Book Review: Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy: What My Mother Taught Me About How to Live and How to Die

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About the book:

“I’ve taught you how to live; now I want to teach you how to die. You don’t have to be afraid.”

When Becky Baudouin’s mother spoke those words to her, they weren’t said lightly. Her mother had an inoperable tumor–and after months of treatment, there was no hope for a longer life. There was, however, assurance of life everlasting.

Learned in the dark hours of pain and the bright moments of love, the honest insights on fear, loss, and grief that Becky shares in this book are applicable to everyone’s story–including yours. If you’re losing a loved one or facing death, you won’t be alone on your journey: Becky walks with you every step of the way. There are even questions for reflection to guide you to comfort, whether you’re reading on your own or with others sharing the struggle.

In times when hope seems lost, Becky’s story reveals that God is the only source for a spirit’s true healing. For anyone living with the tension of wanting to hold on yet needing to let go, Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy demonstrates a powerful and profound love.

“In Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy, Becky’s mother becomes my mother; her grief, my grief; her hope, my hope. With a combination of emotion, vulnerability, and dailiness, this book offers practical comfort and wisdom for anyone in a place of trial or suffering.”
–Jane Rubietta, international speaker and author

 

 

 

To Read an Excerpt from the book or find out about this or any other Kregel Publication please visit: http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/cancer-faith-and-unexpected-joy/

 

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Book Review: If We Make It Home: A Novel of Faith and Survival in the Oregon Wilderness

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About the book:

An exciting story of survival and spiritual renewal

When four college friends graduated from the University of Northwest Oregon, their lives stretched before them, full of promise and vows to stay connected. But life has a way of derailing well-laid plans.

Now they haven’t spoken in twenty-five years. But against all odds, three of them have found themselves back in the same place–at their alma mater, wondering how they got there. When they discover their fourth friend, Hope, has died, Jenna, Ireland, and Vicky decide to embark on a wilderness adventure to honor her memory–and for secret reasons of their own. Jenna wants to show her husband that she’s more than a helpless, overweight, middle-aged empty nester. Ireland wants to get back to the nature she loves and hide from the charges being pressed against her. And Vicky wants to show she cares for something besides her ministry–and put off the disaster waiting at home for as long as possible.

They never bargained for the dangers they face in an unforgiving wilderness. Now they’ll have to work together if they hope to make it home alive. While the three women fight to survive the elements, their toughest battles may be with themselves.

To Read an Excerpt from the book or find out about this or any other Kregel Publication please visit:

http://www.kregel.com/fiction/if-we-make-it-home/

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Review: Simply Noelle 3 in 1 Mini Wallet Bag

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The 3 in 1 Wallet is a wonderful little product! We liked it because it is versitle and fashionable! This is a great little wallet that can double as a wristlet and a crossbody wallet.

 

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The wallet istelf is made of vegan faux leather. The wallet comes with a removable wristlet srap and a crossbody strap. The one we recieved (pictured below) is in the Carolina color ….however the bag comes in a variety of colors such as navy blue, khaki, and pink. )

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There is a fill zip section that fans out. Plus a snap open card section on the extreior for easy access.

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We found that the size and functionality of this bag makes it great, not only for everyday use but for sporting events, concerts, amusement parks and other venues where you need a functional bag but one that is not cumbersome and heavy. This wallet bag is PERFECT!

To find out more about the simply noelle brand or find a boutique near you that carries the products please visit: http://noelleboutique.com/

The product as shown is also avilable on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Simply-Noelle-Concert-Wallet-Carolina/dp/B06W9M62SF

 

 

 

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Book Review: Liar’s Winter

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Lochiel Ogle was born with a red-wine birthmark–and it put her life in jeopardy from the moment she entered the world. Mountain folks called it “the mark of the devil,” and for all the evil that has plagued her nineteen-year existence, Lochiel is ready to believe that is true. And the evil surely took control of the mind of the boy who stole her as an infant, bringing her home for his mother to raise.
Abused and abandoned by the only people she knows as family, Lochiel is rescued by a peddler and given the first glimpse of love she has ever known. The truth of her past is gradually revealed as is the fact that she is still hunted by a brother driven to see her dead. Unsure if there’s anyone she can truly trust, Lochiel is faced with a series of choices: Will she continue to run for escape or will she face her past and accept the heartbreaking secrets it reveals? Which will truly free her?
Set in the wild and beautiful Appalachian Mountains of nineteenth-century East Tennessee, Liar’s Winter is an unflinching yet inspirational exploration of prejudice and choice.

For more about this book or other Kregel publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/liars-winter/

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Book Review: A Pair of Miracles

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About the book:

“A parent’s gripping journey of awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of her two boys dealing with significant challenges brought on by autism.”
–Stephen Mark Shore, EdD

When Karla Akins hoped that her autistic sons could learn to read and function independently, doctors warned her that those expectations would never be met. She set out to prove that, despite those warnings, all things are possible through God.

Laced with humor and compassion, A Pair of Miracles is the heartwarming story of her journey rearing adopted twin sons, each diagnosed with autism and fetal alcohol disorder. This is more than a moving biography from a mom on the front lines, however. It is a powerful tool, full of practical help for parents, educators, and church members working with children who have intellectual disabilities, speech impairments, and other limitations on the autism spectrum. It is also a challenge to the church to welcome and celebrate all the members of their congregation, no matter their abilities.

