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Topaz Heat (The Jewel Series-Book 3) by Hallee Bridgeman (5 Stars)

Emotionally Packed Christian Romance (5 Stars)

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Topaz Heat (The Jewel Series #3) by Hallee Bridgeman

In this last book of the series, we find the story of Sarah Thomas one of Maxine and Robin’s half-sisters.  In this touching story, Sarah is a successful nurse and has a great relationship with her half-sisters and their husbands and their children.  The only person in their extended family that Sarah can’t stand is Derrick DeNunzio.  He was taken in by Tony Viscolli (Robin’s husband) when he was an 18 year-old boy living the wrong life and Tony recognized himself in him and wanted to give him a second chance at a good life.  Derrick willing accepted Tony’s help and now he’s helping Tony run his famous hotels.  His only problem is that Sarah can’t stand him.  From the first moment they met it was like oil and vinegar.  Oil and vinegar doesn’t mix until it’s shaken and that’s what happens in this book.  Their lives are shaken to the point of breaking and so many things happen to each one of them that help them come to terms with their past and their present and future.

I don’t like to tell much of the story, I personally just like to know a little bit about the book and that it’s good and then let me read it and be surprised by every twist and turn.  So you won’t get anymore information from me.  Just that this is an excellent book and I can’t wait to go back and read the first of the series to see the stories of Tony and Robin  develop.

I have read Emerald Fire and now this book, Topaz Heat, and I’ve got to say that Topaz Heat had me in tears several times!  I can’t wait to go back and read Sapphire Ice-Book 1 and Greater Than Rubies-Book 1.5.

“I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Book Club Network for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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We Have a Winner for Our Book Givaway!

Congratulations to Alice from Providence, RI.  She is the winner of an autographed copy of, Grandmother’s Namesake, by Jessica Marie Dorman and Cathy Lynn Bryant.

Alice has her own blog: walkinword.wordpress.com  She does book reviews and devotionals, so I know you’ll want to hop over to her blog and take a look, she has done a great job with her blog!

Thank you to all who entered.  I wish I had a copy of the book to send to each one of you.

We have another book giveaway starting tomorrow, September 1-7, 2013 for an autographed copy of, Sautee Shadows, by Denise Weimer.  We have a great interview with local author, so I hope everyone will come back tomorrow and read the interview and make a comment to win her book.

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More Precious Than Gold and Sweeter Than Honey

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I delight in your decrees;
 I will not neglect your word.” Psalm 119:16 (NIV)

All of my life I have been a reader.  When choosing a profession, I chose to be a Library Media Specialist. While books can inform and entertain, newspapers can sway public opinion, and magazines can address a multitude of topics, there is one book without which I would not want to live.  That book is The Holy Bible, the Word of God.

Psalm 19:7 says that the Word of God is perfect and restores the soul.  It is trustworthy and makes wise the simple.

Dearest Heavenly Father,

Your Word breathes life into me, revives my soul, and gives me hope.  It is a fountain of wisdom.  When I am thirsty, I can drink from it.  When I am tired, I can rest on its promises. Thank you for your Word.

Psalm 19:8 says that the Word of God is right.  Therefore, it brings joy to the heart.  It is also radiant and brings light to the eyes.

Dearest Heavenly Father,

When I spend time in your word, my eyes are opened to those things that please you. When I know my life is pleasing to you, I am filled with unspeakable joy, and I want to share that joy with others. Thank you for your Word.

Psalm 19:9 says the Word of God is pure and endures forever.  It is sure, certain and true and reliable. 

Dearest Heavenly Father,

Jesus is the Word. Therefore, I can rely on the Scriptures to guide me through good times and bad times.  Because your Word lives in me, it is available to me every minute of every day. Thank you for your Word.

Psalm 19:10 says the Word of God is more precious than the finest gold and sweeter than honey from the honeycomb.

Dearest Heavenly Father,

Your Word is a treasure that cannot be taken from me.  It is food for my soul that I can delight in daily.  Thank you for your Word.

And finally, Psalm 19:11-14 says that the Word of God gives us warnings so that we do not sin. 

