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Saturday, October 30, 2010


How would you handle any of these situations:

**A distraught mother watches her teenage son storm out of the house in anger, not knowing what to say or do and wondering when or if she'll see him again?

***A discouraged father of four who lost his job, has been evicted from his home, and is so deeply in debt that he doesn't see a way out?

***The terrified little girl who is sexually molested by her "uncle" when Mom isn't home and is told to keep quiet about it or "else?"

***The lonely wife who thought she was marrying a soul mate and is desperate because she can't get her husband to talk to her?

***The sullen fourth-grader who repeatedly gets teased and bullied by a sixth-grader on the way home from school?

***A worried single mom whose son is being recruited by a neighborhood gang?

***A shocked fifty-year old who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer?

***The husband who can't forgive himself for an affair?

It's hard enough to put aside the struggles and weaknesses of family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. It's harder still when the hurting man, wife, mother, father, little girl, young man or grandparent is us. So just how do we get through it? What does it really mean when someone is going to pray for you?

In his latest book, Stronger, by Jim Daly of Focus on the Family along with James Lund, he takes you through so many heart-wrenching situations and you are left wondering just how will they get through this with their faith intact, yet so many do just that. This isn't a book showcasing miracle situations, but real-life, eyes looking upward, questioning "Why God?"thoughts and stories and showing it's not just about getting through the situation but what it looks like on the other side. This book shows you how to trade brokenness for unbreakable strength!!!

I found this book so inspiring with so many situations in our lives that leave us wondering just what is going on in our day to day lives. I find with reading this book, you have a direction to begin heading on, along with prayer and the Bible, we can weather the storm, beaten down but not broken. We can make it through anything with God's help. I would highly recommend this to any family as a great resource to get you through a difficult time or even counseling someone who is.

I received this wonderful book compliments of B & B Media and David C Cook for my honest review and am so glad I didn't pass this one up. What a treasure I would have missed in the process. This one hands down rates a 5 out of 5 stars.

For more information on this book, the author or where to pick up a copy of this book, click on the title below:

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Next Queen of Heaven

As the new millennium approaches, the eccentric town of Thebes grows even stranger. Clocked by a Catholic statuette, Mrs. Leontina Scales begins speaking in tongues. Her daughter, Tabitha Scales, and her sons scheme to save their mother or surrender her to Jesus - whatever comes first. Meanwhile, choir director Jeremy Carr, caught between lust and ambition, fumbles his way toward Y2K.

Only a modern master like Gregory Maguire can spin a tale this frantic, funny, and farcical. The ancient Sisters of the Sorrowful Mysteries join with a gay singing group. The Radical Radiants battle the Catholics. A Christmas pageant hoes horribly awry. And a child is born. (excerpt back cover).

Yes, all this is included in the 347 pages in the latest novel The Next Queen of Heaven, from Gregory Maguire, who is the best selling author of such books as Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, Matchless, and Wicked.

I had to say this was one of the most challenging books for me to attempt to get through as a reviewer and have no particular preference for any genre of book, however this one had me struggling to get through the first half of the books, with harsh profanity from the character of Tabitha who seems to think that such behavior is a shock value for her mom despite all her attempts at prayer to save her. Her pastor at the church suggests that she role model appropriate behavior for her to follow while praying for her to change. When Tabitha disappears in a store to purchase a CD, her mother waits and then shows up screaming profanity at the top of her voice while making a huge scene in front of Tabitha's friends.

When Tabitha hurries to make her purchase and later condemns her moms behavior, her mother is more than happy to point out how uncomfortable Tabitha makes it for her. So much for role model behavior. There are so many characters introduced throughout the book, that it's hard to maintain focus on just a handful. What disappoints me the most besides the language and references to Tabitha's many sexual encounters is that the book didn't do much to hold my interest. This was a huge let down for me after expecting a better book from Maguire after writing such hits like Wicked, Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men.

While this book may appeal to some readers, it did not appeal to me. I had the most difficult time attempting to read this book in its entirety to provide an honest review. Trust me when I say that the excerpt on the back does lay the story out for you and tell you the general content of the book, but let the buyer beware.

I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and have to say this one is a 2 out of 5 stars. For more information on the book, the author and where to read more reviews about this book, click on the title below:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

You Already Know How To Be Great - Signed Giveaway and Review

Ever wonder why when you set out on a diet, you undoubtedly fail?

Or why when trying something completely knew for the first time, are you fearful of not being able to do it?

What about attempting to be successful in your job or relationships but keep selling yourself short?

In the newest book by Alan Fine and Rebecca Merrill, You Already Know How To Be Great, they teach you a simply way to remove the interference and unlock your greatest potential!!!

Alan Fine spent time teaching tennis in Wales and wondered why some kids got it and succeeded, some did fine as long as they weren't competing, and yet others couldn't master the basics. What he discovered soon explained how to make all three groups move on to being successful not only at tennis but at every aspect they wanted to excel at.

He teaches you ways to discover just what is causing YOU to get in your own way at achieving all you want from the Inside Out! Being a corporate trainer for over ten years, I can say personally I have seen all three examples of people and if you simply took some of the simple skills Alan teaches, you would see much more success and a whole lot less failure. I know these simple skills can and will work, see most of us already know what it takes to make us successful its simply doing it that prevents us from moving forward.

I had the wonderful opportunity to review this book compliments of Alan Fine and InsideOut Development and must say it works for those of you looking to succeed at work, church, sports or just in your relationships. I would highly recommend this book and easily give it 5 out of 5 stars. This book is available in hardcover, CD and eBook formats.

Thanks to InsideOut Development and Alan Fine for providing five signed giveaway copies to five lucky followers of my blog, here are your guidelines:

1. Must be a resident of the US and No P.O. Boxes please.

2. Must be a follower of my blog Reviews From The Heart.

3. I must be able to contact you via email for your mailing information should you be a lucky winner, so please include it with your comment. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Leave me a comment and tell me what area are you struggling with and how you might think this book could help you. The giveaway will end on November 6th.

For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy for yourself, click on the link below:

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Season of Miracles

It's a rare thing to get a book to move me as emotionally as this one did, but I have to say, WOW! One of the best I have read in a very long time!! A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener does just that. It tugs at the heart strings of every person who loves childhood memories of great friendships, baseball and of course, restoration of faith in God for those that are lost.

