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(Review) A Love Like Ours (Porter Family Novels) by Becky Wade

Publication Date: May 5, 2015.
Publisher: Bethany House.
Genre: Christian fiction.
Pages: 368.
Source: Free paperback copy from Bethany House.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

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Summary:
Jake and Lyndie knew each other when they were kids growing up in rural Texas. Lyndie moved away to California when she was ten and Jake twelve. Twenty years later Lyndie begins working with Jake at the Whispering Creek Ranch Thoroughbred farm. Jake is quiet, withdrawn, stoic. He is a Marine Veteran of the war in Iraq. He has PTSD. He has both physical scars and those scars that lay hidden. The chemistry between them is evident, but Jake's haunting memories are a deterrent.

My Thoughts:
I was not sure I wanted to read this story. My son is a Veteran. He is 100% disabled due to PTSD. My hold-back in reading the novel, was I was not sure how the author would portray a Veteran with PTSD. A Love Like Ours is obvious from the title that it's a love story. Having a relationship with…

(Review) 31 Days of Praise: Enjoying God Anew by Ruth Myers

Publication Date: My copy 1994.
Publisher: Multnomah Books.
Genre: Nonfiction, prayer/praise.
Pages: 160.
Source: Gift.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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Ruth Myers passed away in 2010. She had worked as a writer for the Navigators. To read a write-up on her legacy: Ruth Myers. 

For a listing of her books visit Christian Book.

Summary:
Praising God means a focus and intent on praising and glorifying God. It is NOT a time to request something. It is NOT a time to reflect on anything other than God himself.
It's so easy to turn a time of praise back to self and our wants and needs. 31 Days of Praise helps the mind stay on the intended focus.
Each of the 31 days are 1 to 2 pages in length. There is a reading of praising God for a particular point, and then Bible verses are listed for further reflection on the day's subject. In addition, there is a Bible verse and section to write thoughts.

My Thoughts:
31 Days of Praise is one of my favorite books. I've read …

(Review) Direct Hit: The Blitz Detective by Mike Hollow

Publication Date: June 27, 2015.
Publisher: Lion Hudson/Kregel Publications. 
Genre: Fiction, British crime and mystery.
Pages: 320
Source: Free paperback copy from Kregel Publications in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

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Summary:
Direct Hit is the first book in a new series on detective investigation in London, England, during World War II. The story begins with the discovery of a murdered man found in a cab. The body is found on the first day of what will be known as the London Blitz. Detective Inspector John Jago and Detective Constable Peter Cradock are the investigating detectives. An American Journalist named Dorothy Appleton is working as a foreign correspondent. She interviews Jago on police work and "the war from the British angle."

My Thoughts:
One of my favorite genres is British crime and mystery stories.
I loved the personality of John Jago. He is reserved, intelligent, lonely, and haunted by past memories.…

(Review) The Mended Heart: God's Healing For Your Broken Places by Suzanne Eller

Publication Date: February 20, 2014.
Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Genre: Nonfiction.
Pages: 240.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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Suzanne Eller is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker.

The Mended Heart is currently the online study for Proverbs 31 Ministries. 


Suzanne Eller's links:
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Summary:
The Mended Heart addresses the key topics of brokenness and healing in women.
Part one is brief and speaks to readers who've been trying to work towards healing and it's not happened. The chapter ends with the encouragement to "peel away those layers;" the layers of the broken shell, allowing God to heal tender wounds.
Part two has several chapters under the heading of "Hearts In The Midst Of Mending." Issues of sexual abuse, minimizing grief, identifying with others in pain, religious abuse, when the offending person is not remorseful, and having a soft hea…

(Review) The Unburdened Heart: Finding The Freedom of Forgiveness by Suzanne Eller

Publication Date: March 1. 2013.
Publisher: Regal/Baker Publishing. 
Genre: Nonfiction, forgiveness.
Pages: 208.
Source: self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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Summary:
Forgiveness in the dictionary is defined as a noun. But, forgiveness is not just a noun it is an action of the heart, mind, and will. Further, Christ Jesus commands us to forgive.
Part one begins with explaining what forgiveness means and what it does not mean.  Later in the book an explanation is given on forgiving self.
Page 58 has questions to ask to see if we need to work on forgiveness. These questions are pulled from another book by David Seamands, Healing for Damaged Emotions.
"1. Can you thank God for the lessons learned in pain?
2. Can you talk about the event without anger or feelings of revenge?
3. Have you accepted your part of the blame for what happened?
4. Can you revisit the scene without a negative reaction?"
Other quotes are used in the book from previous author…

(Review) What Keeps You Up At Night: How To Find Peace While Chasing Your Dreams by Pete Wilson

Publication Date: May 5, 2015.
Publisher: W Publishing Group, An Imprint of Thomas Nelson.
Genre: Nonfiction, Christian living, courage.
Pages: 224.
Source: Free paperback from Book Look Bloggers and Thomas Nelson in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

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What Keeps You Up At Night has a Bible study 




Summary:
What Keeps You Up At Night is a study on anxiety and fear, and how to overcome them.
Pete Wilson begins by addressing how fear has disoriented us, held us back, and changed our mindset. Further, he explains Satan's battle-plan in using fear to cause us to feel isolated and alone. Wilson explores several points that will pilot away from anxiety and fear, and towards freedom.

Chapters:
"One Steps in the Darkness"
Two Expect Conflict
Three Hang On to What Lasts
Four Embrace Uncertainty
Five Learn to Wait
Six Give Up Your Container
Seven Endure the Dip
Eight Recalibrate
Nine Lean into Transition
Ten Live for the Adventure
Eleven Anticipa…

(Review) Passing Through: Pilgrim Life In The Wilderness by Jeremy Walker

Publication Date: May 20, 2015.
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books.
Genre: Nonfiction, Christian life.
Pages: 300.
Source: Free paperback from Cross Focused Reviews and Reformation Heritage Books in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars for (almost) excellent.

Blog Tour July 6th through 19th.

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An interview with Jeremy Walker by Shaun Tabatt. 

Jeremy Walker is a pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England, author of Life in Christ and The Brokenhearted Evangelist, coauthor of A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ.

Summary:
Passing Through's opening chapter asks the Christian reader to remember and examine, "who they are?" What is my identity? Walker further asks, "...how are we relating to the world?" 
Jeremy Walker is building his case for Christians who must live in the world but not act like the world. We cannot live as hermits. Christ has not asked us to live in seclusion, but to spread the Gospel mes…

(Review) Baptists In America by Thomas S. Kidd and Barry Hankins

Publication Date: June 1, 2015.
Publisher: Oxford University Press.
Genre: Nonfiction, Baptist history.
Pages: 352.
Source: Free ARC ebook from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.


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Summary:
Baptists in America is the biography of the Baptist denomination. The primary focus is Baptist history in America, but the authors back up to define baptism and the beginnings of the denomination in Europe. The beginnings of baptism (its history and change from submersion to infant baptism is explored.) The Reformation in Europe, which led to branches of Protestant denominations is studied. The early years of Baptists in America did not have a good reputation and this is examined.
The following chapters show the organization of the book.
"Chapter 1: Colonial Outlaws
Chapter 2: The Great Awakening
Chapter 3: Baptists and the American Revolution
Chapter 4: Baptists and Disestablishment
Chapter 5: Baptists and the Great…

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