Monday, 8 February 2016

Bronner: A Journey to Understand

Bronner: A Journey to Understand(New Hope Publishers, January 2016)
God teaches and refines us through pain and suffering. Author Sherri Burgess, wife of Rick Burgess of The Rick and Bubba Show, knows this to be true. After the earthly death of her youngest son, Bronner, Burgess asked, “Why?” And God answered.
Journey with her through this powerful testimony of healing to understand the purpose behind the pain. An empowering resource for book-club discussion or small-group Bible study, this is much more than simply a retelling of an inspiring story. It is a call to action beckoning us to know our Holy God like never before.
Sherri Burgess

{MORE ABOUT SHERRI BURGESS}

Sherri Burgess’ life is a beckoning for you to know a Holy God like you have never known Him before. The wife of Rick Burgess of The Rick and Bubba Show, a nationally syndicated talk radio show, Sherri is someone who now passionately pursues holiness and inspires others to do the same. A seasoned Bible teacher, writer and blogger, she has in recent years answered God’s call as a women’s ministry speaker. This mother of five stays active with her family in Birmingham, Alabama.
Find out more about Sherri at http://sherriburgess.blogspot.com.





My Thoughts: 

I surely feel I cannot do this book justice.... This is truly one of the most amazing, unnerving, awe struck books I have ever read! Sherri Burgess is hands down, a godly woman who met the Lord and I mean really met HIM, during, in my opinion, one of the most difficult, heart breaking times in her life. I simply cannot imagine losing my two year old in my own pool and moving on with life vs. going into a time in your life that questions God and wondering WHY did this happen to me???? Why did you take my baby Lord?? Why did you let him die in our own pool?? and on and on my questions would go...
But, I also know the Lord, and while we all think something like this couldn't happen to "me",  in reality, the truth is, it absolutely can. We, as believers, are not immune to situations such as these, and the Burgess family handled this in such a way that brings glory to our Lord, our Father.  The Lord provided such tangible ways in which it was nearly impossible to deny HIM.  Sherri's husband was exactly as the Lord would hope for him to be. He sought after a man who could be about His business!!
I, for one, look forward to meeting Bronner and letting him know how much his story blessed and encouraged me! 
I was so glad to read that Sherri didn't write this book in the first few months of her Loss of Bronner, but instead it took place over a 5 year period.  As I said before, I cannot even begin to imagine how to deal with the loss of your baby, a 2 year old sweet blonde haired, blue eyed precious little boy, Your baby boy. But immediately, God moved on the behalf of the Burgess family and NEVER let up.... I mean NEVER!!

Thank you  Litfuse for allowing me to read and review this book in exchange of my honest opinion! I give Bronner a 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s





Tuesday, 12 January 2016

If I Run by Terri Blackstock

ABOUT THE BOOK:

If I Run (Zondervan, February 2016)
Casey knows the truth. But it won’t set her free.
Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.
But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?
Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

My Thoughts:

It is safe to say... I. LOVE. TERRI. BLACKSTOCK. So, when given the opportunity to review her latest novel you will most likely find me doing the "happy dance." As soon as I receive the book I calm down and begin reading IMMEDIATELY!!

IF I RUN has so much going on between a murder, a suicide, a missing teen, and lets not forget a group of dirty cops! All of this and one girl who has lived through the pain of losing her Father at the young age of 12. Casey never believed what they said about her father...not even for a minute. She learned at that young age that sometimes police will fail you and all you thought was true! 
As she gets older she is more determined to find the truth. But it's not just black and white, and as Casey learns, finding that truth could cause serious and maybe deadly harm to those she loves!! Will she Run??
I devoured this book in just hours! I was also traveling at the time and was walking/reading in the airport .... yes you know those people that aren't looking where they are going bc they are doing something on their phone or IPAD? yep, that was me!! No worries, I didn't hurt anyone or myself! :) 

Trust Me! If I Run is a DEFINITE 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s!!! I think it should be wayyyy higher than that but its just safe to say....DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!! 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Lightning by Bonnie Calhoun




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Lightning

Revell (October 6, 2015)

by

Bonnie S. Calhoun


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and the ACFW ‘2011 Mentor of the Year.”


She loves to write with body count, blood, or blowing things up. She also has mad skills at coding HTML, and website design. And she lives in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass, though she'd rather buy fish at the grocery store. Bonnie shares her domain with a husband and two cats, all of whom think she’s waitstaff!


Her latest series is a YA dystopian with Revell titled Stone Braide Chronicles. The first book Thunder published in 2014. The second book Lightning published Oct 2015. There are also two FREE e-book short stories. Tremors is the prequel to Thunder, and Aftershock (short story) comes before Lightning.


