A Broken Kind of Beautiful – Book Review

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Having read Katie Ganshert’s earlier books, I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review her latest book, A Broken Kind of Beautiful.

The main character, Ivy Clark had the life many only dream about, she was an international fashion model. What more could one ask for? There was a hollowness in her life that she couldn’t seem to fill. Unexpectantly, she is plucked from the limelight of New York to return to Greenbrier, South Carolina. Ivy’s step-mom, Marilyn, requests her as the model for her line of wedding dresses. Ivy knows at her age, 24 – ancient for a fashion model, she has to take this job. Ivy hopes it will open doors for her.

Many events transpire during Ivy’s time in South Carolina and doors are opening as others begin to close. Ivy must determine not only her path, but also how to deal with the growing void in her life.

Katie Ganshert did an excellent job with this book. Not only did the characters come alive, but it spoke truth into my own life. I would definitely suggest picking up A Broken Kind of Beautiful. To give you a taste for the book, here is chapter one.

A Table by the Window – Book Review

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Having never read anything by Hillary Manton Lodge, I was not certain what to expect. However, I was delighted how she took two of my loves and wove them together – reading and cooking. Hillary places wonderful recipes at the end of many of the chapters. It incorporated the reader with the story in a tangible way. I absolutely loved it and I look forward to trying my hand at several of the scrumptious recipes.

The main character, Juliette, is from a large family with the love of food coursing through their veins, starting with her grandmother who was trained as a pastry chef in France. With her passing, Juliette has been willed her beautiful prep table. Inside she finds a treasure, her grandmother’s cookbook which contained her favorite recipes. As Juliette is closely examining the book she discovers a photo hidden behind the dust jacket. She is curious as to who this gentleman is or was and why her grandmother would have kept it a secret all these years.

Besides delving into her family’s past, Juliette must deal with her present and look to the future. Will her future be in the restaurant business with her brother, Nico? Will she ever be able to get over the past and find true love?

I will not spoil the ending for you because I highly recommend you putting A Table by the Window on your summer reading list. Here is a taste of this wonderful book.

 

**Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

Gathering Shadows – Book Review

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With the recent shake-up at the television station, KDSM, Wynter Evans is trying her best to find a story that will not only secure her job, but also land her in the coveted anchor position. However, in going through possible story leads she sees a picture that could change her life. Looking past the black felt Mennonite hat the boy in one of the pictures looks exactly like her brother Ryan who disappeared nine years ago.

After convincing her boss, Ed, that she should do a piece on small unknown towns in Missouri Wynter heads to Sanctuary with her photographer, Zac. Will searching into this town looking for her lost brother bring closure or more questions! Is it best to leave the past alone? By continuing to investigate is Wynter putting her own life in jeopardy?

Wow, Nancy Mehl has produced yet another winning combination of twists and turns in her latest novel, Gathering Shadows. It is the first book in her Finding Sanctuary series. I would highly recommend this book. I will warn you that once you start reading Gathering Shadows it will be difficult to set down.

Seasons of Tomorrow – Book Review

cover seasons I am sharing another wonderful book with you today. I seem to be drawn to Amish fiction lately. Although they have a common thread each is vastly different. Cindy Woodsmall’s series, “Amish Vines and Orchards” centers around the Kings’ Orchard and Rhoda’s canning, both of which interest me. Therefore, I was anxious to read the latest book in the series, Seasons of Tomorrow. This book returns the reader to Orchard Bend, Maine and the delightful characters in the new Amish settlement. However, all is not smooth sailing as Jacob must learn to deal with Samuel and Rhoda’s relationship and Leah’s involvement with Englischer Landon causes problems for the settlement. It could lead to disciplinary actions or even breaking up the core group. As they are all working through this situation, tragedy strikes. Will this shatter what they have all worked so hard to establish? Will all of these trials make them stronger or draw them together or scatter them to the wind? Seasons of Tomorrow is a book I would recommend. The characters are so real and engaging. The reader is drawn into their community and is anxious to see how everything will turn out.

The Last Bride – Book Review & Giveaway

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Having read the previous books in the Hickory Hollow Series by Beverly Lewis, I was anxious to return to this quaint community in her latest release, The Last Bride.

Like the women in Hickory Hollow, Tessie Miller was anxious to be married and start a family. Her four sisters had already walked down the isle. Tessie had her heart set on the love of her life, Marcus King, but her father makes it clear that they are not to be together. Continue reading

The Mended Heart and a Giveaway

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I love to share great books with you. Today, I have the privilege to refer you to Suzanne Eller’s latest book The Mended Heart. In her incredible writing style, Suzanne captivates the reader from the very beginning of this book.

I would daresay that we have all experienced some kind of hurt or brokenness in our lives. This is a reality we cannot escape. Many have tried countless times and failed to “fix” the hurt. If you are masking the hurt and brokenness in your life then The Mended Heart is the book you have been searching for.

Suzanne gives great examples throughout the book as to how to address our brokenness. She reminds each of us that “The power of the cross is not found in what you do, but in what has already been done for you.”