Dearest Heavenly Father,

Your Word shines a light on my own sin, prompting me to seek your forgiveness and making me more willing to forgive others when they sin against me. Thank you for your Word.

Amen.

 

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Emerald Fire (The Jewel Series Book 2) by Hallee Bridgeman

Remarkable Story of God’s Loving Mercy (4 Stars)

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Emerald Fire (The Jewel Series-Book 2) by Hallee Bridgeman

This book starts with a brief prologue about the history of Maxine, the main character in this book.  She and her 2 sisters have suffered greatly, yet by the grace of God, they have come out victorious.  But still, Maxine, as strong and successful as she is, she is still a wounded little girl trying to forget the past.

In Chapter 1 it starts out with a present event and then backs up to give you all the details of how Maxine and Barry made it to that point and then once you catch up, it goes on and there are many surprises you won’t see coming!

Barry is married to a very selfish woman, Jacqueline, who is only married to get the fame and fortune.  Barry is an ex-football star and now a great lawyer and his wife shows up just enough to claim the limelight and then goes off on her merry way.  Barry is a Christian and is constantly praying for his wife and give her as much grace as Hosea did for Gomer!

Maxie and her sisters and brother-in-law are all great friend with Barry.  Maxie enjoys sports, especially football and watches the games with Barry.  They have a good friendship, and that’s all it is…until one day when the world came crashing around Barry.  Because of this event, he ended up taking Maxie down with him.  Away from God and wondering why all these terrible events are happening.  Yet, finally Maxie comes back to God asking forgiveness and for direction for her life, since it’s falling apart.  His advise reminds me of Ruth and Boaz.

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the final book in the series, Topaz Heat-Book 3.  There are two other books in this series before Emerald Fire-Book 2Sapphire Ice-Book 1 and Greater Than Rubies-Book 1.5 and I can’t wait to go back and read those books because I want to know the stories about how the sister’s got to where they are now.

“I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Book Club Network for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Visit Hallee’s website: hallee.bridgemanfamily.com

 

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Two Free E-Books You Might Be Interested In

Icons for Blog Use.004Here are a couple of non-fiction books that teen girls, parents of teen girls, and just plain old parents might really enjoy reading.  We live in a different world today than I did many, many years ago.  And though some things are the same, it seems like it’s so much worse now.  Parents and teenagers need all the help they can get.  So, take a look at these books and see if you think they might help you. Always, check the books against God’s Word.

  • FREE (8/29 – 8/31) on Kindle:  21 Prayers for Teen Girls (True Beauty Books) by Shelley Hitz
  • FREE (8/29 – 8/30) on Kindle:  Not So Fast:  Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families by Ann Kroker

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Book Review and Book Giveaway – July 29-30, 2013

I was blessed by the authors, Cathy Lynn Bryant and Jessica Marie Dorman (a mother-daughter writing team) by receiving two copies of their book, Grandmother’s Namesake (Book 2 in the Unshakeable Faith Series).  One for me to read and review and one for me to GIVEAWAY!!!  You don’t have to read Book 1 first, it’s a separate story set around the same time period about another historical event.

Here’s my review and at the end you’ll see a picture of the authors and read a short bio and then you can make a comment to this post to be entered to win an autographed copy of this book!

From Heartbreak to Healing Faith(4 Stars)

Book Giveaway August 29-30, 2013

Book Giveaway
August 29-30, 2013

This is a historical Christian novel that picks up in 1693 after the witch trials of Salem.  This novel is based on actual people with a fictional story along with fictional characters.  Susanna North Martin was a real person who in 1692 was hung for being a witch.  Of course, she wasn’t a witch.  She was a God-fearing Christian who just spoke her mind, but because of the events surrounding the fear of superstition, she was a brave victim.  Her granddaughter, Susanna Jameson is a real person, and this novel is about her and her life in a fictionalization.

Susanna’s faith was shaken when her beloved grandmother was hung on that fateful day.  She was a teenager and was forbidden to go, but she went anyway and hid in the background and saw the unthinkable.  She was beyond heartbroken and even though she tried, she could not seem to forgive God for letting this happen.

