Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | January 11, 2017

Are you too blessed to be stressed?

blessed“Too Blessed to Be Stressed…Inspiration for Every Day” by Debora M. Coty is a different kind of inspirational devotional.  With her humor and wisdom, Coty uses every day events in our relationships, homes, work, etc, to offer inspiring and encouraging words to help women find refreshment and healing and taking our minds off of our stress.

From cover to cover, the beauty of this devotional is enough to calm your stress.  Each day will find a new opportunity to laugh and be encouraged and inspired by Coty’s words of wisdom tucked away in funny stories and inspiring Bible verses.

If you need some additional encouragement and sometimes a little smile to start the day, “Too Blessed to Be Stressed…Inspiration for Every Day” will be your favorite book to read.

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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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | January 11, 2017

Welcome to Ivy Hill

ivy-hillWhen Jane Bell inherits her husband’s coaching inn, The Bell, she reluctantly takes over as landlady even though she has no experience or no idea how to manage a business.  Her brother-in-law and mother-in-law return to help, but their strained relationship makes things more difficult.  With the prospect of losing the Inn due to her husband’s questionable behavior, Jane puts her whole heart into saving the Inn and the jobs of her employees.

Thora Bell, Jane’s mother-in-law, resents the fact that her son saw fit to leave the family inn to Jane.  She is struggling to overcome her own losses, including her husband, son and the Inn.  Will they put their personal differences aside to save the Inn, or can they come to grips that their efforts will fail?

Julie Klassen is a masterful storyteller.  Her historical narratives and romantic interludes combine to form a perfect work that satisfies readers of both historical and romantic fiction.

“The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill” will capture your heart.  Klassen has written another masterpiece.  With just enough history to be interesting, romance to be heart-warming and mystery to be gratifying, you will enjoy your first visit to Ivy Hill and look forward to many more visits to come.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing  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 | January 3, 2017

Journaling Bible for Girls

journaling-bibleDesigned with girls in mind, the NIV Holy Bible for Girls Journaling Edition will please any girl who loves to reflect on Scripture by taking notes, journaling, drawing, etc., in the margins of her Bible.  In fact, if you enjoy any of the above activities to help you in your time in the Word, you will also love this journaling Bible.  Spending time with God and His Word by journaling or drawing can be fun and inspiring.

Sharing your God-given artistic talent with God through the study of His Word can also be very worshipful. This new Bible offers space to be creative.  The pages are perfect and most colors won’t bleed through.  I love the colors and design of the cover.

The “How to Use This Bible” feature is very useful and filled with great ideas on how to get started.  You may want to purchase one of these for every little girl in your life.  There is a Journaling edition for boys as well.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Handlebar Marketingas 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 22, 2016

‘Kingdom Prayer’–Touching heaven to change earth

kingdomIn “Kingdom Prayer”, Tony Evans explains the importance of prayer and how to pray effectively even when it may be challenging.  He discusses the power of prayer and our authority and access.  He talks about abiding in Christ and how to move mountains and stop blocking our miracle.

As always, Evans uses practical and simple language to help us understand how the physical act of praying affects the spiritual realm.  Our prayers can move heaven to bring glory to God on earth.

Evans encourages us not only to pray but also to spend time in God’s Word.  If you are only praying for five minutes a day, your spiritual condition will reflect it.  If you want to learn how to pray in faith and accomplish great things, discover this power in “Kingdom Prayer”.

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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 | December 16, 2016

Amelia Rhodes’ ‘Pray A to Z’ Giveaway

atozOn the back cover, a simple question is posed–one which prompts you to consider how to even begin:

“How would (y)our community change if instead of absently saying, ‘I’ll pray for you’, we actually did pray–deeply, intensely and purposefully?”

When people ask you to pray for them, they generally have a specific request in mind, but sometimes we want to pray for our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends with an intentionality that sparks change and just don’t know where to start.

Amelia Rhodes’ “Pray A to Z” is topically organized alphabetically offering Bible verses, prayer and prompts to help you lay burdens at the feet of Jesus.  Each letter has five topics–three prayers of petition and two or more prayers of praise.  She teaches us how to have specific, focused communion with God while praying for those around us.  You will also learn how to add other issues following her example.

Rhodes’ book is an excellent guidebook and one that you will use over and over again.  My one wish, or two, is that there was space to record names of people you are praying for as well as a space for your own prayers.

Are you ready to change your community, one prayer at a time? Learn how to organize your prayer requests topically and lay the burdens of your community at the feet of our Heavenly Father with the help of Amelia Rhodes’ new book, Pray A to Z. Whether you are praying for a friend’s adoption journey, a neighbor’s bankruptcy, or a family member’s cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer, Pray A to Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.

Learn more about Pray A to Z and how to pray for your community, and enter to win Amelia’s Guide to Prayer Prize Pack to get you started.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 20. The winner will be announced December 21 on Amelia’s blog.

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Disclosure 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 | December 14, 2016

Letitia Suk’s ‘Getaway with God’ Travel Bag Giveaway

getawayI love the idea of a personal retreat and time away with God.  In fact, I have been able to have several myself and find it incredibly refreshing.  But sometimes it seems there isn’t enough time (or vacation time) or money to go around.

Letitia Suk reminds us that sometimes we have to be creative in order to plan a getaway with God.  In her book, “Getaway With God”, Suk explains the benefits of a personal retreat and details steps for preparation.  She even includes sample schedules which she emphasizes are just guidelines and to allow God to plan your time together.

