Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 22, 2017

Spiritual practices for personal renewal

sacred-pausesThis fast-paced world is full of distractions.  Yet, God never intended for us to be so busy that we can’t enjoy a relationship with Him.  April Yamasaki‘s “Sacred Pauses” incorporates creativity with spiritual disciplines.

From choosing an everyday icon to remind you to focus on your relationship with God to simplifying your life so that you can do what God has called you to do, Yamasaki teaches you how to keep Christ in your day.

Most of us think of a retreat as time spent away from it all to focus all of our attention on God. However, we return to our real world, and it becomes difficult to draw our attention to God.  Yamasaki shows us that we can take some sacred pauses throughout the day and focus on our relationship with God.

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I love the way Yamasaki encourages creativity in our Christian walk.  We are not confined to traditional methods or following a specific plan.  She also recommends journaling and provides journaling prompts to help you get started.

 

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 22, 2017

Another action-packed adventure from Susan May Warren

rescue-meSusan May Warren has a way of making fictional towns become as alive and colorful as the characters she creates.  “Rescue Me”, set in Mercy Falls, Montana, is the second book in Warren’s Montana Rescue series.  Her first book in the series, “Wild Montana Skies“, was an introduction to the PEAK Rescue Team and settling some issues from the past.

This new novel tackles strained relationships, blossoming romance and an action-packed adventure that leads two unsuspecting people on a fight for survival in life and in love.  Sam and Willow lead a youth group on a hike in Glacier National Park where bears have been known to attack unsuspecting people and the weather has been known to be fickle. When the group gets stranded, it’s up to Willow and Sam to save the day.

Both Sam and Willow have experienced tragedy in their life and are guarded in their relationships.  Sam is dating Sierra, who is nothing like her impulsive, bleeding-heart sister, Willow.   Willow doesn’t want to hurt her sister, but she has been in love with Sam ever since she can remember.  Both want nothing but happiness for Sierra who has experienced her own troubles in her love life. (You will have to read “Wild Montana Skies” to get the background on her story.)

Warren has truly surprised me.  I loved Deep Haven and the Christiansen family almost too much.  When the series came to an end, I felt like I had lost not just a book series, but a long-lost family.  I loved Deep Haven and enjoyed going back there as often as Warren would allow.  I read “Wild Montana Skies” with prejudice never dreaming that Mercy Falls and all of its residents could touch my heart like the Christiansens.  I was very wrong.  I found myself angry over Willow’s circumstances and saddened by choices others were making for her.  I also rejoiced with her successes.

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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 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 | February 21, 2017

Control Girl Giveaway with Shannon Popkin

control-girlThe curse of Eve will forever haunt women, but there is a way to put a lifetime of control issues behind us.  By studying seven women of the Bible (Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel and Miriam), we can learn how to surrender our “burden” of control and submit to God’s leading.  We can put our past “failures” behind us and move toward a new freedom.

Shannon Popkin, author of “control girl”, doesn’t just write chapters filled with information and personal examples, she also includes lessons learned through her study of the above-mentioned Bible girls.  They make great studies which lead to great discussions for small groups.

If you are looking for a support group for women battling control issues, the lives of these seven women will deliver examples of what not to do and find God’s way.  You will finally learn to release the control you never had and give it to the One who truly has control.  By surrendering control, you can find peace, joy and security.

Are you trying to stay in control of your quest for peace, joy, and security . . . and you’re exhausted? Shannon Popkin’s debut book, Control Girl, is a must-read for anyone with a heart that craves control. Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve’s desire to know instead of trust, Sarah’s inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah’s controlling hand on her family’s future, each of these women’s stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.

Learn how to give up control to God and become a Jesus girl! Enter to win a prize pack that will help you give up your Control Girl tendencies.

One grand prize winner will receive:



Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on February 21. The winner will be announced February 22 on Shannon’s blog.

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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.  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 | February 17, 2017

Valloton encourages readers to discover their destiny

destinedWe are often told we are born with a mission or a calling, but most of us don’t know how to find it.  How do believers find their destiny?  Can we discover our true identity so that we can figure out what we are supposed to be doing with our life?

Kris Valloton’s newest book, “Destined to Win”, seeks to help people discover and develop their purpose by offering practical solutions to the problems that derail their true purpose.

Valloton’s example of faith encourages readers to hear what he has to say about their purpose.  The practical solutions through personal stories and biblical teaching helps us see the truth in his presentation.

If you are making excuses and finding reasons for not fulfilling your destiny, “Destined to Win” will help you see the truth and find the faith to be a winner.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from Icon Media Group 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 | February 14, 2017

‘His Last Words’ just in time for Easter

last-words“His Last Words” by Kim Erickson is a study on what Jesus taught and prayed in His final hours.  This seven-week study of John 13-17 will give you new insights into Jesus’ heart and mind during the last hours before His crucifixion.

Each week has five-days of study that will take 30-45 minutes to complete.  The exercises will draw you closer to Christ and will help you abide in Him and apply these Scriptures to your life.

