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February 19, 2017

Review of ATTEND: Forty Soul Stretches by Laura Davis Werezak

Publisher: FaithWords | Published: February 21, 2017 | Format: eBook (223 pages) and Hardcover (240 pages) | ASIN: B01F1UD64U and ISBN: 9781455541485 | Origin: NetGalley


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ATTEND: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God by Laura Davis Werezak drops you into a very different set-up and meaning of this one word. Really? Seriously? Yep!

This Inspirational read takes you from a dictionary explanation into the Biblical sense of the word in a simple, fast, and direct way. While you are there, you will begin to see things differently, approach things in a deliberate way, and come closer to faith in devotion. As this author is aware, today's world will move you without you even realizing it.

Have you noticed?

One sound will have anyone look at their "smartphone" in the middle of a face-to-face conversation while another alert will have someone walking with their head down and eyes focusing on something other than their surroundings. From worry to a never-ending to-do list, we interact with our world much different today from ever before. However, being in a hyper-state of contact is costing us a great deal. We are filling the emptiness with noise and the search for peace with activity.

You stop to wonder about why, and you will come up short on answers.

Meanwhile, we are moving away from what our soul longs for and needs. We are sidetracking and very much snarling ourselves in duties, responsibilities, friendships, follows, and the instant gratification ways of today that we don't recognize God in our daily lives.

God is there, wanting you to move closer.

You can discover where you are on the road of faith and come closer than you could imagine by a mindset based upon on the Bible. As the author shows through her own experience, sometimes even by doing the "right" things you will not get to where you need to be. However, by small adjustments in your mindset, stance, and expectations, you will move and stretch toward God and understand the true meaning of your soul need.

Take deliberate steps to accept a peace that is all around us by simply learning the real meanings of Attend, and you'll find God there for you!

***This opinion is my own.***

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Laura Davis Werezak's ATTEND: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God provides forty everyday and practical ways to encounter God in today's never stop engaging world. These simple reminders of life outside of today's tech-filled ways bring a newness to leaning toward God and bring daily rituals into focus. When the road you are traveling moves your presence away from God, it's an easy path back to feel God's Presence every day.

Simple exercises and steps will stretch you from underneath the heap of distractions to make something as simple as opening a window a way toward GOD!


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February 12, 2017

Review of RESCUE ME (Montana Rescue Book 2) by Susan May Warren

Publisher: Revell | Published: January 31, 2017 | Formats: eBook (337 pages), Paperback (336 pages), and Hardcover (338 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B01LZ80SI4, ISBN: 9780800727444, ISBN: 9780800728625, and Audio ASIN: B01MS7CHG7 | Series: Montana Rescue (Book #2) | Origin: NetGalley


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Inside RESCUE ME (Montana Rescue Book 2) by Susan May Warren, we are thrown into the thunderous lives of Deputy Sam Brooks—the Search and Rescue police liaison—and the PEAK Rescue team of Montana!

Deputy Sam Brooks lives with hurt and anger that strangles his heart within his family drama. His mother’s cancer struggle heaps more traumas on a life that he keeps calm on purpose. At least one of the two Brooks sons is predictable. His brother, Pete Brooks is a whole different story, and he is Sam’s forever problem. Creating an intersection between love and hate, Pete adds trouble and pain to mix with poor choices and adrenaline junkie tendencies keeping Sam somewhere between finding and fixing him.

Meanwhile, Willow Rose is a youth leader hoping to occupy the youth pastor position, but she comes with qualification problems. From education to a previous mistake that put herself and her charges in danger, a while back, she still has much to prove to take the lead. Her youth group activities are her life now, and that is the way she wants it. Willow understands these kids and is having a positive effect on them.

She has no distractions, although the man Willow loves is dating her sister, Sierra.

Her sister’s heart is on the mend from having been shredded by another, and she deserves Sam Brooks. He is better suited for her, and Willow does not have the time to waste anywhere other than her career building challenge until danger calls and Sam Brooks and Willow find themselves in an intimate moment where everything changes! Willow knows he must love her sister while Sam is positive that Sierra is the more stable and predictable sibling, right?

