Book Review: “Finding God in the Ruins” by Matt Bays

March 31, 2016 at 6:02 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Matt Bays in his new book, “Finding God in the Ruins book coverFinding God in the Ruins” published by David C Cook gives us How God Redeems Pain.

From the back cover:  If God is LOVE, why do we hurt so much?

When the reality of your pain doesn’t line up with what you’ve been taught in church, then what? While many abandon their faith or embrace hopelessness, it is possible to discover the God who heals your heart in the midst of the pain.

Matt Bays has been where you are. His unforgettable stories of loss and healing will usher you into a life where gratitude overpowers anger, hope overcomes despair, and hunger for God replaces indifference to God. With a fresh and original writing style, Bays demonstrates that true redemption is far more powerful than the temporary fixes of sanitized Christianity.

Have you ever hurt? Some of us have deep emotional trauma, some of us have deep physical pain and, then, some of us have both emotional and physical pain. And for some of us it never goes away. What if you lose a child? How about losing a spouse? What if the doctor says it is cancer and cannot cure it or perhaps you lose a leg? This kind of pain can be crippling so how do you handle it? Matt Bays has looked for answers and this book is his response. He does it in four parts. Part One:  The Backstory, Part Two:  Compathy, Part Three:  Storytold, Part Four:  Redemption 2.0. It seems our first reaction when this kind of pain occurs is to blame God. If we take the contents of this book to heart, thanks to Matt Bays, our new first reaction will be to run to God. When we are in disaster and at the bottom and all we see are ruins we will have new eyes to find and see God. And then we will rejoice with Him and let Him heal us. I recommend this book highly.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: “The Hearts We Mend” By Kathryn Springer

March 30, 2016 at 2:43 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Kathryn Springer in her new book, “Hearts We Mend book coverThe Hearts We Mend” Book Two in the Banister Falls series published by Zondervan introduces us to Evie and Jack.

From the back cover:  Planning and Post-It notes are the epitome of Evie’s life. But when she meets Jack, her life gets more than a little complicated.

Thirteen years ago, Evie’s firefighterhusband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie’s heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.

Tattooed, rough-around-the-edges Jack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie’s life is stream-lined, Jack’s approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack’s world—a world that isn’t as safe or predictable as the one she’s worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church.

Jack doesn’t make Evie feel comfortable, but he definitely makes her feel something. Something she hasn’t felt since Max passed away—or, maybe ever. Because even though Jack isn’t anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.

It is my experience that when someone says series that generally means that there are three members of a team and each book will focus on one of those three members. Not so with Ms. Springer, she is actually giving us a story that takes place after the events of book one, “The Dandelion Field“. If you didn’t read book one don’t panic Ms. Springer has set it up so that you can read this book by itself, that’s how good she is.  Cody, Evie’s son, is going to get married. Evie is actually growing as a person and is still getting over the death of her husband thirteen years ago. Jack is one of the more interesting characters that I have read about in quite a long time. Jack isn’t pristine, he has rough edges. When Evie and Jack get together the sparks really start to fly. I think Ms. Springer has given us first-class characters that we can identify with and relate to and, certainly, want to read about. I think you will enjoy reading this book and not want to put it down unless you finished. I recommend this book highly and am really looking forward to the next book in the series.

You can find “The Hearts We Mend” at a discount at   http://www.deepershopping.com/item/springer-kathryn/hearts-we-mend-a-banister-falls-novel/6634481.html

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: “In The Dark” by Chris Patchell

March 30, 2016 at 5:52 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Chris Patchell in her new book, “in the dark book coverIn The Dark” published by Chris Patchell introduces us to Marissa Rooney.

From the back cover:   A missing Girl is only the beginning…

Marissa Rooney stands in her daughter’s empty dorm room, a half-used vial of insulin clutched in her trembling hand. Brooke has been missing for days. Her roommate hasn’t seen her since that night in the bar. And if Marissa has Brooke’s insulin, it means that Brooke does not.

But Marissa isn’t alone in her terror. A phantom from her past is lurking in the shadows, waiting in the night, and holding her family captive…

In the dark.

If you look in the Dictionary under Thriller you will find “In The Dark” listed as one of the definitions. Brooke Parker, Marissa’s daughter, goes missing. It’s a race against time to find her as she’s an insulin-dependent diabetic. And Brooke is not the only girl gone missing, the police fear this is the work of a serial kidnapper. Let me tell you in advance this is a fast-paced, very exciting story. Go to the bathroom, take the phone off the hook and make yourself a bowl of popcorn. You are not going to want to be interrupted while reading this book. Start early as this is definitely an intriguing story that will have you muttering “oh, no” as you are reading as fast as you can to get to the next page. For great plot and edge-of-your seat, nail-biting suspense, “In The Dark” is definitely the book for you.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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