Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 21, 2018

‘Beyond Justice’ is excellent legal thriller

Beyond JusticeHayden McCarthy was driven in her career as an attorney who was on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious DC law firm. Her first major case, a wrongful death lawsuit against the government, may help her secure her place as partner, but it may also cost her the career she’s worked so hard for as well as her life.

Her roommate’s cousin, Andrew Wesley, is also coincidentally involved in her case, and between the two of them, they must find a way to keep her client and her client’s son safe.

Cara Putman bravely takes on one of the most controversial issues of our time, legal immigration.  She is a brilliant attorney who has written a suspenseful story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and quickly turning pages.

The second book in the Hidden Justice series, “Imperfect Justice“, was recently released and follows the journey of Hayden’s roommate, Emilie Wesley who defends a victim of domestic abuse.

 

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NKJV, Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible, Hardcover, Red Letter Edition: Biblical Insights You Can SeeFrom the makers of Logos Bible Software, the new NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible offers the full text of the NKJV and over 100 full-color infographics, comprehensive timelines and informative tables.  That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

What makes this Bible so awesome are the family trees that show how key characters are connected in Scripture, the in-depth introductions, outlines and other detailed information that can make your Bible study time helpful for application.

If all this Bible contained, other than God’s written Word, was the dates related to the books of the Bible and the family trees, that would be enough to purchase and use it.  The bigger print, even in the footnotes, is an incredible feature, too. There are pictures of Ezekiel’s altar, a diagram comparing the two temples (Solomon’s and Herod’s) and a picture and description of a winepress in Ancient Israel.

I loved the colorful illustrations and the incredible amount of information contained in this Bible. It has a limited concordance and a few maps, but otherwise does not have the in-depth commentaries you may find in other study Bibles. However, the other things I have mentioned are more valuable in my opinion.

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 | February 9, 2018

The power of a whisper

 

Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of GodGod’s first recorded words, “let there be light”, are powerful. His Word to us is just as powerful today.  We desire to hear God speak to us, but we don’t take the time to listen to how He speaks.  Mark Batterson describes the seven languages of God in his book, “Whisper”.

I have never been a fan of Batterson, but the book description fascinated me.  I was pleasantly surprised that enjoyed it so much that I read it in one sitting.  His anecdotes and examples were out together very well and coincided well with the chapter.

He did a very good job of showing how God speaks and encouraging readers not to put God in a box, but to allow Him to be God.  I encourage you to read “Whisper”for yourself and learn how to hear what God has to say to you.

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 | February 8, 2018

Great way to learn to cook

Amish Cooking Class Cookbook: Over 200 Practical Recipes for Use in Any KitchenBased on Wanda E. Brunstetter’s “Amish Cooking Class” fiction series, the “Amish Cooking Class Cookbook” is filled with incredible Amish recipes as presented in Brunstetter’s series.  It is an excellent teaching resource for young cooks and a great gift for young brides.

Brunstetter includes advice from fellow cooks including baking tips, the quickest way to peel potatoes and much more. She also offers basic recipes for boiling eggs, cooking rice and boiling chicken.

Learn how to make your own eggnog, prepare tasty desserts and pastries and fabulous main dishes–easily.  These are not fancy recipes and are easily adaptable to what you and your family will eat.

This will be one cookbook you will love to use again and again.

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 | February 8, 2018

Trusting your unknown future to a known God

This I Know: Trusting Your Unknown Future to a Known God“this i know” is a 6-week Bible study learning to trust God more and fear less.  Laura Dingman explores a different truth about God each week that will show you how much He really cares about you, and that He can really be trusted.  You will learn how to apply this truth to your life so you can live worry free and fearless.

Through Scripture memory, personal reflection stories and questions that go deeper so you can internalize what you are learning, Dingman highlights Scripture in a way that will help you in your spiritual ewalk.

In your study of “this i know”, you will grow in trust and learn to operate in faith. You will definitely learn more about God and yourself in this insightful six-week study.  The study is a daily study that leads to an excellent small group discussion.

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 7, 2018

A field trip gone awry–a story gone astray

Pendant“Pendant” is the story of Elaine, a former school teacher who lost a student on a field trip and has been haunted by the memory for more than a decade. She and her husband, a police officer at the time of the abduction, lose their jobs over the incident.

After 12 years, a girl’s picture in the paper triggers memories as Elaine sees the pendant her student was wearing the day of the disappearance around the neck of the girl in the photograph prompting her husband to reopen his file and start investigating the case again.

As Elaine loses everything in her fight for justice, she fears for her own life and turns to her neighbor, a police officer, to help keep her out of danger, but can she trust him?

M.L. Hamilton has a way with words. She grabs your attention on the first page, but just as the action begins to pick up, the story seems to halt until the mystery is near resolution.

