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Redeeming Grace-Halee’s Bookshelf


Redeeming Grace (Daughters Of The Promised Land series #3)

When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech’s family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for comfort. When news reaches Naomi that the famine in Bethlehem has lifted, only Ruth will hazard the journey to her mother-in-law’s homeland. Destitute and downhearted, Naomi resigns herself to a life of bitter poverty, but Ruth holds out hope for a better future. And Boaz may be the one God has chosen to provide it.

Combining meticulous research with her endless imagination, Jill Eileen Smith gorgeously renders one of the most beautiful stories in Scripture. Readers will adore this third installment of the inspiring Daughters of the Promised Land series.

Soooooo, this book. It seems to me like Biblical fiction is one of those genres that takes a few chapters to get into, then the story picks up and you’re swept away into the plot…..Except this book just never seemed to get better. I’m in no way trying to be ugly towards the HARD work the author put into this (or any book to get published) but I just didn’t get it. I thought it was somewhat interesting…But to be completely honest it just did not catch my attention and I had to force myself to read it in time for this review.

Now, this is not to say that all her books are boring, I personally did not care for it.

I was really wanting to spend my little reading time on a different book.

As for the biblical and historical aspect of the story, I think it was lined up well. It seemed well researched to me.

The last thing I want to touch on is the romance…..I didn’t care for it either. It felt strange to me. I can’t put my finger on it, but I thought it was forced and real at the same time….Not to mention the wedding night scene….Too much. :/

Overall this book was 2 stars-it was just okay. Would I recommend it…Eh, probably not….Would I discourage you from reading it? No, it was neutral.

*Thanks to Revell Publishing for providing a free copy in exchange for my honest review.*

~By His Grace,



Check out Jill Smith’s other two books in the series:


Jill Eileen Smith’s website:


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Moving Target-Halee’s Bookshelf


Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3) by Lynette Eason

When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe come up missing, things get interesting. The search for the two missing detectives continues while far away they are in the clutches 0f a madman’s twisted idea of a game. Now, Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, because if they don’t win this game…They die.

In a story like this fast-paced suspense novel, you never know what to expect. You’re constantly shocked and you always think you know the plot, but the twists and turns are too much to keep up with! Coming from a person like me who loves watching shows like Criminal Minds, this book was a pleasant surprise that entertained me. I stopped watching CM years ago though, due to too many dark and inappropriate cases. BUT it was so cool to me to be able to get into the killer’s thought processes and ponder through the story’s clues and hints without being exposed to bad scenes and language.


I was also highly pleased with the amount of spiritual content as well! The two main characters and their families experience hard things, they fail a lot, and they don’t trust God enough during the trials. But they all slowly but surely found redemption and I loved reading that.


I highly recommend this romantic suspense book to anyone who enjoys a thrilling crime story! Moving Target will not disappoint.


Feel free to check out Lynette’s website here:

And here’s Lynette’s first two books in the Elite Guardians Series:

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Posted in tags, writing

Blogger Tag (from Peculiar On Purpose)


Hey everyone! I saw this tag from Kimberly @ Peculiar On Purpose and I really wanted to do it. P.S. I WILL be tagging bloggers and friends at the end of this post so stick around!

1. Are you named after anyone?

Nope! My parents weren’t cool.

2. When was the last time you cried?

Um, last week. *Blushes*

3. Do you have kids?

Hahaahah! No. But I hope to one day!

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

I’ve thought of this before, and honestly I think I would. But there’s certainly parts of me I would be puzzled about! LOL.

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?


6. Will you ever bungee-jump?

Would be super cool, but realistically, probably no.

7. What’s your favorite cereal?

Well, we’re healthy folks so I normally don’t eat cereal…But if we’re talking junk….CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Glasses…? Dressed sloppy….? Smiling…..?

9. What is your eye colour?


10. Scary movie or happy endings?

HAPPY ENDINGS! Please. Scary movies are for people with fictional backbone. (In which I have none of.)

