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Monday, October 19, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway - Jesus is Coming Soon Author: Guillermo Maldonado On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 

About the Book

Book:  Jesus is Coming Soon

Author: Guillermo Maldonado

Genre: Christian Theology/Eschatology

Release Date: August 14, 2020


Shakings, Signs, and the Return of Christ

You are mentioned in biblical prophecy. You may not be mentioned by name, but you are included there. End-times prophecies speak of faithful followers of Jesus—called the “remnant”—who are ready for the last days and His return, but they also speak of those who are unprepared or fall away before His appearing.

Which prophecy will you fulfill?

Jesus Is Coming SoonDiscern the End-Time Signs and Prepare for His Return will help you be certain you are part of God’s remnant. The signs of the end of the age and Jesus’s appearing are evident in the physical and spiritual worlds. But most people, including Christians, have not recognized them. What signs has God given to announce the culmination of His purposes for the world? How can we discern them? How can we prepare? This book will unfold:

  • The reason for the unprecedented natural and spiritual shakings in our world
  • What the signs tell us, including unusual signs such as blood moons
  • How God works according to seasons, eras, and the fullness of time
  • How Jewish feasts point to the ages of man, accurately showing us God’s time clock
  • Which imminent biblical signs and promises have yet to be fulfilled
  • The judgments God is bringing to the earth

God has given prophecies concerning Israel, the church, and the world. And His Spirit is disclosing His last-days purposes right now. We need to know how to receive the vital revelation and prophetic knowledge He wants to share with His people. When we have this foreknowledge, we can understand the times and prepare for His final plans for the earth.

God intends the church to be a community of hope, revival, and supernatural power in the midst of dark times. There is a spirit of confusion in the world today. People must turn to God for the answers only He can give, and the church needs to be ready to provide those answers.

In these end times, you do not need to be fearful, discouraged, or distracted. Instead, you can know your true position in God before Christ’s appearing. You can be joyfully prepared, watching and waiting in expectation, with your spiritual eyes open. Live in God’s perfect will for your life and participate in His supernatural, last-days purposes!

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Active in ministry for over twenty years, Apostle Guillermo Maldonado is the founder of King Jesus International Ministry—one of the fastest-growing multicultural churches in the United States—which has been recognized for its visible manifestations of God´s supernatural power. He is a spiritual father to 419 churches in 61 countries, which form the Supernatural Global Network, representing 700,000 people. He is also the founder of the University of the Supernatural Ministry (USM). Apostle Maldonado earned a doctorate in Christian counseling and a master’s degree in practical theology. He resides in Miami, Florida, with his wife and partner in ministry, Ana, and their two sons, Bryan and Ronald.

 

More about Guillermo

Apostle Guillermo Maldonado has written many books concerning the foundations of biblical truth, victorious Christian living, how to manifest the supernatural, and how to be established in the present purposes of God on earth. It is absolutely essential that every Christian read his new book, Jesus Is Coming Soon. All scriptural end-time signs regarding the world, Israel, and the church are coming to a climax. By reading this book, you will discover how to be properly prepared to co-labor with Christ in completing the final things that must be fulfilled for Jesus to return (Acts 3:21). Bless you, Guillermo, for providing such a valuable book for the Holy Spirit to use to prepare the church for Christ’s return.
—Bishop Bill Hamon
Christian International Apostolic-Global Network
Author of numerous books, including The Eternal ChurchProphets and Personal Prophecy, and Prophets and the Prophetic Movement

 

Are you ready? Are you prepared for what is coming in the last days and at the end of the age? The phrase Maranatha was on the lips of the early disciples as they lived this life in preparation for the next. These electric words should not only be on our lips, too, but they should be a living reality in our hearts and lifestyles. In Jesus Is Coming Soon, Apostle Guillermo Maldonado clearly shows us how to live in light of eternity during these end times. Each of us must make sure we are ready for the final act of the greatest story ever told—the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Even so, come, our dear Lord Jesus Christ!
—Dr. James W. Goll
Founder, God Encounters Ministries
GOLL Ideation LLC

My Thoughts

There has been a lot of talk especially dealing with the current pandemic about when the end of the world may be. A lot of people feel that we are in the end times. While there have been many that have tried to predict the end of the world - they were wrong. The bible tells us in Mark  - Mark 13:3 English Standard Version 32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." 
The author does try and back up his prediction with Bible Verses, however they seem to be twisted a bit to fit what he is trying to portray. I am always open to everyone's opinion and how they interpret a verse may be different then mine - but some of them did not sit well with me. 
The author also touches on how one can lose their salvation. I did not agree with this reasoning. 

