Friday, November 16, 2018

The Cow Said Neigh! By Rory Feek





From New York Times bestseller Rory Feek, one half of the singing duo Joey+Rory, comes The Cow Said Neigh!, a fun and humorous tale of farm animals who wish they were like the other animals . . . which leads to a farm-full of confusion! This delightful book will be a family favorite for years to come.
The Cow Said Neigh! is the story of some peculiar farm animals who wish they were like other animals on the farm. The cow wants to run free like a horse, the sheep wants a snout like a pig, the dog wants to be inside like the cat. Soon the entire farm is in chaos!
With silly farm animal sounds, clever rhymes, and adorable art, The Cow Said Neigh! will have kids of all ages laughing out loud as they celebrate the unique strengths in each of us.
This delightful board book is sure to be read time and time again.

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https://www.amazon.com/Cow-Said-Neigh-board-book/dp/1400311896/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1542203093&sr=8-1-spons


Rory Feek is a true renaissance man, known as one of Nashville’s premiere songwriters, entrepreneurs, and out-of-the-box thinkers. He is a world-class storyteller, crossing all creative mediums, from music and film to books and the Internet, and is the New York Times bestselling author of This Life I Live.
As a blogger, Rory shares his heart and story with the world through thislifeilive.com and has more than two million Facebook followers. As a songwriter, Rory has written multiple number-one songs. As an artist, he is half of the Grammy-winning county music duo Joey + Rory. He and his wife, Joey Martin, toured the world and sold hundreds of thousands of records. As a filmmaker, Rory wrote and filmed the touching documentary To Joey, With Love and directed the upcoming feature-length film Josephine, an epic love story set during the declining months of the Civil War.
Rory and his youngest daughter, Indiana, live an hour south of Nashville in an 1870s farmhouse near their family-owned diner, Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse.



My Thoughts...

My house is full of books for every age. SO I could not pass up this one by my to favorite people.
Rory and Indy have given us this great board book.
It is a fun read that kids are going to be wanting read over and over again. The pictures are so much fun and hold children's attention.
Get your copy for a great stocking stuffer.
5 star board book. I'm so blessed to share his book with little ones who come visit me.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Indivisible By Travis Thrasher



Inspired by true events, Indivisible is a story of love, service, and finding each other all over again.
Darren and Heather Turner share a passion for serving God, family, and country. When Darren is deployed to Iraq as an army chaplain, Heather vows to serve military families back home as she cares for the couple’s three young children.
Darren knows he’s overseas to support the troops in their suffering as their chaplain. What he doesn’t know is how he will get through his own dark moments. And as communication from Darren dwindles, Heather wonders what is happening in her husband’s heart. Meanwhile, she’s growing weary in the day-to-day life of a military base—each child’s milestone Darren will never see, each month waiting for orders, each late-night knock on the door.
When Darren returns, he is no longer the husband Heather once knew. She is no longer the woman Darren wed. And so it’s at home that the Turners face their biggest battle: to save their marriage.
Based on the screen play by David Evans, Indivisible is a tribute to the beauty of serving our country, the courage of choosing love in the darkness, and the power of a God who never gives up hope.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Indivisible-Novelization-Travis-Thrasher/dp/078522405X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542131130&sr=8-1&keywords=indivisible+book


Bestselling author Travis Thrasher has written over 50 books and worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. He has penned fiction in a variety of genres, from love stories and supernatural thrillers to young adult series. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes and pastors. He's also co-written memoirs and self-help books. His novelizations include Do You Believe? and God's Not Dead 2. Travis lives with his wife and three daughters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information on Travis, visit www.travisthrasher.com.

My Thoughts...

I had trouble with this one. It did not hold my attention and it did not seem like a thrasher book. (I am a huge fan of his.) It was one book that was not as good as the movie was.
I will say this the emotion that I felt watching the movie was not in the book. But the book had some depth and the characters were will portrayed on the pages.
I had to give this book 3.5 stars. But please give it a try you may feel different about it when you read it.
  The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tell Her No Lies By Kelly Irvin




