Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement By Traci Peterson GIVEAWAY!


Marty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past.Answering an advertisement for a "Lone Star bride," she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn't know.
Jake Wythe is the man waiting for her.Burned by love, he marries now simply to satisfy the board of Morgan Bank, which believes a man of his standing in society should be wed. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
When missing money and a collapsing economy threaten his job, Jake's yearning to return to ranching grows ever stronger, much to Marty's dismay. But a fondness has grown between them, as well, further complicating matters.
What will happen when their relationship shifts in unexpected ways...
and dreams and secrets collide?

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Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than eighty-five novels. 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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When an author has more then 85 books, well you know that you are sitting down to read a great book.
This one however was very slow starting out and it was very hard to hold my attention. A little over half way through is started to pick up and I was able to read it all. From the middle to the end was good and you will enjoy it so just give it time.
Marty was hard to connect with for me for some reason. This could be why I had such a hard time. It very well could have just been me.
I gave this book 3.5 stars.  It was not Peterson's best work but it is worth the read.
This review is just my opinion and my not be the same as yours.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chronological Study Bible


The Chronological Study Bible presents the text of the New International Version in chronological order—the order in which the events actually happened—with notes, articles, and full-color graphics that connect the reader to the history and culture of Bible times and gives the reader a dramatic, "you are there" experience. Features include full-color illustrations of places, artifacts, and cultural phenomena, contextual articles that connect Biblical times and world history and culture, daily life notes, time panels and charts that show the flow of Biblical history, and in-text and full-color maps.
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
Chronological Study Bibles sold to date: More than 367,000
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This Bible is divided into Nine Epochs (or ages of the Earth). The Epochs Being: Epoch 1: Creation- 2000 B.C.; Epoch 2: 2000-1500 B.C.; Epoch 3: 1500-1200 B.C.; Epoch 4: 1200-930 B.C.; Epoch 5: 930-586 B.C.; Epoch 6: 586-332 B.C.; Epoch 7: 332-37 B.C.; Epoch 8: 37 B.C.- A.D. 30; Epoch 9: A.D. 30-100.
Within these eras, the Chronological Narrative of the Earth and the Bible is placed. Instead of reading the Scriptures as separate books, this places the entire Bible on one Narrative time line.
I have to say that I really enjoyed reading this Bible while doing a study the last few mornings. It was very different from my everyday Bible but it was very easy to use and understand.
The illustrations and photography was fantastic.
The time charts and time panels where so helpful. There are in-text maps in each of  the 9 Epochs.
This Bible was very easy to read and understand overall.
At the retail price of $49.99 I must say it is well worth the price I am sure that you will use it everyday to study God's word.
I was given a copy of this Bible by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mom Seeks God By Julia Roller GIVEAWAY!



The first months and years of motherhood can be the most challenging and disorienting of your life—and faith. When you’re surrounded by the happy chaos of children, how do you spend quiet time with God if the only quiet time you get is while you sleep? How can you demonstrate a solid spiritual life to your children if you don’t have time to pursue one yourself?
When Julia Roller discovered that her spiritual growth had been stunted by the busyness of life with her toddler, she embarked on a yearlong journey through ten spiritual disciplines: prayer, fellowship, submission, study, simplicity, silence, worship, fasting, service, and celebration. As she focused on each discipline, she discovered practical ways to observe them—even in the chaos of her every day.
Mom Seeks God offers a highly relatable story and useful advice to help new moms grow in their faith as they address life changes with grace, patience, and prayer. As readers discover ten essential faith practices, they’ll learn that motherhood, itself, is a spiritual discipline, and may be God’s most effective technique for forming a more Christ-like life.

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 Julia Roller is the author/editor of seven books, including A Year with God (with Richard J. Foster) and 25 Books Every Christian Should Read. Her latest book is Mom Seeks God, releasing in April 2014. Mom Seeks God is her story of trying to re-connect with God after the life upheaval that is motherhood.She lives in San Diego, CA with her husband, two boys and a miniature dachshund named Jane Austen.
 
 
 
 Melissa Padgett, 33, from Durham, NC.  Mom to Courtney (15 and homeschooled) and Alex (6 and soon to-be-homeschooled).  Happily married to Dean, who has a wonderful gift for evangelism and does crosswalking.  Together Dean and Melissa run Radical Life Outreach Ministries, a small home-based ministry dedicated to evangelism, discipleship and helping fellow brothers and sisters that are in need.   Check out more about Melissa www.radicallifeoutreach.blogspot.com .
 
Guest Review by Melissa Padgett
This book was a light-hearted, comical and honest take on the life of a busy, work-at-home mom to a toddler.  There were times I felt like I was secretly reading her diary.  In the midst of her chaotic life, Julia tried to find ways to honestly seek out God.  She chose 10 spiritual disciplines based off of Richard J. Foster's Celebration of Discipline.  There were quite a few stories that I could directly relate to.  I also caught myself chuckling at her thoughts and reactions on many occasions.