That being said - The author has done a lot of research and cites it throughout. I picked up my Bible a lot reading this so that I can compare it against God's word. 

Devote extra time to prayer - and remember that God's word is true and never changing. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program -- all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 10

Texas Book-aholic, October 11

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, October 12 (Spotlight)

deb’s Book Review, October 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 13

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 14

Inklings and notions, October 15

For Him and My Family, October 16

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 17

Artistic Nobody, October 18 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 20

Spoken from the Heart, October 21

Stories By Gina, October 22 (Spotlight)

Mary Hake, October 22

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Guillermo is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/101f4/jesus-is-coming-soon-celebration-tour-giveaway

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway - Courage to Thrive Author: Robert D. Flanagan On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book

Book: Courage to Thrive

Author: Robert D. Flanagan

Genre: Christian Living, Depression & Anxiety

Release Date: June 30, 2020


When wrestling with depression and anxiety, getting out of bed is a courageous move. When panic attacks and suicidal thoughts strike, finding victories in the small things of life and reframing feelings can help a person flourish even in the midst of mental health struggles. Rev. Dr. Bob Flanagan knows all about that—he’s spent two decades combatting mental illness head on.

In his first-person spiritual journal Courage to Thrive, Flanagan takes the reader with him as he traverses the dark and scary landscape of his mind and then the paths of faith that lead him to the Source of light and hope. Through a vulnerable look at the realities of a priest battling mental illness and still thriving, readers—whether dealing with similar mental health challenges or the stressors of everyday life—are left with a quiet confidence that assures them they too can thrive and enjoy the gifts God has given them.

Each of the forty reflections concludes with a heartfelt prayer that revels in God’s healing mercies. Join Flanagan on a journey to joy, peace, and hope.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Rev. Dr. Bob Flanagan has struggled with mental illness and managed to thrive for over twenty years. He holds a doctorate of ministry degree in Christian Spirituality and is an adjunct faculty member at General Theological Seminary in New York City, teaching on Christian spirituality. He has served for over ten years as a state and federal advocate for and board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. His previous book, Growing a Sustainable Soul, won a bronze medal in the Reader’s Favorite International Book Contest. Bob lives with his wife, Lanie, in Bridgewater, Connecticut. They have two grown children.

 

More from Robert

Courage to Thrive: Finding Joy and Hope in the Midst of Mental Health Struggles is a pioneering and beautiful book that will help people feel better about themselves and their mental health struggles. I smile knowing that readers will feel the love of God and God’s healing mercies by spending time journaling about their own challenges.

As a priest who struggled with suicidal ideation during seminary and anxiety and depression at various times in my live, I feel this book is a way to change the conversation about mental health within the Christian community.

 

Trivia

I was a top athlete during college.

My favorite type of dog is the Newfoundland. While that is the best dog in the world. I only have a cat right now.

I became a Christian when I was five and remember my baptism.

My wife and I are avid gardeners. We have a big garden that includes sunflowers, potatoes, and many herbs that can be used as medicines. Its based on the English physic gardens that pastors grew in the 1700s.

My Thoughts

I have previously had issues with anxiety and depression. I tried to commit suicide at age 13. It was then I finally confessed to my parents about the sexual abuse I had been enduring since age 8. Some of my children have had to deal with it also. This is a great devotion. The author shares how he walked through the darkness and how he has been able to come out on the other side. This book is broken down into 40 chapters. Each chapter starts off with a Bible verse and focuses on a specific subject. There is a prayer in each chapter and a prompt that you can write down what God is saying to you. Each chapter is around 3-5 pages. I can see this book being used in a small group study. The author has done a wonderful job with this devotion. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program - all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, October 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 16

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 18

Captive Dreams Window, October 18

Artistic Nobody, October 19 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

deb’s Book Review, October 20

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 21

For Him and My Family, October 22

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 25

Inklings and notions, October 26

Mary Hake, October 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 27

Writing from the Heart Land, October 28

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Robert is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10257/courage-to-thrive-celebration-tour-giveaway


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway - Truly Known Author: Jayne Martin Patton on tour with Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book

Book:  Truly Known

Author: Jayne Martin Patton

Genre:  Christian Nonfiction/Christian living

Release Date: March 9, 2020



Knowing God—really knowing God—often seems like an impossible endeavor, especially when we hardly know ourselves. Jayne Patton saw that truth firsthand after ministering to women at a maximum-security prison. And soon she realized that women everywhere—even sitting in the church pew next to her—were living in emotional, spiritual, and mental prisons within their own hearts and minds.

