Monday, March 20, 2017

And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering by Kate Merrick


And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering
And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering
Kate Merrick faced the crippling grief that life can bring when her five-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Three and a half years of suffering followed, accompanied by fervent prayer, hospital stays, emotional agony, and teeth-grinding fear. And in the end, her baby girl was gone.


How was Kate to believe again, to hope again? To find out, she turned to stories in the Bible of real women who dealt with pain and survived. How did Sarah, after twenty-five years of achingly empty arms, learn in the end to laugh without bitterness? How did Bathsheba, defiled by the king who then had her husband killed, come to walk in strength and dignity, to smile without fear of the future?


In And Still She Laughs, Merrick writes poignantly and transparently about finding joy in sorrow and shows how we—just like the ordinary women seen in the Bible—can rise above unbearable circumstances and live fully. In the middle of whatever hardships we face, we can smile, cry, and come away full—laughing without fear and eagerly looking for what is to come.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review of Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America by Jack Barsky

Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Open When: Letters to Lift Your Spirits by Karen Salmansohn

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Open When: Letters to Lift Your Spirits

Happiness expert Karen Salmansohn presents a unique interactive book that invites readers to literally open letters of encouragement, wit, and wisdom whenever they need a boost.
Inspired by the trend of "open when" letters sweeping the nation, Instant Happy author Karen Salmansohn has created a bound collection of 12 notes for readers to flip open whenever they need a pep talk. With categories like "Open when you need a laugh," "Open when you're feeling stressed out," and "Open when you need courage," these little happiness-boosters are based on Salmansohn's viral posters that combine witty sayings with colorful graphics

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My review of book Life in Community by Dustin Willis

Life in Community: Joining Together to Display the GospelLife in Community: Joining Together to Display the Gospel
WHAT MAKES A COMMUNITY EXTRAORDINARY?

When people live in community moved by the gospel and marked by the Spirit, great things happen.

They commit to one another. They grieve together, sing together, eat, pray, and play together. They love, serve, honor, encourage, and provide for each other gladly. And they live on mission together.

Hearts are healed, walls come down, and outsiders come in. No competition. No pretense. No vain conceit. Just full hearts breaking bread and giving freely.

It is nothing short of amazing.

Most of us live in a shadow of what God intended for us. Life in Community calls us into the light. Reclaiming Scripture’s stunning vision of gospel-centered community, it inspires us to live in love unbounded. Read it, live it, and join the movement: Help unleash the power of extraordinary community.



6-Week group study included.

Tightropes and Teeter-Totters by Lisa Pennington my book review






Tightropes and Teeter-Totters: Finding Balance in the Ups and Downs of Life

Lisa Pennington knows how to get up after losing her balance, even with a full house, a not-so-full bank account, and never enough energy. In her latest book, she offers readers:

Strategies for finding balance in marriage, motherhood, and bad moods
Playful yet biblically based tips for turning hard days around
Inspiration for shaping obstacles into opportunities
Ways to respond to irritations with gratitude
Enthusiastic encouragement for living out God’s purpose.

For every woman who wonders if her satisfaction in life will ever match her dreams, Pennington has real-life answers full of hope and humor.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Courageous Love: An Andrea Carter Book by Susan K Marlow

Courageous Love: An Andrea Carter Book
Courageous Love: An Andrea Carter Book
Andrea Carter is finally pulling her own weight on the Circle C Ranch she loves. The only thing she loves more than helping to run the ranch is spending time racing and stunt-riding on her horse Shasta, with the help of wrangler Riley Prescott. Little does she know that when she and Riley stumble onto a mysterious cut in the fence around her brother's prize calves, life is about to get far more exciting--and dangerous.

A cryptic warning tied around a brick crashes through the window at a family party. Then cattle begin to die. When the horse barn catches fire, Andi knows this is more than just coincidence. But who is trying to hurt her family--and why? Evidence begins to point to criminals from her brother Justin's past who want revenge. But that discovery may be too late to keep Andi and her brother's family out of danger.Now Riley is her only hope of rescue. Can he find her before she disappears from the Circle C forever? Can she keep everyone else safe until then?

The fourth volume in the Circle C Milestones quartet, Courageous Love is high on action, danger, and drama, and full of appealing characters readers love. Andi's final adventure, sparked with a little romance, is sure to please Marlow's legions of loyal readers who want a happy ending for this frontier heroine.

Review of 5 Minutes With Jesus: Quiet Time for Your Soul by Sheila Walsh, Sherri Gragg

5 Minutes With Jesus: Quiet Time for Your Soul5 Minutes With Jesus: Quiet Time for Your Soul

    Isn't this a beautiful little book? It will make the perfect gift for a friend! What a lovely addition it will make for a gift basket or any type of present. This is a new book from popular author Sheila Walsh. As the title suggests, this book is a devotional with the perfect amount of scripture and text for quick daily reading. Even the busiest of people will be able to fit this into their schedule.
Although I think one should have more time than just 5-minutes for Bible-reading and prayer, I think 5 minutes is better than nothing. This is a good incentive for extremely busy people to start fitting in a consistent devotional time.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.


Step away from the noise and into the arms of your loving Savior.


Bright screens, beeping notifications, a never-ending list of activities and to-dos . . . when do we ever stop? Is it any wonder we are deeply weary?


Jesus longs to give you the gift of rest—to lead you beside quiet waters and refresh your soul. He stands with open arms, saying, “Come as you are!”


With her signature honesty, vulnerability, and humor, bestselling author Sheila Walsh helps you seek Jesus in the quiet. Every entry features an encouraging devotion and takeaway along with powerful scriptures that guide you in drawing near to your life-giving God.