Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | November 23, 2017

Kim Fields’ Blessed Life

Blessed Life: My Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears, and Tales from Harlem to HollywoodMany of us remember Kim Fields as the bubbly, vivacious Tootie on The Facts of Life.  More recently, she has starred in Living Single as Regine and as herself in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Dancing With the Stars.

While she has seemed altogether on television, Kim spent most of her life trying to discover who she is.  In “Blessed Life”, she shares her insecurities, her fears, her failures and her successes.

The book is advertised as a “must-read for anyone looking to find the blessing their life”; however, it is more of an autobiography.  While you may find some wisdom in her story, it is mainly about her life.  If you want to know about Kim and who she was and has become, you will find what you are looking for.  If, however, you are searching for your own blessing, you won’t find it by reading her book.

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 | November 22, 2017

Six girls missing–can the Angel Abductor be stopped?

Vanishing Point: A Nikki Boyd NovelIf you are familiar with Lisa Harris‘ Nikki Boyd Files (series), you will enjoy “Vanishing Point, the back story of how Nikki gave up her career as a teacher and began a career in law enforcement after the abduction of her sister, Sarah.  The Nikki Boyd Files refer many times to the story of Sarah’s abduction by the Angel Abductor and how it affected Nikki.  “Vanishing Point” tells the story of Garrett Addison and Jordan Lambert who are tasked with the mission of finding six girls who have gone missing and presumed abducted by the Angel Abductor, including Sarah Boyd.  Through several decades, the pair team up to look for clues leading them to the abductor and stop the abductions.

After 20 years, with Nikki’s help, they make some headway into the case that has kept them baffled for years.  But will they be able to catch the abductor before the abductor catches them?

I was thrilled to read Nikki’s back story even though she was not a major player in the book.  Lisa Harris’ books always thrill and the suspense is mesmerizing.

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 | November 22, 2017

The path to wisdom

Manifest Destiny: The Path Towards Wisdom“Manifest Destiny” by Dr. Jamere A. Brown Spencer is about knowing God, His Word and ultimately yourself as you develop your faith in God.  The author’s experiences have helped him discover his God-given destiny.  His insights are inspiring and make you think about how you read Scripture.

Some chapters offer wisdom while others will convict and challenge you.  Most of us aren’t living the way God intended and Dr. Spencer shares principles that we can apply to our own spiritual walk, which will transform us and help us live a life of purpose.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author.  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 | November 20, 2017

A journey to wholeness

Catching Up with Daylight: A Journey to WholenessGail Kittleson and her husband began renovating an old house after he returned from a deployment in Iraq. Gail longed for rest but she hungered for wholeness and discovered it through the ancient Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina.

By allowing the Spirit to emphasis one word in her daily Bible reading and meditating on it throughout the day, we are empowered to embrace all that God has for us.  “Catching Up With Daylight” is Kittleson’s diary of words she’s ruminated on during the renovation of her house.  By sharing her journal, she allows us to see God in a different way and how He operates in our lives when we meditate on His Word.

Kittleson’s book shows us how to appreciate the world and the people around us.  She teaches us how to see things in new ways.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from White Fire Publishing 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 | November 15, 2017

Daily meditations for spiritual living

Product Details“You Are the Beloved” is a year-long devotional, compiled by Gabrielle Earnshaw of selections from writings, talks and letters of Henri J.M. Nouwen.  It focuses on our identity as the beloved of God.  Some of the writings have never been published.

Nouwen struggled with loneliness and anxiety all of his life leading him to choose to spend at least part of the day in solitude with God.  The result was a discovery that he was and we are the Beloved of God.

Each day’s selection gives us an opportunity to learn about our identity in Christ and a chance to spend time in solitude with God leading to our own discoveries.  Some are very short, but none are longer than one page.  This is definitely on my reading list for my quiet time in 2018.

If you know someone who struggles with anxiety, this would make a perfect Christmas gift.

