Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | March 10, 2017

When God says wait….

waitI seem to always be in a season of waiting. Waiting on God is hard. That is why He provides daily manna–little things for which to be grateful while we wait. But sometimes it’s hard to appreciate this daily nourishment when we have waited for what seems like a long time to us. What if we wait and wait and God says no. What if our dreams don’t ever come true? What if…? What if…? What if….? Are you struggling? Does God seem distant, maybe even insensitive, uncaring?  “When God says, ‘Wait'” by Elizabeth Laing Thompson is timely and encouraging.

Thompson shares the stories of imperfect heroes in the Bible like David, Miriam, Naomi, Sarah, and Joseph and shows how they came out on the other side with their faith intact.  Out of the 12 stories, you will find your story or stories that will help you learn how to wait when God doesn’t answer right away.  When God says wait, He doesn’t tell us how long.  There are only two things we have control over:  how we wait and who we become while we wait.

If you are struggling with God and His command to wait on the desires of your heart, “When God Says Wait” will show  you how to journey through the waiting.

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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 | March 7, 2017

The danger and romance of the Alaskan wilderness

denali“In the Shadow of Denali” by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse gives us a glimpse of life in the early Alaskan wilderness along with its beauty and charm.  In the Alaska’s early development, it brought many who sought adventure and beauty by hiking through the dangerous wilderness and climbing its perilous mountains.

Allan Brennan’s father died on a mountainous climb under mysterious circumstances.  His body was never recovered, and Allan spent his entire life believing that wilderness and exploration guide, John Ivanoff, was responsible.  He traveled to the Curry Hotel where Ivanoff and his daughter, Cassidy, work to be an apprentice to the seasoned Alaska mountain guide.  Hoping to discover the truth about his father’s death, Allan discovers the beauty and attraction of the Alaskan wilderness and falls in love with Cassidy.

Although predictable, “In the Shadow of Denali” will catch your breath with the description of the mountains and the beauty of Alaska.  The characters will grab your heart.  Peterson and Woodhouse did an excellent job of collaborating as you would never know the book was written by two people.  The flow worked very well for them.  They created an excellent villain.

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It was not a book that I could not put down, but I always wanted to pick it back up again.  I savored every bit and hope that we hear more from Allan, Cassidy and John and their future at the Curry Hotel.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing  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 | March 4, 2017

‘Door to Freedom’ a story of modern day persecution

door“Door to Freedom” by Jana Kelley continues the story of Mia Weston, who is raising her family in Sudan, a Muslim country.  In this sequel to “Side by Side“, Mia is learning to share her faith boldly in a country where the persecution of Christians is common practice.

Based on real life events, Kelley presents a story revealing the struggles Christians face under Islamic law.  In addition to seeing Mia’s story, we are also given insight into a Muslim family torn apart by the Gospel when two of their young daughters seek a relationship with God.

This powerful story is an eye-opening account of what really happens when Christ changes lives in a country known for persecuting Christians.  Sometimes becoming a Christian isn’t all worship and blessings.  Sometimes it’s hiding and suffering.  Christians who have never experienced true persecution should be praying for those who are.  By sharing this story, Kelley encourages Christians to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith.

This story is not only inspiring, but it is also gripping. Mia’s decision to proclaim her faith boldly scares her friends and family, but she still remains obedient to God and trusts Him to keep her safe.  Rania, the daughter of a Sudanese Arab, seeks to discover the truth behind her sister’s disappearance, and becomes infatuated with Christ.  She must make her own decisions about her faith and struggle to stay safe.

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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 | February 22, 2017

Spiritual practices for personal renewal

sacred-pausesThis fast-paced world is full of distractions.  Yet, God never intended for us to be so busy that we can’t enjoy a relationship with Him.  April Yamasaki‘s “Sacred Pauses” incorporates creativity with spiritual disciplines.

From choosing an everyday icon to remind you to focus on your relationship with God to simplifying your life so that you can do what God has called you to do, Yamasaki teaches you how to keep Christ in your day.

Most of us think of a retreat as time spent away from it all to focus all of our attention on God. However, we return to our real world, and it becomes difficult to draw our attention to God.  Yamasaki shows us that we can take some sacred pauses throughout the day and focus on our relationship with God.

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I love the way Yamasaki encourages creativity in our Christian walk.  We are not confined to traditional methods or following a specific plan.  She also recommends journaling and provides journaling prompts to help you get started.

 

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 22, 2017

Another action-packed adventure from Susan May Warren

rescue-meSusan May Warren has a way of making fictional towns become as alive and colorful as the characters she creates.  “Rescue Me”, set in Mercy Falls, Montana, is the second book in Warren’s Montana Rescue series.  Her first book in the series, “Wild Montana Skies“, was an introduction to the PEAK Rescue Team and settling some issues from the past.

This new novel tackles strained relationships, blossoming romance and an action-packed adventure that leads two unsuspecting people on a fight for survival in life and in love.  Sam and Willow lead a youth group on a hike in Glacier National Park where bears have been known to attack unsuspecting people and the weather has been known to be fickle. When the group gets stranded, it’s up to Willow and Sam to save the day.

