Friday, February 5, 2016

‘Beyond the Silence’ by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse (Plus a Giveaway and Facebook Party)

Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse have combined their book writing skills to author a new stand alone novel, Beyond the Silence.  This is their second novel written together.  Their thrilling tale is a story filled with murder, mystery and a little romance.

About the Book:
Lillian Porter takes a chance on a new job and a new 
future . . . but rumors surrounding her job make Lillian begin to wonder if she made the right choice in Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse's Beyond the Silence. There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know . . . but soon the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?

My Review:
In my opinion, I thought that the story was pretty predictable.  That being said, it did keep my interest until the end.  The novel was clean concerning language but did contain some violence.  I found all the historical aspects of the book interesting and it was fun to learn more about the history of California, specifically Angels Camp, and about olives.  I did like how the authors kept reinforcing Scripture throughout the story, and how their characters continued to remind themselves of God's Sovereignty in their lives. If you're looking for a good, clean, romantic, murder mystery book, pick up Beyond the Silence.

 ***I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Giveaway and Facebook Party Info:
Tracie and Kimberley are celebrating the launch of Beyond the Silence with a Loaded Fire Prize Pack giveaway (details below) and an author chat party on February 11!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • One copy of Beyond the Silence
  • A Kindle Fire 7
  • A $50 Amazon gift card to load your Fire with books
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/11. The winner will be announced at the Beyond the Silence Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie, Kimberley, and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Celebrate Colleen Coble’s ‘Mermaid Moon’ with a Mystery e-Reader Prize Pack

Ready for a new murder mystery?  Colleen Coble's newest book, Mermaid Moon, is out!  This book is in the fabulous Sunset Cove series and does not disappoint.  So take some time to read why you should add this book to your book shelf.  And don't forget to enter the fun contest by February 1st.  Details are at the end of this review.

From the Back Cover:

Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”
Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.
Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago.
When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.
As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

My Review:
I enjoyed this thrilling new murder mystery in the Sunset Cove series by Colleen Coble.  I loved that she returned to Folly Shoal, Maine and included familiar characters from her first Sunset Cove novel, The Inn at Ocean's Edge.  There is a lot of mystery concerning the background of Mallory Davis.  It was fun to uncover bits and pieces throughout the story.  The author kept me guessing throughout the book with all her turns and twists in the story.  The last several chapters were like a sprint to the finish line as Colleen wrapped up the ending to this book.  I had to stay up and finish the book once I was so close to finding out who the actual villain was!

Look for the next book in this series, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens in September 2016.

Giveaway Information:

To move forward past a life of shame and confusion, Mallory Davis must go back to Mermaid Point to find out who murdered her father in Colleen Coble's new book, Mermaid Moon. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

Celebrate the release of Mermaid Moon with Colleen and a mystery e-reader prize pack giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on February 1st. The winner will be announced February 2nd on the Litfuse blog.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Philippians: Discovering Joy Through Relationship by Sue Edwards (A Discovering Together Bible Study)

 Looking for a fun new Bible study to start out your new year? 
 Have you been struggling with trying to live in community with your brothers and sisters in Christ?  Or, maybe you haven't really seen the need for pursuing relationships beyond Facebook.  Did you know that living in community is a supposed to be a vibrant part of our Christian journey?  Join Sue Edwards as she goes through the book of Philippians and encourages other women to make community a part of their life.

From the Back Cover:
Paul's brief letter to Philippi highlights what strengthens authentic connections--skills like trust, humility, appropriate self-sacrifice, and generosity.  It also sheds light on how to overcome toxic connection-killers like envy, comparison, and a critical spirit.
Join Sue Edwards on this inductive study of Philippians, where you will discover how to find and maintain beloved, organic, healthy community.

