Saturday, October 19, 2019

Book Review - Strong, Brave, Loved by Holley Gerth


ABOUT THE BOOK:

You want to be a woman who looks life in the face and says, "You can't beat me." A woman who knows love is a risk and reaches out anyway. A woman who understands kindness takes real courage. Who doesn't fake it or try to hide her scars. Who fights to believe she is who God says she is and helps others do the same.

In Strong, Brave, Loved, bestselling author Holley Gerth offers you sixty short devotions to empower you to be that kind of woman. It's simple, personal, and practical, with room for you to journal your own responses and reflections as you learn to live in freedom, hope, and holy courage.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Holley Gerth is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You're Already Amazing and Fiercehearted. She's also cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South. Connect with her at www.holleygerth.com.

MY REVIEW:

Holley Gerth is on of my favorite authors who I can count on to be sound in her Biblical teachings and she always seems to come out with a new book at the precise time that I need encouragement.

This is a wonderful devotional that ties into her book, Fiercehearted, another book I loved and would highly recommend. She shares from her heart on each page and then has journaling space for us to do the same. If you've read my reviews before, you know that I love when an author thinks of her reader and provides the space to jot down our own thoughts.

Each devotional is full of Scripture and encouragement. There are also prayers that touched my heart and gave me a start to my own prayers. There are beautiful graphics inside this beautiful book making it a wonderful gift for someone or yourself. It's just a beautiful book to hold and look at. When you add all the beautiful words inside that encourage a closer walk with the Lord, it's the perfect book, in my opinion.

This book will bring you joy and I highly recommend it. I give it 5 stars!

*This book was provided to me by Revell. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


*As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. When you click on my Amazon link, I will earn a small fee on this item or anything else you purchase while clicked in on this link. I appreciate your support for my blog, More Of Him

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - She Prays by Debbie Lindell


ABOUT THE BOOK:

God wants us to know him so well that we are comfortable talking to him about anything and everything. Yet there are times when we feel disconnected and insecure. We desire to grow in prayer, but we don't know where to begin, what to say, or how to listen for his voice.

In She Prays, Debbie Lindell invites you on a thirty-one-day journey to experience a confident and conversational relationship with your heavenly Father. She shows you how to replace the pressure to perform in prayer with a faith-filled expectation--trusting that God is delighted with every conversation and every word we whisper to him. Her desire is that your soul will be transformed as your confidence in prayer grows, and that your faith will be strengthened as you see God work through your prayers in ways you never imagined possible.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debbie Lindell is the author of She Believes, and she and her husband, John, serve as lead pastors of James River Church in Springfield, Missouri. In 2003, Debbie launched the Designed for Life Women's Conference, which today draws 10,000 women annually from across the nation and around the world. As a dynamic leader and speaker, she has a passion to see women of all ages embrace their unique design, understand their purpose, and connect to one another through life-giving sisterhood. Learn more at DebbieLindell.com.

MY REVIEW:

I pray all the time but I always feel like my prayer life could be better - deeper - so I was really excited to read this book about prayer. I was not disappointed.

Debbie shares four categories on prayer:

  • With Understanding
  • With Knowledge
  • With Trust
  • With Power

Each section has powerful ideas and encouragement on enriching our prayer life. I like that it's set up as a devotion so you take one day at a time to learn more about prayer. I also love that there's a place to journal your thoughts and/or prayers at the end of the teaching.

This is a book I will definitely go through time and time again because I feel like each time I read it, I'm going to gain new insights to prayer. It's Biblically sound which is always important to me. This is not a prayer formula book but a book designed to grow you closer to God in prayer. I highly recommend it and give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Revell. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


*As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. When you click on my Amazon link, I will earn a small fee on this item or anything else you purchase while clicked in on this link. I appreciate your support for my blog, More Of Him.

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - A Distance Too Grand


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Meg Pero has been assisting her photographer father since she was big enough to carry his equipment, so when he dies she is determined to take over his profession--starting with fulfilling the contract he signed to serve on an Army survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1871. What she doesn't realize is that the leader of the expedition is none other than the man she once refused to marry.

Captain Ben Coleridge would like nothing more than to leave without the woman who broke his heart. He can't afford to be distracted during this survey, which is a screen for another, more personal mission, one he cannot share with any member of his team.

As dangers arise from all sides--and even from within--Meg and Ben must work together to stay alive, fulfill their duties, and, just maybe, rekindle a love that neither had completely left behind.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Regina Scott is the author of more than 40 works of warm, witty historical romance. Her writing has won praise from Booklist and Library Journal, and she was twice awarded the prestigious RT Books Reviews best book of the year in her category. A devotee of history, she has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research. She and her husband of 30 years live south of Tacoma, Washington, on the way to Mt. Rainier.

MY REVIEW:

I really enjoyed this book and loved how beautifully the author described one of my favorite places, The Grand Canyon.  She did a lovely job of making the reader feel like they were right there with the main characters, Meg and Bed and their team.

Meg is a professional photographer who learned the art from her famous father. He taught her everything she knows, and when illness forced him to take a back seat, she did photographs in his name, until his death.  Before he died, he signed a contract to photograph this new expedition to the Grand Canyon and Meg is determined to fulfill this contract.

Captain Bed Coleridge is in charge of the team that will go into the Grand Canyon. Meg doesn't realize this until she shows up at the Fort and is confronted by her former love interest when he was at West Point. This brings a lot of tension to the story as we know they still care for each other and we watch as they try to deny this mutual attraction.

