Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Siserchicks Do the Hula

Laurie and Hope are best friends (aka Sisterchicks) who decide to celebrate their fortieth birthdays with flair: take a trip to Hawaii! What better place to celebrate the milestone than the land of luaus, surfing, sunshine, and sun? And that is only the beginning of their adventure! Embracing the Creator and His plan for their lives is part of the fun!
I love this series and the message that it has about living life to its fullest! This series is a fun one.;)

Saturday, September 21, 2013


This nifty little book by popular song writter Matthee West tells the stories of multiple people who have had to go through hard situations and lean on God to learn to forgive. Going through with scriptural references to back up thoughts and the stories, this little book is a wonderful tool to have on hand. I like that Matthew West was inspiredby one of the stories to write the song "Forgiveness". It made the song all that more special to read this book andb Renee's story about forgiving the drunk driver who killed her daughter and a friend in 2002.
I would recommend this little resource!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Last Light

What would happen if all electronics around the globe failed simultaneously? If our way of life could no longer continue on due to everything we know being stripped away? In the Restoration series, popular author, Terri Blackstock explores those possibilities.
Doug and his daughter, Deni, are on their way home from a trip to Washington DC when the world goes silent, and planes begin to drop from the sky. Are they under some sort of terrorist attack? As they struggle home to see how the rest of the family is, they find that Birmingham has changed drastically. The once safe southern town is now filled with crime, including a murderer in their own neighborhood. As the family struggles to survive, they must also figure out who they can trust and how to be a light for Christ in a world gone dark.
I've read a few of Terri Blackstock's other books, and while they were good, I think she out did herself with this novel! The story was creative and kept me on the edge of my seat, not to mention very well portrayed. The Branning family is one that we can all relate to. I loved reading about their struggle to step out of their comfort zone and put action into their faith! This series has an important message to all of us on living totally for God, even (or especially) when times are tough.
I will be getting the other books in this series soon to see what happens to the Brannings!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sisterchicks on the Loose

In the first book of the Sisterchick series, long time friends Sharon and Penny decide to go on an adventure to find Penny's aunt in Finland. At first, Sharon is reluctant to go on such a trip, after living a quiet life with her childhood sweetheart and four kids. Encouraged by her family and realizing she doesn't want to live life without going on a few adventures makes her realize that Finland is just the thing for her.
Reading this novel made me want to set off on an adventure of my own! I fell in love with the characters and enjoyed reading their adventures. I can't wait to start the next one!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Restoration Series

The Anderson family seems to have it all, when you are on the outside looking in. But, when Jim comes home and discovers that his wife has walked out, he can't understand what could possible have gone wrong in their lives. As he seeks to really listen to his wife and put her needs first, loving her as the Bible talks about, he discovers a relationship he never thought possible.
Based on the principles behind The DNA of Relationships, this series is not just about marriage, but about other relationships as well. Exhibiting through fiction how we can improve those relationships.

In the second book, the Anderson family has weathered some storms and come through. When Jim's son, Tom, looses his job, he keeps it a secret for over 5 months. Hoping to find another IT position before his wife and family find out, he tells lie after lie, little realizing the damage that is being done. When things blow up, he must face the problems he has caused in his marriage as well as those he has with his father.

Both of these books are excellent! I like that they are taking information from a non-fiction book and applying it to fiction, to give one examples of how to improve relationships. I look forward to the next book and seeing where the Anderson family goes from here!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Dark Justice

It seemed like such an innocent choice at the time, to take a different route home after a visit to the coast, but little did Hannah Shire realize what kind of path that decision would take her and her family on. When she stumbles across a car accident and seeks to help the one person involved, she is slipped a flash drive with a video containing information about an upcoming terrorist attack. Not knowing who to trust after a run in with some terrorists who had badges, she goes into hiding with her elderly mother and attempts to crack the code before it is to late.
I had to stay up late in order to finish this one, since it was just too suspenseful! I enjoyed it to the last page.;)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Harvest of Gold

After having a chance to settle into her role as the wife of a Persian nobleman, Sarah is again called back to the court she once served in as a scribe. Intending to go with her husband for just a short trip, they are soon caught up in a plot to uncover who is trying to overthrow the king. Sent on a double mission for Darius to uncover who is behind the plot and for Sarah to serve her cousin, Nehemiah, as a scribe, the couple find that their marriage is very much like the walls of Jerusalem. Built on distrust and coming from different religious backgrounds, they must learn to work together as more than just a partnership. Can Darius put behind the disappointments of court life in order to fully give his heart? Can Sarah learn to let her God work on her husband and herself?
I enjoyed the first book in this series and very much appreciated that this one had the same flavor as the first. The details are rich and it is quite easy to become attached to the characters, since Tessa Afshar makes the Old Testament come alive. Excellent!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Born of Persuasion

Julia Elliston's boring life is turned upside down when her mother unexpectedly dies, leaving behind disgrace and her daughter in the hands of a mysterious guardian who wishes to remain anonymous. Things become all the more weird when she is swept away from those she knows and embarks on an adventure to stay one step ahead of someone who might want her dead. And yet, who can she trust? Are her old friends safe? Should she of hastily made a deal with an older titled woman, in hopes of finding a husband to help her escape her guardian? Embroiled in her mother's mysterious past, Julia must discover who her friends are and if she can trust the God her father rejected.
This book had so much potential! I liked the author's style of writing, but found some of the subject matter to be too sensual for Christian fiction. I thought that the story could of done without some details. I was rather disappointed in this one!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Overextended and Loving Most of It

This book is for those of us who take on one to many projects and have a hard time slowing down. Not only geared towards woman, but men also, this book is a great, hilarious resource packed filled with biblical wisdom on how to balance life and ministry to the glory of God. I like that it was a good reminder to take the time to listen to a friend or stay involved in your church's ministries. How, even though there needs to be a balance in your life, if you enjoy taking on multiple projects, there is nothing wrong with that. How God does call us, at times anyway, to live fully, crazily for Him. That there will be days when you feel a little burned out, and that is okay. Because sometimes, when we feel like we can't stretch anymore is when we really step out in faith.
I received this book from booksneeze in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chasing Hope

It all started with the movie "Chariots of Fire". Sabrina Rice knew at that moment two things: that she would be a runner to go on to the Olympics and that God would use that as a platform for her to tell others about Him.
Years later, and Sabrina is recovering from her dreams being shattered. Can she find new dreams to replace the ones she thought God gave her?
A powerful story of allowing God to lead, even when we don't realize that sometimes dreams are given to us in order to point us in a different direction than we originally thought. I highly recommend this one!


Kate Worthington feels much like she has had to make a deal with the devil, in this case her scheming mother, to finally get the chance to go to Blackmoore, the summer home of her dearest friends. After longing for a chance to see the ocean and moors for years, not to mention escape her embarrassing family and finally go on an adventure, Kate agrees to the impossible to fulfill her hearts desire: gain three proposals while at Blackmoore. But, when Kate arrives at the mysterious mansion built by the sea, she finds that she just might of made an impossible bargain.
I was drawn into this story immediately, since it has all the charm of a classic, with more emotion than one usually finds in the classics. With this novel, it was easy to get caught up by Kate's plight as she seeks to figure a way out of her gilded cage while discovering how to find joy in her journey to love, even when things don't turn out how one would expect. I loved this novel! I look forward to reading more of Julianne Donaldson's novels!