My Thoughts:
Right now is this season of life, I'm looking for a Bible study that can give me something to meditate on, but doesn't take a lot of time.  My children are 1, 3 and 7 and finding time can be a daily struggle.  I like that each lesson only requires about 1 1/2 hours.  That means I can divide that time throughout the week and take small sections each day.  There are also video segments included in this study that you can access from a website on your computer, or you can scan the QR code with your smart device to access the videos.  Each video ranges from the shortest being 6 1/2 minutes to the longest being 13 minutes.   You can also go deeper in the study by answering questions and reading more material in the outside margins.  Each lesson also includes an optional memory verse.  Since the study is an inductive Bible study, the lesson begins with a few of Sue's thoughts, but the rest of the lesson is filled with questions to get you thinking.  This study can be done individually or in a group.  If you're looking for a study that will help you get into the Word of God this year and doesn't require a lot of time commitment, pick up Sue Edwards' book and give it try. 

*** I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, January 11, 2016

What Pro-Life Really Means | Evangelicals for Life


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Even if you're not heading to Washington, D.C., January 21–22 for the March for Life event, block out some time those two days because you'll be able to attend some of the events in the comfort of your own home. Focus on the Family and The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will host Evangelicals for Life, a major pro-life conference held in conjunction with the March for Life event.

The event will take place in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Evangelicals from across the country will gather to hear from leading speakers, such as David Platt, Russell Moore, Jim Daly, Kelly Rosati, and others—to be equipped and encouraged to become a voice for life! The event will also be simulcast for FREE so individuals, churches, and organizations from coast-to-coast and around the world can take part.

Speakers will encourage evangelicals to engage the culture on issues of abortion and end-of-life decisions, and the event will affirm the evangelical belief in the sanctity of life, that every life matters to God and is created in His image.

For more information, visit http://evangelicals.life/.

Readers of this blog will receive 15% off their registration by using the code FocusLife.



What Pro-Life Really Means

By Daniel Darling

It was a flippant comment by the spokesmen for a presidential candidate: “It doesn’t matter. They’re just Muslims.” But it made shudder.

This is how societies begin to dehumanize a people group, and every generation of Christians is responsible to face this thinking and fight it. This is what it means to be a pro-life champion.

We are pro-life because we are pro-human dignity. It is the uniquely Christian message that sees in every soul a person created in the image of God.

When Planned Parenthood and their allies say, “That’s just a fetus,” we say, “No, that’s a baby, a human life, that deserves dignity and respect.”

When corrupt profiteers look at vulnerable young girls and boys and say, “They are just a commodity to be trafficked for money,” we say, “No, they are boys and girls created in the image of God and deserving of dignity and respect.”

When eugenicists look at the elderly and say, “They are just burdens to be managed,” we say, “No, human dignity is not defined by utility, but is a unique gift given by God.”

When politicians look at immigrants and say, “They are a drain on society,” we say, “No, they are created in the image of God and worthy of kindness, welcoming, and respect.”

When ISIS brutally dehumanizes its victims—Christians, Muslims, Jews, and anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their ideology—and they say, “They are just infidels,” we say, by our acts of justice, “No, they are people created in the image of God and worthy of life and respect.”

When the disabled are marginalized, we say, “No, each was created in the image of God and is worthy of our full love and acceptance.”

Even in our discourse, even when we look across the aisle, across the screen, across the table at someone who doesn’t share our beliefs, we say to ourselves, “This person is worthy of respect and dignity because they too were created in the image of God.”

Human dignity, the intrinsic worth of every human soul, is not just a once-every-four-years mantra for voter guides and political scorecards. We live out the imago de as a way of life, and we seek justice wherever human dignity is compromised.

This is why ERLC and Focus on the Family join hands to help raise up a new generation of evangelicals who are passionate about the sanctity of human life. This why you should come to Washington, D.C., this January to the Evangelicals for Life event or participate via the free simulcast at your church or on your computer.

You should join Evangelicals for Life, not simply to make a powerful stand in the nation’s capital. You should come, not simply to be stirred by the gifted speakers. You should come, not only to fellowship and strategize with other champions for life.

You should be a part of of Evangelicals for Life because God is calling you, in this time and in your sphere of influence, to be a voice for human dignity.

Answer for yourself what it means to have a pro-life, whole-life vision. Discover where your gifts and talents best serve the kingdom of God in this way, and send a message to the world that your Christianity compels you to look every human being in the eye and not see what everyone sees. You see in them the image of their Creator.

