Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 13, 2017

Women who shaped Christianity’s rebirth

reformation women“Reformation Women” contains stories of 12 women who were instrumental in rebirthing Christianity.  These little-known women, such as Anna Reinhard, wife of Ulrich Zwingli, have lived lives that have a lot to teach us about selfless service and godly living.  All of the women represented by Rebecca VanDoodewaard experienced persecution from the Roman Catholic Church as well as the betrayal of friends and even family.

Reading about these brave women made me appreciate even more the freedom I have to worship.  These brave heroines of the faith gave their lives for what they believed in order that those who came after them would be free in Christ.

Just as Foxe’s “Book of Martyrs” is important in the lives of believers, so are the stories of these women who stood up to the tyranny of the Roman Catholic Church and gave their lives to serve God.  VanDoodewaard’s collection of stories will inspire and challenge you in your Christian walk.

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Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 13, 2017

‘Dragon Seed’ introduces teens to spiritual warfare

dragon seedNick is an angry teenager who discovers a dark secret about his family and finds his place in it.  His mother has given him a book that has been handed down to each generation.  As he reads, he discovers the spiritual world in a way that intrigues and enlightens him.

Written specifically to introduce teens to spiritual warfare, “Dragon Seed” by Marty Machowski is an allegory showing how the spirit world functions in our physical world and demonstrates how we can fight evil.  It includes a 12-lesson Bible study to further their comprehension and spark conversation between parents and teens.  It also allows parents to help teens through the process.

I encourage parents to read this with their child and go through the Bible study together as a way to bond and work through their spiritual issues.

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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 | July 3, 2017

‘A Matter of Trust’ third Montana Rescue installment

trustSusan May Warren‘s third book in her Montana Rescue series, “A Matter of Trust”, is about Gage Watson whose task is to save a U.S. Senator’s brother who has gone missing trying to copy Gage’s ski run don Heaven’s Peak.  There are many twists and turns in this ski adventure and secrets are revealed and actions explained.  (If you’ve read the other two novels in the series, you’ll understand).

Warren has a knack with creating complex characters that are well-developed and easy to fall in love with.  However, Brette and Ella frustrated me.  I guess you could call it a personality conflict.  I didn’t particularly care for either of them.

I really wanted to like this new story, but I honestly could not find a lot to keep my interest.  It seemed to take forever for the story to take off and by the time it did, I was over it.

Having said that, Gage’s story is important to the series.  It fills in important details about the characters and provides a segue to what I hope will be a story about Pete and Jess whose stories are yearning to be told.  If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, you will want to read them before diving into this one.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Susan May Warren’s Fiction Kick-Off Team. 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 28, 2017

Stepping out of the ordinary and living an uncommon life

UncommonGod’s Word provides many examples of women who chose to step out of the ordinary and live extraordinary, uncommon lives even when it meant making tough decisions and living in the midst of trying circumstances.  Women like Esther, Hannah, Huldah, Noah’s wife and others lived lives of uncommon faith, prayer, courage, gratitude.  These are the role models we should follow and pass their examples on to our daughters.

It’s hard to live an uncommon life, but Carey Scott, author of “Un-Common”, provides personal examples and biblical models of how we can do it because it has been done in the past.  If we want to make a difference for the Kingdom of God, we need to start living uncommon lives.  Yes, it’s hard, but God didn’t say our lives on earth would be easy.

Scott’s personality and wisdom is woven throughout “Un-Common”.  Her insight into the lives of the biblical examples she gives is inspiring.  I enjoyed reading about women I’ve read about in the Bible all my life especially those who are sometimes skimmed over because they seemed to just move the story along.  But none of these women did just that.  Just like we have a purpose, so did ALL of the women who came before us.  Thank you, Carey, for helping us visualize our purpose through the lives of those who have walked the tough roads ahead of us.

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This post was inspired by the book Uncommon: Living a Life or Purpose and Pursuit by Carey Scott. Preorder and submit your receipt details at http://careyscott.org/uncommon/ by June 3oth to receive a PDF download of the Uncommon Companion Study Guide, exclusive access to Carey’s “Diving Deeper” video series and 5” x 7” printable of 10 Ways to Live Uncommon.

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 | June 27, 2017

Pray about everything

prayBelievers need to pray about everything.  We can pray any time and anywhere.  There are many ways to pray, but only One to whom we pray.  Paul Tautges answers questions about prayer and instructs with biblical principles and examples in his book, “Pray About Everything” and helps us cultivate God-dependency.

There are many, many books on prayer–some thick, some thin–but Tautges covers the basics effectively in just nine chapters.  He covers how to pray “in Jesus’ name”, how to pray for non-believers and governmental authority and when to call in help from the elders and the Holy Spirit.

The book is worth reading, if only, for the appendixes, which cover 9 days of prayer and seasons of prayer for churches, small group Bible studies and praying scripture through trials.

This book will be one to turn to again and again and to give as gifts to those who have questions about prayer and who don’t need to get bogged down with information.  “Pray About Everything” is short and simple, but includes a wealth of information and help.

