Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 9, 2018

‘Redeeming How We Talk’ more of a textbook

Redeeming How We Talk: Discover How Communication Fuels Our Growth, Shapes Our Relationships,  and Changes Our LivesKen Wytsma and A.J. Swoboda’s “Redeeming How We Talk” reads like a textbook for theologians.  If you read the back cover, you will be misled. This is not a book that will necessarily help you reflect on what you say and how to say it better. It won’t guide you into speaking encouragement into others lives nor will it teach you how to speak truth in love.

Instead, if you read it long enough, you will learn how communication has changed with the advances in technology, onset of social media and our ever-changing culture.

To be honest, this book is rather boring. It contains some helpful information, but trudging through the words is just plain work–more work than it should be to read.  Some may find this book beneficial, but the average person will more than likely put it down after the first chapter.

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.”

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Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 9, 2018

Human trafficking becomes personal for the St. Johns

Called to Protect (Blue Justice Book #2)It didn’t take long for the St. Johns to capture readers’ hearts in Lynette Eason’s Blue Justice Series. This law enforcement family rivals the Reagan’s of ABC’s Blue Bloods.  When one St. John is suffering or needs help, they are all there encouraging, comforting and cheering them on.

When Chloe gets called to help Deputy US Marshall Blake MacCallum, a longtime friend of the St. John family, she finds herself falling in love with him. But, first, they must find his daughter, Rachel, who has been kidnapped by human traffickers who are also blackmailing Blake into killing a judge who has taken a tough stance on human trafficking.

Chloe and Blake and the rest of the St. John crew must race the clock to find Rachel and the other girls before they are auctioned to the highest bidder.  As usual, Eason delivers a heart-stopping novel and a look at one of the most horrible prevalent issues of our day.  Human trafficking is hard to stop and the criminals harder to catch. Stories that bring to light the facts and challenges should haunt us until we find a way to put an end to this horrible crime.

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 | August 7, 2018

Seven essential teachings of the Bible

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“Unwrapping the Bible” illuminates seven doctrines, or seven core beliefs, of the Christian faith.  David R. Veerman, author, takes students of the Bible on an indepth journey through the seven doctrines (God, Humanity, Revelation, Christ, Salvation, Sanctification and Church) to help us understand theology and doctrine in such a way that we will be able to search the Scriptures and back up our beliefs.  We will also be able to explain to others our theology, how and why we believe the way we do.

Each Doctrine includes five sessions with an objective, looking at the doctrine through Scripture, listening to what the Scripture is saying to us, living the Scripture and prayer so you can learn and apply the truth of God’s Word.

“Unwrapping the Bible” will make a great small group workbook and discussion.  You will ground yourself in God’s Word and walk in confidence as you are able to explain your faith to others.

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 | July 30, 2018

The legacy of Billy Graham

Through My Father's EyesNo one can deny that Billy Graham left a remarkable legacy of faith, devotion and evangelism on the world.  However, “In Through My Father’s Eyes”, Franklin Graham (with Donna Lee Toney) details the legacy Rev. Graham left on his family.

Billy Graham’s life was far from private. Everything he did was scrutinized, and sometimes criticized, but there were private moments he spent with his family hidden from the public eye. Franklin Graham has attempted to share some of these moments and allow us to see his father through the eyes of a son.  But what we see is far more powerful.

Rev. Graham’s life exhibits a faith in and intimacy with God that highlighted his life for decades. We also see how much he hated the attention for himself seeking instead to glorify God.

I grew up watching Billy Graham crusades with my grandparents. I remember a young Billy Graham full of fire and enthusiasm, and I watched over the years as the fire and enthusiasm continue to grow even until his 90s.  He had a love for people that transcended all differences.  His primary purpose was seeking all people accept Christ as their Savior and receive Eternal Life.

The wisdom and insight contained in “Through My Father’s Eyes” is the result of a lifetime of intimacy with God that we are fortunate was a part of Billy Graham’s legacy.  It is encouraging to see that the public face of Billy Graham was no different from the man his family saw every day.

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 | July 20, 2018

Praying God’s promises changes everything

Praying God's Promises: The Life-Changing Power of Praying the Scriptures“Praying God’s Promises” is packed full of God’s promises for every scenario from blessings to troubles and children to relationships to breakthroughs to protection and everything in between. More than a book, Linda Evans Shepherd’s prayer guidebook will help you sort through God’s promises and find a prayer for whatever you are struggling with. Each chapter contains a brief testimony leading into a promise garden filled with promises from God’s Word and help forming prayers.

“Praying God’s Promises” is a book that you will want to keep with your Bible or at your quiet time spot for those times that you need reassurance and help from God’s Word but don’t know where to look.  You will use these prayers for yourself and those you love for everything you are going through.

My only complaint is that it doesn’t come in a pocket size to carry in your purse.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 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.”

Dangerous to KnowIsabella Bankmill is looking for a husband who shares her faith in God, but he must also stand out from the rest–an attractive man who will give her the excitement she needs but who also remains steadfast in his faith. Such a man is hard to find in the small English countryside. However, Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby has caught her eye, as well as every single female, and some married ones, too.  He holds that certain je ne sais quoi but he does not have the faith in God that Isabella requires.

David Beringer is devoted to his faith, a philanthropist who cares deeply for others and is in love with Isabella.  But Lord Bromby wins her heart.  If love is blind, Isabella is as blind as they come. She refuses to believe everyone’s warnings even Lord Bromby’s when he tells her that he is not who she thinks he is.

