Thursday, July 19, 2018

Where Hope Begins By Catherine West



Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness . . .
Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.
But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.
Where Hope Begins is the story of grace in the midst of brokenness, pointing us to the miracles that await when we look beyond our own expectations.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Where-Hope-Begins-Catherine-West/dp/0785217436/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1531344596&sr=1-1

Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children and one beautiful granddaughter. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew). Her most recent novel, The Memory of You, released March 2017 and Where Hope Begins releases in May 2018. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

My Thoughts...

I wanted to love this book so bad and was so excited to get a copy from my best friend.
It was an alright read. To me is was predicable and pretty much what you thought was going to happen happened.
I would say it's  quick predictable read if that's what you are looking for then this is your book.
It was not a preachy book and I think you will find it a really quick read.
I gave this book 3.5 stars.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

This Freedom Journey By Misty Beller



Adrien Lockman is through with the political unrest and bloodshed in his home country of France, so he sets off to the Canadian territory's mountain frontier, in search of a place where a man can live his own life in peace. The last thing he expects to find is a woman, half-starved and half-frozen in a shack nestled among the towering peaks of the great Rocky Mountains.

Mary Standish thought she'd finally found a place where she was accepted, trapping with her husband for the Hudson Bay Company. But when he dies after a gruesome grizzly fight, she determines to carry on their work. After all, life in these remote mountains is better than enduring the scorn and snubs of "civilized" folk. When she's forced to face a winter harder than any she's endured yet, her stubbornness may just be the death of her. Until a stranger appears at her ramshackle door.

Adrien had planned to explore the mountain country all winter before he settles down to build a farm in the spring, but he can't leave this woman to die in the elements. Even though she seems desperate for him to go. As Mary regains strength, she's torn between wanting to save her dignity, and craving the respect of this man who's slipped past her defenses. As the winter worsens, the truth becomes all too real--the only way they'll survive is together.

Pick up your copy here...
 https://www.amazon.com/This-Freedom-Journey-Heart-Mountains/dp/0999701258/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1531341931&sr=1-1

Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love. For a limited time, you can get her bestselling novel, The Lady and the Mountain Man, FREE here: http://bit.ly/2gvrW1a

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty's heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God's abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family--both immediate and extended--is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

Learn more at www.MistyMBeller.com.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Hart's Truth By Kelly Long




Hart's Truth will be beloved by those who cherish Betty Neels. A sweeping novel, about a young doctor's first job in Appalachia Pennsylvania, this book combines the best of Christian, Medical, and Inspirational Romance. Dr. Hart Pagett discovers much about medicine and sweet romance, as well as the transforming power of God's Love. Follow Hart on a journey filled with both triumph and tears, hope and redemption!

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DYJ14X1/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

It's FREE right now Kindle Unlimited



Kelly Long was born and raised in North Central Pennsylvania. There was an Amish hitching post at the small grocery store in her town. She loves to write Amish romance and is the author of novel, Sarah's Garden, the novella Amish Christmas Expanded Edition with some other great Amish authors, Amish Love with Beth Wiseman and Kathy Fuller, and Lilly's Wedding Quilt--the sequel to Sarah's Garden. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and children.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Made Like Martha By Katie Reid



An invitation for overachievers to discover what it means to rest as God's daughters without compromising their God-given design as doers.Though she didn't sit at Jesus's feet like her sister Mary, biblical Martha was loved just as she was--and you are too. This practical resource invites modern-day Marthas to sit down spiritually as they exchange try-hard striving for hope-filled freedom without abandoning their doer's heart in the process. Doers need to be affirmed in their innate design to do rather than sit, yet also be reminded that they don't have to overdo it in order to be worthy. This book is not an exhortation to add or subtract things off your to-do list, but it is an invitation to embrace the "good" of the Good News. Here is an offer to step into your position as a daughter of God and to enjoy life as a doer.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Made-Like-Martha-Woman-Things/dp/0735291268/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530905771&sr=1-1&keywords=made+like+martha+good+news+for+the+woman+who+gets+things+done&dpID=51DS3VL1EFL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch


Katie M. Reid is an author, speaker, and singer who encourages others to find grace in the unraveling of life at katiemreid.com. Her first book, Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done, will release on July 10, 2018 (published by WaterBrook). Katie's writing style is transparent, poetic, and reflective. She has published articles through: Focus on the Family, HuffPost, MOPS, LifeLines, iBelieve, and LightWorkers and is a contributor in Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond and the Five Minute Friday book. Her album, Echoes of My Heart, is also available for purchase. Katie delights in her hubby, five children, and their life in ministry. Hot or iced tea and cut-to-the-chase conversations are a few of her favorite things.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Growing Confidently in your Faith By Carol Round




 In Carol Round's latest book, "Growing Confidently in Your Faith: A lifelong journey to becoming more like Jesus," the author brings the principles and teachings of Jesus into our lives with practicality so readers can apply them to their daily lives. With depth, the author shares the truths of God's Word in a manner that will pierce through doubt, shame and pain. She leaves you with a comforted heart and a real hope for the future. You will walk away each week with greater inspiration, wisdom and peace as well as a greater understanding of God's love for you and how He walks us through every hurt and pain, turning them to victory for His glory.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Grow-confidently-your-faith-lifelong/dp/1975751485/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530904716&sr=1-1&keywords=Growing+Confidently+in+your+faith&dpID=51f4nhUQ8RL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch


