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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

Twenty four years ago, a ride that was meant to be a joyride turned into tragedy. A girl was buried in a shallow grave. Who put her there and why? These are the questions Detective Chief Lisa Grant and Detective Mac McGregor are determined to find the answers to. How are they to determine the identity of the dead girl? How much time will it take? See the sparks fly as they get closer to solving the dead girl's murder. As they get closer to solving the murder,  are they by chance getting closer on a personal level? What are they finding out about each other? This book is full of suspense, drama, romance. It will keep you turning page after page, you will not want to put it down. What lengths will the murderer go in order to keep the BURIED SECRETS.

I received a complimentary copy from Revell Books for this review.

The Creole Princess by Beth White

 Lyse Lanier, a victim of her birth, mistreated, looked down upon by some, loved by others. Especially mistreated by Madame Dussouy, he was once engaged to her papa. Her cousin, Scarlet works for Madame Dussouy, she is treated the same way. Why so much hatred in one person. Lyse's life is changed when Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Ripparda enters her life. Who is this merchant of New Orleans who can put a smile on Lyse's face, who seems to be at every turn, seems to know everybody worth knowing, can get her in places she was never allowed to go before, was she beginning to have feelings for this Spaniard? Lyse was from mostly French culture. Her best friend was the English Major's daughter, Daisy. This was happening when the American struggle for independence was raging? Loyalties to family and flag have to be decided. Do you follow your loyalties or your heart? What will become of Lyse and her family, will they enter the war? This is a well-written book, it has joy, sorrow, love, hate, faith, hopelessness, and courage. Come and ride the roller coaster of emotion as as we walk with THE CREOLE PRINCESS. Good Reading.

I received a complimentary copy from Revell Books for this review.

A Beautiful Reflection by Sarah O. Maddox

This is very romantic christian book. For the first time since Susan was employed by Hitchenson Enterprises, she was attending the company's national convention in Atlanta. She was receiving an award. Susan was a praying woman, she prayed to not bring shame to God or her family at this convention. At the convention she meets her boss and is invited to dance with him. While on the dance floor, she starts to have feelings for him, all her determination and nerve had collapsed. Her heart had won over her head. She prayed to the Lord to help her and forgive her. The more time Susan spent with Jim, the deeper her feelings grew. It seems, Jim was falling for her too. Jim takes Susan to meet his friends, after talking to Violet, Susan begins to doubt her relationship with Jim. Susan discovers she has a stalker, the question of whether or not Jim is saved. With the Lord's help, will Susan find the answer's she needs?
There are some things in Jim's past that need to be addressed. Susan is finding it hard to deal with. May she find a favorable answer to her questions.
Join Susan, and see if It is truly
Good Reading!!
I received a complimentary copy from BookCrash for this review.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Legacy by Dan Walsh

Jim and Marilyn Anderson had a son, Doug who had left home for college, he was brought up in a Christian home, but they were afraid he had let go of his Christian upbringing in favor of today's wild and free lifestyle. The Anderson's had a tenant, who was more like family, named Christina, who had lived in the apartment over their garage for a year, who had feelings fir their sin, Doug, and she had a feeling he was living another lifestyle than the kind he lived before he left home.  Christina wants to continue her education, so she decides to check out some schools she might be interested in. One school happens to be close to the school that Doug goes to, so she and Doug's mom plan a trip to check out the school and surprise Doug and take him to lunch. When they arrive at the school, her appointment is rescheduled for later, so instead of surprising Doug for lunch, they decide to take him to breakfast. So they arrive at hus apartment, unannounced. Guess who gets surprised? This is a very good book, it deals with problems a lot of parents go through with their children.  I felt their heartache and pain, indecision, despair and uncertainty.  This is a good book to curl up with, and see how the Andersons' and their son solve their problem. Find out what other things also are happening, on a happier note, in the Anderson's life.
Good Reading!!!
I received a complimentary copy from Revell Books for this review.

