Monday, November 20, 2017

Album Review: Kutless - Alpha/Omega

Kutless:  Alpha/Omega Album

Kutless’s newest album, Alpha/Omega is from start to finish a wonderful album!  From the moment that I started the album, I have not stopped playing it in its entirety.  The album starts with Your Great Name, which is a powerful praise song that I have begun my days to.  Each song on this album is a reminder of whom God is to us and is such a great worship album in this holiday season.

While I love each song on this album immensely, I have found myself playing Shepherd of My Soul over and over.  This particular is such a reminder that God loves us and shepherds us all the days of our lives.  I recommend that you get this album; you will love it! 


Happy Listening!

And now for a surprise!!!!

The wonderful people at FlyBy Promotions and BEC Recordings have reserved a copy of this album for one reader of my blog to receive.  Click on the Rafflecopter giveaway link below to enter for a chance to win this album:
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This giveaway will run from November 21, 2017 to November 28, 2017.


“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Book Review: The Space Between Words

The Space Between Words

Author:  Michele Phoenix
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Pages:  336
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Fiction

Michele Phoenix writes a riveting and moving story in The Space Between Words.  The book tells the story of Jessica, who is in France with her friends Vonda and Patrick.  Their time together is fun and light-hearted as good friendships can be until one day it is changed forever.

While at a concert event, Jessica and Vonda are victims of a terrorist attack at the concert venue.  This attack forever changes Jessica’s world and sends her on a healing journey that is heartbreaking and healing.  Jessica decides to stay in France after surviving the attack in order to take a trip she and Patrick had promised they had planned on.  On this trip, Patrick leads her to a sewing box and through this sewing box, Jessica is introduced to the Baillard family who were persecuted in the Protestant movement in France.  Jessica embarks on a journey to find out who the Baillard family were and what happened to them.  Along this journey, Jessica meets Mona and Grant, a brother and sister who rent to Jessica the property she stays on while on the trip and Jessica also meets little Connor, Mona’s son. 

This book was a difficult one to read.  There were several times I found myself having to pause from the emotions it emitted from me.  Michele Phoenix writes with depth and compassion.  Jessica’s journey is heart-wrenching.  Mona, Grant, and Connor are such wonderful characters; representing strength, compassion, and faith.  Each member of the Baillard family were models of strength and love in the midst of adversity and their strong faith in God resonated throughout their own journey.
Overall, this book is one that I won’t soon forget.  Michele Phoenix tells a story that impacts you to the core however resonates with hope, strength, and shows how God is faithful to us in most difficult times in our lives. 


Happy Reading!



Note:  I was provided a copy of this book by Netgalley for review.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Book Review: A Haven on Orchard Lane

A Haven on Orchard Lane

Author:  Lawana Blackwell
Publisher:  Bethany House
Pages:  407
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Fiction

A Haven on Orchard Lane is a charming story surrounding the relationship of Rosalind Kent and Charlotte Ward, daughter and mother.  Charlotte Ward is a renowned theatre actress that has been in a loveless and abusive marriage for many years.  Charlotte’s daughter, Rosalind had been sent to live with her aunt many years before when Rosalind was a child.  The years of separation embittered Rosalind towards her mother.  One day, Charlotte, whom for many years had been out of the public eye since her marriage to Lord Fosberry is presented an opportunity to escape the reclusive life she had been living and return to the theatre stage.  During Charlotte’s debut onstage, a cruel incident occurs which reunites mother and daughter. 

The journey that Rosaline and Charlotte take is filled with forgiveness, understanding, and love.  Charlotte’s faith sustains her and through this faith shines the love and concern she has not only for her daughter but others as well.  I loved Charlotte’s character from the beginning along with most of the individuals she meets in Port Stilwell.  The themes of forgiveness, love, faith, and friendship are featured in this wonderful book.  Ms. Blackwell writes greatly detailed characters that are so endearing and paints a most picturesque town.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading fiction set within small town life.

Happy Reading!




Note: I have received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Book Review: What I Gain Through His Pain

What I Gain Through His Pain

Author:  Nicole Benoit-Roy
Publisher:  Createspace Independent Publishing
Pages:  126
Audience:  Women
Genre:  Ministry

Nicole Benoit-Roy writes of her walk with God.  Mrs. Benoit-Roy is very open, writing of her childhood and her difficult relationships with her family.  Mrs. Benoit-Roy writes of her journey to her discovery of God and details the road that she walked with Him in various circumstances in her life.

