Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Study Bible for Women (HCSB)

 Are you looking for a new Study Bible?  Holman Bible Publishers has come out with a new Study Bible (Holman Christian Standard Bible) that is just for Women.  This Bible comes in imitation leather, bound leather or hardcover.  The Editors--General Editor: Dorothy Kelley and Managing Editor: Rhonda Harrington Kelley both have husbands who are presidents of Theological Seminaries.  They along with the Holman Bible Staff have worked together to bring you a quality product that will enhance your Bible study as you learn more about your God.

I thought this Bible was just beautiful.  I received the imitation leather Bible in light blue and maroon.   I loved all the extras included in the books of the Bible such as: timelines, character profiles on women, maps, pictures, word studies, etc.  The inside is just as beautiful as the outside with color and graphics that have been added.  The front of the Bible has a family tree, and family milestones that you can record.  The back of the Bible has additional notes, a guide of how to use the Bible, an index of the extra boxes that were included in the books of the Bible, Concordance and Maps.  This Bible would make such a great gift.  I would highly recommend it!

***I received this Bible free from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Take This Cup (Bk. 2 in Jerusalem Chronicles series) by Bodie and Brock Thoene

The Thoene's have come out with the next book in their newest series Jerusalem Chronicles.  Take This Cup has a unique perspective on what is going on behind the scenes while Jesus is in Jerusalem. 

From the Back of the Book:
Woven into the fabric of prophecy, a young boy named Nehemiah must choose to embrace his destiny as cupbearer to the King of Kings.
When Nehemiah, the child of Jewish exiles, begins hearing whispers and experiencing portentous visions, it quickly becomes clear to his father and his rabbi that the young cupbearer is meant for a higher purpose...but what?  Certain that the Messiah is alive at that very moment, the family waits for the boy's destiny to be revealed.
From the ancient site of the Garden of Eden, Nehemiah undertakes a perilous journey.  The caravan route is full of danger, hardship and mystery--all of it linked to what Nehemiah has in his keeping.
In due time, his path becomes clear.  It leads to Jerusalem, to a wealthy pharisee named Joseph of Arimathea...and to Jesus of Nazareth.
In Take This Cup, the second installment of the Jerusalem Chronicles, Bodie and Brock Thoene envision more of Scripture's most enigmatic moments and expand their award-winning canon of historical fiction with unprecedented power and depth.

My Review:
When a young boy named Nehemiah is called upon for an important task, he wonders if he is really up to completing what has been asked of him.   Nehemiah is just a shepherd boy who wants to be old enough to help with the sheep, but God has bigger plans for him.

Just like in all fiction, the authors have tried to open your mind up to all the possibilities of everything that could have happened behind the scenes during all of the events taking place in Jerusalem before Christ's death.  I have enjoyed reading about all of the cultural things that were common place to the people of that time.  And it has been interesting to read about the shepherds and their perspective of the events.   The story draws you in and helps you to identify with the characters.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this series thus far and I'm looking forward to reading more. You can read my review of Jesus Wept, the first book in the series by clicking here.

***I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers (the new name for BookSneeze) in exchange for an honest review.  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Last Bride by Beverly Lewis (Home to Hickory Hollow book #5)

Beverly Lewis' fifth and final book in the Hickory Hollow series has finally released. Read below to find out about the book (including a book trailer to watch) and my review.

From the back of the book:

Of her Old Order parents' five daughters, Tessie Miller is the last to marry. She has her heart set on Amishman Marcus King, but Tessie's father opposes the match.

Impetuously, Tessie and Marcus elope to the English world, then return to Hickory Hollow to live as singles, trusting they'll convince the Millers to give their love a chance over time. But when the unthinkable happens, Tessie faces the almost-certain censure of the People. Will she find a reason for hope in spite of her desperate plight?

Below is the book trailer for The Last Bride.

My Review:
I thought the story line was well written.  It explored the issue of waiting and trusting that the Lord can change hearts verses running ahead with you're own plans.   Tessie wants to follow her heart, but she also desires to please the Lord and her parents.  The conflict that can come when we charge ahead of what the Lord has for us can bring much heartache as seen in the lives of Tessie and Marcus. 
I think that this book was another great addition to the series.  If you love the Amish fiction genre, then make sure to pick up this set by Beverly Lewis.

