Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery–Book Review

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A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.
Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.
Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

My Review

When Brooke Endress agreed to go on a mission trip to El Salvador with her sister, she was not exactly thrilled about it. Little did she know how much that mission trip would change her life. Throughout their trip, she found herself falling in love with the orphans and street children, as well as a certain translator, Ubaldo. When she gets home she struggles with her desire to become a news anchor and her strong desire to return to El Salvador. Is this truly what God wants for her life, or is it just a passing feeling?

I am so glad I got a chance to read this book. It was wonderful. I fell in love with Brooke and Ubaldo, and it gave me a glimpse into some of the struggles that children in other countries have to face. I could relate to how Brooke would fall in love with the orphans at the orphanage, and how she wanted to help, but wasn’t quite sure what that help looked like for her. It was beautifully written, and again very relatable, I believe everyone that reads this book will agree. I love how the love of God, and His plan for each person is shown in this story. It is a romance, so if you love romance novels, you need to read this one! I highly, highly recommend it!

About the Author

biophotocroppededited2016Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. She founded Wholly Loved Ministries, a ministry that partners with churches around the metro and nationally, putting on events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. She writes devotions for Internet Café Devotions and edits for Firefy, a Southern fiction imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte

**I received this book free from the author in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Amazing Bible Studies and Study Tools

Do you need a new devotional or Bible Study? How about a new journal? Or maybe just some highlighters, pens or inspirational mugs? Well, the Daily Grace Co. has you mug1covered. They have everything for your Bible Study needs as well as beautiful inspirational prints and mugs. I have fallen in love with the various Bible Studies and devotionals. I want them all! I have been so encouraged and learned so much through the studies I’ve done so far, and I know you will be too!

The Daily Grace Co. was founded by Kristin Schmucker (learn more about Kristin here) I went to the same college as Kristin, and I learned about her company through one of our mom’s groups on Facebook. I love supporting other moms in their businesses, and I hstory of Redemptionighly encourage you to check out the shop! Their company motto is “Equipping Women in the Word,” and they do just that! Each devotional is beautifully written and has beautiful artwork! Currently I’m reading through the Bible and using their “Story of Redemption Vol. 1” Bible Study. I love it because for me, it helps if I have a small devotional to help me get wp-1486223138966.jpgthe most from what I’m reading in the Bible. Personally, these have quickly become my favorite devotionals, and I plan on getting more as soon as I’m through the one I’m working on now! I’ve also done the “Daughters of Grace” devotional. You can learn something beneficial from each woman in that devotional. It shows that they were women just like us, and God used them in a special way. Women suchas Sarah, Hagar, Leah, Rachel, just to name a few.

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FREE amazing reading game!!

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Do your kids love reading? Do they maybe just need a way to review what they’ve learned at school? Or maybe you just want to help them learn to read? I recently learned of a program through Usborne Books that you can get for your child completely free (the computer version) an all online. My five year old has been trying to learn how to read. She starts school in the fall and I know she’ll learn in school, but why not get a jump on it? She already knew all her letter sounds and some basic blends. She also had started sounding out simple words like dog, cat, etc., and I know that she learns very quickly by either playing a learning game or watching an educational show. So when I learned about this program I jumped at the chance!

tymtr1.jpgThis game called Teach Your Monster to Read has three levels. The first level covers the basic steps, letter sounds, basic blends, etc. Then you move up from there. (Each level is explained in more depth on the website) My daughter started at level one because I wasn’t sure if level two was too advanced for where she already was or not. She flew through level one and is currently working on level two. I was shocked that she could read simple sentences and was learning tricky words like “the” and “to” as well as others after only 1 week! She loves it, and begs me to play. First, your child creates his/her own monster, then they begin to embark on an adventure to help repair an alien spaceship. As they play different games they learn new words, new sounds, new blends, new tricky words, and I noticed as she plays level two she stops every so often to read a sentence that directs her to do something. For example, one of the sentences was “Get the big cat.” She then had to click on the big cat to direct her monster what he was supposed to do. I was so impressed with this game and the progress that my daughter made I wanted to share with other parents out there! It’s perfect for early learners or just for summer review for the more advanced readers. The computer version is completely free, but if you want the app for your phone or tablet that costs money. I looked on my Kindle at it, and I believe it was $4.99, but I decided to just let my daughter play it on my laptop. You should definitely check it out!

If you want to try it out, go to www.teachyourmonstertoread.com, and register your child today!

This Life I Live by Rory Feek–Book Review

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“My life is very ordinary,” says Rory. “On the surface, it is not very special. If you looked at it, day to day, it wouldn’t seem like much. But when you look at it in a bigger context—as part of a larger story—you start to see the magic that is on the pages of the book that is my life. And the more you look, the more you see. Or, at least, I do.”

By now, the world knows the story of Joey Feek’s battle with cancer. How she and her family were so strong through those last days. In this book, Rory Feek opens up not only about the rest of their story as husband and wife, but about his story. His past, his struggles. How Joey helped him to be a better man, a better Christian.

