Review: The James Code by:O.S. Hawkins

The James Code: 52 Scripture Principles for Putting Your Faith into Action
About the Book:
The James Code  helps believers go from knowing about God to living for God.

Bestselling author of The Joshua Code and The Jesus Code, O.S. Hawkins is back with a new book that is all about putting your faith into action. The James Code is practical, personal and action-packed straight from one of the most popular books of the Bible.

Once readers have devoted themselves to Scripture memory in The Joshua Code, and have equipped themselves to give answers in The Jesus Code, The James Code challenges readers to give feet to their faith. Hawkins gives applicable truth from the book of James emphasizing that an effective Christian life is not about faith and works, but is about faith that works.

As with The Joshua Code and The Jesus Code, all royalties will go to Mission:Dignity, whose mission supports retired pastors and their wives or widows who have faithfully served God’s people and now find themselves struggling to meet even basic needs.

My Review:
 I was always told as a child that if you ever wanted to be put in your place o taken down from your pedestal to read the book of James. It is a book that gives sound advice on life in general and how to treat it with the utmost respect as well as to know what God wants us to do with it. Even after all these years since the book was written, I still feel that it applies to us today, as well.

 Living for God is a fearful experience in the beginning because you don’t see the future that He does–so at times it may feel that you are hopelessly falling. But living for Him is an amazing way to live! he will take you through some valleys but His mountaintop experiences will prove to be the best of your life. Knowing that I have an intimate relationship with Him changes everything about how I view the world today. God is so good!

 The James Code is an authentic look at the book of James and I love the thorough study it will be one that I come back to year after year.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

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Review: 40 Days of Decrease by:Alicia Britt Chole

40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.
About the Book:
We ache deep within to meaningfully honor Christ’s resurrection. Yet, in practice, this focal point in the liturgical calendar is often a celebration of public holiday more than it is of humanity’s hope. At day’s end, we fall asleep well-fed and perhaps even grateful, yet still somehow something short of awed. Enduring awe is rarely the fruit of a morning’s celebration. Enduring awe is the fruit of daily participation with Jesus, our resurrected Love. 40 Days of Decrease invites readers to walk with Jesus through the holy decrease of less and loss that led Him cross-ward and beyond.

Each day offers a meaningful consideration of Jesus’ journey through reading and reflection and then issues a challenging daily fast. Instead of social media, chocolate, and designer coffee, 40 Days of Decrease calls communities to a Lenten fasting of apathy, injustice, resentment, hypocrisy, and more for the love of God. After all, in the same way self cannot satisfy self no matter how long it feasts, self cannot starve self no matter how long it fasts. Decrease is only holy when its destination is love. We thin our lives to thicken our communion with God.

My Review:
 40 Days of Decrease is a DIFFERENT type of fast more different than anyone I have ever seen before. And it definitely would not be considered traditional. I picked up this book to review in the hopes that it would give my family and I a guide to traditional fasting but it is quite the contrary. I know at this time it is quite popular but unless you are looking for something completely different than traditional this may not be the book for you.

 The author takes you on a 40 day journey that can be done anytime throughout the year but is typically or recommended for those days preceding lent or right up until Easter. Each day is a different type of fast. I believe there was one that centered around food they rest centered around behaviors, tendencies, and issues or strongholds we may need to be free from.

 While I agree with the author on her very well researched and thought out commentary, this just wasn’t the fast I was looking for. The author is very profound and cerebral in her speaking and she discusses the call for change as well as Jewish traditions. Again a very good book if you are looking for something different from traditional way of fasting.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

CFBA Review: Soul’s Prisoner by:Cara Luecht

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingSoul’s Prisoner(WhiteFire Publishing (December 15, 2015))byCara Luecht

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from the Author: I never planned to be a writer. In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer. By day, I am an English Instructor for a local college, mother to four amazing children, and wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband. In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction. I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. If you have a question for me, or if you are local and would like me to stop by your book club or writer’s group, please drop me a line via the “Ask the Author” tab. I always love the opportunity to meet with others who share my love of books.

