Thursday, May 24, 2018

Book Review - Blind Betrayal


After two years at the St. Louis U.S. Marshals Office, Casey Sloane is tasked with escorting a reporter to Washington to testify before a grand jury. The reporter's research on an up-and-coming environmentalist who suddenly disappeared is now even more vital than anticipated.

At first, Casey's assignment seems routine. But a dangerous attack on the Marshals Office puts everyone on high alert. When Casey and two other Marshals--one a man from her past--are forced on the run with the reporter, they'll do whatever it takes to protect their witness and make it out alive.


Nancy Mehl ( is the author of more than thirty books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice series. She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. She is part of The Suspense Sisters:, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.


This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it!

Casey and Doug are US Marshall's out of St. Louis and they have a high profile witness that they need to get to Washington D.C. They are hoping that her testimony will put away a very dangerous man that has ties to terrorism. Unfortunately, he also has tentacles every where and is about to make these Marshall's lives very difficult.

Since they are going to D.C., they send an agent from that office to help transport him. Casey knows E.J. from her days of working there and there are feelings between them but there are also hard feelings between them. This creates another dilemma for the agents.

This journey ends up being very dangerous and the situations keep you glued to the pages and up late at night to see what will happen next.

I really like the characters in this book and felt very invested in their lives. I love a book that makes the people in them feel real. The character of Casey especially was so real with lots of emotions you would expect in the situations they find themselves in.

If you enjoy a mystery/thriller that keeps you entranced, you will love Blind Betrayal. It is well written and high enjoyable. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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

Blessings - Julie

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bible Review - CSB Worldview Study Bible


The CSB Worldview Study Bible features extensive worldview study notes and articles by notable Christian scholars to help Christians better understand the grand narrative and flow of Scripture within the biblical framework from which we are called to view reality and make sense of life and the world. Guided by general editors David S. Dockery and Trevin K. Wax, this Bible is an invaluable resource and study tool that will help you to discuss, defend, and clearly share with others the truth, hope, and practical compatibility of Christianity in everyday life.

Features include:

Extensive worldview study notes
Over 130 articles by notable Christian scholars
Center-column references
Smyth-sewn binding
Presentation page
Two ribbon markers
Two-piece gift box, and more

The CSB Worldview Study Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.


I really like this Bible! I love the soft, leather-like blue cover. It feels so good in my hands and it's not too heavy. I can't handle heavy books any longer, so having a Bible that doesn't hurt when I carry it is a great thing for me.

The font is really nice and not too small. It's very easy to read and I like the version of the CSB. One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 91:4 and here it is in this Bible:

"He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield."

I really like how this reads. The whole of the Bible is like this and I like how really easy it is to read.

There are study notes at the bottom of each page to explain the text. The font on these notes is quite small, just so you know. I can read it, however, it's a bit of a struggle for me. If you have good, up-close eyesight, it may not be a problem but if you're a bit older like me, you may need to use something to help you read it easier.

The beginning of each chapter has information about what you're reading, who wrote it, and the circumstances under which it was written. I thought this was really helpful as I read through each book.

There are wonderful, colorful maps in the back that have a lot of information. I really enjoyed this, too, because I like to see where things are taking place as I'm reading. The maps are really easy to read and I think they are one of the best maps I've seen in a Bible.

I can highly recommend this Bible! I have enjoyed using it so much during my morning Bible study. It has helped me to understand Scripture easier. I give this Bible 5 out of 5 stars.

*This Bible was provided to me for my honest review by B&H/Lifeway Bloggers

Blessings - Julie

Friday, May 18, 2018

Mother's Day

I had the most wonderful Mother's Day! I wanted to share a few picture with you from my amazing day.

I always make sure I take pictures with my family on the holidays and this was no exception. Here I am with my hubby

and with my son

They also bought me a cake...and was delicious! 😉

Look at the beautiful gifts I received! I saw these at, of all places, the grocery store and fell in love with them! It's a table and a birdbath for my deck. I think these are absolutely gorgeous and have never seen anything like them. I love that the birdbath lights up, too.

I am so blessed by these beautiful gifts and my family.

Finally, my day wouldn't be complete without my little sweetheart, Mitzi. She has my heart.

Blessings - Julie

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Counting Our Blessings - LinkUp!

I'm back with our linkup, dear friends! I've been having some bad and good days and sometimes, I just don't have the energy to do everything I'd like to do. But you know what? It's all good because God has seen me through so much and He will continue to heal, strengthen and comfort me. What a blessing!

46.  Remember the beginning of my afghan I showed you last time? I finished it and got it shipped off to the person I was making it for! I made this for my Mother for Mother's Day. 😊

I had a two day marathon to get this done in time to ship it but I made it and she got it a few days before Mother's Day. I think the colors are so pretty!

47.  I finished my Celtic Santa - Wales! I had been anxious about doing the beard and mustache but, you know what, it ended up being quite easy. I did have to take the beard out once because I didn't get it even, but the second time was the charm. Here is my finished Santa!

Next, I will cut him out, make a hanger and then back it with felt. I'm excited to start a new Santa soon from the Celtic series.

48.  Remember this?

Yes, I'm still working on it. After finishing the Santa, I decided to go back to one of my big projects and work on it for awhile. I only have two big projects going and I like to switch back and forth. I have one big project in my craft room and one in my family room so I can work on which ever between little projects.

My stitching has been sporadic because I have aggravated a tendon from my wrist to my thumb. I had x-rays last week and will be getting a shot in my hand next week, which I understand will be almost an instant cure. I'll be so glad! It's quite painful.

Your turn to share your blessings! Share on the linkup below (or in the comments)

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Why Her


If success is defined in the eye of the beholder,
who are you letting behold your success?

Nicki Koziarz is confronting the comparison question: Why her?

Through two striving sisters in the Bible, Nicki uncovered six truths’ we need to hear when trying to measure up leaves you falling behind.

These six truths will help you:

· Stop staring at her success and find satisfaction in yours.

· Find contentment with your life without being complacent in who you are becoming.

· Gain godly wisdom to answer the Why Her silent question of your soul.

Someone will always be ahead. But that doesn’t mean you’re behind. Because Truth, like always, will set us free. And free women don’t have to measure up to anybody. Not even her.


Nicki Koziarz is a wife to a marathon-running man and momma to three beautiful girls. She and her husband purchased a fixer-upper farm where life has becoming nothing but an adventure at times. Nicki is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries, and when she speaks, she inspires women to encounter God in powerful ways, believe in the power of Jesus to overcome the impossible in their lives, and unite the church from generation to generation.


This book is excellent for any of us to compare ourselves to others or generally think we are not enough as we are.

In this book, Nicki uses the story of Rachel and Leah from the Bible. Two sisters who have every reason to compare themselves to each other given the circumstances their own father put them in. We see what happens when these sisters compare themselves to each other and how looking to God for our worth makes all the difference.

I love how she shares from her own life and her own struggles with the "why her" comparison syndrome we seem to all have. It made me feel like I could be really honest about my own struggles with this horrible thing we end up doing to ourselves.

I love this book and how she shows us, through Scripture, how we can get past this defeating thinking that paralyzes us. This is a book that gives us the tools to go forward and live our own life, without comparison, the way God truly intended for us.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by B&H/Lifeway Blogger program

Blessings - Julie