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The Hum of Angels SCOT MCKNIGHT


Would You Recognize an Angel if You Saw One?

The majority of earth’s inhabitants believe in angels. Yet many of us cannot claim to have seen one. Why?

Perhaps it’s because in order to encounter one, we first have to learn what to look for and how to look! We live in a world where the natural and supernatural overlap. Angels are constantly on mission from God and constantly at work in the world.

From the Garden of Eden to the book of Revelation, Scripture is filled with hundreds of references to these wondrous creatures. In this creative work, Scot McKnight explores what the Bible says—and doesn’t say—about these majestic beings.

And that’s deeply important, because angels are still on mission today. They express God’s love, confirm his presence, and even lead humans in redemptive worship. Don’t just believe in angels. Learn how to recognize these messengers of God that are all around us, and know how God might be using them to affect our lives.

Most People Believe in Angels.
It’s What we Believe About them that Matters.

Believing in angels is one thing. But how can we know what angels are really like – especially when our preconceived notions have been mostly shape by sensationalized misinterpretations of these wondrous beings?

To help sort things out, Scot McKnight untangles fact from fiction on topics such as:
* Do loved ones become angels when they die?
* Can we hear from angels?
* Is there a hierarchy of angels?
* Do we have a specific guardian angel?
* Should we be scared of angels?
* Are cherubs and seraphs different creatures than angels?
* Do angels have wings?
* Are angels worship leaders?

The Hum of Angels illuminates what the Bible says about these heavenly beings and helps you to understand the deepest truths about one of God’s most magnificent and yet misunderstood creations.

My Review: 4.5 Stars

When I saw this book I had read it.  I have always believed in angels but I am still learning about angels and everything they do and everything about them.  I know angels are very important because they are in the bible.  They have such important roles in the bible and I feel they have important roles in our lives today.
I have never heard of this author before so this was a new experience for me.  I felt Scot had really researched this material.  I feel if you are wanting to do resarch yourself on angels then I highly recommend this book as part of your research.

I recieved this book from Blogging For Books for my honest review.

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Amish Weddings (Neighbors of Lancaster County #3) by Leslie Gould


Gregarious Rose Lehman, who’s always the life of the Amish youth singings, is determined to marry the bishop’s son, Reuben Byler–until the handsome Army buddy of her future brother-in-law shows up in Lancaster County. In comparison to Trevor, Reuben seems downright boring. Trevor shares Rose’s sense of fun and adventure, and her easygoing disposition.
When her sister Lila’s buggy is rear-ended and Lila is horribly injured, Rose finds herself with more freedom than she’s ever experienced. Everyone is so concerned about Lila that no one realizes Rose is sneaking out with Trevor. Except for Reuben. But in his usual passive way, he doesn’t confront her, nor does he address the situation with her Dat or anyone else in the district. Rose appreciates Reuben’s discretion, but she also resents it. Part of her relishes the freedom she’s found with Trevor, but the other part of her wishes Reuben would “fight” for her, as much as any Amish man would. Too late, she realizes the foolish choice she’s made. Has she ruined her best chance at love, or is there another path to happiness she just hasn’t seen yet?
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Bethany House Publisher
My Review:  4.5 Stars
This is the third book in the series and once again Leslie Gould had me from the start to the end of the book.  This could be a stand alone book but if you want to know more about the characters I recommend reading the first book (Amish Promises) and the second book (Amish Sweethearts).
When I started this book I didn’t just read it but I devoured it.  This was the book I didn’t want to put down and I would get to the point I would find a “quiet” place in my house just to read this book.  I am a huge fan of Amish and this book did not disappoint at all.  I highly recommend this book and this author.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.
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The Women of Easter Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene by Liz Curtis Higgs


This Season of Grace,
Deepen Your Faith in God
Who So Loved the World
that He Gave Us His Son.

You’re about to meet three women named Mary, each of whom has a life-changing encounter with Jesus. Mary of Bethany prepares the way for the Lord’s burial when she anoints His feet and fills the air with her perfume. His mother, Mary of Nazareth, remains by His side from His first breath to His last, her loyalty unwavering. Mary Magdalene, delivered of seven demons, bravely supports her Teacher through His darkest hours, then proclaims the glorious news of His resurrection.

