Thursday, August 22, 2013

52 Ways to Grow Your Faith

52 Ways to Grow Your Faith will do what it says and give you freedom. Your spiritual growth strategy does not have to be limited to reading and praying. Try growing spiritually while walking, driving or working out. 52 Ways to Grow Your Faith will jump-start a stalled faith, provide a road map for a new faith, and energize an active faith. Use this resource with friends in a weekly study group or on your own - but get ready to grow and connect with God in a busy, noisy world.

Gregg Peter Farah is a Pastor at Shelter Rock Church, a multi-site congregation on Long Island, NY. He is married to Janine and they have three amazing daughters. As a family, they started Mosaic Manhattan Church (now Lower Manhattan Community Church), established 2003, in the heart of Lower Manhattan, blocks away from the World Trade Center site.

My review of  52 Ways to Grow Your Faith by Gregg Peter Farah
This is a great little book to help us grow closer to God. I found the ideas, practical and easy to use. Each chapter includes a growth idea, scripture, devotion, quote from someone else, tips on how to apply this to your life, a real story from someone that has tried it and a short prayer. The ideas are simple and helpful enough to use in Bible studies and teachings. I plan on implicating a few in my everyday life and sharing them with my Bible study group. This book was well planned and thought out. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting more out of their relationship with God. It does not matter if you are a new Christian or have served God for many years; there is something for every one. I challenge you to pick it up and read it for yourself. I want to thank the author Gregg Peter Farah and Carpenter’s Son publishing for bringing good Christian books like this for readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my review

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Raw Edges, Quilts of Love Series by Sandra D. Bricker

Sandra D Bricker

For more than a decade author, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While working as a screenwriting, personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's biggest stars. When her mother became ill, like a Godly daughter she dropped everything and moved across the counrty to become her Caregiver.

Sandra is the real McCoy. She is an ovarian cancer survivor dedicating her life and work to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Not only is she generous with her time but she also donates a portion of her proceeds from her Summerside Press devotionals to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. 
Raw Edges

Grayson McDonough has no use for teal ribbons, 5k runs, or ovarian cancer support groups now that his beautiful wife Jenna is gone. But their nine-year-old daughter Sadie seems to need the connection. When Annabelle Curtis, the beautiful cancer survivor organizing the memory quilt project for the Ovacome support group, begins to bring out the silly and fun side of his precious daughter again, Gray must set aside his own grief to support the healing of Sadie’s young heart. But is there hope for Gray’s heart too along the way?


My review of Raw Edges

A brilliant story about the loss cancer causes. In preparation of her final days Jenna McDonough writes a journal for her daughter Sadie. This treasure is full of words to give peace, inspiration and love, a keepsake that will be treasured forever. Her husband Gary faithfully reads it to her. After the passing of her mother, Sadie and her father receive an invitation to attend an ovarian cancer support group meeting. Gary goes with her because he knows it may help. There they meet a great group of ladies preparing to make a memory quilt. By attending, Gary got more than he could have imagined. There he meets Annabelle Curtis, a cancer survivor, organizing the memory quilt project for the Ovacome support group. Somehow she gets both him and Sadie involved in the project. This story gives hope to the grieving. The author Sandra Bricker will have you laughing out loud, crying and smiling throughout the whole book. I especially loved the journal and the scripture it had, I thought this was a wonderful gift to leave behind for our loved ones. The death of a loved one is hard enough, but to me is even harder when you leave behind young children. This book touches on many painful and joyful things we experience with loss, feelings of grief, raising children as a single parent, moving on in life, and dating. As cancer touches many of our lives this book will give hope and inspiration to the hurting. I highly recommend this book. Sandra D. Bricker touched some tough subjects with sensitivity, grace and integrity. To think a book on such a hard subject could have a blessedly happy ending.
I was able to ask Sandra D. Bricker a few questions. The first one was, how has God worked in your life lately? She told me, "I'm in the process of another upheaval in my life at the leading of the Holy Spirit. Like all those years ago when I felt the call to leave L.A. and move to Florida to care for my mom, a few months ago I got a similar call on my heart to leave Florida and move back to Ohio. I'm a lot older now (and a lot more tired!), so picking up my life and moving it again is NOT something I'm excited about. But at the end of the tunnel, I know that if He called me to it, there's a light awaiting." I love the answer she gave when she was asked how does God use her as a writer? "I hope in any way He chooses! But I've been blessed to meet and hear from so many people who have found my books to be just what they needed at just the time they needed it. Even if that's just a laugh in a moment when they don't think they can, or a message that speaks to their heart... I really believe that scripture that says a merry heart does good like medicine, and my greatest heart's desire is to fulfill that purpose."
Sandra D. Bricker is the author of the Another Emma Rae Creations series Always the Baker, Never the Bride. She has also written If the Shoe Fits , Be Still...and Let Your Nail Polish Dry, Delight Yourself in the Lord...Even on Bad Hair Days. If you are a fan of Christian fiction and humor these are the books for you. Sandra Bricker will have you laughing out loud.

Peril Book 3 in Bloodline Trilogy, another fantastic book by Jordyn Redwood

Peril Book 3 in Bloodline Trilogy by Jordyn Redwood

Another fantastic book by Jordyn Redwood. Morgan Adams a PICU nurse is married to Dr. Tyler Adams. They have suffered a grave loss and this has put a terrible strain on their marriage. Because of kidney disease caused by HELLP syndrome Morgan is now on dialysis and in need of a kidney transplant. Morgan is drained emotionally and physically, has lost all hope and is suicidal. After her father is tested to see if he is a match they learn he is not her biological father. Out of desperation her mother directs her to her biological father Dr Thomas Reeves, who can only be described as a mad scientist. His research and neural brain grafts alters memory and gives photogenic memory and super powers to soldiers. But something has gone horribly wrong now these powerful men he used as willing guinea pigs are angry and searching for answers. Morgan and Tyler are caught in the crosshairs of their deadly mission. Read this great book to see if their marriage can survive and if they find mercy at the hands of kidnappers. Can Dr Thomas Reeves redeem himself and stop the very research that has given him fame and fortune. This is a must read if you enjoy Christian fiction, suspense and action. It is a book that is fast paced and will be hard to put down. I highly recommend this book and the fist two in the series. I have had the pleasure of reading the first two books in this trilogy; any can be read as a stand alone book. Jordyn Redwood’s knowledge as an ER nurse is evident in her writing and her faith shines brightly.

Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman

Winter in Full Bloom a novel by Anita Higman

Wow what I journey this book will take you on. The author Anita Higman gives such vivid descriptions, that you can not help but feel like you are in the mist of the story.

Lily Winter has lived a hard life. She has endured the hardship of being raised by a cruel mean unloving mother. She has lost her father and husband but clings to her dear sweet daughter, whom she loves and adores. After a nasty confrontation with her estranged mother Lily finds out she has a twin sister she never knew about. So her journey begins and takes her to Melbourne Australia in the search of her long lost sister Camille. There she meets American Marcus Averill; he is charming, strange, funny, gentle. Like Lily, Marcus has lived through tough times. Together they face life’s toughest challenges, forgiveness, redemption and the quest for acceptance and love. Anita Higman is a fairly new author to me, I have not read many books by her but the few I have read I have really enjoyed. I highly recommend this book; it is a Christian fiction with a little romance.