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Is it normal for someone to be this excited for a book? Check out the trailer for Dee Henderson’s latest book Full Disclosure releasing October 2, 2012!!

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The O’Malley Series

Danger in the Shadows (Prequel)

The Negotiator

The Guardian

The Truth Seeker

The Protector

The Healer

The Rescuer

Uncommon Heroes

True Devotion

True Valor

True Honor

Other

Kidnapped (Previously True Courage)

The Marriage Wish

God’s Gift

 

-Elle

Passages By: Brian Hardin

We’ve all made that promise to ourselves, the New Year’s resolution that this will be the year that I read through the entire Bible (And yes that does include Leviticus and Numbers!) and after a few weeks or months we give up trying, making excuses to why we do not have the time or opportunities to continue reading the Bible daily.

Brian Hardin has written with a passion for why we need to sink our teeth into the Word of God and not just by reading the Bible daily but my listening to it, by becoming a part of a community while studying scripture. He takes the time to help each of us understand why we cannot simply read the Bible to in order to check it off of our daily list of chores but how we must interact with the Word and take active part in it.

Hardin uses not only his experiences but the experiences of others to share how engaging in a daily Bible reading/listening schedule will change you from the inside out, how making the time to dig into the Word will change who you are, who your family is and will build your relationships with God.

Through this book we are invited into a daily transformation that comes only from God. Hardin has given the motivation by not telling us that we should be reading our Bible daily but he shares his passion and understanding to why we should each take this step and to understand how the Bible is not another thing to push aside in our schedules and how it is a daily life changer for each of us.

Those looking to get closer to God and need the motivation, this book is the perfect place to start! I highly recommend this for anyone that wants to start reading their Bible more, and for those who have simply been reading their Bible because they are supposed to.

I received this book from the Publisher through the Litfuse program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

52 Weeks 52 Verses: I will sing His praises

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.”

-Psalm 28:7

I’ve never known what I wanted to do as a career, I knew what I enjoyed, I knew of possibilities, but I’ve never been the one that had a definitive answer. On the other hand I have friends that figured it out in elementary school, that knew what their dream job was and how to achieve it.

In the meantime, while after 26 years I am still floundering to figure out what exactly I should be doing I have been in various job positions, some I loved but were only available for a season, some I did because I needed to be working, others I’ve been bored with but needed something more. I can’t say I’ve ever had a job I really disliked, even when I worked at Home Depot I enjoyed what I was doing, I knew it wasn’t long-term but I actually felt productive. Until recently I have never experienced a job that I did not want to stay with for a while, that I’ve been tempted to walk out on more than one occasion and never to return again. Now even though I say that, and if it ever came to that I would probably walk out, return once I’ve calmed down and handed in my 2 weeks notice.

The job itself is not bad, in the right circumstance I believe I could really enjoy what I am doing; however, the work environment is not very healthy. My boss finds fault in everything and everyone else, in the past week I have found myself being blamed for things that happened that I had no part of, being yelled at for losing call in slips that were in his pocket. No matter what I do, it is always wrong and it’s so hard for me not to want to quit, to yell and scream and cry all at the same time. I’ve never been in a place where what I did was not appreciated even a tiny bit, where everything said to me is in a condescending tone and where after two hours of yelling and cursing are resolved by finding a single sheet of paper there is no apology or laughing it off, the day continues like it never happened.

I don’t find joy in waking up every morning, I don’t feel like I am helping anyone, and I don’t feel like I am being productive. All of which is new to me, and has been a struggle, when I look back 3 months I don’t understand how or why I am still there.

After a particularly hard day this week of feeling picked on and targeted a co-worker texted me saying ‘Don’t let the devil steal your joy” and that’s when I realized I had done just that. I had given away my joy and allowed myself to be filled with anger, frustration and negativity. All of which are not of God.

My job is not my dream job, trying to find the positive in it is not easy, and there will be days where I still want to scream and cry, but I will not let it steal my joy. This job is not my final destination, this job is only a season in the life God has planned for me, I trust Him, He has me here for a reason and I can continue to prayer for His strength and joy in the situation. I will continue to sing His praises and thank Him. I may not embrace this season as wholeheartedly as others but I have a job, I have an income, I am blessed to not have to worry about where my next meal will be, or if I will have a roof to sleep under.

My joy is not defined by the job I have, the people I am around, the things I may or may not accomplish. My joy comes from my God and I will always turn to Him and thank Him in all of my circumstances.

-Elle

Dry as Rain By: Gina Holmes

Dry as Rain is a story of forgiveness, redemption and family. Kyra has lost her memory and cannot remember the last few years with her husband, years that had not been so good. Eric is consumed by his work believing that he does it so his family can have the best, so that they can be happy. Eric has been unfaithful, and with the lost of Kyra’s memory he sees his chance to start over, to get Kyra to fall in love with him all over again. In his plans to make his marriage what he has once dreamed of he hides the truth from Kyra, not telling her the whole story and keeping the truth from her in hopes that her memory won’t return, or if it does all he has done will outweigh the past.

