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Between Us Girls

Between Us Girls

 

You feel more than mommy guilt.

You feel a deep and growing conviction that you must do something to disciple your daughter. But what? How can a busy mom make sure that her daughter learns about the most important things in life: what Jesus did for her on the cross and how to be faithful to him in this broken world?

Author Trish Donohue has been there, and that’s why she wrote Between Us Girls: Walks and Talks for Moms and Daughters. These twenty-six gospel-driven talks are a fun and easy guide for mothers who want to disciple their daughters but don’t know where to start. In each short chapter, moms and daughters read God’s Word, ask one another questions about their thoughts and experiences, get honest about their struggles with sin, brainstorm ways to live out their faith, and build genuine fellowship into their relationship.

Between Us Girls is more than a devotional; it’s a conversation guide, and the twenty-six “chats” are just the beginning. Ultimately, Donohue’s book teaches mothers and daughters a new way to communicate and starts them on a wonderful, lifelong journey of getting to know one another better and learning to love their Savior more.

Between Us Girls was written by a busy mom for busy moms, so no prep time is needed! Just schedule some time with your daughter, grab this book, head to your destination of choice, and cherish every moment you share with your girl.

 

MY REVIEW:

I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of this book! Though I am a mom of a boy, I get lots of opportunities to minister to pre-teen and teen girls in my church and community and thought that this would be a great resource for me. I was right!

I love that this book is divided up into 26 “Walks” that guides readers through Scripture and opens the door for conversations that might not otherwise take place. It addresses topics like friends, conversation, appearance, role models and so much more! I love the discussion starter questions, these are such a great way to get to know your teen in a meaningful way that’s also fun.

I love that this book is super flexible, you can complete the conversations weekly, monthly, whatever works best for you and your girl.

As a mom, I know that sometimes we wonder if we’re doing a good job. Are we equipping our children for the things that lie ahead? Are we having those meaningful conversations that are so necessary? Don’t fret mom, get your hands on a copy of this book and let it be the guide that can help you along the way.

 

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Trish Donohue

 

Tricia Donohue is a wife and mom who writes from her kitchen table in West Chester, PA. A desire to disciple her girls paired with a love for writing inspired this book. She and her husband, Jim, have two sons and two daughters. They attend Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA, where Jim serves as a pastor.

 

 

 

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Dwelling Places Season of Refreshment Giveaway!

Dwelling Places

 

Do you long for serenity and refuge, peace and hope? Are you seeking a deeper spiritual life through a closer relationship with God?

If you’re tired of dwelling in busyness and noise, then perhaps one word a day can change your life. Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend time each day turning to God’s Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow.

Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word—such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace—to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

These “dwelling places” that offer the joy of God’s promise and presence cover four seasons: fall, Advent, Lent, and summer. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, ordinary moments, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is the author of 11 books, including “Live These Words,” “Amazed by Grace,” and “Quilts from Heaven.” She has contributed to an additional 25 books and has been published in more than 50 magazines. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, she speaks internationally through her ministry “Encouraging Words.” An award-winning writer who has earned accolades from prominent writers’ conferences and retreats, McDowell has also worked in radio broadcasting, in retreat planning, and on church pastoral staffs. She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in Connecticut.

MY REVIEW:
I am so impressed with this simple yet profound devotional. It is exactly what I needed at this time in my life- to go back to the basics and just focus on one thing which ultimately focuses my heart and my mind on my Savior. Don’t let the simplicity of this devotional fool you- this baby goes deep (and I LOVE it!) The author shares from personal experiences and I felt I really got to know her- she is a sweet sister in Christ- for sure! I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a fresh start or breath of fresh air for their devotional time. I have read LOTS of devotionals and this one is just so precious- I know I will not only share this with my friends, but use it again and again. This devotional is a great investment in your relationship with the Lord, don’t you miss it!

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The Bridal Bouquet Blog Tour

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The Bridal BouquetThe Bridal Bouquet

(The Business of Weddings #3)

Tara Randel

Adult Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 384 pages

June 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Who will catch a lifetime of love?

Winning the annual wedding bouquet design competition may be the closest Kady Lawrence gets to the altar. She has to come in first or risk losing the shop that’s been in her family for generations. Her main competition is Jasmine Matthews. But it’s Jasmine’s son who’s caught Kady’s attention.

