Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | December 7, 2017

The best Drew Farthering mystery so far

Death at Thorburn Hall (A Drew Farthering Mystery)Juianna Deering has outdone herself with the latest Drew Farthering mystery, “Death at Thorburn Hall”.  The Fartherings travel to Scotland to attend the 1935 British Open at Muirfield.  They are hoping for a relaxing holiday, but, as is usually the case, murder is the main event.  At first, Lord Rainsby’s death appears to be an accident, but when Lord Rainsby’s daughter, Joan, insists that Drew look into the incident convinced it was murder, the situation becomes entangled with shady business dealings, international intrigue and family tensions.

As always, the love story between Drew and Madeline Farthering continues to grow as Nick and Carrie’s relationship begins to blossom even when Carrie has her doubts about spending time with mystery-solving sleuths who are always getting themselves into danger.  Of all of Julianna Deering’s characters, I like Carrie the least.  And even though I found Carrie tiring at times, it didn’t take away from the fact that this story is the best Deering has written so far about the Fartherings.  It contained just enough humor and coyness.  The suspense and intrigue kept you engrossed and the surprise ending–you definitely won’t see that coming.

I am hoping that the Fartherings will come to America very soon.  I’d love to see what mischief they can get themselves into.

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Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | December 5, 2017

How to pray for your adult children

Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children: Trusting God with the Ones You Love by [Berndt, Jodie]

Our children don’t stop needing our prayers when they become adults.  We can pray for their college and career choices, relationships, struggles, health issues and much more.  If you struggle to find the words, Jodie Berndt’s book “Praying the Scriptures For Your Adult Children” will help you.  Each chapter focuses on a different stage of adulthood with practical insight and stories from other parents.  There are also personalized prayers and Scripture you can use as a guide.

There is a chapter on just about everything you could pray for your adult child as well as yourself.  She gives practical wisdom on how to pray in certain situations and putting your trust in God.

Berndt’s book is the perfect gift for the empty-nester.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Handlebar Marketing 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 1, 2017

Colorful illustrations bring Bible stories to life for children

Product Details In “The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible”, Jared Kennedy tells stories from the Bible that will teach your children about the Bible and let them interact with the story by asking questions to help them apply it to their life.

Trish Mahoney’s illustrations are awesome.  The color and simplicity will capture your child’s attention.  You will enjoy reading just as much as they will enjoy looking at the pictures.  Stories are told in such a way that they will remember them.  You will be reading them over and over again.  It is also an excellent book to use to teach Sunday School lessons.  There are 52 stories so you will have a year’s worth of lessons.  Stories include Adam and Eve, Noah, Joseph, David and Goliath, Solomon, Nehemiah, Jesus, John the Baptist, Lazarus and more.

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 | November 23, 2017

Kim Fields’ Blessed Life

Blessed Life: My Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears, and Tales from Harlem to HollywoodMany of us remember Kim Fields as the bubbly, vivacious Tootie on The Facts of Life.  More recently, she has starred in Living Single as Regine and as herself in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Dancing With the Stars.

While she has seemed altogether on television, Kim spent most of her life trying to discover who she is.  In “Blessed Life”, she shares her insecurities, her fears, her failures and her successes.

The book is advertised as a “must-read for anyone looking to find the blessing their life”; however, it is more of an autobiography.  While you may find some wisdom in her story, it is mainly about her life.  If you want to know about Kim and who she was and has become, you will find what you are looking for.  If, however, you are searching for your own blessing, you won’t find it by reading her book.

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 22, 2017

Six girls missing–can the Angel Abductor be stopped?

Vanishing Point: A Nikki Boyd NovelIf you are familiar with Lisa Harris‘ Nikki Boyd Files (series), you will enjoy “Vanishing Point, the back story of how Nikki gave up her career as a teacher and began a career in law enforcement after the abduction of her sister, Sarah.  The Nikki Boyd Files refer many times to the story of Sarah’s abduction by the Angel Abductor and how it affected Nikki.  “Vanishing Point” tells the story of Garrett Addison and Jordan Lambert who are tasked with the mission of finding six girls who have gone missing and presumed abducted by the Angel Abductor, including Sarah Boyd.  Through several decades, the pair team up to look for clues leading them to the abductor and stop the abductions.

