Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 11, 2018

If you don’t love your life, do something to change it…

Living a Life You Love: Embracing the Adventure of Being Led by the Holy SpiritJoyce Meyer teaches how to embrace the adventure of being led by the Holy Spirit in “Living a Life You Love”.  If it is difficult to say you love your life and the trials of this life are bringing you down, Meyer offers a new perspective.  If you view each day as a new opportunity and find ways to be filled with gratitude, you are on your way to gaining a proper perspective on life.

If you are experiencing a lack of joy in your life, Meyer shows you biblical ways to replace it.  God has an amazing plan for your life. Through her compassion and godly wisdom, Meyer demonstrates how she learned to love her life.  In “Living a Life You Love”, you will learn how to toss out fear and the pain of the past and move into God’s joy.

“Your attitude affects your life more than any outside circumstances ever will.”

We can experience joy in spite of our circumstances by transforming our attitude. Let Meyer show you how by reading and applying her suggestions.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hatchette Book Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program.  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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Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 6, 2018

The ultimate test of faith–what if?

Shadows of Hope

What if

...you struggled with infertility but unknowingly befriended your husband’s pregnant mistress?

…the woman you were seeing behind your wife’s back gets pregnant, threatening your job and your marriage?

…your boyfriend never told you he was married and you discover you’re pregnant?”

Marissa, Colin and Kaitlyn must deal with these questions in Georgianna Daniels’ “Shadows of Hope”.  Told from each of their viewpoints, we see how one situation affects three different people.

On a positive note, the story was well-written and had well-developed characters.  However, Daniels does little to create likable characters.  Marissa is so self-absorbed that she doesn’t see clearly her role in the demise of her marriage or the inappropriate relationship she has with her long-time friend and co-worker, Tristan.  Collin, who should receive credit for recognizing the error of his ways and trying to salvage his marriage, inadvertently becomes the victim of Marissa’s dismal attitude even though she claims to want to save her marriage regardless of the affair.   Kaitlyn, though young, shows more maturity and insight than any of them.

Then, there is Tristan, who does not get a chance to show his side, though he is the real victim of the story.  It is clear that he has been in love with Marissa since college.  With no chance of his affections being returned, he chooses to work with Marissa, listen to her self-absorbed rants, enable her behavior even though he is a psychiatrist, and give up a life of his own.  All the while Marissa is totally oblivious. In fact, they are all, in their own way, oblivious.  And I can’t say much more without spoilers.

Even though the story is fairly interesting, the only reason I kept reading is because I needed to know how it was going to end even though I would be completely frustrated and disappointed.  I waited, quite patiently I might add, for the other shoe to drop, and when it did, the result was anti-climactic.

The one question that was never asked–Why does a married woman have a best friend who is not only male but unmarried and acts around him in such a way that a stranger would think they were married?–is never answered. But that is what you are left considering. And it haunts me.

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.”

The Kremlin Conspiracy

Joel Rosenberg’s newest thriller, “The Kremlin Conspiracy”, is so good it’s scary.

“Louisa Sherbatov had just turned six, but she would never turn seven”–the first line that is sure to keep you reading.  A series of apartment bombings in Moscow leads to the rise of Aleksandr Ivanovich Luganov who becomes President of Russia by his own design and seeks to bring Russia back to her former greatness.  His son-in-law, Oleg Kraskin, becomes his senior aide and confidant and later regrets taking his position.

Marcus Ryker joins the Marines after 9/11 and later becomes a respected and decorated member of the Secret Service until a tragic accident causes him to re-evaluate his priorities.  After his departure from the Secret Service, he discovers a plot by the Russian President that, in all likelihood, will lead to nuclear war.

Ryker wrestles with his conscience asking himself “is it okay to assassinate one person to save millions?”.  Think about that…

Rosenberg has a gift–one he has always used wisely.  Although his works are fiction, we should take heed.  Many of the events he has fictionalized have become a reality. His description of the American President in “The Kremlin Conspiracy” is spot-on–something that didn’t come to light until AFTER the book was written.

