Any Minute by Joyce Meyer and Debbie Bedford

I read The Penny in almost one sitting. It was so good, I snatched at the chance to review Any Minute. I made the mistake of reading the outside back cover instead of just plunging into the story. Every page I turned I kept expecting the plunge, but it never came. I got so tired of looking for it and expecting it that I missed half the story. So, when it finally came, it was anticlimatic for me. Don't read the outside back cover! Or if you do, rest assured that the plunge doesn't happen for a very long time, so don't miss the story.
You really don't want to miss this story. While on one hand it is just the littlest bit like a characture of Today's Busy-ness Woman, it really packs a punch on what we women consider The Important Things In Life.
Have you ever sat down and listed the things in your life according to priorities? Most of us have not. It is truly quite enlightening. If you were to list the things in life according to how much time you devote to each one, I believe it would be an eye-opener for you.
Unlike what happens to most of us as we sorjourn this earth then go to be with the LORD, Sarah Harper gets a second chance to priortize the things in her life according to their true importance. We are but grass in the field, tall and green today but brown and chaff tomorrow. We should truly discover how to devote most of our time to the important things in life before God has to step in and drastically rearrange our list.
Buy this book. It is a keeper.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Any Minute

FaithWords (June 30, 2009)


Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford

Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, she has written more than seventy inspirational books, including The Confident Woman, I Dare You, the entire Battlefield of the Mind family of books, her first venture into fiction with The Penny, and many others. She has also released thousands of audio teachings as well as a complete video library. Joyce's Enjoying Everyday Life® radio and television programs are broadcast around the world, and she travels extensively conducting conferences. Joyce and her husband, Dave, are the parents of four grown children and make their home in St. Louis, Missouri.

Deborah Bedford is a career fiction writer who began her professional life as a journalist in a Colorado mountain town.

A Rose By The Door, Deborah's first with Warner Book (name changed to FaithWords in 2006), hit bookstores in November 2001. A Morning Like This was released by Warner Books in 2002. Deborah's short story, “Connor Sapp's Baseball Summer,” is included in Multnomah Publisher's The Storytellers' Collection, Tales From Home, alongside stories by Chuck Colson, Terri Blackstock, Randy Alcorn and Karen Kingsbury.

Deborah and Jack have two children, Jeff and Avery. When she isn't writing, Deborah spends her time fly-fishing, cheering at American Legion baseball games, shopping with her daughter, singing praise songs while she walks along the banks of Flat Creek, and taking her dachshund Annie for hikes in the Tetons where they live.


Sarah Harper is driven to achieve success no matter what the cost. She wants to do good and not hurt the people she loves--especially children and her husband, Joe--but her desire to succeed in her career too often leaves little time for family.

One cold, autumn afternoon, all of that changes when Sarah's car plunges off a bridge and into a river. She is presumed dead by those on the "outside," but Sarah's spirit is still very much alive. What she discovers on the other side transforms everything about Sarah's view of life--past, present, and future.

When Sarah is revived, she is a changed woman. And the unsuspecting world around her will never be the same again.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Any Minute, go here!


The Enclave by Karen Hancock

There are very few really good Christian Science Fiction novels out there. This one is pretty good. There's all the drama and suspense of a good mystery, plus the Mad Scientist, but which one is he?

clip_image002If you have read more than a couple of book reviews by me, you know by now that I cannot stand a novel full of flashbacks and all the switching between characters when there is absolutely no thread to connect them. This is like that through the first half of the book. I promised to review it, so I truly suffered through it. If you don't mind that kind of thing, then you'll probably like this offering.

After the first half of the book and just before meeting the frog-eating monster again, I settled into a really good thriller. It isn't preachy, but it does raise some scientific questions about just how far will God let man play god.

The characters are well developed, for the most part. The innocents are protected. The villain and villains get their just reward, a satisfactory climax with no real loose ends. Those are the milestones that a good, satisfying novel must meet and Karen Hancock did it. However, I really don't like it when a character shows a modicum of good sense and wisdom then loses it all somewhere in the middle acting really stupid just for a twist in the story line. That was not well done, but if you aren't reading to do a review, it most likely won't bother you.


When science tries to play God, Can one man summon the courage to stand in its way?

When Lacey McHenry accepts a prestigious research fellowship at the world-renowned Kendall-Jakes Longevity Institute, she sees it as a new start on life. But when a disturbing late-night encounter with a bizarre intruder leads to a cover-up by Institute authorities, she soon realizes all isn't as it seems.

Caught in an elaborate game of deception and seduction, her only ally seems to be the brilliant but absent-minded geneticist, Cameron Reinhardt. A favorite of the Institute's charismatic director, Cameron, too,

came to K-J hoping to escape his past. But the more he learns about Lacey's attacker, the more he fears that the past still pursues him.

Not certain they can trust each other, Cameron and Lacey reluctantly work together to uncover the shocking secrets that lurk behind the Institute's respectable fa�ade - secrets that turn out to be bigger, stranger, and far more dangerous than either of them could have imagined.

Praise for Karen Hancock's books:

"Multiple Christy Award winner Karen Hancock has created a story world rich in detail and depth. Her well-written characters draw you into their world with their triumphs and struggles, failures and successes, heartbreak and joy. Return of the Guardian King holds to the same high standards set in the previous books, making the whole series keepers on my shelf."

~Cheryl Russell for

Order The Enclave from Christian Book Distributors, Barnes and Noble , or your local bookstore.

If you'd like to receive The Enclave BOOKMARKS for yourself or to give away to friends and/or an AUTOGRAPHED label to insert into your book, I'd love to send you one. Email me your name and address, the name of the person to whom the book should be autographed, and the name of the book you want the bookmark/autograph for.

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Who Made You a Princess

This was a cute, bubbly teen romance with some good moral studies. I did enjoy it, even though it is written for the twelve to fifteen year old crowd.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Who Made You a Princess

FaithWords (May 13, 2009)


Shelley Adina


Award-winning author Shelley Adina wrote her first teen novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages.

Shelley is a world traveler and pop culture junkie with an incurable addiction to designer handbags. She writes books about fun and faith--with a side of glamour. Between books, Shelley loves traveling, playing the piano and Celtic harp, watching movies, and making period costumes.

The All About Us book series has its own home over on the Hachette website. Stop by and see what the five fabulous girls at Spencer Acadenmy are up to! Series Website.

Her other books in this series includes book one, It's All About Us, oook Two, The Fruit of my Lipstick, and book three, Be Strong & Curvaceous. This present book is book four.


Shani Hanna returns to SpencerAcademy for her senior year after an amazing summer spent with her friends Lissa, Gillian, and Carly. But the best part about summer was meeting Danyel Johnstone. Danyel is cute, smart, cool, and super nice. All Shani has to do is get him to see her as more than just one of the gang.

But when the girls return to school, they find a new addition to the distinguished student body: Prince Rashid al Amir of Yasir, an oil-rich desert kingdom in the Middle East. Prince Rashid moved to California to prepare for an eventual MBA at Stanford...and to romance his future wife: Shani Hanna!

It turns out, Shani's family and the prince's go back for generations, entwined in tradition, obligation, and family honor. In each generation, members of the two families have expanded their business interests through arranged marriage. Will Shani put aside her feelings for Danyel to pursue her family's wishes? Or will God answer her prayers for an intervention?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Who Made You a Princess , go HERE
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