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Purposeful Design

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Look inside the book HERE . What a gorgeous book! Its beauty is not only found in the colorful illustrations, but also in the explanation of God’s wondrous creations—the Heavens, Earth, Atmosphere, Water, Land, Vegetation, Sun, Moon, Stars, Birds, Fish, Animals, and Humans. Jay Schabacker has provided us with a biblical and scientific look at God’s handiwork. I love how he describes our world and incorporates verses from the Bible to show how purposeful God was in creating everything. What if our Creator set the Earth at a 0 degree tilt, rather than 23.5 degrees? What if our Moon was much larger? What if ice didn’t float? The answers to these questions (and more) confirm that each element of creation was designed with a purpose. This book is much more than a pretty decoration for your coffee table. It’s interesting, educational, and a remarkable faith-building instrument. (I feel I should note - there are a few editing mistakes.) Cover: Love it Title: Love it

Prone To Love

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Look inside the book HERE ! Prone To Love Jason Clark is an engaging, emotive writer. He infuses his writing with humor and I enjoyed his conversational tone. The message of this book is simple. God loves you. Because that sentence has become clichΓ©, we sometimes forget the true meaning. And God doesn’t command us to love Him, he doesn’t need us to love him, but he desires our love. I believe every Christian's desire is to love God completely, but sometimes we are mislead as to how that is truly accomplished. Through this examination of Christ’s life, we see how He trusted God and was secure in His love. We can know a deeper understanding of that love and instill it into every aspect of our lives—even deeper than we thought possible. A very moving, engrossing, life-changing read. Cover: Like it Title: Like it Publisher: Destiny Image Pages: 223 Pace: Steady Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy. I was not required

Angel Astrology 101

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Look inside the book HERE ! The introduction is very helpful, containing brief descriptions of ancient, modern, and spiritual astrology. Then you get into the individual chapters—the meat of this book—detailing who your archangel is, how he/she is paired with your particular astrological sign, and how he/she guides and protect you. You’ll also discover the significance of the planets, and how they specifically relate to your chart: Sun (will, power, and desire) Moon (needs and emotions) Mercury (communication) Venus (loves and values) Mars (handling conflict) Rising (time, date, and place of birth.) I’d never really thought about the 12 zodiac signs being coupled with the 12 archangels, so I found this pretty fascinating. I like the easy to understand descriptive of each archangel and zodiac sign, and especially the associated planets. This book explains how our archangel can assist us with our natal chart gifts. It’s easy to understand and the lovel

Dancing With Fireflies

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Look Inside the book HERE Dancing With Fireflies is far more than just a book with a captivating cover and title. It’s a story that involves all your senses and rich, full characters so easy to relate to and empathize with—especially Jade McKinley. Jade’s story is about love, family, the past and future, and I felt a myriad of emotions as I walked in her shoes. This story will grab you from the start and won’t take long to finish because it’s so difficult to put down. If you’ve read any of Denise Hunter’s books in the past, I’m certain you’ll love this one. If you’re new to this author, then you’re in for a treat. Cover: Love it Title: Love it Publisher: Thomas Nelson Pages: 349 Pace: Steady First Lines (prologue): Jade McKinley lowered the stove to medium and returned the chicken breasts to the pan. What had she gotten herself into? She should’ve agreed to meet him at a restaurant instead of in the tiny apartment she shared with her friend. Disclosure of

The Quiet Place

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Look inside the book  HERE I have read many of Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s books and have certainly not been disappointed in any of them. Her book, Choosing Gratitude , made a huge impact on me and is one of my favorite spiritual books I’ve read so far this year, and The Quiet Place is right up there with it. I must comment on how gorgeous the cover of this devotional is. It may not real leather, but it feels just as smooth and looks inviting on my nightstand. This would make a beautiful and thoughtful gift for a friend. The individual one-page devotions are dated to make it a simple task to read inspiring messages every day of the year. It also makes it easy to catch-up if you’ve fallen behind.  Each day’s reading contains a Bible verse (English Standard Version), a four or five paragraph devotion, and an inspiring statement at the bottom of the page. Though the devotions in this book only take two or three minutes to read they make a lasting impression and wil