Sierra was not available at that moment, but happenstance put Willow there. As usual, she is wearing her heart for the world to see, and this gets worse by those few minutes in his arms. However, it only becomes more difficult once her career takes a major hit.

The new youth Pastor comes on the next youth outing while Sierra and Sam will too until Sierra pulls the unpredictable!

Once danger strikes, again, we will wonder about where everything is leading. Will everyone survive? Can Sam and Willow come to a correct and happy resolution in this unexpected family drama?

***This opinion is my own.***

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RESCUE ME (Montana Rescue Book 2) by Susan May Warren places Deputy Sam Brooks between the Mercy Falls Sheriff’s Department and the PEAK Rescue Team as a Police Liaison.

However, drama and danger worsen as winter closes in on Montana!

Two brothers share a deadly past but are now on the same team. Forgiveness stays far behind them. Sam Brooks fights to keep life from falling apart while a perfect relationship with Sierra Rose cannot get off the ground. His brother struts in to act as if he can control the world. He can’t. Sam’s father paid the ultimate price for his dangerous ways. Now, his mother’s cancer builds in more resentment for Peter’s selfish inclinations.

Meanwhile, Willow’s upbringing provides labels of hippie, rash, and flighty, but she is a dedicated group leader wanting to be more in her church. Willow hopes to attain the position of youth Pastor. There is more to be done to prove her worthy, after a dangerous mess up. However, she is confident her relationships and bonds she maintains with these kids will win the day. She understands them and helps them reach for the stars while keeping Biblically sound.

Not wanting any disastrous relationship issues to interfere with her new career, she keeps clear of Deputy Sam Brooks.

A dangerous storm and a group outing collide. These two face danger together. They realize their opposite personalities could just become their strong suit as feelings emerge. However, they must outlive the harsh weather conditions and keep everyone else alive to make any lasting changes!

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February 5, 2017

Review of RAGING STORM (The Remnant Book 2) by Vannetta Chapman

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers | Published: ebook January 10, 2017 and paperback February 1, 2017 | Formats: eBook (354 pages) and Paperback (352 pages) | ASIN: B01M0GH06Y and ISBN: 9780736966559 | Series: The Remnant Series | Origin: NetGalley


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Inside RAGING STORM (The Remnant Book 2) by Vannetta Chapman, we are deeper into the future without everything we have today. This grim take off on our dependence on technology, electricity, and running water will make us view our current standard of living as soft and pampered!

Again, we must ask ourselves would anything like this become our catastrophic ending, and how would we survive?

Life inside contemporary, Texas without air conditioning, telephone, medical supplies, medications, and groceries is not only bleak but also dangerous. Without access to emergency services crime doesn't spike, it soars out of control while fires and explosions take lives and ravage neighborhoods, towns, and cities. The creature comforts of the recent past feel like a light-year away in this time warped future, but the worst is yet to come.

Shelby Sparks has one son, and Carter Sparks is an insulin-dependent diabetic. Without it, Carter can't survive. He has enough for this month. What will he do for next month and the one after that? There is no drug manufacturer to contact and no future supply to arrive.

With the help of Max Berkman and a few friends, Shelby tries to get to Austin, Texas. However, the fuel for this trip is as hard to get as gold while the streets, highways, and bridges are littered with abandoned vehicles, walking wounded, anarchists, and criminals. Worse could not even happen until they begin to wonder if they can trust each other as things start to deteriorate even more.

Someone may not be the person you believe him or her to be while others may not always be trustworthy. Instincts are not always correct and logic does not always follow a path. Few stereotypical depictions will show the faults of others, but sometimes, the main surprise is the expectation.

When a government is not always out to help you, the Remnant will still be there.

***This opinion is my own.***

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RAGING STORM (The Remnant Book 2) by Vannetta Chapman overlays the solar flare destruction of our grid with lawlessness, anarchy, coup attempts, and desperation that follows it all!

