Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 28, 2017

Praying through the Bible–Devotional Commentary

prayingScripture is full of examples of prayers that can add variety to our prayers and enrich our prayer life.  Some people have never had anyone teach them how to pray and others desire to improve.  God is pleased that we talk to Him and is not looking for perfection or a certain type of prayer.  However, our prayers can become less focused on content and more focused on God when we have a prayer plan.

Studying the prayers we find in Scripture can help us in our prayer life.  Markus McDowell’s “Praying Through the Bible-Vol 1” focuses on the prayers in Genesis through Joshua, and each chapter contains the passage, a study of its background, an exploration of its meaning and an application.

McDowell’s book is a great devotional and a great benefit to your time with God.  I am looking forward to more volumes covering all of the prayers of the Bible.  These will be great resources for my prayer time.

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from Interviews and Reviews in exchange for an honest review. 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 28, 2017

The secret to lasting friendships

unfriendedWith the popularity of the Internet and social media, smart phones and texting, our society has forgotten how to develop true friendships.  Facebook allows us to friend and unfriend people at whim.  We do not have to interact with people the way we used to.  We text instead of call, stalk our “friends” on Facebook instead of visiting or calling.

Even though we know social media doesn’t tell the whole story, we don’t always check on our friends to see how they are really doing.

Lisa-Jo Baker teaches the value of lasting friendships in “Never Unfriended”.  She shows us how important it is to take risks in friendship and how to make friends “offline” and be a friend that lasts.

She explains that we have to accept that some friends are friends for a season while others last a lifetime with proper nourishment.  She uses examples from the life of Jesus and shares a step-by-step guide to creating friendships that women can trust.

This is a much-needed resource for women who desire to create lasting relationships with women.  We need to be reminded of the importance of being available offline and away from the perils of social media.

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from Icon Media Group in exchange for an honest review. 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 28, 2017

Choosing a life of steadfast love one day at a time

heart1 Corinthians 13 tells us that we can have any God-given gift, but if we don’t have love, we can do no good at all.  (my paraphrase).

But what if we could look at the world through the lens of the heart? If we could walk heart first into every situation, we might discover that the world can be a better place.

“The Heart-Shaped Life Daily Devotional” by Karen Moore fills 365 days with a message of love.  Every day is filled with a message of God’s love in the every day circumstances of life.  A Scripture, a short message and a prayer encourage you to show love for God, others and yourself.

Moore’s devotional will inspire you and encourage you. The messages are pertinent and relevant.  Your actions are worth nothing without love.

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

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 28, 2017

Jesus is not a life coach or a blessing dispenser

WrongWhat do you want from Jesus?

  • someone who gives wise life advice in the form of checklists that can be performed in order to reach a certain goal–like being a “successful” Christian or going to heaven?
  • someone who doles out blessings left and right when we do what we are “supposed” to do or even when we just ask?

Matt Johnson dispels all of the wrong ways we portray Jesus in “Getting Jesus Wrong”.  Depending on how we’ve been raise or what we’ve been told about Him, we have an idea of who we want Jesus to be. But Jesus is not as predictable as we would like Him to be.  He doesn’t dole out blessings based on our good behavior.  Sometimes we do what God wants us to do, but we don’t get what we want.

Whether you agree with Johnson or not, his book is thought-provoking and insightful.  Knowing Jesus shouldn’t leave you feeling guilt-ridden.  Neither should we perform for blessings.  When we come to know the real Jesus, we will experience the freedom in Christ we are promised in God’s Word.

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

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 | April 27, 2017

Lisa Lloyd’s ‘Chasing Famous’ Prize Pack Giveaway

chasing famousLisa Lloyd knows about chasing fame.  She is a professional actress who spent years chasing her own.  While we may not be chasing fame, we are all seeking our purpose–that thing we yearn for deep in our soul–that thing we do to honor and bring glory to God.

Instead of comparing ourselves to others and living with regret, we can embrace the unique role we were born to play and live out our mission with boldness.

Lloyd is an actress who didn’t allow the world of acting to interfere with her Christianity.  She turned down roles because of their content and asked to change some of the lines in others.

“Chasing Famous” uses acting terms as chapter headings and reveals Lloyd’s experiences as an actor.  She is transparent and honest in her book and shares great stories that go along with her topic.

Each chapter ends with thought-provoking questions that will help you consider what that chapter is about and how it affects you. You will definitely discover a little more about yourself in the pages of this book.

I loved Lloyd’s honesty and how she articulated her stories and how they apply to life.  Not only did she use her own stories, she filtered Bible stories throughout that help us see ourselves the way God sees us.

Did you know you’re constantly, often unconsciously, auditioning for a part? Learn how to master these issues and turn the spotlight on God with the help of Lisa Lloyd’s new book, Chasing Famous. Chasing Famous is a redemptive book that teaches us how to take the focus off ourselves and shift it back on to the glory of God. Written by a professional actress who readily admits that she is the most self-centered person she knows, Chasing Famous provides practical and sometimes humorous examples of scriptural truth that will help you master the natural self-centered tendencies of life.

Discover what life really means when the focus is on God and enter to win Lisa’s Spotlight on God Prize Pack!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 28. The winner will be announced May 1 on the Litfuse blog.

