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The Action Storybook Bible Contest by David C. Cook

<h2 style=”text-align: center;”>DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS?

HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES?</h2>

Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child’s dream come true!

 

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Parents!

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David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection:&nbsp;<em>The Action Storybook Bible&nbsp;</em>(coming October 2017). Pre-order&nbsp;<em>The Action Storybook Bible </em>from <a href=”https://www.amazon.com/Action-Storybook-Bible-Interactive-Redemptive/dp/0781414202/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1501795495&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=action+storybook+bible”><strong>Amazon</strong></a&gt;, <a href=”https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-action-storybook-bible-catherine-devries/1125983575?ean=9780781414203&amp;st=PLA&amp;sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Shopping+Books_00000000&amp;2sid=Google_&amp;sourceId=PLGoP67429″><strong>Barnes and Noble</strong></a>, or&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.christianbook.com/the-action-storybook-bible/catherine-devries/9780781414203/pd/414204?dv=%7Bdevice%7D&amp;en=google&amp;event=SHOP&amp;kw=preorder-0-20%7C414204&amp;p=1179710&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMIoIjl–i71QIVC41pCh1U8g-gEAQYASABEgIW7PD_BwE”><strong>ChristianBook.com</strong></a>&nbsp;to reserve your copy today. <strong>Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).</strong>

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<a href=”http://www.theactionbible.com/superherokids/&#8221; rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>The giveaway</a> is open until&nbsp;<span data-term=”goog_1598840949″>September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST</span>.&nbsp; Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.

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<h3>{THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE}</h3>

<strong>Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action!</strong>

<em>The Action Storybook Bible</em> invites families with young children to explore God’s redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of <em>The Action Bible</em>, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God’s miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God’s promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family’s place in God’s incredible story and together put your faith into action!

Interactive features include:

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<li>Fifteen key episodes from God’s Word—each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.</li>

<li>Short and easy readings—for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.</li>

<li>Life, Faith, Action! features—conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.</li>

<li>Hall of Fame visual index—the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.</li>

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<strong><a href=”http://www.theactionbible.com/superherokids/”>Learn more and purchase a copy here.</a></strong>

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Chasing Secrets


Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she’s made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her–and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he’s not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.
In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories–and the depths of the heart–Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley’s past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won’t quit.

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, as well as Always Watching, Without Warning, Moving Target, and Chasing Secrets in the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of two ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. She has a master’s degree in education from Converse College and lives in South Carolina. Learn more at http://www.lynetteeason.com.
My Thoughts:

Oh wow! I LOVE this series! Action, suspense and a hint of romance- who could ask for more?!?

You will be on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens to Haley and Steven, but things aren’t always what they seem. This book will give you adventure, excitement and will keep you guessing. 

I haven’t seen a series quite like this before, and I am a huge fan! If your looking for a quick, exciting page-turner…don’t miss it!!!
Read a SAMPLE here!

*i received a copy of this book from Revell for my honest review*

Posted in Fiction

His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray


About the book: 
A suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.
Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay…

Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.
Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

GET YOUR COPY HERE

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MY THOUGHTS:

I am a huge fan of Shelley’s books! She NEVER disappoints. His Secret had me riveted from the beginning. I loved trying to figure it all out- Gray really spreads on the suspense. And of course, there is always a sweet romance element that makes Gray’s books a double treat. Mark and Neeta are characters that readers will not soon forget. The author does a fabulous job of immersing readers into this fictitious world. If you are a fan of great Amish romantic suspense- you MUST get your hands on a copy today!

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Stepping On Cheerios & Giveaway 

Family life is beautiful and motherhood is a privilege, but it ain’t no picnic!

Being a mother isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s hard to experience a personal connection with God and community when you are caught up in the chaos of just “doing family”.

Independent and self-sufficient, author Betsy Singleton Snyder lived a full and busy life as a pastor, missionary, and wife to a husband who served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She had her first child at age 44, then at 47, she found out she was carrying triplets. Suddenly finding herself overwhelmed is an understatement.

Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It’s a comical story of one woman’s realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.
MY THOUGHTS- 

This book is a must have for crazy busy moms. The author shares her personal experiences, which helps readers realize that they are not the only one reeling from the many ups and downs of parenthood. This book will inspire and encourage you to take a break from the insanity and spend time with the One Who can fill you up when you’ve been running on empty. Crazy busy mom, put down the laundry basket and run to your nearest bookstore for your copy of Stepping On Cheerios today!

Get your copy here.


Betsy Singleton Snyder, author of “Stepping on Cheerios,” is a pastor, a former missionary to the arts community, writer, and blogger. She and her husband, Dr. Vic Snyder who formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, live in Arkansas with their four sons, Penn (10), and triplets Wyatt, Sullivan, and Aubrey (8).

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Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray


A suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker

After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she’s getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky…if only she wasn’t too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone—even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she’ll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.

For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called “The Recluse” confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he’s misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God’s gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there’s always more to someone than meets the eye.

Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.


MEET THE AUTHOR

Shelley Shepard Gray is the “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author of the Seasons of Sugarcreek series, the Sisters of the Heart series, and the Families of Honor series. She lives with her family in southern Ohio, where she writes full time. Before her work in the inspirational market, Gray wrote several novels as Shelley Galloway. During this time her books appeared on the Waldenbooks bestseller list, and she won “RT Book Reviews'” prestigious Reviewers’ Choice Award.
MY THOUGHTS

I absolutely LOVE Shelley’s books!! If she writes it, I will likely love it as I have yet to read anything of hers that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. She has a special way of totally immersing readers into the world of the Amish, endearing characters to the reader and just making readers feel as if they are a part of this world and these characters. Whether it’s a sweet romance with hints of drama or a suspense full of intrigue, Shelley is sure to please!

In her newest novel, Her Secret, Hannah is struggling with some major trust issues. And who can blame her? After getting some disturbing photos in the mail, Hannah is sure she knows who is behind it all. What exactly does this stalker know? What secrets are Hannah hiding? And can her longtime friend and potential love interest Isaac accept her as she is?

Pick up your copy of “Her Secret” to find out!!!

GET YOUR COPY HERE

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Fundraiser for Baby Rose

Our Story:

In September, my husband and I discovered that we were expecting our second baby. Though the news was a surprise, we were very excited. At our first ultrasound appointment, the doctor was concerned that she saw fluid on the baby’s brain and referred us to a specialist in Grapevine. Our first appointment with the specialist was not good. He said that he believed the baby had a condition called “anencephaly”, a neural tube defect that basically means the baby’s brain and or skull did not fully develop. Babies with this condition do not live. The specialist said that because the baby was very small (I was only about 11 weeks pregnant at this point) he wanted us to come back for a follow-up appointment, just to be sure. He said that I needed to think realistically about the situation and make some decisions about whether I not I would continue the pregnancy. My husband and I went home, discouraged and heartbroken.
We had two other appointments with this specialist, each time praying for a miracle, but the prognosis was the same every time: your baby is not going to live. My husband and I made the decision for me to carry the baby as long as the Lord would allow. We continued to pray for a miracle.
Soon, the time came for us to be able to learn the gender of the baby, our doctor said that she would have to have a more legitimate reason for doing an ultrasound than just wanting to know the gender. I was so frustrated. I thought that with all of the bad news, I just wanted to know if this precious baby was a boy or a girl…something my family could celebrate. I decided to call another doctors office to get a second opinion about our baby’s condition and was secretly hoping they may be able to tell us the gender.
I went for an appointment at LSU in Shreveport and met with a specialist there. This doctor looked at all of our information and the ultrasound and said that she believed the baby not have “anencephaly” but something similar, called “encephalcele”. This condition was still very dangerous, but there was a ray of hope that the baby may be able to live, depending on the extent of the condition. She recommended that my family meet with specialists at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, so they could evaluate the situation. Plus, we found out that we were having a little girl! We decided to name her Jessica Rose. We were thanking the Lord for this ray of hope.
My family travelled to Houston on Thursday, February 16 to meet with doctors. They had scheduled several appointments, including an MRI and ultrasound. The following day, we were supposed to meet with the pediatric surgeon as well. Thursday afternoon, we were scheduled to sit down with the doctors to discuss a plan for Baby Rose. As we waited in the small family room, minutes seemed like hours until finally the doctors came in to talk. The news was not good. They said that our baby did not have a skull and was “incompatible with life”. Our appointments for the next day were canceled, as there was nothing more the doctors could do.
We don’t know what the future holds, the prognosis is very grim, but my husband and I are praying every day for a miracle for our baby. All of the specialists have no hope, but we believe that our baby is in God’s hands and He will have the final say. In the meantime, we are enjoying our time with her as best we can.

