Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Monday, November 30, 2015

Murder Under The Mistletoe by Terri Reed

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Murder Under The Mistletoe. This is the third book in the Northern Border Patrol Series. I have loved this series as I do most of Terri's books. This story is well written, action packed, and full of adventure. You will love the characters. What I love most about Terri's books is the way she weaves her faith throughout the story. Some authors just keep it clean and then slip something vague about God but Terri doesn't do that. She gives you subtle lessons in faith that you aren't even aware that you are learning.  I love that.

DEA Agent Tyler and his Border Patrol are investigating a drug cartel in Idaho. His informant told him that the cartel was using his Christmas tree farm to bring in drugs and that he was gathering evidence but he is killed before he can give the evidence to Tyler's team. When his boss discovers the sister has moved in with her child he tells Tyler to protect them.

Widow Heather Larson-Randall moves back to the farm to bury her brother. She has lost everything so the farm is her last hope. Hearing a noise in the house she gets up to discover a DEA agent sneaking into her back door. He tells her why he is there and that her brother was working for him. That he wasn't an overdose victim but was murdered. Now Heather has to choose if she will blame Tyler for her brother's death or if she will help him find the men who killed her brother before they kill her.

A great journey of two broken hearts brought together by a traumatic event. Can they learn to trust God and each other? God has a plan and if we can just yield to Him He will turn our lives around. A great read.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thank You Father

My post is not a review today, instead I just want to thank God for all that He has done for me, especially this last year. God is so good! This year has truly been one blessing after another. To list all the blessing I have received and my family have had would take forever but I will tell you a few.

God gave my a car! How many people can say that? I haven't had a car since my car broke down five years ago. My grandson and my son-in-law tried to get it going but the problems were electrical. I started praying for a car. After I moved out of their home three years ago, I have had to walk or rely on someone to come and pick me up and take me where I needed to go. In April someone came up to me and told me God told them to give me their car. Praise God! I now have a Cadillac. It's old but it's wonderful.

My daughter Kellie and her family were notified by HUD that their rent was about to double. So they started praying for a home. Jeremy and his family also lived with them so they also started praying for a home. There just didn't seem to be anything available but finally Jeremy found one. Kellie and Scott found a place but it was going to take a lot of work. Her boss called her one day and said they had a friend that wanted to sell their home. Kellie and Scot were able to buy that house, close, and move in in just a few weeks. Jeremy and his wife moved into their new home a few weeks later and now Kellie's other son Paul and his wife have bought a new home and are expecting another child. God is so good.
Schanae, Kellie's daughter is expecting a child in February.

I was able to travel to Cheyenne and watch my grandson graduate from high school and spend several days with my son. Later in the summer I was able to go see Dustin play in the Regional's play off. Such a blessing for me.

My church started a Christian School this fall. Kellie is teaching kindergarten and I'm able to work in the office. What a blessing! The children have grown so much spiritually and can pray like nothing you have ever seen before. I love the confidence you see in their faces. They are learning who they are in Christ Jesus. They read two chapters in the Bible each day. They are learning how our country was truly founded. It is awesome.

I am truly blessed and highly favored of God! I just want to thank God for all the little things He does for me too. I have increased so much in this last year.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. I'll not be doing any post the rest of the week. I want to spend time with my family. God bless each of you.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Christmas Blackout by Maggie K. Black

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Christmas Blackout. I love Maggie's work and this  was an excellent example. This story is well written, complex, and action packed. Maggie fills her stories with faith woven into them like a tapestry. I loved it and I know you will too.

Benjamin Duff is about to take off on his dream to boat around the world for charity. He was once severely injured and because of his injury his sister suffered from an anxiety disorder. He felt he owed her to stay close but in just a few days she would marry the love of her life. Benjamin was free.  Now he just needed to drop off his dog to his friend's bed and breakfast, attend the wedding, and catch his plane to Australia.

Piper Lawrence has taken over her  aunt and uncle's Bed and Breakfast to try to get it into a profitable business. "Christmas at the Downs" has been an annual event that she hoped would bring the business back to life. Her aunt is suffering some mysterious disease and her husband has taken her to an assisted living facility. Piper wanted to bring them home.

