Friday, September 18, 2020

Choose Joy A Coloring Book of Gratitude and Wonder

 

Relax and enjoy a creative approach to gratitude with this beautiful coloring book for adults filled with breathtaking illustrations and inspirational quotes from writers, hymns, and Scripture.

In today's hectic, stress-filled world, taking stock of our blessings and truly experiencing gratefulness isn't always easy, but this coloring book offers a beautiful and unique way to find moments of peace and quiet to meditate on gratitude. Each beautifully illustrated page features an original design from one of seven talented artists that illustrates a corresponding quote.

Features include:
    Large format 9.75" x 9.75" (25x25cm) pages
    45 single-sided coloring pages
    High quality, bright white paper stock--heavy enough to use pencils, pens, or markers
    Quotes from the Bible, hymns, and variety of inspirational writers, such as Charles Stanley, Henry Ward Beecher, Maya Angelou, Louisa May Alcott, Martin Luther King Jr., Shauna Niequist, Bob Goff, G.K. Chesterton, Mr. Rogers, and more
    A link to the "Gratefulness" playlist to help set the mood for worship, contemplation, creative expression, and a spirit of gratitude
    Illustrations by Holly Camp, Jennifer Tucker, Ann-Margret Hovsepian, Katie Howe, Laura Marshall, Bridget Hurley, and Radha Carlson--all artists previously featured in the bestselling Whatever Is Lovely and Everything Beautiful

This coloring book will take you on a journey towards deeper gratitude. Whether you are embarking on this journey by yourself or in a group, pick up your favorite art supplies and color your way to a new understanding of what it means to be truly grateful.

Pick up your copy here...

https://www.amazon.com/Choose-Joy-Coloring-Gratitude-Wonder/dp/0593232208/ref=sr_1_1?crid=29GSLWGJG1NWX&dchild=1&keywords=choose+joy+coloring+book&qid=1599752321&sprefix=Choose+Joy+A+col%2Caps%2C188&sr=8-1


The Ink & Willow line infuses contemplation and inspiration into the regular spiritual practice of creative-minded Christians, wherever they are in their faith journey. Each thoughtfully curated gift product is based in biblical truth and sparks a reminder of how God reveals beauty in the midst of our ordinary.

Throughout literary history, willow trees have been symbols of growth, balance, learning, healing, and harmony. Since willows often grow near streams or rivers, the name Ink and Willow was inspired by the verse in Psalm 1 about the person who delights in God and therefore is deeply planted and able to thrive, bearing fruit and prospering through every season. The word ink has a dual meaning, first as a nod to the act and art of printing words on paper, and then, in the sense that ink symbolizes life. In combination, Ink & Willow becomes the perfect metaphor for what this thoughtfully curated line of products is designed to do, which is to inspire, nurture, and engage Christians.

www.inkandwillowgifts.com and @inkandwillowgifts on social.


My Thoughts...

Adult coloring books are so relaxing after a long stressful day. I love the positive affirmation that Choose Joy has. Such uplifting pages and positive messages on each page. This would make a great gift. 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, September 17, 2020

The Librarian of Boone's Hollow By Kim Vogel Sawyer

 

A traveling librarian ventures into the mining towns of Kentucky on horseback—and learns to trust the One who truly pens her story—in this powerful novel from the best-selling author of A Silken Thread.
 
During the Great Depression, city-dweller Addie Cowherd dreams of becoming a novelist and offering readers the escape that books had given her during her tragic childhood. When her father loses his job, she is forced to take the only employment she can find—delivering books on horseback to poor coal-mining families in the hills of Kentucky.
 
But turning a new page will be nearly impossible in Boone's Hollow, where residents are steeped in superstitions and deeply suspicious of outsiders. Even local Emmett Tharp feels the sting of rejection after returning to the tiny mountain hamlet as the first in his family to graduate college. And as the crippled economy leaves many men jobless, he fears his degree won’t be worth much in a place where most men either work the coal mine or run moonshine.
 
As Addie also struggles to find her place, she’ll unearth the truth about a decades-old rivalry. But when someone sets out to sabotage the town’s library program, will the culprit chase Addie away or straight into the arms of the only person who can help her put a broken community back together?

Pick up your copy here...


Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wife, mother, gramma, chocolate-lover, cat-petter, and--most importantly--a daughter of the King! With more than 1.5 million books in print in seven different languages, Kim enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Her "gentle stories of hope" are loved by readers and reviewers alike. Kim and her retired military husband, Don, reside on the plains of Kansas, the setting for many of her novels.

My Thoughts...
Historical fiction fans are going to be in for a real treat with Sawyers latest book.
A library in trouble and Addie willing to fix it.
This was such a treat for me, I would love to work around books all day. I loved the story line and the turn out was one for the books.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it. It is not like Sawyers other books it was by far her best book to date. 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, September 16, 2020

The Only Escape By Amber Rodgers

 

Summer Reynolds is a beautiful, successful and caring woman who is working the job that she has dreamed of since she was a child. She never imaged that being a nurse would turn into a nightmare. She starts to experience things that she cannot explain and feels as though she may be on the edge of a breakdown. She no longer feels safe walking to her car by herself after her shift, staying in her house by herself, or even spending time with her friends without looking over her shoulder. One frigid November evening as she is driving home the unimaginable happened. Summer now must figure out a way to get herself out the scary situation she has been put in.

