Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | May 17, 2020

The churches of Revelation

bride  Debra Webster’s “Mystery Bride & Mystery Babylon” discusses the mystery of the Bride in Revelation and how the Bride is to prepare for her Groom, Jesus.  Webster does a good job with the descriptions of the seven churches and how they relate to end-time events and how Christians are to prepare.

After part two, it seems like the message just gets bogged down probably because Webster tries to incorporate too much information at one time.  Her message is an important one that we should heed as we seek to understand how we should be getting ready for our Holy Husband.  The reflection questions and prayers at the end of each chapter draw us into a deeper understanding concerning our heart and readiness for the coming of Christ.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author, through Interviews and Reviews, 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 | May 10, 2020

Hope Harbor is my favorite fictional place to vacation

starfish  Irene Hannon’s Hope Harbor series continues to delight and knowing it will continue brings me great joy. I usually read Hannon’s books in this series rather quickly because they are so enthralling. This time I chose to linger because I cherish my time in Hope Harbor. If I listen carefully, I can hear the rolling waves, the belch of Casper the seal and the noises of Floyd and Gladys the seagulls.

“Starfish Pier” is a story of redemption and love. Holly Miller is a first-grade teacher trying to keep a low profile. Steven Roark is an ex-Delta Force operator who left the military to talk some sense into his brother who was fast becoming an alcoholic like their father.  These two different people find themselves attracted to each other, but their different views on the value of human life put them at odds.

Can Holly balance her pro-life conviction with Steven’s past?   If not, they may give up any chance of anything more than friendship and happiness. Can God bring them together in spite of their differences? Whose mind will change?

My favorite storyline in “Starfish Pier” is Pete’s struggle with terminal cancer and physician-assisted-suicide. Hannon handles this issue with kid gloves and ends up with a win.

Lingering in Hope Harbor is a great way to spend the day. Getting to know the people and the sights, sounds and smells are a real treat. While I may not enjoy strictly romantic novels, I love taking a reading vacation in Hope Harbor. The people are friendly, miss you when you leave and will always welcome you back with open arms.

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.”

lost lieutenant  The description on the back of Erica Vetsch’s “The Lost Lieutenant” didn’t do her story justice.  It really didn’t sound like a book that would interest me; however, I decided to take a chance since Vetsch was compared to one of my favorite authors. I was delighted.

From the back cover, we are informed that the story centers around Evan Eldridge, a war hero honored with the title of Earl of Whitelock. But, truthfully, the story is just as much about the courage of a young lady, Diana Seaton, whose life has been a tragic tale of abuse and manipulation by a father who is filled with greed rather than love.

While “The Lost Lieutenant” is considered Christian fiction and some of the characters hold moral values and pray, Vetsch does a good job of weaving Christian morals and values without force. She allows Evan’s and Diana’s Christian virtue to be seen rather than told.

The next book in the Serendipity & Secrets Series, “The Gentleman Spy”, promises to be just as entertaining. I can hardly wait.

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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 | April 17, 2020

New series by Patricia Bradley so very good

standoff  Patricia Bradley’s newest series, Natchez Trace Park Rangers, promises romance, suspense and excitement. In the first installment, “Standoff”, Bradley introduces readers to Brooke Danvers and Luke Fereday. Danvers recently finished her training as a park ranger and Fereday is working undercover. When Danvers’ father’s suspicious death is ruled a suicide, she needs Fereday’s help to prove that he was murdered.  When their cases collide, secrets are threatened to be revealed and danger follows them everywhere. Even trusted friends and colleagues are suspects.

From the first chapter to the last, suspense lovers will be in heaven.  I’m looking forward to hearing more about the Natchez Trace Park Rangers and the trouble they find themselves in.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, through Interviews and Reviews, 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.”

power of words  The revised edition of Sharon Jaynes’ “The Power of a Woman’s Words” is more concise and better organized than the first edition, but it is still as good as the previous version. The cover is more attractive and the chapter headings better represent the text.

