-- Grace Elizabeth --

-- Grace Elizabeth --

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Girl's Still Got It

The Girl's Still Got It by Liz Curtis Higgs is an enlightening read about Ruth.  Loved the cover copy-take a walk with Ruth and the God who rocked her world.  This would make you read the book just by that.  I am a huge fiction reader but love how Liz writes, so I read her non fiction as well.
We travel with Ruth from Moab to Bethlehem and watch how God works in Ruth, Naomi and Boaz's lives. She has made this book of the bible so much more understandable and how God uses this rags-to-riches redemption story and how pertinent this is to my own life.

Love how she goes thru each chapter and thoroughly explains it and then throws a modern day Ruth in real life story in and how they tie together.  That was really a neat way to add to the storyline.

After reading this book you can never read the story of Ruth in the bible the same way after reading this book.  Liz has included a great study guide in the back of the book which is very helpful. Pleas look in the very back for a priceless rendition of the "Righteous Ruth Rap"--priceless and worth the price of the book just for it.

Thank to Waterbrook Press for my free copy just for my honest opinion.


Grace by Max Lucado is his latest book and it is another winner.  There are many books on this subject, but Max makes this topic so much more understandable with his unique writing style.  I am a huge Max fan and this book was "over the top" good.
He has enough grace to pardon every sin, solve every dilemma, wipe every tear, and answer every question.  It's more than we deserve and greater than we imagine.  If those sentences don't make you interested in reading this book, something is wrong.
I have highlighted most of this book since there are so many nuggets in these pages:

The meaning of life.  The wasted years of life.  The poor choices of life.  God answers the mess of life with one word: grace.
Grace comes after you.  It rewires you.  From insecure to God secure. From regret-riddled to better-because-of-it.  From afraid-to-die to ready-to-fly.  Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.
To accept grace is to accept the vow to give it.

These are just a few of my favorite lines in this book, many, many more great stories also.
There is a great readers guide in the back of the book that I really enjoyed also.
So, get your highlighter out, a hot drink and be prepared to see grace in a new and wonderful light as your read this book
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for this free book just for my honest opinion.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Borders of the Heart

Chris Fabry has written another masterpiece-Borders of the Heart.  He is one talented writer that always gives the reader a great story that has interesting characters, great story lines, God's redemption in the story.  This one is unique and extremely good.

J.D. is near Tuscon trying to forget painful memories in his past.  He is working on an organic farm and there is one rule-see an illegal and call Border Patrol.  He finds a girl-Maria, in the desert near death and the story begins.  He hides her out and then realizes there are evil people trying to kill her. They are beginning a cat and mouse chase.  They are not sure who is the killer and are just trying to stay alive.
J.D. has secrets that collide with Maria's past and how in saving her, he can save himself.

This story will hook you from the beginning and not let up till the final page. Great story with a love story intertwined and lots of with God's mercy and grace thrown in.  Very interesting ending and a book you will enjoy.  In fact, read all of Chris Fabry's books-you will not be disappointed.

Thank you Tyndale for sending me this book free just for my honest opinion.

  Author Q&A and Borders of the Heart trailer: http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/1_products/details.asp?isbn=978-1-4143-4862-9.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Darkness Rising

Darkness Rising is the second book of the East Salem Trilogy and as the title suggests, it is truly a supernatural suspense book.  I am still trying to figure out if I liked it or not.  It was good is spots and in spots I felt lost.  This book continues the evil that lurks in East Salem except with a new twist.  Dani Harris is a forensic psychiatrist and Tommy Gunderson is a ex football player from the first book and they are romantically involved as this story continues. They are trying to uncover what is happening at the St. Adrian's Academy with strange events happening and a death. Dani and Tommy are given clues by an older lady who has researched  the supernatural forces at work in the town for generations. They must find out who and what is behind the evil and the battle of angels and demons come full force against each other throughout this story. When the unseen becomes  seen. faith is the only weapon strong enough to fight a battle of murder and betrayal and angels and demons.  More characters are enlisted to help this cause and a lot of science dealing with the brain, chemicals relating to autism and brain tumors left me completely in left field.  I found that part not very interesting and made the storyline drag for me.

