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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Deadly Proof

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. In addition, Rachel writes the Danger in the Deep South including "Lethal Action" and "Devoted Defender," which appeals to fans of edge of your seat romantic suspense. Rachel also writes the Windy Ridge series including "Trial & Tribulations" and "Fatal Accusation." These legal thrillers with elements of spiritual warfare are great for fans who enjoy books by Peretti or Dekker. "Trial & Tribulations" was a Selah finalist in 2016. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids-two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers.
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Riveting new series offers legal suspense with a romantic twist
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything-even murder-to keep the case from going to trial.
To see what others are saying about the book, visit HERE.
My Thought:
Rachel Dylan was a new author to me.  I enjoyed the first book in Dylan's Atlanta Justice series, Deadly Proof.  She drops readers into the middle of a fast-paced suspenseful story on the first page and keeps their attention with well-developed characters and twists and turns that kept me turning the pages.  I couldn't figure this one out and read may scenes literally on the edge of my seat. This is not a book to start before bedtime unless the reader plans to read the night away!  This series will have a place on my keeper shelf for sure.
*I was given a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions here are my own.
Happy Reading,

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Imperfect Justice

Cara Putman is the author of more than 25 legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing's BEST Award. Cara graduated high school at 16, college at 20, completed her law degree at 27, and recently received her MBA. She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana.

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The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can't be talking about her client . . . can they?
To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie's belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister-right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene's letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene's surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl and find a future for themselves in the process?
My Thoughts:
Imperfect Justice is the second book in Putman's Hidden Justice series.  The first was Beyond Justice.  I appreciate the spotlight Putman put on domestic violence in this story.  While parts of the book lagged a little bit for me and the male protagonist (Reid) was a little bland, Putman gave readers insight into what it is really like to work with women who find themselves in sometimes impossible and very scary situations.  The story contained some twists and turns I didn't see coming.  Putman's insight into the courtroom and legal proceedings were well portrayed.  The third book, Delayed Justice, will be out September 2018.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions here are my own.
Happy Reading,

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dangerous Illusions

Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Buried Secrets, Thin Ice, and Tangled Webs, as well as 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 RWA's elite Hall of Fame and has received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews.

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, and ailing mother, and a healing heart.  When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death - and puts Trish under police scrutiny - her world is once again thrown into turmoil.
Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation.  Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake, or is there more to the case than meets the eye?  As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge - and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just's deadly.

My Thoughts:
Irene Hannon keeps upping her game with each book she writes.  I think Dangerous Illusions, book one in her new Code of Honor series, may just be her best to date.  I enjoyed the surprise of characters from a previous series making appearances in this story.  The twists and turns of this story blindsided me and had me sitting on the literal edge of my seat through much of the book.  Full of tension, danger, and sweet romance between Colin and Trish, Dangerous Illusions will keep you up all night because once you start this one, you won't be able to stop!  

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

Happy Reading Ya'll,

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

Bethany Turner is the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado.  A former VP/operations manager of a commercial bank and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned thirty-five), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn't matter what anyone else has to say.  Because of that, she's chosen to follow his call to write.  She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.  For more, visit
Becoming a Christian is the best - and worst - thing that has ever happened to Sarah Hollenbeck.
Up to now, Sarah Hollenbeck made her very comfortable living as a well-known, bestselling author of steamy romance novels that would leave the members of her new church blushing.  Now she's trying to reconcile her past with the future she's chosen.  She's still under contract with her publisher and on the hook with her enormous fan base for the kind of book she's not sure she can write anymore.  She's discovering that the church might frown on her tithing on royalties from a "scandalous" book.  And the fact that she's falling in love with her pastor...well, let's just say that doesn't make things any easier.

My Thoughts:
Wow...just wow!  That is my initial thought and review of this debut novel by Bethany Turner.  Turner writes with a refreshing genuineness of storyline and characters.  She immediately draws you in with relatable characters and soon readers will find themselves turning pages...laughing on one and crying on the next.  The journey of Sarah Hollenbeck is one that readers will be able to find themselves in at one point or another along the way.  Turner is most definitely an author to follow.