Shelby Sparks is safe with her son, Carter. However, for how long? Supplies will run low, and somehow they need to get more insulin for Carter or he will not survive. At a farm with Max Berkman, Shelby has the basics of food and a stream of water, but other items of the past are long gone. Staying hunkered down is not going to make insulin appear for the next month or the next year. Shelby needs to get into a city where a supply could be and the capital has the best chances of having one.

She with Max and friends move out of safety and into harm’s way not knowing what encounters lay ahead, but quickly, these folks realize the stabilization of a government is part of the past. The carnage, wreckage, and despair they encounter can not only shake faith and break a heart, but it could easily take the life of one they love.

Here they come to face situations inside Austin, Texas of life and death to learn that America isn’t the only one in chaos. This is a world event, and what they came for seems like no more than a dream turning nightmare.

When it becomes clear whom they can trust and whom they must break away from, it will be a do or die endeavor!

Now, we wonder, is this to be our future?

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January 29, 2017

Review of TWO SUITORS FOR ANNA by Molly Jebber

Publisher: Zebra | Published: January 31, 2017 | Formats: eBook and Mass Market (288 pages) | ASIN: B01FBZXPDM and ISBN: 9781420137651 | Series: A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel | Origin: NetGalley


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TWO SUITORS FOR ANNA (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel Book 3) by Molly Jebber brings us into an Amish community where dreams of marriage proposals and first loves come alive in 1903.

Anna Plank is living a new life inside Berlin, Ohio’s Amish community. Her first love’s relationship is years old, and things are progressing toward a lasting relationship with some hiccups along the way. She’s managing Grace’s Dry Goods Shop and works with her schweschder, Leah, while her widowed Mamm is working at the General Store. She enjoys the closeness to her family as they work and care for their home.

However, a marriage proposal hits Anna with not only surprise but much trepidation as well. She and Noah Schwartz have hit a rough patch. Now, it wasn’t the best time for their marriage to begin. In fact, his demeanor as of late is far from loving, and Anna’s irritation is growing. This was not a one-sided relationship before, but it does seem to be tilting that way.

When his proposal comes too quickly, with a stipulation that they would be moving, Anna’s need for time to think only grows. Her doubts are closing in around her, and she could think of nothing else until he demands an answer as he scheduled to leave for Lancaster with or without her.

Brokenhearted and confused, she continues on a solitary life, but the newest young man inside the community manages to put a smile on her face.

Daniel Bontrager is faithful, gracious, kind, selfless, and handsome, but now was not the time for such thoughts. It would be unseemly for Anna to seem as if she moves from one to another, and his friendship grows to include her family as well.

Does love just sneak up on the unsuspecting?

For Anna, it seems to do just that until Noah returns to declare his intentions to her.

Meanwhile, for Daniel Bontrager, Noah’s return to the community creates more problems than he could ever imagine!

***This opinion is my own.***

Preview:

TWO SUITORS FOR ANNA (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel Book 3) by Molly Jebber is a historical, Amish novel bringing life to 1903 inside Ohio’s Amish community. Anna Plank dreams of a wedding and her close-knit family being a new beginning, but she would never have even thought of it as an ending!

Unfortunately, she faces this circumstance with much indecision as her longtime love is presenting marriage with an unthinkable catch. Her community and family believe Noah and she will wed as their course charted this way for some years now. However, Noah’s personality once endearing has become demanding, and his inconsiderate proposal is breaking Anna’s heart.

Should a bride need to choose to leave her family and community to marry and live elsewhere? How could Noah Schwartz expect this when his own Mamm is a widow as is hers?

Choices for Anna are to remain the same or move on. Noah now says he is going on this trip with or without her, and he demands an answer! Can love stand still or does it need to grow?