The story has a bit of a mystery to it, which I really enjoyed. I also loved the character of Dot, who is the cook and only other woman on the team. I liked how Meg and Dot looked out for each other and were both strong, brave women.

I really liked this book and loved the historical elements to it.  I give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Revell.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


*As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. When you click on my Amazon link, I will earn a small fee on this item or anything else you purchase while clicked in on this link. I appreciate your support for my blog, More Of Him. 

Blessings - Julie 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

In God I take refuge...in Him I have strength.


It's been a whirlwind week and a half.  I had my pet scan on Friday, October 4th and then sat on pins and needles over the weekend wondering what the outcome would be. It was a long weekend, believe me.

Monday, we celebrated my husbands birthday and had lunch with our sons at our home before my youngest son had to go to work. I made my husband's favorite meal of cheese enchiladas and salad. My oldest son brought the beautiful, delicious birthday cake. It was a lovely time of family and celebration, however, it didn't last.

I received a phone call from my doctor's PA and she informed me that the pet scan showed the cancer had spread to my left lung (a small spot, about the size of a dime), and my liver, and a small spot on my trachea. To say I was shocked is the understatement of the century.  I tried to ask the right questions but was tongue tied and just listened as she explained the next steps.

She said they would do a biopsy either on the lung or liver to determine that it is indeed the uterine cancer that had spread. They would also put a port in so that I could start chemo therapy. So once again, I found myself on the phone arranging appointments to have this done.  My doctor suggested a specific hospital and I willingly went along with this because I had a biopsy on my thyroid back in 2004 and it was a fiasco. My hospital here was ill prepared to do the biopsy and her fear was that I could get to my hospital and they would refuse to do it. The hospital she recommended would not do that to me. 

So last Friday, on the 11th, I headed to the hospital to have my liver biopsy and port put in and then after that, to my doctor's office for what they call "chemo teach". I never thought I would ever hear those words. In any case, the biopsy and the insertion of the port went very well.  I was actually quite scared because I had no idea what to expect.  The hospital was beautiful and everyone so professional and kind. I felt absolutely nothing and, when I informed them I felt like I didn't have enough "twilight" medication, they immediately made sure I was comfortable.  I was so impressed with this hospital that I told my doctor I want to go there when they do my surgery after all the chemo is done.

I will be starting chemo next Friday, October 18th. They wanted to start it Monday the 14th, but my insurance had not approved it. I will be calling tomorrow to see if they got the approval yet, and if not, I will be calling the insurance company to move them along on this! My first chemo will be on a Friday but after that, I will have them on a Monday.  I will have 6 treatments, 3 weeks apart. Each treatment will take 6 hours! After I am done with the chemo, if they find it has eradicated the cancer in my organs, they will then do the surgery.

Friends, I've had some difficult moments through all this. I truly didn't think I would have any cancer outside my uterus. I had faith that God would keep it within it's boundaries. However, God's ways are not my ways and I must accept this path I am on. I am going to do my best to have a positive attitude throughout all this and trust that God will give me the strength I need to face and fight this. 

I have had so many of you praying for me and I am so thankful! Your prayers remind me that I am loved and not alone. I have been so blessed by the emails, private messages, text messages and packages that have arrived to cheer me. You have no idea how much all of this means to me!

We serve a God who cares and I am so thankful that I am sheltered under His wings and that I am shielded by His faithfulness.

In God I take refuge...in Him I have strength.

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Always We Begin Again


ABOUT THE BOOK:

No one wants to be sidelined, stuck, shamed, or silenced. But the difficulties of life have a way of putting us in a corner, and we often don't know how to move forward. It's so easy to blame ourselves or our circumstances, to get bogged down in discouragement and toxic thinking. But that's not what we were meant for, and that's not how God wants us to live.

Leeana Tankersley has good news if you're struggling: each new day is an opportunity to begin again. In her warm tone and welcoming style, she offers one hundred short readings to encourage and motivate you to begin again in your relationships with God, your family, your friends, and yourself.

Because there is always a hand reaching toward you, there is always grace available, and there is always a chance to begin again.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Leeana Tankersley is the author of five books, including Begin Again and Brazen, and holds English degrees from Liberty University and West Virginia University. Leeana's writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, on CNN.com, and at (in)courage. She is a regular contributor to MOPS as both a writer and a speaker. Leeana and her three kids currently call Virginia home. Learn more at www.leeanatankersley.com.

MY REVIEW:

This is an absolutely beautiful book that draws you in with it's simplistic beauty but once you open it, it's a wonderful, complex devotional that helps you find navigate the changes of life that inevitably come our way.

Leeana shares personal stories that draw you in and help you to realize that we all face struggles and difficulties, however, God is with us and will help us through these times when we aren't sure how to move forward.

This book has been especially helpful and comforting to me as I have been recently diagnosed with cancer and each day holds some new difficulty and fear.

Each day starts with a quote and then a short devotional that is thought provoking. Then begins my favorite part...the question and answer section.  There are one or two short questions and lines where we can record our thoughts.  I love when devotions have this because it makes it so much more personal and helps me to really work through things in my mind.

I love how Leeana points us back to God's Word again and again for our answers in this life. Her writing is beautiful and poignant and I absolutely adored this book! I highly recommend it, especially for your quiet time and especially if you find yourself going through a difficult season. I give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Revell.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie