Friday, May 29, 2015

Untangled by Carey Scott

Anytime someone shares their story they should be applauded. When we share our story it gives others courage to share their own. It allows others to know they aren't alone. This is what Carey does. She is transparent as she openly shares her story of being lost in insecurity. There are all kinds of chains that keep us held captive and being insecure is one of them. 

First I would like to share what I did enjoy about this book. Carey opens up and shares what has been bottled up inside of her for years. Through Carey we witness that coming clean from the untangled mess opens the door to freedom. Before we can be honest with others we must be honest with our self. That isn't always easy. Sometimes it's easier to just remain in what's comfortable no matter how much it hurts because it's what we know and change is something that takes courage and determination. 

She has opened up a platform for women to realize being honest is not only okay, but key in finding our true self and becoming the woman of God He has created us to be. We don't have to give Satan room in our life. He can only take from us what we are willing to hand over. We can stand against the enemy by snuggling in close to our Savior. 

Carey shares how women can become tangled in expectations, in children, our husband, friendships, social media, and the snare of success. If there was one chapter that stood out to me it would be the chapter on social media. Too often we can seek to find applause and acceptance from others on social media. 

Carey too shares scripture and asks questions giving the reader an opportunity to ponder her words. What I love is that her prayers are untangling prayers. She's easy to relate too. She's not only the woman next door, but she is me on different occasions. We have all faced the turmoil that Carey has battled. But the beauty of it is that we see her growth in all she shares.

I too love the words her husband shares in the Epilogue. We are witness to a great and mighty love between husband and wife. 

I love walking away from a book being encouraged and inspired. Life lessons for me to carry in my walk with Jesus. This book didn't so much give me that. I applaud Carey for being so transparent and allowing the reader into her intimate space. If we are not careful we can come across as we are complaining and much of this book seemed at times was more about complaining than giving the reader the tools they need to march onward out of being tangled into a freedom of security. Which I understand. This is where Carey found herself in her journey. 

It's kind of like being in a circle of girlfriends who are all feeling the same as you and you find yourselves wrapped up in discussing more so what's wrong instead of sharing truths to help aid in the issues that bind us so. You find comfort in coming together to share all, but at some point someone has to step inside the circle and say, "Girls, let's stop our complaining and figure out what we can do to not feel this way".

You may pick up this book and find yourself. You may choose this book and come away a changed girl from reading it. It may be just what you need. As I said it is always beautiful when one shares their heart. So, please know, this is only my opinion of the book. 

I do applaud Carey for being brave and giving other women courage to be truthful with themselves.

This book was a gift from Revell for sharing my review with you. 

Carey Scott is an author, speaker, and certified Bible life coach who challenges women to be real--not perfect--even when real is messy. She speaks to women's groups and writes an online devotional designed to help women be who God created them to be. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their two children.

The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer

Something for every woman lies within these pages. Let me begin by sharing that this book would make for a great wedding gift, a graduation gift, and even a gift for your high school daughter just getting ready to date. It's great for the woman who has been married for twenty years. A book that a Sunday school class could read together or a small group of friends on a weeknight get together. What a perfect way to come together and grow as women, mothers, wives, sisters, and friends. 

My copy is the leather touch. It too comes in paperback. The choice is all your's of which you prefer. And to keep in mind, there is a Resolution for Men too!! A great way for a husband and wife to spend time together. Coffee cups, the Bible and the Resolution. And all the things I said about being great for women, the same rings true for men. An awesome gift for the young man in your life that you love and truly want to see grow into the man of God he was created to be. 

A Resolution (n)
a. the act of resolving or determining upon action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.
b. the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose.

Priscilla begins by sharing with us that around the coming new year we all tend to make resolutions, but we never stick with them for long. We make goals and promises that make a cameo appearance in our lives for a time, but then are forgotten. 

