Woman Thou Art Loosed!

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Woman Thou Art Loosed! Written by T.D.Jakes (copyright 2016) focuses on the hurts of women. The author uses the woman at the well in Luke 13 as an example of a hurt woman. The author points out that the abuse a woman has had to deal with, can change her and can leave her bitter. He also points out that she is not responsible for what has happened to her. You can’t help where you have been or what has happened to you, but you can help where you are going from here. God doesn’t care who you are, where you came from, or even your social status, he cares about your heart. He wants to help you over come your pain and move forward. He will bring complete healing, the whole person, the body, the emotions and the spirit. He will deal with all the issues left over from abuse if we just ask him and have faith in him to heal us. God wants to give us strength to over come the pain. He wants us to celebrate who we are.
The author also touches on marriage and stresses we are to get married for the right reason. We are not to settle, we are to chose someone who is not less than what we want. We are to chose someone with strength, someone who will hold us, help strengthen us, build us up and be with us when trouble comes. He also points out that men should understand that women do not deal well with the stress of unpaid bills and financial disorder. Women need security, especially in a home. Women are made to be receivers and men were made to be givers.
This book is not what I thought it would be. I felt is was a little preachy at points. The book has some good points to it. The author uses stories from the Bible and Scripture a lot. But I was surprised the author referenced Mary Magdalene as a prostitute, no where in the Bible does it state that. The book was originally written in 1993.
I received a copy of this book from BookClub Network for an honest review.

 

219 pages

ISBN 16: 9781560431008

Publisher: Destiny Image

Releasing Spiritual Gifts Today

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Releasing Spiritual Gifts Today is written by James W. Goll. This book explains to us spiritual gifts and explains how the Holy Spirit moves through them. Spiritual gifts are tools that you need to practice using. They are given by God for ministry to take place for the good of the Body of Christ. They are given though us as acts of kindness, mercy and love towards others and we are to give them as God shows us to.

Spiritual gifts are broken up into 3 types. Revelatory Gifts are the gifts that reveal, gifts of discerning of Spirits, word of wisdom and word of knowledge. Power Gifts are the gifts that do, gifts of faith, healing and miracles. Vocal Gifts are the gifts that speak, Gift of various kinds of tongues, gift of interpretation of tongues, and the gift of prophecy.

The gifts that were interesting to me were the gift of knowledge, the gift of miracles and the gift of prophecy.. The gift of knowledge is explained as having a “gut” feeling about something. You know you know something but you do not know how you know it. The book explains that no one knows everything, only God does. The gift of miracles is something I have witnessed. Miracles are a gift, you do not earn them, and they are only given by God. You will almost always find that a miracle was sparked by an act of obedience. The gift of prophecy does not predict the future as one might think. It is a word of encouragement that is personalized and aligned with scripture. It is meant to build up a person’s faith, encourage them to do good deeds and to comfort them. Page 168 in the book has a scriptural test to confirm if the prophecy is a gift of the spirit.

This book is very interesting. I appreciate the author explaining the proper times to use spiritual gifts and the reason for them. This book is very helpful in understanding Spiritual Gifts and is an encouragement to take the step to pray for a Spiritual Gift.

I was given this book by Book Club Network for an honest review.

192 pages

ISBN 16: 9781629116044

Publisher: Whitaker House

My Little Bible Illustrations by Diane Le Feyer Stories retold by Mary Hollingswort

51cy8z4HHbL._SX364_BO1,204,203,200_My Little Bible is a cushioned hard cover book for children, especially toddlers and preschoolers. It has 42 short stories from the Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Each story has a cute picture to go with it as well as a question or activity for the child to interact with the reader. The books starts with Genesis and goes through Revelations and includes such stories as Daniel in the lions den, Jericho’s walls falling down, Jonah and the whale, Jesus’ birth, Zacchaeus, as well as obeying your parents, and loving and helping others.

This is a cute book, it is the perfect size for little children. The stories are perfect for little ones who don’t like to sit long. The cute, colorful pictures and interaction suggestions will help engage the child to help remember the story. The stories in this book were some of my children’s favorites when they were little. This is a nice book to have for a child to take to church, so they can learn to carry a bible at a young age. It is a great book to read to a child at prayer time to help teach them about spending time with God. This would make a great gift for a child. I will be recommending this to others and will be using it for gifts.

I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers book review blogger program for an honest review.

96 pages

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

ISBN-10: 071804018X

ISBN-13: 978-0718040185

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

 

Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

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Back in the Saddle is book one in the Double S Ranch series written by Ruth Logan Herne.

