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Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day: Learn the basics of:   Islam  Buddhism  Hinduism  Mormonism  Christianity  And many more...

Title: Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day

Author: Garry R. Morgan

Book Length: 173 pages

Genre: Religion

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Back Cover Synopsis: What religions are represented in your neighborhood, your workplace, and your children's school?  Things seem to be changing every day, and it can be hard to keep up.  You may know a little about some of these religions.  Others are new to you.  You'd like to learn about them and how they differ from your beliefs, but who has time to do all the research?

In Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day, cross-cultural expert and professor Garry Morgan explains the key beliefs, histories, and practices of more than twenty religions, including the familiar - Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism - and some of the lesser known - Baha'i, Sikhism, and New Age religions.  Broken into forty short readings, each chapter is engaging and easy to understand.  In just minutes a day you'll soon have a better understanding of the world's beliefs.

My take on this book: Ever since I asked Jesus back into my heart, I have wanted to read everything I can on religion.  At the time, since I was a Christian, I wanted to learn more about Christianity.  But, as time has gone on, I wanted to learn about other religions as well.  Not because I'm dissatisfied with my own beliefs, but because I'm curious about what other religions believe and how they came to be.  When I saw this book, I just knew I had to read it.  After I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.  Instead of 15 minutes a day, I put in a couple of hours over 2 days because it was so interesting.  I love how each religion covered is in short sections because I think that making them longer than what they are would be a bit overwhelming.  Now that I've gotten a little information on each one, I would love to go further and get into more detail, so over time, I will be doing the research required to get a more in-depth look.  I really recommend this book to anyone who is curious about other religions.  It's concise and easy to understand which is great for all of us who don't have time to read a huge book on the subject.

About the Author: Garry R. Morgan is Professor of Intercultural Studies at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, following eighteen years of cross-cultural ministry in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania.  Garry is married, has a grown daughter, and lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  Otherwise, I was not compensated.  My opinions are my own and may differ from yours.

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Synopsis: When Reporter Cheyenne Gentry gets an Instant Message she tries to ignore it, but the sender wants her to know he murdered someone tonight. Cheyenne thinks it’s a hoax but finds out it’s not. She finds out for herself. Then the killer tells her he wants her to write his story. Cheyenne wants nothing to do with the story or the killer but the killer won’t let her refuse his request. Will he let her live long enough to find him or will she become another chapter to his story?

My take on this book: I usually try to sandwich a negative between two positives, but I'm going to change that up a bit here.  Here is the one thing negative that I have to say about this book: I was pretty disappointed that I figured out who the killer was and had it confirmed by the first half of the book.  BUT, after reading the entire book, I was pretty happy with that because it gave the author time to let us know about why the killer was the way he was and why he was committing these horrific murders.  I really liked the plot line and was extremely surprised by how the book ended.  Due to the grisly details of the murders, I would not recommend this to anyone under the age of 17.

About the Author:

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I live in a small town (population 495) in Wisconsin. From my deck I can see the Mississippi River on one side and the bluffs, where eagles live and nest on the other side. I live with my husband Dave and dog Sammy. My two children are grown and I have two grandchildren. I love to watch people and that has helped me with my writing. I often use people I watch as characters in my books and I always try to give my characters some of my own values and habits.

I love to create characters and put them in a troubling situation then sit back and let them do all the work. My characters surprise even me at times. At some point in the book they take on a life of their own and the twists and turns they create becomes the story. Of all the stories I could write I found I like mystery/thrillers the best. I like to keep my readers guessing until the very end of the book.

My book titles are: Bones, The Darkness Within, Meghan’s Legacy, Shadow Chaser, Witness, Secrets and Lies, Legacy of Murder, The Unknown Son, The Prophet, No One to Hear You Scream, Bradbury Inn, Murderous Intent, Wrong Number, Fall from Grace, The House on Berkley Street.

My next books coming out are Cards Of Sin, Blood Memories, Phoenix Rising. A Murder in her Past has been accepted but not started going through the editing process yet.

Cards of Sin will be out August 10th and Blood Memories will be released sometime in August. I’m waiting on the test copy now.