11. Favorite smells?

Eucalyptus. Cinnamon. Meadows. Lemon. Walking into a house with an essential oils diffuser. *laughs*

12. Summer or winter?


13. Computer or television?

Computer. I really don’t like TV. PLUS I’ve got PureFlix, NetFlix and Amazon Video so I’ve got plenty of films to watch. :-)

14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

Colorado! Which I totally recommend as a trip, BTW. I do hope to go to New Orleans on a mission trip one day though.

15. Do you have any special talents?

Hmm….What exactly do you mean by “special”? I love to write, read, craft, color, draw, talk, advise, pray, bake, cook, wash dishes, do laundry, driving, blogging, connecting with people, etc…..But the question is are any of them talents? Eh. IDK.

16. Where were you born?

In a little section of a big state in the USA on the Earth in the Milky Way in the whole Universe. :-)

17. What are your hobbies?


18. Do you have any pets?

Yep! My Yorkie, Chewy. ^_^

19. Favorite movie?

*deep sigh* One cannot pick a favorite, so why do we keep asking these questions????I’ll say my current favorite: Princess Cut…But you can check out THIS movie list from a few months back and you can check out several of my favs.

20. Do you have any siblings?

Yes! Samuel, 6. Abigail, 4. And Benjamin, 2. :-)

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A fervent Christian women with a servant’s heart and the fire of a modern day Paul igniting her every decision!!


That’s it! I therefore tag:

Abbie and Caitlyn

~By His Grace,



Posted in relationships

“The List”…….?


So, the title of this blog post either got you excited or struck fear into your soul…..If the latter, you’re probably a guy, and if the former, you’re more than likely a girl. BUT, this post is for EVERYONE. And I’m about to debunk the LIST. 

In a Christian arena full of hormonal teenagers, what is one of the most buzzed about topics of this generation? “The List”. I’m not sure when this started, or really, why it started in the first place, but what I want to know so badly, is why  it caught on so quickly…And why in the world did it get so….So… Necessary?

Not familiar with the list? It goes something like this:

  1. Patient
  2. Kind
  3. Wise with money
  4. Great with kids
  5. Still a virgin
  6. Loyal
  7. Content
  8. Loves God
  9. Forgiving
  10. Sense of humor
  11. Wise
  12. Bold

And the list goes on and on and 0n…..

Now, I know what you are probably thinking…These “lists” are very key to praying and preparing for your future spouse, to plan out what you really need and have an answer when someone is interested in you. I get it! It’s totally legitimate. BUT, are the run-on lines needed to craft a Christ-centered marriage? If we don’t have a list, are we clueless as to how or what we’re looking for a mate? No. And here’s why:

I’ve come to the realization (after much pondering and thinking), that almost every single quality on these lists, can be made a whole lot more simple.

Pray that your future husband/wife will be Godly. That’s it. If someone is totally committed to the Kingdom, lives for nobody but God, and truly strives to be more and more like Jesus every day, I’m pretty sure that covers all the bases.

Now, like I said, making these lists and praying for certain character qualities is NOT  bad thing, as a matter of fact, I have a list…And I strive to grow in each of the things I’m praying my husband will have.

But I honestly think it boils down to this: Don’t get obsessed with lists, but pray daily that your future spouse will become more and more like Christ.

That’s it! Pray for patience and kindness, but remember, it’s all about being Christ-LIKE, NOT perfect.


Keep the conversation going! What do you think about “The List”? Do you think it’s a bit overrated? Let me know what you think in the comments, I’d love to chat with you! 

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Christy & Todd:The Married Years-Halee’s Bookshelf


Now that they have been married for almost two years, Christy and Todd are facing challenges neither of them expected. Everything that felt familiar in their relationship is being shaken. All they had hoped for in their future together is about to change.

When Christy shares her life-altering news with Todd, she doesn’t receive the joyful response she was expecting. Aunt Marti inserts a few strong opinions about how the young couple should navigate this difficult season and when Todd’s dad asks for help renovating his Newport Beach home it’s clear that nothing will ever be the same for them again.

As Christy and Todd’s relationship is radically altered will they continue to drift apart? Or will they come through the major shifts with a deeper love each for other and the One who brought them together in the first place?

This book is the continuing story after Christy and Todd:The College Years, which I actually didn’t read. BUT, I didn’t feel like I was missing something so this can be read without the college years.

