“Eternity” by Dr. Tony Evans

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The Place We Long To Be

None of us will live forever, but when the end comes, then what?  This little book wants to answer that question and more. Sky Blue & Clouds Free Use

This is a very small volume that can be read in one sitting.  It is Biblically based, and gives lots of answers for life after death.  Dr. Evans addresses such questions as whether or not we will recognize each other in heaven, what we will do there,  and what it will be like.

He makes it clear that Heaven is an actual place.  Most importantly, he also tells us what we need to do to get to Heaven:  Jesus Loves Me Song Free Usetrust Jesus, and ask him into our lives.  There are many pages towards the back of the book devoted to making sure the reader knows how to be sure of going to Heaven.  A portion of the book is also devoted to Hell, and, just like Heaven, it is a very real place.

The author, Dr. Tony Evans is a well-known Christian, and is the pastor and founder of a Tony Evans God Wants To Be Real To You Now10,000 member church in Dallas.  He has a radio ministry heard in over 130 countries, and is the chaplain for the Dallas Mavericks.

Because Eternity is a small book, it is easy to read and re-read, as well as, thumb through looking for a specific topic.  The author backs up his work with Biblical references.  I did not draw the same conclusion as the author about the tree of life.  However, as Dr. Evans states, there is only a “possible answer”  for that question.  This volume is easy to read, and encouraging.  I recommend this 5-star book for anyone who wonders about life after death, has questions about Heaven, or is grieving the loss of someone.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Eternity, through Moody Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.Tony Evans God Will Give Great Tomorrow - Copy

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“With My Eyes Wide Open” by Brian Head Welch

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Prayers, Jesus & Rock and Roll

What does a meth addicted, well-known rock band member, and Jesus have in common?  Quite a bit, as will be discovered in this true story of Brian Welch, also known by the stage name, Head.  He was a heavy drug user, often staying high for a week or longer.  Brian was one of the co-founders of the metal rock band, KoRn, along with one of the guitarists in that group.  KoRn made him millions of dollars, but it didn’t bring happiness.  Instead he, along with his wife, spent most of their time using meth, along with other drugs, hoping Brian Welch's Daughter When Young - Copytheir next high would bring them the nirvana they were seeking.

After his wife left them, Brian became a single parent to their young daughter, Jennea. With those new responsibilities, and wanting to be a good dad, Brian brought her on the road with him along with KoRn.  But try as he might, he wasn’t able to break free from his destructive lifestyle.

And then one day, he became radically saved by Jesus, and was instantly able to walk away from all the drugs.  Despite a contract that was soon to pay the band millions of dollars, Brian also walked away from KoRn, giving it all up.  He wanted to devote himself to the care and raising of  Jennea, and the worship of God.  This book is the story of what happened to Brian and Jennea since then.

The relationship between Brian and Jennea really thrived, and Brian’s relationship with God deepened.  Traveling for mission work took the place of being on the road with KoRn. He also started various music endeavors on his own, eventually forming the band, Love and Death.  But there were hard times, too, that included being lied to by a trusted friend.  That led to such a loss of Brian’s money, that he and Jennea were forced to search their furniture for lost coins hoping to find enough to buy food.  They lost their home, and Coins American Free Usebankruptcy loomed ahead of them.

Slowly, his finances straightened out.  Then God surprised Brian by leading him to a reconciliation and restoration with his KoRn band members.  Could Brian return to life on the road with KoRn, avoid drugs, and be a light for Jesus at the same time?  Amazingly, all those things, and more, have taken place.  Brian will be the first to say it is happening because he is where God wants him to be.

But just as that part of Brian’s life starting improving, his relationship with Jennea disintegrated.  Their communication consisted of only heated arguments, and Jennea began to hurt herself, too.  That crisis caused Brian to make the hardest decision of his life: get help for Jennea–but possibly at the cost of their relationship.

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I am not a fan of heavy rock music, but Brian’s story will grab your attention whether you are a fan of his type of music or not.  It is easy to identify with his pain as a parent when Jennea pulled away from him, and started making bad choices.  Brian’s financial situation, a result of betrayal by a friend, along with his own unwise decisions, is also something that many will relate to.  Through it all, though, Brian never turned away from God.  His faith is strong, genuine and uplifting to read about.  Pick up this 5-star book, and discover the story of a dad who loves both God, and his daughter, with endearing passion.

 

Thomas Nelson Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of With My Eyes Wide Open for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“The Pug List” by Alison Hodgson

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A Family, a Fire and a Pug!

Imagine awakening to your smoke alarm going off.  Imagine, too, that there have been so many malfunctions with your home’s smoke alarm in the past, that it is easy to believe this is just another false alarm.  That is what happened to the Hodgson Family in the wee hours one fateful morning.Fire & Firemen Free Use

When the alarm sounded, Alison and Paul Hodgson did decide to awaken their family, along with a house guest, grab the dog, and leave their home.  But because there had been so many past false alarms, they didn’t grab anything on the way out–other than Alison’s computer, which she picked up as an afterthought.  They really believed they would march outside for a few minutes, only to discover, once again, it was a malfunction, and there was no fire.

