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.”

 

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 8, 2017

Bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth

apostolic“Moving in the Apostolic” is a comprehensive guide on the apostolic ministry.  John Eckhardt describes the apostolic gift and its functions.  He shows the difference between the office of apostle and the gifting and calling of each believer.

Eckhardt goes into great depth and covers his subject thoroughly.  You can’t expect to read through it casually or even just one time.  The abundance of material covered in this book is remarkable considering the size (only 165 pages).  The best chapter is chapter 10 entitled “A blueprint for apostolic living”.   You will find biblical examples and a short discussion on the Tabernacle of David.

If you want to know more about this important aspect of the church and the apostolic gifting, Eckhardt’s book will more than satisfy.

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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 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 8, 2017

‘Maybe it’s you’-romantic suspense

maybe-its-youSloane Ferrell is the most compassionate nurse on staff at Hope Hospital.   Under a new name, she finally feels safe from her past, but only if she avoids letting people get too close and the publicity of being nominated for the Face of Hope, a campaign intended to bring favorable publicity to the struggling hospital.

Micah Prescott was in charge of the Face of Hope campaign and witnessed first-hand the skill and bravery of Sloane, but he could never seem to get close enough without offending her or getting in her way.

When her past catches up with her, the hospital, Micah and her friends are all in the crossfire.  Will Sloane ever be able to pick up the pieces of her life and put the past behind her?  Can she trust Micah to do the right thing?  Is there any hope?

“Maybe it’s You” is as inspirational as it is romantic.  If you enjoy medical dramas and romance to boot, you will love it and all of Candace Calvert‘s books.

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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 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 8, 2017

‘Stars in the Grass’ celebrates life after loss

stars“Stars in the Grass” by Ann Marie Stewart explores family relationships after a tragic loss.  Nine-year-old Abby McAndrews lived an idyllic life with her pastor father, stay-at-home mother and two brothers, one older and one younger.  On a family vacation, her world suddenly comes to a screeching halt when her dad and younger brother are struck by a car.  While her father survives, her little brother dies and along with him, the perfect family she always thought she had.  With her dad questioning his faith, her older brother acting out in dangerous ways and her mother struggling in her own way, everyone seems to forget about Abby.

Abby tells her story quite poetically.  From her point of view, her family is falling apart, and nothing seems to help.  She is struggling with not only the loss of her brother but her other family members as well.  In the only way a child can, Abby fights to keep her family together.

Stewart’s story is inspiring in many ways, but it is also a very depressing read.   I praise her for keeping it emotionally accurate.  Some authors tend to downplay the emotions hoping that readers will keep reading.  Stewart, on the other hand, lets all the emotions out and allows readers to see inside the grieving family–that everything isn’t okay, but they are dealing with it as most real, not fictional, people do.

Although at times I found it difficult to read and wanted to just quit, I am surprisingly pleased that I kept on reading.  It wasn’t the book I thought it would be, but it was real as fiction can be real.   Stewart makes us realize that our relationships, just as life, are fragile.  We must treasure our loved ones while they are here and hold onto them in our losses.  We find our strength when we come together not when we pull away.

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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 | February 7, 2017

Creating a beautiful marriage

beautiful-marriageMarriage can be hard, but it can also be beautiful.  Discovering lifelong love, joy and intimacy in marriage is what we all want to do. However, it means bringing two people with different ideas, backgrounds and family dynamics together and expecting them to be able to live in harmony with each other.  No matter how in love two people are living together can bring out the worst or the best in them.

Dorothy Littell Greco, author of “Making Marriage Beautiful“, equips men and women to create a beautiful marriage through real-life examples of what to do as well as what not to do.  Instead of trying to force our spouse to change, we should be focusing on allowing Christ to change us.  By doing so, we are filled with joy and enjoy a flourishing marriage.

By using examples from her own marriage and the marriages of eight couples, Greco demonstrates how to create an intimate, loving relationship with our spouse and how to resolve conflicts and issues without resorting to ineffective methods that only cause more hurt and pain.

Each chapter also includes a going deeper section with questions for individual reflection or group discussion.  A great small group study for couples, “Making Marriage Beautiful” will foster productive discussions and healthy dialogue between spouses.

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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 | January 26, 2017

A satirical guide to secret keeping

skeletonAlla Campanella and Ken Massey take a satirical look at secret keeping in “The Skeleton Code”.  They make fun of the variety of ways we try to keep our shameful secrets locked away so others can’t see them sometimes even from those who love us best.

They cover the secrets of spouses, politicians, co-workers, etc., but our secrets while remaining covered sometimes keep us from happiness.  The last two chapters cover dealing with our secrets with honesty and transparency in order to live a happier life.

To be honest, after reading the first several chapters, I wondered why the book was written.  While there was some humor (most of it I’d heard before), it did not maintain my interest very long.

The last two chapters are the most beneficial if you truly want to let out those secrets that are stealing your happiness and joy.  Don’t buy this book if you aren’t a fan of satire; it will only annoy you.  Do not purchase it if you aren’t interested in revealing your secrets and free yourself from their shackles.

The best thing about the book is that its publisher, Morgan James, donates a percentage of all book sales for the life of each book to Habitat For Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg.  For more information, visit www.MorganJamesBuilds.com.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pro Book Marketing. 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 24, 2017

Know who you are because of who He is

i-amIf you have ever felt worthless, unloved or unvalued, “I Am” by Michele Cushatt will reveal the ultimate truth–that you are enough.  Cushatt’s book will help you discover new truths about your identity in Christ which will allow you to overcome insecurity and give you a new confidence in your daily walk.

“I Am” is a 60-day devotional that focuses on who you are because of who God is.  Read in order or choose the ones that fit your needs–either way, you will discover you aren’t who you thought you were and God will always be who He says He is.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of the “I Am” 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.”

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