Both Sam and Willow have experienced tragedy in their life and are guarded in their relationships.  Sam is dating Sierra, who is nothing like her impulsive, bleeding-heart sister, Willow.   Willow doesn’t want to hurt her sister, but she has been in love with Sam ever since she can remember.  Both want nothing but happiness for Sierra who has experienced her own troubles in her love life. (You will have to read “Wild Montana Skies” to get the background on her story.)

Warren has truly surprised me.  I loved Deep Haven and the Christiansen family almost too much.  When the series came to an end, I felt like I had lost not just a book series, but a long-lost family.  I loved Deep Haven and enjoyed going back there as often as Warren would allow.  I read “Wild Montana Skies” with prejudice never dreaming that Mercy Falls and all of its residents could touch my heart like the Christiansens.  I was very wrong.  I found myself angry over Willow’s circumstances and saddened by choices others were making for her.  I also rejoiced with her successes.

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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 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 | February 21, 2017

Control Girl Giveaway with Shannon Popkin

control-girlThe curse of Eve will forever haunt women, but there is a way to put a lifetime of control issues behind us.  By studying seven women of the Bible (Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel and Miriam), we can learn how to surrender our “burden” of control and submit to God’s leading.  We can put our past “failures” behind us and move toward a new freedom.

Shannon Popkin, author of “control girl”, doesn’t just write chapters filled with information and personal examples, she also includes lessons learned through her study of the above-mentioned Bible girls.  They make great studies which lead to great discussions for small groups.

If you are looking for a support group for women battling control issues, the lives of these seven women will deliver examples of what not to do and find God’s way.  You will finally learn to release the control you never had and give it to the One who truly has control.  By surrendering control, you can find peace, joy and security.

Are you trying to stay in control of your quest for peace, joy, and security . . . and you’re exhausted? Shannon Popkin’s debut book, Control Girl, is a must-read for anyone with a heart that craves control. Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve’s desire to know instead of trust, Sarah’s inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah’s controlling hand on her family’s future, each of these women’s stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.

Learn how to give up control to God and become a Jesus girl! Enter to win a prize pack that will help you give up your Control Girl tendencies.

One grand prize winner will receive:



Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on February 21. The winner will be announced February 22 on Shannon’s blog.

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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 | February 17, 2017

Valloton encourages readers to discover their destiny

destinedWe are often told we are born with a mission or a calling, but most of us don’t know how to find it.  How do believers find their destiny?  Can we discover our true identity so that we can figure out what we are supposed to be doing with our life?

Kris Valloton’s newest book, “Destined to Win”, seeks to help people discover and develop their purpose by offering practical solutions to the problems that derail their true purpose.

Valloton’s example of faith encourages readers to hear what he has to say about their purpose.  The practical solutions through personal stories and biblical teaching helps us see the truth in his presentation.

If you are making excuses and finding reasons for not fulfilling your destiny, “Destined to Win” will help you see the truth and find the faith to be a winner.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books 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 | February 14, 2017

‘His Last Words’ just in time for Easter

last-words“His Last Words” by Kim Erickson is a study on what Jesus taught and prayed in His final hours.  This seven-week study of John 13-17 will give you new insights into Jesus’ heart and mind during the last hours before His crucifixion.

Each week has five-days of study that will take 30-45 minutes to complete.  The exercises will draw you closer to Christ and will help you abide in Him and apply these Scriptures to your life.

Erickson’s study is a perfect study for the weeks before Easter as it sets the mood and takes you through Christ’s journey to the cross.  It examines His heart and helps you see how He sees you.  These five chapters of John are some of the most important scriptures covering Jesus’ life as they discuss God’s love for us, our love for each other, abiding in Him and being filled with the Holy Spirit.

This verse-by-verse study offers time for reflection, prayer and application and will draw you deeper into God’s Word.

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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.”

 

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 13, 2017

Devotional Bible study taken from Explore Quarterly

johnExplore by the Book is an open-Bible devotional that covers every book of the Bible over the course of seven years.  The quarterly journals are written by various authors who walk you through God’s Word with wisdom and insight.

“90 Days in John 14-17, Romans and James”, co-authored by Tim Keller and Sam Allberry, is a treasure of information that will teach you how to dig into the scripture and apply it to your life.  This study is designed more for individual study which includes a journaling section.  You will definitely need your Bible open to do this study as portions of scripture are not printed in the book, but you will want your Bible so that you can understand and take notes.

Keller and Allberry go through the four chapters in John and Romans and James verse-by-verse highlighting important events and topics that will help you apply God’s Word to your life and situation.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Cross Focused Reviews, a service of Cross Focused Media, LLC, 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 | February 13, 2017

Indepth Bible study on the book of Mark

Mark.jpgWilliam Boekestein’s “Bible Studies on Mark” offers an indepth look at the book of Mark.  This Bible study is different because it reads like a book with discussion questions at the end of each chapter.  It is detailed without being overly intensive.  The discussion questions are helpful for individual reflection as well as small group discussion.  It reads more like a commentary than a Bible study.

Boekestein incorporated helpful as well as thought-provoking information to help readers develop a well-rounded view of the person, work and ministry of Christ.  The book has 21 chapters, so at one chapter per week, it will take almost half a year to work through; however, some chapters can be combined if you want to try and make it shorter.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Cross Focused Reviews, a service of Cross Focused Media, LLC, 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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