Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Linkup!


Hello friends:

I'm changing my linkup as I think so many don't participate because they think they have to share blessings only.  That has never been the case but in the effort to help us all connect more, I want this to be a linkup that everyone will feel comfortable participating in.  Please do share your blessings if you'd like, but also share things you're making, a recipe, a book you're reading, or just a blog post that you think others will enjoy and be blessed by.

I have been feeling a bit better and have finally had the energy to paint.  I just finished this beautiful piece that was designed by Kim Christmas. Her designs are so fun and such a joy to paint! This took me a lot longer than it normally would but I'm so glad to be able to feel good enough to paint at times.


My cross stitch is still on the back burner as my fingers are still numb from the chemo.  I'm hoping that they come back to life soon. I've been able to crochet off and on, as with the painting, so little by little, I'm getting back to the things I love.

I am reading a lot of new, wonderful books that I will be sharing about soon.  I'm not doing as much book reviewing for others so will also share about books that I chose to read just for myself.

Please do share on the linky below!


Blessings - Julie

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Book Review - Standoff by Patricia Bradley


ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It's the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for Luke Fereday, it's also perfect for moving drugs.

Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers. John's daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father's murder but soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her.

Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who's going to keep him safe when he realizes he's falling--hard--for the daughter of the man he failed to save?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Patricia Bradley is the author of Justice Delayed, Justice Buried, Justice Betrayed, and Justice Delivered, as well as the Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award, and she was a Carol Award finalist. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at www.ptbradley.com.

MY REVIEW:

This book moves rather slowly for me, especially at the beginning, but I did enjoy the intrigue and suspense that the writer created.  As the story goes along, the speed does pick up and it became a page turner for me. It's a mystery/romance and this was well blended.

You can see that Luke and Brooke have deep feelings for each other but there are different issues that keep them apart. What I did like about their relationship is their support of one another.  It's nice to see this in a relationship.

Since this is the first book in a new series, there are lots of new characters introduced and, quite frankly, I had a hard time keeping them straight. However, I know that we will see some of these characters in future books so we have a foundation of who they are. Not remembering exactly who the secondary characters were didn't affect the main story line for me.

I love a book where I'm not sure who the bad guy is and this book delivered this. I wasn't sure who had done the murder and was surprised when it was revealed. I enjoy a book like this.

All in all, this is a good book.  I'm giving it 4 stars because of the slow bits and the complicated characters.  I still really enjoyed it and I think you will, too!

*I received this book from 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.


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Blessings - Julie

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Book Review - My Heart, Ever His: Prayers for Women


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Surrender Your Heart to the One Who Made It

Written prayers can serve as welcome guides to tune our hearts to the heart of God. In My Heart, Ever His Barbara Rainey shares 40 prayers to invite other women to bravely and authentically talk to God in the same ways the psalmists did thousands of years ago.

Like King David's conversations with God, Barbara's prayers are honest, even raw. Her transparency around experiences common to women encourages us to continually surrender to Christ and to see God as He is, not as we assume Him to be.

My Heart, Ever His guides readers to become transparent with our God. He already knows us intimately yet is ever eager to welcome us in His boundless love.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Barbara Rainey (www.familylifetoday.com) is a wife, mother of six adult children (plus three sons-in-law and two daughters-in-law), and "Mimi" to twenty-one grandchildren. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Barbara joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1971. Her husband, Dennis, whom she married in 1972, is the president of FamilyLife, a ministry of Campus Crusade that is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Barbara has published articles on family-related topics and is the author and coauthor of many books. She speaks at FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember marriage conferences and is a frequent guest on FamilyLife Today, a nationally syndicated daily radio program. Having faithfully served alongside Dennis for more than forty years both in ministry and at home, Barbara has recently launched a new endeavor called Ever Thine Home. This line of decorative home products for women makes it easy to express faith at home in a way that is both biblical and beautiful (www.everthinehome.com)

MY REVIEW:

This is a beautiful book - both inside and out. It's filled with heart-felt prayers that really touched my heart.

I absolutely loved the introduction that Barbara wrote. It explains why she wrote these prayers and how her study of Scripture guided her in these prayers. She explains that these are not happy, life is great, prayers but prayers from times when life is hard. There is also prayers of praise and all of these were so relatable to me as I go through my own life hardships.

The prayers are so beautiful and I found myself pondering over each one. They are meant to be read slowly. Barbara Rainey's writing is so poetic and beautiful and I found myself lingering over these prayers. I also used them as a jumping off point to pray my own prayers. Using this book during my time with God quieted my heart and allowed me to really focus on my Bible study and prayers.

