Top 10 Books for 2012

Here are my top ten books that I read in 2012 in no particular order!

1. Submerged By Dani Pettrey

2. My Stubborn Heart By Becky Wade

3. Angel Eyes By Shannon Dittemore

4. Full Disclosure By Dee Henderson

5. Tidewater Inn By Colleen Coble

6. The River By Michael Neale

7. Sweeter Than Birdsong By Rossalyn Elliott

8. Go and Do By Jay Milbrandt

9. Tales of the Not Forgotten By Beth Guckenberger

10. Son By Lois Lowry

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Shattered By: Dani Pettrey

Shattered By: Dani Pettrey

Newcomer Dani Pettrey returns with her second book in the Alaskan Courage Series which follows the McKenna family. Reef McKenna has returned to Yancey, Alaska after being away for long and Piper McKenna could not be happier, that is until Reef is arrested for murder, although Reef has shown up at Piper’s covered in blood he swears that he is innocent. Piper does not believe that her brother could ever murder someone but with the police wanting an open and shut case, and Landon looking focusing on the facts Piper knows it is up to her to find the truth.

Landon continues investing case and finds that Piper has been asking questions and searching for her own leads, Landon and Piper have had tension between them since the engagement party but he knows that Piper will not stop until she discovers the truth. Joining together Piper and Landon head to the Canadian back-country in search of answers. Throughout the search Piper feels as if she is being watched, but finding clues has her pushing aside her intuitions in search of the truth for Reef. Landon and Piper may be getting close to the truth and have caught the attention of someone dangerous.

Pettrey does not disappoint in her second book! If you loved Submerged you will love Shattered as you join the McKenna’s on their latest adventure! This book will keep you on the edge of your seat with twists and turns that you will never see coming! Make sure to block out the weekend for this one! You will not want to put it down!

-Elle

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

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What is Christmas all about?

Merry Christmas Everyone! Today is the day! The day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior, our Lord, the one who came as an infant and would one day redeem us all.

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season we quickly forget what this season is all about. We get caught up with the busy-ness of planning the perfect meal, figuring out how to keep family drama to a minimal, keeping everyone schedule coordinated, rushing through the crowds at the local mall. We often forget what Christmas means and exchange it for consumerism and focusing on material things.

Every Christmas A Charlie Brown Christmas plays on TV  and there is one section of the movie where Linus shares the meaning of Christmas by reading from Luke chapter 2, but there is a moment in this clip that I had never noticed until about a month ago while at the KLove Acoustic Christmas Tour, Dave, from Sidewalk Prophets pointed it out. Take a moment to watch this clip.

Did you notice it? Did you see what happened? Linus, the very smart, loveable character, who is known for always carrying his blue blanket, a blanket he keeps with him at all times, it is his safety, his protection. Notice at the moment he reads the word ‘Fear not’ he drops his blanket. Linus drops the thing he has clung to for most of his life, the thing that he feels safest with, that brings him peace.

In that moment Linus leaves his blanket behind, reading the remainder of the passage without it, he speaks of the hope and joy and peace that the birth of Jesus will bring.

What are you clinging to this holiday season? Do you hold onto a safety blanket like Linus? It may not be a literal blanket, you may cling to your career, your plans for the future, your money, you may cling to the people around you, to worldly possessions. What are the things we put our trust in? What do we use as a safety net in the everyday?

Today let us be like Linus, let us drop the safety net we build around us, to let go of the things we cling to and instead cling to Jesus and the hope that He brings. So ‘fear not’ and remember what today means. Christmas means hope, it means love and most importantly it means the birth of our Savior!

Merry Christmas everyone!

-Elle

Broken Wings By Shannon Dittemore

Broken Wings By Shannon Dittemore

Broken Wings is the second book in the Angel Eyes Trilogy, picking up a short time after where Angel Eyes left off Dittemore does not disappoint in the second book of the trilogy.  After everything Elle has been through in the past she is starting to move on after Ali’s death, her and Jake are growing closer and Elle dreams of the day when there will be a ring on her finger. As Elle grows closer to Jake and Canaan; however, Elle’s dad seems to be getting more disagreeable and is drinking more than ever before.

Something is going on, something that is keeping Canaan away more than usual. The sabre have gathered and there are whispers of movement on both ends. One of the Sabre makes a move so that Elle may learn the truth and learns something that has been kept from her about her mothers past, between that, her fathers drinking and the fear she sees and Jake that she does not understand things are getting tough. The halo used to keep the nightmares away but now Elle can hardly sleep through the night, Elle is beginning to see the celestial without the halo and she thinks she may have seen Damien in town and now with the halo having gone missing there is no telling what may happen. Jake and Elle have been targeted by evil and a battle is coming, what will happen if darkness is able to get what they are after? Will good be able to conquer evil, or will evil win and take Elle and Jake with it?