Unfortunately, this time, there truly was a fire, and their entire house was soon engulfed in flames.  Alison and her family were left with literally only the night clothes on their backs, along with her computer.  Thinking this was another faulty alarm, most of them hadn’t grabbed shoes, and were barefoot.

Finger Pointing You Did It Free UseIn this true story, the author shares what it is like to suddenly live without a home, or possessions.  She speaks of the generosity of others, but also how difficult it was for them to accept their kindness.  Even though they had complete insurance coverage, getting the money was a long, uphill battle.  Discovering how the fire started was a shock.   They were even more startled when they realized their insurance company wanted to accuse Alison, or Paul, of starting the fire.

The Hodgsons all thank God that no lives were lost.  However, the family members each suffered with post traumatic stress as a result of the fire.  It was especially hard to see their children struggle, or have difficulties.  That is why in the midst of this life changing upheaval, Alison and Paul gave in to the many pleas from their youngest child, Eden, to get a Pug dog.

Finding a Pug turned out to be quite an adventure itself, with lots of ups and downs. Getting Outrageous Oliver, who is a character in his own right, has involved more commitment than they ever dreamed of.  However, he also brought healing to the family, especially Eden, along with lots of laughter.  The bond Oliver and Eden have is endearing, and rare.

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What this family went through in the aftermath of their home burning is eye opening.  Alison captures their resulting thoughts, actions and disappointments.  This is a sweet family, and it is easy to see how what happened to them, could happen to anyone.  As  John Bradford is credited with saying, “but for the grace of God….”  It was also uplifting to read of this family’s faith in the aftermath of such tragedy.  I enjoyed this 5-star book, and recommend it to anyone who likes true stories, or dog tales.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Pug List, through Zondervan Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Counted With the Stars” by Connilyn Cossette

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Travel Back in Time

One day, Kiya is living in Ancient Egypt like a princess, the next, she finds herself a slave in the household of Egyptian Princess Free Useher parent’s friend, Shefu.  Kiya’s father has lost almost all his wealth, and Kiya is forced into slavery as payment for his debts.  As if her new life as a slave isn’t hard enough, Shefu ‘s wife Tekurah, hates Kiya, and makes her life as hard as possible.  Tekurah uses every opportunity to shame Kiya, especially in front of her former friends.  Even Akhum, the young, handsome military officer who had been betrothed to Kiya offers little hope.

Shira, a slave in Shefu’s household, is Kiya’s only friend.  Try as she might, Shira is someone Kiya cannot figure out.  Not only is her friend a Hebrew, she believes in only one God, and that God is invisible.  Kiya doesn’t understand that since Egyptian gods have many statues and figurines depicting them.  The biggest puzzling fact about Shira is that she took the blame, along with the punishment, from Tekurah when Kiya was the guilty person.

Egyptian Man Cartoon Free UseSuddenly, Kiya finds herself living through the plagues that descend on Egypt when the pharaoh refuses to let the Israelite people go.  Through Kiya’s eyes, one will experience what it might have been like for an ordinary person, a slave, to live through that time.  Before the story is done, Kiya will discover shocking truths about her mother and herself.  She will be faced with individuals who are lying to her, along with those who are speaking the truth.  Based on that information, Kiya will make decisions that will have life altering effects on her family and herself.

This is an amazing book.  Kiya’s story is exciting, and really held my interest.  It was a real page turner–I loved it.    Even though Counted With the Stars is a fictionalized account of the story of Moses, the plagues, and the Hebrew flight out of Egypt, this book makes the Biblical story really come alive.   It is like listening to a first-person account of someone who was actually there–what an ordinary person might have thought, and done, in light of all those plagues and miracles.  When I read this book, I felt like I stepped into a time machine, and was in Egypt during the time of the Hebrew exodus.  The author brought to life the people, sights, sounds, smells and tastes of that time period.   I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys well-written fiction.Egyptian Camel & Sky at Night

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Counted With the Stars, through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Sea Rose Lane” by Irene Hannon

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Down by the Sea Shore

Everything was going well for architect BJ Stevens.  She was successfully restarting her life in the small town of Hope Harbor, until Eric Nash crashes into her world, literally.  Distracted, Eric rear-ended BJ’s truck with his BMW.  Eric is everything that BJ has been running from:  a man who is good looking, successful, and married to his job.  Because of that, BJ hopes to never see him again once the accident is cleared up.  She is disappointed to discover Eric is the son of her current client, and he has just returnedBMW Emblem Free Use home to Hope Harbor.

BJ attempts to keep her distance from Eric.  However, avoiding someone in a small town, and on her work site, is almost impossible.  Despite never being very friendly to him, Eric persists in trying to get to know BJ.  Everyone says Eric is a genuinely good guy.  However, he has also made it clear he is waiting for an opportunity with a new legal firm, and will be instantly gone when he gets it.  BJ does not want to risk her heart with someone who has no intentions of sticking around, but as time goes by, BJ finds herself falling for him.