She is grown now and her parents are still concerned about her despondency and sends her to visit her grandmother’s dear friend (and her dear friend) for a few weeks to see if that will help.  She loved being with Maddie and begins to open her heart up but she still held such pain inside.  She meets William Gage, who owns the farm next to Maddie and he help run Maddie’s farm along with his.  Susanna and William have an instant attraction to each other, but there are so many things that they will have to over come throughout this novel.  It seems like on each page a prayer is shared by someone, Maddie, Susanna, William, Susanna’s family and friends concerning their growing concern over the situation.  Will she be able to finally forgive God, and forgive the people who killed her grandmother?  Will she be able to finally rest in the love of God and of William?

I did not read Book 1 in this series, because the author said it was not necessary.  After reading this book, I searched for the first book thinking it would be about Susanna North Martin and the witch trials.  But Book 1, Lost Love and Shipwrecked: Madeline Pike Finds Hope in the New Land, is another novelization about a real ship, Angel Gabriel, which was caught in a hurricane 1635 off the coast of New England.  It sounds equally interesting.

“I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “

Let’s meet the authors:

Cathy Lynn Bryant and Jessica Marie Dorman

Cathy Lynn Bryant and Jessica Marie Dorman

Inspired by interesting characters and events uncovered while doing genealogical research, mother and daughter writing team, Cathy Lynn Bryant and Jessica Marie Dorman, who live in beautiful New England, have masterfully woven the stories of real people and fictional characters from the 17th century to develop this inspirational, romantic, work of historical fiction.

You can visit them at:  bryantdormanbooks.com

Now for the GIVEAWAY!

  1. You must be 18 years or older and be a U.S. resident.
  2. Leave a comment in the comment section at the end of THIS post. One entry per person.
  3. We will randomly compile a list of everyone who made a comment on August 30, 2013 and will draw a name.  We will then notify you by email giving you further instructions to collect your free book.  DO NOT include your personal mailing address in your comment for security reasons.
  4. If we do not hear back from you in 5 days, we will draw another winner.
  5. Please allow 2-3 weeks for book delivery.
  6. If you win the book it would be really great if you could come back to this post after you have read it and tell us what you thought about the book.

Ok, now it’s up to you…make a comment below and let’s get started with the short 2-day contest!!!

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Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman

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This book has good reviews and I love the cover, so I downloaded it.  Right now it’s free on Kindle and maybe other e-readers, so check your e-reader store.

  • FREE on Kindle:  Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman

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I’ve been nominated for the LIEBSTER award!

Here are answers to my questions from Walking in the Word blog that I nominated. I thought y’all might like to get to know her better and check out the blogs she recommended. After all, this is the purpose of this award to get the word out about other bloggers and meet new ones!

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Free and Discounted E-Books From Tyndale House

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Here are a few great deals from Tyndale House for your e-reader.  These deals are available on various e-readers, but I have only linked to Kindle.  If you have something other than a kindle, then just look up your e-reader store and you should find the same deal.

  • FREE (8/25 – 8/31) on Kindle:  Misery Love Company by Rene Gutteridge.  I’ve read this and done a review (you can read it under our “Book Review” section.  I highly recommend this book if you like a good suspense/mystery.
  • FREE (8/25 – 8/31) Kindle:  Heaven Hears: The True Story of What Happened When Pat Boone Asked the World to Pray for His Grandson’s Survival by Lindy Boone Michaelis
  • FREE (8/1 – 8/31) Kindle:  Death Trap (Robot Wars 1) by Sigmund Brouwer (for ages 10 and up)
  • $1.99 (8/1 – 8/31) on Kindle:  Horse Dreams (Backyard Horses 1) by Dandi Daley Mackall (ages 6 and up)
  • $2.99 (8/25 – 8/31) on Kindle:  Frame 232 by Wil Mara

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Visit booklovers1.wordpress.com to View a Great Blog

booklovers1.wordpress.com is the blog that nominated us for our Liebester award and even though I mentioned them in my post “accepting the award” and linked to their site, I just wanted to make sure you all knew about them.