Benjamin calls when he is close to the Downs but hears Piper being attacked. He rushes to save her only to crash his truck. Caught  in a terrible snow storm without power, they find someone has sabotaged the generator. Benjamin is able to keep her from being killed but  the killer is searching for someone and something. Could these two find what this man is looking for before he destroy them or the B&B?  Benjamin's time is running out and the attacks are only getting stronger. They soon find out that God has a plan and if they can just trust Him He will work it out for them. God always has a plan and it so much greater than anything you ever imagined.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

An Alasian Wedding by Belle Calhoune

My review today is on the Love Inspired book, An Alaskan Wedding. This is the first book of Belle's I have read but I liked it. I'm sure it won't be the last. It was well written and I enjoyed the characters.
I love stories about Alaska and Love was a fun place to visit.

Reporter Grace Corbett was sent to Love after Mayor Prescott put and article in the paper requesting women to come to Love to find romance. There were very few women living in Love and the men in town wanted wives. So Grace's boss sent her to get a story. She had no intention of find a romance only a story.

Sheriff Boone Prescott was the grandson of the mayor and wasn't happy about his grandfather's attempt to get women to come to Love until the beautiful Grace fell into his arms. She was a city girl with ridiculous shoes, and would never fit into his life style, if he ever decided he wanted a wife. He had been hurt badly in the past.

A tale of two broken individuals with no desire to find romance at all. God had a plan for these two and once they began to trust Him everything began to fall into place.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Christmas Bride by Terri Grace

My review today is on the Christmas Bride, Mail Order Bride; Brides for all Season, Book 3, A Gift for Pete. I haven't read any of Terri's books before but this one was excellent. I love mail order bride stories so I was enchanted with this book. It's hard to understand what would make a woman leave everything she knows to go across the country to marry a stranger. It intrigues me.

Emily and her young brother lived with her drunken abusive father. her neighbor talked her into answering a mail order bride advertisement and to contact her aunt to take Jimmy.So Emily sets out to deliver her brother to her aunt and to meet her new husband, Doctor Pete. They had been exchanging letters for some time but Pete was unaware of her inability to read or write. (Her neighbor was answering his letters and writing them.) Could she keep her secret?

Doctor Pete, now in his forties, was surprised when he saw the beautiful young girl. He had assumed she was an old maid. Well at least she could be a nurse if the marriage didn't work out. Pete had been married before and had lost his wife. He didn't feel it was important to share this with her. It was just his secret to bare.

An excellent story that will touch your heart. I know you will enjoy it. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Lethal Exposure by Elisabeth Rees

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Lethal Exposure. This book is one of the Navy Seal Defenders Series. I love the Navy Seals and so this book is a no-brainer for me, I loved it. This book is well written, action packed, and full of faith. I enjoy that about Elisabeth's books. I liked her characters, they were great and I hope to read more about them in her next book.

Photographer Rebecca Grey was widowed a year and a half ago. She has two young daughters and is struggling to survive. Her husband's best friend and fellow Seal has quit the military and is helping her deal with all the changes. So when her home is broken into she calls the police but also calls him.

Ex-Navy Seal Conrad "Jack" Jackson has helped Rebecca pull herself out of her grief just as he promised her husband before he died. He promised to care for her and her daughters. Now that she was under attack he tried to draw closer to Rebecca only to have her pull away. He didn't understand why she wanted him to back away after this situation ended, they were his whole life. Could he keep them safe.

Rebecca had taken some pictures of priceless art in the war zone and now someone was after those pictures. Her pictures were the only proof of the art theft. It would take all of Rebecca's faith to survive these attacks. Rebecca's faith draws Jack in like a moth to a flame. He needs what she has.
God has a plan for these two, all they have to do is trust. God has a plan for you too, and it's much greater than any thing you dreamed of. Get a copy of this book, you will love it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Christmas in Hiding by Cate Nolan

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Christmas in Hiding. This is Cate's first book with LIS and I'm thankful it won't be her last. I loved the book; it's well written, action packed, and full of faith. What a great combination. I loved her characters, they were complex and complicated but became people that touched your heart.

Callie Martin was a kindergarten teacher when she witnessed the death of her boyfriend, now her life was turned upside down. She had lost everything and is now in witness protection. She is taken to a meeting with the Assistant US Attorney and a DEA agent. Unable to give them the answers they want the two of them leave with her US Marshal Ben Wilson. They are attacked. A different marshal shows up in the conference room and tells her he will be protecting her now. Callie doesn't trust this new man.