Healthy Mind Cookbook by Rebecca Katz

Healthy Mind is very informative. The chapter on THE CULINARY PHARMACY lists different ingredients that helps with memory, mood, sleep, energy etc.
For example, Legumes(Beans, Lentils, and Peas) eating these on a regular basis helps keep your brain sharp and healthy. They are loaded with B vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. They have been linked to sharper mental focus, less fatigue, better memory.
BROCCOLI-memory, vitamin K
BEETS-brain food, high in nitrites, may stave off depression.
CINNAMON-memory, being studied for its potential in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
PEACHES-memory, mental energy, mood
WALNUTS-memory, vascular health, healthy sleep
POTATOES-mood, memory
ORANGES-mood, memory
OATS-mental energy
GRAPEFRUIT-mood, learning
These are just a few ingredients that are in this book.
It has a section on Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Food a section on Eating Organically and recipes fir Soups, Vegetables, Meat and Seafood, Anytime Foods, Dollops, Tonics and Elixirs and Sweet Bites. If you are looking for information about some ingredients and how to fit them into your particular diet, this is the book. When you prepare your next meal, do it with a HEALTHY MIND.

I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books for this review.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Parenting With Scripture by Kara Durbin

Parenting With Scripture is a helpful tool in teaching children.
It deals with different emotions and situations. It has a Discussion and Take Action along with scripture that applies to that problem and It has a Scripture Appendix. There is also a section on Verses To Memorize. The first emotion that us addressed is anger, I had a ptoblem with anger and even though I am not a child or teenager, in the Discussion section, the first question that is asked is, "Was it really worth getting angry?" Now that I think back, over half the time, it was not worth it. Next, "How could the situation have been handled differently?" Again, there was a more appropriate way of handling the situation. The last one, "What does anger accomplish?" All I remember is that someones feelings were hurt and in at least one case, I lost a friend.
It has methods to help with these incidents and scripture to help understanding.
There are so many negative things in life today to influence our children, we as parents need as much help as possible, and this book is such a help. The cover is eye catching, the book is arranged so it is easily referred to as often as needed. A needed tool in our parenting journey. Children are always asking, "Why or Why come?", now we can give them an answer.
I received a complimentary copy from MPnewsroom for this review.

You Can Hear The Voice Of God by Steve Sampson

How many ways can you hear the voice of God? Here are a few:
The written word and Proceeding Word, His Thoughts, Words Of Knowledge, His Words in Your Spirit,  Holy Spirit Pictures and Visions, Dreams, His Peace, The Inner Witness, In Your Conscience, The Need To Come Boldly and Live With Expectation. I'm sure one or more of these ways apply to you. This is an interesting book. It sheds light on some things that have been puzzling some of us. It is explained and accompanied by scripture, and uses up-to-date metaphors to help explain. It is well written. I like the section on COLORS AND OTHER SYMBOLS, what they mean, like RED represents the power of salvation and the blood of JESUS. There is also a section on FOUR DON'TS, like Don't accept Christ...FOLLOW HIM,
Don't read the Bible...STUDY IT
Don't pray...LISTEN
Don't go to church...BE THE CHURCH. It looks at it from a different prospective. It also has a chapter on PRACTICAL GUIDELINES FOR HEARING FROM GOD. There are so many thought provoking chapters that will make you stop and think and wonder.
Settle down in a comfortable chair and see if YOU CAN HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD. Good reading.
I received a complimentary copy from Chosen Books for my review.