Sam Stafford is a single father of 3 grown sons.  Colt, the oldest, left the ranch nine years earlier and developed a promising career on Wall Street. Colt remembers his mother talking to him about prayer and taking him to church, but Colt no longer attends church. He is a man who is in control. Nick, the younger son, stayed on the ranch and helped his father build the ranch into what it is today. He is an over protective single father of 2 young girls. Nick tolerates the idea of faith because he is a father and that is what fathers are suppose to do. And Trey, Sam’s nephew and adopted son, also left the ranch and became a country music superstar. Trey was married but lost his wife due to a drug overdose. Trey owns his faith, it is seen in his eyes his actions and in his folded hands. The brothers are similar, they all are successful in their careers, yet they are so different.

Sam is ill and injured himself, at the same time Colt’s career takes a turn for the worse. Colt goes home to the ranch, for the first time since leaving almost nine years earlier, to help his sick father. He comes face to face with Sam’s housekeeper, Angelina Morales.

Angelina was a detective in Seattle and moved to Washington with her mother and son when her father was murdered. She has been very good for Sam and the ranch. But her former boss keeps calling asking her to come back, she finally accepts.

A fire breaks out in town, destroying the church and several other buildings. The Staffords step up to help rebuild the town. Sam has developed a relationship with God and wants to give back to the town. The town people are skeptical as in the past the Staffords have only cared for themselves. Colt has come up with a plan to rebuild their buildings as well as senior housing. He says he will stay to see this through, but he is getting great offers to go back to work on Wall Street.

I loved this story. I enjoyed reading about how the sons work together to get things done when their father becomes ill and can no take care of things. This is a great story about family and caring.  I enjoyed seeing the change that takes place in Colt once he gets back on the ranch.  I like how Sam wants to give back to those he had no time for before he became a Christian.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Information about Ruth Logan Herne and excerpts from this book and others can found at http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/249726/back-in-the-saddle-by-ruth-logan-herne/ and http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/authors/259708/ruth-logan-herne/

Series: Double S Ranch

320 pages

ISBN-10: 160142776X

ISBN-13: 978-1601427762

Publisher: Multnomah

 

The Quieting

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The Quieting is the second book in The Bishop Family series, written by Suzanne Woods Fisher. In the first book we meet Pastor David Stoltzfus and his family.  In this book we get to catch up with them.

David Stoltzfus is a widower with 4 daughters still at home. David’s sister and mother feel he needs help taking care of his family so his Mother and 2 nieces arrive to help him. His mother and niece have taken over and organized his home and store and take over cooking meals. David is frustrated with this but he also enjoys having good cooked meals once again.

David’s niece, Abigail, helped her father with genealogy projects. She has come to realize she is doing research for one of David’s neighbors, Dane Glick, nephew of Bishop Freeman Glick. She finds out the Glick family history is not what the Glick family wants everyone to believe it is.

David is the minister at the local church and has reported to the ministers that Bishop Freeman Glick has wrongfully made himself Bishop. Bishop Glick also makes accusations again David. This starts an investigation within the church family.

I really like this story. It is the second in the series but it is written in such a way that if you have not read book one, you would have enough background to understand the story. This is a story of family, the love they have for each other, and how they care about each other. I like how the book shows us how the family fellowships together, reading the bible and learning together.    I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

I received a copy of this book from Revell and Baker Publishing Group for an honest review.

I give this book a 5.

Series: The Bishop’s Family

352 Pages

ISBN-13:9780800723217

Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

The Imposter

9780800723200The Imposter written by Suzanne Woods Fisher is book one in The Bishop’s Family series. This is story of Katrina Stilzfus and her family following the accident that took her mother’s life and almost took her’s. Katrina’s father, David,answers the call to move to Stoney Ridge to be a minister and is the owner of the Bent N’ Dent store.. The Bishop of the church dies and the other minister of the church becomes the new Bishop. The new Bishop is trying to change the way things are done, and this is not what David feels is right. Meanwhile, David and the Bishop’s sister are becoming friends.
Katrina has a boyfriend where they were from and continues to go back to see him and hopes to marry him. Until he notifies her that he is engaged to someone else and will not see her anymore. Katrina takes a job working for the late Bishop’s wife, who is trying to start a buiness selling moss. Andy Miller also works for the widow and he and Katrina become friends. But Katrina was hurt by the breakup with her boyfriend John. She is now carrying his baby, which is causing problems for her and her family.

This is a very good, well written book. I really like how the story showed how the family stuck together and did not talk about each other as well as how firm in his faith David is and how he works to stick to the Amish principles. I appreciate the strength that Katrina and her father show dispite the struggles they are going through.

I received this book from The Book Club Network and Revell. This is my honest review.

320 pages

ISBN 13: 9780800723217

Publisher: Revell

What a BRAGGER!

