Thursday, September 16, 2021

Gabe: a clean romantic suspense novel (Lantern Beach Blackout: The New Recruits)




Gabe: a clean romantic suspense novel 

(Lantern Beach Blackout: The New Recruits) 

June 1, 2021




When former Navy SEAL and current Blackout operative Gabe Michaels is almost killed in a hit-and-run, the aftermath completely upends his life. He’s no longer safe—and he’s not the only one.

Dr. Autumn Spenser came to Lantern Beach to start fresh. But while treating Gabe after his accident, she senses there’s more to what happened to him than meets the eye. When she digs deeper into his past, she never expects to be drawn into a deadly dilemma.

Gabe has been infatuated with the pretty doctor since the day they met. Now, can he keep her from harm? Could someone out of his league ever return his feelings or will her past hurts keep them apart?

As danger continues to pummel them, Gabe and Autumn are thrown together in a quest to find answers. More important than their growing attraction, they must stay alive long enough to stop the person desperate to destroy them.

My thoughts: Gabe is a fast-paced romantic suspense that finally addresses the issues that all the heroes in this series have suffered from. Who knew there was a mystery behind it? Autumn is a doctor who was also a research professional and she dug into blood samples to see what they had in common and where it might have come from. But now someone is out to kill both Gabe and Autumn. Who and why? Else with all Christy Barritt books I found it hard to put this one down. Ms Barritt is another favorite romantic suspense off of mine who was a very prolific writer and seems to put out a book a month. So if you're an avid reader and low romantic suspense check out this book and this author. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.










 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Since You’ve Been Gone (Restoring Heritage)


Since You’ve Been Gone 

(Restoring Heritage)

September 7, 2021




 

Monday, September 13, 2021

Hostile Intent (Danger Never Sleeps)


Hostile Intent 

(Danger Never Sleeps 4) 

August 3, 2021

My thoughts: wow! This is a book by Lynette Eason that I was unable to put down. I loved  the heroine and I love the hero and I love the entire concept of the story. Imagine being a truthful person and living a lie. I really felt for the main characters, they had my sympathy, and I really wanted to father to be found alive. I was glued to the pages of the book waiting to find out who done it and why. I never guessed until it was revealed. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. If you like romantic suspense you are absolutely love this book or any other book by Lynette Easton. She is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors with good reason. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

 


Sunday, September 12, 2021

But... I Want YOU!! By Jenna V Hilton

 


My little sister and I take turns sleeping with my pitbull lab mix, Skye, in our rooms. Our rooms are right across from each others, so one of us can just call her over. Skye knows the difference in my room, my little sister's room, and my mom's room by phrases. We call her to Mom's room by saying "Bible study" and she slowly walks in. We call her to my little sister's room by saying "Kaeli's room" and she slowly walks in. We call her to my room by saying "mommy's room" (I know, cringe. 😂) and Skye BARRELS into my room, destroys my bed, and then looks at me expectantly, like, "I'm here. You coming?" 

Skye's tagged me as her owner and best friend. Whenever someone else calls Skye, (other than my dad) Skye sulks and refuses to move. She wants to stay in my room with me. 

God wants us to have that kind of excitement about spending time with Him, too. He's our heavenly father, and if we let Him, He's our best friend. Spending time with God should be the highlight of our day, and the hardest thing to stop doing. 

That's not always easy, and sometimes we just ignore Him completely. I've learned from experience, though, that if you don't meet with God, a regular, slightly inconveniencing day can turn into a full-blown nightmare. Not because God jinxes us, but because Satan saw us ignore God and jumped on the opportunity to make our lives miserable. We need daily communion with God to ward off the devil. 

Dear heavenly father, thank you for allowing us to come into your presence everyday. Help us not to take it for granted, and help us to grow in you. In Jesus name, amen.



Jenna V. Hilton is nineteen, and lives in Arkansas with her parents, two sisters, a brother, and dog.  She is a senior in high school and planning to attend college to become a veterinarian. 

















