Monday, November 30, 2015

A Season to Wed

Title:  A Season to Wed (Three Winter Love Stories)
Author:  Rachel Hauck, Cindy Kirk, Cheryl Wyatt
Pages:  336
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Zondervan
My rating is 5 stars.
Love at Mistletoe Inn
In this novella a wonderful, single, elderly woman named Verna has in her heart adopted two people, Hope and John.  Verna is my favorite character because of her love, no nonsense yet gentle approach and giving heart.  In the tale two, young, impulsive teenagers make an adult decision to marry in a different state now meet again for the first time in ten years.  Prior to this, Hope ran out of the chapel no longer wanting to be married and John left town.  Now they reunite in a tale of redemption, forgiveness, love and faith.
A Brush with Love
I cannot help but think this novella will touch the very heart of any reader who is willing to open their heart to the Story behind this story.  The main female lead is a woman named Ginger who suffered a tragedy as a young preteen and has lived with the outcome both within her heart and outside with scars.  Here is a parable of sorts that I believe will help others understand God in a new way and be willing to reveal to Him the scars of their hearts.  The novella portrays pastors as humans who sometimes make mistakes just like the congregation in the pews.  Hope is what you might feel when the story ends, but what just might be beginning in your heart.
Serving Up a Sweetheart
Meadow is a caterer and decorator extraordinaire!  Her past hurts and trials God has turned into a budding business born through her heart’s desire.  Meadow’s home life and school bullying experiences colored her view of Conner when he returned to their hometown.  Conner’s past wasn’t something he was proud of, but God had really changed him if only he could convince Meadow of that truth.  This is a wonderful tale of love, forgiveness, earning back trust and letting go of past hurts and those who caused them!

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad in Him!

Because He lives I can face tomorrow,
Without Him I utterly alone.

Because of Him I have eternal life,
Without Him there is no life.

Thank you Lord for seeking me, reconciling me to Yourself and paying the cost for my sins!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Allepo Code



Title:  The Aleppo Code (The Jerusalem Prophecies #3)
Author:  Terry Brennan
Pages:  384
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Kregel Publications
First off the mark, I would strongly encourage readers to read book one, The Sacred Cipher as well as book two, The Brotherhood Conspiracy before tackling this third book in The Jerusalem Prophecies series.  The story in book three picks up right where book two ended, so without reading the prior two books I think it would be hard to really get into this story.
Tom Bohannon and his team of friends are in Israel mourning the death of some of their colleagues and friends when something stunning is discovered.  They thought their mission was over, but now they find out what they have previously unearthed is not all there is to the story.  Their lives are still in danger and so is the state of world if they believe what has just been revealed.  There is a potential weapon that could wield power and enable world domination.  The source is the staff of Aaron used by Moses to part the Red Sea.  Tom and his group decide they must find the staff before the Brotherhood does.  What follows is plenty of tension and excitement as the chase for the staff of Aaron is on!
If you like action, adventure, political intrigue, and archeology, this series is for you.  The action is non-stop and entertaining.  The part of the plot where an Islamic fundamentalist faction aims to take over the world by gaining control of leading international nations’ finances seemed very realistic.  The author has done a lot of research on his topic and he was able to weave a lot of factual information into his fictional plot to make a very entertaining story.  The factual information is detailed in an Author’s Note at the end of the book.  I liked seeing the team’s reliance on God throughout and watching how He worked things out in the end.  I look forward to see what flows next from this author’s pen!
My rating is 4 stars.

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AN Endless Christmas (A Novella) byCynthia Ruchti



Title:  An Endless Christmas (A Novella)
Author:  Cynthia Ruchti
Pages:  240
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Worthy Inspired
My rating is 5+ stars.
Let me tell you this story brought a few tears to my eyes and a few laughs as well.  For me, the main theme is legacy along with passing down traditions or changing them which brings new life.  When the matriarch and patriarch of the family were saying goodnight to their growing family who came to celebrate Christmas, the patriarch prayed a blessing over each person.  Now, to me, that is one special and meaningful action worth repeating.  It doesn’t have to be just the man in the family; it can be the woman too as I have prayed blessings over my sons.
The two main characters in the novella are Katie and Micah who have known each other for years.When Katie was proposed to, she couldn’t accept Micah’s offer until they had time to talk through what she just learned about her ancestry.  Katie thought that since hardly anyone stayed married in her family that meant that would happen to her too.  What she learns through the story changes her heart in ways you cannot imagine, most of all her relationship with the Lord.
Another action this growing family did was insisted that all techy gadgets be put away for the whole week they were together.  While at first all of the young people found it hard to leave everything off, including the TV, what the family did with their time together brought a deeper meaning to the holy days and family relationships.  There are a few surprises in the story, but overall I highly recommend spending time reading this new novella.  May you be touched, changed, encouraged and more purposeful in your time with family and friends this year!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh

