The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner

THE FINISHING SCHOOL: How One Book Nerd Began Living What She Learned
written by:
Valerie Woerner

Are you tired of waiting for change to happen in your life? Do you feel stuck, even though you want to live more intentionally?


In today’s world, our most precious pursuit of a life well lived gets squeezed out by the silliest of things: binging on Netflix or ice cream, shopping trips for things we don’t need, bad habits we can’t seem to get a handle on, and so much more. Valerie has been there despite knowing what she wanted for her life. Actually do it? That’s the challenge.
After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, she decided it was time to put her knowledge to good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness. You will find homework at the end of each chapter that includes a worksheet to put real change in motion for your own life as well as recommended books to further study those topics that really test you.

My Review

I just LOVE Valerie’s debut book!
Her practical guide to everyday life truly covers everything from keys to experiencing joy to ways to make daily prayer happen.
With everything im juggling in my daily life right now, Valerie’s book is a breath of fresh air…so helpful and so encouraging!
Its like the best advice from one of your best girlfriends. I enjoyed that Valerie includes her own stories.
The Finishing School reminds me of what is really important and how to incorporate the best stuff in practical ways.
If you’re ready for refining, refreshing, renewal…you’re ready for The Finishing School!
Includes homework and recommended resources.

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆



Valerie Woerner is owner of Val Marie Paper. She and her husband, Tyler, live in Louisiana with their daughter, Vivi Mae. The Finishing School is her first book.


A Heart’s Home Giveaway


Journey of the Heart: Book Five
Colleen Coble

Emmie’s hope for a life with Isaac is overshadowed by a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny.

Isaac Liddle is keen to marry Emmie, and she knows she shouldn’t hide her pregnancy from him any longer. But before she can tell him her secret, a widower friend asks the impossible of Emmie: Will she honor her promise to his dead wife by marrying him to care for the orphaned baby?

With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie’s solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart—and Isaac’s? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?

My Review

I cant believe this series is over!
I have absolutely loved every single moment. These stories have kept me enthralled and entertained. I have enjoyed keeping up with the characters and what was going on in their lives.
I’ve enjoyed getting the chance to explore Coble’s historical writing style- I LOVE it and look forward to exploring her other books in this genre.
I loved that these books were short in length and I was able to be quickly drawn into a great story with lively characters.
If you enjoy historical romance or just a great escape of a book…..dont miss this!

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆



One grand prize winner will receive:

☆ Books 1–6 of A Journey of the Heart series
☆ A chat with Colleen via Skype or Google Hangout
☆ A custom book-club kit PDF, featuring Colleen’s favorite recipes and group discussion question



COLLEEN COBLE: USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including “Tidewater Inn,” “Rosemary Cottage,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor.


Until My Name is Known by Sonya Contreras


Sonya Contreras

The Exodus of the Jews from Egypt is a love story between God and His people. God woos His people to Himself as He prepares them to leave. Before leaving, God must fight Pharaoh for possession of His people. See how God changes all people: some for the better, others not. None stay the same. How will He change you? Can you trust a God Who destroyed a nation before your eyes? Would you want Him as your Friend?
See God free His people from Egypt’s bonds before a watching world. Trace His Finger in the lives He touches. The time: 2450 BC. The Place: Old Kingdom of Egypt where Pharaoh is god. His people worship him. Israel’s God arrives. He challenges Pharaoh. His power touches all people. They must change. Some do not concede. They suffer. Others yield. They find freedom.
Until My Name Is Known brings all to see the one true God. Read it to see Him. Today’s historians and archaeologists puzzle over the fall of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, But the world at that time heard of God. The world knew that He is the Lord. His Name was proclaimed in all the earth

My Review
I absolutely LOVED this book!
I am a fan of Biblical fiction and Contreras has penned a real gem!
I love the rich imagery and life-like story telling…history comes alive on the page in this wonderful retelling of the story in Exodus.
I love that the author used different viewpoints to tell this beloved Bible story.
Good Biblical fiction always brings me back to a hunger for the Word of God and thats exactly what this did for me…..dont miss it

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆



Growing up with five sisters, Sonya Contreras asked God many questions, even when she did not like His answers. Graduating from Cedarville University and Institute for Creation Research with a Masters Degree in Science Education did not stop her questions. Marrying her best friend and homeschooling their eight sons, she found that dreams do come true, in spite of unanswered questions. Trusting God, Who knows all answers, she shares questions that matter weekly at


Anything by Jennie Allen


ANYTHING: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul

What if you told God you would do anything . . . and he took you up on it?

