Thursday, October 11, 2018

Renewed by Leigh Powers


About the Book



Book Title: Renewed  
Author: Leigh Powers  
Genre: Devotional  
Release date: November, 2017

Ministry is a privilege, but it can also be a painful experience. Unrealistic expectations, church conflict, forced resignations, and our own struggles with burnout, loneliness, and insecurity can make church feel more like a place of wounding than a place of healing. How can wounded leaders find the courage to reject bitterness and keep loving the church? Renewed is a forty-day devotional for women in ministry, ministry wives, and lay leaders who have been wounded by their congregations. You are not alone. God sees your pain. He knows your hurts. And he is waiting to bind up your broken heart. This forty-day journey into the healing love of Jesus will help you find the courage to stop hiding and start loving the church again.

Click HERE to purchase your copy!


My Review

To all my sisters in ministry roles of any type (pastor's wives, women's ministry directors, children's directors, etc.): if you are tired, burned out, or just dealing with a lot of emotion that is not Christ-like toward the church members you serve, you NEED to read and meditate on the Word with our author in this devotional. This book was set up in a raw, core of the issue way dealing with acknowledging your pain, asking God to help you navigate it, and finding your love for the church again regardless of circumstances. You will have to forgive a lot of people that never ask for forgiveness, keep silent when you would rather scream and shout, do your best for some people who will never see that as enough. Ministry is a privilege, an honor, and a calling & those of you in ministry know that, but you have also been hurt- that's what happens whenever people are involved. Bitterness, fear, indiferrence, depression, anger, and so many things can set in that alienate us from God & from fellowship with believers, and that is exactly where satan wants us- isolated away from God & our brethren because we are ineffective & we just continue to fall into the pit of sin we are already in. 
I would never excuse people's actions towards those in ministry who mistreat & only look for fault. However, as we submit to the Lord, we look to Jesus as our example who returned only blessing for cursing knowing this glorified the Father.

In conclusion, please check out this devotional! Each day is very down to earth & relatable, and each one contains Scripture & questions for further contemplation. It takes us through a cycle of how to take our hurt & fear to the Lord & allow Him to work in us and through us in the midst of it. It reminds us that the calling is of the Lord, and we are living for the audience of the One, Jesus Christ. It reminds us who we are in Christ, and that He is our Living Hope! Blessings to you sweet sisters, and thank you for being faithful to the One who called you! Let the Word of Christ & the wisdom of a fellow sister in ministry (the author), guide you through healing to obtain renewal in Christ!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own. 


**Side note to pastors & pastor's wives: My husband & I were able to be blessed by a wonderful ministry known as Shepherd's Haven of Rest or SHOR. They provide cost free retreats for those who are called to ministry in a pastoral role & maybe are in between churches, or in a current role that need renewal specifically. The leaders are the most genuine people I know serving in that role themselves for several years. Here is their website if you would like to check out more! http://www.shorministries.com/




About the Author



Leigh Powers is passionate about helping women find hope and healing in God’s Word. A pastor’s wife and mother of three with fifteen years of full-time ministry experience, she is a freelance writer, Bible study and devotional author, and a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She blogs regularly at www.leighpowers.com. You can usually find her with either a book or knitting needles in her hand—and sometimes both.



Guest Post from Leigh

I love ministry life. Several years ago, a young woman from Southeast Asia came to my English as a Second Language class for a year. Her English wasn’t very good, and I had to tug to get a word out of her. She came every week, but I wondered how much she was getting from the Bible stories we did during each class. At the end of the semester, I asked our class to share what they wanted to tell their friends and family when they went home. She looked up at me with big brown eyes. “I want to tell people about Jesus.” Those are the ministry moments that thrill us. It is a privilege to help people find freedom in Christ, teach God’s word, worship with the congregation, and walk alongside people in their moments of joy or sorrow. On those days I can’t imagine choosing another life.

Then there are days that make me want to hang it all up and go work at Wal-Mart. Days when anonymous letters get slipped under the office door. Days when you’re the brunt of gossip, when loneliness is like an ache in your bones, or when you start sending out resumes for new positions because you aren’t sure how much longer you’ll have the one you’ve got. Ministry can be tough. Over the years I’ve met many women who have experienced the painful side of ministry. Church conflicts, forced resignations, depression, loneliness, feelings of inadequacy, and our own struggles with faith can take a toll. That painful side of ministry can make us start looking for an escape hatch.

