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(Review) Local Poet: He Killed Her. But Who Was She? by Paul Trembling

Publisher and Publication Date: Kregel/Lion Fiction. 2016.
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 158. Pages 159-173, is the first part of a new book available in October: Local Artist.
Source: Free copy from Kregel/Lion Fiction.
Rating: Okay.

Link at Kregel for more info: Local Poet.


Robert David Seaton, also known as Rob, age 32, struck and killed a woman who was crossing a city street. The city is in England. The city is not named. He was driving a work van. References are made to CCTV footage, coppers, and on holiday (instead of American slang term vacation). The woman killed, Elaine Josephine Grey or Laney Grey, was a published poet. Rob googles her name and finds out about her poetry and life. He reads and examines her poetry. This leads to clues about her death.

My Thoughts:
Local Poet reminds me of a novella. The story line is brief, and does not take the time to build to a climax. It is not descriptive in details. It is not a character study. It reads more like a person is a…

(Review) Chasing Famous: Living the Life You've Always Auditioned For by Lisa Lloyd

Publisher and Publication Date: New Hope Publishers. April 3, 2017.
Genre: Nonfiction, Psychology.
Pages: 192.
Source: Complimentary copy from New Hope Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Group.
Rating: Very Good.

Christian Book

Landing page for the book tour: Chasing Famous.

Author Information:
Lisa is a speaker, emcee, actor, and writer. Since receiving her bachelor of fine arts in theater from Southern Methodist University, Lisa has been featured in many major performance mediums. Her television credits include What Would You Do?, Prison Break, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful. You may see her on television commercials, highway billboards, or TV screens at the local airport. She has performed with many theaters, including the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Montana Shakespeare, the Dallas Theater Center, and Casa MaƱana Theater. She is a highly sought-after speaker at women s retreats, conferences, and events across the country. She and her hus…

(Review) NKJV Woman's Study Bible from Thomas Nelson

Publisher and Publication Date: Thomas Nelson Publishers. March 28, 2017.
Genre: Bible.
Pages: 2288.
Source: Complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson Publishers.Litfuse Publicity Group.
Rating: Excellent.

Christian Book

Litfuse Landing Page for the Tour

Thomas Nelson page for the NKJV Woman's Study Bible-this link is a must see if you are interested in the Bible. 

Features of the Bible:
Presentation Page.
The Ketubah Marriage Contract.
Family History (4 pages.)
My Spiritual Mother's page.
An Introduction to the Bible.
An explanation on the translation.
Brief information on definitions and abbreviations.
Introduction on history, author, and background for each Bible book.
Money and Measurement page.
Index-24 pages.
Concordance-67 pages.
8 full page color maps.
Additional maps, charts, and outlines are included inside the Bible. 
11 point type size for Scripture words.
7 point type size for notes. 
Red letter of Christ Jesus' words.
Sides of page when Bible is clos…

(Review) Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel, and Live by Tracie Miles

Publisher and Publication Date: David C. Cook. April 1, 2017.
Genre: Nonfiction, Christian Living, Renewing the Mind.
Pages: 224.
Source: I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher.
Rating: Excellent.

Landing Page at Litfuse for tour. 

Amazon link

Tracie Miles website link
Tracie Miles Unsinkable Faith 5 Day Optimist Challenge

About the Author: Tracie Miles is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries and a bestselling author who's spent the last twelve years inspiring women to become who God called them to be. She's the author of "Your Life Still Counts" and "Stressed-Less Living," and a contributor to Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotions.

About the Book: For many people, remaining optimistic and feeling positive about themselves and their lives is a constant battle - especially when circumstances are difficult and life is hard.
For others, negativity is something that only sneaks up from time to time, yet still wreaks hav…

(Review) Christian Standard Bible

Publisher and Publication Date: Holman Bible Publishers. March 15, 2017.
Genre: Bible.
Pages: 1568.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: Very Good.

Link at Amazon. 

The review is on the CSB Large Print Personal Size Reference Bible.

The official web page for the Christian Standard Bible. 

Lifeway's page for the Christian Standard Bible.

Bible Apps are available at the website for CSB. 

Christian Standard Bible is the new edition of the previous Holman Christian Standard Bible. It is a new edition with changes. Two-column text. End of paragraph reference verses.Words of Christ in red.Bold print.Quoted verses are in bold print. Large print 11.25 point type.Chapter and chapter title are in bold print. 9 page topical concordance.10 full-color maps."Where to Turn" Bible verses for help.Table of Weights and Measures. Introduction to the Christian Standard Bible. The text for the OT is Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, 5th edition.
The text for the NT is the Nestle-Aland Novum Testam…

(Review) Life After by Katie Ganshert

Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: WaterBrook
Genre: Fiction
Edition: Paperback, advanced reader copy
Pages: 352
Source: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Rating: Excellent

Link for more information at the WaterBrook

About the author:
KATIE GANSHERT is the author of several novels and works of short fiction, including the Christy Award-winning A Broken Kind of Beautiful and Carol Award-winner, The Art of Losing Yourself. Katie lives in eastern Iowa with her family.

In Chicago, Illinois, Autumn Manning, age 31, is the lone survivor of a train bombing. A year later she cannot remember the events of the bombing. She suffers from post traumatic stress. She cannot move forward in life. She feels haunted by the people who did not survive.
Paul Elliott's focus is to protect and care for his children after the death of his wife. He is haunted by the bombing, but also the events leading up to the bombing.
Paul and Autumn are brought together (reluctant…

(Review) Finding God In My Loneliness by Lydia Brownback

Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Crossway
Genre: Christian growth, Loneliness
Pages: 176
Source: I received this book free of charge from Crossway
Rating: Excellent

Link at Amazon 

Link for more info at the publisher: Crossway

Author Info:
Lydia Brownback (MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as a senior editor at Crossway in Wheaton, Illinois, and an author and speaker at women’s conferences around the world. Lydia previously served as writer in residence for Alistair Begg and as producer of the Bible Study Hour radio program with James Montgomery Boice.

Finding God In My Loneliness is a book that is filled with profound wisdom and strong teaching. While reading I took notes. Taking notes makes it easier when I write reviews. In addition, I wrote down a few favorite quotes on index cards to continue pondering their weighty insight. I love this book and am eager to write this review.

The introduction is titled: "Why Are We Lonely?"
God created huma…