Fatal Trust

fatal trust

 

 

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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The Wisdom of God

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Find the path to becoming all that God wants you to be! Your decisions, attitudes, and relationships will change when you learn to embrace your Creator’s wisdom. In never-before-published insights taken from his sermons, Tozer helps you live your best possible life and draw closer to the Lord by letting his character guide you. 208 pages, softcover from Bethany.

Wisdom. I mean actual wisdom, who doesn’t need that once in a while? Ok, fine maybe more than once and a while. In fact I may seek wisdom to deal with chaos multiple times a day.

Wisdom of God is a never before published sermons of A.W. Tozer. I have heard Tozer quoted by many pastors that I have listened to but I will admit that I was a bit intimidated to read his work.  Once I started reading though, I couldn’t stop.

My favorite chapter had to be chapter 15, The Practicality of God’s Wisdom. His wisdom on the  “sin embodied in popular figures”  (pg.121), the only thing I could think is “man if you could see Hollywood now.” There was so many things that had to do with today’s Hollywood that it was almost hard to believe he died in 1963.

I really cannot give this book a bad review. It left me scratching my head and wanting to discuss things with my husband, but good books usually do that to me.

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764218085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218088

 

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

 

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Know Who You Are

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Throughout his football career at the University of Florida and in the NFL, homeschool graduate Tim Tebow modeled and shared his deep Christian faith. Now in Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters, Tebow reveals the source of his attitude and success, not just in athletics, but in all of life: the careful study and modeling of Jesus’ life.

This interactive reflection journal features thirty-six sessions divided between four units:

      Who Are You?

Jesus as the source of identity

Don’t Sweat It; God’s Got It guidance for tough times

Others Matter the importance of relationships

Live Bigger living in a way that impacts eternity

Each chapter includes a Bible verse and short lesson that often features illustrations from Tim’s own life. Sessions end with “In Your Own Words” writing prompts where students can take the opportunity to write down their reflections and thoughts in response to the lesson. Students will be challenged to soak deeper into the Word and lean on Jesus to guide their lives!

208 pages.

You know I almost didn’t review this book because Tim Tebow wrote it….. I mean as a wife of a very devote Ohio State fan. But now that Urban Meyer is the coach of Ohio State I thought it would be safe. 😉

Know Who You Are came at the perfect time. Ash and Seth both need to read this book right now.  I love how its simply written but asks questions that are meant for thought.

It is broken up into a 36 week study. While I think we could easily do two sections a week that may not be true for all families. Tebow takes examples from his life and uses them as examples to ask questions of his readers. I really liked how each week had a theme verse. Some were familiar and Tebow encourages you to rethink them, while others might not be as familiar.

There are sections to write your thoughts down and even journal space. More than anything for me it was good for my kids to see the “after homeschool” perspective. With Ash starting her sophomore year at home sometimes its tough when she sees what other kids are doing and wonders “what if.” (Sometimes I wonder that too.) But it was also good to be reminded with this book, that this is the path God has chosen for our family. We should embrace it, love it, and know that it is for God’s glory.

Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: WaterBrook

ISBN: 0735289948
ISBN-13: 9780735289949

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

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Dark Deception

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Kate O’Brien’s quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she’s been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn’t the murderer, she’s subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis. 

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate’s beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate’s safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

Yeah, its summer. Vacations, no school (expect a little bit of math here), sunshine, and reading by the pool. So I have a bunch of reviews to catch up on…. cause well…. I am trying to relax. Key word trying.

But I was able to pull off some time to myself and knock off a few books on my to read list. The first one being Nancy Mehl’s newest in the Defenders of Justice Series.  Dark Deception is #2 in the series and it is a stand alone novel. Even though it does bring in previous characters from the first book, Mehl makes very little reference to the previous story line.

I have to say this book was a roller coaster of crazy. In a good way. Kate O’Brien’s story was a well written and suspenseful one. The twist and turns navigated their way through the entire book, even to the last page!!

I like Tony DeLuca as well. He seemed to have that level head yet that drive to always do what he felt was right. He was smart, calculated, yet willing to take risks for the ones he cared about.