While Daniel Bontrager’s arrival in Berlin, Ohio is a painful one, he is making the right decision. His family has dwindled through death, and his bruder’s house is now empty. Jonathan’s close community extends much welcome to Daniel, and he meets a beautiful woman. Unfortunately, she is spoken for, but he does enjoy friendship with her and her family.

Once her beau leaves, his faith is called upon to understand his feelings for her and how best to handle them.

When does a past end so that a future begins?


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January 22, 2017

Review of STILL LIFE Chesapeake Valor (Book #2) by Dani Pettrey

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers | Published: January 31, 2017 | Formats: eBook (353 pages), Paperback (352 pages), and Hardcover (354 pages) | ASIN: B01M6W47W7, ISBN: 9780764212956, and Hardcover: 9780764230073 | Series: Chesapeake Valor (Book #2) | Origin: NetGalley


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STILL LIFE Chesapeake Valor Book #2 by Dani Pettrey stages photography, mystery, and suspense in such a way that keeps you guessing, all the while bringing characters closer to love!

Avery Tate knows hardship, love, photography, and crime scene investigation, but her past and future collide with heartbreaking results. Avery is out of crime scene investigation but gut-wrenching circumstances bring her back onto the scene when a friend goes missing.

Skylar Pierce is turning her life around and scoring big in the process. Sky lands a modeling gig inside the same industry that shuns Avery, but she'll muddle through to support her friend even when Avery is facing some unsavory people. However, she is the only one at the show who cares about Sky. The photographer cares about his ego, and Avery's background comes to haunt her in a worrisome way. The FBI and the police won’t take this case seriously. She's the only one willing to find out more about a grisly photograph that one artist wants to be trashed while the gallery owner tries to keep his own reputation stain free among the industry elite.

There really is only one person she can call to process a scene that nobody cares about, but it comes with a cost.

Parker Mitchell knows crime scenes, and he used to have Avery Tate working by his side. However, she left. He knows it is for the best, and he knows he's far from a person ready for something more. His heart does not believe it, and his courage to talk with her is waning until she calls him.

The pain in her eyes, the hurt on her face, and the case that no one believes in brings Parker near-at-hand and maybe even just a bit closer to understanding himself before this case takes another direction.

He could lose Avery for good!

***This opinion is my own.***

Preview:

Inside STILL LIFE Chesapeake Valor Book #2 by Dani Pettrey, Avery Tate's photography controversy is already behind her—in fact, she's making another entrance into this field only to help a friend, but her friend is gone!

The grotesque exhibit is enough to steal Avery's breath away, but she stays anyway. Problems begin once her friend who models don't show and her photo becomes the center of attention when the artist denies this shot as his own. From stolen art to new creations and to the missing and the found this romantic suspense tale brings two people back together to solve the crime.

However, the past lay out before them putting emotions on display and time is moving fast. When someone gains a target everything changes and danger comes near!

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Review of I AM: A 60-Day Journey by Michele Cushatt
originally posted: January 15, 2017

Publisher: Zondervan | Published: January 24, 2017 | Format: eBook and Paperback (288 pages) | ASIN: B01CXDN5LM and ISBN: 9780310339809 | Origin: NetGalley


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I AM: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is by Michele Cushatt cuts to the heart of the problems facing today's woman. When everything from looks to likes and popularity to education is being looked at, compared to, and struggled toward, this author shows us that we are enough as we are, where we are, and how we are through Him!

As we try to please everyone else, we deny ourselves the opportunities to be who He created us to be through Him.

We point to the many ways this is better, that is better, and there is better than whom, what, and where, but we place our hope in things that are overlooked by Him. He sees inside. We compare ourselves to others, and we are forgetting a simple fact. There is no one else like us in this world. Michele Cushatt makes it easy to see that you are you, I am I, and He loves us just the way we are. Worthy describes us already. In this world, laudability is forever changing because there is always someone more than the last. However, in His eyes, we are beautifully the way He designed us to be.

We will begin to see ourselves as we are known to Him to reverse our own negative self-talk, views, and judgments using Scriptures, prayers, and personal stories to remember that we are enough!

