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“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

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January 10, 2013 · 4:24 pm

Grace in Strange Disguise by Christine Dillon

This is the first book I’ve read by Christine Dillon.  She writes a very heavy evangelical story and although this is not what I read all the time, I did enjoy this book.  She did a great job of keeping me interested in the storyline, while at the same time the message of Jesus was flowing so effortlessly.  51duHRML94L

This is about a young woman, Esther, who finds out she has cancer.  Her father is a very well known pastor of a mega church in Australia and he believes that through prayer, faith, and repented sin, Esther will be healed.  And if she isn’t then something is wrong in her life.  He is a very legalistic person and throughout the book you wonder if he even knows the true Christ.  

Esther’s life is completely turned upside down by this diagnosis and events happen that make her start to rethink her faith in Jesus.  Why is God letting this happen?  Why won’t He heal her?  What’s wrong with her that is keeping healing from happening?  Wonderful questions that we ask all the time and Christine Dillon does a wonderful job of weaving the story of Jesus and His love for us throughout this book. It’s a book I won’t forget soon.  I may keep in on my kindle for future reference.  It would be a great book for anyone who is struggling with their faith or health problems or just wanting to know how to go about sharing Jesus with others.  It’s a different kind of novel.  Fiction, yes, but you learn so much, it’s almost like a non-fiction book too. 

One quote from the book, “It’s a package deal.  I can’t pick and choose the bits of the Bible I like.  It’s either all God’s word or it isn’t.  If it isn’t, then I’m wasting my time and deluding others.”  That’s so true.  You can’t just pick out verses and make it work for you and ignore the others.  It’s all God Word and it’s all about God and His love and redemption for us.

Thank you, Christine Dillon, for a very different and powerful novel. 

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Fly Away by Lynn Austin

What can I say to describe this relatively small book now that I’m finished.  From the author’s note at the beginning telling about all the heartbreaking events that were going on in her life when she wrote this book to the Epilogue it was a wonderful journey.  It was one of her first books and it is amazing!  When I started the first chapter I thought it was okay and maybe a little slow, but “Hey, this is one of her first books, so I’ll give her a pass because she’s an excellent writer and she had to start somewhere, right?”  Well, don’t let the beginning of this book fool you.  It is powerful, it is amazing, it is life changing, it is one of her best books!51+MEMMc5FL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Wilhelmina Brewster was forced to retire from her teaching position at Faith College.  That was her whole life.  She’d played the piano from childhood to retirement and she didn’t know how to do anything else.  Literally, she had never had a life apart from the piano.  While other kids were playing and going places and having fun, Wilhelmina was playing the piano.  Now, her life as she has always known it, was over.  She’s mad at God for letting this happen.  Yes, she’s a Christian, yet she never fully knew how to truly live the abundant life that God promised.  

Mike Dolan, a regular man, not educated like Wilhelmina, just down to earth and full of life, gets some bad news.  His cancer is back.  But even with that death sentence staring him in the face, he is still full of life and caring of others, and always wanting to do something fun.  He’s not a Christian.  Yet, his life is overflowing in joy and Wilhelmina’s life is stagnant. So, how can Wilhelmina tell him about Jesus? 

These two meet and the story picks up and you’ll laugh, you’ll find yourself questioning your life, you’ll rejoice, you’ll cry, you’ll never be the same.  One good quote from this book, “We have two choices, you and I; we can lose ourselves in despair or find ourselves in Christ.”

I can’t say anymore other than this book is worth reading.  It’s worth sharing.  It’s an amazing story of how God can take two people and change their lives so dramatically, and you can sit, read and watch the whole process as it unwinds.  Even be able to see how past prayers can still be heard. 

Our Summer Book Club will be discussing this book next week and I can’t wait to talk about it with everyone.

Visit the author:

http://lynnaustin.org

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The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

This is the debut novel by an amazing author, Jaime Jo Wright.  The book cover is beautiful in it’s mystery and I just knew I had to give this book a try.  Oh boy, am I glad I did!

