Sunday, March 31, 2013

Book Review: The Voice

The Voice: How We Can Participate, How We Should Respond
The Main points of this book are that :We need to hear the Voice of the Lord and  that God will use simple folk like you and me who simply believe what He has said and step into His dimension of reality in order to bring His victorious reality into our dimension.  Brokenness, Humility and Unity with God being a must in this quest.   We are  also to be His Voice in this weary land. If we allow His Voice to speak through us, He will increase, and we will decrease. There are many voices out there but you will learn to respond to the Lord alone; if you desire it and remain in humble unity with God.

Don Nori Sr., writes with passion, scripture and at times in a poetic way. My favorite part of this book has to be when he writes on what people who are True Intercessors are like.  I'm not sure that I have read too many books that put it the way he has.   Very enlightening!

I received this eBook FREE from Destiny Image in exchange for a review.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Book Review: Signs, Wonders and a Baptish Preacher

Signs, Wonders and a Baptist Preacher: How Jesus Flipped My World Upside Down

The Title and Subtitle give a very good look into what this book is about..   Signs and Wonders and how Jesus flipped Baptist Preacher, Chad Norris's World upside down.   In his own words, he said " So my  point in  this book is this:  I simply want  to explore whether or not it is possible to operate on this planet in the way that Jesus commanded His disciples to operate."

 He shares honestly and openly; the ups and downs he has gone through.   He doesn't has all the answers and is quick to say so; also sharing that many of the things he experienced were way out of his comfort zone and made him uncomfortable because as he says, He's a baptist to the bone. His search for more of Jesus caused him to reach past that and ask the uncomfortable questions.  Even some of the titles and sub-titles he used grab your attention.  One of my favorite?  "Believe or Follow"?   Simple but powerful statements that cause you to think & even identify with some of the very same questions he asked.
Here's just a few questions put in my own words:

  • If I'm a disciple of Jesus, then why aren't I  doing what the disciples of the Early Church did?
  • Because Jesus doesn't change, then doesn't he expect me to do the very same things his disciples did then? 
  • It can be strange and uncomfortable when you obey Jesus, but  isn't it worth it?
  • Am I just believing on Jesus or am I following Jesus and his ways? 
  • Why aren't the blind being healed, when I pray?
  • When was the last time I was part of the dead being raised to life?  
  • Do I really believe that when I have seen Jesus in scripture I have also seen Father God who loves me?
  • What does "normal" look like to a Christian who truly loves God and wants to walk closer with him?  
  • Why does it seem that our main focus is getting to Heaven; like its the ONLY thing?
  • Why aren't we praying more about the Kingdom of God coming to earth; His will being done here? 
  • Are we limiting what we allow God to do through us?  
I really, really liked this book and found it refreshing.  I found his approach humble, engaging and simple.  When I say, simple its not an insult; its when things are presented by Chad, the simple statements go deep like an arrow hitting its target.  Direct but with a lot of mercy.   I liked his ability to come at things in a different way but its easy to understand and process.  I have to admit that some of those questions are still rattling around in my head.  I believe that is high praise to the writer!!

I received this book free from the Chosen publisher through the Bethany House Publishers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are wholly and completely my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Theresa Phillips: "Be Not Cast Away"

Theresa Phillips: "Be Not Cast Away"

Theresa Phillips

I love Holy Week. It sets me on course for THE NEW. Each year I feel like I'm expecting. This year is no different.
I am convinced God is calling people in this day and time to return to the Love of Life – perhaps returning to their first love (see Revelation 2:4). Over the last several weeks, we have had entry into the presence of God while praising Him in church. It just gets sweeter. During that time, I have felt a tangible burden to cry out to God. Save us, O Lord! Save Your Church, save Your house, save, save, save...
Each week, the passionate cry in my heart intensifies. I come home more desperate to see the Church of Christ come alive with signs, wonders, miracles, and HOPE! When I enter a store, or look at others while driving, I see frowns and sadness everywhere; my heart cries, Help them, Lord, for Your joy is their strength!
"I Am Cast Away"
Then I had a dream

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - Yarn Over - Yarn Over

Video to make Increases of stitches.
There are other Knitting videos as well!!

