Sunday, August 6, 2017

Book Review: How to Create Success

How to Create Success

Author:  Isaac John Akagu
Publisher:  Golden Age Publishers
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Non-fiction

How to Create Success by Isaac John Akagu speaks about how to achieve success.  The author breaks down how to achieve success to a few key points:  good thinking, planning, vision, patient, and flow.  The author highlights the lessons that he learned from others.  Most notably, Mr. Akagu highlights the scriptural perspective of these points, some of which I found very insightful.

Overall, this book has a great message about success.  The message is concise and it is clearly seen that Mr. Akagu has a passion for helping others and communicating God’s Word in his writing.

Happy Reading!

Note:  Author sent ebook copy of book in exchange for an honest review.



Sunday, July 30, 2017

CD Review - Nichole Nordeman: Every Mile Mattered

Nichole Nordeman
Every Mile Mattered album

              Nichole Nordeman’s newest album, Every Mile Mattered, is a musical treasure.  This album is filled with emotion and truth in each beautifully written word.  This album tells the journey through good and bad times and the ultimate truth of God’s never-ending love and ultimate truth that He is always here for us through each and every circumstance we face.  Nichole Nordeman’s voice reflects the truth contained in each and every word of her journey and how God has been with her throughout this life journey.    

              I enjoyed each and every song on this album.  I feel like my heart truly needed to hear the songs No Longer, Lean, and Sound of Surviving.  I found myself so moved/in tears by the newest version of Slow Down.  Thank you Ms. Nordeman for the blessing of this beautiful album!

              I recommend that everyone get a copy of this wonderful album!  It will be a wonderful addition to your worship song library! 

Happy Listening!

And now for a great surprise!!!!


The wonderful people at FlyBy Promotions and Capitol 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 July 31, 2017 to August 7, 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, July 23, 2017

Book Review: Redeeming Cade

Redeeming Cade

Author:  Susan Crawford
Publisher:  Serenade Books
Pages:  185
Audience:  Women
Genre:  Fiction/Christian Romance

Redeeming Cade by Susan Crawford is a beautifully told story about Cade McGuire, a man with a checkered past who turns his life around with the help of the Lord and is the assistant director of a community mission that helps people who are homeless.  Cade is very connected to the mission and the community they serve.  However, one day Cade finds out that the mission is being threatened by a politician set on closing it down in order to build a entertainment district in the community. 

The politician is Darby Phillips, a woman who has the best of intentions in her campaign to become City Council member.  From the beginning, Cade and Darby are at odds due to the closing of the mission and their relationship takes them both on a God-ordained journey neither expected.

I enjoyed reading the story of these two characters.  Susan Crawford developed relatable characters.  Cade struggles with the shame of his past and Darby is trying to figure out her purpose.  God intervened in both their lives and illustrated to them that He will guide them through their struggles.  I think that this story is a wonderful reminder of how God meets us in the middle of our struggles and through His guidance and love leads us to freedom in Him. 

Happy Reading!

Note:  I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest re

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Book Review: Are My Kids On Track?

Are My Kids On Track?
The 12 Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach

Author:  Sissy Goff, David Thomas, & Melissa Trevathan
Publisher:  Bethany House
Pages:  294
Audience:  Parents
Genre:  Christian Living/Parenting

     Are My Kids on Track? asks the question that are on many parents’ minds.  Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan, all licensed therapists, take us through three important milestones:  emotional, social, and spiritual that will help parents determine if their children are on track.  Each milestone is explained through its stumbling blocks and its building blocks.  The stumbling and building blocks are identified and explained in detail for both boys and girls.  Some of the topics within each milestone discuss emotional vocabulary, perspective, empathy, reciprocity, identity, mercy, and ownership.  The authors even include a section at the end of each chapter that gives parents pracitical ideas on how to build on the topic discussed in the chapter.

     I really think this book is a great tool for parents.  It discusses key areas in children’s 
development that are very pertinent.  I think the authors’ give wonderful examples through their work with children and families.  Scripture verses were wonderful examples of how others in the Bible struggled similarly and give hope and encouragement.

     The African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” is true and I consider the advice from these fellow villagers (Sissy Goff, David Thomas, & Melissa Trevathan) to be very helpful.

