Mysteries of the Messiah Book Tour

Are you settling for half the story? Highlighting connections that have been hidden from non-Jewish eyes, Rabbi Jason Sobel will connect the dots between the Old and New Testament, helping you see the Bible with clarity as God intended.Most people—even people of faith—do not understand how the Bible fits together. Too many Christians accept half an inheritance, content to embrace merely the New Testament, while Jewish people may often experience the same by embracing only the Old Testament. But God has an intricate plan and purpose for both the Old and the New.In Mysteries of the Messiah, Rabbi Jason Sobel reveals the many connections in Scripture hidden in plain sight. Known for his emphatic declaration “but there’s more!” he guides us in seeing the passion and purpose of the Messiah. Mysteries of the Messiah:Uncovers connections between the Old and New TestamentsConnects the dots for readers with details about Jesus, the Torah, and biblical charactersWritten with the unique perspective of a rabbi with an evangelical theological degreeNo matter how many times you have read the Bible, Mysteries of the Messiah will bring fresh perspective and insight. God’s Word, written by many people over thousands of years, is not a random selection of people and stories. Rabbi Jason Sobel connects the dots and helps us see with clarity what God intended.
About the Author
Raised in a Jewish home in New Jersey, Rabbi Jason Sobel dedicated much of his life in pursuit of a spiritual connection with God. After years of seeking and studying, he encountered God and found his true destiny as a Jewish follower of Yeshua (Jesus). Suddenly, all the traditions Rabbi Jason grew up with took on new depth and meaning as God connected the ancient wisdom of the Torah with the teachings of the Messiah.

Rabbi Jason received his rabbinic ordination from the UMJC (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations) in 2005. He has a B.A. in Jewish Studies (Moody) and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies (Southeastern Seminary). He is a sought-after speaker and has made multiple appearances on national television, including the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Daystar Network, and the Dr. Oz Show. Rabbi Jason is the author of Breakthrough: Living a Life That OverflowsAligning with God’s Appointed Times, and Mysteries of the Messiah and he is also the coauthor of New York Times bestseller The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi with Kathie Lee Gifford.

You can learn more at www.rabbisobel.com.

Unharness Old and New Testament connections and experience the Bible in Hi-Def

As a young Jewish boy growing up on the streets of New Jersey, I encountered many things that influenced me. My parents and their faith were my heritage, but my friends and their ways were different. It was a little challenging to reconcile everything. But while I became fluent in the culture, even learning how to “rap with my homies,” I remained faithful to our Jewish tradition. Not just because I had to but because I wanted to. Yet I often felt there was something more.

At the age of sixteen I found myself one day in a state of meditation. This was something I did regularly as I attempted to figure out things in the midst of a world that was constantly pulling me away from spiritual things. It was an ordinary day but a truly extraordinary experience in that I had a personal encounter with Yeshua. This was the first time I’d ever felt as though the Lord was speaking directly to me. It was so unbelievable and yet so real, and I will never forget His words. He said, “Many are called, but few are chosen.”

In my innermost being I knew exactly what he was saying, but I needed to ask, “Lord, am I chosen?”

He sweetly smiled and replied, “Yes.”

I was overcome by the peace and presence of God— energized and in awe of the experience. I felt as if I were in a state of euphoria. This filling, which was much like an indwelling, kept me in a state of deep contentment. I ran down the steps and into my front yard. Not caring who was watching, I jumped up and down, screaming at the top of my lungs, “I am called to serve Him! I am called to serve Him!”

At this same moment my mom pulled into the driveway and saw her good little Jewish son running around in circles like a crazy man for all the neighbors to gawk at. Surely she thought I was mashugana (a Yiddish term describing a person who is nonsensical or silly). I didn’t care; I was so elated by the fact that God, the God who created the universe, wanted to use me.

Although she did not understand what was happening to me, my mother did not want to rain on my parade. There was only one problem. I wondered, What does it look like for a nice Jewish boy to begin serving Yeshua? I had no clue.

My best friend was John. I met him as part of a wannabe Filipino gang. We became close, practicing martial arts together and discussing spiritual things. By this time, John had become a believer in Yeshua and talked about it with me as often as possible. One day he called and asked, “You went to Hebrew school as a child, right? Do you think you could tell the difference between the Old and New Testaments if I read you some passages?”