Saturday, September 11, 2021

Sapphire Sentiments: a second chances geocaching romance (Pot of Gold Geocaching Romance Book 2)


Sapphire Sentiments: a second chances geocaching romance 

(Pot of Gold Geocaching Romance Book 2) 

by Valerie Comer  (Author)  

Only a town clerk and an internet entrepreneur can woo potential investors to their small town. Too bad she hates him… will he get the second chance at love he desires?
Sage Mulligan might believe in God, but she has a hard time believing that He actually changes people. Especially those like her high-school flame, who abandoned her without a backward glance after the disaster that destroyed her future.

Caleb Grant’s full-ride scholarship lifted him above his wrong-side-of-the-tracks upbringing. Now he’s back in Jewel Lake with a successful online business, but his former girlfriend won’t even speak to him until they’re pushed together in the Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt to woo potential investors to the small town they both love.

What will it take for Sage to realize the man of God Caleb has become is the perfect one for her… and that she might be the one who needs to change?

SAPPHIRE SENTIMENTS is the third story in the Pot of Gold Geocaching Romance series, set in same story-world as the Cavanagh Cowboys Romances. (Yes, I know it says book 2, but the real book 2 is in the Love's Treasure multi-author collection summer, 2021.) If you love Christian contemporary romance series that focus on engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith — clean, wholesome, sweet, and inspirational romances — you’ve come to the right place!

About the Pot of Gold Geocaching Romance Series
Join the Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt, a summer-long geocaching adventure in Jewel Lake, Montana, and find a greater treasure than you expected in this Christian romance series!
1. Topaz Treasure (formerly found in Rainbow’s End, Barbour Publishing, 2012)
2. Ruby Radiance (in the multi-author Love’s Treasure collection, summer, 2021)
3. Sapphire Sentiments (this one)
4. Amethyst Attraction (on pre-order for August 10)

More Christian Romance to buy or borrow from USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer!
1. Cavanagh Cowboys Romances, ongoing, starting with Marry Me for Real, Cowboy
2. Saddle Springs Romances, complete 6-book series, starting with The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion
3. Urban Farm Fresh Romances, ongoing, starting with Secrets of Sunbeams
4. Garden Grown Romances, complete 4-book series, starting with Sown in Love
5. Farm Fresh Romances, complete 6-book series, starting with Raspberries and Vinegar
6. Christmas in Montana Romances, complete 3-book series, starting with More Than a Tiara
7. Riverbend Romances, complete 5-novella series, starting with Secretly Yours

If you love Christian contemporary romance series that focus on engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith — clean, wholesome, sweet, and inspirational romances — you’ve come to the right place!

All that’s for later. For now?
Why not reserve your copy of SAPPHIRE SENTIMENTS today and discover the greatest treasure of all?



My thoughts: this is the third book in the series and having missed the first two books I feel like I've come in in the middle of the story. I was rather confused over parts of the first half of the story. I did enjoy the book once I got into it and I love the faith message that Ms Comer always includes but I feel she was reaching with the issues that the heroine had.  Not the best story where this author I've ever read but it was still good. If you like Christian romance is with a strong faith message you will love this author's books. I was given a copy free and
all opinions on my own.





Thursday, September 9, 2021

Lucinda's Defender (Shenandoah Brides 3)



Lucinda's Defender 

(Shenandoah Brides) 

September 3, 2021



Marilyn's thoughts:    Wow, oh wow! Blossom Turner created a superb, heartfelt and emotional story for Lucinda’s and Joseph’s story. Their story is an emotional read filled with an underlying message of grace, mercy, forgiveness, romance and God’s love that kept me captivated till the end. This is the third book in Turner’s Shenandoah Brides series which can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading Katherine’s Arrangement and Amelia’s Heartsong.

 

Lucinda is a head strong teenager and was warned about spending time with Nat a new comer in the valley. She just knew he loved her until the unexpected happened. She was advised not to marry him with her long time friend Joseph disclosing his love for her but she didn’t listen to anyone. Lucinda soon found her in an abusive relationship and away from her family except her aunt and uncle. There were multiple unpleasant scenes that were not graphic in words but broke my heart for Lucinda. Joseph’s love for her and her sister Jeanette’s concern brought them to see Lucinda. Joseph’s love and concern along with being her defender gave way to unforeseen happenings. How will Lucinda find herself once she’s back home?