Happy Reading!



Note:  I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Book Review: The Second Half

The Second Half

Author:  Lauraine Snelling
Publisher:  FaithWords
Pages:  368
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Fiction

The Second Half by Lauraine Snelling is about Ken and Mona Sorenson and their family.  Ken Sorenson is about to retire from his job at Stone University and spend his free time fishing and traveling with his wife, Mona.  Mona has her own business and works from home.  She has suffered from depression for many years and is in constant fear it will come back and take over her life as it had before.

Ken and Mona have faced many challenges together with the strength of their faith.  Another struggle looms on the horizon with the military deportation of their son, Steig, who is the full-time caregiver of two children, Mellie and Jake.  Ken and Mona are faced with raising their two grandchildren while their son serves his country.  With the help of their daughter, Marit, the family faces the challenges ahead with strength and a strong faith.

I truly love this story.  These characters are so real and the struggles that deal with are written with such realism.  I liked the fact that Ms. Snelling addressed the topic of depression in Mona.  Mona’s fear that the depression could debilitate her is such a realistic portrayal on how depression effects individual lives; I thought Mona was a wonderful example of this particular struggle and how it can affect a family.  Each of these characters will touch your heart as they navigate their own feelings and doubts.  This story reflects how putting faith in the Lord can give you strength and that He is with us in all of our circumstances.

Happy Reading! 


Note:   I have received a copy of this book from Hatchette Books in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Book Review: You Are Free

You Are Free
Be Who You Already Are

Author:  Rebekah Lyons
Publisher:  Zondervan
Pages:  240
Audience:  Women
Genre:  Christian Living

You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons is about living our lives free in Christ.  Rebekah Lyons discusses her own personal experiences of her struggles with anxiety, and panic attacks that lead her to seek freedom through God.  Rebekah writes about her surrender and reliance on God through her journey to getting healed as well.  She talks about the realizations of thirsting for God in those moments to the ultimate realization that God is her home.

This book addresses so many important topics in the ways we were meant to be free such as to be called, rescued, to wait, rest, to love, and a few others.  Rebekah Lyons writes from a very relatable voice with feelings that mirror our own.  She writes so honestly that you can see her journey to freedom unfold before your eyes.

I recommend this book to anyone struggling on their own journey to freedom.  Rebekah Lyons own journey will inspire and give you fortitude on your own journey.


Happy Reading!  

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Album Review: Mandisa Out of the Dark Deluxe Edition

Mandisa
Out of the Dark, Deluxe Edition Album

Mandisa’s new album, Out of the Dark, is uplifting and inspirational!  Every song on this album has a powerful message and will touch your heart.  Mandisa’s lyrics and beautiful voice speaks the pain and depression she was experiencing during a difficult time in her life.  The words in these lyrics also speak hope and of the love of Jesus.  Mandisa’s voice is full of passion, faith, and honesty.

I loved every single one of these songs on this album!  The song, The One He Speaks Through is one of my most favorite songs on this album for its uplifting message and truth of how we can bring God’s love to one another through our words and actions.  Mandisa is one such person, who has been used by God to speak of His love, strength, and truth through her powerful songs. 

I recommend that you make this album a part of your worship library. Mandisa’s new album will definitely strengthen your walk with God.      


The wonderful people at FlyBy Promotions 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 May 22, 2017 through May 29, 2017.

Happy Listening!  

“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, May 14, 2017

Book Review: Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick Up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny

Unashamed:  Drop the Baggage, Pick Up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny

Author:  Christine Caine
Publisher:  Zondervan
Pages:  224
Audience:  Women
Genre:  Christian Life/Spiritual Growth

Shame.  It is a powerful and all-encompassing feeling that can hold us captive and impact our lives so completely and negatively.  Shame is the topic of Christine Caine’s newest book.

Christine Caine discusses very candidly about her experiences with shame and how it affected her life.  She also discusses how her decision to follow God changed these shame messages.  Christine Caine details how God delivered her from the feeling of shame and gave her a new, God-given vision for her life.  Mrs. Caine details how we can overcome these shameful messages in our lives, by depicting the ways in which God worked in her.

