A Final Visit to Prince Edward Island. . .

It’s not every day that the second or third book in a series outshines the first. . . However, I’ve just finished a story which provides proof that it can happen! The “Prince Edward Island Dreams” series, written by Liz Johnson and published by Revell, began with “The Red Door Inn”, followed by “Where Two Hearts Meet”, and has just concluded with the best installment of them all: “On Love’s Gentle Shore”. Released in July of 2017, and obviously set on Canada’s smallest province of Prince Edward Island, this book was a must-read for me during the month of Canada’s 150th birthday. Continue reading

Thought-Provoking and Inspiring (Mostly)

“Infuse Your World—and Your Heart—with God’s Life-Giving Power”. With these words, Sue Detweiler invites us on a journey of drawing closer to the heart of God through prayer. “Women Who Move Mountains: Praying with Confidence, Boldness, and Grace” was published in 2017 by Bethany House, and is written in an interactive style with integrated study questions, journaling prompts, and more. Continue reading

A Whimsical, Grace-Filled Coloring Book

Do you enjoy adult coloring books filled with adorable, whimsical, beautiful-but-not-too-detailed illustrations which you can creatively fill with whatever colors you desire? And what if this charming coloring book was filled with Scripture verses, and also had an accompanying devotional page which highlighted each individual verse, and gave you ideas and insights to ponder as you color? Well, as I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, if you answered “yes” to these questions then I have the perfect book for you! “Words of Grace” was created by Jacqui Grace and Dee Arrand, and published by Bethany House in the spring of 2017. Continue reading

Julie Klassen’s First Series

289895_innkeeperofivyhill_slider“Welcome to the English village of Ivy Hill, where friendships thrive, romance blossoms, and mysteries await. . . .” With these words, celebrated Inspirational Regency Romance author Julie Klassen invites us to step into the world of her first-ever series entitled “Tales from Ivy Hill”. The first book of this much-anticipated new series, “The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill”, released in December of 2016 from Bethany House, with sequels to follow in December of 2017 and 2018. If you have previously enjoyed such memorable Klassen novels as “The Dancing Master” and “The Secret of Pembrooke Park”, let me just say this series is one you won’t want to miss… Continue reading

Compassionate and Understanding

hope-prevails-imageIf you or someone you love has ever experienced a season of sadness and desolation, if you (or they) have ever felt hopeless and overwhelmed by life, you simply must read a new book published by Revell in 2016. It is appropriately entitled “Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression”, and was written by Dr. Michelle Bengtson. This book is NOT a textbook-like volume filled with the latest scientific studies and newly discovered “cures”, nor is it a memoir filled with all the details of one person’s struggles. Instead, this book is a combination of many things, and each one points toward the truth of God’s word on the subject. Continue reading

Perfect for a Summer Afternoon

Hannon_SeaRoseLaneIf you feel like stepping into a Contemporary Romance story that feels like it belongs on the Hallmark channel, you will not want to miss the newest novel by Irene Hannon entitled “Sea Rose Lane”. Published by Revell in the summer of 2016, this story is the sequel to “Hope Harbor” which released last year, and contains numerous recurring characters, plus several new ones. Continue reading

Increase Your Knowledge and Understanding of Heaven!

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Heaven is the abode of God. Although every Christian has likely considered this subject at one time or another, many of us, perhaps even the majority of us, may not have given it the in-depth and Biblically-based study it deserves. With the help of a new title published by BakerBooks and written by Chip Ingram with Lance Witt, however, we can dive into the fascinating, life-changing study of our future home with ease and excitement. Continue reading

Don’t Miss This Incredible Blessing

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A new little volume released by Bethany House in 2016 should become required reading for any Christian going through hardships and times of pain, suffering, and confusion. “Finding God in the Hard Times: Choosing to Trust and Hope When You Can’t See the Way” was written by Matt and Beth Redman, the songwriters of a life-changing Finding God imageworship piece entitled “Blessed Be Your Name”. Although small in size and less than 150 pages in length, this little book packs a punch that may forever alter your view of trusting God through hard times. Incorporating the lyrics of their beloved song into each chapter of the book, the Redmans point readers towards the trust and hope that is available to us all, even in a world of darkness. Continue reading

A Poetic, Seasonal Journey

Purifoy_RootsandSky“Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons”… In all truth, this title pretty much describes the book perfectly. Written by Christie Purifoy and published by Revell in the spring of 2016, “Roots and Sky” is indeed a “journey home”. Naturally, this journey occurs through the four seasons of a year, beginning with Fall and progressing gently, peacefully, and naturally through Winter, Spring, and Summer. Continue reading

All Groan Up by Paul Angone – A Tough Book to Review

Al Groan Up imageAre you a twenty-something who has life all planned out? Do you hold a detailed road map outlining each of your future goals, a summary of what your life is supposed to mean written in stone, and the keys to the career of your dreams? Well, if you do, you will definitely not relate to Paul Angone’s newest book, ‘All Groan Up’. But I’m pretty sure you are also in the minority of twenty-somethings – or else misrepresenting the truth!

“Told with raw honesty, humor, and hope, ‘All Groan Up’ is for a generation asking, “What now?!”” With the insight that can only come from a guy who has been there, done that, and holds the t-shirt to prove it, Paul shares his journey and struggles transitioning from graduation into responsible adulthood. It is messy and hilarious, but most of all truthful. Primarily, it reveals that you are not alone in the struggle that is your twenties. Continue reading