The Wonder of You By: Susan May Warren

The Wonder of You By: Susan May Warren

Amelia has returned from her adventures in Europe feeling like she has failed, that she is not doing what she is supposed to do. The guy she’s known all her life is ready to settle down with her in Deep Haven, while Roark, the boy she met in Prague hs traveled across the world to Deep Haven to find her. Now Amelia has to decide if she is meant to live in Deep Haven and settle down or if God is calling her to something bigger, to something more.

My reviews for the Christiansen Family Novels contine to read the same, there is nothing more that I can do than rave about how much I love these novels, about how much I love the writing of Susan May Warren, her characters feel so real and deal with things we each deal with on a regular basis. The Christiansen’s will feel like friends and inspire and challenge you with following your heart and what God has planned for each of us.

I cannot say enough good things about Susan May Warren and these books, the only negative is that there is only one book left for Christiansen kids and I am not sure if I am ready to say goodbye to these characters.

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

-Elle

Feeling Unworthy of Love

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Feeling Unworthy of Love
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:19)
By Sheri Rose Shepherd
Bestselling Author and Bible Life Coach
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There is a battle within most women’s hearts to believe they are worthy of love. If we believe the lie that we do not deserve love and are hiding behind feelings of unworthiness, even the most loving man in the world will not be able to break down the wall around our hearts.

Can you imagine if every night when you went to tuck your children into bed they refused to let you hug them or express your love because they did not feel they deserved it? As a parent, you would embrace them every time you could to prove to them they were indeed worthy of your love. If they refused to receive it because of how they felt, it would break your heart.

I believe that is how our heavenly Father feels when we refuse to let Him love us. But there’s so much more at stake when we feel unworthy of love. When we are locked up inside, we cannot become the women we want to be in our men’s and children’s lives. If we do not love ourselves and do not let God lavish His love on us, it will hinder us and hurt others.

There are many reasons we may fight feelings of unworthiness. Some of us had fathers who never expressed how much they loved us, and others had mothers who did not feel they deserved love and did not know how to show love, so we began to see our worth through their eyes and not through God’s. We may have been abused verbally, emotionally, or physically. Maybe our first love made us feel we were worthless. Some of us had all the love in the world from our families, but we felt rejected by our peers.

The list of things we women believe when it comes to love is endless. But the truth is, how we feel will never change how loved we are by the Lord. And nothing that we have done or that has been done to us can keep God from loving us. The question is, will we open our hearts and let His love in? I believe if God wrote us a love letter, it might read like this . . .

My Beloved Daughter,
I love you with an unconditional, everlasting love so you can be free to love. My precious daughter, don’t allow those who have hurt you to keep you from experiencing the joy of loving others. I know giving a piece of your heart away involves risk, but I am here to heal your heart when someone hurts you. I want you to choose wisely whom you allow in your heart, and I also want you to give those you love the freedom to fail. Remember that no one else can love you as perfectly and completely as I do. Don’t look for a perfect love in people, or you will always find disappointment and heartache. If you allow your soul to settle into Mine and become one with Me, you will never doubt that I am forever and always devoted to you.
Your Prince Jesus, who can’t stop loving you

May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. (Ephesians 3:18)

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

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There Are a Lot of Reasons to Give Up, but There Are Greater Reasons to Finish Strong By: Sheri Rose Shepherd

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There Are a Lot of Reasons to Give Up, but There Are Greater Reasons to Finish Strong 
The Grand Finale
By Sheri Rose Shepherd
Bestselling Author and Bible Life Coach
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When you have dedicated your life to loving, encouraging, praying for, and pouring yourself into your husband, only to watch him, in a moment of weakness, destroy the foundation you worked so hard to build, you may feel as if your entire world has been wiped out. If this describes you, I invite you to read a real-life love story that I believe will give you the passion you may need to persevere under any and every trial. It will also give you a true picture of what love looks like when lived out with a legacy perspective. I call this story “The Grand Finale.”John and Marie were college sweethearts who dreamed of furthering God’s Kingdom together. During the first decade of their ministry, God blessed them with a growing church, two beautiful children, and a strong and loving marriage. Because of their commitment to God and each other, they became one of the most respected couples in the community. Their marriage was a beacon of hope to other young couples who wondered what marriage could be. John loved the ministry, and he loved the life God had given him. He was passionate about the call of God on his life, and he truly loved his wife.

