Saturday, April 18, 2015

"God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea" by Rose Chandler Johnson

Devotionals are wonderful companion books for your Bible, or wonderful to have available for the times you are waiting. In her new devotional, "God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea," Rose Chandler Johnson helps her readers to "experience God in the midst of everyday moments."

This book has a great title. It lets readers have a glimpse of what is inside. The book is about each person's relationship with God in everyday settings. Just as an iced cold glass of iced tea quenches thirst, studying God's Word quenches our thirst for more of Him. This devotional contains many wonderful topics with Scripture readings, questions, journaling ideas, a prayer with a prayer focus, and "a sweet iced tea moment." An example of that is, "Don't give up, your labor is not in vain." Examples of the devotions are: "Stop Complaining," Your Adversary the Devil," and "Train the Children."These short, thoughtful, and encouraging devotions will become welcome refreshment for readers everywhere.

I wanted to read this book simply because of the title, and then it came! My book came gift wrapped with a hand-written note from Mrs. Johnson. What a joy those touches brought and then I started to read and study. I love that Mrs. Johnson uses different versions of the Bible (labeling each) and is thoughtful with the devotions. They truly are for the everyday moments. I think my favorite is "Reality of the Indwelling Christ." If you are looking for a new devotional, or simply enjoy reading new ones, this book is for you. It will also make a wonderful gift. I was privileged to receive my review copy for participation in the LItfuse Blog Tour.

GodMe, and Sweet Iced Tea 
by Rose Chandler Johnson    
Inspirational Devotional 

In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweeticed tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments. GodMe, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. Whether purchased as a personal resource or given as heartfelt gift, GodMe, andSweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.
Rose Johnson's devotional offers the reader sweet balm and encouragement through wise and thoughtful reflections onGod's grace and provision in the midst of all life can throw at us. Use it as a wonderful way to start the day off right---withGod's Word and friendly counsel from a woman whose soul knows.
~ Elizabeth Musser, award winning Christian writer and author of The Swan House
Wonderful mix of spiritual insights and practical applications. Johnson is truly adept at finding God in the ordinary and eternal lessons in the everyday moments of life.
~ Ann Tatlock, two-time Christy award winner and author ofSweet Mercy

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Rose Chandler Johnson, a Southern girl from a tiny Georgia town, is the author of the devotional blog, Write Moments with God. A devoted Christian and mother of six, she has been a teacher of English and French over the last twenty years. She looks forward to continuing her writing ministry in the years ahead.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"Even in Darkness" by Barbara Stark-Nemon

Klare Kohler's life has been eventful! Raised in an affluent German-Jewish family, her life would change drastically as two world wars and a concentration camp entered her life. This is her story.
In this true story, readers are introduced to Klare Kohler and her life. Klare grew up knowing how to act properly because her family was prosperous. Shock overtook her when war with all of its horrors raged around her. Her life changed drastically as she worked her way through two world wars and a concentration camp. Entwined in there is her family and a love. Klare's life is marked by moments of hardship and tragedy, but her resilience and uplifting character will encourage readers to quickly turn the pages. 

What a wonderful book! Though the topic described (concentration camps, etc.) gets difficult to read at points, it is so worth it. This is a woman who is powerful and inspiring, and readers will find themselves pulling for her all the way! If you enjoy books that will challenge you to think and feel, will lift you up and encourage you, then this book is for you! I received my copy from PR by the Book in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

"Against the Flow" by John C. Lennox

Daniel was a man of faith and trust. He was totally committed to God and trusted that He would take care of the problems that came along. As a captive of King Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel proved his worth and was able to move up in responsibility. How would the world react to him today?

