Tales of the Not Forgotten By: Beth Guckenberger

At some point in our lives we have all felt that God has forgotten us, that He is not hearing our prayers and does not have a plan for our lives. God is the greatest storyweaver of them all and in the Tales of the Not Forgotten, we get to glimpse into the stories of various lives and their own personal reminders that God has not forgotten who they are and the paths He has set their lives on.

This book is a major eye opener to the things that are countered throughout this world and the need for God every day. Each chapter follows someone else’s story and each story takes place all across the world from Mexico to Nigeria to India, each has their own story to tell and how God connected their stories with someone else’s at just the right time. This book will have you laughing and crying and wake you up to the world we live in.

I loved this book, and the stories shared throughout the pages, Tales of the Not Forgotten is an important lesson for all of us, and through this book you will remember how great our God is and the plans He has placed on each of our lives.

This book is written in such a way that it is great for all ages, with facts about each country and side notes as well as reminders of what is being learned throughout the chapter. Tales of the Not Forgotten is a great way to introduce kids to what is happening in other countries and to missionary work.

I received this book complimentary from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity program.

-Elle

Tales of the Not Forgotten by Beth Guckenberger | Kindle Fire Giveaway and 7/31 Facebook Party!

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Stress Point By: Sarah Francis Martin

Stress Point: Thriving through your 20’s in a Decade of Drama

The 20’s are a stressful time, no doubt about it. From graduating college and finding a career, moving out to live on your own, developing new relationships, starting a family, discovering who you are and trying to figure out how to pay off  debt it is a trying time. So many things are happening through your twenties, there is a lot of stress and questions and more to handle than you could have imagined. Sarah Francis Martin tackles the issues that cause the most stress while in our twenties and continually reminds us to bring them to the feet of the King in her new book Stress Point.

Stress Point is an easy-to-read-interactive devotional for the up and coming generation full of case studies from various women as well as topics to journal that will allow you to reflect and remind you to bring it all to God.

I liked that this devotional also printed the scripture within the chapters, so that if you didn’t have a Bible on hand you could see the passages being referenced. I think that this devotional would be great for those in their early twenties that are just beginning to tackle some of these issues. It would be a great book to use as group study.

I received this complimentary from Thomas Nelson through the Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

 

 

52 Weeks 52 Verses: Two roads diverged…

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there…even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

-Psalm 139:7-8,10

For the past few years I have felt a bit complacent and lost. I’ve hit this point where I go through the motions of my day, I live off of a structure, I tend to do the same things day in and day out. I have hit a routine. I feel as if I am playing a waiting game, where I am standing in the middle of a path with multiple choices to take (‘…two roads diverged..’) and as I glance to each path I am waiting, waiting for God to look down at me and show me, give me a hint to which path I should be taking, which path will lead me to Him and His calling upon my life. I pace around in little circles, sit and stare at the clouds going by and imagining what shapes they are taking, all the while waiting to hear His voice, to get an idea which path to take.

I know which path I don’t want to take, I don’t want to go backwards, I don’t want to retreat into my past where I am comfortable, to my past that I feel invisible, to the past that I would love the chance of a do-over. I want to move forward, but there are so many options to forward, each path has many other paths in front of it, from choices of a job or a career, to a family or singleness, to Oklahoma or away. There are so many choices and I don’t want to take the wrong path, I don’t want to make a mistake, I don’t want to visit Pennsylvania to tell them I’m the one that didn’t make anything of myself, that left with huge dreams and came back sitting in a job that I don’t enjoy or feel called to be a part of.

The fact of the matter is, that no matter which path I choose, which one I start on, and even those I retreat from God is there. Even if I choose the path that makes me backtrack from where I am God is always there beside me with open arms to comfort, protect, and guide me. He is there as my provision and offers me grace for every time I wander off on a rabbit trail or stumble and fall. Either way, which ever choice I choose He will be there to pick me up and provide the support I need along the way. So rather than standing at this point of diverging paths it’s time to take a step into the unknown. Even if I wanted to (and I don’t) God will never hide for me, there will be times I can’t hear Him, times I am ignoring His voice and times I end up asking ‘You want me to do what?’ but no matter the case He is always with me, and will guide my path, even when I stumble onto the wrong one.

-Elle

Accused By Janice Cantore

Carly Edwards always knew what she wanted to do. To be a cop, working patrol, out where the action is. However, after things go wrong one night Carly ends up working juvenile, no action, stuck inside, the last thing she wanted and Carly can’t seem to find her way back to working patrol.

The mayor of the city has been found murdered, two people are in custody, one being young Londy Atkins, a friend of Carly’s mom, who also swears of his innocence, homicide is convinced of his guilt and against what Carly would normally say she believes that Londy is telling the truth and that some things don’t seem to add up with the case and Carly suspects a cover-up, and the only person she is able to turn to is her ex-husband, Nick, who she is not ready to forgive let alone talk too. Now Carly is being targeted and there may be something a lot deeper to this investigation.

