Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | December 4, 2014

“If you exist, save me…”

DestinyRiki Hammad had never known freedom.  When she escapes captivity and lands on a mysterious island with four college students on vacation, she must face her fear and find a power great enough to overthrow darkness.  Riki struggles to cope with her world outside of slavery while trying to understand and trust the four boys who are trying to help her.

“Destiny Defied” by J.A. Marx is the first book in the Destiny series and is a supernatural suspense novel.  I struggled to finish reading it because it was confusing and unclear as to what was really happening at the beginning of the story.  If you do not enjoy supernatural fiction, you will not appreciate this book.  Even if you do, you may find this book very difficult to find any interest in the story or the characters.

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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 | December 4, 2014

Overcome challenges using steps from the battle of Jericho

wallsOne of the most unique battle plans was the one utilized by Joshua during the battle of Jericho.  We can only imagine what the people of Jericho thought when they witnessed the Israelites marching around their walls especially after all they had heard about their power and might on the battlefield.  By day seven, the Jerichoites must have been laughing out loud as they could not think of one time when a wall being penetrated by marching and singing.  However, after the seventh trip around the wall on the seventh day, they learned that God’s power can conquer a wall and a people.

In “Walls Fall Down”, Dudley Rutherford uses seven principles from the battle of Jericho to help us overcome our obstacles and knock down those walls that are keeping us from victory.  These principles worked for Joshua and are available to us to overcome the most stubborn hurdle.  We are bound for an incredible victory when we choose God’s way over our own or the world’s.

“Walls Fall Down” is inspiring and encouraging.  Rutherford leads us on a journey towards victory and blessing. If you are stuck behind a wall, this book will show you how to march to victory.

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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 | November 26, 2014

Why do we lie to the children?

motherless“Motherless” by Erin Healey is a story about the death of a mentally-impaired woman who left her children without a mother and a father who lived a life filled with so many lies he had forgotten the real truth.  The story begins with an accident causing Garrett Becker to go into a coma while his young children have to cope with the responsibilities he left behind.  The narrator of the story shares how the children are coping with life as the secrets their parents kept hidden become visible.

At first, the story told from this unusual point of view is a little disconcerting.  It moves a little slow at first, but the more you read the faster the pace picks up.  When the story reaches it’s climax, you won’t be able to read fast enough.  This is the first of Erin Healey’s books I have read.  I was skeptical to begin with of where this story was headed, but by the final page, I started to look forward to reading more of her books.  She has also co-written books with Ted Dekker, and if you like Dekker’s books, you will absolutely love Healey’s imaginative tales.

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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 | November 22, 2014

‘Pound Foolish’ explores marriage in the face of uncertainty

pound foolishGreg Singer coordinates power boat shows for outdoorsmen, a job that puts stress on his marriage to Nicole who is a stay-at-home mom who homeschools their two children.  When the recession hits and Greg loses his job, their marriage is tested to the limits.  Greg has become infatuated with the new gospel their pastor is preaching and a new job selling an energy drink which he believes will bring the prosperity his pastor is preaching.  In the meantime, Nicole, disillusioned by her church and worried about her marriage, develops a relationship with a handsome lawyer who lives at the end of the block.

Marriage can be undermined when husbands and wives aren’t communication or don’t have the same goals.  Nicole wants security and to feel like she is an important part of Greg’s life.  Greg is looking for the kind of financial prosperity he hears preached from the pulpit each Sunday and believes this will give Nicole what she wants.  He doesn’t see how the way he is trying to provide for his family isn’t the proof of his love or the security Nicole needs or desires.

Neta and Dave Jackson have written more than 120 books.  “Pound Foolish” is book four in the Windy City Neighbors series and intersects with “Penny Wise“, book three of the series.  Each book has its own story line and can be read in any order.  The characters’ lives are intertwined and affect one another.  If you enjoy Christian fiction and heart-warming stories, you will love “Pound Foolish”.

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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 | November 18, 2014

‘Look and Live’ disappointing

look and liveThe topic of Matt Papa’s “Look and Live” was intriguing–how to break free from living between where we are and where we ought to be.  “Look and Live” promises to help you break free from the cycle of fighting the same sin over and over again.  Finding a book that claims to have a solution to help you strop striving sounds appealing.  Matt Papa wants to set us free by showing us how to see the love of God and experiencing His glory.

“Look and Live” doesn’t bring anything new to the topic of sin.  As a worship leader, Papa uses examples and analogies based on music and his experiences as a worship leader.  The best chapter of “Look and Live” is Chapter 9 entitled “Show Me Your Glory”.  In this chapter, we are challenged to ask ourselves will we choose to behold our God through His Word, through our prayers or will we behold the idols of this world?  If we want to encounter the glory of God, we will make a conscious decision to become addicted to the glory of God.

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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 | November 3, 2014

Encouraging words for caregivers

CaregivingPeter Rosenberger has been a caregiver for 28 years having married a woman who was in an automobile accident that left her body-incapacitated.  He knows how to maneuver through insurance issues and interpret medical terminology but, most importantly, he knows what caregivers need to be strengthened so they can keep going and take care of their loved ones without neglecting their own needs.

