About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Happenstance Farms by S. McMichael: Review, Guest Post, & Giveaway with iRead Book Tours


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Book Details:

Book Title: Happenstance Farms: A New Home by S. McMichael
Category:  Children's Fictions (ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Ek-9 Solutions & Services, LLC
Release date:   January 2022
Content Rating:  G -Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

​Change can be difficult, especially for Savanna. When she gets a new trainer at a new barn, she can't help thinking about how much she'll miss Colts & Company. More than that...she's a little scared. What will happen when Savanna swallows her fear and takes a chance on Happenstance Farms?

A fun, relatable story about a girl and her pony, your child will love keeping up with the adventures at Happenstance Farms. With charming characters, lots of laughs, and social-emotional learning, this book is the perfect addition to any home or classroom library.

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Savanna is a horse lover, but her days of riding her pony and training with Mrs. Kylin are over. Now she has to get used to a new trainer and a new home for Coffee, and she's feeling afraid and uncertain. Will there be anyone else her age? Will she feel out of place at Happenstance Farms? Will she be able to keep up with the other riders?

This is a charming story with a likable little girl, her special pony, and an adorable dog who's eager to become her new friend. Author S. McMichael shares easy-to-read text and the vivid illustrations by Justo Borrero make the story jump off the page! Happenstance Farms: A New Home is a perfect book for young horse lovers, and it's also a great way to show that change isn't always bad. I'll gladly share it with my eight-year-old granddaughter, and I'll be looking for more stories about Happenstance Farms.

I received a copy of this book from the author via iRead Book Tours. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Guest Post from Susie McMichael

Tell readers how they can help support you as a writer.


Happenstance Farms: A New Home is my first book in a series. Savanna has many adventures with Eli, Sophia, Ellen and a host of other characters at the barn. I want to enlist the support of readers and ask that once they read the book, they provide feedback on Amazon and Goodreads.


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Description automatically generated with low confidenceI would also like to hear about the experiences that other children have encountered. The situations that Savanna and her friends go through will relate to a lot of people, but they may not have the same exact experiences. Readers may have completely different experiences at school, or an activity that they want to share.  So, I look forward to hearing about experiences from our readers.


I would like to hear some of the topics that children would like to read about at Happenstance Farm.  I have already received suggestions from the local equestrian community, so I look forward to broader feedback.  


The ultimate support from readers would be to buy the Happenstance Farms books. Specifically, provide your son, daughter, family member or friend an opportunity to go on an adventure with Savanna and her friends at Happenstance Farms.  Thanks to everyone for their support and remember to keep reading!

Meet the Author:

McMichael serves as the Senior Manager and Information Technology Business Partner for Training Solutions and Global Training Systems & Services in Boeing Global Services. She is a disabled veteran with more than 16 years of domestic and international experience in air traffic management and operations.  

McMichael holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a master’s certificate in project management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Southern Illinois University.  She is a recipient of The
Boeing Company CTO Technical Excellence Award, Women of Color in Technology
“Rising Star” award, U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Training Achievement Award, and the International William A. Parenteau Memorial Award from the Air Traffic Control Association.  McMichael serves on the Advisory Board of SSM St. Charles Health Center, and the Missouri Hunter Jumper Organization board.
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Jan 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 11 - Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 11 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 12 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 - Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
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Jan 13 - A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – @jayme_reads – book review
Jan 18 – Sandra's Book Club – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 - @twilight_reader – book review
Jan 20 – Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Jan 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 24 - Books for Books - book review
Jan 25 – Kam's Place – book review
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Jan 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 27 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 27 - The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 28 – Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 31 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable by William H. Marty

Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable

Jesus knew the power of stories to touch people's hearts, so he used parables to teach his followers about the kingdom of God. If you want to know God better, the keys are in the parables.

This book provides short studies on every parable in the Bible. You'll learn what God wants us to know from the prodigal son, the good Samaritan, the lost sheep, the talents, the sower, and many more.

Each study includes a summary of the parable, the Scripture reference where it can be found, information on the historical and cultural setting, and key points. At the end of each study are questions that open the door to discussion, reflection, or further investigation and help you get to the heart of the parable.

