On My Bookshelf: Unshakeable

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Unshakeable {365 Devotions For Finding Unwavering Strength in God’s Wordby Christine Caine

Little description: God is bigger than your current story. Bigger than fear or shame or that voice in your head that whispers that you are not enough, too broken, or too flawed. Join Him in a closer relationship—one rooted in truth and Unshakeable. In this daily devotional Christine Caine encourages you to find confidence to live as the person God created you to be.

Everything in our world that can be shaken will be shaken. And yet, the Bible assures us it doesn’t matter what happens politically, morally, socially, or economically in the world around us if we have Christ in us—if we have the kingdom of God within us—because His kingdom is Unshakeable.

In this daily devotional, bestselling author, speaker and activist Christine Caine will take you on a year-long journey of building your faith in our Unshakeable God. Through inspiring personal stories and powerful scriptures, she will equip you to live boldly and courageously, fully trusting our faithful God. She will inspire you how to activate living your life on mission. Unstoppable. Undaunted. Unashamed. Unshakable.

  “All of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.”

–Hebrews 12:27 NLT

Genre: Christian Living/ Spiritual Growth/ Religious Lifestyle

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Great book for the devotionals in the New Year…. I read couple passages, and they do have a valid point and inspiration for the daily living. I would recommend for women to use as a daily reading… Topics like new plans, goals, life, worth and being closer to God in every moment. 

Want to grow spiritually and deepen the relationship with God and people around you, this book will be a great addition for that purpose.

Love it. The light turquoise and golden border looks pretty too.

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On My Bookshelf: Out of the Ordinary

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Out of the Ordinary {Apart From the Crowd} by Jen Turano

Little description:Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people’s trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene–until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society. 

When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he’s unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail.

Genre:  Religious/ Historical Fiction/ Romance

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

Funny Gertrude always manages to find herself in very peculiar situations and unordinary positions. She is a very unusual young lady, being very foreword and quiet frank.

I just laughed myself off. The characters are funny and well-developed. But there is one little spot that made me cringed a little is many very descriptive passages with slow scenes.

I have enjoyed it.

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On My Bookshelf: 30 Days of Joy

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30 Days of Joy (One-Month Creative Journal) by WaterBrook

Little description: Choose Joy!

Joy is more than happiness. It is something you feel deep in your soul that stays with you even when circumstances get tough. With quotes and artistic prompts, this daily creative journal offers the deep, life-giving drink of joy that you need. Whether you are sketching a picture of a favorite activity, jotting down words that make you laugh, or spending time meditating on a Bible verse, you will find renewed joy in these fun and thought-provoking pages.
 
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
—Galatians 5:22–23

Genre: Bible Study/Self-Help/ Holiday/ Christian Living/ Inspirational

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Very cute, small, nice Christmas book about the Spirit’s fruits…Lovely cover and interior design..

WaterBrook gives a line of book called One-Month Creative Journal which designed to help creative and artistic people to dive in specific traits of the Holy Spirit. The pages are filled with amazing doodles and inspirational quotes. Each day has a specific challenges to do in order to maximize joy, or piece, or kindness, or gladness. There is a blank page where each participant can write or draw whatever he/ she feels, and describe the walk to a greater fruits of the Spirit.

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On My Bookshelf: Imperfect Justice

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Imperfect Justice (Hidden Justice Series Book 2) by Cara Putman

Little description: THE POLICE SAY THE WOMAN WAS A MURDERER. EMILIE WESLEY KNOWS THEY CAN’T BE TALKING ABOUT HER CLIENT . . . CAN THEY?

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl—and find a future for themselves in the process?

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Romance/ Mystery & Suspense

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

The description of the book says it all… I just loved the book. Some tense moments, some mysteries and plots… Great read for those who like the strong and full of justice women in the advocate, lawyer office.

I just like Emilie Wesley, the way she hold herself and every case she ever handled… But the last case came to dead end with some lives lost to shootings. She needs to proove that her client is not a murderer, and there are more dangerous subject lurking around the corner in the shadows.

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On My Bookshelf: Boundaries

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Boundaries {when to say yes. when to say no. to take control of your life} by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Little description: To regain control of your life, you’ve never needed Boundaries more than you do today in today’s always-on, always-connected digital world. 

Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend wrote the New York Times bestselling book on Boundaries – the personal property lines that define who you are and who you are not, and influence all areas of your life – physically, emotionally, spiritually.  And now, over 2 million changed lives later, Cloud & Townsend have updated and expanded this bestseller with essential guidance for setting Boundaries in today’s digital age.

If you’ve ever wondered: Can I set limits and still be a loving person? How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries? Unpacking the 10 laws of boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend give you biblically based answers to these and other tough questions, and show you how to set healthy boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, coworkers, and even with yourself.

In Boundaries, Drs. Cloud and Townsend show you how to bring new health to your relationships. You’ll discover firsthand how to reclaim your freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled individual God created you to be. 

Genre: Christian Living/ Spiritual Growth/ Religious Lifestyle

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

This book speaks to lots of issues and raw things inside of us that needs fixing by marking the ground with boundaries. The authors speak to the point on how to set the boundaries and why it would be desastrous if people choose to ignore and disable the perimeter of rules and boundaries. There are invisible boundaries and limits on human’s body, food intake, energy level, emotion intelligence, intellectual intelligence, relationships, space, time, nature and God. There is so mach that people can do with their resources provided by God. But what to do if there is chaos and lack of boundaries that causes lack of sleep, …etc? How to deal with hectic lifestyles and damaging relationships? “What” and “how” is delivered in the message of this book.

I would recommend this one for all who can get hands on it.

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On My Bookshelf: Jesus Always

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Jesus Always {365 Devotions For Kids} by Sarah Young

Little description: Embrace the true meaning of Joy with the young believers in your life in Sarah Young’s newest 365-day devotional, Jesus Always: 365 Devotions for Kids.

In Sarah Young’s newest 365-day devotional for kids, Jesus Always: 365 Devotions for Kids, she focuses on the biblical teaching of the joy we can experience at any time and in all circumstances. With Scripture and new personal reflections, the #1 bestselling author brings Jesus’ message of joy—for today and every day—to children.

Adapted from the bestselling Jesus Always, each day’s devotion has the same theme as the adult version, as well as written-out Scriptures. It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together. Written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to the reader, Jesus Always: 365 Devotions for Kids will engage your children and help them find lifelong true contentment and joy.

Reaching out with joy-filled reminders from the Word of God, these devotions will intimately and gently connect your children with Jesus—the One who meets you where you are. Help your children draw near to Him in Jesus Always: 365 Devotions for Kids.

Genre: Children’s Book/ Christian Living/ Spiritual Growth/ Religious Lifestyle

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

I just love the books that speak directly to my heart, when they grab my emotions and reveal the rawness of my inside… Even though the book is for kids, I found couple days speaking just for me.

The book is written from Jesus’ point-of-view as He talks through His Word and brings assurance in His Joy.

Keep reading and you will submerge yourself into 365 beautiful Scriptures about Joy. Powerful in small groups, or for independent study.

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On My Bookshelf: All Things Now Living

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All Things Now Living (Seventh Daughter Book#1) by Rondi Bauer Olson

Little description: Sixteen-year-old Amy doesn’t like anything to die, she won’t even eat the goats or chickens her mama has butchered every fall, but she can’t let herself pity the inhabitants of New Lithisle. In a few short months the dome they built to isolate themselves from the deadly pandemic is predicted to collapse, but her whole life Amy has been taught it’s God’s will they die. They traded their souls for immunity to the swine flu virus, brought God’s curse upon themselves by adding pig genes to their own.

Then, while on a scavenging trip with her father, Amy is accidentally trapped in New Lithisle. At first her only goal is to escape, but when she meets Daniel, a New Lithisle boy, she begins to question how less-than-human the people of New Lithisle are.

Amy’s feelings grow even more conflicted when she learns she didn’t end up in New Lithisle by mistake. Her father is secretly a sympathizer, and was trying to prevent the coming destruction.

Now time is running short and Amy has to decide if she will bring the computer program her father wrote to his contact or save herself. Installing the program could prevent the dome’s collapse, but if Amy doesn’t find her father’s contact in time, she’ll die, along with everyone else.

