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Thursday, February 23, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- UNDER THE RADAR #13 SISTERHOOD by Fern Michaels

Under the Radar (Sisterhood Book 13) by [Michaels, Fern] 
In The Middle Of The Night, The Sisterhood Is Your Only Hope

A Sister’s work is never done—not when there are wrongs to right and underdogs to defend. Just returned to their mountaintop hideaway after their latest successful mission, the seven fearless friends enjoy a celebratory dinner and retire to bed. But within an hour, an alarm sounds, and the ladies rush into the compound in time to see Myra and their mentor, Charles, climbing aboard a helicopter. All that’s left is a mysterious note, signed by Charles. 

Still reeling, the Sisters receive an urgent call from retired justice Pearl Barnes. Pearl runs an underground railroad to help abused and displaced women, and she’s just rescued fourteen pregnant teenagers who belong to a highly secretive and controversial polygamy sect. But keeping the girls safe will require the kind of help only the Sisterhood can provide—if they can band together and go it alone...AMAZON 3 STARS


I liked this one but with mixed feelings too.  The characters were there and they fought evil and won but it just felt like it was missing something.  The depth just didn't feel like it was there. And I'm not sure that I can blame the fact that Charles wasn't in charge either.  I also have to say I wasn't feeling the Charles part of the story when he did show up.  Which was pretty briefly.  Myra didn't really "stand by her man" and was kind of mean I thought.  On more than one occasion as a matter of fact.  Yes, Charles was still being secretive and he found out some things that were beyond painful personally.  But still, I didn't like that part of the story very much at all.  Well, better
luck with the next story.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- FINAL JUSTICE

Final Justice (Sisterhood Book 12) by [Michaels, Fern]
The seven women of the Sisterhood—Myra, Annie, Kathryn, Alexis, Yoko, Nikki, and Isabelle—have risked everything in the name of justice, including their own freedom. Their most recent mission promised to reward them with a presidential pardon and a chance to leave their enforced exile. But before they can enjoy their prize, they’ll have to tackle a risky new mission in the heart of Sin City. 

Myra and Annie’s childhood friend, Beatrice, needs a favor. Her estranged daughter, Marble Rose, has been enjoying a stroke of good luck at the casinos lately—the kind of luck that makes enemies of the most powerful people in Vegas. Those people want Marble Rose stopped, permanently. But as the Sisters investigate with the help of their ally and attorney, Lizzie Fox, they discover a web of corruption that will pit them against their most ruthless opponent yet. Armed with Alexis’s red bag of tricks, the ladies are about to put a daring plan in action. They’ve never failed before, but in Vegas, there are no sure bets—and this time, they’ll have to wager everything they hold dear…AMAZON 5 STARS


Oh this was a good one.  Loved this one.  So much so that I blew through it faster than I wanted to.  I enjoyed it so much that I didn't want it to be over.  I laughed quite a few times while reading this one too. Also, Maggie is really rocking it as the head of "The Post."  What's going on with Ted Robinson?   Is the changes he is showing for real?  Lizzie meets her match?  Is it possible that ugly Cosmo Cricket (what a name) can really appreciate her?  Can he get her attention?    He's rich, smart, powerful but its going to take more than that to go toe to toe with Lizzie.  And huge, did I mention that he's compared to the size of a tank?  Don't forget the name, " Stu Franklin".  I think we just might hear about him again in another story.  I still get a big kick out of Smart-mouth Jack and some of his conversations, are so funny.  And he sure knows how to aggravate people on purpose when he wants too. The female version of that is smart-mouth Annie.  Gutsy Annie and her interactions with "Fish" were downright funny.
As usual one job turns into several with surprises. Really good twist at the end.  Everyone wins. Well everyone but the bad guys.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- THE HOSTAGE

The Hostage (The Chicago Fire Trilogy Book 1) by [Wiggs, Susan]
Deborah Sinclair is a beautiful, accomplished young heiress with a staggering dowry. But her fortune does her no good when, one horrible night, Chicago is engulfed in flames.
Tom Silver will walk through fire to avenge a terrible injustice—and he may have to. But when he makes Deborah a pawn in his revenge, the heat of the inferno fades next to the attraction he feels for his captive. And the further he takes her from everything she's known, the stronger their passion grows, until it threatens to consume them both.  AMAZON 3.5 STARS  ISBN; 978-1-4592-4795-6



Slow starting.  At times it felt too wordy.  Were different areas and surroundings detailed?  Yes.  There was some good research that went on.  Still for me, it felt like there was so much of it that it took away from the story.   I found myself starting to skip through parts of that.  I hate to say that because the author had to have done a lot of work in that area.  But it did start to get better for me about half way through (maybe a bit more than half).  Then things did begin to speed up action wise and relationship wise.