I’m not sure when Phoenix Rising will be out. It was supposed to come out in Sept. Xchyler recently got a new Editor and everything has to go through her


Web site:

I am on facebook and twitter as kjdahlen

My blog is on facebook at K.J.’s blog

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Nothing to Hide (A Roland March Mystery)

Synopsis (Back Cover):

The victim's head is missing, but what intrigues Detective Roland March is the hand.  The pointing finger must be a clue - but to what?  According to the FBI, the dead man was an undercover asset tracking the flow of illegal arms to the Mexican cartels.  To protect the operation, they want March to play along with the cover story.  With a little digging, though, he discovers the Feds are lying.  And they're not the only ones.

In an upside-down world of paranoia and conspiracy, March finds himself dogged by injury and haunted by a tragic failure.  Forced to take justice into his own hands, his twisting investigation leads him into the very heart of darkness, leaving March with nothing to lose - and NOTHING TO HIDE.

My take on the book:

I LOVED this book!  Not only is it set in my hometown of Houston, Texas, it is a book that just keeps you guessing.  Just when you think you have it all figured out, BAM!  Here comes a twist that proves you wrong.  Murder mysteries are my genre of choice and this book does not disappoint.  The language used is clean, but due to the violent nature of murder and a few references to prostitutes, I would recommend this to late teens to adults.  There are two other books in the Roland March mystery series and I plan on and look forward to reading both of them!

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IT HAD LONG BEEN DEBATED THAT THE END OF DAYS FOR PLANET EARTH WAS SET IN CONCRETE AS DECEMBER 21, 2012. Mathematical savant Ana Christensen was merely following her instincts when working a theorem in a direction and style that could have never been accepted by traditional mathematicians. As a result she stumbled upon an ancient Mayan creation, a time loop beginning in 3114BC and ending on the long contested twenty first century date. In a dynamic race against time, Ana and her male compatriot battle the forces of individual evil, bureaucracy, paramilitary mercenaries, and most powerful of all…destiny.
My review:
First of all, I want to say thank God for the unnamed male protagonist or I would have been totally lost throughout most of the book.  The mathematical stuff was pretty difficult to understand, but since he wasn't a mathematical genius, the explanations for him were definitely welcomed by me!  But, don't let this deter you because this book was a wild ride!  The twists, turns and outright craziness of the plot kept me enthralled until the very last page.  It was very frustrating when I had to put it down to go to bed at night or make dinner for my family because I wanted to keep going to see what happened.  As a Christian, I know how the world is going to end and it's not because of the end of the Mayan calendar, but I will say that by the end of the book, there was that little thought in the back of my head wondering if this kind of thing could happen.  It's a scary thought! 
If you are into sci-fi and/or thrillers, I would definitely read this book.  The author's imagination is fantastic!
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Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm is about the story of Adam Brown, a kid from Arkansas who was extremely proud of his state.  He wasn't the biggest kid, but he had the biggest heart who saved a boy with Down Syndrome from being bullied, obeyed his parents even if it got him picked on by his friends and was always doing crazy stunts.  He was always well-liked and respected.  Eventually, he got into drugs and ultimately landed in jail.  One day, he met the woman who would be his future wife and between her, his parents and God, he got clean with just a few relapses.  He decided that he wanted to go into the Navy.  But, in the usual Adam Brown fashion, he didn't want to just be on a ship; he wanted to be a SEAL.  With the determination he has shown his entire life, he persevered to achieve his goal.  On March 17, 2010, with a highly decorated career, he gave the ultimate sacrifice while trying to protect his team.

While reading this book, I was struck by how much he and his team were like brothers.  You always hear that it is that way, but if you were never in the military (and I wasn't), you just don't know the extent until you start reading a book like this.  These guys went shoulder-to-shoulder into danger to protect our freedoms and you could just imagine the sense of brotherhood when these guys spoke of Adam with such respect, love and grief.  Even though I knew how it was going to end, I still cried reading about the grief of his family and his friends, his brothers.  Eric Blehm said it himself in the Afterword, "Even with the knowledge that Adam truly was ready-body and soul-to give up his life in the line of duty, the final chapters of this book were heartrending to write.  I knew what was coming, but I hoped for a different outcome...somehow."  I knew how it was going to end and I kept hoping he would pull through and go home to that beautiful family of his.

I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter how you feel about the War on Terror.  There are so many other men and women who died serving our country whose stories we don't get to hear.  They, and Adam Brown, deserve for us to take the time to read about the sacrifices they go through while we sit in our homes, playing with our children, griping about how we have to do this or that that, in the grand scheme of things, really aren't that bad.  And, through it all, he never lost his faith in God.