This is a very interesting Christian suspense novel that is set in two different times about two different women, Ivy and Kaine.  They each have a mystery to solve and danger lurks at every turn.  Ivy, 1906, is a memory keeper of those that died in her town.  Her father was the town doctor and Ivy felt like it was important to keep their story alive and not forget them.  Even the unknown one, Gabriella.  Ivy’s past catches up with her when Joel comes back to town and the mystery of Gabriella becomes more and more dangerous.  Kaine, current time, is a women who is trying to heal after the death of her husband.  She moves to the town Ivy lived in and bought the house on Foster Hill and her story is filled with sadness, mystery, suspense, and some romance. I won’t tell anymore of the story…you just need to read it!

This novel caught my attention from the very first chapter and it got better and better.  There was really no “boring time” during any of this book.  It is more descriptive than I usually like, but the author does such a wonderful job with everything.  It’s full of mystery and suspense from both timelines and it couldn’t have been told any better!  I loved it.  It will keep you reading and keep you guessing until the end.  I wholeheartedly recommend this book.  I can’t wait to read Jaime Jo Wright’s next novel.34020199

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Great Deal on Suspense Novels by C.C. Warrens

Author, C.C. Warrens, is offering the first two books of her A Holly Novel series for 99cents each.  That’s an amazing deal, especially considering they are excellent books.  You can find my review of all three books here on my blog.

You’ll need to visit the author’s website to buy these e-books.  Here’s the link:

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Crossed Off (A Holly Novel Book 3) by C.C. Warrens

Just when you think a series can’t get any better…BAM! This book had me from the first sentence and didUnknownn’t let go until the end. Wait! It didn’t even let go then…I want MORE!!!

First let me say that this is Book 3 in a series and they must be read in order. So if you haven’t read, Criss Cross and Cross Fire yet, then buy them and start this amazing, thrilling, rollercoaster ride of suspense, mystery, humor and God’s mercy! This 3rd book continues with Holly, Marx, Jordan, Jace, and of course, Collin. If you read book 2, then you can imagine how this book will start. And start with a bang, yes! Emotions in high gear from the start and it only intensifies from there.

This is the book we’ve been waiting for. The one where Collin is finally finished with toying with Holly. He’s ready to get down to business and he doesn’t care who is hurt in his quest to destroy Holly. Holly is surrounded by many people who love and care for her, Marx, Jordan, Jace, Sam and she’s trying her best to keep them safe from Collin as well. There are so many touching scenes in this book. I probably highlighted at least a third of the book. One minute you will find yourself crying from sadness, then laughing at something quirky Holly does, then on to holding your breath and hanging on for life. This book does get gritty. The author, C.C. Warrens, does it in a very compassionate, tasteful way and although the horrible scenes will have you gasping for breath, she always ends it and gives you plenty of time to breath and compose yourself. Holly, even when she’s on the brink of despair, she can always come back with something to be thankful for or some witty comeback that will ease the tension.

This is Christian fiction, but it’s not “preachy”. It’s real. It’s about life and how dirty it can get. It’s about how even at our worst, God is with us. He never leaves. Holly’s relationship with Jesus is woven throughout the whole series and is not overpowering. So don’t let this being Christian ficition stop you from reading these amazing books. I think you will love them!

C.C. Warrens is an excellent writer and I’m so thankful that I found her books. Because I love a book that will totally capture me and not let go. It’s full of surprises and not your typical mystery that you figure out before you’re halfway through. You will fall in love with the characters and the story, you will be exhausted from the suspense, you will laugh out loud at Holly, you will end each book saying “I can’t wait until the next one!”

You can find more about C.C. Warrens at these links:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16999959.C_C_Warrens

https://www.facebook.com/ccwarrens/

https://www.ccwarrensbooks.com

https://www.amazon.com/C.C.-Warrens/e/B076NFLWFM/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1522246546&sr=1-2-ent

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The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore: On Sale $2.99

If you are a fan of Beth Moore and have been wondering about her first fiction book but didn’t want to pay full price, then wonder no more.  The e-book is on sale through 1-7-18 for $2.99!

