June 2017 Wrap Up!

June 2017 Wrap Up

Hey Everyone! June is officially over so that means it’s time to reveal which books I’ve read this month!

Unless otherwise noted, all books mentioned were given to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Any opinions expressed will be found in bold italics and are completely my own.

Are you ready to see which books these are? Good, let’s get started.

  1. The Most Misused Stories in the Bible by Eric J. Bargerhuff
    Are You Sure You Know What Your Favorite Bible Stories Mean?

    A surprising number of popular Bible stories are commonly misused or misunderstood, even by well-intentioned Christians. In this concise yet thorough book, Eric J. Bargerhuff helps you fully understand the meaning of David and Goliath, Jonah and the Big Fish, the Woman Caught in Adultery, and other well-known Bible stories.Providing fascinating historical and scriptural insights, Bargerhuff helps you sort through modern-day distortions of fourteen well-known Bible stories and grasp their original meaning and purpose for us today.If you want to grow in your walk with the Lord or even are just curious, I highly recommend this book. Dr. Bargerhuff talks about several well known stories in the Bible, explains how they’re misinterpreted, and then how they are supposed to be interpreted through sound theology. Check out my review to learn more. Thank you Bethany House for my review copy.

  2. Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero

    32145092Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: “The king refuses to see you.” Convinced that God has led her home, she is unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn. Time is running out for the decision that will change her life. When tragedy strikes, will she and her father be pulled further apart or knit together? Could she stay at the castle even if she will never see her father again?

    This wasn’t my favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling but I enjoyed this light read. Perfect for kids who need a clean and wholesome story. Check out my review here. Thank you Amanda Tero and Celebrate Lit for my eBook review copy.

  3. The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero

    Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

    Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

    As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?

    This is the sequel to Befriending the Beast. This time it’s a Cinderella retelling that is completely different from the fairytale that we know. It wasn’t my favorite, but I enjoyed it. This makes a great novella for kids or for those days when you need something light. Be sure to check out my review. Thank you Amanda Tero and Celebrate Lit for my arc eBook review copy.

  4. Right Where We Belong by Deborah Raney, Melissa Tagg, and Courtney Walsh
    Whether in a quaint home bakery in Langhorne, Missouri,34885349
    a cozy boho coffee shop in Maple Valley, Iowa,
    or a charming lakeside cottage in Sweethaven, Michigan,
    love grows best in small towns just like this!Whether you’re familiar with these fictional small towns and their super fun characters or are checking them out for the first time, you won’t want to miss this novella. This novella contains three novellas from three fabulous authors. This is a super fun and perfect read for the small town romance lover. Be sure to check out my review. Thank you Courtney Walsh for allowing me to be one of your eBook giveaway winners.

  5. The Widow’s Captive by Lucette Nel
    On the run with two small children and a third due within weeks, Adeline Spencer fears the approaching blizzard will seal their fate. An abandoned cabin is an answer to her prayers. She hopes it will shield them from both the storm and the enraged brother-in-law hot on her tail. But when a stranger knocks at the door, she is convinced they have been found by one of Ward’s lackeys.Blamed for the death of his friend, Sheriff Jonah Hale is determined to prove himself worthy of his badge, even if it means riding into a blizzard to check on a crazy miner. When Jonah reaches the cabin, he’s caught off guard by a pretty and very pregnant young woman wielding a skillet. Bound to a chair while the storm rages, and as Christmas settles in around them, he must find a way to earn Adeline’s trust…and perhaps her heart.This is a super cute and swoon-worthy Christmas historical fiction novella. This is Lucette’s debut novella and she did a fabulous job with it. Be sure to check out my full review here. Thank you to Lucette Nel for my eBook review copy.

  6. Alone by Edie Melson
    After her family is killed in the cleansing, Bethany’s purpose in life has changed. No longer will she be allowed to work to save her dying planet. As a slave, endurance is her goal as she marks each day as one moment closer to an eternity spent reunited with those she loved. But when her planet is invaded, everything changes. Now she must decide either to align herself with those from her planet who condemned her faith and killed her family, or with the warriors who have conquered her world. Ultimately her choice will mean life or death for more than just her planet’s ecosystem. She alone holds the key to a powerful secret, and the fate of the entire galaxy depends on her decision.It’s rare to find an interesting science-fiction, dystopia, fantasy novel in Christian fiction. This is probably one of the best that I have seen in awhile. It’s fast-paced and super fun with a powerful message about spreading the message of the Gospel. Be sure to check out my review. Thank you Edie Melson for my eBook review copy.

  7. Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh
    32980228After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home–a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work–something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along–if only she’d just look up.This is probably one of my favorites of 2017 so far. I know it’s only June. I can start calling favorites for this year, right? Well, this is one of the most swoon-worthy and thought-provoking reads that I have read in awhile. It had me rethinking my life. Oh and don’t forget about that emotional roller coaster. Highly recommended! Be sure to check out my review. Thank you to Courtney Walsh and Tyndale for an advance reader review copy.

  8. The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson
    34094813All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but what if she is the only one who can truly see?Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear “normal,” she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.Kara Swanson is a young author so of course I had to snag up the opportunity to check out a book written by a teen for teens. I was not disappointed and cannot wait to read more future work from this young author. Her world-building skills and writing is phenomenal. Check out my review which will be posted on July 6th with the Celebrate Lit Blog Tours! Thank you Kara Swanson and Celebrate Lit for my eBook arc review copy!

  9. Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery
    A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?This story is unique and one of the best I have seen in awhile. I loved living vicariously through Brooke and her experiences while on a missions trip to El Salvador. Just like Brooke, this story will leave you with your heartstrings being pulled. This is a story about hope and change. It will leave a huge impact on the reader changing their perspective on the world around them. Highly recommended! Be sure to check out my review closer to the release date, July 20th. Thank you Jennifer Slattery for my review copy! 

    And that’s a wrap! Have you read any of these books? Or did you find one that you’d like to add to your TBR? Or maybe it’s already on your TBR and you got excited to see it on this list? Let me know in comments! I love hearing from all my lovely readers.


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