A Bittersweet Final Visit to Ivy Hill

It is always a bittersweet moment when I reach the final words of a delightful and much-loved series, and Julie Klassen’s memorable “Tales from Ivy Hill” is definitely no exception. “The Bride of Ivy Green” is the final installment of the trilogy published by Bethany House, and allows readers one last visit to the beloved little town of Ivy Hill and all its inhabitants. If you have already enjoyed “The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill” and “The Ladies of Ivy Cottage”, you will be delighted with this satisfying, and oftentimes surprising, final installment. Continue reading

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Lysa’s New Book Helps Us Find Unexpected Strength in the Midst of Shattering Disappointments

Many women around the world have found hope, encouragement, and inspiration from the messages of Lysa TerKeurst’s numerous books. Her newest release from Thomas Nelson Publishers is entitled “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered”, and is undoubtedly her most raw and transparent book to date. In these pages, Lysa helps us process a question that we all ask at some point in our lives; “What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?” Sound familiar? Then you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

An Incredible Story of God’s Redeeming Love in Our Darkest Moments

With her new release from Thomas Nelson publishers, Tamera Alexander once again reminds her readers precisely why she is a bestselling author – her stories are masterfully written with powerful themes and unforgettable characters, often revolving around true historical events. “With This Pledge” is undoubtedly her most heart-wrenching work to date, yet also one of her most beautiful, as it contrasts the unimaginable horrors of the Civil War with the promise and hope of God’s unending and never-failing love. While it will take courage to read this incredible story, the rewards that it offers by helping us deepen our empathy, faith, and hope, are more than worth it. Continue reading

Highly Recommended Book About Defeating Envy in Our Lives

It’s a topic that is rarely discussed, but that affects all of us at some time or another. I’m talking about the feeling of envy, the sensation of a stinging heart when someone receives the very thing we desire. “Seeing Green: Don’t Let Envy Color Your Joy” is a challenging new book written by Tilly Dillehay and published by Harvest House. If you have ever struggled with the ugly effects of envy in your life, this enlightening and Scripture-founded book will undoubtedly provide both a balm and a wake-up call for your heart. 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

Gentle, Comforting, Encouraging – Guest Review by Hayley

“Hope Your Heart Needs” by popular author Holly Gerth is a lovely little addition to the devotional genre.  Published by Revell in 2018, “Hope Your Heart Needs” is the newest title in the growing list of books by this author. Continue reading

A Timely Message

A new release from Revell Publishers written by Kay Wills Wyma holds a very timely message for practically everyone living in the fast-paced world of our modern day and age. “Not the Boss of Us: Putting Overwhelmed In It’s Place In A Do-All, Be-All World” is the response to the questions so many of us feel deep down, sometimes even subconsciously: “Too much to manage and not enough time or energy to do it? What if instead of being overwhelmed with life you could be overwhelmed by Truth with all its grace, hope, peace, and love?” Continue reading

A New Christmas Tradition!

We just celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving, and snow is in the forecast… You know what that means – Christmas is right around the corner! It’s time to pull out some old favorite Christmas stories, and hopefully add a few new ones to our collections. In fact, I just finished reading the most delightful little Christmas novel, perfect for ringing in the holiday season and certain to touch the hearts of readers of all ages. Continue reading

A Getle Yet Powerful Little Book

I have come to adore many of Lysa TerKeurst’s books and devotionals, written on many topics and for women of all ages. With her signature blend of gentle warmth and stories we can relate to, she guides readers to step into the best that God has for them. One of the books that she wrote earlier in her career has now been re-released from Harvest House Publishers, and is entitled “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God: Live More Fully, Love More Deeply, Experience God’s Best For You”. This sweet yet powerful little book is not only packed with Lysa’s wisdom and experience at living a life of “yes” to God, it also includes a Bible study at the end of each chapter to enrich her words with God’s timeless truths. Continue reading

The Epic Conclusion of An Unforgettable Journey – Guest Review by Hayley

After finishing Ted Dekker’s new release “The 49th Mystic”, I was eagerly anticipating its sequel “Rise of the Mystics”.  After experiencing the profound nature of the 49th, I wondered if this sequel would live up to my expectations.  The answer is yes – a hundred times yes.   Continue reading