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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Freedom's Ring

Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace clinger who could spend hours exploring Boston's Freedom Trail.  She writes women's fiction and won the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest in the historical category.  She makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and Howie, her standard poodle.

Visit her online at heidichiavaroli.com.


From the Boston Marathon bombing to the American Revolution and the Boston Massacre, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.

Boston 2015
Although two years have passed since the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David continues to be haunted by the call to be Boston Strong.  She cannot seem to release two burdens left to her that tragic day - guilt over a crippled niece, and an old ring that evokes a hazy hero's face.  But when she finds a business card with the same emblem as the ring, she's finally able to discover her hero...and the story of the woman behind the ring.

Boston  1770
As a single woman in a rebellious town, Liberty Caldwell finds herself in a dangerous predicament.  When tensions mount in the form of the Boston Massacre, her world is shattered as her brother, with whom she has just reunited, is killed in the fray.  Overcome with anger at all redcoats, she plans to leave her employment at the British officers' home.  But upon her return, she is attacked by a roguish captain when Lieutenant Alexander Smythe isn't there to rescue her.  In her fury, she leaves the home with all of her possessions and a ring that belonged to her dear Alexander. Suddenly her atraction to him is tarnished y the uniform he wears.

The Boston Massacre sparked the American Revolution; the Boston Marathon bombing set a city on edge.  Both became the proof of where true strength lies.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoy a novel with a storyline from the past and one from the present and even more so when an author moves back and forth between the two fluidly.  Freedom's Ring is the first book by Heidi Chiavaroli that I have read and she does this with a masterful touch. Healing comes to both Annie and Brad through their discovery of the past and its tie to their present circumstances.  Their journey toward wholeness and love with the backdrop of Liberty and Lieutenant Alexander's story is beautiful.  Pain and heartache do not have to define us but can shape growth into a beautiful future.

*I was given a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

In The Shadow of Denali

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over one hundred novels, both historical and contemporary.  Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series.  Tracie and her family make their home in Montana.

Visit Tracie's website at www.traciepeterson.com.


Kimberley Woodhouse is a multi-published author of fiction and nonfiction.  A popular speaker and teacher, she's shared her theme of "Joy Through Trials" with hundreds of thousands of people across the country.  She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens in Colorado.

Connect with Kim at www.kimberleywoodhouse.com.

Their future depends on unlocking the secrets the mountain holds from the past.

Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel near the foot of Mount McKinley - Denali as it's still called by the natives.  John is the wilderness and exploration guide for the wealthy tourists while Cassidy works in the kitchen as Cook's assistant.  The entire staff buzzes with excitement during the busy days preparing for the President's imminent visit.  His historic trip to dedicate the new national park on his way to driving in the golden spike to officially complete the Alaska Railroad will be the beginning of a new era for all of them and place The Curry at the heart of Alaska.
Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice to the seasoned Alaska mountain guide, with hopes of discovering the truth about his father's death on the mountain years earlier.  His father's business partner blames the guide for Henry Brennan's untimely death, but Allan cannot be at peace until he knows for sure.  He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear and much more dangerous than either could ever imagine.

My Thoughts:
Peterson and Woodhouse have given readers a full plate in their combined effort of In The Shadow of Denali.  This is book one of The Heart of Alaska series.  Ripe with historical detail and obvious research, Peterson and Woodhouse capture the time period well with rich characters and description.  The story includes a tender romance, mystery, deception, faith, and hope.  You won't regret time spent in these pages.

