Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | January 17, 2018

First book in Blue Justice series promises action and suspense

Oath of Honor (Blue Justice Book #1)Lynette Eason’s first book in the Blue Justice series, “Oath of Honor” follows the story of the murder of Isabelle St. John’s partner and friend. When she starts investigating, she discovers that her own family may be involved.  She wrestles with solving the murder even if it means sending someone she loves to prison.

Eason’s newest series is just plain awesome!  I have never been more surprised even knowing what was coming.  It was like watching a horror movie, hearing the suspenseful music, knowing something is about to happen, and you still jump.

Don’t miss “Oath of Honor” to find out just how awesome Eason’s writing is and how real her characters are.  I can’t wait until the next installment set to release Summer 2018.

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.”

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Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | January 16, 2018

‘steal away home’ masterfully told

Steal Away HomeMaster storyteller Billy Coffey has created his own genre, but I’m not quite sure what to call it–possibly, life journey.  In his latest, “steal away home”, Coffey invites us into a story told during the course of a baseball game.  The story of love, loss and faith of Owen Cross whose father wanted nothing more than for Owen to succeed where he had failed–playing baseball–college and pro.  But Owen’s true love, Mickey Dullahan, was the only thing on his mind.

But love couldn’t bridge the gap between his middle-class home and her troubled Shantytown.  Owen leaves Mickey for the dug-out, but her memory follows him.

Billy Coffey is a writer who knows how to capture your heart and wring it dry.  He knows how to make you feel what you are reading. At a little over 300 pages, you’ll be surprised how fast you’ll read it.  So grab a pot of coffee and “steal away home”.

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 | January 16, 2018

What secrets are hidden inside The Armoire?

The ArmoireMaxine inherits her grandmother’s armoire that contains a secret she has always peaked her curiosity.  Her curiosity is fulfilled when she is able to open it and unlock the answer to her grandmother’s secret and her biggest question–What’s my purpose?.

Quite frankly, I found portions of the story to be quite tedious with the “Angel” and the scene in heaven was a little much, but it all served its purpose.  However, the story line apart from the angel episodes was quite well thought out and well written.

This book is not for everyone, but if you are a fan of “The Shack” and are looking for a quick read, “The Armoire” by Ione Joy will keep you entertained for an afternoon.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from PR by the Book, 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 | January 16, 2018

Do you have a personal rest deficit?

Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your SanityIt is easy to stay busy.  Our society demands busy–even rewards it.  If you aren’t busy, you are lazy. At least that’s what our culture would have us believe.  But if we are always busy and never take time to rest, we will burn out and may never recover.

Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD, tackles the subject of rest in “Sacred Rest”.  Through life stories and reflections, research and Scripture, Dr. Dalton-Smith gives insight and practical guidelines into resting which will bring a greater satisfaction to your life.

Included in her book is a “Personal Rest Deficit” assessment that will show you exactly where you are depleted.  By taking this assessment first, you will know what portion of the book you should read first.

Dr. Dalton-Smith challenges us to find our own place of rest. She gives great tips for slowing down and making time for the right kind of rest.

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 | January 2, 2018

A Jewish perspective can transform your understanding of the Bible

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding by [Tverberg, Lois]Westerners have a disadvantage when it comes to reading Scripture.  As Lois Tverberg explains, we like to study the Bible “microwave-style”.  Our short devotional readings make the Bible “bland and unmemorable”.  Even reading books of the Bible without a Jewish context can make the Bible seem like a foreign language.

Tverberg’s book, “Reading the Bible With Rabbi Jesus” takes us on a journey of the Scripture through the eyes of a Middle Easterner–through the eyes of Jesus and the Jewish people.

By digging deeper into Scripture and taking note of the culture and Jewish background, the Bible comes alive like never before.  When you start seeing the Bible the way Jewish Rabbis do, you will learn more about God and how we fit into His Kingdom.  God wants us to truly know Him.  The first step is to understand the Bible in the context in which it was written.

Tverberg offers just enough information to help us better understand how to study the Bible on our own.  The “Tools and Reflections” and “Thoughts For Going Deeper” at the end of each chapter encourage you to delve into Bible study and help you apply what she is teaching.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of the launch team for “Reading the Bible With Rabbi Jesus”. 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 | January 2, 2018

The Montana Rescue Series continues….

Product Details“Troubled Waters”, the fourth installment in Susan May Warren’s Montana Rescue Series, continues the story of the Mercy Falls PEAK team.  Opening with Sierra trying to convince Esme Shaw, billionaire Ian Shaw’s niece, to come home, we finally get a chance to hear more about her disappearance and why she is hiding from her uncle.  Searching for her has been Ian’s obsession and the destruction of his other relationships.

Sierra, Ian’s former assistant and love interest, has been trying to get her footing ever since Ian found out she lied about knowing Esme was running away with her boyfriend.  Now that she knows where she is and hasn’t told him, Sierra knows there is no future with him even though she continues to love him.