Get a sneak peek by reading chapter one here.

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Disclosure:  I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  I did not receive compensation for a positive review.  All opinions are my own and may differ from yours.

A Love by Any Measure by Killian McRae is a historical romance novel set in the 1800's.  Maeve O'Connor is the poor Irish tenant of Lord August Grayson, her childhood friend.  When Maeve and her father fall behind on their rent, Maeve strikes a deal with Lord Grayson, an Englishman, that despite their best efforts, causes them to fall deeply in love with each other.  Because of their very different socio-economic statuses and the English people's bigotry and hatred for the Irish and the Irish people's hatred for the English, their love is forbidden and Maeve and August must decide if it is worth the consequences to themselves and to those who they care about the most.

I started this book thinking that it sounds interesting enough after reading the synopis.  What I didn't expect was the twists and turns, intrigue and mystery that I found.  If every historical romance novel was like this one, I would definitely read more of them! Of course, there was plenty of sex and romance and I found myself rooting for the couple as they had to jump one hurdle after another to be together.  Because of the sex scenes, I would definitely only recommend this book to adult women. 

Ladies, if you love romance and/or historical romance, I'm telling you that this book is for you.  Even if you are on the fence, I'm sure you would be as pleasantly surprised as I was by this book.

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My Fifteenth Birthday:

Happy Birthday to me…. That’s right I’m now fifteen years old. You may be wondering where I have been all summer, since I haven’t written since the day of the Buddy Walk. Well, that last entry filled up my journal. I can’t believe I filled two journals already. I didn’t realize how much I like to write! I kept meaning to get another one, but I have been so busy that I just never got around to it. I have to say, I have really missed writing things down at night. I was so happy when I opened Megan’s present, and she’d gotten me another journal for my birthday. She said it is going to be a tradition, and she promised not to write in this one!

I know I have a lot to write about my summer, but I have to tell you about my birthday party first. I had such a great time.

My actual birthday was yesterday, so I celebrated with the family last night. We all went out to dinner and then they gave me presents when we got home. Mikey gave me some nail polish and Monica drew me a picture of the two of us playing Barbie’s (I think that was a hint!). My parents gave me some gift cards, because I like to pick out my own clothes rather than have them pick them out, and they also gave me a new iPod, which I totally needed. Max smiled at me, so I took that as my gift from him. He is turning into a really cute little guy.

To celebrate with my friends, I wanted to do a BBQ deal at the house and just invite everyone over for a great party. So I contacted my friends and told them to invite their friends, and my dad agreed to man the BBQ and try not to be too intrusive.

I went with pink and white colors, because I just love that combo, and my friend, Cassie, helped me pick out decorations and decide what to wear.

Cassie just moved to Dearborn. She moved in a few doors down from my house at the end of June. Being the outgoing and super friendly person that I am, I went down and introduced myself. Turns out she’s really cool, and we’ve spent a lot of time together this summer. She will be starting DHS as a sophomore with me in a few short days. She already knows Brian and Jimmy, of course, but the BBQ gave her a chance to meet everyone that she will be going to school with this year.

Anyway, it turned into an all-out bash! I was feeling particularly cute (Yoga is making me totally toned!) in my baby doll pink ruffled tank with white shorts and white sandals. I wore my hair in a side braid with pink hoop earrings and this sweet white flower ring that Cassie gave me as a birthday present. Mom kept Monica and Max entertained and Megan wandered outside a couple of times to grab cheese cubes and a hot dog, but was ghost most of the day. Mikey hung out with my friends the most, but it didn’t bother me. He played catch and basketball with some of the guys and stayed out of my hair.

Brian brought Mo along with him, but promised that there wouldn’t be any trouble, and there wasn’t. They’ve had football practice for about a month now to get ready for the season, so they brought some of the guys from the team along with them. Jimmy brought Kasey, Joshua, and Joe, who run track with him, and they brought their girlfriends. I hadn’t talked to any of them very much since my fallout with Layla, but they were all really cool. The others who came must have heard from word of mouth, because I had about fifty people from school at my house. It was awesome!

The biggest surprise came about halfway through my party. I was looking for Jimmy and couldn’t find him anywhere. He’d told me to come find him later, so he could give me my present. Just when I was about to give up, I saw him coming out of my house, and I started towards him. He caught my eye and smiled and then turned to motion to something behind him - and Jess walked out! I let out a “Whoop!” and went running up to hug her. She wasn’t supposed to be home until the day before school, so this was totally unexpected.