In this story we find ourselves involved with the Robins, a Little League Baseball team that at it's personal best found their team third place last year. Not a bad place to be, Zack's mom reminds him, while his father on the other hand believes that the only place to really be is first, the rest is for losers while giving Zack a thumbs up. The problem with his team is that so very few of them are really good players aside from Zack who can hit virtually anything that is pitched to him.

Yet once hot summer day prior to try outs, Zack and his friends, Donnie White, Batman Boatwright and Jimmy Yarnell, they encounter another young boy of few words called Rafer, who has been "touched"! Touched is a word for a mentally challenged child, who Donnie, Batman and Jimmy don't want to be allowed to play ball with. They are burning the last of their daylight hours when Rafer tells Zack, "Rafer Hit!"

Not quite sure what that means to Zack he decides to give Rafer a chance. With Zack pitching a carefully pitch across home plate, Rafer does nothing. However when Zack brings the heat on with a fastball, Rafer launches the ball so far, that it takes the boys all night to find the ball. Perhaps this is the chance that the Robins need to win the championship.

I received the book, A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and could honestly say, this is only the second book I've read this year that has stolen my heart like this one. This one knocks it right out of the park with a 5 out of 5 stars. This is one book, you won't want to miss and trust me when I say, I highly recommend it.

I am super glad to know that this book is being made into a movie that is already in preproduction and know that I will definitely being seeing this one. For more information about the book, the amazing author and where to get a first chapter glimpse, read on:

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Season of Miracles
Kregel Publications; Reprint edition (August 3, 2010)
Rusty Whitener


Rusty Whitener is a novelist, screenwriter, and actor. His first screenplay, Touched, won second place at the 2009 Kairos Prize at the Los Angeles Movieguide Awards and first place at the Gideon film festival. That screenplay soon became A Season of Miracles. The movie version of this book is now in production with Elevating Entertainment. Find out more at and Videos and book club discussion questions are also available at


“A Season of Miracles is a must read for anyone who has ever played youth baseball. I read the book, and was reacquainted with my childhood. In the midst of an enjoyable read that took me down memory lane was a touching, challenging and beautiful story about how God can use the unlikeliest among us to draw us to Him.”—Matt Diaz, outfielder, Atlanta Braves
“Baseball, inspiration and childhood memories—a great combination. I couldn’t put it down!”—Richard Sterban, bass singer for The Oak Ridge Boys
“Rusty Whitener weaves a deft tale of young friendship and the curve balls of faith, the whole story seasoned with sunshine and the leathery scent of baseball gloves!”—Ray Blackston, author of Flabbergasted
A Season of Miracles is a heartwarming all American story of small town boys and Little League baseball. You’ll be cheering this captivating bunch of characters all the way home both in their game of baseball and the bigger game of life.”—Ann Gabhart, award-winning author of The Outsider

Looking back on the 1971 Little League season, Zack Ross relives the summer that changed his life…

Gunning for the championship is all that matters until twelve-year-old Zack meets Rafer, a boy whose differences make him an outcast but whose abilities on the baseball field make him the key to victory.

Admired for his contribution to the team, Rafer turns everyone’s expectations upside down, bestowing a gift to Zack and his teammates that forces them to think—is there more to life than winning or losing? And what is this thing called grace?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Season of Miracles, go HERE.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Miracle of Mercy Land - Giveaway and Review

I was born in a bolt of lightning on the banks of Bittersweet Creek. Mama said it was a prophecy, and as she is given to having visions of the biblical kind, no one argues with her. She can match what she sees with ancient words, and truth be told, she is frightening with the speaking of them. Mama can swipe you with her eye so that you feel like you have either been hushed or resurrected by God's own hand.

On the fateful day of my birth, there had been no signs, natural or otherwise, that foretold what the day would bring. No wild birds roosting in the trees, no funny-yolked eggs, no hints to suggest that a baby was about to show up in a stormy kind of way. - (Excerpt pg 1).

In the latest book, The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan, you find the stage set for a most unusual story. A story you've never encountered before but one that will change you whole life and every decision you ever make from here on out.

In a twist from the Twilight Zone episode, Mercy Land finds herself thrust into the biggest story her local paper could ever hope to print, yet she can't print it. Along with Doc Phillips, the owner of the Banner, they are presented with a most unusual secret that they must both keep while unlocking its mystery. A book has appeared on Doc's desk and within it's pages are the lives of the people of Bay City, both past and present as those reading those pages gives them an depth look at their lives and the choices they have made.

Is it possible to go back and fix something in your past regardless of the consequences it may bring to the future? Will they be willing to take a risk and find out the true purpose of the mysterious book?

You'll have to read, The Miracle of Mercy Land and find out. I received this book compliments of WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review and have to say it held me attention and captured me into the story on each page. I couldn't wait to see what this book was and if they would choose to use it to change their lives. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read River Jordan's next book! For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy, click on the title below:

For one lucky reader of my blog, I am giveaway a copy of this amazing book. Here are your guidelines:

1. You must be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. You must be a resident of the US and No P.O. Boxes please!

3. I need a way to contact you if you are the winner, so please include your email address in with your comment. You can use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Leave a comment and tell me what you would do with a book that could allow you to change your past. The giveaway ends on November 5th!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lydia's Charm

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I just came back from the most amazing visit I ever had. I've been to the small town of Charm, Ohio, an Amish town with the most amazing and resilient people you have ever met.

Take Lydia King, she just moved here from Chicago after her husband passed away leaving her alone to raise her 4 year old son Josh. With work being tough to find anywhere especially as a widow, her mom, Mae Weaver, invited her to move back home to Charm to help out with her ailing father, Lydia's grandfather and at least provide a roof over the heads while she looks for work. Lydia's mom is overwhelmed by caring for her ailing father and watching out for young Josh who seems to be more than she can handle. Should she have asked Lydia to move back home?

It isn't long before Lydia finds a job at Grandma's Restaurant, a local place to eat nestled in town where almost everyone stops in for coffee, pie and just a friendly hello.

Menno Troyer is also a widower with four growing boys. Ever since she passed away, the boys have been a bit more rowdy, and less likely to do the chores he asks them to do while he is at work. What they really need is a new mom, but where to find a young woman who is great with kids in Charm?

Levi Stutzman spends much of his time working at his family mercantile in town and he isn't looking for a wife any time soon. He fears that should he marry and have kids, they might be like his mother, father and his siblings, all "little people" or dwarfs. It's hard enough protecting and looking out for them that he doesn't see what life is about to hand him.

