Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 1, 2018

Finding the Sabbath in the everyday

Sacred Rest: Finding the Sabbath in the EverydayGod’s gift to us is rest, and His command is to be still and know Him.  But in the busyness of life, we sometimes forget to stop. In “Sacred Rest”, Cheryl Wunderlich offers 100 devotions filled with scripture, prayer, personal insights and reflections on God’s command to us to rest.

I don’t usually comment on book covers, but the cover of “Sacred Rest” is beautiful. It will draw you into the book which is equally aesthetic and a reminder of rest. The book is divided into ten parts each including ten devotionals.  Each part focuses on an important function of rest.  You will turn to this book again and again when you are seeking God’s rest.  Wunderlich beautifully shares the need for rest and what happens when we fail to enter God’s rest.  Don’t let the world dictate how much rest you get.  Turn to God who knows how to provide you with the rest He knows you need.

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.”

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Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | January 31, 2018

Worship as a way of life

The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life (Lifechange Books)In “The Air I Breathe”, Louie Giglio seeks to encourage Christians to worship God every day rather than just on Sunday mornings.  Worship, after all, is a part of each of us. If we aren’t worshiping God, we are worshiping something else.

“Every day, all day long, everywhere you go, you worship. It’s what you do. It’s who you are.”  (p1)

It is eternally important and essential that we choose to worship God.  It doesn’t have to be in church.  WE can worship God anytime, anywhere.  We tend to think of worship as a church-related function only, but worship involves more than just praise and worship songs during a church service.

Giglio writes with wisdom and clarity.  He shows how our private, personal worship collides with our corporate worship and brings glory to God.  Chapters 10 and 11, “A Personal Path to Worship” and “Moving Beyond me, to Us” are insightful and encouraging.  Worship should be the very air we breathe.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Blogging for Books, as part of Waterbrook Multnomah’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 | January 19, 2018

Be in confident control of your finances

Faithful Finance: 10 Secrets to Move from Fearful Insecurity to Confident ControlEmily G. Stroud, MBA, CFA, shares ten secrets about finance she’s learned as a businesswoman, entrepreneur and financial advisor in “Faithful Finance”.  After reading her book, you will be able to develop a personal savings plan based on your goals, make a monthly budget that works, reduce debt, plan for your children’s education, as well as gaining knowledge of life insurance, leaving a legacy and discovering the source of true wealth.

She shares stories and offers biblically sound advice to young and old.  “Faithful Finance” is more helpful than other books on finance because Stroud offers practical advice in simple terms.  Her advice will work no matter what stage of life or financial circumstances.

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 | January 19, 2018

Chasing Jesus Six Days from Sunday

Devotions for the Hungry Heart: Chasing Jesus Six Days from SundayAre you hungry for more of God? Or do you long for the hunger you see in others?  Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s “Devotions for the Hungry Heart” teaches us how to be intentional, surrendered, celebrating, and praying people in a 20-week daily devotional.  Each devotion contains anecdotes from the author that highlight a spiritual truth.  Also included are some delicious looking recipes to try.

“Devotions for the Hungry Heart” is a perfect gift for the women in your life to encourage them in their spiritual walk.  God’s table is a continual feast and Tomlinson invites you to be still and enjoy.

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 | January 17, 2018

First book in Blue Justice series promises action and suspense

Oath of Honor (Blue Justice Book #1)Lynette Eason’s first book in the Blue Justice series, “Oath of Honor” follows the story of the murder of Isabelle St. John’s partner and friend. When she starts investigating, she discovers that her own family may be involved.  She wrestles with solving the murder even if it means sending someone she loves to prison.

Eason’s newest series is just plain awesome!  I have never been more surprised even knowing what was coming.  It was like watching a horror movie, hearing the suspenseful music, knowing something is about to happen, and you still jump.

Don’t miss “Oath of Honor” to find out just how awesome Eason’s writing is and how real her characters are.  I can’t wait until the next installment set to release Summer 2018.

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 | January 16, 2018

‘steal away home’ masterfully told

Steal Away HomeMaster storyteller Billy Coffey has created his own genre, but I’m not quite sure what to call it–possibly, life journey.  In his latest, “steal away home”, Coffey invites us into a story told during the course of a baseball game.  The story of love, loss and faith of Owen Cross whose father wanted nothing more than for Owen to succeed where he had failed–playing baseball–college and pro.  But Owen’s true love, Mickey Dullahan, was the only thing on his mind.

