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Book Review ~ Cain And Able By Jonathan Matos

About The Book “The grass isn’t always greener…” Loosely based on the life of author Jonathan Matos, a near death experience turns a mild-mannered young man’s ambitions into obsessions. Shortly after a brush with death on the operating table, Dennis Caine is convinced his survival means he is destined for greatness. But as Dennis grows into adulthood, his attempts to win the affections of his best friend, Beth Michaels, the praise of his parents, and the accolades of football star Jason Bell consistently fall short. Jason is a high school football star and the son of a grocery store magnate, who longs for the kind of respect Dennis takes for granted. Their rivalry quickly escalates from petty pranks to kidnapping, arson, and a matter of life and death. Experience the first entry in the Seven Deadly Sins Series, where drama and suspense reach Biblical proportions. Category Christian/Fiction/Young Adult Genre General Rating 3 Stars Review Cain and Able is a story of a young man’s journey that highlights his perception of his identity through the events …

Book Review ~ Hope For Your Marriage By Clayton & Ashlee Hurst

About The Book Clayton and Ashlee Hurst share the principles and Scripture they have learned to lean on and preach at Lakewood Church.  Are you willing to do whatever it takes to have the marriage you dreamed of? Interestingly, this is the question Clayton and Ashlee ask young couples before they get married and married couples in crisis. If they answer yes, then there is hope for the couple. If they humble themselves and are willing to commit to the work ahead, they will have a successful marriage. Hope for Every Marriage is a book designed for couples who desire to have the best marriage possible. Every marriage has the potential to be incredible when God is at the center. In Hope for Your Marriage, Clayton and Ashlee share personal stories on overcoming fairy-tale pitfalls; keeping Jesus at the center of your marriage; practicing healthy communication on sex, conflict, and forgiveness; declaring life over your marriage; and leaving a God-honoring legacy. Category Religious/Christian/Non-fiction Genre Christian-living/Marriage Rating 4 Stars Review Hope For Your Marriage aims to explore the true meaning of what …

Book Review ~ 12 Days At Bleakly Manor By Michelle Griep

About the Book When CLARA CHAPMAN receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds. That’s enough money to bring her brother back from America and reinstate their stolen family fortune. But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, BENJAMIN LANE. Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. Brought together under mysterious circumstances for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love. Category Christian/Fiction Genre Romance/Mystery Rating 3.5 Stars Review A simple, soft, and handsome retelling of …

Book Review ~ Love, Sex & Money: The R3 Factor of Great Relationships By Ron & Tina Konkin

About the Book This book is not just another world-view about LOVE, SEX, and MONEY, but rather a powerful, proven system that is restoring marriages in crisis. The R3 Factor of Great Relationships is a revolutionary approach to rewriting and restoring your relationships. It covers the most critical areas of marriage. There are many factors that can make or break a relationship. In this book, you will find the tools you need to understand and identify what is working, and conversely, not working in your relationships. This book offers a simple solution to help you find not just a formula, but true healing as thousands of others from Hollywood, and around the world have discovered who dared to adopt the Reveal, Rewrite and Renew directive found in the R3 Factor of Great Relationships . Category Christian/Non-fiction Genre Self-help Rating 4 Stars Review In this wonderful piece, the Konkins (read Tina Konkin’s TBAP interview here) send out a clear invitation for second chances at fully living life and enjoying relationships that were once damaged by past hurts, which go as …

Book Review ~ Under The Shade Of The Banyan Tree by Angela Pisaturo

About the Book Julia DeLuca had a six figure job, penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park, and a boyfriend who was climbing the corporate ladder. So why was she unhappy? Julia felt life had more to offer than prestige and fancy things; she needed to explore that possibility. But she had one major obstacle; her controlling father who did not hide his disappointment of her. In a bold move to find purpose, Julia leaves it all behind for a chance to serve in the missions of India. A heart-warming saga of finding purpose, love and forgiveness set against the backdrop of India. Category Christian/Fiction Genre Contemporary Romance Rating 2 Stars Review Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree has an easy and engaging flow to the reading experience, which helps carry a reader to the end. The first few pages showed some vagueness in some parts of its narrative and poor transition between some of the sub-scenes. Overall, there was also some inconsistency in the use of tenses and POVs. In some instances, there was lack/misuse …

Book Review ~ Caregiver Defined By Michael Fortuna

About the Book Winner of Today’s Caregiver Magazine 2017 Caregiver Friendly® Award. “Think of this book as a casserole for caregivers, an awkward but sincere gift left on the doorstep that will make them feel more understood and validated.” The humble casserole holds a special place in the world of empathy – when you don’t know exactly what to say to someone going through trying times, a casserole perfectly articulates your concern. It is in that spirit that Michael Fortuna wrote Caregiver Defined, a beautifully illustrated book that honors caregivers by defining them through a vocabulary of words that are associated with the care they provide, and the wide range of emotions connected to it. Inspired by his own caregiving experience, but also aware that every caregiving encounter is unique and deeply personal, he devotes a single paragraph to each word, finding a meaningful way to relate it to the caregiver. The text is simple, thought-provoking and inspirational, and the illustrations by professional illustrator, Peg Lee, add a richness to the overall content. You know whom the caregiver cares …

Book Review ~ Simplify Your Life From The Inside Out by Mark Wayne Smith

About the Book Simplify Your Life from the INSIDE OUT: The 7 Keys to Finding Inner Peace “I just wish things could be simpler!” If that has been your lament, and if you still haven’t found anything that really helps…or lasts…you are not alone. As the world gets busier and faster, your life can easily become more complicated, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In Simplify Your Life from THE INSIDE OUT: The 7 Keys to Finding Inner Peace, you will find the practical and effective advice that you’ve been seeking: ✔ How to rediscover the peaceful way to live. ✔ How to recognize and overcome the barriers to a life of simplicity. ✔ The 7 Keys that will guide you in your journey and help you stay on your path. Category Christian/Non-fiction Genre Self-help Rating 4.5 Stars Review This book is interestingly candid…like a direct, concise, but necessary conversation between two people who are not unaware of each other’s struggles, however unique these struggles may be to each individual, with the endgame of one …