Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | September 16, 2014

NIV Once-a-Day Bible for Leaders

leadership bibleThe NIV once-a-day Bible {for leaders} is organized into 365 daily readings including portions of Scripture from the Old Testament, New Testament and Psalms or Proverbs.  There are also daily readings from respected Christian leaders to help you develop leadership skills while helping you practice the discipline of Bible study contributors include Jimmy Carter, Mark Batterson, Chuck Colson, Charles Swindoll, Max Lucado and many more.

This Bible is the perfect tool to help you develop a habit of Bible reading. Daily reflections are insightful and intended to help you grow in your leadership skills,  I have not been a fan of reading the Bible by dividing into New Testament and Old Testament readings or even alternating from Old Testament to New Testament.  It does work with the way this Once-a-Day Bible was intended to be used.

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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 | September 16, 2014

‘Playing by Heart’ a great new novel by Anne Mateer

playing by heartLula Bowman dreamed of becoming the first woman in Oklahoma to receive a Ph.D.  She was well on her way until she received news that her sister’s husband died and she was the sibling expected to drop everything and be there for her.  She accepts a job teaching music and coaching basketball, tasks she felt neither qualified for nor desired to do.  She has hopes of returning to college once the tragedy has passed; however, over the course of the ear, Lula discovers things about herself and finds fulfillment in the unlikeliest of places.

Mateer’s characters are always well-developed and the history of the times well researched.   The story highlights the struggles communities and families had to deal with during a time when most men were going off to war and things still needed to be done at home.  Schools needed teachers and sometimes sacrifices had to be made.  Female teachers were not allowed to be married and men were going off to war.  Women, like Lula, were taking on roles they were not comfortable with and had received no training.  Lula never dreamed she would coach basketball but found some deep truths that characterized her life and found ways to change them.

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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 | September 16, 2014

What your heart needs for the hard days

heart needsIf you have lost your strength or are struggling with life and need encouragement, Holley Gerth’s book “What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days” offers 52 truths to hold onto that will lift you up when you are feeling down.  You can read them sequentially or you can use the index to choose a particular need.  You can use on a daily basis, a weekly basis or as needed.

Gerth speaks as someone who has walked through trying times and knows exactly what to say to those who are hurting or searching for comfort.  Gerth’s book is great for a personal devotional time or as a gift for someone who is dealing with hard days.  It is a perfect help for what to say to someone who is hurting that will let them know you care.

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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 16, 2014

Living a vine-ripened life

vineStanley D. Gale takes Christ’s message in John 15 and breaks it into easy-to-digest parcels and explains how we can live grace-filled lives abiding in Christ.  He shows readers how to cultivate the fruit of Christian character without resorting to works-based theology.  A sanctified life does not come through what we do for God or how much we do.  It comes through Christ and God’s grace.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, humility and grace, all fruits of the Spirit, are found in Galatians and are manifested in the constant abiding in Christ as He tells us in John 15.  “A Vine-Ripened Life” is  a great small group study and is particularly helpful for new Christians seeking to learn more about developing and maturing in their faith.

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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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | September 10, 2014

An original take on a teen’s journey through middle school

diva diaries“The (Desperate) Diva Diaries” is a cute book in diary form about a young girl’s journey through middle school.  Instead of the sketch books she requested, Catie’s dad gives her diaries.  Even though she complains, she begins to write about her struggles, her dreams, her successes and failures.  Her dream of becoming a fashion designer hangs in the balance when her dad insists that the family go on a mission trip for spring break.

From her brother’s unusual pet skunk to the aggravating popular girl in her class, Catie finds lots of things to write about and lots to learn about how God works.  A good, Christian message is tucked inside an adolescent story young girls will love to read.  They will love the illustrations.  I highly recommend for all young ladies in 5th through 8th grade.  My 3rd grader is reading it and is really enjoying it.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Shelton Interactive, 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 9, 2014

Derek Prince’s secrets to living a successful life

keysWith Hebrews as a reference, Derek Prince uses  12 “let us” statements become the keys to living a successful Christian life.  Whether or not we believe we are living a successful Christian life, we will discover new truths in “Keys to Successful Living”.  No matter where you fall off track, you can still find your way back.

This inspiring book is short and to the point.  Prince has a simple way of explaining things to help us understand biblical principles and how to apply them to our life.  If you read and practice the keys Prince outlines in his book, you will discover God’s blessing and provision in your life.  It isn’t a formula, but a way of living that makes the difference.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Chosen Books, 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.”

