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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway: Be the Miracle By Delores Liesner on tour with Celebrate Lit

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About the Book

Be the Miracle
Book Title: Be the Miracle
Author: Delores Liesner
Genre: Non-fiction, Christian living, devotional
Release date: June 1, 2018
Whether we title these unexplainable happenings miracles, God-sightings, or some other name, people love to hear of such occurrences. Why? They increase our faith by providing evidence of the miraculous in our everyday lives and heighten awareness of God’s desire to minister personally to us and through us.
Delores Liesner is a prayer warrior with a track record of seeing Christ work in her life and the lives of others. Her articles, devotions, and columns reflect the excitement of seeing miracles transpire, and now her book chronicles many of these amazing experiences. You’ll enjoy it.—Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, author, Jesus in the 9 to 5
My time with God in the morning is the most precious part of my day. Be The Miracle is a devotional filled with wonderful personal stories that will build your faith and stir your heart to receive fresh grace from God and be on the lookout for new ways to serve Him each day.—Dan Walsh, bestselling author, The Unfinished Gift, Remembering Christmas, and The Dance
Miracles happen all around us, every single day if we’ll only be sensitive enough to recognize them and thank God for His divine intervention. Author Delores Liesner shows us that whether a miracle comes as the smallest kiss from heaven or a life-changing act of God, our Heavenly Father is still in the prayer answering business, and as the Word says: ‘We have not because we ask not.’ I love this book! It makes me want to shout about all of the times God has come through for me. It will encourage you, too! It’s a must read! —Michelle Medlock Adams, award-winning, best-selling author of more than 80 books including her latest Get Your Spirit On! Devotions for Cheerleaders and Love & Care For the One and Only You

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

Delores is a storyteller. Her passion, whether writing or speaking about activating faith is to be the miracle for others.
Over a thousand of those stories, devotionals, and teaching articles are published in print and online, including a compilation of 31 stories and life-changing challenges in her devotional, Be the Miracle! (Elk Lake Publishing). Delores is often spotted reading (3-5 books at a time), trying new recipes, or munching dark chocolate and orange peel. Her personal ministry is to benefit children with life-threatening illness via Fullness of Life Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ

Guest Post from the Delores

Would you believe a cow turned me into a miracle-believing lady? Though I’d always known about Jesus dying on the cross, and the Bible being God’s words, it took a couple of amazing and unexplainable events for me to understand miracles could happen to me!

We didn’t realize we were risk taking when we hopped in the car and headed for Colorado. Youthful and ignorant˜ in the ways of the world, we were excited to learn that the organization who produced the memory verse cards and Bible studies our friend had given us were having a conference that began the next day, we packed up and went! A startled young man answered our phone call, made when we were already half-way across the country and got to thinking maybe we should have told them we were coming!

The conference was full, but separate rooms across campus were found for us. Consequently we only sat by each other during meetings and some meals, so we didn’t compare notes until on the way home. That was when we both started sharing the same message from God – to give a certain amount to a missionary for 6 months. We did not have the money and the only amount in our budget that matched was groceries. Would God ask us to give up groceries for 6 months? We felt He would, so that He could surprise us with the provisions in a most unexpected way – like sending a cow!

That is a bit of a teaser for Surprise Us for Dinner, God, the first story in my upcoming 31-day personal challenge devotional, Be The Miracle! You see, when God did that miracle-series at the beginning of our Christian life, we knew He was real, and that He dealt with people on a personal level. If God could do this, we figured, He could do anything, and we have many amazing stories that prove it!

Each of the stories is a true incident of God leading me to bless someone else (often a stranger, but sometimes someone we knew), or someone bringing us an unexpected answer to prayer.
When I began sharing stories like You’re the One, The Wrong Store?, Stranger No More, and Impossible Dreams, there were two main responses. Some women were excited to relate to stories of miracles in their own lives, and some women wondered if God would do miracles through them too.