* I was given a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mercy Triumphs

Author of the captivating novel "Side by Side," Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend East Texas Baptist University. She and her husband married a month after she graduated, and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. After 13 years living in Africa and the Middle East, Jana, her husband, and their three boys moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.
Find out more about Jana at http://www.janakelley.com.
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Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God.
Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan. All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God's mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don't deserve it.
Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader's eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, 
Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors.
You can visit HERE to see what others are saying about the book.
My Thoughts:
I have so enjoyed this series by Jana Kelley!  Mercy Triumphs is the third book in Kelley's  series.  The previous two books were Door to Freedom and Side by Side. Kelley gives readers a bird's eye view of life in Sudan and surrounding areas. Readers also get a peek into missionary life as well.  The stories of Halimah, Rania, and Mia are challenging but encouraging at the same time as readers follow their journey with God.  This last book moved a little slower than the previous two.  I also am curious about a couple of places where Kelley seems to use Allah and God interchangeably as if they are one and the same.  In the end, readers will be encouraged and inspired.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.
Blessings, 
Jennifer

Rule of Law

Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than ten legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel "Directed Verdict." In addition to his law practice and writing, he serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also teaches classes in advocacy and ethics at Regent Law School and serves on the school's Board of Visitors.
Find out more about Randy at http://www.randysinger.net.



What did the president know? And when did she know it?
For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. The Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team would break them out.
But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top.
Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members?
Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true.
Equal justice under law.
It makes a nice motto. But will it work when one of the most powerful people on the planet is also a defendant?
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My Thoughts:
Randy Singer never disappoints in bringing readers who love a good legal thriller a white-knuckle read.  I could not put his latest, Rule of Law, down!  I've read many of his books and this may be the best to come from his pen yet.  With exciting characters and an electric storyline, Rule of Law combines Singer's typical legal flavor and adds a government and military component.  This was a "sit on the edge of your seat" read that I won't soon forget.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions shared here are my own.
Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Portrait of Vengeance

Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist and internationally known forensic artist. She teaches forensic art courses to law enforcement professionals and is the author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing. Carrie began to write fiction while battling breast cancer and was mentored by New York Times bestselling author Frank Peretti.  Now in remission, she continues to encourage other women struggling with cancer.

Connect with Carrie on her website: CarrieStuartParks.com

You can also follow her on Facebook:  CarrieStuartParksAuthor and Twitter: @CarrieParks

An unsolved case.
A tempest of memories.
The future's at stake - and time is running out...

Gwen Marcey has done a good job keeping the pain of her past boxed up. But as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details keep surfacing that are eerily similar to her childhood traumas.  She doesn't believe in coincidences.  So what's going on here?

No one knows more about the impact of the past than the Nez Perce people of Lapwai.  Gwen finds herself an unwelcome visitor to some, making her investigation even more difficult.  The questions keep piling up, but answers are slow in coming - and the clock is ticking for a missing little girl.  Meanwhile, Gwen's ex-husband is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter.

As Gwen's past and present collide, she's in a desperate race for the truth.  Because only the truth will ensure she still has a future.

My Thoughts:
Carrie Stuart Parks has knocked it out of the ballpark once again!  Her Gwen Marcey novels have everything I love in a good book/story:  genuine characters, real life situations, unique locations, and mystery/suspense.  Portrait of Vengeance is a for sure page-turner.  Gwen Marcey is such an endearing and strong woman and her sense of humor is infectious.  This particular story is personal as Gwen's past and present collide. Readers can't help but love her! She's genuine and her characteristics jump off the page and into the reader's mind and heart.  Reading this story almost felt like I was experiencing this journey with Gwen.  I was invested from page one.

You don't want to miss these novels!

*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions stated here are my own.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide for Churches and Ministries

