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DARING TO HOPE REVIEWED AUTHOR OF KISSES FROM KATIE

Daring to Hope
By Katie Davis Majors
Published by Multnomah
ISBN# 978-0-7352-9051-8
210 Pages
ABOUT BOOK: 
How do you hold on to hope
when you don’t get the ending
you asked for?


When Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda, accidentally founded a booming organization, and later became the mother of thirteen girls through the miracle of adoption, she determined to weave her life together with the people she desired to serve. But joy often gave way to sorrow as she invested her heart fully in walking alongside people in the grip of poverty, addiction, desperation, and disease.

After unexpected tragedy shook her family, for the first time Katie began to wonder, Is God really good? Does He really love us? When she turned to Him with her questions, God spoke truth to her heart and drew her even deeper into a relationship with Him. 

Daring to Hope is an invitation to cling to the God of the impossible—the God who whispers His love to us in the quiet, in the mundane, when our prayers are not answered the way we want or the miracle doesn’t come. It’s about a mother discovering the extraordinary strength it takes to be ordinary. It’s about choosing faith no matter the circumstance and about encountering God’s goodness in the least expected places. 

Though your heartaches and dreams may take a different shape, you will find your own questions echoed in these pages. You’ll be reminded of the gifts of joy in the midst of sorrow. And you’ll hear God’s whisper: Hold on to hope. I will meet you here.


REVIEW: I first became aware of this author when I watched Kisses from Katie book fly off the shelf at the book store I worked at. I heard from others about how God had called her to minister to children in Uganda. But I had never had the chance to read the book. Now fast forward 10 years and an opportunity arises for me to read her current book. I jump at the chance to review it and learn about the rest of her story.

In Daring to Home this twenty-eight-year-old girl bares her soul; she’s gut-wrenchingly honest in describing her fears, doubts, hard-ships and how God has impresses upon her heart a deep understanding of His word. Katie reveals how in the darkness He’s been alongside her even when she didn’t feel it or see it. She talks of wrestling with God (like Jacob did). She says, “…I wrestled to see good, to believe the words that I was trying to teach others. My cry was that of Jacob, I will not let go until you bless me, until I see you here.”

She wondered where God was in the mess? As she asked that question from the depths of her soul God began to reveal Himself in surprising and personal ways. Then more hard times came and God asked tough questions like would she still be faithful to Him even when the outcome wasn’t the happily ever after she prayed for. Would she continue to love and serve Him no matter the outcome?
God began to speak to her through the story of Abraham, how God asked him to take his son to Mount Moriah, where Abraham “fully expected that God would provide the lamb…where the faith of the widow, using up her remaining flour and waited for God to provide more. This is how I desired to live: completely surrendering the way I would write the story in exchange for eyes wide open to see how He would write it….I would find His promised beauty for ashes.” These are stories of hope she describes.

She shares the joys and the heart ache of the lives she’s touched and the ones that have touched her’s. Katie tells of how God made her ready to share her life along with her 13 children with a man God brought to be her husband, help and soul mate. She is the founder of Amazima Ministries an organization that cares for vulnerable children and families of Uganda.

This book is one to be shared. I wasn’t ready for the message in this book and for how God’s word touched me to the core of my being like it did. You won’t look at life the same way after reading it too. This is a must read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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”

Nora St. Laurent
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HUMBLING YOURSELF by TRICIA GOYER


Guest Post by Tricia Goyer

            The other day I was cooking dinner when my six-year-old son rushed into the kitchen.
            Beads of sweat slid down his red face. “I’m so hot. You never get me anything to drink.”
           