Even the most admired families have secrets to hide . . .
Nina Fischer carries a camera wherever she goes—so she can view life through a filter. Safely. After her mother abandoned her to the streets, Nina has kept people at a distance, including her uncle, who adopted Nina and her sister. Wealthy and proud, he is a good man, a fair judge, and someone many in San Antonio admire.
But when he is murdered, and the detective assigned to the case accuses Nina of the crime, she knows she must act. She’s determined to use her journalism background to find the real killer. The two men in her life want to help, but can she trust them?  She’s known Rick since they were children, but now he’s an attorney whose political aspirations seem more important than Nina’s tragic loss. And then there’s Aaron, a news videographer; using their friendship could break the biggest story of his career.
Following the evidence leads Nina on a journey of discovery into her father’s shocking masquerade as a law-abiding, family-loving Christian. Unlocking these secrets could prove fatal, but it’s the only way Nina will ever be able to trust love again.
Combining romance and suspense, bestselling author Kelly Irvin’s Tell Her No Lies is a high-stakes race for the truth.


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https://www.amazon.com/Tell-Her-Lies-Kelly-Irvin/dp/0785223118/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542130298&sr=8-1&keywords=tell+her+no+lies+by+kelly+Irvin



Best-selling novelist Kelly Irvin's latest book is Beneath the Summer Sun, the second book in her Amish romance series, Every Amish Season, from Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian Publishing. This four-book series delves into the lives of four Amish women linked by life altering experiences that bring them together as wives, mothers, and grandmothers in the small town of Jamesport, Mo. The first book, Upon a Spring Breeze, received critical acclaim from the Library Journal: "A moving and compelling tale about the power of grace and forgiveness that reminds us how we become strongest in our most broken moments."

Kelly Irvin is also the author of The Amish of Bee County series, which includes the critically acclaimed The Beekeeper's Son. Publishers Weekly called the first book in the series a beautifully woven masterpiece and Romantic Times Magazine called Kelly a storyteller extraordinaire. It was followed by The Bishop's Son and The Saddle Maker's Son, which is an ECPA bestseller.

A two-time ACFW Carol finalist, Kelly's novellas have been included in numerous anthologies, including An Amish Summer, The Amish Christmas Gift, An Amish Market, an Amish Christmas Love, and Amish Quilt.

She also penned the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both published by Harvest House Publishers. Love Still Stands, the first book in the New Hope series, debuted in September 2014, and the follow-up, Love Redeemed, released March 1, 2014. The final book in the series, set in Branson, MO., was A Plain Love Song, released in July 2014.

The Bliss Creek Amish series, set in Kansas, includes To Love and to Cherish, A Heart Made New, and Love's Journey Home.

In the New Hope series, familiar characters from Bliss Creek move to Missouri to start a new district and a new life.

Kelly is also the author of two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine, set in San Antonio, Texas. Two more romantic suspense novels are on the horizon, with the first, Tell Her No Lies, slated for publication by Thomas Nelson Publishing in January 2019.

Kelly recently contracted with Zondervan for a new 3-book series set in Montana. More details to come!

The Kansas native is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the ACFW San Antonio local chapter Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers, as well as Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Sisters in Crime.

A graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism, Kelly wrote nonfiction professionally for thirty years. She studied for three semesters at the University of Costa Rica, learning the Spanish language. As a journalist, she worked six years in the border towns of Laredo and El Paso, where she was exposed to culture and language that serves as fodder for her fiction writing. She has written hard news, features, entertainment pieces, restaurant critiques, editorials, and weekly columns. Writing awards include the Silver Star Award from the Texas Mental Health Association for articles pertaining to mental health and numerous awards in news, feature, and editorial writing from the Texas Press Association and Texas Press Women.

Kelly retired in 2016 from her position of 22 years as public relations manager for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, where her duties included writing and designing an employee newsletter, writing news releases, collaborating on marketing campaigns, coordinating ribbon-cuttings and groundbreakings, coordinating press conferences, updating the web site, and acting as a media spokesperson.

Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for more than 30 years, and they have two young adult children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories, read books by her favorite authors, and visit the babies.


For more information, visit http://www.kellyirvin.com

My Thoughts...

 It seems as if Irvin has stepped out of her comfort zone and took on a whole new genre. Irvin who normally writes Amish fiction books has given us romantic suspense fans a good one.
I hope that Irvin's Amish fiction fans pick up a copy of this and like it as much as I did.
Great characters and good story line.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Deadly Christmas Duty By Virgina Vaughan





This Christmas could be her last…Unless Covert Operatives shield her

Prosecutor and single mom Melinda Steele thought her nightmare ended when her abusive husband died, but now someone wants her dead by Christmas. Navy SEAL turned security operative Noah Cason needs her to get justice in his sister’s disappearance, but first he’ll have to keep her alive. And his mission shifts from difficult to almost impossible when Melinda reveals who she suspects is really after her.

