Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Review: Answers to the Most Important Questions About the End Times

As the Bible begins to talk about the end of times, questions begin to arise in the most devout Christians. What is the Second Coming? Who is the Antichrist? Are there signs that we are there?

Each of these questions have been answered in many different ways over my life, however, I found the answers in Dr. John Hart's book to be straight forward and easy to understand, The book itself is not a large tome, which helps the reader see that the answers will be concise.

Prophesies have been a part of our history from the beginning of time, so it is not surprising to see that they are a part of the end of time. It is easier to look back and see how the prophesies have been true, but there is always that little doubt about the ones of the future. I found Dr. Hart's book to be enlightening in many different ways, I found that most of his theories aligned with my own.

This is a fascinating book and could give a different light on end times to those who are fearful or full of questions.

I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review: the Tea Planter's Wife

This book is set in Ceylon with Gwen, a 19-year old bride to a tea planter. She was originally from England, so after the marriage, on her way to her new home, many odd things begin to happen. Ravi was a friend of the family who Gwen's husband begins to act differently to. Then there is the previous marriage of the groom. There are many mysteries which come to the open as the story continues to unfold.

The author has a way of making the reader feel they are a part of the conversation which is going on through the book. I feel like she has a deep grasp of the times and marriages like this that occurred. There was good character development, overall and the plot was well-done. Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it.

I was given this book by Blogging for Books, and the publisher in exchange for my honest review of the book.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Review: The Babel Conspiracy

Sylvia Bambola has written another great book. The Babel Conspiracy is my fourth book that I have read of this talented lady.

She has such a gift with words that they bring me right into the story as she tells it. Trisha, one of the main characters in the book is a Christian, however, like all of us, she is faced with temptation when she falls for a married man. She fights the temptation and turns to her work. Her job is to build the first nuclear powered aircraft. She remains strong in her faith.

Each of Sylvia Bambola's books are so different. This one deals with the political and spiritual atmosphere of the world.

I cannot give enough praise for this book. It is definitely one that I will treasure.

I was given this book by bookfun.org, Heritage Publishing House and the author in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book Review: Family Inheritance

In Family Inheritance, three sisters leave behind their lives to travel to Minnesota to be at the bedside of a dying mother. They have not seen each other since leaving home. So there are many issues that have never been faced and resolved. They come to be with their mother and each other, even though there are many hurt emotions, which caused them to move away in the first place. None of them knew the hurt that the others were feeling.

Due to the issues that are uncovered, this is not an easy book to read, but it is still very well-written. Plus it does show how the problems of one sibling can have far-reaching effects on the others.

I was given this book by NetGalley and BQB Publishing in exchange for my honest review. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Review: The Stonehenge Letters

The first thing that drew me to this book, by Harry Karlinsky, was the title. I love all things about Stonehenge. So, of course I had to get the book.

As I began to read this book I was ready to sit down to a nice fictional book. Instead, soon after beginning to read, I caught myself wondering if I was wrong. This book centers around a secret prize which Alfred Nobel originated looking for secrets of Stonehenge. Only winners of the Nobel Prize were allowed to submit and the submission period was 10 years.

The people who were asked to submit were action people in history, which helped to make me wonder whether I was reading fiction or nonfiction.

I was so drawn by this book, on so many levels, that it was difficult to put down, once I began. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys history. Or well-written works of fiction.

I was given this book by NetGalley and HarperCollins UK in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Secrets to Surrender: Living Wholeheartedly

Debby Akerman has put togethera good work which helps the reader to look at their lives and see how they can "wholeheartedly" follow Christ. She does this by sharing Biblical people who were not perfect, yet discovered they could become stronger individuals by giving all to God.

This study begins with the first book of the Bible and shares scriptures, comments and then applications for the teachings within your own life.

I found this was a wonderful resource for reflecting on my life and seeing different ways that I could improve to become a better Christian.

I was given this book by NetGalley and New Hope Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Book Review: Between Sisters

Cathy Kelly is such a rich author and she shares her wealth of talent with each of us through her works.