 I stirred my spaghetti sauce with one hand as I turned to him. “Excuse me?”
            His voice rose in a full, high-pitched whine. “You never give me anything to drink!” He waved his hands and dropped to the floor.
            I took in a breath and then released in, telling myself to keep my voice steady, calm. “I’d be happy to get you a drink. I just need you to ask.”
            He kicked his foot against the floor. “But I want a drink now!”
            “I know you do.” I peered down at him. “And as soon as you ask the right way I’m happy to get some ice-cold water.”
            And then my son stood, smiled up at me and asked so sweetly for a drink of water … NOT!
            Instead, he whined and fussed more. Finally, I asked him to leave the kitchen.
            You know what? He never did ask. In fact, he didn’t get anything to drink until fifteen minutes later when we were sitting down to dinner. He was so bent on complaining and whining—in feeding his discontent—he didn’t want to release his control in order to ask me for help. I would have gladly given him the drink he requested if only he asked in the right away.

Feeding Our Discontent
I wish I could say this is just a little kid issue, but I’ve been there myself. During my teen years I lived in that storm of discontent. I complained when things didn’t go my way. I worried. I fretted. I fought.
            I even took matters into my own hands when I found myself facing an unplanned pregnancy at age 15. My own fears and worries led me to a choice I now regret—I had an abortion.
            It wasn’t until years later, at age 17 when I was pregnant again, that things took a turn for the better. It’s then I humbled myself and turned to God. By this point I realized the whining, complaining, and acting out wasn’t getting me what I wanted or needed.
            At six months along, I wrapped my arms around my growing stomach and prayed, “Lord, if you can do anything with my life, please do.”
            God showed up big time. He not own gave me Himself (which is the best!), He has also led me on a journey where radical, and wonderful things, have happened. This has included marrying a wonderful Christian man, having two more kids, starting a crisis pregnancy center, mentoring teen moms, adopting seven more children, and writing over 70 books!
            God didn’t just offer me a cup of cool water when I asked. He opened the floodgates of blessing. But it took me humbling myself and seeking Jesus to meet my needs.
            This reminds me of a Scripture I was reading just this morning, “I called on your name, LORD, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: ‘Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.’ You came near when I called you, and you said, ‘Do not fear.’ You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life,” Lamentations 5:55-58.
            Mumbling, complaining and griping is easy, but they rob us of having our greatest needs met. Yet when we humble ourselves and turn to God, things will change for the better.
            When we call to the Lord, He hears us. When we turn to Him, He comes. When we call to Him, He reminds us that He is present and we have no reason to fear. When we place our needs in His court, Jesus redeems our life.
            It took a lot to humble me as a teen—two unplanned pregnancies in fact. Yet I’m thankful that I learned back then that when I turn to God He will meet my needs. He will meet them in more wonderful ways than I ever expected.

You can read more about how God can show up radically in your life in the book Walk It Out: The Radical Result of Living God’s Word One Step at a Time (http://amzn.to/2wi1Cwi).


If you pre-order Walk It Out before October 1, you’ll also receive 30 Days of Prayer as You Walk It Out FREE! Details here: http://www.triciagoyer.com/walk-it-out/ 

HEARTS OF PURPOSE by GAIL NORDSKOG REVIEWED

Hearts of Purpose
By Gail Grace Nordskog
Publishes by Nordskog Publishers
ISBN#978-194649708-6
309 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Following the example of Joan of Arc, who sought God on her knees, received a directive from Him, and then stood and followed His leading, you too can be inspired and equipped to live out your purpose in first hearing from God and then taking your stand in following Him. Hearts of Purpose brings you nine real-life stories from ordinary women doing extraordinary things for the glory of God. These powerful stories are inspirational and reflective, and will help you open the door toward exploring His call in your own life.

As Gail Grace Nordskog professes, quoting Song of Solomon 2:4, His banner over me is love. Just as Joan of Arc could step forth in full confidence under the banner of her calling, so we too have the banner of God s love over our lives. Nordskog reinforces this affirmation throughout her book, reminding readers of God's love: the touchstone that directs our hearts and lives.

REVIEW: The author starts out with a fun but serious, touching and imaginative interview with Joan of Arc. She highlights and asks Joan about important event’s in her life. This lays the foundation for readers as they learn about ordinary women who have done and continue to do extra-ordinary things with God’s strength and courage.