Ian is facing money problems and hasn’t been able to to support the PEAK team.  When the only chopper is damaged, Ian doesn’t have the funds to repair it. Sierra plans a fundraiser on Ian’s yacht.  Then things go terribly wrong…

Other than the characters, my favorite part of Susan May Warren’s series is how she ties them all together.  Each book focuses on a particular person or people but the others also have their continuing struggles and also introduction to a possible story of their own.  I can’t wait to see whose story she writes next.

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 | December 19, 2017

Discover God’s perfectly balanced plan for body and soul

Product DetailsKatie Farrell, RN, is the founder of DashingDish.com, a web-based nutrition business.  Her new book, “Nourish”, was written to address unhealthy eating habits and eating disorders.  Speaking openly and honestly about her own struggle with anorexia and bulimia, Farrell teaches us how to align our body image with what God says about us.

As well as discussing a proper diet, Farrell also addresses other aspects of health related to our spirit, soul and body.  Each chapter ends with Food For Thought which includes Scripture, Reflection Questions, Prayer and a Recipe for a healthy food choice.

An excellent resource for those who have suffered or are suffering from an eating disorder and seeking to make a positive change, “Nourish” may not be what you are looking for if you are just looking for a healthy diet or nutrition book.

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 | December 18, 2017

‘Imperfect Justice’ a book to devour

Product DetailsKaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. But her attorney and her brother don’t believe it even though the video of the incident made it seem obvious to everyone else.  Even though her supervisor demands that she give up working on the case, Emilie Wesley wants answers and to prove that her deceased client is innocent and help Kaylene’s brother gain custody of the surviving child.

This legal thriller is the second in the Hidden Justice series, but I had no trouble reading it even though I have not read “Beyond Justice”, the first book in the series.  It was my first exposure to Cara Putman’s work, and I was not disappointed.  It grabbed my attention and kept me involved in Emilie’s story.  I was impressed with the characters.  At first, the subject matter of abuse angered me and I was not happy  but not surprised by the way Kaylene’s story played out in the beginning.  It was an exciting book from start to finish.  The romance, the tension, the suspense all make “Imperfect Justice” a book to devour.

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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.  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 | December 13, 2017

Inspiring prayers for living life heart first

Prayers for a Heart-Shaped Life: Inspiring Prayers for Living Life With over 200 prayers, “Prayers For a Heart-Shaped Life” by Karen Moore will inspire you to draw closer to God. Moore’s prayers will lead you into a special time with the Heavenly father and gently remind you to come to Him when you need an extra dose of encouragement.  The prayers are titled so you can find a particular prayer to fit a particular need if you desire.  I love the simpleness of the prayers as well as the encouragement and inspiration they contain.

You can use the prayers over and over again.  Moore encourages us to live our lives with our hearts–giving our hearts to God and seeing where He takes us.  What an inspiring way to begin the day.  This is an awesome gift to give your friends.

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 | December 12, 2017

How to Share About Your Depression With Your Loved Ones

(The following post was written by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, author of “Hope Prevails” and the “Hope Prevails Bible Study”.  Depression is a growing issue in our society.  Dr. Bengston is not only a neuropsychologist she also suffered from depression. Her book is an authoritative look at how God’s Word can pull you from the dregs of despair into the joy of hope.)

[Dr. Michelle Bengston} I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t know how I’d gotten to this place. I was the doctor. I was supposed to have the answers. I was supposed to be immune.

 

That’s just it, no one is immune from the possibility of depression. It attacks regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic status.

 

I avoided his eyes, as I stared out the car window, my body frozen in place by fear. Not sure I wanted to go on living, but not really wanting to die either. I just wanted the pain to end.

 

“Honey, I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to do to help…” my husband declared upon hearing my desperate condition.

 

If my life was going to be this painful and bleak, I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue enduring more of the same, and I told him so.

 

He was scared, and I was scared. I just wanted someone to tell me everything was going to be all right, and for that to be the truth. He just wanted me to promise him that I was going to be all right, and yet I could make no promises at that point.

 

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Depression.  It cuts to the core and shatters lives. Yet it can’t be seen from the outside and it’s often misunderstood.

 

By the year 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide. It already is our greatest cause of disability worldwide. In the United States alone, nearly 20 million Americans are diagnosed with depression every year…that amounts to one in ten adults being diagnosed every year. And in their lifetime, one in four people will be diagnosed. So if you have not suffered from this painful, debilitating condition, chances are, you know or love one who has or does.

 

But what about when you’re the one who is suffering?

 

Trying to adequately describe depression to someone else who has never had the misfortune to suffer its torment, is like trying to describe a circus to a blind person. And yet, when we suffer in depression’s darkness, we rely on the love and compassion of friends and family to help traverse to the other side—the very ones who, although they try, may not understand.

