When I Fall in Love By: Susan May Warren

When I Fall in Love By: Susan May Warren

I have always been a fan of Susan May Warren, not only a fan of her writing but the Christensen Family novels are some of my favorites. When I Fall in Love will not disappoint longtime fans or those new to the books. Warren has a fantastic way of telling a story that completely captivates you. Her characters have a depth that isn’t often found in books.

The store of Grace and Max is one that you will enjoy and also remind you that sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone, face your fears and let go and follow God. This book will remind you that many times we are the largest obstacles that get in the way of the dreams that God has planned for us.

Follow the story of Grace as she faces her fears and leaves the comfort and safety of her home to follow the dreams that she always had. Join Max as he struggles with a decision he thought he had made years previous and realizes that sometimes God’s plans are bigger and better.

This is a book and a series that you will want to add to your collection. I cannot express how much I enjoy Susan May Warrens writing and how much I connected with Grace and was able to get out of this book.

-Elle

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

The One Year Devotions for Women By: Ann Spangler

The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace  -     By: Ann Spangler

We all have those moments where we realize we would give anything for a little bit of peace and quiet, with the hustle and bustle of our daily lives it feels as if peace is unattainable, a dream we can only reach for. We attempt to schedule time and moments to get our lives under control but we let life get in the way. Ann Spangler has put together a year long devotional that will aid you in becoming a woman of peace and understanding what the Bible says about peace.

This devotional is great for those who feel they don’t have time or a moment to find peace, with daily devotionals that are a page long that include insights into peace and a short verse that is easy to focus on and mull over throughout the day will get you started in understanding the peace that God offers each of us. Each devotional will help to guide you through your day, this is a great to book to keep around at work that can be read on your break when you need a moment of peace each day.

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

-Elle

Road Trip to Redemption By: Brad Mathias

Road Trip to Redemption By: Brad Mathias

After making a few mistakes Brad Mathias was determined to get everything right with his family, to gain control and to make everything work. Little did he know that as he was fighting for control and to get his children through their teen years everything was about to spin out of control. Having a teenage daughter that becomes moody and withdrawn, that begins coping an attitude with everyone seems to come with the ‘territory’ of being a teenager, but for Brad’s daughter this was far from the truth.

As his family spins out of control and Brad and his wife search for a way to make their family stronger, they decide that the best thing would be for the family to go on a road trip across the country. To have a time where they can reconnect with each other, and to find a greater trust in God.

Through this story Brad shares what he has learned from his experiences as his family is shaken with the news of a secret their daughter has been carrying around. Brad is honest about the everyday struggles that his family faced and teaches a valuable lesson about really paying attention to what is happening with each member of the family.

Brad Mathias has opened his heart and shares the story his family went through that includes some of the biggest fears that parents have today. This is a great book that gives you one persons story of how his family came back together and the trip that brought them to a new understanding and trust in God.

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

 

-Elle

Receiving God’s Love By Sheri Rose Shepherd

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Receiving God’s Love
By Sheri Rose Shepherd
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Think how powerful it would be if we spoke the truth about how God feels about us at least as often as we silently said negative things about ourselves or replayed in our minds all the hurtful things that have been said about us. The truth is, we are not what others say about us, and if the men we love speak hurtful words to us that make us feel unworthy, we don’t need to repeat them any longer. Instead we can learn to rest in God’s unchanging love for us.

Even if no one has ever said anything kind to you, your Prince Jesus longs for you to breathe in the tender love, compassion, and kindness He feels for you. If you’re ready to have Jesus, the lover of your soul, become reality to you, I invite you to do the following . . .

Breathe In His Love . . .

For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4)

You know that feeling of exhilaration that sticks with you after you’ve spent time with a guy you know you’re falling in love with? As you part, you take a deep breath and feel waves of delight washing over you. Or you know the joy that wells up inside when your man unexpectedly says something so sweet that you feel treasured? You replay those words over and over in your mind because doing so gives you a lift.

Breathe His truth in; allow the words of your true prince Jesus to echo in your heart and soul.

After you consider God’s words to you—”I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3)—whisper toward heaven, “I love You, Lord.”

Sing about His Love . . .

Each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. (Psalm 42:8)

When I was learning to let myself receive God’s love, I would actually sing love songs to Him. Though they had been written for a woman to sing to a man here on earth, I began to understand that if I would crave God’s love first, He would meet my needs. Only then would I be able to give and receive love.

Today I love worship songs that sing of God’s love for us. I blare them throughout my house in the mornings so Satan will not be able to whisper lies to me any longer. Consider doing the same.

Write Love Letters to Him in a Journal . . .

Connect your heart to heaven by writing love letters to your Lord. It is amazing what happens to your heart as you begin to express your love in writing to the only One who will never walk away from or reject you. Hang on to this treasure of truth: how you feel about yourself will never change God’s love for you.

Let Us Pray . . .