You can read about all the books from the Hickory Hollow series on Beverly Lewis' website by clicking here.  You can also read my other reviews of the first two books in the series: The Fiddler (book 1) and The Bridesmaid (book 2).

**I received this free book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DANCING WITH FIREFLIES || RSVP for April 10th Facebook Party and enter to win a Kindle HDX from @DeniseAHunter!

The latest book in the Chapel Springs Romance series by Denise Hunter is now out.  Litfuse Publicity Group is hosting a Facebook Party on April 10th where you can win prizes including a Kindle HDX!  You can read about the book below, my review, about the author and find out how to enter the contest.  
From the Back Cover:

Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years of protecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to dance again.

Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she'd never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.

The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He's loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she's back, his feelings are stronger than ever.

As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she's hiding secrets from her family, and she's strangely attracted to the man who's always called her "squirt." Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined. 

You can purchase a copy by clicking here.

My Review:
This story opens up with a prologue that will make you wonder where this story is going.  It was definitely a shocking beginning, but ends up being an important part to the rest of the story.  Jade has a lot to overcome, and is struggling to understand how she can bear all that has been dealt to her. She is someone who is at the end of her rope and must learn to accept that God really does love her.  Denise has done a good job with bringing "real life" subjects into the lives of her characters that will touch the hearts of her readers.  Her story will pull you in and keep you reading until the very end.
One thing that I was not too fond of was one of the love scenes that was written.  While the characters eventually showed self-control, I think it went a little too far for a Christian novel.  Overall, I think the book was a good read.  I enjoyed reading Jade's story and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series called The Wishing Season coming out in winter 2014.

You can read more reviews about this book through the blog tour by clicking here.  You can also read my review of the first book in this series called Barefoot Summer by clicking here.

***I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Author: 
Denise Hunter is an internationally published best-selling author. Her books have won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and was a RITA finalist. In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all of her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps, too. When Denise isn't writing, she's busy raising three heroes-in-the-making with her husband.

Learn more about Denise at: http://www.denisehunterbooks.com
Giveaway and Facebook Party Info.:
Don't miss Denise Hunter's latest Chapel Springs Romance, Dancing with Fireflies. Reviewers have already labeled Dancing with Fireflies "swoon-worthy" and "the perfect love story." 

Join Denise in celebrating the release of her new book by entering her Kindle HDX giveaway and RSVPing for her April 10th Facebook party.

One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • Dancing with Fireflies and Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 10th. Winner will be announced at the Dancing with Fireflies Facebook Party on April 10th. Connect with Denise for an evening of prizes, book chat, and an exclusive look at the next book in the series.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN on the event page. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 10th!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig (Edge of Freedom series book #3)

Elizabeth Ludwig's final book in the Edge of Freedom series is out!  Tide and Tempest was definitely worth waiting for and very enjoyable.

From the Back of the Book:

Two years ago, her fiance perished
during their voyage to America.

Now she discovers it may have been murder...
Dreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiance by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she's left alone with only a handful of tattered memories. While forging on proves difficult, Tillie soon finds some new friends at her New York boardinghouse, and begins pursuing a new dream--to open a home for orphaned children.

Despite two years passing, Captain Keondric Morgan has never forgotten the lass who left his ship so heartbroken. When a crewman's deathbed confession reveals her fiance's demise was the result of murder, the captain knows he must try to contact her. But his attention draws the notice of others as well--dangerous men who believe Tillie has in her possession something that could expose their crimes. And to their way of thinking, the best way to prevent such an outcome is to seize the evidence and then hand Tillie the same fate as her naïve fiance.

Watch the Edge of Freedom Series Trailer below!


