step process of ideas. However, it is a journey of encouragement that will carry the reader, or their loved one, through the dark of sexual abuse to full light that is only found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a reminder that we never walk alone, even in our deepest sorrow and toughest times. 

There is a workbook that can be purchased separately of the the book, as well later this fall there will be an online course that will bring participants through the book. You can find more information about this course here.

This would be a necessary read for anyone dealing with sexual abuse, be it the reader, or family and friends, and even church ministry staff. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Healing The Wounded Heart at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Unparalleled: A Book Review

About The Book:

Aren't all religions basically the same?That's a popular notion these days. It's also a convenient way to avoid the ultimate questions we all must answer. If all religions are the same, then there's no reason to choose one over another beyond what fits into our already busy lives or what suits our particular tastes. But what if that assumption is fundamentally flawed? What if Christianity is not merely one among many similar options? What if it is categorically different? Wouldn't that fact alone make it worth another look?

In Unparalleled, Jared C. Wilson reveals how Christianity alone answers the deepest longings of every human heart, compelling us to take a second look and to consider the Christian faith in a drastically new light.

One of these things is not like the others. And the difference matters--for eternity.


About The Author:

Jared C. Wilson is the director of content strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and managing editor of For the Church, Midwestern's new site for gospel-centered resources. He is the author of several books, including Your Jesus Is Too SafeThe Storytelling GodThe Prodigal Church, andGospel Wakefulness. His writing has appeared in TabletalkRev! magazine, Exponential'sLeadership LearningsPulpit Helps magazine, and numerous other publications. His blog, The Gospel-Driven Church, is hosted by the Gospel Coalition and he speaks at numerous churches and conferences throughout the year. Wilson lives in Kansas City.

My Review:

I have only heard of Jared C. Wilson based on his blog and via Facebook, but was very intrigued and excited to read Unparalled. While the book is heavy in the topic (comparison of Christianity to other major world religions) it is written in a very easy to read and comprehend fashion. I would say it would be a grade 12 and older comprehension level. It would be a great book to read in a small group setting and I am sure will evoke a lot of discussion. This would be a great book to learn more about theology and doctrine because it is done in a non-threatening, every day manner and is very well written. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Unparalleled at your favorite book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group


***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Think and Eat Yourself Smart: A Book Review

About The Book:

You have the power to impact your health and wellness!
Scientists are beginning to understand that our thinking has a deep and complicated relationship with our eating. Our thoughts before, during, and after eating profoundly impact our food choices, our digestive health, our brain health, and more. Yet most of us give very little thought to our food beyond taste and basic nutritional content.

In this revolutionary book, Dr. Caroline Leaf packs an incredible amount of information that will change your eating and thinking habits for the better. Rather than getting caught up in fads such as raw foods, vegan, gluten-free, or paleo, Leaf reveals that every individual has unique nutritional needs and there's no one perfect solution. Rather, she shows how to change the way you think about food and put yourself on the path toward health. 

If you're tired of traditional diet plans that don't work, if you struggle with emotional eating, or if you're simply not satisfied with your level of health, you'll find that this book is the key to discovering how you can begin developing a healthier body, brain, and spirit--for life!


You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Dr. Caroline Leaf is the author of Switch On Your Brain and holds a PhD in communication pathology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Since 1981, she has researched the science of thought as it relates to thinking, learning, renewing the mind, gifting, and potential. Dr. Leaf is an international and national conference speaker on topics relating to optimal brain performance, such as stress, toxic thoughts, male/female brain differences, thinking and learning, controlling our thought lives, wisdom, and how to identify and use one's natural gifts. She is frequently interviewed on TV stations around the globe, has published many books and scientific journal articles, and has her own TV show, Switch On Your Brain. Leaf and her husband, Mac, live with their four children in Texas.

My Review:

Think and Eat Yourself Smart was a very eye-opening of the marketing that goes on in the food industry. It is a clear reminder to learn about what we are putting into our body's and why certain ingredients are truly NOT good for us. There was a lot of medical and technical jargon but overall the book was very easy to read and understand. Definitely one I will pick up and read more thoroughly (read it quickly for sake of review) and apply what I read to my life and purchasing habits. Great tips and ideas to start eating better were also included. 

I recommend this book and give it a thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Think and Eat Yourself Smart at your favorite book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I have received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communication Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Someone Like You: A Book Review

About The Book:

Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate. A brand new Christian, she's busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father's less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort's general manager and her college sweetheart.

With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can't ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?


You can read an excerpt of Someone Like You here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her website at www.victoriabylin.com to find out more.

My Review:

I have read a number of author Victoria Bylin's books so was excited to read her most recent, Someone Like You. It was a quick read, with delightful characters who had very interesting stories and developed nicely throughout the book and a great story that kept my attention throughout the book. It is the third book in the "You" series, however the books are not in a story line order, so you can read them in any order you wish. They are written by theme, which the various characters overlapping. They were all great! A great, modern romance that has subtle Christian overtones without being preachy and covers themes like family relationship restoration. 

A great read that I highly recommend. 

BUY IT: You can purchase Someone Like You at your favorite local Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Love In The Face of Isis: A Book Review

About The Book:

In less than a year's time, ISIS grew into a terrifying reality in the Middle East.

Thousands have been persecuted and martyred by this network of Islamic terrorists, and their numbers are increasing. It seems impossible to turn to the news without hearing of new atrocities committed by this violent organization. As ISIS continues to gain momentum and advance its territory, many Christians find themselves feeling powerless and afraid.

What can be done in the face of such evil?
In this timely, compelling book, Lorraine Marie Varela exposes the spirit behind ISIS and provides seven specific prayer strategies to effect real change in the Middle East.

Through true-life stories of supernatural intervention, you'll see how God is already at work in the midst of the violence in the Middle East--and you'll learn how to join His work through powerful, effective prayer. 

Don't be afraid.

Partner with the purposes of God--and declare to ISIS that Love is coming after them.


You can read an excerpt of Love In the Face of Isis here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Lorraine Marie Varela(www.LorraineMarie.com) is the author ofPowerful Moments in the Presence of God and a professional photographer. She has traveled to the Middle East and lives near Seattle, where she and her husband help lead a Foursquare Messianic congregation. Lorraine and her husband, Gabriel, have two grown daughters.

My Review:

I will be the first to admit that often I do not know how to effectively pray for the terrorist activity and strive that has occured both in the Middle East and all over the world, due in part to ISIS. I have such a heavy heart when I see the news and how many people are losing their lives because of this awful, gut-wrenching violence. 

The book, Love in the Face of ISIS was a remarkable and life changing read. It has given me great, practical tips of how to pray, how to love on our neighbor even when we don't agree with their actions and how to be Jesus in the light of pure evil. The book has a number of sample prayers that can be used individually or as a church for a prayer night! 

A valued resource that all Christians need to read and have at their disposal. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Love In The Face of Isis at your favorite Christian book retailer from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***