"Right now-weather you realize it or not-you're choosing to treat people a certain way, to stay committed to certain activities, to live a certain life, to be a certain kind of person, to not be a certain kind of person. Either way, you've made a decision. A spoken (or unspoken) declaration. A defining banner hangs over your life, written in the ink of your own choices. Others can read it, even if you can't. You're already a woman of resolutions.They're making you who you are. they're determining the life you'll end up living, the tomorrow you'll end up shaping. We need to make sure the banner that flies over our lives and announces to the world who we genuinely are is one that says what we want it to say, one that changes things in us and around us for the better. That's what this book is all about."

I am so excited that Priscilla was chosen to write this book. I have loved every book penned by this amazing woman of God. If you could see the shape my books are in you would see all the highlighting and bending of pages as I have read and reread her powerful words of hope and security. She is truly inspiring and encouraging. Her words stem from Biblical truths. She never sways from the Word of God. She is a woman who can relate to what women around our world are feeling and choosing. What I love and admire about her is her act of transparency. She shares from her own life experiences, most of all what she has learned and how the Word has set her on course to becoming the woman God created her to be. 

This book contains three parts:
Part I: This is who I am.
Part II. This is what I have.
Part III. This is what matters to me.

I just want to share with you the chapters ahead:
Surprisingly Satisfied
Purposefully Feminine
Authentically Me
Faithfully His
My Best
My Blessing
My Forgiveness
My Integrity
My Heart
Fulfilling My Husband
Loving My Children
Living with Grace
Leaving A Godly Legacy

Within each of these chapters you will find the resolutions!
A resolution to be content
A resolution to champion biblical femininity
A resolution to value myself and celebrate others
A resolution to be devoted to Christ and defined by His Word
A resolution to devote myself completely to God's priorities for my life
A resolution to esteem others with my time, concern, and full attention
A resolution to release others from the prison of my hurt and anger
A resolution to live with the highest standards of virtue and purity
A resolution to care
A resolution to be the kind of woman who truly blesses her man
A resolution to train my kids in righteousness
A resolution to make my home a welcome place to be
A resolution to live today with tomorrow in mind

One reason I love this book is that as women we grow tired. We can become tired of it all. Priscilla gets that and she shares on subjects that we struggle and gives biblical love and grace to help us get out of our rut and take on a new look on life, one that begins in the heart and will flow outward to all we touch!

This book is one of those books that gives us such encouragement to take a chance on change, to except we aren't perfect by any means, but when we are willing to bring about intentional change, and put God first, blessings flow not only for our lives here on this earth, but we make a powerful legacy for the kingdom of God. 

"The more you grow, the more His power is able to flow through you, satisfying your heart and transforming your world."

I love that Priscilla encourages us to speak the Word and to pen our heart on paper. In this book you will find thirteen resolutions. They are powerful and life changing. We don't have to do it alone. All things are possible through Christ! After each chapter she gives us room to ponder and pray. This is one of those books to take your time with and truly think about the words before you. Words that lead you to the Word of God. Get ready because your life is about to change in ways you never expected!!

This book was a gift from B&H Publishing Group for sharing my review with you. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Words by Ginny Yttrup

This is my first read from Ginny L. Yttrup. As a writer there are many who I admire. Ginny is now one of those people I would be honored in which to share an afternoon coffee. This is one of the most powerfully beautiful novels to ever grace my reading experience. This is one of those novels that leaves behind a legacy as hearts are changed forever and new beginnings arise. 

The writing of this novel is writing at it's best. I love when a writer takes from their own life experiences and pens a story to not only touch the hearts of others, but to bring the ability to change lives. As I opened this novel and began turning pages I was caught off guard. I know the cover attacked me and the title, "Words", stirred me, but this novel is so much more than what I expected. This novel goes deep into the wounds of body and soul. 

We fall in love with a child we have never met, but only want to pull her into our arms and love her forever. Many know her from their own past of abuse. This novel brings the reader to an intimate place into a transparency of a life that is hard for us to imagine even exists. For this little one it is real and Ginny brings her to life on these pages of black and white. We are invited into a world of a little girl that will touch your heart and bring you to a place of wanting to protect and bring change. We will be moved as we witness how God brings healing and transformation. 

This novel is filled with such beauty. Characters that one dreams of becoming. We see the heart transform from ash to beauty. I wiped my cheeks clean of tears as I walked this journey with Kaylee Wren and Sierra Dawn. Although they are the main characters the other characters that are woven in this novel are tender yet powerful in their lives. 