Kady has no inkling Dylan’s a DEA agent on a case in Cypress Pointe, and Dylan wants to keep it that way…until Kady’s targeted. Determined to keep her safe, Dylan risks a lot more than blowing his cover…he risks losing Kady forever.

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My Review:
I absolutely LOVE wedding stories and Tara Randel’s The Business of Weddings series is one of my favorites! In this sweet romance, Kady has been unlucky in love-but that hasn’t kept her friends and family from trying to set her up with every eligible bachelor in a fifty mile radius. With the family’s business at risk, Kady has to pull out all the stops and win the bouquet competition. No worries, she has her eye on the prize…until a fellow competitor’s son catches her eye.
This novel is full of humor, memorable characters and romance combined with elements of suspense. I give The Bridal Bouquet 5 long stemmed roses out of 5!
Other Books in the Series
Magnolia BrideMagnolia Bride
(The Business of Weddings #1)
Tara Randel
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 209 pages
July 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Married for a day, in love for life 
Nealy Grainger knew that returning to Cypress Pointe meant an inevitable encounter with her teenage crush, and momentary husband, Dane Peterson. She could handle it. She wasn’t the wounded girl who’d left Cypress Pointe years ago, heartbroken and furious when Dane had annulled their marriage the day after they’d eloped.
Now one of L.A.’s most in-demand celebrity event planners, Nealy’s only come back for a vacation and to help with her sister’s wedding—not for a reunion with her long-lost love. But the more their paths cross, the more the sparks fly! Maybe their connection isn’t over just yet….,

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Honeysuckle Bride

Honeysuckle Bride

(The Business of Weddings #2)

Tara Randel

Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 201 pages
December 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

One part happiness. Two parts love.

Relocating to the coast of Florida after becoming guardian of her best friend’s twin daughters could be the best move LA celebrity chef Jenna Monroe ever made. This is her chance to create a stable, loving home—something she never had. But can she be the mother the girls need?

Wyatt Hamilton thinks she can. The rugged charter boat captain, who came home to Cypress Pointe still grieving the death of his son, has faith in her. But the feelings he awakens in Jenna both exhilarate and frighten her. Because Wyatt no longer believes in forever… Unless she can convince him otherwise.

 

Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA TODAY bestselling author of eleven novels. She is currently working on new stories for Harlequin Heartwarming, as well as books in a new series, Amish Inn Mysteries. Her next Heartwarming, part of The Business of Weddings series, will be released in June 2016. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books.
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My Father’s House

My Father’s House

Growing up, life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to one constant – her father’s love.

But in her sixteenth summer, all that changes without warning. There begins Lily’s struggle to find herself and the life she’s lost. . . . Marriage promises fulfillment, but her happily-ever-after barely survives the honeymoon. Her husband’s sophisticated façade hides a brooding man with even darker secrets.

When all illusions shatter, Lily must make hard choices – abandon her husband or risk losing much more than her marriage. She flees their home in Detroit and sets out on a fearful journey to a house in Georgia that her husband knows nothing about. This is one woman’s compelling tale of love and survival as she finds her way back home to who she’s meant to be . . . in her father’s house.

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Talk about a book drawing me in! I was enchanted by LilyRose from the beginning and very much wanted to know how her story unfolds. My Father’s House is at once a sweet romance and a page-turning thriller. Kudos to debut novelist Rose Chandler Johnson for a job well done!”
—Ann Tatlock, award-winning novelist, Christy award winner and author of Sweet Mercy
“Fast-paced and entertaining, Rose Johnson crafts a debut novel that is sure to delight readers.”
—Alice J. Wisler, award-winning author of Rain Song and How Sweet It Is
“Rose Chandler Johnson has written a story that tugs at your memories and your heart.  Even when loving the wrong man creates devastating hurt and pain, she shows you can turn back and God will lead you through the darkness into the light. Take the mistakes, bring good out of bad and lead us back where we belong with those who love us, pour joy into our hearts and give us a new beginning.”
—Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Writers Magazine

MY THOUGHTS:

Lily Rose had an idealic childhood, met the man of her dreams and after a fairy-tale proposal her life seemed to be heading toward happily ever after- until it wasn’t.

Rose Chandler Johnson’s debut fiction novel is full of southern charm and flair, but this is not a fluffy, funny read. As the main character’s marriage begins to unravel, the novel delves into some darker issues. Chandler weaves a story of love, loss and discovery. Themes of faith run strong throughout the novel as the main character makes her journey back to the small town where she grew up and the God she thought had long abandon her.

