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Whispers of Hope (10 weeks of Devotional Prayer) by Beth Moore

Let me start with sharing that this devotional is so inviting. The cover is absolutely beautiful. It has the feel of a book you just never tire of holding in your hands. A ten week prayer guide. Seventy devotionals that bring us to prayer. 
Everyone knows that I just love devotionals. I too love Beth Moore. So, I was tickled giddy when I knew I was about to receive another of her books. I just finished reading, "Jesus the One and Only", which is spectacularly beautiful in every way possible. When this new devotional, "Whispers of Hope", came I was drawn in by the cover. Once I opened the pages it was obvious this devotional was unlike any that I have previously read. 
Each devotional begins with a scripture and a scripture reading for deeper study. Beth shares her devotional and in closing are six powerful tools for growing in prayer. Praise, Repentance, Acknowledgement, Intercession, Supplication for Self, and Equipping.  It is in this section that we are brought…

No Mummy Clothes Here

What do you picture when you think of a believer in Christ? I picture myself as a girl running with joy. Life beating with a joy unexplained. A girl covered in grace and walking in forgiveness. I see myself clothed in God's mercy. Slow to judge and quick to forgive. Love overflowing. Opportunities seen and jumping in full of faith. I see a girl who is giving and inviting. One who speaks softly with words that have been passed onto my lips from heaven. A cheerleader for God. A girl on fire for the Lord. One who wants to share Him in everything. I picture a tender heart. Compassion flowing endlessly. Effervescently living for the Lord in each and every moment. 
Yes, this is the girl I long to be. But this is the girl I fall short of being. I try. There are days I soar, but, oh mercy, too many of my days are spent just clothed as a mummy. Walking dead. Looking straight ahead with no vision of glory or greatness. Just going through the motions.  
See, I want to live with an unclouded…

Surrendered Wounds

I picked up a hurt again. Mercy, it was heavy. I could hardly lift it. It's a hurt that has been plaguing me for over a year now. I didn't want to pick it up again, but there it was standing for battle once again. 
You know those hurts. You let them go only to pick them back up again and again. No matter how many times I lay it down, there it is again like a bully who won't walk away. 
So, I stand and fight it. I call it names. I blame it. I stand and remember each and every offense as if it were just today that it happened. 
As I reached for it once again something different happened. I no longer wanted to fight. I seen it for what it is. A hurt. I heard the words, seventy times seven. It wasn't a loud shout. It was more of a tender whisper. 
"Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" "I tell you, not as many as seven," Jesus said to him, "but seventy…

"The Wedding Wish" by Loree Lough

If we were to meet in the Christian aisle of a book store and you were searching for a great read I would pick a Loree Lough book off the shelf and say, "If you choose a book penned by Loree you will never go wrong and always close the last page blessed". I love it when a book captures your soul. You know what I mean. As you open the book your meeting someone new. By the last chapter you feel as though you have made a life long friend. Loree's novels do more than simply tell a story. They invite you to be a part of the story that unfolds before your eyes. The characters are real. You feel their emotion, whether they are on cloud nine or in the pit of despair. A Loree Lough book is a journey and it's one that I enjoyed immensely. I LOVED everything about this story. It was a short, but powerful read. 
The Wedding Wish is a book that brings us to meet Leah Jordan. As you check out the back cover of the book you see that Leah has stage four cancer. She is about to enter …

Chicken Soup for the Soul Devotional Stories for Wives by Susan M. Heim and Karen C. Talcott

Can we really ever have enough Chicken Soup for the Soul books? I don't think so. There are so many to choose from and they are always coming out with new books. There is literally a book for everyone! The latest gem for me to review is, "Chicken Soup for the Soul Devotional Stories for Wives". 
Chapter one opens with these words, "Honoring Our Commitment", and adds this verse, "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh." Genesis 2:24 Yes, this devotional is for wives. I don't know about you, but I can always use encouragement and wisdom that helps to strengthen my marriage. These stories are rich with grace and overflowing with inspiration. There are 101 Daily Devotions to Comfort, Encourage, and Inspire You.
You will find stories that focus around ten subjects. Honoring Our Commitment, The Power of Prayer, Learning to Communicate, Embracing Our Differences, Recapturing the Magic, Facing O…

"Heart Failure" by RichardL. Mabry, M.D.

First I must share that I have loved every book I have been blessed to read by Richard Mabry. He is an outstanding writer. So, when I received, "Heart Failure", for review I was super excited. 
As the story begins we are introduced to Dr. Carrie Markham and her fiance Adam Davidson. They had just enjoyed a great evening together and now they are getting shot at! Bullets are flying and now questions are being asked. Just who is on the other side of the gun? The questions are only beginning. The book escalates and we begin to know more about the characters. 
This was an unputdownable for me. I can't tell you that I loved this book, but what I did enjoy was the main character. Carrie was someone I could relate to. Richard Mabry did a great job at making her character come alive in these pages. She is confused as she is thrown some information that floors her. She isn't sure if she should follow what her head is telling her to do or to listen to her heart. She has griev…

