Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | November 20, 2018

Pete and Jess finally get their story in ‘Wait For Me’

Wait for Me (Montana Rescue, #6)

How clever that Susan May Warren titled her last book in her Montana Rescue Series “Wait For Me”.  Readers have devoured five books waiting for Pete and Jess to get their story.  This final story is a culmination of several events that bring closure to the series and its characters who we have all grown to love. Ben King and Kasey finally get married. Shae, aka Esme, finds true love and Pete and Jess–well, you just have to read their story.

In “Storm Front”, Jess rediscovered her old life and, thanks to Pete, has returned to New York to get resolution and answers. But, now, Pete is regretting that decision as Jess has yet to return to him.  He can’t accept the fact that she is with another man even after Jess has claimed it is only temporary. Given Jess’ compulsion to run, Pete is trying, without success, to move on with his life.

After an argument with Pete, Jess leaves with Shae and Ned. When they are kidnapped, the PEAK team comes together to save them and Pete must conquer his emotions if he hopes to find them.

Warren has once again introduced characters who have become like family. They will be missed.  I enjoyed my visits with the PEAK team and watching them survive every adventure and fall in love all while discovering their faith.  While the adventure and excitement of the Montana Rescue series is over, I am almost positive Warren has already found a new family to introduce us to and new adventures to thrill us.  At least I hope so.

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.”

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Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | November 19, 2018

A year of daily devotions–one word a day

  If you are like me, you plan ahead trying to choose a daily devotional for the following year.  2019 is fast approaching and now is the time to find your new daily encouragement. Karen Moore’s “What a Great Word” introduces you to one word a day.  Each daily word includes a scripture, a prayer and wise words centered around the word of the day.  Moore’s encouraging words will help you strengthen your faith and see God at work in your life.  The alphabetical index in the back of the book will help you if you are looking for a particular word that you need at a specific time in your life.

Moore has included simple words, meaningful words and hard words, but they all hold powerful spiritual meaning when wrapped around scripture.  “What a Great Word” will make an excellent Christmas gift for yourself or anyone on your Christmas list.

Don’t forget to plan ahead this year for your daily word from God.  Available for pre-order.  Will be out on December 4, 2018.

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 | November 19, 2018

Devotions for the longing soul

Redeemed: Devotions for the Longing SoulI was fortunate to be a part of the Will Graham Celebration when the event was held in Auburn, Alabama in 2009.  Having grown up listening to the Billy Graham Crusades on television, I was excited to hear his grandson speak.  While Will Graham has his own style and presentation of preaching, he was very similar to his grandfather in many ways.

If you are an admirer of Billy Graham and enjoyed his teaching, you will most certainly love Will Graham’s new devotional book, “Redeemed”.  Graham has insured that Billy Graham’s legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren.  Each of the 50 devotionals includes quotes and stories of his grandfather and his insights into his grandfather’s life.

“Redeemed” offers a look into the life of Billy Graham through the eyes of a grandson and offers encouragement for the longing soul.

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 | November 19, 2018

New Growth Press’ Spirit of Giving Children’s Book Giveaway

 

Who doesn’t love giving and getting books for Christmas? (If you don’t,
we may need to have a talk!)

Books are a great gift, especially for children. Not only do we want to
encourage the love of reading and give them stories they will enjoy, we
want to provide teaching moments. Plus giving little ones new books is
really a gift to the parents as well. They need a break from the same old
bedtime stories.

You don’t have to be a parent to buy for kids, you know! Maybe you
have grandkids, nieces, nephews, neighbors, or want to bless some
children from church.

New Growth Press is jumping into the gift giving season by giving
away THREE children’s book gift boxes (retail value of $125 each).
All of their children’s books are beautifully illustrated, entertaining,
teach a lesson, and most importantly, are biblically based!

From November 19-25, you can enter to win one of three children’s
gift boxes.

Each gift box includes five of New Growth Press’ new children’s
releases and two of their best sellers:

This playful children’s book serves as a beginner’s theology book for
young readers who love numbers and patterns. By discovering numbers
in God’s world and in his Word, parents help their children foster a deeper
love and knowledge of who God is and how he counts them as his.
With countable illustrations and an easy-to-learn structure, children who
are always seeking, finding, tracing, and counting numbers will be
captivated by God Counts.

These three books are a part of the Good News for Little Hearts series.
This is a new series of hardback, illustrated children’s books for three-to
eight-year-olds—each centered on an animal family. The animal characters,
colorful illustrations, and the real-life issues each animal family face will
captivate children. The first three books address anxiety, anger, and failure,
bringing biblical counsel and hope to issues every child faces. Together
children and parents will be guided by the stories into meaningful
conversations about living by faith in everyday life.

God Made Me and You invites kids to explore God’s design for ethnic
diversity. Because Scripture teaches that ethnic diversity is not something
that should be tolerated but rather enthusiastically embraced, Christian
hip hop artist Shai Linne helps children, parents, and caregivers to
celebrate this biblical truth through a lyrical, rhyming style and colorful illustrations.

