Book Review: “Heart’s Safe Passage” By Laurie Alice Eakes

February 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Laurie Alice Eakes in her new book, “Heart’s Safe Passage” Book Two in the Midwives series published by Revell brings us to Virginia in 1813.

From the Back Cover: One woman takes the treacherous journey toward redemption . . . and love.

All Phoebe Lee wants out of life is to practice midwifery in Loudon County, Virginia. But when she refuses to accompany her pregnant sister-in-law to help save her husband from an English prison during the War of 1812, Phoebe finds herself pressed aboard a British privateer.

Captain Rafe Docherty promises to get Phoebe’s brother-in-law out of prison in exchange for information Rafe needs to exact revenge on the man who destroyed his family. As he realizes his attraction to Phoebe, she determines to get ashore before her patient goes into labor–and before her own heart is in danger. But an enemy in their midst threatens to end their plans–and their very lives.

In “Heart’s Safe Passage” Laurie Alice Eakes takes us on a sea voyage from Virginia to London aboard a Privateer vessel that has abducted Phoebe as a reluctant passenger.  “Heart’s Safe Passage” is a tale of intrigue as there is an enemy onboard that wants to kill them.  It is a love story as Phoebe and Rafe begin to fall for one another even though all kinds of events conspire to keep them apart.  It is a tale loaded with secrets that all the characters seem to carry and the toll these kept secrets  bring.  “Heart’s Safe Passage” is a great sequel in a great series and Ms. Eakes creates really fun, believable characters that you care for as they live through this adventure.  I recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

God, Girls, and Getting Connected by Robin Marsh and Lauren Nelson

February 29, 2012 at 11:39 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:
Robin Marsh


Lauren Nelson

and the book:
God, Girls, and Getting Connected
Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2012)

***Special thanks to
Karri James of Harvest House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***


Robin Marsh is an Emmy nominated and national award-winning journalist. She anchors the weekday morning newscast at KWTV-News9, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City. Robin uses her influence from television as a way to share with women and girls about the love of Jesus at retreats for women, students, and churches. She was honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by Girl Scouts of the USA.

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Lauren Nelson was crowned Miss America 2007. She received the prestigious TOYA award (Ten Outstanding Young Americans) by the United States Junior Chamber Organization in 2008. Lauren serves many charities including Children’s Miracle Network. She is a co-anchor at KWTV-News9, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City. Lauren loves teaching Bible studies and leading worship with her husband.

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Miss America 2007, Lauren Nelson, and award-winning TV news anchor Robin Marsh share a passion to encourage teen girls. In this relevant, engaging devotional they show the cell phone generation of girls why accepting God’s call is the best decision they’ll ever make.

Each devotion includes a question in teen lingo, God’s “text response” from Scripture, insightful reflections, and a daily spiritual app to help girls relate biblical wisdom to everyday needs as they explore:

  • how to deal with the drama of other girls
  • decisions about boys and sexual purity
  • do’s and don’ts of social media
  • the fun of living out a bold faith
  • their identity and uniqueness in Christ

A cleverly presented, timely look at God’s help for the needs young women face today. Perfect for individual faith growth and as group discussion and study material.

Product Details:

List Price: $11.99

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0736945210

ISBN-13: 978-0736945219


Finding Friends

Becca: “Why is Paige hanging out with that group of girls? All they do is trash talk other girls—even the ones who are their friends.”

God’s Text: “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them” (Ephesians 5:6-7).

Getting Connected

Face it, girl. In today’s culture there’s a lot of pressure to find the perfect guy, have the perfect friends, and look like a celebrity at a photo shoot. It’s easy to get a skewed vision about what is good and what is not so good. So how do you respond when someone warns you about the friends you’ve surrounded yourself with? Do you cover your ears?
It’s natural to want to believe the best about people, but God’s Word reminds you to consistently be on guard in the area of relationships. If someone raises a red flag, even if it’s your mom, pray and ask the Lord to help you determine if the relationship will help you grow in your spiritual journey or pull you down. Loving someone and being nice to others is always a good thing, but the people you choose as close friends and as a boyfriend will affect your future.

Today’s App: Do you have a gut feeling that suggests you need to be cautious in a particular friendship? Do your friends make you a better person? Don’t risk being involved in bad relationships. Be satisfied and secure in the relationship you have with your heavenly Father, and ask Him to give you the strength needed to make the right choices.

Bible Commentary: “Second Word-Salvation” The Days Of Lent

February 29, 2012 at 8:34 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment

“Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”(Luke 23:43 NIV)

“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals–one on his right, the other on his left”(Luke 23:32-33 NIV). In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him” Matthew 27:44 NIV). One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him.
“Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong”. Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom”. Jesus answered him, “I tell you the
truth, today you will be with me in paradise”(Luke 23:39-43 NIV).

Two thieves are led away to die on a cross, the possibility exists that these two were associates, robbing together across the countryside. Maybe, if they were alive today they might have made it to the top of the FBI’s most wanted list but they were caught and sentenced to death for their crimes. On the same day that they are crucified another is crucified between them, so one thief is on the right, the other is on the left and Jesus, at the highest point on the hill, is between them.
Both of them seem to know Him or they learn of Him as they are dying and both begin to curse Him as they hear the others at their feet cursing Him. The Bible doesn’t tell us how long were they hanging there before this conversation begins but obviously they were there for a while.  Maybe it was an hour, perhaps two but one of the thieves has been watching Jesus as He dies and the thief notices that Jesus is different than he and his buddy. Maybe the thief starts to think that perhaps
Jesus is who they say He is or maybe he just gets a revelation whatever the case one thief has a change of heart.

One thief is still using his remaining breath to revile Jesus commanding Him that if He was the Christ to save Himself and them. The thief is guilty, he knows his partner is guilty and still he demands to be saved!  The other thief realizes the intensity of this sin and rebukes his partner. “Don’t you fear God,” he tells him, “since you are under the same sentence”? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve”(Luke 23:40-41 NIV). This thief admits that he is guilty and that he deserves the punishment. Before a person can receive salvation he has to admit that he needs salvation. John tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9 NIV). The thief realizes the purity of Jesus, “But this man has done nothing wrong”. Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom”. Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise”(Luke 23:41-43 NIV).

Child of God – How far apart were these thieves from Jesus five feet, ten feet yet only one received the salvation of God, “Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek out your decrees” (Psalm 119:155 NIV).  Only one was able to give Jesus thanks, “I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation” (Psalm 118:21 NIV). Two men, both equals, both the same distance from The Savior yet only one receives Him and is accepted by him. “The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations” (Psalm 98:2 NIV).
All the nations are aware of the righteousness and salvation of our God but not all have received it from Him. We need to shout like the Psalmist, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation” (Psalm 13:5 NIV). Then we need to proclaim it to the world!

Our prayer:
Lord, help not to grow cold to the power and loving kindness of your salvation to me. Help me to remember how great the cost of my salvation was for you. And give me a humble heart that I  always be able to admit my sins and repent and ask forgiveness to be cleansed by the power of
your blood. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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