“Dear Joey” is a book written to encourage mothers to fully embrace motherhood, and recognize it as beautiful. It was written in response to a blog post Alicia Eggers wrote when she was inspired Joey Feek’s last months with her daughter. I can’t think of any better way to summarize it than what the back copy says, “Her [Joey’s] life and death can encourage every mother to fully embrace every single breath and to live fully in each moment. Alicia shows the reader that living on purpose, through the anchor of Christ, is the most abundant life to live.”
Do you find yourself dreading certain things about motherhood? Or maybe you just feel frustrated all the time? I think every mother has been to a point where she has lost it on her family or she just gets really irritated when the kids want 50 million things at bedtime. I love how Alicia encourages mothers to embrace these little things, because as cliché as it may sound it won’t last forever, they’re going to grow up way too fast, and one day we’re going to wish we had enjoyed our children’s childhoods a little more. I’m guilty, I know I’m not alone, I get so irritated at small things, but after reading this book, I am working on trying to embrace my motherhood every moment, and live to the fullest, because there are women out there who would give anything to have their child beg for more glasses of water, to lay with them because they are scared, to talk their ears off, but for one reason or another they don’t have those opportunities. That one thought alone made me stop and think, “Wow! I really need to work on that!” I also love how real she is, there are real life examples throughout the book as well as a few more of her blog posts. Overall, it was a very encouraging and thought provoking book. As a mother, I believe every mother should read this one! Go grab your copy here!
**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
(Disclaimer: I got this straight from the back of the book.)
Alicia Eggers lives with her husband, her childhood sweetheart and best friend in rural North Carolina. Together, they have five children and are learning everyday to fully embrace the beauty and the chaos that comes with raising a large family.
Alicia is passionate about Jesus, homeschooling, writing, reading, raising children and chickens, and encouraging other moms through the blog she shares with her sisters.
Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky come together to bring you a book like none other. Each author writes from the perspective of a different character through an overarching story of suspense and supernatural circumstances. These four character keep being brought together for some special mission, but they don’t quite know what that mission is strange, unexplainable things keep happening to them. First, there is a strange mystery at a school for gifted students. Then, a house that seems to appear and disappear whenever it wants, animals that just drop dead with no eyes, and finally a strange little girl who seems to be from a completely different planet. What will happen to them? Will they solve the strange mysteries that unfold?
This book was a little different than what I’m used to reading. That being said, I’ve never read a book that was written like this, and I love the idea. When I first started reading, I was a bit confused, because although it is Christian fiction, the very first section seems to dwell on psychic type things and “forces” that to me seemed demonic. (I didn’t get the idea that the author condoned any of that behavior it was just something the characters were fighting.) I kept reading because I wanted to see what happened, and I was pleased to see that throughout the rest of the book it started making more sense as to why that part was necessary. It seems as though something sinister is at work, and these four characters were brought together by God (whether or not they believe in Him or not) to help fight whatever that may be and save people from the effects of each supernatural force. Overall, while it was strange and a bit out of my element, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and recommend it if you’re into supernatural suspense. I am looking forward to reading the next installment to see what happens next (coming August 2017 – preorder here).
**I received this book free from the publisher (Bethany House) for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This prayer journal was different than other coloring prayer journals I’ve seen. This particular journal has sample prayers you can read through to prompt you in your prayer life. There are pages to color or draw your own picture, along with prompts to help you deepen your walk with God.
I thought this was such a unique type of journal. I love coloring journals, and I feel like when I use one, I can meditate more on what I just read. This journal took that into account, and I feel like it gives you more prompts to think about what you’re learning, and it encourages you to take it slow. (Also an important factor, because you can’t rush it!) I will say, if you’re looking for a book that is a devotional, this would not be what you’re looking for. This is definitely a prayer journal with sample prayers, but not many devotionals.
**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This Bible has 10-point font so it’s easier to read, also, it’s cover is imitation leather, and it is simply beautiful. It has colorful maps, a presentation page, 2 ribbon markers, gilded pages, and the words of Jesus in red. This particular Bible is the KJV version, and I wouldn’t say it’s a study Bible, as it only has the text and headings. There are no extra notes or commentaries that you would expect from a study Bible. However, there are two reading plans at the end, one is a one-year reading plan to guide you as you read through the Bible, and the other is a 30-days with Jesus reading plan.
When I opened this Bible, I’ll admit I was scared, because when I think large print, I think huge Bible with massive writing. This Bible is larger print, but not startlingly larger, which was comforting, also it’s thinline, so it’s compact and doesn’t seem any bigger than any of my other Bibles. The imitation leather is soft, and seems like it would hold up well. Overall, it was very well put together, and I would recommend it for someone who needs the larger print, but would like a more compact Bible.
