Book Review : On a Summer Tide

Suzanne Woods Fisher has launched a new series and it takes place in one of my favorite places on Earth!! Maine!

On a Summer Tide is the first in the Three Sisters Island series, and it is about a family who buys an island in Maine that is in great need to some TLC. The Grayson family is made up of Paul, the father of three daughters Cam, Blaine and Maddie. Paul’s wife, the girls mother, died a few years ago in an accident.

Despite taking place in Maine I was not sure I was going to love this story. The characters were not ones I immediately connected with. However, and a BIG however, I really have loved the story! They each were so disconnected in the beginning, and being such a sucker for close families, I was not sure how I would enjoy their story, but I did!

There are some great secondary characters that bring a lot of charm to the story as well! The family really comes together and helps Paul breathe some new life into this charming but dilapidated island as well as the camp where he and his wife met.

The story is fast paced and has so many great elements to it! I am not anxious to read the next book in this great series! If you have ever wanted to take a virtual (or real) vacation to Maine, this story will give you the feel of being there!!

NOTE: I received a copy of On a Summer Tide in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review : Rise of the Mystics

When Ted Dekker took us into the life of Rachelle Mathews we did not understand half of what was going on. Why did they live in this compound? Why all the rules? Why were things strange? Who was Vlad? Was he good or was he bad? So many questions!

But as the grid was knocked out and truth was revealed, everything changed.

In the Rise of the Mystics Rachelle continues to go back and forth between our world and “New Earth” – trying to keep herself, the 49th Mystic, alive. Vlad continues to challenge every step of her journey and her understanding of truth.

Once again, Dekker takes us so deep into this alternate reality that it feels real. The characters are your friends and you want to help fight to keep them alive and dreaming!

The truths that Rachelle must grasp to save both worlds are truths that you and I wrestle with in our own lives. Truths of who God is, who we are, and who God is in us. As we go on this journey with Rachelle so many truths are reiterated, truths we know but forget. Truths we need to have as our own foundation.

Ted Dekker is a family favorite – there is not a book he has written we have not read. We highly recommend him to everyone who has a passion for books! He will take you on a journey into his brilliant mind and teach you more about yourself.

NOTE: I received a copy of The Rise of the Mystics in exchange for an honest review.

About The Rise of the Mystics

Some say the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once died with Thomas Hunter many years ago. Still others that the gateway to that greater reality was and is only the stuff of dreams. They are all wrong. 

Rachelle Matthews, who grew up in the small town of Eden, Utah, discovered just how wrong when she dreamed and awoke in another world. There she learned that she is the 49th Mystic, the prophesied one, tasked with finding five ancient seals before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, the world will forever be locked in darkness.

In The 49th Mystic, Rachelle found the first three of those five seals through great peril and mind-altering adventure. But two seals remain hidden, and the fate of both worlds hangs in the balance.

As Rachelle sits deep in a dungeon, Vlad Smith is just getting started. Thomas Hunter’s world is about to be turned inside out.

So begins the final volume of high stakes in one girl’s quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity. The clock is ticking; the end rushes forward. 

Ready? Set?


Book Review : The Next Right Thing

The author of a Million Little Ways has delivered another amazing book! The Next Right Thing is a book to help people like me who sometimes become paralyzed by the decisions before me.

Starting out with a podcast by the same name, Emily talks about tiny ideas that all together lead to a better way of living. Each podcast is about 15 minutes. Each chapter is based on a podcast or two, woven together.

I love to read her words, and I love to listen to her voice. For me this book partnered with her podcast is a little perfection!!

This is not a book about doing more, adding anything, or even being better, it is honestly about simplifying our lives so that we are better equipped to make right choices.

I loved reading through this book! I highly recommend it even if you feel like you can usually make a decision. It just helps you think about your decision making process and simplifying life so that process is smooth.

