Saturday, December 31, 2016
The last day of 2016, so many memories and emotions for this year. Some incredibly funny, others sad, but through it all God our Father has carried our sweet family through each day. The best part, God continues to carry our family and guide us. He is constant and unchanging, giving us a love that will never cease. Was your past year filled with His love?
Of Stillness and Storm by Michèle Phoenix is about a missionary family living in Nepal. Their once bright and sunny future as missionaries has been diminished by a husband who leaves for weeks to trek into a remote tribe, while the wife and son are left by themselves. While Lauren (the wife) finds ways to cope with the struggle it is their son Ryan who starts feeling the effect of the struggling family.
This book is achingly open to what can happen in a family that gives their life to missions. I'm not going to lie to you dear readers, this is a broken story and a must read for every Christian. It brought into clarity how important praying for our missionaries and for their relationships. Why it is crucial to have checks and balances in the family and why it is so critical for families to be intentional. As well as to understand where priorities lay and the importance of having a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. This book convicted me on so many different planes. READ THIS BOOK! Thank you Ms. Phoenix for your openness.
*I received this book through booklookblogger for my honest opinion.
25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
So I am on my Holiday break, it's a beautiful thing to be able to relax, deep clean, go through old clothes and pick up quilting again. My husband Todd has saved t-shirts over the years that I would like to make into a quilt for him. I also have pajama pants for my kiddos to make. Drew was my first one and he loves his Olaf flannels. Are you doing anything fun this week?
An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter brings sweet Adalaide and Trent together. These two have been placed in a predicament where the only option they have is to get married. Stuck in a loveless marriage is the last place that Trent wants to be in, but he knows that God will take care of him. Adalaide has survived her whole life by being a wallflower, how will she ever be able to live in the same house with a stranger. Will these two learn how to love, or will this marriage continue to be a sham.
This book, I had to review it. Seriously, I've been sitting on it for the last four days because I know it's not coming out until January 3rd, but good gravy it was so good! I even re-read TWICE. Set in the regency era, I can't help but love reading about the etiquette, dukes, counts, and dresses. Now for my die hard regency fans, it doesn't stay fully true to the era, but for me the story and character build made up for that. I absolutely loved Adalaide and Trent, I love how they put their faith in God even when mistakes were made. It was the perfect read for me, and hopefully, it will be perfect for you too.
*yo peeps, this book was given to me by netgalley for my honest opinion.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Merry Christmas to you all, I pray that the Lord blesses you and shines His glorious face on you. This year in particular as been just an amazing year for our family and I'm truly blessed by you dear readers. Thank you for following me and for reading the Jesus Book Girl Blog. Someday I hope I can meet each of you if not here then with our Father in heaven :)
The Captive Heart is about Eleanor Morgan a nanny fleeing England because of her employer. What she hopes to find is a new beginning with an upstanding Charles Towne family, but God has other plans for her. Samuel Heath meets Eleanor the day he marries her and brings her home to his daughter. Both have their burdens to carry and with the threat of war coming closer will they be able to rely on God's grace and possibly see His will in the unexpected?
This book definitely packs a punch and had me guessing to the very end. The story of Eleanor Morgan was intriguing and kept me on my toes with each new twist and turn. The detail in the story made for a beautiful picture in my mind. I also loved how Ms. Griep stayed true to the time period. This is definitely a book I enjoy reading on a lazy day and can fully immerse myself. So dear readers if you're looking for an action packed Christian romance set during the Revolutionary era, this is the book for you.
Friday, December 16, 2016
So, I'm pretty sure I nailed this book cover :) The hair, the floating, and I think Canon our dog just adds to the picture lol. I just came home from my husband's work party and while we were driving back home we talked about how our move to Texas has blessed our sweet family. Sometimes the most unexpected changes are the best ones. Have you had anything unexpected happen to you that was good?
Lost Girl by Chanda Hahn is the story of a small girl with amazing abilities. All she has to do is remember her abilities... Wendy can't remember part of her life, but there's an organization who remembers her and wants her back. Peter has been given a great responsibility in taking care of a group of boys, but he can't let go of the one girl that he truly lost.