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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 | June 21, 2017

Titus 2 women: God’s beautiful plan

adornedTitus 2 is a model for all women, young and old, to live life side by side in a mentoring relationship meant to strengthen our Christian walk.  Older women invest themselves in training younger women to be godly women, wives and mothers while the younger women submit themselves to the teaching of those who have walked the path before them.  What a blessing women are to our families and our churches when they follow the path God has laid out for them.

Paul’s instructions in Titus 2 provides guidelines that will help us as women to experience the kind of community and influence God designed.

In many ways, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author of “Adorned”, a book about Titus 2, has exemplified the Titus 2 model for all women.  She has sat up under some wonderful Christian women like Vonette Bright, wife of Bill Bright.  She has mentored women of all ages through her radio and online ministry, Revive Our Hearts, for many years.  Her wisdom and love for God has radiated through the airwaves and through her books.

If you are a seasoned woman of God, you’ve probably already heard about the Titus 2 woman and how important it is to seek the wisdom of other women as well as provide godly guidance to those who are just beginning their Christian walk.

Wolgemuth only recently married for the first time at age 58.  It was only at this time, after experiencing marriage herself, could she write a book as profound as “Adorned”.  She uses examples from her recent marriage to show how important it is to have someone with some marital wisdom to guide you in the right path.  Marriage is hard and while there are times we may all want to throw in the towel, older women who have withstood the trials and joys of marriage can offer wisdom to younger women willing to listen to their advice.

The book divides Titus 2 into three parts and each chapter ends with a “Making It Personal” section for both older women and younger women.  “Adorned” is perfect for a small group study combining both groups of women who can advise and help each other.

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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 | June 19, 2017

Heartwarming Savannah romance

summer skyNot typically a reader of romance novels, particularly if there isn’t some sort of mystery or suspense story to go along with it, I’m not sure why I chose to read “Under a Summer Sky” by Melody Carlson, other than the fact that I like Carlson’s work and it takes place in Savannah, one of my favorite cities.  It didn’t take long to dive into Carlson’s summer romance story.  Nicole Anderson is a high school art teacher looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend.

Instead of the relaxing summer she imagined, she finds she must deal with a difficult employee, a runaway teenager and two brothers vying for her affection.  But, in Savannah, between the historical and incredible architecture and ghost stories, anything, even romance, can happen.

Love, love, love.  I love reading stories about places I’ve been.  Carlson’s descriptions were wonderful and her story was appealing.  Nicole’s personality and charm was just enough to make me want to meet her in real life.  She was compassionate and wise and she had a way of bringing people together in spite of themselves.  I absolutely loved this story and wish it never had to end.  It made me yearn to visit Savannah again.

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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 | June 19, 2017

What the normal Christian life should look like

life for christ“A Life For Christ” is Dwight L. Moody’s guidebook for what a normal Christian life should look like.  Church today sometimes leaves out a key element in our Christian walk.  Church buildings are meticulously kept and sermons are well-prepared, but Christians are leaving on Sunday mornings not being encouraged to live a life that is impacting the world.

With the onset of the Internet and social media, people don’t have to attend church to see a sermon.  Many able-bodied Christians are choosing to “attend” church online (and sometimes even encouraged to do so) rather than being an active member of a local congregation.  Moody discusses what we are missing when we choose to walk our Christian life without other believers and how to change and become the people God wants us to be.  By living a life for Christ instead of for ourselves or others, we can demonstrate God’s love to the world around us.

“A Life For Christ” is encouraging and convicting.   Moody’s examples are relevant, even today, and help us see what we are missing in our Christian walk and how to become better at life.   Rather than condemning, Moody encourages readers to seek after and follow Christ and helps us encourage others as well.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Aneko Press. 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 8, 2017

Kids’ Visual Study Bible makes reading fun

visual bibleWith over 700 images and background information, Zondervan Kids’ NIV Visual Study Bible is awesome.  If you could read a book by its cover, you would know you were in for a treat when you opened the pages.  From the charts and maps to the incredible information about the people, places and culture, this Bible is interesting and entertaining.  This Bible is perfect for 8-12 year olds and it is a Bible they will treasure and keep for a lifetime.  It has space to write their own notes and draw their own illustrations.

It’s the best Bible for kids because it shows them how to apply the Bible to their lives in creative ways.  Once you see this Bible, you will want for for yourself.  You can purchase in hardcover or imitation leather.

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Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 8, 2017

‘Under a Desert Sky’ a beautiful surprise

desert skySo many feelings. “Under a Desert Sky” by Lynne Hartke is a wonderful book–the depth of which is hard to fully explain–about her journey with a cancer diagnosis while at the same time caring for her parents who have been diagnosed with cancer.  Hartke takes us to hard places, difficult thoughts, painful emotions.  She gently guides us through her struggle with God, faith and hope for the future.  She’s blatantly honest at times making you wonder did she really say that? And being glad she did.

I laughed. I cried.  Her difficult story, though painful for her, brings hope to us all.  If you are grieving and having trouble finding faith in hard places, this book is excellent. I can’t even imagine the depth of her pain. Hartke’s faith is matched only by her excellent storytelling. I found myself all caught up in her life like it was my own and her grief became mine. But it was mixed with an incredible belief that God truly is good and good things do come from the heartwrenching pain we sometimes experience. I have so much admiration and respect for her.

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