 

Joseph was a favorite character with his strong Christian faith, work ethic, and relying on God even when he questioned what he thought God was telling him. The story continues with ups and downs for Lucinda and Joseph with difficult conversations, hurts, and seeing no way they could be together with Lucinda’s tainted past. How is God going to intervene in her life for her to see His amazing grace, mercy, forgiveness and new beginnings?  Drama continues to the end with a lovely ending. I cannot wait to read Gracie’s story to catch up on Lucinda and Joseph, Katherine and Colby, Amelia and Bryon along with rest of the cast of characters thus far. It’s great to see new characters even though Nat was a very troubled and flawed character in this book.

 

I received a complimentary e-book from the author without any obligation to write a positive review. I have shared my own opinion and look forward to reading more book by Blossom Turner.

 




 

Monday, September 6, 2021

Part 2 of an Interview with Amy-Jill Levine, Author of The Difficult Words of Jesus #Nonfiction

Jesus provided his disciples teachings for how to follow Torah, God’s word; he told them parables to help them discern questions of ethics and of human nature; he offered them beatitudes for comfort and encouragement. But sometimes Jesus spoke words that followers then and now have found difficult. He instructs disciples to hate members of their own families (Luke 14:26), to act as if they were slaves (Matthew 20:27), and to sell their belongings and give to the poor (Luke 18:22). He restricts his mission (Matthew 10:6); he speaks of damnation (Matthew 8:12); he calls Jews the devil’s children (John 8:44).

In The Difficult Words of Jesus (Abingdon Press), Dr. Amy-Jill Levine shows how these difficult teachings would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how have they been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation.
 
In this second part of Dr. Levine’s interview, we dive right into some of those difficult words.

Part 2 of an Interview
with Amy-Jill Levine,
Author of The Difficult Words of Jesus


Q: The rich, young ruler found it difficult to hear Jesus tell him to sell all that he owned What was Jesus really trying to get across to the man with his response? Does this same instruction apply to us today?
 
The fellow—he’s rich in one Gospel, young in another, and a ruler in a third—initially asked Jesus what he must to do inherit eternal life. Jesus first reminds him that he already knows the answer because he knows the commandments: do not murder; do not commit adultery; honor your father and mother, and so on. But Jesus adds to the familiar list of the Ten Commandments, “You shall not defraud.”
 
He asks us to consider not only how we spend our money, but also how we gained it in the first place. More, Jesus seeks to refocus the man’s attention from eternal life to life abundant on earth. Jesus recognizes that certain things hold us back from loving our neighbors, but those stumbling blocks are not the same for all people. Jesus recognizes the people he encounters as individuals, each with distinct needs.
 
Q: What other questions—which can also be considered difficult words—related to economics follow this question from the rich, young ruler in Mark 10?
 
Jesus states that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. This is not a reference to camel contortions as they try to get into a narrow gate, and it is not a metaphor for having to unload some of your burdens. We find a similar statement in ancient Jewish literature, where an elephant rather than a camel is the large animal facing the small opening. Jesus wasn’t kidding. Jesus also states that one cannot serve God and Mammon [wealth]. Indeed, many biblical translations capitalize the Aramaic word “Mammon,” to suggest that it can have the power of a god. Jesus insists that the first will be last and the last will be first, which puts us all on a roller-coaster: those who strive to have more money, more power, more beauty, more fans… are striving after the wrong things.
 
Q: Luke 14:26-27 reads, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” With so much of the teaching of Jesus being about love, how are we to decipher the word hate in this passage?
 
First, the focus on love is not as prevalent in the Gospels as other matters, including that of justice. Second, the commitment to follow Jesus can make it look like one hates one’s family; the commitment is that strong. Third, Jesus is setting up a new family based on commitment to him and his message, where the “mother and brother and sister” are those who do the divine will. We find similar concerns for a new family, what we might call a voluntary family or an intentional community, among the people who produced the Dead Sea Scrolls, in the followers who gathered in Jerusalem after the death of Jesus, and in communities of the faithful throughout history.
 
Q: Slavery is a sensitive topic and makes us uncomfortable, and the term “slave” appears more than 100 times in the New Testament. When we boil it down, what can we draw out of the Bible about the morality aspects of slavery?
 