These women were willing to take a stand. Joan says, “Standing for your principles takes courage and almost always comes at a cost.”

“And transformation takes place within your heart and your heart and…..what is the fruit of that transformation? … It’s more people doing practical things that reveal a changed heart. It’s more people loving God with all their heart and loving their neighbor, regardless of skin color or culture, as they love themselves.”

Each of the women this author introduces exemplifies a changed heart and shows how God has called them to love their neighbor. Wow!  None of these women set out or dreamed of God using them the way He chose to. God selected these women right where they were and asked them to accept His call. When they took those first steps into the calling and watched God move their life was never the same.

This is a beautiful hardback book with a blue ribbon inside to mark your place. This author takes readers on an encouraging adventure through the lives of these ordinary-extradentary women. who share their story in first person. Each chapter ends with discussion questions. There is also room for journaling. This book is good for your devotion time. It also makes a lovely gift.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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”

Nora St. Laurent
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THE CHRISTMAS CODE by O.S. HAWKINS REVIEWED

The Christmas Code
By O.S. Hawkins
Published byT homas Nelson
ISBN#978-1400-309245
40 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Grow close to the Lord this Advent season with 25 insightful and meaningful devotions from The Christmas Code by bestselling author O. S. Hawkins. Trace the birth of Jesus from its roots in the Old Testament to the ultimate gift of God: salvation. With a short reading, each day leading up to Christmas, this devotional will be the perfect way to keep daily focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

At only $2.99, this booklet is an excellent value and a gift of appreciation and affection for the people in your life. It is a great gift for friends and family, teachers, pastoral staff, Bible study groups, church congregations, and service providers.

Each day includes a passage of Scripture, a devotional thought, a Code Word, and a prayer of reflection.

Royalties from the book are donated to Mission: Dignity, a ministry that helps men and women who have faithfully served God’s people for modest pay retire with well-deserved dignity, independence, and often the ability to continue serving.

REVIEW: This is a pocket size paperback booklet that can be read anywhere. The author says in the introduction, “Advent offers a time of spiritual preparation. It provides a time of reflecting on the true joy, peace, hope, and love that the coming of the Christ child makes possible for each and every one of us…. The Christmas Code embodies a devotional journey through the days of December….

The author starts off by talking about Roots: A Christmas Gift – Then goes to describe the Code word: Roots, Grief, Favor, Book, Crop, Manager and many other Code words that help readers capture a Christmas Gift meant just for them.

After the scripture and devotion the author explains the Code word then there is a reflection and a prayer. It’s short, sweet but meaning full. It’s a great way to help get you and your family in the spirit of Christmas.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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”

Nora St. Laurent
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THE AMAZING STORY of GOBI - A BRAVE LITTLE DOG

GOBI
A Little Dog with a Big Heart
By Dion Leonard
Illustrated by Lisa Manuzak
Published by Tommy Nelson
ISBN# 978-0718-075293 HB

ABOUT BOOK: Bring home the incredible true story of a friendship so strong that it crosses the globe! Families everywhere will be delighted by the tale of Gobi and Dion—a little lost dog and the ultramarathon runner who saved her. Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart is a fun, engaging picture book perfect for families to enjoy together.

Prepare to fall in love with the heartwarming and true story of Gobi and Dion. Gobi, a scrappy little stray dog, latches onto a man named Dion and keeps pace alongside him as he runs his way across China in a long 155-mile race. Through cold nights and raging rivers, with little food and water, and through a long, hard journey, these two create a bond unlike any other.

Cross the finish line with Gobi and Dion, the little pup who never quit and the ultramarathon runner who loves her. This amazing true story sparked international attention and will continue to inspire readers as they enjoy this fun picture book perfect for children.

Join these two unlikely friends as they form a winning team for both the race and life!