They do book reviews, devotionals, movie reviews, Christian music clips and much more!  I follow her blog and love reading the book reviews (of course) and I’ve re-blogged a few of her posts before.

So, be sure to visit her at booklovers1.wordpress.com and read about the blog.

Debbie

 

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We’ve been nominated for the LIEBSTER Award! Yippee!

I hear an orchestra playing…I hear applause…someone is handing me a beautiful bouquet of flowers….wait, is that confetti falling from the ceiling? 🙂  No, it’s just me in my fantasy dream world!  

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I really am excited to be nominated for my very first award!  I did some research on the LIEBSTER Award and found out some interesting facts.  Liebester is German for: sweetest, nicest, kindest, pleasant, you get the drift.  I can’t find where it originated but it’s for bloggers to nominate to other bloggers who have blogs that they really like and think are nice.  I’m so thrilled that Johanna from booklovers1.wordpress.com thought so highly of our blog that she nominated us.

Now for the hard part…and it looks like the rules change with every blogger, but this blogger had to answer 10 questions from the blogger who nominated her, and then she had to pick 10 other bloggers to offer this award to along with 10 new questions for them to answer.  So here are my answers to Johanna’s questions for me.

If you could pick a favorite author who would it be and why?  What specific book or series of theirs do you highly recommend? Oh this is a hard question!  I love so many Christian authors and their books, I would feel like a traitor to single out one.  But, with many apologizies to all my favorite authors, for the sake of this question I’ll have to say Lynn Austin.  She hasn’t written a bad book yet, and one of her latest books I did what I’ve never done before, when I finished the last word of the book, I flipped back to the first chapter and started reading it again.  The name of that book is, Wonderland CreekScan 132350000I think why I loved it so much was it was about an amateur librarian who takes donated books to a little town in the Appalachian mountains and is stuck with being the librarian and riding horseback through the mountains to deliver books.  I could so identify with her when she had the books all piled in the floor and the other “horseback” librarians started going through them and taking them and she was like…no, you can’t take them…they haven’t been cataloged yet…I haven’t put the pockets in the back…how will I know who has the books…I could so identify (I’m paraphrasing all this).

If you could pick any fictional world to live in, which would it be?  What is so appealing about it? If I could move Smitten, Vermont down south so I wouldn’t have to deal with the really cold, snowy winters, then that would be it.  I fell in love with that town while reading Smitten 10634544and Secretly Smitten (by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, & Denise Hunter).  I wanted to open a Christian bookstore with comfy chairs/couches and have tea and scones/muffins and book clubs…you can see I’ve dreamed about this quite a bit!

Out of all the fictional characters you have been introduced to, who do you really want to meet?  What is it about them that appeals to you? I would love to meet Samantha “Ivy” Towers (from the Ivy Towers Mystery series by Nancy Mehl).  Slides for Liebster Award.002Ivy is a hoot!  She gets into all kinds of trouble (some hilarious), gets to run a totally wonderful old bookstore, and gets to be an amateur sleuth too!  Great series and great character, but here again, this was hard to pin down, I have so many favorites.

What is your favorite Bible verse and why (if it is not too personal)? My favorite Bible verse is usually the one that is speaking to me personally at the moment.  I have so many favorites, I’d just about have to quote the whole Bible. Here’s one:  “You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.” Psalm 86:5.

What has been your lifelong dream or aspiration? I’ve never really had one, is that sad or what?  I’m not all that smart, so that took care of “being a doctor, lawyer, or teacher”, so I just wanted to marry and have kids and be the best mother and wife ever!  You know, like June Cleaver “Beaver’s mom” or even Aunt Bee “Opie’s aunt” but I found out that life wasn’t exactly like TV!  I’m not the perfect wife and mom, but my husband, son, daughter and two grandson’s turned out great anyway! (Thanks to the Lord for that!) Three years ago I bought an iMac computer and a whole new world opened up for me.  I love doing Keynote presentations and iMovie slideshows and have done some for friends vacations, some for church and one for my husbands uncle who passed away (that was truly a wonderful experience to go through his life and present it in a slideshow and it’s something their family will always treasure) and a local FFA banquet for the past 3 years.  I made one for my mom for Christmas with pictures with my mom and dad (he passed away in 1985) as babies and their lives and ours all the way to present.  It was a wonderful experience.  I also made one from my husbands family after both his parents passed away and gave each one of them one for Christmas, so many good memories!  So, I guess if I could go back in time, I would start out with an iMac computer and learn all I could about making slideshows and presentations and do that for a living.  It’s so much fun!

