Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 21, 2017

On the edge of reality

fault lines“Fault Lines” is part three in the Fault Lines series by Thomas Locke.

A mystery woman requests Charlie to leave with her immediately. His choice leads to danger before they even get where they are going and he knows absolutely nothing about her or what he’s gotten himself into.

Gabriella is an experimental psychologist who has found a way to alter the mind and body so that the future can be seen and possibly changed.  But there are others who want to stop her and her team.  Charlie is on board to protect and participate in the research.

“Fault Lines” has an interesting plot and at times can be very entertaining.  However, the ebb and flow of activity and suspense did not hold my interest very well.  It starts and ends with a gust of wind, but there are times when I wanted the action to speed up a bit.

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.”

 

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Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 18, 2017

She’s out to steal his name-will he steal her heart instead?

name unknownRosemary Gresham is an orphan who lives with a band of former urchins who helped her survive as a young girl on the streets of London.  They taught each other how to blend in with the upper class in order to steal from them in order to survive.

Rosemary gets an opportunity to make a fortune spying on Peter Holstein, a German with access to the king during World War I.  Holstein is trying to prove his loyalty to England while Rosemary is looking for proof of his loyalty to Germany.

All Holstein wants to do is write adventure novels so he hires Rosemary to dig through his family’s history to prove his loyalty.

“A Name Unknown” by Roseanna M. White is a fast-paced suspense and romance story.  Will she or won’t she? Do they or don’t they?  Can he prove his innocence before it’s too late?  Who is really behind it all?  Even though Rosemary is a criminal by definition, it is so easy to fall for her charm.  This is the first book I have read by White and she doesn’t disappoint.  Her book was easy to follow, interesting and engaging as well as entertaining.

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 | August 16, 2017

Lose what’s weighing you down

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if an eight-week journey could help you physically and spiritually?  Alisa Keeton, a certified fitness professional, challenges us to get fit with God.  Her eight-week journey includes fitness training, Bible study and small group questions, all designed to get you fit from the inside out.

While working through the book can be done on your own, having an accountability partner or group will help you finish well and reach your goals.  If you have tried everything else and are ready to do something positive, “The Wellness Revelation” is a great start.

The book is just the beginning.  More information is available at wellnessrevelation.org.  Keeton encourages Bible study and prayer as part of your diet, exercise and weight loss plan.  Only by transforming your life from the inside can true transformation happen.

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 | August 16, 2017

Painting portraits with colored pencils

colored pencilBrilliant illustrations and comprehensive instructions make “Colored Pencil Painting Portraits” by Alyona Nickelson an incredible resource for the artist who loves to draw.  Who knew colored pencils could render such beautiful portraits?  Nickelson is talented and her work looks very much like a photograph and is so lifelike.  It doesn’t look like a drawing.  She is very thorough and her book will help artists who want to learn to draw portraits with colored pencils refine their work.

Instructions include a guide for combining colors to create just the right skin tones.  She shares her recommendations for the right brands/types of pencils and gives step-by-step instructions for several projects.

“Colored Pencil Painting Portraits” is extremely helpful and makes a great gift for a budding artist.

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 | August 10, 2017

Eason’s Elite Guardians are a hit again

chasing secretsI love the Elite Guardians.  They have everything a heroine needs–bravery, skill, intelligence as well as beauty and intrigue.  Haley has no idea she had such an intriguing past until it put her life in danger.  A 25-year-old cold case in West Ireland sets off a chain of events that puts Haley in a battle for her life.  It also places her in the capable hands of Detective Steven Rothwell who is infatuated with Haley from the moment he lays eyes on her.

From the very beginning, Lynette Eason captivates with one big surprise after another.  I enjoyed the romantic subplot between Haley and Steven.  It was refreshing to see these characters not fight their feelings for each other and see where it let.  They didn’t have to talk about how they felt about each other.  Eason did a remarkable job with their growing love story.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from Baker Publishing 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 | August 10, 2017

‘Spirit-Empowered Theology’ is great resource

theologyYou’ve encountered the Holy Spirit, now what?  Every possible question you might have is answered in this comprehensive book by Dr. Charles Carrin, “Spirit-Empowered Theology”.