***This opinion is my own.***

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No matter what we do, how we do it, or why it is needed, a woman will question themselves, their capabilities, and their strength to get it done.

She will compare herself to her counterparts using society’s barometer in every comparison as she questions her worthiness. In today’s world where more is never enough and where there is always more to do, a woman struggles to be better than what is seen, shown, or lauded as she questions herself every step of the way. Am I enough?

However, the brutality of cancer changed Michele Cushatt in all the ways she could think of and then some while casting a soul-searching discovery of herself, despite pitfalls of everyday life with this changed woman. Forced to unlearn her own negative self-talk, multi-societal opinions, and her actual old life, she begins to believe what God sees and forgive herself too. Her faith is tested only to rebound, and she becomes even more faithful and forever closer to Him.

Michele Cushatt stopped her roller-coaster ride to realize her value is not found in talents, goals, marriages, motherhood, or looks. It is found in His creation and as He chooses us to be.

His promises are real and all around us!

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Review of BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE by Colleen Coble
originally posted: January 8, 2017

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: January 10, 2017 | Formats: eBook (336 pages), Paperback, Hardcover, and Audio | ASIN: B01CXE9T7U, ISBN: 9780718083809, ISBN: 9780718090418, Audio CD ISBN: 9781531833718 | Origin: NetGalley


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In BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE by Colleen Coble, we are on tour with a band from Ireland called Ceol, and in spite of the perils of fame, we visit romance at its finest until danger’s explosion changes everything!

Alanna Connolly is a young, pregnant widow lost without a connection in this world to call her own besides her band mates. With Liam gone, her grief is all encompassing, but she is carrying their baby. He is her anchor. Trying to patch together a family from Liam’s side, she tries to lighten their grief by telling them of the baby. However, this development is just what this powerful family uses to keep her latched. Her Irish past wasn’t the norm in the nation, and they plan to use it against her, but she will not let them take her baby.

Her band manager steps up and offers her a business proposal. He’ll marry her to help get her a U. S. citizenship to keep herself out of their clutches while she takes her time to grieve and begin again.

While this marriage of convenience seems to be the answer, Alanna is a vulnerable foreigner in Charleston, SC with doubts about many things, and her grief is playing havoc with her heart, mind, and sensibility. Her band mates help to keep her grounded, but with everything from gators to human screams, these pages keep turning as we wonder about those close to home!

***This opinion is my own.***

Preview:

Colleen Coble shadows Charleston, South Carolina in danger throughout BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE.

A foreigner in the United States is grief-stricken by the loss of her husband. The light was just beginning to shine brightly on Ceol, a Celtic band, under new management. A powerful explosion makes Alanna Connolly a pregnant, widow with no family and few friends. Alanna is longing to be in Ireland to raise her child, but her husband’s family is powerful with connections. Not waiting to see her father-in-law carry out his threat, she runs.

Her band manager makes a deal that will protect her and the baby, but she has doubts before she signs. Unfortunately, she’s out of options.

This man extends a helping hand to her complete with his home and his name to get Alanna out of harm’s way from Liam’s family.

Is this all there is to the story?

Although she had met her husband through his best friend, she dislikes the man. Jesse is the only survivor of one fateful night so that he is not a friend to Alanna. A man with his reputation is still walking the earth while the good man that was her husband is gone. He is her enemy. Wanting nothing to do with Jesse Hawthorne, she keeps her distance, but he does not follow her lead.

Is guilt eating at him or is there more manipulation in Jesse than anyone really knows?

He wants to be a band member, and Alanna will not accept this. However, she does not have the sole decision, and the manager isn’t forbidding his inclusion. Why? Stuck in a horrid situation with all the pain it brings she slides backward into grief and loses some of her reality in the process. Then it all becomes clear to her.

She’s in danger, and the spotlight is shining brightly in Charleston instead of Ireland!

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Two victims. No leads. No suspects. Running out of time. REVENGE!

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