Posted in Fiction, FUN STUFF, GIVEAWAYS

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.

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.

Posted in Fiction, GIVEAWAYS

Christmas In the Cove

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

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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Posted in FUN STUFF, Non-fiction

Scripture Doodle: God’s Promises

Some of the most incredible stories in the Bible are of God’s promises and faithfulness to His children.

ScriptureDoodle God’s Promises refreshes believers who are feeling burned out or stuck in a rut in their relationship with God. Each of the creative worship prompts in this interactive guide includes biblical encouragement and ideas for worship through art. Artist April Knight includes creative lettering tips, color ideas, and completed examples to inspire readers to respond to promises in Scripture related to trust, faith, and the power of God’s Word in all circumstances.

This unique blend of Bible study and creative expression provides the opportunity to connect with God as Creator in a new, life-changing way.
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MY THOUGHTS:

Adult coloring books are super popular right now and I love the ones with a Biblical influence. With so many choice out there, it’s hard to decide which one is the best….well look no further. April has done a fabulous job putting together a product that is fun, beautiful and faith-filled. I love that April guides you step by step in learning the doodle process…it’s like she’s right there to show you the way. The included devotionals are inspiring and will get you digging into God’s Word like never before. Don’t miss the fun!!! Get your copy today….and go ahead and grab a few more copies for your close friends, because once they see yours- they’re going to want their own!

April Knight is a worship artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Knight’s work includes live worship painting and leading ScriptureDoodle workshops online and at conferences and retreats around the country and internationally. Her family of four is her greatest joy, along with serving alongside her husband at their local church.
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Posted in Non-fiction

66 Ways God Loves You


66 BOOKS, ONE INCREDIBLE MESSAGE

God’s Word is many things—instructive, historical, poetic. Yet to Jennifer Rothschild, the Bible is also an incredible love letter. In 66 Ways God Loves You, she walks you through each of the sixty-six books of the Bible and shows, in concise and thoughtful ways, how every book reflects God’s love for each of us, such as:
In Genesis God fashions me with His hands.

In Esther He makes me royalty.

In Acts God’s Spirit comes to live in me.

In I Peter God gives me victory over suffering.
Each chapter includes a short, meaningful reading on the message of that book in the Bible, along with a simple takeaway to help apply the message to your own life. 
Whether you are a new believer, struggling with doubt, questioning your self-worth, or just looking to celebrate God’s unwavering love for you, join Jennifer as she opens the Word in fresh, beautiful ways to show you how God’s love is the common thread that runs through every single page.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely LOVE this book! It really surprised me! It is written in a unique and refreshing way. Jennifer walks you through the books of the Bible, showing you the story of God’s great love. The Bible is truly one story woven together and this book will help you see that. This would make a wonderful gift for anyone…its message is timeless and will encourage readers.

Don’t miss this one!

Jennifer Rothschild has written 13 books and Bible studies, including the bestsellers, Lessons I Learned in the Dark and Self-Talk, Soul-Talk. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Life Today, and a Billy Graham television special and spoken for Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women. She is the founder of the Fresh Grounded Faith conferences and womensministry.net. She lost her sight at age 15 and regularly travels and speaks around the country, sharing her story and all God has done in her life. Jennifer lives with her family in Missouri.

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Posted in JoJo's Journal

Thank You Lord For This Trial

Last night, for the first time, I was able to thank the Lord for allowing this trial to come into our lives. Because I know that He is working out His perfect, glorious plan- I can say…
THANK YOU LORD FOR THIS TRIAL
Because I know He has promised to never leave me or forsake me, I can say…
THANK YOU LORD FOR THIS TRIAL
Because I know that He is working all things together for good for those who love Him, I can say…
THANK YOU LORD FOR THIS TRIAL
Because I know that He will not withhold any good thing from my life, I can say…
THANK YOU LORD FOR THIS TRIAL
Because it has drawn me closer to the heart of God and allowed me to minister to others and so many to minister to me, I can say…
THANK YOU LORD FOR THIS TRIAL
Because it makes absolutely no human sense and causes hell to tremble, I will say…
THANK YOU LORD FOR THIS TRIAL

Posted in JoJo's Journal

JoJo’s Journal: Joy in Despair

Events that surprise us do not surprise God because He knows everything.
He is the Beginning and the End.
He is fully available- to guide and comfort us through the trials of life.
Hard times can actually draw us closer to the Lord.
As you face this day, know that He is with you.
This is one way we can truly rejoice in hope, have patience through out trials and be ever ready to talk to our Savior.
He is the One Who enables us to have joy even in despair.

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