Sunday, May 22, 2016

An excellent book about Heaven: "The Real Heaven: What the Bible Actually Says" by Chip Ingram and Lance Witt

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about the book....

With all the sensationalized stories of Heaven told from people who claim to have died and come back, how do you really know what to believe about Heaven?

Heaven has received a lot of attention in recent years as bestselling books and movies have told the stories of people who claim to have been there. 

What does the Bible actually say about heaven? 
What difference does it make? 
What happens the moment after we die? 
What will our relationships be like in heaven?

Chip Ingram sets aside the hype and myths and digs into the Scriptures to discover what God actually wants us to know about the afterlife hereafter. Most importantly, Ingram shows why our understanding of Heaven matters now, in this life. Because what we believe about Heaven actually affects us today in ways we may not have imagined.

my review....

Ingram and Witt offer up a very insightful book on what the Bible has to say about heaven, one that is clear, well-written, and laid out in easy to read chapters that can be read all at once or pondered one at a time. I have read many books on heaven, many written by people claiming to have visited the after-life in a near-death experience. What I appreciate about this one is that it is utterly grounded in the Word of God, and consequently is all the more compelling because readers can be certain it is based on truth. As we live in a culture that is all about satisfying our own desires and amassing treasures on Earth, this book is so very timely, as the authors urge us to keep our focus on the eternal life that is waiting for us. How quickly we can forget that all of these things we work so hard for, the good jobs and nice houses and things like that, ultimately don't matter in the face of eternity! I especially like how clearly the authors point out that we cannot earn our way to heaven, but that it is a gift of God's grace. So many people today seem confused about how to get to heaven, that you have to just be "good enough", which of course is impossible.

We all need the hope of Heaven to get us through the trials of life, and to keep our eyes set on what really matters in life. "The Real Heaven" is a wonderful addition to realm of literature focused on the afterlife, one that will point readers to the Truth of Scripture. 4 out of 5 stars. 
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the authors....

Chip Ingram

Lance Witt

Chip Ingram is the senior pastor of Venture Christian 
Church in Los Gatos, California, and teaching pastor and CEO of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. Chip is the author of many books, including God: As He Longs for You to See HimThe Invisible War; and Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and ten grandchildren and live in California.

Lance Witt is the founder of Replenish ministries, the author of Replenish the book, and often referred to as a pastor's pastor. Before launching Replenish, Lance served for twenty years as a senior pastor and six years as an executive/teaching pastor at Saddleback Church. Lance and his wife, Connie, have two grown children and four granddaughters.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Great suspense novel! "Sister Dear" by Laura McNeill

Allie Marshall has been dreaming of the day when she would be able to walk out of prison, having been sent behind bars for a crime she didn't commit. But when she is finally released, she finds that her dreams are nothing like reality, as the people in her community still view her as a felon, and the daughter she's been aching to reunite with wants nothing to do with her. Determined to clear her name, Allie starts hunting down the truth about what exactly happened all those years ago when she was arrested. As she delves into the past, she uncovers secrets that not only place her life in danger, but shake the foundation of her beliefs about her family.

Once again, Laura McNeill has written an absorbing page-turner, a tale that held me in its grip from the get go. My sympathies were instantly with Allie as I shuddered at the injustice of what she experienced, having been convicted despite her very innocence, and in the process losing her family and her future. I can only imagine how she must have survived such grief! As she begins her journey of finding out the truth, I was cheering by her side and eager to find out how things would unfold. And what Allie discovers is utterly chilling indeed, as the author deftly unearths one secret after another. McNeil has a fabulous writing style, and I simply couldn't get enough such that I read the entire book from start to finish in one day! The characters are deftly drawn, and the tension builds with each chapter especially as the story reveals a disturbingly dark side of Allie's sister. Honestly, I think if I were Allie I would be left having little faith in humanity! Fortunately, the story ends on a happy note, where the characters are still realistically broken but on the path to healing.

All in all, "Sister Dear" is one compelling read, and one I plan to take down off my book shelf again in the future. After her debut, "Center of Gravity", and now this great second novel, I can't wait to see what McNeil comes up with next! 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher via the BookLook Bloggers program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

Laura McNeillLaura McNeil is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she’s not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family.   

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sarah Sundin’s ‘Anchor in the Storm’ All Hands on Deck Giveaway

In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love? Pharmacist Lillian Avery and Ensign Archer Vandenberg are about to find out in Sarah Sundin's new book, Anchor in the Storm. During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling? As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?

Celebrate the release of Sarah's Anchor in the Storm by entering to win her All Hands on Deck Prize Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A signed copy of Anchor in the Storm
  • Nautical tote bag lined with anchor fabric
  • Anchor necklace made from copper reclaimed from the USS Constitution in Boston during restoration
  • 365 Devotions for Hope by Karen Whiting
  • Shine: Nautical Inspirational Adult Coloring Book
  • "Hope Anchors the Soul" journal
  • Set of two nautical tea towels
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 8th. The winner will be announced June 9th on Sarah's blog.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Melanie Dickerson’s ‘The Beautiful Pretender’ Once Upon a Kindle Giveaway

Inheriting the new title of margrave means Reinhart has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise? Find out in the new medieval fairy tale, The Beautiful Pretender, by Melanie Dickerson. Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

Join Melanie in celebrating the release of The Beautiful Pretender by entering to win her Once Upon a Kindle giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of The Beautiful Pretender
  • A Kindle Fire tablet
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • The choice between a Funko POP Disney Beauty or Beast doll
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 7th. The winner will be announced June 8th on Melanie's blog.

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