I always share that I do not believe God is a giant get your prayers answered here vending machine, serving us just to make us ‘happy.’ The joy in these stories, and their life challenges, is that God wants all of his followers to be His hands and feet (and less often his voice) in the world. Just as we can represent our spouses with our children, and our supervisors with the public or with other employees because we know them so well, and understand how they would respond to a situation, we can know God in such a personal way that we can represent Him to others too.

That takes time. And that is why each story is followed with a verse, its teaching and a challenge you can follow to recognize and activate God’s command and gift to be “the miracle” – the messenger delivering an answer to prayer.

My Thoughts

One of the things that I really loved about this book is how the author listened to what God was telling her and was obedient. Once she obeyed what God was asking, God went above and beyond to bless her. Because of this she was able to bless others. These stories are heartwarming, real, and full of Biblical Truth. Each instance the author backs it up with scripture. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Just the Write Escape, September 13
Mary Hake, September 14
Real World Bible Study, September 17
Bigreadersite, September 18
Captive Dreams Window, September 19
Texas Book-aholic, September 20
Bibliophile Reviews, September 21
Janices book reviews, September 23
Carpe Diem, September 24
A Diva’s Heart, September 26

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Delores is giving away
Grand Prize: Vertical Be the Miracle plaque, miracle magnet, Be the Miracle stamped cuff bracelet, a eternity circle necklace and Ebook or paperback copy of Be the Miracle
First: Gold miracle plaque, choice of Ebook or paperback of Be the Miracle, and shoe bracelet (be hands and feet of Jesus)
Second: Pink miracle plaque, choice of Ebook or paperback of Be the Miracle, and cross ribbon bookmark
Third: Blue background – Bee the Miracle canvas and Bee pin – choice of Ebook or paperback of Be the Miracle!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d436/be-the-miracle-celebration-tour-giveaway

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Book Review: Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms by Debora M. Coty


ABOUT THE BOOK:
Wish you could make busy-ness a business so you d be a millionaire? . . .
Welcome to the maternal order of slightly sagging sisters of the 'hood. The motherhood. 

 
With her own offbeat brand of wit and near-wisdom, popular inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart needs of moms drowning in the churning stress-pool of busyness. In her beloved mom-to-mom, grin-provoking style, Coty offers empathy, laughs, real-life stories, practical parenting survival tips, and fresh biblical insights to help you hear Papa God s still, small voice through life s chaos. 

Whether you're struggling with stress related to attitude, time-management, guilt trips, patience, or something in between. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the peace we all crave the peace that passes all understanding.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Debora M. Coty is a humorist, columnist, speaker, writing workshop instructor and award-winning author of over 130 internationally published articles and 14 inspirational books. She has also contributed short stories and devotionals to numerous anthologies. Debora’s passion is sharing her offbeat blend of humor and hope, wit and near-wisdom with women of all ages. As a piano teacher for twenty years, she acquired the skill of auditory long-suffering and has helped countless people as an occupational therapist specializing in orthopedics for over three decades. Mother of two grown children, Debora currently lives and loves in central Florida with her husband and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway. Visit with Debora online at www.DeboraCoty.com

MY THOUGHTS: 
I have 4 kids. They are: 20 17, 7 and 5. It is constant chaos at home. There are days I do not remember what happened. I know that this book was a great reminder that God is with me within this journey. No matter what motherhood battle is thrown my way, God is already there. Each chapter starts out with a scripture - and they were always what I needed at that moment. At the end of the chapter, you get some navigating the hood questions. These cause you to think hard, and connect with God. I love the humor throughout this entire book. This is a great devotion tool. I highly recommend it - no matter the ages of your kids. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Book Review: Journey to Jericho (The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Book 4)

Secret of the Hidden Scrolls
Book Four
9780824956929
M.J. Thomas


About the book: 

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The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series follows siblings Peter and Mary and their dog, Hank, as they discover ancient scrolls that transport them back to key moments in biblical history. Packed with daring adventures and a rich cast of supporting characters, The Secret of the Middle Scrolls brings beloved Bible stories to riotous life.
In the fourth book in the series, the time-traveling trio journeys to an ancient desert and finds the Israelites preparing to enter the Promised Land. With limited time to solve the secret of the scroll, Peter and Mary join Israelite spies on a reconnaissance mission to Jericho; sneak Rahab to safety; and ultimately face the scheming “man in black” as the walls of the city begin to crumble.