So this book is for all you Peter Pan fans, and for all you ladies out there that wished Peter Pan grew up :) This is really an incredible twist to a timeless tale and I loved reading every single second of it. I loved seeing characters that I've read and of course seen on movies come to life in a new way. Each one was familiar, and Ms. Hahn did a great job at keeping those characters true but in today's modern time. If you love a good read with a little fantasy, romance, and suspense you definitely need to read Chanda Hahn's Lost Girl.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Live release party for Lost Girl by Chanda Hahn and all the books I'll be reviewing in the next couple of weeks :-)
For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Monday, December 12, 2016
I wanted to let you know that one of my favorite authors is having a release party and give away live now! Please go ahead and check out Chanda Hahn's new book Lost Girl. Being a blogger I get free books all the time, but she is one of the very few authors where I go and purchase her books. Yep, every single one of her books :-). So go check out the release party!
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Lost Girl is the first book in a brand new series, The Neverwood Chronicles.
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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Hello World :)
I'm really kind of enjoying this enacting the book covers. Note to self red lipstick goes on everything but it doesn't come off anything. How is your Saturday morning going? Are you doing well? What's the weather like outside in your area of living?
Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon tells the tale of Ashton Keller. Accused at the age of 14 of murdering his friend, he has waited four years to exact revenge out of those who testified against him. Returning to the town that betrayed him; he trusts no one, especially the best friend who abandoned him when he went to juvie. Willow Lamott, has carried the burden of being Ashton's best friend, she has been adamant these last four years that Ashton is innocent and has payed the price. In this gritty novel these two must learn how to forgive before it's too late.
Wow! This book was a stay up late and finish kind of book. The characters pull you in and the author knew how to bring emotion to the book. Ms. Lagdon does an amazing job, her thriller/suspense romance is on point and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. For my Christian readers this is what I would consider light Christian. There are hints of forgiveness, and God's grace but it's not going to be the kind of book that's in your face Christian. So there won't be any Bible verses or a salvation message. On that note, because it's a thriller/suspense romance it's darker then what I would normally read, but it fit. So, if you like the gritty, and a darker romance novel this is the book for you.
*Yo peeps this book was given to me by BookLookBloggers for my honest review.
Friday, December 9, 2016
Well today I thought how much fun it would be to enact pictures of the book covers. Well here is the Bre style, if you look at the top it's slightly different then the cover :)
For the Record introduces us to Joel Puckett and Betsy Huckabee. Both characters are stalwart in wanting to remain single. They are focused on their own desires and achieving them. They don't have time to think about romance let alone the unexpected happenings that bring them together. Will these two vivacious people find love, and solve the town mystery?
This was a fun book to read and the perfect one to be able to while away the hours as my daughter dances :) I loved that Joel Puckett held on to his integrity and belief in God even when he had people out to get him. He was truly the dashing deputy to me, and reminded me very much of my husband who has the very same qualities. I love that Betsy was an honorable woman of God, even if she didn't fit the mold of her community. These two together and the town that brought them together made for a great read. If you're wanting witty characters, an amazing back drop, as well as a tale that involves God's plan for them you definitely need to read this book.
*Yo peeps I received this book through Netgalley in hopes of my honest opinion.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
So, lately I've had it on my heart to memorize 1 Corinthians 13. Can I just be honest with you world? It is hard, I'm horrible at memorizing but God has really burdened me with it. So I'm going to put it out to the world to accept the same challenge. Would you be interested in doing this with me? I have a feeling that more then ever we need to remember the Word of God. We need to wrap it around our minds and place it in our hearts. If you are interested, go ahead and comment below or private message me on Facebook, or Instagram, or Twitter (phew that's a lot lol).
Here's the chapter for you all!
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Oh boy! This week will be crazy. As a musician I've come to the realization that Christmas is busy, full of concerts, Christmas Eve services, and ballet :) I love it, I love playing for people and I love making music. My body on the other hand takes a beating. I am constantly short on sleep, but that's ok because as long as I have vitamin C and D as well as a good chiropractor; I am golden. How's your Christmas season looking?
The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd is a story about Amelia, a young lady who desires to fulfill her dearest friends last wishes by taking care of her young daughter. The baby's Father has just returned from a stint at sea and Amelia has a plan to keep the child, but is God's plans for her or her own desires?
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced and it had an interesting take on Christian romance. Ms. Ladd is a weaver of tales and it's always so refreshing to read her books. You always get adventure, mystery and romance, but along with that you get a story that keeps you wanting to read to the very end. I enjoyed Amelia as a character and I understood where she was coming from. Ameilia wanted to love and care for a child of her best friend who past away and desired God's will in her life. It reminded me of Romans 8:28 "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose". If you love a story with twists and turns, you will love this book :)
*Yo peeps I received this book by Thomas Nelson so that I could give an honest review.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Saturday :) How is it that when you have vacation that it seems to go by in a blink. It always amazes me how fast time flies. We've been having a lot of fun as a family, eating copious amounts of food and we went to go see Moana on Thanksgiving. Now our house is decorated and presents are all bought, life is good.