 

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

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 | April 24, 2017

Another great Nikki Boyd mystery

PursuedAll Nikki can think about is getting home and seeing Tyler again.  But a crash landing and the sudden disappearance of the woman in the seat next to her left Nikki with a haunting feeling that Erika was in trouble.  Her suspicions were confirmed when the man next to Erika died in the crash and he wasn’t who he said he was.

In just 24 hours, Nikki had survived a plane crash, a hostage situation and a break-in.  After discovering a child was involved, Nikki couldn’t let the case go even though exhaustion had overtaken her.

In “Pursued”, Lisa Harris has once again written a thrilling, suspense-filled book that will leave you mesmerized.  I love the Nikki Boyd files and Nikki is a heroine worth following.  She has her own demons, but she handles her job with compassion and dedication.  She sometimes forgets to take care of herself, but hopefully, if things work out, Tyler will help her calm down and take some time for herself.

I am looking forward to spending more time with Tyler and Nikki and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Click here to order from Amazon.com

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 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, 2017

Tracie Miles’ ‘Unsinkable Faith’ Prize Pack Giveaway

unsinkable faithDo negative thoughts sink your attitude, steal your peace and rob you of joy?  Once you start down that path, do you find it difficult to shift your thoughts to something positive?  Do you need to renew your mind-set but aren’t sure how or can’t remember because it’s been so very long?

“Unsinkable Faith” by Tracie Miles contains three easy mind-renewing steps to overcome your pessimistic mind-set.  If you want to rise above your circumstances and not allow them to control your thoughts and actions, please read Miles’ “Unsinkable Faith”.  She will inspire you to think healthy, positive thoughts that will lead you to experience more peace and joy.

You won’t just be reading a how-to book.  You will participate by using the mind-transforming reflections, mind-renewing memory verses and chapter challenges at the end of each chapter.

Miles’ personal stories and anecdotes make her book more personable and easy to relate to.  If you are struggling with your attitude and find you are more often negative than positive, seek out this book and read it for all its worth.

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Unsinkable Faith Tracie MilesDisclosure 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 | April 16, 2017

Pacemakers are supposed to save lives….

Deep ExtractionA pacemaker is supposed to save lives not cause someone’s death.  But someone used Nathan Moore’s pacemaker to conduct an almost perfect execution.  If there hadn’t been a bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs several days prior, his death might not have been so suspicious.

Special Agent Tori Templeton is called to the scene.  She must unravel the truth even if it means her best friend, Sally, Nathan’s wife is the murderer.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Cole Jeffers is a friend of Nathan’s and also wants to clear Sally and himself.  Together, Tori and Cole discover that there are several suspects who were more than willing and capable of taking care of Nathan–a jilted lover, a betrayed wife, disgruntled employee and a former partner.

The closer they get to the truth, the more danger they find themselves in.

DiAnn Mills’ “Deep Extraction” is an exciting read filled with suspense.  Her characters are well-developed and it is easy to get wrapped up in their dialogue.  It is hard not to skip ahead to see what happens, but don’t.

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

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 | April 16, 2017

It could have been me…life after…

life afterImagine boarding a train.  Something you’ve done quite often.  You have just taken your seat when moments later, a fiery explosion bursts through the train–a horrific attach on the city’s transit system–and out of 23 people on board, you are the sole survivor.

Autumn Manning was distracted that day.  Getting on the train was a blur and even one year later, she still can’t remember the day of the bombing.  She is tormented by grief and guilty.  She spends every day searching for answers haunted by the lives of the victims–people she never met.

Paul Elliott lost his wife in the bombing.  All he wants is to let the memories of the dead, and his guilty, stay buried, but when he and Autumn are forced together, he believes she will not be helpful in moving his family forward.

This deeply moving story which looks at life through the lens of death and tragedy brings us to consider the ultimate purposes of the events that shape our life.  When the whys can’t be answered and the what ifs hang on every thought, we must come to accept the goodness of God in everything or remain stagnant in our grief.

“Life After” by Katie Ganshert is a remarkable, thought-provoking story that will break your heart and lead you to hope at the same time.  What will Autumn have to do to overcome her guilt and how will Paul ever get over the pain of his own guilt?  Trust me-you will want to know.

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

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 | April 16, 2017

Experience the power and peace of a life of prayer

unshakenSally Burke and Cyndie Claypol de Neve are both affiliated with Moms in Prayer International.  They lead or have led women in prayer all over the world.  They have taught moms how to pray boldly in their dark struggles and to pray expecting God to answer even when what they were praying for seemed impossible in the physical realm.

If you are familiar with the Moms in Prayer organization, you know what a valuable resource praying moms are in the lives of their family.

In their new book, “Unshaken”, they teach a four-step prayer process mixed with faith that moves God and shakes up the world.

My expectations for “Unshaken” was that I would close the book and feel like I could pray bold, faith-filled prayers that would reach heaven and find answers.  There is no doubt that it met my expectation; however, I felt like it was an advertisement for Moms in Prayer.  I believe readers would want to know what to expect in terms of what is included.  I wanted and needed a book that instilled an unshaken belief that the act of prayer would change my world.  This book fulfills that need.  It is an excellent prayer resource and you will definitely have a new perspective on prayer after reading it.

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of the “Unshaken” 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.”

Older Posts »

Categories