In the years since the initial release of Anything, God continued to stretch Jennie Allen and her faith because of the courageous prayer of surrender that she and her husband, Zac, prayed, “God, we will do anything. Anything.” Previously caught in the dizzying haze of worldly happiness and empty pursuits, Jennie went on to begin living out the adventure God had written for them-to include becoming the founder of IF: Gathering, an organization to gather, equip, and unleash the next generation to live out their purpose.

Anything is a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move you to stop chasing things that just make you feel happy and start living a surrendered life that matters.

This newly revised edition is updated throughout to include a new introduction and an in-depth Bible study component for those who have been wanting to lead a study on this topic.

Join Jennie on an adventure to discover your anything, those things that actually mean nothing until you know the God truly worth giving it all up for. And when you do, that will change everything.

My Review

Anything…not a complicated word.
An indication of our willingness.
But turn that word into our hearts cry to God, and it changes everything.
Jennie Allen shares her own story of ‘Anything’ and the amazing display of God that followed…
But the story doesn’t stop there, because she invites and encourages readers to go on their own personal ‘anything’ journey with God.
Anything may seem totally frightening to you…after all, we much prefer things that are safe, things that make us feel comfortable and happy, BUT if we cling to those things and never have an ‘anything’ moment with God, we will miss out on His best for our lives. We will most certainly look back over our life and regret that we did not give God our all.
Grab a copy of Anything and begin your own journey of surrender…sure, some people may call you reckless, crazy, weird- but I dare say, God calls you courageous.
Awesome 8 week Bible study included!

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆



Jennie Allen is a passionate leader following God’s call on her life to catalyze this generation to live what they believe. She is the author of Restless and the Bible studiesStuck and Chase, and is the founder and visionary of IF: Gathering. Jennie is married to her best friend, Zac, and they have been blessed with four children.


SPECIAL OFFER! Glory Days by Max Lucado

Glory Days
Max Lucado

*** Special THANK YOU to the publisher & LitFuse for providing me with a review copy. My review is my own personal opinion***



The wilderness. Maybe you know it well.

The Israelites sure did. After all, they spent forty years wandering the desert. Victories were scarce. Progress was slow. They were free from Pharaoh but not free from fear. Saved but stuck.

Sounds a lot like midlife misery. Caught in a rut. Stalled out. Running on empty. Are you mired in the same?

You can name the day you became a Christian and escaped Egypt. But you can’t remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer. You’re fighting the same battles you fought the day you came to Christ. You’re out of Egypt, but Egypt’s not out of you.

Isn’t the Christian life supposed to be better than this?

Jesus offers abundant joy. Yet you live with oppressive grief. The epistles speak of grace. You shoulder guilt. You are more than a conqueror yet are commonly conquered by temptation or weaknesses.

But there’s good news. With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.

This is God’s vision for your life. You, at full throttle. You, as you were intended. You, as victor over the Jerichos and giants. You, minus the stumbles, hurts, and hate.

You and your Promised Land life.


More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.


I have always loved Max Lucado’s books…they challenge me, inspire me (most make me cry LoL).
Soooo I was really excited to get my hands on a copy of Glory Days. I love that this book focuses on Joshua.
We often disconnect ourselves from people in the Bible because we feel like we live in such a different world now and while so many things have changed, some have stayed the same.
Glory Days helps readers make that connection. It helped me remember that God desires His best for me right now.
Highly recommend this one!



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