One day as John was busy working at the church, a young lady burst through the door of the church office. She was crying hysterically, and John came out of his office to see what he might do to help. As she struggled to catch her breath, she told John about her desperate attempts to escape from her abusive husband. She was sure he would kill her if he found her, but she didn’t feel safe going to the police because they had failed to help her in the past. John quickly called Marie and asked her to take the young lady to a safe place. After Marie helped this distraught young mom gather her kids and some clothes, she brought them home to spend the night with her and John.

In a matter of days, Marie and John’s love for this young woman led her to become a Christian. After spending a few weeks in their home, she seemed like a new person. She was hungry for God and at peace. John and Marie felt great, knowing they had made such an impact on this young woman and her kids.

When this woman and her children were still staying in John and Marie’s home several weeks later, many of his good friends and family approached John and recommended that the woman find housing with another single mom. He was blinded, saying, “Marie is really helping her. I can’t ask her to leave now; she may fall away from the Lord.”

John’s good intentions without wisdom and his unwillingness to heed the warnings of others left him unguarded against the enemy’s attack. One night when Marie was out leading a Bible study, John was home alone with this woman. She had fallen for Marie’s husband and was determined to have him for herself. Tragically, Marie walked into her home to find John and the young woman in their bed together. Everything John and Marie had built was destroyed.

Unable to handle his guilt, John felt like such a failure that he left his marriage, his children, and his church to marry this young, attractive woman. Two years into his new marriage, however, he was diagnosed with acute leukemia and given only ten weeks to live. His second wife, who was still in her early twenties, decided she did not want to take care of a dying man. After emptying his bank account, she left him alone to die. He had no family and no loving church body to rally around him. In fact, he had nothing to show for his years of hard work and dedication to ministry.

As tragic as this story is, the ending is proof of God’s amazing grace. Marie decided that when John died, he should be free of guilt and shame. She went to his bedside, not gloating with condemnation, but offering to care for and forgive him. Her kids seemed almost angry at her for loving her ex-husband after all he had done. Her friends from church asked her why she was helping him. However, Marie wanted her children and church to remember, not how John had left them, but how she took care of him, never leaving his bedside until he drew his last breath.

On the day John died, his children and members from his church gathered around his bedside with Marie. They held hands and shared memories of how John had touched others’ lives when he was walking with God. Marie got a greater gift. By her sacrifice, she began the healing in her own heart and in her children’s hearts. Today they can all live free of regret and anger because they said a final good-bye to their father in a setting of God’s glorious love.

Marie finished strong in spite of the devastation, and she gave John and their kids an amazing final gift: she gave him her forgiveness and the opportunity to finish what he had started, even if it had to take place on his deathbed after their marriage had ended.

If you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you. (1 Peter 4:19)

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

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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

Waiting for Dawn By Susan May Warren

     Susan May Warren has once again captured our attention. With the prequel to the Team Hope Series, Jim Micah has been captured and Lacey enlists the help of her ex-boyfriend and Micah’s best friend, John Montgomery. Through twists and turns and a mission that can mean life or death Lacey risks herself to save Micah. As they hatch a plan to rescue Micah and other members of his team, Lacey must battle her emotions and figure out who she has feelings for, adventurous and risk-taker John or her best friend Micah.

    This story is a great introduction to the Team Hope series, that gives background to some of our favorite Team Hope characters. Warren has an ability to wrap you into a story and meet a lively cast of characters to fall in love with as they search for the paths set before them and run after our One True God.

     The Team Hope Series is one to definitely one to sink your teeth into, you will be captured by the creativity and writing style of Warren and never want the book to end.

-Elle

I received Waiting for Dawn complimentary from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Shadow of Your Smile By: Susan May Warren

The Shadow of Your SmileSusan May Warren’s The Shadow of Your Smile

Susan May Warren has captured our hearts and brought us into Deep Haven once again to share the lives of Eli and Noelle Hueston, in this small snow-covered town the Hueston’s marriage is on the verge of collapse, after going through the loss of  their daughter the Hueston’s were unable to find their way back to one another. Unsure of where the future leads Noelle takes a trip to the city which ends in trauma, leaving her with no memory of the last twenty-five years. With no recollection of her children, her husband or the daughter she lost, Eli and Noelle are given the chance to find one another again.

The Shadow of Your Smile brings you through the grief of a family, the hurt and the pain of a failing marriage, the loss of a loved one, and a family searching for how to make things work. Join the Hueston family as they search for peace and the joy they once had and to a new understanding of redemption and forgiveness.

Warren has produced another fabulous Deep Haven book that captures your heart and will remind you of a few lessons along the way and how a family that came through a tragedy can find each other once again.

I was provided this book complimentary from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

-Elle