This book does contain some mild language and for that I’m giving it 4.5 tall glasses of iced sweet tea out of 5.

MEET THE AUTHOR:

Rose Chandler Johnson

Rose Chandler Johnson is the author of the award winning devotional “God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments.” “My Father’s House” is her first novel. She happily makes her home near Augusta, Georgia.

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Medical Judgment Giveaway!

Medical Judgment

Dr. Sarah Gordon lost her husband and daughter. Now she’s about to lose her life.

After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn’t think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her—and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.

Her late husband’s best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and they’re both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.

With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won’t protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I am really falling in love with these medical thrillers by Dr. Mabry. They keep you guessing and keep you on the edge of your seat for the duration of the wildly suspenseful ride. Dr. Mabry has done his homework and allows readers to be completely immersed in the characters and their lives and professions. Not only that, but through the entire story I was anticipating the killers next move. This story was totally believable and that is part of what made it all the more thrilling and mysterious. Also, the story let me with a stronger knowledge that God is in control, no matter what is happening around us- and I really appreciated that take-away. If you love edge of your seat, heart-pounding reads…this one is not to be missed!

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MEET THE AUTHOR:

 

Richard Mabry

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

 

GIVEAWAY:

 

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Medical Judgment
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 21st.

The winner will be announced June 22nd on the Litfuse blog.

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Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

After a murder at the monastery, Sister Eve may need a miracle if she is to prove a dear friend isn’t a cold-blooded killer.

Sister Eve, a motorcycle-riding nun with a natural (or is it supernatural?) gift for solving murders returns to the enclave she once called home and quickly finds herself confronting yet another mysterious death.

Someone has poisoned Dr. Kelly Middlesworth—a researcher on the life and ministry of 17th-century’s revered “Blue Nun”—and a set of irreplaceable historic documents have disappeared before they could even be examined.

When all evidence seems to point to the victim’s brother, Sister Eve sets out to expose the killer and learn the explosive truth those missing manuscripts might contain.

Chasing a killer is dangerous work, and as her two worlds collide, Sister Eve may need some heavenly help simply to survive.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I have absolutely LOVED this series from the beginning. Getting to know Sister Eve has been a crazy, wild, fun adventure. Who could have guessed that a nun could get into so many “predicaments”? I LOVE it!

The opening scene pulled me in and did not let go until the very end. I think the story began from a very interesting and suspenseful perspective. It made me want to know more! Who was doing this and why?

Chasing a killer is dangerous work, but Sister Eve makes it interesting and fun. She is definitely one of my fave characters in fiction. This story had themes of “change” as well that really spoke to my heart. It made me question: Am I willing to change if God asks me to?

If you enjoy suspense and mystery and characters who will remain with you long after you turn the final page…do not miss this one!

Five Stars Five Star 5 | Sell, Lead, Succeed!

 

 

MEET THE AUTHOR:

 

Lynne Hinton

Lynne Hinton is the “New York Times” bestselling author of “Friendship Cake” and “Pie Town.” A native of North Carolina, she received her undergraduate degree from the U.N.C. at Greensboro and her Masters of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She also studied at Wake Forest University and the NC School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking. She has served as a chaplain with hospice and as the pastor of Mount Hope United Church of Christ and First Congregational United Church of Christ, both in North Carolina. Lynne is a regular columnist with The Charlotte Observer. She lives with her husband, Bob Branard, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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The Valley of the Dry Bones by Jerry B. Jenkins



Best-selling author whose books have sold over 70 million copies pens a thrilling tale of intrigue and terrorism.

In The Valley of the Dry Bones, Jerry B. Jenkins overlays the ancient End Times prophecies of Ezekiel onto the landscape of modern California. A clash of cultures, ethnicities, religions, and politics trigger terrorism blamed on a deadly drought that pits friend against friend with the future of the country at stake.

My Review:

What do you do when the world is falling apart? Who do you trust? How do you survive? These are just a few of the questions that will come to mind when reading Jerry B. Jenkin’s latest novel- The Valley of the Dry Bones. I absolutely loved this book! Jerry is a master story-teller and this story sucked me in from the start. I don’t ever want to have to face what the characters in this book were facing, but it was thrilling to see it first hand on the pages. I was so vested in these characters! And the spiritual precepts abound! If you enjoy a great coming of age story, full of mystery and intrigue…don’t miss The Valley of the Dry Bones!

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