Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story By: Dee Henderson

Throughout Dee Henderson’s hit The O’Malley Series, we’ve all had one question on our minds. How did Tom and Jennifer meet? After years of waiting and anticipation, Henderson, has brought us the novella of how Tom and Jennifer meet, her diagnosis of cancer and to the point where The Negotiator begins.

Jennifer is an adorable, heart-felt story that will have you laughing and crying. Jennifer had given up a year of dating and at the end of that she finds her self bumping into Tom, a surgeon who works in the same building as Jennifer. As time goes on Jennifer and Tom become closer, and Tom starts to share with her who Jesus is, and show by his own example what Jesus is offering.

With her new found faith and Tom by her side, Jennifer is ready to take steps into her future. As everything seems to be falling into place, Jennifer learns that she has been diagnosed with cancer. Will she be able to find the strength in her new faith to fight? Will Tom want to battle this alongside her?

Dee Henderson has done it again! Bringing back our favorite O’Malley’s and discover how Jennifer found Christ and how that decision affected the rest of her family. Henderson has an amazing way of writing, and introducing the characteristics of Jesus without attacking you with Christianese. Her writing and characters are so authentic you forget that they are not your best friends.

Make sure to check out Jennifer, and if you haven’t read them yet all of the other O’Malley books.

-Elle

 

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

Trusting God

Trusting God: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure

By: Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith and Mary Southerland

Trusting God is a 12 week adventure into changing your attitude and learning what it truly means to trust God. We all have told ourselves that we trust God, and that we will rely on Him for everything, but many times in our culture it is much easier to say that we trust God rather than actually trusting Him. Do we really know what it means to trust God fully? That if something were to happen we could give Him every piece of our lives and know that He will take care of us.

In Trusting God the Girlfriends in God team have created a devotional that can be done individually or with a group, each week has six short lessons packed with stories, scriptures and prayers to help us take the steps to trusting God more, at the end of each week there is a section that is for reflection on what was learned this week, questions to help you grow and scripture to study as well as an area to journal about what you’ve learned this week.

The Girlfriends in God team have shared themselves and the lessons they have learned along the way, with life stories and examples, full of scripture and resources this book will help you to take the steps from saying you trust in God to living a life knowing that your trust is in God.

-Elle

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

Deeply Loved By Keri Wyatt Kent

Deeply loved by Keri Wyatt Kent

Deeply Loved 40 ways in 40 days to experience the heart of Jesus is not a devotional for the faint of heart. Deeply Loved will challenge you and push you to a deeper level of faith.

Each chapter will take around 10-20 minutes to read through with topics varying from distractions, serving, direction, and gratitude, topics that you will relate to, topics you will struggle with. The end of each chapter will issue a challenge in practicing being in the presence of Jesus.

Prepare yourself for a profound and life changing 40 days that will ultimately bring you to a stronger faith and a closer, deeper relationship with God.

-Elle

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

A life changing journey into the heart of God

A Woman’s guide to reading the Bible in a year: a life-changing journey into the heart of God By: Diane Stortz

How many times have we told ourselves that we were going to read the entire Bible in a year? To the point of printing out reading schedules, dutifully checking off each days reading plan, and than you get to the book of Leviticus or halfway through Numbers and find your motivation waning. In this book Stortz helps to guide us and encourages each of us to read the Bible with a small group, although she says that you can do it individually Stortz explains that when reading the Bible with a group provides accountability as well as a place to grow.

Each section provides a reading plan for the week, a general synopsis, as well as things to look for as you read as well as talking points to discuss each week. This is a great book for those who are looking to read the entire for the first time, or for the person who is reading it for the fiftieth time.

-Elle

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

 

Lovelier than Daylight By: Rosslyn Elliott

Lovelier Than Daylight: The Saddler’s Legacy By: Rosslyn Elliott

The story of the Hanby’s continues in the third book from Rosslyn Elliott in the Saddler’s Legacy trilogy. Susannah Hanby looks up to her Aunt and Uncle and all that they have accomplished in their lives. She hopes to one day to be able to respond to every situation with love, but on her way to attend Otterbein college she finds her sister, Rachel, missing as well as all 5 of her nieces and nephews have been sent to the orphanage, she blames alcohol and what it has done to Rachel’s husband and family and worries that he has done something to hurt her sister. As Susannah attempts to get the children back she also finds herself alongside the town battling an incoming saloon that is sure to put the town in danger.

Than Susannah meets Johann, he has offered his help in finding out information and getting the children back. However, his family owns a brewery and Susannah is torn between what she believes is right and the chance to reunite her family and save the town.

Rosslyn Elliott concludes The Saddler’s Legacy with a captivating story of love between people from two different worlds and two different belief systems concerning alcohol. Although both believe in God they find themselves working to understand the others point of view. Elliott has created amazing characters and started a conversation about how being set in our ways and being unopen to the opinions of others and where it can lead. Elliott is an author to add to your must read list!

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Thomas Nelson Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Firsthand By Ryan and Josh Shook

Firsthand By Ryan and Josh Shook

Your parents raised you in a Christian family, they have shown you what a truly authentic and genuine relationship with God is. You follow their example, attend church, volunteer on the weekends, but something is missing. You can’t quite figure it out, but you know that something is missing.