I also love that Suzanne doesn’t just address this book from her opinion but has scripture verses that can help the reader’s pain and brokenness.

Suzanne shines the light on God’s truth that Jesus came to set us free and heal our brokenness. This is not something we were meant to do on our own. The Mended Heart gives you the courage you need to take that first step to healing – trusting God.

I highly recommend you take a look at the first chapter of this book and then order it today. Words can’t begin to express how deeply Suzanne’s words touched me. She is willingly sharing the message God has given her. Don’t live in hurt and brokenness anymore; trust God and let Him mend your heart.

 

As a special bonus, Revell has generously offered to give a free copy of Suzanne Eller’s The Mended Heart to one of my readers. So, please share this on facebook and twitter as well as commenting below to say why you would like to have a copy of this book.

Crash the Chatterbox – Book Review & Winner Announced

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Since Steven Furtick’s book, Greater, turned my world upside down I was anxious to read and review his latest book, Crash the Chatterbox.

So many of us today deal with insecurities, fears and discouragement. These all work to keep us so discouraged and defeated that we are no longer effective for Christ and what He has called us to do. Steven brings light to these struggles and shows what they really are – lies from the enemy. The chatter in our heads that becomes so loud that we can no longer hear God’s voice.

The great thing about this book is that Steven doesn’t just present the problem. No, he walks you through how to “crash” the voices. He presents the biblical truths and shows how to apply them to your own life. He also has included some discussion questions in the back of the book that you can use for your own personal study or with a group.

I would highly recommend this book. This is something we all deal with from time to time and we must learn how to Crash the Chatterbox in order to hear God’s voice.

 

 

**I would like to personally thank each and every one of you that participating in the March blog series over our identity in Christ. And now to announce the winner of the signed copy of Get REAL: Stop Hiding Behind the Mask…..LeQuita Jones.

Please email me, jamywhitaker@yahoo.com, your mailing address as well as whom you would like the book signed to. Thanks again for participating in this blog series. I love hearing from you, so if there is a series you would like to see me address on the blog please let me know.

The Calling – Book Review

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There is just something about Suzanne Woods Fisher’s writing that draws me in. I took the opportunity to read her latest book, The Calling through Netgalley. This is the second book in The Inn at Eagle Hill series.

Suzanne takes the reader back to the quaint community of Stoney Ridge. There are several familiar characters as well as some new faces. This book centers primarily around the character of Bethany Schrock. She is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after Jake Hertzler shattered her heart when he left. She is working for five elderly Amish sister to try and go through their things and straighten their home to keep her hands and mind busy. These sisters are full of secrets and Bethany finds herself helping them in numerous ways throughout the summer. She also uncovers more about her mother who left when Bethany was very young. Will discovering these secrets bring her hurt or healing?

As usual, Suzanne takes the reader on a wild ride with lots of unexpected surprises. I would definitely recommend this wonderful book to pick up and read on a cold, snowy day.

The Mended Heart – Book Review

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I had the privilege of reading an excerpt of The Mended Heart by Suzanne Eller this weekend before its release on February 4th and I just had to tell you about it.

I would daresay that we have all experienced some kind of hurt or brokenness in our lives. This is a reality we cannot escape. Many have tried countless times and failed to “fix” the hurt. If you are masking the hurt and brokenness in your life then The Mended Heart is the book you have been searching for.

Suzanne shines the light on God’s truth that Jesus came to set us free and heal our brokenness. This is not something we were meant to do on our own. The Mended Heart gives you the courage you need to take that first step to healing – trusting God.

I highly recommend you take a look at the first chapter of this book and then preorder it today. Words can’t begin to express how deeply Suzanne’s words touched me. She is willingly sharing the message God has given her. Don’t live in hurt and brokenness anymore; trust God and let Him mend your heart.

Knowing God by Name – Book Review

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One of my favorite things to study are the names of God. Therefore, when the opportunity presented itself for me to review, Knowing God by Name, I didn’t even hesitate.

You and I go throughout our lives with different names, but are still the same person. These names are simply highlighting various characteristics. For example, I go by Jamy, Mrs. Whitaker, sweetheart, and momma – they all refer to me, but are emphasizing different aspects of my life. God is the same way. There are so many different names given throughout the Bible to highlight God’s attributes. Knowing God by Name looks at 40 different names, broken down into an eight-week study.

I love that each week of the study has a different name or attribute of God emphasized for five days. Each of those days includes a scripture, devotion and closing prayer. The week is wrapped up with Day 6, which includes questions to give you the opportunity to dig a little deeper into the names for that particular week. I love how it is not just a study of the names of God, but also shows how to applies to our lives.

Besides having this fabulous book as a resource, there is also a website with great videos to go along with each week of the study. Therefore, you could work through this study on your own or with a group.

I would highly recommend this book for your next personal or women’s Bible study, but don’t just take my word for it, read the first chapter. It gives such great insight into the attributes and characteristics into the God we serve. In order to have a relationship with someone you need to get to know him or her better and Knowing God by Name is a great place to start.

Disclaimer: “I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.”