Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now by Max Lucado

Are you stuck in the wilderness known as midlife misery? Can you name the day you became a Christian but can’t remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer? Find encouragement in Max Lucado's new book, Glory Days. With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.

Now through August 31, 2015, pre-order Glory Days and receive free gifts!

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Pre-order one copy of Glory Days (any format) AND one copy of God is With You Every Day (Max's brand-new, 365-day devotional—any format), and receive both the abridged audio version of In the Grip of Grace and a paperback copy of Traveling Light by Max Lucado (U.S. addresses only). 

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Book Description


 The wilderness. Maybe you know it well.

The Israelites sure did. After all, they spent forty years wandering the desert. Victories were scarce. Progress was slow. They were free from Pharaoh but not free from fear. Saved but stuck.

Sounds a lot like midlife misery. Caught in a rut. Stalled out. Running on empty. Are you mired in the same?

You can name the day you became a Christian and escaped Egypt. But you can't remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer. You're fighting the same battles you fought the day you came to Christ. You're out of Egypt, but Egypt's not out of you.

Isn't the Christian life supposed to be better than this?

Jesus offers abundant joy. Yet you live with oppressive grief. The epistles speak of grace. You shoulder guilt. You are more than a conqueror yet are commonly conquered by temptation or weaknesses.

But there's good news. With God's help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.

This is God's vision for your life. You, at full throttle. You, as you were intended. You, as victor over the Jerichos and giants. You, minus the stumbles, hurts, and hate.

You and your Promised Land life.

"New York Times "bestselling author Max Lucado invites readers to leave the wilderness and discover a life defined by grace, refined by challenge, and aligned with a heavenly call. By studying the life of Joshua and the biblical book that bears his name, Lucado reveals God's promises for every step and reminds readers that God still fights for them.


About the Author

 Max Lucado has touched millions with his signature storytelling writing style. Awards and accolades follow Max with each book he writes. Max is the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times—1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader’s Digest dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher.” In addition, he has been an ECPA Gold Medallion finalist with more titles than any other author in the industry.

In 1994, he became the only author to have 11 of his twelve books in print simultaneously appear on paperback, hardcover and children's CBA bestseller lists. Lucado set a new industry record by concurrently placing nine different Word Publishing titles on the CBA Hardcover Bestseller List in both March and April 1997. Max Lucado is a fixture on the national bestseller lists – a Max Lucado title has appeared on the CBA hardcover bestseller list every month for the past dozen years. He has appeared on the Publishers Weekly, USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. He has won eight ECPA Gold Medallion awards.

In addition to his nonfiction books, Lucado has authored several award-winning children's titles including, Just In Case You Ever Wonder, The Crippled Lamb, Alabaster's Song and the award-winning You Are Special. Max is also the author of Hermie: A Common Caterpillar, and the Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends collection of books and DVD’s are quickly becoming a fixture on bestseller lists. He also served as the general editor for the best-selling Lucado Study Bible and God's Inspirational Promise Book.

In the Fall of 2006, he released Facing Your Giants, followed by Every Day Deserves a Chance in April of the 2007.

For over twenty years, Max has served as the Senior Pastor of the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. But he says his greatest accomplishment is finding a one-in-a-million wife in Denalyn and having three unbelievable daughters: Jenna, Andrea, and Sara.



My Review

Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now is a book by Christian author Max Lucado. Lucado is one of the most prolific contemporary Christian authors. I have enjoyed and found wisdom in all the Lucado books that I have read. He has an easy to read style that makes it available to all readers.

We are all wandering in the desert. We are bumbling through life. In the book Glory Days, Max Lucado discusses how the Israelites' journey that is told in Joshua to demonstrate how Christians can  leave the wilderness that they find themselves in, and find their Canaan, their own Promised Land. We don't need to wander any longer. We are accepted and forgiven by God.

Lucado emphasizes how much regular bible reading enhances a Christian's spiritual life. You can read all the Christian books you want but if you are neglecting your bible reading, you are missing a lot.

