Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Don't Forget

To sign up to win 101 Cups of Water. Leave a comment on the review post for this book and be put into a drawing for a free copy! Drawing will be February 1st!

The Church That Multiplies by Joel Comiskey

As a member of a cell church, I found this book very interesting. I find that having these cells inside of the church body help to give the church a more unified feeling. This book is great for pastors that are unsure of whether to adopt the cell church philosophy, because it gives all of the information that they will need to implement this type of ministry in their church. It is well written and easy to understand and follow. If you want to learn more about this movement, then you will want to get this book.

About the Book:

Often misunderstood, the cell church movement is alive and well in Northern America. We hear about explosive growth of cell churches in Colombia and Korea, but where are the dynamic North American cell churches? This book shows how the cell church concept is working in North American and dedicates an entire chapter to examining North American churches successfully using the cell strategy for growth. The book gives practical examples and instructions to implement cell church strategy. This book provides the latest statistical research about the North American church and provides solutions for pastors and lay leaders to implement these concepts for cell-based ministry.

About the Author:

Joel Comiskey (Ph.D. Fuller Seminary) is an internationally recognized church consultant and speaker. Joel teaches as an adjunct professor at several theological seminaries. Joes and his wife, Celyce, have three daughters and live in Moreno Valley, California. Other books by Joel, include:

Home Cell Group Explosion

How to Lead a Great Cell Group Meeting

An Appointment With the King

For more information about Joel, visit his website. To purchase this book for your own library, click here or here.

Have a blessed day! Janis

Monday, January 28, 2008

Awaken My Heart by DiAnn Mills

This book had a great message and a wonderful story. From beginning to end, my attention was captured with the story of Marianne in 19th century Texas. I love books that weave in a bit of history with them and this book fit that bill. If you are looking for a romantic read, then you need look no further!

About this Book:

1803, the colony of Texas

Awaken My Heart is set in 19th century Texas and tells the story of 18 year old Marianne Phillips, the daughter of a wealthy rancher, Weston Phillips. Weston is involved in a hostile struggle with Armando Garcia, the infamous rebel leader of the 'mestizos' who claim to own the land that Phillips has settled.

Marianne Phillips, the daughter of a wealthy rancher, has never agreed with her father's harsh treatment of the poor mestizos who first inhabited the colony of Texas. When rebels kidnap Marianne, in hopes her father will trade back their land for her freedom, she realizes her loyalty lies with her abductors, not her father, who plans to marry her off to the don of a nearby estate. Armando Garcia is the locals' reluctant leader, but his people revere and depend on him.

Knowing that without his leadership they'd be forced from their land, Armando accepts his role, but does not approve of the latest attempt to manipulate their enemy. When he learns that Marianne actually speaks his language, of her loyalty to his people, and of the faith that keeps her strong, Armando is faced with a difficult decision. Will his newfound love keep him from letting her go? Or will he set her free and risk losing their land forever?

About the Author:

Award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. She is the author of numerous titles including novels, novellas, and a nonfiction. In addition, she's written several short stories, articles, devotions, and has contributed to several nonfiction compilations.

DiAnn believes her readers should "Expect an Adventure." Her desire is to show characters solving real problems of today from a Christian perspective through a compelling story.

She lives in sunny Houston, Texas, the home of heat, humidity, and Harleys. In fact she'd own one, but her legs are too short. DiAnn and her husband have four adult sons and are active members of Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Q. Did you always want to be a writer, or is it something you fell into in your adult life?

DiAnn-Always. As soon as I could hold a pencil. My mind was always filled with some kind of story. As a child, I was punished for lying, now I get paid for it!

Q. Your love of Texas history is displayed throughout the book, especially since it takes place in 19th century Texas. Why do you think this would appeal to your readers?

DiAnn-Texas is known for its rugged and courageous people. The folk lore and lengends could fill volumes - and has. Those people who were not born here got here as fast as they could. The good people are the best, and the outlaws were the worst. That makes for grand stories. Awaken My Heart shows the beginnings of Texas from a Spanish and Mexican perspective. Where would this tate be if not for those who stood up to tyranny?