If you were able to learn any language, which would it be? I guess Spanish (I took two years in high school (but refer back to question 5 and see that I’m not that smart).  There are so many Hispanics in the US now, it would be great to be able to talk to them.

You find a time traveling machine in your backyard.  What period of your life would you revisit?  I wouldn’t go back.  I would say to some of the times when I messed up so bad and keep from doing it,  but what if I just repeated history?  I think I would rather just stay here and keep learning all the lessons the Lord has for me now.  He has been very merciful to me.

You are generously given 1 million dollars.  How would you spend it? I would give to our church for needed repairs and to build a new and better Christian Life Center. Give money to my kids for their dream house, money for my grandson education, give money to my mom, sister, and aunt and some to a couple of other aunts who are not well physically to help them out.  I would take my family on a great vacation someplace nice (maybe Hawaii, if I can get enough drugs to knock me out while I’m on the plane).  I would remodel our house. I would also visit the young man we sponsor through Compassion International and give him and his family a new place to live and enough money so they wouldn’t have to worry anymore…wait, I think I’ve exceeded the million (especially if “Uncle Sam” took their share!)

If you were able to pick an actor/actress for one of your favorite fictional characters, who would it be?  In Joel Rosenberg’s latest series, The Twelfth Imam Series, I think Matt Damon would be a perfect “David Shirazi”.

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Are there any recent movies you highly recommend? I just saw, The Odd Life of Timothy Green and it was so good.  Also, Unconditional, was a good Christian movie.Scan 132350007I like action/adventure movies also, and want to see Iron Man 3, and The Wolverine.  If they could just leave out all the bad language they would be perfect!!! I enjoyed The Hobbit, but not as much as The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  (I’ll admit I’m a Twilight fan, so you can see by my movie choices that the Lord still has some work to do on me!)

However upon accepting the Liebster Award, there are a few rules that need to be followed:
Link back the blogger that tagged you
– Nominate ten others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you
– Ask ten questions for the bloggers you nominate
– Let your nominees know of their award

Here are my nominees:

walkinword.wordpress.com

authorjodiwoody.com

mustlovereading.wordpress.com

31todayswoman.wordpress.com

karinasussanto.wordpress.com

heavenlyraindrops.wordpress.com

greenlightlady.wordpress.com

missybaroff.wordpress.com

godsmanforever.wordpress.com

ambirkelo.wordpress.com

And here are your questions to answer for me!

How many books do you read in a month?

If you could go back in time and live in a different era, what would it be?  Or do you like it now?

When you have a “free” day, what is your favorite thing to do?

If you could be any character in any book, who would it be and why?

If you won a contest to spend a weekend with your favorite author, who would it be (has to be the same sex!)?

Do you have a “bucket list” and if you do, tell me three things that are on it?

What book are you reading right now? And is it any good?

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

What book genre do you like best and why?

Where is one place you have never been that you want to visit?  Do you think you’ll ever make it there?

Again, I would like to say a special “Thank you” to booklovers1.wordpress.com for nominating our blog for this award.  It has been fun reading your answers and getting to know you better and I hope that those I nominate will have a much fun with this as I did.  I’m looking forward to getting to know each one of you better also.  If you don’t want to accept this award, because of the time it takes, that’s ok.  I still love you and your blog!!!  Just leave me a comment below saying you’ve accepted it or not.  For those who will accept it, I look forward to reading your blog post and getting to know you better by seeing your answers to my questions.