Glory Days is accessible to all. It is a good book to reinforce and assure Christians. It is also a great book to give to non-Christians who are struggling in their lives.

I highly recommend Glory Days as well as any book by Max Lucado.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review: NIV Zondervan Study Bible Built on the Truth of Scripture and Centered on the Gospel Message By General Editor D.A. Carson





  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 163849 KB
  • Print Length: 2912 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Lea Spl edition (Aug. 25 2015)
  • Sold by: Zondervan CA (CA SOR)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VPSWIGA



Book Description


The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, featuring Dr. D.A. Carson as general editor, is built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message. D.A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is a founding member of the Gospel Coalition.

BUILT ON THE TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE AND CENTERED ON THE GOSPEL MESSAGE

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, featuring Dr. D.A. Carson as general editor, is built on the truth of Scripture and centered on the gospel message. An ambitious and comprehensive undertaking, Dr. Carson, with committee members Dr. T. Desmond Alexander, Dr. Richard S. Hess, Dr. Douglas J. Moo, and Dr. Andrew David Naselli, along with a team of over 60 contributors from a wide range of evangelical denominations and perspectives, crafted all-new study notes and other study tools to present a biblical theology of God's special revelation in the Scriptures. To further aid the readers' understanding of the Bible, also included are full-color maps, charts, photos and diagrams. In addition, a single-column setting of the Bible text provides maximum readability.

The accessible and fresh interior design will capture your attention and enhance your study experience. Along with your purchase, you'll also receive free electronic access to the NIV Zondervan Study Bible.

Features include:
  • Over 60 scholarly contributors 
  • Over 1.2 million words of new content 
  • Over 3,000 pages packed with in-depth study tools 
  • Nearly 20,000 all-new, comprehensive verse-by-verse study notes 
  • Customized, theologically rich, illustrated book introductions 
  • 6 section introductions to literary genres ("The Pentateuch," "The Historical Books," etc.) 
  • Full-color interior with extensive use of over 60 colorful charts, over 90 maps, and hundreds of photos 
  • Comprehensive library of over 30 articles by award-winning scholars on topics such as "The Bible and Theology," "The Glory of God," "Covenant," "Love and Grace," and more 
  • Cross-reference system 
  • Complete text of the New International Version 
  • Concordance with over 35,000 Scripture references 
  • Free electronic access to the study Bible

 Free electronic access to the study Bible



About the Editor

D. A. Carson (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author or coauthor of over 45 books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winning book The Gagging of God and An Introduction to the New Testament, and is general editor of Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns and Worship by the Book. He has served as a pastor and is an active guest lecturer in church and academic settings around the world.

My Review

I must confess that I have quite a few study bibles. My latest is the NIV Zondervan Study Bible: Built on the Truth of Scripture and Centered on the Gospel Message. It is a great resource for home study because it is big! And heavy! There are 2,880 pages. It is substantial. I can turn the pages without worrying about tearing them. I can read the print...and I'm not young! There is lots of color to add interest. And best of all...it came with free access to the digital edition so I can access it remotely.

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible has a great layout. For example, the New Testament begins with an introduction to the New Testament which is followed by an introduction to The Gospels and Acts. Then there is an introduction to the Book of Matthew. There are beautiful illustrations, maps charts and graphs throughout.  At the end of the Book of Revelation there are articles by biblical scholars such as Timothy Keller who is one of my favorite biblical writers.

If you only want to have one study bible then this would be definitely one to consider. It is filled with a wealth of information for increasing your understanding of the bible. It is available for purchase beginning August 25th.



Review: Small Wars (Jack Reacher #19.5) by Lee Child




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (Aug. 18 2015)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01208O00U
Book Description

 A young lieutenant colonel, in a stylish handmade uniform, roars through the damp woods of Georgia in her new silver Porsche - until she meets a very tall soldier with a broken-down car.

What could connect a cold-blooded off-post shooting with Reacher, his elder brother Joe, and a secretive unit of pointy-heads from the Pentagon?