These are just three of the amazing people you will meet if you visit the town of Charm. I would invite you to stay awhile and visit. In the time I spent reading Lydia's Charm by Wanda E Brunstetter, I felt like a part of each of these people's lives and the wonderful stories they share with their small town charm and Amish ways. Each of their lives is interwoven in a most unusual and loving way and once you meet them, you'll never be the same.

I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and must say this one earns all 5 out of 5 stars. This one has also found a permanent place in my library collection. For more information on this book, the author and where to get a first chapter glance, then read more below:

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lydia's Charm
Barbour Books (September 1, 2010)
Wanda E. Brunstetter


A Note From Wanda:

Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be a writer. When I was in the second grade, I wrote my first poem about a moth. Luckily, I received encouragement from my teacher. During my teen years, I wrote skits that my church teen group performed during special holidays.

It wasn’t until 1980, that I took a course on writing for children and teenagers. I became serious about a career as an author. Soon after that, I began to write stories, articles, poems, and devotionals, which appeared in a variety of Christian publications. Later, I had 5 books of puppet/ventriloquist scripts published. *These books are currently available by contacting me. (

My first novel was released by Barbour Publishing’s book club, Heartsong Presents, in Dec. 1997. I have now written nearly fifty books, with over 4 million books in print. Many of the novels I've written are Amish-themed.


Widowed and jobless, Lydia King moves her son and herself to Charm, Ohio, to be close to her mother and help with her grandfather. Menno Troyer, a furniture store owner, is also recently widowed and the father of four energetic boys.

Levi Stutzman, another newcomer to the area, is the only one in his family not handicapped by dwarfism and has dedicated his life to caring for them. As fall colors the countryside, will anonymous gifts left for Lydia bring her hope for a new life and romance, or will another tragedy flood her with infinite despair?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Lydia's Charm, go HERE.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask

There are so many questions that are often poised to Christians that for awhile not many had the answer to. Where to find certain scriptures that pertain to the subject? How would Jesus handle the situation and most of all, in every question, how can we make sure that we are leading them ultimately to seek God and His Word for the answers?

I was so excited when Tyndale House Publishers asked me to review the book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask, by Mark Mittelberg and Lee Strobel simply because I wanted to know what are those questions that are the most difficult to answer for a Christian. This book not only provides a sampling of the questions, but shows you not only the scripture references but how to approach the subject like Jesus would instead of just handing them the answer.

One hot subject for me was the question pertaining to "Why do you condemn homosexuality when it's clear that God made gays and that he loves all people the same?" I have so many teens that are friends of our daughters that are confused with this very issue. I love the way this chapter handles it. It takes you back to the story of the Samaritan woman at the well and the confrontation with her and Jesus.

The chapter defines that the most important thing isn't handing them scripture references out of the Bible, but understanding their arguments against those very scriptures and how to deal with them. It all ties things back to God's original purpose of marriage and sex and that no matter what the sexual issue is, if you are not married, you don't get to participate in it. That marriage is defined as one man and one woman. When you keep that as your basis the rest is pretty easy to manage.

More subjects include:

Why are Christians so obsessed with abortion?
What makes you so sure God even exists?
How could a good God allow so much suffering?
Why should I believe heaven and hell exist?
Did evolution put God out of a job?

And many, many more. Not only that but there is a chapter specifically devoted to questions Christians should hope our friends would ask us. If you would like to know more about this outstanding reference book that I would rate a 5 out of 5 stars, please click on the title below:

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Way Home DVD - Giveaway and Review

So many times as families we search for great movies with a message. Too often we fail in our attempts because companies simply aren't gearing that kind of movie any longer, yet I have come across some greats lately with my latest, The Way Home that I received compliments of Lionsgate Media and Propeller to review.

The movie based on a true story is about a man named Randy Simpkins, (played by Dean Cain from The New Adventures of Superman) who is like your typical family man. He spends countless hours trying to make enough so that his wife Cristal can stay at home and take care of raising their three boys. However lately Randy has been working way too much and neglecting his number one priority, his family.

When Cristal makes plans to take the family away on a much needed vacation to the beach, she has to call Randy at work and tell him to come home. He had promised her he wasn't even going to go into work that day and now he is late coming home. Meanwhile, the responsibility has fallen on her shoulders to load up the family van while taking care of her youngest Joe, whose two.

When Randy finally makes it home, Cristal is in the final stages of being packed and ready to leave, but needs to make a final check through the house. She asks Randy to take the last two bags by the front door and load them into the van, and make sure to put Joe in his car seat.

Randy and Joe have a confrontation when Joe refuses to get in the van insisting that he wants to go to his Pa-Pa's house instead on his tricycle. While Joe tells him to stay by the van while he grabs the last of the bags and head inside, Joe promises to stay close. However when Randy gets the last minute impulse to check his work email before leaving, he is caught by his wife. They both grab their stuff and head outside, where Joe is now missing. Thinking he is doing nothing more than playing hide and seek, the parents spread out and begin the search. However after 30 minutes, it seems like something more has happened and the real search for Joe begins.

This movie has a great message behind it all as Randy gets an opportunity to see what life without his family would be like before it's too late and comes with a great recommendation from me as a must see movie. I would easily rate this movie a 5 out of 5 stars because in today's world where we find ourselves so busy, its easy to lose sight of what really matters most. The movie is 91 minutes long and produced by Red Five Entertainment and Lionsgate. It was also the winner of the Pearl Award at the International Family Film Festival.

For more information on this movie, and where to purchase one for your family, check out the website and Facebook page:


Thanks to the wonderful people at Lionsgate Media and Propeller, they are offering a giveaway copy of this amazing DVD. Here are your guidelines:

1. You must be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Be a resident of the US and No P.O. Boxes please.

3. I need a way to contact via email, so please include it with your comment. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols if you want.

4. Leave me a comment and tell me why you'd love to win a copy. The giveaway will end on October 30th and I will contact the winner by email.

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's No Secret

Do you often wonder if there is a secret decoder ring necessary to understand some of the secrets of the Bible? Much like the parables that Jesus shared during His personal ministry here on Earth with people who often asked Him many questions is there something more that we are missing when reading the Bible or trying to know God more?

In the book, It's No Secret by Rachel Olsen, I found myself drawn to the comparison she makes between the parables Jesus shared and the deeper meaning found within them.

