Nine By: Rachel Dekker

Zoe Johnson has spent her life hiding, going by unnoticed and never drawing attention to herself, until one day Lucy crosses Zoe’s path and against her better judgement knows that she must help Lucy.

I love when I come across a story that I haven’t heard before, something new and keeps the pages turning and Rachel Dekker has done exactly that. This story is full of suspense with interesting characters that will keep you captivated until the very end. This book will also have you questioning, who you want to be and how you are not trapped by your past or the expectations placed on you. I really enjoyed this book.

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

Until I Met You By: Tari Faris

Until I Met You By: Tari Faris is Book 2 in the Restoring Heritage Series. Libby is ready for a fresh start, she’s ready to move on with her life and start a new job resuscitating an old library. Meanwhile, Austin is attempting to save the family business and Libby and Austin quickly butt heads. Will they be able to see past their differences, and learn from each other.

Until I Met You is the perfect read for fall, Faris has crafted a beautiful story full of interesting characters, you also get the opportunity to revisit some of your favorite characters. One of the things I loved about this story is the character of Libby and her determination, love of books and her being a librarian. This was a really cute story that is perfect to curl up over a long weekend. I am excited to see future books from Faris.

I received this book complimentary in change for an honest review from te publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars By: Christopher Paolini

From #1 New York Best Selling author, Christopher Paolini comes a brand new space epic. It’s time to blast off into the skies an explore the vastness of space. Kira Navarez has always dreamed of exploring the stars and making first contact. On a routine mission, her dreams come true as Kira stumbles upon an ancient relic that propels her on an adventure that will have her saving the universe, or watching its total destruction

As in his prior books, Paolini has masterfully crafted a world of places and characters that will pull you in from the start. This is a book that anyone can enjoy, however, the sci-fi lovers, which I am one of, will absolutely adore this book and the ones to follow. I really loved the world building aspect of this story, as well as the thought behind each aspect, even though set in the future is still felt realistic. This is a new story, it is not one that has been heard before and I am excited to see what comes next.

The audio version of this book is great and I enjoyed Jennifer Hale’s reading of the book.

I received the audiobook complimentary from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Set the Stars Alight By: Amanda Dykes

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We’ve all heard the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and I am going to be honest, that with this book I completely judged it by the cover, between the stars and the sea, based on the cover, this was a journey that I wanted to go on. Not knowing anything about the author, Amanda Dykes, I dove into a story full of wonder and the magic of story telling. The cover speaks volumes, but the story within will pull you in to its depths and take you on a beautiful journey through the generations.

Lucy has always loved the story of the lost ship the Jubilee, and the mystery shrouded around it, her childhood friend has always had his head in the stars, after years apart they have found themselves back together on a journey to find the Jubilee and piece together their past along the way.

Set the Stars Alight is a truly captivating book, I loved the juxtaposition of seeing what was happening in the present with Lucy and Dash and then seeing what had happened in the past and how they were both related. Amanda Dykes writing style is simply captivating and I cannot wait to see what other stories she has to share. I absolutely loved this book, and plan to revisit it again.

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

Crushing Depths By: Dani Pettrey

Dani Pettrey has returned with book 2 of her Coastal Guardian Series, The Crushing Depths. When an accident happens on an oil rig, Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to investigate, en route to the rig, their helicopter crashes, and from there a series of events that continues to alarm the agents. Could all these be coincidences, or are they a part of a much bigger plan?

From the start I have been a fan of Dani Pettrey and all of her books, with her latest series, The Coastal Guardians, I have found a new series and characters to fall in love with. Crushing Depths is a book of twists and turns and a story of two people learning to trust each other and work together to figure out what is going on. I loved this story and the characters of Rissi and Mason as they explored their relationship. This book was a definite page turner and I couldn’t put it down. I cannot see where the next book will take us.

I received this  book complimentary from Bethany House Publishers. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.

Stay with Me By: Becky Wade

 

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I am no stranger to the books by Becky Wade, I’ve read them since the beginning and they have a special place on my bookshelves. With her latest release, Stay With Me, the story exceeds all expectations! Stay With Me follows the story of Genevieve Woodward, an acclaimed Bible Study author as she struggles to overcome addiction with the help of her sister and new found friend, Sam, owner of a local restaurant and a preference for staying at a distance and living in his sorrow of the past. As Genevieve and Sam figure out how their relationship works, Genevieve is also on the hunt for clues to her parents past as she receives a cryptic note.