Truly Known invites women of all ages and stages to discover the life-altering freedom that God richly provides them, so that they no longer have to live within their own prisons but can be transformed in the presence of Jesus. Readers will be asking “So now what?” as they are empowered to snatch each moment and each day that God gives them to make a difference in the lives of others.

All proceeds from Truly Known will be donated to Samuel’s House, an orphanage in Venezuela that seeks to feed, shelter, educate, and evangelize children, bringing life to their souls.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Jayne Patton loves crossing over denominational divides to bring the gospel to others in a way that is powerful and relevant. With over twenty years in women’s ministry, she has previously served as a women’s ministry director, worked with government officials in the plight of persecuted Christians worldwide, ministered to women behind prison walls, and more. Jayne is a popular speaker at churches, women’s events, and MOPS groups. She and her husband, Mike, have three children. Jayne loves to read in her spare time, can always be bribed with Mexican food, and never turns down a double-stuffed Oreo. Learn more about her at www.alteredministries.com.

 

More from Jayne

Let’s be real, prison ministry was never on my women’s ministry vision board. I didn’t lay in bed as a little girl and dream of going behind bars. I didn’t grow up knowing a single incarcerated person, my modern-day world didn’t include those who had been incarcerated, and I never thought it would be the thing that would change my entire life. Until 2017. In the fall of that year, I was given the opportunity to begin ministering weekly at a maximum security women’s prison in Missouri and remember thinking at the time how much it would bless those inmates if I would teach them the word of God. I couldn’t have gone in with the worst motivation. You see, it was the Lord who was bringing me there to be blessed and taught by them!

 

I soon discovered that Jesus was working hard in the hearts of those women and they were being transformed into Christ’s likeness unlike anything I had ever experienced within the church walls. In fact, I was so dramatically impacted by what I was experiencing, the Lord prompted me to launch a women’s conference style ministry entitled “Altered Ministries”. My ministry team and I began hosting women’s events at local churches sharing the same messages we were bringing to the women in prison. It was remarkable what God began doing! Lives were being restored, addictions were being shed, and relationships were being renewed!

 

As Altered was moving full speed ahead, I began writing short and pointed daily devotionals for those just beginning their walk with Jesus. Those short devotionals are what soon became my devotional book entitled “Truly Known”.  Why that name? Because God is the One who truly knows all the parts of us that we try to hide, and yet still desires that we draw close to Him. I could see His heart for not just the women sitting in church pews often held captive in prisons of their own making, but for the ones that were held behind very real bars. Jesus came to set all of us free.  My prayer is that “Truly Known” serves as daily encouragement that is easy to understand for the beginner and serves as a sweet reminder for the scholar.

My Thoughts

What a God inspired women's devotions that are great for all women. Each chapter starts off with a Bible Verse. The author will then share some personal connections - and then the author ties in the Bible Verse/story into that. I took a class at a previous church that teaches how to live in Freedom - and there was a lot to unpack in that class - this book brought it down to a not so intense level - that taught how God desires us to live freely from our past - and not look back. There were several chapters that spoke to me throughout this entire book. The chapter entitled "Ambushed" I have had to walk through some things lately that the only way I can get through it is with God. That is where the peace and the calmness is found. With all the chaos in this world - all the hate, all the anger, Jesus is where the Peace is. The world has you wanting to feel one sort of way - and if you don't you're wrong. I know that in times like we are going through right now, our focus as Christians needs to be on Jesus. 
This book is such a gem. This will be something that I keep on my bedside to read when I feel God calling me too. The author has done a great job. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own, 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 7

