Monday, April 22, 2019

Strong as Steel by Jon Land Blog Tour and Giveaway

Strong As Steel

by Jon Land

on Tour April 22 - May 25, 2019

Synopsis:


Tough-as-nails Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong returns in this electrifying ninth installment of the series, by USA Today bestselling author Jon Land

1994: Texas Ranger Jim Strong investigates a mass murder on a dusty freight train linked to a mysterious, missing cargo for which no record exists.

The Present: His daughter, fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, finds herself on the trail of that same cargo when skeletal remains are found near an excavation site in the Texas desert. She’s also dealing with the aftermath of a massacre that claimed the lives of all the workers at a private intelligence company on her watch.

These two cases are connected by a long buried secret, one that men have killed and died to protect. Caitlin and her outlaw lover Cort Wesley Masters must prove themselves to be as strong as steel to overcome a bloody tide that has been rising for centuries.


My Review:


Caitlin Strong is a Texas Ranger like no other. She is one tough woman and that comes across loudly in this novel. The story contains tons of suspense and an increasing body count. Caitlin is brought into a case that soon shows signs of relating to a case her father, also a Texas Ranger, had worked on when Caitlin was just a toddler. The story from decades ago is revealed little by little as Caitlin pursues the current mystery. The technique works rather well as the stories parallel each other. Some characters are involved in both cases and grudgingly reveal information to Caitlin.

The plot is complex, involving many locations and several different time periods. That means the beginning of the novel may be a bit confusing. Stories are given that don't seem to be related until later in the novel. But it does come together and make for a good narrative in the end.

Land's writing style is unique with clipped dialogue and frequent sarcasm. That gives a sense of the intensity of the work of the Rangers and the relationships between them. This is a good novel for readers who like a strong female heroine and who don't mind some of the bad guys actually being good guys (or just the opposite). There is even an aspect of an ancient mystery thrown in, with religious belief hanging in the balance. While this is a novel in an ongoing series, there is enough backstory woven in to make it read well on its own.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller
Published by: Forge Books
Publication Date: April 23rd 2019
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 0765384671 (ISBN13: 9780765384676)
Series: Caitlin Strong #10
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