A wonderful tool for small groups or to add variety to your personal devotions. Let these studies draw you nearer to God as they enhance your understanding of his Word.


I've always been fascinated by the parables that Jesus shared in his teachings, but I admit that some of them are hard for me to understand. This new book by Dr. William H. Marty is just what I need, and it's one that I'll use time and time again! Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable has all of the New Testament parables, plus two from the Old Testament, and Dr. Marty explains them in a way that all of us can comprehend. This book is divided into two sections, The Nature of the Kingdom and The Ethics of the Kingdom, and it's here that we can learn more about the thirty-five parables in the New Testament. Each chapter begins with the parable title, where it's found, and the author's takeaway about it. The discussion is invaluable because it shows how this parable applied to the culture of Jesus's time, instead of how it pertains to today's circumstances, and a set of questions and a suggested memory verse offer even greater insight.

Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable is definitely a book for all audiences, and I recommend it for both personal use or small group study. New Christians, seasoned Christians, worship leaders...this is a valuable resource for all of you!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Dr. William H. Marty has taught at Moody Bible Institute for 40 years. His main emphasis has been teaching an Old and New Testament survey to freshman at the Chicago campus, and the fruit of his focus on teaching the storyline of the Bible has been published in The Whole Bible Story. Dr. Marty has also written The World of Jesus and The Jesus Story and coauthored A Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible. Bill lives in Chicago with his wife, Linda, and they have two children and two grandchildren. Bill is an active triathlete and has competed at the national and international levels.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible by William Marty, Troy Schmidt (Abridged by), Heath McPherson (Illustrations)

The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible

In this young reader's edition of an ongoing seller, Dr. William Marty's retelling of the entire narrative of the Bible is an easy-to-read, chronological account formatted to appeal to a younger audience. Engaging illustrations throughout will enhance young readers' experience as the plot and characters of Scripture come to life in new and exciting ways. 

From Genesis . . .
"In the beginning, God created everything out of nothing."

What do all the Bible stories actually mean?
Will the Bible be too boring for me?
Why is the Bible so long?

Have you ever asked--or been too embarrassed to ask--any of these questions? This young reader's edition of The Whole Bible Story will help you understand what the stories in the Bible are actually all about and how every single one of them fits together to tell one big story about God and his love for people--including you!

Along with the story of the Bible in words you can easily understand, in every chapter you will find great bonus material like exciting illustrations, fun facts and trivia about the Bible stories, simple lists of important characters and places, and easy-to-follow ways to apply the themes to your own life.

After reading The Whole Bible Story, you will understand what's so exciting about the Bible and why God's Word matters to you!

. . . to Revelation
"God has all of history-- past, present, future-- in his hands."


This is a wonderful resource for the young people in your life! Troy Schmidt has edited Dr. William H. Marty's classic book, The Whole Bible Story, into an easy-to-read book that shares 'everything that happens in the Bible'. From Genesis to Revelation, from the Creation to the beginning of the New Testament Church in The Book of Acts....it's all here and it's perfect for young readers. There are nineteen chapters filled with Bible scripture and eye-catching black and white illustrations by Heath McPherson, and each chapter ends with special thoughts and tips to increase understanding.

This is an appealing and enjoyable way to introduce God's Word to your children or grandchildren, and I believe that The Whole Bible Story would also be a wonderful addition to your church library.

I received a copy from Bethany House Publishers. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Dr. William H. Marty
 has taught at Moody Bible Institute for 40 years. His main emphasis has been teaching an Old and New Testament survey to freshman at the Chicago campus, and the fruit of his focus on teaching the storyline of the Bible has been published in The Whole Bible Story. Dr. Marty has also written The World of Jesus and The Jesus Story and coauthored A Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible. Bill lives in Chicago with his wife, Linda, and they have two children and two grandchildren. Bill is an active triathlete and has competed at the national and international levels.

