Tuesday, September 22, 2015

If I Plug My Ears, God Can't Tell Me What To Do by Jessie Clemence

I loved this book by Jessie Clemence. With truth, humor, and direct questions, she tackles the topic of obeying God when He tells us to do something. It does not matter what you have done. God is not done with you yet. Find your gift and do your part. This book takes you from getting started with doing what God's called you to do, to how to prepare, to what to watch out for, and gives lots of encouragement for stepping out of your comfort zone and following God. She uses people from the Bible and their struggles and accomplishments to show how God moved. Nothing they did was insignificant. God took their obedience and worked great things. He can do the same through you. Many scriptural references are used to encourage us to follow God's will for our lives as well as stories from contemporary folks who stepped out and obeyed God.

Pick up this great book today and start listening for what God wants you to do. There are questions at the end of each chapter to help you work though each chapter and get the most out of it, including scriptural references.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Burk's Surrender by Dora Hiers

Burk Harmon and Lacie Heatherton work for the city. He agrees to go on a trip with her, escorting 50 senior citizens to a mountain resort for a few days. Can he prove to her on this trip that he is the guy for her? I loved the chemistry between these two characters and trying to find out what was holding them back.

Lacie knows Burke is dependable, sweet, comfortable. They're best friends. She's known him since she was unmarried and pregnant with her 13 year old daughter. She invoked her no dating policy and Burk hasn't tried to date her till now. She's spent her life up to this point taking care of her daughter. Burk wants to be a bigger part of her life. But will Lacie let him?

Lacie's not sure God still cares for her. After everything she's been through, God has felt far away. Why would Burk care for her? Lacie's past is holding her back from her future. She needs healing and peace to come to terms with what happened. Can Burk convince her to give him a chance?

As Lacie's job is on the line, Burk tries to woo her, proving he can be trusted. These two characters will stay with you after you finish their story. This is a very sweet Christian romance.

No matter how others have treated you, God is always there. He loves you so much.

I received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Love's Gift by Christy Lawri

I loved this story by Christy Lawri. Love's Gift is a contemporary Christian romance set in Love's Corner, Nebraska. Laney St. James finds out on her adoptive mother's deathbed that her birth mother is still alive. Her adoptive mother had told her she had died, so not only does she have to deal with her adoptive mother's death, she also has to come to terms that her real mother is still alive. Laney finds a box of letters and pictures from her real mother, realizing she had continued trying to get in touch with her through the years. Can she forgive her adoptive mother for concealing the truth from her?

Jonas Wyatt is the minister in Love's Corner, where Laney's real mother lives with her husband and family. His wife had died, leaving behind a little girl. Jonas is having a hard time understanding why people have to deal with pain and death. Can Jonas get past his hurts and feelings of betrayal from God?

Laney makes prayer shawls for people having surgery or going through things and need prayer. She has the pastor bless them and she hands them out. When she contacts her birth mother, she finds out her grandfather is in the hospital. She takes her prayer shawls with her when she goes to see them. Will they be happy to see her? Can Laney forgive them for giving her up?

Laney and Jonas feel something when they meet. Can they accept the gift of love they've been given or are there too many things keeping them apart? I was pulled into the story from the beginning and found myself cheering for Laney, hoping she could embrace her new family. Jonas and his daughter were realistic characters finding their way after a death in their family. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

12 Brides of Summer by Vickie McDonough, Diana Brandmeyer, and Davalynn Spencer

This collection has 3 stories by wonderful authors writing about the 1800s. Each one is a great read from times past. Pull up a chair and get lost in days gone by and be encouraged.

The Country Fair Bride by Vickie McDonough

The Honey Bride by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

The Columbine Bride by Davalynn Spencer

Lucy Powell's husband was killed by lightning. She is left to raise her kids. She's doing the best she can, but Buck Reiter comes along and he can't just let her do the work alone. He lives on the ranch next to hers, but he is planning on leaving. When she moves back to her late husband's farm, Buck can't leave her to fend for herself. But, how long will he stay when he ends up on the business end of her rifle? She's ready to take on whatever she needs to in order to survive. Can they learn to trust each other and find the path God has for them? This story made me chuckle and root for the hero and heroine to find each other.

Second Chance Bride by Raine English

Kya Reynolds started an animal shelter five years ago. Soon after she rescues a dog, he tries to convince her Devon Young is who she should be marrying. Will Kya listen to her dog or continue her wedding plans with someone else?

Devon Young is a widower. He believes he will never find happiness again, but when his golden retriever falls for a rescue dog, will sparks fly between Devon and the other dog's owner?

Kya and Devon are afraid to follow their hearts. Will their dogs help them to see they belong together? This is a sweet romance with real heart issues and matchmaking dogs. Kya is afraid to open up after her dog died. She is set to marry someone else. Can she give that up for someone who isn't ready for a relationship? Devon is lost in his past before his wife died. Will he be open to a new love? Can they realize a future together? Their dogs are working hard to make them see a future together, but will it be enough?

I was pulled into this story and didn't want it to end. This is a fun, sweet romance you won't soon forget.

I received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.