Friday, May 29, 2015

Hillsong UNITED CD Review and Giveaway

ABOUT UNITED
 Hillsong UNITED's next project EMPIRES follows 2013's ZION, the group's most successful and fastest selling album to date, selling over 400k units, and includes the Platinum selling single, Oceans. With over 1.7 million albums sold, and over 30 million people singing their songs every Sunday, UNITED has set a precedent in the church that will only grow with the impact of EMPIRES. The debut single from EMPIRES, Touch the Sky, premiered worldwide on Amazon and radio March 24.




Twitter: @HillsongUnited

Instagram: @HillsongUnited

Facebook: facebook.com/hillsongunited

Check them out on tour this summer: http://outcrytour.com/


Official website: http://smarturl.it/Empires


Track Listings
1. Here Now (Madness)
2. Say the Word
3. Heart Like Heaven
4. Touch the Sky
5. Street Called Mercy
6. When I Lost My Heart To You (Hallelujah)
7. Even When It Hurts (Praise Song)
8. Prince Of Peace
9. Empires
10. Rule
11. Captain
12. Closer Than You Know


Audio CD (May 26, 2015)
Original Release Date: 2015
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Hillsong
ASIN: B00VNQWTGI


MY REVIEW
  Hillsong United’s new album is called Empires. It features 12 songs and they seem to all be quite soft. Not your typical praise and worship songs. To me it’s really doesn’t stir up much emotion. I know songs don’t have to be emotional to be good. I like the more fast paced praise and worship music that is loud.
  Don’t get me wrong this album is sweet and quiet. It will be nice as background music or something that will soothe you as you sleep.
  Nice songs for you to enjoy and to sing along with.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Winners of the last two giveaways




One of my followers said she would like to know who winners are when I have giveaways. I usually do post these, but failed the last two times. Sorry.
  So here are the winners and they should have already received their prizes. 
  For the Love Inspired books the winner is Carrie
The winner of When Calls the Heart season one is Meredith.
Have a beautiful day everyone!

Virtuous DVD Review

ABOUT VIRTUOUS

When a young woman, Simone Burner (singer/songwriter, Brandy Allison), is accused of murdering the man who assaulted her, she seeks out the help of attorney Jack Evans (Erik Estrada) to prove her innocence. A ruthless and corrupt prosecutor engages her in a trial that brings the past she has longed to escape to the forefront of her defense. Virtuous will inspire and ignite you to live the principles of Proverbs 31 faith, integrity, wisdom and honor.

Actors: Erik Estrada, Brandy Allison, Kelly Bowling, Erin Bethea, Ben Davies Jessica Lynch
Directors: .
Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Capitol Christian
DVD Release Date: June 2, 2015
Run Time: 110 minutes

MY REVIEW
  Virtuous is a movie about many different women, but the main focus is on Simone who murders a man because he tried to assault her. She has a bad past but is now trying to lead a decent life.
  It is also about a young woman who was in the war and got captured and tortured, but God gives her the strength to keep going.
  Another woman in the movie is an older judge who puts up with an abusive husband. Not beating her, but verbal abuse.
  How they all hear in church that God loves them and they are precious in His sight. How this insight changes each of these woman and also others.
  Jack Evans is Simone’s lawyer and he proves that this has happened before to many women, but they didn’t do anything about it.
  If you want a faith-based movie that shows how women overcome the trials they go through with the Lord’s help this movie is for you.
  Excellent acting and very good actors.  Highly recommended and very enjoyable.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker A REVIEW



ABOUT THE CHOOSING
Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Though the whispers contradict everything she’s been told, they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, yet she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.

Series: A Seer Novel
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 19, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1496402243
ISBN-13: 978-1496402240
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair. Visit her online at www.rachelledekker.com.

MY REVIEW
  The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker is an excellent novel. This is the first book she has written.  I really enjoyed it and can’t wait for book 2 in the Seer series. I want to see how this story continues.
  The story opens in the year of 2257. The world has changed greatly. Every girl just lives for the chance to be chosen when she reaches the age. If a man does not chose you to be his wife then society shuns you and you have to become a Lint and work as a slave and do the jobs no one wants. As a Lint you are considered a nobody and you are left to live on your own.
   Carrington doesn’t get chosen and begins the horrible life everyone avoids.
  Someone is killing Lints that disobey and it’s a horrible way to die. I must say even though I love this book I did figure out who the killer was early on in the book, but that didn’t ruin the story for me.
  Well Carrington meets and has a few friends and things just happen to bring her into a different kind of life.
 Many twists and turns in this story. Just when you think you have all things figured out something new happens.
  The theme of this book is that you are Chosen by God even if no one else chooses you. He loves you just the way you are and you are important to Him. No matter what anyone else says.
  Strange, but the sermon in church this past week was on the same theme. So this story has really stuck with me to let me know I’m loved and chosen by God.
  The Choosing is a very excellent book and I know Rachelle Dekker is going to go far in her writing career. Highly recommend The Choosing and so glad to have found a new favorite author.

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Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mom's Night Out by Tricia Goyer A REVIEW

ABOUT MOM'S NIGHT OUT
Moms' Night Out is a novelization of the hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life—where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right.

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours—what could go wrong?