After 20 years, with Nikki’s help, they make some headway into the case that has kept them baffled for years.  But will they be able to catch the abductor before the abductor catches them?

I was thrilled to read Nikki’s back story even though she was not a major player in the book.  Lisa Harris’ books always thrill and the suspense is mesmerizing.

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 | November 22, 2017

The path to wisdom

Manifest Destiny: The Path Towards Wisdom“Manifest Destiny” by Dr. Jamere A. Brown Spencer is about knowing God, His Word and ultimately yourself as you develop your faith in God.  The author’s experiences have helped him discover his God-given destiny.  His insights are inspiring and make you think about how you read Scripture.

Some chapters offer wisdom while others will convict and challenge you.  Most of us aren’t living the way God intended and Dr. Spencer shares principles that we can apply to our own spiritual walk, which will transform us and help us live a life of purpose.

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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | November 20, 2017

A journey to wholeness

Catching Up with Daylight: A Journey to WholenessGail Kittleson and her husband began renovating an old house after he returned from a deployment in Iraq. Gail longed for rest but she hungered for wholeness and discovered it through the ancient Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina.

By allowing the Spirit to emphasis one word in her daily Bible reading and meditating on it throughout the day, we are empowered to embrace all that God has for us.  “Catching Up With Daylight” is Kittleson’s diary of words she’s ruminated on during the renovation of her house.  By sharing her journal, she allows us to see God in a different way and how He operates in our lives when we meditate on His Word.

Kittleson’s book shows us how to appreciate the world and the people around us.  She teaches us how to see things in new ways.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from White Fire Publishing 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 | November 15, 2017

Daily meditations for spiritual living

Product Details“You Are the Beloved” is a year-long devotional, compiled by Gabrielle Earnshaw of selections from writings, talks and letters of Henri J.M. Nouwen.  It focuses on our identity as the beloved of God.  Some of the writings have never been published.

Nouwen struggled with loneliness and anxiety all of his life leading him to choose to spend at least part of the day in solitude with God.  The result was a discovery that he was and we are the Beloved of God.

Each day’s selection gives us an opportunity to learn about our identity in Christ and a chance to spend time in solitude with God leading to our own discoveries.  Some are very short, but none are longer than one page.  This is definitely on my reading list for my quiet time in 2018.

If you know someone who struggles with anxiety, this would make a perfect Christmas gift.

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 | November 14, 2017

The joy of trusting God’s loving plans for you

I’ve read a lot of time management books. As you can imagine, they all offer the same basic advice–plan, prioritize, etc.  But Elizabeth Grace Saunders has written the best book I’ve read on the subject so far.

“Divine Time Management” goes beyond the methods of self-discipline and organization.  Saunders understands that while these are good, they fall short in handling the stress of work and deadlines.  By showing us the path to deeper intimacy with God, she shows us how to work with God to set our priorities and demonstrates effective ways to navigate major life decisions.

Each chapter ends with reflection exercises that will help you apply what she is teaching.  This is a perfect book to help you develop new habits for the new year.

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 14, 2017

‘Deadly Proof’ excellent legal thriller

Product DetailsKate Sullivan is a dedicated attorney who doesn’t back down when working for her clients.  When she is tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit, she knows it could make her career.  After the woman who came to her with information is murdered, it makes the case even more volatile and dangerous.

The private investigator she hired to investigate aspects of the case, Landon James, takes over her security detail and becomes emotionally involved with the case and with Kate.

Rachel Dylan, author of “Deadly Proof”, has an excellent grasp of character development.  It is hard to believe that Landon and Kate aren’t real people working together to solve a real case. I loved how Dylan allowed them to surrender to their feelings for each other rather than spend the whole book trying to distance themselves from each other while they worked together. It was a refreshing change from those predictable stories where the main characters fight their feelings only to give in at the end.  It made it easier to read with only one story line to follow and a little more realistic.

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.”

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