I would have really loved to see more scripture used in the book, since it was a book about ways that busy moms can seek more of God.  I also thought it would have been helpful to delve into the Holy Spirit and how an in depth relationship with Him will give us the necessary intimacy with God, rather than trying to force 10 spiritual disciplines that seemed a bit pressured and rote.

At the end of each chapter, there was a short section called 'Non-Expert Tips for Practicing insert specific spiritual discipline', which I thought was great and summed up her learning experiences for the month.  Those short sections were my favorite parts, after the comic-relief moments of course.

I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by Mary Jackson who received a copy from the publisher for review.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Make A Wish By Marlayne Giron GIVEAWAY of a FREE Audio Book



An inspirational collection of short stories written for people as gifts granting their dearest wishes. Each story has an introductory biographical paragraph on who the story is written for and why.

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Marlayne Giron is a wife and mother living in Orange County, California. She currently works as a part-time career secretary and enjoys cooking for her family every night, scrapbooking, making high teas, and entertaining.

At the age of 22 (In 1982) Marlayne was inspired to write The Victor by a line in an Amy Grant song called: "Fairytale" (from her Father's Eyes album). The particular verse in the song which inspired the idea was: "two princes wage the battle for eternity but the victor has been known from the start". The verse made her imagine an evil "Baron" in black armor and knight in shining armor crossing swords over "maiden in distress". She wrote the story in her free time at work on an IBM Selectric typewriter and at home on a Smith Corona Portable.

Marlayne rewrote the story over the course of almost 30 years and made many attempts to get it published for several years but after a 4-year bout with ulcerative colitis that resulted in major surgery, then infertility then the adoption of her daughter and the demands of having to work full-time to pay the bills, she gave up on her dream of The Victor ever being published until April of 2008 when Tate Publishing called to offer her a contract.

The Victor was released on April 14th of 2009 and many doors have opened up for her to get the word out on her book. One of which being that as a direct result of her former employment with John Styll at CCM Magazine 28 years ago (who is now currently President of the Gospel Music Association), both he and Amy Grant now have copies of The Victor and Marlayne's personal copy has been autographed by Amy Grant herself.

I have read this book in hard copy form and I laughed and I cried, I was happy and sad all the way to the end. But never had I heard it read to me until this book was released on audio.
The lady who narrated this book was born to read this book for us, her voice is perfect for this book. Over 10 hours of fantastic reading. I cried harder listening to her then when I read the hardcopy myself.
This is a must listen to book. I highly recommend it. Not just because I have the best wish  written in the book either.
I gave this book and narrator 5 stars.
This would make a wonderful Easter gift for someone you love. There is no better gift to give to someone than the gift of an inspiring book.
 
 
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Woman of Courage By Wanda E. Brunstetter



Take a three-thousand mile journey with Amanda Pearson as she leaves the disgrace of a broken engagement and enters the work of a Quaker mission in the western wilds. The trip is fraught with danger, and Amanda is near death before reaching her destination. Among those she meets are an Indian woman who becomes her first convert and a half-Indian trapper who seems to be her biggest critic. But love follows her into the wilderness and will determine the course of her future. You are sure to enjoy this historical romance adventure from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

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Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit: www.WandaBrunstetter.com


 I love Wanda's Amish fiction, but let me tell you all something she can write a Quaker book like nobody else can.
This was a journey I was so thrilled to take.
I was right there in the mountains sleeping out in the wilderness with Amanda and Mary and Buck.
I was so surprised at the ending and very happy.
The Indians made the story so much more believable as well.
This just may have been Wanda's best book yet.
I gave this book 5 stars two times! I highly recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Taken for English By Olivia Newport



Annie joined the Amish church based on prayerful conviction, not romantic dreams. And yet, she’d hoped to share her new life with Rufus. But he’s obviously in no hurry. Family history clearly shows it’s never been easy living a plain life in the English world. Will the changes and challenges Annie now faces as a young Amish woman test her newfound faith in good ways or bad? And how long will Rufus test her patience?

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Olivia Newport's novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. She chases joy in Colorado, where daylilies grow as tall as she is. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books.

Oh boy was I excited to get book three in the Valley of Choice series.
Olivia can sure write a book that hooks you in from page one. She is top of my list for Amish fiction and romance.
The characters are so loveable and you will not soon forget them.
Rufus keep me wondering right up until the end, I loved every minute of it.
I highly recommend this book. I gave it 5 stars.
This is a MUST read!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Guest Post with Charlotte Hubbard


Breath Of Spring
As a bright season brings a fresh start to Willow Ridge, Annie Mae Knepp feels she can never make peace with the past. Her disgraced ex-bishop father is furious she has taken her five siblings to live with her. She's never been truly at home in her faith. . .or believing in herself. And Annie Mae fears no man will want to take on the responsibilities she's gladly shouldered. True, her quiet neighbor Adam Wagler has been steadfast and unshakeable helping her through her trials, but he surely couldn't think of someone so lost as more than a friend. Believing she is unworthy because of her doubts, Annie Mae will find in a moment of surprising revelation that God can work impossible miracles--and that love makes all things new.

