Breaking the Rules of Revenge by Samantha Bohrman – Review

Breaking the Rules of RevengeBreaking the Rules of Revenge by Samantha Bohrman was published on September 11th, 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush) and is a young adult novel. Mallory Jones is tired of being the girl who stays home and practices French horn while her identical twin, Blake, is crowned homecoming queen. So when she has the opportunity to pretend to be Blake, she takes it. At Camp Pine Ridge, she will spread her wings and emerge a butterfly. Or at least someone who finally gets kissed by a cute guy. That is, until bad boy Ben Iron Cloud shows up, ready to get revenge on Blake—aka Mallory. Continue reading

Boomerang Boyfriend: Boyfriend Chronicles Book #3 by Chris Cannon – Review

Boomerang BoyfriendBoomerang Boyfriend: Boyfriend Chronicles Book #3 by Chris Cannon was published on September 11th, 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush) and is a young adult novel. Working with her best friend’s brother at Betty’s Burgers, free-spirited Delia starts to see Jack in a new light. Not only has Jack-the-Jerk turned into a hottie, he’s even acting like a nice guy, who rescues dogs and knows how she likes her coffee. But if Jack is into her, then why is he keeping her a secret? Of course, if her best friend doesn’t approve, Delia could lose the only family she’s ever known. Seeing Delia in her retro waitress uniform throws Jack’s world out of whack. She’s always been just another pain in the butt little sister…not a datable female. But she’s rockin’ the Pie Princess tiara, and even her hot-pink striped hair is sexy. What’s that about? He needs to get his head on straight, because artsy, funky Delia and her nonconformist ways don’t fit in his safe and ordered world. Continue reading

Bounce: Learning to Thrive through Loss, Tragedy, and Heartache by Aaron Früh – Review

Bounce: Learning to Thrive through Loss, Tragedy, and HeartacheBounce: Learning to Thrive through Loss, Tragedy, and Heartache by Aaron Früh has an expected publication date of October 3rd, 2017 by Baker Books. Whether due to the loss of a job, home, or family member, the pressures of stress, or even feeling the weight of the world’s problems on our shoulders, it’s easy to get knocked down flat in life. And when that happens, we have two choices: we can give in to our difficult circumstances by embracing our feelings of resentment, disappointment, indecisiveness, and self-pity. Or we can learn how to bounce back stronger, wiser, and happier than before. Continue reading

God’s Best-Kept Secret: Christianity Is Easier Than You Think by Mark Maulding – Review

God's Best-Kept Secret: Christianity Is Easier Than You ThinkGod’s Best-Kept Secret: Christianity Is Easier Than You Think by Mark Maulding has an expected publication date of October 3rd, 2017 by Baker Books. For many of us, the attempt to live for God can leave us feeling burdened rather than free. Yet that’s not the kind of life God intends for us to experience. What if he never meant for us to try so hard? What if overcoming sin doesn’t rely on our own self-control? What if loving others isn’t about saying and doing all the right things? What if suffering isn’t designed to teach us lessons? What if we could feel closer to God without doinganything?  Continue reading

She Is Free: Learning the Truth about the Lies That Hold You Captive by Andi Andrew – Review

She Is Free: Learning the Truth about the Lies That Hold You CaptiveShe Is Free: Learning the Truth about the Lies That Hold You Captive by Andi Andrew has an expected publication date of October 3rd, 2017 by Baker Books. We say we’re free in Christ, but many of us are still living in captivity–to fear, anger, shame, isolation, unforgiveness, and control. We’re good at faking it around others, but we’re exhausted by the ruse. Andi Andrew wants women to break free of their self-imposed prisons and live the lives that are rightly theirs in Christ. Continue reading

Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life: How Your 8 Key Emotions Can Work for You by Mark W. Baker – Review

Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life: How Your 8 Key Emotions Can Work for YouSpiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life: How Your 8 Key Emotions Can Work for You by Mark W. Baker has an expected publication date of October 3rd, 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company. There are eight basic human emotions that all people experience–hurt, guilt/shame, anger, anxiety, sorrow, fear, happiness, and love. We might believe we make sense of our lives by thinking through our experiences, but neuroscience shows that the part of our brains that processes emotions is many times faster than the part where logic and reason hold sway. It’s the way God created us, but if we do not develop wisdom for handling our feelings, we may find that our emotions continue to get the best of us. Continue reading

Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas: Happy, Texas Book #2 by Carolyn Brown – Review

Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas (Happy, Texas #2)LONG, TALL COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Carolyn Brown has an expected publication date of September 26th, 2017 by Forever and is a contemporary romance novel. A heartwarming holiday read from USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown. Nash Lamont is a man about as solitary as they come. That’s exactly why ranch life in middle-of-nowhere Happy, Texas suits him. So what the heck is he doing letting a beautiful widow and her three rambunctious children temporarily move in? Continue reading

So Close to Amazing: Stories of a DIY Life Gone Wrong and Learning to Find the Beauty in Every Imperfection by KariAnne Wood – Review

So Close to Amazing: Stories of a DIY Life Gone Wrong . . . and Learning to Find the Beauty in Every ImperfectionSo Close to Amazing: Stories of a DIY Life Gone Wrong and Learning to Find the Beauty in Every Imperfection by KariAnne Wood was published on September 5th, 2017 by Tyndale Momentum. This is a book celebrating the incredible, awesome, special individual within each of us. It’s also a book for anyone who has ever mismatched her shoes or trimmed her own bangs when a professional might have been a better choice or added too much soap to the washer and watched it overflow. (Not that KariAnne Wood has ever done any of these things.) A debut memoir from the beloved Thistlewood Farms blogger, So Close to Amazing is a collection of hilarious and heartfelt reflections on getting Continue reading

Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander – Review

Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5)Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander has an expected publication date of October 3rd, 2017 by Thomas Nelson and is a historical fiction novel. A novella to launch a brand new three-book series. In the midst of war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas, the cost of love . . . and of loving again. Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year old son. About to be evicted, she sees an advertisement for the Ladies Aid Society Auction and applies for a position—only to discover it’s been filled. Then a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunity. And friendship. But can she trust him? Continue reading

Bible Promises to Live by for Women by Katherine J Butler and Ronald A Beers – Review

God’s promises hold great power. The more we meditate and reflect on His promises, the more we see real change in our lives. Living by God’s promises puts our hearts at ease and gives us assurance, strength, and encouragement for the future. Bible Promises to Live By for Women offers more than 500 promises from God arranged alphabetically by topic for quick and easy access. Hold these promises close to your heart and let them guide you through life. Continue reading