" I have to admit at times that I've felt like one of those people who prompted Jesus to teach in this manner. I'd listen to what the Pastor said on any given Sunday, but forget about it days or weeks later, never integrating it into my life. Occasionally a passionate Bible teacher or a troubling circumstance would motivate me to read the Bible on my own, but often I felt I got nothing out of it. I'd read a few paragraphs, look up, and wonder what I was supposed to be learning. I'd close my Bible and go on with life until the next time someone or something motivated me to try again.

I've always been a good student, so why couldn't I understand more of the Bible? Did God give out secret decoder rings? Had I somehow failed to get one?" (excerpt pg 20).

This sounds so much like me at some many points of my life, so I was super excited to get to the bottom of this profound mystery in my life. In this book, Rachel Olson takes you through uncovering how you can learn more about God and the true person He really wants you to become.

Here's a sample of just some of the things you will learn:

How to overcome challenges and competitive urges that leave you lonely.
Accepting help from others.
Embracing your need for rest.
Discovering God's surprising source of spiritual beauty and strength

I received this book compliments of B & B Media Group and David C Cook for my honest review and found this book to be a wonderful resource in strengthening my personal spiritual walk and gaining intimacy with God. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and thinks it's a must have in every woman's life. This book includes a Bible Study within that would benefit a women's Bible Study in some of those areas mentioned above.

For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy for yourself, please click on the title below:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Don't Blink - Giveaway and Review

James Patterson's newest thrilled, Don't Blink, is another Godfather!

It combines the elements of a good old fashioned news reporter, Nick Daniels who suddenly finds himself with the biggest story of his career right in front of him as a mob hit man takes out one of their biggest rivals attorney at the table next to them. Justice is blind is the cryptic message that is left behind

Now both Nick Daniels and the Italian and Russian mob is out to figure out who committed the murder with the newest District Attorney David Sorren pushing him to the front lines in an attempt to gain some publicity for his run for New York's Mayor. If he can put the head of the mob, Eddie Pinero behind bars, that is one step closer to winning this election.

Only someone is out for Nick and they aren't going to stop until he is dead. There is no where he can hide and no one to protect him until he either solves the case or winds up in the river.

Once again, James Patterson does not disappoint in his latest novel with Howard Roughan. You are on a high speed pursuit in every page you turn trying to solve this crime along with Nick. Never have I seen someone being as hunted and chased as Nick is from sunrise to sundown and just when you think you've got it figured out, you are left holding the bag once again.

I received this book compliments of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review and have to give it a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. For more information on this book, the author and a first chapter glimpse, click on the title below:

Don't Blink

Thanks to the generosity of Hachette Books, they are providing 3 copies for a giveaway. Here are your guidelines:

1. You must be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. You must be a resident of the US or Canada and No P.O. Boxes please.

3. I must have a way to contact you by email if you are the winner so please include it with your comment. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Leave me a comment and tell me why you'd like to win a copy. The giveaway will end on October 29th.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Very Private Grave

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Father Dominic was a kind elderly monk with a love of scones and tea especially when shared with Felicity Howard, a young American girl studying at the College of Transfiguration. Father Dominic presents Felicity with a small,brown paper wrapped package carefully tied with twine as a gift. She assumes it's his book of poems finally in a published book but puts it in her pocket as they both run late for morning prayers.

What she doesn't expect to find upon stopped by Father Dominic's room is to see Father Antony kneeling over him with blood on his hands and all over his room.

While the police begin their investigation, Felicity unwraps the package and discovers a journal filled with cryptic writing from Father Dominic and some hidden clues to what may have led to his murder.

In the book, A Very Private Grave by Donna Fletcher Crow, you find yourself on a journey through England and Scotland's history to uncover the clues to Father Dominic's murder and in the process Felicity and Father Antony may just be the next victims.

I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I have to say the book is difficult to follow at some points especially Father Antony's detail explanation of the history of the places they visit. Yet all in all, I stayed with it and was not disappointed. Just when you think you have it figured out, you find out you don't after all. I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

For more information about the book, the author or where to purchase a copy and get a first chapter glimpse, please read on:

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Very Private Grave
Monarch Books (August 1, 2010)
Donna Fletcher Crow


Donna Fletcher Crow is author of more than thirty-five novels. She has twice won first place in the Historical Fiction category from the National Association of Press Women, and has also been a finalist for "Best Inspirational Novel" from the Romance Writers of America. She is a member of The Arts Centre Group and Sisters in Crime. Find out more at

"History and mystery and murders most foul keep the pages turning ... A fascinating read." –Liz Curtis Higgs, bestelling author of Thorn in My Heart
“A Knickerbocker Glory of a thriller, a sweeping, page-turning quest served up with dollops of Church history and lashings of romance. Donna Fletcher Crow has created her own niche within the genre of clerical mysteries.” – Kate Charles, author of Deep Waters
“As in Glastonbury, Donna Fletcher Crow’s descriptions of the English and Scottish settings in her new mystery are drawn with real artistry. Lovers of British history and church history will be impressed by her grasp of both.”—Sally Wright, Edgar Award finalist and author of the Ben Reese Mysterie

Felicity Howard, a young American studying for the Anglican priesthood at the College of the Transfiguration in Yorkshire, is devastated when she finds her beloved Fr. Dominic bludgeoned to death and Fr. Antony, her church history lecturer, soaked in his blood.

Following the cryptic clues contained in a poem the dead man had pressed upon her minutes before his death, she and Fr. Antony—who is wanted for questioning by the police—flee the monastery to seek more information about Fr. Dominic and end up in the holy island of Lindisfarne, former home of Saint Cuthbert.

Their quest leads them into a dark puzzle...and considerable danger.

If you would like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of A Very Private Grave, go HERE.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Twelfth Iman

Ripped from today's headlines concerning the conflicts in the Middle East with regards to Israel and the United States, the latest book from Joel Rosenberg, The Twelfth Imam, gives us a glimpse into the very near, possible future.

Using Christian fiction much like the writers of the Left Behind Series, Rosenberg takes us into the story sometime before the 9/11 attacks through the eyes of David Shirazi, who with a photographic memory and the ability to be fluent in Farsi, German and Arabic as well as English and French, it isn't long before the CIA find a real need in using David Shirazi to find out if Iran does in fact have the ability and is planning on building nuclear weapons.

