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!

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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!

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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."

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tracie Miles' 'Unsinkable Faith' Prize Pack Giveaway


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Unsinkable Faith Tracie Miles
Have negative thought patterns overtaken your life and shaken your faith? Learn how to anchor your heart in God despite what storms roll in in Tracie Miles' new book, Unsinkable Faith. Each chapter explores Tracie's and other women's personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life.

Join Tracie and other readers on April 25th for a fun Facebook Live event and the Anchored in Faith Prize Pack Giveaway (details below)!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:
 

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 25. The winner will be announced at the Unsinkable Faith Facebook Live event. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and others searching for unsinkable faith, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 25th!

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About the book: 

For many people, remaining optimistic and feeling positive about themselves and their lives is a constant battle - especially when circumstances are difficult and life is hard.
For others, negativity is something that only sneaks up from time to time, yet still wreaks havoc in their hearts. Regardless of the root causes, once pessimistic thoughts permeate our minds, our feelings and emotions begin to control us instead of us controlling them. Eventually it doesn't seem possible to stay positive, happy, and full of joy, and negative thought patterns shake our faith, causing us to sink emotionally, mentally, and spiritually over time. But it doesn't have to be that way. Despite what storms roll in, hearts anchored in God don't sink. When we change the way we think, we can change the way we feel and live, even if our circumstances remain the same. Intentionally embracing the opportunity to experience a transformed heart and a renewed mind opens the door for a changed life, because a positive mind will always lead to a more positive life.
In 
Unsinkable Faith, author and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Tracie Miles offers hope for women who struggle with negativity. Each chapter explores Tracie's and other women's personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. 
Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life. This book will equip you to:
-Replace pessimism with positive thinking by becoming the captain of your thoughts;
-Learn how true joy and happiness are based on choice, not circumstances;
-Overcome unhealthy habits of negative thinking by intentionally implementing three easy mind-renewing steps;
-Stop feeling hopeless and pitiful, and start feeling hope-filled and powerful instead; and
-Discover that when you change the way you think, you change the way feel, and in turn you can change your life completely.

About the author:
Tracie Miles is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries and a bestselling author who's spent the last twelve years inspiring women to become who God called them to be. She's the author of "Your Life Still Counts" and "Stressed-Less Living," and a contributor to Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotions.
Find out more about Tracie at http://traciemiles.com.

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My Review:
"Unsinkable Faith" is one of the best women's book that I have read!  Tracie Miles has written a book that really caught my attention and is filled with so many tidbits of wisdom.  It was as if Tracie was speaking right to me as she wrote in a conversational style and we were chatting over mugs of coffee.  Tracie begins the book with sharing Molly Brown's story, a life of hardship, but she persevered through so many hardships throughout her life and was nicknamed rightly so "unsinkable."  Tracie then shares her heart and a personal incident that left her reeling and in a negative mindset that she fought to overcome.  This book is divided into 10 ten chapters and each one builds upon the other and each one is just as important as the other.  The strategies, reflections and the challenges that are shared at the end of each chapter are great as it really helped me to apply each of the chapters to my own life and to really delve deeper into what was being shared in the book.  I highly recommend this book and am eager to read more by Tracie.

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.*

Saturday, April 8, 2017

'The NKJV Woman's Study Bible' Grow in the Word Giveaway


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The NKJV Woman's Bible Study
You're invited to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman's Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

This spring, cultivate your heart's spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.



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The Woman's Study Bible 
poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation.
Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, 
The Woman's Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman's Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.
Features Include:
-Beautiful full-color design throughout
-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
-Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
-Book introductions and outlines
-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
-Quotes from godly women throughout history
-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
-Topical index
-Concordance
About the publisher:
In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God's Word.

Find out more about Thomas at https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com.

My Review:
This Bible is a gorgeous edition and one that I will use myself for many years to come.  There are so many great features making this an excellent Bible to use for personal study.  I love the readings that are included, there is a great variety and they pertain to me and my every day life.  Also, the notes are excellent as well and really connect verses for me and also help me to really know and understand what is being stated in the verses.  The many quotes, articles and writings by so many women is so great, there is so much to be learned from these Godly women and their thoughts.  The version I received is a flower cloth-covered hardcover edition and it is beautiful; I absolutely love the rose tinged pages as well.  I highly recommend this Bible for any woman whom is looking for a Bible or a new Bible to go deeper into God's word. 

