Saturday, July 27, 2013

Book Review: There is a Miracle in 21

Book Review: 
There is a Miracle in 21: God Completes

From the book Jacket:
 With a unique candor and glimpses of desperation, God allows Lorieen to use There is a Miracle in 21; God Completes! as therapy.  Welcome to Lorieen's therapy with God!  Journey with her through the mess to the miracle!  It is an unorthodox book, where she shares her struggles while simultaneously pouring out her heart, hope, and inspiration and encouragement as the Lord allows.  Whether she is sharing feelings of inadequacy, confessing faults, or sharing words of encouragement, she does it with a heart to glorify God.

My review:  Is your life in a slump?  Is your spiritual life suffering? Does staying in bed on that Sunday morn sound a little more comfy than heading out to church?  Do you long to know Him more, serve him better, be a better spouse, parent, sibling, friend yet you find yourself just STUCK ... here, day after day, discontent but not really changing much?  If you said yes to any/all of the above, I can assure you - this book moves mountains!

This book, There is a Miracle in 21, is spot on written, created and bound together for the *soul* purpose of reminding us not only are we human, and that we fail, but that God was there each step of the way!  I wish I could convey in enough words how very much this book touched the very core of my being. As author Lorieen Henry states, it's not so much a how to book, but how I got through book. 

It's touching. It's relatable.  It's totally written in layman's terms where you will feel compelled to take that long hard look at the where you should be verses the were you are, and make you want to change yourself for the better.  Remember your Psalms 3:4 "To the LORD I cry out; and he answers me from his holy hill."
She reminds us that God hears us crying out, restores you, and you will have that redemption if you believe!


About the author
Who is Lorieen D. Henry?
I am daughter of “The King” (JESUS). Therefore, I am royalty! By gift, I’m an exhorter. I love going about my day encouraging others and putting a smile on their faces. I love living, I love giving and I love loving!!!
God has bestowed upon me so many graces. As a homemaker, I serve my wonderful husband of nine years, Ronnie and my adorable four year old daughter, Reagan. In my previous season, I was a United States Army Officer. And as for my future, I am pursuing a Master’s in Education from the University of Phoenix.
I look to obtain a Christian Life Coach certification within the year while I work to complete my 3rd title, Seasoned for this Season (December 2013).
Lastly, I hold a BA degree in Journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. My family and I currently reside in Germany.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.  

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Book Review: Undeniably Yours

Becky Wade's Undeniably Yours is a carefree, romantic novel with a twist of faith - simply beautiful! 

ISBN: 978-0-7642-0975-8
Product #: 51399

Back cover:  When Meg Cole's father dies unexpectedly, she becomes the majority shareholder of his oil company and the single inheritor of his fortune. Though Meg is soft-spoken and tenderhearted--more interested in art than in oil--she's forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of her father's empire.

The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father's thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

Bo's determined to resent the woman who's decided to rob him of his dream. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them--her wealth, his unworthiness, her family's outrage--and earn the right to love her.

But just when Meg begins to realize that Bo might be the one thing on the ranch worth keeping, their fragile bond is viciously broken by a force from Meg's past. Can their love--and their belief that God can work through every circumstance--survive?

My Review:  This is an absolutely fantastic, summer read and a sweet novel for those that love christian romance novels.  The story line is crisp and the dimensions of the characters are reflective.  Reading this, I feel like I've stepped right into the farms and ranches of a Texan town and watching from the sidelines, it's that rich in description.  The stirring of a romance from Megan and Bo is pure sweetness.  They both have good hearts, good souls and a passion for Christ to bring that final fulfillness to their lives.  Though dealing with the sadness and blow of losing her father, Megan begins to put together a life in his shadows ~ running his Cole Oil company, keeping a farm afloat because she gave her word, and trying to do the right thing, keeping God as their center.  As Megan states, "she recognizes these small interventions for exactly what they were: God throwing her a lifeline through the words and hands of His people."  

From the budding romance of Megan and Bo, the grace of their selflessness to open their home and hearts to those in need, and to the antagonistic ex-husband who is determined to get what he wants at all costs, this novel is a page turner.  I stayed up until 2:30 am to finish it in one sitting!  From the excitement of this novel, I'm now anxiously awaiting reading other books written by Becky Wade.  

*Disclaimer:  I received this book for an honest review from Bethany House, a division of the Baker Publishing Group and was not required to write a positive review.  Any reflection of such is my own.

Reviewed by:  ~Kelly Santi