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Book Review: One Choice a Future Makes by Travis Inman

Posted by Julie on January 22, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
Book Review: One Choice a Future Makes

Book Review: One Choice a Future Makes

Book Description

Secret societies, dangerous passions, and untold millions await Justin “Flip” Grey when he arrives at a banking conference for a weekend seminar. Little does he know he is being auditioned for inclusion in The Lair, a group of businessmen who influence more than the economy. And they are going to test Justin. Enter Dahlia, the world’s most dangerous temptress, who has been assigned to seduce Justin. He must choose his future: his wife or his passions?

Travis W. Inman then allows Justin to make both decisions, and creates duel realities. In the first, Justin remains faithful. In reality two, Justin becomes “Flip” and chooses the seductress.

One choice a future makes.

This is one those books where you have to remind yourself to breathe. Travis Inman takes one family and offers a look at the fruit and fallout when the husband faces temptation—and the author offers both reactions to play out.

Justin and Connie have been married awhile. He is being courted by a secret organization that knows his weaknesses and asks him tough questions. Suddenly another woman comes on the scene and Justin needs to make a choice.

Justin chooses to flee from temptation and future chapters show the reader how his marriage and family look from that one choice. In this scenario the secret organization continues to play out and it was an interesting read to see all the family went through together.

Flip is an old nickname of Justin’s that’s resurrected during a work conference and the persona he takes on when he decides to take on an “exciting” relationship outside his marriage. The premise reminds me of a Gwyneth Paltrow movie, Doors. The movie explored everything that happened based on the “what if” of a choice.

Flip’s choices and the places it takes his family were hard to read. Hard because I know and love people who are walking this scenario out. I know a Flip, a Connie, a Ginger and a Kevin and my heart broke to watch everything crumble. No one wins when one decides to find excitement outside of marriage. This book spells it out, and does a great job.

I loved the creativity and I was very touched by the author’s honesty. He writes a note at the end, and it is a note I could relate to. It wasn’t long ago I confessed to my husband I had been so battle weary that I felt tempted in ways that had not happened in decades, or I never had been before. Nothing really presented itself, but I knew if I stuffed it and tried to work it out alone, that day would come and I would fail. By sharing with him, my husband realized I was hurting and needed a new level of communication and encouragement. We’ve been walking that choice out, and I’m excited to say we have oneness as we enter our 20th year.

Flip and Connie find nothing but isolation and despair. It’s a great warning, and a fascinating read. I definitely recommend.

To purchase OUR CHOICE A FUTURE MAKES, click here.

I reviewed this out of my own accord as part of my Don’t Miss This Series. I purchased the book on my own and this is an honest review.

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Book Review: The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter

Posted by Julie on January 22, 2015 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |


Book Description:

Living side-by-side, a fledgling chef anda big-hearted contractor find a delicious attraction.

Trouble is, their chemistry could spoiltheir dreams.

Spirited PJMcKinley has the touch when it comes to food. Her dream of opening her ownrestaurant is just one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springsresident offers her beloved ancestral home to the applicant with the best planfor the house, PJ believes it’s a contest she was meant to win.

Contractor ColeEvans is confident, professional, and swoon-worthy—but this former foster kidknows his life could have turned out very differently. When Cole discovers thecontest, he believes his home for foster kids in transition has found itssaving grace. All he has to do is convince the owner that an out-of-towner witha not-for-profit enterprise is good for the community.

But when the eccentric philanthropist sees PJand Cole’s proposals, she makes an unexpected decision: the pair will share thehouse for a year to show what their ideas are made of. Now, with Cole and thefoster kids upstairs and PJ and the restaurant below, day-to-day life hasturned into out-and-out competition—with some seriously flirtatious hallwayencounters on the side. Turns out in this competition, it’s not just the houseon the line, it’s their hearts.

“An interesting storythat keeps the reader involved with the struggle the main characters havemaking their dreams come true.” —Romantic Times, 4-star review

“. . . sparkling contemporary tale of competing ambitions,wounded personalities, and powerful attraction.” —Publishers Weekly

“Hunter skillfullycombines elements of romance, family stories, and kitchen disasters.” —Library Journal

“. . . a warm, inspirational tale of ambition, confidence,family, and love.” —Booklist

The Wishing Season is one of those romances that comes along and sweeps the reader away. Denise Hunter crafted the perfect romance. Everything a reader needs for a satisfying romance is in The Wishing Season. Conflict. Chemistry. Secrets. Romance.

PJ and Cole both want the same house that is being offered in a contest, and aren’t too happy they have to share the house to be considered. PJ needs the kitchen and a new start. Cole wants to make good on his upbringing and hurt. They both need to win, and there’s the rub that makes this such a delight.

I loved everything about this book and I don’t want to say more because I want you to read it.

Click here to purchase The Wishing Season.

I received The Wishing Season from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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WFW: Psalm 86:11

Posted by Julie on March 2, 2011 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

It’s Word Full Wednesday! This is a day to post a verse from the Bible that God is speaking to you about for the purpose of giving Him glory. Make sure you link up at the Internet Cafe.

Just as I blogged last week, my verse this week comes from reading Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave. The week that I am on with my small group talks about for every trigger in your life, you must match it with a truth. I know I’ve confessed that my relationship with food reminded me of adultery. Although I’ve not nor do I plan to have an adulterous relationship, I’ve seen it unfold and the Holy Spirit unwrapped some revelations with those observations.

Food for me was a calling for short term satisfaction. It promised comfort. I went for it and yes, for a moment, I felt satisfaction.

Then…came the guilt. There was no comfort. I believed and fell for a lie.

A lot of people and things are going to make promises and at first glance, they are going to look like great avenues to explore. My desire is to go to God first. He will show me what is true and what is a deception. That’s the hike I want to go on, the journey I want my life to be about.

No more dead end streets and back alley regrets.

WFW: Psalm 86:11

By the way, I’ll be serving up some Wipeout at the Devo Counter tomorrow at the Internet Cafe. Join me, won’t you?

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