Texas Book-aholic, October 8

Inklings and notions, October 9

For Him and My Family, October 10

Rebekah Reads, October 10

deb’s Book Review, October 11

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 12

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 15

Mary Hake, October 15

Artistic Nobody, October 16 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 18

SodbusterLiving, October 19

Splashes of Joy, October 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jayne is giving away the grand prize package of a signed book and $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/101f2/truly-known-celebration-tour-giveaway


Friday, October 16, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway - Marry Me for Real, Cowboy Author: Valerie Comer On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 



About the Book

Book:  Marry Me for Real, Cowboy

Author: Valerie Comer

Genre:  Christian Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 8, 2020


Adam Cavanagh’s rodeo championship tastes like dirt after a competitor’s critical injury, but going home to his family’s Montana ranch isn’t much of an improvement. If not even the coveted trophy earns his stepfather’s respect, what will it take?

Riley Dunning’s quick thinking is all that’s keeping her body, soul, and principles together, but demanding a kiss from a hunky cowboy to deter the weirdo following her might be taking things too far… especially when the cowboy comes up with a risky plan that might offer them both stability. If it doesn’t backfire completely.

Will a fake engagement give Adam and Riley the leg up they each need, or will the cost to their hearts be too high? Because neither believes the other will want to marry them… for real.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Valerie Comer is a USA Today bestselling author and a two-time Word Award winner. She writes engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith into her green clean romances.

Valerie’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary Christian romance. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

 

 

More from Valerie

Oh, cowboys…

 

Four years after I began publishing farm romances, I added my first cowboy romance series to the lineup. “It’s not that different,” I told myself and anyone who would listen. “Ranches are almost the same as farms. A few more horses, a few less random other animals!”

 

Ah, but cowboys are deemed more attractive than farmers! Maybe it’s their uniform. You know, a Stetson. Plaid snap-front shirts under denim jackets. Well-worn jeans. Cowboy boots. That combo looks better on a book cover than the stereotypical farmer in a straw hat, overalls, and rubber boots!

 

Whether focusing on cowboys, farmers, or gardeners, all of my green clean romances feature engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith. Are the characters perfect Christians? Nope. No more than you and I are. There’s always room to grow.

 

In Marry Me for Real, Cowboy, the first story in my new Cavanagh Cowboys Romance, Adam decides a fiancĂ©e is just what he needs to impress his stepfather. Not that Adam wants to get married any time soon, but surely it won’t come to that! But… how long do you think it will take for him to realize that he’s living a lie and not trusting God to handle his future? What will his path be to resolve his lack of faith as well as move forward both in romance and in his relationship with his stepdad? You may have to read Marry Me for Real, Cowboy and find out!

 

— Valerie Comer

My Thoughts

Marry me for real cowboy is book 1 in the Cavanagh Cowboy series. This book starts out with Adam Cavanagh coming back home to his families ranch. On the way home he stops at a local diner. He hears a woman in distress, and decides at first to mind his own business. However, as he is waiting to be seated the woman bounces into the diner. Riley goes up to Adam and asks him to kiss her. A weird request, but Adam is happy to oblige. The man that Riley was arguing with - comes in behind and tries to convince Riley to leave. However Adam tells him that Riley is his fiancĂ©. They then continue with these lies - and start to navigate together. Will their lies catch up with them - or can this turn into something real?  
The characters are well written - the story line is intriguing and I was swept away from page one. I love how we get to meet the families of the characters - it always makes it feel more real. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. 
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program - all thoughts are my own.

Blog Stops

Lighthouse academy, October 6

Fiction Full of Faith, October 6

Texas Book-aholic, October 7

deb’s Book Review, October 7

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 8

Genesis 5020, October 8

For Him and My Family, October 9

The Book Chic Blog, October 9

Inklings and notions, October 10

Joanne Markey, October 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 11

Simple Harvest Reads, October 11 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 12

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 13

Mypreciousbits, October 13

Artistic Nobody, October 14 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Vicky Sluiter, October 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 15

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 17

Blossoms and Blessings, October 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 18

Britt Reads Fiction, October 18

Splashes of Joy, October 19

Book Love, October 19 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Valerie is giving away the grand prize package of a complete paperback set of all six books in the Saddle Springs Romance series!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/101db/marry-me-for-real-cowboy-celebration-tour-giveaway