Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | May 12, 2021

How to take no for an answer (from God)

It is hard to hear God say no especially to our dreams that we thought came from Him. Elizabeth Laing Thompson’s “When God Says No”, walks us through the stories of 11 people in the Bible who heard God say no to their dreams. These stories help us see that God has a purpose in saying no and encourage us to move on and discover what God has for us instead.

Each story gives us hope that God has our best interest at heart even when He is disciplining us. While God’s no can often hurt and fill us with disappointment, we need to remember that God loves us and is there to listen to us. Thompson writes as someone with experience in hearing God’s no, but she comes out of it with grace.

When asked to write this book, Thompson gifted us with the wisdom she learned from her experience. I have read several of Thompson’s books, and she never fails to provide insight and wisdom that could only come from God and her experience. She writes what she knows and blesses us with her words of insight.

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 | April 27, 2021

It is always fun to visit Hope Harbor

I like to linger in Hope Harbor. People’s dreams come true in Hope Harbor. Losses and disappointments take a backseat to newfound hope on its shores. The people are friendly; the town is inviting; the possibilities are endless.

In Hope Harbor, someone like Katherine Parker can escape fame and fortune and find her true calling, and Zack Garrett can find solace after the traumatic loss of his brother. When they find each other, Katherine and Zack can mend fences with their past and press on toward the future. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like that?

Irene Hannon’s newest installment to the Hope Harbor series, “Blackberry Beach” is a great opportunity to visit Hope Harbor and get to know its beauty, its fish taco master, Charlie, and its people. I do wish more of the people had made an appearance in “Blackberry Beach”, though.

I relish my days spent in Hope Harbor. They always end too soon, but the next adventure always arrives right on time. I hope Hannon never gives up on this series. After all, there is always someone looking for a little hope.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 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 | April 13, 2021

Discipleship Principles

Bill Mowry’s “Walk With Me” offers advice on how to disciple others and connect them to Jesus. He also shows readers how to mentor others to disciple soon-to-be followers of Christ. Sometimes we make things harder and more intimidating than necessary. Mowry encourages us to invite others to walk with us as we walk with God. By walking together, we both grow in our faith and learn how to better serve and love others.

“Walk With Me” is a must-read for anyone looking to mentor someone as well as how to be mentored by someone else. It is a very well-written and encouraging book for Christians who want to lead others to a relationship with God.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers, 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 | April 13, 2021

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover

I chose “Hope Between the Pages” by Pepper Basham primarily based on the description on the back cover. The plot, centering around a one hundred year old bookstore with a questionable deed being lost to a greedy relative, was enough to capture my interest.

Clara Blackwell’s great-grandmother’s unknown history left Clara very little to go on to find the deed to the bookstore which would allow her to keep it away from her uncle who cared nothing about books or history. Along the way, Clara has an opportunity to embark on a real-life adventure and find her “happily-ever-after”.

Having never heard of Pepper Basham, I took a chance and, as is often the case, discovered another favorite author. It was hard not to fall in love with Clara and her bookstore. It was even more difficult not to adore all of the characters and Basham’s imaginative and creative storyline. I can’t wait for the next bestseller from Basham to see what further adventures await.

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 | March 23, 2021

Characters come alive in Vetsch’s ‘The Indebted Earl’

In her third installment of the Serendipity & Secrets Series, Erica Vetsch tells Sophie’s story, the one readers were yearning for at the end of “The Gentleman Spy”. Sophie’s engagement to Rich Richardson was cut short when he was fatally wounded in the war. He made his best friend and commander, Charles Wyvern, promise to take care of Sophie. Little did Charles know how much his life was going to change. Against his desire, he became the Earl of Rothwell due to his uncle’s death which also included becoming guardian to three girls. Hankering to get back to the sea, the new Earl proposes to Sophie that they enter a marriage of convenience. When he is accused of smuggling, their marriage and future seem bleak.