This is a story of grace. Redemption after the rain. Hope when all seems gone forever. We see God move in a mighty way with His perfect timing. Oh, the connection between these characters in enchanting as we see the power of God flow through them and bring a life they never knew existed. 

I cannot wait to read more from this writer. This novel was published back in 2011. I love finding new writers who pen such accomplished and powerful words for readers like me to grow and blossom as we travel with them on their journey to sharing what they love most. 

This novel was a gift from B&H Publishing Group for sharing my review with you. 

Ginny L. Yttrup is an accomplished freelance writer, ,speaker, and life coach who also ministers to women wounded by sexual trauma. She has two grown sons and lives in California. GinnyYttrup.com 

Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant

If you would like a relaxing and cozy read for an afternoon under the shade tree this would be a great selection. It is after reading an excerpt from "All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes", that I realize it is in this selection that these characters first make an appearance. 

It was the cover that caught my attention. It's romantic with a sweet sensation. This was a quick read for me. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions with one another. Betsy brings us a novel on the subject of divorce and loss. This is something near to her heart as the reader can understand in her dedication. This is what I love. Betsy writes what she knows and she brings hope, redemption, and grace alive through the characters she has created from a passionate heart. 

Although Betsy writes about the trials of these characters this isn't a deep novel. It's one of hope and one that made me smile. We see God's perfect timing. When these characters thought that all was a loss God showed that there was more and this is where we see these characters take flight on a journey that makes the heart feel light and free of sadness over the past because they know without a doubt that God is a part of their future. 

In many ways Betsy's writing style is whimsy and fresh all the while dealing with heartache. This can come only from knowing that through life's trials come beauty. This is what I see Betsy portraying and sharing with her readers. 

The title is a perfect fit for this novel! I too love pondering the thought of how God brings us sweetness one piece at a time. I loved the relationship between the sisters. I love the surprise of old love becoming new. There's much about this novel that was sweet and tender. I now want to go back and read, "All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes"!

This novel was a gift from Zondervan for sharing my review with you. 

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she's not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Believing God by Beth Moore

This is how Beth describes this book in her introduction: "Faith is the way believers jump on board with god and participate in countless wonderful things He has a mind to do. Faith happens when believers believe. This book is about developing an action verb faith that invites the exhilaration of holy participation. It's about getting out there where we can feel the wind of God's Spirit blowing in our faces. It's about learning that we don't have to put down the Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) to raise up the Shield of Faith."

This book was first published in 2004 and now Beth has brought it to us again. Her books are timeless and so valuable to the believer who wants to walk closer to their Savior. I have yet to pick up a Beth Moore book and not walk away with a more in-depth knowledge of the Word and have a more intimate journey with Jesus. As I learn more about Him, I learn more about myself, the woman He created me to become. Beth is a woman of God who has helped me grow in my daily journey with Him.

I love the cover and the idea of a hedge around me, all believers, as we sit and study and ponder His Word!!

Beth brings us seventeen chapters of belief. "The Primary reason God's Word can have such an effect on a believer's daily life is its vital association with the Holy Spirit."

The theme throughout this book is:
  • God is who He says He is.
  • God can do what He says He can do.
  • I am who God says I am.
  • I can do all things through Christ.
  • God's Word is alive and active in me.


From beginning to end this book is powerful. Here are a few of my favorites from this book:

"We know we're coming full circle with God when we stand at a very similar crossroad where we made such a mess of life before, but this time we take a different road!"

"God and Satan are both vying for authority over our mouths. Nothing is a greater threat to the enemy than a believer with the Word of God living and active upon her tongue, readily applied to any situation."

"No sin, no matter how momentarily pleasurable, comforting, or habitual, is worth missing what God has for us."

"We seek to be led by the Holy Spirit and discern when to implement certain practices. God alone must be the initiator in matters of faith (Heb. 12:2). We walk in faith where He invites us based on a working knowledge of His Word and a balanced prayer life."