A friend of mine has put together a fundraiser for our family to help cover medical expenses or a possible funeral for Baby Rose. She is selling T-shirts for $20 (2X or larger is $22) and all proceeds will go to our family. Please do not feel obligated to purchase a shirt, your prayers and support mean more to us that you could ever know, but if you would like to participate and purchase a shirt, please let me know. I will need payment upon ordering. We will be taking orders for the next 2-3 weeks. Shirts are available in PINK or GREY.

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Posted in Non-fiction

Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For?


Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For is a new release from Thomas Nelson that addresses the topics most relevant to today’s girls, such as social media, identity, friendship and faith. It’s available everywhere books are sold, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christianbook.com, and helps parents navigate the unprecedented challenges of raising kids in the digital age.

For many girls it starts early. The desire to be perfect. The need for approval. The longing for acceptance and being liked by a lot of people.

Thanks to social media, these desires now get channeled online. Girls can curate an image, build a following, and test-drive identities until they find one that draws attention and applause. But in this quest to be liked and noticed, girls often fail to feel loved and known. The result is a generation of girls who hunger for real and authentic relationships – yet are unclear on how to create them. 

From popular blogger and bestselling author Kari Kampakis comes a powerful book for girls in the digital age. Designed to empower teens and tweens through the Christian faith, it’s packed with godly wisdom and practical advice related to identity, friendships, social media, and a relationship with God.  

 Topics covered in Liked include:
✔️ Living for God’s approval, not human approval
✔️ Using social media wisely

✔️ Spreading kindness, love, and compassion

✔️ Distinguishing online friends from real friends

✔️ Handling rejection, criticism, and volatile emotions

✔️ Making an eternal difference, not a temporary splash.

For anyone exhausted by the quest to impress – and ready to rest in God’s unconditional love – Liked is the answer. Written succinctly with thought-provoking questions, it’s an ideal resource for a small group or youth group study, and a conversation-starter that will quickly unite mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends by speaking to the female heart.


Kari Kampakis is a mom of four daughters who writes about everyday events and significant moments that reveal God’s movement in our lives. She loves girls and believes many world problems can be solved by slumber parties, late-night chats with your best friends, music, and dancing.

Kari’s work has been featured on The Huffington Post, The TODAY Show, EWTN, Yahoo! News, The Eric Metaxas Show, Ann Voskamp’s blog, Hands Free Mama, and other national outlets. Her first book, 10 ULTIMATE TRUTHS GIRLS SHOULD KNOW, has been used widely across the U.S. for small group and church youth group studies. Learn more by visiting http://www.karikampakis.com or finding Kari on Facebook and Instagram.

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My Thoughts:

I think this is a necessary book for moms and daughters. Our girls are growing up in a completely different world than we did and we must prepare ourselves to better understand and help our girls deal with th various pressures they will experience. 

I currently teach a PreTeen/Teen Girls Bible Study at my church and am always on the lookout for great resources to grow as a leader and to help reach my girls with. Liked is one of those books that should be required reading for anyone working with girls in ministry. It really helps to have this guide to help me better understand the realm of social media and the impact it is having on our girls. 

 I am also currently expecting my first girl and it is reassuring to know that there are resources like Liked out there to encourage and help parents navigate through the world of PreTeen/Teen girls. Don’t miss this one!!!