What a trio. What a Savior!
Your mind and emotions will be engaged and your faith strengthened as each scene unfolds, preparing your heart for a richer, deeper Easter experience. Liz Curtis Higgs, a seasoned Bible teacher and award-winning novelist, combines her storytelling skills with a thorough verse-by-verse study of Scripture as together you explore the remarkable lives of The Women of Easter.

My Review:  5 Stars

If you are looking for a great book this year then look no more! Liz Curtis Higgs is such an amazing author and if you have ever had the chance to read her past books you will know what I mean! If you have never picked up one of her books you need to do so now with this book!  I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to grow in their faith.  I feel it’s just not for Easter but can be for all year long.

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

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The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser


English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York in 1911. On her own for the first time working as a Macy’s sewing department clerk, Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company. Through determination, hard work, and God’s leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designer—an artist of the highest degree. As she runs from ghosts of the past and focuses on the future, Annie enters a creative world that takes her to the fashion houses of Paris and into a life of adventure, purpose, and love.

My Review: 4.5 Stars

First of all I LOVED the character, Annie. Maybe it’s because we share the same name lol. Not very often do I get to about a character with my name lol. Now, this book is amazing. Once I started this book I just couldn’t and didn’t want to put it down! I loved it so much. I highly recommend this book.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review



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In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson


What if the life you really want and the future God wants for you are hiding right now in your biggest problem, your worst failure your greatest fear?
Mark has become one of the most important voices for a new generation. Anything he touches changes lives. Read this book and you ll see what I mean. CRAIG GROESCHEL, pastor of Life.Church, author of Chazown and Dare to Drop the Pose
As a leader and teacher, Mark Batterson brings imagination, energy, and insight. I appreciate his willingness to take bold risks and go to extraordinary lengths to reach our culture with a message that is truly relevant. ED YOUNG, senior pastor, Fellowship Church
Don t settle for a normal life. Conquer your fears, accept His anointing, jump into that pit, chase the lion, and watch God s Kingdom come in amazing ways. CHRISTINE CAINE, founder of Propel Women, author of Unashamed
Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn’t chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the God-ordained opportunities that cross your path. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is inspired by one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture, a blessed and audacious act that left no regrets: Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it (2 Samuel 23:20 -21). Unleash the lion chaser within!”
   Paperback, 208 pages  ~ Published August 16th 2016 by Multnomah Books

My Review: 4.5 Stars

I will be honest I had passed this book up due to the title (I just didn’t get it) but when I had the chance to read “Chase the Lion” by Mark Batterson I had to go back and read this book!  I am so glad I did.  This book was originally published in 2006 and then republished in 2016.
There is a lot of bible verses in this book which I loved.  I think this will either a book you totally love or really hate.  It really depends on where you are as a Christian.

I highly recommend it.  I received a copy of this book from BloggingForBooks for my honest review.

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A Wanted Man by Jason Cruise


Whether you know it or not, Satan is obsessed with bringing you to ruin–your marriage, your family, your career, your finances. . .nothing is off limits. Satan wants to take it all. The Bible says in John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy”. . .and just when you let down your guard and are at your weakest point, Satan will attack. In A Wanted Man, Jason Cruise—author, speaker, and producer—explains what life looks like from behind enemy lines, what Satan has on his mind at all times, what you can do to win the war against your soul, and how you can win again if you have already failed. A must-read for every man who is a follower of Christ.

Paperback, 192 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2016 by Shiloh Run Press
My Review:  5 Stars
I am giving my review as a woman’s side of the book. This book was written for men and I have to say as a woman this is a WONDERFUL book! I found myself writing down so many notes and going to my bible. I loved reading this book and couldn’t wait to pick it up. I never heard of Jason Cruise before but as a country girl I love his writing and his outdoor life! The only thing I have to say negative about the whole book is at each chapter he wants you to go watch a small video (maybe a minute or two long) and I know people that don’t have internet (I know it’s hard to believe in this day and age lol) so they may feel like they are missing out, but you really are not or I feel you are not.

