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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On My Bookshelf: Pass It On

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Pass It On {A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation} by Champ Thornton

Little description: A Bible study on Proverbs to complete and then pass on to a loved one as a gift. The perfect combination of a Bible study and a gift book! Let Scripture reform the next generation.

There are many different kinds of legacies we can leave, but sharing yourself and your faith with the next generation will always stand the test of time. Through showing himself and his wisdom in the book of Proverbs, God has also left his legacy with us and relies on us to share it with our children and grandchildren. But before we can share that wisdom, first we must grow in our own understanding and knowledge and record, reflect, and consider what we have learned.

Pass it On provides readers with an opportunity to create a legacy of wisdom and faith and to share it with their children and grandchildren. As readers are guided through the book of Proverbs, they are asked to create their own personalized, wisdom journal with the aim of giving it to someone they love. Through careful study, answering questions, writing out prayers, and sharing personal stories, readers can create a lasting keepsake for themselves and for their families and friends.

Created by Champ Thornton, best-selling author of The Radical Book for Kids, Pass It On is an innovative resource to strengthen families and help them grow in their love for God and each other. This is a perfect gift for an older and wiser friend or relative, so they can share themselves and what they have learned about God with the next generation.

The fresh and careful translation provided comes from Dr. Bruce Waltke, who, now in his eighties, has devoted his life to a humble and Christ-focused study of God s Word, and especially the book of Proverbs. His two-volume work on Proverbs is considered by many as the premier commentary in the English language. As you study the translation of individual chapters, add your own comments in the margins. And feel free to circle, underline, and connect key words or phrases as you see them in the chapter for the day. 4. Complete the Reflections section.

Genre: Young Adults/ Christian Living/ Spiritual Growth/ Religious Lifestyle/ Bible Study

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Wow! The cover is gorgeous…bright teal with mustard seeds triangles create a special feeling about the book. The soft velvety smooth exterior wouldn’t let go anyone who picks it up… Nice design.

This book is something. It goes as the student workbook filled with pages and spaces to encourage you to  write and leave some wisdom on the sidelines, while studying the book of Proverbs. I love the idea that you can give this filled book to the next generations to pass on the wisdom and understanding on life and life’s situations. Discover the heart of the Father God Who invites you to soak in all the insight and revelation He wants to release on you today, while helping your kids with hard questions.

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On My Bookshelf: The Austen Escape

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The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

Little description: Falling into the past will change their futures forever.

Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues—particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary’s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways.

But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen’s Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them.

Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings arise, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Romance

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My thoughts: 3 stars out of 5

Didn’t like the story a bit… When I first looked at the blurb, it was promising. Reading was dry and lacking of excitement. The blurb provided the assumption that it would be something else, the reality was far from the expectation…Just didn’t get the story line and the characters. Not my piece of pie.

Lacking the good story and the characters were not well-developed. A bit of discouragement.

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On My Bookshelf: Tora Fright Patches Things Up

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Tora Fright Patches Things Up: A Story about Forgiveness by Tracey Madder & Bonnie Pang

Little description: Tora’s prize-winning ceramic armadillo has been broken by her little brother! How can she ever forgive him? By asking God for help! Tora learns that God is always willing to help us forgive others when we ask him.

Children and their parents alike will fall in love with the Frights. This funny and endearing family of monsters will teach kids the importance of talking to God first when they are afraid, when things go wrong, or when they need guidance for making good choices. And they will learn that God always answers prayer.

Genre: Children’s Book/ Religious

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My thoughts: 3 stars out of 5

Beautiful artwork and the story behind it… But I truly thought the book  had squirrels on the cover, until I called to review it and it was too late when I realize my mistake…

Yes it teaches the lesson on forgiveness and family bond, yes it looks cute and interesting, but we have enough monsters so far… to have a cute ones, even those who pray is kinda taboo. 

Kids need more superheroes, not monsters.

PS. Tyndale House Publishers  and MyReaderRewards Club have provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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On My Bookshelf: Lizzy the Lioness

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Lizzy the Lioness by Lisa Bevere & Kirsteen Harris-Jones

Little description: Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is ask for help! Encourage your little ones with the true meaning of bravery through the beautiful story of Lizzy the Lioness by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Bevere.

Boys and girls will love the story of Lizzy, a little lion who must learn what it truly means to be brave in the face of hard things. When she sees someone in danger, Lizzy tries her best to help, but she quickly learns that sometimes being brave means asking adults for help.

With a unique spin on the concept of bravery, Lizzy the Lioness is a timely picture book in an ever-changing world. Children will see that bravery is so much more than big muscles or loud roars but often is found in the tiniest people who have the courage to speak up when no one else will. By asking God for help and then bringing grown-ups into the picture, Lizzy shows kids that being brave doesn’t have to happen by yourself—it happens with help!

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Bevere’s first picture book will make waves with its unique and compelling message for families everywhere. Parents and children alike will enjoy the beautiful artwork as well as the story of communication and teamwork.

You don’t have to be the biggest to be the strongest, and you don’t have to be the loudest to be the bravest. Show your children God’s truest definition of bravery with the timeless story of Lizzy the Lioness.

Genre: Christian Living/ Children’s Book/ Religious/ Kids Fiction

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

I just want to say, it was the fastest book I read today… Keeping kids turning pages is one thing, but coming to the point when children ask again and again to explore the book… that’s what it makes the great book.

I love the illustrations and the story of one special lioness, little cub, who wants to grow up and be brave, but still know that she is too little to help in time of trouble. Lizzy is a smart cub, reminds me, one of my niece and nephew. Fun, full of energy, great lessons.