This is a book I know I will return to again and again. I really have enjoyed my time reading it and I know you'll like it as much as I do.  I give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Bethany House. 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. It costs you nothing extra. I appreciate your support for my blog, More Of Him.

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Secrets of the Happy Soul


ABOUT THE BOOK:

How do some people do it? They rise above the circumstances and distractions of life and remain consistently happy. Even in tough times they have a quiet sense of peace about them. Examining the Bible and her own life, Katie Orr has discovered that deep happiness and satisfaction are only possible when we are rooted in God and pursuing his good and specific purpose for each of us.

Secrets of the Happy Soul is your invitation into a deeper, more fruitful relationship with God and his Word. As Katie walks you through key teachings from the book of Psalms, you will recognize how the world's definition of happiness pales compared to the daily delights God has in store for you. Draw closer to him, and your soul will go from lonely to connected, from overwhelmed to level and led, from aimless to commissioned and unique. God doesn't promise a storm-free life, but he is the anchor every happy soul needs.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Southern California was home before I packed my bags and moved cross-country to Auburn, Alabama to attend college. Though I grew up in private Christian schools, it was at Auburn University where my spiritual life became a personal pursuit. Before then, I thought Christianity was a bunch of do’s and don’ts. Through the discipleship ministry of Cru, I began to understand the how’s and why’s of Christianity. How do I study my Bible and share my faith? Why do my decisions make a difference in my relationship with God? Why is reading the Bible so important?

God’s grace continues to carry me as I learn to walk intimately with Him. Through depression, grief, and everyday craziness, He has proven Himself faithful.

MY REVIEW:

Katie Orr is a sound Biblical teacher and this is very evident in her new book, Secrets of the Happy Soul.  She takes us on a journey through Scripture and shows us how our relationship with God can make our souls happy because we are grounded in His Word.

From the first page, this book drew me in. I had my highlighter out constantly as I read. So many wonderful and memorable thoughts throughout this book. I also liked the evaluations, questions and Bible study actions that are sprinkled at the end of chapters. They are well thought out and made me think about how deeply I was making my walk with God a priority.

I really liked the Scripture that Katie shares throughout and I found myself looking them up in my own Bible and making notations about what I had learned from this book. That's what I liked the most about this book - it gave me a great desire to get into my Bible and study because Katie made me realize how important it is. Doing so really did make me happy!

I highly recommend this book! It is such a great book to read and Katie makes everything understandable and relatable by sharing her own stories. I really loved this book and I hope you'll get your own copy. It will help deepen your walk with God and in the process, give you a foundation for happiness.  I give this book 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Bethany House. 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. It costs you nothing extra. I appreciate your support for my blog, More Of Him.

Blessings - Julie

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Bible Review - Artisan Collection Bible NIV Girl's Edition


ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

With a marbled look using a layered ink technique, the NIV Artisan Collection Bible for Girls was created with girls ages 8 to 12 in mind. Each page of this Bible has lightly ruled, wide margins, inviting girls to journal, reflect, take notes, and create art. Featuring the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) translation, the NIV Artisan Collection Bible for Girls provides unique spaces to reflect on God's Word through writing, drawing, doodling or any other way an artsy girl chooses to connect deeper with Scripture! It's a girl's Bible done her way, so that God's Word touches her heart like never before.

MY REVIEW:

This Bible is so pretty and such a wonderful size. I really like how easy it is to hold and carry.  It's the perfect size for any girl (or woman) and it offers so much inside to enrich our walk with the Lord.


As you can see, the cover is absolutely gorgeous! The colors speak to my heart, as I'm sure it would any girl.


I love the wide margins for note-taking or Bible journaling. There are faint lines that make it easy to make your notes legible and straight. When doing artwork inside, they easily fade into the background. The paper is quite nice and I found it wonderful to work on.


I enjoyed drawing inside this Bible with colored pencils. The paper held up beautifully and there was no fear of the page ripping as I worked.

It also has the words of Jesus in red.  This is especially nice for knowing which words are being spoken by Jesus. This will definitely help girls as they study.


I am really enjoying using this Bible.  The text is easy to read and it's a wonderful addition to my quiet time. I highly recommend this Bible and give it 5 stars.

*This Bible was provided to me by Bible Gateway.  I received a copy of this Bible 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 Bible.


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. It costs you nothing extra. I appreciate your support for my blog, More Of Him.

Blessings - Julie