Toggling back and forth through the book between what David is doing to help America win the battle against terrorism since the attacks on 9/11 we are taken into the heart of evil with the apocalyptic predictions of the rising up of a Twelfth Imam who will destroy the Zionists and the Christians before bringing about prosperity and peace to the world.

We see how Iran is secretly building nuclear weapons in an undisclosed location deep within the Zagros Mountains while they keep building a nuclear power plant to show the world they aren't terrorist but simply want an alternative power source. Since the invasion of Iraq, the United States isn't looking to make the same mistakes and launch an assault if that is all Iran is really doing. So in using David, they hope to learn what Iran is really up to.

This book is so eye opening to the headlines we read even today with the conflict between Iran and the US and being an ally to Israel. Is this book more true than not? To find out, you'll need to read it yourself and see how it all ends.

I received this amazing book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review and I couldn't wait to reach the end. I would honestly rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars not just for the story content but for the facts you learn about the Muslim beliefs through the Qu'ran and what they really believe about God and Jesus. This book is available in Hardcover, CD and spanish formats.

For more information about this book, the author and where to purchase a copy of this book, please click on the link below:

You can also find out the latest in what is going on between Israel and the conflicts in the Middle East by visiting Joel C Rosenberg's website at

Sunday, October 17, 2010

While We're Far Apart

Brooklyn, New York ~ September 1943

Just like so many other young men, Eddie Schaffer feels it's his duty to enlist to do his part to help in the effort to fight the war currently going on in Europe. What he doesn't expect is his mother's reaction to the news. She is more than upset and when she refuses to care for his children, Eddie is just about out of options.

His wife, Rachel died and he's having a difficult time trying to carry on with life as he knew it with memories of her everywhere and feels he needs a change of scenery. His children don't want their father to die in the war so they aren't happy with his decision either. They certainly don't want to stay with their grandmother, who know has made it obvious she doesn't want them.

"I'll do it!" calls a voice from the backyard. It's Penny, a childhood friend that has known Eddie her whole life. She willing volunteers to watch his kids while he completes basic training as she has been in love with Eddie her whole life. The children, Ester and Peter don't want Penny watching them either, but she offers to stay at their home so the children don't have to leave their school and home. Eddie agrees and a week later he's off to basic training.

Penny's parents are less than thrilled when she tells them her plans and they do all they can to discourage and belittle her efforts. They remind her she is moving into a Jewish neighborhood and nothing good can come from that. Penny's lived her whole life in fear of never being good enough for her parents so she leaves anyway. Penny believes that God is giving her a second chance and thinks if she cares for Eddie children, he will fall in love with her as well.

Penny meets the landlord, Mr. Jacob Mendel, a Jewish man who is bitter and resentful of his life since his wife died as well with Rachel. He blames God for not answering his prayers and while his only son, daughter in law and grandchild remain missing in Hungary, he has no hope left.

Will Penny be able to mend all the torn lives in the people she meets or will she accept the words of her parents that she is a complete failure at anything in life?

In the book, While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin, you are taken through the many lives of the people who are affected by the war and how each one of them finds a way to cope. I received this book, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and gave it a 5 out of 5 stars. This is a great novel about faith and restoration in the midst of one of the hardest times in the world during WW2.

For more information about this book, the author and where to purchase a copy, please click on the link below:

While We're Far Apart

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
While We're Far Apart
Bethany House (October 1, 2010)
Lynn Austin


It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped. Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.

Along with reading, two of Lynn's lifelong passions are history and archaeology. While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary. She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah. This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel Wings of Refuge.

Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992. Since then she has published twelve novels. Five of her historical novels, Hidden Places, Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, A Proper Pursuit, and Until We Reach Home have won Christy Awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009 for excellence in Christian Fiction. Fire by Night was also one of only five inspirational fiction books chosen by Library Journal for their top picks of 2003, and All She Ever Wanted was chosen as one of the five inspirational top picks of 2005. Lynn's novel Hidden Places has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones. Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.


In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, three lives intersect as the reality of war invades each aspect of their lives. Young Esther is heartbroken when her father decides to enlist in the army shortly after the death of her mother.

Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie's wife is dead, Penny feels she has been given a second chance and offers to care for his children in the hope that he will finally notice her and marry her after the war.

And elderly Mr. Mendel, the landlord, waits for the war to end to hear what has happened to his son trapped in war-torn Hungary. But during the long, endless wait for victory overseas, life on the home front will go from bad to worse.

Yet these characters will find themselves growing and changing in ways they never expected--and ultimately discovering truths about God's love...even when He is silent.

If you would like to read the first chapter of While We're Far Apart, go HERE.

Within My Heart

Losing the most important person in your life can make you wonder if there is anything reason for you to go on with your life, but when Rachel Boyd loses her husband Thomas, leaving her behind with her two young sons, Mitch and Kurt and a ranch that is barely making ends meet, she questions whether she has the strength to make it.

Rachel Boyd has grown up in the shadow of her father, a great physician whom never seemed to have time for her or her mother growing up yet the skills she learned while watching him has helped her become a bit of an expert in being a mid-wife in the small town of Timber Ridge.

When the new town doctor, Rand Brookston, sets up shop, he soon discovers he needs more than Rachel's trained medical skills to help him. In the latest book from Tamera Alexander in the Timber Ridge Reflections series, we have an opportunity to travel back in time to the Colorado Rockies in the late 1800's in Within My Heart.

Both characters of Rand and Rachel have fears that only love and their faith in God can conquer and they soon will come to realize that they both need one another to face them.

I received this novel, compliments of Bethany House Publishers for my honest review and literally read all 378 pages on a cold rainy day. What a perfect way to escape and I would rate this one a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait to pick up the first books in this series, From A Distance and Beyond This Moment. Tamera Alexander has such a profound way with words that she makes you feel like you are a part of this characters lives.

For more information on the book, the author and where to purchase a copy of the book, click on the title below:

Saturday, October 16, 2010

City On Our Knees

I am sure that some of you have heard the song, City On Our Knees by Toby Keith. It's a pretty inspiring song geared to bring the differences that separate us into submission so that we can reunite in a common goal and for the purpose of making our lives better by being better people to each other. I have included the music video at the conclusion of this post.

In the latest book, City On Our Knees by Toby Keith, he takes some stories of people who are doing just that, putting aside their differences and making the world a better place while we can. It's a life changing book that combines stories of the past with some of the very present and shares with all of us just how people are making a difference.