Troy Schmidt is a writer with credits in publishing, television and video
.  Some of the highlights of his career include: "The American Bible Challenge" - Producer; "Hermie & Friends" - Writer of this popular Max Lucado series; "GLO" - Host, writer of documentary "In His Shoes"; "The Mickey Mouse Club" - writer for three seasons

Troy is also a Campus Pastor at First Baptist Church of Windermere, FL where he has worked since 1997

He has written a number of books for children and inspirational books for adults.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Buried Cold Case Secrets by Sami A. Abrams

Buried Cold Case Secrets

Recovering her missing memories could be the key to solving a murder

Searching for her best friend’s remains could help forensic anthropologist Melanie Hutton regain her memories of when they were both kidnapped—unless the killer gets to Melanie first. For her safety, Melanie must rely on Detective Jason Cooper, who still blames her for his sister’s death. Can Jason set the past aside to solve the cold-case murder…and shield Melanie from the same fate?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.


What if you saw your best friend killed and you yourself brutally attacked, but you couldn't remember the details around that traumatic event? What if you were accused of leaving your friend to die, so that you could live? Melanie Hutton has lived with these questions for fifteen years, and now, she's returned to her hometown to find answers, and hopefully closure. What follows is an exciting adventure that threatens Melanie physically and emotionally!

I love mystery/suspense and I'm always eager to discover new authors, so reading this book was the perfect chance to do both. Buried Cold Case Secrets is the debut novel of Sami A. Abrams, and I now have a new author to follow! Abrams has crafted a gripping adventure with intriguing characters and a plot that is filled with unanswered questions, suppressed memories, and a dangerous race to find a killer before he/she strikes again.

Abrams kept me in suspense, she made me like her characters, and she gave me all of the feels--both chills and thrills! I especially appreciate that faith and forgiveness were woven into her plot. If you enjoy romantic Christian suspense, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of Buried Cold Case Secrets. I'm ready for another Abram's book, and I'm hoping that Keith, Jason's partner, will get his own story!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Sami Abrams grew up hating to read. It wasn’t until her 30’s that she found authors that captured her attention. Now, most evenings you can find her engrossed in a Romantic Suspense. In her opinion, a crime and a little romance is the recipe for a great story.

She lives in Northern California, but she will always be a Kansas girl at heart. She has a love of sports, family, and travel. However, a cabin at Lake Tahoe writing her next story is definitely at the top of her list.

Sami's debut novel, Buried Cold Case Secrets, releases December 28, 2021. Also, be on the lookout for her Elite Guardians Collection Book #2 that will release in 2022

If you love romantic suspense, go to Sami's website and sign up for her newsletter to get the inside scoop at samiaabrams.com

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Sunrise (Sky King Ranch, #1) by Susan May Warren

Sunrise (Sky King Ranch, #1)

Pilot Dodge Kingston has always been the heir to Sky King Ranch. But after a terrible family fight, he left to become a pararescue jumper. A decade later, he's headed home to the destiny that awaits him.

That's not all that's waiting for Dodge. His childhood best friend and former flame, Echo Yazzie, is a true Alaskan--a homesteader, dogsledder, and research guide for the DNR. Most of all, she's living a life Dodge knows could get her killed. One of these days she's going to get lost in the woods again, and his worst fear is that he won't be there to find her.

When one of Echo's fellow researchers goes missing, Echo sets out to find her, despite a blizzard, a rogue grizzly haunting the woods, and the biting cold. Plus, there's more than just the regular dangers of the Alaskan forests stalking her . . .

Will Dodge be able to find her in time? And if he does, is there still room for him in her heart?

Sunrise is the first explosive volume in a new nail-biting series from USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren.


This is a warning. This book will keep you up past your bedtime, and it will leave you in a state of anticipation! Author Susan May Warren has written a wonderful romantic adventure that's left me yearning for the next book in this new series. I've never been to Alaska, so I loved Warren's vivid descriptions of the rugged terrain, the bone-chilling cold, and her suggestion that this place of beauty can also be a place of danger. Echo Yazzie is a bobsledder who loves this dangerous country and she's one gutsy young woman, but I must say that Dodge Kingston is just as brave, because he's determined to protect Echo! And then there is the setting---Dodge's family ranch is named Sky King Ranch, and he comes from a family of bush pilots. Is there anyone else who remembers Sky King, a popular television series in the early 1960s? Sky King, who every week flew his own plane to fight the villains around his Arizona ranch!

