A Terrific Start to the “Hearts of Montana” Series – Guest Review by Hayley

“Hope’s Highest Mountain” is the first in the new “Hearts of Montana” series, and what a start it was!

I loved the adventurous nature of the story… you’re bound to run into adventure when trekking through the mountains for weeks on end!  One unique aspect of this book is that for the majority of the story, there are only four characters!  Yet it is never boring, which must mean that this author is truly talented. Continue reading

A Perfect Gift for All Bibliophiles!

Would you define yourself as a bibliophile (a person who loves and/or collects book)?  If reading is an integral part of your life, you will be delighted with a new book written by Anne Bogel and published by Baker Books in the fall of 2018.  “I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life” is a charming little book that is filled with essays about all aspects of the roles reading plays in our lives… Simultaneously humorous and thought-provoking, wise and winsome, this book is a pleasant little gift volume for any bibliophile in your life – including yourself! Continue reading

Susie Larson’s Most Powerful Book Yet

When Susie Larson says that she’s “never written a more raw book”, her readers take notice. Almost from the moment I picked up her newest release from Bethany House entitled “Fully Alive: Learning to Flourish – Mind, Body & Spirit”, I could sense that this was a powerful work, and as I began reading this feeling was solidified into fact. Susie holds nothing back, as she pours her heart and soul into the pages. It is overflowing with what can be nothing less than God speaking through her, and the result is a book that I think will be transformational in the lives of many. Continue reading

A Fantastic Start to a New Series by New-to-Me Suspense Author Lynn H. Blackburn

I will admit, I am quite discriminating about the Christian Romantic Suspense novels that I read. They need to be well-written and believable, fast-paced but not too difficult to follow, and contain the right amount of suspense without being extremely graphic and/or troubling. . . I don’t ask for much, right?! So you’ll understand my excitement when I DO find a novel in this genre that is as good as I hoped for, especially when it is written by a new-to-me author! “Beneath the Surface” is the first book in Lynn H. Blackburn’s new series of “Dive Team Investigations” published by Revell, and is certain to impress fans of Lynette Eason and Irene Hannon. Continue reading

This Devotional is a Beautiful Treasure-Trove of Inspiration

Lysa TerKeurst’s beautiful new devotional from Thomas Nelson Publishers will take your breath away.  This precious book is entitled “Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close”, and is exquisite not only in design, but also in content. Lysa’s words are heartfelt and compassionate as she guides her readers like a beloved friend who truly understands the heartaches of life. Continue reading

A Lovely Companion to a Devotional Classic – guest review by Tracy

One of my favorite devotionals is the classic “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.  I was excited to see a newly released coloring book from Thomas Nelson, entitled “Jesus Calling: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering”, as a companion to this wonderful book.   Continue reading

A Special Announcement

I am excited to share with you about a special project that I am honored to be a part of. . .  I was accepted as part of the launch team for a very, very precious book that I truly believe will transform the lives of women all over the world.  Just what is the special book?  It is “Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God’s Lead” by Sarah Beth Marr.

While I am not quite ready to write a review for this book just yet (because I just began reading a few days ago) in  the meantime I would love to share with you a few of my favorite quotes, some basic information about the book, and the lovely book trailer that will definitely convince you to read pre-order this gem so that you can start “Dreaming with God”, too!  Continue reading

Charming and Simple – Give it a Try!

Fits of Tranquility imageDo you enjoy poetry, especially short poems with universally applicable ideas and themes? If so, I invite you to give a new book by a new author a try. ‘Fits of Tranquility’ by Robert Lampros is described as ‘a book of poetry and prose about hope, healing, perseverance, and joy, as well as faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and falling in love.’

Containing over 20 unique poems and short stories, this book ranges in topic from inspiring images of nature to thought-provoking stories filled with charming dialog and everything in between. With some portions, the intent of the author is very clear while at other times the meaning is more vague, leaving readers to bring their own perspectives to the words. A few of my favorite selections include: ‘Verdure’, ‘For What It’s Worth’, and ‘Invisible Arms’. Continue reading

Where Trust Lies review

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It’s been released! Finally, the long-awaited book 2 of the Return to the Canadian West series is available for patiently waiting fans. Where Trust Lies is the result of the mother-daughter collaboration by bestselling authors Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan, and was published in January of 2015 by Bethany House. Because this book is the sequel in a closely-knit series, it is highly recommended to read book 1, Where Courage Calls, before delving into the continuation of Beth Thatcher’s story. Interestingly, both books are also companion volumes to Hallmark Channel’s original television series, entitled When Calls the Heart. This exceptional program Continue reading

Bleeding Heart review

Bleeding Heart imageDo you enjoy being challenged and inspired by stories that are written in such a way as to evoke deep emotion, and bring new ideas to light? When stories closely reflect snapshots of life, they often speak to our hearts – especially if the emotion woven into the story reminds us of our own struggles, or disappointments, or joys. Today, one of the often-overlooked modes of storytelling is poetry, which the dictionary defines as ‘a literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm’. Doesn’t this sound like a treasure trove for readers in search of deeper meanings and messages? And yet many avid readers steer away from poetry, thinking it too difficult and abstract to understand, and perhaps too boring to be enjoyed. Certainly this was the category I fell into, until I read a book entitled Bleeding Heart, Continue reading