The Rocky Road to Ruin

I loved this book by Meri Allen. I do enjoy cozy mysteries and this is up there with one of my favorites.When you pick up this book to read a bowl of ice cream should be close at hand to help fit the atmosphere..
As for the mystery, there were enough surprising happenings to keep me enthralled. I was on my toes through the entire book. This is a fun series. I cannot wait to read the next book.
I was given this book by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest review. All opinoins are my own. 

Slaying the Giant of Fear and Releasing the Roar of Breakthrough

This is a book that is filled with doable challenges to place our faith in God and allow Him to help us with our fears. This well-written book shows us how to allow Him to give us power step-by-step.

I recommend this book highly to everyone.

I was given this book by Chosen in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Sweet Jesus, Is It June Yet?: 10 Ways the Gospels Can Help You Combat Teacher Burnout and Rediscover Your Passion for Teaching

 I found this to be a nice reminder to any and all teachers who get burned out, discouraged, or just not sure what to do next.

I taught in a Christian school and this book was written from a Catholic teacher’s perspective but really none of that matters. As teachers we can all learn lessons from the gospel to help us overcome hurdles.

I felt that all of the author’s thoughts were relatable and give encouragement. I would highly recommend this to teachers, no matter what the time of year.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Ave Maria Press. All opinions are my own.

How (Not) To Save The World

This was an inspiring and fun book to read. Saying that, I also felt like this is one of the most powerful book on evangelizing I have read. I always felt that I wasn’t doing all I could for God because I do not go out on the mission field. However, the mission field can be at your own doorstep. 

We are asked to take care of those around us, just as Jesus did for everyone around him. We are to care and love others as well as share Jesus’s love with them. This involves wanting to listen to other’s stories and being willing to share your own.

I love the simplicity of this book and the variety of “call out” that are included throughout. These call outs emphasize the high points in a fun way.

I recommend this book most highly for all.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Thomas Nelson–W Publishing. All opinions are my own.

One Small Step

We have all felt nudges in our lives, in fact, we have even felt them from God. In “One Small Step: The Life-changing Adventure of Following God’s Nudges”, Matthew Barnett talks about these nudges from God. They are the ones that tell us to help someone out, even if you don’t know them. Matthew Barnett followed one of these nudges when he opened the Dream Center in Los Angeles. In this center all are welcome who might need a place to stay. It doesn’t matter what their background, they are welcome…free of charge. The nudges that we feel may not be as big as this but who knows where it will lead…God does.

I recommend this book so highly. I am a believer in God’s nudges and when he does he gives you all that you need to fulfill it.

I was given this book by Chosen Publishing in exchange for my honest review. 

The Gilded Cage on the Bosphorus

I found the book, The Gilded Cage on the Bosphorus, to be an interesting book. It takes the reader into the lives of an imperial family in the Ottoman Empire. It helps to see their lives including their joys and their sadness. I have not read a book from this time period which includes these details. 

At times I felt like I was reading a novel which says a lot about the author’s, Ayse Ormanoglu, gift.

I recommend this book highly.

I was given this book by NetGalley and BooksGoSocial in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Catastrophes and Heroes

I am going to start off by saying Wow! This book is filled with true stories of catastrophes from around the world. I had not heard of most of them so I did a little research of my own and found out that each of these are amazing stories. 

Each event includes an overview of the catastrophe as well as the people involved in the building of the items. How they took shortcuts, those that lost their lives or were injured and how others were able to take these events and make sure they did not happen again. Borrowman also included those that were the heroes in each.

I felt like this book opened my eyes to things I had never heard of before. It made me want to look into each one a little more.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 


Dinner with Edward

Dinner with Edward: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship by [Isabel Vincent]

 Once I was able to get into this book I found it to be a wonderful story. The author has a gift in the way she weaves her words together. Plus she inserts the occasional recipe for fun. 

Other reviewers may not have been happy with the ending of the story but I found it made perfect sense to have it conclude this way. The relationship blossomed over time until it became just what the other one needed.

This was a lovely book.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Algonquin books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Sins of the Past

Sins of the Past consists of three mystery novellas. The first is Missing by Dee Henderson. Second is Shadowed by Dani Pettrey. Third is Blackout by Lynette Eason. I have read other books by Dee Henderson and Lynette Eason and have always been spell-bound. Now I will add Dani Pettrey as a Christian author of thrillers to add to my list. 

All three of these stories kept me enthralled. The story lines are great, which is not always the case with novellas. They each have endings which will surprise along with a bit of romance.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Providence by Jennifer Seines

Jennifer Sienes, the author of Providence, takes difficult topics and handles them with such grace. Within each chapter of the book she provides viewpoints of different characters of the book. Melissa the mother, her kids, and her employer all are finding their ways to deal with the suicide of Trevor, Melissa’s husband. Where this may seem a gruesome topic, Jennifer handles it just right. She goes through the feelings of each one and creates a story that is difficult to put down. As with her other books, Jennifer was able to create another beautiful book. I received this book from Celebrate Lit for reviewing purposes, but all the opinions in this review are my own.