ABOUT THE BOOK

She’ll fight for her future…but can she escape her past?
Chicago, Winter, 1891
Rachel is in danger. She s seen too much.
She creeps along the cement walls through the dank underbelly of the asylum. She d never planned to leave her quiet farm life, never thought she d find a place in the city, never imagined she d be in the kind of danger that would have her cowering in Dunning s cold, labyrinthine basement.
Jenny has finally found her place. After a childhood of abuse, she has friends, a real job, and her only wish is to give her adopted son the kind of life she never had.
A life of stability, without the risk and uncertainty of a father.
But when Jeremy, Rachel s brother, stumbles into their warehouse, asking for help to find his missing sister, Jenny s carefully constructed life begins to crumble.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Soul’s Prisoner, go HERE.

My Review:
 As the writer introduces us yet to a more profound character, Rachel. A woman that never quite seen herself to be where she has now ended up. And still another character added into the mix, Jenny which makes the book even more interesting! The authors writing along with rich characters provides a back drop rich in color and drama. Her writing is unlike anyone’s I have ever read. I thought I would like the book but it is a nit mesmerizing to say the least. It is a very profound story that I thoroughly enjoyed!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Review: Risen by:Angela Hunt

Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture
About the Book:
A Powerful Novelization from Bestselling Author Angela Hunt
Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization offers a unique perspective on the story of the resurrection. Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to keep the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down.
His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike. But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth–and answers that will not only shake his life but echo throughout all of history.

My Review:
Roman Tribune Clavius has seen many things, many wars, many deaths.But none of them have ever been a shocking or amazing as the death of Yeshua the Nazarene. The ground shook and the day turned dark unlike anything he had ever seen, but of course it could be nothing more than a coincidence. Clavius does his duty in making sure Yeshua is sealed in his tomb and everything seems to back to normal, that is until the body comes up missing.

Rachel misses her late husband dearly, but never did she want to marry her husband’s kid brother in order to give him an heir. She is perfectly fine with baking bread and living by herself in her own home. But one day while selling bread, she hears a commotion. Crowds are gathered around a man beaten beyond imaginable carrying a heavy crossbeam. The call him Yeshua, the Messiah, the king of the Jews. Rachel runs to the man when he falls, but he does nothing other than stare at her. She knows deep down that she must know who this man is and what he has done to deserve such a cruel treatment.

Risen is a wonderful novelization of the the major motion picture. This book was a wonderful read. I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved how this novel gave you a view of the crucifixion from a roman’s perspective. And with Easter coming near, what a wonderful time to read this book.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Review: The Peaceful Wife by:April Cassidy

The Peaceful Wife

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In today’s world, women are often rewarded for having type A personalities. Driven, demanding women achieve higher positions, better salaries, and praise for their ambition. They learn to be confident, take-charge leaders who can handle anything on their own. Yet when it comes to their marriages, those same traits can backfire. After all, no one goes into marriage hoping for a promotion. What is a wife to do?
April Cassidy knows this struggle firsthand. She thought she was a great Christian wife and begged God to make her passive husband into a more loving, involved, godly leader. Instead, God opened her eyes to changes that she needed to make, such as laying down her desire for control and offering genuine, unconditional respect–not just love–to her husband. The Peaceful Wife focuses on Cassidy’s experience and its life-changing properties, providing a template for others to follow.
Cassidy’s conclusions may be as shocking to readers as they were to her, but she backs up her own tale with stories from her blog readers, and also includes recommendations for further study. She walks through baby steps on how to change, addressing questions such as:
– What is respect?
– How can you show respect?
– How is being respectful different from being loving?
In the end, The Peaceful Wife is a powerful path to God’s design for women to live in full submission to Christ as Lord.
My Review:
 I gravitated towards this book when I seen it come up for review. I was a wild girl to say the least when my now husband found me. I had a stubborn streak and a mouth to match. There was nothing and I mean nothing that you could say that would change my mind or my heart. I was always right about everything and there was nothing anyone could do to detour me from it. My sweet husband had his work cut out for him. What I didn’t realize was that God was getting ready to change me. And God really had His work cut out for Him. I blamed Him for a lot of hurts that come my way so much so that I stayed mad at Him for years and refused to speak to Him, again.