God Made All of Me is an invaluable resource and beautifully illustrated
story to help families talk about sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old
children. This helpful guide starts from the fundamental truth that God
created everything and applies that truth to kids and their bodies. With
the help of God Made All of Me, parents and caregivers can begin
conversations with boys and girls about their bodies, navigating a
discussion that can so easily be warped into confusion, embarrassment,
and secrecy.

The Radical Book for Kids is a fun-filled explorer’s guide to the Bible,
church history, and life for boys and girls ages eight and up. Vibrantly
illustrated and chock-full of fun facts and ideas, this interactive book
competes with screen time by stimulating children’s natural curiosity
and sense of adventure! Along with the many fun and exciting stories
of historical figures, young and old readers alike will learn about the
roots of our faith and the importance of the gospel in our lives.

In case you don’t win the prize pack, sign-up for New Growth Press’
e-news at https://newgrowthpress.com/ to receive information
about their Countdown to Christmas discounts so that you can
order copies. Be sure to follow them on social media as well
where they will be sharing daily deals throughout the
Christmas season: (
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twitter.com/newgrowthpress |
instagram.com/newgrowthpress)
.

 

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | November 14, 2018

Game gone wrong

Stratagem by Robin Caroll Grayson Thibodeaux, co-owner of Games On You, which is similar to the escape room adventure, knew it was wrong for his business to create a game for his ex-wife’s company when she was a participant, but he let his partner, Colton York, talk him into it.

Anna Belle, Grayson’s ex-wife, was not well-liked by anyone, so it was not much of a surprise when someone murdered her using her allergy to cherries to induce a reaction and taking away her epi-pen so she had no way of saving herself.  Everyone is a suspect, but Grayson, as the ex-husband, tops the list especially for one bitter detective who seems to have it out for him from the beginning.  But there are other people with bigger motives.

Robin Caroll’s “Stratagem” was fun to read. Not heavy on action, it was more of a re-telling of events that allow the reader to put the pieces together even if the motive is unclear until the end.

I particularly enjoyed Caroll’s realistic approach to the story as opposed to creating a scenario that appeals to readers. The conflict between Danielle, one of the detectives on the case, and Grayson was awkward until the reasons for her attitude are revealed. At first, I just wanted Danielle to get what was coming to her–a big “I told you so”–, but Caroll did a marvelous job of eliciting empathy for her.

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 | November 7, 2018

‘Who’s That, Daddy’–a tribute to New Orleans’ monuments

Image result for who's that daddy mimi owens As more and more national and regional monuments are being removed or threatened with removal, it is increasingly important for the next generation to be reminded of our country’s history.  Due to political correctness, students aren’t receiving some details about our nation’s history or the history of local people of note.

For these reasons and more, Mimi Owens has written a children’s book entitled “Who’s That, Daddy?” offering insights into the monuments that are at risk in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Beautifully illustrated by Sean Gautreaux, Owens’ book features General Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square, Joan of Arc, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville, just to name a few.

I was fortunate enough to interview Ms. Owens about her book and the interview follows in question/answer form:

1.  Why did you write “Who’s That, Daddy?”?

Owens:

In many speeches and interviews concerning the monuments former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu stated and I’m paraphrasing, “when your child asks why Robert E. Lee sits atop of our city what do you tell them that could possibly uplift them? Could you do it?” Those words inspired me to write this children’s book,  “Who’s That, Daddy?” explaining some of New Orleans most popular monuments. It’s obvious now more than ever how important it is to properly educate our children.

2.   Are you going to be writing more books covering monuments in other cities/countries?

Owens:

I have begun writing my second book. It’s about the monuments on Monument Ave in Richmond, Va. Eventually I hope to have Savannah, Ga and Charleston, S.C. editions. I also intend to do another book on additional New Orleans monuments. We have so many I could probably write 5 volumes of “Who’s That, Daddy?” New Orleans and not cover them all.

3.    Are you interested in writing other books about other subjects?

Owens:

I haven’t considered writing on other subjects. I love history. The monuments span large swaths of time so I’m able to write about vastly different periods in History. That keeps it interesting.

4.   Which monument is your favorite and why?

Owens:

My favorite is the Andrew Jackson monument in Jackson Square. It’s become,  over time the iconic symbol of New Orleans. It was erected to pay tribute to Jackson and his success during the Battle of New Orleans.

5.   What kind of positive feedback have you received?

Owens:

Many people do not understand why anyone would want to remove historical monuments. I have received encouragement from many monument supporters to continue on my mission to educate children about our country’s History and Culture.

6.   Did you consider writing under a pseudonym?

Owens:

I did have a pseudonym. I was known as Mimi Eaux on social media. I found out that if people are determined to find out your identity they can do it. I decided I’d rather stand up for my beliefs and encourage others to do so as well. I cant encourage others to stand up publicly to defend our history if I’m hiding behind a pseudonym.