**I received this Bible free from the Booklook Bloggers program, in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Casey Cox is on the run for being falsely accused of murdering her friend. Dylan Roberts, the Private Investigator who was hired to find her is still following her, but he believes her story. Casey is trying to find more evidence to prove her innocence and convict the real murderers, but she’s still not sure she can fully trust Roberts. While collecting her evidence, she comes across yet another tragedy, an abused little girl and a falsely accused man struggling to keep it together. Will she risk her life to help these people? Or will she be found trying to help them and die in prison?
I love this series. This is book two in the If I Run Series, and it is as gripping as the first one. The storyline will suck you in from the very beginning and you won’t be able to put it down. The characters are well developed, and you’ll empathize with them. I was rooting for Casey and Dylan through the whole book. I can’t wait to see how this all ends in the last book of the series! Full of suspense, twists and turns, Blackstock will keep you on your toes guessing. If you love suspense, get this series, and get started now, you’re not going to want to miss this!
Side note: this is not a stand alone book, you’re going to want to read this series in order.
**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review through the BookLookBloggers.com blogging program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Everything was right in Alanna’s world, until her husband, Liam, is killed by a car bomb while they’re on tour in Charleston with their Celtic band. Just when she thought it couldn’t get worse, her father-in-law threatens to take her child from her. When her manager offers her a marriage so that she can become a U.S. citizen and be free from her father-in-law’s reach, she jumps at the idea. However, after she moved into the family’s run-down mansion and had several life-threatening accidents, she’s beginning to wonder if someone is purposely trying to harm her. Will she be able to figure out who is behind it all and save herself and the life of her unborn child?
Fast-paced and full of suspense, this is a book that you will not put down. I was so enthralled in this book. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. It’s a story of love that is stronger than death. It’s beautifully written, and several times I felt like I was right there with Alanna trying to figure out what was going on and what to do next. It kept me guessing most of the way through. If you love suspense, you will love this book. I highly recommend it!
**I received this book free from the publisher through the Fiction Guild program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Lexi Wynn finds herself in trouble after her and her mother were hostages in a bank robbery. Now someone is after her and she doesn’t know why. When she first meets Drew, it’s because he ran into her truck in the drive-through, but after he saves her from a would-be kidnapper, she suddenly finds herself attracted to this man. After an attempt on her mother’s life, she decides to use her computer skills to try to help the police. Can she put her feelings for Drew aside to fully focus on finding the robbers and figure out if this has anything to do with her past? Or will she find herself in more trouble?
I was sucked into this story from the very beginning. The chapters are pretty short and concise, so it makes it very hard to stop reading. I could not put it down. I’d tell myself one more chapter and an hour later, I’m still reading. Very suspenseful, which is something I love in a good book. Also, I very much appreciated, how when the characters were scared or in danger, they looked to God whether saying a quick prayer, or encouraging one another to trust God. The characters were well developed with their own little quirks or secrets. Overall, an amazing read, and I highly recommend it! Since this is Book 1 in the Murders in Madison series, I’m looking forward to reading more in this series to see what happens next!
**I received this book free through the Celebrate Lit Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Book
Book: Murder for the Time Being
Author: Joanie Bruce
Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance
Release Date: November 29, 2016
“You’ll pay for this. I’ll get you both.”
Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn’t know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he’s driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now?
Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationship.
Can Lexi and Drew forget the tragedies of the past and embrace the feelings between them or will ghostly memories snub out the promise of a future together?
About the Author
Joanie has a strong passion for reading, and her love for books with nail-biting suspense, inspires her to write contemporary suspense books. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write from her home in the country, she strives to use that opportunity to honor Him in all of her writing. Joanie and her husband, Ben, live in a country home near Madison, Georgia, right in the middle of a pasture full of beef cows. There they raised and homeschooled their three children. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks, painting oil portraits, and caring for their home in the country.
Guest Post from Joanie Bruce
Have you ever been devastated by a certain event in your life, and later it turned out to the best thing that ever happened to you? That’s what happened to Lexi Wyn in this book, “Murder for the Time Being.” Something unthinkable happened to her family, but in the end, it changes Lexi’s life forever and introduces her to the love of her life.
In this story, both Lexi and Drew have things in their past that discourage them from seeking a lasting relationship. However, God has a plan for them both, and through His Divine engineering, they are thrown together in circumstances that nurture a growing appreciation and affection for each other.
This book was fun to write because I anchored the story in my sweet little town of Madison, Georgia. I wasn’t raised in Madison, but I’ve called it home for much longer than any other place I’ve ever lived. While growing up in the big city of Memphis, Tennessee, I had definite plans for my future. All I ever wanted was to “marry a country boy and live in the country.” The Lord heard the desires of my heart and gave me what I wanted … a country boy, born and raised here in Morgan County on a dairy farm.
After we married, I adopted Madison as my home, and I love it so much that I wanted to feature some of the fun spots in Madison as the backdrops for the scenes in my books. I hope when you read through the pages of my book, you will get an idea of what a sweet little town Madison is and enjoy reading about Lexi and Drew and how they let God guide them in discovering that murder CAN be “for the Time Being.”