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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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A Call to Mercy Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve by Mother Teresa


Published to coincide with Pope Francis’s Year of Mercy and the Vatican’s canonization of Mother Teresa, this new book of unpublished material by a humble yet remarkable woman of faith whose influence is felt as deeply today as it was when she was alive, offers Mother Teresa’s profound yet accessible wisdom on how we can show mercy and compassion in our day-to-day lives.

For millions of people from all walks of life, Mother Teresa’s canonization is providentially taking place during Pope Francis’s Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This is entirely fitting since she is seen both inside and outside of the Church as an icon of God’s mercy to those in need.

Compiled and edited by Brian Kolodiejckuk, M.C., the postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause for sainthood, A Call to Mercy presents deep yet accessible wisdom on how we can show compassion in our everyday lives. In her own words, Mother Teresa discusses such topics
the need for us to visit the sick and the imprisoned
the importance of honoring the dead and informing the ignorant
the necessity to bear our burdens patiently and forgive willingly
the purpose to feed the poor and pray for all
the greatness of creating a “civilization of love” through personal service to others

Featuring never before published testimonials by people close to Mother Teresa as well as prayers and suggestions for putting these ideas into practice, A Call to Mercy is not only a lovely keepsake, but a living testament to the teachings of a saint whose ideas are important, relevant and very necessary in the 21st century.

My Review:  5 Stars

I am one of those people who sees a book or documentary on Mother Teresa I am your girl to read and watch it. I was not disappointed at all with this book.  If you love Mother Teresa, who was just declared a Saint on September 4, 2016.  This book had so much information and I wanted more! I will be adding this book to my home library and my collection of Mother Teresa’s books.  I highly recommend this book!

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

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God Gave Us Thankful Hearts by Lisa Tawn Bergren; illustrated by David Hohn


Adventurous Lil Pup is bummed that hibernating season will soon be coming to the Great North Woods. Why should so many of his friends have to go in for the winter and leave Lil Pup without pals? Mama reminds her little wolf that not all animals hibernate, and how he can be grateful for the beautiful autumn season – for jumping in leaf piles, eating apple treats, and celebrating the wonders of fall with his forest friends.  And she points out…

“I think the trick to having a thankful heart is thinking about the things that make us happy, rather than the things that don’t.”

As Mama and Lil Pup explore, she reminds him that God is the giver of all good things. Lil Pup learns that even when something fun comes to an end; his heart can be thankful when he sets his mind on the best things in his life.

This inviting addition to the best-selling God Gave Us series, with nearly 2.5 million books sold, helps little ones to understand how giving thanks warms hearts and brings joy.

My Review:  5 Stars

I loved this book and so did my soon to be 5 year old granddaughter.  At first when we received this book she didn’t want to read it.  So I went ahead and read it myself and before I knew it she was on my lap with her doll.  She asked me to read it to her doll and then by page three my granddaughter was hooked into the story.  She was asking me questions and we was talking about the beautiful pictures.  After the story we talked about what we was thankful for.  We love the God Gave Us series and this  book did not disappoint at all.  I highly recommend this book.

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

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