"God's Word is our Sword of the Spirit, but we have to learn how to use it if we want to be a powerful force for the kingdom and against the darkness."

"A big difference exists between trying to manipulate God to give us what we want and cooperating with God so He can give us what He wants. The latter is our goal."

"Our part is to believe God. His part is to be God and do what is ultimately and eternally best. When we get to participate in a miracle, let's avoid ever letting another marvel at us or admire us. If we take credit when we receive what we ask, not only will we offend God and mislead people, we will place ourselves in the position to take credit when we don't get what we ask."

This is another outstanding book penned by Beth. She uses scripture all throughout this magnificent book, never turning from the Truth or adding to it. This is what I love about Beth. I know you too will love this book!

I have to share Beth's ending words as this journey closes. "Picture your vital place in God's lineage of faith. God is not keeping your score, but He is writing your testimony, just as He is writing mine. When He pens the final dot on our earthly time lines, His lasting testimony of each of our lives will be what we did...by faith. If I don't see you here, I'll meet you there. Until then, no more business as usual. From here to eternity, we're present-active-participle believing God. Stay a verb. Live out loud. And wake a few nouns." I just LOVE these words!!

This book was a gift from B&H Publishing Group for sharing my review with you. 

Beth Moore is a writer and teacher of best-selling books and Bible studies whose public speaking engagements carry her all over the United States. A dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters, Moore lives in Houston, Texas, where she is president and founder of Living Proof Ministries. 

The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

If you have yet to read a book penned by Katie Ganshert you are missing out on a wondrous journey into the heart. Katie has a gift to pen real characters and poignant issues that most keep at a distance. Her words flow from a passionate heart that is transparent in black and white. I have admired Katie since reading her first novel, "Wildflowers from Winter", and then her second, "Wishing on Willows", and onto her third release, "A Broken Kind of Beautiful". Just the titles encompass so very much. 

I walk away from each novel with a new appreciation for grace, mercy, and redemption. She entwines faith into every story. She gives the reader an opportunity to see their own reflection in her stories. Once again Katie brings a novel that is rich with characters. We see what the world around them doesn't. Their heart. We journey with them through their brokenness into a beauty they had not known could exist. Unexpected blessings reach these characters at a time when all hope almost seems lost. A place most of us have found ourselves a time or two. 

Here is the scripture theme for this novel: "The land of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"  Ezekiel 37:1-3 

We see these characters walk through a dry wilderness to find before them beauty from ash. I absolutely loved this story-line. It was riveting and valuable to the heart. 

Sisters of an alcoholic mother. One leaves home. The other remains. As one tries to forget, the other has no choice but to live in the shadow of a mother's choice over her own daughter, the drink. A grandmother whose present is fading into confusion leaves behind a legacy for these two sisters to not only find, but to bring them together as never before. A husband and wife trying to unravel from the heartache of not filling a child's room with pink or blue. 

The world doesn't see beyond the pulled curtains. They aren't witnessing the depth of pain this couple is trying to balance as life alters their present once again. This story flips between the sisters, Gracie and Carmen. I love how Katie has once again brought her writing to so brilliantly together. Something that strikes me throughout this novel is just how much of our lives, and the lives of these characters that no one notices. Is it because the evidence of pain is hidden so well, or is it that we are just too wrapped up in self? 

This is a tender and loving story that you are going to enjoy and ponder over long after the last page has closed. If you haven't read any other reads from Katie I encourage you to gather them up for a summer journey of reading.

This novel was a gift from WaterBrook Multnomah for sharing my review with you. 

Katie Ganshert   Christy Award finalist, Katie Ganshert is the author of Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows. She lives in Iowa with her handsome husband, their dinosaur-loving son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she’s not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption, which she and her husband hope to complete sometime before they are fifty.

To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

I was blessed to review the first novel in the Belle Meade Plantation Series, "To Whisper Her Name". (Check out my review of this historical masterpiece).  

This second novel, "To Win Her Favor", is just as beautifully penned. Tamara Alexander is one of my absolute favorites in historical romance. She moves the pen with passion and gives the reader so much to walk away with after closing the last page. 

