Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | September 22, 2022

Develop a deeper walk with God

Marcus Warner struggled with the left-brained models of discipleship until he discovered a better way. In “A Deeper Walk”, Warner provides a whole-brained, heart-focused discipleship model based on freedom, identity, Spirit and community. This book should be in the library of every pastor, youth leader, small group leader, and Bible leader. It is a great resource for anyone who disciples believers to lead them into experiencing a deeper faith and relationship with God.

Individuals can benefit from learning what true discipleship is and how important it is to develop in our churches and small groups. Warner talks about the importance of Bible memorization, Bible theology and heart-focused community. He discusses our identity in Christ, our mission and the importance of being able to share the gospel at a moment’s notice. Being a disciple is more than just sitting at the feet of Jesus gazing into His wonderful face; it is also developing relationships with others and leading them to the feet of Christ and into relationship with Him.

I encourage small group leaders to share this book with their members. It would be a great study to work through in community.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers, as part of its book review blogger program. I was not required to write a 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 14, 2022

The history-shaping story of Jesus

The “Eternity Now New Testament Series” Box Set (Thomas Nelson Bibles, 2022) is a five-book set containing all of the books of the New Testament organized by theme. Volume 1 “The Legacy” contains Matthew, Hebrews, James and John, written from the perspective of Jesus’ family. Volume 2 “No Going Back” contains Mark and 1st and 2nd Peter, and is the passionate account of Jesus’ ministry and the effect it had on Peter. Volume 3 “Grand Tour” contains Luke and Acts, and records the healing ministry of Jesus and how the gospel was spread worldwide. Volume 4 “Death to Life” contains all of the books of Paul clarifying the gospel message. Last but not least, Volume 5 “Now But Not Yet” contains the books of John (the Gospel of John, 1st, 2nd, 3rd John and Revelation) and unveils the real Jesus and our glorious future in eternity.

This remarkable collection is easy-to-read in large print format and portable–easily fitting inside a pocketbook or briefcase and can be taken anywhere. Reading the books of the New Testament in this order gives a different perspective and helps readers better understand the authors as well as the One about whom the story is written. This set is the perfect gift for anyone on your gift list and Christmas is fast approaching. It is also perfect for sharing the gospel message and as a gift for a new Christian. Primarily a reading Bible, there are no notes or commentaries and no real space for note-taking. I think you will find it a convenient way to carry the scriptures with you to read during your down time. You will find that it won’t take long to read through the New Testament while waiting at the doctor’s office or anywhere you find yourself needing something inspiring to read.

This set can be purchased from FaithGateway Store or Amazon.com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as a member of BibleGateway Blogger Grid. I was not required to write a 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 7, 2022

Griep has outdone herself in ‘The Bride of Blackfriars Lane’

In the continuation of Michelle Griep’s Blackfriars Lane series about Kit and Jackson, Griep delivers romance and intrigue in “The Bride of Blackfriars Lane”. Jackson Forge is all set to marry Kit Turner, who is just as excited, all except for giving up her independent ways which very often get her into trouble. The street-wise swindler often finds trouble even when she has no intention of doing so. In fact, her good intentions cause her to miss her own wedding day humiliating Jackson in the process. Jackson won’t allow explanations, and Kit can’t handle his tyrannical demands, so the wedding is called off indefinitely.

Griep is so skilled at character development that you will want to throttle Kit and console Jackson. I spent my hours of reading wanting to talk sense into Kit who seems to care deeply for justice at the expense of those who love her. At other times, I wanted to remind Jackson that pride makes a terrible companion when it comes to relationships. It is hard to decide who has the most to lose and who needs to give in. I highly recommend this read; however, you would probably benefit from the first book, “The Thief of Blackfriars Lane”, for an understanding of the situation between Jackson and Kit.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing, Inc. I was not required to write a 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 | August 12, 2022

Eason is always good

FBI Special Agent and hostage negotiator, Julianna Jameson, battles her past in the second installment of Lynette Eason’s Extreme Measures series. In “Crossfire”, Julianna, who prides herself on never losing a hostage, may have met her match when her sister in in the line of danger. Former sniper Clay Fax is working as a resource officer at her sister’s school and assists Julianna in trying to find out who is behind the recent attacks.

From start to finish, Eason keeps you on the edge of your seat. While it is the second book in the series, you don’t have to read the first one to enjoy “Crossfire”. If you ‘ve never experienced a Lynette Eason adventure, you are in for a thrill. She is always at the top of my favorite author list and one of my top recommendations.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, I was not required to write a 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 | July 25, 2022

The best so far….

Every book keeps getting better and better. Elizabeth Goddard has the gift of grabbing your mind and taking it for a wild ride. No boring plots or unlikeable characters grace the pages of her stories. The third installment of the Rocky Mountain Courage series, “Critical Alliance”, takes readers into the world of cybercrime as former criminal hacker, MacKenzie Hanson must team up with Special Agent Alex Knight, to stop her nemesis from destroying her family.