Title:  Keeping Christmas
Author:  Dan Wlash
Pages:  224
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Revell
My rating is 5 stars.
What are some holiday traditions you grew up with or do now with your family?  For me, when I was little we would have dinner, choose one present to open and then go to midnight Mass, return home and then in the morning open gifts.  Our family at one time was big with lots of extended members and friends who would gather in my parents’ home and what fun we would have! What great memories!  Now many of them are gone and sometimes the holidays are bittersweet, remembering the best of times and yet a smaller family unit.
Life changes for all of us and in the book Dan Walsh shares a tale of parents who are not only empty nesters, but unlike previous holidays their kids cannot travel to be with them this year.  Judith, who is their mom, enters a time of depression and cannot seem to shake it though she prays for God to help her move forward.  Her husband Stan doesn’t seem to be as affected because he likes the quiet to watch football or just put his feet up.
Yet was Judith seems so different than the woman Stan has been married to for decades plus noticing that nothing he has done helps, Stan makes a bold  decision.  Stan’s plan is an example as to how to touch the heart of your soul mate, and he touched his grown children’s lives too!  Above all, Stan is changed as he is convicted about choices he has made for years that need to be changed in the present if he is going to have a happy spouse.
I don’t want to ruin the book for you by telling you all that occurs.  I would love for you to discover the joy for yourself when you read the novel.  Make special memories now and be open to making new memories as time goes by and life brings changes that sometimes are hard.  Look around you and see if there isn’t someone you can touch with the love of God, both inside your home and outside.  Pray and see if God doesn’t show you who He wants you to reach out to during the holidays.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Every Girl Gets Confused


Title:  Every Girl Gets Confused (A Bride With Style #2)
Author:  Janice Thompson
Pages:  336
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Revell
My rating is 5 stars.
We are introduced to a whole set of characters in book one of the series titled, Every Bride Needs A Groom, which is set in Texas.  The characters come from a variety of denominational backgrounds, personalities and the cheering for either the Mavericks or Spurs!  In book two, we learn how love knows no boundaries such as age, monetary classification, along with some of the funniest lines I have read in awhile!
The best aspect of the second book is the example of sticking together as a spiritual family regardless of the denominational affiliation.  Another is how in time as parents age and children are learning to fly on their own as adults, old and new traditions can weave together to gain the best memories.  I laughed a lot as I read the novel.  Some of the actions, words or thoughts of the octogenarians were too funny like when they face the latest gadgets or are blessed to be married again even when they are eighty!
The chapter titles are taken from the songs and movies of Doris Day, and readers will read quotes from a whole host of people in regards to Doris Day.  As I read, I could see the change that has taken place in the golden era of Hollywood and the way movies or TV shows are created today.  For me, I love the older westerns because they never were made to gross out a crowd; it seems those people knew how to act in style without being obscene.
Yes, there is romance in the story, but what the overall point is how the couples do what pleases the other not demanding their own way.  I liked how even through hard seasons of life in the story they are reminded it is only a season not a lifetime, and the way they gathered to pray for needs immediately was encouraging.  Waiting is a word that is hard for anyone no matter what age, which is also highlighted in the book, but overall I think you’re going to find yourself laughing more than anything else!  Please enjoy Every Bride Needs A Groom so your understanding of what is happening in the sequel will be enhanced!  Enjoy!

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stealthy Steps (Nanostealth #1)


Title:  Stealthy Steps (Nanostealth #1)
Author:  Vikki Kestell
Pages:  298
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Faith-Filled Fiction
My rating is 5 stars.
What a brilliant and well-crafted story that will definitely keep you enraptured and turning pages until you either have to take a break or finish the book!  I simply sat down and over a couple of days lost myself in the multilayered, suspense-filled thriller written by Vikki Kestell, who is a new author to me. She has written other books if you look her up on Amazon.  Coming soon will be book one, Tabitha, from another new series called Girls from the Mountain.  In 2016, book two in the Nanostealth series will be released titled, Stealth Power.
In this story, there are two parties who are vying for the scientifically created Nanomites.  One group is the military of the facility housing the science experiments run by a woman, General Cushing, who is nicknamed Shark Face.  The other side is the creator of the Nanomites, Dr. Bickel.
Gemma is working in one part as an assistant for a specific scientist.  The facility is huge so she hides herself well though she is attentive to what is occurring.  Gemma’s twin sister Gina is a mean spiteful lawyer who thinks her sister is an idiot.  The story has many threads going on including drug cartels, murder, mystery, intrigue, faith, military, and so much more.
It will be so hard to wait for the second installment to be released, but until then I plan on reading Tabitha and then Vikki’s other novels.  Her writing aims to bring honor to God by using fiction filled with faith.  In my opinion, Vikki has done this well.  It would be a shame if you pass up her books, especially if you enjoy suspense that keeps you on the edge of your chair!  Kudos to you Vikki!
Also available on Amazon Audible, iTunes and other formats on Amazon.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Notre Dame vs Boston College


Play your best! Go Irish!

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Five Times I Met Myself


Title:  The Five Times I Met Myself
Author:  James L. Rubart
Pages:  388
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
What would you do if you could go back in time?  Would you change anything?  Brock Matthews has that experience via his dreams.  He begins to have a nightmare involving his deceased father for five nights in a row.  He visits his best friend who gives him a book on lucid dreaming which claims that the dreamer can learn to control his dreams and thereby stop the nightmare from occurring.  Brock reads the book, finds it intriguing and gives it a try.  What happens next…well, you’ll have to read the book to find out!
Brock’s life, in addition to his nightmare, is falling apart.  His world famous coffee company that he runs with his brother is on the verge of bankruptcy, his wife is very distant and aloof and at his high school reunion an old girlfriend makes an appearance and an impression on Brock.  Brock also has some guilt over the way his relationship with his father stood at the time of his father’s death.  In addition, he has always felt his father loved his brother more and has been very competitive with his brother in just about everything.  He and his brother have a lot of tension in their relationship.  What if he could change things?  Brock has always viewed himself as a Christian, and he is sure he knows God’s plan for him.
This was a very interesting concept of redemption and healing.  I’ve read other books by this author and really enjoyed them.  The regrets about the past and the wishing for a “do-over” in some situations really rang true for me.  I liked the faith elements in the story as well as the realistic struggles Brock encountered.  The emotions evoked from grief to laughter were something else that engaged me in the story.  I’m looking forward to the next intriguing story from the pen of this author!
My rating is 4 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson


Title:  The Christmas Joy Ride
Author:  Melody Carlson
Pages:  176
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Revell
My rating is 4 stars.
The setting of the story begins in Chicago right before Christmas.  A wonderful 86-year-old lady named Joy wants to spread Christmas joy along route 66.  Miranda, a young divorcee just returning from visiting her sister, sees Joy packing all these large tubs with names on them.  Soon, before Miranda knows what hit her, she joins Joy on the ride, learning to drive an RV.  Hopefully, Joy will see life come into Miranda’s eyes again.  You see Miranda has no members of her family living close by, Joy is moving, the house is in foreclosure and Miranda has no job.
The novel then leads readers on a heartfelt journey into some of the lives of various people who connected with Joy via her website.  Throughout the tale readers are reminded of ways to share joy with others and not to be as self-absorbed as society tends to live life.  I loved this elderly character and her heart to take one last trip before entering an assisted living facility near where her two grown sons live.
Joy is a character whose actions challenge us to think outside the box in creative ways in giving away some much of what we have been blessed to own.  Above all, the greatest gift Joy gives is of her time, energy and looking for those who need to be reached by listening to their stories with a heart of love.  Lastly, though Joy’s plans didn’t quite go the way she had planned, she trusted the Lord to do that which would glorify Him as well as touch many people’s hearts and lives.
This is a very heartwarming story that I hope you will read and share with others.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hand Me Down Princess


Title:  Hand-Me-Down Princess (Brides of Belles Montagnes #1)
Author:  Carol Moncado
Pages:  374
Year:  2015
Publisher:  CANDID Publication
Prince Malachi at the age of 21 is forced into an arranged marriage by his father when his brother refuses to marry the girl whose father saved the life of their father.  Malachi meets his bride at their wedding ceremony and soon discovers she is no more interested in marrying him than he is in marrying her.  However, he will obey his father and he promises Jessabelle he will be a faithful husband.  At 19, Jessabelle has never even been on a date and now finds herself married to a royal prince.  She is thrust into the public eye and a royal family when all she wants to do is blend into the background.  She is not comfortable in her marriage or her position as a royal princess.  Will she ever get over her insecurity and feel a sense of belonging in this royal family?
A mere three weeks after her wedding, her father dies.  Jessabelle is still trying to adjust to being a wife and now she grieves for her father.  Her mother died when she was a young girl, so now she feels all alone.  Her husband is incredibly kind and respectful of her.  He supports her any way he can.  Jessabelle begins to have an inkling of what love might be like, but is far from letting down her emotional walls to let Malachi into her heart.
While I enjoyed this book, I wish I would have read the author’s other series about other members of the royal family as I felt I was missing some background on several of the characters that appeared in this book.  Events and relationships were referred to that I didn’t know about.  This didn’t detract from the writing or the plot of this story though I would have liked to know these details to enhance my reading experience.  Prince Malachi was a wonderful prince and Christian man with a great deal of patience, compassion and empathy for his new bride.  He was so gentle and loving toward her; he treated her as precious to him, but also reminded her that her identity came from God not man.  I liked getting to know Jessabelle and see her grow into her place in the royal family.  The relationship development between Jessabelle and Malachi was also very touching.  I’m looking forward to future books in this series.
My rating is 4 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend product s or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

The Devotional for Women


Title:  The Devotional for Women
Author:  Rhonda Harrington Kelley & Dorothy Kelley Patterson
Pages:  768
Year:  2015
Publisher:  B & H Books
My rating is 4 stars.
Here is a devotional that doesn’t spew platitudes, but encourages women in their walk with the Lord.  One devotion I read wasn’t just about prayer, but also placed a letter of Paul in its historical context.  Read the Scripture portion placed underneath the title for the day’s devotion.  Use whatever version you are comfortable with, then there is space where women can write thoughts, prayers, questions, etc.
Personally, I would have liked to see more thought-provoking writing beyond the couple of minutes that it takes to read at its current length.  I would suggest not writing in the book as the ink might bleed through the pages plus the advantage of using a notebook means no shortage of room to write what the Lord places on your heart or whatever you wish to express to Him.
Use the devotional at a moment to reenergize your Spirit or in the times you’re able to sit, being still to know He is God!  These books are a great way to start having regular moments with the Lord or can spark study into a topic or book in the Bible at a deeper level.  God Bless!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sky Latern by Matt Mikalatos



Title:  Sky Lantern
Author:  Matt Mikalatos
Pages:  240
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Howard Books
My rating is 5 stars.
When I learned who the author was of Sky Lantern I knew I wanted to read it as Matt writes with lots of heart and soul.  I knew nothing about sky lanterns until I saw them in a few movies and my curiosity was sparked.  What is shared is a story of a young lady who lost her father to cancer and part of her way of expressing her heart was writing a simple note and sending it off on a lantern.
I believe that God, who is in control of all things, made sure the lantern came down in Matt’s yard.  He is a father of three daughters.  Matt places an open letter on his blog, hoping to connect with the girl who sent the lantern.  Anyone who wishes to read the letter that sets the adventure in motion can read it online.
What is so astounding is the number of people that were touched and encouraged when Matt set out to meet with the girl.  When you get the book, plan on being touched deeply in your soul, heart with possibly tears in your eyes.  Anyone who has lost a family member or friend or known someone who has will want to see what acts of kindness can do to peoples’ hearts and lives.  Along with that, I think the book shows the strong bond between parents and children and to nurture that relationship until the end of their life!  Seize the moment and make the most of the time God gives you to build trust, love, a godly legacy and good memories!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Intertwined by Jennifer Slattery


