(Un)qualified by Steven Furtick

My review:

Steven Furtick is one of my favorite authors, speakers, and preachers. And once I saw the title of this book, I knew i had to read it. The subtitle is this: how God uses broken people to do big things. And i don’t know about you but i feel broken on a daily basis. So this book caught my attention right away. And it did not disappoint! It is very good and encouraging and yet convicting. I will definitely be re reading this in the future and referring back to it. I would highly recommend this book to both men and women! And especially if you struggle with feeling like you are too broke. To be used by God. 4 stars!

Description (from Amazon):

Who You Think You Are is Not as Important as Who God Says You Are
 
Many of us wrestle with the gap between our weaknesses and our dreams, between who we are and who God says we are meant to be. We feel unqualified to do God’s work or to live out the calling we imagine. But God has a way of using our weaknesses for good. In fact, God loves unqualified people.
 
In (Un)Qualified, Pastor Steven Furtick helps you peel back the assumptions you’ve made about yourself and see yourself as God sees you. Because true peace and confidence come not from worldly perfection but from acceptance: God’s acceptance of you, your acceptance of yourself, and your acceptance of God’s process of change.
 
This is a book about understanding your identity in light of who God is. It’s a book about coming to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life and learning to let God use you. It’s about charging into the gap between your present and your hopes and meeting God there. After all, God can’t bless who you pretend to be. But he longs to bless who you really are; a flawed and broken person. Good thing for us that God is in the business of using broken people to do big things. 
*****Disclaimer: I was given an ebook copy of this book in exchange for my honest review which has been given.

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Worth Living by Mary Demuth

My review: 

I honestly don’t have the words to describe how much I love this book! This is a book I will definitely be refering to in the future and reading again. The beginning of each chapter starts with some kind of lie we believe. The end of each chapter has the truth we should replace that lie with, discussion questions, and a prayer. The subtitle of this book is how God’s wild love for you makes you worthy. How perfectly that describes the book. This book really spoke to me and helped me to start seeing myself the way God sees me. I would recommend this book to every woman but especially if you struggle with knowing that you are worth it and that you are loved by God no matter what! I hadn’t even finished the whole book before I bought a copy for a friend and was recommending it to friends and family. 5 stars! 

Book description (from Amazon): 

How God’s Wild Love Helps Us Overcome Feelings of Worthlessness 

All women yearn to wake up each morning knowing that, no matter what their circumstances, they can feel joy because they are secure in God’s love for them and their unique place in the world. 

With deep compassion, Mary DeMuth dares women to believe that the God who starts a good work in them is faithful to bring it to glorious completion. That the God who redeems them also loves them–right now and always–with a beautiful love. That they are daughters of the King, always welcomed in his presence. She helps women discover a future where they know they are wildly loved, they feel strong and secure, and they are destined to have a great impact on the world around them.
*****Disclaimer: I received this book on exchange for my honest review which has been given.

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears

My review: 

This was my first book by this author but it will definitely not be my last! I was drawn into the story almost immediately and found it very hard to put down. I have found a great love of Christian historical fiction over the last few years and this was up there as one of my favorites! The hint of mystery and suspense were a great add to the historical and romantic parts. I would definitely recommend this book especially if you enjoy historical fiction. I can hardly wait to read the next book in this series. 4 stars! 

Book description (from Amazon):

While Lydia King’s reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father’s debts and her mother’s persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task–to ask the town’s wealthiest man to donate–seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.
Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they’ll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align.
****Disclaimer: I was given an e-book copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review which has been given. 

From This Moment by Elizabeth Campbell

My review:

Elizabeth Campbell is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! This book was so good! I loved it! I especially loved the banter back and forth between the two main characters. It has a mystery theme that had me guessing for most of the novel. While this book can stand alone just fine, I would highly recommend the prequel novella called Summer of dreams first. It will give you a little more background to the story. Highly recommend this read! 5 stars!

Description (from Amazon):

Romulus White has tried for years to hire illustrator Stella West for his renowned scientific magazine. She is the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry.

But Stella abruptly quit the art world and moved to Boston with a single purpose: to solve the mysterious death of her beloved sister. Romulus, a man with connections to high society and every important power circle in the city, could be her most valuable ally.
Sparks fly the instant Stella and Romulus join forces, and Romulus soon realizes the strong-willed and charismatic Stella could disrupt his hard-won independence. Can they continue to help each other when their efforts draw the wrong kind of attention from the powers-that-be and put all they’ve worked for at risk?
*****Disclaimer: I received an e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review which has been given. 

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay

My review:

This is the first novel I have read by this author and I have heard such great things about her books. And I really did enjoy the storyline of this novel. But at the times the dialogue felt choppy and hard to follow. And some of the literary references were hard for me to follow as well. But it did make me want to learn more about the classics mentioned throughout the novel. I do look forward to read more by this author in the future. 3 stars.

Book description (from Amazon):

When Lucy’s secret is unearthed, her world begins to crumble. But it may be the best thing that has ever happened to her.

Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious liberties to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy’s secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend, James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.

In a sudden turn of events, James’s wealthy grandmother, Helen, hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers Helen holds secrets of her own. In fact, Helen understands Lucy’s predicament better than anyone else.

***Disclaimer: I was given an e-book copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review which has been given.

As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helen’s wisdom as Helen confronts ghosts from her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters’ beloved heroines who, with tenacity and resolution, endured—even in the midst of impossible circumstances.

Now Lucy must face her past in order to move forward. And while it may hold mistakes and regrets, she will prevail—if only she can step into the life that’s been waiting for her all along.

Step by Step (Crisis team #2) by Candace Calvert

Rating: 5 stars

My review:
This was my first book by Candace Calvert so I was not sure what to expect. But I thought the synopsis sounded good and I love discovering new to me authors. And I was not disappointed! It is book two in the Crisis Team series but stands alone just fine. I absolutely loved this book! It was so different from most of the novels I usually read. I loved the medical aspect of the story. And the romance was fabulous too! I cannot wait to read more of her books! I would highly suggest you give this one a try.

Book description (from Amazon):

Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point―“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death. 

While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man. 

When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?

*****Disclaimer: I was given an e-book copy of this book by Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review which was given.

Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

Rating: 4 stars

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book! It started off a little slow but only got better the further I got into the story. I loved the history aspect and the small town feel it had. And of course the love story! I might have fallen a little in love with Logan walker. Very good stuff and I cannot wait to read more about the walker family in the next book. Highly recommended if you love good romance, small town life, and a little history thrown in.

Book description (from Amazon):
Maple Valley became Amelia Bentley’s haven after her heart and her dreams of a family were shattered. But her new life as a newspaper editor is shaken when the small-town paper is in danger of closing. Her one hope: A lead on an intriguing story that just might impress the new publisher…if only she knew who he was. 

After his biggest campaign success yet, widowed speechwriter Logan Walker now has the chance of a lifetime–a spot on a presidential campaign. But his plans are interrupted when he finds out he’s inherited his hometown newspaper. He travels home intent on selling the paper and spending some much-needed time with his young daughter before making the leap into national politics. 

But instead of a quick sale and peaceful break from his hectic career, Logan finds himself helping Amelia chase her story. She’s scrappy, but wounded. He’s dependable, but lost. They may butt heads more than expected, but a series of leads on Maple Valley’s quirky unsolved mystery is just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts.

Disclaimer: I received an e-book copy of this novel from Bethany House publishers in exchange for my honest review which was given.