I never miss a book by Joel Rosenberg. He never disappoints.  Be sure to follow his blog–https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/

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 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 | April 3, 2018

Come home to Hope Harbor and help save Pelican Point

Pelican Point: A Hope Harbor NovelArmy Doctor Ben Garrison returns to Hope Harbor to settle the estate of his grandfather unaware that a dilapidated lighthouse is a part of his inheritance.  He intends to spend no more than six weeks handling all of the details and selling the house and the lighthouse before moving on to his new life in Ohio.

The residents of Hope Harbor are desperate to save the lighthouse. Meanwhile, Ben falls in love with Marci, the spunky newspaper editor who has made it her mission to save the beloved landmark, known as Pelican Point.

Irene Hannon has endeared the town of Hope Harbor to her loyal fans.  From the eccentric characters to the beautiful scenery, Hannon has made readers yearn for the ocean view and the amazing friendships.  Most of Hannon’s characters arrived in Hope Harbor searching for healing and finding love–whether it was with the town or the people.

Ben and Marci and Greg and Rachel experience the storms of life, but in the midst of their storms, they find hope. The lighthouse becomes the instrument of hope that brings the people together and keeps hope alive.  But can the residents raise enough money to save it?

Hope Harbor is a place you’ll yearn to visit. As always, the residents will welcome you with open arms and as many fish tacos you can eat.  Join us and fall in love with Hope Harbor.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, and Interviews and Reviews, as part of their 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 | April 3, 2018

Do you believe the lie that you aren’t good enough?

Enough: Silencing the Lies That Steal Your ConfidenceI don’t know about you, but the voices in my head are so loud with lies that the truth fights to get in.  But I’ve had enough, and my guess is that you have, too.  It’s time to do some spring cleaning and toss out the words that are taking up too much space–ugly, unworthy, failure, not enough–and replace them with positive words–beautiful, worthy, enough.  God’s Word tells us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) and that no matter what we’ve done or who we think we are, God loves us and calls us His own.

Sharon Jaynes reinforces these words in “Enough” by exposing the lies that we have believed that keep us bogged down in shame.

“One thing we can learn from Eve is this: Do not dialogue with the devil. Don’t engage in conversation with him or argue with him. Once you start dialoguing with the enemy, it’s hard to stop. And you will never come out unscathed. The best course of action is to reject the lie right away.”  (p. 57)

Not only is “Enough” filled with spiritual wisdom, Jaynes has also include a Bible study and a Quick Reference Guide to help you replace lies with the truth.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of the launch team for “Enough”. 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 | April 3, 2018

A superhero or a sidekick?

Losing the Cape: The Power of Ordinary in a World of SuperheroesThe DC Comics® and Marvel® franchises have made millions in the superhero genre.  From Batman to Superman, superheroes come with all sorts of skills and gadgets to help them save the day.  Fortunately for us, God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us declare victory over our enemy.

Even though the world is obsessed with superheroes and celebrities, it only takes one ordinary person used by God to accomplish incredible things.  This is the gist of Dan Stanford’s “Losing the Cape”.  In his book, he discusses how we can use our God-given potential and change the world.  He encourages readers to “embrace ordinary”.

Despite Stanford’s book containing many tweetable phrases, the book didn’t reach full potential at least until he shared his testimony,. I can understand why he didn’t lead with this story, but I think he should have.

Even with the inspiring stories, colorful anecdotes and spiritual wisdom, it was tough to get through.  The book gained speed toward the middle but lost steam as it neared the end.  I found it difficult to finish.

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 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 | March 28, 2018

Journey into God’s presence through Jesus’ last words

Seven-Mile Miracle: Journey into the Presence of God Through the Last Words of JesusBased on Jesus’ last words, Steven Furtick’s “Seven-Mile Miracle” offers a unique insight and perspective.  A person’s final words are treasured by their loved ones. They are remembered forever. Jesus’ last words have been recited often, especially at Easter, and thought to contain wisdom for the ages.  They mean everything.

Furtick uses Jesus’ words of forgiveness, salvation, relationship, abandonment, distress, triumph and reunion and compares them to our earthly walk with God.

I have always appreciated Furtick’s insight and unique perspective on Scripture.  He is easy to understand and presents a clear, concise message. He rarely rambles, but includes enough information to get his idea across.

Although too late for this season, there is a 40-day reading guide perfect to prepare for Easter.

