Monday, January 21, 2019

Beck Valley Books Reviewers Choice Results

Our fantastic tour reviewers have been busy voting, from all our incredible reads of 2018 that we have had the pleasure of touring, for our Beck Valley Books Reviewers Choice 2018.  
Here are their Top 5 Favorite books!

Here we go.....
Beck Valley Books Reviewers Choice for 2018

1st PLACE
Driving Whiskey Wild (A sexy stand-alone contemporary romance) 
by Melissa Foster 

Driving Whiskey Wild (A Sexy Standalone Romance) by [Foster, Melissa]
A captivating sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. 

Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He’s rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He’s also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.

After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro’s to get her catering business off the ground, and she’s determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.

Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She’s afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he’s powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn’t come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.
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Joint 2nd PLACE
Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow (The Moonglow Series, Book 4)
by Deborah Garner 

The small Montana town of Timberton has a way of bringing magic to the holidays, especially for guests of the local hotel. Resident artist and chef Mist has a way of touching people's lives with exquisite cuisine, imaginative art, and her own ethereal nature. 

When a nearby theatre burns down just before Christmas, cast members of The Nutcracker arrive at the Timberton Hotel with only a sliver of holiday joy. Camaraderie, compassion, and shared inspiration combine to help at least one hidden dream come true. As with every Christmas season in Timberton, this year's guests will face the New Year with a renewed sense of hope. 

*Cookie and candy recipes included!

The Moonglow Series...
Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
Mistletoe at Moonglow, Book 1
Silver Bells at Moonglow, Book 2
Gingerbread at Moonglow, Book 3
Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow, Book 4

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Joint 2nd PLACE
Wicked Whiskey Love (A sexy stand-alone contemporary romance) 
by Melissa Foster 

Wicked Whiskey Love: Sexy Standalone Romance by [Foster, Melissa] An emotionally riveting, sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. 

Fall in love with Bones Whiskey in WICKED WHISKEY LOVE, an emotionally riveting, sexy new standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. A magnificent love story for those who enjoy fiercely loyal and insanely sexy alpha heroes, smart, sassy heroines, families, bikers, babies, and more!

In WICKED WHISKEY LOVE...
After escaping abusive parents and, later, an abusive relationship, Sarah Beckley has spent a lifetime watching snakes shed their skin. With two small children to care for and another on the way, she's finally found a home in Peaceful Harbor with the brother she hasn't seen in more than a decade. She's still searching for her sister, but life is good. If only she could stop thinking about the sinfully sexy doctor/biker who has taken to her children like a loving uncle--and to her like a hungry man.

Trust doesn't come easily for Sarah, but Bones Whiskey is patient and protective, amazing with her children, and he looks at her like she is the only woman he could ever want--and more. With two little ones underfoot, Sarah expects him to move on quickly, yet with every tender kiss and each trying moment with the children, Bones surprises her. But will the fiercely loyal biker stick around when Sarah's worst secret is revealed, or will he shed his skin, too?


**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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3rd PLACE
Bad Boys After Dark: Brett (Billionaires After Dark, Book 4) 
by Melissa Foster

Bad Boys After Dark: Brett (Bad Billionaires After Dark Book 4) by [Foster, Melissa]
Bad Billionaires After Dark are a series of stand-alone hot and sexy romances. 

Indulge your inner vixen...
Meet the Bad Boys... Four fiercely loyal, sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies.

Everything's naughtier after dark...

Billionaire security expert Brett Bad has had his eye on his brother’s gorgeous legal assistant, Sophie Roberts, for years. He wants nothing more from her than a single night between the sheets to satisfy his desires. But Sophie is a white-picket-fence girl, and she’s turned him down more times than he cares to count. 

Sophie is all about forever kisses and happily ever afters. But she can’t deny her attraction to Brett, as enticed by his bad-boy behavior as she is by his devastating looks and his painful past, which she’d like to help heal. 

When Sophie’s friend urges her to throw caution to the wind, Sophie leaves the door to her heart ajar—and Brett charges in. But this Bad boy doesn’t know a thing about romance and has no interest in forever, forcing Sophie to make her toughest decision yet—follow her heart or protect it? 

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

BAD BOYS AFTER DARK 
Mick 
Dylan
Carson 
Brett

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4th PLACE
Psycho in Paradise (Paradise Series, Book 15) 
by Deborah Brown

In the Florida Keys, you have to take the shady with the sunny. And Tarpon Cove has more than fifty shades of shady going on.

