Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A presidential election, an ambitious reporter, and a web of deceit and danger are all wrapped up in this new political thriller by Lis Wiehl. Mike Ortiz is running for president, but is he ready? His wife seems to be the beautiful, supporting wife, but is she? Erica is an ambitious reporter who thinks something is off about everything. Is she right and how will her investigative reporting affect her and her daughter?

Mike Ortiz spent nine months in prison, held by Al-Qaeda, suffering imaginable horrors. As a war hero, he seems to be the perfect candidate to take over the White House, and he believes his wife stands with him completely. But, is Mike standing on his own paving his own way, or is there more to his sudden popularity and appeal? Erica can't let it go. She feels that something is wrong, and like a dog with a bone, can't let it go. How far will she go to uncover the truth, or how far will others go to stop her? All of the answers to these questions and more are found in the pages of this book.

Lis Weihl has once again taken a timely topic and put it into a book that will keep readers glued to its pages. The characters are life-like, the story like it is out of the headlines. Her writing always grabs my attention and leaves me waiting for her next book. If you like political thrillers, especially as timely as this one, you will love this one. I not only recommend, "The Candidate," but Lis Wiehl's other books as well. I received my review copy from FSB Associates in exchange for an honest and timely review.

Friday, July 29, 2016

"You Are Forgiven" a Bible study by Love God Greatly

Forgiveness. A word so often used in our world, but do we really understand the meaning? When we forgive, we talk about letting go of the hurt, anger, and malice we feel around situations or people. But, if we hold on to any piece of it, have we really forgiven? No. We are human. But God completely and absolutely wipes things away when He forgives us! In this new Bible study from the Love God Greatly team of Whitney Daugherty, Joy Forney, Angela Perritt, Jen Thorn, and Joan Shaffer, you can find a true understanding of what it means to be truly forgiven by God.

We have so many things in our lives that can cause us to feel that we are not enough; we can feel real shame and guilt, never letting go of those feelings, instead letting them eat us up inside. But, God has open arms and will forgive and free us of the bonds that weigh us down. Christ's death on the cross enables us to experience that complete and absolute forgiveness.  This 8-week study will help you to understand what forgiveness is, why we need it, how to get it, and so much more! It will encourage and uplift you! 

I love this study and can't wait to study with my group! While you can do this alone, this study will have more power when you study with others. Your group may be online (Love God Greatly will be studying this very soon!) or it may be in person,but either way you will benefit from the thoughts, questions, and wisdom of those in the study. I highly recommend this to any woman who is looking for a way to let God's forgiveness in, or to any who would like a deeper understanding of the subject. You will not regret participating!

Monday, July 11, 2016

"Coming Soon!!!" "You Are Forgiven"

A new book from Love God Greatly! "You Are Loved" was first and soon "You Are Forgiven" will be available. Keep watching for the release date!  =)   #youareforgiven  #lovegodgreatly

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lazarus Awakening DVD Study Pack

In this study pack, Joanna Weaver leads a study on how to find our special relationship with God. Do we serve like Martha? Do we sit and listen like Mary? Or, do we seek the special truth that not only does God love us, but He has a special position for each of us. This three CD pack is meant to go with the book, but can be watched without. Each listener can find God's message for them. This study is great for small and large groups, groups with men and women, and is divided into parts so that it is easy to have discussions. Included are: an in-depth Bible study, special "Israel Moments," and a leader's guide. 

I enjoyed this study, but did find Ms. Weaver too perky sometimes. I was in awe of the sights and sounds of Israel and had hoped for either some quiet discussion or just plain quiet to enjoy it. But, she has so much to share, so much to lead each listener to find! I recommend this study to everyone who would like to find their "Lazarus Awakening."

Sunday, September 13, 2015

"Scents and Sensibility: A Chet and Bernie Mystery" by Spencer Quinn

A missing safe and with it Bernie's grandfather's watch, possible cactus smuggling, a kidnapping from the past, and a cult are all parts of this new Spencer Quinn novel.What will Chet and Bernie unearth about the crimes, their neighbors, and the missing watch? Come and solve the mysteries alongside these two loveable crime solvers.

This is book eight in the series by Spencer Quinn, featuring Bernie (a private detective) and his dog, Chet. In this installation, Chet and Bernie have just come back from visiting Bernie's girlfriend, when Bernie finds that his wall safe is gone. Whoever took it has his grandfather's watch, one of his most precious possessions. They also find out that the Parsons (next door neighbors) have an illegal cactus in their backyard, and an investigation is underway. What happens when Chet and Bernie get involved? What happens when they get too close?