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 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 | March 13, 2018

Lose your belly; heal your gut

The 10-Day Belly Slimdown: Lose Your Belly, Heal Your Gut, Enjoy a Lighter, Younger YouThis is another weight-loss book that promises you will lose belly fat in a short period of time (10 days to be exact).  Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND, is the author of “The 10-Day Belly Slimdown” and also serves as concierge doctor to Hollywood celebrities.

Her diet consists of bone broth and slimming shakes as well as fruits and vegetables and poultry and fish.  While the diet promises to help you lose belly fat in 10 days, if you need to lose more weight, that is not covered in this book.  Also, some ingredients and products will need to be purchased either from her or a health-food store.

She doesn’t recommend artificial sweeteners and you can only drink unsweetened black coffee, unsweetened black, white, green or herbal tea or water.

The before and after pictures do not show a drastic change in weight in 10 days.  This book appears to be for those who need to lose a few pounds.  I can see where her diet would heal your gut and make you healthier, though, and this may be an excellent benefit of her diet.

For this diet, you would need to prepare your own food. Eating out does not appear to be an option. You will have to stick to the diet religiously in order to see results. Her website is a helpful resource should you decide to try her diet.  Also, right now, she is offering a great deal when you purchase her book.

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 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 | March 6, 2018

Perception is everything

The Man He Never Was: A Modern Reimagining of Jekyll and   Hyde

What if you woke up one morning and the darkest parts of yourself were gone?  James L. Rubart’s twist on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde explores our war with good and evil inside ourselves and how one man overcame his dark side.  Rubart doesn’t just write works of fiction.  He causes us to dive into ourselves–our minds, our spirits, our very souls to answer the questions we didn’t even know we were asking.

Toren Daniels vanishes for eight months.  Then, he reappears suddenly with no memory of where he has been or what has happened, but he knows there are recognizable changes in his life.  In the meantime, his wife and kids have moved on, and he soon discovers that his raging, abusive temper was the reason.

Not only does he want to know where he had been and what had happened to him over the past eight months, he also wants to know how to make the changes last as he sees himself slipping back into his old mindset.  As he begins to piece the puzzle together, he finds himself in the battle of his life to retain what he learned and regain all that was lost.

Rubart has a way with twists and turns and allows you to experience a book in ways you never have before.  Always consistent in his writing, Rubart offers up imaginative stories with a biblical message.  You never close his books the same way you opened them.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Booklook Bloggers, as part of Thomas Nelson‘s 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 | March 5, 2018

‘Beneath the Surface’ could have been better

Beneath the Surface (Dive Team Investigations Book #1)

SPOILER ALERT:  (One paragraph of my review contains a spoiler.  It will be marked.

The first book in Lynn Blackburn’s Dive Team Investigations series, “Beneath the Surface” takes place mainly on land, so if you are looking for an underwater adventure, you will be disappointed.  Even the scene that takes place beneath the waters of Lake Porter is very short.

What was meant to be a training exercise of the Carrington County Sheriff’es Office dive team became a murder investigation and a threat to the life of a local nurse practitioner.  Leigh Weston had recently returned to Carrington after a stalking experience that left her fearful and paranoid.  However, a serial killer connected to her is not enough to raise her paranoia level to follow the advice of the police detectives assigned to her case.

As smart as the author tries to characterize Weston, she comes across as lacking in common sense.  The detective (who is her love interest) also seems to lack some of the insight most detectives should innately bring to the table when applying for the job. But, then again, if either of them had been as careful as they should have been, the story would never have moved along.

[SPOILER] And if you think you are going to remotely discover who did it from the clues presented, you will be disappointed because if the author ever mentions the guilty party, it is so very brief that I do not remember the encounter.  In fact, the party doesn’t make an appearance until the end is near.  In my opinion, this is a dirty trick and, quite frankly, there is another character I thought would have been a better choice. [end of spoiler]

So, even though I thought the plot had promise and the book kept me in suspense, I was let down by the ending and disappointed in the main characters. Judging from the many five star reviews, I wonder if I might have missed something.  Even so, I just couldn’t like the main characters although I did enjoy the interaction Gage brought to the group.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, and Interviews and Reviews, as part of their 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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