PRESENCE: The Story of Adel – Lana Wetzel

About the Book

Book: Presence-The Story of Adel

Author: Lana Wetzel

Genre: Inspirational Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Religious Romance

Release date: April 27, 2021

Presence: The Story of Adel” by Lana Wetzel

Living with her parents and her eight-month-old son, Noah, after her husband left her, Adel longs for space, independence and the family that God has written upon her heart. When Adel inherits her grandparents’ old apple orchard in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, she and Noah leave her parents’ home to discover a new life at Sweet Valley Farms. This is a thoroughly refreshing story about beginning life again on its altered scale. It is engaging, enjoyable, relatable and perfectly relaxing to read. Lana describes the Blue Ridge mountains with vivid imagery. This is a gripping and appealing story that tugs poignantly at our heartstrings. It is a novel that is true to the word of God. It also addresses the hardships and challenges of life. The “presence” of faith is a pun on the title. The love of family and friends triumphs with humor. I highly recommend this heartwarming book.

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About the Author

As a writer of inspirational fiction and singer/songwriter, Lana offers a unique gift in service to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Characterized by her experiences growing up in rural Northeast Georgia and now as a wife and homeschool mother of four, her works reflect an honesty and a gentle natural beauty that is often missed and sorely needed in a culture saturated with transient entertainment and consumerism. Whether making meals, lesson plans, story arcs, or song lyrics, Lana is listening for the still quiet Voice to draw her nearer to where even messiness and failure can become a redeemed work of art.

More from Lana

When the pace of life is set at break-neck speed and the pressure is on to sacrifice self and family for the sake of achievement, I find joy in writing stories that show a hint of something else: something simpler, something slower. A world where people stop and get to know one another (and themselves). A world where people literally “stop to smell the roses”. Where they hear the birds sing and notice the flowers bloom in the springtime. A world where family and friends and place matter. Where traditions yield comfort and joy. Where home means more than just a house you return to at the end of a long day. Where delight and wonder can be found in the commonplace of everyday life. Where friendships flourish and love blossoms. A place where life happens, and it’s never boring!

In “Presence – The Story of Adel”, Doris Jones takes Adel under her wing and teaches her about life. One of the special memories they share is making blueberry muffins together. Here’s the recipe:

Doris’ Blueberry Muffins:

½ cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

½ cup milk

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 ½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

2 Tbsp. sugar (for sprinkling on top)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Gently blend in the milk. In a separate bowl: mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add blueberries and stir only until well dusted. Fold the flour mixture into the sugar mixture with a spoon and place into muffin cups or a well-greased muffin tin. Bake 10 minutes then sprinkle extra sugar over the tops. Bake 10 more minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!

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NIGHT SONGS – Jennifer Sienes

About the Book

Book: Night Songs

Author: Jennifer Sienes

Genre: Women’s Christian Fiction/ Romance

Release date: April 12, 2022

“Night Songs” by Jennifer Seines reflects the awesome power of forgiveness and the transforming beauty of new beginnings. Jennifer skillfully weaves real life situations into her heartmoving stories to capture our souls, as she blends God’s healing love into our heartache. I highly recommend this heartwarming book for all readers who wish to take a reflective journey of forgiveness, letting go of the past and letting God’s plan be fulfilled in our lives.


What’s a girl to do when her life sounds ripped from the lyrics of a country music song?

Charlotte Van Cleave’s hissy-fit reaction to her husband’s infidelity sours her world like a pot of boiled chitlins. She’s left with no husband, no job, and no home—well, besides the dilapidated farmhouse inherited from her nana.

But Charlie learned early that southern girls dig deep when things go sideways. She’d climbed out of the mire when her missionary parents were killed in Congo, endured two late-term miscarriages, and survived the death of her nana and papaw. Too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash, Charlie follows a new path with her interior design skills.

Derek Daniels spent his life serving his country until a helicopter accident ended his military career. Now back home on the family farm, he’s stuck between his philandering brother, Nicky, and the only girl he’s ever loved—sweet Charlie Van Cleave. Unwilling to cross a line, he vows to keep his feelings to himself. Easier said than done when Charlie discovers a mystery surrounding her parents’ death and asks him to help investigate.

What’ll Charlie and Derek have to do to turn those lyrics into a country hit?

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About the Author

Jennifer Sienes holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education, but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, romance and writing—and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. Her daughter’s TBI and brother’s suicide inspired two of her three novels. Although fiction writing is her real love, she’s had several non-fiction pieces published in anthologies including several in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has two grown children and one very spoiled Maltese. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.

More from Jennifer

I love everything about the South. The seasons are more vibrant, the pace is slower, and the hospitality warmer than what I’ve previously experienced. I wasn’t born and raised here, but I’ve always felt an affinity for it. When my husband and I relocated from Northern California to middle Tennessee over three years ago, I was happier than ol’ Blue layin’ on the porch chewin’ on a big ol’ catfish head. Yes, there are times we need a translator, but we’re quick studies.

Setting is an important element of storytelling, whether it’s fictional or true. I will be the first person to tell you, I don’t have much imagination. I don’t read or write fantasy or sci-fi because I can’t picture myself in the story. I am in awe of writers who are able to create an alternate world in their minds and then share it in a story. Me? I need to see it to write it.

For that reason, I was very excited about how this move from the only place I’ve ever known to one I’d dreamt about most of my life would impact my novels and novellas. We landed here in the middle of July to magnolia trees with waxy leaves as big as my head and sweet-smelling white blossoms I couldn’t enclose in both hands. Mockingbirds chattering all hours of the day (and a lone guy at night), bright red cardinals flitting from tree to tree, and even an armadillo or two lumbering across our yard.

The character of Charlotte Van Cleave (Charlie) was born out of my imagination. Why I can create fake people but not fake settings is anyone’s guess. Her nana and pawpaw’s dilapidated farmhouse is a real home that had been abandoned outside the city limits of Shelbyville, Tennessee—in Bedford County, which is also the title of the series. I saw the house through a real estate website, and fortunately for me, it was empty. My husband and I snuck around the perimeter looking through broken widows to get a feel for the place. It didn’t hurt that there were several photos on the website, as well.

The rest of the story came in fits and starts. I first decided on Charlie’s personality, because if I know that, it’s easier to trip her up with all manner of chaos. If you’re familiar with the enneagram personality indicator, she’s a three—the Achiever. The other main character, Derek Daniels, is a six—the Loyalist. Throw in missionary parents, sibling rivalry, and southern culture and a story was born.

While I was working on Night Songs the mockingbirds were particularly active. They’re the Tennessee state bird, so they’re always around, but it’s only during the mating season they are vocal. I was lying awake in the middle of the night, and I heard one of them singing. I’d only ever heard them during the day, so I was surprised. Why would a lone mockingbird be singing at night? What I learned after a little research is that only those who are mate-less will do this. It made me sad to hear the little guy over the next several nights, pouring out his heart. Not unlike Charlie Van Cleave. Thus, a title was born.


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Reviewer: Heather Russell.


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About the Book

Book: Miracles in the Middle

Author: Debbie Milam

Genre: Christian Living, Inspirational

Release date: December 8, 2021

“Miracles in the Middle” by Debbie Milam captures the serene beauty of surrendering to God in our daily lives. Her warmhearted words of wisdom fill us with God’s love and grace.
When we surrender to God, He opens our hearts to see His great love in our heartaches, struggles and pain. God’s miracles still happen right in the midst of our fear, grief and suffering, miracles in our storms and difficult situations. God knows and understands all our struggles, sorrows, heartaches, worries and cares. The amazing power of God’s Word is expressed so eloquently in this heartwarming book. It inspires us to walk closer to God, day by day, in every way. This book is an outpouring of God’s love and wisdom, presenting answers to life’s greatest challenges. This book opens our eyes to God’s miracles that happen in our daily lives, when we least expect it, giving us renewed hope and strength to persevere. I highly recommend “Miracles in the Middle” to all who wish wholeheartedly to see the greatness of God manifested through His amazing miracles that reveal the goodness of God’s heart and the warmth of His love.


Do you need a miracle? You are not alone.

Some seasons of life can be so difficult. You may be in the middle of uncertainty, loss, grief, or anxiety.

You and your loved ones may be in the middle of chronic illness, financial issues, relationship struggles.

Whatever you’re struggling with, God knows.

And in the middle of your circumstances, God is there and He’s still creating miracles.

Miracles in the middle of fear.
Miracles in the middle of grief.
Miracles in the middle of unwellness.
Miracles in the middle of relationship struggles.
Miracles in the middle of suffering.

Most people talk about seeing God’s miracles when they have a breakthrough, receive healing, are freed from an addiction, or are victorious on the mountaintop. But what about the miracles that happen in the valley, in the middle of your storm, to in your difficult situation?

That’s where God does extraordinary work. That’s where God’s greatness amazes us when we need it the most.

In my newest book, Miracles in the Middle: I invite you to witness the astonishing miracles that happen in both seasons of blessings and in the depth of suffering. These true stories of God’s presence, power and love will reignite hope and help you develop a deeper intimacy with the Lord.

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About the Author

Debbie Milam is an award-winning occupational therapist, author and past syndicated columnist for United Press International’s Religion and Spirituality Division.

She is the author of Miracles in the Middle, Overtaken by Grace, And God Said and Lord Show Me You Are Here.

Debbie’s ground-breaking work has been featured in First for Women, the Miami Herald, Elle, and Ladies Home Journal, and on the Hallmark Channel, PBS, and WebMD.

Through her 501(c)3 Grace Love Well Foundation, her mission is to inspire people to the beauty, love, power, and presence of God. As an organization we have donated thousands of books to churches, missions work, prisons, pastoral counselors and prayer teams.

For more resources to deepen your intimacy with God and find peace in His presence, visit us online at gracelovewell.org or YouTube/Debbie Milam

More from Debbie

January of 2020, I began a journey of catastrophic health issues as I faced four life-threatening infections, including COVID, which led to being placed on Hospice care. While facing my mortality, I cried out to God and experienced one miracle after another.

Although my body was growing weaker and weaker, my faith, relationship with God, and desire to bring hope to others grew stronger and stronger. While battling severe health issues, I was able to publish this book by God’s grace and a great publishing team.

So many Christians are battling hopelessness, anxiety, and overwhelm. I understand all these feelings and I invite readers to witness the astonishing miracles that happen in both seasons of blessings and the depth of suffering. My true stories of God’s presence, power, and love will reignite hope and help readers develop a deeper intimacy with the Lord.

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Spoken from the Heart, June 1 (Author Interview)

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“The Amish Twins Next Door” by Vannetta Chapman is the endearing story of Deborah Mast and Nicholas Stoltzfus, and Deborah’s adorable twin boys, Jacob and Joseph. This is an uplifting and inspirational story of faith, repentance, forgiveness, hope and second chances, from Love Inspired. I highly recommend this heartwarming book to all readers who love fun and adventure stories.

About the Book

Book: The Amish Twins Next Door

Author: Vanetta Chapman

Genre: Amish romance

Release date: April 26, 2022


Two little matchmakers could change everything…in this novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Vannetta Chapman.

Falling for a pretend suitor could cause real complications…

Amish single mom Deborah Mast is determined to raise her seven-year-old twin sons her way. But when neighbor Nicholas Stoltzfus takes the rambunctious boys on as apprentices on his farm, she’ll learn the value of his help with more than just the children. And when the two little matchmakers hatch a plan of their own, Deborah could also discover how to reopen her heart…

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About the Author

Vannetta Chapman is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 39 full length novels, plus various novella collections. She has written for Abingdon Press, Harvest House Publishers, and Harper Collins Christian Publishing. She currently writes for the Love Inspired line of Harlequin Books. Chapman has received numerous awards including the ACFW Carol Award for best mystery (Falling to Pieces), and Christy Award finalist (Anna’s Healing).

More from Vannetta

When I married my husband 22 years ago, he had a 21-year-old daughter and 16-year-old twins. I was a single mom with a 10-year-old son. I was also a certified, experienced teacher. I could handle it. (Cue laughter) I had no idea what twins was like. I didn’t understand that special language they have with one another. I was perplexed by the way they could be fighting one moment and adamantly defending one another the next. Everything about twins confused me.

Now our children are all grown. They’re adults, and I wonder how the years have passed so quickly. The Amish Twins Next Door is my first book featuring twins, and I enjoyed every minute of writing it. I enjoyed telling a story about a mom who wonders if she will ever have a conventional family—because I was that mom. I also had way too much fun writing about a man who thought he could give parenting advice when he had no children.

Ultimately though, like all of my other books, The Amish Twins Next Door is a book about the over-arching grace of God and how it can carry us through all things. My hope is that you will laugh, maybe cry, and come away from the book feeling uplifted.



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“No Longer A Captive” by Carol James features the heartwarming story of Ethne and Dr. Daniel Spencer. Ethne hides painful hurts from her sad past. When she meets Dr. Daniel Spenser, a handsome military doctor and a beneficiary of her father’s will, Ethne’s world slowly opens up as old hurts surface to see the light of day, paving the way for inner healing. Ethne finally come to terms with her sad past. She learns to forgive and forget the past and embrace what is before her. She cannot allow deep-rooted insecurities from her painful past to threaten her present happiness. This is a story of liberating freedom that inspires one to rise above suffering through the resurrecting power of forgiveness and the healing of God’s Word. The characters in the novel gallantly overcome sufferings to be restored by faith, hope and love. Ethne realizes that Dr. Daniel Spencer understands her past in a way no one else does because he has lived it. Daniel helps Ethne to break the chains of captivity binding her heart. God releases her from the shackling bondage of her past, to be free to trust the man she loves.

This inspiring story offers a redemption and healing through relatable characters and unexpected twists and turns. It is a book with a good Christian theme of forgiveness healing and love. I highly recommend this inspiring book about the liberating freedom from the oppressive, shackling bondage of captivity. Ethne is “No Longer A Captive.” She finds the true freedom her heart yearns for at last.

About the Book

Author: Carol James

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release date: October, 2021

When Ethne O’Connor’s brother tells her of father’s unexpected death, Sean asks her to do something she promised herself she’d never do. Come back home.

A victim of childhood abuse, Ethne left her father and the small Texas town ten years ago on the night of her high school graduation. She is determined to end the cycle of abuse.

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About the Author

Carol James is an author of inspirational fiction. She loves creating Redemptive Romance. She lives in Lilburn, Georgia, a small town outside of Atlanta, with her husband Jim, and a perky Jack Russell Terrier, Zoe.

Having always loved intriguing stories with happy endings, she was moved to begin writing to encourage others as she’d been encouraged by the works of other authors of inspirational fiction.

Her debut novel, Rescuing Faith, was an Amazon number one best-seller. Visit her website to sign up for her newsletter to be the first to learn about new releases: http://www.carol-james.com

Just recently, Carol allowed Zoe to start Instagram and Facebook pages with two of her dog friends. Follow them at Instagram: 3DogsandtheirAuthorsIG or Facebook: 3DogsandtheirAuthorsFB to learn the behind the scenes info about being a writer.

Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, traveling with friends, and serving in the production department at her church. And most days, in the late hours of the night or the wee hours of the morning, she can be found bringing her newest novel to life.

More from Carol
One question people always ask me is, “Where do you get the ideas for your books?” Oh, ideas hover all around us. We need only open our eyes and see the common and everyday through the lenses of our faith.

Several years ago, my husband and I began attending a large church near our home. We’d heard people talk about the inspiring sermons their pastor, Buddy Hoffman, preached.

Buddy was unlike any preacher I had ever heard. He had a folksy manner, and he absolutely delighted in tripping all over the English language. Once he told us about a recent mission trip to Asia where he saw Kubotas (i.e. pagodas) dotting the landscape. A picture of a hill covered with riding mowers and tractors popped into my mind.

One Sunday morning, he preached about forgiveness. Ten years later, I don’t remember the major points of the sermon. I remember only one statement he made. “Unforgiveness is a prison.” My English-major self tensed, knowing unforgiveness wasn’t even a word. My husband would have called it a Buddy-ism. But it didn’t matter that unforgiveness wasn’t listed in the dictionary or that spell-check would underline it. That brief statement carried a depth of meaning that entire books might not. Later, in the same service, our worship pastor led us in the song “No Longer Slaves.” And from this service, the idea for No Longer a Captive was born.

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CORNER BOOTH – Chautona Havig

“Corner Booth” by Chautona Having is the charming story of how a daring move forges the love of a lifetime. Carlie has a rushed lunch with a stranger, Dean who hardly acknowledges her existence. A random encounter becomes a weekly date with a silent lunchmate. Carlie is smitten by Dean’s sense of fashion and debonair flair, his exemplary commitment to his work and his evident attention to her monologue during meals that he pays for.

In this unusual encounter, Dean gets to know Carlie and eagerly awaits their lunch rendezvous each week. In doing so, he learns valuable lessons about himself. Dean realizes that their unusual friendship means so much more to him than he ever imagined. Dean is a very knowledgeable seminary professor.

In “Corner Booth,” with Carlie and Dean, we learn just how eloquent silence really is. I love the sound of silence. Silent voices speak in the serene silence. Voices in our consciousness. Voices that give wisdom to our souls. It is so important that we spend time with ourselves, to hear the silent voice of wisdom that gives us joy in our hearts and a lilt to our steps.

Corner Booth is a unique book, raising questions for readers to ponder about. Chautona Having gives us a unique story of a fledgling friendship that blossoms into romance and a deeper look at the intricacies of human interactions. I highly recommend this charming book to all our readers who value the relevance and importance of interpersonal relationships.

About the Book

Book: Corner Booth

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Release date: March 17, 2015

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About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author of Aggie and Past Forward series, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

More from Chautona
You know, originally, I had Dean as a guy who was too wrapped up in his own little world to care about anyone else—the stereotypical academic. I pictured him buried deep in original Biblical manuscripts, annoyed that anyone would dare to invade his study time.

But you know what? That’s the easy character.

When I went back to edit the book, I had this thought. What if Dean weren’t reclusive at all? What if he were kind of a know-it-all who couldn’t keep his thoughts to himself. Maybe a child prodigy who was used to people thinking him rather brilliant and looking for his insights.

Yeah… I could get into that.

There was just one small problem. I’d written the entire book without him talking much at all on those Wednesdays. Now what?

After much deliberation, even more prayer, and a bit of fudging, I came up with the solution. What if he just challenged himself for “one lunch?” Just one hour or so of not talking to prove to himself (and his peers) that he could do it.

How could he possibly know he’d set things up for months of wordless lunches—on his part? And what would a person learn in a situation like that? I’ve never admitted this before, but I tested it a bit. At situations where I could, I forced myself to listen to people’s stories, their questions, their opinions. The hard part was not spending my listening time formulating my response (how rude anyway!). I really had to focus on exactly what they said, how their voice altered based on their emotions, and what others around us had to say to encourage (or not—too often not, I’ll admit).

I learned a lot with the experiment, and I’ll be honest. I still catch myself listening with an ear to how I’ll respond instead of really listening. No, I don’t expect to find some café romance for myself. My guy is amazing, and he’s probably the only person on the planet who could put up with me, so… I think I’ll keep him. But I do expect to keep learning how to really hear people. You know… kind of like Jesus did. Imagine that.

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Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 19

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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

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PERSUADE ME – Joanne Markey

“Persuade Me” by Joanne Markey is the poignant story of a second chance for two heartbroken people who had a horrible misunderstanding seven years ago. Anne Elliot of Kellynch Station quietly mourned the loss of her first love, Fred Wentworth, until her sister offers the perfect escape: Uppercross. This move offers new friends, responsibilities, possibilities and a chance to escape her domineering father. It looks like the sky is the limit. It is certainly the perfect place for helicopter pilot Fred Wentworth to spend his days flying to his heart’s content. After the devastating breakup with Anne, he has put the past behind him. He only thinks about Anne a couple dozen times a day. Life is good until he literally runs into Anne, the one person he hoped to never see again. After that, he rethinks every lie he had managed to convince himself was the plain truth. Although they both admit they were wrong all those years ago, when things take a bad turn, Anne really wonders if it is too late for a reconciliation. “Persuade Me,” set in the rugged Australian bush, has a well-paced plot and interesting characters. Anne relies firmly on her faith to guide her through her difficulties. This is an engaging and thought provoking novel with a strong message of faith and forgiveness. Joanne Markey layers several stories together, still maintaining the overall flow. Anne’s resilient character and fervent faith develop through this heartwarming story. “Persuasion” by Jane Austen is one of my favorite classics. It is interesting to see how Joanne Markey rewrites the classic into a modern version and sets it in the rugged Australian bush, complete with dingoes. I highly recommend this inspiring book for all readers who love to read classics in a modern version, which will certainly appeal to the youth of today’s fast-moving world.

