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Friday, June 16, 2017

Review ~ Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal by Tyndale House



Published: April 18, 2017
Tranquility: APrayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.


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My Review


I have enjoyed my time spent reading the prayers in this journal. They are relevant to life and circumstances that many of us experience at one time or another. 


The coloring pages are a bonus! With designs that are pleasantly harmonious with the prayers, you can spend time contemplating on the prayer while you color. 


There’s room to journal your own response to the prayers but if you prefer not to do that, you can doodle in the areas for expressing your thoughts with stamps, Washi tape, and/or pre-made embellishments. Artistic talent is not essential for this journal. 


Most of us can use a little serenity in life, and Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal is a great choice. 


I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.

~Happy Coloring~
 

I would have made pictures to go with my review but my camera wasn't working right and the ones I took with my phone didn't come out clear enough. 

Then, I had to head to NC when my FIL was admitted to hospice earlier this month. I am sitting with him daily, so my presence on social media is not much right now. Our family appreciates your prayers as we traverse this journey. We have certainly felt the Lord's presence sustaining us each day!

Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Coming Soon!!!

July needs to hurry up and get here because I can't wait to hold a copy of this long awaited book in my hands! Roseanna is one of my favorite authors! I know I have said it many times but it's true!!! She has a unique way of weaving a story together that - every. single. time. - leaves me on the edge of my seat!

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A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England #1) 
by Roseanna M. White 


Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Bethany House 

Edwardian Romance and History Gains a Twist of Suspense

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family's history, their very name?

Peter Holstein, given his family's German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered.

But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors' scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he's more than his name?

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Doesn't this sound like a page turner?! If you aren't familiar with Roseanna's books, I hope will be before this one comes out. Truly, her voice is one-of-a-kind!

Happy Reading, Y'all!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rebecca Reviews ~ Wings of the Wind (Out from Egypt #3) by Connilyn Cossette

Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Bethany House Publishers

Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.
Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.
Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage—for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?

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Rebecca's Review
5 STARS!!!

How can it be? The wounded soldier, whose eyes have just opened, is a woman.

Tobiah, a fearsome Hebrew warrior, has just rescued what turns out to be a Canaanite woman dressed in full armor, shielded from mortal wounds by the bodies of the slain under whom she lay encased. Bleeding heavily from a shoulder injury, Tobiah carries her limp body back to his camp, where his life begins to unravel before his very eyes, for his laws demand more of him than he is prepared to give.

Alanah entered the battle against the Hebrew invaders with a death wish, determined to avenge the deaths of her father and brothers, her skill with a bow and arrow honed to perfection by years of experience. Instead she lives, captured and shielded by a man she should want to murder; instead, his kind words fill unfathomable vacancies in her heart while his Yahweh God, who is ever present, proves more powerful and alive than her family's useless idols. But Tobiah offers her an impossible choice, and she only has thirty days to come to a decision.

The author herself writes these words in her closing thoughts, "If readers get anything from my books, I hope that it is a desire to taste the Word again and regain that sense of wonder about the mystery of a God who desires his children to be fed from its nourishment daily." Personally speaking, she has accomplished that goal, for "Wings of the Wind" is literary "manna", pointing its audience to the One who gives life and breath, and love everlasting. What a moving story!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.  

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Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

 ~Happy Reading~