The story line itself was fascinating. I kept second guessing myself on who the actual serial killer was all the way to the end. But then another plot twist happened and I was left with a sense of shock. I wont ruin the ending at all, just know you have to read to the very last page.

I would definitely recommend Mehl’s writing. Its clean but realistic for Christians living in the world today. Looking forward to more in this series.

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

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Braving It

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 Oh my goodness you guys!!! This book….awesome. I’m sure I could have chosen a better adjective to describe Braving It by James Campbell but that was the one that kept sticking into my head.

When I first picked this book I thought it would just be a memoir of a guy’s journey in the wilderness… and brought his daughter along with. No this book was so much more than that. It was a dad, helping his daughter become a person of character and giving her experience few of us will ever have.

Campell didn’t shy away from the hardships or struggles they faced. He recognized his own limitations yet did his best to persevere. He was even transparent when it came to his parenting struggles.

This book was such a gift. As someone who longs to go to Alaska ( I have begged my husband just to ditch everything and live off the land there) I loved the honesty of this book. What an amazing gift Campbell was able to give his daughter. This is a good read for anyone who loves the outdoors and is a parent.

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (May 9, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307461254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307461254

 

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

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The Most Misused Stories In The Bible

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A surprising number of popular Bible stories are commonly misused or misunderstood, even by well-intentioned Christians. In The Most Misused Stories in the Bible Eric J. Bargerhuff forwards a concise yet thorough understanding of the meaning of David and Goliath, Jonah and the Big Fish, the Woman Caught in Adultery, and other well-known Bible stories.

Providing fascinating historical and scriptural insights, Bargerhuff helps readers sort through modern-day distortions of fourteen well-known Bible stories and grasp their original meaning and purpose for us today.

I mean lets admit it, the Bible is a tough book to read. So much detail, wisdom, and of course it is the WORD of GOD. So of course there may be times that we struggle with understanding it.

So Eric Bargerhuff put together this book of stories that are often misused in the Bible. In The Most Misused Stories In The Bible  Bargerhuff takes stories from both the old and new testament to make his point clear.

As someone who is slightly more seasoned in the Bible I found myself wanting to dig a bit deeper than what Bargerhuff was saying. Now that being said I will tell you what really happened while reading this book.

I took it with me when I went to see my best friend (who just happens to be a pastors kid). Of course she is going to ask about what I am reading. So, I told her. Read some to her. And then….debated with her. ( I adore a good debate). And that is what I believe this book to be…. A great jumping off point for discussion.

Its so simply written that even my kids should be able to understand, but of course the topics are heavy. So please, read it, debate it, open up God’s word and prove it right or wrong. This is a great book for a family discussion.

Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Bethany House

ISBN: 0764219138
ISBN-13: 9780764219139

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

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Do Baby Bears Have Mommies?

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Do Baby Bears Have Mommies? answers questions about animals. Children learn about starfish, elephants, bears, stars, earthworms, eagles, trees, and heaven, while absorbing the underlying themes of God’s love and grace and a parent’s love for a child.

Oh the questions one hears as a mom. Usually questioning starts off at a young age with the simple (yet not always so simple) question of “Why?”. And then as kids get older the questions blossom from there.

Do Baby Bears Have Mommies is a cute little story book about …..questions. You know those innocent little questions that just pop up at the most random times. I love those moments…even now when my kids have gotten older. Those questions sometimes can sometimes windows into their hearts.

So maybe this sweet storybook is not only for kids but for parents too.

So kids: Ask your questions!!!

Parents: Those questions are not a burden but a gift.

So embrace the gift with this adorable little story book.

Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Tyndale Kids

ISBN: 1496417402
ISBN-13: 9781496417404

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We Stood Upon Stars

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Get Lost. . . and Find What Really Matters
 
We are made for freedom and adventure, friendship and romance. Yet too much of life is spent unfulfilled at work, restless at home, and bored at church.  All the while knowing there is something more. You’ll find some of life’s best moments waiting for you over a campfire, on a river—even in that coffee shop or brewery you didn’t know you’d discover along the way. It’s time to begin the search.
 
In the literary spirit of well-worn tales about America’s open road, this poetic, honest, often hilarious collection of essays shows how to embark on adventures that kindle spiritual reflection, personal growth, and deeper family connections.
 