 I wrote Renewed in the middle of a difficult ministry season. It was a hard season, but it was also a season where Jesus showed up for me in an almost tangible way. At the same time, I was also hearing stories from other ministry wives and women in ministry that sounded all too familiar. I started putting words on the page, hoping that somehow God would use them to bring healing to other women in the same way he had brought healing to me. That outpouring of hurt, healing, and hope eventually became Renewed. Some of you reading this are nodding along right now because you’ve been there too. You love the church, but you’ve seen how ugly it can be when we get it wrong. You’ve got wounds of your own, and sometimes you wonder if you can ever risk your heart again. If that’s you, I want you to know that there is hope. God has not abandoned you. God sees your hurt, he knows your pain, and he is waiting to bind up your broken spirit. He’s waiting. Turn to him, and may you find your spirit renewed.



Blog Stops

amandainpaOctober 7
The Becca Files, October 8
Mary Hake, October 8
Genesis 5020, October 10
A Reader’s Brain, October 11
More Of Him, October 12
Godly Book Reviews, October 13
Carpe Diem, October 14
Kelly Harrel, October 15
Texas Book-aholic, October 16
Bigreadersite, October 17


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Leigh is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d4ee/renewed-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Indivisible by Travis Thrasher


About the Book




Book: Indivisible  
Author: Travis Thrasher  
Genre: General fiction, drama  
Release Date: October 23, 2018  

A novelization of the film Indivisible, this is a story of love and marriage and finding each other all over again. When Darren deploys to Iraq during the surge of 2007, he leaves behind his loving and supportive wife, Heather, and their three small children. Their marriage is the envy of the base, both believing strongly in the calling to serve in the military.

Darren knows he’s there to support the troops in their darkest moments as their chaplain, but what he doesn’t realize is that he will face his own dark moments, which will have lasting effects on his marriage.

Meanwhile, Heather is creating a community among the other wives and families left behind. She rallies support back home, realizing the dangers the men and women serving overseas are facing, but she also begins to notice a change in Darren during their brief conversations.


When he returns, he is no longer the man who left-the man Heather married. His greatest fear is letting her down, but instead of opening up to her, he shuts her out. Their marriage was so strong before. But how can they get back to where they were . . . or find a new way forward? Indivisible is a story of sacrifice, marriage, and faith that will leave audiences full of hope even amid their most challenging times.

Click HERE to purchase your copy!


We are excited to announce that this book is going to be a major motion picture!
























My Review

What an emotional, eye-opening, inspirational novel our author presents to us in Indivisible. My mind and heart were opened to the realities of PTSD, and also the realities of warfare. Having soldiers in my family in the past, but not actually experiencing a family member being deployed, I thought the author did a great job of helping us understand and feel the reality of the soldier and the family he has to leave behind. I certainly gained more respect for the challenges they face, especially how the Lord carried them through with the support of others in the same situation. I was reminded how every experience effects each one of us and changes us in different ways that sometimes cause issues in the family dynamic. I learned how without the Lord & brothers/sisters in Christ, we wouldn't make it through trials. I learned how even though we may not understand why things happen, the Lord has a perfect plan for it all. I felt like I truly delved into a new world with an emotional, fast-moving plot, truly relatable characters, and a reminder of the hope we have in Christ. I feel like any fiction reader could find some truth and enjoyment in Indivisible. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own. 


About the Author



Bestselling author Travis Thrasher has written over 50 books and worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. He has written fiction in a variety of genres, from love stories and supernatural thrillers to young adult series. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes and pastors. He’s also co-written memoirs and self-help books. His novelizations include Do You Believe? and God’s Not Dead 2. Upcoming releases in 2018 include The Black Auxiliary about the lives of the other 17 American black athletes who competed with Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Travis lives with his wife and three daughters in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

More about Indivisible

This book is based on a true story, so we’d love for readers and moviegoers to meet the real Darren and Heather Turner:

Darren and Heather Turner both grew up in Georgia, and met in 1999 when Darren was working in campus ministry at the University of Georgia. (Darren is still a Bulldog at heart.) Heather was working as a recruiter for an organization that sends English teachers overseas, and Darren had just returned from a year teaching English in Mongolia when they met. Married that same year, they served another six years together in campus ministry and added three children to their family. Through the husband of a friend of Heather’s, Darren learned that opportunities existed for service as a military chaplain. In 2006, Darren completed seminary, was commissioned in the Army, and deployed almost immediately.

