SAINTS: BECOMING MORE THAN CHRISTIANS

5 02 2020

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I knew this was going to be a good book because I have enjoyed Addison Bevere’s parents’ books.  So to start off, this is not a book that you can just sit and read.  This is one that needs to be done with your Bible open.  He begins in explaining what saints really means.  Then he goes on that this is not the “Christian” name, but a life-style.  We can become saints here on earth.  You don’t have to die to have the “title” put on you.  This all comes from living for God.  Good job Addison!

 

SYNOPSIS: The Bible uses the word Christian to describe followers of Jesus a grand total of three times. But there’s another identifier that fills the pages of the New Testament–a word we’ve mistakenly reserved for the halo-wearing elite, losing something profound in the process.

Saints.

Wrapped in this ancient word is a divine invitation to discover who God created you to be and awaken to the life you were meant to know. Using Scripture and stories from his own experience, Addison Bevere makes a compelling case that the life you desire is found in the mystery of this sacred identity.

If you want to exchange lifeless religion for the wonder of following Jesus, this book will spur you onward in your journey.

 

addison bevere

 

Addison Bevere is a man who appreciates the simple things in life—time spent playing with his four kids, late-night conversations with his wife, interesting words that no one uses, a meaningful day of work, and, of course, a good book. Addison is also the COO of Messenger International, an organization that impacts millions of people in over 150 countries through its various initiatives, and the cofounder of SonsAndDaughters.tv.

 

Saints became available for sale January 20, 2020.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

 

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Psalms 91 – Part 2

2 02 2020

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Let us continue in this psalm.  Today’s text is verse 2:  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

He is my refuge and my fortress.  What does this really mean?  He is your safety.  Your safety net!  When you are about to fall, there He is.

He is my God.  Can you say that?  And mean it?  Is He your God in EVERYTHING?  He needs to be your God in the thick of things…even when things are not going good for you…in the storms of life.  Go to Him.  He is waiting for you!

In Him will I trust.  The amplified bible says I will confidently trust.  Wow!  Confidence!  Like, if you are falling, you know He will catch you!  Remember when you were just a kid.  You had complete confidence that your parents would take care…

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Psalms 91 – Part 1

30 01 2020

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3C74289C-EF42-48DB-8146-F8604FF6C897Today we will begin a series on Psalms 91.  This happens to be a favorite of mine, so there has been much study in this.  So, here we go!

Verse 1 – He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

We will begin with dwell.  Now, where do you dwell?  You dwell…or live…in your house.  So, here we will be dwelling in a secret place.  Now, when I was younger, I had a secret place behind the chicken coop!  But this secret place is much better than that.  If you are dwelling or living in God’s secret place, you will NOT be found!

But, now only are you dwelling, but you are abiding under His shadow!  That must mean our God is pretty big for us to abide in His shadow.  You’re not being pushed against the rocks.  You…

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DYING TO MEET JESUS

21 01 2020

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This was an interesting book that begins with the near death experience of the author, Randy Kay.  I personally thought it was going to be full of similar stories, but it wasn’t.  He then goes into teaching, which was okay.  The one that stuck in my head was about brokenness.  We need to allow to be broken to get into a closer relationship with Jesus.  If you are not going through anything, we are getting closer to Jesus.  So, yes, I do recommend reading this book.

 

Synopsis: Where is God when my suffering seems never-ending? Can I really find joy in this fallen world? This powerful book confronts these questions with stories of the author’s near-death experience, a daughter’s suicide attempt, mental illness, and numerous other gripping stories that demonstrate not only that God is present when we need him, but that through our trials we can find true intimacy with him.
Author Randy Kay recounts how, as a former devout agnostic, he survived a near-fatal accident while searching for the truth–and when he met the One he sought to disprove, his journey changed from a life of extreme trials into one of genuine joy. In these pages, Kay offers his testimony to show readers how God uses suffering and brokenness to build an intimate and indestructible relationship with him, while breaking down barriers and ushering the reader into an authentic relationship with the Author of love.

 

Randy Kay

 

Randy Kay is the Chief Learning Officer of PACEsetters (http://pacesetters.training), a leader in human development and the first to introduce a validated course on thriving skills. He is also Chairman and CEO of TenorCorp, a diversified strategic development firm.
Randy Kay is an author of six books, and the author of Dying to Meet Jesus, due for release in late 2019 by Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing.
Earlier in his career he served as CEO of a biotech company and a media company, commercial executive with companies like Johnson & Johnson, and chairman or board member for numerous philanthropic organizations.
Since graduating from Northwestern University, Kay has trained over one million persons and has been the leader for over twenty different organizations.

His first book, DAILY KEYS TO SUCCESS, covers every topic related to success – day-by-day – 366 topics brimming with ideas, tools, and tactics for living life to the fullest, and includes the collective experience of generations of success experts through one comprehensive book arranged by calendar day for daily growth. Subsequent books include The Power to Thrive, based on a 30 year multidisciplinary study of exceptional leaders; and, The 22 Most Important Things.
Kay has written for magazines including Forbes, Inc., and the Wall Street Journal, and has been interviewed by various broadcasting channels across the United States.

 

Dying to Meet Jesus became available for sale January 7, 2020.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.





THE MATCHMAKER’S ROGUE

17 01 2020

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This was a very good story, but I have put this as a 4-star because it was not one that would keep me glued to.  This is about Jesslyn Chance and Larkin Denby.  Jess is the hostess of the spa at Grace-at-the-Sea, which she took over after her physician father passed away.  Lark is undercover for the King to find the Lord of Smugglers.  Jess and Lark, in the past, had been, shall we say, friendly.  She is wondering first of all, why is he there and is he trying to pick up where they left off years before.  In near the center of the book, while going through a tour of a Castle How, it is found that that is the place where the smugglers are putting a beacon light in the window to show clear passage for the smugglers.  The question here is, is Jess’s brother a smuggler?  What will she do if that is found to be true?  Will Jess and Lark end up back in each other’s arms?  These and more are questions that will be answered when you read this book.  Good job, Regina, and another book well written!

