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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Book Review~Soul's Prisoner

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Soul's Prisoner
(WhiteFire Publishing (December 15, 2015))
by
Cara Luecht


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word from the Author:I never planned to be a writer. In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer. By day, I am an English Instructor for a local college, mother to four amazing children, and wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband. In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction. I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. If you have a question for me, or if you are local and would like me to stop by your book club or writer’s group, please drop me a line via the “Ask the Author” tab. I always love the opportunity to meet with others who share my love of books.





ABOUT THE BOOK

She'll fight for her future...but can she escape her past?
Chicago, Winter, 1891
Rachel is in danger. She s seen too much.
She creeps along the cement walls through the dank underbelly of the asylum. She d never planned to leave her quiet farm life, never thought she d find a place in the city, never imagined she d be in the kind of danger that would have her cowering in Dunning s cold, labyrinthine basement.
Jenny has finally found her place. After a childhood of abuse, she has friends, a real job, and her only wish is to give her adopted son the kind of life she never had.
A life of stability, without the risk and uncertainty of a father.
But when Jeremy, Rachel s brother, stumbles into their warehouse, asking for help to find his missing sister, Jenny s carefully constructed life begins to crumble.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Soul's Prisoner, go HERE.

What I Thought: I received Soul's Prisoner last Friday, and was concerned if I would be able to read it in time to post my review for this tour.  Well, there was no problem at all because as soon as I opened the book I could not put this book down!

Soul's Prisoner is the second book in Cara Luecht's series Portraits of Grace.  I have not read the first book in the series, Soul Painter, but I definitely will now! Soul's Prisoner is a story with a lot of suspense, a little romance, and a collection of very interesting and unique characters.  At first I had a hard time keeping the characters straight, but got them figured out after the first couple chapters.  I assume had I read the first book in the series, I would not have had any trouble. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading other books by Cara Luecht.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Book Review~The Daniel Fast for Weight Loss


The Daniel Fast for Weight Loss, by Susan Gregory, explains what the Daniel Fast is and gives devotions and recipes to go along with it. This isn't another diet-it is a lifestyle change. The Daniel Fast is a plant-based fast that usually lasts 21 days.  It is a way to become closer to God and lose weight.

This book helps you with The Daniel Fast both spiritually and physically from preparing for it up to after the fast. Meal planning and preparation is discussed, and many original recipes are included. There is a 21 day devotional included to go along with your fast.

I found this book very helpful-I had never heard of The Daniel Fast before. Author Susan Gregory is known as an expert on the fast, and has other books published on The Daniel Fast.  Some of the recipes looked wonderful, but there were many I wouldn't see myself making, especially those with tofu. This book is very informative, with plenty of scripture references. It is definitely about healing your relationship with God as well as with food.

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review~A Son's Vow






About the Book:  

Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family.

Darla's father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm's lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn't looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger---with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.

Now her brother's anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn't change soon, Darla fears it will cost her---and her family---even more.

Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father's lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he's feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone---especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can't simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.

As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla's love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

Shelley Shepard Gray's first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy. 


About the Author: 


 Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail. 
Connect with Sherri: website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest

What I Thought: A Son's Vow is the first book in author Shelley Shepard Gray's new series The Charmed Amish Life.  Ms. Gray is one of my favorite authors-she has a talent for drawing me into the book, leaving me feeling like I personally know the characters and don't want the story to end! She once again pulled me in to this wonderful new story, set in a small Ohio town named Charm. A horrible tragedy at the local mill left the community divided, and families in turmoil. Lukas and Darla, best friends for many years, feel a strain between them. As they work hard to heal their own families, they both struggle with their relationship. 

A Son's Vow was a quick read for me-it is 262 pages long, but the story is so intriguing that I couldn't put it down! At the back of the book is a treasure of extra information:
*Meet Shelley Shepard Gray
*Letter from the Author
*Questions for Discussion
*Recipe-White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies
*A Few Charming facts from Shelley Shepard Gray
*Sneak Peek into the second book in the series

I am excited to get my hands on the second book in The Charmed Amish Life series, A Daughter's Dream, coming in May 2016 from Avon Inspire. 

You can read more reviews of A Son's Vow at the book's Landing Page. Purchase your own copy here.

 

Shelley Shepard Gray is having a giveaway!  Click here to enter by February 10th. 

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Product Review~Bible Learning Cards (Preschool)




Its never too early to start learning! These Preschool Bible Learning Cards are a wonderful way to start your little ones learning the word of God. There are twenty 5 x 7 flashcards in each boxed set. The flashcards are sturdy, glossy, and have bright colored illustrations to catch your toddler's eye. Each card has a bible verse and a discussion starter, with pictures on both sides of the card.
The cards are color-coded into four categories, with a handy ring clip to keep them together.  The categories included in the preschool set are: Love, Play, Learn, and Grow. My Grandson, 4, really has been enjoying looking at the cards and talking about them.