CHAPTER 1
Dallas, Texas
“You want to tell me what I’m doing here again?” Caitlin Strong said to Captain Bub McNelly of the Texas Criminal Investigations Division.
McNelly, who favored string ties and shiny cowboy boots, turned to the quartet of figures in equally shiny windbreakers milling behind him in the makeshift staging area, who looked more like businessmen. Caitlin had heard he was a descendant of the famed Texas Ranger captain Leander McNeely, a man who’d once told the whole of the U.S. government to go to hell, but wasn’t too keen on the freedom with which Rangers still operated today.
“Special Response Teams hang their hat on being multi-jurisdictional,” McNelly told her. “Consider yourself the representative Ranger.”
“Since when does an SRT look more comfortable holding briefcases than firearms?”
“I need to tell you that computers are the real weapons these days?” McNelly asked her. “And those boys accompanying us are forensic experts who know how to fire back.”
“Just two guns, yours and mine, backing them up,” Caitlin noted.
“I don’t need a computer to do the math, Ranger,” McNelly said, while the four techs wearing windbreakers hovered behind them in front of the elevator. “You and I serve the warrant on the geek squad upstairs and let the experts do their thing with brains instead of bullets. How hard can it be?”
They were about to serve a search warrant on an information technology firm on the 42nd floor of the Chase Tower, the city’s tallest building. Caitlin had served plenty of more “traditional” search warrants in her time on the likes of biker gangs, drug dealers, and various other suspects. The kind of service that found her backed up by guns and plenty of them, instead of briefcases and backpacks.
A chime sounded ahead of the elevator door sliding open.
“In my experience,” Caitlin said, stepping in first to position herself so the door didn’t close again before the SRT computer forensics techs were inside, “it pays to have brains and bullets.”
McNelly smiled thinly. “That’s why you’re here, Ranger. You were specifically requested for the job.”
“By who?”
“I don’t know. Orders came from the top down.
The cab began its ascent. If this were a Ranger operation, as opposed to CID, Caitlin would have insisted on securing the space in question prior to bringing up the civilians. Because that was clearly what these personnel in ill-fitting windbreakers pulled from a rack were. Civilians.
“Get your warrant ready, Captain,” she told McNelly, as the cab whisked past the floors between “L” and “42.”
He flapped the tri-folded document I the air between them. “Got it right here.”
“What’s CTP stand for again?” Caitlin asked, referring to the acronym of the company on which they were about to serve the warrant.
“Communications Technology Providers. I thought I told you that.”
“Maybe you did, but you never told me what the company did to get on the Criminal Investigation Division’s radar. I’m guessing that’s because somebody ordered you to take me along for the ride. All well and good in this political world we live in, until something goes bad.”
McNelly flashed Caitlin a smirk, as a chime sounded to indicate the elevator had reached its desired floor. “I can tell you this much, Ranger. The suspects we’re after here don’t know a gun from their own assholes. Worst thing they can do is infect us with a computer virus.”
He led the way through the open cab door, without waiting for Caitlin to respond. She exited next, followed in a tight bunch by those four computer techs in their windbreakers which made it look like they’d stuck their arms through Hefty bags.
The doors along the hall were uniformly glass, sleek and modern, some frosted. According to the building layout Caitlin had studied, Communications Technology Providers occupied a pair of adjoining office suites adding up to nearly five thousand square feet in total. One was a corner office, meaning at least a portion of those suites would enjoy wraparound windows and plenty of natural light.
Caitlin had just reflexively shoved her jacket back behind the holster housing her SIG Sauer P-226 nine-millimeter pistol, when the glass double-door entrance to Communications Technology Providers ruptured behind a fusillade of gunfire.
***
Excerpt from Strong As Steel by Jon Land. Copyright © 2019 by Jon Land. Reproduced with permission from Jon Land. All rights reserved.



Author Bio:


Jon Land is the award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of 50 books, including ten titles in the critically acclaimed Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong series, the last of which, STRONG TO THE BONE, won both the 2017 American Book Fest and 2018 International Book Award for Best Mystery. The next title in the series, STRONG AS STEEL, will be published in April. MANUSCRIPT FOR marked his second effort writing as Jessica Fletcher for the MURDER, SHE WROTE series, and he has also teamed with Heather Graham for a new sci-fi series starting with THE RISING. He is a 1979 graduate of Brown University, lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Confronting Old Testament Controversies by Tremper Longman III

Longman tackles four controversial issues in the Old Testament, evolution (creation), history (exodus), violence (God's), and sexuality (homosexuality). He is clear that this is a book written for Christians, people who believe the Bible is the Word of God. His focus is on how people within the evangelical church have reinterpreted texts to be more culturally acceptable. These are not issues of salvation, he says, but ones open to discussion.

He says his book is for a broad audience. I found his review of some of the literature tedious. Many of the authors I did not know, had not heard of their arguments, and was not really interested in having their views refuted. I felt that part of the book was aimed at scholars, rather than laypeople.

With respect to creation and evolution, Longman firmly believes evolution is a proven science and interprets the creation account in such a way that allows for it. He reminds readers of genre and uses that concept heavily. I was surprised by his understanding of “image of God” and how it applies to humans. He proposes humans in a broad sense and that not all humans are image bearers of God. (1178/5874) He can even explain Paul's seemingly reference to a real Adam individual in Romans 5. Here's his understanding of image of God:

Here it is important to realize that the image of God is not a quality or an attribute of human beings but rather a status that comes with responsibilities.” (1178/5874) He consults extra-biblical uses of image to conclude, “At a certain point, then, when humans became capable of moral choice and were morally innocent, God conferred on them the status of being his representatives.” (1190/5874) Along with it came the responsibility of caring for the earth, etc. He also presents a few other possibilities. He is firm in saying it is important to understand “what the Bible does teach is not undermined nor contradicted by the findings of modern biology.” (1209/5874)

I was surprised at his comments about original sin but upon thought, they did make sense to me. I appreciated his argument that the exodus has to be an historical event, considering other truths in the Bible hanging on that event. I liked his comments on divine violence. He confesses that he has a sense of unease when he thinks of children being killed in the conquest but notes that his unease does not make him reject the consistent account of God's actions. (3453/5874) I appreciate that Longman says we cannot make God into an image we like (only loving) but must rather recognize the mystery of God's ways. (3463/5874)

I found his discussion on sexuality in the Bible compassionate yet holding true to what Christians have held for centuries.