7.   Where did you get all the information about the monuments?

Owens:

I used various search engines and local books on New Orleans monuments. One of my favorites is the Statuesque New Orleans by Ashley Merlin. She covered every monument in the city of New Orleans. Her book has beautiful pictures, each included with a small description.

8.  How long did it take you to write “Who’s  That Daddy?”?

Owens:

Once I settled on the ten monuments I wanted to include in the book, the text just flowed. The illustrations were drawn by Sean Gautreaux. That part was the most time consuming. I started this process in March of 2018 and had the book in hand by late August.

9.   Did you enjoy the process or was it a calling–something you you felt you had to do?

Owens:

It really was something I felt called to do. Our schools are miseducating our children. History has become agenda driven. Rewritten to fit a specific narrative that would allow for their removals. I couldn’t  let that happen without at least trying to stop the momentum. I want people to feel proud of our country’s founding and their city’s culture and heritage. The good and the bad.
You can purchase “Who’s That, Daddy?” on Amazon.com.
Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | November 7, 2018

Not what I expected…if you are over 30, this book might not be for you

Odd(ly) Enough: Standing Out When the World Begs You To Fit In From the first use of the word “legiterally”, I just had a difficult time reading Carolanne Miljavac’s “Odd(Ly) Enough”.  Miljavac used this word in nearly every chapter. Does “legiterally” mean seriously or literally–or both or neither?  According to one definition I found online, it means “something that is both literally true and legitimate at the same time. to show or declare to be legitimate or proper, well in in a literal manner or sense or used to acknowledge that something is not literally true but is used for emphasis or to express strong feeling”.

While the message of purpose comes across in her book, I think you have to be ADHD to read it.  I also think 20-30 year olds may benefit more from her advice.  I know you will read the other reviews and disagree.

The redeeming quality is Miljavac’s testimony and her purpose for writing the book.  When her niece was diagnosed with cancer and later passed away, it filled Miljavac with purpose and gave her a voice.  Her niece inspired her to write.

If you are young and lost in the world, “Odd(Ly) Enough” may help you find yourself and God’s purpose in your life.  Judging from the number of positive reviews, people were able to get past the vocabulary and the hyperactivity it requires to read past the introduction.

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 | November 7, 2018

A 40-day journey into a life of prayer

The Soul at Rest: A Forty-Day Journey Into a Life of Prayer In “The Soul at Rest”, Tricia McCary Rhodes shows us how to fall in love with Jesus. Each day of the 40-day journey builds on the day before until we have a journal full of time spent with God.  She encourages us to continue the journey on our own by using the tips in her book.

Each chapter covers five days which includes a bit of wisdom and a “Practicing Prayer” section devoted to leading you into your own prayer time.  “The Soul at Rest” can be read alone or as part of a small group and can take 10 weeks or as many as you need.  Chapters include meditative prayer, conversational prayer, praying in the darkness and praying without words.  They each help you develop and intimate prayer time with the Father.

I highly recommend this book whether you are trying to develop your own prayer time or if you are already experiencing time with God.  Rhodes has many ideas to keep your prayer time exciting and passionate.

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 | November 6, 2018

Ministry of angels

This Season of Angels: Angelic Assignments During This Prophetic Season  Perry Stone is an international evangelist and director of Voice of Evangelism. I have enjoyed watching his television program and listening to interviews on several programs. His books have always fascinated me.  He has authored books on the topic of prophecy, the Holy Spirit and dreams and visions.  His latest book, “This Season of Angels”, outlines the ministry of angels and details how their ministry is increasing during the prophetic season that is coming.

These angelic assignments include heavenly revelations, healing, protection, as well as several others.  Stone gives his father’s testimony and his own in great detail.  He tells stories from the Bible and anecdotes from people he knows.  There are several stories included that I have heard elsewhere.

I enjoy reading Stone’s books, especially those that are filled with information about biblical stories.  He has a way of presenting information through stories, anecdotes and examples that are easy for the reader to understand.  He is very passionate about the topics he writes about and the topic of angels is very close to his heart.

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 | November 6, 2018

Nine decisions to transform your life–make your life amazing

A Life Beyond Amazing: 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today  Do you live an amazing life? Would you like to? Dr. David Jeremiah emphasizes that we only have one life to live in “A Life Beyond Amazing”, and our lives matter and have purpose.  But every day people are walking around discouraged and disillusioned. Disheartened by the bad news in the headlines and the adversity in their circumstances, people seek to fill in the gap with things that don’t satisfy and often make matters worse.

According to Dr. Jeremiah, you can live an amazing life by living the nine qualities of love, joy, peace, endurance, compassion, generosity, integrity, humility and self-discipline.  Dr. Jeremiah offers wise and biblical advice. Each quality is broken down into a guide to live out that particular quality in your life. It may take some time, but anyone can do it with motivation and discipline and help from the Holy Spirit.

If you want to create a life that is beyond amazing, read this book and follow Dr. Jeremiah’s great advice. There is no reason to live in defeat and despair.

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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