About the Book

Author: Joanne Markey

Genre: Women’s Christian Fiction/Romance

Release date: April 5, 2022

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About the Author 

Originally from Australia, Joanne Markey now lives in Ohio with her husband and seven children. When she’s not reading or writing, you might find her wandering the property with her kids in search of whatever seasonal treasure they’re trying to find. More from Joanne Can a book be partially autobiographical without actually being an autobiography? Probably not. Persuade Me comes close though. Not in it’s entirety, but I did draw heavily on my own life when I wrote this book. Many of the situations that occur in the book were things that happened to me back in the late ‘90s when I worked on a cattle station as station cook. I also set the book in places where we lived—stations we lived or worked on. The autobiographical
part ends there though. As a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, the family situation in Persuade Me is patterned on the Elliot family, not my own. I was easily able to imagine a family like this living in Australia though. The family pride, boasting of being descended from free settlers, knowing how long the family has been in the country to the exact generation—were all things I ran into as a kid. Not every Australian knows how many generations of the family have lived over there (or cares to know), but in high school there was this one girl… She knew exactly how long her family had been there, and anyone who couldn’t count as many generations of Australians as she could wasn’t as Australian as her. Other people have quite plainly offered the information that their family descended from free settlers, without a single convict in the lineage. Still others can tell the exact year their first ancestor moved to Australia. All I needed was to package all of those things into one prideful being—Mr. Elliot. He doesn’t play a huge role in the story, but his influence can be felt throughout the pages. From there it was easy to imagine him as a grazier—a station owner—who’d run into hard times. His daughter, Anne, is the heroine who has a hidden past, a broken relationship she’d rather not remember. The hero of the story can’t exactly be a ship’s captain, but there is one occupation in the bush that does bring in a lot of money—helicopter mustering—and having gotten into that line of work his personal finances have taken a drastic change for the better. I won’t spoil the story, but the rest followed in like manner. And then came the writing… To craft a uniquely Australian book one has to use Australian terms, phrases, and spellings. And when the author has been living outside the country for 21 years, sometimes it’s hard to remember what words go with what country! We worked it all out in the end though, and if you come across a word that looks like it’s been spelled wrong—it’s the Aussie spelling, which is correct for the setting. I hope you enjoy this contemporary retelling of Persuasion set in the Australian bush. Happy reading! Blog Stops
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NOT BY SIGHT – Elizabeth Jacobson

About the Book

Book: Not by Sight

Author: Elizabeth Jacobson

Genre: Biblical Fiction

Release date: May 16, 2022

“Not By Sight” by Elizabeth Jacobson is the story of Joseph, the eleventh son of the patriarch Jacob. Joseph was beloved. He had his father’s favor, and that was his ultimate downfall. Betrayed and sold into Egypt by his jealous brothers, Joseph has nothing to cling to except the stories of his father’s God. The story of Joseph springs to life with historically accurate details. The portrayal of Joseph’s growth in faith, trusting his father’s God, reflects a perceptive depth of spiritual understanding. This inspiring book will be appreciated by anyone who believes in the infallible truth of the Bible, the Word of God. This book has biblical retellings in rich settings, with memorable characters, and a unique voice. Hope, faith, and love are carefully interwoven into every word and line. Through extremely harrowing and distressing life experiences, Joseph becomes a strong man of faith in his radical journey from doubt and fear into faith and and love. I highly recommend this deeply fascinating book to all our readers.

Seventeen-year-old Joseph’s life is far from perfect. He does have his father’s favor and trust, and the love of his younger brother Benjamin and sister Dinah. What he does not have is the love of his ten older brothers. Embittered by their father’s favor towards Joseph, his brothers take every opportunity to spite him. Spurred to anger by their actions and horrified by a threat made towards Benjamin, Joseph, overcome with fury, tells them of his dreams – for his dreams show a future where they will bow down to him.

Outraged, his brothers take their revenge, and Joseph is sold into Egypt as a slave. Bitterness and hate threaten to overcome him, and, in desperation, Joseph turns to the stories of his father’s God, a distant and omnipotent being whom Joseph has never dared to speak to. Slowly, Joseph begins to pick up the pieces of a shattered life. But only when those carefully gathered pieces re-break, over and over again, does Joseph truly begin to understand what it means to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

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About the Author 

Elizabeth Jacobson is a middle-school math teacher in sunny California who loves the Bible, fantasy, and science fiction. She got bit by the writing bug at age thirteen and has been frantically putting words on pages ever since. Her goal in writing is to share with the world the most important message anyone can express: the Love of God and His Son, Jesus Christ.Not by Sight: A novel of the patriarchs is her first novel. You can connect with her at headdeskliz.com or on Facebook or Instagram. More from ElizabethImagine you’re back in Sunday School, sitting down with all your friends and watching the volunteer parent who teaches the class smile over the flannelgraph. (Or, if you never went to Sunday School, just imagine yourself in a smallish room with too many little friends around you

and an adult who doesn’t want to mess this up running the class.) “Now, friends,” (s)he says, holding up a flannel image of a teenager in what looks like a rainbow bathrobe: “This is Joseph.”

Joseph is plastered to the flannelgraph, and the parent puts up a flannel group of angry men next to him. “His brothers hated him because his father gave him a beautiful coat. They threw him in a pit and sold him as a slave!”

Appreciative gasps echo from the crowd of five-year-olds – even kids know that good drama comes from torturing your characters.

“His master threw him in prison – ” (we necessarily skip why) “– but one day Pharaoh had a dream!”

Flannel Pharaoh appears, slapped on the flannelgraph, wearing a white skirt and lots of bling.

“Joseph interpreted the dream, and Pharaoh made him his second-in-command. When Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt looking for food in a famine, Joseph helped them. And you know what, friends?” The parent

looks around with a grin. “Joseph never lost his faith in God! Isn’t that amazing?”

You and your friends nod solemnly. What a guy.

You probably hear this story at least once a year in Sunday School, with more detail added each time, but by the time you’re a worldly-wise sixth grader, you start to nod a little less and frown a little more.

You know the story like the back of your hand.

But it doesn’t make any sense anymore.

The truth is that this version of Joseph, whose flannel avatar has been waved in your face for years, this icon of the Sunday-School world, isn’t a person to emulate. He can’t be emulated.

Because the story of a man who faced every unthinkable hardship thrown his way with a smile on his face and praise on his lips and forgiveness in his heart is. Not. A. Story. Of. Real. Faith.

You want real faith? Look at the guy who talked to Jesus in Mark Chapter 9. “Lord, I believe; help

my unbelief!”

Translation: “I know I’m supposed to trust You, but in this moment, I don’t. Please help me out!”

Humans aren’t perfect. Why then are we shown a perfect Joseph?

Various adaptations of the Joseph story have tried their hand at mitigating the perfect Joseph problem. For the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the whole thing is played so humorously that character exploration ranks at exactly nil, and no one questions anything Joseph does. For the perennial Sunday-School favorite Joseph: King of Dreams cartoon movie, God and faith are taken mostly out of the story, so Joseph is free to be an “ordinary person” who reacts accordingly. (Do you see the problem with this last idea? I hope you do. faith ≠ superhuman).

Other adaptations have tried as well, but this fantasy and science fiction writer was one day struck with the need to try

it for herself. I loved the story (remember, torturing characters = good drama, and boy does Joseph get the – extremely – short end of the stick for a good chunk of his life) and secondly, because I knew it would be a challenge.

Part of the reason for this “perfect” Joseph we so often see in Sunday School is that the Bible is not written as a novel. Most narratives in the Bible go over the events needed to comprehend the message or information in bare-bones, rapid-fire succession. No fluff involved, no discussion of motives, internal conflict, or thought processes. The Joseph account in Genesis is unique in that it is one of the longest continuous narratives in the Bible, but even it gives very little in the way of discussing these storytelling necessities.

The goal then became to come up with consistent personality traits and motivations, and logical, human reactions to events, that would lead each player in the Joseph narrative to take the actions recorded in Genesis. I felt like an archaeologist, piecing together ancient clues that could lead me to a bigger, more complete picture of the story.

It was a wild ride, but I had an absolute blast writing it. I can’t wait to share Not by Sight: a novel of the patriarchs with you!


Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 5

Texas Book-aholic, May 6

Vicky Sluiter, May 7 (Author Interview)

Miriam Jacob, May 7

Inklings and notions, May 8

For Him and My Family, May 9

deb’s Book Review, May 10

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 11 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 13

For the Love of Literature, May 14 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, May 14

Connie’s History Classroom, May 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 16

Tell Tale Book Reviews, May 17 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, May 18


To celebrate her tour, Elizabeth is giving away the grand prize package of a hardcover copy of Not by Sight: a novel of the patriarchs, combined with a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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About the Book
Book: Finding Love in Big Sky Montana

Author: Angela Ruth Strong

Genre: Sweet romance/western

Release date: September, 2016

“Finding Love in Big Sky Montana” by Angela Ruth Strong is a poignantly sweet novel that weaves warmhearted humor and spirit-filled faith into a community. The vibrant, well-developed characters engage in snappy dialogue and witty repartee. Rebuilding her grandfather’s legacy gives new life to Paisley. Through it, she finds her heart’s deepest desires fulfilled. Bright Star Ranch leads Josh Lake to Paisley Sheridan, until he can sort out all his financial issues. Paisley boards him at her ranch in exchange for his advertising expertise. Spending Christmas with Paisley gives Josh more joy than he has ever known. However, as Josh broke Paisley’s heart in high school, she is not too keen on having him at the ranch. Unfortunately, Paisley has no choice in the matter, for until her bank loan goes through, she has to take all the free help she can get. Josh seems to want to get back into her life again. Will Paisley find the healing she so desperately needs for a happy life with Josh? This is a beautiful story set in the picturesque, snow-covered hills and farmlands of Montana. At Christmas, a time of the year that revives warmhearted feelings among family and friends, Josh and Paisley have to deal with strong feelings arising from past memories. They fight to see what a treasure they really are to each other. After much struggle, they finally see God’s direction for their lives. Paisley and Josh have very deep seated insecurities affecting their interaction with each other, as they try to sort out their issues. They both need emotion healing. When they turn to God, He helps them to sort out their feelings, for a much deserved happily-ever-after. I highly recommend this inspiring book for all those hurting people with aching hearts who need emotional healing to enjoy happy family relationships.

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About the Author 

Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Twelve years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. Her book Finding Love in Big Sky filmed on location in Montana and will air in spring of 2022. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.

More from Angela Ruth

Having my book made into a movie is a dream come true, and getting to be an extra on the set in Montana blew away all my expectations. There’s nothing like walking into a world you created and seeing your imaginary friends come to life. Everyone was so fun and nice, and even if I someday get to have another book made into a movie, I don’t think it could top this experience. I really hope you enjoy both the novel and the film. And may the message of how “you are a treasure” carry you forward toward your own dreams.


Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, April 27

I luv the books, April 27

Inklings and notions, April 28

The Sacred Line, April 28

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 29

For Him and My Family, April 30

Rebekah Reads, April 30

deb’s Book Review, May 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 2

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 3

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, May 3

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 4

Vicky Sluiter, May 4

Bizwings Blog, May 5

Back Porch Reads, May 5

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 6

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 7

Miriam Jacob, May 7

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, May 8 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, May 8

Blossoms and Blessings, May 9

A Baker’s Perspective, May 9

Simple Harvest Reads, May 10 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


To celebrate her tour, Angela is giving away the grand prize package of a movie package with a $25 gift certificate to the movies, popcorn, popcorn bowl, and an autographed copy of Finding Love in Big Sky, including author notes in the margins!!

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“The Inconvenient Gospel” is a selection of the talks and writings of Clarence Jordan, a farmer, preacher, and Bible scholar, who founded Koinonia Farm, a pacifist interracial Christian community in Georgia, USA. It consisted of 440 depleted acres, where Christians of different races pooled land and money to create “a demonstration plot for the kingdom of God. Like the first century Christians, they shared everything they possessed, working together to rejuvenate the soil and revive the local economy. In doing so, they demonstrated racial and social justice with their lives.

Clarence Jordan spoke with a crystal-clear prophetic voice. He was unwavering and relentless in his pursuit of God. He unequivocally rejected materialism, militarism, and racism as obstacles to the authentic faith of Jesus Christ. He fearlessly believed that greater change can happen in this world by living an authentic Christian life. Clarence Jordan bravely lived out the Gospel that he so fearlessly preached with exemplary courage and a highly contagious sense of humor.

I am deeply honored to review “The Inconvenient Gospel” by Clarence Jordan. He did not hesitate to embrace Christ’s suffering, at any cost. As part of a community of Christ in this world, it helps us to see our own unique place in history. The vision of Clarence Jordan will survive for eternity. I am grateful to God that such a man lived and left such an enduring legacy for others to follow in his daring footsteps.

Clarence Jordan embodied the cross and walked the talk. His bold experiment in nonviolence, economic justice, and sustainable agriculture was deeply rooted in his understanding of the Person and teachings of Jesus. “You can’t put Christianity into practice,” Clarence Jordan wrote, “Christianity is not a philosophy of life to be ‘tried.’ Christianity is not a system you work – it is a Person who works you.”

I highly recommend this deeply inspiring book to teach Clarence Jordan’s radically biblical vision to a new generation of peacemakers, community builders, and social activists. United as one in Christ, we can strive to make a difference in this world in which we live. Let us not underestimate the powerful fact that “one with Christ is a majority.”


TO BRING YOU BACK – Emily Conrad

About the Book

Author: Emily Conrad

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Release date: August 16, 2021

“To Bring You Back” by Emily Conrad is a contemporary Christian fiction novel, filled with love, grace, forgiveness and redemption, that takes us on a journey of transformation, as Emily tackles delicate issues with great sensitivity. The heroine, Adeline refuses to face the truth of her shameful past and carries her burden so deep inside her heart that it affects every facet of her life. The hero, Gannon is very determined to get Adeline to deal with her past and learn to forgive herself. He adamantly refuses to give up and that is exactly what Adeline needs. The book examines two people who share a common past and how they each coped individually with the sad reality of what happened in their young lives. With characters who struggle to come to terms with the past, this book is a great lesson in redemption. Gannon’s genuine compassion for Adeline to regain her faith is heartwarming. Their friendship is gradually restored to a point where they can be frank, open and real with each other. Inner wounds are finally healed, so that they can get on with their lives together.

This is an emotionally inspiring story that opens the door to a real relationship with the One who loves us unconditionally. Emily Conrad brings together two broken, flawed characters, on a transformational journey of rekindling their past hopes and dreams, as well as their faith. The story and characters had a lot of depth. Gannon was ready and willing to do whatever he could to help Adeline heal first, before he pressed his case with her. Addressing complicated issues with finesse, grace, and poise, Emily Conrad crafts an excellent story with very realistic characters, who hope to overcome heartache in their lives, for wounds to heal and love to revive and restore a lost relationship. I highly recommend this inspiring read for all who wish to see healing take place in the aching hearts of broken people.


Gannon Vaughn is determined to confront the past Adeline Green is desperate to forget.

Broke in more ways than one, the last thing Adeline can afford is for her now-famous high school crush to descend on her quiet life.

People in the small town of Lakeshore, Wisconsin, think of her as the hard-working church secretary or as the local food truck’s lunch-hour cashier. They’d never suspect the shame she’s hiding.

She attended high school with both the lead singer and the drummer of the rock band, Awestruck. In fact, she used to play in the band herself, but that was back before Awestruck made it big—and before her relationship with lead singer Gannon Vaughn took a turn that ultimately led to tragedy and heartbreak.

She’s living a different life now, but when Gannon shows up, he brings with him a public spotlight that threatens to expose her deepest regret. The closer she gets to him, the more she risks the carefully curated life that’s finally brought her a measure of peace.

Gannon Vaughn and his rock band, Awestruck, have conquered the music industry, but he can’t overcome his feelings for Adeline.

She may have been right to cut off contact between them years ago, but thanks to the grace of God, he’s a changed man. When he hears Adeline’s struggling, he sets out to turn her life around and win back the love he lost to poor choices eight years ago.

But when Gannon’s fame and their mutual regrets jeopardize their relationship anew, will grace be enough to bring them back to God and each other?

A meaningful Christian romance with a side of fame and fortune for readers who enjoy faith-filled escapes and happily-ever-afters where no one is beyond hope of redemption.

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About the Author

Emily Conrad writes contemporary Christian romance that explores life’s relevant questions. Though she likes to think some of her characters are pretty great, the ultimate hero of her stories (including the one she’s living) is Jesus. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their energetic coonhound rescue. Learn more about her and her books at emilyconradauthor.com.

More from Emily
A Guilty Pleasure with a Purpose
When a reader called the Rhythms of Redemption Romances a guilty pleasure, I had to smile because that’s exactly what To Bring You Back, the first book in the series, was to me as I wrote it.

Don’t get me wrong, To Bring You Back is firmly Christian fiction, and it’s not “guilty” of being blush-inducing. Because of the characters’ history, theirs is a slow-burn romance that focuses more on the emotional side of their relationship than the physical.

But, To Bring You Back is a rock star romance.

When I first started writing it, I was embarrassed to admit that’s what I was working on.

After all, rock star romance has a reputation for being an unrealistic and shallow escape from reality with “guilty pleasure” written all over it.

Maybe there was some of that escapism going on. At that point in my writing journey, I was dealing with disillusionment, and I enjoyed the break of writing about rich and famous characters.

However, as I wrote To Bring You Back and went on to read others’ romances about famous characters, I found that the characters’ occupations and net worth don’t impact the most important elements of their


The tales can still showcase meaningful relationships and God at work in the lives of people who—rich and famous or not—need redemption.

Fame, money, and music help up the entertainment value, but those same features add even more rich conflict to explore.

The men of Awestruck, starting with lead singer Gannon Vaughn in To Bring You Back, have allowed me to ask questions like: How good is grace? What does it mean to live in forgiveness? What gives a person worth? And, when is living the dream no longer worth the price?

To write this post, I took a break from working on the first draft of the final book in the series, and it’s been fun to look back and see how much my opinion of these stories has changed.

If To Bring You Back and the books that follow are a guilty pleasure, they’re a guilty pleasure with a purpose. God has worked in my life through them.

It’s my prayer that He’ll also use them in your life, both to explore meaningful questions and to provide a few hours of entertaining escape.

Blog Stops

lakesidelivingsite, April 25

The Sacred Line, April 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 26

Inklings and notions, April 27

Remembrancy, April 28

Wishful Endings, April 28

Texas Book-aholic, April 29

deb’s Book Review, April 30

For Him and My Family, May 1

Spoken from the Heart, May 1

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 2

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 3

Miriam Jacob, May 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 5

Britt Reads Fiction, May 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 6

Simple Harvest Reads, May 7

(Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Pause for Tales, May 8

Of Blades and Thorns, May 8


To celebrate her tour, Emily is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and an ecopy of To Bring You Back!!

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SPINES AND LEAVES – Chautona Havig

About the Book

Author: Chautona Havig


Release date: July 8, 2021

“Spines and Leaves” by Chautona Havig is the well-written, fun-filled story of a barely surviving desert bookstore, in the town of Tamarisk, in Joshua Tree National Forest. The bookstore attracts Milton Coleridge as he enters with his parrotlet. Mercedes, the daughter of the owner, manages the store until her ill father can recover. Marcus Mendez, a police officer, cleverly masks his feelings for Mercedes, as he valiantly tries to protect his own heart.

This exciting book bears Chautona Havig’s own unique signature style. It has clever allusions to literature, plenty of wit and wisdom, faith lessons for all to learn, and surprising twists and turns to capture the reader’s attention from start to finish

Milton Coleridge has an excellent business sense and a humane heart to help bookstores struggling to survive. Milton is determined to help this quaint little bookstore spring back to life. His inspirational vision breathes exciting new life into the world of reading.