Shady No. 1: When Brad is caught with the dead body of his crazy ex-girlfriend—a body he swears was planted—the Westin family gathers to plan a strategy. That family now including Fab, Didier, and Creole by default.

Shady No. 2: Fab is having a hard time keeping her promise to go legit. It’s not her fault she tends to attract clients who want their problems solved without getting the cops involved. Trying to keep her reined in is a full-time job, and a thankless one, since Madison keeps getting roped in on “easy” jobs that wind up getting the kind of messy that require specialized cleanup.

Shady No. 3: Ferreting out the info needed to save Brad means using sources so deep in the friend-of-a-friend network they’re anonymous.

The only thing not shady is Creole’s love. Madison’s kept her promise never to lie to him. Mostly. But when the killer wafts like smoke through the cracks in the investigation, it reminds her she should’ve eaten dessert first more often.

The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they're like chips...you won't be able to devour just one!”


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Saturday, January 19, 2019

30 DAYS TO UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE (30th anniversary edition) by Max Anders #biblein30days #flyby


BOOK INFORMATION
Genre: Christian/Bible Study and Reference
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 23, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785216189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785216186

Synopsis: If you've ever confused the ark of the covenant with the ark of Noah, or Jericho with Jeroboam, Max Anders' classic book, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, is for you. In just fifteen minutes a day, you'll learn the Bible's key people, events, and doctrines to get more out of God's Word. This simple-to-use, straightforward guide has been recommended by Bible teachers and pastors for thirty years, and now it's available in an expanded thirtieth-anniversary edition—with the most requested topics from the original edition restored and updated for today's readers.

Features include:
The “Arc of Bible History” to help you visualize the Bible’s overarching themes
The “Story of the Bible” summarizing Genesis through Revelation in just a few pages
The core beliefs of the Christian faith, focusing on the teachings that have united Christians for the last 2,000 years
A 13-week plan that provides teacher’s every creative and effective tool for teaching the Bible in 30 days 
Fan-favorite bonus content, previously removed, now restored from the original edition


Find out more at the website: Bible In 30 Days
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Review: While this book is designed so that it can be used by an individual over 30 days, taking only 15 minutes per day, there are other ways it can be used as well. For instance, I am using it with a Bible study group as an addition to our regular weekly study, covering one day per week. There are charts to fill out and questions to answer as you go along. That helps you to really take in the information. If you go to the website, there are also downloadable resources to use with a group.
The book is divided into multiple sections:
Section 1: The Story of the Old Testament

Section 2: The Story of the New Testament
Section 3: Ten Great Doctrines of the Bible
Section 4:  NanoSummary of the Bible
Section 5: How To Master the Bible So Well that the Bible Masters You
Section 6: Teaching Plan
Section 7: Bonus Chapters

This would be a wonderful book for any Christian to read/study, whether you are new to the faith or have been a believer for years. The language is simple, without being "dumbed down," and it answers many of the questions I've had for years.

Rating: Five stars

About the author
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Dr. Max Anders is the author of over 25 books, including the bestselling 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, and is the creator and general editor of the 32-volume Holman Bible Commentary series. He has taught on the college and seminary level and is a veteran pastor.  Max provides resources and discipleship strategies at www.maxanders.com to help people grow spiritually.

Monday, January 14, 2019

BOOK TOUR: I've Got To Write! It's Like Fire Shut Up In My Bones! by Norma McLauchin (SPOTLIGHT)



BOOK INFORMATION

Book Title: I've Got To Write! It's Like Fire Shut Up In My Bones!
Genre: Inspirational    
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Chosen Pen Publishing (February 15, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1732236623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1732236622