Vetsch’s strength is her character development. The characters leap off the page making it incredibly easy to feel what they feel and fall in love with them. Sophie’s strength and independence and Charles’ vulnerability so easily come through and readers will find it impossible not to hope for another story about Earl of Rothwell and his lovely bride.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications 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 | March 22, 2021

A journal for your quiet time with God’s Word

Barbour’s new “Know Your Bible Journal for Women” incorporates journaling with Bible study. Based on the bestseller, “Know Your Bible” by Paul Kent, the journal allows you to write down your insights and feelings about what you’ve read. You can use it in conjunction with Kent’s book or as a standalone part of your Bible reading. The journal will guide your thoughts about what you are reading, teach you simple ways to study the Bible and give you a chance to focus on what you would like to follow up on later for deeper study. Best of all, at the end of your journal, you will have a record of your biblical insights from Genesis to Revelation.

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 | March 22, 2021

Steps to take today to stay young

God’s desire is that we enjoy each season of our life, but it’s up to us to take care of our bodies–physically, mentally and spiritually. According to Joyce Meyer in her new book, “How to Age Without Getting Old”, we should look forward to our latter years and take precautions to keep ourselves healthy, such as eating right, exercising and making an effort to think positively and spending time with God in Scripture and prayer.

The biggest issue in our lives today is how we deal with stress. Meyer mentions many times how much it matters how we deal with stress as it affects our bodies and our minds. While she often repeats herself throughout the book, she offers wisdom and good advice on how to age gracefully and deal well with stress.

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 | March 17, 2021

‘Miriam’s Song’ a tribute to one of the heroines of the Bible

Jill Eileen Smith’s tribute to Miriam, Moses’ sister, is a wonderful addition to her biblical fiction library. Very little is known about Miriam other than what the Bible tells us about her taking care of Moses and finding a nursemaid for him when Pharaoh’s daughter finds him in the Nile. We are also familiar with her song after the Israelites have crossed the Red Sea on dry land and watched the Egyptians drowned where they had just crossed safely. We also are aware of her criticism of Moses later on prompted by her jealousy and God covered her with leprosy for seven days.

In “Miriam’s Song”, Smith captures our imagination with her fictional story based on Miriam’s life as a slave and as a heroine of the Israelites. It is clear from Scripture that the parents of Miriam, Aaron and Moses raised them to have faith in God. Even though Moses was probably five at the time of his adoption by Pharaoh’s daughter, he still remembered much of what his mother taught him. They sought God and prayed for God to take them away from their slavery to Egypt.

Miriam’s story has always been a little sad to me because of her jealousy and pride at the end of her life, but Smith uses Miriam’s story to help us see that God can use us no matter where we are, who we are or what we’ve done. Her research into the culture gives us a peak into what it was like to be a slave in Egypt and what it must have been like to wander around the wilderness. She puts real-life emotions into the people so that we can better feel what it was like to live back then. I have always enjoyed Jill Eileen Smith’s style and imagination.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 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 | March 17, 2021

Blank journal helps your mind focus

This journal is a blank journal with an occasional thoughtful quote. Mindfulness has become a popular technique in therapy–learning to live in the now. Keeping a journal is one way to focus your mind on the events happening right now. There is nothing really remarkable about this particular journal. The title is a reminder to keep your mind focused on today. The periodic quotes remind us of our faith in God and how He is always near to us.

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 | March 17, 2021

Leather bound journal companion to ‘The Confident Woman’

This leather bound journal, “The Confident Woman Journal”, is a companion to Joyce Meyer’s “The Confident Woman”. Meyer believes that women who want to be their best selves need to develop confidence. In her book, she offers seven characteristics of a confident woman.

With Meyer’s encouragement through well-placed quotes, this journal will help you build confidence and work on areas of your life that need prayer and self-discipline. While it is not necessary to read “The Confident Woman” to use the journal, you may find it beneficial to a positive outcome. However, this beautiful and encouraging journal can also be used a diary and a place to write your spiritual thoughts.

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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