ABOUT THE BOOK



After she found her real father, life for Selah should have felt settled. But the horrors have just begun. In her broken world of toxic earth and tribal clashes, Selah must battle the forces of nature alongside those in the Mountain who are calling for her blood. Haunted by the pain of mounting losses, she forges on, seeking her lost family and
uncovering new mysteries. But the ultimate betrayal of her own body may soon make her quest impossible as it becomes apparent that what has made her new could also drive her to a life of madness.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Lightning, go HERE.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Five Times I Met Myself


ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Five Times I Met Myself (Thomas Nelson, November 2015)

What if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say?

Brock Matthews' once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage.

So when he discovers his vivid dreams---where he encounters his younger self---might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing.

Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn't know how to let go . . . and his greatest fear is that it's already too late.

Purchase a copy: 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel Rooms as well as Book of DaysThe ChairSoul's GateMemory's Door, and Spirit Bridge. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest.

Connect with James: websiteTwitterFacebook

My Thoughts:

Oh My!!! Where do I begin! This book is fascinating!! Have you ever wished you could go back in time and change certain situations in your life? I know I have! Well, The Five times I Met Myself, takes us on a journey with Brock Matthews doing just that! Things aren't going so well in many areas of his life so when he learns he can go back and possibly guide things in a different direction, he is thrilled. But like so many things in our lives, just because we change things doesn't mean they're going to work out any better...or will they ?? 

I LOVED this book!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s FOR SURE!!!

Thank you LitFuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!F

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A Father's Second Chance




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Father's Second Chance

Love Inspired (July 21, 2015)


by

Mindy Oberhaus


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




A Word from the Author: To steal a line from Donny and Marie, I’m a little bit country, a little bit rock-n-roll. I’m trapped in the city, but prefer the country or the mountains.


I love Jesus, my family, and just about anything sweet.


I believe Jesus died for my sins, rose three days later, and will one day return. He has carried me through some of my darkest hours. Without faith in Him, I would be nowhere.


I have a penchant for chocolate, clothes, and shoes. When I’m not penning romance novels, I enjoy cooking, decorating and shopping.





ABOUT THE BOOK



Businesswoman Celeste Thompson has one goal: to make her restaurant and hotel a success. She doesn't need any distractions, even from handsome contractor Gage Purcell and his two adorable little girls. Besides, single dad Gage is just biding his time before a big job at the mines comes through. But as Celeste's project springs to life, their arguments transform into attraction. Gage isn't looking for romance, especially not with another career-driven woman like his ex-wife. But openhearted Celeste is more than just another work-consumed client. She might just be his happily-ever-after.


If you would like to read the first chapter of A Father's Second Chance, go HERE.


Monday, 9 November 2015

The Thorn Bearer




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Thornbearer

Vinspire Publishing, LLC (May 7, 2015)

by

Pepper Basham


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus, and proud AlleyCat over at a group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. Her debut historical romance novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015, and has already garnered its first award with Readers’ Favorites International Awards. Pepper’s second and third books in the series arrive in February 2016. Her first contemporary romance debuts in April.




ABOUT THE BOOK



From the decks of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of France, Ashleigh must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all. When her fiancé leaves her eight months before their wedding, the unexpected blow ignites a battalion of insecurities stemming from her father's intimate betrayal. Her worst fears are confirmed - who could ever love a soiled woman? In an attempt to escape the shame and disappointment of her past, Ashleigh boards the ill-fated Lusitania to cross the war-torn waters of Europe. Much to her dismay, she isn't traveling alone. Sam Miller is always making up for his best friend's mistakes. Determined to help Ashleigh, he offers his compassion and protection as she ventures across a perilous sea. With the faint hope of renewing his lost love for Ashleigh's sister, Sam never expects to find the woman of his dreams in his best friend's former fiancé and his own childhood companion. As they travel across the Atlantic, neither is prepared for the life-altering and heart-breaking journey of their friendship. When the truth of Ashleigh's past explodes in the middle of war and Sam rejects her, Ashleigh must decide if God is enough - or if the double weight of her betrayal and past will crush her life forever.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Thornbearer, go HERE.



Monday, 26 October 2015

Deadlock by Diann Mills




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Deadlock

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 1, 2015)


by

Diann Mills


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




DiAnn Mills is a bestselling
author who believes her readers
should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with
unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two
Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier,
Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library
Journal
presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fictionaward in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction
Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith,
Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers
Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various
groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her
husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and
would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms
listed at her website.


ABOUT THE BOOK



Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Deadlock, go HERE.

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