 He has done a lot of changing in me—in my heart and my mind. I am way more submissive now than I have ever been. To the point that my husband would say too much sometimes. Let me say that when you change your focus to a more Christ centered focused you will do what ever it takes to please God. Disappointing Him further was something I have worked years to change within myself and because of that I depended on Him even more than I ever had.

 The Peaceful Wife is one woman’s journey to a life of selflessness. A life of handing everything over to God more. So much so that her life changed as a result. And I here to tell you that yours will too! God is a Father that demands respect and He doesn’t take too kindly to pride. If you have even a smidgen of pride in your heart, He is determined to rid you from it. The Peaceful Wife is a great book to find out how to start on a journey of this magnitude on your own with God steering the ship!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Litfuse Review: Blue Ribbon Trail Ride by:Miralee Ferrell

Blue Ribbon Trail Ride (Horses and Friends #4)

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Thirteen-year old Kate and her friends came up with the perfect way to raise money for her autistic younger brother and others to attend summer camp—a horse scavenger hunt! As local businesses donate money and prizes, Kate keeps the entry fees in her mom’s antique jewelry box.
But when the box and the money disappear, Kate and her friends must unravel the clues, hold on to hope, and solve the mystery along the Blue Ribbon Trail Ride. 
My Review:
 There is never a dull moment with Kate and her friends. Kate is a very spirited and very bright young 13 year old girl that loves to be a help to others.So Kate have come up with a brilliant way to help her autistic brother and some other children attend summer camp. Kate felt like she had planned everything pretty well until something really bad happens and the entire project will be in jeopardy. 
 The Horses and Friends series is a very engaging mystery series targeted for young girls ages 8-12 years. It is very light hearted and spirited so you as a parent does not have worry about anything negative. Very safe series and a very good one for young girls.
 Miralee Ferrell is a brilliant author that has created a great series for young girls! The characters are really rich and strong and the story holds together well throughout the book.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Review: From the Pen of Pastor Paul by:Daniel R. Hyde

From the Pen of Pastor Paul
About the Book:
We hear about it regularly: pastors resigning the ministry, people leaving their churches, churches splitting because of internal discord, and Christians fighting against one another. Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians open up his pastoral heart and theology in a way that addresses contemporary church
life, and here Daniel Hyde presents warm exposition with careful application. This is a fine commentary, but it is much more: any Christian will gain from reading the Thessalonian letters alongside this book.

My Review:
 Paul was so many things and we can add to the list church planter. He was a great encourager and man of God.We can use the words he penned even today. The author shares his commentary and deep thorough study on two seemingly unimportant books of the Bible or two that somehow get lost in the shuffle–1 & 2 Thessalonians. One of my favorite verses from 2 Thessalonians 3:13–Do not grow weary in doing good. It is a verse I have come to rely on the past couple of years. especially when being a servant has become somewhat stale.

 I really like the author’s point of view on these books. I also feel that many of his points will help my husband and I as we embark on ministry. We struggle sometimes on the encouraging end of things. The author tells us that one of Paul’s main points was to persevere. I also liked his point of not coming off to the congregation as privileged. This is something my husband and I try to obtain. Being authentic and transparent is how we want to be remembered. Our spiritual integrity also will factor into this. It is very important to a congregation that we meet them where they are at.

 Magnificent book and ministry tool! We plan on relying on this book quite a bit throughout the ministry we are trying to get off the ground.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Review: Doodletopia Cartoons: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Fun Cartoon Creations by:Christopher Hart

Doodletopia: Cartoons: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Fun Cartoon Creations
About the Book:
An interactive doodle book from a best-selling art instruction author and cartoon master that pairs illustrating insights with drawing, designing, and coloring activities for aspiring artists.

Welcome to Doodletopia! Your first stop in this paradise of creativity? The world of cartoons. Your tour guide Christopher Hart is ready to introduce you to the interactive, artistic possibilities of creating your own exciting, hilarious, off-the-wall cartoon characters, gags, and more.

Unlike other doodle books that leave you stranded, with no help at all, Doodletopia: Cartoons pairs fun doodle-based activities with the sort of insightful (and laugh-out-loud funny) advice and tips that countless readers have come to expect from cartooning master Christopher Hart. For the first time ever, you can pick up your pencils, pens, markers, or crayons, and draw, doodle, or color right on the same page as the author.