This is a really neat way to find other bloggers and to help promote them as well as getting promoted yourself.  After all, that is why we are blogging, we want others to read our writings and ramblings and meet people all over the world!

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A Touching Story- Boy Wants to be Fireman

This is a precious story from my friend, Johanna at booklovers1.wordpress.com. This will touch your heart.

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In Calgary, Alberta, a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia.
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Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up & fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible.. The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son’s dream to come true.

She took her son’ s hand and asked,
‘Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up?
Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?’

Mommy, ‘I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.’

Mom smiled back and said, ‘Let’s see if we can make your wish come true.’

Later that day she went to her local fire
Department in Calgary, where she met

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Beating Around the Bush and The Cow’s Tail

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“And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.” (Deuteronomy 28:13 NKJV)

Subtlety was not a teaching strategy when I was growing up.  At home, my parents never “beat around the bush” when telling us exactly what was expected of us.  In school, the teachers did not mince words when it came to making their expectation for behavior clear.  Noncompliance was not an option.

As I read Deuteronomy 28:13 recently, I remembered a former teacher’s words to us:  “If you do not listen and follow directions, you will always wind up being the cow’s tail.  The cow’s tail is always last.” That made an impression on me.  I had no desire to be the cow’s tail, so I resolved to listen and be obedient.  Besides, I loved my teacher and wanted to please her.  Love always spills over into obedience.

In the Scriptures, God does not mince words.  He is not concerned about our fragile egos or worried that we might take offence.  His desire is not to harm us, but to prosper us and to save us. (Jeremiah 29:11) Therefore, clarity and honesty are of the utmost importance.

In the tradition of Deuteronomy, Jesus was also clear.  He said: “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”  (John 14:21 NIV)

On the other hand, He says: “Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”  (John 14:24 NIV)  True, lasting  and whole-hearted obedience always hinges on love and respect.

Dearest Heavenly Father,

You are I AM.  We love, respect and fear you with reverent awe.  Thank you for loving us enough to send Jesus to pull us out of the dark pit of sin and into the light of your presence.  We love you, because you first loved us and revealed to us what we must do to be saved.  Today we make pleasing you our top priority.

In the name of Jesus, who is the head of the church and Savior of the body,

Amen

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Looking Forward To Seeing Jesus Face to Face

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I don’t think any other words are necessary.  The Bible verse and picture say it all!

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Beauty’s Curse by Jodi Woody (3.5 Stars)

True Love Casts Out Fear

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Beauty’s Curse by Jodi Woody

This book reminded me of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, with the witch, the curse, and all the trouble it all caused.  But this book is not for children.  There are a few mild curse words, drinking wine, and mentions of sex.  Nothing real offensive, but still not what I would normally see in Christian fiction.

The storyline is good and the moral of the story is excellent.  Beauty on the outside can be a curse to people who worship it and let it control their lives.  People who are not beautiful on the outside can be beautiful on the inside, yet most people will not give them the chance to shine.

A very wealthy couple who have just about everything money can buy are not attractive on the outside and that desire of wanting to be beautiful on the outside has made them very ugly inside.  They desire a child, but have not been able to conceive and they heard of a witch that can cast all kinds of spells.  First they ask for beauty and it came with a price that was not what they expected.  Then they returned to the witch and asked for help and ended up with a curse.  The witch was one that had been hurt when she was younger and she didn’t have any love to share.

I don’t want to go into any details, because I like to go into a book with as little previous knowledge as possible so I can be totally taken in without any pre-conceived notions.  This book shows that we are all born with a curse, the curse of sin, and the only way out is to except perfect love.  This book does not say it in these words, but Jesus Christ is perfect love and He is our answer.  If you read the last page of the book, the author describes this love of Christ.  She gives a verse that sums it all up, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.  But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  We love Him because He first loved us.”  1 John 4: 18-19 NKJV

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I will have this book in our Media Center for our patrons who would like to read it.

