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Book Review ~ The Light of His Presence by Anne Graham Lotz

About the Book ECPA BESTSELLER • The beloved Bible teacher and daughter of Billy Graham shares a rich treasury of her personal prayers to guide you into deeper, more intimate daily conversations with God. Why is it that as soon as we bow our heads to pray, we start thinking of other things we need to do? How do we make time to pray in the middle of our busy lives? And how do we know what to say and how to say it? Like many of us, Anne Graham Lotz has struggled with prayer. Over the years, she discovered that writing out her prayers draws her into deeper, more intimate conversations with God.  The Light of His Presence offers forty of these tender, honest prayers for real-life situations as an invitation to deepen your own prayer life through worship, confession, thanksgiving, and intercession. You’ll be encouraged to lean more fully into God’s promises through this power-packed devotional resource, which includes inspiring quotes from Christians throughout the ages and also has space to journal your own words …

Book Review ~ Down to the Potter’s House By Annette Valentine

About the Book Down to the Potter’s House is a 1921-1942 historic novel that takes the tenacious Gracie Maxwell from the quicksand of mediocrity to higher ground as she climbs and never stops. Across the way, evil is beginning to bubble beneath the surface and only one soul will buoy and begin to float as the flood waters rise. Not everyone has escaped the lies that are holding them hostage. Fortified with bully-proofed valor to ride out the undercurrents, the Maxwell clan lays bare the daunting portrayal of what matters most in life ― family, faith, love ― and the main attractions are given their shot at setting the captives free. Category Fiction/Christian Genre Women’s Fiction Rating 5 Stars Review Down to the Potter’s House is an amazing story of a family that rose from the brink of utter destruction and betrayal to a place of triumph. The lead heroine, Gracie Maxwell, went through a season of breaking and remolding in the hands of her Father in heaven, the Great Potter. Much of her pain never …

Bible Review ~ Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls By Zondervan

Review The Beautiful Word Coloring NIV Bible is a wonderful gift set for preteen girls, made with the intention of creating a fun, enjoyable, and deeply spiritual experience while studying the Word of God. The features are designed for artistic activities that will create memorable experiences, which will help a reader more easily open their heart and mind as they study God’s Word. Features include: • Complete text of the accurate, readable and clear New International Version (NIV) • Over 600 verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art • Four colored pencils • Six sheets of stickers designed for girls • Thick white paper for writing and doodling • Lined, wide margins for notes and reflections • Satin ribbon marker • Beautifully debossed and screen-printed cover • Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface in a readable 8-point print size. *Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. My appreciation to Zondervan and Flyby Promotions for free copies in exchange for my honest opinion.

Book Review ~ Reviving the Commander: Crown Legacy #1 By Nadine C. Keels

About the Book First in the Crowns Legacy series. She isn’t a beautiful young maiden hoping to erase the Commander’s memory. Opal Whilstead knows she has a reputation: a reputation as a bright, giving, upright woman—smiling and laughing her way through hopeless spinsterhood. It’s been so long since she’s had serious feelings for a man, but now she finds herself taken with the Commander Exemplar of Diachona’s army. And she regrets it. Not only is the Exemplar a widower still longing for his wife, but he’s the father of the reigning king. Even if a man of such prestige could find love again, he’d be unlikely to search for it among the kingdom’s old maids. Besides, Opal dreads being found, due to a grievous secret she carries… This book is inspirational historical fantasy: fictional history that takes place in a completely fictional world. Category Fiction/Christian/Adult Genre Utopian Romance Rating 4 Stars Review Two hearts who have lost the hope of love in their present circumstances, meet, and then a miracle happens in the most unlikely …

Book Review ~ All of Us Warriors: Cancer Stories of Survival & Loss By Rebecca Whitehead Munn

About the Book In All of Us Warriors, Rebecca Whitehead Munn paints a realistic picture of the impact cancer has on an individual’s life, and she attempts to demystify the experience by sharing heartfelt stories from twenty survivors and the loved ones of those that passed. They are mothers and fathers with seven types of cancers and all stages of the disease, as well as advice regarding how to approach someone you love living with cancer and tips and tricks for helping others feel joy in the midst of pain. This inspirational book provides a positive outlook of strength and perseverance through belief in a higher power, reinforcing the idea that the reader is stronger than cancer and not alone, and offering real strategies that cannot be found in online medical sites. Like a conversation with a new best friend (or twenty of them), All of Us Warriors is full of understanding, acceptance, and practical advice gained from personal experience. Category Nonfiction/Inspirational Genre Health and Fitness/Healthcare /Healing Rating 5 Stars Review This is a book that will pull …

Book Review ~ The Prayer of Agur: Ancient Wisdom for Discovering Your Sweet Spot in Life By Jay Payleitner