As each chapter ramps up the suspense, you will not want to put the book down until you reach the end. You will not go wrong with any of Goddard’s books; however, this one is by far the best so far. Every one gets better and better. I can’t wait to see what Goddard has planned for her next adventure. As a reader, most of the time, I believe the book I’m currently reading is the best one I’ve ever read, but this has to be my favorite book I’ve read this year so far. I liked the characters; the plot was original and not easily figured out; the writing was inspired. All-in-all, the perfect book to read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of Elizabeth Goddard’s Critical Alliance Launch Team. I was not required to write a 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 | June 14, 2022

‘An Unexpected Revival’-A study of Ezekiel

Sometimes the perfect Bible study comes along at just the right time. “An Unexpected Revival”, Erica Wiggenhorn’s latest study, has arrived at a time when most, if not all, of us are searching for light through a fog of disappointment and doubt. The promise of revival has been discussed among believers for a long time, and it seems light years away. But God. He knows when revival will come. He also sends encouragement periodically to keep us on alert, such as Bible studies like this one. We need to feel close to God. We yearn to hear His voice. We crave His peace, and we struggle to find and hold on to His joy.

Wiggenhorn’s 8-week study of Ezekiel is incredible. I love how she encourages us to read and study the scriptures for ourselves and doesn’t spoon feed us her interpretation. She pushes us to learn and discover the treasures held in scripture on our own, making it much more meaningful. There is so much to study and learn. If you are longing for revival, accept the invitation to experience God’s faithfulness, hope and purpose in the book of Ezekiel.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers, as part of its book review blogger program. I was not required to write a 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 | June 7, 2022

‘Spurgeon and the Psalms’

As part of its MacLaren Series, Thomas Nelson has published “Spurgeon and the Psalms”, a collection of meditations and devotions on the Psalms. This complete book of Psalms contains Spurgeon’s thoughts and commentary. It is a small book and is perfect to carry with you in your purse or briefcase. It also has lots of space for note-taking and marking; however, the pages are thin and ink will probably bleed through. In addition, it is in the NKJV translation. It is bound in a leathersoft cover. If you are a fan of Spurgeon’s work, you will enjoy this beautifully bound edition of Psalms filled with wisdom for your daily Bible study. There are some minor issues with this book, but I think it would make a perfect gift for any Spurgeon reader.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as a member of BibleGateway Blogger Grid. I was not required to write a 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 | June 7, 2022

Wen tackles sensitive topic with understanding

Amanda Wen is an author who can make you love reading. Weaving dual stories taking place more than 50 years apart that tug at your heartstrings, developing characters that you fall in love with and tackling a sensitive story with compassion and understanding, Wen shares a bit of history in “The Songs That Could Have Been”.

Part of the story takes place in the current day and the other part takes place in the 1950s when interracial relationships were not only taboo, but dangerous. Lauren and Carter have a difficult past but run into each other again and are wary of becoming involved again, but they need each other professionally. Lauren’s grandmother, Rosie, has Alzheimer’s Disease, and has recently started talking about a man named Ephraim, who no one seems to know, and Rosie can’t elaborate on the story. Thus begins the task of finding out who he is, where he is now (if he’s still alive) and what happened in that era so long ago.

Both Lauren and Carter soon discover that God’s plan of redemption and forgiveness touches the lives of all of God’s children, even them. Both stories are told with compassion, understanding and a depth that transcends time. Wen is one of the few authors that can entice me to read a romance novel. I’m hoping that the Sedgwick County Chronicles will continue with even more adventures in story-telling.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications through Audra Jennings PR. I was not required to write a 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 | May 12, 2022

Another on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller by Lisa Harris

“The Catch” by Lisa Harris is the third book in the U.S. Marshals series. If you haven’t read the previous two books, you should prior to reading this one.

From the very beginning, you know you are in for a thrilling journey. When a judge in a high-profile case is targeted, Deputy US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are shocked to become entangled in a murder and a kidnapping, but are they related to the judge’s case? Lisa Harris knows how to bring wrap her readers around a story, weaving surprises throughout and making her characters real.

“The Catch” is the best one of the three and comes chock full of intrigue, thrills, suspense and resolution. Maybe the title refers to the frequent catching of breath you will need to do when you experience twist after thrilling turn. Harris definitely knows how to keep you engaged from beginning to end.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of its Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a 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 | May 3, 2022

What will your legacy be–the godly kings of Judah

My favorite books from Moody Publishers are its Bible studies. Cynthia Cavanaugh has added “The Godly Kings of Judah” to Moody’s library and is an 8-week study about repentance, renewal and revival.

At first glance, you can see that Cavanaugh put in a lot of work and gives Bible students an in-depth look at eight of the godly kings of Judah–those who were obedient, repentant and who led the Israelites in Judah to revival.

The main takeaway of her study is application of what we learn about these long ago kings of Judah to our lives today. These eight kings not only left a legacy for the people of Judah, they also left us a legacy teaching us how to respond to God and His Word with repentance and obedience so that we can leave our own legacy of godliness and doing “what is right in God’s eyes”. Studying alone or with a group, you will delve deep into the books of First and Second Kings and First and Second Chronicles. Your adventure awaits.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers, as part of its book review blogger program. I was not required to write a 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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