Marcus and Ced learn to trust each other and slowly allow their feelings for each other to grow into the love that knows no end. Through this awesome book, we learn how precious life is and how important it is to let others know how important they are to us. Firmly believing that “books are the strings that tie hearts together,” I highly recommend this inspiring book to all passionate readers who love to read to their hearts’ contentment.

With a month to get from Orange County, California to Delaware for his next corporate challenge, Milton Coleridge decides to spend a week at Joshua Tree National Park.

He never expected to find a floundering bookstore in need of his particular business skills. Will his methods of saving companies from bankruptcy or takeover work on such a small scale? And can he convince two people to risk their hearts?

Step into the Spines & Leaves, Tamarisk, California’s oldest (and only ever) bookstore. Come in out of the harsh, desert sun and wind and peruse all the store has to offer. It might just be more than you think.

One man, one store, thousands of books. What’ll it take to keep this bookstore from becoming a book ghost town… and what’ll it take for Milton to tie two heartstrings together?

Spine & Leaves is the introductory novella to the Bookstrings series.

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About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author of Aggie and Past Forward series, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

More from Chautona
The more I think about it, the more I realize that the Bookstrings series is a process rather than an idea. Each time I saw an indie bookstore close, each time I went in one with no one else in there for the hour or two I browsed, and each time I heard book lovers lament the lack of a store in their town… Yeah. Those experiences slowly grew into a wish—one where I knew how to rescue those stores from extinction. So maybe that’s a bit melodramatic, but that’s how it felt.

Somewhere in the midst of all that, Milton appeared—a business genius who, along with his faithful parrotlet, Atticus (not Finch), travels the country saving corporations from takeover or bankruptcy.

Milton went through several iterations. Older, balding, mustache, and always wearing a golfer’s cap. Then I had him as a young hipster dude who got sick of the rat race on Wall Street and took off on his own, using what he’d learned. That just felt too cliché.

Instead, I have a forty-ish guy who wears chinos and oxford shirts with topsiders, shorter than most men, and with a nonchalant air about him. And charm. The quiet guy with serious business skills just oozes quiet charm.

After deciding on Milton, I had to choose where to put the stores. I’ve been watching out for towns for years—using trips different places as research times. Would I create places that felt like real towns or use actual small towns? Though drawn to real towns, I had an idea for where to end

the series, and, doing that meant a fictional town. Would it be weird to have four or five books set in small towns across America followed by a final fictional one?

The solution came to me as I learned that the Mosaic authors were doing a summer collection in 2021. If I started with a novella and ended the series with both in a fictional town, at least that fictional bit wouldn’t be out of the blue!

So, the Bookstrings series has two novellas and five full-length novels. (I couldn’t resist a Christmas “noella” in the charming town of Noel, Missouri—the “Christmas City.”) We’ll be off to other small towns around the country—one in Red Wing, Minnesota, another in Berne, Indiana, and one somewhere between Kingsport, Tennessee and Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina. If I can find a place in New England, that’d be great, too. Or maybe down in Mississippi… I’d love to visit my sister down there. The Bookstrings series books all have one very important thing in common (aside from Milton and Atticus, of course). They all illustrate that books truly are the strings that tie hearts together.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 26

Texas Book-aholic, April 26

Lots of Helpers, April 27

Mary Hake, April 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 28

By the Book, April 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 29

The Avid Reader, April 30

Vicky Sluiter, May 1

For Him and My Family, May 2

Miriam Jacob, May 2

Inklings and notions, May 3

Blogging With Carol, May 4

deb’s Book Review, May 4

She Lives To Read, May 5

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 6

Simple Harvest Reads, May 6 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 7

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 8

Pause for Tales, May 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 9


To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

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SWEET RIVALS – Kari Trumbo

“Sweet Rivals” by Kari Trumbo is an easy read, perfect for an ideal day at the beach, or an afternoon in your favorite recliner, or even relaxing in an armchair with your Kindle. This book has interesting characters and a warmhearted storyline. Faye and Corbin first meet at a friend’s wedding and hit it off right from the start. A dream comes true for them when Corbin moves to the island but unfortunately, there is a major setback in their relationship. As business rivals on the same island, Corbin’s business will directly impact Faye’s shop. How they face this dire conflict will ultimately determine their relationship and the future they try to forge together despite the odds, twists and turns.

The key themes of friendship, God’s Will and second chances are skillfully interwoven throughout the storyline. Corbin truly desires to be a witness of his faith to his friends. He struggles to determine the all-encompassing Will of God in his life situations and circumstances, especially regarding Faye, their mutual businesses and their lives. Faye struggles to know God’s will for her life and her future. Both Corbin and Faye are in urgent need of second chances. Their faith is stretched to the limit as they struggle to make major life-affecting decisions.

Seeking God’s Will is important for our lives. He might eventually ask us to give up what might only be His plan for us for a season. I love the faith thread woven throughout this sweet romance. After meeting as new friends, Faye and Corbin discover they are business rivals as well. They handle this sweet rivalry amicably. Through their inspiring story of “sweet rivals-to-committed friends,” they discover what ‘true’ friendship really means.

This novel really challenges me to think outside the box, to be willing to accept others and see where God leads us. “Sweet Rivals” reveals how God can transform a difficult life situation, to work it out for our ultimate good and His glory. I highly recommend this extremely well-written, fast-paced, highly engaging and totally endearing story to all our readers.

About the Book

Book: Sweet Rivals

Author: Kari Trumbo

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: March 29, 2022

Fay is about to lose her business…

…to the only guy she’s ever thought might be good for her.

Fay Ravven has spent years building a floral business on Mimosa Island. Too bad a chain florist has moved in right down the street. As her business wanes, she realizes her rival is none other than Corbin Lowel, the very man who swept her heart away at her friend’s wedding.

Corbin knows he’s not good enough for Fay. His friends remind him all the time that, as a florist, he’s not really man enough for anyone. That doesn’t stop him from stepping out of his comfort zone and going to Fay’s store to see if she remembers him. That’s when he discovers that his business is killing hers.

What are rivals to do when they can’t stop thinking about each other? Plan the flowers for someone else’s wedding, of course.

When Corbin and Fay must see each other and work together, will they dive through their pain and reach for the stars? Or will the roses be too prickly for two hurt hearts?

Read the next Sparrow Island novel in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

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About the Author

Kari writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart. Her favorite place to write about is the place her heart lives, (even if she doesn’t) South Dakota.

Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.

More from Kari

Nudge from the Almighty or personal desire?

Sometimes what we should do is as clear as mud. When I first felt the call to write, I worried that it was a “me” thing. I worried that the nudge that I felt was for my own glory. It didn’t matter that I felt the desire to write Christian fiction. We can do all the things we think are right and still be in the wrong place according to God’s will.

When I literally felt captive to the idea of writing—like, I couldn’t move forward without doing something about it—then I finally considered that perhaps this was God’s will and not just me wanting something. But it took years of the Holy Spirit prodding me before I ever acted.

Fay is like that. She starts her flower business certain she is doing the will of God and it helps that she really wants it too. But she works so hard, putting in so many hours, that she forgets about why she started it and it becomes all work for her own glory. Her business.

Enter Corbin, a really sweet guy who is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is used by God to nudge Fay away from her idol and into a deeper relationship. He’s a rival flower shop owner, and the only guy she’s ever felt a connection to. Which makes for some pretty interesting dialogue for the two of them.

Fact is, none of us likes to hear that our desire—especially when we think we’re doing the right thing—is wrong. No one ever wants loving correction by a Heavenly Father who cares about us deeply. We’re supposed to get it right.

Fay has to find out if it’s her business that’s getting in the way of her relationship or if it’s really a heart issue. I hope you’ll enjoy finding out along with her.


Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 19

lakesidelivingsite, April 20

Texas Book-aholic, April 20

Inklings and notions, April 21

For Him and My Family, April 22

By the Book, April 22

deb’s Book Review, April 23

Blossoms and Blessings, April 23

The Christian Fiction Girl, April 24

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 25

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 26

She Lives To Read, April 27

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 27

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, April 28 (Author Interview)

I luv the books, April 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 29

Miriam Jacob, April 29

CarpeDiem, April 30

Connect in Fiction, April 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 1

Simple Harvest Reads, May 2 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Splashes of Joy, May 2

To celebrate her tour, Kari is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.




About the Book

Author: Ashley K. Adams

Genre: Christian Nonfiction: Inspirational

Release date: October 25, 2021

“Re-Created for Faith” by Ashley K. Adams is exactly what its sub-title states, “Training in Spiritual Warfare through a Mother’s Heavenly Assignment.” Battling impossible odds, practically staring defeat in the face, Ashley Adams courageously pairs with God on the invisible battlefield in the arena of life, fighting as a spiritual warrior, over her baby boy’s treasured life. This is the amazing and inspiring story of Carston Ford Adams, painstakingly narrated in journal style to chronicle the events of how both the spiritual and physical world warred for Carston’s very existence. Ignoring the “death cries,” Ashley believed for so much more for her beloved son. There had to be a divine purpose, orchestrated by God, for these obstacles in her son’s young life. And it was Ashley’s God-given mission to find it out.

Through an intensely deep devotion to the Bible and personal prayer, God gave Ashley a freshly inspired faith and supernatural strength to relentlessly persevere in saving Carston’s life. This supernatural fight was a virtual battle between the forces of life and death. The hospital room became her training ground of righteousness. God taught Ashley how to use the spiritual weapons with which He equips all believers to fight an enemy bent on our eternal destruction. Absolutely refusing to give up, Ashley experienced answers for the biggest decisions of her life. A divinely-inspired series of miracles pointed to the only One who could truly heal, which spurred Ashley on to keep fighting courageously, without giving up or giving in.

“Re-Created for Faith” shows what gloriously happens when a mother bravely refuses to surrender to the evil attacks of the enemy. It shows us how to anchor these spiritual strategies in our daily life to advance in our spiritual and physical battles

When belief turns into faith-inspired action, believing God for a victory in spite of the visible, miracles really do happen to reveal God’s glory in an awesome way.

I highly recommend “Re-Created for Faith” to all believers who wish to re-create their faith and press on with God, irrespective of their circumstances.

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Ashley Adams is an inspirational writer, who actively journals God’s voice and direction He has for her every day. Re-Created for Faith is the birthplace of her ministry. She blindly trusts in God for the next big steps to expand the Kingdom, faithfully using her social media platforms to encourage people through real-life heartache and God’s plan for it. Ashley lives to see souls saved, serving as a board member and director at Scioto Youth Camp: Reaching Kids for Christ, along with hosting Bible studies in her home for women of the community.

Ashley and her husband, Justin, now have four children, including their newest baby boy. They recently made a big move out of town and into the country. They now reside on what used to be her great-grandfather’s farm of over one hundred acres and are building a new home, excited for what the future holds. Ashley is

determined to obey the Lord as He guides, raising tiny disciples through her homeschooling and pressing in on aspirations to adopt more children. Ashley’s faith has been tried by fire, yet she experiences God’s blessings ten-fold.

To read original posts from Carston’s battle, search #prayersforcartson on Facebook. For current updates and encouragement through life, follow Ashley on Facebook and Instagram @ashleyadams4faith.

More from Ashley

This mission from God all stemmed from one simple prayer and the greatest thirst for Him that could not be quenched. “God, use me!” I prayed day after day, not knowing that God’s plan begun the moment I first uttered those words. Nine months later, He literally delivered what was the most precious and greatest challenge of my faith. In the midst of fighting for my son’s life, I didn’t have much of a choice but to record every detail of battle and victory. This story wasn’t an idea; it didn’t stem from a dream. God chose this assignment for me, a journey much bigger than I would have ever chosen for myself, and so in obedience to His command, I wrote. A simple prayer and a battlefield became my pencil and paper as I revealed the power of God and miracles He still performs today. When you crack open my book, I dare you to make a stronger commitment to Christ and rank up in faith as you relive the battle with me, learning my lessons along the way to receive the crown of victory.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 14

Texas Book-aholic, April 15

Inklings and notions, April 16

Artistic Nobody, April 17 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, April 17

deb’s Book Review, April 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 19

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 20

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 21

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 23

Guild Master, April 24 (Author Interview)

Spoken from the Heart, April 25

Miriam Jacob, April 26

Vicky Sluiter, April 27 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, April 27


To celebrate her tour, Ashley is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed hardcover copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.




About the Book

Author: Mike Sollom

Genre: Non-fiction / Grief

Release date: March 15, 2022

“Grief Exposed” by Mike Sollom describes the anguish of his heart when he gives a voice to the unspeakable. As Mike finds the right words to express his grief, he also finds a way to endure the pain. As Mike exposes those words of dark grief to the illuminating light, islands of hope and rays of light are revealed. Mike realized that those words of light, discovered in the darkest of nights, can help others to endure their pain and loss. Mike’s unbearable loss of his son and his inconsolable memories give voice to someone else’s grief. As Mike exposed his grief, he found the strength to persevere in faith without despairing. Mike found the strength to live life on its altered scale. In this heartmoving book, Mike genuinely cries out to God and our Lord helps him to get a measure of relief from pain. I highly recommend this book to all who struggle to cope with the dark reality of inconsolable grief.

Miriam Jacob

In those dreadful early days and nights after Mike’s son died, the only thing he could think to do, when he collided with the morbid memories of his son’s suffering and the unbearable ache of Jim’s absence, was to find some way to describe how he was feeling. So, he found a spiral-bound notebook and wrote. And wrote and wrote and wrote.

Mike believed if he could assign words to the grief and pain, he might find a way to endure them. If he could bring those words into the light, it might make the whole thing bearable. Many of the words were dark and raw and angry and did little more than chronicle ten interminable years of wrestling and railing. But there were island of hope and yes, there were words of light.

Through the gentle and generous encouragement of friends, Mike came to wonder if those words of light, which he discovered in the darkest of nights, might also help someone else endure the unbearable realities of their grief and loss—that they might become someone’s guide. If they could, then how could he keep those words buried in a stack of spiral-bound notebooks?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

More from Mike

I don’t know who wrote that. I saw it on a poster with no credit given. But it’s a good description of how this book came to be and what I hope will be its outcome—its path and its purpose.

Here’s the truth of it: I didn’t set out to write anything. Much less a book. I still don’t see myself as a writer. Yet, here I am.

I went somewhere I didn’t want to go. I went through something I never dreamed I’d have to go through. I didn’t have a choice. I went there. I went through it. And now I’m telling my story.

My first-born son died of cancer.

In those dreadful early days and nights after Jim died, the only thing I could think to do—when I collided with the morbid memories of his suffering and the unbearable ache of his absence—was to find some way to describe how I was feeling. So, I found a spiral-bound notebook and wrote. And wrote and wrote and wrote.

I believed if I could assign words to the grief and pain, I might find a way to endure them. If I could bring those words into the light, it might make the whole thing bearable. Many of the words were dark and raw and angry and did little more than chronicle ten interminable years of wrestling and railing. But there were islands of hope and yes, there were words of light.

Through the gentle and generous encouragement of friends, I came to wonder if those words of light, which I discovered in the darkest of nights, might also help someone else endure the unspeakable realities of their grief and loss—that my voice might become someone’s “survival guide.” If so, then how could I keep those words buried in a stack of spiral-bound notebooks just because I didn’t see myself as a writer?

I’m taking a huge risk by plunging back into that bottomless pit of loss and dragging myself through that incessant slog of sorrow once again, unclear of the worth or usefulness of the outcome. I’m exposing my most intimate grief, with all its messiness and vulnerability, uncertain of its reception or the consequences it will bring. I’m giving a voice—my voice—to the unspeakable pain of death and suffering, unaware of who will hear me or how they will respond. Yet, in the face of all of that, I’ve decided it’s a risk I’m willing to take.

“One day you will tell the story of how you overcame what you went through and it will become someone else’s survival guide.”

I guess my “one day” has come.

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, April 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 16 (Spotlight)

Artistic Nobody, April 16 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 17

Guild Master, April 18 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, April 19

For Him and My Family, April 20

An Author’s Take, April 21

Stories By Gina, April 22 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 22

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 23

deb’s Book Review, April 24

Spoken from the Heart, April 25 (Author Interview)

Miriam Jacob, April 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 28


To celebrate his tour, Mike is giving away the grand prize of a signed copy of the book!!Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.https://promosimple.com/ps/1cc7f/grief-exposed-celebration-tour-giveaway


ABLE SOUL – Lucy Goncalves

About the Book

Author: Lucy Goncalves

Genre: Christian Inspirational Devotional

Release date: April 27, 2019


“Able Soul” by Lucy Goncalves is a strikingly honest, deeply inspirational account of God’s amazing grace and love. With great wisdom, Lucy draws the most insightful analogies from the myriad challenges and sweet triumphs of her own life, as she overcame the set-backs of living with cerebral palsy. “Able Soul” is a wake-up call to the world. This inspiring book reveals a different way of thinking and living, one that human society desperately needs today. True to its name, Able Soul empowers God’s Spirit within. God gave Lucy His grace and unconditional love to endure the challenging and difficult times. This book, birthed from prayer, will encourage us to have a deeper connection with God, the Holy Spirit, in our daily life. It proves that we can live in awareness of God at every moment. I highly recommend this awesome book for a deeper walk with God.

Miriam Jacob

No stranger to adversity, Lucy Goncalves was deprived of oxygen at birth. She has lived her entire life with cerebral palsy, and the daily challenges she must face as a result.

In her award-winning debut book Able Soul: Empowering God’s Spirit Within, she explores the ground-breaking lessons garnered from embracing her struggles rather than giving up on God because of them. On the backdrop of personal stories from her life, along with related scriptures and prayers, you will find proof that the Holy Spirit is always accessible. God works with you in the midst of all your challenges.

By inviting God’s spirit in daily, Lucy has received tangible communications from God. She shares how the power of these soul-lifting reflections will lead you out of the darkness and steadfast toward pure contentment.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Author, Advocate, Adventure Sport Enthusiast, Able Soul

Lucy Goncalves began her writing career by penning a sought-after blog, ‘Able Soul’ where she shares her life experiences of living with a disability, and in the midst of it found hope, faith, and the greatest love of all. Due to a lack of oxygen at birth, Lucy acquired Cerebral Palsy. She uses a powerchair for mobility, wrestling with chronic muscle spasms, and has a speech impediment, yet has fought through these obstacles to tell her story. She is the epitome of overcoming adversity.

Lucy is the daughter of Portuguese Canadian immigrants from Northern Portugal. She was raised in Kitimat, British Columbia and has been living independently in North Vancouver for the past few decades

She obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration and has chaired several nonprofit boards, including the InterFit Society, an organization that exists to remove barriers for people with disabilities to access outdoor recreational adventures.

Anyone who has met Lucy Goncalves can attest to her radiant personality, intellect, quick wit, sense of adventure and to the depth of her character. In her book, she shares candid reflections of her life living with a disability, the abuse she encountered, and the freedom she found with God. She hopes that you too will discover your own Able Soul story.

More from Lucy

Blog Stops

An Author’s Take, April 12

Rebecca Tews, April 13

Texas Book-aholic, April 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 15

deb’s Book Review, April 16

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, April 17 (Author Interview)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 19

Inklings and notions, April 20

Splashes of Joy, April 21 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, April 21

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 22

Stories By Gina, April 23 (Author Interview)

Book Butterfly in Dreamland, April 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 24

Miriam Jacob, April 25


To celebrate her tour, Lucy is giving away the grand prize of a $50 GlobalGiving gift card to put towards a project or non-profit organization!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



BLOOD OF CHRIST – Miriam Jacob

Hung for the sins of humanity,
on a cross of cruelty and shame,
wounded, bruised, chastised,
humiliated, beaten with stripes,
the deathly sweat of
His Gethsemane anguish,
mingling with the
deathly darkness of
His Calvary agony.

How great the Father’s love
for the lost mankind, in sin and woe.
He sent His Son to the cross to pay the price for sin.
On the cross He shed His last drop of blood, a perfect offering for sin
to redeem and restore us to be Children of God.