Mrs. Benoit-Roy writes with honesty; her honesty about her thoughts which she acknowledges were not thoughts that the Lord would have approved at all times.  This type of transparency is indicative of a true walk with God where we are not perfect, but learning to be like Jesus.  Central topics that Mrs. Benoit-Roy writes about are forgiveness, persecution, and loss.  Mrs. Benoit-Roy’s experiences are relatable.  Her faith amidst struggles serves as a great example of how we strive each day to be more like Jesus.

Mrs. Benoit-Roy’s book is honest and depicts a woman of faith.  I recommend this book; you may get some encouragement in your own journey with God.

Happy Reading!



Note:  I received a copy of this book from the author in an exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bible Study Review: Woman 2 Woman: The Naomi and Ruth Experience


Woman 2 Woman:  The Naomi and Ruth Experience

Author:  Deborah G. Ross
Publisher:  Xulon Elite
Pages:  168
Audience:  Women
Genre:  Bible Study

I was given the opportunity by the author, Deborah G. Ross to review this Bible study and I am so happy I had the chance to do so.  This Bible study is based on the Book of Ruth in the Bible.  This Bible study centers on the relationships; the relationship between Naomi and Ruth and their relationship and faith to God.

This Bible study is so rich in taking the themes found within the Book of Ruth.  Deborah Ross and her contributors take you through a series of themes, New Beginnings, Choosing Life, The Home, and Leaning on God.  Through these series there are topics such as Forgiveness, Marriage, and Godly Character are explored using the example of these two faithful women.  The Bible study has poignant and soul-searching questions to the reader/group of the Bible study that really allow for exploration of Scripture, God’s promises, and how we can reflect on our lives within these contexts.

I can honestly say I learned so much from this Bible study.  It was well-written and paced very well.  Deborah Ross and her contributors are gifted Bible teachers and I would recommend their Bible studies.

Happy Reading!



Note:  I received a copy of this Bible study from the author in exchange for a review.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Jeremy Camp: The Answer Album Review!!

Jeremy Camp:  The Answer Album

Jeremy Camp has outdone himself on this new album!  From the moment I put this album on I was blown away!  The first song, Word of Life is an upbeat song that speaks the truth of the living Word of God.  Each song afterwards gets even better and is very uplifting!  This album brought me and my family so much joy with its positive messages of God’s love and how in each and every circumstance of our lives God is there defending us!  Jeremy Camp has a wonderfully passionate voice that reflects faith and love. 

I recommend that this album be added to your worship library!  These songs of faith and praise would be a great addition to your worship time!

Happy Listening!

And now for a surprise!!!!


The wonderful people at FlyBy Promotions and Sparrow Records have reserved a copy of this album for one reader of my blog to receive.  Click on the Rafflecopter giveaway link below to enter for a chance to win this album:
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This giveaway will run from October 9, 2017 to October 16, 2017.


“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

                             

Monday, September 25, 2017

Matthew West: All In Album Review

Matthew West:  All In

From the start of Matthew West’s album, All In, you are taken on a wonderful ride of worship songs.  The title son, All In is a wonderful resounding of our devotion to God.

Matthew West sings of a God who is merciful, and loving (a wonderful reminder to have if you ask me.)  Songs such as All In and Amen will also get you bopping around with the truth of the lyrics.  Becoming Me is a touching song featuring Matthew West’s daughter; the song is a tribute to how a parent shapes the life of their child (a song I also attributed to how God shapes us as His children).  There is also a cute short impromptu conversation at the end of the album with Mr. West and his children; it will make you smile.

Thank you Mr. West for this album!  It has been a true gift to listen to! 

I recommend this album for your worship library!  It is upbeat, beautifully written and sung.  This album embodies hope and the truth of God’s love for us.

Happy Listening!

And now for a surprise!!!!


The wonderful people at FlyBy Promotions and Sparrow Records have reserved a copy of this album for one reader of my blog to receive.  Click on the Rafflecopter giveaway link below to enter for a chance to win this album:

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This giveaway will run from September 26, 2017 to October 3, 2017.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”