Book Review! A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith

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Title: A Passionate Hope
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Rating: 5/5
Release Date: February 6, 2018

Description from Goodreads: Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.


Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband’s new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah’s cruelty count for nothing? Why does God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?

Travel back to the dusty streets of Shiloh with an expert guide as Jill Eileen Smith brings to life a beloved story of hope, patience, and deliverance that shows that even the most broken of relationships can be restored.”

Review: I don’t know how she does it, but every one of Jill Eileen Smith’s Biblical stories is absolutely amazing. She truly brings the people of the Bible to life, and makes their story real. I read the Bible on a regular basis, but I am never able to get the feel of these people the way I do when I read Jill Eileen Smith’s Biblical Fiction. She has a way of drawing me into these stories from the very first page, and not letting me go. This book is just as addicting and difficult to put down as any thriller I have read.

Hannah’s story was so intriguing to me. How do you share your husband, especially with a woman so mean and vindictive? How do you deal with the scorn and pity as a barren woman? Her plight was so moving and I felt the pain so acutely, it was as though I was the one going through it. At times, I forgot that I wasn’t the one sharing my husband. The way she was able to endure it all, and never lose her faith is such a wonder.

I admire the way Hannah and Elkanah trust in and honor God. Their faith waned a bit, as one would expect with such difficulties and suffering, but not much and it never failed. In the end, it gave them such wonderful blessings. This is such a powerful and important message that we all need to remember, especially when we are going through difficult times, though it may seem hopeless, God still has blessings for each one of us and his timing is always right.

As always after finishing a book by this author, I now need to go back and read the Biblical story of Hannah, Elkanah, Peninnah, and Samuel.

 

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

 

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Book Review! Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters by Tim Tebow

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Title: Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters
Author:
 Tim Tebow with A. J. Gregory
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
May 16, 2017

Description from Goodreads: The World Does Not Define You!
Nobody said your life would be easy. And the older you get, the more difficult it seems to become. Deep down you may know your value as a person isn’t defined by wearing cool name-brand clothes, scoring points for a sports team, or even by having a huge number of social media followers. And you’re right! Your identity resides in something–in fact, Someone–much greater than anything this world can offer:

The only identity worth having…is found in Jesus Christ!

American sports icon, Tim Tebow knows firsthand what it’s like to face pressure head-on. In Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters, he shares the wisdom he’s learned–not from what the world says, but from what God says in His Word.

Tim will guide you through thirty-six weeks of lessons, each based on a key Scripture, to discover who you are–by learning more about whose you are! You will also have the opportunity to write down your thoughts, feelings, and ideas on topics such as:
* Building godly character
* Maintaining great relationships
* Standing out from the crowd
* Doing things that matter in the big picture

Get ready to live bigger than ever before…with your faith and identity secured in a God who loves you beyond measure!

Review: Tim Tebow is a wonderful role model for teens and young adults. His unbending faith and the fact that he never apologizes for it in this crazy world is inspiring for teens and adults alike. When the media attacked him for taking a knee to pray after a touchdown, he didn’t waver. He took it all in stride. Whether they loved him or hated him, he remained the same. He has been outspoken about his faith and encouraging many people along the way. This is the type of person I want my children to look up to.

I did not realize this book was for homeschooled children when I ordered it. I thought it was just a Tim Tebow guide to figuring out who you are. I do not regret getting this book, however. My husband an d I have discussed homeschooling our children, so if we do, I already have a great guide. If we don’t, I think this will still be a great exercise for them..

This book is set up like a perfect textbook, with questions and spaces for you to fill in your answers. It is broken down into 36 week study plan, allowing proper time to think about each part, let it sink in and digest it before moving on. These small sections make it less overwhelming and allow you to get more out of each section.

It is difficult for children to figure out who they are in life. I still haven’t quite figured it out yet! I am glad there is a Christian guide available to help guide this search.

 

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

 

Book Review! Precious Moments Little Book of Easter Blessings

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Title: Precious Moments Little Book of Easter Blessings
By: Precious Moments
Published by: Thomas Nelson

Rating: 5/5
Release Date: 
January 23, 2018

Description from Goodreads: “Easter time is filled with God’s love! 

The Easter season is bursting with fun—baskets full of goodies, hunts for colored eggs, and bright spring flowers. Take time to show your little one that the very best part of Easter is Jesus!

Through the classic Precious Moments® artwork, fun poems, and sweet prayers and Bible verses, Precious Moments Little Book of Easter Blessings will help your children understand that Jesus is alive and that He loves them so much!”

Review: This is such a sweet book! What a perfect way to teach our children about Easter and why it is so important. It’s never too early to start teaching them about this really important holiday, and the fact that it is about so much more than the Easter bunny and candy.

