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A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman

If you have been around this book bloggy long you know I am a Julie Lessman fan.  :)  I have adored her writing from her first book and also am blessed enough to now call her friend.  So it should be no surprise that I wait anxiously each time her new book comes out.  A Heart Revealed was no exception.  What I did not expect was for this book to become my favorite.  I have long adored Brady and Lizzie’s book, A Passion Denied but now the story of Sean and Emma has moved into favorite position.

I have always liked Emma in the other books but to finally get a glimpse into her life and her heart was a treat.  I found myself understand her choices and her emotions.  Her heart was just beautiful even though she carried around so many scars.  Emma is truly a relatable character for many women.

Sean.  Whew.  That man…. I found myself wishing for one of him ;)  (Mr. Darcy and Gilbert Blythe better watch out!)  The heart he had for his family and those in his life is unique and a refreshing look at a male character.

The love story is sweet and will have you rooting for Sean and Emma even while your heart is breaking.  Julie throws in a few incredible twists that leave you sitting with your mouth wide open and wondering how in the world is this going to end?

The beat of my heart is the beauty of redemption.  I find it to be the most beautiful of things and through out A Heart Revealed that is the theme of Emma’s life.  Of Sean’s life.  Of the O’Connor’s.  The story from that aspect is absolutely beautiful.

Like in Julie’s past books I cried and I literally laughed out loud several times.  (There is a kitchen scene that I re-read a few times and laughed until tears came because it was so funny and so real!)

As always you get to glimpse into the lives of the whole O’Connor clan and catch up with your favorite characters.

At 512 pages A Heart Revealed is one of those stories you get to completely imerse yourself in and just enjoy reconnecting with the characters and learning about Emma and Sean.  As always I closed the book with a sigh.

About the book:

Her heart is tied to a youthful vow . . . but can true love set it free?

Ten years ago, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston, running for her life. Her emotional wounds have finally faded, and her life is now full of purpose and free from the pain of her past. But when she falls for her friend Charity’s handsome and charming brother, Sean O’Connor, fear and shame threaten to destroy her. Could Sean and Emma ever have a future together? Or is Emma doomed to live out the rest of her life denying the only true love she’s ever known?

Filled with intense passion and longing, deception and revelation, A Heart Revealed will hold you in its grip until the very last page.

BUY the BOOK!!

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


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(I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.)

A Confident Heart by Renee Swope


I first heard about Ms Swope’s book when a friend sent me a link for her email series called the doubt diet.  My curiosity was peeked and I did a little research.  The next day an email appeared in my inbox offering the chance to review the book.  I knew then God definitely wanted me to read it.

Doubt is a constant in my life and I knew what Ms Swope would have to say would pierce my heart.  Fear is definitely how I have lived my life.  Mrs Swope explores many of the areas where fear is prevalent for women.  Her approach is one of friendship in many ways.  While reading the book it was as if I had told her how I felt and she offered her words as a friend would.  It is not an easy book to read if you struggle with doubt and fear because the lies you have believed for so long seem to scream at you as you read.  The authors reminders of how much God loves you and the life you can have are full of hope and promise.

If you struggle with doubt and fear A Confident Heart is a great book that will encourage your heart.  Mrs Swope openly shares her own personal experiences and you will feel a kindredness with her.  Her writing is gentle and loving.  You see not only her experiences and triumphs on the pages…you see your own too.  The questions really help you explore things further in your heart and the chart of promises is a great reminder.  I will be recommending this book to friends!

About the book:

Step out of the shadows of self-doubt to live with a confident heart
Ever feel like you’re not good enough, smart enough, or valuable enough? Renee Swope understands. Even with a great family, a successful career, and a thriving ministry, she still struggled with self-doubt. Sharing her own personal story, Renee shows you how to rely on the power of God’s promises to find the security you need and the confidence you long for!

  • Exchange fear-filled thinking with faith-filled believing
  • Fail forward when life or sin sets you back
  • Embrace your God-given purpose, passion, and personality
  • See beyond who you are to who you are becoming in Christ

Powerful Scripture-based prayers are at the end of each chapter, along with Bible study questions and a chart with thirty-one promises to replace our most common self-doubts. Foreword by Lysa TerKeurst.


Buy the book.

“Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Special thanks to Revell for providing me with a copy of The Confident Heart in exchange for my honest review.


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