This is one of those reads in which you wish to take your time. It's a journey back in time and to a place that seems like home to the heart for the weary traveler. 

First, let me share that the romance swept me off my feet. Classy and so romantic. She allows the reader to fall in love with the love between these characters. 

A young Irishman in Tennessee set out to begin anew and a young woman tender at heart looking for a second chance come together in this masterpiece woven over time that takes the reader into the heart of man. 

As each chapter came to pass I drew more closely to these characters. Slavery, words that cut deep, the color of a man's skin, the accent his possess, and the painful ache of not being good enough in stature. These are very real to the characters within these pages. 

But there in the midst of it all is a God who is never absent, always at work, and forever present in every circumstance. We see hearts grow from tragedy and trial. We see family come together and learn that family isn't necessarily bloodline. 

I loved each and every aspect of this story that has the power to be award winning. Tamera Alexander never lets me down. I know when I am blessed to place a novel by her brilliant gift of pen in my hands that I am going on a journey of past time and will walk away with a heart filled with more passion and grace than when I began. 

This book was a gift from Zondervan for sharing my review with you. 

Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including A Lasting Impression and The Inheritance. Her richly-drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide. Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. Tamera and her husband recently returned to her Southern roots and now make their home in Nashville. Visit her website at www.tameraalexander.com Facebook:tamera.alexander Twitter: @tameraalexander

Friday, May 15, 2015

Daily Chronological Bible in NKJV Edition by B&H Publishing Group

B&H Publishing Group has provided us with some outstanding Bibles. If you are searching for a Bible you are to surely find the perfect Bible for you. I have been reading through the Daily Chronological Bible in the NKJV version. 

This is a really cool Bible. I was excited to receive it. I had always heard people speak about how they loved a chronological Bible. Well, now I understand why. 

This Bible is divided into three parts or acts. 
  • God's Plan For All People.
  • God's Covenant People.
  • God's New Covenant People
These three acts are divided into scenes, seventeen in all.
  • The first act is divided into three scenes.
  • The second act is divided into nine scenes.
  • The third act is divided into five scenes


For instance when you open the Bible to Act 1 you find three scenes. 
  • Creation.
  • The Fall.
  • The Flood
Act 2 begins with:
  •  Scene 1: The People: God Calls a Covenant People
  • Scene 2: Deliverance
  • Scene 3:The Sinai Covenant and Law
  • Scene 4: The Land: God's Place for His People.
  • Scene 5: Kings and Prophets


In each act we are given the Setting, Main Characters, and the Plot Summary. This Bible follows a 52 week reading program with 6 readings a week. There are color maps that are a great tool and an Index of Scripture Passages

I enjoy this Bible for many reasons. The first is that as I wake with coffee I can grab this Bible and begin with today's reading. If I were to begin at the beginning in Genesis I would find Act 1, Scene 1 Creation: The God of All of Life. Week 1/Day 1 readings begin with Genesis 1-2. Day 2 travels to John 1:1-3, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (vs.1-2). Now it moves to Psalm 8, Psalm 104, and on day 3 we pick back up with Genesis 3-5. 

On week 44/Day 1 we are on Act 3 Scene 3: Christ's Deliverance of His People. These are the readings for this day.
  1. Matthew 26:6-13
  2. Mark 14:3-9
  3. John 11:55-12:11
  4. Matthew 21:1-22
  5. Mark 11:1-26
  6. Luke 19:28-48
  7. John 12:12-36
  8. John 2:13-25
and now we are at Day 2.

See, in Week 41/Day 4 we begin with Matthew 5-7, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (vs.5:3). We then read Luke's account in 6:20-49. And we pick back up at Matthew chapter 8 in the next day's reading. 

It is my hope that I am not making this confusing, because it is so simple. This is why I love this Bible. You know how you pick up your Bible and read the account of Christ's birth in Matthew and then wonder what it says in the other Books? This Bible brings all of those scriptures together in one day's reading. It gives the reader a greater understanding and brings the Bible together in a way that makes it clear. 