Publisher’s Note: This book is considered a Hi-Lo book – with a reading level of 3.2 – specially designed with the goal of enhancing literacy through literature that engages and drives interest.

Genre: Fiction/ Fantasy/ Dystopia

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My thoughts: 3 stars out of 5

I wouldn’t complain that it was a bad book, no. The book grabbed my attention. The story line is not bad. I am not in favor and flavor for the dystopian theme. This book definitely gives alot to think about. The gene alteration is one of the possibilities in nowadays and is on debatable side.

The story is ok, the characters are believable and their reaction and feelings are relatable. Just my opinion is on middle scale for this: it’s not bad and not awesome… Just filled with a common dystopian romance line and the recognizable, predictable events.

This book didn’t impress me.

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On My Bookshelf: Noelle

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Noelle (A Dog Named Christmas Book#4) by Greg Kincaid

Little description: From the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas comes this heartwarming Christmas story about the power of family and the strength and love that comes from our pets.

In this fourth installment of the poignant stories of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas, matriarch Mary Ann McCray is determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail’s first woman Santa Claus. Mary Ann, always a bit of a rebel, is looking to offer a more progressive voice in the staunchly conservative town at Christmastime and has a few ideas up her red velvet sleeves.

Genre: Pet Fiction/ Holiday

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

Lovely, heart warming story of the puppy called Noelle. She was let out and gone astray in the middle of harsh wintery weather, while the owner hoped that the Nature would take of it, bringing the life to end, because it wasn’t needed. For the owner, this breed of dogs were meant to be the business and bring cash to his wallet, and this pup carried excess in appearance that caused the owner to take measures not in favorable side. But before the owner could execute his intentions, the little pup escaped to freedom. The cold and chilly weather didn’t help with surviving, and actually brought close call. The pup was rescued by a boy who took her in and brought to veterinarian for help. 

There is more to the story… Christmas time has the miracle for those who were connected to Noelle the pup..

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On My Bookshelf: Deadly Proof

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Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice Book#1) by Rachel Dylan

Little description: In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer. 

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Romance/ Suspense/ Mystery

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

I just love the books that are so mysteriously entangle me to their world and events that I am totally in to the last page… This book is in that category. So easy-to-read, so fall for each character, engaging and, at times, praying for them. Defiantly full of suspense, but no horror or terror… Yes, each main character had many struggles and the past to embrace and be mold, to come out stronger even through the present treats…

I just love well-developed, strong characters and events that brought out not only risks, but let the love blossom. 

It’s a sweet book. I have enjoyed the time reading it. A page-turner for sure.

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On My Bookshelf: Christmas at Grey Sage

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Christmas at Grey Sage by Phyllis Clark Nichols

Little description: Nestled in the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe, the Grey Sage Inn looks like the perfect place for weary travelers to escape the craziness of the Christmas season. There’s plenty to see in historic Santa Fe during the day, and the inn’s owners, Maude and Silas Thornhill, are happy to spend their evenings hosting this year’s guests from across the country.

But an unusual snowstorm throws a wrench in the festive mood. The sprawling inn becomes close quarters as stranded guests discover this Christmas won’t be the relaxed vacation they expected. Tension and fear mount as the storm worsens, and Silas, a retired doctor, is called away in the middle of the night to care for a neighbor. The snow and stress unlocks tongues–and in the unexpected conversation that follows, secrets and pasts are revealed, and hearts are healed.

In the midst of snowdrifts and fireside conversations, of tales of days gone by, the warmth of Christmas brings a renewed hope as these trapped strangers become friends–proof again that the joy, hope, peace, and love of Christmas can be experienced no matter where you are.

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Holiday/ Christmas

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Just dive into the snowstorm and partake the Christmas adventure with the inhabitants and participant of Grey Sage… Miracles and healing mixed with love and friendship growing and glowing will surprise you with the hope that Christmas season brings this time. A lovely tale of the many strangers coming together to be the best friends. Heartwarming, amazing Christmas season…

I love stories especially when the author includes the recipes from the stories… This book has two delicious recipes that will warm your heart and remind you again the blessings of the season.

I love the book. No complains whatsoever.

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