Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | January 8, 2019

The God of your dreams

Decoding Your Dreams by Jennifer LeClaire  God speaks to us in many ways, including through our dreams.  Just as He came to Joseph and Daniel and others throughout the Bible, He also comes to us.  We must be open to receive.  Jennifer LeClaire helps us understand the importance of our dreams in “Decoding Your Dreams”. She shows us, through Bible stories and personal experience, what God is doing in our dream life. She also helps us recognize the way He speaks to us and helps us interpret our dreams.

While she doesn’t offer specific dream analysis, she does share certain dream classifications using biblical symbolism. She is very careful to advise readers to search the Scriptures and seek God for interpretation and warns against turning to online sources and especially to those requesting money to interpret your dreams.

“Decoding Your Dreams” is a helpful resource if you are looking for wisdom and encouragement in interpreting your dreams.

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.”

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Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | December 31, 2018

The power of seated living

Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of ComparisonAre you constantly comparing yourself to others?  Do you envy those who have success where you’ve experienced only failure?  Does our culture of comparison take the wind out of your sails, leaving you searching for a place at the table, or any table for that matter?

Heather Holleman knows what it’s like to search for a seat at a table that seems to be constantly in motion.  In “Seated With Christ”, she shows us that we already have a seat at the best table–Christ’s table. We all have the best seat in the house when we choose to abide in Christ.

Because we are seated with Christ, right now, we can enjoy the successes of others without considering them our failures.  We don’t have to envy others’ good fortunes because we have our own seat, the one God has chosen specifically for us.  Holleman does an excellent job of demonstrating what this looks like in our life. No matter what is happening around us, God has been just as good to us.  We can celebrate with others while being content with our own circumstances.

If you want to live a life that matters, “Seated With Christ” is a resource you will turn to again and again for encouragement. We don’t have to do more. We just have to be in the presence of God and be available to His leading.  Abide in Christ, sit at the table and live freely.

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 27, 2018

What you don’t know could kill you

Code of Valor by Lynette Eason Lynette Eason’s remarkable way of weaving suspense, romance and a Christian worldview has come through again in book 3 of her Blue Justice series, “Code of Valor”. This time Brady St. John takes the spotlight.  As the book opens, Brady is on a much-needed vacation which is about to be interrupted by a woman screaming. Emily Chastain, a financial crimes investigator, had made a big discovery only she didn’t know what it was. When she was kidnapped and almost murdered, Brady saved her and became caught up with the investigation, along with his brothers and sisters.  Emily doesn’t trust many people, but she must trust the St. Johns or she and her family may end up dead.

Eason has a knack for suspense. The fast-paced action of “Code of Valor” begins on page one and doesn’t let up until the final moments. What an awesome, breathless adventure awaits you as you find out who is behind the kidnapping and murders. It doesn’t take long for everyone to be a suspect.

Eason writes exciting stories filled with romance and suspense.  Her characters never fail to come alive with personality and charm.  The St. Johns are the best siblings and their harmless ribbing and obvious love for one another make their stories so much fun to read.

I’m looking forward to Linc’s story coming in 2019.  I love spending time with the St. Johns.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, and Interviews and Reviews, 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 27, 2018

A creative way to spend time with God

The Devoted Life by Marjorie Jackson Marjorie Jackson’s “A Devoted Life” is a 31-day creative journaling experience that will teach you how to live a life fully devoted to Christ. Each day, or section, gives you an opportunity to be creative by coloring inspirational quotes or Scripture or using creative writing, or journaling, with prompts that will guide your creative process.  The section also includes a short devotional covering topics relating to being devoted to Christ, such as prayer, Bible reading, forgiveness, determining God’s will, etc., as well as a list of Scriptures that will help you go deeper with your study.

The world is trying to mislead us into thinking that devotion to Christ and making Him a priority in our lives is not important, but it is, in fact, the most important thing we can do in this life.  While the 31 sections can be used daily, you can also take each section slowly and cover the topics in more depth.

The imitation leather cover is a gorgeous rose color. You can make the inside your own whether you color, or write, or both.  “The Devoted Life” is a great gift for yourself or someone special.  It will be treasured.

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 | December 19, 2018

‘Dead Sea Rising’ one of Jerry B. Jenkins’ best

Dead Sea Rising by Jerry B. Jenkins At first, it doesn’t seem like the story of Terah, Abraham’s father, and a modern-day Jewish family would have a lot in common.  But Jerry B. Jenkins’ “Dead Sea Rising” intertwines the story (albeit fictional) of Terah’s idol-worship and the Bermans, a family of archaeologists, who are searching for artifacts that could change how the world views biblical history.

Dr. Nicole Berman’s mother is attacked and the first suspects are herself and her father. It is not easy to clear their names when Mrs. Berman wakes up from surgery and starts saying things that incriminate them.

Meanwhile, Terah is overcome with fear that King Nimrod is going to take his son as a sacrifice believing that Abram will one day seize the throne for himself.  Being an idol-worshipper, Terah believes his gods have devised a plan to save the child but following this path leads Terah into the depths of darkness and he begins to lose everything he holds dear.

“Dead Sea Rising” is the first of the “Dead Sea Chronicles” series that will continue in 2019.  The excitement and intrigue flow easily from chapter to chapter and before long the book is over leaving you breathlessly anticipating the next book in the series.  If there is one thing Jerry B. Jenkins does well, it is leaving you in suspense waiting on the next story. I can’t wait for “Dead Sea Conundrum” set to release in 2019.

