Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 21, 2018

Two unsolved murders. 17 years apart. Are they related?

Justice Betrayed ( Book #3) (Memphis Cold Case)

Elvis Week in Memphis isn’t exactly homicide detective Rachel Sloan’s favorite time of year. 17 years ago her mom was murdered and the killer never found. When Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas shows up to ask for her help and then is later murdered, Rachel is forced to re-evaluate her mom’s murder.

Patricia Bradley’s “Justice Betrayed” is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Full of intrigue and surprises, Bradley will keep you all shook up with suspenseful action.  Not only does Rachel feel a need to solve the murders, she also must resolve her memories of 17 years ago and the truth of what really happened.

“Justice Betrayed” is a summer must-read. An instant connection with Rachel and her determination to solve the present-day murder as well as the possibility of learning what really happened 17 years ago will keep you reading well into the night.

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.”

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Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 21, 2018

An original take on the end times

Midnight Is My Time

An apocalyptic world. A troubled man. A gifted blind woman.

Andy Mayer is on the run. After a run-in at a diner, Andy realizes trouble follows him wherever he goes. Missy is blind and experiences a strange phenomenon when provoked and people end up dead.  She and Andy come together and agree that they must go to Maine.

A new take on end times prophecy, Mike Dellosso’s “Midnight Is My Time” focuses on the two witnesses.  On their journey to Maine, they encounter dangerous obstacles.  They realize there is a plan for their life and keep on toward what they feel is their main goal.

Dellosso always delivers on stories that shine light on darkness.This end time story will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat.

 

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 7, 2018

Standing strong in a post-truth, post-Christian world

Hope of Nations: Standing Strong in a Post-Truth, Post-Christian WorldEver since creation, the world has been evolving, changing, becoming less than what God envisioned. But now, today, global change means the moral, social and political impact to American millennials.  And it’s not just affecting millennials.

More and more young Americans are drawn to socialism. Without proper context, our children are becoming infatuated with a political mindset that will ultimately lead to our nation’s downfall if they succeed in changing the political climate.

How are Christians supposed to react to what is sure to come? John S. Dickerson, prize-winning research journalist and Seminary-trained pastor, shares with us five major forces driving global change and gives us nine ways to respond biblically to trends that are shaping the world in his book, “Hope of Nations”.

At times, Dickerson bogs readers down with information and data. However, when he shifts to what we can do and the nine manifestos we can embrace, he gives us hope in the midst of a vastly changing world that wants little to do with truth and nothing to do with God.

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 | May 25, 2018

Revival comes with a good scrubbing

GOD Has A Scrub Brush: Making Room for RevivalIn “God Has a Scrub Brush”, Renee Kinlaw shows us how cleaning our Spiritual House is very similar to cleaning our physical home.  As Renee walked with God as she cleaned her house, she realized that just as our homes are in need of a good spring cleaning, our hearts (Spiritual Houses) also need a good scrubbing.  God has just the scrub brush.  With our permission, God can enter each room in our Spiritual House and scrub us until we are a pure, holy vessel just as He intended.

But we can’t just clean it once and let it go.  We must attend to our Spiritual House daily, just as we do our home. It is only through this daily cleansing that we can ever hope to experience revival.  And revival only comes as each person experiences this cleaning.

In her book, Kinlaw offers us wise counsel on cleaning and a Bible study to help us start our spiritual cleansing.  This is an excellent book for personal study and small group discussion.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and Interviews and Reviews, as part of its blogger review 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 | May 25, 2018

Born blind, ever seeing…


                            The 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle Book #1)
  ...Ted Dekker always entertains, never disappoints and tucks inside his work a Christian message so obscure, yet so obvious you will wonder how you missed it in real life.

In Eden, Utah, Rachelle Matthews, a blind girl, soon discovers that she lives in two different worlds. One on Earth with a father who is trying to cure her of her blindness, and the other a world in the future where she finds out that she is the 49th mystic, and it is up to her to save both worlds–a lot of pressure for a 16-year-old girl.

However, in order to save both worlds, she must face her fear of the Shadow Man who comes to her in her dreams threatening to take away her sight, again and again.  As the clock is ticking, Rachelle must choose between her feelings and the truth.

Our world is much like Rachelle’s.  We are blind to the truth of God and His Word until the Spirit, given by God, leads us into all truth.  Seeing our blindness through the gift of Ted Dekker’s “The 49th Mystic” will open your eyes to some truths that you might have missed.

I love how Dekker hides truth in fiction and allows readers to come to their own realization.  He is a master storyteller when it comes to presenting biblical truth in ways that make you think and entertain you at the same time.

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.”