There are newer anecdotes and some elaboration of stories previously included.  The purpose of the book remained the same–encouraging readers to watch their words because our words are powerful. Our words can tear others down, build them up or affect our attitudes–whether positive or negative. Jaynes shows us how to use self-control to tame our tongue and exchange negative words for positive ones as well as thinking before speaking.  This is a great small group study, especially when combined with her DVD teaching.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Sharon Jaynes’ “The Power of a Woman’s Words” 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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 17, 2020

Introduction to Theology

faithful theology  Graham A. Cole teaches laymen the proper way to handle theology in “Faithful Theology: An Introduction”–the way that honors God and His Word.  His work focuses on what we believe, what we value and how we live–all of which define our theology.

Cole shares five key elements that answer the questions of how we live and what we believe. Revelation, Christian Thought and Practice, Human Brokenness, Wisdom and Worship.  His hope is that by the time you finish you discover that God has spoken through His Word and He is still speaking to us through His Word. His book reads like a textbook and is meant to encourage readers in their study of theology.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an e-book free from Crossway, 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 7, 2020

Another treasure from Natalie Walters

“Welcome to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name, but no one knows your secret.”

silent shadows  Natalie Walters’ third and final installment in the Harbored Secrets series, “Silent Shadows”, is another suspense-filled story promising excitement, thrills and that ever-so-expected twist of events at the end that will keep your fingers at the tip of the page.

Walters’ newest page-turner is about Nurse Pecca Gallegos and her son Maceo escaping her criminal ex in a small town in Georgia.  Unfortunately, trouble seems to find her and, with the help of Army Veteran Colton Crawford, who is battling demons of his own, she hopes to protect herself and her son from the secrets of her past.

My favorite scene was the dishwasher episode that caused me to laugh out loud and offered some much-needed humor to alleviate some of the tension.  There were other moments of humor throughout the book which I really enjoyed.

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 7, 2020

A devotional thought journal–companion to “When God Says Go”…

a when god says go  Sometimes God calls us to do easy things but, more often than not, He calls us out of our comfort zone to do something we can only do through His power and help.  The only requirement is that we say “yes” when He says “go”.

Elizabeth Laing Thompson’s book “When God Says Go” challenges us to embrace the change that follows saying yes to God’s call. She encourages us to step out in faith when our fear is stronger. In the companion journal, Thompson gives us an opportunity to put our thoughts into words and gain an understanding of our calling, face our fears and discover God’s perspective.

While it is helpful to read the book, the journal can be used without it. If you feel God’s call and are struggling with doubt, use Thompson’s devotional thought journal to help sort out your feelings and find encouragement.

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 29, 2020

Michelle Griep’s best so far

house at moor  On the run from her past, Maggie Lee is trying very hard to keep a low profile in the town she now calls home. When escaped prisoner Oliver Ward shows up wounded and near death, they must decide if they can trust each other and figure out a way to save each other from their respective pass and those who seek to harm them.

“The House at the End of the Moor” is Michelle Griep’s best story so far. Each twist and turn satisfies as the story unfolds.  The story ended much too soon. I so wanted to hear more of their story.

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 29, 2020

12 Questions Jesus Answered in the Gospels

christ  In “The Inquisitive Christ”, author Cara L.T. Murphy discusses 12 questions Jesus asked in the Gospels. When you consider the questions He asked, you realize that He spoke to the needs of the people around Him at the time.  Each question also deals with issues we are walking through today–from faith (mistrust) to healing (wanting to be well) and intimacy with Christ.

At the end of each chapter, Murphy includes a Lectio Divina exercise and questions for reflection.  While not her intention, I found it more helpful to read these first before diving into the chapter reading. An appendix with 100 questions Jesus asked is a very helpful tool to further your journaling/study time.

As with most Christian Living/Spiritual Growth books, you will get more out of some chapters than others. “The Inquisitive Christ” can be read in chapter order, or you can choose to skip around to the question you may be dealing with at the moment.

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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