Saturday, June 25, 2016

Book Spotlight: The Third Testament

The Third Testament 

Available in Paperback, ebook

May 24, 2010

by John Eklund


  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450225038

Widower Fred Sankt is a professor at a small Catholic college who is not at all accustomed to dreaming. When he begins experiencing a series of profoundly vivid dreams that consistently awaken him at 3:00 a.m., he is not alarmed-simply curious. In the last of his dreams, Fred meets a faceless old friend who informs him that he has been chosen by God to record the next testament of the Bible. Fred decides that, even though it has been nearly two thousand years since the last passage in the Bible was written, if it is God's will for him to take on a project of this magnitude, he has no choice but to accept. But his entire world is turned upside down when his doorbell rings unexpectedly one evening. After he is served a summons, Fred thinks things can't get worse until he receives the news that his daughter Ellen's health is in jeopardy. Despite his personal hardships, Fred soon finds that writing is his only solace. As Fred continues on a spiritual journey to unlock the truth, he creates a treasure for all Christians that ultimately reignites the torch of the faithful.

About the Author

John Eklund is a practicing Catholic who took to writing Christian fiction on a whim and found he loved every minute of it. He resides in the Chicago suburbs with his wife Jennifer, daughter Addison, and two dogs, Greta and Isabel. This is his first novel.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Deception

Deception 

Mountain Cove

Mass Market Paperback, ebook

June 7, 2016

by Elizabeth Goddard 


  • 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373447480


TRAIL OF SECRETS 
Jewel Caraway thought she'd left her mistakes in the past—but then her past arrives at her door. Though she's thrilled to reunite with her estranged sister, something about her sister's new husband makes Jewel uneasy. Does he know her secret? Is he the one behind the growing list of attacks against her? And if he is involved…does that mean her sister is, too? With nowhere else to turn, Jewel must rely on police chief Colin Winters—the first man to make the widow question her resolve to never love again. But will he stay by her side when her guarded secrets are revealed? 
Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide

My thoughts: DECEPTION is Ms. Goddard's newest suspense, and it is edge of your seat fiction for sure. Someone is trying to kill Jewel, but why and who? The trouble always seems to start when her sister and her new husband arrived on vacation. Jewel is happy to see her sister, since the family was estranged, but she is a bit uncomfortable with her sister's new man.  

Jewel is a bit older than the average characters in Love Inspired Suspense, since she's in her mid-to-late forties and Colin is in his fifties. It was nice reading a story about a middle-age couple who've loved and lost. That was a surprise since the average age in most LIS are late twenties to mid-thirties. 


The :who-dun-it and why are fairly obvious in this story, but when a female turned out to be assisting, the suspense level went up. Who is helping? How did they discover Jewel's carefully kept secret? I had to keep reading to find out that part of the suspense and how the "bad guys" were caught. 


If you like romantic suspense, then you will like DECEPTION. 



Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jilted



Jilted Varina Denman




Jilted

by Varina Denman  

Contemporary Fiction
David C. Cook

Lynda Turner has struggled with depression since her husband abandoned her and their young daughter fifteen years ago. 

Yet unexpected hope awakens when a local ex-convict shows interest. As long-hidden secrets resurface, Lynda must fight for her emotional stability and for a life where the shadow of shame is replaced by the light of love.

Jilted tells of a woman who has lost the joy of living, a man determined to draw her back toward happiness, and a town that must---once and for all---leave the past where it belongs. It is a gentle reminder that all things can work together for good.


My thoughts:  I totally loved Jaded and Justified, and anxiously looked forward to reading JILTED. My friend http://cindylovenreviews.blogspot.com/2016/06/varina-denmans-jilted-50-sweet.html told me that it was depressing so I kind of dreaded starting it.  But I told her how good the first two were and she said she gave this one a solid 4 stars, so I dug into this one, despite the depression warning.  

Life hit and drama erupted in my own life and I put the book aside to deal with reality.  I talked to my friend again and she mentioned that she read something about the bones that were found and she had no clue who they were because she hadn't read the first two books. I said bones? There were no bones mentioned in the first two books! But I made a guess who the bones belonged to, she told me I'd have to read the book to find out, and then I told her who killed that person, and she said "Wow, you're good."  

Maybe. Or maybe I just know how a writer's mind works. So when I sat down to read JILTED I went in, knowing that the person I'd imagined would show up in this book, did show up, but dead. And I knew "who did it." But I didn't know why. Or how. And the events that got me there were well written, engaging, and even reduced me to tears a time or two. (Or maybe that was just because I was having a meltdown due to my real-life drama.)  And I do have to admit that something about the who-dun-it moment was a complete twist that I never saw coming.  I will give this book 4 stars because it made me cry--whether it was story related or real life related. And I don't like to cry when I read. 

Loved these books, this series. And will definitely look for more books by Varina Denman. 



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 Meet the Author

Varina Denman writes stories about the unique struggles women face. She teaches creative writing and literature, volunteers in her local cooperative, and is a home educator to her five children. She resides with her family in North Texas.



