Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 22, 2016

‘The Rector’ allegory about Christ’s ministry

Rector.jpgWhen the young Episcopal rector dies suddenly, Martha McRae, a widow living in a small Mississippi Delta town in the 1950s, becomes obsessed with his death, convinced he was murdered by one of the wealthy parishioners.

A new rector comes to town and turns the church and town upside down.  Martha is certain that something isn’t right about the new rector and is later proved right when he rapes her friend, Mary, and fakes his own death by murdering an innocent person.

“The Rector” is a Christian murder mystery and allegory of Christ’s ministry by Michael Hicks Thompson.  It is very entertaining and definitely a page-turner you won’t be able to put down.  Although I appreciate Thompson’s method of bringing the gospel message in a way that is both captivating and effective, I sometimes found it annoying–I suppose it broke up the suspense at the wrong moment.

All in all, it was excellent and well-written.  The characters were well-developed and I am assuming we will be reading more about them.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bostick Communications, 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 | April 22, 2016

Get rid of sugar and improve your health

sugar knockoutDo you have a sweet tooth?  Are you addicted to sugar?  Take the sugar addiction quiz to find out.  If you do, Cherie Calbom, MS, CN, author of “Sugar Knockout” will help you detox your way to weight loss and to lower the risk of diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol and acid reflux.

Calbom gives an explanation of why and how sugar is bad for you. “Sugar Knockout” includes a sugar shopping guide, a ten-step sugar detox plan, what to expect and tips on handling sugar withdrawal.  There are many recipes included, and I was surprised by how many she included.  There is also a sample menu plan.

If you have considered a sugar-free diet or have been directed by a physician to remove sugar from your diet, Calbom’s book will give you information and tips on how to get started.  Be forewarned, though, it is not a weaning process.  When you start, you give up all sugar at once.  She recommends Stevia as a sugar substitute and includes it in most of her recipes.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bostick Communications, 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 | April 22, 2016

A reset button for your body, mind and spirit

faith detox“The 30-Day Faith Detox”, written by Laura Harris Smith, is about detoxing your mind, body and spirit resulting in feeling better physically, mentally and spiritually.  Each day deals with a step to achieve spiritual, physical and emotional detox and helps you deal with social toxins, financial toxins, relationship toxins, health toxins and others.  Smith claims that at the end of 30 days, you will discover a new you–a healthier you in every area of your life if you stick to her plan.

I loved the format. The simplicity of the chapters preparing you for the thirty day detox is very helpful and informative.  The title could be misleading except the book seems to lean more toward the physical aspect rather than an emphasis on faith.   Also, it is very important for you to see a doctor first especially if you have health issues that may be exacerbated by the diet Smith recommends.

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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 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 | April 22, 2016

What the American church is missing

Jesus calledAccording to Ray Johnston, Americans have lost something important in every decade–innocence, respect for authority, love, values, faith, security and hope in the future–due to misplaced fundamental truths.  In “Jesus Called. He Wants His Church Back”, Johnston shows us a world without Christ and then re-introduces us to the Jesus who wants to work through us and calls us to stop playing it safe.

Jesus desires for us to get off the couch and start imitating Him.  He wants us to stop acting like Christian zombies and start living a life sold out for Jesus.  Filled with quotable wisdom, “Jesus Called…” will convict you.  Taking his message to heart could lead you into a deeper relationship with Jesus and a life of adventure.

This book is a great read, with wisdom that will last a lifetime.  I highly recommend as a group book study or for your own personal edification.  This book should be read by every Christian in the American church.

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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 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 | April 12, 2016

Another exciting Drew Farthering Mystery

dressedIn this intriguing installment of Julianna Deering’s Drew Farthering Mystery series, Drew and Madeline attend a Regency-era party at the home of Drew’s former Oxford classmate, Talbot Cummins.  When tal’s fiancee, Alice Henley, dies from an apparent overdose, Tal refuses to believe it was intentional.  When Tal’s father is arrested for drug smuggling, Drew begins to wonder if Alice’s death was murder and if it was related to the drug smuggling operation.

Deering has been compared to Agatha Christie by “RT Book Reviews” and I totally agree.  Drew and Madeline can sometimes put themselves in precarious positions and unnecessary danger by their stubbornness to learn the truth.  The Fartherings and all of their friends are delightful and I love them all.  I can’t wait for the many, many more Drew Farthering Mysteries I hope will be coming our way soon.  “Dressed for Death” is the fourth in the series.  I know there’s another one on the way.  I’m hoping that there will be some little Fartherings to add to the mischief very soon.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing  Group, 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 | April 11, 2016

31 days to an orderly home

martha homeWe all want a clean, orderly home while being a relaxed wife and mother who has time to spend with her family instead of cleaning her home.  Sarah Mae’s 31-day plan can help us get your home more organized so cleaning is quick and painless and you will be able to live more relaxed and restful.