CAROL ROUND, self-syndicated international columnist, Christian author and inspirational speaker, began her journey with the Lord in October 2001 when she admitted her need for His guidance. Since that time, she has sought a deeper relationship with Him through reading scripture, Bible study and the personal discipline of keeping a daily prayer journal. After being encouraged by other Christian women, she penned an encouraging book on journaling called “Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God” and the companion workbook, “The 40-Day Challenge.”

Prior to writing her books on prayer journaling, two collections of her weekly faith-based column, A MATTER OF FAITH, and FAITH MATTERS, was released by Buoy Up Press in book form. A third collection, SOLA FIDE: by FAITH alone, debuted in 2012. She has been writing her weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers and at http://www.assistnews.net/, since the fall of 2005.

“The most amazing part of this journey I'm on is that the California publication carrying my weekly column is their international presence,” she says. “Because of this worldwide exposure, my column has been picked up by different foreign newspapers and magazines across the world. I'm truly humbled by the feedback I receive from my readers, including those from around the world--India, Uganda, Belfast, Australia, Great Britain, France, Kenya and many more. It is truly God at work in my life!”

Carol’s writing has also led to a speaking ministry as well as nine books, including her latest, "Growing confidently in your faith: A lifelong journey to becoming more like Jesus."

“When I speak to women, I tell them God has a sense of humor. While I could get up in front of a classroom full of teenagers when I taught, getting up in front of my peers was another matter for this woman who made a "C" in college speech--the only "C" I might add. I've learned that God doesn't call the equipped but equips the called. I say all of this in humility because this was not my plan for life after a public education career. But I love it!

My Thoughts...

 I hope that you all will get a chance to read and study this book. Through this book Round teaches us weekly how to grow more confident in our faith.
It is not a book that you can fly through reading. It is a book that you want to take your time and chew on for a few days at a time.
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, July 12, 2018

Un-Afraid By Carey Scott



As women, we struggle to feel like we’re good enough because we are bombarded daily with messages that whisper, “Who you are is not okay.”

We live in a world that tells us we have to look a certain way, live a certain lifestyle, have husbands who fit a certain mold, and have children that excel in every area of their lives.
And rather than thrive in the life we have, we strive to create an existence that impresses others.
This impossible treadmill leaves us with deep discontentment and a joyless existence.

God doesn’t apologize for how He created us. And while we’re always being molded by our Creator, it’s only to shape us for the calling on our life—not so we can fit into a world we were never meant to:
“Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete. Love others well, and don’t hide behind a mask; love authentically” (Romans 12:2, 9).

What if we had the confidence to shed our fears and be who God created us to be—stumbles, fumbles, and all—relishing who we are rather than conforming to the world? Using an acrostic for the word AUTHENTIC, author Carey Scott unpacks 9 ways we can find the confidence we need to shine with fearless authenticity:

1. Accept Your Awesomeness
2. Unearth the Untruths
3. Try Loving Everyone
4. Hold on to Hope
5. Extend Forgiveness
6. Never Shrink Back
7. Trample the Negatives
8. Invest in Community
9. Camp in the Word of God

Let’s link arms and commit to living authentic lives. . .together. Are you ready?

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Unafraid-you-authentic-grace-shine/dp/1683226380/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530901814&sr=8-1&keywords=unafraid+by+carey+scott&dpID=41zFyDG9SKL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Carey Scott is an author, speaker, and life coach, honest about her walk with the Lord… stumbles, fumbles and all. Her passion is reminding women of their immeasurable worth, something the world is quick to discount. She speaks to women’s groups and writes about the issues that matter most to the heart of a woman.

Carey lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and two kids where she tries to be domestic, and appreciates the grace when she’s not. You can learn more by visiting her website and blog at CareyScott.org, or by tracking her down at the closest Starbucks.

My Thoughts...

Ladies, please pick up a copy of this book. You are going to be pleasantly surprised how you rethink things and stop listening to the negative and embrace the positive.
I hope that this book finds it's way to your to be read pile soon,
It's a 4 star read that might just be life changing.
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, July 11, 2018

River to Redemption By Ann Gabhart



Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. A man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve years later, is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions. Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her. She's determined to find a way to buy Louis's freedom. But in 1840s Kentucky, she'll face an uphill battle.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/River-Redemption-Ann-H-Gabhart/dp/0800723643/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1530902502&sr=1-1


Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. An award winning author, she's published many books for both adults and young adults. Scent of Lilacs, her first inspirational novel, was chosen as a Top Ten Christian Fiction Book by Booklist magazine. Her Shaker novel, The Outsider, was a finalist for ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year and was a Top Pick by Romantic Times Book Review Magazine. Love Comes Home won the Selah Book of the Year award. Ann writes about Kentucky history and small town life and as A.H. Gabhart is the author of the Hidden Springs mysteries.