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https://www.amazon.com/Only-Escape-Amber-Rodgers/dp/1981638016/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Only+Escape+by+Amber+Rodgers&qid=1599751016&sr=8-1


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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Resilient Leader By Alfred Ells

 

Adversity often comes without warning. Bad news is shocking. Betrayal is heartbreaking. It’s natural for a church leader to feel defensive and want to fight back. But fear and anger make for poor strategies when it comes to resolving conflict and thriving afterward.
 
Is it possible to rise above the storm and even thrive despite it? Ordained minister and leadership consultant Alfred Ells says yes, it is. Through stories of leaders who have suffered the traumas of betrayal, conflict, and failure, he provides insights, wisdom, and instruction on how to leverage adversity to become a resilient leader skilled at repairing any breach.

Pick up your copy here...

https://www.amazon.com/Resilient-Leader-Adversity-Change-Ministry/dp/0830781072/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3A4Y5KKHMI31D&dchild=1&keywords=the+resilient+leader&qid=1599876077&sprefix=A+Resilient+Leader%2Caps%2C175&sr=8-2


My Thoughts...

 This a must read for those in leadership  positions in the ministry. It give you so many insights to prepare you in times of conflict and crisis, gives you steps to try to resolve the conflict, it gives you tips to build resilience and  build healthy relationships.
It is a tool that everyone can read and use to help them in their position.
I recommend this book and gave it 4 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.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Set A Seal Upon My Heart By Sarah Neisen


 God has a plan for all believers to solidify our faith and draw us deeper into a relationship with Him, and it's all found within The Song of Solomon.


Here you'll discover a treasure of intimacy with our bridegroom Jesus. Have you ever asked yourself 'Is there more?' Maybe you've wondered how the Bible really applies to your life. This Devotional Study will answer those questions and more.

In this book you will:

Discover the truth of God's great love and promises for your life.

Connect with Jesus daily and experience peace and joy.

Identify yourself as a disciple of Jesus and learn how to share your testimony with others.

Learn how to follow God's will and purpose for your life.

Fully embrace your role in the kingdom to bring glory to God.

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Sarah Neisen is a graduate of the New Day School of Ministry and Co-Founder of Discipleship Training Ministries, SSM. Along with her husband Lee, they seek to teach and encourage believers in their identity in Christ so that the Good News may be preached throughout the world with signs, wonders, and miracles.

She is a regular speaker at churches in the river valley region of Minnesota and a guest speaker at local women's groups and retreats. Sarah and her husband have one son whom she homeschools. They live on a farm in south-central Minnesota with a plethora of chickens, ducks, cows, and other animals.

My Thoughts...
A Devotional and a  Bible Study in one. You can use this book to study The Song of Solomon and read your devotional every day at the same time. This is one of the deepest studies that I have seen in a while it really gets to the meat of the Bible.
This would be great for a small group or just yourself.
I hope that you will grab a copy of this Bible study to use with your Bible reading each morning. 
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, September 11, 2020

Mordecai's Ashes By Arlana Crane

Karl Larsson is an out of work roughneck, home from the oil fields of Alberta and back on the west coast for the first time in years. His wife has left him and his future looks bleak. Becoming a detective is the last thing on his mind, but when Karl learns that he has inherited his estranged grandfather’s agency he decides to take a chance.

He doesn’t expect much action in a city as small as Victoria, BC, but Karl soon finds that Victoria is only the base of operations. His grandfather’s business took him across the length and breadth of Vancouver Island, and the Island is a world unto itself, with a culture all its own.

When a reporter from a national news agency asks him to investigate a drug running operation on the Island, Karl is drawn into a dangerous game. Finding the truth sounds simple in theory, but as Karl delves deeper he begins to realize that more than his life may be at stake.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Mordecais-Ashes-Larsson-Investigations-Arlana/dp/1777201217/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3EH3W6P1T88Y5&dchild=1&keywords=mordecai%27s+ashes&qid=1599353319&sprefix=Mordecai%27s%2Caps%2C163&sr=8-1

Arlana Crane is a fourth generation Vancouver Islander, currently living in Calgary, Alberta with her husband James. She loves to read, write, knit, play the ukulele and attend the theatre. Summer vacations will find her back on her beloved Island, enjoying the ocean and spoiling her niece and nephews. For more information please visit arlanawrites.com.

My Thoughts...
I love a good detective drama. This books was a fast paced read. It's a book that can be read in one sitting. If you are looking for a new author this just might be your author.
I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait to see what Crane has in store for us next.
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, September 10, 2020

Airborne By Diann Mills

Heather Lawrence’s long-awaited vacation to Salzburg wasn’t supposed to go like this. Mere hours into the transatlantic flight, the Houston FBI agent is awakened when passengers begin exhibiting horrific symptoms of an unknown infection. As the virus quickly spreads and dozens of passengers fall ill, Heather fears she’s witnessing an epidemic similar to ones her estranged husband studies for a living―but this airborne contagion may have been deliberately released.

While Heather remains quarantined with other survivors, she works with her FBI colleagues to identify the person behind this attack. The prime suspect? Dr. Chad Lawrence, an expert in his field . . . and Heather’s husband. The Lawrences’ marriage has been on the rocks since Chad announced his career took precedence over his wife and future family and moved out.

As more victims fall prey days after the initial outbreak, time’s running out to hunt down the killer, one who may be closer to the victims than anyone ever expected.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Airborne-DiAnn-Mills/dp/1496427173/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1598718888&sr=8-1

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is Director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Conference, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

Connect with DiAnn here: diannmills.com

My Thoughts...
Can you say this is an on time book? Who would have thought that Mills would write a book about something going on in the world before it happens to the world.
You have to read this timely message that you are going to be in awe of. The storyline the writing it is not to be missed.
I gave this book 4 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.