Daniel Darling is the Vice President for Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (ERLC), the co-sponsor of the Evangelicals for Life conference. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College and has studied at  Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Angela have four children and reside in the Nashville area. They attend Green Hill Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, where Dan serves as Pastor of Teaching and Discipleship.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Money Saving Mom by Crystal Paine

Have you ever thought, "Maybe I could make some money doing this for other people?" Or, are you in need of some extra income for your family?  Then this book would be a great resource for you to pick up and add to your own home library.  Crystal Paine shares her life experience of walking down the road to building her own business and adding needed income to their family's budget.  Take some time to read below about a book that is sure to get your "creative juices" flowing.

From the Back Cover:

Entrepreneur, author, and popular blogger Crystal Paine shares the secrets of building income at home, using real life examples to from her own journey in becoming a money-making mom as well as the stories of other women from all walks of life. The nuts and bolts of how to make more money from home are revealed in clear steps that can be immediately and easily put into practice.
But more than just a how-to book for earning extra income, The Money-Making Mom is a challenge to dream big and create a pathway for life. Paine offers examples and insights about what "finding your purpose" can look like in family, career, and service to others. Readers will find inspiration and hope for a life that’s more than “just getting by,” one driven by vision and the freedom to bless others generously.


About the Author
Crystal Paine is a speaker and author of the New York Times bestseller Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. In 2007, she founded MoneySavingMom.com, a site that has since grown to become one of the most popular blogs on the web, currently averaging more than 1.5 million readers per month. She lives with her husband and three children in Wichita, Kansas.

My Review:

I have thought about doing different business type adventures throughout life, but haven't really pursued my dreams.  Maybe because in some way I'm scared to fail, or don't know how to bring about those dreams, or maybe it is just making the time for the project.  I really enjoyed reading Crystal Paine's book.  There are a lot of really encouraging  examples given of women from all walks of life pursuing a way to add more income to their family's budget.   Crystal does a great job of walking "newbies" step by step of how to begin with a concept and turn it into a viable business.  She also encourages people to not only think of themselves, but once your needs are met, to look at how you might be a help to others.  So if you're thinking about starting a business and need help getting on the right track, pick up this book and make sure you have a notebook and pen handy to write down all those great ideas!

***I received this free book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.



Saturday, December 19, 2015

Find Christmas Stocking Stuffer Cards AND Clubhouse Magazine Christmas Stories, Crafts, and Recipes on the Odyssey Adventure Club!


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Tired of the Christmas shopping, the baking and sugar overload, the Christmas festivities that keep you away from your family during the season? Take time special time to spend with your loved ones and invest in your community—with Focus on the Family's help!

You can download a fun gift to give to your friends, family, and community! Each Christmas stocking stuffer card directs you to a special place to hear an Adventures in Odyssey Christmas episode. Plus, you’ll be able to read a special excerpt from Imagination Station #12, “Danger on a Silent Night.” Sign up here to download the free cards.

Plus stop by this page for a slew of crafts, recipes, and stories to share with your family during this special time of year!

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If you're still looking for one last gift to give your kids this year, give the gift of the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family, including an Advent calendar, a broadcast download with tips to create a memorable Christmas, AIO cutouts, and Christmas stocking stuffer cards. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:
  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.
To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Merry Christmas from Odyssey Adventure Club! Plus a free gift, and access to crafts, recipes and stories to share!


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Tired of the Christmas shopping, the baking and sugar overload, the Christmas festivities that keep you away from your family during the season? Take time special time to spend with your loved ones and invest in your community—with Focus on the Family's help!

You can download a fun gift to give to your friends, family, and community! Each Christmas stocking stuff card directs you to a special place to hear an Adventures in Odyssey Christmas episode. Plus, you’ll be able to read a special excerpt from Imagination Station #12, “Danger on a Silent Night.” Sign up here for to download the free cards.

Plus stop by this page for a slew of crafts, recipes, and stories to share with your family during this special time of year!

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If you're still looking for one last gift to give your kids this year, give the gift of the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family, including an Advent calendar, a broadcast download with tips to create a memorable Christmas, AIO cutouts, and Christmas stocking stuffer cards. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:
  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.
To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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