Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 20, 2014

Discover God’s Intentional, Unconditional Love

too lovedGod loves us with an affection that is so deep He isn’t fixated on dos and don’ts.  He just desires our time in His presence. The message Debora Coty wants us to receive from “Too Loved to be Lost” is simply that God loves us without limits.  He isn’t looking for someone who’s only mission is to fulfill or obey a list of dos and do nots.  He wants someone who will seek Him and yearn to spend time in His presence.

In her down-to-earth way, Coty shares her life experiences that are hilarious and refreshing, but also serve as great teaching moments for us.  Each chapter covers an issue that we either have or will experience and ends with a set of questions that can be used in a personal devotional time or a small group discussion.

You will laugh and cry right along with Coty as she shares funny stories and the pain of struggle and waiting.  Her southernisms and womanisms will make you laugh and lift your spirits.  This isn’t just another book trying to get you to laugh at life.  Each chapter also offers a message of hope, wisdom and love.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 14, 2014

Marriage is messy but it can be beautiful

messy loveMarriage is messy because it involves two people who have different ideas living in a world that tells us that we can just discard a marriage that isn’t making us happy or doesn’t fulfill us.  “Messy Beautiful Love” written by Darlene Schacht tells the story of a marriage that’s messy but redeemed by grace.  Schacht opens up her messy marriage and reveals an incredible testimony of grace demonstrating that we can tune out the world and experience a beautiful marriage.

It is encouraging to read a book on marriage by someone who doesn’t offer psychological solutions or preach about how to have a good marriage.  Instead, she opens up about her marriage struggles and shows that even marriages the world says won’t or shouldn’t last, can withstand the temptations and mistakes if we tune out the world and tune into God and are obedient to His Word.  By surrendering our relationship to God, we can experience marriage the way God intended.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Booklook Bloggers, as part of Harper Collins Christian Publishing Blogging Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 13, 2014

Take the turning and walk the unlikely road

the turningFive different people. One voice. A divine encounter.  A challenging message.  Only Davis Bunn could imagine a story so remarkable it might one day happen.  In a supernatural set of circumstances, five unlikely people hear God’s voice and knew their only choice was to obey.  But the powers of darkness are conspiring to squelch any hope the five people and their supporters have of fulfilling their mission.

When God calls, will they take the right path or give in to the enemy’s ploys.  When it comes to being obedient and following the right path, these five people don’t have a remarkable track record, but somewhere along the line, God finds them and gives them a message of hope amid all the negative events happening in the world.

Will their obedience change the world, or will it be a futile attempt to rally the world to fight the evil coming against it?  Davis Bunn kept me turning the page wondering if success would find those who heard the message and obeyed.  Can hope be restored to a world filled with greed and immorality?

Prepare your heart to hear from God–download devotionals and audio teaching at www.TheTurningBook.com.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 13, 2014

Irene Hannon doesn’t disappoint with ‘Deceived’

deceivedWhen a grieving mom thinks she sees her son who supposedly died in a drowning accident, she is convinced more than ever that the accident that claimed the life of her husband and possibly her son was not what what it appeared.  Hiring Connor Sullivan of the reputable PI Firm, Phoenix, Inc., Kate Marshall was on a journey to find the truth and possibly discover love again.  As Connor and Kate come closer to finding the truth, the young boy’s father becomes trapped and will do anything it takes to hold onto the son he worked so hard to get.

“Deceived” is the third book in the Private Justice Series by Irene Hannon.  Once again, Hannon doesn’t disappoint as she keeps readers on the edge of their seats with this heart-stopping story of a grieving widow and mother no one believes when she tells them her husband’s drowning was no accident.  Hannon proves again that she is a master of suspense and romance.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 8, 2014

A riveting look at the key players of the end times

agentsIn his introduction, Dr. David Jeremiah admits that there are many books that talk about the end times.  In fact, he has written several; however, due to the urgency of the coming days, Dr. Jeremiah was convinced that he needed to explore Revelation through the eye of the major players–the exiled, the martyrs, the 144,000, the two witnesses, the dragon, the beast from the earth, the beast from the sea, the victor, the king and the judge.

Using a fictional storyline, “Agents of the Apocalypse” walks readers through what Scripture tells us will happen.  The format was effective with each chapter including the story and the Scripture from which the story was based.  Once again, Dr. Jeremiah presents truth in a way that draws us in and helps us understand the events of the end times.  He doesn’t instill fear but comforts readers by explaining how to recognize the people depicted in Revelation.  Whether you believe in the Rapture will occur or not, this book will be a helpful resource for the events God has told us through His prophets is coming.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 8, 2014

Set your church free from spiritual bondage

setting church freeChurches need to be set free from spiritual bondage just like people do.  “Setting Your Church Free” is based on Dr. Neil T. Anderson’s Setting Your Church Free leadership retreat and gives advice and steps on how to prepare and present the event in your church.