I’ve always loved the books by Wade, and the best way to describe Stay with Me, is that Wade has taken her writing to the next level, showing the struggles of addiction and withdrawals, she does not glorify recovery and presents it with an authenticity and truthfulness as well as the affects that it has on your loved ones and the need to hide things.

Stay With Me, A Misty River Romance is the perfect book for your next read!

EllieClaire Art Journals Review

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I love journals, if you ever saw my bookshelves you wouldn’t believe the amount and types of journals that I have. I am always looking for something new and different and these journals are all amazing and I love how they look.

The Illustrated Word: An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal
This journal is beautiful, it is a perfect weight, and ideal for the journaler/doodler, each page has beautiful illustrations, there are also pages that have a bible verse on each and illustrations for you to color.
I love how thick this journal is and the amount of pages it has, this journal also opens very nicely without having to break it in or force it to stay open.

Faith and Lettering Journal
Another beautiful journal, this may be my favorite one of the set. This journal comes with a pen/pencil holder. On top of the regular lined journal pages, there are practice pages and activities to learn hand-lettering and designs to add to your journaling experience. This includes, phrases, images such as arrows and ribbons and the letters of the alphabet. Anything you may need to add to make your journals that much more special.
This journal is a great size and weight, and isn’t just your normal journal, it includes regular ruled pages, graph pages, dotted pages, and pages with larger margins to add your learned skills to your pages. There are Bible verses interspersed throughout the entire journal.

Illuminate your Story Journal
This journal is similar to the previous one however it focuses more on lettering and making it your own. This journal includes a pen/pencil holder, a keepsake pocket, bookmark, and elastic to keep the book closed.
This journal goes through the entire alphabet and adding decoration to each letter. There are also simple images to add to your journal. There are also quotes on the journal pages. This journal is a little smaller than the others but is a great carrying size.

I love all of these journals and the different aspects of each, these are definitely worth adding to your collection, can’t wait for you to embrace your journaling journey with these latest additions.

FAITH & LETTERING
Amazon: http://amzn.to/FaithAndLettering-Amazon
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/FaithAndLettering-BN

THE ILLUSTRATED WORD
Amazon: http://bit.ly/Illustrated-Amazon
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/Illustrated-BN

ILLUMINATE YOUR STORY
Amazon: http://bit.ly/Illuminate-Amazon
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/Illuminate-BN

I received these journals complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Star A Tale of Faith and Friendship Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray!

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The Tale of Faith and Friendship Includes Six Sing-Along Videos from Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, Kelsea Ballerini, 

A Great Big World, and Kirk Franklin

 Includes a Dance Along, “How-to” Crafts Video and Much More 

From the studio that brought you MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN & CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS comes the timeless tale about faith, friendship, and the importance of believing in yourself.

AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR arrives for the first time on Digital on February 6 and on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital February 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The heartwarming animated comedy follows a small but brave donkey named Bo (voiced by Steven Yeun, “The Walking Dead”), who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth (voiced by Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”), a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key, Friends From College), a dove with lofty aspirations, along with three wisecracking camels voiced by
Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Bo and his new friends follow the star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told.

Rounding out the all-star voice cast including Gina Rodriguez (“Jane The Virgin”) as Mary, Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) as Joseph, Grammy® Award-Winner Kelly Clarkson as Leah the horse, Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) as Zach the goat, Ving Rhames  (Mission Impossible) as Thaddeus the dog, Gabriel Iglesias (Coco, Ferdinand) as Rufus the dog, Patricia Heaton
(“The Middle”) as Edith the cow, Emmy® and Tony® Award-Winner Kristin Chenoweth as Abby the mouse, and Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) as King Herod.

THE STAR is filled with more than an hour of engaging bonus materials including the “Star-aoke: Sing Along with Bo & Friends,” a dance along to “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World, plus a collection of fun lyric videos that will have you singing along to the inspiring music from
THE STAR.  Families can enjoy crafting and baking with “how-to” videos “Star Mason Jar Votives” and “Sweet and Sparkly Stars,” and they also can go behind-the-scenes to explore the amazing talent who bring these characters to life.  In “Faith All Year Round,”
renowned pastor and motivational speaker, DeVon Franklin delivers a fun and engaging children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and keeping the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day.