Ann lives on a farm in Kentucky not far from where she was born. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. Ann loves hiking on her farm with her grandkids and her dog, Oscar. See more about her books at www.annhgabhart.com or join the conversation on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/anngabhart.

My Thoughts...

I have been a fan of Gabharts  for year and have read all of her books.
 So when I got this book I was very excited to read it, I already knew it was going to be a fantastic read. I was not disappointed one bit.
I gave this book 4 stars and 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, July 10, 2018

Pendant By Mary Hamilton



A field trip gone awry. A student gone missing. Haunted by a teacher's worst nightmare for more than a decade, Elaine finally stumbles onto a vital clue--and discovers someone will do anything to keep the truth buried. When her life is threatened, she allows the one person she trusts to whisk her away to safety in Texas. But assuming a false identity and hiding among the quirky residents of a retirement home is not what she had in mind. Now Elaine must solve the mystery from afar, as soon as she figures out if her friend is keeping her from danger...or keeping her from the truth.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Pendant-M-L-Hamilton/dp/0692972641/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530455740&sr=1-1&keywords=pendant&dpID=51yhRNNx3bL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Mary L. Hamilton writes in two fiction genres--middle grade and adult mystery/suspense, both in with a Christian perspective. Her middle grade novels are set at a Christian youth camp, much like the camp where she grew up in southern Wisconsin. More recently, she has turned to writing adult mysteries under the name M L Hamilton.

She has always enjoyed writing, and recalls writing long letters to friends she'd met at camp and to a favorite cousin. She once wrote a mystery based on a friend's birthday party, and often felt the need to chronicle such experiences as a week-long canoe trip.

When she began writing for publication, Mary initially wrote inspirational articles and a few devotional pieces. She progressed a Christmas play titled, "Homespun Angel," and then turned to writing novels.

Mary is a graduate of two Long Ridge Writers' Group courses and her writing has won awards from ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers' Conference, and Writers on the Storm.

When not writing, Mary enjoys knitting, spending time with her family, and a little amateur photography. You can see some of her work on Instagram where her handle is mlhamiltonauthor.
She and her husband make their home in Texas.

You can find more about Mary at www.maryhamiltonbooks.com. Her facebook author page can be located here: www.facebook.com/maryhamiltonbooks

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The Solace of Water By Elizabeth Younts




In a time of grief and heartache, an unlikely friendship provides strength and solace.
After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah Evans has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start. Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing Delilah imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet—yet the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways.
Delilah’s eldest daughter, Sparrow, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain, never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death. When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own—secrets that could devastate them all.
With the white, black, and Amish communities of Sinking Creek at their most divided, there seems to be little hope for reconciliation. But long-buried hurts have their way of surfacing, and Delilah and Emma find themselves facing their own self-deceptions. Together they must learn how to face the future through the healing power of forgiveness.
Eminently relevant to the beauty and struggle in America today, The Solace of Water offers a glimpse into the turbulent 1950s and reminds us that friendship rises above religion, race, and custom—and has the power to transform a broken heart.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Solace-Water-Elizabeth-Byler-Younts/dp/0718075668/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1530901037&sr=8-1-spons


Elizabeth Byler Younts gained a worldwide audience through her first book Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl and is a RITA nominated writer. Elizabeth lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, and a cockapoo named Fable.

Go to www.elizabethbyleryounts.com to learn more.


My Thoughts...

A story of unlikely friendship, and let me warn you if you are humble and have a big heart you may need some tissues with this one.
I have added Younts to my must read list.
This was a 4 star read. I recommend this one.
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, July 9, 2018

The House at Saltwater Point By Colleen Coble




The dangerous beauty of Lavender Tides is harboring secrets that reach around the world.
Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he?
Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy.
Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it first appears. From international terrorism to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race to uncover the truth before it’s too late


Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/House-Saltwater-Point-Lavender-Tides/dp/0718085809/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529551001&sr=8-1&keywords=the+house+on+saltwater+point&dpID=51kzVQaTx8L&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch


     Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

My Thoughts...

I love Cobles books and have always been excited to read them all. I am really enjoying the Lavender Tides series. This is book two in the series.
I loved every gripping, action filled page.
I can not wait to read  Brenna's story and find out how that all ends.
 You don't want to miss this series.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend this one to everyone.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Dancing in the Rain By Jennifer Slattery




On the verge of college graduation, Loni Parker seeks employment as a music teacher, but no one will hire her since she’s blind. Or so she thinks. To take her mind off her troubles, her roommate invites her to spring retreat at Camp Hope in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. Unbeknown to Loni, Michael Ackerman, the director, is an ex-con responsible for the accident that caused her blindness. When Loni warms up to camp and wants to return as a summer counselor, Michael opposes the idea, which only makes Loni want to prove herself all the more. Though she doesn’t expect to fall for the guy. Still, her need for independence and dream of teaching win out, taking her far away from her beloved Camp Hope . . . and a certain director. Camp director Michael Ackerman recognizes Lonie instantly and wants to avoid her at all costs. Yet, despite the guilt pushing him from her, a growing attraction draws him to the determined woman. She sees more with her heart than the average person does with his eyes. But her presence also dredges up a long-buried anger toward his alcoholic father that he’d just as soon keep hidden. When circumstances spin out of control, Michael is forced to face a past that may destroy his present.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Rain-Eileen-Rife/dp/1719008833/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1530455475&sr=1-1

Jennifer Slattery writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers. Her debut, "Beyond I Do", releases in August. She also writes Christian Living articles for Crosswalk.com and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin' it to the Streets', a ministry serving Omaha Metro's working poor and homeless.