     
About The Book 
Jeremiah 20:9 (NIV) But if I will not mention his word or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire shut up in my bones.
It’s Like Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a compilation of smoldering, heartfelt stories of love, compassion, forgiveness, and amazement inspired and told by members of the Chosen Pen Writers Group. For many of our authors, this is their first published work. Yet, the passion and resolve in bringing to light a story that was burning on their hearts can be found on the printed pages inside.
About the author
 Norma McLauchlin is your Spiritual Growth & Journaling Coach, Founder of New Life Ministries, Lady LifersTM Women’s Conferences, Chosen Pen Publishing, the Free to ChooseTM book series, co-pastor of New Life Bible Church and New Life Christian Academy. Norma McLauchlin, fondly known as “First Lady” in and around her community, inspires women to embrace spiritual change and live more fulfilling lives. Speaking from the heart of her own experiences as a wife, mother, co-pastor, and administrator.  First Lady has the unique ability to connect with women from all walks of life.It’s Like Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a compilation of smoldering, heartfelt stories of love, compassion, forgiveness, and amazement inspired and told by members of the Chosen Pen Writers Group. For many of our authors, this is their first published work. Yet, the passion and resolve in bringing to light a story that was burning on their hearts can be found on the printed pages inside.First Lady has accepted the call to help women develop their self-esteem and self-worth. Chosen Pen Publishing and Free to Choose books are just two of the vehicles she uses to encourage women to access the tools necessary to bring about the transformation that will help them realize their potential.                      
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Friday, January 11, 2019

THE DEVOTED LIFE CREATIVE JOURNAL

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BOOK INFORMATION
Genre: Religion and Spirituality/Christian

  • Imitation Leather: 208 pages
    • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (December 1, 2018)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1683226879
    • ISBN-13: 978-1683226871

    Synopsis: Come Experience It for Yourself. . . Life Is Good with a God Who Is Great!
    This topically guided creative journal for teen girls offers inspiration and encouragement for those who desire to live their lives fully devoted to Christ. Amidst the loud, confusing voices of the world, trying to tell them which way is the right way to go, girls need to stop, rest, refuel, and reflect in the presence of their truest Friend and most loyal heavenly Father. Whether it’s through creativity, meditating on scripture, prayer, or writing, readers will join young author and artist, Marjorie Jackson, for a time of life-giving fun, faith-strengthening encouragement, and God-glorifying growth. As girls connect with their first love, Jesus, they will begin to understand that life is truly good with a God who is absolutely great!  

    Review: This journal is marketed as a 30-day journal for teen girls. However, as a 57 yr.-old woman, I found it inspirational and instructive...and I'm using each section as a five-day study.  The journal prompts are especially helpful in applying the scriptures to your daily life. Topics discussed include relationships (friendships, family), identity, God's authority, prayer, reading the Bible, etc At the end of the book, there are 9 pages with simple borders to “Create Your Own Hand-Lettered Scripture Art.” The book looks a little bland when you first look through it, but once the reader colors some of the pictures and writes about the journal prompts, there will be a lot of color, and each book will be unique.
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

    Rating: Five stars

    REAL CHANGE: Becoming More Like Jesus in Everyday Life by Andrew Nicholls and Helen Thorne

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    BOOK INFORMATION
    Genre: Religion and Spirituality/Christian

  • Paperback: 32 pages
    • Publisher: New Growth Press; 1 edition (October 22, 2018)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1948130033
    • ISBN-13: 978-1948130035

    Synopsis: Every honest Christian knows the need for change. But how to get there? How do you move forward from struggles both big and small? And how does our faith in God impact our everyday thoughts, feelings, and actions? This six-session small group resource gives participants an opportunity to reflect on one particular area in their lives and then to learn more about how God changes us to become more like Jesus. All of us struggle to love God and those around us, but God has promised to keep working on us. And God always keeps his promises. The change that his gospel produces will make your life and your relationships truly beautiful. This self-contained resource with Leaders Notes will encourage small group participants to understand and apply a biblical view of change to their lives and relationships. Real Change: Becoming More Like Jesus in Everyday Life is based on the CCEF model of change from David Powlisons course, Dynamics of Biblical Change. The easy-to-use six lesson format and included leaders guide, guides participant's toward an honest discussion of there own struggles while providing an understanding of how a relationship with Christ brings change. Topics addressed include understanding how we typically respond to trouble, how the cross of Christ brings comfort, help, and change, and how we can grow to be like Christ in the hardest circumstances.

