Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 18, 2021

Surprise twists make ‘Network of Deceit’ fun to read

Tom Threadgill introduced readers to Amara Alvarez in “Collision of Lies” where she rescued around 50 kidnapped children making international news. Now, a detective in the San Antonio Police Department, Amara is searching for a murderer and gets caught up on a network of deceit when she stumbles upon a group of cyber criminals.

“Network of Deceit” takes you on a thrilling journey into the world of cyber crime. When teenagers, Zachary, Matias, Liam and Haley get themselves in over their heads, and Zachary is murdered, it takes Amara’s skill and persistence to wear them down so that they will reveal the murderer.

The twist at the end will leave you in awe that mysteries can remain until the very end.

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 | February 18, 2021

A simple approach to reading the Bible

Bible reading plans are usually book by book, chronological or something in-between. There are yearly plans and New Testament only and Old Testament only, prophetic books, gospels, Paul’s letters, etc.

In his book, “How to Eat Your Bible”, Nate Pickowicz offers a different method based on John MacArthur’s reading plan. Nate’s seven-year plan takes you through the Bible at your own pace and using your own plan. Nate shares his own plan with readers but encourages us to prepare our own. He discusses studying the Bible, application, memorization and prayer and how this seven year plan will help you with these disciplines. If you are stuck or don’t know where to start reading the Bible or if you don’t have a desire to read it but know you should, this little book will help you cultivate the habit without bogging you down and will show you how you can enjoy reading it, too. It holds a lot of valuable information for individuals and can be used in a small group.

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 | February 18, 2021

Past and Present Collide in ‘The Lady in Residence’

In 1915, young widow Hedda Krause checks into the Menger Hotel. One hundred years later, Dini Blackstone, a fifth generation magician, gives ghost tours narrating San Antonio’s more tragic historical events. Hedda’s story is Dini’s favorite and she’s constantly doing research trying to figure out the mystery behind Hedda’s life. When she meets Quin Carmichael, the great-great-grandson of the detective who investigated Hedda’s case, she discovers a new side to the story peaking her curiosity even further—not to mention feelings for Quin.

Although Allison Pittman’s “The Lady in Residence” gets off to a slow start, it is a good one. While Dini’s story is good, the chapters devoted to Hedda’s autobiography and memoir are more entertaining, at least at first. When it becomes apparent that there is more to her story, the book becomes harder and harder to put down.

Pittman did a great job of weaving the two stories together. “The Lady in Residence” is definitely one of my favorite stories of 2021.

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 | February 6, 2021

Set in Wichita, “Roots of Wood and Stone” fascinates and entertains

I love it when I take a risk on an author whose books I’ve never read, and it totally pays off. If the title of Amanda Wen’s “Roots of Wood and Stone” doesn’t grab you, the plot will. An historical museum curator, Sloane Kelley, who yearns to know her family story, and Garrett Anderson, a young man trying to clear out his grandmother’s farmhouse, make discoveries that could not only fill the museum but save the farmhouse from a terrible fate.

My primary reason for choosing this book to read and review was because it is set in Wichita, Kansas, a city where I once lived. I haven’t read many fictional stories in this setting and thought it would be fun to read. I was so right. This book is one of my favorites so far this year.

“Roots of Wood and Stone” is an attention-grabbing, fun read, and the story will move you to tears, but watching Sloane and Garrett’s journey to discovery and change will leave you changed as well.

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 | February 6, 2021

Truth from the Book of Proverbs

If ever there was a time that we needed wisdom, it is definitely now. It is not something that comes naturally to us, but we must seek after it and practice it.

Joyce Meyer’s “In Search of Wisdom” walks us through Proverbs one chapter at a time. A cross between a devotional and a commentary, Meyer’s newest book helps us understand Proverbs and apply its principles to our lives. While each chapter of Proverbs may contain many guidelines and attributes of wisdom, Meyer focuses on the primary theme of each one.

