21 Ways to Worship – A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration by Vinny Flynn

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21 Ways to Worship – A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration is a short but extremely helpful book on how to draw closer to Jesus through Adoration.

Great for beginners and those looking to add more depth to their hour with the Lord, this book shares many inspiring ideas on prayer, song and silence.

Yes.  Silence.

This book reminds us that our relationship with Jesus is a two-way street.  If we’re doing all the talking, Jesus won’t be able to help us learn more about Him.  Yes, Adoration is for prayer, but we also want to remember to have moments of silence to let Jesus into our hearts and speak to us about God’s plan, love and mercy for us.

Filled with prayers, scripture quotes and wise council from the Pope and the Saints, Vinny Flynn’s 21 Ways to Worship is an excellent addition to any Catholic bookshelf!  He’s also allowed for several blank pages for you to write in your own notes and prayers.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this talented author!

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: MercySong/Ignatius (August 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884479448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884479441

To learn more about Vinny Flynn (the guy who sings the Divine Mercy Chaplet on EWTN) visit his Facebook page – @authorvinnyflynn .

I own a copy of this book.  A review was not requested.  Opinions expressed are my own.

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Seasons of an Amish Garden – A Novella Collection by Amy Clipston

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Seasons of an Amish Garden is a collection of four novellas by Amy Clipston.  This is a spin-off series from her novella, The Christmas Cat, from the 2017 An Amish Christmas Love.  (See my review here: An Amish Christmas Love!)

Fans of Amy Clipston’s work will enjoy another visit to Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania…and seeing more of Hank the cat!  This book would also be great for a newcomer to the genre to experience the Amish life through the author’s easygoing style.

The included stories are:
Spring is in the Air
Home by Summer
The Fruits of Fall
Winter Blessings

Readers will see how this Amish community comes together to honor a friend’s late husband.  This book wouldn’t be complete without the sweet, wholesome romances that develop in each story!  God is with us all through every season of life, and this book reminds us to seek His will through every challenge and every triumph.

Seasons of an Amish Garden is available now – visit Christian Book Distributors .

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Zondervan.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Coffee Club Mysteries: 6 Whodunits Are Brewing in Small-Town Kansas by Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Elizabeth Ludwig, Dana Mentink, Candice Prentice and Janice Thompson

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“Never underestimate the power of a caffeinated woman.” ++

I love novella collections and I was so excited to see that this upcoming release from Barbour Publishing was a cozy mystery collection!

Most importantly, a Christian cozy mystery collection!!

And!!  Each story was told from the first person point of view!  I love when mysteries are told from this point of view as it really helps you dive into the character’s thoughts, collect the clues and solve the mystery!

The six novellas included in this book were filled with a lot of faith, love and friendship.  A few included a little romance, as well!  I enjoyed the small town vibe with its vibrant, quirky characters.

Each story is penned by a different author and follow the same cast of characters, giving a unique voice to each woman in the Coffee Club.  The stories included are:

Coffee, Tea or Murder by Cynthia Hickey
The Honey Hive Mystery by Dana Mentink
Chili Con Carne Murder by Candice Prentice
Nuts for Coffee by Darlene Franklin
In Hot Water by Elizabeth Ludwig
Nutty as a Fruitcake by Janice Thompson

I am so glad I read this book!  It was such a fun read!  I absolutely recommend this to cozy mystery fans as well as fans of novella collections!  The Coffee Club Mysteries releases on February 1, 2019.  Preorder today at  Christian Book Distributors .

I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley.   A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are my own.

++ Quote is taken from an advanced reader copy and may not appear in the final text.

The Sleuth’s Dilemma – The Librarian Sleuth Book Two by Kimberly Rose Johnson

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The Sleuth’s Dilemma is the second book in The Librarian Sleuth Mysteries series by Kimberly Rose Johnson.  This book stands very well on its own as any key information about returning characters is well explained.

This book was filled with solid, relatable characters and great examples of true friendship!  The plot was well balanced, having a few romances blossoming and an interesting mystery.  The mystery half of the plot was delivered perfectly.  Both the culprit and the motive puzzled me until the very end!  The romantic half of the story was sweetly executed, as well.

I happily recommend this book!  The Sleuth’s Dilemma was filled with faith, mystery and romance.  It had a quick pace and was enjoyable to read.  I’m looking forward to more by this author!

To learn more about this series, visit Mountain Brook InkThe Sleuth’s Dilemma will release on February 1, 2019.

I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from Mountain Brook Ink in exchange for a review.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Code of Valor – Blue Justice Book 3 by Lynette Eason

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I have a favorite St. John sibling and his name is Brady.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book, and it did not disappoint!  Code of Valor is the third book in Lynette Eason’s Blue Justice Series.  While this story stands very well on its own, it may be helpful to read the series in order to become more familiar with the St. John family.

The action in this book starts immediately and does not stop until the last page!  The twists, turns, highs and lows of this novel were intense!  Lynette Eason writes a gripping story with plenty of description to make you feel what the characters are going through, but stops before any details become too graphic.

The St. John siblings share a common bond with five of them being involved with law enforcement.  (A sixth sibling, Ruthie, is a surgeon.  Her novella can be found in The Cost of Betrayal .)  I love how they show up to support each other not only personally, but professionally as well.  The brotherly banter between Brady, Linc and Derek was especially endearing!  A special nod goes to the female lead, Emily Chastain.  She was a fighter and quite strong in her faith.  Emily was a great fit for this book!

Sprinkled throughout the pages is a sweet and light romance.  Even though its formed under duress, it’s cute and believable.  I enjoyed how it was not the focus and how naturally it happened.

I am very much invested in this series and this wonderful family!  The next book in this series, Vow of Justice, releases on August 6, 2019.  I’m expecting another page turner for sure!