My Review:
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this series.  The author has a way of pulling you into the story and making the characters feel like old friends.  The action and mystery captivates your attention keeping you turning the pages until the story has resolved.  Tillie's character has faced so much loss in her life and she believes that she is not worthy of having a good man love her.  Many times it is more hard to forgive ourselves than it is to forgive others.  Tillie has to learn that God does love her no matter what she's done in life and wants only the best for her.
This series is definitely one you'll want to add to your library.  It's well written and enjoyable!  You can read more about Elizabeth Ludwig at her website.

***I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

IT HAD TO BE YOU $100 Visa Giveaway from @SusanMayWarren!

Susan May Warren's newest book in the Christiansen family series is out!  Book 2--It Had to be You tells the story of Eden Christiansen, one of six kids in the family.  You can read my review of the first book in the series, Take a Chance on Me, here.

Back of the Book: 
Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits—and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.

Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior—on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.

My Review:
 I read this book in 2 days!  Once I began it, I had to know what was going to happen.  The author did a great job with writing a fun and captivating story.  Both of the main characters, Eden and Jace, have much to learn when it comes to life.  Different fears are holding them both back in their lives.  When God brings circumstances out of their control into their lives, they both begin to see how they have been holding on to their fears instead of trusting in what God has for them.  It's a fun love story that you won't want to put it down! 

Bonus:  Also included in the back of this book is a free novella called I Really Do Miss Your Smile.  This is the story of the Christiansen parents, Ingrid Young and John Christiansen.  This was a fun little add on that gives a little more background to the parents' story.

You can read the first chapter of the book by clicking here.   There is also a group book packet that you can download too by clicking here.
You can also read more blogs that are touring this book by visiting here.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Susan's website.

About the Author: Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award-winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women's events about God's amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. Visit MyBookTherapy.com to learn more.

Learn more about Susan at: http://www.susanmaywarren.com


Susan May Warren is celebrating the release of her newest Christiansen Family novel, It Had To Be You, with a $100 Visa cash card giveaway and offering readers a free book club kit.


  One winner will receive:
  • $100 Visa cash card
  • Take a Chance on Me and It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 29th. Winner will be announced April 1st on Susan's blog. Also, visit her website to learn more about the It Had To Be You backstory and Susan's free book club kit.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Susan's blog on April 1st to see if you won.

***I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate

 Lisa Wingate has added her newest novel to the Moses Lake series called Wildwood Creek.  You can read my reviews of her first three books by clicking on these links:  Book 1-Larkspur Cove, Book 2-Blue Moon Bay and Book 3-Firefly Island.  I've really enjoyed reading these books and this last one was just as exciting!

Back of the Book:
Allie Kirkland has always heard the call of her father's unfinished destiny. When she's offered a production assistant's job on a docudrama filming in the hills near Moses Lake, Texas, the dream of following in her director-father's footsteps suddenly seems within reach. The reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step into the film industry. A summer on set in the wilderness is a small price to pay for a dream.

But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delavan held helpless residents, including young Irish schoolteacher Bonnie Rose, in an iron grip. Mysterious disappearances led to myths and legends still retold in the region's folk songs. Eventually, the entire site was found abandoned.

When filming begins, strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, and everyone in Wildwood--including Blake Fulton, Allie's handsome neighbor on the film set--seems to be hiding secrets. Allie doesn't know whom she can trust. If she can't find the answers in time, history may repeat itself...with the most unthinkable results.

My Review:
I liked how this book had two stories going at the same time.  On the one hand, Allie is trying to discover the long lost history of Wildwood Creek and then you also get a glimpse of what really happened there through the story of Bonnie Rose.  The mystery involving this place is quite intriguing and keeps you flipping the pages wondering what will happen next.  I loved seeing some familiar characters from the Moses Lake community involved with this story.  I also liked how the Allie's character grows and changes throughout the story especially since her childhood has been filled with such sadness.  I liked this quote by Allie, "Maybe that was the deepest lesson I'd learned in Wildwood: that life should never be a stagnant thing.  That just like the rivers, we thrive when the water flows in and washes away the silt of the past.  All the debris we cling to doesn't keep us afloat, it kills the life within us."(pg. 353)  If you've enjoyed the other books in the Moses Lake series, make sure to pick this one up.  It's a great, thrilling read!

You can read the first chapter of the book by clicking here.
*** I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.
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