Christine Caine writes about how shame keeps us from trusting God and others, and she reveals the truth, God did not create us to live a life of slavery.  God is light, let Him in because He will love you and chase that darkness of shame away.

The message in this book will positively impact your life.  Christine Caine is real and relatable.  This book made a wonderfully positive impact on my life and I feel it would make one for everyone who reads it.


Happy Reading!    

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Book Review: Attend: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God

Attend:  Forty Soul Stretches Toward God

Author:  Laura Davis Werezak
Publisher:  Faith Words
Pages:  160
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Christian Living

Attend:  Forty Soul Stretches Toward God is a book illustrating ways in which we can attend to God in our everyday lives.  Laura Davis Werezak features practical ways in which we can center our very hectic lives to embrace moments with God.  The examples that Laura features range from everyday tasks to those tasks that can take a little more effort and time.  For each task, Laura writes about how the task will reward you and bring you closer to God.  I tried some of these tasks and they really helped me focus on making those moments sharing and experiencing God.  Regardless of the task you choose, you will definitely experience moments with God.

Laura writes with ease and in language that makes you feel like she’s a friend.  I recommend this book to everyone who is looking for new ways to connect to God.

Happy Reading!



Note:   I have received a copy of this book from Hatchette Books in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Book Review: The Broken Way

The Broken Way:  a daring path into the abundant life

Author:  Ann Voskamp
Publisher:  Zondervan
Pages:  224
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Spiritual Growth

Ann Voskamp’s book, The Broken Way, asks a pivotal question:  “How do we live with our one broken heart?”  Have you ever asked yourself that very same question?  I know I have.  Ann has so much to say in response to this valid question.

Ann points out that Jesus was willing to be broken for us.  She also states that Jesus is enough and once we embrace this fact, we will embrace out brokenness.  Ann also states that our brokenness serves a purpose in serving others; when we are broken we can open ourselves up to others who are also broken, which gives way to trusting others and consequentially each other with our brokenness. 

I recommend this book to everyone.  Ann Voskamp delivers so much in this book.  This message is powerful and one that will bring light into your broken places.  Ann’s words are down to earth and spoken from the heart.


Happy Reading!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Book Review: Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas

Author:  Debbie Macomber
Publisher:  Random House
Pages:  280
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Fiction

Julia Padden is a likable and bubbly character who is an aspiring writer.  Cain Maddox is a surly, unkind individual who one day steals Julia’s newspaper, which causes a slew of change in his life.  The change:  Julia has an idea to kill her neighbor, Cain Maddox, with kindness in the 12 days leading up to Christmas.  Julia sets up a blog and proceeds to write about her new experiment.  Unbeknownst to Julia, this experiment will have long-lasting effects on her life as well.

I found this book very entertaining.  The characters are well described and can be quite lovable.  I really didn’t like Cain much in the beginning but you get to understand where he’s coming from as the book progresses. 

Debbie Macomber is a wonderful writer with characters that jump off the page.  I would recommend this book as a fun and entertaining read!

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Laura Story: Open Hands Album Review

Laura Story
Open Hands Album

Laura Story has done it again; she has released a wonderful album!

Laura Story’s album Open Hands is a worship album filled with beautiful music and lyrics.  The songs on this album are so worshipful, giving worship to the Lord, giving comfort when we are hurting, and are reminders that God is with us always.  Laura’s voice is beautiful and the lyrics are so heartfelt and meaningful.

I absolutely love this album and cannot stop playing it!  The song Open Hands is a powerful song about giving all we have to God.  The song You Came Running is a great reminder that when we fell at our lowest, God will see us through. 

I definitely recommend this album to anyone’s worship music library.  You will love it!

And now for a surprise!! 

The wonderful people at FlyBy Promotions 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 March 17, 2017 to March 24, 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, March 5, 2017

Book Review: A Baxter Family Christmas

A Baxter Family Christmas

Author:  Karen Kingsbury
Publisher:  Howard Books
Pages:  272
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Fiction

This is the first Karen Kingsbury book I have read and in my opinion Ms. Kingsbury is a wonderful storyteller!

