God is my fortress and my strength!

D6ECE930-A32C-4979-AE87-0D3049175A12.jpegImagine an immovable mountain placed in front of you, between you and your enemies, anyone or anything that wants to harm you.  That is my vision of God and how He takes care of me.  He places himself between me and those things or people that would harm me so that nothing can get to me.  Remember when you were young and you hid under a blanket, thinking no one could see you?  God is our blanket of protection.  Our enemies may be able to see us and are always trying to attack us, but God is our hiding place.  He is also our strength.  Sometimes, I feel so tired and weak…the after effects of having a stroke and also the effect of aging.  But God daily gives me the strength I need to get through the day.  He is good!  He is worthy to be praised!  God is my fortress and my strength!  Who is yours?

What does it mean to be “blessed” by the Lord?

97E5F6FA-D756-43B9-84D8-A6DC00BB3A7B.jpegThe last thing Jesus did before He was taken up into Heaven to be with the Father was to bless His disciples.  What does it mean to be blessed?  I have long thought, incorrectly I now believe, that to be blessed meant to have enough of everything…food, clothing, a nice car, a nice home, etc.  But I have come to realize that material possessions have nothing to do with God’s blessings.  He blesses us with His power and His Spirit so that we can be His representatives on earth to others who are hurting, to others who also need to be blessed and receive the Bread of Life.  So, my prayer for all who read this is that you receive His blessing so you can then be one to others.

Review of LAST NIGHT by Kerry Wilkinson

Genre:  Suspense

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This is the story of a narrator who is losing her mind, or is she?  Rose Denton awakens in the middle of the night in a field, sitting in her car on which she discovers blood.  But when she tries to find someone or something injured, there. Is nothing and no one around to explain the blood. She drives home and cleans her car, then has to deal with the reality that she may be culpable for a horrible crime.  She also finds out that a young worker is missing from the hotel that she was supposed to stay in that night, and her daughter’s boyfriend is also missing. Did she have anything to do with their not being around any more?  Rose has a marriage that is falling apart and a relationship with her daughter that is non-existent.  She also has a memory that continues to fail her.  The drama in this novel is real, but the pace is slow.  You just want to tell the narrator to get on with it and let you in on the secrets that she is guarding so closely.  Rose is not a very good narrator as she continues to get off the track of the story, with a lot of side issues with her boss, her job and a co-worker.  The book was an enjoyable read, but not fast-paced or action-packed.  It does fool the reader with a lot of clues that lead you in the wrong direction, so the ending is a surprise.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Review of BLIND BETRAYAL by Nancy Mehl

Genre:  Christian romantic suspense

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This suspense novel by Mehl will not disappoint her fans.  U.S. Marshal Casey Quinn and her partner Doug are tasked with getting a high-risk witness to D.C to testify before a grand jury about a crime boss whose crimes include terrorism.  While they are just doing their protection detail job, the task becomes more dangerous and more difficult because their home office is bombed and they are out of touch with their boss Batterson who was supposed to set up a meeting with FBI agents.  One agent, E.J. Queen, does join their detail, and he has previous interactions with Casey, so there is romantic tension there, too.  The scenes shift back and forth between Casey trying to get Valerie safely to testify and the hospital where Battersron’s life is hanging by a thread.  The scenes move quickly and the action is non-stop.  From the beginning, Mehl hooks the reader in the scenario of life or death, both Batterson’s and Valerie’s.  For that reason, it was a book that enthralls the reader and entices you to keep reading to the end.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

 

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Book Giveaway

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Review of BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage

This book can only be described as weird, but entertaining. Hanna is a child who won’t speak unless she feels like it and who has her father charmed and thinking that she is a perfect angel. Her mother Suzette has tried vainly to enroll her in preschool, but she keeps getting expelled because of her abhorrent behavior. So mom Suzette has to homeschool the little darling who resents her and wants mommy out of the way so it can just be her and her adoring daddy. What a dysfunctional family! The style was also strange, skipping between the point of view of the various characters and letting the reader truly feel the frustration of the mom, the blindness of the dad and the pure evil of Hanna.. As I stated, the book was weird; I read it for the entertainment, but I am not sure that most people would stick with it since the family is so dysfunctional that there is nothing believable about the book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Review of THE CROOKED STAIRCASE by Dean Koontz

Available May 1, 2018!  

Jane Hawk continues her quest for revenge for her husband’s death in this third book in the series. This one had a lot more action, but it was also a darker novel, with lots of torture and a theme of bad things coming all the time. The book was hard to put down, but it was also hard to read since there is a threat to her beloved child Travis whom she thinks she has safeguarded. Since the book ends with a cliffhanger, and we know the next book is THE FORBIDDEN DOOR, we know that the quest is not finished, but I was quite dissatisfied with such an ending that made me want to read more right away when the next book isn’t available yet. The Techno Arcadians in this thriller were pure evil and will appeal to hard-core sci-fi fans. Jane’s strength and determination are what is carrying this book and makes it well worth reading.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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Review of BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris

At the beginning, we see Finn and his wife Layla returning from a holiday in France. When Finn stops at a secluded rest stop, Layla disappears. The next time we see Finn, he is engaged to marry Layla’s sister Ellen. Then, his plan to move on with his life is disrupted when he begins to get strange emails and receiving Russian nesting dolls from a set that belonged to Layla. The plot gets twisted from now on, with the book focusing on the past, the present and Layla, who may or may not be out of Finn’s life. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot twists and the short chapters with a question that segues well into the next chapter and the next time we see Finn. It was annoying that many of the questions left you hanging until close to the end of the book. I did enjoy this tension that was artificially created by the author and the end was one that was satisfactory, the kind that makes you nod and say, “Ah, now I understand all the clues.” Paris does a good job of leading the reader to the desired end, with a lot of drama in the middle.

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