The Gospels are first-century texts, and for most people in the first century, slavery was normative. Already Deuteronomy makes it impossible for Israelites to enslave other Israelites, and some groups, such as the Essenes, rejected slavery. Gospel passages depicting slaves give us the opportunity to wrestle with this legacy. Whether these passages are irredeemable, or whether they are messages of freedom—since to be a slave to God means that we have no human master—is a question worth discussing. Some biblical metaphors continue to work for us; some—such as the equating of blindness and deafness with lack of spiritual insight—might best be rephrased.
 
Q: When Jesus said, “Whoever wishes to be first among you must be a slave of all,” did the connotation of slavery mean the same thing in the first century as it does in modern times?
 
Slaves are, regardless of the century, human beings owned by other human beings. Regardless of the century, to be a slave means that one’s body, one’s identity, and one’s time, belonged to someone else. Slaves could be bought and sold, bred, and abused. Slavery in antiquity was not based in racial categories, and in antiquity slaves could in various ways gain their freedom, but the similarities are far greater than the differences. The New Testament insists that slaves obey their masters and that they suffer silently; it lifts up the slave as the model of service to others. A rich, privileged person in a position of authority might find such an image helpful; a person struggling to take care of a family on very limited income may have other views.
 
Q: Does Matthew 10:5-6 contradict the Great Commission given at the end of Matthew or was there a reason not to go to the Gentiles for a period of time?
 
The Great Commission of Matthew 28:16-20 is not a contradiction of the mission restriction; it is an extension. Jesus understood his mission as directed to his own people, the Jewish people. Yet as a Jew, familiar with the traditions of Israel, he also knew that in the messianic age, the gentile nations would turn from their idols to worship the God of Israel. His followers, believing that the messianic age had begun with Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection, then began proclaiming the good news to the nations.
 
Q: How do the views of Christians and Jews the afterlife and hell vary?
 
The more the followers of Jesus talked about salvation and damnation, heaven and hell, and post-mortem rewards and punishments, the more the Jewish community focused on sanctification in this world. We should also consider how we might understand Jesus’s images of unquenchable fire or outer darkness. Do we think of God as willing eternal torture that serves no purpose other than to make people suffer, or do we think of God as a merciful parent who wants what is best for all people?
 
Q: The last chapter of The Difficult Words of Jesus takes a look at verse that can cause some issues in our world today. Can you share just a little bit about the final verse you examine?
 
Jesus refers to “the Jews” as “children of the devil.” I have personally been asked, twice, in churches, by Christian ladies, when I had my horns removed, since they thought: Jews are children of the devil so we must have horns. Demonization of any individual or group is a heresy, given that we are all in the image and likeness of God. Words do hurt; words can lead to death. We do well not to dismiss John’s difficult language but to engage it. We also do well to realize that we do not need to make Judaism look bad in order to make Jesus look good since Jesus speaks out of the heart of Judaism rather than over and against it. Hearing how our words sound in other people’s ears is often a helpful move.
 
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The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to His Most Perplexing Teachings
 
Available August 3, 2021 from Abingdon Press
 
Paperback ISBN: 9781791007577 / $16.99
eBook ISBN: 9781791007584 / $16.99
 
Leader Guide Paperback ISBN: 9781791007591 / $14.99
eBook ISBN: 9781791007607 / $14.99
 
DVD ISBN: 9781791007614 / $39.99

 
About the author
Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies Emerita at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.
 
An internationally renowned scholar and teacher, she is the author of numerous books including Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial RabbiEntering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy WeekLight of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, and Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven. Her latest release is The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to His Most Perplexing Teachings. She is also the coeditor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament.
 
Professor Levine has done more than 500 programs for churches, clergy groups, and seminaries on the Bible, Christian-Jewish relations, and Religion, Gender, and Sexuality across the globe.

 







Gabe: a clean romantic suspense novel (Lantern Beach Blackout: The New Recruits)

Gabe: a clean romantic suspense novel  (Lantern Beach Blackout: The New Recruits)  June 1, 2021 by  Christy Barritt     (Author) When former...