A Thrilling Story Infused With Hope

Jaime Jo Wright is a Christy Award-winning author who is quickly becoming more recognized for her incredible storytelling skills. In each of her novels, she brings dark and thrilling stories to life while simultaneously infusing them with truth and light. Usually set in two different time periods and with two casts of characters, the plot of past and present is intricately intertwined (but not fully revealed until the nail-biting conclusion). The newest Bethany House release from Jaime Jo Wright is “The Curse of Misty Wayfair”; perhaps the most haunting, and yet also the most inspiring, of her novels so far. Continue reading

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A New and Captivating Historical Drama from Jocelyn Green

Jocelyn Green’s talent for bringing history to life is unmatched. “Between Two Shores” is her newest release from Bethany House, and is set in Montreal in 1759 during the Seven Years’ War. Told from the perspective of a woman caught in the middle of two nations, two sides of her family, and two differing perspectives about the man she loves, this gripping story yanks readers into the drama of war and holds us captive until the final page. Continue reading

A Beautiful Metaphor of “Pruning Open” Our Lives

Have you ever heard of the gardening technique called “pruning open”? I hadn’t either, until I read the fascinating, challenging, beautiful new book written by Michelle DeRusha and published by BakerBooks in the new year of 2019. Entitled “True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created”, this compelling book is based on a powerful and easy to understand (but not always easy to apply) metaphor that is so perfectly fitting for us as Christians. Continue reading

A “Beginner’s Guide” to Overcoming Insecurity

Insecurity. It’s a topic most, if not all, of women can relate to at some point in their lives. Author and counselor Donna Gibbs’ new release from Revell Publishers wades into the discussion, helping us say goodbye to insecurity and change how we think about ourselves. “Silencing Insecurity: Believing God’s Truth About You” is a well-thought-out book that will likely inspire many readers. But… for me, it lacked the depth that I was hoping for. Continue reading

A Fabulous, Interactive Devotional to Inspire Creativity – Guest Review by Hayley

Have you ever felt as though you are not creative?  Maybe you feel like creativity is only something for those “artsy types” who are able to understand abstract art, or seem to always get the perfect angles in their photographs.  Well, in her new book, “Courageous Creative”, Jenny Randle is here to tell you that the creative journey is for absolutely everyone because we have all been created by a creative God.  Whatever your life looks like, this interactive devotional will be a valuable step to either boost your creative mind, or rediscover the creativity that is perhaps buried beneath the not-so-great parts of life. Continue reading

A Powerful, Scripture-Based Battle Plan

“Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously”. Wow! With a title like that, you certainly expect a book that is filled with actionable and practical wisdom, and Bible-based strategies to help us walk fully and courageously in the plans (and on the path) that God has for us. Does this book deliver on this expectation?  Absolutely!

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Words Cannot Describe “The 49th Mystic” Adequately… Guest Review by Hayley

Ted Dekker’s “The 49th Mystic” – easily the most unique and profound novel I have read in years and perhaps ever.  I did not know what to expect.  And yet even without clear expectations, it still managed to surpass them.  Honestly, I believe I could read this book ten times over and still not be finished learning from it. Continue reading

The Long-Awaited Conclusion to an Unforgettable Series

For me, and I’m sure for many readers, it is always a bittersweet moment when you reach the final pages of a series that has worked its way deep into your heart and imagination. As one of my favorite authors, many of Michael Phillips’ series are very dear to me; but perhaps none quite so much as his latest work entitled “Secrets of the Shetlands”. Published by Bethany House in the summer of 2017, “The Legacy” is the final installment of the Shetland saga, and masterfully closes a narrative that weaves the past and present into a beautiful and unforgettable tale. Continue reading

Another Fantastic Bible Study from Moody

“I Am Found: Quitting the Game of Hide and Seek With God and Others” is the third Moody Bible Study for Women that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Written by Laura Dingman as a 6-week study guide, this volume is a little shorter than the other books in the series, but packs plenty of insight into each page.

One way that “I Am Found” is different from the other Moody Bible Studies for Women is that it does not focus on a specific book (or partial book) of the Bible, but rather zooms in on the themes of shame and identity. Continue reading

Live Life “Without Rival”

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Do you want to live a life without rival? Although I had never identified it in quite those terms before, a new book from Revell helped me realize that my answer was, indeed, yes! “Without Rival: Embrace Your Identity and Purpose in an Age of Confusion and Comparison” is the newest book written by bestselling author Lisa Bevere. With love, humor, and an upbeat writing style, “Without Rival” drew me in from the first page and helped me look at many aspects of Christian life with refreshing and often exciting insight. Continue reading