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The One: An Amazing Love Story Starts with You by Ryan and Amanda Leak Book Review








In The One, Ryan and Amanda Leak shared how they met and how they fell in love. They decided to get engaged and married on the same day. Amanda revealed to one of her best friends that she would love to get engaged and married on the same day. So Ryan was determined to make her dream come true. It took a lot of planning and making sure Amanda had no idea what Ryan was really up to. This book is written to encourage single people and married people to not settle than less than God’s best and to wait on His timing. They both encouraged single people to work on themselves and make sure they are whole and take time to heal from our past wounds. They also recommended to not living our life waiting for our special someone to enter our lives. We need to be actively living our lives without them and living a life to the fullest. Life doesn’t begin when we meet them. 





I would recommend this amazing dating and marriage book to anyone who is ready for a deeper marriage. I especially liked how open Ryan and Amanda Leak was and how they took turns conveying the message that was on their hearts to encourage their readers. I’m currently single and this book helped to reinforce the importance of making sure I’m whole and healed from my past before trying to merge with another person. I don’t want the past to contaminate my future wife. I loved their story and how extremely high Ryan set the bar for all guys. Most people won’t necessary get engaged and married within the same day. This book is an excellent read for single and married folks and I believe it will help strengthen and help build your marriage. 








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The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ by Andrew Klavan Book Review





In The Great Good Thing, Andrew Klavan shared his life story and how he grew up to be Jewish. He didn’t really believe in Christ. Throughout the book, he walks readers through how he came to discover Christ and how he built a relationship with Him. Andrew Klavan grew up in the luxurious suburbs, Great Neck of Long Island. His parents taught him that he was supposed to dislike the town and not to be a part of it. His father was a DJ in New York. He would treat Andrew different from his three brothers. His father would ridicule him, hit him, and he believed that his father was always against him. His brothers even noticed that he would be treated differently. When he was caught reading the New Testament part of the Bible, his father freaked out and was very angry and he told him that he would be disowned from the family.




From a young age, Andrew was always a dreamer and he would craft stories to help him deal with his life. His father would constantly give him advice and introduce him to people who would purposely misguide him. He would try and sabotage when Andrew was typing up a story and he hated the idea of Andrew writing a story. Andrew eventually wrote a couple of famous novels, “True Crime”, “Don’t Say a Word”, “Empire of Lies”, “The Homelanders Series”, and “The Mindwar Trilogy”. 



I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who enjoys reading an autobiography about how a man came to know Christ. I have read the entire The Homelanders Series, The Mindwar Trilogy, as well, as a few of his other standalone books. I was curious to see how one of my favorite writers became an author and how he pursued his career. I was shocked to read about how harsh his father was on him and how bad he treated him because he was afraid his son was going to outshine him. I also connected with how open he was in revealing how he battled depression and suicide. I love how he shared how he came to know Christ and how he began to write Christian fiction novels. 




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Kari Jobe - The Garden Deluxe CD Giveaway


Kari Jobe is back with a brand new album called "The Garden". Kari Jobe is a popular worship leader and Christian artist. She has been nominated for a Grammy. She has also won three Dove Awards.These songs showcase how we can lean on faith and hope that God is with us through everything we go through. He won't ever leave or forsake us. This album will help you to worship God again even when we're experiencing heartache and brokenness.

 Tracklist:
1. The Garden
2. Let Your Glory Fall
3. Heal Our Land
4. Lover of My Soul
5. Speak to Me
6. Fall Afresh
7. I Will Sing
8. Miracles
9. Closer to Your Heart (feat. Cody Carnes)
10. Oh the Power
11. The Cause of Christ
12. Here as in Heaven (feat. Cody Carnes)
13. Come Alive
14. On the Throne



Check out her website for tour dates:

 http://karijobe.com/garden/ 

If you would like to purchase a copy of her new album, check it out below:

 https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-garden-deluxe-edition/id1192521925


 https://www.amazon.com/Garden-Kari-Jobe/dp/B01N48QEHW/ref=ntt_mus_dp_dpt_1



Thanks to Capitol Christian Music Group for providing a free copy to giveaway to a lucky reader!! 

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Everything Is Possible: Finding the Faith and Courage to Follow Your Dreams by Jen Bricker Book Review






In Everything Is Possible, Jen Bricker shared how she was given up for adoption and how the doctor told her birth father that she would die. She was born without legs. Gerald and Sharon Bricker adopted her into their family of three boys. Sharon had to have a hysterectomy and desperately wanted to have a girl so she prayed and God answered. They eventually adopted her. Throughout the book, she shared her personality and how she loved to try new things and she was always looking for an adventure. Jen can roller skate, walk on her hands, do gymnastics, and much more. She also appeared on Maury years ago and she talked about how she played sports and tumbling and how she lived as a Christ follower. She also won a state championship as an aerialist and was also involved in the Britney Spear’s Cirrus Tour and she performed powerful acts. She shared how God can make everything possible and its okay to dream big. It’s critical to remove and avoid the words, “I can’t”. We have to remember that God is more than able to assist us through whatever we face. 




I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is in need of some inspiration. I love how Jen Bricker shared how God taught her that anything is possible if anyone believes in Christ. I appreciated how she revealed her details about her past relationships and how she is still believing that God has the person planned out just for her. I loved the reminder about how important it is to be vulnerable and not to hearten our hearts and stop the flow of love from enter our lives. I’m also believing that God will lead me to the woman he has just for me. Taking a risk is a very daunting task, but it’s worth it knowing that we at least tried! I also liked how she included “My Vip’s” sections throughout the book and this featured stories from others about how Jen Bricker lives her life. I also loved how she revealed the story behind meeting her two biological sisters. This is truly an amazing God connection! If you’re looking for an inspirational book to read, check out this one! 




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