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 | November 14, 2017

The joy of trusting God’s loving plans for you

I’ve read a lot of time management books. As you can imagine, they all offer the same basic advice–plan, prioritize, etc.  But Elizabeth Grace Saunders has written the best book I’ve read on the subject so far.

“Divine Time Management” goes beyond the methods of self-discipline and organization.  Saunders understands that while these are good, they fall short in handling the stress of work and deadlines.  By showing us the path to deeper intimacy with God, she shows us how to work with God to set our priorities and demonstrates effective ways to navigate major life decisions.

Each chapter ends with reflection exercises that will help you apply what she is teaching.  This is a perfect book to help you develop new habits for the new year.

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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | November 14, 2017

‘Deadly Proof’ excellent legal thriller

Product DetailsKate Sullivan is a dedicated attorney who doesn’t back down when working for her clients.  When she is tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit, she knows it could make her career.  After the woman who came to her with information is murdered, it makes the case even more volatile and dangerous.

The private investigator she hired to investigate aspects of the case, Landon James, takes over her security detail and becomes emotionally involved with the case and with Kate.

Rachel Dylan, author of “Deadly Proof”, has an excellent grasp of character development.  It is hard to believe that Landon and Kate aren’t real people working together to solve a real case. I loved how Dylan allowed them to surrender to their feelings for each other rather than spend the whole book trying to distance themselves from each other while they worked together. It was a refreshing change from those predictable stories where the main characters fight their feelings only to give in at the end.  It made it easier to read with only one story line to follow and a little more realistic.

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 | November 13, 2017

Are you longing for something more?

Your Dream. God's Plan.: Are You Longing for Something More?Tiffany Smiling thought her future included being swept away by her soul mate, living in a Southern estate and starting a family, but a brain tumor changed everything. She vowed to be normal and live the dream and she did, for awhile, but God had other plans–better plans.

In her book, “Your Dream. God’s Plan”, Tiffany shows how God uses the broken pieces of our life for His greater plan for us.  I was captivated by Tiffany’s story as she shared her deepest, darkest pain and how God used it to woo her heart and give her something much better than a mansion and all the things a life of security could offer.

She went to developing countries and cared for orphans. She shared her story at home and abroad. And even though it put her health in danger, she was obedient to God and reaped His blessings in her life.  Her courage and faith are great examples of how we are to put our life in God’s hands.

Tiffany’s story is encouraging and challenging to those who have a broken dream and think that all is lost.  God can take our broken dreams and give us something much, much better if we will be obedient to His plan.

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 | November 13, 2017

Sola Scriptura Bible Project: a unique Bible

Product DetailsThe NIV Sola Scriptura Bible Project, which follows the ancient structure of the Hebrew Scriptures, is divided into four books:

Tbe Torah and Former Prophets (Genesis through Kings)
The Latter Prophets
The Writings
The New Testament

Chapter and verse numbers have been omitted and there are no footnotes, section headings or additional materials allowing you to read the Bible without stopping your flow of reading.  The books have been placed in an order that the editors feel will help readers understand them better.

This Bible reads more like a novel which can be a better way to grasp the story God is trying to convey.  It is not a study Bible, but a Bible to read from cover to cover.

I love to read the Bible book by book without the chapter and verse numbers.  This format helps with context and aids those who want to see Bible stories as a whole.  It keeps us from taking verses out of context.

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 | November 7, 2017

Devotions to celebrate Christmas with a purpose

christmas makeoverHas Christmas become a list of things to do instead of celebrating Jesus?  Are you so busy with preparations for the party that you’ve forgotten to invite the guest of honor?

Melissa Spoelstra has written a 31-day devotional, “Total Christmas Makeover”, to be used during the month of December to help you and your family make rituals, relationships and rest a part of your Christmas observance.  She discusses prayer, serving, forgiveness, love, planning for rest and balance.

Spoelstra’s “Total Christmas Makeover” will help you celebrate with purpose. A reminder to set aside meaningless traditions for worshipful rituals, “Total Christmas Makeover” will remind you of why you celebrate Christmas and teach your children how to intentionally pursue Christ in the holiday.

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.”

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