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

Happy Reading Ya'll,

Monday, December 4, 2017

She Reads Truth Bible and Giveaway

The She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring devotionals by the She Reads Truth team, and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of "Women in the Word of God every day." The She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization.   

Features include: almost 200 devotionals, 66 artist-designed key verses, 35 full-color timelines, 20 full-color maps, 11 full-color charts, reading plans for every book of the Bible, one-year Bible reading plan, detailed book introductions, key verse list, carefully curated topical index, smyth-sewn binding, two colored ribbon markers, and wide margins for journaling and note-taking. 

My Thoughts/Experience:
The She Reads Truth Bible offers a beautiful and transforming way to engage with God's Word.  
This Bible not only provides a physically pleasing copy of God's Word but offers the Christian Standard Bible translation.


The color coding this Bible offers makes it easy for users to read each book with its proper genre in mind and provides proper context offering not only beauty but a guide to rightly dividing the Word of Truth.


There are several things I especially appreciate about the way this Bible is constructed.  The reading plans are presented in two ways.  There are reading plans included within each book with additional scriptures for "going deeper".

The Robert Murray M'Cheyne One Year Bible reading plan is also included as an option.  The devotions are sound theologically.  This Bible is a tremendously well thought out resource for women who want to study hard and draw nearer to the Lover of their souls.

I guess my only real complaint is that the pages are really thin and I haven't discovered a good option for making notations that won't bleed through the tissue-thin pages.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this Bible.  All opinions are my own.

You can purchase your copy HERE.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

The Gift of Christmas Past

Cindy Woodsmall is the "New York Times" and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction. She's been featured in national media outlets such as ABC's "Nightline" and the "Wall Street Journal." Cindy has won numerous awards and has been finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in Flowery Branch, GA. 
Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. She is very excited about their first coauthored book. 
Find out more about Cindy and Erin at

Arson wasn't the only fire that ignited between them.
Promises shattered.
Lies spoken.
She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.
Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.
Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.
Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?
My Thoughts:
The Gift of Christmas Past was a sweet and enjoyable read from mother/daughter team, Cindy and Erin Woodsmall.  While I enjoyed this quick and easy read, the story didn't flow smoothly and I felt I was missing details along the way.  I would have appreciated more depth in the characters as well.  But with that said, the story gives you a glimpse into the journey of young sweethearts and the power of forgiveness.  The ending is really inspiring as well.
*I was given a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Transforming Grace

Jerry Bridges was a well-known Christian writer and speaker.  His numerous books have sold over 3.5 million copies.  He served on the staff of The Navigators for more than sixty years before his death in 2016.  Jerry leaves behind his wife, Jane; two children; and seven grandchildren.
Living Confidently In God's Unfailing Love
Grace is amazing because it is God's provision for when we fall short of His standards.  Unfortunately, too many of us embrace grace for our salvation but then leave it behind in our everyday lives.  We base our relationship with God on our performance rather than on His love for us, even when we intuitively know that our performance cannot earn us the love we so desperately crave.
Isn't it time to stop trying to measure up and begin accepting the transforming power of God's grace?  The product of more than ten years of Bible Study, Navigator author Jerry Bridges's Transforming Grace is a fountainhead of inspiration and renewal that will show you just how inexhaustible and generous God's grace really is.

My Thoughts:
I have read many of Jerry Bridges's books and have been both blessed and challenged by each one.  Transforming Grace is one of his classics that has a prominent place on my "keeper shelf".  You don't read one of his books and simply place it back on the shelf to collect dust.  Bridges's books are revisited many times.
This edition of Transforming Grace has been redesigned and now includes a discussion guide perfect for use with small groups, discipleship, or simply for personal study.  Jerry's writing is warm and encouraging but in no way shortchanges the powerful transformation the gospel of Jesus brings to a life surrendered to him.  In Transforming Grace particularly, Bridges's does not teach a license to do what you want but how to lean into the love of a good, good Father who lavishes His children with grace and how our grateful response is faith and obedience.  Bridges insightfully explains to readers how important that we not limit God's grace to a one-time salvation event but how as believers we preach the gospel of grace to ourselves daily.

