Friday, February 23, 2018

CD Review - Whole Heart by Passion Music


“Rooted out of the Passion movement, we are committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship. Passion is more than music. More than events. Passion is a generation living for His name.”

WHOLE HEART is the new live album from Passion—captured at Passion Conference 2018 in Atlanta,

Passion Conference 2018 was a beautiful worship experience, and the live album captures each powerful moment, allowing those who were not in attendance to experience it.

Featuring Passion Artists: Kristian Stanfill, Melodie Malone, Sean Curran, Matt Redman, Crowder.

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I absolutely love this CD! Each and every song is inspiring and draws me closer to the Lord through worship.

I really liked all the songs, however, I have some favorites. "Heaven" is so beautiful with lyrics that touched my heart. "Hallelujah, Our God Reigns" is just amazing. I love how different, yet thoughtful an inspiring, this song is. "Great is Our Lord" reminds us who God is! It's just beautiful.

I have listened to this over and over and especially like playing it while I'm doing my Bible study or devotional. It is a form of worship that perfectly enhances my quiet time. Of course, this isn't the only time I listen to it. It's perfect for any time.

You can purchase this CD HERE and I highly recommend you do. I know you'll love it as much as I do!

*Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post

Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Counting Our Blessings - Link up!

I don't have anything to really share this week as I've been sick again. I had a horrible episode over the weekend as I had the stomach flu. I won't get into anything specific, but let's just say, having an ostomy bag with the stomach flu is just horrible! I'm still a little puny with that but then got a sinus infection on top of that. Oh my goodness - when it rains it pours.

22. My blessing for this week is that my regular nurse was on call Sunday and she came right over to help me when I was so sick. She got a replacement bag on and was so kind! Huge, huge blessing!

Even though I don't feel well, I did not want to skip our weekly linkup so I hope you'll link your own blessing to my post.  Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Where I End


Those who are hidden in Jesus, though they suffer, will discover a more beautiful ending—or should I say beginning—than they ever could imagine.”

Katherine Clark was just an average wife and mother with two young children when she was in a tragic playground accident in late May 2009. A little boy playing on the jungle gym jumped and landed on Kate's head, knocking her over and snapping her neck. Kate was paralyzed from the neck down. The doctors diagnosed her with quadriplegia and said she would never walk again.

This terrifying prognosis could have been the end of the story. But instead, God chose to work a profound miracle in Kate's life and in the life of her family.

Where I End tells the incredible story. Kate describes how God's presence carried her through the trying journey of re-learning to walk, both physically and spiritually. Throughout, she shares the deep theological truths that sustained her as she and her family traveled this difficult road.

For fans of Ann Voskamp, Sheldon Vanauken, and Joni Eareckson Tada, Where I End offers hope, encouragement, and a timely reminder of who Jesus is: God with us. In a reflective, literary style, Kate invites readers to see pain and suffering within the context of God's loving, tender, powerful care—and there find hope.


KATHERINE CLARK is wife to a gifted theologian and mom to two bright kids, all of whom bring merriment and humor to her days. A native of Detroit, Kate has had the privilege of living in several great cities, including Dallas, Toronto, Grand Rapids, and Chicago. Kate studied at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Dallas Theological Seminary. With a background in psychology, she has spent much of the last twenty years working and writing for a nationwide Christian radio and counseling ministry. When she's not writing, Kate enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking new recipes with her kids, and immersing herself in books. The Clark family currently resides in Wheaton, IL and worships together at Church of the Resurrection.


Be prepared when you read this book and have a highlighter handy! My book is covered page after page with highlighting!

This book touched my heart in such a profound way. It strengthened my faith and gave me hope where I had none for certain situations in my life. Katherine's love for Jesus and her calm faith radiated throughout this book and gave me such a boost in my spirit!

On a beautiful Spring day, Katherine is at her children's school playing tag on the playground when the most tragic and, truly crazy, thing happened to her. A little boy had climbed to the top of a slide platform, climbed over the railings and jumped just as Katherine was passing underneath. He landed on her head, breaking her neck and paralyzing her! She went from being a runner, active woman to a paraplegic in the blink of an eye. This book tells her story, in her own words, with heart-felt beauty that brought tears to my eyes so many times!

We see God working in and through her life as she deals with this difficult situation that turns her, and her families life, upside down. There were so many things she shared that I could relate to as a woman with my own health issues.

This is a must-read book! It will absolutely allow you to see the strength that Jesus has brought Katherine and her earnest faith in Him. It will give you hope, as it did me, to cope with your own hard situation. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Moody Publishers

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - The Ladies of Ivy Cottage


A gentlewoman in reduced circumstances, Miss Rachel Ashford lives as a guest in Ivy Cottage. With her meager funds rapidly depleting, she is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. Her friend Jane Bell and the other village women encourage her to open a circulating library with the many books she's inherited from her father. As villagers donate additional books and Rachel begins sorting through the volumes, she discovers mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but both find more than they bargained for.

Rachel's hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and finds fulfillment in managing her girls school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what--or whom--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all.


Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full-time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing's BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards and ACFW's Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit


I was so excited to read the second installment of this series, Tales from Ivy Hill. The first book and it's characters have stayed with me and I was looking forward to seeing what was happening with the ladies from Ivy Hill.

We are re-acquainted with Mercy, Jane and Rachel plus Aunt Matty, Thora, and Sir Timothy and many more favorites from the first book. We are also introduced to some new people that really add to the story line.

Mercy and her aunt have moved Rachel into Ivy Cottage after she has no where to go. Rachel wants to provide for her own living, however, but isn't sure what to do. Then she hears about lending libraries that have set up. They are places where you can pay a subscription and have access to the books. Rachel's father left her a whole library of books, so this works great for her.

In the process of accepting books from people, two mysteries arise and things are revealed that have a profound affect on people. Some good and some bad. These little mysteries really added to the book for me and, while I thought I knew what was going to happen, it still created need to keep reading into the night to see what would happen!

There is a rather sad story that happens and is part of the cliff-hanger of the book. There is enough happiness at the end to not leave you feeling cheated because certain things aren't resolved - plus it makes me anxious to read book 3!

This is a wonderful book! I love the setting of Ivy Hill in England and the time period of 1820. I spent many a night up too late reading because I couldn't put the book down. I highly recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Bethany House Publishers

Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Counting Our Blessings - Linkup!

Hello Friends!

It's that wonderful day where we count our blessings. 😊 I've had an up and down week. As you know I was having anxiety about my surgeon but, because of your prayers, that has lifted and my faith in God has brought me peace. Thank you so much for your good thoughts and prayers!

19.  Look at this gorgeous mini rose!

I actually have this in my family room and it is doing so well! Look at all the roses and buds. I'm thinking I'm going to just keep it in my house until it gets to the point that it has to be planted outside. It's such a perk of sunshine in the house during these dreary days.

20.  I also replanted my orchids. They were getting so root bound and I could tell they were not going to bloom again while in their original pots. I found these cute pots that all matched and used the orchid soil to re-pot them. They are doing great now and one is actually starting to put out a stem for flowers. I'm sorry the picture isn't too good but here they are.

21.  I haven't stitched a lot this last week but I did put a few new stitches in my Celtic Santa - Wales project. Here's a picture of him.

I love how he's coming along and I can't wait to get to the beading. 😊

What are your blessings this week?  Please share on the linky below!

Blessings - Julie