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https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Christmas-Duty-Covert-Operatives/dp/1335490744/ref=tmm_mmp_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1542129600&sr=8-1



Award winning author Virginia Vaughan lives by the motto ‘It’s not hoarding if its books’. Always the kid with her nose stuck in a book, becoming a multi-published author hasn’t stopped Virginia from continuing to grow her own collection of favorite reads. Her family has refused to help her move anymore because of the sheer number boxes of books, but she’s no quitter. She’ll keep buying books and, the next time she moves, hire a moving van.

If you love stories where romance intersects danger and faith, subscribe to Virginia’s email list at http://eepurl.com/dtFeVP and be the first to know when a new story arrives.

My Thoughts...

From the very beginning this book was full of great suspense and a great page turner.
I will say this again I just don't think great writers should write little novellas.
This is a 4 star book Romantic Suspense fans are going to devour.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Three Ellie Claire Journals Giveaway!







The perfect resource to discover and develop your own personal style for lettering and illustrating your faith.
New from professional letterer Krystal Whitten! With guides, instructions, and tutorials, this is a fun and inspiring way to create beauty with words. It is the perfect place for journalers to practice Bible journaling, lettering quotes and verses, or decorating a page with original thoughts and plans. Exploring your God-given creativity has never been so rewarding.

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https://www.amazon.com/Lettering-Journal-Deluxe-Signature-Journals/dp/1633261824/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541899932&sr=8-1&keywords=Ellie+Claire+Faith+and+Lettering+Journal

My Thoughts...
Faith and Lettering Journal is a scripture journal like none I have ever seen. The journal teaches you how to letter with easy steps. I must say that I am not a very artistic person but with the instructions and practice I found myself really enjoying learning to letter and writing scripture. The book is hard cover and has nice thick pages to keep any bleed through to other pages. It also has a holder on the spine to hold your pen.




Use this almost-lost art of illuminating letters to enhance your writing, Bible journaling, or sermon note-taking. Rich illustrated manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible's collection inspired these gorgeous letters. Easy to follow instructions, practice pages, and encouragements guide you through the creation of amazing start letters, flourishes, and more.
HIGHLIGHTS: Cloth spine opens for lay-flat journaling; Elastic pen loop on spine; High-quality, non-bleed paper; Uplifting, inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout; Drawing guides, grid background practice pages, plus lined pages for journaling; Ribbon marker, pocket, elastic band closure.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Illuminate-Journal-Deluxe-Signature-Journals/dp/1945470682/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541900630&sr=8-1&keywords=Isbn+9781945470684

My Thoughts...
Illuminate Your Story Journal is a nice hard cover journal. The nice thick pages make it easy to write on. The journal has a holder for a pen. The Journal teaches you how to create illuminated letters. With step by step instructions it makes writing scripture fun and enjoyable. Would make a great gift. This one was my favorite of all three it has a place in the back to hold your keepsakes safe and sound. This is not your everyday boring journal. This is a unique journal that everyone is going to want. The price is great for this.  


Glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts recreated as line drawings for the reader to color.

Create your own masterpiece with this journal that has forty glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts that have been recreated as line drawings. Just as medieval monks brought Scripture to life through intricate inked illustrations in handwritten manuscripts hundreds of years ago, you can now create your own stunning keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Illustrated-Word-Illuminated-Coloring-Signature/dp/1945470194/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541900825&sr=8-1&keywords=Isbn+9781945470196

My Thoughts...
 The Illustrated Word is a coloring journal. It is a nice hard cover book with thick pages. Each picture can be colored and made unique and is very detailed. The journal pages are sturdy and easy to write on. The first page of the book has a place to write the name of the owner and the date received. Lots of pages to write prayers or letters, or memories you never want to forget.
So this would make a great gift, for someone special.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Cole & Sav By Cole and Savannah Labrant




Popular YouTubers Cole and Savannah LaBrant share their inspiring love story, highlighting the redemptive, surprising nature of God at work in our lives, and how He graciously steps in and turns our messes into something beautiful.
Millions around the world followed the fairytale love story of viral YouTube stars Cole and Savannah LaBrant and watched as they said “I do.” Their subsequent YouTube channel, dedicated to family and faith, garners more than 100 million views each month. But now for the first time ever, Cole and Sav invite you beyond the highlight reel and into the beautiful and messy, funny and tender story of how God brought two unlikely people together in a surprising, unexpected way. 
With their signature charming and engaging style, Cole and Sav take you behind the camera and open up about past heartaches and mistakes; painful secrets and difficult expectations; the joys and challenges of raising their daughter, Everleigh; and the spiritual journey that changed their hearts—and relationship—forever.


Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Cole-Sav-Surprising-Love-Story/dp/0785222901/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541896377&sr=8-1&keywords=cole+and+savannah+labrant+book


Cole and Savannah LaBrant's lives have been a series of trials and triumphs—but also full of beautiful redemption and grace. They were on seemingly different paths but were brought together by God in a surprising way, which culminated in a public love story on the Internet that was witnessed by millions of viewers. Their subsequent YouTube channel, dedicated to family and faith, garners more than one hundred million views each month. Cole and Sav believe that God's biggest surprises—like the gift of their marriage; daughter, Everleigh; and her soon-to-be little sister—are sometimes right in front of us, hiding in plain sight.

My Thoughts...

WoW, this was such a great read. I love how you get both Cole and Savannahs perspective of what was going on. Their love story is definitely  one for the books.
Cole showed Savannah God's love and grace and she  was an open book about how God's grace was shown to her through Cole.
I hope that ALL young people read this book and see the important part of relationships.
This is a must read 4.5 star book. I highly recommend it.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Secrets of the Pastor's Wife By Christina Ryan Claypool GIVEAWAY!





Wherever Cassandra Martin goes, her secrets go with her. And hiding her past is beginning to take a toll.
Cassie lives in a small white parsonage in the village of Maple Grove. For 15 years, the beautiful and talented artist has appeared to be the perfect wife for Rev. John Martin, the new pastor at Maple Avenue Community Church.
The couple has moved frequently, and Pastor John is too busy with other people’s problems to notice Cassie’s distress. She has no close friends to confide in, fearing her secrets could jeopardize her husband’s position.
That’s until Maple Grove coffee shop owner Katherine “Katie” Montague embraces Cassie as if she were the daughter she never had. Sensing her pastor’s wife is haunted by something tragic, the caring widow begins praying for her. Will Cassie trust Katie with the pain of her past or will she let the secrets destroy her?
Secrets of the Pastor’s Wife features discussion questions for women’s book clubs, church small groups, and recovery ministries. Entertaining and inspiring fiction, this compelling storyline will encourage emotional healing, forgiveness, and restored faith.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Pastors-Wife-Christina-Claypool/dp/1973601354/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1541632874&sr=8-1


Christina Ryan Claypool is an award-winning freelance journalist and inspirational speaker who has been featured on Joyce Meyer Ministries Enjoying Everyday Life TV show and on CBN's 700 Club. She is a past National $10,000 1st Place Amy Writing Awards recipient and Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor.

Her fall 2018, "Secrets of the Pastor's Wife: A Novel," is an entertaining and inspiring read, designed to be used for Inspirational book clubs or women's ministry groups to promote emotional and spiritual healing. Claypool is also an Ohio Associated Press Media Editors' award-winning newspaper columnist, former TV reporter, and the author of several Christian recovery books. The autobiographical title, "Seeds of Hope for Survivors," chronicles the writer's own amazing journey of surviving a near fatal suicide attempt and confinement in a state mental institution as a teen to having a successful life today.

Christina has a B. A. from Bluffton University and an M.A. from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where she served as an adjunct instructor in the Communications Department. She is married to a public school administrator, and has an adult son. Besides her "boys," she adores coffee and chocolate. Her website is www.christinaryanclaypool.com.

 My Thoughts...

 What a book, Claypool hit on some tough subjects all in this one book.
Healing and forgiveness and all with out being preachy and over bearing.
Just my thoughts but this would make a great book for women's small groups to read together or Bible study groups.
Now this is for my blog followers who are going to say you promise to tell us if the book is self published or published by a small publisher. This one is BUT it has been edited very well. I challenge you get a copy  of this and see just how good it is and how well it has been edited, and what a touching story this is.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it. A book full of Love.
The Mary Reader received this book from the author for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

You are going to love the extra novella at the end. Let me know what you think about the Casserole Lady.

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