I love these books and have been a fan since, "Dog On It." It is fun to read a book that is written from the dog's perspective, seeing things people wouldn't normally notice. I like the introduction of "Shooter" this time and the inuendo surrounding his parentage. This book gave me the opportunity to follow the sleuthing, and also to feel how much the characters mean to me. (Pick up the book and you will understand.) If you enjoy books that are fun, written from the perspective of a loveable dog, and let you follow the crime solving, this book is definitely for you. I got a review copy through Net Galley and will now go buy a copy for my library.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

"Israel's Mission Discovery Guide and DVD" Ray Vander Laan

Want to take a walk through some of the most precious places in Israel? Want to know more about God's plan for His people? In this new video lesson series, Ray Vander Laan takes his viewers on an inspirational, educational, and awe inspiring trip through God's plans for His people.

History and culture have a lot to do with what is in the Bible. The settings could be rough, they could be restful. Ray Vander Laan takes a group to the Middle East to explore the history and culture surrounding some of the beloved people/stories of the Bible. Come walk where Abraham and Sarah walked. See how they lived. Look at the parable of the lost sheep/lost coin/prodigal son from a new perspective. And, there is much more. The DVD incorporates active, alive teaching with journeying through the holy land. The study book lets you dive deeper. The topics covered are:
Abraham and Sarah and Three Strangers
Israel at Sinai: The First Great Commission
Jesus Renews His Mission: Seeking the Lost
The Lost Son: In a Far Country
The Seeking Father: The Lost Son Returns

I really enjoyed this DVD and book! My husband and I watched it together, then studied deeper together. It is something that we will watch and explore again. Ray Vander Laan is an excellent teacher and I would love to be in his class! If you enjoy learning, especially from a master teacher, this set is for you. If you want to learn more about Israel's Mission, this set is for you. I received my review copy from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

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About the DVD:

What's your mission?

God gave the assignment to His people thousands of years ago: to bring "lost sheep" back into the love and safety of His kingdom. He said to become a "Kingdom of Priests," and put God on display to show the world what He is like. It's still our task today. In this thirteenth volume of the That the World May Know ® film series, you'll glimpse the urgency and rewards of welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace. Discover the mission that can give your life - and the lives of those around you - greater meaning than you ever imagined.

Join renowned teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan as he guides you through the lands of the Bible. In each lesson, Vander Laan illuminates the historical, geographical, and cultural context of the sacred Scriptures. Filmed on location in the Middle East and elsewhere, the That the World May Know ® film series will transform your understanding of God and challenge you to be a true follower of Jesus.

Designed for use with That the World May Know: Israel's Mission Discovery Guide.

Filmed on location at these biblically significant sites in Israel and Jordan:
-Back to the Father's House - Negev Desert
-Show Them the Way - Timnah
-Prodigal Sons and Daughters - Qatzrin
-Return from the Far Off Country - Jerash
-Welcome Home - Qatzrin

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About the author:
Ray Vander Laan is the founder of That the World May Know Ministries and creator of the Faith Lessons video series with Focus on the Family. An ordained minister, he holds the chair of biblical cultural studies as a religion instructor at Holland Christian Schools in Holland, Michigan. He and his wife, Esther, have four children and fifteen grandchildren.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

"It's Good to be Queen" by Liz Curtis Higgs

The Queen of Sheba had so much wealth, knowledge, things. But, she had heard of King Solomon's wisdom and glory and had to find out for herself if all of it was true. Come, journey with Sheba as she travels to discover the truth about King Solomon.

The Queen of Sheba was wise, especially when it came to discovering the truth behind the things that were told to her. She sought after the truth, asking all the right questions, travelng as she needed to. It took about three months for her to reach Solomon, and she had a great company and great wealth with her. The visit would last almost as long so that the camels could rest before the return trip, so she brought a fortune with her, not only as a gift for King Solomon, but also to defray the cost of the stay. As she met with Solomon, she discovered that this was a man of immense wealth, but more so, he was the wisest person she had ever met. There was no romance between them, rather a sharing of questions and answers and the one true God. This is a story that will inspire you to be more thoughtful and careful in asking questions, bold questions that can change  your life.

I love Liz Curtis Higgs' books! She always brings real life to her characters and topics. While there isn't a lot written about Sheba in the Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs pulls out meat and shows how important it is to ask questions, deep questions. If you enjoy learning more about the people and times of the Bible, you will enjoy this book. I received my review copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.