Karen Kingsbury’s latest book is a continuation of the Baxter family story.  The Baxter family suffered a terrible loss of Erin Baxter Hogan, her husband, and three of their four children in a car accident two years ago.  Two years later, John Baxter, the patriarch of the family reaches out to the woman who received his daughter’s heart, Kendra Bryant, and invites her to Christmas dinner with his family.  John’s invite is met with mixed emotions within the Baxter family.  This invite causes division and conflicted feelings, with some of the family against meeting Kendra Bryant.  In another storyline, Maddie Baxter West, has a special prayer request and meaning this Christmas.

These characters are very relatable and their stories will touch your heart.  Karen Kingsbury brings their story to life so vividly.  This story tells of loss, love, and forgiveness.  I was sad that I reached the end of the book because I wanted to spend more time with this family.  I hope that Ms. Kingsbury writes more about this family in the future.

Happy Reading!



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Book Review: When We Last Spoke

When We Last Spoke

Author:  Marci Henna
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages:  242
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Fiction

Take a trip to Fireside, Texas and you will want to stay there for more than ‘just a spell.’  The author, Marci Henna, tells the story of Juliet and Evangeline Cranbourne, two children being raised by their grandparents Walt and Ruby Cranbourne.  Walt and Ruby raise the girls with love and teach the girls the true meaning of family.  Throughout the trials they face in childhood, Juliet and Evangeline learn about family, strength, friendships, about forgiveness and healing.

Set in the late 1960’s, Marci Henna paints a picture of a small southern town equipped with a unique cast of characters.  Each character is well-developed and you won’t be able not to find each character endearing.  Personally, I fell in love with Fireside, Texas and its cast of characters.  I do hope in the future, Ms. Henna will deliver us more adventures of these characters.

I encourage you to pick up this book and take a trip to Fireside, Texas, where you will laugh, cry, and be entertained. 

And now there are a couple of giveaways happening this month for When We Last Spoke!  From February 20 – 24th, 2017, Marci Henna will be doing a giveaway on Amazon for a Kindle version of When We Last Spoke!

Also, the wonderful people at FlyBy Promotions have reserved a copy of this book and introduction DVD for the film currently in development for one reader of my blog to receive!  Click on the Rafflecopter giveaway link below to enter for a chance to win this book

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This giveaway will run from February 13, 2017 to February 20, 2017.


Happy Reading!

“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, February 5, 2017

Joyful: A Truthful Guide to Finding Peace and Living a Fulfilling Life

Joyful:  A Truthful Guide to Finding Peace and Living a Fulfilling Life

Author:  Toks Adebiyi
Publisher:  Toks Adebiyi
Pages:  120
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Inspirational

Joyful:  A Truthful Guide to Finding Peace and Living a Fulfilling Life is in fact told in sincerity and truth.  Toks Adebiyi, the author, writes of his experiences growing up and his observances around him.  He is also very candid about his evolution from a young man wanting to be successful to the journey he is on today, and all of the lessons he learned along the way.  

Mr. Adebiyi’s realization of not feeling fulfilled and his determination to not only discover his fulfillment but also his quest to aid others in discovering their own fulfilling callings.
I truly enjoyed Mr. Adebiyi’s story because it was so honest and sincere.  We all have found ourselves at a crossroads and need to journey forth in discovering what God has for us.

This book is an enjoyable book of one individual’s inspirational and faithful journey.  If you’re in need of some inspiration give this book a read.



Happy Reading!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Intercessory Prayer

Intercessory Prayer
How God Can Use Your Prayers To Move Heaven and Earth

Author:  Dutch Sheets
Publisher:  Bethany House
Pages:  316
Audience:  Adults
Genre:  Prayer

Dutch Sheets has written a book that introduces and explains what intercessory prayer does and the role we play in prayer.  While this book may look intimidating, trust me, it is not.  Mr. Sheets writes with clarity and humor; he writes as if he is having a conversation with you.

Mr. Sheets explains the meaning and power of prayer.  He also is very honest about prayer and that when we pray the answer may not always be answered in the way that we want.  He also addresses the fact that the answer may not be immediate.  I really appreciated these statements because it signified the realness of his writing and true purpose of him imparting these truths of prayer and its meaning to the reader.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about prayer.  This book is filled with a lot of in-depth information and will deepen and enrich your prayer life.

Happy Reading!




Note:  I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.