Review : Praise CD

For Your Kingdom is a new worship album by


My family enjoyed the songs that we listened to and thought it was a great worship CD.  There are 13 different songs on the album, and our favorite was  #6 He is Here.



You can listen to one of the songs below!


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More about Higher Vision Church

Week after week, Higher Vision Church is packed with nearly 3,000 adrenalized God followers. The 12-year-old multigenerational congregation just outside of Los Angeles is quite diverse, and that diversity takes center stage on Higher Vision Worship’s debut album, For Your Kingdom – available for pre-order now and everywhere on October 6th via Syntax Distribution.

“When we design worship experiences at Higher Vision, with every light that moves and every video, our focus is on Christ,” explains Higher Vision’s Sean Loche (formerly of the groundbreaking group Worth Dying For) who produced the album. “And we’re always asking, ‘How are people engaging? How do we help people feel safe and loved in the power and presence of God?’ We try be a place for people to ‘jump in the pool.’ Sometimes they want to jump full-on in — and sometimes they just want to get their toes wet.”

That same vision for Higher Vision the church was applied to the songs on Higher Vision Worship’s For Your Kingdom. “The album feels like a miracle,” says worship pastor April Ashburn. “It feels like there’s something for almost everyone. Different styles and yet a well-rounded whole.”

There are songs on For Your Kingdom that tug at the heart, and then there are others like “Broken the Chains” that squeeze and don’t let go. “I just thought how crazy is it that God created everything,” explains lead pastor Jared Ming, who wrote the song while thinking and praying about a struggling friend. “Yet there’s still a song in heaven that angels cannot sing. The angels worship, but we worship differently…. We’ve been redeemed and forgiven. Angels can’t sing, ‘I’ve been redeemed.’”

The 13-track album rebounds from those lighter moments with energetic worship such as the high-energy title track, the electronica-flavored “Trust in You,” dance-tinged tunes like “Freedom of Your Love” and “Hands Held High,” and then dives back in with heartfelt ballads such as “He Is Here” – which paints a sound picture of God’s presence and our response to it.

“We can get stuck in a cycle of grasping for God’s presence only to realize that God is here all around us,” says Ashburn, who penned the song. “Sometimes we just need to become aware of his presence — and then our response isworship.”

Higher Vision not only wants For Your Kingdom to be an experience the congregation can carry with them wherever they go, but also they want it to speak to those who may not yet have Christ in their lives.

“There’s just so much darkness going on in the world,” says Loche. “Every day you read the worst, most horrific news you can imagine. We want to just be a blip of good, a blip of light in a dark world, to atheists and to Christians.”

NOTE : We received a copy of For Your Kingdom at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.


The Melody of the Soul Giveaway and Facebook Live

Travel back in time to 1943 and meet Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian and concert violinist whose career is ended because of Nazi occupation in Prague. Don’t miss the new historical novel, The Melody of the Soul, by Liz Tolsma. Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Officer Horst Engel, quartered in Anna’s flat and dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.

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Book Review : The Melody of the Soul

One of my latest reads is a historic novel titled Melody of the Soul.


This story takes place in 1943 in Prague while the Nazis are deporting Jewish people.  Liz Tolsma wrote The Melody of the Soul, and she did a fantastic job of taking you into the heart of this time period.  Not only does she describe Europe in a way that makes you want to visit and be a part of it, but she dives deep into her characters as well.

Using music as a bridge to connect disgruntled Natzis, loyal natzis and the people of Prague was fantastic.  No matter who they were they appreciated and valued the music, sadly ignoring the value of the people making it.

I was quickly drawn into this story and at times, my heart broke.  It is such an important truth that we never forget what happened over 50 years ago in Europe, and one way to validate the past and the destruction is to remember and reflect on the people who lost so much and sometimes everything.

I lived in Germany in the late 70’s and early 80’s and this story was especially significant for me, to remember what I saw over there and even the things in museums, and connections them to stories like this one.

There is lots of suspense in this story, a good amount of strong moral characters as well as some romance!  I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more by Liz Tolsma.

NOTE: I received a copy of The Melody of the Soul at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

More about the book:

Anna has one chance for survival—and it lies in the hands of her mortal enemy.

It’s 1943 and Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost nearly everything. Most of her family has been deported, and the Nazi occupation ended her career as a concert violinist. Now Anna is left to care for her grandmother, and she’ll do anything to keep her safe—a job that gets much harder when Nazi officer Horst Engel is quartered in the flat below them.

Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Horst, dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.

Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals might stop the music forever.

Book Review : Oath of Honor

Lynette Eason has roiled out her newest work, and it is book #1  in the Blue Justice series.  I have always enjoyed Lynette Eason’s books, but I think this might be my favorite series yet!  Why?  Primarily because the central theme is family!

Isabelle St. John is a part of a very large family, with lots of siblings!  Mom is the chief of police, dad is a lawyer, and the siblings are mostly police, with at least one an ER doctor.  Needless to say this is a driven family!  The best part?  They love each other and are deeply loyal to their family!!

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In Oath of Honor, Isabelle is part of an undercover operation that goes wrong and her partner is murdered.  While trying to figure out what happened at the scene of the crime, she dives pretty deep into a huge mess.  Ryan, a long time family friend and the brother of her partner is pulled into the mess as well as he is trying to figure out what is going on and protect Izzy (Isabelle) from targeted attempts on her life.

I always enjoy an action adventure book with some suspense, and Lynette always delivers that and more.  This book stands out from the rest in the central theme of family.  No matter what is going on, these siblings are fiercely loyal to each other, and they trust each other no matter what.  I love seeing a family, whether on paper or in real life, that is deeply committed to each other.

I loved meeting each of Izzy’s siblings in this book, and hope that we are going to get to really know them in future books!!  Since there are more than 3 siblings, I am really hoping that Blue Justice might hold more than just 3 stories in it!!

I loved this fast paced book, and of course the romance woven throughout was endearing too.  How can you not love Ryan?  And watch him and Izzy fall in love is pretty sweet!!

NOTE: I received a copy of Oath of Honor in exchange for an honest review.


More about the author

Lynette Eason is the best selling, award winning author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, the Hidden Identity Series and the currently releasing Elite Guardians series. She writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the 2013 Carol Award for WHEN A HEART STOPS in the Romantic Suspense category. Lynette teaches at writing conferences all over the country. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Lynette can be found online at and and @lynetteeason on Twitter.

About the book

A murdered partner. A missing brother. Will Isabelle’s silence protect those she loves . . . or delay justice?

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. She knows they’ll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Izzy is determined to discover exactly what happened, and her investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll–including someone from her own family. With her dead partner’s brother Ryan, a handsome homicide detective, shadowing her every move, Izzy’s head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she’s had a secret crush on for years won’t leave her side?

“Eason’s blend of realistic, fast-paced action, suspense, twists and turns, and dynamic characters make this a real page-turner.”Wayne Smith, FBI (retired)

“Lynette Eason once again pens a gripping thriller. I can’t wait for her next installment of the Blue Justice series!”Carrie Stuart Parks, award-winning author of A Cry from the Dust

Oath of Honor promises to be the beginning of another roller-coaster ride series.” Lisa Harris, bestselling and Christy Award-winning author of The Nikki Boyd Files

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