US Marshal Jackson Walker is a loner from Texas. His mentor had talked him into taking this new case. Ben believed Callie was innocent. Jackson wasn't so sure, her faith and her sweetness could be just good acting. As they run all over the country side the abductors are right there with them. Either Callie is telling the where they are or they have a mole. There is something special about her though. Can he keep this woman alive and safe without losing his heart.

A journey of two broken hearts struggling to learn to trust again. They soon learn they must trust each other and God to survive the horror they are facing.  They learn God has a plan. A plan for a future and a hope. God is so good. He has a plan for you too if you will just learn to trust him. This book is a great read and one you will want to read.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Into Thin Air by Mary Ellen Porter

My review today in on the Love Inspired Suspense, Into Thin Air. This is Mary Ellen's first book with LIS and the first of her work that I have read. I enjoyed the book very much and look forward to reading more of her work. The book is well written, action packed and full of adventure. Faith is interwoven throughout the entire story. I know you will enjoy it.

Ex-Search and Rescue worker Laney Kensington is on her way home when she witnesses a child being abducted. Laney jumps in and tries to help the girl but ends up being shot and left for dead. She wakes up in the hospital with and urgent desire to find this girl. All the FBI wans to do is protect Laney.

This could be their big break; an eye witness. FBI Agent Grayson DeMarco has been working this human trafficking case for almost a year. This abduction makes three children that have been taken in this area. How many more did they need to meet their quota? Could he protect Laney and find the men?

Laney had quit working as a S&R worker and had retired her dog after her team had been killed in an avalanche. She now trained dogs and relies only on herself. Grayson lost his best friend and his fiancĂ©e in a short time, he knows God's plan has to be for him to live alone. Both these people are on a journey of faith. They must learn to trust each other, God, and His plan for them, even in the face of unthinkable betrayal. It's a great read.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Joseph's Bride by Grace Given

My review today is on the Amish Book, Joseph's Bride. I don't think I have ever read any of Grace's
work but I did enjoy this one. It is a very clever  modern day story of Joseph and his brothers from  the book of Genesis. She did a really good job on adapting a story that I thought would be hard to put into our modern world but I'm sure having them Amish did help.

Joseph Fischer is one of twelve boys born  to Jakob. Jakob's first wife died in child birth  after giving him ten baby boys. Jakob remarried and had Joseph and Benjamin. Joseph was his daett's favorite. Joseph is a very good carpenter and intends to marry Mary as soon as he is baptized he has no desire to have his Rumspringa. He has a dream that his stubborn brothers bow down to him. They didn't take that well.

Joseph's brothers take him out to a bar a week before he is to be baptized but Joseph refuses to drink or kiss the woman the boys tried to force on him. So his brothers devised a plan to steal a book in the middle of the night and set Joseph up. Their plan works and Joseph is shunned and sent out into the Englisch world. Joseph lands a job in a restaurant and works his way up only to land in jail when his wife tells everyone he tried to rape her.

This modern day bible story is well written and full of faith. I loved her characters and the way she stayed true to the original story. I know you will enjoy it.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Her Holiday Protector by Lenora Worth

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Her Holiday Protector. This book is the first book in the Men of Millbrook Lake Series. I love all of Lenora's work and this one is an excellent example. It is well written, action packed, and full of faith. Her characters are complex and full of issues that she always manages to deal with properly. You will love this book.

Police Detective Blain Kent is out jogging when he hears a gunshot and a woman's screams. as he arrives to the scene he notices the resemblance between the woman who was shot and Rikki Allen. Could this woman have been killed by mistake? Could Rikki be the target? As he investigates he realizes that Rikki is keeping secrets, how can he trust her? How can he protect her when he can't even trust her?

Rikki Allen is an interior designer. She returns home to work on a couple of cases. She left the town and her crime family when her new husband was killed suspiciously. She blamed her father, the crime boss for all that had happened these last years. Could her family be the ones who killed her best friend and was trying to kill her now. She wants to trust Blain but he hates her family and will he still help her when he finds out who she really is.

A journey of two people who are unable to trust anyone feeling they have been betrayed by these closest to them. They have to learn to trust God and to trust each other. God has a plan for these two and He has a made a way to turn their world around. God can do that for you too if you will surrender your will to Him and let Him lead the way.