Their family’s experiences from this timeframe are the basis of the new movie INDIVISIBLE. Darren, who is on active duty, and Heather are passionate about serving military families, marriage counseling, and leading marriage retreats. The Turners currently live in North Carolina with their children Elie, Samuel, and Meribeth. Learn more about the Turners!



Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, October 4
The Becca Files, October 4
Robin is Bookish, October 5
The Power of Words, October 6
Splashes of JoyOctober 7
Mary Hake, October 7
Simple Harvest Reads, October 9 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
A Reader’s Brain, October 10
Book by Book, October 10
All-of-a-kind Mom, October 12
Bibliophile Reviews, October 13
Pause for Tales, October 13
Texas Book-aholic, October 14
Cafinated Reads, October 15
Maureen’s Musings, October 17
A Diva’s Heart, October 17
Bigreadersite, October 17


Giveaway



To celebrate his tour, Travis is giving away a grand prize that includes the Indivisible novel along with a devotional!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d627/indivisible-celebration-tour-giveaway

Monday, October 8, 2018

Amazon Giveaway!!!

Hi All! To celebrate reviewing my 100th book, I am hosting a $5 Amazon gift card giveaway. Also, I am starting a new facebook group for friends to follow all the books I get to review! Thank you to all the authors and Celebrate Lit Publicity Group for giving me the privilege to read and review so many talented authors and their books! There are several ways to enter which each earn you an entry. See below!

1. Like and follow my facebook group at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2213259368948586/

2. Share my post about the giveaway on facebook (please comment once done)

3. Comment on my facebook giveaway with a link to your blogger/author page to make sure we all follow each other!

4. Comment on this blog post with one of the favorite books I have reviewed on my blog!

5. Follow me on pinterest here: https://www.pinterest.com/fowlerpower20/
**Please comment on blog post what your user name is once done!

Contest will close October 12th at 8:00 pm CST. Winner will be announced immediately after. This giveaway is in no way associated with facebook. Each entry can only be done once & will count only as one entry each. Enjoy!!

A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep


About the Book



Book Title: A Tale of Two Hearts
Author: Michelle Griep  
Genre: Christian Historical Romance  
Release date: September 1, 2018

Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life. She saves every penny to attend a finishing school, dreaming of the day she’ll become a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.

William is a gentleman’s son, a charming rogue but penniless. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his puritanical cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.

William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees . . . then wishes she hadn’t as she comes to love the old man. And when the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost. Can two hearts survive such a deception?

Click HERE to purchase your copy!


My Review

Truly delightful in every way is the best way for me to describe A Tale of Two Hearts. The history within thrilled my inner history buff. The characters were developed so well & truly felt like a good friend by the end. The plot kept me glued to every page until I could finish the story in one setting. The Christmas vibe made me ready to pull out all the Christmas decorations and listen to Christmas music. The woven thread of the Lord's mercy and grace in our characters' lives truly inspired me and encouraged me. The sweet light romance contained within made my heart happy. I have read many novels by Michelle Griep & this installation of the Once Upon A Dickens series was as satisfying as our author's books always are. Her books really capture your heart and just draw you in until you finish the story. I truly believe any fiction reader could draw enjoyment from A Tale of Two Hearts

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own.