 The words are large enough to allow your child to read along with the story and the illustrations are marvelous. The well loved Precious Moments characters are perfect for this message and are just right for little eyes. I also love the fact that this is a board book. I always feel a lot better about children grabbing the pages when they are easily wiped off.

 Keeping Christ in Easter can sometimes be difficult especially with little kids; the excitement of candy and the Easter Bunny can easily be distracting for young minds, adding a Christ themed bedtime story such as this can be the perfect way to remind them of the true Easter story, and why it is so important.

This is a really well done and I am really impressed. I would recommend this for any toddler! I am glad I have this and would definitely order it again.

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

Book Review! High Treason by DiAnn Mills

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Title: High Treason
Author:
 DiAnn Mills
Rating: 
3.5/5
Release Date: 
February 6, 2018

Series: FBI Task Force #3

Description from Goodreads: “When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince’s protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he’s surprised—and none too happy—when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.

Kord and Monica must quickly put aside interagency squabbles, however, when they learn the prince has additional motives for his visit—plans to promote stronger ties with the US and encourage economic growth and westernization in his own country. Plans that could easily incite a number of suspects both in the US and in countries hostile to Saudi Arabia. Worse yet, the would-be assassin always seems to be one step ahead of them, implicating someone close to the prince—or the investigation. But who would be willing to commit high treason, and can Kord and Monica stop them in time?”

Review: I really enjoyed this book. It captured my attention from the beginning and kept my interest throughout the entire book. The storyline was faced paced and a thrilling ride.

This is the first book in this series that I have read and I didn’t feel as though I was missing anything from the previous books so this can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

I really enjoyed how long it took to figure out who was behind the plot. I kept trying to figure it out and with each new development; I had to keep rethinking everything. The way she teased the information out was really fun to read.

All the characters were well developed and they were easy to relate to. They seemed so real and the kind of people I would want to hang out with. Their tough yet kind demeanor was lovely.

I really liked Kord and Monica. Both were strong intelligent agents who put others ahead of themselves. Their chemistry was intense and I enjoyed their struggle to keep it at bay.

I haven’t read many books by DiAnn Mills and her writing style isn’t my cup of tea. Some things really annoyed me, like how she used said for everything, even asking a question, and she switched points of view within sections at times, but not all the time. It took me some time to get used to these differences. Otherwise this book was really good.

 

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

 

Book Review! Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman

Title: Kill Shot           
Author:
Susan Sleeman        
Rating:
4.5/5
Release Date:
February 6, 2018 

Description from Goodreads: “Some fears haunt you …

When ballistics and weapons expert Rick Cannon learned the Department of Defense had developed self-steering bullets that show 100% accuracy and make even a gun novice a lethal sniper, he feared they would eventually end up in the wrong hands.

Until they become reality.

That fear comes true when a vet is killed with stolen “smart bullets.” Rick and his FBI task force, nicknamed The White Knights, are soon charged with finding and stopping the killer. Rick enlists the help of the victim’s therapist, Olivia Dobbs, who is well known for her success in counseling military vets with PTSD. But when the killer sets his sights on their key witness, Rick must rely on the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn’t a kill shot to take Olivia out.”

Review: This book was amazing and completely exhilarating. It grabbed me from the very first page and didn’t let go until the very end. I read this in 2 sittings, reluctantly putting it down with less than 50 pages remaining to spend time with my husband.

This storyline was terrifying and thrilling and something I pray never happens in real life. These self steering bullets are horrifying and I hope they don’t actually exist, and never do. The way technology is advancing so rapidly makes me nervous this will come about though.

Rick and Olivia were tough and smart, but both had difficult issues to deal with. Watching them help each other through them was a wonderful example of how we all should be. I loved their story and look forward to seeing a little more about them in the next book.

The White Knights are such an interesting elite group and I love the way they work together and take care of each other. Each person is unique and lovable and I look forward to getting to know the other members of this group better in the next books.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers. This isn’t a dark book, I don’t like gory horror books, but this is a nice Christian romantic suspense. To me, this is the perfect blend of genres.

 

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

 

 

Book Review: Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose by Sadie Robertson

Title: Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose

Author: Sadie Robertson
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
February 6, 2018

Description from Goodreads: Sadie Robertson, bestselling author and star of Dancing with the Stars, has an important message for her generation: you don’t have to be held back by fear, anxiety, or loneliness anymore. In Live Fearless, Sadie takes you on a thrilling personal journey toward power, passion, and purpose as you live at the center of who God created you to be!