I hope Jason Cruise will put out a CD of this book because I want to get it for my husband who doesn’t like to read and he would be blessed by listening to the CD.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette


In the Depth of the Storm’s Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira’s gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira’s people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she’s denied herself and embrace who she truly is?

Published October 18th 2016 by Bethany House

My Review: 4.5 Stars

This is the second book in the Out From Egypt series.  This time era is the time when the Hebrews escaped from Egypt and while Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments and the others are at the bottom of the mountain making a golden calf to worship.  Shira becomes a midwife and things don’t go as planned.

I fell in love with the cover as soon as I saw it.  I loved this book and you will too if you love biblical fiction.  I highly recommend this book.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

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Chase the Lion If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small by Mark Batterson


Run TO the Roar!
When the image of a man-eating beast travels through the optic nerve and into the visual cortex, the brain sends the body a simple but urgent message: run away! That’s what normal people do, but not lion chasers. Rather than seeing a five hundred pound problem, they see an opportunity for God to show up and show His power..

Chase the Lion is more than a catch phrase; it’s a radically different approach to life. It’s only when we stop fearing failure that we can fully seize opportunity by the mane. With grit and gusto, New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson delivers a bold message to everyone with a big dream.

Quit playing it safe and start running towards the roar!

This is a wake-up call to stop living as if the purpose was to simply arrive safely at death. Our dreams should scare us. They should be so big that without God they are impossible to achieve. Quit running away from what you’re afraid of.

Chase the lion!
Change the world!

What is Your Five Hundred Pound Dream?

In this highly anticipated sequel to his best-selling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Mark Batterson invites lion chasers everywhere to chase dreams so impossible that victory demands we face our fears, defy the odds, and hold tight to God.

These are the kind of dreams that will make you a bigger person and the world a better place.

Based upon II Samuel 23, Chase the Lion tells the true story of an ancient warrior named Benaiah who chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day—and then killed it. For most people, that situation wouldn’t just be a problem…it would be the last problem they ever faced. For Benaiah, it was an opportunity to step into his destiny. After defeating the lion, he landed his dream job as King David’s bodyguard and eventually became Commander-in-Chief of Israel’s army under King Solomon.

Written in a way that both challenges and encourages, this revolutionary book will help unleash the faith and courage you need to identify, chase, and catch the five hundred pound dreams in your life.

My Review:  5 Stars

First of all the cover is what got my attention…I LOVE the cover!  Second the title was a wow.  Chase the Lion.  I was like Hmmm.  Just those two things is what caught my interest.  This book was AMAZING!  Now I didn’t read the first book (In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day) but I will be picking up a copy.

This book was made for me! As a person who is disabled from severe RA/lupus since childhood, severe migraines 28 years, PCOS, endometriosis hyperplasia, asthma and more health problems.  I have gotten to the point my life is about living my life safe and not taking risk.

I highly recommend this book for everyone.  We all need to Chase the Lion!

I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books for my honest review.

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The Wish by Beverly Lewis


A Compelling Story of Friendship from the Top Author in Amish Fiction
Leona Speicher got the “sister” she’d always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can’t help comparing Gloria’s engaging young parents to her own.
Leona’s cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria around the same time as Gloria’s older brother expresses his fondness for Leona–it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other’s families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss. Despite Leona’s pleas, Gloria goes with them, leaving more than one broken heart behind.
When Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona after a silence of several years, Leona makes up her mind to persuade her friend to return to Lancaster County and the Amish ways. Leona’s new beau, the deacon’s son, is alarmed when Leona decides to go after Gloria. Will Leona’s dearest wish lead to her own undoing?

Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Bethany House Publishers
My Review:  4.5 Stars
I loved the characters and this book had me at the first sentence! I didn’t want to stop reading until I finished but at the same time I wanted to savor it.  Rather you are a fan of Beverly Lewis or new to her I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book! You won’t be disappointed!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.
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