This I Know by Laura Dingman


Description: Do you worry often about what the future holds? Do you long for peace but don’t know how to have it? Do you know factually that God is trustworthy, but not practically how to live that out?

This I Know is a Bible study for those who want to walk upon the water. It guides women into biblical truths about the character of God so they can step faithfully into the unknown, confident in the God they do know. Corrie Ten Boom said it best, “Never be afraid to trust your unknown future to a known God.”

Join Laura Dingman as she journeys through Acts 17, James 1, Habakkuk 3, Psalm 46, 2 Chronicles 20,  and Joshua 3, diving into subjects like abundance in Jesus, the goodness of God in trial, and the value of remembering God’s past faithfulness. Each week offers opportunity for prayer, interaction with the biblical text, journaling, and group discussion. Using Scripture, insights from her own life, and prompts for reflection, Laura points readers continuously to the unchanging character of God, helping them surrender their lives to Him and give Him all their trust.

My Thoughts: It never ceases to amaze me how God puts what we need in front of us at the perfect time. I knew this study was for me when reading the introduction. It was as if the author knew me personally and wrote it specifically for me. (In a way, she did as she was inspired by the one who made me :).

This study focuses on trusting God with the unknown, on learning how to let go and let God. It’s 6 weeks that are broken into 5 days, as well as an extra page for reflection and application on the week.

I loved the author’s style…she always began the week with a fun but very relevant story and then delves deep into scripture.

There is a section that focuses on the SOAP study method of engaging with scripture. I was slightly familiar with this method but had never actually applied it. The author breaks it down in a very simple way…it is a method I plan on using a lot in the future.

Each day took me about 30-40 minutes to complete. There are questions to answer and it helps the reader to really reflect on the scriptures.

Overall, this was a great study and I highly recommend it.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this study from Moody Publishers to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher Review


Synopsis: Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she’s doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a “minder” on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes.

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary’s journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe’s shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way–just in time.

In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial-era Nantucket Island.

My Thoughts: I expected to like this book but I didn’t expect to love it (which I did). This story focuses on the island of Nantucket, taking place in two time periods. The reader gets a glimpse into Mary Coffin’s life, who was the daughter of one of the original settlers on Nantucket. The story also follows Phoebe Starbuck, Mary’s great granddaughter, a Quaker who lives on Nantucket.

I loved learning about the rift between the Puritans and the Quakers as well as the origins of Nantucket and how it was settled. There is also a lot of talk of the whaling industry, which was extremely interesting. The story is very atmospheric…there are many scenes on a ship and I could almost feel the waves and smell the salty air.

The author is a very gifted writer…I flew through the story and never felt that it dragged. I loved the characters, although there were a few times I wished that one of them would wise up. I also liked that this story was light on the romance…there is a bit of romance but it’s never the main focus of the story. (I’m not a romance reader).

The story was open ended and I’m eagerly awaiting the next release in the series! This is one of my favorite books of the year so far, highly recommended!

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Baker Publishing Group to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers Review


Synopsis: A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist―an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever.

My Thoughts: In one word, beautiful! This book was a beautiful story of two damaged people from difficult backgrounds. Francine Rivers’ writing is superb. Although this story is almost 500 pages, it never dragged or felt like it was too long.

The characters were complex and developed beautifully through the story. I was not a fan of Grace at first, but after learning more about her life, I understood why she had her guard up and acted the way she did. The reader gets a look at Roman’s thoughts and sees his vulnerability and the pain that he’s dealing with.

There are a lot of great lessons to be learned in this book but they’re not presented in a preachy way. It’s definitely the kind of book that makes the reader think and can grow their faith.

My only problem with this book was the trope of “misunderstandings” happened a few times and it’s a trope that I really dislike. Other than that, this book was nearly perfect. I’m not a “romance reader” but I read Francine Pascal’s romantic stories, because they are so much more than romance.

I highly recommend this book!

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Safe House Shannon Symonds Review and Giveaway

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About the Book: As a victim’s advocate, Grace James is used to rushing into trouble to save her victims from abuse or assault. And with a handsome officer like Joe Hart at her side, Grace is sure there’s nothing she can’t do. But an ominous storm brewing on the Oregon horizon is about to change everything—and bring with it dangers and revelations Grace and Joe never expected.

My Thoughts: This book had several “edge of my seat, holding my breath” suspenseful moments that left me with a lot of emotions. I found learning about the role of a sexual assault and domestic violence survivor’s advocate very interesting…this was an occupation I don’t think I’ve encountered in a book before. I also loved Grace’s character, her kindness and love towards those she helped was beautiful.

The author was very good at setting the scene and building suspense. The story opened with a chapter that immediately sucked me into the story.

There is a lot of focus on the LDS/Mormon religion in this book and to be honest, it made me a bit uncomfortable. I just don’t agree with some of the Mormon beliefs and it was just very different from the Christian fiction I’m used to reading. On the positive side, it was interesting to learn a bit more about that religion and the content was extremely clean.

I received this book from SLB tours to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Shannon Symonds worked for 15 years as an Advocate. Shannon lives in a small seaside town where she works, writes, runs and paints. She believes the word can be changed one heart at a time and then even small acts can make a difference.