In the book Between Sisters, the sisters are Cassie and Coco. Their mother left them when they were younger. Now that they are grown, they are still feeling the pain. They were left in the care of their grandmother, so they did know love but not the love of their own mother.

Cassie now has a family with two teenage daughters and Coco is single. Each are successful career-women.

There are problems that erupt into their lives and seeing their pathway to the resolution is very interesting and intriguing.

As with many of her other books, Between Sisters, is not a light book to read. It includes mistakes and real-life instances throughout it.

I love the bond that Cathy Kelly is able to include in this book between the sisters. I would highly recommend this book to Cathy Kelly lovers and to those who enjoy books with reality throughout it.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Fabulous Fiction Sampler

There are times when I receive samplers and I am not thrilled about the content, however, this is not one of those. There was not one sample that I did not like. The authors in this book include Erica James, Veronica Henry, Liz Fenwick, Ella Griffin, Fanny Blake and Cathy Kelly.

Some of these authors were new to me and others felt like reading a friends work. Each of the samples left me wanting to read the entire book and I probably will end up doing just that.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Orion Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Sweet Tomorrows

Debbie Macomber never fails to write a book I fall in love with. Her characters and settings are so well-thought out that I feel like I am there, talking with the people.

Sweet Tomorrows is a Rose Harbor Book. In fact it is the final installment. It is filled with healing.

Jo Marie is Getting over Mark Taylor, who left for Iraq to try to help a good friend. With the feelings still fresh of losing a husband earlier, she was not ready for the uncertainty she would feel with his travels. So now it is time to go tot he next adventure, dating. At first she doesn't have much luck, but soon she finds new romance and has to make decisions on her own future.

I loved this book and I feel like anyone else that enjoys a feel-good story will also enjoy it.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Random House Publishing-Ballantine in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Book Review: How to Party With an Infant

How to Party With an Infant is a humorous, touching account about parenthood and humans.

This book presents Mele Bart as a single mother from San Francisco. She tried to meet with other moms and finally found a group that worked. Now this group is going to have a cookbook contest. This book tells the tale of Mele and form which she fills out for the competition and stories about her group. Meanwhile, she is also dealing with complications with her daughter, Ellie's, father.

Anyone that can relate to the challenges of being a mom will enjoy this book.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Simon and Schuster in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Book Review: A Daily Invitation to Friendship with God

This book, A Daily Invitation to Friendship with God, is an excellent way to join a daily devotion, without having to spend vasts amount of time.

The book consists of different parts such as: The Creative Edge, The language of the Spirit, The Practical Side of Things and Celebrating the Living Word.

Each section is introduced with Scripture to reflect upon during the devotional time. Then each entry consists of short entries to take with you throughout the day. There are some that are then ended with a thought.

I found this to be a nice way to share time with God for those moments when I only have a minute or two. I think this would also be a great introduction to devotions to those who have not done them before.

I was given this book by bookfun.org and Destiny Image in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Book Review: Extraordinary Ordinary Moments

I received this journal in the mail not know whether I would enjoy it or not. Well, the suspense was soon over, I loved it. Each page in the journal has a short little prompt with the rest of the page free for writing, drawing, coloring or whatever the writer may desire. Each page is sturdy enough to allow for a variety of creativity.

There are over 300 entries in the book with topics like "Something that brings you into the moment,"
"a windfall," "Something best when it is cold."
As you can tell by these prompts the creativity can then take over. 

I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. 

Book Review: Heaven Declares

I have loved this wonderful way to begin my day. Actually, my hubby and I read it together at night. Each day there is a Bible verse to begin the session, then a short reflection on the reading. Then they follow up with a few Scriptures, a prayer and then our favorite part, the Decree and Declare section. These speak to things that we have been dealing with and help us to turn them over to God and to let them go. After all if you are declaring and decreeing them, they are meant to be followed.

The author D. Hakeem Collins is a minister, speaker and radio program producer.

I was given this book by bookfun.org and Destiny Image in exchange for my honest review.