I highly recommend Code of Valor – purchase a copy at www.christianbook.com today!

I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are my own

Happy New Year – Happy Release Day!

It’s a busy day in the world of Christian fiction!  Today, January 1, 2019 is the release day for the following books!

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My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge:  Laurel’s Dream

Pepper Basham
My Review

 

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Flights of Fancy – American Heiresses #1

Jen Turano
My Review

 

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Code of Valor – Blue Justice Series #3

Lynette Eason
* Review to come! *

Thank you to Barbour Publishing, Bethany House Publishers and Revell for providing advanced reader copies for review through NetGalley!

In the comments below:  Will you be reading any of these in the new year?  What other January 2019 releases are you looking forward to?

Looking forward to sharing more great books with you in 2019 – Happy New Year!

~JenGalaxy4

My Top Three Favorite Reads in 2018

I find it quite a funny coincidence that my three favorite books read in 2018 all release in January 2019!

I present to you, in no particular order, my top three favorite reads in 2018!

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Flights of Fancy – American Heiresses Series
Jen Turano
Bethany House Publishers
January 1, 2019

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair
Jaime Jo Wright
Bethany House Publishers
January 22, 2019

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My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream
Pepper Basham
Barbour Publishing
January 1, 2019

I am so thankful to the publishers for providing early review copies on NetGalley!

Comment below: What were your top three favorite books for the year?

I will see you all in 2019! Happy New Year!

~ JenGalaxy4

December 2018 Recap

Hi folks!  Here’s my December 2018 Recap!

Reviews:
My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream by Pepper D. Basham
To Have and To Hold by Betsy St. Amant, Katie Ganshert and Becky Wade
The Lieutenant’s Bargain – Fort Reno Series by Regina Jennings
The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright
Called: Becoming an Everyday Disciple in a Post-Christian World – A Five-Week Guide by Kevin Cotter

Spotlight:
Spotlight: December 4, 2018 New Releases

Goodreads Reading Challenge Tally:
74/70

Favorite Book I Read in December:
The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

January Sneak Peak – Most Anticipated Read:
Code of Valor – Blue Justice Series Book 3 by Lynette Eason

Comment below:  What was your favorite book in December?

Thanks for stopping by!  See you again soon!
~ Jen

 

The Teacher’s Bride – Amish Brides of Birch Creek by Kathleen Fuller

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Return to Kathleen Fuller’s beloved community of Birch Creek, Ohio in this first book of the brand new series, Amish Brides of Birch Creek!

The Teacher’s Bride introduces us to Ruby Glick and Christian Ropp.  As newcomers to Birch Creek, the two form a sweet friendship that was just as funny to watch bloom as it was heartwarming.

Ruby and Christian are very socially awkward and have unique ways of dealing with other people.  I found them to be relatable and adorable, both together and apart.  I definitely laughed out loud at several scenes as I watched Christian and Ruby navigate life!  The supporting characters were also very well written and I hope to see them in future stories from this series.

This book featured a lot of humor as well as a lot of heart.  It’s a well crafted story and if you’re a fan of Kathleen Fuller’s work, you will not be disappointed!

Five Stars!  I absolutely recommend this book and I’m excited for the next book in the series, The Farmer’s Bride, which releases on June 4, 2019.  The Teacher’s Bride is available now – visit  www.christianbook.com  for more details!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through the BookLook Bloggers Program.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are completely my own.

Called: Becoming an Everyday Disciple in a Post-Christian World – A Five-Week Guide by Kevin Cotter

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Book Blurb:
“Do you feel uncertain about how to share your Catholic faith with others, especially as society increasingly rejects religion? Why not follow examples from the scriptures and saints to guide you?

In this five-week guide to becoming a daily disciple of Jesus in a post-Christian culture, popular speaker, bestselling author, and experienced FOCUS missionary Kevin Cotter presents thirty-five brief and engaging meditations that provide Catholics with the conviction and tools for sharing Jesus with others.

Called is an accessible guide to evangelization for the average Catholic. Through short and simple daily meditations, you will gain everything you need to begin sharing the Gospel, including the conviction that you can and should be evangelizing their faith.

Based on the principles of evangelization taught by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS)—where Kevin Cotter is the senior director of curriculum—Called invites you to delve into powerful scenes from Jesus’ life, plus stories from the lives of saints such as Augustine, Mother Teresa, and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, as you explore how the call to discipleship is at the heart of scripture in ancient Israel, the life of Jesus, and the apostolic Church.

Cotter leads you on this five-week journey as someone who understands the challenges of talking about faith with friends and the sacrifices needed to invest in others. He encourages you to step outside your comfort zone as you open your eyes to Jesus’ call to discipleship.”  (Source:  Ave Maria Press )

Price: $13.95
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-59471-851-9
Ave Maria Press
October 26, 2018

My Thoughts:
This book said I would learn how to live the faith, share the faith and raise up disciples to do the same thing.  I certainly did!  I feel better prepared thanks to this book.

Called by Kevin Cotter was a very inspiring read!  I completed this much faster than the intended five-week plan this book is set up for – I didn’t want to stop reading!  The layout of Called is designed to be read over the course of five weeks, a little each day, like a daily devotional.  Each day’s lesson is about the same length and many share both Scripture and Catechism quotes.

I really enjoyed the writing style Kevin Cotter used for this book.  He speaks on an authoritative yet friendly, relatable level.  I never felt like I was being taught at or told to implement the suggestions in this book in a way that wouldn’t be comfortable or natural for me.

I absolutely recommend this book to anyone, especially my fellow Catholics, looking for a refreshing look on evangelization, discipleship and living more like Jesus.

Called is available now – visit www.AveMariaPress.com for details on this and other great Catholic resources!

I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from Ave Maria Press through NetGalley.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed are my own.