To purchase this book for yourself, you can click here. Don't forget to sign up to win 101 Cups of Water. The drawing will be February 1st!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Chill Out, Josey! by Susan May Warren

This was such a fun read! It is a great book to crawl under the covers with after a long day of work. With a fun story and great message, you are sure to be enchanted with Josey and want to read more about her.

About this Book:

Russia? Not again. Josey's finally living the good life - she's got the man, the (almost-perfect) wedding, the two-story Cape-Cod house of her dreams. That is until her man drags her back to Moscow! Josey knows she has the guts to follow her own dreams across the world, but she's not so sure she can play the perfect wife while her husband chases after his. Josey's set on having the perfect life…even in a world without hot water, decent take-out and size-two leather fashion. But can she find the courage to tell her man the secret that will change their lives forever?

About the Author:

I can't help be amazed at the gifts God has delighted me with - a wonderful husband, four amazing children, and the opportunity to write for Him.

I've been writing as long as I can remember - I won my first book writing contest in first grade! Over the years, writing has become, for me, a way to praise God and see Him at work in my life.
Although I have a degree in Mass Communications from the University of MN, my real writing experience started when I penned the The Warren Report - a bi-monthly newsletter that detailed our ministry highlights.

Living in Russia meant I never lacked for great material - and those experiences naturally spilled out first into devotionals and magazine articles and finally into my first published story, "Measure of a Man," in the Tyndale/HeartQuest, Chance Encounters of the Heart anthology.

I grew up in Wayzata, a suburb of Minneapolis, and became an avid camper from an early age. My favorite fir-lined spot is the north shore of Minnesota - it's where I met my husband, honeymooned and dreamed of living. The north woods easily became the foundation for my first series, The Deep Haven series, that was based on a little tourist town along the shores of Lake Superior. I have to admit - I'm terribly jealous of Mona, the heroine of my first full-length book, Happily Ever After, a Christy Award Finalist published in 2004 with Tyndale/Heartquest.

Our family moved home from the mission field in June 2004 -- and now we live in the beautiful town I'd always dreamed of! God has amazed me anew with His provision, and blessings -- and allowed me a season when I can write full time for Him.

To learn more about Susan May Warren and her books and/or to sign up for her contest to win this book and a gift basket, visit here. To purchase this book for yourself, you can visit CBD.

Be blessed!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Don't Forget....

To sign up for the 101 Cups of Water giveaway! Leave a comment on the review and I will draw a winner on February 1st. Be blessed!

Fallen by Matthew Raley

About this Book:

Jim was at work when his eyes drifted to the coffee shop visible from his office window. An attractive woman driving a Mercedes pulled up to the curb . . . and Jim’s married pastor emerged from the car. When Jim delves deeper into his pastor’s world, will he be able to handle what he discovers? Is he right to suspect that Dave is having an affair? In the behind-the-scenes church battle that ensues, Jim is torn between duty to his church and a desire to show grace. A ripped-from-the-headlines drama of suspense that keeps you engaged to the last page.

Fallen is the story about Jim’s relationship with Dave—how Jim tries to do the right thing to keep Dave accountable, but finds the situation getting worse and worse. It’s also about Jim’s other relationships. Just as he discovers hypocrisy in Dave, Jim discovers his own sins against his wife and daughter.

About the Author:

Matthew Raley is senior pastor of the Orland Evangelical Free Church in northern California, where he lives with his wife and two young children. For fun, he enjoys playing chamber music with friends, giving occasional solo recitals, and playing first violin in the North State Symphony. This is his first book.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

101 Cups of Water-Relief and Refreshment For the Tired, Thirsty Soul

**Don't forget to leave a comment to be put into the drawing for this wonderful book-compliments of Waterbrook Press!**

Who among you have not felt tired and weary in your soul? Everyone feels this at some time or another and this book, 101 Cups of Water, can help to relieve that tiredness, so that you can be refreshed and renewed. These "cups" are organized into different topics to give you what you need, when you need it. From a cup of stillness to a cup of contentment and everything in between, I am sure that this book will be a blessing and balm to your soul. If you have been looking for a book to give as a gift, it would easily fit into anyone's reading list, whether they are male or female.