Sarah Mae doesn’t create impossible tasks but makes each day’s task easy.  Each chapter includes a Mary task (spending time in God’s Word) and a Martha task (a cleaning or organizing task that gets you closer to a cleaner, more relaxed home).

While this plan is excellent for stay-at-home moms, it is not very practical for working women.  It is helpful, though, to break down tasks and can be used for weekend projects if desired, but it may possibly take longer than 31 days to complete.

As a guide for non-stressful cleaning, Sarah Mae hits the mark.  Though not very practical for those of us who work outside the home, it is very interesting and is helpful in breaking down tasks in order to complete them efficiently and fairly quick.

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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 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 | April 11, 2016

Guide to Biblical Counseling

counselingAccording to Paul Tautges, there appears to be no difference between secular psychology and Christian psychology.   Both institute the same or similar methods and even Christian psychology fails to appropriate the power of God’s Word into the treatment process.

“Counseling One Another” is Tautges’ attempt to show believers how to counsel with compassion and God’s Word to implement changes that will last far beyond a normal, traditional counseling session with a psychologist.

Biblical counseling, using advice and methods from Tautges, can be comprehensive and compassionate.  Why can’t the church provide believers with the help they need using a biblical foundation?  God’s Word is transforming. God has given believers the responsibility of discipleship. Tautges helps us develop into responsible Christians who take their mission of discipleship seriously and with compassion.

“Counseling One Another” is an excellent guide to help us help people accept God’s grace and truth in their lives.

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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.”

syncedWhat does living in sync with God look like?  After all, living in sync with God was the secret to Jesus’ life of power.  If we desire to have power in our life, we need to have an intimate relationship with God.

In her newest book, “Synced”, Jennifer Kennedy Dean explores Jesus’ life of prayer, through the Lord’s Prayer and other examples of Jesus’ prayer life, and shows us what the Scriptures teach us about living connected to the heart of Jesus.

We can live connected through an extraordinary prayer life.  “Synced” is filled with Scripture to enforce her teaching.  Dean’s passion for prayer and leading others to a strong and passionate prayer life shines through in all of her books.  “Synced” is a great inspirational and encouraging book for personal use as well as an excellent resource for a small group study.  It will make you want to read all of her books if you haven’t already.

After reading “Synced”, you will desire more and more to have a deeper relationship with God.

Are you living a synced life, connected to the heart of Jesus the same way He lived synced to the Father? Get ready to be challenged in Jennifer Kennedy Dean’s new book, Synced. What was the secret to Jesus’ life of power? How do we see His life of power emanating from His life of prayer? How do we see Jesus walking in a flow of power as He found Himself in the right place at the right time with the right resources? See what the Scripture has to show us about living connected to the heart of Jesus, and hear from present-day believers who have experienced the power of living synced.

Join Jennifer in celebrating the release of Synced with a blog tour and a Kindle Fire HD 6 giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Synced
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on March 25th. The winner will be announced March 28th on Jennifer’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. 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 | March 23, 2016

Exchange an average life for greater impact

allWhen Gwen Smith says, “I Want It All”, she’s not talking about the things the world offers. She is talking about the joy, grace, love, wisdom, etc., that God offers so that we can join Him in doing an amazing work in the world.

There are three sections–All the Faith, All the Power, All the Impact–including a “For Your Reflection and Response” section that will help you apply what you’ve read to your life.

The book also includes a study guide to help you in your personal study or guide a small group discussion. We are not just ordinary women living ordinary lives–Smith shows us how God’s blessings are ours to receive and will help us join God in His work.

“I Want It All” is an excellent resource for small groups and for individual study. Smith encourages us to dream our dreams, think big thoughts and expect God to do great things through us.

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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. 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 | March 7, 2016

Suspense, edge-of-your-seat Southern thriller

annabel leeFirst of all, I love that “Annabel Lee” takes place in Alabama and that there is a reference to Auburn (although the Denny’s was actually in Opelika).  Also, I’m a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe.  So…

The first line of Mike Nappa’s “Annabel Lee” is “Uncle Truck keeps a German shepherd on his farm that’ll eat human fingers if you feed’em to it just right.”  That should be enough to get your curious.

Annabel has no idea why her uncle left her in a bunker deep underground with a barely controlled guard dog, but she finally figured out why he insisted on her learning German.  In Atlanta, Trudi Coffey is visited by a Dr. Smith who is as dangerous as he is mysterious.  She is forced to contact her ex-husband to unravel the mystery.

Nappy keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end and leaves you with a can’t wait to read the next Coffey & Hill novel.

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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 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.”

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