The Lord Is My Shepherd

Wednesday, February 13, 2013















Book Blurb

Bestselling author Rob Morgan explores the rich meaning and transcendent comfort of the world’s best-known and most-loved poem: Psalm 23.

At a time of great uncertainty for so many people, pastor and celebrated writer Rob Morgan offers the timeless solace of one of history’s most famous poems—six verses that comprise the most memorized passage in the Bible and that, as Morgan shows, provide a microcosm of God’s grace.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want….Appearing in the middle of a trilogy of psalms, the twenty-third is a soul-soother, a powerful tranquilizer when anxiety robs us of sleep. While Psalm 22 reminds us that the Savior’s cross takes care of our past failures, and Psalm 24 relates how the Sovereign’s Crown ensures a joyful future, Psalm 23 reveals how the Shepherd’s crook delivers our present needs. Morgan teaches the psalm verse by verse, brilliantly illuminating its fascinating context and colorful background, and even shares his own charming, real-life stories of herding sheep. According to Morgan, in knowing the Good Shepherd, we are totally prepared to meet our internal, external, and eternal requirements. What emerges is more than biblical scholarship, offering a journey through simple truths that inspire and buoy the spirit in the most challenging of moments.

My Thoughts:  Robert Morgan peels apart the layers of the 23rd Psalm in this book. Some of this I knew as I did a Precepts study on the heart of David. In peeling back the layers he really shows the heart of God and His grace for us. Robert tells charming stories of his own family and their raising of sheep which really added to the book.

Shattered by Dani Pettrey

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Shattered
Bethany House Publishers (February 1, 2013)
by
Dani Pettrey


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

In real life, Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters.

Just in case you’re curious…The real Dani does love traveling. She’s been to some amazing places (Greece, Hawaii, the Keys) and there are many more she hopes to visit in the future.

And while she’s not quite up to sky-diving, cave diving or heli-skiing (too high, too enclosed, too cold!) she and her family love hiking, canoeing, wave jumping and a ton of other outdoor adventures a little further down on the risk scale.

Dani is the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling debut novel Submerged and latest release Shattered. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Piper McKenna couldn't be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed--but despite the evidence, Reef swears he's innocent. And Piper believes him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon's career.

With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada's rugged backcountry--and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Shattered, go HERE.

My Thoughts: Piper's little brother has been arrested for murder, and while Reef is has been in trouble with the law, and has a vagabond lifestyle she knows he is no killer. She is determined to prove his innocence. The sheriff is up for reelection and believes he has his man and won't look at anyone else. Landon Grainger, the deputy believes in getting at the truth and loves the McKennas like family, not to mention he is in love with Piper. When the family gets a lead on the victim in Canada, Piper is determined to go, even though after she did some digging around in Yancey she was run off the road. Landon is not thrilled to say the least when he sees her in Canada. This is a fast paced story that will keep you turning the pages way past your bed time. I saw a lot of myself in Piper. I have a little brother and if he was accused of anything I'd go to the ends of the earth to prove him innocent. Don't miss this book!
 
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