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Thursday, January 12, 2017

NIV Journal the Word Bible

With all of the latest rave about Bible journaling, I jumped at the opportunity to see and evaluate one of the many options.  The NIV Journal the Word Bible has a beautiful cloth covered hard board cover. This Bible contains the 2011 NIV translation.  No concordance is included; just the text of the Bible.

There are a couple of things that keep me from really liking this as an option for Bible journaling.  The print size is really small.  And the pages are super thin.  I can't imagine that even some of the best suggested journaling pens/pencils will not bleed through.  In all transparency, I have not tried to be for sure about the bleed-through because I intend to give the copy I have away and did not want to mark it up.  There are lined margins making it useful for simple note taking and/or drawings.

*I received a complimentary copy of this resource.  All opinions are my own.


Fatal Frost

Nancy Mehl is the author of twenty-two books, including the Road To Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series, and a 2015 finalist for RT Book Reviews' Reviewers' Choice Award.  Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson.  Visit with Nancy at to learn more.

Following in her absentee father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan has just recovered from being shot in the line of duty.  And, unbeknownst to her, her father's recent reappearance in her life has put her in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang.  Her boss assigns Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent - Mercy's ex-boyfriend - to get her out of town until her safety can be guaranteed.

Unaware of the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark, it isn't until a freak ice storm strands them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office that the full severity of their situation becomes clear.  As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy to put them in a great danger.  Can they survive long enough for help to arrive - if help is even coming at all?

My Thoughts:
Fatal Frost is the first book in Nancy Mehl's Defenders of Justice series.  I have known Nancy Mehl for and read her Mennonite-themed books.  I believe this is her first contemporary Romantic Suspense novel and she has skillfully written in this genre as well.  What struck me most about this novel was the depth of the characters.  I also appreciate that Nancy wrote a strong character (Mercy) and highlighted the way many struggle with their faith.  The story moved quickly with many twists and turns.  This was one of those books very hard to put down.  Nancy has started this new series off with one solid punch!  I can't wait to see what comes next.

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

Happy Reading Ya'll,

Monday, January 9, 2017

Wild Montana Skies

Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold.  Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Reader's Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas.  She can be found online at www., on Facebook at SusanMayWarrenFiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

The last thing Search and Rescue helicopter pilot Kacey Fairing needs upon returning home to Mercy Falls, Montana, is to run into her mistakes. After a devastating crash during her recent military tour in Afghanistan, she is emotionally broken but ready to start putting her life back together.  She just wants to reconnect with her teenage daughter and spend the summer working as the new lead pilot of PEAK Rescue in Glacier National Park.
But her mistakes aren't so easily forgotten.  Because Ben King is also back in town.
Country music star Ben King abandoned his past when he moved to Nashville thirteen years ago to start his career.  He hoped to heal his broken heart, caused by losing the woman he loved.  But when his father  is injured, Ben is called home to help manage PEAK Rescue during his recovery.  He doesn't realize his father has ulterior motives until his old flame, Kacey, walks into his house and back into his heart.
Now, with Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben will have to work together to save lives.  But when secrets are uncovered and old hurts rise to the surface, will they walk away again?  Or can they find a different ending to their country love song?

My Thoughts:
Wild Montana Skies is book one in Warren's new Montana Rescue series.  I always look forward to a new series by a favorite author because I'm always anxious to see if the newest one will be as good as previous books.  Warren never fails to deliver a riveting storyline with exceptional characters and emotion that grips you from the start and holds you captive until the last page.  Wild Montana Skies did not disappoint.
I love the adventuresome nature of Warren's books.  The transformation of Ben and Kacey is really nothing short of amazing and is a great picture of the gospel and how God's grace changes us.  Warren introduces other characters that I really hope we get to learn more about in future books in this series.  I also appreciate that Warren's characters don't have it all together and she doesn't clean them up perfectly but writes in such a way that readers will find it very easy to engage with them and their stories.  Rescue Me (book two in the series) will be out this Spring.

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

Happy Reading Ya'll,

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Primary Decision

The road to power and position is fraught with perils, even for a Worthington.

But Sarah does not intend to lose.

Sarah Worthington never expected to become the US attorney general - at least not this early in her career.  Plunged into the vicious vetting process, with all sides digging for secrets in her family closet, she steels herself for the path forward.  Nothing will deter her from making her mark on the world in the biggest way possible - even if that means prosecuting the current president of the United States.

Yet powerful forces conspire behind the scenes to take the Worthington family down, and the president orders her to close the investigation.  Will she comply?  Or turn the tables to pursue her ultimate dream - the US presidency?

Meet the Authors:
Dr. Kevan Leman, the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 books, including The Birth Order Book, has made thousands of house calls for Fox & Friends, The View, Today, Morning in America, CBS's The Early Show, The 700 Club, CNN, and Good Morning America.
Jeff Nesbit, a former senior communications official at the White House and former director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies, is a strategic communications advisor and the author of 25 novels, the executive director of Climate Nexus, he also writes At the Edge, a weekly column for U.S. News & World Report.