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Randy Singer’s Latest Book, Rule of Law, Is On Sale

I love legal thrillers and today when I saw that Randy Singer‘s latest book, Rule of Law, was on sale for $2.99…I jumped right on it.  (I had $1.16 left of an Amazon gift card so it only cost me $1.83! Can’t beat that, can ya?)

This book has great reviews on Amazon and on Goodreads and I’m looking forward to reading this book and hoping it’s better than the book I’m forcing myself to finish now (not by Randy Singer!)

Click on Randy’s name and you’ll be taken to his website and click on the book title and you’ll be taken to his site to read more about the book and can check out the book trailer.

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FREE Kindle: A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House Book 1) by Kristi Ann Hunter

I just came across this FREE book on Kindle and it may be free on other e-readers also, so check it out.  I’m not sure how long it will be FREE, so hurry and get it.  Sounds great and I love getting the first book free cause then I can read it and if it’s really good I can buy the others.

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Cross Fire (A Holly Novel #2) by C.C. Warrens

Oh my! Holly Cross does seem to have trouble follow her every where she goes. This second book in the series picks up where Criss Cross left off. Only now there is more trouble for Holly to get mixed up in. Her detective friend, Marx, is involved with gangs and murders. And of course, Holly gets involved and things turn very, very dangerous. Not only for her, but for her long-time friend, Jordan, who returns to help protect Holly from Collin, her nightmare…the man that only wants to continue to torture Holly. The suspense of the current danger that Holly, Marx and Jordan are in and add to it the deeper suspense of wondering when and where Collin will show himself, is edge-of-your seat tension. If this were a movie, I would cover my eyes and peak through my fingers to see what’s coming next!

Author C.C. Warrens did an excellent job on continuing Holly’s story. She has really developed the characters even more as they continue on in this novel with new dangers. I had a hard time putting this book down, yet at the same time, I would stop reading just because I wanted it to last longer. Holly is still a quirky, witty, thankful woman. But she is still haunted by her past and is still having a hard time letting the people that care for her do just that…care for her! Holly still has boundaries but is slowly trying very hard to overcome the horrors of the past. But some horrors never seem to go away…Collin!

If you read, Criss Cross, then you know you will have to continue reading about Holly to find out how things turned out. And if you haven’t read the first book, Criss Cross, then do! Please do! If you like mystery/suspense, very little romance, quirky characters and funny, witty characters, then this is the book series for you. No bad language, no sex scenes, and that is important for me. This is a Christian book, but there’s not preachy scenes, just a good balance of a wounded life and how Jesus is always there for Holly.

The third book, Crossed Off, is expected to be released in April 2018. And C.C. Warrens is giving Marx his own book to tell his story, which I’m eager to read also.

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Criss Cross (A Holly Novel #1) by C. C. Warrens (5 Stars)

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C. C. Warrens is a new Christian Fiction author and if she continues to write novels like her first, Criss Cross, I will continue reading them. The book is full of edge-of-your-seat, hold-your-breath suspense. And you don’t know the whole story until much later in the novel, which I love! That’s true suspense. If you are worried about bad language or sexual scenes, don’t. It’s a very clean novel, yet deals with tough situations and yet the author writes in such a way that you don’t miss the bad language that most secular novelist think they must include to captivate the reader. The main character is a Christian, but the book is not overtly Christian, so I feel anyone could read this and love it.

Holly, the main character, is a photographer that lives completly off the grid. She has many quirks and a past that will not let go of her. Her quick, witty banter with her best friend, Jace, and later with Detective Marx is totally wonderful. A very tense situation can turn funny with the wit of Holly.

Holly’s past has caught up with her and she needs help, yet due to her past, she is reluctant to accept it. She isolates herself and likes, no demands, her personal space. And getting her to trust is very hard, but totally worth it.

