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When Godly People Do Ungodly Things by Beth Moore

This book was written early in Beth's writing ministry. It was published back in April 2002. Loved the fact that I was now reading it in April 2015. I have admired Beth for years and her penned words have grown me in so many ways. It's wonderful to know that she is helping to shape me into who God has created me to be. 
In the introduction Beth shares that she was moved by the Spirit to write this book and it came together very quickly. I love the fact that Beth just doesn't thrown down words or use her thoughts. She relies on the Spirit to move her and to guide her pen as her passion for Jesus is revealed. 
When we think of seduction we automatically think of sex. There is so much more to seduction. Satan is king of seduction. What are we to do? Learn how to protect ourselves, build boundaries, and be aware of all Satan is capable of doing. 
As Christians we often think Satan can't touch us. That's not true. In one of my favorite chapters in this book, Beth bring…

Double Blind by Brandilyn Collins

This novel ROCKED!! Okay, Brandilyn Collins always gives the reader storytelling at it's very best. She grabs the imagination and pulls the reader into another dimension. I always LOVE her novels, especially her series, but his novel really had me pondering the thought of what would I be doing if I were the main character, Lisa Newberry. 
Lisa Newberry is a woman in her late twenties. Life has become unimaginable. Tragedy has struck over and over again in her life. She's lost, at the end of her rope. She wants to just give up. Trying to make it through another day seems to be too much for her. 
Here's the gist of the story, without giving any details away. She's depressed. Who wouldn't be after going through all she has been through! A new trial has come along and Lisa has been accepted to try this chip in her brain. It's a Double Blind placebo, hence the title. But hang with me. There's so much more to the title!
So, Lisa goes into all this blind. She has …

Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins

Brandilyn Collins is the queen of suspense! She takes the reader on a roller coaster ride. It's fast, enjoyable, and you wanna get in line to ride again and again! 
This was a quick read for me. Once I started turning pages I was hooked! That's why she's known for her Seatbelt Suspense reads! 
She allows the reader to ride along on the journey. A front row seat to all that's up ahead. She has the gift of allowing the reader to embark on a mystery and one that isn't solved so easily. That's why the reader wants to continue turning pages through the night until the last page has been turned. 
I love how Brandilyn Collins brings stories to light that aren't far from the imagination. She allows the reader to ponder, what if..
Who knew taking a different route home could bring such trouble? That's where the story begins. With Hannah and her mother taking a road that isn't so familiar. Driving up on accident, the FBI at the door, and secrets that will unf…

On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman

Allison Pittman took me on a journey through the Dust Bowl, introducing me to characters that were vividly real. She goes below the surface of face and brings us directly to the heart of each character. We not only meet them, but are able to live with them through the storytelling that brings emotion to the forefront. On Sifting Sand takes us back in history to a time many today have not been introduced. 
This novel did take off a bit slow for me, but as I continued to read it made perfect sense. At the pace that this story flows allows us to connect with the characters and their emotions. This is a beautifully written novel. 
I love how the author brings to light the time of the Dust Bowl and the lives of this family who are not only facing the destruction of the weathering on land, but in the heart. When we do not build upon the Rock, shifting sand can take us to a place of dry and weary land. Just as the weather brings in storms, they can only prepare for what they see coming. In …

Calling on All Who Are Willing

Two friends take a hike through the woods on a Saturday afternoon. They are both loaded with filled backpacks. They brought everything needed for the hike. The sun is above them and the exploration ahead of them. But the unexpected happens. A storm erupts. The winds howl. The rains pour. The sun no longer shines above them. They find a small cavern in hopes it will bring them safety. 
This storm isn't going anywhere. As the lightening crashes and the thunder shakes they are thankful neither is alone. They have each other. These friends sit side by side, ready to protect one another. Each has brought along different items the days journey. One is carrying the drinks and the other the food. One has a flashlight and the other the first-aid kit. They put thought into what they would need for the day. But neither expecting the storm. 
Nightfall comes and the storm increases in strength. The path they took to the cavern has now collapsed as it was rushed with flashing water. Even if the…

