Perfect Lies By Jennifer Crow

We all go through it at sometime or another, we attempt to hide who we are, to keep up appearances to try and convince everyone that we have everything under control and that we can handle it all. Not only have we convinced everyone else around us but we have also convinced ourselves of these things, while people on the outside see that we have everything together on the inside we have started to believe other lies.

Through this book Jennifer Crow tells us of the trap she fell into, through her very personal experiences she shares what she learned and is very open about the struggles she had. Through each chapter Crow tackles a common lie that we all have faced at sometime or another. These lies are the ones that Satan uses to keep us down, lies such as ‘I am unlovable’ ‘I am worthless’ ‘I am not angry’ and ‘I am deprived.’

This book is not one that you will breeze through, this book is written to think about and consider with scripture, exercises and things to consider at the end of each chapter. This book will help you to realize which lies you have fallen victim to and how to get past them.

Honestly, I see the validity in this book and how it can help many people but I lost interest about half way through and it was hard to stay focused. I feel that if I struggled with a specific lie listed I would just focus on those chapters.

This book will leave you with questions and maybe even some answers.

I was provided this book complimentary from tyndale publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

Sons of Jude By Brandt Dodson

Sons of Jude By Brandt Dodson

Detective Frank Campello has just lost his partner and to his disappointment has been given Andy Polanski from another district as his new partner. Polanski has been deemed a traitor, for not sticking by the police family and Campello has no desire to work with a traitor. With the latest case bringing the two into situations they never would have believed Campello must decide if he can trust Polanski and possibly understand why he did what he did at his previous district.

The Sons of Jude is the first book of the series and Dodson does not disappoint, captivating your attention from the very first page. Not only does Dodson write a story that will pull you in he writes in a way that does not speed through the story but allows you to really sink into what is happening. Dodson has an amazing use of description and with his experience in the FBI and knowledge of the Chicago area he really brings this story to life. I cannot wait to see the next book in the series.

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

 

-Elle

Desiring a “Happily Ever After”

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Desiring a “Happily Ever After”
Fighting the Temptation to Give Up on Love and Marriage
By Sheri Rose Shepherd
Bestselling Author and Bible Life Coach
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I don’t know where you stand today with the man you love or loved—or if you are single, divorced, separated, or widowed. I can tell you, though, that if you’ve been hurt, you can be sure Your heavenly Father knows how hard it is to love and forgive the one who caused you pain. Yet regardless of the relational devastation you face, no one can keep you from finishing strong for God’s glory!I was raised in a non-Christian home. My parents have each been married and divorced to three different people. As part of several blended families, all I understood about marriage when I was growing up was “unhappily ever after.” But then I became a Christian at twenty-four and married my husband, Steve, just a few years later. Because of my love for God and my husband, I honestly didn’t think anything could shake my own marriage or faith.In the summer of 2007, however, my happily ever after was wiped out and my faith was tested. The family foundation I had worked so hard to build and protect was almost destroyed, along with my ministry, in that season of my life. I truly believed that God had forsaken me.

I had just finished writing my book for mothers about raising sons to become godly husbands. As I excitedly ran upstairs to e-mail the manuscript to the publisher, I suddenly felt as if something dark hovered over me. My passion for the book’s message was drowned out by the fear of an attack from the enemy that could come against me and my family if I stepped on his territory . . . young men and their future marriages.

I called the publisher and said I’d need to wait and pray for courage before submitting the manuscript. I went to my son, Jake, who was eighteen years old and a senior in high school at the time, and asked him if he had any plans of rebelling against his faith once he graduated from high school. I told him I was willing to give him freedom to find his own faith in Christ, but I didn’t want to put out a book about raising boys if my own son was going to walk away from the Lord. He reassured me that he was strong in his faith and that he felt I should publish the book. I decided to take the chance to make a difference and sent in the manuscript.

The book began climbing the charts, and everything seemed to be going well. I even began speaking with my son at conferences for mothers of boys. Then three months into my book tour, my fear of attack hit. My husband had taken a job that we had both prayed for. This job appeared to be a blessing; however, his new position required him to violate some of the boundaries we had put in place to protect our marriage, and we ended up separated.

There I was in the public eye of ministry, fighting to save future marriages, and somehow my own marriage was falling apart. My son was devastated by the division between me and his dad. It was too hard for him to deal with all his confusion, pain, and anger, so he took a break from his faith and began using drugs and alcohol to comfort himself. I had always known to run to God for cover when there was a great attack, but now I felt like He had left me alone on the battlefield to fight for myself. It appeared that all I had believed about God and all my effort to build a strong foundation for my own family had been shattered. My pain, my shame, and my life were an embarrassment. I felt as if I were battling an out-of-control fire that would burn up everything I loved and lived for. Every night I would cry myself to sleep as I struggled to understand why God had not protected me while I was attempting to accomplish something for His glory.

One night I could not take it anymore, so I fell to my knees and told God I either wanted Him to fix my family or I wanted to quit the ministry. Then I felt the Lord asking me a bigger question: Was My life, given on a cross for you, not enough for you to finish strong even if it means surrendering the life you wanted? For the first time I realized that my heart’s true desire was to feel loved and secure, and yet no man on earth could love me the way my Lord does. In that moment of crisis I found the true meaning of following Christ. God had not forsaken me, but He did want to free me from depending on others to give me my happily ever after.