“OMG, Jess! What are you doing here?” I squealed, holding her close and not wanting to let her go.

“I wanted to surprise you. Happy Birthday, Mis!”

“You totally did! I’m so happy you’re here!” I said as I led her down the stairs.

“Jimmy, you knew about this didn’t you?” I accused, laughing as I turned towards him.

“Yeah… It was tough not telling you, but I knew it would be a great surprise!” he explained, grabbing Jess for a quick hug and telling her that he missed her too.

She hugged him back and smiled. Then she turned to Cassie, who had come up next to me and said, “You must be Cassie. I’ve heard so much about you. I feel like I know you already! Welcome to Dearborn!”

“Me too! I mean, I feel like I know you too, with as much as Melissa has talked about you. Thanks, and welcome back,” Cassie replied, looking quite stunning. Her hair is a striking red and she has brilliant green eyes. She totally looks like a supermodel and I would hate her if she wasn’t my friend. She would be intimidating if she wasn’t so sweet and friendly.

So, the party was pretty much perfect after that. My mom even gave me a letter from Ben, which she’d saved for me, since he wrote “Happy Birthday” on the front of the envelope. In fact, I have been saving it and didn’t think about it until now, so I’m going to sign off now so that I can go and read it. I’ll write more later to fill in the blanks about my summer vacation!

About the Author:


Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao.


Melissa has had a fantastic summer hanging out with her friends and making new ones. Life as she knows it will change when they all come together to begin their sophomore year at Dearborn High. Connections will be made and friendships will be tested. Will Melissa’s family and friends be able to help her through the challenges she will face in the upcoming months?

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Book excerpt:
(Warning: Some material might be inappropriate for some readers due to sexual content and drug use.)
Vince wrapped his body around Candy’s in a spoon position. She was facing the other way and he breathed in the fragrance of her shampoo and thought about things. I’ve been out of prison for almost three years; I’m off parole and back in Orange County. Why did I feel so drawn back to this county? Why didn’t I just stay in Bakersfield with my Mom where parole and life was so easy? I know why, life is boring out there and I missed this area.

Feeling Candy’s heart beating too fast and her foot kicking, Vince thought about being released from
Pelican Bay and then High Desert. He remembered paroling with Damon and the pact he made not to
do any more speed no matter what! He remembered telling Damon how he could see that speed the biker slammed into his vein clearly, how it sent him off on a path that went in so many directions, but guaranteed that it would end in prison. Now here he is, discharged from parole and back in Orange County with this gorgeous girl, Candy for the past two months. Her heart is beating too fast.

Vince thought, Candy got out of rehab two months ago and seemed to fall in love with me instantly. Now I know I’m in love with her. Vince looked at the alarm clock he’d set up with the small mirror angled just right until he could see Candy’s face. Her eyes were open and her eye lids were flashing open like a butterfly’s wings.

Vince thought about what he’d heard about Candy. There were rumors she had been an escort, a high priced one. It was said she used to have a route through the most expensive gated communities in south Orange County where she stopped and did what she did to get her bills paid and clothes and other presents bought for her. Supposedly she didn’t have sex with any of them, rather she was more like a mobile stripper who teased and flaunted her way through wallets and credit cards.

Vince laughed, I should have known, with her name, Candy.

Vince looked at the alarm clock right as it went off at six am... He watched her pretend to just wake
up, yawn and get up. He watched her sexy voluptuous angular body walk to the bathroom in a G-string and thought, she is a candy bar, though. As soon as the door closed Vince reached over to the table and looked in the handbag she seemed so protective of. Her paper work for the lawyer she worked for was in there, so were two pairs of stiletto heels, a mini skirt, lingerie, and a video camera. Vince pulled out the small video camera and slid it under the bed. A half an hour later Candy walked out.

She walked out dressed in a tan business suit looking like a model receptionist and sat on the bed. Vince looked into her brown eyes and kissed her pouting lips possessively for a couple of minutes. Then he stared at her curly brown hair and angel shaped face as she said, “Vince I want a family life with you honey. That’s my dream, so don’t forget it. I have to go to work; I’ll be home for dinner. Love ya.”

