Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 17, 2015

“Spiritual Parenting in the First Five Years”

spiritual parentingCallie Grant’s “Spiritual Parenting in the First Five Years” is a wonderful resource for parents desiring to raise their children with Christian values.   She emphasizes the need to disciple our children not just teach them.  Just reading the chapter headings and sub-headings, I knew that Grant had created an original formula for discipling parents to disciple their children.

This short book is filled with encouragement and wisdom.  It can be read in as little as an hour but the information contained within will last a lifetime.  God has a plan for every life and as parents, God blesses us with the opportunity to disciple our children to honor Him with their gifts and talents.

This would make a great gift for new parents.  It is never too early to lead children to a relationship with Christ.

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com.  (available as eBook only).

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Shelton Interactive, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive 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 17, 2015

Too many characters, too many technical terms

trial runWho is Hal Drew?  That is the question you will ask when you finish “Trial Run”, Thomas Locke‘s (aka Davis Bunn) new book.  Hal Drew appears in the first two-and-a-half pages–long enough to establish a storyline-and then dropped.  I was hooked on a story that didn’t exist.  “Trial Run” is about a group of scientists who are attempting to create and control out-of-body experiences that transcend time and space.  A gifted grad student has dreams that thrust him into the middle of this experiments beginning a battle for control.

Locke introduces too many characters at the beginning and waits too long to tie them all together.  There was too much technical lingo.  The story would reach a peak and then stop.  Anticipation would build and then deflate.  “Trial Run” is not a book I would recommend.  I’m not even curious enough to read the second book coming out in the Fault Line series although I still want to know who Hal Drew is?  Thomas Locke, do we ever know how he and his wife factor into the storyline?

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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 positive 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 12, 2015

Sometimes we just need to “Grin With Grace”

graceKathy Carlton Willis uses humor and real-life stories to deal with the touchy subject of grace in her new study, “Grin With Grace”.  We all want grace extended to us, but we find it difficult to express that same grace to others.  “Grin With Grace” shows us how to smile in the face of adversity.

This seven-week Bible study has 12 chapters, each of which include a real-life story, observations and insights, questions to help you ponder grace, life application and action steps.  The Grin-With-Grace Challenges give you an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned and exercise grace.

This is an excellent individual or small group study.  Though advertised as a 7-week study, you can lengthen it to 12 if you find you need or want more time.  The helpful leader’s guide offers questions, recommended prayer helps and assignments.

If you are looking for light homework (that’s grace) and a high benefit study (learning to apply grace), you will find this study fun, encouraging and challenging.  Participating in a group study will hold you accountable and allow members to encourage each other.

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Kathy Carlton Willis’ Grin With Grace Blog Tour. I was not required to write a positive 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 11, 2015

Prayer is a powerful weapon–“War Room” is a powerful story

war room“War Room” is the novelization of the Kendrick Brothers’ new film of the same name.  Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all including a failing marriage.  Things are looking hopeless until Elizabeth meets Miss Clara, a widow who is selling her house to move in with her son.  Elizabeth takes her on as a client and learns about the power of prayer in the meantime.

While Elizabeth deals with bitterness and resentment, Tony is flirting with temptation and holding some resentment of his own.  Chris Fabry did an excellent job with character development and putting the action of the film on paper.  He makes you excited about the upcoming film (to be released in theaters on August 28, 2015).  The movie promises to be one of the best Kendrick Brothers screenplays so far.

Reading the book raises the anticipation for the movie.  I can’t wait to see the characters come to life.  If you or someone you know is experiencing marital troubles and struggling to find hope in their marriage, this movie and/or book is a must.  You will be glad you made the effort.

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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 positive 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 11, 2015

Candace Cameron Bure’s steps of courage and conviction

dancingI’ve been a fan of Candace Cameron Bure’s ever since “Full House”.  Having read a couple of her books, I think “Dancing Through Life” is by far her best book.  I don’t watch “Dancing With the Stars”, and I didn’t see much of her performance.  I did keep up with her progress and was so proud of her taking a stand for her convictions.  I was also proud that she remained firm and did not give in to celebrity or audience peer pressure.

“Dancing Through Life” is Candace’s reflection on her DWTS experience and correlates it with living a life of substance as a Christian woman.  I appreciate her openness and honesty about her frustrations and anxiety during her experience.  She always lives out her faith with integrity never giving in when people are chastising her or even making fun.  She is one of the best role models in the entertainment industry.

I love how she was able to identify Christian living principles through her experience and make her readers relate.  Even if you didn’t watch her in DWTS, you will still find loads of wisdom from her book.  I admire her courage and conviction, and I am grateful that she is willing to live her life publicly and share her life with her fans.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Icon Media Group in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive 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 11, 2015

Experience the unconditional goodness of God

blessThere are lots of things God wants to do for us if we will only ask.  Che Ahn, author of “God Wants to Bless You”, presents Ten Degrees of Blessing, which he claims will change your life if you believe and have faith.  They include love, grace, the Holy Spirit, Identity, Christlike character, God’s Kingdom, healing and blessing, family, prosperity and destiny.