The beginning chapters of the book are selling readers on the benefit of correcting leadership problems within the church by using the steps in “Setting Your Church Free”.  If your church is struggling with endless conflicts and you want to find resolution before members started getting frustrated and leave, you and your staff and administration may desire to try the retreat process.

There are several helpful pieces of advice such as questions to ask before listening to gossip and twenty questions you can use to evaluate yourself as a leader based on 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9.  Leaders are genuinely seeking healing for their church and commit to earnestly seek God’s response to conflict, the steps identified in this plan will be effective and work toward church growth.

For more information, visit www.ficm.org or www.discipleshipcounsel.com.  Click here to purchase from Amazon.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing  Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 8, 2014

Christmas novella focuses on the Christiansen parents

evergreenJohn and Ingrid Christiansen have become empty nest parents as the last of six children leaves to start their adult life.  With the prospect of being alone during the holidays, John plans a trip to Europe as a Christmas gift for Ingrid.  However, she is still reeling from events that have occurred in her family as well as the children starting their own lives that she now must decide how to perceive her current world–as an ending or a beginning.

I love the Christiansens, but this was a hard story to read.  From Susan May Warren’s previous books in the Deep Haven and Christiansen Family series, I never suspected that deep sadness and pain was a part of their lives (or I may have missed some books).  As it turns out, Ingrid has carried around a secret disappointment for a long time.

I would like to say that “Evergreen” is a heart-warming Christmas story, but after reading so many of the other books in the series, I was saddened that John and Ingrid were struggling in their marriage.  John was completely unaware of Ingrid’s feelings and thought that his attempt to bring her joy with a trip to Europe would bring romance back into their marriage.  Some gestures, no matter how extravagant or well intended, just don’t work on everyone.  It is a lesson for us all to learn.

Once again, Warren has outdone herself.  This stay in Deep Haven, though short, brings excitement to the Christmas season even in the midst of pain.  Any time there is a Christiansen involved, there is a surprise lurking nearby.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 7, 2014

Let go to live –get some breathing room

breathing room“breathing room” was written for people struggling with not being okay, not being all together and just plain struggling.  it is written for those who believe putting on a strong front while secretly coming apart.  Leeana Tankersley takes us from a place of need to a place of fulfillment. She allows us to find room to breathe in a grace-intoxicated environment.  She gives us permission to grieve, to panic and yet find solace and support on the journey to the wholeness we find in God.

Among the pages, Tankersley opens her heart and life and invites us to see what imperfection can become if we allow God’s grace and mercy to fill our hearts and minds.  If you have been on the edges of self-condemnation, Tankersley shows you how to stop beating yourself up and just be human.  God didn’t create us to condemn ourselves, but to live a life dependent upon Him and accept ourselves as His creation.  Life is a journey.  Don’t make it more difficult than it already is.  Learn to accept your humanity and seek grace.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | September 30, 2014

“Joy Jars” inspired by 11-year-old with incurable brain tumor

never give up“Never Ever Give Up” is the story of Jessica Joy Rees who was diagnosed with an inoperable and incurable brain tumor when she was 11 years old.  Instead of focusing on her own diagnosis, she chose to bring hope, joy and love to other children with cancer.  Jessie’s story is remarkable and inspiring to both adults and children.  At age 11, she found her purpose and spent the last ten months of her life bringing love and joy to others in the form of Joy Jars filled with more than just toys and activities, socks and books.  The love poured into each one is a testament to Jessie’s faith and hope.

Even through her fear, Jessie prayed for healing while at the same time showing courage through all the pain and treatments. Her father, Erik Rees, wants Jessie’s message to inspire others and bring hope to those who are battling childhood cancer.

For more information about Joy Jars and how to be involved, visit www.jessie.org and click the Get Involved tab.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Handlebar Publishing, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | September 23, 2014

Study for new Christians

livePerfect for new Christians, Rebecca Manley Pippert’s “Live” shows new believers how to start their new life in Christ.  It also shows unbelievers the reasons for the Christian faith.  Those who are searching will benefit and learn from this study. Pippert presents the basic Christian beliefs in five short, simple lessons.  “Live” is a great resource for churches of all denominations to use to help new believers grow in their faith.  Combined with the DVD presentation, “Live” can be used as a part of a small group study.  Each session is approximately 10 minutes long.  Purchase of the DVD includes access to free downloadable materials that will help leaders facilitate the study more effectively.

Two follow-up studies, “Grow” and “Know” will be available in 2015.

For more information, visit LiveGrowKnow

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Cross Focused Reviews, a service of Cross Focused Media, LLC, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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