Vince pulled out the video camera. The little blue hand held camera had the name Candy 007 on it in
glittered stickers. He hit play and watched Candy in her other life. The video showed the footage was from two days ago. Vince thought, right when I felt her feet kicking and her heart beating too fast. The video played. Vince watched Candy video herself driving in her Range Rover to the Smut Peddlers playing on the stereo. Candy was wearing strappy stiletto heels, a mini skirt, a top that showed off her uplifted breast and tan skin, her hair in pony tails, sucking on a sucker while dancing to the music. Vince saw her pulling up to a gated community. A gate guard came to the window and Candy said, “I’m Candy for Vladimir. He should have called me in already.”

Vince stared at the gate guard and knew the community. It was the most expensive gated community in Santa Margarita. He watched the gate guard hand over a pass and Candy drive in. The video stopped and started again. This time, someone Candy called Vladimir was holding it and following her around. Candy walked into an extravagant kitchen right to the refrigerator and pulled out a bottle of Stolichnaya Vodka like she knew the place well. Candy asked, “Don’t you have any Grey Goose Vodka? You know that’s my favorite.”

Vince heard the man holding the video’s deep voice say, “I’m Russian, what do you expect... Are you back on your mobile escort tour now that you’re out of rehab? And what’s up with your job working as a receptionist for that lawyer, is it just a front?”

Candy smiled for the camera while she poured half a glass over a couple pieces of ice. “You ask a lot of questions. Yes, I’m back in business. It’s hard to let go of the kind of money I’m worth. The lawyer I started working for uses speed and heard of my infamous reputation. He hired me because of it, so you can assume what kind of work I do for him. Now back to business. Do you have any more speed for me and can you pay my Range Rover payment Vladimir?”

“It depends. Take off your G-string and throw it to me. You’re going to have to go up to my room and
dance for me for a couple hours. Are you going to let me taste you yet?”

Candy lifted a leg and climbed out of her G-string and lifted the other one and did the same thing. She
threw it toward the voice and said, “Eventually, if you’re really good to me, I might let you taste my candy.”
Vince felt a pain foreign to him as he heard the deep voice laughing, following Candy up the stairs with her ass swishing back and forth underneath the skirt. Vince realized what that foreign pain was, his heart breaking. He took a deep breath that got caught in his throat thinking about how long he’d been lonely, locked in a cell. His saw his hand holding the video camera shaking and set it down right as the phone rang.
“Vince... Did I... Leave my video camera?”

“What camera Candy?”

Vince detected in the tone of his voice the knowledge of the camera and gritted his teeth.

Vince heard Candy’s tone of voice signify she knew he knew. “I’m sorry Vince...”

“It’s okay! We’ll deal with it!”

Vince detected the desperate tone of his voice and hated it.

Vince heard Candy’s voice crying, “No it’s not okay. I can’t be trusted, I’m too dysfunctional.”

Vince said, “The story of my life,” to the dial tone.

Vince paced Candy’s apartment back and forth just like he did in his cell for all of those years. He thought, I should call Damon at Crossroads sober living in San Clemente. I’ll call after I call Candy again. Candy still didn’t answer and Vince found himself remembering the hundreds of cell searches he lived through in the many different cells he’d lived in with Damon. Instead of calling Damon he found himself going through Candy’s closet. He searched every inch of every hand bag and purse, checked every pocket in jeans, jackets, and sweaters, went through the seams of every hat and then remembered something. Candy was wearing one of her favorite dresses three days ago when she first started acting wired. A Gucci dress, a Valentino dress and there it was, the Oscar De Larenta. It was a black sexy dress that had tassels that could be tied around the dress or left to hang. Inside one of the tassels there was an opening and a small bag of crystal speed wedged inside.

Vince pulled it out and dumped it on a table. He remembered Candy saying, “I want to have a family life with you honey.”

Vince thought, “I’ll find you and make that family life happen” as he snorted every granule like a vacuum. He felt the pain burn a trail up the nasal membranes that triggered all of the insane memories just under the surface. He thought of those six years in prison with Damon, the hundreds of cell searches, bus rides, court trips, politics and survival strategies, and realized something. I can’t call Damon, I’m high, and I’d be a bad influence.