The issues Longman covered are controversial. There has been much discussion and many books written about them. I found many of his ideas new and worthy of consideration. I must admit that I skimmed over some of his critiques of other authors, especially those unfamiliar to me.

Longman has included discussion questions on the topics so this book could be used in a group setting.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale) is Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he was the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies for nineteen years before his retirement. Before Westmont, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for eighteen years. He has authored or coauthored more than thirty books.

Baker Books, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Haven's Hope by Dena Netherton

The second novel in this series moves the plot along nicely. It concentrates more on character development rather than suspense although there is a bit of suspense near the end. We see Haven experiencing some healing of her trauma and even considering the possibility of entering into a romantic relationship.

I am finding Haven to be a woman with whom I can't connect. She continues to do dumb things. For example, when her car breaks down and her phone is dead (a dead cell phone is a way overused suspense instigator), Haven decides to walk six miles home rather than the few hundred feet to a hospital and sure aid. She remains too naive for my taste.

The strength of the novel revolves around how characters deal with anger toward God because of past tragedy. We see good examples of growth in healing and trusting God for the future.

I look forward to reading the final book in the series as the villain is still in the picture.

You can read my review of the first book in the series, Haven's Flight.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Dena Netherton writes Christian romance and Christian suspense. She is active in her church as a musician, leader in Women's Ministry, and director of a women's prayer ministry. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. You can find out more at https://denanetherton.me/ .

Write Integrity Press, 338 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A Life of Creative Purpose by T H Myer Blog Tour and Giveaway


About the Book


Book: A Life of Creative Purpose  
Author: T.H. Myer  
Genre: Christian non-fiction  
Release Date: Revised edition released in December, 2018

“What might be sabotaging your uniquely gifted contribution to the world around you? Discover the obstacles and barriers standing between you and your God-given purpose. In this revised book, you’ll learn how to identify ways to strengthen your calling that’ll encourage you to confidently operate in the gifts and talents that God designed you to do. Through the lens of T.H. Meyer’s own journey, you’ll recognize the universal struggle in embracing your whole person as she encourages you to live a life without regrets. For the individual reader looking to examine more deeply their life purpose or a group seeking to collectively spur each other toward their God-given gifts, talents, and life. This book can be used as a 12-week, 6-week, or 4-week study guide, with exploratory questions at the end of each chapter the assist you in listening to God’s voice and revealing your unique purpose, path, or direction.” 


Endorsements ”A wonderful exploration, but not only for readers to look inwardly, but to also look around at others, at where our lives are at, and mostly upward toward God’s design and dreams for our lives. Love it!”– Cindy Coloma, best selling and award-winning author of over 15 books ”You’ll come away from this wise and insightful book with a clearer understanding of how you are uniquely gifted to contribute to the world, and why it’s imperative that you honor your creative calling.”– Michelle DeRusha, author of Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runway ”TH Meyer looks at the glass ceiling the world has placed between ‘creatives’ and ‘non-creatives’ and shatters it. This those who have felt they are not creative, too timid, or simply too late to the life they were called to live, Meyer says, ‘Pish-posh.’ She delivers on her promise to help people embrace uniqueness, explore boldness, and encourage faith.”– Amy Young, author of Looming Transitions: Starting & Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service ”In her book, A Life Of Creative Purpose, Tammy Hendricks Meyer [TH Meyer] is a trusted mentor, offering us the tools we need to step completely into God’s design for us as individuals, and as members of His body. Her relatable stories coupled with scripture inspire and ignite a renewed passion for pursuing not only our own creative callings but even more, her words stoke the fire in our hearts for the Giver of these gifts.” – Kris Camealy, author of Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight Of Waiting ”A Life of Creative Purpose is a fantastic resource filled with thoughtful questions, stories, and Scripture each designed to awaken us to God’s unique purposes for our lives. It is well-written, thoughtful, and engaging, an invitation to embrace our own eternally significant creative purpose.” – Cindee S. Re, author of Discovering Hope: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness ”In her book, A Life of Creative Purpose, TH Meyer masterfully blends personal stories with wisdom from Scripture to reveal the importance of creative purpose (even if you think you are not creative.) The thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter will help you discover (or uncover) and embrace the unique way God has made you and inspire you to step into a life of purpose, meaning, and fulfillment.” – JoDitt Williams, author/artist of Delight in the Word of God: A Devotional Coloring Book/Journal for Adults