Touched By Heaven by Nancy Ravenhill

This book is about a woman's life-long encounters with JESUS, beginning at age five. It talks of her abuse by her father, a church going man, a Christian accordionist, the divine encounters with JESUS, futuristic visions, a healing GOD, and ways that angels minister to us. Follow her through her trials and tribulations, her ups and her downs, share her grief and her joy, see how she finds peace at last. I was crying and angry with her father to take his anger and frustration out on a five year old child. But a five year old child saw Jesus at a time in her life when she needed someone to feel safe and loved. She had prayed to the only one who was was the answer to her broken heart. Pick up a copy, get in your favorite chair and share being TOUCHED BY HEAVEN. Each chapter has a scripture.
I received a complimentary copy from Chosen Books for this review.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Day I Met Jesus by Frank Viola

The first story, Diary of a Woman Caught in Adultery, was so moving, seeing her as a mother in an abusive marriage with a child, a man who claims to be in love with her, says all the right words, makes all the right moves, be around at the right time. Being caught in the act of adultery, brought before the court to be judged and punished,  that is when she MET JESUS.
The next was A Diary of a prostitute who loved too much, a woman who had dreams of a home, husband and children. One night changed that. After gathering a few things she left her home and went to another village. Then something wonderful happened, she MET JESUS.
The third was a Diary of a Desperate Samaritan Woman.
The fourth a Diary of a Woman with a Flow of Blood.
And the fifth a Diary of the Woman Whom Jesus Loved.
These stories are gripping and heart felt. In addition to the stories there is scripture to go along with it as well as a commentary and how it applies today. This is a book you will want to read over and over. Do you remember THE DAY YOU MET JESUS?

I received a complimentary copy from Baker Books for this review.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

We Need To Talk by Linda Mintle

The words "We need to talk," usually means something is wrong, we become defensive, it means something needs to be settled. This phrase makes us uncomfortable because you have to work through conflict. We face conflict everyday. The news, in our familly, on our jobs,     just being in a public place or spiritual conflict.
We all have conflict in our everyday lives, some are easily resolved, some take a little more finesse. Knowing how to handle conflict is a skill a lot of us are lacking. This book will help you to resolve conflicts.
In the chapter about Conflict, a woman is invited to church by her friend and gives her heart to God, she realizes that some things in her life has to change. No more shacking up, no more sleeping together. This is why some young people don't belong to church, because they can't keep doing things that are wrong, they don't want people to judge them, another conflict (spiritual).
The section on Power Struggle Conflicts hits home. My power struggle has been with my daughters about my grandbabies (parenting conflict).
In Can We Trust Each Other it covers secrets, unreliability, betrayal, how to build trust. It covers Criticism, I grew up where people were constantly criticizing me, contructive criticism they called it. Defensiveness, Contempt,  Stonewalling. It talks about the styles of confluct, Avoider, Volatile, Validator, Hostile, Competitive and Accommodating.
This book covers so much, it will help you resolve a lot of issues or at least help to smooth things over.
Take a look around your home, your place of work or your church do you need to say WE NEED TO TALK?

I received a complimentary copy from Baker Books for my review.

Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen

From the Prologue, I knew this book was going to be memorable. I remember how I felt when I was expecting my first baby. I felt excited, happy, apprehensive and impatient for the arrival of my baby. I like the section about Setting The Stage For Baby, it asks you to think back to when you saw your newborn's face for the first time and how you felt. My first time seeing my baby's face for the first time was one of amazement that a 6 pound 9 1/2 pound little person had come out of my body. Next came the examination to make sure he was OK, 10 fingers, 10 toes etc. It asks How Will I Know What To? Just about half the parents have asked that question. Here are more questions we as parents have asked ourselves, Do I spank my child or not, How to communicate with an infant who doesn't understand words and How to handle a defiant toddler? This book would have been so helpful to me back in 1964. The section on Nursing brought back fond memories of bonding with my baby girl that still exist to this day. She's grown and have children of her own but she's still my "baby girl." There are questions at the end of each chapter to help you along. Every new parent should have a copy of this book, it is just full of information that a new parent and a great grandma like me can use with my great grandchildren. Parents, this is a book that will show you that you are not alone and other parents are going through the same thing you are. Thanks to Jane Nelson, Cheryl Erwin and Roslyn Ann Duffy for this book, it will help many young mothers.

I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books for this review.

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