Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Book Review: Once Upon a Prince

Rachel Hauck's Once Upon a Prince is a story surrounding "A Royal Prince.  An Ordinary Girl.  An Extraordinary Royal Wedding."

Susanna Truitt's life is not going according to plan and Susanna loves having a plan.  Upon coming to the realization that her twelve year relationship is just a plan and not love, Susanna is left wondering what are God's plans for her life.  

Prince Nathaniel on the other hand is tired of having his life planned out and wants to break the conventional rules surrounding his role in order to fulfill God's plans for his life.  Will he be able to reconcile his sense of duty as the royal heir with his royal heart yearning to love freely?

Nathaniel and Susanna's story is an all too common tale of girl meets prince, falls in love, and happily ever after.  While being a bit too predictable and far-reaching for my taste, I did enjoy the growth in Susanna.  

There was more of her.  She felt it, like a largeness in her spirit that she couldn't see or define or grasp with her hands, but it made her strive for something more.  Yet it began with having nothing at all.  Total surrender.  p. 179

After seemingly losing it all, she is still willing to lose even more to gain God's will for her life.  Seeing her willing to lose the security and comfort of her plans for God's showed her spiritual development.  Aurora's character often brought refreshing times to bring Susanna right back to where God wanted her, but I would have liked her not to seem flighty.  

Those that enjoy a fairy-tale romance will enjoy this read.  

I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Litfuse  in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.


Rachel Hauck is celebrating the release of Once Upon a Prince with a fun "Royal Wedding" Giveaway and connecting with readers at her May 28th Facebook Party.



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One "royal" winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire

  • Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 27th. Winner will be announced at the "Once Upon a Prince" Facebook Author Chat Party on May 28th. Connect with Rachel for an evening of book chat, wedding trivia, laughter, and more! Rachel will also be sharing a sneak peek at the next book in the series and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.


So grab your copy of Once Upon a Prince and join Rachel on the evening of May 28th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 28th!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Book Review: Journible the 17:18 Series: Acts

The purpose of the Journible is two-fold.  The scribe should be "slowly and thoughtfully engage the text while leaving plenty of room to write comments and questions about the text."  Secondly, Journibles "provide a legacy to pass on from one generation to the next.

The book itself is beautiful.  Its strong construction and yet delicate detailing on the pages makes writing the Word of God pleasant.  The right side of the book provides more than ample room to right down the verses with enough room to spare in some cases.  The left hand side contains some questions and provides cross references for further study.  The fact that these are questions and not commentaries make the reading and studying more enjoyable because the scribe is left to think and not just take someone else's interpretation as fact.

This would make a great gift or addition to one's personal library.  While not a Bible study per se, it is a wonderful tool to delve into the Word of God.  

I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Review: The Face of the Earth


Deborah Raney's The Face of the Earth centers on how can Mitch Brannon "honor the vows he made to a woman who has seemingly disappeared from the face of the earth.  


While a good plot in thought, it just did not work for me.  The mystery surrounding Jill Brannon's disappearance draws you in immediately but besides wanting to find out what happened to her, the excitement ended there.  

There seem to be so many possibilities of what could have happened but time and time again each clue turns up empty. However, what is immediately apparent are Shelley' s motives.   Shelley is Jill's next door neighbor and best friend.  One would think she would be grieving the loss of her friend instead of finally revealing her secret "love" for her Jill's husband.   Her help during the situation seemed manipulative and she came off as needy and clingy.  Her mentioning seeking direction from God all the while coveting another woman's husband portrayed her as a hypocrite. She seemed to capitalize on her friends disappearance to finally make her move on Mitch. She even seemed sinister at times when trying to convince Mitch to move on and that she was not going to compete with God. Mitch seemed to too distraught to really have fostered feelings for Shelley. He seemed confused and looking for comfort not even having time to sift through his emotions and grieve without having Shelley flirting and making advances at him. 

The story line could have been developed in a manner that clearly portrayed the hurt and recuperation that Mitch would have to endure without the ambiguity of whether he was honoring his marriage vows.  His relationship with Shelley was clearly inappropriate depicted by their secretiveness and own guilty feelings.  I felt this book sent the wrong message.  


I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Litfuse  in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

Deborah is celebrating with a fun "Date Night" Giveaway (win a $200 Visa Cash Card!) and an Author Chat Party on Facebook! {5/30}


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 One winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (Use that to catch up with a loved one – your spouse, friend, sister, mom…whomever!)

  • The Face of the Earth by Deborah Raney
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 29th. Winner will be announced at the "The Face of the Earth" Facebook Author Chat Party on May 30th. Connect with Deborah for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Deborah will also be sharing a sneak peek of her next book and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.


So grab your copy of The Face of the Earth and join Deborah on the evening of May 30th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)


Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 30th!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Review: It Is Finished

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In It Is Finished, David Wilkerson seeks to show how you can "break free from the power of sin once and for all."  

From the onset, the introduction makes it clear that this book is not for those who are complacent living in their sin.  This is for the believer that is fed up with sin and is actively seeking freedom.  Wilkerson's argument for finding this lasting freedom is in the knowledge of the covenant God has made with us in Jesus Christ.  He is very clear to outline that our feeble attempts at living a holy life will only leave us deflated.  Instead, we are to rely solely on the work accomplished at Calvary by Jesus Christ.  

Not voicing his own opinions, Wilkerson heavily supports his points with the Scriptures.  His dissatisfaction in his own walk with the Lord led him to seek revelation from God's Word.  He urges believers to claim the promises of the covenant.  He warns the believers that this is by no means a "name it and claim it" business, but one of true devotion to seeking God in prayer, fasting, and the studying  of God's Word.  

This is a fantastic read that should be on the shelves of every believer.  Whether your walk with the Lord has grown stagnant or is thriving, this book will provide useful information.  Each chapter contains a personal testimony from someone whose life was changed as a result of coming into true knowledge of God's covenant as well as discussion questions for further study.  This book is a rare jewel in which believers are encouraged to seek an abundant life through God's Word.  

I received this book for free from Bethany House for this review.  This a Chosen book.