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(Review) Africa Study Bible Published by Tyndale House Publishers

Publisher and Publication Date: Tyndale House Publishers. May 2017.
Genre: Bible.
Pages: 2144.
Source: Complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers and Oasis. 
Rating: Excellent.

Link @ Christian Book Distributor. At this link, an excerpt of the Bible is available.
Link at Tyndale House Publishers, for more information on the Bible.
Link at Tyndale House Publishers, for a story about the Africa Study Bible pastor project.
Link @

Notable elements about the Africa Study Bible:
10 point text size.9 point text size for notes. Black letter edition. A "Resources For Learning And Teaching" section. In this section, the subtitles are, "The History of Christianity in Africa"; "A Narrative Timeline Of God's Work In Africa"; "History in Africa from the Patriarchs to the Promised Land"; "Time of the Kings to the New Testament"; "The New Testament and Africa"; "The Church in North Africa"; "Christi…

(Review) The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible's Biggest Ideas by Deron Spoo

Publisher and Publication Date: David C. Cook. April 1, 2017.
Genre: Nonfiction. Bible, Bible history.
Pages: 400.
Source: Free copy from David C. Cook and Litfuse Publicity Group.
Rating: Excellent.

Landing page for the tour @ Litfuse: The Good Book. 

The Good Book in paperback @ Amazon.

Two additional books are available in this combo set:The Good Book Participant's Guide, The Good Book Small Group Curriculum Kit. Amazon links. 

Deron Spoo is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past 16 years, Spoo has guided the church as it transitions from being simply a downtown church to a regional church committed to urban ministry. Church members describe him as "down to earth" and "authentic." His television devotionals, "First Things First," reach 100,000 people each week. Spoo is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Paula, have three children. Find out more about Deron at http://www.…

(Review) A Tapestry of Secrets, Appalachian Blessings #3 by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Publisher and Publication Date: Bethany House. August 2, 2016.
Genre: Fiction.
Pages: 296.
Source: Complimentary copy from Bethany House.
Rating: Okay.

Author Info:
Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fundraiser for a children's ministry and has written for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times. She is the author of Miracle in a Dry Season and Until the Harvest. She holds a BA in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in North Carolina. She can be found online at


Two time periods.
1. 2008. Craggy Mount, Virginia.
2. 1948. West Virginia.

Ella is a young woman who lives in Virginia. She is an artisan. Her art is quilting.
She has a former fiance named Mark. He is an ambitious attorney. They dated for a while before she figured out he is a bulldog when it comes to certain areas of life. He just doesn't understand the word no. She returns to the hometown where her…

(Review) Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin

Publisher and Publication Date: Bethany House. October 4, 2016.
Genre: Fiction.
Pages: 400.
Source: Complimentary copy from Bethany House. 
Rating: Very Good.

The story begins with a dramatic scene of passengers on a ship crossing Lake Michigan during a storm. The main character, Anna, is crossing the lake with her mother. They are wealthy citizens of Chicago, Illinois. Anna is an only child. She and her mother stay at the Hotel Ottawa in Holland, Michigan. She had been engaged to a wealthy man. He ridiculed her religious fervor. He gave her an ultimatum about where she attended church. She defied him and their engagement is called off. At the hotel, Anna meets Derk Vander Veen. He is a Christian man who is studying to become a minister. Derk has a special friend named Geesje de Jonge. She immigrated from Holland to Michigan 50 years before. Her story is weaved in with Anna's story.

My Thoughts:
I loved both Anna's story and Geesje's story. I knew from the…

(Review) Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith by J. Warner Wallace

Publisher and Publication Date: David C. Cook. May 2017.
Genre: Nonfiction. Apologetic.
Pages: 224.
Source: Complimentary copy from Litfuse Publicity Group and David C. Cook for the purpose of a review.
Rating: Excellent.


Landing page for the book tour @ Litfuse Publicity Group. 

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, Fox News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of "Cold-Case Christianity" and "God's Crime Scene." Wallace has a master's degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.

Find out more about J. Warner at

Summary:  J. Warner Wallace has asked this question in churches across America over the past several years, and the answer he gets is often disappointing; it's almost always rooted in some sort of personal, subjective experience. As a community, we Christians aren't typically prepared to mak…

(Review) The Face of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Theology of Shame and Redemption by Philip D. Jamieson

Publisher and Publication Date: IVP Academic. 2016.
Genre: Nonfiction.
Pages: 184.
Source: Self-purchased.
Rating: Excellent.

Jesus alone reveals both the fullness of God and the necessary human response to God's reality. And even more precisely, Jesus' face is the face of eternal love, a love that is steadfast and sure...The secondary truth is completely dependent on the first one. Without a realization of the first, we dare not contemplate the second I live my life, how I respond to my neighbor and to God's gracious overtures, will either empower or weaken my ability to perceive that first and primary truth. Pages 9-10. Jamieson goes on to further explain, we run in shame away from the God of love. God loves us and He does not turn away from us, but we turn away from Him.
The book answers the primary question as to why we turn away from God. In a later chapter, six "defending strategies" are taught. 

The Face of Forgiveness is addressed mainly to …

(Review) Her Mother's Hope, Marta's Legacy Series, Book One by Francine Rivers

Publisher and Publication Date: Tyndale House Publishers. 2010.
Genre: Fiction.
Pages: 498.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: Excellent.

The Kindle ebook from Amazon is $2.99.

Her Mothers Hope is book one in a two part set titled Marta's Legacy. 
Marta Schneider lives with her parents, a sister, Elise, and a brother, Hermann. They live in Steffisburg, Switzerland. When the book begins the time period is 1901. Marta is age 12. Marta's father owns a tailor shop. He is a harsh, abusive father. Her mother is a seamstress. Marta is an excellent student. She is self-motivated and ambitious. She has dreams and aspirations. Her father demands she quit school and work.  At each stage of work duties she learns valuable skills. These early years are stepping stones that lay a foundation for life.
Hildemara Rose is the eldest daughter of Marta. In the story, she is called Hildie. Hildie's personality is the opposite of Marta. Hildie is soft-spoken and kind-hearted. She is a prayer w…

(Review) Think Again: Relief From The Burden Of Introspection by Jared Mellinger

Publisher and Publication Date: New Growth Press. April 10, 2017.
Genre: Nonfiction, introspection, Christianity.
Pages: 192.
Source: Free copy from New Growth Press and Litfuse Publicity Group.
Rating: Excellent.

Link at New Growth Press for more info: Think Again. 


Landing page for the Litfuse Publicity Group tour: Think Again. 

About the Author:
Jared Mellinger joined the Covenant Fellowship Church pastoral team in 2006, upon graduating from Pastors College of Sovereign Grace Churches. He became senior pastor in 2008. Jared graduated from Kutztown University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. He enjoys reading, rollerblading, poetry, drinking coffee, building fires, and listening to Josh Garrels. Jared is the author of Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection. He resides in Glen Mills, PA with his wife Meghan and their six children.

Evaluating yourself-being mindful of who you are and what you are doing-is necessary…