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Have you heard of Jessie Rees and her JoyJars?

I can't tell you too much about it yet, because I am just reading it myself, but I can tell you this.

It started with a simple question: How can we help them? It became an international movement called NEGU: Never Ever Give Up. When Jessica Joy Rees was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at age 11, she chose to focus not on herself but on bringing joy and hope to other children suffering from cancer.

During the ten months she battled cancer, she and her family worked in the “Joy Factory” (originally their garage) making JoyJars®—packages filled with toys, games, and love for other kids with cancer. Jessie first handed them out personally at the hospital where she was being treated, but the effort blossomed quickly and there were soon thousands of JoyJars® being distributed across the United States and to over fifteen countries. Today, more than 100,000 kids have received JoyJars®, and they continue shipping each week to kids in over 200 children’s hospitals and 175 Ronald McDonald Houses.

Jessie lost her battle with cancer in January 2012, but her message lives on in the Jessie Rees Foundation, which has become a beacon of hope for families fighting pediatric cancer.

Join the movement at www.negu.org.

 

 It has just been released, pick up your copy today!

Reviews

Downfall by Terri Blackstock – A Review

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Book Description:

Emily Covington has turned her life around after a drug addiction, but her family still has trouble trusting her. Though Emily has committed herself to a year-long treatment program and has been sober for almost a year beyond that, even her mother walks on eggshells around her, fearing she'll relapse. After her behavior during her drug years, Emily realizes she has a lot to prove.

When police discover a homemade bomb under Emily's car, and she then learns the wife of one of her friends was murdered that same morning, she knows things are deadly serious. But who wants Emily dead? And why?

A conversation she had with two men, an Alfred Hitchcock movie, and a plan for a double murder all conspire for one explosive ride … and Emily is the only one who can identify the killer and save the life of the next potential victim. As she frantically works to solve this ever more complicated puzzle, Emily finds herself playing right into the killer's hands.

My Review:

When I was asked to review this book I didn't realize that this was the third and final book in Terri Blackstock's Intervention Series, and I hadn't read the first two books.   I jumped right in, and two hours later realized that I really needed to get up and get some things done before my husband got home.  Blackstock has done a great job of giving us all the details we need to stay caught up in the story.

After reading the first chapter of Downfall, I started questioning whether this was really a Christian fiction book.  It is, but it is more of a thriller. There are twists and turns in this storyline that kept me guessing the entire time. 

There are several things I like about this book; it flows so smoothly, the characters are true to life, and after watching CSI, Criminal Minds, and NCIS I have to say that this is a believable story.  It is a thriller, but it isn't so far fetched that have a hard time getting into it.  Blackstone has the ability to lasso your interest and tie it down for hours at a time. 

Great read!

I'm pretty sure I am going to have to get the other two books in this series now.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.