Even though, “Hope for the Caregiver” was targeting for caregivers, it is encouraging for everyone.  Everyone should have a copy whether they are currently caregivers or not.  Chances are you will be taking care of someone at some time in your life.  Maybe not 24/7, but just the same–all caregivers need encouragement they may not receive from their loved one or those around them.

Rosenberger doesn’t pain a rose-colored glasses approach to his own caregiving experience.  He does present the dark side of caregiving but shows there is strength and comfort found in God who offers peace in your circumstances.

I recommend this book to everyone especially if you are considering caring for a loved one in your home.  This book will show you what you will deal with and help you make an informative decision.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing, as part of  its First Look Blog Tour. 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 31, 2014

Ignite God’s vision for your life in 40 days

GreaterPastor Steven Furtick’s “Greater” challenged us to accomplish things that have a greater impact for the Kingdom of God.  This follow-up devotional spurs us on towards a greater goal and help us take incremental steps to accomplish it.  For 40 days, Furtick teaches us how to dream big, start small and ignite God’s vision in our life.  “Greater Devotional” motivates us to make godly choices, encourages us to believe that nothing is impossible for God and gives us courage to step out in faith.  Each day’s devotional takes less than 10 minutes to read but gives us a lifetime of encouragement and motivation.  This is a wonderful addition to “Greater“.

If you are ready to begin a journey of walking and serving where God is calling you, this book is a great motivational tool.  Furtick convinces us that God is looking for someone with the desire to step out in faith, grow in the Word and be willing to take a risk in order to do what He has called us to do.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Blogging for Books, as part of Waterbrook Multnomah’s 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 28, 2014

Experience Jesus in a new way

AD 30Rejected and alone, Maviah, the outcast daughter of a Bedouin sheikh, is the only one left to protect her people.  Traveling across the barren desert with two of her father’s warriors, Saba and Judah (a Jew), Maviah must reach Herod with the dagger of Varus, proof that she is who she says she is.

Maviah hears stories of Jesus and seeks Him out hoping that He might save her,.  She is fascinated with the man Jesus as He is not exactly what she expected but later discovers that He is exactly who she needs.  What a wonderful depiction of life in the biblical era.  As brutal as the world is, filled with power, greed, violence and death, the peace Jesus brings makes the bad seem bearable.

Ted Dekker mesmerizes with this unique story of Jesus who cares for the outcast and turns his/her life upside down.  Reading about Jesus from Maviah’s point of view was almost like being right there with Him.  Don’t miss this experience and read A.D. 30.

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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 | October 27, 2014

Witnessing for Jesus through Story

disciples indeedBobbie Ann Cole is a writer, a teacher and a speaker.  She is passionate about testimony and helping people share their Jesus stories.  She has written her own testimony, “She Does Not Fear the Snow“, charting her spiritual journey to Christianity. Cole has created “Disciples Indeed Workbooks” to inspire others to prepare and share their testimonies.  Book One “Witnessing for Jesus Through Story” consists of five steps, called Modules, that take two hours each to complete.  By putting forth the effort and completing all five modules, you will have your testimony given to you by God in print and ready to share.

The instructions are clear, simple and concise.  One module helps you edit out unnecessary material.  You will be pleasantly surprised at what God has done in and through your life.  After completion, you will have the means to share with others what God has done for you and what He can do in their lives.

For more information, visit disciples-in-deed.com or bobbie@testimonytrain.com.

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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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 24, 2014

‘The Lazarus Experiment’ science fiction or suspense? you decide

lazarusIt is the year 2084 and Jonathan has just awakened from what he’s been told was a year-long coma unable to remember his life and finds that when snippets of memories come it isn’t what he thought.  He was in a failing marriage with a murdered mistress and the police think he did it.  When the memories buried deep inside are revealed, will he discover a truth he doesn’t desire?  But he can’t just let things be.

Description from the publisher:  “In Upstate New York in 2084, Dr. Jonathan Kelton, a brilliant scientist left clinically dead in the mysterious explosion of his lab, is rebuilt from surviving bits of his spine and brain by the enigmatic Dr. Oskar Rose. Jonathan tries to start anew with his wife Diane, with whom he was in a faltering marriage, and his seven-year-old son. But he’s shocked to find himself accused of the brutal murder of his former grad student, Mitcha. He must also struggle with strange, glaring gaps in his memory, as he slowly pieces together a dangerous affair between the two of them –even as he worries his secretive doctor’s radical, experimental surgery,the Lazarus Experiment, has left him subject to some form of mind control.He must race a dogged policewoman, who’s convinced he’s guilty from among a list of suspects, to try to find out who murdered Mitcha. But did he ever know? Or is he his own prime suspect? After going to every length to search for the truth –the very thing he believes sustains his own humanity–will he regret it?”

Will the reawakening of his mind be dangerous?  If he learns the shocking truth about his life and his job, will it destroy everything?  With the exception of a few instances of obscene language, “The Lazarus Experiment” is a good read.  Mark DeGasperi grabs the attention making it more suspense that science fiction.  Start this book when you have lots of time because you won’t want to put it down right away.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bostick Communications, 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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