But love couldn’t bridge the gap between his middle-class home and her troubled Shantytown.  Owen leaves Mickey for the dug-out, but her memory follows him.

Billy Coffey is a writer who knows how to capture your heart and wring it dry.  He knows how to make you feel what you are reading. At a little over 300 pages, you’ll be surprised how fast you’ll read it.  So grab a pot of coffee and “steal away home”.

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 | January 16, 2018

What secrets are hidden inside The Armoire?

The ArmoireMaxine inherits her grandmother’s armoire that contains a secret she has always peaked her curiosity.  Her curiosity is fulfilled when she is able to open it and unlock the answer to her grandmother’s secret and her biggest question–What’s my purpose?.

Quite frankly, I found portions of the story to be quite tedious with the “Angel” and the scene in heaven was a little much, but it all served its purpose.  However, the story line apart from the angel episodes was quite well thought out and well written.

This book is not for everyone, but if you are a fan of “The Shack” and are looking for a quick read, “The Armoire” by Ione Joy will keep you entertained for an afternoon.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from PR by the Book, 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 | January 16, 2018

Do you have a personal rest deficit?

Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your SanityIt is easy to stay busy.  Our society demands busy–even rewards it.  If you aren’t busy, you are lazy. At least that’s what our culture would have us believe.  But if we are always busy and never take time to rest, we will burn out and may never recover.

Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD, tackles the subject of rest in “Sacred Rest”.  Through life stories and reflections, research and Scripture, Dr. Dalton-Smith gives insight and practical guidelines into resting which will bring a greater satisfaction to your life.

Included in her book is a “Personal Rest Deficit” assessment that will show you exactly where you are depleted.  By taking this assessment first, you will know what portion of the book you should read first.

Dr. Dalton-Smith challenges us to find our own place of rest. She gives great tips for slowing down and making time for the right kind of rest.

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 | January 2, 2018

A Jewish perspective can transform your understanding of the Bible

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding by [Tverberg, Lois]Westerners have a disadvantage when it comes to reading Scripture.  As Lois Tverberg explains, we like to study the Bible “microwave-style”.  Our short devotional readings make the Bible “bland and unmemorable”.  Even reading books of the Bible without a Jewish context can make the Bible seem like a foreign language.

Tverberg’s book, “Reading the Bible With Rabbi Jesus” takes us on a journey of the Scripture through the eyes of a Middle Easterner–through the eyes of Jesus and the Jewish people.

By digging deeper into Scripture and taking note of the culture and Jewish background, the Bible comes alive like never before.  When you start seeing the Bible the way Jewish Rabbis do, you will learn more about God and how we fit into His Kingdom.  God wants us to truly know Him.  The first step is to understand the Bible in the context in which it was written.

Tverberg offers just enough information to help us better understand how to study the Bible on our own.  The “Tools and Reflections” and “Thoughts For Going Deeper” at the end of each chapter encourage you to delve into Bible study and help you apply what she is teaching.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of the launch team for “Reading the Bible With Rabbi Jesus”. 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 | January 2, 2018

The Montana Rescue Series continues….

Product Details“Troubled Waters”, the fourth installment in Susan May Warren’s Montana Rescue Series, continues the story of the Mercy Falls PEAK team.  Opening with Sierra trying to convince Esme Shaw, billionaire Ian Shaw’s niece, to come home, we finally get a chance to hear more about her disappearance and why she is hiding from her uncle.  Searching for her has been Ian’s obsession and the destruction of his other relationships.

Sierra, Ian’s former assistant and love interest, has been trying to get her footing ever since Ian found out she lied about knowing Esme was running away with her boyfriend.  Now that she knows where she is and hasn’t told him, Sierra knows there is no future with him even though she continues to love him.

Ian is facing money problems and hasn’t been able to to support the PEAK team.  When the only chopper is damaged, Ian doesn’t have the funds to repair it. Sierra plans a fundraiser on Ian’s yacht.  Then things go terribly wrong…

Other than the characters, my favorite part of Susan May Warren’s series is how she ties them all together.  Each book focuses on a particular person or people but the others also have their continuing struggles and also introduction to a possible story of their own.  I can’t wait to see whose story she writes next.

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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