One of the things I really liked about this story is that all the characters are really well developed.  They have depth, and feel like real people that can be identified with.  Finding out what makes BJ tick is very interesting.  BJ has regrets over things she wishes she had done differently before her grandmother passed away.  Those regrets motivate her to help many people.

Hands Clasped Old Woman Free UseI also liked that this book contains a lot more than just a romance story.  For instance, Eleanor is a sweet elderly lady on a fixed income who can no longer do minor house repairs, or drive to get her groceries.  She wants to stay in her home, but needs a way to accomplish those jobs, and others like it.  Eleanor prays she will not have to go to a senior facility, but can still find a way to contribute to life from her own home.

Next, there is Luis who was a doctor in Cuba.  He faced many hardships to come to this country, including the death of his wife, during their escape.  Now in the United States, none of his medical training counts, and he works construction jobs for BJ.  He is a compassionate man, but is beaten down by loneliness from the loss of his wife, and the difficulties of adjusting to living in a new country.  He is having trouble finding meaning in life.

Eric, himself, is having problems.  He always loved to paint, and considered himself Artist Paint Palette Cartoon Free Usesomewhat of an artist.  But in the years he has been practicing law, he hasn’t picked up a paint brush, or had the time to do it if he had wanted to.  Since returning home, he has started painting again, and is overwhelmed with how much he loves it, and has missed it.  He is surprised to find himself toying with the idea of finding a way to keep painting.

One of the most interesting characters of them all is Charley, a man of mystery.  He is an artist, but also runs a food stand–when he feels like opening it.  Charley always seems to be in the right place, at the right time, for almost everyone in Hope Harbor.  This is especially true for Eric, BJ, Luis and Eleanor.  Often times, he almost seems like he might be one of God’s angels.

I really enjoyed this 5-star book, and highly recommend it.  It is full of real life problems, and realistic ways that people cope with those issues, as well as, how they include God in their lives.  This book is part of the Hope Harbor Novel series, but I did not read the first one, and was able to follow this story without any problem.  I suggest this book for anyone who enjoys well-written fiction with a story-line that will keep your interest, you will not be disappointed.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of  Sea Rose Lane, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“All Summer Long” by Melody Carlson

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I Found My Heart in San Francisco

One day Tia is making ravioli in her family’s restaurant in the Pacific Northwest, the next,Cooking Free Use she is in San Francisco as the chef for dinner cruises on a small yacht owned by her aunt and uncle.  Shortly after arriving, Julie finds some of her duties will also include renovating the yacht.  This work also causes Tia to work closely with Leo, the captain of the yacht.

Leo and Tia have a history together.  Ten years earlier, when Tia was sixteen, the two of them attended a camp together.  That is when Leo gave Tia her very first kiss.  Tia doesn’t know if Leo remembers, but Tia has never forgotten it.

Ship Free Use - CopyLeo has grown up to be a great guy, but he is also recently engaged.  His fiancée is Leo’s total opposite, and many wonder how the two will handle that.  Tia finds herself uncomfortably possessing  knowledge that could ruin the couple’s relationship.  The situation is even more complicated by the fact that Tia finds herself developing feelings for Leo.  However, Tia’s sense of right and wrong won’t allow herself to get involved with someone who is engaged.

This is a light, fun story that would be perfect for a summer read.  The story drew me in, and I really enjoyed the descriptions of all the dishes that Tia makes. It made me wish a dinner cruise with a chef like her really existed.  I also appreciated that Tia had a strong sense of ethics, and the story was told from a Christian standpoint.  I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys sweet romances.Food Appetizers Free Use

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of All Summer Long, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Every Bride Has Her Day” by Janice Thompson

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Before She Says, “I Do”….

At last, the love of Katie’s life has proposed.  So now everything should be perfect, Wedding Cake Pink Free Usebut it is far from it.  Since Katie works in a bridal shop, she is surrounded by “experts” who all want to tell her exactly what kind of wedding she should have.  Her boss, who is also her future mother-in-law, has some very concrete ideas about the way the big day should proceed–and she has already made reservations for a location!

Katie’s mother, grandmother, and aunt also weigh in with their ideas about the way the wedding should take place.  She is being pulled in every direction as she attempts to please Wedding I Do Free Useeveryone.  But one person isn’t getting pleased at all, Katie herself.  Nobody is letting her have her say about how she envisions her wedding day.

While of this tug of war is happening, a plethora of other weddings take place including a theme one based on the movie, Gone With The Wind, an oil heiress’s wedding in a barn complete with fabric covered hay bales, and a very glamorous affair involving two lovable senior citizens.

This is a fun, light story with a whirlwind of weddings.  I especially liked all the marital advice wedding guests gave at the last ceremony.  This tale stands on its own, even though it is the third book in A Brides with Style series.  This 5-star book will appeal to anyone who likes wedding stories with a twist of humor. Wedding Couple Cartoon Free Use

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Every Bride Has Her Day, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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