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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Yes Sisters ~ Angelia L. White

This is a book about getting to a point in your life of having friends that are encouraging and comforting.  Angelia uses stories of situations in her own life, gives us a deep explanation of how to handle the situation and then a word (letter) from a soul sister about her experience in each chapter.  With this book she teaches us of how to be a Yes Sister, to bring your friends along side of you when they are hurting.  It gives steps to take of how to encourage and have that soul sister friendship.

I would recommend this to any age women that needs and wants to be with others that give nurturing, share feelings, encouragement, and share their faith with each other, no matter what.  It is a book that talks about having confidence to not have negative people or friends that bring you down.  It is an inspirational read to help women with their relationships with others.  It would be a great women's bible study or a small group of women read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.

The Basic Bible Atlas ~ John A. Beck

This book covers the history of the land that Jesus walked and the area his people lived in.  This is a book with history of maps, charts, timelines of the seasons and climate.  Each chapter covers subjects that allows you to vision the bible more in a understanding way.  The pages are very colorful and detailed, the illustrations cover information from the Ark's travels, Temple's, how the land was sectioned out, where the food source came from.  It give detailed history to read and then a picture of the map to be able to bring in all in to a vision.

I was very impressed with this book, it covered so much that I just never imagined.  I was amazed at the history and how it looked on the maps.  The maps were so colorful and detailed that I couldn't stop looking and reading this book.... I keep picking it back up and just realizing the journey was in a small area where all our history begins.  This book covers the whole area of the bible, it is a great reference book, it can be used for daily reading, bible study, teaching history and so much more..... the pages are on heavy stock paper to hold up for years and many page turns.  

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.


The Land Beneath Us ~ Sarah Sundin

This is the 3rd book in the Sunrise at Normandy series.  This book takes place in 1941 during the war and D-day.  Leah is one of those characters that tug at your heart, from her past, present and wondering what the future will hold?  Leah is a librarian at Camp Forge and working on getting some peace with her past when one night she is viciously attacked and raped.  Private Clay Paxton comes to her rescue and saves her from the attack.  When Leah finds out the attack leaves her pregnant, Clay makes the decision to marry her.  They both are under the agreement that both get something out of the marriage.  Clay will get his families name sake carried on (he thinks he will die in war) and Leah will receive Clay's benefits that will take care of the baby and her.  Will this last? Is this relationship really going to way God wants it to be?  Will both be able to have forgiveness and faith to get through this ........

I would recommend this to anyone that likes to read about history and romance.  This book has great details about the war and living in the days during 1941.  The story about how Clay steps up and helps Leah and how Leah overcomes all the trials and tribulations; this shows how deep your faith is and that with GOD's understanding, grace and forgiveness what you can overcome in life.  Even though this is book 3 it can be read as a stand alone, as I have not read book 1 or 2 and read this one without having any problems about following the book.  But, I would now like to read the first 2 books just to get the background. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.

Thinking like a Boss ~ Kate Crocco

This book is a self help book about be confident and following your dreams.  Kate gives us a work book and 12 steps to take about women taking control and getting what they want out of life and not allowing their insecurities take over.  She tells her story along with easy mind exercises and spaces in the book to write down your feelings and work on the issues you need to overcome and be successful.  

I would recommend this to women who have insecurities and want to overcome what is holding them back.  Kate talks about starting a business but it is so much more, you can use this book for all the issues you have going on in life.  This book can be used for any age group and even though she talks about women in the book, men can definitely use the techniques also.  This would be great for a small group, book club, bible study or just two friends meeting each week and discussing the weeks chapter.  This is not a fast read, to get the most out of the book, take your time and think about everything in this book.  I started this book as soon as I got it and couldn't put it down... filled with very good stuff.......

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Unwanted No More ~ B.J. Garrett


This book is the testimony of B.J. Garrett and is filled with feelings of heartfelt, heartbroken and God's love. What an inspirational story! B.J. doesn't hold back from telling her life story of how much she has gone through. This is a story of what people do go through and how we don't talk about the evil in our lives, the stuff that is our baggage, hidden deep within. In her story be prepared she doesn't sugar coat anything from sexual abuse, abortion, depression, feelings of lost to how she accepted God's grace and found hope and security with her faith and love for God.

I would recommend this read to adults if a teen is reading it, the parents may want to read before, due to the subject matter. This is a great book for those that have always felt that they can't step into a church or God will not love them for what they have done in their past. This book is proof, God loves us all and wants us to be with Him always. This is a quick read and B.J. does a great job of getting to the point and allowing the book to move on and not drag things out. Be warned...... once you start reading you will not be able to put it down.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.


About the Book

Book:  Unwanted No More
Author: BJ Garrett
Genre:  Memoir
Release Date: December 1, 2019

I can still feel the emptiness in my heart.

So many memories of ugly… As a preteen shattered by a sexually abusive father and an absent mother, B. J. Garrett is left unprotected, unloved, and unwanted by the people who should have loved her most. Instead, BJ finds herself wanted by the wrong people for the worst reasons.

Her search for self-worth leads to sexual promiscuity and unplanned pregnancies, which only further warps her view of love, leaving a trail of broken relationships. It’s not until losing everything to the blaze of a house fire that the course of BJ’s life takes a turn toward a God whose love is pure. With the shadow of shame lifted by her newfound faith, BJ makes a startling discovery—she’s been wanted all along, and her new love-filled life comes with a call to ministry.

