An Unforgettable Story of Grace

I had no idea what I was missing out on by not reading Elizabeth Musser’s novels, but certainly I won’t be skipping them anymore! “When I Close My Eyes” absolutely blew me away. The sheer power and depth of her words, her understanding, her ability to engage and challenge her readers was incredible, and I don’t think I will ever look at the themes of mental illness and grace in quite the same way again. Honestly, I am a different and, I think, a better person after finishing this book than I was when I began it. Continue reading

A Rollicking Conclusion to the Fort Reno Series

I have long been anticipating the last story in “The Fort Reno” series by Regina Jennings, and “The Major’s Daughter” finally released in December 2019! As the unlikely tale between Caroline Adams and Frisco Smith unfolds, I found myself laughing, cheering, and learning some fascinating history about the 1889 Land Run of of Oklahoma (there was some serious sneakiness that occurred, that’s for sure!). Continue reading

A Unique and Lyrical Historical Novel

“As a long-standing feud threatens to spark once more, the fates of two families rest on the most unexpected of shoulders”. With these words, I was immediately intrigued! “When Silence Sings” is the first novel I’ve read by Sarah Loudin Thomas, and I definitely enjoyed my journey-through-words back in time to 1930, and the hills of West Virginia. Although the residents of these backwoods communities may not know it, long-held secrets are about to be revealed, and the lies behind decades-old feuds are about to be unearthed. Continue reading

A Unique, Creative Study of the Old Testament

I am always so impressed with the books in Harvest House Publishers’ “Discovering the Bible” creative series, and the newest release is no exception! Written by Pam Farrel, Jean E. Jones, and Karla Dornacher, “Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament: A Creative Devotional Study Experience” allows students of God’s Word to “experience the Old Testament as never before”, and uncover God’s plan for His children through various modes of discovery and study. Diving into this book is truly a unique and unforgettable experience, with features such as: Continue reading

The Long-Anticipated Conclusion to the “Dive Team Investigations” series

At long last, the highly anticipated conclusion to Lynn H. Blackburn’s thrilling “Dive Team Investigations” series is available! “One Final Breath” released from Revell in the fall of 2019 and is a dramatic conclusion to one of my favorite Romantic Suspense sagas. If you enjoy this genre, I definitely recommend reading the talented Ms. Blackburn’s new release. However, I do suggest reading the two previous “Dive Team Investigations” first, in order to completely appreciate the depth of characterization and storytelling that is present. Continue reading

Elizabeth Camden Has Outdone Herself On This One!

Bethany House Publishers have released some fabulous works of fiction in the last few months, but I have to say that none quite compare to the novel I just finished reading… Who wrote this new masterpiece, you ask? It probably won’t come as a surprise to discover that it was the acclaimed Elizabeth Camden, who has begun a brand-new series entitled “Hope and Glory”. The first story in this series is “The Spice King”, and what an unforgettable story it is! Continue reading

Another Powerful Book from Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Have you ever struggled with worry, anxiety, and fear? Yep, that could pretty much describe all of us at some point in our lives, right? As Christians, however, we have a few not-so-secret weapons to cope with and combat the battle against anxiety. Of course, this comes through claiming our identity in Christ, but sometimes that is easier said than done. Dr. Michelle Bengtson’s new book from Revell is a powerful volume that reminds us how each day we have the choice of “Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises”. Continue reading

A Great Tool for Christians to Practice Mindfulness – Guest Review by Tracy

Did you know mindfulness has been practiced by Christians for centuries?  I did not know this.  In “Holy Noticing: The Bible, Your Brain, and the Mindful Space Between Moments”, the author shares tools to practice a mindful lifestyle and how to use it in our own lives.  He takes a common sense, experienced, and scientific view of present moment awareness, and mindfulness.  And, he examines and describes how to reduce anxiety in our lives by re-wiring our brain through what he calls “holy noticing”. Continue reading

Stretch Your Creativeness – Guest Review by Tracy

“Created for More: 30 Days to Seeing Your World In a New Way” is a small book, perfect for picking up and reading a bit at a time.  The subtitle of this book is exactly right.  It enables you to see your world in a new way.  I didn’t read it in 30 days, instead I read one devotional (about 3 pages long), and thought about, used, and applied these words for a few days.  Then when I felt ready I would read the next one, and do the same thing again.  Continue reading

The Perfect Way to Start Your Day

Susie Larson is an author I greatly respect, and whenever a new book releases with her name on it I quickly try and add it to my reading list. Her newest volume from Bethany House Publishers is entitled “Blessings for the Soul: Words of Grace and Peace for Your Heart”. This lovely little book is packaged as a floral hardcover with a ribbon bookmark and thick pages that are printed with botanic designs – but the true merit comes from the words on the pages. . . Continue reading