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.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | January 23, 2017

Encounter the Savior with Three Marys

easterLiz Curtis Higgs introduces us to three women who encountered Jesus and their lives changed.  “The Women of Easter” tells the stories of Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth (Jesus’ mother) and Mary Magdalene.

This trio of women supported Jesus throughout His ministry, followed Him and remained by His side during His darkest hours.  Higgs retells the story of each woman with insight and helps us feel the emotions they exhibited as their stories unfold.  They remain loyal to Jesus even through the horrors of crucifixion.

“The Women of Easter” will encourage you and help you experience Easter in a new, refreshing way–through the eyes of the women who loved him best.

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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 11, 2017

Are you too blessed to be stressed?

blessed“Too Blessed to Be Stressed…Inspiration for Every Day” by Debora M. Coty is a different kind of inspirational devotional.  With her humor and wisdom, Coty uses every day events in our relationships, homes, work, etc, to offer inspiring and encouraging words to help women find refreshment and healing and taking our minds off of our stress.

From cover to cover, the beauty of this devotional is enough to calm your stress.  Each day will find a new opportunity to laugh and be encouraged and inspired by Coty’s words of wisdom tucked away in funny stories and inspiring Bible verses.

If you need some additional encouragement and sometimes a little smile to start the day, “Too Blessed to Be Stressed…Inspiration for Every Day” will be your favorite book to read.

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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 | January 11, 2017

Welcome to Ivy Hill

ivy-hillWhen Jane Bell inherits her husband’s coaching inn, The Bell, she reluctantly takes over as landlady even though she has no experience or no idea how to manage a business.  Her brother-in-law and mother-in-law return to help, but their strained relationship makes things more difficult.  With the prospect of losing the Inn due to her husband’s questionable behavior, Jane puts her whole heart into saving the Inn and the jobs of her employees.

Thora Bell, Jane’s mother-in-law, resents the fact that her son saw fit to leave the family inn to Jane.  She is struggling to overcome her own losses, including her husband, son and the Inn.  Will they put their personal differences aside to save the Inn, or can they come to grips that their efforts will fail?

Julie Klassen is a masterful storyteller.  Her historical narratives and romantic interludes combine to form a perfect work that satisfies readers of both historical and romantic fiction.

“The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill” will capture your heart.  Klassen has written another masterpiece.  With just enough history to be interesting, romance to be heart-warming and mystery to be gratifying, you will enjoy your first visit to Ivy Hill and look forward to many more visits to come.

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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 | January 3, 2017

Journaling Bible for Girls

journaling-bibleDesigned with girls in mind, the NIV Holy Bible for Girls Journaling Edition will please any girl who loves to reflect on Scripture by taking notes, journaling, drawing, etc., in the margins of her Bible.  In fact, if you enjoy any of the above activities to help you in your time in the Word, you will also love this journaling Bible.  Spending time with God and His Word by journaling or drawing can be fun and inspiring.

Sharing your God-given artistic talent with God through the study of His Word can also be very worshipful. This new Bible offers space to be creative.  The pages are perfect and most colors won’t bleed through.  I love the colors and design of the cover.

The “How to Use This Bible” feature is very useful and filled with great ideas on how to get started.  You may want to purchase one of these for every little girl in your life.  There is a Journaling edition for boys as well.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Handlebar Marketingas 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 | December 22, 2016

‘Kingdom Prayer’–Touching heaven to change earth

kingdomIn “Kingdom Prayer”, Tony Evans explains the importance of prayer and how to pray effectively even when it may be challenging.  He discusses the power of prayer and our authority and access.  He talks about abiding in Christ and how to move mountains and stop blocking our miracle.

As always, Evans uses practical and simple language to help us understand how the physical act of praying affects the spiritual realm.  Our prayers can move heaven to bring glory to God on earth.

Evans encourages us not only to pray but also to spend time in God’s Word.  If you are only praying for five minutes a day, your spiritual condition will reflect it.  If you want to learn how to pray in faith and accomplish great things, discover this power in “Kingdom Prayer”.

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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 | December 16, 2016

Amelia Rhodes’ ‘Pray A to Z’ Giveaway

atozOn the back cover, a simple question is posed–one which prompts you to consider how to even begin:

“How would (y)our community change if instead of absently saying, ‘I’ll pray for you’, we actually did pray–deeply, intensely and purposefully?”

When people ask you to pray for them, they generally have a specific request in mind, but sometimes we want to pray for our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends with an intentionality that sparks change and just don’t know where to start.

Amelia Rhodes’ “Pray A to Z” is topically organized alphabetically offering Bible verses, prayer and prompts to help you lay burdens at the feet of Jesus.  Each letter has five topics–three prayers of petition and two or more prayers of praise.  She teaches us how to have specific, focused communion with God while praying for those around us.  You will also learn how to add other issues following her example.

Rhodes’ book is an excellent guidebook and one that you will use over and over again.  My one wish, or two, is that there was space to record names of people you are praying for as well as a space for your own prayers.

Are you ready to change your community, one prayer at a time? Learn how to organize your prayer requests topically and lay the burdens of your community at the feet of our Heavenly Father with the help of Amelia Rhodes’ new book, Pray A to Z. Whether you are praying for a friend’s adoption journey, a neighbor’s bankruptcy, or a family member’s cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer, Pray A to Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.

Learn more about Pray A to Z and how to pray for your community, and enter to win Amelia’s Guide to Prayer Prize Pack to get you started.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 20. The winner will be announced December 21 on Amelia’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 | December 14, 2016

Letitia Suk’s ‘Getaway with God’ Travel Bag Giveaway

getawayI love the idea of a personal retreat and time away with God.  In fact, I have been able to have several myself and find it incredibly refreshing.  But sometimes it seems there isn’t enough time (or vacation time) or money to go around.

Letitia Suk reminds us that sometimes we have to be creative in order to plan a getaway with God.  In her book, “Getaway With God”, Suk explains the benefits of a personal retreat and details steps for preparation.  She even includes sample schedules which she emphasizes are just guidelines and to allow God to plan your time together.

No matter where you are in your spiritual walk or stage of life, a personal retreat is beneficial for an intimate relationship with God.  Suk’s enthusiasm and excitement makes you want to plan a retreat as soon as possible.  Whether it is time or money that keeps you from planning time away with God, Suk offers several creative solutions.

“Get Away With God” is an inspired book filled with wonderful ideas and exercises to get you started on an intimate journey with God.

Do you need a day away from busyness and stress to transform your life? Schedule a day and learn how to make the most of your time of refreshment with Letitia Suk’s new book, Getaway with God. You’ll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you’ll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.

Get ready for your own getaway with God by entering to win a travel bag set from Letitia.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Getaway with God
  • A Vera Bradley XL Duffel Travel Bag
  • A Vera Bradley Cosmetic Trio
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 16. The winner will be announced December 19 on the Litfuse 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.”

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