Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The Last Plea Bargain Review and Giveaway!!

About the Book:

Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she's never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will. But when a powerful defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. One by one, prisoners begin rejecting deals. Prosecutors are overwhelmed, and felons start walking free on technicalities. To break the logjam and convict her nemesis, Jamie must violate every principle that has guided her young career. But she has little choice. To convict the devil, sometimes you have to cut a deal with one of his demons.

My Thoughts:

Wow Wow wow! This is such an excellent book! In The Last Plea Bargain, Jamie Brock is an Assistant District Attorney.
Years ago, Her mother was murdered and her Father, who also was an Attorney, was shot in their own home. Jamie is determined to make sure justice prevails and that the man, Antoine Marshall, who has been sentenced to the death penalty for these crimes, receives his set punishment. Antoine claims he is innocent, but he has been chosen and identified in a line up by Jamie's father. Did her dad make a mistake and choose the wrong man? Just before the date of the execution Jamie's and her brother make a very painful decision to turn off the life support that has been keeping their father alive. Even though Jamie knew her Father could not respond in any way, she had so hoped to be able to tell him that the man who killed his wife and her mother had finally received his punishment.

Caleb Tate is an attorney who defended Antoine 12 years ago. Now Caleb is wanted for murder. He has been accused of murdering his wife. Of course, he also claims his innocence and will be representing himself. Jamie wants nothing more than to make sure this man is found GUILTY! Caleb is a mastermind and helps create total chaos in just about every area of this story.

Mace James is Antoine's attorney and is working on overturning his conviction and death penalty. He believes wholeheartedly in Antoine's innocence. Mace is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Antoine from taking that final walk to his death. But how far is too far?

When reading The Last Plea Bargain, I had such a difficult time putting it down. I just had to know what was going to happen next. As Randy Singer plays out this story, he does an excellent job keeping you on the edge of your seat ~ or couch, or swing, or wherever it is you might choose to read. :) I connected with each person and had such emotions for all of them. I would root Mace on in his plight to save Antoine, or hurt for Jamie as she went through the highs and lows of this trial. Losing your parent is one of the most difficult things to experience, but when they are murdered, I can only imagine the stress of waiting for that day when justice is served! I would have to say it was Caleb Tate who brought out the not so nice side of me.

If you enjoy mysteries, suspense, and nail biting drama, then you simply CANNOT MISS this one! Heart of a Bookworm feels The Last Plea Bargain is a definite 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s

I am so happy to be able to offer someone a copy of their own!!! If you would like to receive a copy of the Last Plea Bargain please make sure you are a follower of Heart of a Bookworm and also leave a comment on this post, as well as your email so that I can contact you for more information. I will announce the winner of the giveaway on Monday April 2nd!

Thank you Tyndale for allowing me this complimentary issue in exchange for my honest review!

Gabby's Stick-to-it Day ~ Review

About the Book:
Based on Galatians 6:9, this second title in Gabby's series follows little Sophie on her quest to do kind things for her family. But each of Sophie's good intentions results in a great, big mess-and a busy guardian angel as Gabby tries to keep the little girl from harm. Sophie quickly gets frustrated amidst each task and refuses to continue. Little ones will learn an important lesson on perseverance when Gabby whispers words from Galatians 6:9 into Sophie's ear: "Let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." Young hearts will also be reminded of God's continual protection over them in the form of angels, just as Gabby protects and encourages Sophie.

About the Author:
Sheila Walsh is a Bible teacher, speaker, singer, and best-selling
author with more than 4 million books sold. Sheila Walsh is the creator of the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess® brand, which has sold over 1.5 million units and won two National Retailer's Choice Awards.

As a featured speaker with Women of Faith®, Sheila has reached more than 3.5 million women by artistically combining honesty, vulnerability and humor with God's Word. She resides in Dallas with her husband Barry and son Christian.

My review:

Isn't this just the sweetest cover!?!?! Gabby's Stick-to-it Day is the second book in the "Gabby, God's Little Angel" series. It is a story of Perseverance. I just fell in love with this book and the most important opinion for me came from my Grandaughter, Rylee. Sitting down and reading is definitely one of Rylee's favorite things to do! She absolutely loved this book. She asked to read it over and over! That is when you know it is a winner :)

The illustration is absolutely wonderful! The pictures are soo vibrant and just adorable. Gabby, God's little Angel, watches over Sophie, which can be quite the task at times. Raffles is the Senior Angel, and he gives Gabby Her assignment~ help Sophie understand why it is important not to give up. Whether it is taking care of her sweet little brother, Ian or her precious puppy, Sprinkles, Sophie is quick to give up when things become difficult. I love how Gabby brings God's Word to Sophie to encourage her! The book is based on one of my favorite Scriptures, Galatians 6:9.

I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone with children ~ Parents, Grandparents, Sunday School Teachers, Daycares! It is simply a wonderful book! Thank you LitFuse for allowing me this complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Twilights Last Gleaming ~ Review

About the Author:

With a strikingly bold, biblical and practical approach to ministry, Dr. Robert Jeffress is one of the country’s most respected evangelical leaders. Making more than 600 guest appearances on various radio and television programs, Dr. Jeffress regularly appears on major mainstream media outlets such as FOX News Channel’s Fox and Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, Cavuto on Business, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN and MSNBC. He also hosts a daily radio program, Pathway to Victory, that is heard nationwide on over 720 stations in major markets such as Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Houston. His weekly television program can be seen on 1,200 television stations and cable systems throughout the nation and in 28 countries around the world.