I said, “Sure.”

He read me a passage about this guy dying on a cross and asked if it was from the Old or New Testament.

I said, “Obviously it’s from the New Testament because it’s talking about Jesus.”

He read another passage: “He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities. . . . He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.” Then he asked, “Is this from the Old or New Testament?”

I said, “It must be from the New Testament because it sounds like it’s talking about Jesus.”

John paused, then said, “It’s from the Old Testament, from Isaiah 53 (vv. 5, 7 niv). Isaiah was a Jewish prophet who lived seven hundred years before the Messiah was born.”

That got my attention.

After our conversation I agreed to go with John to the messianic synagogue led by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, who would later write the highly acclaimed and bestselling book The Harbinger.

During the service, Rabbi Cahn talked about being “born anew,” but I didn’t think a good Jewish boy should ever do that. However, when he gave the invitation, I stood up. Rabbi Cahn led me in a prayer to receive Yeshua. My friend had prayed to lead one Jewish person to faith in Messiah Jesus, but he never thought it would be me.

After the service I was given the first New Testament I had ever seen. I took it home, not quite sure what had just happened, and hid it in my room— God forbid my parents should find it. Of course, Mom did find it and confronted me: “What is this? Don’t tell me you’re a Jew thinking about believing in Jesus!”

By then, I had read the New Testament and believed that Jesus was the One that Moses and the prophets had foretold. He was the One who spoke the words of eternal life.

My mom was concerned and called our rabbi to meet with me. I knew I needed to verify for myself that Yeshua was the Messiah of the Hebrew Bible. As I studied in preparation for my meeting with the rabbi, I made a list of all the messianic promises and prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures that I could find. I wanted to make sure I clearly understood and could articulate what I believed about the Messiah based on the Hebrew Bible and Jewish sources.

The rabbi asked me how I had come to believe in Yeshua as the Messiah, and I read all the passages that had impacted me.

I believe that by discovering the connections between the Old Testament and New Testament, your life can be transformed like mine. I liken it to experiencing your faith in high definition. When you “see” Jesus and the Bible in HD, you enjoy greater richness, sharpness, and clarity of details that you would have otherwise missed.

Taken from “Mysteries of the Messiah: Unveiling Divine Connections from Genesis to Today” by Rabbi Jason Sobel. Copyright 2021 by Rabbi Jason Sobel. Used with permission from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

My Review

As a Christian, I was eager to read this book, especially after seeing the author discuss the book on TBN. I’ve taken Bible courses in college but this book opened my eyes to learning about the Bible from a Jewish perspective. It was thrilling to see all the connections between the Old and New Testaments. The author shows more than just how the Old Testament prophecies are fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament. Using his knowledge of Hebrew and study of the Torah, the Rabbi teaches us vast amounts of information that will guide the reader through mind-blowing ways of looking at the Messiah. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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Siggy Loves Sausages Book Tour


Siggy Loves Sausages by Brian Frederick

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Blurb 

A little dachshund ensues on a chase of something sparkly floating through the

sky, vowing to return it to its rightful owner. Follow Siggy as he dashes through the

village, saying hello to his friends and neighbors, but staying focused on the task at

hand. Will Siggy be able to keep his promise?

Come along for a joyful, rollicking tale with vibrant illustrations, sharing in the

happiness and beauty of everyday life. Young children will enjoy the escapades of

sweet little Siggy while learning lessons about keeping promises and unexpected

rewards.

Author, Brian Frederick

Author Bio
Children’s book author Brian Frederick knew he wanted to be a writer at a young age, having won prizes and praise for his early stories. When he writes, he finds himself entering a bubble and his mind wanders in an imaginary world, providing him with great creativity.

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The Runaways Blog Tour

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The Runaways
(Smiler Trilogy, Book 1)

Genre

Children’s Classic Fiction

Author
Victor Canning


About the Book

On a night of wild storms, two troubled figures escape from captivity.
Description
On a night of wild storms, two troubled figures escape from captivity. One is a 15-year-old
boy, Samuel Miles, a.k.a. ‘Smiler’, wrongly convicted of theft and sent to a young
offenders institution. The other is a cheetah, Yarra, a restless resident of Longleat Wildlife
Park.
Both are in danger from the outside world – and each other – but somehow their lives
become inextricably bound up as they fight for survival on the edge of Salisbury Plain.
A fast-moving and compassionate adventure story, The Runaways is the first book in
Victor Canning’s classic children’s trilogy.