No matter where you are in your spiritual walk or stage of life, a personal retreat is beneficial for an intimate relationship with God.  Suk’s enthusiasm and excitement makes you want to plan a retreat as soon as possible.  Whether it is time or money that keeps you from planning time away with God, Suk offers several creative solutions.

“Get Away With God” is an inspired book filled with wonderful ideas and exercises to get you started on an intimate journey with God.

Do you need a day away from busyness and stress to transform your life? Schedule a day and learn how to make the most of your time of refreshment with Letitia Suk’s new book, Getaway with God. You’ll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you’ll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.

Get ready for your own getaway with God by entering to win a travel bag set from Letitia.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Getaway with God
  • A Vera Bradley XL Duffel Travel Bag
  • A Vera Bradley Cosmetic Trio
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 16. The winner will be announced December 19 on the Litfuse blog.

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Disclosure 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 | December 9, 2016

How Jesus’ miracles can change your life

miracleWe have often heard that Jesus had us on His mind when He died for our sins on the cross, but have you ever considered that He was thinking about you when He performed His miracles?  Maybe not individually, but He knew what problems humans would face in their lifetime and performed miracles that were later recorded by his disciples so that we can find answers to our troubles.

Healing the blind and the lame, walking on water and feeding the 5,000 are just a few of the miracles that have application for us today.  When we are overwhelmed, discouraged or afraid, there’s a miracle for that.  All we have to do is turn to Jesus’ miracles and find comfort.  Our troubles may not instantly disappear, but we will find comfort and peace knowing that our miracle awaits when we trust God and have faith that miracles still happen today.

If you are struggling right now, “Find Your Miracle” by Kerry and Chris Shook should be the next book you read.  If you want some insight into Jesus’ miracles and their application for today, the Shooks have delivered a unique insight.  I absolutely loved this book.  It is definitely one of my favorite non-fiction books of 2016.

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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 | December 6, 2016

Quiet the chaos and restore your sanity

overwhelmedWhew! “Overwhelmed” is a lifesaver.  If you feel as if you have so much to do, too much clutter and not enough time, and you are operating outside of grace, drop what you are doing and pick up Kathi Lipp’s and Cheri Gregory’s newest how-to manual on simplifying your life–but it’s so much more than that…..

Yes, there are lots of books available to help you manage your time or declutter your life. There’s even more on how to get more done in less time (as if that’s even possible). But none of them (no, none of them) compares to the “Overwhelmed” approach.

I’ve lived in a constant state of overwhelmed for so long that I can’t remember not being in a panic.  It always seems like I get one thing done and three more take its place.  It’s very true that “feeling as though you have no options is overwhelming”. (p 23).

Through short questionnaires, Kathi and Cheri help you identify your state of ovewhelm and guide you to the chapters in the book that will be most helpful to you (talk about simple).  Of course, if you are like me, you need every chapter most!  The conversational tone helps you identify with them and keeps you focused. You don’t have to be overwhelmed any more.  Read “Overwhelmed” and be prepared to find grace and rest in God.

“Overwhelmed” will be available for purchase on January 1, 2017 but you can pre-order from Amazon.com now.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of the “Overwhelmed” 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 | December 6, 2016

We can stop trying so hard

nothing-to-proveHave you ever volunteered to do something you didn’t have time for or weren’t gifted to do, or just plain didn’t want to because you were afraid of what someone would say about you?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the expectations of others and weighed down with thoughts of not being good enough?  Jennie Allen invites us into a new way of thinking in “Nothing to Prove”, a book that helps us find freedom from self-induced pressure to be enough when we aren’t–Jesus is.  It’s nice to do things WITH God instead of for Him.  When we begin filtering our activities through the simplicity of knowing and loving Jesus, we can finally experience what He can do in and through us.

What if we finally let God be enough and stopped trying so hard to prove something to ourselves.  It is time to let go of ourselves.  Let God be God in our lives which frees us from over-achieving and being overwhelmed.

Thanks to Allen, we no longer have anything to prove. Using the book of John, Allen helps us to see God in a different way through her stories based on Bible events in John and the experience guide to help us focus on our relationship with God.  Her book is inspirational, encouraging and very freeing if we take her message to heart.

“Nothing to Prove” will be available for purchase on January 31, 2017.  You can pre-order on Amazon.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Jennie Allens’ “Nothing to Prove” 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 | December 6, 2016

Experiencing God’s Power and Presence

alive“Alive In the Spirit” is a compilation of sermons of A.W. Tozer from the 1950s compiled and edited by James L. Snyder.  It is interesting to note that the church today is experiencing the same issues as it was when Tozer was preaching.  Through the boldness of Tozer’s sermons, we see that the church was leaning toward entertainment and away from worship.  We also see that people are still talking about what being “filled with the Spirit” looks like and how to experience the Spirit’s involvement in our life.

In fact, Tozer’s boldness in his tone and frankness in his delivery (even in the writing), may take you aback especially if you are used to the political correctness of many of today’s contemporary pastors and their sermons.  We don’t often hear pastors speak with such boldness today as maybe we should.

This is a must-have book for any “fan” of Tozer’s and a must-read for anyone who seeks to be filled with the Holy Spirit and struggles to know what that means and what it looks like.  Tozer explains how not only to have the Spirit, but also to be filled with the Spirit.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing  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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