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What a Bragger, written by Lee Ann Mancini, is part of the Adventures of the Sea Kids. In this book we meet Melissa who is always bragging about what she has. Corey gets upset about this and he eventually find out that Melissa’s home and toys are not at all what she tells others. When he finds out the teacher, Miss Mermaid, is giving Melissa a birthday party at school, he gets the rest of the students to go together to get Melissa a birthday gift.

This is a good book for helping to teach children about bragging, caring and giving. The story is very nice and I like how the Sea Kids go to God in prayer. The pictures are very colorful and pretty. Each picture has a fish symbol on it that will help engage young children by having them look for it.

I received a copy of the book from Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book a 5.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: GLM Publishing LLC

ISBN-10: 0986360406

ISBN-13: 978-0986360404

To see my review of Fast Freddy from the Adventures of the Sea Kids Series visit  https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/fast-freddy/

Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back

_240_360_Book.1875.coverJesus Called – He Wants His Church back is written by Ray Johnston, founding pastor of Bayside church in California. The church serves more than 12,000 people, one of the largest churches in the United State.

The author points out the breakdown of our culture over the last 70 years. The book tells us how different our modern day churches and Christians are compared to the Old Testament church and Christians. It points out that we as Christians often believe the bible, but we do not want to live according to what it says. The book teaches how to get re-connected with our bible, to go out and evangelize and to have passion in our Christian life.

When I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. I am so glad I did. The part of the book that really spoke to me was how our concern for safety has destroyed our faith. Playing it safe limits what we do, shrinks our faith, stunts our growth and shrivels our heart. There as so many parts of the books that surprised me, especially the statistics of how many churches close each year, and how few Christians attend church regularly. One part really sticks with me, “You’re not an authentic Christian until you learn to serve others and give your life away.” Jesus came to serve and give and we are to do the same. The author uses bible stories and scripture to back up what he writes. The book is written with humor that kept me wanting to read more. I will definitely be recommending this book to others to read.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.

208 pages

ISBN-10: 071807956

ISBN-13: 978-0718079567

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Bridge to Haven

368191Bridge to Haven is a romance novel by Francine Rivers.

Pastor Zeke is on his morning walk when he feel a strong pull to go to the bridge where he finds a new born baby girl. He, his wife and son take the baby girl Abra in for 5 years as a foster child. At this time their life is changed and Abra is adopted by a couple with a young daughter who is Abra’s friend. Dispite the adults thinking this is best for Abra, it isn’t. She feels like no one loves her.

As a seventeen year old, she takes off one night with a young man, Dylan Stark, and goes with him to Hollywood. He uses her until he is tired of her. At one of Dylan’s mother’s parties she is introduced to Franklin Moss. She leaves with him and he turns her into a movie star, changes her name, controls what she eats, wears, and who she is around. One day while he is gone she leaves and end up being a waitress where she runs into her foster brother, Joshua, who convinces her to go home to Haven with him.

In Haven she finds forgiveness from those she ran away from.

I have enjoys Francine River’s books, until this one. I felt the story had to much sexual undertones. Many events are mentioned but are not realistic. Law enforcement is not called in to help find Abra when she runs away, or when close to $8000 is stolen from her years later. The books continually has christian references and scripture, but no one talks to Abra as a child to see what is bothering her or try to help her like a christian normally would.

Burning Proof

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Burning Proof by Janice Cantore is book 2 in the Cold Case Justice series. In this book we get to follow along with Detective Abby Hart and Private investigator Luke Murphy as they go through the struggles of their jobs and cases they are working on as well as their personal lives.
Abby was arresting a man who murdered his neighbor girl when the girl’s father came to the house and attempted to shot the murder. Abby was forced to shot him to save the murderer, her partner and her lives. She struggles with having shot the father and takes time away from her job. She goes to visit her aunt and helps her fiance with a mission project. She questions if she should be in law enforcement anymore. She also continues to question her relationship with her fiance.
Luke was offered a job working in cold cases and is working on closing his cases before he starts his new job. One of the things that needs to be done is to help his friend and co-worker, Woody clean out Asa Fosters home after his death. In Asa’s belongs they find case files linked to the deaths of Abby’s parents and Luke’s uncle many years earlier.

I really like this series. There is a lot happening in the story and the story pulled me in. I like that the story followed through with Abby and Luke’s lives and it showed their faith when they were struggling with job and personal issues. There are a lot of characters in the story, but the author does a very good job of reminding the reader who the characters are and how they are tied into the story. This is a good clean Christian crime novel with just a touch of romance mixed in with the suspense and mystery. The story is very realistic and well written.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network for an honest review.

400 pages

ISBN-10: 1414396694

ISBN-13: 978-1414396694

Series: Cold Case Justice (Book 2)

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.