All Things New by Lauren Miller is a book that will pull at your heart strings leaving you crying one minute and laughing the next. Lauren Miller is an incredible writer and does an amazing job creating Continue reading
Almost There: Searching for Home in a Life on the Move by Bekah DiFelice is scheduled to be released on July 18th, 2017 by NavPress Publishing Group. Home, by definition, is where you feel comfortable, where you are established, where relationships are worn in and familiar. It is where you are known, a place to belong. It is a universal longing, but an elusive destination. Why does life often move us far from this secure, primal comfort? We transfer to different locations or simply live unsettled in our own hometown. We rebuild, make new friends, find new jobs, and forge new ties. Our blanket of security becomes a whole host of unknowns. Underneath it all, sure as the evening taps, there is a homesickness for belonging. What if this homesickness is not just a series of challenges to be overcome, but a vehicle for God to draw us to Himself? What if God is orchestrating our circumstances to bring us into the knowledge of who He is? What if all along He is inviting us home? Continue reading
Goliath Must Fall Winning the Battle Against Your Giants By Louie Giglio was published May 16th 2017 by Thomas Nelson. It’s likely you have a threatening giant in your life…an adversary or stronghold that’s diminishing your ability to live a full and free life. Frozen in the grip of rejection, fear, anger, comfort, or addiction, we lose sight of the promise God has for our lives. Demoralized and defeated, we settle for far less than his best. God has a better plan for you, a plan for you to live in victory. That’s why he has silenced your giant once and for all. In Goliath Must Fall, pastor Louie Giglio uncovers a newfound twist in the classic Continue reading
Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson will be released on May 16, 2017 by Flux. I must admit that I fell in love with this book and the characters after reading a few chapters. Kate Watson has a style of writing that makes this young adult novel hard to put down. I did read this book in one sitting because it is the type of book you want to know what happens between the characters. Finley and Oliver are the two main characters with the story being told from both points of view. I like how the story tells both sides because it adds to the story so much more. Finley is a typical teenage girl who has survived many hardships with the help of Oliver. When her dad was killed in a car wreck by a drunk driver she is forced to live with her godparents who are Oliver’s mom and dad. Oliver is just the person to help Finley with her past demons and with his helps she faces her biggest fears. This books theme deals with loss, hope, love, and family. I also liked how the supporting characters in this book play just a big part in the plot line. I am hoping for a sequel to this novel and look forward to reading more of Kate Watson’s work. I highly recommend this book. **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend and godparents’ son, Oliver Bertram. Since Finley moved in with her godparents after the death of her father, she and Oliver have grown close. If Finley could just take Oliver’s constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she’d finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater. But when teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move across the street from the Bertrams, they shake up Finley and Oliver’s stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Finley realizes that Harlan’s attention is shifting to her. She discovers she might have feelings for him too. Or, is she only interested in Harlan because Oliver is taken? Finley doesn’t want to be won, and she doesn’t want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver’s heart—and keep her own—she’ll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight.
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Street Song by Sheena Wilkinson is a young adult novel that is scheduled to be released on April 20, 2017 by Black and White Publishing. The setting is Dublin and Belfast, which adds to the plot line and characters of the story. Wilkinson does an outstanding job in creating characters with real life problems and showing how they deal with them. I think this story really deals with the effects that can come after fifteen minutes of fame and what comes next. I really love that music plays a big part of this story because I am a huge music lover. The author uses this love for music to help Rylee (Ryan) find comfort and security with someone who helps him overcome his hardships. Toni is the main reason for the change in Ryan for the better. I really enjoyed reading this young adult novel and look forward to reading more from this author. **I received an Advanced Readers copy of this book in exchange from my honest and unbiased review.**
Synopsis: Ryan’s career is over. After winning a TV talent show and becoming a teen sensation, his fame has spiralled into addiction, embarrassing headlines and career suicide. Now his image-obsessed stepdad wants him at home, back in school and under his thumb. However, a chance meeting with the enigmatic Toni offers him a fresh start in a new city. Before long he has reinvented himself, made real friends and is playing real music in Toni’s band. Despite living in a hostel, busking for his wages and living under a false identity, Ryan is finally happy. But struggling to exist on the brink of homelessness, he is exposed to a more sinister world. Forced to truly decide what kind of person he wants to be, Ryan begins to realise that starting over comes at a price.
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