Tending the Soul

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Look inside the book HERE I love the simplicity of this book. This collection of 2 page devotions is just enough to help you transform your mind into finding the blessings we’re showered with each day. Each devotion contains a Bible verse (most are NIV), a relevant snippet from the authors’ personal experiences, a short prayer, and a suggestion(s) on how to reflect on the particular devotion. I enjoyed this devotional—especially how easy it is to fit in a two-page read each morning that will set your mind in the right place. It’s refreshing, inspiring, and enjoyable to read. This would make a great gift to a friend, or as a keepsake. Cover: Like it Title: Like it Publisher: Moody Publishers Pages: 224 Pace: Steady First Line (introduction): Women need the voices of other women in their lives. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are

A Cause to Be Thankful

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Look Inside   HERE We are living in the ME generation, where a large portion of the population puts themselves first. A generation where people feel entitled to benefits, privileges, prosperity, freedom, etc. But where is our thankfulness? We’ve been given so much that we stay buried beneath our possessions and abilities, often forgetting who supplied us with it all. Not only tangible items, but the magical things as well—breath, love, forgiveness, friendships, talents, and even flaws. This book fleshes out the beauties in life. It encourages and inspires us to be consistently thankful in our day-to-day life. A few hours of reading this book will light your soul with a new appreciation for all we are given. I like how most chapters open with a verse and close with a prayer, allowing Biblical instruction to guide us. One sentence, in particular, reveals this book's message the clearest: "…let us open our hearts together to gauge our current level of tha

Wildwood Creek

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Look Inside   HERE If you’ve read any of Lisa Wingate’s books, then you already know this read will be fabulous. For those of you who aren’t acquainted with Moses Lake, or Ms. Wingate’s well-crafted characters…well, you’re in for a treat. Wildwood Creek is a beautiful blend of historical and contemporary fiction. The contemporary slices of this book are told from Allie Kirkland’s point of view. She is a likeable, compelling character and her modern family dilemmas are easy to relate to. Her strengths and flaws make her a well-rounded character. She communicates with others in such a believable way that I feel I know her. I empathized with her struggles and rooted for her to overcome them. Though times were very different in the mid 1800s, I’m able to place myself there, empathizing with Bonnie Rose, and relating to her fears and triumphs. Bonnie Rose endured horrid things in the past, making her vulnerable, yet determined. She’s a strong, memorable character and t

The Widow of Larkspur Inn

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Look Inside   HERE I really enjoy a strong heroine who overcomes life’s hardships, and Julia Hollis is just that. She not only struggles through her husband’s sudden death, but the tragic aftermath of his secrets threaten to bury her as well. Julia, a woman accustomed to a wealthy lifestyle, perseveres through her fears with no other choice than to make a go of this strange working world she’s never had to belong to. She has no choice, for she has children she must clothe, feed, house, and nurture. Julia Hollis is a memorable character, and I most certainly don’t want her story to end in this book. I’d love to continue on in her life, and hope she is a main character in the sequel (I haven’t explored this yet so that very well may be….) I love the history of Larkspur Inn and feel a sense of community with the array of townsfolk .   Lawana Blackwell deserves high praise for creating such a lovely, descriptive novel. Though I love Julia in this story, her son Phillip stole m

How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World

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Look Inside   HERE This book is adorable. It makes a great coffee table book, bathroom book (sometimes you’ve gotta have something to read while you’re in there), or thoughtful gift for a friend. I love the photographs and inspiring messages. The one liner pictoral pages are my favorites. There’s not anything complicated or mysterious about this little book – it’s simply beautiful, inspiring, and uplifting. To enjoy this book to the fullest, I suggest you purchase the hardback book rather than the ebook--for the fact that more than half the joy comes from its gorgeous photos. Cover: Love it Title: Like it Publisher: Hay House Inc. Pages: 128 First Lines: When did you last go back to bed on a Sunday morning with magazines and some tea and cake? Or sink into a bubble bath by candlelight and listen to soothing music? Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy free from HayHouse. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I h