Chronicling one night out gone awry, three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang, and a bewildered cabbie all learn to embrace the beautiful mess called parenting. This book spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel . . . then reassures us that the key is raising kids in a loving home. Mom’s Night Out is an endearing, true-to-life comedy.

File Size: 2433 KB
Print Length: 291 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1433684829
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (April 8, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00JKV30R0
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray:
Not Enabled
Word Wise: Not Enabled
Lending: Enabled

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
TRICIA GOYER is the award-winning author of more than forty books, drawn from her experiences as a teen mother and leading voice of hope for women in today’s generation. A key note speaker at the 2013 MOPS convention, Tricia writes regularly for several popular Christian women's blogs in addition to her own. She has been married for more than twenty years and is the mother of six children. For more information, visit: www.triciagoyer.com.




MY REVIEW
  Mom’s Night Out by Tricia Goyer is a super-hilarious, roller-coaster ride from the beginning to the end. You will laugh and laugh at all of the things that happen and enjoy the ups and downs of all of these characters.
  All Allyson, Izzy and Sondra want is a day for themselves away from children and responsibilities, but what they get is out of the ordinary, wacky trouble.
  Allyson has three children, Izzy has twins and just found out she is expecting and Sondra has a teenage daughter, she is also the pastor’s wife. Sondra feels she must always be happy and help everyone.
  Right from the start you will crack up laughing as Allyson’s three young children make her breakfast for Mother’s Day and they do it all alone, since Allyson’s husband is away on a business trip.
  What a book that will keep you laughing and wondering what could possibly happen next.
  You will revel in the stolen child, pastor’s wife getting in the spot light to dance, high speed car chase, children screaming, and in the end they each come to the conclusion that God is always there and is taking care of them.
  Really, really funny book that you won’t be able to put down. Highly recommended.

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I received my free copy from Net Galley for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Shadowed by Kariss Lynch A REVIEW

ABOUT SHADOWED
Can Nick and Kaylan come together when all seems hopeless?

Nick Carmichael faces the demons of his past on a Navy SEAL mission to catch
arms dealer Janus.  Meanwhile his girlfriend, Kaylan Richards, must come to
terms with loving a man who is often gone and in harm's way.  She is adjusting to
life in a new city with new friends, new neighbors, and an internship.  But she still
wonders if she will ever find her place and wrestles to develop the strength for
the future she wants to have with Nick.

As Nick and the SEAL team chase Janus, she turns the tables, attacking their
families, which places Kaylan in harm's way.  When Kaylan begins receiving
threatening notes and items begin to disappear from her home, Nick must
learn to trust God with her life as he and his team fight for justice and
answers to his past.  Will light shine in the darkness, or will Kaylan and
Nick's love forever be stalked by shadows?

Series: Heart of a Warrior (Book 2)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Realms (March 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1629980064
ISBN-13: 978-1629980065
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kariss Lynch began her writing career in third grade when she created a story about a magical world for a class assignment. Chasing her dream into college, she received a degree in English at Texas Tech University and fell in love with writing faith-based fiction about characters with big dreams, adventurous spirits, and bold hearts. Kariss is a diehard Texan, born and bred in Dallas, where she now works as a writer for a local communications ministry.

MY REVIEW
  Shadowed by Kariss Lynch is book 2 in the Heart of a Warrior Series. Shadowed can also be a stand alone book.
  Nick and Kaylan have gotten closer than in book 1 and Nick tells her he loves her, but Kaylan has to work through her feelings. She feels if she loves someone she will lose them as she did her best friend Sarah in the Haiti earthquake in book 1.
  Then the threat of Janus that Nick and the other SEALs are after is now targeting Kaylan. Usually family are safe from the threat of the SEALs, so they have to be extra careful.
  This book Shadowed has a lot of twists and turns. You will be surprised and astonished at how everything turns out.
 An amazing story full of love, hope, forgiveness and honor.
Highly recommended.


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Thanks to Charisma House for providing this book for review. I
was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have
expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with
the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton A REVIEW

ABOUT THE WOOD'S EDGE
At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna,

Series: The Pathfinders
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1601427328
ISBN-13: 978-1601427328
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace.

Lori's debut novel, Burning Sky, earned the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical, and Book of the Year.

MY REVIEW
  The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton is another superb read. This is Lori’s third book and each one is excellent. I’ve read all of them and will continue to look for her books in the future. Book 2 of the Pathfinders series will be out next year. Can’t wait.
  All of the characters in this series are well developed and very likable. When Reginald stole the white twin of a woman to give to his wife as their own son and placed his dead son in the other woman’s arms it just is such a sad and desperate move. You will feel the anguish of all of the parents involved. How one seeks revenge, how one is so very guilty. The mother that had her baby stolen knew right away when she woke what happened and how her heart was torn open with the grief. The mother who had her child die didn’t realize the switch so she loves this child fiercely.
   I love the names of the twins who were born to the Indian father and white mother. They are called Two Hawks and He-is-Taken.
  Also in the story a little girl {Anna} was almost murdered by the Indians but Reginald saved her. She meets Two Hawks in the woods, but doesn’t know that her adopted brother is really Two Hawks twin brother. Anna forms a friendship with him and they meet to talk of her brother, which is Two Hawks real brother.
  This is really a heart touching, precious story. Of loss, love, vengeance, forgiveness. Very good novel. I highly recommend it.

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Thanks to WaterBrookMultnomah for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255