Book Review | The Jesus Who Surprises

the jesus who surprises.pngTitle: The Jesus Who Surprises: Opening Our Eyes to His Presence in All of Life and Scripture by Dee Brestin

Pages: 256

Genres: Nonfiction, Christian Living

Publisher: Waterbrook & Multnomah (July 23rd, 2019)

Summary

Join beloved Bible teacher and best-selling author Dee Brestin in discovering the surprising places Jesus shows up in the Old Testament and the unexpected ways He speaks into our lives today.

Offering a fascinating perspective on the historic, poetic, and prophetic books of the Old Testament, Brestin draws on her deep understanding of the full scope of the Bible to explore the timeless story of God’s quest to rescue each of us. She combines rich teaching, memorable storytelling, and an in-depth Bible study component to create a resource that shows readers how the story began (the books of Moses), how to live in the story (the poetic books), and how the story will end (the prophets).

The Jesus Who Surprises: Opening Our Eyes to His Presence in All of Life and Scripture

what i thought*I received a free copy of this book.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  A huge thank you to the publisher!*

Lately, I’ve been on a quest to find more biblically sound, Christian living books.  If you don’t often read this genre, then you might be surprised to find that a lot of the books labeled as Christian living, are oftentimes not all that Bible-based.  There’s a lot of cherry-picking Bible verses to fit the author’s agenda.  I’m happy to say, however, that The Jesus Who Surprises is not one of those books!

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Top Ten Books I Want to Read in 2020!

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday (Actually it’s Wednesday, but you guys get the point, lol)!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I Want to Read in 2020

I’ve decided to change up this week’s topic just a bit.  One of my reading goals for 2020, is to work on getting my physical TBR down to a more reasonable number.  So, instead of focusing on upcoming releases, I’m choosing books that are already on my bookshelf that I’ve been meaning to read and still haven’t.

Let’s get started!

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Countdown to Christmas #16

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Welcome back to another Countdown to Christmas book recommendation!  I may have missed last week, but nevertheless, I’m back!   Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season.

Today’s pick is The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand!

3B4B9D25-91B5-4041-B90C-359F6024F906.JPGOn Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . 

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Harlequin Holiday Blog Tour | Book Review | Coming Home For Christmas

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Hello and welcome to part one for my stop of the Harlequin Holiday Blog Tour!  I’m so excited to be partnering with Harlequin to share some fun and festive holiday books with you all.  To get things started, I’ll be sharing my review of Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne!


9781335504999_TS_prd.jpgTitle: Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne

Pages: 384

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Christmas

Publisher: HQN Books (Sept. 24th, 2019)

Summary

Hearts are lighter and wishes burn a little brighter at Christmas…

Elizabeth was trapped in a tangle of postpartum depression and grief after the death of her beloved parents and she couldn’t quite see the way back to her husband and their two beautiful kids…until a car accident stole away her memories and changed her life.

And when she finally remembered the sound of little Cassie’s laugh, the baby powder smell of Bridger, or the feel of her husband’s hand in hers, Elizabeth worried that they’d moved on without her. That she’d missed too much. That perhaps she wasn’t the right mother for her kids or wife for Luke, no matter how much she loved them.

But now, seven years later, Luke finds her in a nearby town and brings Elizabeth back home to the family she loves, just in time for Christmas. And being reunited with Luke and her children is better than anything Elizabeth could have imagined.

As they all trim the tree and bake cookies, making new holiday memories, Elizabeth and Luke are drawn ever closer. Can the hurt of the past seven years be healed over the course of one Christmas season and bring the Hamiltons the gift of a new beginning?

Coming Home for Christmas (Haven Point, #10)

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*I received a free e-copy of this book.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  A huge thank you to the publisher!*

As many of you probably know by now, I love Christmas!  That also means I love Christmas stories! For nearly the whole of November and December I read almost exclusively Christmas books.  So, I’m always on the lookout for new ones.  So, when I read the synopsis of Coming Home for Christmas, I was instantly intrigued and just knew that this was the book for me!

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Tistheseasonathon TBR!

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Hey everyone! If you know me, you know I love Christmas.  So, when I found out the Tistheseasonathon was returning, I just knew I was going to participate! Today I am so excited to share with you all my TBR.  The Tistheseasonathon is a super chill and festive readathon which started today (December 2nd) and runs through the 8th.  To get all the details, be sure to check out the official Twitter account!

Without further ado, here’s all the books I hope to read this week:

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Countdown to Christmas #15

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Happy December 1st!  I cannot believe that it is December.  Christmas is just around the corner! 😍🎄  So, if you’ve been around for a while you know what that means: Countdown to Christmas time! Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season.  This is my 4th year doing this, and it is one of my favorite segments on this blog.

To kick things off for the 2019 holiday season, my first pick is A Vintage Christmas featuring stories and poems from Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, LM Montgomery, Mark Twain, and more!

7C3BC407-1219-453C-BF47-012A9FCB34B3.JPGThis beautiful, giftable Christmas collection features old-fashioned works from classic authors who invite you to a feast of holiday nostalgia.

Stories and poetry have been part of the Christmas season for generations, reminding us that the heart of the holiday never changes. A Vintage Christmas is a unique collection of lesser-known Christmas tales, reflections, and poems from beloved authors across the centuries and makes the perfect gift for the reader in your life.

Discover the charming story from L. M. Montgomery about love and sacrifice in a little log house. See Christmas through the eyes of a child in a New England colonial village with Harriet Beecher Stowe. Remember the reason Christ came to earth in the poetry of Anne Brontë. Share with your family the delightful letter Mark Twain wrote as Santa Claus to his three-year-old daughter.

This beautiful treasury takes us back to the firesides, simple gifts, and warm family moments of Christmases past as we cherish the timeless truths and joys of the season.

A Vintage Christmas includes stories from Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, Ralph Henry Barbour, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, L. M. Montgomery, and William Dean Howells, as well as poems from Eliza Cook, Christina Rossetti, William Makepeace Thackeray, Joyce Kilmer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Perfect as a stocking stuffer or as a host or hostess gift
Hardcover, giftable size for readers
Makes a lovely keepsake companion to A Classic Christmas: A Collection of Timeless Stories and Poems

Includes hopeful and encouraging Christmas stories

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Book Review | All She Left Behind

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Title: All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

Pages: 368

Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian

Publisher Revell (Sept. 5th, 2017)

Summary

Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn’t approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she’s developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman’s widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal–but the road will be winding and the way forward will not always be clear. Will Jennie find shelter in life’s storms? Will she discover where healing truly lives?

Through her award-winning, layered storytelling, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to leave behind their preconceived notions about love and life as they, along with Jennie, discover that dreams may be deferred–but they never really die. Based on a true story.

All She Left Behind

what i thought

*I received a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A huge thank you to the publisher!*

Going into this book, I didn’t really know what to expect. I hadn’t read any of Jane Kirkpatrick’s books before, and I didn’t know much about what the actual story for All She Left Behind was even about. That being said, once I got started, I found this book to be such a unique and interesting read.

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