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Monday, May 15, 2017

True to You AND a Giveaway!

About the author:

Becky Wade is a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She's the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

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About the book:

It's the exciting start of a brand-new series by a contemporary romance fan favorite!
After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.
Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.
The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.
My Thoughts:
Becky Wade never ceases to amaze me with her writing gift!  Wade has started her new series, A Bradford Sister's Romance, off with a bang.  As always, her characters, Nora and John especially, are complex and you are drawn into their individual stories from the start.  Wade hasn't written your typical sweet little romance.  What she has written is a multi-layered story that includes crises of faith, identity, and relationships.  Wade's writing is a delight to read.  You won't come away disappointed with the time you spend within the pages of True to You.



True to You Becky Wade
Happy Reading Ya'll,
Jennifer

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Woman's Study Bible: NKJV


The Woman's Study Bible  
poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation.
Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman's Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman's Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.
Features Include:
-Beautiful full-color design throughout
-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
-Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
-Book introductions and outlines
-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
-Quotes from godly women throughout history
-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
-Topical index
-Concordance
About the publisher:
In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God's Word.

Find out more about Thomas at https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com.

My Thoughts:



*I received a complimentary copy of The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV.  Any opinion shared here are my own.

The bible I received is the imitation leather cover pictured to the left.  The cover is very sturdy and the binding is strong.  The dual tone cover is attractive.














The floral design is found throughout this Bible as indicated here as a border around the character profile as found in 1 Samuel.  I appreciate that the profiles are not just simple profiles with basic information, but are concise snapshots with word meanings such as here in Hannah's profile.  Her son Samuel's name means "heard by God" and the original Hebrew word is given as well, "shemu'el".











Also included in The Woman's Study Bible are charts like the one from 1 Samuel pictured here.  These charts are very helpful in breaking down important information in a colorful and easy to follow format.  
















Peppered throughout this Bible are quotes from women, past and present.  They are strategically placed near the biblical text to which they pertain.









Last, but certainly not least are the study notes at the bottom of each page.  These notes are by no means an exhaustive study, but they do provide cultural background, some context and word meanings.  The font to the notes are a bit small, but are still readable.

The Woman's Study Bible also includes a helpful full concordance and the words of Christ are in red.  I found this Bible to be aesthetically appealing, but also a deeply helpful resource for any woman looking to dig deeper into a study of the Scriptures.






The NKJV Woman's Bible Study

Blessings,
Jennifer

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Smurfs: The Lost Village...In Theaters April 7


I'm really excited about the new Smurfs movie; Smurfs:  The Lost Village.  Here's a synopsis:

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette on a thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest. Along with her best friends, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty, Smurfette encounters magical creatures in hopes of finding a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. This rollercoaster journey filled with action and danger leads the Smurfs to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! 

You can visit HERE to find Fun Activities like:

  • Recipes
  • Coloring Sheets
  • How To Draw A Smurf
  • And much, much more!
There is even a faith-based discussion guide.  If you are interested, leave me a comment telling me who your favorite Smurf is along with contact information and I'll send you the discussion guide!

Happy Movie Viewing,
Jennifer

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Deep Extraction: An FBI Task Force Novel



DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author whose novels have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; wone two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, and Carol Award contests.  When she's not writing, DiAnn is busy teaching and doing reserch through the FBI Citizens Academy.  She and her husband live in Houston, Texas.

Engage with her via her website at www.diannmills.com.

You can learn more about Deep Extraction specifically HERE where you will find a complete list of all the places you can buy the book.

A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore's life.  Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.

A bombing at one of Nathan's oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle.  But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional - the victim's wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI's prime suspects.

Clearing Sally's name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers.  As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan's personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for.  And the closer they get to finding the real killer - and to each other - the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.