Ever Faithful: A 365-Day DevotionalIf you are familiar with Turning Point, the teaching ministry of Dr. David Jeremiah, you know that he provides sound biblical teaching on a variety of topics, but mainly prophecy and end times.  He has covered Daniel and Revelation and other books of the Bible.  In his new devotional, “Ever Faithful”, Dr. Jeremiah enforces his desire for everyone to develop an intimate relationship with Christ.

This 365-day devotional will help you gain a better understanding of God’s nature and love and will give you an opportunity to grow closer to Jesus.  Each day offers a chance for you to reflect on Jesus and have faith in God’s Word and His plan for your life.

An excellent gift for new Christians, “Ever Faithful” will also help those established in their faith grown in their relationship with God.

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 | May 24, 2018

Finding joy when life is hard

Love Life Again: Finding Joy When Life Is Hard by [Miles, Tracie]  What I loved about Tracie Miles’ book, “Love Life Again”, is her honest transparency without getting mired down in self-pity. It is obvious that this book was written out of an “I’ve been there” response to show us that we, too, can find joy in our circumstances. Because someone else has lived a life different from what she envisioned and has found a way to love the life she is living, so can we.

While Miles shares from her experiences, she doesn’t give us a to-do or don’t do list.  However, “Love Life Again” does involve action on our part to fully grasp how to change our mindset.

My recommendation is for you to read through the book, then return and spend 13 weeks on each chapter, taking your time, answering the questions, journaling and praying. That is how you will receive the most benefit and will find your joy again.

If you are waiting for your circumstances to change before you delight in your life, you may be waiting a long time.  God doesn’t want us to waste our time getting bogged down in the world. He wants us to experience joy and love our life right now.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Tracie Miles’ “Love Live Again” Launch Team.  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 | May 24, 2018

Molly Bruno–The Real “Miss Clara”

The Audacious Molly Bruno: Amazing Stories from the Life of a Powerful Woman of PrayerIf you watched the Kendrick Brothers’ movie, “War Room” and wondered if a real life “Miss Clara” existed, you will enjoy reading about Molly Bruno in her daughter’s book, “The Audacious Molly Bruno”.  Molly was a real prayer warrior who lived a life of prayer, praying boldly and with audacity–trusting God completely.  Not only did she believe that nothing is impossible for God, she also spent a lifetime proving it.

Maria Armenia’s book is more of a prayer resource than a biography about a woman of prayer.  Through Armenia, Molly Bruno teaches us to pray in faith to a real God with shameless audacity, praying about every detail of our life and the lives of others, for all things big and small.  Nothing is too small or too big for God to create a miracle.

If you want to know more about prayer, Armenia shares 80 life lessons she learned from her mother.  “The Audacious Molly Bruno” is a testimony of decades of unanswered prayer because one woman prayed.  Imagine what would happen if everyone who read this book followed Bruno’s example.  She is an example to us all, and her story encouraged me to pray about everything all the time.

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 | May 16, 2018

Embrace the unexpected

Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the AdventureWhat happens to you when the unexpected arrives? How do you react?  Do you see it as  a gift from God? Christine Caine, in “Unexpected”, shares personal stories of her own and others’ unexpected events in life and how they coped and learned to trust God completely.

Caine’s book was an unexpected surprise. I wasn’t expecting any new revelations. However, I saw things in my own life differently as I connected with some of the stories.  There is a chapter for everyone–whether you’ve experienced the loss of a child, infertility, the betrayal of a a friend or family member, a diagnosis of cancer or a disappointment such as the loss of a dream.  This isn’t just Caine’s book.  It belongs to all of those who shared their stories, emptied their hearts and showed us what life is like on the other side of unexpected.

If you are living in a period of unexpected hurt, betrayal, pain, illness, disillusionment, this inspirational book will encourage you and keep you hopeful in God’s goodness and blessings.

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 | May 16, 2018

Satirical book by Christian satirical website

How to Be a Perfect Christian by The Babylon BeeI received a copy of The Babylon Bee’s “How to Be a Perfect Christian”, a satirical look at Christianity, from WaterBrook and Multnomah as a welcome gift for joining their book launch team. I was not required to post a review; however, I felt like I should.

First of all, I am not a fan of The Babylon Bee’s satirical work.  The website’s main purpose is to make fun of anyone who doesn’t hold their particular theological ideology.  Unfortunately, in many cases, they do not identify their work as satirical, and many are deceived by their low blows and consistent jabs at mega-churches, pastors, Christian authors and ministries.

As Christians, we are called to encourage and lift each other up, but The Babylon Bee ridicules the very people who are trying to live a Christian life and causing unsuspecting innocent people to be complicit in its atrocious behavior.

Some have defended The Babylon Bee saying the author/creator is not mocking Christianity, but I am not sure this is the case.  If it were, they would make it very clear on social media posts that their articles are satire.  Many people do not click on the article, but share them based on the shocking headline.

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