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Can all things really work together for good, and can the joy of living be found once again? Don't miss one woman's story in book three, Jilted, of Varina Denman's Mended Hearts series. Lynda Turner has struggled with depression since her husband abandoned her and their young daughter fifteen years ago. Yet unexpected hope awakens when a local ex-convict shows interest. As long-hidden secrets resurface, Lynda must fight for her emotional stability and for a life where the shadow of shame is replaced by the light of love.




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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dwelling Places



Dwelling Places Lucinda Secrest McDowell


Dwelling Places

by Lucinda Secrest McDowell  

Devotional
Abingdon Press

A deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.

With the dawn of each new year, Christians and spiritual seekers vow to seek a deeper, closer relationship with God and grow their spiritual life. Yet like many resolutions, as time passes, so does determination to stay the course. But what if a thriving, active faith were as simple as reading one word a day?

Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend a few minutes every day turning to God's Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow. Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word---like mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace---to uncover a biblical blessing or lesson you can act on that very day. Each devotion includes stories and illustrations to foster understanding and ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

Organized into four seasons---fall, Advent, Lent, and summer---these devotions invite you to discover those "dwelling places" that offer the joy of God's promises and presence. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be a simple as a single word.

My thoughts:  DWELLING PLACES is a  devotional divided up into four seasons, making it timely for whatever date it is. They aren't dated, so you can go in order, or you can kind of jump around anywhere in the season we're enjoying for a relevant reading. 

Each devotional is short, and won't take much time out of our daily schedule to read. They start with a verse, a short story, a tie-in to scripture, an application, and end with a prayer. I like this devotional for a five minute time with God, but it is not meant to be a full Bible study. The devotions are easy to read and understand. I keep my book beside my bed to read with my family during bedtime devotions. Recommended. 4 stars. 

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/28U4tj1

 Meet the Author
 
Lucinda Secrest McDowell is the author of 11 books, includingLive These WordsAmazed by Grace, and Quilts from Heaven. She has contributed to an additional 25 books and has been published in more than 50 magazines. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, she speaks internationally through her ministry "Encouraging Words." An award-winning writer who has earned accolades from prominent writers' conferences and retreats, McDowell has also worked in radio broadcasting, in retreat planning, and on church pastoral staffs. She writes from "Sunnyside" cottage in Connecticut.


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Drown out the busyness and noise of everyday life and find a deeper faith with something as simple as a single word in Lucinda Secrest McDowell's new book, Dwelling Places. Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word—such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace—to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.




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      Tuesday, June 21, 2016

      Dark Harbor

      Dark Harbor 

      Mass Market Paperback, ebook

      June 7, 2016

      by Christy Barritt


      • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
      • Publisher: Love Inspired
      • ISBN-13: 978-0373447497

      THREAT OF EXPOSURE 
      Someone wants reporter Madelyn Sawyer to leave the small coastal town she's just arrived in—even if it takes hurting her. But she won't give up her goal of investigating Waterman's Reach's new police chief that easily. Madelyn assumes that former big-city detective Zach Davis—who some believe is a murderer involved in a drug-trafficking ring—is behind the threat. Who else would have a motive? But as bullets fly Madelyn's way, it's Zach who keeps saving her life. The closer she gets to the truth, the more she wants to tell the handsome lawman why she's really in town. But if she does, will she lose his trust…and any hope of surviving long enough to bring the real killer to light?

      My thoughts: DARK  HARBOR is Ms. Barritt's most recent Love Inspired Suspense, and as per the formula for these books, the heroine is kept running for her life. She's a travel journalist, for pity's sake. Who would be out to hurt her? The only one who has motive is Zach because she is also semi-investigating his involvement in a murder, but her instinct says he's a good guy. Plus, he always saves her. When things go from bad to worse, Madelyn isn't sure whether to stay in town or leave. But how can she leave with the job undone? 

      I enjoyed reading DARK HARBOR and am anxious to read Ms. Barritt's next book I have in my to-read-pile (hopefully, soon).  I did guess who the "bad guy" was easily -- as soon as "he" was introduced -- because I know the formula. But I didn't know why, and even figuring it out early didn't make it predictable. Fans of Love Inspired Suspense will love Dark Harbor. Recommended. 4 stars.

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      Monday, June 20, 2016

      African Study Bible Update

      First of all, a big thank you to so many of you who helped get the word out about the Kickstarter campaign for the Africa Study BibleWe know you understand the need for and the mission of the ASB, and we so appreciate the support you gave to help us be able to share this incredible resource with the African continent.

      I thought you might be interested in knowing the results of our efforts. While we raised nearly $40,000, we unfortunately did not meet our $100,000 goal. Because with Kickstarter it’s “all or nothing,” Oasis isn’t able to collect those gifts. However, some good news!

      Due to gifts previously received outside of the Kickstarter platform, we will be able to move forward with the printing of the ASB, though on a slightly delayed timeline and potentially fewer copies. We know God still has a plan for the ASB!

      Here are a couple final steps for you:

      1.          Oasis will still accept donations through its Web site and you can direct your readers to learn more about the project here:http://oasisint.net/#asb. There is a “give” button at the bottom of that page if anyone is interested.

      Thank you again for working with us on this. We so appreciate your partnership! If you have any questions, please let me know and I’d be happy to answer them.

      Thanks again!

      Debbie