G.R.A.C.E (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) is a nonprofit organization made up of highly trained, experienced multidisciplinary professionals who seek to educate and empower the Christian community to identify, confront, and respond to the sin of child abuse.
Find out more about GRACE at http://netgrace.org
Churches have always sought to be a safe haven for children and families, but many today are dealing with the tragic reality of child sexual abuse.
This handbook, authored and edited by a multidisciplinary team of child abuse experts, is designed for use by a group that will be formulating policies and procedures to protect children and deal with possible child abuse in their ministry, school, and/or church. Working through this book will assist churches and ministries to assess their current child abuse polices and then guide them through each step they need to take to address the safety of children under their care. It will cover vitally important topics including:
-Protecting the children in a Christian environment from child abuse
-The warning signs of child abuse
-Crafting and implement a child protection policy
-Responding to abuse allegations
-Caring for victims of child abuse
-The legal implications and requirements for churches and Christian ministries
Written by a GRACE team with multi-disciplinary knowledge, headed by Boz Tchividjian, a lawyer and former child abuse prosecutor, this handbook will be an invaluable resource to Christians who are seeking to educate themselves and others about child abuse and how to best protect the little ones under their care.
My Thoughts:,
Basyle Tchividjian and Shira M. Berkovits (authors) and New Growth Press (publishers) have compiled an invaluable resource for churches.  Tchividjian, a former child-abuse prosecutor, and Berkovits, founder and CEO of Sacred Spaces, a cross-denominational initiative to create systemic solutions to abuse in communal institutions, have teamed up to help places of worship take care of the most vulnerable among us...our little ones.
Because we understand the great responsibility of protecting our children and because of the unavoidable dangers in our world, The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide is needed, now more than ever.  This well organized and detailed guide can be used alone or in conjunction with GRACE's Child Safeguarding Certification.  This book holds everything a church staff needs to understand the need, train volunteers, and implement policies that will help a church body protect and love children.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions here are my own.
Blessings,
Jennifer


Monday, August 14, 2017

Secrets

Jonathan Daugherty is the founder of Be Broken Ministries, and founder of Gateway to Freedom workshop for men. He also hosts the weekly radio broadcast, Pure Sex Radio, and is in demand nationally as a speaker on sexual purity and men s issues. He has appeared on multiple radio and television media, both local and national. He has authored "Grace-Based Recovery," "The 4 Pillars of Purity," and other works. Jonathan lives with his wife and three children in San Antonio, Texas.
Find out more about Jonathan at http://www.jonathandaugherty.com.
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Everyone has a secret or two, a part of their life they would rather not share with the rest of the world.
But for Jonathan Daugherty, his secret was so life-altering and relationship-ending that he fought to keep it hidden at all costs. And it did cost him. His secret kept him from contentment, peace, and the possibility of being known and loved for who he truly is. That's what any secret addiction can do-but in particular a sex addiction.
After his wife finally discovered his secret, their marriage appeared to be over. In Secrets, Jonathan honestly and courageously shares his story of addiction to pornography and how he lost everything to it.
But that's not how the story ends. While Jonathan struggled, someone else was at work-his heavenly Father. At the lowest possible moment of his life, God stepped in and brought him hope and healing. This is a story of both loss and redemption that gives hope to anyone who has ever experienced the power and struggle of addiction and its life-destroying effects.
Addiction doesn't have the final say over Jonathan's life or in his marriage. The God who finds the lost, heals the sick, and brings life from death has the last, victorious word.
-A courageous, honest and open account of life as a sex addict and how sex addiction destroys marriages.
-A life-affirming and personal story of recovery and redemption that will inspire readers.
-Offers hope to all who struggle with pornography and sex addiction.
-Each chapter includes a "Living in the Light" section designed to equip and help readers find freedom from addiction.
-Suitable as a study for support groups of addicts and those who care about them.
My Thoughts:
I can't say enough how I appreciate the transparency of Jonathan Daughtery in his book Secrets.  While he doesn't share the rawest of details of his journey with pornography, he has offered readers a picture of God's work of restoration and redemption.  I especially appreciated his treatment of his wife's journey through this with him.  
Daughtery's writing style is personable and intimate and even humorous in places.  In one word, he is:  genuine.  His heart for his restoration and God's story of grace and redemption and healing shine through on every page.
Daughtery not only tells his story of hope, the book includes a wealth of practical help for those along similar journeys.  Daughtery includes resources for those who are ready to do battle with pornography.  
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.
Blessings,
Jennifer