I had the absolute pleasure of reading Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl today. Mercy Brennan is a U.S. Marshal following in her estranged father's footsteps. When the decisions that her father makes puts her in line with some of the most dangerous gangs; her boss and former ex-boyfriend U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent make the decision to protect her. Unbeknownst to Mercy these two have put her in protective custody, but with a mole in the headquarters their lives are at stake.
Nancy Mehl approaches a very sensitive topic in today's time and writes about what could happen. Friends, this book is for a more mature audience. Though there wasn't extreme violence, but there was killings, and other topics that you might not want your child to read unless you have read prior. This being said, I think Ms. Mehl handled these issues beautifully and it made for a great read. If you're someone who likes action packed, who dunnit books this is for you. She layers the story with God's grace, as well as showing the reader that God does care about what is going on with your life and He does want the best for you. If you can relate to that then please go ahead and purchase the book at this site Here:)
*Yo peeps I received this book from Bethany House for my honest opinion.
That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving World!
So I love cooking and Thanksgiving is one of those days where I can bake and cook to my little hearts content. I grew up with a mom who always made the holidays special. Her five course meals were amazing, unique, and always so so good :) Maybe because all our family is in Wisconsin (we live 17 hours away), I have tried my hardest to make sure every holiday for our family is the same. The kids seem to love the lefsa (a Scandinavian treat) for breakfast, and the big five course meal for Thanksgiving dinner, and then, shhh don't tell them, but we'll be loading them up to go see Moana this evening in their pj's. Hopefully they'll remember these memories and want to do the same for their family. Do you have a favorite family tradition? I would love to hear what yours is :)
Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren is a riveting book that immediately puts the reader into action. The book opens up to a woman (Kacey Fairing) driving back into her hometown for some much needed rest. Kacey is a woman recovering from PTSD and bearing a history that is shattered. Hoping to finally put the pieces back together she runs into the one person that can bring all the pain from the past to present. Ben King didn't want to see Kacey, but he can't help remember what they had.
Whelp, this book had me at the first sentence. Seriously I gobbled this baby up like it was twice baked potatoes. For a first book in the series it lays out a lot for the reader but I didn't mind that because I knew this was laying the ground work for more books. This book has superb writing, with the amazing truth and grace of Jesus Christ, you will want to read this book! Once again Susan May Warren hit a home run, and I'm very excited to read her next book in the series!
*Yo peeps Revell gave me this book so I could write my honest opinion.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
What a crisp Saturday we are having in Amarillo, Texas. While it isn't the moors of Scotland, and I don't have a sheep dog :) I thought it was appropriate to post a pic of our sweet chocolate lab "Lady Parker's Canon" with my amazing Roma boots. This Canon pup of ours is 11 months old. She is gentle with such a loving soul; our family couldn't have asked for a better pup :) My Roma boots are pretty great too because they help out people in Romania; with every boot purchase you make Roma boots donates a pair to those who desperately need a good boot to stay warm and dry in. These boots would be a great present for anyone, here is the link if you are curious about this company.
Michael Phillips book "the Cottage" brings to life Loni Ford a young executive assistant who has all of a sudden become the soul heir of a large estate in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. Not really knowing her family heritage she is surprised and somewhat flustered by the responsibility that is thrust upon her. Little does she know how much her choice will affect everyone on the Island.
When I sit down to read a book I have several standards that I want if I'm going to like it. The first would be that it pulls me in immediately and this book did it. Two that it keeps me entertained, and 3rd that a book makes me think. Mr. Phillips does a phenomenal job at pulling me in, entertaining me with different perspectives (adding some humor helps too), and all the while making me think how is this story going to end? That to me are the ingredients of a great book, and the Cottage is definitely the results of mixing those qualities together. So dear readers, if you want a book that takes you to the beautiful Shetland Islands,the distinct Scottish accent of a good many characters, and that weaves a complex story; this is the book for you.
If you would like to purchase the book you can click Here.
*Yo peeps this book was given to me by Bethany House for my honest opinion :)
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Today was such a fun day. We had the kid's very first babysitter home from college and my son absolutely adores her, so of course she had to come for a paid visit i.e. babysit so Todd and I could go on a date :) We ate Leal's which is a local restaurant that serves some pretty awesome Mexican food, and then we ended our date at Palace Coffee. Palace is our go to place where the couches are comfy and the people are nice. And let's not forget the most important part, today also gave me a chance to read this amazing book!
Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon is truly a tangled web (pun totally intended). Finn McGregor is an ex-Army Ranger with PTSD trying to recover and handle the complex hardships that war time brings. Dana Lewis is an editor recovering from a traumatic incident that leaves her with severe nightmares. These two meet when they both escape into the woods for self discovery and peace. What they didn't expect was for trouble to find them...
I am a fan romantic suspense novels!!!! And this one is definitely right up that alley. What you have is a web of characters all being strung together when life throws them a curve ball. What I loved about how Ms. Hannon wrote this book, was how each character handled hardship. There is choosing the path of trusting God or deciding your way is better. Each choice has it's own consequences and you can see how eloquently it's played out by the characters in the book. Their voices are heard and the sequence of their choices recorded. If you like a book that let's you see what is in a characters mind and how they handle life's hardship, this is the book for you.
If you would like the book click Here
*yo peeps this book was given to me by Revell so I can honestly write about it.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
So today was one of those cloudy dreary days in Amarillo, TX where you want to snuggle in by the fire and read a book, and that my dear readers, is exactly what I did. It was beautiful, a cup of coffee made by my sweet husband, as well as the fire started by him too (I'm spoiled by my man), it was the perfect atmosphere to read an incredibly interesting tale by Johnnie Alexander.
When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander we meet two very deeply hurt souls. Brett is a self proclaimed ladies man and multi millionaire, while Dani is an up and coming film producer/director. These two lives become entwined on a fateful night outside of a hospital.
This isn't your usual boy meets girl; falls in love kind of story, and I loved it for that very reason. There's depth to the characters that Ms. Alexander composed in this book and it drew me in wanting to know each one. I found myself seeing a man i.e. Brett who wanted change in his life, but not fully knowing how to trust/pray to God, this was true for Dani too. As Brett and Dani begin their journey we are introduced to some amazing godly characters that help them along their way. These characters made me think about how God brings people into my life and how simply praying for them or listening to them can be the nudge for them to accept God as their Lord and Savior. God's hand is in everything, and this book is just one of those instances where I see it. A very well written, fun book, that has nuggets of truth for everyone. If your interested in this book feel free to click here.
*Yo peeps this book was given to me by Revell, so I can honestly say what I say.
Romans 12:1-2 msg
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
I am once again relaxing on my Saturday off. It's amazing to me how one day of intentionally doing nothing puts me and my sweet little family in a good mood for the rest of the week. For 33 years I have been constantly putting things in my life to do and to not really sit and rest. This year, it occurred to me that I needed to do something, my job is very stressful and high demanding and I could feel myself falling apart from it. It finally hit me that God told us to rest and was I really resting? So the start of the school year brought a new tradition for our family, to intentionally rest and to really have a free day. It has been wonderful, and I want to encourage everyone to do this!
On my day off I dug into the book "The Raven" (A Coffey & Hill Novel) This is the 2nd book in the series. Now dear readers have no worries, I didn't read the first book in the series and I didn't have any trouble with jumping into the 2nd. The author Mike Nappa does a great job at making sure that even if you came into the book cold turkey you know the background and you don't feel like you missed much. The Raven intertwines several character stories into one tale. They are all closely connected to one another even if they don't know it. Walk into the underbelly of Atlanta and see the good, the bad, and the ugly :)
I love mysteries, I love the puzzle pieces that are scattered throughout the book and in the end fit together to make a big picture. It's probably why I enjoyed this book. There were plenty of puzzle pieces that looked like there would in no way fit, but in the end did a great job showing the reader how all were connected. We have Raven a magician/con-artist, Mama Bliss an owner of shop, Sam Hill former CIA agent turned officer, and Trudi Coffey a private detective and ex-wife of Sam. It's a blend of these characters stories and going back in time make sure harm is not done to the citizens of Atlanta. So, if you want a book that keeps you guessing and is told in multiple voices this is the book for you!
If you would like this book, please message me and I can find a way to send it to you :) First come first serve peeps.
*Yo, this book was freely given to me so I can honestly write about it.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Guess what :) It's my ten year anniversary with my handsome stud of a husband! We have been on an amazing adventure these last ten years. Since being married to him we have had three children, moved across the United States, lived in several homes, and have grown closer to God our Father. It has been fun, hard, times of joy, times of complete sadness, so many emotions rolled up into these last ten years. Really, this book that I read is the perfect book to review on this amazing day.
