Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wish you could go back and tell yourself what you should have done differently?

Book info
About the book:
The Five Times I Met Myself
(Thomas Nelson, November 2015)

What if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say?

Brock Matthews' once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage.

So when he discovers his vivid dreams---where he encounters his younger self---might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing.

Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn't know how to let go . . . and his greatest fear is that it's already too late.

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About the author:
James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel Rooms as well as Book of Days, The Chair, Soul's Gate, Memory's Door, and Spirit Bridge. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest.

Connect with James: website, Twitter, Facebook

My Review:
I really enjoyed "The Five Times I Met Myself," written by James L. Rubart.  I don't know of anyone who has not once asked, "What if...;" what if I made a different choice, what if I said no instead of yes, what if I had done this instead of that.  This book basically addresses that question through Bock who meets his younger self in a dream and he is able to make decisions and make changes in his life.  Brock's relationships are addressed in this book including love and family.  This really is a journey of faith and healing.  I could not stop reading once I started this book as it was if I was on this journey alongside Brock, but also found myself thinking about my own life. The various twists and turns kept my attention and I wanted to stay up reading long after I should. 

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Book Review - "Every Girl Gets Confused"

"Every Girl Gets Confused" is full of humor and heart as are all of Janice's books.  I love how Janice ties in characters from her previous novels by giving them little roles, and taking the reader back to other stories. 
Katie is loving life in Dallas even though she has yet to hear that word from Brady.  Katie is working at Nadia's bridal shop and loving her new life.  However, she finds herself in moments of homesickness and being drawn back into Casey's world and her comfortable own life in Fairfield, leading her to question her decisions and her heart. 
I love the storyline and the characters and the unique approach that Janice takes.  The first book in this series, Katie's dress is created and modeled after Loretta Lynn.  This book revolves around a bride and a dress that is created for her with Doris Day as the inspiration.  There was mention of a Scarlett O'Hara gown, I hope Janice ties this storyline and design into a book as well.
The other characters and their stories meld so nicely as well and I love the ones that involve Queenie and Katie's brothers and their girls. 
I am looking forward to book #3 coming out next summer!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, November 13, 2015

"You First"

I love everything about this journal by Lea Michele!  It is so much more than just a journal, it is divided into sections with readings and questions to help you answer them and make lists all for the purpose for you to live the best life possible. 
The first section focuses on you, specifically your roots and family background, along with fitness and diet.  The second section addresses ambition and focuses on goals you have or have been wanting to create and pursue.  The third section is about relationships, all types of relationships as there is a chapter for friendship, colleagues and romantic relationships.  My very favorite section is on happiness and this focuses on bringing happiness into your life through giving back to others, gratitude and creating and spending time on hobbies that bring joy. 
This is a gorgeous hardcover edition that has ample space for answering the questions and really delving into your thoughts and dreams. 

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"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Book Review - "Vendetta"

"Filled with red herrings and heart-pounding danger, Vendetta will leave readers anxiously awaiting Nikki Boyd's next adventure."--Irene Hannon, bestselling author of the Private Justice series

No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels this case has become personal, and she is not the hunter . . . but the hunted.

With this explosive first book in The Nikki Boyd Files, award-winning author Lisa Harris takes you on a fast-paced pursuit of justice that will have you holding your breath until the heart-stopping finish.

Praise for the suspense novels of Lisa Harris

"Readers looking for a strong female protagonist and a unique murder mystery will find much to admire in Harris's work."--Publishers Weekly on Dangerous Passage

"A thrill ride from start to finish. Full of twists and turns, this exciting story will keep readers enthralled."--RT Book Reviews, 4-star review of Fatal Exchange

"Appealing characters along with fast-paced action . . . a great read for fans of romantic suspense."--Booklist on Hidden Agenda

Lisa Harris is a Christy Award winner and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. The author of nearly thirty books, including Dangerous Passage, Fatal Exchange, and Hidden Agenda, Harris and her family have spent twelve years living as missionaries in southern Africa. They currently live in Mozambique. Learn more at

My Review:
Lisa Harris' new series is off to an exciting start!  Seriously, you will not want to stop reading this book once you start!  In the first chapter alone, the reader is introduced to Nikki, her partner and bits and pieces of their personal lives as well that will create an emotional connection with them and instantly hook you to the story.  A crime that has been unsolved for a decade is brought to the forefront once again with a new case that Nikki is assigned to, but then her role become much more involved. 
This book is a must read for those who enjoy romantic suspense; this needs to be on the top of your to read stack. "Vendetta" moves at a fast pace and has such likable characters that I am so looking forward to reading book #2.  