One such story is from Alexandra Scott who wanted to raise funds to help battle childhood cancer and win against the battle cancer was taking in the lives of her friends and herself as well being diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

She started by raising money selling lemonade and at first she raised $2000.00. Her second year she raised $12,000.00. In her third year in 2003, she raised $18,000.00 and in 2004 she raised $40,000.00. Yet despite her own struggle with fighting cancer, Alex still believed in raising a million dollars towards her goal and even though she didn't live to see the end of 2004, she did see her dream fulfilled in raising 1.4 million dollars to cancer research. See what dreams can do just selling lemonade in the mind of a determined child?

The book is filled with stories of hope and acts of kindness in making a difference in helping orphans in Africa, victims of sex trade worldwide and so many more. This book is a beginning in a journey of what we might all be a part of.

I received this book compliments of Bethany House Publishers for my honest review and must say this one really does rate 5 out of 5 stars. It's both inspirational and motivating and shows that one only has to dream it and begin to see it come to reality. This book is available in hardcover and on CD. For more information on the book, the author and where to purchase a copy, click on the title below:

Friday, October 15, 2010

America's Prophet - Giveaway and Review

I know most of you know the story of Moses and the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt into the land of milk and honey. But did you ever stop and think just how that story still relates to America?

Do you see the correlation in the Pilgrims fleeing their ruling King James of England in search of the New Land? Or how many of our past presidents have made reference to the story of Moses and his life, the instruction from God, the giving of the 10 Commandments, and thus failure to follow God.

Moses was commanded to follow God's instruction to the T, and every time he didn't he was punished. He never got to see the fulfillment of the Promised Land to the people he led for 40 years in the desert.

In the book, America's Prophet, How The Story of Moses Shaped America by Bruce Feiler, you are taken back to the story of Moses and see how many times this very man and his life is repeated through our own history in America. I can honestly tell you as someone who loves history and faith in God, this book spoke to my heart and soul. I absolutely loved seeing God's hand in the creation of this once blessed nation and how He continues to mold and shape us through the retelling of the story.

You'll learn about the history and creation of the liberty bell and learn how God was involved.
What the actual inscription means that is molded into the bell.

You'll learn how valuable the Bible was that Washington used, what scripture was open when he took his oath of office and what the connection was to September 11, 2001.

You'll learn what the original seal was supposed to be, and how we got to the eagle and one-eye pyramid, and so much more. I think I interrupted my husband so much with each new tidbit I learned and couldn't wait to share it.

This is a must read for those that love history, especially American History and how God really worked in this great nation even to the present day.

I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and must say it's a permanent fixture in our library now for our kids to learn about as we study history. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy for yourself, click on the title of the book below:

Thanks to the generosity of TLC Book Tours, they are offering a giveaway copy to one lucky follower of this blog. Here are your guidelines:

1. You must be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Must be a resident of the US and No P.O. Boxes please.

3. I must have a way to contact you by email, so please include it with your comment. You may use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Leave me a comment and tell me why you'd love to win a copy of this book. The giveaway will end on October 25th.

Love's First Bloom - Review

Ruth Livingston is the only living daughter of her father Reverend Livingstone, whose mission in life is to help those that society deems unworthy of help. Caught in the turbulent times of 1800's his life's mission is to help those women and young girls that have been caught up in prostitution, however when one of them is murdered suddenly, the city begins to cry out for justice and right now the only person who was with her last was Reverend Livingstone.

Trusting his daughter Ruth with Lily the child of the murdered prostitute, he sends her away under the pretense of being the so-called prostitute in need of help along with her toddler child. She leaves her father behind hoping that he will be found innocent of all charges so she can return once more to her home and leaving her assumed life behind her.

In the latest book, Love's First Bloom, by Delia Parr we find ourselves mixed up in the tragic turn of events in Ruth's life. Will she ever be able to return home or will she find a reason to keep the secret her father has so desperately trusted her with? To find out more, read further below for a first chapter glimpse.

I received this book, compliments of Bethany House Publishers for my honest review and must say, this one doesn't disappoint. It easy rates a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait for more great books from Delia Parr. For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy of this book, click on the title below:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

In Every Heartbeat - Review

Imagine growing up most of your life in an orphanage? Imagine that each time parents came looking for a child to adopt, you were not the one that they were looking for?

For Elisabet Conley this was her life. She spent time growing up in an orphanage at a time when most people came looking for strapping young boys that they could put to work, so hers was a time spent lonely and searching in desperation for a place to fit in. She did when she made friends with Bennett Martin and Pete Leidig, both boys in the same place as her, friends she made in the orphanage.

Pete Leidig is a cripple missing a leg that was ran over by a trolley when his parents needed money and sent him out to sell papers. Now missing a leg, his parents didn't know what to do with him so they had him sent to the orphanage as a way of solving a problem.

Bennett Martin is a muscle bound boy whose hopes and dreams in life is finally finding a place to fit in. He has always had a fondness for Elisabet or Libby as the boys have affectionately named her. Yet her caring and compassion seem to be only for Pete. Perhaps she feels overly protective of him due to his injury.

Yet when all three find themselves in the same college thanks to the orphanage sponsoring all three, each one has a goal in life to seek. For Libby it's becoming a writer, Pete wants to be a minister and Bennett, wants to join a fraternity and just have fun.

Just how will the trio survive the challenges that each will face in light of the coming World War. Will they seek what they hope to find or will this be the force that drives them apart? Find out by reading Kim Vogel Sawyer's latest novel, In Every Heartbeat

I received this amazing book compliments of Bethany House Publishers for my honest review and would rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book is available in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy, click on the title below:

The Church Awakening - Giveaway and Review

There have been so many changes in the way the current churches teach us about God from where it first began. Back in the days of Jesus, the church was founded on four distinct foundations which are found in the scripture in Acts 2:42,

"They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer."

Did you locate those primary foundations?

1. Teaching
2. Fellowship
3. Breaking of Bread
4. Prayer

Are these found within the church you currently attend now?

In the latest book from Charles R. Swindoll, "The Church Awakening", Dr. Swindoll teaches that so many of the churches have eroded to the basic needs of meeting the people that attend there. Like the erosion that happens along a beach, it happens slowly and over time. In recent years, we have seen so many churches bend to conform to attract new members in hopes of providing a watered-down version of what Jesus had wanted to church to be. Now there are coffee bars and large entertainment brought in to appeal to the new generation of people in the world and we are conforming to what the world believes the church should be instead of what is was meant to be.