Eternal Life is in the Blood,
Everlasting Love of a Father,
Humble Obedience of the Son,
He went as a Lamb to the slaughter,
that you and I might live.

Miriam Jacob



“Dial E for Endearment” by Heidi Gray McGill is such a sensitive, joy-filled book. How apt that the main character, Everly is Blowing Rock, NC’s JOY Radio talk show host! What first attracted me to this book was the fact that author Heidi Gray McGill and Everly, have something in
common. Like Everly, Heidi is also legally blind. Her diagnosis was devastating. There is no cure. There is no surgery. But there is hope. Heidi can still live a life of value, as this inspiring book proves beyond the shadow of a doubt. This book is very endearing to read. We can easily identify with the characters. Great world building! I highly recommend this book to all people who struggle to cope with life on its altered scale.

About the Book

Author: Heidi Gray McGill

Genre: Sweet Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: February 1, 2022

Everly Johnson is every man’s dream of the perfect date, even though none of her audience has met her. As host for the Choose Joy segment of JOY Radio in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, she receives countless gifts of flowers and candy on behalf of her admires, which she promptly donates to her mother’s assisted living facility. What Everly wants are words–heartfelt, meaningful endearments meant for her ears only. She wants a man who will open her eyes to everything she cannot see to make her feel more than just the voice behind the mic.

Cameron Boyd struggles to make eye contact with anyone, let alone say something coherent unless it is the one-way conversation he has each Friday with Everly Johnson. Date night for Cam involves sitting alone on his back porch overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains while he dreams of things to say if he were ever to call in to her show.

A chance meeting changes everything.

Will Cam be able to step out of his comfort zone and into the world he has only been able to envision in his mind? Will Everly trust this stranger with her life as well as her heart?

Tune into JOY Radio to find out!

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Heidi is an optimist who chooses to find the silver lining in life’s clouds of doubt. This plays out in her writing. Her ability to seamlessly weave scripture into the lives of her characters will uplift and encourage you, while her masterful storytelling will keep you turning page after page and wishing for more.

Heidi lives with her husband of thirty years near Charlotte, NC. When she isn’t writing, you will find her outside playing with her two grandsons, walking, scrapbooking, reading, cooking, traveling, or finding an excuse to have an outing with a girlfriend.

More from Heidi

Everly, the main character in Dial E for Endearment and I have something in common, but it may not be what you’d expect. As Blowing Rock, NC’s JOY Radio talk show host, Everly has discovered fulfillment, but she hasn’t found love, at least not for her—not even from her mother. In Dial E for Endearment, Everly wants words–heartfelt, meaningful endearments meant for her ears only. She wants a man who will open her eyes to everything she cannot see to make her feel more than just the voice behind the mic.

You may know me as an author, but did you know I am also the retired Director and Founder of an ESL program, regularly walk 12 plus miles a week, care for my grandsons, scrapbook, read voraciously, cook, and am legally blind?  That last phrase was difficult for me to say out loud not that long ago.

Vision loss does not discriminate.

My diagnosis in 2001 of Retinitis Pigmentosa was devastating. There is no cure. There is no surgery. But that does not mean there is no hope.

I still have value.

Those who do not know me well often don’t realize I have low vision. As humans, we are amazingly adaptable, and I do a pretty good job covering up my disability. My friends have learned to watch out for me and alert me to potential pitfalls, some better than others, which is always good for a laugh. I use a cane when I’m navigating alone. I’ve traveled to China—that cane my only companion.

Being blind is certainly not something I would have chosen,

but it does not define me.

Join me on this fun adventure and see for yourself that God does not discriminate. You’ll laugh your way through mishaps–most of which may have happened to me at some point…although I’ll most likely deny if asked. But most of all, you’ll learn that we ALL have value, and that includes YOU.

February is Low Vision Awareness Month.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 8

I luv the books, April 8

Inklings and notions, April 9

For Him and My Family, April 10

Spoken from the Heart, April 10

Texas Book-aholic, April 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 12

deb’s Book Review, April 13

Simple Harvest Reads, April 13 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 14

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 16

Miriam Jacob, April 16

Bizwings Blog, April 17

Blossoms and Blessings, April 18

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 19

She Lives To Read, April 19

Aryn the Libraryan, April 20

Splashes of Joy, April 21

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 21


To celebrate her tour, Heidi is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon Gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.




“The Marquis’s Pursuit” by Lorri Dudley is a poignant, spiritually inspiring novel that tugs at our heartstrings from start to finish. This is a most extraordinary book, with such amazing twists and turns, that it has to be read in order to be believed. It even ends spectacularly with a towering inferno! As we read page after page, we are overwhelmed at the intensity of the emotions tearing the main characters apart. Lorri Dudley has painstakingly crafted an awesome tale of loss, second chances, forgiveness, betrayal, surrender, redemption and beauty for ashes. I highly recommend this inspiring book, that is guaranteed to give readers full satisfaction of heart and mind, with ultimate spiritual fulfillment.

Miriam Jacob

About the Book

Author: Lorri Dudley

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: April 12, 2022

She’s desperate to keep her secret hidden, but he’s a determined Marquis.

As the son of a duke, Maxwell Oliver Weld, Marquis of Daventry, is allowed entry into the finest of London’s ballrooms, access to political figures, and advice from the best physicians. Yet, his wealth and contacts won’t heal his friend, Charlie, who’s dying from consumption. Hopeful for a miracle, Max persuades Charlie to sail across the Atlantic to stay in the Artesian Hotel on the island of Nevis and bathe in its famous healing springs. Max’s optimism is washed in doubt as the truth unravels about the hotel, its hot springs, and the beautiful caretaker.

The blaze of Evelyn Mairi Sheraton’s fiery side has long since been snuffed out. Hunted by a vengeful man from her past, only fortitude and the island’s sanctuary have kept Evelyn alive. She will do whatever it takes to keep her precious secret safe, even work for the demeaning Artesian Hotel owner, Edward Rousseau. However, when a jaunty marquis and his ailing friend arrive, sparks ignite, but Evelyn fears the revealing of her secrets will burn her to ash.

The elusive Evelyn may tend to Charlie’s well-being, but she stirs Max’s protective nature. He’d like nothing more than to remove her from the wretched employment of Edward Rousseau, yet that might endanger Charlie’s health even more. Refusing to give up on a miracle, Max waters her guarded heart, certain beauty will rise out of ashes. But when her secrets come to life, will love be worth the price?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at http://www.lorridudley.com

More from Lorri

The duty to care for and protect those he loves prompts Max to return to the Leeward Islands to save his closest mate, Charlie. He’s confident that God, with a bit of help from the famous healing springs in Nevis, will save Max’s life. However, Charlie has his own plans to unite the caring but secretive hotel caretaker, Evelyn Sheraton, with his buddy Max.

In the middle of writing, The Marquis’s Pursuit, my cousin passed away suddenly. He was newly married, in his early thirties, and in the process of renovating a house when he became sick. He started losing weight, and before doctors could figure out what was wrong, he went into organ failure and died. My heart still aches for those he left behind, especially his wife and my aunt and uncle.

As I wrote, the lines between fiction and reality blurred, and it’s hard to believe my tears didn’t fry out my laptop as I typed. But I’m grateful for how God used Max’s journey to help me to process why bad things happen, and how ultimately, God has a bigger plan that, at times, we can’t see or fathom.

God doesn’t always work in straight lines. Sometimes we must battle problems and issues to touch as many people as possible on our journey toward heaven. Stories, especially romances in my opinion, broaden our understanding of how those we love comfort and carry us through illness, pain, and sorrow. Max and Evelyn reminded me to stay anchored to those we love, lean on each other’s faith, and most importantly, that love conquers all.

To learn more, check out my website at lorridudley.com, or watch The Marquis’s Pursuit book trailer by clicking here: The Marquis’s Pursuit Trailer.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 13

Remembrancy, April 14

She Lives To Read, April 14

For Him and My Family, April 15

Texas Book-aholic, April 16

Miriam Jacob, April 16

Inklings and notions, April 17

Betti Mace, April 18

Genesis 5020, April 19

Life of Literature, April 20

deb’s Book Review, April 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 21

Connie’s History Classroom, April 22

Blossoms and Blessings, April 23

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 23

Simple Harvest Reads, April 24 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 26


To celebrate her tour, Lorri is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.




About the Book

Author: Laurel Blount

Genre: Amish Romance

Release date: February 22, 2022

In this heartwarming Amish romance, Emma, a brokenhearted woman and Sam, a steadfast man discover that the safest place to weather tragedy is to love and trust each other.

After the murder of her parents, Emma Hochstedler returns to the small community of Johns Mill, to resume her quiet life on its altered scale. This proves harder than she thought, in the glaring limelight of the movie being made about her family’s loss. But then, an old friend offers her a lifeline that gives her new purpose.

Amish builder Samuel Christner, a gentle giant and the strongest man in town, has only one weakness—Emma. Although she broke his heart once, he is determined not to let his childhood sweetheart face her troubles alone. When he hires Emma as a nurse for his elderly aunt, he loses his heart to her all over again.

But while the rose of romance blooms, dark storm clouds gather overhead. And ultimately, it will take all Sam’s deep, inner strength and all the passionate fullness of their love to see them through the looming darkness hanging like a sword over their heads. Read this beautiful story of Emma and Sam. It will touch your hearts like never before.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Award-winning author Laurel Blount writes inspirational romances full of grit and grace—with characters who’ll walk right off the page and into your heart! She lives on a farm in Georgia with her husband, their four fabulous kids, and an assortment of ridiculously spoiled animals.

A enthusiastic multi-tasker, Laurel writes for both Berkley/Penguin Random House and Love Inspired/Harlequin. She’s the recipient of ACFW’s Carol Award, The New England Reader’s Choice Award and GRW’s Maggie Award. She’s represented by Jessica Alvarez of Bookends Literary Agency.

Strength in the Storm is Laurel’s seventh book—and four more stories are in the works! Stay tuned!

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A word from Laurel:

Oh, I can’t wait for you to meet Emma and Sam—they’re one of my all-time favorite story couples! And what an intriguing combination they are: a gentle man known far and wide for his physical strength…and a heartbroken woman—his boyhood sweetheart—who’s his one and only weakness.

Don’t you just love a good second chance romance? I know I do! There’s something so satisfying about seeing a broken love story beautifully mended. Of course, it won’t be easy. Emma and Sam’s story is mixture of joy and sorrow, laughter and tears—lots and lots of bumps on the road for these two. But they’re about to discover that love and faith shine their brightest in life’s darkest moments—and that trouble only makes a hard-won “happily ever after” even sweeter!

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Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 3

Texas Book-aholic, April 4

SusanLovesBooks, April 5

Lighthouse Academy Blog, April 5 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Inklings and notions, April 6

Writing From the Heart Land, April 6

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 7

Remembrancy, April 7

deb’s Book Review, April 8

Miriam Jacob, April 8

Bizwings Blog, April 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 9

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 10

Mary Hake, April 10

Books I’ve Read, April 11

I luv the books, April 11

For Him and My Family, April 12

Maureen’s Musings, April 12

Connie’s History Classroom, April 13

Pause for Tales, April 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 14


To celebrate her tour, Laurel is giving away the grand prize package of a $75 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!

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About the Book

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian historical romance

Release date: March 15, 2022

“Peace in the Mountain Haven” by Misty M. Beller is an epic journey through breathless landscapes and intense adventures, as Watkuese and her adopted daughter, Pop-pank press on in their passionate quest to find the family their hearts long for. Desperate to return across the Rocky Mountains before the dead of winter sets in, time runs out for Watkuese to get her daughter back to her Shoshone village.

Hugh Charpentier shepherds Watkuese and her daughter back to their family village across the treacherous Rocky mountains. It makes him risk his lonely heart to a woman and child who may never be his. This is a poignant, unconditional love story that tugs at your heartstrings, full of danger, excitement, and suspense, of how two people from entirely different backgrounds try to understand each other in their passionate quest to assuage their loneliness.

Misty Beller skillfully combines her fervent love for clean, Christian fiction with the simple joys of rustic, rural, ranch life, writing historical novels to display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the turbulent lives and times of her characters. Writing is a beautiful dream come true for Misty, with each new book that she writes, to give a full and complete satisfaction to her beloved readers.

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About the Author

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.

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What do you love most about this genre?

I tend to be a bit of a sentimentalist, so Historical Romance is perfect for me! My favorite period is between 1800 – 1880, when the west was still an extreme frontier. I love the simpler life, where there’s no rat race. Just hard work, plenty of alone time (can you tell I’m an introvert?), and a strong family unit.

Are readers always promised a “happily ever after” in your novels? Why or why not?

Absolutely! I read as an escape, so that happily ever after is important to me. I know my characters will face challenges after the story ends, but I want to finish the book knowing they’ve grown through the story and will be able to meet future struggles with God’s strength and the support of each other—as well as family and friends!

How can readers connect with you?

I love to connect with readers! One of my favorite ways is through my newsletter, and readers can get a free copy of my book, A Pony Express Romance, when they sign up for the newsletter. Here’s the link for that: https://mistymbeller.com/freebook

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Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 8

Miriam Jacob, April 8

Texas Book-aholic, April 9

Inklings and notions, April 10

Mary Hake, April 10

For Him and My Family, April 11

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 12

deb’s Book Review, April 12

Betti Mace, April 13

Bizwings Blog, April 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 14

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 15

Connie’s History Classroom, April 16

For the Love of Literature, April 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 17

Splashes of Joy, April 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 18

Blossoms and Blessings, April 19

Pause for Tales, April 20

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 20


To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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“The Pilgrim Legacy” by Derek Prince articulates the biblical principle of sowing a tiny mustard seed of faith and reaping a harvest for eternity. As the Bible says, the Church is a bride and a city. Its identity is in Christ and its responsibility is to be the salt and light of the world. When the Pilgrims fasted and prayed, faith germinated to guide the growth of America.

The real Pilgrim legacy is one of faith, birthed in the heart and soul of America by a loving God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

President Ronald Reagan spoke of America as “a city set on a hill” – (Matthew 5:15) – “And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.”

How did America become the greatest and most powerful nation in the world, a beacon light for lost pilgrims? America’s great power and shining beacon of light comes only from an undying faith in the living God.

America was born as a representative republic, a land ruled by laws and principles, embedded in the Constitution, hewn by men of great calibre and wisdom, guided by the eternal truths of God’s Word. Although the light of America still shines, reflecting the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, the nation is turning from its biblical foundations of honoring God and His Word, to favoring the dark philosophy of secular humanism.

God has used America to bless the whole world, and countless people came to America to become citizens, including Derek Prince, an intelligent scholar and Bible teacher from England. As he learned of the Pilgrims’ heroic struggle for religious freedom that led to the birth of Amery, the truths he encountered profoundly impacted his own life. Derek was firmly convinced that the legacy of the Pilgrims must be told, an unforgettable saga never to be erased from America’s history. This book is dedicated to the Pilgrims and their unfading light – the Light of Jesus Christ – ignited in their hearts forever.

Quoting from Scripture, Derek Prince focuses on the historical record of the Pilgrims, especially from the famous work by William Bradford, “Of Plymouth Plantation.” The truths of the Pilgrim narratives prove that the foundational principles in the Christian faith can be applied practically to America today, and to this crucial time in world history.

Derek Prince’s imagination was fired by the biblical story of how God, through Abraham, transformed a small band of sojourners in a foreign land into a great nation. With strikingly parallel similarity, Derek’s imagination was captivated by the unique story of how a small band of Europeans, the Pilgrims, called by God, also sojourned in a foreign land to become a great nation. Read “The Pilgrim Legacy” to learn the foundational principles of the great American nation and its people.

About the Book

Author: Derek Prince

Genre: Religion/Christianity/History

Release date: November 16, 2021

A story that must not be erased from America’s history or from the public squares of nations worldwide…

“In all the history of the world, as nations have arisen and fallen amid endless war and bloodshed, the founding of America was utterly unique,” writes Derek Prince. “Reaching the shores of an unknown wilderness, a small group of people planted seeds—not of military might, or wealth, or power, but seeds of faith and freedom. And those seeds took hold and grew.”

Such seeds affect the destinies of nations.

A nation participates in shaping its own destiny through the process of sowing and reaping: what nations sow, they will reap. If they seek to align themselves with God’s purposes, they will experience His favor and blessing. But if they seek to align themselves with purposes that are in opposition to God’s, they will not prosper

Who were the Pilgrims? Why did they come to America? What difference did they make in the history of our country—and what does their legacy tell us about our country’s destiny?

The seeds sown by our Pilgrim ancestors 400 years ago continue to influence our culture and government. The basic principles by which they lived—beliefs in personal liberty, freedom of religion, and living in covenant with others—laid a strong foundation for America’s religious and political freedom. Without question, what the Pilgrims sowed, America has reaped as an abundant harvest.

Yet how long will the blessing of the Pilgrims’ influence continue? The light of this nation is still shining. But something is going wrong. Like a heavy, unanticipated fog, a spiritual darkness is gradually moving in to dim that light.

In The Pilgrim Legacy, internationally recognized Bible teacher and scholar Derek Prince discloses the biblical principles and tools at work in the lives of this small group of Christians who were, in a sense, the spiritual ancestors of the United States. It was these principles that not only helped to establish the nation but enabled America to be a stepping-stone in spreading the light of the gospel of the kingdom around the world.

By discovering and implementing the principles by which the Pilgrims lived, we can continue The Pilgrim Legacy today and preserve the spiritual destiny of our nation.


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About the Author

Derek Prince,
Bible scholar and spiritual patriarch Derek Prince (1915–2003) was educated as a scholar of classical languages at Eton College and Cambridge University in England, and later at Hebrew University in Israel. While serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) during World War II, he began to study the Bible as a philosophical work and, as a result, experienced a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. Derek Prince taught and ministered on six continents for more than sixty years, imparting God’s revealed truth, praying for the sick, and sharing his prophetic insights. He is the author of more than eighty books, six hundred audio teachings, and one hundred video teachings, many of which have been translated and published in more than one hundred languages. Prince pioneered teaching on such groundbreaking themes as generational curses, the biblical significance of Israel, and demonology. Derek Prince Ministries, with its international

headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, carries on the good work that God began in and through him.

More from Whitaker House
In The Pilgrim Legacy, internationally recognized Bible teacher and scholar Derek Prince discloses the biblical principles and tools at work in the lives of this small group of Christians who were, in a sense, the spiritual ancestors of the United States. It was these principles that not only helped to establish the nation but enabled America to be a stepping-stone in spreading the light of the gospel of the kingdom around the world. By discovering and implementing the principles by which the Pilgrims lived, we can continue The Pilgrim Legacy today and preserve the spiritual destiny of our nation.

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 28

Texas Book-aholic, March 29

Inklings and notions, March 30

For Him and My Family, March 31

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 1

deb’s Book Review, April 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 3

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 4

Artistic Nobody, April 5 (Spotlight)

Connie’s History Classroom, April 6

Cats in the Cradle Blog, April 7

Miriam Jacob, April 8

Vicky Sluiter, April 9

Simple Harvest Reads, April 10 (Spotlight)

Fiction Book Lover, April 11 (Spotlight)

Mary Hake, April 11


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SWEET RIVALRY – Terri Gilespie

About the Book

Book: Sweet Rivalry

Author: Terri Gillespie

Genre: Women’s Contemporary/ Christian Romance/Family Life Fiction

Release date: October 27, 2021

While watching her favorite baking show, “Cupcake Rivalry,” to her utter amazement and disbelief, Sarah Sweeting suddenly spots a contestant who looks, sounds and moves exactly like her long-lost twin sister, with whom her mother ran away twenty years ago! Unfortunately, Granny suffers a heart attack when she confirms Sarah’s shocking discovery. 

Meanwhile, Raven  Souwer’s morning begins at a frenzied and frenetic pace, with phones ringing incessantly with no respite, as everyone clamors to see the Cupcake Rivalry contestants—Raven and her best friend, Will Durning.

That’s when a mysterious phone call from an excited woman called Sarah causes pandemonium! Sarah claims to be Raven’s long-lost sister whom she cannot remember. Sarah informs Raven that their grandmother, whom she never knew, was admitted in hospital.

