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Of Stillness and Storm


“I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing.”It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family’s undoing.

At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again. But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past. It’s thirteen-year-old Ryan who most keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.

Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry.
MY THOUGHTS:

The synopsis first intrigued me when I decided to request a copy of this book for my blog. The more I read, the more I couldn’t stop reading. There’s just something about the unraveling of lives in fiction that captures our attention and holds it. As I learned more about the characters and began to see the story unfold, it saddened me. It reminded me of people I know and stories I’ve heard. There was a realness and a rawness to this story. It was easy to see the red flags and mistakes Lauren was making as she stumbled off the right path and it reminded me of how hard it is to see those flags in my own life. This book would make a great book club selection. It will have you thinking about the characters long after the story has ended. 

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Born in France to a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle Phoenix is a consultant, writer and speaker with a heart for Third Culture Kids. She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own advocacy venture under Global Outreach Mission. Michèle travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to this unique people group. She loves good conversations, mischievous students, Marvel movies and paths to healing.

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Posted in FUN STUFF, GIVEAWAYS, Non-fiction

Pray A to Z Giveaway!


A to Z: Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community (Worthy, November 2016)

Change the world one prayer at a time.

How would our community change if instead of absently saying, “I’ll pray for you,” we actually did pray–deeply, intensely, and purposefully?

Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Praying for Your Community will help you topically organize your prayer requests and lay the burdens of your community at the feet of our Heavenly Father.

With compassion and encouragement, Amelia Rhodes offers Bible verses and prayer prompts, organized topically for every letter of the alphabet. There are five topics per letter–three prayers of petition asking God to work in a certain area of need, and two more prayers of praise to reflect gratitude for God’s presence in the daily issues and relationships of life. Through petition and praise, your specific, focused communion with God will lighten your heart as you place the heaviness of those prayer requests where they belong–on His strong shoulders.

Whether you are praying for a friend’s adoption journey, a neighbor’s bankruptcy, or a family member’s cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer, Pray A to Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book is a great resource for prayer. I love that Amelia covers so many various topics in this books in ways that are unique and creative. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to pray or what to say…this simple guide will help you take your prayers and make them more specific, plus allow you the resource you need to truly transform your prayer time. If you are looking for a fun, creative source for making over your prayer life…look no further. Get your copy now!
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grand prize winner will receive:

✔️ A copy of Pray A to Z

✔️ A set of Pray A to Z prayer cards

✔️ A custom wood sign made by Amelia’s friend

✔️ A prayer journal

Enter today by clicking the icon above, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 20. The winner will be announced December 21 on Amelia’s blog.

Amelia Rhodes is a speaker and author of “Isn’t It Time for a Coffee Break: Doing Life Together in an All-About-Me Kind of World.” Amelia’s writing has also been featured in four “Chicken Soup for the Soul” titles, devotionals for the OneHope blog Undeterred and the international devotional “Upper Room.” Amelia has a growing speaking ministry and speaks regularly to women’s groups on topics of spiritual growth, friendship, and community, offering practical tools for living our faith in the everyday. She lives in Lowell, Michigan.

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Christmas In the Cove

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Christmas in the CoveChristmas in the Cove
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A DEA stealth mission has brought coast guard Lt. Commander Eli Pelletier home. But when he ends up aiding rescue swimmer Aubrey Wynn during her own harrowing mission, powerful emotions reignite between them. Except Aubrey doesn’t want Eli’s protection. She wants answers.

Twelve years ago, Eli broke up with Aubrey without telling her the real reason he was leaving Pacific Cove. How can he try for a second chance if he’s forced to deceive her again? Amid suspected drug trafficking and a sabotaged Christmas contest, Eli must find a way to regain Aubrey’s trust without compromising his career or endangering the woman he loves.

MY REVIEW:

I absolutely love this sweet romance from Carol Ross! She has done a fabulous job crafting characters who are unforgettable…they will stay with you long after you have turned the final page. This “knight” and his “mermaid” have a chemistry that simply works and will keep readers engrossed in their love story until the end. Elements of suspense add an intriguing aspect to this story as well. If you are looking for a Christmas love story with an edge…don’t miss Christmas In The Cove.

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Carol Ross lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. She adores the Pacific Northwest because it provides her with endless opportunities for the activities she loves—hiking, running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Although she enjoys reading in many genres, she writes what she loves the most—romance, especially light-hearted stories about the fun, flirty, and often-tumultuous path toward a happily ever after.

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Other Books by the Author

Mountains Apart (Seasons of Alaska #1) A Case for Forgiveness (Seasons of Alaska #2) If Not for a Bee (Seasons of Alaska #3) A Family Like Hannah's (Seasons of Alaska #4)

Tour Schedule

December 13th: Launch
December 14th:
Thoughts of a Blonde
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Bottles & Books Reviews
Paulette’s Papers
December 15th:
Harlie’s Books
Heidi Reads…
Falling Leaves
Rockin’ Book Reviews
beck valley books
December 16th:
Mel’s Shelves
Books, Dreams, Life
JoJo’s Corner
Nicole’s Book Musings
December 18th:
Christy’s Cozy Corners
I Am A Reader
i blog 4 books
Book Lover in Florida
With Love for Books
December 19th:
Reading Is My SuperPower
underneath the covers
Bookworm Lisa
Getting Your Read On
December 20th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card and a copy of Christmas in the Cove (signed copy if US, ebook if international)
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Trust My Heart & Giveaway!