About the Author

 Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment. The first Jack Reacher movie, based on the novel One Shot and starring Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike, was released in December 2012.

Lee has three homes—an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the two. In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar's Browns Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise.


My Review

$2.99 for Kindle...should be 99 cents in my opinion.

This short story by Lee Child is actually worth reading. Small Wars is back in time when Reacher was still in the army, his brother Joe was still alive and Frances Naigley is working for Reacher.

Great read. Loved this short story which provides more insight into the past. Now I am really ready for the new Reacher book, Make Me, which is out in September.



Review: Long Upon the Land (Deborah Knott Mysteries #20) by Margaret Maron





  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1078 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Aug. 11 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WF8IJVC

Book Description

 Margaret Maron, New York Times bestselling author and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, returns to Colleton County with an exciting new Deborah Knott mystery . . .

LONG UPON THE LAND


On a quiet August morning, Judge Deborah Knott's father Kezzie makes a shocking discovery on a remote corner of his farm: the body of a man bludgeoned to death. Investigating this crime, Deborah's husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, soon uncovers a long-simmering hostility between Kezzie and the slain man over a land dispute. The local newspaper implies that Deborah's family may have had something to do with the murder-and that Dwight is dragging his feet on the case.

Meanwhile, Deborah is given a cigarette lighter that once belonged to her mother. The cryptic inscription inside rekindles Deborah's curiosity about her parents' past, and how they met. For years she has wondered how the daughter of a wealthy attorney could have married a widowed, semi-illiterate bootlegger, and this time she's determined to find the answer.

But why are Deborah's brothers so reluctant to talk about the dead man? Is the murder linked to Kezzie's illegal whiskey business? And could his courtship of Deborah's mother have something to do with the bad blood between the two families? Despite Deborah's promise not to interfere in Dwight's work, she cannot stop herself from doing everything she can to help clear her brothers and her father from suspicion . . .


About the Author

 Born and raised in central North Carolina, Margaret Maron lived in Italy before returning to the USA where she and her husband now live. In addition to a collection of short stories she's also the author of 16 mystery novels. Her works have been translated into seven languages her Bootlegger's Daughter, a Washington Post Bestseller won Edgar Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime and of the American Crime writers' league, and a director on the national board for Mystery Writers of America.

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My Review

Long Upon The Land is the 20th book in the Deborah Knott series by Margaret Maron. Long Upon the Land is the final book in the series. I think author Maron is smart to not spend too long at the party but I will miss new releases in this series.

Long Upon the Land tells the story of how Deborah's parents met. It was a good story to end the series on. I loved the ending. I feel like Long Upon the Land is a gift to the fans who have been with Maron (and the Knott family) since the beginning. A satisfying final tale to warm our hearts as we grieve the end of the series.

Can this be read as a stand alone? It could. There is a murder mystery to solve! And the writing and the tale is that good. But this is a story for the fans of whom there are many. Thank you Margaret Maron for the Knott family and their stories.

Great book! Highly recommend.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Killer Run (A Tourist Trap Mystery #5) by Lynn Cahoon




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Lyrical Underground (Aug. 18 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TNBLXX0

Book Description

 Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—has somehow been talked into sponsoring a 5k race along the beautiful California coast. The race is a fundraiser for the local preservation society—but not everyone is feeling so charitable…

The day of the race, everyone hits the ground running…until a local business owner stumbles over a very stationary body. The deceased is the vicious wife of the husband-and-wife team hired to promote the event—and the husband turns to Jill for help in clearing his name. But did he do it? Jill will have to be very careful, because this killer is ready to put her out of the running…forever!
 


About the Author

 New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho expat. She grew up living the small town life she now loves to write about. Currently, she's living with her husband and two fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the Tourist Trap series won the 2015 Reader's Crown award for Mystery Fiction.

My Review

 I have really been enjoying the Tourist Trap Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. Killer Run is the fifth book in the series.

