Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Three Shoeboxes By Steven Manchester GIVEAWAY!



Mac Anderson holds life in the palm of his hand. He has a beautiful wife, three loving children, a comfortable home, and a successful career. Everything is perfect―or so it seems. Tragically, Mac is destined to learn that any sense of security can quickly prove false. Because an invisible enemy called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has invaded Mac's fragile mind and it is about to drop him to his knees. He does all he can to conceal his inner chaos, but to no avail. Left to contend with ignorance, an insensitive justice system, and the struggles of an invisible disease, he loses everything―most importantly his family.
One shoebox might store an old pair of sneakers. Two shoeboxes might contain a lifetime of photographs. But in Three Shoeboxes, a father's undying love may be just enough to make things right again.

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https://www.amazon.com/Three-Shoeboxes-Steven-Manchester/dp/1611882605/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1529188733&sr=8-1




Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin' Chair, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island, as well as the national bestsellers Ashes and The Changing Season, and the multi-award winning novels, Goodnight, Brian and The Thursday Night Club. He has written A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Wilbur Avenue (novelette), and Just in Time (novelette) while his work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Three of Steven's short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series and he is the produced playwright of Three Shoeboxes. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. Visit: www.StevenManchester.com

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Monday, June 18, 2018

How to be the Perfect Christian ByThe Babylon Bee




With a biting, satirical style reminiscent of The OnionHow to Be a Perfect Christian takes a humorous look at the quirks of cultural Christianity while subtly challenging the reader to search for more than a cultural faith.Written in the trademark style of The Babylon Bee, this book humorously satirizes cultural Christianity while peppering in subtle challenges to the reader. Through humor and sarcasm (and a handy meter to rank your "holiness" as you progress through the book), readers will be called to find a more biblical understanding of the Christian faith, all while poking fun at the quirks of the modern, American Christian community.

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https://www.amazon.com/How-Perfect-Christian-Comprehensive-Spiritual/dp/0735291527/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1529200109&sr=8-2&keywords=how+to+be+a+perfect+christian+babylon+bee



My Thoughts...

I must admit that I was unsure about this book at first. My fears were laid to rest pretty quickly when I started to read. This is one hilarious read. I think we as Christians should learn how to laugh and not be to serious all the time. I caught myself laughing out loud many times while reading. With the funny stuff to the side the book has a bit of truth to it. Unfortunately some of the things in this book describes some people's walk with God. I recommend this book But I must warn you that you shouldn't read this one in a library you may get kicked out for being to loud.
This book was read and reviewed by AJ.
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.

Where the Fire Falls By Karen Barnett GIVEAWAY!




Stunning Yosemite National Park sets the stage for this late 1920s historical romance with mystery, adventure, heart, and a sense of the place John Muir described as "pervaded with divine light."Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford has shed her humble beginnings to fashion her image as an avant-garde artist to appeal to the region's wealthy art-collectors. When she lands a lucrative contract painting illustrations of Yosemite National Park for a travel magazine, including its nightly one-of-a-kind Firefall event, she hopes the money will lift Olivia and her sisters out of poverty.

    After false accusations cost him everything, former minister Clark Johnson has found purpose as a backcountry guide in this natural cathedral of granite and trees. Now he's faced with the opportunity to become a National Parks Ranger, but is it his true calling?

    As Clark opens Olivia's eyes to the wonders of Yosemite, she discovers the people are as vital to the park's story as its vistas--a revelation that may bring her charade to an end.


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https://www.amazon.com/Where-Fire-Falls-Vintage-National/dp/0735289565/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529189008&sr=1-1&keywords=where+the+fire+falls+by+karen+barnett&dpID=51WDyQtR0QL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch




Karen Barnett is the award-winning author of The Golden Gate Chronicles (Out of the Ruins, Beyond the Ashes, and Through the Shadows) and Mistaken. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two kids, and three mischievous dachshunds. When she's not writing, Karen enjoys photography, hiking, public speaking, decorating crazy birthday cakes, and dragging her family through dusty history museums. Oregon Christian Writers (OCW) honored her with the Writer of Promise Award in 2013 and a Cascade Award for her debut novel, Mistaken, in 2014. In 2016, she was named Writer of the Year by the prestigious Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Karen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW) and has been published in Guideposts and other national magazines.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tiny Bible Tales 2 book GIVEAWAY! By W.C. Bauers



Tiny Bible Tales, a series of board books, shares the stories of the Bible's bravest heroes with gentle, rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations.When Daniel is thrown into the lion's den, it will take all of his prayer and faith to save him. This board book combines quiet, rhyming text with simple and colorful art to tell one of the Bible's most treasured stories.

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https://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Lions-Tiny-Bible-Tales/dp/1524785962/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528927942&sr=1-1&keywords=Tiny+Bible+tales+Daniel+And+the+Lions%27+den




To save baby Moses, Miriam and her mother place him in a basket and set him adrift on the river. As Miriam watches from the reeds, she hopes that someone will find and rescue him. And someone does--Pharaoh's daughter! This board book combines quiet, rhyming text with simple and colorful art to tell one of the Bible's most treasured stories.

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https://www.amazon.com/Miriam-Pharaohs-Daughter-Bible-Tales/dp/1524785946/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1524785946&pd_rd_r=005de01e-6f57-11e8-9cbc-d19d5eec9285&pd_rd_w=u5yfh&pd_rd_wg=xc4mj&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3914568618330124508&pf_rd_r=P2WC810MHEH95Y73FZ0Z&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=P2WC810MHEH95Y73FZ0Z


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Before I Saw You By Amy Sorrells GIVEAWAY!