My Thoughts:
A book by DiAnn Mills never fails to satisfy!  Deep Extraction, the second book in Mills' FBI Task Force series, certainly didn't disappoint.  The previous book in the series was Deadly Encounter.  The suspense and twists in this book may be Mills' best story plot yet.  I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.  In between readings (I have three kids and a husband that need at least a bit of my attention!), I found myself thinking, "I wonder what is happening with Tori and Cole?" as if they were real people that I knew!  Mills has a unique gift of drawing readers in at the very beginning and taking them on one roller coaster ride that has you hanging on for dear life.  I never want one of her books to end.  The only negative thing I can say about this particular story is that Tori's spiritually journey seemed a bit rushed and stilted as if it was thrown in for good measure.  Regardless, I'm a DiAnn Mills fan and will anxiously await the next book!

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

Happy Reading Ya'll,
Jennifer

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Fragile Hope



Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope.  She's the award-winning author of 16 books and a frequent speaker for women's ministry events.  Cynthia serves as the ProfessionalRelations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. Ruchti lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.

You will be blessed to connect with her at www.CynthiaRuchti.com.
You can also connect with Cynthia on Facebook, and Twitter.




Where does a relationship expert turn when his wife leaves him and he can't explain why?

Josiah Chamberlain's life's work revolves around repairing other people's marriages.  When his own is threatened by his wife's unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she's unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog.  Josiah finds that his expertise, quick wit, and clever quips mean nothing for his relationship that is clearly broken.

Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love.  Love seems to have failed him.  Will what's left of his faith fails him too?  Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

My Thoughts:
Every once in a while there comes along an author that absolutely slays you every single time with every single book.  Cynthia Ruchti is that author for me.  Her newest book, A Fragile Hope that releases TODAY, is a story about a man who learns to truly love and encounters the "Grace Giver" in the most unlikely of places and circumstances.  Josiah's story is truly "hemmed in hope" as Cynthia's author byline states.  And, he learns that "Hope doesn't have an expiration date."
Told primarily from Josiah's perspective, A Fragile Hope grabs you from the very first page.  I was quickly invested in the characters who are complex and a storyline that is emotional, heartwrenching, but hopeful, so very hopeful.  Ruchti doesn't shy away from tackling the hard stuff of life and never fails to weave gospel grace into her stories.  I appreciate that Ruchti doesn't tidy things up but writes genuine characters on real journeys of faith learning to trust and rely on God.
So many times books like A Fragile Hope are told from the female perspective.  I appreciated that Cynthia broke away from that mold and told this story from the husband's point of view.  Readers will learn so much right along with Josiah in this story.  How do we extend grace, mercy, and forgiveness like our Savior did "on the night He was betrayed?"  Josiah walks this journey and he learned how. Read A Fragile Hope and be blessed.

*I received a complimentary Advanced Reader's Copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading Ya'll,
Jennifer

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Maybe It's You

Candice Calvert is a former ER nurse and author of the Mercy Hospital, Brace Medical and Crisis Team series.  Her medical dramas offer readers a chance to "scrub in" on the exciting world of emergency medicine.  Wife, mother, and very proud grandmother, Candace makes her home in northern California.

You can connect with Candace on her website:  www.candacecalvert.com.







Nurse Sloane Ferrell escaped her risky past - new name, zip code, jog, and a fresh start.  She's finally safe, if she avoids a paper trail and doesn't let people get too close.  Like te hospital's too-smooth marketing man with his relentless campaign to plaster one "lucky" employer's face on freeway billboards.

Micah Prescott's goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart.  The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy.  So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive Sloane Ferrell.

Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders...and exposes disturbing details of Sloane's past.

Can hope spring from crisis?

My Thoughts:
Maybe It's You is the third book in Calvert's Crisis Team series.  The first two, By Your Side and Step By Step I have not read.  This book is actually my first to read by Calvert.  While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.
Maybe It's You is an intense story with complex characters.  Calvert's writing is a mosaic of redemption, restoration, healing, grace, faith, mystery, suspense, and romance, all against the backdrop of medical drama.  What more could you ask for?
Calvert writes a deeply emotional story that held my attention and my emotions in its grip until the very last page.  Simply put, this book was a joy to read.  It made me think and it made me feel.  I won't miss another by this author!

