Jesus and the Beanstalk: Conquering Giants

Deb’s Dozen: We all have our giants. Overcome yours by living a fruit-filled life.

Jesus and the Beanstalk by Lori Stanley Roeleveld. The book has long been released. I was on her street team. I was supposed to read and tout the book throughout my social media. I was supposed to write this review and post it everywhere during her blog tour. I didn’t.

I confess I had a very hard time reading this book. Lori always makes me think. She makes me consider things I don’t necessarily want to face—my giants. She causes me to ponder and consider and remember and confess. Most of all, she makes me desire to change.

Lori, through her blog, LoriRoeleveld.com, and through this Jesus and the Beanstalk book, makes me want to grow closer to Jesus. She makes me want to spend more time with him. She makes me want to love you—and I must admit I don’t always. She challenges me to think about virtue and perseverance and knowledge and true love. Of faith and godliness, of goodness and self-control. I don’t like to think of those things; I fall too short in embodying them. But we all do, and there stands Jesus. He knows we can’t be or do or exemplify any of these things without him.

I took months to read this book. I missed all my commitments to help promote the book. But I’ve learned, I’ve thought, I’ve started to change. So, I challenge you to go on this journey with Jesus and the Beanstalk. Begin today to live a more fruitful life and grow closer to him—without needing magic beans and a beanstalk.

Five stars. Buy Jesus and the Beanstalk. Savor the wisdom and teaching. And conquer your giants.

JesusLori Stanley Roeleveld is an award-winning author who lives and works in a small town, Hope Valley, Rhode Island. She has written Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus) and Red Pen Redemption. Her blog was voted into the Top 100 Christian Blots by RedeemingGod.com and has received over 1.5 million views. Lori frequently teaches at writers’ conferences, sharing her wealth of information.

Abingdon Press gave me an advance reader’s copy of this book. I was not obligated to write a favorable review.

A Legal Cat Burglar Proving Security Flaws–Intriguing

Deb’s Dozen: A Cat Burglar? No, Kelsey Allen Climbing Walls to Test Building Security

“It wasn’t too hot for 10:00 p.m. in the middle of May unless you were about to climb over the ledge of a fourteen-story building in downtown Memphis.” So begins Justice Buried, the second book in Patricia Bradley’s Memphis Cold Case series. Nothing like an intriguing first line to make you read on! Further intrigue? The apparent cat burglar is a woman, Kelsey Allen.

Kelsey is starting her own security business. Rutherford Security hires her to see if she can break into a supposedly secure building. She’s already a white-hat hacker and an avid rock climber. Down the building and through an unlocked window and into the CEO’s office where she leaves her calling card—The Phantom Hawk.

Okay, the hard part is over; going up is much easier than climbing down. But as she is on the wall, a helicopter with a spotlight flies by. Hugging the side of the building and hoping they don’t discover her, Kelsey sees a lighted room and a silhouette—a man? Not lingering to find out, she scrambles toward the top of the building. Suddenly, a bullet whizzes by her head and chips the cement on the ledge. Her job is now much more serious and deadly.

Enter the handsome distraction, Brad Hollister, a homicide detective from Kelsey’s past recently assigned to cold cases. Kelsey’s mom hooks Brad and Kelsey up for the gala at the Pink Palace Museum. Appalled, Kelsey must come up with a new plan. She’s supposed to break into the museum later that night as part of her security gig. What will she do with a cop hanging around?

Justice Buried is a wonderful book with complex characters, an ever-changing plot, and murder. In short, everything you want in a suspense-thriller. You’ll love getting to know Kelsey and her sister, Sabra, along with the persistent detective, Brad. Four stars and an excellent addition to Patricia Bradley’s Memphis Cold Case series.

Justice BuriedPatricia Bradley is an award-winning author. You’ll love her Logan Point series as well as this one. Winner of an Inspirational Reader’s Choice award in Suspense and a Daphne du Maurier award, she lives in Mississippi and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

Revell, a division of Baker Books gave me a copy of Justice Buried, but I was not obligated to write a review.

Suspense, Murder, Romance, and a Surprise Ending

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Deb’s Dozen: Suspense, Murder, Romance, and a Surprise Ending—All Found in Chasing Secrets

Chasing Secrets is the last book in Lynette Eason’s Elite Guardians series and I must say I am sorry to see the series end. We’ve loved these characters and their romances and adventures. The suspense has kept us guessing in every book and Chasing Secrets is no exception.

Eason has a way of making her characters very real and very human. I especially liked Cupcake! They have secrets and faults and intrigues. Although a Christian book, Lynette does not preach—their faith comes naturally to her characters. She makes me wish they were real so we could become friends.

I also liked the pace of the book. Eason starts with a murder and ends with an almost murder. And the off-the-beaten-track trails she leads us on are intriguing and entertaining.

Haley Callaghan is a winsome woman of Irish descent who deeply cares for those around her. She’s even started a teen center in a bad section of town. While helping Zeke, a teen who attempted to mug her, she is almost killed in a drive-by shooting. The 911 call brings Detective Steven Rothwell on the scene, and we’re off and running headlong into adventure.

You’ll want to read Chasing Secrets and all the other books in the Elite Guardian series. Well done, Lynette, four stars.

Without WarningLynette Eason has written many series and has won a ton of awards including two Carol Awards, the Selah Award, the Golden Scroll, and the Reader’s Choice Award. She lives in South Carolina and travels on adventures with friends while staying at home—you’ll have to ask her about that! LynetteEason.com

I received an advance reader’s copy from Revell Books, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.