Monday, June 29, 2015

40 Days in the Man Cave: Men's Devotional by Todd Stahl

40 Days in the Man Cave

about the book....

Guys, we all know life is crazy busy. We can be inundated with tasks, jobs, commitments, and activities. The truth is, men need to find a place to get away, chill out, and reenergize. Wherever your man cave may be, carve out a few minutes each day to refuel in it. 

To be healthy both emotionally and spiritually, we need food. Guys love to eat! Spiritual food for our mind and soul is as vital as food for our body. If Joe “Jaws” Chestnut can eat sixty-six hot dogs in twelve minutes to win a hot dog eating contest, I challenge you to give God the same amount of time to read one of these devotions each day in your man cave. 

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my review....

If you are anything like me then you know how challenging it can be to step away from the busyness of life and carve out time to spend in God's word and connecting with Jesus. Todd Stahl has created a resource just for such men, men who may have the best of intentions but are struggling to make spending time with God a priority in their lives. This men's devotional is easy to read, with each devotion taking up about a page and a half. Even someone who doesn't love reading can't complain about that! I found each devotion to be just the kind of thing I needed to inspire and challenge me, to refresh and encourage me, to remind me about the things that matter in life. Each devotional is accompanied by 2-4 Bible passages under the headline of "Cave Time Reading", designed to get men deeper into the word. The daily passage then ends with a question that will lead you to examine where you are at in life, such as asking "What steps are you taking towards spiritual fitness?" or "Are you taking a stand or sitting down on the job as a follower of Christ?" I think that this devotional would be a blessing no matter where you are in your spiritual journey, whether you are a new believer or a long-time Christian who just needs to try something different in their devotional life. But no matter where you are at in your walk with God, you will be blessed by taking the time to retreat to your man cave and fix your eyes on God.

I encourage all men to pick up a copy of "40 Days in the Man Cave", and then challenge their friends to join them on a 40-day journey to reconnect with God's word using this devotional. The church needs men who will base their lives on the truth of scripture, who will admit their mistakes and turn to the One who can calm their fears and give them the courage to stand strong. Let this devotional help you be that man!

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

 about the author....

Todd Stahl

Todd was involved with a family-run business for over 20 years, but felt the desire to do something more directly related to his gifting. In 2004, he decided to become a firefighter for the Municipality of Leamington.

Todd has recently rekindled his passion for art. He’s completed a number of commissioned projects and recently had his art published in collaboration with his wife Sherry, providing the illustrations within her devotional and study guide Water in the Desert. Todd is an avid sports fan, and especially enjoys hockey and of course, Tim Hortons coffee! Todd and Sherry live in Leamington, Ontario.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

A solid addition to the "I Can Read" Series: "Noah's Voyage" by David Miles

The story of Noah and the Ark comes to life in the latest "I Can Read" Adventure Bible story, "Noah's Voyage". Taken from Genesis chapter 6 through chapter 8, "Noah's Voyage" follows Noah and his family as Noah hears from God that he is going to flood the earth and needs to build an ark to save Noah, his family, and the animals of the earth. The book is written at a level 2 of the I Can Read! book standard, where developing readers can read the book with some help from an adult (or in our case, from older sisters!).

My children were thrilled to get Noah's Voyage, and have enjoyed perusing the colorful illustrations and reading through the simple text. My son who just graduated from kindergarten has found this book to be right at his level, though he's needed a bit of help with some of the words. The familiar story has been presented in an interesting manner, and the pictures are full of details that kept him glued to the pages. As a parent, I appreciate that not only can this book help my son grow in his skills in reading, but he can learn important truths along the way. This story clearly shows how our God is a God of love, how he uses people to fulfill his good plans, and how God always keeps his promises.

All in all, this book is a winner from beginning to end. Parents who want to have good material on hand that will help their child learn to read while teaching spiritual truths too, should plan on grabbing a copy of "Noah's Voyage". I strongly recommend this book and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

 A review copy was received from the publisher via the Booklook Bloggers program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

 about the author....

Born and raised in Michigan, David spent his childhood sloshing through creek beds, climbing trees, and creating numerous baked goods. That spirit of adventure and curiosity often finds its way into his illustrations through quirky characters and hidden surprises. After spending a decade in Philadelphia and New York pursuing his artistic dreams, David has moved back to the familiar surroundings of Michigan. Now, when he's not drawing and painting he still enjoys a good romp through the woods.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Review of Jody Hedlund’s ‘Hearts Made Whole’ (and Prize Pack Giveaway and Facebook Party!)

