Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | October 10, 2021

Irene Hannon never disappoints

As always, Irene Hannon writes a brilliant story of danger and suspense, mixed with a little romance. “Labyrinth of Lies”, book 2 in the Triple Threat series, places two law enforcement heroes in separate undercover operations that bring them together both personally and professionally.

After having sworn off undercover work, Cate Reilly hesitantly agrees to become a student at a private boarding school to solve the disappearance of a student. Unknown to her department, DEA Special Agent Zeke Sloan is undercover as a teacher trying to get to the bottom of a drug cartel. They soon discover that the school harbors dangerous secrets and, if these secrets are exposed, there’s no telling what could happen for Cate and Zeke.

Hannon is one of my favorite authors because she develops high intensity suspense stories that follow fascinating characters. Her research is impeccable and she always comes up with original plots and stories that thrill again and again. The ending always leaves you waiting for more. I am looking forward to her next Triple Threat release in October 2022. 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 | October 10, 2021

The Dutch Art of Quietude

“Stilte” by Miryam Van Der Vegt teaches how to invoke quietude (stilte) into your life and encounter peace in our lives. Among other things, Van Der Vegt recommends building a meditation bench and creating a sanctuary room in your home. She also recommends various other ways to experience stillness that involve self-discipline and sacrifice. While there are many reasons to seek quiet and stillness, the main thing we should be focusing on during these times is God.

The 6 x 6 size of the book makes it harder to read, but the cover, in its simplicity, is beautiful and ties into the book’s them of quiet and stillness.

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 13, 2021

NIV Grace & Truth Study Bible

The NIV Grace & Truth Study Bible is a new Bible produced by Zondervan with R. Albert Mohler, Jr., as the General Editor. The Bible’s features include book introductions that include more commentary than outline which I found more interesting than the typical intros which highlight the outline from the editor’s point of view. The notes are at the bottom of the page, which is useful. There are no commentaries, devotionals or other items within the Bible pages, which I really liked. There is an extensive concordance and maps included in the Appendix which are extremely helpful in studying scripture. I particularly found the map of Jesus’ ministry very fascinating and beneficial. The only negative is that it is a very thick heavy Bible, but most study Bibles are and the advantages are well worth the size.

Read more about this Bible at https://bg4.me/3kEkuO9. You can purchase the Bible at FaithGateway Store.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free 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 13, 2021

Another winner from Lynette Eason

Book 4 in Lynette Eason’s Danger Never Sleeps series, ”Hostile Intent” exposes secrets of spies and unravels the secrets Ava Jackson has been carrying around since she was 15 years old. When families across the country are being murdered and it appears that it is the doing of a serial killer, unknowingly Ava is wrapped up in the case. Seeking to help in order to discover what happened to her father, Ava teams up with her best friend’s brother, FBI Special Agent Caden Denning, to help solve the case and find the truth.

As always, Eason’s story and characters are magnificent. While sometimes a little annoying, Ava is easy to like and Caden’s love for her draws us to them as a team. From the first sentence, you are steeped in suspense and the action just keeps coming.

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 | September 10, 2021

Two women, a steamboat and a secret

If I could recommend one book this month, Rachel Scott McDaniel’s ”Undercurrent of Secrets” would be the one. I just can’t rave enough about the quality of the writing or the character and plot development. I was surprised by the secrets unveiled (whether predictable or not). It was an amazing adventure following the current tory of Devyn and Chase and the old story of Hattie and Jack aboard the Belle. The truth lies somewhere between the river and the Belle and the old cabin and the creek. A love born; a love lost; a love reborn. You will adore this book. Take your time and float down the river of dreams with the Belle and all her secrets.

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 | August 15, 2021

Discover the power to live the life you love

In her book, “Enjoy Today, Own Tomorrow”, Laine Lawson Craft teaches us how to invest in ourselves by seeking, developing and maintaining an intimate relationship with God. In order to be spiritually healthy, we need to connect with God, align our heart and life to the love He has given us and discover the power of the Holy Spirit to activate our faith.

The key to change is knowing God personally and intimately. We can only be certain of this when we totally surrender everything to God. Craft filled the pages of her book with spiritual wisdom and guidance encouraging readers to discover God and His love through His Word and spending time with Him in prayer and service.

If you need to realign your spiritual life with God today, let Craft teach and encourage you to find your way back to Him.

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 | August 15, 2021

A Bible study for the anxious heart

Becky Harling’s “The Extraordinary Power of Praise” is a 6-week study focusing on the book of Psalm that teach us how to have faith in the midst of fear, worship while we wait, praise God, rekindle joy and live in victory.

It is hard to find Bible studies that do not interject the author’s own thoughts and theology. While some of both is good, it is also good to allow the student to do this on her own, and Harling’s study, as most of Moody Publisher’s studies, ask pertinent and relatable questions putting the student in charge of figuring out what God is saying to her in her study. It gives the reader/student an opportunity to focus her attention on Scripture and finding her own way rather than relying on someone else’s. That is the main reason I love this study.

Instead of basking in someone else’s knowledge and faith, we get to discover things for ourselves and develop our own faith resulting in spiritual growth in our walk with Christ. I encourage you to choose this and any of the other studies in the Moody Publishers’ library of women’s Bible studies.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers, 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 15, 2021

Harris thrills again in Book 2 of US Marshals Series

In “The Chase”, US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are trying to serve a warrant for an alleged bank robber when they discover a bank robbery gone wrong and things get complicated in a hurry. Madison’s first day back after recovering from a gunshot wound couldn’t have been more stressful as events collide to bring tragedy to a close friend of Jonas. Together, James and Quinn must solve this complicated and quite personal case without jeopardizing their work and personal relationships.

I love how Lisa Harris’ characters take on a life of their own. I also appreciated how the plot of “The Chase” is not just another bank robbery gone wrong, but becomes its own story as Harris weaves a story so thrilling and suspenseful you will not dare put the book down. You certainly don’t have time to get bored because the action never ends. Harris doesn’t disappoint her fans as she leaves us yearning for more. I’m looking forward to book 3 which I hope is coming soon.

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 | July 29, 2021

Reading Scripture from Jewish Perspective

If you have read “The Rock, The Road and The Rabbi”, co-authored by Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel, then you are familiar with Rabbi Sobel’s insight into Christianity from a Jewish perspective. (If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it.) “Mysteries of the Messiah” offers a more in-depth theological look into the Scriptures as Rabbi Sobel opens our eyes to the wonder of God in His Word.

While the first several chapters read like a textbook, the rest of the book will delight you with the Rabbi’s teaching. He opens your eyes to just how creative, orderly and wonderful God truly is. God’s intricate plans and purposes for the world, His people and His Word begin to fall into place as we learn to read and study the Bible through the eyes of the original readers and see the world through a Jewish perspective.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from HarperCollins 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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 18, 2021

Visual Overview of the Bible

Michael Wittmer has created an overview of the Bible that shows the beauty and life-giving power of God’s Word through beautiful illustrations, photos, maps and charts. Covering the major divisions, events, people, places and doctrines, “The 5-Minute Visual Guide to the Bible” will help you during your Bible study time.

Wittmer’s book is a good reference tool for Bible teachers and small group leaders. You will find interesting descriptions, colorful and beautiful imagery and references to help with deeper study. You will find creative ways to teach and share God’s Word through the use of this visual guide.

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.”

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