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On My Bookshelf: Whisper

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Whisper (How to Hear the Voice of God) by Mark Batterson

Little description: The best-selling author of Circle Maker, which helped over 2 million people learn to talk to God, now helps readers learn how to listen to God.

The voice that spoke the cosmos into existence is the same voice that parted the Red sea, and made the sun stand still in the midday sky. One day, this voice will make all things new, but it’s also speaking to you now! 
 
That voice is God’s voice, and what we’ve learned from Scripture is that He often speaks in a whisper. Not to make it difficult to hear Him, but to draw us close. 
 
Many people have a tough time believing God still speaks. Sure, in ancient times and in mysterious ways, God spoke to His people, but is He still speaking now? 
 
Mark Batterson certainly believes so. And he wants to introduce you to the seven love languages of God; each of them unique and entirely divine. Some of them you might suspect but others will surprise you. 
 
By learning to tune in to and decipher each language, you’ll be able to hear His guidance in simple as well as life-altering choices. God is actively speaking through: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Batterson gives you the tools you need to unlock each of these languages. 
 
God’s whisper can answer your most burning questions, calm your deepest fears, and fulfill your loftiest dreams. 
 
Discover how simple it is to hear God’s voice in every aspect of your life!

Genre: Christian Living/ Bible Study/ Religious/ 

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Mark Batterson unveils the ways God speaks today to the people of Earth… His powerful voice have different applications and have different tones to it: the voice can be loud or in the whisper, or soft prompting of the heart… Why God use different ways to speak, to draw people closer to Him so He can guide them… I think the more we listen and obey to Him , the more He will talk and direct our path. 

Many people know the voice of God through Scriptures, but there are ways He talks through desires, dreams, pain, people, thought prompting, and doors.

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On My Bookshelf: Where We Belong

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Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

Little description:The Adventure of a Lifetime for Two Indomitable Socialite Sisters 

In the city of Chicago in 1892, the rules for Victorian women are strict, their roles limited. But sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes are not typical Victorian ladies. Their love of adventure and their desire to use their God-given talents has brought them to the Sinai Desert–and into a sandstorm. 

Accompanied by Soren Petersen, their somber young butler, and Kate Rafferty, a street urchin who is learning to be their ladies’ maid, the two women are on a quest to find an important biblical manuscript. As the journey becomes more dangerous and uncertain, the four travelers sift through memories of their past, recalling the events that shaped them and the circumstances that brought them to this time and place.

Genre:  Religious/ Historical Fiction

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My thoughts: 4 stars out of 5

Meet Rebecca and Flora Hawes… those the most outrageous adventure-seekers I have ever encountered. Their courage to travel miles and miles of sand, living through the dangerous sandstorms just for the destination to have the greatest adventure of all… To rebellious for their society and too straight-forward and bold in their moves, whether they take a trip to tea shop or travel across the half-world and distant countries. They’ve got guts which kinda intimidating to my senses and style of adventure. Nevertheless the story was great, filled with truly unique girls and street stories.

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On My Bookshelf: The Character Builder’s Bible

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The Character Builder’s Bible: 60 Character- Building Stories from the Bible by Agnes & Salem de Bezenac

Little description: The Bible is so much more than a collection of stories.
It is the overarching message of God’s love for us and a practical guide to daily living. So often our littlest children hear these stories but miss out on how to apply the principles to their lives. The Character Builder’s Bible highlights core character traits that the Bible teaches and suggests fun, practical ways to live out these truths so that little minds can understand. Each Bible narrative is told simply, is tied to a positive attribute like obedience or humility, and is followed with a real-life example of how kids can apply the lesson in their own lives.

Featuring 60 Bible stories with colorful illustrations, definitions, and memory verses, The Character Builder’s Bible will show your little ones that God’s Word is relevant to their lives and will help you instill biblical character in their hearts.

Genre: Children’s Book/ Religious/ Christian Living/ Character Building

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Every time I see a new kid Bible, I am always amazed on the thought that it’s truly possible to have all authors and illustrators to create their unique book that will look amazing and beautiful. 

Just look  at this cute cover… I never heard of this illustrator before, but it calls me to find more books illustrated by this persona. Just the colors, the characters, and the book stories are beautiful and memorable. I like how the book constructed not only have the Bible lesson, but also with each lesson there is practical daily story is going.

PS. Tyndale House Publishers  and MyReaderRewards Club have provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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On My Bookshelf: A Life Beyond Amazing

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A Life Beyond Amazing: 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today by Dr. David Jeremiah

Little description: There is a way to experience a better life.

Are you ready to become the person God has called you to be?  In A Life Beyond Amazing, bestselling author Dr. David Jeremiah uncovers God’s strategy for change and challenges you to make nine important decisions that will transform your heart, your life, and your world.

This life-changing book explores the nine qualities of character that carry us forward. Three of these have to do with our relationship with ourselves, three deal with interactions with other people, and three of them focus on our relationship with God.  Spiritual principles are true in any situation. But we must make a conscious decision to employ them in our daily lives.

God has given us wisdom for these days.  A Life Beyond Amazing answers the questions that keep us up at night and shows that the way forward is a reminder of who we are in Christ and why it matters. 

Genre: Christian Living/ Spiritual Growth/ Religious

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My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Dr. David Jeremiah dives in 9 fruits of the Spirit, the ones we as Christians hear a lot, and explains the important of doing and growing in them. If we are going to follow Christ’s instructions that Mr. Jeremiah laid in his book, then we wouldn’t have any problem in experiencing greater lives God called us to have on Earth, connecting to the riches of the King of kings.

Yes, I was reminded over and over again on the truths that have the power to transform my life to extraordinary and beyond beautiful. Still reading… I know I need more thorough reading and examining in order to move  from hearing about this and that, and step into living it.

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