Monday, February 20, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Fern Micahels #11 Sisterhood Books


Throughout the Sisterhood's adventures, the bond between the women has remained steadfast. But now for the first time, that bond verges on falling apart when the ladies must choose between two difficult assignments, in the 11th exciting Sisterhood novel by #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author Michaels. Original.    AMAZON  5 STARS

This series just keeps delivering. And this book did again.  I so enjoyed the cast of characters and we get to catch up on how some of the people from past stories are doing.  The "good guys" that is because the villains are pretty much living out their punishments. Plenty of twists, turns and surprises; just the way I like it.  It's also been fun to see some romances for a few of the Sisters developing. Nikki and Jack.  Harry and Yoko.  Kathryn and Bert. They catch time together any way that they can.  And unless I miss my guess Alexis might have just met her guy in this book.  Not sure how they are going to meet up again but I'm sure the author already has that worked out.  I hope.  The part of the story that has to do with the "Post" newspaper was a stroke of genius and the mastermind, Charles wasn't even the one to think of it.  I also liked getting to know more about the personal side of Lizzie Fox.  She was a hoot to watch when she was in full professional mode. 
Another winner. 



Saturday, February 18, 2017

Think like a saint not a sinner-Graham Cooke

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When we are transformed by the renewing of our mind, we think like a saint and not a sinner.
Living in Jesus means that our lenses completely change because we now have His mind, giving us a better way of thinking and seeing about our reality and circumstances. It’s a complete paradigm shift in our perception; one that allows us to enter the depth and power of His grace in order to become Christlike.
This is what it means to have the mind of Christ, the mind of a saint.

The Practice of Delight- by Graham Cooke

 
Now everyone says everything goes through Atlanta in America. Apparently if you’re an American going to heaven, you have to go through Atlanta.
I am especially fond of terminal C due to the presence of an older gentleman named Jack, who empties all the trashcans in a very systematic routine.
I remember the first time I encountered Jack. While I waiting for a delayed plane, I saw him and heard the Lord say in a delighted voice, “Just watch this guy.”
As I’m watching him, I hear him continually repeat to himself, “You don’t know Jack, I know Jack. You don’t know Jack, I know Jack.” It’s this whole routine taking place right in front of me. As I’m chuckling to myself, the Lord says, “He’s hilarious, huh? I love that boy.”
In that moment I was experiencing the delight of God. You see, delight is about enjoyment, gladness, joy, and pleasure. Its presence leaves you feeling cheerful, thrilled, and rejoicing. For me, this practice has become part of my daily life with God, and it’s been an absolute game changer for me.

God’s heart is just so full of pleasure and joy; He’s the happiest person I know. He has the sunniest disposition of anybody I’ve ever met.

God is incredible in His joy, in His pleasure, in His delights, and He delights in us.
He is constantly saying,
“Listen I delight in you. So how about you reciprocating? How about you delighting in me? Because if you learn to delight in me it’ll just open up this whole new space to you.”
What an invitation! In this space, we can learn how to make even the smallest thing a delight, taking pleasure in everything and everyone. This practice enables us to see the good, the joy, and the pleasure in everything we do and everywhere we go. We need these distinctives in our lives because they enlarge us on the inside.

The first step in this practice is turning all your delight on Jesus, learning to focus on Him and making every connection with Him a delight.

It’s exactly like He said in John 15:11:
“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

Jesus is telling us that every time He talks to us, we can have an encounter with His joy; we can make an experience of it.

Through my experiences, like the one with Jack in the Atlanta airport, I have grown to expect that every time God speaks to me, I can feel His happiness in real and tangible ways right in that moment of connection.
Take some time today to meditate on the sheer pleasure of being with God, even now. Let a sense of wonder come over you as you ponder the realities of your life.
I pray you find a deep delight in Jesus!

Graham Cooke LINK
PS) This month I’m giving away my teaching called “The Practice of Delight.” If interested in learning more about this practice, click here to download your free copy!

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