Review: Praying the Names of God: 200 Devotional Prayers Inspired by The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord

About this Book

God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Alpha and the Omega, the all-loving, forgiving Father and the Great I Am. With such a big God, how can we understand His many facets? One way is through scripture, where God is described in more than 200 unique ways.Praying the Names of God takes these names and makes them personal through heartfelt prayers accompanied by the scriptures where these names of God are found. Inspired by the beloved classic, The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, this brand-new book will lead you to a deeper faith in the one true Lord.

About the Author

LeAnne Blackmore is a veteran Bible teacher, conference speaker, and Bible study author. Her ministry experience runs the gamut from middle school through senior adults, but her heart is for all people to know God by knowing His Word. Currently she is learning to navigate her way through the empty-nest stage of life. If you want to challenge her at ping-pong or any number of board games, she’ll accept–just be prepared for the ruthless competition sure to ensue. LeAnne and her husband, Ron, enjoy traveling, but always love returning home to the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee. (Source: Amazon Author Page)

My Review

The Author utilizes the ACTS model of prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. I think this is a great model to help one get their prayer life going. I really liked the Adoration section of the book. Most of the readings did a great job of helping me focus on the characteristics of God making it easy to praise Him. The author utilizes scripture from all areas of the Bible in these prayers, which I also enjoyed.

The title indicates “Praying the names of Gods” I didn’t necessarily see that throughout, but that didn’t bother me. She did often utilize different names of God, but the bottom line is she utilized scripture very well and helped me focus on prayer.

She divides the book into sections by Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. Normally when you use the ACTS model of prayer you go through each section during one prayer session. So the division was a little “weird” to me. BUT I think it would be easy to flip through the different sections to pull out pages to jump start my prayers.

I would definitely give this as a gift to new Christians who may be struggling on how to develop a practice of prayer or struggle with how to pray. I found the prayers flowed very easily. I would also consider gifting this book to seasoned prayer warriors as I think it would offer refreshing times of prayer.

Disclaimer: “I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.


New Book Watch: Cunning Attractions: Squeaky Clean Mysteries, by Christy Barritt

About this Book


 Not much of a description is available about the 12th installment of the Squeaky Clean Mystery Series, but it has Gabby and Riley so I’m sure it will be good!

It releases on October 31st and I have already pre-ordered it. Currently you can pre-order for 99 cents.


Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Collen Coble

About this Book

“I need you to keep these girls safe . . .”

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family.

The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last.

Set on the beautiful coast of Maine, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens brings together suspense, romance, and the hope that one day new life will come again.

About the Author


Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at  (Source: Amazon Author Page)






My Review

The third installment of the Sunset Cove series and I think probably the best one of the series. We met Kate in book one of the series, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge.  We learn that she has a serious illness and she needs help from her biological father, who had never acknowledged her.  It was evident in the first book that Kate was strong and determined.

In book three she is healing physically but faces financial challenges with the failing blueberry barrens. When she and her sister, Claire, discover an apparent murder suicide her world is turned upside down.

I loved how Kate tackled life and never let it get her down. When she meets Drake and his nieces she not only finds a renter and a job as a nanny but she finds a friend. Drake is a great leading man for the story. He is strong, smart, and wants to help his nieces heal in the midst of their tragedy.

The action is well paced and well done. The author drops a few clues along the way to allow the reader to determine who the antagonist is. There was a little misdirection in there to keep me from being 100% sure.

If you have enjoyed the other books in this series, I believe this one is the best. Although this is a book three in the series, you could read it independently of the others and still enjoy it. The author gives enough back story to understand the basic relationships.


Disclaimer: “I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.

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