Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 20, 2018

Praying God’s promises changes everything

Praying God's Promises: The Life-Changing Power of Praying the Scriptures“Praying God’s Promises” is packed full of God’s promises for every scenario from blessings to troubles and children to relationships to breakthroughs to protection and everything in between. More than a book, Linda Evans Shepherd’s prayer guidebook will help you sort through God’s promises and find a prayer for whatever you are struggling with. Each chapter contains a brief testimony leading into a promise garden filled with promises from God’s Word and help forming prayers.

“Praying God’s Promises” is a book that you will want to keep with your Bible or at your quiet time spot for those times that you need reassurance and help from God’s Word but don’t know where to look.  You will use these prayers for yourself and those you love for everything you are going through.

My only complaint is that it doesn’t come in a pocket size to carry in your purse.

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.”

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Dangerous to KnowIsabella Bankmill is looking for a husband who shares her faith in God, but he must also stand out from the rest–an attractive man who will give her the excitement she needs but who also remains steadfast in his faith. Such a man is hard to find in the small English countryside. However, Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby has caught her eye, as well as every single female, and some married ones, too.  He holds that certain je ne sais quoi but he does not have the faith in God that Isabella requires.

David Beringer is devoted to his faith, a philanthropist who cares deeply for others and is in love with Isabella.  But Lord Bromby wins her heart.  If love is blind, Isabella is as blind as they come. She refuses to believe everyone’s warnings even Lord Bromby’s when he tells her that he is not who she thinks he is.

After their marriage, Isabella learns what her aunt meant when she told her that Lord Bromby was dangerous.  Not in the sense that she was in any real physical danger, but her heart and her faith would suffer ill from his troubled and reckless behavior.

Isabella is a lot like us. When she wants something (or someone) she can’t have, she is drawn to it. She yearns for it. She’ll do just about anything to get him.  She will even convince herself that God wants her to have him. And by that time, it’s all over but the vows.

Megan Whitson Lee shows us that what we want sometimes collides with God’s will and we must decide whether we want what the flesh wants or what God wants for us.  Our choices determine how we will spend the rest of our life.  While “Dangerous to Know” yearns to be a romance novel, it must settle for becoming a parable of flesh v. spirit.

You might think you’ll pick up this book for a few hours of sweet entertainment and indulgence in another world, but you will only be fooling yourself.  This book, while entertaining, will show you a view into a world that will teach you about what God desires for you.

If you know a girl of dating age, “Dangerous to Know” makes a perfect small group study or book club selection.  Our girls need to understand the difference between a blackguard and an honorable man.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. 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.”

A Million Miles From HomeNot many authors can pull off the ability to write in different genres, but Mike Dellosso proves that it can be done even among the fans of his Christian horror and suspense work.  (Yes, there is such a thing and Dellosso is one of the masters.)

“A Million Miles From Home” is about the tragic loss of Ben Flurry’s wife and childhood sweetheart in an automobile accident that left his seven-year-old daughter severely injured.  Ben’s struggle to deal with his own grief and guilt is magnified by the task of consoling and caring for his daughter.

Making the decision to go back home to his parents’ home after fighting so hard to get away from his verbally abusive dad was almost as difficult as dealing with his loss, but Ben knew that in order for Lizzy to heal, physically and emotionally, he had to swallow his pride and do the right thing.

Ben did not realize that doing the right thing would mean forgiving all of the people in his past who had hurt him and Annie.  He didn’t know that the hardest part of the healing process was forgiveness for himself and others.

Whether writing Christian horror and suspense or heart-melting stories of pain and hope, Dellosso doesn’t disappoint when it comes to character development, descriptive scenery or pulling you into his stories through first words and sentences.  Even though we only get to know Annie in the first couple of chapters, she is woven throughout the book and we learn why Ben is lost without her.  We also know that, because of her love, Ben can move on.

 

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 10, 2018

A woman’s every day shapes an eternal legacy

Only One Life: How a Woman's Every Day Shapes an Eternal LegacyJackie Green and Lauren Green McAfee, mother and daughter, have teamed up to challenge women to be all that God created them to be. Using biblical examples, we see how our lives are reflected in the stories of Esther, Hannah, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus and others. Green and McAfee also highlight the stories of Lottie Moon, Ruth Bell Graham, Queen Elizabeth II, Harriet Tubman and many others to show us that one woman can make a vast difference in the world we live in.

Our efforts in the workplace, how we raise our children and using our gifts to fight injustice in the world are just a few ways we can make a difference.  As wife and daughter of the founder of Hobby Lobby, Green and McAfee have witnessed first-hand what building a legacy looks like today.  Women are prayer warriors, faith-ignitors and game changers.

“Only One Life” is an excellent resource for women of all ages. You will want to share this book with the women and girls in your life.  We are more important that we know. We can do more than we think. And our lives mean more to those around us than we realize.

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 | July 3, 2018

Like father, like daughter–Dekker proves her writing genius

When Through Deep WatersYou would expect nothing less than genius from Rachelle Dekker as Ted Dekker’s daughter, and she performs exceptionally in “When Through Deep Waters”.  Rachelle proves that her imagination for the extraordinary and grasp of biblical principles do, in fact, create a masterpiece of fiction that is mesmerizing and thought-provoking.