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


Monday, November 20, 2017

The Gift

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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A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series
The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants them gone.
Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.
Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna's father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.
My Thoughts:
Shelley Shepard Gray never fails to give readers a delightful read.  This story has a good blend of sweet friendship turned romance and mystery/suspense.  She supplies a cast of characters that readers from all walks of life can identify with despite not being Amish.  And while I have shied away from reading Amish stories for some time now, Gray has drawn me back in.
You will enjoy The Amish of Hart County series.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Live SoulFull: A Music-Driven Study of How God Fulfills Your Deepest Needs/Giveaway

Scott Tabot is a Bible teacher who is passionate about seeing people transformed by the love and magnificence of God.  He has brought his conversational teaching style to chapel services, Bible classes, college groups, and missions work for over 15 years.  Scott holds an MA in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Ginger Tabot is a singer/songwriter and worship leader who writes and records music for local ministries and churches.  Her genuine love for Jesus encourages people to encounter God in Spirit and Truth.  

Scott and Ginger have been married for 18 years and live in Chandler, AZ with their three children.

Live SoulFULL is a music-driven, gospel-centered, interactive Bible study that’s all about how God fulfills your deepest needs. It’s a fun, yet challenging way to help you build a strong, confident faith in knowing God as the Giver and Filler of life.

Each song and corresponding chapter work together to walk you through the Bible’s answers to some of life’s biggest questions.

Recorded by award-winning Nashville musicians, the music ranges from up-tempo, roll-the-window-down grooves to passionate, heart-stirring ballads. As you listen, read, and learn, you will discover the fulfillment and joy that Jesus offers in the midst of everyday life.

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My Thoughts:
Live SoulFULL is much more than a book with some music to accompany it.  Live SoulFULL is an experience richly saturated in Scripture.  The Tabots have created a gospel-centered study that draws readers in through talentedly crafted music and engaging Bible Study and points unapologetically to Jesus as The One Who satisfies completely...Him plus nothing else.  The book offers 11 chapters or mini-Bible studies if you will and incorporates 13 songs.  Each study engages the student with God's Word and then challenges each to share...reach out to others with the good news of the gospel.  The book comes with a cd and digital download of the album.

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



Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts for Any Season

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is passionate about embracing life - both through deep soul care from drawing closer to God, as well as living courageously in order to touch a needy world. A storyteller who engages both heart and mind, she offers "Encouraging Words" to all on the journey. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, Cindy is the author of 13 books, including "Ordinary Graces," "Dwelling Places," "Live These Words," "Refresh!," "Quilts from Heaven" and "Role of a Lifetime." Whether co-directing the "reNEW - retreat for New England Writing," mentoring young moms, or leading a restorative day of prayer, she is energized by investing in people of all ages.
Find out more about Lucinda at

Everyone loves to receive a gift.
And God has given us many, such as his grace-the gift we don't deserve and can never earn. Promises from the One who declares we are already loved, already accepted, already created in his image. The question becomes, will we truly receive that gift? Will the reality of it actually change the way we think and notice and reach out?
God's Word will stand forever, in any season of life. These truths prompt us to respond with compassion and courage.
Through inspiring devotions, Lucinda Secrest McDowell reveals biblical blessings that remind us that: God's promises give us strength, God's grace can be most evident at our weakest points, a proper response to our abundance of blessings is simply gratitude, and the "more" we are all looking for is the same abundant life that Jesus came to give us.
Would you like to receive these gifts of ordinary grace? Join Lucinda in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short benedictions for any and every season to explore the many facets of Grace, Strength, Gratitude, and Life.
My Thoughts:
Ordinary Graces by Lucinda Secrest McDowell is no "ordinary" devotional book.  Rather than just a few emotional stories that pull at our heartstrings and offer an unrealistic stretch to make a spiritual point, McDowell, on a daily two-page layout, offers hearty biblical nourishment for the soul.  The book is divided into four sections covering grace, strength, gratitude, and life with 30 daily devotions in each section.  At just short of 250 pages and small in size, Ordinary Graces offers readers 120 days of biblical encouragement that will pay dividends over the course of time.  This book will be a staple in my time alone with God.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Ordinary Graces Lucinda Secrest McDowell


