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Untangled by Carey Scott

Anytime someone shares their story they should be applauded. When we share our story it gives others courage to share their own. It allows others to know they aren't alone. This is what Carey does. She is transparent as she openly shares her story of being lost in insecurity. There are all kinds of chains that keep us held captive and being insecure is one of them. 
First I would like to share what I did enjoy about this book. Carey opens up and shares what has been bottled up inside of her for years. Through Carey we witness that coming clean from the untangled mess opens the door to freedom. Before we can be honest with others we must be honest with our self. That isn't always easy. Sometimes it's easier to just remain in what's comfortable no matter how much it hurts because it's what we know and change is something that takes courage and determination. 
She has opened up a platform for women to realize being honest is not only okay, but key in finding our true…

The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer

Something for every woman lies within these pages. Let me begin by sharing that this book would make for a great wedding gift, a graduation gift, and even a gift for your high school daughter just getting ready to date. It's great for the woman who has been married for twenty years. A book that a Sunday school class could read together or a small group of friends on a weeknight get together. What a perfect way to come together and grow as women, mothers, wives, sisters, and friends. 
My copy is the leather touch. It too comes in paperback. The choice is all your's of which you prefer. And to keep in mind, there is a Resolution for Men too!! A great way for a husband and wife to spend time together. Coffee cups, the Bible and the Resolution. And all the things I said about being great for women, the same rings true for men. An awesome gift for the young man in your life that you love and truly want to see grow into the man of God he was created to be. 
A Resolution (n): a. the a…

Words by Ginny Yttrup

This is my first read from Ginny L. Yttrup. As a writer there are many who I admire. Ginny is now one of those people I would be honored in which to share an afternoon coffee. This is one of the most powerfully beautiful novels to ever grace my reading experience. This is one of those novels that leaves behind a legacy as hearts are changed forever and new beginnings arise. 
The writing of this novel is writing at it's best. I love when a writer takes from their own life experiences and pens a story to not only touch the hearts of others, but to bring the ability to change lives. As I opened this novel and began turning pages I was caught off guard. I know the cover attacked me and the title, "Words", stirred me, but this novel is so much more than what I expected. This novel goes deep into the wounds of body and soul. 
We fall in love with a child we have never met, but only want to pull her into our arms and love her forever. Many know her from their own past of abuse…

Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant

If you would like a relaxing and cozy read for an afternoon under the shade tree this would be a great selection. It is after reading an excerpt from "All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes", that I realize it is in this selection that these characters first make an appearance. 
It was the cover that caught my attention. It's romantic with a sweet sensation. This was a quick read for me. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions with one another. Betsy brings us a novel on the subject of divorce and loss. This is something near to her heart as the reader can understand in her dedication. This is what I love. Betsy writes what she knows and she brings hope, redemption, and grace alive through the characters she has created from a passionate heart. 
Although Betsy writes about the trials of these characters this isn't a deep novel. It's one of hope and one that made me smile. We see God's perfect timing. When these characters thought that all was a loss God…

Believing God by Beth Moore

This is how Beth describes this book in her introduction: "Faith is the way believers jump on board with god and participate in countless wonderful things He has a mind to do. Faith happens when believers believe. This book is about developing an action verb faith that invites the exhilaration of holy participation. It's about getting out there where we can feel the wind of God's Spirit blowing in our faces. It's about learning that we don't have to put down the Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) to raise up the Shield of Faith."
This book was first published in 2004 and now Beth has brought it to us again. Her books are timeless and so valuable to the believer who wants to walk closer to their Savior. I have yet to pick up a Beth Moore book and not walk away with a more in-depth knowledge of the Word and have a more intimate journey with Jesus. As I learn more about Him, I learn more about myself, the woman He created me to become. Beth is a woman of God…

The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

If you have yet to read a book penned by Katie Ganshert you are missing out on a wondrous journey into the heart. Katie has a gift to pen real characters and poignant issues that most keep at a distance. Her words flow from a passionate heart that is transparent in black and white. I have admired Katie since reading her first novel, "Wildflowers from Winter", and then her second, "Wishing on Willows", and onto her third release, "A Broken Kind of Beautiful". Just the titles encompass so very much. 

