Sisters of Lazarus by Paula K. Parker

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sisters of Lazarus: Beauty Unveiled is about Mary and Martha and their struggles with issues of self-worth. The author often wondered why the sisters were at odds and the book opens with Mary tiptoeing into the house as she returns from market with a hand-mirror for herself instead of saffron for Martha.















My Thoughts:
This is not your every day story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. It shows a typical sister relationship, one is prettier than the other, one is better at domestics than the other. Listening to them reminded me of my three girls who fought over clothes, the bathroom, and any thing else that they could think of. The difference here is that Jesus comes on the scene and changes everything.
I have read a good number of biblical fiction, and Paula is now a new fave. Recommended!




Test of Faith by Christa Allan

Will the revelation of a 16-year-old secret shatter or mend a fragile marriage? Like all marriages, Elle and Logan Butler s has its ups and downs. Yet they hang together, even as his political campaign escalates. But Elle has a secret that haunts her, one that she never thought would be revealed. It s a secret that has driven her from God and kept her from sharing her whole heart with the man she loves. But now the secret must be told. The news rips Elle s world apart as she struggles with painful memories and paralyzing fear of what will happen when she tells Logan. Every secret has consequences, and this one could destroy everything they've built. "







About this author

A true Southern woman who knows that any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day,Christa writes stories of unscripted grace with heart, humor and hope. Her debut womens fiction, Walking on Broken Glass, released in February. Christa's essays have been published in The Ultimate Teacher, Cup of Comfort, Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lovers Soul and Chicken Soup for the Divorced Soul. Christa is the mother of five, a grandmother of three, and a teacher of high school English. She and her husband Ken live in Abita Springs."




My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of Christa's, I have read everything she has written, and this book is my absolute fave.
With Elle and Logan barely hanging on during his political campaign things quickly escalate when Elle is faced with her secret of 15 years.
In this novel, Christa gets to the heart of things, bringing both Elle and Logan face to face with their fears from their childhood. The emotion in this story is real, and can be felt through the pages. Elle is someone you want to cheer for, Logan you want to strangle. As the book came to a close I had tears in my eyes.
She has set this book up for a sequel and I really hope there is one. I highly recommend this one.








                                                       

If This is What a Christian is Count Me Out!

I read something yesterday that made my blood boil. Someone I've known for thirty years or more posted on Facebook about the "Nazarene's" know the Spirit, as if they are the only ones that do. I was adopted in 1966 and taken to church and dedicated that Sunday. I grew up in the Nazarene church, my brother and I joked that we cut our teeth on Nazarene pews, however this whole "we're better than you" attitude is for children, and I've seen it in countless Nazarene churches, which is one reason why I don't attend one anymore, the other is that now that I am an adult, I don't buy into all the LEGALISM that the Nazarene church "stands" on. I don't believe for one second that four men have the right to come up with a "manual" to tell me how to live out my Christian walk. My manual is God's word, and if what I am doing goes against Him, He'll let me know. We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, not have a denomination do it.
Also, unless I am mistaken, exclusivity is what Christ came to get rid of. The Sadducees and the Pharisees were about obeying the law, making sure everyone saw them pray, give money etc. and Jesus said not to be like them, however when we act like our church is better than the next one, that is what we are doing, and I believe that breaks His heart.


A Grand Design

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Grand Design
Abingdon Press (August 19, 2014)
by
Amber Stockton


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Words from the author:

Hi, I'm Amber, but my friends call me Tiff, short for Tiffany, my first name. I am in my mid-30's, married to the love of my life since July 2007, have a daughter and a son, and live in Colorado. Here, I am content to do what I love—write, speak, and offer virtual assistance.

Thanks to the gentle nudging of a fellow author -- Tracie Peterson -- in 2002, I joined the American Christian Fiction Writers and wouldn't be published today without them. For those of you who are also fiction writers looking for a wonderful support group, check them out! My very first book, Promises, Promises, sold in December 2006 and released in February 2008. I've been going steady ever since.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists. As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Grand Design, go HERE.