REVIEW: I googled this runner to find out more about this story. In this interview I found viewers meet Dion, his wife and the dog named Gobi. It was fun hear of the adventure and learn that there is interest in bringing this story to the big screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xlwg3ArHPo0



Now that I have some background about this brave little puppy who bonded with Dion Leonard on the first day of a 155-mile race across the Gobi Desert the book takes on a whole new meaning. It was a grueling race. Dion was flabbergasted that this little dog ran alongside him for more than half the race. I was amazed at all they went through on the marathon. Then surprised that afterward, the dog went missing in China while they processed the proper work to get the dog legally into Scotland.

This picture book captures Dion’s story, how they met and how they ran the race together. In author notes Dion says, “…on day two of a seven-day, 155-mile race in the Chinese desert, …an unbreakable bond was formed. This was tested when Gabi later went missing in Urumqi, a massive city of three million people. A huge search party scoured the streets looking for this tiny dog that they had never seen.”

I couldn’t believe all this little dog has endured in the desert before he was able to live with Dion Leonard and his wife, Lucja in Edinburgh, Scotland as of January 2017. From the interviews, I watched they are looking to make a full-length motion picture of this dog and their adventures. I’m honored to meet this little dog and learn more about the race where he met runner, Dion Leonard. Look forward to seeing the movie.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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”

Nora St. Laurent
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ABOUT AUTHOR: CBA Bestselling author PAM HILLMAN was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn't afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove an Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn't mind raking. Raking hay doesn't take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that's the kind of life every girl should dream of. www.pamhillman.com

What fascinates you about the time period you wrote about in The Promise of Breeze Hill?

PAM: The Natchez District during the 18th century was a melting pot of nationalities and cultures. From the Sunset Indians (aka Natchez Indians), the Choctaw, and the Chickasaw, to the explorers who held the territory at one time or another, there’s so much to write about. The French settled the area in the late 1600s, then the British defeated the French in 1763 and ruled the Mississippi territory, only to lose control to the Spanish in 1779. By 1798, the area became an organized territory of the United States of America. In addition to the various countries that wielded power, descendants from the African continents, Central and South America, and Ireland populated the Natchez District as either slaves, indentured servants, or free men.

And as if that isn’t enough, I had this narrow window of time where highwaymen plied the Natchez Trace, and I wanted to capitalize on that. Merchants and farmers floated their goods down the Mississippi River to Natchez and New Orleans, then walked back up the Natchez Trace, their pockets full from the sale of their goods. Bands of unscrupulous and violent highwaymen lay in wait for unsuspecting travelers.

The first steamboat, New Orleans, didn’t travel the Mississippi River until 1811, so I plopped my characters down in the early 1790s so they’d be totally dependent on the Natchez Trace for travel. And they’d have to deal with those nasty highwaymen.

Nora: Wow! Fascinating. Thanks for sharing this.


What was your favorite show on T.V. when you were growing up? Why is it your favorite? If you didn’t watch TV what were your favorite books?

PAM: Little House on the Prairie was always a family favorite. Still is. The story lines were always family friendly and made me think. We also enjoyed Bonanza, and it wasn’t until more recent years that I found out that Michael Landon wrote and directed many episodes for both shows. So maybe that explains why I enjoyed both shows then and now.

Nora: Michael Landon was a very talented guy. He also starred in and produced Highway to Heaven.

PAM HILLMAN, ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS? 
PAM: It has been a pleasure to visit the TBCN blog. The community of readers and writers who gather here are simply amazing. And the fact that we all love Christian fiction is the glue that holds us together. I’ve never met a reader of fiction that I didn’t like! God bless, and thank you so much for having me.




















Nora: It's my pleasure, Pam. You are right about Christian Fiction being the glue that holds us together and encourages our soul! Jesus was the ultimate story teller.
Thanks for stopping by and helping us get to know you and your books. I was burning the midnight oil (so to speak Grin) reading this one. It's a page-turner. Loved it!