About the Author:
Mike Thomas grew up in Florida playing sports and riding his bike to the library and an arcade named the Cosmic Cowboy. He graduated from Liberty University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Bible Studies. When his son Peter was nine years old, Mike went searching for books that would teach Peter about the Bible in a fun, imaginative way. Finding none, he decided to write his own series. Mike Thomas lives in Tennessee with his wife, Lori; two sons, Payton and Peter; and their dog, Hank.
My Thoughts:
This book is recommended for ages 5-8. It has easy to read chapters. My 7 year old who is an avid reader really enjoyed this book. One of the things that Colton enjoys when he is reading this series is the fact that he is learning more about God's word. This series brings God's word to ways that they can understand. He also is Hanks number 1 fan. He just loves that dog. As always, well written characters, wonderful story line. He cannot wait to read more. 
I received a copy of this book through Worthy Publishing - all thoughts are my own. 

Book Review: Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women in Their Own Words Lorilee Craker, Editor

Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women in Their Own Words Lorilee Craker, Editor

Purchase: Here
About the book:

Straight from the pens of Amish and Mennonite women . . .
 
Ever wish you could visit with a group of Amish or Mennonite women over a cup of coffee? In the pages of Homespun, Amish and Plain Mennonite women swap stories and spin yarns while we listen in. Lorilee Craker, bestselling author of Money Secrets of the Amish, collects these personal writings about hospitality, home, grief, joy, and walks with God. Hear from one woman who struggles with feeling inferior to her sister, from another about her longing for a baby, and from a third who accidentally bought stretchy material to sew her husband’s pants. Each woman’s story is a testament to the grace of God and the blessings of community.
 
Behind Amish romance novels and tourist spots and television shows stand real people, with longings and loves just like the rest of us. Every Amish and Mennonite woman has a story. In Homespun, you get to hear some of them.

  • Introductions by Lorilee Craker, bestselling author of Money Secrets of the Amish
    • Essays by well-loved Amish and Mennonite writers such as Sherry Gore, Linda Byler, Lovina Eicher, Dorcas Smucker, and Sheila Petre
    • Authentic perspectives on life from Amish and Mennonite women themselves
    • True stories from Amish and Mennonite communities on topics such as family, faith, and home
    • A collection of columns from two magazines of Amish and Mennonite women writers


    About the editor:

    Editor Lorilee Craker is the author of thirteen books, including Money Secrets of the AmishAnne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me; My Journey to Heaven with Marv Besteman; and the New York Times bestseller Through the Story with Lynne Spears. Connect with her at LorileeCraker.com.

    My Thoughts: 

    I love real stories by real people. This book is a wonderful collection of Amish and Mennonite women. These essays focus on faith and family. Two very important parts of life. Each story was unique in its telling, yet the collection is woven together seamlessly. I am a huge fan of Amish fiction, and I enjoyed getting a real life perspective. 
    I received a copy of this book through the Read with Audra blogging program, all thoughts are my own. 


    Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    Book Review and Giveaway! The Hope Jar by Wanda Brunstetter on tour with Celebrate Lit

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    About the Book

    Hope Jar

    Book Title: The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars, Book 1)
    Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
    Genre: Amish Fiction
    Release date: August 7, 2018
    A Brand-New Series from New York Times Best Selling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter.
    What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?
    Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.
    Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle’s budding faith— but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?

    Click here to purchase your copy!

    About the Author

    Wanda Brunstetter
    New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.
    Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
    When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

    Make your own Prayer Jar!

    Want to make your own prayer jar to pass along to future generations? CLICK HERE to download a printable template you can use to write your sentiments on. Simply cut out each strip of paper when you’re finished and put them in the jar of your choice.