You will enjoy studying Proverbs with Meyer’s insight and may discover life-changing principles to apply to your life. Also, if you struggle with Proverbs 31, you will appreciate her insight into the virtuous wife.

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 | January 18, 2021

Eason writes best story yet

Wow. Lynette Eason has outdone herself in Book 3 of her “Danger Never Sleeps” series. “Active Defense” is a story about a stalker, kidnappers and a murderer that will keep you guessing. When Heather Fontaine’s stalker appears to escalate to breaking and entering, Heather is in fear for her life and the lives of her friends. Afraid to ask for help, she disappears, but trouble follows her. Her independent spirit doesn’t want to ask for help, but her friends insist, especially Travis who has fallen in love with her.

Can Heather and Travis find out who wants her dead and why, before it’s too late? This action-packed, suspense-filled story will have you on the edge of your seat.

Although sometimes Heather’s independence is frustrating, her friends’ persistence is endearing. Even though they are putting their lives in danger, they don’t stop to think about anything but helping their friend.

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 | January 18, 2021

New Moody Bible study by Trillia Newbell focuses on Hebrews 11

Moody Publishers continues its tradition of printing deep, timely Bible studies by some of the best Bible study teachers who desire for women to delve deeply into Scripture whether they are new to the Bible or have been studying for years.

Trillia Newbell’s “A Great Cloud of Witnesses” is a six-week study on Hebrews 11 covering the lives of the faithful, including Abraham, Noah, Joshua, Daniel and others., Through the examples of these faithful people of God, we learn how to live our lives by faith. Newbell takes you through their characteristics and their lives so that you can emulate them and be trusting, faithful followers of Christ.

The best thing about this study, other than the subject matter, is that Newbell asks questions that help you think for yourself and gain a better understanding of what you are studying.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers, as part of the launch team for “A Great Cloud of Witnesses”. 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 21, 2020

Transform your life by living a sent life

Every day is a new opportunity to introduce someone to Christ. You don’t have to do anything that doesn’t feel natural. Just being yourself and being a part of the world around you will offer opportunities to share God’s love in ways that come naturally.

Heather Holleman and her husband, Ashley, became intentional about living a “sent” life. A “sent” life is one that lives each day intentional about sharing the Gospel with at least one person.

Evangelism doesn’t have to be door-to-door; it can, and should, be living your life in such a way that it draws others to Christ. In their book, “Sent”, the Hollemans give practical guidelines for sharing your faith with others and use personal experience from their life to demonstrate how simple it is.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Side Door Communications, as part of Moody Publishers  Book Review 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 2, 2020

Become a praying parent

The first thing to remember about parenting is that your children belong to God. More than anything, God wants to see your children turn to Him and follow Him. Praying for our children, especially if they have hardened their hearts toward God, is something parents should be intentional about doing.

Erwin Lutzer’s “A Practical Guide for Praying Parents” guides parents into praying scripture-based prayers that will bless them and their children. Praying for your children will bring you closer to God and give you an effective ministry to those you care about most. Dr. Lutzer has included many prayers to get you started and covers a variety of situations. Drawing on his examples, you can develop an effective prayer life and cover your children and grandchildren in prayer.

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 | December 2, 2020

Griep’s unpredictable characters entertain in newest novel

When a police constable and street thief pair up to solve a missing persons case, you can bet adventure and mayhem isn’t far behind. Constable Forge and Kit never dream that their temporary partnership will lead them on a journey of self-discovery and love. They surprise each other with each one’s ability to adapt to an unfamiliar lifestyle.

Michelle Griep’s “The Thief of Blackfriars Lane” is entertaining with its banter, excitement and suspense. Her characters are unpredictable and keep us interested in what they are going to do next. Griep’s stories continue to get better and better and the depth of her characters make us enjoy getting to know them. Constable Forge and Kit are fun to read about and get to know. I am hoping that Griep can continue their story and let them partner together again in the future.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Michelle Griep’s “The Thief of Blackfriars Lane” 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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