About the Book:

C.D. Baker dips into the flowing stream of God’s love and draws out relief, refreshment, mercy, hope and sustenance for a new generation of Christ-followers. Baker’s clean, simple prose is paired with evocative, black and white photographs that will etch each truth into the reader’s memory.

About the Author:

C.D. Baker founded and operated an award-winning insurance business before redirecting his career to write. His historical novel Crusade of Tears in The Journey of Souls series earned a Christy Award nomination. He’s completing a master’s degree in theological studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he splits his time from home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His website is http://www.cdbaker.com/.

I have one copy to give away to my readers, compliments of Waterbrook Press. If you are interested in winning, leave me a comment or email me at Words2Moms@aol.com. If you don't win, you can purchase it at Amazon or at CBD. Have a blessed day!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Beloved Castaway

Are you in the mood for a story that includes a handsome captain rescuing a beautiful woman from a life of servanthood and loneliness? This book is full of wonderful twists and turns to keep you guessing and reading late into the night. From start to finish, it kept my attention with the message of redemption and love. If you are looking for a new series to begin (this is book 1), then you will want to consider Beloved Castaway. This book is sure to become an historical fiction favorite for you!

About the Book:

Isabelle Gayarre, fleeing a life of servitude, refuses to be owned by anyone, yet soon finds her heart in danger of being possessed by the godless Captain Josiah Carter. Can Isabelle trust him to help her escape without losing her heart? Josiah Carter, running from demons of his own, is stirred by the presence of the beautiful woman seeking refuge on his ship. Realizing that a runaway slave can never be his, legally or otherwise, a storm begins to brew within. Will their love ever reach a safe haven, or is it doomed to wreck upon the jagged reefs of the Fairweather Keys?

About the Author:

A mother of three sons and one daughter, lives in the Houston area. An award-winning, bestselling novelist of Christian fiction, Kathleen is a member of various writing groups, speaker on the craft of writing, and teacher of an online creative writing course. For more information, visit http://www.kathleenybarbo.com/

To check this book out for yourself, you can click here or here.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, January 11, 2008

Happily Ever After by Marilynn Griffith

Who doesn't want to read a book that ends happily? This "Sassy Sistahood" book is full of fun, enjoyment, and it has a good message. If you have a close group of friends that are there for you, then you will love this book! What could be better for those cold winter nights? Climb into bed with this book and a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy!

About the Book:

Superwoman doesn't live here!

I marry a gorgeous executive, have a baby, lose all the weight (most of it), and move to a fine house in the suburbs with a welcoming new church. Wait...did I say welcoming?

One teeny waaah! and new mothers and their crying babies are exiled to a separate room. At least there's some enlightening conversation. Like about my husband and issues I didn't even know about!

And then there's my aptly named mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth, who can't stand me.I'm about to lose my mind! So it's high time for a visit to the Sassy Sistahood for some much-needed advice about men, marriage and motherhood!

The Sassy Sistahood: They get by with a little help from their friends

About Marilynn:
Marilynn Griffith is mom to a tribe, wife to a deacon and proof that God gives second chances. While best known for her colorful novels about friendship, family and faith, Marilynn is also a speaker and nonfiction writer.

Her nonfiction has been included in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE CHRISTIAN WOMAN'S SOUL and several other devotionals and magazines. Currently, Marilynn is editor of the SISTAHFAITH:BELIEVING BEYOND SHAME anthology. She is also the founder of Faithchick.com, a blog for faith fiction readers.Marilynn is the author of six novels dealing with issues such as teen pregnancy, AIDS, abstinence, stress relief, single parenting and marriage.
Her recent fiction titles include TANGERINE and IF THE SHOE FITS.

Marilynn has served as Vice President and Publicity Officer of American Christian Fiction Writers. She speaks to youth, women and writers about believing beyond boundaries and daring to reach dreams.Marilynn lives in Florida with her husband and seven children whom she taught at home for seven years. When not chasing toddlers, helping with homework or trying to find her husband a clean shirt, she can be found scribbling furiously on her next novel.

To book Marilynn for media interviews, speaking engagements, Serious Fun fiction parties or book club call-ins, please contact her thru her WEBSITE.

To purchase this book for yourself, click here.

Smiles and Loves! Janis


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