Dittemore has once again pulled you into the pages of the story with characters you will love. She has a way of writing where the words come off the pages and will have you laughing, crying and on the edge of your seat through the entire book. Dittemore’s descriptions of what the celestial and what worship look like will have you dreaming of heaven . You will not want to put this book down, the only problem is you will have to wait for the next book to be released!

-Elle

Broken Wings Releases February 19th! It’s not to late to add it to your Christmas list!

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Prayer from Max Lucado

Dear Jesus,
It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.

These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.
The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?

Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night.
The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.
Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.

Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.

This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.

Hopefully,
Your Children

-Prayer from Max Lucado

http://www.christianpost.com/news/max-lucados-prayer-in-response-to-conn-school-shooting-86681/

I Don’t Understand.

I don’t understand. This morning I have been following the news coming out of Connecticut about the school shooting. As of yet there is no official number, but reports are saying over a dozen people have been shot, many of them elementary school students.

I don’t have words to express how I feel about the situation, I don’t want to post a Bible verse in attempts to explain the situation. I don’t know what I can do except for to pray.

Pray for the families involved, those that instead of celebrating the holidays with their loved ones will be burying them.

Pray for the children that are part of the school community that will return to school without their best friends, that will try to understand what happened, that will struggle with surviving, that will struggle with losing classmates and teachers.

Pray for the individuals that are on the response teams. Those that experienced the scene first hand.

Pray for the families of the shooters and how this will affect them, and they pain they will go through.

Pray for the individuals that will help this community in the aftermath. The counsellors, the Red Cross, the teachers.

I don’t have the words, I don’t understand how someone can go to an elementary school to kill. I don’t understand how anyone can kill anyone. I don’t understand what this word is coming to. The hate, the violence, the negativity.

The one thing I do understand is that we need Jesus. We need His peace, His strength, His love. We need Jesus to redeem us, give us grace and mercy. We need to turn to Him to be in control of our lives and stop taking things into our own hands. We need to stop trying to solve problems by ourselves.

I don’t know what is happening in this country, in this world, that the news is full of negativity and devastation rather than stories of hope and encouragement.

Today join me in praying for Sandy Hook. For our country, our world.

Our world needs Jesus.

Praying and God Bless,

-Elle

A Christmas Giveaway!

I love Christmas! One of my favorite things about Christmas is giving gifts! You have until Sunday to enter!

Here is just a hint of what is included in the prize pack.

 

This book is an amazing, read my review here. This is a great daily reading that will help you put God first in your life! If you are still in search of the perfect gift for friends, family, a white elephant party, go out and buy this book!

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Christmas Surprise!

I’ve received some duplicate Christian Fiction books I will also add into the prize pack!

Remember you have until Sunday December 16, 2012 to enter!

Merry Christmas,

-Elle

Second Changes Everything. @IamSecond

It seems like many of us have grown up in a culture that tells us we should put ourselves first. We should strive to be in charge of our own future, to make first place on teams, to go after the promotion at work, to focus on me and what my needs are. Many of us have fallen into this trap of putting ourselves first, of never asking for help and relying on ourselves to get the job done, to provide for our families, to get to the next step in our lives, we lean on ourselves and see asking or seeking help as a sign of weakness.

Live Second tells you just the opposite. To go against the grain of what culture will accept as the norm, and look to someone else to provide, offer guidance, someone for you to lean on in time of trouble. Live Second will challenge you to step back and not put yourself, your family or your job first.  Live Second is a daily reminder to instead of putting things of this world and ourselves in first place, to change positions and place ourselves second and put Jesus first everyday.

Live Second is not your normal book or devotional, it is a daily reader that will challenge you to put Jesus first in every circumstance, but unlike other daily devotionals Live Second also uses social media to continue the discussion of what you learn each day and to share with others what being second means.

Live Second is broken down into different sessions with an over-arching theme and focus, each daily reading will provide you with Bible passages, questions to help you to dig deeper into the passage as well as questions to encourage you to implement what you learn into your everyday life.

Live Second is a book like no other that combines a daily devotional with social media to help you to grow in your walk with God and to teach you what it means to be second. This is an amazing book that will change who you are and how you respond to the world around you. Be prepared to see a change in your life and take the steps to becoming Second, I am Second, are you?

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Prayer

“The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil everywhere. Prayer in one phase of it’s operation is a disinfectant and a preventative. It purifies the air, it destroys the contagion of evil.”

-E. M. Bounds