Reviews of the Smiler Trilogy
‘Victor Canning is one of the world’s finest story-tellers’ Good Housekeeping
A delightful tale by a brilliant thriller writer’ Daily Mirror
‘Smiler proves himself to be a resourceful, resilient and very likeable leading character.’
Dan Smith, author of Big Game and Boy X


‘No spoilers but it left me a wreck and soon afterwards I realised the power books and
authors had to make us feel deep emotions.’ R.W.R McDonald, author of The Nancys

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Author biography

Victor Canning was a prolific writer throughout his career, which began young: he had sold
several short stories by the age of nineteen and his first novel, Mr Finchley Discovers His
England (1934) was published when he was twenty-three. It proved to be a runaway
bestseller. Canning also wrote for children: his trilogy The Runaways was adapted for US
children’s television


Other titles in the Smiler Trilogy
Flight of the Grey Goose The Painted Tent

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Lavender Tears Blog Tour

Lavender Tears JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Lavender Tears by Sondra Cunningham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Lavender Tears

Title: Lavender Tears Author: Sondra Cunningham Release Date: March 12, 2021 Genre: Christian Historical Biblical Women’s FictionThe strength to rise again and again is not for the faint of heart. Like each new sunrise, Mary of Bethany’s journey required an inner strength and faith that would permeate through the darkness of life’s unexpected tragedies. When her hopes and dreams came crashing down around her, Mary’s life began to spin, seemingly, out of control. What she couldn’t see, was that God, the faithful potter, was shaping her life into a valuable vessel. One mended and filled with the pure gold of the Father’s love and destined for a unique purpose. Held together by the sweet and calming scent of lavender and the memories of her mother’s garden, Mary journeys on, learning how to defeat the night and radiate like the noon day sun.

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Excerpt

Chapter Twenty

“A sincere faith.”

1 Timothy 1:5, TPT

When I placed my palms on the fine sand, I could feel the remaining warmth from the fired piece buried beneath. After several hours of cooling, the time had come to dig it out for inspection. After I put on my gloves, I pushed the sand to the side, going deeper and deeper while paying attention to the level of heat. I could tell my jug had cooled completely since the sand closest to the piece was no longer hot. Slowly, I revealed the handles then lifted it up out of the sand.

It was beautiful, everything I had anticipated and more. The color was a deep tan, and the carved roses remained as defined and smooth as I had hoped. With a little polishing, painting, and glazing, it would truly be something to behold. I stood carefully, sweeping the side of my foot over the piled sand to level the surface. After dusting off myself and the piece, I went inside to inspect it further.

I took my jug over to the large water barrel inside the shop and slowly dipped it in. Lifting it in and out of the water, filling it up and pouring it out, I rinsed it thoroughly. Once all the sand was cleaned off, I performed the most important test.

Can it hold water?

Dipping the jug in deeply, I slowly pushed it farther down into the water. I watched with great anticipation as I lifted it out. Drip after drip of water rolled off the sides of the piece. I brought it over to the table and placed it on a few folded rags while I dried the outside of the jug, eager to celebrate.

A few minutes passed, and I couldn’t see any obvious cracks or leaks. I was turning the rags to check for moisture when I saw it. Along the bottom decorative rim of the jug was a hairline crack running around the edge of the piece. The rags had moistened just underneath, where the water was discreetly seeping out.

I sat back in my chair, completely numb from the revelation of failure. I didn’t know what to feel and wondered if I should dump it out and smash it outside with the other ruined pots. It was so beautiful, so visually flawless. All my pain, all my brokenness had sculpted this beautiful vessel. And for what? Only to symbolically expose my own cracks and brokenness hidden beneath a beautiful face. I picked up the jug and poured the water back into the barrel, dried it thoroughly, and set it back on the table. Pacing back and forth, contemplating what to do with it, I could feel the past flooding in like a mighty wave. 

The voices in my head rang louder and louder as despair opened the door: “Nothing you will ever do will be good enough. You are worthless, like this broken vessel. Give in. Give up. You’re only good for pleasure. You are flawed. Cover it up.”

Cover it up? That’s it! I’ll fill it with wax, polish it, and paint it! No one will ever know the difference!