After their marriage, Isabella learns what her aunt meant when she told her that Lord Bromby was dangerous.  Not in the sense that she was in any real physical danger, but her heart and her faith would suffer ill from his troubled and reckless behavior.

Isabella is a lot like us. When she wants something (or someone) she can’t have, she is drawn to it. She yearns for it. She’ll do just about anything to get him.  She will even convince herself that God wants her to have him. And by that time, it’s all over but the vows.

Megan Whitson Lee shows us that what we want sometimes collides with God’s will and we must decide whether we want what the flesh wants or what God wants for us.  Our choices determine how we will spend the rest of our life.  While “Dangerous to Know” yearns to be a romance novel, it must settle for becoming a parable of flesh v. spirit.

You might think you’ll pick up this book for a few hours of sweet entertainment and indulgence in another world, but you will only be fooling yourself.  This book, while entertaining, will show you a view into a world that will teach you about what God desires for you.

If you know a girl of dating age, “Dangerous to Know” makes a perfect small group study or book club selection.  Our girls need to understand the difference between a blackguard and an honorable man.

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.”

A Million Miles From HomeNot many authors can pull off the ability to write in different genres, but Mike Dellosso proves that it can be done even among the fans of his Christian horror and suspense work.  (Yes, there is such a thing and Dellosso is one of the masters.)

“A Million Miles From Home” is about the tragic loss of Ben Flurry’s wife and childhood sweetheart in an automobile accident that left his seven-year-old daughter severely injured.  Ben’s struggle to deal with his own grief and guilt is magnified by the task of consoling and caring for his daughter.

Making the decision to go back home to his parents’ home after fighting so hard to get away from his verbally abusive dad was almost as difficult as dealing with his loss, but Ben knew that in order for Lizzy to heal, physically and emotionally, he had to swallow his pride and do the right thing.

Ben did not realize that doing the right thing would mean forgiving all of the people in his past who had hurt him and Annie.  He didn’t know that the hardest part of the healing process was forgiveness for himself and others.

Whether writing Christian horror and suspense or heart-melting stories of pain and hope, Dellosso doesn’t disappoint when it comes to character development, descriptive scenery or pulling you into his stories through first words and sentences.  Even though we only get to know Annie in the first couple of chapters, she is woven throughout the book and we learn why Ben is lost without her.  We also know that, because of her love, Ben can move on.

 

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 10, 2018

A woman’s every day shapes an eternal legacy

Only One Life: How a Woman's Every Day Shapes an Eternal LegacyJackie Green and Lauren Green McAfee, mother and daughter, have teamed up to challenge women to be all that God created them to be. Using biblical examples, we see how our lives are reflected in the stories of Esther, Hannah, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus and others. Green and McAfee also highlight the stories of Lottie Moon, Ruth Bell Graham, Queen Elizabeth II, Harriet Tubman and many others to show us that one woman can make a vast difference in the world we live in.

Our efforts in the workplace, how we raise our children and using our gifts to fight injustice in the world are just a few ways we can make a difference.  As wife and daughter of the founder of Hobby Lobby, Green and McAfee have witnessed first-hand what building a legacy looks like today.  Women are prayer warriors, faith-ignitors and game changers.

“Only One Life” is an excellent resource for women of all ages. You will want to share this book with the women and girls in your life.  We are more important that we know. We can do more than we think. And our lives mean more to those around us than we realize.

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 | July 3, 2018

Like father, like daughter–Dekker proves her writing genius

When Through Deep WatersYou would expect nothing less than genius from Rachelle Dekker as Ted Dekker’s daughter, and she performs exceptionally in “When Through Deep Waters”.  Rachelle proves that her imagination for the extraordinary and grasp of biblical principles do, in fact, create a masterpiece of fiction that is mesmerizing and thought-provoking.

Alicen McCaffrey has everything her mother wants for her–a rich husband, a beautiful house and a precocious daughter. Until the tragic day, when her little girl drowns, and she blames herself.  In her grief, she travels with a childhood friend back to the town where they spent their summers as children.  As she starts hearing voices and seeing people no one else can see, Alicen wonders if she will ever recover or lose her sanity altogether.

Rachelle taps into all of our emotions when dealing with Alicen’s story–sorrow, grief, anger, frustration–it’s like you are there experiencing everything as a witness to Alicen’s slow journey to either healing or insanity.

Don’t let the summer go by without reading Rachelle Dekker’s masterpiece.  May her next venture be as extraordinary as this one.

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 | July 3, 2018

Finding peace through forgiveness

The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness: How to Find Peace by Forgiving Others and YourselfMatthew 18:21-35 includes the story of the unmerciful servant who, after being shown incredible mercy, refused to demonstrate the same mercy to his fellow servant. In this parable, Bruce Wilkinson discovered the true consequences of forgiveness and unforgiveness in our life. We are tortured when we refuse to forgive those who hurt us.

In “The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness”, Wilkinson teaches us how to forgive wholeheartedly and the benefits that come when we forgive others and ourselves.  If you complete all of the steps outlined in his book, Wilkinson guarantees you will find the peace you have been desperately searching for. In fact, he believes in his message so much that he offers a money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

If you are ready to be set free from the inner turmoil that unforgiveness has caused and are open to follow Wilkinson’s advice, read this book and follow the instructions.  It may take awhile, but in the long run, all the hard, tough work will be worth it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bring It On! Communications, 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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