THE STAR is directed by Academy Award® nominated writer/director Timothy Reckart, screenplay by Carlos Kotkin, and story by Simon Moore and Carlos Kotkin. The film is executive produced by DeVon Franklin, Brian Henson and Lisa Henson, and produced by Jennifer Magee-Cook. The Star is presented by AFFIRM films and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Walden Media, Franklin Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company. The uplifting theme song, “The Star” by Mariah Carey and veteran songwriter Marc Shaiman was also nominated for a 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. “The Star” song is now available on The Star: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which assembles new music from a bevy of powerhouse superstars.

Bonus Materials Include:

  • Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends: In this all new song, sing along with your favorite characters including Bo, Dave, Ruth and the unforgettable camels
  • Life Is Good” Dance-Along: Shake your tail feathers and move your hooves in this fun dance along
  • Lyric Sing-Along Videos: Enjoy the eclectic and inspiring music of THE STAR with these colorful lyric videos that allow you to sing along with your favorite recording artists
    • “The Star” by Mariah Carey
    • “Can You See” by Fifth Harmony
    • “Children Go Where I Send You” by Kelsea Ballerini
    • “We Three Kings” by Kirk Franklin
    • “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World
  • Sweet and Sparkly Stars: Create star-themed cookies to be enjoyed year round
  • Star Mason Jar Votives: Let the light of THE STAR shine with this simple yet stunning craft
  • Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin: A children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day
  • An All-Star Cast: Meet the stars of the film and explore the exciting voice cast who bring these amazing characters to life

THE STAR has a run time of approximately 86 minutes and is rated PG: for some thematic elements

GOLDEN GLOBE® is a registered trademark and service mark of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

 

Make sure to also check out the interactive live guided Bible Study with DeVon Franklin for your family! Find more information here, on the The Star Movie Facebook Page

 

Whole Heart By: Passion Music, A Review

WHOLE HEART by Passion Music

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Whole Heart is the live album recorded during the 2018 Passion Conference in Atlanta, GA. The album includes features Passion Artists Kristian Stanfill, Melodie Malone, Sean Curran, Matt Redman, Crowder. When it comes to live albums, many times it can be hit or miss, sometimes in a live album you lose certain qualities that are worked out in a studio. However, with Whole Heart you gain so much more with a live album versus if you were listening to the studio version of each song.

The Whole Heart album invites you into a place of worship with each song, as well as a reminder of the thousands that joined in communal worship, all with one goal, to worship and grow closer to God. From the album you can tell that a lot of thought and preparation went into choosing each song.  I cannot wait to start hearing more of the music from Passion played in churches. I’ve really enjoyed this album and will be adding it to my regular playlist.

The album will be available for purchase tomorrow 02/23/2018!

-Elle

 

About Passion

  • Info about Passion: http://passionmusic.com/story/
  • “Rooted out of the Passion movement, we are committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship. Passion is more than music. More than events. Passion is a generation living for His name.”
  • WHOLE HEART is the new live album from Passion—captured at Passion Conference 2018 in Atlanta, GA.
  • Passion Conference 2018 was a beautiful worship experience, and the live album captures each powerful moment, allowing those who were not in attendance to experience it.

Where to Buy:

Where to Listen:

Rooted out of the Passion movement, Passion music is committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship. You can listen to Passion music at http://capcmg.me/PassionSpotify

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this opportunity. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

All In By: Matthew West #AllIn #FlyBy

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Matthew West has always had a way with words and sharing stories and truth through his music and his latest album, All In, is no different, and may be his best yet. Matthew’s music is a constant reminder that God can use the broken parts of our life, the loneliness, the mistakes we make and turn them into something beautiful.  All In is full of encouragement and a reminder to go All In with every aspect of your life, with your faith, your community, your fight to break through the fears and challenges you face every day.

I received this CD complimentary in exchange for an honest review through FlyBy Promotions. All thoughts and opinions are my own.