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Love Thy Body by Nancy R. Pearcy Review


Description: Are transgender people discovering their authentic self? Is the hookup culture really liberating? Does abortion lead to equality for women? Does homosexuality contradict our biological sex?

In Love Thy Body, bestselling and award-winning author Nancy Pearcey takes on the hard questions about life and sexuality. A two-time winner of the ECPA Gold Medallion Award, Pearcey has been hailed by The Economist as “America’s preeminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual.”
In Love Thy Body she offers a respectful but riveting exposE of the secular worldview that lies behind trendy slogans and political talking points. A former agnostic, Pearcey is a sensitive guide to the secular ideas that shape current debates. She empowers readers to intelligently and compassionately engage today’s most controversial moral and social challenges.

In a surprise shattering of stereotypes, Pearcey demonstrates that while secularism promises much, in reality it delivers little. She turns the tables on stereotypes that portray Christianity as harsh and bigoted, and invites a fresh look at its holistic, life-affirming principles: it is a worldview that matches the real world and fits with human experience.

All along, Pearcey keeps readers entranced with gripping stories of real people wrestling with hard questions in their own lives–sharing their pain, their struggles, and their triumphs.

My Thoughts: This book was not an easy read. It discusses many hot topics that are prevalent in the world today…transgenderism, assisted suicide, abortion, casual sex, and many other things. I have felt that we’ve been living in an upside down world for many years now and this book discusses some of the ways we’ve gotten to this point (and where we may be headed, which was terrifying.)

It’s clear when reading the book that the author is very well read and intelligent.  At times I felt like the writing was a bit over my head but for the most part I found it very interesting and extremely well researched and explained.

This is a book that is very relevant to today and answered many questions that I’ve had lately. I highly recommend it to Christians who struggle with our “upside down world”.

My Rating: 4 stars

I received this book from Baker Publishing Group to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Empowered by Craig Parshall Review


Synopsis: Just when a mysterious death in Washington, DC, appears to have voodoo connections rooted in New Orleans, Trevor Black also receives an invitation to speak at the national ABA convention in the city.

He knows he’ll be in enemy territory, both as a disbarred attorney and as a follower of Jesus, but he determines to travel there and confront the supernatural element. Right after a grisly murder in his hotel room puts him on the suspect list, his daughter disappears, leaving a note that suggests a connection to the local cult religion. Now Trevor must not only crack the case but try to protect Heather from forces of darkness clutching at her soul as well. And just as he discovers that his ability to sniff out the supernatural has its limitations, Trevor learns that this web of evil extends far beyond isolated murders, enslaving scores of innocent children, with its head perhaps linked to the highest seats of power.

My Thoughts: Books about spiritual warfare and the invisible war that wages around us always fascinate me. This book follows Trevor Black, a former lawyer who can see past the invisible veil…he sees demons and is attuned to the demonic forces surrounding him. He is called by a former coworker to investigate a suspicious death which leads him to discover something very sinister behind everything.

This book was very fast paced and exciting. The reader is taken from North Carolina to New Orleans to Washington DC and meets many colorful characters. Although there are a lot of characters in this book, it was fairly easy to keep track of who was who.

The writing is very atmospheric. At one point, I was on a boat in a New Orleans bayou and I could almost hear the sounds and fear that a gator would attack.

I truly believe in the battle of good and evil and appreciate that Craig Parshall writes about the subject. I will definitely pick up more books by him. This is book 2 in the Trevor Black series but it works as a standalone. I enjoyed it more than the first book, The Occupied…read my review of it Here.

My Rating: 4.5 stars

I received this book from Tyndale House to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron Review


Synopsis: Launching a brand-new series, Kristy Cambron explores the collision of past and present as she discovers the ruins of a French castle, long lost to history.

A thirteenth century castle, Chateau de Doux Reves, has been forgotten for generations, left to ruin in a storybook forest nestled deep in France’s picturesque Loire Valley. It survived a sacking in the French Revolution, was brought back to life and fashioned into a storybook chateau in the Gilded Age, and was eventually felled and deserted after a disastrous fire in the 1930s.

As Ellie Carver sits by her grandmother’s bedside, she hears stories of a castle . . . of lost love and a hidden chapel that played host to a secret fight in the World War II French resistance. But her grandmother is quickly slipping into the locked-down world of Alzheimer’s, and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history.

Sparked by the discovery of a long forgotten family heirloom, Ellie embarks on a journey to French wine country to uncover the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty–the castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale–and unearth its secrets before they’re finally silenced by time.

Set in three different time periods–the French Revolution, World War II, and present day–The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged, and an enchanted castle that inspired the epic fairy tales time left behind.

My Thoughts: Based on the synopsis, I wasn’t sure if this was a book I would enjoy but because I’ve read 2 books by Kristy Cambron and loved them, I decided to give this a try….I’m very glad I did.

This story follows 3 women in 3 different time periods and centers on a castle in France. I enjoyed the storyline of Avaline, who lived in the 1700s the best. Each character was very developed and their stories were woven together beautifully at the end.

The setting is very atmospheric, so much so, that when I would pick up my book to read, I would tell my family, “I’m going to France!” Kristy Cambron’s writing is beautiful and descriptive, I can see her becoming one of my favorite auto-buy authors.

The story did slow down a bit in the middle but for the most part was very engaging and interesting. I highly recommend it!

My Rating: 4.5 stars

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.