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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 24, 2014

‘James the Just’ a study resource for the book of James

jamesA study of the book of James isn’t complete without knowing who James is and the Jewish meanings of the text, but we could say that about all of the books of the Bible. The Messianic commentary, “James the Just”, tries to present an understanding of Scripture where regular commentaries may not–the Jewish concepts behind James’ writings.  The most interesting part of the book is the chapter on the concept of faith and works.  The book offers some helpful information; however, it can be sometimes hard to follow and seems to repeat itself.  Be sure to read this book in conjunction with the book of James and other commentaries.

This book was not as helpful as I had hoped it would be because it was too much work to understand and the author repeated himself.  It wasn’t a true commentary and was just essays on certain topics in the book of James.

Dr. Friedman is the former Academic Dean and Professor of Jewish Studies at King of Kings College in Jerusalem, Israel.  He lectures internationally on biblical topics.

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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 | 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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