That night I gave my heart’s deepest desire to God and chose to follow Him at any cost. In exchange, He gave me something so much better; He gave me peace that was more powerful than my circumstances. My faith was no longer in people; it was in Christ alone. Although nothing outwardly had changed yet, I had been changed. Today, Steve and I have celebrated twenty-five years of marriage, and our son serves God with His whole heart. He and his bride have given us our first grandbaby girl. However, to be honest, restoring our marriage was excruciatingly painful and more difficult than either of us expected. As hard as this trial was, it taught me a valuable lesson: our Lord is the God of comfort and the author of a new beginning. He can and will rebuild a beautiful life out of any broken heart willing to make a change. He will use one sacrificial choice; one act of forgiveness; one sincere, repentant heart; and one woman who is willing to step out in faith and start rebuilding with His love for His glory.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)

For more teaching from the Your Heart’s Desire book and Bible study, visitwww.biblelifecoaching.com.

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Win a $200 Weekend Getaway from @SusanMayWarren! RSVP for Facebook Author Chat Party on Oct. 23rd!

Welcome to the campaign launch for Susan May Warren’s latest offering in her beloved Deep Haven series, You Don’t Know Me. Susan is celebrating with a $200 Weekend Getaway Giveaway and hosting a fun video Author Chat Party!

One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A $200 Visa Gift Card (Use that to catch up with a loved one and “Get to Know” your spouse, friend, sister, mom…whomever!)
  • The entire set of Deep Haven Books

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 22nd. Winner will be announced at the ”You Don’t Know Me” Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/23. Connect with Susan for an evening of book chat, Deep Haven trivia, and a live video chat! There will also be info about Susan’s BookShout read-along and a chance to win gift certificates, books, and other fun prizes!

So grab your copy of You Don’t Know Me and join Susan on the evening of the October 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!

You Don’t Know Me By Susan May Warren

Just in time for fall, Susan May Warren releases her latest novella You Don’t Know Me. So take the time to warm up a cup of cocoa, pull out your favorite blanket and settle in for an extended weekend on the couch to read Warrens’ latest.

Annalise Decker has a picture perfect life, a husband running for mayor, three kids, one a volleyball champ and one the lead in the school play. Her life appears perfect, but Annalise has a secret that could mean life or death, a secret she has never shared with her family. Everyone has secrets, big and small things that we don’t want others to find out, but Annalise’s secret may be too big of a secret, one that tears the perfect life she has built and her family apart. Is it possible that these secrets build up to be too much for one family to handle?

For Annalise she has found her place in the town of Deep Haven, a wife, mother, PTO member, you name it and Annalise is involved in some way. Than one day she runs into someone from her past, someone who should not be in Deep Haven, the very person that can destroy the life that she has built.

Susan May Warren brings us another story from our favorite town of Deep Haven, and once again does not disappoint us. Deep Haven is full of rich characters, a community you feel you are a part of as you read about the Decker’s.  This book will have you thinking and realizing how much keeping secrets can hurt the people you love.

You Don’t Know Me is a great story and a great addition to the Deep Haven books. A great weekend read!

I received this book complimentary through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

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The Trouble with Cowboys By Denise Hunter

Forgiveness. It is never easy, and sometimes we are never prepared for the situations we are placed in that makes us realize it may be time to let go of the past and forgive someone in order to be able to move on into the future. And that is exactly what Annie Wilkerson is learning.

Annie Wilkerson has been struggling financially, helping her younger sister through college as well as raising her son on top of being a local horse trainer and the column she writes Annie still struggles to make ends meet.

When she gets the news her column is being changed to a lovelorn column she is not sure what to do, writing about relationships is something she has never been good at but she needs the money, but when a local cowboy has a horse in trouble she offers a trade for her help, only problem is that Annie does not trust cowboys. The more time she spends with Dylan the more she is realizing there is something more to it. Annie is unsure if she can put behind her the past hurt and pain from the previous cowboys in her life and let Dylan in.

As the third installment of the Big Sky Romance Series, Denise Hunter has done it again. Not only has she created a brand new story but she brings back some of our favorite characters. Hunter does an amazing job of drawing you into the characters and there is always a character you will find much like yourself. This book as well as the other books in the trilogy are worth the read, although each can be read as a stand alone novel I recommend them all. With this final book Hunter has not disappointed her audience, The trouble with cowboys is a nice mix of romance, family problems, forgiveness, moving on, cowboys and Montana air. The perfect book to read on a cool fall day.

This book was provided complimentary as part of the Litfuse program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

To celebrate the release of The Trouble with Cowboys Denise is hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. She’ll connect with readers and give away some amazing prizes – including a Kindle Fire!
Save the Date for October 11th!”"
Grab your copy of Denise Hunter’s latest book and join her for an Author Chat Party on October 11th at 8:00 PM EST (that’s 7:00 Central, 6:00 MST, & 5:00 PST)!

Haven’t read The Trouble with Cowboys yet? That’s okay, don’t let that stop you from coming to the party! (You may win a copy!)
During the evening she’ll be sharing the story behind the book, posting discussion questions, testing your trivia skills, and of course, there will be plenty of chatting and fun giveaways – books, gift certificates and – a Kindle Fire! She’ll also be giving you a sneak peek of her next book too!

RSVP today and then come back on the 11th … and bring your friends!

Two Amazing books release today!

Looking for something to read? Two amazing books released today!

Make sure to check out Unstoppable By Nick Vujicic

 

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Also the latest Christian Fiction book from Dee Henderson, Full Disclosure!

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-Elle