Broken Wings by Shannon Dittemore

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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

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Bogged down by books

I never thought I would say. Never believed I would get to the point where I thought that maybe I was reading to much. Recently, I’ve been receiving a lot of Devotionals and Bible Studies to review, books about trusting God, facing fears, discovering your purpose, closer looks at women of the Bible, a guide to reading the Bible, a book on prayer. I surround myself with these books hoping that they will bring me closer to God, thinking that they will help me to understand more, to comprehend what I am reading more.

The other night as I was reading I realized that these books aren’t the answer. I often times turn to books when I am confused or want to know more about a subject, but the thing is I’ve been turning to the wrong books. Instead of seeking answers from other authors I need to take that time to turn my Bible for the answers.

Growing up I was always told that during lent I was supposed to give something up, I had never understood this as a child, and since we have just begun the season of Lent, the days prior I saw numerous people making statements of giving up social media, of turning off facebook for the time being. I haven’t given up anything for a few years now, but this year I am giving up books. That is that until the end of Lent, when I want to read I will be turning to my Bible rather than some other source.

Now as a disclaimer to saying that, you will still be seeing book reviews, and I will follow through on the books that I have committed to reading for reviews, or for a small group, but beyond those books I will not be adding anything new to my pile until after Lent. So instead of picking up the latest fiction novel I will be picking up my Bible more and using the Bible as my guide for the answers I am seeking.

-Elle

@CTYLYT is coming!

In the Oklahoma City area? You are invited to CTY LYT!

I’ve found that the older I get, the more difficult it becomes to make new friends. At this point everyone seems to have found the group they belong too, have a group they fit into that we stick with for the most part. Our work friends, church friends, many times we don’t reach out to meet new people.

Well it’s time to change that. Time to step out of your box and come out to meet some new people.

Come join an evening at CTY LTY! Make some new friends, enjoy each others company, have some amazing worship! Come out for a night of fun and bring your friends!

 

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Join us on February 19th at 8:30 in Oklahoma City at Kamps for a great night!

-Elle

Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher

Betrayal By: Robin Lee Hatcher

Julia Grace is finally free. She lost her husband the previous year, but with that she has also found freedom. Her former husband gave her all the reason to not trust men, and to close her heart off to everyone around her. Now Julia lives on her ranch trying to make ends meet, her brother-in-law appears to be a decent guy and continues to offer to buy the ranch from Julia. Her heart is set on keeping the ranch and being able to maintain it, when she isn’t quite sure how to handle the quickly approaching days where she will sell her cattle a stranger appears.

Hugh Brennan is a stranger on a mission, searching for the family that he was separated from as a child he is making his way across the country to find the his sisters. When his horse becomes injured he finds himself at the ranch of Julia Grace, Hugh does not have a lot he can give but neither does Julia so in exchange for food and shelter Hugh finds himself working on the ranch with a woman who has surrounded herself with walls and won’t let anyone inside.

The ranch is in trouble, the money that was raised has been stolen, Hugh has left and Julia is not sure if she will be able to find a way to keep the ranch running alone, she may have to ask for help and accept the help from a man she hardly knows.

Hatcher has written a story that will keep you turning the page. A great story about opening up your heart and learning to trust after having many reasons to close yourself off to the world.

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

-Elle

How am I defined?

Ever since I can remember I have placed labels on myself. Very often others also label us, we allow them to use words to describe us, and begin to use those same words. As an elementary student I was labelled as shy, quiet, bookworm, nerd, smart. As a middle schooler pretty much the same, somewhere between middle school and high school I began to add my own labels and to believe some of the others. Introvert. Bookworm. Techie. Art Kid. YFCer. Quiet. Alone. Independent. Christian. Middle Child. In college and after the labels continued. Theatre Kid. Youth Min Major. Bookworm. Technician. College Student. AmeriCorps Member. Volunteer. Introvert.

Now most of these words seem harmless, they simple described my personality, my job, my hobbies. They described who I was, but at some point I let it begin to not describe who I was but to define who I was. I allowed the words I used as labels to define the person I was and the person I was turning into. I let words such as Introvert to define my life, I used it as an excuse ‘I’m an introvert! I will never be able to speak in public!’ a common response to my quirks came easily ‘I’m a theatre kid!’ ‘I’m a youth min major!’ I used these labels as a way of defining my actions, I allowed them to shape me and to prevent me from stepping out of my box.

Than something happened. I graduated college. I finished two terms of service with AmeriCorps. I struggled/struggle to find my career path, I took a break from theatre, I stopped creating art. And with all that I lost almost everything I defined myself as. Stripped away without all those labels the only two I had left were Introvert. Christian.

And for a while I used them hand in hand, I’m a Christian but because of my introverted side I can’t speak up, I can’t pray in front of people, I can’t lead a small group, I can’t make new friends,

These words I allowed to become my definition now held me back, from things I wanted to be able to do. From things God wants me to be able to be a part of. From spreading who God is and the love He has.

Well I am sick of it. I am done. I don’t have any labels left. I am no longer a student, I am no longer college-aged, I am no longer in theatre. I am done with attempt to find new labels to define myself, the things I do, the activities I partake in do not define the person I am or the person that I will become. They are simply things I do, not the person I will become.

The only one that can define who I am erases all the labels the world may create, and although the labels I listed are not harsh, they don’t hurt like some do, but there are definitions I chose to leave out. Ugly. Unloveable. Rude. Alone. Stupid. Fat. The list goes on, I chose not to focus on the hurtful words, the negative words that have all gone through our mind or have been aimed at us. No matter what words you use to define yourself, no matter what words others use to define you, none of them matter. Not one.

God has declared each of us

A child of God.

A friend of God.

Fearfully and wonderfully made.

A spirit of power, love and self-control.

Chosen.

Redeemed.

 

You are a child of God. How God sees you is the only way the matters. You are a clean slate. God sees you as chosen, as redeemed. Believe in the words that God has used to define you, not the words that peers place on you and not the words or titles that you place on yourself to define you. The words of the world are not who you are, they do not define you or who you will become, as well as words from your past, they have been wiped clean. You are a new creation. Fearfully and wonderfully made!

 

-Elle

“I am the head and not the tail. I am above and not below. I will find favor with man and God. I was created in the image of God to do good things and to love people.”

Time to return to Smitten

Secretly Smitten By: Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter

Last year Coble, Billerbeck, Hunt and Hunter introduced us to the town of Smitten, a small town in Vermont that was struggling to survive with the changing times, that is until four friends came together with a plan to transform the town of Smitten a must go romance destination. Now we are back in Smitten seeing the progress of the town and meeting for brand new friends as well as seeing some old friends along the way.

There’s a mystery surrounding some dog tags found in Grandma’s attic. They belong to a man that Grandma knew long ago, but he died in the war and his dog tags were never found, so how did they get into the attic?

Smitten is growing into a must visit destination for romance, but with so many couples around Tess, Zoe and Clare wonder if they will ever figure out what they want to do to help Smitten and if they will ever find their special someone. Through a twist and turn of events and searching for the owner of the dog tags each of the girls, and there mom is pushed out of their comfort zone and take a step into a brand new future.

Once about these four authors have managed to pull together four separate characters and stories and combine them into a beautiful story that will make you want to visit Smitten. So return to Smitten for a brand new journey with new friends, this book makes you feel like you’ve grown up with Smitten all along.

I received this book complimentary through the Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle