My Daughter’s Legacy

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My Daughter's Legacy

My Daughter’s Legacy (Harvest House, July 2017)

A thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God’s leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last

Virginia, 1864

Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?

Virginia, present day

Nicole Talbot’s life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she’s finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family’s legacy, she must risk all that she’s gained—her fresh start, her family’s trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.

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My Review:

I didn’t realize this was the third book in the series until after I read it.  So I’m sure reading the first two in the series would have really helped with the back story and would have made this third book in a way easier to read/understand.  I really like the dual story aspect to it.  I hate being critical of any books, but if there was one thing I would say this didn’t quite grab my attention like some books, and the only thing I can figure is that it was just a little bit confusing to me because of the names and maybe it being the third book played into that too.  It’s still a great book, just one to make sure your thinking cap is on as you read (and maybe that’s just me – I’ve read other reviews, and didn’t find that to be a theme).  I’ve never read any books from either of the authors until now.  I did feel drawn in by the characters and their stories.  I can’t honestly say it was my favorite or up there with my favorite, but it was an enjoyable read and one to take your time reading.  If I were giving this a grade, it would get a B+ or maybe a 3.8/5 ranking.

God’s Crime Scene for Kids’ Mystery Investigation Kit Giveaway [and review]

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Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with a real-life detective! In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery. Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Your kids will look at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator and ultimately learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

Help your kids become detectives who investigate creation for signs of God and His creativity by entering to win the Mystery Investigation Kit!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 31. The winner will be announced September 1 on the Litfuse blog.

My review of the book, God’s Crime Scene for Kids:

This book follows in the same vein/style as the first book, and my 11-year-old nephew, noticed that and enjoyed that aspect.  He read the first book in record-breaking speed for an 11-year-old boy, and this one was equally as interesting and engaging to him.  I love that these books are written in a format that children of his age really enjoy, but the truths in them are for all ages, truly.

For any child in your life who enjoys investigating/spy/detective type books, this would be right up their alley!

Based on my experience of the other book and now this book by J. Warner Wallace, I wouldn’t hesitate for even a second to purchase more of his books for kids if/when they come out.

*I was provided a complimentary copy by Litfuse, however, all opinions are my own and are not compensated.

The Captain’s Daughter – London Beginnings book 1 by Jennifer Delamere

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The Captain’s Daughter (Bethany House, June 2017)

Warm-hearted Victorian romance brings 1880s London to life.

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.

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My Thoughts:

Being a bookie (haha, is that a term?…you know, like a “foodie”), it’s easy to enjoy a lot of books you read.  However, I think one of the big telling signs of a really engaging story is if the reader would want to read more books if it’s a series.  This is book 1 of the London Beginnings series, and there is much left unanswered.  I very much would read more of Jennifer’s novels!

So,  obviously, I enjoyed the book.  Why?  I loved how she combined history with fiction.  She brought in elements of the theatrical world of the time, a little bit of the military of the time, as well as people such as George Muller [If you’re not familiar with him, I’d suggest reading up on this fascinating man] and Gilbert & Sullivan.  A few themes that stood out:  People are in dire need of redemption – whether they know it or not [thinking of some of the early-in-the-story events that Rosalyn found herself in].  That God forgives us and doesn’t us us to hold on to guilt.  And finally, the hope that can come from new beginnings – they can often be frightening and thrilling, but there is also hope and anticipation.

*Litfuse Publishing provided me with a copy of this book for review purposes.  Of course, as always, these are my honest how-I-feel-about-it thoughts.

Think Again by Jared Mellinger

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Evaluating yourself—being mindful of who you are and what you are doing—is necessary and can lead to positive change.

But what about the dark side of introspection? Do you ever feel weighed down and exhausted by your own self-analysis? Perhaps you made a mistake, said a careless word, or even messed up big time. Your self-examination spirals into a full-blown cross-examination. You keep revisiting what happened. Your mind circles around the event, fruitlessly trying to somehow make the outcome different so you don’t feel the embarrassment, shame, and regret.

The modern self-esteem movement has left us empty and self-focused. We exhaust our healthy introspection and pervert it into constant self-evaluation, wrong views of ourselves, self-accusation, and false guilt. Introspection was never meant to bear such weight.

Think Again offers real relief from the burden of introspection that so many of us carry each day. Pastor Jared Mellinger, who tends to overdose on self-analysis himself, shows us how the hope of the gospel can rescue us from the bad fruit of unsound introspection. Mellinger’s short, story-filled chapters help readers identify and turn away from unhealthy introspection.

There is an outward-focused God who delights to rescue an inward-focused people and lead them into a better way to live. When we truly understand it, we’ll see that the gospel actually sets us free from thinking about ourselves too much. We can seek after and pray for the peace and joy—the sanity—that comes from thinking about ourselves less often. Think Again includes practical instructions for self-examination, fighting false guilt, breaking free from hyper-introspection, and more. Ultimately, Think Again demonstrates that the solution to thinking too much about ourselves is to look to Christ, and it gives readers the tools to begin to turn from the mirror.

Learn more, purchase a copy, and read a sample here.


My Thoughts

I am a fairly introverted person so, of course, introspection is something I do quite a bit.  I said something to someone.  Then the questioning and overthinking begins – Did I say the right thing?  Could I have worded it better?  What actually really *did* I say? What did they think of me?  I bet they were thinking ____.  Any other introspects around here?  Do you not totally get that??  It can be super frustrating because the mind is always wondering, questioning.  I really appreciate this book’s focus on our focus… To shift it off of ourselves and onto the One who deserves our full focus and glory.  I personally know the times in my life when I have felt the most freedom and fulfillment are the times when I was focused on helping and serving other.

Our society is so big on everything is about me, myself, and I.  We tell ourselves that we don’t take enough time for ourselves.  We don’t put ourselves first.  We don’t love ourselves enough.  While I think of course all of those things have their place (taking time out to refresh ourselves, making sure we have our basic needs met, and not practicing self-hatred), I think, as Christians, we would be a WHOLE lot more happier, more joyful, and more content when we get the focus off of me, me, me, and onto Him, the One who knows us better than we know ourselves!

I really am enjoying this book!!  If you have moment of too much introspection or you know someone who does, I’d recommend buying this book or checking it out of a library.  Your peace of mind – and your heart – will thank you.

*I was given a copy for free through Litfuse.  I was not required to give a positive review and the opinions and views expressed are my own.

NKJV Woman’s Study Bible Review and Giveaway

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Today, I have a review of the new NKJV Woman’s Study Bible for you, so keep reading to hear my thoughts.  Also be sure to enter the giveaway to win this Bible plus some fun other prizes that goes along with the giveaway.

You’re invited to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

This spring, cultivate your heart’s spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.

 

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation.  Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:

-Beautiful full-color design throughout

-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women

-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes

-Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues

-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy

-Book introductions and outlines

-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees

-Quotes from godly women throughout history

-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world

-Topical index

-Concordance

My Review

First off, it’s obviously the first thing you notice – just how BEAUTIFUL and PRETTY this Bible is?!!?  ROSE colored gilded pages?!?!  Yeah, that got me for sure!It really is a gorgeous design – I love the cloth over board version (they have it in other covers as well) with the flowers and pink colors. Something else you notice immediately upon opening up this Bible is that it is full color – not just color inserts or just a hint of color here or there, but on every page, and it just all flows and aesthetically is very pleasing.

In our evening church services we’ve been focusing on Esther lately, so I decided to focus a bit on Esther for this review.  Each book has beautiful (do you sense a word I keep using, haha) book introductions.

There are also Character Profiles scattered throughout and articles on relevant issues

Overall, this is a BEAUTIFUL Bible for any woman… and with Mother’s Day approaching, graduations coming up, this would be the perfect gift for that woman or girl in your life.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway above!

*I was given a copy for free through Litfuse.  I was not required to give a positive review and the opinions and views expressed are my own.