Click here to purchase your copy.


My Review


This is a good book for Christians who feel they are called by God but don't what that calling is. It is part memoir as Myer shares her own experiences of giving up her gift and then rejuvenating it years later. It is part encouragement, such as what to do when you think your calling is just not possible. It is part a call to reflection with many personal application questions.

People who are looking for a way to discern their calling from God will find lots of good material here. Much of it involves a personal discovery process so make sure your journal is nearby. This is also a good book for Christians who are not sure if they even have a calling from God. Myer will walk you through the process to discover what your calling is and will then give you lots of encouragement to pursue it.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author


T.H. Meyer enjoys sunsets, porch dates with her husband, and Sonic tea. Her family built a home on their Texas farm in 2011 where their two mini-Australian shepherds share the couch and ice cubes from the fridge. Tammy is a Purpose-Focused life coaching strategist who authored A Life of Creative Purpose and co-authored A God of All Seasons. She is a mother to three beautiful kids and grandmother to one. You can find her at her website: www.thmeyerauthor.com 


More from T.H. Meyer


A Purposeful Life & the One Thing that Trumps Fear

Most my life, I’ve been afraid of failure. However, I might’ve been even more afraid of success. For too many years, I was immobile because the magnitude and pressures, or vulnerability, required to do what God had called me too, paralyzed me. I’ve written a lot about this. I even originally named my blog, The Art of Fear Not. I decided on that title because God always told His people to not fear just before sending them into battle.  

Armies Against Us

Even though His people were informed that they’d win the skirmishes, most times they were still afraid. I can’t say I blame them. They were up against sword-wielding armies that were willing to cut a man down and spill blood. We may not have the same scenario, but we don’t need the threat of hand-to-hand combat to experience fear. Our own thoughts can attack us with feelings just as real a danger. I know mine did. The enemy uses fear to hide us or blind us from our God-purpose. He’d prefer to lock us up and throw away the key. The enemy attempts to bully us. His demonic realm would prefer to rip out our vocal cords or cut off our hand from writing or burden us with every insecurity until we began to believe our worth was lower than the dirt itself rather than seeing us live our God-given purpose. But bear in mind, when you’re in bondage, suppressed, oppressed, silenced, or held back, it also holds back blessings too—our blessings through your God-given contribution of gifts and talents.  

Fighting Back

Several years ago, I decided to tackle my own issue with fear, head on. I looked in the mirror and met with God on my internal mess. And I also asked questions like, “Was it me or God who wanted to do a such-n-such thing? And if it’s God, why am I hamstrung with fear?” After spending time in prayer, and laying down a good dose of self-preservation, a clear path emerged. I then decided I’d follow wherever it led. Not that the path was open and wide or easy for traveling. No, this was more of a narrow thicket where I couldn’t see ‘round the next corner—making the journey less about self-reliance and more about placing one steady foot in front of the other. Don’t get me wrong. Fear didn’t entirely flee on this trek with God. There were times it tried to gore me like daggers from a thorny locust. But instead, I chose to trust and move forward anyway. I fought back too.  

