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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DISCERNMENT

13 12 2019

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This is a very interesting book that needs to be read slowly so you can digest what is being said.  I call this a study book and I have highlighted many areas in here.  To learn to discern the voice of God is very important in the Christian life and Jane Hamon has a way of putting it so you can understand.  One thing that really jumped out at me was a quote she did from James Goll’s book, The Discerner: every follower of Jesus receives the gifts of revelation and discernment and every believer needs to use them.  That alone, right there, could be a sermon.  We need to realize that we can step into that gift whenever it is needed.  There is so much in this book that were eye-openers, that you will need to read to discover them.

 

We are living in such critical times today that it is imperative for believers to learn to use every tool given to us by the Holy Spirit. We are called to be kingdom influencers–to discern the times in which we live, to discern the moves of the Holy Spirit, and to discern angels and demons.
With extensive expertise and personal experience, prophetic leader Jane Hamon takes a deep dive, biblically and practically, into one of the least known and most unused gifts of the Holy Spirit.  This book will help you operate in greater spiritual authority and walk in wisdom as you help build God’s kingdom on earth.

 

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Jane Hamon serves, with her husband Tom, as senior pastor of Vision Church @ Christian International. In their nearly 30 years of ministry together, they have built a thriving local church, traveled to more than 50 nations, and helped to lead Christian International Ministries, founded by Dr. Bill Hamon. A clear prophetic voice and eloquent teacher, Jane Hamon travels extensively ministering at national and international conferences, consulting with leaders, and teaching at Bible colleges. She is frequently featured on a variety of Christian television programs. International School of Theology. Jane makes her home in beautiful Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, where she enjoys fulfilling some of her favorite roles in life as wife, mother, and now “Mimi” to her growing number of grandchildren.

 

Discernment became available November 5, 2019.

 

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





MISLEADING MISS VERITY

4 12 2019

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Misleading Miss Verity was a little difficult for me to get into, but once I did, I could not put it down.  So I will give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Miss Verity is a viscount’s daughter from England.  She is mischievous and does not behave like a ‘lady’ should in 1820.  She is considered a ‘mistake’ by her parents and feels most unloved.  When she is found riding a horse, even though it was on their property, she gets shipped to Grandmama’s home.  It then becomes known through a letter that Verity is to be betrothed to a man she has no wants to be with, so Grandmama sends her to Scotland to Verity’s school friend, Helena.  Across from them, the new viscount has moved in and Verity and Mr. Jardine become friends, if not more.  With the betrothal looming close, will Verity’s parents find her?  If they do, will Mr. Jardine come to her rescue?  Will Anthony Jardine and Verity be able to have a life together?  All of this and more will be answered as you read this book!

 

Verity Hatherleigh has a mind of her own—but her actions do not impress her viscount papa. When she gets into one scrape too many, he sends her off to the wilds of Scotland to rethink her headstrong ways.
Anthony Jardine relished his role as curate, but his new duties as laird of Dungally aren’t always to his liking. Though he thought his new inheritance would be a blessing, somehow he’s finding nothing but trouble on these estates. And the intelligent, compassionate, feisty lass who was sent to rusticate in his territory is one of the biggest problems. He’s falling in love with her, but she doesn’t share the faith that’s his foundation—not to mention he’s been lying to her about who he really is. For the truth-loving Verity, that may be unforgivable.
The tangled web these two have woven may spell disaster for their happiness—and for the tenants of Dungally.

 

Carolyn Miller

 

Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia with her husband and four children. She loves reading (especially Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer), music, films, gardens, art, travel and food. She really enjoys creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love.

 

Misleading Miss Verity became available for purchase November 26, 2019.

 

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





OF FIRE AND LIONS

11 11 2019

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This is a book that kept me glued to it!  This goes through the book of Daniel, but with a human interest twist; what possibly went on behind the scenes.  The main characters are Daniel and Bilili (Abigail).  A lot of this story has to do with Abigail.  We start at the point of the exodus from Jerusalem to Babylon.  Daniel, with his three friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, were princes in Jerusalem.  Abigail, who is also one who is being sent to Babylon, was put into the care of the four princes.  Daniel took it upon himself to protect Abigail, who was just a young girl.  Their love for each other grew from there, but there are many obstacles that keep them apart.  Will they ever get together?  If they do, will they remain loyal to Yahweh?  You will need to read the book to find the answers to these questions and more.

 

Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she’d perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar’s court. Now, as Daniel’s wife and a septuagenarian matriarch, Belili thinks she’s safe and she can live out her days in Babylon without fear–until the night Daniel is escorted to Belshazzar’s palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. The Persian Army invades, and Bellili’s tightly-wound secrets unfurl with the arrival of the conquering army. What will the reign of Darius mean for Daniel, a man who prays to Yahweh alone?
Ultimately, Yahweh’s sovereign hand guides Jerusalem’s captives, and the frightened Hebrew girl is transformed into a confident woman, who realizes her need of the God who conquers both fire and lions.

 

Mesu Andrews

Mesu Andrews is the Christy Award-winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter and numerous other novels, including The Pharaoh’s Daughter, Miriam, Of Fire and Lions and Love Amid the Ashes. Her deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Mesu lives in North Carolina with her husband, Roy, and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.

 

Of Fire and Lions was a finalist for the Christy Award and it became available for sale March 5, 2019.

 

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

 

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