Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Monday, October 20, 2014

Out of the Shadows

Today, instead of writing a book review I'm going to talk to you about my own book, Out of the Shadows. This is the first book I wrote and is very dear to my heart. This book contains a great deal of my own personal testimony. When I look back to the events that took place over forty years ago it seems more like a movie I once saw. God has done such a total healing of my heart.

I was talking to my grand daughter the other day and I told her that when I first got a divorce all I could remember was the bad times; every hurt, the pain, the isolation, and total destruction of my soul. Years later when I was saved and Spirit filled, I was able to forgive my husband. God then began to give back the good memories. No matter how devastating the relationship is there was once good, happy times. My grand daughter is going through a divorce and I hope my experiences help her to heal.

Glori Rhoades married the wrong man and was in the process of getting a divorce but her husband was refusing to acknowledge it. Dragging Glori to a party, he leaves her alone, and then throws a fit when his best friend talks to her. Jake takes her back to the apartment and beats her in an attempt to kill her. His fellow police officers stops the attack and sends for help. Jake escapes the police and sets out to finish the job he had started. If he can't have Glori then no one else would.

Michael had once been in love with Glori until his best friend moved in and took over after a misunderstanding. Michael has tried to stay a way from Glori and forget how he felt about her. He wanted to remain a friend of Jake's but now he fears for Glori's life. He will do everything in his power to keep her safe.

God gave me this story and as it parallels with my story it is a healing bomb to the horrors I lived with. I want everyone to know that there is life after an abusive relationship. When you are going through the abuse you feel you are the only one that has to live like that, (especially forty years ago when no one talked about the problem) that there is no hope, no way out but there is hope now. Jesus is there to save you physically as well as spiritually all you have to do is ask. Not only will He heal your broken body but He has a plan for you, a wondrous plan, that you couldn't even imagine. Know that God has thousands of men and women of God who are out there working to save the victims of abuse. God loves you and will heal your broken hearts.

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon, Lulu, and other places where books are sold. It's just been revised, I have to apologize, the first time a friend of mine published it and I didn't  explain that I wanted it in single spaced and so it was double spaced and there were a lot of spaces between chapters. I think it's much better now. I hope you will check it out and let me know how you enjoy the book. God bless you all and have a good week.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Lawman Returns by Lynette Eason

My book review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, The Lawman Returns. This book is the first book in the Wrangler's Corner Series. I can't wait to get the next book, this one was awesome. I love the way Lynette writes; extra ordinary characters, fast paced action, and faith interwoven throughout the whole story. You just have to love her work.

Sabrina Mayfield had a tragic childhood, her mother was engaged to one of the men in the small town, left him at the alter, she returned with a baby in tow, and then took off again. Sabrina was laughed at and shunned by the whole town. Determined to earn the town's respect she becomes a social worker and helps children through their tragic lives. She lost one of her best friends. (the nephew of the man her mother destroyed) Stephen was a cop killed in the line of duty. Now she receives a call from Jordan a teen she is trying to help, he knows who killed Stephen. When answering the call she is shot at.

Detective Clay Starke (once dubbed a bad boy by the town) has returned home to work temporarily for the Sheriff, hoping to find Stephen's (his brother) killer. He is called out to back up the social worker but gets there just as someone starts taking shots at her. Clay makes it his job to keep Sabrina and Jordan's two young siblings safe and find Jordan and learn what he knows about who killed his brother. They go from one deadly situation to another.

A journey of redemption, of forgiveness and love. This story will warm your heart and touch your soul. A story of unconditional love just as Jesus love for us. You may find a copy of this book at the address below.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Married by Christmas by Karen Kirst

My book review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense book, Married by Christmas. This book is the next book in the Smokey Mountain Matches Series. I have loved this series and this book was one of my favorites. I liked that for Christmas she brought many of the characters from past books back to visit. It's always cool to find about those characters and how they are doing. I love the way Karen writes.

Rebecca Thurston is a broken, bitter woman. Years ago she had been part of a threesome, they had been best friends, but then Rebecca became engaged to Adam, one of those men. Adam and Caleb had been inseparable and in a freak accident Adam and Caleb are injured. Adam is unable to walk again and breaks off the engagement and left town. Rebecca blamed Caleb for ruining her life. Now her parents were gone and Rebecca and her little sister were struggling to survive. During a bad snow storm Rebecca's dog alerts her and takes her to a wounded man. The badly wounded man turned out to be Caleb. She took him home and nursed him. She spent several days alone with him trying to save his life but the town gossips declare she must marry the man.

Badly scared Caleb has spent years in solitary existence because of the guilt he feels for what happened that night. He has always watched over Becca from the side lines, bringing meat and supplies in the night when no one will know and asking his brother to check on them. Now he has witnessed a murder of a good friend. Wounded, his horse brings him to the place he remembers well. When Caleb wakes he finds Rebecca nursing him, Fear floods his heart for her and her sister, this outlaw band would surely find him and hurt the girls. When he is on the mend and he hears the town is demanding their marriage he promises Rebecca he will leave as soon as he's able and will live up in the mountains like he had been. She wouldn't have to see him. They then marry a marriage on paper only.