Written with soul-searching vulnerability, this story shows that regardless of what you’ve done or what’s been done to you, there is hope and redemption in a relationship with Jesus. Unwanted No More reminds you that no matter how ugly your past, you can experience unconditional, beautiful love and a life of purpose.

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About the Author

B. J. Garrett serves as the executive director for Christ-Centered Abortion Recovery & Education. She holds an associate of divinity degree from Baptist Missionary Theological Seminary, and she has served in church ministries as a youth director, singles director, missions director, and women’s ministry team leader. She and her husband, Jay, live in Texas and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. 

More from B.J.

All my life I have battled with feelings of being unwanted and unloved. Somewhere between the insanity of the Jerry Springer show and the emotional outcry of the Oprah show, the unbelievable redemption details of my life are unfolded onto the pages of this book. Spunky. silly, and sassy are the three words that best describe my personality. I believe the Lord gave me a love for hamburgers to make sure I never return to a life of selling my body to make ends meet. Spending time with my grand kids who are basically perfect is my favorite pastime. I love being Jay’s wife and serving beside him on the mission field. By God’s amazing grace, I have come full circle, receiving complete forgiveness and healing from a childhood full of abuse, teen pregnancy, sexual promiscuity, abortion, and working in the sex industry. If the Lord can use a story like mine, rest assured He will use a story like yours! If like me, you have ugly in your past, I want to encourage you that no matter what you have done, no matter what has been done to you, there is hope and healing through Jesus Christ.

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, B.J. is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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Leaving Texas ~ Caryl McAdoo

This is book 4 of the Cross Timbers Romance family saga.  When Charity wants to follow her heart and go to California to be with the love of her life, her parents refuse her to go.  Charity is strong willed and decides she knows better and hires a guy named Morgan to help her cross country in a wagon train.  She has to go be with her love, no matter what.   As the journey across country has good and bad, God proves that he has a different plan for her life.

I would recommend this to anyone that would like a good afternoon read that has a great message for one of the most popular bible verses Jeremiah 29:11.  This is one of those books that just leaves you feeling good in the end.  This is book 4 of the series but it can be read as a stand alone.  I plan to go back and read the others.  If you have amazon's kindle unlimited this series is included, check it out for a cozy read on a chilly winter afternoon read.......

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.


About the Book

Book:  Leaving Texas
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre:  Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: January 2, 2020
I know the plans I have for you, plans for good, not evil.
Cruel is the illusion of love. Robbed of her true love by his mean-spirited mother, Charity is given no choice but to leave Texas and follow her Prince Charming to the Golden State. Instantly attracted to her, Morgan agrees to help the young beauty on her journey, but where all other ladies paled after first blush, his initial fascination only deepens with every turn of the wagon’s wheels. Though obvious to all those around the two—how perfect Morgan and Charity were for each other—will the hard-headed, strong-willed daughter of Liberty O’Neal Harrell ever realize it?   
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About the Author

Praying her story gives God glory, award-winning author Caryl McAdoo continues prolificity with her new Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga series. Readers around the world enjoy her best-selling novels and shower them with 5-Star ratings galore. With forty-eight titles—and counting—her love for writing is obvious; the lady loves singing the new songs the Lord gives her as well! (Check out YouTube). Caryl gave Ron four children and the couple shares eighteen grandsugars. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, the seat of Red River County, in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

More from Caryl

As my second family saga series—Cross Timbers Romance—grows, and the children of Book One GONE TO TEXAS come into adulthood, I fall more in love with these characters. This story—Book Four in the series, LEAVIN’ TEXAS, takes readers on another wagon train that historically left right about the same time of year as its early spring setting from Red River County, heading for California in 1850.
LEAVIN’ TEXAS is Charity O’Neal’s story wherein she determines to follow her Prince Charming, Eberhart ‘Hart’ de Vecchi, to California to start her new life with him there—no matter the naysayers or rough trails ahead. But as so often is the case, our plans and those God has in place for us don’t always correlate.
Many times, we’ve prayed about it—what we want Him to do, how we expect everything to turn out—and feel certain we are in His will. I personally thank God for praying mothers, friends, and grandmothers who perhaps see us heading in a wrong direction and beseech Him to guide us in His way, not our own.
My life has benefitted from such praying women.
So does Charity O’Neal’s.
I imagine yours has as well!
I love the well-known verse in Jeremiah! “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11 Especially the ‘expected end’ part. I find great comfort in knowing His thoughts—or plans—are of peace and not evil, and that He intends to give us an expected end!
I hope you enjoy LEAVING TEXAS and will take time to review it!
BLESSINGS!

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Fifth Avenue Story Society ~ Rachel Hauck

The book starts out with the five characters personal stories and being invited to the invitations to the Fifth Avenue Story Society and not knowing why or who the invitation comes from..... leads to them all going to the meeting.  Each person has a different story from the others and start to connect to each other when they keep meeting.  When friendships develop they start to develop friendships and relationships that seem to connect in the end...

I would recommend this to any Rachel fan, if you haven't read her books you will want to start.  I like how this story ties everyone at the end.  This is a book that makes you guess where this all ties in and how they will end up.  I found myself reading through this with wanting to know who sent the invite, why they are together and where do the characters come together?   This is another great read from Rachel.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.




About the Book

Book:  The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre:  Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction
Release Date: February 4, 2020

An invitation to join The Fifth Avenue Story Society gives five New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.

Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.

Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.

Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.

Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.

Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.

When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to bear their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.

Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.

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About the Author

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.

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