The authors have researched the supernatural, angels and demons and crafted a supernatural suspense with a lot of historical parts woven in the story.  They did leave you hanging on the last page and now we have to wait a year till this storyline ends-bummer.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for sending this book free of charge just for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Deposit Slip

Ten million dollars is missing after Erin Larson's fathers death. As she searches his deposit box at the bank, she finds a worn and tattered deposit slip saying he deposited that money in the bank.  The bank has no record-now what. That is the storyline from a new book by Todd Johnson.
Erin has hired lawyers in the past to help, but of no avail.  She hires Jared Neaton who really wants to help but wants the money more. He is up against a shady law firm who is making Jared's life and work extremely hard.  He wants to help Erin, but he could lose everything or he could gain a lot of money. As he digs deeper he discovers something very dangerous and the people who want this to never come to trial are making threats to both Jared and Erin. 
I found this a very good legal thriller, especially since the author is a lawyer.  The storyline kept my interest, but one thing bothered me.  Bethany is a Christian publisher and I found very little Christian emphasis or God working in their lives and that is what keeps me reading Christian fiction.  Otherwise, this is a well written book.
Thank you Bethany Publishers for sending me this book free just for my honest opinion.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Reason

"Only Believe" has a new meaning for me after reading this astounding debut book by William Sirls. I was not prepared for what was to happen to me while reading this book.  I found myself identifying with some of the characters, their flaws, misgivings, doubts and just genuine questions. What surprised me was how engrossed in this book I became.  This was truly one book I did not want to end, it was that good.  I found myself smiling at the book, crying in spots and just loving the characters and the storyline. We all find ourselves asking the question: Where is God when bad things happen? Does God ignore the prayers of the faithful? These two questions were masterfully answered for the characters in this book.
The characters are unforgettable-James Lindy, the blind pastor of a small congregation amid adversity, can he "only believe?"  Macey Lewis is an oncologist helping five year old Alex battle aggressive leukemia.  Will she trust modern medicine or "only believe?" Carla's past is haunting her and is trying to learn to forgive-will she "only believe?" Brooke is Alex's mother who is fighting for her son's life and wants God to save him.  Can she  trust God and "only believe and he will be healed?  Kenneth, the carpenter is working on the new hospital wing and is "gifted" in restoring broken crosses, broken lives, restoring sight, but you have to read the book to find out his best "miracle".
I found myself highlighting parts of this book and here is an excerpt from the book.
Jim looked at Kenneth. " Can you tell us the reason why God does everything he does?"
Kenneth held up his fists and then slowly fanned his arms out to his sides.  "You know the reason, James Lindy."
"I know," Jim said.  "But I was hoping everyone could hear it from you."
The carpenter nodded and then uncoiled his fists, exposing his palms.
"The reason is God loves you."
This book has challenged me to live out my faith in a new and gifted way.  My heart has been forever changed and "only believe" has become more personal and one I will share more.
Thank you William Sirls for a superb book and please write more.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing this book free just for my honest opinion.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Full Disclosure

Sheeeeee's back!!!!!!!!!!!!!.  After five long years of missing Dee Henderson's writings and hoping she will write again, she has.  I was one of the lucky ones to get a ARC of Full Disclosure to read and review.
It was well worth the wait for her to write another book-thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was her typical suspense and romance book with both characters in the police field.  Ann Silver who is a Midwest homicide investigator that brings a lead on a serial murder case to Special Agent Paul Falcon and the evidence is just what he needed to restart the cold case. But can the two of them work together without getting romantically involved?  Ann has lots of secrets and a lifetime of hiding them and will Paul be willing to find them out. Must read to find out the answer to that question.
What struck me the most throughout the book was the references to the characters in her previous books. That way you could read this book without having read the O'Malley series.  But this book will make you want to read the previous books.
Full Disclosure goes on sale October 2nd-make sure you get your copy to read, you will not be disappointed.
Thanks to Bethany House for this ARC copy for free just for my review.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Abducted is the second of the Pacific Coast Justice Series by Jancie Cantore and she has another winner in this book. I loved her first book and was blessed to get this one to read also.
If you did not read the first book-still pick this up.  She retells snippets of the characters in the first book so you will be up to speed throughout this book. 
Loved the continuation of Carly's and Nick's story and God's mercy and grace in that situation-need to read the story to see what I mean. Carly is a patrol officer in Las Playas with her partner Joe fighting crime.  Joe's wife is taken to the hospital with a mysterious illness along with his four month old baby.  The baby is taken from the hospital and Carly hunts for the abductor. She follows leads, gets close, then people are killed. The storyline takes you from one culprit to another and you think they will never find the baby or who stole him.  There is also wonderful gospel messages throughout the book and how Carly tries to witness to her roommate.  Love that part in any Christian book.
Since Janice Cantore is a former cop-her stories are alive with superb character development and the story lines are ones she dealt with one the street. Can't wait for number three to read more about Nick and Carly.
Thank you Tyndale for this free copy just for my honest opinion.