With practical wisdom, Ahn teaches us how to pray these decrees for ourselves and others helping us to embrace the Holy Spirit and grow closer to God.  There is no doubt in my mind that prayer leads to blessing.  Ahn’s book aides us in learning how to pray blessings in faith for our lives.  The examples he gives from his own life are inspiring and encouraging.  If you think God blesses everyone but you, Ahn teaches how placing conditions on God can hurt His blessing in your life.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing  Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive 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 11, 2015

Finding Forgiveness and Hope in “Hope Harbor”

hopeharborTracy Campbell grew up in Hope Harbor and returned to keep up with her family’s struggling cranberry farm.  Michael Hunter is a widower who has taken a leave of absence to visit the place his late wife had enjoyed visiting as a child.  Both are harboring secrets, guilt and regret.

When their worlds collide, they both must come to grips with their feelings about their past relationships.  “Hope Harbor” by Irene Hannon is an endearing love story about people who need each other to overcome their painful pasts.  It doesn’t take long to get hooked on this story.  Even with some predictability, there are some surprises along the way.   It doesn’t have the kick of Hannon’s romantic suspense stories, but it is a good read that warms the heart.

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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 positive 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.”

“Glory Days” is Max Lucado’s newest work and follows Israel’s move from the wilderness into the Promised Land.  Using the book of Joshua, Lucado shows the successful leadership of Joshua and how we can apply the Israelite’s wilderness journey to help us enter our own Promised Land and the glory days God has for us now.  We can live the life God intended–a life in our own Promised Land.

Lucado enumerates “Glory Days Value Statements” to help us leave fear and worry behind, deal with our doubt, demolish our strongholds, overcome rejection and dare to live.  Joshua and the Israelites didn’t have the pleasure of seeing their future.  We can look at their experience and glean wisdom from their successes and failures.  Lucado does an excellent job incorporating modern testimonies and stories with the biblical account in Joshua.

The Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness, but we don’t have to.  Just like the Israelites had the power of God, we also have God’s power to do everything He has called us to do.  Also like the Israelites, we must believe God’s power is available to us and have faith in His ability to provide.

If you like Max Lucado, this will definitely be one of your favorites. Click here to purchase (pre-order) from Amazon.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive 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 | July 15, 2015

Enjoyable and entertaining Scottish romance

SkyeFive Days in Skye by Carla Laureano

Reviewed by Jill P. Jones

Radiant Lit Blog Tours

Genre: Romance

Publisher: David C. Cook

Date: June 10, 2013
Hospitality consultant Andrea Sullivan has one last chance to snag a high-profile client or she’ll have to kiss her dreams of promotion good-bye. When she’s sent to meet Scottish celebrity chef James MacDonald on the Isle of Skye, she just wants to finish her work as efficiently as possible. Yet her client is not the opportunistic womanizer he portrays himself to be, and her attraction to him soon dredges up memories she’d rather leave buried. For James, renovating the family hotel is a fulfillment of his late father’s dreams. When his hired consultant turns out to be beautiful, intelligent, and completely unimpressed by his public persona, he makes it his mission to win her over. He just never expects to fall under her spell.

Soon, both Andrea and James must face the reality that God may have a far different purpose for their lives—and that five days in Skye will forever change their outlook on life and love.

Laureano has a way with words and Scotsmen.  She made the characters seem so real and the Isle of Skye so beautiful it was hard to believe it was all fictional.  Her description of Skye was so vivid not even the weather would put a damper on the imagination.  It was fun to see James and Andrea work through their past and their expectations to discover a love only God could offer.  Even though the novels that are strictly romance are not my first choice, I adored “Five Days in Skye” and will definitely be choosing Laureano’s books again.

Carla Laureano is the author of the RITA® award-winning romance Five Days in Skye as well as London Tides and the Celtic fantasy series The Song of Seare (as C. E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons.
Five Days in Skye is available for purchase through Amazon.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Radiant Lit, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program, and the publisher, David C. Cook. I was not required to write a positive 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 9, 2015

Step into your purpose

DestinyEveryone wants to find their purpose.  T.D. Jakes contends that a yearning for something more out of life may not be a measure of ingratitude or immaturity but a sign that you may not have arrived at the place where God wants you.  In order to fulfill your purpose and your destiny, you must reprioritize your time, your finances and your life.

I wish I had read “Destiny” 20 years ago.  Although Jakes’ book is written for any age, it is most helpful for people in their 20’s and 30’s.  Jakes’ advice is well-presented and relevant to those who are searching for their purpose.  Parts of the book were tedious, but all-in-all it is a book filled with wisdom and revelation.

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com  (Available for pre-order–Available August 4, 2015)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hachette Nashville, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive 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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