Okay, now on to the review. :-)

If you are sensitive to a bit of romance or are a little younger, this book would probably be just a bit too much for you……It is the married years, after all…BUT, if you are good with it, the romantic moments are appropriately written so it’s nothing without innocence.

As for the other parts, it was so great! I zoomed through this book, and was actually pretty surprised with how this was plotted. There was a lot going on here, with several great plot twists.

Christy has several God-moments in this story….. Moments when her heart is softened, her mind is changed or God shows her something amazing….

Another aspect of this book that I enjoyed was the “forever friend reunion” that we kind of got, plus, the last few chapters of the book were the greatest and sweetest thing ever!

Lastly, the thing that seperates Christy and Todd from a lot of fictional newlyweds, is the fact that their life isn’t always romantic and lovely and perfect…And Robin Gunn doesn’t try to portray it isas perfect either! God puts the couple in some major trials at the first couple years of their marriage, and the Spencer’s came out of it the better.

Overall, this book wasn’t fluffy and perfect and romantic, there was a LOT of rough scenes with financial and housing issues, but I could see God in Christy & Todd’s relationship…And that was the most beautiful thing.

~Until next time,



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Request content from this blog….

Hello everyone!! I’m just popping in here real quick to ask if ya’ll could take this survey!

I want to know what needs to change, what posts ya’ll want to request, and overall how I can change for the better.

Thanks, guys! Also, if this survey doesn’t work, PLEASE let me know. I totally new to this, so I’m a bit clueless about creating surveys.


~By His Grace, 


Posted in 2017 Reading Challenge

The January Reading Challenge


Hello everyone! I’m back again with a wonderful surprise!

I’ve put together a series of reading challenges for every month in 2017. For many people, 2017 is the year everyone is attempting to read more, expand their knowledge, and push themselves to get out of their regular habits. And still others, like me, are just trying to read more variety!

I recently saw Jami Balmet’s (reading challenge for wives and mothers) and also Tim Challie’s (reading challenge for Christians) and I actually was debating between the two, but I quickly realized both reading challenges held certain genres I didn’t really care to spend time in personally. (Although I encourage you to check them out if my challenge seems a bit different then what you’re hoping for!)  So, yes, I decided to make my own, and my friend gave me the idea to just do one monthly that way people could slip into this anytime of 2017 they want to….Anyway, let’s get on to the information!

Unfortunately, I don’t have a graphic for you to use because I do NOT know how to make one…But if any of you decide to make one, let me know and we’ll use it for future months!

There are 3 different levels, you can choose one level, or start for the beginning and progress through to the end….

The Busy One: 3 books

This level is for those who can only read 3 books in a month…..Or maybe those of you who haven’t quite gotten into the habit of reading a lot so you can start off slowly.

The Balanced One: 5 books

This level is for the one who has a bit more free time or maybe wants to challenge themselves a bit more!

The Bookworm: 8 books

And lastly, this if for the obsessed!! I figured some people did have time to read this many, so I wanted to have this option.


Now, choose your level! I personally will be attempting The Balanced One level, because I don’t have enough time to read 8 books, but I do want to challenge myself to put down social media and TV time and read to grow my mind this year.

Next, here are your genre(s) to choose from this month. The categories will vary every month, so if you don’t see one here you like, make up your own or wait until February to join in!

  1. A book on prayer

  2. A book recommended to you by a friend

  3. A book you haven’t finished

  4. A book about purity

  5. A book of your choice

  6. A Christian novel

  7. A hobby book

  8. A book of your choice


Choose any of these, double them up to maybe 2 Christian novels or 3 books on relationship….Play around with it, because this reading challenge is solely to get you in the books!

Reading is sooo important not only to stretch your knowledge, but to also grow closer to God and spend some time with yourself to re-energize.

Lastly, where would this reading challenge be without a hashtag to stay connected with? Use #2017wrandtreadingchallenge (my blog initials) on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with fellow readers progress, and I’ll be stalking all the reading lists and such!


I can’t wait to see what you guys are reading, and I can’t wait to share my favorite books of 2017 with you all! If you have any questions, leave a comment below.


~By His Grace,