Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 18, 2020

Revised NIV Bible contains great new features

Zondervan’s fully revised NIV Study Bible definitely earns its title as a study Bible. It contains full color photos and maps and notes that are informative adding depth to your study.

Perhaps the best feature to this revised edition is the concordance that is not just an abridged addition but a full scale concordance that will impact your Bible reading and study.

Heavier and thicker than its predecessor, you will probably keep it at home rather than carrying it around with you. Visit Bible Gateway for more information on the Bible and how to purchase.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from as a member of BibleGateway Blogger Grid. 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 | September 27, 2020

Investing in a life has eternal benefits

What happens when a teenager with no memory crosses paths with a young woman with trust issues? Against her better judgment, Zoe finds herself helping the lost teen and becomes embroiled in a secret so far-fetched that it could only be true.

The only thing the girl knows is that she must find a woman named Summer Wallace who lives in Corpus Christi. When government agents start chasing them, Zoe can’t help wondering what’s she’s gotten herself into. Like any Dekker story, the message is as profound as the story is mind-boggling. Sometimes investing in the lives of others costs us dearly bu the benefits last a lifetime and into eternity.

From start to finish, the excitement and suspense never end. Rachel Dekker is very talented and has a gift for storytelling.

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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | September 6, 2020

Prayer Map Devotional companion to Prayer Map Journal

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“The Prayer Map Devotional” is a 28-week guided prayer and devotional journey that will help you develop a consistent prayer time and inspire you as you prepare for your day.

You will learn how to focus your time so that you can be a more effective intercessor. There is space to share your thoughts, worries, requests and gratitude. Monday through Saturday you will enjoy inspirational words of wisdom to help you in your daily time with the Lord. This is a great companion to “The Prayer Map Journal” and “Scripture Map” previously produced by Barbour.

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 | September 4, 2020

Confront your fears. Change your mindset.

Fear is the devil’s greatest weapon, and he wields it expertly. But we don’t have to give him the power to use our fear to rule over us. In “Do It Afraid”, Joyce Meyer uses her personal experiences to teach us biblical truth and shows us by example how to do what God wants us to do even through our fear of being wrong, standing out or feeling inadequate.

By following through and doing what needs to be done, we can overcome our fear and conquer satan’s hold over our emotions. We all need encouragement to step out of our comfort zones with courage and Meyer offers hers in “Do It Afraid”.

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 | September 4, 2020

Find out how the Bible’s story changes your story

Nancy Guthrie has a way of inspiring her readers to study the Bible through her example. She makes connections between the Old Testament and the New Testament that gives readers something to ponder and something to learn.

In “Even Better Than Eden”, Guthrie reminds us to look forward to our future home rather than focusing on the past and reveling in the present. This world is not our home and Guthrie shows us how God was working in Eden to bring about our new Eden even when everything looked hopeless. This book lends itself to deep discussions among small groups and thoughtful study if reading alone.

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 | August 23, 2020

Johnson’s ‘Georgia Coast Romance’ series gets better and better

When a writer can change your opinion about a particular genre, that writer is very good. Liz Johnson, author of the “Georgia Coast Romance” series, writes romance novels that make you want to fall in love all over again. I was introduced to Johnson when I read “A Sparkle of Silver” which I chose primarily because of the location (Savannah). I love Savannah with its history and gorgeous scenery so any story that takes place there instantly draws my attention.

Johnson’s newest book, “A Dazzle of Diamonds”, thrills with its story about a jilted bride, Penelope Hunter, who is trying to find God’s purpose and plan for her life, and Tucker Westbrook, her best friend who is trying to prove his worth to his father and to her by running for sheriff. When a letter dating back to the Civil War era outs the Westbrook’s ancestors as traitors and thieves, Penelope and Tucker set out to find the truth, but in discovering the truth about his family, they discover deeper truths about themselves.

“A Dazzle of Diamonds” is an enjoyable story with enduring characters. I love how Johnson, in all three of her stories in the series, incorporates letters from ages ago into her stories and how they intertwine with her characters.

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.”

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has taught Sunday School for over 65 years. The NRSV Simple Faith Bible uses material from these lessons as well as insights he has gained over the years. To put it simply, the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is a revision of the Revised Standard Version which is an update to the American Standard Version. It is considered by most scholars to be the most accurate of any modern translation. As stated above, the Simple Faith Bible contains reflections from President Carter’s Sunday School lessons, “Bible in Life” reflections, as well as verses to ponder and prayers of application.

It is not a study Bible but offers so much more as you get to glean from the wisdom of a man who has been a Christian for a very long time and has lived his live in the spotlight applying the Scripture that he has taught for over 65 years.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from as a member of BibleGateway Blogger Grid. 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.”

As a military journalist stationed in the Middle East, Sarah Denning knows about danger. When she is taken hostage, she uses all of her courage to stay strong and keep the other hostages alive. A daring rescue by former Army Ranger Gavin Black succeeds, but danger follows Sarah home.

Eason continues to write thrilling stories that keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are so real that you have to remind yourself they are fictional. Eason does a remarkable job presenting Sarah’s strengths and weaknesses so that you don’t get caught up in identifying her with either. While sometimes her attitudes can be frustrating, Sarah ultimately identifies those weaknesses herself and tries to overcome them. This is why I like Eason so much–her characters often self-reflect and become better–like, you know, a fictional character should.

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 | August 22, 2020

Learn how to navigate God’s Word

Colin S. Smith’s “Open the Bible in 30 Days” is an overview of God’s Word. Smith divides the Bible into three stages: the Old Testament, the Gospels and the New Testament Letters (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit). This guided journey through the Bible will help you gain a broader understanding of the themes and important events that you need to study God’s Word in-depth. Smith also has an interactive website (openthebible.org) that can be used in conjunction with the book.

“Open the Bible in 30 Days” can be used individually or in a small group. If you are new to Bible reading and/or study, Smith’s book will help you dive in confidently and teach you how to read the Scripture and better apply it to your life. His website offers 50 sessions that guide you from Genesis through Revelation. Each session contains a reading of the Scripture, a teaching and discussion questions, complementing the book and the Scriptures.

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 | August 20, 2020

Thrilling to the end…well the end of this installment

“Persian Betrayal”, Terry Brennan’s second book in his Empires of Armageddon Series, is a thrilling continuation of “Ismael Covenant”. Brian Mullaney has made a name for himself but not in a good way. Trying to save his marriage, he agrees to settle down with his family instead of moving from place to place, but at the last minute, he gets an assignment to protect the American Ambassador to Israel.


When terrorists start a campaign to destroy anyone associated with an ancient box, Mullaney gets caught in the middle of it. He discovers that trying to save his marriage and his country are opposite sides of the same coin. Can he do both without destroying everyone and everything he’s worked for?

“Persian Betrayal” will keep you riveted to the end. Brennan’s books start slow but pick up speed and you can’t stop until you’ve read the last word. The final book in the series, “Ottoman Dominion” will hopefully be coming very very soon!

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.”

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