Soap and A Prayer

Over the weekend my husband and I were out and about for the day. We traveled upon a man who was selling handmade soaps. This is something we love and once at his station we began looking at all the different soaps he had made. We purchased a few. As we were walking away my husband says to me, "Hon, did you see his necklace?" Of course I didn't. I wasn't paying much attention to his attire. I was amazed at the soaps that sat before me. I share that I didn't see it. 
Now, my husband is the man who notices everything. He is super observant and is trying to teach me to be aware of my surroundings. Yes, I am that girl that goes about in a lolly gag sort of way. Oh, I pay attention, but it's more bracelets, shoes, and purses that catch my eye. Which is makes his request for me to be more aware of the people around me spot on. 
So, we travel back around to his shop and it's then I see his necklace. It was the star of Satan. My husband is sure this man is a Sat…

A Joyful Break ( Dreams of Plain Daughters Series, Book One) by Diane Craver

If you enjoy Amish Fiction you will love spending an afternoon reading Diane Craver's newest gem, A Joyful Break. This is the first in her new series, Dreams of Plain Daughters. If your searching for a sweet Amish story to take you away for an afternoon this is for you. 
First of all I love the cover. You see the main character walking along the beach in her English clothing and an Amish young man in a carriage. Two separate lives intertwine for Rachel. The death of her mother has rocked her to the core. She has begun to question her life. She doesn't want to end up like her mother. Rachel believes that it could have been the Amish way of life that brought her mother to an early death. 
Rachel is engaged to to Samuel Weaver. A sweet and kind young man. He is certain of the life he wants. He has it planned out before him. It is a life that includes Rachel, but she is questioning everything in her life. 
She accepts an invite to spend some time at the beach with her aunt. Her au…

Compass (The Study Bible For Maintaining Your Life) Published by Thomas Nelson

Are you searching for a new study Bible? This one may intrigue you. The Compass Study Bible is in The Voice translation. It is published by Thomas Nelson and will release on Amazon Feb. 4, 2014. 
This is an interesting Bible. It is written in screenplay form. For instance in Genesis 3 where we see the conversation between Eve and the Serpent this Bible gives you the Serpent's words and then Eve's words. In Matthew 20 we have the parable of the vineyard workers. We have the words of Jesus. The words of the landowner. The words of the first workers. Words spoken by the wife of Zebedee, Zebedee's brothers, and the two blind men.  Being written in this form I see it as being an easy read for new readers of the Bible. 
In the preface of this Bible it explains the uniqueness of this translation. This Bible includes a great road map to God's promises. Jesus is your..Savior, Lord, Love, Peace, Forgiveness, Righteousness, Deliverer, Fellowship, Example, etc.. This road map inclu…

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

This is the 20th Anniversary edition of Redeeming Love. I read this novel over fifteen years ago. To date it is my all time favorite novel. I chose it for review and I can tell you it was even more powerful the second time around. This novel is life changing. Francine Rivers is my hero. She brings us a story that if life changing. One that is not only enjoyable, but one that touches the heart and brings change. If I had to describe this novel in one word it would be, grace. 
Francine Rivers brings the Book of Hosea to us through the lives of Micheal and Angel during the time of 1850. Their story is one of love redeemed. Grace is penned on each page. The story flows the love of the Father. Of all the books I've been blessed to read this is by far the one that has impacted my life the most. If you have read it years ago as I did, I encourage you to pick it up again. If your a first time reader of Francine Rivers you are going to enjoy this like no other work of fiction. This is one…

The Fish Fry Miracle

What happens when you only have two fish and five loaves of bread? You bring them to Jesus. Jesus makes it bigger! In Matthew 14:13-21 we see the story of the feeding of the 5,000. This blows my mind. I always cook too much food. We always have left overs, but you know what happens? Much of it goes to waste. But we are talking about food for 5,000 people.  This was not a problem for Jesus. Our Jesus always has enough and nothing goes to waste when He's the One serving. 
But lets start at the beginning.  Jesus had just heard the news that John the Baptist had been beheaded. He was seeking to be alone. This news was heartbreaking for Him. Jesus knows the importance of being alone with the Father. He withdrew and boarded the boat for a remote place, but when He gets there crowds have already formed. The people were waiting for Jesus. I love the fact that the people were waiting. Shouldn't we always be waiting for the Lord? He steps ashore and sees the huge crowd. Although He des…

A Season of Healing

Reaching for her favorite sweater she curls up in her favorite chair. A chill is in the autumn air. But one that makes her feel alive like never before. She feels the warmth of her sweater as she wraps it tighter and grabs for her mug of coffee. From the window she sees the brilliance of the golden fields. The copper in the foliage is like a spark of energy. Oh, how she loved this time of year. Golden fields peeked with yellows and reds. A cornucopia landscape always captured her heart. A breeze that holds a chill that makes you breathe in a little deeper. Pumpkin spice and mulled cider candles filled her home. Windows open just enough to make the curtains dance. Handmade quilts decorating the sofa. An inviting home. A warm embrace of love as you entered the door. As she looks out the window she can see the leaves dance from the trees as if they are being tickled right off the branches. As they fall it's as though they do so tenderly with grace. 
Why hasn't her life shown suc…

Where Would You Be? At His Feet Or In The Kitchen?

Company is coming. There could be many at the table. No one knows the number. All they know is that Jesus is coming. They will arrive any minute. There is so much to do. 
Is it really so hard for us to imagine this day? 
"While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord's feet and was listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, "Lord, don't You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand." The Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:38-42
For me I see a humble home. Designed to be comfortable and inviting. A home that is open to all and filled with love. I can just envision a home where something good is always b…