Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright




Need a story to get lost in? Look no further. From the early 1900s to present day, Foster Hill House is a romance, a mystery, a joining of two times in history.

Ivy Thorpe finds a body hidden in a tree. A mystery unfolds, drawing her into danger and a murder. Who was the girl and what happened?

Kaine Prescott is running away from her past, a husband who had been murdered, and she charged as a crazy person for not believing his death was an accident.

With enough similarities in both girls’ lives, Foster Hill House will keep you reading to find out what happened in this moment in time where history intersects. A note in a book-All houses hold secrets, and I am one of them- draws Ivy and Kaine into searching for the dead girl’s identity, and psychological games will keep you turning the pages into the night.

Jaime Jo Wright’s The House on Foster Hill is a must read suspense. The cover is excellent and draws you right into the story.

I received a free copy from Net Galley in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


https://www.amazon.com/House-Foster-Hill-Jaime-Wright-ebook/dp/B071KXJ2KN/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511278990&sr=8-1&keywords=house+on+foster+hill

Friday, November 17, 2017

His Steadfast Love by Julie Lessman


Looking for a love story that delivers faith, hope, healing, and romance? His Steadfast Love has it all. Chase is a pastor running from love. His heart was broken and he’s not taking another chance on love. He’s determined to show Cat God’s love but when his heart gets involved, can he keep his distance or will his time with Cat heal his heart?

Cat is fun, flirty, and running from God. When Pastor Chase takes an interest in her, she doesn’t understand when her actions cause him to turn away. Can she prove to Chase she does love him?

The real-life events Chase and Cat go through reveal our weaknesses, our distrust, but also display God’s love toward us, his faithfulness.

I love reading books that teach me about God’s love, his faithfulness. His Steadfast Love gives me hope that God’s love is a “love that we can count on because it never ceases, it never fails, and it abounds in mercies that never come to an end.” God’s love is the greatest love story ever told. His Steadfast Love is about hope, healing, and forgiveness. His Steadfast Love is the third book in a series but you do not need to read the books in order.

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven. Proverbs 17:9


https://www.amazon.com/Steadfast-Love-Isle-Hope-Book-ebook/dp/B071K6ZQJH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510945951&sr=8-1&keywords=his+steadfast+love

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Descriptions and Prescriptions by Michael R Emlet



Descriptions and Prescriptions is a short book building a biblical framework to understand psychiatric diagnoses and the use of psychoactive medications using scripture as the groundwork to build upon. The book is set up with two parts. In Part 1, the author presents a balanced assessment of psychiatric diagnosis. In Part 2, he uses case studies for illustration.

The book lists several concerns with the psychiatric diagnostic system. One being: …some psychiatric diagnoses “medicalize” sinful behavior. Is it medical or is it sin?
There is a chapter on Implications for Ministry, directed to pastoral care and counsel. Michael Emlet brings a strong case for not everyone who suffers from psychiatric diagnoses needs medicine. Sometimes they just need a friend, or as in the case of ADHD and French kids not being diagnosed with that as much, a differing viewpoint as to what is acceptable. He emphasizes that a diagnoses is a starting point not an ending point.

In Part 2, first he notes that pastors, counselors, and other helpers must be familiar with the psychoactive medications. Then he states that the goals of this section are to: familiarize you with the basic classes of psychoactive medications, review what we know about the mechanism of action and efficacy of such drugs with a particular focus on antidepressants, and discuss a biblical approach to psychoactive medications. This part of the book breaks down the medications, how they work, how effective they are. This section uses scripture to show hazards to spiritual growth.

I like how the author didn’t push one way or the other about not taking any medications or staying on medications. He understood how to study each case before him and take other things into account. If you enjoy reading about the psychiatric diagnostic system and how it pertains to scripture and what God has to say about man, this is the book for you. It’s short enough you can read it in one day, but goes into enough detail to tell you what the author is thinking and show you how he would deal with a few example cases.