This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick is the tale about a matriarch of the family named Tabitha Brown. Already having a grand life and have had watched her children grow into adulthood and is soon watching her grandchildren as well; she carries herself with wisdom of the ages and the grace that comes with heartache. Tabitha soon sets off on an adventure with her family that will either be her demise or a tale that will forever be told.
Did you ever play Oregon Trail as a kid. This story reminds me of that game :) Selling what you have to get ready for the trail and then everything unfortunate happens, but once you've made it the excitement of not dying surpasses it all. That's how I kind of felt with this book. It was extremely satisfying and made for a very good read. So if you're up to reading about a families cross country trip you definitely need to read Jane Kirkpatrick's book This Road We Traveled.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Every morning I wake up and start my day with the Word of God, the living breathing Word. The Bible is so full of life and unexpected surprises that it never grows old. I have been writing about Christian romance books for so long that I forgot to let you know dear friends that this is the book that I read the most.
I had someone tell me once that they read the whole Bible once and didn't feel the need to read it again. My heart broke when I heard this, friends, if you are a Christian please read this amazing book! By golly, if you're not a Christian, read it too :) Read it every day, not just a verse but dig into it. Sink your hands into the Word of God and see what Jesus has for you. The older I get the more I'm convinced that this will help us and guide us on our path. It will bring us closer in a relationship with Christ, it will teach us about the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the unending love of God.
So when you wake up, plan on making your first thing you do (after that sip of coffee, of course) is have a quiet time. Maybe even throw a prayer journal in, and then while your reading write down a verse that you'll want to remember.
I'll be praying for you dear friends, and if you need prayer from me specifically I would love to pray for you. Go ahead and comment and I can pray for you during my quiet times.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
It is Saturday and for the last four days I have been dealing with a migraine. Migraines are evil, horrible little things that suck the life out of you, make you want to throw the white flag, and say "YOU WIN, For the love of Pete please just be done!". Thank goodness for a an awesome chiropractor, and massage therapy, I'm finally feeling somewhat normal, well... what my quirky, slightly forgetful self considers normal.
Did you know that they made a book out of the movie Moms' Night Out!!! I may have gotten overly excited and maybe just a bit cheerful at the fact that I can get more from this movie. Maybe it's because our sweet main character has three kids like me, or maybe because like me as well her husband travels, or the fact that like her I felt like a fake when I'm doing this whole mom thing. But the adventure of Allyson Fields' attempt to have one night with her and her friends made me practically giddy.
Tricia Goyer does a phenomenal job at taking the screenplay and adding narrative. The book goes deeper into the thoughts of characters and gives us a point of view that is just as funny. This lighthearted and at time poignant book gets to the heart of it. So all my mom friends, I hope you enjoy the book, and maybe even look at the devotional. It made for a good laugh and a great message at the end. You are enough sweet friends, never forget that!
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
I stayed up way too late finishing this awesome read. Thank goodness, I have a husband who daily makes me coffee and when I mean coffee, I mean, this amazing man of mine roasts his own beans, grinds them, and does a pour over, or a breve for me. If that isn't love, then honestly people, what is love! (please note that I'm using sarcasm). This cup was also one of the very first gifts that Todd( i.e. my main squeeze) gave to me when we were first dating.
I don't know if you have ever read any of Stephanie Grace Whitson's books but if this is the first time you're hearing about this incredible author I suggest you go right on over to her website, click here. This book was so rich in God's amazing grace, and the history of the pony express I really couldn't put it down until it was done. And trust me dear friends when I say there have been plenty of books that I start reading and I had to stop or skip to the end because they are so horrible.
This book is spoken in two different voices, Annie Paxton and Frank Paxton. Twins who have an older brother Emmet with a ma who died long ago and a Pa who has just recently passed away. Penniless and orphaned these three siblings set out on an adventure that brings them to work for the Pony Express.
What follows is an incredible tale woven with descriptive images of what it meant to live at a station and delivering mail considered at the time *"the NASCAR of 1860". Ms. Whitson's way with words pulled me into the story and into a life I could never live. I love how each character she introduced made me feel like I could sit down with them and truly talk over coffee. I loved this book, and I will most likely reread it over again and again. So if you're wanting this book you can get it fairly cheaply on amazon for the kindle click here. You won't regret this purchase :)
*parenthesis taken from author's note of Messenger by Moonlight