The call upends Raven’s young life and resurrects old trauma that lay buried for so long. Will Sarah and Raven finally be united, or will other sisterly rivalry and heartbreaking memories threaten to destroy the fragile relationship between twins long separated by the trauma of their mother’s addiction.

Forgiveness and unconditional love is the urgent need of the hour, but can these two sensitive sisters risk more hurt of the heart to realize their dream of a united family at long last?

Terri Gillespie paints a vivid and heartwarming picture of a broken family, ultimately transformed through their blossoming relationship with God who loves them most. This is a faith-inspiring book that swells the heart and make us sing with the joy of peace and reconciliation.

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About the Author

Award-winning author and beloved speaker, Terri Gillespie writes stories of faith and redemption to nurture women’s souls. Her novels, devotionals, and blogs have drawn readers to hunger for a deeper relationship with their Heavenly Father.

Life is a journey. Terri lived in fear most of her life. Stories helped her see life through the lens of adventure and God’s abiding love. Those stories were the seeds that changed her perspective. They empowered her to be brave. She hopes her stories will do the same for you.

She is the author of critically-acclaimed women’s devotional Making Eye Contact with God, the award-winning novel She Does Good Hair, CUT IT OUT!,

Really Bad Hair Day, and award-winning novel, Sweet Rivalry.

More from Terri

Where do stories come from? Oh, so many places. Sweet Rivalry began over ten years ago with an idea called the “cupcake sisters.” Two sisters who worked in a small hometown bakery trying to be true to family recipes and not get overrun by the food chains. Not much more than that. Boring, right?

The other day, I ran across my notes written years ago with other ideas for the sisters. No plots could carry an interesting enough story to get the creative juices going.

A dear friend—and amazing author—gave me a life-sized cupcake candle. The vibrant colors and glittery icing were meant to inspire me to develop the idea and write the book. It sat on my inspiration shelf for years. At first every time I looked at it, I would smile

But, as the years went by the sun faded the candle, as did my hope of finding the right story for the cupcake sisters.

Then, during COVID I got hooked on those reality shows about long-lost families being reunited after decades of separation. Some of the families had no idea the other family member existed.

Each episode meant a fist of soppy tissues. Yet, even with the dramatic music, professional editing, and big build-up, some families’ smiles didn’t quite reach their eyes.

I wondered, what happens to these people after the camera crews leave? After the emotional reunions, the excitement subsides and reality settles into their respective homes? How do these people from very different histories become a family? Do they even try? Do they want to face the secrets that separated them? 

Some of the “long-lost” family members were children from affairs. Most were children given up through adoption. Others abandoned. One man found his birth mother, only to learn he was the result of a rape. How do they navigate the choppy and complex psychological waters?

These interesting stories became delicious ingredients for the Sweet Rivalry novel. Twin sisters separated as toddlers by a troubled mother. One sister, Sarah was raised by her loving, Christian grandmother who owned the local Sweet’s Bakery.

The other sister, Raven was raised by her addicted mother, in crack houses. Still, Raven manages to become a celebrated pastry chef.

How do twins with completely different childhoods become a family? How does the sister raised in a loving, stable, Christian environment form a relationship with the sister who has seen the worst of society and had to pull herself from a terrible background all on her own? Who now blames God for the horrific things that happened to her. 

And a grandmother that hides a terrible secret?

Now, throw into the mix three handsome men vying for the twins’ affections, then bake with the emotional investments into the lives of these women, and you’ve got quite a recipe for a delectable story.

With humor and passion and delicious recipes, Sweet Rivalry will satisfy the hungry reader looking for a unique story of hope.

You know, Sweet Rivalry’s journey proved to me once again, that creativity can’t be forced, and GOD’s timing is always the best—even if it is a ten-year wait.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 6

Miriam Jacob, April 6

Genesis 5020, April 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 8

Splashes of Joy, April 8

For Him and My Family, April 9

Texas Book-aholic, April 10

deb’s Book Review, April 11

Inklings and notions, April 12

Aryn The Libraryan, April 13

Mary Hake, April 13

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 15

Vicky Sluiter, April 15

She Lives To Read, April 16

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 17

Pause for Tales, April 17

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool

Academy, April 19

Spoken from the Heart, April 19

To celebrate her tour, Terri is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon Gift Card, signed copy of Sweet Rivalry, Sweet Rivalry Coffee Mug, Sweet Rivalry bookmark, and a Hand-poured Cupcake Candle!!

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“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: Baby’s First Book of Extraordinary Women” introduces our budding baby reader to the lives of extraordinary Rebel women, past and present, who dared to stand out and excel in their chosen fields, from around the world. It features trailblazing artists, athletes, activists and inventors in its colorful, inviting pages, exciting pioneers like pilot Amelia Earhart and many other inspiring icons. Sparkling, easy-to-read text and beautiful portraits will capture our young baby readers’ attention from start to finish, to make this an all-time bedtime favorite. This is a beautiful collection of famous, extraordinary women throughout history, with brief information on each page, perfectly appropriate for a young baby reader at bedtime stories time. The pictures are really exciting to see, with full color photographs for each profile. An ample variety of people, countries of origin and historical time periods are represented. There are beautifully illustrated drawings and apt word descriptions for a baby reader to enjoy. With its all-encompassing kaleidoscopic perspective and wide-ranging panoramic vision, it is a perfect book for its baby audience. This visionary book has already achieved its aim to delight baby readers. I highly recommend it for our young baby readers enjoyment.


HEART OF THE ROCKIES – Angela Breidenbach

Book: Heart of the Rockies

Author: Angela Breidenbach

Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Romance

Release date: November 1, 2021

“Heart of the Rockies” by Angela Breidenbach reminds us that most of the biggest opportunities in life first start out as small-time dreams that dare to sprout wings to fly. The Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium was built by Charles A. Broadwater, in a growing city, Helena, in a new state, Montana, USA. His dream was to make Helena, Montana a destination for travelers from the east, at the turn of the century. This heartmoving story of creative innovation and mutual respect depicts what life in early Montana was like, as it became a new state. In 1892, the sport of synchronized swimming was known as scientific and ornamental swimming. This novel has two young swimming instructors for men and women, Hugh Thomas and Delphina O’Connor. Both of them are recruited to work for the wealthy resort owner, Mr. Charles A. Broadwater. Angela Breidenbach weaves the elements of faith, love, the suffragette movement and sports, to create a great historical romance. As Angela graphically presents the elaborate real-life history of the Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium through historical fiction, several iconic people from Montana’s true history spring to life in the pages of this inspiring book. Angela even weaves genealogical and historical facts into this enriching glimpse of Montana’s extremely rich, elegant and illustrious past, a Gilded Age society that now exists only in memory. I highly recommend this inspiring novel to readers of great historical fiction.

1892, Helena MT: Delphina O’Connor believed God-given dreams for women didn’t stop at marriage and children. Hers might not include a husband or family at all. So when Hugh Thomas rescues the new swimming instructor at the elegant Broadwater Natatorium from near drowning in the Victorian-styled resort pool, how can anyone believe the freedom to enjoy swimming, competition, and a healthy body is an appropriate activity for a proper lady? Hugh is about to find out status quo is the starting line for a courageous woman with a dream!

Elaborate true history of the Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium in romantic fiction. You’ll meet several iconic people from Montana’s true history in these pages. What do you do when you think differently than the world around you?

Lovely story sharing the early days of women in synchronized swimming nearing the turn-of-the-century when traditional sensibilities battle modern ideas. How does a traditional man learn to love a modern woman?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Angela Breidenbach is a professional genealogist, media personality, bestselling author, and screenwriter. She’s also the Christian Authors Network president. Angie lives in Montana with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who shakes hands, rolls over, and jumps through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also.

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I toured Helena, MT for the research that kicked off my passion for the Queen of the Rockies series. While there, I searched for more on the history of the Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium. Visiting the now empty fields, staring through the fence where the resort once stood, I missed the elegant beauty even though I’d never known her. The way the mountains swooped up from the valley with the hot springs at the base created a dramatic sense of place. I had to write a story set at the Broadwater!

While volunteering with a non-profit for children, the executive director asked why I’d gone to Helena recently. Bubbling over with enthusiasm, he started telling me everything he knew, saw, and experienced at the resort area while growing up near the Broadwater in Helena. His wife and he had even attended the final auction in the 1960s before the grand lady lost her battle with time and damages from the major earthquakes of 1935. She was demolished after the auction! The ornamental elements of the hotel and natatorium took record auction prices from doorknobs to copper bathtub rings. Even what was left of the stained-glass windows sold. What I hadn’t found in history books, online, or at the local history museum/society my friends shared with misty-eyed memories. The sweetness of hearing their stories and being able to use them in my book was pretty miraculous. I had a front seat to history.

The Broadwater Hotel had an interesting feature in their bath/shower rooms. If you’ve ever heard of a “needle”

shower, it sounds painful. But it was a revolutionary new therapy treatment in the 1890s. I saw a few black and white faded photos. Those pictures in history books and online couldn’t do justice to the real invention. Want to see a little more before you read Heart of the Rockies? Here’s a link to visit on the Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium. I think you’ll want to immerse yourself (pun intended) in a story set in her extravagant, elegance. See what you think…


One weekend, my husband and I took a trip to Butte to stay at the Copper King Mansion. The stay included a tour and use of their facilities. (Don’t pass that bed and breakfast overnight up. It’s really amazing and closely preserved through the families that lived there!) The original owner, William A. Clark, had a needle shower installed to help his sickly son. What do you know? It still worked! I tried it that night. Because the tiny sprays are in a circular design all the way around your body, the shower rings you. The experience, minus the issue of one ring being right at face level causing a lot of battles to breathe, was exhilarating. More so because of the unique nature. But when the water pressure is all the way on, the water can sting with the force on your skin. I fully understood the name! Adjusting the spickets brought the water pressure under control, but I had one further difficulty. The pipes that ringed my neck and head sprayed water into my face no matter what direction I moved. They’d been built to the height of a young

man. Let’s just say it was a near-drowning! Super fun to try though.

Besides visiting Helena, make sure to stop in for your weekend in Butte, MT at the Copper King Bed and Breakfast. Take the tour. Then when you’re free of the museum visitors, and the house is all yours for the night, step into the needle shower (maybe really bring a waterproof step) and be swished back in time to the Gilded Age. Hmm, maybe I should be writing a time travel novel??

Come plunge into the pages of Heart of the Rockies with me.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, March 18

Texas Book-aholic, March 19

Christina’s Corner, March 19

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 20

Betti Mace, March 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 21

Inklings and notions, March 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 23

For Him and My Family, March 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 24

Blogging With Carol, March 25

deb’s Book Review, March 25

Connie’s History Classroom, March 26

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 27

Miriam Jacob, March 27

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 29 (Spotlight)

Pause for Tales, March 29

Spoken from the Heart, March 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 31

Blossoms and Blessings, March 31


To celebrate her tour, Angela is giving away the grand prize of a a set of gemstone earrings handmade by Thai Hill Tribe (made of sterling silver with amethyst Swarovski crystals)!!

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The Mechanic & the MD – Linda Shenton Matchett

The Mechanic & the MD by Linda Shenton Matchett

“The Mechanic & the MD” by Linda Shenton Matchett is an incredibly clean story that incorporates God’s faithfulness in trials and tragedy. Fiction is skillfully interwoven with historical facts to present a fascinating glimpse into a time span when the uncertainty of war was felt by myriad people everywhere. Linda focuses on women who serve their country in different roles and capacities. 

Doris is a unique character with her matter-of-fact, down-to-earth, no-nonsense attitude and extraordinary, indefatigable passion to execute her assigned job par excellence. With the Red Cross Motor Corps, Doris finds the perfect job suitable for her skills. She always trusted God wholeheartedly and relied on Him to guide her in her chosen path of service.

Ron, a gifted surgeon, has dedicated his life to save men in combat with his surgical knowledge of medical procedures. He just cannot figure out what in the world his old high school acquaintance Doris is doing, working as a mechanic, in exactly the same place where he is! His constant worry is whether she will distract him from his job. There is a perfect blend of friction and fun banter between the two of them, as they focus singlemindedly on the jobs they are assigned to perform. 

In her selfless service during wartime, Doris proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that women are capable of doing jobs previously done exclusively by men. The story flows effortlessly at a nice pace, with the faith element skillfully woven through the story. Will Doris and Ron get the strength to overcome their past and get a second chance at a relationship of their own? 

This book highlights the unique role of women as they served during the war. Historical novels chronicle the unusual jobs women held, especially during wartime. With less women in the work force, Doris answers the call to serve her country. This is a wonderful historical read. I highly recommend it to all readers of historical fiction who like to combine the elements of faith, family and service for the ultimate good of humanity.


All’s fair in love and war. Or so they say.

High school and college were a nightmare for Doris Strealer and being an adult isn’t much better. Men won’t date a woman of her height, and they don’t understand her desire to repair car engines rather than work as a nurse or a teacher. When her father’s garage closes, and no one will hire a female mechanic, she joins the Red Cross Motor Corps, finally feeling at home. Until she comes face to face with her past in the form of Ronald McCann, the most popular boy in school.

On the brink of a successful career as a surgeon, Ron’s plans crumble when he’s drafted and assigned to an evacuation hospital in England, the last place he expects to run into a former schoolmate. The gangly tomboy who was four years behind him in high school has transformed into a statuesque beauty, but a broken engagement in college leaves him with no desire to risk his heart ever again.

Will the hazards of war make or break a romance between this unlikely couple?

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 10

Inklings and notions, March 11

For Him and My Family, March 12

Texas Book-aholic, March 13

deb’s Book Review, March 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 15

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 16

Connie’s History Classroom, March 17

Blossoms and Blessings, March 18 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 19

For the Love of Literature, March 20 (Author Interview)

Christina’s Corner, March 20

CarpeDiem, March 21

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, March 22 (Author Interview)

Miriam Jacob, March 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 23

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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 About the Author

Linda Matchett Head Shot (1)Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

More from Linda

As a former human resources professional I am fascinated by the history of women in the workplace. The WWII is especially intriguing because not only did women enter the workforce, but they took jobs previously only held by men. And they proved themselves up to the task.

Because of my background, one of the first things I do when devising a story is to determine the protagonist’s job, and I love putting her into an unusual situation. My heroines have been mercantile owners, gold prospectors, spies, war correspondents, photographers, and pilots. In The Mechanic & The MD, Doris Strealer is…you guessed it…a mechanic.

I learned early on that I am NOT mechanically inclined. Newly married with not a lot of extra cash, my husband and I decided we would perform our own car maintenance. My husband grew up helping his dad, so he had lots of experience. How hard could it be?

For me, apparently very difficult. My first (and only) attempt to change the oil ended with my face and hands covered in black muck and a hole in the filter (don’t ask!). I determined I’m better at holding the flashlight or performing other assistant-type duties.

As it turns out, that wasn’t the case for Britain’s future Queen Elizabeth who became the first female member of the British royal family to become an active duty member of the Armed Forces when she joined the Auxiliary Territory Service. She underwent a six-week auto mechanic training course and learned how to deconstruct, repair, and rebuild engines, change tires, and drive every type of vehicle she worked on including jeeps, trucks, and ambulances.

 When I learned of her service, I was intrigued, and the idea for The Mechanic & The MD was born.

I hope you enjoy Doris’s story, my effort to honor the men and women who served during this difficult period in history.



About the Book

Book: Gracie’s Surrender

Author: Blossom Turner

Genre: Christian historical romance

Release date: March 8, 2022

Gracie’s Surrender” by Blossom Turner is a heartwarming, incredibly well-written, historical novel with multi-dimensional characters that absolutely wring your heartstrings! The characters are so well developed, with real, palpable, painfully raw emotions. This well-rounded, emotionally charged story, makes a delightfully absorbing read from start to finish, with compelling, warmhearted characters, that spring realistically to life on the page. The heart-warming plot, full of twists and turns, moves at a steady pace through the narrative, with a strong, inspiring faith element flowing naturally through the story. The historical aspect of the Orphan Train is very well-researched and perfectly integrated into the narrative of a warmhearted story of love, faith, trials, disappointments and God’s love in action. Magnificent, superb, challenging and compelling, Gracie’s and Matthew’s story is so powerful, filled with a beautiful faith element interwoven into the storyline to show the love of God in action. Gracie’s selfless dedication to God and passionate devotion to the orphan children is truly admirable and praiseworthy. Gracie’s character is very well developed. Matthew is a most endearing character with sound Christian values. Blossom Turner explores the blossoming relationship between Gracie and Matthew with great delicacy. I highly recommend this splendid novel to all readers who wish to see true satisfaction in the beautiful, illuminating pages of a most inspiring book.

Gracie’s Surrender

Helping the orphan children in Richmond just might overturn everything Gracie thought she knew, including the value of love.

Gracie Williams has always had an adventurous streak, which led her from her home in the Shenandoah Valley to Richmond, Virginia, where she can devote her life to the orphan children. Though her beauty has brought on the advances of many men, she has no plans to marry, and finds suitors an unfortunate irritation she doesn’t have time for—much to her parents’ chagrin.

When she befriends Matthew Weston, the mature and serious orphanage superintendent, she confides in him and believes he shares her goals. Neither are prepared for the sparks that fly. Tension grows as Matthew falls in love with her, yet realizes he is just another man in the long line of would-be suitors.

A family crisis, an orphan train, and the plight of a sweet orphan named Emma throw the couple together in deep and meaningful ways. But will this be enough for Gracie to embrace a new way of thinking, and the gift of love that only true soul mates can share?

About the Author

Blossom Turner is a freelance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, an avid blogger and published novelist of the Word Guild semi-finalist Anna’s Secret. However, she has found her home in the writing of historical fiction. The power of love and romance is authentically woven into the Shenandoah Bride Series about five sisters and their love stories. She and her husband, David, have two grown children and live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Read more at blossomturner.com.

More from Blossom

Do You Enjoy Romance That Keeps You Thinking Days Later?

Long before I knew I could write, I loved to read. Being a hopeless romantic, I gravitated to all romance stories either contemporary or historical. I soon realized that finding clean fiction, but still written with the passion God created us to experience, was hard to find. (Song of Solomon is a good example of the expression of passion and love between a man and woman without being explicit.)

Given the gift of a writing career later in life, one thing was for sure…I wanted to write what I like to read. Clean romance does not need to be boring. As each story pours out, I realize that writing historical fiction is my passion. I finally know what I was born to do. My favorite theme was an arranged marriage…so birthed the first book of the Shenandoah Brides that has now morphed into a series of five sisters and their five love stories. March 8, 2022 is launch day for book four called Gracie’s Surrender.

Where-as book one was set in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, post-civil war, the second book Amelia’s Heartsong took place in the big city of Richmond, Virginia where balls, debutants, pomp and circumstance matter. The third book, Lucinda’s Defender unfolded back in the valley, and this fourth one takes place once again in Richmond. However, you will find a very different Richmond than in book two, for Gracie has a life mission to help the underprivileged orphans.

The backdrop for this fourth book includes the historical orphan train, street urchins, and the love for children in the orphanage to which Gracie and Matthew devote their life. Gracie, who feels men are just a distraction, is in for a grand surprise. Much to Gracie’s vexation, awareness, attraction, and alas, even love grow for her serious but well-meaning superintendent, Matthew. I promise this read will be a romantic page turner with grit and impact that will keep you awake into the wee hours of the morning.

Although this book can easily be read as a stand-alone, enjoying the whole series as the family saga unfolds will deepen the experience.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed the write. I love to hear from my readers.


To celebrate her tour, Blossom is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, March 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 9

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 9

Texas Book-aholic, March 10

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 11

For Him and My Family, March 12

Connie’s History Classroom, March 13

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 14

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 15

Simple Harvest Reads, March 16 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

deb’s Book Review, March 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 18

Splashes of Joy, March 19

Miriam Jacob, March 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 20

CarpeDiem, March 21




“Roxie Applesauce” by Tonya L. Matthews is honest, faith-based, Christian fiction at its best. It is beautifully written, revealing how God, the Master Craftsman, takes the broken pieces of human lives and skillfully shapes them into vessels fit for His use. Tonya L. Matthews has done a great job in writing this revealing book. It is highly imaginative, extremely compelling to read and captures the reader’s attention from start to finish.