    Review: This is a study guide for a six-week course on how to change for real, with God's help. The six sessions are titled CHANGE, HEAT, THORNS, CROSS, FRUIT, and REAL CHANGE.  They discuss reflecting on the need for change, on ways your circumstances affect your heart, on ways which the desires of your heart drive your responses to the heat of life, on the ways Jesus' mercy impacts your past, present, and future, on the ways Jesus produces good fruit in your life, and how to persevere on a lifelong journey of change.
    The course is designed to be used by two people, or a small group divided into groups of two. It goes deep into the subjects and provides a lot of food for thought in each session. There are discussions in each session, as well as homework assignments for the time between sessions. I intend to recommend this study to both of the small groups I am part of, as I think it could be very beneficial.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from through Audra Jennings PR for New Growth Press. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    Rating: Four stars

    Wednesday, December 26, 2018

    BOOK REVIEW: Slay Bells (A Christmas VIllage Mystery) by T.C. Wescott


    SLAY BELLS by T.C. Wescott, Mystery, 230 pp., $4.99 (kindle)


    Title: SLAY BELLS (A CHRISTMAS VILLAGE MYSTERY)
    Author: T.C. Wescott
    Publisher: Better Mousetrap Books
    Pages: 230
    Genre: Cozy Mystery

    ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the village, the night settled in over swirling-smoke chimneys; the air was alive with pine and holly, with sugar and cinnamon and cider, by golly!

    Along snowy lanes and through shadows it crept, past windows behind which each villager slept, where sleeping dogs lie and cats rest a’purring-

    Tonight, in Christmas Village, a killer is stirring.

    Welcome to Christmas Village, a magical hamlet where even in December the roses hold their luster and bees buzz among the bluebells. Nestled betwixt an opulent garden with meandering footpaths and an ancient grove of plum trees, Rose Willoughby’s boarding house is plum-full with lodgers. There are no vacancies, but just wait. Soon there will be one…and another…and another.

    When the Inn’s guests begin dying in inexplicable ways, some villagers believe a beast from old village lore is the culprit. The sheriff knows better, but he’s just as helpless to catch the invisible killer as are the town folk with their eyes to the sky in search of a flying creature. But our mysterious murderer hasn’t counted on yet another lodger coming to the cottage: Maribel Claus.

    Short as a stump, round as a wheel, sweet as a candy cane, and a sharp as a whip, Maribel loves a good puzzle. But can she unmask the phantom killer in time and save Christmas?

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    Review: This is the first novel in a new series, and I already can't wait to read more. Maribel Claus is a fun character, as are the other residents of Christmas Village. They are all a bit quirky, and some even have beliefs that are WAY out there.

    This book is very well written, and the story keeps you guessing as to what will happen next and who is committing murder.

    Rating: Four stars





    PROLOGUE

    Night settles in over smoking chimneys and snow-capped rooftops.

    A potpourri of pine, holly, and cinnamon swirls in the breeze over white pastures and along sleepy lanes as festive decorations left hanging on each street lamp and along every thoroughfare dance upon its passing.

    Winter birds offer up their sing-song as the rows of cottage windows blink out their goodnights.

    But for many in the happy hamlet of Christmas Village, the night will be a short one, made restless with excitement for the morning when they will rise early to prepare for the inaugural day of the annual Christmas Festival.

    The festival, running the full week before Christmas Eve, is the last great hurrah of the year, barring the ringing of the new year bells. It is no exaggeration to say that the best hope one has of experiencing something more glorious is to return the following year for the next Festival.

    So, it is with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts that every soul in the village, farmer and squire alike, closes their eyes in anticipation of sunrise.

    One among them will not live to see the sun.

    Something moves among the birds, along the snowy lanes, skirting the light in favor of shadow.

    In Christmas Village, this night, a creature is stirring.




    T.C. Wescott was born in Missouri but has lived in Oklahoma most of his life. Like pretty much every author who has ever breathed, he is an avid reader. His favorites are classic mysteries from the Golden Age, as well as just before or just after that period (which is widely considered the period between the two World Wars). His first mystery novel, Running from Scissors, was published in July 2018 and will be the first of at least three books in the Running Store Mystery series.

    The Christmas Village Mystery series launched in November of the same year with the debut title Slay Bells. The formula for his books is simple – mixing the classic, traditional detective fiction standards with all the trappings of the modern cozy mystery.

    Wescott is also (under another name) the author of two award-winning non-fiction books as well as many essays and articles.

    His latest book is the cozy mystery, Slay Bells (A Christmas Village Mystery).

    Website Address: www.tcwescott.com
    Twitter Address: www.twitter.com/MousetrapBooks
    Facebook Address: www.facebook.com/BetterMousetrapBooks
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    Wednesday, December 12, 2018

    Ellie Claire 365-Devotional Journals Blog Tour #EllieClaireGifts #NewYearNewDevo

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    I was given the opportunity to review the above three 365-Devotional Journals. Below are my thoughts on each one. While each journal contains a year's worth of devotionals, each one is individual, not just a carbon copy of the others. (Which is why I may keep all three and use them for three years!)