 
Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible.
The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.

After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant’s fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.

The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home…


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From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special-events decorating company, Carol J. Post’s résumé reads as if she hasn’t yet decided what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love of writing. She started as a child composing poetry for family and friends, then graduated to articles for religious and children’s publications. Now she pens fun, fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book award and selected as an RT Top Pick. When Carol isn’t writing, she enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. She also plays the piano and sings with her music-minister husband. Their two grown daughters and their grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all her nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund.

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MY THOUGHTS:

I love this story! I love the characters and the message of forgiveness and faith woven beautifully throughout. This story also has secrets which threaten to destroy lives, but also a message of hope. Jami has been through so much and has set her dreams aside, but believes a new opportunity will bring what she has been longing for. Grant is the perfect balance, but he is dealing with his own issues…I love these characters! This story will touch your heart and make you think about the things that are truly important in life. Don’t miss it!!!

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Total Family Makeover


Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it. —Proverbs 22:6

God calls us as parents to be key disciple-makers in our children’s lives, but if we’re honest, some days it’s a battle just to get them dressed and ready for school on time. How can you mold their hearts when sometimes you can’t even find their shoes?

In Total Family Makeover, author Melissa Spoelstra gives parents a way—a sort of spiritual track to run on—when it comes to building family discipleship. She focuses on eight key habits of growth:

—Spending Time in Prayer

—Reading God’s Word

—Growing Through a Mentoring Relationship

—Finding Community in the Church

—Serving Others

—Taking Time to Rest

—Giving Back to God

—Sharing Your Faith

Disciples are made, not born. Whether your children are babes in arms or teenagers getting ready to leave the nest, making disciples at home starts with you! Give your family a makeover with this practical approach to helping your children learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus.


Melissa Spoelstra is a popular women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, and writer who is madly in love with Jesus and passionate about helping women of all ages to seek Christ and know Him more intimately through serious Bible study. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Theology and enjoys teaching God’s Word to diverse groups and churches within the body of Christ. She is the author of the “First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree,” “Joseph: The Journey to Forgiveness,” and “Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World Bible” studies and “Total Family Makeover: 8 Steps to Making Disciples at Home” book. She lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her pastor husband and four kids.
MY REVIEW:

This book is so awesome and so necessary for families! I think sometimes, we get so busy living life that we forget the most important things. We want what is best for our families, but sometimes we just don’t know where to start or how. This is where Total Family Makeover comes to the rescue! This book lays out simple, do-able,  yet absolutely necessary steps and ideas for the spiritual growth of our families. Not only does the author share personal stories and experiences from her own life, but she also backs up her techniques with Scripture. Parenting does not come with a manual but next to the Bible, this book is a great resource for families. As I read, I was encouraged, inspired, convicted and excited to incorporate the things I learned into my own family. This is one book you are not going to want to miss!!!

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When Death Draws Near


Death has always been part of Gwen Marcey’s job. But when faced with her own mortality, everything takes on a different hue.

Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs and homes when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky. The Eastern Kentucky town, located deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, has been plagued by a serial rapist and a series of unexplained deaths. Before Gwen can develop a composite drawing, the latest witness vanishes, just like all the previous victims.

Turning her attention to sketching the face of an unidentified body, she discovers a link between his death and a Pentecostal serpent-handling church. Serpent-handling is illegal in Kentucky, and the churches have gone underground to avoid the authorities and continue to worship as they believe. Gwen is offered a handsome reward to infiltrate the renegade members, a reward she desperately needs as it seems her breast cancer has returned.

Joined by her digitally-obsessed, Generation Z daughter, Gwen goes undercover to a nineteenth century revival, planning to draw the faces of the snake handlers so they can be identified and arrested. Instead she uncovers a murderous plot and a festering evil.

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Carrie Stuart Parks is a Christy finalist as well as a Carol award-winning author. She has won numerous awards for her fine art as well. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.

My Review:

Carrie’s newest release brings together the perfect elements to create a fantastic page-turner! This is one of those stories that totally keeps you guessing- I just love those! Though this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. However, you may want to read this one during the daylight hours, as it is full of suspenseful moments. 

Carrie is easily one of my fave authors, she is amazing at what she does…crafting awesome stories with unforgettable characters. If you enjoy novels of suspense and intrigue, don’t miss this!!!
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A Beauty Refined Giveaway

A Beauty Refined

What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?

Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father’s intentions—both for her and the gemstones—are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie–a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father’s plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family’s deception begins to unravel.

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MY REVIEW:

I was really excited to be able to request a copy of this book to review here at JoJo’s Corner! Though this is the second book in the series, it can be totally enjoyed as a stand-alone…and enjoy it you will! I just adore stories of identity and secrets and mystery and this one definitely brings these themes into play. From page one I was sucked into the story and time period, getting to know the characters one by one and loving every minute of it. The authors ability to paint worlds in vivid pictures to play out in the readers mind is amazing! These characters and setting seemed as real to me as yesterday. If you enjoy historical fiction, you wont want to miss this one! I loved Phoebe and Ian so much and I think you will too!

 

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Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

—One copy of A Beauty Refined
A sapphire jewelry set

Enter today. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/9. The winner will be announced at the A Beauty Refined Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and other fans of historical fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!