Saturday, June 23, 2018

Book Review - Fatal Recall



ABOUT THE BOOK:

First book in the Murphy, North Carolina series

Amnesia stole her memory—
a killer wants her dead

When Paige Tatem loses her memory, she knows just two things: she has a target on her back, and police officer Tanner Brody is the only man she trusts to protect her. As they piece together her past, Tanner wonders what lies hidden in Paige’s mind. And as the truth begins to emerge, it becomes clear that a ruthless enemy wants certain secrets to stay buried


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, Carol’s resume reads as if she doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love for writing. She currently pens fun and fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for a RITA® award and an RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award.

Carol lives in sunshiny Central Florida with her husband, who is her own real-life hero, and writes her stories under the shade of the huge oaks in her yard. Besides writing, she works alongside her music minister husband singing and playing the piano. She enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund

MY REVIEW:

I have read other books by Carol Post and always love them. This book is no exception!

This book is action packed, fast paced and kept me wondering what would happen next. Paige is a strong character without being overly much. I liked that she wasn't afraid to ask for help when she needed it. I liked Tanner, too, as he felt a sense of duty but wasn't over-bearing. Their relationship was lovely in that it didn't move along too fast or too slow and seemed very real.

When Tanner finds Paige in the woods, she has been hurt and can't remember anything, including her name or what she's doing there. The story unfolds in a way that keeps your attention. In fact, I read this book in a short time because I just couldn't put it down! We have to go with Paige through her memory loss so we have no idea what's going to happen and that really added to the suspense for me, which I love!

I also thought how the author brought faith into the book was so perfect. She does it in a believable way and it's wonderful how she shows His redemptive work in Paige. Tanner is very much against God but as he watches Paige and how she lives out her faith, we see his heart soften. 

As someone who really enjoys a good mystery, this fit the bill perfectly. I was never sure what was really behind everything that was happening and there were some shocking revelations along the way. I highly recommend this book and I do hope you'll get a copy and read it for yourself. You'll enjoy it so much! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the author


Blessings - Julie

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Book Review - The Gospel According to God


ABOUT THE BOOK:

“He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

Often hailed as one of the greatest chapters in the Bible, the prophecy of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 foretells the crucifixion of Jesus, the central event in God’s ultimate plan to redeem the world.

This book explains the prophetic words of Isaiah 53 verse by verse, highlighting important connections to the history of Israel and to the New Testament—ultimately showing us how this ancient prophecy illuminates essential truths that undergird our lives today.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master’s University and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.

MY REVIEW:

This is one of the best books I've ever read! It was filled with so much information that made me understand who God and Jesus are and it truly made me love my Savior even more.

This book focused on the end of Isaiah 52 and all of Isaiah 53 which prophecies about the death and resurrection of Jesus, plus his glorious reappearing to come. You wouldn't think there would be a whole book of information on just these verses of Scripture, but it's just packed with amazing things about God.

John MacArthur is such a wonderful teacher. He is so Biblical and always makes sure everything is factual. One thing, however, you better have a dictionary at hand because he has one of the most amazing vocabulary of any author I've ever read, except C. S. Lewis. You will not only learn about the Lord but your vocabulary will be expanded as well!


I took note after note while reading this book! There was so much that I learned and so much I wanted to remember! I have read Isaiah many times, but John MacArthur opened my eyes and mind to so much more knowledge in this book. I really did learn so many things and I loved that he explained the important Hebrew words and their meanings according to these Scriptures.

I definitely think this is a book everyone should read who wants to know the Lord more intimately. If you like learning about the Bible and you want true Biblical teaching, you really must read this book! I highly recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This ebook was provided to me for my honest review by Crossway


Blessings - Julie

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Book Review - Keturah


ABOUT THE BOOK:

In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father's estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.

Although it flies against all the conventions, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, conventions are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined--and that's just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this harsh and unfamiliar world.

Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.

To keep her family together and save the plantation that is her last chance at providing for them, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lisa T. Bergren has published more than 50 books with combined sales exceeding 3 million copies. She's the author of the Christy Award winner Waterfall, RITA finalist Firestorm, bestselling God Gave Us You, and several historical series such as Homeward and Grand Tour. She's also a recipient of the RT Lifetime Achievement Award. Lisa lives in Colorado with her husband and three teen-and-older children. To learn more, visit www.lisatbergren.com

MY REVIEW:

Lisa Bergren is a favorite author of mine and this book is another winner.

I really enjoyed the historical information in this book, written in a way that I felt like I was actually there. She does a beautiful job of describing the surroundings of the era that makes the book a beautiful read.