I received a free copy of this book in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion-which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


https://www.amazon.com/Descriptions-Prescriptions-Perspective-Psychiatric-Medications-ebook/dp/B076DJTN4R/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508963734&sr=8-1&keywords=descriptions+and+prescriptions

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Powerful Voice by Penelope Powell



Gloria has a past to hide. Justin doesn’t want to share his past. He’s the new worship leader. She’s still trying to figure out her Christian walk. She’s from the South. He’s a Northerner. They are so different, but, something is pulling them together. Will they find forgiveness in their pain?

This is a great story by Penelope Powell, full of God’s grace and love in our Christian walk. We make mistakes, we falter and fail, but God doesn’t leave us or forsake us. If you need encouragement to find God’s love, this is the book for you. Gloria and Justin could be you, me, any of us on our walk with God. I was able to relate to them as characters and in the things they went through. A Powerful Voice drew me closer in my walk with God, gave me encouragement, and increased my faith. Forgive yourself and find who you are in God.

I received a free copy in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.



https://www.amazon.com/Powerful-Voice-Penelope-Powell-ebook/dp/B01GNCI7JE/ref=la_B0741NLBGH_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507250796&sr=1-2

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hidden Women The African-American Mathematicians of NASAWho Helped Win the Space Race by Rebecca Rissman



This book is a narrative nonfiction. It’s written in an easy to understand style regarding the African-American mathematicians at NASA during the Space Race of the 1960s and 1970s. They were the best mathematicians around, but segregation and racial tensions flourished during this time. This book acknowledges some of the daily and work-related struggles they faced and how they overcame them. One theme that stuck out over the course of this book: you can do anything you set your heart on, you just might have to work harder at it.

One of the mathematicians grew up in West Virginia. If you’re interested in the space program, and the events that took place during this time period, you would enjoy this book. Pictures are included of the women this book speaks about, as well of some of the astronauts of this time frame and the equipment used. It also talks about the failures and accomplishments experienced by the space program. At the end of the book is a read more section, if you want other books on the same topic, and critical thinking questions at the end, as well as a glossary.

The information is portrayed in such a way young teens through adults would enjoy this book, learning more about the space program, as well as some of the key players during this time. I would highly recommend Hidden Women.

I received a free copy from Net Galley in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.



https://www.amazon.com/dp/1515799638/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Highland Ruby by Brenda B Taylor


Marry for love or marry for family? Flora is torn between the two. Gavin is back from the New World, but is told he has to leave again. How can he win back Flora’s love if he’s gone all the time? Their faith in God and each other is tested as they are separated and must overcome difficult circumstances. When Gavin is forced to leave again, how can he prove to his brother, and to Flora, that he is home to stay?

I could feel Flora’s despair at Gavin’s leaving. Would he return? From a fight with a wildcat to evading a warrant for his arrest, Gavin’s plight made for an action filled story. Brenda Taylor subtly adds in historical facts and the Scottish era. As events kept turning against Gavin coming home, I couldn’t put the book down. If you enjoy historical romance, you’ll love this 16th century Scottish romance. This is Gavin’s story, from A Highland Pearl. These are stand-alone stories in the Highland Treasures series. At the end of the story is a glossary of Gaelic and other terms used in the story.

I am looking forward to the next story in the series.



https://www.amazon.com/Highland-Ruby-Treasures-Book-ebook/dp/B01A6CWWT8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506021624&sr=8-1&keywords=highland+ruby#customerReviews

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Silvershell Beach Inn by Christina Lorenzen


It’s been 12 years since Jacy has been to visit her grandmother. Her first afternoon back, she runs into Zach. Will they rekindle the romance they had as teenagers? Zach’s willing to accept the challenge. But will his family’s ownership of her grandmother’s house pull them apart?

I enjoyed this sweet romance by Christian Lorenzen. They’ve got an old friendship, but they are different people now. Can they forge that gap? Or will Zach listen to his mother again who made it clear Jacy was not the girl for him?

The descriptions of the beach made me feel like I was right there on the beach. I enjoyed Zach and Jacy’s characters. If you enjoy a sweet summer beach read, this story is for you.

I received a free copy in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


https://www.amazon.com/Silvershell-Beach-Inn-Christina-Lorenzen-ebook/dp/B074QSZ5NH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505846312&sr=8-1&keywords=the+silvershell+beach+inn