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, hanging out at the mall with her teenage daughter, enjoying her real-life hero husband, or serving in her church or community.                

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Suddenly Single By Kathey Batey


This compassionate guide through grief, fears, and the challenges of divorce encourages readers to see this painful time as potentially one of the most powerful.

Kathey Batey understands the trauma of going through a divorce. In Suddenly Single, she guides you with compassion and hope in how to
  • Grieve the death of your relationship, expectations, and dreams
  • Develop a network of experts for your legal, financial, spiritual, and emotional needs
  • Navigate parenting decisions
  • Prepare yourself to fulfill your potential as a single, successful person
  • Give yourself structure through boundaries and wise decision-making
Divorce can be one of the most painful times of your life. It can also be one of the most powerful. Though you may feel broken in heart and spirit, you can heal and move forward into a life full of possibility.


Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Suddenly-Single-Rebuilding-after-Divorce/dp/1434711722/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530453840&sr=1-1&keywords=suddenly+single&dpID=51TNycLwD5L&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Kathey Batey is a corporate trainer, life coach, and domestic mediator specializing in group therapy. She has helped hundreds of individuals find hope and resilience as they go through life transitions. Using her degree in psychology, Batey also leads webinars and workshops. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

I Can Only Imagine DVD GIVEAWAY!





The inspiring true story behind Christian band MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many with the power of true love and forgiveness.

About The DVD
Dennis Quaid and Trace Adkins star in this inspiring true story behind MercyMe’s beloved hit song. Running from a troubled home life and a broken relationship, Bart Millard (Finley) found escape in music. Hitting the road in a decrepit tour bus, Bart and his band MercyMe set out on an amazing journey none of them could have ever imagined, in this uplifting, music-filled movie that beautifully illustrates the power of forgiveness and God’s love.
The home entertainment release of I Can Only Imagine features over 3 hours of extras including 7 deleted scenes, 7 in-depth featurettes, an audio commentary, and more!

 Pick up your copy of this DVD here...
https://www.amazon.com/Can-Only-Imagine-Madeline-Carroll/dp/B07BLJ4MD7/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530731536&sr=8-1&keywords=i+can+only+imagine+movie+dvd&dpID=51eZsbzgHqL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

My Thoughts...

To see Bart Millard's story unfold before my eyes was amazing. I read the book and it was very very good and the movie gave an image to the words I read. The cast did a great job portraying their characters. I am also a Dennis Quade fan and loved that he played Bart's father. Overall the movie was very well good. I am not ashamed to say that I had tears several times in the film. This story is a very compelling. You can see God's hands in Bart's family and in his life through every choice he made. I recommend this movie to everyone. I think the film will encourage believers as well as touch those who do not have a relationship with Christ. 
I give this  DVD 5 stars. This post is written by AJ. I did get Mary to watch it she agreed it was a good movie.
 
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Things I Never Told You By Beth Vogt



It’s been ten years since Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died in an accident, leaving the entire family to cope in whatever ways they could. No longer half of a pair, Payton reinvents herself as a partner in a successful party-planning business and is doing just fine―as long as she manages to hold her memories and her family at arm’s length.

But with her middle sister Jillian’s engagement, Payton’s party-planning skills are called into action. Which means working alongside her opinionated oldest sister, Johanna, who always seems ready for a fight. They can only hope that a wedding might be just the occasion to heal the resentment and jealousy that divides them . . . until a frightening diagnosis threatens Jillian’s plans and her future. As old wounds are reopened and the family faces the possibility of another tragedy, the Thatchers must decide if they will pull together or be driven further apart.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Things-Never-Told-Thatcher-Sisters/dp/1496427246/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530455090&sr=1-1&keywords=things+i+never+told+you+beth+Vogt


Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” As a contemporary romance novelist, Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2015 RITA® Finalist and a three-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015, Beth introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. She continues the series in 2016 with the e-novella You Can’t Hurry Love (May) and the novel Almost Like Being in Love(June). A November Bride, was part of the Year of Wedding Series by Zondervan. Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Find out more about her books at bethvogt.com. An established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth is also part of the leadership team for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren. She lives in Colorado with her husband Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who loves to play volleyball and enjoys writing her own stories.
Connect with Beth on her website (bethvogt.com) and her blog on quotes, In Others' Words, or on any of these social media platforms:
Facebook.com/AuthorBethKVogt
Twitter.com/bethvogt
Instagram.com/bethkvogt