There are two other sets of Bible Learning Cards for children age 4-11 and 6-13. They are Children's Cards (4-11) and Courage and Comfort Cards (6-13).
Here is a video with more information:






Company Bio:
Words2remember4kids is based on the idea of getting children and parents to learn encouraging, comforting and classic Bible verses through illustrations and discussion starters on large flash cards. These cards are great for every day use around the house and in the car. We are a small company, with Vicky Enright as the illustrator, and Kristen Smith, who has her Masters of Divinity who helps with the verses and discussion starters. Our company is located in the Boston area.
 
You can order your own set of Bible Learning Cards at the website   http://www.words2remember4kids.com/
 
*Disclosure 
I received a free copy of this product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Book Review~The Bishop's Son


About The Book: 
Two men offer Leila two very different futures. Will she choose with her heart or with her faith? Leila Lantz has been in love with Jesse Glick from the day she first saw him at his father’s store, but she can’t make sense of his intentions. One day he wants to come courting, the next he seems to be putting distance between them. Jesse may be the bishop’s son, but his faith has been wavering of late. If he is so unsure, is it fair to give Leila false hope for a future he doubts he can provide?

Then there’s Will, Jesse’s cousin. He has been trying to keep his feelings for Leila a secret, but he also knows Jesse is wrestling with his faith. Would declaring his feelings for Leila be in her best interest or simply serving his own selfish desires? Leila knows she can choose Will and be secure in her own future. But when her heart speaks, it’s Jesse’s name she hears. When will God make His will known to her? Could leaving everything she knows—even her own faith—be a part of God’s plan?

About The Author: 
 Kelly Irvin is the author of several Amish series including the Bliss Creek Amish series, the New Hope Amish series, and the Amish of Bee County series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty years. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-seven years. They have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.

What I Thought: 
The Bishop's Son is the second book in author Kelly Irvin's series The Amish of Bee County. I did not read the first book, The Beekeeper's Son, but I have read other novels by the author and enjoyed them. I found The Bishop's Son easy to read without the backstory from the first book of the series. I enjoy Kelly Irvin's writing style-she is very descriptive and I feel like I know the characters well. This book was unique from most Amish fiction because it didn't portray the outside world-the 'Englisch'-as all wicked. There was a good group of Christian young adults that Jesse was involved with. In this book, Leila is torn between passion and risk with Jesse, or stability with Will. The Bishop's Son kept me engaged from start to finish. At the back of the book are Discussion Questions. Now that I've read The Bishop's Son, I will definitely go back and read The Beekeeper's Son

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Book Review~Dance With Jesus:From Grief to Grace






About the Book: 

ISBN: 978-1-63047-308-2 I  List Price $9.99 i  Format: eBook I Page Count  130
ISBN: 978-1-63047-307-5 I  List Price $12.99 I  Format: Paperback I Page Count 130
ISBN: 978-1-63047-309-9 I List Price $34.99 I Format: Hardcover I Page Count 130


Grief hits each one of us and can come from so many difference directions…

Have you lost someone dear to you?  A brother, sister, parent, grandparent, family member, friend or a child?  A relationship?  A body part to cancer or an accident?  Do you want to experience the joy of moving from broken to blessed?  From GRIEF TO GRACE?  Do you want God to take your hand and teach you how to dance…with Jesus?  Yes?
Then devour the words in Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace!  Expect to laugh through the tears and experience a deepening of your faith.

About the Author: 
 
Susan B Mead is a woman in AWE of God and how much He loves each one of us. Her desire - share stories of hope so we can see God's hand at work in our lives. Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace was written as her answer to "what does God want you to do right now?" in the Experiencing God Bible Study.

Susan spent 22+ years with Johnson & Johnson prior to losing her youngest son. She realized that things get broken, discarded or replaced, yet people matter. She chose to retire early to make time for the people who matter most to her, including you, a dear reader. 

Susan's credentials include BS, MT(ASCP), MBA and IFOC Sr. Ordained Chaplain. She holds certification from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for Individual Grief, Group Grief and Grief following Trauma.
To learn more about Susan and her writing, visit her at . . .

Author Website: www.SusanBMead.com

Book Website: www.DanceWithJesus.com 
Twitter:  @susanbmead
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsusanbmead
LinkedIn:   SusanMead1
Amazon: Amazon.com/author/susanbmead
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC78rFDV420LtJDNWkit9-vA

What I Thought: 


When I received Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace, I must admit I was surprised.  I expected a bigger, wordier book.  Grief is a big issue, and so I guess I expected a big book.  But after reading the book, I realized that people in the midst of grief cannot handle a big book, with long chapters.
  

Dance With Jesus is broken up into 22 chapters, each short at only a few pages, and some with not many words on them. It works.  The author, who lost her son Kyle, shared her story, her thoughts throughout that time, and her grief.  It isn't all sad-there are plenty of uplifting, humorous stories. I applaud the author for opening up her deepest feelings to help others.  There are scripture verses throughout the book.




I have not lost someone close to me, but have watched friends who have.  The heartache is overwhelming, and I felt like I wish I could do more. Now I have this resource to pass on when needed.  Join Susan Mead in the dance at www.DanceWithJesus.com


 Order your copy of Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, Powell Books or look for it soon at your local Christian book store. 


*Disclosure:   I received a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.