30 Pieces of Guilt

We always point our finger at Judas with ease don't we? He's the one who kissed our Savior with dishonor. He's the one who deceived and betrayed our Savior. What a coward, right? I mean, did he even know the meaning of love and valor? What did brotherhood mean to him? Was it that easy to trade his Savior for thirty pieces of silver, the cost of a slave? We would never do such a thing, right? 
"While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, suddenly arrived. A large mob, with swords and clubs, was with him from the chief priests and elders of the people. His betrayer had given them a sign: "The One I kiss, He's the One; arrest Him!" So, he went right up to Jesus and said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed Him. "Friend," Jesus asked him, "why have you come?" Matthew 26:47-50
Judas is the bad guy we judge with anger. How could at one moment he break bread with the Son of man and the next turn him over with a kiss? A kiss wa…

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

I love this Missouri girl, Irene Hannon! She ROCKS with a pen in hand. I was so excited when I knew she was coming out with a new series, The Men of Valor. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to read and review all of Irene's books, her series and those that stand alone. I have LOVED each and every one! She's that girl that I get excited about when I hear of a new novel coming out. I know I'll never be disappointed. 
She's the writer I seem to connect with on so many levels. She's a Missouri girl who places her characters smack dab in all the places I'm familiar with and love. She writes with such passion that the reader is able to connect with their senses. She gives the reader all they need to really know the characters mind, heart, and soul. Characters that are easy to love. The reader wants to see where they've been and what's in their future. But something Irene has that's such a gift is that she's able to share just enough and…

The Legacy by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

The Legacy is a part of the Restoration Series by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley. This is the last book in this series and gives a great look into the future legacy for this family that draws you close and invites you in to journey with them. You can take a peek at my reviews for all the books in this series, The Dance, The Promise, and The Desire
It's a comparison to the writing style and stories included in the Karen Kingsbury Baxter Family Redemption series. Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley come together and allow us to a part of this family. To see the beauty and the ugly. The trials and the grace. This family is real and one we can all relate to in one way or another. 
The writing flows easily as the reader falls in the love with the people in these pages. Why? Because they could be us. These two writers have now penned another gem to this collection. It could be read as a stand alone and you would enjoy it immensely, but to read it as it is written, in a series, will give you the b…

A Ladybug Love Kinda of Weekend

You gotta love ladybugs, right? What's not to love? They're super cute all painted red with black dots. Cuties that tickle. I have a granddaughter that has caught her Nan's love for these little gems that make a heart smile. 
If you were to walk into our home right now you would find an abundance of them in the corners of the house, crawling on the curtains and finding their way to the nearest warm spot of sunshine. 
My granddaughter noticed these little crawlers last year and was terrified of them. If Nan held held a tiny crawler she was just fine. But don't dare place one on her. Screams would fill the air. She grew a bit more brave. On Thanksgiving I could put one on her dress and she would let it crawl about, but it wasn't allowed to go very far. Now she is in LOVE with them. No more fear for Peyton. 
She recently came out for a weekend stay over and was busy rescuing these little ladybugs. I can tell you that her Papa and I were exhausted from reaching to the …

Holman NKJV Study Bible Personal Size Edition Espresso/Teal LeatherTouch by B&H Publishing Group

This just may be the cutest study Bible that has ever arrived at my door! I know there are many who care nothing about what the outside of their Bible looks like. That's just great. A big genuine black leather Bible is cool too!! But I enjoy my Bible expressing who I am. There are so many colors and styles to choose from now. Having a Bible that expresses us is a great way to catch the eye of someone and a tool for us to share the Word with them! It's pretty awesome when someone says, "Hey, what kind of Bible is that? I've never seen one like that before".
It's so awesome to be able to go to B&H Publishing Group and see the many different translations, styles, sizes, print, and colors in from which to choose. In just the personal size there are sixteen different styles and colors to choose from, so go, take a peek and choose one that fits your style and need.
Okay, so like I shared, this is the personal size. The content is exactly the same as in the regu…