This book is a great tool for believers and for church members to take a hard look at the way their churches are conducting a business instead of a ministry. He calls us to look back to the foundations that Jesus built His ministry on and calls us back to those ways.

I received the book, The Church Awakening, from Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Group for my honest review. I must admit my current church has eroded and thus the need for my family to begin to search for one of true values and foundations. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and believe we should all read it and answer the questions of ourselves and our churches.

For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy for yourself, please click on the title below:

Thanks to the generous folks at Hachette Book Groups, they are providing 3 copies for a giveaway and here are your guidelines:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Be a follower of my personal blog, Heart 2 Heart.

3. Must be a resident of the US and Canada only. No P.O. Boxes please.

4. Please provide an email address in your comment so I have a way to contact you should you be a lucky winner. You may use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols.

5. Leave me a comment and tell me why you'd love to win a copy of this book. The giveaway will end on Oct 22nd.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Embers of Love - Review

Philadelphia - June 1885

"I won't let you go through with this," Deborah Vandermark declared. She clasped her best friend's gloved hands. "Even something this drastic will not win your mother's respect, and it certainly won't soften her heart with love."

Elizabeth Decker - known as Lizzie to her dearest friends - shook her head. "You don't understand. If I don't go through with this, I'll have to return home with her."

"Nonsense," Deborah replied. "You can come home with me. My brother is waiting at the train station - or will be in another half hour. There's no reason to remain here. You're of age, and my guess is that even your father will approve."

"Simply one more thing my mother would blame him for."

Deborah squeezed her friend's hand. "Lizzie, your parents are divorced and your father is capable of dealing with this. They live in different towns. They needn't ever speak to each other again - and even if they do, it won't change how you feel about Stuart. Don't let your concerns about everyone else be the reason you go into a loveless marriage." (excerpt from page 9-10)

Yet does Lizzie have what it takes to walk away from making what Deborah thinks is a mistake? What will her father and mother say? What will Stuart say?

To find out, you'll have to read the book, Embers of Love by Tracie Peterson, her latest novel in the newest series of Striking A Match. I received this book, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and must say, I love the strong women characters that come off on the pages of this novel. I would rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars.

Elizabeth Vandermark who has spent the last few years in college studying to come back to her small town in Texas to aid in her families business. She wants to show the women in her town that education has it's benefits even if the men in the town would rather she learned more housewife duties like cooking and tending to raising a family.

Lizzie is faced with making such difficult decisions at such a young age and despite trying to do everything her mother wants for her, she will never make her happy. Stuart is a fine, rich man and wants a well educated and beautiful wife to showcase on his arm. What will she do?

For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy of this wonderful novel, see below:

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Embers of Love
Bethany House (October 1, 2010)

Tracie Peterson


Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 85 novels.

She received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.

In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to co-write a series with author Judith Pella. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers.

She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research.

Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests.

Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family--especially her three grandchildren--Rainy, Fox and Max. She's active in her church as the Director of Women's Ministries, coordinates a yearly writer's retreat for published authors, and travels, as time permits, to research her books.


The logging industry in eastern Texas is booming, and Deborah Vandermark plans to assist her family's business now that she's completed college. Unexpectedly, her best friend, Lizzie Decker, accompanies her back home--fleeing a wedding and groom she has no interest in.

Deborah, the determined matchmaker, puts her sights on uniting her brother and dear friend in a true love match. Deborah soon meets Dr. Christopher Clayton, a much-needed addition to the town. As their lives intersect, Deborah realizes that she has a much greater interest in medicine and science than the bookkeeping she was trained in.

But when typhoid begins to spread and Lizzie's jilted fiance returns, Deborah wonders if true love can overcome such obstacles...for those dearest to her, and for herself.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Embers of Love, go HERE.

Power Thoughts - Giveaway and Review

Two words...Joyce Meyer! Enough said.

If you know me you know how much I feel that Joyce Meyer's adds to my spiritual walk. In having the chance to meet her just weeks after my surgery was amazing. In her latest book, Power Thoughts, 12 strategies to Win the Battle of the Mind, came at a perfect time for me.

I am what you would call your classic worrier. I worry more when it deals with a situation I am personally involved with but can handle others problems so much better than I can my own. In her latest book, Joyce shows how these little, nagging destructive thoughts can do us more harm than good in both the physical, emotional and spiritual areas of our life.

Joyce teaches you how you can "daily" take up the battle and begin to replace all those thoughts that plague our lives and keep us from the true potential God knows is possible in us. There are chapters designed to help you with worry, fear, walking victoriously through any situation, pursuing peace, meeting our needs abundantly and even how to be content and emotionally stable. Oh where to start for me?

The first part of the book is for learning how to implement the change of thinking that has been going on since we were able to put thoughts together and allow us to shape our lives based on what we have thought. Joyce teaches us how to change all that bad thinking and put it into cans. After all miracles really do come in "Cans!!!" It's believing we can, and then repeating it and praying over the thoughts until we can become victorious over them.

I received this book, compliments of Faith Words a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review and think everyone should get a copy of this for their home. Who doesn't ever have those thoughts that plague us when life hands us lemons? I would easily rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars. For more information on this book, the amazing author and where to purchase a copy for yoursef, click on the title below:

Thanks to Hachette Book Groups, they are providing 3 copies for a giveaway. So if your interested, here's what you need to do:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Be a resident of the US or Canada and No P.O. Boxes please.

3. I need a way to contact you if you're a winner, so please include your email address in your comment box. You can use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Leave me a comment and tell me where you are struggling in your thought life. The giveaway will end on Oct 21st.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Brave - Giveaway and Review

It's 1959, and Tommy Bedford lives his life in a fantasy state of mind. He has grown up with the old west heroes of Flint McClintock, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and of course the Lone Ranger. He sees these men as the true heroes to be emulated in his own life. However Tommy is faced with one horrible problem that no amount of fantasizing can help, it's bedwetting.

His poor parents have tried everything in hopes of determining what is the underlying cause behind it but when all else fails, Tommy is sent off to boarding school in hopes that this will make him grow up. However what Tommy does learn from boarding school is that what goes on behind the walls of the school is kept secret. The brutal horrors of being threatened and bullied by those upper classmen teach Tommy that some things are never meant to be spoken of again.

