Archive for January, 2011

Fatal Judgement by Irene Hannon

It has been a while since I read a Christian suspense novel and when the chance came to review Irene Hannon’s new book Fatal Judgement I jumped at the chance.  Fatal Judgement is the first book in her new Guardians of Justice series.

I am a huge fan of suspense…add in a little romance and I am going to give the book a chance!  Mrs Hannon does a superb job of keeping you guessing all the while informing you not only about the main characters in the book but also what is going behind the scenes with the antagonist.  The plot is strong and interesting and I found myself wondering how she came up with the idea…this was not something I had really read about before in another novel and it keep me fascinated.

Mrs Hannon definitely knows how to tell a story and tell it very well!  I must admit my favorite thing about the author’s books are her characters.  She is a master at creating likable and memorable characters. The characters are multi-demensional and you do not feel like you are left lacking for a backstory…and the present story.  I so enjoyed getting to know Liz and Jake in Fatal Judgement….but Mrs Hannon take it one step further and endears many of the secondary characters to your heart too.  I actually found myself searching for info on the next book in the series hoping that it would involve some of the characters from Fatal Judgement (especially Jake’s sister, Alison, who I really came to love in this book!  As well as Spence, a coworker of Jake’s and Cole, his brother!)  Alas I could not find anything.  ;)

The Christian tone of Fatal Judgement is not overtly heavy but instead is weaved through out the story just as it is weaved through out our lives.

I found Fatal Judgement to be a great novel which keep me interested from beginning to end and I would find myself wondering when I could get back to reading it when I was doing other things.  I for one cannot wait to see who the characters are for her next book!


About the book:

Deputy Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action as a member of the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group, including a recent stint in Iraq. But he’d much rather go back to that hotbed of trouble than deal with his next assignment: providing protection for federal judge Liz Michaels. His antipathy toward her is just as strong as it was five years ago, when her husband—his best friend—died in a possible suicide. But as Jake works to keep Liz safe, he discovers she’s not a cold-hearted workaholic wedded to nothing but her job, as he expected. Forced to reevaluate his opinion, he also finds himself grappling with a growing attraction. And when it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes go up. Because now both her life—and his heart—are in danger.


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Special thanks to Revell for my complimentary copy of Fatal Judgement for my honest review and opinion.

Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst

I am going to be honest…I have not finished this book yet.


Because it is messing me up.  A friend said it was all up in her junk and oh boy was she right.

I have had to put the book down many times and walk away for a while because the emotional impact of what Mrs TerKeurst is sharing is to much for my heart.  I have been emotional overwhelmed several times because I feel as if she is talking to directly to me and my struggles.  It was like she peeked in my heart.  This book has helped me see I am not alone!

Made to Crave is a convicting book…but not so much about one’s weight or body image but reminds us how often we put so many other things ahead of God.  I have really been thinking a lot of how I crave so many other things in my life….why not Him?  Made to Crave is a unique look at weight and body image issues but it is also about deeper heart issues too.

The format of Made to Crave makes it easy for reflection and gives the reader a chance to really think on things.  I enjoyed Lysa TerKeurst’s writing style she has a way of making you feel like a friend talking to a friend.  While the subject matter may be deep the writing is comfortable and easy to read.

I cannot help but think this is a book that has been need for many years.  So many of us struggle with our body image and our weight.  Mrs. TerKeurst not only takes you on her journey but on the journey of others who have found the beautiful truth that satisfying your emotional needs with God instead of food are life changing.

About the Book:

Just because a woman finally fits into her skinny jeans doesn’t mean she’s won her battle with food. Too often, women overlook the spiritual component to their physical struggle with healthy eating. Made to Crave taps into the desires God gave you to consume food without letting food consume you!

Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. The reality is we were made to crave. Craving isn’t a bad thing. But we must realize God created us to crave more of him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. If you are struggling with unhealthy eating habits, you can break the “I’ll start again Monday” cycle, and start feeling good about yourself today. Learn to stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale. Discover that your weight loss struggle isn’t a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. You can reach your healthy weight goal – and grow closer to God in the process. This is not a how-to book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose. This is a book and Bible study to help you find the “want to” in making healthy lifestyle choices. 224 pages. Companion Bible study DVD set also available.

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***I received a complimentary copy of Made to Crave for my own honest thoughts and opinions.

God Gave Us the World by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Another wonderfully sweet childrens book by the talented Lisa Tawn Bergren.  This book again features the polar bear family so familiar in the authors other books… and the cutest little bear cub that many of us have grown to love.  The story is delightful and children will love hearing it and talking about how God gave us the world with their parents!


It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today’s Wild Card author is:


Lisa Tawn Bergren

and the illustrator:


and the book:


God Gave Us The World

WaterBrook Press (January 11, 2011)

***Special thanks to Staci Carmichael, Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, Doubleday Religion / Waterbrook Multnomah / Divisions of Random House, Inc. for sending me a review copy.***


Lisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning author of nearly thirty titles, totaling more than 1.5 million books in print. She writes in a broad range of genres, from adult fiction to devotional. God Gave Us Love follows in Lisa’s classic tradition of the best-selling God Gave Us You. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their children, Olivia, Emma, and Jack.

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Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books, including God Gave Us You, Smudge Bunny, and If You Were My Baby. Laura lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Product Details:

List Price: $10.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400074487
ISBN-13: 978-1400074488

Also Available:

God Gave Us You
God Gave Us Two
God Gave Us Christmas
God Gave Us Heaven
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us So Much
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