Title:  Intertwined
Author:  Jennifer Slattery
Pages:  317
Year:  2015
Publisher:  New Hope Publishers
My rating is 5 stars.
The story is definitely a heart-tugging, attention-grabbing, emotional rollercoaster kind of novel.  The main female character is named Tammy.  She finds her marriage falling apart, single-parenting is more than a challenge, her work as an organ procurement coordinator fulfilling and she seeks to speak the gospel message to her clients.
Nick is a divorcee who loses his firstborn son in an accident, which is how his and Tammy’s paths cross again.  They had not seen each other since high school ten years ago.  Nick is dealing with grief and an ex-wife who is keeping their other son away from him as she blames him for the death of their first son.
I found the themes of prayer, leaning on the Lord, forgiveness, trust and more very refreshing to see in the tale.  The author shows us through other minor characters what unforgiveness, bitterness and other unresolved feelings can do to an individual as well as having a rippling effect on others.
Another aspect of the story that brings the aspect of reality to it is that resolving issues and dealing with emotions takes time.  The subplot of a father unknown by his son and learning what he was told about his father was not truth caused Nick to go looking to find out what really became of his dad.  The book doesn’t tie up all the various threads into nice packages with some threads are left hanging.  I think that leaves it to the reader’s imagination as to how situations can possibly be resolved.
I highly recommend Jennifer’s novel and consider the many ways we can stand beside a friend, learn from others’ mistakes and as well as our own.  Readers will also be shown that finding the fulfillment we seek isn’t in a paycheck, but in sharing Jesus with whomever we meet this side of heaven!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Another Way Home (Chicory Inn #3)


Title:  Another Way Home (Chicory Inn #3)
Author:  Deborah Raney
Pages:  304
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
My rating is 5+ stars.
We met the Whitman family in the first book of the series, Home to Chicory Lane, followed by Two Roads Home.  In each story, we are given a bird’s-eye view into the various issues some of the grown Whitman children have faced along with how they interact and the running of the inn.  Here, in the third book, the author tackles a couple of hard issues such as domestic abuse, infertility, adoption, marriage and faith.  I was really grabbed by the heart when Danea continued to be disappointed about not getting pregnant even when spending so much money.
As God opens her eyes, she decides to volunteer at a home for domestically fractured families, meeting a woman named Misty.  When Danea and her husband Dallas willingly take Misty’s son into their home over Thanksgiving, there comes a point when it becomes evident that Misty is in trouble.  She doesn’t return as agreed and no one is able to contact her.  The couple is facing challenging decisions as their hearts love Misty’s 3-year-old son, but she is now in legal trouble and facing a long separation from her son.  However, there is also a secret Misty has kept from this couple that will require more wrestling with God and lots of prayer.
The Whitman characters are close to one another and stand with each other through the various seasons of life.  I love how the grandparents are there as sounding boards or for counsel and most importantly as prayer warriors for the children’s families.  The patriarch, Grant, wants to make sure that the family doesn’t lose its closeness so he has them over every Tuesday night for family nights.  Rightly portrayed is how sometimes the families aren’t thrilled about coming over; yet, they learn the cost of coming over and being together is well worth the sacrifice each makes to be there every week.
I look forward to the fourth book coming out in 2016 and if it is the last one that will be hard as I have enjoyed the Whitman family a whole lot!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Rest up Colts!


Saturday, November 14, 2015

My Heart Felt Prayers and Thoughts for France


Heavenly Father this horrible deed done to those in France defies description.  My heart is heavy for the many who have been affected in a thousand ways.  Bring comfort to those who mourn and are hurt in body, soul and spirit.  Please help bring those who brought this terror to justice, granting wisdom to those who seek to locate those responsible.
In the minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years ahead guide the people of France, letting them know that Your right there beside them in their pain and grief.  Let them see Your unfailing love each day.
In Jesus name I ask,  Amen.

A Reason to Stay

Title:  A Reason to Stay (A Texas Gold Novel #3)
Author:  Kellie Coates Gilbert
Pages:  336
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Revell
My rating is 4 stars.
The other two novels in this series are, A Woman of Fortune and Where Rivers Part.  Each book can be read as a stand-alone, so if you dislike one you can try another.  Why do I suggest trying another?  Well, A Woman of Fortune wasn’t bad, but it just didn’t draw me in whereas Where Rivers Part captured my heart.  Now, with A Reason to Stay, it was a little hard to read though not due to the author’s writing.  There is a scene in chapter two that unfortunately is reminiscent of an actual event where a shooter took the life of a reporter, cameraman and injured the woman being interviewed.  For me that was very hard to read even though in a fictional world and with made up characters.  I don’t think the author intended to hurt anyone by including this scene in her novel, but it might be hard for some to read.
The main female character is Faith who is working in the media as a news anchor when the news station decides to hire a professional group to shadow Faith for a couple weeks.  With the viewership in slow decline, they want to find out what changes need to be made in order to bring the ratings back up.  Faith isn’t happy about this and it appears this professional group peeks into every part of her life, both professional and personal.
Faith was not happy in her marriage and hadn’t decided which route she wanted to take.  Geary, her husband had a definite view of how he wanted some things done in his marriage to Faith.  Both bring their baggage into the marriage as well as their brokenness, which must be dealt with or their marriage is over even though it has barely begun.
The best truth of the whole book is that when we turn things over to God and work on our marriage, amazing things happen.  It isn’t a magic wand; it is hard work mostly on our knees in prayer and some may take part in counseling.  However, God leads couples to face their hearts’ truth and knowing He will do above and beyond all we ask or think brings hope.  I for one can testify that God does heal peoples’ broken marriages and can cause growth.  He also renews, restores and refreshes!  So it is so good that the author gives the readers real hope that is found in God and God alone!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Notre Dame vs Wake Forest

Oh yeah you can take it! Win!