As Christmas comes closer the gang finds Rebecca but doesn't realize she is his wife. Scared beyond words she agrees to move into Caleb's cabin. Now she has his family to deal with on top of a gang of killers. A great journey of forgiveness, restoration, and love. God has a plan even when we sometimes move out of His will. He will restore us to the original plan. You'll love this book, you can get a copy at the address below.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunken Treasure by Katy Lee

My book review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense book, Sunken Treasure. Katie did it again, a truly awesome adventure. The book is well written and full of action. I love her characters even though they're broken with serious issues but then aren't we all broken with only God able to put us together again. It was nice to visit some of the characters from her past couple of books too. I enjoyed how she wove her faith into the story.

Rachelle Thibodaux has lived her whole life in the small islands of Stepping Stones but when her father was found to be a murderer she pulled away from family and friends. Convinced deep inside of her lurks the same darkness that caused her father to kill. Now she hides by fishing for lobsters and spend all of her time on the water. One day she sees a woman steal on of her traps then board a luxury ship, capturing the woman on her camera. As she nears the ship she realizes that the woman is shooting at her. As she radios for help, someone tries to come aboard her boat. She finds her gun to keep them from getting aboard but when a man begs for help she realizes he is in trouble and not the woman that had shot at her.

Gage Fontaine is diving for a ship to salvage. As he scopes the ocean floor his nemsis appears and cuts his air line and his arm. Force to rise quickly to the surface he suffers from the bends. Rachelle takes him on board and to the island for help. Gage has unknowingly led a band of real life pirates to Stepping Stones. Now can he save Rachelle from the blood thirsty Jolene?

A great journey of restoration, forgiveness, and love. I know you will want to get a copy, you can get a copy at the address below.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain by Kelly Long

This book was sent to me to read and review, my thoughts and opinions are all my own and I was not influenced in any way. I absolutely love books on Marriages of Convenience. As a child I use to read Grace Livingston Hill, Emily Loring and later Glenna Finney. I loved the whole concept and the tensions that became overwhelming as they fell in love and didn't think the other one wanted to make the marriage real. I also love Amish books so this one is a no brainer for me. I loved it, and I'm sure you will too.

Professor Jude Lyons has always been fascinated by the Amish. Now to finish his doctorate he has come to Ice Mountain to write a book on the Mountain Amish. These Amish live a life even further behind the Amish in Pennsylvania. A young girl helps him with his work and as the day approaches for him to leave he loses control and kisses the maiden. Unfortunately they are seen by her brother in a compromising situation. Later Jude is met by the girl, her father, brothers, and the bishop; he is told he must do the honorable thing. Suffering from low blood sugar, he passes out and wakes to find the wedding is already taking place. He is forced to; endure Grossmuder May who comes to bless his marriage bed, save his wife from an attempted rape, share her bed because of her great fear, and then go throughout the community so his wife can say good bye. He is determined keep his hands off her, so he can bring her home and can get an annulment in the Spring. She doesn't belong in his dysfunctional life.

Mary King gave into her feelings when she allowed the professor to kiss her. Now that she's married to him and is forced to leave her beloved mountain community. Jude comes from a family of great wealth, his home, his finance` and his family are a great shock to her. She is determined that she will please her husband and make her wedding into a real marriage. After a terrible misunderstanding she flees her marriage and returns to the mountain a broken woman.

This is a humorous heartwarming story of finding God's will for your life and how to overcome the situation life throws at you. You can purchase this book at the address below.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Despasperate Measures by Christy Barritt

My book review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Desperate Measures. I love Christy's suspense books, they are well written, fast paced, and always faith based. You need to grab a copy of this work.

Samantha Rodgers' husband and his friends extorts money from innocent people. Samantha had found the evidence and told him she would go to the police if he didn't make it right. Her husband was killed, she was framed for the murder, and the extortion; now she was on the run with her eight year old son.

On her way home from the grocery store Samantha was attacked. She flees the scene and tells her landlord she must leave, then goes to pack.

Former Coast Guard John Wagner has lost the woman he loves to domestic violence. He sees the same signs in Sam and offers her a job with room and board for her and her son on a remote island. He feels if he can keep Sam safe it will make up for failing Alyssa. Yet every time the trio turns around they find yet another threat. 

This is a great journey of healing and forgiveness. You will want to buy a copy, you can purchase this book at the address below.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

The Marshal's Promise by Rhonda Gibson

My review today is on the Love Inspired Historical, The Marshal's Promise. I really enjoy Rhonda's westerns. This one is well written, has intriguing characters, and is faith based. I love that about her work. I love books about the mail-order brides, I can't imagine how desperate a woman would have to be to commit yourself to a man she has never met. Now you see the same spirit in the internet matches. It works for some and some are destroyed. Although I have been divorced forty-four years and I had to raise four children alone, I have never been that desperate.

Rebecca Ramsey loses her mother and her father remarries. Her step mother does everything in her power to get rid of this daughter.(Wicked Step-Mother Syndrome) including forcing her to answer an ad for a mail-order bride. After exchanging letters for awhile she sets out to marry Jesse Cole. A man who had promised to love and care for her but when she arrives she finds that Jesse was killed in a bank robbery. Unable to return home she accepts a job of housekeeping for the U.S. Marshal.

U.S. Marshal Seth Billings shot Jesse during a bank robbery. Jesse looked to be one of the robbers and Seth had no choice but to shoot him but after Jesse died in his arms begging him to care for Rebecca, Seth finds out he has shot an unarmed man. He promises to care for Rebecca but it is soon evident that the gang Jesse had been a part of was after Rebecca. Now he must keep her safe without losing his heart.

A great story of faith, forgiveness, and one that will warm your heart. You can order the book at the address below.

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