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review 2017-09-28 04:45
That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored
That Was Then, This Is Now: This Broken Vessel Restored - Paulette Harper

Title:  That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored

Author:  Paulette Harper

Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"That Was Then, This Is Now, This Broken Vessel Restored  " by Paulette Harper

 

My Thoughts.....

 

This was a beautiful testimony from this author but since my Kindle allows it to read to me...I felt that I was in church and listening to as it really ministered to my soul. This was definitely a inspiring and powerful message that I needed to hear and be able to receive the message.  The wonderful definitions and biblical scriptures were right there for me to absorb which offered much encouragement to me. I loved how the author delivered the message about  being hurt, bitter and knowing we are not alone on this journey, 'to have faith, and know trouble don't last always!'  Thank you so much for this! This is  great reference read that I plan to keep close. I may have to purchase a paperback copy!

 

Thank you to the author for sharing your life of your pain, sorrow and rebirth with your readers.  I am sure it will help many who may be involved in a broken marriage, disappointing dreams and even thoughts of suicide by the reader but we are given hope and inspiration from the Bible with solutions that were from the 'Word of God.'

 

Process of Healing: involves...

 

Forgiving Yourself!

Stop the Condemnation!

 

Truly knowing that God will never leave or forsake me keeps me going daily!  So, I will say if you are 'hurt, bitter and or going through bad times' I would definitely recommend this book "That Was Then, This Is Now: This Broken Vessel Restored."  I loved the solution that was offered if you are a candidate for surgery if you have a broken heart and its solution being 'Jesus, the Christ.' And ending this beautiful well written read I will leave my favorite scripture that I love too..."And we know that ll things work together for good to those who love god, to those who are called according to His purpose."

 

Thank you to the author for a PDF of your novel.  It was truly a blessing to me to have read it.

 

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review 2017-09-23 21:56
My Cup Runneth Over
My Cup Runneth Over: A Davis Family Novella (Book #1) - Janeva Gardel,Allyson Deese

Title:  My Cup Runneth Over

Author:  Janeva Gardel

Publisher:  Queen Lit Publications 

Series:  A Davis Family Novella Book # 1

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"My Cup Runneth Over" by Janeva Gardel

 

My Thoughts......

 

What a beautiful novel that I had the privilege of reading!  This was truly a wonderful amazing read of Skylar Mathis and Zyon Davis that seemed from the first time they meet that they were made for each other.  I enjoyed how this author was able to bring in the christian faith effect of the read and I especially loved that title: "My Cup Runneth Over" bringing out so many important messages for all to be able to absorb. The reader is only left with knowing that 'true love really does exit and of God's love.'  The characters were all very well developed and definitely bringing the reader  a believable as well as a relatable read that made one  could feel that they knew these people as there was an 'importance of prayer, scripture, forgiveness, restoration, being able to move on for a healthy relationship and finally a HEA.' I will be looking forward to the next story that will deal with Skylar's best friend  Zavia and Zyon's brother Xavier in 'Surely Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Me.' 

 
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review 2017-09-16 21:28
Any Dream Will Do
Any Dream Will Do: A Novel - Debbie Macomber

Title:  Any Dream Will Do

Author:  Debbie Macomber

Publisher:  Ballantine Books

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Any Dream Will Do" by Debbie Macomber

 

My Thoughts.....

 

Who would have thought that Shay Benson and Drew  Douglas who were complete opposites  would one day come together and actually fall in love?  We find that Shay has just been released from prison and finds herself showing up at Drew's church where we find that he is a widower, pastor and also a single father of two who was frowning in sadness.  Now why was that?  This author does well in giving the readers a real intriguing emotional story of just how life can change and present its form in so many different ways as it was for Shay.  One could see why Shay may have had a chip on her shoulder as her life hadn't been easy for her at all especially with her father and brother.  It was sad to see how she had been too trusting with her brother that she seemed to not being able to tell him NO. Will Shay learn from this bad experience she had gone through?  Well, the story is quite deep and you will just have to pick this well written story that this  author presents to her readers to see how things will change for Shay as she seems to have been given a second chance and finally have found someone who truly loves her.  

 

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House - Ballantine for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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review 2017-08-29 02:59
Relentless Heart
Relentless Heart: A Novella (The Reed Family Book 3) - Tyora Moody

Title:  Relentless Heart

Author:  Tyora Moody

Publisher:  Tymm Publishing LLC

Series:  The Reed Family Book 3

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Relentless Heart" by Tyora Moody

 

My Thoughts....

 

Another good read where we see the Assistant District Attorney Asia Reed is still at her job 'fighting a losing battle in the faith department.'  Now why is that...not being married at almost forty and also with no little ones. Has Asia's life career taken over her life?  Will she find that someone that is just for her.  Well, as her life goes on for some reason Asia receives a phone call from a former boyfriend who wanted to share something with her.  Are things looking up for her?  Well, not so fast for in this read Asia will have another case soon before her where she will have to come out front and center to get all the details out to bring the one guilty to justice.  Who is this new detective that is now working with Asia?  How will these two work together and will they be able  to bring this killer to justice? With all of Asia's brassiness  "Will Asia's persistence put her in the path of a killer?"  To get all of these answers and so much more answered  you will have to pick up this good Christian, mystery-thriller with suspense to see how well this author brings this well written story told so well to the readers.

 

Thank you to the author for a early read and my providing my honest opinion of the novel "Relentless Heart."  

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review 2017-08-08 06:35
Put It In Ink
Put It In Ink - Danyelle Scroggins

Title:  Put It In Ink

Author:  Danyelle Scroggins

Publisher:  Divinely Sown Publishing

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Put It in Ink" by Danyelle Scroggins

 

My Thoughts....

 

What a wonderful amazing read that you might even find yourself praying and even praising God as you read through this beautiful well written novel 'Put It in Ink.' Yes, this is a beautifully written Christian fiction read.  This author really know how to keep the readers attention turning the pages to see what is coming next.  I loved how the 'love, betrayal, lust, greed, heartache, revenge and woven relationships' that was all brought into this story and coming out with such powerful scriptures that would help all that wanted it in there lives there in Shreveport.  The characters presented in this novel from Nikiya, Raja, Monica, Marcus, Sappora,  Delena, Patrick, Michelle, Jerome, Leslie, Pastor Strong to name a few and some of their friendships were all so well developed, portrayed and oh so believable giving the reader one good read with this story that mainly started because of a beauty shop owner. My favorite part o the read was learning about 'Sappora Ink blog talk radio show- Real Folks, Real Truth.' Now that was something that was really interesting in this read that really brought in what was so needed for so many.  Thank you to the author for sharing such a remarkable story with your readers that I would definitely recommend to all.  It was wonderful seeing how one can 'triumph over adversity and how faith can bring one through every situation.'  Thank you to the author for a wonderful good read.

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