30 Days To Joy

 

Gift journal and devotional in one, with space for you to add drawings, doodles, photos or artwork and make it your own.

Hardcover gift book is all about Joy, designed for 30 days of discovering what joy is and how to experience joy in your life day by day.

A beautiful, one-month creative Scripture journal; ribbon marker, presentation page, space for reflections on your own and life and on special people who have helped you discover joy.

At the back is space to jot your favorite songs in your personal playlist to share on social media.

 

Can I just say how absolutely adorable the 30 Days To Joy Journal is?

This cute little journal is filled with inspirational verses and quotes that will surely bring a smile to your face and maybe even some joy into our heart. Let us be honest for a moment when I say we could all use some joy in this crazy world.

Each day has a prompt to write about or even draw about. Each day is designed to get you focused on others and what brings you joy.

Day 1 starts off with figuring out the difference between joy and happiness! Because they are oh so different.

I love this simple little journal so much that I may use it as a teachers gift or even just for the ladies in my small group. What a sweet little gift to give away this Christmas!

 

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: WaterBrook

ISBN: 0735290822
ISBN-13: 9780735290822

 

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

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Rogue Heroes

 

The incredible untold story of WWII’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue
 
Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS’s remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow.
 
Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.

 

 

I love history. It was my favorite subject in school(way back when!). I love to read about people’s experiences. Listening to stories my grandparents and great grandparents used to tell were always fascinating to me.

One of my favorite things though is getting different perspectives on history is well. Which is why I couldn’t wait to review Rogue Heroes. I remember celebrating Guy Fawkes day with a friend from England and thinking how much I still didn’t know about history.

Macintyre’s book was very well written with tons of details that I found intriguing. The book had engaging stories with first hand accounts that were nothing short of amazing. The SAS was truly an amazing unit of men.

I really liked at the end of the book there was a section about the “Afterlives” of the soldiers. Life went on after their experiences in the war and I loved how that was included.

I you have any interest in WWII then you should read this book.

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (August 29, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101904186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101904183

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

 

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Blind Spot

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FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life–but isn’t sure exactly what he’s chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that “the wrath is coming,” Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She’s sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there’s anyone who can help him, it’s Tanner. 

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can’t deny, and she’s pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell–and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming “wrath” that could cost thousands their lives.

Well Dani Pettrey, you have done it again. Blind Spot is another amazing novel.  It is #3 in the Chesapeake Valor Series and if you haven’t read the first two stop right now and go do it. Not because you have to understand the third, just because you don’t want to miss them!!

I love Declan’s and Tanner’s chemistry not just as a couple but as a team. Not only that, but my favorite thing about Pettrey’s writing is how she so effortlessly weaves faith into her stories.

Her characters in all of her books are modern day “heroes”. Everything from police officers, to crime scene investigators, even a snow boarder. (taking it back to her first series there) But there faith isn’t something that gets in the way of their job, in fact it makes them better at their jobs.

Don’t get me wrong Dani, is an excellent writer and story teller. But her ability to weave faith into the lives of her characters, who could be anyone with a difficult job today, takes her writing and stories to a whole new level.

If you haven’t read this book go…. do it now. It is such a good book.

 

  • Series: Chesapeake Valor (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 3, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764212966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764212963

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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How to Set A Table

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This hip, fabric-covered guide includes creative ways to style a table–whether for a sit-down dinner, cocktail party, brunch buffet, picnic in the park, and other fun get-togethers

Whether you live in a small apartment or sprawling suburban kitchen, How to Set a Table features stylish, modern ideas for welcoming family and friends in your home. This gift book, wrapped in a pretty, printed fabric, serves as a practical step-by-step guide to entertaining–with extra information on etiquette, place setting basics, centerpieces, mixing and matching, essential glassware, and napkin folds. With unexpected ideas for using all the great tableware you can find at flea markets, chain stores, or around the house, How to Set a Table updates a classic topic for a new generation of hosts.

So, let me admit something….. I totally got How to Set A Table …… for my homeschooled highschooler. I know weird, but let me explain.

Ash is taking a bunch of “Life Skills” classes this year. Baking, car maintenance, home budget management, and the list goes on. So I thought how cute it would be to review this book so we could make our table very pretty.

I really did like this book. It went through the basics of cutlery and plates needed and types of materials they are made from. Now, when I say basics I mean the very basics. I know there are more than four types of plates or even five settings of silverware. But this is a great book for the every day person.

I may never sit at a meal that has multiple courses and even use something as crazy as an asparagus fork. Truth is I am just a regular person… and that is who this book is for. I loved all the little ideas of how to re-use what you have. How to incorporate patterns, the use of patterns, and especially linen napkins! ( I personally think that is something that should be brought back!)

Just putting in the effort to make whoever you are with feel extra special. That is what it is all about.

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (August 29, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045149802X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451498021

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

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Habits of the Heart

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Are you “out of shape” spiritually? Do you long for a life that is fully and deeply engaged with the Creator? Does your heart ache to be transformed by God? Real change happens only when we train ourselves to be in the habit of exercising our hearts in the practice of godliness. The Bible says that training the body is of some value, but the most important thing we can do is to train our spirit. Habits of the Heart will help you develop practices that draw you into a deeper and lasting relationship with God. Each day of the year, this simple guide will help you focus on one essential aspect of your walk with God and show you how to make it a habit.

Features:

  • Unique cover material featuring wood texture stamped with a bronze foil
  • Elegant interior design with full-color end papers and a ribbon marker
  • 365 devotions offer a meaningful, yet practical, way to exercise your heart in the practice of godliness
  • Each week immerses you in a specific practice: conversational prayer, unplugging from life’s daily grind, waiting on God, being watchful, and much more

 

I have to admit that when I read the features I was said to myself “who cares!!, Will it get me closer to Jesus!!” I wanted to make sure there was meat in this devotional to dig into and even maybe get me more into the Bible itself.

