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

Enjoying God: Finding Hope in the Attributes of God by R.C. Sproul – Review

Enjoying God: Finding Hope in the Attributes of GodEnjoying God: Finding Hope in the Attributes of God by R.C. Sproul has an expected publication date of September 19th, 2017 by Baker Books. Confused, angry, and hurt after the death of his father, a young R. C. Sproul began his personal search for ultimate truth with these piercing questions: Who are you, God? And why do you do the things you do?
In Enjoying God, readers journey with R. C. Sproul to discover the attributes of God through the questions many of us have asked: Where are you, God? Can I trust you, God? and more. In this warm, personal account, Dr. Sproul communicates deep truths in a fresh and easy-to-understand style as he shares his passion to know God and urges the reader to dig deep and seek the God who is alive, who is real, and who loves each one of us. Continue reading

Shine: Stepping Into the Role You Were Made For by Allison Allen – Book Review

Shine: Stepping Into the Role You Were Made ForShine: Stepping Into the Role You Were Made For by Allison Allen has an expected publication date of September 5th. 2017 by Revell Books (a division of Baker Publishing Group). Allison Allen made a career of being someone else. Formerly a professional actor and now a highly sought-after Bible teacher, she knows a thing or two about playing a role. But, she says, all of us play roles nearly all of the time, and it’s exhausting. We walk into a room, figure out who we’re supposed to be in this context, slip into character, and say the lines we know we should say. We become someone else. Maybe we tell ourselves it’s some version of us, but deep down we know this inauthentic role is not what God wants for our lives–and it’s not what we want either. Continue reading

Becoming Resilient: How to Move through Suffering and Come Back Stronger by Donna Gibbs – Book Review

Becoming Resilient: How to Move Through Suffering and Come Back StrongerBecoming Resilient: How to Move through Suffering and Come Back Stronger by Donna Gibbs has an expected publication date of September 5th 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company. Everyone suffers disappointment, rejection, injustices, and losses, perhaps even traumatic ones. The spiritual pain born of such suffering can paralyze us, leaving us broken inside and barely getting by with the motions of life. Whether we remain stuck or move forward is determined in large part by our resilience. Continue reading

A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths about Your Eternal Home by Dr. Robert Jeffress – Book Review

A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths about Your Eternal Home by Dr. Robert Jeffress has an expected publication date of September 5, 2017 by Baker Books. If any of us learned we were going to move to a foreign country, we’d do everything we could to learn about that place so that we’d be prepared when moving day arrived. As Christians, we know some day we will leave our familiar country and be united with God in heaven. And yet many of us know very little about this place called heaven. In this enlightening book, bestselling author Dr. Robert Jeffress opens the Scriptures to unpack ten surprising truths about heaven and explain who we will see there and how we can prepare to go there someday. Perfect for believers or skeptics who are curious about heaven. Continue reading

The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker – Book Review

The Day the Angels FellThe Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker has an expected publication date of September 5th, 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company and is a fiction novel. It was the summer of storms and strays and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident. As he recalls the tumultuous events that launched a surprising journey, Samuel can still hardly believe it all happened.
After his mother’s death, twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time. Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for the Tree of Life–the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question: could it be possible that death is a gift?  Continue reading

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick – Book Review

All She Left BehindAll She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick has an expected publication date of September 5th, 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company and is a historical fiction novel. Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn’t approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she’s developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman’s widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal–but the road will be winding and the way forward will not always be clear. Will Jennie find shelter in life’s storms? Will she discover where healing truly lives?  Continue reading