Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Devotions from the Kitchen Table

Devotions from the Kitchen Table
Stacy Edwards
The simple things in life can often have spiritual meaning. Gather around the kitchen table as the author pulls from the scenes and objects from the kitchen to share simple truths and amazing blessings from God's word.

I really enjoyed this book. The cover is attractive and appealing. The simple, but beautiful photography is spread throughout the book. Each devotion begins with a scripture. Then the author ties it in with some thoughts from around the kitchen table. Topics such as recipes, dishes, and family. Each devotional was personal and fit with the theme. This would be an excellent gift. But I would purchase a copy for yourself. I loved the concept and they were very well written and spoke to me.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Parenting with Grace and Truth

Parenting with Grace and Truth
Dan Seaborn
As Christian parents we strive to show Christ to our children. The author has taken scripture, the life of Christ, and his experience to write how parents can raise their children with with the delicate balance of truth and love. Each chapter ends with discussion questions.

I'll admit that based on the cover, I was expecting something dry. But I was pleasantly surprised. The author blended his thoughts with stories and antidotes that helped bring the points home. The message is easy to understand and put into practice. The questions  at the end would make this a great book for group discussion, but would definitely be good for parents to use themselves. 

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes
Apart from the Crowd #1
Jen Turano
Permilia is a well known wallflower, easily blending into the crowd. She uses her invisibility to share details with her boss at the newspaper. The lower class enjoy hearing all about what the wealthy wear and eat at their social occasions. When she hears of a contract taken out on an acquaintance, she tries to inform him. But he thinks it's a joke. So Permilia takes it upon herself to follow Mr. Asher. 

Ms. Turano writes with humor and lots of quirky characters. This book was no exception. She blended faith, plot twits, high jinks, and romance to create an entertaining story. I enjoyed the many characters and the amusing antics. While some of the things that happened were not likely, it did add humor to the story. Overall I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys amusing stories that have a clean romance and elements of faith.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Words of Grace

Words of Grace
Jacqui Grace and Dee Arrand

Be amazed by God's grace. Thoughtful devotionals pull comforting thoughts of God's grace from scripture to create a beautiful, calming book that will be a sure favorite. The book is divided into four weeks. Each day begins with a scripture and then the thoughts from the author. The accompanying page has a coloring page that is designed to tie in with the devotional thought. 

The book is small, but is the perfect fit for a purse or small satchel. The devotionals were well thought out and were comforting and thought provoking. I loved the color pages. There was a place for notes at the end of the book and each week ended with discussion questions so this could even be used for groups. This would make an excellent gift or that something extra when you are needing the calming assurance of God's grace.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Friday, April 21, 2017

My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas

My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas
Priscilla's Reveille
Erica Vetsch
Priscilla, a fashion artist, hates the military for taking her father and ruining her mother. So she's not exactly pleased when her brother joins the army. She hasn't seen him in years when she receives notification that he and his wife have passed away. She heads to Fort Bliss to get the niece and nephew that she's never met. But she meets resistance from their uncle, her late sister-in-law's brother. He's the local physician and loves the children dearly. He has no intention of letting them leave with a woman they've never met. Sparks fly as they both insist on being their guardian.

I really enjoyed this story. The characters were well defined and likable. The two little children were precious. The author did a great job of creating drama without setting the reader's mind against the two main characters. The scenery jumped off the page and helped the story come alive. The faith, importance of family, and sweet romances that were entwined in the plot made the whole thing come together beautifully. This is an author that is quickly becoming a favorite with every book of hers that I read. I would recommend this book if you enjoy clean romance, historical fiction, or a fun plot.

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Author Spotlight: Danny and Wanda Pelfrey

Danny and Wanda Pelfrey are longtime writers of non-fiction books in the educational and inspiration markets. They have for most of their lives been avid readers of mystery/suspense. AS A SHIELD and a previous mystery title are the result of a desire to entertain themselves and others as well as drive home important spiritual messages. Their passion is now “mysteries with a message.”

AS A SHIELD is one of four planned Davis Morgan mysteries set in a small North Georgia town. Davis, a pastor for almost twenty-five years, returns to his hometown after the death of his wife, to operate a rare and used bookstore. He is promptly appointed chaplain of the small police department and recruited by city officials to write a history of his home town. Mystery and romance seem always to be lurking around the corner for the popular bookseller.The reoccurring characters such as Charley Nelson, young police officer; Amy Morgan, Davis’s young daughter who is an English teacher; her roommate Deidre, who Davis is more and more drawn to as time passes; Miss Helen, the local historian and a host of others add to the fun and excitement.

 A visit to little Adairsville, Georgia will surely be a memorable event for anyone who chooses to drop-in. In AS A SHIELD, Davis, through his encounters with two strange villains, comes to experience for himself the truth of Psalm 5:12, “For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”

About the Authors: Danny and Wanda Pelfrey are a husband/wife team who in the past were active writers of non-fiction material, having, between them, cranked out several books. They are both graduates of Point University and Danny has a Masters from Kentucky Christian University. Danny has spent most of his adult life as a pastor and Wanda as a teacher.Their interest at present lies in the creation of mysteries with a message.

Danny and Wanda are the proud parents of two daughters and five grandchildren. They reside in a little Cape Cod style cottage in the small town in North Georgia that is the setting for their mysteries.

About the Book: Davis Morgan, having left the ministry after the death of his wife, returns to Adairsville, Georgia, his hometown. There he operates a used and rare bookstore while being appointed chaplain of the police department. He and Charley, a young policeman, after discovering the body of a tattooed man find themselves in a serious battle to bring justice to two strange villains who are threating the safety of Davis's daughter. While all this is going on, Davis is struggling with interpreting his relationship with a young history teacher who happens to be his daughter's roommate. __._,_.___ Posted by: Clash of the Titles

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Long Time Gone

Long Time Gone
The Cimarron Legacy #2
Mary Connealy
 The plot to uncover who wants their ranch continues with the Boden family. They had thought that with a powerful enemy gone they could go back to life as normal. But he may have just been one piece to the puzzle. Because trouble is still following them everywhere.

Another excellent book by this author. I really enjoy her writing style. She's able to convey the correct emotions, bring depth to the characters, and draw the reader in to the story and the lives of the characters. I've read the first book in the series so I would definitely say that this isn't a stand-alone. You need to read the first book so that you can grasp what has happened before. The story begins right where the first one left off with the assumption that the reader knows what just happened.
This plot has adventure, strong family elements, trust, faith, suspense, and romance. And it's all woven together to create a wonderful story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Can't wait for the next book.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. All thoughts expressed are my own.