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Windmill Point, Michigan

Can She Forgive the Hurting Man Who Costs Her the Role She Loves?
After her father's death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren't supposed to have such roles, so it's only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper--even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He's secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation--the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He's not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who's angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he's in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he's unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope...and possibly love?

my review...

Jody Hedlund continues her "Beacons of Hope" series in fine fashion with "Hearts Made Whole", a wonderful historical fiction novel that will please her longtime fans and garner new ones along the way. Those readers who missed the first book in the series don't need to worry as you don't have to have read that one to enjoy this story; although there is some connection between the two, they can be read as stand alone novels, each great novels in their own right. But though I enjoyed the first novel in the series (Love Unexpected), I think I like this one even more!

Both Caroline and Ryan are wonderfully-developed characters that live and breathe on the pages, working through the baggage from their past and the difficult current circumstances they find themselves in. The story is jam-packed full of dramatic twists and turns that make for absorbing reading. Ryan garnered my sympathy with his struggles with substance misuse stemming from his experience in the Civil War, while Caroline inspired with her determination to care for her family. Heart-break and sorrow are balanced by blossoming love and a completely satisfying ending, making for a truly good book.

I award this story 4 out of 5 stars, and look forward to more to come in the Beacons of Hope series.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

Jody Hedlund
Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Captured by LoveA Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and The Preacher's Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives inMidland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She can be found online at


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

An intriguing start to the series: "A Perfect Ambition" by Leman & Nesbit

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It's time for Will to forge his own path.
But the force that drives him to greatness could also destroy him--and his family.

As the firstborn son of an old and powerful family, William Jennings Worthington VI knows what it's like to be under pressure. Groomed from birth with the relentless message that he was destined for greatness, Will has always pushed himself to succeed--nearly as much as his never-satisfied financial tycoon father pushes him. Becoming CEO of the world's largest and most adventuresome oil company seems the next logical step on the success ladder. But when circumstances turn, Will finds himself staring down a road that leads to Capitol Hill. Can he trade the board room for the Senate floor? Or will family secrets keep him from his destiny?

Internationally known psychologist and birth order expert Dr. Kevin Leman teams up with national journalist Jeff Nesbit for this compelling new series filled with political intrigue.

my review....

Leman and Nesbit have offered up a unique plot in "A Perfect Ambition", taking the principles of the Birth Order theory and creating a family of characters who has been shaped by their birth order to respond to drama and crisis in totally different ways. Although I found the first few chapters to start at a slow burn as the characters and settings were established, I soon found myself utterly intrigued by the plot unfolding in the pages. It's one thing to read about how oldest children tend to become the picture of responsibility and middle children often feel overlooked and go the opposite direction of their older sibling, but to see such a thing play out in this story was actually quite fascinating. Add in the fact that this family is among the richest in the world, and you can't help but be curious about how they will live out the calling on their lives.

I loved the way that the authors create tension and drama both in the family but also in the very world around them, from the board rooms of the most successful oil company on earth to the frigid waters of the Arctic where a world-wide disaster is unfolding. An unnamed character also emerges every so often in the story with a hint of ominous intent, and this leads to quite a twist both to this novel and to where the series overall is going. Add in the revelation of a family secret that has the power to change everything the siblings have known, and you have the makings of a great story! As I turned the final pages of the novel, I immediately started grieving the terribly long wait until the next installment in the book. I, for one, am anxious to see where this series is headed.

"A Perfect Ambition" has top-notch writing with steadily building drama and suspense, and characters that you will grow to care for. Not only will you be captivated by the story, but you will even learn things about yourself and your family along the way. I give this book a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

 about the authors....

Dr. Kevin LemanDr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker who has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology. A bestselling and award-winning author, Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books about marriage and family issues, including The Birth Order BookSheet MusicMaking Children Mind without Losing Yours, and Have a New Kid by Friday. He is coauthor, with his son Kevin Leman II, of a series of illustrated children's books for each child in the family. He is also featured on 6 video series on marriage, parenting, blended families, and single parenting.

Jeff NesbitJeff Nesbit is a former communications director to the vice president at the White House, served as the director of public affairs for two prominent federal science agencies, and has been a national journalist with Knight Ridder Newspapers. He is the author of 20 novels. Cocreator of the Emmy award-winning Science of the Olympic Winter Games and the Science of NFL Football video series with NBC Sports, Jeff is executive director for Climate Nexus and writes "At the Edge," a weekly science column for U.S. News & World Report.

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