Despite this being a very adorable book,  yes my friends there is meat to this book. Habits of the Heart  has a theme that is walked through each day of the week. Each day having different scripture. Some of my favorite weeks were:

-Being Frugal (Week 44)

-Controlling you Tongue (Week 25)

-Keeping Sabbath (Week 32)

These are just a few that seemed so very important to me right now. Devotionals for me are not always easy to choose, partly because I am super picky and partly I think they can be either really good at asking the tough questions or really bad.

That being said, I believe I will be using this devotional as my devotional for next year. Well, because I think its really good!

 

 

 

 

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 1496418069
ISBN-13: 9781496418067

 

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

 

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Deadly Proof

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Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer. 

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

Let’s take a moment to take about Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan. I was completely shocked by this book!! Shocked in a good way!!

What an amazing main character Kate was. She was strong and successful but she still had a down to earth feel. Landon had layers of character and I enjoyed reading his story. Can Landon ever see himself the way God sees him?

But this whole book gripped me from the beginning and didn’t let go. This book was far from predictable. There were twists and turns that just kept me going one page right after another. All the way to the end.

I really enjoyed Dylan’s knowledge of the legal system. She was able to include her knowledge without making her text dry. That is a huge accomplishment.  But seriously if this is just the first book in her new series I cannot wait until I read the rest!

 

 

 

Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Bethany House

ISBN: 0764219804
ISBN-13: 9780764219801

 

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review

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All Saints

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The True Story Behind the Powerful Film ALL SAINTS

Newly ordained, Michael Spurlock’s first assignment is to pastor All Saints, a struggling church with twenty-five devoted members and a mortgage well beyond its means. The best option may be to close the church rather than watch it wither any further. But when All Saints hesitantly risks welcoming a community of Karen refugees from Burma–former farmers scrambling for a fresh start in America–Michael feels they may be called to an improbable new mission.

Michael must choose between closing the church and selling the property–or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community. Together, they risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

Discover the true story that inspired the film while also diving deeper into the background of the Karen people, the church, and how a community of believers rally to reach out to those in need, yet receive far more than they dared imagine.

“Every rime a need arose, we’d wonder how we’d meet it,” Father Randy remembers. “And somehow we always did. It sure wasn’t because All Saints had some great strategy or we were good planners. It was simply because the church community came together and God answered prayers time after time after time.” (pg. 185 All Saints)

With all the amazing ways God for the All Saints, this might be my favorite quote from the book. Hind sight is always 20/20 right? Now if you haven’t heard about this movie, go ahead take a minute and google the trailer…or click here. Just remember never judge a book by its movie!!

This book though. I loved the honesty of it. It didn’t shy away from  people being people. At one point there was so much strain that a congregant snapped at Spurlock and yelled about money. I can’t imagine what these refugees have gone through. Having to start over the way they did.

All of this being said, All Saints is an excellent reminder of God’s provision today. God just didn’t provide thousands of years ago for people in Biblical times. He provides today. Present tense. Providing for our needs everyday. Glad this book came along to continue to remind me of that.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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Convicted

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I love people’s stories. There are few things more powerful then God at work in people’s lives. It is one of my favorite things to hear, God at work even today.

 

Convicted is the story of two men who are now the best of friends. The story of getting there though was anything but normal. In fact it was the stuff that made headlines.

 

I loved the honesty of this book. There was something just so raw and vulnerable. I can’t imagine living any of this was easy. But we all must live with the consequences of our choices….. or even consequences of other’s choices.

 

I want to tell you so much about this book. I mean I really loved reading their stories. But even more than that I want you to read it. I mean you know how it ends, they are friends now and they forgave each other. But the story itself……It wasn’t an easy ride. Forgiveness did not just happen. It is a process.

 

What an example these two men can be to all of us. While of course Christ should be our first example, let these guys just be a reminder of the sweetness that comes with letting anger and hatred go.

 

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (September 19, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735290725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735290723
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review

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The Wellness Revelation

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What would it take for you to make a change? Weight loss can sometimes be a very self-focused endeavor. Maybe you have struggled with your weight your entire life, riding a constant roller coaster of numbers that go up and … Continue reading

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Fatal Trust

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Riveting Legal Suspense from Lawyer Todd M. Johnson 

Ian Wells is a young criminal defense attorney struggling to build a Minneapolis law practice he inherited from his father while caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s. Nearly at the breaking point, everything changes for Ian when a new client offers a simple case: determine whether three men qualify for over nine million dollars of trust funds. To qualify, none can have been involved in criminal activity for the past twenty years. Ian’s fee for a week’s work: the unbelievable sum of two hundred thousand dollars. 

Ian warily accepts the job–but is quickly dragged deep into a mystery linking the trust with a decades-old criminal enterprise and the greatest unsolved art theft in Minnesota history. As stolen money from the art theft surfaces, Ian finds himself the target of a criminal investigation by Brook Daniels, a prosecutor who is also his closest law school friend. He realizes too late that this simple investigation has spun out of control and now threatens his career, his future, and his life.

This book…man it took me a while to get through. Todd Johnson’s newest book Fatal Trust had the makings of a great book. I was really excited to start reading it.

That being said it took me a while to really get into this book. It wasn’t until about halfway that it started to pick up and get better. I found it a bit confusing at first trying to remember all the people involved and how they all fit together.

BUT, (capital letters for emphasis lol) once I hit the middle of the book things started falling into place and in the end it turned out to be a really good book. I have read books by Johnson before and in the end this one was just about as good as the others.

So if you are looking for non-romantic Christian writing, well this is definitely the book for you.

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764212354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764212352

 

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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