One of the things I really liked was the sisterly bond between Keturah (Ket), Verity and Selah. They support one another and it was lovely to read about their friendship and care for one another. We also see them being strong women in a time when that wasn't always encouraged.

The book does have it's slow periods but they aren't overly boring or distracting. There is a wonderful romantic relationship in the book and I really enjoyed the character of Gray as he was a strong yet kind man.

This story was very intriguing and I loved the backdrop of the sugar cane fields and the setting of the West Indies. I also really loved the faith of this sweet family that runs very strongly throughout and in a believable way. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the next installment. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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


Blessings - Julie

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Book Review - Breaking the Fear Cycle


ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Bible calls us to "fear not" on many occasions. But just how do we accomplish that when every news item seems designed to get us wringing our hands? Using her own story as a catalyst, Maria Furlough discusses how to overcome fear for good. With practicality and passion, she shows us the steps we can take to bring those fears to God rather than act on them and to trust God with the future.

When we give God full control over our lives, choosing his sovereignty over our own ability, we can break the cycle of fear, grow through suffering, and trust God to fulfill his promises of protection and peace. If you are filled with anxiety about your personal circumstances, the state of the world today, or even your fear-clogged social media feeds, you'll welcome this hands-on journey from fear to freedom.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Maria Furlough is a wife, a mother of five, and the head of women's ministry at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, North Carolina. She has been writing and teaching Bible studies for 14 years and currently writes on the blog True Worth at www.mytrueworth.org.

MY REVIEW:

This book was so appropriate for me. I have been a fearful person all my life and this is one of the best books for combating that fear that I've ever read.

Maria knows something about fear. One of her worst fears (and I think every Mom's fear) was losing a child. This happened when she is carrying her precious child, Gideon, she finds out that he will be born without lungs, kidney or bladder and would only live a few hours after his birth. She has to face the fear, but shows us how she did just this, with the help of God.

She shares stories of others who were fearful in the Bible, like David and Job, and how they were able to face their fears because of their faith in God. We, too, can have this same kind of faith.

One of my favorite things is that at the end of each chapter, she has a series of questions for us to answer. This helped me to truly reflect on my feelings of fear and then combat those fears by going to God's Word. Because of these wonderful questions, this book would make a great book for a small group.

I loved Maria's style of writing because she helps us to truly understand God's promises of giving us strength and faith so we can rise above the fears we feel. She was so open and honest in this book and I enjoyed each and every page. I highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with fears because it will truly help you overcome. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Reads



Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Adamant


ABOUT THE BOOK:

What is truth?

This has become the defining question of our time. But while everyone has an opinion, truth, it seems, is getting harder and harder to find. Perhaps that's because we are searching for something when we should be looking for someone.

Truth has a name.

More ancient than time and more present than this moment, truth is not a river that changes with the cultural currents, but a rock--immovable, invincible, unshakeable--and the cornerstone of all we are and ever dream to be.

Theologically deep yet intimately accessible. Adamant will be an anchor for your soul in a raging sea of opinions, giving you a clear sense of direction in a wandering world.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lisa Bevere has spent nearly three decades empowering women of all ages to find their identity and purpose. She is a New York Times bestselling author and internationally known speaker. Her previous books, which include Fight Like a Girl, Lioness Arising, Girls with Swords, and Without Rival, are in the hands of millions worldwide. Lisa and her husband, John, are the founders of Messenger International, an organization committed to developing uncompromising followers of Christ who transform their world. Learn more at www.lisabevere.com.

MY REVIEW:

This book took me longer to read than it normally takes me. Not because it was hard to get through, but because it was so good and so profound, I wanted to absorb each and every word!

This book takes us through the truth of who God is and, in turn, who we are in Him. Each and every chapter shows us the truth of God and how we need to stand on the Rock of Jesus and not be swayed by the worldly cares around us.

My favorite quote from this book is, "The Rock is our strength, our sure footing in a world littered with gravel." This really epitomizes the whole book for me. Jesus is everything - our truth, our Adamant. Everything else is just gravel that we will never have sure footing on.

My favorite chapter was on transformation. As one who is always striving to do better, this chapter was especially encouraging because it is through the strength of God that we can transform. She also shares how important it is to pause and ponder and that's something that I have lacked in my very busy life.

I absolutely love this book and will be reading it again. There's so much truth to be gleaned from this book and it truly is life and heart transforming because Lisa is sharing God's Word and that's always the best thing. She explains things so well and has so many wonderful statements throughout this book that really stick with you. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Reads



Blessings - Julie