I didn’t follow Joey’s story as faithfully as most probably did. I heard of her remarkable strength, her courageous battle, and her tremendous faith. This book was remarkable. I loved that Rory was so transparent about his past and his struggles; I also loved how he talks so much about his faith and how important it is in his life. One of my favorite things is to read nonfiction books about real people with real faith, who aren’t afraid to be just that REAL. They don’t sugarcoat their life; they are open and honest with their readers, because that is who God made them. Their past is just that the past, and God used that to make them who they are today. He brought them through it. This is a book worth reading. Go grab your copy today!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

For No Apparent Reason by S. K. Derban–Book Review

for no apparent reasonMy Review

Since she’s been focused on law school, Madison really hasn’t had a lot of time for romance. However, when she finds a returned package on the porch of a man accused of killing his wife, her curiosity is piqued. She takes the package, and finds herself compelled to return it to the rightful owner and prove the innocence of Samuel Livingston. Unknowingly, she has caught the eye of FBI Agent Court Braxton in more than one way. From the moment they met, there seemed to be sparks. Will those sparks turn into more? And more importantly, will they be able to prove Livingston’s innocence before it’s too late?

Full of suspense and romance, this book was amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters were very relatable, and you will fall in love with each one. I felt as if I was there with the characters as they investigated the case, and I felt their frustrations right along with them. I did not want to put it down. I wanted to know if they’d solve the case, and most importantly what happened to Madison and Court? So if I’ve got your attention, and you want to find out….go, go get your copy now! You won’t be disappointed!

**I received this book free from the author in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

skderbanAbout the Author

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, S.K. Derban moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her mother, born and raised in the United Kingdom, was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. Even after returning to the United States, S.K. Derban’s life was filled with a love of the theatre and a passion for British murder mysteries. 

Her personal travel and missionary adventures also help to transport readers virtually across the globe.  S.K. Derban has smuggled Bibles into China on five separate occasions, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips.  When writing, she relies on all aspects of her life, from a strong faith in the Lord, to her unique combination of professional experience.  The many personal adventures of S.K. Derban are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters.

World of the Innocent by Nadine Keels–Book Review

Book Blurb:

“Are you ready to love this young man?”
Jhoi: she’s poetic. She’s guarded. And she couldn’t imagine having much to do with a guy like Marcas. Sure, Marcas is a brilliant fellow artist, admired by plenty of fans. But he’s so remarkably…strange.
Still, Marcas touches Jhoi’s soul. And through the counsel of a shrewd old neighbor, Jhoi will discover a link between intimate friendship and becoming a steward of an era.
A tale of love, enduring belief, and the meaning of innocence—based on a true story.

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2sogKnV

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35019244-world-of-the-innocent

My Review

world of innocentJhoi has never been in love, and certainly couldn’t imagine falling in love with Marcus. He was just a friend. He didn’t care for her that way, did he? Follow Jhoi on this journey as she finds out what it’s like to find true love.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written, and I believe is perfect for young adults and teens alike. Too many people today don’t really know what love is or what it looks like. In my opinion, Keels perfectly captures what it looks like to find true love. A love with substance, not purely physical, a love that has a real connection. Love isn’t always like you see it on TV or in the latest movie, there’s more to it than meets the eye. This book was clean and the characters were well developed; they were very relatable. I loved the innocence of Jhoi, and how she strove to please the Lord in her relationship. Overall it’s a great short read, perfect for young adults! Go grab your copy today!

**I received this book free from the author in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

nadine-c-keels-squareNadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”

With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. As the founder of Prismatic Prospects, her communication company, Nadine has served as editor for a number of titles, and through her writing, from her books to her blog posts, she aims to help spark hope, inspiration, and genius in as many as she is privileged to reach.

World of the Innocent on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2sogKnV

Find Nadine online at Prismatic Prospects: https://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/

Join Nadine’s new readers’ group, Faith, Hope, and Book Love on Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/FaithHopeBookLove/

The Memory of You by Catherine West–Book Review

 

After thirteen years, Natalie Mitchell is faced with going back to the place where her sister’s tragic death happened, a place she’s avoided since. She is forced to face her past as her father instructs her to check on the status of her grandfather’s winery and possibly shut it down. When she arrives, her childhood friend, Tanner Collins, is anything but happy to see her. As they are forced to work together, they find they both have secrets in their pasts. Will she be able to face her past and move on with her life, or will it haunt her forever? Will she be able to save the winery or will she blindly obey her father’s wishes as she’s always done?

 

Beautifully written, you will not want to put this book down. I loved this book, I loved how the characters were flawed and very well developed. Their struggles are struggles that many people can relate to. I love how West shows how they learn to trust God as they work through their problems. To trust that God makes no mistakes and He has a plan in everything, no matter how horrible it looks to us. I highly recommend this book, go grab yours today!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review through the Fiction Guild program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.