Warren completely captures the mixed emotions that Echo and Dodge experience after seeing each other for the first time in ten years.  The memories of what they shared, grief over what they lost, and their wounded pride. Can they forget what they once had, work through the hurts, and at least achieve friendship?

Sunrise has great characters, thrilling romance, second chances, and the reminder that God is with us at all times. There is also an ending that I didn't see coming. It is captivating Christian fiction, and a fantastic introduction to the Sky King Ranch series!

I received an ARC of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves traveling and telling stories about life, adventure, and faith.

For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website or connect with Susan on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Never Leave Me (The Waters of Time, #2) by Jody Hedlund

Never Leave Me (The Waters of Time, #2)

In the last stages of a genetic disease, Ellen Creighton has decided to live out her remaining days at the estate of her longtime friend Harrison Burlington. Harrison cares deeply for Ellen, but as a wheelchair-bound paraplegic, he's never allowed himself to get serious in a relationship. However, he's desperately trying to save her by finding the holy water that is believed to heal any disease.

When he locates two flasks, Ellen refuses to drink one of them because she believes the holy water killed her sister and father. In an effort to convince her to take it, Harrison ingests the contents first, and when Ellen witnesses the effects, she can no longer deny the power of the substance in the bottles. Dangerous criminals are also seeking the holy water, and Ellen soon learns they will go to any lengths to get the powerful drug--including sending her back into the past to find it for them.

Bestselling and award-winning author Jody Hedlund plunges you into the swiftly flowing river of history in a race against the clock in this breathtaking, emotional second Waters of Time story.


Are you ready for a trip to the past? Author Jody Hedlund sweeps us along on another time-travel adventure that satisfies romance lovers and teases other readers with "What if?" Never Leave Me continues the saga of the search for the holy water, and it's the perfect follow-up for Come Back to Me, the first book in the Waters of Time series. Finding this holy water is the only cure for the genetic disease that Ellen Creighton suffers. She has accepted that she is going to die, but Harrison Burlington thinks otherwise, and he personifies true friendship as he cares for her physically and ministers to her emotionally. Harrison, who secretly loves her and can't imagine life without her! Harrison, who is paralyzed and destined to spend his life in a wheelchair, but willing to help Ellen any way that he can.

Never Leave Me has romance that will take your breath away, and a thrilling adventure that keeps you hanging on, as villains join the race to find the holy water. Readers are reunited with Ellen's sister Marian and her husband William, from book one, and I was very intrigued by Nicholas, who plays a big role in Ellen's visit to 1382! Can there be a third book in this series, and will Nicholas be the focus?

Hedlund has an amazing talent for suggesting intense romantic chemistry but never showing overly explicit details, and she also weaves thought-provoking faith messages into her plots. If you are looking for heartwarming romance and riveting adventure, you need to read Never Leave Me. You will not be disappointed!

This book was provided courtesy of the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 



Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats.

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.  

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Sunday, January 9, 2022

100 Prayers Every Christian Should Know: Build Your Faith with the Prayers That Shaped History by Baker Publishing Group

100 Prayers Every Christian Should Know: Build Your Faith with the Prayers That Shaped History

Ideal for readers whose prayer life has felt a little uninspired lately, 100 Prayers Every Christian Should Know offers a glimpse at some of history's most inspired words of prayer. The book will walk believers through the words of centuries' worth of the "great cloud of witnesses," whose offerings of praise and petitions still ring with importance even now. 

From the Back Cover
History's Great Words of Faith to Inspire Your Prayer Life Today

Has your prayer life felt a little uninspired recently?

For believers looking for a supplement to their quiet time,100 Prayers Every Christian Should Know offers a glimpse at some of history's most inspired words of prayer. The book will walk you through the words of centuries' worth of the "great cloud of witnesses," whose offerings of praise and petitions still ring with importance even now.

Unlocking a path to a deeper and more vibrant prayer life, 100 Prayers Every Christian Should Know reinforces trust in a timeless God whom believers have been humbled to pray to centuries ago, today, and into the future.


This is a collection of prayers that have come down through the centuries. Some were prayed by well-known people, and others were spoken by some I've never heard of, but all of them are meant to inspire and motivate. Many of these prayers are from United States Presidents, others are actually poems or hymns from songwriters and authors, and there are also prayers from people of the Bible. Some prayers are simple, and some are elaborate, but all of them address issues that we often face in our own lives.