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Becoming the Talbot Sisters By Rachel Linden




Twin sisters Waverly and Charlie Talbot have drifted far apart as they pursue opposite dreams of stardom and service to the poor. Now they must come together to face their fears, find their courage, and fight for what they love.
Celebrity chef Waverly Talbot has built a successful career with her home-entertaining show Simply Perfect. Yet she and her husband, Andrew, have never been able to realize the true desire of Waverly’s heart: to become a mother. Meanwhile Waverly’s twin sister, Charlie, buries her bitter disappointment and shattered idealism beneath a life spent serving others as an international aid worker in Budapest, Hungary.
 When the beloved aunt who raised them passes away, Waverly and Charlie come together in their grief after living years on separate continents. Struck by a fierce desire to bridge the distance between them, Charlie offers Waverly and her husband the selfless gift of surrogacy.
But soon the sisters find they are each in danger of losing their jobs, seemingly putting their dreams on hold once again. When Waverly shows up unannounced in Budapest with a plan to rescue Simply Perfect, the sisters embark on an adventure across central Europe that could save them both from occupational hazards. Though the twins haven’t had to rely on each other since childhood, a dramatic turn in their journey forces them to stand together to save their careers, the baby, and each other.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Talbot-Sisters-Courage-Unites/dp/0718095766/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530453498&sr=8-1&keywords=becoming+the+talbot+sisters


 
Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures living and traveling in fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her stories. She holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College and a BA in Literature from Huntington University, and she studied creative writing at Oxford University during college. Currently, Rachel lives in beautiful Seattle, Washington with her husband and two young children. Rachel enjoys creating stories about hope and courage with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Accidental Guardian By Mary Connealy GIVEAWAY!





When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he'd finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He'd
hoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong.

Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace offers the only shelter for miles around, and agrees to take them in until she can safely continue. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling--yet enticing.

Working to survive the winter and finally bring justice to the trail, Trace and Deborah find themselves drawn together--yet every day approaches the moment she'll leave forever.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Guardian-High-Sierra-Sweethearts/dp/0764219294/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1529697900&sr=1-1

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy...with cowboys.
http://www.maryconnealy.com
She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist.
She is the author of bestselling Kincaid Brides Series, Trouble in Texas Series, Wild at Heart Series, and Cimarron Legacy Series. Her work also includes Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy and Sophie's Daughters Trilogy. And several novella collections including; Calico & Cowboy Romance Collection, Hearts Entwined, A Bride for All Seasons, Four Weddings and a Kiss, A Match Made in Texas and many more books.

Mary is married to her very own romantic cowboy hero and has four grown daughters and a small bevy of spectacular grandchildren.


After our daughter passed away two people sent copies of this book to Mary. I hope that you will read it and share this post with your friends.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Patriot Bride By Kimberley Woodhouse



Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause
Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Bride-Daughters-Mayflower-book/dp/1683226062/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1529697439&sr=8-1

Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than a dozen books. She is a wife, mother, author, and musician with a quick wit and positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. A popular speaker, she's shared at more than 2,000 venues across the country. Kimberley and her family's story have garnered national media attention for many years including ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, Discovery Health channel's Mystery ER, The Hour of Power, The Harvest Show, and over 1,000 other TV appearances and radio interviews. She lives and writes in Colorado with her husband of twenty-five years and their two amazing kids. kimberleywoodhouse.com
Find Kim on twitter and facebook:
twitter.com/kimwoodhouse
author fan page Kimberley Woodhouse

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Room on the Porch Swing By Amy Clipson



When tragedy strikes, can two young Amish people find the hope that lies on the other side?
Laura Riehl is no stranger to heartache. Less than a year after her mother’s death, Laura finds herself burying another loved one: her best friend, Savilla, who has died after a brief and sudden illness. Laura feels heartbroken and alone, but her pain is nothing compared to that of Allen, the husband Savilla has left behind. He now faces a life so different from the one he imagined—plus a baby to care for on his own.
When Laura offers to help Allen with baby Mollie, he jumps at the opportunity until a permanent solution can be found. She’d do anything to lend a hand to Allen and to honor her best friend’s memory. Rudy, Laura’s boyfriend, is initially supportive of her plan, but the more time Laura spends with Allen, the more jealous and frustrated Rudy seems to become.
As Laura and Allen face hardships together, their friendship takes a surprising yet comforting turn—and she discovers an attraction she’s never felt with Rudy. Would falling for Allen betray the people she cares about most, or would denying those feelings betray her heart? This latest installment in the Amish Homestead series returns us to Lancaster County, home of the beloved Riehls, where a family’s strength—and advice from a new friend—may help Laura find God’s direction.


Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Porch-Swing-Amish-Homestead-Novel/dp/0310349079/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1529887590&sr=8-1&keywords=room+on+the+porch+swing+by+amy+clipston&dpID=51wCUvIt8XL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch


Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats. You can find her on the web at www.AmyClipston.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmyClipstonBooks.