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Disappearance (Book #4 in The Celia Kelly Series series)


Title:  The Disappearance (Celia Kelly #4)
Author:  C.N. Bring
Pages:  317
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Bad Day Books
Celia Kelly is back in this exciting fourth book of this suspense-filled, military action series.  In this installment, Celia is given the task by General Turner to find and rescue his son who is the deputy director of the CIA.  Of course, all information on his whereabouts and his purpose for being in Africa is hard to come by and always suspect.  There are moles planted within the CIA and elsewhere that need to be identified and neutralized.  Celia and SEAL Team Six are sent on this mission with a lot of unknowns.  Celia also is missing her husband as she ends up being away much longer than she thought and is only able to contact him occasionally by phone.
Meanwhile, stateside, Tom Kelly, Celia’s husband, is now working for NCIS in the Cold Case Unit.  His first case is the murder of Georgie Round, Celia’s assistant.  Tom and his partner begin their investigation and soon stumble across several murders that seem to be connected.  Was Georgie killed by a serial killer?  As they continue tracking clues, something doesn’t add up.  Tom misses Celia terribly, looking forward to her next phone call.  Tom begins to wonder if Georgie was working on a covert mission when she was killed.  Was she killed in the line of action or did she stumble upon a serial killer and became his next victim?
This will be one book readers won’t be able to put down.  There is constant action that alternates between Tom’s investigation and Celia’s mission.  The tension to see how things on both fronts are resolved is riveting.  I also really like how Celia is such a strong witness for God and prays before and during each mission with her SEAL team.  Her living her faith openly and boldly points others towards God.  Gwen Sherwood is a hoot and I really enjoy her role in these stories.  This is a series with a continuing story from book to book, so I recommend beginning with book one The Pact, then continuing with book two and three, The Lie and The Truth, respectively before reading this fourth book.  This is definitely a series to add to readers’ personal libraries.
My rating is 5 stars.

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Meet Mysteries In Action Author C. N. Bring



The cave is dark and damp. A tall gaunt man in an oversized t-shirt and corduroys, tip-toes next to his meddlesome Great Dane. As they round the corner a ghostly figure appears; but in their haste to get away they all collide and Shaggy and Scooby Doo see it’s not really a ghost at all.
That was my first taste of mystery and suspense. I was only six years old when I discovered that suspense is built upon carefully placed clues. These breadcrumbs provide mysterious tales with logical explanations. There were three constants growing up in my house- God, Country, and mysteries. My mother had the entire set of Agatha Christie, the complete set of Nancy Drew and too many other mystery authors to name. I also grew up in a Christian home and had family members who had served in the military. How did I process all of this? The Celia Kelly Series.
Because of my love for books, writing seemed to be the best creative medium for me. Although it was actually cinema that inspired me to create my first mystery series. My husband was working away from home and I was devouring mystery-suspense movies in his absence. Before long I was deducing plot lines from the opening credits. I decided to create a story that not even I could figure out until the end. I began to form an original character in my mind and thus, Celia Kelly was born.
When I decided to create the Celia Kelly Series, I wanted something fast paced; something as a reader you had the opportunity to discover the mystery as it unfolded for her. The message had to be clear, no matter what the obstacle or how high the mountain there is always a way over or through! Although reading can be an escape from reality, I also like walking away with a better understanding of the world around me. Often times, I think books can teach us something about ourselves that we didn’t know before. That’s one opportunity I hope to give others with the Celia Kelly Series. When the going gets tough, Celia Kelly looks up and relies on her faith in the face of adversity.
I’ve learned that there is a great responsibility that comes with being an author. Most believe that media reflects society. To a certain extent that is true. I believe that media, (books, TV, movies) can influence society for the better.
When writing about the military one thing always stands out. The military is a life of service.  That’s something everyone can relate to no matter what job they are in. No matter what our job or what walk of life, it is our responsibility to serve others in some way and make a difference. I write about heroes because I believe each of us deep down has the opportunity to be somebody’s hero in some way.
I have a blog called CN Salutes where I interview those who serve and have served our country. I find myself in awe of every selfless story. Soldiers leave everything to protect all that we stand for as “One nation under God”. While soldiers are over there they have families here serving on the home front. Those families sacrifice being with their loved one. They share their family with the entire nation. That’s service! I have been blessed by their example.
I am most proud of my family. I am a wife, mother and grandmother. My husband, Glen, and I raised our children in Montana. God blessed and allowed us to raise four amazing individuals who now have careers and/or families of their own.
Our oldest daughter, a teacher, is married and they have a daughter. My youngest daughter is married to an Army Black Hawk Pilot and they are raising three boys. My daughter Melissa and son Kyle live in LA, California. Melissa is a photographer married to comedian Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone from Full House/Fuller House) and Kyle is writer, director, producer and owner of Bring Media Production Company. 
I love being a mother and now I am enjoying being a grandmother. The best thing about being a grandmother is its all quality time- just me and them. It is the best and I can’t really explain it in a way that does it justice, it has to be experienced!
Age has taught me that we get distracted by life and often forget why we are here. We all have gifts given by God that make each of us unique and necessary to the world around us. There are many ways we can be an example to our peers and minister to others daily. When you feel compelled to help fill a need, you are being driven to serve. It’s our responsibility. Serving others is what gives us purpose and direction.
So how do I translate that into military, mystery, suspense? Life itself is a story. Sometimes mundane, sometimes filled with action. We don’t always know what may be in store for us next. I want to remind people that with faith, the extraordinary is done by ordinary people every day. So like Shaggy and Scooby, even if you don’t know what’s just around the bend inside the cave? There is always hope or at least a logical explanation. There is always faith. God doesn’t only know where you are headed, He’s right beside you every step of the way.