I often find myself wondering how I should pray for a certain situation, and this book is the perfect resource. The prayers are listed by topics, and each prayer has historical notes and a devotion to further my understanding. I recommend '100 Prayers Every Christian Should Know' to those who find themselves searching for the right words, and I believe that it would be a wonderful addition in both a home or church library.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 

Saturday, January 8, 2022

The Finder of Forgotten Things by Sarah Loudin Thomas

The Finder of Forgotten Things

It's 1932 and Sullivan Harris is on the run. He promised the people of Kline, West Virginia, that he would find them water, but now he's failed and disappeared with their cash. Although he's determined to stay a step ahead of pursuers--like Jeremiah Weber--his resources are running low.

Gainey Floyd is suspicious of Sulley's claim to be a dowser when he appears in town but reconsiders after he finds water. Rather, it's Sulley who grows uneasy when his success makes folks wonder if he can find more than water--like forgotten items or missing people. He lights out to escape such expectations and runs smack into something worse.

Hundreds of men have found jobs digging the Hawks Nest Tunnel--but what they thought was a blessing is killing them. And no one seems to care. Here, Sulley finds something new--a desire to help. As Jeremiah--and now Gainey--pursue him, Sulley becomes the unexpected catalyst for finding what even he has forgotten. Hope.


I must confess that I took longer than usual to read The Finder of Forgotten Things, because I wanted to savor this absolutely stunning book. It's obvious that Sarah Thomas Loudin has invested much love and research to spotlight this West Virginia tragedy by creating characters that I won't forget, a faith message that should never be overlooked, and a history lesson that must never be forgotten. In 1931, Gainey Floyd is still looking for the baby that she had to give up many years ago, and Jeremiah Weber's efforts to find a con man is taking him on a journey he never expected to make. Sullivan Harrison is that charming con man, and he is proof positive that good can be found in everyone, even if it's buried deep inside. I loved the special chemistry between Gainey and Jeremiah, and I found myself caught up with the possibility that Sulley could be Gainey's son. There are many surprises, with many twists and turns, but there is no disappointment in the connections that are about to be forged in Mount Lookout, West Virginia!

This book isn't light and fluffy, because there is sadness and heartbreak for the miners affected by the Hawks Nest Tunnel disaster at Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. Thomas poignantly portrays the hurt and despair, and the ill treatment from our government. There is, however, joy and hope in her depiction of man's overwhelming urge to love and the universal need to belong. Thomas is a masterful storyteller, and The Finders of Forgotten Things is a beautifully written testament to the power of love, faith, and family. This heartwarming book has gained a spot on my keeper shelf!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher, but there was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I’m a Christian, wife, fundraiser and writer living near Asheville, NC. I grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV. I used to say “rural WV,” but realized that’s largely redundant. I LOVE my home state and the fact that I’m the seventh generation to grow up on the family farm. My love of the Appalachian Mountains informs my writing. I want you to be as wild about these hazy, blue mountains and the wonderful people who live in them as I am.

I’ve been married for 23 years and I not only love my husband, I really, really like him. We started our journey together with three big dogs–Crockett, Precious and Sammy. We now have one small dog that requires more energy than the first three did together.

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Friday, January 7, 2022

Praying Mom: Making Prayer the First and Best Response to Motherhood by Brooke McGlothlin

Praying Mom: Making Prayer the First and Best Response to MotherhoodABOUT THE BOOK

“God, I need you to do something in my children!”

Have those words found their way into your desperate prayers? Do you feel helpless to know how to equip your children for this world and all it will throw at them? Have you prayed, “God, I can’t be the mom they need. I need You to help me!”

If so, you’re not alone.

The good news is that there is a way to stay connected with the One Who has all the answers, so you can be the mom you need to be.

Brooke McGlothlin was faced with the undeniable fact that her best efforts fell woefully short of her goal to produce godly children. She knew if God didn’t show up, nothing would change in her home, so she began to pray scripture for her children. Both her life and her children’s lives were transformed. Yours can be too.