Monday, August 6, 2012

House of Mercy

House of Mercy is Erin Healy's latest book and it is very unique!.  I have read all of her books and each one is so different.  She is truly a gifted storyteller and this book fits into that category.
The story centers around Beth who has a gift of healing and she wants to be a vet.  She lives on a cattle ranch with her family and they have a haven for men needing a second chance.  All is going well until:
she decides to steal a saddle, ride a thoroughbred (not hers) and the horse is injured. Life starts to spiral downward when the owner of the horse wants to sue her, her father dies, college hopes are shattered,possible farm loss and a grandfather she does not know.  She finds out that he is wealthy and sets out on horseback to find him.  She is guided by a wolf-is he real or not?
This is just a snippet of the storyline. How will Beth find mercy and will she ever find peace?
This one line in the story just stuck out and I pondered for quite a while on it.
"You did what you had the opportunity to do. And the One who orders the world worked through you.  We do what we can with the resources God gives us, Bethesda.  We should try to do no more than that"
If you have not read any of Erin Healy's book-please do-she has a way of telling stories that stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
Thank you Thomas Nelson for this free book just for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Submerged by Dani Pettrey is her debut novel with Bethany House Publishers and they picked a winner. This book far exceeded my expectations in so many ways.  First, was the cover-very eye catching (covers do help sell books ). Second, I love, love suspense novels and this storyline really fit the bill.  Third, the prologue was one of the best I have read, it grabbed you and left you dying to get into the story.  The author was masterful with her character development and wove elements of faith, forgiveness and second chances throughout the story.
Bailey Craig had lived in Yancey Alaska and in high school and was not a very "good girl" with a reputation she felt followed her even  though she became successful. The thought of returning to Yancey and all those who remember her past is daunting.  Now she has to return to bury her aunt that was killed in a plane crash along with three others.  Bailey finds out that the plane was sabotaged and needs the help of Cole McKenna.  The problem is..Bailey broke his heart when she left ten years ago.  She has changed but will he remember her faults or has he changed too. Can they work together and find the truth and the murderer?
I absolutely loved this book except- this is book one and she left the end of the story open with Bailey and Cole and what could happen next.  I hope book two continues with the two of them in the plot.
Eagerly looking forward to book two.
Thanks to Bethany Publishing House for this free copy just for my honest opinion.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Tidewater Inn

Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble is the first in her new HopeBeach series.  The setting is the Outer Banks and she has written another winner. 
Libby inherits an old hotel from her father,that she thought had died when she was 5, and soon finds she has a brother and sister that she didn't know she had. This is not something her new family is liking and they make it known they want nothing to do with her.  They believe she is only there to steal their birthright and are making things miserable for Libby.  Now, the plot thickens, her best friend and business partner Nicole is kidnapped in front of her and the police believe she has something to do with her disappearance.  The main part of the story hinges on Libby along with the love interest Alec trying to find Nicole before she is killed and then all sorts of strange and interesting things happen during their search for Nicole- and someone starts hunting them, but who.  In comes, Bree and Samson  from the Rock Harbor series to help in the search f or Nicole.  That was the highlight of the book for me.  I loved the Rock Harbor series and it was fun to see those characters come back in another book-great job, Colleen.
This book is another great read by Colleen.  The only thing I missed was the suspense part wasn't what she usually writes.  I did not find myself trying to figure out the culprit like usual and that is ok.  There will be another in this series and since I love Colleen's writing I will be waiting patiently for it also.
Thank you Thomas Nelson for this free copy from Booksneeze just for my honest opinion.