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    BOOK DESCRIPTION
    We pray for peace. We beg for it from others. We make speeches about it. But in the end, the only peace most of us can control is that little portion we display for the world to see. If we are at peace, the chaos around us seems to calm down. Our peace affects others. And the Giver of peace awaits to give us the gift that can change our world. It begins with a prayer. It begins with me.

    FEATURES
    • Archive quality, non-bleed paper
    • Acid-free paper and ink
    • Daily devotional with lightly ruled space for responses, lists, or journaling
    • Full-color interior design
    • Presentation page for personalization
    • Lay-flat binding
    • Foil, ribbon

    • Closure band

    BOOK INFORMATION
    • Series: 365 Devotional Journals
    • Paperback: 368 pages
    • Publisher: Ellie Claire Gift & Paper Corp (October 16, 2018)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1633262073
    • ISBN-13: 978-1633262072

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    AMAZON

    BARNES & NOBLE

    My Thoughts
    This cover is so peaceful. The blues and greens are perfect color choices, while the gold font provides just the right accent. And the verse on the back cover fits the theme remarkably well: "I will listen to what God the Lord says; He promises peace to His people." Psalm 85:8
    The color scheme of the pages continues the colors of the cover. Each day's devotional has a Bible verse, a devotional reading, a prayer, and several lines for adding your own thoughts, notes, or creative journaling.
    Since my Word Of The Year for 2019 is going to be CONTENTMENT, I was immediately drawn to this journal and will begin using it on January 1.

    My Rating: Five stars

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    BOOK DESCRIPTION
    From the small whisper of a snowflake to the large circumference of a baobab tree, all of nature is the creative expression of God. When we embrace His creative nature by taking the time to stop, notice, and connect, our hearts are encouraged and souls refreshed. Respond to the devotions, add your own creative writing, or keep track of prayers on the journaling lines.

    FEATURES
    • Archive quality, non-bleed paper
    • Acid-free paper and ink
    • Daily devotional with lightly ruled space for responses, lists, or journaling
    • Full-color interior design
    • Presentation page for personalization
    • Lay-flat binding
    • Foil, ribbon
    • Closure band


    BOOK INFORMATION
    • Series: Devotional Journals
    • Paperback: 368 pages
    • Publisher: Ellie Claire; Jou edition (October 31, 2017)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1633261700
    • ISBN-13: 978-1633261709

    BUY LINKS
    BARNES & NOBLE

    My Thoughts
    The peacocks on the cover of this journal (and in the bottom corner of every page) are definite attention grabbers. The colors used are soft and relaxing, which would be a great place to start getting in the mood for spending time with your devotional reading each day. Each of the devotionals in this journal focuses on something in nature, whether it be an animal, a plant, a food, weather, etc. It encourages you to take time out of your busy day to stop, look, and listen, to connect with nature and especially with the Creator.

    My Rating: Five stars

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    BOOK DESCRIPTION
    When life gets busy, it’s easy to forget to spend time with God. This 365-day devotional journal offers encouraging meditations to help you spend a few moments turning your eyes on Jesus before your hectic day begins. After short devotions and Scripture for each day of the year, you will also find light journaling lines and ample space to record your thoughts, hopes, and prayers—just what you need to start each and every day with the reminder that God is always by your side. 

    FEATURES
    • Archive quality, non-bleed paper
    • Acid-free paper and ink
    • Daily devotional with lightly ruled space for responses, lists, or journaling
    • Full-color interior design
    • Presentation page for personalization
    • Lay-flat binding
    • Foil, ribbon
    • Closure band


    BOOK INFORMATION

    • Series: Lifestyle Journals
    • Paperback: 368 pages
    • Publisher: Ellie Claire Gift & Paper Corp (February 20, 2018)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1633261808
    • ISBN-13: 978-1633261808


    BUY LINKS

    AMAZON
    BARNES & NOBLE

    My Thoughts
    The cover of this journal is a little too "busy" for my tastes, but I am sure that it will appeal to plenty of other people. What does appeal to me, however, is that each devotional begins with a line or two from a hymn or religious song, and then goes on to discuss ways to focus on Jesus and learn to trust Him completely. I have a feeling that when I use this journal, I'll be headed to the internet to find full-length versions of these songs to listen to during my devotional time.

    My Rating: Five stars