As much as I found the plot riveting, this would have made a better short story.  The details about the retirement home where she was “hiding” is material for a separate book and was too much to include in this story.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Blue Mist Publishing, 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 | February 7, 2018

Can one woman’s prayers change the world?

A Passionate Hope (Daughters of the Promised Land Book #4): Hannah's StoryHannah’s story is told in 1 Samuel 1:1 – 2:11.  Her devotion to God, abiding love for Elkanah and her overwhelming desire for a child is evident in these one-and-a-half chapters of the Bible and is the heart of Jill Eileen Smith’s “A Passionate Hope”, book four in the “Daughters of the Promised Land” series.

Even though they lived in a culture where spouses were chosen for them by the parents, Elkanah and Hannah truly loved each other.  But as the years revealed Hannah could not bear a child to be Elkanah’s heir, he is forced by his family to take another wife, Peninnah, an unbearable woman who torments Hannah relentlessly over her inability to produce an heir for their husband.

Hannah and Elkanah were distraught over the evil ways of Hophni and Phinehas, sons of the High Priest, Eli.  During one of the feasts, Hannah prays desperately for a son and vows to God to give him to the Priest to do God’s work if only He will give her the son she has longed for so long.

Hannah’s story is a tale of barrenness, not only of childbearing, but of faith and righteousness.  The Jews did not have a king (God was supposed to fill that role) and everyone did as they pleased.  Because God gave people freedom to do as they pleased, it was rare they chose to be righteous.

But Hannah’s story does not end with barrenness. Because of her passionate hope for the future, she prayed a prayer of desperation, and it was out of God’s love for Hannah and His people that He answered her prayer and the prayers of a nation through her son, Samuel, who not only brought joy to Hannah, but also salvation to a nation on the cusp of destruction.

Smith’s imaginative tale of hope and redemption in the story of Hannah is my favorite in the series.  I believe Hannah was as remarkable in real life as she was presented in “A Passionate Hope”.

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 | February 7, 2018

Some fears haunt you forever…

Kill Shot: A Novel (White Knights)Rick Cannon is the ballistics and weapons expert for the FBI’s special task force nicknamed the White Knights. He knew the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets and when they ended up in the wrong hands and people were being murdered, Rick knew he needed to find the killer or killers and the remaining bullets before something catastrophic happened. The only witness was Dr. Olivia Dobbs whose patient was the first victim.

Despite his attraction to Olivia, Rick accepts the fact that she could be involved in the theft and murder. He would not allow her to compromise his investigation. She, in turn, had reservations about people in the military having treated former military with PTSD.

Susan Sleeman’s “Kill Shot” is a suspenseful drama that opens up the possibility that former marines could steal a government secret weapon and sell it to terrorists.

As more murders happen, Rick and Olivia are forced to work together to discover the true motives behind the theft and the murders.

Sleeman works her magic of suspense and the plot was fascinating.  I was on the edge of my seat the whole time waiting for resolution. The only thing I didn’t care for was the interaction between Rick and Olivia. Their constant distrust of each other and his wavering between attraction for her and lack of trust in her was just too much for me. I developed an instant dislike towards Rick and never really found him likable.

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 | February 7, 2018

Everyday habits for your body, mind and spirit

The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and SpiritLaura Harris Smith believes that healthy living encompasses the three areas of body, mind and spirit. If you want to live better and be healthy, you need to focus on these three areas, not just one. The most important area is your spiritual relationship with God. She encourages readers to start with spending time with God in prayer. and in His Word  and to find a place of worship where you can fellowship with others who will hold you accountable.

She challenges readers to get rid of clutter in every area of their lives and to make healthy food choices as well as trading caffeinated, sugary drinks with water.  “The Healthy Living Handbook” is a great starting point for people who are struggling with their decision to get healthy.  Smith doesn’t just tell us what we have already heard. She gives some additional advice worth heeding.  An added benefit in the book is the prayers at the end of each chapter and the chapter on how essential oils can help you stay healthy and well.

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 6, 2018

Are you a walking contradiction? The CIA wants you

Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What's Worth Fighting For by [Assad, Michele Rigby]The CIA is looking for walking contradictions and Michele Rigby Assad documents her life in “Breaking Cover” as a person who can be exactly what the CIA needs to fight terror.  Assad did not fulfill a lifelong dream by becoming an agent with the CIA–far from it–but she considers herself fortunate to have discovered her life’s calling and trusting God to take care of her. Many times she had absolutely no idea what God was doing by allowing her to serve in some of the most dangerous countries in the world, but now, looking back, she can see all the dots connecting and blocks falling into place.

“Breaking Cover” immediately grabs your interest. Assad shares her CIA experiences with candor and as much information as she can.  She dispels the myth that once you join the CIA you can never leave.

Assad shares her faith, her fears, her doubts as well as here experiences and successes.  You may not be interested in the CIA, but the story within the story, her faith as a Christian, will encourage and enlighten you.

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.”

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