Pioneer, meaning of

  1. One who ventures into unknown or unclaimed territory to settle.
  2. One who opens up new areas of thought, research, or development: a pioneer in aviation.
  3. A soldier who performs construction and demolition work in the field to facilitate troop movements.
  4. Ecology. An animal or plant species that establishes itself in a previously barren environment.
  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of early settlers: the pioneer spirit.
  2. Leading the way; trailblazing: a pioneer treatment for cancer.

    1. To open up (an area) or prepare (a way): rockets that pioneered outer space.
    2. To settle (a region).
  1. To initiate or participate in the development of: surgeons who pioneered organ transplants.
To act as a pioneer: pioneered in development of the laser.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Book Review: All in Good Time


Dessa Caldwell, Henry Hawkins, and Turk Foster.  All three have dreams and all three have secrets that could destroy those dreams.  Dessa has a mission to open Pierson House, in Denver, to help those who want to leave the "ladies of the night" trade.  She needs extra monies to help make that dream a reality.  This is where she meets Henry Hawkins who owns Hawkins National Bank.  His bank has been founded by money he stole in three Wells Fargo robberies.  He has built it up a successful, prosperous business and has placed a wall between himself and others so that his secret remains just that, secret. He also doesn't see this loan to Dessa as a profitable move.  Turk Foster is a man whose secrets are not all that hidden; he is a man not that welcomed in polite society, because of it.  Dessa is young, passionate and at times impatient when it comes to some of her decisions.  And from there the dramas begin. 

I find that the book was really slow; well written with great details and good characters but a lot slower than I like personally.  Her faith in God was woven into the story very skillfully; it was a part of who she was and so it was included just as naturally as her breath!  I don't think that non-Christians would find this story stuffy, or "over religious"or pushing religion down their throats.  

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Book Review: a Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

Mia Quinn has her plate full, as she discovers more and more about her dead husband Scott's doings.  Add to that her 14 year old son, who is missing his father and  is without a male influence in the house; not a good mix. Plus her 4 year old daughter who is going through some kind of serious, terrifying trauma.  Oh and yes the shooting of a friend and colleague as she is speaking to her on the phone.  Stir in a little bit of political dramas, since she has to return to work as a prosecutor, financial stress and a not-totally -by the book detective who she has locked horns with before.  What could possibly go wrong?  There have been unsolved murders going on, could she be the next target?  Who can she trust?

I started reading this book later at night; BIG mistake!  Was because it was too scary for late night reading? No, its because I had just read through to Chapter 5 when I realized " I like this story and the way this writer writes!" And then I had to go to bed.  I could hardly wait to get back up and get back into the story.  With such a great start I was so hoping that it would continue on the good path that it started.  I was not disappointed, I totally loved the book. I hated it when I had to put it down to take care of other things.   Great writing style, great character development, great plot.  Not only was there the main theme of the book but there were also several other mysteries that had to be solved as the story unfolded. This is the first time I have read anything by Lis Wiehl  but I am now looking out for anything else she has written!  All I can say is " Bravo, a story well told!!"

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Book Review: Angels in the Realms of Heaven

Angels in the Realms of Heaven: The Reality of Angelic Ministry Today

Kevin Basconi continues his story in  his 3rd book.  Supernatural experiences with Jesus, Angels and Heaven is what he is writing about in this book.  Its not about a desire for supernatural experiences; its a desire for more of the one he loves; Jesus!   He is taking a risk as he shares personal, intimate times with Jesus; hoping to help others in their quest for more of Jesus.

The author gives much, rich details of his time spent with Jesus, and also links scripture to back up what he has experienced.   He continually points to the true fact of:

" Holy Spirit is calling His church to today,to a place of intimacy and communion with Jesus.
It makes total sense that Jesus would seek a very close and personal relationship with His church
and His people before His return. Jesus is calling the church to a place of friendship and intimacy.
 Jesus wants to know His bride personally!"