    My Review

    Wanda Brunstetter is one of my all time favorite authors. She has been a staple in Amish Fiction. I was super excited to see a new series and a different type of writing from her. This book deals with real situations. Possible homelessness, abusive relationships, pretending to be someone you are not - but remembering where your faith is rooted. This book is packed full of hope. Wanda always writes her characters so well, that you feel like you know them. I cannot wait until the next book comes out. 

    I received this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program, and Barbour publishing - all thoughts are my own. 

    Blog Stops

    Among the Reads, August 14
    The Avid Reader, August 14
    Just Commonly, August 15
    Genesis 5020, August 16
    Mary Hake, August 16
    Bigreadersite, August 16
    Lighthouse Academy, August 17
    Splashes of Joy, August 20
    SusanLovesBooks, August 20
    Cafinated Reads, August 23
    Quiet quilter, August 23
    Carpe Diem, August 24
    Texas Book-aholic, August 26

    Giveaway

    To celebrate her tour, Wanda is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon Gift Card, jar-shaped notepad, and a copy of The Hope Jar (with an autographed book plate inside).
    Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d40a/the-hope-jar-celebration-tour-giveaway

    Sunday, August 19, 2018

    Book Review! Planet 316 Story Bible for Toddlers

    Planet 316 Story Bible for Toddlers  -     By: Planet 316

    About the Book:

    This padded Bible storybook takes all of the best qualities of the Planet 316 Story Bible—creative storytelling, humor, augmented reality, and engaging illustrations—and distills them into a format toddlers can enjoy. The Planet 316 Story Bible for Toddlers includes eight classic Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments. Little ones will learn about Noah and the ark, David and Goliath, the birth of Jesus, and more with bite-sized stories crafted for the short attention spans of wiggly toddlers. Families will love this fresh storybook that makes the Bible approachable and enjoyable.


    Author Bio

    Planet 316 is a team of talented writers, artists, and developers who share a love for technology and a desire to make the Bible approachable and engaging for children. They create fun and interactive experiences that are infused with faith and family values. While the team members come from diverse backgrounds, many have experience in ministry as pastors, children’s ministers, and creative leaders within their churches.
    MY THOUGHTS
    My youngest child has been very sad that his older brother has his own bible that he takes to church weekly. While he can't read yet - he loves hearing the Word of God. When the opportunity to review this came up, Wyatt was thrilled to get his own Bible. He loves the pictures. He loves the stories. The illustrations are bright and colorful, which catches his attention. The stories are pulled right from scripture. His favorite is: Jonah and the big fish. He just started Kindergarten so he is excited to be able to read on his own soon. I received a copy of this book through Worthy Publishing - all thoughts are my own.


    Sunday, July 15, 2018

    Dangerous Obsession By Jessica Patch --- Book Review.

    ABOUT THE BOOK
    Dangerous Obsession (Security Specialists #3)

    A stalker on her tail...The Security Specialists at her sideSecurity expert Wilder Flynn wastes no time putting behavioral expert Cosette LaCroix under his 24/7 protection when her stalker finds her in Atlanta. Wilder keeps Cosette close to guard her from the quickly escalating threats and attacks. But can he accomplish the mission without breaking his strict code against dating employees? Or putting his heart and life at risk?

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Jessica is the author of the contemporary romance series Seasons of Hope and several Love Inspired Suspense novels. No matter what genre she’s writing in, you’ll always find romance, adventure, some laughs, and a heap of hope. Check out her book club page for bonus features and extras, and don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter to stay “Patched In.”

    Jessica lives in the mid-south with her handsome husband, her college bound daughter and her middle-schooler son.

    Find her on her website Here

    MY THOUGHTS
    Does this series have to end??? This was probably my favorite in the WHOLE ENTIRE SERIES. Jessica Patch writes action packed stories from beginning to the end. So many of the scenes were heart pounding scenes where I thought my heart was going to beat out of my body. Just when I had it figured out, BOOM a different scenario was presented. The characters are well written. Jessica saved the best for last. 

    I received a copy of this book through the author, all thoughts are my own. 