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Small Town Girl (Rosey Corner, Book 2) by Ann Gabhart (5 Stars)

It Feels Like I’m Back Home

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Small Town Girl (Rosey Corner, Book 2) by Ann Gabhart (Revell)

It’s been five long years since we’ve been in Rosey Corner.  Kate is now 20 years old and just as free spirited and spunky as ever. Lorena Birdsong is just as sweet as ever and still saying her whole name every night!  Kate’s older sister, Evie, is getting married to preacher Mike…the one Kate has had a crush on since he first preached in Rosey Corner Church.  And her younger sister has a beau too.  Kate has been friends with Carl forever, but does he think the relationship is more than Kate thinks it is?  Things begin to get heated around town when Mike’s best friend from childhood, Jay Tanner, comes to town to be Mike’s best man at the wedding.  He’s a free spirit just like Kate and rather spunky himself.  They begin a friendship that is full of fun and hardships, learning to trust themselves and each other.

Jay has never had a real family and he had no intention of staying in Rosey Corner’s any longer than it took to stand up for Mike at his wedding and then taking off his suit and getting back on the road.  But something about that place and the people began tugging on his heart.  Or was it God using those folks to help reach Jay?  Graham and Poe are still around, along with Graham’s sister Fern.  The whole crew is there, with the exception of Grandfather Merritt and what little we learn about him makes me want to know much more.

It’s 1941, coming up on December 7th and the bottom falls out for everyone.  Pearl Harbor has been attacked and that means lives lost and loved ones will be leaving.  Will  they leave with their heart full of love or will they leave heartbroken?  God’s still working in the lives of those who live in Rosey Corner and when God works on a person, they may as well just go ahead and give in.  Being in a relationship with God is the best relationship to be in and some people find that out the easy way and some the hard way.  But either way, you end up full of peace and find your true family.

If you haven’t read the first book, Angel Sister, you’ll have to read it first.  Then hurry and get this book and sit back in your best reading chair, a cup of tea, a few cookies and enjoy the ride!

This book was like coming back home, seeing old friends, meeting new friends, and finding out surprising information about some you didn’t particularly like!  When I read, Angel Sister, I had no idea that there would be a sequel, so I was sad to see it end.  Reading Small Town Girl was like an unexpected Christmas gift! I’m hoping for another unexpected gift…Book 3!!!!!

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

This book releases on August 20th…tomorrow, and I have it on order for our Media Center.  Hopefully, we’ll get it within a week.  Our Women’s Book Club read, Angel Sister, so I know all of them will be wanting to read this sequel, so go ahead and come in the Media Center and put your name on the waiting list.

Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart

Ann Gabhart was our first “Featured Author” in June and you can look up that post to read her interview and her bio.  She is a wonderful lady that has done so much for us, a telephone conference call with our Book Club, this interview and book giveaway, and she loves us so much she offered to come back to be a featured author again in November!  She has a new book coming out in October and we’ll be giving it away and doing a little bit different interview with her, since it’s around the holidays, we’ll have some fun questions for her.  So, make sure you come back and visit with Ann on November 1, 2013.  Of course, feel free to visit us as many times as you want before that! 🙂

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Here’s a Free E-Book To Try

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I just found this one and it has good reviews and it’s a mystery/suspense just like I love, so I’m going to give it a try.  I’ve not heard of this author, but there are some good reviews.  Thought I’d let y’all know about this book too.  I’ve got the link to kindle, but maybe on other e-readers too.  Just double check the price before downloading.

  • FREE on Kindle:  Powerless Consent (Inspirational Romantic Suspense) by Janet Nash This is her debut novel and she’s a fellow WordPress blogger too, visit her blog by clicking HERE.

Watch this exciting book trailer:

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A Life Lived Full and Well

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Dear friends,

Today I take one more step toward the middle of my sixth decade.  It seems like just yesterday, I was excited about celebrating my third birthday.  My first memories of church are of trying to see the altar through a wall of tall adults.  Was it that long ago?

It seems like only yesterday I went to school for the first time.  I can still remember the excitement of opening the crisp pages of a brand new reading book.  I can still remember how exciting it was to put those first words on paper with a newly sharpened pencil.  I can still picture my first grade teacher’s smile.