I’m thrilled about the Giveaway that starts the 17th - LAST DAY to ENTER is August 22th.

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ALANA TERRY'S NEW NOVEL REVIEWED

Beauty From Ashes
By Alana Terry
Published By: First Fruits Publishing
ISBN# B072N2D24F
396 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: A baby was never part of Tiff's plans. Especially not a sick baby in a NICU, struggling for life on a ventilator.

As days in the hospital turn to weeks, Tiff grows more and more convinced that God is punishing her for turning her back on him so many years ago. Or is it possible he's working in the midst of her daughter's bleak prognosis to draw Tiff back to himself once more?

The Orchard Grove Christian Women's Fiction books are standalone literary novels about real-life believers facing real-life struggles. You won't meet perfect saints whose lives are faultless models of the Christian faith. Instead, you'll meet a perfect God whose plans of redemption are far more glorious than what the mortal mind could ever imagine.

The Orchard Grove books are a literary series of family-drama stories with realistic characters facing gritty issues that confront contemporary Christians today. Standalone novels from award-winning Christian fiction novelist Alana Terry, whose books "inspire without preaching at you," these titles merge edgy Christian fiction, literary prose, and a God compassionate enough to look upon those who suffer and "to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes ... a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair" (Isaiah 60:3).

REVIEW: Newly married young couple, Tiffany and Jake are struggling to wrap their minds around their very sick child’s condition. They are dazed at their predicament and perplexed by all the medical information they have to absorb in order to care for their baby if she lives that long.

The story is written from Tiffany’s point of view and shows how she emotionally navigates the situation as she deals with fiery darts of regrets from the past. She was abandoned by her mother and became a product of the foster care system. Tiffany also struggles to learn and recapture a time when she had genuinely met Jesus, felt the Holy Spirit working in her heart and mind. Oh, how she needed Him now. But how to get there?

This author writes from the heart-wrenching days when her little one fought for his life and her spiritual battle at the time. (talked about in her author notes to readers) The drama and the struggles are real, and suspenseful as the reader is allowed to walk with this couple as they are faced with hard decisions they have to make in the best interest of their daughter, Natalie.

This is a hard read because of the subject matter; as it’s an honest look at the many stresses surrounding Tiffany and Jake; shows how people treat them and how they treat each other. I liked that Tiffany was honest with her feelings even when at times they betrayed her. I liked her honest approach in her quest to find God; as she decided to lean not on her own understanding, and power. I liked how the author showed that we can experience the peace that passes all understanding; also showed how God is with us in the storms of life if we let him. It’s not easy. This is a powerful, gritty, engaging read that would work well for book club. The author includes sixteen discussion questions to help create lively discussions at your meeting.



ABOUT AUTHOR: Alana is a pastor's wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers' Favorite, and more. Alana's passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I bought this ebook on Amazon. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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”

Nora St. Laurent
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TO WAGER HER HEART REVIEWED

To Wager Her Heart
By Tamera Alexander
Publisher by Zondervan
ISBN#978-0310-291084
372 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Set against the real history of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a powerful love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in American history when both were tenuous and hard-won. 
    
Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name. One man holds the key to Sy's success--General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks. 

REVEW: The author pens a rich historical tale that gives readers a peek into the complex in a post-Civil War America Southern society where they meet Alexandra Jamison, daughter of a wealthy attorney who is part of Nashville’s elite upper-class social order. Her father demands she gets married soon. It’s been a year since the death of her fiancĂ© David, it was time to move on. Her father’s demands shake her to the core and move her into action. Alexandra is ready to risk everything in order to make her dream a reality. She heads to Fisk University; which is the first Freedmen’s University. There was more to life than marrying for money’s sake; David has shown her that.