Pacing around in circles Vince found himself stopping at Candy’s nightstand drawer, opened it and
found her cell phone bill. There were two numbers she called with the most frequency, and the times
developed the first part of a mental map. He brought every trash can in the apartment and filtered through everything and found notes containing more pieces to an investigative puzzle. Vladimir’s name, phone number and address were there. The search intensified into a meticulous dissection of Candy’s apartment; and, Vince thought, her own personality. There was a drawer full of legal briefs from the lawyer’s office where she worked. Upon closer inspection, Vince realized, Candy is filtering through his most high profile clients. Good girl. Vince pulled the drawer all the way out and off the hinges and found a flash drive hidden on the frame of the drawer with a piece of tape. Really good girl, let’s see what’s on it.

Book Blurb:

"Whacks you aside the head with the force of a baseball bat. Langohr's incredible description of his fight for survival in prison has 'screenplay' written all over it." John South, American Media

Roll Call is a story with a cast of characters that include Mexican drug cartels, southern California street gangs and Hell's Angels all fighting for their piece of the drug culture. In the middle of it all, B.J. is hell bent for destruction until he realizes his destiny in the nick of time.

Add a good detective squeezed out of the loop by an overzealous narcotic detective; a robust prison union trying to call the shots; a handful of drug criminals trying to find their conscience and you have the perfect recipe for a revolutionary uprising, bound by blood, all leaving the reader wondering, who are the real criminals?

Glenn Langohr's other books include: Upon Release ( Roll Call Volume 2 ) .99 cents with kindle, Race Riots ( Prison Killers Book 1 ), Lock Up Diaries ( Prison Killers Book 2 ), Gladiator ( Prison Killers Book 3 ) and Underdog ( Prison Killers Book 4 )

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When I saw the title of this book, Ramblings from the Shower, I just knew I had to read it! I do a lot of my best thinking in the shower although those thoughts definitely don't run as deep as this. Faye Bryant talks about everything from grief to integrity to judgment to God's humor and many other topics. It is apparent that she is educated in her faith in God because she takes each chapter and shows us in The Bible how to deal with each issue. I don't want to give you too much because I really think you need to read it for yourself, but let's take the chapter on grief, for example. This one really touched me as I have dealt with a great grief in the loss of my father almost 3 years ago. She talks about how our society has changed to where we are expected and expect of ourselves to be done with our grief in the time it takes to plan and have the funeral. As she put it, "today we expect to have the funeral on Friday and be back at work on Monday." She talks about stages of grief, how we need to take time to grieve and to actually have emotions. We are not supposed to be stoic and unfeeling. Even Jesus grieved. Check out John 11:35. It contains only two words: "Jesus wept." Then, what if you are the friend of someone who is grieving? She explains how to be there for your friend. You can't fix his/her pain. You just have to be there. But, that is just a sampling of the subjects she talks about in her book.

If you can't tell from the little synopsis I put together, I loved this book! She covered many questions that I've had in my short time as a Christian. What I liked the most is Faye Bryant's writing style. It's not stuffy and filled with a lot of terminology where I have to sit at the computer to look up terms as I'm reading the book. I felt like I was having a conversation with someone which I loved because I have a tendency to write that way too because it just makes sense to me.

About the author

Faye was born in Florida and lived there until age 25 when she moved to Tennessee and has lived there ever since.

The first church Faye ever attended of her own free will was a fundamental Baptist church in Kissimmee, Florida. While she did meet Christ there, she says it was only as a Savior who wanted to redeem her soul, but who wanted to impose a ton of rules too. Now she says it's a joy to know Him as the One who loves me with a crazy, humanly incomprehensible love!

When Faye was 17, she worked at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World. A dream job, such fun for a teenager! Other jobs she's held include clerk in a bulk mail room for a small college, teaching assistant at a Christian school, Avon Lady, Tupperware representative, retail sales, bookkeeper and postal carrier. Her last "public" job was as data entry clerk that grew into inventory control clerk/systems admin for a convenience store chain.

While working there, God put Faye on her back -- literally. She had ruptured a disk in her back. While resting at home before surgery, and finding TV too boring for words, she started studying the Bible for myself, digging deep -- something she'd never done before. Faye says she heard God speaking to her very plainly, calling her to full-time service to Him. Funny thing was, the service He was calling her into -- the position -- it didn't exist at the time. He worked it out and she's never looked back.

In 2003, God called Faye and her husband, Jack, to join a group of others to start a new fellowship in Townsend, and thus Church of the Cove was born. She says it has been an amazing ride!

