Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 26, 2016

Preorder Season 3 “When Calls the Heart” and get bonus season 1

FishFlix.com has a new promotion for everyone who preorders Season 3 of “When Calls the Heart”, a Hallmark Channel series based on books by Janette Oke.   A great giveaway item for friends unfamiliar with the When Calls the Heart brand, Season 1″Episodes” set will be sent to everyone who preorders Season 3 before October 11, 2016.

Season 3 contains some unique bonuses for fans of the show.  The 10-DVD set includes the film versions and TV episode versions as well as behind the scenes footage, interviews, footage from the #Hearties gathering in Vancouver in January, 2016, a trivia game, and more.

Another promotion is a drawing for a $100 gift card.  In order to enter, you simply need to leave a review of Season 3 at fishflix.com and send an email to promo@fishflix.com verifying the “nickname” used on the product review.  A drawing will take place on September 1, 2016 and one lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card to Fishflix.com.

 

 

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 30, 2016

Come home to Hope Harbor

sea rose laneWhat a great time for another visit to Hope Harbor.  During this visit, we find Eric Nash, a recently unemployed attorney, returning home to plan his next career move, and BJ Stevens, an attractive architect who is transforming Nash’s childhood home into a bed and breakfast.

“Sea Rose Lane” is Irene Hannon’s latest contemporary romance.  BJ has moved to Hope Harbor to recover from a disastrous relationship and has no plans to start another.  Her guilt over her grandmother’s death has given her an idea for a ministry to keep seniors in their homes even when they need special assistance.

Eric was married to his career and wants nothing more than to leave Hope Harbor as soon as he gets his next job offer.  He has never had a serious relationship and doesn’t plan on falling in love.

Eric and BJ join together to help the older residents of Hope Harbor. When their attraction to each other leads to deeper feelings, they keep trying to pull away but events keep putting them together.  Can they find healing and hope in Hope Harbor?  Come to Hope Harbor and find out.

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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 | June 30, 2016

Richard Mabry’s ‘Medical Judgment’ Giveaway

medical judgmentOnce again, Richard Mabry, M.D., has locked in another suspenseful story in his newest thriller, “Medical Judgment”.  Dr. Sarah Gordon is still mourning the loss of her husband and daughter when a fire in her garage leads the local police believe someone is trying to terrorize and kill her.  As the threats continue to escalate, two men are vying for her heart and trying to protect her.  Sarah has no intention of falling in love again.

Dr. Gordon struggles with her emotions and fear almost becomes her lifeline.  She refuses to leave her home even though wisdom says she should.  She relies on people even though she doesn’t trust them, but can she ever find the courage to just live her life?

From the fiery start to the heart-pounding ending, Mabry’s writing satisfies and never disappoints.  He continues to write Christian suspense with heart and compassion.

Medical Judgment Richard MabryClick here to purchase from Amazon.comDisclosure 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 | June 30, 2016

Best-Selling Bible for Teens

NKJVThis best-selling Bible for teens has many features that can help teens learn about God’s Word and how to apply it to their life.  The Teen Study Bible includes, among other features, “Panorama” which keeps the big picture of each book in view; “key indexes” which helps with in-depth Bible study; “Dear Jordan” which offers biblical advice for teens; Bible promises and book introductions.

The Teen Study Bible encourages teens to read and study the Bible and will help them make decisions based on biblical values.  I chose to review this Bible because my daughter is almost a teenager and I wanted her to have a Bible targeted for her age.  She looked through it and is very excited about reading it and using its valuable features.

If you have a teenager and are looking for a Bible to encourage him or her to read and study God’s Word, The Teen Study Bible is a perfect choice.

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 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 | June 21, 2016

The Western Church needs to change mindset

eastChurch planter, Bob Roberts, Jr., wondered why the Western Church is struggling.  After working with pastors in the East, he has discovered that we have a lot to learn about being a follower of Christ. In America, church means something different than it does to those churches fighting persecution and death threats daily.

American churches have no idea what true persecution is like. Would our churches operate under a different paradigm if our faith had to follow us into the doors of our churches?  Because we are free to worship the way we choose, we may take our church, our faith, our worship for granted.

In “Lessons From the East”, Dr. Roberts gives pastors guidelines to follow to lead the Western church into a deeper relationship with God–a relationship where believers are transformed into disciples, look at the world through the eyes of Jesus and take their faith into their Monday through Saturday world.  He doesn’t sugarcoat the Gospel.  He doesn’t filter out the harsh words. He doesn’t mince words.  He says it like he believes God sees our church today.

If you are a pastor, this book is a necessity.  Pastors in America are conned into thinking that they have to be popular and leaders of megachurches.  They want to say the “right” things to keep people coming back.  Few are the ones looking to lead people to a relationship with God based on biblical principles.

Dr. Roberts wants pastors to throw down their pride and their megachurch mentality.  Take a look at what churches have to endure in the East.  Find out why churches in areas that experience persecution are growing and ours are not.  What will it take for us to go to church to meet God rather than our friends?

“Among many pastors I know in our country, we often pray so God will make our lives comfortable, we pray to be more successful in comparison to our peers, and we pray because we hope God will make us nice people. In other cultures, pastors and all Christians lean into God so they can survive another day and bring the kingdom of God into reality in their communities.”  pp. 218-219

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Handlebar Marketingas 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 | June 15, 2016

Prayer strategies for the Middle East

ISISLorraine Marie Varela addresses the question “What can be done in the face of the evil of ISIS?” in her book “Love in the Face of ISIS”.  She introduces seven prayer strategies that we can use to effect God’s power in the midst of violence in the Middle East caused at the hands of ISIS.