Dr. Jeffress is the senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, and is currently leading the congregation in a $130 million campaign to re-create its downtown campus. The project is the largest in modern church history and will produce a “spiritual oasis” in the heart of downtown Dallas.

Honored in 2006 by Vision America for his steadfast commitment and boldness in proclaiming the uncompromising Word of God, Dr. Jeffress is also the author of 18 books, including The Solomon Secrets (a 2002 Medallion Finalist), Hell? Yes! and When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense. His newest book, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, was released January 2, 2012 by Worthy Publishing.

Dr. Jeffress graduated with a D.Min. from Southwestern Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.S. from Baylor University. In May 2010, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University. In June 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Jeffress and his wife, Amy, have two daughters, Julia and Dorothy, and a son-in-law, Ryan Sadler.

You can visit Dr. Jeffress' website here

About the Book:

Economic chaos, spiraling immorality, cultural decay, terrorism and global upheaval have convinced many that we are living in the twilight days of America. Widely respected pastor, author and frequent media commentator Dr. Robert Jeffress agrees, but is quick to add a note of hope and challenge in his latest release, Twilight’s Last Gleaming (Worthy Publishing, January 2012). Although we cannot prevent America’s eventual demise, he asserts, we can postpone it . . . and make a difference for eternity at the same time.

Including a foreword by former governor Mike Huckabee, Twilight’s Last Gleaming offers a bold roadmap to guide readers’ attitudes and actions in these volatile times. “But it is not all doom and gloom,” writes Jeffress. “We have an unprecedented opportunity within our current culture to delay our country’s ultimate dissolution so that we can continue to grow the kingdom. Even if America’s best days are behind her, for American Christians, this can and should be our shining moment.”

The remarkable society whose light once shone as a beacon to the world is dimming. This is the sobering assessment of Robert Jeffress in Twilight’s Last Gleaming, yet he brings with that diagnosis a remarkably redemptive and hope-filled prescription for American believers. With biblical insight and real-world clarity, Jeffress answers for everyone who wonders what can be done right now—within our culture, our churches, our voting booths and our neighborhoods—to hold off America’s ensuing demise. He points a way out of the malaise, calling believers to action—not to restore a fading empire’s glory, but to make an eternal impact on millions of souls.

In Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Jeffress also devotes an entire chapter to a pressing issue on many Americans’ minds: Who should I vote for in the coming presidential election? “If Christians place pragmatism above principle, we may or may not win the election, but we will lose our soul,” states Jeffress. However, Jeffress also suggests that a candidate’s faith is just one issue to consider when voting. Jeffress asserts, “There’s some value to having a non-Christian like Mitt Romney who embraces biblical principles, rather than a professing Christian like Barack Obama who embraces unbiblical principles.” He proposes four questions that every believer should ask himself before selecting a candidate:

· Is the candidate a Christian?

· How would a candidate’s faith impact his policies?

· Do his policies align with the Bible?

· How does he view the Constitution?

With a graceful balance between passivism and extreme activism, Jeffress challenges Christians to be “salt” and “light” in a decaying and darkening culture, standing up against the tide of evil that threatens to engulf America. “We cannot predict God’s ultimate judgment, but we can delay it just like Jonah’s obedience did at Nineveh,” says Jeffress. “But the reason that we’re trying to bide time for our country and prevent its premature decay is not so that we can turn America around, but so that we can preach the Good News.”

My Thoughts:

God's Timing is Perfect and I feel strongly this book coming out right now is just that: HIS Perfect timing! It seems no matter who you are, Believers and/or Non-Believers alike are discussing "The Times" we are in. Certainly, most everyone is talking about this years Election. Christians are realizing we must wake up, take a stand, and be bold for Christ. But, what exactly does that look like?

In Twilights Last Gleaming, Dr. Jeffress addresses these issues and so much more! He defines, very clearly I might add, Tolerance and Judging others. He devotes a whole chapter on "How a Christian should Vote." America has fallen asleep and lost sight of the fact that we were once a Christian Nation NOT a secular nation. We have been Passive and are reaping the consequences. Are you prepared? For what you ask? To be Persecuted and for the End of Times? We are to be Gods people, sharing who HE is and offering HIS Love and Hope to others! Our end times don't have to be a fearful time, but rather an opportunity to share Christ with all of those who don't know HIM! Jeffress offers a challenge to us to take a stand for righteousness, to claim victory over this evil that is threatening our nation.

Some may not agree with all that Jeffress has to say and I would imagine that is just fine with him. I do think, however, that although you might not agree with him in some areas, but in the very least, reading Twilights Last Gleaming did cause you to reevaluate your Christian walk, and just maybe allow your Faith to go deeper. Are we not just like the Israelites who looked to their idols and not to God? Even though HE provided ALL they needed and led them each day morning and night and gave them their food each day? They allowed their flesh to rule, the voices of others to rein, and their disobedience cost them dearly. Let us turn our hearts to the Lord, humble ourselves and Pray! Let us come to a place of repentance and let others see HIS Light, HIS Grace, and experience HIS Salvation!

I highly recommend reading "Twilights Last Gleaming," and when you purchase your copy, you might grab a couple more to pass out to others!

Thank you B&B Media Group for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!