Miriam Jacob

Marcella Ciscal stayed sane only due to the ever-present Roxie Applesauce, the friend who was like her own shadow, and always by her side. Marcella is cared for by Haleya Kage.

With a very unstable life and unknown future, the unpredictable nature of life brings God’s greater plan into existence, for His honor and glory. In a dramatic story of reconciliation, love and legacy, God makes all things beautiful – in His time.

About the Book

Book: Roxie Applesauce

Author: Tonya L. Matthews

Genre: Faith-based Christian Fiction

Release date: August, 2021

Tonya grew up on a family farm in Riverside, Kentucky. Her father recognized early on that hoeing tobacco and running hogs weren’t in her skill set. He opted to send her to college. Graduating from Western Kentucky University with honors, Tonya went on to support the business community for two decades as an executive for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce where she served a primary role in the organization’s multiple national honors.

Tonya has found writing to be a healthy escape and effective therapy in tough seasons throughout her life. Tonya began writing Treasure atop the Mountain 15 years ago when she and her husband were trying to start their family and encountered multiple disappointments. Ultimately, they signed up to be foster parents and adopted.

Tonya’s been married to Todd Matthews for 25 years. They have two grown daughters. In August 2019, she published Treasure atop the Mountain—a fiction novel based on real-life emotions that can be related to by many. Tonya’s second novel in the TREASURE series, Roxie Applesauce, released in August 2021. She’s currently writing the series’ third book, Get Will. Additionally, in 2022, she will debut the first two books in her children’s book series.

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THE STORY behind the story—Tonya L. Matthews

As many of you know, Todd and I adopted our two girls from foster care. I remember hugging Haley one night after a tough day (she was a handful…well, still is) with tears in my eyes. Tears of sadness in my heart for what had brought us both together and tears of hope that we could help each other move forward. Todd and I had experienced multiple failures at trying to have a baby, and she’d experienced failure after failure of what is best for a little girl who needs a stable home-life. Roxie Applesauce, published and release this month, is dedicated to her. Though little has gone as we’d planned, God was and is still in control. I often say, ‘God had her before we did; he’s still got her!’

Life’s road isn’t always fair, but along the way there are those undeniable, unexplainable occurrences where without question the only answer is that it had to be God. That’s the message of hope I needed when I wrote Roxie Applesauce (and still need today.)

I began writing as an outlet for my emotions years ago as nothing seemed to work. I sat down and started writing, not knowing that I could write a novel and not set on it as the end goal. My goal was to find something that would take my thoughts away from the never-ending cycle of worry, anger and confusion over why there was no baby when for so many it just happened so simply.

I enjoyed reading fiction with an inspiring message. I remember when I finished a good book, I’d hold it for a minute after I closed it and even sometimes say out loud, “Wow, that was good!” I’d think about it the next day and the characters in the book were more like people that I knew or wished I knew.

After I read several that didn’t deliver, and inspired by those that did, I thought…I’ll just write what I like to read. So, I sat down and started typing and then I just never quit on the book. In the background of a busy, busy life, it was always there. Then when I walked away from the Chamber to be a better mom to my teen girls, I yet again, needed an outlet for all the ‘I am not equipped to raise these two!’ emotions that followed. Slowly, keeping my family as priority for really the first time ever, I worked toward the publication of Treasure atop the Mountain. Since its release, I can say the greatest joy has been the people that I’ve met! We all struggle. The emotions are the same, though the circumstances may be different. We need to know that we are not alone. We need to know that God’s plan is at work, even through the difficult times. If you haven’t had a chance to read Treasure atop the Mountain yet—first in the series, I hope someone passes it along to you as part of God’s plan as the existence of these books is beyond me!

If you didn’t know, my daughters are named Haley and Aleya. Not biological sisters. Born to two birth mothers who don’t know each other. One named her daughter HALEY and the other named her daughter ALEYA. If you put their names together you have HALEYA. Put you hand over the A on the end and it’s Haley. Put your hand over the H and you have Aleya. I have to remind myself on the toughest of days as a mother of two now adult-age girls in this world full of lies and heartache that God does know what he’s doing, and I know that God’s hand is at work! So, I write the third novel in the series, Get Will, yet again, as a healthy escape for my mind that is often unrelenting when so much is out of our control.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 9

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 10 (Author Interview)

Miriam Jacob, March 10

Texas Book-aholic, March 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 12

For Him and My Family, March 13

Inklings and notions, March 14

deb’s Book Review, March 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 16

Older & Smarter?, March 17

March 17

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 18

Pause for Tales, March 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 19

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 21

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 22


To celebrate her tour, Tonya is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.




“The Prince and the Prodigal” by Jill Eileen Smith is the fascinating, true life story of Joseph, the pampered, favorite son of the Biblical patriarch, Jacob. His older brothers, deeply resentful of his favoured status, got rid of him by selling him to slave traders going to Egypt. They deceived their father about his fate. While Joseph is falsely accused and imprisoned, his elder brother, Judah tries to escape the haunting memory of his terrible complicity in betraying Joseph. After spending decades apart, the brothers come face-to-face in a stunning reversal of fate. Joseph, as Prime Minister of Egypt, wields great power and authority, while Judah pitifully begs for mercy. Will forgiveness or vengeance win? Jill Eileen Smith’s genuinely authentic research and highly imaginative skills are beautifully displayed in this fantastic life story of terrible jealousy, horrible betrayal, and a heartwarming reconciliation that only God can bring about, in His own divine plan and purpose, to bring glory to His name. Jill Eileen Smith pays expert attention to historical and cultural detail, as well as emotional sensitivity. Her great talent lies in exploring the plausible emotional and spiritual journeys of Biblical characters and expounds them graphically for readers of today. Jill infuses well-known Biblical stories with emotional depth and a modern sensibility rarely seen in historical novels. She breathes new creativity into well-known sacred Bible stories, causing them to spring out imaginatively, large as life, with captivating personalities, to inspire readers of today.


THE LADY OF GALWAY – Jennifer Deibel

The Lady of Galway Manor” by Jennifer Deibel is a poignant, heartmoving tale from the Emerald Isle. In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy’s father is the landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without all the royal trappings of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family, prestigious descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh Ring. Stephen Jennings does not want to run his family’s jewelry shop. Heartbroken, he does not believe in love anymore, weary of peddling the lies the legend of the Claddagh Ring promises. As the war for Irish independence gains full strength, the local residents bitterly resent the De Lacys and show their profound displeasure, as events take a disastrously dangerous turn for Annabeth and her family. Perhaps the “other side” isn’t quite as notoriously barbaric and pitifully uncultured as Annabeth and Stephen had originally believed. They finally learn that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty only become stronger when purified in the refiner’s fire. Authentic characters spring to life in this poignant tale. The Lady of Galway Manor showcases a fascinating piece of Irish history. The novel also features the internal struggles of the two main characters, Annabeth and Stephen, destined to be enemies by the inevitable twists and turns of fate, but who finally become a remarkable source of strength and healing for each other. This is an immersive read that abounds in rich folklore, brimming with conflicts, while love blooms in the air like a delicately fragile flower. This gem of a novel transports you to a world of differing loyalties, fascinating histories, and highly passionate expectations. With fires of danger burning, and immersed in a soul-satisfying romance, the two main characters, Annabeth and Stephen are drawn together through a strong faith, forged in the refiner’s fire and tested amid the devastating backdrop of a highly volatile war. This stunning Emerald Isle novel, from the enchanted pen of Jennifer Deibel, is so captivating that I highly recommend it to all readers.


ARMS OF FREEDOM – Kathleen Neely

Book: Arms of Freedom

Author: Kathleen Neely

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release date: October 6, 2021

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“Arms of Freedom” by Kathleen Neely is an arresting story of two  women who lived in different time spans, that captures our instant attention from start to finish. In some age-old journals hidden in the heart of her farmhouse, Annie Gentry discovers a common bond with Charlotte, who once lived there in the tumultuous 1860’s. One lived with wealth and the other with poverty, but both knew the binding bonds of  captivity. Both longed to be free. The Civil War had ended, but freedom is still elusive. Charlotte covets a life free from shame to her family, a life where she can make a difference. Will her fragile hope be heartlessly wrested from her? The journals end abruptly with a climax, leaving Annie to wonder what ultimately happened to Charlotte and whether she ever found the elusive freedom her aching heart so desperately longed for?

Annie Gentry had two lives, one as a simple woman and the other as a super model with a pseudonym, Miriam, and a collective net worth of millions.  Adopting her own name, Annie Gentry, she alters her appearance, to live a simple life unrecognised, caring for her grandmother, in rural South Carolina. All goes as planned until she meets a man who is interested in her and the simple life he lives. 

All people are created in God’s image, loved by Him, created for a purpose, called to unity, to raise our arms of freedom to the Savior who saved us from sin.

Read on to find out what exactly happened in this captivating book of women’s fiction, as Annie’s story intersects with Charlotte’s story from 150 years earlier, both experiencing a dramatic coming-of-age, as they desperately seek to escape from the binding bonds of captivity.

About the Author

Kathleen Neely is a retired elementary principal, and enjoys time with family, visiting her two grandsons, traveling, and reading.

She is the author of The Street Singer, Beauty for Ashes, The Least of These, Arms of Freedom, and In Search of True North. Kathleen won second place in a short story contest through ACFW-VA for her short story “The Missing Piece” and an honorable mention for her story “The Dance”. Both were published in a Christmas anthology. Her novel, The Least of These, was awarded first place in the 2015 Fresh Voices contest through Almost an Author. She has numerous devotions published through Christian Devotions.

Kathleen continues to speak to students about writing and publication processes. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

More from Kathleen

I’d like to introduce myself and then share a little bit about my book, Arms of Freedom. I am a retired educator having taught preschool, fourth grade, and then moving into administration as an elementary principal. When I retired, I pursued my desire to write. My first novel, The Least of These, won first place in a contest titled Fresh Voices. That honor renewed my confidence, and since then, I’ve written five novels. Arms of Freedom is my first timeslip (dual timeline) novel.

Arms of Freedom was birthed during a time of racial tension in our nation; a time when social injustice and protests were forefront in the news. Many publishers safely avoided manuscripts with any mention of racial issues—perhaps a wise decision from a business perspective.

However, failure to look at our past denies us the opportunity to learn from history. Our fear of offending can push major historical offenses into a dark closet. I chose to illuminate those offenses by launching this book. Following the Civil War, the period of twelve years known as Reconstruction was perhaps the most brutal period of racial terrorism. The contents may be hard to read. I confess that I often wrote through tears.


To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, March 3

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, March 4

The Avid Reader, March 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 5

Inklings and notions, March 6

For Him and My Family, March 7

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 8

Miriam Jacob, March 8

deb’s Book Review, March 9

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 11

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 12

Bizwings Blog, March 13

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 14 (Spotlight)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 14

Simple Harvest Reads, March 15 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 16



In “Daring: A Call to Courageous Manhood,” Paul Cole challenges all men to rise up, daringly and courageously, to wield the baton of leadership in the world today. This fiery book comes at a strategic time in world history. Through it, God’s Spirit will ignite flames in the hearts of men, spurring them on to live by God’s standards. “Daring” issues a clarion call for strong men of faith to rise up in the family, in the Church and in the world today. This is the urgent need of the hour. When life’s debris rains down upon their heads, daring men stand strong and fight to survive victoriously. Daring men fill their hearts and minds with God’s Word, to get courage and strength. The true test is in the fiery crucible of character. Daring comes only through the empowering grace of God in the hearts of men, liberating them to be like their Master, Jesus Christ, bold, resolute, strong, powerful and focused, submissive to all, yet yielding to none, bowing only to God the Father. I highly recommend “Daring” to everyone who truly aspires to become what God intends them to be.

Miriam Jacob

About the Book

Book: Daring: A Call to Courageous Manhood

Author: Paul Louis Cole

Genre: RELIGION / Christian Living/Men’s Interests

Release date: February 15, 2022

Victory is always on the other side of a fight. Here is help to win the battles and keep on winning!

Daring: A Call To Courageous Manhood sets the tone for a new wave of masculinity by defining what it is to be a man of courage, endurance, and resolve. The unique, creative voice of Paul Louis Cole cuts through cultural clutter to speak to the issues that lay in the heart of every man.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Paul Louis Cole, D.Th., president of Christian Men’s Network, is a communicator, church planter, pastor, author, and one of the world’s leading experts on men’s issues. Paul is an award-winning media writer/producer/director, but his passion is in carrying the message of Christlike manhood globally. The son of Edwin Louis Cole, he has continued the work of the Christian Men’s Network, helping pastors build strong men, strong families, and strong churches in over 100 nations. Paul’s mission is to rescue men, defeat fatherlessness, and end child abuse by providing leadership tools and strategies to bring a clear and defining word to men. Paul and his wife of forty-plus years, Judi, reside in Grapevine, Texas. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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“Electrifies the heart to beat loudly and strongly as the lion’s heart…”

—Leonard Sweet, New York Times Bestselling Author

“A masterpiece to challenge you…and change your life”

—Dale C. Bronner, Word of Faith Family Cathedral

“I highly recommend this book to help you navigate the challenges of life to become God’s man…”

—Jonathan Falwell

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 26

Artistic Nobody, February 27 (Spotlight)

Inklings and notions, February 28

Texas Book-aholic, March 1

Simple Harvest Reads, March 2 (Spotlight)

Miriam Jacob, March 2

deb’s Book Review, March 3

Fiction Book Lover, March 4 (Spotlight)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 5

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 6

Spoken from the Heart, March 7 (Spotlight)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 7

For Him and My Family, March 8

An Author’s Take, March 9

Guild Master, March 10 (Spotlight)

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 11


To celebrate his tour, Paul is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.




“Leah: Unnoticed, Unwanted, Unloved” by Amanda Bedzrah is a very fascinating and truly absorbing story, evoking strong emotions in readers. Although Leah was unnoticed, unwanted and unloved by her own family, God used her to change history in such a dramatic way. There are life-changing lessons to be learnt from Leah’s life. Through this remarkable book, God uses His Word and Amanda Bedzrah’s creatively-inspired thoughts to teach His beloved children precious truths about how to cope with the vicissitudes of life. “Rachel was Jacob’s desire. Leah was God’s design.” Amanda’s words ring true, inspired by the Master Storyteller. This awesome book is dedicated to every rejected person, who is completely loved by God, whose plan and purpose for their lives does not depend on people’s acceptance. I highly recommend this enlightening book to all readers who wish to learn how Leah coped bravely and courageously with rejection from her own family. This is the kind of rejection that stings most of all. To be rejected by strangers is bad enough, but to face rejection from one’s own family hurts most deeply of all. For when one’s family rejects a child of its own, there is no defence at all. All the values that keep the foundation of the family standing up, come crashing down upon one’s head, leaving one entirely defenseless. And then, what is left but only the deepest void, created by the most terrible rejection life can ever dole out on its defenseless children. How did Leah cope with it? Amanda Bedzrah steps into Leah’s footsteps and traces her life’s journey to liberating freedom, fully and completely.

Miriam Jacob

Book: Leah: Unnoticed. Unwanted. Unloved

Author: Amanda Bedzrah

Amanda Bedzrah

Genre: Bible Fiction

Release date: November, 2020


Lying in bed next to ‘the man of her dreams’, Leah is crippled with fear and unable to sleep. She knows that her husband Jacob is going to wake up to her, not “the woman of his dreams”.

Jacob worked and served Leah’s father Laban for seven years to marry her younger sister Rachel, but on the night of their wedding, the brides were switched; the right man was married to the wrong bride.

As Leah anticipates, his dissatisfaction is not hidden; his rejection is immediate. Seven days later, Jacob marries Rachel after promising to work another seven years for her.

Leah is now left in a place of pain and bitterness. A fearsome war erupts. She is in a battle for her husband’s affection – not with an enemy, but with her own sister!

Will she ever be loved and accepted?

Can God use a woman like Leah: unnoticed, unwanted, and unloved, to change history?

This book is a fictional retelling of one of the greatest Bible stories of all time. It is a story of love, deception, betrayal, competition, heartbreak, and forgiveness. It reminds us that God has a plan and purpose for our lives.

No pain is ever wasted with God!

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Amanda Bedzrah is married to Francois and they have three wonderful children. They live in the county of Kent, best known as “The Garden of England” in the United Kingdom.

Amanda is a passionate Bible teacher, an inspirational speaker, a prayer minister, and a senior NHS professional. She is a Law graduate (LLB Hons), she is also certified in Business Analysis Practice and Project Management.

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An Interview with the Author

Who is Amanda Bedzrah and what does a day in your life look like?

I am just a girl who loves Jesus. I have been saved, redeemed and restored by the Jesus and my life is dedicated in service to Him. I am married and I have three wonderful children. I live in the county of Kent, best known as “The Garden of England” in the United Kingdom.

A day in my life will consist of praying, reading, working, writing, cooking, cleaning and being wife and mum. My life is actually quite busy, there is always something going on.

How many books have you written? And are there more books in the future?

To date, I have written six books (1 fiction) and designed two Journals on Kindness. My most recent book is a Bible study guide called An Introduction to women in the Bible which is a synopsis of women in the Old and New Testament.

I have another Bible fiction books due in 2022 so yes, I absolutely see more books in my future, I love writing- it’s a gift and a calling, my purpose. If I could, I would spend the rest of my days writing.

What or who inspired you to write LEAH?

Leah is definitely a God project. I remember reading her story about four years ago and I wondered what it would have been like for her. I was so drawn to Leah, and for many years, I looked for novels based on her life and it seemed like her story had not written, or there was none that I could find. I kept waiting, until last year, frustrated I complained to God and He said – “you write it”.

I was like whatttttt? Me? No way. Initially, I allowed fear to deceive me, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling inside me, the direction God had given and the hidden excitement about the challenge that slowly bubbled to the surface and so I sat down one day and started writing on my phone and the words just fell out and the rest as they say is history.

Why did you choose this type of book (a novel)?

I love the Bible and I love Bible fiction. For many, the stories will be familiar. They know the story from the Bible or have heard it, but a novel truly brings it to life. It may answer some of their own questions about the story or make it easier for people to find themselves or their situations or someone they know within the pages of the book, and that sparks something within that helps the reader connect deeply.

The Bible is rich with stories that are relevant to our lives today and I consider it an honour to be able to give life to the characters, and use my imagination in collaboration with the word of God to create a beautiful story. A story that entertains, educates, motivates and inspires but most importantly, to write a novel that encourages people to read the bible for themselves.

Is there anything you found particularly challenging in your writing of this book?

Initially, I found it hard to separate my own feelings and reactions from Leah’s. I had to remind myself that this was her story not mine and I didn’t want to bring my own preconceived ideas into the Bible story. It was also challenging to not cry when I was writing, for me, certain parts were so emotional.

It also required a lot of research. The Bible is silent on many things about their lives and so it was a challenge to capture who and how they were in detail. I got to the point where I had to decide how much imagination I wanted to use and how much Bible text. My preference was to stay as close to the Bible as possible, in fact I made sure I used up every single bit of information from the Bible first and then weaved imagination into it.

I know that although these are real people in the bible, they actually existed and there are some historical data about their lives that can be found in Jewish history and so I did a lot of research to get a good idea of the characters themselves or similar characters in their timeline.

I tried as much as possible to capture the culture of their time and write from that context. I gathered as much information about their tradition used that to fill out the character. The rest really was God breathed imagination.

Where is your favorite place to write?

I enjoy writing in my reclining couch in my front room. I have one of those portable lap tables that I use. I sit in front of the TV and write. I would however love to have a home office. I imagine a quiet space filled with lots of books, an oak desk, sofa, lamp and a large bay window with a wonderful view of nature. I don’t have that yet, but if I did, that would be my favorite writing place.

What is your greatest hope for this book?

I would love to see this book on the big screen. It is my hope that one day it will be turned into a movie to reach a wider audience. I also hope that when people read this book, they find Gods love within the pages of the book and it draws them towards the Bible so they can experience the word of God for themselves.

What would you say is special and unique about this book?

It is based on the word of God and I believe everything about Gods word is special and unique. I think it is an interesting book and brings the story to life. I used my imagination to give readers an insight into the world of these Bible heroes and possibly answer some questions they might have asked. Also, for women who have experienced rejection, I pray that Leah’s story will inspire and encourage them as well.