Dear God,
I confess I do not feel worthy of your love. It is hard for me to believe that You even love me. Help me, Lord, to look to You for my worth. Forgive me for not allowing myself to receive Your love. Forgive me for looking to others to make me feel like I have value when You are the only one who can validate me and love me the way I long to be loved. From this day forward, I choose to let You love me so I can love others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live.
I will praise my God to my last breath!
May all my thoughts be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the LORD. (Psalm 104:33-34)

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

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Desiring a “Happily Ever After”

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Fighting the Temptation to Give Up on Love and Marriage
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I don’t know where you stand today with the man you love or loved—or if you are single, divorced, separated, or widowed. I can tell you, though, that if you’ve been hurt, you can be sure Your heavenly Father knows how hard it is to love and forgive the one who caused you pain. Yet regardless of the relational devastation you face, no one can keep you from finishing strong for God’s glory!I was raised in a non-Christian home. My parents have each been married and divorced to three different people. As part of several blended families, all I understood about marriage when I was growing up was “unhappily ever after.” But then I became a Christian at twenty-four and married my husband, Steve, just a few years later. Because of my love for God and my husband, I honestly didn’t think anything could shake my own marriage or faith.In the summer of 2007, however, my happily ever after was wiped out and my faith was tested. The family foundation I had worked so hard to build and protect was almost destroyed, along with my ministry, in that season of my life. I truly believed that God had forsaken me.

I had just finished writing my book for mothers about raising sons to become godly husbands. As I excitedly ran upstairs to e-mail the manuscript to the publisher, I suddenly felt as if something dark hovered over me. My passion for the book’s message was drowned out by the fear of an attack from the enemy that could come against me and my family if I stepped on his territory . . . young men and their future marriages.

I called the publisher and said I’d need to wait and pray for courage before submitting the manuscript. I went to my son, Jake, who was eighteen years old and a senior in high school at the time, and asked him if he had any plans of rebelling against his faith once he graduated from high school. I told him I was willing to give him freedom to find his own faith in Christ, but I didn’t want to put out a book about raising boys if my own son was going to walk away from the Lord. He reassured me that he was strong in his faith and that he felt I should publish the book. I decided to take the chance to make a difference and sent in the manuscript.

The book began climbing the charts, and everything seemed to be going well. I even began speaking with my son at conferences for mothers of boys. Then three months into my book tour, my fear of attack hit. My husband had taken a job that we had both prayed for. This job appeared to be a blessing; however, his new position required him to violate some of the boundaries we had put in place to protect our marriage, and we ended up separated.

There I was in the public eye of ministry, fighting to save future marriages, and somehow my own marriage was falling apart. My son was devastated by the division between me and his dad. It was too hard for him to deal with all his confusion, pain, and anger, so he took a break from his faith and began using drugs and alcohol to comfort himself. I had always known to run to God for cover when there was a great attack, but now I felt like He had left me alone on the battlefield to fight for myself. It appeared that all I had believed about God and all my effort to build a strong foundation for my own family had been shattered. My pain, my shame, and my life were an embarrassment. I felt as if I were battling an out-of-control fire that would burn up everything I loved and lived for. Every night I would cry myself to sleep as I struggled to understand why God had not protected me while I was attempting to accomplish something for His glory.

One night I could not take it anymore, so I fell to my knees and told God I either wanted Him to fix my family or I wanted to quit the ministry. Then I felt the Lord asking me a bigger question: Was My life, given on a cross for you, not enough for you to finish strong even if it means surrendering the life you wanted? For the first time I realized that my heart’s true desire was to feel loved and secure, and yet no man on earth could love me the way my Lord does. In that moment of crisis I found the true meaning of following Christ. God had not forsaken me, but He did want to free me from depending on others to give me my happily ever after.

That night I gave my heart’s deepest desire to God and chose to follow Him at any cost. In exchange, He gave me something so much better; He gave me peace that was more powerful than my circumstances. My faith was no longer in people; it was in Christ alone. Although nothing outwardly had changed yet, I had been changed. Today, Steve and I have celebrated twenty-five years of marriage, and our son serves God with His whole heart. He and his bride have given us our first grandbaby girl. However, to be honest, restoring our marriage was excruciatingly painful and more difficult than either of us expected. As hard as this trial was, it taught me a valuable lesson: our Lord is the God of comfort and the author of a new beginning. He can and will rebuild a beautiful life out of any broken heart willing to make a change. He will use one sacrificial choice; one act of forgiveness; one sincere, repentant heart; and one woman who is willing to step out in faith and start rebuilding with His love for His glory.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)

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

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Accused By Janice Cantore

Carly Edwards always knew what she wanted to do. To be a cop, working patrol, out where the action is. However, after things go wrong one night Carly ends up working juvenile, no action, stuck inside, the last thing she wanted and Carly can’t seem to find her way back to working patrol.

