Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 16, 2018

Sometimes justice is delayed…

Delayed Justice by Cara C. PutmanCara Putman’s third installment in the Hidden Justice series focuses on Jaime Nichols, who is determined to make her uncle pay for sexually abusing her as a child. “Delayed Justice” brings attention to the plight of young children who suffer at the hands of others and have no voice to seek justice.

After Jaime pursues criminal charges against her uncle, she discovers that he is being considered for the rank of 1-star general.  He tries to get her to dismiss the charges and when she refuses, his retaliation becomes relentless.

During her turmoil, she meets Chandler Bolton who, along with his therapy dog, are tasked with helping a young victim of sexual abuse.

While I admire and appreciate Putman’s work and enjoyed her previous books in the series, “Delayed Justice” was not my favorite. The plot was timely and very well thought-out and, as an attorney herself, she gives an accurate portrayal of the legal system. However, I found it very difficult to identify with Jaime. She was often self-focused and sometimes whiny and rude, but maybe this is a trait of those who take on the victim mentality for the majority of their life.  She redeemed herself by the end of the book, mostly due to the young victim she was helping.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Cara Putman’s “Delayed Justice” Launch Team.  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 | October 10, 2018

Awesome features

The NKJV Spirit-Filled Bible, Jack W. Hayford, Executive Editor, has some awesome features that are unique and helpful for the study of the Scriptures.  Each book has an introduction similar to other Bibles, but also includes verses in the book where Christ is revealed and the Holy Spirit is at work. You will also find where the book was mentioned in the New Testament.

Inside each book are boxes for “Kingdom Dynamics”, “Word Wealth” and “Praying the Word” that further enhance your Bible reading.  At the end of the books, the editors have included what truths the book teaches and what action the book wants you to take.

There are also several articles/essays, including “Bridging the Testaments”, “Harmony of the Gospels”, “Studying Revelation” and “the Holy Spirit” and several others.

The print is very readable–not too small. The color inserts make it attractive and the insight of the editors help with your Bible reading and study.

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 | October 10, 2018

Staying strong in the fight for family and faith

Prayers for the Battlefield by Heidi St. John

Heidi St. John has written a helpful and encouraging prayer guide for moms who need a little extra push in their spiritual battle for their family and their faith. “Prayers for the Battlefield” includes 31 prayers which includes a short introduction or devotional that leads into a prayer for a particular need from courage to worry to the search for truth. It covers mom issues, parenting issues, world issues and all sorts of things moms face every day to those that come along every once in a while.

You can pick a prayer for whatever you are going through.  This is a book that can easily fit into your purse to use to pray on-the-go or to share with others who are facing battles of their own.

This little book is a great gift to moms of any stage of motherhood, or just a gift for yourself.

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 | October 10, 2018

What does it mean to be ‘Marked By Love’?

Marked by Love by Tim Stevens In his book, “Marked By Love”, Tim Stevens challenges readers to filter every action, thought and word through the lens of love.  Instead of asking “What would Jesus do?”, we should be asking, “What would Jesus say?”.

The first 15 chapters seemed to be just a sidebar to the actual meat of the book which doesn’t begin until Chapter 16 when it was hit and miss.  If I hadn’t been reviewing this book, I doubt I could have read past chapter 7.  The author really enjoys his stories about himself and his experiences.

While I agree that we should strive to love others rather than judge them and that we should not place high expectations on those around us, I was unclear as to whether or not Mr. Stevens wrote the book to get that point across or just tell stories about himself.  There were some stories included about other people, but they tended to circle back to him.

He did make some excellent points making it a good book to skim and get some good advice.

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 | October 9, 2018

Study guide enhances ‘The Church in Babylon’

The Church in Babylon Study Guide: Heeding the Call to Be a Light in the Darkness“The Church in Babylon Study Guide” is the companion guide to Erwin W. Lutzer’s book. The book discusses our culture and how our faith is challenged and Christians should respond when treated with hostility.  While the book answers our questions, the Bible Study gives us an opportunity to reflect about how we can be a light in the darkness.

Each session gives a summary of the corresponding chapter (in the book), a commentary on the Scripture passage, discussion questions and an encouragement to pray.

The Church in Babylon” and the companion Study Guide is an excellent small group study that will keep the group talking. Lutzer encourages readers to think for themselves and study the Scriptures to find God’s answers to our questions about how to react to the culture we live in.

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 | October 4, 2018

Some secrets are dangerous…

A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris

Psychologist Grace Callahan is holding a secret, but she isn’t aware of it until one of her clients is murdered, and she becomes a key witness in the case.  Detective Nate Quinn, a former college friend of Grace’s, is assigned to the case.  While Nate suffers from PTSD and Grace is dealing with the death of her child and the abandonment of her husband, neither of them are emotionally healthy and are trying to come to terms with their emotions.  But they must come to terms with each other if they are going to find the strength to get through this case and move beyond their individual pasts.