How has this book impacted your life?

This novel has had a huge impact in so many ways. As this is my first fiction novel, it is so humbling to see how it has been well received. I enjoyed stretching my creativity and I want to do this more. I learnt so much from writing this book. I’ve read it six times. Each time, I learn something different and each time I ask myself “Did I really write this”?

I honestly can’t take much credit, I know that it was God who wrote through me and it truly humbles me to be so used by God.

What is your favorite part of the book?

There are so many good bits. I love every part of the book. If I had to pick a favourite bit, it would be the voice of God. Each time He spoke, it was just lovely. I particularly like the last few sentences on page 56.

What would you say is the greatest obstacle you have overcome as an Author?

The confidence to write and not worry about whether it is good enough or if anyone else will like or read the book. The enemy always comes to attack and deceive and it takes the Grace of God to overcome that hurdle.

What would you say to the Ladies who may be going through a difficult marriage feeling unloved, unwanted, and not worthy?

I would say that this novel is for you. I dedicate this book to you. Please, know that you are completely loved by God and His plan and purpose for your life is not dependent on the acceptance of man. Being rejected by the man who should love you can be a very painful experience. Know that God sees your pain, just like He saw Leah’s.

The Bible tells us in Genesis that when God saw Leah was hated He opened her womb. He gave her a gift of children to bring love and comfort into her life that is how merciful He is. God has a very tender heart towards women who are rejected, we see that even in the life of Hagar, right there in the desert, running away from Sarah, God met her and ministered to her needs. We see Gods heart with the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years, rejected by society but accepted by Jesus.

Jesus was rejected by the people who should have loved him, but it did not stop Him from fulfilling His purpose. The rejection of man does not and will not disqualify you from your destiny. God has accepted you. God sees you. God loves you.

Take courage, trust in God and lean on Him. He can turn any situation around, and He can bring beauty out of any situation if we let Him.

In the book you decided to make it a happy ending for Leah, why did you choose this ending?

I love a happy ending and I wanted to give Leah that. I also wanted an ending that will inspire other women to not give up hope. I don’t know what the relationship with Jacob and Leah was like after Rachel died, but we can assume that her death brought the end to the controversy and strife that already existed, something must have changed because Jacob asked to be buried next to Leah.

Leah was buried with the Patriarch’s and most importantly – she is the mother of Judah from which our salvation comes from. She was rejected by man but chosen by God to start the lineage of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. I wanted to celebrate this amazing woman.

What would you say to the many Authors’ to be?

Just go for it. You have a story inside of you that will change someone’s life, even if that person is you, it is still significant. Don’t listen to the voice of fear that says your story is not good enough, just keep writing.

Like any other gift, it takes time and practice so just write. You will be surprised how much you will enjoy it and how much you will bless others.

Also, the Holy Spirit is always willing to write through you, if you invite Him and allow Him, you will be surprised at the words that will pour out of you.

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A Reader’s Brain, February 20

Texas Book-aholic, February 21

For Him and My Family, February 22

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deb’s Book Review, February 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 26

Connie’s History Classroom, February 27

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 28 (Spotlight)

Miriam Jacob, February 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 1

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 2

Blogging With Carol, March 3

Spoken from the Heart, March 4 (Author Interview)

Book Butterfly in Dreamland, March 4


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Almighty God, we pray for Miriam. Thank You for all the blessings You have poured into her life; the wisdom you have given her to publish her work reviewing Christian literature. Lord, You have trained her for this purpose. Let millions read the books she has reviewed and may they be a mighty blessing to many. May hearts be comforted and cheered as they read these novels. May families become stronger than ever before. May Miriam be blessed with greater blessings to bring glory to Your Name. May her work further advance Your kingdom. Amen.

Sarah George



“A Christmas Dream for Destiny” by Annee Jones is dedicated to everyone who has a God-given dream for their destiny and the courage to believe in it whole-heartedly. For it takes immense faith, strength and determination to give the dream wings to fly. It reminds me of the inspiring words of Louisa May Alcott -“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” Destiny had the courage to believe in her God-inspired dream and see it to fruition. Destiny’s dream came true for her in a way that appealed to her heart. This beautiful book strikes a poignant chord that resonates deeply inside our hearts. I recommend it highly for all readers who love the incredibly heartwarming books of Annee Jones.

Miriam Jacob


Annee Jones is a heartwarming novelist who enjoys sharing her heart and imagination with others. She is passionate about writing stories that offer readers a place where dreams come true!

Annee also enjoys freelance writing for Publishers Weekly and multiple publishing companies.


Glimpses of God – Harriet E. Michael & Shirley Crowder

Book: Glimpses of God: A Spring Devotional for Women

Authors: Harriet E. Michael & Shirley Crowder

Genre: Non-fiction, Christian Living, Devotional

Release date: March 10, 2021

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GLIMPSES OF GOD – review by Miriam Jacob

“Glimpses of God – A Spring Devotional for Women” by Shirley Crowder & Harriet E. Michael is an inspiring Christian Living devotional, with an all-encompassing, wide-sweeping and far-reaching viewpoint, of how the Creator God shaped our perfectly designed world, so well chiseled and uniquely carved. With the awesome and mighty power of a single Word, He flung the silvery moon and twinkling stars into the bright blue sky and filled the rivers and oceans on earth with life-giving water. He created seasons in the calendar year, each with its own specific features. As beloved children of our Creator God, we also experience spiritual seasons of the soul, with specific purposes in our spiritual lives. In this devotional, we focus on the calendar and spiritual seasons of springs to glimpse God in an exciting new spiritual season. It is a brand new time of rebirth, filled with new life and renewed, rejuvenating faith. Here is clear-sighted, exhilarating inspiration, full of God’s love for us, to soak in daily, and continue day by day, as we grow and mature in God’s Word. Each stanza presents something God does for us and challenges us to respond to Christ’s sacrificial love for us. I highly recommend this inspiring devotional. It leads us straight to the heart of God.

Miriam Jacob


Creator God made the world in which we live. He placed the moon and stars in the sky, the rivers and ocean on the earth. He also created seasons throughout the year. Each season is defined by specific features and attributes that are common, although the degree varies depending on where one lives. In winter we think of cold weather. In spring, blooming flowers take center stage. In the summer, we enjoy warm weather, and in the autumn, beautifully colored leaves.

As Christ-followers we also experience spiritual seasons. In the same way that nature’s seasons serve a purpose on earth, so do the seasons in our spiritual lives. God provides, cares for, and sustains the earth, and in His faithfulness, He does the same for us.

This devotional is focused on spring—both calendar and spiritual. During our spiritual springs, we catch a glimpse of the new life we have in Jesus Christ and the renewed life that He gives us.

Enjoy a season of rebirth, thirteen weeks of inspiration, full of God’s great love for us.

About the Authors

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Shirley Crowder was born in a mission guest house under the shade of a mango tree in Nigeria, West Africa, where her parents served as missionaries. She and co-author Harriet E. Michael grew up together on the mission field and have been life-long friends. Shirley is passionate about disciple-making, which is manifested in and through a myriad of ministry opportunities: biblical counseling, teaching Bible studies, writing, and music.

She is a biblical counselor and is commissioned by and serves on the national Advisory Team for The Addiction Connection. Several of her articles have appeared in “Paper Pulpit” in the Faith section of The Gadsden Times, and in a David C. Cook publication. She also writes articles for Life Bible Study, Woman’s Missionary Union, and TheAddictionConnection.org. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to ten books.

Shirley has spiritual children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren serving the Lord in various ministry and secular positions throughout the world.



Harriet E. Michael was born in Joinkrama, Nigeria, deep in the African jungle in the Niger River Delta, where her father served as the only missionary doctor at that station. A few years later, the mission moved the family to a larger hospital in Ogbomoso. Co-author Shirley Crowder and her family lived right across the dirt road. The two children became constant playmates. Today they continue to enjoy their lifelong friendship.

Harriet is a multi-published, award-winning writer, and speaker. She has authored or co-authored eight books

(seven nonfiction and one novel), with more under contract for future release. She is also a prolific freelance writer, having penned over 200 articles, devotions, and stories. Her work has appeared in publications by Focus on the Family, David C. Cook, Lifeway, Standard Publishing, Chicken Soup for the SoulThe Upper Room, Judson Press, Bethany House, and more. When not writing, she loves speaking to women’s groups and teaching writing workshops on freelance, devotional, and memoir writing.

She and her husband of over 40 years have four children and three grandchildren. When not writing, she enjoys substituting at a Christian school near her home, gardening, cooking, and traveling.

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She Lives To Read, February 21

Texas Book-aholic, February 22

For Him and My Family, February 23

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 24 (Spotlight)

Miriam Jacob, February 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 25

deb’s Book Review, February 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 27

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 28

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 1

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 2

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From time-to-time someone will comment on how difficult it must be to co-write with someone.

Guess what? It isn’t!

Including the books Harriet and Shirley have written together, both have collaborated with others to write books..

The most important thing in co-writing, after both of you being Christ-followers, is to share very similar theological beliefs and understanding. If these are too dissimilar, the final manuscript will be choppy and inconsistent in presentation of biblical truth throughout the book.

Practically speaking, there are a few things that help make the co-writing process work well.

  • Pray for each other.
  • Agree in advance who will write what portions.
  • Leave your pride behind.
  • Have the person with the most expertise in Word compile, make changes in, and maintain the combined document.
  • Be sure to turn on “tracking” so it is easy to see what edits the other person made.
  • Defend/explain why you think something you wrote should not be changed.
  • Explain why you think something the other person wrote should be changed.
  • Flexibility—be prepared for rewrites, edits, and delays.

As you work together, you read and edit each other’s work. The changes you each make in the other person’s writing will help give the book a more consistent writing style and presentation.

Finally, while there are portions of this process that can be tedious, like galley corrections, it is fun to work with another person. And, when you get stuck, they can help make suggestions that jump start your thought processes and make completing the piece easier.




These are beautifully illustrated Bible Comics to bring the Bible alive to young readers of today. When we read these comics, we are back in the lives and times of the Bible as the events unfold realistically, one by one, page by page. It makes us think carefully about the significance of the Bible and the birth of Christ, to save us from our sins and give us new life. 

Miriam Jacob


A HEART ADRIFT – Laura Frantz

As storm clouds gather with the stirrings of war , “A Heart Adrift” by Laura Frantz shines a beacon of light on God’s amazing grace and the beauty of redemptive love. This poignant, heartmoving tale of difficult decisions, second chances and brave, heartwringing choices is the perfect blend of history, faith, and love sacrificed at the burning altar of ambition and desire. The two main characters battle to come to terms with their feelings and emotions, as Henri chooses ambition at the cost of Esmée’s love. She is endearing as a woman with a brilliant intellect, persevering against the rigid constraints of her time. Laura Frantz’s richly painted tapestry of history, beautifully blending with heroism, wins the hearts of readers with its intricate plot and fascinating storyline. Laura Frantz, the queen of epic historical fiction is at the height of her pinnacle of success. She has an amazing gift of portraying the conflicting emotions of the human heart exactly as they occur in real life. Her realistic characters are richly endowed with the fullness of life. Exquisitely portrayed, expertly crafted and elegantly penned, “A Heart Adrift” proves its own worth among books of sterling quality. Laura Frantz has a fascinating way with words, lacing her novels with fresh hope and the beauty of dreams fulfilled. In addition to exploring the hearts, thoughts and feelings of Esmée and Henri, the relationship between two different sisters, gentle, thoughtful, loving Esmée, who finds all she ever wanted against the backdrop of a love sacrificed, lost and found, and simplehearted, vivacious Eliza, who discovers everything she is in the wake of what she thought she was. I highly recommend this novel of the heart to all readers who seek to find satisfaction and fulfillment in the brain world of books.


SUNRISE – Susan May Warren

“Sunrise” by Susan May Warren is a beautiful story of love and forgiveness. The two main characters are Dodge Kingston and Echo Yazzie, a true Alaskan woman who, when her best friend and former flame, Dodge, left her just like her own mother did, settled bravely into life in Alaska, strong enough to stand on her own and live without them. This novel teaches us about the unbreakable bond of love and the power of forgiveness, which are inextricably linked forever. Absolutely nothing can separate them, try as we might. When we forgive, we free ourselves up to love. We open ourselves up to freedom. True love sets us free. Such is the amazing power of forgiveness. I highly recommend this book to all readers who battle with heartbreaking issues of love and forgiveness. As with “Sunrise,” the apt name of this book, may the Sun of righteousness arise for you with healing in its wings. May the love of God comfort you and give you peace. May He heal the aching hurt and pain in your heart. And may God give you the brand new beginning promised to all who forgive those who hurt them. Forgiveness can only happen with God’s love. Open your heart to Him and allow Him to heal your wounds. Thank you, Susan May Warren, for this healing book of love and forgiveness.

Miriam Jacob


RECLAIMING HOPE – Carolyn Miller

In “Reclaiming Hope” by Carolyn Miller, it is interesting to see how Callie Steele’s spiritual life develops in this inspiring novel. Through her life’s experiences, Callie has learned to let go and trust God wholeheartedly, letting Him have His way in her life. However, Callie knows that there is so much more of life to explore, discover and appreciate that goes well beyond the safe boundaries she has set for herself. Kai Brody, an adventurous-spirited man wants to take Callie from safe waters into the dazzling depths of all life’s daring possibilities. In the depths of Kai’s eyes, Callie sees reclaimed hope, renewed faith, endless joy and a future brightly lit with precious promises to honor and keep. Through Callie, Kai wants to do things God’s way, asking God to help and guide Him and direct both their paths through life. In this heartmoving tale of two lonely hearts, Carolyn Miller draws readers into a vivid fictional world, with large as life characters and a most realistic storyline. “Reclaiming Hope” illustrates the revealing truth of God’s redeeming grace in our lives. I highly recommend this heartfelt story to all lovers of Carolyn Miller’s soul-satisfying books.

Miriam Jacob


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Texas Book-aholic, January 22

Inklings and notions, January 23

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, January 23 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, January 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 24

Daysong Reflections, January 25

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 25

Aryn the Libraryan, January 26

Lots of Helpers, January 26

deb’s Book Review, January 27

Blogging With Carol, January 27

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 28

Simple Harvest Reads, January 28 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 29

Older & Smarter?, January 29

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, January 30

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 30

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 31 (Spotlight)

Lis Loves Reading, January 31

SusanLovesBooks, January 31

She Lives To Read, February 1

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 1

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 2

Kayem Reads, February 2

Splashes of Joy, February 3

Connect in Fiction, February 3


An Introduction to Philosophy – W. Russ Payne

https://flic.kr/p/JdWFsG – Book title, author and college embedded on graphic, for illustrative purposes, exclusively for this blog.

An Introduction to Philosophy by W. Russ Payne, Bellevue College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.



Philosophy is a living discipline with historical roots. It is a developmental progression of thought with basic philosophical methods to frame relevant issues in today’s world.

The study of Philosophy has achieved dramatic progress in the philosophy of science and philosophy of mind.

A study of ethics, covers theories of right action, to think about what is good for ourselves and our relationships.

Meta-ethical issues deal with moral truths and what makes them so.

Social justice is about inculcating good values into our communities, in the course of development into moral maturity.

A continuity of thought leads from the historical roots of philosophy to diverse areas of inquiry that significantly contribute to understanding ourselves and our world. 

Philosophers have a profound influence on thought processes and on how people think. Philosophy is relevant to people’s lives and makes a difference in the world they live in. 

Philosophers are at the cutting edge of the profession, brilliant researchers with clearly articulated fresh perspectives on important issues of matters of significant relevance in today’s world. 

A spirit of free and open discourse is the pulsing lifeblood of philosophy. Philosophy is the process of rational enquiry into all aspects of knowledge.  Philosophical issues are diverse and far ranging, dealing with three topics – metaphysics, epistemology and ethics.

Metaphysics is concerned with the nature of reality, like the existence of God and human free will. It is a challenge to philosophers to uncover the final and complete truth about the underlying nature of reality. 

Metaphysics aims to understand the essence and nature of reality, how things are, can be, could or could not be. 

Metaphysics explores the realm of possibility and necessity. Metaphysicians are brilliant explorers of logical space.

Epistemology is concerned with the nature of knowledge and justified belief. 

Epistemology is concerned with what we ought to believe and how we ought to reason.

Ethics is concerned with what we ought to do, in order to live and organize our communities.

Moral Relativism substitutes the commands of society for the commands of God. Commands are to be obeyed, not to be inquired into, assessed for reasonableness, or tested against evidence. 

Morality in terms of authoritative commands leaves no room for rational inquiry into how we ought to live, treat others and structure our communities. 

Philosophy analyzes the possibility of rational inquiry into significant matters of relevance. 

While Metaphysics deals with the nature of things, Epistemology is concerned with the knowledge of it, and Ethics boldly asks what should be done about it. 