Thanks to Karla’s determination, faith, and unconditional love–and contrary to the doctors’ predictions–her adult twins are now able to function independently in many ways. They help their dad install pools, do carpentry work, and serve in the church as ushers, sound engineers, and children’s ministry workers.

For parents seeking hope, answers, and peace, Karla leads the way to all three down a path she’s already been. 

To read an excerpt from the book or to find out more about the book go to: http://www.kregel.com/biography/a-pair-of-miracles/

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Book Review: The Unreformed Martin Luther

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About the book:

Will the real Martin Luther please stand up?

After five hundred years of examining the life of the “father of the Reformation,” we must surely know all there is to know about Martin Luther. But is that true?

Did he really nail his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door?

Did he throw an inkpot at the devil?

Did he plant an apple tree?

Did his wife escape her convent in a herring barrel?

German radio and television journalist Andreas Malessa looks at the actual history of Luther and concludes that many of the tales we know best are nothing but nonsense.

Diving gleefully into the research, Malessa investigates many of the falsehoods and fallacies surrounding the reformer, rejecting them in favor of equally incredible facts. Full of humor and irony, this book educates and entertains while demonstrating a profound respect for Luther’s life and mission.

If you’re looking for the truth of the man behind the theses, come discover his faith and influence–with the myths stripped away.

For more information about this book or other Kregel publications please visit:

http://www.kregel.com/history/the-unreformed-martin-luther/

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Book Review: The Sacred Mundane

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About the Book:

What if the key to changing your life–and yourself–is already in your hand?

So many women struggle with what to do with their daily lives. They feel trapped in everyday drudgery and disappointment, in dull domestic duties, and in mundane jobs they despise. Where is the abundant, purposeful life they were promised?

Kari Patterson shows readers the truth: in each unremarkable life lies an opportunity to see, know, love, and be utterly transformed by a God who meets everyone right where they are. Instead of stepping away from real life to find God, Patterson equips women with a six-step practice to move further in and meet Him in the humdrum moments of everyday existence. And when a woman’s inner being is truly changed by the sacred, everything in her world changes too–right down to tackling the dirty dishes.

Through entertaining narrative, candid real-life stories, Bible study, and practical instruction, Sacred Mundane guides individuals or small groups to discover the beautiful sacredness in the lives they already lead. Women who long to grow in God and make a real difference in the world–no matter how small–will reach eagerly for this book and the radical transformation it offers.

“Our daily routine, with its mundane tasks and mindless repetition, is ultimately an offering of worship to God. What a great truth from a great God!”
–Ann Byle, author of The Making of a Christian Bestseller and coauthor of Devotions for the Soul Surfer

To find out more about this book or to read an excerpt from the book please visit:

http://www.kregel.com/christian-living-and-devotionals/sacred-mundane/

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Book Reivew: The Soldier Who Killed A King

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About the Book:

A stunning story of Holy Week through the eyes of a Roman centurion

Watch the triumphal entry of the donkey-riding king through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, the centurion charged with keeping the streets from erupting into open rebellion.

Look behind the scenes at the political plotting of King Herod, known as the scheming Fox for his ruthless shrewdness.

Get a front-row seat to the confrontation between the Jewish high priest Caiaphas and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.

Understand as never before the horror of the decision to save a brutal terrorist in order to condemn the peaceful Jew to death.

If you’ve heard the story of Passion Week so often it’s become stale, now is the time to rediscover the terrible events leading from Jesus’s humble ride into the city to his crucifixion. The Soldier Who Killed a King will stun you afresh with how completely Christ’s resurrection changed history, one life at a time. 

Our review:

This was a vivid retelling of an age old story from a different perspective. This was a magnificent read!

 

For more infromation on this or any other Kregel publication please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/the-soldier-who-killed-a-king/

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Book Review: The Captivating Lady Charlotte

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Book Reivew:

Her heart is her own–but her hand in marriage is another matter

 

Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility when she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull.

 

William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte’s father’s pick, not the young lady’s own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return–and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte’s sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions.

 

Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace? Poignant and charming, this is another beautifully written, clean, and wholesome Regency romance from Carolyn Miller.

 

Our Review:

This is a captivating story… it weaves history, romance, suspense and adventure all into one! The characters are unforgettable as the author has tols their tale wonderfully! This is a book not to be missed by fiction lovers!

For information on this novel or any other publication please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/the-captivating-lady-charlotte/

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Book Review: Cover Story

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 A bizarre hit-and-run brings Branigan Powers back to the crime-solving beat

 

A fatal crash involving two college students heading home for the holidays seems like an unfortunate accident. But when the surviving girl wakens, she tells a curious story of the vehicle that forced them off the road–an old-fashioned, 1950s-style hearse.

 

Reporter Branigan Powers delves into the mystery that takes her to the college campus and leads her into dangerous fraternity and sorority pledge parties.

 

Reunited with the homeless Malachi Martin, who is so adept at seeing what isn’t there rather than what is, Branigan must uncover what is really going on at the college before other students are put in danger.

 

This second installment in the author’s cozy mystery series delves into the world of newspapers and life on the streets–both of which the author knows well.

For more on this book or other Kregel publications please visit: http://www.kregel.com/fiction/the-cover-story/

 

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