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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 1, 2017

Scripture’s cure for the worry epidemic

worryHow can we live free from worry and experience peace?  A study of Philippians 4:6-7 teaches us how to discern worry from concern, use prayer to overcome worry, cultivate gratitude and thanksgiving and employ practical strategies for experiencing God’s peace.

True peace is found in the Bible.  We just have to believe.  Dr. Winfred Neely, author of “How to Overcome Worry”, spells out the antidote to worry to help you find the peace the Scripture offers.  Dr. Neely identifies the “troubled waters of worry” and focuses on the best Scripture on worry located in Philippians.

This short, informative book is encouraging and comforting especially for those who have a problem with worry and have not been able to find comfort.  The content, though most of us have heard it before, is worth having repeated and reinforced to keep us focused on God and His promises rather than on our own circumstances. Dr. Neely reminds us that God’s promises are true and shows us how to claim them and believe them.

Very helpful section on the pattern of prayer as well as comforting Scriptures are included in the book.  This will make a great gift for anyone who struggles with constant worry.  If you are a worrier, it’s a must-read.  You may also find it helpful to read in order to help others who trying to overcome worry.

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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 | March 26, 2017

A small town, a big secret and murder

no accidentHidden Springs is a very small town. Everyone knows everybody and secrets are hard to keep.  When the town realtor falls down a flight of stairs in a house known for its own mysteries, the coroner rules it an accident. Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane wants to agree, but circumstances and clues point to foul play.  When a teenager, who is a possible witness to the incident, is threatened along with her family and a man is murdered in the same house, Deputy Sheriff Keane must re-think the first case and discover who is guilty of murder and why.

A.H. Gabhart has continued the story of Hidden Springs in “Murder Is No Accident”.  Just as any small town, Hidden Springs is full of character and characters.  Even in Hidden Springs, truths long hidden come to light when murder crops its ugly head.

If you grew up in a small town, you know the drill.  You are either clamoring to get out or fighting someone to stay.  Most of the citizens in Hidden Springs have dug in their roots, but some who come back only to visit or tend to the needs of aging relatives are itching to leave.  Michael Keane and his life-long love, Alex are struggling to maintain a long distance relationship.  When Alex returns to take care of her uncle who has had a stroke, she must decide whether to marry Michael or leave him and Hidden Springs forever.

Gabhart twists mystery after mystery–both ancient history and new struggle to find an answer.  Will the house continue to hold an aura of mystery?

“Murder Is No Accident” is an excellent mystery and suspense-filled story about a small town and its people.  At some point, the reader will figure it out, but there is an element of mystery that will be withheld until the end.

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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 | March 24, 2017

Women’s field guide for spiritual warfare

warfareFirst published in 1991, “A Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare” (revised and updated) by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock is now in its third printing and has been revised and updated to include challenges faced now (over 20 years later) that were only a blip on the horizon then.  In 1991, there was no Internet or online social media sites to deal with.  The battle for our families has deepened.  Families are not as tied to the church as they once were. Marriages are taking a hit.  Depression, fear and anxiety are more prevalent than ever.  This is a crucial time and, as women, we need to know how to take our place in the battle.

Sherrer and Garlock’s field guide teaches us when, where and how to go to battle against an enemy we can’t see.  The biblical guidelines, inspiring stories and practical steps Sherrer and Garlock provide will help us step out in confidence and fight for what we hold dear.

As much as I was inspired by the stories of others, I found the bullet points and simple prayers to be most helpful.  My favorite and most helpful chapters were (12) “Are You Under Attack?” and (13) “Lessons From the Field”.  Even if you purchased “A Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare” 20 years ago, you definitely need this updated version.  It will be a resource you will use all the time.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Chosen, 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 | March 24, 2017

Current headlines with a heart-stopping plot

warningThe third and final installment in Joel Rosenberg‘s J.B. Collins series focuses on the fight on terrorism, in particular, what would happen if ISIS unleashes it’s terror inside America.  In “Without Warning”, J.B. Collins, Reporter for the New York Times, has just recovered from terrorist attacks in Jordan where world leaders are critically injured and the president is captured.  The president, who was rescued with Collins’ assistance, is still in denial about the threat and dangers of ISIS and the possibility of terrorist attacks within U.S. borders.  The president refuses to take ISIS threats seriously.  When terrorists attack Washington D.C. during the President’s State of the Union Address and the President still continues to deny the looming threats against the U.S. from ISIS, Collins takes matters into his own hands.

This book is hard to put down and hard to read.  The plot, although fiction, is just as real today.  Do our leaders fully understand what ISIS is capable of?

If you have read the first two books in the series, of course, you will want to read this one to find out how it ends.  I encourage everyone to read all of three books (“The Third Target” and “The First Hostage“).  “Without Warning” comes complete with a surprise ending.

I enjoy Rosenberg’s books. They are relevant and give us information about current events we can find nowhere else.

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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 | March 10, 2017

Finding spiritual truths in superhero movies and comicbooks

superheroesCan you really find spiritual truths in the comicbook and movie stories of Superman, Batman, Spiderman and even Iron Man?  Can the men and women who take up the pages of comicbooks really have woven within a profound spiritual message?

Well, yes, they can, and they do.  Ed Strauss has written “The Superheroes Devotional” incorporating 60 stories from superhero comicbooks and movies including well-known figures such as Batman, Superman, Spiderman and Ironman to others like the Black Widow and Shazam.  There are also some villains mentioned as well.

You don’t have to be a superhero fan to find these devotionals compelling and interesting. If you have a superhero fan in your household or a friend who loves them, this is a great way to learn about them and gain a spiritual message as well.  It is interesting to note that there are some superheroes who professed to be Christians and many stories with a Christian undertone.

These devotionals will entertain as well as make you think. They are a great way to help to bond with your children and teach them Christian values.

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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.”

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