Current events in our nation and the world indicate that the only solution is prayer.  We have two choices:  we can live our lives in fear as we see more and more violence, or we can pray for supernatural intervention and the transformation of evil to good and live our lives in peace knowing that God has everything under His control.

Varela teaches us how to pray for the Middle East asking for God’s presence to be revealed, His armies, His provision, His healing and peace.  Each chapter shares testimonies of God’s faithfulness and supernatural intervention.  She has included “Pauses for Prayer” at different intervals throughout the book and at the end of each chapter. These prayers are excellent guides to follow in getting us started in praying for the Middle East and the threat of ISIS.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Chosen, 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 | June 15, 2016

Winning the battle

warfareThe Enemy (Satan) wants to steal, kill and destroy. He wants nothing more than the hurt us and those we love.  “Spiritual Warfare for  Your Family” is a practical guide to protect yourself and your family from the attacks of Satan.

Leighann McCoy’s book is not just about protecting your children.  Her book is filled with why prayer is important, how to pray, where to look for help in the Scriptures, and it is complete with practical help for anyone, married or single, or whether you have children or not.  If you are influential in a child’s life or have a special relationship with a child, this book is a necessity.  Part 5 is really the only section that deals specifically with children–each chapter in this part covers every stage of a child’s life.  The other five parts contain wisdom and guidance for you no matter what stage of life you are in.

“Spiritual Warfare for Your Family” is an excellent resource on dealing with the enemy, prayer and warfare.  Each chapter ends with questions to consider and the last section deals with common issues families face.  She also mentions several additional items you can access on her website to help you during your prayer times.

This book is a must-have for anyone’s library. I will be reading it again and again and using McCoy’s resources in my prayer and study time.  It will be a valuable and vital resource for your prayer time as well.

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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 | June 15, 2016

‘Owlegories’ a gospel-centered animated series

owlegoriesJoey, Nora, Violet, Gus and Twitch, colorful animated owls, enjoy learning about God through nature.  The Professor teaches them by sending them to various places to learn about God’s attributes, His gifts, etc.  Volume 3 consists of three episodes:

  1. The Fire–The Professor sends the little group to a refinery where they learn about pure gold and how God is like fire.
  2. The Duck–The class travels to the swamps of Loohoosiana where they meet Uncle Fly (Si Robertson guest stars) to learn about God’s three greatest gifts.
  3. The Seasons–The class discovers things we can learn from the seasons.

Another character, Devlin, always tries to thwart them from learning, but he always gets himself into trouble.

The videos are very well done, and the messages are pertinent and theologically and biblically sound.  The best age range is 4-7.  Owlegories.com also has apps for iOS and Android.

Visit Fishflix.com to purchase a copy of Owlegories Vol 3 or any of the Owlegories videos or Fishflix to view any of their other Christian Movies” for sale.  Sign up for their newsletter by visiting www.fishflix.com/5gift or text 44222 to 5-GIFT and receive a $5 coupon to Fishflix.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from fishflix.com. 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 | June 14, 2016

‘The Aetherlight’a game for Christian gamers

social01“The Aetherlight Chronicles of the Resistance” is a role-playing game for Christian gamers.  The game offers a safe environment for children and teens free from profanity and other inappropriate material where they learn about biblical principles, Bible verses and how to treat others.   Players can play with each other in this game which helps build team skills and socialization.

My 10-year-old is playing this game.  At first, she didn’t much care for it, but after a few tweaks and switching to her desktop instead of her laptop, she was so engrossed in the game, she played for a whole day.  Once she was able to create her character and learn the basics of the game, she had a great time.  She was concerned that you still were able to carry guns and kill people and asked how that made it a Christian game.  So, if you are concerned about this, you may not want your child to play.  It is a game where players are fighting for freedom with weapons they choose and earn.

If you aren’t familiar with role-playing games, you build a character based on your own personal preferences.  This character goes on quests given by actors in the game.  Your character earns items and points as you perform and complete quests.  You learn teamwork skills.

I think this game is an excellent alternative to the games children have access to and are playing today.  The game kept my child entertained for hours (which could be a negative if you ask them to take a break).  Many times these games force you to keep playing up to a certain point in order to save your place and not make you start at a previous level.  If my child is going to play games anyway, I’d much rather her choose one that teaches Christian values and Bible verses.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BuzzPlant. 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.”

sinsThree popular suspense writers have written romantic suspense novellas and published them in one volume entitled “Sins of the Past”.  In these three novellas, each of which can be read in less than two hours, the main characters’ past comes back to haunt them, and they must find a way to survive the dangers that can’t be avoided.

In Dee Henderson’s “Missing”, an elderly woman goes missing and her son, a Wyoming sheriff, must go to Chicago to find his mother before it’s too late.

In Dani Pettrey’s “Shadowed”, a Russian swimming competitor is murdered and her rival and former roommate is pulled into the search for her murderer.

In Lynette Eason’s “Blackout”, a young woman finds herself at just when the suspect in a robbery gone wrong comes up for parole looking for the missing loot and thinks she knows where it is.

If you have never read books by these wonderful writers, this is a great sampler to get started.  They draw you into their story and develop characters who will work themselves into your heart as you hope (and sometimes pray) that they stay safe in the arms of their heroes.

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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.”

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