Sylas Rutledge leaves Colorado to end up near Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation. He’s on a mission to clear his father’s name and boost his growing rail business by trying to win General Harding’s contract on a new train project. He notices they do things differently in the South. He needs someone to bring him up to speed on business etiquette if he is going to have any chance in talking to the General. He is introduced to Alexandra by her attorney father and thinks she might be the one to help him. Problem she doesn’t want anything to do with him especially after she learns his father was the engineer on the train accident that took her fiancĂ©’s life.

This author does an amazing job of introducing readers to several people who are willing to fight for their principles and also willing to pay the cost. It’s different for everyone. Ella says, “….none of us knows what we’re fully capable of doing until God leads us to a place where we realize our strength is nothing compared to His. He says to take a step, yet you look out and see nothing but thin air in your path. Yet, He calls you on. And only when you finally trust Him and take that step into nothingness do you discover you’re standing on solid ground.”

These are powerful words. I liked how the author brings history to life in this powerful story of love, loss, tragedy, and new beginnings. It’s a setting centered around characters trying to do the right thing and society not willing to change. It’s moving to see how these characters face monumental circumstances yet find the peace that passes all understanding when they walk the path they’ve been called to.

I like learning about history and situations through fiction. In author notes, she tells readers that the Belle Meade Plantation can be walked through today. The Jubilee Singers were real and went through far more than she discussed in the novel, and the crash on Dutchman’s curve was tragic. It occurred on July 9th, 1918. It was deemed the worst railroad accidents in American history. This makes for a heartfelt, intriguing read and a good book club pick. The author has a plethora of historical information, which includes fourteen discussion questions that will help give you a lively book club experience.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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”

Nora St. Laurent
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THE HARVEST BAKER by KEN HAEDRICH REVIEWED


The Harvest Baker
By Ken Haedrich
Published by Storey Publishing
9781612127675
Pages 304

ABOUT BOOK: Let them eat cake — and vegetables, too! Award-winning cookbook author Ken Haedrich serves up 150 delicious baked goods that are full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs and go far beyond zucchini bread and carrot cake. From Bacon, Cheddar, and Fresh Corn Muffins to Fresh Fennel and Italian Sausage Pizza, Spaghetti Squash and Parmesan Quiche, and Brown Sugar Rhubarb Tart Squares, these scrumptious recipes add nutrition plus amazing flavor to every meal of the day. The breadth of this collection is stunning, and you’ll be amazed that baked goods this tasty also deliver your daily dose of fresh vegetables.


Baked Beet and Blueberry

Ricotta, Lemon Blueberry
REVIEW: I was thrilled to find a cook book with recipes that are delicious and easy to make. Every recipe I tried in this book turned out and my family loved them. Every bite I took tasted like an explosion of yummy flavors. I was pleasantly surprised by the combinations of fruits and vegetables and how well they went together. I didn’t tell my family what was inside the muffin until they were raving about how the wonderful it tasted. For example, I made a beet and blueberry muffin. I never would think to put those together. What a wonderful taste. All these muffins were so fluffy and filled with wonderful flavors.

The recipes in this book are easy to follow and the ingredients are easy to find. I like how the author talks about the recipe before he tells you how to make it. There are dozens of beautiful color pictures sprinkled throughout the book along with helpful hints.

The recipes I tried and LOVED are Whole-Wheat Blueberry Beet Muffin, Bacon, Cheddar, and Fresh Corn Muffins, Ricotta, Lemon, and Blackberry Muffins, Peanut Butter and Apple Crumb Muffins, Glorious Morning Muffins, Butternut Squash Crumb Muffins, Great American Potato Bread and Cheddar and Vegetable Bread-A-Saurus loaf.
Baked Bacon, Cheese Onion
This author has written other books. This is his newest. I’ll definitely be checking out his other books. It’s rare to have so many wonderful recipes my family loved one book. Looking for some new family favorite for breakfast, lunch, dinner snack just take a peek inside. You’ll be glad you did.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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”

Nora St. Laurent
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FRANK PERRETTI FANS CHECK OUT THIS REVIEW


The Delusion
By Laura Gallier
Published by Tyndale
ISBN#978-1-4964-2236-1
304 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Owen was a normal high school student with a great life. He had a beautiful girlfriend, played on the football team, and was surrounded by a group of great friends. That is, until he found a well on some abandoned land, and a man who offered him a drink of water that changed his life forever.

