Book Review! NKJV, Minister’s Bible by Thomas Nelson


Title: NKJV, Minister’s Bible, Imitation Leather

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Description from publisher: Pastors and church leaders stand ready to meet the needs of their flocks. And Thomas Nelson’s beautiful and durable NKJV Minister’s Bible is here to help. With sermons, readings, outlines, prayers, and more, this Bible is a one-stop resource, offering direction for weddings, funerals, communion and baptism services, confirmations, dedications, and a variety of other pastoral care situations.

Features include:

Complete text of the trustworthy and beautiful New King James Version, perfect for devotional and worship settings

Exclusive NKJV Comfort Print®

A comprehensive collection of pastoral resources, located between the Testaments—prayers, sermons, outlines, and more

Sewn, lay-flat binding to ensure easy, one-handed use

Three satin ribbon markers to quickly navigate between favorite passages and resources

Elegant, durable, understated covers, appropriate for any ministry setting

9-point print size”

Review: The design of this Bible is excellent. The cover seems really durable and well protected. It does lie flat so you can lay it down and read without having to hold it the entire time; this is a big deal to me. This actually has 3 ribbon bookmarks so you can read multiple parts, and save your spot. I love that! I have Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament saved, making it really simple to go back and forth.

This was a much easier fount to read as well. It was much easier on my tired eyes, allowing me to read earlier in the mornings, or for longer times.

The Minister section was really well organized and I found it really interesting. I am not a minister, but I loved looking through these notes and using them for my own deeper understanding and learning.

There were things in this Bible that I will not use, like the funeral, baptism, and wedding ceremony notes, but I love the other extras that were included in this Bible. I love the prayers and sermons. I will use this on the Sundays I am not able to make it to Church.

 Recommendation: This is an incredible Bible and I would definitely recommend it to anyone in the ministry, or even to people like me who just want an extra special Bible to read through.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*


Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley

Justice Betrayed

Title: Justice Betrayed
 Patricia Bradley
Release Date: 
June 5, 2018

Series: Memphis Cold Case #3

 Description from Goodreads: It’s Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide Detective Rachel Sloan isn’t sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators–one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken–she’s forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic’s home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend’s killer?

When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?

Review: I have loved this series so much so I was actually a little disappointed in this book. I felt that it was much slower than the previous two books and I actually put it down to read something else for a while. The previous books I have finished in about 2 days and there was no way to pry the books out of my hands. The problem could be me more not being interested in Elvis, than the writing though. I just felt the story progressed so slowly. The beginning seemed pretty good, and then it just seemed to stall. Finally the last 20 pages or so were really good again.

I kept feeling like I was missing something too. It felt like these characters were picked up from the previous book but I don’t really remember them being prominent in the last book. There weren’t many reminders if they were. It seemed like I was suppose to know far more about them than I did.

This is the third book in the Memphis Cold Case series, but this isn’t a series that you absolutely have to read in order. Each book focuses on different people so you can read them independently.

 Recommendation:  All in all, this book was pretty good. It just wasn’t as engrossing as the rest of the series. If you love Elvis and mysteries, this would be a great combination for you. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense novels.


*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*


Book Review! Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan


Title: Lone Witness
 Rachel Dylan
Release Date: 
May 1, 2018

Description from Goodreads: When prosecutor Sophie Dawson is the lone witness to a gang-related double homicide, her world is turned upside down. Private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to protect Sophie from the gang, but she’s more concerned about prosecuting her latest case than the threat to her life. Sophie wants to stand for what’s right, but can Cooper keep her safe?

Review: Filled with action, mystery, and some nice clean romance, this book is definitely a winner.  I was hooked from the beginning and it just kept getting better and better. I couldn’t put it down and ended up staying up just to finish it.

The action was constant throughout this book, making it almost impossible to put down. I loved how the romance and God were woven into this story. They felt completely natural and believable. They weren’t forced, nor did they feel cheesy.

This is the second book in the Atlanta Justice series, but I didn’t read the first book and I didn’t feel like I missed anything. I probably would have enjoyed this book a little more if I had read the first book first, since the characters from the first book were in this book also, but the author did an excellent job filling the reader in on the previous relationship. I think this could be read as a standalone.

 Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian romantic suspense.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Book Review! My Story by Elizabeth Smart

Title: My Story
Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart 
Description from Goodreads:
 For the first time, ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime.

On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

Now for the first time, in her memoir, MY STORY, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.

In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. In 2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.”

Review: This is a truly an inspiring book about Elizabeth Smart and her experiences while being held captive. The strength and perseverance that she used to get through that horrible time in her life will forever inspire and humble me. It has become a normal thing for us to complain about how terrible our lives are, or to compare our lives to those we see on Facebook and become discouraged. When I read this book, I was reminded of how lucky I am, and how blessed I have been to never have had to go through that.  Even with everything she experienced, she is probably happier than many of us who have lived a pretty sheltered and happy life.

I found this book very interesting. I could have never imagined what kidnap victims go through, and still can’t completely grasp just how terrible it is. However, this book gave me a much better idea, and I am thankful for that. Now, when I see a missing person poster, I look beyond the piece of paper.