My favorite suggestion is to find 5-10 minutes each day, or a couple times a day and just be quiet and still. To just sit, lay or walk and have nothing “to do” except just be. Listen to the Lord speak to you. I think by doing this more I will be able to still my day a little bit, it all goes by so fast with 4 teenager (1 almost college kid) and a hobby farm – I just want it to slow a little!!

NOTE : I received a copy of The Next Right Thing in exchange for an honest review. by Revell Publishers.

More About The Next Right Thing:

The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions

by Emily P. Freeman

Nothing gets our attention like an unmade decision: Should I accept the new position? Which schooling choice is best for my kids? How can I support my aging parents? When we have a decision to make and the answer isn’t clear, what we want more than anything is peace, clarity, and a nudge in the right direction. 

If you have trouble making decisions, because of either chronic hesitation you’ve always lived with or a more recent onset of decision fatigue, Emily P. Freeman offers a fresh way of practicing familiar but often forgotten advice: simply do the next right thing. With this simple, soulful practice, it is possible to clear the decision-making chaos, quiet the fear of choosing wrong, and find the courage to finally decide without regret or second-guessing.

Whether you’re in the midst of a major life transition or are weary of the low-grade anxiety that daily life can bring, Emily helps create space for your soul to breathe so you can live life with God at a gentle pace and discern your next right thing in love.

Book Review : The 49th Mystic

I read a lot of books. I enjoy many different authors and genres. However when Ted Dekker releases a book, I NEED to get my hands on it.

When The 49th Mystic came out – my family was THRILLED!! Several of us read Dekker like other people eat pizza – as much as possible and as often as we can! For me personally I love an author that writes books that capture me and that I can share with my teenage sons!

The 49th Mystic is “Beyond the Circle – book 1” which means this book ties into the Circle series (Black, Red, White and Green), plus so many others!!

All three of us read this book so fast and could not wait to talk about it. The story is engaging and will make you think so deep thought about what you believe. Dekker always takes you beyond yourself and what you think is true when you allow his books to grab you. So many of his messages have resonated in my head long after the final page was read.

This book takes the reader into another world that is tied to this world as the main character, and a few others, go back and forth. The entire Circle Series does the same thing with the same “other” world.

If you have never read a book by Ted Dekker I implore you to enter into his brilliant writing and engage with his ideas in a new way. Dekker is a storyteller of storytellers. He is amazing how he can create the other world full of complex characters and scenery, as well as how he melds it all tighter in each of his stories.

I loved this story, and my boys give it a TWO THUMBS UP as well.

NOTE : I received a copy of The 49th Mystic in exchange for an honest review.

About The 49th

Some say the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once died with Thomas Hunter many years ago. Still others that the gateway to that greater reality was and is only the stuff of dreams.

They are wrong. 

In the small town of Eden, Utah, a blind girl named Rachelle Matthews is about to find out just how wrong.

When a procedure meant to restore Rachelle’s sight goes awry, she begins to dream of another world so real that she wonders if Earth might only be a dream experienced when she falls asleep in that reality. 

She is the prophesied one who must find and recover five ancient seals–in both worlds–before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, both worlds will forever be locked in darkness.

So begins a two-volume saga of high stakes and a mind-bending quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity. The clock is ticking; the end rushes forward. 

Ready? Set?


Review : Chonda Pierce

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If you love to get away with the girls, be inspired by TRUTH and laugh out loud I have great news for you!!

Chonda Movie is going to be in select theaters on May 7th and 9th – perfect for Mother’s Day gatherings for ladies of all ages!

Chonda is real, open, honest and raw in this movie/comedy show.

The movie is a documentary style where Chonda talks about her life after becoming a widow, being a woman, and she shares her humor through it all. In between bits of her comedy show, Chonda interviews a variety of people who are unashamed about their faith and are in the public spotlight.

I loved the movie, I thought it was so funny, but yes deep and insightful. I have always been a fan of Chonda’s so hearing how she navigated some struggles in her life inspired me and remember that I can lean on the same God she did when times were tough!

This is a great movie for a girls night that is a little bit meatier than a RomCom – something you will be talking about for days and weeks to come!!

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