You will find yourself holding your breath because you are so scared for her and you will be sitting on the edge of your favorite reading chair wondering what’s going to happen and how will it turn out. But you will also smile and a few times laugh and the funny things that happen during tense moments of suspense.

And the ending? Oh my goodness!!! I can’t wait until Book 2, Cross Fire, comes out in November 2017. And I believe there will be a Book 3 also. Yeah!!!! Love this new author and her novel. Looking forward to reading many more books to come.

You can find C. C. Warrens on FaceBook and Goodreads and find out more about her book and upcoming books. She also has a blog, so visit her at crisscrossholly.wordpress.com

One of my favorite quotes from the book.  Holly has just asked Detective Marx if he believes in God…

“I’ve seen a lot of bad things with my job.  And I’ve asked God why, if He exists, He allows them to happen. I never get an answer.”

“Do you ask Him why He allows the good things to happen?”

A thoughtful line formed between his eyebrows.  “Can’t say that I have.”

“If you’re gonna hold God accountable for the bad things, you should hold Him accountable for the good things too.  There’s a lot more good than bad, but if all you do is pile the bad at His feet, you’ll never be able to see past it to the good things.”

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FREE Kindle Book – Always Watching by Lynette Eason

Here’s a FREE Kindle book that sounds really great if you like Christian suspense with some romance.  Always Watching (Elite Guardian Series, Book 1) by Lynette Eason.  It’s FREE today (July 27, 2017) on Amazon.  It may be free longer, but if you think you might want to try this book, then you better get it today.  I’ve waited before and the books weren’t free any longer 😦

I’ve read some books by Lynette Eason (click on her name and check out her website) and really enjoyed them, so I’m looking forward to reading this book.  Happy Reading!

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FREE Kindle: Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love (Book 1) by Julie Lessman (June 23-27, 2017)

I just received an email from author, Julie Lessman, with an outstanding offer!  Her book, Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love (Book 1), is currently FREE on Kindle from June 23-27, 2017.  So hurry to Amazon and download this book.

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I’ve read a couple of her books and enjoyed them.  So I’m looking forward to getting to read the first in this series FREE!!  Can’t beat that, can ya?

And I saved the best news for last.  Julie Lessman wrote a prequel to this book, A Glimmer of Hope: A Novella Prequel to Isle of Hope, and it is also FREE to download.

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So, what  are you waiting for?  Get to Amazon and download these two books for FREE now!!  It may be offered free on other e-reader sites too, so be sure to check it out.

Thanks, Julie Lessman, for this wonderful deal!!!!

 

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King’s Faith-Very Good Movie on Netflix

If you are a subscriber to Netflix you may have seen the announcement of the addition of King’s Faith.  This is a very good, well made Christian movie.

I am ashamed to say that I am always surprised at well made and well acted Christian movies. The Christian movie genre is getting better and better and I am excited every time I see a really good Christian movie!

So check out the trailer and if you have Netflix…watch it!  If you do not, I am sure it is on DVD.

It does deal with some hefty subjects (and very well done) so I would suggest that the age group be teenagers and up.  But parents can watch it and then decide if their younger ones are mature enough to see the movie.

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Free E-Book Today by Louie Giglio

Today, June 7, 2016, you can get a free e-book by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman.

Indescribable by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman

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Putting this powerful message into print for the first time, visionary pastor Louie Giglio and songwriter Matt Redman team up to write a heart-stirring book about the mysteries of God’s creation. Indescribable takes readers on a journey through the vastness of outer space and into the depths of the soul.

Modern science allows viewers to see farther into space than ever before, and every step draws them closer to the God who breathed each star into existence. In Indescribable, the authors intertwine devotional insights with remarkable scientific facts that awaken both mind and spirit. As Giglio and Redman write, God turnswonderers into worshipers.

Above all, Indescribable is a call to worship—an invitation to know and be known by the God of all creation and to become more passionate worshipers of Jesus Christ.