After a child goes missing, the news goes wild for the story. The information is shared and talked about regularly. However, after a short time, something else gets their attention and the missing child gets pushed to the back. This book reminds us why it is important to keep sharing their picture, even after a long period of time has passed. You never know who might see them and save their life.

Book Review! Miriam by Mesu Andrews

Title: Miriam
Mesu Andrews

Series: Treasures of the Nile #2

 Description from Goodreads: “The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.
But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel
and the messenger of El Shaddai.
When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.

At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.

Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?

Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.”

Review: I read The Pharaoh’s Daughter a little while ago and was really excited when I saw that there was a second book in this little series. I was really excited to see Moses return to Egypt and free the Israelites. I was not disappointed! This book captured my attention and my heart from the very beginning and I didn’t want to put it down. Even though I knew how it would end from the Bible, I still couldn’t wait to see how Mesu Andrews brought it all about.

This book was incredibly well written and researched. It brought out a lot of thought and gravity to the stories of the Bible. I grew up hearing Bible stories, and the stories of Moses and Pharaoh were some of the most commonly told, and as an adult I read the Bible regularly, but I never got the depth of what these people must have endured before. The fear, pain, anger, and eventually joy, they experienced never really sank in for me. I always focused on the powerful display of God’s power, and how wonderfully he kept his promise, but now I can think more deeply about the people who experienced all of these amazing wonders, and what they must have felt.

I am exceedingly glad that I read this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Biblical Fiction.

*I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*



Book Review! Second Hand Jane by Michelle Vernal

Title: Second Hand Jane

Author:  Michelle Vernal

Rating: 5/5

Description: “When footloose and fancy-free Jessica, a thirty-something writer, decides to follow her journalistic instincts and trace the story of a young girl for her weekly column in a Dublin newspaper, she unwittingly embarks on a journey into Northern Ireland’s tragic past.
With her love of all things vintage, Jessica Jane Baré is known as Second-hand Jane to her friends. Hailing from New Zealand, these days she’s finding the grass is greener in Dublin and not just because of all the rain. In fact, life would be sweet if it weren’t for the reason she left home in the first place–her meddling mother. Marian views Jess’s life in Dublin as nothing more than a stop-gap until she meets Mr Right and he’s taking his time. Things look set to change, however, when Jess meets the delectable Nick, who ticks all of Marian’s boxes.
In the meantime, Jess’s latest second-hand collectible–a children’s book—gives her an idea for her column. Deciding to track down the girl whose name is scribbled inside the cover of that book, she uncovers more than she ever expected. “Amy was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” the girl’s taciturn brother, Owen, informs her. Intrigued, Jess travels to the family pig farm in County Down and listens to Amy’s poignant tale unfold through Owen. With a little help from a rather cute runt of the litter she names Wilbur, Jess is about to help put the past to rest and learn that appearances can be deceptive.
Then Marian announces she is coming to Dublin to sort her daughter’s increasingly tangled love life out and Jess’s chance of a happy ending like those in the story books she collects looks about as likely as Wilbur flying.”

 Review: As part of a reading challenge I was doing, one category was to read a book that takes place somewhere you want to visit. As I was looking through my kindle books, I came across this book. I had gotten it free from Bookbub and didn’t have high hopes. However, it takes place in Ireland and I have always dreamed of going there, so I began.

This book hooked me from the first page. I devoured this book, and was incredibly sad when it was over. This is more than just a romance book, these characters changed and matured so much through the book that I was just as impressed by that as the romance portion of the book.

This quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. I highly recommend this one!

Book Review! How to Be a Perfect Christian: Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living by The Babylon Bee

Title: How to Be a Perfect Christian: Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living

Author: The Babylon Bee
Release Date: 
May 1, 2018

Description from Goodreads: “With a biting, satirical style reminiscent of The Onion, How to Be a Perfect Christian takes a humorous look at the quirks of cultural Christianity while subtly challenging the reader to search for more than a cultural faith.

Written in the trademark style of The Babylon Bee, this book humorously satirizes cultural Christianity while peppering in subtle challenges to the reader. Through humor and sarcasm (and a handy meter to rank your “holiness” as you progress through the book), readers will be called to find a more biblical understanding of the Christian faith, all while poking fun at the quirks of the modern, American Christian community.”

Review: This book is hilarious and a wonderfully quick read. Unfortunately the points made in this book were right on. There is so much wrong with the world today, and regrettably a lot of churches have become more like the current world, and less like The Bible.

I loved finally reading something that showed just how flawed this has all become. It seems that someone is always trying to convince Christians that they aren’t doing it right, they aren’t working hard enough, attending the right church, worshiping the proper way, or feeling like they should. Christianity should resemble Christ far more than what the world thinks is proper. Through this book, The Babylon Bee points out each of these issues, and of course, gives wonderful advice.

I laughed a lot, and felt sad at how accurate this was. I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates satire and feels the church has taken a dangerous turn.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook & Multnomah launch Team. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*