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Charlotte Hubbard sold her first historical romance in 1990, and she's been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. As she writes, her stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way she proposed them: unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, and they keep her guessing right along with her readers!

Charlotte has lived in the Midwest most of her life. When she's not writing, she loves touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with her Border Collie, Ramona. She's a Presbyterian deacon, sings in her church choir, and plays in the percussion ensemble. She's married to a fine man who--bless him--has never once suggested she get a real job!
 
No More Mr. Nice Guy!

Their bishop, Hiram Knepp, focuses them on God’s will for their lives in Willow Ridge and in the outside world they separate themselves from. As he offers thanks for the meals served up in the Sweet Seasons Cafe, his mellow voice . . . and his patience will bless you as you enjoy these stories of his Plain flock, the sheep of his pasture.
My mouth dropped open. This is so not the Hiram Knepp we now love to hate! And it’s a perfect example of how characters can change dramatically between the time a writer first conceives of them and when they take on their own lives as the story actually gets written. Indeed, the man you might picture from the above quote would seem to have angel-white hair and wings with a halo, when in fact, in this fourth book of the series, BREATH OF SPRING, Hiram Knepp has gotten himself excommunicated from Willow Ridge for owning and hiding a car—among other things. And at one point in this story, he shows up with a short English-style haircut and a close-clipped goatee, both of which have been dyed coal black!
As I think back over Hiram’s slip-slide from grace, I realize it started in SUMMER OF SECRETS, the first book of the series, when Hiram was pestering Miriam Lantz to marry him and she refused . . . and with each refusal, he thought of the next nasty way to get even, to get revenge, and to try to get everything from her.
Enter the two Hooley sisters, Jerusalem and Nazarath, in AUTUMN WINDS to distract him from his pursuit of Miriam—but Hiram still kept finding ways to come down on the Lantz family. In WINTER OF WISHES, he was intent on shaming Rhoda Lantz for riding in a car and kissing English nurse Andy Leitner—but by the end of that drama, when Hiram had finagled a large plot of land to start a new colony, claiming God Himself had told him to do this, the good folks of Willow Ridge sent him packing. (Well, actually, Hiram refused to confess his sins or do penance, so he cooked his own goose . . . and then left it on the Christmas dinner table to rot.)
In BREATH OF SPRING, which is Annie Mae Knepp’s story, Hiram of course will be in full fettle once again—and even I was aghast at the way he chose to disgrace her. I’m grateful to my astute editor for once saying that Annie Mae would make an interesting heroine, because if I’d followed the pattern, the next Lantz girl to marry off would’ve been Rebecca. While readers love Rebecca, because she has made Willow Ridge her home despite saying plain-out that she won’t become Amish, therein lies the problem: I would be writing a non-Amish story if she were a heroine. So for now she remains a reliable, tech-savvy character whose website design business is bringing a lot of new folks to visit her mother’s Sweet Seasons cafe as well as the Hooley brothers’ new Mill at Willow Ridge—which is so beautifully illustrated on the cover of BREATH OF SPRING.
I think you’ll agree that Annie Mae must rise above many challenges the average seventeen-year-old couldn’t hope to face. At the end of WINTER, we saw her and her sister Nellie walk away from their father Hiram, absolutely refusing to go to his new colony—knowing they were inviting his wrath for defying him. In BREATH OF SPRING we see the return of her former beau, Yonnie Stoltzfus, in a sleek blue sportscar . . . with trouble on his mind. And then when Annie Mae sees that her four younger sibs are being mistreated by Hiram’s new um, live-in, Annie Mae gathers them in and takes them home to Willow Ridge and safety. But always in this story, she’s looking over her shoulder, living in the shadow of her relentless father’s arrogance and love of power.
Our hero, by comparison, is a rather quiet, unassuming fellow you’ve met at many a breakfast in the Sweet Seasons. Adam Wagler is busy with his home remodeling business, living with his widowed brother Matthias in a man-cave of a house that’s anything but clean or homey. While most of the local guys are warning him not to take up with Annie Mae because he’ll be supporting her entire family, Adam is wondering what such a strong young woman could possibly see in him. He has an illegal surprise from his past parked in his barn, however, and it enables him to save the day and Annie Mae in true heroic fashion.
I hope you’ll find a lot to enjoy in BREATH OF SPRING! And I think you’ll agree that the Seasons of the Heart series much more interesting because Hiram has evolved into such a villain—and because not all of the folks who live in Willow Ridge are squeaky clean or free from secret sins.
Sounds a lot like real life, doesn’t it?
If you’d like to read the first chapter of BREATH OF SPRING now, and see the recipes that are featured in that story, check it out at www.CharlotteHubbard.com. And if you’d like to sign up for my e-newsletter so you don’t miss any of the upcoming books in this series (HARVEST OF BLESSINGS and THE CHRISTMAS CRADLE are slated for 2015) fill out the little sign-up at the bottom left of my homepage. You can also Friend me on Facebook! Thanks so much! ~Charlotte