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Free E-Book Today Only-May 27, 2016

Publisher, David C Cook, is offering this book FREE today only – May 27, 2016.  So if you like to read Christian non-fiction, this should be a great book to download.

Anxious for Nothing by John MacAuthur

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Great Price for E-Book by Melanie Shankle

This is Melanie’s second book.  It’s a non-fiction book, which I usually don’t read, but this book is a must read!  It is hilarious!  I laughed so much I cried and I would wipe my eyes and try and read again and then start laughing and crying all over again.  And just trying to read a funny section to my hubby was a long labor of love, cause I had to keep stopping so I could laugh!

$2.99: The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle. This is a great price for such a wonderful book.  I’ve read her first book, Sparkly Green Earrings and it was hilarious too! She’s also got a new book coming out, Nobody’s Cuter Than You.  It’s bound to be a winner too!

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Contest and Pre-Order Terri Blackstock’s New Book

Another one of my favorite authors, is Terri Blackstock!  She can really keep you interested and sitting on the edge of your seat through the whole book!

Here’s the deal:  She is having a contest for a Free FitBit and a copy of her new book!  And right now you can pre-order her book, kindle edition, for only $4.99.  That was a splurge for me, but I think this book will be worth it.

Here’s the link to enter to win: http://www.familyfiction.com/authors/terri-blackstock/features/win-a-fitbit-from-terri-blackstock (I hope this link works…tried to copy and paste and it didn’t work. I’ve been out of the “blog business” so long they have changed how they do things and I don’t know how to add a link now.)

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FREE E-Book by Susan May Warren

I love books by Susan May Warren!  And I just found out she has a FREE e-book for Kindle and iBooks. I don’t know how long this will be free, so if you want it, get it now.  This is Book 1 in The Heirs of Anton series and it sounds great and has some great reviews on Amazon.  So, how can we go wrong?  Great author!  Great price! Let’s download it and give it a try.

And remember, when you finish reading the book to write a small review to post on Amazon, iBooks, or whatever platform you have for reviews…Goodreads is great too!  Not only does it help others know what the book is about and if it’s worth their time or not, it really helps the author get their books noticed. And if you don’t like a book, remember to be nice with your review.  Just because it’s not your style, it could be someone else’s and we don’t want to hurt these authors who put so much time into writing these books!

From Russia with Love (The Heirs of Anton #1) by Susan May Warren

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Free E-Book Set Today, 1-22-16

Hey, it’s been a while since I posted any freebies.  Today I checked my email and I had one from Susan May Warren and she is celebrating her birthday by giving away a 6-book set by several Christian authors.  The email said one day only, 1-21-16, but I didn’t get the email until this morning and I checked on Amazon anyway and it’s FREE!  So here are the details:

Much Ado About Love: A Contemporary Christian Romance Collection: Susan May Warren, Lynnette Bonner, Tamara Leigh, Lesley Ann McDaniel, Jan Thompson, Linda W. Yezak  (It’s star rating on Amazon is 4.7)

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I have no idea if it’s on any other e-readers, so if you have a Nook, please check to see if it’s free for you.

REMEMBER, get it today!

 

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FREE Teenage Girl Fiction from Miralee Ferrell

Just saw this today and wanted to get the word out, because TODAY (8-28-15) is the last day to get this e-book for FREE!! There is also another follow-up in the series available for $1.99 (I don’t know how long this deal will last). Not sure how many e-reader companies are offering this deal, but check your’s out and you might be able to get this freebie.

  • FREE today, August 28, 2015:  A Horse for Kate by Miralee Ferrell
  • $1.99: Silver Spurs (sequel to A Horse for Kate) by Miralee Ferrell

Miralee Ferrell is a great Christian writer.  I’ve read her Dandelion series and it’s excellent, so I’m sure your teenage girl will love these books, especially if they like horses!  And who doesn’t like horse, huh?  Get the free one today and the other as soon as possible, because I don’t know when that amount will change.

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