Wicked Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler

Title:  Wicked Women of the Bible
Author:  Ann Spangler
Pages:  224
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Zondervan
My rating is 4 stars.
The first point Ann brings to light is both the negative definition of the word “wicked” and the way it is used as slang.  Such as “that movie was wicked I want to see it again!”  So the characters we learn about in the study are those women who were wicked and displeased God.  We also learn of “wickedly” awesome women we may want to be like as we learn from them in the Bible.
I learned Ann has written other books along this line and that she isn’t a trained theologian, but a woman who desires to help women draw near to the Author of the Bible.  Like Ann shares with us, in ancient times stories were passed down orally from one generation to the next.  God in His sovereignty in His time took the oral tradition and brought it to print down through generations to today.  What a God He is who loves us before we loved Him, and He continues to invite us to sit at His feet and learn.
Each chapter quotes from the Bible and then readers can read a fictionalized account that might help them cement the women studied in their minds and hearts.  Afterwards, we are told a little about the time in which the people lived and the event took place.  Let us never forget these were real people who lived, loved, followed God or disobeyed Him among other actions.
Whether readers do this study in a group setting or alone with the Lord, there are questions which help us contemplate, remember and encourage us to grow in Him.  The study isn’t just for head knowledge, but for heart knowledge leading to a life that is transformed by His Word.
There are 20 chapters with which to enjoy, be encouraged or exhorted.  We can learn from those who were wicked as in evil as well as we can learn from those who just were women who chose to do or say as He directed.  I hope that you will delve into the 20 women Ann highlights and consider sharing what the Lord shows you with another person who wants to grow with you using this study.  The study is not an end-all, but a beginning.  When you are done, consider studying further any of the women who you learned from and want to know more about from the Bible.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

The Bishop's Son

Title:  The Bishop’s Son
Author:  Kelly Irwin
Pages:  368
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Zondervan
My rating is 3 stars.
The Amish of Bee County series began with the novel, The Beekeeper’s Son; here is the sequel to that story, The Bishop’s Son.  Readers can look forward to the next novel in the series in 2016 titled, The Saddlemaker’s Son.
There are two young men interested in the main female character named Leila.  Jesse, though a bishop’s son, hasn’t yet committed himself to the Amish life or church as he continues to enjoy his freedom.  Will is committed to the Amish way wholeheartedly and is interested in Leila as well.  Jesse wants to show Leila a different world than her Amish community, and Will wants her to remain close to the community even though she is interested in working outside the Amish village.
Kelly Irwin writes interesting novels though sometimes the ending is quite predictable.  What brings tension into the story isn’t just two young men interested in one girl, but the fact that they are also cousins.  The beliefs of the Amish and Christianity are brought to the story in an interesting way.
I think the relationship tension along with wrestling with one’s personal beliefs though interesting just didn’t capture my attention as much as I had hoped.  The author writes a good novel; it just didn’t click with me.  You might consider reading the first book, The Beekeeper’s Son, in order to understand the background of the lead characters.  Kelly Irwin has written other novels as well so if these stories don’t draw you in like me consider looking into her other books.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Vendetta by Lisa Harris

Title:  Vendetta (The Nikki Boyd Files #1)
Author:  Lisa Harris
Pages:  304
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Revell
Nikki Boyd is a Special Agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in their Missing Persons Unit.  She was a teacher, but with the abduction of her sister ten years ago, she turned her career toward police work.  She served her time as a beat cop and now has trained for this specific unit created to find missing people.  Nikki still holds out hope that her sister, Sarah, is still alive and has dedicated the last ten years of her life studying every abduction case she can get her hands on and memorizing fact after fact about them.  While grieving for her sister still, she also is grieving over the death of her best friend, Katie, a year ago in a boating accident.  She has become good friends with Katie’s husband, Tyler, as they both try to process their grief, survive and keep their faith in God intact.
Nikki and Tyler are out rappelling as a way to remember something they and Katie liked to do.  When they reach the bottom of the cliff, Nikki receives a phone call from her boss about a potential kidnapped 16-year-old girl.  Nikki and Tyler go to the scene and soon are embroiled in a case that seems to have roots in the past for Nikki.  Can this case finally give her some answers about her sister’s abduction?  As the tension mounts during the course of the investigation, Nikki depends more and more on Tyler.  If only she could meet a man like him, she might be ready to settle down.
After the heart-pumping action in this the first story of the Nikki Boyd Files, I can’t wait for book two!  However, book two is not being released until the summer of 2016, so I guess I’ll have to find some other books to read between now and then.  This book has got lots of tension, suspense, action, faith struggles and more.  Lisa Harris has a God-given talent for writing stories that draw readers in from page one until the last page is turned.  The characters of Nikki and Tyler were very realistic in their shared grief and struggles, trying to see God’s purpose amidst their sorrow.  I was engaged in the story from beginning to end and cared what happened to the people in the story.  Don’t miss this one!
My rating is 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