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Murder in Disguise

With a PhD in English literature (Renaissance), Donn Taylor taught literature for 18 years at two liberal arts colleges. Now retired, he has published suspense novels, mysteries, and poetry. His historical novel Lightning on a Quiet Night was a finalist for the 2015 Selah Awards. He is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences. In a prior incarnation, he led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. He now lives in the woods near Houston, TX, where he writes fiction, poetry, and essays on current topics.
Find out more about Donn at

Official verdict: Suicide.
But why would that vigorous department chairman kill himself? To avoid disgrace? Those rumored ventures on the dark side? Some other secret life? Visiting professor Preston Barclay wonders. But his questions bring no answers, only anonymous threats. He has enough problems already, proving himself on a strange campus while radical faculty do all they can to undermine him. Worse yet, that sexy siren assigned as his assistant complicates his courtship of the beautiful Mara Thorn.
While Press keeps asking questions, Mara's research reveals a cancer of criminal activity that permeates the community and even the campus itself. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend's name.
But can Press and Mara's stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts their lives in danger...?
My Thoughts:
I really wanted to love this book, but I just did not.  I found Murder in Disguise hard to get into and it really didn't hold my attention.  With that said, I did enjoy the read primarily due to the author's sense of humor and the music playing in his head.  Taylor imposes the humor at appropriate places in the story and because of that I kept reading.  While not my favorite, I would read a book by Taylor again.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions stated are my own.
Happy Reading,

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses & Medications

Michael R. Emlet, MDiv, MD, practiced as a family physician for over ten years before becoming a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He is the author of the book "CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet," the minibooks "Asperger Syndrome;" "Chronic Pain;" "Angry Children: Understanding and Helping Your Child Regain Control;" and "Help for the Caregiver: Facing the Challenges with Understanding and Strength," and many counseling articles.
Find out more about Michael at

OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . these are no longer just technical terms and medical diagnoses, they are part of our common vocabulary and culture.
As Christians, we shouldn't isolate ourselves from this discussion or dismiss these important issues. But we also should be careful not to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise without question. What we need is a balanced, biblically (and scientifically) informed approach that neither blindly accepts nor harshly dismisses psychiatric labels, diagnoses, and medicines that are prescribed to help those who are suffering.
As both a Biblical counselor and medical doctor, Michael R. Emlet, MD, gives readers a Christ-centered approach to psychiatry and guides both lay and professional helpers through the thicket of mental health labels and treatments with a biblical lens. In a clear and thoughtful way that puts the person experiencing mental health issues at the forefront, Emlet uses Scripture to show how the Bible engages in the discussion of psychiatric labels and the medications that are often recommended based on those labels. The first book in the "Helping the Helper" series, Descriptions and Prescriptions will give readers a biblical, gospel-formed perspective to help them understand and minister to those struggling with mental health issues.
You can visit HERE to see what others are saying about the book.
My Thoughts:
Before coming home to raise my children, I worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker.  I was extremely interested in reading this first installment in the Helping The Helper Series.  Descriptions and Prescriptions is a mere 98 pages in length; however, this resource geared toward pastors and lay leaders in the church is informative on both a technical and practical level.  Dr. Emlet provides the "science" perspective as well as a call for compassion and understanding for those who suffer among us with mental health issues.
I found the chapter, "Implications for Ministry" particularly helpful.  As a minister's wife and one who on occasion provides leadership in both children's and women's ministry, I was challenged and encouraged through the thoughts shared by Dr. Emlet in this portion of the book.
"We want to understand people so well and do such a careful job of re-interpreting their struggles through a biblical lens that a diagnostic label serves only as shorthand for their experience rather than the sum total of their experience.  We want to be watchful that the presence of a diagnosis doesn't give us tunnel vision that blinds us to other important aspects of the person's experience."
Short, but packed with a mountainous amount of information, Descriptions and Prescriptions is an invaluable resource that should be utilized as we reach out to love others as Jesus did.

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