From finishing cartoon faces to selecting costumes to completing wacky cartoon scenes,
the opportunities for creative expression are endless. So what are you waiting for? Open up
and start doodling!

My Review:
 My children are so much like their Dad. They love to draw! I knew when I seen this book and requested to review it that they would want to try it out. Cartoon characters have always been at the top of that list. This is a really great idea for a book! What kid wouldn’t want to read and try this book on for size?

 It is a really great book to get you started in the field of cartoon drawing. The author takes you step by step and explains as you go. He even has a warm up section to get you started. With 160 pages of drawing fun and it is perfect for any ages especially above the age of 6 all the way up to adult. My kids loved it and I’m sure yours will too.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Litfuse Review: Keeper of the Stars by:Robin Lee Hatcher

Keeper of the Stars (Kings Meadow Romance, #3)
About the Book:
She blames him for her brother’s death. Can she let go of resentment and open her heart to love?

Penny Cartwright found it difficult to understand why her younger brother would choose to join a country singer’s band rather than return to Kings Meadow after college . . . and the separation strained their relationship. Then a car accident made certain her brother could never return.

Trevor Reynolds has chased stardom in Nashville for more than a dozen years, but it remains out of his reach. After an accident kills his young drummer, Trevor goes to Kings Meadow to keep a promise—and perhaps to discover what truly matters in this life.

Thrown together by circumstances, Penny and Trevor must learn to give and receive forgiveness. And if they do, perhaps something beautiful can rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

My Review:
16 year old, Penny Cartwright was beyond upset when her mother died of pneumonia. Her life and that of her brother and father’s were turned upside down. Life was hard to move on but no one ever expected this. At 28, Penny is now burying her dear brother. Her world becomes completely turned upside down and this time she isn’t upset, she is angry. On the day of the funeral her brother’s band mate and friend, Trevor Reynolds shows up unexpectedly. The minute she lays eyes on him, she knows she can never hate someone as much as she hates him.

Trevor Reynolds would have never shown up in Kings Meadow, if it weren’t for Brad Cartwright. If it weren’t for his promise to still come to this small town and meet Brad’s family. Now after Brad’s funeral, Trevor does his best to help the Cartwrights but apparently Penny just doesn’t like the idea. She of course, blames him but if only she knew how bad he blames himself for Brad’s death. Trevor knows without a doubt he is meant to be here, but why?

As everything and everyone seem to be trying to push them together, Trevor and Penny must learn how to live in the midst of a tragic death. And hopefully they will find the ultimate healing despite such a tragedy.

Keeper of the Stars is book three of the Kings Meadow Romance series. I love, love, love Robin Lee Hatcher’s books! I was so excited when I started reading this book and I promise you it was definitely and awesome read. This author sure knows how to write, if I do say so myself. I can not wait to read more of her books!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.
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Litfuse Review: If I Run by:Terri Blackstock

If I Run

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Casey knows the truth.
But it won’t set her free.
Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.
But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?
Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

My Review:
 Casey Cox seen her father’s dead body when she was a little girl. Everyone said that it was a suicide, but she could never believe that. For years she tried to find evidence to back up what she thought, but she never could find a single thing. Now years later, a dear friend of hers decides to uncover what actually happened that day. But soon everything goes wrong and Casey is wanted for murder. She goes on the run trying to leave no traces that she is even around, hoping just hoping everything will be normal once more.

Dylan Roberts is a tired veteran, suffering from PTSD. So when he is asked to find Casey Cox, he believes is finally time for him to prove himself to the local police department. He digs deep trying to learn all he can about her, she’s kind, honest, helpful. Not exactly the description of a murderer. As he tracks her down, he learns that not everything the police department is saying is completely true.

Dylan must find a way to show Casey that he is just as messed up as her, and hopeful bring some justice to her father’s and her friend’s death.

If I Run was an AWESOME read. I was totally glued to this book all the way till the end. And the ending was just as epic. I love, love, love this book and this author. Terri Blackstock knows how to write a mystery and keep you completely entranced.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.