I took the piece off the table and quickly went to work on polishing. Once everything was smooth, I carefully laid the jug on its good side then dripped hot wax into the crack. After several coats, I set the jug on its bottom and repeated a similar process to the inside of the crack. When I was satisfied that the wax had dried in place, I filled the jug with water once again and waited to see if it had worked. Success! I saw no seepage whatsoever. I cleaned up the surface of the jug once more and set it on the shelf for painting.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sondra Cunningham
JustRead Publicity Tours

Sondra Cunningham is a wife, mother, worship leader, women’s minister, artist, dreamer, interpreter, and the writer of the new novel, “Lavender Tears.” Her words are eloquently written with sincere pathos and personal understanding of life’s hardships. Sondra’s desire is to use her voice in both song and written word, to sing healing over others and inspire the fallen to get back up. Through many difficulties within her years, Sondra has learned the precious truth of overcoming. Her ministry radiates hope for all those who have struggled to truly receive the love of God and find the confidence to leave the past behind. Sondra lives and works out of her home in upstate New York with her family. She spends her time passionately seeking Jesus, homeschooling her two children, leading worship, biblically interpreting dreams, painting, and writing.

CONNECT WITH SONDRA: Website | Facebook | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winners will receive a hardcover copy of Lavender Tears, Target gift card for $10, a digital copy of the Lavender Tears Devotional, and a lavender sachet!

Lavender Tears JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 19, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 26, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print copy US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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I Miss School Book Tour

 

Join us for this tour from July 6 to July 26, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  I Miss School by Ryan Reaves
CategoryChildren’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7),  24 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
PublisherDawn Reaves
Release date:   Feb 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

“I Miss School” is written by a child, for a child. In this heartwarming and honest story, kids will understand that their feelings about the pandemic are normal and it is perfectly acceptable to feel a range of emotions related to not going to in-person school. The book instills hope for kids that brighter days are ahead.

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Meet the Author:

Six-year-old Ryan Reaves began writing her debut story “I Miss School” at five years old after yearning to return to her brick-and-mortar school during the covid 19 pandemic. She wanted to write the book for other kids, so they knew they weren’t alone in their thoughts and feelings and that we are all in this together.

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Tour Schedule:

July 6 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
July 7 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
July 8 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
July 9 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 12 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
July 13 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
July 14 –The Bespectacled Mother – book review
July 15 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 16 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
July 19 – @twilight_reader – book review
July 20 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
July 21 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
July 22 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
July 23 – Reading is My Passion – book review
July 26 – Kam’s Place – book review

Enter the Giveaway:

 I MISS SCHOOL Book Tour Giveaway

My Review

How often do we get to read a book written by a six-year old? I Miss School is a charming book from a young girl with her thoughts during the lockdown. She is in her home with her computer and books. While she is situated in her learning spot at home, she’s thinking about all of the things and people that she misses. She looks forward to playing with friends, hugging her teacher, and greeting her parents after school. Young readers will definitely relate to the words of young Ryan.

Breakfast of Superheroes

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. Affiliate link included. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Breakfast of Superheroes by Steve Frederick

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Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2V3JFAo

My Review

When you look for a funny book for kids to read, there will be many choices. Breakfast of Superheroes – The Superhero’s Ring is a really fun read that will keep kids turning the pages to see what crazy thing will happen next.

Most children love getting a box of cereal to eat, and also to find a prize hidden inside. When a real magic ring is accidently packaged in a box of cereal, the company tries to get all the boxes returned to the factory. One box gets through, and the real ring just happens to be inside. Kyle Alexander’s mom unknowingly buys that one box.

When Kyle and his best friend open the box, they fight over the ring and Kyle ends up with it. At first he notices that it doesn’t seem like a cheap plastic ring, but just continues to wear it. When he realizes that if he talks really nice to the ring he is able to fly! Although he knows better, he keeps it and wonders what the ring can help him to do.

He feels the urge to be a helpful superhero so that he can use the ring’s powers for good. He tries a few times to rescue someone, but is too afraid. He struggles with the possibility of going into a dangerous situation in order to really help a person in distress.

When he sees one of the worst gangsters trying to kidnap a lady, he knows what he should do. But, won’t he get hurt or worse? Children will want to read this fun adventure book to find out!

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