Now when we reach Act 3 we have God's New Covenant People. It begins with Scene 1:
  • Christ's Coming.
  • Christ's Deliverance of His People.
  • Christ's Church.
  • Christ's Second Coming and Reign.
I find this Bible to be very helpful in placing everything in order. Scripture that matches scripture that gives me a precise understanding. This is a great Bible to read from alone or in coordination with a Study Bible. I believe in having every tool I can access to help me grow in my walk with the Lord. 

I have the hardcover version. It too comes in a paperback selection. Please head over to the site and check out this Bible. I think it's one you will really enjoy reading from on a daily basis. The readings are not long. You could easily enjoy your reading with coffee and even a friend. Then you have the entire day to ponder the reading. That's the whole idea, right? To ponder the Word! 

I'd love to hear your thoughts if you decide to purchase this Bible! Enjoy:) 


This Bible was a gift from B&H Publishing Group for sharing my review with you. 

No Place To Hide by Lynette Eason

I am a huge Lynette Eason fan! I've loved every novel she has written and I get super excited when she has a new release. This has been a great series. Here in the Hidden Identity Series she brings us the third installment, No Place To Hide

I invite you to check out my reviews for No One To Trust and Nowhere To Turn. You will want to read these in order. Yes, it's possible to read them as stand alone's, but reading them as a series will give you a more enjoyable read. 

Lynette pens novels that capture the reader's imagination. She introduces us to characters that we care about and provides us with vivid detail to the surroundings. She gives enough information that's needed, but still allows room for the mind to ponder. I love that! They are characters we can relate to on a certain level. Many of us have wondered, where we would turn or if there was one we could truly trust. And here we see that these characters feel like there's no place to hide from what's chasing them. As Lynette so brilliantly weaves this story we see that there is always a place to hide in the One who loves us mightily. 

I'm seeing that with this series trust is a main theme. Okay, can you imagine being on the run and not really understanding why? One of the main characters, Jackie Sellers, finds that a childhood friend is in need. She's in the position to help him, but is he being honest? Is he telling her everything she needs to know? In other words, can she trust him? She jumps in and gives aid only to find herself now in danger. 

Let's flip it now to the next main character, Ian Lockwood, is on the run. He's being accused of a crime, and trying to find his way out. Out of no where comes Jackie. The girl he has loved forever. She's willing to help, but can he trust her to help and not turn him over to the police? He takes a chance and together they find themselves in circumstances neither could have imagined. 

Here we have a novel about friendship and just what will one do for their friend. Jackie is ready and willing to help her friend no matter the cost. That's a great friend to have along side when trouble comes. Both of these characters have secrets. They have been out of touch for many years and much has happened to each of them. It's as though their friendship just picked up where they had left it years ago. 

We see many different ways in which love is given and trust is received. I love how Lynette entwines each novel with faith at the center. In this case the main character has walked away from God. She knows God. Has a relationship with Him, but things are complicated. She's a bit angry at Him. But through the twists and turns of this novel we see her reach for a new kind of relationship with Him. One that's built on trust. A no matter what kind of faith. 

This novel was a gift from Revell for sharing my review with you. 

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as No One to Trust and Nowhere to Turn. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College, and she lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

Kristy Cambron is a writer that brings  present day together with late 1930 into 1940s history. Let me begin with this. 15,000 children were to believed to enter into Terezin. Fewer than 100 ultimately made it out. When I read those words it floored me. I knew very little about Terezin before reading this novel. As I was beginning to read I watched a PBS program about Terezin and it opened my eyes to a time and place we should never forget. 

This is the second book that Kristy Cambron brings us of her series: A Hidden Masterpiece Novel. The first novel, The Butterfly and The Violin was the most beautiful novel I have read in years. {check out my review}. It was one that I wanted to keep turning pages, but also one that I couldn't read without taking my time and absorb every morsel. This novel continues in that same beauty. If you are a lover of World War II history Cambron is your girl. What a gift she has in bringing past and present together in the telling of two stories and combining them so brilliantly into one. Her passion is penned within each page. 

This novel continues the story of present day with Sera and William. Now newly married we learn more of their story as Kristy so masterfully takes us back in time to meet Ka`ja Makovsky and other unforgettable characters. This novel comes to life as Kristy adds magnificent detail, describing not only the era, but the heart of each character. You are able to feel the emotion and your heart is left wide open to embrace every scene. I hoped and dreamed with these characters.