Monday, May 28, 2012


I have been  done with this book for a couple of weeks but wanted to post my review on Memorial Day as a special tribute to Adam Brown. What a story, what a hero that sacrificed it all so we can live in a free country.  Thank you Adam Brown and all the special military men and women who sacrifice so much.  I have a daughter in the Army and I appreciate the military so much more just knowing what she deals with.  That is one of the reasons I picked this book to review.

This is by far one of the best books I have ever read.  Adam Brown's life was far from normal in many ways. He was a fun loving boy from Arkansas who was a real daredevil and his life was turned upside down from drugs and eventually jail time.  He finally got his life together and with help became a member of the Navy Seals.  It is so unbelievable what these men go through to become a seal-absolute torture and only " the strong survive".  Adam was one of the most determined men who would not take no for an answer-he would find a way. His determination was also fueled by his faith, family, and the love of a special woman who stood by him through thick and thin, problems and injuries and loved him deeply.  Adam would not let being blinded in one eye deter him, he learned to shoot with the other arm-nothing would keep him from reaching his goal. Adam would always volunteer for the most dangerous assignments and on March 17, 2010 was his final act of bravery that led to the ultimate sacrifice.  He was a true warrior who was "fearless"

I knew how the book ended before I read it, but I so wanted the outcome to be different.  I will reread this book again because of the special person Adam Brown was and how we all could learn from him to be a better person and to remind me what true sacrifice is. Thank you Adam Brown for loving this great country enough to give you life defending America.

Thanks to Waterbrook/Multnomah for letting me review this book for free just for my honest opinion.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Seal of God

Seal of God by Chad Williams was and is a fascinating read.  I have a daughter in the Army Reserves and this book intrigued me when it came up to read.  I was not disappointed in the least.  I am so thankful for all the soldiers and how hard they work to keep our great country free. What made this such a good read was the honesty throughout  the book. 
Chad committed to  completing the difficult training to become a Navy Seal after his mentor and training partner Scott Helvenston was brutally murdered in Iraq. The story delves into the journey as Chad trains for twenty five physically and mentally tough weeks of BUD/S training.  You really appreciate and are amazed that these guys and their bodies can stand up to this extremely tough training.  Only thirteen  out of 173 guys made it to graduation,  Scott goes on to serve on SEAL teams one and seven and was even ambushed by enemy gunners close to the same road that Scott Helvenston was killed five years earlier.
This book pulls no punches, Chad was not a Christian when he started this journey and was a real rebel who was mad at everyone and was never going to to need anyone but himself until.........  He goes to a crusade with his parents to buy more time at their house and winds up convicted about his sin and ends up making a commitment to Christ.
Find out what happens next in his walk with Christ and how he handles his "new life in Christ".
Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for sending me this book for free just for my honest opinion-this was superb.

Monday, April 23, 2012


When I heard Frank Peretti finally had a new book out, I was thrilled. He has a way with words that are truly amazing. I picked this up from my library and was taken back-495 pages. I wondered if I could read such a long book. I not only read it, I devoured it in two sittings. I just could not put it down-always trying to figure what was going to happen next, where the author was going and how in the world will it end!.
Dane and Mandy are married for forty years and have been magicians by trade. Mandy is killed in a car wreck-or is she?. This is where the story line kicks up-Mandy awakens in the present and is nineteen just like she was in 1970. I am not telling more because you need to read it for yourself how the mystery continues. This was one superbly crafted story that showed love, loss and restoration. The ending was just perfect. Please pick up a copy and see for yourself.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Eyes of Justice

Another winner from Lis Wiehl. She has become one of my very favorite authors mainly because she really knows how to put a suspense novel together. This is the last of the Triple Threat books and it did not disappoint me at all. Well, maybe it did-I read it way too quickly and now I must wait for her next book.

This book started out with the death of one of the Triple Threat girls murdered. When the other two girls try to wedge their way in to find clues and justice for their friend, they are held at bay by the police investigators. They take matters in their own hands and with the help of an unexpected ally who has her own methods of solving crimes they start looking for possible killers. There is a suspect in custody but the murderer strikes again. Now, who do they trust? Interesting plot, interesting characters, page turning mystery that left me surprised at the murder culprit. There could have been a fine line between revenge and letting justice prevail the correct way which left me really pondering what I would do in that case.