 

One of the best descriptions of depression to which I ever related was, “Depression is like drowning—except you can see everyone else around you breathing.”

 

When you’re depressed you just want others to understand. Here are a few things you can explain to aid in their understanding:

 

 

  1. Depression is a medical condition. It’s classified as a “mental illness” because it is impacted by the neurotransmitters in the brain, but the brain is an organ just like the heart or the lungs. As such, someone suffering with depression can’t just “snap out of it” or “think positively” any more than they could “snap out of it” or “think positively” to cure their diabetes or epilepsy.

 

  1. While depression is a mental illness that affects our emotions, it has physical consequences as well. When most people think about depression, they think about someone with a sad mood, who cries, and perhaps stays in bed too much. But depression can impact a person physically too. It brings with it considerable fatigue, decreased energy, concentration difficulty, sleep and appetite changes, and sometimes even aches and pains. Little things like taking a shower or brushing teeth can feel like weighty, monumental tasks. Please adjust your expectations accordingly.

 

  1. Depression doesn’t fall along the normal continuum of emotions, and it’s much more than sadness—it is outside the realm of what would be considered normal for the situation. It isn’t a case of the Sunday night blues, or reasonable frustration when things don’t go as planned. It’s far more serious—that’s why it’s categorized as an “illness.” As such, we can’t be expected to “feel better in the morning.” It can take weeks or months or years to overcome, especially without adequate treatment.

 

  1. Nobody chooses to be depressed—it is a painful, debilitating condition. Yet sometimes the treatment to get well invokes fear in those who suffer. Research has shown that sometimes, we are motivated by fear to stay in our known misery rather than face the misery of the unknown—regardless of how good the ultimate outcome might be.

 

  1. Success is irrelevant—when one is depressed, prior successes and accomplishments to date are irrelevant and do nothing to buoy spirits. At any other time, I believe gratitude is a very important character trait. But when someone is depressed, encouraging us to remember “how good we have it” or “how far we’ve come” does nothing to minimize the suffocating pain we feel. I can almost guarantee we’d trade those successes in for a guaranteed life of peace and joy in a heartbeat.

 

  1. Comparison is the thief of joy—in your attempt to try to encourage and motivate a depressed loved one, it isn’t helpful to compare our situation to how much worse someone else is suffering. It won’t make a loved one feel any better about our situation, nor will it lessen our darkness. It will only induce guilt and prompt frustration and anger, further intensifying the magnitude of our despair when we are now convinced you don’t understand or empathize with our pain.

 

  1. We just need to be heard. Depression can feel lonely and isolating, and even a bit frightening. While you might be worrying about having the right thing to say, we just want the opportunity to be together, to share, and to be heard without needing you to say anything or try to fix it. We don’t want to be anyone’s project. Sometimes we just need to be validated that we are still cared about and found worthy even when we don’t feel it.

 

  1. We need your presence–When a loved one is navigating the pain of depression, your presence means more than perfect words. The gift of your presence lends strength when they feel weak. It offers togetherness and community when they feel scared and alone. It provides acceptance when they feel worthless and rejected. Don’t search for the perfect words, just be a sustaining presence and you will be remembered for your role in the journey to the other side of the dark valley.

 

As one who is struggling with depression, we have to extend grace to those who haven’t walked that road and who don’t understand. It’s not their fault. Let’s help educate and be part of the solution.

 

But most of all, when it feels like your closest friends and loved ones don’t understand, remember that God does. You aren’t alone—He promises to never leave you or forsake you. He also promises that he is close to the brokenhearted and rescues those who are crushed in spirit. Lean on Him—He’s the best source of comfort and support you could ever have!

 

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

 

 

For a Free eBook on How to Help a Depressed Loved One, click here: http://drmichellebengtson.com/how-to-help-a-depressed-loved-one-ebook/

 

For more helpful information about what you need to know when you have a depressed loved one, read here: http://drmichellebengtson.com/10-things-to-know-if-you-have-a-depressed-loved-one/

 

For more about what not to say to a depressed loved one, read here: http://drmichellebengtson.com/what-not-to-say-when-a-loved-one-is-depressed/ while here are suggestions about supportive things you can say to a depressed loved one: http://drmichellebengtson.com/what-to-say-when-a-loved-one-is-depressed/

 

Dr. Michelle BengtsonDr. Michelle Bengtson (PhD, Nova Southeastern University) is an international speaker, and the author of best-selling “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” and the newly released companion “Hope Prevails Bible Study.”  She has been a neuropsychologist for more than twenty years. She is in private practice in Southlake, Texas where she evaluates, diagnoses, and treats children and adults with a variety of medical and mental health disorders. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She and her husband of 30 years have two teenage sons, and reside in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. She blogs regularly on her own site: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com

 

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