My Thoughts:
A Primary Decision is the third and final book in The Worthington Destiny series by Leman and Nesbitt.  The first two books were A Perfect Ambition and A Powerful Secret.  Each book has focused on one of the three Worthington siblings.  A Primary Decision is Sarah's story.
While each of the books' main focus has been one of the siblings, Leman and Nesbitt have done an excellent job of showing how each sibling's place in the family has played a part in the overall dynamics of the family.  Leman and Nesbitt are powerful storytellers.  Sarah's story, in particular, was timely to read during one of the most controversial presidential elections I've ever witnessed.  It was nice to see the bits and pieces of this family's story come together in this final book.  These books would be enjoyed on a deeper level if read together as a series beginning with A Perfect Ambition.

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

Happy Reading Ya'll,

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tangled Webs

Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Buried Secrets, Thin Ice, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series.  In addition to many other honors, she is a seven-time finalist for and three-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America.  She is also a member of that organization's elite Hall of Fame.

Don't miss connecting with Irene at

(Book 3--Men of Valor)
Revell, ©2016, ISBN 978-0800724542

After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn’t on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana’s foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action—ready or not.

My Thoughts:
Irene Hannon never fails to deliver an action-packed novel with characters I love! Tangled Webs certainly does not disappoint.  We finally get Finn's (the third McGregor brother) story.  I've been wondering about him since I read the first book in the series, Buried Secrets.  Hannon writes suspense that is not quickly obvious and keeps you turning pages.  I'm sad to see the end of any Hannon series and I'll be watching for what she has coming next.

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

Happy Reading Ya'll,

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Conspiracy of Silence

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat.  She's penned over a dozen novels, including The Quiet Professionals series and the Breed Apart series.  She and her hunky hero hubby have a fun, crazy life with their children and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia.

You can connect with Ronie on all her social media sites through the links given on her website found HERE.

This is the way the world ends.

Four years after a tragic mission decimated his team, Cole "Tox" Russell has been disavowed by the United States.  And that's fine - he just wants to be left alone.  But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.

Tox and his former Special Forces team regroup to work with FBI deception expert, Kasey Cortes, and fiery archaeologist, Tzivia Khalon, to search the globe for answers - and a cure.  As the mission leads from one continent to another, it becomes clear they're not just fighting a plague but battling an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.

With time running out and the threat of a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.

My Thoughts:
Conspiracy of Silence is book one in Ronie Kendig's new The Tox Files series.  The Warrior's Seal is the prequel/novella to what promises to be an exciting series.  I first encountered Kendig's writing when I read her The Quiet Professionals series and I've been following her ever since that encounter with her writing.
In Conspiracy of Silence, Kendig offers readers a cast of characters, with Cole Tox leading the pack, and fast-paced action that at times had my mind spinning and my heart going 90 miles a minute.  This book offers a bit of everything.  Kendig's writing is unique and she sets herself apart by writing stories that include a bit of romance (not your typical fare), stealth action, complex characters and page-turning intrigue.  Kendig's research is apparent.  I was intrigued by the history surrounding The Aleppo Codex.  The storyline running alongside Tox's in Conspiracy of  Silence was especially appreciated.  The Tox Files series will appeal not only to women but to men as well.  Her storyline here is nothing close to predictable and she keeps readers engaged through to the very last page.  Don't miss this book and new series!  You can follow Kendig on Amazon's author page HERE.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinion expressed here are my own.

Happy Reading Ya'll,

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Martin Luther

Simonetta Carr has translated several books from English into Italian and has written for newspapers and magazines around the world, including the Jordan Times, Bangkok Post, Arab-American Business, and Modern Reformation. She is the author of the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series, which includes John Calvin, Augustine of Hippo, and others.

From Reformation Heritage Books, Martin Luther is the latest in Simonetta Carr's Christian Biographies for Young Readers.

Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther wrote ninety-five questions, hoping to start a discussion about sin and repentance at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In a few months those questions had stirred the nation; a few years later, the continent. Today we know that those questions changed the course of both the Western church and world history. In this volume for children, Simonetta Carr tells the compelling story of this father of the Protestant Reformation, tracing his quest for peace with God, his lifelong heroic stand for God’s truth, and his family life and numerous accomplishments. The Reformer’s greatest accomplishment, she writes, “has been his uncompromising emphasis on the free promise of the gospel.”

My Thoughts:
What a gift Carr has given parents in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers.  This series is invaluable for parents who wish to teach their children about these great men and women of God who have shaped the spread of the gospel across the years.  Her latest offering highlighting the life and ministry of Martin Luther is excellent in quality of information about this great man of God.
This beautiful hardcover book is engaging with pictures and information;  the arrangement is aesthetically inviting.  The book includes a quick reference timeline and portions of Luther's Small Catechism.  The pages have the subject titles on the edges for quick thumb reference.  This quality bound hardback book with some 63 pages would be an excellent resource to any homeschool curriculum or for homes where parents strive to educate their children in the Christian faith and those who shaped the spread of the good news.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.