Alicen McCaffrey has everything her mother wants for her–a rich husband, a beautiful house and a precocious daughter. Until the tragic day, when her little girl drowns, and she blames herself.  In her grief, she travels with a childhood friend back to the town where they spent their summers as children.  As she starts hearing voices and seeing people no one else can see, Alicen wonders if she will ever recover or lose her sanity altogether.

Rachelle taps into all of our emotions when dealing with Alicen’s story–sorrow, grief, anger, frustration–it’s like you are there experiencing everything as a witness to Alicen’s slow journey to either healing or insanity.

Don’t let the summer go by without reading Rachelle Dekker’s masterpiece.  May her next venture be as extraordinary as this one.

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 | July 3, 2018

Finding peace through forgiveness

The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness: How to Find Peace by Forgiving Others and YourselfMatthew 18:21-35 includes the story of the unmerciful servant who, after being shown incredible mercy, refused to demonstrate the same mercy to his fellow servant. In this parable, Bruce Wilkinson discovered the true consequences of forgiveness and unforgiveness in our life. We are tortured when we refuse to forgive those who hurt us.

In “The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness”, Wilkinson teaches us how to forgive wholeheartedly and the benefits that come when we forgive others and ourselves.  If you complete all of the steps outlined in his book, Wilkinson guarantees you will find the peace you have been desperately searching for. In fact, he believes in his message so much that he offers a money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

If you are ready to be set free from the inner turmoil that unforgiveness has caused and are open to follow Wilkinson’s advice, read this book and follow the instructions.  It may take awhile, but in the long run, all the hard, tough work will be worth it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bring It On! Communications, 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 | July 3, 2018

Living in the fullness of Jesus–‘He is Enough’

He is Enough: Living in the Fullness of Jesus (A Study in Colossians)In this six-week study on Colossians, Asheritah Ciuciu’s “He is Enough”, will help you discover that you don’t need what advertisers, the media, Hollywood or the people next door are trying to sell you.  All you need is the life-giving power of Jesus.

When you realize the all-sufficiency of Christ is available to you, you won’t fall for the gimmicks that never live up to their promises.  Ciuciu’s study is in-depth and will show you how to dig deep into the Scripture.  You will feast on God’s Word as you learn about focus on God and engage in His Word.

If you want to learn how to live in the fullness of Christ, Ciuciu’s study on Colossians will guide you. Using creative ideas, such as coloring pages, you will engage with the Bible study with heart and mind.

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 | June 22, 2018

Be unafraid to be authentic

 

unafraid

  • Accept Your Awesomeness
  • Unearth the Untruths
  • Try Loving Everyone
  • Hold On To Hope
  • Extend and Embrace Forgiveness
  • Never Shrink Back
  • Trample the Negatives
  • Invest In Community
  • Camp In the Word of God

Do you feel good enough? Do you hear messages every day that tell you that who you are is not okay?  Social media tells us that the world expects perfection–perfect husbands, perfect children, perfect jobs, perfect hair–and if our lives aren’t perfect, then something is wrong with us.  It doesn’t help that people on social media post statuses that imply their lives are flawless, and we fall into the comparison trap.

Carey Scott’s “Unafraid” encourages us to revel in our own awesomeness and not look to others for affirmation and acceptance.  She walks us through how to stay true to ourselves and challenges us to be real–not perfect.

If you are trying to live up to an impossible standard, grab a copy of “Unafraid”  and learn how to overcome your fear of not being good enough.  Don’t live out a life of discontentment–rediscover your joy by renewing your mind.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Carey Scott’s “Unafraid” 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.”

Designed for More: Unleashing Christ's Vision for Unity in a Deeply Divided World(#Sponsored by FaithWords)

Lucas Ramirez’s “Designed For More” is about church unity and how to achieve it. Using the example of bird murmurations, Ramirez and Mike DeVito inspire to unity as individuals and the church as a whole.

Ramirez and DeVito offer a compelling and inspiring account of what unity means for the church. If Christians and churches worked together instead of competing with and criticizing each other, how many people would be affected?

The importance of unity is displayed by the murmurations of starlings. These birds work together to protect each other and ward off predators. It is an awesome parable for our day.

While the authors sometimes get caught up in too much rhetoric, the subject matter of unity is so important and there is so little material as persuasive as “Designed For More“. The world needs to know that God’s people are one. When we are so divided by our theology that keeps us divided into groups, how can we expect the outside world to comprehend what Jesus truly wanted us to understand.

https://www.designedformorebook.com/video/

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 | June 21, 2018

A fresh encounter for deeper faith

Who Do You Say that I AM?: A Fresh Encounter for Deeper FaithNo one has ever walked away from an encounter with Jesus and remained the same. Becky Harling has written an insightful 8-week Bible study on eight questions Jesus asked His disciples and those He met as He traveled. Harling’s study, “Who Do You Say That I Am?”, will bring you close to Jesus and after having done so you will see these questions in a different light.

  • Who do you say that I am?
  • Do you still not understand?
  • Why are you so afraid?
  • What do you want Me to do for you?
  • Do you believe I am able to do this?
  • Do you want to get well?
  • Can you add to your life by worrying?
  • Has no one returned to give praise to God?

Jesus’ answers to these questions may surprise you. The truths presented by God’s Word will leave you forever changed. How you answer them will determine how much faith you have, but once you know the truth, your faith will increase.

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.”

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