Erickson’s study is a perfect study for the weeks before Easter as it sets the mood and takes you through Christ’s journey to the cross.  It examines His heart and helps you see how He sees you.  These five chapters of John are some of the most important scriptures covering Jesus’ life as they discuss God’s love for us, our love for each other, abiding in Him and being filled with the Holy Spirit.

This verse-by-verse study offers time for reflection, prayer and application and will draw you deeper into God’s Word.

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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 | February 13, 2017

Devotional Bible study taken from Explore Quarterly

johnExplore by the Book is an open-Bible devotional that covers every book of the Bible over the course of seven years.  The quarterly journals are written by various authors who walk you through God’s Word with wisdom and insight.

“90 Days in John 14-17, Romans and James”, co-authored by Tim Keller and Sam Allberry, is a treasure of information that will teach you how to dig into the scripture and apply it to your life.  This study is designed more for individual study which includes a journaling section.  You will definitely need your Bible open to do this study as portions of scripture are not printed in the book, but you will want your Bible so that you can understand and take notes.

Keller and Allberry go through the four chapters in John and Romans and James verse-by-verse highlighting important events and topics that will help you apply God’s Word to your life and situation.

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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 | February 13, 2017

Indepth Bible study on the book of Mark

Mark.jpgWilliam Boekestein’s “Bible Studies on Mark” offers an indepth look at the book of Mark.  This Bible study is different because it reads like a book with discussion questions at the end of each chapter.  It is detailed without being overly intensive.  The discussion questions are helpful for individual reflection as well as small group discussion.  It reads more like a commentary than a Bible study.

Boekestein incorporated helpful as well as thought-provoking information to help readers develop a well-rounded view of the person, work and ministry of Christ.  The book has 21 chapters, so at one chapter per week, it will take almost half a year to work through; however, some chapters can be combined if you want to try and make it shorter.

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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 | February 8, 2017

Bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth

apostolic“Moving in the Apostolic” is a comprehensive guide on the apostolic ministry.  John Eckhardt describes the apostolic gift and its functions.  He shows the difference between the office of apostle and the gifting and calling of each believer.

Eckhardt goes into great depth and covers his subject thoroughly.  You can’t expect to read through it casually or even just one time.  The abundance of material covered in this book is remarkable considering the size (only 165 pages).  The best chapter is chapter 10 entitled “A blueprint for apostolic living”.   You will find biblical examples and a short discussion on the Tabernacle of David.

If you want to know more about this important aspect of the church and the apostolic gifting, Eckhardt’s book will more than satisfy.

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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 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 | February 8, 2017

‘Maybe it’s you’-romantic suspense

maybe-its-youSloane Ferrell is the most compassionate nurse on staff at Hope Hospital.   Under a new name, she finally feels safe from her past, but only if she avoids letting people get too close and the publicity of being nominated for the Face of Hope, a campaign intended to bring favorable publicity to the struggling hospital.

Micah Prescott was in charge of the Face of Hope campaign and witnessed first-hand the skill and bravery of Sloane, but he could never seem to get close enough without offending her or getting in her way.

When her past catches up with her, the hospital, Micah and her friends are all in the crossfire.  Will Sloane ever be able to pick up the pieces of her life and put the past behind her?  Can she trust Micah to do the right thing?  Is there any hope?

“Maybe it’s You” is as inspirational as it is romantic.  If you enjoy medical dramas and romance to boot, you will love it and all of Candace Calvert‘s books.

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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 | February 8, 2017

‘Stars in the Grass’ celebrates life after loss

stars“Stars in the Grass” by Ann Marie Stewart explores family relationships after a tragic loss.  Nine-year-old Abby McAndrews lived an idyllic life with her pastor father, stay-at-home mother and two brothers, one older and one younger.  On a family vacation, her world suddenly comes to a screeching halt when her dad and younger brother are struck by a car.  While her father survives, her little brother dies and along with him, the perfect family she always thought she had.  With her dad questioning his faith, her older brother acting out in dangerous ways and her mother struggling in her own way, everyone seems to forget about Abby.

Abby tells her story quite poetically.  From her point of view, her family is falling apart, and nothing seems to help.  She is struggling with not only the loss of her brother but her other family members as well.  In the only way a child can, Abby fights to keep her family together.

Stewart’s story is inspiring in many ways, but it is also a very depressing read.   I praise her for keeping it emotionally accurate.  Some authors tend to downplay the emotions hoping that readers will keep reading.  Stewart, on the other hand, lets all the emotions out and allows readers to see inside the grieving family–that everything isn’t okay, but they are dealing with it as most real, not fictional, people do.

Although at times I found it difficult to read and wanted to just quit, I am surprisingly pleased that I kept on reading.  It wasn’t the book I thought it would be, but it was real as fiction can be real.   Stewart makes us realize that our relationships, just as life, are fragile.  We must treasure our loved ones while they are here and hold onto them in our losses.  We find our strength when we come together not when we pull away.

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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.”

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