There are 300 questions included divided into eighteen parts.  You will find answers to questions about God, the Bible, Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Kingdom of God, the Church, the spiritual gifts, satan, faith, doctrine, heresies, Israel, Covenant, significant events and people in church history and much more.  Each answer is backed up with Scripture and is easy to understand.  This volume is a treasure and a resource that will be used again and again.

In ministry for more than 65 years, Dr. Carrin denied the supernatural world until a crisis in his own life caused him to see what he had been missing.  His book is an effort to help others understand the Holy Spirit and the supernatural.

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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 | August 10, 2017

7 life changing encounters with the love of Christ

piercedDoes God’s love hurt?. We ask “how can it be love if it causes pain?” But Kelli Worrall asks, “how can it be love if it’s painless?”  Worrall’s book “Pierced and Embraced” explores this question by demonstrating that God doesn’t just ask for a part of our heart; He wants the whole thing.

Jesus pursued women in the Gospels–tenderly but sometimes painfully.  Through the stories of Mary, the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the woman at the well and others, we learn what Jesus will do to show us we are truly loved.

Sometimes we are called to do impossible things.  Sometimes we are sought after when we aren’t wanting to be found.  We are forgiven when we don’t deserve forgiveness.  We are healed and given life and shown value and empowered to serve. Jesus finds the very thing we need and fulfills it in ways that may cause us pain, at least at first.

Worrall’s book is uniquely encouraging.  Each chapter ends with questions for reflection and discussion making it an excellent resource for small groups.

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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 | August 10, 2017

Embracing God’s promises when you are a hot mess

hot messIf you are a woman, chances are you struggle or have struggled with believing that you are who God says you are.  We get distracted by the enemy and live our lives outside the promises of God because we refuse to believe what God says about us.  In Julie K. Gillies’ words, we are a hot mess.  How do we move from hot mess to blessed?

Gillies’ book, “From Hot Mess to Blessed”, encourages women to grab God’s promises for themselves and see their worth and value through His perspective.  In her honesty, Gillies shows us that we don’t have to instantly believe, but we can trust.  Each chapter ends with a Personal Proclamation: Say It, Know It, Believe It.  I will not fear. I am significant. I am blessed.  There are 12 chapters–you can work on your proclamations every day or one chapter a week and work through it slowly until you change the way you see yourself.

There are also questions for group study or personal reflection.  An excellent way to mentor one-on-one with someone else as well.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of the launch team for “From Hot Mess to Blessed”. 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 | August 10, 2017

Lawlessness sweeping the world

without lawEvery day reports of evil acts and injustice fill the news. Rarely are good deeds reported, and when they are, we question their validity.  It is difficult to have hope for the future when lawlessness is running rampant throughout the world.

Phil Hostenpiller, in his book “One Nation Without Law”, shows us God’s perspective on current events.  God is still in control and gives us hope for the future.

Evil is a part of the world.  Lawlessness has been increasing, but God will have the last word.  Hostenpiller walks readers through the history of evil, the problem of evil, the end times and God’s promise of hope for the future.  He inspires us to hope for the future even when things seem bad.  We need to realize that the majority of our problems are spiritual in nature and exercise spiritual warfare.

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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 | August 10, 2017

Living a new story from Ephesians

included in christWho are we? Where do we belong?  How do we live included in Christ?  Heather Holleman’s eight-week Bible study, “Included in Christ” helps you find answers to these questions and teaches you how to apply them to your life.

Each week includes:

  • Opportunities to interact with the biblical text
  • Reflections on key verbs, phrases and ideas in Ephesians
  • Prompts to help you contrast the old self with the new.

This study is a deep study that seeks to transform your life–not just teach you biblical truth.  I love in-depth Bible studies that show me how to live my life differently.  I like the deep question that not only help me but teaches me how to help others.

This is a wonderful individual study and small group study.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Side Door Communications, as part of Moody Publishers  Book 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.”

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