Has it been so long since I crunched autumn leaves with my cousins or had snowball fights with my brothers?  Has it been that long since we found new lives in states far removed from one another?  One day I was in college.  Then I was a bride saying I do, and before I knew it, a mother cradling a little girl.

How did I get from Delancey Street to the Bronx, and from the Bronx to Queens, from Queens to Puerto Rico and New Jersey, and finally to Winterville, Georgia? I don’t know the answers to these questions, and perhaps I don’t even want an explanation.  Maybe I just want to marvel and be grateful today for every wonderful moment of my life.  I am thankful for each and every day and for every person God has given me to know and love.  Today I feel rich in years and rich in love.

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Dearest Heavenly Father,

Before we existed, you knew us.  Thank you for keeping us close to you all these years.  Thanks for being with us in the valley and on the mountain top. Thank you for our families and many loved ones, especially those who belong to the Body of Christ.  We praise you, Lord for every day you have given us. We thank you for today and any future days you see fit to add to our lives.  May they be for your glory!

In the name of Jesus, who is from everlasting to everlasting,

Amen

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The Governess of Highland Hall (The Edwardian Bride Series #1) by Carrie Turansky

Romance in an English Castle (5 Stars)

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The Governess of Highland Hall (The Edwardian Bride Series #1)

by Carrie Turansky (WaterbrookMultnomah Books – October 15, 2013)

Just looking at the cover of this book, I knew I would like it.  And then when I started reading, it reminded me so much of Downton Abbey only with a Christian emphasis.  This book was delightful.  I loved every minute and I could have read it in one day if I hadn’t had so many interruptions!

Julia Foster and her mom and dad were missionaries in India for 12 years.  They had to return to England because of her father’s health.  She needed to help with their support so she was able to get a position as a governess for two young children at Highland Hall.  Their mother had passed away a few years earlier and the father, Sir William Ramsey was a bitter man.  He was trying to hold on to his faith in God, but he was just going through the motions with daily scripture readings for his family and the staff.  Little did he know that Julia would turn his life and the life of his family and staff upside down.

Of course there is a secret that William is hiding from Julia.  And there is a disgruntled housekeeper, Mrs. Emmitt.  There is tension with William’s two teenage nieces that live with him because they don’t think they are in need of a governess.  Then there’s William’s brother, David.  Julia becomes a lifesaver for William in more ways than one and is also hurt by a few people living at Highland Hall.  I really can’t say anymore, because I don’t like to give any of the good stuff away, you’ll just have to read it and see for yourself.

The Bible verse at the beginning of this book sums it up, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8  Julia certainly lives up to this verse.

“I received a copy of this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purpose of this review and for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

For more information about this author and her books, please visit her website at http://www.carrieturansky.com.  You will find links to her blog and a wonderful post dated July 23, 2013: Discovering the Setting for The Governess of Highland Hall.  I feel like I’ve been to England now.  And be sure to visit her Pinterest board, Carrie Turansky, to see more pictures on her board named, Tyntesfield, those pictures are beautiful!

Here is a great book trailer from YouTube for you to watch:

Let’s meet Carrie:

Carrie Turansky

Carrie Turansky

Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of ten novels and novellas, including Snowflake Sweethearts and Along Came Love. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award and the International Digital Award. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, counselor and the author of several parenting books. They have five adult children and three grandchildren.

This book will be donated to the Media Center for our patrons to enjoy reading!

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Free and Discounted E-Books – August 15, 2013

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I’ve only listed the Kindle link, but I’m sure other e-readers will have the same prices, so it’s worth checking if you have a different e-reader.  Just make sure the cost is what you expect.

  • FREE on Kindle:  When God Breaks Your Heart by Ed Underwood
  • FREE (8/14 – 8/15 only) on Kindle:  Saving Grace by Leslie Ann McDaniel
  • 99¢ on Kindle:  Of Windmills and War by Diane Moody
  • $2.99 on Kindle:  Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden  I just finished reading Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth and if this book is half as good then it’s well worth the money.  I can’t wait to read it. You can read my review of Into the Whirlwind under the “Book Review” section at the top of our blog.

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