 

Synopsis: Grace-by-the-Sea: Where romance and adventure come home.
Polished Jesslyn Chance has one of the most enviable positions in the little Regency coastal village of Grace-by-the-Sea. She is the hostess of the spa, arranging introductions and entertainments and playing matchmaker to the ladies and gentlemen who come to take the waters, promenade through the shops, and dance at the assembly. But when a rogue returns from her past, Jess finds herself suddenly at sea.
Always an adventurer, Larkin Denby left Grace-by-the-Sea to right the wrongful death of his father. Now he’s back on a mission: to identify the mysterious Lord of the Smugglers who allegedly sails from Grace Cove and takes England’s secrets to France. But Grace-by-the-Sea is the perfect little spa town, run by the still oh-so-perfect Jesslyn Chance. When the village’s future is threatened, Jess must work with Lark to solve the mystery and protect the town’s own. In doing so, the matchmaker of Grace-by-the-Sea may just find that the best match for her is the rogue who stole her heart years ago.

 

Regina Scott

 

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she’d learned a bit more about writing. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, and a good kick in the backside from her husband, she got serious about writing. Since then, she’s had published more than 40 clean historical romances for adults and young adults. Her traditional romances have earned praised from reviewers and readers alike. Booklist calls her work “quietly compelling” and “impeccably written.” Huntress Reviews says, “Regina Scott delivers,” and “I will always buy a book with Regina Scott’s name on it.” Regina Scott is the author of the Frontier Bachelors series set in pioneer Seattle. She is also the author of more than two dozen sweet historical romances set in Regency England in such series as Fortune’s Brides, Uncommon Courtships, the Everard Legacy, the Master Matchmakers, and the Lady Emily Capers. She has twice been awarded best book of the year for her type of story from industry favorite RT Book Reviews. Regina Scott has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, sailed on a tall ship, and dressed as a Regency dandy, all in the name of research, of course. She makes her home in the Puget Sound area of Washington State with her beloved husband. Find her online at her website http://www.reginascott.com, the blog she shares with author Marissa Doyle at http://www.nineteenteen.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authorreginascott, and on Goodreads at www.goodreads.com/reginascott.

 

The Matchmarker’s Rogue became available for sale January 10, 2020.

 

I was honored to received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest review.  Thank you Regina Scott!





AN UNCOMMON WOMAN

1 01 2020

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I was very disappointed in this book.  In fact, I was unable to finish it due to the fact it is very difficult for me to read a book that I need to have a dictionary with me to know what they are talking about.  After reading 5 chapters I could not tell you what this book was about.  So, if I could give less than 1 star, I would.  This is set in 1770, and the language back then was much different than it is now, but the author has to realize that we are not living back then and if she is going to use language that is different, she needs to add those words with their meanings at the front of the book.  So, no, I do not recommend reading this book.

Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa’s long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand–and heart–are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.

Laura-Frantz

 

Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky and also Washington State.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

Readers can find Laura Frantz at www.laurafrantz.net.

An Uncommon Woman becomes available for sale January 7, 2020.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion.

 

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CHASING DREAMS

26 12 2019

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This was a very good book – especially if you like love stories with a hint of Christianity thrown in.  This is about Jo and Luke.  Jo is a sister to Phee and Britt, who are setting up and running a BNB.  Luke works at a radio station and is a Big Brother to Mateo, who’s mother recently passed away.  Mateo’s mother asked Luke to be legal guardian to Mateo, which went through just before she passed away.  Jo also worked at the lawyer’s office that handled the matter.  So that explains how the two slightly met.

 

Meanwhile, Phee is marrying Quinn and Jo is the wedding planner.  There is a beautiful clearing at the BNB property, so the wedding happens there.  Luke also happens to be a DJ and Jo hires him.  This is where the plot thickens.  Luke and Jo get to really liking each other, but Luke has baggage – Mateo.  Does Jo want to get into a relationship where there is a 12 year old included?  This is where you come in.  You will need to read this book and find out all the details – including an old boyfriend of Jo’s showing up.

 

Joanna Chandler always dreamed of becoming an attorney. But when she left law school to help care for her dying mother, stepping away from her single-minded pursuit gave her space to reconsider. The only question is, if not law, what should she do with her life?
To keep her mind off an uncertain future, Joanna helps her older sister, Phylicia, throw an amazing outdoor wedding on the charming Missouri property the three Chandler sisters own together. That’s when she realizes wedding planning could be a thriving business of its own. And Lukas Blaine, the handsome wedding DJ, opens her mind to the possibility of love on the horizon.
But there’s more to Luke than meets the eye. The young boy he’s been mentoring has lost his mother and become Luke’s ward. Mateo is sullen and angry and needs constant attention. How can Luke possibly find the time to start a new relationship or saddle someone else with a wounded child? He may have to let go of the woman of his dreams–and crush her dreams at the same time.

 

Deb Raney

 

Deborah Raney’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Deborah and her husband, Ken, traded small-town life in Kansas–the setting of many of Deb’s novels–for life in the city of Wichita. They love traveling to teach at writers conferences across the country and to visit their four children and a growing brood of grandchildren (who all live much too far away).

 

Chasing Dreams became available for sale October 22, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of the ebook from NetGalley for my honest review.

 

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