 

Dear friends,

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty tired of the struggle. You know which one I mean—fear, loneliness, not knowing who I am or what I’m meant to do. . . . Sound familiar?

I struggled with insecurity, comparison, and isolation for too many years, from thigh gaps to eyebrows to the lifestyles I felt I had to live up to. I was so afraid of being “found out,” that everyone in my life would somehow figure out that I was fearful and small and that I struggled to make my faith a reality and to be secure in who I am. It took a major perspective shift from staring at comments on a screen to really digging into the pages of my Bible to see what God actually says about overcoming fear.

Setting aside the fear, anxiety, and comparison to become the joy-filled person God created you to be is exactly what God is inviting you into. To really be seen and known. To be an agent of change by choosing compassion, connection, and acceptance for everyone you come in contact with. Inside this book are ways to find your power, passion, and purpose—and reach for your dreams. Plus, there are places to jot down notes, fun lists, practical ways to make changes, and thoughts on how living fearless can change everything.

Are you tired of the awful comparison game? Are you exhausted from trying to keep up, from feeling small and afraid that people will find the real you and be disappointed? There is so much more for you. No matter who you are, where you come from, or what your fears are, freedom is available to you. It’s just a matter of saying yes. You in?

Hope you’ll join me on this wild adventure as we learn to Live Fearless together.

 

Love,

Sadie”

Review: This is such a wonderful book. I am a 26 year old woman and I have been struggling with fear, anxiety, and depression for quite a while. I picked up this book without a whole lot of belief that it would help much. I mean, what help could this young woman be to me. Turns out, a lot!

I have followed Duck Dynasty and read the books by the other members of this wonderful family but I didn’t think I would learn so much from someone quite a bit younger than me. As it turns out, Sadie suffered from a lot of fear her entire life. With prayer and a lot of hard work, along with the help of God, she was finally able to conquer it. This is her story and tips for how we can also overcome it and live the life God planned for us.

I highlighted more parts of this book than any other book I have read, other than the Bible. I highlighted Bible passages that moved me, suggestions that I found extremely helpful, and quotes I enjoyed and want to remember. When I have a tough day, I plan to look back at these highlighted passages and remind myself of God’s love and plan for my life.

By the time I got to the end of this book, which didn’t take long at all because it’s a short book, I felt a peace I haven’t felt in a long time. I finally felt as though I can defeat fear in all its forms and try to live a happier life. I plan to use some of Sadie’s tools, along with my Bible, and try to restore my peace and happiness.

I thank Sadie for writing this book and sharing her journey with the rest of us. I would recommend this book to anyone who struggles with fear, anxiety, or any byproduct of them. Don’t discount this book due to Sadie’s age, she has a lot of wisdom and it can help you too.

 

 

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

 

 

Book Review! The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Title: The Great Alone            
Author: 
Kristin Hannah         
Rating:
4.5/5
Release Date: 
February 6, 2018

Description from Goodreads: Alaska, 1974.
Untamed.
Unpredictable.
And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit.

From the author who brought you the phenomenon of “The Nightingale”.”

Review: This is the story of a young family, a Vietnam veteran and POW, his dreamer wife, and their practical child Leni. When Leni’s father inherits land up in Alaska, his father views it as a fresh start for the family. Before she knows it, they are on their way to Alaska in their new VW bus.

Leni falls in love with the beauty of their little community and the wonderful people living there, but when the dark winters begin to press in, she sees a change in her father, and not a good one. Was moving here a terrible mistake?

For fans of Kristin Hannah, it’s been a long wait for a new book. After the intense popularity of The Nightingale, the next book was more anticipated. The Great Alone was absolutely worth the wait. Filled with hope, love, pain, and fear, this book grips you from the first page, and doesn’t let go. I couldn’t put this book down and found myself reading way past my bedtime.

This book covers some very important topics: abuse, PTSD, and the way they affect more than just the victim. This story shows exactly how far out the effects reach. Lives are forever changed, and in the 1970’s, the laws and knowledge were definitely not up to where they needed to be. Thankfully, times have changes and I hope a lot of this wouldn’t be able to happen now days.

I found this incredibly well written, as all Kristin Hannah books are. The writing was vivid and well detailed. I could hear the water, see the mountains and lakes, feel the fear and pain, the love and joy. I felt as if I was truly there, fighting the winters and waiting for spring.

I loved these characters. Leni was strong and really smart, Matthew was loyal and caring, Mama was really trying the best she could, and I had love how protective Mr. Walker and Large Marge were. The way everyone came together in this wonderful community was heartwarming and inspiring.

This book was wonderful from the first page to the very last; I loved every second of it. I would recommend this book to anyone.

 

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