: A Father’s Second Chance (Love Inspired)

Title:  A Father’s Second Chance (Love Inspired)
Author:  Mindy Obenhaus
Pages:  224
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Love Inspired
My rating is 5 stars.
I loved this story!  There is a young woman entrepreneur who takes over her grandmother’s restaurant, making some of the locals repeat customers for some special cooking.  Celeste is the lady who loves to cook and is always looking for ways to grow her business.  Celeste never feels close to her mother due to the fear of never living up to perceived expectations.
Gage is a divorcee with two little girls who captured his heart though never their mother’s, who one day walked out of their lives never looking back.  Celeste’s father left her when she was young so she bonds very quickly with Gage’s daughters.  No matter how each tries not to fall in love it is becoming apparent they are until Celeste lets out a long held secret.
I couldn’t put the book down because of the constant tension between the two main characters, Gage and Celeste.  While it is a story including romance, there is so much more such as healing of past hurts, relationships restored, living by faith and not allowing fear to direct one’s path.  The scenes described sound absolutely breathtaking; though I am not sure I would want to drive on a road where one side is rock and the other a cliff!
I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did and make time to curl up and lose yourself for a little while in the tale!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

War for The Waking World (Dream Treaders #3)

Title:  War for the Waking World (Dreamtreaders #3)
Author:  Wayne Thomas Batson
Pages:  288
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
My rating is 4 stars.
War for the Waking World is the third and final installment of the Dreamtreader trilogy.  A Rift has occurred and now the Dream World and the Waking World are fused together; everything is in chaos. Archer and his fellow Dreamtreaders are hard-pressed to repair the Rift and restore balance to the world.  Kara, Archer’s ex-best friend, is now the new Nightmare Lord and preparing an army to destroy the Dreamtreaders and claim the world for herself.  What is worse is that Kara is now more powerful than before and has allies working to see that the Dreamtreaders fail to repair the Rift.  Will Archer and his fellow Dreamtreaders be strong enough to defeat their devious and powerful foes?
The book was definitely excellent and exciting.  It contained a lot of powerful themes like redemption, not losing sight of why we follow the plans God has for us, and that we are accountable for our actions and the choices we make be they good or bad.  It’s an exciting fantasy full of adventure, cliffhangers, twists, and adrenaline-filled moments.  For these reasons I would recommend this book to others and hope that the spiritual messages that it speaks touch readers’ hearts, opens their eyes and expands their walk with God.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Search for the Shadow Key (Dream Traders #2)

Title:  Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreaders Book #2)
Author:  Wayne Thomas Batson
Pages:  336
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
My rating is 4 stars.
The Search for the Shadow Key is a fast-paced fantasy thriller that brings back Archer Keaton to the World of Dreams, but this time facing greater challenges than before.  Archer is now the only Dreamtreader left to prevent a rift from happening, which would merge the Dream and reality together to create a chaotic nightmare for the world.  Dangers, trickery and temptation face Archer at every turn and he must gain help soon or it will be the beginning of the end of the world.
What I liked most about this second book is its important themes like making wise choices for the greater good even though they are unpopular choices, resisting the temptation to make wrong decisions with the intent to do good, being a light in a world of darkness, and learning not to lose sight of why God calls us to do the things that He has called us to do.  The book brings back old characters and introduces some new likeable characters.  It also provides some interesting twists and turns in the story, but still makes plenty of connection to the first book.  There was nothing in the book that I didn’t like.  Some readers may not like the fact that Keaton’s best friend Kara has turned against him for the sake of gaining power in the Dream world; however, a lesson can be gleaned from this.  Christians can be friends with non-Christians, but standing for our beliefs and not living the ways of the world like they do can be a cause to lose their friendship.  My mom (and I’m sure others too) has had experience with this, and though I’m still young I’m sure I will gain some of this experience as I get older.
I would recommend this book to others because of the lessons we can learn from it like being leaders and standing up for our beliefs.  Though we stumble and fall sometimes, which is fine, we just pick ourselves up, learn from our mistakes and just continue to glorify God, seek Him with all our hearts, souls and minds.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Dream Treaders (Book#1)


Title:  Dreamtreaders
Author:  Wayne Thomas Batson
Pages:  304
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
My rating is 4 stars.
The story is about a teenager named Archer; he is a Dreamtreader, one of three people God has chosen to fight evil within the Dream World.  Their fight keeps the Nightmare Lord at bay and lets the people in the real world be at peace.  If the boundary between our world and the dream world collapses, then it would mean the end for us all.  Dangers lurk at every turn and there’s more to a new kid at school than it seems.
I would recommend this book to others because it is full of adventure.  It takes an interesting perspective about how evil can enter our thoughts through dreams and how people who have accepted Jesus as their savior discipline themselves to fight sin from entering their hearts and the hearts of others.  I particularly liked the messages in the book.  For example, the main character makes bad decisions, which ultimately lead to the next book, but he is ready to repent and make up for what he has done.  The message in that is that though we may sin and fall, God doesn’t expect us to be perfect but to follow Him wholeheartedly.  There are other messages that readers can discern from the book, so please read the book and enjoy.  God bless!

 Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, November 9, 2015

Angel in Aisle 3

Title:  Angel in Aisle 3
Author:  Kevin West with John Fredrick Edwards
Pages:  240
Year: 2015
Publisher:  Howard
My rating is 5+ stars.
It was late one night recently when I started reading this book, and unlike some other nonfiction works this one is very powerful.  I could say because it really was a special man that showed up in aisle 3 of a little corner grocery store.  The story is supernatural in the way the Lord brought together people from different backgrounds, experiences and such.  Don was that man; he wasn’t someone people would at first draw near, living on the street as he did at that time.  But his spiritual life was unlike anything both Kevin West and I for that matter ever encountered.
Kevin West shares with us his journey from being a bank executive to a convict to what came after along with all the Lord did during this three year period of his life.  As I read, I couldn’t help appreciate the transparency with which the author shares his life and even more so the way Kevin shares about Don and the wisdom Don passes on is breathtaking.  The words of wisdom or prayers prayed by Don weren’t filled with platitudes, but poured from a heart really gripped by the Lord.  Inside is a story of redemption, undeserving love, and testimony of people walking with Kevin and his family during their darkest moments, but not one negative word of those who walked away from Kevin and his family.
Just grab a copy of this amazing real life story and consider passing it on with whomever the Lord might lead you to do so!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

A Cup of Dust

Title:  A Cup of Dust (A Novel of the Dust Bowl)
Author:  Susie Finkbeiner
Pages:  320
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Kregel
My rating is 4 stars.
Like the author I really don’t remember being taught much about the Dust Bowl.  As I have gotten older and through various mediums I keep learning more and finding works of fiction that share more of what happened.  I cannot imagine having a dust storm that literally turns the day to night and dirt getting into everything no matter how hard one tries to keep it out of the house.
Here we meet a family of four that has been surviving the dust storms and sharing what they have with anyone who has need.  Besides most businesses in town being shut down and families moving on, there seems to be a constant and changing influx of hobos.  The one that terrorizes the Spence family is a man named Eddie, and he specifically focus’s all his attention and intentions on Pearl the youngest daughter in the family.
Mary is the mother who takes care of the home and two daughters, the oldest is named Violet Jean.  Mary cares for her mother in-law who lives with them and has a wonderful relationship with the Lord, spending her days helping in the house.  Thomas is the father of the family, the local sheriff and cares for any remaining people in the town of Red River.  There is a mystery as to why Eddie focuses on Pearl and seems bent on terrorizing her and a woman of the night called Winnie.
The pastor of this town seems to constantly be preaching that the reason for the lack of rain is due to the congregation’s sins.  He preaches about hell and damnation, but not about God’s love, forgiveness and grace.  The pastor’s wife is said to be mad though no one knows why; however, there is little tidbit about her past and that she used to practice witchcraft.  Out of all the characters in the novel, he is one I liked the least.  He seemed the least caring of the town folk too.  Of course, his past occupation was working as a ringmaster in a circus, so maybe that carries on into his new occupation as a pastor.
Some of the novel will really show sacrificial love, protection of loved ones from evil or harm, restoration and redemption.  I love how Violet Jean, though considered a simpleton, seems to at times grasp what is happening around her and then acts in a very loving way.  I hope you make time to read about this fictional family and are reminded of the historical event of the Dust Bowl looking into what else occurred to towns and people.  I would love to get the photography books the author mentions, which I think would really make an impact on who ever looks through them.  Perhaps we all might be more thankful and less self-centered.  I know I want to be more concerned about others not when it is easy, but when it is harder…more like Jesus.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Faith of Our Fathers DVD Review & Giveaway




Title:  Faith of Our Fathers movie
Format: DVD
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Pure Flix Ent
My rating is 5+ stars.
Years ago a small scaled replica of the Vietnam Wall was traveling around the nation, vets who were with the Wall were able to be thanked by many for their service.  To see the equipment, pictures, flags, names on the Wall and other items was a very humbling experience.  When I learned about this film, I knew it would be a very touching movie.  One cannot help but see the names of those who gave their all engraved on the Wall and be changed.
At the time, these servicemen came back from the Vietnam War weren’t thanked or seen as heroes and knowing that was beyond my understanding.  Now that my sons are older, they thank anyone they see in any uniform for their service.  Those who weren’t touched so intimately by losing a father, uncle or having them come home perhaps as an amputee have really no idea how hard it was for the remaining surviving spouses and friends.  Sometimes that ignorance can lead us to be arrogant or ungrateful to God and those who served for what we richly enjoy these days.
When you watch this movie, you might tear up as I did or you might not.  Whether you do or don’t isn’t the point.  The point is how men reached out and shared the Gospel, the eternal hope even when it was mocked or made fun of just like people do today.  Yet, we cannot help but share the hope that is within us and teach the coming generations the cost people paid for our freedom in America, and Jesus paid so we can be reconciled to God.
In the Gospel of John, we are reminded:  “Greater love has no one than this:  to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  Those who serve in the Armed Forces and in towns everywhere as EMT’s, police or firefighters should be thanked and shown the love God has for them.  Please consider how God may call you to support them and share God’s love for them with the message of the cross.
It is my sincerest desire that people watch the movie and share a copy with others.  Whomever God leads you to, may they come to understand the One who gave the greatest sacrifice before we even knew we needed a Savior.  God Bless.
Please thank those who have and do serve either in the Armed Forces or local emergency teams.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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