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

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Lost & Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace

Kendra Fletcher writes on faith and education for a variety of publications, including her blog. She is also a frequent speaker at homeschooling conventions, but she spends most of her time with her very large family. The Fletchers reside in California, where they play in the Pacific Ocean as often as possible.
Find out more about Kendra at  http://www.kendrafletcher.com.
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The "right" homeschooling philosophy. The "right" brand of theology. The "right" meal-planning, home-managing, keep-it-all-together parenting.
Kendra Fletcher, homeschooling mom of eight, had it all "right," until it all fell apart. In the course of eighteen months, Kendra found her baby in a coma, ran over her five-year-old, and nearly lost her eight-year-old to a septic ruptured appendix. 
Lost and Found is the story of how God used those events to transform her family's self-righteous religion into freedom in Christ.
Fletcher's debut book is the gripping true story of how God used suffering to save her family from empty religion. As wave after wave of crisis hit, the Fletchers discovered that getting religion "right" wasn't a good substitute for a living relationship with a loving God. Through their suffering, they learned about misplaced identities and false hope, and they threw themselves wholly into the arms of Jesus-where they found the grace they needed.
Fletcher, a well-known writer and conference speaker in Christian homeschooling circles, addresses the quiet legalism that so easily infiltrates Christian communities and exposes the dangers of focusing our hopes on the "right" ways of worship, work, and family life. More than a memoir, Lost and Found invites all of us to give up the things that hold us in bondage and find our value, worth, significance, hope, and identity in Christ alone.


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My Thoughts:
Lost & Found by Kendra Fletcher may be short on pages (less than 100), but it is certainly NOT short on wisdom and grace gained through the crucible of suffering. Fletcher transparently gives readers a peek at her family's journey from a focus on religion to a heart to heart relationship with God.  It's a story of a family grasping grace and mercy and letting go of stale "rule keeping".  This book is a blend of Scripture and personal story.  And it will change the way you think about and embrace suffering and your relationship with the Creator of the Universe.

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

Blessings,
Jennifer


Monday, March 27, 2017

When Tides Turn

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of nine novels, including the Waves of Freedom series.  A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups. Her novel Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist, won the INSPY Award, and Booklist named it to the 101 Best Romance Novels of the Past 10 Years and the Top 10 Inspirational Fiction: 2015. Her novella in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist in the 2015 Carol Awards, and in 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Please visit Sarah at www.sarahsundin.com, on Facebook at SarahSundinAuthor, and on Twitter at @sarahsundin.

Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face.  Eager to do her part for the war effort, she joins the Navy's newly established WAVES program for women.  Perhaps there she can convince people that there is more o her than meets the eye.

Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills in the fight against German U-boats and hoping to make admiral.  The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess.  Convinced that romance will interfere with his goals, Dan is determined to stay the course, no matter how intriguing a distraction Tess is.

But love, like war is unpredictable.  When Dan is shipped out at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he finds himself torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help the beguiling Tess root out a possible spy on shore.  Could this fun-loving glamour girl really be the one?

My Thoughts:
Sundin has brought to a close one of the best historical romance series centered around WWII.  As in the previous two installments, When Tides Turn was full of well-researched history, delightful and lovable characters, and action.  And, in Sarah Sundin style, the right mixture of sweet romance.  The action keeps the story moving and Sundin holds readers' attention until the very last page.  Don't miss this delightful series!

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

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Her Secret

About the author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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About the book: 

A suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker

After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she's getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky...if only she wasn't too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone-even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she'll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.

For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called "The Recluse" confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he's misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God's gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there's always more to someone than meets the eye.

Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.


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My Thoughts:
Shelley Shepard Gray never fails to deliver a solid storyline while highlighting the Amish.  She has gotten her new series, The Amish of Hart County, off to a great start with Her Secret.  
With solidly crafted characters, Gray grabs readers' attention from the very beginning and keeps them invested in the story with a bit of suspense and mystery until the very last page.  Readers will feel a part of the story.  This is for sure one of those books that will keep you up all night.  You won't be able to put it down!

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


Happy Reading Ya'll,
Jennifer