Lisa Harris does an excellent job of moving the story along and keeping the action flowing.  “A Secret to Die For” is a fast-paced, somewhat romantic adventure with a lot of suspense.  But the combination of Grace and Nate just didn’t work for me. Both were struggling with their own issues, and their reactions were completely normal, but they were two broken people who just had a hard time keeping it all together.

But if you enjoy deep romantic tension working its way through the story and following the plot, you will really like “A Secret to Die For”.  It was a good story and well worth the read even if the characters sometimes got in its way.

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 | September 30, 2018

Welcome to the sisterhood of motherhood

 

Too Blessed to Be Stressed for Moms Debora Coty looks at the world through the lens of humor and teaches others how to do the same through her “Too Blessed to be Stressed” series.  The latest includes a book devoted to moms and motherhood.  With her unique style, Coty shares parenting survival tips, real-life stories and biblical insights for moms in all stages of motherhood.

Coty helps us realize that we are not alone in those awkward situations our children put us through. God is always there as well as the other moms who have experienced the same things so can share and help each other.

In the guise of humor, Coty teaches us how to manage our time, turn our worries over to God and parent with grace.  “Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms” is the perfect gift for new moms, moms of teenagers, grandmothers or anyone who is experiencing all the joys and craziness of motherhood, because once you are a mom, you are always a mom.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author through Audra Jennings PR. 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 | September 24, 2018

Don’t settle for ‘I’m fine’

Hope Your Heart Needs: 52 Encouraging Reminders of How God Cares for You

Holley Gerth’s “hope your heart needs” is an encouraging reminder of God’s love for us. Driven by her passion to empower girls and young women, Gerth writes books filled with wisdom on how to tackle our stress and busyness in this overwhelming world.

“hope your heart needs” offers 52 reminders of how God cares for us by helping us understand His character and His love for us.  Each “chapter” focuses on one of God’s character traits, such as Advocate, Bread of Life, Bright Morning Star and Shepherd, just to name a few. Through personal experiences and insights, Gerth shares how God has met her needs and how He promises to meet ours as well.

I have read most, if not all, of Gerth’s books. They are all encouraging and uplifting and draw you closer to God. You can choose to read “hope your heart needs” daily or weekly to stay focused on God’s love for you.

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 | September 24, 2018

A delightful story of mystery with some romance thrown in

A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson

“A Sparkle of Silver”, Liz Johnson’s first book in her Georgia Coast Romance series, is one of the best romance novels of 2018.  Johnson provides mystery and intrigue with a dash of romance to make the read entertaining and enjoyable.  Ben and Millie, as you will see, make the perfect team.

Millie Sullivan’s grandmother has a secret tucked away in a mind filled with the cobwebs of dementia.  Millie is doing her best to take care of the expenses of the nursing home where her grandmother resides, but the threat of eviction draws closer with no solution in sight. Until…

Her grandmother mentions one day that there is a treasure hidden at The Chateau, once the wealthiest estate in Georgia and now a popular tourist attraction.  She claims there is a map in her mother’s (Millie’s great-grandmother) diary that was left at The Chateau.  Millie believes if she finds the treasure it will solve all of her problems.

She quickly gets a job as a hostess at The Chateau where she meets Ben, one of the attraction’s security team, as she is searching for the diary and offers him one-half of the treasure if he will keep her out of trouble. Together, they must find the treasure before the other treasure hunters do.

Between the danger of getting caught and running out time to keep her grandmother from being evicted from the nursing home, Millie and Ben work tirelessly to decipher the clues in the diary.

The one thing that haunted me throughout the book is how Millie could possibly assume that if she found the treasure it would belong to her, but Johnson satisfies the issue plausibly by the end of the story.  So don’t get hung up on this one little triviality.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Liz Johnson’s “A Sparkle of Silver” Launch Team.  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 | September 20, 2018

Anchor your life to unshakeable hope

“For every problem in life, God has given us a promise. We can find hope by praying those promises.”

Praying the Promises by Max Lucado

Max Lucado and Andrea Lucado have written an inspiring book on prayer. “Praying the Promises” is a devotional prayer book which encourages readers to pray the promises of God and offers assistance through 30 promises of God found in Scripture.  Each promise is presented through Scripture passages, a sample prayer and “I am” and “I will” statements that help you claim the promise and proclaim your part in bringing that promise to fruition in your life.

As always, Max Lucado offers encouragement and insight.  Along with Andrea, they have created a great prayer resource that will help you and make a great gift for those in your life who need some biblical encouragement in a world of trouble, pain and hopelessness.

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.”

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