A Warrior’s Call

During that time, anxiety would creep in only for me to replace it with intercession. I meditated on scripture. I bombarded my mind with worship music and reflected on His beautiful handiwork in creation. I took opportunities to reverse fear into faithful action. I’m sure the devil didn’t take kindly that his demonic attacks turned into prayers, worship, and a yielding to the sword of the Spirit inside my heart. But that’s what fighting does—the good fight—positioning myself for a (God) purposeful life. But oh how we also need to be each other’s champion for freedom too!  

Power & Purpose

I continue to be amazed at the power of prayer. Prayer moves mountains, y’all. And sometimes those mountains are skyscrapers inside us. I’m not perfect at prayer or even at instantly returning to it, but when I finally do—why did I wait so long? When we receive God’s wisdom, we become bold like lions, warriors ready to rise above insecurities, frailties, or fear and charging into battle in order to advance His kingdom. I want to live in obedience to Christ, despite trepidation of what it might require of me. Which also means, I need the Holy Spirit to help me get over myself.  

Truth That Sets Free

We all need each of you. We need you to press into your God-purpose. Except, we don’t want to be something you’re not. You should be exactly what God’s called you to be and nothing more. No pressure to run off and save the world. None of us in this Body of Christ are too small and Lord have mercy, none are too big and important either. Instead, we pursue our God-purpose whether it’s raising our family or speaking on a stage. Or writing a book called, A Life of Creative Purpose. And let’s not allow our muddied past to undervalue our worth inside God’s kingdom. I’ve done that. I once disqualified myself for many of God’s ministries because of condemnation and shame. Learn from my mistake. Truth be told, the spirit of fear is afraid of you—afraid of the Spirit inside you, the same Spirit that sets you free.  

Courage Rises to the Top

The enemy knows your God. The ruler of this world attempts to draw away your attention with clanging gongs, hoping you’ll never notice how big God really is. Scripture says that God’s perfect love casts out fear. And that means, we have to first let God love on us, receiving it. Once we do that (& never stop), courage rises to the top. Let’s make this a year where we pay attention and live with more intention. God’s gifted you beautifully unique. Don’t grow weary of the fight. What might God be asking of you? How might He be challenging you to change or step out or persevere this year? What are your biggest struggles or hurdles right now? 


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To celebrate her tour, T.H. Meyer is giving away a grand prize of a $100 Amazon gift card and a copy of A God of All Seasons!!
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided my Celebrate Lit.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Haven's Flight by Dena Netherton

This novel set the stage for a good series. Haven is a young teen who witnessed her mother's brutal murder. She is having trouble dealing the the PTSD. Her father sends her to a camp in the Cascade Mountain foothills, hoping the experiences there will help. A storm at the end of the camp precludes leaving but when Haven hears her father has been in an automobile accident, she sneaks out at night with the goal of getting to him. But there is a man out there who has nefarious plans for her. A time of terror begins for Haven.

I felt the initial premise of Haven sneaking out at night, thinking she could find her way to her father, was a little too much. After that first bit of unbelievable action, the novel got better and really exciting. There is a great deal of action and suspense and Haven rises to the occasion. The last half of the book was so good I read it in one sitting.

I have mixed feelings about the “Christian” man who is the villain. He uses the Bible to maintain an iron hold on his family. He is a prime example of using the Bible in the wrong way. He seemed too much to me. Such a man might have been seen a generation ago but it was hard for me to accept him as a real possibility in this day and age in western Washington state.

I'm looking forward to seeing how Haven's life progresses and will be reading the next in the series soon.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Dena Netherton writes Christian romance and Christian suspense. She is active in her church as a musician, leader in Women's Ministry, and director of a women's prayer ministry. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. You can find out more at https://denanetherton.me/ .

Write Integrity Press, 332 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Reforesting Faith by Matthew Sleeth MD

I knew trees were important as I have a heritage of loggers and builders. But I had no idea of the important theme of trees in the Bible. This book is part memoir, part insight into the truth we find from trees in Scripture, and part encouragement to be good stewards of God's creation.