ordinarius hermeneutica – Johnson Thomaskutty

ordinarius hermeneutica

Rev. Dr. Johnson Thomaskutty,
The United Theological College,
Bangalore, India


The Latin expression ordinarius hermeneutica means “ordinary hermeneutics.” It is an attempt to develop a new way forward in interpreting the Bible by taking into consideration the feelings and aspirations of all levels of people. It analyzes the history, the principles and the methods of Biblical interpretation in the ordinary human situations in life. In today’s context, the academicians of the Bible colleges, seminaries and universities stand at the higher ladder, whereas the non-academicians, ordinary pastors and lay people remain in the lower strata. The commonality is all are involved in Biblical interpretation. The academicians do not recognize the church or lay level interpretations. On the contrary, the church bodies and lay level people often do not understand the academic interpretations. Intentionally or unintentionally, we build at least two level or sometimes three or four or more levels of citizens within the body of Christ.
An ordinary level of interpretation that can be understood by the lay and church bodies as well as the academic context is a need of the time. What does ‘ordinary’ mean? The word ‘ordinary’ can mean: “not different or special or unexpected in any way,” “usual,” “normally,” or “in the way that usually happens.” It is the usual and universal experiences, involvements, and widely accepted norms. In order to develop such as paradigm, the academic world should lean toward the church and the lay context and appreciate their efforts. At the same time, the lay level people and church bodies should learn from the academic world. Mutual encouragement and learning should happen in order to develop a wider conversation and a dialogue between these two levels of bodies.
What is hermeneutics? The English word “hermeneutics” comes from the Greek verb hermēneuō and the noun hermēneia. The verb hermēneuō came to refer to bringing someone to an understanding of something in his language (thus explanation) or in another language (thus translation). The English word interpret is used at times to mean “explain” and at other times “translate.” Thus interpretation involves making clear and intelligible something that was unclear or unknown.
Hermeneutics is the science and art of interpreting the Bible. It is the science (principles) and art (task) by which the meaning of the Biblical text is determined.
If interpretation is the science and art, how can a person who is never trained in the science and art of Biblical interpretation involve in interpreting the Bible? It is a significant question to be answered. The simple answer is that Bible can be interpreted by the initiatives of both the literate and illiterate, wise and foolish, scientific and non-scientific, academic and non-academic, and the like. I developed the skill of interpretation from tmy Sunday school days. I learned from my teachers the historical and spiritual aspects of the Word of God. The lay leaders of my church were my first teachers of the Bible. My interpretation of the Bible was plain, allegorical, and spiritually-oriented. I also learned history and a minimal level of theology in those days. But, my seminary learning equipped me further and brought me to a different level of understanding of the Bible. My learning of the Bible before seminary life and after seminary life is different in many ways.
Theologians should come to the level of the common people; at the same time, the church and the lay people should be open to the theologians and their discourses. A mutual fellowship, friendship, and interaction between the two levels of people in the Christian community may bring a lot of advantages to the community.
While we combine the two words “ordinary” and “hermeneutics,” our ultimate aim is to bring to the foreground the way scripture was interpreted by taking into consideration the ordinary circumstances of the people. The day to day struggles, inclination to the “from below” and “from above” aspects while living in this world, communication with God in the personal, familial, and communal living, and the interpretation of the scripture by all men and women in their own life situation are important aspects to be considered in our interpretation of the Bible. In the following discussion, we shall look at a brief history of the Biblical interpretation from the first century AD context till today.
A Brief History of Biblical Interpretation
Ordinariness was at the center of Biblical interpretation throughout the Christian history. The extra-ordinary message of God and God’s son Jesus is communicated to the ordinary situations of human life. The expression from John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and lived among us,” amply gives us a clue about the interaction of the extra-ordinary in the ordinary human situations. John further states: “we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” From this expression what we understand? Ordinary people like John and his companions saw the extra-ordinary divine revelation in Jesus the son of God. The early interpreters of the Scripture were ordinary people, with ordinary circumstances, ordinary mind-set, ordinary thought-patterns, and the like.
Biblical Interpretation of Jesus
Jesus (ca. 4 BC to 30 AD) was an interpreter of the OT Scriptures in the light of his own mission and ministry. Jesus instructed his followers that his life and ministry fulfilled the hope of the Old Testament Scriptures. The ordinary human circumstances in which the sinners, tax collectors, and the poor were living, the promise of the Old Testament Scriptures were fulfilled by Jesus. Jesus used the quotation formulas such as “As it is written” (Mark 11:17; Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4), “Have you not read” (Mark 2:25), and others. In the Sermon on the Mount, he used the formula “You have heard . . . but I say” (Matthew chapters 5-7) to supplement and at the same time contrast the message of the OT. Jesus interpreted the Scriptures by taking the ordinary human situations and sustained ordinariness in his expressions and stylistic phenomena. His parables show how Jesus used the ordinary and day to day aspects in order to convey the extra-ordinary message of God. His miracles were extra-ordinary events initiated by him to save the ordinary human situations of life. The extra-ordinary heavenly realities were revealed to the ordinary world through the ordinariness of Jesus’s communications, interactions, and involvements. Jesus’s extra-ordinary and heavenly origin and his incarnation into the ordinary human situations is a model for the academicians to adopt. The academicians should incarnate into the ordinary church and lay levels to carry out the mission of God.
Biblical Interpretation by the Apostles of Jesus
The Apostolic period (ca. 30-100 AD) witnessed one of the significant periods when ordinary human experiences were taken into consideration. The communities of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul took the ordinary human experiences and situations into their theological and hermeneutical tasks. The NT writers were not merely recording the events happening around them; but, they interpreted the message of Jesus as per the new needs and demands of the ordinary human situations as there was a shift of focus from the life situation of Jesus (BC 4 to 30 AD) to the situation of the apostles and their communities (30 AD to 100 AD). Interpretation was one of the significant aspects of the Gospel communities. For example, Kingdom of God in Mark and Luke turned to be Kingdom of Heavens in Matthew and Eternal Life in John by understanding the ordinary human situations.
Matthew addresses predominantly the Jewish-Christians either in Palestine or in the Syrian Antioch context. The evangelist Matthew interprets the gospel of Jesus with a focus on Jesus as the New Moses. The Jews in general regarded Moses with great esteem. Now, Matthew interprets that Jesus is a New Moses who came to give a new Pentateuch (Matthew 5-7, 10, 13, 18, 24-25) to the New Israel. Here, the ordinary human situations and Jewish aspirations were considered in the process of interpretation. Matthew often quotes from the OT in order to say that the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings came to fulfillment in Jesus. As the Old Moses gave an Old Pentateuch to the Old Israel, the New Moses came to provide a New Law to the New Israel. In that sense, the ordinary human hopes were taken into consideration in the interpretative initiatives of Matthew.
Mark addresses the church in Roman which was under trial as Emperor Nero continuously persecuted the Christian communities. The Christians in the city of Rome were undergoing persecution and also they were forced to worship the Emperor. Mark by combining two theologies (a Theology of Glory/Power [chapters 1-8] and a Theology of Suffering [chapters 9-16]) encourages the common and ordinary human situations of life. Mark says that Jesus is all powerful and at the same time a suffering servant. The ordinary situation of the community of Mark is taken into consideration and Mark says that powerfulness and suffering are two sides of the same coin. In that sense, Mark involves in the ordinary human situation and interprets the gospel in ordinary sense in order to comfort and give hope. Mark teaches that Christianity is not a way of superfluous and extra-ordinary movement. But it is a movement of the ordinary with the power of extra-ordinary God and God’s son. Mark takes a balanced interpretation that takes into consideration both the ups and downs in the ordinary human situation.
Luke as an interpreter takes the Gentile and non-Christian world into consideration and begins the Gospel with Jesus’s programmatic Nazareth Manifesto (Luke 4:18-19). The evangelist takes into account the ordinary Gentile and non-Christian situation and interprets the message of Jesus to his new situation. He takes Jesus’s Nazareth proclamation in 4:18-19 and interprets the Jesus event in that light throughout the Gospel. Thus Luke focuses on “good news to the poor,” “release to the captives,” “sight to the blind,” and “freedom to the oppressed.” The Old Jubilee proclamation in Isaiah 61:1-2 that limits to the literal Israel is interpreted in the light of the New Jubilee proclamation initiated by Jesus that is beyond the time and space limits. The ordinary human situations like poverty, captivity, physical illnesses, and oppression were taken into consideration in the Gospel. In that sense, Luke’s Gospel is a re-interpretation of the Gospel message and the OT Jubilee concept in the light of the ordinary human situations in the Gentile world. Luke has special emphasis on individuals like Zachariah, Mary, Elizabeth, and Zacchaeus, interest in social outcasts, special favor for women characters, interest in children, social relationships, poverty and wealth, and other concerns that reflect the ordinariness of his hermeneutics.
John addresses his gospel to the people of Ephesus, one of the philosophical and religious centers of the first century. As philosophy and religiosity were the ground realities of Ephesus, John deals with philosophy and religiosity by considering Jesus as the Word or Logos. In the context of Ephesus, philosophy was ordinary. As John’s is a Gospel in which “a little child can wade and a huge elephant can swim,” it demonstrates its ordinariness in relation to the Ephesian realities. John’s interpretation of the Gospel as per the needs and demands of a esteemed community is poignant as he interprets parable as paroimia, miracle as sign, kingdom of God as eternal life, Holy Spirit as comforter, death as the hour of God, and the like. The ordinariness of the Ephesian situation was taken into account in interpreting the gospel by taking the ordinary and elite together into consideration. The simple language and understandable style of John’s Gospel enable the reader on the basis of the ordinary human situations. Moreover, John’s Gospel demonstrates the way the message of the Gospel of Jesus was contextualized according to the ordinary demands.
Paul considers a typological method of interpreting the OT in the light of the mission and ministry of Jesus. The typological method is based on the presupposition that the whole OT looks beyond itself for its interpretation. The OT writers wrote the writings with a view of the future. Paul interprets the gospel of Jesus by taking the Roman, Corinthian, Galatian, Ephesian, Colossian, Philippian, Thessalonican, Cretan and other local, colloquial, and ordinary situations into consideration. Paul here answers the ordinary, day-by-day, and ground-touching realities of the people and interprets the fact of Christ based on the issues. This is same in all the letters of Paul.
The above details clearly teach us that the apostles of Jesus interpreted the gospel of Jesus by taking the following aspects into consideration: first, the words and deeds of Jesus; second, the promises of the Old Testament; third, the new situations and demands of their times and places; fourth, the ordinary human situations in life; fifth, the socio-religious and politico-cultural aspects of the Jewish and Greco-Roman world; sixth, the hope of the marginalized, suffering, persecuted, and the dehumanized sections of the society; and seventh, the local and global aspects in order to make the message of the gospel relevant for all the people.
Patristic Period and the Biblical Interpretation
Patristic Period (ca. 100 CE-590 AD) can be mainly sub-divided into five categories. First, early fathers such as Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, Barnabas, and others used typology as a major hermeneutical method (that the piece of scarlet that Rahab hung typified the blood of Jesus that “it is through the blood of the Lord that redemption will come to all who believe and hope in God” [I Clement 13:7]), allegorical method (purely spiritual interpretation, without ascribing any “from below” aspect to the Scripture), and midrashic interpretative method (by taking the Jewish Rabbinical style of interpretation), all used to interpret the OT in the light of the Christ event. The early apostolic fathers took the ordinary human situations of their time as they were standing between the apostolic and later patristic period. As the people were converted to the Christian faith, their spiritual necessities were given utmost significance in their interpretative endeavors. As people were spiritually thirsty and hungry, the early church Fathers interpreted the Scriptures into people’s idiom and demand.
Second, later church fathers like Justin Martyr (ca. 100 AD-165 AD) used analogical method (I Apology). Analogical method is a comparative method where two things are compared and contrasted. Justin Martyr used the Jewish Scriptures and argued that they were written as a prediction of Jesus Christ. Irenaeus (ca. 130 AD-ca. 202 AD), another significant figure, argued that the OT texts themselves speak of the hidden truth that must be unlocked in his Adversus haereses (Against Heresies). He is considered as the “father of authoritative exegesis of the church.” Even though the Jews read them, they did not have any explanation but the Christians posses the key in the coming of Christ which unlocks all the mysteries of God’s oikonomia (management) from beginning to end. Tertullian (155-220 AD), another significant figure, considered the NT as a new law (nova lex), to be fulfilled by Christians with a spiritual rigor unknown to the lax and hypocritical scribes and Pharisees. The issues such as persecution against the Christians, heretical doctrines, and emperor cult were the ground realities of the people. Christian orthodoxy was one of the highlights of that period in order to guide the ordinary human situations forward. The church Fathers from their ordinary human situations reinterpreted the message of Jesus based on the available oral and written Christian documents, the Old Testament, the personal revelation and experiences, and the ordinary human situations around them.
Third, it is the period of the Alexandrian School. Clement of Alexandria (c. 150 AD to 215 AD) taught that the Scripture has a twofold meaning, like a human being, it has a body (literal meaning) as well as a soul (spiritual meaning) hidden behind the literal sense. He regarded the hidden or the spiritual sense more important, and considered text’s literal sense as a pointer to its underlying spiritual truth. His interpretation of the parable of the prodigal son: the robe that the father gave to the returned prodigal son represents immortality; the shoes represent the upward progress of the soul, and the fatted calf represents Christ as the source of the spiritual nourishment for Christians. Origen (c. 184 AD-c. 253 AD), another figure of the Alexandrian School, thought that Scripture had three different yet complementary meanings: literal or physical sense, moral or psychical sense, and allegorical or intellectual sense. Following Philo of Alexandria, both Clement of Alexandria and Origen used allegorical interpretation as a primary tool. As the Christian communities were rapidly growing, the Alexandrian fathers took a spiritual interpretation of the available Scriptures in order to address the ordinary situations of human life.
Fourth, it was the Antiochene School. As a reaction to Platonism and allegorical interpretation, Theodore of Mopsuestia (ca. 350-428 AD) and John Chrysostom (ca. 354-407 AD) interpreted the Scripture literally. Theodore had an intellectual and dogmatic view of the Scripture whereas John Chrysostom’s view was more spiritual and practical. Both emphasized the historic setting, true scientific exegesis, and original sense. They consciously rejected the allegorical method of interpretation and attach great value to literal sense of the Bible. This is a further development as per the new situations and the quest for deeper knowledge about the Word of God. The church fathers were not mere academicians, but they profoundly rooted their interpretation based on the church and its development. In all these cases, ordinariness was at the center of hermeneutical developments.
Fifth, mediating the Alexandrian and the Antiochene views, the Western School emphasized the authority of the church and the tradition in the interpretation of the Bible. Augustine (354-430 AD) held a high view of the church so much that there is no salvation without the church. Adopting a historical, aetiological (explaining something by giving a cause or reason for it), analogical, and allegorical sense, he influenced the interpretation of the Middle Ages. Jerome (c. 342-420 AD) put importance to the literal sense of the Scripture in consonance with the Antiochenes, he nevertheless believed that the Christians must go beyond to discover the fuller, deeper meaning of a passage. Thus the five major phases of the patristic period took the local, people-oriented, communitarian, and ordinary setting of the people for interpreting the Scripture. The church fathers were using their influence and expertise, but they stood firm within the church set up. Scholarly voices were developed for the church and church was benefitted from the scholarly voices of the respective times.
Medieval Period and the Biblical Interpretation
During the Medieval period (ca. 590-1500 AD), everything was based on the earlier periods, but dominated by the allegorical interpretation. Though the period was noticed with the presence of theologians like Anselm of Canterbury (c. 1033-1109 AD), Peter Abelard (c. 1079-1142 AD), and Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274 AD), it was still under the influence of the earlier period. This long span of time in history is usually called the Dark Age in Biblical hermeneutics. With influences from the Alexandrian School, the monastic schools developed Devotio Lectio (spiritual reading). During this period, interpretative glosses, annotations, and commentaries in the margins were developed. Moreover, the glossed Bible in Paris (ca. 1220 AD) was published. The glossa ordinaria (literally, “ordinary tongue”) which is a compilation of comments and glosses on individual Biblical books. Fourfold meaning of the text was emphasized: literal, allegorical, moral and anagogical (anagogical is a method of mystical or spiritual interpretation of statements or events, especially scriptural exegesis, that detects allusions to afterlife). Example: Jerusalem, literally means, the literal Jewish city; allegorically means, the Christian church; morally means, the faithful soul; and anagogically means, the heavenly city. The ordinary spiritual, ecclesial, monastic, and social aspects were considered seriously during this long span of time. As part of the spiritual interpretation, mystical union with God was one of the interpretative experiences of the readers.
Reformation Biblical Hermeneutics
Reformation (ca. 1500-1650 AD) placed infallibility of the Word over infallibility of the Church. Church did not determine what the Scripture teach, but the Scripture determine what the Church ought to teach. Martin Luther (1483-1546 AD) rejected the Medieval fourfold interpretation of the Scripture especially the allegorical method and “emphasized that the Word of God has but one meaning, a simple and equivocal one,” that is the literal sense of the meaning. It is Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536 AD) who rediscovered the priority of the literal sense. For John Calvin (1509-1564 AD), unfolding the mind of the writer is the goal of exegesis. For him, any exegesis that departed from the obvious historical meaning was only an attempt to find something in the text that simply was not there. The battle cry of the Reformation was sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”), sola fide (“by faith alone”), sola gratia (“by grace alone”), solus Christus (“by Christ alone”), and soli deo Gloria (“to God alone be the glory”). Luther was a German professor of theology, priest, and former Augustinian monk. His background in church and academic institutions enabled him to develop interpretations that help the church. Similarly, Calvin was both a theologian and a pastor. He could develop his theological and biblical interpretations as a person part of the church. This enabled him to bridge between the academia and the church. The reformers were both scholars and church people. They were able to understand the ordinary demands, ordinary situations, ordinary means of interpretations, and ordinary level of faith and practices.
Post-Reformation Biblical Interpretation
During the post-Reformation period (ca. 1650-1800 CE), the Protestant Scholasticism blended philosophical and theological thinking to arrive at deeper meanings of Christian doctrine. It also depended on Aristotelian logic and metaphysical categories to explain Christian thought. Theological formulations were generally produced and argued within the context of academic circles, not borne out of local church life. Rigid dogmatism was one of the features. This period can be the starting point for the division between academic world and the church life. The Pietism spread as a reaction against the dull and dry spiritual and intellectual dogmatism of Protestant Scholasticism. It emphasized group Bible study, prayer, and cultivation of personal morality. Devotional and practical aspects were encouraged. Rationalism regarded that the human mind as an independent authority capable of determining truth. Reason was emphasized. Protestant Scholasticism and Rationalism on the one hand and Pietism on the other were developing side by side. While Pietism emphasized the ordinary human demands, scholasticism and rationalism took the interpretation away from the ordinary human setting.
Modern Period of Biblical Interpretation
Modern period (ca. 1800 onward) of Biblical interpretation was witnessed with a lot of confusions and misunderstandings. Sometimes, the church and the academic world worked independently from one another. The emergence of academic institutions in the west and its independence from the church was noticed. The methods like historical criticism, literary criticism, sociological criticism, and others were misunderstood by the church and the lay people. For mature Christian readers, all the modern critical methods are helpful for the interpretation of the Scripture. The world war and post-world war occasions in the west changed the method of biblical interpretation. The philosophical basis for interpretation was often misunderstood by the church. There is an option to accept and reject. Still we cannot say that all the theologies are developing away from the ordinary human situations. In the west, still the academic institutions work in closer relationship with the church bodies.
Liberation Hermeneutics in the Peruvian and Latin American context was developed by a Peruvian priest by name Gustavo Gutierrez by taking the ordinary class struggle and situation of the people. The liberation theologians took the aspect of preferential options for the poor. Similarly, Feminist reading of the scripture was based on the ground realities and the ordinary situations of women across the globe. The classification of radical, moderate, and minimal among the feminists gives the church an option to choose what the ordinary can accept and reject. Dalit hermeneutics in India was developed out of the ground and ordinary realities of people. Similarly, the Tribal hermeneutics was a necessity in the North-East Indian context to take their ordinary human situations into consideration. Renthy Keitzer took the tribal categories like cock, rice, mithuns, pigs and eggs for explaining the Christian concept of the sacrificial act of Christ. He took the tribal social and ordinary realities into consideration while interpreting the Scripture. The ordinary human situations can be highlighted during the pandemic COVID-19 period and offer a Biblical interpretation and hermeneutics to comfort the common people.
Some Practical Steps in Today’s Context
The following things are important in the process of interpreting the Bible in today’s context
(1) The church and the academic institutions must come to a cordial relationship to foster spirituality and understanding of the Bible
(2) The church should not fear the academic institutions; but rather hear and learn from the academic institutions and take only the necessary for the church life
(3) The academic institutions should integrally relate with the church and lay people and contribute knowledge also unto their level
(4) When a dialogue happens between the church and the academic world on a common platform, the ordinary people shall be greatly benefitted
(5) The academic institutions should give preference to the ordinary people in the church and the society, so that the fear about the academic world may go away from the church level
(6) There should be a relationship developed between the academic world and the church world to encourage each other
(7) There should be a preferential option for the ordinary human situations when we develop new hermeneutical methods
Concluding Remarks
The church and the academic institutions worked together throughout a major portion of human history. Ordinary human situations were given priority while theologians developed new hermeneutical angles. In today’s context a friendly chat, a dialogical engagement, and a fellowship between the lay realities, church life, and the academic institutions should emerge to transform our theological and hermeneutical understanding.


TACOS FOR TWO – Betsy St. Amant

“Tacos For Two” by Betsy St. Amant is about two highly unlikely chefs in a life-changing contest, with only one winner. Rory Perez cannot cook but she owns a food truck. She also wants to save the family business. An upcoming contest during a food truck festival seems like the perfect solution. For Jude Strong, weary of working in his father’s law firm, the food truck festival is the perfect chance to dive head-on into his passion for cooking and regain control of his own life. To escape the law firm, Jude must win the contest, so failure is not an option. But as things get quite complicated, will Rory and Jude sacrifice their futures for the sake of love? “Tacos for Two” will delight the reader. Betsy St. Amant makes the story irresistible with endearing characters one would root for. This is an adorable book for rom-com lovers.


A SEASON ON THE WIND – Suzanne Woods Fisher

“A Season on the Wind” by Suzanne Woods Fischer is interspersed with heartfelt warmth and unforeseeable conflict, delightfully laced with humor, and with the evergreen possibility of rekindled love burning brightly. As free as a bird flying in the sky, Ben Zook’s search for a rare White-winged Tern takes him against his wishes back to his Amish home in Stoney Ridge. Ben hires a field guide, Micah Weaver to photograph the elusive bird, hoping to leave Stoney Ridge before he is recognized by anyone. However, he didn’t reckon with Micah’s sister, Penny who always hoped Ben would return to Stoney Ridge where his Amish roots lay, and maybe back into her life, too. Unfortunately, Ben has no memory of Penny and cannot recall her at all. “A Season on the Wind” is enchanting and multifaceted, with Suzanne’s perfectly relatable voice resounding in multi-layered dimensions, inviting readers to be a part of the story, which is utterly engaging, warm and heartfelt, bold and charming all at the same time. “A Season On The Wind” is a compelling, enjoyable and entertaining read, in which Suzanne Woods Fisher draws attention to birds and bird-watchers, while weaving a heartwarming tale of human life and nature.