Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lisa Lloyd's 'Chasing Famous' Prize Pack Giveaway



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Chasing Famous Lisa Lloyd
Did you know you're constantly, often unconsciously, auditioning for a part? Learn how to master these issues and turn the spotlight on God with the help of Lisa Lloyd's new book, Chasing Famous. Chasing Famous is a redemptive book that teaches us how to take the focus off ourselves and shift it back on to the glory of God. Written by a professional actress who readily admits that she is the most self-centered person she knows, Chasing Famous provides practical and sometimes humorous examples of scriptural truth that will help you master the natural self-centered tendencies of life.

Discover what life really means when the focus is on God and enter to win Lisa's Spotlight on God Prize Pack!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 28. The winner will be announced May 1 on the Litfuse blog.



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About the book: 

Have you ever considered your life as an audition?
Regardless of who or where we are, we are constantly, often unconsciously, auditioning for a part. Loving wife. Amazing employee. Crafting queen. Socialite. All we really want is to be loved, affirmed, and accepted. What if we could learn to live the life we have always been auditioning for without all the stress?

Chasing Famous is a redemptive book that teaches us how to take the focus off ourselves and shift it back on to the glory of God. Written by a professional actress who readily admits that she is the most self-centered person she knows, Chasing Famous provides practical and sometimes humorous examples of scriptural truth that will help you master the natural self-centered tendencies of life. Once you've mastered these issues, and you can, your story will turn the spotlight on God where, you'll soon discover, what it means to truly live.


Lisa is a speaker, emcee, actor, and writer. Since receiving her bachelor of fine arts in theater from Southern Methodist University, Lisa has been featured in many major performance mediums. Her television credits include What Would You Do?, Prison Break, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful. You may see her on television commercials, highway billboards, or TV screens at the local airport. She has performed with many theaters, including the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Montana Shakespeare, the Dallas Theater Center, and Casa MaƱana Theater. She is a highly sought-after speaker at women s retreats, conferences, and events across the country. She and her husband Markus live in McKinney, Texas, and have two boys.

Find out more about Lisa at http://www.lisalloyd.org.

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My Review:
"Chasing Famous" is Lisa sharing her heart of getting back on track with chasing God and living life with God as the focus instead of herself.  Every day we are each trying to improve ourselves for a certain role, be the model wife, be the mom who has the perfect home and the perfect kids, be the woman who can juggle all the hats she has to wear.  However, it is not the life that God intended for each of us to live.  Each chapter Lisa shares her story and her heart in, then a Biblical account was shared, drawing from various individuals from the Bible and their examples of living lives for Christ.  Lisa then ends each chapter with questions to reflect on and answer.  I really liked the layout of the chapters as it was easy to relate to Lisa as she was so open with her heart and life.  Also, the Biblical accounts were familiar, yet there was some new insight I gained as well.  Finally, it was easy to really take this book and relate it to my own life with the questions with each chapter.  This is a great, easy read that will have you thinking about your own life.

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

*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour.*

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Never Unfriended"

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Friendships can be so tricky, and yet they are something that we yearn for in our lives.  Women can be "catty," but yet once you really connect with someone and have an incredible friendship with another woman you do not want to let that go.  Lisa-Jo Baker has shared her thoughts and encouragement on this subject in her new book, "Never Unfriended: the secret to finding and keeping lasting friendships."  This is such an incredible book and one that really made me think about what I want in friendships and what I have had and currently have in friendships.  Lisa-Jo shares so many great lines in this book, and one that really stood out is: "Maybe the most intimate, radical thing we can do for our friends is to show up."  This is the whole purpose of friendships - to be present, to be someone who can be counted on to share the good and the bad with, someone to be a sounding board, someone to laugh with, someone to cry with, someone to just be there when needed.  This is only one of the many, many insights that Lisa-Jo shares with the reader.  I highly recommend this for women whom are seeking to build their relationships and have friendships to last.

*Thanks to the B&H/Lifeway Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

"Pursued"


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"Pursued" is book #3 in Lisa Harris' Nikki Boyd Files series and it is another exciting addition to the series.  Nikki is flying back into Nashville and is nervous and excited as she will be seeing Tyler and will have to figure out her feelings and where their relationship may be headed.  As Nikki and her seatmate Erika chat for a few minutes when the plane hits turbulence, and then crash lands, Nikki knows that Erika existed and was there even if no one else admits she was.  Nikki is determined to find out what happened and she is pulled into an investigation as she is notified that Erika was a witness who was returning to Nashville to testify, but the marshal with her was killed in the crash and Erika is no where to be found.  

Lisa dives right into the action and brings the reader right back into Nikki's world.  Nikki is such a great main character as she is easy to empathize with and I have loved seeing her character develop throughout this series.  This is one not to miss out on for romantic suspense fans!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Friday, April 21, 2017

"Sandpiper Cove"

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I just love Irene Hannon's Hope Harbor novels!  "Sandpiper Cove" is her latest and one of her best!  Irene does an incredible job of mixing romance and suspense.  Lexi is the Police Chief and Adam is an ex-con, so really they are opposites in so many ways, yet they are teamed up for a common purpose.  Adam never would have expected to be interacting with Lexi like this and Lexi is desperate to keep an at-risk teenager from ending up in a horrible situation and going further down a path of destruction.  Lexi and Adam's interactions portrayed forgiveness, hope and friendship and their relationship were so inspiring offering hoe and second chances. Hope Harbor is such a great place and I love the characters that show up in each story as they add much to the story and it is nice to see them again.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series coming out!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Are you lacking real faith in or love or Jesus? You might be "Getting Jesus Wrong."