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Book Review - "A Reason To Stay"

Sometimes the thing that keeps us from making the wrong choice is the one thing we can't control.

I have loved the first two books in Kellie Coates Gilbert's Texas Gold novels and this third one is a must-read as well.  Kellie does an amazing job with creating characters whom the reader cannot help but fall in love with and empathize with as they are so realistic and dealing with real life issues. 
"A Reason To Stay" is a fast-moving story that immerses the reader in Faith's life as a reporter and the lifestyle that she has chosen for herself.  However, things drastically change when she gives her heart away and she realizes that some have different priorities. 
I found myself immediately transported back to Texas and the affluent lives of the individuals in this story.  Faith and Geary have some different lives and yet they have a strong bond.  This is an emotional read that will remain with you long after you finish reading the book.

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Do your kids have questions about God? @MartyMachowski's new book is here to help them understand

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About the book:
The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New
(New Growth Press, October 2015)

A page-turning storybook of theology for kids

In the cellar of the old stone cathedral, Carla and Timothy uncover a life-changing treasure, a carefully wrapped ancient book known as The Ology. What adults might describe as a beautifully illustrated storybook of systematic theology, the kids discover to be a story of adventure, mystery, and wonder that leads them to the truth about God, themselves, and the world around them.

Truth is for kids, not just for adults! So The Ology gives kids of all ages a beginner's theology book to help them understand who God is and how we, as his children, relate to him. Arranged within a traditional systematic theological framework, each truth in The Ology is also connected to the larger redemptive story of Scripture. The doctrine of God, for example, is presented in the larger framework of creation, where the attributes of God are more clearly on display. The Ology takes abstract theological concepts and makes them easier to understand with the use of creative examples, illustrations, and analogies. The goal is not to say everything that could be said about a theological topic, but rather to share the key thoughts behind a theological concept. The Ology is a starting point to learning theology and aims to create a hunger and desire in children to learn more as they grow older.

Designed for six-year-olds through preteens, this flexible resource includes built-in adaptations for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together. Read The Ology to preschoolers, read it with grade-school kids, and let older kids discover the "hidden" truths by reading the corresponding Scripture passages for each section. However you read it, The Ology will give your children a gift that will last a lifetime---a solid foundation of life-changing biblical truth that will point them to the God who loves them and gave himself for them.

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A companion The Ology CD from Bob Kauflin and Sovereign Music will also be available.

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 About the author:

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over twenty years. He is the author of the Gospel Story for Kids series, which includes The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, Old Story New, and the Gospel Story Curriculum, as well as the Advent devotional and curriculum Prepare Him Room. He and his wife, Lois, and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Find Marty online:
website, Twitter

My Review:

This is a beautiful book to share with your children and to read through together discovering and gaining a deeper understanding of God's truths.  Divided into 11 sections and then further divided into chapters within the sections make this so easy to use and read with children as it is a easy to use and the right amount of information for small attention spans.  The first section focuses on God, who God is and characteristics of God.  Another section focuses on sin, including Satan's first temptation, how sin entered the world and how sin spreads like a disease.  The church, adoption into God's family, change and end times are some of the other sections included in this book as well.
The illustrations in this book are amazing!  They are gorgeous, soothing and full of detail; I could spend hours just paging through studying them.  The layout is very well-done as well; the pages do not have a cluttered feeling or look to them and yet have so many details included.  There is a main verse included in a cute text box and then where other related verses are found are included strategically among the illustrations; I love this look!
I highly recommend this as it will become a treasured keepsake that will be loved by children, parents and grandparents and a way to instill Biblical truths and lead to deeper discussions about faith. 

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


My seven year-old daughter spotted this book as soon as I opened the package it arrived it and she immediately began to page through it.  She started to tell me different ones that she wants to make for different occasions and began to read me the ingredients that we would need to make some of the recipes.  She is a fan and I love that she is so excited to try these recipes with me!
My daughter's reaction to this book is my favorite thing about it as I love when my children want to bake, cook, and create in the kitchen with me.  I also love the layout and design of this book.  It is a cute, hardcover book that is a nice size and square shape.  The recipes are well-written meaning that is ample space and the directions are easy to understand.  The variety of recipes in this book is great as well as there are recipes that are more "everyday" while there is also a section for holidays, ones that are a little fancier or holiday themed.  I cannot wait to try out these recipes as they all sound amazing and use ingredients that I would not have thought to use in one of these treats. 

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"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."