If you are looking for a great author-check Lis Wiehl out, especially her Triple Threat novels.
Really excellent suspense stories. My thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me with this copy free for my honest opinion.

Friday, March 23, 2012


Welcome to Beckon-you're not here by chance. Tom Pawlik's latest suspense thriller takes place in Beckon, Wyoming that is hiding darkness, terror and evil.
This was an interesting storyline that has three stories of different individuals and the fourth story is about them together.
Jack Kendrick is searching for his father who has been missing for 12 years and goes looking for him after finding clues in his desk-a strange drawing. He and his best friend Rudy along with a guide trek up a mountain then end up trying to find their way out through a maze of caves. They are not alone-they find a strange ecosystem in there and huge spiders that feeds on slime and lots and lots of human bones.
Elina Gutierrez is a former cop hunting for her cousin that has been missing for six months. She follows a white van to Beckon. She learns that jobs are promised to those in the van but they get to Beckon but never get home.
George Wilcox's wife has an incurable disease and takes her to Beckon on a promise of a cure. Just how much will he pay for his wife to be well. Will George or the others ever discover the chilling secret this town is holding-a miracle or evil.
This is the first book I have read by this author and it was quite a ride. Jack's story got a bit gruesome at times for me but was an interesting read that kept your attention.
Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for sending me this copy for free just for my honest opinion.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Not This Time

Not This Time by Vicki Hinze is the third book in her Crossroads series. I thoroughly enjoyed her first two b00ks, but this one was just ok.
Sara and Beth have built a multi-million dollar business together but problems have arisen in both their business and friendship. Sara's husband has been kidnapped and held for ransom. Beth is the prime suspect since she dislikes Robert a lot. Added to the kidnapping problem, Seagrove Village is rocked by terrorism and murders and who is behind all this. Could it be the Nina terrorists or is it someone in their own town?
I found the plot fairly interesting but I found myself getting disinterested in the happenings of the two girls and the problems. I felt too much character development and back and forth story lines that almost made me just head to the back to find out the ending. I was hoping for more suspense and it just never happened.
Thanks to Waterbrook-Multnomah for this free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.


Blue Moon Promise

Another winner for Colleen Coble with Blue Moon Promise! She consistently writes books that never disappoints her readers and that is why she is my "all time favorite" Christian writer.

This storyline was really different from her other books. Lucy Marsh is caring for her brother and sister, just lost her job and probably her house when an interesting arrangement comes up.
A man appears at her house and touts a marriage proposal that Lucy cannot turn down. Moving from Wabash, Indiana to Texas will provide a safe refuge for her. She learned that her father's death was not accident and she fears for her life too. Nate Stantons father arranged this marriage without Nate knowing anything about it and is very surprised when he finds out he will have a wife and children to provide for. Can Lucy survive the rigors of ranch life? Can Nate provide protection for Lucy and the children when danger moves in? Can Nate and Lucy learn to love each other in this arranged marriage? To find out these answers read this story that is filled with hope, romance and suspense. These are all typical of how Colleen writes and always invites the reader to come along and enjoy. My only problem, is I read the books so fast and have to wait for the next one to come out.

Thank you Thomas Nelson for the wonderful Booksneeze program where I can read books for free just for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Not In The Heart

What a story!!!!!!!!!!. Chris Fabry weaves another unforgetable storyline that leaves you wishing the story would not end. His writing and characters are so believable you find yourself sucked into the plot along with his characters and trying to figure out how this will end. And, what an ending it was. As a mother, this story will tug at your heart in many, many ways
Truman Wiley struggles with a gambling addiction, doesn't have a job or home, has lost touch with his family and has a son dying and in need of a new heart. Enter a chance, as a news reporter, to write the story of a condemmed man who is willing to donate his heart to Truman's son in exchange for his side of the story and the murder conviction. Truman is reluctant at first to attempt such a feat, then lots of money is added to try a convince him to tackle the story. With mounting hospital bills and creditors after Truman, he accepts the deal and heads to the casino and loses it all. Now how will he explain to his wife, daughter and son(who he is afraid to see) how this will ever materialize. Truman does start digging 24 days before the execution and finds evidence that points to a different killer. Can he uncover the real murderer before the execution date?.
That is enough of a teaser to the storyline. This story has it all. One minute I disliked Truman, then felt sorry for him, felt sorry for his family and what he had put them through, then he showed me bits of hope that he could change. Throughout the book he wants nothing to do with God and slowly he starts changing and then I was rooting for him. He really can change and show his family he wasn't such a jerk and then the unexpected happens. The ending was a "priceless gift".