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About the book:

Jesus is not a life coach, a movement leader, a cultural visionary, or a blessing dispenser-but you might not know that by listening to many Christians talk about their faith.
Feel-good slogans promote a caricatured Jesus made in our own image who cannot save us and leave us feeling guilty for not saving ourselves. Following the wrong Jesus disappoints us and produces anxiety, pride, and despair.
The first half of 
Getting Jesus Wrong recounts pastor and author Matt Johnson's personal encounters with a string of false saviors-false saviors that many, especially young adults, will recognize. Johnson's humor and transparency in recounting his own painful experiences will appeal to those who have tried a "brand" of Christianity and found it lacking.
The truth is, we all want something from Jesus. Some are just hoping for a little help to get through life-a new direction, a purpose that will get us up in the morning, an exercise plan, a way to get organized. But that approach to Jesus doesn't result in real faith or love.
Whether we've followed a false Jesus or attempted to coopt the real Jesus, 
Getting Jesus Wrong ultimately offers us hope because it helps us see Jesus as he is. 
Getting Jesus Wrong shows that the message of the Bible is about Jesus coming to us as we are-which is good news for exhausted and disillusioned disciples. It shows us that getting Jesus right means a whole new way of thinking (the way up is down) and a whole new way of life (daily dependence on the one who knows the beginning from the end). Getting Jesus right gives us more than spiritual vitamins or a blueprint for living; it gives us a full, rich life spent exploring the depths of gospel love together.

About the author:
Matt Johnson is a husband, father to two little girls, and is an armchair student of theology living in Seattle. He is also a freelance writer and editor. Until recently, Matt spent 7 years as an associate volunteer pastor in counseling and recovery ministry.
Find out more about Matt at https://www.therealmattjohnson.com.


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My Review:
"Getting Jesus Wrong" is such a thought-provoking read.  It will have you thinking about your beliefs and your personal walk with Jesus throughout this book while at the same time think ah I have never thought about this or that in that light before.  Each of us have a personal relationship with Jesus, and each of us views Jesus a certain way.  We are all influenced by our families, how we were raised, the church we grew up in or are a part of and how we have interpreted the Bible, among many other factors.  However, some may be inaccurate and cause us to see Jesus a certain way while in fact Jesus Himself is trying to give us another message or really is something all together different from what we belief.  This is a great book to help the reader feel stronger in his or her beliefs and really build that relationship with Jesus to a healthy and more "right" way of thinking and living. 

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

*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour.*


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Life After" - a book you do not want to miss!

Image result for life after katie ganshertKatie Ganshert has an amazing talent of completely engaging the reader in the book that she writes, into the characters' lives and into the world that she has created. "Life After" is an emotional and thought-provoking read that will leave the reader asking her purpose in life and why things have happened that have happened in her life. 
Autumn is the sole survivor of the Tragedy on the Tracks, an incident that happened one morning when a bomb goes off on a train in Chicago.  This is a typical Chicago morning, blustery, commuters going about their everyday lives, but it was not a typical day when 22 individuals are killed and only 1 individual survives.  Autumn is left questioning why she survived, why is she the chosen one, what purpose was there to this tragedy.  Autumn collects everything she can about the tragedy and the individuals lost, much to her family's dismay, and spends her sleepless nights completing one jigsaw puzzle after another.  However, things take a turn when she receives letters and comes face to face with the daughter of the one of the individuals whom was killed because of the tragedy. Paul is shocked when he finds out what his daughter has been doing behind his back and he wants nothing else than to forget that awful day when his wife and the mother of his children was killed, it was a horrific event and he just wants life back to normal. Paul fears that Autumn is going to wreck any progress they have made with moving on. 
This story grabbed my attention right from the very first page.  It was so easy to become a part of the story, I could picture myself there on the train, sitting quietly, observing the other commuters who were mindlessly checking email on their phones, texting messages, looking out the window, something that is a part of their everyday routine, not expecting anything out of the ordinary to happen.  I could imagine Autumn's apartment with her puzzles, her closet of clippings and information and it was so easy to empathize with Autumn, Reese, and Paul as they are trying to adjust to their new normalcy.  I highly recommend this book as you will forever be changed. 



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Monday, April 17, 2017

"Vibrant India"


This is nice hardcover cookbook that is filled with recipes, rich with family history and with beautiful photographs interspersed throughout.  "Vibrant India" is a book that is more than a cookbook, it is a collection of family history to pass onto others and recipes to try and make new family memories of one's own. I was introduced to Indian food by my sisters during a sisters lunch a few Christmases ago, and I loved it.  There are so many flavors with each dish, such variety and so visually appealing.  The recipes included in this book will also help you to get more vegetables into your diet and not be bored with the same thing over and over again.  There is such a wide variety of types of dishes included in this book such as ones for breakfast, salads, stir-fries, festive dishes and sweets.  I am excited to try so many of these recipes and rotate more of these into my weekly menus.

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