The mayor of the city has been found murdered, two people are in custody, one being young Londy Atkins, a friend of Carly’s mom, who also swears of his innocence, homicide is convinced of his guilt and against what Carly would normally say she believes that Londy is telling the truth and that some things don’t seem to add up with the case and Carly suspects a cover-up, and the only person she is able to turn to is her ex-husband, Nick, who she is not ready to forgive let alone talk too. Now Carly is being targeted and there may be something a lot deeper to this investigation.

Janice Cantore keeps you guessing with Accused, never quite sure who is innocent and who is guilty until the end she keeps you pulled into the story. It did take a few chapters to really get into this book, but I encourage you to push through and keep reading. You won’t want to miss how this story turns out. Is you are searching for a suspenseful story that will keep you on the edge of your seat this is the book for you!

 

-Elle

Heart Echoes By Sally John

Heart Echoes By Sally John

An earthquake has struck Los Angeles and Teal Morgan-Adams watches in horror as the freeway in front of her comes crashing down and her whole world with it. With the earthquake discovers that her daughter Maiya has been hiding some thing and now she finds herself re-evaluating relationships with her daughter, husband and remaining family which also causes Teal to come face to face with the secrets and past she has been hiding from everyone.

Maiya has been Teal’s whole life, caring for her, being the mother and friend she should be but now Maiya is asking questions and wanting to know more about her dad. As Teal is thrust into some major soul-searching she finds herself being called to the one place she never wanted to return to. Home.

Sally John has created an excellent story about relationships, families, forgiveness and the secrets that we all attempt to keep hidden. Strong characters and a good story line run throughout the whole book, at times the story is slightly predictable but overall is a great story.

-Elle

The Touch By: Randall Wallace

Andrew Jones life was perfect, his career was set, his future wife said yes and things couldn’t be any better. Than tragedy strikes and Jones abilities as a doctor fail him and take the person that means the most to him. Jones puts up walls and puts his surgical skills behind him, he is unable to trust himself to save anyones life and resorts to teaching and helping those with non-life-threatening illnesses.

Lara is driven to find the surgical technique that is the cure to the issue that claimed her mother’s life. Hearing about Jones it becomes her mission to convince him to return to surgery and be able to accomplish which many believe to be impossible.

Lara and Jones must go through many obstacles and learn to trust each other and in God. Lara and Jones both have fears that they must face. Will Lara be able to reveal why she is so desperate to find a cure? Will Jones be able to put the past behind him and trust in his gift of touch that God has provided him.

Wallace has written a beautiful tale that will keep you captivated from beginning to end. You will not want to put this book down! Wallace has a way with words and creating characters that will connect with from page one.

 

-Elle

Dry as Rain By: Gina Holmes

Dry as Rain is a story of forgiveness, redemption and family. Kyra has lost her memory and cannot remember the last few years with her husband, years that had not been so good. Eric is consumed by his work believing that he does it so his family can have the best, so that they can be happy. Eric has been unfaithful, and with the lost of Kyra’s memory he sees his chance to start over, to get Kyra to fall in love with him all over again. In his plans to make his marriage what he has once dreamed of he hides the truth from Kyra, not telling her the whole story and keeping the truth from her in hopes that her memory won’t return, or if it does all he has done will outweigh the past.

This book has many valuable lessons throughout it about honesty and forgiveness and redemption and reminds us about what in life will truly make us happy. Dry as Rain is told from the perspective of Eric, I was not a fan of Eric and the choices he was making and was a struggle to really connect with the characters. The deception and Eric’s unwillingness to listen to those around me, although true to life at times made me very frustrated. The book tended to be a bit predictable. It was still a decent read and very well written, it just wasn’t the type of book I would choose for myself to read again.

-Elle

Attracted to Fire By: Diann Mills

Special Agent Meghan Connors’ has big dreams for her career in the Secret Service, to protect the president of the United States, as a female agent she has climbed her way to the top in a ‘mans world’ and now there is only one assignment keeping her from her dreams, that one assignment brings two large problems. One the Vice President’s rowdy, rebellious daughter whose antics can cost the presidential election has now been threatened. Problem Two is Special Agent Ash Zinders, who is not only up against Meghan for the job of protecting the president but has a reputation for disliking female agents and outspoken about how they do not belong in the field.

Meghan is determined to prove Agent Zinders wrong, and Ash is determined to catch who is threatening the Vice President’s daughter threw a turn of events Ash finds his heart warming to the one person that can prevent him from obtaining his dream career. As time passes Ash and Meghan, with the help of their protectee realize there is a lot more behind the threats than it seems and are on the hunt to find those behind it. Meghan and Ash quickly learn that they are unsure of who they can trust, will they figure it out before someone is hurt?

Diann Mills has created a cast of characters that pull you into their story. This book is full of action, mystery and a love story and will keep you glued to the pages until the very end. I really enjoyed this book, sometimes I found it to be a little predictable with who was behind everything,  as well as the ending not being as strong as I would have hoped for, the book also left you wishing for more back story on some of the characters, throughout the book you are given glimpses but not enough to really understand some of the characters motives. I still enjoyed the story and think it is worth checking out next time you are in search of a good book.

-Elle