I generally become hooked on cozy mystery series by the continuing characters and the feeling of a connected family of people who reappear in each mystery in the series. This is the reason I enjoy the Tourist Trap series by Lyn Cahoon. It sort of feels like going home. Killer Run is once again set in the fictional small town of South Cove which is located somewhere on the California coast...I think of it as the town of Cambria when I'm reading. I love the California coast.

Great to visit with Jill, Aunt Jackie, Josh and the rest of the crew. Detective boyfriend Greg has way too many exes in his life! Jill still has a strained relationship with diner owner Lille. Greg is not very available in this outing but Aunt Jackie appears more. I enjoyed the mystery aspect. It took me a while to sort it out.

Overall Killer Run is a great addition to a this fun series!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Review: Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom #1) by Sarah Sundin

Dive into Sarah Sundin's explosive new series, Waves of Freedom, with book one, Through Waters DeepWhen evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them in the midst of their budding romance.

Join Sarah in celebrating the release of Through Waters Deep by entering to win an Anchors Aweigh prize pack!

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  • A nautical tote bag
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  • A "Hope Anchors the Soul" journal
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  • Through Waters Deep apron
  • A set of nautical tea towels
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Book Description 

 It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges--and dangers--await them.


About the Author 
 
 Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of the upcoming Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, coming August 2015), the Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every Letter, 2012, On Distant Shores, 2013, and In Perfect Time, 2014), and the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow). She also has a novella in the WWII Christmas collection Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook, 2014).

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California. She works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups.

 
My Review

 Through Waters Deep is the first book in author Sarah Sundin's Waves of Freedom series. Sarah Sundin writes charming books that take place during World War II. She is a fantastic storyteller and author.

Through Waters Deep is a historical drama with some mystery and romance. If you like reading historical fiction and in particular books about WWII then this book is for you. Sarah is also a Christian writer so you know it is going to be a good, clean tale.

As a Canadian, I did not learn much about American history in school. Sarah's books always enlighten me as to the American viewpoint. I find that I always learn quite a bit...and I have a degree in History..just not American history. She really brings the reader right into the action of what was really happening just before Pearl Harbor was bombed and the US entered the war.

 Through Waters Deep has something for everyone...spiritual, suspense, romance...be sure to read this one!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Review: Agatha's First Case (Agatha Raisin Mysteries) by M.C. Beaton






  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Aug. 11 2015)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XTW2A5E

Book Description


At age twenty six, Agatha Raisin has already come a long way. She has clawed her way up since leaving the Birmingham slum where she was born. She's lost her Birmingham accent, run away from her drunken husband, and found a job at a public relations office as a secretary. Then her boss asks Agatha to go to the home of Brian Devese to tell him that he is soon going to be arrested for the murder of his wife and that the agency no longer wants to represent him.

Brian, impressed with the pugnacious Agatha, asks her to handle PR for him and even offers her an office and tells her she can hire a staff. Certainly the best thing Agatha can do for her first client is to find out who really murdered his wife and clear his name. And with her wits and gumption, Agatha sets out to do just that.

New York Times bestseller M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin is beloved by millions and this brand new short story take us back to where it all began with Agatha's first case.

About the Author



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Marion Chesney Gibbons
aka: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Marion Chesney, Charlotte Ward, Sarah Chester.

Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic. She left Smith’s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead. She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime. This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter. After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. When that didn’t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.

Anxious to spend more time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977. After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story. They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep. But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.



My Review

 I have read every book in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series. I  love Agatha. She is the no-filter fascinating aunt I wish I had! Following M.C. Beaton on Facebook and reading her posts is like having Agatha as one of your friends (Agatha has a lot of M.C.'s traits).

I just had to read this lovely new short story about Agatha's first case that was released on Tuesday. It will have to hold me over until the new Agatha book, Dishing The Dirt, is out next month. Agatha's First Case provides the reader with insight into the beginnings of Agatha's Public Relations business and how Roy Silver came into her life.

Great short story. The first few chapters of Dishing the Dirt are also included at the end.