I walk away from each novel with a new appreciation for grace, mercy, and redemption. She entwines faith into every story. She gives the reader an opportunity to see their own reflection in her stories. Once again Katie brings a novel that is rich with characters. We see what the world around them doesn't. Their heart. We journey with them through their brokenness into a beauty they had not known could exist. Unexpected blessings reach these characters at a …

To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

I was blessed to review the first novel in the Belle Meade Plantation Series, "To Whisper Her Name". (Check out my review of this historical masterpiece).  
This second novel, "To Win Her Favor", is just as beautifully penned. Tamara Alexander is one of my absolute favorites in historical romance. She moves the pen with passion and gives the reader so much to walk away with after closing the last page. 
This is one of those reads in which you wish to take your time. It's a journey back in time and to a place that seems like home to the heart for the weary traveler. 
First, let me share that the romance swept me off my feet. Classy and so romantic. She allows the reader to fall in love with the love between these characters. 
A young Irishman in Tennessee set out to begin anew and a young woman tender at heart looking for a second chance come together in this masterpiece woven over time that takes the reader into the heart of man. 
As each chapter came to pass I…

Daily Chronological Bible in NKJV Edition by B&H Publishing Group

B&H Publishing Group has provided us with some outstanding Bibles. If you are searching for a Bible you are to surely find the perfect Bible for you. I have been reading through the Daily Chronological Bible in the NKJV version. 
This is a really cool Bible. I was excited to receive it. I had always heard people speak about how they loved a chronological Bible. Well, now I understand why. 
This Bible is divided into three parts or acts. God's Plan For All People.God's Covenant People.God's New Covenant People.  These three acts are divided into scenes, seventeen in all.
The first act is divided into three scenes.The second act is divided into nine scenes.The third act is divided into five scenes. 

For instance when you open the Bible to Act 1 you find three scenes. Creation.The Fall.The Flood. Act 2 begins with:
 Scene 1: The People: God Calls a Covenant People. Scene 2: Deliverance. Scene 3:The Sinai Covenant and Law. Scene 4: The Land: God's Place for His People.Sc…

No Place To Hide by Lynette Eason

I am a huge Lynette Eason fan! I've loved every novel she has written and I get super excited when she has a new release. This has been a great series. Here in the Hidden Identity Series she brings us the third installment, No Place To Hide. 
I invite you to check out my reviews for No One To Trust and Nowhere To Turn. You will want to read these in order. Yes, it's possible to read them as stand alone's, but reading them as a series will give you a more enjoyable read. 
Lynette pens novels that capture the reader's imagination. She introduces us to characters that we care about and provides us with vivid detail to the surroundings. She gives enough information that's needed, but still allows room for the mind to ponder. I love that! They are characters we can relate to on a certain level. Many of us have wondered, where we would turn or if there was one we could truly trust. And here we see that these characters feel like there's no place to hide from what'…

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

Kristy Cambron is a writer that brings  present day together with late 1930 into 1940s history. Let me begin with this. 15,000 children were to believed to enter into Terezin. Fewer than 100 ultimately made it out. When I read those words it floored me. I knew very little about Terezin before reading this novel. As I was beginning to read I watched a PBS program about Terezin and it opened my eyes to a time and place we should never forget. 
This is the second book that Kristy Cambron brings us of her series: A Hidden Masterpiece Novel. The first novel, The Butterfly and The Violin was the most beautiful novel I have read in years. {check out my review}. It was one that I wanted to keep turning pages, but also one that I couldn't read without taking my time and absorb every morsel. This novel continues in that same beauty. If you are a lover of World War II history Cambron is your girl. What a gift she has in bringing past and present together in the telling of two stories and com…

Holy Conviction

As a Jesus girl I always want to magnify His name. I want to live in such a way that my life points directly to Him, but that isn't always so. Daily as I strive to seek Him I make a mess of things. You too? 
I'm never going to be perfect in myself. I'm a sinner in need of grace. Just like you I want to be the girl He is creating me to be. But that battle with the flesh is real as real can be. Whoever says that Christians are not attacked by Satan has gotten it wrong. In fact, I find the closer I grow to Jesus the more attacks come. 
The closer I grow to Him, the more I am able to see these attacks for what they are. Of course, Satan cannot touch my soul. I am sealed as an heir of the King! My soul is untouchable. My life therefore is not. Satan and his minions are out there wanting to destroy every possible opportunity and want to bring me down to a point where I no longer see Jesus in my life, but all I see is the unworthy girl who is no good. 
Recently I prayed that the …