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 | December 18, 2018

Great Bible study to start off the year

If God Is For Us: The Everlasting Truth of Our Great Salvation“If God Is For Us” by Trillia J. Newbell is a six-week Bible study focusing on Romans 8.  Just one chapter, but it packs a punch.  The first week is a quick study of Romans 1-7, but the following five weeks are based solely on the verses in chapter 8.

Newbell’s vision of one chapter for six weeks brings a beloved chapter and favorite book of the Bible to life in us as we study Romans 8 in depth.  Each week consists of five daily studies that lead us into thought-provoking questions and insightful exposition by Newbell that helps us internalize God’s Word.

Perfect for a group study or individual use, “If God Is For Us” will encourage and bless everyone who participates. It will impact the lives of new Christians as well as mature Christians.

I always enjoy the Bible studies Moody Publishers prints. Start off the year in Romans. You will be blessed and encouraged. By the end of the six weeks, you will be able to explain Romans 8 in detail and with passion.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers, as part of Trillia J. Newbell’s “If God Is For Us” Launch Team. 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 12, 2018

Anne Graham Lotz pens an inspiring devotional

Fixing My Eyes on Jesus: Daily Moments in His Word Anne Graham Lotz could not have known when she was preparing and writing “Fixing My Eyes On Jesus” that she would be battling cancer and would be having to live out her faith in such a dynamic way.  She has always had a passion to teach God’s Word and to proclaim truth to others.  She is much like her father when she brings forth a message from God’s Word.

This 365-day devotional will inspire you to daily fix your focus on Jesus with Scripture and a meditation that will help you see Jesus and keep your eyes on Him throughout the day.  As I read the devotionals, which take only minutes to read, I felt inspired and uplifted.  I can’t wait to go through them day-by-day slowly and ponder each question and thought.

If you are searching for a devotional for the new year, I highly recommend that you consider “Fixing My Eyes on Jesus”. Anne Graham Lotz has always been one of my favorite authors who bring me closer to the Word of God and to Jesus every time.

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 | December 12, 2018

A missionary’s first year in the jungles of Ecuador

Made for the Journey by Elisabeth Elliot In “Made for the Journey”, Elisabeth Elliot shares her experiences as she embarks on her first year of service as a missionary in the jungles of Ecuador.  This diary-like book is filled with her thoughts and feelings about what she saw, felt, experienced and how she sought for God’s will for her life as she was thrown into missionary life.

If you are not familiar with her story, and that of her husband, Jim Elliot, you will not find this book very interesting.  It certainly was not what I had expected.  Although it may not have been this way, it appears that she was thrust into a missionary field that she was neither qualified or prepared for.  She was not given a specific task to complete, but she did, however, decide that God’s will for her journey to Ecuador was to bring the Word of God to a people who had no written language and no connection to the outside world.

The task of learning the language and putting it into written form proved to be an arduous task and nearly impossible.  It was enough to cause her to doubt God’s plan for her life.

She was involved with Jim Elliot, but they were not talking marriage even though it was obvious she wanted to marry him more than he wanted to marry her.  He believed God wanted him to remain single while doing His work.  When he did discuss marriage with Elisabeth, he had stipulations which she was more than happy to fulfill.

Someone who is not familiar with the story of Jim Elliot or who has not read any of Elisabeth Elliot’s previous books will not find this book very interesting. Missionary work has changed over the course of the last 30 years or so as well as how men and women prepare for ministry that it would not be a very good resource for those seeking to enter the mission field.

This book was obviously written by a very young Elisabeth Elliot and intended to be a diary of her life while in the jungles of Ecuador.  She has influenced many people with her story of courage and strength in the face of overwhelming circumstances,  but “Made for the Journey” is not among her most influential work.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, and Interviews and Reviews, 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 10, 2018

Mentoring others to become more like Jesus

Real Change by CCEFIn “Real Change”, the authors, Andrew Nicholls and Helen Thorne, teach churches and small groups about biblical change–transforming their lives to become more like Christ.  The study is intended to be used by at least two people, or a group that can divide by twos.  It would be somewhat difficult to be used as an individual study.

There are six sessions that address various issues we either struggle with or strive for.  You work with a discussion partner during the meeting and have homework between sessions.  It can be used as a small group study, as mentioned above, but would work best as a mentoring tool.  If you are a mentor, this book will be an excellent resource that will benefit both of you.  You can go through it as quickly or as slowly as you would like.  It also includes leader’s notes that will help you prepare and facilitate the sessions.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from through Audra Jennings PR for New Growth Press. 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 5, 2018

‘Anomaly’ not your traditional vampire story

Anomaly: Beyond the Rabbit (The Rabbit Saga Book 4)  “Anomaly” is the fourth installment of Ellen C. Maze’s Rabbit Saga and is about the spiritual battle of the two remaining rakum, Elder Kilmeade and Elder Canaan, after their brethren have transformed into humans.

Can Kilmeade and Canaan survive or will they face the inevitability of making a decision-for God or for flesh?

Up until now, we have only experienced Canaan and Kilmeade on the periphery. In “Anomaly”, we get to see more of their personalities, their struggles and their past.  You will love them.  You will cheer them on. And you will be amazed at their transformation before they even know they are changing.

The spiritual battles and the spirituality contained in the Rabbit Saga and particularly in “Anomaly” will provoke you to think. Without giving too much away, the final chapters will make you glad you read the entire series. And that last scene–well, don’t hold your breath or blink. It’s awesome. I’m looking forward to “Conundrum”.

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.”

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