I was surprised to find trees serve as God's favorite metaphor in the Bible. (19) Every major character in the Bible is associated with a tree or parts of a tree. (62) Sleeth gives a good overview of trees in the Bible by going through the stories contained in it.

We are strongly encouraged to be good stewards of creation. Sleeth writes, for example, “What is certain is that Christians are instructed to make this earth look more like heaven. Plant trees, care for trees, and preserve old forests. This is a job for believers.” (117) He even addresses theological issues, like thinking the Lord will return any moment. Whether the world ends soon or lasts another hundred years, Sleeth says planting a tree is something we can do in our own backyard to make the world better. (122)

Sleeth hopes to inspire people to action. “God's original plan was for humanity to dress and keep trees,” he writes. (199) He also is concerned for the gospel. He clearly presents a salvation message and notes the importance of trees in it.

This book seem to be of limited interest to Christians but I would encourage reading it. It does concentrate on a specific aspect of the Bible but it is informative and encouraging. You may just want to go for a walk in the forest after reading it, noticing the wonders of God's creation in the trees.

You can read an excerpt here.

You can visit http://www.blessedearth.org/ to watch a video and obtain a number of ideas and suggestions for action, helping you be a good steward of God's creation.

My rating:4/5 stars.

Matthew Sleeth, MD, a former emergency room physician and chief of the hospital medical staff, resigned from his position to teach, preach, and write about faith and stewardship issues. He has spoken at more than a thousand events, including as a monthly guest preacher at the Washington National Cathedral. He is the executive director of Blessed Earth and author of numerous articles and books. He and his wife live in Lexington, Kentucky. You can find out more at http://matthewsleethmd.com/.

WaterBrook, 224 pages.

I received a complimentary arc of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Up From the Sea by Amanda Dykes

This is a stand alone novella and prequel to a novel I'll be reviewing in a couple of weeks. The year in 1925 in Maine. Savannah is living with her aunt and uncle as her parents have died. Her uncle is managing her forested land until she comes of age. The land holds a mystery based on a map her mother drew in childhood. Savannah meets Alastair, a local woodsman just a few years older than she. The two form a friendship. At Savannah's urging, they set off to find the mystery in the forest.

The novella starts with a prologue, recounting an event in the forest 150 years earlier. It takes a while for that event to be connected to the current story. When that finally happened about half way through, I began to enjoy the story and its allusions to actual historical events.

Reading this novella is a good way to be introduced to a new author at no cost. It contains a good story and an author note at the end explains some of the historical facts behind the fiction. I look forward to reading Dykes debut full length novel, Whose Waves These Are, releasing April 30.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Amanda Dykes is a former English teacher. She is the author of two previous novellas, Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale and one in The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection. You can find out more at www.amandadykes.com.

Bethany House, about 90 pages.

The Next Right Thing by Emily Freeman

This book is unlike any other I have read on making decisions. It is more about why we decide and who we are when we decide rather than the decision making process itself. Rather than a technique, Freeman helps us know ourselves, finding what we really want, and establishing soul clarity before deciding.

Her concept is that decision making is part of our spiritual formation experience. She writes about being a soul minimalist, helping us get rid of soul clutter. We are reminded of the importance of stillness, a key to decision making. She helps us stay in the present. She asks us to evaluate who we listen to. She has a great teaching on critics.

You'll not find a practical technique in this book for making decisions. You will find encouragement to uncover who you really are, to determine when you feel most yourself, when you feel most peaceful, and more. Freeman provides an exercise at the end of each chapter to help you in those pursuits.

This is a very readable book. Freeman's writing style is personable. She tells lots of stories on herself to illustrate her teaching. It is a good book for people who want to understand who they are in relation to the decisions they make.

You can find out more about the book and watch the book trailer at https://nextrightthingbook.com/

My rating: 4/5 stars

Emily Freeman is The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways. As host of The Next Right Thing podcast, she helps create space for the soul to breathe, offering fresh perspective on the sacredness of our inner life with God. Emily and her husband live in North Carolina with their three children. You can listen to her podcasts at https://emilypfreeman.com/podcast/.

Revell, 256 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.