Once again the cover detail is beautiful and inviting. This is a novel you will love and embrace with tears. As I read this beautiful novel it gave me time to look within my heart at the graceful workings of our Master who is forever with us and leading us to the life He designed for us. These characters are memorable and will make an impact on the reader. We see faith grow and faith new blossom as those who live in their faith show the love of a mighty Savior. This is a truly unforgettable novel and one that you will share with lovers of great reads. This will be a classic for years to come. Before you read this novel I would suggest that you first read, The Butterfly and The Violin. It will give you a greater connection with the characters as we journey with them again. 

This novel was a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you. 

Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with World War II since hearing her grandfather's stories. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and has fifteen years industry experience as a corporate learning facilitator and communications consultant. Kristy writes World War II and Regency fiction and placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests. Her debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, was nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards' "Best Inspirational Novel" of 2014. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons. www.kristycambron.com 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Holy Conviction

As a Jesus girl I always want to magnify His name. I want to live in such a way that my life points directly to Him, but that isn't always so. Daily as I strive to seek Him I make a mess of things. You too? 

I'm never going to be perfect in myself. I'm a sinner in need of grace. Just like you I want to be the girl He is creating me to be. But that battle with the flesh is real as real can be. Whoever says that Christians are not attacked by Satan has gotten it wrong. In fact, I find the closer I grow to Jesus the more attacks come. 

The closer I grow to Him, the more I am able to see these attacks for what they are. Of course, Satan cannot touch my soul. I am sealed as an heir of the King! My soul is untouchable. My life therefore is not. Satan and his minions are out there wanting to destroy every possible opportunity and want to bring me down to a point where I no longer see Jesus in my life, but all I see is the unworthy girl who is no good. 

Recently I prayed that the Lord make me aware of any places, any strongholds, in my daily walk that needed removed. A few days went past and I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me and say, "Daughter, for only I am holy." There I was stunned before His words. "Lord, I know that You alone are holy." But He wouldn't give up. There was something He wanted me to see. Later that day I got it! Don't you love when you ask God to show you something huge and He makes Himself known? 

I was watching television and as I seen something that caught my eye I said, "Holy Moses!!" And there it was. I felt my soul move and I knew right there what He was saying to me. My heart was convicted. I had been using the word {holy} very loosely. Some of phrases included, "Holy cow!", "Holy crap on a cracker", and "Holy mackerel!!" I would see, hear, taste, smell, whatever that captured my senses and out would come phrases. I never thought much about it. That is until the Holy Spirit convicted me. 

He alone is holy. My Jesus is holy. There is nothing on this earth holy as is my Jesus. And in my words I was making other things holy in comparison without regard for His holiness. I can tell you that this broke my heart. I was before my Jesus, broken and asking Him to forgive me and to make me aware every single time these phrases escape my mouth. 

That is exactly what He has done! To others this may not be a big deal. You may be thinking, Rob, they are just words. But friends, I asked Him to reveal in me what needed removed or changed. To Him this is a deal. In my life this is a big deal. I have caught myself saying these phrases and immediately ask Jesus to forgive me and I too thank Him for making me aware. Just yesterday I was talking with my husband and started to speak the words, "Holy Moses", but before the words were out the Spirit caught my heart and guarded me. I smiled to my husband and said, "Whoops, I'm trying hard not to say those phrases", and I rephrased my words. 

What I want is to be obedient to my Jesus. I don't always follow in the steps He has provided. Oh, I falter so many times. My mouth gets ahead of me and before I have thought my words through there they go out of my mouth. My temper can erupt. I know you are there with me, friends. I'm not alone in my daily attempt to be the girl Jesus is calling me to be. Right now at this very moment I may be a bit closer and with those words I share a humble heart before you, knowing that in the next moment I can slip just as easily. See, I can't strive to be perfect. I could, but what a let down that would be.  What I can do is strive to be obedient to my Jesus. In that, the blessings will flow.

"I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6


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