In the book, The Brave by Nicholas Evans, we are taken back into the past when Tommy is struggling to find his own identity in a world of what the world wants as we see Tommy's childhood years and his sister Diane who has moved away to find her career in Hollywood as the newest up and coming starlet. She only wants to help Tommy in a way their parents can't. She meets Tommy's TV western hero, Ray Fontaine and believes he could be the answer to her prayers.

The book also takes you back and forth in Tommy's life and can occasionally take the reader awhile to understand which time period you are in with regard to Tommy. However the book does take some unexpected twists and turns and you understand that both Tommy and Diane each have secret lives that will soon be on display for the whole world to see and you understand just how tragic their lives are.

I received this book, compliments of Hachette Book Group for my honest review and must say this one is really great. It's a first for me reading Nicholas Evan's book but I did see The Horse Whisperer and have to say he is a great storyteller. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

For more information on the book, the author and where to get a first chapter glance, click on the title below:

The wonderful people at Hachette Book Groups have offered 3 giveaway copies of this book to the readers of this blog, and here are your guidelines:

1. You must be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. You must reside in the US or Canada and No P.O. Boxes please.

3. I must have a way to contact you via email if you are one of the lucky winners, so please include your email address in the comment box. You may use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Leave me a comment telling me why you'd love to win a copy of this book. The giveaway ends on October 20th.

The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook

Too often we, as parents, have a difficult things that are appropriate for young babies or even toddlers. I have located a perfect gift just in time for Christmas. It's called the Baby Bible Christmas Storybook by Robin Currie.

This beautifully illustrated board book is perfect for those long car rides, school, nursery and child care groups to keep baby busy and this book does so beautifully in telling the Christmas story. Each page has an illustration on one side, beautifully done and on the adjoining page a simply story outlining the Christmas story of Jesus' birth that special night that you can show your baby or toddler and have them join in with the story-telling in this interactive book.

For example:

A Quiet Night - Luke 2:8

Out in the fields it was very quiet. (Put your finger on your lips. shhhh.)
The dark sky was full of stars. (Wiggle your fingers above your head.)
The sheep were all asleep (Yawn.)
The baby lambs were sleeping too. (Rest your head on your hands.)

Dear God, I'm glad for the stars and quiet nights. Amen.

I received this amazing book compliments of B & B Media Group and David C Cook, for my honest review and honestly wish I would have had something like this when my kids were younger. It truly is a treasured keepsake and one your kids will enjoy over and over as you read and play together. This one rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.

For more information on this book, the author or where you can purchase this book, click on the title of the book below:

Monday, October 11, 2010

Snow Day - Review

Peter Boyd is your typical family man. He works hard to support his family of four living in a small Virginia town nestled against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Peter learns from a company wide memo that "Exciting Announcement!!!" is taking place tomorrow even though through the union grapevine there is speculation that is means lay offs. This just weeks before Christmas.

How does a man get through the day, wondering how he is going to provide for his family when in this economy, jobs are hard to come by. Especially a job that he's been at for some time and is making enough to support his family pretty well. In this day in age where jobs are a dime a dozen. Peter decides when he woke up that morning and found out that the weather man was wrong big time, that he too, could afford to take a "Snow Day", and just enjoy this one day while things in his life were still the way he left them last night.

Little did Peter realize how God would play out in a variety of roles through various people, Peter would encounter that day, to show him just what is really important in life and that worrying about them changes nothing. Peter's life on this day will never be the same but profoundly changed forever by an unexpected snow fall.

In his debut novel, Billy Coffey once more takes his readers on a magic journey into the various lives of the people we will meet through Peter Boyd and the need to venture out in search of "bread and milk" for his family and neighbors in "Snow Day"! At the conclusion of each chapter, Peter reflects what the purpose of his encounter means to him and this is where we catch our "Billyisms" or pieces of wonderful wisdom that embed themselves in your heart!

If you haven't heard of Billy Coffey, then you have been missing out of one of the finest writers that is guaranteed to not only touch your heart, but change your life forever by the words he uses to take us on the ride of our lives. I've known Billy Coffey for quite some time as a writer who was hoping one day to share his love of story-telling on his blog, "What I Learned Today" and have a book published. For all of us who have believed that Billy Coffey was a star just waiting to be discovered, this diamond is truly shining in his first book.

His down home charm and virtual porch allows the readers to share a piece of Billy's heart as he shares his personal story through the life of Peter Boyd. This is by far one of the best books I have read to date and once I had the opportunity to review it, I knew I had received a true gift.

I received Snow Day compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and for me this one rates off the scale. It's worthy of 10 stars! For more information on this book, the amazing and talented Billy Coffey, and where to purchase a copy of this life changing book and read an excerpt, continue to read further:

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Snow Day
FaithWords (October 11, 2010)


Billy Coffey


When you’re raised in small-town Virginia by a redneck father and a Mennonite mother, certain things become ingrained. And when you marry a small-town girl and have two small-town kids, all you want to do is pass those ingrained things along.

Like believing the best life is one lived in the country enjoying the pleasures it provides—summer nights beneath the stars, rocking chairs on the front porch, deer grazing in the fields. And believing that no matter how iffy life can get sometimes, there are some things that are eternal and unchanging.

But above all else, believing that in everything there is story waiting to be told.

That’s where I come in.

Billy Coffey was raised on stories. The first ones came on the front porches of relatives, tales laced with local charm and deep meaning. Then came the stories from people like Max Lucado and Robert Fulghum, who write with a charm and deep meaning of their own.

Billy lives with his wife and two children in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. If you drive by his house, you’ll probably spot him on the front porch. If you do, give him a wave. He’ll wave back.


In this debut novel, Peter is a simple man who lives by a simple truth--a person gains strength by leaning on his constants. To him, those constants are the factory where he works, the family he loves, and the God who sustains him. But when news of job cuts comes against the backdrop of an unexpected snowstorm, his life becomes filled with far more doubts than certainties.

With humor and a gift for storytelling, Billy Coffey brings you along as he spends his snow day encountering family, friends, and strangers of his small Virginia town. All have had their own battles with life's storms. Some have found redemption. Others are still seeking it. But each one offers a piece to the puzzle of why we must sometimes suffer loss, and each one will help Peter find a greater truth--our lives are made beautiful not by our big moments, but our little ones. (2010)

To read an excerpt from Snow Day, go HERE.

You can also visit his website at and sign up to follow his blog and his writings every day. I also did an interview with Billy Coffey back in August 2009, click here to take you back in time and read what an incredible man he is!!!