Thanks to B & B Media Group for this ARC copy to review. I was not required to write a positive review.

Friday, January 20, 2012


Accused by Janice Cantore is her first book of three in the Pacific Coast Justice series and it was not just good, not just great, but absolutely superb. I was hooked in the first chapter and was captivated by the characters, plot, suspense, twists and turns. I was always trying to figure out the "good" guys from the bad guys and then second guessing myself. The author is a retired police officer which makes the storyline flow with such vivid descriptions and authenticity.

Carly Edwards is sitting behind a desk in Juvenile division because of a prior officer-involved shooting six months ago. She had been a patrol officer with a partner before the shooting. The mayor's wife is murdered and two juveniles are arrested driving her car with her body in the trunk. Homicide thinks it is an open and shut case but as the murder investigation continues Carly believes there is a cover-up and against the superiors advice, she goes out on her own to find the murderer. Every time she thinks she has a lead, there is another murder with someone she has talked to. Who can she trust and who is out to kill her? That is just one interesting part of the story, the other is her ex-husband Nick that she divorced a year before because of infidelity. She does not believe in God after her dad's death and then Nick's betrayal. So much of this book deals with her being mad at God, not wanting to know God, wondering about God and then finally understanding Christ's sacrifice she finally believes in God. This part of the book was my favorite because anyone who is searching, this book has the salvation message throughout the book and the author does a masterful job of scripture and showing how Christ can change hearts and people.

I cannot wait till her second book comes out this summer. I think Tyndale was very smart in picking her to be one of their new authors. I appreciate Tyndale giving me this copy free to review just for my honest opinion of the book.


I received an ARC copy of Terri Blackstocks third book in her Intervention series to review. Thrilled to say the least since I loved her other two books in the series. This book was crafted wonderfully to end the series featuring Emily Covington and her family.

We have followed Emily through the first two books and the drug addiction she had. In the third book she finally has turned her life around and is attending college but her high profile from the second book (can't give it away) is haunting her in her classes and with the other students. Her mother still is not sure she has not returned to the life of drugs and is constantly worrying about her. She is trying so hard to prove to everyone she has really "changed". Then the problems begin. A bomb is found under her car, a friend's wife is murdered and she thinks she knows who is responsible and realizes another woman is targeted by the killer. She tries to warn her and ends up in jail as the murderer. The "avenger" is after Emily and is striking terror in the lives of Emily's brother and mother. How will she solve this puzzle before she ends up dead.

This is a very fast paced book, as are all of Terri Blackstock's. She weaves a suspenseful storyline that had me completely fooled as who the "avenger" was. Terri exposes the horrid world ofdrug addiction that destroys families and ruins lives. The interesting fact that these three books have been a labor of her family's walk through drug addiction with their daughter. That is one reason why you can hear the author's anguish in the pages of her books. If you have not read the first two, please do . You will be rewarded with excellent Christian suspense.

Monday, January 16, 2012

I Am Second

Very few books will hit me square between the eyes, but I Am Second did just that. This book stayed with me long after the last page was turned. I have seen the video with Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy and was favoribly impressed with the concept of I Am Second. This book reminded me that is just where I need to be daily-Second!!

Reading this book reminded me that God has the power to change anyone and everyone that calls out to him. I know this but these truths resonated throughout the pages of people who have hit rock bottom but did not stay there. There are stories of famous people and ordinary people who realized they can't rely on themselves but need to lean on the God who created them. Only then could they find love, hope and freedom. I was amazed at the brutally honest stories but Josh Hamilton's story was absolutely unbelievable. Some of the very real stories deal with meth, racism, prostitution, fame, divorce, rejection, pornography and the challenges they have faced in these trials. They have all found hope and joy that is possible and they are living it every day. At the end of each story are links to other stories so this book is chocked full of inspiration.

This is an excellent book for a parent with a prodigal, or someone who just needs to know they are loved and that love is found in a relationship with God that makes him first in our lives. When we get that we realize that there is freedom to be found in saying "I Am Second"

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for sending me this free book just for my honest opinion.