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

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


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Jonathan Morrow's 'Welcome to College' Survival Pack Giveaway

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Welcome to College Jonathan Morrow
Does your high school senior nervously gulp when asked what his or her life plans are? Give him or her encouragement and peace of mind with Jonathan Morrow's Welcome to College, what J. P. Moreland calls "the single best volume I have ever read for preparing students for how to follow Jesus and flourish as his disciple in college." Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years. Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible.

Join Jonathan and other parents prepping their kids for college in celebrating the excitement of the next life stage for their kids by entering to win the College Survival Pack Giveaway (details below) and by attending his author chat party on April 11!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • One copy of Welcome to College
  • One $50 Target gift card
  • One $25 Amazon gift card
  • One $25 Starbucks gift card
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 11. The winner will be announced at the Welcome to College Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Jonathan and other parents with kids prepping for college, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!


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About the book:

Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than "What will you do with your life?"
In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It's critical that students know how to handle college before they're in the thick of it.
Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:
-How do you grow spiritually?
-How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
-Is all truth relative?
-Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
-As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?
Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow's book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.


About the author:
Jonathan Morrow (DMin, MDiv) is the author of several books including "Questioning the Bible" and he speaks nationally on biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture. He is adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute where he teaches high school and college students. Jonathan is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith.
Find out more about Jonathan at http://www.jonathanmorrow.org.

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My Review:
Jonathan Morrow's book "Welcome to College" is a guidebook for every high school senior who is headed off to college.  This address all areas of changes and adjustments that coming with this transition in life.  The college-bound student is going to have to adjust to being on their own and having more independence; however this could be overwhelming or they may not be prepared to make wise decisions as every choice that is made has either a positive or a negative consequence.  Jonathan addresses staying strong spiritually, emotionally, and finding a good balance for having fun and studying.  There is a lot of information in this book, including lists, highlighted points, references for further reading and a box in each chapter highlighting the main points.  I highly recommend this book for all college bound students as it will help them to think about what college will be like and help prepare them for the potential challenges in this exciting transition. 

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.*

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Are you too focused on the "right" ways of worship, work, and family life?


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The "right" homeschooling philosophy. The "right" brand of theology. The "right" meal-planning, home-managing, keep-it-all-together parenting.
Kendra Fletcher, homeschooling mom of eight, had it all "right," until it all fell apart. In the course of eighteen months, Kendra found her baby in a coma, ran over her five-year-old, and nearly lost her eight-year-old to a septic ruptured appendix. 
Lost and Found is the story of how God used those events to transform her family's self-righteous religion into freedom in Christ.
Fletcher's debut book is the gripping true story of how God used suffering to save her family from empty religion. As wave after wave of crisis hit, the Fletchers discovered that getting religion "right" wasn't a good substitute for a living relationship with a loving God. Through their suffering, they learned about misplaced identities and false hope, and they threw themselves wholly into the arms of Jesus-where they found the grace they needed.
Fletcher, a well-known writer and conference speaker in Christian homeschooling circles, addresses the quiet legalism that so easily infiltrates Christian communities and exposes the dangers of focusing our hopes on the "right" ways of worship, work, and family life. More than a memoir, 
Lost and Found invites all of us to give up the things that hold us in bondage and find our value, worth, significance, hope, and identity in Christ alone.



Kendra Fletcher writes on faith and education for a variety of publications, including her blog. She is also a frequent speaker at homeschooling conventions, but she spends most of her time with her very large family. The Fletchers reside in California, where they play in the Pacific Ocean as often as possible.
Find out more about Kendra at  http://www.kendrafletcher.com.


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My Review:
Kendra shares her story and her heart in such a way that there is no way you cannot empathize with her and yearn for the peace she has found and the relationship she has found with God.  I found myself in tears so many times throughout this books and so many moments of holding my breath, just praying and hoping that things would turn out okay.  Christ suffered the ultimate, the ultimate hurt, and He gave His life for us in order that we can spend eternal life in Heaven.  However, on Earth we get so caught up in living life "right," living life how we believe others expect us to be living or expectations that we hold for ourselves while in reality it is not what Christ has intended for us.  "Lost & Found" is such an inspiring read that it is impossible to not be moved by Kendra's story and do some soul-searching on your own. 

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.*