Suddenly, Owen is seeing things that no one else sees: Shackles and chains that bind his family and friends, terrifying creatures that connect themselves to the cuffs attached at the end of the chains, and angelic beings who seem to have a power that even the demons cannot withstand.

Similar to Frank Perretti’s This Present Darkness and Piercing the DarknessThe Delusion explores spiritual warfare in a fresh way, reminding us that We All Have Our Demons.

REVIEW: O.K. Confession time. I’m chicken little when it comes to seeing scary movies and books. I would have never chosen to read a book with such a creepy cover. I was sent this book by the publisher. Since this novel was written for a YA audience I thought I’d peek inside. I read the first page then the next. It wasn’t too graphic so I kept going. Kind of reminded me of Frank Peretti’s novels that rocked my world. This author did the same. She gives readers a whole new perspective on the spiritual battle for our souls in this debut fiction novel; she lifts the veil to reveal the chains that bind us. I was startled when Owen sees them on his mom. The shackles were heavy. Owen saw how they were personalized. No two the same.

Owen’s high school is plagued with a string of suicides; twelve to be exact. Owen and the other students can’t believe this is happening. Desperate for answers Owen runs into a man who claims someone is plotting these suicides. Owen thinks this guys lost it but he follows him anyway.

Owen is led to believe that if he drinks from this old well the man will give him the answers he seeks. After he drinks the man disappears. Owen’s world is shaken – he starts to feel sick. He can’t believe the scary images he sees around him. He says, “I was trapped in a demented universe- a real-life zombie apocalypse undetected by everyone but me….I didn’t know if it was real or imagined, and I couldn’t decide which was worse.”

As Owen gets about town, he realizes there is a heavy concentration of creepers at his school and not anywhere else. He feels trapped until he spots a girl at school who has no chains. She actually glows with a radiant light. He wants to talk to her about why she has no chains. But she couldn’t see things the way he does. For now, he’d quietly enjoys watching the power she had over the darkness. He thinks, “I got a kick out of watching creepers scatter like cockroaches scurrying from a spotlight to avoid crossing paths with my new prom date. Thin and fragile as she was in the material world, in the alternate dimension, Ray Anne was like a Jedi.”

This book will help readers see into the darkness and get a glimpse at the ways we might speak things into existence. At the same time, the author shows that there is power in the word of God. As it says in Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

This book is being made into a movie. The trailer I watched takes place right after Owen drinks from the old well. He rushes home to tell his mom everything that’s going on with him and stops everything when she enters his room. He’s freaking out at how she looks. His mom gets upset with him about his behavior. She thinks he’s on drugs. Owen realizes the dog barks because can see the same things he does. I’m glad the trailer was short. I couldn’t watch any more. I’m thankful for the book; no way am I brave enough to watch this movie on the big screen. Watch the trailer if you dare! Either way, the book is a must read. I look forward to reading more by this author.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Laura Gallier she says –“ Hi ya'll! Now you know I'm from Texas, but you may not know that I'm an author and speaker who recently took a leap out of the non-fiction world to write my first novel, THE DELUSION

I discourage you from reading this book - that is until you're ready to consider the haunting real-life implications and you're prepared to start a book you'll feel the need to finish in one  setting. A quick glance at the book reviews and you'll see, people find it nearly impossible to put down and even harder to put out of their minds.

Plans are well underway to bring THE DELUSION to the big screen! Be sure and watch the teaser video posted on the right or on YouTube (
http://youtu.be/KYsDGhHoVF8).”




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Book Fun Magazine
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