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Jesus the One and Only by Beth Moore

When I was asked if I wanted to join the blog tour for Beth Moore's new study I jumped at the chance to peek through the pages penned from her heart. That's exactly what they are too. Beth is one of my favorites. She is a woman of God and she is on a mission to be used greatly of God. With combination she is unstoppable.

I have enjoyed reading many of Beth's studies, but I must be honest and tell you, this is my by far my favorite yet. I knew to expect great writing, but what I didn't expect was to be so moved by the Lord in such a powerful way. "Jesus the One and Only" takes us through the Book of Luke. We begin with Zechariah and Elizabeth and move all the way through the life of Christ.

Friends, this was a journey that started with intrigue and only got more exciting along the way. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I grabbed a highlighter and created a bright pink outline of the high points for me. I soon realized the entire book was going to b…

Love At Any Cost by Julie Lessman

If you have not read a book penned by Julie Lessman as of yet, you are missing out my friend. Julie is one of the best. I was hooked when I was first blessed to read her, "Winds of Change Series". Oh, she weaves a story that begs for your heart. Once it's captured, she isn't letting go any time soon. Again she is bringing us a new series. "The Heart of San Francisco Series". I have just finished book one, "Love at Any Cost", and I must say, she has done it again!
What are you willing to do for love and at what cost? The characters Cassidy McClare and Jamie McKenna are finding that passion trumps assumption. The lesson? Never assume who one truly is until you are able to genuinely know them. As one character has been hurt and moving on, another is searching for love with the great accessory of wealth. Yes, these characters are placing conditions on love. These characters meet and a story of change, faith, family and love begins.
This was a fun r…

Limitless (Devotions for a Ridiculously Good Life) by Nick Vujicic

Have you ever heard of Nick Vujicic? You know the question, "If you could invite five people to dinner who would it be"? Well, Nick would be one of my picks. This is a young man we can all learn a great deal from. He can totally teach us how to live! I loved this devotional! It was so refreshing to read his story. He is an inspiration and a great encouragement to all. Nick was born without legs and arms. Can you imagine? I cannot even grasp this, but Nick not only was born this way, he grasped a hold of the Lord and is living his life for Jesus! Amen! That is something to shout about.

Nick could live an angry and bitter life, but he chooses to live in the moment. Once you read his story you understand that he isn't disabled at all. In fact, he is probably more able than most. He has shared his story in, "Life Without Limits", and Unstoppable". It was a blessing to be privileged to review his third book, "Limitless", which is a devotional. This …

Finding Peace, Purpose, and His Plan, In Our Deepest Struggles

"And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Wow, do you hear Paul as he speaks about his life? These verses were penned by Paul. Things were not easy going for him. Paul didn't walk the road of luxury. He didn't have everything at his feet. Simply put, life was hard. It was a challenge. No where does Paul say what his thorn was that he struggled with. N…

So, You Wanna Change Me?

Are we loving as we should? Really loving?

"Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."" Romans 13:8-10

"Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who p…

Go Beyond The Fence Row

Love covers all.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16-17

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35

"In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." 1 John 4:9-11

"Is someone says, "I love God", and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how ca…

You've Got More Than Mail!

We love getting mail. Little notes from friends. Cards that just say, hello. Postcards with a beautiful view from a place far away. We love hearing from those we love. I can tell you with great excitement I love getting packages in the mail. Books! It's like Christmas every time I receive a new one. When I receive a card from a far away friend my heart lights up with joy. You know those cards. Some make us giggle. Some bring a tear. But just knowing someone was thinking of you makes the day seem much lighter. It's encouragement in tough times. It's inspiration when the heart is aching. It's love simple as that.

When I was little I had a few pen pals. Today I cannot remember who they were or where they lived, but I do remember the joy in receiving a letter. It made me feel important. My parents received mail daily, but when I went to check the mail, wow, if there was a card for me, I ran back to the house and before I got to the door my letter was ripped open and read…

Take A Chance On Me by Susan May Warren

I have been blessed to review some outstanding books lately. Friends, this is a selection to add to your shelf. This is a beautiful story that brings forgiveness, redemption and grace straight to the heart of the reader. This is a new series from Susan May Warren about the Christiansen family. This is a family that may resemble yours. They too could be your neighbor.
This is a family well respected and grounded in faith. Tragedy occurs and shakes the very foundation of what they are made of. In a split second life changes forever. An accident. Some give grace while others harden their hearts. Hatred runs deep in some. They are a small, tight nit community and everyone seems to know something about this terrible accident. The towns people find themselves on one side or the other.
I was hooked the moment I opened this book and found myself reading a letter from a mother to her son. I wept as I read these penned words of such deep love from a mother to her son. As we read on we know t…

The Dance by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

This is the first book of The Restoration Series written by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley. I love how these two gifted writers have come together to pen a story that touches the heart and has the power to change the heart. Redemption comes to the heart that is humble. Restoration comes to those who believe. Redemption and restoration grow a deep faith in the characters of this beautifully written story.
First I must share the cover says so very much. We see a woman with her arms crossed. She wants to dance so badly. She wants to love deeply, but she's afraid of more hurt and disappointment. She has tried for years to reach her husband, but he is unable to hear her cry for more. This is Marilyn.
Marilyn and Jim have been married for twenty-seven years. Something is missing. Something so very important. They appear to have it all. They have three grown children. One married with family. One planning a wedding and one still at home. The empty nest is about ready to hit and hit hard. T…

At The End Of The Day What Really Matters?

Two women. Two similar worlds.  These women could be neighbors. Same color of house. Two car garage. Dog in the yard. They even have those cute little stick figures on their car window. But there is something very different about these women.
One woman has four children. She has built her life around them. She has never been away from her children overnight. She has made her children her world. Their every need comes first. She wakes early to begin making breakfast and preparing lunches. She does everything for her children. Her entire day is about her children. Evening comes and she is preparing dinner. She realizes she has yet to shower. Where did the time go?
Her husband has been home for hours and she has yet to even hug him hello. She could greet him, but who has time? He could greet her with flowers and a kiss, but why? He doesn't have to do that anymore, right? He is use to her being busy and he too goes about his own business. He decides to watch tv for a while. He has lea…

A Recipe That Brought An Unexpected Blessing

My husband recently celebrated his birthday. I wanted to do something special for him. Give him a birthday he would always remember. I decided I was going to make him a homemade birthday cake. Now, some of you may be spectacular in the kitchen. I can be totally honest with you and say the kitchen is not my gifted area. LOL I think my family can attest to that fact too.
Well, let me make this a little more clear. The area of baking is not my greatest asset. Oh, I try. I try with all my heart, but it just never works out quite like I have it envisioned in my mind. In my mind I am seeing perfection, but that is not what ends up on the cake plate.

A few years back I tried to make homemade bread. Oh friends, I followed the recipe. I made sure I read over the instructions and as I finished each one I would check it off. This was a beautiful bread. It was twisted and golden shiny. I opened the oven and my heart was soaring. It was breathtaking! I thought I had really done it. That is unti…