This book has many valuable lessons throughout it about honesty and forgiveness and redemption and reminds us about what in life will truly make us happy. Dry as Rain is told from the perspective of Eric, I was not a fan of Eric and the choices he was making and was a struggle to really connect with the characters. The deception and Eric’s unwillingness to listen to those around me, although true to life at times made me very frustrated. The book tended to be a bit predictable. It was still a decent read and very well written, it just wasn’t the type of book I would choose for myself to read again.

-Elle

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Angel Eyes By: Shannon Dittemore

Brielle moved to the city to chase after her dreams and returned to the small town of Stratus, Oregon cold and numb and drowning in her own guilt and sorrow. is cold and numb, living inside her own grief and guilt after tragedy strikes Brielle does not know how to continue back at her old high school in her old town she is searching for a way to get warm again.

There is a new kid in school and he radiates the heat that Brielle has been searching for, there is something about Jake that draws Brielle to him; however, there is something lurking in the shadows and it has its eyes on Jake and Brielle.

Shannon Dittemore’s new book Angel Eyes will be the next big Young Adult story! Once you start this book you will not want to put it down and wait in anticipation for the release of book 2. Dittemore has created strong characters that you can connect with and that invest you into the storyline. Brielle’s story of self discovery is relatable to those of all ages. We’ve all seen the books about Angels and Demons but this story is nothing like them! I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it, I love seeing a book that Young Adults can enjoy that is well thought out and not just another love story. Angel Eyes is a story of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, a reminder of the choices we make on a daily basis and that following Christ is a choice each of us will have to make.

I received this book complimentary from Thomas Nelson Publishing through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

-Elle

Attracted to Fire By: Diann Mills

Special Agent Meghan Connors’ has big dreams for her career in the Secret Service, to protect the president of the United States, as a female agent she has climbed her way to the top in a ‘mans world’ and now there is only one assignment keeping her from her dreams, that one assignment brings two large problems. One the Vice President’s rowdy, rebellious daughter whose antics can cost the presidential election has now been threatened. Problem Two is Special Agent Ash Zinders, who is not only up against Meghan for the job of protecting the president but has a reputation for disliking female agents and outspoken about how they do not belong in the field.

Meghan is determined to prove Agent Zinders wrong, and Ash is determined to catch who is threatening the Vice President’s daughter threw a turn of events Ash finds his heart warming to the one person that can prevent him from obtaining his dream career. As time passes Ash and Meghan, with the help of their protectee realize there is a lot more behind the threats than it seems and are on the hunt to find those behind it. Meghan and Ash quickly learn that they are unsure of who they can trust, will they figure it out before someone is hurt?

Diann Mills has created a cast of characters that pull you into their story. This book is full of action, mystery and a love story and will keep you glued to the pages until the very end. I really enjoyed this book, sometimes I found it to be a little predictable with who was behind everything,  as well as the ending not being as strong as I would have hoped for, the book also left you wishing for more back story on some of the characters, throughout the book you are given glimpses but not enough to really understand some of the characters motives. I still enjoyed the story and think it is worth checking out next time you are in search of a good book.

-Elle

 

 

52 Weeks 52 Verses: Immediatley

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Matthew 14:25-32

We all have heard the story of Jesus walking on water, it is one of my favorites in the Bible. When Peter finds himself sinking, Jesus responds to his call immediately, He doesn’t wait or watch as Peter struggles Jesus reaches out to Peter as soon as he cries out. I love this story so much, it is a reminder of our daily walk, we try and try to keep our focus on Jesus, to keep seeing Him, we praise Him when things are going great but often times find ourselves sidetracked when things get tough. We start to focus on our own problems, the issues that get in the way, we stop looking towards Jesus and instead watch the growing storm, we pay attention to the shifting winds, we turn a little rain into a tornado and forget the most important thing we can do, which is keep our eyes on Jesus, to follow Him and trust in Him through everything.

And although we get distracted by life, by our problems, by the world, our television, friends and family, just like Paul, Jesus has never abandoned us. As soon as Paul cries out Jesus catches him. immediately. Not before we reach out to Him, not after we have cried out but immediately! He never leaves our side! He is just waiting for us to refocus and remember that only with His help can we make it through, and that no matter what is going on in our lives, Christ is always their to catch us when we slip and fall and pay more attention to the world around us.

-Elle

Will you worship?

I’ve been finding so much good stuff on Pinterest lately, someone posted this video and it really just fit at this moment, it fits where I am and have been for a while, I hope you can enjoy it also.

-Elle