Daniel was a young man who went into captivity as a teenager and had the immediate test of how to stand for his faith. He trusted God so completely that he and his friends turned away the king's meat and proved God's provision, and continually proved that he could be trusted. Daniel was so trusted that some of the king's advisors wanted him out of the way and tricked the king into signing a law that would take care of the problem. They didn't like that he was upfront and open about worshipping his God, not the gods they did, so they wanted him destroyed. What would happen if this young articulate man lived today? As parts of the world seems to tolerate Christianity less and less, would his witness be accepted or would they try to silence him? Come and explore Daniel with Professor Lennox and see him in a new light.

I love the story of Daniel and it was interesting to see him through this book. Professor Lennox presents his story in an interesting reading style that will keep you turning the pages and you will see why Daniel was going "against the flow." It is an eye-opening book as to what each of us is doing when sharing our faith. Where do we fit in the "flow?" I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an hones review.

Against the Flow 
by John C. Lennox    
Christian Theology

A wide-ranging discussion of the place of Christianity in the public square
Daniel's story is one of extraordinary faith in God lived out at the pinnacle of executive power. It tells of four young men, born in the tiny state of Judah around 500 b.c., and captured by Nebuchadnezzar, emperor of Babylon. Daniel describes how they eventually rose to senior positions of administration.
Daniel and his friends did not simply maintain their private devotion to God; they maintained a high-profile witness in a pluralistic society antagonistic to their faith. Their story carries a powerful message for us today. Society tolerates the practice of Christianity in private and in church services, but increasingly it deprecates public witness. If Daniel and his compatriots were with us today they would be in the vanguard of public debate.
This is a lucid and erudite examination of the life of Daniel from a leading expert on faith and science. In his first biblical work, Dr. Lennox provides a unique perspective on both Western society and biblical exegesis that will make Against the Flow an instant classic encouraging Christians to speak out in our modern Babylon.

"I read everything John Lennox writes because of his amazing blend of rigorous scholarship with practical insights and applications for all of us. You cannot afford to miss this important book! Read it, then pass it on to a friend."
-Rick Warren, pastor and author of The Purpose Driven Life

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John C. Lennox is professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford and fellow in mathematics and philosophy of science at Green Templeton College. He lectures on faith and science for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and is author of a number of books on the relations of science, religion, and ethics.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

"Lethal Beauty" by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

Seattle prosecutor Mia Quinn is back! In this new book by Lis Wiehl, Mia has to determine the cause of Dandan Yee's death. It appears that it is an open and shut case of the murder of a prostitute by her rich client, but is it? Come explore the case with Mia and Detective Charlie Carlson.

A young Chinese prostitute is murdered. The suspect, her wealthy American client. But, there is so much more to this case than meets the eye. Mia Quinn and Charlie Carlson are on the case to find the truth and give the victim some justice. Along the way, facts are unearthed that put Mia and her son in danger, a juror appears to have been influenced, and Dandan's mother takes on the situation herself. Will the true killers be brought to justice? Will Mia and her family be safe? What will happen to Dandan's mother? There is so much to discover in this book both in the courtroom and in the investigation.

I love to read Lis Wiehl's books because I feel pulled into the story right away. Mia Quinn is one of my favorite characters. Because of Ms. Wiehl's extensive legal experience, the situations and courtroom scenes are very realistic. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good legal thriller. You won't be disappointed. I received my review copy from the Book Look program in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"Halo Found Hope" by Helo Matzelle

A rare brain tumor, swelling of her brain, being packed in ice, waking and seeing two of everything, and the list continues. These are part of the real life story of Helouise, a young mother of three who was suddenly confronted with the fight of her life. This is her story.

Clinical procedures and medical machinery became part of Halo's life when she received the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. But she was young and had a husband and three children to care for! How could she deal with this devastating news? Even with a crack medical team and superior neurosurgical help, the tumor would attack her. Once, she was packed in ice to relieve the swelling. When she woke up eight weeks later, her life was so different. No one but God understood her discouragement and fear. Come and read this story of hope and courage. 