A five star must read.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Messy to Meaningful By Rhonda Rhea and Kaley Rhea




Got a junk drawer? Ever find yourself stuffing stray items in there without thinking? Holding on to incidentals that are no longer needed? Yeah, most of us are there. We can do that same sort of stuffing in our spiritual lives, holding on to so much junk that it becomes tough to fit in the good things the Lord is calling us to. What if we told you there are ways to sort through some of that junk, keep what you need, throw out what’s unnecessary and move forward, less hindered, less weighed down, more spiritually organized—more...free? There are powerful truths in the Word of God to get you to that very place. You’re invited to take a little journey through the junk drawer, enjoy some chuckles with girlfriends Monica Schmelter, Rhonda Rhea and Kaley Rhea, and find yourself some beautiful...free.


Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Messy-Meaningful-Lessons-Junk-Drawer/dp/1946708224/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529189917&sr=1-1&keywords=messy+to+meaningful&dpID=51xnuylJnbL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch


Rhonda Rhea is an author, speaker and TV personality who says, "a good psychosis is a terrible thing to waste." She says she's milked hers--even as a Bible teacher. Rhonda is a funny lady who speaks at conferences and events nationwide.

Anyone interested in writing and speaking? Rhonda advises to have five kids. "They're not cheap but they're a great source of material." Her five are now grown but she says they're still providing great content for her books, speaking events and radio and TV appearances.

Rhonda works with Christian Television Network's KNLJ in Jefferson City, Missouri and WHTN in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a pastor's wife, happily married and living in the St. Louis area. She is a humor columnist for many magazines and is the author of 12 books, 11 nonfiction--including the new co-authored project with Beth Duewel titled, FIX-HER-UPPER. She also has a brand new, super-fun fiction project co-authored with her daughter, Kaley Rhea. It's a hilarious Christian romantic comedy called, TURTLES IN THE ROAD. Rhonda says she will keep cranking the books out as long as the Lord allows. --And the psychoses hold out.


Kaley Rhea is the St. Louis-area author of Christian romantic comedy Turtles in the Road (along with mom, bud, and writing partner Rhonda Rhea) and the soon-to-release non-fiction book Messy to Meaningful: Lessons From the Junk Drawer (co-written with Rhonda Rhea and Monica Schmelter) coming this April.

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A Matter of Honor By Stephanie Sullivan




Joey Landry is stuck between a rock and a hard place. After inheriting her late aunt's bed-and-breakfast inn, she has the overwhelming task of keeping the struggling business afloat while also trying to raise her twelve-year-old disabled son, Evan, on her own.

Nathan Griffin, a handsome businessman and farmer from Texas, stops by on his way through Louisiana and decides to spend a few days at the inn, despite the fact there's a hurricane brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. Joey is immediately taken with his friendliness and southern charm, but what she doesn't realize is he's been sent to spy on her by his ruthless and wealthy boss, who wants to buy Joey's property to drill for oil.

Nathan, who never wanted to take part in the deception in the first place, never expected to meet such a strong and admirable Christian woman as Joey Landry, and he certainly didn't expect to fall in love. Nathan refuses to go along with his boss' wishes, but fearing he might lose Joey, Nathan never confesses to her the false pretenses that brought him to her small town of Anders Crossing.

When Nathan's deception is revealed, Joey is devastated, but Nathan promises to do whatever it takes to become an honorable man in her eyes once again, and sometimes reclaiming your honor means risking it all - especially for the woman you love.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Matter-Honor-Christian-Romance/dp/1983073237/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1528996747&sr=1-1



As a teenager in the 1980s, Stephanie Sullivan fell in love with romance novels after borrowing a friend’s copy of Betray Not My Passion by Sylvie F. Sommerfield. This began a mail correspondence with Mrs. Sommerfield that lasted several years, and those letters of encouragement are just a few of the many reasons why she chose to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a romance author.

She lives in Mississippi with her husband of 24 years and their two children, and when she’s not busy with her family, you can usually find her with a notebook and pen in hand, dreaming up new story ideas or working on her many freelance writing projects. Visit Stephanie online at: www.authorstephaniesullivan.com


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Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Mother's Day Tea By Martha Fouts





Jonah Walters used to have the perfect life, but he ruined it with his self-centered ways. Brooklyn Lee once had big dreams, but an unexpected heartbreak made those dreams impossible. Now all Jonah and Brooklyn can do is lead lives of lowered expectations. After all, what's the use of getting your hopes up when there's no chance of your dreams coming true?
The nosy pastor's wife, Maureen, is determined that Family Chapel's annual Mother's Day Tea will be better than ever this year. She's also determined that her nephew Jonah and little "Brookie" Lee will start to dream again.
With a bit of Maureen's charm and meddling, she manages to convince both Brooklyn and Jonah to help her with the upcoming tea. Will Jonah forgive himself for his past mistakes? Will Brooklyn allow God to heal her heart from her terrible loss? Will Brooklyn and Jonah open their hearts to a new dream the Lord has for them?


Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Day-Cool-Springs-Stories/dp/1640038477/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1528996220&sr=1-1



Martha Fouts and her husband of twenty-three years, Kevin Fouts, are the lead pastors of Discovery Church in Yukon, Oklahoma. Kevin and Martha are blessed with stinky socks, a huge grocery bill, a car filled with sports equipment, lots of noise, and everything else that life with three sons brings. She has written a young adult Christian fiction novel, Cool Springs Girls, and two women’s Christian novels, Whispers and Dreams and The Mother's Day Letter, and a women’s Bible study, How to Have a Drama-Free Life. Martha believes in the value of creating art that honors the Lord and that laughter and fun are greatly underrated. Find out more about Martha and upcoming books on her website, www.marthafoutsbooks.com or check out her blog, Lovely and True on Wordpress.
Martha has TWO new books coming out in Spring of 2018 - The Mother's Day Tea and Mother's Day on Mainstreet!

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The Love Story By Rachel Hauck




From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a story of long-lost love and its redemption in future generations.
Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. But everyone knows who to call for a convincing death scene . . . and it might be killing her career.
When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut. Jesse would rather write about romance than live through it after his past relationship ended in disaster. But once on-set together, the chemistry between Jesse and his leading lady is hard to deny.
Centuries earlier, in the heart of the Revolutionary War, Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow wrote their saga off the silver screen. Esther’s Loyalist father opposes any relationship with Hamilton, but Esther must face her beloved father’s disapproval and the dangers of war in order to convince Hamilton of their future together. Hamilton has loved Esther for years, and on the eve of battle pens the love letter she’s always wanted—something straight from the heart.
Set in stunning upcountry South Carolina, The Love Letter is a beautifully crafted story of the courage it takes to face down fear and chase after love, even in the darkest of times. And just maybe, all these generations later, love can come home in a way not even Hollywood could imagine.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Love-Letter-Novel-Rachel-Hauck/dp/0310351006/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528927565&sr=1-1&keywords=the+love+letter+hauck

Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She is a Christy Award Winner and a double RITA finalist. Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Club.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, and a former sorority girl, Rachel and her husband live in central Florida. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Visit her at www.rachelhauck.com or www.facebook.com/rachelhauck


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Once Upon a Farm By Rory Feek



Now raising their four-year-old daughter, Indiana, alone, after Joey’s passing, Rory Feek digs deeper into the soil of his life and the unusual choices he and his wife, Joey, made together and the ones he’s making now to lead his family into the future.
When Rory Feek and his older daughters moved into a run-down farmhouse almost twenty years ago, he had no idea of the almost fairy-tale love story that was going to unfold on that small piece of Tennessee land . . . and the lessons he and his family would learn along the way.
Now two years after Joey’s passing, as Rory takes their four-year-old daughter Indiana’s hand and walks forward into an unknown future, he takes readers on his incredible journey from heartbreak to hope and, ultimately, the kind of healing that comes only through faith.
A raw and vulnerable look deeper into Rory’s heart, Once Upon a Farm is filled with powerful stories of love, life, and hope and the insights that one extraordinary, ordinary man in bib overalls has gleamed along the way.
As opposed to homesteading, this is instead a book on lifesteading as Rory learns to cultivate faith, love, and fatherhood on a small farm while doing everything, at times, but farming. With frequent stories of his and Joey’s years together, and how those guide his life today, Rory unpacks just what it means to be open to new experiences.
“This isn’t a how-to book; it’s more of a how we, or more accurately, how He, God, planted us on a few acres of land and grew something bigger than Joey or I could have ever imagined.”

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Farm-Lessons-Frontier/dp/0785216723/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528772968&sr=1-1&keywords=once+upon+a+farm+feek&dpID=51JHur1z5XL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

My name is Rory. I wear overalls most all of the time, but I’m not a farmer... yet. I love old cars, old farmhouses, old people, and pretty much anything nostalgic or that has character. I’m 51 years old on the outside and in my mid 20′s down deep. I am a believer who’s dreams have taken me places I’ve never imagined. I’m also a Believer, that has a long long way to go. I want to live a great story. I want to be a better man. I film. I write. I show up. God does the rest.

My wife: I am married to the greatest woman that I’ve ever known. Her name is Joey. She has the voice of an angel and the heart of a saint. She is why I’m me. We have been married almost 14 years and God has given us an incredible love story. Not just how we began.. but now, today... even without her here by my side. That love story is still unfolding as our hold our little one's had and turn the pages. I want to out-love and out-serve my wife, but it is impossible.

My children: I have two daughters, no wait… I have three daughters. Our two oldest, Heidi and Hopie are grown and making their way in this world. Our youngest, Indiana, is two years old and she helps me to make sense of this world. Indy has down syndrome. I think Hopie has up syndrome (she’s always happy). Heidi’s got film and music syndrome (she’s an aspiring filmmaker and singer/songwriter). All my children are good and perfect gifts from above.

My life: I live on a small farm about an hour south of Nashville Tennessee. We have two horses, some chickens, cats and a dog named Ranger. Joey and I spent the last eight years making music, traveling all over the world singing and performing for people, making a television show at home and working hard on our dreams. We took a year off in 2014 to search for something better. To simplify, and be with our family and friends, and to homestead. We don’t have a television and don’t want one. For a year, we traded our iPhones in for flip-phones and starting to talk to people again. We love our life.