About the Book “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” Proverbs 30:8 This simple, unexpected request from a little-known biblical author named Agur is the only prayer in all of Proverbs, and it offers life-changing potential. Imagine finding new purpose and contentment in your work, personal ministry, and relationships. Open your heart to Agur’s wit and wisdom, and you can learn to – escape imbalance – overcome fear of failure and eliminate envy – joyfully pursue your passions – reap the eternal rewards of trusting God – find your personal sweet spot In our modern, busy lives, embracing balance leads us away from bad decision-making and the emotional cost of trying to do too much or survive with too little. This engaging and practical book faithfully unpacks Agur’s humble prayer. Read it in an evening. Affirm it for a lifetime. Share it with those you love. Category Religious/Christian/Nonfiction Genre Christian Living/Prayer Rating 4.5 Stars Review The Prayer of Agur is drawn from the Book of Proverbs, chapter 30—a well …

Book Review ~ Moving Beyond Anxiety By David Chadwick

About the Book 12 Ways God Can Help You Conquer Anxiety Do you feel like a cloud of worry follows wherever you go? Do you dread the unknown? In today’s anxiety economy its raising stress levels, it’s no secret that fear is often at the root of our problems. The key to overcoming your anxiety is found in the person of Jesus. He calls us to trust rather than despair—to “not be anxious” (Matthew 6:25), and to cast all our cares on him (1 Peter 5:7). Author David Chadwick shares 12 ways you can overcome life’s fears and worries—all of which come straight from Scripture and include… Focusing on faith Praying Caring for your health Remembering God’s promises Finding good teammates Developing an eternal perspective Moving Beyond Anxiety will equip you to defeat worry and fear by trusting God and exercising your faith daily. As you immerse yourself in God’s truth, you will discover it is truly the most powerful antidote to anxiety. Category Religious/Christian/Non-fiction Genre Christian Living/Faith/Anxiety Rating 4.5 Stars Review This book dives deep …

Book Review ~ Shaped Notes: How Ordinary People With Extraordinary Gifts Influenced My Life and Career By Larnelle Harris with Christine Schaub

About the Book “My dad was a bootlegger. Believe or not, bootleggers go to church. Drug dealers and cartel kingpins go to church. That doesn’t make them Christians. Mom was praying Dad into the faith…praying for a change in his life and a change in ours…” The majestic tenor voice of Larnelle Harris has helped define a generation of contemporary Christian music. Most people know about Larnelle’s notable successes—his Grammy Awards, his Hall of Fame inductions, his #1 hit songs—but no one has heard the true story of how a little boy from the hills of Kentucky made his way to music’s most acclaimed stages and venues. His journey—from the son of a bootlegger to being the first gospel artist inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union—is chronicled for the first time in this heart-felt memoir. From watching his father handcuffed and taken to jail to battling racial tensions to losing his voice and not knowing if he would ever sing again, Larnelle shares the most painful and triumphant moments of his …

Book Review ~ She Walks In Majesty: Protectors of the Spear #3 By MaryLu Tyndall

About the Book Danger around every corner. Intrigues in everyone’s past. And a romance that’s swoon worthy. She Walks in Majesty is all that and more, with a plot that twists and turns and truths that are hard-hitting. Truly, this is author MaryLu Tyndall at her finest! —Michelle Griep, Christy Award-winning author of Once Upon a Dickens Christmas With only a worn document in hand and the Spear of Destiny strapped to her thigh, Seraphina de Mobray, the new Protector of the Spear, must convince the king that her friends are innocent of treason and witchcraft. Who is she to embark on such a lofty task but a lowly servant, an orphan abandoned at birth? Yet each step of the way, the Spear grants her favor and opens a path for her to enter the royal palace. What she finds there is naught but lies, greed, and a danger that threatens her very existence. Sir Damien LaRage, knight of the elite King’s Guard would do anything to protect Seraphina and save his friends, anything except …

Book Review ~ Come As You Are By Anne Marie Bennett

About the Book This relevant, adventurous young adult Christian novel explores faith, community, and family relationships within the setting of a church youth group’s theatre production of the musical Godspell.  Fifteen-year-old Casey Donovan wants nothing more than to live wildly. In her town of Woodfield, Connecticut, she is more than content to toe the line of danger while trying to put away memories of a painful past. But then she and her boyfriend are arrested for drug possession. To have the charges dropped, and keep peace as her mother goes through a bitter divorce, Casey reluctantly joins her local church’s Youth Group. She expects a boring summer as she helps with the church’s summer theatre production of the musical Godspell. Though she longs to return to her old life, Casey soon finds herself bonding with the other teens in the group who have their own struggles. Slowly, this once lonely teen realizes that she is not alone in the challenges she has been afraid to face. Part of Casey’s journey involves letting go of two people who …