What an inspiring book! Helouise tells her story so well, drawing readers in with honesty and fact. You will read how she and her family fought to bring her back; how an illness with all of its trauma and turmoil can lead to hope. I recommend this book to anyone who loves true stories, to those fighting a devastating diagnosis and their families, and to anyone who enjoys reading about God's miraculous work. I received my review copy in exchange for an honest review in the blog tour.

Halo Found Hope 
Halo Found Hope 
 Halo Found Hope 
Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room, was there any hope? A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life... and her family waited. Six days turned into eight weeks. She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn't feel half of her face, couldn't hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn't even tell anyone that she felt hopeless... or could she? HaloFound Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles.
Helo's story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her prayer. Helo's story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right there. He doesn't need to be recognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how shefound hope."

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"Readers will find in these pages a powerful testament to the power of faith in dark times, and even agnostics will be uplifted by the joie de vivre of this remarkable woman."
~ Kirkus Reviews
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Helouise "Halo" Matzellewas born in the city of Delft, Holland.  Three months after her birth, Helo immigrated to the United States with her parents. Helo graduated from the University of Washington where she met her best friend and husband, Rich.  Formerly in marketing for a major pharmaceutical company, Helo became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her daughter, Lauren. Later the Matzelles were blessed with two sons: Jordan and Austin.

Helo led a charmed life until receviing a shocking diagnosis in 2011 of a rare brain tumor sitting over the main artery in her brain. She details her painful dignosis, risky surgery and miraculous recovery in her memoir, Halo Found Hope.

Helo's passion is helping those who face various challenges and afflictions discover where true hope is found. She resides in Redmond, Washington with their three children: daughter, Lauren, and two sons, Jordan and Austin.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

"Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe" by Max Lucado

Chelsea Chambers is on a mission. Her marriage ended in disaster and she wants nothing more than to remove herself from the world of her former NFL star husband. Her idea is to re-open her mother's coffee house and fill it with hopes and dreams, hospitality and prayers. But, looming on the horizon is an attack by evil. Will Chelsea rely on prayer to get her through? Will she ever be able to forgive Sawyer and move on?

Divine help is what Chelsea needs. Her marriage was destroyed by adultery and she needs a new start. What better way than to make a happy life for herself with a business that is uplifting and enjoyable; a place where people can go to lay down their burdens for a little while and enjoy a great cup of coffee and some great pasteries. She re-opens her mother's coffee, hires Manny to work for her, and prepares for the opening. Chelsea doesn't know that an attack is coming and that darkness is surrounding her and her new life. She also can't shake her ex-husband and all the pieces that go with it. Chelsea needs to trust, pray, and work to make everything happen. Will she? Why not grab a cup of coffee and open this new book by Max Lucado.

This is a wonderful book that will grab the attention of most anyone. It is a work of fiction and is easy to pass along. I liked the characters very much and was pulling for Chelsea the whole time.If you enjoy fiction with a good story and great lessons, this book is for you. I received my review copy for participation in the LItfuse Blog Tour.
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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)

What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer?

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea's door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They've come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life's biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.
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More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

"Duck Commander: Devotions for Kids" by Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard

Based on the principles of the Robertson family from "Duck Dynasty" comes this new devotional for children. Kori and Chrys are a mother and daughter writing team who present the daily thoughts with wonderful clarity. The devotions are based on family events, so the reader knows the stories and activities work. Each devotional has Scripture, a lesson, a prayer, and an action (Duck Commander in Action). The illustrator, Holli Conger, does a great job making the pictures fun and colorful. Some of the lessons are: "Be YOU!" "Buried for Us," Everyone is Important," and "Learn to Wait." At the end of the book, they encourage the children to bring their questions about God to their parents, youth pastor, or pastor. There is a lot of wisdom in these pages.

I really like this book and plan to buy copies to give as gifts. The illustrations are wonderful accents to the devotional content, and I love the Duck Commander Actions. If you are a parent, grandparent, or children's ministry worker, you will enjoy this book. I recommend it highly. I received my review copy from the BookLook program in exchange for an honest review.