Many of us live with a hand-me-down faith, we live the faith our parents have passed down to us, the faith that we have learned from each other, we know how we are supposed to act, how to look the part but have not taken the steps to make our faith our own. We rely on the faith we were taught, going through the motions on Sunday and acting like everyone else on Monday.

In Firsthand Ryan and Josh Shook are tackling this issue, our twenties are some of the toughest years we face, leaving home, discovering who we are and during those times we begin to question the faith we grew up with. In Firsthand each chapter will provide you with first-hand accounts of people who have asked the same questions, as well as questions that promote discussion and reflection and will challenge you as well as some challenges to help you take the first steps of defining your faith and making it your own.

Firsthand is a great book to help you stop going through the motions and following tradition to help you define and build a personal relationship with God.

-Elle

Fairest Beauty By: Melanie Dickerson

Could it be true? Could Sophie be the daughter of a Duke? All Sophie has ever known is life as a servant girl and the hatred of the Duchess. Escaping from the castle is the only way that Sophie can imagine to find happiness, but the Duchess has eyes everywhere and escaping seems impossible. That is until Gabe shows up, claiming to be a traveller  although he has quite the story for Sophie. The truth of who she is, that she is betrothed to his brother and that he can take her to a place where she can be happy.

Now Gabe and Sophie are on the run with the Duchess close behind, Sophie and Gabe are getting closer and Sophie must learn to accept who she is in God and that the things the Duchess has said about her in the past are not true.

Fairest Beauty is a beautiful retelling of Snow White, Dickerson has a way of rewriting fairy tales that we have known for years in a new and fresh way. The character Sophie struggles with issues that each of us has dealt with, from being alone to discovering who you are in God’s eyes, she fights to push away the thoughts and negativity that she has heard all of her life.

Melanie Dickerson has done an amazing job with her third fairy tale and I cannot wait to see more in the future.

-Elle

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

Firefly Island By: Lisa Wingate | Enter to win an iPad Mini and RSVP for Facebook Party!

Mallory Hale and Webster have had a whirlwind romance, after a month of dating, Mallory finds herself married, and all of a sudden mother to Daniel’s son Nick. With a new job in site Daniel moves his family to a small Texas town to work for the well-known Jack West. Mallory has heard about Jack West, and her first impressions are not good ones, hearing stories of how his wife and step-son disappeared years ago has put her on edge, and with Jack’s rules and keeping Daniel busy at all hours Mallory feels like she is in over her head.

Something is happening on Firefly Island. At night there are lights moving around the mysterious little island in Texas, but there is only one problem. No one is allowed on Firefly Island. Jack West has forbidden it, and closed off the entrance.

Lisa Wingate has crafted a rollercoaster of a story keeping you guessing with each turn of the page. She creates characters that allows you to get into their minds, and as soon as you think you have figured out the mystery she throws you for another loop and has you doubting your initial guesses.

I enjoyed all the various characters in this book and quickly found myself engulfed in the story, Wingate has a gift of creating characters that you want to get to know, the town of Moses Lake has such interesting characters that you cannot get enough of. The only downside of Firefly Island is that the ending happened and was resolved so quickly, I wish it had been drawn out more. That aside Firefly Island was a great book that needs added to your reading list!

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I received this book complimentary through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Direction

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,

who gives generously to all without finding fault,

and it will be given to you.”

James 1:5

Direction. I feel that ever season we are in has us searching for some form a direction. The friends we choose, the church we go to, what college will we attend, where will we live, what will we major in, what job will be choose.

No matter what season we are in, there is something that has us searching for direction. The book Deeply Loved: 40 ways in 40 days to experience the heart of Jesus has a day that is all about looking for direction, lately I have been seeking direction, praying for guidance and what to do, where to go from here. Recently I have been wondering if moving to Oklahoma had been the right thing to do, lately it has felt like my life is at a standstill, that I have no direction to go in, that I am waiting at a fork in the road with no clue on which path to take or where to step next. While I stand here and wait, and pray, and consider the past three years I wonder back to the day I made the decision to move from Colorado to Oklahoma. I had told myself and others that the move was a God thing, that I really felt like this is where God wanted me to be, that He had big plans for me in Oklahoma, but now as I look back I wonder if I was just kidding myself. That quite possibly that God was not calling me to Oklahoma and instead I had selfishly chosen that this is where God wanted me to be.

In Deeply Loved Keri Wyatt Kent points out that maybe there isn’t one right answer and the rest are wrong, that maybe God doesn’t have only have one option for us to choose and everything else is wrong. That quite possibly Oklahoma wasn’t the exact direction that God had in mind for me, but by making that choice it doesn’t stop my life, it doesn’t bring it to a standstill. Even though we choose paths that might not always be correct God is still in control and can take our choices and turn them into something that will glorify Him.

Praying for wisdom, guidance and direction is difficult, and it gets frustrating, but as long as we are seeking God and staying in His word and keeping Him at the center of I life, whatever decisions we make and paths we follow as long as we keep God at the center than we are heading it the right direction.

Always remember that we are deeply loved by God.

-Elle

To this day.

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