A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cassia Pappas has found herself in a nearly impossible situation. She wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, arranging blooms and brightening occasions with her lovely creations. But her huge Greek family–especially her father–has other ideas. They’ve all relocated to Galveston to open up a new family restaurant location on the Strand– directly across the street from the Rossis’ popular pizza place–and they want Cassia’s full participation.
To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston’s premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family’s faithful customers. Not exactly the best way to get into Bella’s good graces!
Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop . . .
Fan favorite Janice Thompson gives readers one more romp with Bella, Galveston, and the bustling wedding biz in the final installment of her popular series. Anyone who loves quirky families, loads of laughter, and tender romance will find themselves hooked.




About this author

My name is Janice Thompson. (You will find me published under Janice Hanna, Janice Hanna Thompson, Janice A. Thompson as well.)

I’m a Christian freelance author of novels, non-fiction books, magazine articles and musical comedies for the stage. I live in the Houston area, where the heat and humidity tend to reign, regardless of the season.

I’m the mother of four beautiful daughters, (Randi, Courtney Rae, Megan and Courtney Elizabeth. Yes, I really do have two daughters named Courtney! Long story…) I also have the three prettiest granddaughters any Nana could hope for – Madysen Lynae, Avery Rae and Peyton Renae. Grandbaby #4, Ethan Ames, was just born in the winter of ‘09 and baby Boston Craig just arrived in the spring of ‘10. Another baby girl is on the way – baby Brooke!

Our family is extremely active in local ministry. My oldest daughter, Randi, leads worship in the Houston area, Courtney Rae leads worship at her church in Montana, Megan works with children at our local church and Courtney Elizabeth sings on the worship team at her church in Michigan. I’m thrilled to have four grown daughters who love the Lord (and several granddaughters who one day will)!

 
 
My Thoughts:
 
I am a huge fan of Janice and her romantic comedy's, and this one does not disappoint. All Cassia wants is to create beautiful floral arrangements and enjoy pizza. Her family's Gyro shop is across the street from the pizza parlor, the smell is an invitation she can't resist. 
This zingy and zany romance is fun, and takes you away to Texas, and a romance between Cassia and Alex that is more fun than a Greek wedding. 
Sometimes you just want to be swept away from day to day cares, and relax. Grab a copy and enjoy!








Sky Zone

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Sky Zone
David C. Cook (June 1, 2014)
by
Creston Mapes


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.


ABOUT THE BOOK

A rally for a controversial presidential candidate.
A terrorist threat.
A nightmare of cataclysmic proportions.


Jack and Pamela Crittendon have hit the breaking point. After months out of work as a reporter, Jack is playing Mr. Mom and working part-time at Festival Arena with his survivalist friend Brian Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Pamela has gone back to work full-time while eight months pregnant. Having her recently widowed mother on hand isn't making matters any easier. With financial pressures boiling, Jack reports for duty at a rally for controversial presidential candidate Martin Sterling where he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack and Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save their own lives--and the lives of thousands of innocent people.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Sky Zone, go HERE.


In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

Thursday, August 7, 2014

About the book: Bold, sophisticated, and flirtatious, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.


Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer to where they don't want to go.
Can they confront the fears and misunderstandings in their pasts?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/zt6iH 


About the author: Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

Find Sarah online: website, Facebook, Twitter
My Thoughts:
I am a huge historical fiction fan, and Sarah's books never disappoint. In this third and final installment of the Wings of the Nightengale's we get to see why Kay throws herself at every man that glances her way. She has men pinning for her wherever she goes, yet she doesn't care about the consequences, until Roger, a pilot in a tender moment gives her his Bible. Kay's dad is a preacher and she finds out that her father has been lying to her all these years. He had her believing she'd never be good enough for God.
Roger is a believer, yet struggling to stay pure. In true Sarah style, she has your emotions riding a wave of turbulence as Kay and Roger fly all over Europe, and get to really know each other.
I really liked the transparency of both Kay and Roger.  We are not perfect it's only by the grace of God that we have salvation and we see this as Kay and Roger's relationship blooms.

My favorite quote is:
"I think the heartbeat itself is a drum message from God. With every beat, he sends his message. His life, his love. His life, his love." I believe this, and love the message it sends.

Highly recommended!

 
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