Now Faye serves as the Ministry Assistant and Communications director for the church and also own my business working as a scopist. Just ask, she'll explain that one. Faye loves being able to work from her home office most of the time.

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Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters: Real-Life Stories of Supernatural Events

Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters: Real-life Stories of Supernatural Events compiled by James Stuart Bell was such a page-turner that even with a full-time job, a 6-year old and an unannounced visitor at my home, I read this in 2 days!  This book contains 44 short stories written by people who range from pastors to educators to librarians to award-winning authors.  As the title states, these stories are about angels, miracles, and heavenly encounters.  There are stories of attacks by demons and how the power of prayer was able to banish them.  There are exorcisms, lives saved by guardian angels and money that appeared just as it was needed.  As the title of my blog suggests, I am a new Christian.  I asked Jesus into my heart on February 5th of this year and have only been attending church since Christmas Eve last year.  I was an atheist for more than 10 years and one of the things that I always said during that time was that I can't believe in something that I can't see.  Well, obviously, that's changed but I still had my moments of doubt while reading this book.  It was the old me coming out and saying that some of the more incredulous stories just can't be true.  But, that's God for you!  He makes the impossible possible!  If you want to read about God's awesome power or if you need some encouragement (because what is more encouraging than people who should be dead who are alive?!) or if you just want to read a page-turner, this book is for you!

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As Silver Refined

I have to admit that As Silver Refined by Kay Arthur was a slow read for me.  While I love to read all book genres, I am partial to the fast pace of mysteries and thrillers.  This one took me a couple of weeks which gave me the benefit of really getting involved in her fantastic book.  Arthur tells us that God puts us under fire by giving us life's trials and tribulations in order to refine us as is done with silver.  He refines us to be more pure and beautiful in our commitment to Christ.  Life is hard; there is no doubt about that.  It's how we handle it that shows if we are becoming more refined or less.  She tells us to act rather than react and to be meek.  She compares wars in our nation's history to the war between God and Satan for us.  Satan cannot snatch us from our Heavenly Father's hand unless He allows it, but Satan will use all kinds of strategies to get us down.  Arthur calls these the Deadly D's: distraction, deception, disappointment, discouragement, dejection, despair and demoralization.  She gives us strategies to defeat Satan and his Deadly D's as well as encouragement through stories from her own life and from people she has met in her ministry.  So many of these people should be struggling in the depths of despair, but they look to our Lord and they overcome.  It is so awesome!  Plus, the 13 week companion study guide is wonderful.  You're not just reading Bible verses.  You are using what you've learned in the book's chapters to analyze them and really think about them.  If you are struggling in life (and who isn't?), I highly recommend reading this book.

Here's Chapter 1, so you can get a feel for the book...As Silver Refined by Kay Arthur (Chapter 1 Excerpt)

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I have a confession to make...I'm not a romance novel fan.  The book covers are cheesy, the character names are cheesy, the book titles are cheesy, the plot lines are other words, they're cheesy!  But, I was pleasantly surprised about Taking Shots by Toni Aleo, a sports romance novel. 

Taking Shots has Eleanor Fisher, a 27 year old photographer with her own studio located in Nashville, Tennessee.  Shea Adler is a professional hockey player for the Nashville Assassins who is absolutely gorgeous with black hair and bright blue eyes.  Shea and Elli meet at a photo shoot for the Assassins team and sparks fly.  Elli has no idea why Shea would be interested in her as she is not the stick-thin, blonde Barbie dolls that he usually dates.  Shea thinks she's gorgeous with her moss green eyes and curvy figure.  The book takes you through the ups and downs of a new relationship with all of the complications and baggage that come with it.  Do they make it?  Well, I'm not going to tell you that!  You'll just have to read the book!

I will tell you this...This book totally changed my mind about romance novels.  I smiled; I laughed out loud; and my eyes even welled up with tears on some parts.  Some of my favorite parts weren't even about the relationship between Shea and Elli.  The relationships between Shea and his twin sister, Grace, Elli and her best friend, Harper and even the relationship between Shea and Elli's dog, Adler, are hilarious and touching.  I will warn you that there are a lot of sex scenes, but what do you expect from a romance novel?  Other than a few awkward segues and a need for a little more proofreading (that's the Grammar Nazi coming out in me), I would definitely recommend this book to any female that I know.

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