You will have people who will love the book or hate it.  Its one that will stir emotion one way or the other.
I do believe the author has offered this book (and like he said, instructed of the Lord to write it) in a hope that it will draw people closer to Jesus and a reality that Heaven is real!

I received this FREE eBook  in exchange for my honest opinion of it.

Monday, March 18, 2013


Learning to Love: Passion, Compassion and the Essence of the Gospel
Its Heidi and Rolland Baker telling their story of where there love for Jesus has taken them.  Different areas that Iris Ministries has grown into spreading help, love and going into the most difficult, impossible places.  Its their story but also the stories of other people who have "caught" the passion for Jesus and the "passion" for the people who need Him.  Through out Heidi & Rolland's story is the realization that they are NOT qualified to do what they do.  Knowing that they must be completely  dependent on God, being completely obedient to him when what He's asking them to do looks impossible.

God used an interesting way to touch Heidi's heart in the beginning.  A little girl, lost, alone, abandoned and the sudden thought came to her, "if I don't pause to show this child even the smallest, most basic act of kindness,  then who will? " It all started with just that one!  She shows again and again that the Gospel is simple, So simple that its," Love God and Love the one in front of you."  How good, how simple is that?
She  also learned that," Love looks like something.''  That sentence alone, stood out in this book.  Love is not powerless, its unstoppable, it never quits.  I have several friends that I will be passing this book on to; knowing that they too will enjoy what was shared in this book.  Will everyone enjoy it? Maybe not, but there are enough that will.

I received a free copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers
(Chosen Books) as part of their book review program, and I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Recall Alert: Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs May Contain Salmonella

Recall Alert: Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs May Contain Salmonella

a Book of interest: 10 People every Christian should know.

Not free.. currently
 $ 2.51 for Kindle. I like this mention of one of the people:

Amy Carmichael
"She simply did not fit into our modern world of interchangeable parts, because she was unique. She knew what God wanted her to do and she did it."                                                                                                                                                                                                 Book Info

Friday, March 8, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Book Review: SHATTERED by Dani Pettrey

This is Book # 2  about the McKenna family of Yancey, Alaska.
This time there's been a murder in their usually quiet town, but it looks like a slam dunk on who is the killer. Rafe McKenna, the younger brother, who left town (and family) as soon as he could.  The family hasn't heard much from him or seen him until he comes stumbling into his sister Piper's home covered in blood.  All the evidence says Rafe is the murder, the town is quick to believe it but not spunky Piper. Deputy Landon Grainger is almost family, but he must find the truth and he's not convinced of Rafe's innocence.

I liked the book, it had a good story line.  The only thing I would point out is that it dragged a bit at one point; where Landon was so sunk in his unworthiness; because it hinders his ability to share his love for Piper.  I think it probably was necessary to show his struggle but thankfully when the story moves on; it does just that.  A few things were kind of predictable but maybe its because I'm watched a lot of T.V. and read a lot of books.  With that said, I still liked the book and it did have twists and turns.

What is also important to me is that it is a "clean book" to read. No soft porn entries or sex scenes; thank you very much!!   I probably should add that the subject of faith is included in this story but not in a way that takes over the story; in case people are worried about that.  Its very skillfully (I think anyway) woven into the story.
Side Note:  Come on, when is the author going to do Kayden McKenna and Jake's story?   Its been simmering in the background through both books. Kayden is intense and incredibly rude to Jake; that sounds like a lot of hurt in that girl; a great story in the making, I'm sure.   Looking forward to that one too.  She's already got my curiosity going; good job.  Do I sense a possible story about Gage McKenna and Darcy St. James?  That one could be interesting too! Yes, I'm enjoying this series.

 I received a free copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers as part of their book review program, and I am under no obligation to write a positive review.