From surfing California’s coastlines, stargazing southwestern deserts, and fly-fishing in remote mountains of Montana, you’ll be inspired to follow the author’s footsteps and use the hand-drawn maps from each chapter to plan your own trips.  There you will hear God’s voice – and it may help you find what you’re searching for.
 
“We search mountaintops and valleys, deserts and oceans, hoping sunrises and long views through the canyons will help us discover who we are, or who we still want to be.  The language of our hearts reflects that of creation because in both are fingerprints of God.”
—Roger W. Thompson

Can I get this out of the way first??? I really loved this book. There its off my chest I feel better.

I love listening to people’s stories. Things that happened to them. That shaped them, helped them become who they are. Thompson’s book We Stood Upon Stars is such a refreshing and humorous read that I couldn’t put it down.

I will admit my favorite story was the one where the crab clamped down on his toe. It just reminded me so much of when my husband broke his baby toe and it took him down. My husband the football player size, nothing scares him, fix anything, type of guy went into shock because he busted his baby toe. So I could totally picture Thompson screaming as the crab attached to his toe.

This book makes me want to pack up the kids and travel. Find God in the trees and ocean and find God wherever He meets us that day. Because God will meet us wherever we are.

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (May 2, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601429592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601429599

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

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True to You

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After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

 

Becky Wade’s newest book True to You is probably her best book to date.  As someone who as read all of Wade’s books that is definitely saying something. Wade has an undeniable talent of creating strong women characters that don’t  take away from strong male characters.

I really liked Nora. She was smart and resourceful with just enough vulnerability that kept her real and believable. I myself adore history, so I appreciated Nora’s love for genealogy and quest to preserve the historical town she lived in.

John is a leading man that I would definitely like to read more about. His quiet yet strong personality was a refreshing change in contemporary Christian fiction. I found John’s story to truly be a story of God taking something bad and using it for good.

Wade wrote a really good story in True to You. There was a wonderful array of characters and a plot twist that I really didn’t see coming. What I love about Wade’s writing though is that the ending isn’t always tied up in a pretty bow. Sometimes its still messy…..just like life.

This was a strong start to Wade’s new series. I am very excited to read the rest of this series!

 

Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017

ISBN: 9781441231208
ISBN-13: 9781441231208

 

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

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Home on the Range

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Can the brother left behind and a woman without hope work together for the good of two precious children?

Nick Stafford stayed in central Washington, working his family’s large ranch after his brothers left to pursue other passions—but his toughest job is being a single dad. As a child he watched his father fail at marriage and parenting, so Nick was determined to show him up. He’d be a better husband, father, and ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever was. Despite that commitment, three years after Nick’s wife left him, he has a daughter in trouble at school and both of his girls are facing issues that force him to rethink his stubborn plans.

For Dr. Elsa Andreas, life fell apart when tragedy caused her to abandon her family therapy practice and retreat to the backwoods of Gray’s Glen. Her school principal sister believes Elsa can guide the Stafford girls and that working with kids will draw Elsa out of her protective bubble.

Summer on the Double S teems with life and adventure. Amid the bounty of God and land, will Nick and Elsa find the courage to build futures based on faith rather than fear?

I know I have said this before…..but I must say it again. Writing Christian Contemporary Fiction cannot be easy.

But on a serious note… How have I gone this long and not discovered Ruth Logan Herne? Her new book Home of the Range  is a near perfect example of quality Christian contemporary fiction.

Now Home on the Range is the second book in the Double S Ranch Series and its ok if you start here like I did. (Although I will be going back to devour the first very soon).  These are stand alone novels that can be read separately.

I found Nick to be an absolutely wonderful main character with such a mix of strength and gentleness that is rarely seen today. Elsa was such a surprise as well. I love her depth and character development through the whole book. This book was raw, real, and something that I could completely relate too. (Despite the lack of cowboy in my life)

This was truly a book about second chances. Herne did such a wonderful job blending faith into real life situations. Because not everything is simple and that reminder of God being with you through the hard stuff is definitely needed.

I truly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to dig into the rest of the series.

Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Multnomah Books

ISBN: 0735290660
ISBN-13: 9780735290662

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

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