Over the years, Brooke learned that while prayer is the most important part of Christian parenting, many moms feel stifled in their prayers and so continue to feel helpless and hopeless.

Do you feel like you:

  • don’t know what or how to pray.
  • don’t know if your prayers really matter.
  • can’t pray until get your life together.
  • are too busy to pray?

    Praying Mom will have you making prayer your first and best response to every aspect of family life, and thriving as a mom full of hope in the God who can, even if you can’t.

    MY THOUGHTS.....

    Many people believe in the power of prayer, but mothers are probably the most active prayer warriors of all. Author Brooke McGlothlin addresses these mothers in her new book, and she has created an absolute gem! Praying Mom is divided into two sections, and the first one focuses on the challenges that praying moms face. McGlothlin shares the actual thoughts and concerns of women in different stages of motherhood, and there are many prayer tips offered in this section. The second part is devoted entirely to scripture-inspired prayers that cover the many emotions that we mothers experience. There are prayers for hope, joy, strength, worry, and peace, plus many more, and these prayers will definitely encourage and uplift your spirits. I also appreciate that the author offers added inspiration from the abundance of Bible scripture that she shares throughout the book!

    Praying Mom is a wonderful resource that is perfect for mothers of all ages, and I recommend it as an ideal gift suggestion for both baby showers and Mother's Day.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


    Brooke McGlothlin has encouraged thousands of moms toward a richer prayer life for over a decade. She is the cofounder of Million Praying Moms (www.millionprayingmoms.com), a popular online ministry that exists to help moms make prayer their first and best response to the challenges of parenting. Brooke is the author of several books and resources for moms and lives in the mountains of southwest Virginia with her husband and their two sons.

    Learn more by visiting Brooke's   Website     Facebook     Twitter     Instagram

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    Thursday, January 6, 2022

    3-Minute Devotions to Laugh and Reflect: Lighten Your Load and Brighten Your Day by Christopher D Hudson, Stan Campbell, Dennis Fletcher

    3-Minute Devotions to Laugh and Reflect: Lighten Your Load and Brighten Your Day

    As believers, we have God as our Father, and fathers love the sound of their children's laughter. So why not try something a little different for your daily devotions?

    If you want to lighten your mood while drawing near to God, or if you know someone who could use a laugh and a spiritual pick-me-up, this is just what you've been looking for. It's quick, easy, enjoyable--and thought-provoking too! Every day features the humorous cartoon artwork of

    Dennis Fletcher plus a short, powerful message that will uplift hearts and position minds to look for God in the day ahead.

    3-Minute Devotions to Laugh and Reflect
     is built on the ministry of Jesus, whose teachings were often brief, created great word pictures, and were sometimes punctuated with humor. This is a fun, low-key approach to daily devotions that promises to stay with you and encourage your faith.

    MY THOUGHTS.....

    This book is such a delight, and it is a perfect addition to your devotion time! Authors Christopher D. Hudson and Stan Campbell combine their talents to offer readers ninety thought-provoking devotions, and illustrator Dennis Fletcher adds hilarious cartoons to emphasize their thoughts. I found myself laughing out loud as I marveled at the 'spot-on' illustrations that add the crowning touch to the scriptures being discussed by the authors.

    Proverbs 17:22 tells us that "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones". 3-Minute Devotions to Laugh and Reflect is truly a book that will 'lighten your load and brighten your day', and it's a terrific resource!

    I received a copy from Bethany House Publishers. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars


    Christopher D. Hudson has contributed to over fifty Bible projects, sixty study guides, and over a hundred books. Chris lives outside Chicago with his wife and three children.

    Stan Campbell has authored dozens of Bible-related books. He and his wife, Kathy, live in the Nashville area.

    Dennis Fletcher
     is a professional cartoonist living in Monroe City, Missouri, with his wife, Debbie, and his two feline creative directors, Edith and Max.

    Prepare Him Room: A Daily Advent Devotional by Susie Larson

    Prepare Him Room: A Daily Advent Devotional

    What Matters Most This Christmas Season?

    Christmas should be a time of joy and celebration. But in the hurriedness of December, sometimes we find ourselves sacrificing a sacred pace for hustle, leaving us feeling more stressed than blessed.

