Gripping New Romantic Suspense from a New-to-Me Author

Critics are claiming that Kelly Irvin’s new release from Thomas Nelson is romantic suspense at it’s best. “Tell Her No Lies” is definitely a well-written and hair-raising ride from start to finish, packed with twists and turns that readers will never see coming. If you enjoy novels that leave you breathless as you flip the pages faster and faster, desperate to find out how it all unravels, this book is definitely one to consider… However, you should also be forewarned that there is plenty of violence, and even descriptive murder scenes, that may prove troubling if you aren’t expecting them. Continue reading

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A Fascinating Visual Aid For Bible Study – Guest Review by Hayley

“The Infographic Bible: Visualizing the Drama of God’s Word” by Karen Sawrey is a marvelous new book from Zondervan.  Unique and very impressive, the aim of “The Infographic Bible” is to help people understand the Bible through visual learning.

This book is filled with what seems to be every type of graph, diagram, and illustration imaginable!  Covering important topics of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, “The Infographic Bible” contains graphics ranging from simple to complex, and will take varying levels of concentration and effort to decipher.  Continue reading

A Challenge to Find Joy – Guest Review by Hayley

“Defiant Joy” – it really does feel like we must act in defiance to the world if we are to experience joy in this life.  The mainstream society is governed by worry, fear, guilt, shame, and so many other things that stand in the way of this joy that is supposed to be the birthright of the sons and daughters within the Kingdom.

Some of my favourite books are written by John and/or Stasi Eldredge.  For this reason, I was quick to pick up a copy of “Defiant Joy: Taking Hold of Hope, Beauty, and Life in a Hurting World”, and I am very glad I did.  Continue reading

A Haunting Yet Beautiful Story of Unlikely Friendship

“The Solace of Water” by Elizabeth Byler Younts is the type of story that stays with you long after reaching the final page. Published by Thomas Nelson, this book is an intricate tapestry that spans a vast range of emotions, from soul-numbing grief to the hope which only the redemption of Christ can endow. Although external action is not the focus of this story, the inner worlds of the three POV characters are compelling, heart-wrenching, and at times even haunting. Continue reading

Powerful, Helpful, and Engaging Book About Emotional Boundaries

I just finished reading a book that, upon completion, I promptly added to my personal list of most influential non-fiction books. “Boundaries for Your Soul: How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies” was published by Thomas Nelson and written by Alison Cook, PhD, and Kimberly Miller, MTh, LMFT. This book takes the complicated question of “Do your emotions control you or do you control your emotions?” and breaks it down into understandable, do-able, and ultimately life-changing practices that will truly transform you from the inside out. Continue reading

A Thrill Ride of a Story

I’ve never before read a novel by Carrie Stuart Parks, but with the unique synopsis of her newest release I was excited to give it a try. “Formula of Deception” is a complicated, hair-raising, and fascinatingly detailed suspense novel from Thomas Nelson Publishers that had me reading long into the night as I quickly flipped the pages to discover how the story was finally resolved. Continue reading

Beautiful Dual-Time Story of Redemption

Best-selling author Rachel Hauck never ceases to amaze me with the fascinating plots of her stories – where does she come up with her unique ideas?! “The Love Letter” is her newest release from Thomas Nelson, and is a dual-storyline novel that weaves together the lives of four people… Two are from the glamorous but shallow, modern-day world of Hollywood, and two are from the tumultuous unrest of South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. Their connection? A simple letter – a love letter… Continue reading

A Guide for Overcoming Labels with Truth

“What label are you wearing?” While it may seem simple or even a bit strange, this question can bring up so many potentially life-changing ideas if we understand the context behind it. “Tailor Made: Discover the Secret to Who God Created You to Be” was written by Alex Seeley and published by Thomas Nelson. It is a wonderful guide to learning how to effectively ask this question, and so many others, in ways that help us really begin to understand who we were created to be, and how to be set free to live out that truth… (Hint: it is NOT who the Enemy says we are, which is often so ingrained into us that we consider his lies to be truth). Continue reading

Joyful and Inspiring Ideas for Your Own Celebrations

Gorgeous. Stunning. Inspiring. Picture-perfect. These adjectives, and so many more, accurately describe a beautiful new party-planning cookbook entitled “So Much to Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through”. Written by Katie Jacobs of the food and lifestyle blog “Styling My Everyday”, and published by Thomas Nelson, this volume is so much more than a cookbook. . . It is a work of art that will inspire you to “create meaningful, extraordinary celebrations that foster lifelong memories with the ones you love.” Continue reading

A Well-Done Novel with Interesting Historical Details – Guest Review by Hayley

While “The Weaver’s Daughter” is just the latest of several books by Sarah Ladd, it was a first for me, as I have never before read this author.

“The Weaver’s Daughter” tells the story of a hardworking assembly of weavers as they fight for their livelihood during a time when machine-power of developing mills was quickly replacing man-power of individual families.  With both the weavers and the mill workers and owners living within the same small community of Amberdale, tension runs high, as distinct divisions are made between the residents, and increasing hatred, pride, greed, suspicion, and anger fester among the people. Continue reading