Folks are dying fast as the ash trees in the southern Indiana town ravaged by the heroin epidemic, where Jaycee Givens lives with nothing more than a thread of hope and a quirky neighbor, Sudie, who rescues injured wildlife. After a tragedy leaves her mother in prison, Jaycee is carrying grief and an unplanned pregnancy she conceals because she trusts no one, including the kind and handsome Gabe, who is new to town and to the local diner where she works.

Dividing her time between the diner and Sudie’s place, Jaycee nurses her broken heart among a collection of unlikely friends who are the closest thing to family that she has. Eventually, she realizes she can’t hide her pregnancy any longer―not even from the baby’s abusive father, who is furious when he finds out. The choices she must make for the safety of her unborn child threaten to derail any chance she ever had for hope and redemption. Ultimately, Jaycee must decide whether the truest form of love means hanging on or letting go.

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https://www.amazon.com/Before-Saw-You-Amy-Sorrells/dp/1496409566/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1528995906&sr=8-1


Amy K. Sorrells is a long-time believer in the power of story to change lives. Her diverse writing career includes more than two decades of freelance writing, including medical journal publications and a popular op-ed newspaper column. The driving mission behind all her writing is to bring words of hope to a hurting world. Praised by reviewers for the way they both poetically and accurately portray real-life hardship and hope, Amy's novels are inspired by social issues that break her heart and the Bible stories that reflect God's response to those issues. Her first novel, How Sweet the Sound, was a response to her personal questions about how God redeems the pain of sexual abuse. How Sweet the Sound won the 2011 Women of Faith Writing Contest. Since then, she has published two more novels, Then Sings My Soul and Lead Me Home. Amy's novels have been short-listed for various fiction awards. In addition to being a writer, Amy is also grateful to be a practicing registered nurse at a busy suburban hospital. She loves doting on her husband, three young-adult sons, and their golden retrievers at their home in central Indiana. If there's leftover time after that, she enjoys up-cycling, gardening, binge reading, exercising, and Bible journaling.

Connect with Amy at amyksorrells.com, or find her on Facebook (@amyksorrells), Twitter (@amysorrells), and Instagram (@amyksorrells).

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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Faith of Dolly Parton By Dudley Delffs



Dolly Parton has entertained, educated, and inspired millions of fans for over five decades. Whether she’s writing songs, performing live, recording new albums, acting in or producing new movies and TV programs, expanding her wildly successful Dollywood amusement park, helping children around the world learn to read with her Imagination Library nonprofit, or donating millions of dollars to schools, charities, and people in need, the Queen of Country Music has never been shy about crediting her Christian faith for her success.
“A belief in God is essential,” Dolly shares. “You have to believe in something bigger than yourself. We grew up believing that through God all things are possible.” Growing up in the little mountain church where her grandfather preached, Dolly started singing hymns and playing guitar at services when she was only six. Consequently, she has never been shy about discussing her faith and relationship with God. “People say, ‘Well, I am surprised that you talk about your faith,’ and I say, ‘Why not? That’s who I am. That’s what keeps me going,’” she explains.
Tennessee native, Dolly fanboy, and award-winning writer Dudley Delffs now spotlights ten faith lessons as evidenced in Dolly’s life, music, interviews, and attitude. The Faith of Dolly Parton focuses on the ways Dolly’s life can inspire us all to be more authentic, to trust God during hard times, to stay grounded during the good times, and to always keep our sense of humor. Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, frequently surprising, and always true to Dolly’s down-home spirit of joyful generosity, this book will delight her millions of fans as well as anyone seeking a fresh faith-filled role model.

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https://www.amazon.com/Faith-Dolly-Parton-Lessons-Heart/dp/0310352924/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528931775&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=the+faith+of+dolly+parton&psc=1



Dudley J. Delffs, Ph.D. is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. A former publishing executive with divisions of Random House and HarperCollins, Dudley now works with top-tier authors, agents, and publishers to produce bestselling books with life-changing impact. A lifelong fan of Dolly Parton, Dudley lives in Sewanee, Tennessee with his wife and children.

With us being such big fans of Dolly and her giving heart, reading this book was such a treat.
I love that it is a positive and inspiring book.
Author Delffs  did a wonderful job with this book.
I gave this book 4.5 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.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nighty Night and Good Night By Michael W. Smith GIVEAWAY!




Nighty Night and Good Night is the first book in a series of bedtime books by multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist Michael W. Smith and VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki. In Nighty Night and Good Night, the stuffed animal band the Nighty Nights are called upon to help their friend Ben try to fall to sleep. This cute and sleepy adventure leads Lamby, Bear, and Sleepy Puppy to discover that a classic lullaby might just do the trick.
This book includes a link that allows readers to listen to Michael W. Smith sing the same lullaby that helps put Ben to sleep.
Founded by Michael W. Smith, Nurturing Steps is an infant and toddler series of children’s music and books with a simple mission to enliven a child’s journey with hope and faith through music and storytelling.
The cover of Nighty Night and Good Night includes an adorable image of the Nighty Nights and a title that shines with foil.

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https://www.amazon.com/Nighty-Night-Good-Nurturing-Steps/dp/0310767016/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1528926925&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=nighty+night+and+good+night&psc=1


Michael W. Smith is a successful recording artist who has recorded more than 25 albums and had numerous hit radio songs in the Christian and General markets. He’s won numerous Grammy and Dove Awards and is the founder of Rocketown, an outreach to teenagers in a 38,000 square-foot facility in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. He is involved in mission work around the world. He has also written several best-selling books, including Old Enough To Know and Friends Are Friends Forever. He and his wife, Debbie, have five children and live in Nashville.

Such a cute children's book.
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