About the Author



Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com




Guest Post from Michelle


Victorian Christmas Foods

So, it’s September, and you know what that means? It’s back to school. Pumpkin spiced everything is just around the corner. And it’s nearly time for cardigans and colored leaves. But besides all these autumn staples, it’s also time to start thinking about Christmas, because it will be here before you know it. How about this year you plan ahead to serve some traditional Victorian food? In my newest release, A Tale of Two Hearts, the heroine’s father is known for his annual oyster stew that he serves on Christmas Eve. Here’s a bit of the background on that tasty soup.
Victorian Oyster Stew
Oysters have been savored in Britain since the days of the Romans. By Victorian times, industrialization cheapened oysters to the point of them becoming a staple of the poor man’s diet and were a frequent fare served in public houses. This, however, depleted their abundance, and by the mid 1800’s, the natural oyster beds became exhausted, making it harder to find good oysters. While other foods were served as well on Christmas Eve, oyster stew was as common as goose or turkey. Another Victorian favorite that goes great on a crisp evening is good ol’ hot chocolate, though in Dickens’ England, it would’ve been called something else.
Drinking Chocolate
What we now call cocoa or hot chocolate was called drinking chocolate in the mid 1800s. This beverage was a favorite among Victorian ladies. You can find recipes for it even from the Regency era (early 1800s) and here is one for you to make at home. And last, but not least, who hasn’t heard of Christmas pudding? To our American ears, that sounds like a tasty dish that you’d eat with a spoon and slap a little whipped cream on top. Actually, it’s more like a fruit cake.
Christmas Pudding
Christmas pudding is quite a production, one that begins well before Christmas Day. In fact, it begins on Stir-Up Sunday, the last Sunday before Advent (which is five weeks before Christmas). This is why when Mina, the heroine in A Tale of Two Hearts, returns home from dinner at Uncle Barlow’s, and though it’s not yet Christmas, she sees the pudding moulds on the kitchen table. If these tastes and the accompanying smells still aren’t quite enough to get you in the Christmas spirit, then snatch yourself up a copy of the second book in the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series. A Tale of Two Hearts is sure to get you in the mood.


Blog Stops


Creating RomanceOctober 2
The Avid ReaderOctober 2
Genesis 5020October 3
The Power of WordsOctober 3
Just CommonlyOctober 3
Baker KellaOctober 3
Among the ReadsOctober 4
Fiction AficionadoOctober 4
Godly Book ReviewsOctober 4
Inklings and Notions , October 4
MultifariousOctober 6
Texas Book-aholicOctober 6
RemembrancyOctober 7
Splashes of Joy , October 7
Back Porch ReadsOctober 8
A Reader’s BrainOctober 8
Simple Harvest ReadsOctober 9 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Mary Hake, October 9
Carpe DiemOctober 9
Britt Reads FictionOctober 10
Luv’N Lambert LifeOctober 10
By The BookOctober 11
Book by BookOctober 11
BigreadersiteOctober 11
More Of HimOctober 12
Pause for TalesOctober 12
With a Joyful NoiseOctober 12
Have A Wonderful Day , October 12
Bibliophile ReviewsOctober 13
Vicky SluiterOctober 14
Daysong Reflections , October 14
Henry HappensOctober 15
All-of-a-kind MomOctober 15

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d4ef/a-tale-of-two-hearts-celebration-tour-giveaway

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Shadows from the Past by Ashley Dawn

Back Cover Synopsis:


“…It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother’s life…”



Those words haunt her dreams, and her waking moments. LAPD officer, Aurora Kavvan cannot rest until she finds her brothers killer. Digging into the past always brings back unpleasant things: memories, guilt…the hit man. Now she is in a race against time to find the murderer before he finds her.



“Kill her. I don’t care how, and I don’t care where, but I want her dead now!” 



Someone was trying to kill his dead partner’s sister. FBI agent, Jordan Reiley will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves. Even if it means going against her wishes; putting himself between her and the man who murdered her brother. 

Will God keep them alive long enough for them to find the truth?

Purchase your copy HERE


My Review

Intrigue, mystery, heart-pounding thrills, and redemption all weave together to provide a truly exciting start to a series I hope to complete. I love the humanity of Aurora showing her vulnerability, and yet her strength. I love how the author is able to weave in the thread of the Gospel in the precarious situations. I really thought the action and dialogue were clear, and I felt truly a part of it. The evil characters were truly evil, and the good characters were all together good though still relatable humans. I love when an author is able to show the love of Jesus through a heart-pounding thriller fiction, and really bring a complete picture together. If you like action of any kind in your fiction, don't miss out on this one!

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own.


About the Author

Ashley Dawn was born and raised in rural Arkansas where she developed her love for writing while helping in her parent's office. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Central Arkansas but is currently working as a legal assistant.


Ashley has been writing professionally for the past twelve years and has three published books. Her Shadows Series include Shadows From The Past, Shadows of Suspicion, Shadows of Pain, and Shadows of Deception. She is currently working on multiple projects including the fifth in her ‘Shadows’ series entitled “Shadows in Black and White” and also a standalone suspense titled ‘One of Their Own’. She and her family make their home in Texas.


Author's Social Media:


https://twitter.com/authoradawn