Everyone prays.  And everyone wants to know how to pray.  Or how to pray well.  Jesus gave the disciples a prayer because they, too, wanted to know how to pray like the Master.  In his own special way, Max Lucado has offered six simple lines, based on the Lord’s Prayer, that get to the very heart of prayer.  God is good.  I need help.  People need help. Thank You.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

“Before Amen” is a wish list for God and shows us how to embrace prayer and bring peace in the midst of chaos.  If you enjoy Lucado’s down-to-earth style and easy-going nature, you will enjoy this newest book.  He makes simple what we have tried to make complicated.  This book is perfect for those who are new to prayer and need some guidance.  It is also helpful for those of us who have forgotten how simple prayer really is.  “Before Amen” encourages us to prayer where we are, whenever we can.  He doesn’t preach.  He doesn’t condemn.  He just offers encouragement and guidance on how to develop a strong prayer life.

Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. In Before Amen, best-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts, and confidence even for prayer wimps. Let the conversation begin.



Be sure to enter the Before Amen iPad Mini giveaway. AND if you pre-order a copy of Before Amen by 9/29, you’ll receive a FREE ebook copy of Max’s best-selling Second Chances: More Stories of Grace.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • Before Amen by Max Lucado

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 29th. Winner will be announced September 30th on the Litfuse blog.


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit the Litfuse blog on the 30th to see if you won! (Or better yet, subscribe to their blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

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 | September 8, 2014

101 Lessons for Life and Ministry

walking with God“Walking With God” is one of the most encouraging books I’ve read in a long time.  It is filled with the personal Christian walk and experiences of Dr. Stephen Gammon, a third generation minister and lifelong follower of Jesus.  Since early childhood, Dr. Gammon has walked with God.  He has served in ministry for more than 30 years and as an active duty and Navy Reserves Chaplain.  His life has been filled with ups and downs, joys and disappointments, but he has never walked away from God and God has been faithful.

This book is more than a devotional.  It is a devoted follower’s personal testimony of how God has worked in his life and how God works in everyone’s life if they walk with Him and look for His hand in their life.  If we do what we are called to do and seek God in all things, we will see God’s hand in our lives.  It is true that we won’t receive if we don’t ask, but if we aren’t looking, we will miss the very things God sends us.  God works in mysterious ways.  we look for the obvious and sometimes miss what God has for us.

Dr. Gammon has spent his entire life seeking God’s will over everything in his life.  Although there have been disappointments in his life, God has come through for him in surprising ways.  Seeing how God has worked in Dr. Gammon’s life and the faith and trust he put in God was very encouraging to me.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Life Sentencing 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 4, 2014

Connecting with God through His Word

sense of the bibleDavid Whitehead has been investing in the spiritual life of others for more than 30 years. In 2009, he started a website, http://www.dailybibleverse.org.  Out of this endeavor, he wrote “Making Sense of the Bible” which begins with an explanation of Bible translations, preparing your heart to receive and biblical styles.  An introduction to themes, people and books of the Bible follows and then he breaks down the Bible into manageable parts and shows how they all fit together.

Whitehead answers basic Bible questions and helps readers learn how to study the Bible on their own.  This is a must for anyone who is intimidated by the Bible and needs encouragement.  He emphasizes reading the Bible in order to connect with God rather than gaining Bible knowledge alone.  He engages readers with the Bible and helps even those who have read the Bible many times see things they may have missed along the way.  If you want to get the most out of your Bible reading, “Making Sense of the Bible” is an excellent resource.

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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 | September 4, 2014

New Bible study on Moses helps you discern God’s presence

MosesMoses was an unlikely leader.  From his beginning as a prince of Egypt to a fugitive shepherd in Midian, Moses would not have believed God had called him until he saw the burning bush and even then, he was reluctant.  But Moses became one of the most powerful men of God who ever lived.

Mindy Ferguson’s new Bible study takes you from the beginning of Moses’ ministry when he tried to use his inadequacy as an excuse not to serve God to the end when we see how God can use our inadequacies to His benefit and glory.  “Moses, Discerning God’s Active Presence” is a ten-week in-depth study of Moses’ journey from a fugitive prince to a transformed man of God.  Ferguson weaves a story of God’s plan, provision and grace and shows how we can apply the lessons from Moses’ life to our own.  She doesn’t just tell you how to apply it, she also asks questions that help you figure it out yourself.  She also offers words of encouragement.  Through this study, you will recognize God’s work in your life as you learn about how He worked in the life of Moses.  By engaging readers in the Scripture, Ferguson encourages personal application.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. 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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