    Saturday, July 14, 2018

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    About the Book

    Fires Storm

    Title: Firestorm
    Author: Laura Hilton
    Genre: Christian Amish
    Release Date: July, 2018
    Bridget Behr and her family migrate from the bustling Amish community where she grew up in Ohio to the mostly unpopulated Upper Peninsula of Michigan after a stalker breaks into their home. While her father and brother try to find work in the area, the family is forced to reside in a borrowed RV until the house and barn are rebuilt. While Bridget is hoping for a fresh start, she’s afraid to trust anyone—even Gabriel, the overly-friendly Amish man who lives nearby. Bridget thinks he’s a flirt who serial dates and doesn’t even remember the girls’ names.
    Due to not enough construction work in his Florida community to keep him out of trouble, Gabriel Lapp has been sent to Michigan to work. His father is desperate for his son to settle down. When the family walks into Gabe’s home in the middle of a thunderstorm and he discovers their circumstances, he offers to help with construction. For Gabe, the beautiful girl he teasingly calls “the recluse” once he discovers she doesn’t attend youth events, confuses him like none other.
    As Gabriel and Bridget grow closer, they realize there is more to a person than meets the eye. Just as Bridget is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding love, tragedy strikes. Now Bridget and her family must decide if they should move to another Amish community, or dare to fight for the future they’d hoped for in Mackinac County.

    Click here to purchase your copy!

    About the Author

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    Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.
    Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
    When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

    Guest Post from Laura Hilton

    I read a series of books a year or so ago by another Amish author who had set her books in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. As a Michigan native, I was curious, and I researched, but found nothing about Upper Peninsula Amish except a notation that one had tried and failed. So I contacted the author. She told me that she’d never been there, and her research had all been hearsay, so with that lack of firsthand knowledge and no trip to the Upper Peninsula planned, no trip to see for myself would be possible. At least at that time.
    Then God intervened. My son who is in the United States Coast Guard was stationed in the Upper Peninsula this past summer (2017.) He saw the Amish driving around in their buggies. And he felt like a stalker as he followed one to see where he went and drove through the area. He even sent pictures. (Shhhh.)
    Yes, there are Amish in the Upper Peninsula – at least at the time this book was written.
    Okay, as a Michigan native, I used some terms that may not be familiar to non-Michiganders. A Yooper is someone who lives in the Upper Peninsula. A Troll is someone from the Lower Peninsula. A pastie is kind of like a Hot Pocket, except it’s a meat pie made with root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, and rutabagas. They are so good. And the straits are the area of the Great Lakes connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
    As for the wildfire, the earliest wildfire I could find any documentation on in the Upper Peninsula was in April. It is generally a snowy area — trust me. I lived near the Muskegon area and saw snow drifts in May. We sometimes had over six feet of snow on the ground at one time. So, to get the wildfire when I wanted/needed the wildfire I used artistic license. Yes, fires really happened in Michigan’s history. Just not in the month mentioned in the book.
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    I am attaching a meme about Michigan seasons. We’ll call the fire set in “fool’s spring.” My son got married during the “third winter” this year. April 21 and there’s snow on the ground. He and his beautiful bride got married at a water fall (Tahquomenon Falls) very near where the story is set.
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    Thanks for reading Firestorm!!

    My Thoughts

    This is a great start to a new series: The Amish of Mackinac County". I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. One of the things that I love about this author is how she writes the scenes. I loved how I felt like I was actually there. This book is action packed.  I love the main characters:  Bridget Behr and Gabriel Lapp. They are well written and readers can identify with them. Amish are humans just like us. With struggles and heart ache.  This book moves at a comfortable pace. 

    I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own. 

    Blog Stops

    Carpe Diem, July 10
    The Avid Reader, July 12
    Among the Reads, July 14
    Pause for Tales, July 20
    amandainpa, July 21
    Bigreadersite, July 21

    Giveaway

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    To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away
    Grand prize: Firefighter Puppet 9 (Melissa & Doug), Copies of Amish Firefighter and Firestorm by Laura Hilton.
    First place prize of “I Love You to the Cross & Back” Mug (Gardenfire) & Firestorm by Laura Hilton!!
    Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cf87/firestorm-celebration-tour-giveaway