My blog: I’m a songwriter who isn’t writing songs right now, so Joey encouraged me to write about our lives instead. So at the beginning of 2014, I started blogging about and filming the little and big moments in our life as they happened.. I didn’t know why at the time. I do now.

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This is a must read book. You are sure to love it if you have been following Joey and Rory's story.

No Less Days By Amanda Stevens




David Galloway can’t die.
How many lifetimes can God expect one man to live? Over a century old, David Galloway isolates himself from the mortal humans who die or desert him by making a quiet life as a used bookstore owner in Northern Michigan. But then he spots a news article about a man who, like him, should be dead.

Daredevil celebrity Zachary Wilson walked away unscathed from what should have been a deadly fall. David tracks the man down, needing answers. Soon David discovers a close-knit group of individuals as old as he is who offer the sort of kinship and community he hasn’t experienced for decades—but at what cost?

David finds himself keeping secrets other than his own. . .protecting more than himself alone. He’ll have to decide what’s worth the most to him—security or community. When crimes come to light that are older than any mortal, he fears the pressure is more than he can stand. What does God require of him, and is David strong enough to see it through?

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/No-Less-Days-Amanda-Stevens/dp/1683225511/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1529189611&sr=1-3



As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now, she writes speculative fiction. She is the author of the Haven Seekers series, and her debut Seek and Hide was a 2015 INSPY Award finalist. She lives in Michigan and loves trade paperbacks, folk music, the Golden Era of Hollywood, and white cheddar popcorn.

My Thoughts...

I was excited to read No Less Days when I received it because I heard a lot of god things about it. The characters were strong and the plot was strong. I did have trouble stayng interested. To me the book was extremely slow. At  times it seemed that the book ws going to pick up but t slowed back down. It you can hold on until around the middle of the book it gets better. I just don't care to read half a book before  the stories gets really interesting.
This was read and reviewed by AJ.
I gave this book 3 stars.
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, June 21, 2018

The Kindness Effect By Jill Donovan



What if you had the power to rewrite a line in someone's chapter?

In 2004, Jill Donovan's guest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show ignited a change within her heart that would have a ripple effect on thousands of lives.

Now, with her own nationally known jewelry business, Donovan knows a thing or two about the power in passing gifts from one person to another.

This is not a how-to-guide on exercising kindness. It is also not just the story of Donovan's business, Rustic Cuff. This book shows what happens when you give generously to others, pursue your dreams and never give up.

For Rustic Cuff creator Jill Donovan, it's not about the bracelet. It's about the connection that is made between two people in gift giving. Within the pages of this book are the experiences that inspired her most popular bracelets, now worn by celebrities such as Miranda Lambert, Gayle King, and Kristin Chenowith. The Kindness Effect gives you a glimpse into how this practicing attorney transformed her handmade cuffs into a flourishing business. Now a sought-after motivational speaker who encourages women to pursue their passions, Donovan often recites her favorite quote: "Don't compare your chapter 1 with someone else's chapter 20." Be inspired by this regifting movement, and discover the power in generous giving for a fulfilling journey through life. 


Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Kindness-Effect-Experience-Irrational-Giving/dp/1629991791/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528928379&sr=1-1&keywords=the+kindness+effect+by+jill+donovan&dpID=51s-I5yBfcL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch



Jill Donovan was born in Baltimore, Maryland; was raised in Pensacola, Florida; and graduated from Oral Roberts University, in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she met her husband, Terry. She went on to get her law degree from the University of Tulsa and was a practicing attorney and adjunct law professor at TU law school when Rustic Cuff was born. She taught herself how to make cuffs and gifted them to friends and family. Today, Rustic Cuff jewelry is sold in more than 250 stores across the country. The brand has been featured on many national TV shows including Good Morning America, The Today Show, E! News and The View. When not working, Donovan enjoys spending time with her daughter’s, Ireland 13, and Peanut, 9.

As someone who is always giving, I think this was a book worth reading and sharing.
 It is a biblically sound book and has tons of  great information in it.
Pick up and extra copy to GIVE to someone you love.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Rancher's Surprise Daughter By Jill Lynn



A reunion he never expected…
In this
Colorado Grooms novel

Luc Wilder’s surprised when his ex-girlfriend Cate Malory arrives at his Colorado guest ranch. And he’s downright stunned when she introduces him to his three-year-old daughter, Ruby. Bonding with the bubbly little girl is easy—Ruby loves ranch life, just like her daddy. But after all the secrets, can Luc and Cate find a way to trust in each other again?

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Ranchers-Surprise-Daughter-Colorado-Grooms/dp/1335509666/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528773495&sr=1-1&keywords=the+rancher%27s+surprise+daughter&dpID=51hcNy6tL0L&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch


Welcome! I’m Jill. Award-winning author, hot mess, loud laugher and coffee addict. I write small-town stories filled with grace, humor and happily ever after. I also co-authored Just Show Up with Kara Tippetts—a book about how to support one another during hardships.

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