    What if you approached this Advent more open to the things of God? What if you decided to be expectant that God would move in your midst? What if you made room for the true joy found in the coming of our King?

    Prepare Him Room
     invites you to give God sacred space in your holiday season as you ponder the miracle of Christ within you and respond to His work in your life. As you begin your Christmas preparations this year, journey through Luke's account of Jesus' birth, life, death, and ultimate resurrection. God invites you to be still and let Jesus radically transform you this holy season. Let earth receive her King!

    MY THOUGHTS.....

    Prepare Him Room is meant to prepare readers for Christmas, but this Advent devotional is definitely one that can be used throughout the year. There are twenty-four entries that take us on a journey through Luke's gospel, beginning with Luke 1, and each day focuses on another chapter. Author Susie Larsen helps us view Jesus's life with a new perspective, as she shares Bible scripture, an inspiring devotion, a suggested prayer, and a closing thought for further reflection.

    'As you cultivate a life of intimacy with God, and an expectancy around His ways, you'll find yourself more ready to settle into His plan, even if you don't understand it.'

    Prepare Him Room is a wonderful resource, and I recommend it to all who want to deepen their understanding of God's Word.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars


    Susie Larson is a talk radio host, national speaker, and bestselling author. She hosts the daily talk show, Susie Larson Live, which airs on the Faith Radio Network. Susie reaches a half million people weekly through her daily blessings on Facebook. In both 2016 and 2017 Susie was nominated and voted into the top ten groups for the National John Maxwell Leadership Award.

    Susie has been married to her dear husband Kevin since 1985 and together they have three wonderful sons, three beautiful daughters-in-law, two beautiful grandchildren, and one adorable pit bull named Memphis. Susie’s passion is to see women everywhere awakened to the value of their soul, the depth of God’s love, and the height of their calling in Christ Jesus.

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    Tuesday, January 4, 2022

    Harmony on the Horizon by Kathleen Denly


    Harmony on the Horizon

    Author Name: Kathleen Denly

    Release Date: January 4, 2022

    Series Info: (Chaparral Hearts, Book 3)

    Genre: Christian historical romance

    Her calling to change the world may be his downfall.

    On the heels of the Great Rebellion, Margaret Foster, an abolitionist northerner, takes a teaching position in 1865 San Diego-a town dominated by Southern sympathizers. At thirty-seven years of age, Margaret has accepted spinsterhood and embraced her role as teacher. So, when Everett Thompson, the handsomest member of the School Board, reveals his interest in her, it's a dream come true. Until her passionate ideals drive a wedge between them.

    After two decades of hard work, Everett Thompson is on the verge of having everything he's dreamed of. Even the beautiful new teacher has agreed to his courtship. Then two investments go south and a blackmailer threatens everything Everett has and dreams of.

    As Everett scrambles to shore up the crumbling pieces of his life, Margaret unwittingly sets off a scandal that divides the small community and threatens her position as teacher. With the blackmailer still whispering threats, Everett must decide if he's willing to risk everything for the woman still keeping him at arm's length.

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    MY THOUGHTS.....

    Margaret Foster is a teacher who wants to change the world, but it's 1865, and brave, outspoken Northern women aren't highly favored in San Diego! Author Kathleen Denly offers a stunning portrayal of Margaret's desire for everyone to be treated the same, and her efforts to make it happen. I loved the object lessons that she used in teaching her students, and her faith shone brightly through the stories that she shared with them. I also enjoyed seeing the attraction that sprung up between her and Everett Thompson, but a secret from his past may prevent it from developing into something more.

    Harmony on the Horizon is the third book of the Chaparral Hearts series, and a great chance to catch up with characters from the previous books. It's an exciting story with several intriguing characters, two sweet romances, and a mesmerizing plot that is rich in historical detail and Christian faith. Margaret's Christian witness is a beacon for Emmett, and Denly reminds us that God created ALL men, He loves them ALL, and it's our duty to treat ALL of them the same. I recommend Harmony on the Horizon to all who enjoy historical Christian romance.

    I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars


    Kathleen Denly lives in sunny Southern California with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.

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