Janice Cantore keeps you guessing with Accused, never quite sure who is innocent and who is guilty until the end she keeps you pulled into the story. It did take a few chapters to really get into this book, but I encourage you to push through and keep reading. You won’t want to miss how this story turns out. Is you are searching for a suspenseful story that will keep you on the edge of your seat this is the book for you!

 

-Elle

Dee Henderson’s Full Disclosure

Dee Henderson’s latest book Full Disclosure comes out October 2 and there are still advanced reader copies (ARC) available! Check out Full Disclosure Facebook Page to get your copy today!

 

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Heart Echoes By Sally John

Heart Echoes By Sally John

An earthquake has struck Los Angeles and Teal Morgan-Adams watches in horror as the freeway in front of her comes crashing down and her whole world with it. With the earthquake discovers that her daughter Maiya has been hiding some thing and now she finds herself re-evaluating relationships with her daughter, husband and remaining family which also causes Teal to come face to face with the secrets and past she has been hiding from everyone.

Maiya has been Teal’s whole life, caring for her, being the mother and friend she should be but now Maiya is asking questions and wanting to know more about her dad. As Teal is thrust into some major soul-searching she finds herself being called to the one place she never wanted to return to. Home.

Sally John has created an excellent story about relationships, families, forgiveness and the secrets that we all attempt to keep hidden. Strong characters and a good story line run throughout the whole book, at times the story is slightly predictable but overall is a great story.

-Elle

52 Weeks 52 Verses: Who am I?

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.”

-Psalm 8:3-5

I’m currently in the middle of a devotional called ‘Stress Point: Thriving through your 20s in a decade of drama’ by Sarah Francis Martin.  I am a little more than half way through my twenties and I can agree that it is a decade of drama, a time of figuring out what to do, where to go, what choices to make. It is a time of complete transition and change, friends getting married, people having babies.

The most common question that I ask revolves around the topic of ‘Who am I’? I’ve been known to question who I am, wonder if I am good enough, if there is something wrong with me that keeps me from making friends, that keeps me single. I wonder what it is that drives my fears, and I wonder why and ask God why I am the way I am. But, it’s not my place to ask. I shouldn’t be worried about who I am, I should be accepting who I am in Christ, and celebrating the quirks he has given me, although I may see them as bad, He did not intend them that way. He gave me the gifts I have so that I can share His love, to connect with people who may feel the same way, that I can relate to and maybe connect too when no one else can.

There’s no more asking who I am, today I start celebrating my gifts and strengths, I improve upon my weaknesses. I will use each moment to glorify the God that made me the way that I am and that sees and adores me. I may not understand it, I might never understand it, but today I chose to simply embrace it. To embrace the God who has created and forgiven me.

“Who am I that You, Lord, care about me? Who am I that You, who gently whispers and a rainbow forms, would love and adore me so dearly? Who am I that You would forgive me day after day after day for living wrapped up in myself rather that wrapping myself up in who You are?” -Stress Point

-Elle

The Touch By: Randall Wallace

Andrew Jones life was perfect, his career was set, his future wife said yes and things couldn’t be any better. Than tragedy strikes and Jones abilities as a doctor fail him and take the person that means the most to him. Jones puts up walls and puts his surgical skills behind him, he is unable to trust himself to save anyones life and resorts to teaching and helping those with non-life-threatening illnesses.

Lara is driven to find the surgical technique that is the cure to the issue that claimed her mother’s life. Hearing about Jones it becomes her mission to convince him to return to surgery and be able to accomplish which many believe to be impossible.

Lara and Jones must go through many obstacles and learn to trust each other and in God. Lara and Jones both have fears that they must face. Will Lara be able to reveal why she is so desperate to find a cure? Will Jones be able to put the past behind him and trust in his gift of touch that God has provided him.

Wallace has written a beautiful tale that will keep you captivated from beginning to end. You will not want to put this book down! Wallace has a way with words and creating characters that will connect with from page one.

 

-Elle

Moonblood By: Anne Elisabeth Stengl

 

The Tales of Goldstone Wood continues with Moonblood, the dragon has left Prince Liongheart’s  kingdom and with it his kingdoms trust in him. In an attempt to regain their confidence Lionheart banishes Rose Red. Rose Red is now held captive by her evil father. Lionheart regrets banishing Rose Red and goes into the woods in search of her, encountering strange things along the way, can he find Rose Red before it is too late?

Anne Elisabeth Stengl has quite the imagination and has woven together a fantastic story that will keep you captivated. Continuing the Tales of Goldstone Wood Stengl has a cast of characters who you quickly become attached to and sink into their stories. At times the story becomes a little too complex in trying to follow story lines and characters, it is also difficult to always figure out who is on what side.

Moonblood is a good story to dive into with a vivid land and array of characters this book is great for readers who enjoy fantasy and adventure tales.

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle